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Gun Control PSA Tells Kids to Steal Parents’ Guns, Turn Them in at School

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Mac Slavo
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Show and tell on your parents.

Here’s the latest plan to end gun violence – by encouraging concerned children to steal their parents’ firearms from them and turn them in at schools, or perhaps police precincts.

Unbelievable, but it is happening:

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The PSA video above shows a young teen dramatically rifling through his parents’ drawer, only to take out a handgun and put it in his backpack, all while his mother is downstairs reading.

The next day, he brings the gun to school, sits through class, and places it on a startled teacher’s desk before asking, “Can you take this away? I don’t feel safe with a gun in my house.”

This is independent director Rejina Sincic’s idea of how to end gun violence and keep children safe. The message at the end reads, “Our children deserve a safe world. Stop gun violence now.”

Hardly the connection most people would make with a student bringing a weapon to school … not to mention a terrible and dangerous example for the children.

BearingArms.com writes about the real world consequences of bringing a firearm into our modern day gun-free zones, err, schools, not to mention the very real possibility of creating hysteria with potentially deadly consequences:
In the real world, such an act would result in the boy facing numerous felony charges (exact charges depend on state laws) possibly including weapons theft, unlawful possession of a weapon by a minor, illegal concealed carry of a weapon, carrying a weapon onto school property, assault, and brandishing. He would face the possibility of felony criminal record and mandatory expulsion from his school… and this is the kind of behavior that deranged gun control supporter Sincic is hoping that children will emulate.Director Rejina Sincic took to Twitter, taunting that many people were too afraid of her PSA, and too cowardly to spread it around.

Lot of people are afraid to share my PSA! If you are not a coward please share https://t.co/q2sisRKCN1 … … #gunviolence
— Rejina Sincic (@QueenSincic) December 17, 2014
@QueenSincic So you're encouraging teens to steal weapons and then turn them in at school, & become double felons. Are you F****** Stupid
— R_P_Ross (@prestonross53) December 21, 2014
@QueenSincic Are you insane with that video? You better hope no one is injured because of it. You liberals are absolutely clueless!
— John Milone (@Patriot091972) December 21, 2014
@QueenSincic You're encouraging a minimum of four felonies, and the significant risk of a negligent discharge hurting or killing someone.
— Bob Owens (@bob_owens) December 21, 2014
@QueenSincic Thank you for making THE WORST gun control PSA in the history of the world. GUNS SAVE LIVES EVERY DAY.
— Alex (@alexmazzaraa) December 21, 2014
Unfortunately, this director is only encouraged by the attention the video is drawing, even if that attention is squarely negative.

I'm entertained by tweets that I'm getting about my PSA. Here it is of you haven't seen it https://t.co/q2sisRKCN1 … … #gunviolence
— Rejina Sincic (@QueenSincic) December 21, 2014
You can read more from Mac Slavo at his site SHTFplan.com, where this first appeared.

1967 Poll Found Only 6% of Americans Thought Police Brutality Even Existed in Their Town

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Melissa Melton
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The last couple of weeks here in Police State USA saw massive protests in response to the death of Eric Garner, a man who was killed when an NYPD officer put him in a chokehold during his arrest that ended his life … all for selling untaxed, loose cigarettes. Americans in the tens of thousands marched against police brutality in New York, D.C. and several other major cities saw protests as well. Police brutality protesters even staged a mass “die-in” at the Mall of America, shutting down parts of it this past weekend.

Two police officers were also shot in Brooklyn during an anti-terrorism drill, supposedly in revenge for Garner, followed by another officer shot in Florida. Calls for gun control (that’s for guns in the hands of the people, not police) predictably followed.

Things are spinning wildly out of control on the police state front to the point that one might think things have always been this bad when, in fact, it’s more like a downward spiral we’ve been sliding on for several decades now, but most especially since 9/11.

Take for example this article in the August 31, 1967 Des Moines Register.

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The Gallup Poll surveyed 1,626 adults in 317 areas across America and found that a mere six percent thought police brutality even existed where they lived.

Only six percent. In addition, an overwhelming 77 percent of people polled said they had a “great deal” of respect for police.

Wow. In my whole lifetime, I’ve never known a time where police respect was that high.

Interestingly, the poll was taken after the 1967 Detroit Riot which began on July 23rd that year. The riot had been the costliest in American history at the time, with a price tag of $1 billion and 43 lives. It took over 17,000 law enforcement officers and federal agents five days to stop. Still, a month later and only six percent polled above thought police brutality existed in their neighborhood.

The poll did note that more black people (14 percent) thought police brutality existed in their area than white people (six percent), but considering what was going on at the time, that number seems low for an event that had been referred to since as, “one of the most violent race riots in American history.”

What a difference a few decades make.

Gallup repeated a similar poll in 1991 (the year before the Rodney King beating and resultant Los Angeles riots) and found that 35% of Americans felt police brutality occurred in their area. The figure went up to 38% by 1999.

By 2005, Gallup found that confidence in police had dropped to a ten-year low.

Wonder what these figures would look like today?

Well, in New York, 74 percent of people polled said police brutality was a “serious problem” back in September. Sixty-eight percent say there is “no excuse” for Eric Garner’s death. Even ex-president and warmonger George W. Bush said the grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer responsible for ending Garner’s life was “hard to understand.”

Worse, we can’t even look at the figures for how many people die at the hands of police in this country each year. Why?

Because, even though you can easily find stats on how many cops are shot in the line of duty (31 in 2013), there simply isn’t an ongoing, mandatory database that requires police departments to track use of deadly force by police. The short answer to “How many people are shot by police in America each year?” is “No one knows.”

Some estimates show it could be as high as three people per day losing their lives at the hands of cops here. More than five thousand people have been killed by police since 9/11, prompting Mint Press News’ Katie Rucke to write, “Statistically speaking, Americans should be more fearful of the local cops than ‘terrorists.'” For that matter, police have killed more civilians since 9/11 than the number of soldiers who have died in the Iraq War.

Aside from police using deadly force more and more despite the fact that crime is down overall, their training is teaching our cops that America is a war zone as justification for continued, systematic police state build-up. In fact, just this weekend the NYPD’s union declared the department to officially be a “wartime” police department in response to the two timely police shootings.

On top of that, the Pentagon’s 1033 surplus program, which really began in 1990 under the guise of fighting the war on drugs and became official when Congress passed the 1997 NDAA, has been outfitting police with weapons of war for years now — and the weapons just continue to get more sophisticated and over-the-top as the police state builds.

Cops today are armed to the hilt with mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles designed for far away battlefields, in addition to LRAD sound cannons, “less-than-lethal” ammunition (which can and does still kill), and .50 cal sniper rifles which can be mounted on helicopters for “special occasions” such as shooting down an aircraft. Police these days are also using software with sophisticated algorithms that give citizens a color-coded “threat rating” based on all of our data including our social media posts and purchases in real time.

It’s interesting that, conversely, during a period of poor economic conditions and while the Vietnam War war raging on prior to the draft, with periods of riots summer after summer, still Americans felt police brutality was low to virtually non-existent in polls.

Now we live in a highly militarized police state where we don’t even know how many Americans are dying at the hands of police on an average day because — in an era dominated by smart tech and big data — no one is even bothering to keep track.

Maybe none of our officials really want to know … because they don’t want to face the truth.

Who watches the watchers?

Further Reading: Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces

Melissa Melton is a co-founder of TruthstreamMedia.com, where this first appeared. She is an experienced researcher, graphic artist and investigative journalist with a passion for liberty and a dedication to truth. Her aim is to expose the New World Order for what it is — a prison for the human soul from which we must break free.

Police Checkpoints: I’m Not Doing Anything Wrong, But I Definitely Have Something to Worry About

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Daisy Luther
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Every year around this time, it just isn’t the holiday season if you don’t end up stuck in a long line of traffic going through a mandatory DUI checkpoint. The cops are looking for people drinking and driving, and this unconstitutional search has been upheld by the Supreme Court.

And every year around this time, when I say it is a violation of my rights, someone chimes in:

“If you aren’t doing anything wrong, you don’t have anything to worry about.”

It’s entirely possible that if I hear this argument one more time this year, I’m going to have something to worry about, because there’s going to be the body in my trunk.

I was involved in a conversation on a thread online about these checkpoints and I was deeply saddened by the dozens of people who think having their rights violated is a wonderful thing. They simply can’t wrap their heads around how very wrong this is, what a slippery slope that we are stepping onto, and how this is an entry into the police state in all its glory.

They said things like:
“Well if you havent been drinking and doing something illegal there isnt anything to worry about??? And let them get the ones putting me and my kids in danger…” “The person who left the bar after several drinks violated my rights for a safe ride!!” “If you aren’t doing anything wrong it was really no big deal. Took a few extra minutes but they were nice and just trying keep everyone safe.”

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); “Well if you don’t drink and drive then you have nothing to worry about. A little inconvenience to keep you safe is worth it.” “Cops doing their job, checking for drunk drivers, is not a loss of freedom! A loss of freedom is the assholes who decide it is within their right to put others at risk by drinking and driving.” “The DUI checkpoint is for safety. And thats their job. Thank you to the men and women who do their best to keep us and others safe.” “No the drunk or impaired driver is violating my rights ,, my right to travel safely on our roadways ,,,, so check and bust away baby !!!" “Way to go *[location redacted]* PD.. Keeping us safe in this community . If they just catch one they could be saving someone life !!” “They are just doing there job. I would rather see ten cops waste tax payers Dollars, then one drunk driver kill a family, or anybody” “ I think it is great. Anything to keep drunk drivers off the road is a good thing. Thank you Placerville PD for keeping us safe!” “I am not bothered by it at all. Wish they did them more often actually.” “They r keeping u safe by trying to crack down on drunk drivers.” “It is a good thing! Too many drunk drivers! Thank you law enforcement! Thank you!”THIS HURTS MY HEAD. I actually have physical pain reading these comments, with dozens of “thumbs up” on each one.

In 1755, Benjamin Franklin wrote to the Pennsylvania Assembly:
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.Those Founding Fathers had a handle on tyranny and they tried to warn us. But it seems like very few are paying attention.

My comment, which did not get dozens of “thumbs up” incidentally, was:
Obviously everyone is opposed to drunk drivers. But when you give up liberty for safety, you deserve neither, to loosely paraphrase a Founding Father of this country. Hey! Let’s allow them to keep us really safe. I think they should inspect our homes to make sure we aren’t breaking any laws that might hurt someone. After all, if you aren’t doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about!This was met with cries of, “That’s different” and “You’re being ridiculous”. Plus a few things I can’t publish on a G-rated website. Some of those neighborhood watch folks really don’t seem to like me much.

Realistically, though, how is a DUI checkpoint different than random searches of my home? How is inspecting one area of my property without my consent any different than inspecting another area of my property?  If I just let them do their jobs without complaint, it will keep me safer, right?  Think about the children!

5 Reasons Why “If You Haven’t Done Anything Wrong” Is an Invalid Argument

There are a lot of problems with the whole “if you aren’t doing anything wrong you don’t have anything to worry about” argument. Here are just a few:

#1.) You are not the person who gets to decide if you have something to worry about.  While the purported purpose of a checkpoint might be to look for drunk drivers, what if the police officer looks in your vehicle and sees something, however innocent, that he feels is a cause for concern? What if he thinks that case contains a firearm instead of a cordless screwdriver kit? What if he sees a jug of apple cider and thinks you’re driving with an open container of bourbon?  Sure, you’ll be able to prove that you are innocent but, meanwhile, you may find yourself face down on the pavement getting a swift kick to the ribs if you object, and having the entire contents of your vehicle pulled out on the side of the road.

#2.) The rules change constantly.  There are over 10,000 federal laws, each state has thousands of laws, and each community has innumerable codes. Do you honestly believe that with hundreds of thousands of things you could be in violation of that you are within the restrictions on every single one of them? Most of these “laws” are there simply to generate revenue and do absolutely nothing to enhance safety. Every time we walk out our door in the mornings, we can be assured we are in violation of numerous rules we never even knew existed. It’s impossible to live a law-abiding life when the laws are too numerous to remember.

From Wired.com:
For instance, did you know that it is a federal crime to be in possession of a lobster under a certain size? It doesn’t matter if you bought it at a grocery store, if someone else gave it to you, if it’s dead or alive, if you found it after it died of natural causes, or even if you killed it while acting in self defense. You can go to jail because of a lobster.Sounds ridiculous, right? But it’s a law that is on the books. You could break it and not even realize it. Maybe you actually DO have something to hide and you have absolutely no idea that you are a potential felon.

#3.) You are being gradually inoculated against outrage. Outrage is similar to your body’s immune system. It’s a response that says, “Something is wrong here.” When you are outraged, you are mentally preparing to fight back. With little injustices occurring constantly, people just naturally start to think, “Oh, this is no big deal.” Then the next injustice is a little bit bigger, but because you’ve accepted previous injustices, it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. One day people are going to wake up to the violations that have piled up, one on top of the other, and say to themselves, “Hey, this is America. What the heck!!!”  Except by then, it won’t be America anymore. It will be too late to get back our lost freedom.

#4.) Enforcement of laws is entirely subjective. Because there are so many laws out there, we are definitely breaking some, and we don’t even know what they are, what stands between all of us and a prison sentence? The selective judgment of the law enforcement officer who happens to be peering into your vehicle with a flashlight. Do you look like his ex-wife? Is he personally biased against people of your race or ethnic background? Does he passionately hate the sports team you are touting with your t-shirt? Maybe he saw your Gadsden flag bumper sticker and said, “Oh – it’s one of those people,” and decided to look more thoroughly than usual in order to find something you were doing wrong. You are completely at the mercy of the officer’s good graces. Most times, sure, you’ll sail through unscathed, but what about those other times?

This is how corruption in law enforcement and government begins: through subjective laws created to generate revenue and shift the balance of power.  You are completely at the mercy of the officer’s good graces. Most times, sure, you’ll sail through unscathed, but what about those other times?

#5.) If they want to condemn you, they can always find something. Remember the lobster law above? Boom…felony.  Remember Al Capone? They couldn’t get him for the crimes they wanted him for, but they got him for tax evasion.

Cardinal Richelieu lived in the early 1600s.  Even way back then, he knew the truth about the dangers of surveillance. He said:
If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged.Now, coming from the Cardinal, that is scary indeed, since he was known for his authoritarian maneuvers, spying, censorship, and a yen for an absolute monarchy. Fast forward to the present, when we live in a place with reams of executive orders that completely bypassed the Congressional checks and balances phase. Think about today, when we have to go through a naked body scanner and take off our shoes to travel to see our grandparents at the holidays. Think about our current situation in America, when civil asset seizure is one of the most profitable businesses around.
Asset forfeiture creates huge incentives for law enforcement officers to “police for profit”.  The money can be used for salaries and to purchase advanced equipment.A program called equitable sharing allows police to take property from citizens under federal civil forfeiture law instead of the applicable state law. This is a great deal for law enforcement because federal law makes civil forfeiture both relatively easy and rewarding – as much as 80 percent of  the proceeds are returned to the seizing agency.You might be “safe” from drunk drivers, but who is going to keep you safe from the State? 

When we give away freedom, we never get it back.

Back in 1775, John Adams wrote these prophetic words:
A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.This is what we are seeing right now. We are living in the end of an era of freedom. If we allow this to continue, in a hundred years, the history books (those secret unrevised ones that tell the real story) will look at our lifetime and say, “This is when Liberty died.”

The America that was created is making its last swirls in the sink before it goes right down the drain, and people think that these small, incremental  erosion of our freedom don’t matter. In fact, they love it because it gives them a false sense of security.

Remember the Patriot Act? After 9/11, that document took away freedom in the name of safety. We’ll be throwing away half full bottles of water forever in the airport because of it, forced to submit to people who aren’t even law enforcement officers if we ever wish to board a plane. All for our own safety. We are under threat of the NDAA, which allows indefinite detention without trial of anyone suspected of potential terrorism. All for our own safety. What about the United Nations Small Arms Treaty that goes into effect on Christmas Eve?  Do you think our gun rights that have been lost to overreaching legislation will be returned to us after this globalist disarmament law goes into effect? These liberties are gone forever unless something terribly dramatic occurs.

With the brainwashing going on, that dramatic event that restores liberty is becoming more unlikely. This quote about the local checkpoints, tragically, says it all, and the woman who posted it really, sincerely believes that the violation of our rights is a wonderful thing.
I was stopped at that check point as well! I love it! Lives were saved! My 9 year old was in the car and learned a very good lesson!   Thank you officers for being out in the cold night standing around to save lives!Her son learned a valuable lesson, all right. And that lesson was "How To Be a Slave and Thank Your Master for Chaining You."


Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor. Her website, The Organic Prepper, where this first appeared, offers information on healthy prepping, including premium nutritional choices, general wellness and non-tech solutions. You can follow Daisy on Facebook and Twitter, and you can email her at daisy@theorganicprepper.ca

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All Lives Matter

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By Julie Borowski

It's shocking that it even has to be said, but apparently it does: "All Lives Matter." Not just black lives or police lives. All murder is bad. There is no morally authorized form of premeditated murder no matter what story you tell yourself.

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10 Best Truth Books For Giving Knowledge This Holiday

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While those reading this post might feel as though they are fully committed to exposing the truth and preparing to dismantle the next round of fabricated government propaganda, spreading the hunger for that truth might be even more important at this stage.

If 2014 has taught us anything, it is that New World Order train remains firmly on the tracks. The only hope of derailing it is helping other people become aware of it in the first place.  It is going to take a concerted effort by individuals like you to spread the message of truth to others in the most complete and palatable form possible.

While the war on terror tramples civil liberties at home, incidents like the political destabilization campaigns in Ukraine, and across Eurasia and the Middle East might seem "out there" for some. But it is all connected by a clear agenda.

The following books provide the proper context and weight of evidence to introduce family and friends to how the system really works and why all of this is happening.

Tragedy and HopeCarroll Quigley
Nothing short of the most detailed confession available in print from one of the architects of the power elite. It is 1,359 pages that cover the structures used to divide and conquer the planet, and lays bare the intricacies of how the New World Order really works.

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); None Dare Call it ConspiracyGary Allen
This is the more concise partner to Quigley's tome. At just 197 pages, Gary Allen distills the machinations of the political, banking, and elite think tanks into the most fundamental book ever written about how it is possible for a small group of puppet masters to direct world events and control entire populations.
PropagandaEdward Bernays
Media control and propaganda are the fundamental cornerstones of manipulating the public and ensuring they the masses never reach the depth of truth about the human condition. Bernays openly illustrates the way that beliefs are engineered on the back of an orchestrated perception of current and historical events. This is an essential place to begin teaching others that there is a deliberate agenda to create a false reality for commercial and political ends. As Bernays himself said, “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.”

The Creature from Jekyll Island : A Second Look at the Federal ReserveG. Edward Griffin
This is the classic exposé of the Fed that has become one of the best-selling books of all time within its category. Where does money come from? Where does it go? Who makes it? The money magicians' secrets are unveiled. Here is a close look at their mirrors and smoke machines, the pulleys, cogs, and wheels that create the grand illusion called money. A boring subject? Just wait. You'll be hooked in five minutes. It reads like a detective story – which it really is, but it's all true. Teach others about the cause of wars, boom-bust cycles, inflation, depression, prosperity - their worldview will definitely change. Putting it quite simply, this may be the most important book on world affairs one could ever read. 

Confessions of an Economic Hit ManJohn Perkins
An extraordinary and gripping tale of dark political and financial intrigue. Perkins writes about the high-level financial manipulation designed to convince foreign governments to accept billions of dollars of loans from the World Bank and other institutions to build dams, airports, electric grids, and other infrastructure that they can't afford. Once the parameters of enslavement are created, entire nations are put under the rule of financial imperialists who thrive on the suffering of generations. Perkins provides an essential understanding of the power players at the top of the pyramid who masquerade as world organizations dedicated to peace and prosperity, while guaranteeing exactly the opposite.

The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions And DistortionsDavid Ray Griffin
The drastic downward turn that America took following the events of 9/11 continues to be revealed with each passing day. Understanding the narrative that was built around perhaps the most significant single event in American history and, by extension, the rest of the world condemned to feel its backlash, is essential if we can ever hope to restore lost freedom. The Commission’s official account is put under the magnifying glass of David Ray Griffin, eminent theologian and author. He systematically dismantles the official story, revealing holes in the places where detail ought to be thickest. Griffin’s critique makes it clear that our nation’s highest leaders have told tales that wear extremely thin when held up to the light of other eyewitness reports, research, and the dictates of common sense.

Snitch Culture: How Citizens are Turned into the Eyes and Ears of the StateJim Redden
In this alarming exposé, investigative journalist Jim Redden examines how snooping has become so much a part of American culture that it is practically a family value, encouraged on billboards, television, and even in classrooms. From employees hired to spy on their coworkers to doctors forced to disclose medical information, the U.S. has developed a chilling network for monitoring its citizens. Worst of all, the information gathered  and widely disseminated  is often unreliable, solicited from paid and anonymous informants.  Most chilling of all is that this book was written in 2000 before the surveillance state had even established its 9/11 excuse for eradicating basic civil liberties and human rights. A citizen spy network was encouraged long before, just lying in wait to come out into the open. Redden's book concisely presents the evolution of tyranny in the United States and all supposedly democratic countries that embrace such methods.

The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, Ray Kurzweil
When this book was released in 2006, it was met with disbelief even from some in alternative media. Now that author, Ray Kurzweil - an avowed futurist and defender of Transhumanist principles - is a director of engineering at Google, not many deny the import of this book now. We can look all around us and see evidence of machine intelligence and the rise of increasingly dramatic health procedures, all of which are beginning to dovetail at an accelerated pace. While Kurzweil lays out a path to the year 2045, in more recent interviews he claims to have possibly erred on the long side. This book is an essential near-term look at a world where humans and machines make a final merger. 

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers and Strategies, Nick Bostrom
Building from Kurzweil's vision above, Nick Bostrom has taken the world by storm with his concise analysis of a world dominated by a superintelligent computer algorithm that becomes self-aware and begins making decisions ... with or without human input. It is a book that already has inspired tech luminaries such as Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking to issue stark warnings about the negative consequences to humanity if this research is not pursued along the most strictly ethical lines we can imagine. If Kurzweil represents the Utopian vision of a machine-human world, Bostrom's concerns suggest a dangerous alternative outcome that cannot be ignored.

The Perception Deception, David Icke
All of David's books should be included in any gift-giving box of knowledge. His latest is his most powerful yet, as it connects the dots in his traditional fashion but goes beyond mere data points into an analysis of the matrix itself and our role in perpetuating and eventually dismantling it. At 724 pages, David Icke once again proves he is the most prolific and powerful researcher in the pursuit of truth. As he says himself: "I can now see that my whole life has been leading to this book."

As always, please add your own recommendations to the comment section below and give the gift of knowledge this holiday season.

Unacceptable Levels: The Chemicals In Our Bodies; How They Got There and What To Do About It

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Study after study reveals the negative health impact of the chemical concoction that we encounter daily in our foods, in our environment, and in consumer products.

Unacceptable Levels is a feature-length documentary which examines the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the eyes of affable filmmaker Ed Brown, a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children.

To create this debut documentary, one man and his camera traveled extensively to find and interview top minds in the fields of science, advocacy, and law. Weaving their testimonies into a compelling narrative, Brown presents us with the story of how the chemical revolution brought us to where we are, and of where, if we’re not vigilant, it may take us.

A diverse group of voices are offered, which should spur debate from many sectors of those who have become concerned about everything from pesticides to BPA to GMO to fluoride and any one of the other 80,000 synthetic chemicals known to have been released. Now the question is what do we do about it? The environmental movement and particularly the "sustainable" agenda is a minefield of controlled opposition, infiltrators and everything in between. First, all of us should become as informed as possible on all fronts so that we can properly tackle real solutions to a crisis that only continues to get worse as the fusion between government and corporate interests intensifies.

As stated in the film, "To be healthy requires an effort." This internationally acclaimed documentary is a step toward making that effort and reclaiming health. Please view the trailer below:

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Chart Points To Massive Economic Slow Down

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Mac Slavo
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“This Is The Biggest Collapse In The ‘Trade’ Indicator Since Records Began”

Prior to the crash of 2008 global trade was rocking. It was a boon for shipping companies around the world who are responsible for moving raw materials, commodities and consumer products from one country to another. Wall Street, of course, had devised a way to track all of this movement and often pointed to the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) as the primary indicator for health in the global trade business.

The index itself tracks the cost of transporting one metric ton of raw materials from one place to another. The numbers behind the BDI can essentially be translated into the cost of moving that cargo.

During the collapse in late 2008 we saw the Baltic Dry Index drop from over 9,000 points to under 1,000 in a matter of months. So, in essence, when the world economy was supposedly booming, the cost for moving raw materials was around $9,000 per metric ton. After credit markets locked up and companies stopped ordering inventory the price dropped below $1,000 for moving the exact same raw materials to the exact same place.

What happened to the cost of transporting raw materials and cargo is exactly what you might expect with respect to the economics of it all. When businesses around the world are ordering inventory you’d expect shippers to raise the price of transporting that cargo as demand for their services increases. Likewise, if businesses don’t sell their products they will order less in raw materials, forcing shipping companies to lower their costs as demand for their services drops.

It is for this reason that the Baltic Dry Index has become such a key indicator of economic health and stability.

It would stand to reason, then, that if the value of the BDI is falling then a slow-down in global trade is taking place.

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Prepare to be shocked, because despite the glowing reports from the U.S. government about the economic recovery, the Baltic Dry Index has collapsed to nearly the same levels we saw in 2008.

According to Zero Hedge, what we have witnessed since Thanksgiving is the biggest collapse in the ‘trade’ indicator since records began 28 years ago.

The following charts tell you everything you need to know about the purported economic recovery and it isn’t pretty.
We are sure it’s nothing – since stock markets in China and The US are soaring – but deep, deep down in the heart of the real economies, there is a problem. The Baltic Dry Index has fallen for 21 straight days, tumbling around 40% since Thanksgiving Day 

Here is a chart of the Baltic Dry Index showing where it was before the Crash of ’08 through last month. What you’ll notice is that we are right at the lows witnessed during the height of the crisis in late 2008.

To say that there has been a massive slow-down in global trade does not do justice to the seriousness of what’s happening.

Central banks around the world have literally pumped trillions of dollars into the system over the last several years and the only thing they have really accomplished is to send stock markets to new highs and the enrichment of bankers who have had the benefit of money with no borrowing costs.

Other than that we are seeing a total destruction of the economy. Consumers aren’t buying. Decent jobs are nowhere to be found. And costs for average people are going up in the form of taxes and essential goods.

We can pretend like none of this matters, but the Baltic Dry Index is throwing up a clear warning sign of what’s to come.

If you have yet to prepare for the possibility of an economic disaster in the near future, now is the time.

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You can read more from Mac Slavo at his site SHTFplan.com, where this first appeared

NYPD’s Cop Union: ‘We Have Become a Wartime Police Department’ after Two Officers Slain

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Melissa Melton
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The New York Police Department has declared “war” after two officers were killed Saturday in their squad car while taking part in an anti-terrorism drill by a gunmen said to be taking revenge for the death of Eric Garner.

The accused, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who reportedly took his own life after the killings, is said to be connected to the Black Guerilla Family prison gang, who police recently warned were gunning for police.

Saying “There’s blood on many hands,” the head of the NYPD’s police union, Patrick Lynch, placed much of the blame on the Mayor’s Office and formally asked Mayor Bill de Blasio not to attend the funerals of the slain officers for appearing overly sympathetic to Eric Garner protests.
Those that incited violence on this street under the guise of protest, that tried to tear down what New York City police officers did everyday … We tried to warn it must not go on, it cannot be tolerated. That blood on the hands starts on the steps of city hall in the office of the mayor.Police turned their backs on Mayor de Blasio as they gathered to show respects for Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu outside the hospital where they were pronounced dead. When De Blasio stated, “We’re all in this together,” one officer was heard retorting, “No, we’re not.”

Very tense. Very divisive.

It has been an edgy couple of months here in Police State USSA, with the fallout of Ferguson after the Michael Brown shooting, followed by Eric Garner’s death at the hands of NYPD for selling untaxed cigarettes and the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland for playing with a BB gun in a public park.

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); In the wake of the shootings, the NYPD’s union New York Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association issued this bulletin showing that the NYPD are most certainly not taking things lightly:
Starting IMMEDIATELY: At least two units are to respond to EVERY call, no matter the condition or severity, no matter what type of job is pending, or what the opinion of the patrol supervisor happens to be.  IN ADDITION: Absolutely NO enforcement action in the form of arrests and or summonses is to be taken unless absolutely necessary and an individual MUST be placed under arrest. These are precautions that were taken in the 1970′s when police officers were ambushed and executed on a regular basis. The mayor’s hands are literally dripping with our blood because of his words actions and policies and we have, for the first time in a number of years, become a ‘wartime’ police department. We will act accordingly. (emphasis added)Well, Michael Bloomberg did say the NYPD was his own “army” back when he was mayor.

On a side note (which really shouldn’t be the side note here), what exactly do they mean by “Absolutely NO enforcement action in the form of arrests and or summonses is to be taken unless absolutely necessary and an individual MUST be placed under arrest.”

Are they admitting openly what we already know? That not all enforcement actions and arrests are “absolutely necessary” to begin with?

It’s too bad we live in a country where that isn’t the rule all the time. Unless I’m mistaken, I thought it was supposed to be. Why isn’t it??

Of course we know it isn’t.

We live in a total police state where a man can lose his life for the cost of a rapid transit train ticket, a movie ticket or selling loose cigarettes on a street corner. In fact, while only 31 officers were shot in the line of duty in 2013, no one even really knows how many people are shot by police in this country each year.

Some say over 5,000 civilians have been killed by police since 9/11.

Melissa Melton is a writer, researcher, and analyst for The Daily Sheeple, where this first appeared, and a co-creator of Truthstream Media with Aaron Dykes, a site that offers teleprompter-free, unscripted analysis of The Matrix we find ourselves living in. Melissa also co-founded Nutritional Anarchy with Daisy Luther of The Organic Prepper, a site focused on resistance through food self-sufficiency. Wake the flock up!

The Impending ''Russian Maidan''

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Tony Cartalucci
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The coordinated manipulation of global energy prices, a NATO build-up in Eastern Europe, and the rekindling of terrorism in Russia's southern Caucasus region all appear to be ever-increasing crescendos toward a much larger event - a "Russian Maidan."

The necessary components of a successful Western bid to overthrow the Russian political order include a political front protesting in Russia's major cities, as well as a full-spectrum economic war to put pressure on Russia's population, increasing dissent as well as swelling the ranks of staged protests Wall Street and Washington put in Russian streets. Another necessary component includes armed components to act under cover of "peaceful protesters" to escalate street demonstrations, prevent security forces from restoring order, and to carry out the actual physical overthrow of these security forces.

These elements could all be seen in neighboring Ukraine - a nation in which America and NATO's incessant meddling is a matter of long-standing public record. The Guardian would admit in its 2004 article, “US campaign behind the turmoil in Kiev,” that (emphasis added):
...while the gains of the orange-bedecked "chestnut revolution" are Ukraine's, the campaign is an American creation, a sophisticated and brilliantly conceived exercise in western branding and mass marketing that, in four countries in four years, has been used to try to salvage rigged elections and topple unsavoury regimes. Funded and organised by the US government, deploying US consultancies, pollsters, diplomats, the two big American parties and US non-government organisations, the campaign was first used in Europe in Belgrade in 2000 to beat Slobodan Milosevic at the ballot box.

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Richard Miles, the US ambassador in Belgrade, played a key role. And by last year, as US ambassador in Tbilisi, he repeated the trick in Georgia, coaching Mikhail Saakashvili in how to bring down Eduard Shevardnadze. Ten months after the success in Belgrade, the US ambassador in Minsk, Michael Kozak, a veteran of similar operations in central America, notably in Nicaragua, organised a near identical campaign to try to defeat the Belarus hardman, Alexander Lukashenko. That one failed. "There will be no Kostunica in Belarus," the Belarus president declared, referring to the victory in Belgrade. But experience gained in Serbia, Georgia and Belarus has been invaluable in plotting to beat the regime of Leonid Kuchma in Kiev. The operation - engineering democracy through the ballot box and civil disobedience - is now so slick that the methods have matured into a template for winning other people's elections.Not only has Ukraine suffered because of  this admitted US-backed political destabilization over the years, but as revealed by the Guardian and other sources, all of Eastern Europe has fallen prey to this brand of foreign-backed subversion, manipulation, and regime change. Considering this documented fact, the prospect of Wall Street and Washington trying likewise in Russia itself is not only possible, it has already been tried before, with likely attempts in the future only inevitable. 
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Already at work is a coordinated manipulation of world oil prices. Revealed among plunging oil prices is that the entire industry is centrally manipulated not by market forces but by political agendas involving the US and its partners in the Middle East, most notably the enduring dictatorship in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. While any nation possesses the ability to weather such economic measures in the long-term as Iran and Cuba have proven; in the short-term, economic instability is one of the harbingers of political subversion where ranks of street demonstrations can be swelled by those who perceive such economic instability as the fault of the current government, rather than an economic attack from abroad.  

The Political Front and Muscle

The political front that will take to Russia's streets has already long been identified. It includes the same brand of extreme "nationalists" and ultra-right groups seen overrunning Ukraine's political order. This includes literal Neo-Nazis. One of the prevailing figures among Russia's ultra-right is US-backed Alexey Navalny - billed by the West as an "anti-corruption activist," who is in all reality a neo-fascist operating openly in the service of Wall Street.

Alexey Navalny was a Yale World Fellow, and in his profile it states: 
Navalny spearheads legal challenges on behalf of minority shareholders in large Russian companies, including Gazprom, Bank VTB, Sberbank, Rosneft, Transneft, and Surgutneftegaz, through the Union of Minority Shareholders. He has successfully forced companies to disclose more information to their shareholders and has sued individual managers at several major corporations for allegedly corrupt practices. Navalny is also co-founder of the Democratic Alternative movement and was vice-chairman of the Moscow branch of the political party YABLOKO. In 2010, he launched RosPil, a public project funded by unprecedented fundraising in Russia. In 2011, Navalny started RosYama, which combats fraud in the road construction sector.The Democratic Alternative, also written DA!, is a US State Department National Endowment for Democracy (NED) fund recipient, implicating Alexey Navalny as an agent of US-funded sedition. The US State Department itself reveals this as they list DA! among many of the "youth movements" they support operating in Russia:
DA!: Mariya Gaydar, daughter of former Prime Minister Yegor Gaydar, leads DA! (Democratic Alternative). She is ardent in her promotion of democracy, but realistic about the obstacles she faces. Gaydar said that DA! is focused on non-partisan activities designed to raise political awareness. She has received funding from the National Endowment for Democracy, a fact she does not publicize for fear of appearing compromised by an American connection.That this funding is nowhere on NED's official website indicates that full disclosures are not being made and that NED is engaged in clandestine funding.

Navalny was involved directly in founding a movement funded by the US government and to this day has the very people who funded DA! defending him throughout Western media. The mention of co-founder Mariya Gaydar is also revealing, as she has long collaborated, and occasionally has been arrested with, Ilya Yashin, yet another leader of a NED-funded Russian "activist" opposition group.

Ilya Yashin leads the Moscow branch of the People's Freedom Party and is a leading member of the "Strategy 31" campaign whose ranks are filled with activists trained and coordinated by US NED-funded NGOs. Deleted from the official NED.org website was Strategy 31's US funding:
Moscow Group of Assistance in the Implementation of the Helsinki Accords $50,000 To draw greater attention to the issue of freedom of assembly in Russia and to the “Strategy 31” movement, which seeks to protect this fundamental right. The organization will train a network of regional activists and coordinate their activities through mini-seminars and field visits, and conduct an information cam­paign through press conferences, posters, and educational handouts pertaining to freedom of assembly, to be distributed to the general public by regional partners.Also deleted was a NED "Democracy Digest" article titled "Strategy 31: A sign of civil society's resilience." In it, the "Moscow Helsinki Group" is explicitly stated as leading Strategy 31 marches and that the group is a "long-time grantee of the National Endowment of Democracy."
The multiple deletions across NED's networks of Russian "activists" it is heavily funding and directing is yet another sign of imminent subversion, in hopes that links cannot be provided fast enough as the unrest unfolds to undermine the legitimacy of the otherwise US-engineered subversion.

Yashin's People's Freedom Party is lined not only with NED-funded "youth," but also lined with career politicians and businessmen collaborating with foreign-interests. Among them is Vladimir Ryzhkov a member of the NED-funded, Washington-based World Movement for Democracy (whose profile has also been recently deleted). There is also Boris Nemtsov whose adviser, Vladimir Kara-Murza (of Solidarnost) took part in a September 14, 2011 NED-sponsored event titled, "Elections in Russia: Polling and Perspectives."

Revealed is a political front entirely created by the US State Department to pose as the aspirations of the Russian people while in reality a creation and perpetuation of the aspirations of Wall Street and Washington. Under the unrest this front creates may be a heavily armed front consisting of ultra-right Neo-Nazis as observed in Ukraine, heavily armed sectarian terrorists backed by Saudi Arabia, or both.

A Look At America's "Sedition" Handbook

The use of armed elements to assist in US-engineered political subversion is not speculation. Rather, it is a documented policy included in plans laid for the undermining and overthrowing of other governments around the world. In one particular 2009 US policy paper titled, "Which Path to Persia?" by the Brookings Institution regarding the overthrow of Iran, it is stated specifically that:
One method that would have some possibility of success would be to ratchet up covert regime change efforts in the hope that Tehran would retaliate overtly, or even semi-overtly, which could then be portrayed as an unprovoked act of Iranian aggression.Here, US policymakers are openly conspiring to covertly provoke a nation through political subversion. The resulting "act of aggression" would be portrayed as "unprovoked," just as has been done regarding Russia's involvement in neighboring Ukraine and all moves since Moscow has undertaken as the US and NATO continue to move toward war.

The policy paper also openly talks about the particulars of fomenting political unrest. Under a section called literally, "Finding the Right Proxies" it states:
One of the hardest tasks in fomenting a revolution, or even just unrest, is finding the right local partners.After openly admitting the goal of "fomenting a revolution" or "unrest," it then details what support to provide these proxies:
...students and other groups need covert backing for their demonstrations. They need fax machines. They need internet access, funds to duplicate materials, and funds to keep vigilantes from beating them up. Beyond this, U.S.-backed media outlets could highlight regime shortcomings and make otherwise obscure critics more prominent. The United States already supports Persian-language satellite television (Voice of america Persian) and radio (radio Farda) that bring unfiltered news to Iranians (in recent years, these have taken the lion’s share of overt U.S. funding for promoting democracy in Iran). U.S. economic pressure (and perhaps military pressure as well) can discredit the regime, making the population hungry for a rival leadership. The report finally mentions armed groups supporting US-engineered sedition: 
Some who favor fomenting regime change in Iran argue that it is utopian to hold out hope for a velvet revolution; instead, they contend that the United States should turn to Iranian opposition groups that already exist, that already have demonstrated a desire to fight the regime, and who appear willing to accept U.S. assistance. The hope behind this course of action is that these various opposition groups could transform themselves into more potent movements that might be able to overturn the regime. What is troubling about this 2009 report is that each and every conspiracy contained within is not only confirmed by the authors to already be well underway against Iran, it is now clear that similar tactics have been used against Syria, China, and Russia itself.  The "Arab Spring" was little more than these tactics used on a regional scale, and what was done in Syria and even Ukraine are almost verbatim pages torn from this playbook.  

For a campaign aimed at Moscow itself, it is likely the same playbook will once again be employed. Exposing the insidious, malicious criminality of US policymakers who openly conspire to provoke other nations into conflict and manipulate public perception to maintain moral primacy is the first step to undoing attempts to destabilize and undermine Russia, and all other nations caught in the crosshairs of Wall Street and Washington.

While the West continues to portray Russia as the "aggressor," throughout America's own policy papers it can be seen that such accusations are just one part of an immensely insidious and deceitful plan. Portraying Russia as the "aggressors" helps justify further measures to set the board for widespread political subversion within Russia itself. It seeks to justify not only direct ties to opposition groups when they are finally revealed, but also increasingly aggressive interventions both by armed proxies and NATO forces themselves to continue propping up these opposition groups.

The spectacular nature of "invasions" as we imagine them, such as the Nazi blitzkrieg into Western Europe are behind us. Invasions within fourth generation warfare utilize faux opposition groups, covert military support, and full-spectrum economic, political, and information warfare. Russia has built defenses against this form of warfare, confounding the West , but ultimately the moral high ground and all of its advantages is a position only one can hold. Either by truth through exposing the West's means and agenda will Russia climb to the top, or through the West's continued successful deception, will Russia be pelted below. 

Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine New Eastern Outlook," where this first appeared.

Houston P.D. Orders All Officers Turn Off Body Cameras During Protest

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Derrick Broze
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Remington Alessi was arrested on Saturday December 13 in Houston, Texas. He was arrested while engaging in a nonviolent protest against police brutality. He gives us his account of what he learned in the back of a squad car.

“We’re going to go ahead and turn off the personal video devices going forward, so be sure all officers have them turned off when engaging the protesters.” The words cut through me and chilled my spine as I sat, helplessly handcuffed in the back of a Houston Police cruiser after being arrested in the midst of a protest.

As an activist who has been around the block a few times, I knew that little would endanger a crowd more than a crowd of officers who had just received an order from higher up to disable their own personal accountability.

Barely into the pilot program, the Houston Police Department’s commanding officers managed to brazenly display how easily the personal video devices can be misused. Per an earlier interview, “Capt. Mike Skillern, who heads HPD’s gang unit and is involved in testing the cameras, said his fellow officers act “a little more professionally” when wearing the devices.” But how do they act when they switch the devices off? If officers had their way, no one would know.

The biggest fault here lies in the physical design of the cameras themselves. The VIEVU LE3 model camera is employed by HPD and is worn by over four thousand police agencies, according to the company’s website. The camera’s most conspicuous feature is an easily operated off switch, which can functionally slide over the lens of the camera at any time an officer feels the need to remove any potential accountability. Hyperbole fails in describing how much of a problem it is for police to control when video is being recorded.

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Allowing police to control the video stream will create a situation in which footage will appear only when it benefits the officer, while footage of police beating unarmed suspects, throwing incendiary devices at toddlers, and erasing civilians’ video records of police brutality will never appear, due to conveniently located off switches designed by VIEVU to make the devices popular among police.

When the order came across the radio to disable the cameras, I held my breath, hoping against hope that even a single officer would object to the directive that specifically commanded officers to stop recording their activities. My heart sunk as I was met with silence. Not even the friendly Lieutenant Troy Finner, who only an hour prior had waxed poetic about being concerned about protesters’ safety had a word to say about the order. Instead, he, like every other police officer assigned to ‘protect’ the nonviolent protesters, agreed to endanger them the moment a commanding officer gave the order.

The thin blue line will be maintained, cameras or not.

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I Am Having Trouble Focusing On What I Am Supposed To Be Scared Of

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Jeff Berwick

One of the reasons I live in Anarchapulco is because Western media gets almost no play down here. Typically the day's conversation ranges from how beautiful and wonderful of a day it is to when is the next fiesta (invariably it is at least every week).

However, in my role of Dollar Vigilante a big part of my job is paying attention to what is going on in the world ... and watching and reading US media always leaves me flabbergasted.

Just in the last few months people were up in arms about Ebola.  We were all going to die, they said! Something must be done!

That dropped completely out of people's minds in a matter of weeks when a new scourge appeared. ISIS!  They will behead us all, many said!

Certainly with the US government and CIA support of ISIS, even sending them pickup trucks from the US and "accidentally" airdropping them weapons they are dangerous ... but I'm not sure someone in Omaha, Nebraska, in the heart of the "home of the brave", should be hiding in their underground shelter just yet.

Then that seemed to disappear almost completely from people's minds.

Then recently people cowered when they heard that a Muslim man with a shotgun had walked into a chocolate shop in Sydney, Australia, and taken some completely disarmed Australian slaves hostage.

And now, this week, perhaps the biggest terrorist attack in years occurred when some hackers got into some of Sony's emails and threatened to release more emails about what a bitch Angelina Jolie is if the movie, The Interview, was played in theaters!

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Forgetting for the moment that the most likely culprit is the NSA, which has virtually every unencrypted email sent in or out of the US on file ... the US government looked into this threat and within hours stated that it must be North Korean hackers!

Immediately, demented warmonger media like Rush Limbaugh were calling this an act of war! Nobel Peace Prize winner, Barack O'Bomber, and some of his staff, are now pushing for a direct confrontation with North Korea over this.

The problem is that Sony is a Japanese company.  So, shouldn't the Japanese media and Japanese government be the ones doing this?  Of course not, only the drama queen USSA would consider it their duty to attack countries over some very vague and unproven computer hack.

Not to worry, though, within a week or two this will all be forgotten when a new, unexpected threat will emerge.  Perhaps the next one will be something crazy like a threat that Muslims are going to shit in your food in some sort of "fecal jihad".  Wait, they already did that one.


Considering that the US likes to label itself as the "home of the brave", they sure do seem to be scared about absolutely everything.

By far the biggest cause of death in the US is "heart disease" and it's no wonder.  Stress is a massive killer and fear is the opposite of love ... meaning that people's hearts in the US are under constant siege from the stress caused by never-ending fear.

Fasco-communist Franklin Roosevelt even got this totally right when he said, "There is nothing to fear but fear itself."

If you live in the US the easiest way to remove fear from your life is to turn off your television programming ... it's called programming for a reason.  And, if you can, just leave the US for a place where not only does no one worry about things like Ebola, ISIS or a movie being cancelled ... but they don't even know what you are talking about if you bring it up.

A place like Anarchapulco ... but wait, doesn't the US government have a "travel alert" on Acapulco? Of course it does, they don't want you to go to a place where fear doesn't exist ... because then they wouldn't be able to control you.

This topic was recently discussed on the Angel Clark radio show live from Acapulco ... you can listen here.

If you'd like to see what it is like to live outside of the matrix come on down to the Anarchapulco conference from this February 27th to March 1st (book before December 25th for "early bird" discounts).  Your heart will thank you. 

Anarcho-Capitalist.  Libertarian.  Freedom fighter against mankind’s two biggest enemies, the State and the Central Banks.  Jeff Berwick is the founder of The Dollar Vigilante, CEO of TDV Media & Services and host of the popular video podcast, Anarchast.  Jeff is a prominent speaker at many of the world’s freedom, investment and gold conferences including his own, Anarchapulco, as well as regularly in the media including CNBC, CNN and Fox Business.

Trade Agreements Aren't the Place for Internet Regulations

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The Associated Whistleblowing Press released portions of draft text proposed by the United States for the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) this week, revealing some alarming provisions that indicate how tech companies have been involved in influencing a secret international deal. The language of the leaked treaty shows provisions that could impact privacy online, and net neutrality—with no public consultation or opportunities for open debate. What is dispiriting is some of the language of these Internet regulations almost certainly comes from tech companies, who have joined the many other lobbyists fighting for their special interests behind closed doors.

TISA is yet another so-called trade deal which began negotiations in 2013 and is being hammered out in back room meetings between 23 countries around the world, including the United States, the European Union, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. According to the leaked documents, countries involved in the negotiations have agreed to keep the text of this agreement classified for five years after it enters into force. On top of the five-year-embargo, neither the negotiation rounds nor the topics discussed in this agreement have ever been made public.

Banning Limits on the "Free Flow of Information"
TISA contains a provision that bans countries from regulating how and when any given company can move, access, and process the data for its services:
Article X.4: Movement of Information No Party may prevent a service supplier of another Party from transferring, accessing, processing or storing information, including personal information, within or outside the Party's territory, where such activity is carried out in connection with the conduct of the service supplier's business.

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); This particular language seems to be aimed at subverting data localization laws. In some cases, this could be a good thing. Governments that might want to enact national censorship filters could, theoretically, be challenged under such provisions. The "free flow of information" is the term government officials and certain tech giants use to refer to these sorts of rules, and they often place emphasis on their potential to protect free expression and access to information on the Internet.

But that benefit could come at the cost of consumer protections for personal data. For instance, TISA could directly threaten EU's privacy regulations, which require companies to store EU citizens' personal data locally to ensure that those companies follow the EU's strict legal requirements for handling citizens' data. Similar laws exist in Colombia and Mexico, and in Paraguay, which is also a party to TISA, civil society groups are now campaigning for such laws.

The companies with the most to lose from stronger privacy regulation are those multi-nationals whose revenue revolves around the trading and sharing of personal data: in other words, tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Internet advertising networks. Language like this is intended to make their lives easier: but they also have a profound effect on how Internet users rights are protected.

So in short, this "free flow of information" debate is complicated, and is exactly why policies like these should not be written in secret. Negotiators should be working to reconcile this tension between powerful private and public actors who may have conflicting stances on major human rights issues such as privacy and free expression. That in turn, will require open public participation from a variety of stakeholders. By contrast, TISA's language reflects the concerns of the Internet industry, and not necessarily the interests of Internet users as a whole.

A Possible Threat to International Net Neutrality Standards

The provisions on "Open Networks, Network Access and Use" may look positive at first, but it contains ominously vague language that threatens net neutrality: Article X.5: Open Networks, Network Access and Use Each Party recognizes that consumers in its territory, subject to applicable laws, and regulations, should be able to: (a) access and use services and applications of their choice available on the Internet, subject to reasonable network management;What is "reasonable network management"? We can't know because it's not defined anywhere else in this leaked text. Leaving such language undefined invites opponents of net neutrality to expand it as a justification for practices that undermine the open Internet. It's crucial that the scope of such terms are appropriately defined so it cannot be used to authorize application discrimination. In a secret trade agreement, such details will be hammered out by opposing corporate lobbyists, with little consideration of the broader public interest.

Tech Policy Should Not Be Decided in Secret. Ever.

For over a decade, EFF and other digital rights organizations have denounced content industry players for seeking to impose draconian copyright policies via secret international deals, like ACTA and the TPP. But they are not the only industries lobbying for their interests in these deals. Increasingly, Internet companies are joining this secret horse-trading.

No matter which industries are involved and no matter how well-meaning or informed the parties might be about the issue at hand, Internet policy and other digital regulations can never be entrusted to a few entrenched interests. These policies have implications for human rights, and we can't let special interests decide them for us in secret.
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Maira Sutton writes for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where this first appeared

These 15 Arguments Will Destroy Chemtrails Deniers

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Bernie Suarez
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As we approach the end of another year let's remember that humanity is now subjected to yet another full year of spraying with metal particles. Not just humanity but all the poor creatures on earth are being sprayed; every plant and every tree, the bees and birds, the soil and all the little creatures that live in it, even the fish and inhabitants of the sea are suffering as aluminum, sulfur, barium and other toxic metals pile on everywhere altering the pH of the soil, contaminating the water and attacking the very essence of life on earth.

Yes, chemtrails spraying is this big a deal and as another year goes by the globalists and their military industrial complex marches forward with their insanity to control the weather, deliberately engineering a much cooler planet by literally blocking our sunlight and dumping enough toxic metals all over the planet to explain the destruction and slow death of many crops (i.e. food supply), all to the benefit of companies like Monsanto and the U.S. government.

So, as we wrap another year, let us refresh our memory and lay out 15 points about chemtrails and chembomb spraying that everyone should be mindful of. Points that can be used as a weapon to silence online "contrails" trolls whose only mission is to keep the blind sheep asleep and in doubt about the otherwise plain-to-see in-your-face evidence of the chemtrails/chembomb geoengineering programs which are ongoing. Let's remind our uneducated friends and online trolls that:

1. Often we see ordinary planes who are not spraying, flying in the same air space and altitude as those who are spraying leaving long trails. Given that "contrails" are dependent predominantly on the temperature and humidity of the surrounding atmosphere at that particular atmospheric pressure (which is measurable), and given that changes don't occur very quickly in nearby airspace this should offer no less than a head scratch for anyone with an understanding of the issue and willing to apply science, reason and common sense.

2. Planes spraying are almost always unmarked, not ordinary commercial planes with passengers. To this day, no one has filmed an ordinary commercial (labeled) passenger jet spraying. It doesn't mean it hasn't happened or is not happening, but it is something to consider. This goes along with the unusual government dual strategy of both:

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); A. Admitting that spraying is real, it's necessary, cheap, important, developing and well planned, all in an effort to save the planet.


B. Simultaneously the government and in particular its politicians and media and (Hollywood) TV mouthpieces have made a collective decision to DENY chemtrails spraying 9/11 style. Amazingly, when the issue is brought up to the general public it is said to not be happening and it's all a "conspiracy". The unmarked planes is a reminder of their commitment to operating in a clandestine manner while simultaneously advancing their plans and quietly conditioning the scholastic types that these are indeed legitimate programs to save the earth.

3. Planes that are spraying almost always fly with transponders off. One can verify flight data information by logging on to a site like flightaware.com and look for the plane when it flies over. Rarely if ever, will you see the plane show up on the website flight listing, because it is not sending out signals. This speaks again to their commitment to secrecy and denial.

4. Spraying planes seem to fly in senseless patterns. They often fly in directions not commonly known for commercial flight including making U-turns and sharp turns.

5. Easily verifiable money-making weather modification and atmosphere-manipulating patents are available for anyone to review. These are not conspiracies or secret rumors, these are real patents. These patents are in use or they wouldn't exist.

6. Spraying planes don't follow any order of nature with respect to temperature and humidity (important to the "contrails" claims). Unlike a natural ("contrails") event, the chemtrails we see being sprayed in our skies sometimes every day follow no set temperatures or humidity. In Southern California, for example, we see spraying regardless of whether the temperature on the ground is 50, 70, or 90 degrees Fahrenheit.  We also see the spraying at very low and very high humidity. This disjointed pattern with nature's temperature and humidity is a stark contrast to what government geoengineers claim is the nature of contrails. All supposed government "contrails" studies show that "contrails" will only form under certain specific temperatures and humidity in accordance to the rules of nature. In other words, according to the rules of nature there are set temperatures and humidities that guarantee no contrails. These temperatures and humidities unfortunately never translate over to reality when one applies the Environmental Lapse Rate (ELR) formula to the known current temperature on the ground to calculate the temperature at plane altitude level.

7. Jets that spray our skies can often be seen to stop their spraying suddenly then restart seconds later. Something characteristic of a deliberate shutting off or perhaps a pause to change chemical canister from which the chemicals are being drawn. With contrails on the other hand we would expect a smooth steady continuation of the condensation trail being created by (supposedly) the ice crystals that (supposedly) form spontaneously from the combustion of ordinary jet fuel. This is not at all what we see when we look up.

8. Throughout the year anyone can easily predict when the chemtrails will stop. In regions with very steady climate as in Southern California, this prediction is based strictly on observation of their spraying schedule not on the temperature or humidity. Hot or cold, we will see spraying throughout the year, and we'll see the spraying (predictably) stop at specific times of the year.

9. We can observe weather patterns that are often inconsistent with the established weather forecast. The difference? The spraying of the sky. Often the forecast calls for sunshine and blue skies and we'll observe the planes ruin the sky leaving cloudy overcast skies instead. A sharp difference from the predicted weather.

10. There are known weather modification private companies who admit they manipulate the sky for the purposes of weather modification. This information is public, real and easily verifiable.

11. Attempt at cloud seeding, weather modification, engineered drought, rain making and other manipulation and geoengineering of our skies is admitted by government agents, educators, geoengineers and other entities all claiming it's for the purposes of "global warming" and planet cooling. This admission is nonetheless the proof these programs are ongoing.

12. Patents for specifically aluminum-resistant seeds are secured by the USDA and promoted by Monsanto. A bizarre coincidence if this is not related to spraying programs which also employ the spraying of aluminum in the sky that eventually falls back to the ground.

13. Photographs of our skies prior to 2000 show little to no lines in the sky. Everyone with a photo collection has this proof in their hands.

14. Where is the documentation of protesters protesting sky lines back in the 1990s? How about the 1980s, '70s, '60s, '50s etc? Where is the history of genuine writers (not government scientists), authors of books and activists writing about the problem of lines in the sky? Where are the photos of activists packing the streets protesting sky lines in the 1970s? Did no one care about the environment back then?? These images and activist literature don't exists because movements only occur to address things that are actually happening in that generation. Chemtrails and sky lines are actually happening now thus we NOW have a movement to address this serious issue.

15. Trolls and disinformation agents claim ordinary planes have always made persistent contrails when they combust fuel and these trails inevitably change our weather and global climate as a result and block our sunlight. These wild claims suggest that dating back to the Wright brothers' invention of the first plane; the invention turned out to be a weapon of mass destruction. As bizarre as this sounds, this shifting of the blame for the destruction of our skies from today's U.S. government, U.S Air Force, the DOD and all its private contractors and accomplice allies to the Wright brothers is inescapably at the root of their argument. Also at the root of this argument is that blue skies were never the norm even in sunny southern California or Hawaii due to natural contrails formation. This bizarre argument of course is a psyop on those who are unaware of the issue; and the younger generations who are now being conditioned to believe this statement is true and that massive weird feathery and smudgy looking clouds injected in the stratosphere and troposphere with chemical trails flown into them is normal.

One thing we should all keep in mind about chemtrails/chembomb spraying is that the military owns this issue. Activists have as much chance of stopping the U.S. Military Industrial Complex as they do of stopping chemtrails. The battle we face is a very long one, and de-funding the U.S. military - in particular the U.S.A.F. -  may be one option for stopping this. To stop chemtrails we'll need other countries and power figures to step in to help. The depth of brainwashing, TV and mainstream media hypnosis and conditioning that Americans are under makes this an even more concerning issue. All hands are needed on deck to push back against the U.S. Military Industrial Complex on this issue.

I firmly believe chemtrails/chembombs spraying is by far the greatest challenge humanity faces and could very well seal its doom. Help spread awareness of this issue, don't give up and keep doing what you can to expose this issue.

As I've stated many times, those of us who are alive now are firsthand eyewitnesses to this crime against humanity. We are that generation that people 200 years from now would love to interview regarding the legend of the blue skies which by then will be a fairytale. Future generations will not even know that there was a time when the sky was plain blue without any lines in the sky. They will be so conditioned to see the artificial manipulation of our skies they will not have a clue that blue skies were once the norm.

Save your personal evidence for future generations. I urge everyone to store and preserve all your childhood photos of plain blue skies and keep them somewhere safe. Make copies of your old photos if possible, you have no idea how valuable these will be to someone in the future.

As for us here and now, we cannot take the Military Industrial Complex head on but we can strategize other steps for fighting back including filing lawsuits and writing letters at least if only for the sake of keeping a physical record of our protest recorded in government records. Also write about this crime in articles, blogs and books especially. This will leave a trail of literature for future generations to see.

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Bernie Suarez is an activist, critical thinker, radio host, musician, M.D, Veteran, lover of freedom and the Constitution, and creator of the Truth and Art TV project. He also has a background in psychology and highly recommends that everyone watch a documentary titled The Century of the Self. Bernie has concluded that the way to defeat the New World Order is to truly be the change that you want to see. Manifesting the solution and putting truth into action is the very thing that will defeat the globalists.

SPLC Bullies Music Distributors Into Banning "Hate Music"

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Brandon Turbeville
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If anyone was wondering whether or not The Southern Poverty Law Center was still active in targeting American citizens for their personal beliefs or attempting to dismantle their First Amendment rights, the SPLC has reasserted itself yet again – this time targeting “hate music” and “white power rock bands” on online music and retail services.

An “investigation” was recently undertaken by the SPLC in order to determine whether or not the music of bands that the SPLC deems offensive or racist – except for explicitly racist rap music – were being sold on online services like iTunes, Amazon, or Spotify. As one might expect, this “investigation” revealed a number of bands and songs that the SPLC believes Americans do not have a right to hear, access, or produce.

This investigation and the subsequent report has resulted in the removal of a number of bands and songs from iTunes. The SPLC has complained that Amazon and Spotify, however, are responding too slowly to their command.

On its own website, the SPLC stated,
On the heels of an SPLC investigation that found songs by dozens of white power rock bands being sold on iTunes, Apple has begun removing hate music from its service, though other sites offering hate music, such as Amazon, have been slow to act.

“Apple is doing the right thing by preventing iTunes from being used as a recruitment tool for white supremacists,” said Heidi Beirich, director of the SPLC’s Intelligence Project. “Amazon and other online retailers that continue to sell this music need to realize that they are providing a powerful platform for extremists to reach young people with messages that advocate hate and violence against African Americans, Jews and others.”

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The SPLC apparently was not concerned with music that might “reach young people with messages that advocate hate and violence” against Caucasians since the focus was on “white power bands” from the outset.

While some of the lyrics cited by the SPLC were undoubtedly racist and deplorable, what is also deplorable is that the SPLC, which has set itself up as the arbiter of all that is race and justice related, is allowed to erase an artist’s freedom of expression and one’s right to hear and see it.

The First Amendment exists in order to protect unpopular speech, no matter how strongly we may disagree with the statements being made. While, admittedly, the songs were removed by the decision of a private company after being lobbied by the SPLC, it is also true that the SPLC has made a career out of promoting acts and expressions of hate only to be seen as the opponent of these very acts and the savior of the perceived targets.

The SPLC is also notorious for deeming Libertarians, Constitutionalists, Patriots, and militias as “hate groups” as well as for its nonstop paranoia and fearmongering over what they label “conspiracy theorists” and “anti government extremists.”

Of course, the individuals lumped into at least two of these categories are generally obsessed with upholding and respecting the U.S. Constitution, the founding document of the United States government. But that has never mattered to the SPLC. According the SPLC, being pro-Constitution makes you anti-Government.

The SPLC is also well known for its tight working relationship with the FBI as well as with many law enforcement agencies across the country.

It is also well known that FBI controls most white supremacist groups operating inside the United States today. With the close relationship between the SPLC and the FBI, particularly in the area of “hate groups,” it is justifiable to question the exact role that the SPLC itself plays in hate crimes and hate groups in general. Thus, its fascination with “hate music” on the Internet rings somewhat hollow on ears that are informed as to the true nature of the organization.

As Kurt Nimmo wrote in 2012,
The National Alliance, like most white supremacist groups, is controlled by the FBI.
In 2007, its supposed leader, Green Beret David Kellerman, said he worked for the FBI. During a trial on weapons charges, Kellerman “said he went to work for the FBI with orders to infiltrate the National Alliance, a neo-Nazi group, in 2000 and relay intelligence. The group’s founder wrote a book that is widely believed to have inspired the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing,” the Miami Herald reported. Is it possible the SPLC is somehow connected to the latest shooting? In 2005, court papers revealed that the supposed anti-racist organization ran an “informant” (informant and agent provocateur are often interchangeable) at Elohim City prior to the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in 1995. “The potentially explosive contents of the teletype, among other things, exposed for the first time an informant operation being conducted by nationally known civil rights lawyer Morris Dees through his organization the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC),” J. D. Cash wrote for the McCurtain Daily Gazette in October of 2005. In some detail the FBI acknowledged the SPLC was engaged in an undercover role where it monitored subjects for the FBI believed to be linked to executed bomber Timothy McVeigh, the white supremacist compound at Elohim City and the mysterious German national Andreas Carl Strassmeir. Strassmeir was a German intelligence officer and the leader of the Aryan Republican Army at Elohim City, Robert Millar, worked closely with the FBI. “Founder Millar repeatedly shared information with law enforcement officials. During a June 31, 1997 court proceeding, FBI Senior Agent Peter Rickel testified Millar was in regular contact with the agency in the years before the bombing,” writes Jim Redden in his book, Snitch Culture. As we noted in the case of the 1st SS Kavallerie Brigade Motorcycle Division bust in July, the FBI controls the virtually all white supremacist groups. It came out during the trail of reputed racist Hal Turner that he was a “National Security Intelligence” asset working for the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. His code name was “Valhalla” and “he received thousands of dollars from the FBI to report on such groups as the Aryan Nations and the white supremacist National Alliance, and even a member of the Blue Eyed Devils skinhead punk band,” according to The Record. The FBI has run racist and white supremacist groups since the 1960s. Under COINTELPRO, the FBI “subsidized, armed, directed and protected the Ku Klux Klan and other right-wing groups,” Brian Glick writes. Racist groups were used to create a strategy of tension by attacking groups on the so-called left, including anti-war, Chicano and Puerto Rican activists and nationalists.Despite the hype by “Conservative” media outlets earlier in the year, the SPLC continues to work closely with the FBI.

In addition the SPLC admits, on its own website, that it works closely with local law enforcement agencies. It states,
The Southern Poverty Law Center regularly conducts in-person training sessions for local, state and federal law enforcement officers by request. We focus on the history, background, leaders and activities of far-right extremists in the United States. These free training sessions last from two to six hours and are tailored to fit the requesting agency's requirements – from small police departments needing a basic introduction to the hate movement to intelligence groups needing a more detailed, specialized briefing. SPLC trainers have almost 50 years of combined experience. They are California POST-certified and Federal Law Enforcement Training Center certified. A lesson plan can be provided to the law enforcement agency to determine if a session qualifies for POST certification or continuing education credits in that state. The trainers provide information that allows law enforcement officers to better protect their communities and their own safety. Law enforcement officers learn how to recognize hate groups, symbols and activity; the threat potential of specific groups; and how to respond to hate group activity.The incredibly biased, ignorant, and terrified police forces that look at every American citizen as an insurgent in occupied territory is greatly contributed to by the “training” provided to their local forces by the SPLC.

Thus, it is important to remember the treacherous nature of the SPLC and their agenda to further divide the United States via relentless race-baiting and their constant attacks on freedom of speech, thought, and expression. It is also important to remember the SPLC’s contribution to the law enforcement community and the American police state by virtue of its nonsensical “training” and fearmongering of police.

It is also time for Americans to demand full transparency of the SPLC, its relationship to American and foreign intelligence agencies, and its relationship with domestic law enforcement. In fact, it is time for the SPLC’s relationship with these agencies to end completely.

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Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius -- The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real ConspiraciesFive Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, and The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria. Turbeville has published over 300 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville's podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV.  He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com. 

An Important Federal Bitcoin Decision Happened Today

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By Luke Rudkowski

Luke Rudkowski covers the sentencing of Charlie Shrem, a well known bitcoin entrepreneur who received two years in federal prison because his company BitInstant sold bitcoins to a user who then sold them to Silk Road users. Apparently this is considered money laundering in the Bitcoin world. Rudkowski explains why this precedent-setting case is so important.

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Judge Napolitano on How Government is Violating Natural Rights

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"Jefferson and Madison and William O. Douglas and everybody that took a stand for human liberty would be turning in their graves," roars Judge Andrew Napolitano about President Obama's decision to use drones on American citizens. Napolitano discusses how presidents have used war and domestics threats to massively increase the reach of the state and reduce natural rights of citizens.

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Police Pre-Crime Algorithm Uses Social Media Posts Against You in Real-Time

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Melissa Melton & Aaron Dykes
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We have finally reached the moment where Orwell's nightmare in 1984 meets the movie Minority Report. We're living there right now.

Did you know that any time a police officer pulls you over or responds to your 9-1-1 call, he or she is using a pre-crime algorithm which assigns you a color-coded threat score based not just on your criminal background but on everything including "flagged" purchases and all your social media posts which may include any comments that may be construed as "offensive?"

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The officer will receive your color coding — red, yellow or green — before he or she ever even sees you based on factors you are not allowed to see or question. Guilty until proven innocent just got thrown completely out the window. Welcome to the modern era of big data and thought crime in Police State, U.S.A.

And still, astoundingly, we have people saying "Well, I haven't done anything wrong, so I don't have anything to worry about."

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Monsanto USDA Study: Mixing Non-GMO Seed with GMOs Not Helping Pest Resistance

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Failure of 'Refuge in a Bag' Method of GM Crop Help

Heather Callaghan
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Did you know that farmers who plant genetically engineered crops need to also plant some non-GE crops in the same field? It is supposed to delay pest resistance to Bt corn crops.

Chemical and biotech companies like Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer et al. have a long history of blaming farmers for failures of genetically modified crops and herbicides. When crop yields don't provide, when corn rootworm takes over, and when farmers have to hire extra help to hack down superweeds when they were promised an easier season - the companies will be the first to throw farmers under the tractor. They like to claim that farmers aren't following proper pesticide management and planting "refuges."

For a long time that reason was truly considered a factor. Then came RIBs - "refuge-in-a-bag." That way, some non-Bt corn would be pre-included in the Bt seed mixture.

GMWatch reports:
...previous studies have shown that refuges do not work well, for three reasons: farmers don't comply with refuge requirements, pests are able to live and reproduce in Bt maize fields, and the non-Bt refuge plants become contaminated by cross-pollination with Bt toxin-producing genes (see "Refuge concept breaking down" in GMO Myths and Truths).According to them, the study, "A challenge for the seed mixture refuge strategy in bt maize: impact of cross-pollination on an ear-feeding pest, corn earworm" - was actually funded in part by Monsanto and the USDA. This writer was unable to locate the full text. It was originally published in PLOS ONE, in November.

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Researchers write:
A major concern in RIB is cross-pollination of maize hybrids that can cause Bt proteins to be present in refuge maize kernels and negatively affect refuge insects. Here we show that a mixed planting of 5% nonBt and 95% Bt maize containing the SmartStax traits expressing Cry1A.105, Cry2Ab2 and Cry1F did not provide an effective refuge for an important above-ground ear-feeding pest, the corn earworm, Helicoverpa zea (Boddie).Cross-pollination in RIB caused a majority (>90%) of refuge kernels to express ≥ one Bt protein. The contamination of Bt proteins in the refuge ears reduced neonate-to-adult survivorship of H. zea to only 4.6%, a reduction of 88.1% relative to larvae feeding on ears of pure non-Bt maize plantings. In addition, the limited survivors on refuge ears had lower pupal mass and took longer to develop to adults.GMWatch explains:
The study found that over 90% of maize kernels expressed at least one Bt protein. In addition, the surviving pests on the refuge plants did not thrive, meaning that no viable Bt-susceptible pest populations survived. (emphasis added)This could mean that the lack of pest control was never the fault of farmers - that refuges simply do not work, and in the end show more complications from cross-pollination. Back to the drawing board for them. Please also see: Thanks for the Super Genes - Weeds Receive Transgenic Material From GMOs

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Heather Callaghan is a natural health blogger and food freedom activist. You can see her work at NaturalBlaze.com and ActivistPost.com. Like at Facebook.

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US Government's Argument Against Barrett Brown “Should Chill Journalists to the Bone”

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Derrick Broze
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Journalist and activist Barrett Brown appeared in a Federal Court in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday. Brown was brought before Judge Sam Lindsay wearing the stereotypical orange jumpsuit. He only spoke a few times throughout the eight hour proceedings. Aside from looking up occasionally to listen to testimony, Brown’s focus was on his pen and notepad. The avid writer scribbled away, determined to tell his next story.

His family and nearly 30 supporters from around the country were in attendance. As the judge noted, 102 letters of support were sent from the United States, Australia, France, Sweden, Germany, Sweden, the UK, and India.

Brown has been an activist, and a journalist. His articles and blogs have been featured in numerous publications including the Guardian, Vanity Fair, and the Huffington Post. He has been behind bars for over two years for charges stemming from his reporting on the hacking of the servers of HB Gary Federal and Stratfor by the decentralized hacker collective Anonymous.

The exact charges Barrett Brown faces are (1) transmitting a threat in interstate commerce (2) accessory after the fact in the unauthorized access to a protected computer and (3) interference with the execution of a search warrant and aid and abet. (Brown has since apologized for the threat and admitted it was a mistake caused under duress)

The second charge comes from Brown offering to be a mediator for hacker Jeremy Hammond following the hack of Strafor. Brown also attempted to hide computers which contained journalistic sources.

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Since Brown had already signed the plea deal the sentencing hearing was expected to be short. However, early in the hearing the government’s team introduced 61 exhibits including hundreds of pages of chat logs and emails. The government forced Brown’s defense to decide to allow the documents without question or object to them slowing down the proceedings and possibly frustrating the judge. The judge would give the defense a 30 minute recess to view the documents and return with any objections.

The defense objected to 11 exhibits for lack of relevance. The government told Judge Lindsay that the documents showed Brown identifying targets of the hacks, and established his role in Anonymous. The Judge agreed with the government and allowed all 61 exhibits to be entered into the record. The prosecution called FBI Agent Robert Smith to the witness stand as they spent the next two and a half hours going through the exhibits one by one.

Federal prosecutor Candina Heath repeatedly had Smith read transcripts of chats that Barrett Brown had been involved. Using his own words against him, often taken out of context, the prosecution spent the afternoon describing Brown as a “agitator”, “propagandist”, “strategist”, and “spokesman” for Anonymous. In one chat Brown discussed splitting Project Pm into two groups. One would be the “legal” faction and the other, lead by Brown, would do more radical activities.

The prosecutions goal was to muddy the waters, and convince the judge that Barrett was neither a political prisoner, or a journalist, but instead a dangerous mind intent on creating havoc. The truth seems to lie somewhere in the middle. Some of the quotes the prosecution used include:
“Anonymous has become powerful and I am close to everyone involved.” “People will die because of the things we do.” “I am always happy to recruit.” “I have been Anon for 5-6 years.” “We’re the most effective process for smashing those foundations that need smashing.” “My goal is absolute dramatic reform of governments.” “When we take down sites the press pays attention.” The court listened to an interview Brown did with NBC where he detailed the work of hacktivists as a “guerrilla cyber-war.” Late in the evening we would hear from the defenses only witness, Quinn Norton. Norton is a journalist who has extensively chronicled the Anonymous movement. She would describe many of Barrett’s statement as not welcome or appreciated by members of Anonymous. He had been “kicked” at least once from an Internet Relay Chat.

Apparently there was not a consensus on Brown speaking in the media about Anonymous’ activities. Quinn was attempting to illustrate to the judge that Barrett Brown had not been an official member of the hacker collective. One of the reasons is because the culture does not operate with a static set of members or defined roles. It is a fluid process by which everyone can become any part of the revolution.

Hacking skills are a requisite for being deeply involved in Operations (Ops). These are skills that Barrett Brown did not have. So while some of Anonymous appreciated the media coverage and words Brown was writing, others were uninterested and downright angry at his self aggrandizing actions. When the defense questioned Smith on the topic he said he was aware that hackers were angry at Brown.

Heath also asked Smith to read chats pertaining to Barrett Brown’s role as a journalist. Or, as she would have it a “pseudo-journalist.” Smith read several chats where Brown does refer to himself as a “former journalist.” Despite these comments from Brown he continues to write. He pens a column for D Magazine, and has also released a book. Again, the governments arguments hinged on the idea the Barrett Brown was a former journalist who left that world to lead a global cyber war against corrupt governments. Or something like that.

The remainder of the prosecutions arguments were about the stolen credit card information and whether or not Brown could be directly linked to the use of that information. This was perhaps the most surprising element of the sentencing hearing. Despite Barrett Brown having no direct connection to the Stratfor hack, he was facing a century in prison for sharing a link to the leaked documents with a chat room. Jeremy Hammond would later receive ten years for that leak.

Those charges were later dropped when Brown signed the plea deal. However, the prosecution was able to bring the dismissed charges to the forefront in an attempt to sway the judges ruling towards the maximum sentence. Brown’s own defense noted that this was a perfectly acceptable and legal practice but felt the government had previously been unable to make its case on the hyperlink charge and was not attempting to recharge him.

In September of 2013, one of Brown’s attorneys Ahmed Ghappour talked to Rolling Stone about the situation.
He copy-pasted a publicly available link containing publicly available data that he was researching in his capacity as a journalist. The charges require twisting the relevant statutes beyond recognition and have serious implications for journalists as well as academics. Who’s allowed to look at document dumps? In order to make this point stick the government had to prove that Brown knowingly shared stolen information and establish evidence that his sharing of the link directly lead to credit card information being stolen. The government stated there were 113 victims of fraudulent activity directly attributed to Barrett Brown’s actions. There was much back and forth about whether or not the prosecutors could clearly define victims directly wronged by Brown.

The defense compared what he did to an individual sending a picture of a stolen car to friends. They argued merely pointing at a stolen vehicle is not the same as stealing it for a joy ride or damaging the vehicle. Heath disagreed, stating that “once the stolen information hits the public domain anyone who traffics in it is committing a crime.”

Marlo Cadeddu, a member of Brown’s defense team, told the judge that allowing the argument to stand would have “serious implications for journalist.” She also stated the actions “should chill journalists and researchers to the bone.”

Judge Lindsay was obviously annoyed throughout the day but allowed the exhibits and arguments to stand. The judge told both sides that they seemed to be missing the whole point of the hearing, and he was doubtful of the relevance of the submitted documents. He admonished the defense and the prosecution for trying to “get the last word in” and attempting to “get a leg up” on the other.

Two other interesting aspects of the hearing were discussions on Anarchism and trolling.

Anarchism was mentioned twice while going through the chat logs. When questioned on whether Anonymous was an Anarchist hive Brown answered, “Anon does not like to define itself and my Anarchism is my own.” Another more contentious point came during exhibit 29 when the prosecution attempted to use Brown’s words against him. The government attempted to use his political philosophy as an example of criminal behavior. The defense objected to the questioning as prejudicial and the judge agreed.

During Quinn Norton’s testimony she discussed how trolling is part of the Anonymous culture. Trolling refers to any Internet user behavior that is meant to intentionally anger or frustrate someone else in order to provoke a response. This includes making exaggerated claims to the media in an attempt to get a fake or outrageous story reported. The defense attempted to illustrate that Brown’s statements of being a leader of Anonymous could not be taken at face value.

It’s important to remember that the entire time Barrett has been incarcerated the federal government has sought to suppress details related to the case. In September 2013, Judge Lindsay accepted a motion for a gag order related to the case. Brown and his attorneys would be barred from talking to the public about the proceedings. The gag order remained in place for 8 months until Brown’s team signed a plea agreement in April.

Once the gag order ended, unsealed court documents revealed the prosecution’s fears that Brown’s media connections would paint the government in an unfavorable light. Prosecutors argued that silencing Brown’s attorney’s was necessary to protect the jury, and Barrett himself, from being tainted by media portrayal of the case.

Another telling part of the unsealed documents relates to media connections Brown maintained. Ms. Heath told the court that after listening to recorded phone calls made from the county jail between Barrett Brown and Kevin Gallagher she worried more articles would be written about the case. Gallagher is the head of Free Barrett Brown. The prosecution discussed conversations between Brown and Gallagher where the two discuss journalists who had been in contact with Brown regarding writing about the case. The documents mention Michael Hastings, Janet Reitman of Rolling Stone (listed as Jenna Wrightman), and Glenn Greenwald.

The secrecy was in full view during the sentencing hearing as well. Judge Lindsay reminded the defense and the prosecution that many of the documents related to the case were under public seal and would remain so. He made it clear anyone caught leaking information to the press would face his wrath.

Barrett Brown will return to the federal courtroom again on January 22, 2015. Judge Lindsay said he would take the time to review all the documents and make his decision in January. He also said he would not be accepting any more documents or testimony on that day.

When the judge renders his verdict we will find out whether Barrett Brown will finally be allowed to go home, or if he will face more time behind bars. If the judges verdict is based on arguments that Brown committed a crime by posting a hyperlink there will be disastrous repercussions to journalists, activists and researchers across the country. We must do what we can to bring attention to Barrett Brown’s situation, as well as the many others who are facing imprisonment for shining a light into the darkness in which government thrives.

Sentencing for imprisoned journalist delayed (again) until January 22, 2015.

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Mainstream Media Ignores Massive Open Carry Protest

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Joshua Krause
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Last Saturday, one of the largest open carry protests happened in front of the state capital building in Olympia, Washington, to protest the passing of I594. This outrageous piece of legislation was ostensibly written to enact a system for universal background checks.

While simple on paper, in practice this law makes it illegal for residents of Washington to lend their firearms to anyone, or to so much as hand their weapons over to a friend. For those of you who are gun owners, you’ll recognize this as something you’ve done numerous times without a second thought. It basically makes every gun owner a criminal.

The event was organized by activist Gavin Seim, who described the gathering by saying "This isn’t just a protest, we are here to openly violate the law".

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The event went off without a hitch. Thousands came together on the front lawn of the capital building, armed with a myriad of weapons. They broke the law in full view of the police; some by passing their guns to fellow protesters, while others offered their firearms for sale.

What’s even more interesting, though not surprising, is the nearly complete lack of response from the mainstream media. So far only a few local news outlets have picked up the story while the rest of the dinosaur media decided to completely ignore one of the biggest open carry protests in recent history. There’s barely any footage to be found.

Not only did these folks come to the state capital armed, but they publicly violated the state’s unconstitutional law in front of the police, and nobody was arrested. And yet there hasn’t been a peep out of Fox or CNN.

I guess their corporate handlers learned their lesson after the extensive coverage of Bundy Ranch. They don’t want you to know that when enough people come together to break the law, that law becomes unenforceable. In practice, it becomes null and void. They don’t want you to know that you can stop these unconstitutional violations, and they certainly don’t want you to know that you are not alone. There are millions of people who don’t want to put up with this, and if they come together they can stop any gun grab.  

Joshua Krause is a reporter, writer and researcher at The Daily Sheeple, where this first appeared. He was born and raised in the Bay Area and is a freelance writer and author. You can follow Joshua’s reports at Facebook or on his personal Twitter. Joshua’s website is Strange Danger.

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