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By Matt Agorist


Talladega County, AL — Justin Faircloth is a loving father and husband who, like many people, has made some mistakes throughout his life. His most recent mistake involves being caught with a substance deemed illegal by the state which has landed him in prison. This mistake may very well be his last as he will likely succumb to his stage 4 colon cancer — because the state is refusing to treat him.


Over the past four months, Faircloth’s dire condition has gone untreated. The jail wasn’t even allowing him to treat the extreme symptoms of his debilitating disease like pain and lack of appetite, nor have they allowed him to speak to his doctor.


“I haven’t received any treatment. They haven’t even let me speak to my doctor since the 17th of January,” Faircloth said in a call from Limestone Correctional Facility last week. “They have me in [general] population and I have no immune system. I have problems digesting and I’ve got some bleeding in my stool.”


         



      

Before his recent drug possession landed him with a probation violation, Faircloth was earning an honest living working on the assembly line at the Honda plant in Talladega County. When he found out he was dying, he reportedly fell back into drugs.


As AL.com reports:



In April 2019, the 33-year-old Odenville man was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer that had spread to his liver. He underwent several rounds of chemotherapy. But in December, Faircloth was booked into the Etowah County Jail on a probation revocation after being arrested and charged with crimes including drug possession and resisting arrest in the preceding months.


Since then he has been transferred to state custody. But he has not received chemotherapy or other necessary cancer treatments since October, according to his oncologist, Dr. Aasim Sehbai of Alabama Cancer Care in Anniston, who says that Faircloth’s condition is worsening with each passing day.



Adding insult to cruel and unusual punishment is the fact that after being booked into Etowah County Jail — which was near his family — he was then shipped off to Limestone, a state prison near Athens in north Alabama, 100 miles away from his loved ones.


Now, his doctor is speaking out, trying to get him some help that doesn’t seem to be coming.


“I feel like his care has been compromised. If he doesn’t get treatment, which is already delayed, he can really die in the next month or two,” his oncologist, Dr. Aasim Sehbai of Alabama Cancer Care in Anniston said in a phone interview with AL.com. “With proper treatment he could live two or three years, even up to five years. One way or the other, he needs to get treatment.”






But he is not getting it. What’s more, state officials are accusing him of using his stage 4 cancer as a reason to get out of jail.


“He’s using his sickness as an excuse to get out of jail over and over again. In layman’s terms, he just ran out of his chances. So the judge revoked [his probation] and says he has to serve his days,” Etowah County Sheriff Jonathon Horton said. “Judge Steen said, basically, because of his offenses, he can’t just keep cutting him loose and hoping he’ll do the right thing.’”


DOC spokeswoman Samantha Rose told AL.com that their hands are tied as well, noting that while the department “can present a request for medical furlough as established with specific eligibility criteria” as outlined in state law and departmental regulations, “ADOC does not have the authority to release an inmate under a compassionate release, that is a decision made by the courts when requested and petitioned by the inmate’s attorney.”


As the bureaucratic prison system tries unsuccessfully to get their sh*t together, Faircloth is dying of cancer and he doesn’t have much time left.


“I’m not receiving the proper medical care. By now, I should’ve already had at least three treatments since I’ve been locked up and I haven’t received one,” he said. “They’re doing enough to make it look like they’re doing something. But [the Huntsville doctor] told me it could be another month before I get treatment. And I said, ‘You know, as well as I do, that cancer don’t wait for nobody.’”




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According to the report, the earliest date Faircloth can be released, barring such an intervention, is April 1, 2031, according to the DOC’s online inmate records. Without treatment, Dr. Sehbai says he’ll be lucky to make it to 2021.



Article source: The Free Thought Project


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. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Minds.


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By Sean Walton


The Boy Scouts of America has filed for bankruptcy, seeking protection from a wave of sexual abuse lawsuits filed by men and boys who say the organization failed to protect them as Scouts.


The monumental filing seeks to reckon with all abuse claims at once in a final court process. By seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the national umbrella of the Boy Scouts signaled that it hopes to survive after compensating what are expected to be thousands of victims.


The move, while expected, is unprecedented. Never before has such a large and established nationwide youth nonprofit filed for bankruptcy. The organization filed the court papers Tuesday just after midnight local time in Delaware, where the case will work its way through a federal bankruptcy court.


         



      

The path to the proceedings can be traced back a decade to Portland, victims’ lawyers say. A Multnomah County jury awarded $19.9 million damages to a Portland man abused as a Scout. It was the largest verdict against the group in its long history. The trial also triggered the public release of internal files kept for decades that revealed the identifies and crimes of hundreds of known abusers.


“If the files were not released, the Boy Scouts would have, I think, been able to weather the storm,” said Paul Mones, one of the lead attorneys on the case.



The files informed thousands of former Scouts about the pervasiveness of sexual abuse in the organization and the extent of the group’s knowledge, he said. The records prompted hundreds of lawsuits, including several in Oregon.


But statutes of limitations precluded many former Scouts from filing legal claims. That changed recently when lawmakers in the populous states of California, New York and New Jersey opened a window for victims to sue regardless of when they were abused. A flood of claims followed.


The bankruptcy case will halt active lawsuits and, according to lawyers familiar with bankruptcy proceedings, will likely prevent future litigation tied to past abuse.



Sean Walton is a researcher and journalist for The Daily Sheeple, where this article first appeared. Send tips to [email protected]


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By Tyler Durden


Banks around the world are supposed to benefit the most from central banks inflating assets, and hyperinflating stock markets, but over the past few years, central banks have instead caused some of the biggest bank job cuts in half a decade.


HSBC, Europe’s largest bank and troubled lender, although not nearly as troubled as Deutsche Bank, said it would cut upwards of 35,000 jobs, shed $100 billion in assets, and take a massive $7.3 billion hit to goodwill as part of a major overhaul under Chairman Mark Tucker, the company said in a press release on Tuesday morning.


This comes months after HSBC’s interim CEO Noel Quinn unveiled plans to “remodel” large parts of the bank. The restructuring of the London-based bank is being led by Quinn, who replaced John Flint in August on an interim basis. Quinn is vying for the permanent role of CEO, which the bank said will be decided this year.


         



      

Europe’s biggest bank by assets is expected to focus more on Asia and the Middle East, while it winds down operations in Europe and the US; HSBC derives at least 50% of its revenue in Asia. The bank said net profit plunged 53% to $5.97 billion last year, due to the $7.3BN goodwill hit and also thanks to the record low interest rates and NIRP unleashed by central banks.


Tucker said the bank faces substantial challenges in the UK, Hong Kong, and mainland China. He also issued a warning over the Covid-19 outbreak in China and quickly spreading across Asia to Europe, indicating that the virus could impact the bank’s performance this year.


Quinn confirmed the bank would cut 15% of its workforce over the next two-three years. This is on top of the 10,000 jobs it axed in Oct.


“The totality of this program is that our headcount is likely to go from 235,000 to closer to 200,000 over the next three years,” Quinn told Reuters. adding that “HSBC will be “exiting businesses where necessary.”


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“Around 30% of our capital is currently allocated to businesses that are delivering returns below their cost of equity, largely in global banking and markets in Europe and the U.S.,” he noted.




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In its long-struggling U.S. arm, Quinn said HSBC will cut assets in investment banking and markets by almost half, and shut around 70 of its 229 branches. As of September, HSBC was the U.S.’s 14th largest commercial bank according to Federal Reserve data, with around $181 billion assets. Mr. Quinn said he had considered putting the unit up for sale but decided against it because the U.S. is a crucial part of the bank’s global network.


HSBC shares slid 6% on the restructuring news on Tuesday morning:



And to think it was only last year when 50 banks laid off 77,780 jobs, the most since 91,448 in 2015.



With the global economy quickly decelerating, and a virus shock that could tilt the world into recession, if we had to guess, tens of thousands of more banking jobs will be slashed this year.



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By Michael Snyder


When was the last time that we witnessed a disaster that severely disrupted the supply chains of over 5 million companies around the globe simultaneously?  Looking back over the past couple of decades, I can’t think of one.  In recent days I have written a number of articles about the economic impact of this coronavirus outbreak, and what we have seen so far could be just the beginning.  With each additional week that much of the Chinese economy remains at a virtual standstill, things are going to get even worse.


Today, China accounts for approximately 20 percent of global GDP, but that doesn’t tell the entire story.  At this point the rest of the world has become so dependent on Chinese exports that any sort of an extended shutdown for Chinese manufacturing would be a complete and utter nightmare for global supply chains.  In fact, a brand new study that was just released by Dun & Bradstreet has concluded that the coronavirus outbreak in China “could impact more than 5 million businesses worldwide”…



The new coronavirus outbreak and subsequent shutdown of huge swathes of China could impact more than 5 million businesses worldwide, according to a new study.


A special briefing issued by global business research firm Dun & Bradstreet analyzed the Chinese provinces most impacted by the virus, and found they are intricately linked to the global business network.



         



      

Many people may assume that we could just “make these things somewhere else”, but that isn’t so easy.


New factories would have to be built, workers would have to be trained, etc.


And as Harvard Business School’s Willy Shih has pointed out, there are “some things that are only made in China these days”…


There are some things that are only made in China these days, and not just the usual electronics and toys — consumer products — it’s active pharmaceutical ingredients that go into pharmaceutical supply chains worldwide.


So what is going to happen if economic activity in China does not return to normal any time soon?


That is a very good question.  Unfortunately, there will be shortages, and global supply chains will become incredibly strained.


According to the brand new study from Dun & Bradstreet that I mentioned above, 938 of the Fortune 1000 companies have at least a “tier 2” supplier in the region…



Dun & Bradstreet researchers found that at least 51,000 companies worldwide, 163 of which are in the Fortune 1000, have one or more direct or “tier 1” suppliers in the impacted region, while at least 5 million — and 938 in the Fortune 1000 — have one or more “tier 2″ suppliers.


The impact on businesses in China and around the world is already dragging down economic growth forecasts for the year.



In some cases, the breakdown of global supply chains will simply lead to higher prices for Western consumers.


But in other cases there will come a point when certain products are not available at all.  The following comes from Zero Hedge…





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A new poll via Shanghai’s American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) discovered that 50% of US firms operating in China say shutdowns of factories have impacted their global operations due to the Covid-19 outbreak, reported Reuters.


About 78% of these firms warn that their staffing is currently short at the moment, which would prevent the resumption of full production, leading to massive shortages of products in the next several months for Western markets.



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That doesn’t sound good at all.


Hopefully, this outbreak will start to fizzle out and such an ominous scenario will not materialize.  But at this point even Apple is admitting that revenue will be well below expectations this quarter.  In explaining this to the public, Apple cited a couple of reasons…



The first is that worldwide iPhone® supply will be temporarily constrained. While our iPhone manufacturing partner sites are located outside the Hubei province — and while all of these facilities have reopened — they are ramping up more slowly than we had anticipated. The health and well-being of every person who helps make these products possible is our paramount priority, and we are working in close consultation with our suppliers and public health experts as this ramp continues. These iPhone supply shortages will temporarily affect revenues worldwide.
The second is that demand for our products within China has been affected. All of our stores in China and many of our partner stores have been closed. Additionally, stores that are open have been operating at reduced hours and with very low customer traffic. We are gradually reopening our retail stores and will continue to do so as steadily and safely as we can. Our corporate offices and contact centers in China are open, and our online stores have remained open throughout.

Needless to say, U.S. financial markets are not responding favorably to this announcement.


But what is happening elsewhere is nothing compared to the economic nightmare that is unfolding inside of China right now.




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Because of the virus, very few people even want to leave their homes.  As a result, consumer spending has almost entirely disappeared.


In fact, one CEO claims that there is virtually “no domestic consumption” in China right now…


Alan Lim of E-Services Group says there is “completely no domestic consumption” now and “factories are, at best, this week at 25% production … you need approval by the government to say you [can] work.”


Of course it is entirely possible that what is taking place in China could start happening elsewhere if this virus continues to spread.


The total number of confirmed cases outside of China is rapidly approaching the 1,000 mark, and that isn’t something to be extremely alarmed about yet.


But if that number continues to rise at an exponential rate, we will soon see a tremendous amount of panic all over the globe, and that will be extremely bad news for the entire global economy.



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By Aaron Kesel


Two whistleblowers—Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden—were nominated alongside WikiLeaks journalist and former editor-in-chief Julian Assange for the Nobel Peace Prize of 2020 by 17 members of a German parliamentary group.


Żaklin Nastić (MdB) writes:



I am one of a total of 17 members of our parliamentary group who have nominated Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. These brave people should not be criminalized but should be recognized and honored. The war criminals and their henchmen must be held accountable.


We feel that Assange, Manning and Snowden have to be recognized for their ‘unprecedented contributions to the pursuit of peace and their immense personal sacrifices to promote peace for all.’ With the unveiling of US war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq and the global surveillance program of the US secret services, the three have ‘exposed the architecture of war and strengthened the architecture of peace’.



         



      

The full letter was published on the Courage Foundation’s website and reads:



Dear Members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee,


We wish to nominate Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, in honour of their unparalleled contributions to the pursuit of peace, and their immense personal sacrifices to promote peace for all.


The year 2020 began with Julian Assange arbitrarily detained and tortured, at risk of death according to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and over 100 medical doctors, for revealing the extent of harm and illegality behind the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. 2020 began with Chelsea Manning in her secound year of renewed imprisonment for resisting to testify to a Grand Jury empaneled against Wikileaks, after having also been imprisoned seven years previously and tortured, following her disclosures that were published by Julian Assange. 2020 began with Edward Snowden in his 7th year of asylum for revealing illegal mass surveillance, in defence of the liberties underpinning revelations such as those made by Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange.


The Collateral Murder video, provided by Chelsea Manning in 2010 and published by Wikileaks, honoured the dignity of those slain needlessly in war. It gave names and identities to victims whose humanity had been kept from public view, capturing the last moments of life for a young Reuters photojournalist, Namir Noor-Eldeen. Namir, who was killed in cold blood while on assignment in Baghdad, was described by his colleagues as among “the pre-eminent war photographers in Iraq” with “a tender eye that brought humanity via quiet moments to a vicious war”.


For humanising Namir and his driver Saeed Chmagh, a father of four, slain in front of two children who sat strafed with bullets in a van, Julian Assange faces 175 years in a US prison under the 1917 Espionage Act, and Chelsea Manning is currently detained without charge.


As well as humanising innocent victims of war, in 2010 Julian Assange and Wikileaks exposed the means by which public abhorrence of killing is overcome, and peace subverted, by psychological manipulation and strategic messaging.


In March 2010 the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) produced a memorandum, subsequently published by Wikileaks, entitled, Afghanistan: Sustaining West European Support for the NATO-led Mission-Why Counting on Apathy Might Not Be Enough.


At the time of the memorandum, 80 percent of French and German publics opposed greater troop deployment to Afghanistan. The memo expressed concern that public “indifference might turn into active hostility if spring and summer fighting results in an upsurge in military or Afghan civilian casualties.” To overcome public opposition to the “bloody summer” ahead, the memorandum advised tailoring messages for French audiences that “could tap into acute French concern for civilians and refugees,” given that French “opponents most commonly argued that the mission hurts civilians.”


“Appeals by President Obama and Afghan women might gain traction” the memorandum added.


With respect to the legalities of peace, Julian Assange and Wikileaks have contributed to the historical record on the International Criminal Court (ICC), established in 2002 under the Rome Statute of 1998, to promote the “peace, security and well-being of the world.” The ICC’s mission was to end impunity by prosecuting “the worst atrocities known to mankind”: war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of genocide.


When the ICC’s enforcement capabilities were taking shape in the years following its inception, cables published by WikiLeaks exposed bilateral deals between nations under Article 98 of the Rome Statute, in which states placed themselves outside the ICC’s jurisdiction. The Article 98 deals undercut the ICC’s power to prosecute war crimes and other internationally illegal obstacles to a peaceful world order.


Later, in 2013, when Edward Snowden revealed the warrantless masssurveillance of citizens and officials worldwide, he exposed an immense global network with the capability to intercept and obstruct peace proponents such as Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange. Edward Snowden’s revelations have contributed to international investigations, transparency initiatives and legislative reforms around the globe.


These are but a selection of the contributions that Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden have made towards pursuing and defending lasting peace.


Together, their actions have exposed the architecture of abuse and war, and fortified the architecture of peace. In return, all three individuals have been forced to sacrifice the very liberties, rights and human welfare that they worked so hard to defend.


A Nobel Peace Prize for Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden would do more than honour their actions as individuals. It would ennoble the risks and sacrifices that those pursuing peace so often undertake, to secure the peace and freedom for all.


Sincerely,


Sevim Dağdelen Member of the German Bundestag


Doris Achelwilm Member of the German Bundestag


Diether Dehm Member of the German Bundestag


Sylvia Gabelmann Member of the German Bundestag


Heike Hänsel Member of the German Bundestag


Andrej Hunko Member of the German Bundestag






Ulla Jelpke Member of the German Bundestag


Jutta Krellmann Member of the German Bundestag


Fabio De Masi Member of the German Bundestag


Żaklin Nastić Member of the German Bundestag


Dr. Alexander S. Neu Member of the German Bundestag


Eva-Maria Schreiber Member of the German Bundestag


Alexander Ulrich Member of the German Bundestag


Kathrin Vogler Member of the German Bundestag


Andreas Wagner Member of the German Bundestag


Pia Zimmermann Member of the German Bundestag


Sabine Zimmermann Member of the German Bundestag.



It is worth noting that Bundestag Die Linke member Pascal Meiser called for the asylum of the publisher and whistleblower in Germany last year. According to the letter, Meiser didn’t sign the nomination appeal for the Nobel Peace Prize.


Earlier this month, more than 130 prominent figures in Germany from the world of art, politics, and the media signed an appeal for the release of Julian Assange, including former German vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel and Nobel Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek, DW reported.




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Assange has won a total of twenty awards, Manning has won eleven, and Snowden has won nine for their individual bravery helping to shed light on the truth. Last year, Assange’s friend Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire accepted the joint GUE/NGL prize for Journalists, Whistleblowers and Defenders of the Right to Information.


For that award, Assange was nominated by Courage Foundation “based on his contributions to journalism and whistleblower protections, his dire circumstances and need for public support, and what his case means for journalists and whistleblowers around the world,” the Courage Foundation wrote.


Maguire gave an incredible heart-wrenching speech in support of her friend Julian Assange during the acceptance speech stressing he exposed corruption and the war empire.



Assange is set to face trial for extradition on February 24 for publishing documents that exposed corruption and U.S. war crimes. Protests are planned all over the world as the future of press freedom lies in the outcome of just one man’s case.



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By B.N. Frank


Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently offered a one-year fellowship to study effects of EMF exposure on the public.  However, doctors, environmentalists, and scientists have been warning about how we are affected by increasing levels of Electromagnetic Radiation pollution (“Electrosmog”) for many years now.


Electrosmog includes cell phone and wireless WiFi radiation. Experts have been insisting that we should be reducing sources of Electrosmog – not increasing them.  Unfortunately, the current “Race to 5G” drastically increases them. Doctors, scientists, engineers, and public advocates have asked President Trump for a moratorium on 5G (see 1, 2, 3).  5G opposition is worldwide.  Some cities and countries have already banned it.


The EPA can’t do anything about any of this though.  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is the agency that is supposed to protect the public by regulating the telecom industry.  Instead, they’ve been catering to them since long before the Trump administration.  It’s much worse now because of the “Race to 5G”.  There have been lawsuits filed against the FCC for not protecting the public from radiation exposure (see 1, 2) and also 5G (see 1, 2, 3, 4).


Once upon a time, the EPA could try to do something about cell phones and other wireless radiation-emitting technology.  But that changed decades ago when employees wanted to start warning the public about risks.  Thanks to Environmental Health Trust for providing more details.



What Does the EPA State About the Safety of Cell Phones and Wireless Technology?


EPA Analysis and Reports on Cell Phones, Radiofrequency and Electromagnetic Fields


This page contains a list of recommendations, reports and letters by the EPA on electromagnetic radiation.


Executive Summary:




The EPA repeatedly has stated that FCC limits are not protective of non-thermal effects, nor effects of long term exposure.
The EPA has repeatedly outlined safety concerns with current outdated limits and called for more protective limits.
The EPA has was drafting safety limits for the public that considered long term exposure and non thermal effects. The safety limits never saw the light of day.
The EPA had a well funded division researching the human health risks from EMFs. The work was defunded and research was all but halted.
The defunding of the EPA meant that the USA has never developed safety standards for human exposure. Read a 2005 news story about the decreased funding to the EPA.
A 1990 EPA report was drafted in which the EPA expert team recommended that power-frequency EMFs should be classified as “probable human carcinogens” and that RF/MW radiation be considered a “possible human carcinogen. This report was shelved and never released as a final.
Instead of developing safety standards based on carefully planned independent scientific research, the US adopted radiation limits prepared by industry lead groups. For example, the Chair of the IEEE group was Chief Motorola Scientist. Documents pre 1996 clearly show that the EPA was in the process of developing science based safety standards when funding was abruptly removed.
The EPA public website text on Wireless was changed in 2014 (the same date that the CDC webpage was changed) minimizing safety issues and likely leading the public to believe that health concerns were minimal.











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Activist Post reports regularly about all sources of Electrosmog.  For more information, visit our archives and the following websites.



Americans for Responsible Technology
Center For Electrosmog Prevention
Center For Safer Wireless
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety
EMF Safety Network
Environmental Health Trust
Physicians for Safe Technology
Scientists for Wired Tech
Wireless Information Network

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By MassPrivateI


What happens when a city receives complaints about unlit walking paths?


A typical response to a lack of lighting on walking paths usually means that most cities would add light poles so people could see where they are going. But as you will see, the City of Hampton, Virginia’s response was anything but typical.


When 13 News Now reported that Hampton was installing solar-powered light poles along walking paths, I said to myself – good, that is what the everyone expected. But then something caught my eye.


The light poles the city is installing are being used to monitor traffic and watch sea levels. And that is when I asked, how can light poles monitor traffic and sea levels unless they come equipped with CCTV cameras?


         



      

In the video below, 13 News Now interviewed Y.H. Thomas Park resident Carlos Thompson who explains why the city is installing surveillance light poles. Thompson said that with all the new home construction going on around the park, the city installed surveillance light poles to attract new home buyers.



Hampton’s “Digital City Transformation” will eventually replace most of their street lights with “follow me” light poles.


The city has installed fifteen 20-ft off-grid smart poles with built-in solar panels. Using LED lights and lithium batteries, the poles can store energy for up to eight days with no sunlight. The lights have “follow me” technology to illuminate the area where someone is walking, to save energy, and to reduce light pollution to the surrounding neighborhood. A security camera has also been installed to provide a live video feed to the police department.


Does anyone really think that “follow me” surveillance light poles are the answer to unlit walking paths?




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The city plans on expanding public surveillance to “downtown on Queens Way, around the Settlers Landing Road parking garage, and the Mellen Street bridge.”


After some digging, I was able to discover that ClearWorld, LLC is responsible for helping police turn the city of Hampton into a Chinese-style surveillance city.


ClearWorld’s “RetroFlex” solar-powered light poles are really solar powered surveillance devices.



credit: ClearWorld

RetroFlex light poles monitor a wide array of things:

Real-time technology: Emergency Call Button – Improve public safety via pole-mounted emergency communications.
Surveillance Cameras – multifunctional tool for law enforcement and local government.
Plug and Play – universal ports to support emerging technologies.
Remote Sensors – install and monitor sensors that enhance quality of life and safety in both urban and rural locations.
Real-time traffic monitoring.
Enhanced communications (Wi-Fi) – expand the reach and intensity of communications through resilient power and high line of sight.

One has to wonder if ClearWorld felt emboldened by Amazon donating 15 Ring doorbells to Hampton residents via their police department?


The City of Hampton claims that at least three more cities are using Retroflex light poles to monitor the public. They are: Miami, Santa Fe, N.M., and Lafayette, La.


Smart Cities and “Follow Me” surveillance light poles


A 2016 report titled “Smart Cities Take Over” revealed ClearWorld’s plans to use “Follow Me” light poles to track people in real-time.


In urban areas we provide communications for intelligent parking and infrastructure for public WI-FI expansion, as well as emergency environmental sensors. Our technology is capable of real-time traffic monitoring and enhancing communications to provide solutions.


ClearWorld thinks that offering light poles with public USB charging stations will offset the fact that they are monitoring people and vehicles in real-time.





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For residential areas, we provide better security with smarter lighting and remote surveillance camera monitoring.  At nearby parks and campuses we will provide security and emergency call buttons on light poles and USB charging stations options.



The city of Hampton’s “follow me” light poles are also equipped with Wi-Fi access and public charging ports.


Over the years, I have reported on how smart cities are using all manners of public surveillance light poles like, GE’s City IQ, Phillips Lighting Smart Nodes, Siemens’ CCTV cameras and Shotspotter to monitor people, smartphones and vehicles. But ClearWorld’s “Follow Me” light poles take the prize for the most ignominious Orwellian light poles I have had the displeasure of reporting about.



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By Tyler Durden


New evidence from Bloomberg reveals cracking global supply chains are fast emerging at major Chinese ports with thousands of containers of frozen meat piling up with nowhere to go.


The Covid-19 outbreak will remain a dominant issue for 1Q as supply chain shocks are being felt by multinationals on either side of the hemisphere.


Sources told Bloomberg that containers of frozen pork, chicken, and beef (mostly from South America, Europe, and the US) are piling up at Tianjin, Shanghai, and Ningbo ports because of the lack of truck drivers and many transportation networks remain closed.


         



      

Seaports in China are quickly running out of room to house the containers and cannot provide enough electricity points to keep existing containers cold. This has forced many vessels to be rerouted to other destinations.


We’ve already noted that Bloomberg’s Stephen Stapczynski recorded footage of an oil tanker parking lot off the Singapore coast last week as refiners in China cut runs as crude consumption has collapsed by more than 4 million barrels per day.


It’s clear that a logistical nightmare is unfolding as two-thirds of the Chinese economy has effectively shut down much of its production capacity, producing a massive “demand shock.”


The impact on the global economy is already dragging down world trade and could force the World Trade Organization (WTO) to slash economic growth forecasts for the year.


The Chinese economy constitutes about 20% of global GDP, and supply chain disruptions across China could cause a cascading effect that could tilt the world into recession.


But it’s not just frozen meats piling up at Chinese ports or a crude glut developing. There’s a high risk that product shortages to Western countries could be 60-90 days out.


Alibaba Group’s CEO Daniel Zhang warned last week that the supply chain disruption, or “shock,” is a “black swan event” for the global economy.


The “black swan” warning was also repeated by Freeport-McMoRan CEO Richard Adkerson several weeks ago after he said the outbreak of the virus in China is a “real black swan event.”


China’s economy is at a standstill and could trigger the next economic crisis, not seen since 2008.



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By John Vibes


For more than a year, cannabis has been legal in the state of Michigan and businesses across the state are making millions in the legal industry. However, tens of thousands of people are still incarcerated under charges relating to cannabis, despite its recent change in legal status.


Michael Thompson is one of those people. The 68-year-old is currently fighting for a shot to be released after spending the past 25 years in jail. Thompson was sentenced to 60 years in prison for cannabis distribution in 1996—a sentence that would effectively keep him in jail for the rest of his life with no chance for parole until he is in his late 80s.


Two years ago, Thompson was denied clemency by former Gov. Rick Snyder, but he hopes his chances will be better now that cannabis is legal and now that there is a growing support movement on the outside.


         



      

Thompson’s sentence was so extreme because he had guns in his house, but the guns were locked in a closet and reportedly were legal antiques. He was raided by police after selling three pounds of cannabis to an undercover officer.


“They stacked the gun charges on top of the marijuana charge as if they were used in the sale of weed and in fact it wasn’t,” said Kimberly Corral, Thompson’s attorney.


“I can’t die in here. For what? Some marijuana and some guns in a locked closet?” Thompson said in a phone interview from Muskegon Correctional Facility with WNEM in Flint.


“I’ve lost a lot. I’ve lost my only son. He was my best friend. And I loved him. My favorite nephew. I lost my mother and my father. All these losses for what? I’m in here and I didn’t kill anyone,” Thompson said.


Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said that he is willing to work with Thompson’s attorneys to get his sentence reduced.


“Forty to 60 years is a harsh sentence even in a second-degree murder case,” Leyton said.


Technically, even though recreational cannabis is legal in the state, it is also highly regulated so selling three pounds to an undercover cop will still get you arrested. But Leyton maintains that the punishment still doesn’t fit the crime.


“I suspect it would be more in the single digits. I don’t think it would even be a 10-year-felony,” Leyton said.


Thompson and his attorneys are also hoping to get the attention of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for the possibility of clemency. Thompson’s supporters are currently organizing petitions and letters to be sent to the governor from the website freemichaelthompson.com. Over 21,000 letters and petition signatures demanding Thompson’s release have been collected through the website.



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By John W. Whitehead



“Every day in communities across the United States, children and adolescents spend the majority of their waking hours in schools that have increasingly come to resemble places of detention more than places of learning.”—Investigative journalist Annette Fuentes


Just when you thought the government couldn’t get any more tone-deaf about civil liberties and the growing need to protect “we the people” against an overreaching, overbearing police state, the Trump Administration ushers in even more strident zero tolerance policies that treat children like suspects and criminals, greater numbers of school cops, and all the trappings of a prison complex (unsurmountable fences, entrapment areas, no windows or trees, etc.).


The fallout has been what you’d expect, with the nation’s young people treated like hardened criminals: handcuffed, arrested, tasered, tackled and taught the painful lesson that the Constitution (especially the Fourth Amendment) doesn’t mean much in the American police state.


         



      

For example, in Florida, a cop assigned to River Ridge High School as a school resource officer, threatened to shoot a student attempting to leave school for a morning orthodontist appointment.


In Pennsylvania, school officials called in the cops after a 6-year-old with Down syndrome pointed a finger gun at her teacher.


In Kentucky, a school resource officer with the sheriff’s office handcuffed two elementary school children with disabilities, ages 8 and 9. A federal judge made the sheriff’s office pay more than $300,000 (of taxpayer money) to the families, ruling that the handcuffing of  the students “was an unconstitutional seizure and excessive force.”


Welcome to Compliance 101: the police state’s primer in how to churn out compliant citizens and transform the nation’s school’s into quasi-prisons through the use of surveillance cameras, metal detectors, police patrols, zero tolerance policies, lock downs, drug sniffing dogs, strip searches and active shooter drills.


If you were wondering, these police state tactics have not made the schools any safer.


Rather, they’ve turned the schools into authoritarian microcosms of the police state, containing almost every aspect of the militarized, intolerant, senseless, overcriminalized, legalistic, surveillance-riddled, totalitarian landscape that plagues those of us on the “outside.”


Two years after President Trump announced his intention to “harden” the schools, our nation’s children are reaping the ill effects of gun-toting, taser-wielding cops in government-run schools that bear an uncomfortable resemblance to prisons.


America’s schools are about as authoritarian as they come.


From the moment a child enters one of the nation’s 98,000 public schools to the moment he or she graduates, they will be exposed to a steady diet of:



draconian zero tolerance policies that criminalize childish behavior,
overreaching anti-bullying statutes that criminalize speech,
school resource officers (police) tasked with disciplining and/or arresting so-called “disorderly” students,
standardized testing that emphasizes rote answers over critical thinking,
politically correct mindsets that teach young people to censor themselves and those around them,
and extensive biometric and surveillance systems that, coupled with the rest, acclimate young people to a world in which they have no freedom of thought, speech or movement.

Young people in America are now first in line to be searched, surveilled, spied on, threatened, tied up, locked down, treated like criminals for non-criminal behavior, tasered and in some cases shot.


In my day, if you talked back to a teacher, or played a prank on a classmate, or just failed to do your homework, you might find yourself in detention or doing an extra writing assignment after school.


That is no longer the case.


Nowadays, students are not only punished for minor transgressions such as playing cops and robbers on the playground, bringing LEGOs to school, or having a food fight, but the punishments have become far more severe, shifting from detention and visits to the principal’s office into misdemeanor tickets, juvenile court, handcuffs, tasers and even prison terms.


Students have been suspended under school zero tolerance policies for bringing to school “look alike substances” such as oregano, breath mints, birth control pills and powdered sugar.


Look-alike weapons (toy guns—even Lego-sized ones, hand-drawn pictures of guns, pencils twirled in a “threatening” manner, imaginary bows and arrows, even fingers positioned like guns) can also land a student in hot water.


Even good deeds do not go unpunished.


One 13-year-old was given detention for exposing the school to “liability” by sharing his lunch with a hungry friend. A third grader was suspended for shaving her head in sympathy for a friend who had lost her hair to chemotherapy. And then there was the high school senior who was suspended for saying “bless you” after a fellow classmate sneezed.


In South Carolina, where it’s against the law to disturb a school, more than a thousand students a year—some as young as 7 years old—“face criminal charges for not following directions, loitering, cursing, or the vague allegation of acting ‘obnoxiously.’ If charged as adults, they can be held in jail for up to 90 days.”


These outrageous incidents are exactly what you’ll see more of if the Trump Administration gets its way.


Increasing the number of cops in the schools only adds to the problem.


Thanks to a combination of media hype, political pandering and financial incentives, the use of armed police officers (a.k.a. school resource officers) to patrol school hallways has risen dramatically in the years since the Columbine school shooting.


Indeed, the growing presence of police in the nation’s schools is resulting in greater police “involvement in routine discipline matters that principals and parents used to address without involvement from law enforcement officers.”


Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, these school resource officers (SRO) have become de facto wardens in elementary, middle and high schools, doling out their own brand of justice to the so-called “criminals” in their midst with the help of tasers, pepper spray, batons and brute force.


In the absence of school-appropriate guidelines, police are more and more “stepping in to deal with minor rulebreaking: sagging pants, disrespectful comments, brief physical skirmishes. What previously might have resulted in a detention or a visit to the principal’s office was replaced with excruciating pain and temporary blindness, often followed by a trip to the courthouse.”


The horror stories are legion.


One SRO was accused of punching a 13-year-old student in the face for cutting the cafeteria line.


That same cop put another student in a chokehold a week later, allegedly knocking the student unconscious and causing a brain injury.


In Pennsylvania, a student was tasered after ignoring an order to put his cell phone away.


When 13-year-old Kevens Jean Baptiste failed to follow a school bus driver’s direction to keep the bus windows closed (Kevens, who suffers from asthma, opened the window after a fellow student sprayed perfume, causing him to cough and wheeze), he was handcuffed by police, removed from the bus, and while still handcuffed, had his legs swept out from under him by an officer, causing him to crash to the ground.


Young Alex Stone didn’t even make it past the first week of school before he became a victim of the police state. Directed by his teacher to do a creative writing assignment involving a series of fictional Facebook statuses, Stone wrote, “I killed my neighbor’s pet dinosaur. I bought the gun to take care of the business.” Despite the fact that dinosaurs are extinct, the status fabricated, and the South Carolina student was merely following orders, his teacher reported him to school administrators, who in turn called the police.


What followed is par for the course in schools today: students were locked down in their classrooms while armed police searched the 16-year-old’s locker and bookbag, handcuffed him, charged him with disorderly conduct disturbing the school, arrested him, detained him, and then he was suspended from school.


Not even the younger, elementary school-aged kids are being spared these “hardening” tactics.


On any given day when school is in session, kids who “act up” in class are pinned facedown on the floor, locked in dark closets, tied up with straps, bungee cords and duct tape, handcuffed, leg shackled, tasered or otherwise restrained, immobilized or placed in solitary confinement in order to bring them under “control.”


In almost every case, these undeniably harsh methods are used to punish kids—some as young as 4 and 5 years old—for simply failing to follow directions or throwing tantrums.


Very rarely do the kids pose any credible danger to themselves or others.


Unbelievably, these tactics are all legal, at least when employed by school officials or school resource officers in the nation’s public schools.


This is what happens when you introduce police and police tactics into the schools.


Paradoxically, by the time you add in the lockdowns and active shooter drills, instead of making the schools safer, school officials have succeeded in creating an environment in which children are so traumatized that they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, nightmares, anxiety, mistrust of adults in authority, as well as feelings of anger, depression, humiliation, despair and delusion.






For example, a middle school in Washington State went on lockdown after a student brought a toy gun to class. A Boston high school went into lockdown for four hours after a bullet was discovered in a classroom. A North Carolina elementary school locked down and called in police after a fifth grader reported seeing an unfamiliar man in the school (it turned out to be a parent).


Police officers at a Florida middle school carried out an active shooter drill in an effort to educate students about how to respond in the event of an actual shooting crisis. Two armed officers, guns loaded and drawn, burst into classrooms, terrorizing the students and placing the school into lockdown mode.


If these exercises are intended to instill fear and compliance into young people, they’re working.


As journalist Dahlia Lithwick points out: “I don’t recall any serious national public dialogue about lockdown protocols or how they became the norm. It seems simply to have begun, modeling itself on the lockdowns that occur during prison riots, and then spread until school lockdowns and lockdown drills are as common for our children as fire drills, and as routine as duck-and-cover drills were in the 1950s.”


The toll such incidents take on adults can be life-altering, but when such police brutality is perpetrated on young people, the end result is nothing less than complete indoctrination into becoming compliant citizens of a totalitarian state.


Schools acting like prisons.


School officials acting like wardens.


Students treated like inmates and punished like hardened criminals.


This is the end product of all those so-called school “safety” policies, which run the gamut from zero tolerance policies that punish all infractions harshly to surveillance cameras, metal detectors, random searches, drug-sniffing dogs, school-wide lockdowns, active-shooter drills and militarized police officers.


Unfortunately, advocates for such harsh police tactics and weaponry like to trot out the line that school safety should be our first priority lest we find ourselves with another Sandy Hook.


What they will not tell you is that such shootings are rare.


As one congressional report found, the schools are, generally speaking, safe places for children.


In their zeal to crack down on guns and lock down the schools, these cheerleaders for police state tactics in the schools might also fail to mention the lucrative, multi-million dollar deals being cut with military contractors such as Taser International to equip these school cops with tasers, tanks, rifles and $100,000 shooting detection systems.


Indeed, the transformation of hometown police departments into extensions of the military has been mirrored in the public schools, where school police have been gifted with high-powered M16 rifles, MRAP armored vehicles, grenade launchers, and other military gear. One Texas school district even boasts its own 12-member SWAT team.


According to one law review article on the school-to-prison pipeline, “Many school districts have formed their own police departments, some so large they rival the forces of major United States cities in size. For example, the safety division in New York City’s public schools is so large that if it were a local police department, it would be the fifth-largest police force in the country.”


The ramifications are far-reaching.


There can be no avoiding the hands-on lessons being taught in the schools about the role of police in our lives, ranging from active shooter drills and school-wide lockdowns to incidents in which children engaging in typically childlike behavior are suspended (for shooting an imaginary “arrow” at a fellow classmate), handcuffed (for being disruptive at school), arrested (for throwing water balloons as part of a school prank), and even tasered (for not obeying instructions).


Instead of raising up a generation of freedom fighters—which one would hope would be the objective of the schools—government officials seem determined to churn out newly minted citizens of the American police state who are being taught the hard way what it means to comply, fear and march in lockstep with the government’s dictates.


So what’s the answer, not only for the here-and-now—the children growing up in these quasi-prisons—but for the future of this country?


How do you convince a child who has been routinely handcuffed, shackled, tied down, locked up, and immobilized by government officials—all before he reaches the age of adulthood—that he has any rights at all, let alone the right to challenge wrongdoing, resist oppression and defend himself against injustice?


Most of all, how do you persuade a fellow American that the government works for him when, for most of his young life, he has been incarcerated in an institution that teaches young people to be obedient and compliant citizens who don’t talk back, don’t question and don’t challenge authority?




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Peter Gray, a professor of psychology at Boston College, believes that school is a prison that is damaging our kids, and it’s hard to disagree, especially with the numbers of police officers being assigned to schools on the rise.


Students, in turn, are not only finding themselves subjected to police tactics such as handcuffs, leg shackles, tasers and excessive force for “acting up” but are also being ticketed, fined and sent to court for behavior perceived as defiant, disruptive or disorderly such as spraying perfume and writing on a desk.


Clearly, the pathology that characterizes the American police state has passed down to the schools.


Now in addition to the government and its agents viewing the citizenry as suspects to be probed, poked, pinched, tasered, searched, seized, stripped and generally manhandled, all with the general blessing of the courts, our children in the public schools are also fair game for school resource officers who taser teenagers and handcuff kindergartners, school officials who have criminalized childhood behavior, school lockdowns and terror drills that teach your children to fear and comply, and a police state mindset that has transformed the schools into quasi-prisons.


Don’t even get me started on the “school-to-prison pipeline,” the phenomenon in which children who are suspended or expelled from school have a greater likelihood of ending up in jail. One study found that “being suspended or expelled made a student nearly three times more likely to come into contact with the juvenile justice system within the next year.”


By the time the average young person in America finishes their public school education, nearly one out of every three of them will have been arrested. Nearly 40 percent of those young people who are arrested will serve time in a private prison, where the emphasis is on making profits for large megacorporations above all else.


Indeed, this profit-driven system of incarceration has also given rise to a growth in juvenile prisons and financial incentives for jailing young people. In this way, young people have become easy targets for the private prison industry, which profits from criminalizing childish behavior and jailing young people.


None of these tactics are making our communities or schools any safer, and they’re certainly not contributing to environments in which learning flourishes. Incredibly, despite the fact that the U.S. invests more money in public education (roughly $13,000 per child per year) than many other developed countries, we rank around the middle of the pack in science, math and reading, and behind many other advanced industrial nations.


Without a doubt, change is needed, but that will mean taking on the teachers’ unions, the school unions, the educators’ associations, and the police unions, not to mention the politicians dependent on their votes and all of the corporations that profit mightily from an industrial school complex.


As we’ve seen with other issues, any significant reforms will have to start locally and trickle upwards.


For starters, parents need to be vocal, visible and organized and demand that school officials 1) adopt a policy of positive reinforcement in dealing with behavior issues; 2) minimize the presence in the schools of police officers and cease involving them in student discipline; and 3) insist that all behavioral issues be addressed first and foremost with a child’s parents, before any other disciplinary tactics are attempted.


As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, if you want a nation of criminals, treat the citizenry like criminals.


If you want young people who grow up seeing themselves as prisoners, run the schools like prisons.


If, on the other hand, you want to raise up a generation of freedom fighters, who will actually operate with justice, fairness, accountability and equality towards each other and their government, then run the schools like freedom forums.


Remove the metal detectors and surveillance cameras, re-assign the cops elsewhere, and start treating our nation’s young people like citizens of a republic and not inmates in a police state penitentiary.





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By B.N. Frank


Lawsuits continue to be filed against The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for NOT protecting the public from the telecom industry (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)Included in the not-protecting is approving tens of thousands of satellites despite catastrophic warnings from astronomers and other experts (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).


A paper published last month even suggests they may have broken environmental law when they approved SpaceX’s Starlink Mega Constellation (approximately 42,000 spacecraft!) and that they could be sued for this as well.  (Fingers crossed!)  SpaceX offered a solution – make future satellites dark.  Astronomers said that this could actually create more and worse problems. Regardless, SpaceX blasted more of them into space today anyway.


         



      

From ClickOrlando:



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – After the fog cleared over Cape Canaveral Monday a Falcon 9 rocket blasted off carrying another batch of SpaceX satellites as part of the company’s goal to create a space-based internet.


The rocket launched at 10:05 a.m. minutes after the fog appeared to part ways revealing a mostly clear blue sky. Sixty Starlink satellites were jam-packed inside the rocket’s nose cone, bringing SpaceX’s total in space to 300.


Unlike the previous four batches of Starlink satellites, which were deployed into a circular orbit in low-Earth orbit, the spacecraft launched Monday were deployed into an elliptical, or oval orbit.


SpaceX confirmed all satellites were successfully deployed in orbit about 15 minutes after launch.


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We Bring You This Critical Alert, Contributed By WealthResearchGroup.com and Their Founder, Lior Gantz, Who Our Staff Looks At For Accurate Economic Forecasting.


Policy-makers have gone mad and the general public doesn’t quite understand how dire the situation is. Everyone’s bullish on the U.S. economy; can you find anyone that isn’t saying that “things are looking good, overall,” or that doesn’t have his money tied to deflationary assets?


Assets, which perform well in deflation, have done the impossible for 40 years, while inflation has plummeted from the 1970s craze.


The entire investment world is OPERATING under the premise that inflation is a thing of the past. Interest rates reflect no concerns with inflation. Bond investors are locking in yields that make no sense for anyone who anticipates 2% inflation or higher in his lifetime, and there’s a housing shortage in many desired areas due to lack of construction.


 


Central banks are throwing everything they’ve got into the fire, but they can’t seem to spark the inflation needed to raise rates higher and normalize. Without relevant interest rates, no one is afraid of leveraging and the default of lousy businesses is gone.


Think about it, since that’s the real bubble – the idea that inflation has been solved by what the Davos crowd is referring to as “Disruptive Deflation.”


The theory is that there’s so much innovation and so many benefits to the breakthroughs we enjoy in technology that prices keep compressing and our lives continue to get more efficient, without tacking on additional costs.


On our smartphones, we browse the web, take photos, calculate, communicate and stay up-to-date on global events. This contraption fits in a pocket and is affordable to most of the world’s population. Therefore, the argument goes, the economy has disinflation.


Like all other This Time It’s Different concepts, this one will blow up in our faces as well.


Another category that is blowing up in our faces right now – and causing champagne bottles to be opened and poured like kings in Turkey and other manufacturing capitals outside of Southeast Asia – is the coronavirus.



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The demand for steel is down 80%. The truth is that we haven’t begun to feel the impact from the virus on financials yet, but this indicator just shows you the level of DISRUPTION and the size of the DROP in activity, in the world’s second largest economy and its manufacturing DOMINATOR.


Pollution levels have dropped by 50% in China, which also proves just how much of an impact these unfortunate circumstances have on their workforce and on the world, as a whole.






If we don’t see signs of relief and progress soon, it won’t end as swiftly and neatly as SARS did.


Millennials, who are definitely not in the habit of trusting their elected officials, are pushing the price of Bitcoin above $10,000 yet again and I’m not discounting a 30%-40% move upwards in the next few months.


The chart looks ripe for a BREAKOUT!



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Bitcoin is no longer a bet on some obscure idea. It is a calculated investment, based on the fact that it is leading the internet of value. The World Wide Web connected the planet and made the world like one village, but the blockchain will cause unheard-of improvements in lowering the costs of the middle-man, who SUCK UP a fifth of the price of an item in some cases.


The bull market in stocks is truly not over. We keep seeing how ready investors are to bail on equities at the first sign of trouble. This isn’t the way these bull markets end.


On top of that, investors are quite happy with buying bonds. This shows me that they’re so cautious that the upside doesn’t bother them whatsoever – they seek wealth preservation.



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In order to show you just how the mindset of the market has altered, check out the yield that lenders are willing to accept from the Greek government.


Truly, these are unprecedented times for all of us.


When the history books close our chapter, we will all know the real cost of PRINTING CURRENCY out of thin air.



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By B.N. Frank


Doctors, scientists, engineers, and public advocates have asked President Trump for a moratorium on 5G because of biological, environmental, and safety risks (see 1, 2, 3).  Other warnings about 5G have been issued by meteorologists, NASA, NOAA, the U.S. Navy, security experts and other respected sources (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).


Multiple 5G lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. (see 1, 2, 3, 4).  People and animals have been getting sick where it has been turned on (see 1, 2, 3, 4).  Telecom companies have still offered NO SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE that it’s even safe.  Unfortunately many elected officials and government employees continue to force 5G installation anyway.  This includes permitting satellites to be launched into space to blast it at Earth.  Overkill – literally.


So it’s not surprising that opposition to 5G continues to increase worldwide as well as in the U.S.  The first Global 5G Opposition Day was held in January.  Many cities and countries have taken action – even banning it.  Regardless – American “powers that be” continue insisting we must win this “Race to 5G.”  Now, they’re literally advertising for it.


         



      

From Multichannel News:



5G Action Launches C-Band Ad Campaign


Ties need for speed to threat from China


FCC chair Ajit Pai is one of the stars of a new paid ad campaign pushing the FCC to free up C-Band spectrum for 5G ASAP.


The aptly named 5G Action Now says it has launched a “targeted digital” ad campaign featuring Pai, President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General Bob Barr all talking about the danger of China winning the race to 5G.



The campaign follows Pai’s announcement last week of a late 2020 auction of C-Band midband spectrum. He plans a vote on the plan at the FCC’s Feb. 28 meeting.


[…]The ads, a mix of 30- and 60-second spots, will run in Washington, D.C., for the next several weeks, according to the group.


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Of course this isn’t just about 5G.  Sources of cell phone and wireless WiFi radiation – 1G through 4G – are also biologically and environmentally harmful.  Pollution from Electromagnetic Radiation (“Electrosmog”) has been a problem for many years now.  Many experts have been insisting we should be drastically reducing sources of Electrosmog whereas the “Race for 5G” does the exact opposite.  All this to beat China…







Activist Post reports regularly about 5G and other sources of unsafe technology.  For more information, visit our archives and the following websites:



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Whatis5G.Info
Zero5G
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EMF Safety Network
Environmental Health Trust
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By Aaron Kesel


The Twitter account belonging to WikiLeaks and brandishing a total of 5.4 million followers has been locked ahead of its former editor-in-chief and founder Julian Assange’s extradition hearing, according to Kristinn Hrafnsson the current editor-in-chief of the transparency organization.


Hrafnsson expressed that all attempts to get the account reopened by regular channels made available by Twitter have been unsuccessful. Hrafnsson tagged both the platform’s tech support as well as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.


         



      




Back in 2018, WikiLeaks, the WikiLeaks Task Force, Assange’s legal team, and Assange’s official defense team were locked out of the platform for over 24 hours, according to a 2018 tweet by Hrafnsson.




All the accounts were eventually unlocked.





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Previously, Assange’s personal Twitter account (which was then turned into the AssangeDefense account) was deleted, undeleted, and finally suspended. Caitlin Johnstone also notes that bias was clear from the start with Twitter’s refusal to verify Assange.


A second account associated with WikiLeaks, EmbassyCat, a profile that was created in the likeness of Assange’s pet cat, has also been suspended and unsuspended in the past without reason as well as shadowbanned.


A third account associated with Assange’s defense – the Unity4J Twitter account dedicated to circulating information about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange – was also mysteriously suspended last year, along with several people involved with the account including Kitty Hundal and Christy Dopf who are a few individuals who publicly post Unity4J’s tweets.



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Huffington Post General Discussion / China’s Expanding New World Order!
« on: February 17, 2020, 08:58:10 PM »

      

Op-Ed by Neenah Payne


The coronavirus crisis must not make us lose sight of the importance of understanding how powerful China has become under President Xi Jinping. China is one of the most rapidly changing countries on the planet – and is also changing the world in several key ways. Xi Jinping was Vice President from 2008-2013 when he became President. He is now considered the most important Chinese leader since Mao Zedong. Since China removed term limits for the presidency in 2018, Xi may be President for life.


Three major initiatives show that Xi’s vision extends beyond China to transforming the world:




BRICS: The coalition of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa in the BRICS nations is a powerful shift in both economic and political power away from the “Washington Consensus”. The BRICS nations are increasingly moving away from the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency – with major implications for America.

The New Silk Road: Ambition and Opportunity says that in 2013, President Xi announced the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) aka “New Silk Road” in one of the most significant speeches in China’s recent history. It is the largest infrastructure project since the Marshall Plan. The stated goal of the BRI is to create a new infrastructure for world trade between 65 countries.

Partnering With Africa: China is investing heavily in the infrastructure of African countries by building roads, highways, schools, universities, hospitals, bridges, harbors, etc. The Chinese collaboration is helping Africa recover from 500 years of enslavement and colonialism. This is a win-win situation in which China gains the mineral resources it needs for industrialization and thereby drives up prices for those commodities. The US-China trade rivalry is underway in Africa, and Washington is playing catch-up shows the strategic importance of this growing shift.

         



      

These initiatives represent China’s stated commitment to eliminating the division between rich and poor worldwide. This is a radically different vision from the one held by Europe and the US for 500 years.


The initiatives are creating a new balance of power — a New World Order.


The New Silk Road: Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)


The New Silk Roads: The New Asia and the Remaking of the World Order by Peter Frankopan says:
“All roads used to lead to Rome. Today they lead to Beijing.”


China Railway Express: From Silk Road to Silk Railroad Two says that a thousand years ago, commodities could take a year to get from China to Europe over the old Silk Road. Marco Polo’s reports of China inspired Europeans to travel to China and eventually led to the trip by Christopher Columbus in pursuit of a westward path to the wealth of the Indies. There was also a Maritime Silk Road of ports in a vast network of international commerce that connected East and West.


This Silk Road spirit was one of peace, cooperation, openness, inclusiveness, mutual learning, and mutual benefits. In 1938, in his book The Silk Road, Swedish Explorer Sven Hadin wrote,


It can be said without exaggeration that this traffic artery through the whole of the old world is the longest, and from a cultural-historical standpoint, the most significant connecting link between peoples and continents that has ever existed on Earth.


The Silk Roads: A New History of the World shows that understanding the old Silk Road provides a deeper understanding of China’s role in history – and how China is changing the world today.



“One Belt One Road Documentary Episode One: Common Fate” reports that President Xi said in his speech proposing the new Silk Road that the starting point of the old Silk Road was in Shaanxi, the province where he grew up. The old Silk Road was the center of trade, knowledge, and civilization. China introduced not only silk to Europe, but paper and printing, spices, and medicines. Constantinople (Istanbul), Venice, and other cities sprang up on the Silk Road and prospered.



When China was smelting iron, Europe lagged far behind. China’s capital city was the world’s largest, seven times bigger than Constantinople. By the 11th century, China had 11 cities with a population of 100,000 while the largest city in Europe had yet to reach 20,000. Chinese innovations like the magnetic compass were reaching the West via the Silk Road and were changing the world.


The Chinese Silk Road – Episode 1 – The Journey Begins suggests that Italian pasta came from China!


Rise of the West: 500 Years of Colonialism


Christopher Columbus sailed west to find a new route to the East. When he landed in the Western Hemisphere, that opened the “Age of Discovery”. With colonial expansion, Europe developed a trade monopoly. By the mid-19th century, the introduction of the steam engine led to a transition in Europe from a hand-crafted economy to the Industrial Revolution based on machine-powered mass production. As Europe embarked on widespread colonization, the caravans on the Silk Road began to disappear and, after a millennium of prosperity, the Silk Road went into decline. Europe became enriched through its colonization of the Americas, Australia, Asia, as well as its enslavement and later colonization of Africa.


Rather than a mutually-beneficial exchange of goods and knowledge, Europe launched a campaign of destruction of ancient civilizations. As Rome had destroyed the Library of Alexandria in Egypt, Spain burned all but three of the books of the Mayan civilization. The Incas were performing brain surgery with a 90% success rate in the 1500s while that operation was a guaranteed failure in Europe even 300 years later. Yet, Europe adopted an attitude of superiority and “White Supremacy” used to justify its theft of continents and mass genocide in the Americas and Africa. The West waged endless wars.


Rise of China: Back To The Future


The West was dominant from the 16th to the mid-20th century. However, after WWII, mass liberation movements swept across Asia and Africa. The new countries that emerged faced a common challenge – the need for development. The first Asian-African Conference was held in 1955 in Bandung, Indonesia which fostered unity among the developing nations. It was the origin of “South-South” cooperation.


A broad consensus developed that there was a need for a new Silk Road to unite humanity in a project for exchange of information. The Silk Road reached its lowest ebb in the late 19th century. With the establishment of the People’s Republic of China by Mao Zedong in 1949, China’s colonial and feudal period came to an end. The adoption of the reform and opening policy in the 1970’s boosted its economic power. In 1978, China was the world’s 10th largest economy in terms of GDP. By 2016, China had the second largest economy after the US. By 2019, the US GDP was $21.44 trillion while China’s GDP had grown to $27.31 trillion.


In the 21st century, we are witnessing the rise of China and the emergence a completely different New World Order based on global projects. President Xi is thinking big both domestically and internationally. Other developing countries are striving to follow the example of China. Under Xi, China has built an impressive network for high-speed bullet trains and continues to expand it. The infrastructure will be on display for the world to see when China hosts the 2022 Winter Olympics. China’s investment in developing its infrastructure and that of Africa is inspiring the world. The West is increasingly being left behind now as it continues to focus on fighting the War on Terror and fails to develop at home.


China’s Green Revolution


China is also rapidly inspiring the world because of its green revolution discussed below.


The green revolution is sweeping across China. China is the first country to see desert shrinkage. China’s green growth miracle explains how China resolved the conflict between development and environment. A forest has sprung up so quickly in northwest China that it is still shown on maps as the MaoWusu Desert — China’s fifth largest desert which was the size of Massachusetts and Connecticut combined. It is now more than 90% forest. In 33 years, 4,000 acres of desert were turned into an oasis. A solar farm was built in Datong, once known as “China’s capital of coal” which ranked third on China’s air pollution in 2005. It has also built wind farms. Datong is now leading in green energy.  China is a world leader in renewable energy.


Green China Rising says that China is now scaling new technologies faster than any other country and is providing a model for the world. Although 70% of China’s energy still comes from coal which chokes China’s cities and contaminates its rivers and land with mercury, change is coming on a scale that’s hard to grasp. China is building a coal-firing plant each week, but most of these are state-of-the-art facilities – much more efficient than the older polluting plants.


In another initiative, the carbon dioxide from coal plants is being captured and used to make Coca Cola, beer, soda, dry ice, and fire extinguishers. The rest of the CO2 is stored underground. China’s “Green Gen” plant was built on land that was ocean three years ago. China’s Silk Road is now lined with wind turbines as far as the eye can see. Wind generation has exploded in China. In 2005, China was the tenth largest producer of wind turbines. China now leads the world both in wind turbines production and the number of wind turbines in use. In 2011, China added more wind capacity than all the other top 10 producers combined.


The largest wind farm in the world is in northwest China. It will be world’s first 10 gigawatt wind farm. It is 12 times larger than the world’s largest wind farm in Texas. China is building seven wind farms of this size. China’s “Gold Wind” firm has created a superior technology that is cheaper to build and is more reliable in high winds and extreme cold. Gold Wind is collaborating with the US – creating jobs in America by outsourcing the creation of parts to American firms — especially for American wind farms.


China is the world’s largest user of solar energy, saving 14 million tons of coal being burned every year. However, perhaps the most amazing new technology coming out of China now is called “Big Foot”. It is designed to clean up rivers so polluted they are not safe to even touch and makes them safe enough to swim in. China has only 7% of the world’s fresh water, but it has 19% of the world’s population – and is growing fast. So, its water crisis is urgent, especially in the large cities on its east coast. The “Big Foot” technology was presented in the US in a competition for the Mississippi River. China is partnering with the US in multiple ways now.


The China Dream


China: Time of Xi (Episode 1) – People’s Republic discusses the “China Dream” in which President Xi is working to ensure prosperity for all Chinese. It says that elimination of poverty is one of China’s key domestic goals and Xi has promised that no one will be left behind. Xi’s view is that GDP should never be the sole measure of success.


In 2016, China spent more than $10 billion on tackling poverty. Each village has Poverty Task Force
Leaders and every poor family has a folder with a plan for which a Chinese official is responsible. Rather than handing out funds to poor families, people are encouraged to participate in self-help initiatives like bee keeping or a joint kiwi farm. Roads are being built to remote villages to provide new ways to make a living. Since 2013, 60 million people have been raised above the poverty line. That’s one person every two seconds. China used to have more low-income earners than any country in the world. Today, China has more middle-income earners than any other country. In 1980, the average income was $300/year. In 2000, it was $3,000/year. In 2017, average incomes reached $10,000/year.




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Starting in the 1970s, Xi served at every level of government in five provinces before becoming Vice President and then President in 2013. In the past five years, Xi visited 14 of the poorest regions of China. Each of those provinces has more people than most countries.


The video shows how ecommerce is closing the gap between villages and cities – and the whole world. The combination of state investment, private investment, and smart technology is uniquely Chinese. In 2016, rural ecommerce provided jobs for 20 million people in China for $758 billion. That was up 26% from the previous year. China has also invested heavily in rural education.


Xi has carried out the largest-scale investment in infrastructure modernization in the world. One of the most exciting projects is the bullet train. Now, there are four high-speed train lines running north to south and four east to west. The plan is to double that with eight lines running east to west and eight running north to south in time to showcase when China hosts the 2022 Winter Olympics . China is re-inventing its infrastructure as it reinvents its culture – and is inspiring the world.


China’s Bullet Trains


Why China Is So Good at Building Railways says that in 2008, China began investing in its High-Speed Railroad network. By 2018, China had more high-speed trains than the rest of the world combined! A former trip of 44 hours over a distance equivalent to Washington, DC to Dallas takes about nine hours now. China is the poorest country in the world to have high-speed rail.



China’s new high-speed train will ‘float’ over tracks to hit 370 miles an hour says that’s more than 150 mph faster than the world’s fastest passenger trains now in regular intercity service which touch 217 mph on runs between Beijing and Shanghai. The driverless train went into service this year and is designed to float above the track using a technology known as magnetic levitation, or maglev. A trip by train could be even faster than traveling by air under certain circumstances.


The fastest passenger train in intercity service in the United States is Amtrak’s Acela Express which runs between Boston and Washington, D.C. It reaches a top speed of 150 mph — but only for 34 miles of the 450-mile route. Train tickets on the Acela Express from New York to Washington, DC, frequently go for more than $200. Train tickets for the bullet trains cost about $100.


China’s ‘bullet train’ network is the largest in the world — and it’s about to get even bigger. In 2018, China’s “bullet train” network was already the largest in the world at 15,500 miles compared the second biggest high-speed rail network in Spain which is just 1,926 miles. It adds that by 2020, China plans to expand its high-speed rail network to around 18,600 miles, linking most of the nation’s big cities.


The video FIRST CLASS BULLET TRAIN in CHINA (All Time Greatest Train Seat)! provides an inside view. The video Shanghai MAGLEV TRAIN REVIEW – The FASTEST Train in the WORLD  is a very different experience on a short ride in Shanghai. The video China High Speed Rail (CRH) BUSINESS CLASS REVIEW – Chinese Bullet Train shows that each seat has a TV! The video Amazing China: The incredible Chinese high-speed rail shows that Chinese trains are the fastest in the world.


The video Fastest Train Being Built in America! – NYC to DC in 60 Minutes discusses the Northeast Maglev Project which will use Japanese technology. It will be the biggest public works project in the US. The first leg from Washington to Baltimore is expected to be available in 2028.


China’s Multi-Faceted Investment Across Africa


The video “China’s Footprint in Africa” shows the deep investment China has been making in multiple sectors in a variety of African countries for several years.




US Competes Poorly With China in Africa


The Heat: US Competes with China in Africa discusses the challenges the US faces in matching China’s successful investment strategy in Africa. The video explains that there was a time when the “Washington Consensus”, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank dictated the political economy in Africa. The US provides loans mainly to deal with Ebola and AIDS.


However, with the rise of the BRIC nations, there is an increasing realization that the world has become a different place. So, now African countries are facing east and the US is playing catch-up to the massive investment China is making in Africa partnering with African nations. So, the balance of power has changed in a way that the West is not dealing with effectively. Africa is looking for win-win relationships with China, Russia, and the US. China has responded. The West has a lot to learn now.


China in Africa: Friendship, Training, Support




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China is calling on the people of all countries to work together to build a community with a shared future for mankind, to build an open, inclusive, clean, and beautiful world that enjoys lasting peace, universal security, and common prosperity.


A New Era of China-Africa Cooperation Ep.1: Shared Dreams and the other four videos in the series provide deeper insight into China’s multi-faceted relationship with Africa. The Chinese relate to Africans not just with respect, but warmly as brothers and sisters. Episode 2 is Shared Aspirations. Episode 3 is Integrated Interests. Episode 4 is Connecting People. Episode 5 is Future Partnership.


China is helping Africa build infrastructure such as airports, roads, highways, harbors, railroads, and manufacturing centers. China is building clinics and hospitals to improve healthcare. It is also building schools and universities and providing various kinds of training in Africa as well as in China. It has also established banks and has created a great number of jobs in various sectors.


China has drilled 1,000 wells and built hydro power stations in eight African nations to provide easier access to clean water and to prevent water-borne diseases. China created 20 airport expansion projects with green development which facilitates tourism. China has sent 2,000 peacekeepers to several African nations, operating within the framework of the United Nations. It has built industrial parks integrated with new railroads. China built an assembly plant for cars in South Africa that will create 12,000 jobs.


Since 1963, China has sent 21,000 medical workers to 48 African nations treating tens of millions of patients. Forty-six medical aid teams consisting of nearly 1,000 doctors are working in 45 countries throughout Africa. During the Ebola epidemic, China provided humanitarian and material assistance. China launched a satellite for Algeria to facilitate telecommunications. China is supporting Africa in launching 100 projects for clean energy and is helping Africa protect its wildlife, building smart cities, and is promoting environment-friendly agriculture.


Africa has reciprocated this generous support. When China was hit by earthquakes in 2010, the government of the Republic of Congo donated 16 million RNB to rebuild the primary school. Equatorial Guinea (just 1 million people) donated 1 million euro to China. Many African countries helped by donating money. China and Africa have a collaborative relationship.


Is China The New Global Model?


Zambian economist Dr. Dambisa Moyo explains in her TED Talk “Is China the new idol for emerging economies?” that for the first time, there is a challenge to the Western model of politics and economics. She warns that the West is now out of step with the aspirations of the developing world – a world being inspired now by China. She points out that while the developed world holds up the ideals of capitalism, democracy, and political rights for all, people in emerging markets often don’t have that luxury.



Dr. Moyo makes the case that the West can’t afford to rest on its laurels and imagine others will follow. Instead, a different model embodied by China’s call for open-minded political and economic cooperation in the name of transforming the world is increasingly appealing. Dr. Moyo presents a radical blueprint for change to galvanize growth and ensure the survival of democracy in the 21st century.


Dr. Moyo is the author of:




Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way For Africa (2010)

How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly- and the Stark Choices Ahead (2011)

Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources and What It Means for the World (2013)

Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy Is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth-and How to Fix It (2018)

The charts below summarize the Western and Chinese models. Dr. Moyo says the West has two choices: compete or cooperate. She says the West should invest in the developing world. The question is how to create prosperity for all. See “TEDx Brussels 2010 – Dambisa Moyo – How the West was Lost” for Dr. Moyo’s analysis of what has gone wrong in the US and Europe — and how to fix it now.




 


   

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