Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Violent Brawls Erupt in Portland=> Left-Wing Antifa Pepper Spray, Attack Trump Supporters (VIDEOS)

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by Cristina Laila, The Gateway Pundit:

Portland, OR – Far-left masked Antifa members showed up at the Patriot Prayer ‘Freedom March’ Sunday to disrupt and attack Trump supporters.

Antifa must be designated a terrorist organization. Masks should also be banned for public protesters.

Portland Police announced that anyone breaking the law will be subject to arrest.

KATU News captured footage of the march and the violent brawls:

Bloodied man being tended to:

Read More @ TheGatewayPundit.com

Pepe Escobar: BRICS are Holding it Together

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by Pepe Escobar, Russia Insider:

The trade ministers of the five BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) met this week in Shanghai, ahead of the annual summit of heads of state in Xiamen next month.

Trouble looms across the board. China and India are immersed in a silly, almost Monty Pythonesque face-off in the Tibet/Sikkim/Bhutan tri-junction, with People’s Daily blasting India for “wrong history”, “disordered logic”, and “blind moral confidence”.

India has de facto been snubbing China’s New Silk Roads, aka Belt and Road Initiative – the most ambitious infrastructure project of the 21stcentury – while Russia wants BRI firmly connected to the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).

Russia is in a new round of economic war unleashed by the United States, fiercely denounced by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Brazil, hostage to a House of Rats and “presided” over by a Dracula-esque crook rejected by 95{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the population, has been reverse-engineered since last year into the most blatant banana republic of modern history, tasty bananas included.

Adding to the gloom, the proverbial Cassandras insist BRICS will never become a united powerhouse; what matters for China is its complex global supply chain, while the other BRICS are in essence commodities exporters. Moreover, even when considering the group’s New Development Bank, launched in Shanghai two years ago as an alternative to the World Bank, BRICS isn’t credited with enough power to revamp the global economy.

All about BRI

Since 2001, BRICS in fact adopted a slow and steady path of progress, while eschewing a reductionist “winner takes all” mentality. The latest example is what happened this week in Shanghai, which Chinese Commerce Minister Zhong Shan hailed as a “great success”.

Trade ministers concentrated on creating the conditions for better cooperation in investment, service trade, e-commerce and intellectual-property-rights protection – aiming at progressively coordinating their trade policies.

China and Brazil, for instance, already key partners in infrastructure, energy and telecommunication, signed a memorandum of understanding to improve service trade in eight areas: engineering, architecture, e-commerce, banking automation, shipping, healthcare, finance, smart-city development and tourism. This MoU will be the framework for other BRICS nations to be engaged in service trade cooperation.

It also helps that Beijing is bound to  open the Chinese market further to BRICS imports – and that President Xi Jinping himself is involved in a campaign against trade protectionism. In the past six months, China’s imports from BRICS went up 33{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} year on year. And China will host an international imports exhibition next year in Shanghai.

It was up to minister Zhong to come up with the clincher: “We hope that BRICS countries can further expand their cooperation with economies related to the Belt and Road Initiative. This will help to better meet the challenges brought by the uncertainties of the global economy and generate new growth momentum.”

Yes, it’s all about BRI

What the proverbial Cassandras don’t understand is that the BRICS group aims to work with a different template, as an “aggregating platform”, something that is being discussed at the highest levels, especially in the framework of the Russia-China strategic partnership.

Read More @ Russia-Insider.com

GLOBALIST: McMaster Worked at Think Tank Backed by Soros-Funded Group that Helped Obama Sell Iran Nuclear Deal

by Aaron Klien, Breitbart:

TEL AVIV — White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster served at a UK-based think tank financed by a controversial, George Soros-funded group identified by the Obama White House as central in helping to sell the Iran nuclear deal to the public and news media.

From September 2006 to February 2017, McMaster is listed as a member of International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), where he served as consulting senior fellow.  The IISS describes itself as a “world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict.”

The IISS has been supportive of the Obama administration-brokered 2015 nuclear accord with Iran, and the group has repeatedly hit back against charges that Tehran has violated the agreement.

McMaster himself has been accused of purging the National Security Council of hardliners on Iran, and he is seen as a leading proponent of the Iran nuclear accord within the Trump administration. He has reportedly urged the White House to recertify Iran’s compliance with the Iran nuclear deal.

IISS’s website contains a list of groups, corporations and government entities that provide funding to the think tank, including during the period of McMaster’s work there. Curiously missing from the page of donors, however, is the controversial Ploughshares Fund, a grantmaking group identified last year by the Obama White House as central in helping to market the Iran nuclear deal to the news media.

An archived version of IISS’s donors page lists Ploughshares as a donor.

Breitbart News has found that IISS is listed as a grantee for Iran issues in Ploughshares Fund’s budget report for 2016.

That report spotlights IISS as a grantee for Iran work done by Michael Elleman, IISS senior fellow for missile defense.

In a recent IISS analysis, Elleman cast doubt on charges that Iran and North Korea are working together on ballistic-missile development, claiming “there is little evidence to indicate the two regimes are engaged in deep missile-related collaboration, or pursuing joint-development programs.”

Joseph Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund, is listed as a member of IISS in his Georgetown University bio.

IISS has not returned Breitbart News requests seeking clarification on the Ploughshares funding and inquiring about McMaster’s work at IISS, including any salary that he may have received.

Soros-Funded Ploughshares Part of ‘Echo Chamber’ to Sell Obama’s Iran Deal

Ploughshares Fund is financed by Soros’ Open Society Institute.

The involvement of Ploughshares in selling the Iran agreement to the public was revealed in an extensive New York Times Magazine profile of Obama’s former deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, titled, “The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama’s Foreign-Policy Guru.” The article contains interviews with Rhodes and scores of top Obama administration officials.

Robert Malley, then a senior director at the National Security Council, expounded on the genesis and execution of the marketing plan to sell the Iran deal.

Malley explained to the Times that “experts” were utilized to create an “echo chamber” that disseminated administration claims about Iran to “hundreds of often-clueless reporters” in the news media.

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Continue to Beware the Job Numbers (Is it the Bureau of Labor Statistics or Bureau of Lying Statistics?)

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by David Haggith, The Great Recession Blog:

One reason I started my own economics blog was because of how tired I was of reading government-regurgitated half truths about the economy. Nothing has changed. As Newsmaxand other publications report this week that July was a bumper month for lower-wage earners, I continue to have to sift for myself through all the glitter to find the globs of buried ugly truths. First, the DayGlo report:

Eight years into the economic recovery,Americans on the lower rungs of the ladder are finally getting some relief in the job market, and there could be more to come.

Underneath a 209,000 gain in July payrolls that was stronger than forecast on Friday, significant shares of job growth were in lower-wage industries such as restaurants and home health-care services. As the overall labor-force participation rate ticked up 0.1 percentage point, the level for people age 25 or older without a high school degree surged to the highest since 2011. In leisure and hospitality, which typically carries lower pay, annual wage gains of 3.8 percent outpaced the average.

That’s wonderful, but parse between the lines and look for some background statistics, and a hideous picture of a continually deteriorating jobs market emerges. Parsing the lines: while the unemployment rate supposedly fell to 4.3{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} in July, all the job growth last month happened in part-time, mostly minimum-wage jobs. Looking deeper into statistics not included in that article, full-time jobs actually stepped backward by 54,000 in July. The headline should have been “Full-time Jobs on Retreat” because those are the jobs we care about. Part-time jobs, on the other hand, saw huge growth (+393k) (The numbers don’t reconcile because the 209k increase was from the BLS Establishment Survey of Nonfarm Payroll: The other numbers (+393k PT and -54k FT jobs) come from their “Household Survey” to give a broader picture.)

Said the late Henry Hazlitt, economics writer for the New York Times (back when it was in the news business):

The bad economist sees only what immediately strikes the eye; the good economist also looks beyond. The bad economist sees only the direct consequences of a proposed course; the good economist looks also at the longer and indirect consequences. The bad economist sees only what the effect of a given policy has been or will be on one particular group; the good economist inquires also what the effect of the policy will be on all groups. (Mises Institute)

Looking at the effect on various groups changes the picture substantially. July saw the biggest increase in part-time jobs in almost a year, but how many of those were full-time people losing those 54,000 FT jobs and scaling down?

As a result of such a big leap in PT jobs, minor wage increases should be expected in the part-time sector. However, even those wage increases may have only been due to parts of the country that have been raising their local minimum wage — a factor that would be hard to sift out. Certainly the noted wage increase happened entirely in the sector that has been receiving a lot of talk lately on minimum-wage increases. (Seattle being a prime example of a city that voted several years ago to graduate its minimum wage up to $15 an hour — a move that is still in progress.)

I doubt the statement that wages at that level grew 3.8{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} annually is what it appears, although that is still a minute increase when you are talking about wages that are so small in the first place. You cannot tell for sure from the way Newsmax wrote its article, but was that 3.8{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} increase the actual year-on-year gain, or is that the “annualized” figure of what last month’s increase would amount to if it continues for the next twelve months? If they meant the latter, that is a case that is unlikely to actually play out.

Either way, one would expect this sector to have the largest percentage increase because you are 1) talking about the smallest wages in the first place where every 1{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} wage increase amounts to mere pennies and because 2) jobs are shifting from much better paying full-time jobs to lower-paying part-time jobs, giving room for companies to bump up the PT wages. What’s not included in that insignificant wage gain (as the reason why I call it “insignificant”) is the huge loss in benefits that almost certainly corresponded with this human migration downward from full-time jobs group with benefits to the part-time jobs group without benefits. Companies may be willing to pay a few shekels more in wages when they are saving hundreds of dollars on benefits. The transition is a net gain for the wealthy for certain.

So, that was the real story this month — full-time jobs actually declined as part-time jobs shot upward. That, to me, looks less like job improvement than like a tipping of the scale from one side of the economy to the other. What the government never measures (or, at least, it never gets reported) is the change in full-time equivalencies. Last month was probably a decline on that front also, but we cannot tell because we don’t know how part-time the part-time jobs were (three-quarter, half, one-quarter time, half a day a week?). We have no idea.

The way the figures are window-dressed in articles like this, which just parrot the government’s statistics, makes it sound like poor people finally got the boost they’ve been yearning for. Hallelujah! The wage gains are starting to trickle down! The real truth? More formerly full-time people became poorer part-time people. Oh. Sad.

This is the reporting baloney we have had to live with throughout the Great Recession and its aftermath because investigative reporting is dead. The numbers required to get the fuller picture just aren’t presented, except on alternative-media sites like Zero Hedge.

While the job market in July deteriorated significantly toward more part-time jobs, the news about jobs this month is even worse than that.

Insidious evil buried in the jobs data

The New York Fed reported the following for the past year, but you don’t see much about it in the derelict press either: Those with a high-school diploma or less saw their ratio of employed people to their population go up; while those with college educations, saw the percentage of those who are employed drop over the past year.

It would appear we’re adding a lot more bar-tenders, house-keepers and burger flippers. In fact, yes, statistics in July showed that almost all the jobs added were in those industries, which have been the hottest hiring sectors both last month and over the past seven years. “Food services and drinking places” saw the biggest increase in July’s job numbers. (That adds up since that is also an industry with a lot of part-time jobs.) No doubt, the nation needs more bartenders of late with all those people in retail who are losing jobs as 20,000 retail establishments shutter their doors this year next (many of them major retailers).

Read More @ TheGreatRecessionBlog.com

China Will Use Blockchain To Collect Taxes

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by Mac Slavo, SHTFPlan:

The Chinese government listed blockchain in its “Thirteenth Five-Year” National Informatization Plan from 2015, and since that time the nation has been working diligently toward the incorporation of the technology into daily life. China has just announced that it will use blockchain technology for social taxation and the issuing of electronic invoices.

The government’s announcement that it “will utilize blockchain technology for social taxation and electronic invoice issuance matters,” has been met with silence from the mainstream media. China has already launched a test of its own cryptocurrency based on the technology, so these initiatives should be able to build on each other.  This will also be a large-scale test of a government’s ability to collect taxes more efficiently, considering China has the biggest economy on earth.

Moving forward, experts claim that we will all see more and more innovative uses of blockchain technology as its potential is more fully realized. Transparency and security are both absolute essentials in a digital age, and China appears to be recognizing that need and putting this powerful tech to use through policy, enforcing theft through taxation.  But it’s unclear as of yet, just when China will begin using Blockchain to tax. Blockchain technology has been proposed for use in elections already due to its potential for both transparency and security. It’s these features that make it appealing for taxation as well.

Furthermore, we should also see implementation at the city level in China, as several local and provincial governments have recently promulgated pro-blockchain policies. In fact, a smart cities initiative has already enticed a Chinese automaker to integrate the tech into its business model. Additionally, blockchain-based industrial parks have gone up in Chengdu, Hangzhou, and other major cities, and agencies at different levels of government have created blockchain R&D teams. –Futurism

Tax professionals in the United Kingdom have also discussed implementing Blockchain to ease the financial burden of collecting taxes from their peasants.

With the good, comes the bad.  Once governments begin using technology such as Blockchain, they will do it with efforts to steal productivity or funds or liberty from civilians.  Governments around the world (especially the United States) are losing support rapidly and as such, implementing stifling means of collecting taxes will almost certainly rile up the masses.

Read More @ SHTFPlan.com

Cops Busted Trying to Sell Innocent Elderly Woman’s Car After Telling Her They Needed it for Evidence

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by Rachel Blevins, The Free Thought Project:

After the woman finally got ahold of police and they could no longer sell her car in an auction, they still attempted to charge her for the impound fees—even though they insisted that they needed to hold the car as evidence.

Pueblo, Colorado – When an 80-year-old woman’s car was stolen in June, and then recovered by police, she had no idea that it would be stolen once again—but this time by the same group that claimed to be helping her get her car back in the first place.

The Ford Crown Victoria owned by Mary Antrim and her husband Clyde, was initially stolen from their residential neighborhood in Pueblo during a robbery on June 1, according to a report from KOAA News.

“I need my car for my doctors’ appointments that I have to go to,” Mrs. Antrim said. “That’s my transportation and I’m 80 years old and I’d like to have my car back so I can do what I have to do.” 

The car was discovered 45 miles away on June 5, after police responded to reports of an aggravated robbery at a Dillard’s in Colorado Springs. Mrs. Antrim told the local NBC affiliate that she was told her car was being impounded and was “on hold” while police fully investigated the robbery.

“They told me it was involved in a robbery and that it was being held for evidence and that’s all I was told,” Mrs. Antrim said. “I’ve called them every week to find out where the car is at and what’s going on with the car. No one has called me back.” 

After more than a month of calling and receiving no answers, Antrim said she began searching online, and she found out that not only were police not planning to return her car, they were planning to sell it in an auction!

“I was dumbfounded,” Antrim said. “I thought how in the world can the car go from being on hold for evidence and now it’s on hand and being ready to go to auction. I couldn’t believe that.” 

KOAA News reported that Colorado Springs Police “refused to address the situation on camera or provide a formal comment,” and instead claimed that they sent Mrs. Antrim a letter on July 7, which stated that “her vehicle was at the CSPD Impound Lot and charges have accumulated as a result of being impounded.”

The letter claimed that if Antrim did not claim the vehicle, it would be sold in an auction on Sept. 11. However, while Colorado Springs Police insisted the letter was mailed on July 7, KOAA News noted that it was not postmarked until July 11—the same day their reporters contacted the department.

Investigative reporters from KOAA also noted that while they “filed an open records request for any phone call records (if any) showing how many times Colorado Springs police or the CSPD Impound Lot called Mrs. Antrim about her vehicle prior to putting it on a September 2017 auction list,” they have yet to receive any information other than the formal notice that the request was “received.

As soon as Colorado Springs Police realized they wouldn’t get away with auctioning off Mrs. Antrim’s car without a fight, they still attempted to make a profit off of it by insisting that she needed to pay $178 for the fee to have the car impounded—something police insisted on in the first place.

However, KOAA News noted that this fee was the exact opposite of the policy Sgt. Garza mentioned over email, which stated, “It is the policy of the Colorado Springs Police Department that victims of crimes whose vehicles are towed as part of the criminal investigation will not be charged tow/impound storage fees while at the Impound facility.”

Read More @ TheFreeThoughtProject.com

Why Big Oil Will Become Big Green

by Marin Katusa, Katusa Research:

On June 9, 2017, the shareholders of oil major ExxonMobil enjoyed an incredible milestone. The company paid a quarterly dividend of 77 cents per share.

This dividend payment was larger than the one ExxonMobil paid to shareholders at the same time as the year before, and marked the 35th consecutive year ExxonMobil increased its dividend payment.

When you consider how the brutal competition of capitalism makes it difficult for most companies to even pay dividends – let alone steadily increase them for years year – you realize 35 consecutive years of dividend raises is an impressive accomplishment.

Because of dividend records like this, many investors view the dividends paid by ExxonMobil and its Big Oil peers such as Chevron, Shell, and BP (British Petroleum) as sacrosanct… income streams you can count on during retirement. Big Oil has paid reliable dividends for so long that many investors see their Big Oil shares like they would grandma’s ring or the family farm.

And you read it here first: If Big Oil companies want to be seen as steady dividend payers for years into the future, they are going to need to become Big Green. They are going to have to get into solar, wind, and hydroelectric energy in a big way.

I know many will view my suggestion as ludicrous. But after you review the data and facts as I have, I’m confident you’ll agree.

An Unstoppable Trend in the World’s Biggest Business

The business of providing energy to power our cars, trucks, airplanes, factories, and homes is the biggest business in the world. And it’s changing in a big way.

In the year 2000, renewable energy (solar, wind, hydro, etc.) provided 1.4{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the world’s power. Since then, renewable energy’s share of the global power market has increased to 7.5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}. It’s a stunning share increase of more than 400{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}.

The chart below shows the global market share of renewable power since 1990.

Renewables are grabbing more market share because they are getting cheaper. As I’ve written many times in the past few years, the cost of renewable energy sources like solar and wind power have plummeted in the past decade. In many areas, unsubsidized solar and wind power is now cheaper than power generated by burning fossil fuels. Plus, the political pressure to move from fossil fuels to renewables is incredible. It’s not going away.

The world isn’t going to stop using oil for a long time. There will money to be made in oil for a long time. However, the best days of fossil fuels are in the past. The world’s largest oil companies know it. But that doesn’t mean Big Oil has to shrivel up and die. Smart oil executives don’t see themselves as just in “the oil business.” They see themselves as being in the “energy business.” If that energy comes from oil, natural gas, solar, or wind, then so be it. Smart oil executives know the transition from dirty energy to clean energy will be the biggest strategic shift in their market in the coming decades.

Big Oil has ignored renewable energy for a long time. But we’re starting to see a shift in its thinking.

***For example, in 2016, the French supermajor, Total SA, acquired green energy storage manufacturer Saft for $1.1 billion.

***Statoil, Norway’s National Oil Company, partnered with Alterra Power Corp and the National Energy Authority of Iceland to drill the deepest geothermal well in history.

***And perhaps most significantly, the European oil giant Royal Dutch Shell is looking into buying Equis Energy, Asia’s largest green power producer. Equis Energy has put itself up for sale and Shell and a handful of large pension funds are evaluating it. There is no formal offer from Shell yet, but I believe Shell will make a bid. I think it’s a savvy business move. Buying Equis Energy would provide significant perpetual cash flow and dividend potential.

Equis Energy is a private company, so financial details are scarce. At the project level, Equis Energy has assets in Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand, Australia and India. Total operational green power capacity is 4.4 gigawatts. This is enough electricity to power over a million homes.

Furthermore, Equis Energy has a robust pipeline with an additional 6.7 gigawatts of development stage green power production capacity. Using industry average capacity factors and efficiency rates, Equis Energy likely generates between 10 to 12 terawatt hours (TWh) of green power.

Its reported that the purchase price being considered for Equis Energy is $5 billion. This yields an implied valuation of approximately $440 per MWh of green power production. Compared to industry averages, this is a high multiple.

Why Green Energy Offers Safety and Stability

Big Oil executives have to make multi-billion dollar capital allocation decisions that have 15 – 30 year time frames. Their projects are among the biggest and most expensive projects on Earth. They have to think very big and very long-term.

When it comes to investing $5 billion in an oil and gas project, oil executives face many unknowns. What kind of engineering challenges does the project present? How will electric cars affect future oil demand? How will developing nations like China and India affect future oil demand? How will plunging costs of solar and wind energy affect demand for natural gas (which is also used heavily in power generation). When you’re putting billions of dollars to work, the less unknowns, the better.

Read Moe @ KatusaResearch.com

Sweden: Police Say Situation ‘Completely Unacceptable’ after 550 Per Cent Rise in Grenade Attacks

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by Virginia Hale, Breitbart:

The number of hand grenade attacks in Sweden has risen by 550 per cent in just three years, with police describing the situation as “completely unacceptable”.

Police data shows that in 2014 the Swedish force investigated eight grenade incidents, none of which involved a detonation.

But last year this figure inflated by a massive 550 per cent, as officers saw a total of 52 grenade-related incidents, 27 of which involved detonations.

At first, the grenade attacks were mostly directed at cars and homes linked to criminals and their relatives  — but from two years ago perpetrators began to target the nation’s “society and state”, an expert at Sweden’s National Police Department told SVT.

“One very worrying trend we’ve noticed is that from 2015, we started to see people throwing grenades at municipal buildings, police stations and police officers,” he said, lamenting how, as the number of attacks has increased, so has the number of people who have been injured.

“[Criminals] may have mistakenly targeted the wrong address, which has resulted in attacks on innocent families who have children, and there have been grenades hidden at kids’ playgrounds.

“There have been a number of cases in which grenades have been found by children, and it is rather surprising to us that there haven’t been more deaths,” the expert added.

According to Peter Hejdström, head of police investigation in Halmstad, the explosives  — which are typically thrown by hand  — are not a problem that is restricted to the big cities, as the widespread availability of grenades in Sweden means even rural areas have been affected.

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The Four Most Effective Ways To Treat A Migraine

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by Joshua Krause, Ready Nutrition:

There aren’t many things in life that are more miserable and debilitating than a migraine. The nausea, light sensitivity, visual aberrations, and sharp searing head pains all come together to make a painful cocktail that can put you on your butt within a few hours, and leave you feeling spent for days.

Unfortunately, nobody really knows what causes migraines. Despite the fact that 12{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the population suffers from migraines on a regular basis, the scientific community has never been able to figure out an underlying cause. We know genetics plays a role, and that certain factors can trigger it like the food we consume, poor sleep, depression, and some medications. But we don’t know what really causes it.

However, we do know many ways to treat a migraine, which include:

Applying heat or ice-packs to the head. Both might sound like they could increase the painful symptoms of a migraine, but they are effective. However, these methods don’t work for everyone. You’ll have to see what works best for you through trial and error, which could be said for any migraine treatment.

Consuming caffeine in small amounts has been known to alleviate the symptoms of a migraine. And more importantly, it works well with other medications. For whatever reason, when caffeine is consumed with either acetaminophen and aspirin, it drastically increases the pain relieving effects of those medications.

However, it should be noted that this doesn’t work for everyone. For some people, caffeine can actually increase migraine symptoms, or increase the likelihood of having a migraine.

Certain teas can help a great deal. Just as certain foods and drinks can trigger a migraine, there are substances that have the opposite effect. Chamomile and green tea are known to alleviate migraine symptoms, as well as teas that include ginger or peppermint. Ginger, in particular, may be the most potent natural migraine treatment. One study found that ginger was just as effective as a common migraine treatment drug known as Sumatriptan, but had fewer side effects.

Reducing your exposure to light is probably the most intuitive migraine treatment. Migraines almost always cause a painful light sensitivity and are sometimes caused by bright lights, so it’s natural for most people to shut the blinds, turn off the lights, and close their laptops while they suffer through the symptoms. Doing so won’t usually “cure” a migraine, but it’s the fastest way to relieve the pain and nausea.

However, you should take this a step further. In my personal experience, the best thing to do when you have a migraine is to take a nap for about an hour. Every time I’ve done this, it has dramatically reduced the short and long-term symptoms. I still feel pain for a day or two, but it’s very mild. And the sooner you catch some shut-eye after experiencing the early symptoms of a migraine, the more effective your nap will be.

Read More @ ReadyNutrition.com

McMaster: US Prepared to Launch ‘Preventative War’ Against North Korea

by Jason Ditz, The Anti Media:

Continuing to hype the threat posed by North Korea, despite their two ICBM tests being eventually conceded to both be failures, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster insisted that the US is fully prepared to launch a “preventative war” against North Korea, to prevent them threatening the US.

The threat is with heavily fictionalized versions of North Korea’s missile program, but McMaster appeared undeterred about the war, saying he wasn’t going to confirm if North Korea really had missiles that could reach the US, before incredibly adding “I mean how much does that matter?”

One would think it matters a lot, since estimates are that a war with North Korea could kill in excess of a million people, destroy large portions of South Korea’s capital of Seoul, and create a region-wide refugee problem in Eastern Asia.

McMaster acknowledged that the war would be “costly,” but again that didn’t appear to separate his assessment that the US is preparing to attack North Korea “preemptively” to destroy a missile program that largely doesn’t work would be a legitimate use of force, saying it would depend on the legal justifications US officials manage to put together.

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