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By Derrick Broze


Documents released to the American Civil Liberties Union detail how the CIA considered using a controversial psychotropic drug as a ‘truth serum’.


The American Civil Liberties Union has released documents from the Central Intelligence Agency’s Office of Medical Services detailing a secret history of CIA torture operations. The 90-page account was written by an unknown top CIA medical official and explains how CIA doctors were looking for a “truth serum” drug they could use on prisoners as part of a formerly classified project known as Project Medication. U.S. government lawyers have previously stated that the report was a draft and represented the impressions of one single officer not the opinion of the whole agency.


The ACLU reports:


The CIA studied records of old Soviet drug experiments as well as the CIA’s notorious and discredited MK-Ultra program, which involved human experimentation with LSD and other drugs on unwitting subjects. The CIA doctors involved in Project Medication wanted to use Versed, a psychoactive drug similar to some of those used in MK-Ultra, on prisoners.


Although the project was apparently never put into action, the medical professionals working with the CIA did play a role in human experimentation. The ACLU noted that medical professionals were “indispensable” to legitimizing torture and attempted to provide a “veneer of legality” for torture methods. The report notes that CIA doctors actually promoted the idea that waterboarding “provided periodic relief” from being forced to stand and subjected to other forms of sleep deprivation and physical torture. In fact, the CIA’s medical staff claimed that the torture program was “reassuringly free of enduring physical or psychological effects.”


“That doesn’t mean that the doctors were sadistic or anything like that,” ACLU attorney Dror Ladin told the AP. “But it means they were complicit because this pseudo-scientific torture could not have happened without the doctors’ participation.”




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The report states that there were two roadblocks to using Versed as the potential truth serum: “a prohibition against medical experimentation on prisoners and a ban on interrogational use of ‘mind-altering drugs’ or those which ‘profoundly altered the senses.’” The U.S. intelligence community’s quest for a truth serum goes back to at least the 1950s. From the early 1950s to the early 1970s, the U.S. government funded millions of dollars worth of research into LSD, including the CIA’s infamous MK Ultra program, which sometimes tested LSD on unwitting participants and investigated the possibility of using the drug as a “truth serum” against spies.


The official version of events says that MK Ultra was shut down and attempts at mind control were ceased. Despite the claims by the CIA and authorities, attempts at mind control continue to this day, albeit in more subtle forms such as advertising and technology. Either way, as the ACLU notes, mind control was officially off the table, but “decades later, the agency decided to experiment on humans again, testing pseudoscientific theories of ‘learned helplessness‘ on its prisoners.


This is a reference to the psychologists who helped mastermind the CIA’s torture protocols and escaped without any legal repercussions. James Mitchell and John Bruce Jessen are former U.S. military psychologists who are seen as the “architects” of the CIA’s torture program. They served in the U.S. military’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape program (SERE), teaching U.S. troops how to resist and survive torture in the event of capture by foreign nations. SERE was supposed to help troops understand torture techniques while Jessen and Mitchell supervised their mental state.




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After 9/11, the psychologists were tasked with designing and developing the CIA’s detention, rendition, and interrogation operations. Using their knowledge of how to resist torture, the two reverse-engineered the SERE program to create a new program that would break detainees’ mental state in the hopes of creating loose-lipped zombies. By the (alleged) end of the program, Mitchell, Jessen & Associates were paid more than $80 million in taxpayer money.


The ACLU makes an important note regarding the dehumanizing affect of torture. “The CIA’s torture program is the way it corrupted virtually every individual and institution associated with it,” the ACLU wrote. “Over the years, we have learned how lawyers twisted the law and psychologists betrayed their ethical obligations in order to enable the brutal and unlawful torture of prisoners.”


Never forget that the people responsible for these horrible decisions and policies are not elected by the people.


Read next: Psychologists Who Developed CIA Torture Reach Secret Deal to Avoid Trial


Derrick is the founder of TCRN, where this article first appeared.


   
            


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By Aaron Kesel


Apparently, weather can be used for warfare as U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen has previously said, but it can’t be used to help the suffering people in California from wildfires? At least that’s what the government would want us to believe. So why hasn’t geoengineering been used in California to put out the wildfires?


What Cohen was alluding to at the time would only become known several years later in declassified documents — geoengineering.   The quote, although it seems out of place in time, exposes governments’ interest in a whole new type of weapon — modifying the natural weather to cause catastrophic damage and loss of life to “enemies” of the United States through electromagnetic waves.


In other words, using frequency to tap into the weather through directed energy weapons.  Energetic weapons such as lasers can be used to focus a frequency on the atmosphere. World-renowned physicist Michio Kaku explained the process in 2013 on CBS News. Historically, lasers and radio frequency aren’t the only weapons being used for weather control, as will become apparent while reading about aerosols and other methods that are used as well. (VIDEO)


         



      


Electromagnetic waves are defined as: “Waves propagated by simultaneous periodic variations of electric and magnetic field intensity and that include radio waves, infrared, visible light, ultraviolet, X-rays, and gamma rays,” according to Merriam Webster.


A few years before Cohen’s statement in 1992, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Russian company Elate Intelligent Technologies, Inc., had weather control equipment for sale, and used the advertising slogan, “weather made to order.”


In July 1974 amid tensions, the U.S. and USSR agreed to hold bilateral discussions to overcome the danger of the use of environmental modification techniques during the Cold War. The New York Times reported just a year later in 1975 that “A U.S.‐SOVIET BAN ON WEATHER USE FOR WAR IS NEAR.”


The paper quoted then-Senator Claiborne Pell (D) discussing the capabilities of weather warfare; something if written today would be laughed at and ridiculed.


“Mr. Pell said today that he was pleased to hear that the Soviet Union and the United States were closer to an agreement. He has said that potentially dangerous environmental warfare could involve climate control by melting the polar ice, steering of hurricanes, manipulation of rainfall, and artificial inducement of earthquakes and tidal waves,” The New York Times wrote.


Sure enough, in August 1975 at the Committee on Disarmament (CCD) the U.S and USSR drafted texts of the Environmental Modification Convention (ENMOD), formally the Convention on the Prohibition of Military or Any Other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification Techniques. ENMOD was set up with the sole purpose to prohibit the military or other hostile use of environmental modification techniques to prevent widespread, or long-lasting severe effects on the environment. The treaty was signed in Geneva on the 18th of May 1977 and entered into law in 1978.


A United States government document printed in the same year at the request of the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation in November of 1978 states:


In addition to specific research programs sponsored by Federal agencies, there are other functions related to weather modification which are performed in several places in the executive branch. Various federal advisory panels and committees and their staffs — established to conduct in-depth studies and prepare comprehensive reports, to provide advice or recommendations, or to coordinate Federal weather modification programs — have been housed and supported within executive departments, agencies, or offices.


But the U.S continued its experiments, and in 1996 a report was conducted by top military personnel in the U.S., titled “Weather as a Force Multiplier; Owning the Weather in 2025,” revealing the urgency to implement these programs and that they had a long half-life to continue on to today.




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A House of Representative bill known as the H.R.2977 “Space Preservation Act” was proposed in 2001 to ban the use of “exotic weapons” listing the following:


(B) Such terms include exotic weapons systems such as —  (i) electronic, psychotronic, or information weapons; (ii) chemtrails; (iii) high altitude ultra low frequency weapons systems; (iv) plasma, electromagnetic, sonic, or ultrasonic weapons; (v) laser weapons systems; (vi) strategic, theater, tactical, or extraterrestrial weapons; and (vii) chemical, biological, environmental, climate, or tectonic weapons.


The bill noted that the term “exotic weapons systems” includes weapons designed to damage space or natural ecosystems (such as the ionosphere and upper atmosphere) or climate, weather, and tectonic systems with the purpose of inducing damage or destruction upon a target population or region on earth or in space.”


An additional group, the Convention on Biological Diversity, also banned some forms of weather modification or geoengineering decades later in 2010.


A prominent country that isn’t hiding its geoengineering effort is China who used weather manipulation to prevent rain from pouring on the 2008 Olympics in Beijing by firing special rockets filled with chemicals into the clouds. China then used the technology one year later before one of its parades to prevent rain. The Chinese Air Force claimed that the biggest weather modification operation in the country’s history cleared the skies over Tiananmen Square, using just 432 rockets to prevent rainfall on the Chinese national parade. Also in 2009, China caused a massive snowstorm.


Additionally, China put aside $168 million dollars last year that it intends to use to create a project that can produce torrential downpours. In the U.S. as recently as 2016 cloud seeding was used in LA to spread rain during the El Niño event to bring an end to the drought. They intended to do this by spraying the stratosphere with reflective metals such as aluminum. “If you put heat into the stratosphere, it may change how much water gets transported from the troposphere to the stratosphere, and the question is how much are you creating a domino effect with all kinds of consequences? What we can do to quantify this is to start with lab studies and try to understand the relevant properties of these aerosols.,” Frank Keutsch, the Harvard atmospheric sciences professor leading the experiment, said.




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Now is the time to pray for rain in California. Do your rain daces and your rain drum circles, play your HAARP and maybe we can use that magical technology called  cloud seeding to create some rain clouds — like they did in  Texas years ago — because California desperately needs the rain. These fires are out of control and the government holds the technology to stop the fires that are ravaging people’s homes.


Governments have also admitted to  causing floods due to various experiments with the weather, but very few pay any attention and would rather listen to debunkers, despite the proof that many debunkers are paid shills for the government. The government feels the public doesn’t have a right to know that  killer floods and weather can be created and controlled by scientists using frequencies.


I previously wrote an article on geoengineering at Steemit, where I expressed the harms of geoengineering and its dangerous history. However, geoengineering could be used in this situation to help and it’s not being used. So the obvious question to ask while many are suffering is why?


The blunt answer is money; and as Tupac and Michael Jackson’s songs, and now even DISL_Automatic’s song echoing in my ear, the truth is: they don’t care about us.


U.S. president Donald Trump has called the wildfires “a very tough situation” and threatened to pull federal aid. I don’t think it’s tough at all; use geoengineering to contain the Woolsey Fire, Camp Fire, and Hill Fire so people can save their homes and more importantly help save lives, don’t pull federal aid.


There are reportedly about 80 people who are still missing, and around a total of 50 people dead at the time of this report.


You can find a local place to donate to survivors of the fires if local by clicking here or find out more information about donating to fire victims by clicking here.


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By Brandon Smith


Around three years ago, in September 2015, I wrote an article titled “The Real Reasons Why The Fed Will Hike Interest Rates“in which I predicted that the Federal Reserve, in the face of criticism, would soon pursue a program of interest rate hikes into economic weakness. I argued that this plan would be somewhat similar to what the Fed did in the early 1930s; an action that prolonged the Great Depression for many more years. So far, my prediction has proven to be correct.


Despite the fact that the Fed keeps raising rates as it tightens the noose around the supposed economic “recovery,” there are still many people out there who refuse to accept that the central bank would deliberately implode the fiscal bubble that it has spent the last ten years inflating. Even today, I still see arguments proclaiming that the Fed will be forced to pull back if stocks fall beyond 15% to 20%. I also see claims that Fed officials like Jerome Powell had “better start looking for another job” because Donald Trump won’t be happy with Fed policies that could cause a crash. This is pure delusion from people who do not understand how the Fed operates.


         



      

First and foremost, let’s be clear, the Federal Reserve is an autonomous entity that does not answer to government oversight. It never has and it probably never will. This reality is supported by admissions by former Fed officials like Alan Greenspan, who publicly noted that the Fed answers to no one.


The central bank functions in quite the opposite capacity from what many people assume. As Carroll Quigley, prominent American historian and mentor to Bill Clinton, noted in his book Tragedy And Hope:


The powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences. The apex of the system was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world’s central banks which were themselves private corporations. Each central bank … sought to dominate its government by its ability to control Treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the level of economic activity in the country, and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world.


In other words, governments do not assert control over central banks; central banks assert control over governments. That said, there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, an act of Congress can be used to enforce a full audit of Fed activities, something which has never been done.


Fed propaganda asserts the lie that the bank is audited annually by the Government Accounting Office (GAO), but this is NOT an audit of Fed financial actions and policy initiatives. Rather, it is an audit of minor expenditures. Knowing how many pencils and desks the Fed purchases in a year does not help us to understand the bank’s influence over our economic security. All other audits of the Fed are done internally by the Fed’s own Board of Governors. This is hardly transparent or independent.


The only time the public has gained access to even a partial government audit of Fed activities was during the audit of TARP. This alone exposed trillions of dollars in bailouts and overnight loans to various banks and corporations, many of which were foreign.


The GAO did nothing in terms of regulatory action against the Fed after it was revealed that they were funneling trillions in capital into foreign corporations. All they did was make a ledger of the transactions, and remained silent on the rest.


I remind readers of this history and the conditions surrounding Fed actions because I want to drive the point home that, for now, the Fed and other central banks dictate the rules of the game. Some may say this has changed with the election of Donald Trump, but I disagree. If anything, as long as Trump is in office, the Fed will chase higher interest rates and steeper balance sheet cuts. They will not stop until markets break. And, the only solution (shutting down the Fed entirely) also comes with a set of extreme fiscal consequences.


There is a wall of cognitive dissonance when some in the public are confronted with this notion. They prefer to believe in a set of standard lies rather than accept that the Fed is a saboteur of our financial system. Here are those lies, listed in no particular order…


Lie #1: The Fed Is Unaware Of The Bubbles it Creates


Mainstream economists and Fed officials alike use this lie regularly. Not once has the Board of Governors of the Fed ever been audited or punished in light of an economic crisis they created. When central bank culpability is obvious, they simply claim they had no idea the fiscal bubble was as inflated as it became. The disaster “surprised them”.


The Fed’s creation of easy credit and zero oversight, not to mention its opposition to any regulation of derivatives, fed the bubble prior to 2008. Then they ignored all obvious warning signs that the bubble was about to burst. But what about the current “everything bubble” that the Fed has created through near zero interest rates and endless fiat money manufacturing? Well, Fed officials openly admit to their involvement.


As the former head of the Federal Reserve Dallas branch Richard Fisher admitted in an interview with CNBC, since 2009, the U.S. central bank has made its business the manipulation of the stock market to the upside:



What the Fed did — and I was part of that group — is we front-loaded a tremendous market rally, starting in 2009.


It’s sort of what I call the “reverse Wimpy factor” — give me two hamburgers today for one tomorrow.


I’m not surprised that almost every index you can look at … was down significantly. [After the first Fed rate hike]



The Fed knows when it is conjuring a bubble environment; they just won’t admit it as the bubble is deflating and economic pain is everywhere.


Lie #2: The Fed Is Unaware That It’s Tightening Policies Cause Extreme Economic Contraction


So, if the Fed is aware when it causes a bubble, is it aware when it is popping a bubble? Absolutely. As Ben Bernanke admitted in a speech in 2002:





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In short, according to Friedman and Schwartz, because of institutional changes and misguided doctrines, the banking panics of the Great Contraction were much more severe and widespread than would have normally occurred during a downturn.


Let me end my talk by abusing slightly my status as an official representative of the Federal Reserve. I would like to say to Milton and Anna: Regarding the Great Depression. You’re right, we did it. We’re very sorry. But thanks to you, we won’t do it again.



Bernanke was referencing Milton Friedman’s assertion that the Fed’s tightening policies in the early 1930s, after they had made markets dependent on easy credit through the 1920s, had caused negative feedback in the system at the perfect time, destabilizing any possible recovery for years to come.


The problem is twofold, of course. The Fed was allowed to fuel a fraudulent market bubble in the first place. Then, it was allowed to pop the bubble in the most destructive way through tightening policies (like higher interest rates), which crushed Main Street support. If this sounds familiar, it is, because the same tactic is being used by the Fed today.


In an October 2012 meeting of the Federal Reserve, minutes indicate that Jerome Powell was highly vocal about what would happen if the Fed pulled support from debt addicted markets by raising interest rates and cutting assets:



My third concern — and others have touched on it as well — is the problems of exiting from a near $4 trillion balance sheet. We’ve got a set of principles from June 2011 and have done some work since then, but it just seems to me that we seem to be way too confident that exit can be managed smoothly. Markets can be much more dynamic than we appear to think.


When you turn and say to the market, “I’ve got $1.2 trillion of these things,” it’s not just $20 billion a month — it’s the sight of the whole thing coming. And I think there is a pretty good chance that you could have quite a dynamic response in the market.


I think we are actually at a point of encouraging risk-taking, and that should give us pause.


Investors really do understand now that we will be there to prevent serious losses. It is not that it is easy for them to make money but that they have every incentive to take more risk, and they are doing so. Meanwhile, we look like we are blowing a fixed-income duration bubble right across the credit spectrum that will result in big losses when rates come up down the road. You can almost say that that is our strategy.



Jerome Powell is now the Fed Chairman, and yet, he is following through with the same tightening actions that he warned about in 2012. He is pretending that the tightening process will be painless even though fundamental economic conditions are just as weak now as they were six years ago. Again, Powell knows the Fed is going to cause a crash, but he is moving forward anyway and he is not warning the public about the danger.


Lie #3: The Fed Is The Center Of Establishment Power, Therefore They Need The U.S. Economy To Thrive




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While it is true that the Fed is currently in charge of the dollar as the world reserve currency, the idea that the Fed is somehow indispensable to the global establishment has always bewildered me. Everything the Fed has done since its inception in 1913 has been designed to diminish the U.S. economy and erode the purchasing power of our currency. I ask, at what point has the Fed ever taken an action which did NOT result in a bubble or a bubble collapse? At what point has the U.S. economy ever improved at a fundamental level because of the Fed, rather than diminished in the wake of a fake recovery the Fed conned the public into believing in?


What else does the Fed do besides sabotage?


I believe the truth is that the Fed does not care about the U.S. economy, or even the survival of the dollar, as is obvious in their actions. The Fed is merely a puppet entity of larger institutions like the Bank for International Settlements or the International Monetary Fund. These institutions seek centralization at a global level, with a global currency system and global economic authority, as they have openly admitted to in their own publications. The U.S. economy as we know it today, and the Fed by extension, are expendable in this pursuit.


The Fed will continue on its current course no matter the cost, because there is a greater strategy in play. In fact, some elites may even welcome a shutdown of the Fed at this time because this opens the path for the death of the dollar as the world reserve currency and the introduction of a new world monetary system, while all the consequences surrounding the shift can be blamed on political chaos and coincidence.


To drive the point home, I leave readers with a revealing quote from Christine Lagarde, the head of the IMF, as she outlines why crisis in national economies is actually good for the IMF:


When the world around the IMF goes downhill, we thrive. We become extremely active because we lend money, we earn interest and charges and all the rest of it, and the institution does well. When the world goes well and we’ve had years of growth, as was the case back in 2006 and 2007, the IMF doesn’t do so well both financially and otherwise.


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(ANTIWAR.COM) — On Wednesday, a measure is being advanced at the behest of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) aiming to derail House Continuing Resolution 138, a War Powers Act challenge which would force an end to the US military involvement in the Saudi-led War in Yemen.


Under the War Powers Act, any individual lawmaker is intended to be able to raise the matter of an unauthorized war for debate and a vote on the floor. Efforts to do so have failed, however, as the House leadership has used the Rules Committee to sidestep the issue.


         



      

This move to derail the debate is part of the first day of lame-duck House business, and Rep. Ryan and the other leaders seem to be hoping to turn the legal challenge of the war into a partisan issue. Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) accused the Republican leadership of shirking Congressional responsibility.


Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), however, is hoping to drum up enough Republican support for the legal challenge to prevent this, arguing that the legality of the Yemen War deserves a full debate and vote in the House.


Those wishing to contact their lawmakers to tell them to vote against the attempt to strip privilege from H. Con. Res. 138 should do so quickly, as the vote is expected on Wednesday. You can do so by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121, or find the phone number for their specific representative here.


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By Michael Snyder


The pace at which things are changing is shocking the experts.  Just a few months ago, many of the experts were still talking about how the U.S. economy was “booming”, but since then a major shift has taken place.  Most of the headlines have been about the huge stock market declines that we have been witnessing, but things have not been going well for the real economy either.


Home sales are way down, auto sales are plummeting, the retail apocalypse is escalating, the middle class continues to shrink and economic optimism is rapidly evaporating.  We haven’t seen anything like this since 2008, and many believe that the economic downturn that is now upon us will ultimately be even worse than what we experienced a decade ago.  The following are 11 signs that the U.S. economy is starting to slow down dramatically…


         



      

#1 When economic activity is rising, demand for oil increases, and oil prices tend to go up.  But when economic activity is slowing down, demand for oil diminishes, and oil prices tend to go down.  That is why what is happening to the price of oil right now is so alarming…



US oil prices plummeted 7% to a one-year low of $55.69 a barrel on Tuesday. It was crude’s worst day since September 2015.


The losses in the oil world have been staggering as worries deepen about excess supply. Crude is down 12 straight days, the longest losing streak since futures trading began in March 1983.



#2 One new poll has found that only 13 percent of Americans plan to buy a home in the next year.  That number has fallen for three quarters in a row, and it is now down by almost half over the last twelve months.


#3 As the market dries up, the inventory of unsold homes is absolutely soaring nationwide…


With that in mind, it comes as no surprise that inventory countywide soared 86% among single-family homes and 188% among condos in October compared to a year prior, according to newly published data by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. It was the most massive year-over-year increase on record, dating back to the Dotcom bust, a rhythm that has some asking: Is the housing industry about to go bust?


#4 California once had the hottest housing market in the entire nation, but now home prices in the state are plummeting like it is 2008 all over again.


#5 According to the latest Bank of America survey, global fund managers are the most bearish that they have been since the financial crisis of 2008…


According to the survey, 44% of the fund managers expect global growth to decelerate in the next year, the worst outlook since November 2008. What’s more, 54% are anticipating a slowdown in Chinese growth in the next year, the most bearish they’ve been in over 2 years.


#6 America’s ongoing retail apocalypse just continues to accelerate.  According to a recent Bloomberg article, things are going so poorly for some mall operators that they “handing over their keys to lenders even before leases end”



Things are getting worse for malls across America. So much worse that their owners are walking away early from struggling properties, a trend that has mortgage bond investors bracing for losses.




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Mall operators, eyeing defaults caused or made more likely by shuttered stores such as Sears Holdings Corp., are handing over their keys to lenders even before leases end. That’s forcing loan-servicing companies to either take a shot at running the properties or sell them cheap. And if they’re unable to salvage the debt payments, investors in commercial mortgage-backed securities will take a hit.



#7 Despite the eruption of a major trade war, the U.S. trade deficit with the rest of the world is on pace to set a brand new all-time record in 2018.


#8 One new study discovered that 62 percent of all U.S. jobs do not currently pay enough to support a middle class lifestyle.


#9 At this point, most Americans barely have any financial cushion at all.  According to one recent survey, 58 percent of all Americans have less than $1,000 in savings.


#10 Right now, more than half of all U.S. children are living in households that receive financial assistance from the federal government.


#11 As the economy slows down, an increasing number of Americans are being forced into the streets.  More than half a million Americans are currently homeless, and that number is growing with each passing day.




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Meanwhile, more troubling news continues to emerge from Wall Street on a daily basis.  One of the big stories this week has been the fact that General Electric appears to be on the verge of “collapse.” They have been completely locked out of the commercial paper market, they are being completely overwhelmed by the giant mountain of debt that they are carrying, and their formerly “investment grade” bonds are now being traded like junk.  The following comes from ZeroHedge



Two weeks after we reported that GE had found itself locked out of the commercial paper market following downgrades that made it ineligible for most money market investors, the pain has continued, and yesterday General Electric lost just over $5bn in market capitalization. While far less than the $49bn wiped out from AAPL the same day, it was arguably the bigger headline grabber.


The shares slumped -6.88% after dropping as much as -10% at the lows after the company’s CEO, in an interview with CNBC yesterday, failed to reassure market fears about a weakening financial position. The CEO suggested that the company will now urgently sell assets to address leverage and its precarious liquidity situation whereby it will have to rely on revolvers – and the generosity of its banks – now that it is locked out of the commercial paper market.



GE is not a financial company, but could this be a candidate to become “the next Lehman Brothers?”


The upward economic downturn of the last couple of years is totally gone, and many believe that there will soon be a feverish race for the exits on Wall Street.  If you have not already positioned yourself for the coming crisis, now is the time to do so.  As we saw in 2008, markets tend to go down a whole lot faster than they go up.


And once things get really crazy on Wall Street, the real economy can fall apart at a pace that is breathtaking.  In 2008, millions of people lost their jobs within a matter of months.  This will happen again, and there are an increasing number of signs that this is going to happen much sooner than most people had anticipated.


About the author: Michael Snyder is a nationally syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is publisher of The Most Important News and the author of four books including The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters.


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If voting changed anything they’d make it illegal. But why doesn’t it change anything? After all, it’s the elected politicians who steer the ship of state, isn’t it? Isn’t it?


Join James for today’s edition of #PropagandaWatch where he explores the hidden history of WWI and exposes the lie that your vote counts.


         



      


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By Catherine J. Frompovich


What’s the main selling point of the GMO potato? Its flesh stays white and doesn’t oxidize when cut. It doesn’t turn green, brown or black when exposed to air or light, or when it’s bruised or diseased. The genetically engineered trait, which prevents the potato’s natural discoloration was achieved by silencing the potato’s melanin gene.


The following information is taken verbatim from Organic Consumers Association’s Petition to Whole Foods to stop selling GMO potatoes.  To get your Petition to email to Whole Foods, please contact Ronnie Cummins via email at [email protected].


         



      

Dr. Caius Rommens is the inventor of the GMO potato and author of Pandora’s Potatoes: The Worst GMOs.


According to OCA, Unfortunately, Rommens later learned that silencing the melanin gene produced a number of toxic side effects:



GMO Potato Toxin #1 – Alpha-aminoadipate: The first side toxic effect of the trait that prevents discoloration was “a massive increase in the levels of alpha-aminoadipate, also known as aminoadipic acid.” This alarmed Rommens because alpha-aminoadipate is a knownneurotoxin with links to “a variety of diet-related diseases, including diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and cancer.”


GMO Potato Toxin #2 – Tyramine: The second toxic side effect of the trait that prevents discoloration is the accumulation of the abnormal amino acid tyramine in damaged potato tissues. According to Rommens, when a potato’s damaged tissues turn black they can be identified and trimmed off by processors. In the case of GMO potatoes, “the bruises don’t discolour and thus are not removed during processing. This means that consumers may eat bruised tissues and be exposed to tyramine.


Most people can metabolize tyramine, but some people can’t. People who take monoamine-oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) antidepressants like fluoxetine, citalopram and sertraline are unable to metabolize tyramine. In these people, tyramine will accumulate in the blood and potentially cause high blood pressure, raising the risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and other problems.


GMO Potato Toxin #3 – Chaconine-Malonyl: The third toxic side effect of the trait that prevents discoloration is an increase in the levels of chaconine-malonyl. “Little is known about this compound,” Rommens says, “but it is a derivative of glycoalkaloid toxins. These can cause numerous health issues, including nausea, vomiting and neurological effects.”


GMO Potato Toxin #4 – Pathogens: The fourth toxic side effect of the trait that prevents discoloration is “the concealment of various tuber infections. So consumers may eat potatoes that look perfectly healthy but actually contain fungal or bacterial pathogens. These pathogens often produce toxins and allergens.”



OCA information taken from an email to me dated November 13, 2018.




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Potatoes, one of the best sources of potassium—more than a banana; fiber, iron, magnesium, antioxidants, vitamin B6, and half the daily value of vitamin C, now have been genetically modified and turned into a toxic edible!  Reread the list of four toxins above.


The above information ought to be more incentive for consumers to purchase organically grown food crops and particularly processed foods that are verified “GMO free” by the Non-GMO Project Product Verification Program.


Reading package labels will be more important now, as many snacks can contain some form of potato byproduct.   The all-time lunch sandwich accompaniment, potato chips, may have to become a thing of the past.  How about fast food restaurant French fries? Potato salad! Even some alcoholic drinks and spirits are made from potatoes, like vodka!  Freezer case potato offerings, i.e., Potato Gnocchi, Potato Pancakes, Potatoes au Gratin, Breakfast Hash Browns, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Potato Puffs!


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Potato flours are used in making some gluten free breads.  GMOs are not healthful for anyone with gluten sensitivity or digestive problems, may I remind you.  More and more healthcare practitioners are advising their patients to refrain from GMO ‘phoods’, if they want to get well.


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 Catherine J. Frompovich


What’s going on in California?  Why is California burning?  TV stations are reporting about the weather anomalies people now realize have been happening.  Is it too late?


Agenda 21 is about control of the land and the entire global population.  Do you know the basic 9 Tenets of Agenda 21?  If not, you can learn what they are in the video below.


         



      

Agenda 21 Is Happening and Paradise Lost
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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 Catherine J. Frompovich


MSNBC news media panel members were stunned speechless by a “talking head” professor from Columbia University, Jeffrey Sacks, spilling the beans about the U.S. breaking international law, going in and bombing countries.


Jimmy Dore, of The Jimmy Dore Show, [circa April 18, 2018] features a discussion around American imperialism. How about this politically-correct term: “Middle East fatigue”!


There are some “F” bombs dropped occasionally, but the non-sanitized news analysis seems counterpoint to the accepted nightly news corporate syndicated news talking heads spew nightly, often referred to as “fake news.”


         



      

Jeffrey SacksBombshell: Professor Stuns MSNBC Panel On Syria
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“This is a U.S. mistake that started seven years ago…they sent in the CIA tooverthrow Assad…what we should do now is to get out.”


“We started a war to get rid of a regime.”“…signed by President Obama…”


See Robert Mueller, former FBI Director, apparently lied [15:49 on timeline] when
he talked about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq!
Can we trust Mueller now?


Here’s another hot button gem Jimmy Dore exposes: “No Evidence Of Trump Russia Collusion” with a news clip of Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward (of Watergate fame) stating he looked hard to find that collusion when researching his recent book FEAR, but found NONE after searching for two years.


Woodward: No Evidence Of Trump Russia Collusion
12:24 minutes



https://youtu.be/7Lh93e21DAc?t=230


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 John W. Whitehead


“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”—George Santayana


We never learn.


In the right (or wrong) hands, benevolent plans can easily be put to malevolent purposes.


Even the most well-intentioned government law or program can be—and has been—perverted, corrupted and used to advance illegitimate purposes once profit and power are added to the equation.


The war on terror, the war on drugs, the war on illegal immigration, asset forfeiture schemes, road safety schemes, school safety schemes, eminent domain: all of these programs started out as legitimate responses to pressing concerns and have since become weapons of compliance and control in the police state’s hands.


         



      

Mark my words: red flag gun laws, which allow the police to remove guns from people suspected of being threats, will only add to the government’s power.


These laws, growing in popularity as a legislative means by which to seize guns from individuals viewed as a danger to themselves or others, are yet another Trojan Horse, a stealth maneuver by the police state to gain greater power over an unsuspecting and largely gullible populace.


Thirteen states now have red flag laws on their books. That number is growing.


As The Washington Post reports, these laws “allow a family member, roommate, beau, law enforcement officer or any type of medical professional to file a petition [with a court] asking that a person’s home be temporarily cleared of firearms. It doesn’t require a mental-health diagnosis or an arrest.”


In the midst of what feels like an epidemic of mass shootings, these gun confiscation laws—extreme risk protection order (ERPO) laws—may appease the fears of those who believe that fewer guns in the hands of the general populace will make our society safer.


Of course, it doesn’t always work that way.


Anything—knives, vehicles, planes, pressure cookers—can become a weapon when wielded with deadly intentions.


With these red flag gun laws, the intention is to disarm individuals who are potential threats.


“We need to stop dangerous people before they act”: that’s the rationale behind the NRA’s support of these red flag laws, and at first glance, it appears to be perfectly reasonable to want to disarm individuals who are clearly suicidal and/or pose an “immediate danger” to themselves or others.


Where the problem arises, of course, is when you put the power to determine who is a potential danger in the hands of government agencies, the courts and the police.


We’ve been down this road before.


Remember, this is the same government that uses the words “anti-government,” “extremist” and “terrorist” interchangeably.


This is the same government whose agents are spinning a sticky spider-web of threat assessments, behavioral sensing warnings, flagged “words,” and “suspicious” activity reports using automated eyes and ears, social media, behavior sensing software, and citizen spies to identify potential threats.


This is the same government that keeps re-upping the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which allows the military to detain American citizens with no access to friends, family or the courts if the government believes them to be a threat.


This is the same government that has a growing list—shared with fusion centers and law enforcement agencies—of ideologies, behaviors, affiliations and other characteristics that could flag someone as suspicious and result in their being labeled potential enemies of the state.


For instance, if you believe in and exercise your rights under the Constitution (namely, your right to speak freely, worship freely, associate with like-minded individuals who share your political views, criticize the government, own a weapon, demand a warrant before being questioned or searched, or any other activity viewed as potentially anti-government, racist, bigoted, anarchic or sovereign), you could be at the top of the government’s terrorism watch list.


Moreover, as a New York Times editorial warns, you may be an anti-government extremist (a.k.a. domestic terrorist) in the eyes of the police if you are afraid that the government is plotting to confiscate your firearms, if you believe the economy is about to collapse and the government will soon declare martial law, or if you display an unusual number of political and/or ideological bumper stickers on your car.


Let that sink in a moment.


Now consider what happened in Maryland after a police officer attempted to “enforce” the state’s new red flag law, which went into effect on Oct. 1.


At 5 am on a Monday, two police officers showed up at 61-year-old Gary Willis’ house to serve him with a court order requiring that he surrender his guns. Willis answered the door holding a gun.


Mind you, in some states, merely answering the door holding a gun is enough to get you killed by police who have a tendency to shoot first and ask questions later.


Willis initially set his gun aside while he spoke with the police. However, when the police attempted to serve him with the gun confiscation order, Willis reportedly became “irate” and picked up his gun again. At that point, a struggle ensued, causing the gun to go off. Although no one was harmed, one of the cops shot and killed Willis.


According to the Anne Arundel County police chief, the shooting was a sign that the red flag law is needed.


What the police can’t say with any certainty is what they prevented by shooting and killing Willis.


Therein lies the danger of these red flag laws, specifically, and pre-crime laws such as these generally.


This is the world that science fiction author Philip K. Dick envisioned for Minority Report in which the government is all-seeing, all-knowing and all-powerful, and if you dare to step out of line, dark-clad police SWAT teams will crack a few skulls to bring the populace under control.


In Dick’s dystopian police state, the police combine widespread surveillance, behavior prediction technologies, data mining and precognitive technology to capture would-be criminals before they can do any damage: pre-crime.


In Minority Report, directed by Steven Spielberg, the technology that John Anderton, Chief of the Department of Pre-Crime in Washington, DC, relies on for his predictive policing proves to be fallible, identifying him as the next would-be criminal and targeting him for preemptive measures. Consequently, Anderton finds himself not only attempting to prove his innocence but forced to take drastic measures in order to avoid capture in a surveillance state that uses biometric data and sophisticated computer networks to track its citizens.


With every passing day, the American police state moves that much closer to mirroring the fictional pre-crime prevention world of Minority Report.


For instance, police in major American cities have been testing a tool that allows them to identify individuals—or groups of individuals—most likely to commit a crime in a given community. Those individuals are then put on notice that their movements and activities will be closely monitored and any criminal activity (by them or their associates) will result in harsh penalties.


In other words, the burden of proof is reversed: you are guilty before you are given any chance to prove you are innocent.


Dig beneath the surface of this kind of surveillance/police state, however, and you will find that the real purpose of pre-crime is not safety but control.




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Red flag gun laws merely push us that much closer towards a suspect society where everyone is potentially guilty of some crime or another and must be preemptively rendered harmless.


Where many Americans go wrong is in naively assuming that you have to be doing something illegal or harmful in order to be flagged and targeted for some form of intervention or detention.


In fact, U.S. police agencies have been working to identify and manage potential extremist “threats,” violent or otherwise, before they can become actual threats for some time now.


In much the same way that the USA Patriot Act was used as a front to advance the surveillance state, allowing the government to establish a far-reaching domestic spying program that turned every American citizen into a criminal suspect, the government’s anti-extremism program renders otherwise lawful, nonviolent activities as potentially extremist.


In fact, all you need to do these days to end up on a government watch list or be subjected to heightened scrutiny is use certain trigger words (like cloud, pork and pirates), surf the Internet, communicate using a cell phone, limp or stutter, drive a car, stay at a hotel, attend a political rally, express yourself on social media, appear mentally ill, serve in the military, disagree with a law enforcement official, call in sick to work, purchase materials at a hardware store, take flying or boating lessons, appear suspicious, appear confused or nervous, fidget or whistle or smell bad, be seen in public waving a toy gun or anything remotely resembling a gun (such as a water nozzle or a remote control or a walking cane), stare at a police officer, question government authority, appear to be pro-gun or pro-freedom, or generally live in the United States.


Be warned: once you get on such a government watch list—whether it’s a terrorist watch list, a mental health watch list, a dissident watch list, or a red flag gun watch list—there’s no clear-cut way to get off, whether or not you should actually be on there.


You will be tracked wherever you go.


You will be flagged as a potential threat and dealt with accordingly.


This is pre-crime on an ideological scale and it’s been a long time coming.


The government has been building its pre-crime, surveillance network in concert with fusion centers (of which there are 78 nationwide, with partners in the private sector and globally), data collection agencies, behavioral scientists, corporations, social media, and community organizers and by relying on cutting-edge technology for surveillance, facial recognition, predictive policing, biometrics, and behavioral epigenetics (in which life experiences alter one’s genetic makeup).


It’s the American police state’s take on the dystopian terrors foreshadowed by George Orwell, Aldous Huxley and Phillip K. Dick all rolled up into one oppressive pre-crime and pre-thought crime package.


If you’re not scared yet, you should be.


Connect the dots.


Start with the powers amassed by the government under the USA Patriot Act, note the government’s ever-broadening definition of what it considers to be an “extremist,” then add in the government’s detention powers under NDAA, the National Security Agency’s far-reaching surveillance networks, and fusion centers that collect and share surveillance data between local, state and federal police agencies.


To that, add tens of thousands of armed, surveillance drones that will soon blanket American skies, facial recognition technology that will identify and track you wherever you go and whatever you do. And then to complete the picture, toss in the real-time crime centers being deployed in cities across the country, which will be attempting to “predict” crimes and identify criminals before they happen based on widespread surveillance, complex mathematical algorithms and prognostication programs.


Hopefully you’re starting to understand how easy we’ve made it for the government to identify, label, target, defuse and detain anyone it views as a potential threat for a variety of reasons that run the gamut from mental illness to having a military background to challenging its authority to just being on the government’s list of persona non grata.


This brings me back to those red flag gun laws.


In the short term, these gun confiscation laws may serve to temporarily delay or discourage those wishing to inflict violence on others, but it will not resolve whatever madness or hate or instability therein that causes someone to pull a trigger or launch a bomb or unleash violence on another.


Nor will these laws save us from government-instigated and directed violence at the hands of the American police state or the blowback from the war-drenched, violence-imbued, profit-driven military industrial complex, both of which remain largely overlooked and underestimated pieces of the discussion on gun violence in America.




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In the long term, all these gun confiscation laws will do is ensure that when the police state finally cracks down, “we the people” are defenseless in the face of the government’s arsenal of weapons.


After all, the most important and most consistent theme throughout the Constitution, including the Second Amendment, is the fact that it is not merely an enumeration of our rights but was intended to be a clear shackle on the government’s powers.


Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas understood this tension well. “The Constitution is not neutral,” he remarked. “It was designed to take the government off the backs of people.”


In this way, the freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights in their entirety stand as a bulwark against a police state. To our detriment, these rights have been steadily weakened, eroded and undermined in recent years.


Yet without any one of them, including the Second Amendment right to own and bear arms, we are that much more vulnerable to the vagaries of out-of-control policemen, benevolent dictators, genuflecting politicians, and overly ambitious bureaucrats.


You can eliminate all of guns, but it will not necessarily eliminate violence. Those same individuals sick enough to walk into an elementary school or a movie theater and open fire using a gun can and do wreak just as much havoc with homemade bombs made out of pressure cookers and a handful of knives.


It’s also not even a question of whether Americans need weapons to defend themselves against any overt threats to their safety or well-being, although a study by a Quinnipiac University economist indicates that less restrictive concealed gun-carry laws save lives, while gun control can endanger lives. In fact, journalist Kevin Carson, writing for CounterPunch, suggests that prohibiting Americans from owning weapons would be as dangerously ineffective as Prohibition and the War on the Drugs:


[W]hat strict gun laws will do is take the level of police statism, lawlessness and general social pathology up a notch in the same way Prohibition and the Drug War have done. I’d expect a War on Guns to expand the volume of organized crime, and to empower criminal gangs fighting over control over the black market, in exactly the same way Prohibition did in the 1920s and strict drug laws have done since the 1980s. I’d expect it to lead to further erosion of Fourth Amendment protections against search and seizure, further militarization of local police via SWAT teams, and further expansion of the squalid empire of civil forfeiture, perjured jailhouse snitch testimony, entrapment, planted evidence, and plea deal blackmail.


Truly, the debate over gun ownership in America is really a debate over who gets to call the shots and control the game. In other words, it’s that same tug-of-war that keeps getting played out in every confrontation between the government and the citizenry over who gets to be the master and who is relegated to the part of the servant.


The Constitution is clear on this particular point, with its multitude of prohibitions on government overreach. As author Edmund A. Opitz observed in 1964:


No one can read our Constitution without concluding that the people who wrote it wanted their government severely limited; the words “no” and “not” employed in restraint of government power occur 24 times in the first seven articles of the Constitution and 22 more times in the Bill of Rights.


In a nutshell, then, the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms reflects not only a concern for one’s personal defense but serves as a check on the political power of the ruling authorities. It represents an implicit warning against governmental encroachments on one’s freedoms, the warning shot over the bow to discourage any unlawful violations of our persons or property. As such, it reinforces that necessary balance in the citizen-state relationship.


Certainly, dictators in past regimes have understood this principle only too well. As Adolf Hitler noted, “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing.”


It should come as no surprise, then, that starting in December 1935, Jews in Germany were prevented from obtaining shooting licenses, because authorities believed that to allow them to do so would “endanger the German population.”


In late 1938, special orders were delivered barring Jews from owning firearms, with the punishment for arms possession being twenty years in a concentration camp.


The rest, as they say, is history.


Yet as I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, it is a history that we should be wary of repeating.



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  (SelectBooks, 2015) is available online at www.amazon.com. Whitehead can be contacted at [email protected].


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