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Sugar Should Be Regulated As Toxin, Researchers Say
A spoonful of sugar might make the medicine go down. But it also makes blood pressure and cholesterol go up, along with your risk for liver failure, obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
Sugar and other sweeteners are, in fact, so toxic to the human body that they should be regulated as strictly as alcohol by governments worldwide, according to a commentary in the current issue of the journal Nature by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
My illustration is really much too tame. I don’t mean to imply that you’ll just have to live with stupid government stunts, as if the screw they’re turning into our collective chests might be only a painful inconvenience. The reality of what’s truly happening inside the United States is far, far more terrifying than just being screwed. Because quite literally,they are trying toKILL US!
Researchers from the Department of Pediatric Rehabilitation at the Medical University of Bialystok looked at the typical childhood vaccination schedule in Poland and compared it to that of other countries around the world. They evaluated the adverse effects associated with the administration of multiple vaccines at once, as well as how individual vaccines affect immunological development and response.
For the past twenty years, movements have arisen to challenge American imperialism. The Trump movement is different: it is massive, and it is capable of winning. That’s what has the Establishment in such a panic. If we step back from the daily news cycle, and consider the larger significance of the Trump phenomenon, the meaning of it all is unmistakable: we haven’t seen anything like this in American politics – not ever. Revolution is in the air. The oligarchy is tottering. The American people are waking up, and rising up – and those who try to ignore it or disdain it as mere “populism” will be left behind.
Article by WN.com Correspondent DallasDarling “You must let suffering speak, if you want to hear the truth.” –Dr. Cornel West Now that systematic police abuse against blacks are starting to finally be exposed, it…
In the United States presidential elections, there are two towering political parties – the Democratic and the Republican – that during the course of their “primary” elections get to choose who will be their respective candidates in the course of a national election.
Although any US citizen can join these two parties – or any other political party – millions of eligible voters have not, and consider themselves “independent”.
These independent voters get to vote in the general elections like anyone else, but by the time we get to that general election in November, the two dominant political parties have already elected their nominee, and, therefore, US citizens at large have to vote for one of these preselected nominees if they want their vote to have a role in who their next president will be.
Why Bush won’t be prosecuted over CIA torture
Despite damning Senate report’s revelations, chances of seeing Bush-era leaders in the dock are slim
Former Vice President Dick Cheney has said he has ‘no regrets’ about the use of waterboarding on suspects [AP]
Prince, the legendary musician who brought us countless hits, such as “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry,” has died. He was 57.
The singer’s publicist confirmed the tragic news to The Huffington Post on Thursday.
“It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57,” the rep said in a statement. “There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time.”
According to a Sheriff’s statement given to the Associated Press, deputies were called to Prince’s studio, where they found the singer unresponsive in an elevator. They attempted to revive the singer through CPR, but were unable to.
A representative for Prince told TMZ that the singer was feeling under the weather during his shows last week and began to feel worse on the plane. After the emergency landing, he was treated at a hospital and released three hours later.
Born Prince Rogers Nelson (after the Prince Rogers Trio) on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the multi-talented performer has been called “one of the most naturally gifted artists of all time,” by Rolling Stone. Prince did everything — from writing to singing to producing — with his own unique style.
But it was his 1982 album, “1999,” that really thrust Prince into the spotlight. The album, which went platinum, featured the Top 10 singles “Little Red Corvette,” “Delirious,” and of course, “1999.”
In 1984, Prince starred in “Purple Rain,” a film for which he created the soundtrack and original score. He won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for the movie. “Purple Rain,” the album, which featured the songs “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy” (as well as the title track), spent 24 weeks on the top of the charts and sold over 13 million copies.
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Prince performs live at the Fabulous Forum on February 19, 1985 in Inglewood, California.
By 1989, with the release of his 11th album, “Batman,” Prince had become one of the most successful pop artists in America. As a songwriter, he also gave us some of the most iconic pop songs in history, including 1990’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” made popular by Sinead O’Connor,” and 1986’s “Manic Monday,” which was performed by “The Bangles.”
Prince gained success at a time when stars like Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and Michael Jackson were dominating the industry, yet thanks to his ability to constantly transform (whether it be through his music or appearance), he managed to carve out a unique spot for himself.
He went so far as to change his name to the unpronounceable symbol O(+> in 1993, which Rolling Stone dubbed as one of “the boldest career moves in rock history.” The artist used the moniker until 2000. Fans and media alike were confused by the symbol, and often referred to the singer as “the artist formerly known as Prince.” The icon famously referenced his symbolic name with his guitar during an epic Super Bowl Performance years later in 2007. The performance is hands down one of the most memorable in Super Bowl history.
After a few years of staying out of the spotlight, Prince performed at the Grammys with Beyoncé in February 2004. The two played a medley of hits, including “Purple Rain” and “Let’s Go Crazy,” along with Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love.” The following month, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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Prince and Beyonce perform a medley of his hits during The 46th Annual GRAMMY Awards, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Prince also released the Grammy Award-winning album “Musicology” in 2004, with the accompanying Musicology Live 2004ever tour, which grossed a whopping $87.4 million.
In early 2006, Prince appeared as the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live,” along with his protégée, R&B singer Tamar, while promoting his album “3121.” That same year, he won a Golden Globe for “Song of the Heart,” which he wrote and performed for the film “Happy Feet.”
In the following years, Prince released “Planet Earth” in 2007 and the triple CD set “LOtUSFLOW3R” in 2009. Between 2010 and 2012, the artist toured all over Europe, America, Australia and Canada, where in 2015, he returned for a surprise concert.
He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates, which will be added throughout the day.
Elizabeth Warren Has No Patience for Ted Cruz’s Whining
Two weeks ago, Judge Jeannine Pirro hit it out of the ballpark with her stunningly honest and frank monologue that “there’s an insurrection coming” and that “the American people are sick and tired of crony capitalism.”
Overnight, she followed it up with another striking rant, this time explaining why the Republican Party’s mantra has suddenly become that “Donald Trump must be stopped. “Why?” she asks rhetorically:”why would Republicans try to sabotage their own front-runner and risk a Democrat winning the White House?” Her answer, which is absolutely accurate: “The Republican establishment, elected officials and party leaders are in bed with the Democrats!”
“If Hillary wins, nothing is lost for them, it’s business as usual. The lobbyists keep their offices on K Street, the pharmaceutical companies keep paying them, the unions keep adding to their pensions and the lawmakers get their reelection bribes – I mean contributions – while we the underclass work two and three jobs and rack up a debt our children and grandchildren will have to pay for generations!”
Instead of supporting Trump – “the guy who keeps winning” – party leaders have talked about creating a so-called “‘unity ticket’ of other candidates to make sure he doesn’t win,” said Judge Jeanine. “To scare you into submission, they predict Trump cannot win the general election.”
It’s because “party elders are petrified of Trump,” Judge Jeanine explained. “The man is beholden to no one. He wins, and it’s game over for the elite.”
So, you don’t like Donald Trump. You’re going to create a “unity ticket” of other candidates to make sure he doesn’t win.
Say again? You want to stop one of the biggest vote-getters in your own party’s Republican Party primary history?
Yet ‘Donald Trump must be stopped’ is the Republican Party’s mantra! Hey, I didn’t always like my party’s choice for president, but I generally supported him.
Good that Trump is a white male otherwise they’d be accused of being racist, and lucky Trump’s not gay otherwise the Republican Party would be accused of being homophobic.
So let me see if I understand this. The guy who keeps winning, despite his being called a misogynist, a racist, and a xenophobe, who has more than 50 percent of the delegates, with even as many as 17 other Republicans in those primaries and the Republican Party’s mission is to block Trump’s nomination?
What are you guys smoking?
Okay, you like Ted Cruz. Good for you. But he needs to win 80% of the remaining Republican delegates. Keep dreaming guys – it ain’t gonna happen.
John Kasich. Nice guy. Absolutely no path to the nomination.
So I say to myself, ‘Self, why?’ Why would Republicans try to sabotage their own front-runner and risk a Democrat winning the White House? And I keep coming up with the same answer: the Republican establishment, elected officials and party leaders are in bed with the Democrats!
So if Hillary wins, nothing is lost for them, it’s business as usual.
The lobbyists keep their offices on K Street, the pharmaceutical companies keep paying them, the unions keep adding to their pensions and the lawmakers get their reelection bribes – I mean contributions – while we the underclass work two and three jobs and rack up a debt our children and grandchildren will have to pay for generations!
To scare you into submission, they predict Trump cannot win the general election. If not, pray tell why does he keep winning primaries and drawing crowds like we’ve never seen in American primary history?
An election note primer: Trump already has 678 delegates. He needs 1237 to win. He’s won 6 closed and 13 open primaries and caucuses – one where Independents and Democrats – or just Independents vote. Why is this important?
It tells you Trump, besides winning the base, appeals to Independents and Democrats as well. Does that not bode well for the general election, especially against an establishment politician most consider untrustworthy and dishonest.
They say he’s divisive. Yet the looting and burning and riots in Ferguson happened long before Trump! Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street, moveon.org – all before trump. The ‘what do we want – dead cops, when do we want them – now’ chant, all before Trump.
It’s astonishing, Republicans plotting against their own front-runner!
If the establishment had exercised this energy to get evangelical votes to Romney in 2012 he might have won! But then again, it wasn’t that important because either way, either party the establishment wins – their jobs, their offices, their lifestyles intact – as they continue on their treadmill of DC money and power.
The party elders are petrified of Trump. The man is beholden to no one. He wins and it’s game over for the elite. With Hillary, the game goes on.
Heads up, Washington. We’re not listening to you anymore because we’re fed up. You haven’t fixed a damn thing. We can’t take it anymore: the lies, the corruption, the debt, the taxes, the invasion, the freebies, the lack of accountability, sanctuary cities, religions forced to violate their own faith, by providing birth control and abortifacts at the altar of Obamacare and your saying one thing and doing another.
The patronage games and the free ride on our backs are over. You’re not listening. For us, it’s not just an election – it’s the selection of Supreme Court justices and the direction our country takes for generations.
We don’t want anything more than what our Founding Fathers intended. The slippery slope into socialism doesn’t work for us. We want an America where law enforcement, the military and our allies are not the enemy.
Boys, your arrogance is astonishing. And your condescension and scorn for the will of the American people is both mind-boggling and reminiscent of another time in our history.
From the beginning, we knew this would be a political revolution. Be careful boys, be very, very careful. You don’t want to make this a different kind of revolution.
FBI Morale “Very Good” As ‘Immune’ Hillary IT-Staffer Reportedly A “Devastating Witness”
FOX News reports that the intelligence source said Pagliano told the FBI who had access to the former secretary of state’s system – as well as when – and what devices were used, amounting to a roadmap for investigators.
“Bryan Pagliano is a devastating witness and, as the webmaster, knows exactly who had access to [Clinton’s] computer and devices at specific times. His importance to this case cannot be over-emphasized,” the intelligence source said.
The cross-referencing of evidence could help investigators pinpoint potential gaps in the email record. “Don’t forget all those photos with her using various devices and it is easy to track the whereabouts of her phone,” the source said. “It is still boils down to a paper case. Did you email at this time from your home or elsewhere using this device? And here is a picture of you and your aides holding the devices.”
At a Democratic debate Wednesday evening, Clinton brushed off the question when asked by the moderator whether she would withdraw from the presidential race if faced with criminal charges.
Univision’s Jorge Ramos asked, “If you get indicted, will you drop out?” Clinton responded,“My goodness. That is not going to happen. I’m not even answering that question.”
She then added her now standard explanation that nothing she sent or received was marked classified at the time. While technically correct, the distinction appears misleading. The January 2009 classified information non-disclosure agreement signed by Clinton says she understood that classified information could be marked and unmarked, as well as verbal communications. Classification is based on content, not markings.
The intelligence source said the FBI is “extremely focused” on the 22 “top secret” emails deemed too damaging to national security to publicly release under any circumstances, with agents reviewing those sent by Clinton as well her subordinates including former chief of staff Cheryl Mills.
“Mrs. Clinton sending them in this instance would show her intent much more than would receiving [them],” the source said. “Hillary Clinton was at a minimum grossly negligent in her handling of NDI [National Defense Information] materials merely by her insisting that she utilize a private server versus a [U.S. government] server.Remember, NDI does not have to be classified.”
According to the Congressional Research Service, NDI is broadly defined to include “information that they have reason to know could be used to harm the national security.”
It was emphasized to Fox News that Clinton’s deliberate “creation” and “control” of the private server used for her official government business is the subject of intense scrutiny. Pagliano knows key details as to how the private server was installed and maintained in her home.
The 22 “top secret” emails are not public, but in a Jan. 14 unclassified letter, first reported by Fox News, Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III notified Congress of the findings of a recent comprehensive review by intelligence agencies identifying “several dozen” additional classified emails — including specific intelligence known as “special access programs” (SAP).
That indicates a level of classification beyond even “top secret,” the label previously given to other emails found on her server, and brings even more scrutiny to the presidential candidate’s handling of the government’s closely held secrets.
The intelligence source described the morale of agents as “very good and nobody is moping around which is the first sign a big case is going south.”
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America’s moms are leading the battle for clean drinking water
This is America’s water.
We saw Flint coming. In fact, I’ve seen this whole national water crisis coming for years. I see these issues happen, I know where they are. I know when they’re going to hit. And I know they’re going to come up, year after year after year.
I know because tens of thousands of people write to me each month. I started creating a map and I have more than 10,000 communities across the U.S. recording their plights. People come to me, saying, there’s too many children on our street with cancer, or we’ve had too many high school kids die of brain tumors, orwe live next to a superfund site and we think our water is contaminated. After one comes forward, then five follow, then 20, 30, more. I read hundreds of these emails everyday, and sometimes you have to be able to read between the lines. I can sense the urgency. I know when what people are saying is just not right. Some emails clearly speak volumes, and I’m like, we need to jump on this now. It’s about being responsive: Last February, when my investigator Bob Bowcock and I heard about Flint, he was on a plane the next day.
What has always stuck me the most were the instances where people’s health was deteriorating. This has been true from the time I was a little girl to my work in Hinkley and beyond. What’s that common denominator? It’s usually the water. The one thing that sustains us all.
A critically important, heavily-researched article by Barbara Loe Fisher of the NVIC has been published today. Click here for the original, which we are reprinting below.
As this article exhaustively documents and reveals, the vaccine war taking place in America today is actually a “culture war” pursued by the most irrational and intellectually dishonest Big Pharma operatives, bloggers and journalists ever witnessed in recent memory. These people — the “vaccine pushers” — ignore real science and use wildly dishonest tactics of fear mongering, social shaming and blatant lying about scientific facts to demonize informed parents and attempt to criminalize those who pose intelligent, scientific questions about vaccine safety
“Everybody should be worried.. and be prepared,” warns legendary investor Jim Rogers, as he sees the market “facing a bigger collapse than in 2008,” and the central banks will be unable to kick the can much longer. “This is the first time in recorded history where you have Central Banks & governments setting out to destroy the people who save & invest,” Rogers exclaims and “the markets are telling us that something is wrong – we’re getting close.”
“The central bankers haven’t given up yet… they think they are smarter than you and me and the market… they’re not!”
As genetic research becomes more sophisticated, so does our ability to use plants and animals to develop new drugs or modify crops to meet food security needs.
Often, in the search for new bioresources, researchers draw on local people’s traditional knowledge about the properties of a particular plant, animal or chemical compound. When researchers use traditional knowledge without permission, or exploits the cultures they’re drawing from – it’s called biopiracy.
Putin is Defeating More than ISIS in Syria
Russia and its President, Vladimir Putin, a little more than a year ago, in July 2014 were the focus of attention in Europe and North America, accused, without a shred of forensic evidence, of shooting down an unarmed civilian Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine. The Russians were deemed out to restore the Soviet Union with their agreement to the popular referendum of Crimean citizens to annex into the Russian Federation and not Ukraine. Western sanctions were being thrown at Russia by both Washington and the EU. People spoke of a new Cold War. Today the picture is changing, and profoundly. It is Washington that is on the defensive, exposed for the criminal actions it has been doing in Syria and across the Middle East, including creating the recent asylum crisis in Germany and large parts of the EU.
As a student of international politics and economics for most of my adult life, I must say the emotional restraint that Vladimir Putin and the Russian government have shown against tasteless ad hominem attacks, from people such as Hillary Clinton who likened Putin to Adolf Hitler, is remarkable. But more than restraint is required to bring our world from the brink or some might say, the onset of a World War III. Brilliant and directed action is essential. Here something extraordinary has taken place in the very few days since President Vladimir Putin’s September 28, UNGA speech in New York.
What he said…
What Putin said to the UN General Assembly must be noted to put what he and Russia did in the days immediately following into clear focus. First of all he made clear what the international law behind the UN Charter means and that Russia is scrupulously abiding by the Charter in actions in Syria. Russia, unlike the US, has been formally asked by the legitimate Syrian government to aid its war against terror.
To the UN delegates and heads of state Putin stated, “The decisions debated within the UN are either taken in the form of resolutions or not. As diplomats say, they either pass or they don’t. Any action taken by circumventing this procedure is illegitimate and constitutes a violation of the UN Charter and contemporary international law.”
He continued, “We all know that after the end of the Cold War the world was left with one center of dominance, and those who found themselves at the top of the pyramid were tempted to think that, since they are so powerful and exceptional, they know best what needs to be done and thus they don’t need to reckon with the UN, which, instead of rubber-stamping the decisions they need, often stands in their way.”
Putin followed this with a clear message to Washington and NATO governments on the subject of national sovereignty, something anathema to many who embrace the Nirvana supposed to come from globalization, homogenization of all to one level: “What is the meaning of state sovereignty, the term which has been mentioned by our colleagues here?” Putin rhetorically asked. “It basically means freedom, every person and every state being free to choose their future. By the way, this brings us to the issue of the so-called legitimacy of state authorities. You shouldn’t play with words and manipulate them. In international law, international affairs, every term has to be clearly defined, transparent and interpreted the same way by one and all.”
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An Open Letter to My Infant Nephew From the Son of an Immigrant
?It would be a lie to say that when I first heard your mother was pregnant with you, I feared for you. I don’t remember what my initial feeling was when it was announced to me. I was in New York at the time trying to make a career as an artist — acting, writing, directing, producing, etc. My mind was clouded by the burdens over those efforts, so I cannot accurately pin point the emotional response I had. But that is what the feeling has become: fear. I fear for you because you were born into a beautiful and terrible world that I cannot protect you from……read more
Many people of mature years are amazed at how many young people have voted for Senator Bernie Sanders, and are enthusiastic about the socialism he preaches. Many of those older people have lived long enough to have seen socialism fail, time and again, in countries around the world. But, most of the young have missed all that, and their dumbed-down education is far more likely to present the inspiring rhetoric of socialism than to present its dismal track record.
The rise of Donald Trump (and similar iconoclasts in other countries) is due to the gradual division of society into the protected – that is, people who make the rules and therefore benefit from them – and the unprotected, who don’t make the rules and end up getting screwed. The latter have finally figured this out and have stopped supporting the former.
Why Science and Philosophy Should Guide Today’s Youth in Creating a More Sustainable World
Martin ReesEmeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics, University of Cambridge
The stupendous timespans of the evolutionary past are now part of common culture — outside fundamentalist circles, at any rate. But most people still tend to regard humans as the culmination of the evolutionary tree. That hardly seems credible to an astronomer. Our sun formed some 4.5 billion years ago, but it’s got around 5 billion more before the fuel runs out. And the expanding universe will continue — perhaps forever. To paraphrase Woody Allen, eternity is very long, especially towards the end.
It is the stuff of legends and lore dating back through all of recorded history, of sinking ships and sea monsters, of tall tales and tragic deaths. The problem was obvious; any credible witness to a rogue wave usually didn’t survive therogue wave, thereby relegating the actual phenomenon to the looney tunes category by the so-called ‘experts’.
In an authoritarian culture only the authorities can declare something ‘real’ regardless of how much evidence has been previously offered. It took an actual ‘scientific’ measurement in the North Sea off Norway on New Year’s Day, 1995 aboard the Draupner platform to convince the scientists (aka the authorities) there really was such a thing as a rogue wave.Continue reading Rogue Wave?
(NaturalNews) In the minds of many concerned parents, there is no more toxic, dangerous vaccine in the world than Gardasil. More children and teens have been maimed, hospitalized, injured and even paralyzed by HPV vaccines than any other category of vaccine interventions. And now, the American College of Pediatricians — a strongly pro-vaccine group — is sounding the alarm over the toxicity of Gardasil.
Gardail vaccines could be “associated with the very rare but serious condition of premature ovarian failure (POF),” says the ACP on its website.
Furthermore, none of the junk science “safety” studies touted by the vaccine industry ever tracked post-vaccination outcomes regarding ovarian health. “[L]ong-term ovarian function was not assessed in either the original rat safety studies or in the human vaccine trials,” explains the ACP. Even more, because doctors are so aggressively propagandized by the cash-rich vaccine industry, they don’t even realize that HPV vaccines can cause ovarian failure. “Most primary care physicians are probably unaware of a possible association between HPV and POF and may not consider reporting POF cases or prolonged amenorrhea (missing menstrual periods) to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS),” says the ACP.
Aluminum and polysorbate 80 are both linked to toxic vaccine effects
One of the crimes against children that’s carried out by the vaccine industry is the ongoing use of chemical adjuvants in vaccines. These toxic chemicals include aluminum, monosodium glutamate and polysorbate 80, and they are intentionally added to vaccines in a misguided effort to try to make the vaccines produce an inflammatory response invaccine victims.
But these same toxic chemicals may also cause, in some children, extreme neurological inflammatory responses that lead to precisely the kind of permanent damage that gets diagnosed as Autism Spectrum Disorder (among other neurological side effects). If society routinely injects poisons into children, we should not be surprised when some percentage of those children are damaged by those poisons.
As the American College of Pediatricians explains:
[P]otential mechanisms of action have been postulated based on autoimmune associations with the aluminum adjuvant used and previously documented ovarian toxicity in rats from another component, polysorbate 80.
In other words, the science already knows about the mechanisms of potential harm caused by these ingredients. It’s not a mystery, and it’s not even debatable that injecting children with aluminum, mercury (i.e. flu shots in California), MSG, formaldehyde and polysorbate 80 will inevitably cause severe damage in some of those children.
This is why some children are so severely damaged by vaccines that they suffer permanent brain damage. Recently, the UK government paid out $90 million financial compensation to families whose children were severely damaged by the swine flu vaccine. (In the United States, vaccine makers have absolute legal immunity and cannot be sued in the customary courts.)
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Trump captures the nation’s attention on the campaign trail
The Republican presidential candidate and billionaire businessman promotes his recent endorsements.
THE MORNING PLUM:
On Morning Joe Wednesday morning, Donald Trump explained his — and Bernie Sanders’s — big wins in New Hampshire this way:
“We’re being ripped off by everybody. And I guess that’s the thing that Bernie Sanders and myself have in common. We know about the trade. But unfortunately he can’t do anything to fix it, whereas I will. I have the best people in the world. We’re losing hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars a year. And we will fix it. And we’ll make it good. And we’ll bring our jobs back. Bernie Sanders can’t even think in terms of that. The only thing he does know, and he’s right about, is that we’re being ripped off; he says that constantly; and I guess he and I are the only two that really say that.”
Pressure on Lynch to step aside in Clinton email probe
The Hill8 hours ago
Loretta Lynch is on the edge of the spotlight, about to be dragged to the center. If the FBI finds sufficient evidence to launch a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton or one of her top aides for mishandling classified information, Lynch’s Justice Department will have to decide whether or not to press ahead. Even if no evidence of wrongdoing is found, Clinton’s many critics are unlikely to take the word of an appointee of President Obama’s, and will doubt that justice has been served. Already, top Republicans are calling for a special prosecutor to be brought in and evaluate the situation. No. 2 Senate Republican John Cornyn (Texas) took to the floor of the Senate last week to call for …...read more
Originally published by Washington Blog and Global Research in January 2013.
Very few Americans are aware of this historical 1999 civil law suit of the King Family against the US Government. (Shelby County Court), Tennessee
Coretta Scott King: “We have done what we can to reveal the truth, and we now urge you as members of the media, and we call upon elected officials, and other persons of influence to do what they can to share the revelation of this case to the widest possible audience.” – King Family Press Conference, Dec. 9, 1999.
After four weeks of testimony and over 70 witnesses in a civil trial in Memphis, Tennessee, twelve jurors reached a unanimous verdict on December 8, 1999 after about an hour of deliberations that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated as a result of a conspiracy. In a press statement held the following day in Atlanta, Mrs. Coretta Scott King welcomed the verdict, saying ,
“There is abundant evidence of a major high level conspiracy in the assassination of my husband, Martin Luther King, Jr. And the civil court’s unanimous verdict has validated our belief. I wholeheartedly applaud the verdict of the jury and I feel that justice has been well served in their deliberations. This verdict is not only a great victory for my family, but also a great victory for America. It is a great victory for truth itself. It is important to know that this was a SWIFT verdict, delivered after about an hour of jury deliberation.
The jury was clearly convinced by the extensive evidence that was presented during the trial that, in addition to Mr. Jowers, the conspiracy of the Mafia, local, state and federal government agencies, were deeply involved in the assassination of my husband. The jury also affirmed overwhelming evidence that identified someone else, not James Earl Ray, as the shooter, and that Mr. Ray was set up to take the blame. I want to make it clear that my family has no interest in retribution. Instead, our sole concern has been that the full truth of the assassination has been revealed and adjudicated in a court of law… My husband once said, “The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” To-day, almost 32 years after my husband and the father of my four children was assassinated, I feel that the jury’s verdict clearly affirms this principle. With this faith, we can begin the 21st century and the new millennium with a new spirit of hope and healing.”
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It’s hard to remember a time when Rahm Emanuel wasn’t a Democratic Party superstar. Go back to 1991, when the thirty-two-year-old took over fund-raising for Bill Clinton. He was soon renowned for making the staff come to work on Sundays, shrieking into the phone to donors things like “Five thousand dollars is an insult! You’re a twenty-five-thousand-dollar person!”—and, not incidentally, helping Clinton afford the blitz of TV commercials that saved him from the Gennifer Flowers scandal, clearing his course to the White House. The legend continued through this past April, when Rahm—in Chicago and D.C., he’s known by that single name—won a second term as the mayor of Chicago in a come-from-behind landslide.
The clues found may potentially point to Iranian hackers, and they had already stolen passwords and engineering drawings of dozens of plants – one with the title “Mission Critical”. Experts say skilled attackers could have used them to knock out electricity flowing to millions of home.
These attacks are not unique. Foreign hackers have, over a dozen times in the last decade, managed to gain enough remote access to control operations network. While the recent intrusion have not caused any blackouts, cybersecurity experts worry that attackers have stowed away enough intelligence to have the ability to strike at will.
If the geopolitical situation changes and Iran wants to target these facilities, if they have this kind of information it will make it a lot easier- Robert M. Lee, former US cyberwarfare Operations Officer
Attributing attacks is, however, tricky. Neither US officials nor cybersecurity experts are able to confirm if the Islamic Republic of Iran was indeed involved in the attack. The breach began as far back as August 2013. While Calpine spokesman claims that the stolen data were outdated and thus presented no threat, some outside experts disagree.
Skilled hackers, they argued, could still find a way to update passwords and slip past firewalls to get into the operations network. Eventually, the intruders will still have the ability to shut down generating stations, cut off communication networks and potentially cause widespread blackouts near the plant.
The 2015 Global Thought Leaders Index, a “collective intelligence” analysis that maps the global conversation on the Internet and ranks its most influential voices, has just been released by The WorldPost and the Zurich-based Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute.View the results here.
For the first time, the annual index measures not only the globally-dominant English language infosphere, but also the other main language infospheres of Spanish and Chinese, as well as German. Altogether we rank the nearly 400 people who are most often mentioned and discussed online, ranging in the global index from Pope Francis, who ranks #1, to Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk at #4, Edward Snowden at #5 and cellist Yo-Yo Ma at #9. Other top influencers of note include former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis at #78, Chinese novelist Mo Yan at #83, Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez at #99 and Indian novelist Chetan Bhagat at #136.
In Spanish, Fidel Castro and Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa top the list, with Mexican poet Homero Arijidis at #11, Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel at #13 and Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar at #48. Edward Snowden leads the German list with philosophers Jurgen Habermas at #53 and Peter Sloterdijk at #83. China’s “outside” rankings mirror the global list since those living in Hong Kong or Taiwan almost exclusively use Wikipedia, Twitter or Google. However, the “inside” China rankings, which are most accurately measured by the Baidu Index, put Chinese President Xi Jinping and Alibaba chief Jack Ma in the top spots, with Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami at a curious #8 and Communist Party theorist Wang Huning at #10. Baidu is China’s largest search engine, akin to Google.
A graphic showing the world’s most influential thought leaders of 2015. GDI/WorldPost 2015 Global Thought Leaders Index.
The Map and the Territory
The map of the global conversation is as interesting as the intellectual territory it covers. YouTube is by far the global giant when it comes to platforms that spread ideas. Thoughts are far more widely cast through Twitter than through the more closed, narrowly cast “friend” connections of Facebook. The WorldPost/Huffington Post, including the 15 international HuffPost editions, also emerges as a top platform for the global circulation of ideas, along with the New York Times and the Guardian.The WorldPost, a 2-year-old partnership with the Berggruen Institute, serves as theHuffPost‘s global portal. The Spanish daily newspaper, El Pais, ranks as the major platform in the Spanish-speaking world.
Here are the links to the findings of The WorldPost/GDI 2015 Global Thought Leaders Index in English and German.
This is what influence looks like in the English-speaking blogosphere. GDI/WorldPost 2015 Global Thought Leaders Index.
How the Analysis Was Done
Nominations for the most influential thought leaders of 2015 were solicited from The WorldPost editorial board and contributing editors, from the editors of El Pais, the editors of Univision/Fusion and the Shanghai-based online current affairs website,Guancha (Observer). The top results from GDI’s 2014 survey were included as a baseline and German-language nominations were reviewed by Alexander Gorlach, founding editor of the Berlin-based The European magazine. In future years, other language areas, starting with Arabic, will be included.
Nominations were then processed through a “collective intelligence” analysis by Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Peter Gloor, who correlated those nominations with their mentions — or “betweenness centrality” score (being spoken with and/ or about) — on Wikipedia, tweets and blogs (and their equivalent in China) to determine an influence ranking. The methodology is explained in more detail in the index.
This is what influence looks like in the Spanish-speaking blogosphere. GDI/WorldPost 2015 Global Thought Leaders Index.
In the German and Spanish language areas, a layer of common global voices dominates at the top of the list, overlapping with the English-language global rankings, while voices not generally known beyond language borders concentrate in the bottom half of the rankings. This reflects the more or less free flow of ideas across the Internet. One interesting note is the sparse use of Twitter in the German area, apparently due to privacy preferences.
The Chinese analysis indicates a situation in which there is “one language, two infospheres.” Rankings for the Chinese language “outside” the mainland in Hong Kong, Taiwan and the diaspora indicate an influence pattern similar to the top “global layer” in the other language spheres. But “inside” China, using the Baidu Index of the more than 740 million web pages to which the search engine has access, the rankings are markedly different, with few non-Chinese voices. As Zheng Weiwei, a former interpreter for Deng Xiaoping who collaborated on this project, puts it:
The Chinese Internet world is already a universe in itself, given the size and scale of China’s Internet population and IT industries. It is in many ways on par with the English Internet universe. China’s Alibaba is already larger than eBay and Amazon combined.
China’s “internet sovereignty” policy, firewalls and censorship also certainly shape the results on any “inside” search.
Baidu is China’s largest search engine, akin to Google.
The Internet as a ‘Global Thinking Circuit’
The aim of The WorldPost is to establish a global platform for the cross-pollination of ideas beyond borders, a place where the whole world meets. Partnering with the highly regarded Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute in Zurich to chart the currents and map the virtual territory of the infosphere is a key step in making the Internet a truly “global thinking circuit” instead of just a worldwide series of dots that don’t connect. The message can catch up with the medium if we put our minds to it.
“It’s Over For Me” Matt Drudge Warns Public “You’re A Pawn In The ‘Ghetto-isation'” Of The Web
The very foundation of the free Internet is under severe threat from copyright laws that could ban independent media outlets, according to Matt Drudge. “I had a Supreme Court Justice tell me it’s over for me,” said Drudge, warning web users that they were being pushed “pawn-like” into the cyber “ghettos” of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
“Reclusive” Drudge says he has not had a photo taken in 8 years
During an appearance on the Alex Jones Show, Drudge asserted that copyright laws which prevent websites from even linking to news stories were being advanced.
“I had a Supreme Court Justice tell me it’s over for me,” said Drudge. “They’ve got the votes now to enforce copyright law, you’re out of there. They’re going to make it so you can’t even use headlines.”
“To have a Supreme Court Justice say to me it’s over, they’ve got the votes, which means time is limited,” he added, noting that a day was coming when simply operating an independent website could be outlawed.
“That will end (it) for me – fine – I’ve had a hell of a run,” said Drudge, adding that web users were being pushed into the cyber “ghettos” of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
“This is ghetto, this is corporate, they’re taking your energy and you’re getting nothing in return – nothing!”
The Middle Class Is No Longer America’s Economic Majority
It’s the first time that’s been true in 40 years.
Former intelligence contractor and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden told the BBC’s Panorama that the UK intelligence centre GCHQ has the power to hack phones without their owners’ knowledge.
In an interview with the BBC’s ‘Panorama’ which aired in Britain last week, Edward Snowden spoke in detail about the spying capabilities of the UK intelligence agency GCHQ. He disclosed that government spies can legally hack into any citizen’s phone to listen in to what’s happening in the room, view files, messages and photos, pinpoint exactly where a person is (to a much more sophisticated level than a normal GPS system), and monitor a person’s every move and every conversation, even when the phone is turned off. These technologies are named after Smurfs, those little blue cartoon characters who had a recent Hollywood makeover. But despite the cute name, these technologies are very disturbing; each one is built to spy on you in a different way:
“Dreamy Smurf”: lets the phone be powered on and off
“Nosey Smurf”:lets spies turn the microphone on and listen in on users, even if the phone itself is turned off
“Tracker Smurf”:a geo-location tool which allows [GCHQ] to follow you with a greater precision than you would get from the typical triangulation of cellphone towers.
“Paranoid Smurf”: hides the fact that it has taken control of the phone. The tool will stop people from recognising that the phone has been tampered with if it is taken in for a service, for instance.
Snowden says: “They want to own your phone instead of you.” It sounds very much like he means we are being purposefully encouraged to buy our own tracking devices. That kinda saved the government some money, didn’t it?
His revelations should worry anyone who cares about human rights, especially in an era where the threat of terrorism is used to justify all sorts of governmental crimes against civil liberties. We have willingly given up our freedoms in the name of security; as a result we have neither. We seem to have forgotten that to live as a free person is a basic human right: we are essentially free beings. We are born naked and without certification; we do not belong to any government nor monarchy nor individual, we don’t even belong to any nation or culture or religion- these are all social constructs. We belong only to the universe that created us, or whatever your equivalent belief. It is therefore a natural human right not to be not be under secret surveillance by your own government, those corruptible liars who are supposedly elected by and therefore accountable to the people.
The danger for law-abiding citizens who say they have nothing to fear because they are not terrorists,beware: many peaceful British protesters have been arrested under the Prevention Of Terrorism Act since its introduction in 2005. Edward Snowden‘s disclosure confirms just how far the attack on civil liberties has gone since 9/11 and the London bombings. Both events have allowed governments the legal right to essentially wage war on their own people, through the Patriot Act in the USA and the Prevention Of Terrorism Act in the UK. In Britain, as in the USA, terrorism and activismseem to have morphed into one entity, while nobody really knows who the real terrorists are any more. A sad but absolutely realistic fact of life in 2015: if you went to a peaceful protest at weekend and got detained, you’re probably getting hacked right now.
It’s one more reason to conclude that smartphones suck. And as much as we convince ourselves how cool they are, it’s hard to deny their invention has resulted in a tendency for humans to behave like zombies, encouraged child labor, made us more lonely than ever, turned some of us into narcissisticselfie–addicts, and prevented us from communicating with those who really matter (the ones in the same room at the same time). Now, Snowden has given us yet another reason to believe thatsmartphones might be the dumbest thing we could have ever inflicted on ourselves.
Every age believes itself to be the age of anxiety, as Auden’s famous poem first put it. But in his new book, Anxious: Using the Brain to Understand and Treat Fear and Anxiety, the neuroscientist and writer Joseph LeDoux suggests that that has never been a stronger claim to make than it is now. In the United States, fear and anxiety disorders are together the most common psychiatric problem, affecting roughly 20 percent of all Americans at a cost of more than $40 billion in lost productivity every year.
Here’s The Crazy Story About Thanksgiving You’ve Never Heard
Especially the parts about Squanto the “friendly Indian.”
Posted: 11/25/2015 01:44 PM EST | Edited: 11/25/2015 03:30 PM EST
LIBRARY OF CONGRESSThis image from “Young Folks’ History of the United States,” published in 1903, is typical of depictions of the Thanksgiving story at the time.
The Thanksgiving story you know probably goes a bit like this: English Pilgrims, seeking religious freedom, landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where they found a rich land full of animals and were greeted by a friendly Indian named Squanto, who taught them how to plant corn.
The true story is more complicated. Once you learn about the real Squanto — also known as Tisquantum — you’ll have a great yarn to tell your family over the Thanksgiving table.
“This is not revisionist history,” Peters promised. “This is history that’s just been overlooked because people have become very, very comfortable with the story of happy Pilgrims and friendly Indians. They’re very content with that — even to the point where no one really questioned how is it that Squanto knew how to speak perfect English when they came.”
Here’s what really happened.
In 1614, six years before the Pilgrims landed in modern-day Massachusetts, an Englishman named Thomas Hunt kidnapped Tisquantum from his village, Patuxet, which was part of a group of villages known as the Wampanoag confederation. (Europeans had started visiting the northeast of what is now the United States by the 1520s, and probably as early as the 1480s.)
Hunt took Tisquantum and around two dozen other kidnapped Wampanoag to Spain, where he tried to sell them into slavery.
“It caused quite a commotion when this guy showed up trying to sell these people,” Mann said. “A bunch of people in the church said no way.”
Tisquantum escaped slavery — with the help of Catholic friars, according to some accounts — then somehow found his way to England.
He finally made it back to what is now Massachusetts in 1619. As far as historians can tell, Tisquantum was the only one of the kidnapped Wampanoags to ever return to North America, Peters notes.
As far as historians can tell, Tisquantum was the only one of the kidnapped Wampanoags to ever return to North America.
But while Tisquantum was in Europe, an epidemic had swept across New England.
“The account that’s recorded by Gov. Bradford of Plymouth Plantation is that there’s a shipwreck of French sailors that year on Cape Cod,” Mann said. “One of them carried some disease and it wiped out a huge percentage of the population in coastal new England. … The guess is it was some kind of viral hepatitis, which is easily communicated in water. It exploded like chains of firecrackers.”
When Tisquantum returned to Patuxet, he found that he was the village’s only survivor.
“Into this bumbled the Pilgrims,” Mann said. “They had shown up in New England a few weeks before winter. … Up until the Pilgrims, the pattern had been pretty clear. Europeans would show up, and Indians would be interested in their trade goods, but they were really uninterested in letting [Europeans] permanently occupy land.”
Often, armed native people would even force Europeans to leave if they attempted to stay too long.
This time, the Europeans wanted to stay, and the disease that had decimated Patuxet ensured that they had a place to settle.
“Patuxet ultimately becomes Plymouth,” Peters explained. “They find this cleared land and just the bones of the Indians. They called it divine providence: God killed these Indians so we could live here.”
A website Peters helped create for the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival puts it even more bluntly: “The graveyard of [Tisquantum’s] people became Plymouth Colony.”
Massasoit, a local Wampanoag leader, didn’t trust Tisquantum. “He looks at this guy and smells trouble,” Mann said. Massasoit kept Tisquantum under what was essentially house arrest until the Pilgrims showed up and promptly started starving to death.
Patuxet wasn’t the only native village decimated by the plague. The entire Wampanoag confederation had been badly hit — as much as 75 percent of the Wampanoag population was wiped out, Mann said. But the Narragansett, a rival neighboring group, basically weren’t affected by the disease at all. That put the Wampanoag in a precarious strategic position.
“The graveyard of his people became Plymouth Colony.”
Massasoit had an idea.
“He decides we’ll ally with these guys, set up a good trading relationship, control supply of English goods, and the Narragansett won’t be able to attack us,” Mann said.
On March 22, 1621, Massasoit went to meet with the Pilgrims. He brought Tisquantum along to translate.
Tisquantum most likely was not the name he was given at birth. In that part of the Northeast, tisquantum referred to rage, especially the rage of manitou, the world-suffusing spiritual power at the heart of coastal Indians’ religious beliefs. When Tisquantum approached the Pilgrims and identified himself by that sobriquet, it was as if he had stuck out his hand and said, “Hello, I’m the Wrath of God.”
Massasoit was right not to trust Tisquantum, who soon tried to pit the Pilgrims against him. But the plan didn’t work: Massasoit “is just pissed off and demands the Pilgrims hand him over because he’s gonna execute him,” Mann said.
The Pilgrims didn’t. Instead, Tisquantum stayed in the colony with them, helping them prepare for the next winter.
“Never did the newcomers ask themselves why he might be making himself essential,” Mann wrote in Smithsonian. “But from the Pilgrims’ accounts of their dealings with him, the answer seems clear: the alternative to staying in Plymouth was returning to Massasoit and renewed captivity.”
It’s all a lot more complicated — Machiavellian, even — than the story you might have learned. Mann in Smithsonianagain:
By fall the settlers’ situation was secure enough that they held a feast of thanksgiving. Massasoit showed up with “some ninety men,” Winslow later recalled, most of them with weapons. The Pilgrim militia responded by marching around and firing their guns in the air in a manner intended to convey menace. Gratified, both sides sat down, ate a lot of food and complained about the Narragansett. Ecce Thanksgiving.
So what does this all mean? “While it was by far not the first occasion of human trafficking conducted by European explorers to the new world, the capture of Squanto and his fellow tribesmen would forever alter the course of history for people on two continents,” Peterswrote on the anniversary website.
“We learn about Columbus landing in 1492 and it’s as if nothing happened for over 100 years until the Pilgrims landed,” Mann added. “But the Tisquantum story gives you this tiny peek into that all the people involved had been interacting for more than a century.”
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Google just released powerful new artificial intelligence
Google has long been ahead of the curve on artificial intelligence (AI), and things just got a lot more interesting.
On Monday, the tech giant released TensorFlow, a new AI system that’s used in everything from recognizing speech on a noisy sidewalk to finding photos of your pet dog Fluffy.
And in a rare move for Google, it’s making its software open source, meaning anyone can access and edit the code.
The software passes complex data structures, or tensors, through a neural network, or artificial brain, hence the name Tensor Flow. This process is a core part of deep learning, a powerful AI tool that is used in many of Google’s products.
Google says the new program is five times faster than its first-generation system, and can be run on thousands of computers or a single smartphone. Google uses it in everything from Search to Photos to Inbox. For example, it’s what lets Google Translate detect foreign words on a street sign and translate them in real-time, as shown above.
The reason for making TensorFlow open source is to spur innovation and make it easier for researchers to share their ideas and code, Google spokesperson Jason Freidenfelds told Business Insider.
Currently, Google has only released a version of the new technology that runs on a single machine, but it plans to release a multiple-machine version in the future, Freidenfelds said.
But Google is not making everything open source. “It’s sharing only some of the algorithms that run atop the engine. And it’s not sharing access to the remarkably advanced hardware infrastructure that drives this engine,” Wired’s Cade Metz reported.
According to Google, TensorFlow can also be used for other types of machine learning, or for things you might use a supercomputer for — from protein folding to analyzing astronomy data.
“We’ve seen firsthand what TensorFlow can do, and we think it could make an even bigger impact outside Google,” the company wrote on its blog. “We hope this will let the machine learning community — everyone from academic researchers, to engineers, to hobbyists — exchange ideas much more quickly, through working code rather than just research papers.”
Bart SibrelFilmmaker Bart Sibrel believes the Moon landings were a hoax to hook the public’s imagination and divert it from the Vietnam War. People now believe the historic event to be true, and hold on to their belief with religious zeal.
The controversial filmmaker has been promoting the idea of the fake moon landings for over 20 years and says he now has evidence to prove his claims.
Sibrel claims he has raw and original NASA footage showing the Apollo 11 crew being directed from a third source, maybe CIA, as to what to say and when, while communicating with ground control. He claims the Astronauts never left near earth orbit, and certainly didn’t make their way to the moon, because it is near impossible for living things, due to cosmic radiation. If it were possible to go to the moon and back, humans would have been experts at it by now and would have colonized the featureless Moon for its resources.
The Astronauts always seem to look a bit withdrawn when giving original interviews, as if the greatest event for humankind has not been able to put a twist in their steps and let their tongues sing out as to the wonders of their achievement. Neil Armstrong, the first man to appear on the moon, was known to be very reclusive and hardly spoke publicly about his great achievement for the public.
……Watch Video on sidebar…funny thing happened on way to moon….
The word is in from the wildlife biologists. Say goodbye in North America to the gray wolf, the cougar, the grizzly bear. They are destined for extinction sometime in the next 40 years. Say goodbye to the Red wolf and the Mexican wolf and the Florida panther. Gone the jaguar, the ocelot, the wood bison, the buffalo, the California condor, the North Atlantic right whale, the Stellar sea lion, the hammerhead shark, the leatherback sea turtle. That’s just North America.
TRUMP IS NOT THE CARNIVAL — THE WHOLE ELECTION IS
The system loves to laugh at Donald Trump’s buffoonish ways, but what about the system itself? If you look closely, the entire way we elect presidents is pretty ridiculous.
The following WhoWhatWhy Classic first appeared in 2011, after Trump abandoned a previous bid for the presidency, but has never been more apt.
There’s a reason that many of the people who spend a lot of their time thinking and talking about celebrities’ private lives, and/or memorizing the statistics of scores of sports stars, also derive deep satisfaction from the seasonal political game. It…is…an…amusement.
A new book on the CIA’s most powerful director, Allen Dulles, WhoWhatWhy’s Jeff Schechtman interviews author David Talbot about his many discoveries. These include World War II and Cold War secrets and crucial new information relating to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Podcast.
This essay is the second in a four-part series on the theme, “The Third Industrial Revolution.” An introduction by Arianna Huffington is available here. Part one is available here. Stay tuned for the next chapters and responses from leading global figures and technologists.
The Media Underestimated Hillary Clinton, But Overestimated Her Debate
The United States keeps nuclear weapons in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Turkey, in violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which bans the transfer of nuclear weapons from a nuclear weapon state to a non-nuclear weapon state. Now, the U.S. wants to upgrade its nukes in Europe, to make them “precision” and “guided,” and therefore more likely to be used, even as tensions build between the United States and Russia.
Stephen Hawking has been outspoken in recent years about the catastrophic dangers humanity faces in the 21st century. He said we should be cautious in attempting to contact aliens, warning that advanced extraterrestrial life may not be friendly toward us and could destroy the human race. He also stated we should be cautious in creating strong artificial intelligence. But recently, Hawking addressed the threat he says may be more far more dangerous to the future of human civilization than robots, aliens, or quantum particles: capitalist greed.
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Obama’s and Putin’s differences are sharp and dangerous
In his Orwellian September 28, 2015 speech to the United Nations, President Obama said that if democracy had existed in Syria, there never would have been a revolt against Assad. By that, he meant ISIL. Where there is democracy, he said, there is no violence or revolution.
This was his threat to promote revolution, coups and violence against any country not deemed a “democracy.” In making this hardly-veiled threat, he redefined the word in the vocabulary of international politics. Democracy is the CIA’s overthrow of Mossedegh in Iran to install the Shah. Democracy is the overthrow of Afghanistan’s secular government by the Taliban against Russia. Democracy is the Ukrainian coup behind Yats and Poroshenko. Democracy is Pinochet. It is “our bastards,” as Lyndon Johnson said, with regard to the Latin American dictators installed by U.S. foreign policy.
A century ago the word “democracy” referred to a nation whose policies were formed by elected representatives. Ever since ancient Athens, democracy was contrasted to oligarchy and aristocracy. But since the Cold War and its aftermath, that is not how U.S. politicians have used the term. When an American president uses the word “democracy,” he means a pro-American country following U.S. neoliberal policies, no matter if the country is a military dictatorship or its government was brought in by a coup(euphemized as a Color Revolution) as in Georgia or Ukraine. A “democratic” government has been re-defined simply as one supporting the Washington Consensus, NATO and the IMF. It is a government that shifts policy-making out of the hands of elected representatives to an “independent” central bank, whose policies are dictated by the oligarchy centered in Wall Street, the City of London and Frankfurt.
Given this American re-definition of the political vocabulary, when President Obama says that such countries will not suffer coups, violent revolution or terrorism, he means that countries safely within the U.S. diplomatic orbit will be free of destabilization sponsored by the U.S. State Department, Defense Department and Treasury. Countries whose voters democratically elect a government or regime that acts independently (or even simply seeks the power to act independently of U.S. directives) will be destabilized, Syria- style, Ukraine-style or Chile-style under General Pinochet. As Henry Kissinger said, just because a country votes in communists doesn’t mean that we have to accept it. This is the style of the “color revolutions” sponsored by the National Endowment for Democracy.
In his United Nations reply, Russian President Putin warned against the “export of democratic revolution,” meaning by the United States in support of its local factotums. ISIL is armed with U.S. weapons and its soldiers were trained by U.S. armed forces. In case there was any doubt, President Obama reiterated before the United Nations that until Syrian President Assad was removed in favor of one more submissive to U.S. oil and military policy, Assad was the major enemy, not ISIL.
“It is impossible to tolerate the present situation any longer,” President Putin responded. Likewise in Ukraine: “What I believe is absolutely unacceptable,” he said in his CBS interview on 60 Minutes, “is the resolution of internal political issues in the former USSR Republics, through “color revolutions,” through coup d’états, through unconstitutional removal of power. That is totally unacceptable. Our partners in the United States have supported those who ousted Yanukovych. … We know who and where, when, who exactly met with someone and worked with those who ousted Yanukovych, how they were supported, how much they were paid, how they were trained, where, in which countries, and who those instructors were. We know everything.”
Where does this leave U.S.-Russian relations? I hoped for a moment that perhaps Obama’s harsh anti-Russian talk was to provide protective coloration for an agreement with Putin in their 5 o’clock meeting. Speaking one way so as to enable oneself to act in another has always been his modus operandi, as it is for many politicians. But Obama remains in the hands of the neocons.
Where will this lead? There are many ways to think outside the box. What if Putin proposes to air-lift or ship Syrian refugees – up to a third of the population – to Europe, landing them in Holland and England, who are obliged under the Shengen rules to accept them?
Or what if he brings to Russia the best computer specialists and other skilled labor for which Syria is renowned, supplementing the flood of immigration from “democratic” Ukraine?
What if the joint plans announced on Sunday between Iraq, Iran, Syria and Russia to jointly fight ISIS – a coalition that US/NATO has refrained from joining – comes up against U.S. troops or even the main funder of ISIL, Saudi Arabia?
The game is out of America’s hands now. All it is able to do is wield the threat of “democracy” as a weapon of coups to turn recalcitrant countries into Libyas, Iraqs and Syrias.
Today is the 70th anniversary of the UN. It is not clear how much good the UN has done. Some UN Blue Hemet peacekeeping operations had limited success. But mainly Washington has used the UN for war, such as the Korean War and Washington’s Cold War against the Soviet Union. In our time Washington had UN tanks sent in against Bosnian Serbs during the period that Washington was dismantling Yugoslavia and Serbia and accusing Serbian leaders, who tried to defend the integrity of their country against Washington’s aggression, of “war crimes.”
In a note on Friday morning, Kit Juckes, a strategist at Societe Generale, wrote that the easy money has been made and things are about to get a lot harder for investors.
“Making healthy investment returns when QE-inspired asset inflation is all but played out, emerging markets are slowing, Europe is stagnant and the Fed is showing a distressing lack of leadership, is going to be really, really difficult,”
Here’s the American Disease in a nutshell: entitlement and power means you never have to apologize for anything. Public relations might require a grudging, insincere quasi-apology, but the person with power can’t evince humility or shame–he or she doesn’t have any. What the American with power does have in nearly limitless abundance is a grandiose yet unacknowledged sense of entitlement and a volcanic sense of indignation.
The BBC is proposing to set up a new World Service satellite news channel for Russian speakers, in a direct challenge to Russia Today, the Kremlin-funded television service found guilty of impartiality breaches.
The World Service would expand services in Russia, North Korea, the Middle East and other territories where state-sponsored broadcasters are denying audiences an impartial and independent source of news.
The problem for the BBC is, however, that it already has a larger budget than RT, plus a half-century head-start. The problem is not about a lack of funding, it is about a lack of credibility, something all the money on Wall Street and London cannot buy.
Credibility is the New Currency
There is an old adage that goes something like this: “It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.” For the media houses of Wall Street and London their “good reputation” wasn’t even really built up upon good deeds. Their reputation was built up upon endemic ignorance throughout the general public, fancy suits, and million-dollar studios. Reputation was built upon marketing, something Wall Street and London understand very well.
The planet is essentially swimming in the lies of the US and UK. Clearly money and exposure is not their problem. Credibility is. The problem the US and UK face is that their joint enterprise upon planet Earth is predicated upon lying, deceiving and exploiting humanity. Telling the truth is not an option for them unless the basic premise they labor under was somehow changed. And because of that simple fact, their winning of the information war is not a possibility so long as their opponents use credibility rather than chronic deceit as their daily currency.
We have lived through a credit hyper-expansion for the record books, with an unprecedented generation of excess claims to underlying real wealth. In doing so we have created the largest financial departure from reality in human history. Bubbles are not new – humanity has experienced them periodically going all the way back to antiquity – but the novel aspect of this one, apart from its scale, is its occurrence at a point when we have reached or are reaching so many limits on a global scale. The retrenchment we are about to experience as this bubble bursts is also set to be unprecedented, given that the scale of a bust is predictably proportionate to the scale of the excesses during the boom that precedes it. Deflation and depression are mutually reinforcing, meaning the downward spiral will continue for many years. China is the biggest domino about to fall, and from a great height as well, threatening to flatten everything in its path on the way down. This is the beginning of a New World Disorder…
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 09/14/2015 – 13:55The massively-funded Hillary Clinton campaign to run for President goes from worse to worserer. As The Hill reports, Clinton’s support has fallen 21 points since July, from 63 to 42%, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Monday, dropping below 50% for the first time.
We Americans are in something approaching complete denial about how truly horrible our nation’s recent impact on the rest of the world has been.We are universally hated, even by those who have their hands out to receive their Danegeld, and the world is undoubtedly shaking its head as it listens to the bile coming out of the mouths of our presidential candidates. Shakespeare observed that the “evil that men do lives after them,” but he had no experience of the United States.
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Orwellian Nightmare: Congress May Block States from Requiring GMO Labeling
The SAFE Act sounds like it promises accurate labeling of GM foods. But it likely guarantees that no such thing will ever happen.
As the vitriol intensifies in what passes for debate over the safety of genetically modified foods, scientific inquiry, thankfully, continues. A Tufts researcher, Sheldon Krimsky, recently published his assessment of the last seven years of peer-reviewed evidence, finding 26 studies that “reported adverse effects or uncertainties of GMOs fed to animals.”
If recent history is any indication, Sheldon Krimsky should expect to be slammed as a “science denier.”
Reaction: US State Department urges ‘constructive’ talks
US senator Gary Hart remains ‘closely engaged’ with parties in the North
Former US senator Gary Hart, Secretary of State John Kerry’s personal representative on Northern Ireland.
Martin Armstrong: “Hillary’s Dream Is Evaporating Rapidly”
Hillary’s dream of becoming the first woman president is evaporating rapidly. She leads Bernie Sander by only 8 point in New Hampshire when she was supposed to be the big name and her coronation as the next Democratic candidate was claimed to be the safest bet in Washington. But her obstruction of justice has violated everything from Treason taking money from foreign government for her “charity” to dodging subpoenas which was an obstruction of justice and violating the Freedom of Information Act. Her trust rating collapsed to 28%, showing that even Jeb Bush would clean her clock. Bill will come to the rescue to try to raise more money for her, but this not about money.
As I have stated, there was NO POSSIBLE WAY that the FBI would have started an investigation into Hillary and her obstruction of justice (treason) for conducting personal business intermixed with state business from a private server… unless all along, those of us who understand the interworking of Capitol Hill could read between the lines that Obama supported Biden, not Hillary. I expect Biden to announce he is entering by October. Hillary seems not to fear prosecution whereas any other unwanted candidate would back off with the onset of an investigation into criminal activity. The talk of the town is when will Biden enter. Now the press is picking up saying it’s time for Joe.
Why did Ross Perot back out of running for president? There was, of course, the lame excuse that was a total lie.
Perot eventually stated the reason was that he received threats that digitally altered photographs would be released by the Bush campaign to sabotage his daughter’s wedding. Regardless of the reasons for withdrawing, his reputation was badly damaged. Many of his supporters felt betrayed and public opinion polls would subsequently show a large negative view of Perot that was absent prior to his decision to end the campaign.
There was the rumor that there were threats of investigating his airport. His airport does not handle tourists, only cargo. It was alleged that a lot of illegal things were going in and out of his hub. Yet, then there was the Clinton connection. A deal was allegedly promised to Perot that Hillary’s healthcare proposal would give his computer company the contract for the entire healthcare system she was designing. That failed to get through, but allegedly Perot was a ringer to swing the election to Clinton in 1992. This was just another one of those corruption views with the Clintons that people would say you better count your fingers after shaking hands.
Perot was in the running, but his campaign did not seem focused on winning. What did emerge was Bill Clinton, who suddenly soared from third in the polls to becoming President of the United States. Perot blamed the Republicans for creating doctored pictures of his daughter. Those claims or excuses were pretty crazy. Any doctored photo would have been detected.
Moreover, I was even asked by leading members in the Republican Party to meet with Perot. I was in Tokyo and agreed to fly to Dallas for a meeting on my way home. That meeting was scheduled for the weekend that he pulled out of the race. They would NEVER have asked me to fly to Texas to meet with him if they were trying to blackmail him with doctored photos nobody ever saw of his daughter. It was a total surprise to them and I landed in Dallas before I could change my flight.
Perot, claiming to be a fiscal conservative, made no sense when he suddenly blamed Republicans knowing those allegations were benefiting Clinton. Perot exited, then reentered, based upon allegation that the Clintons’ offered him a deal he could not refuse — the biggest contract in computing history. He dropped from 39% before his crazy exit to 19% after reentering, so those votes were key to getting Clinton elected.
Larry Nichols, Clinton’s key inside man who knew what was going on back then, was the a key witness for the prosecution during his impeachment. Nichols allegedly admitted that Perot was a “ringer” to win the election for Clinton.
The legacy of the Clinton’s behind the curtain has also been one of questioning everything, two, three, if not four to ten times. The lack of honesty between the words seems to be catching up. Hillary and Bill have been rather notorious for doing whatever it takes to win while lining their pockets at the same time. So it is no surprise that Hillary may fight to the end without ever fearing prosecution for anything she has ever done is in the past.
While the media focuses on the human tragedy of so many people uprooted and traveling in dangerous circumstances, there is very little attention given to the events that led them to leave their countries. Certainly we all feel for the displaced people, especially the children, but let’s not forget that this is a man-made crisis and it is a government-made crisis.
You know things have become bad when… Common core is so wonderful that Lily Tang Williams, a Chinese-American mother of three who grew up in Communist China, says it reminds her of her oppressive, statist nature of her childhood education.
The architects of the American police state must think we’re idiots.
With every passing day, we’re being moved further down the road towards a totalitarian society characterized by government censorship, violence, corruption, hypocrisy and intolerance, all packaged for our supposed benefit in the Orwellian doublespeak of national security, tolerance and so-called “government speech.”
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