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By B.N. Frank


According to an opinion piece in the Hindu Businessline, India already has 3 million tons of E-Waste which will more than likely increase due to the introduction of 5G.


5G E-Waste concerns have been reported before.  Let’s not forget also that E-Waste is a huge problem already without 5G (see 1, 2).


So what will happen to all the increasing sources of E-Waste if there is ever a global ban on sending it to developing countries?


         



      



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By Tyler Durden


Twitter has announced new rules governing how they will now treat world leaders’ accounts, making clear that certain content will result in “enforcement action,” according to a Tuesday press release.


“There continues to be meaningful public conversation about how we think about Tweets from world leaders on our service. We welcome the conversation and want to share more context on our principles and process for reviewing reported Tweets from these accounts,” reads the statement.



When it comes to the actions of world leaders on Twitter, we recognize that this is largely new ground and unprecedented. We understand the desire for our decisions to be “yes/no” binaries, but it’s not that simple. The actions we take and policies we develop will set precedent around online speech and we owe it to the people we serve to be deliberate and considered in what we do.


Our mission is to provide a forum that enables people to be informed and to engage their leaders directly. We also have a responsibility to the people who use Twitter to better explain why we make the decisions we make, which we will do here. -Twitter



         



      

That said, world leaders are still to be afforded far greater leeway than the general population, as they state “the accounts of world leaders are not above our policies entirely.”


For example, the following areas “will result in enforcement action for any account on our service” regardless of who it is:



Promotion of terrorism;
Clear and direct threats of violence against an individual (context matters: as noted above, direct interactions with fellow public figures and/or commentary on political and foreign policy issues would likely not result in enforcement);
Posting private information, such as a home address or non-public personal phone number;
Posting or sharing intimate photos or videos of someone that were produced or distributed without their consent;
Engaging in behaviors relating to child sexual exploitation; and
Encouraging or promoting self-harm.

Twitter says that in other cases involving world leaders, they will err on the side of leaving content up if there is a “clear public interest in doing so.






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With critical elections and shifting political dynamics around the world, we recognize that we’re operating in an increasingly complex and polarized political culture. These are constantly evolving challenges and we’ll keep our policies and approach under advisement, particularly as we learn more about the relationship between Tweets from world leaders and the potential for offline harm.


This post seeks to provide clear insight into how we address content from world leaders on Twitter today, and will serve as our statement on the decisions we make, rather than our teams providing feedback on individual Tweets and decisions. We’ve also updated our dedicated Help Center page to provide a significantly more detailed breakdown of how we make decisions regarding the use of the public interest notice.




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Our goal is to enforce our rules judiciously and impartially. In doing so, we aim to provide direct insight into our enforcement decision-making, to serve public conversation, and protect the public’s right to hear from their leaders and to hold them to account.


So just how long will it be before Twitter is strong-armed by Schiff et al. into leveraging these new rules to ban one of their most-followed users?



This article was sourced from ZeroHedge.com


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48

      

By B.N. Frank


Telecom Industry executives have admitted they have NO scientific evidence that 5G is safe.  Many doctors and scientists say it isn’t (see 1, 2, 3, 4).  People and their pets are already becoming sick where it’s installed (see 1, 2, 3).


Engineers, environmentalists, meteorologists, NASA, NOAA, U.S. Navy, security experts and more are also warning that 5G isn’t worth ALL the risks associated with it (see 1, 2, 3, 4).  Opposition is increasing worldwide.  So are lawsuits and legislation against forced installation. French NGOs are now asking for a moratorium on 5G at least until there can be a public debate on it.


         



      

From The Connexion:



NGOs including Agir Pour l’Environnement and Priartém-Electrosensibles de France have come out against the new technology, saying that its use will lead to physical and mental health problems, environmental issues, and could even negatively impact social freedom.


[…]


In France, 5G was officially announced on July 15 this year, with businesses in large towns and cities set to receive the coverage by the end of 2020, and two-thirds of individuals expected to be covered by 2026.


But in a statement, the NGOs said that introducing the technology could “push the planet and our society into a world with out-of-control consequences”.


It said: “Digital wireless communication technology has already had impacts that are not virtual: risks for our physical and mental health, hyperconnection with the world of work, and among young people; impact on the soil, landscapes and ecosystems, a growing energy bill, wasting of resources, risks from big data on our freedoms, lobbying weight on science and public politics…”


The statement said that 5G would “irrefutably aggravate these facts”.


The group is now calling for a halt to 5G development and rollout in France, at least until a public debate can be held on its use.


It said: “Developing a system that will cause lasting changes to the electromagnetic environment of our planet, to interactions between people and machines, and the wider workings of our society cannot be possible without deep consideration and debate from citizens.”






The possible impact of 5G on certain health conditions has been acknowledged by health authorities including French health and environmental agency (Agence Nationale de Sécurité Sanitaire de l’Alimentation, de l’Environnement et du Travail) Anses.


In 2016, it found that the radio frequencies of technology such as 5G could cause problems – for certain people – with memory, attention, and coordination. At the time, Anses recommended that young people limit their exposure to portable devices, tablets, and internet-connected toys.


In 2018, the agency also recognised that some people were reporting health problems linked to electromagnetic fields and waves, although it did add that this did not prove that there was a real link.


And this year, a group of 170 scientists raised concerns about the possible effects of 5G – and the higher frequencies it requires to work, which may be up to ten times’ higher than those used now – to the European Union.


In France, tests on 5G have already been rolled out in towns and cities including Bordeaux, Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, and Toulouse.






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By George Gilder


[Editor’s Note: The following article has been adapted from the book The Scandal of Money, written by George Gilder and originally published in 2016.]


I am more convinced than ever that if we ever again are going to have sound money it will not come from government. It will be issued by private enterprise.


Liberal economist Friedrich Hayek said that in 1977.


Yet it rings more true today than ever before.


         



      

Our Federal Reserve System, which gives twelve bankers a monopoly on money, is broken. Its fruits are low growth, a shrinking job force, inequality, inefficiency, and a hypertrophy of finance.


Nonproductive elites capture the bulk of the returns from money manipulation under government guarantees, and the rest of the population lives on financial leftovers.


The Fed has become a fourth branch of government that alienates Main Street from Wall Street and Wall Street from Silicon Valley.


Our society is breaking up into separate and suspicious tribes ruled by federal bureaucrats deciding what money is worth and who gets it.


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Our aging Federal Reserve System starves both small businesses and Silicon Valley of the capital needed to grow jobs and wages.


Fed policy translates into zero-interest-rate loans for the government and its cronies, and little or nothing for savers or small businesses.


And it has transformed Wall Street from an engine of innovation into a servant of government power.


Yet is there hope?


I think so.


And I believe America can be set on the right path again with just three steps.


Step 1: Abolish Capital Gains Tax on Currencies


This country already allows gold currency. The Treasury mints millions of one-ounce silver eagle dollars that are worth more than twenty dollars apiece and one-ounce gold eagle fifty-dollar pieces that are worth $1,150 apiece.


Virtually all of these are hoarded.


Though it has been legal since 1987 to use them at their metallic value, that route leads to a capital gains tax on their appreciation.


Since the appreciation of a gold or silver piece is by reasonable definition all inflation, the tax is simple confiscation (like all capital gains taxes on spurious inflationary profits).


The move of gold and silver coins into circulation would offer a corrective of constitutional money for any dollar debauchery by the Fed.


Step 2: Remove Obstacles to Alternative Forms of Money


Despite imprudent governmental interference, the internet remains a bastion of American power, with U.S. companies such as Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, eBay, Cisco, Qualcomm, and scores of others capturing the bulk of all internet revenues.


The internet plays a central role in the American economy. But there is a profound flaw in its architecture.


Its software stack lacks a trust and transactions capability. Its OSI (open systems interconnection) model defines seven layers (including the physical layer, the data link layer, the network layer, the transport layer, the session layer, the presentation layer, and the application layer).


While some of the layers have merged, none of the existing layers provide trust or validation or factuality or veracity of real monetary values.


The internet today desperately needs a new payment method that conforms to the shape and reach of global networking and commerce.


It should obviate the constant exchanges of floating currencies, more volatile than the global economy that they supposedly measure.


The new system should be distributed as far as internet devices are distributed: a dispersed heterarchy based on peer-to-peer links between users, rather than a centralized hierarchy based on national financial institutions.


It should provide an automated system that benefits from Moore’s and Metcalfe’s learning curves to become more efficient with scale and capable of transactions of all sizes.


It should partake of the same monetary sources of stable value that characterize gold.


Fortunately such a payment system has already been invented. It is set to become a new facet of internet infrastructure.


It is called the Bitcoin blockchain.


The Bitcoin blockchain is already in place. It functions peer-to-peer without outside trusted third parties. And it follows Nick Szabo’s precursor, bitgold.


Its value, like gold’s, is ultimately based on the scarcity of time.


With automation it will become capable of micropayments.






Even if bitcoin proves flawed, scores of companies are developing alternatives based on the essential blockchain innovation that can serve as a successful transactions layer for digital commerce.


The existence of such a system would enable sellers on the internet, such as content producers, to name their own prices and collect their funds directly.


And the very process that validates the transaction would prohibit spam. There would be no hassle of bartering content for advertising revenues at some aggregator such as Google.


Aggregators with advertising clout would merely add inefficiency to an automated system that rides a learning curve to minimize transaction costs.


The internet would have a money system of its own with a granularity commensurate with its huge variety and with the many gradations of value transacted as an internet user.


With a low market price for goods and services — Google and other players could charge millicents for their services and still make a mint — the internet economy would transcend its current den of thieves and hustlers of spuriously free goods.


It could attain its promise as a frictionless facilitator of human creativity rather than as a channel of chicanery.


Its markets would impel the world along learning curves of growth toward new realms of knowledge and wealth.


But the success of a new global standard of value on the internet entails a ban on taxation of internet currencies. If only government currencies escape taxation, alternative currencies such as bitcoin will always be relegated to niches.


Anyone serious about the reform of money must start by eliminating government obstruction of actual money.


Step 3: Fix the Dollar


That brings us to the third step: fixing the U.S. dollar.


How do we do this?


Monetary scholar Judy Shelton already devised a play. The chief instrument would be the creation of Treasury Trust Bonds — five-year Treasuries redeemable in either dollars or gold.


They could be enacted either through legislation or as a Treasury initiative.


Legislation would specifically authorize the issuance of five-year Treasury securities that pay no interest, but provide for payment of principal at maturity in either ounces of gold or the face value of the security, at the option of the holder.


The instrument would be an obligation of the U.S. government to redeem the nominal value (“face value”) in terms of a precise weight of gold stipulated in advance or the dollar amount established as the monetary equivalent.




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The rate of convertibility (in gold grams) is permanent throughout the life of the bond; it defines the gold value of the dollar.


As Alan Greenspan declared in the Wall Street Journal during the previous era of monetary turmoil, in 1981:


In years past a desire to return to a monetary system based on gold was perceived as nostalgia for an era when times were simpler, problems less complex and the world not threatened with nuclear annihilation. But after a decade of destabilizing inflation and economic stagnation, the restoration of a gold standard has become an issue that is clearly rising on the economic policy agenda.


In fact, Greenspan suggested that “Shelton bonds” would pave the path to the future…


The degree of success of restoring long-term fiscal confidence will show up clearly in the yield spreads between gold and fiat dollar obligations of the same maturities. Full convertibility would require that the yield spread for all maturities virtually disappear.


Of course, as Fed chairman, Greenspan went on to become a major maestro of monopoly money at the Fed. And in his subsequent books he expressed many regrets and misgivings about the nature and role of central banks.


But in an era of new monetary turmoil, Shelton bonds still have traction.


In addition, as bitcoin blockchain innovations spread through the internet, borrowers could also issue bonds with a bitcoin payoff.


Denying the Prophets of Despair


As the price of gold and digital currencies converge on their common foundation of time, these real monies could ultimately redeem the dollar and the global economy.


New systems based on gold and blockchain innovations can evolve into a new world monetary infrastructure.


Rooted in time, governed by entropy, intrinsically scarce, and always reliable, the money of the future can provide for a true global economy of knowledge and learning.


Springing from the same information theory that is the basis of American enterprise, the new global money could extend the American Dream of stability and futurity.


The prophets of despair, posing as economic wizards, do not have the last word. We do.


Restoring real money, we can recapture the future from both Silicon Valley and Wall Street.


Opening up the horizons of opportunity again, we can save Main Street from the menace of monopoly money, transcending the dismal science of stagnation and decline and regaining the American mission and dream.


 



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Huffington Post General Discussion / On Psychopathy And Power
« on: October 15, 2019, 06:57:17 PM »

      

Op-Ed by Caitlin Johnstone


Due to a very painful and disturbing revelation in my personal life I have had the unfortunate occasion to spend the last several days thinking a lot about psychopaths and what makes them tick. I don’t want to get into the hairy details at this time, but I would like to share some of the more general thoughts that have been coming up here on the matter.


It is interesting that psychopathy should have reached a dark tentacle into my life in the way that it did, given that the three years I’ve been at this gig have been spent writing more and more about the way our world is run by calculating manipulators who are devoid of empathy. I often say that we have found ourselves ruled by psychopaths because we have a system wherein (A) those who are willing to do anything to anyone are rewarded with immense wealth, and (B) immense wealth translates directly to immense political power. Add in the fact that studies have shown that wealth itself kills off empathy and compassion, and you’ve got yourself a perfect recipe for a plutocratic dystopia dominated by antisocial personality disorder.


         



      

I’m not really interested in getting into the specific clinical diagnoses of psychopathy and sociopathy for the purposes of this discussion. What I’m talking about here is a specific slice of humanity that is neurologically wired in such a way that they experience the world more as a series of puzzles which can be manipulated around to get them them whatever they want regardless of who it hurts, rather than experiencing a world full of fellow sentient beings with whom you can have deep, meaningful connections and interactions. Not all people who are diagnosed as psychopaths are high-functioning enough to manipulate people at high levels, and not everyone who manipulates people in this way would necessarily be diagnosed as a psychopath or even a sociopath. Feel free to mentally substitute whatever term you prefer.


Whatever you want to call it, people who have this condition (and are able to avoid prison) tend to do quite well for themselves by our society’s standards. Because they don’t see other people as anything other than tools and resources, they don’t let empathy and compassion stand in their way when viciousness and exploitation will help them achieve their goals. Because they don’t value connections with other people, they don’t see narratives and descriptions as paths toward deeper understanding, but as tools which can be twisted and distorted in order to secure themselves more wealth, status, sex, or whatever else they want. They quickly rise to the top in corporate and financial settings, in media institutions, in government agencies, and in politics. In modern society this ability is a natural advantage that the rest of us simply cannot compete with.




But it’s not just our current iteration of society which elevates psychopaths to the top. A casual glance through recorded history all around the world reveals an essentially unbroken track record of genocide, slavery, torture, exploitation and degradation as far as the eye can see, with the driving characters time and again being depraved dominators, conquerors and mass murderers. Research some of the horrors that were inflicted upon the Aboriginal people of Australia and the indigenous populations of the Americas and you’ll see that the whole thing was driven by a total lack of empathy for those human beings. Throughout history our main problems have been caused by the way we keep designing systems which elevate psychopaths to positions of leadership, who then go on to make psychopathic decisions.


Given the fact that people who are indifferent to truth or human suffering have always been so adept at ascending to power positions, it’s hard to even imagine a society where we don’t find ourselves ruled by psychopaths. George RR Martin set out to tell a story about a cast of characters all vying for power in an epic game of thrones, and that story wound up being populated almost entirely by psychopaths and sociopaths. It makes for a compelling tale because it’s very believable based on what we all know deep down about human behavior patterns, but it’s also a relentless assault on the audience’s empathy center.


So what can be done, then? How can we ordinary, feeling, caring human beings protect ourselves from this segment of the population which has been driving us into disaster after disaster since the dawn of civilization before they get us all killed?


Psychopathic leaders have never had any trouble figuring out how to get rid of segments of the population who they deem problematic: they round them up and exterminate them. This would obviously be out of the question for many reasons, not the least because in order to implement it we’d need to become psychopaths ourselves. We’d be “curing” the sickness by becoming the sickness.


Passing a bunch of laws against manipulation and deception wouldn’t work either. Manipulators actually love rules and laws, because they can figure out how to manipulate them and use them to their advantage. Julian Assange is currently awaiting extradition hearings in Belmarsh Prison because a bunch of psychopathic manipulators decided to pretend that it was very, very important to respect a series of laws and rules ranging from bail protocol to whistleblower source protection to government bureaucracy to embassy cat hygiene, and they were able to engineer a result that just so happens to look exactly the same as imprisoning a journalist for exposing US war crimes. All the worst atrocities in human history have been perfectly legal.




I’ve seen some people advocating mandatory brain scans for anyone seeking a leadership position. It is true that a psychopath’s brain shows up differently from the rest of us on a PET scan, and it is possible to envision a future where the collective is so aware of the pernicious dance between psychopathy and power that such a policy might be set and enforced. The problem of course is that manipulators manipulate, and there are many ways to manipulate one’s way around such a system; they’ve been inserting themselves into unofficial leadership positions for ages, for example, which they’d never need to be tested for. Plutocrats, advisors and propagandists are all in unofficial leadership positions.


Maybe you’ve got your own ideas about this, but I personally can’t think of a single solution to the fundamental problem of psychopaths inserting themselves into positions of power which doesn’t involve drastic, unprecedented changes in our civilization and our culture. Even if you completely tore down capitalism, ended plutocracy and replaced the entire system with a government-planned economy, you would still have positions of power and the absolute certainty of psychopaths manipulating their way into those positions sooner or later.


I’m talking about changes as drastic as the end of anyone having any power over anybody at all. A society where the idea of having power over anybody became so culturally taboo that even an unequal power dynamic between spouses would be seen as outrageous and ugly, to say nothing of governments or police forces. Such a society is very far from what we’ve got now, but it would surely be a very inhospitable environment for psychopathy. There would be no positions of leverage for one to manipulate their way into in order to force others to give them what they want, and if you started trying to create one everybody would immediately point at you and yell “Hey! What are you doing? Stop that, that’s weird! If you want something from us you need to form consensual collaborative relationships with us, just like we’re all doing.”


It’s also possible to imagine a culture in which manipulation is seen as an unacceptable taboo which immediately draws public backlash in the same way. In such a culture children would learn from the youngest age what honest and sincere interaction looks like, with examples of deceit and manipulation clearly illustrated for them in all forms as something gravely disordered. Advertising would cease to exist in such a society, as would propaganda in all its forms. And psychopaths would be like fish out of water, because manipulation only works when it isn’t recognized as such.




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One can also imagine a culture which values empathy, compassion and helping others instead of valuing wealth, accomplishment and conquest. In such a culture we’d see the ability to connect with people and work for the good of the whole elevated, rather than seeing the ability to do whatever it takes to claw your way to the top of the heap elevated. In such a society psychopathy would actually be an immense disadvantage, rather than an immense advantage.


And that, in my opinion, would be the marker of a healthy society: one in which psychopathy and sociopathy become grave mental handicaps that the afflicted need to actively seek help for. A society that is so empathic and collaborative that having a diagnosis of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder isn’t such a big deal because your neighbors work with you and help you with what you need rather than pushing you to conform and achieve, while having psychopathy or sociopathy is a debilitating disorder which will turn you into a pariah sleeping on park benches if you don’t get help. Right now we have the opposite: people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other serious mental illnesses are treated like worthless hindrances to a society which values achievement over empathy, while psychopaths and sociopaths almost never seek help unless it’s court-ordered.


A healthy society would flip this. It would reward the things psychopaths are unable to do, and it would reject the things that psychopaths excel at. We can actually look at what psychopaths are and are not good at, and from there kind of reverse-engineer an idea of what a wholesome society would look like.


Is such a society possible? I don’t know. I recently put together some evidence which seems to suggest that our species may be on the verge of a drastic shift in consciousness, which would be the only facilitating agent I can think of that would make such massive cultural changes feasible. We seem to be headed for either huge changes or extinction relatively soon, so if there’s a future humanity on the other side of what’s coming, it likely exists because it made extraordinary changes in both its behavior and in its relationship with the phenomenon of psychopathy. We’ll either make the jump or we won’t.



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By Matt Agorist


Decatur, GA – Instead of reaching for his pepper spray, his Taser, or a baton, a DeKalb County police officer drew his gun and killed an unarmed and naked veteran suffering from bipolar and post-traumatic stress disorders. Charged with felony murder and several other charges in 2016, the officer claimed the unarmed veteran was aggressively charging towards him even though witnesses disputed his “official” version of events. After a years-long battle, the case has finally come to a close and the officer who killed Anthony Hill was found guilty on several charges but found not guilty on the two counts of felony murder.


After deliberating for six days, the jury found the former officer Robert Olsen not guilty of felony murder. However, they did find him guilty of aggravated assault, two counts of violation of oath, and making a false statement. He now faces the possibility of 35 years behind bars. After the verdict was read aloud, Olsen’s wife left the courtroom in tears. At least she can visit him in jail, Hill’s family cannot do the same.


         



      

The prosecution asked for Olsen to be placed into custody and sentenced immediately. However, the judge in the case allowed Olsen to remain out on bond until he is sentenced on Nov. 1. Until he is sentenced in two weeks, Olsen will have to wear an ankle monitor and will have to abide by a curfew.


Last year, lawyers for Olsen had argued he had the right to act in self-defense and that the charges against him should be dropped. However, that did not fly.


As FOX 5 reports, DeKalb County Superior Court Judge J.P. Boulee wrote in an order that Olsen didn’t show he had reason to believe deadly force was needed to prevent death or serious injury to himself or someone else. The judge cited concerns about Olsen’s credibility and conflicting testimony.


“Any belief by Defendant that Hill was about to kill him and that deadly force was necessary to prevent the killing was not reasonable,” the judge wrote.


During the trial, Lance Cross, an assistant district attorney, grabbed a baton and extended it in front of the jury.


“This is a weapon. He could’ve used this. We wouldn’t be here,” he said.


Naturally, the defense claimed otherwise, saying Olsen was “a good cop who had to make a tough decision.”


“Chip Olsen is not a murderer and is not guilty of any count in this indictment,” defense attorney Amanda Clark Palmer said. But she was wrong.


As TFTP reported at the time, on March 9, 2015, residents called 911 to report a naked man crawling on the ground and acting deranged in the parking lot of their apartment complex.







As an Air Force veteran who had been deployed to Afghanistan, Anthony Hill had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and PTSD after returning from combat in 2012. Experiencing side effects from his medication, including a locked jaw and swollen tongue, Hill had stopped taking his prescription drugs ten days before his death while waiting for a follow-up appointment at the V.A. to switch his medications.


Responding to the scene, DeKalb County Police Officer Robert Olsen shot Hill to death because he claimed the unarmed veteran was charging towards him. Although he was reportedly armed with a Taser and pepper spray, Olsen immediately drew his firearm and gunned down Hill. This was in spite of witnesses asserting the naked veteran had his hands up when the officer killed him.


According to law enforcement sources who wish to remain unidentified, cops are often trained to treat naked suspects as drug addicts high on PCP or bath salts. Although Olsen received training on how to handle people suffering from mental illness, the officer reportedly described the department as having failed “to train him and the other officers in the Department in identifying and deciphering nonviolent or non-aggressive psychological episodes versus the threat of a potentially violent encounter with a citizen high on PCP.”


Filing a wrongful death lawsuit, Hill’s family accused Olsen of having “a long and extensive history of aggressive conduct” and “propensity toward anger when dealing with members of the public.”




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Although over 170 fatal police shootings have been recorded in Georgia since 2010, aside from Olsen, only one officer has been charged with the killing of a civilian. That charge was later dismissed.


Despite the fact that Georgia state law allows police officers to address the panel without any threat of cross-examination or a rebuttal by prosecutors, the grand jury chose to indict Olsen because the details of the case were so horrific. His charges included two counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault, one count of making a false statement, and two counts of violation of oath by a public officer.


Unable to differentiate between aggressive suspects on PCP and nonviolent mentally ill patients off their medication, cops have repeatedly taken the lives of innocent people suffering from mental disorders. Instead of giving them the attention and treatment that they deserve, we as a society have neglected the mentally ill and allowed the government to increasingly close down mental health facilities.


After decades of denying treatment and shelter to veterans and others suffering from extreme psychological disorders, they’ve been thrown onto the streets and into the hands of the trigger-happy cops. And we can no longer act like we aren’t responsible for what inevitably happens next.



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


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An unprecedented October blizzard that hit just before harvest time has absolutely devastated farms all across the U.S. heartland.  As you will see below, one state lawmaker in North Dakota is saying that the crop losses will be “as devastating as we’ve ever seen”.  This is the exact scenario that I have been warning about for months, and now it has materialized.


Due to endless rain and horrific flooding early in the year, many farmers in the middle of the country faced very serious delays in getting their crops planted.  So we really needed good weather at the end of the season so that the crops could mature and be harvested in time, and that did not happen.  Instead, the historic blizzard that we just witnessed dumped up to 2 feet of snow from Colorado to Minnesota.  In fact, one city in North Dakota actually got 30 inches of snow.


In the end, this is going to go down as one of the worst crop disasters that the Midwest has ever seen, and ultimately this crisis is going to affect all of us.


         



      

According to the USDA, only 15 percent of all U.S. corn and only 14 percent of all U.S. soybeans had been harvested as of October 6th…



Only 58% of U.S. corn was mature as of Oct. 6 and just 15% was harvested, according to the latest data from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). North Dakota’s crop was furthest behind, with just 22% of corn mature and none harvested as of Sunday, while South Dakota’s corn was 36% mature with 2% harvested.


U.S. soybeans were only 14% harvested as of Sunday, 20 percentage points behind the average pace, USDA data showed. North Dakota and Minnesota beans were just 8% gathered while Iowa’s and South Dakota’s crop was only 5% harvested.



So that means that the vast majority of our corn and the vast majority of our soybeans were exposed to this giant storm, and the losses are going to be off the charts.


I want you to consider the next quote very carefully.  According to North Dakota state lawmaker Jon Nelson, we should expect “massive crop losses – as devastating as we’ve ever seen”…



The early season snowstorm showed no mercy to some farmers and ranchers, especially in North Dakota.


“I’m expecting massive crop losses – as devastating as we’ve ever seen,” said Jon Nelson, a state lawmaker who farms several hundred acres near Rugby in north-central North Dakota.


Unharvested wheat in the region probably will be a total loss, he told the Associated Press.



Please let that last sentence sink in.


Yes, “a total loss” really does mean “a total loss”.


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Millions upon millions of acres of wheat and soybeans that were about to be harvested are now completely gone.


In some parts of the state, the snow drifts are “as high as 5 feet”, and this is going to leave many farmers “without a crop to sell”…



Snowdrifts in the Jamestown area rose as high as 5 feet, said Ryan Wanzek, who farms land south and west of the city. In his fields, corn and soybean crops sit unharvested after near-historic rainfall late this summer.




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It’s a situation farmers across the state are facing, and without a crop to sell, Wanzek is worried many of them will run into cash flow problems.



If all this sounds “bad” to you, then you should go back and read the first part of this article again.


This isn’t just bad.  We are talking about complete and utter devastation that will have ripple effects for years to come.


Of course corn and soybeans are not the only crops that have been affected.  According to one expert, things are looking “pretty bleak” for the region’s potatoes as well…



With more than half of North Dakota’s potatoes still in the field, the outlook for harvesting a good quality crop after the latest round of rain and snowfall is poor.


“It’s pretty bleak,” said Ted Kreis, Northern Potato Growers Association marketing and communications director. As of Sunday, Oct. 6, 45 percent of North Dakota’s potato crop had been harvested, National Agricultural Statistics Service-North Dakota said. Last year, 73 percent of the state’s potato fields had been harvested by that day, the statistics service said. On average, 69 percent of the North Dakota crop is harvested as of Oct. 6.



In case you are wondering, yes, this is going to affect you very much.


Just think about what you eat on a daily basis.  How many of those items contain corn, soy or potatoes?




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If you are anything like most Americans, at least one of those ingredients can be found in most of the packaged foods that you consume.


Needless to say, food prices are going to go up.  If you are wealthy and you don’t need to worry about food prices, then good for you.


But if you are like most of the country and your finances are already tight, this is going to hurt.


I very much encourage you to stock up and get prepared, because we are facing a major shift.


This was already going to be one of the worst years ever for Midwest farmers, and now this storm has put an exclamation mark on an absolutely horrific growing season.


Nobody is sure exactly what is coming next, but since we all have to eat, the truth is that every man, woman and child in America should be deeply concerned about what just happened.



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. Of course the most important thing that we can share with people is the gospel of Jesus Christ, and if you would like to learn more about how you can become a Christian I would encourage you to read this article.


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By Jon Rappoport


As new revelations about CNN emerge from Project Veritas (see also ExposeCNN.com for updates), here is a backgrounder I wrote and published several years ago. It brings back fond memories, and offers the beleaguered children at CNN solutions to their never-ending problems…


“CNN is still licking their wounds after a rather disastrous couple of weeks, where a shoddy Russia-Trump story led to three staffers resigning, a Project Veritas investigation exposed that the network’s producers peddled the Russia story for ratings, and what came off as a wholly inappropriate veiled threat against an anonymous Reddit user who created a Trump WWE video, which the president tweeted before the Fourth of July Holiday. The video shows Trump beating up WWE’s Vince McMahon, whose face has been superimposed with the CNN logo. The media went apoplectic as an attack against the press; it wasn’t. This spurred the network’s reporters to find the user and pretty much threaten to dox him if he continues to post things CNN doesn’t like.” (Townhall, Matt Vespa, 7/7/17)


If you create a giant, you gain extraordinary visibility, and if the giant develops an unsightly and grotesque case of fungal disease, that’s a problem.


         



      

CNN was born in 1980. At the time, it was the first television network offering 24/7 news, and it was the first network offering nothing but news in the US.


In 1991, CNN’s coverage of the Gulf War reached a billion viewers worldwide.


Today, CNN International reaches 200 countries.


That’s a giant.


But from the beginning, back in 1980, there was a major question: how was CNN going to fill up all that time every day with news? Face it, television networks, without bells and whistles, could boil down their coverage of a day’s events in four minutes. That’s because their analysis is so thin. It’s all surface.


When you assiduously avoid looking into WHO REALLY RUNS THINGS, the well runs dry quickly. When you avoid detailing the role of mega-banks and mega-corporations and groups like the Trilateral Commission and CFR and Bilderberg, and when you never define Globalism and reveal its true agenda; when you discover nothing of value about the CIA; when you never broach the subject of American Empire; when you refuse to examine the horrendous effects of the medical system; when you fail to expose the ongoing collaboration between establishment Democrats and Republicans, and the influence of lobbyists (e.g., Israeli fronts); when you intentionally remain blind to the destruction of the American Republic and the Constitution; when you ultimately side with National Security and the Surveillance State; when you manage to sidestep actual ongoing environmental pollution flowing poisonously from a number of sources; when you refuse to reveal the full effects of open borders; when you never connect the dots and instead rely on limited hangouts…


What are you left with? What do you do, for 24 hours of every single day?


Mainly, you wait for “big events,” and then you launch wall to wall coverage for as long as your viewers can stand it. The Gulf War; the first black president; the worst president and the worst human being in history (Trump).


You develop bloated panel shows, during which pundits babble across each other like meth addicts in a rubber room.


You call “the news” The Situation Room, as if you’re breaking vital stories every 30 seconds.


You plow the same ground over and over, until not even weeds can grow in the soil.


You fill your basket with the eggs of the “progressive agenda.” You go all in.


You fake stories.


You do a bizarre version of affirmative action with your on-air talent, as if this will result in “fairer” coverage.


And day by day, the public realizes you’re crazy.


You can’t hide, because you aren’t just laying on three fake newscasts a day; you’re ON all the time.


You’re hoping against hope for a new terror attack or a natural disaster, so you can flood the airwaves with live reports, but in the meantime, you’ll stick with 24/7 Trump, because he’s “the most interesting man in the world.” He’s creating your ratings, such as they are. You’re the tabloid at the checkout counter in the supermarket, and he’s always on the cover. You love him. You need him. It doesn’t matter whether he’s done what you say he’s done. That’s never been the issue. Without his presence, you’d be raking leaves outside a nursing home. You’re the self-appointed Pope, and he’s Satan, and that means dollars.


As a bonus, you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing, on behalf of Globalism and the “interdependent world.” The risk of Trump speaking words of Nationalism against Globalism (whether or not he meant them) is too great to go unchallenged. The international system (aka technocracy) that has been under construction since the dawn of the 20th century must not be derailed.


So whether it’s the way Trump sips water from a bottle, or scratches his nose, or treats one of your so-called reporters, you’re the National Enquirer blowing it up into a scandal of the moment. You’re leaking leaks from pipes that don’t even exist. Maybe he has a love child; look into that. Maybe he has another wife he never divorced. Maybe he’s an alien from Venus.


Keep those ad revenues flowing, no matter what. Face it, you’ve got nothing else going for you. Connect Trump to the latest news from Tibet if you have to. Or Madagascar. Or Tierra del Fuego. He caused the cold snap across America, because he didn’t sign the Paris Climate Accords.


You’re CNN, “the most trusted name in news.”


Ride that horse all the way to the end of the road.


If you end up shithole broke, somebody will bail you out. Warts and all, you’re too big to fail. Not just because of your work against Trump, but because The News, as the public knows it, must survive.


Otherwise, the people will find out what’s really going on in this world and who runs things. And that must never happen.


That’s the prime situation in The Situation Room.


Who could have guessed, say, 15 years ago, that the following exchange would occur on CNN, in March of 2014?


As reported by New York Magazine, CNN host Don Lemon, discussing the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, said: “People are saying to me, why aren’t you talking about the possibility — and I’m just putting it out there — that something odd happened to this plane, something beyond our understanding? What if it was something fully that we don’t really understand? A lot of people have been asking about that, about black holes and on, and on, and on, and all of these conspiracy theories…That’s what people are saying. I know it’s preposterous — but is it preposterous, you think, Mary?”


To which, Mary Schiavo, ex-Department of Transportation inspector general, replied: “Well, it is. A small black hole would suck in our entire universe so we know it’s not that.”


Maybe it WAS a black hole, and we all disappeared, and resurfaced in an alternate universe, where we got the CNN we know today.


Let’s look at Jeff Zucker, CNN’s boss.


In April 2017, Zucker baldly told the New York Times, “The idea that politics is sport is undeniable, and we understood that and approached it that way.” The “it” was certainly the 2016 presidential campaign.


Zucker always has understood political news in this corrupt fashion—and in the process, he helped elect a US president and a California governor.






Zucker was the man who launched The Apprentice, starring Donald Trump, at NBC, in 2004.


In other words, Zucker happened to play a major role in electing Donald Trump. There is no getting around it.


Washington Post, October 2, 2016: “Looking for someone specific to hold responsible for the improbable rise of Donald Trump?”


“Although there are many options, you could do worse than to take a hard look at Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide.”


“It was Zucker, after all, who as the new head of NBC Entertainment gave Trump his start in reality TV with ‘The Apprentice’ and then milked the real estate developer’s uncanny knack for success for all it was worth in ratings and profits.”


“And it succeeded wildly — boosting the network’s ratings, as well as Zucker’s [and Trump’s] meteoric career. In turn, under Zucker, the show gave rise to ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ another Trump extravaganza. And, in turn, Zucker became the head of NBC overall.”


“The show [The Apprentice] was built as a virtually nonstop advertisement for the Trump empire and lifestyle…”


“The executive [Jeff Zucker] rode the Trump steed hard. When the reality-TV star was preparing to marry Melania Knauss in 2005, Zucker wanted to broadcast the wedding live. (Trump, uncharacteristically, declined.)”


“But make no mistake: There would be no Trump-the-politician without Trump-the-TV-star. One begot the other.”


POLITICS IS TELEVISION, AND TELEVISION IS POLITICS.


If you’re looking for a person who embodies that fake version of reality most purely, you need look no further than Jeff Zucker.


Despite his network’s present hatred of Trump, Zucker would give Trump his own show right now if he wanted one.


For ratings and ad revenues.


Consider another event, one which I’ve analyzed in great detail. It took place on NBC in 2003, when Zucker was the head of the network’s entertainment division. The Tonight Show, with Jeno Leno, was a prime piece of that division then. What Leno pulled off in 2003 had to have the OK from Zucker, because it was a highly unusual move, a distinctly unethical move.


An actor wanted to launch a political career and become a governor. The whole news division of a major network surrendered itself, for one ratings-busting night, to a talk show.


This is how Arnold Schwarzenegger won the California governor’s race. It all came down to his famous appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where he announced that he was going to run.


The Arnold interview was a global event. It was pre-hyped to the sky, and after three red hot six-minute segments, with a studio audience screaming in approval, the election was virtually over.


POLITICS IS TELEVISION. TELEVISION IS POLITICS.




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Here are a few of CNN’s “black-hole” gaffes, just refresh your memory—


Because Trump was attacking CNN and other media as fake, CNN claimed THAT was making life more physically dangerous for journalists in war zones and at home. Wow. I guess the takeaway is: don’t criticize mainstream news, keep your mouth shut and stay hypnotized…


Independent journalist, James O’Keefe, released two undercover sting videos which revealed CNN medical producer, John Bonifield, remarking that the whole Trump-Russia scandal is “mostly bullshit right now, like, we don’t have any giant proof”; and Van Jones, CNN political commentator, stating that “the Russia thing is just a big nothing burger.” Of course, CNN relentlessly pursues the Trump-Russia story as if God and a choir of angels have certified it as the truest, most important event of our time.


June 2017: CNN dumped Reza Aslan, the host of their network documentary series called Believer. Why? Because Aslan tweeted, “This piece of shit [Donald Trump] is not just an embarrassment to America and a stain on the presidency. He’s an embarrassment to humankind.”


October 2016: CNN contributor Donna Brazile was dumped, because she passed along questions that would be asked in an upcoming presidential debate, sponsored by CNN. Brazile passed those questions to the Hillary Clinton camp.


CNN reporter-dunce Chris Cuomo, during the 2016 election campaign, preposterously told the viewing audience that accessing Wikileaks’ treasure trove of John Podesta emails was a crime—for any member of the public. Only “the media” were permitted to perform that delicate operation and then decide what to report. Put a picture of Cuomo on your wall and pray to it every night.


On June 13, 2015, CNN host Fredricka Whitfield talked about the attack on the Dallas police headquarters. She said the shooter, James Boulware, was “courageous and brave, if not crazy.” Who’s crazy, Fredricka?


The 2016 Milwaukee riots. CNN aired a woman named Sherelle Smith telling the rioters, “Don’t bring that violence here.” She was calling for peace. Well, not exactly. The network failed to broadcast the rest of Smith’s advice: “Burning down shit ain’t going to help nobody! Y’all burning down shit we need in our community. Take that shit to the suburbs! Burn that shit down!”


CNN: the most trusted name in news.


CODA:


The pack of losers at CNN are always trying to save their operation. They obviously need to hire Jerry Springer as news director. The network is already a reality show; they just don’t know how to put one on. They require help.


Publishing fake news and airing talk-show hosts who spout venom doesn’t make it. It doesn’t go far enough. On camera, they need women breaking into the studio claiming their babies were fathered by CNN journalists; they need burly security guards tackling the intruders and bringing them to the floor. They need live audiences who hoot and holler and boo and applaud.


CNN is a reality show. But it doesn’t go far enough. If the network’s boss Jeff Zucker applied his talents, he could stage flame-outs and scandals that would rock the house. Go big. Go wild. Hire a few dyed in the wool terrorists and put them on in prime time and let them talk. Bring Glenn Beck back, build him a studio that looks like a chapel with stain glass windows, and let him tell the audience what God wants him to do. Lure Scott Pelley and Megyn Kelly to CNN and team them together in a show called The Sadism Hour. Set up Michael Moore in a Burger King for 24 hours straight every weekend and have him talk non-stop (while he eats and slurps) about why he hates Donald Trump. How about an investment show hosted by George Soros called How to Kill the West?



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Did you know that Kentucky is in Syria?


Or that Tripoli is in India?


Or that Caracas is in Singapore?


No?


Then you must not be paying enough attention in MSM Geography 101, class. Better hit the books!


         



      


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By MassPrivateI


911 dispatchers are about to join the ranks of District Attorneys (DA) using CCTV cameras to monitor the public.


The district attorney for Pennsylvania’s second-most-populous county, Stephen Zappala Jr. has assembled a network of advanced surveillance cameras in and around Pittsburgh and has enlisted colleagues in four surrounding counties to extend its reach into their jurisdictions.


Last week, CentralSquare Technologies announced that they are working with Genetec, Inc. to turn 911 dispatchers into an arm of the surveillance state by giving them real-time access to more than 30 million CCTV cameras.


         



      

There are more than 30 million cameras across the United States that generate 4 billion hours of footage a week. Unfortunately, the footage from these cameras and other sensors such as gunshot detection systems is captured by various systems and is often unavailable to first responders who can use that real-time data and video to save lives.


How can these two companies allow Big Brother to monitor more citizens? By letting them surveil citizens in real-time of course.


This new partnership between CentralSquare and Genetec delivers proven technology for police officers and emergency responders so that they can make effective decisions, based on real-time data, when and where it is most needed.


Genetec is infamous for turning New Orleans into “America’s largest spying network.”



“Assume that you are being filmed wherever you are and whatever you’re doing,” said Jeff Sallet, the newly appointed head of the FBI’s local office.


“We have located and mapped every single camera in and around any part of the French Quarter, the parade routes and any other critical infrastructure,” he said.


Genetec has managed to turn 911 dispatchers into an arm of Homeland Security.



In New Orleans, 911 dispatchers work out of Homeland Security’s Real-Time Crime Centers (RTCC), which use CCTV cameras to monitor the public.



(RTCC uses over 400 CCTV cameras)


Genetec is trying to turn the city of San Diego into a mirror image of New Orleans.


According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, the San Diego sheriff’s department is rolling out a pilot Genetec CCTV camera surveillance program to see how the public responds.


The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has chosen Lemon Grove for a video surveillance program called “SafeSanDiego – Lemon Grove.”





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After doing more public outreach about the plan, Lemon Grove Sheriff Lt. Mike Rand said the department plans to go high-tech by the start of 2020 via security equipment purchased from Genetec.



The article goes on to explain that they are waiting to see how the public responds to Genetec’s real-time surveillance program before they roll out more surveillance cameras in other parts of the county!


“We’re taking baby steps to see how the community responds to it,” Rand said.


Partnership with DHS will create a nationwide real-time surveillance program


CentralSquare’s CEO reveals the real reason they want to give 911 dispatchers access to more than 30 million CCTV cameras.


“By seamlessly integrating CentralSquare’s world-class Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) software with Genetec’s ground-breaking, real-time crime center technologies, we are enabling thousands of public safety agencies to speed-up dispatch center operations, shorten emergency response time, and reduce the number of victims of crimes and disasters across North America,” CentralSquare CEO Simon Angove said.


Genetec’s plan to turn every police department and 911 dispatcher into an arm of Homeland Security makes perfect sense when you consider that CentralSquare serves “more than 7,650 public safety organizations, from the largest metropolitan city to counties and towns of every size across North America.”


Genetec doesn’t even hide the fact that their mission is to help DHS turn every police department and 911 dispatcher into a Homeland Security operative. (Click here to see how Genetec helps police department’s create secret hotlists.)





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Together, we are delivering a powerful solution that will better equip our country’s police officers and first responders and ultimately make our cities safer, smarter, and more livable.


Genetec and CentralSquare got one thing right, they are “delivering a powerful solution” that will help Homeland Security create a national CCTV surveillance program.


A recent report by CompariTech revealed that U.S. cities use millions of CCTV cameras to monitor Americans. In fact, government surveillance is so bad, 13 U.S. cities lead the world in surveilling the public.


If this were the Olympics of Spying, China and the U.S. would be tied for the lead with 13 gold medals a piece (for using CCTV cameras to surveil the public).


This story is not about public safety or making our cities “more livable” as Genetec and CentralSquare would have you believe. It is about one thing: using  DA’s, 911 dispatchers, and law enforcement as an excuse to create a national 30 million real-time public surveillance camera network run by Homeland Security.



You can read more at the MassPrivateI blog, where this article first appeared.


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By B.N. Frank


The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is supposed to protect the public by regulating the telecom industry.  Unfortunately they are exceedingly corrupt and the “Race for 5G” makes this more dangerous with every passing day.  The agency is being sued by many entities for forcing its installation in communities across the U.S (see 1, 2, 3, 4).  They have also been allowing companies to launch satellites and similar devices into the sky and space to blast 5G and WiFi from there (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7).


Telecom executives have admitted they have NO scientific evidence that 5G is safe and many experts say 5G isn’t (see 1, 2, 3, 4).  Research has proven that WiFi is biologically and environmentally harmful too.  People and their pets are becoming sick where 5G is already operating (see 1, 2, 3).  Meteorologists, NASA, NOAA and the U.S. Navy warn 5G will reduce the accuracy of weather predictions and large urban areas will be impacted first.


Opposition to 5G worldwide is ongoing.  The deadline for signing the International Appeal to Stop 5G on Earth in Space is next week.


More from Arthur Firstenberg:



Demonstrations against 5G on Earth have been taking place in many parts of the world (see below for the most recent events). Alarmingly, 5G in Space is being ignored. There is a reason this Appeal is called the 5G Space Appeal: the antennas on the ground will not matter if 5G in Space puts an end to all life. We have only about four months to prevent this.


I became active in 1995, not to oppose cell towers, but because Sarah Benson called me from Australia, wanting me to help her organize to stop Bill Gates and Craig McCaw from launching 840 satellites into the ionosphere for an “Internet in the Sky.” That plan never materialized, but Sarah’s fears that such a plan could destroy all life on Earth were correct.


On September 23, 1998, a company called Iridium activated 66 satellites that it had launched into the ionosphere for global cell phone service. On that morning, a majority of electrically sensitive people became suddenly ill, all over the world—so ill that many were not sure they would live. For the next two weeks, birds were not flying in the sky. Homing pigeons got lost by the thousands, and the sport of pigeon racing never recovered. Weekly mortality for the United States rose by four to five percent.


A second satellite phone service, Globalstar, began commercial service with only 48 satellites on February 28, 2000. Again came reports of nausea, headaches, leg pain, respiratory problems, depression, and lack of energy, all over the world, both from “electrically sensitive” people and from “normal” people.




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Iridium emerged from bankruptcy and resumed satellite phone service on March 30, 2001. Again came reports of nausea, flu-like illness and feelings of oppression, as well as catastrophic losses of race horse foals, all over the world. On June 5, 2001, Iridium added data and Internet to its satellite service. Again came widespread reports of nausea, flu-like illness, oppression, and hoarseness.


The reason for such a drastic effect from a small number of satellites is not the direct radiation on the surface of the Earth, but the pollution of the ionosphere with millions of pulsed signals. This alters the Earth’s electromagnetic environment in which we all live, and pollutes the global electrical circuit that passes through every living thing, upon which we all depend for life and health. For the details, please read my article, “Planetary Emergency,” which I wrote on May 14, 2018. I predicted catastrophe within two years. SpaceX is right on schedule. It plans to launch 60 more satellites in late October or early November, another 180 satellites by the end of this year, and to begin what it calls “minimal” global service as soon as it has 420 satellites in place, which could be as early as February 2020. Eventually SpaceX plans to have 12,000 5G satellites in the ionosphere, but 420 is already more than six times as many as Iridium, and earthly creatures may not stand the assault. If you are organizing events, please always talk about both the antennas and the satellites. If you are meeting with government officials, please tell them that the satellites must not go into operation. I have had a letter delivered to Kimbal Musk, who is an environmentalist and who is on the board of directors of SpaceX. Please contact me if you want to help.


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Equally disturbing, Scientific American warned earlier this year that there is too much space junk already and it’s creating a dangerous situation on Earth as well as in space.  After a near-miss satellite crash last month. MIT Technology Review warned about this too.




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By B.N. Frank


Americans everywhere seem to be grumbling about their increasing electric bills due to “technology upgrades” (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7).  Since 2009 the federally mandated installation of EXPENSIVE, exceptionally problematic, environmentally unfriendly (see 1, 2, 3, 4), and exceptionally vulnerable (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) “Smart” Meters and Grids are a huge part of this for all utility customers regardless of which company is providing them.


Digital or wireless “Smart” Meters were NOT necessary for solar power in the past.  Regardless, many environmentalists continue to be loyal to “Smart” Meters + Solar Power marketing promises even though these meters have never worked right and customers have been forced to pay higher bills for them anyway (see 1, 2).  Now Massachusetts utility regulators have been pressured to investigate why one of their utility companies is not keeping its promises on solar power, electric vehicles, and cybersecurity despite significant customer rate increases.


         



      

From Energy Central:



BOSTON — State utility regulators have ordered a broad investigation into the management of National Grid in a rare move born of concerns that one of the state’s largest electricity providers failed to communicate about the potential for severe delays in solar power installations.


The Department of Public Utilities is also questioning National Grid’s management of its electric vehicles program and whether the company’s cybersecurity plan adequately takes into account benefits for customers who are paying for the technology upgrades.


The independent management audit was ordered as part of a 586-page decision issued late last month in which DPU approved a $90.4 million increase in National Grid’s base distribution rates.


In blunt terms, regulators said the rare, but not unprecedented audit was necessary to examine “potential management problems through to the highest levels of the organization.”


[…]


The approved increase was $41.8 million less than what National Grid requested, and is the first adjustment to the utility’s rates since 2016. The department also approved an increase in the monthly residential fee to $7 from $5.50.


Regulators, however, said they were “troubled” that the company had not informed DPU of the potential for a major study of transmission infrastructure in central and western Massachusetts.


The decision said the “cluster study” has the potential to delay the interconnection of up to 900 megawatts of solar power, which is more than half of the state’s target for solar development under the renewable energy program known as SMART.






“The Company’s failure to meaningfully engage with the Department and stakeholders prior to the commencement of the Cluster Study raises serious concerns about management decisions made at the Company, whether these decisions serve the public interest, and about the efficiency and timeliness of communications between personnel performing the work and management,” the DPU decision stated.


[…]


“I have not seen this before. It was surprise,” said Jeremy McDiarmid, vice president of policy and government affairs for the Northeast Clean Energy Council, about the independent management audit.


McDiarmid said the cluster study has created real obstacles for solar power developers, and has required the DPU to work closely with utilities, developers and ISO New England to find “creative ways” to deploy projects.


“It does not necessarily freeze solar development but it does create very strong headwinds and presents a challenge to the state to meet its clean energy goals,” McDiarmid said.


The DPU also said it found “merit” to Attorney General Maura Healey’s concerns that National Grid’s investment in information technology and cybersecurity was “reactive, uncoordinated, and has not been vetted to determine benefits Massachusetts ratepayers receive for the costs allocated to them.”’





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By Dylan Charles


The South American nation of Ecuador has been in the throes of a bloody populist revolution for nearly two weeks now. On October 3rd, 2019, President Lenín Moreno announced the enactment of Decree 883 which effectively ended decades of government fuel subsidies, causing the price of gasoline and diesel to jump sharply overnight.



In a televised speech on Oct. 3, Moreno announced executive order 883 which “liberates the price of diesel and extra gasoline,” justifying his decision by saying that the Ecuadorean state allocates more than US$1.3 billion a year in fuel subsidies.


A day later prices increased by 25 to 120 percent starting, as the gallon of gasoline will go from US$1.85 to US$2.30. While diesel, used by most freight transport, will increase from US$1.03 to US$2.27. A measure that was part of the US$4.2 billion deal with the International Monetary Fund. [Source]



         



      

The following quote from Amazon Watch correctly identifies the decree as part of austerity measures related to a package loan deal from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) made in the early part of this year.


The indigenous movement is calling on President Moreno to revoke Decree 883, which imposes draconian austerity measures on the country as a condition of a recent $4.2 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The measures cut subsidies on gasoline and diesel fuel, which will result in immediate and massive increases in all basic goods and services, and implemented creatively titled reforms like “wage bill realignment” and “public wage restraint” which unilaterally decimate labor rights and benefits. ~Amazon Watch


The IMF loan of $4.2 billion is really only part of a larger $10.2 billion suite of loans aimed at propping up Ecuador’s government and public debt, with funds being dispersed by the United Nations.



The International Monetary Fund announced Wednesday that Ecuador will receive $10.2 billion in financial assistance to cover its national budget deficit and reduce pressure on the repayment of previous obligations.


Of the total, $4.2 billion will come directly from IMF with the balance coming from the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Latin America Development Bank, the European Investment Bank, the Latin American Reserve Fund and the French Development Agency. ~Ecuador News



In the protests, thousands have been injured and detained, as many as seven people killed, oil facilities around the nation have been besieged, and the government of president Moreno was forced to flee capital of Quito.



Ironically, today is Columbus Day, and after little hitherto Western media coverage of these events, international news sources are reporting on a supposed agreement to end the protests. Celebrating it as a huge win for indigenous groups, even before details of the new decree have been made public, some sources are even reporting that Ecuador will withdraw from the $4.2 billion IMF loan.


Unfortunately, however, this isn’t how the IMF, the World Bank, the UN, the Catholic Church, and the various banks and agencies of international development work. Two weeks of social unrest are hardly a deterrent for the vanguards of neoliberalism. Just ask the people of Greece who put up a mighty fight against banker imposed austerity in 2011.


In 2015, former World Bank staffer Peter Koening labeled the World Bank a neoliberal institution and spoke out about the real and present dangers of this globalist ideology, foreshadowing the events we see in Ecuador today.



It [Neoliberalism] finds that representative democracy has been perverted through fear, putting central political decisions in the hands of power groups with special interests.


The social impact of this process has been devastating, with a polarized income distribution, falling wages, increased precarious jobs, rising inequality, and extreme violence. Health conditions have also deteriorated and disorders associated with violence, chronic stress, and a changing nutritional culture have become dominating. ~Peter Keoning



Professor Noam Chomsky along with several other  recently chimed in on the situation in Ecuador, identifying neoliberalism as the political philosophy responsible creating the complex and destructive dynamic we see emerging in Ecuador today.



“As we write these lines Ecuador government’s response has taken lives, injured and detained people…but protests that resist this humanitarian crisis extend in all the region,” the statement reads, referring to Colombia’s government scrapping of the peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the political crisis in Peru, the exponential increase in poverty in Argentina or the deepening of inequality in Chile and Brazil.


According to the academic thinkers, this is just a result in which the “one percent” collects the “fruits of all the society with the necessary support of a dominant national elite and even those that don’t belong to the one percent.”






It is for this very reason they conclude hoping that someday “a society will be capable of building a world for all and not only for a minority chosen by a god who never chose them.” ~Noam Chomsky, et al. 



Furthermore, we know how the financial organs of neoliberalism operate, in large part because of the work of John Perkins, whose 2004 book, Confessions of an Economic Hitman blew the lid off one of the greatest scams in the history of the world.


In the book, Perkins details his professional work for the Boston-based strategic consulting firm Chas T. Main. He explains a new, non-military system of conquering nations by selling corrupt leaders on loan packages that essentially puts the nation’s natural resources up as collateral for gigantic, high-interest loans that can never possibly be repaid.


The essence of the scam is that the money is effectively never even given to debtor nations because loan packages require the money to be spent on infrastructure projects carried out by development firms working directly with the IMF, the World Bank, and other international creditors. This gives globalist, neoliberal organizations a foothold to establish financial and military dominance over any nation who falls into this trap.


Perkins describes this here:



We are an elite group of men and women who utilize international financial organizations to foment conditions that make other nations subservient to the corporatocracy running our biggest corporations, our government, and our banks. Like our counterparts in the Mafia, EHMs provide favors. These take the form of loans to develop infrastructure — electric generating plants, highways, ports, airports, or industrial parks.


A condition of such loans is that engineering and construction companies from our own country must build all these projects. In essence, most of the money never leaves the United States; it is simply transferred from banking offices in Washington to engineering offices in New York, Houston, or San Francisco. Despite the fact that the money is returned almost immediately to corporations that are members of the corporatocracy (the creditor), the recipient country is required to pay it all back, principal plus interest.


If an EHM (Economic Hit Man) is completely successful, the loans are so large that the debtor is forced to default on its payments after a few years. When this happens, then like the Mafia we demand our pound of flesh. This often includes one or more of the following: control over United Nations votes, the installation of military bases, or access to precious resources such as oil or the Panama Canal. Of course, the debtor still owes us the money—and another country is added to our global empire. ~John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hitman



Interestingly, in the book Perkins talks of his personal involvement in the corporate takeover of Ecuador which began with the oil boom in the 1970s, highlighting the fact that today’s events have a long history which is not being discussed in international news.


Because of my fellow EHMs and me, Ecuador is in far worse shape today than she was before we introduced her to the miracles of modern economics, banking, and engineering. Since 1970, during this period known euphemistically as the Oil Boom, the official poverty level grew from 50 to 70 percent, under- or unemployment increased from 15 to 70 percent, and public debt increased from $240 million to $16 billion. Meanwhile, the share of national resources allocated to the poorest segments of the population declined from 20 to 6 percent.5 Unfortunately, Ecuador is not the exception. ~John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hitman




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Without consideration of these inconvenient truths, understanding Ecuador’s current situation is impossible. And with all of the recent public concern over reported fires devastating wide swaths of the Amazon jungle, those who genuinely do care about the fate of this critically important global natural resource would be wise to consider the ramifications of having the United Nations and the Catholic Church appear as impartial arbiters of justice.


If you were to visit the country today, you would see one of the world’s most biologically diverse and beautiful areas under total domination by oil development, Chinese road and dam developments, mining interests, and logging on an epic scale, all accompanied by poverty and a clear agenda to colonize and subjugate any remaining indigenous holdouts. You would also see modern offices and massive Catholic churches built directly on top of Inca ruins, direct reminders of the brutal conquest of South America’s indigenous cultures by Catholicism.




Note the rock wall below the modern buildings, which dates back to Pre-Columbian times.



Sadly, the people of Ecuador are being duped by a crooked government who who will do anything to survive a revolution. If the resisters fall for it now, it is almost certain that the president will unveil a deal which somehow undermines their sovereignty ever more, while allowing globalist corporate interests even greater access to Ecuador’s priceless forests and resources.



Read more articles by Dylan Charles.


Dylan Charles is the editor of Waking Times dedicated to the ideas of personal transformation, societal awakening, and planetary renewal. His personal journey is deeply inspired by shamanic plant medicines and the arts of Kung Fu, Qi Gong and Yoga. After many years of living in Costa Rica, he now lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where he practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and enjoys spending time with family. He has written over a thousand articles, reaching and inspiring millions of people around the world.



This article (Economic Hitmen and Neoliberalism – The Truth About What’s Happening in Ecuador) was originally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Dylan Charles and WakingTimes.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.


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By B.N. Frank


In July, Activist Post reported about efforts to stop a huge 5G drone from being flown over Hawaii.


Congratulations to Dr. Debora Greene and members of KeepYourPower.org for making it happen:



Yes, it’s true! The Research Corporation of the University of Hawai’i (RCUH) on Friday withdrew its Use Determination Application from the Lana’i Planning Commission!


As you know, they were seeking to use agricultural lands for massive experimental stratospheric drones in partnership with global high tech corporations.


You, my dear friends, sent HUNDREDS of emails opposing the giant 5G drones and caused UH to immediately drop 5G from the project.


         



      

Then Hawaiian cultural practitioners Sol Kaho’ohalahala, Lynette Kaopuiki and La’ikealoha Soriano-Hanog, represented by attorneys Lance D. Collins and Bianca Isaki, petitioned the Commission to intervene in the application and hold a contested case regarding the industrial use of lands zoned for agriculture as well as impacts to traditional and customary Native Hawaiian rights.


And you, my dear friends, signed the petition to stop the drones and turned out in impressive numbers in August to the County Council meeting and testified with such passion and profound clarity. I’m so proud of you!


The project also received a notice of violation for constructing the second airstrip without county permits or approvals.


Also last month Lance Collins wrote to Planning Director Michele McLean questioning whether the Commission could entertain the application or petitions until an environmental assessment (EA) had been completed because RCUH is a state agency and this typically triggers an EA.


Is it over, you may ask?


Well, it’s hard to say for sure but, with no application, this chapter is over. We made HUGE progress in protecting our land and sea and skies in Maui County. Yay us!




Lawsuits and opposition to 5G is increasing worldwide (see 1, 2, 3).  In February, Telecom Industry executives admitted they have NO scientific evidence that 5G is safe.   Many experts say it isn’t (see 1, 2, 3, 4).  People and their pets have become sick where it has already been installed (see 1, 2, 3).


Warnings about 5G come from a variety of sources for a variety of reasons.  Meteorologists, NASA, NOAA and the U.S. Navy fear it will significantly reduce the accuracy of weather predictions.


Activist Post reports regularly about research, risks and opposition to unsafe technology.  For more information, visit our archives and the following websites.



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By Michael Maharrey


Last week, a Michigan Senate committee passed a bill that would prohibit the warrantless use of stingray devices and the collection of electronic data stored by service providers in most situations. Enactment of the bill would not only protect privacy in Michigan; it would also hinder the federal surveillance state.


Sen. Pete Lucido (R) introduced Senate Bill 341 (SB341) on May 22. Titled The Electronic Information and Data Privacy Act, the legislation would help block the use of cell-site simulators, known as “stingrays.” These devices essentially spoof cell phone towers, tricking any device within range into connecting to the stingray instead of the tower, allowing law enforcement to sweep up communications content, as well as locate and track the person in possession of a specific phone or other electronic device.


Under the proposed law, police would have to get a warrant based on probable cause before using a stingray, or any other method, to obtain the location information, stored data, or transmitted data of an electronic device in most situations. Law enforcement agents would also have to get a warrant before obtaining information and data uploaded to a remote computing service (i.e. the cloud) or from service providers. The legislation would also require police to destroy any incidentally collected data not covered under the warrant.


SB341 includes some exceptions to the warrant requirement, including certain emergency situations, if the device is reported stolen by the owner, informed consent by the owner or the user of the device, and in accordance with judicially recognized exceptions to the warrant requirement.


Under the proposed law, any data illegally gathered would be inadmissible in court.


All electronic information or data and records of a provider of an electronic communications service or remote computing service pertaining to a subscriber or customer that are obtained in violation of the provisions of this act are subject to the rules governing exclusion as if the records were obtained in violation of Amendment IV to the Constitution of the United States and section 11 of article I of the state constitution of 1963.


Last Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety passed SB341 by a 6-1 vote with some technical amendments.


IMPACT ON FEDERAL SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMS


The federal government funds the vast majority of state and local stingray programs, attaching one important condition. The feds require agencies acquiring the technology to sign non-disclosure agreements. This throws a giant shroud over the program, even preventing judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys from getting information about the use of stingrays in court. The feds actually instruct prosecutors to withdraw evidence if judges or legislators press for information. As the Baltimore Sun reported in April 2015, a Baltimore detective refused to answer questions on the stand during a trial, citing a federal non-disclosure agreement.


Defense attorney Joshua Insley asked Cabreja about the agreement.


“Does this document instruct you to withhold evidence from the state’s attorney and Circuit Court, even upon court order to produce?” he asked.


“Yes,” Cabreja said.






As privacysos.org put it, “The FBI would rather police officers and prosecutors let ‘criminals’ go than face a possible scenario where a defendant brings a Fourth Amendment challenge to warrantless stingray spying.”


The experience of a Pinellas County, Florida, man further highlights the shroud of secrecy around the use of stingray devices, along with the potential for abuse of power inherent in America’s law enforcement community.


The feds sell the technology in the name of “anti-terrorism” efforts. With non-disclosure agreements in place, most police departments refuse to release any information on the use of stingrays. But information obtained from the Tacoma Police Department revealed that it uses the technology primarily for routine criminal investigations.


Some privacy advocates argue that stingray use can never happen within the parameters of the Fourth Amendment because the technology necessarily connects to every electronic device within range, not just the one held by the target. And the information collected by these devices undoubtedly ends up in federal databases.


The feds can share and tap into vast amounts of information gathered at the state and local level through fusion centers and a system known as the “information sharing environment” or ISE. In other words, stingrays create the potential for the federal government to track the movement of millions of Americans with no warrant, no probable cause, and without the people even knowing it.


Fusion centers were sold as a tool to combat terrorism, but that is not how they are being used. The ACLU pointed to a bipartisan congressional report to demonstrate the true nature of government fusion centers: “They haven’t contributed anything meaningful to counterterrorism efforts. Instead, they have largely served as police surveillance and information sharing nodes for law enforcement efforts targeting the frequent subjects of police attention: Black and brown people, immigrants, dissidents, and the poor.”




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Fusion centers operate within the broader ISE. According to its website, the ISE “provides analysts, operators, and investigators with information needed to enhance national security. These analysts, operators, and investigators…have mission needs to collaborate and share information with each other and with private sector partners and our foreign allies.” In other words, ISE serves as a conduit for the sharing of information gathered without a warrant. Known ISE partners include the Office of Director of National Intelligence which oversees 17 federal agencies and organizations, including the NSA. ISE utilizes these partnerships to collect and share data on the millions of unwitting people they track.


The federal government encourages and funds stingrays at the state and local level across the U.S., thereby undoubtedly gaining access to a massive data pool on Americans without having to expend the resources to collect the information itself. By placing restrictions on stingray use, state and local governments limit the data available that the feds can access.


In a nutshell, without state and local cooperation, the feds have a much more difficult time gathering information. Enactment of SB341 would strike a major blow to the surveillance state and would be a win for privacy.


WHAT’S NEXT


SB341 will now move to the full Senate for further consideration.



Michael Maharrey [send him email] is the Communications Director for the Tenth Amendment Center, where this article first appeared. He proudly resides in the original home of the Principles of ’98 – Kentucky. See his blog archive here and his article archive here. He is the author of the book, Our Last Hope: Rediscovering the Lost Path to Liberty. You can visit his personal website at MichaelMaharrey.com and like him on Facebook HERE


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