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By B.N. Frank


Thanks to Environmental Health Trust for posting this press release from Stop5GFlorida:



On April 3, 2019, the commissioners unanimously passed a resolution of the mayor and city commission of the city of Hallandale Beach, Florida urging the state legislature and federal government to initiate a study of the health effects of small cell towers built to accommodate 5G technology and to develop installation guidelines protecting the health and welfare of residents.


This is the first resolution passed in the state of Florida addressing 5G, the fifth generation of cellular technology requiring millions of new cell towers be installed nationwide – in addition to existing cell towers. New 5G small cell antennas (aka towers) are to be placed on streetlights, utility poles and sides of buildings and rooftops.


The resolution passed as a result of local resident, Carolina Lavayen, working with Commissioner Michele Lazarow once she noticed new cell towers were being installed in residential areas as well as city streets without public consent or notice to residents.


         



      

Lavayen requested a list of all existing 5G cell towers in Hallandale Beach as well as ones scheduled to be installed including locations and dates of activation. The city was unable to fulfill her request, and she learned that radiation levels from existing cell towers have never been tested for safety. She was informed that telecom companies and their contractors were required to obtain building permits from the city, but if they were not provided within 60 days, the FCC allows telecommunications companies to move forward with construction. She discovered there were zero local regulations in place as far as cell tower distance from homes and concentration of towers in any given area.


This prompted Lavayen to connect with other South Florida locals aware of the 5G controversy. Uniting with local long-time activist, Steve Grant, they formed Stop 5G Florida, and recruited other activists to join their alliance. Stop 5G Florida is a grass roots organization dedicated to educating the public on microwave radiation hazards and inspiring local action in challenging the full deployment of 5G in the state of Florida and throughout the world.


“We do not consent to new wireless technology that has not been proven to be biologically safe, and that uses millimeter wave frequencies the same as military grade weapons used by the U.S. Department of Defense in crowd control weapons called Active Denial Systems. 5G, along with smart meters, threaten our basic human rights with technology that further removes our privacy through antennas that track our every move and make us vulnerable to biological attacks at any time. Existing radiation levels have already been proven to be dangerous in thousands of peer reviewed papers. Adding 5G is great cause for concern, and we will do everything we can to protect our families including children – who are especially vulnerable to wireless technology’s health hazards.” said Carolina Lavayen.


[…]


During a 5G Federal Communications Commission press conference on June 20, 2016, Prior FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler stated, “Unlike most countries, we do not believe that we should spend the next couple of years studying what 5G should be or how it should operate.”


[…]






“The Florida Legislature has preempted local governments from the ability to regulate 5G cell towers in numbers and locations. Without basic health measures to ensure the public’s safety, the United States government is quickly rolling out 5G networks in neighborhoods and are enacting various state and federal regulations to expedite the rollout. These Federal and State regulations will impede the ability of communities to halt and be a part of the decision making process in this massive 5G infrastructure build-out. This Resolution, which passed unanimously, urges the Florida Legislature to reconsider its preemption of the issue until more studies are conducted and results determined.” Michele Lazarow, City Commissioner



The Telecom Industry has not said that 5G is safe and many studies have already proven that 5G is NOT safe



The first 5G court case won last year in England after residents became sick and women delivered stillborn babies.  Regardless, last Friday, there was a press conference at the White House about forcing 5G installation all over the U.S.





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A growing number of American municipalities are trying to stop 5G from being installed in their communities (See 1, 2).  Lawsuits have been filed against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about this (See 1, 2).  The FCC is also being investigated for collusion with the Telecom Industry in regard to – you guessed it – 5G.




A federal bill was introduced in January that would overturn and replace federal legislation that eliminated local control over installation.  Even if it passes, Florida residents will still be subjected to their state bill that eliminated local control.


Don’t want small cells installed throughout your community?  The U.S Day of Action against 5G is on May 15.  For more information, visit the following websites:



Wireless Information Network
Americans for Responsible Technology
5GCrisis
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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By Arjun Walia


Is civil disobedience ever justified? This question has been posed for centuries, especially when a law is deemed inappropriate or unacceptable and when the person breaking the law staunchly believes this act is morally justifiable. There have been individuals who have protested wars and marched for civil rights in an attempt to cause change. This article will examine civil disobedience and the impact it has had on society at large.


What is Civil Disobedience?


Civil disobedience is defined as “a public, non-violent and conscientious breach of law undertaken with the aim of bringing about a change in laws or government policies. On this account, the persons who practice civil disobedience are willing to accept the legal consequences of their actions, as this shows their fidelity to the rule of law.”


         



      

It is when individuals knowingly refused to abide by the law or within a civilized manner protest the law. Distinctive measures of civil disobedience have aided in imposing a re-examination of society’s moral boundaries. As seen in the Vietnam War, student sit-ins during this time proved to be an effective measure for supporting social change. The purpose for the marches, sit-ins and rallies was to end the war and cry out our opposition against the war and against our involvement.


In another example, Dr. Martin Luther King’s efforts of moral and civil disobedience activism was a cry to end racial segregation and discrimination. The “I Have a Dream Speech”, the march to Washington D.C. and the “Letter from Birmingham Jail” brought the Civil Rights Movement to the national spotlight and brought about change and equity for all. These acts are examples of not only civil disobedience but how positive means can bring about productive change.


Violations of Civil Liberties


There are examples of acts of civil disobedience in which the consequences violated our civil liberties. It is said that during times of war, our civil liberties are not in the forefront but instead remain in the background. For example, although we have such liberties as the freedom of speech, “In 1965, the Georgia Legislature refused to allow civil rights activist Julian Bond to take his elected seat in the state House because he made comments critical of the Vietnam war effort.”




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In the wake of Sept. 11th, the passage of the Patriot Act by some is considered an injustice to our First Amendment freedoms. As seen in the arrest and detention of citizens in the United States, these individuals were unjustifiably suspected of terrorism. Wiretapping has also increased since Sept. 11th which violates our freedom of privacy. It has resulted in thousands of citizens protesting these acts and demanding their civil liberties remain enforced.


Overall, in the interest of society at large, civil disobedience must continue to promote positive change. Past leaders such as Mandela, Gandhi and Dr. King broke society’s laws however with a purpose in mind to maintain civil liberties and civil rights. Do you know of a law that is unacceptable, perhaps considered improper? There are many who believe there is a need for civil disobedience.


Sources:




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Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Civil Disobedience


Constitutional Rights Foundation – The Patriot Act


Hudson, David. The First Amendment: A Wartime Casualty


Arjun is an independent researcher, writer, speaker and a consciousness activist. He writes for Activist Post and Natural Blaze.


   
            


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By Clint Siegner


The questions first-time precious metals buyers ask most often are “what should I buy?” and “how do I get started?” We have covered these questions many times over the years, but they are worth reconsidering from time to time.


Hundreds of new metals investors find Money Metals each month. We know many of them may not have seen our precious metals buying guides and the other resources in our education center.


The very first rule of precious metals investing is to avoid collectible coins and buy low-premium bullion (non-collectible) products instead. Well, to be precise, it is actually those many shady rare coin dealers one needs to avoid.


         



      

The dealers to avoid are usually the ones heavily marketing on TV and radio using celebrity spokesmen, looking for inexperienced buyers. They know what buttons to push. The ads talk a lot about real issues – concerns such as the massive federal debt and the potential for U.S. dollar depreciation to wipe out savings and wealth.


People call them, looking to do something smart and protect themselves by acquiring some physical gold and silver.


Then the fast-talking salespeople go to work. They try and switch people from making a simple investment in easy-to-understand bullion products, into buying dubious collectible and proof coins with a massive markup.




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Each numismatic coin type, each year, and each condition level has its own sub-market,making it so that only serious collectors can make knowledgeable decisions.



 



They talk about the huge potential for rare coins to appreciate in value and then sprinkle in some bogus advantages to make these items look like a better option than lower priced bullion.


Our Specialists have heard it all from clients who suffered the sales pitches of these shady operators: lies like rare coins can’t be confiscated; they are tax exempt; they have a record of outperforming bullion as an investment; bullion purchases must be reported to the government; etc.


All of these claims are nonsense, but thousands of newbie precious metals investors are getting pitches like these every day.


Too many of these poor souls end up paying 30% to 50% above what the coins are actually worth, and sometimes even more. When they start that far upside down in their investment, who knows when they will break even?


Buying highly liquid bullion coins, rounds, and bars close to melt value is the best way to go, period.


The second rule for making a good investment in gold and silver is just to get started.






Conventional investment advisors and stock brokers like to poke fun at metals as an investment. They aren’t serving their clients too well.


If the financial establishment stopped worrying about the commissions and fees they get for pushing stocks, bonds, and mutual funds (i.e. paper), they might let clients know gold has vastly outperformed the S&P 500 since 2000…


…they might acknowledge the U.S. government is insolvent, the future of the U.S. dollar is grim, and that these things have vast implications for the fragile and deeply interconnected global financial system.


People need to prepare and they need to move quickly.


Anyone making a clear-eyed assessment needs to acknowledge the 2008 financial crisis may just have been a warmup for the true reckoning yet to come.


Putting 100% of an investor’s eggs in the Wall Street basket is not a wise proposition, but that seems to be exactly what most financial planners and brokerages are advocating.




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It is not fashionable to worry about risks such as uncontrolled inflation, banking crises, and 50% stock market corrections at the current moment. Stocks are flying high and metals are cheap.


However, these risks, plus others, are real and growing. Now is not the time to be complacent.


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The third rule for making a sound metals investment is to choose your dealer carefully. Do a bit of due diligence before placing your order.


Price is a consideration when comparing dealers. However, price should definitely not be the only consideration.


Buyers make payment in advance of receiving the gold and silver they order. That means the dealer’s reputation and strength should also be evaluated.


Getting the lowest price will be scant comfort if the dealer doesn’t deliver the metal. And there have been some ugly blowups of “low-price leaders” in our industry.


The BBB offers ratings and customer reviews for most dealers. Other websites do as well.


A quick internet search can reveal a lot about how these businesses treat their clients. Pay special attention to any pattern of complaints around dealers either not delivering or being slow to get orders shipped.


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 Michael Snyder


Since the last financial crisis, we have witnessed the greatest corporate debt binge in U.S. history.  Corporate debt has more than doubled since then, and it is now sitting at a grand total of more than 9 trillion dollars.  Of course there have been other colossal corporate debt binges throughout our history, and they all ended badly.  In fact, the ratio of corporate debt to U.S. GDP rose above 40 percent prior to each of the last three recessions, but this time around we have found a way to top that.  According to Forbes, the ratio of nonfinancial corporate debt to U.S. GDP is now nearly 50 percent…


Since the last recession, nonfinancial corporate debt has ballooned to more than $9 trillion as of November 2018, which is nearly half of U.S. GDP. As you can see below, each recession going back to the mid-1980s coincided with elevated debt-to-GDP levels—most notably the 2007-2008 financial crisis, the 2000 dot-com bubble and the early ’90s slowdown.


You can see the chart they are talking about right here, and it clearly shows that each of the last three recessions coincided with the bursting of an enormous corporate debt bubble.


         



      

This time around the corporate debt bubble is larger than it has ever been before, and risky corporate debt has been growing faster than any other category…



Through 2023, as much as $4.88 trillion of this debt is scheduled to mature. And because of higher rates, many companies are increasingly having difficulty making interest payments on their debt, which is growing faster than the U.S. economy, according to the Institute of International Finance (IIF).


On top of that, the very fastest-growing type of debt is riskier BBB-rated bonds—just one step up from “junk.” This is literally the junkiest corporate bond environment we’ve ever seen.



Needless to say, the stage is set for a corporate debt meltdown of epic proportions.


What makes this debt bubble even worse is the way that our big corporations have been spending the money that they are borrowing.


Instead of spending the money to build factories, hire workers and expand their businesses, our big corporations have been spending more money on stock buybacks than anything else.


Every year, publicly traded corporations spend hundreds of billions of dollars buying back their own stocks from shareholders, and much of that is being done with borrowed money.


For example, in recent years General Motors has spent nearly 14 billion dollars on stock buybacks.  And that number certainly sounds quite impressive until you learn that General Electric has spent a whopping 40 billion dollars on stock buybacks.


Sadly, both corporate behemoths are now absolutely drowning in debt as a result of their foolishness.


In the final analysis, borrowing money to fund stock buybacks is little more than an elaborate Ponzi scheme.  In their endless greed, corporate executives are cannibalizing their own companies because it makes some people wealthier in the short-term.






And now this giant corporate debt bubble has reached a bursting point, and there is no way that this story is going to end well.


Meanwhile, another financial bubble of epic proportions is also getting a lot of attention these days.  If you are not familiar with “shadow banking”, here is a pretty good explanation from CNBC…



Nonbank lending, an industry that played a central role in the financial crisis, has been expanding rapidly and is still posing risks should credit conditions deteriorate.


Often called “shadow banking” — a term the industry does not embrace — these institutions helped fuel the crisis by providing lending to underqualified borrowers and by financing some of the exotic investment instruments that collapsed when subprime mortgages fell apart.



This kind of lending has absolutely exploded all over the globe since the last recession, and it has now become a 52 trillion dollar bubble…


In the years since the crisis, global shadow banks have seen their assets grow to $52 trillion, a 75% jump from the level in 2010, the year after the crisis ended. The asset level is through 2017, according to bond ratings agency DBRS, citing data from the Financial Stability Board.


Who is going to pick up the pieces when a big chunk of those debts start going bad during the next financial crisis?




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Never before in human history have we seen so much debt.  Government debt is at all-time record levels all over the world, corporate debt is wildly out of control and consumer debt continues to surge.


A system that requires debt levels to grow at a much faster pace than the overall global economy is growing to maintain itself is a fundamentally flawed system.


But that is what we are facing.  If global debt growth fell to zero, the global economy would instantly plunge into a horrific depression.  The only way to keep the game going is to keep expanding the debt bubble, and the larger it becomes the worse the future crash will be.


Most of us have been in this system for our entire lives, and so most of us don’t even realize that it is possible to have a financial system that is not based on debt.  This is one of the reasons why I get so frustrated with the financially-illiterate politicians who insist that everything will be just fine if we just tweak our current system a little bit.


No, everything is not going to be just fine.  In fact, we have perfectly set the stage for the worst financial meltdown in human history.


At this point nobody has put forth a plan to fundamentally change the system, and there is no way out.


All that is left to do is to keep this current bubble going for as long as humanly possible, and then to duck and cover when disaster finally strikes.


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


   
            


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By Catherine J. Frompovich


Consider this a “call to action,” plus an alert for the entire United States, if not the global community.


It’s a call to assert the moral, religious and legal rights of healthcare consumers globally to know about; have access to data, prior to vaccination; and to exercise their unalienable right to the choice of care for their health, body, mind and spirit, including that of their children.


Consider this a long-missing – but definitely long-needed – call for legal relief from Big Pharma’s and the CDC/FDA’s deceptive propaganda campaigns regarding vaccines and vaccinations since the passage of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (42 U.S.C. §§ 300aa-1 to 300aa-34), which has seen mandatory vaccines skyrocket to the current 69 doses of 16 vaccines a child receives starting with the very first day of life! 


         



      

Nothing attests to the fallacies of vaccine ‘science safety’ than the contradictory data HHS and HRSA (Health Resources & Services Administration) produce documenting expenditures for vaccine adverse reactions, injuries and claims, including legal fees, here, Page 9.


US $4,119,686,42.89 [billion] is not exactly ‘chicken feed’! 


If nothing more, that amount proves something is wrong; needs to be reviewed; and definitely corrected, specifically the inaccurate “lie now become a truth” vaccines are safe!


After several decades of being lulled into an almost hypnotic-stupor-religious-like belief about vaccines, millions of healthcare consumers globally are awakening to the fact they have been hoodwinked—led down a garden path of make-believe science that apparently intended to rearrange and reprogram the human immune system, probably following the Rockefeller “business plan” for the pharmaceutical industry’s overarching successes.  As a result, informed healthcare consumers now are flexing their collective-healthcare-rights muscles regarding various levels of abuse, e.g., Rx prescription gouging, plus demanding knowing what’s causing the Autism Spectrum Disorder, now one in 59 U.S. children in 2018.






No one has put forth a more intelligent plan, in my opinion, than Texas State Senator Bob Hall, who introduced SB2350 (March 8, 2019) Relating to the prohibited administration of certain vaccinations, which can be read at this LegiScan link: https://legiscan.com/TX/bill/SB2350/2019.


However, I’d like to highlight some of the more important provisions of SB2350, which are:



Personally, I think the above bill is so appropriate and obligatory for agency bureaucrats regarding their fiduciary duties that everyone everywhere ought to use it as the quintessential prototype legislation to ask your local legislators anywhere in the world to introduce to bring about vaccine science reforms.


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 healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.




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Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on Amazon.com.


Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle eBook.


Two of Catherine’s more recent books on Amazon.com are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)


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By Jason Ditz


(ANTIWAR.COM) — On Wednesday, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) hosted an “off-the-record” event during which a number of President Trump’s highest ranking advisers discussed the possibility of a US military attack on Venezuela.


This included a number of State Department and National Security Council officials, along with officials dispatched from Colombian and Brazilian embassies. Representatives of US-backed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido also took part.


         



      

Details of what was discussed have not been disclosed, above and beyond the general possibility of the US attacking Venezuela, and the different options for ways the US could attack them going forward.


That the Trump Administration is considering attacking Venezuela as an option is no secret, as they tell reporters that much at seemingly every opportunity. That they are holding such events to discuss the details, however, suggest a US war may be closer than anyone realizes.


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By Dave Maas


Despite Facebook’s repeated warnings that law enforcement is required to use “authentic identities” on the social media platform, cops continue to create fake and impersonator accounts to secretly spy on users. By pretending to be someone else, cops are able to sneak past the privacy walls users put up and bypass legal requirements that might require a warrant to obtain that same information.


The most recent examples—and one of the most egregious—was revealed by The Guardian this week. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security executed a complex network of dummy Facebook profiles and pages to trick immigrants into registering with a fake college, The University of Farmington. The operation netted more than 170 arrests. Meanwhile, Customs and Border Protection issued a privacy impact assessment that encourages investigators to conceal their social media accounts.


         



      

Last fall, after the Memphis Police Department was caught using fake profiles to monitor Black Lives Matter activists, Facebook added new language to its law enforcement guidelines emphasizing that this practice was not permitted. Facebook also removed the offending accounts and sent Memphis a stern warning not to do it again. However, Facebook has proven resistant to sending warning letters to every agency caught red-handed; recently it turned down a request by EFF that it confront the San Francisco Police Department after court records revealed its use of fake accounts in criminal investigations.


This latest DHS investigation uncovered by The Guardian, as well as The Root’s report revealing other agencies that authorize undercover cops to friend people on Facebook, indicates that much more needs to be done.


EFF is now calling on Facebook to escalate the matter with law enforcement in the United States. Facebook should take the following actions to address the proliferation of fake/impersonator Facebook accounts operated by law enforcement, in addition to suspending the fake accounts.



As part of its regular transparency reports, Facebook should publish data on the number of fake/impersonator law enforcement accounts identified, what agencies they belonged to, and what action was taken.
When a fake/impersonator account is identified, Facebook should alert the users and groups that interacted with the account whether directly or indirectly. These interactions include, but are not limited to, a friend request, Messenger messages, a comment, membership in a group, or being shown an advertisement. The user should know what agency operated the account and how long it was in operation. Facebook should also add a notification to the agency’s page informing the public that the agency is known to have created fake/impersonator law enforcement accounts.
Facebook should further amend its “Amended Terms for Federal, State and Local Governments in the United States” to make it explicitly clear that, by agreeing to the terms, the agency is agreeing not to operate fake/impersonator profiles on the platform. Facebook has the right to take actions in response to violation of their terms, but when they do so, Facebook should be fair and consistent with the Santa Clara Principles.
Facebook should review the department policies for social media use by law enforcement agencies. When law enforcement has a written policy of engaging in fake/impersonator law enforcement accounts in violation of the “Amended Terms for Federal, State and Local Governments in the United States,” Facebook should add a notification to the agency’s page to inform users of the law enforcement policy.

Facebook’s practice of taking down these individual accounts when they learn about them from the press (or from EFF) is insufficient to deter what we believe is a much larger iceberg beneath the surface. We often only discover the existence of law enforcement fake profiles months, if not years, after an investigation has concluded. These four changes are relatively light lifts that would enhance transparency and establish real consequences for agencies that deliberately violate the rules.





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As EFF’s senior investigative researcher, Dave Maass is a muckraker/noisemaker, covering issues related to police surveillance, free speech, transparency, and government accountability. In addition to leading deep-dive investigations, Dave coordinates large-scale public records campaigns, advocates on state legislation, and compiles The Foilies, EFF’s annual tongue-in-cheek awards for outrageous responses to FOIA requests. He sometimes represents EFF in digital rights-themed cosplay at Dragon Con, and he edited EFF’s first science fiction collection, Pwning Tomorrow.  He also researches virtual reality as part of the team that developed Spot the Surveillance, EFF’s first VR experience. Contact him with questions or information on police technology (e.g. automated license plate readers, biometric identification), prisoner rights, or public records laws.


Dave is currently Visiting Professor of Media Technology at the University of Nevada, Reno Reynolds School of Journalism.


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By John Vibes


Following this week’s arrest of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange in London, the hacktivist group Anonymous released a video calling for his captors to be held accountable.


The video showed the classic Anonymous figure wearing a Guy Fawkes and speaking with a distorted voice.


“Many powerful forces from all over the world have worked to make this possible. Influential people representing the governments of the UK, the United States, and Ecuador have all signed off on this unprecedented attack on journalism. These interests have acted against the people without fear because they believe that their positions of power will grant them protection from the karmic consequences of reality,” the message said.


         



      


The United States government has requested the extradition of Assange, but people around the world have urged the UK government to not release the embattled journalist to authorities in the US. A petition to prevent the extradition of Assange has already gathered over 67000 signatures.


There was some cyber-war action following the threats from Anonymous, but the hackers responsible do not claim to be associated with the hacktivist collective.


InfoSec expert Jacob Riggs was the first to report that multiple Ecuadorian websites were taken down after Assange was arrested, including, Ecuador’s official website, the Central Bank of Ecuador, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ecuadorian Assembly in the UK.




A hacking group operating under the name “AL1NE3737” took credit for the attacks. The group later released a database containing the full names and passwords for what appears to be 728 Ecuadorian government employees.








Ecuador’s sites were also hit with Denial of Service (DoS) attacks. According to DefCon Lab:



Among those involved in these attacks stand out from the groups / hacker DeathLaw , 5UB5, Cyb3r C0nven Security and Al1ne ( Pryzraky ).


DoS actions has consistently been against the Ecuadorian government targets, the country that gave Julian Assange to the UK police.” –DefCon Lab


The hacker Al1ne ( Pryzraky ) performed page defacements against and released a list of vulnerable targets related to the government of Ecuador



Agrocalidad – The Agency of Regulation and Control Fito and Zoosanitario: http://www.agrocalidad.gob.ec/

Metropolitan Transit Agency: http://www.amt.gob.ec/

Instituto Geográfico Militar – Ecuador: http://www.igm.gob.ec/




Shortly after those hacks were announced, Tech Crunch reported that the FBI was also hit.


Hackers reportedly breached three sites associated with the FBI and published personal data on thousands of different officers.




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One of the hackers provided a statement to Tech Crunch, in which they claimed to have hacked over 1,000 sites.


“We hacked more than 1,000 sites. Now we are structuring all the data, and soon they will be sold. I think something else will publish from the list of hacked government sites,” the hacker said.


However, the hacker did not indicate if they were associated with Anonymous or if their attack was in retaliation to the arrest of Assange, so it is possible that the timing of the FBI hacks is merely a coincidence.


John Vibes is an author and journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture, and focuses solutions-oriented approaches to social problems. He is also a host of The Free Your Mind Conference and The Free Thought Project Podcast. Read More stories by John Vibes


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By B.N. Frank


There was a press conference on Friday from the White House urging forced 5G small cell installation about the U.S. needing to win the controversial “Race for 5G.”  There was no reference to the testimony provided by the Telecom Industry in February that they could provide no scientific studies that proved 5G wireless technology was biologically or environmentally safe. 



         



      


In fact, many scientific studies have already proven 5G is NOT safe.  That’s why 200+ doctors and scientists have been demanding a moratorium on 5G installation since 2017.


President Trump mostly read from a script.  He mentioned that 5G networks must be secured – which according to most security experts seems completely impossible. 



He mentioned that The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been taking bold action – maybe bolder than they’ve ever taken – to ensure 5G would be installed all across the county, above ground and below, as well as in space.


Other speakers included FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, daughter, Ivanka Trump, and representatives from the rural farm community and the Telecom Industry.  No one mentioned:



The FCC is being investigated for collusion with the Telecom Industry in regard to 5G.
The lawsuits that have been filed against the FCC about forced 5G installation (See 1, 2).
The federal bill introduced in January that would stop the forced federal 5G installation.
The growing number of municipal governments who are trying to stop 5G from being installed in their communities (See 1, 2).
The first 5G court case won in England after residents became sick and women delivered stillborn babies.

Research has also already determined that exposure to 1G through 4G wireless radiation IS NOT SAFE EITHER. 



Federal “safety” standards are 20+ years old and they DO NOT apply to the way we use or are exposed to wireless technology today.


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is supposed to regulate the Telecom Industry and protect the public even though it seems like they have been doing everything but for a really long time.  (See 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)


The U.S Day of Action against 5G is on May 15.


For more information on what you can do, visit the following websites:



Wireless Information Network
Americans for Responsible Technology
5GCrisis
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
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By Catherine J. Frompovich


The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has gone out of its way, and even ‘fallen all over itself’ in trying to present a somewhat balanced 257-page report regarding the agricultural herbicide glyphosate for the purpose of soliciting consumer public comment by July 8, 2019, the due date.


GlyphosateIUPAC name: N-(phosphonomethyl)glycine) is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide and crop desiccant. It is an organophosphorus compound, specifically a phosphonate, which acts by inhibiting the plant enzyme 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase.
Source: Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glyphosate


I have read the report and made notes regarding what I think you, the reader and consumer, may be interested in addressing and commenting about since glyphosate is now omnipresent in our lives.


The ATSDR report titleToxicological Profile for Glyphosate – April 2019
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)Toxicological Profile for Glyphosate 257 pages
Draft for Public Comment PDFhttps://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp214.pdf


Public CommentsComments may be submitted via Regulations.gov https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=ATSDR-2019-0001Public Comment Period Closes on July 8, 2019 11:59 PM


The report indicates U.S. breast milk is glyphosate freeStudy is first independently verified look for the presence of Roundup ingredient in human milk
Date: July 23, 2015Source: Washington State Universityhttps://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/07/150723133120.htm


Glyphosate is not likely to bioaccumulate in breast milk (Bus 2015) and was not detected in breast milk from lactating mothers with detectable glyphosate in their urine (McGuire et al. 2016). [Pg.2]


Contrast that with “Herbicide Found In Mother’s Milk”https://www.planetnatural.com/herbicide-mothers-milk/


A recent study[1] has found that the herbicide glyphosate, sold under the trade name Roundup (and others), is present in alarming levels in breast milk of American females. The study found that samples of mother’s milk from women in the United States contained levels of the weed-killer that were 760 to 1,600 time greater than the amount of pesticides allowed by the European Water Directive. Those levels are still less than the 700 ug/l maximum contaminant level (MCL) that the Environmental Protection Agency has decided is safe.[2]


What do 21-day rabbit studies prove?  What the HHS wants to prove!  Do the same dynamics apply for 28-day mice studies?  Eight-day rat drinking water studies? Twenty-six month rat studies. One hundred four week Sprague-Dawley rats diet studies. How about life-long animal studies for a more accurate take on the science?


Contradictory Science
Page 95 lists contradictory science regarding the World Health Organization’s IARC’s findings of Group 2A (probably carcinogenic to humans) in 2017 versus the New Zealand EPA 2016 findings of “Unlikely to be genotoxic or carcinogenic to humans.” 


Toxicokinetics
CHAPTER 3. TOXICOKINETICS, SUSCEPTIBLE POPULATIONS, BIOMARKERS, CHEMICAL INTERACTIONS
3.1 TOXICOKINETICS   [Pg. 108]
Toxicokinetic data for glyphosate are summarized below.



Glyphosate is readily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract; very little glyphosate is absorbed through the skin; it is assumed that glyphosate is readily absorbed from the respiratory tract.
Absorbed glyphosate is readily distributed via the blood, but does not accumulate in any particular organ or tissue.

Glyphosate does not undergo significant metabolism in mammals; <1% is metabolized to AMPA. *** [aminomethylphosphonic acid]

Approximately two-thirds of an oral dose of glyphosate is excreted in the feces as unabsorbed parent compound. Most absorbed glyphosate is rapidly excreted in the urine as parent compound.

CJF: A counterargument about AMPA*** Fate and availability of glyphosate and AMPA in agricultural soil.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18576216


This indicates that the risk of leaching of aged glyphosate and AMPA residues from soil is greater in fertilized soil. The blank soil, to which 252 g glyphosate/ha was applied 21 months before this study, contained 0.81 ng glyphosate/g dry soil and 10.46 ng AMPA/g dry soil at the start of the study. Blank soil samples were used as controls without glyphosate addition. After incubation of the blank soil samples for 6 months, a significantly larger amount of AMPA was extracted from the soil treated with phosphate solution than from that treated with pure water. To determine the degree of uptake of aged glyphosate residues by crops growing in the soil, (14)C-labeled glyphosate was applied to soil 6.5 months prior to sowing rape and barley seeds.


Also see https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969717327973Distribution of glyphosate and aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA) in agricultural topsoils of the European Union [2017]


Animal to Human Extrapolations3.1.6 Animal-to-Human Extrapolations [Page 112]


No information was located to suggest significant differences between animals and humans regarding the toxicokinetics of glyphosate.


The above must be challenged since there seems to be conflicting science.


3.2 CHILDREN AND OTHER POPULATIONS THAT ARE UNUSUALLY SUSCEPTIBLE [Page 116]
A must read for everyone, especially parents who use Roundup® and other glyphosate-containing herbicides.


Interactions with Other Chemicals 3.4 INTERACTIONS WITH OTHER CHEMICALS [Page 118]


Surfactants such as POEA in glyphosate-containing products might enhance the toxicity of glyphosate; results from one study indicate that the surfactant may be more acutely toxic than glyphosate or the combination of glyphosate and POEA (e.g., Adam et al. 1997).


Astronomical Increases in Glyphosate Agricultural Uses
Page 128



Increase Use on These Crops
Pages 128 & 129 show the percent of increase in glyphosate use on crops from 1990 to 2014.Some increases are:



Cotton  8,953.62 % (percent)
Corn 7,734.58 %
Sugar Beets 7,547.59 %
Soybeans 5,599.10 %
Wheat winter 3,623.64 %
Alfalfa 2,220.58 %
Sorghum 1,668.30 %
Spring wheat 1,495.86 %
Barley  83 %
Other Crops 52 %

Source: Benbrook 2016


Consumer Disposal ProtocolPg. 129 5.2.4 Disposal


Containers that have not been completely rinsed may be considered hazardous and should be disposed of with regard to federal, state, and local regulations. Any unused product may be recycled by applying the product in an approved use setting or returning it to the manufacturer or supplier for safe disposal (Agrisolutions 2010; EPA 1993, 2011).
[Who are they kidding?  Consumers must exercise proper disposal, but EPA does not require glyphosate waste water from manufacturing and processing facilities to be reported!]


Water Contamination Information Not RequiredPg. 131 5.3.2 Water


There is no information on releases of glyphosate to water from manufacturing and processing facilities because these releases are not required to be reported (EPA 2005b).
[How outrageous!  So what, then, is the accurate status of glyphosate contamination in ground water and acquifers?]


Plant Roots Absorption of Glyphosate Absorption of glyphosate by plant roots is discussed on Page 135 Other Media


Glyphosate can be absorbed into the plant or vegetable through its outer wall or skin and can move throughout the stem and leaves of the entire plant. Metabolism of glyphosate within the plant occurs slowly (Doublet et al. 2009; Smith and Oehme 1992; WHO 2005). Glyphosate is mobile inside the plant and may be transported within the phloem system [plants transport system] into other tissues before the plant is killed (Duke and Powles 2008; Pankey 2000; Plimmer et al. 2004).
[Are you eating glyphosate with every bite of crops genetically modified to ‘tolerate’ glyphosate?]


Degradation of Glyphosate under Aerobic [O2] Conditions


Pg. 136   Figure 5-2. Degradation of Glyphosate under Aerobic [free oxygen] Conditions


Note: the “daughters” of AMPA breakdown in the chart below


As a sidebar, please see Microbial degradation of herbicides [Aug. 2014]


Source: Report Figure 5-2


Glyphosate Not Included in FDA’s Pesticide Residue Monitoring ProgramPage 152:


Glyphosate was not included in compounds tested for by the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Pesticide Residue Monitoring Program (PRMP), nor in the United States Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Data Program (PDP) (FDA 2015; NPIC 2015).


How “Jim-dandy”:  on Pg. 157, we read this extremely candid remark:


The Fourth National Report on Human Exposures to Environmental Chemicals, published and updated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting biomonitoring data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), does not include data for glyphosate or its metabolite, AMPA (CDC 2018).
[How convenient, and why is that data not included?]


So why have the statements on pp. 152 and 157 above been made within the report IF ATSDR was not trying to present a semblance of transparency? 


Health Effects Studies on Glyphosate FormulationsCheck Pg. 161 for Figure 6-2. Summary of Existing Health Effects Studies on Glyphosate Formulations (Listed by Endpoint)*



Potential cancer, respiratory, and developmental effects were the most studied in humans; potential body weight and developmental effects were the most studied in animals.


For humans, the most studied were cancer 20; cardiovascular 10; gastrointestinal and respiratory 8 each;



Excellent Glossary of Science TermsAppendix E is an excellent Glossary of science terms referring to Glyphosate issues.  See pp.E1 to E6.


My Conclusion


The ATSDR report for public comment, I think, needs to be challenged for accuracy even though those who drafted it tried to indicate, and incorporated, certain scientific myths and studies as glyphosate being safe and you can ‘drink it’, as one Monsanto lobbyist offered.


Lobbyist Claims Monsanto’s Roundup Is Safe To Drink, But Refuses It
0:45 minutes



However, I can assure you consumers worldwide are eating and drinking glyphosate more than they even know.  If you experience gut problems, take notice.


Please make your comments known by July 8, 2019 at Regulations.gov https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=ATSDR-2019-0001Public Comment Period Closes at 11:59 PM


Notes:


[1] https://sustainablepulse.com/2014/04/06/worlds-number-1-herbicide-discovered-u-s-mothers-breast-milk/#.XLJChjBKiUl
[2] https://www.planetnatural.com/herbicide-mothers-milk/


Resource:


Major Pesticides Are More Toxic to Human Cells Than Their Declared Active Principleshttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3955666/
“Despite its relatively benign reputation, Roundup was among the most toxic herbicides and insecticides tested.”


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 healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.


Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on Amazon.com.


Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle eBook.


Two of Catherine’s more recent books on Amazon.com are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)


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By Tyler Durden


“The next major conflict may be won or lost in space,” Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Tuesday. “We must confront reality. Weapons are currently deployed by our competitors that can attack our assets in space.”


Shanahan said that the U.S. military “is not moving fast enough to stay ahead” of its rivals China and Russia in the space race. He warned that both countries have already acquired weapon technologies with the intent to strike American spy satellites in the event of conflict.


“The PLA [Chinese People’s Liberation Army] is also deploying directed-energy weapons, and we expect them to field a ground-based laser system aimed at low-earth orbit space sensors by next year,” Shanahan told the audience. “They are also prepared to use cyber attacks against our space systems and have deployed an operational ground-based ASAT [anti-satellite] missile system.”


         



      

He said that current U.S missile defense shields are “not capable of tracking” Chinese and Russian hypersonic missiles. “Because of their actions, space is no longer a sanctuary — it is now a war-fighting domain. This is not a future or theoretical threat; this is today’s threat,” Shanahan said.


The acting defense secretary endorsed President Trump’s Space Force, will allow the military to combat hypersonic attacks more effectively.


“By creating the new service inside the Air Force, the additional cost is less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the DoD budget. Or put another way, the Space Force will cost about $1.50 per American per year,” Shanahan said, claiming that cost of the new service is relatively small compared to America’s $19 trillion economy.


The Pentagon currently spends more on defense than any other country.



“We are starting now because we refuse to fall behind. We can outpace our competitors and make it impossible for them to contest our dominance in space,” Shanahan concluded.


* * *



Pity the nation whose people are sheep


And whose shepherds mislead them


Pity the nation whose leaders are liars


Whose sages are silenced


And whose bigots haunt the airwaves


Pity the nation that raises not its voice


Except to praise conquerors


And acclaim the bully as hero


And aims to rule the world


By force and by torture…


Pity the nation oh pity the people


who allow their rights to erode


and their freedoms to be washed away…


—Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet



War spending is bankrupting America.



Tyler Durden / Zero hedge / Used with Permission


This article was sourced from The Mind Unleashed.


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By B.N. Frank


Activist Post published another article about this in December, “What is Dark Fiber?”


You may not be aware of this but The Telecom Industry has been installing fiber all over the U.S. for 5G, even though  telecom employees gave congressional testimony in February that they have no proof that 5G is safe.



         



      

What employees didn’t mention is that there is plenty of research that has already proven that 5G is harmful.  Since 2017, 200+ doctors and scientists have signed a petition for a moratorium on installation.  Many studies have already proven 4G is harmful too.  Not only that — federal “safety” standards are 20+ years old and so they DON’T apply to the way we use or are exposed to wireless technology today.


Now more activists are starting to warn against fiber being used to eventually install harmful small cell technology.  Once the fiber is in place, Americans won’t legally be able to keep small cells from being added.


From B. Blake Levitt of The Berkshire-Litchfield Environmental Council, “Fiber broadband, seen as a complex Trojan horse”



The innocuous-sounding “fiber broadband” is potentially dangerous — financially, environmentally, legally. Fiber will never again be the perfect dedicated system. It’s been kidnapped by wireless convenience’s feckless siren call. A safe, completely wired fiber network may have been NW ConneCT’s original plan, but reading carefully, they are now “fiber-to-the-driveway” with the final connection — the so-called “last mile” — struck by homeowners with various service providers typically via wireless connections.


And their plan invites piggybacking telecoms to create 100 percent mobile connectivity too, meaning small cell nodes — hundreds, if not thousands — affixed to utility poles in public rights-of-way, transmitting 24/7, without control or informed consent of those nearby. These are highly biologically active exposures.



4G and 5G small cell installation is being forced in communities all over the U.S. (See 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), around the world, and also in space – despite increasing opposition (See 1, 2, 3) and legal action against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  (See 1, 2)


If this concerns you, mark your calendar for The U.S. Day of Action against 5G on May 15.





For more information on what you can do, visit the following websites:



Wireless Information Network
Americans for Responsible Technology
5GCrisis
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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By Tyler Durden


(ZH) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces a likely extended extradition battle after this week’s dramatic end to his seven-year asylum stay holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy.


He’s now in a British jail, and though UK authorities have yet to confirm the precise place of his detention, multiple reports suggest that he’s being held in what’s dubbed “Britain’s Guantanamo Bay” — or Belmarsh Prison, given its reputation as a holding facility for terrorists and high-profile criminals.


         



      



Julian Assange is believed held at the Belmarsh Prison in London.


Crucially, the United Nations human rights office has now weighed in, on Friday urging that the UK government holds a fair trial as a US extradition request hangs over the proceedings.


U.N. human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told a Geneva news briefing: “We expect all the relevant authorities to ensure Mr. Assange’s right to a fair trial is upheld by authorities, including in any extradition proceedings that may take place,” according to Reuters.




Meanwhile, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson has stated days after Assange being dragged from the embassy on Thursday that he now is confined to a cell at Belmarsh.


The WikiLeaks editor noted that there are some advantages to the location, however, including access to medical care and outdoor time. Hrafnsson also noted it will now be easier for Assange to meet with his legal team, compared to the more restricted environs of the embassy.


“There are medical facilities there, access to dental care I would assume and a garden to go out into,” he said.



An RT camera crew has maintained a presence outside Belmarsh Prison since it came to light Assange is being held there, where protests by WikiLeaks supporters are also gaining momentum.


The detention facility is described as follows:



Belmarsh is located on the eastern outskirts of London, about 5 miles (8 km) east of Greenwich on the southern bank of the Thames River. The prison opened in 1991, and has been used to imprison high-profile inmates such as Jordanian cleric Abu Qatada and Salafist preacher Anjem Choudary – but also former Labour MP Denis MacShane, convicted of fraud, and former Conservative politician Baron Jeffrey Archer, convicted of perjury.


Belmarsh was also used as the holding facility for around 17 individuals detained under anti-terrorism laws since 2001. Some of them were held in solitary for 22 hours a day, “entombed in concrete” without charges for months, their attorneys told BBC in 2004.



The high-security prison is known to have a capacity of around 900 and contains a mix of inmates on remand serving short sentences alongside those convicted of the most serious offenses. But some recent reports say it’s been subject to overcrowding in recent years.


The AFP noted on Friday that Belmarsh has housed “some of Britain’s most notorious inmates,” according to a UK legal source.


By Tyler Durden / Republished with permission / Zero Hedge / Report a typo


   

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By Arjun Walia


Why do many hard-working ordinary people have debts and money worries, and how can financial psychology unlock the door to lifelong financial independence and freedom?


Understanding the financial psychology of a person’s chronic inability to achieve financial independence is a big step towards learning how to change ingrained beliefs and patterns of behaviour. These beliefs and behaviours are thought to prevent people from learning how to manage debt and money worries and can lead to destructive self-sabotage and financial depression.


Cognitive behavioural psychologists believe that negative lessons learned in childhood and beyond can have disastrous effects on someone’s ability to develop the skills necessary for a healthy and productive adulthood. Some of those skills include the ability to handle money management and prevent long-term money worries, and those destructive messages in the formative and adolescent years need to be unlearned so that people can take full control of their money. With help and support, people can learn how to manage their money and eventually will be able to take advantage of independent expert saving advice for future financial security.


As personal money expert Suze Orman says in her book The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom, “Financial freedom is when you have power over your fears and anxieties instead of the other way around.”


         



      

The Impact of Financial Psychology on the Likelihood of Money Worries and Fear of Money


Many people who have never been able to manage money may have grown up in households where money was the root of arguments, strife and financial chaos. Parents or caregivers may have told them they were worthless, or treated them as financial burdens, or even damaged them physically or emotionally.


People growing up in those environments can reach adulthood without acquiring basic, healthy strategies for personal and financial management, and they can spend years in debt, living on or below the breadline, or getting caught in a downward spiral of financial depression and crippling money worries.


Living With Money Worries and Debt


Perhaps those unhelpful starts in life may explain some of the reasons for “fear of money” netting nearly 35 million results on a Google search. According to the American Psychological Association, more than a quarter of Americans say “they feel stressed about money most or all of the time.”






It’s difficult enough to resist the push to overstretch the budget or take on credit, even if people do have good financial awareness. Everywhere they look, people see advertisements glamourizing wealth, prestige and materialism. Banks advertise the illusion that if people only save with them or use their financial products, their lives will be changed and they will go to college, go on that holiday, buy that house in the country, none of which are within reach of anyone struggling to make ends meet, let alone hoping to achieve financial freedom.


Conquering The Fear of Money and Learning How to Deal With Money Worries


One of the obstacles to achieving financial freedom is that the prospect of being financially stable with a working budget and savings to fall back on can be more frightening than the known and familiar chaos of financial instability and poverty. It’s a hard habit to break, and can be as difficult as changing destructive beliefs of low self-worth or learning not to be drawn into abusive relationships.


The good news is that just as someone can learn a habit, so it’s absolutely possible to unlearn it with time and support. Even decades of difficulties and financial mismanagement can be turned around and a fear of finances can be confronted and faced down.




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In his book Healing Your Financial Soul, David Hicks offers an overview of the reasons why people may have a blind spot in relation to financial management, and suggests that for them to continue to feel bad about their debts, finances, and the strategies that got them there in the first place is to continue punishing themselves.


One of the quotes he offers on his website reads, “Blame looks backward and generates condemnation, shame, discouragement, resentment, helplessness and a wasteful, consuming anger that does nothing but glue defeat into place. Don’t go there! Responsibility, while acknowledging what is past, is also forward-looking, objective, compassionate, empowering, and encourages solutions.”


Using Financial Psychology to Learn How to Save Money, Dealing With Money Worries and Getting Out of Debt


The financial psychology underlying the continuance of constant money worries, long term debt and financial instability appears to be the most crucial factor in understanding why people struggle for years with money problems. Changing the learned behaviours and coping strategies which enabled them to deal with the pressures and devastations of earlier times can be key in giving them the self-awareness and confidence to take control of their finances.


Not only can they gain financial freedom and independence, but for the first time in their lives they can keep their every New Year Financial Resolution to become solvent, and finally gain freedom from the destructive influences of those who limited their potential growth in their formative years.


Arjun is an independent researcher, writer, speaker and a consciousness activist. He writes for Activist Post and Natural Blaze.


   
            


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By Dagny Taggart


Artificial intelligence is rapidly moving closer to making humans redundant.


Self-checkouts have been replacing human employees for quite some time, and now robots are taking other jobs.


Walmart is replacing some employees with robots.


Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Walmart is deploying robots to carry out mundane tasks like mopping its floors and tracking inventory as it seeks to cut down on labor costs after raising wages last year.


Walmart, which is the largest employer in the US, said at least 300 stores will introduce machines that scan shelves for out-of-stock products. Meanwhile, so-called “autonomous floor scrubbers” will be deployed in 1,500 stores, and conveyor belts that automatically scan and sort products as they are loaded off of trucks will more than double to 1,200. Another 900 stores will install 16-foot-high towers that will allow customers to pick up their online grocery orders without interacting with humans. (source)


         



      

Naturally, the mega-retailer wants us to believe that robots taking over certain tasks in their stores is a good thing – a change that will allegedly benefit their human employees. “With automation, we are able to take away some of the tasks that associates don’t enjoy doing,” Mark Propes, senior director of central operations for Walmart US, told The Wall Street Journal. “At the same time, we continue to open up new jobs in other things in the store.”



The company said the addition of a single machine can cut a few hours a day of work previously done by a human, or allow Walmart to allocate fewer people to complete a task, a large saving when spread around 4,600 U.S. stores. Executives said they are focused on giving workers more time to do other tasks, and on hiring in growing areas like e-commerce.


Instead, Walmart is spending to battle Amazon.com Inc. and serve more shoppers buying online. Walmart has hired around 40,000 store workers to pick groceries from shelves to fulfill online orders. The company is also raising wages, adding worker training, and buying e-commerce startups.


Store workers spend two to three hours a day driving a floor scrubber through a store using the manual machines, said a company spokesman last year. The automatic conveyor belts cut the number of workers needed to unload trucks by half, from around eight to four workers, said executives at a company presentation last June. (source)



The retail giant claims employees are fine with this.


In a press release titled #SquadGoals: How Automated Assistants are Helping Us Work Smarter, Walmart refers to the robots as “smart assistants” and claims that the response from associates has been “overwhelmingly positive” so far:


“Our associates immediately understood the opportunity for the new technology to free them up from focusing on tasks that are repeatable, predictable and manual, “said John Crecelius, senior vice president of Central Operations for Walmart U.S. “It allows them time to focus more on selling merchandise and serving customers, which they tell us have always been the most exciting parts of working in retail.” (source)


Some employees might be happy now, but what if they eventually end up with robot supervisors? A recent report from The Guardian titled UK Businesses Using Artificial Intelligence to Monitor Staff Activity describes a system called Isaak that is being used to monitor the actions of 130,000 people in the UK and abroad in real time. Isaak “scrutinizes staff behavior minute-to-minute by harvesting data on who emails whom and when, who accesses and edits files and who meets whom and when” and ranks staff members’ attributes, according to the report.


Chilling.


Will robots and humans work well together?


Phil Duffy, innovative vice president of Brain Corp., the company that developed the software that allows the robots to function, told WSJ that machines and humans will work in harmony as “operational partners.” He added that in a tight labor market, it’s difficult for employers to fill some of these low-wage positions.



“It’s very hard for employers to get the workforce they need,” Mr. Duffy said. “None of the customers we’re working with are using our machines to reduce their labor costs; they’re using them to allow their teams, their janitorial teams, to perform higher-value tasks.”






Retailers and other companies that hire large numbers of low-skilled hourly workers are increasingly looking to automation as they face higher labor costs and aim to improve retention amid the lowest unemployment in decades. Target Corp. added machines to count cash to backrooms of stores last year, following a similar move by Walmart.


Last week Target said it has raised starting wages for store workers to $13 an hour and has previously said it will raise starting wages to $15 next year. Last month, Costco WholesaleCorp. raised starting wages for U.S. and Canadian store workers to $15. Amazon did the same for U.S. workers last year.


Walmart raised starting wages for store workers to $11 last year. Executives said at a recent investor conference that Walmart is keeping wages competitive by store and market. (source)



Remember that AI can develop prejudice and hate without human input, and apparently does not have a good sense of humor. Those don’t sound like good qualities to have in coworkers or supervisors.


Robots are expected to take more jobs in the future.


While Walmart and other retailers may like to spin the impending robot workforce takeover as a positive thing for humanity, in reality it “is an issue of growing concern for many employees across a range of industries,” reports Digital Trends:


The matter was brought into sharp focus by the World Economic Forum last year when it forecast that machines may be capable of performing half of all “work tasks” globally by 2025 — that’s equal to around 75 million jobs — though we should point out it also estimated that more than 130 million human jobs could be created during the same time-frame. (source)


Late last year, in an article titled “Replaced by Robots: 10 Jobs That Could be Hit Hard by the A.I. Revolution”, Digital Trends listed professions (including some that will surprise you) that will likely suffer the effects of an AI takeover:


There’s no doubt that artificial intelligence (A.I.) and other cutting edge technologies are going to change the face of employment as we know it. According to one famous study, 47 percent of currently existing jobs in America are at high risk of potential automation in the coming decades. (source)




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That list includes lawyers, data entry clerks, journalists (I am certainly not happy to hear this), drivers, chefs (like Flippy), financial analysts, telemarketers and customer service assistants, medics, manual labor jobs, musicians, and artists.


Retail jobs are disappearing at an alarming rate.


A retail apocalypse has been escalating for several years, and job losses have been piling up. Retail has already lost 41,000 jobs this year – and that isn’t including the numbers for March, as SHTFplan.com reports. “This is significant, and marks an acceleration of store closures and job cuts in the near term,” said Mark Hamrick, a senior economic analyst at Bankrate. “Retail is ground zero for seeing the shifts of change in our lives.”


Now it appears that remaining retail positions are increasingly at risk of being lost to artificial intelligence. How long until humans are rendered entirely obsolete?


The late Dr. Stephen Hawking warned us that robots will eventually take over. In 2014, he told the BBC:


The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever-increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded. (source)


What do you think about this?


Do you think robots will eventually replace human workers entirely? If so, how soon do you think it will happen? Please share your thoughts in the comments.


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


This article was sourced from The Organic Prepper.


   
            


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