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By Catherine J. Frompovich


The current oppressive and progressively mandated healthcare issues, matters and disputes U.S. citizens are grappling and suffering with, i.e., denying, under penalty of law, the right to self-determination and individual sovereignty pertaining to personal health and one’s children’s healthcare choices, imposed by CDC/FDA ‘dictates’ actually result in a profoundly active “medical police state” prosecuted under individual 50 states’ statutes, could have been avoided if only the Founding Fathers would have taken seriously, plus inserted into the U.S. Constitution Bill of Rights, the unbelievable prescient pleadings of Colonial physician Benjamin Rush, MD, who warned:


The Constitution of this Republic should make special provision for Medical Freedom as well as Religious Freedom.  To resist the art of healing to one class of men and deny equal privileges to others will constitute the Bastille of medical science.  All such laws are un-American and despotic.


… Benjamin Rush, MDFather of American Psychiatry A signer of the Declaration of Independence


         



      

It profoundly confounds logical thinking as to why the drafters of the Federalist Papers, James Madison, John Jay and Alexander Hamilton, rejected Dr. Rush’s most sensible of suggestions about human medical rights, which possibly could be denied at some point in time and, unfortunately, that time is NOW.


However, we must cut them some slack since the Corporatocracy form of government we now live with was nowhere on the political horizon back in the late 1700s.


Over the course of time, “out of the box thinkers” have expressed their concerns about medical freedoms, e.g., John Stewart Mills (1806-1873); American Jurist William O. Douglass (1898-1990); and humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910).


Fast forward to the mid-1980s when Rep. Claude Pepper of Florida introduced into the House of Representatives three bills that negatively would have impacted healthcare choices and practices in the United States, specifically to what was referred to as holistic healthcare then, now commonly called “integrative medicine.”


Catherine J Frompovich organized a nation-wide, effective protest campaign, prompting Rep. Pepper to withdraw support for those bills.  That’s why we still have remnants of holistic healthcare along with vitamins, minerals and other important healthcare choices and natural supplements, something Big Pharma now wants to eliminate as their competition. 


As a result of the above success, Frompovich was drafted to form and to operate, as President and a registered lobbyist with the U.S. Congress, a national coalition (CANAH) Coalition for Alternatives in Nutrition And Healthcare with the expressed purpose of working to enact a Healthcare Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution along with individual Healthcare Rights Amendments for every state in the Union.


CANAH was able to gather 100 thousand signatures [pre-Internet days] on an HRA petition, which we requested to present to the White House.  That was in late 1990.  Then-President George H.W. Bush made arrangements for a CANAH committee of 13 members, including a CANAH legal advisory board member and a U.S. Congressional aide, to present our signed petitions, along with an engraved plaque commemorating the event, to the Secretary of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC, which we did and have documented in photographs published in CANAH’s last quarterly newsletter of December 1990.


During CANAH’s working on the HRA, we formulated the following ‘mantra’:


You cannot be born, go to school, get married, get a job or die without a note from your doctor!


Unfortunately, the same criteria apply today but with additions like:  If you refuse vaccines/vaccinations for yourself, but especially for your children, the following can happen:


Child Protective Services can show up at your door; take your kids and put them in foster care;Your children will be vaccinated against your wishes and/or protests;Refusers can be subject to legal harassment, heavy duty fines or even jail time;Refusers’ children will not be permitted to attend public school and must be quarantined.




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What’s going on now with consensus scientific FRAUD being disseminated by HHS/CDC/FDA, plus ‘universal’ police state tactics, there is a definite need more than ever for a Healthcare Freedom Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, including one for each of the 50 United States.


These current times are critical, ‘extra ripe’ and necessary to work to get healthcare rights ensconced in Constitutional law just like:



Amendment XIX Ratified August 18, 1920, which gave women the right to vote
Amendment XXIV Ratified January 23, 1964, which rescinded the poll tax or other tax in order to vote
Amendment XXVI Ratified July 1, 1971, which gave eighteen year olds the right to vote

Only 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution have been ratified.  Laraine Abbey-Katzev (RN, retired), a former CANAH Healthcare Advisory Board Member, and I hereby propose Amendment XXVIII, Healthcare Freedom Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:



Section 1. Congress, the U.S. President and Federal Agencies shall make no law, Presidential Executive Order or agency regulation that restricts or interferes with an individual’s God-given, natural and innate right to choose and to practice the type of healthcare they shall elect and receive for themselves or their children for the prevention and treatment of any disease, injury, illness or ailment of the body or the mind, including an individual’s rights to fully informed consent and / or the refusal of treatment(s) that infringe and violate an individual’s beliefs and / or the exercise of their choice(s) in healthcare modalities.


Section 2.  The Congress shall have the power to enforce by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.


Section 3.  This amendment shall take effect immediately after the date of ratification.



This Healthcare Freedom Rights Amendment is my ‘gift’ to all who value healthcare FREEDOM rights.


My dearest friend, and colleague of almost 40 years, Laraine Abbey-Katzev, has written Part II, which will be published tomorrow.




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We trust you will share this as wildly as possible, so it ‘can grow legs’—hopefully toward the enactment of the Healthcare Freedom Rights Amendment.


Resource:
Barbara Loe Fisher commentary on freedom and vaccines


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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 health ​issues researcher ​and holistic health advocate since the late 1970s; she continues researching and writing in retirement. Her career in holistic healthcare began in the early 1970s when she had to save, and restructure, her life resulting from having “fallen through the allopathic medical paradigm cracks.”


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


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


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By B.N. Frank


If the 60 Minutes Australia report about contaminated air making passengers and pilots sick wasn’t enough to make you stop flying, this just might do it.


From Bloomberg:



Attention airline bathroom loiterers: The next generation of Airbus aircraft will track how long you’ve been in there.


It’s all part of an effort to make commercial cabins a digitally aware domain. The program is Airbus’s bid to raise the Internet of Things — that buzz-phrase for connected household gadgets — to cruising altitude.



         



      

FYI:  The Internet of Things – otherwise known as “IoT” has a 74% failure rate.  Security experts can’t say enough bad things about IoT including that it can cause catastrophic events including death.  Many if not all of the components needed to operate IoT emit wireless WiFi radiation which is biologically harmful and can affect children more profoundly than adults (see 1, 2).  If your pets fly with you, exposure can hurt them too.


Back to Bloomberg: 



The Airbus Connected Experience aims to give flight attendants a more detailed survey of the cabin, with sensors for such critical data as when bathroom soap is running low and how much toilet paper remains in each bathroom. But the rethinking of the passenger environment doesn’t just stop with the lavatory.


At each seat, your belt will signal red for unbuckled and green when fastened. The goal is faster boarding and departure, dispensing with those lap-scrutinizing walk-throughs flight attendants must perform. The crew will also have access to information on what’s onboard and where, like which galley carts contain specific meals, such as preorders or vegetarian selections.






“It’s not a concept, it’s not a dream: It’s reality,” Ingo Wuggetzer, Airbus’s vice president of cabin marketing, said Tuesday at an aviation trade show in Los Angeles. Airbus has begun flight testing the connected cabin on its A350 test aircraft and plans to introduce it on the A321 family in 2021, followed by the larger, two-aisle A350 series two years later.


As cool as all of this may seem to you, the passenger, it’s just another way for airlines to squeeze more profit out of operations. While data from these various areas will be sent to flight attendant tablets or smart phones in real time, the crunching of that data over time is where the real value lies. The connectivity Airbus envisions for its cabins will provide an enormous trove of information airlines can use to analyze and optimize in their never-ending quest for cost efficiencies.



Worth noting:  once Airbus collects this data on customers, they may decide to share it with other businesses – for a price, of course.  This is referred to as “Surveillance Capitalism.” Activist Post has already published articles about businesses profiting from this often without customers’ knowledge or consent (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).


The article includes more flowery drivel about why all of this is so great for customers.  It might leave some readers reaching for a vomit bag.




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Activist Post reports regularly about issues associated with IoT and other new technology.  For more details, visit our archives.


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By Mac Slavo


The trade war has so far killed off about 300,000 jobs and cost Americans about $1.6 billion in tariffs. The taxes are driving up prices and businesses are cutting workers to make ends meet in the face of rising costs.


There will be no winner in this trade war, and already the United States looks a lot like the loser. Casualties are coming in the form of farm bankruptcies and lost jobs, not to mention the rising costs of goods further harming those already living paycheck to paycheck. The fact is the trade war is causing measurable damage to the U.S. economy, with the pain likely to worsen in the coming months.


According to Yahoo News, forecasting firm Moody’s Analytics estimates that Trump’s trade war with China has already reduced U.S. employment by 300,000 jobs, compared with likely employment levels absent the trade war. Coupled with the fact that, in July alone, U.S importers paid a record $6.8 billion in tariffs, according to Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, an alliance of more than 150 trade groups opposing the duties, the damages are noticeable.


         



      

The firm’s chief economist, Mark Zandi, told Yahoo Finance that the job toll from the trade war will hit about 450,000 by the end of the year if there’s no change in policy. By the end of 2020, the trade war will have killed 900,000 jobs, on its current course.


The tariffs imposed are taxes paid by American importers, who do their best to pass the added cost on to their own customers. Sometimes they can’t and have to absorb the tariffs as a higher cost that lowers profits and sees several people lose their jobs.


Not only are jobs being lost as businesses grapple with how to pay for the tariffs, but the trade deficit — a big sticking point Trump was attempting to fix by imposing tariffs and beginning the trade war — has worsened noticeably.  Not only have the Chinese stopped buying Americans soybeans impacting the farming industry, but they’ve added their own tariffs to U.S. goods exported to the Asian nation.


Before President Trump began a trade war with China, the U.S. was shipping $1.47 billion more in hardwoods overseas than American companies were importing, according to a report by Fox News. That surplus shrank 12 percent last year as the U.S. imposed double-digit tariffs on Chinese goods, and Beijing responded in kind, according to the Hardwood Federation, and it’s likely to dwindle further this year as the standoff between the two countries heats up.




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The resulting surge in the costs for supplies is forcing many business owners to choose between raising prices and laying off workers or both. The pain is likely to worsen, too, with Trump boosting tariffs on some $200 billion in goods to 30 percent after Beijing pushed back against previous duties. “The trade war is already in its second year and with every escalation, the more it permanently impairs confidence,” said Michelle Meyer, an economist with Bank of America. “The unpredictable nature of the trade war will keep businesses, at best, in wait-and-see mode.”



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By Mac Slavo


The trade war has so far killed off about 300,000 jobs and cost Americans about $1.6 billion in tariffs. The taxes are driving up prices and businesses are cutting workers to make ends meet in the face of rising costs.


There will be no winner in this trade war, and already the United States looks a lot like the loser. Casualties are coming in the form of farm bankruptcies and lost jobs, not to mention the rising costs of goods further harming those already living paycheck to paycheck. The fact is the trade war is causing measurable damage to the U.S. economy, with the pain likely to worsen in the coming months.


According to Yahoo News, forecasting firm Moody’s Analytics estimates that Trump’s trade war with China has already reduced U.S. employment by 300,000 jobs, compared with likely employment levels absent the trade war. Coupled with the fact that, in July alone, U.S importers paid a record $6.8 billion in tariffs, according to Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, an alliance of more than 150 trade groups opposing the duties, the damages are noticeable.


         



      

The firm’s chief economist, Mark Zandi, told Yahoo Finance that the job toll from the trade war will hit about 450,000 by the end of the year if there’s no change in policy. By the end of 2020, the trade war will have killed 900,000 jobs, on its current course.


The tariffs imposed are taxes paid by American importers, who do their best to pass the added cost on to their own customers. Sometimes they can’t and have to absorb the tariffs as a higher cost that lowers profits and sees several people lose their jobs.


Not only are jobs being lost as businesses grapple with how to pay for the tariffs, but the trade deficit — a big sticking point Trump was attempting to fix by imposing tariffs and beginning the trade war — has worsened noticeably.  Not only have the Chinese stopped buying Americans soybeans impacting the farming industry, but they’ve added their own tariffs to U.S. goods exported to the Asian nation.


Before President Trump began a trade war with China, the U.S. was shipping $1.47 billion more in hardwoods overseas than American companies were importing, according to a report by Fox News. That surplus shrank 12 percent last year as the U.S. imposed double-digit tariffs on Chinese goods, and Beijing responded in kind, according to the Hardwood Federation, and it’s likely to dwindle further this year as the standoff between the two countries heats up.




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The resulting surge in the costs for supplies is forcing many business owners to choose between raising prices and laying off workers or both. The pain is likely to worsen, too, with Trump boosting tariffs on some $200 billion in goods to 30 percent after Beijing pushed back against previous duties. “The trade war is already in its second year and with every escalation, the more it permanently impairs confidence,” said Michelle Meyer, an economist with Bank of America. “The unpredictable nature of the trade war will keep businesses, at best, in wait-and-see mode.”



This article was sourced from SHTFPlan.com


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By B.N. Frank


Activist Post has published many articles about the dangers of Energy Efficient Light Bulbs (CFL, LED, HID).  Mainstream Media sources have provided many warnings about them as well.


It’s unfortunate that they are still being promoted as safe considering how they are made with mercury and other very toxic ingredients.


Thanks to World Life Info for providing more details on that as well as instructions for what to do (and not do) with broken bulbs.



There is a growing frenzy about the safety of energy saving light bulbs, which have grown increasingly popular.


The US Environmental Protection Agency has even released an emergency advisory for the product. This is mainly because they are full of poisonous gas, which is released when they break.


         



      

Mercury Is Just The Beginning


Scientists at the Fraunhofer Wilhelm Klauditz Institute found that if these energy saving light bulbs break indoors, they could fill the air with 20 times the upper safety limit of mercury in the environment.


This could lead to the following medical conditions:



Migraines
Dizziness
Seizure
Cluster headaches
Anxiety
Difficulty concentrating
Fatigue

What Are The Other Risks?


Mercury is a neurotoxin. It’s specifically dangerous for the brain, kidneys, liver and the nervous system, but can also damage the reproductive, immune and cardiovascular systems.


Additionally, according the The Daily Mail, “German scientists claimed that several carcinogenic chemicals and toxins were released when the environmentally-friendly compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) were switched on, including phenol, naphthalene and styrene.”


Here’s a Breakdown of Each of These Chemicals:


Phenol – A mild carcinogen which is known to be highly irritating to the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes in humans after short term inhalation.


It can cause irregular breathing, muscle weakness and tremors, loss of coordination, convulsions, coma, and respiratory arrest at high doses. via Environmental Protection Agency


Naphthalene – According to the National Pesticide Information Center, Naphthalene is made from crude oil or coal tar. It can be found in things like cigarette smoke and car exhaust.


The World Health Organization (WHO) concluded that naphthalene is possibly carcinogenic to humans.


Styrene – People exposed to styrene are at a high risk of developing lymphohematopoietic cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma.


It can cause irregular breathing, muscle weakness and tremors, loss of coordination, convulsions, coma, and respiratory arrest at high doses. via Environmental Protection Agency




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Naphthalene – According to the National Pesticide Information Center, Naphthalene is made from crude oil or coal tar. It can be found in things like cigarette smoke and car exhaust.


The World Health Organization (WHO) concluded that naphthalene is possibly carcinogenic to humans.


Styrene – People exposed to styrene are at a high risk of developing lymphohematopoietic cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma.


They may also suffer from genetic damage to their white blood cells, severely affecting their immune system. via National Toxicology Program


And if that’s not enough, researchers at Stony Brook University in New York studying CFL bulbs concluded “… [we] measured the amount of UV emissions and the integrity of each bulb’s phosphor coatings. Results revealed significant levels of UVC and UVA, which appeared to originate from cracks in the phosphor coatings, present in all CFL bulbs studied.” via NaturalSociety


These rays are potentially hazardous for both the eyes and skin. They also impact your immune system, damage your skin and interfere with your body’s production of vitamin D-3.


Emergency Protocol for Broken Energy Saving Light Bulbs


The EPA-recommended process for cleaning up broken bulbs is the following:




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Precautions



Move everyone out of the room – including pets.
Let fresh air flow into the room for 10 minutes by opening all doors and windows.
Switch off heating and/or cooling systems.

Gather the following materials for the cleaning process:



Cardboard
Damp paper towels
Sticky tape
Glass jar with a metal lid

Cleaning Process



Avoid vacuuming because it can spread the vapors or powders of mercury.
Make sure to collect all the broken pieces of glass and powder. Large pieces can be scooped up using the cardboard whereas the tiny pieces of glass and powder can be removed by using the duct tape. The tape should be carefully placed into the glass jar.
Place all the cleaning materials into a sealed container.

Post-Cleaning



Place all the bulb pieces, powder and cleaning materials in a seal-able trash container for further disposal. Don’t leave any debris or cleaning material indoors.
Contact your local government authorities to take the bulbs to the proper recycling facility.
Make sure to air out the room while keeping the heating and/or cooling systems off for a few hours.



Activist Post regularly reports about biological and environmental issues associated with Energy Saving light bulbs used for street lights, vehicle headlights, and everything else.  For more information visit our archives.



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Whether they know ahead of time or not, people who install Internet of Things (IoT) technology in their homes are choosing to live dangerously. Unfortunately, government mandated widespread 5G and IoT technology installation forces us all to live dangerously.


Security experts have been warning about IoT for many years now.  It has a 74% failure rate.  Trying to fix this seems impossible.


The human race has managed to exist up to this point without IoT which brings us back to the topic of expert warnings and living dangerously.  Activist Post has published many articles about this including



Microsoft Says 30% of IoT Projects Fail in Proof-of-Concept Stage. Security Experts Warn IoT’s Vulnerability and 74% Failure Rate Can Cause Catastrophic Events.
MIT Scientists Psyched About Harmful 5G and 6G Wireless, Dangerous AI and IoT Applications, and Their Laser That Remotely Beams Audio Into People’s Ears

         



      

Here’s an oldie but goodie from InfoWorld:  “Your smart fridge may kill you: The dark side of IoT”


Now something more recent from IEEE Spectrum:  “IoT Security Risks: Drones, Vibrators, and Kids’ Toys Are Still Vulnerable to Hacking”



A simple project to study compromised security cameras drew a trio of researchers deep into an investigation of the security risks of today’s connected devices. After they figured out how to bypass the camera’s authentication system and access its feed, they wondered what other devices in the growing Internet of Things (IoT) might also be vulnerable to hacking. Their list—which includes drones, children’s toys, and vibrators—raises serious concerns about the security of IoT devices.


“Our initial goal was to see if these systems were protecting the privacy of their users, but as we dug deeper into how these devices worked and how they interacted with their users, we realized that abuse was a new and unexplored possibility,” explains Alvaro Cardenas of the University of California, Santa Cruz.



They include some great videos too:










This definitely seems worth highlighting:


Among the easiest devices that the team hacked were drones that allow users to remain anonymous. A hacker within Wi-Fi range can simply connect to the drone’s Wi-Fi access point (which do not required passwords), establish a connection, and then access files transferred to and from the drone. With this access, an attacker can also take control of the drone, either to crash it, cause damage to infrastructure, injure bystanders, or spy through the drone’s camera. Details of each of these experiments are highlighted in a study published 2 August in IEEE Security & Privacy.


That sounds dangerous, doesn’t it?  And now for their expert warnings:





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Based on these results, Cardenas emphasizes the need for consumers to be aware of IoT vulnerabilities. “We believe (the vulnerabilities in this study) are the tip of the iceberg. New functionalities will always come with new vulnerabilities, and as our society becomes more dependent on automation and IoT, the impact of IoT attacks will grow,” he says.


“Because the impact of these attacks won’t affect the developers of IoT, a pure market-driven solution for fixing the security problem will likely fail,” Cardenas adds. “We need more efforts from governments around the world to help us secure IoT devices by incentivizing companies and investing in research and awareness of this problem.”


Weird how IoT sounds a lot like “Insanity.”


Activist Post reports regularly about 5G and IoT research, risks, and opposition.  For more information, visit our archives and the following websites:



Americans for Responsible Technology
5GCrisis
5GExposed
5G Information
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By Laura Williams


The official “unemployment rate” in the US is nearing historic lows, according to a recent announcement. For young readers, especially, this may come as a surprise. You may see your friends and family struggling to find enough well-paying work to make ends meet, and you may have personally experienced the frustration of wanting a job but not finding one.


Your experience may not be as out of the ordinary as the official numbers indicate.


The “unemployment rate” is the result of assumptions and calculations by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and is cited in a range of claims by economists and politicians. But most pundits don’t know how it’s calculated, let alone what changes in that key statistic might indicate.


The unemployment rate is just 3.7 percent. Does that mean that 96 percent of Americans are going to work this morning? Not even close.


         



      
How the Unemployment Rate Is Calculated

All percentages are expressions of the ratio of one thing relative to something else. The “unemployment rate” only counts “labor force participants”—about 63 percent of the population in 2019.


Non-citizens working here and others working “off the books” won’t show up; neither do active-duty members of the military (though other kinds of federal employees do). People classified as disabled or who are institutionalized or incarcerated aren’t “labor force participants,” nor are retirees or full-time students. People who’ve been unemployed so long they’re no longer actively looking (some states require job search hours to be reported) are considered “discouraged workers” and dropped from labor force calculations.


In short, BLS data are fallible measures that diagnose only part of our nation’s job market health.


To illustrate the kind of human diversity behind the sterile statistics, consider the following employment situations. These individuals may not “count” in the column our intuition would predict.


Anita

Anita’s days are filled with work, but not the kind that counts as a “job” for BLS. She’s a personal chef and a chauffeur, a home health care aide to her disabled father-in-law, and daycare provider for her two toddlers. She’s a one-woman cleaning and maintenance crew for their family home. If she paid someone else to do these tasks, or did them in someone else’s home, her middle-class earning value would be tabulated. But Anita’s productivity isn’t seen in the national employment tally.


John




John was laid off from a union manufacturing job four years ago. Since then, he’s applied for hundreds of jobs, interviewed and been rejected dozens of times. He struggles with chronic pain and, briefly, with an addiction to prescribed pain meds. His GED doesn’t qualify him for the kind of job where he could sit at a desk, and his pain doesn’t allow him to take available jobs in nearby warehouses and service stations. John wants to work, but isn’t considered “unemployed” because he’s been out of the workforce too long.


Charlotte

Charlotte graduated last May with a bachelors’ degree in Spanish, but hasn’t been able to find a job as a translator, as she’d hoped. She’s saving up to move to a city where specialized work is more available, but it will take her another few months. She’s saving money by living at home and waiting tables several nights a week, but her income wouldn’t be sufficient to pay her bills living independently. Charlotte is qualified for higher-paying, more interesting, more socially valuable work than she is currently doing, and would love to work more hours. She’s counted as “employed” even though it feels more like temporary unemployment to her.


Matías

Matías is a full-time graduate student who runs a thriving business out of the university library, tutoring younger students and helping them with papers and essays. He also has a 20-hour-per week federal work-study position in the biology department, and shovels snow or cuts grass on each school break. Matías will graduate with no debt and earns an above-average $30,000 annually, but his informal employment arrangements and student status make him invisible to BLS statisticians.


Angel

Angel is a “gig worker” or a “side hustler,” as her primary work, and sets her own hours by contracting through Uber, Grubhub, Roadie, and Instacart. She recently worked as an administrative assistant and could easily get a similar position, but prefers the flexible scheduling and satisfaction of being her own boss. No company claims Angel on its payroll, and she files taxes as an independent contractor, one of several “alternative arrangement” sticking points in BLS data.


Further Problems

The BLS “official rate” is further complicated when broken out for different groups. The current unemployment rate for college graduates is 2.4 percent, but that won’t tell us who is working in the field they studied, or how many masters’ degree candidates are tending bar. The unemployment rate for teens 16-19 is 12.1 percent but a large majority of those enrolled in high school or college don’t figure into that total.




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When we hear the national figures bandied about by champions and critics, we may assume it tells us more than the statistic reasonably can. People choose, or fall into, a wide variety of arrangements that don’t track with statistical expectations of work or seeking work. The nature of work, and what people want out of it, is changing.


Seek the kind of work you love, and the situation that suits you best. Nationwide statistical measures don’t encompass the diversity of available opportunities. BLS data can’t capture the ingenious and unexpected ways people find to provide value to each other, invest their time and talents, and create wealth. Data are not destiny. Fickle, bureaucratic statistics don’t determine your life’s potential—you do.



Dr. Laura Williams  teaches communication strategy to undergraduates and executives. She is a passionate advocate for critical thinking, individual liberties, and the Oxford Comma.


This article was sourced from FEE.org


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By MassPrivateI


Americans have never seen such a blatant and misleading excuse to use surveillance planes to spy on everyone, quite like what is happening in Maryland.


Two days ago, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan sent a letter to the Mayor of Baltimore and the Baltimore Police Department agreeing to send funds to help the city fight crime.


Which seems like a laudable thing to do right? But there is a darker side to this story.


The Baltimore Sun revealed that police will use some of this money to monitor the movements of people and vehicles.


         



      

Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday pledged $21 million to help fight crime in Baltimore and endorsed the use of a controversial surveillance plane to fly over the city recording the movements of people and vehicles below.


In the letter, Hogan said, “We understand that this has been offered at no cost to Baltimore for up to three years,” Hogan wrote. “We urge you to implement this program immediately.”



But in the above video, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison claimed police have a five-year “transformational plan” to monitor the public. (approx: 2:00)


So it is unclear who is telling the truth. Is it a three-year or five-year plan to use planes to monitor everyone? Or is it really a permanent plan to use aerial surveillance planes, helicopters and drones to monitor the public?


Police claim monitoring the public makes them happier


In what can only be described as one of the most audacious fallacies to come out of post-9/11 are law enforcement claims that spying on everyone makes people happier.


The Governor’s letter revealed how police are using the “Baltimore Community Support Program” or the Eye in the Sky to “help make the community a safer and happier place to live, work, and play.”


If you are thinking haven’t I hear this story before? You would be correct.


Last year I reported officials in Riverhead, New York also claimed that police drones and cameras would “uplift downtown.”


And that is exactly what is happening in Baltimore.


The police department’s justification or “vision” for monitoring people and vehicles is that it will make them happier.







Our vision is a safer, happier, and more enjoyable Baltimore. We hope to contribute to a safe environment and a respectful community where people feel safe to live, work and play.



I thought Hollywood had cornered the market on horror stories, except this is not Hollywood, it is real-life.


What makes this story even more disturbing is the Persistent Surveillance Solutions (PSS) offer to pay for administration and oversight of the program.



Last year, the Baltimore Police Department began using an innocuously-named “Community Support Program” run by PSS to monitor the public from high altitudes.


But just last month, Steve McNutt the owner of PSS was still working hard to convince officials to use free surveillance planes to monitor the public.


“The current mayor has said if the police commissioner wants it, he should be allowed to have it,” McNutt told WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren. “We hope that when the commissioner sees what we do, and how effective we are, that he would be very supportive of it.”


Who could say no to a free surveillance plane program? Certainly not the Governor and Mayor who saw what PSS could do and liked it.




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Recent new stories and videos reveal that the police commissioner appears to have changed his mind and will use surveillance planes to monitor people and vehicles.


The Governor’s letter revealed one more disturbing tidbit of information,


The Maryland State Police Aviation Command, Homeland Security, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and the Governor’s Office of Crime Patrol and Prevention (GOCCP) will work together with the Baltimore Police Department to build and improve upon what we are already doing.


In other words, DHS and law enforcement will work together perfecting how best to monitor everyone.


One cannot help but notice how eerily similar the GOCCP is to the CCCP, the Russian abbreviation for the Union of Soviet Social Republics.


It is getting harder and harder for even the most cynical person to deny that corporations and Big Brother are working together to improve upon ways to monitor everything we do.



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


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By Stefan Gleason


It’s the most widely anticipated recession in history. The recession hasn’t arrived yet – and may not do so anytime soon – but the mainstream media still can’t stop talking about it.


Consider this strange article from NBC News. It purports to show that young adults are posting dark, ironic memes to social media in reaction to a “possible recession looming.” It’s a possible, undated, undefined downturn of unknown severity that millennials are supposedly now coping with in advance!


CNN, meanwhile, sees “signs of a potential looming recession” – more severe in scope, presumably, than the network’s actual viewer ratings recession.


The free-flowing recession talk in the media can create something of a self-fulfilling prophecy.


         



      

If consumers and business owners begin to fear an oncoming recession, they may pare back spending and put capital investments on hold – which in turn will cause GDP to weaken.


“The snowball of a recession has begun to roll,” writes former U.S. Senator Judd Gregg (R). “When the mindset of American business shifts from expansion to defensive restructuring, a recession cannot be far behind. It becomes a self-fulfilling event.”


Trump Economy Slows… But Hasn’t Yet Slid

Some key indicators are pointing toward an economic slowdown:



Despite low official unemployment numbers across the board, jobs growth has slowed to its weakest pace since 2011.
Despite getting a boost from the Trump tax cuts, corporate earnings growth is now decelerating.
Copper and other economically sensitive industrial metals are showing relative weakness.
The Treasury yield curve recently inverted.
And, likely as a result of trade disputes between the U.S. and China, manufacturing activity has slumped to a multi-year low.

GDP itself its slowing. U.S. gross domestic product in the in the second quarter came in at 2% growth (down from 3% earlier in the year) – its second worst showing since President Donald Trump took office.


Still, it’s not an actual recession. Yet.


If a recession does hit between now and November 2020, President Donald Trump’s chances of getting re-elected will be slim.


That political reality isn’t lost on Democrats. They are practically begging for a recession! Some in the media are trying to engineer one through their propaganda campaigns aimed at manipulating mass psychology.


There is even a possibility that the Federal Reserve will sabotage the economy to hurt President Trump. Former New York Fed President William Dudley is explicitly urging Fed policymakers to withhold economic stimulus as a way of rebuking Trumponomics and tilting the election in favor of his opponent.


The Fed appears to be back in stimulus mode at the moment, however. The question is whether the so far tepid rate-cutting campaign will be enough to extend an already overextended economic expansion (officially the longest in history) through 2020.


Perhaps a few more injections of “monetary methadone” (as trends forecaster Gerald Celente dubs it) will send the stock market back to new highs and forestall the inevitable recession for another year or two.


If monetary planners take interest rates down to zero to prevent a recession, they will then have few conventional tools left in their toolbox.






They can potentially take rates below zero or invoke other emergency measures, but there will be strong institutional resistance to doing so until the economy and financial markets actually do begin to collapse.


The longer the Fed staves off the recession by inflating the economy with debt, the worse the eventual collapse will be. Investors should therefore be preparing for hard times ahead.


Which Hard Assets Hold Up Best During Tough Times?

Diversifying out of conventional financial assets is an obvious and necessary step. Hard assets can offer protection both from economic turmoil and inflation.


However, not all hard assets are created equal.


Some tend to correlate strongly with the business cycle and may therefore perform poorly during a recession. Others are more counter-cyclical and can benefit from a bad economy accompanied by safe-haven flight out of the stock market.


The premier safe-haven hard asset is gold. Prices for the money metal have gained during five of the past seven recessions that have occurred since 1970. In 2008, gold was one of the only alternative investment assets to show a gain for the year.


Silver is less reliable during economic downturns. It performed fantastically during the stagflationary 1970s. But in general silver tends to fare poorly when a bad economy causes demand from industrial users to weaken.


Rising investment demand can make up some of that decline. Silver is historically and foundationally a form of money. During a financial panic or currency crisis, the masses may rediscover its monetary utility. That makes silver more promising to hold during hard times than a straight-up industrial metal.




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The other precious metals, platinum and palladium, have no real history of being used as money. Investment buying amounts to less than 3% of their total demand profiles (with the bulk of demand for platinum group metals coming from the highly cyclical automotive industry).


Not surprisingly, platinum and palladium face long odds during recessions. In fact, platinum prices have declined through the duration of six out of the last seven recessions.


One reason why things might be different this time: platinum just recently traded off a historically large discount versus gold. It could steadily close that gap until it regains a price premium over gold (which it last held in 2014).


If you are optimistic about the U.S. economy averting recession in the months ahead, then the white metals (platinum, palladium, and silver) will likely be your presently preferred precious metals holdings.


If you are less optimistic, or simply more risk averse, then you may find greater comfort in holding the time-tested universal hedge of gold.



Stefan Gleason is President of Money Metals Exchange, a precious metals dealer recently named “Best in the USA” by an independent global ratings group. A graduate of the University of Florida, Gleason is a seasoned business leader, investor, political strategist, and grassroots activist. Gleason has frequently appeared on national television networks such as CNN, FoxNews, and CNBC and in hundreds of publications such as the Wall Street Journal, The Street, and Seeking Alpha.


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By Haley Tsukayama





The California Senate listened to the many voices expressing concern about the use of face surveillance on cameras worn or carried by police officers, and has passed an important bill that will, for three years, prohibit police from turning a tool intended to foster police accountability into one that furthers mass surveillance.


A.B. 1215, authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting, prohibits the use of face recognition, or other forms of biometric technology, on a camera worn or carried by a police officer in California for three years.  The Assembly passed an earlier version of the bill with a 45-17 vote on May 9. Today’s vote of the Senate was 22-15. We are pleased that the Senate has listened to the growing number of voices who oppose the way government agencies use face surveillance.


The government’s use of face surveillance—particularly when used with body-worn cameras in real-time— has grave implications for privacy, free speech, and racial justice. For example, face recognition technology has disproportionately high error rates for women and people of color. Making matters worse, law enforcement agencies conducting face surveillance often rely on images pulled from mugshot databases, which include a disproportionate number of people of color due to racial discrimination in our criminal justice system.


         



      

As EFF activist Nathan Sheard told the California Assembly in May, using face recognition technology “in connection with police body cameras would force Californians to decide between actively avoiding interaction and cooperation with law enforcement, or having their images collected, analyzed, and stored as perpetual candidates for suspicion.” Stopping the use of face surveillance on police cameras for three years gives the state time to evaluate the effect that this technology has on our communities. We hope the California Legislature will follow-up with a permanent ban.


Thank you to everyone who contacted their legislators to support this bill. We also wish to thank the bill’s sponsor, Assemblymember Ting, as well as the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and our many coalition partners for all of their hard work on this bill.


Lawmakers and community members across the country are advancing their own prohibitions and moratoriums on their local government’s use of face surveillance, including the San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ historic May ban on government use of face recognition. We encourage communities across the country to enact similar measures in their own cities.


A.B. 1215 will now head back to the Assembly for a procedural vote on its latest amendments, before being sent to the governor’s desk. We urge Governor Newsom to sign this important bill into law.








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Hayley Tsukayama is a legislative activist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, focusing on state legislation. Prior to joining EFF, she spent nearly eight years as a consumer technology reporter at The Washington Post writing stories on the industry’s largest companies.


This article was sourced from EFF.org


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