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By B.N. Frank


Three law firms will represent 5000 people in their complaints of overbilling by Central Maine Power Co.


CMP is one of many utility companies across North America that has installed “Smart” Meters.  There have been complaints about inflated billing and more everywhere these types of meters have been installed.  2017 Dutch research confirmed that these meters can cause measurement errors from 30%-582%.


         



      

CMP knew about billing issues from the start but dismissed them even while people complained:



Auditors have so far found no anomalies in the company’s new billing software or its smart meter network to explain bills that for some customers were two to three times what they had been during the same period in the previous year, CMP President and CEO Doug Herling said April 5 in a conference call with reporters.


“We have done our investigation, at this point in time we have not found anything about our system or smart meters that would artificially increase customers’ usage,” he said.



The Maine Coalition to Stop Smart Meters has been active for many years in the fight against “Smart” Meters:


In the effort to stop smart meters from eroding our health and legal rights, Maine is first in the nation:



Fighting for, obtaining, and retaining right to opt out.
Appealing a rejected Public Utilities Commission (PUC) complaint to a state’s highest court.
Winning a state Supreme Court victory in a smart meter case.
To have a high court remanding a smart meter complaint back to the PUC.
With a full PUC investigation into health and safety of smart meters.
For a PUC determining they will not be limited by FCC guidelines in their investigation.

According to their website, 8,000 Mainers have paid to opt out of “Smart” Meters.


Consumer advocates and many others can’t say enough bad things about “Smart” Meters.


People all over the world don’t want “Smart” Meters.  In 2013, a documentary was produced about the many problems associated with them.  A 2017 documentary includes coverage of problems associated with these meters as well.


In California, there are 57 local governments that are opposed to mandatory “Smart” Meter programs.  Oklahoma and Kentucky have bills which support customers’ right to easily and affordably “opt out” of them.  Senator Patrick Colbeck has supported Michigan residents’ right to refuse these types of meters.  He has also acknowledged the many issues associated with them as well.



If you are a CMP customer and believe you have been overbilled, be sure to contact one of the 3 law firms involved:



https://www.napolilaw.com/napoli-attorney/salvatore-c-badala/
https://www.lipmankatz.com/
https://tmbf-law.com/attorney-profiles/

For more information, visit the following websites:



Center For Safer Wireless
Center For Electrosmog Prevention
Citizens for Safe Technology
Clear Light Ventures
Dr. Sam Milham
Electricsense
EMF Safety Network
Environmental Health Trust
Generation Zapped
In Power Movement
National Association for Children and Safe Technology
Parents for Safe Technology
SaferEMR
Scientists for Wired Tech
StopSmartMeters.org
We Are The Evidence
Whatis5G.Info

 


   

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By Aaron Kesel


According to a tweet by the internationally known organization WikiLeaks, its founder’s fate may be decided within a mere few days or weeks, and Julian Assange might be handed over on a silver platter by Ecuador to the UK government. Then presumably Assange will be handed over to the U.S. government and extradited to the United States.


The head of RT, Margarita Simonyan, tweeted in Russian that her sources indicate Assange will be handed over to UK authorities.


         



      

“My sources say that Assange will be handed over to UK authorities in the coming weeks or even days. I hope with all my heart that my sources are mistaken,” She tweeted.




Recently, Activist Post reported that “The War Is On To Stop The Extradition Of Julian Assange” and that Ecuador and Britain are in high-level discussions over Assange’s situation according to a report by the Sunday Times of London.


Ministers and senior Foreign Office officials are in discussions over the fate of Assange’s asylum. Now another journalist well known for her source’s accuracy is stating that Assange’s situation is in immediate danger and Ecuador is about to pull the plug.


Assange has been arbitrarily detained according to the UN for nearly 6 years in the Ecuadorian embassy. Now Ecuador has expanded that arbitrary detainment to solitary confinement by forbidding Assange from any human contact including visitations, phone calls and barring his Internet usage — all without Assange ever being convicted of a crime besides publishing documents exposing corruption and shedding light on the truth.


In March, Ecuador and its leader Lenín Moreno pulled the plug on Julian Assange’s Internet connection. Then, Ecuador further demanded Assange remove a specific tweet referencing a foreign political prisoner Carles Puigdemont. The irony here is that Ecuador accused Assange of “interfering in a state” for mentioning another political prisoner and Assange himself had more of his own rights taken away.


“In 1940 the elected president of Catalonia, Lluís Companys, was captured by the Gestapo, at the request of Spain, delivered to them and executed. Today, German police have arrested the elected president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, at the request of Spain, to be extradited,” Assange tweeted.


Ecuador has clarified its position on Julian Assange’s asylum by drafting new rules limiting his communications according to WikiLeaks.


Last year, Moreno vowed to stop Assange from revealing further corruption about the United States for the duration of his stay at the embassy, stating he would “gag Assange from revealing further corruption about the U.S.”


Although Moreno claims to support Assange’s asylum, he previously said that he would ask him to “be very delicate when he addresses international politics, especially regarding countries with which we have good relations,” reported Latin American news outlet teleSUR.


It’s interesting to note the former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, who gave Assange asylum is now being threatened with extradition from his current country in Belgium for an unrelated matter dealing with the alleged brief kidnapping of opposition lawmaker Fernando Balda in 2012.


Meanwhile, it’s been reported that the UK’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt dared Assange to walk out of the Ecuadorean embassy. He might have said a little too much about an active investigation when he said that Assange was facing “serious charges,” because the article is now absent from News.com.au’s website.








Charges against Assange in Sweden have been dropped and he is facing only a minor charge in the UK for failing to turn up to a court hearing.


So it is unknown what “serious charges” Hunt was referring to. And this may be why the article was just taken down without notice now displaying a 404 error. It’s worth noting this is exactly what happened when Tommy Robinson stories were demanded to be deleted.




Events are in the process of being planned worldwide that if something happens to Assange people all over the world are prepared to mobilize and protest in response. That information will be made available if and when the time comes.


This reporter is in a #Unity4J server and is hearing credible word that Assange may be expelled within the next 48 hours from the Ecuadorian embassy.


If true, the aftermath will be destructive like the world has never seen. There are dozens of insurance files that can seemingly become public with just a key phrase. Although, this reporter suspects that WikiLeaks will play a game of chess.


If the UK decides to illegally hand over Julian Assange to the U.S. in violation of two UN rulings, then it’s inevitable that we see a rain of leaks that the world has never seen. That will undoubtedly rock society as WikiLeaks has consistently for 11 years.


Those files are available for download below.



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By Andrew Berryhill


Will this program be an improvement to the status quo, or just an ineffective waste of money?


Starting in 2019, the city of Stockton will join San Francisco and Oakland in testing a “Universal Basic Income” (UBI) program that could eventually be expanded to a state or national level. The official website for the initiative explains:



The [program] will provide at least 100 Stocktonians with a Guaranteed Income of $500 per month for 18 months. The Guaranteed Income will be unconditional, with no work requirements and no restrictions on how the money can be spent.



         



      

The Stockton experiment is 100 percent privately funded, with a one-million-dollar grant from the Economic Security Project co-founded by Chris Hughes (who also co-founded Facebook). In a CNN interview, Hughes argues that a guaranteed income can improve socioeconomic inequality and help Americans achieve their vocational goals:



At the core of America is the idea that people have the opportunity to live their own dreams, that they can be the person they want to be. If you want to be a teacher, nurse, artist or businessperson, you should have every chance to work toward that goal. That requires a good education and the ability to work your way up over time.


But every step along that journey requires cash of some sort—to pay for a security deposit on an apartment, the gas money to interview for a job, or for childcare while you’re in classes at the local community college. Right now, people have little cushion, and poor and even middle-class people have no savings to pay for basic expenses.



Tech CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk have argued that a UBI can also shield people from poverty if they lose their jobs to machines and give them enough economic security to acquire new skills.


Be Wary of the Allure of UBI


While those on the right typically bristle at new welfare programs, many have come out in support of a UBI because it could drastically streamline the welfare state. A common argument is that if our 80+ welfare programs were replaced with a UBI, it would reduce perverse incentives, shrink bureaucracy, and boost overall effectiveness. Even celebrated libertarian economists such as Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman supported similar policies that would create a minimum level of income.


However, there are multiple reasons to be skeptical of a UBI improving the status quo.






One consideration is that any welfare program will dis-incentivize work to some degree, and a UBI is hardly an exception. As a Heritage Foundation report explains:


The overwhelming majority of Americans believe that able-bodied adults should be required to work or prepare for work as a condition of receiving aid. This was the core principle behind welfare reform in the 1990s. As noted, the UBI abandons that principle. By removing work requirements from welfare, UBI would decrease work among the poor and increase dependence on government.


Discouraging work could have wide social consequences and goes against the American spirit of entrepreneurship that helps create new types of jobs for the modern economy.


Additionally, a UBI may only treat a symptom of a deeper problem. A recent chart created by economist Mark Perry shows that from 1997-2018 the costs of medical care, college education, and other goods and services skyrocketed. This has decimated the disposable incomes of average Americans.


Would we not be better off by getting government out of the markets and eliminating some of the thousands of American tariffs to lower the cost of living?




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Finally, there are also concerns that implementing a UBI is impossible because of insurmountable political and logistical barriers. As Brittany Hunter explains in an article for FEE, repealing the dizzying array of welfare programs in favor of a UBI “would surely be political suicide since you run the risk of angering someone.” For this reason, Hunter argues that any large-scale UBI proposal would likely be a welfare addition, rather than a replacement:


If anything, incorporating a UBI in America would most likely result in an additional layer of the welfare being added on top of our existing programs. This would, in effect, increase the state’s power rather than decrease it. Governments are rarely keen on relinquishing their power, and there is great power in controlling the welfare of the citizenry.


Even though there are many reasons to be skeptical, Stockton’s UBI program could be a valuable experiment that helps inform the discussion of future policy proposals. Relatively little evidence exists regarding the effectiveness of UBI programs, and using small-scale implementations to gather data is a low-risk way to help ascertain the concept’s large-scale viability.


What do you think about the UBI concept? Would it be an improvement to the status quo, or just an ineffective waste of money?


Reprinted from Intellectual and sourced from FEE.org


Andrew Berryhill is an Alcuin Fellow at Intellectual Takeout. He is a rising senior at Hillsdale College majoring in economics. Andrew has interned on Capitol Hill and was a research fellow for Hillsdale’s economics department. In his spare time, he enjoys practicing the violin and playing golf.


   
            


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By Catherine J. Frompovich


What are Schwann cells, you probably are asking?


As per the graphics below, Schwann cells are cells inside the myelin sheath’s protective cover for cells in the peripheral nervous system.  Demyelination of the myelin sheath has been considered the probable cause of Multiple Sclerosis [MS].


         



      

Myelin – the protective coating around nerve fibers in the central nervous system – is a primary target of the immune attack in MS. [1]


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Even though MS is considered an autoimmune disease, there still is doubt about that in the medical scientific community.  So, what do MS and microwaves have to do with all this?


As a retired healthcare professional, I worked with MS patients some of whom were able to regain their health; get off disability and go back to work!  How was that possible, since MS is considered to be incurable?  The secret for those MS patients, who regained their health, was they detoxified their bodies of serious toxins that interfered with the myelin sheath which, back when I worked with them, was mostly toxic food chemicals and preservatives in their diets, plus chemicals in their home environment, correcting their nutritional deficiencies, and dramatically changing their unhealthy lifestyles.


Today, though, everyone is universally exposed to toxic elements in the environment we cannot see, smell, taste or perceive, except those who are electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) patients.   Everyone is bombarded 24/7/365 by unperceived nonionizing radiation in ranges the human body never had to deal with in its evolutionary processes, since microwaves are man-made technologies Nature did not create.


Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD, claims the two greatest negative impacts on human health today are Wi-Fi and glyphosate—think Roundup®!


Since all health agencies in the USA, in particular, seem to be behind the curve and times for safe human uses with regard to the safety levels of microwaves, i.e., 4G and the forthcoming 5G—no environmental impact or safety studies are done to date; if they are, please produce them—humans, wildlife, all life forms, the environment, plant life and Planet Earth are taking part in one EMF/RF/ELF/millimeter wave experiment on the GRANDEST scale ever, with no one being held responsible and/or accountable for developing harms!


Hint: shall we look to, and hold responsible, the U.S. military and its subcontractors with their obsessive compulsive behavior endeavors regarding producing microwave technologies as “weapons of war” (directed energy weapons), which business and industry want to utilize  some of those wavelengths to create a “smart” world of technology and “conveniences,” plus the Internet of Things!


Directed Energy Weapons 101: Sonic, Microwave, Laser, and Non-Lethal Warfare
35:38 minutes


https://youtu.be/TFbhDI6g7tQ?t=7


After ‘digesting’ the above video, you now may understand the real deal operations of microwaves: They are NOT safe!  The wavelengths at which they are sent out are known to break DNA strands.


5G will operate in the 5 to 60+ Gigahertz (GHz) ranges.  Remember, one GHz is one billion oscillations of energy per SECOND.  Now do the math.  Your calculator probably doesn’t have enough capacity to give you an answer.


Human biology—DNA, cells and their mitochondria, plus Schwann cells—cannot tolerate such frequencies and, therefore, respond to that stress with health damages like the NTP rat studies found: heart Schwann cell tumors and malignant glial brain [2] tumors.


According to NTP’s draft report, rats in the $25-million-NTP-study that received 1.5 watts per kilowatt hour developed 4 tumors; however, those rats that received 6 watts per kilowatt hour grew 11 tumors! 


The significance is that the number and occurrence of tumors increase with the dose of radiation received.  That implicates microwave radiation as a significant factor in producing tumors and cancer!  Can we say “cause and effect”?






But there’s more, which must be factored into the cell phone/microwave radiation ongoing experiment on humans, et al!  Those rat tumors appeared in Schwann cells that surround nerve cells, located in the rodents’ hearts.  However and more importantly, Schwann cells exist throughout the entire body, i.e., the head, breast, reproductive organs and areas of the body that get heavy exposure to cellphone radiation, like when wearing a “live” cell phone on your body, e.g., on your belt; in your pants pockets; or while holding an operational cell phone in your hand.   Your hand and arm act like an antenna delivering radiation up the arm.


Furthermore, research indicates 5G will affect sweat glands [3] below the surface of the skin and also make skin feel as if it has a case of stinging sun burn!


(Source)


If you must use a cell phone, get a stand for it and place the volume on speaker phone.


Here are some ideas.  How about this idea?


Nevertheless, there truly is an ironic part about cell phones and microwaves technology, in particular.  Olga Naidenko, a senior adviser with the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in Washington, DC, says,


These studies should have been done before more than 90 percent of Americans, including children, started using radio-frequency-based technologies and devices day in and day out.


Smart technology consumers, can you see how you have been led astray about cell phones and microwave technologies (any smart devices that send and receive voice, data, photos, games, Wi-Fi, AMI Smart Meters, etc.) safety during  these supposedly “advanced technology years”?


Have you been able to grasp that you may have become addicted to smart technologies?




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If so, isn’t time to rethink what you eventually may have to deal with, e.g., various cancers that can be precipitated by using unsafe microwave technologies?  Do you think you have been led down an unrecognized and controversial technology ‘rat hole’?


References:


[1] https://www.nationalmssociety.org/What-is-MS/Definition-of-MS/Myelin
[2] https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/about_ntp/trpanel/2018/march/publiccomm/moskowitz20180312.pdf
[3] https://smartmeterharm.org/2017/03/14/research-finds-human-sweat-ducts-are-antennas-for-millimeter-waves-5g-resulting-in-high-levels-of-radiation-absorption-by-sweat-ducts-presented-at-nihniehs-sponsored-conference/


Resources:


Schwann Cellshttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0025728/


Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.


Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on Amazon.com.


Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle eBook.


Two of Catherine’s more recent books on Amazon.com are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)


Catherine’s NEW book: Eat To Beat Disease, Foods Medicinal Qualities ©2016 Catherine J Frompovich is now available


   
            


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By Catherine J. Frompovich


It’s happened in Brazil: A medical doctor has been arrested for performing a medical procedure on a young woman who died, apparently resulting from his practice!


Brazilian celebrity surgeon Denis Cesar Barros Furtado, aka as “Dr. Bumbum,” was arrested along with his mother, who worked with him.  What was the reason for the arrest?


         



      

According to a report by Time online,


Police said Furtado performed the buttock enhancement procedure on bank manager Lilian Calixto at his Rio home Saturday.  Calixto fell ill during the procedure and Furtado rushed her to a nearby hospital, where she died hours later.  Police say the exact cause of her death has not been determined.” [1]


Dr. Furtado is a licensed medical doctor, who performed thousands of what he calls “Bioplasty techniques” and also has written about that procedure.


Why do I bring this Brazilian medical incident to readers’ attention?   Because the story has specific undertones and implications for what is happening in another medical arena, i.e., vaccines and vaccinations!


Example: In the USA and globally, duly licensed medical personnel are administering vaccines, which contain toxic ingredients, and many children especially, experience life-altering reactions after receiving up to 9 vaccines at one time, as reported to VAERS at this CDC’s website.


There’s a key similarity with the “Bumbum” doctor’s unfortunate incident and those multiple incidents happening globally to children and teens who receive vaccines:  A duly licensed medical doctor performs a routine procedure AND there was an adverse reaction.


However, there IS a big difference in Brazil: Dr. Furtado has been arrested, whereas in the USA and globally NO medical doctors or personnel, who administer vaccines which cause adverse reactions or deaths (1,209 according to the HRSA Vaccine claims payouts on page 5), have been arrested for injecting unproven, unsafe, neurotoxic and other life-altering chemicals, plus foreign DNA, etc. into infants, toddlers, teens, adults and senior citizens!  Doesn’t that sound like some sort of Frankenstein activity?






Questions


When will USA authorities arrest medical doctors and personnel who administer vaccinations that cause adverse reactions and deaths?


How about retroactive arrests, as authorities have been legally prosecuting medical doctors [2] who give valid exemptions from receiving vaccinations?


Brazil obviously has taken the correct and medically ethical action, so why not the USA, Australia and other countries of the world where vaccines and their delivery systems are prosecution-proof?


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[1]http://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/plastic-surgeon-dr-bumbum-arrested-after-patient-dies/ar-BBKQh7l?li=BBnbfcL&ocid=iehp
[2] https://www.techtimes.com/articles/231499/20180630/california-doctor-on-probation-for-exempting-2-year-old-from-vaccines.htm


Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.


Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on Amazon.com.


Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle eBook.


Two of Catherine’s more recent books on Amazon.com are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)


Catherine’s NEW book: Eat To Beat Disease, Foods Medicinal Qualities ©2016 Catherine J Frompovich is now available


   
            


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By Jay Syrmopoulos


Washington, D.C. — U.S. President Donald Trump met with leaders of NATO member states last week in a “very intense” summit in which he reportedly secured commitments from European leaders of NATO member states to increase their weapons expenditures on the military alliance.


Trump reportedly told NATO leaders during the summit that if they failed to meet defense spending targets of a 2 percent GDP by January, 2019, the United States would consider leaving the alliance – which prompted an emergency NATO session.


After the emergency meeting Trump told reporters, “I told people that I’d be very unhappy if they didn’t up their financial commitments substantially.”


         



      

Afterwards, some European leaders, such as Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel, disputed the claims that an agreement to increase their spending had been reached, while simultaneously proclaiming that their nations “must” increase military spending and NATO funding.


While the “making NATO pay their fair share” shtick scores points with Trump’s base, it’s clear that the POTUS operates as the chief negotiator for U.S. weapons manufacturers. The increase in international weapons sales orders, particularly from NATO nations, coupled with a dramatic increase in domestic military spending has seen production, from manufacturers like Lockheed Martin, “explode.”


Whitney Webb, writing for MintPress News, explained:


The precipitous increase in Lockheed missile sales comes after the launch of Trump’s “Buy American” weapons-selling initiative to foreign allies, as well as his efforts to rewrite the government’s Conventional Arms Transfer policy and the International Traffic in Arms regulations in order to make it easier to export more military-grade weapons. Lockheed’s good fortune following Trump’s actions at the recent NATO summit again underscores Trump’s role as the U.S.’ top weapons salesman.


Underscoring this point, Bob Delgado, director of international business development for integrated air and missile defense at Lockheed, in an interview with Defense News, said the company plans to double its production capacity.


“There is a lot of interest in [Patriot Missiles], so much so we are doubling our capacity,” Delgado told Defense News, adding, that although Lockheed was currently meeting demand, “it is getting more difficult as more orders come in, and that is why we are foreseeing, along with the U.S. government, a point where we need to increase our capacity.”


Reuters reported that “shares in Lockheed Martin (LMT.N), Boeing (BA.N) and other big U.S. arms makers have seen double-digit percentage rises since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017.”






The U.S. defense industry is without question the most prolific arms exporter in the world.


A recently created timelapse video created by data scientist Will Geary using data from the from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Arms Transfers Database, which tracks the movement of major conventional weapons, reveals the flow of U.S. weapons exports across the globe over the past 67 years; from 1950 to 2017.




The revealing video show that in the 1950s, the majority of US arms went to Europe, Canada, Japan and Turkey. While in the 1960s, Germany was the recipient of the largest amount of U.S. weapons. Iran received the largest amount of U.S. weapons in the 1970s, until the U.S.-backed Shah was deposed by the Islamic Revolution in 1979, with Israel climbing into second on the list of recipients in the 1970s.




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The 1980s saw Japan receive the most weapons from the U.S., followed by Saudi Arabia and Israel, which was largely repeated in the 1990s. In the 2000s, South Korea and Israel received the most weapons exports form the U.S.


From 2010 until 2017, Saudi Arabia topped the list, with Australia next in line. Between 2013 and 2017, the US accounted for 34 percent of total arms exports, an increase of 25 percent from its exports between 2008-2012.


After the United States, Russia, France, Germany and China had the largest number of arms exports.


“Based on deals signed during the Obama administration, US arms deliveries in 2013–17 reached their highest level since the late 1990s,” said Dr Aude Fleurant, director of the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme. “These deals and further major contracts signed in 2017 will ensure that the USA remains the largest arms exporter in the coming years.”


The U.S. is clearly the undisputed champ of providing the world with advanced military armaments, with U.S. presidents acting as the top salesman for these death merchants.


Jay Syrmopoulos is a geopolitical analyst, freethinker, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs and holds a BA in International Relations. Jay’s writing has been featured on both mainstream and independent media – and has been viewed tens of millions of times. You can follow him on Twitter @SirMetropolis and on Facebook at SirMetropolis. This article first appeared at The Free Thought Project.


   
            


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By B.N. Frank


What’s good for the goose has never been good for the gander in regard to technology and kids.  For many years already, tech inventors have been sending their kids to “low-tech” schools and restricting tech use at home.  In the meantime, at the advice of tech companies, public schools have spent a collective $60B to become “high tech.”  Students are required to use screens for long periods in and out of the classroom as part of their education.


Some tech inventors have started expressing remorse in creating screen addiction issues with their products and are trying to raise awareness.  Regardless, it gets lost in a sea of marketing for more tech designed for kids and everyone else.


         



      


Dr. Jen Twenge, author of “iGen” has been interviewed many times already regarding tech-related mental health issues in kids.  Her most recent CNN interview is heartbreaking.


“We’re on the brink of the worst mental health crisis in decades.” 


According to Dr. Twenge’s research, the increase in teens’ mental health issues coincides with the introduction of smart phones and other tech devices being marketed and eventually used by almost everyone – including very young children.  Go figure.







Regardless, those who seem to be profiting from technology continue insisting that we



Wait for more research before we reduce the amount of tech used by kids in schools and everywhere else.
Blame genetics and/or parents who won’t control their kids’ use of screens when it’s not for school work.

Are you willing to do this while more technology is being designed for kids and implemented for educational and recreational purposes?  Even Sesame Street has been playing a role in this.  Et tu, Sesame Street?  Et tu?





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Prolonged tech use can also cause mental (and other) health issues due to




Artificial light from screens.

Wireless WiFi radiation exposure.

Outside of the U.S., other countries have already been addressing tech use and health issues – especially in children.  They are following “The Precautionary Principle” and are being proactive.


Unfortunately in the U.S., “Big Wireless” is asking us all to continue ignoring the obvious instead of taking the bull by the horns and reducing the amount of technology by kids used in school and, of course, everywhere else.


Heartbreaking, indeed:



Attn Parents: NBC “Today Show” Segment Shows How Cell Phone Safety is Tested on Plastic Heads Which Experts Say Is Inadequate, Especially for Kids.

9 Year Old Sent to Rehab After Wetting Herself While Refusing to Quit Playing “Fortnite” — Research Says Video Games and WiFi Exposure Affects Kids’ Brains Same Way as Drugs and Alcohol

EMF Awareness Day on Anniversary of ElectroHypersensitive Teen’s Suicide. Lab Testing Confirms Illness Caused or Worsened by WiFi Radiation and Electrical Pollution (Electrosmog).

Depression — Could Cell Phone and WiFi Radiation Disrupting the Blood-Brain Barrier Be Playing a Role?
Schools Replacing WiFi with Wired Internet Due to Confirmed Illnesses and Increased Health Risks from Exposure. Website Provides Locations and More.
Study Reveals 45% of American Teens Are Online “Almost Constantly.” Research Reveals Software and WiFi Radiation Causes Addicted Behavior
Teacher Posts 2nd Grader’s Wish that Cell Phones Didn’t Exist Due to Parents’ Heavy Use. How Digital Addiction is Hurting Us All.
Red Nose Day Recognizes Kids Living in Poverty. Article “The Rich Get Smart. The Poor Get Technology: The New Digital Divide in School Choice” Highlights Part of the Problem.
Study of 91,000+Links Nighttime Phone Use With Mental Health Disorders. Decades of Research Says Cell Phone and WiFi Radiation Exposure Can Cause Same Disorders 24/7.

Why Limit Your Kids’ Screen Time? Anxiety, Depression, Eye Strain, Insomnia, ADD/ADHD, Delayed Maturity, Cancer Risk, Text Neck, Diabetes, Obesity, Digital Addiction, Infertility…

“Good Morning America” Experiment on Kids and Unrestricted Screen Time
CDC Study: 150% Increase in Autism in U.S. Kids Since 2000. Researchers Suspect Environmental Risks and Triggers. 2012 Research Determined WiFi Radiation Disrupts Blood Brain Barrier, May Cause Leaking.
“National Screen-Free Week” Starts April 30. American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Has Been Concerned About RF Exposure From Cell Phones and Devices Since At Least 2012.

Give Love Not Tech: No “Safe” Level of Cell Phone or Wireless (WiFi) Radiation Has Been Scientifically Determined for Children or Pregnant Women

   
            


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By Aaron Kesel


Thousands of leading scientists have urged their colleagues against helping governments create killer robots, making the movie The Terminator a reality.


2,400 scientists have pledged to block the development of lethal weaponry using Artificial Intelligence, The Guardian reported.


In other words, killer robots, that could eventually develop a mind of their own and take over the world. Scientists have vowed they will not support robots “that can identify and attack people without human oversight.”


         



      

Two leading experts backing the commitment, Demis Hassabis at Google DeepMind and Elon Musk at SpaceX, are among the more than 2,400 signatories whom have pledged to deter military firms and nations from building lethal autonomous weapon systems, referred to as Laws.


The move is the latest from concerned scientists and organizations about giving a machine the power to choose someone’s fate of life or death.


The pledge organized by The Future of Life Institute, calls on governments to agree on norms, laws, and regulations that stigmatize and effectively outlaw the development of killer robots.


The signatories of the pledge have stated they will “neither participate in nor support the development, manufacture, trade, or use of lethal autonomous weapons.” More than 150 AI-related firms and organizations added their names to the pledge that was announced at the International Joint Conference on AI in Stockholm.


Robots are beginning to take over every aspect of society.  They are also headed for retail businesses delivering freight and eliminating truckers.


But, can we really give robots the choice whether to kill or let a human being live?


In fact, it sounds quite dangerous allowing a freight truck to drive itself; if the sensors break down on a big rig truck going  60-70 MPH, that’s potentially 40 tons barreling down the highway unattended except by artificial intelligence.






As another example, imagine A.I. having to choose who to let live in a freak accident?


This may be why, as Activist Post reported back in March, Uber had to halt nationwide testing of its A.I. vehicles following the death of a pedestrian in Arizona. And that was a car actually attended by a human backup operator.


Automation clearly isn’t a foolproof technology, and it can also be exploited by hackers for malicious purposes that could even include programming a bot to kill an individual.


This comes after Google employees drafted their own demands and a petition against Google’s involvement with Project Maven, demanding the engagement end, as well as an agreement to never get involved with the military again.  That action caused Google to quit its drone program.


However, the agreement was already signed, so the company is locked in for another year until the contract runs out in March 2019. Google can then legally stop assisting the government with the advancement of artificial intelligence for use with its drones.


At least a dozen staff resigned over the issue.




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A DoD statement from last July announced that Project Maven aimed to “deploy computer algorithms to war zones by year’s end.”


The military has also proposed a drone mothership in the sky like in the movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier, an absolutely scary concept at best.


The Tesla founder has previously said that artificial intelligence is potentially more dangerous than nuclear weapons.  That’s a shared thought with scientist Stephen Hawking, who also previously warned that “artificial intelligence could spell the end for the human race if we are not careful enough because they are too clever.”


This is the beginning of The Terminator movie, as even scientists agree that machines will begin to think for themselves in the near future and could be a threat to the human race.


With this pledge by at least 2,400 of the world’s brightest minds maybe we can stop a potential man-made threat to the human race.


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By Dave Kranzler


The trading action in the paper gold markets of London and NY this week further convinces me that gold is being pushed down in price by the Western Central Banks similar to the take-down in the paper price that occurred in 2008. The motive is to prevent a soaring gold price from signalling to the markets that a big problem is percolating in the global economic and banking systems.


Once again, in the early morning the price of gold was slammed just after the London a.m. price Fix (3 a.m. EST) and again at the open of the Comex gold pit (8:20 a.m. EST):



This pattern has been persistent over the last two months. It’s not about gold being “pinned” to the SDR, as Jim Rickards is now promoting. And it’s not about some mystical gold peg to the yuan. It’s about Western Central Bank desperation to keep the dollar alive in order to defer the inevitable collapse of the record level of dollar-denominated debt and the associated derivatives.


It’s no coincidence that Rickards has floated this theory about the gold price and the SDR recently. Rickards was rolled out several years ago to promote the idea that the SDR would be the next reserve currency. The Deep State knows the dollar’s life-span is limited. The U.S. dollar is 58% of the SDR, making the SDR the best replacement of the dollar which thereby enables the U.S. Deep State to maintain some semblance of global hegemony.






For the time being, gold is trading almost in perfect inverse correlation with the dollar. The dollar currently is rising vs. all fiat currencies. Therefore, of course it might look visually like gold and the yuan or gold and the yen are trading in tight correlation. But at the root it’s all about the dollar and the effort to prevent the dollar from collapsing.


As for the brewing collapse of the financial system, here’s an interesting chart comparing Deutsche Bank’s stock price with gold since the beginning for February. The idea here is that the Fed/ECB/BoE began to work on the gold price when it became obvious that the world’s most systemically dangerous bank was in a state of collapse:



Certainly the mining stocks are general “skeptical” of gold’s price action since April:



And has anyone checked gold lease rates lately? Currently the lease rate curve for gold and silver in London is inverted. Long-timers like me know that this means there’s an immediate and anticipated shortage of physical gold and silver available for delivery, where “delivery” means the metal is removed from the London vaults and shipped to the entitled buyer. Both gold and silver are backwardated. It took 11 iterations in the LBMA p.m. fix on Tuesday to balance out the heavy demand for physical gold from bidders. 11 iterations is rare occurrence. 5-6 iterations is rare. 1 or 2 is typical. Metal is tight in London.


If you are monitoring the Comex Hong Kong kilo bar vaults, you are aware that the movement in and out of the vaults there suggests that metal is also tight in Hong Kong, which means it is likely tight in Shanghai.




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The point here is that the paper price behavior of gold right now is not what it seems. I’d be more worried about the motives behind the take-down of the gold price using derivatives than I would about where the price of gold will be in 3-6 months. I’ve always said that the occurrence of events triggering the price of gold to soar will make life unpleasant for everyone.


You can read more from Dave Kranzler at his site Investment Research Dynamics, where this article first appeared.


   
            


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By Jon Rappoport


The primary feature of The Group is: its members look at events in accordance with what they think other members are seeing.


It’s like passing around an unknown object, from hand to hand, and describing it as you believe everyone else will describe it.


You are always listening for “an echo effect” before it happens.


And you claim the echo effect is what you perceive.


         



      

High-IQ idiots will tell you this is the only way society can operate. They no longer know what it means to see things as they actually see them. And when they vaguely sniff out a free individual, they recoil in horror.


In the early days of the American Republic, as the two-party system developed, certain men saw the movement toward collectivism.


In phase one, it was evolving into polarized opposition. It was an engineered A versus B, with each side saying whatever it could, in order to win popular support.


And beyond that, it was a PRETENSE of polarized opposition. Behind the scenes, both parties, and the men who owned them, were simply building up the power of centralized government—and figuring out how to appeal to the population on the basis of “shared consensus” and “the greatest good for the greatest number.”


In other words: “how can we get the masses to think they’re all perceiving the same thing, the thing we want them to perceive?”


John Adams, in the early days of the Republic, saw it correctly and saw it exactly:


“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting [organizing] measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble opinion, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”


Even more tellingly, George Washington laid the system bare as he struggled to extricate himself from it: “…party disputes are now carried to such a length, and truth is so enveloped in mist and false representation, that it is extremely difficult to know through which channel to seek it [truth]. This difficulty, to one [a person], who is of no party, and whose sole wish is to pursue with undeviating steps a path which would lead this country to respectability, wealth, and happiness, is exceedingly to be lamented.”


Thomas Jefferson, who on a number of occasions registered his acceptance of political parties as inevitable and natural, broke ranks in this very personal assessment: “I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men…where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction [to a party] is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go at all.”


One of the great tools of modern collectivism is political correctness.


—All political correctness is based on a crooked notion of greatest good, AKA least harm, to the greatest number of people.


It’s an effort to convince people to limit their own actions and words, based on what effect they might have on others.


These others are nudged and engineered into being on the premise that they will be victims, who are disturbed by a potentially infinite number of actions and words.


These victims will perceive harm to themselves before it happens.


They will register a possible future “echo effect” now.


As lambs to the slaughter, they will provide a justification for limited collectivist thought and existence.


“The demands of the machine are insatiable. The danger of shaking men out of the soporific results of mechanized knowledge is similar to that of attempting to arouse a drunken man or one who has taken an overdose of sleeping tablets. The necessary violent measures will be disliked. We have had university professors threatened with the loss of their positions for less than this.” (Harold Innis, 1947)


Note the word “mechanized” in the above quote. It’s no longer used to describe education. Instead, we have “systems.” Or “patterns.” Or “programs.”


These newer terms aren’t given a negative connotation. Indeed, they’re offered as heralds of a new and better world.


In this re-framing, we all need systems. The more the better.


The Surveillance State is also, of course a system. It’s based on the premise that ALL freedom has to be monitored and tracked


Meanwhile, modern “democratic” elites have redefined freedom. This is at the heart of what they’re doing.


They want freedom to mean “doing the right thing for the greatest good of the greatest number of people.” Never mind that such a re-framing is a complete non-sequitur. In the social engineering game, the op goes this way: “Every person would use his freedom to do the right thing; therefore, coercing people to do it is part of freedom.”


It’s Orwellian. It makes no sense. But that’s what’s on the table. “Let’s eliminate the ‘choice’ part of freedom and go directly to what a free person would do and make that into ideal and necessary behavior.”


The Surveillance State classifies those who disagree as threats.


Asserting freedom as a pure and independent value raises a red flag.


Over the past 65 years, a tremendous amount of propaganda has been devoted to redefining freedom as “what freedom should lead to.” Behavior. Brainwashed college students are essentially taught: “Forget the free part of freedom. Let’s go right to the question of what freedom should produce. That’s why we’re here. That’s what we’re going to learn. It’s a short-cut. We’re going to tell you what any decent and correct human being would do with his freedom, so you can do it.”


The recent MIT experiments to induce “false memories” in rats, as well as the DARPA research aimed at inserting images directly into the visual cortex, reveal a direction important brain research is taking. Change perception, if necessary, to make people do the right thing.






Any individual who enlists in the collectivist future does so by entering a trance. The aim of hypnosis is a collective definition of The Good. This was exactly the pattern that Plato laid out in The Republic. For him, The Good was the highest Form in the ultimate dimension where all ideas existed in a perfected state. The ruling Philosopher Kings had exclusive and intimate and superior knowledge of The Good.


Thought experiment: Write down a definition of “the greatest good for the greatest number,” and then, in your life, for a few days or so, base all your actions on it. Exclude all other considerations. You’ll find yourself in an altered state, and you’ll also notice you’re, in essence, hypnotizing yourself. You’re narrowing your focus, space, and thought.


You’re referring all your behavior to a central and single idea. You’re systematizing yourself.


This is the principle of reduction of consciousness.


In this civilization, reduction is increasingly touted as “an answer.” Simplifying thought is said to equal insight. Freely proliferating consciousness is highly suspect.


Here is a brief fragment from my unpublished work, The Magician Awakes:


John Q opened his eyes after the surgery. He saw a floral pattern hanging in mid-air, and inscribed along every stem and stylized petal were rows of refrigerated thoughts.


Major Kelsen walked into the hospital room with a big grin on his face. ‘We’ve done it,’ he said. ‘John Q, you now have an auxiliary mind. It’s better than the original. You’re in on the ground floor.’


John Q struggled to speak, but his mouth was a dry desert and the wind was picking up in his cerebral cortex.


‘No need to track you anymore, kid,’ the Major said. ‘You’re free. You’re the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution now. You’re immune.’


John Q could feel himself radiating with low-level happiness. It was bleeding from his pores. He was sensing INCLUSION.


Belsen hovered over him with a mirror.


‘Look at yourself, son. Do you even recognize who you are? Do you remember who you were? Those constructs are both fading. You’re in the moment. You’re the animal you were meant to be, finally. The President wants to see you. This is big-time.’


John Q suddenly saw a gold-crested falcon sitting on Belsen’s shoulder. It was looking straight at him. ‘I come in before the opening credits,’ it said.


Belsen blinked. ‘See, John Q, we don’t want you to think you’re a slave. That would be stupid and wrong. We want to make you proud. We’ve eliminated some complexity that was in your way, that’s all. We’ve boiled down your PROCESS. Your enemies are now the people who want to make things complicated.’


John Q needed sleep. But Belsen was getting through. WHY PROLIFERATE THINKING? Wasn’t the key simplification? Of course. It had to be. If you had a dish called the truth, you could serve it on a single plate. Why had it ever seemed otherwise?




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He took inventory. He could still see the floral pattern. The thoughts that lay frozen along its stems and petals? They were now faces of all the people he’d ever known, ever met. Yes. And THEY all knew something he hadn’t, until now: they knew the truth was simple and available. He was joining them. He was, finally, linked to them. Their secret was open to him. He’d been let in.


They’d figured out how to attain REDUCTION. It didn’t really matter, he realized, what the mind’s content was. All that mattered was that simplicity had been achieved.


THIS was what everyone else was so proud of. This was what he’d never grasped.


Belsen smiled. ‘Go to sleep, kid,’ he said. ‘We nailed it. The worst is over.’


John Q closed his eyes. He dozed. He dreamed that men were stationed at the outskirts of his mind pushing walls in toward him. As they moved, he felt better. Step by step.


Thank you, he said. Thank you for taking this burden away. I’m all summaries now. I’m a chosen one.


Then, sounds came into him. Tearing fabric. Splitting threads. Stone breaking.


A man walked out of an old brown door. He said, ‘John Q, synaptic circuits we installed are cracking. It’s not working.’


John Q felt a new delight flood his body. He remembered he was a publisher of books. Now, in one blasting stroke, he had access to every line in every book he’d ever printed.


He was awake in the hospital room. Light was filling the space and it exploded, and he was hurled through a wall, and he was outside, in the city, in the open air at high noon. He was soaring under clouds, above the buildings, flying, complicated, alive, hearing wild lines burning in an unknown language, his hospital gown tearing away from his body.


Then he heard: YOU’RE BETRAYING US ALL!


He looked below. A crowd was gathering in the street. They were trying to magnetize him and pull him down. They were screaming.


Even at this height, he could recognize some of their faces. He had seen them at parades, at celebrations of the One Joy, singing and reciting oaths of the simplification…


‘Have I got a problem?’ he said to the sky.


But he kept on flying, higher and higher, and the pull against his free motion faded…


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 NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.


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By Brandon Smith


There has been a lot of confusion lately in the mainstream economic media as well as in independent media circles as to the behavior of stock markets in the wake of the recently initiated global trade war. In particular, stocks suffered one of the longest runs of negative days in their history in June, only to then spike just after Donald Trump “officially” began trade war tariffs in July. The expectation by many was that the headlines would cause an immediate and continued downturn in equities markets, but this was not the case. Many analysts have been left bewildered.


This is an issue I have touched on multiple times since the beginning of this year, and it is something I predicted long before Trump’s election in 2016. But it is obvious that the schizophrenic nature of stocks needs to be addressed in a very concise, no-holds-barred fashion, because there are still far too many people who are looking at all the wrong causes and correlations.


         



      

First, let’s be clear: stock markets are NOT tracking the news headlines. The past month should have proved this if there was any previous doubt.


It is hard for investors and some analysts to grasp this fact, primarily because for at least the past few years it appeared as though stock markets were utterly dictated by headlines out of Bloomberg, Reuters and other mainstream media outlets. Once investors and analysts became used to this narrative it was difficult for them to adapt when the dynamic changed. They are still living in the past based on an assumption that was never quite correct to begin with.


In reality, headlines never actually dictated stock prices; it was always the Federal Reserve among other central banks.


As I and others have noted consistently, stock market valuations for the past several years have tracked almost perfectly with the Fed’s balance sheet. That is to say, every time the Fed purchased more assets and increased the balance sheet, stocks went up.


After years of the notorious “Fed Put,” we now have an entire generation of investors and market writers that have never experienced a stock environment in which equities actually fall according to the health of their corresponding companies or the economy at large. The past year has been a bit of a shock for them, and it’s only going to get worse.


The Fed’s large-scale interventions in stocks are now essentially over, which is exactly why stocks are no longer hitting new historic highs every month as they used to. The massive bull market rally of the post credit crash world of 2008 has stalled, and here are the reasons why.


Central Banks Tapering QE


The Federal Reserve was only the first to begin tapering its purchases of treasury bonds. Japan is now in the midst of what many are referring to as a “stealth taper” of its own bond purchases. The European Central Bank has announced it will likely end its QE program by the end of this year. Bond purchases helped first to support the ever growing debt burden of the governments and nations in question, but along with artificially low interest rates, it made bond investment less desirable in terms of profits. This pushed the majority of investors into stocks, where profits were essentially guaranteed by the central banks.


Now that QE is ending around the world and rates are rising along with yields, bonds are becoming a competing asset, luring investors away from stocks once more.


Central Banks Raising Interest Rates


The Federal Reserve has been raising rates consistently since the end of 2016, exactly as I predicted they would before the U.S. election.  Interest rates are a direct influencing factor in stocks — low interest rates and cheap overnight loans to corporations by the Fed allowed these companies to continually buy back their own stocks, thereby decreasing the number of stock offerings available on the market and artificially boosting the value of the stocks that were left circulating.


Corporations have taken on a historic level of debt not seen since 2007 in order to keep their stocks prices high. Now that interest rates are rising, the party is almost over. The only source of capital left to fuel the stock buyback bonanza has been the Trump corporate tax cut.  Instead of using this cut as a means to increase employment, innovation and to bring manufacturing back to the U.S., companies have instead squandered it on boosting the stock market yet again. However, as we have seen this year so far, without the aid of cheap money from the central bank the effects of stock buybacks are diminishing.


How long will it take for corporations to completely exhaust this last revenue stream? I predict stock buybacks will die off by the end of this year. And with rising interest rates, all that debt they took on in order to keep stocks elevated will now become rather expensive to hold onto. Once stock buybacks diminish, markets will crash.


It’s important to note that the Fed is not the only central bank that is raising interest rates. The Bank of Canada and the Bank of England among others are beginning to push higher rates as well.


Federal Reserve Cutting Balance Sheet (And Hiding The Effects)






The Fed has been the single most important trigger for stock markets. Period. As noted above, it was the Fed that created the historic bull market rally after the derivatives collapse. Jerome Powell, the current chairman of the Fed, stated back in 2012 that this was the case, and also made statements on what would happen if the Fed ever raised interest rates and cut asset purchases, ending the central bank’s “short volatility position.”


What did Powell predict in 2012? Essentially, a stock market crash. And, yet, as the new Fed chair he is implementing the exact measures he warned about back in 2012.


With every new balance sheet cut and rate hike, the Dow Jones in particular tends to lose 1,000 points or more. The damages have been mitigated by continued stock buybacks from corporations as well as smaller asset purchases by the Fed after the fact, but as already mentioned, the buyback stop gap will be ending shortly.


I should also note that the St. Louis Fed recently ended its reporting of data on cuts from week-to-week (known as FRED data). There are other sources for this data, but they mainly show how much was cut per month, not WHEN in the month those cuts were made. The St. Louis data was originally reported on a weekly basis, which means we can more closely compare Fed asset cuts to stock market movements.


If we look at a 2018 year-to-date chart of the performance of the Dow Jones side by side with the St. Louis FRED chart of balance sheet cuts before the Fed discontinued it, we can see for example that on January 24th the Fed made a dramatic cut in their balance sheet, and two days later on the 26th the Dow began to drop precipitously.  On February 7th the Fed increased asset purchases slightly, and only two days later stocks began to recover.  On February 21st the Fed cut dramatically once again, and once again stocks plunged.  On March 2nd the Fed added a smaller level of assets and stocks recovered.  I would also note that when the Fed does not cut, but simply keeps assets mostly static as in May, stocks rise.


Like clockwork, only when the Fed dumps its balance sheet do stock markets fall.


I believe the Fed is not attempting to hide the size of its asset dumps when it discontinued FRED data, but it is attempting to hide the exact TIMING of when the cuts occurred.  In this way, they hope to incrementally distance themselves from any blame by making it more difficult to connect Fed cuts to specific weekly plunges in stock markets.


A distracting argument has been circulating over the influence of algorithmic computers versus the Fed.  To be clear, the claim that market plunges and rallies are somehow due to algos and not the Fed is misguided.  FRED data was normally released long after stock movements had already begun.  Meaning, any influence algorithms might have had came AFTER the fact, not before or during the Fed’s balance sheet actions.  Algos are not magic despite predominant and odd misconceptions; they DO NOT predict the timing of Fed asset cuts or purchases.  They do nothing more than lag behind the already direct influence of the Fed on equities.




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The Fed is also suddenly attempting to change the way it reports on Yield Curve data, which has in the past been a very accurate indicator of when a recession will take place.  Why?  Most likely because the Fed has been pushing the claim that the economy is in swift recovery when their own data shows that it is actually in swift decline.  The Fed needs a rationale for their rate hikes and balance sheet cuts – actions which they KNOW will cause the next financial crash.  The central bankers are hiding FRED data and Yield Curve data because they are deliberately sabotaging what remains of the US economy, and they are seeking to do this without taking any responsibility.


Trade War Distraction


The trade war continues as the most effective possible distraction from central bank activities. In every instance of a stock market decline, which takes place after every instance of a Federal Reserve cut in the balance sheet or an interest rate hike, Donald Trump also seems to make yet another trade war announcement.  During Jerome Powell’s most recent congressional hearing, discussion strayed far from any examination of the Fed’s culpability for economic weakness.  Instead, the majority of questions revolved around the “threats” presented by Trump’s tariffs and their negative affects on markets.


The only outlier has been the “official launch” of the trade war with China, which saw stock markets suddenly rise.  I have witnessed numerous analysts and commentators frantic over the fact that stocks did not fall on the headlines. Some have even suggested that the investment world “loves the trade war.”


What these commentators do not understand is that the headlines are meaningless and the trade war has little to do with the behavior in equities. It is the Federal Reserve and to some extent other central banks that are controlling stock market prices, along with corporate stock buybacks which are facilitated by the Federal Reserve’s low interest rates.


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — what we are witnessing is a controlled demolition of the U.S. economy, and stock markets are merely an extension of this process. They are a lagging indicator, not a leading indicator. Stocks fall when the Fed dumps more assets, and these cuts are growing larger and larger as 2018 drags on. Stocks rise when the Fed slows asset cuts in a particular week, or when companies initiate more stock buybacks. That’s it. That is all there is. There is nothing else to look at when predicting what stocks will do at any given time.


The facade will end when balance sheet cuts expand to a point at which buybacks cannot keep up and the slack in markets grows too fast.  Or when stock buyback cash runs out (probably by the end of this year). The trade war can and will cause various problems within the global economy, but the greater cause of fiscal distress will always be central banks. They are to blame for any future crisis.


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The federal government says it’s illegal to grow hemp for commercial purposes. But people in more than 17 states are doing it anyway.



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(ANTIWAR.COM) — Israeli army warplanes attacked the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, threatening a three-day ceasefire. This followed reports that a Palestinian fire balloon landed on a kindergarten, causing no casualties.


The Israeli Army has been told to prepare for a “large-scale military operation” against the Gaza Strip, and the military has recently been conducting drills simulating a full-scale military conquest of the entire strip.


         



      

Hamas is scrambling to try to stop the balloon and kite flying from their side of the border, but an invasion is expected in fairly short order if they are anything short of 100% successful. The Israeli military doesn’t seem to be immediately on board for such a war, however.


Senior Israeli officers are pushing the government to try something other than an invasion first, suggesting that they might be able to “pressure” Gaza’s civilians in an attempt to force Hamas to avoid the war.


The military sees the closing of the lone border crossing as pressuring the civilians, and wants the government to give it time. After months of public protests against the Israeli blockade, one would think Israel would not overestimate the ability of Gazans to influence policy.


Still, it is noteworthy that the Israeli military is trying to delay an invasion at all. Historically, invasions of the Gaza Strip have been frequent, and have faced little public resistance from the military leadership.


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By John Vibes


This week, Olga Sanchez Cordero, the future interior minister of incoming Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, announced that the government is strongly considering the decriminalization of all drugs.


Sanchez Cordero said at a seminar that she has full permission from the incoming administration to do whatever it takes to stop the cartel violence in the country, and ending the drug war is at the top of the list.


“On the subject of decriminalizing drugs, Andres Manuel told me, and I quote: ‘Carte blanche. Whatever is necessary to restore peace in this country. Let’s open up the debate,’” Cordero said.


         



      

“What no one can deny with hard data is that, at least in the past 10 years, the Mexican government has been incapable of stopping violence and responding to it with institutional mechanisms,” she added.


The steady increase in violent crime over the past few decades is directly correlated with the escalation of the drug war. As we saw during the times of alcohol prohibition, when you ban an inanimate object, you create an incentive for people to get involved in the black market distribution of that object. Since there is no accountability or means of peaceful dispute resolution within the black market, buyers and sellers are forced to resort to violence as their sole means of handling disagreements.


Eventually, this violence spills over into the everyday world and affects everyone’s lives. No one could imagine Budweiser and Miller Lite in a back alley gunfight, but less than a century ago, during alcohol prohibition, distributors of the drug were involved in shootouts on a regular basis—just as drug gangs are today. Of course, all of this violence came to an immediate end when alcohol was legalized. However, it was not long before the establishment found a new crusade in the drug war, which allowed them to continue the same policy, just with different substances.


In 2001, Portugal became the first country in the world to end the drug war within its borders, and in the short time since, the country has seen a radical improvement in their society. In regards to drugs, they actually now have less of a negative impact on society in Portugal than they did prior to the end of prohibition. There are now fewer drug-related deaths, fewer children getting a hold of drugs, and fewer people doing drugs in general.






There are also many other factors that people often overlook, including the fact that infectious diseases spread through needles; and dirty drug practices have declined rapidly in Portugal since the end of drug prohibition. The police state is also not nearly as much of a problem for residents as it once was. Many prisons have even shut down because there is not enough crime.


Below are some graphs showing the effect that ending prohibition has had in Portugal:




Even in areas with a declining homicide rate, the murder cases that are going unsolved are continuing to climb. Police departments and bureaucrats have a million excuses, but the drug war is one of the primary reasons for this occurrence.


On one hand, indiscriminate killings become more common than crimes of passion that are easy to figure out, but there is a much more sinister aspect of this as well. If you look at the rate of incarcerations for drug offenses, and how incredibly often drug cases are “solved” and found in favor of the state, it becomes obvious that the police have more of an incentive in their day-to-day activities to hunt down drug users than murderers.




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These people are not selfless public servants as the propaganda on primetime television would lead you to believe, they are average people just like you and me. They will even tell ya “I’m just doin my job,” so like most of us, when they are on the job they try to get the most amount of money for the least amount of work, and murder cases are really tough work.


A cop could even miss his quota by taking the time and effort to hunt down a murderer, instead of grabbing a kid with a bag of pot, which is a lot easier to find and a lot easier to catch. Quotas are another thing that many police departments deny, but time and time again evidence surfaces that proves otherwise.


Recently, a former NYPD officer has come forward saying that he used to ticket dead people just to meet his quota. This is not to say that all cops are nasty people, but the way that their jobs are monopolized by the State and focused on the drug war corrupts their position and forces them to hurt innocent people and violate people’s rights, even if they have the best of intentions.


Thanks to the drug war, merely on the whim of saying that they smell something, cops are now able to enter homes, search cars and totally violate the rights of nonviolent people. The drug war and terrorism are the two biggest excuses used to violate people’s rights, yet according to the national safety council, you are 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than a terrorist.


The very existence of the drug war to begin with, or a prohibition on any object, is a fundamental violation of natural rights that should not exist in any civilized society.


John Vibes is an author and researcher who organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference. He also has a publishing company where he offers a censorship free platform for both fiction and non-fiction writers. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. John just won a 3-year-long battle with cancer, and will be working to help others through his experience, if you wish to contribute to his treatments consider subscribing to his podcast to support. This article first appeared at The Free Thought Project.


   
            


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While politicians and mainstream media outlets obsess over President Trump’s recent press conference with Russian President Putin, the United States Treasury quietly announced that it will no longer force “dark money” groups or certain tax-exempt organizations to disclose their financial donors.


While traditional charity groups must still disclose donors in order to receive tax-exempt donations, the change allows labor unions, nonprofits and issue advocacy groups to be free from being forced to adhere to confidential disclosure requirements.


         



      

In a statement praising the new rule, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, “Americans shouldn’t be required to send the IRS information that it doesn’t need to effectively enforce our tax laws, and the IRS simply does not need tax returns with donor names and addresses to do its job in this area.”


Mnuchin attempted to paint the shift as a good thing by claiming that “it is important to emphasize that this change will in no way limit transparency.”


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insisted that the new rules will keep Americans from being “bullied for exercising their First Amendment rights,” alleging that individuals could be fired from their jobs or bullied if their political donations are made public.


However, Senator Jon Tester argued that “We need more transparency in our campaigns, not less,” and said he views the rules change as “unacceptable” and the description of “Washington at its worst.”








While some politicians have gone as far as to praise this move as a “win” for privacy, they are also applauding a change that will allow them to be less transparent with their constituents. As a report from Reuters noted, the change “protects the privacy of wealthy donors of ‘dark money’ donations to politically active groups.”


These “dark money” groups include organizations such as the National Rifle Association (NRA), Planned Parenthood, the Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity, and George Soros’ Open Society Foundation.


The announcement from the Treasury came on the same day that a Russian woman named Marina Butina was arrested and charged with “conspiracy to act as an agent for the Russian Federation” by building ties with the NRA and other political organizations.


Senator Ron Wyden criticized the timing of the move on Twitter, and claimed that the Treasury “has made it EASIER for anonymous foreign donors to funnel dark money into nonprofits THE SAME DAY a Russian national linked to the NRA was arrested for trying to influence our elections.”



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