Most Honest Piece of Television I’ve Ever Seen

This is the opening clip from the show Newsroom and I suggest everyone observe the points made and how truthful the words spoken in this video are: Read more of this post

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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round 2 Predictions

Out of all the years of watching hockey, this is one of the most competitive and entertaining rounds of playoffs that I have seen in quite some time. Here’s a breakdown of each round 2 match-up, their make-or-break player, and what they need to do to win along with my predictions of who will win each match-up.

 

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$900 Trillion Lawsuit

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The $900,000,000,000,000 Lawsuit!

A mother from Staten Island, NY has filed a $900 Trillion Lawsuit against New York City for taking her two children to a foster home three years ago.

46 year old, Fausat Ogunbayo,   has put blame on the Administration for Children’s Services and the city. Fausat Ogunbayo believes that she and her children have suffered economic hardship, economic injuries, and were stripped of their civil rights. Her two sons were taken from her in June 2008 and are now 16 and 13.

Fausat Ogunbayo has alleged that her and her two boys have endured “over three years of terror, horror, grievous harm, time lost, substantial economic hardship and injuries” from being separated. The Administration for Children’s Services and New York City claim to have taken her kids because she was mentally unstable and left her children at home for long periods of time. In response, Ms. Ogunbayo alleged the situation to be “a huge lie”, and is representing herself.

In a seperate case in January, an appellate decision was made by Family Court to dismiss neglect charges due to lack of evidence that the children were in imminent danger. Fausat Ogunbayo made note of this and said they “Recklessly regarded her right to family integrity” in her case. The two boys still remain in the custody of the Administration for Children’s Services due to a petition pending in Family Court.

The appellate court stated on the matter saying that “In fact, the youngsters had “near-perfect” attendance in school and were doing well, even thriving academically while in their mother’s care. In addition, the boys were up to date on their medical examinations and vaccinations, and their heights and weights were appropriate for their ages.”

It’s very clear that Fausat Ogunbayo is just a mother in distress that wants her two boys, but $900,000,000,000,000 is quite the price tag for “suffering”. I think the court will decide whether she truly was or was not mentally stable enough to keep her boys clear of imminent danger, but on the other hand it’s not helping her look very sane when she files a $900 trillion lawsuit.

The Anti-Anxiety Supplement Stack

At some point in every individual’s lifetime they will experience anxiety, some worse than others. If you are a victim of anxiety quite often then do not fret, there is hope! Through experimenting with different combinations of supplements, I found the perfect stack to help cope with daily anxiety.

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The Anxiety Cycle

If you don’t already know,  feeling anxious is not fun and can lead to panic attacks or even purely living an uncomfortable and unfocused life. Anxiety can be linked to two key factors: stress; something everyone has dealt with, and genetics; as everyone’s body chemistry is different. I personally have had anxiety problems to the point where my doctor decided to prescribe me Xanax. Anxiety runs in my genetics as both my grandmother and my father are prescribed medication, so this being prescribed something like Xanax came as no surprise. Xanax is in the class of drugs called benzodiazepines which are essentially tranquilizers, thus making you feel “tranquil” rather than “anxious”. I was prescribed to take Xanax up to 3 times daily, but I found one was enough and as a result I felt depressed and not like myself. I decided to stop taking it and try to deal with my anxiety problems cold turkey, which still did not go as I had hoped. Upon extensive research of alternative coping methods, I mixed and matched supplements until I formulated the perfect anti-anxiety supplement stack and ever since taking I have never felt better!

My anti-anxiety supplement stack consists of four different supplements that I take everyday in the morning: 5-HTP, L-Tyrosine, St. John’s Wort, and Alpha Brain.

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Meditation

5-HTP is a naturally occurring amino acid and a chemical precursor to the body’s production of serotonin, melatonin, and tryptophan. 5-HTP is classified as a neurotransmitter supporter and within thirty minutes after taking it you will see why it’s classified under that title. You can literally feel the anxiety diminish and your put into a place of tranquility supporting a smiling face and positive mood throughout the day. The one downside of 5-HTP is that it can cause you to become drowsy and unfocused because it’s designed to be taken before bedtime. However taking it in the morning is ideal and this is where the other supplements come into play.
L-Tyrosine is a non-essential amino acid that your body uses to synthesize protein. After ingestion, dopaminergic cells in the brain convert tyrosine into levodopa, which is a neurotransmitter supporter and a precursor to the production of dopamine thus forcing your body to create more dopamine. Dopamine is then converted into norepinephrine (noradrenaline) and epinephrine (adrenaline). If you have ever had an adrenaline rush then you know how sporadically you will feel awake and focused. That’s what L-Tyrosine will do for you, keep you awake and focused! This works as the perfect counteracting agent against the downside to 5-HTP and I have yet to experience any downside to this supplement
St John's Wort St. John’s Wort is a natural herbal supplement that inhibits the uptake of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. St. John’s Wort is essentially used to help with depression and promote positive mood. In Germany for example, many doctors prescribe St. John’s Wort in place of SSRIs because it has clinically proven results, is not habit forming, and is substantially less dangerous. I feel it’s a perfect fit in this stack as it produces both more serotonin and dopamine but in a different way. When taken alone it produces a slight euphoric feeling of alertness and anxiety relief, although not as substantial as the mixture of 5-HTP and L-Tyrosine, but when taken in combination with the rest of this stack you clearly notice a difference. The only way I can describe this difference is justifiably as an overall enhancement of the other supplements.
Alpha Brain is developed by onnit labs and is classified as a nootropic, simply defined as vitamins for your brain. There are several ingredients in this supplement and all play a key part in mental dominance. I choose to add Alpha Brain to my anti-anxiety stack because sometimes 5-HTP will out weigh L-Tyrosine and leave you with a mental fog, however with Alpha Brain in the mix your likely to experience mental drive, better focus, enhanced memory, and mental acuity with no mental fog. I have yet to experience any side-effects whatsoever as I was nervous that it may increase anxiety but does the complete opposite! Alpha Brain actually gets me a better night sleep and I have started lucid dreaming because of it.
Best of all if you use keyword ZENLIFE, you can save 10% on your next order from onnit.com.
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For additional information regarding Alpah Brain, read our article Nootropics: “Smart Drugs”
Conclusively, if you suffer from mild to severe anxiety or simply want to be happier on a daily basis then I highly recommend my anti-anxiety supplement stack.
For further reading on supplements, check out our article The Ultimate Supplement Stack
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The 11 Dimensions Explained

The video below is a very thorough explanation of the 11 dimensions. It can get a little confusing but is very informative and interesting so I highly recommend watching it. You must remember though, that this is all based off of the string theory and is just one physicist’s explanation by which can vary pertinent to different physicists, especially in the higher dimensions.

 

Peyton Manning Retiring?

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Is Peyton Manning retiring or is this a cruel and fast spreading rumor?

Rob Lowe, an actor on the hit comedy “Parks and Recreation”, tweeted that he received information from some of his close sources that Peyton Manning will officially retire today.

This would be devastating to the NFL and sports as a whole but until official confirmation is made this is considered just a rumor.

UPDATE*

Archie Manning and Peyton Manning’s agent Tom Condon, two of the closest people to Peyton, are now claiming that the rumor is false.

Archies claims, “Nah he ain’t retiring…..he would have told me.”

On the off chance that Robe Lowe is correct, the one potential explanation could be that Archie Manning and Tom Condon are trying to deny the story until Peyton is able to make the announcement himself.

UPDATE*

Rob Lowe with the Colts owner

A potential lead in this rumor has been found as they believe that this may be a SOPA protest issue by Rob Lowe.

This is an effort to show how important sites like Wikipedia, as they are blacked out protesting today, are in providing factual evidence to pressing issues. With SOPA in place, Lowe sees it as we are factually reduced to the point that we have to just make things up and anyone can believe anything.

Check back at ZazenLife.com for recurring updates on the potential “Peyton Manning Retiring” situation.

Project to Create Energy By Pouring Water Into A Volcano

Geothermal energy engineers plan to pump 24 million gallons of water into the side of a dormant volcano in Central Oregon this summer to demonstrate new green clean energy technology.

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The World’s 5 Most Futuristic Artifacts

The Baghdad Battery:

This vase looking structure was completely designed to the specifications of how a battery would work. Found in Baghdad in deep soil and happens to be 2000 years old! What kind of person in that era would have the sophistication to develop such an advancement like a battery? Read more of this post

Most Expensive Food In The World Smuggled Like Drugs

For those of you who do not know, truffles happen to be the most expensive delicacy in the entire world, and they are beginning to create what some call “The Truffle Mafia”.

Italian White Truffle

To be specific, “The Italian White Truffle” which goes for about $3,600 per pound is extremely rare and must be cleaned and cut prior to consumption.

The best example of their value is when in 2007 a man bought a 3.3 pound white truffle for a record-breaking $330,000 dollars…only to be consumed. I personally don’t see what the craze is all about considering that a truffle is technically a mushroom, and paying a good amount of money for a fungus (with the exception of psychedelic mushrooms of course) makes little sense to me. Regardless the rarity pertains with the price as these truffles are subject to an annual worldwide crop of only 30 tons per year.

However, their has been a creation of a black market of truffle selling of a different caliber, namely “Chinese Black Truffles”. Individuals get a white truffle then cut them with black truffles and market them as the rare Italian white truffles to unknowing consumers at high prices. Many complications have come from this, as a huge increase in crime just to obtain the majestic mushroom has risen in France.

Truffle Farmer Using Dog To Sniff Out White Truffles

 

The “Truffle Mafia” as they are called, have done the following in order to obtain these truffles:

  • Raid crops
  • Steal truffles directly from restaurants
  • Car-jacking truffle farmers
  • Beaten truffle farmers
  • Murder truffle farmers
  • Steal truffle farmers dogs that detect truffles
  • Steal the trees that produce the truffles
The scarcity and high prices of these truffles have left an extremely similar resemblance to modern drug trades and practices associated with them.
The reality of the situation that is it a dangerous world and the more scarce something is, the more it is desired and some people are willing to do anything for money.
France alone gets in around 28 tons of the fake “Chinese Truffles” and are passed off through restaurants or wealthy tasteful individuals. These fakes have a value of around only $20 per pound whilst the real ones, as stated earlier, go for a hefty $3,600 per pound.
Who would have thought farming an expensive delicacy would be comparable to illegal drug trades one day? Can’t say I would have seen it coming…

 

Binaural Beats And Their Benefits

Did you ever think there would be a non-drug and non-herbal orientated way to give yourself a more positive outlook, make you more energetic, more relaxed, or even control pain?

Well folks the good news is there is!

Its a sound technology called binaural beats and they are amazing.

Differentiating Frequency Tones Are How Binaurals Work.

Binaural beats are auditory brain stem responses that begin in the olivary nucleus of each half of the brain’s hemisphere. They result from the interaction of two different auditory impulses, originating in opposite ears, below 1000 Hz and which differ in frequency between 1 Hz and 30 Hz.For example, if a pure tone of 510 Hz is heard through the right ear and a pure tone of 500 Hz is heard through the left ear at the same time, an amplitude modulated standing wave of 10 Hz, the difference between the two tones, is experienced as the two wave forms mesh in and out of phase inside the olivary nuclei.

You Can’t Hear Binaural Beats But You Can Feel Them:

A binaural beat is not physically able to be heard because the human range of hearing is from 20-20,000 Hz. The sound is perceived as an auditory beat and theoretically can be used to stimulate certain neural rhythms through the frequency-following response (FFR)–the tendency for cortical potentials to stimulate or resonate at the frequency of an external stimulus. Thus, it is theoretically possible to utilize a specific binaural-beat frequency as a consciousness management technique to entrain a specific cortical rhythm.

Electroencephalography (EEG): This is the process of attaching scalp electrodes to and measuring the fluctuations from ionic current flows from the brain. This has been an effective tool in proving the effectiveness in the different type of binaural beats.

Different frequency’s of different binaural beats have various effects on the brain and can cause drastically different effects such as anywhere from an adrenaline rush, drifting you off to sleep, or even out of body experiences.

The chart below breaks down the wave name and frequency ranges as well as what they are associated with in the human mind:

Frequency range Name Usually associated with:
> 40 Hz Gamma waves Higher mental activity, including perception, problem solving, fear, and consciousness
13–39 Hz Beta waves Active, busy or anxious thinking and active concentration, arousal, cognition, and or paranoia
7–13 Hz Alpha waves Relaxation (while awake), pre-sleep and pre-wake drowsiness, REM sleepDreams
4–7 Hz Theta waves deep meditation/relaxation, NREM sleep
< 4 Hz Delta waves Deep dreamless sleep, loss of body awareness

From my personal experiences with these waves, alpha binaural beats have really helped me anxiety problems whilst using theta binaural beats has kept me focused, cool, and calm while in stressful work situations. The best part is that they will still work even if you play them in the background of actual music as a soft ambient noise (except for during deep states of meditation, so primarily for theta and beta).

Addition of Isochronic Tones:

If you want to get even more out of the binaural beats even i’d recommend trying to add in isochronic tones for a deeper and even more relaxing experience. Isochronic tones are essentially a repeating white noise similar to the repetition of a fan hitting air repeatedly or the soft static of no TV signal.

There are several variations on these frequencies out there so go try some for yourself and endulge in the glory of binaural beats.

My personal favorite binaural beat with isochronic tones to wake up to in the morning (make sure you play some techno or good house music in front of it). Enjoy 🙂

The Size Of Our Universe

This picture was taken in 2009 but still never ceases to amaze. It is a shot from the world’s most powerful telescope, the Hubble Space Telescope.

Every tiny little smudge or spec you see on this picture is a completely different galaxy; comparable to for example the Milky Way.

Take a hard look at this picture then think about all of the problems we have here on Earth.

 Get a feeling of how insignificant we are?

I know I do.

Keeping this endless idea we call “Space” in mind, all we can do is sit back, enjoy the ride, and spread positive vibes 🙂

Omega Centauri

Government’s Benefit From Drunk Driving Laws

Do you think the Government really cares if you or a loved one lives or dies in a drunk driving accident?

Sadly, the reality of this question is no.

The legal drinking limit law is put into place for one main reason, to make more money.

It is true that they do sustain a certain level of safety to the public with more sensitive laws but at the end of the day, the lower the blood alcohol limit, the more individuals who are likely to be caught OVER THE LIMIT. Read more of this post

Our Country is Addicted to Debt

Right now we are in the worst economic situation in the history of the United States and “debt” is to blame. Many politicians make claims that they will enact certain laws and regulations that will reduce the “deficit”. In reality, reducing the deficit will not do anything to pull us out of this recession. The government itself needs to reduce the debt as a whole. Just last year the federal government paid $413 billion in interest payments. That’s more than the amount the government spent on all of the departments listed below..COMBINED:

Since 1988 our government has spent $8 trillion in interest payments ALONE! This money goes to several different countries which makes their economies prosper (china being the prime example) and ours dwindle. To be it into perspective, $8 trillion is enough money to give every single tax payer in this country a lotus dream car. The scariest part of all this is that the nonpartisan congressional budget office predicts that our interest payments will reach $1.1 trillion per year by 2021. The video below gives a hands on direct overview of what kind of trouble we are. Wake up world, time for a movement in our conscious awareness:

Exchanging Currencies to Make Fast Cash Without Contracts

With all the different currencies available for purchase around the world, here is a quick guide to make a substantial amount of money for exchanging them correctly.

Difference and history between different exchange rate systems:

Fixed (or Pegged) Exchange Rate System

How to Make a Lot of Money Extremely Fast via @nyrdubs

Exchanging currencies prior to 1971 was difficult to make money since the value of a country’s currency was fixed on the amount of gold each specific country had in reserves.  This system of monetary value was known as “The Fixed Exchange Rate System”. This system had the benefits of controlling inflation and made it easier as well as much more predictable to trade between two countries since it was much easier to peg the value of each country’s GDP, or Gross Domestic Product.

Floating Exchange Rate System

In 1971 the United States decided to switch to the concept of the “Floating Exchange Rate System”. The idea behind this system is that monetary value is based on fluctuations in the foreign exchange market. This means that there are several global economics factors that may make one currency appreciate or depreciate against another. This in turn leaves individuals and corporations with the decision of whether to export or import goods depending on how much cheaper it may in the long or short term based on the current economic factors affecting the foreign exchange market around world.

Most countries around the world currently now use floating exchange rate systems. These are subject to intervention from governments as they are able to buy and sell mass quantities to increase or decrease the supply and demand of a particular currency thus affecting the overall value of that particular currency. The downside of the floating exchange rate system is that it can involve several negative factors such as inflation and financial fragility since a country may print as much money as they desire  to meet obligations pertaining to intergovernmental programs(which in my belief has a great part in what caused our current financial crisis).

Arbitrage:

This tactic is currently not as easily utilized as it was in the past as technology is able to catch these kind of flaws. The main idea of arbitrage is to buy one currency at one bank at a low spot rate then immediately sell it somewhere else at higher spot rate to make a profit equal to the differential of the two spot rates. Although this is uncommon, if you come across the opportunity to do this I suggest you immediately take advantage of it!

Triangular Arbitrage:

This is easily the most effective type of arbitrage but takes a bit more research and is a lot more confusing to implement. The basic strategy behind triangular arbitrage involves three knowledgeable trades:

  1. Exchanging an initial currency for a second
  2. Exchanging the second currency for a third
  3. The exchanging the third currency for the initial currency.

A well-defined example of how this works and the benefits:

Triangular Arbitrage Example

  • Bank A sells $5,000,000 to Bank B for euros, receiving €4,085,500. ($5,000,000 × 0.8171 €/$ = €4,085,500)
  • Bank A sells €4,085,500 to Bank B for pounds, receiving £3,430,311. (€4,085,500 ÷ 1.1910 €/£ = £3,430,311)
  • Bank A sells £3,430,311 to Bank C for dollars, receiving $5,025,406. (£3,430,311 × 1.4650 $/£ = $5,025,406)
  • Bank A ultimately earns an arbitrage profit of $25,406 on the $5,000,000 of capital it used to execute the strategy.

This is clearly a strategy for large sums of money but even with some low end exchanges of cash you can make at least a couple hundred dollars of disposable income, but who knows, its possible that one day anyone can be raking in the big bucks.

Dominick The Italian Christmas Donkey

Just a classic and funny Christmas song to put some people in the holiday spirit (also Dan Girardi’s favorite Christmas song). Enjoy:

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