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By Eoin Higgins


(CD) – The White House is continuing its march to war with Iran, but resistance is growing—most recently by a group of 62 organizations that issued an open letter to Congress on Tuesday calling for the representative body to exercise its power and stop U.S. aggression.


In the letter, the 62 groups call on Congress to “fulfill its constitutional duty and enact further constraints to unequivocally prevent the administration from launching an unauthorized war.”


The push to war has been led mainly by President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Trump himself has been noncommittal, expressing support and hesitance in nearly equal measure depending on the day.


         



      

Nevertheless, a number of the letter’s signatories said in a statement, the administration’s actions require pushback from Congress.


“Trump and his National Security Advisor John Bolton are taking this country to the brink of a completely avoidable military confrontation,” said Jamal Abdi, president of the National Iranian-American Council. “It’s time for Congress to turn its words into action by passing legislation to stop Trump and Bolton from starting an illegal war.”


Under the Constitution, only Congress has the ability to declare war. But that right has been eroded over the last seven decades as presidents have used language like “police actions” and other euphemisms to go around Congress and start wars at will. The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in the wake of the 9/11 attacks has been used (pdf) over 37 times by Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Trump in over 14 countries.


Still, there’s a sense that Congress may finally be ready to take its duties seriously. The House has become progressively warmer in recent years to legislation by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)—the lone vote against war in the wake of the 2001 attacks—to restrict the use of the AUMF.


In response to congressional cooling on war, the administration on Tuesday used a briefing from Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan to continue to raise the specter of a vicious, calculating foe while telling members of Congress that the threat, for now, has abated.


“I’d say we’re in a period where the threat remains high,” Shanahan told reporters Tuesday. “And our job is to make sure that there is no miscalculation by the Iranians.”






Erica Fein, the advocacy director for Win Without War, expressed her regret that the Trump White House has continually increased tensions with Iran—specifically by effectively tearing up the Iran nuclear agreement in May 2018.


“President Obama took us off the path to war, but now Trump and Bolton have put us back on it,” said Fein. “It’s time for Congress to put the brakes on a Trump-Bolton war with Iran.”


In a statement, Jeff Carter, the executive director of letter signatory Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), said that diplomacy, not war, was the only path forward for peace.


“There is a clear, necessary path to preserve peace between our nations, one that has advanced and will continue to advance key progress,” Carter said. “Both nations must continue to actively engage in dialogue, with open diplomatic communications channels and the mutual aim to prevent any further escalation of conflict.”


Gwen DuBois, the president of the Chesapeake Bay chapter of PSR, made clear that the horror that could be seen in Iran was previewed in Iraq. In a war with Iran, DuBois said, “likely hundreds of thousands if not a million or more people would die, as in Iraq, from the indirect consequences of war—such as infections and the collapse of the healthcare system.”




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And the danger could be even greater than conventional war.


“When a nuclear-armed country like the United States is involved,” DuBois said, “there is always a chance that conventional war could escalate into a nuclear war, with millions of deaths, nuclear winter, and mass starvation.”


With that kind of desolation potentially on the horizon, the letter to Congress emphasizes that it’s time for Congress to use its power as a co-equal branch of government to slow the march to war.


“Congress has the chance to stop a war before it starts,” the letter says. “Please take action before it is too late.”


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By Alex Moss


A fight over unmasking an anonymous Reddit commenter has turned into a significant win for online speech and fair use. A federal court has affirmed the right to share copyrighted material for criticism and commentary, and shot down arguments that Internet users from outside the United States can’t ever rely on First Amendment protections for anonymous speech.


EFF represents the Reddit commenter, who uses the name “Darkspilver.” A lifelong member of the Jehovah’s Witness community, Darkspilver shared comments and concerns about the Jehovah’s Witness organization via one of Reddit’s online discussion groups. Darkspilver’s posts included a copy of an advertisement asking for donations that appeared on the back of a Watch Tower magazine, as well as a chart they edited and reformatted to show the kinds of data that the Jehovah’s Witness organization collects and processes.


         



      

Earlier this year, Watch Tower subpoenaed Reddit for information on Darkspilver as part of a potential copyright lawsuit. The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, a group that publishes doctrines for Jehovah’s Witnesses, claimed that Darkspilver’s posts infringed their copyright, and that they needed Darkspilver’s identity to pursue legal action. EFF filed a motion to quash the subpoena, explaining that Watch Tower’s copyright claims were absurd, and that Darkspilver had deep concerns that disclosure of their identity would cause them to be disfellowshipped by their community. Accordingly, Watch Tower’s subpoena could not pass the well-established “Doe” test, which allows a party to use the courts to pierce anonymity only where they can show that their claims are valid and also that the balance of harms favors disclosure. The Doe test is designed to balance the constitutional right to share and access information anonymously with the right to seek redress for legitimate complaints.


In a hearing earlier this month, Watch Tower argued that they met the requirements of the Doe test, claiming that their copyright was infringed and also that the Doe test did not apply because Darkspilver is not a U.S. resident. On Friday, May 17, Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim rejected the latter argument, holding that the First Amendment can apply even if a Doe is not in the U.S. The court noted that because Darkspilver’s speech was on a U.S. company’s platform and has a U.S. audience, silencing them would have unavoidable domestic ripple effects. As Judge Kim explained, “The subpoena here was issued by a court in the United States, on behalf of a United States company (Watch Tower) and was directed against another United States company (Reddit). Moreover, the First Amendment protects the audience as well as the speaker.”






The court also rejected Watch Tower’s claim of infringement regarding the Excel spreadsheet. It held that Watch Tower had a potentially valid claim with respect to the advertisement, but went on to conclude that Darkspilver’s use was likely lawful under the fair use doctrine. The court carefully reviewed the fair use factors and concluded that “they tip sharply in Darkpilver’s favor.” We wholeheartedly agree.


But we disagree with the court’s final decision: to order limited disclosure so that Watch Tower might attempt to shore up its copyright claim. While the court agreed that “Watch Tower has not demonstrated any actual harm or likelihood of future harm”—the fourth fair use factor—it gave undue credence Watch Tower’s claim that  “the harm it suffered from people infringing on its copyrights was directing others away from its website.” Based on the theory that “[p]erhaps Watch Tower, if provided the opportunity, could demonstrate that fewer people visited its website after Darkspilver’s posting,” the court decided to allow Watch Tower’s counsel access to Darkpsilver’s identifying information.


Based on the court’s approach, the Doe standard offers weak protections for fair users. Even a far-fetched theory regarding a particular fair use factor, like the one posited here, might be enough to justify disclosure even if the rest of the fair use analysis clearly suggests the use was lawful. That said, the disclosure is subject to strict limits. Reddit may disclose it only to Watch Tower’s counsel of record, and that counsel is prohibited from sharing that information with anyone else—including the client—without a separate court order. In addition, the court explicitly “admonished that any violation of this Order will be sanctioned.”




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This case touches on a lot of EFF’s most important issues, and it’s a prime example of how intellectual property, free speech, and privacy can intersect in complicated ways, making it hard for people to speak out about controversial issues. We are considering next steps. But in the meantime, we are also celebrating a crucial win for the First Amendment and access to anonymous speech for Internet users everywhere.






Alex is a Staff Attorney on EFF’s intellectual property team, focusing on legal issues that affect innovation and creativity of all kinds. Before joining EFF, Alex practiced complex commercial litigation at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York and Durie Tangri LLP in San Francisco, where she handled patent, copyright, trademark, contract, and antitrust matters for a wide range of clients in state and federal courts across the country. After graduating from Stanford Law School, Alex developed a a particular passion for patent law while clerking for the Honorable Timothy B. Dyk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Before law school, Alex worked with independent recording artists at Rough Trade America and Alan McGee Management.





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By B.N. Frank


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is not a health or environmental protection agency even though their role is to protect Americans by regulating the Telecom Industry.  To say they’ve been doing a bad job for many years now is putting it lightly.  It’s only become worse with the promotion and forced widespread installation of 5G technology which the Telecom Industry won’t even say is safe.


         



      


Thanks to Camilla Rees of ElectromagneticHealth.org for compiling a list of half a century of research that proves there are biological health effects from exposure to all sources of RadioFrequency (RF) Radiation.



It is a fallacy that the only risk from electromagnetic fields are the thermal effects.


The FCC exposure guidelines today are non-protective of existing cell phone and wireless exposures. They do not take into consideration the large body of science documenting non-thermal effects, including the U.S. government’s own science, nor the reality that the biological effects of our many kinds of exposures these days are additive and cumulative. And, the guidelines are certainly also non-protective from the coming higher frequency and higher pulsation (i.e. more biologically disruptive) millimeter exposures planned for antennas using 5G, that the industry plans to densely place throughout our neighborhoods, on every few utility poles, unless the American people stand up for their right to health.


The U.S. government has terribly failed the American people by not acting on the very serious risks its own science has long revealed. And we are at a disgraceful place where industry’s plans for further antenna densification may put our very species at risk.



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By Peter Tocci


Most people know something about polarity—North Pole/South Pole; putting the phone battery in the right way—opposing aspects of one thing. Less people may have considered what Einstein said concerning matter: “Reality is an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”


What follows is a theory about the nature of existence, including the nature of human being. It differs from religious and scientific views with the confession that ultimately it’s a great mystery. It will never be totally fathomed mentally, even though there are ideas and concepts that have been and can be expressed about it.


The best we may be able to do is develop/nurture a human capacity given little respect by science and virtually ignored in guiding society’s development(s): Intuition/Wisdom.


         



      

One thing that seems deplorable in any case, however, is routinely taking things for granted. How many people marvel, even occasionally, about the miracle of just being able to blink or wiggle a little finger? Little fish clean the rhinoceros standing under water—and his teeth. This amazes me (glad it’s not my job, though


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By B.N. Frank


Research from the Mayo Clinic determined that texting on smartphones triggers a new type of brain rhythm. “Digital Addiction” or “Screen Addiction” has been validated by many credible sources as a serious medical condition despite the fact that some are still actively promoting heavy screen use as normal, productive and sometimes even cool.


Texting and walking is a safety concern and not just for those who are doing it.  But will legislation and fines be enough to stop addicts?  Or should there be more efforts to discourage heavy screen use in children and adults whether they are walking in public places or not?


         



      

From USA Today: 



ALBANY, N.Y. – You probably shouldn’t walk across a street and look at your phone at the same time. Now New York might make it illegal.


A bill sponsored by Democrats who control the state Legislature would allow police to issue a ticket between $25 to $50 for a first offense of getting caught texting while walking — unless you can prove it was an emergency.


The law would be simple enough, the bill states: “No pedestrian shall cross a roadway at any point while using any portable electronic device.”


The bill was first introduced last year by Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, D-Brooklyn, but it picked up majority support in the Senate earlier this month from Sen. John Liu, D-Queens.


“It has been proven that distraction from texting while walking can cause pedestrians to cross roads very unsafely,” the bill said.


“Not only can trips and falls occur, but even getting hit is more than just a possibility.”


The bill cited various statistics from safety studies, including the National Safety Council  that point to the dangers of distracted walking when using a mobile phone.


The group said that teenagers are now more likely to get hit by a car than younger people because they can be distracted by walking across the street and looking at a phone.


“The National Safety Council is focused on efforts to eliminate distracted walking – specifically walking while using a mobile device,” the group said on its website. “Kids often don’t recognize the dangers of distracted walking.”


Honolulu made it illegal to walk across the street while looking at a phone, as did the city of Montclair, California. Neighboring states Connecticut and New Jersey have also introduced legislation to have statewide bans.






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By Aaron Kesel


Last week Activist Post reported that Monsanto had kept a dossier on influential people throughout France and other European countries. This week, it was revealed that the German chemical and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer disclosed that Monsanto, the controversial U.S. pesticide producer behind genetically modified organisms (GMOs) involved in more than 13,000 plaintiffs lawsuits alleging illness had kept “watch lists” of its opponents including journalists in key EU member states and in EU institutions.


Bayer revealed that U.S. seeds and pesticides maker Monsanto kept lists of both key pro- or anti-pesticide influential figures in at least seven EU countries as well as in EU institutions.


The lists were compiled for Monsanto by PR agency Fleishman-Hillard, AFP and France24 reported.


“[Fleishman-Hillard] drew up lists of stakeholders in France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and United Kingdom, as well as regarding stakeholders related to EU institutions,” Bayer said in a statement.


         



      

Earlier this month, Bayer promised transparency over the lists after a French television channel revealed the existence in France of files on prominent backers and opponents of pesticides and genetically modified crops.


“The lists primarily include journalists, politicians and other interest groups,” Bayer said.


French prosecutors allege that Monsanto kept a file of 200 names, including journalists and lawmakers in hopes of influencing positions on pesticides. The investigation was opened after newspaper Le Monde filed a complaint alleging the bribery. Monsanto admitted in a press conference with journalists that other countries in Europe were also affected by its lists.


“It’s safe to say that other countries in Europe were affected by lists … I assume that all EU member states could potentially be affected,” Matthias Berninger, Bayer’s head of public affairs and sustainability, told journalists on Monday.


French public-sector research institutes Inra and CNRS also said they would file criminal complaints over mishandling of their employee’s personal data, after finding that some of their researchers and executives were included in Monsanto’s influencer list.


Bayer stated that to its knowledge Monsanto had not broken any laws lobbying scientific decisions on its products.


It added, “Bayer will ask an external law firm to investigate the project Monsanto commissioned and evaluate the allegations. The law firm will also inform all of the persons on the lists of the information collected about them”.


Monsanto is documented to have paid off Sir Richard Doll, a renowned cancer researcher, for 20 years. Doll received a consultancy fee of $1,500 a day in the mid-1980s for his research on Monsanto’s Agent Orange, finding the chemical didn’t cause cancer.


As this author reported for Activate Now, Bayer/Monsanto was recently faced with a jury concluding that its Roundup product causes cancer. The finding was according to a second U.S. jury who ruled its Roundup weed killer was a carcinogenic substance that caused plaintiff Edwin Hardeman’s disease.


While Monsanto always insisted “glyphosate has a long history of safe use,” a study by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic” back in 2015.


One year later, another organization, PAN, the Pesticide Action Network International, issued a 96-page report stating that glyphosate contaminates the Global Ecosystem. That same year the FDA suspended testing for glyphosate residues in food. Those foods, according to a subsequent report by Food Democracy Now! and the Detox Project, included many of America’s most popular foods including – cookies, crackers, popular cold cereals, and chips. The chemical was also found in several wines including organic wines, baby food and formula, breast milk and even tampons.


Glyphosate is also sprayed directly on many types of conventional crops before harvest, including wheat, oats, and barley. In all, glyphosate is used in some fashion in the production of at least 70 food crops, according to the EPA, including a range of fruits, nuts, and veggies.


Glyphosate was also listed as a carcinogen on California EPA’s Prop 65 list in July of 2017, while a study published in January of 2017 proved that chronic consumption of low levels of Roundup (which contains glyphosate) caused fatty liver disease in animals.


Meanwhile, in another study scientists have found that exposing rats to ultra-low doses of Roundup caused liver and kidney damage.


Another study done by the WHO and UN experts at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) conflicted the IARC report and found that “glyphosate did not cause cancer and pose a risk to humans.”


An additional report in 2017 by the European Chemical Agency agreed with the FAO study stating that glyphosate was “safe.”


Monsanto now (Bayer) has an obvious conflicting record on whether or not its glyphosate chemical is safe or not.


Another California man, Dewayne Lee Johnson, was awarded $289 million in August last year after a state jury found Roundup caused his own cancer. That award was later reduced to $78 million and is on appeal by Bayer.


One may wonder why they chose to go with Bayer instead of Monsanto, as Bayer also has a nasty history. No one is forgetting anytime soon that Bayer sold tainted hemophiliac medicine which caused users to contract AIDS, sorry PR reps.


Bill Maher runs down both evil companies’ so-called “achievements” in the video below, which includes “giving heroin to children as medicine, creating Zyklon B, PCBs, Aspartame, DDT, Agent Orange and of course Roundup!”



Perhaps unsurprisingly, Bayer’s Roundup product isn’t the only product that causes problems; another commodity called Dicamba has also faced a backlash.






Dicamba has been under fire by farmers for causing widespread damage to their crops that are not GMOs designed to resist the chemical. Dicamba was even banned in Arkansas by the Plant Board, which Monsanto disputed and sued the group for acting outside its authority in prohibiting its herbicide’s use and failing to consider research Monsanto had submitted to federal regulators.


Dicamba is considered more toxic than glyphosate, but less toxic than 2,4-D, the third most common broadleaf herbicide. (Monsanto is working on crops that are resistant to 2,4-D, as well.) Yet, when used properly, dicamba is considered only mildly toxic to people, pollinators, wildlife, and aquatic organisms. There is no scientific consensus on whether it has cancer-causing properties, though the EPA says “Dicamba is not likely to be a human carcinogen.”


Then there is Monsanto’s product it canceled launching, called NemaStrike, which is designed to be applied to crop seeds to protect them from worms and other bugs. The launch was halted after reports indicated that it caused strange rashes on people who came into contact with the chemical.


Monsanto recently lost its third legal battle over its massively popular Roundup herbicide facing a fine of being ordered to pay $2.055 billion by a jury in San Francisco who ordered the chemical giant to payout to a couple Alva and Alberta Pilliod of Livermore, California, that said it caused their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.


$2 billion in punitive damages and $55 million in compensatory which is certain to be reduced by the trial judge or on appeal David Levine, University of California, Hastings School of Law professor told the Associated Press there is “There is zero chance it will stand.”


The Pilliods said they used Roundup once a week for nine months of the year for more than three decades before being diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and 2015, according to BuzzFeed News.


“We wish that Monsanto had warned us ahead of time of the dangers of using Monsanto and that there was something in the front of their label that said, ‘Danger, may cause cancer,’” Alberta Pilliod said at a press conference, according to BuzzFeed. “It’s changed our lives forever. We can’t do the things that we used to be able to do and we really resent Monsanto for that fact.”


There are now three cases against Bayer found to be guilty for causing cancer; a pending estimated 11,200 Roundup lawsuits by farmers, home gardeners, and landscapers; and a total of 13,000 plaintiffs claiming its glyphosate-based herbicides cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other cancers. There are also six more trials due to start this year alone in federal and state courts in the U.S.  Bayer is going to have a busy time with litigation, especially since this piles on top of a flood of lawsuits over waterways contaminated with PCBs (chemical compounds used in transformers, paints, sealants), and fresh cases emerging over Dicamba.


The current trial on Roundup for Hardeman is still pending liability ruling; however, with the evidence cited in this article, it seems like Bayer is surely liable.


According to U.S. Right To Know’s Monsanto Trial Tracker, the next trial (Gordon v. Monsanto) is fixed for August which will be against Sharlean Gordon, a cancer-stricken woman in her 50s, currently set for trial in St. Louis County Circuit Court on Aug. 19th.


Because of these lawsuits, Monsanto is having its dirty laundry aired out exposing the tactics Monsanto used to deny cancer risk and protect its prized chemical Roundup.


The Guardian reports that Monsanto employed a number of corrupt tactics including ghostwriting studies (paying off researchers), interfering with regulatory agencies, refusing to conduct long-term safety studies all while spending millions of dollars on secretive PR campaigns to attack scientists and critics.


“Monsanto was its own ghostwriter for some safety reviews,” Bloomberg reported, and an EPA official reportedly helped Monsanto “kill” another agency’s cancer study. An award-winning  investigation in Le Monde details Monsanto’s effort “to destroy the United Nations’ cancer agency by any means possible” to save glyphosate.




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“Monsanto’s ghostwriting and strong-arming threaten sound science and society,” wrote Tufts University Professor Sheldon Krimsky. The discovery documents, he said, “uncover the corporate capture of science, which puts public health and the very foundation of democracy at risk.”


It’s unfortunate that recently deceased former President George H.W. Bush’s legacy is leaving earth with the monstrosity that is now Bayer. Among many atrocities, the former director of the CIA is also known for deregulating the industry that is responsible for poisoning people with Agent Orange, as well as also having been responsible for the research of the uranium used for the Manhattan Project (Dayton Project) and PCBs chemicals.


One has to wonder how much George H.W. Bush was paid since he deregulated the government to allow Monsanto to produce their crops as the video above documents and drafted laws on how the U.S. would handle GMOs. One can also speculate how may people Monsanto actually paid to push their cancerous products on humanity. But it’s important to point out once again for the reader that the company was caught in the 1980s when it paid off Richard Doll who pushed that their chemical product in the form of Agent Orange didn’t cause cancer.


This should all come as no surprise as Monsanto also had Blackwater set up as its “Intel arm” by Cofer Black, the former head of the CIA’s counter-terrorism center. In 2008 Black traveled to Zürich to meet Kevin Wilson, a security manager for global issues at Monsanto. Black worked as the chairman for the Total Intelligence Consulting Company at the time, which was owned by Blackwater. During this meeting with Wilson, Black proposed to make Total Intelligence the “intel arm” of Monsanto.


Monsanto then hired Total Intelligence Solutions from 2008-09 under the agreement, contracting the firm to “infiltrate animal rights activist groups by having employees become legal members.” It also promised to monitor activists’ blogs and websites on Monsanto’s behalf.


Besides George H.W. Bush deregulating the industry for Monsanto and Sir Richard Doll pushing that its Agent Orange chemical was safe, there is also the story of Michael R. Taylor’s who has a history of back-and-forth employment between the big agriculture industry’s public and private sector. Taylor first began his career working for a corporate law firm that represented Monsanto, before being hired as a policy chief for the FDA in the early ’90s. Taylor was later hired directly by Monsanto as its vice president of public policy, before being tapped again to lead the FDA in 2009.


Taylor’s policies in the ’90s allowed for the approval of GMOs and recombinant bovine growth hormone, or rBGH. However, as the FDA chief, he never required producers to label food products containing GMOs, thus creating the controversy we have today.


Taylor is far from the only former Monsanto employee who would later go on to work in government. In fact, former Monsanto employees have worked in every aspect of government at the State Department, Department of Defense, Supreme Court, EPA, Social Security Administration, and Department of Commerce, according to AHRP which has extensively documented the revolving door.


Citizens are growing increasingly aware that companies like Bayer/Monsanto are bad for their health and the environment. It’s heartbreaking to see a chemical company involved with the poisoning of U.S. families still poisoning people decades later.


What’s more worrying is that Monsanto ordered Blackwater to harass private citizens, paid off researchers and has had a revolving door in the U.S. for policy. All of this truly shows the extent of the stain of corruption that Monsanto has manufactured and been allowed to continue.


In a news report, Reuters mentioned that Monsanto’s stock is down “40 percent since the first adverse U.S. judgment on Roundup last August, leaving the company with a market capitalization smaller than the price it paid for Monsanto” in its acquisitional merger of the company.


Bayer/Monsanto will continue to face multiple pronged attacks against its dangerous products, finally being exposed for their cancer-causing elements in their chemicals and other health hazards in not one, not two, but three different commodities and more likely to come. This latest news of keeping dossiers on influential people in France and other countries in Europe who Monsanto could then attempt to bribe, like they did to Richard Doll paying as consultants, is just another part of Monsanto’s filthy corrupt history that Bayer now bears with the merger. For more information, and an up to date play by play of upcoming Monsanto trials this writer highly recommends readers read, “Secret Documents Expose Monsanto’s War on Cancer Scientists” written by U.S. Right To Know.


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By B.N. Frank


Thanks to Americans for Responsible Technology for organizing “Take Action Tuesday”.


This week’s action involves reaching out to Congressman Frank Pallone Jr.


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TAKE ACTION TUESDAY: Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. is Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee which oversees the FCC. We’re asking Chairman Pallone to get answers to these questions (below) before more wireless radiation transmitters are installed in our communities!


         



      

Why hasn’t the FCC updated its radio-frequency microwave radiation (a.k.a. wireless radiation) human exposure guidelines in more than 23 years?


Why are those guidelines only based on thermal exposures, …and not biological harm, as has been demonstrated in hundreds of recent studies?


Why is the FCC pushing the rollout of 5G infrastructure without any scientific evidence that the technology is safe?



Activist Post has being covering the increasing American and worldwide opposition to the widespread installation of 5G technology and other sources of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR).  There’s a lot of misinformation out there.  However, people from all walks of life are fighting to correct this and affect change.  Please see our archives for more details.


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By MassPrivateI


A misleading article in WSAZ3 News titled, “New app targets distracted drivers with traffic alerts” would lead you to believe that the makers of the app are actually concerned with everyone’s safety, but of course that is not the case.


Have you ever wanted an app that lets Big Brother know when you are speeding and where you are going in real-time?


If you have, then your wait is over.


A new app called TravelSafely, sends warning signs to your smartphone for everything from your speed in a school zone to a light that’s about to change.


         



      


While we often look to the government to solve public safety issues, we decided that part of the solution lies with the transportation private sector working with the public to create real changes in how we manage travel safety. Marietta, Downtown Atlanta and Tuscaloosa are the first smart cities to deploy the TravelSafely App.


TravelSafely, has decided to help Big Brother out by solving public safety issues, like letting everyone know where you are and how fast you are traveling in real-time.


The app connects you with smart cities, other motorists, pedestrians and cyclists so that you can get where you’re going quicker and stay safe.


TravelSafety claims to be “a community of likeminded citizens who are committed to making the roads safer.” So how do they plan on doing this?  By finding likeminded citizens (law enforcement) who want to know how fast you are going.






The app “will warn you if you’re traveling too fast or speeding in an active work zone and it will also warn if you are traveling too fast around dangerous curves.”


Who needs Waze, when this app will broadcast your speed and direction to other motorists and law enforcement?


Unfortunately, Big Brother’s reach does not end there because this app will “warn you if there’s a cyclist on the road ahead and warn you of pedestrians in the crosswalk ahead if it detects you aren’t going to stop.”


It even “notifies motorists and cyclists if an emergency vehicle is approaching, and from what direction.” How is that for creepy?




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How the app determines if you were not going to stop, is unclear but I am sure law enforcement could use that information to charge a motorist with failure to stop for a pedestrian or yield to an emergency vehicle as well as speeding.


In the not-too-distant future, cars will come equipped with spying apps like TravelSafely and TSA biometric scanners installed in vehicle infotainment systems. Tomorrow’s cars will also use V2X technology to talk to other cars and law enforcement in real-time. Toll booth facial recognition cameras and license plate readers will track our every movement all in the name of public safety.


Just last month, the TSA and law enforcement wrongfully claimed that airline passengers will need to provide a REAL-ID card to travel across America and if we are not careful the same thing will happen to cars, trains, and buses.


Being spied on everywhere we go is a dystopian nightmare that will soon rival China’s oppressive social credit system.


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


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By Clint Siegner


Federal Reserve officials like to pretend they can use interest rates like a motorcycle throttle on the U.S. economy. They can either rev things up by dropping interest rates or slow things down by moving rates higher.


The public has been led to believe the central planners can do whatever is needed with rates to keep things purring along.


National Debt Growth


The truth is the central planners at the Fed are meddling with forces beyond their control. They are encouraging consumers, companies, and government to take on debt. Soon, the nation will choke on it.


         



      

The U.S. government is once again running trillion-dollar annual deficits. That’s enough to terrify anyone who believes in balanced budgets and limited government.


However, in just a few years, virtually all of what the federal government borrows will be needed just to make interest payments on existing debt. ZeroHedge refers to this as the “Minsky moment.”


If politicians want to continue spending money they don’t have on other programs (and you can bet they will), a lot more will need to be borrowed on top of what is needed to pay interest on the debt.


Fed officials will utterly fail at stopping the expansion of the debt bubble by moving interest rates higher. Their feeble attempt at hiking rates ended rather quickly when the equity markets began tanking late last year, and political pressure from President Donald Trump mounted.


The central bank’s control over the economy is an illusion. Fed Chair Jerome Powell and the other wizards there won’t be fine tuning economic growth by adjusting the cost of money up and down.


They can push short-term rates around directly and try to indirectly control long-term rates through bond purchases. Even that amount of control could be stripped from them when the market asserts itself.






The truth is that risk associated with lending money to the insolvent U.S. government has been way underpriced for years. This will eventually dawn on Treasury buyers.


Giving a long-term loan at 2-3% interest to such an organization as insolvent as the federal government is a risky bet.


Perhaps the realization will strike when deficits double or triple again in the not-too-distant future. Maybe it will be when foreign buyers, such as the Chinese, decide they have had enough.


The latter could happen a lot sooner than the market expects.


The Chinese have pointedly said they may dump Treasuries in retaliation for increased tariffs.




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When legitimate buyers of U.S. debt at artificially low rates vanish, the Fed is likely to step back in as the buyer of last resort. The central bank got away with that once before. The debt monetization program was called Quantitative Easing.


Will officials be able to pull it off again – on an even larger scale?


The Fed needs confidence at very high levels to support interest rates at these historically low levels. It will be difficult to maintain confidence as the debt levels continue accelerating up the exponential curve.


The day is coming when those with capital to lend will demand a much higher interest rate than Jerome Powell wants them to get. That is when interest rates will rise, and it won’t matter too much what the central planners at the Fed think about it.


Clint Siegner is a Director at Money Metals Exchange, a precious metals dealer recently named “Best in the USA” by an independent global ratings group. A graduate of Linfield College in Oregon, Siegner puts his experience in business management along with his passion for personal liberty, limited government, and honest money into the development of Money Metals’ brand and reach. This includes writing extensively on the bullion markets and their intersection with policy and world affairs.


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By B.N. Frank


Utility companies won’t admit it but their wireless “Smart” Meters have been nothing but trouble from the jump.  Tens of millions have been installed in the U.S. and around the world and people everywhere (including elected officials) have been fighting to get them off their homes and out of their communities (see 1, 2, 3).  These meters have been associated with so many problems (including fires and explosions) that there was even a documentary produced about them.


Now utility companies are warning the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) that auctioning off more 5G spectrums for unlicensed and untested WiFi applications will make their horrible “Smart” Meters even worse.  This is on top of the Telecom Industry saying that they have no scientific evidence that 5G is even safe and plenty of researchers saying it’s not.


         



      

From Multichannel News:



Those utilities say they need the spectrum for their mission-critical communications and that the FCC’s proposal to open it up for unlicensed Wi-Fi use is an untested and unproven approach that the FCC is pursuing despite the concerns of utilities as others about interference and/or congestion that threatens critical infrastructure.


The utilities say that the band is already heavily employed by its licensed users, and that licensed use is more reliable and robust.


Those communications nets are “used for critical situational awareness, underpin safety functions, and enable crews to safely repair and restore services after storms,” as well as “the greater deployment of distributed energy resources such as solar or battery storage, smart meters, and other technologies to enable grid modernization.”


“While our collective members fully understand and appreciate the need to make more efficient use of spectrum,” they said. “We strongly encourage the Commission to weigh the advantages of expanding access to the 6 GHz band with the potential negative impact this could have on critical infrastructure networks.”


The letter came a day after FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was talking up 6 GHz’s potential for Wi-Fi in a speech to the Wi-Fi World Congress in Tysons Corner, Va., outside Washington. He also said incumbent utilities must be protected.







Perhaps it’s now time for American utility companies to also file lawsuits against the FCC regarding 5G.  It is gaining popularity (see 1, 2, 3).


See Activist Post archives for additional horror articles about Smart Meters and 5G.


For more information, visit the following websites:



Americans for Responsible Technology
5GCrisis
5GExposed
5G Information
Center For Safer Wireless
Center For Electrosmog Prevention
Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
Ecological Options Network
EMF Safety Network
Environmental Health Trust
In Power Movement
Last Tree Laws
Physicians for Safe Technology
SaferEMR
Scientists for Wired Tech
SmartMeterHarm
Smart Grid Awareness
StopSmartMeters.org
Take Back Your Power
Wireless Information Network
Whatis5G.Info
Zero5G

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By Aaron and Melissa Dykes


We’re just weeks out from when Bilderberg normally holds its annual meeting, and so far, nothing has officially been announced regarding where the meeting will be held, who will be in attendance, or what topics they plan to discuss this year. The group typically meets at the end of May or beginning of June, but this year they have not even announced on what days the secretive elite confab will be taking place.


This is unprecedented in modern times; last year the date and location was announced in late January for the June 7-10 meeting in Turin, Italy. In many years, the location and date are posted on the official website at least by April or early May. All we have at this point is a fake location in California announced by a parody website (one that takes shots at “conspiracy theorists,” just by the way).


The big question is, what is so different this year that the group has stated they won’t be announcing until mere days before the event?


Considering how completely unprecedented last year’s meeting was, how few independent journalists even covered it, this year’s meeting is more important than ever.


         



      


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By Matt Agorist


Norco, CA — Ron Mugar never committed a crime, never harmed anyone, yet he’s found himself in the middle of a government-sponsored thievery ring designed to separate citizens from their money. Now, Mugar is currently facing an uphill battle against thieving bureaucrats in his city who are attempting to rob him through immoral and unconstitutional legislation.


Because the city of Norco, California assumes the right to tell people what they can and can’t have on their own property, Mugar was targeted by predatory bureaucrats over minor ‘code violations.’ According to the city, Mugar had too much stuff in his yard. The city claimed this stuff was an imminent danger to the community and so they went after him. In reality, however, no one was in danger, and when the city asked him to clean up his yard, Mugar did just that. But it was too late.


Mugar became a victim of what the Institute for Justice refers to an increasingly common practice in California called “health and safety receiverships.”


         



      

“Traditionally, receiverships allow a city to take temporary ownership of a property to fix an imminent danger to a community, like a structurally unsound building. The owner then would receive a bill for the work done. The bill is attached to the property in the form of a property lien. If the homeowner cannot pay the bill, the receiver can sell the property,” IJ reports.


The organization points out that these receiverships are now being used in a predatory manner to enforce even the most minor code violations. The city of Norco has hired law firms like Dapeer, Rosenblit & Litvak LLP, who go after people like Mugar in an attempt to steal their property to rake in millions.


When the city takes temporary ownership of property and then charges the homeowner for work they didn’t consent to having done, many times, the homeowner is unable to pay for it. At this point, the city takes full ownership of the property and flips the house, making huge profits in the process.


Just to defend himself from these thieves, Mugar was forced to use all of his life savings to pay for an attorney to fight the city and to clean up his property. Luckily, this successfully won him his home back after the city stole it. However, last November, likely angry at the fact that they’d been beaten, the city sued Mugar for attorneys’ fees to pay the law firm that helped them try to steal his home.




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State statutes and local ordinances allow municipalities to seek fees for the cost of prosecuting nuisance violations. The city explained its request for over $60,000 by alleging that Ron had engaged in “obstructive tactics”: that is, he tried to defend himself in court. Ron asked the court to reconsider the receivership because it wasn’t necessary. And he disputed some of the city’s allegations. For defending his property rights, Ron now owes tens of thousands of dollars.


One would think that government organizations — who claim to be in place to protect citizens from the likes of thievery and extortion — would not be so overt when committing these acts of thievery and extortion. Sadly, however, as Mugar’s case illustrates, this is not the case.




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For defending himself from thieves who stole his home, Mugar is now being forced to pay those very thieves. A travesty of justice indeed.


The good news is, according to IJ, is that “while Norco’s predatory practices are immoral and wrong, they are also something else: unconstitutional, under both the U.S. and California Constitutions. That’s why Ron has teamed up with the Institute for Justice to fight for his property rights and his First Amendment rights, and to fight against financially motivated prosecutors. Prosecutors should not profit from going after property owners in court—especially property owners who successfully defend themselves.”


We agree.


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By Catherine J. Frompovich


Poison!  What is the definition?


According to Dictionary online,


a substance that is capable of causing the illness or death of a living organism when introduced or absorbed.


According to MedicineNet online,



Poison: Any substance that can cause severe organ damage or death if ingested, breathed in, injected into the body or absorbed through the skin.


[Aren’t vaccines injected?]



         



      

Poisoning probably is the favorite ‘game’ control freaks enjoy playing since, in most cases, those being poisoned don’t recognize the problem until it’s too late, like with weather geoengineering now.  They ain’t contrails! However, the poison practice probably has been ongoing ever since time immemorial.


Nevertheless, the ‘game’ changed dramatically when “old man” John D. Rockefeller decided in the early 1900s to create a new industry [1-2], which would do just that: Invent, patent, manufacture and sell chemicals that would be sold legally as “medicines but with implementing an apparent sub-culture of causing ancillary diseases by either adverse reactions, or even death!



Yet, in 2013, an estimated 128,000+ prescription drug takers died from adverse drug reactions.


This means that prescription drugs almost rival stroke in terms of overall casualties.


Source: https://www.green-flower.com/articles/602/here-s-how-many-people-die-from-legal-drugs



Rockefeller’s game plan was enhanced further at the end of World War II when the United States offered Hitler’s “poison specialists” the opportunity under Project Paperclip [3-4] to come to the USA avoiding prosecution to create similar poisons for the U.S. government.  Unbelievable, but true—and no one in Congress had the ‘gonads’ to oppose that program, unless, of course, it was funded under black ops or as part of the then-evolving Deep State and Shadow Government agendas, which Congress has no control over.


Fluoride/Fluoridation of municipal water systems


One of the first mass-citizen-poisonings under the guise of improving dental health was the introduction of fluoride, a protoplasmic poison [5], into public and municipal water systems in the 1960s. [6]   Fluoride: How A Toxic Poison Ended Up In Our Water Supply.


After all these years, plus independent scientific research documenting fluoride’s ability to reduce IQs [7], By 2006, 69.2% of the U.S. population on public water systems were receiving fluoridated water” [8], we’re still being poisoned by fluoride. 


1976 Trade Secrets Act


That federal law began the slippery slope slide to being able not to report certain ‘ingredients’,  since they were regarded as “trade secrets,” but allowed the ‘hiding’ of chemicals, which made products with patents available.  The Act has been revised over the years; however, it began an ‘accepted practice’ regarding secret chemicals, in my opinion.


National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act


The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) of 1986 (42 U.S.C. §§ 300aa-1 to 300aa-34.


This “get out of jail free” act provided Big Pharma with total exonerations at law for product liability adverse reactions regarding vaccines/vaccinations. Talk about bailout!  It probably began the downfall of U.S. children’s health status during the ensuing years since hundreds of vaccines are being produced without independent, non-vested-interests ‘science’ publically being made available to consumers and intended vaccinees regarding the neurotoxic ingredients and chemicals in vaccines, which now are becoming government mandatory!


U.S. children’s health went from one in 10,000-15,000 Autism cases in the 1970s, to one in 59 nationally, and one in 34 in New Jersey [9].  U.S. has higher death rates for newborns than other rich countries [10], but also the highest number of vaccines given in the first year of life [11]!


Check out the neurotoxins and other chemicals in vaccines here.


Global Weather Geoengineering Toxic Poisons


Even though the above goes by many names, including Solar Radiation Management (SRM) [12], it is explained more intricately by Dane Wigington of


Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, May 18, 2019,
54:44 minuteshttps://youtu.be/RXsDfuuQPsw?t=4


Check out 50 minutes on the timeline to learn the toxic chemicals being rained down from the man-made clouds created under SRM, which were verified by lab tests inflight April 29, 2019.


Weather Geoengineering, also known as “climate change” is the most dangerous of all poison attacks upon the ecosystem, humans, wildlife and the environment, yet it goes on daily; just look to the skies above to see horrendous clouds full of microwave energies and toxic chemicals creating either drought, fires or daily torrential rainstorms, which interfere with agriculture and food production.  See “Is Global Famine On Dinner Plates After Autumn 2019 Courtesy of Weather Geoengineering?”.


Genetically Modified ‘Phoods’ and Glyphosate


Even though food additives, preservatives, irradiation, etc. have been around for decades, nothing matches the insanity of GM phoods and seeds, which, in most cases, have to be cultivated using Roundup®, Monsanto’s killer herbicide, now owned by Bayer Pharmaceuticals. It’s not safe to drink as many would have consumers believe, thus propelling the weed killer herbicide into over one thousand lawsuits-in-waiting for causing Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.



Glyphosate was first synthesized in 1950 by Swiss chemist Henry Martin, who worked for the Swiss company Cilag. The work was never published.[14]:1Stauffer Chemical patented the agent as a chemical chelator in 1964 as it binds and removes minerals such as calciummagnesiummanganesecopper, and zinc.[15]




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Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glyphosate



Almost everything not organically grown is contaminated by glyphosate, especially during what’s called pre-crop-harvest staging.  See “Preharvest Staging Guide.”


“Glyphosate Contaminates the Global Ecosystem: The Damning New PAN Report” (Oct. 18, 2016)


“Glyphosate” Report [N-(phosphonomethyl) glycine]


How much glyphosate is used globally?


Glyphosate is the most used herbicide in human history: 3.5 Billion pounds (1.6 Billion Kilograms) sprayed across America since 1974. 18.9 Billion pounds (8.6 Billion Kilograms) sprayed worldwide since 1974. [13]


Electromagnetic Frequencies, Radio Frequencies, Wi-Fi and 5G


How did EMFs, RFs, Wi-Fi and 5G get involved in this article, when they are not chemicals?  Good question!


The simple answer is they are electromagnetic energies for which consumers, in general, really don’t know what damage they do.  Any RF frequency, especially on the higher end of the spectrum, i.e., millimeter waves as 5G, which is known for heating the body like it’s on fire when used in military weaponry and crowd control, has to be causing some sort of adverse effects when they bombard humans continuously 24/7/365! And from every modern money saving electrical product, especially AMI Smart Meters, cell phones, Wi-Fi and the forthcoming ‘high tech disaster in the making’—5G.


If exposure to cell phones and computers causes a blood reaction known as rouleaux, as seen in the video below, we have to wonder what EMFs really can do. Do they set us up for breaks in our DNA?  Double-strand DNA breaks lead to cancer!


Dr. Magda Havas’ Live Blood & Electrosmog
2:32 minutes



https://youtu.be/8ZB7fb9Rqb0?t=6


Nuclear Energy and Power


Electric power plants using nuclear energy are not as emissions-free, ecologically-safe, as we are led to believe.  Those cooling towers actually can emit some RADs!  Check out the chart in the link below.





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“Not only nuclear power plants emit radioactive substances with the exhaust air, Fossil fuels contain various concentrations of natural radioactive substances which are released during combustion.”


Radiation exposure, power plants. Not only nuclear power plants emit radioactive substances with the exhaust air. Fossil fuels contain various concentrations of natural radioactive substances which are released during combustion.


Source: https://www.euronuclear.org/info/encyclopedia/r/radiation-exposure-power-plants.htm


The farther away from a nuclear power plant you can live and work, the better.  However, I find it interesting that most nuclear power stations are situation near large cities.  What were they thinking?


Recently, Exelon announced it was decommissioning its Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant, the first U.S. nuclear accident in the State Capitol area, Harrisburg, since the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania wouldn’t ‘bail it out’.  Who is going to be monitoring it for how many thousands of years?  Will it have the potential of poisoning local ground and well water?


I have covered what I consider the most egregious poison assaults on the citizens of the United States.


I’m certain there are more readers can point to, i.e., formaldehyde in everything, just about, including vaccines.  However, what I hope this exercise shows is that our federal ABC agencies may, and probably are not, functioning in consumers’ best interests.


Those agencies are caught up in what I claim is the Corporatocracy governance mode and we are paying the price for legislators and bureaucrats collusionary actions.


References:


[1] https://newspunch.com/big-pharma-was-invented-by-the-rockefellers/
[2] https://anonhq.com/how-rockefeller-found-big-pharma-and-destroyed-natural-cures/
[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Paperclip
[4] https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/csi-publications/csi-studies/studies/vol-58-no-3/operation-paperclip-the-secret-intelligence-program-to-bring-nazi-scientists-to-america.html
[5] http://www.fluoridation.com/quotes.htm
[6] http://origins.osu.edu/article/toxic-treatment-fluorides-transformation-industrial-waste-public-health-miracle
[7] https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi/
[8] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_fluoridation_in_the_United_States
[9] https://www.autismspeaks.org/science-news/cdc-increases-estimate-autisms-prevalence-15-percent-1-59-children
[10] http://time.com/5090112/infant-mortality-rate-usa/
[11] https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/03/right-vaccine-dosage-for-babies.aspx
[12] http://www.airclim.org/acidnews/solar-radiation-management-srm-and-geoengineering-are-not-needed
[13] https://glyphosatestudy.org/hrf_faq/how-much-glyphosate-is-used-worldwide/


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 John W. Whitehead


“No matter who you are, no matter how strong you are, sooner or later, you’ll face circumstances beyond your control.” — Cersei Lannister, Game of Thrones


Those coming of age today will face some of the greatest obstacles ever encountered by young people.


They will find themselves overtaxed, burdened with excessive college debt, and struggling to find worthwhile employment in a debt-ridden economy on the brink of implosion. Their privacy will be eviscerated by the surveillance state. They will be the subjects of a military empire constantly waging war against shadowy enemies and government agents armed to the teeth ready and able to lock down the country at a moment’s notice.


As such, they will find themselves forced to march in lockstep with a government that no longer exists to serve the people but which demands they be obedient slaves or suffer the consequences.


It’s a dismal prospect, isn’t it?


         



      

Unfortunately, we who should have known better failed to guard against such a future.


Worse, we neglected to maintain our freedoms or provide our young people with the tools necessary to survive, let alone succeed, in the impersonal jungle that is modern America.


We brought them into homes fractured by divorce, distracted by mindless entertainment, and obsessed with the pursuit of materialism. We institutionalized them in daycares and afterschool programs, substituting time with teachers and childcare workers for parental involvement. We turned them into test-takers instead of thinkers and automatons instead of activists.


We allowed them to languish in schools which not only look like prisons but function like prisons, as well—where conformity is the rule and freedom is the exception. We made them easy prey for our corporate overlords, while instilling in them the values of a celebrity-obsessed, technology-driven culture devoid of any true spirituality. And we taught them to believe that the pursuit of their own personal happiness trumped all other virtues, including any empathy whatsoever for their fellow human beings.


No, we haven’t done this generation any favors.


Based on the current political climate, things could very well get much worse before they ever take a turn for the better. Here are a few pieces of advice that will hopefully help those coming of age today survive the perils of the journey that awaits:


Be an individual. For all of its claims to champion the individual, American culture advocates a stark conformity which, as John F. Kennedy warned, is “the jailer of freedom, and the enemy of growth.” Worry less about fitting in with the rest of the world and instead, as Henry David Thoreau urged, become “a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.”


Learn your rights. We’re losing our freedoms for one simple reason: most of us don’t know anything about our freedoms. At a minimum, anyone who has graduated from high school, let alone college, should know the Bill of Rights backwards and forwards. However, the average young person, let alone citizen, has very little knowledge of their rights for the simple reason that the schools no longer teach them. So grab a copy of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and study them at home. And when the time comes, stand up for your rights before it’s too late.


Speak truth to power. Don’t be naive about those in positions of authority. As James Madison, who wrote our Bill of Rights, observed, “All men having power ought to be distrusted.” We must learn the lessons of history. People in power, more often than not, abuse that power. To maintain our freedoms, this will mean challenging government officials whenever they exceed the bounds of their office.


Resist all things that numb you. Don’t measure your worth by what you own or earn. Likewise, don’t become mindless consumers unaware of the world around you. Resist all things that numb you, put you to sleep or help you “cope” with so-called reality. Those who establish the rules and laws that govern society’s actions desire compliant subjects. However, as George Orwell warned, “Until they become conscious, they will never rebel, and until after they rebelled, they cannot become conscious.” It is these conscious individuals who change the world for the better.


Don’t let technology turn you into zombies. Technology anesthetizes us to the all-too-real tragedies that surround us. Techno-gadgets are merely distractions from what’s really going on in America and around the world. As a result, we’ve begun mimicking the inhuman technology that surrounds us and have lost our humanity. We’ve become sleepwalkers. If you’re going to make a difference in the world, you’re going to have to pull the earbuds out, turn off the cell phones and spend much less time viewing screens.




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Help others. We all have a calling in life. And I believe it boils down to one thing: You are here on this planet to help other people. In fact, none of us can exist very long without help from others. If we’re going to see any positive change for freedom, then we must change our view of what it means to be human and regain a sense of what it means to love and help one another. That will mean gaining the courage to stand up for the oppressed.


Give voice to moral outrage. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” There is no shortage of issues on which to take a stand. For instance, on any given night, over half a million people in the U.S. are homeless, and half of them are elderly. There are 46 million Americans living at or below the poverty line, and 16 million children living in households without adequate access to food. Congress creates, on average, more than 50 new criminal laws each year. With more than 2 million Americans in prison, and close to 7 million adults in correctional care, the United States has the largest prison population in the world. At least 2.7 million children in the United States have at least one parent in prison. At least 400 to 500 innocent people are killed by police officers every year. Americans are now eight times more likely to die in a police confrontation than they are to be killed by a terrorist. On an average day in America, over 100 Americans have their homes raided by SWAT teams. It costs the American taxpayer $52.6 billion every year to be spied on by the government intelligence agencies tasked with surveillance, data collection, counterintelligence and covert activities. All the while, since 9/11, the U.S. has spent more than $1.6 trillion to wage wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and police the rest of the world. This is an egregious affront to anyone who believes in freedom.


Cultivate spirituality, reject materialism and put people first. When the things that matter most have been subordinated to materialism, we have lost our moral compass. We must change our values to reflect something more meaningful than technology, materialism and politics. Standing at the pulpit of the Riverside Church in New York City in April 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. urged his listeners:


[W]e as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motive and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.


Pitch in and do your part to make the world a better place. Don’t rely on someone else to do the heavy lifting for you. Don’t wait around for someone else to fix what ails you, your community or nation. As Gandhi urged: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”


Say no to war. Addressing the graduates at Binghampton Central High School in 1968, at a time when the country was waging war “on different fields, on different levels, and with different weapons,” Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling declared:


Too many wars are fought almost as if by rote. Too many wars are fought out of sloganry, out of battle hymns, out of aged, musty appeals to patriotism that went out with knighthood and moats. Love your country because it is eminently worthy of your affection. Respect it because it deserves your respect. Be loyal to it because it cannot survive without your loyalty. But do not accept the shedding of blood as a natural function or a prescribed way of history—even if history points this up by its repetition. That men die for causes does not necessarily sanctify that cause. And that men are maimed and torn to pieces every fifteen and twenty years does not immortalize or deify the act of war… find another means that does not come with the killing of your fellow-man.


Finally, prepare yourselves for what lies ahead. The demons of our age—some of whom disguise themselves as politicians—delight in fomenting violence, sowing distrust and prejudice, and persuading the public to support tyranny disguised as patriotism. Overcoming the evils of our age will require more than intellect and activism. It will require decency, morality, goodness, truth and toughness. As Serling concluded in his remarks to the graduating class of 1968:



Toughness is the singular quality most required of you… we have left you a world far more botched than the one that was left to us… Part of your challenge is to seek out truth, to come up with a point of view not dictated to you by anyone, be he a congressman, even a minister… Are you tough enough to take the divisiveness of this land of ours, the fact that everything is polarized, black and white, this or that, absolutely right or absolutely wrong. This is one of the challenges. Be prepared to seek out the middle ground … that wondrous and very difficult-to-find Valhalla where man can look to both sides and see the errant truths that exist on both sides. If you must swing left or you must swing right—respect the other side. Honor the motives that come from the other side. Argue, debate, rebut—but don’t close those wondrous minds of yours to opposition. In their eyes, you’re the opposition. And ultimately … ultimately—you end divisiveness by compromise. And so long as men walk and breathe—there must be compromise…




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Are you tough enough to face one of the uglier stains upon the fabric of our democracy—prejudice? It’s the basic root of most evil. It’s a part of the sickness of man. And it’s a part of man’s admission, his constant sick admission, that to exist he must find a scapegoat. To explain away his own deficiencies—he must try to find someone who he believes more deficient… Make your judgment of your fellow-man on what he says and what he believes and the way he acts. Be tough enough, please, to live with prejudice and give battle to it. It warps, it poisons, it distorts and it is self-destructive. It has fallout worse than a bomb … and worst of all it cheapens and demeans anyone who permits himself the luxury of hating.


As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, the only way we’ll ever achieve change in this country is for the American people to finally say “enough is enough” and fight for the things that truly matter.


It doesn’t matter how old you are or what your political ideology is. If you have something to say, speak up. Get active, and if need be, pick up a picket sign and get in the streets. And when civil liberties are violated, don’t remain silent about it.


Wake up, stand up, and make your activism count for something more than politics.



ABOUT JOHN W. WHITEHEAD


Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. His new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People  is available at www.amazon.com. Whitehead can be contacted at [email protected].


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By B.N. Frank


When it rains, it pours…


Activist Post reported last week about meteorologists warning about 5G interfering with weather forecasting.  Now the U.S. Navy is chiming in with the same concerns AND including objections raised also by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).


From Ars Technica:



A US Navy memo warns that 5G mobile networks are likely to interfere with weather satellites, and senators are urging the Federal Communications Commission to avoid issuing new spectrum licenses to wireless carriers until changes are made to prevent harms to weather forecasting.


The FCC has already begun an auction of 24GHz spectrum that would be used in 5G networks. But Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) today wrote a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, asking him to avoid issuing licenses to winning bidders “until the FCC approves the passive band protection limits that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) determine are necessary to protect critical satellite‐based measurements of atmospheric water vapor needed to forecast the weather.”


[…]


The internal Navy memo on the topic, written on March 27 by Capt. Marc Eckardt, a Naval oceanographer, was made public by Wyden and Cantwell today.


         



      

The memo topic is “Operational impacts from potential loss of NOAA/NASA METOC [meteorology and oceanography] satellite data resulting from the FCC spectrum auction for 5G.” The Navy memo summarizes the problem as follows:



Remotely sensed observations (water vapor) may be degraded or lost due to growing interference from the broader adoption of 5G; specifically, in the 24GHz bands.
Naval operations will continue but with a probable degradation of weather and ocean models, resulting in increased risk in Safety of Flight and Safety of Navigation, and degraded Battlespace Awareness for tactical / operational advantage.

[…]The Navy’s concerns are shared by meteorologists quoted in a recent Nature article.



Lawsuits have already been filed against the FCC regarding forced 5G installation (See 1, 2, 3).


The Telecom Industry has provided no scientific evidence that 5G is biologically or environmentally safe.  There’s research that says it isn’t safe.  Security experts are also voicing opposition to 5G due cybersecurity risks.


Yet some folks are still blaming Russia for American 5G opposition.




For more information, visit the following websites:



Wireless Information Network
Americans for Responsible Technology
5GCrisis
5GExposed
5G Information
Environmental Health Trust
In Power Movement
Last Tree Laws
My Street, My Choice
Our Town Our Choice
Physicians for Safe Technology
Scientists for Wired Tech
TelecomPowerGrab.com
Whatis5G.Info
Zero5G

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