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By B.N. Frank


Opposition and lawsuits against small cells (see 1, 2, 3, 4) and 5G and are NOT going away (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18).  Telecom companies have testified that they have NO scientific evidence that it’s even safe.  People and their pets have already been getting sick where 5G has been operating (see 1, 2, 3). 


Many credible sources – in addition to doctors, environmentalists, and scientists – have warned 5G is too risky (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).  Despite all of this, it’s still being promoted, forcibly installed, and turned on by telecom companies including Verizon which just released updated 5G coverage maps.


         



      

From Fierce Wireless:



The latest cities to join Verizon’s 5G roster include Boston, Houston and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This brings the total tally to 18 so far, with the carrier promising to launch in 30 cities by year end.


As in other initial 5G cities, 5G coverage in Boston, Houston and Sioux Falls is limited to select parts and concentrated in dense high-traffic public outdoor spaces, including around landmarks.


[…]


For the first time however, Verizon has released 5G coverage maps, where users can go online to see neighborhoods and landmarks where 5G service is available in certain parts or click to see a street-level view of the neighborhood.


The maps mostly show small pockets of coverage, which is not too surprising given that frequencies in the 28 GHz band have limited transmission range and can be easily blocked by objects, including foliage or buildings.


[…]


A lack of coverage maps is something competitor T-Mobile has publicly criticized, going as far as to roll out a large billboard in New York’s Time Square and posting signs at bus stops and LinkNYC kiosks with the words ‘verHIDEzon’ ahead of Verizon’s New York City 5G launch in September.






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By Tyler Durden


Pedo-pal Prince Andrew says he’s stepping away from public duties for the “forseeable future” after giving an interview to the BBC widely panned as a “catastrophic mistake” as he fumbled through questions about his friendship with dead pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.




         



      

In a Wednesday statement, Andrew says that he has asked the Queen for permission to step back from public duties, and that he regrets his “ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein.”


Additionally, corporate sponsors have quickly abandoned the prince.


Meanwhile, now that Prince Andrew is “taking a step back from public duties for the foreseeable future” now that his “former association” with Epstein has become a “major disruption” to his family’s work, it’s becoming clear that the UK business community made clear it is no longer comfortable with the Duke of York.


With the entirety of the Royal Family’s resources at his disposal, it’s surprising that Prince Andrew wasn’t able to come up with a better excuse after one of Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers said she was forced to have sex with Andrew when she was still a minor. Delving deep into her account of the act, Andrew said that he couldn’t have possibly slept with the young woman, because, during the period in question, he was unable to sweat because of a sports-related injury.


In her account of the encounter, the young woman describes how the Duke of York sweated all over her.


Really? That’s your excuse? You couldn’t sweat?


Then there was the disastrous BBC interview (watch the full thing below):





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While Andrew has now cemented his status as the new black sheep of the royal family, it appears global corporations are, perhaps for the first time, publicly backing away from a member of the royal family.


To wit: Reuters reports that corporations have pulled their logos from a website for an organization founded by the prince, who is the second son of Queen Elizabeth. Though Andrew’s involvement with Epstein has been known for years, as US prosecutors push ahead with investigations into those who were close to the ultra-wealthy pedophile, Andrew’s rambling excuses and denials have brought embarrassment and renewed attention.


He has also been accused of showing a “lack of compassion” to Epstein’s victims.


So it’s hardly surprising that corporations are distancing themselves from Andrew. Hence why the “supporters” page on the website of Andrew’s [email protected] entrepreneurship program, which is intended as a platform to boost the work of entrepreneurs…


[cached version from October]




…was no longer available this week.


Cached versions of the page, from October of this year, showed it carried the logos of brands including KPMG, AstraZeneca, Barclays, Cisco, Standard Chartered and Bosch.



Insurance broker AON confirmed it had also asked [email protected] to remove its logo from the website.


[email protected] didn’t immediately return Reuters’ request for comment.


KPMG, which was once a “founding partner” of [email protected], but said it ended its sponsorship on Oct. 31. Several UK media reported the decision was linked to adverse publicity surrounding Andrew at that time. Meanwhile, Standard Chartered said it would not be renewing its sponsorship of [email protected] when it expired at the end of the year.



This article was sourced from ZeroHedge.com


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By The Last American Vagabond


Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (11/20/19).


As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth is, or claiming they have the answer, is likely leading you astray, for one reason or another. Stay Vigilant.


         



      


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By Michael Boldin


With another so-called federal “shutdown” looming, a measure to fund the feds for another 3 months just passed the House. Expect it to pass the Senate and get signed.


Included near the very end of the legislation is a clean and full reauthorization of the Patriot Act – one of the most unconstitutional acts in US history.



         



      

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By B.N. Frank


Trouble has actually been brewing for California utility company, Pacific Gas &Electric (PG&E) for many years now.  It’s not only about deadly wildfires and planned blackouts either.



In 2015hundreds of their “Smart” Meters simultaneously exploded in Stockton, CA after a truck caused a power surge.
Insurance companies have been suing the utility after their “Smart” Meters caught fire.
Customers took legal action against them when they became sick after the company installed “Smart” Meters on their homes.

So it’s perfectly understandable that many Californians are fed up with the company – hence a new beer named after their frustration.


         



      

From KTLA:



Anger over devastating California wildfires sparked by Pacific Gas & Electric power lines is coming to a head — in a beer. And an outcry is brewing.


Steve Doty, owner of Shady Oak brewery in Santa Rosa, announced a new beer called “F— PG&E,” describing it on Facebook last week as “a classic California pale ale, featuring Cashmere and Simcoe hops and a touch of malt sweetness.”



Issues with utility “Smart” Meters – including fires and explosions – aren’t isolated to PG&E.  There are also countless reports worldwide of people getting sick after utility “Smart” Meters have been installed.



Tens of millions of “Smart” Meters have been installed by different utility companies so they have likely already been installed on your home and throughout your community.  Hundreds of thousands of them have also been recalled or replaced due to failure, malfunctioning, overheating, “planned obsolesce”, and obviously fires and explosions.



All things considered, “F— Smart Meters” might also be a great name for a new beer or bumper sticker or whatever.  Bottoms up!


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By The Conscious Resistance


Derrick Broze goes over a new report released by Pew Research Center which claims a strong majority of Americans believe they are being spied upon and tracked by private companies and the government on a regular basis.


Source:Most Americans Believe They Are Being Tracked by Corporations and the Governmenthttps://www.courthousenews.com/most-americans-believe-they-are-being-tracked-by-corporations-and-the-government/



         



      

The Conscious Resistance Network is an independent media organization focused on empowering individuals through education, philosophy, health, and community organizing. We work to create a world where corporate and state power does not rule over the lives of free human beings.


Derrick is the founder of TCRN.


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By Chris Menahan


The arrest of Jeffrey Epstein’s prison guards “proves his death was a suicide” and “should end all the conspiracy theories surrounding” his death, at least according to this report from Fox News citing former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik.


From Fox News, “Arrest of Epstein prison guards proves his death was suicide: Former NYC police commissioner”:



Former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik said that the indictment of two prison guards on duty the night Jeffrey Epstein died should end all the conspiracy theories surrounding the convicted sex offender’s death.


Epstein was discovered dead in a cell of the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown New York City on the morning of August 10. The New York City chief medical examiner’s office ruled that his death was the result of a suicide, but that did not put an end to speculation.


[…] Prosecutors wrote in the indictment that no one appeared to enter the area where Epstein was being held in the hours before he was found dead.


“As reflected on video obtained from the MCC’S internal video surveillance system, at approximately 10:30 p.m. on August 9, 2019… Noel briefly walked up to, and then walked back from, the door to the tier in which Epstein was housed… As confirmed by the video… this was the last time anyone, including any correctional officer, walked up to, let alone entered, the only entrance to the tier in which Epstein was housed until approximately 6:30 a.m. on August 10.”



         



      

Remember, we were told by Reuters that two cameras “malfunctioned” outside of Epstein’s cell.




Now this third camera — which we’re not being shown — allegedly shows one of the guards “briefly walked up to, and then walked back from, the door to the tier in which Epstein was housed.”


According to Kerik, that’s cased closed!



“The camera evidence defuses the conspiracy theories. At the beginning of each tour there is a bed check… Epstein was the only guy in the cell and he’s alive at 10:30 p.m. and there’s been nobody in the area.” said Kerik.


In Fox Nation’s “The Twisted World of Jeffrey Epstein,” Kerik said that the New York City facility was known to be problematic, and while the circumstances of Epstein’s death may appear suspicious to some, he understands that an inmate suicide is possible.


“The MCC in New York City is notorious for being understaffed,” he told Fox Nation. “When facilities are understaffed you have forced or mandated overtime. In this case, I understand that the corrections officers and the civilian staff — they were doing steady doubles and when that happens you are going to have people that fall asleep.”


“There are all irregularities to an outside person that would seem conspiratorial,” he concluded. “It’s jail. It’s prison. The reality is it happens. Unfortunately, it happened with the highest-profile prisoner in the [bureau of prisons].”



That’s almost word for word the exact same bull**** Ben Shapiro tried to push on his audience in the immediate wake of Epstein’s “suicide.”



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By Matt Agorist


Warrick County, IN — What would you do if you found a creepy device attached to your car that looked like something used to track you? Would you simply leave it there and go on about your business? Or, would you remove it? Well, a man in Indiana chose the former and removed it. It turned out to be a GPS tracker and because it was placed their by police, this man is now being charged with theft. He’s now fought his case all the way to the state Supreme Court.


Since 2012, it has been unlawful for police departments to attach GPS tracking devices to vehicles without first obtaining a warrant, thanks to a ruling by the US Supreme Court. Despite outlawing warrantless applications of GPS trackers, TFTP has reported on several cases in which this still happens. However, this is not one of them. The Warrick County Sheriff’s Office legally obtained a warrant and placed a GPS tracker on Derek Heuring’s car in July of 2018.


The Warrick County Sheriff’s Office suspected Heuring of being drug dealer, so they began tracking his every move. But after a week, Heuring discovered the GPS device and removed it.


         



      

According to court documents,


One week later, the GPS device stopped signaling its location. When police went to retrieve the device from Heuring’s vehicle, it was missing. Police obtained a search warrant for Heuring’s residence, alleging that there was probable cause to believe he had committed theft of the device.


Police did find the device inside Heruing’s home. They also found methamphatamine and drug paraphernalia. He was subsequently charged with dealing meth and theft of a GPS device. After his arrest, Heuring moved to have the evidence suppressed citing the illegal nature of the search because police never had probable cause to ever believe there was a theft.


Heruing’s defense argued that the device could’ve simply fallen off or malfunctioned. Even if he did “steal” the device, it was on his property and he couldn’t have known for sure that it belonged to the government. As Arstechnia points out:


It wasn’t exactly labeled as the property of the Warrick County Sheriff’s Office. Most important, it’s not clear that taking an unwanted device off your car is theft—even if you know who it belongs to.


Unfortunately for Heruing, the Warrick Superior Court denied Heuring’s motion to suppress evidence recovered from the searches. On an interlocutory appeal, the Court of Appeals affirmed the denial of the motion to suppress. Now, his case is going before the highest court in the state and it seems he may have some justices on his side.






“I’m really struggling with how is that theft,” said Justice Steven David during recent oral arguments.


“If somebody wants to find me to do harm to me and it’s not the police and they put a tracking device on my car and I find a tracking device and I dispose of it after stomping on it 25 times, I would hope they would not be able to go to a local prosecutor and somehow I’m getting charges filed against me for destroying someone else’s property,” Justice David said.


However, the state disagrees — and is applying a double standard. The government concedes that if a private party did put a GPS tracking device on your vehicle, it would not be theft to remove it. But since they are the almighty state, it doesn’t work that way with them — you’re just supposed to know it’s the state’s and leave it be. By removing it and preventing tracking, Heuring was depriving the government of the use of its property — even if he didn’t know it was the government’s GPS device.


If Heuring successfully argues his case before the state Supreme Court, he could successfully beat the theft charges for the GPS as well as the meth dealing charges. The court is still considering the case which could be precedent-setting in nature.


As mentioned above, the state putting GPS trackers on people’s cars is surrounded in controversy. As TFTP reported, Silicon Valley resident Yasir Afifi discovered an FBI tracking device on his car when he took it for an oil change. Alarmed and curious about what it might be, Afifi posted photos of the device online, asking members of Reddit whether it was a bomb, or possibly an FBI tracking device.





Afifi soon learned the source of the device when he was visited by a large group of FBI agents who had seen his posts online, and wanted their device back. The FBI took their device and never mentioned why it was on this innocent man’s car, nor whether or not they had a warrant.


When they aren’t being used to track innocent computer scientists in Sillicon Valley, police are using GPS trackers to spy on their political opponents. In 2014, local Councilmen Jim Righeimer, Stephen Mensinger and Gary Monahan were targeted by police unions because they had a number of political disagreements, specifically in regards to police budgets.


A lawsuit that was later filed by Righeimer and Mensinger, claiming private detectives, working on behalf of the local police unions and their partner law firm, planted a GPS device on Righeimer’s car and attempted to have him wrongfully arrested for driving under the influence. It would eventually be proven and former police officers Chris Lanzillo and Scott Impola were charged with illegal use of a tracking device, false imprisonment by deceit, conspiracy to commit a crime and falsely reporting a crime.




Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project, where this article first appeared. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Minds.



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By India McKinney


With federal agencies set to run out of money this week, House lawmakers today passed a short-term funding bill that contained a nasty surprise. Tucked into the end of this must-pass legislation, in a section titled “Other Matters,” is language reauthorizing three Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) authorities currently set to expire on December 15, 2019. The new expiration date would be March 15, 2020.


The extension of these surveillance authorities, even for three months, is bad enough. Hiding the language in the back of a must-pass funding bill shows a patent disregard for the importance of this issue.


One of the expiring authorities in question is Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act. Section 215 has become synonymous with the NSA’s database of billions of telephone records, known as the Call Detail Records (CDR) program, but it actually has an even wider scope. In addition to authorizing ongoing collection of telephone records, Section 215’s “business records” authority allows the government to obtain a secret order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) requiring third parties to hand over any records or other “tangible thing” if deemed “relevant” to an international terrorism, counterespionage, or foreign intelligence investigation.


         



      

Since 2006, EFF has been suing over the government’s mass surveillance programs, including the bulk collection of billions of Americans’ domestic telephone call detail records (showing who called whom and when). In 2013, thanks to the Snowden revelations, Congress and the public were shocked to learn that the executive branch had relied on Section 215 to conduct this mass surveillance program. After a federal appeals court ruled that the government’s interpretation of Section 215 was “unprecedented and unwarranted,” Congress passed the 2015 USA FREEDOM Act to amend Section 215 to stop mass surveillance of Americans’ telephone records. Instead, the law limited the government’s collection records of calls within “two hops” of a “specific selection term.” It also included an expiration date on the authorities to force Congress to revisit these programs in 2019.


However, in 2018, the NSA announced that it received large numbers of CDRs it should not have had access to under USA FREEDOM, and that these “technical irregularities” began in 2015. Despite this, the NSA encountered yet another “overcollection” incident just months later. As a remedy, the NSA deleted every record it had collected since the technical irregularities began and announced that it had voluntarily stopped the CDR program entirely.






Earlier this fall, both in response to these revelations and because the authority for the programs are expiring, both the House Committee on the Judiciary and the Senate Committee on the Judiciary called witnesses from the NSA, the FBI and the DOJ to discuss Section 215. The witnesses told both Committees they were requesting the renewal of the legal authorization for CDR program – that they had voluntarily shut down – because it might be useful one day. Additionally, the witnesses confirmed that the 215 “business records” provision may allow the government to collect sensitive information, like medical records, location data, or even possibly  footage from a Ring camera. Both Committees appeared rightfully skeptical.


Even outside of the hearings, the DOJ, FBI and NSA have also been slow to respond to requests for information from concerned Representatives and Senators. Senator Wyden sent a letter to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in July 2019 asking about the collection of sensitive geolocation information using Section 215 and only received a reply in November. Similarly, Senators Leahy and Lee sent a letter to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Attorney General in July seeking more information about overcollection of CDRs and have yet to receive a response.


It’s clear that relying on the NSA to remedy its failures to stay within the law as passed by Congress is insufficient and that additional oversight and transparency measures are desperately needed. EFF and other civil liberties advocates were hopeful Congress would take this well-timed opportunity to enact real reform and necessary transparency.





Instead, Congress hid an extension of these authorities in a funding bill, without debate and without consideration of meaningful privacy and civil liberties safeguards to include. While we are very disappointed in this decision, we will continue to push Congress to pass real reform regarding this invasive surveillance authority in March 2020.



This article was sourced from EFF.org


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By Tyler Durden


When one thinks of pensions crisis, the state of Illinois – with its woefully underfunded retirement system which issues bonds just to fund its existing pension benefits – usually comes to mind. Which is why it is surprising that the first state that may suffer substantial pension cuts is one that actually has one of the world’s best-funded, and most generous, pension systems.


According to the FT, millions of Dutch pensioners are facing material cuts to their retirement income for the first time next year as the Dutch government scrambles to avert a crisis to the country’s €1.6 trillion pension system. And while a last-minute intervention by the government may avoid significant cuts to pensions next year – and a revolt by trade unions –  if only temporarily, the world finds itself transfixed by the problems facing the Dutch retirement system as it provides an early indication of a wider global pensions funding shortfall, not to mention potential mass unrest once retirees across some of the world’s wealthiest nations suddenly finds themselves with facing haircuts to what they previously believed were unalterable retirement incomes.


         



      

At the core of the Dutch cash crunch is the ECB’s negative interest rate policy, which has sent bond yields to record negative territory across the eurozone, and crippled returns analysis while pushing up the funding requirements of Dutch pension funds.


Ahead of a parliamentary debate on Thursday on this hot topic issue, the Dutch minister for social affairs and employment, Wouter Koolmees, will write to lawmakers to outline his response to the pension industry’s problems, the FT reported.


In order to offset the ECB’s NIRP policy, Shaktie Rambaran Mishre, chair of the Dutch pension federation which represents 197 pension funds and their members, said that contributions might have to rise by up to 30% over the next few years, an outcome which will lead to outrage among existing working-age employees who will suffer a surge in the pension costs. Absent a dramatic increase in benefits contributions, “as things stand, around 2 million people are facing cuts from next year,” she added.


Predictably, trade unions have already held protests and strikes this year over the potential cuts to pensions and have threatened more action if the government does not step in. “We expect some relief next week and if not we will mobilise,” said Tuur Elzinga, lead pensions negotiator at FNV, the biggest Dutch union.



Protesters marching in The Hague in June hold a banner that reads ‘A good pension is matter of decency’

The Netherlands – one of the Eurozone’s richest nations – is hardly alone in this predicament, as the ongoing debate reflects broad concerns about the impact of low interest rates among the Eurozone and Japan, as ageing populations and longer life expectancy have put pension systems across the world under great strain. A report last week from the Group of Thirty, a club for current and former policymakers, warned of a $15.8tn shortfall in funding to support the ageing populations of the world’s 20 biggest countries.


And if there is one way to guarantee riots among the world’s richest nations, it is to inform pensioners that their benefits are suddenly being “haircut.”


In some ways, the Netherlands has one of Europe’s most generous retirement systems: at its core, it represents a basic pay-as-you-go state pension as well as employer-run pension scheme which together provide workers with about 80% of their average lifetime wages when they retire. The US and UK have similar systems, but Dutch pension funds are more generous and must use a lower risk-free rate to value their liabilities, forcing them to hold more assets.


See: 177 Different Ways to Generate Extra Income


Unfortunately, the lower Dutch risk-free rate is not low enough, and as a result about 70 employer-run pension funds with 12.1m members had funding ratios below the statutory minimum at the end of September, according to the Dutch central bank. And here lies the rub: if funds have ratios below the legal minimum for five consecutive years or have no prospect of recovering to a more healthy level, they must cut their payouts. Interest rates have rebounded slightly in recent weeks, but many funds are still facing cuts.




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In other words, in making a select handful of European stockholders rich courtesy of NIRP and QE, Mario Draghi is threatening the pensions of hundreds of millions of retired European workers.


So what, if any, is the solution?


Last week, Rabobank reported that the Minister of Social Affairs is supposedly willing to prevent a large part of the pension benefit cuts of 2020, as the government is reportedly willing to lower the minimum coverage ratio from 100% to 90% for one year. This temporary measure can be seen as a pause button, which buys time for:



Pension funds to hopefully recover over the next year. For pension funds, a rise in their risk-free rate term structure which is used to discount their liabilities (EUR 6m swap rates) would be most helpful
Continuing to work out the details of the Pension Reforms announced in June 2019. Unions, employer representatives and the opposition parties were against pension cuts because this would undermine the goals set out in the Pension Reforms.

Cutting pensions is a very sensitive and unpopular measure especially for politicians because the government has the ability to change the rules by changing the law. This is especially hard in times where there is no economic downturn, because it makes it more difficult to explain and justify the cuts. One can only imagine what will happen to Dutch pensions during the next Eurozone recession, when the ECB will be forced to cut rates even more negative in the process threatening even more pension haircuts.


While this pause would, in theory, prompt some pension funds to reduce their matching portfolio or hedge ratio in anticipation of pension cuts, not many pension funds already acted on the threat of these cuts according to Rabobank. Therefore, this temporary measure will have a limited effect on the investment behaviour of pension funds because:



Pension funds are typically big and are long term investors, meaning they take time to react to certain events
Most pension funds have a fixed risk budget. This risk budget is maximised by regulation and is fixed at the moment the coverage ratio drops below the required coverage ratio. This means if a pension fund would want to increase its risk toward for example equity, it often has to reduce risk somewhere else in the portfolio
Possible pension cuts are based on the policy coverage ratio which is the 12th month average of the coverage ratio. This further reduces the incentive for a temporary risk-on or risk-off strategy.




What’s next? On 21 November 2019 the official plans will be discussed in parliament, although Rabobank does not expect any additional changes that would affect investment behavior of pension funds. However, as the Dutch bank admits, “there are some challenging times ahead in the pension reform discussions” and it expects possible big changes this time next year. Chief among them: the risk free rate term structure that is used to discount the liabilities will likely change in every possible reform scenario, although it is unclear how much lower it can drop.


As the FT notes, a group of 10 academics wrote to parliament recently calling on the Dutch government not to raise the risk-free rate, arguing this would be at the expense of younger workers as “the assets pot will be a little bit more empty each year”. Others, however, think the government will intervene. “I expect that politically the cuts will not happen,” said Lex Hoogduin a professor at the University of Groningen and a former board member of the Dutch central bank, who did not sign the letter.


“But this is just kicking the can down the road as eventually they won’t be able to afford the payouts that people expect,” said Mr Hoogduin. And the people have Mario Draghi – and now Christine Lagarde – to thank for it.



This article was sourced from ZeroHedge.com


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By B.N. Frank


The good news is that the committee who proposed this has been terminated.


The bad news is that national parks are still considering nonsense that would accommodate visitors at the expense of wildlife and nature.


From KIRO7:



Supporters said the change would boost revenue and encourage more people to stay overnight.


“Today we had to kind of go to different coffee shops to try to get signal and get Wi-Fi to find our way around and try to figure out where we were going to go, so the Wi-Fi really appealed to me a lot,” said Mount Rainier visitor Abby Gray.


Other visitors aren’t fans of the idea.


         



      

“Don’t mess it up, don’t mess it up,” said Rena Watkins. “No doubt in my mind that it would disrupt the system and we don’t need that, we don’t need it. Just come out here and see this stuff the way it is and the way it was meant to be.”


“I think it would cause more noise, more trash, less of the natural beauty,” said Jeb Watkins.


The National Park Service said more than 9.2 million people stayed at campgrounds last year. Many of those visitors are younger and more diverse than in the past.


NPS said the plan isn’t to modernize every campground, but to create a “second-century campground experience.”


In the proposal, parks could nominate their own campgrounds to be part of a modernization pilot program. Five to 10 locations could be chosen as soon as Dec. 1.



Research has determined that all sources of wireless radiation – including cell towers and WiFi – are biologically and environmentally harmful.  That’s why many environmentalists have been fighting cell tower installation at national parks (see 1, 2).  That’s why WiFi SHOULD NOT be installed in Yellowstone or any other national park.




National parks are supposed to be protected places.  They are NOT supposed to be exploited by businesses.  They are not supposed to be sacrificed for increased revenue.  Perhaps younger and more diverse visitors would be accepting and appreciative of that if it was explained to them.  After all, many of them are very eco-conscious already.


The deadline for public comments is November 29.



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By Elias Marat


Swedish prosecutors have dropped the ongoing investigation into a 2010 rape allegation made against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, citing the weakening of evidence over the course of nine years since the alleged incident occurred.


A Swedish woman had accused him of the crime which she said took place in August 2010 after she met the Australian during a conference in Stockholm.


Assange, who has steadfastly denied the accusation, had dodged extradition to Sweden for seven years after being given refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy in London.


         



      

In April, Ecuador’s government allowed British police to enter the embassy and arrest the 48-year-old shortly following the release of a batch of documents allegedly implicating Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno in corruption.


Since then, Assange has been held at the maximum-security HMP Belmarsh prison in London on a 50-week sentence of breaching bail conditions for seeking refuge at the embassy. While he was due to be released in September after serving out his term, a judge ruled that he should remain incarcerated due to his “history of absconding.”


The U.S. government is seeking the extradition of Assange to the United States on 18 charges, including allegations of conspiracy to hack into computers in the U.S. If convicted of these charges, which include violating the Espionage Act, he would face a sentence of up to 175 years in prison.


Assange’s defenders claim, however, that he is simply being sought due to his role in the release of scandalous information implicating Washington in a range of crimes, including serious war crimes.




In June, then-U.K. Home Secretary Sajid Javid approved the U.S. extradition request.


Swedish authorities reopened the 2010 rape investigation following his eviction, which had previously been closed on the grounds that it was impossible for the courts to reach Assange. In September, Swedish prosecutors announced that they had questioned seven witnesses regarding the case and that the Wikileaks founder was suspected of rape.


Swedish deputy director of public prosecutions, Eva-Marie Persson, announced the decision to “discontinue the investigation regarding Julian Assange” on Tuesday, according to Swedish website the Local.






A statement published by Sweden’s prosecution authority noted:


The reason for this decision is that the evidence has weakened considerably due to the long period of time that has elapsed since the events in question.


Persson stressed, however:



I would like to emphasize that the injured party has submitted a credible and reliable version of events.


Her statements have been coherent, extensive and detailed; however, my overall assessment is that the evidential situation has been weakened to such an extent that there is no longer any reason to continue the investigation.



WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson welcomed the move to drop the investigation, stating:


“Let us now focus on the threat Mr. Assange has been warning about for years: the belligerent prosecution of the United States and the threat it poses to the First Amendment.”





In a tweet, the organization founded by Assange said:


While the world knows Julian’s name has been cleared in Sweden, he is sitting in a cell in Belmarsh prison, probably unaware of the news. The Prison cancelled all visits today. Don’t Extradite Assange!





By Elias Marat | Creative Commons | TheMindUnleashed.com


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By Tyler Durden


So much for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization… though we might note that when it previously bombed Belgrade, assisted in the occupation of Afghanistan, and toppled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, any sense or concern for overstepping its mandate or ‘mission creep’ was clearly lost altogether.


As if seeking expansion into Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and potentially the Caucuses were not enough, now the Cold War military alliance is eyeing expansion into space. This is the focus of the following new report  not in The Onion but in Bloomberg entitled, ‘NATO Is Poised to Expand Its Remit to Include Outer Space’ which introduces:



NATO intends to make space an “operational domain” along with air, land, sea and cyber, according to Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.


The move, to be approved at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers on Wednesday, would bring all five areas within the scope of the alliance’s collective-defense commitment and comes as member countries seek to address fresh internal political splits.



         



      

Stoltenberg described to reporters on Tuesday: “Space is of great importance for our civilian societies and for any military operation,” and described space expansion as ‘essential,’ saying further: “It’s about communications, it’s about navigation, it’s about data imagery. Space is essential for almost everything we do.”


So now Article 5 will be invoked to defend a NATO member’s claim to a chunk of the moon, or Mars? Again, the NATO chief didn’t just describe the prospect as an interesting project or avenue for future potential, but as “essential”. NATO ministers have over the past year been discussing a an overarching future space policy, so it’s nothing new; however, the suggestion that it’s now essential to the mission might come as a surprise to member states.


Despite deep cracks in the alliance, especially after it’s second largest military controversially invaded northern Syria last month, and following charged statements earlier this month by France’s Emmanuel Macron to The Economist wherein he described NATO as suffering “brain death”, it appears Stoltenberg is exploring new domains to keep the alliance relevant.


This also comes after Trump’s longtime pressure for European capitals to increase defense spending, shouldering more of the burden.






All of this suggests Macron had it right in his controversial prior remarks to the British weekly magazine: “What we are currently experiencing is the brain death of NATO.” It’s also worth recalling that he had even questioned the Article Five collective defense guarantee when pressed on the issue: “I don’t know,” he answered.


Again, Stoltenberg’s new space comments suggest an alliance in desperate search of new missions on new frontiers. More via Bloomberg:



“We need more European efforts on defense, but not as an alternative, not as something that is replacing NATO,” Stoltenberg said.


He called NATO’s plan to integrate space into the alliance’s operations a “defensive” step, saying it would be a “clear sign that we continue to strengthen our deterrence and defense.”






Though as the report notes, “Stoltenberg said NATO has no intention of putting weapons in space.” But how else will NATO theoretically exercises “deterrence and defense” in outer space?


As NATO foreign ministers meet on Wednesday in Brussels to consider a range of issues, it’ll be interesting to see if Stoltenberg’s space comments gain any further traction or are seriously taken up.



This article was sourced from ZeroHedge.com


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By The Conscious Resistance


Derrick Broze breaks down a new resolution signed by 11,000 scientists from around the world.


Sources:



World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency
Critics blast a proposal to curb climate change by halting population growth
The Globalists Are Openly Admitting To Their Population Control Agenda – And That’s A Bad Sign…

         



      


Derrick is the founder of TCRN.


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By The Last American Vagabond


It should be a huge red flag when Mike Pompeo and others of his ilk stand up and say that they are on the side of protesters.


While it is understandable that there is an uprising over the recent massive spike in gas prices, the violent aspect to it must be called into question.


The Last American Vagabond takes a closer look at what is being said in Iranian media that is NOT being said in mainstream Western media.


         



      


This is an excerpt of The Daily Wrap Up 11/18. Full Episode Can Be Seen Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl4ld…


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