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By Jason Ditz


(ANTIWAR.COM) — According to reports out of the Sunday Times, Britain is set to deploy approximately 100 Royal Marines to the Gulf of Oman in the days to come, with an eye toward protecting British warships in the area.


Officials cited “concern” about mounting tensions with Iran, and noted that Iran had summoned the British Ambassador to protest Britain blaming them for last week’s tanker attacks.


         



      

Yet this deployment is, if officials are to be believed, unrelated to those attacks. Rather, they say the deployments had been planned for several weeks, as part of the general escalation toward Iran, and just happen to coincide with the tanker attacks.


Iran has denied attacking the tankers, though both the US and Britain have declared Iran the guilty party. So far, there has been no sign of any incidents in the region threatening anyone’s warships, and with the ongoing US escalation, there are a lot more warships in the region than there normally are.


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By Michael Snyder


The amount of corn produced in the United States this year is going to be way below expectations.  The Department of Agriculture just slashed its harvest estimates quite dramatically in its June report, but some farmers in the Midwest believe that those reduced projections are still way too optimistic.


As I have previously detailed, millions upon millions of acres will go unplanted this year, but that is only part of the story.  Much of the corn that has actually been planted is coming up very slowly due to the exceedingly poor conditions, and corn farmers all over the Midwest are reporting that their plants look absolutely terrible.  If we get picture perfect weather between now and harvest time, this will simply be a terrible year.  But if severe heat and/or an early frost hits the Midwest, this could very easily be the worst year that we have ever seen for corn farmers in the United States.


The other day, Illinois farmer James McCune gathered a large number of his fellow corn farmers for a “Prevent Plant Party”, and the mainstream media showed up to cover it.  The following is from CNBC’s coverage of the event…



James McCune, a farmer from Mineral, Illinois, was unable to plant 85% of his intended corn acres and wanted to commiserate with his fellow farmers by hosting the “Prevent Plant Party” at The Happy Spot. He invited them to swap stories while tucking in to fried chicken and a keg of beer in Deer Grove, a village of about 50 people located 120 miles west of Chicago.


“Everybody’s so down in the dumps,” McCune said.



         



      

In addition, McCune told Fox Business that this year is “a disaster like I’ve never seen before”, and he said that some of his neighbors got even less corn planted than he did…



“It’s a disaster like I’ve never seen before,” McCune told FOX Business. “My neighbors didn’t get 90 percent of their corn planted.”


After non-stop rain plagued the region this spring – when corn farmers typically get seed in the ground – most have decided time is now too short and are choosing not to plant.



As bad as things are in Illinois right now, the truth is that some neighboring states are in even worse shape.


According to the latest Department of Agriculture report, 73 percent of the cornfields in Illinois have been planted, but in Indiana that figure is sitting at just 67 percent and in Ohio only 50 percent of the fields have been planted.


50 percent.


That is an unmitigated disaster, because the time for planting corn has now passed.


Needless to say, the farmers that were not able to plant crops have been absolutely flooding their insurance companies with claims.  Just check out this quote…


“We get pockets of claims every year,” said Luke Sandrock of the Cornerstone Agency insurance company. “We have 1-2 percent of our clients (who typically file). This year, it’s over 90 percent, and so we’ve just never dealt with it on this size of a scale before.”


But it is imperative to remember that even if farmers were able to get their fields planted, that does not mean that everything is going to be okay.


In fact, corn farmers all over the Midwest are deeply distressed by what is emerging from the ground.  In his entire farming career, James McCune has never seen anything like this…



A smartphone could fit in the space between James McCune’s index finger and thumb as the Illinois farmer describes the height of crops stunted by incessant rain and unseasonably cool weather.


“Corn’s not supposed to be this tall” in mid-June, McCune, who can trace his family’s farm roots as far back as 1857, said. “It’s supposed to be this tall,” as he gestures just below his waist.



And farmer Rob Sharkey used the word “ugly” to describe the condition of the corn on his farm…


“We planted some stuff that was not pretty,” said corn farmer Rob Sharkey. “But I didn’t have a choice. We did not get conditions that were right for planting, so we went when we could. It’s ugly.”


We’ll see what happens, but right now we are facing an unprecedented nightmare in the heartland of America.






It is exceedingly difficult to grow corn in soil that is absolutely saturated with water.  Some farmers are saying that it is literally going to take “years” to recover from this disaster, and many will never be able to go back to farming again because they have been financially ruined.


Of course there are many farmers that are doing their very best to soldier on, but it is tough.  Illinois farmer Mike Thacker was able to get 60 percent of his fields planted, but at this point he is not happy with a single field…



Mike Thacker, a farmer in Walnut, Illinois, planted about 1,600 acres of corn, or 60% of what he planned. He is reluctant to plant more because yields typically decline the later a crop is planted.


Thacker said corn that has started emerging from the ground is shorter than normal. He was not happy with even one field.


“It makes you feel terrible,” Thacker said at the party.



But like I said earlier, if the weather is ideal between now and harvest time, 2019 will just be a terrible year.


However, a major heat wave this summer would be absolutely catastrophic, and if there is an early frost it “will turn this world upside down”…



Farmers think more cuts are likely as the late-planted crop could face damage from hot summer weather and an autumn frost.


“An early frost will turn this world upside down,” Rock Katschnig, a farmer from Prophetstown, Illinois, said at the party.



So much of the corn that has been planted is way, way behind schedule, and so many Midwest farmers will push things for as long as possible when we get to harvest time.




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But an early snap of cold weather could ruin those plans.


In any event, in the short-term U.S. consumers are going to be facing significantly higher prices at the grocery store.  Beyond that, we could potentially be facing the sorts of scenarios that most people don’t like to think about.


For the moment, more rain continues to hammer the middle of the country.  In fact, there was more flash flooding in the Midwest on Saturday…


The combination of two different frontal boundaries caused severe weather and flash flooding in parts of the Plains and Midwest on Saturday. There were over 130 reports of severe weather, including 17 reported tornadoes and numerous reports of straight-line winds of 70 to 80 mph across parts of Texas and Oklahoma.


Sadly, even more “heavy rain” is on the way, and some areas could see over 4 inches of precipitation early in the week…


Heavy rain is expected through Tuesday from Texas to Pennsylvania, with locally over 4 inches of rain expected and flash flooding in spots — especially parts of hard-hit Oklahoma and Arkansas.


I have been repeatedly writing about this crisis for the last couple of months, and now the mainstream media is finally starting to grasp the true gravity of this disaster.


In all of U.S. history we have never witnessed anything like this ever before.  We have seen endless rain and catastrophic flooding month after month so far in 2019, and the middle of the country is still getting pummeled at this moment.


Nobody knows exactly what the weather will look like during the critical summer months, but I have a feeling that the end result of this crisis will be far worse than any of the “experts” were anticipating.



About the author: Michael Snyder is a nationally-syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is the author of four books including Get Prepared Now, The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters. His articles are originally published on The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dream and The Most Important News. From there, his articles are republished on dozens of other prominent websites. If you would like to republish his articles, please feel free to do so. The more people that see this information the better, and we need to wake more people up while there is still time.


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By Oiwan Lam


Despite Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s promise to suspend the legislation of the extradition (amendment) bill on June 15 after a series of clashes between riot police and protesters, nearly two million local residents continued to rally on the streets on Sunday June 16. They demanded Lam’s resignation, a complete withdrawal of the extradition bill, and the renunciation of the labeling of the June 12 protests as a “riot”.


The Hong Kong police’s crackdown on protesting crowds with tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and bean bags on June 12 has left the society in a state of shock. Many question why the police authorities did not attempt to separate the few aggressive protesters from the peaceful ones, and why they fired rubber bullets and bean bags into the crowd without notice.


         



      

“Motherly” remarks


Ignited by Carrie Lam’s labeling of the June 12 clashes as a “riot” and her maternalistic comparison of the protesters to “spoiled kids”, thousands of Hong Kong mothers gathered at the Chater Garden park on the night of June 13 and slammed Lam’s cold-blooded support of the police’s violent crackdown. The mothers declared that their sons and daughters were no rioters, expressing their concern that if they did not speak out and act, their kids might be shot by police in future protests.


Many parents also joined the June 16 rally with their kids to express their support of young people. They displayed banners with slogans such as “Kids are not rioters”, “Students are not rioting”, “No shooting our kids”, and “Carrie Lam is not our mother”.



Parents rallied with their kids on Sunday June 16. The placard in Chinese reads: “Don’t attack journalists.” Photo from inmediahk.net. Used with permission.



“We are not rioters”


Other protesters carried satirical signs that mimicked police warning banners to protest the police force’s abuse of power:



19

      

By Catherine J. Frompovich


It never fails to ‘impress’ me how academia, business and industry go out of their ways to hype innovation in science, products and/or services, so consumers can’t resist them, then rush to purchase and use them when made available for sale.


However, there’s another ‘thing’ that really impresses me the wrong way and that is when corporations go ‘hell bent’ to prove their products are safe in varied ways, except two which, of course, are the most important of all, in my opinion as a retired healthcare professional:



1 – There are NO adverse health effects to humans, pets and wildlife.


[We know that microwave RFs produce non-ionizing radiation adverse health effects, which no vested-interest corporate entity apparently wants to investigate, other than independent scientists and academics, who are finding a ‘boat load’ of issues or problems.


Strange as it may seem, Dr. Henry Lai, University of Washington, did research on “Radiofrequency: Does Funding Matter” and found the following data:


Non-industry studies: 70% harmful effects; 30% no effects


Industry studies: 32% harmful effects; 68% no effects]


         



      

2 – There are/were NO ecological or environmental impact studies done, which should be required before the hyper-rush of the 5G experiment involving all life forms is implemented.


[Previous generations of microwave energy bandwidths up to 4G did not have such studies performed —BIG mistake—so 5G automatically now is considered to be a “shoo in.”  Where are the Monarch butterflies?  What’s happening to birds and bees losing their ‘navigation’ capabilities?]



“Not so fast,” is the resounding global chorus from concerned individuals, especially those who are electromagnetic hypersensitive [EHS].  Want to know what EHS is, or more about it?  Please read this link written by Dr. Erica Mallery-Blythe, MD.


Dr. Magda Havas, PhD, an environmental toxicologist at Trent University, Canada, made a presentation at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, which you can experience by watching the video below.


Magda Havas Talks at NIEHS May 9, 2016 on Electrosmog & EHS
15:23 minutes


https://youtu.be/fqMCjEs9oxE?t=21


The EHS population and demographics increase daily as humans realize their health has taken a downward spiral since they were forced to take AMI Smart Utility Meters in addition to using cell phones and other microwave tech products.  Dr. Havas claims about 3% of humans have severe EHS symptoms, and 35% of the population has mild to moderate symptoms, i.e., anywhere from 9 to a 100 million people!  And governments aren’t concerned!  How about the New World Order governance?




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Ah!  That’s their ultimate goal for total control!


How come Lloyds of London won’t insure anything to do with EMFs?


Dr. Havas, at the end of her NIEHS talk, plays a voice over song about men carrying live cell phones in their pants pockets and their “Johnsons,” a ditty you won’t want to miss.


So who are we to believe about Gigahertz (GHz) frequencies at which Wi-Fi operates propaganda?  What will happen when 5G produces faster, more powerful Wi-Fi; ‘smart’ homes and ‘smarter’ everything else but dumbed-down humans; and the coveted of all high tech ‘productions’, the Internet of Things?


One university in the Netherlands believes it can produce, and will have, answers to all concerns consumers have.  It’s the University of Groningen.  Below is the video produced, and what I interpret as a grandiose sales pitch for 5G.


The north of the Netherlands is the ideal testing ground for 5G applications
3:10 minutes


https://youtu.be/WNYwf8_6eGY?t=48




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What do you think?


Resource:


Electro-Magnetic Fields From Mobile Phones: Recent Developmentshttps://www.smombiegate.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/smombie-gate-EMF-Final-November-2010.pdf


Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice, plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer health ​issues researcher ​and holistic health advocate since the late 1970s; she continues researching and writing in retirement. Her career in holistic healthcare began in the early 1970s when she had to save, and restructure, her life resulting from having “fallen through the allopathic medical paradigm cracks.”


Catherine has written numerous books. The following can be purchased on Amazon books:


Eat To Beat Disease, Foods Medicinal Qualities (2016)Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines (2013) A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments (2012)Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)


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By B.N. Frank


Since IBS affects 6-18% of people worldwide, it’s likely that you know at least one person who has it.  According to WebMD it affects between 25-45 million Americans – most of whom are women who acquire the condition in their late teens and early 40s.


The Mayo Clinic reports “The precise cause of IBS isn’t known” but that it may be triggered by food, stress, and hormones.  Anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues are also associated with it too.


Could where people carry their cell phones play a role?  Whenever it’s carried in someone’s purse, bag or inside pants’ pockets, it’s pretty darn close to everything digestive.  Those phones emit harmful Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) whether people feel them pulsing or not.


         



      

Of course everything wireless emits it.  Laptops and wearables emit it.  So do ear buds, some hearing aids and even new high-tech diapers. Exposure to EMR can lead to Microwave Sickness and symptoms include digestive problems, stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea, neurological problems, anxiety, stress, appetite loss, and much more. 


According to a recent report from the World Health Organization, exposure to increasing levels of Electromagnetic Fields in 1st world countries may lead to health issues in 30% of population.  In 2010, other health experts basically said the same thing.  Children seem to be more affected by exposure than adults.  Of course, pets are affected too.


I have a friend in his early 50s who has IBS and wishes he didn’t.  It seemed to hit him in his mid-30s.  He eats well and exercises daily.  His IBS only flares up when he’s stressed out.  He’s also had a cell phone for approximately 20 years which he’s mostly carried in his pants’ pockets.  This may not have caused his IBS but it probably hasn’t helped it.






For more information, visit the following websites:



Center For Safer Wireless
Clear Light Ventures
ElectromagneticHealth
EMF Safety Network
Environmental Health Trust
Generation Zapped
National Association for Children and Safe Technology
Parents for Safe Technology
Physicians for Safe Technology
SaferEMR
SafeTechForSchools
Wireless Information Network

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By Chris Calton


In March 1919, the Communist Party headed by Vladimir Lenin stated in its newly drafted program that among the party objectives was the complete abolition of money. The State Bank of Russia would be “abolished and turned into the central bookkeeping office of the Communist society.”1 In theory, the ruling party could have simply decreed money out of existence, but this would fail to eliminate the circulation of currency throughout a vast country that the Bolsheviks did not fully control in 1919.


Instead, their strategy was to resort to the printing press. The banks were among the first institutions the Bolsheviks seized, and control over the money supply allowed them to pay salaries to the recently formed secret police and Red Army that were used to consolidate Bolshevik control following the 1917 revolution. But the rapid printing of money was also part of a deliberate strategy to usher in the inevitable moneyless economy of communism.


         



      

The strategy worked, but it did not bring about the outcome that Marxist theory predicted. By the time the Party adopted its program calling for the abolition of money in 1919, the Bolshevik regime was already adding between two and three billion rubles to the circulating money supply every month. But this was far too modest. In May, the regime authorized the State Bank (renamed the “People’s Bank”) to issue as much new currency as it saw fit. When the Bolsheviks took power, there were less than 20 billion rubles in circulation. By the end of 1919, the money supply had grown to 225 billion rubles, and by the middle of 1921, it reached a whopping 2.3 trillion.2 The following year, the money supply was counted in quadrillions.3


As the country sank into famine, the emission of “colored paper” stood as the only growing industry in the economy. The only limitation to the regime’s ability to print even faster was the need for ink and paper. The gold they seized from bank vaults was useful for the purchase of printing supplies from foreign economies. The presses ran nonstop, and by the end of the 1919, the mint employed nearly 14,000 workers.


Two years after the first Party platform was drafted, the attendees at the Party Congress were ecstatic about their success in inflating the currency out of existence. Evgenii Preobrazhenskii, a leading Bolshevik economic planner, noted that the French revolutionaries had only depreciated their currency to 1/500th of its original value, whereas the ruble had been reduced to 1/20,000th of its 1917 value. “This means that we have overtaken the French Revolution 40 to 1,” he bragged.4 The goal of inflation was the abolition of money, and the ruling elite was proud of their success. The peasantry, struggling to survive, resorted to using salt and bread as media of exchange.


Shockingly, the destruction of money failed to bring about the rational economic order that the communists believed to be inevitable. Instead of orderly production, the result was mass starvation and peasant uprisings. The Bolsheviks, with their unflinching faith in Marx’s predictions, had to contend with this mystery before they lost their tenuous control of the Russian economy.


While Russia was inflating its economy to literal death, many Western intellectuals viewed the failing Soviet experiment through rose-colored glasses. This is the backdrop in which Ludwig von Mises wrote his groundbreaking essay  “Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth,”  with  Socialism   —his second major work—following shortly thereafter. For Mises, the chaos of Russia’s economy was no mystery: market prices formed through the voluntary exchange of private property were necessary for the rational allocation of resources.


At least one leading Bolshevik begrudgingly acknowledged Mises’s great insights as a basis for the modest market reforms known as the New Economic Policy. In 1925, Nikolai Bukharin wrote:


Although bourgeois critics of the policy of the proletarian dictatorship in Russia have offered mainly nonsense and foolishness, some of their comments were not so stupid and contained a relative truth. One of the most learned critics of communism, the Austrian Professor Mises, presented the following propositions in a book on socialism written in 1921-22. . . . So long as the communists attempted to arrange production by commands, with a stick, their policy would lead, and already was leading, to an inevitable collapse.5




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It is hardly high praise to say that Mises’s critiques of socialism “were not so stupid,” but for a Bolshevik ideologue, it was a profound concession. Although Bukharin was unwilling to denounce socialism, he recognized that market reforms—albeit modest ones—were necessary to prevent the collapse of the nascent Soviet state. These reforms included the reintroduction of functional money


At the end of 1922, the Party turned to a “bourgeois” banker, Nicholas Kutler—an advocate of liberal reforms prior to the 1917 revolution—to solve their fiscal crisis. Kutler’s solution was the return to a gold-based currency. The new banknotes, known as chervonets, were backed by gold bullion and foreign reserves. Over the next two years, Russian currency was stabilized as the worthless rubles were replaced by gold-backed bank notes. Lenin, embarrassed by the socialist backpedaling, insisted that the measure was only temporary, and as soon as communism became global, money would disappear (successfully, this time) and gold would only be used for the construction of toilets.


It is important not to overstate the reforms of the New Economic Policy. Although the currency reforms and opening of markets prevented the complete implosion of the Russian economy, the Party continued to control the majority of the country’s industry. The result of the modest economic liberalization was a concomitantly modest recovery, coupled with an increase in political terror to reinforce Party rule. The Bolsheviks loosened their grip on the economy just enough to let the people breathe for a brief period. Instead of learning the lessons of their original failures and the subsequent gains achieved by mild reforms, the Party—under the leadership of Joseph Stalin—turned back to uncompromising economic controls by the end of the decade. The result would be the most severe economic calamity the world had yet experienced.


The lessons from the Bolshevik policy of inflation are still relevant today. The arguments in favor of inflationary policy may no longer be justified by Marxist theory and the pursuit of a moneyless economy, but the consequences of inflation operate irrespective of the theorist’s intentions. As the inflationary doctrine of Modern Monetary Theory  grows increasingly popular, Bolshevik history should not be forgotten. Regardless of the policy’s purpose, inflation serves only to distort economic signals and, ultimately, destroy the currency and whatever economy the currency is attached to.




1. Quoted in Richard Pipes, The Russian Revolution (New York: Vintage Books, 1991), 685.

2. Pipes, 686.

3. Richard Pipes, Russia Under the Bolshevik Regime (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993), 393.

4. Quoted in Pipes, The Russian Revolution, 687.

5. Nikolai Bukharin, “Concerning the New Economic Policy and Our Tasks,” 1925.




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Chris Calton is a 2018 Mises Institute Research Fellow and an economic historian. He is writer and host of the Historical Controversies podcast.


See also his YouTube channel here.


This article was sourced from Mises.org


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By Catherine J. Frompovich


Bang the timpani drums and clang the brass cymbals!  One municipality finally was able to get an ordinance passed that prohibits AMI Smart Meters from being installed anywhere within the city limits.


The City of Independence, Missouri, did the right thing for all its residents!



19-031 – 2R.  An ordinance prohibiting the City from installing Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), entering into a contract for the purposes of installing AMI and voiding any contracts entered into as a result of the approval of Non-Ordinance Action Item No. 2 approved on April 1, 2019.


Ord. #19014  [June 3, 2019 Council Agenda]


Source:  http://agendas.indepmo.org/MeetingView.aspx?MeetingID=626&MinutesMeetingID=-1&doctype=AgendaJune



         



      

Furthermore, according to reports emailed to me:


The City of Independence including the Mayor, City Council, City Manager, City Employees, and or anyone on their behalf shall be prohibited from installing AMI, also known as Smart meters at any location within the city limits of Independence or on any customer of municipally owned utility known as Independence Power and Light, and shall be prohibited from entering into a contract with any entity for the purposes of installing AMI, also known as Smart meters at any location within the city limits of Independence or on any customer of municipally owned utility known as Independence Power and Light.


Citizens of Independence went to extraordinary means to get the above ordinance passed.  They were more than furious and began a campaign that proved not only effective, but produced their objective:


No AMI Smart Meters!


At one regular City Council meeting, residents jammed the meeting carrying signs and flip-flops, saying the council was the “flip-flop council.”  Then something very interesting happened.  An initiative referendum, which required 3,000 signatures to qualify for the voters’ ballot, was proposed.  However, when all the petitions were handed in, there were 5,035 signatures certified by the Election Board.


That presented a fiscal problem, since the city council discussed the expense of putting the referendum on the ballot for a community vote.






Then the obvious sensible approach was taken since, under city rules, council was required to take one of two measures: 1) Either put it on the ballot; or 2) adopt the language of the initiative as an ordinance.


On June 3, 2019, the Independence city council adopted the initiative language thereby prohibiting Smart Meters and avoiding the AMI contract on a 6 to 1 vote, with Curt Dougherty as the only opposing vote.


Now, why can’t other municipalities do the same, since nowhere are AMI Smart Meters mandated by The Energy Policy Act of 2005, Public Law 109-58, §1252 Smart Metering!


In (3) (i) Time-Based Metering and Communications, it states the following:


Each state regulatory authority shall conduct an investigation and issue a decision whether or not it is appropriate for electric utilities to provide and install time-based meters and communications devices for each of their customers which enable such customers to participate in time-based pricing rate schedules and other demand response programs.




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It’s rather interesting, I think, that no one seems to have picked up on the above except the citizens of Independence, Missouri.


It seems more than logical for those affected by electrosmog pollution produced by AMI SMs, including non-ionizing radiation adverse health effects, i.e.,  EHS (electromagnetic hypersensitivity), that they would want to take similar public disapproval action against either their respective cities, counties, states and utility companies.


Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice, plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer health ​issues researcher ​and holistic health advocate since the late 1970s; she continues researching and writing in retirement. Her career in holistic healthcare began in the early 1970s when she had to save, and restructure, her life resulting from having “fallen through the allopathic medical paradigm cracks.”


Catherine has written numerous books. The following can be purchased on Amazon books:


Eat To Beat Disease, Foods Medicinal Qualities (2016)Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines (2013) A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments (2012)Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)


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By Derrick Broze


In the last ten years, our world has been completely transformed thanks to the exponential growth of digital technology. Technological advances with computer processors and the Internet have quickly advanced our world into one that resembles some of the most well-known sci-fi films and novels. Not a single day passes without a report on an emerging technology or new feature in an already existing product. The last ten years alone have seen rapid growth in information technology, encryption, the medical industry and 3D printing technology, just to name a few.


Unfortunately, as technology is a tool, there are equally frightening developments taking place in the first two decades of the 21st century. Specifically, the ability for governments and private actors to monitor and spy on the activity of the average person has nearly become accepted as the norm. In fact, it has become commonplace to hear Americans respond to warnings of Orwellian futures with the timeless trope, “If you’re not doing anything wrong, there’s nothing to hide!” This is what makes it all the more surprising to see a surplus of recent reports examining the dangers and implications of a world where facial recognition technology is commonplace.


         



      

Here’s a small sample of the current headlines related to facial recognition:



Most Americans Trust Facial Recognition Technology – But Not At The Airport
Terrifying AI Matches DNA to Facial Recognition Databases
Why Is Facial Recognition Important? 3 Signs It’s Too Big to Ignore Any Longer
Facial recognition smart glasses could make public surveillance discreet and ubiquitous

Even the Washington Post published a warning titled “Don’t smile for surveillance: Why airport face scans are a privacy trap.”


Questions surrounding the emerging technology have reached enough of a tipping point that just this week, House Democrats questioned the Department of Homeland Security over the use of facial recognition tech on U.S. citizens. The Hill reported that more than 20 House Democrats sent a letter on Friday to the DHS over the Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) use of facial recognition technology at U.S. airports. The Border Patrol claims that they are rolling out the facial recognition program at a number of airports under a congressional mandate and with an executive order from President Donald Trump. Lawmakers say the program was supposed to focus on foreign passengers, not Americans.


The group of lawmakers wrote:



We write to express concerns about reports that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is using facial recognition technology to scan American citizens under the Biometric Exit Program.



The letter to DHS comes shortly after a representative with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) the House Oversight and Reform Committee said that the FBI has access to hundreds of millions of photos that are used for facial recognition searches. Gretta Goodwin, a representative with the GAO, said the FBI uses expansive databases of photos—including from driver’s licenses, passports and mugshots—to search for potential criminals. Goodwin noted that the FBI has a database of 36 million mugshots and access to more than 600 million photos, including access to 21 state driver’s license databases.






Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio reminded Ms. Goodwin that the FBI has access to more photos than there are people in the country. “There are only 330 million people in the country,” Jordan stated.


The TSA was also questioned about their use of facial recognition at airports. Austin Gould, the TSA’s assistant administrator on Requirements and Capabilities Analysis, said the facial recognition program has been helpful for travelers. However, critics say the potential benefits of saved time and reducing passenger volume should not override the greater risk to privacy. The TSA plans to have facial recognition tech at the top 20 airports for international travelers by 2021 and at all airports by 2023. The TSA has also previously expressed their desire to scan the face of every single American who enters the airport.


The push back against facial recognition—and biometric technology in general—has moved beyond words in some areas. Most recently, San Francisco became the first city to ban government use of facial recognition. Due to the success in San Francisco, California lawmakers are considering AB 1215, a bill that would extend the ban across the entire state. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) spoke in favor of the bill, stating that the technology has been shown to have disproportionately high error rates for women, the elderly, and people of color. EFF also warned about the dangers of combining face recognition technology with police body cameras.


The editorial board of the Guardian also recently spoke out about the privacy threats, calling the technology “especially inaccurate and prone to bias.” The editorial board also noted that a recent test of Amazon’s facial recognition software by the American Civil Liberties Union found that it falsely identified 28 members of Congress as known criminal. Although the technology is currently dangerous due to its inaccuracy, the Guardian warns:





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It may be too late to stop the collection of this data. But the law must ensure that it is not stored and refined in ways that will harm the innocent and, as Liberty warns, slowly poison our public life.


It’s clear that the debate on the benefits and threats of facial recognition technology is not going anywhere anytime soon. It’s up to us as individuals to educate ourselves and inform our peers about the threats to privacy and freedom that are becoming increasingly more apparent everyday.


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By B.N. Frank


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is supposed to protect the American public by regulating the Telecom Industry.  However, it is not a health or environmental organization and the agency has been considered “captured” since long before President Trump took office.  It’s only become worse with the “Race for 5G” (see 1, 2, 3). Even the Telecom Industry has admitted they have no scientific evidence that 5G is safe.



         



      

American opposition to 5G is growing and it’s not just about health and environmental risks either.  The U.S. Navy, NASA, NOAA, meteorologists, security experts, and utility companies have all warned that widespread 5G installation is going to create all kinds of widespread problems.


Regardless, the FCC is considering changes to the OTARD Rule to allow telecom companies to pay homeowners to install harmful 5G radiation-emitting antennas on rooftops in neighborhoods across America.  Seriously…


Thanks to GrassrootsEnvED for posting this short video which explains this in more detail:



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By B.N. Frank


In February, telecom industry representatives gave U.S. congressional testimony that they could provide no scientific evidence that 5G technology is safe.  Plenty of research has determined it’s not safe.  The World Health Organization (WHO) recently warned that increasing levels of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) could lead to increased health issues for 30% of the population.  Experts have warned about this before.  Other health experts – including the American Academy of Pediatrics – have been warning for years now that children are more affected by exposure than adults.


It doesn’t make sense that despite all of this (and more) 5G is still being promoted and unleashed around the world.  Opposition is growing, though – including in the town of Glastonbury, England whose council has voted against installing it there for now.


         



      

From the BBC:



The new speedy 5G mobile network is set to be trialled at this year’s Glastonbury festival for the very first time.


The event, which will run from June 26 to June 30, will host over 200,000 music lovers.


They will be some of the first people to test the latest mobile network before it is rolled out across several cities in the UK later this year – as long as they have a phone that is compatible with 5G.


But some campaigners have set up a petition for it to be banned at the world-famous festival, which 3,000 people have signed. They say they’re worried about how safe the new technology is.


Residents of Glastonbury town have also expressed concerns over 5G. The issue has even been taken up with the local authorities. Now, Glastonbury council is looking into it and has voted against the introduction of 5G in the town for now.







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By Tyler Durden


An internal Facebook document reveals that the social media giant monitors its users’ offline behavior as part of how the company determines whether a person should be classified as a “Hate Agent,” according to Breitbart’s Allum Bokhari who has reviewed the document.


Titled “Hate Agent Policy Review,” the document reveals that Facebook employs a series of “signals” which include a person’s behavior both on and off the platform. Once determined to be a “hate agent,” a person is banned from the platform.



If you praise the wrong individual, interview them, or appear at events alongside them, Facebook may categorize you as a “hate agent.”


Facebook may also categorize you as a hate agent if you self-identify with or advocate for a “Designated Hateful Ideology,” if you associate with a “Designated Hate Entity” (one of the examples cited by Facebook as a “hate entity” includes Islam critic Tommy Robinson), or if you have “tattoos of hate symbols or hate slogans.” (The document cites no examples of these, but the media and “anti-racism” advocacy groups increasingly label innocuous items as “hate symbols,” including a cartoon frog and the “OK” hand sign.)


Facebook will also categorize you as a hate agent for possession of “hate paraphernalia,” although the document provides no examples of what falls into this category. –Breitbart



         



      

Facebook may even brand someone a hate agent for “statements made in private but later made public,” according to the report.




Bokhari also notes from his previous reports that Facebook categorized right-wing pundit Paul Joseph Watson as “hateful” in part because he interviewed British activist Tommy Robinson on his YouTube channel. Similarly, prominent conservatives Candace Owens and Brigitte Gabriel are on the list, along with UK politicians Marie Waters and Carl Benjamin.



The Benjamin addition reveals that Facebook may categorize you as a hate agent merely for speaking neutrally about individuals and organizations that the social network considers hateful. In the document, Facebook tags Benjamin with a “hate agent” signal for “neutral representation of John Kinsman, member of Proud Boys” on October 21 last year.






Facebook also accuses Benjamin, a classical liberal and critic of identity politics, as “representing the ideology of an ethnostate” for a post in which he calls out an actual advocate of an ethnostate. –Breitbart



Facebook divides hate speech into three tiers depending on the severity of the offense;



Tier 1 attacks, which target a person or group of people who share one of the above-listed characteristics or immigration status (including all subsets except those described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses), where attack is defined as


Any violent speech or support in written or visual form


Dehumanizing speech such as reference or comparison to:


Insects; Animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior; Filth, bacteria, disease and feces, Sexual predator, Subhumanity, Violent and sexual criminals, Other criminals (including but not limited to “thieves,” “bank robbers,” or saying “all [protected characteristic or quasi-protected characteristic] are ‘criminals’”); Mocking the concept, events or victims of hate crimes even if no real person is depicted in an image.




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Tier 2 attacks, which target a person or group of people who share any of the above-listed characteristics, where attack is defined as; Statements of inferiority or an image implying a person’s or a group’s physical, mental, or moral deficiency; Physical (including but not limited to “deformed,” “undeveloped,” “hideous,” “ugly”); Mental (including but not limited to “retarded,” “cretin,” “low IQ,” “stupid,” “idiot”); Moral (including but not limited to “slutty,” “fraud,” “cheap,” “free riders”); Expressions of contempt or their visual equivalent, including (but not limited to) “I hate”, “I don’t like” , “X are the worst” , Expressions of disgust or their visual equivalent, including (but not limited to), “Gross” , “Vile” , “Disgusting” , Cursing at a person or group of people who share protected characteristics


Tier 3 attacks, which are calls to exclude or segregate a person or group of people based on the above-listed characteristics. We do allow criticism of immigration policies and arguments for restricting those policies.


If you have done any of the above over the past two years, Facebook considers it a ‘hate signal.’


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By Jason Ditz


(ANTIWAR.COM) — US military intelligence agency the DIA has issued a new statement directly accusing the Russian government of conducting low-yield nuclear tests in the course of developing more advanced nuclear arms.


This is the second time the DIA has suggested Russia was conducting nuclear tests in the past month. The statement today, as with the previous one, came with no evidence that any such testing ever took place.


         



      

Russia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement condemning the US allegations as a “crude provocation,” saying that the allegations are groundless. It is unlikely that Russia would need to carry out nuclear tests in 2019, as generations of nuclear weapons development put them in a position that makes them more than capable of making such arms.


As one Russian MP pointed out last time the DIA made such an accusation, nuclear tests aren’t exactly secret. There is a huge global array of seismic devices that would immediately detect any nuclear tests carried out, and no such tests have been detected in Russia.


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By Dagny Taggart


Technology that was once only seen in dystopian science fiction is rapidly infecting real life. Two means of collecting personal data – DNA databases and facial recognition software – are forming an unholy alliance, and the privacy implications could be devastating.


Privacy concerns surrounding DNA and facial recognition aren’t anything new. As the popularity of DNA genealogy websites like Ancestry DNA and 23andMe increase, so do questions over who has access to that data and how it will be used. The use of facial recognition and other biometric data technology is on the rise, and people are expressing concerns (and outrage) about that technology as well.


         



      

Recently, GEDmatch, which has more than 1 million genetic profiles in its database, decided to stop providing information to police without user permission. Last month, the site faced criticism when it allowed Utah police to use the database while investigating a violent assault. “Prior to the change, GEDmatch had allowed police to use its data only for rapes and homicides,” reports Bloomberg:



The site is now asking users whether they want to allow police to access their DNA information. Previously, law enforcement could search profiles in the database unless a customer explicitly opted out.


Law enforcement agencies have increasingly relied on GEDmatch after it was used to find a man suspected of killing at least 12 people and raping scores of women in California between 1976 and 1986. A distant relative of the alleged Golden State Killer had uploaded DNA into GEDmatch. The genetic profile partially matched crime-scene evidence, indicating the person was related to the anonymous suspect who had eluded capture for four decades. From there, investigators built out that person’s family tree, which led to the arrest last year of a 72-year-old former police officer. (source)



Engineers are figuring out how to match DNA to faces in a database.


Now, DNA and facial recognition have merged, a development that is sure to ignite new concerns over privacy and how our most personal data is collected and used.


A team of engineers just built an algorithm that scans through a database of images and selects the faces that could be linked to the DNA found at a crime scene. Until now, predicting what someone’s face looks like based on a DNA sample has eluded scientists. But, it is getting easier for them to use samples to filter the right face from a database, as an international team led by researchers at KU Leuven has shown. Their findings were published in Nature Communications.


Our physical appearance (including our facial details) is hardwired into our genetic material. Scientists have already identified multiple genes that determine the shape of our face – from the distance between our nostrils to the shape of our chin. Some of that research was also conducted by a team at KU Leuven. Back in 2018, they identified fifteen genes that determine our facial features. In a related press release, the researchers explained the technique they used:


In a new study conducted by KU Leuven in collaboration with the universities of Pittsburgh, Stanford and Penn State, the researchers adopted a different approach. “Our search doesn’t focus on specific traits,” lead author Peter Claes (KU Leuven) explains. “My colleagues from Pittsburgh and Penn State each provided a database with 3D images of faces and the corresponding DNA of these people. Each face was automatically subdivided into smaller modules. Next, we examined whether any locations in the DNA matched these modules. This modular division technique made it possible for the first time to check for an unprecedented number of facial features.” (source)


As of now, the ability to use that information to find a match between a DNA sample from a crime scene and someone in a DNA database does not exist, but it appears scientists are getting closer to making that a possibility.


In a press release, Claes, an electrotechnical engineer at KU Leuven and the senior and corresponding author of the new study, explained why that remains a challenge:


We believe that the shape of our face is determined by thousands of genes, but also by the food we eat and other living conditions. Therefore, it is unlikely that we will ever be able to accurately predict a lifelike face from DNA alone.


This technology could be used to solve crimes…or for less honorable purposes.


For forensic analysis and other applications, the ideal scenario would be to find a match between a DNA sample from a crime scene and someone in a DNA database. If the DNA doesn’t match anyone in the database, however, it could still be used to predict what the perpetrator’s face looks like and make a sketch. This sketch could then be compared to a database with the faces of known criminals, for example, Claes said:







This method mostly helps rule people out. In practice, we don’t usually get any further than a sort of reference face, such as ‘a European male’. That’s not much use to a forensic investigator. Unfortunately, while we are learning about more and more genes that determine certain aspects of our face, this does not yet sufficiently translate to a better match between the predicted face and the faces in the database.



To overcome this obstacle, the researchers developed a “reverse approach”, as explained in the press release:




“Instead of going from DNA to face, we’re trying to go from face to DNA. Using special software, we measure each face and check if this face is a possible outcome based on a unique bit of DNA.”


“It then becomes a game of ‘guess who’. If the face is male and the DNA says it is a woman, all the men are eliminated. If the hair is blond and the genetic material confirms this, that eliminates all other hair colours.”


“The more genes we identify, the more accurate this method becomes, and it will only continue to improve as our knowledge of the relevant genes grows.”


So what if the face you’re looking for is not in the database? “Then you will at least have a list of faces that look a lot like the one you are looking for. Instead of a single reference face, such as ‘Asian female’, you will have a list of Asian females who are most similar to the person you want to find.” (source)




If your face isn’t in a database yet, it likely will be soon.




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For this technology to be useful, large face databases will be needed, such as ID card or driver’s license databases. Obviously, privacy issues are a huge concern. Claes acknowledges this fact. “Working with databases that contain private information such as DNA or faces requires strict supervision to prevent misuse,” he said.


By 2021, 97% of travelers will have their faces scanned. In some stores, “smart” refrigerators “analyze” your face and track your irises (but don’t worry – the company says they aren’t using true facial recognition). Amazon is developing software called Rekognition that can identify anything it’s looking at – including your face. Surveillance systems are insidious, sneaking into our lives at every turn.


What do you think?


Do you think this technology will be beneficial to humanity or harmful? What kinds of problems do you see arising if this technology becomes widely used? Please share your thoughts in the comments.


Dagny Taggart is the pseudonym of an experienced journalist who needs to maintain anonymity to keep her job in the public eye. Dagny is non-partisan and aims to expose the half-truths, misrepresentations, and blatant lies of the MSM.


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This article was sourced from The Organic Prepper.


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By James Corbett


“In our time it is broadly true that political writing is bad writing” wrote George Orwell 70 years ago, and the observation remains true today. But bad writing is not just bad writing; the language employed by politicians (and their string pullers) can literally be a matter of life and death.


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By B.N. Frank


These states are not messing around and their lawsuits are getting a lot of media coverage.  There is also increasing U.S. opposition to widespread 5G installation which now includes the U.S. Navy, NASA, meteorologists and utility companies. Even more disturbing – the telecom industry has still provided no evidence that 5G is safe and plenty of researchers say it isn’t.


From KTIA:



The state attorneys general said the promised benefits, such as better networks in rural areas and faster service overall, cannot be verified, while eliminating a major wireless company will immediately harm consumers by reducing competition and driving up prices for cellphone service.


New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement that combining the two companies would reduce access to affordable, reliable wireless service nationwide and would particularly affect lower-income and minority communities in New York and other urban areas.


         



      

Other attorneys general joining Tuesday’s lawsuit are from Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Virginia and Wisconsin. All 10 attorneys general are Democrats. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in New York.


The lawsuit is an unusual step by state officials ahead of a decision by federal antitrust authorities. The Justice Department’s decision is pending. The Republican majority of the Federal Communications Commission supports the deal, though the agency has yet to vote.


T-Mobile and Sprint have argued that they need to bulk up to upgrade to a fast, powerful “5G” mobile network that competes with Verizon and AT&T. The companies are appealing to President Donald Trump’s desire for the U.S. to “win” a global 5G race.


Consumer advocates, labor unions and many Democratic lawmakers worry that the deal could mean job cuts, higher wireless prices and a hit to the rural cellphone market.


Amanda Wait, an antitrust lawyer and former Federal Trade Commission lawyer, said states are acting because they disagree with what they have seen the federal government doing.


“They see the FCC accepting certain remedies and concessions that don’t, in their minds, solve the problem,” she said.



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