My Experience of Truth 

by Kimberly McCandless 

Many years ago I was guided to Tranformational Breath Therapy. Keep in mind that at the time, this was very new for me and I was very unsure about what I was getting into. However, a friend recommended this to me and I felt the pull. I felt very guided and I knew I needed to try this.

Let me give you a little background. When I was about 12-13 years old, I felt very crazy. I thought I was losing my mind. I now know that the clinical term for this is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder but back then I had no idea what was “wrong” with me and I was very scared. I had moments of complete despair, depression and blackness and I felt I was in a nightmare in which I couldn’t escape from. To make a long story short, (after being taken to a mental institution – which thank God my parents did not leave me at), I went to a psychiatrist every week through high school — as I grew up.

Looking back on all of this, I felt I could talk until my face was blue (which I did) but the issues would remain. So someone recommended something completely different to me – Transformational Breath Therapy. I felt very strongly that I needed to give it a try. And I was glad I did!!! In these sessions, I really went back and felt and I released SO much energy that was of no use to me anymore. I could literally feel the energy (the painful energy which was keeping me stuck and was trapped in my body) leave my body! I would feel So much lighter when a session had ended. What a Release!!!

Anyway, I will never forget my first appointment with Veda – my Transformational Breath Facilitator. I was very very scared but I had an inner trust – an inner trust that Spirit was present and was guiding me and showing me the way. When I was in the session, I started doing deep breathing and I could feel the energy – there was so much energy! I started to get scared and I panicked. All of the energy was getting stuck in my throat and I feared that I wouldn’t be able to breathe soon. I was overwhelmed with fear and I honestly thought I could die. (looking back I think I was having a PANIC ATTACK). All of a sudden, because the pain was so overwhelming and I did not care anymore, I voiced in my mind to God these words. I said “Ok God, I trust you even if I die right now.” I had completely surrendered!! It was unbelievable. Soon, the energy lifted, started to flow out of me, and I found myself leaving my body. I completely surrendered and I let go. I moved into this incredible light that was so bright and so beautiful – it was like I kept moving into one plane and then another – I went deeper and deeper until I was in this incredible white light that was so filled with LOVE – like I had never experienced in this lifetime. For the first time in my life, I understood. I was the Universe – I was One with God and with all that is! I felt my connection to all things – I felt One with the Birds with all that IS! It was incredible and the Love was so intense! To be honest, I really did not want to come back to the earth plane but Veda had come back into the room (at the end of a session she would leave me to meditate) and I had to pull myself back. I continued to see Veda and I continued to experience the most incredible meditations! It got to the point in which I was not seeing her to heal or do breath work but to get back to those incredible truth meditations.

Unfortunately, these words cannot accurately describe my experiences – the words don’t do it justice. But It is my wish for all of you to experience the LOVE that the Universe truly is! And to experience it, first hand.

072215-roberto-ruiz-pix-1The Afterthought that is Men’s Soccer

United States soccer will never be at the level of other countries. The fact that we try to convince ourselves that we can compete at the highest level is a joke. We don’t have the players to compete, the coaches to compete, or the experience to compete.

Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley are considered the standard bearers for U.S. soccer right now, but would either of them see the pitch on a European squad or club team? Could you see Dempsey playing for Germany or being courted Manchester United? Will Bradley ever be feeding through balls to Lionel Messi? No. Would Jurgen Klinsmann even receive an interview if Germany needed a new coach? I think it is safe to say that Germany wants nothing to do with Klinsmann.

U.S. Women’s soccer has long been a dominant force in the Olympics and during the FIFA World Cup, but their male counterparts just can’t stand up to the competition. Both teams have recently been anchored by strong goalkeeping, but a goalkeeper can only stop so many one-on-one opportunities before one inevitably slips through their grasp. The difference has always been that the Women’s squad has the ability to attack and create on the fly, never needing set plays to dominate a game. The Men’s squad, however, has always had to rely on set pieces and rebound efforts to net the soccer ball. When the opposing team plays at a higher level, thinks at a higher level, and is coached at a higher level, set pieces rarely fool them.

The United States Men’s national team lost to Jamaica in the Gold Cup semifinals 2-1 on Wednesday. A shocking defeat, but one that is not uncommon to U.S. soccer fans. Landon Donovan was left at home and was none too happy about it, implying on Twitter that his experience and veteran leadership would have been helpful to this men’s squad much like Abby Wambach’s experience and veteran leadership provided a boost to the women’s team this year. Would Donovan’s calming presence in the attacking third made a difference in the final outcome versus Jamaica? Probably not, but Dempsey can only grab so many rebounds before that well starts to dry up.

Until soccer is viewed as a sport that is just as exciting as football or baseball (two sports that Americans love dearly), kids will never look to soccer as a career. Kids never turn on ESPN and see soccer highlights, so why would they play that stupid game. They see their favorite basketball players soaring for dunks, their favorite baseball players hitting the ball 400 feet, and their favorite football players running down the sideline. They never see the beautiful cross, soaring over the heads and hands of a dozen players before finally being deflected by the head of a diving player, propelling the ball into the corner of the goal. That sounds decently exciting to me.

Until soccer is viewed as a top 3 sport in the United States, our team will never win consistently against quality competition. We just aren’t at their level.

US Economy Mostly Insulated From China’s Stock Plunge

By Rob Williams

China’s stock-market plunge won’t have a major effect on U.S. business activity unless the Asian superpower’s economy slows substantially, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said.

The Shanghai Composite Index fell by as much as 30 percent this month before China took steps to support SHARE PRICES. The plunge triggered concern that millions of individual investors were losing money and delaying big-ticket purchases like cars.

“Consensus growth forecasts for China have been trending down slowly in recent years, and surprisingly weak first-quarter growth data raised the possibility of a more sudden deceleration,” Jan Hatzius, head economist at Goldman, said in a July 18 report obtained by Newsmax Finance. “Recent risks have refocused attention on potential spillovers to the rest of the world.”

China has grown to about 15 percent of the global economy in recent years, but the U.S. is mostly insulated from the region, according to Goldman. A slowdown in China would have a limited effect on U.S. exports and corporate profits, while weakening demand for raw materials may help American businesses.

US Economy Mostly Insulated From China’s Stock Plunge

By Rob Williams

China’s stock-market plunge won’t have a major effect on U.S. business activity unless the Asian superpower’s economy slows substantially, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said.

The Shanghai Composite Index fell by as much as 30 percent this month before China took steps to support SHARE PRICES. The plunge triggered concern that millions of individual investors were losing money and delaying big-ticket purchases like cars.

“Consensus growth forecasts for China have been trending down slowly in recent years, and surprisingly weak first-quarter growth DATA raised the possibility of a more sudden deceleration,” Jan Hatzius, head economist at Goldman, said in a July 18 report obtained by Newsmax FINANCE. “Recent risks have refocused attention on potential spillovers to the rest of the world.”

China has grown to about 15 percent of the global economy in recent years, but the U.S. is mostly insulated from the region, according to Goldman. A slowdown in China would have a limited effect on U.S. exports and corporate profits, while weakening demand for raw materials may help American businesses.

“Although foreign profits account for one-fifth of total U.S. corporate profits, profits earned in China account for just 0.5 percent,” the report said. “China accounts for only about 0.25 percent of the equity and fixed income holdings of U.S. residents.”

If China’s economic growth were to slow by 1 percentage point, U.S. gross domestic product would decelerate by only 0.06 percentage point, Goldman estimated.

“If China were to experience a more severe slowdown … then the potential impact on U.S. growth could be more substantial,” according to the report co-authored by Goldman economists David Mericle and Karen Reichgott. “In addition, the impact of a credit-bust crisis scenario would surely be much more severe.”

Funds that invest in Chinese stocks this week reported $5.3 billion in outflows, partly reversing record inflows of $13 billion a week earlier, said BANK of America Merrill Lynch.

Funds that focus on U.S. stocks received $5.2 billion of inflows, the biggest portion of the $8.3 billion that equity funds lured worldwide, according to the BANK which cited data from EPFR Global.

Greece’s financial crisis, China’s stock-market plunge and Puerto Rico’s missed debt PAYMENT “have not prevented a big rotation out of bond and money-market funds into equity funds since late May, early June,” Michael Hartnett and Brian Leung, BofAML investment strategists said.

072215-deportes-pix-1Siente Flores un corazón enorme

Canadá, Toronto.- Tras ganar la medalla de plata en la Final de los cinco mil metros en sus primeras competencias panamericanas, la atleta mexicana Brenda Flores dijo sentir que el corazón se le hizo enorme.

“Estoy con la lágrima en los ojos, es una sensación que no puedes describir, el corazón se te hace enorme”, declaró la también campeona en Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe 2014, tanto en cinco mil como en 10 mil.

“Al final arriesgué bastante, hice la mejor estrategia que para mí era conveniente y al final se dio todo”, dijo la atleta de 23 años.

Brenda Flores recorrió la pista del estadio de la Universidad de York, al norte de Toronto, en 15’47”19, mientras que la brasileña Juliana Paula Dos Santos logró el primer lugar con 15’45”97. El tercer puesto fue para la estadunidense Kellyn Taylor.

En un día soleado, con una temperatura de 26 grados, pero bajo un intenso sol, Flores luchó hasta el final por conseguir el metal dorado.

Explicó que en la última vuelta sentía que podía ganar el primer lugar, pero no contaba con el desempeño de la brasileña.

“Me sentí segura de poder lograr el primer lugar, hice mi mejor estrategia, me dije de aquí soy, lo arriesgue todo pero no esperaba que la brasileña cerrara tan fuerte en los últimos cien metros”.

En los Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe de Atletismo 2013, Flores obtuvo el primer puesto en mil 500 metros y segundo puesto en cinco mil metros.

De la competencia de esta mañana salió convencida de que “siempre tienes que arriesgarlo todo y dejar todo en la pista”.

Señaló que logró la plata porque supo aprovechas las circunstancias.

“Intenté aprovechar las circunstancias de la mejor forma para mí porque hay que estar preparados para todo.

“Al final de la carrera, cuando no hay parte de cuerpo que no te duela”, dijo Brenda, quien de inmediato se abrazó a la bandera nacional y posó para los fotógrafos y camarógrafos.

La mexicana estará presente en la competencia de los 10 mil metros de este jueves.

“Me voy muy motivada, me siento muy bien y espero también tener un muy buen resultado en los 10 mil metros”, acotó.

Explicó que sus entrenamientos se han enfocado en los 10 mil metros y recordó que se logró la clasificación para el campeonato del mundo.

La medallista dio gracias a su familia y a todos los que la han apoyado desde cerca y lejos.

“He sacrificado muchas cosas, tiempo con la familia, los amigos, me he tardado más en terminar la escuela, pero esto es lo más importante, lograr la medalla y siento que el esfuerzo ha valido la pena”, destacó.

072215-deportes-pix-2Admite argentina dopaje en JP

Canadá, Toronto.- La luchadora argentina descalificada por dopaje de los Juegos Panamericanos de Toronto 2015, Luz Clara Vázquez, admitió en una carta que incumplió las reglas y dijo que fue un acto de “desesperación” y que lamenta profundamente perjudicar la imagen del deporte argentino ante el mundo.

“Me realizaron una prueba de doping (dopaje) al llegar a la Villa Panamericana de Toronto el día martes 14 de julio del corriente año. El mismo fue un procedimiento normal, sorpresivo, de sangre y orina. Obtuve un resultado positivo”, comenzó su descargo Vázquez en una carta pública que envió a varios medios locales.

“Los que me conocen saben de mi esfuerzo y dedicación. Yo no soy mejor atleta gracias a esa sustancia, ni esta me enseñó a luchar, pero así son las reglas y yo incumplí con las mismas”, sostuvo.

“Lamento profundamente a todos aquellos a quienes defraude y me apoyaron en este camino, y lo más doloroso aun, perjudicar la imagen del deporte argentino ante el mundo”, agregó Vázquez, de 26 años.

“Muy poco sé de la sustancia en cuestión, sólo caí en la recomendación de gente equivocada. Fue cuando atravesaba uno de los peores momentos de mi carrera y un futuro muy poco certero, fue un acto de desesperación y de ignorancia”, continuó la luchadora, que había ganado una medalla de bronce que le fue retirada.

“Sólo mis pares, los que están sometidos a las mismas presiones y exigencias, sabrán o no entender esto. El resto sólo señalará con el dedo mi error, eso NO JUSTIFICA mi acto ni mucho menos”, concluyó Vázquez.

takingsidesWEDC Investigation Is Needed

As Scott Walker announces a run for the White House, the sleaze and incompetence of his office have become obvious to the public, causing many questions to arise.

The Republican Party’s open records tampering failed. The failed initiative was followed by another taxpayer give-away article published by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel at the hands of Walker’s corporatestein monster, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

The corporate monster WEDC took another hit after it was reported that WEDC lent $1.2 million to a businessman who had a history of troubled finances.

Just last week, Scott Fitzferald stated to the media that Walker and his office were directly involved in the drafting of the proposed changes to the Open Records Law. But Walker is not one for taking a fall. To take focus away from his own reason why he would like to see the Wisconsin open records law changed, Walker told conservative talk show host Charlie Sykes on WTMJ-AM that the idea didn’t come from him. Interesting. Walker did not initiate the removal of the open records changes from the budget until all hell broke loose from the political left and right.

What many people have not realized is that, if the changes to the Open Records Law had taken place, information pertaining to the corruption and incompetence at WEDC would have been difficult if not impossible to obtain. Could the WEDC information still criminally implicate Scott Walker? For sure it will be a topic of discussion among the GOP presidential candidates. Unfortunately for Walker, his hope to keep WEDC secrets secret slipped past him shortly after the effort to change the open records law was exposed.

The timing of this attempt to overhaul Wisconsin open records law, it can be argued, was about slowing down that WEDC avalanche now picking up steam and threatening his presidential aspirations, and potentially implicating him in corruption practices.

The twists and turns and the finger pointing around the open records story clearly indicate positioning by those in the know that a WEDC explosion is coming, and they all want plausible deniability from its backlash.

Since its inception, and until recently, Scott Walker had been the Chairman of WEDC Board; he named the CEO, and the key executive team, and it was pretty clear that as far as WEDC, not much got done in the Walker administration without first being vetted and approved by the Scott Walker team.

The tampering of open records appears to be an effort to ease the anxiety of officials caught in the middle of the WEDC mess. But it failed and now fellow Republicans are trying to distance themselves from being labeled conspirators in an attempt to keep the truth about WEDC from the public. What the public does not know is that those legislative changes do not even take place without being first approved by the governor. But the public outcry and appearance of corruption was too great for Walker to ignore.

Prior to the new WEDC loan development reported recently in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Walker was telling a different story about how the idea of changing Wisconsin’s open records law came about. His administration’s attempt to point at others flew in the face of the fact that it was reported that a Walker spokeswoman stated the governor’s office was involved in the open records overhaul effort. But all that seems to not matter as the governor’s posse pointed out that a number of Republican legislators came forward with the idea and asked for the governor’s involvement.

According to the former WEDC chief, Paul Jadin the agency was a mess.

Jadin said in an interview with Madison WTAQ 1360 radio in May of 2013 that “All of the processes, particularly underwriting and tracking (were a mess). As we started to receive these internal reviews, we learned what we were doing was not acceptable and obviously that had to change,” said Jadin. “We knew there was an issue. I asked just about every week, ‘Bring me the loan portfolio. Bring me our balances on economic development tax credits, job tax credits’; I’d get assurances that that information was coming. And instead of getting a report when I demanded it, I’d get a resignation from a comptroller.”

Paul Jadin left WEDC in November of 2012 to take on a position as President of Thrive, an eight-county regional economic development partnership in south central Wisconsin. He may have left WEDC a couple of years ago, but recent reports by the Wisconsin State Journal and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel regarding suspicious WEDC LOANS have revealed that loans to suspect corporations were approved during his time as the agency CEO under Scott Walker’s oversight.

Who authorized the release of these loans and why, were the questions I posed to Paul Jadin by telephone. My interview with him was brief, but that was only because I had specific questions I wanted a yes or no answer to.

Asked was why WEDC released $500,000 to a company that showed no solvency, Jadin’s response was telling. He said that he recalled that former Secretary of Administration Mike Huebsch and Former Chief of Staff Keith Gilkes approached him seeking to get $3.8 million dollars on top of the $500,000 for the Building Committee, Inc. When pressed to explain why Huebsch sought the extra millions of dollars, Jadin responded by simply saying Huebsch would have to answer that question.

Jadin said for his part, he was against the request, but would not elaborate any further. What people may not be aware of is that actions by Mike Huebsch and Keith Gilkes, as the righthand of the governor, are assumed to have the approval of the governor, so it stands to reason why Jadin let the loan fly.

Ex-WEDC chief Paul Jadin told me: “I have no recollection speaking with the Governor about the Building Committee, Inc.” I then asked Jadin if he was ordered by the governor to release the loan to the Building Committee, Inc. Jadin said that he and the governor would speak about loans to corporations totaling more than a million dollars, but that he did not recollect a discussion with the governor about the Building Committee, Inc. Hmmm…

Governor Walker and Jadin knew WEDC was already a mess…Why did Walker allow funds to be released to these companies in the first place? Especially to those recipients who were/are campaign donors of his.

Scott Walker will most likely attempt to portray to the public that people at WEDC were acting unilaterally without his knowledge, just like he’s using the legislators in relation to the changes to the Open Records law. And the same kind of response he made to the public about a secret email system in his Milwaukee County office. At the very best, it is all incompetence by Walker and, at worst, there may be criminal behavior by him as the person in charge and his subordinates acting under his direction, using WEDC to leverage political support.

Nevertheless, like the outcry that occurred which prevented the open law records changes, the public must demand a full criminal inquiry into WEDC and hold Scott Walker acountable for its mishaps. In all likelihood, the irregularities about the Building Committee, Inc. and other corporations at WEDC are just the tip of the iceberg.

Charlize Theron invitó a Obama a club de “striptease

Durante su visita al PROGRAMA de Jimmy Kimmel, la actriz Charlize Theron reveló una penosa anécdota que vivió con Barack Obama, presidente de Estados Unidos.

Explicó que en otra ocasión que visitó el show de Kimmel coincidió con Obama y entonces ocurrió el episodio que aún hoy le causa algo de vergüenza.

Recordó que Obama le dijo que había disfrutado estar en un PROGRAMA donde pudiera alcanzar a un grupo demográfico más joven y entonces ella respondió “bueno, si buscas distintos grupos demográficos, puedo llevarte a un club  de striptease”.

Al hablar de la anécdota incluso se llevó las manos a la cabeza y además comentó “tengo esta cosa de que cuando estoy nerviosa digo algo inapropiado, es como Tourette (síndrome asociado con la expresión de groserías, palabras obscenas o comentarios inapropiados)”.

“No sé cómo detenerlo, es como diarrea verbal. Él esperó para conocerme. Todo en su mundo se detuvo para conocerme y era demasiada presión”, detalló.

La actriz sudafricana dijo que Obama fue adorable y gracioso, pero debido al incidente no pudo dormir por  semanas, “porque cada que cerraba mis ojos era de ‘ah por Dios, dije eso'”.