The Magic of Sim­ply Hold­ing Hands

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Ever won­der why hold­ing the hand of some­one you love feels so good?

Won­der no more. A new study pub­lished re­cently in the jour­nal Pro­ceed­ings of the Na­tional Academy of Sci­ences found that when two peo­ple sim­ply hold hands their brain­waves fall into sync and if one per­son is in pain that pain can be al­le­vi­ated.

The closer the two peo­ple are the more syn­chro­niza­tion there is and the more pain re­lief or heal­ing ex­pe­ri­enced.

This study builds upon pre­vi­ous re­search that has shown that one per­son can in­deed in­flu­ence the phys­i­ol­ogy and con­scious­ness of another per­son and when the con­nec­tion is not con­sciously blocked then the ef­fects can some­times be mirac­u­lous.

Stud­ies of hands-on heal­ers and their sub­jects by Dr. Elmer Green at the Men­ninger In­sti­tute found that not only was there a high degree of syn­chrony be­tween the two but there was also a sub­stan­tial amount of elec­tric­ity pro­duced. Green had set up a spe­cial cop­per lined room which mea­sured the volt­age pro­duced in heal­ing ses­sions.

Green's stud­ies in­di­cated that some­thing was go­ing on at the quan­tum level.

Re­search by Dean Radin at the Univer­sity of Las Ve­gas found that touch or phys­i­cal prox­im­ity weren't nec­es­sary to pro­duce a phys­i­o­log­i­cal ef­fect and that a mea­sur­able im­pact was ex­pe­ri­enced when some­one merely viewed another per­son's photo, even if the two peo­ple didn't know each other.

A study called the Web of Love ex­per­i­ment by physi­cist Ed Chouinard found that re­motely ap­plied hu­man in­ten­tion even in­flu­enced the Earth's ge­o­mag­netic field in his lab and made flames burn brighter.

Thou­sands of stud­ies of the Chi­nese heal­ing art and sci­ence Qigong and In­dia's pranic heal­ing have shown that pro­found heal­ing oc­curs from fo­cused in­tent and the con­cen­tra­tion and di­rec­tion of qi or prana, life-force en­ergy.

A more sim­pli­fied and easy to learn and use heal­ing method called Quan­tum Touch has been far less stud­ied but has been re­peat­edly shown to be highly ef­fec­tive. Un­like Qigong, Quan­tum Touch can be learned in min­utes and used right away to help a loved one, or even a stranger. To find a Quan­tum Touch work­shop near you please visit www.quan­tum­touch.com.

In Fe­bru­ary 2015 another train­ing ses­sion was held for TI­GRES re­cruits, this time at the sin­is­ter and se­cre­tive Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. There, they com­pleted a spe­cial ur­ban com­bat train­ing course. There was yet another wave of train­ing in 2016, this time for both TI­GRES and mem­bers of the Hon­duran Army, con­ducted by Task Force Caiman and mem­bers of the Florida Na­tional Guard.

Funds for the train­ing were pro­vided by Amer­i­can tax­pay­ers. The United States has also pro­vided fund­ing for con­struc­tion of a TI­GRES com­plex in El Pro­greso. It is the second TI­GRES hub af­ter the orig­i­nal one in Lepa­terique, lo­cated 25 miles to the west of Tegu­ci­galpa.

TI­GRES in par­tic­u­lar has been a ma­jor player in the post-elec­tion op­po­si­tion re­pres­sion by the Hon­duran gov­ern­ment.

Like his pre­de­ces­sor, Don­ald Trump sup­ported Hernán­dez in the elec­tion, de­spite Hernán­dez’s con­nec­tion to the drug trade and his con­tin­ued as­sas­si­na­tions of jour­nal­ists and en­vi­ron­men­tal rights ac­tivists. Two days af­ter the elec­tion was held on Novem­ber 26, the United States is­sued a for­mal cer­ti­fi­ca­tion rec­og­niz­ing Hernán­dez as the right­ful win­ner, de­spite the ob­vi­ous fraud. It has also con­tin­ued to pro­vide mil­lions of dol­lars of aid to the re­gion, again de­spite it be­ing con­di­tioned on cer­tain hu­man rights and cor­rup­tion ac­tions that have never been re­solved in Hon­duras.

The Hon­duran gov­ern­ment re­sponse to the protests has been es­pe­cially bad in Cortés, Atlán­tida and Yoro. Lo­cated in north­west­ern Hon­duras, which is also the cen­ter of much of the na­tional econ­omy, these de­part­ments had been al­lied heav­ily with the op­po­si­tion party in the elec­tion. Ac­cord­ing to Joaquín Me­jía, a lawyer and hu­man rights re­search per­son for the Re­flec­tion, In­ves­ti­ga­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Team, a Je­suit-run ad­vo­cacy group known as ERIC, said the re­gion is well-known for re­sist­ing when in­jus­tice hap­pens. He also said that his­tory of re­sis­tance is an im­por­tant rea­son why the coun­try’s re­pres­sion and mil­i­tary-style ac­tions have fo­cused on that re­gion.

As part of the coun­ter­at­tack on the protestors, gov­ern­ment forces en­ter­ing the area broke into sus­pected protestors’ homes in the mid­dle of the night with­out search war­rants, fired tear gas into groups with­out need or warn­ing, fired guns above and into crowds and as­saulted and tor­tured those they de­tained in their at­tacks.

The gov­ern­ment re­sponded, via its Direc­torate of Strate­gic Com­mu­ni­ca­tion of the Sec­re­tariat of Se­cu­rity, ques­tion­ing the va­lid­ity of these re­ports. As it said, “Mem­bers of the [na­tional po­lice] in­sti­tu­tion only carry non­lethal weapons to dis­cour­age vi­o­lent acts, and dur­ing evic­tions [of protests] po­lice pro­ce­dures seek to avoid dam­ages to third par­ties.” It went on to ex­plain that “the Na­tional Po­lice un­der­takes all of its ac­tions in com­pli­ance with the law, with strict re­spect for hu­man rights and the po­lice pro­ce­dures es­tab­lished in the United Na­tions’ Man­ual on the Use of Force.” There ap­pears to be no such man­ual in the UN, but that’s the story the gov­ern­ment is stick­ing to.

The U.S. De­part­ment of State is also on record for say­ing that it is “aware of a num­ber of se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions of hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions by mem­bers of Hon­duran se­cu­rity forces in the post-elec­tion pe­riod and has called upon the gov­ern­ment of Hon­duras to swiftly and thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gate all such in­ci­dents and bring the per­pe­tra­tors to jus­tice.” No neg­a­tive ac­tions have been taken against Hon­duras by the De­part­ment of State to force a re­sponse, how­ever, and the op­pres­sive narco regime con­tin­ues to en­joy Amer­ica’s full un­con­di­tional sup­port.

The crack­down against the protestors con­tin­ues, with all gov­ern­ment forces in place and the protestors ex­pe­ri­enc­ing grow­ing fear for their lives.

On De­cem­ber 26, 2017, 11 Pimienta res­i­dents were ar­rested by TI­GRES and their com­pan­ion gov­ern­ment forces. Those same forces al­legedly com­mit­ted as­sault and ar­son in forc­ing com­pli­ance with their or­ders in the var­i­ous raids, adding to the lo­cal fears.

Protestors re­sponded with vi­o­lence also, in­clud­ing set­ting fire to a po­lice sta­tion in Pimienta. Ac­cord­ing to op­po­si­tion protestors on the scene at the time, the fire was set af­ter se­cu­rity forces shot di­rectly into the protest group’s ranks with live am­mu­ni­tion dur­ing high­way block­ade clear­ings.

Bertha Oliva, co­or­di­na­tor of the Com­mit­tee of Rel­a­tives of the De­tained and Dis­ap­peared in Hon­duras, was pes­simistic about what will hap­pen next in Hon­duras. “We’re go­ing back to the old days,” she said in a re­cent in­ter­view. “To­day they have all the ex­pe­ri­ence, all the ex­per­tise, and they know that noth­ing hap­pens to them with any kind of hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions com­mit­ted — whether in­di­vid­u­ally or col­lec­tively — against the cit­i­zenry.”

af­ter, how­ever, Saab filed a suit against them claim­ing defama­tion and “ag­gra­vated in­jury.” Con­cerned for their well-be­ing and not­ing that 40% of Venezue­lan judges are mem­bers of Maduro’s party, the re­porters fi­nally de­cided to leave the coun­try for their own safety. They will con­tinue to re­port from their new re­mote lo­ca­tion.

In Hon­duras, Lour­des Ramírez, also an ICIJ mem­ber, has been strongly crit­i­cal of the Hon­duran gov­ern­ment for some time as a re­porter of hu­man rights is­sues. Her fo­cus has been on ev­ery­thing from un­solved mur­ders of women to or­ga­nized crime net­works and the ugly work­ing con­di­tions present in lo­cal gar­ment fac­to­ries.

Ramírez has even re­ported on the forced dis­place­ment of law­ful cit­i­zens as a re­sult of de­vel­op­ment projects funded by the World Bank. This was part of a global re­port pre­pared by the ICIJ as part of its “Evicted and Aban­doned” in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Un­solved mur­ders of women are so preva­lent that they have their own name re­gion­ally: “femi­cides.” Ramírez has re­ported on them (in the news­pa­pers and in a ra­dio show she had un­til re­cently) along with other hu­man rights abuses in the coun­try. In June 2017, how­ever, her pop­u­lar Satur­day morn­ing broad­cast Café In­for­ma­tivo was can­celled, with word from the sta­tion that it would of­fer her an af­ter­noon time pe­riod for the same pro­gram but with a much smaller au­di­ence.

She left the pro­gram af­ter not get­ting any clear an­swers as to why her show had been taken away. She only had sus­pi­cions in the wake of warn­ings about the con­tent of some of her broad­casts.

Post-ra­dio, one of Ramírez’s ma­jor fo­cus points has been the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of “femi­cides” in San Pe­dro Sula, also her own home city. Be­sides say­ing that the mur­der rates were very high, her re­port­ing also re­vealed that in more than 90% of the cases un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the au­thor­i­ties rarely fol­lowed up and no charges were ever filed against any­one.

Ramírez also took a ma­jor role in re­view­ing and in­ves­ti­gat­ing Hon­duras’ widely dis­puted 2017 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, where in­cum­bent pres­i­dent Juan Or­lando Hernán­dez had a mirac­u­lous come-frombe­hind vic­tory. It was also an elec­tion in which out-of­coun­try elec­tion ob­servers com­plained that elec­tion ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties were so ram­pant that it was im­pos­si­ble to con­firm who had ac­tu­ally won the elec­tion. She has fur­ther con­tin­ued to re­port on the post-elec­tion sit­u­a­tion, in which Hernán­dez and his col­leagues have been in­volved in a bru­tal crack­down on those protest­ing the elec­tion re­sults in the re­gion.

For all of her ac­tions, Ramírez has re­ceived death threats, in­clud­ing once be­ing taken into a ve­hi­cle by hooded men who threat­ened her life. Af­ter too many of those threats, she did at one time leave the coun­try for her own safety. But she even­tu­ally re­turned de­spite be­ing of­fered the op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply for asy­lum in the United States – her coun­try is too im­por­tant to her.

Ramírez con­tin­ues her fight for rights in a new dig­i­tal news­pa­per she cre­ated. It is fo­cused on cur­rent events in the coun­try.

She also has a ma­jor role in Proyecto Gé­ne­sis, an ef­fort to of­fer youth in Chamale­con, a ma­jor crime hot spot, ac­tiv­i­ties other than get­ting hooked up with gang ac­tiv­i­ties. Ramírez sup­ports a va­ri­ety of com­mu­ni­ca­tions writ­ing roles for the group, with a fo­cus on pre­par­ing ar­ti­cles and pro­files about some of the key peo­ple in­volved in the pos­i­tive things go­ing on there.

Ramírez con­sid­ers this yet another ex­am­ple of just per­se­ver­ing to help make Hon­duras a bet­ter place for ev­ery­one who lives there. It is why her Skype ac­count has had the mes­sage “Per­se­verando” present there for sev­eral years.

For her work as a woman re­port­ing in sit­u­a­tions at risk, Ramírez re­ceived the Courage in Jour­nal­ism Award from the In­ter­na­tional Women’s Me­dia Foun­da­tion. She also re­ceived the Froylán Tur­cios award di­rectly from – of all groups – the Na­tional Congress of Hon­duras.

For more than 100 years, Hon­duras has suf­fered from op­pres­sive regimes thanks to direct in­ter­fer­ence from the United States. When­ever the coun­try man­ages to get a de­cent per­son into power it is not long be­fore their re­moval is or­ches­trated by the CIA.

Be­cause the of­fi­cial doc­trine of the U.S. mil­i­tary is full-spec­trum dom­i­nance, it sim­ply won't al­low any gov­ern­ment in Cen­tral Amer­ica that it doesn't con­trol and which does not serve the needs of the Amer­i­can oli­garchy first.

This doc­tine was laid out in Joint Vi­sion 2020 a pol­icy blue­print adopted in 2000.

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