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NY, New Jersey quarantining travelers from W. Africa

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Jon Rappoport
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A health worker who treated so-called Ebola cases in West Africa has been locked in an iso ward of a medical facility for 21 days, after she arrived back in New Jersey.

She had no symptoms—but after being put in isolation, she developed a fever.

Many people would.

This is now official emergency policy for New York and New Jersey.

Contact with someone who “has Ebola” = 21 days in lockdown.

This is where the irrelevant diagnostic tests come in. That quarantined person, registering positive on an antibody or PCR test, will be labeled “Ebola”—even though the tests say nothing about Ebola, as I’ve described in past articles.

The next step will be locking people up for 21 days, if they came into contact with someone who “might have” Ebola.

Then we could see chains of “might haves.”


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And anyone with a very weak immune system is subject to becoming ill, gravely ill, or dying from any number of germs, like the untold number of flu viruses floating around.

But the germ merchants are in charge of the game. They sell fear of germs like hot dogs.

And privately, they call their brokers and load up on shares of vaccine companies and sell short airline stocks.

New York City will sit there and absorb losses from tourism cancellations, just as Toronto took it in 2003, when the dreaded SARS (dud) allowed the World Health Organization to issue an advisory against travel to that city.

The hypnotist casts his spell and the audience succumbs.

The CDC, you can be sure, is in meetings with vaccine manufacturers and the FDA.

“When will the Ebola vaccine be ready for sale? We need to know, so we can try to keep this fear-charade and the quarantines going until then.”

That’s the challenge.

But the vaccine makers have an ace up their sleeves. The US and other governments have already made commitments and guarantees to buy millions of doses of vaccine, in any “public health emergency,” whenever they’re ready to ship—no matter what.

“Fortunately, due to surveillance, tracking, quarantines, and public education, we managed to escape a global holocaust by the skin of our teeth. This time. But we have a new awesome weapon in our vaults: the Ebola vaccine. An injection now, before the next outbreak, will protect you. This time, we gave that vaccine- protection to front-line health workers and others designated ‘at-risk.’ Now we can protect everybody…”

The only minor problem? Explaining away the severe reactions to, and deaths from, the vaccine.

“Uh, well, those people already had latent Ebola, we just didn’t know it because they showed no visible symptoms. They died from Ebola. The vaccine was perfectly safe. After all, prior to its release, we tested it on eleven monkeys in a lab…”

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at NoMoreFakeNews.com.

Cops Need to Obey Facebook’s Rules

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Facebook scolded the Drug Enforcement Administration this week after learning that a narcotics agent had impersonated a user named Sondra Arquiett on the social network in order to communicate and gather intelligence on suspects. In a strongly worded letter to DEA head Michele Leonhart, Facebook’s Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan reiterated that not only did the practice explicitly violate the site’s terms of service, but threatened Facebook’s trust-based social ecosystem.

Sullivan writes:

Facebook has long made clear that law enforcement authorities are subject to these policies. We regard the conduct to be a knowing and serious breach of Facebook’s terms and policies, and the account created by the agent in the Arquiett matter has been disabled. Accordingly, Facebook asks that the DEA immediately confirm that it has ceased all activities on Facebook that involve the impersonation of others or that otherwise violate our terms and policies.So far, it is unclear whether the DEA has responded, although the US Department of Justice has independently launched an investigation into the practice. We commend Facebook for holding the agency accountable.

But we also think Facebook should go further in protecting users and the integrity of its services. The DEA isn’t only law enforcement agency creating fake profiles on Facebook, and fake profiles are not the only way that law enforcement agencies routinely violate the site’s terms of service.


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Facebook’s “Statement of Rights and Responsibilities” require users to provide their “real names and information” and warn users to “not provide any false personal information on Facebook, or create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission.” In other words, this is a ban on sock puppets: fake accounts that someone creates for deceptive purposes.

According to a lawsuit filed against the DEA, Arquiett was arrested in 2010 on drug charges. She allegedly agreed to allow an agent to search her phone. But the agent did much more than that, taking files from her phone—including suggestive photos of Arquiett as well as pictures of her children. The agent then used them to create a Facebook profile in her name. The agent accepted and made friend requests and engaged in conversations with other users.

While this may be the first time we have heard of the DEA impersonating an actual person, two separate independent studies show that creating fake profiles is commonplace in the law enforcement community.

In 2012, LexisNexis researchers surveyed more than 1,200 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and almost 70 percent of agencies surveyed said they use social media to some extent in their investigations. Among those agencies, Facebook was by far the most popular social network site, with 91 percent using it for investigations, 27 percent using it on a daily basis. Alarmingly, the LexisNexis researchers concluded that police “have no concerns around the ethics of creating fake virtual identities as an investigative technique." Approximately 83 percent reported they had no qualms about going undercover online.

LexisNexis even included an anonymous testimonial on how police were able to track a suspect’s location through Facebook:
I was looking for a suspect related to drug charges for over a month. When I looked him up on FB, and requested him as a friend from a fictitious profile, he accepted. He kept “checking in” everywhere he went so I was able to track him down very easily.A 2013 study [pdf] from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) mirrored the LexisNexis findings. Out of 500 predominantly municipal law enforcement agencies, more than 58 percent reported that they use fake profiles to gather information.

It’s difficult to determine exhaustively which agencies have adopted this tactic, but some have publicly acknowledged the practice:
  • Cincinnati Police Department admitted to CNN that it used undercover profiles for “targeted enforcements.”
  • In a DOJ-funded report on social media tactics, IACP revealed that the New York City Police Department has created formal policies for creating alias accounts for use in investigations. (The policies are available on page 169 of this report.)
  • The Georgia Bureau of Investigation similarly has a policy (page 157) allowing for aliases to be used in investigations.
  • In its policy on the use of social media, the La Vista Police Department in Nebraska says, “Covert undercover operations on the Internet and Social Networking are an effective investigative technique in establishing admissible, credible evidence in support of a criminal prosecution against suspects.”
Yet most of these agencies explicitly agreed to abide by Facebook’s terms of service when they created their own Facebook pages.

Ignoring ToS 

Creating fake profiles is only one way that law enforcement agencies are actively violating Facebook’s terms of service.

Facebook’s terms say that you must not share your password or “let anyone else access your account.” It further states, “you will not solicit login information or access an account belonging to someone else.” Yet, law enforcement agencies are guilty of these activities, particularly when it comes to screening applicants for jobs. According to a recent article from the San Francisco Chronicle, “The standard practice in most California police departments is to require social-media passwords of job applicants, including those applying for dispatch and jail staff positions.” This past session, the California Legislature attempted to clarify the law to extend a prohibition on this practice in the private sector to public employees—including a provision explicitly prohibiting police agencies from soliciting passwords—but the bill failed to make it to the governor’s desk.

Meanwhile, the FBI has been researching ways to data mine on Facebook, which would be a violation of the ToS that says you cannot “not collect users' content or information, or otherwise access Facebook, using automated means (such as harvesting bots, robots, spiders, or scrapers) without our prior permission.”

Law enforcement agencies have been potentially violating social media networks' terms of service with scraping and "covert accounts" for years (even as far back as when MySpace was the leading social network). We had to go court to find this out, but Facebook has the power to force transparency without litigation.

What Should Facebook Do About This? 

Under a White House directive (most recent version here), federal agencies are supposed to sign special, negotiated terms of service with social media providers where they would like to have a presence, including Facebook (example pdf here). Facebook also has special terms of services that are applicable only to state and local government agencies.

These agreements and special terms of services are opportunities for Facebook to demand more of law enforcement. If cops want to use Facebook for public purposes (and according IACP, most agencies find it a “very valuable” for community outreach, collecting tips and disseminating emergency information), then Facebook should make sure they know they must follow the same rules as everyone else.

We’re asking Facebook to spell out, in no uncertain language, that the terms that apply to regular users apply to government agencies as well, including law enforcement. It should remind law enforcement that violating its terms of service—such as by creating fake profiles, using impersonation, requiring passwords from applicants and employees, and data mining—isn’t OK.

But Facebook could, and should, go a step further to restore the public’s trust in their system and require that any law enforcement agency that wants to use Facebook must first develop and publish departmental policies for social media, including their policies for using social media in investigations and in screening job applicants.

It's great that Facebook sent a letter to the DEA, but for the company to protect its users it needs to do more than simply react after the damage has been done.

Related Activist Post Article:
Feds Continue Orwellian Surveillance of Social Media

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CDC whistleblower: also a player in the vaccine-mercury-autism fraud

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Anthony Freda ArtJon Rappoport
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Anyone who’s awake knows by now that William Thompson, CDC scientist and whistleblower, has admitted egregious fraud.

He and his colleagues, in a famous 2004 study, gave the MMR vaccine a free pass and pretended it had no connection to autism—when it did.

Here is another study on which Thompson was a co-author: “Thimerosal [mercury] exposure [from vaccines] in early life and neuropsychological outcomes 7-10 years later.” (J Pediatr Psychol, Jan-Feb 2012)

Obviously, this is a key piece of research, because a) mercury is known potent neurotoxin; b) parents of autistic children have been, for many years, telling anyone who would listen that their kids withdrew from the world after receiving a shot containing mercury; and c) the US government has been claiming, over and over, that mercury in vaccines has absolutely no connection to autism.

Here are three quotes from this 2012 mercury study:

“The authors used a public use data set to investigate associations between the receipt of thimerosal-containing vaccines and immune globulins [antibodies] early in life and neuropsychological outcomes assessed at 7-10 years.”

“There was a small, but statistically significant association between early thimerosal exposure and the presence of tics in boys.”


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Tics? Yes, this is a recognized sign of neurological damage.

So the mercury study shows there IS, in fact, a connection between childhood vaccines and neurological damage.

The kicker, the disclaimer is found in the third quote, which is a transparent cover story.

“Limitations in the measurement of tics”? “Limited biological plausibility regarding a causal relationship”?

Think about it. The authors knew, in advance of doing the study, that their research would offer no way to actually measure the number, duration, or strength of the tics in young children.

Therefore, to use that “flaw” to discount the connection between tics and neurological damage was their backup plan all along.

“Hey, if we find a significant statistical connection between tics and brain damage in children, we’ll just say we couldn’t measure the tics—and that’ll muddy the conclusion.”

Likewise for “biological plausibility”. The authors also knew, before they started the study, that the exact, step-by-step, causal sequence by which mercury disables and damages various parts of the brain can be chewed on and argued, by “experts,” for the next hundred years—and never resolve “the causal connection” between mercury in vaccines and brain damage.

This is their trump card.

Therefore, their conclusion was a cover-up of the naked fact that they DID discover a significant association between mercury in vaccines and neurological damage.

That makes the study a fraud on its face.

Given whistleblower Thompson’s track record of cooking, twisting, and burying vital data in vaccine research, it also opens the door to a further investigation of this mercury study.

Were vital data omitted? Was the true picture of mercury-caused autism far worse than the authors admitted?

We do know that Thompson, in a recorded phone call with either Andrew Wakefield or Brian Hooker, stated that he would never give a vaccine containing mercury to a pregnant woman.

Thompson also stated that there was sufficient “biological plausibility” to assert that mercury in vaccines causes “autism-like features.”

Fraud, and more fraud.

Promoted to the hilt by the CDC, Ebola may be grabbing all the current headlines, but massive vaccine-research fraud at the CDC is sitting there—at the bottom of the house of cards.

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at www.nomorefakenews.com

Suspicious Canada Shooting Triggers ‘Minority Report’ Pre-Crime Plans for ‘Preventive Arrests’

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Melissa Melton
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On Wednesday, just two days after a “radicalized” man ran over two Canadian soldiers in a mall parking lot, a gunmen opened fire at Canada’s National War Memorial and at Parliament Hill, killing one soldier and wounding a security guard. He was later killed by an armed guard.

Within less than two days, rhetoric has risen unusually high for Canada in the wake of what have been called “terror attacks,” bringing terrorism home along with fresh demands for new police powers.

This time, the new powers would include ‘preventive arrests,’ potentially taking the country down the slippery slope of guilty-until-proven innocent authoritarian policies.

Via CBC News:
Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney is giving more indications of how the government intends to strengthen Canada’s security laws in the wake of Wednesday’s attack in Ottawa on Parliament Hill. The minister told Radio-Canada on Friday that the government is eyeing the thresholds established in Canadian law for the preventive arrests of people thought to be contemplating attacks that may be linked to terrorism. Officials are considering how to make it easier to press charges against so-called lone-wolf attackers. “The challenges are the thresholds — the thresholds that will allow either preventive arrest, or charges that lead to sentences, or more simple operations,” Blaney said in French. “So what the prime minister has asked is for us to review in accelerated manner the different mechanisms that are offered to police to ensure everyone’s security.”

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); There is even talk now of ramping up Canada’s hate speech laws.

A bill was already in the works prior to the shootings to strengthen the Canadian Security Intelligence Services’ (CSIS) powers; Prime Minister Stephen Harper had already announced changes including his belief police powers needed to be increased.
“In recent weeks, I’ve been saying that our laws and police powers need to be strengthened in the area of surveillance, detention and arrest,” he said as MPs returned one day after a gunman killed a soldier and made his way into Centre Block on the Parliament Hill. (CBC News)That makes this shooting very convenient for Harper’s agenda; now in the wake of this week’s shooting, Harper has stated that work will be “expedited”.

Questions already abound as to where suspect Michael Zehaf-Bibeau even got his the Winchester 30-30 rifle he used in the shooting. Due to his criminal record, Zehaf-Bibeau was already prohibited from owning a gun; in fact, Canadian courts had already issued the man a standard lifetime gun ban due to a violent conviction. Even without that ban, however, this guy couldn’t have obtained the gun in any legal way.

If anything, first and foremost it just proves that gun control doesn’t work. Regardless, in Canada there is no right by law to bear arms. “Canadians, unlike Americans, do not have a constitutional right to bear arms,” the Canadian Supreme Court ruled in 1993.

As Tony Cartalucci of Land Destroyer Report notes, the same plot had been scripted by the FBI just a month prior:
In mid-September A Rochester man, Mufid A. Elfgeeh, was accused by the FBI of attempting to provide material support to ISIS (undercover FBI agents), attempting to kill US soldiers, and possession of firearms and silencers (provided to him by the FBI). The FBI’s own official press release stated (emphasis added): According to court records, Elfgeeh attempted to provide material support to ISIS in the form of personnel, namely three individuals, two of whom were cooperating with the FBI. Elfgeeh attempted to assist all three individuals in traveling to Syria to join and fight on behalf of ISIS. Elfgeeh also plotted to shoot and kill members of the United States military who had returned from Iraq. As part of the plan to kill soldiers, Elfgeeh purchased two handguns equipped with firearm silencers and ammunition from a confidential source. The handguns were made inoperable by the FBI before the confidential source gave them to Elfgeeh. It was warned that only an inoperable firearm stood between Elfgeeh’s arrest and his successful execution of deadly plans hatched by him and his undercover FBI handlers. This script, written by the FBI to entrap Elfgeeh, would be followed almost to the letter in live attacks subsequently carried out in Canada resulting in the death of two Canadian soldiers.Cartalucci goes on to point out another troubling detail. Like so many other heavily publicized terror attacks, Zehaf-Bibeau was already under both Canadian and U.S. government surveillance prior to the event, with the suspected shooter listed as a “high-risk traveler” who had his passport revoked prior to the shooting:
It is very likely that the recent attacks in Canada involved at least one “informant” working for the FBI. Because the FBI uses confidential informants to handle suspects, if a plot is switched “live,” the informant will be implicated as an accomplice and the FBI’s covert role will remain uncompromised… With both suspects having been on both US and Canadian watch lists – it is very likely undercover agents were involved in either one or both cases. While many possibilities exist, Western security agencies should be among the first suspects considered as potential collaborators…And of course —
Conveniently, both suspects are now dead and little chance remains of ascertaining the truth of who they were in contact with and how they carried out their deadly attacks.Canada’s domestic terror threat level was quietly elevated just days before by CSIS intelligence, issuing a medium-level ‘could occur’ threat advisory for the first time since 2010. Unlike the often hyped and exaggerated public threat assessments in the U.S., this was an internal determination among the intelligence agencies, and signals likely prior knowledge.

So what did they know and when did they really know it?

Also, as in many highly publicized shootings with government ties, initially police reported multiple shooters. In the end, the story changed, naming Zehaf-Bibeau as the only shooter.

Former public safety minister Stockwell Day told CBC News, “There are always limitations, and this is what we have to realize in a free and democratic society. Any time you increase your security, you decrease your freedom somewhere.” [emphasis added]

And there you have it.

Terrorism — monitored and enabled by undercover informants — used as a catalyst to break down civil liberties and accumulate more state power.

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!

States Take on NSA and the Surveillance State: Bills Likely in at Least 12 States

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At least a dozen states are likely to consider bills to battle the NSA and other segments of the surveillance state in 2015.

With more than two months still remaining before many 2015 state legislative sessions begin, sources close to the OffNow Project indicate we are likely to see bills to protect privacy from attacks by the NSA, FBI and other state and local agencies in more than a dozen states. Legislators in 15 states have already given early, soft commitments to introduce various parts of the OffNow legislative package.

This is a huge number for this early stage and it's expected to soar.

Work begins long before the legislative sessions kick off. Over the summer, OffNow spends long hours analyzing last year’s effort, and refining and drafting bill language. Outreach to legislators begins in earnest while the summer sun still bakes the countryside, and continues as the leaves change and frost begins to coat the grass.

But the early start and long hours pay off.


(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); After about six weeks of phone calls, emails and follow-up legislators in 15 states have indicated a willingness to introduce OffNow backed legislation next year. We garnered these commitments despite the fact that state legislatures remain in flux with election campaign season in full swing. We expect to firm up these commitments and gain many more after the November elections.

Here is some information on OffNow bills for 2015.

Fourth Amendment Protection Act

The Fourth Amendment Protection Act provides an opportunity for state legislators to do what Congress won’t – take meaningful steps to stop unwarranted NSA spying. This legislation bans a state from taking actions that provide "material support or resources" to warrantless federal spying programs. This includes provisioning of resources, ending partnerships between state universities and the NSA, and banning the state from using data obtained without warrant in state court.

Click HERE for model language. 

Electronic Data Privacy Act

Former NSA Technical Director William Binney considers NSA sharing warrantless data with your local police to be “the most threatening situation to our constitutional republic since the Civil War.”

The Electronic Data Privacy Act bans this practice on a local level. Straightforward, legal, constitutional - it will have an immediate impact on this dangerous practical effect of mass data collection by the NSA. 

Click HERE for model language.

Other Privacy Legislation

OffNow also has model legislation available that places strong restrictions on the use of drones and bans location tracking without a warrant.

Click HERE for more information model language.

A final piece of legislation called the CHOICE Act addresses corporate cooperation with federal spying. So far, we don’t have any commitment on this bill.

C.H.O.I.C.E. Act (Creating Helpful Options for Institutions, Corporations, and Enterprise)

While government agencies primarily drive the surveillance state, in many cases, private corporations enable NSA spying as well. Corporations willingly providing the NSA with essential services enable the agency to carry out the largest privacy violations in the history of the world. While a state cannot stop a private entity from helping the federal government violate your rights, it can choose not to do business with such an organization.

The C.H.O.I.C.E. Act does just that. The bill bars corporations enabling federal spying from winning state contracts. This legislation gives corporations a choice, either do business with spies, or do business with us.

Click HERE for model language

We are off to a great start, but we can really up the ante with your help. You can take just a few minutes, contact your state representative and senator, and ask them to introduce legislation, including the CHOICE Act, to protect your privacy in your state.

CLICK HERE to take action for your state today: http://www.offnow.org/action
OffNow is an organization committed to stopping unconstitutional NSA spying and reining in the surveillance-state through state and local activism.

SWAT Training Drill During Marysville School Shooting?

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Doesn't there always seem to be funny business with these alleged school shootings? The latest is the Marysville Washington active shooter event taking place today.

This post isn't to discuss the details of the ongoing event, but rather to point out that it appears the Marysville Police were scheduled to run a SWAT training exercise yesterday or perhaps today too. We can't know for sure because they scraped all references to it from the Internet.

Major props to Lori Price of LegitGov for catching this:
CNN host Brooke Baldwin, covering breaking news of the school shooting in Marysville, Washington, announces that she has a live update regarding the school shooting. Baldwin said she's been just handed a paper with new information, which she will read on the air. She asks for viewers to, quoting, "bear with her," as she reads it "cold." She reads: "Marysville Police will be holding SWAT training today --" Baldwin then interrupts herself, and states, "Oh. This is from yesterday." Later, the host announces, "initially, students thought this was a fire drill." When Googling the SWAT drill in Marysville, the official school district website is the first result:



(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); However, when you click on this link, the announcement has been disappeared and replaced by the following:
October 24, 2014: The Marysville Pilchuck High School is currently in lock down due to an emergency situation. Police and emergency services have responded. The Marysville School District lock down procedures will remain in effect at Pilchuck until further notice from law enforcement. We will continue to forward communication in cooperation with law enforcement.

Students who attend MPHS campus are being relocated to the Shoultes Community Church at the corner of 116th and 51st Street. Buses will take students home from there. Those parents in the area wanting to pick up their child will need to go to the church location and sign out their child out with school administrator or law enforcement.

All after-school activities across the district are canceled today.We may be dealing with yet another vicious false flag by the authorities to justify gun control and an increased police state. Please add any evidence you can find to the comment section below.

UPDATE: There are controversial gun control measures on the ballot in Washington state to be voted on in less than 2 weeks - http://seattle.cbslocal.com/2014/10/10/rival-gun-measures-on-ballot-in-washington/

Invasion of the Data Snatchers

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New technologies are making it easier for private companies and the government to learn about everything we do - in our homes, in our cars, in stores, and within our communities. As they collect vast amounts of data about us, things are getting truly spooky!


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Norway Joins the Race to Develop Killer Robots

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Norway is a large exporter of weapons, which makes the resolution of the debate about creating killer robots an important issue for everyone. 

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One could debate the overall merits or failings of robotic systems, but an area that clearly has become a point for concern on all sides is the emergence of "killer robots." According to robotics pioneer, David Hanson, we are on a collision course with exponential growth in computing and technology that might only give us a "few years" to counter this scenario.

Even mainstream tech luminaries like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have proclaimed the magnitude of the threat following a reading of Nick Bostrom's book Superintelligence. Musk flatly stated that robots infused with advanced artificial intelligence are "potentially more dangerous than nukes."

Robot-controlled missiles are being developed in Norway, and could easily be a path toward that ultimate danger.

Universities such as Cambridge have said that "terminators" are one of the greatest threats to mankind according to their study program Centre for the Study of Existential Risk. Human rights groups and concerned citizens have echoed this with a Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. This campaign has even garnered support from one Canadian robot manufacturer who penned an open letter to his colleagues urging them not to delve into the dark side of robotics. Meanwhile, in the background, the United Nations and the U.S. military have been forced into the debate, but are currently stutter-stepping their way through the process.


(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); As the clock ticks, there is a global drone and artificial intelligence arms race as nations seek to catch up to others who have taken the lead. Perhaps one sign of how fast and far this proliferation extends, seemingly peaceful and neutral Norway is making the news as a debate rages there about plans to have artificial intelligence take over missile systems on its fighter jets. In reality, Norway is actually a large exporter of weapons, which makes the resolution of this debate an important issue for everyone.

There is a general move to augment traditional weapons systems with artificial intelligence. A recent post from the U.S. Naval Institute News stated that "A.I is going to be huge" by 2030.  A.I. is foreseen "as a decision aid to the pilot in a way similar in concept to how advanced sensor fusion onboard jets like the F-22 and Lockheed Martin F-35 work now."

This is the first step toward removing human decision making. According to Norwegian press, their government states this explicitly:
The partially autonomously controlled missiles, or so-called "killer robots", will be used for airborne strikes for its new fighter jets and have the ability to identify targets and make decisions to kill without human interference. (emphasis added)Interference?! What, like compassion and having a conscience? Make no mistake, at the highest levels that is exactly what it means. This was highlighted in a recent report that certainly has military elite across the planet concerned. It seems that the distance they have attempted to create by putting humans in cubicles thousands of miles from the actual battlefield still has not alleviated the emotional impact of killing. Apparently it's not a video game after all.
Although drone operators may be far from the battlefield, they can still develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study shows. About 1,000 United States Air Force drone operators took part in the study, and researchers found that 4.3 percent of them experienced moderate to severe PTSD. That percentage might seem low, but the consequences can be incredible. Listen to what one former drone operator has to say about his role in 1,600 killings from afar.



The military system sees this reaction as a defect.
"I would say that, even though the percentage is small, it is still a very important number, and something that we would want to take seriously so that we make sure that the folks that are performing their job are effectively screened for this condition and get the help that they [may] need," said study author Wayne Chappelle, a clinical psychologist who consults for the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.  Consequently, the U.S. military has been pursuing "moral robots" that can supposedly discern right from wrong, probably to alleviate the growing pushback by those wondering what happens - legally and ethically - to a society that transfers responsibility from humans to machines. Some research is indicating that robotics/A.I. is not yet up to even the most basic ethical tasks, yet its role in weapons systems continues.

The situation in Norway is very similar to that in the U.S. - peace activists are alarmed, the military-industrial complex wants to push ahead, and local government and U.N. oversight dithers:
The Norwegian Peace League, for one, believe the technology may violate international law, wanting a parliamentary debate about the move. Alexander Harang of the Norwegian Peace League (Norges Fredslag) demands discussion. He is also a member for the international “Campaign to stop killer robots”. [...]Harang believes that a discussion is highly relevant before final development of Joint Strike Missiles (JSM) made by Norway's Kongsberg Gruppen. These missiles will be part of the weaponry of the Norwegian Armed Forces’ new fighter jet plane, the Joint Strike Fighter. [...] Harang said he contacted all the political parties this spring in order to get a debate in Parliament on the potential consequences based on international law in developing more autonomously controlled weapons. This was after the government decided Kongsberg Gruppen would get 2.2 billion kroner ($330 million) more in order to develop the missile. Such a debate never took place. Christof Heyns, a UN special investigator, is also concerned about such weapons of the future. Heyns said: “We have seen during the last decade that the distance between the soldier and the target increase. But what we see now is that the weapon becomes the warrior.” [...] Ronny Lie (you just can't make up the accuracy of the name - Ed.), communications director at Kongsberg Gruppen, wrote in an email to NTB: “Remotely controlled solutions for demanding civilian and military tasks have become increasingly more important during the last years. The Norwegian high-tech industry needs to join this development.” Lie stated his company follows the rules and regulations set by the relevant authorities and that it is not in their mandate to consider any challenges related to international law. Minister of Defence for Norway, Ine Eriksen Søreide, believes it will serve no purpose to introduce a temporary ban on developing deadly robots. MP Kåre Simensen challenged Søreide as to what Norway should do when new weapon technology challenges international law. Søreide replied: “No technology has currently been developed that would fall in under such a situation.” Søreide agreed that a greater degree of military robotization would raise complex questions. However she rejected suggestion from Christof Heyns to introduce a temporary prohibition against the development of deadly robots until new rules had been established. The Minister of Defence assured her critics Norway adheres to the rules in place from UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW).So, what do we do when militaries across the world are not likely to constrain their own profits and power, and international oversight agencies continue to show that they are ineffectual and/or complicit?

Unlike many of the threats we are given each day to digest as the next possible extinction-level event (ISIS and Ebola come to mind) this one is much more likely to be the real deal.

What do you think?

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3 Simple Ways to Block the Damaging Effects of Mainstream Media

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Bernie Suarez
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Life is one huge psychological journey. This is what I believe. You are what you think you are. You control your journey and how much you actually enjoy it. You control how happy (or for that matter how sad and miserable) you will be because you control your own thoughts. Yes, you make decisions everyday on what thoughts you will allow into you mind. You also make decisions about how you will approach things in your life including new information. The choice of personal attitude toward things, preconceived notions, and good or bad assumptions about the world around us is all within our reach and control. For this reason I want to discuss a bit about how your mind should operate when you come across mainstream media news.

Believe it or not there are several thought processes you could and should practice to essentially keep your mind free of mainstream media's poisonous lies and deceit. Anyone who believes some mainstream media news will likely find this article ridiculous, untrue, nonsense perhaps, exaggerations, or whatever. Those who think this way only do so because they are attached subconsciously to mainstream media news and the paradigm it offers them in their daily perception of the world. It feels real and your mind simply cannot fathom that mainstream media news is fabricated.

Well, it is.

It absolutely is, and that is why you should be noticing and asking question like why is it that all standard (big six) Western mainstream media outlets all report the same stories and all of them present the stories in the exact same way? Isn't that a bit of a coincidence? Can you see the oddity in this? When was the last time CNN disagreed with NBC on a major story narrative? Start asking yourself, how can the entire mainstream media including the newspapers and magazines like Newsweek and TIME and including politically competing networks (like NBC versus FOX) all narrate stories in the exact same manner?? In a world where we know factually that humans commonly have difficulties agreeing on anything, in this mainstream media system of controlled news there are never any disagreements. The big six private corporations that own all of the news in the United States and many regions throughout the world now, never disagree and always stay perfectly on script even when the script makes no sense and needs real-time revision. Isn't that amazing?


(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); While you are ruminating on that extremely intriguing oddity, let's get to some nice tricks you can practice everyday to clear and protect your mind from mainstream media's ambush-style lies and hypnotic deceit. These techniques will help exercise your mind in order to maintain a healthy strong mental freedom. Remember when you try these techniques you will be exercising how to remain mentally free from their enslavement.

Recall that mainstream media didn't just happen one day. The mass media in the United States dates back for over two hundred years, dating back to the founding of America. Media was always a part of the plan. Fast forwarding to today, be aware that government Intelligence took control of the media as early as 1948 and even earlier. Try to appreciate the importance that media means to government and the control system, then push away any thoughts of the unrealistic argument that mass media news is all somehow coincidental and innocent honest news. If you really believe this then you are in deep trouble and need to get help. For everyone else let's get started. Here are three simple things you can do to read mainstream media news and know instantly what to make of the story and how to categorize the story in your mind before believing the story blindly just because you saw it on TV or read it in a mainstream media website, or in a newspaper or magazine. Think of this as an exercise in mental freedom.

I - Look at the news through the eyes of history

Step number one:  look at each breaking mainstream media news story through the eyes of true history instead of the artificial context in which the mainstream media presents the story. Does it fit into what we know of historical events? Or are those enforcing mainstream media narratives asking you to believe a sequence of events or a narrative that doesn't add up logically?

Here's an example: The mainstream media is reporting yet another new war on terror, but historically speaking we know that the war on terror equals massive loss of liberties and freedoms, massive increases of the State's power and control over you, and no real evidence of terrorism being stopped. So why then would you, in light of history, accept this piece of mainstream media news?

In the bigger picture, history is a very significant tool for gauging where we are headed. As you practice these techniques you will notice your core beliefs will strengthen until finally news delivered by mainstream media will be powerless against you. You will no longer be vulnerable to artificial mainstream media contexts that allow mainstream media stories to expand in any direction that suits their long term plans perfectly.

II - Look at the news in light of stated goals of the State

If you were captain of a ship would you ever go out to sea without a compass and a map? So why would you watch and blindly believe mass media news for what it is without gauging where you are and where this story may be going. It is very important to be aware of all stated goals of the State. In the case of today, we know factually that the government and control system is focused on getting their new world order done. They have admitted and stated this publicly and many papers have been written, illegal wars launched, and decisions and legislation has been passed consistent with these publicly stated goals of controlling the world. Believe these clearly stated goals of the State and then consider all pieces of mass media events in light of these clearly stated goals. Then try to see how the agenda fits into the goals.

Remember that government is made up of people who (like you and I) have the need to organize and create plans for the future. Like everyone else, government systematically plans out its future. See how those at the highest levels of government have systematically controlled narratives to suit their stated goals of domination. Stop believing that governments and global elites put out stated goals just for fun without any meaning and significance to them. This is the world that those who are blind and lost live in. They actually believe the direction of the world and the news is all one big coincidence without any connection to it. They've been brainwashed into thinking that the simple and easy patterns we observe are all coincidence. This magical coincidence theory of life and news is a signature of a brainwashed state and a symptom to be avoided at all costs.

III- Try to appreciate what it is media is NOT saying

Like looking at something from the inside out, critically analyze mainstream media news. Focus on what it is they are not saying. Put their information through the fire then try to reconcile the reality of this non-coverage as significant and not an innocent oversight. Why should you focus on what it is the media is not telling you? Because that is a major part of critical journalism. Mainstream media has admitted that their stories are controlled by the government. They are not even hiding this fact. It is up to you, however, to critically walk yourself through the process and convince yourself why you will not blindly believe mainstream media news.

These three quick and easy suggestions will help break through mainstream media hypnosis and arrive to the other side of life known as reality. It's about reshaping how you think and arming your thought process with common sense in light of known historical events and stated goals instead of being sucked in by professional powerful in your face CIA propaganda. You may think that propaganda won't get to you, but these CIA propaganda and media techniques are proven to work.

They are proven to convince even the smartest of people throughout history and they will fool you too if you are not astute and watching carefully with a vigilant mind. These techniques are thus simple things you can do to be a smarter, more aware and resilient human being instead of a brain-dead zombie who absorbs mainstream media CIA lies and propaganda with every day that goes by. Keep in mind that literally as you sleep at night they are brewing new stories every single day. This is about protecting your mind and your thoughts from the outside world of deception and lies.

With time you will notice as you become solidly grounded in truth and reason, that mainstream media is not even that good at shaping their lies and deceit. You will start to see the comedy and surreal nature of the whole circus known as mainstream media news. You will also see the wide disconnect mainstream media has from the actual reality of truth and reason. Once you see it this way you will notice that you are completely mentally free from fake and deceptive government-controlled mainstream media lies. That is a huge reason to celebrate.

All aside, every day I personally enjoy a unique warm feeling of what I refer to as mental freedom. I wake up every single morning knowing that there is no mainstream media news that will penetrate my mind enough to alter my perception of reality in any way. I get it - we are and have long been in an informational war zone, we are at war, the enemy is fighting hard and we are conscious human beings inserted into this information battlefield whose goal is human enslavement. There are no amounts of "breaking news" that will dramatically alter this reality I live in. I clearly understand this overall scenario, thus from one day to another my life is stable and unchanging. In this example, waking up to the news of ISIS is no big deal. ISIS is another new fake terror experiment that the Intelligence agencies have funded and armed in order to maintain their long-term plans. I get it - the stated goals are clear and easy to understand. Why then would I spend extra energy actually believing that ISIS is coming for us here in America?

In this example, my response to ISIS is more of a fun chuckle and my life goes completely unchanged. That is, we are still in an informational battle, the new world order is still here and the mainstream media is still the mouthpiece of this empire.

Understanding these simple techniques to help shape your mental thoughts prior to hearing mainstream media breaking news will give you a mental stability that you cannot imagine. I leave the rest for you to critically think through and find ways to apply to your own life. Till then remember that life is simple not complicated.

It's been said that there are two kinds of people on earth and nothing more. Those who want to control you and those that want to be left alone. Yes, life really is that simple. Once you begin to see the simplicity of all of this, you can be sure that you are beginning to taste of true freedom, mental freedom which is akin to spiritual freedom which is where true freedom actually begins. These are the foundations of physical freedom which is the freedom we tend to think of as the only kind of freedom. On the contrary, before you can truly be free you must be mentally and spiritually free. Are you making steps toward the latter? Or are you vulnerable to enslavement every day that you wake up?

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, where this first appeared. 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.

Solar Storm 14 Times Larger Than Earth Could Unleash A Society-Crippling Electromagnetic Pulse

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Michael Snyder
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Did you know that a storm 14 times larger than the Earth is happening on the sun right now?  Earlier this week, it unleashed a flare which was a million times more powerful than all of the nuclear weapons in existence combined. Fortunately, that flare was not directed at us. But now the area of the sun where this solar storm is located is rotating toward Earth. An eruption on the sun at just the right time and at just the right angle could result in a society-crippling electromagnetic pulse blasting this planet. So if your computers, cell phones and electronic equipment get fried at some point over the next few weeks, you will know what is probably to blame. Such an electromagnetic pulse has hit our planet before, and as you will read about below, some very prominent voices are warning that it will happen again.  It is just a matter of time.

Scientists tell us that the absolutely massive sunspot group that has recently formed on the sun is highly unusual.  NASA has described it as “crackling” with magnetic energy.  The mainstream media has not been paying too much attention to it, but this sunspot group is potentially extremely dangerous.


(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The following is an excerpt from an article on Discovery.com that gives some of the technical details about what has been going on…
The sunspot, a dark patch in the sun’s photosphere, represents intense solar magnetism bursting from the sun’s interior known as an active region. This particular active region, designated AR2192, has been rumbling with intense flare activity, recently exploding with 2 X-class flares, causing some short-lived high-frequency (HF) radio black outs around the globe. Such blackouts are triggered by the intense extreme ultraviolet and X-ray radiation that solar flares can generate, causing ionization effects in the Earth’s upper atmosphere — a region known as the ionosphere. HF radio can be strongly hindered by this activity, triggering blackouts that can effect air traffic and amateur radio operators.The other day a flare erupted which did cause radio blackouts all over the world for a time.  But we were fortunate that the flare was not directed at us.  If it had been, the results could have potentially been catastrophic.

We have not seen anything like this sunspot group for a very long time, and according to a report posted by the Daily Mail, experts are saying that we might not see another one like this for 25 years…
Space Weather Prediction Center forecaster Christopher Balch, meanwhile, said the flare affected radio that uses part of the upper atmosphere. That includes some but not all radar and plane systems as well as amateur radio. Mr Balch said the storm briefly was rated as strong for affecting Earth radio systems but then dropped to minor levels. The event followed months of near-silent activity on the sun before the huge flare erupted from a sunspot 14 times bigger than Earth. A spokesperson for the Met Office Space Weather Operations Centre told MailOnline it may be the biggest sunspot for 25 years.Unfortunately, there are no signs that this sunspot group is fading.

In fact, an official at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center said that "it continues to grow in size and complexity".

Below, I have posted a video which shows some of the recent activity on the sun.  As you can see, these explosions can be quite violent…



As advanced as we like to think that we are, the truth is that we are still very much at the mercy of this giant ball of fire that our planet revolves around.

And even with everything else that is going on in the world today, a massive electromagnetic burst from the sun remains one of the greatest potential dangers to our way of life.

Just check out what billionaire Paul Singer recently had to say about the matter.  He believes that an EMP event is “the most significant danger” the world is facing right now…
While these pages are typically chock full of scary or depressing scenarios, there is one risk that is head-and-shoulders above all the rest in terms of the scope of potential damage adjusted for the likelihood of occurrence,” Singer wrote to clients of his $24.8 billion Elliott Management on Monday in a standard investment update letter. “Even horrendous nuclear war, except in its most extreme form, can [be] a relatively localized issue, and the threat from asteroids can (possibly) be mitigated. (A natural EMP event) today would cause a massive disruption to the electric grid, possibly shutting it down entirely for months or longer, with unimaginable consequences,” Singer wrote. “Only two years ago, the sun let loose with a Carrington-magnitude burst, but the position of the earth at the time prevented the burst from hitting it. The chances of additional events of such magnitude may be far greater than most people think.For those not familiar with “the Carrington Event”, it was a massive solar storm in 1859 that fried telegraph machines all over Europe and North America.  You can read about it on Wikipedia right here.

Others share Singer’s concerns.

For example, check out what U.S. Representative Scott Perry said earlier this year
The consequences of such an attack could be catastrophic; all electronics, power systems, and information systems could be shut down,” Rep. Scott Perry said in prepared remarks during an EMP hearing in May held by the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security. “This could then cascade into interdependent infrastructures such as water, gas, and telecommunications. While we understand this is an extreme case, we must always be prepared in case a rogue state decides to utilize this technology.”What we are talking about is a potentially society-crippling event.

For much more on this, I encourage you to check out my previous article entitled “What Are You Going To Do When A Massive EMP Blast Fries The U.S. Electrical Grid?

In a worst-case scenario, we could be facing a situation where the power grid is down for months or even years.

How would you and your family survive during such a crisis?

Even though this has never happened in modern times, it is a very real possibility.  In fact, just a couple of years ago the Earth experienced a very near miss.

As the Inquisitr detailed last month, such an event could throw us back into the pre-industrial age in a single instant…
According to Peter Vincent Pry, who advises Congress on homeland security issues, a large enough geomagnetic solar storm could produce effects similar to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) generated by a nuclear weapon that “could collapse power grids everywhere on the planet and destroy EHV (extra high voltage) transformers and other electronic systems that would require years to repair or replace.” While the danger posed by a G5 solar storm gets mentioned occasionally at Congressional hearings, there really hasn’t been any major action. Earlier this year, a Homeland Security adviser said America is not ready for an EMP attack, never mind a G5 solar storm, and it’s claimed that the U.S. power grid fails more often than any other in the world. If a large enough solar storm does impact the United States, the damaged electronic systems can cause a cascade of failures throughout the broader infrastructure, including banking systems, energy systems, transportation systems, food production and delivery systems, water systems, emergency services, and even the internet, so people may not even realize at first what has happened. Effectively, the U.S. would be thrown back to the pre-industrial age following a solar superstorm, and yet we are not prepared for the worst.Usually people talk about how this could potentially happen “someday” in the future.

But with an extremely large solar storm currently rotating toward Earth, there is a very real possibility that an absolutely massive electromagnetic pulse could be headed our way at any time.

However, whether it happens next week, next month or next year, scientists assure us that it is inevitable that another Carrington Event will happen one day.

And when it finally happens and all the lights suddenly go out, what will our society look like afterwards?

This article first appeared here at the American Dream.  Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.

Toledo Residents Can Now Purchase Neighborhood SkyCop Cameras

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Toledo, Ohio residents and businesses can now pay into a police fund to have their very own SkyCop surveillance cameras, Toledo News Now reports. Run and monitored by...who else?

It is not a tax, but a voluntary fund to have more than the nearly 200 sets of 360-vision eyes already unleashed in Toledo since October 2012. The units developed by SkyCop will cost between $3,000 and $10,000 initially, plus $100 per month in maintenance, paid for by the purchaser.

Sgt. Joe Heffernan says:
It will use our equipment. The camera will have a blue flashing light on it and it will feed to our Real Time Crime Center where our officers are monitoring them according to what's going on.Thanks to federal grants and to SkyCop, Toledo houses its own 24/7 real time crime center - aka, fusion center. SkyCop boasts many all-weather, 360 surveillance recording, data and intelligence gathering products and even area gunshot detection.

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Some of the SkyCop product pictures look like this:


Let's just say, a look at the SkyCop company website would be a highly educational experience.

Even though the Toledo police chief claims that this crime prevention technique has lessened crime, that isn't going to stop more from rolling out. Although, he also claims that one of the benefits of their ubiquity is the "desensitizing" effect that encourages criminals to forget and drop their guard.



Some of the places the portable cameras were stationed at unnerved business owners. Comments from social media indicate that the cameras are received less positively than depicted in most of the news segments - imagine that! Commenters have offered less invasive and less expensive solutions such as community policing and better lit areas.

A business owner who didn't appreciate a camera pointed at him:

WSMV Channel 4

Mayor D. Michael Collins had said
I am not going to scrap the project after putting in $2 million…that would be silly.Toledo's funding for the tech came from "City of Toledo’s capital improvement fund, Homeland Security grants and the police department's Law Enforcement Trust Fund." SkyCop encourages law enforcement to get funds from similar grants, but also private funding like Toledo has done.

Toledo seems to be the big testing ground for this Memphis-based company's technology - do you know of any other cities using it?

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World's First Robot Pilot Ready to Replace Humans

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As if the use of drones and A.I. autonomous systems aren't controversial enough, now researchers in South Korea claim to have developed a humanoid robot called Pibot that can fly any type of aircraft. As you'll see in the video below, one beneficial real-world example for the use of robot pilots would be in dangerous areas like Fukushima where radiation would threaten human health.

This is a familiar sales pitch for all types of robotics, but the mission tends to quickly creep into other areas that aren't so noble. For instance, it has been shown that drone pilots can experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder even though they are technically far removed from the actual battlefield. It's not much of a stretch to see these fragile humans who are prone to compassion get replaced by Pibot ... you know, for their health.



Transcript from Reuters here

Related:
Former Drone Operator Says He’s Haunted By His Part In More Than 1,600 Deaths 

Protect Yourself from Electronic Spying with 'Surveillance Self-Defense'

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) launched its updated "Surveillance Self-Defense" report today, a comprehensive how-to guide to protecting yourself from electronic spying for Internet users all over the world.

"Everyone has something to protect, whether its from the government or stalkers or data-miners," said EFF International Director Danny O'Brien. "Surveillance Self-Defense will help you think through your personal risk factors and concerns—is it an authoritarian government you need to worry about, or an ex-spouse, or your employer?—and guide you to appropriate tools and practices based on your specific situation."

Surveillance Self-Defense includes briefings on important security issues, tutorials on using specific privacy software like PGP and OTR, and guides for specific categories of users, like human rights activists or journalism students. People who are just beginning to upgrade their communications privacy can choose the "Security Starter Pack."


(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); "The Internet and other electronic communications have empowered people all over the globe to speak out and make connections in world-changing ways," said EFF Director for International Freedom of Expression Jillian York. "But this has also opened new opportunities for tracking and exposure. Surveillance Self-Defense will teach you to think critically about your Internet use and make good choices even as the technology changes around you."

Surveillance Self-Defense was first launched in 2009, aimed at educating Americans about the law and technology of communications surveillance. The new report expands, revises, and updates the old guide for use across the globe with support from the Ford Foundation. EFF spoke and worked with experts and activists from across the world, from MIT to the Middle East, in developing the guide. The entire Surveillance Self-Defense project is available in English, Spanish, and Arabic, with more languages available soon.

For the Surveillance Self-Defense guide:
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Who Really Owns Your Home? Detroit Preparing to Foreclose on 142,000 Residents By 2016

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Joshua Krause
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Have you ever considered the legitimacy of property taxes? It’s one thing for the government to take a cut from your income, but there’s something deeply offensive about the idea of property taxes. It’s the idea that you have to pay your local government, year after year for the rest of your life, for something you’ve already paid in full. It’s complete nonsense.

It calls into question whether you even own your property in the first place. After all, do you really own it if you have to keep paying for it? It seems to closely resemble the medieval system of serfdom. The peasants didn’t own the land they worked on. They had to pay a yearly fee for the right to work that land, which went towards the nobles and knights. It was protection money. So at least they had the benefit of protection from the warrior class in those societies. Can you say the same of your local police?

I digress. In reality, you don’t “own” your house or the land it sits on, even if it’s been paid in full. That’s another benefit those peasants have on us. They didn’t have to pay some bank for decades, only to have their land taken from them when they didn’t pay their “yearly fee”. They were never under the illusion that the land belonged to them.

I doubt the people of Detroit have any illusions either. They’re facing an unimaginable crises that threatens to put tens of thousands of residents on the streets. The city government is about to show us once and for all, who really owns the land.


(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); This year in Detroit, there have been 22,000 foreclosures on properties whose owners failed to pay property taxes three years in a row. Of those, 10,000 are estimated to be occupied, meaning this year’s foreclosures are set to oust about 27,000 Detroiters from their homes. That’s a large number in a dwindling city with fewer than 700,000 residents, but the figures are set to get even worse. In the next couple of months, Wayne County’s treasurer will be serving foreclosure notices on 110,000 more properties, 85,000 of which are in Detroit, according to its chief deputy treasurer David Szymanski. With half of those Detroit properties estimated to be occupied, this means a further 115,000 Detroiters might lose their homes next year. In a city supposedly trying to attract residents rather than lose them, this means a potential 142,000 Detroiters—one-fifth of the city’s population—will be shown the door within the next year and a half. The city has yet to announce plans for accommodating those who get evicted.So they’re basically going to evict the bottom fifth of the city in one fell swoop. What kind of country do we live in, where a city can look their citizens in the eye and say “Sorry, you’re not good enough for us. You don’t make enough money to live in the poorest city in America. You’re not rich enough to grace the bottom of the barrel.” They’re really prepared to throw their citizens out on the coldest and meanest streets of America, while their fiscally and morally bankrupt government spends 450 million dollars on a brand new hockey stadium.

That is just wicked.

Somehow I don’t think this is going to end well for the city. I don’t think they’re going to be able oust 142,000 of their poorest and most desperate residents. These people don’t have anything left to lose, and there aren’t enough cops to evict them at gunpoint. If this comes to a head, then the residents of Detroit should prepare themselves for the next major American riot.

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 .

Low Inflation? Check Your Food Bill...

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Michael Snyder
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Thanks to the Federal Reserve, the middle class is slowly being suffocated by rising food prices. Every single dollar in your wallet is constantly becoming less valuable because of the inflation the Fed systematically creates. And if you try to build wealth by saving money and earning interest on it, you still lose because thanks to the Federal Reserve's near zero interest rate policies banks pay next to nothing on savings accounts.

The Federal Reserve wants you to either spend your money or to put it in the giant casino that we call the stock market.  But when Americans spend their paychecks they are finding that they don't stretch as far as they once did.  The cost of living continues to rise at a much faster pace than wages are rising, and this is especially true when it comes to the price of food.

Someone that I know wrote to me today and let me know that she had to shut down the food pantry that she had been running for the poor for so many years.  It isn't that she didn't want to help the poor anymore.  It was that she just couldn't deal with the rising food prices any longer.  Now she is just doing the best that she can to survive herself.


(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Perhaps you have also noticed that food prices have gotten pretty crazy lately.  In particular, meat prices have become absolutely obscene.  For example, the average price of ground beef has risen to a new record high of over $4.09 a pound.  Over the past twelve months, that works out to a whopping 17 percent increase...
The average price for a pound of ground beef climbed to another record high–$4.096 per pound–in the United States in September, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In August, according to BLS, the average price for a pound of all types of ground beef topped $4 for the first time–hitting $4.013. In September, the average price jumped .083 cents, an increase of 2.1 percent in one month. A year ago, in September 2013, the average price for a pound of ground beef was $3.502 per pound. Since then, it has climbed 59.4 cents–or about 17 percent in one year.The "intellectuals" over at the Federal Reserve insist that "a little bit of inflation" is good for an economy, but the truth is that inflation slowly robs us of our buying power.

In a previous article, I shared a chart that showed how food inflation has risen dramatically since the year 2000.  For this article, I wanted to show how food inflation has risen since the 1970s.  As you can see, the rise in food prices has been absolutely relentless for more than 40 years...


If our paychecks were going up at the same rate or even faster that would be okay.

But they aren't.

In fact, CNN is reporting that our paychecks have fallen back to 1995 levels...
Americans also don't feel any better off. While more people may have jobs, they aren't bringing home fatter paychecks. Wages and income have remained stagnant for years, making it tough for folks even though inflation is low. Median household income, which stood at $51,939 last year, is back to 1995 levels. Consumers expect a median income boost of 1.1% over the next year, Curtin said. But that won't keep up with their inflation expectations of 2.8%. "American households, on average, are still struggling with their living standards slowly eroding," he said.This is one of the primary reasons why the middle class is disappearing in America.

The purchasing power of our dollars is continually diminishing.
 
And this could be just the beginning.  Right now, severe drought is affecting some of the most important agricultural areas around the globe.  Most people are aware of the nightmarish drought in California, but did you know that things in Brazil are even worse?  Brazil is one of the most important food exporters in the world, and so they definitely need our prayers.

In addition, a "black swan event" such as a worldwide explosion of the Ebola pandemic could quickly drive food prices into the stratosphere.

Just this week, we learned that food prices in the Ebola-stricken regions of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone have already risen by an average of 24 percent...
Infection rates in the food-producing zones of Kenema and Kailahun in Sierra Leone, Lofa and Bong County in Liberia and GuDeckDedou in Guinea are among the highest in the region. Hundreds of farmers have died. The three governments quarantined districts and restricted movements to contain the virus’ spread. But those measures also disrupted markets and led to food scarcity and panic buying, further pushing up prices, WFP and the Food and Agriculture Organization have said. "Prices have risen by an average of 24 percent," said WFP spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs, adding an assessment of major markets showed the price of basic commodities was rising in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and in neighboring Senegal.If you have been storing up food, I think that you will be very happy with your decision in the long run.

Without a doubt, food prices are only going to be going up from here.

But the Federal Reserve continues to insist that inflation is under control.

One of the ways that they make the "official numbers" look good is by playing accounting games.  They regularly change the way that inflation is calculated in order keep everyone calm.

You don't have to take my word for it.  Posted below is an excerpt from an article by Mike Bryan, a vice president and senior economist in the Atlanta Fed's research department...
The Economist retells a conversation with Stephen Roach, who in the 1970s worked for the Federal Reserve under Chairman Arthur Burns. Roach remembers that when oil prices surged around 1973, Burns asked Federal Reserve Board economists to strip those prices out of the CPI "to get a less distorted measure. When food prices then rose sharply, they stripped those out too—followed by used cars, children's toys, jewellery, housing and so on, until around half of the CPI basket was excluded because it was supposedly 'distorted'" by forces outside the control of the central bank. The story goes on to say that, at least in part because of these actions, the Fed failed to spot the breadth of the inflationary threat of the 1970s. I have a similar story. I remember a morning in 1991 at a meeting of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland's board of directors. I was welcomed to the lectern with, "Now it's time to see what Mike is going to throw out of the CPI this month." It was an uncomfortable moment for me that had a lasting influence. It was my motivation for constructing the Cleveland Fed's median CPI. I am a reasonably skilled reader of a monthly CPI release. And since I approached each monthly report with a pretty clear idea of what the actual rate of inflation was, it was always pretty easy for me to look across the items in the CPI market basket and identify any offending—or "distorted"—price change. Stripping these items from the price statistic revealed the truth—and confirmed that I was right all along about the actual rate of inflation.It is all a game to them.

It is all about getting to the "right number" to release to the public.

But anyone that goes to the grocery store knows what has been happening to food prices.

The next time you get to the checkout register and you feel tempted to ask the cashier what organ you should donate to pay for your groceries, please keep in mind that it is not the fault of the cashier.

Instead, there is one entity that you should blame.

Blame the Federal Reserve - their policies are slowly pushing the middle class into oblivion.

This article first appeared here at the Economic Collapse Blog.  Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.

Why I Will Not Submit To Medical Martial Law

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Brandon Smith
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One of the most dangerous philosophical contentions even amongst liberty movement activists is the conundrum of government force and prevention during times of imminent pandemic. All of us at one time or another have had this debate. If a legitimate viral threat existed and threatened to infect and kill millions of Americans, is it then acceptable for the government to step in, remove civil liberties, enforce quarantines, and stop people from spreading the disease? After all, during a viral event, the decisions of each individual can truly have a positive or negative effect on the rest of society, right? One out of control (or “lone wolf”) citizen/terrorist could reignite a biological firestorm, so, should we not turn to government and forgo certain freedoms in order to achieve the greater good for the greater number?
If the government in question was a proven and honorable institution, then I would say pro-Medical Martial Law arguments might have a leg to stand on. However, this is not the case. In my view, medical martial law is absolutely unacceptable under ANY circumstances, including Ebola, in light of the fact that our current government will be the predominant cause of viral outbreak. That is to say, you DO NOT turn to the government for help when the government is the cause of the problem.

The recent rise of global Ebola is slowly bringing the issue of medical martial law to the forefront of our culture. Charles Krauthammer at The Washington Post recently argued in favor of possible restrictions on individual and Constitutional liberties in the face of a viral pandemic threat.


(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The CDC now argues that in the case of people who may be potential carriers, or even in the case of people who refuse to undergo screenings, it has the legal authority to dissolve all constitutional protections and essentially imprison (quarantine) an American citizen for as long as they see fit to do so.

The Obama Administration is now using militant terminology in reference to Ebola response, including the formation of “Ebola SWAT Teams” for quick reaction to potential outbreak areas.

In typical socialist fashion, the nurses union 'National Nurses United' has called for Barack Obama to use “executive authority” to take control of all Ebola response protocols in hospitals across the country. Yet another perpetuation of the myth that more government power is the solution.

And finally, the Department of Defense has been tasked to create a military controlled “quick-strike team” to deal with Ebola within U.S. borders. This team will be under the command of none other than Northcom, apparently trampling the Posse Comitatus Act and setting the stage for the rationalized use of military personnel against U.S. citizens under the guise of pandemic prevention.

It should be clear to anyone with half a brain that medical martial law is being quietly prepared, and that the threat of such measures is not a paranoid conspiracy, but a very real possibility. It should also be noted that such provisions are not only the products of the Obama Administration. It was George W. Bush who first created laws intersecting with the World Health Organization's pandemic preparedness planning. These laws include the “overrule of existing legislation or (individual) human rights” in order to quell a viral outbreak, and were originally drafted around the potential of an influenza crisis.

It is this kind of executive overreach that has set precedence for states such as Connecticut to announce a tentative state of emergency with medical martial law restrictions.

I discussed in great detail why Ebola works in favor of establishment elites in my article 'An Ebola Outbreak Would Be Advantageous For Globalists'.

Understand that bureaucrats will come to you with promises of offering a helping hand, hoping that you are afraid enough to accept, but their intentions will not be compassionate. Rather, their intent will be to assert as much dominance over the public as possible during the chaos, and to erase any conception the people may have had in the past that they have inalienable rights.

But going beyond the hidden motives of tyrants, I think it is important to point out that the Center for Disease Control and the federal government in general has already lost all credibility in dealing with Ebola, and therefore, it has lost any authority it may have had in administrating a future response.

Ebola has been officially known to the CDC for over thirty years. Why has the CDC refused for three decades to produce proper care guidelines for hospitals? Medical staff in the U.S. didn't even receive guidelines when the outbreak in Western Africa was obviously progressing out of control.

Why did the CDC leave Thomas Duncan, the very first U.S. Ebola case, in the hands of the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, without proper procedures in place to prevent further infection, and without a CDC team present? The CDC has an annual budget of nearly $7 billion. Where is all of this money going if not to stamp out such threats as Ebola?

The argument presented by the White House, the CDC, and even the World Bank, has been that stopping direct or indirect travel from nations with an Ebola outbreak would be “impractical”, and that such travel bans would somehow “make matters worse”. They have yet to produce a logical explanation as to how this makes sense, but what if we did not need to institute a travel ban? The CDC, with it's massive budget, could easily establish quarantine measures in infected countries. Anyone wishing to travel outside of these nations would be welcome to do so, as long as they voluntarily participate in quarantine procedures for a set number of days. No quarantine, no plane ticket. Where has the CDC response been in Western Africa?

Why not use minor and measured travel restriction in Africa today, instead of using unprecedented martial law in America tomorrow? It makes no sense, unless, of course, the plan is to allow Ebola to spread...

Why has the White House nominated Ron Klain, a man who knows absolutely NOTHING about Ebola or medical emergency strategies, as the new “Ebola Czar”?

Why has all discussion on Ebola prevention revolved around government measures rather than community measures?  Why has all talk centered on what the government will do AFTER an outbreak occurs, rather than on what can be done to prevent an outbreak in the first place?

The reality is that the federal government does not have any treatments for Ebola that are outside of the knowledge and capabilities of the average medically trained citizen. Meaning, the government and the CDC are NOT needed for a community to handle an Ebola outbreak, if that community is given proper guidelines and strategies in advance. Treatment for Ebola, at least in first world nations, consists primarily of regimented transfusions. These transfusions are a mixture of isotonic saline, electrolytes, and plasma, designed to keep the body supported until its immune system can build up a proper defense to the virus. Natural and homeopathic methods can also boost immune system functions making the body resistant to the virus before it is ever contracted. The most effective of all treatments appears to be the transfusion of blood from a recovering patient with antibodies into a newly sick patient. This is likely the reason for the quick recovery of infected doctors like Kent Brantly.

The CDC would never be able to coherently organize a large-scale program of transfusion initiatives, even if it wanted to. Most hospitals around the country have no isolation wards able to handle even a minor Ebola outbreak. The hospitals that do have facilities are limited to less than a dozen beds. According to the medical workers I have spoken with, most hospitals require a minimum of around 50 health professionals to deal with a single Ebola patient.  In the event of an outbreak larger than a few people per state, the CDC and local hospitals are simply not equipped to react to the problem.  Blood transfusions from recovering donors would be few and far between, unless organized by local citizens working under their own directives.

Ironically, it was the Bush Administration's own report in 2006 on the possibility of bird flu pandemic that admitted the government is completely unequipped to handle an outbreak of moderate size. The report stated that “all sources of external aid may be compromised during a pandemic,” and that "local communities will have to address the medical and non-medical effects of the pandemic with available resources." Little has changed in the federal government's pandemic preparations since the report was written.

This leaves individual communities to either prepare for the worst, or die off while waiting for the government to save them. Self isolation and self treatment are the only practical options.

The greatest danger to American citizens is, in fact, not the Ebola virus, but government reactions to the Ebola virus. Already, several medical outfits around the world are suddenly interested in producing an Ebola vaccination when no one seemed very interested before. This might sound like good news, until you learn the terrible history of modern vaccinations.

Pharmaceutical company Merck was caught red handed faking vaccine efficacy data. Merck's Gardisil was found to contain DNA fragments of human papillomavirus.

GlaxoSmithKline, a major vaccine producer, has been caught repeatedly attempting to bribe doctors and health professionals into promoting their products or outright lying about their effectiveness. Glaxo was caught producing rotavirus vaccinations tainted with a swine virus in 2010. Glaxo has been caught producing vaccines tainted with bacteria and endotoxins.

It is important to point out that Glaxo is also spearheading an Ebola vaccine initiative.

U.S. company Baxter produced a flu vaccination in Austria tainted with both avian flu and swine flu. The mixture just happened to be randomly tested on a group of ferrets by a lab in the Czech Republic. The test animals died. The exposure of this “mix up” was quietly swept under the rug by Baxter and the mainstream media, but reports indicate that if the vaccine had been used on the general population, a terrible pandemic would have erupted.

Beyond the fact that vaccinations have a tendency to cripple our natural immune system and infect patients with the very disease they are meant to prevent, none of these existing companies can be trusted to produce a vaccine that is safe even by traditional pharmaceutical standards (which are very low). If the CDC and the federal government trigger a medical martial law scenario, they will most likely include forced vaccination of the population to maintain “herd immunity”. The bottom line? The use of such vaccines will be a death sentence for many, a death more certain than the contraction of Ebola. In my opinion, Ebola vaccination should be avoided at all costs by the American populace.

I can think of no rationale for government involvement in the treatment of an Ebola outbreak. If it is not pure incompetence on their part that has exacerbated the threat, then even worse, it is a deliberate program of genocide. In either case, no military or CDC “strike teams” should be allowed free reign in our neighborhoods, towns, counties, or states. DHS and FEMA Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) are also a no go, given FEMA's track record of dismal disaster response. They CANNOT be allowed to take control of our communities.

The only way for Americans to survive such an event is to cut out government entirely and establish their own medical strategies, as organizations like the Oath Keepers Community Preparedness Teams (CPT) are doing.

If someone wants to voluntarily go to the CDC or FEMA for assistance, then they should be allowed to take that risk. However, medical martial law over all of us in the name of the “greater good” should not be tolerated. The government has proven beyond a doubt that it is not qualified to handle a viral crisis scenario, let alone determine what the “greater good” actually is. I can't speak for the whole of the Liberty Movement, but as for myself, if a group of hazmat suited thugs decides to chase me down with a syringe, I am relatively certain none of them will live through the encounter.

Will I be accused of aiding the spread of Ebola because of my non-compliance? Of course. Do I care? Not so much. Each individual American will have to make their own decision on this matter in due course. Is it better to conform and risk annihilation at the hands of an ignorant and/or corrupt government, or, to fight back and be labeled a bio-terrorist? With the clear lack of tangible government preventions for outbreak in the U.S., you'll probably get your chance to find out soon enough.

You can contact Brandon Smith at: brandon@alt-market.com Alt-Market, where this first appeared, is an organization designed to help you find like-minded activists and preppers in your local area so that you can network and construct communities for mutual aid and defense. Join Alt-Market.com today and learn what it means to step away from the system and build something better.

Canadian Terror Wave a Modern-Day Gladio

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Tony Cartalucci
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As warned, after multiple staged incidents used to ratchet up fear and paranoia in the build-up to US and its allies' military intervention in Syria and Iraq, at least two live attacks have now been carried out in Canada - precisely as they were predicted.

The first attack involved a deadly hit-and-run that left one Canadian soldier dead. AP would report in its article, "Terrorist ideology blamed in Canada car attack," that:
A young convert to Islam who killed a Canadian soldier in a hit-and-run had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and seized his passport when he tried to travel to Turkey, authorities said Tuesday. The second, most recent attack, involved a shooting in Ottawa injuring several and killing another Canadian soldier. RT in its article, "Ottawa gunman ‘identified’ as recent Muslim convert, high-risk traveler," would report that:
While the name of the Ottawa gunman is yet to be announced, a number of officials told numerous media that the shooter is believed to be Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a recent Muslim convert, allegedly designated as a high-risk traveler. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was born in Quebec as Michael Joseph Hall north of Montreal, two US officials told Reuters, claiming that American law enforcement agencies have been advised that the attacker recently converted to Islam. AP sources also identified the man to be Zehaf-Bibeau. A Twitter account associated with Islamic State militants tweeted a photo they identified as the Ottawa shooter. The Globe and Mail reports that the shooter was designated a “high-risk traveler” by the Canadian authorities with his passport seized. Clearly, both suspects were under the watch of not only Canadian authorities, but also US investigators, before the attacks.


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It was warned last month after security agencies staged scares in both the US and Australia, that suspects under investigation, being walked through planned terrorist attacks by Western security agencies as part of "sting operations" would inevitably be switched to live terrorist attacks.

In mid-September A Rochester man, Mufid A. Elfgeeh, was accused by the FBI of attempting to provide material support to ISIS (undercover FBI agents), attempting to kill US soldiers, and possession of firearms and silencers (provided to him by the FBI). The FBI's own official press release stated (emphasis added):
According to court records, Elfgeeh attempted to provide material support to ISIS in the form of personnel, namely three individuals, two of whom were cooperating with the FBI. Elfgeeh attempted to assist all three individuals in traveling to Syria to join and fight on behalf of ISIS. Elfgeeh also plotted to shoot and kill members of the United States military who had returned from Iraq. As part of the plan to kill soldiers, Elfgeeh purchased two handguns equipped with firearm silencers and ammunition from a confidential source. The handguns were made inoperable by the FBI before the confidential source gave them to Elfgeeh. It was warned that only an inoperable firearm stood between Elfgeeh's arrest and his successful execution of deadly plans hatched by him and his undercover FBI handlers. This script, written by the FBI to entrap Elfgeeh, would be followed almost to the letter in live attacks subsequently carried out in Canada resulting in the death of two Canadian soldiers. Conveniently, both suspects are now dead and little chance remains of ascertaining the truth of who they were in contact with and how they carried out their deadly attacks.

With both suspects having been on both US and Canadian watch lists - it is very likely undercover agents were involved in either one or both cases. While many possibilities exist, Western security agencies should be among the first suspects considered as potential collaborators.

A Modern-Day Operation Gladio - Inducing Fear, Obedience, and Control

Before Elfgeeh's entrapment and later live attacks in Canada, US policymakers and pundits had begun in earnest setting the rhetorical stage for eventual staged attacks. With serial beheadings failing to raise Western public support necessary for an expedient intervention in Syria, more insidious provocations appeared to be in the works. Setting the stage, a CBS/Associated Press story titled, “Former Deputy CIA Director: ‘I Would Not Be Surprised’ If ISIS Member Shows Up To US Mall Tomorrow With AK-47,” would claim immediately after the initial James Foley ISIS execution video that:
“The short-term concern is the Americans that have gone to fight with ISIS and the west Europeans that have gone to fight with ISIS could be trained and directed by ISIS to come to the United States to conduct small-scale attacks,” Morell stated. “If an ISIS member showed up at a mall in the United States tomorrow with an AK-47 and killed a number of Americans, I would not be surprised.” Morell warned that over the long-term the extremist group could be planning for a 9/11-style attack that killed thousands of Americans.

The FBI has a long list of foiled terror plots of its own creation. More disturbingly are the plots they conceived but "accidentally" allowed to go "live." One might recall the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. FBI agents, according to the New York Times, were indeed overseeing the bombers that detonated a device killing six and wounding many more at the World Trade Center.

In their article, "Tapes Depict Proposal to Thwart Bomb Used in Trade Center Blast," NYT reported:
Law-enforcement officials were told that terrorists were building a bomb that was eventually used to blow up the World Trade Center, and they planned to thwart the plotters by secretly substituting harmless powder for the explosives, an informer said after the blast. The informer was to have helped the plotters build the bomb and supply the fake powder, but the plan was called off by an F.B.I. supervisor who had other ideas about how the informer, Emad A. Salem, should be used, the informer said. The account, which is given in the transcript of hundreds of hours of tape recordings Mr. Salem secretly made of his talks with law-enforcement agents, portrays the authorities as in a far better position than previously known to foil the Feb. 26 bombing of New York City's tallest towers. The explosion left six people dead, more than 1,000 injured and damages in excess of half a billion dollars. Considering the 1993 bombing and the fact that the FBI literally oversaw the construction and deployment of a deadly bomb that killed 6, it is clear that the FBI can at any time through design or disastrous incompetence, turn one of their contrived entrapment cases into a live terror attack. One can only guess at how many similar FBI operations are currently taking place within the United States involving ISIS sympathizers - any one of which could be turned into a live terror attack provided the weapons handed over to potential terrorists are functioning, just as the bomb was in 1993 when it was driven into the lower levels of the World Trade Center.

It is very likely that the recent attacks in Canada involved at least one "informant" working for the FBI. Because the FBI uses confidential informants to handle suspects, if a plot is switched "live," the informant will be implicated as an accomplice and the FBI's covert role will remain uncompromised.


Image: The FBI has an impressive portfolio of intentionally created, then foiled terror plots. Its methods include allowing suspects to handle both real and inoperable weapons and explosives. These methods allow the FBI to switch entrapment cases "live" at any moment simply by switching out duds and arrests with real explosives and successful attacks. Because the FBI uses "informants," when attacks go live, these confidential assets can be blamed, obfuscating the FBI's involvement.

Everything from a mass shooting to a bombing, and even an Operation Northwoods-style false flag attack involving aircraft could be employed to provide Wall Street and London with the support it needs to accelerate its long-stalled agenda of regime change and reordering in both Syria and across the Iranian arc of influence. Readers may recall Operation Northwoods, reported on in an ABC News article titled, "U.S. Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba," which bluntly stated:
In the early 1960s, America's top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba. Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities. In addition to Operation Northwoods, the public must also consider NATO's Operation Gladio, and its larger "stay behind" networks established after World War II across Europe and at the center of multiple grisly assassinations, mass shootings, and terrorist bombings designed to demonize the Soviet Union as well as criminalize and crush support for left-leaning political parties growing in popularity in Western Europe. It would be determined that NATO's own covert militant groups were killing innocent Western Europeans in order to effect a "strategy of tension" used to instill fear, obedience, and control over Western populations.



That the FBI and Australian authorities had coordinated staged security operations in tandem on opposite ends of the globe to terrify their respective populations into line behind an impending war with Syria, and now two highly suspicious attacks have been carried out using the very script Western security agencies were using to lead suspects through "sting operations," suggests a new "Operation Northwoods" or "Operation Gladio" of sorts is already being executed.

Staged executions on cue by ISIS in the Middle East of US and British citizens at perfectly timed junctures of the West's attempt to sell intervention both at home and abroad, and now live shootings just in time to heighten a new "strategy of tension" reek of staged mayhem for the sole purpose of provoking war. Could grander and ultimately more tragic mayhem be in store? As ABC News' article on Operation Northwoods and the Military Channel's documentary on Operation Gladio suggest, there is no line Western special interests will hesitate to cross.

With the West attempting to claim ISIS now has a "global" reach, the US and its partners' attempts to obfuscate the very obvious state-sponsorship it is receiving will become exponentially more difficult. That the FBI is admittedly stringing along easily manipulated, malevolent patsies who at any time could be handed real weapons and sent on shooting sprees and/or bombings - and now apparently have been - Americans, Canadians, Europeans, and Australians would be foolish to conclude that their real enemy resides somewhere in Syria and not right beside them at home, upon the very seats of Western power.

Tony Cartalucci's articles have appeared on many alternative media websites, including his own at 
Land Destroyer Report, Alternative Thai News Network and LocalOrg.  

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Sewing for Sustainability; Making Feudalism Fabulous

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Heather Callaghan
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Without going on a diatribe about the hallmarks of modern "science" - a cult-ure of culturing the public - I would just like to say I've read yet another asinine piece pretending to be a study. It is a thinly veiled attempt to influence young people to "do without even less than you have now, and get used to it - embrace it. And by the way, you suck at life."

Read enough studies and you get a clear underlying tone: "You are worthless, you are small, you are the cancer on the earth, do without, don't even exhale or you might damage the Earth - you should be taxed for that..." and so on. It's not even hidden anymore...or wrapped in a nice bow.

This one, however, is a little more niched. Apparently, it's a huge, earth-shaking problem that young people don't know clothing repair - but not for the reasons you might think...

Pamela Norum, a professor in the Department of Textile and Apparel Management in the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences, found that many more of the Baby Boomer generation possess skills such as sewing, hemming, button repair and general laundry knowledge than Americans 18-33 years of age.

Although this is obvious, she says this is concerning because,
In 2012, Americans created more than 14.3 million tons of textile waste. Much of this waste is due to clothes being discarded due to minor tears or stains–easily repairable damages if the owners have the skills and knowledge to fix them. If we, as a nation, want to move toward more sustainable practices in all aspects, we need to evaluate not only how we take care of our clothes, but how we educate younger generations to do so as well. [emphasis added]

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 14.3 million tons? Really? Americans everywhere are opening their windows, throwing their clothing out and yelling "Gardalooooo!"

She goes on about the need for more education in the skills, more sustainability, and more education of said sustainability. She won an award for this gem. Sewing skills are wonderful; minimalism and frugality when it's the individual's choice can be wonderful. Creativity is wonderful. The sweet old lady who is sewing pillow cases to make clothing for impoverished children is wonderful. But hopefully it remains a matter of choice and not pressure to ration and be a good global-itizen.

The work is also based on the flawed assumption that millennials are tossing perfectly good clothing into the garbage. That it's their fault (or lack of education, more women in the workforce) for not knowing how to take care of clothing. Another possibly flawed assumption - that the clothing actually can be repurposed into something else. And don't people donate their used clothing? Or maybe the clothing we currently have is no longer donate-able...

Personal anecdote: a dire need for shorts arose and I attempted to break my no-shopping-at-Wal-mart rule. It was an ill-fated attempt, for no sooner had I tried them on, I see the seam that connects the zipper to the crotch was not only base-stitched, but already blasted wide open. In other words, it was a permanently pre-opened fly. I had been thrifting for so long, I forgot how junky and badly stitched the imported materials really were. (Soon, thrift store clothing will be just as disposable and worn, tattered.)

I used to think - higher-end quality is where it's at. I'll save up enough to buy a shirt from Eddie Bauer ($49 - it may have been on sale) and keep it for longer. Nope. They get a lot of their goods from China, too. Overpriced does not equal better. Following the label directions didn't keep every single button from cracking and falling off the threads after a couple washes. To tailor-repair would cost $27. Knowing how to sew comes in handy, but why should someone purchase new buttons and sew them all back on for a $49 shirt??

These are not just a couple pre-purchase mishaps - I could go on - you could go on! Given that we are already starting out with disposable toilet-ware, are we to be pressured into spending evenings darning holey socks and reseweing buttons that were never even attached properly? Have you ever tried to stitch frayed polyester? Should I break out my spare loom and start pedaling? In other words, the comparison of skills-to-materials ratio to that of the Baby Boom generation - or those before it - is at least, a little unfair and misguided. Obviously, there's a deeper problem that wasn't present during Baby Boom time.

She is also not acknowledging that "upcycling" (repurposing) has been an ongoing trend for awhile now. It's because the economy has been broken for a long time and young people who can't find jobs are already wearing worn-out wares. Or, they can break out a credit card and buy high-priced pre-ripped, pre-tattered jeans, see-through jeggings and paper-thin, teeny tiny shirts. (Underlying marketing ploy: "We make serfdom sexy, but it comes with a price.") Upcycling does appeal to minimalist, anti-consumerism sensibilities, but maybe it's also a (feudal, futile?) attempt to create some individual style, apart from the common store rack garb.

You can see the repurposing trend, aka "eco wear" is pushed in books and TV shows like Chop Shop, a way to hybridize your existing wardrobe without buying new. And, hey, wouldn't it be cool to look like Katniss or Peeta from Hunger Games? Or how about the ancient, stylized cast from Noah (2.0). A "cleansing" movie about the horrors of humanity.

I'm not saying these pastimes aren't fun or useful - and they are increasingly necessary - but I'm interested in the intent behind disseminated information.

And that is the point - we, young and old, are supposed to get used to wearing rags, and then repairing said rags - to get used to rationing and stop being such a "blight on the earth." And then embracing it as fashion sense. Because, if not, we are solely responsible for waste - for ruining the earth! For not being good, conscientious consumer/producers.

Let's stop the insane blame game, especially on people who weren't even born when the economic wheels were set in motion. Everyone reading this wasn't here yet. It goes without saying that the true individual would feel free to wear whatever they like and dispense or use up their bought, worn materials as they see fit. Pun intended.

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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 Helping ISIS? One Accidental Airdrop vs Billions in Covert Aid

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image sourceTony Cartalucci
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The Washington Post would report that the United States military accidentally dropped by air at least one pallet of weapons and supplies that ended up in the hands of the so-called "Islamic State" or ISIS. While a combination of factors about this particular story appear suspicious, including SITE Intelligence Group's involvement in quickly disseminating an alleged video of ISIS terrorists rooting through the supplies, one fact remains. 

While the US claims it has "accidentally" allowed weapons to fall into the hands of ISIS terrorists, in reality, the US has been arming, funding, and aiding ISIS and its terrorist affiliates either directly or through Saudi, Qatari, Jordanian, or Turkish proxies since at least 2011.  




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Far from springing from the dunes of northern Iraq or eastern Syria, the rise of ISIS is the verbatim fulfillment of long-established documented US conspiracy. It is perhaps best summarized by the prophetic 2007 report "The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?" written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh and published in the New Yorker.

It stated (emphasis added): 
To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda. What is ISIS if not an "extremist group" that espouses a "militant vision of Islam" and is "sympathetic to Al Qaeda?"  And surely ISIS is undermining both Iran and Syria, and for that matter Hezbollah in Lebanon and Iran's allies in Iraq as well. 

The rise of extremist groups in the wake of the US-engineered "Arab Spring" is the story of how these clandestine operations reported on by Hersh reached their pinnacle in the creation of ISIS. 

America's Creation of ISIS 

Image: Al Qaeda's Abdelhakim Belhadj poses with US Senator John McCain.
McCain's lobbying would play a part in securing Al Qaeda and its affiliates
with sufficient arms to overthrow the secular government of Muammar
Qaddafi in Libya. Soon after, these terrorists and their weapons would find
their way to Syria via NATO-member Turkey.
 The US State Department through its global network of foreign subversion funded and directed by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and a myriad of faux-NGOs, triggered a coordinated uprising across the Middle East. Protesters served as a smoke screen behind which heavily armed militants began campaigns of violence against the security forces of the respective nations targeted for destabilization. Violence in Egypt went largely unreported because of the speed of which the government collapsed and confrontations ceased. However, in nations like Libya and Syria where governments remained resolute, the violence continued to escalate.

While the United States attempted to feign ignorance, surprise, and even displeasure with the "Arab Spring," it would soon openly align itself with each and every opposition group across the Middle East. In Libya, US Senator John McCain's visit to Benghazi, Libya would be the political manifestation of military, financial, and diplomatic aid being rendered to militants fighting against the government of Muammar Qaddafi.

These fighters, it would turn out, were not "pro-democracy rebels," but rather seasoned militants of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), an official Al Qaeda franchise in North Africa. One of their leaders, Abdelhakim Belhadj would eventually find himself in power in Tripoli after the collapse of the Libyan government, and have his photograph taken with Senator McCain.

Image: LIFG terrorist Mahdi al-Harati in Syria commanding fellow
Libyan terrorists in a US-backed proxy war against Damascus. 
After the fall of Libya, Al Qaeda and its affiliates would take their fighters and their NATO-supplied weapons and travel to fight in Syria. They would enter the country through NATO-member Turkey.  

While the US has repeatedly referred to the militants fighting the government and people of Syria as "moderates," the vast majority of these fighters are sectarian extremists, many of whom are not even Syrian. And while the United States and its allies attempt to claim the rise of ISIS is recent, the many terrorist organizations it is a consolidation of where involved in Syria's fighting since it began in 2011.

The US State Department itself would admit that Al Qaeda's Syrian franchise, Jabhat al-Nusra (an offshoot of ISIS), was among the most prominent armed militant groups fighting the Syrian government, beginning in 2011 onward. The US State Department's official press statement titled, "Terrorist Designations of the al-Nusrah Front as an Alias for al-Qa'ida in Iraq," stated explicitly that:
Since November 2011, al-Nusrah Front has claimed nearly 600 attacks – ranging from more than 40 suicide attacks to small arms and improvised explosive device operations – in major city centers including Damascus, Aleppo, Hamah, Dara, Homs, Idlib, and Dayr al-Zawr. During these attacks numerous innocent Syrians have been killed.Billions in Weapons, Cash, and Equipment

Image: US Senator John McCain with members of the so-called "Free Syrian
Army." Several of the men pictured with McCain would end up committing
horrific sectarian atrocities. 
It is clear that Al Qaeda was virtually handed the nation of Libya by NATO - intentionally. It is also clear that Al Qaeda was quickly mobilized to then push into Syria and repeat NATO's success, this time by toppling Damascus. The plan - as it was imagined - was to topple Damascus quickly enough so that the general public never found out who was truly fighting in the ranks of America's proxy forces. This, because of the Syrian people's resolution, didn't happen. 

From 2011 onward, the United States and its allies both European and regionally, would supply terrorists fighting the government of Syria billions in cash, weapons, equipment, and even vehicles. Story after story in the Western press admitted this, but always with the caveat that the aid was going to so-called "moderates." For three years these "moderates" received the combined aid from the United States, United Kingdom, members of the European Union, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Jordan.

In the Telegraph's 2013 article titled, "US and Europe in 'major airlift of arms to Syrian rebels through Zagreb'," it is reported:
...3,000 tons of weapons dating back to the former Yugoslavia have been sent in 75 planeloads from Zagreb airport to the rebels, largely via Jordan since November.
The story confirmed the origins of ex-Yugoslav weapons seen in growing numbers in rebel hands in online videos, as described last month by The Daily Telegraph and other newspapers, but suggests far bigger quantities than previously suspected. The shipments were allegedly paid for by Saudi Arabia at the bidding of the United States, with assistance on supplying the weapons organised through Turkey and Jordan, Syria's neighbours. But the report added that as well as from Croatia, weapons came "from several other European countries including Britain", without specifying if they were British-supplied or British-procured arms.British military advisers however are known to be operating in countries bordering Syria alongside French and Americans, offering training to rebel leaders and former Syrian army officers. The Americans are also believed to be providing training on securing chemical weapons sites inside Syria.Additionally, The New York Times in its article, "Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With C.I.A. Aid," admits that:
With help from the C.I.A., Arab governments and Turkey have sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition fighters in recent months, expanding a secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, according to air traffic data, interviews with officials in several countries and the accounts of rebel commanders. The airlift, which began on a small scale in early 2012 and continued intermittently through last fall, expanded into a steady and much heavier flow late last year, the data shows. It has grown to include more than 160 military cargo flights by Jordanian, Saudi and Qatari military-style cargo planes landing at Esenboga Airport near Ankara, and, to a lesser degree, at other Turkish and Jordanian airports.The US State Department had also announced it was sending hundreds of millions of dollars more in aid, equipment and even armored vehicles to militants operating in Syria, along with demands of its allies to "match" the funding to reach a goal of over a billion dollars. The NYT would report in their article, "Kerry Says U.S. Will Double Aid to Rebels in Syria," that:
With the pledge of fresh aid, the total amount of nonlethal assistance from the United States to the coalition and civic groups inside the country is $250 million. During the meeting here, Mr. Kerry urged other nations to step up their assistance, with the objective of providing $1 billion in international aid. The US has also admitted that it was officially arming and equipping terrorists inside of Syria. The Washington Post's article, "U.S. weapons reaching Syrian rebels," reported:
The CIA has begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria, ending months of delay in lethal aid that had been promised by the Obama administration, according to U.S. officials and Syrian figures. The shipments began streaming into the country over the past two weeks, along with separate deliveries by the State Department of vehicles and other gear — a flow of material that marks a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syria’s civil war.
More recently, scores of Toyota Hilux pick-up trucks were delivered to terrorists along the Turkish-Syrian border, which would later be seen among ISIS convoys invading northern Iraq. In a PRI report titled, "This one Toyota pickup truck is at the top of the shopping list for the Free Syrian Army — and the Taliban," it stated:
Recently, when the US State Department resumed sending non-lethal aid to Syrian rebels, the delivery list included 43 Toyota trucks. Hiluxes were on the Free Syrian Army's wish list. Oubai Shahbander, a Washington-based advisor to the Syrian National Coalition, is a fan of the truck.The question is, if billions in Saudi, Qatari, Jordanian, Turkish, British and American aid has been sent to "moderates," who has been funding, arming, and equipping ISIS even more?

America's Narrative Beggars Belief 

So many resources does ISIS have at its disposal, that it is not only supposedly able to displace the so-called "moderates" in Syria, but has the ability to simultaneously fight the combined military might of Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq - not to mention threaten the national security of Russia and China and - so we are meant to believe - carry out a global campaign of terror against Western targets from Canada and the United States, across Europe, and all the way to far-flung Australia.

It is a narrative that beggars belief. The simplest explanation of course, is that there never were any "moderates," and that the United States and its allies, precisely as renowned journalist Seymour Hersh warned in 2007, went about raising a regional army of sectarian terrorists to fight an unprecedented proxy war with the predictable outcome being an orgy of genocide and atrocities - also as warned by Hersh in his prophetic article.

In fact, Hersh's report would also state
Robert Baer, a former longtime C.I.A. agent in Lebanon, has been a severe critic of Hezbollah and has warned of its links to Iranian-sponsored terrorism. But now, he told me, “we’ve got Sunni Arabs preparing for cataclysmic conflict, and we will need somebody to protect the Christians in Lebanon. It used to be the French and the United States who would do it, and now it’s going to be Nasrallah and the Shiites. What if not a "cataclysmic conflict," could ISIS' current regional campaign be described as? And hasn't it been Lebanese, Syrian, Iranian, and Iraqi Shia'a, along with many secular and enlightened Sunnis, who have come to the aid of those targeted by ISIS?

The evidence is overwhelming. When considering US support for terrorists and extremists in places like Afghanistan in the 1980s or even as recently as today with US support of Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK), it would be difficult to believe the US was not involved in raising and directing a proxy army against multiple regimes it openly seeks to supplant.

Ultimately, whether one pallet drifted into ISIS hands by accident in a recent airdrop is a moot point. Billions in cash, weapons, equipment, and vehicles have already been intentionally supplied to the many groups that ISIS represents, as planned as early as 2007. ISIS is the purposeful creation of the United States in its pursuit of regional hegemony in the Middle East, and ISIS' atrocities were predicted long before the first shots were fired in 2011 in the Syrian conflict, long before the term "Islamic State" went mainstream.

Tony Cartalucci's articles have appeared on many alternative media websites, including his own at 
Land Destroyer Report, Alternative Thai News Network and LocalOrg.  

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