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By B.N. Frank


Activist Post regularly reports about increasing opposition to 5G in the U.S. and around the world.  It’s difficult to keep up with it.  In February, the telecom industry provided U.S. congressional testimony that they have NO scientific evidence that it’s biologically safe.  Many doctors and scientists say it isn’t (see 1, 2, 3, 4). Engineers, environmentalists, meteorologists, NASA, NOAA, U.S. Navy, security experts and other credible sources have also described 5G as a recipe for disaster (see 1, 2, 3, 4). 


It’s ridiculous and scary as hell that 5G is still being forced on so many communities – especially since illness from exposure has already been reported (see 1, 2, 3).  Thanks to Claire Edwards and Global Research for this fantastic article which includes a timeline of lawsuits, legislation, opposition, and warnings regarding 5G.


The effort to stop 5G is still gathering momentum and we must continue to work together and tirelessly to protect all life on Earth and the planet itself until this demented plan is relegated to the history books as the most Mephistophelian scheme in the history of humankind.


AMEN!


         



      






Activist Post reports regularly about the many risks associated with unsafe technology being forced on individuals and communities worldwide.  For more information, visit our archives and the following websites.



5GCrisis
5GExposed
5G Information
The 5G Summit
Whatis5G.Info
Electricsense
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety
Environmental Health Trust
My Street, My Choice
Physicians for Safe Technology
Scientists for Wired Tech
TelecomPowerGrab.org
The People’s Initiative
Wireless Information Network

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52

      

By B.N. Frank


Long before Ms. Brockovich became the subject of a blockbuster movie starring Julia Roberts, she was just another determined activist trying to stop a corrupt corporation from poisoning residents of an American community.


Unfortunately, corruption like this never seems to end.  The “Race for 5G” and all it requires could eventually expose the entire U.S. population to dangerous levels of Electromagnetic Radiation (aka “Electrosmog”) AS WELL AS create the potential for many kinds of other serious issues and events according to various credible sources (see 1, 2, 3).


Thanks to activist Liz Barris with The People’s Initiative Foundation for encouraging Ms. Brockovich’s law firm to join them in fighting against 5G and wireless radiation.


Click here for more details about the lawsuit.


         



      


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Ms. Barris and The People’s Initiative Foundation have a solid track record of raising awareness, empowering citizens, and taking legal action.


For more information, you may reach Ms. Barris at [email protected]


Activist Post reports regularly about health issues caused by exposure to all sources of “Electrosmog”.  For more information, visit our archives.



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53

      

By B.N. Frank


The Telecom Industry has been warning their investors about liability from their devices and transmitters for many years – but not the public.  This still seems to be okay with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) (see 1, 2, 3, 4), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and many elected officials despite the peer-reviewed and published research confirming that exposure to all sources of Electromagnetic Radiation or “Electrosmog” is harmful.


Some research says that exposure increases cancer risk.  Some says that it definitely causes cancer.  Some says that it can cause all kinds of other undesirable, disabling, and sometimes fatal health conditions.


Despite this – it’s more common to see adults and children carrying, holding, or wearing (see 1, 2) electronic and wireless devices directly against their bodies.  The media as well as advertising campaigns depict these devices against bodies as normal too – even for kids.  Unfortunately “common” or “normal” doesn’t mean safe.  Many doctors are not taking this into consideration when diagnosing and treating patients despite exposure warnings from the American Academy of Pediatrics and other health experts (see 1, 2).


         



      

Many people also aren’t aware that there are instructions in the fine print of manuals not to carry, hold, or wear wireless devices against the body.  They usually are NOT easy to find.  That’s why the City of Berkley, CA fought for an ordinance for simple printed warnings to be provided with the sale of cell phones.  Seems reasonable, doesn’t it?


Thanks to Cally for sharing her story.



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Electricsense
ElectromagneticHealth
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety
EMF Safety Network
Environmental Health Trust
Generation Zapped
Physicians for Safe Technology
We Are The Evidence
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By Matt Agorist


On September 30, the FBI issued a press release noting they have published their 2018 crime statistics. Most notable about the report is the fact that despite constant fear mongering by the mainstream media and the government that crime is running rampant, the number of violent crimes decreased 3.3 percent as compared to the previous year. Also contained in the report were the numbers and causes of deaths in murder cases. Although the FBI did not make the comparison themselves, when reading the data we can see the number of murders carried out with knives or cutting devices was five times higher than the number of murders carried out with rifles. This comparison is particularly important given the current gun climate in America.


Before we go on, it is important to mention that handguns were responsible for the majority of firearms deaths. It is also important to point out that all firearms deaths combined made up the majority of all murders in the United States. Of the 14,123 murders in 2018, 10, 265 of them involved firearms—a 7 percent drop from the previous year. That being said, the number of rifle deaths is extremely important given that this is the weapon most often targeted by gun grabbers.


“Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” Democratic presidential candidate Beta O’Rourke recently said to a crowd in Houston, Texas. “We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore.”


         



      

But as the statistics show, it really isn’t being used against that many Americans. In fact, far more Americans are dying by knives. According to the FBI data, 1,515 were stabbed, cut, or maimed to death by a knife or other cutting instrument. This is a number 5 times higher than those killed by rifles, which sits at just 297.


What’s more, twice as many people were beaten to death with hands, fists, and feet (672) than were killed by rifles. And, nearly 150 more people (443) were bludgeoned to death with hammers and other blunt objects than killed with rifles.


The weapon most often targeted by gun grabbers appears to play a rather tiny role in the majority of murders carried out in the United States. This is in spite of Americans owning around 16 million AR style rifles.


Another important fact is that the FBI data does not differentiate as to what kind of rifle was used in the murder—meaning that it is not likely that all 297 rifle deaths were caused by AR type rifles. The FBI data includes all rifles — including bolt action, pump or lever action rifles — not just AR-15s.


If we were to compare stabbings to just AR-15 rifle deaths, that disparity would more likely than not be even greater.


Knowing these facts about rifles makes the gun grabbers calls for taking your AR-15s that much more hollow. Even if they were able to disarm all Americans of their AR-15 rifles, this would have little to no effect on the number of total murders.


Perhaps this is the reason the right has joined the left in pushing for red flag gun laws which “take the guns first” and  “go through due process second,” as Donald Trump famously said last year after the Parkland shooting.


But would grabbing guns from people deemed a risk by the state actually have any effect on mass violence? Not likely.


Stronger background checks would have little to no effect on mass shootings as most of the mass shooters acquire their guns legally and pass the background checks. As Reason points out:







The elements of that legislation are mostly window dressing that would do little or nothing to prevent attacks like these. The most frequently mentioned policy, “universal background checks,” is plainly irrelevant to these particular crimes, since both the El Paso shooter and the Dayton shooter purchased their weapons legally, meaning they did not have disqualifying criminal or psychiatric records. Nor do the vast majority of mass shooters, who either passed background checks or could have. Neither requiring background checks for private transfers nor creating “strong background checks,” as President Donald Trump has proposed (perhaps referring to the same policy), would make a difference in such cases.



But what about red flag laws that take guns from people deemed a risk?


Citizens who are targeted by these laws will be deemed guilty first and only after their guns are taken, will they have a chance to defend themselves in court. This is the de facto removal of due process.


As Reuters reports, under the legislation, a family member or law enforcement officer could petition a judge to seize firearms from a person they think is a threat to themselves or others. The judge could then hold a hearing without the targeted person being present and grant a temporary order for 14 days.


Under the fifth and fourteenth amendments, due process clauses are in place to act as a safeguard from arbitrary denial of life, liberty, or property by the government outside the sanction of law.


In spite of what officials and the media claim, when a person is stripped of their constitutional rights, albeit temporarily, without being given the chance to make their own case based on what can be entirely arbitrary accusations, this is the removal of due process. And, it doesn’t work.


We’ve seen this play out before already. Earlier this year, a tragedy unfolded in California as a deranged gunman, Kevin Douglas Limbaugh, walked up on an innocent woman, officer Natalie Corona, pulled out his guns and began shooting her repeatedly until she died. Limbaugh then fired several more shots at others before turning the gun on himself and taking his own life. Had more people been nearby, Limbaugh would’ve likely carried out a mass shooting.




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Limbaugh’s case is important to bring up due to the fact that — before he killed a cop — he was subject to California’s “red flag” laws in 2018. Limbaugh was given a high-risk assessment that ordered him to turn in his registered weapons to police, the only one being a Bushmaster AR-15. On November 9, Limbaugh turned in the weapon.


Despite being banned from possessing a weapon, he still obtained one illegally and used it to commit murder.


Perhaps this push for taking AR-15s from law abiding citizens is a strategical one. Despite being used in very few murders, the AR-15 is an extremely effective deterrent against tyranny.


The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subjugated races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subjugated races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the underdogs is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So let’s not have any native militia or native police. — Adolf Hitler, Hitler’s Table Talk, 1941-1944: Secret Conversations



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


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By Brandon Turbeville


The arrest of Jeffrey Epstein on July 6, 2019 triggered a renewed interest in the dark networks of sex trafficking, blackmail, espionage, satanism, and pedophilia that infest the halls of Big Corporations, banks, and government. Epstein’s alleged suicide on August 10 virtually united the world in the knowledge that there was much more to the story than the general public was being told. Still, as major revelations keep coming from incidents and individuals surrounding the Epstein case, mainstream media is incredibly quiet about important evidence and implications.


As a result, I have chosen not to attempt an exhaustive article of my own, but rather to put together a series of articles and videos that are either written/recorded by highly skilled journalists and researchers as well as those in MSM that may be of interest or assistance in pointing toward the deeper implications of the Epstein case.


Below are a number of links that pertain to the Epstein case and the wider conspiracy. Occasionally, I may update this page with new links.


         



      

Possibly the most succinct summary of the Epstein saga available on the internet:



David Icke not only breaks down the Epstein scandal, he demonstrates the wider implications:



Isaac Kappy died within hours of posting this video, his car veering into oncoming traffic in what was ruled a suicide. In the weeks and months prior to his death, Kappy exposed a number of pedophiles and pedophile networks in Hollywood, including Epstein:



Yes, it’s a weird video but worth a watch:



Whitney Webb has been leading the charge in exposing the Epstein scandal as well as its wider implications:


Did Bill Barr Call His Shot? Unanswered Questions About FBI’s Foreknowledge Of The El Paso Shooting  — Whitney Webb; Not directly related to Epstein but worth looking at for background.


Mega Group, Maxwells And Mossad: The Spy Story At The Heart Of The Jeffrey Epstein Scandal  – Whitney Webb; The picture painted by the evidence is not a direct Epstein tie to a single intelligence agency but a web linking key members of the Mega group, politicians, and officials in both the US and Israel, and an organized-crime network with deep business and intelligence ties in both nations


Jeffrey Epstein, Trump’s Mentor and the Dark Secrets Of the Reagan Era – Whitney Webb; Appalling for both the villainous abuse of children itself and the chilling implications of government by blackmail, this tangled web of unsavory alliances casts a lurid light on the political history of the US from the Prohibition Era right up through the Age of Trump.


Hidden In Plain Sight: The Shocking Origins Of The Jeffrey Epstein Case – Whitney Webb; Epstein is only the latest incarnation of a much older, more extensive and sophisticated operation that offers a frightening window into how deeply tied the US government is to the modern-day equivalents to organized crime.


From “Spook Air To The “Lolita Express:” The Genesis And Evolution Of The Jeffrey Epstein– Bill Clinton Relationship – Whitney Webb; Far from being the work of a single political party, intelligence agency or country, the power structure revealed by the network connected to Epstein is nothing less than a criminal enterprise that is willing to use and abuse children in the pursuit of ever more power, wealth and control


Derrick Broze on Jeffrey Epstein and The Finders: Corbett Report


Derrick Broze: Bringing Down Jeffrey Epstein:



Lawsuit seeks to reveal Jeffrey Epstein’s pedophile circle involving prominent US politicians and world leaders


The Evidence for Jeffrey Epstein’s Mossad Connection






JFK, O.J. and now Epstein: ‘Celebrity pathologist’ Michael Baden has seen his share of controversial cases


Next Top Model scout Jean-Luc Brunel flew poor 12-year-old triplets in from France as a BIRTHDAY PRESENT for Jeffrey Epstein to abuse, unsealed documents claim


MET ‘NO’ TO ANDY SEX QUIZ Probe into claims that girl, 17, was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein to sleep with Prince Andrew were ‘axed’ by police


WTF? Jeffrey Epstein Signed Will Days Before He Was Found Hung In Prison; Youngest Victims 12 Years Old


Feds move to dismiss Jeffrey Epstein’s sex-trafficking indictment


Jeffrey Epstein Consulted Atlanta Attorney Days Before Death


Jeffrey Epstein Pitched His Own Narrative and Mainstream Media Published It“Epstein Did Not Act Alone”: Prosecutors Target Co-Conspirators in Court Hearing


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Why Johnny Can’t Come Home – Book  The Franklin Cover-up: Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska – John W. DeCamp book


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The Prince and the Pedophile: Charles’ Connections To Pedophilia Networks – Brandon Turbeville


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By Elias Marat


Researchers have managed to teach birds songs that they had never heard before after activating select neurons within their brains—basically implanting false memories.


The very notion sounds like the prologue to the plot for the 1990 film Total Recall, where the protagonist, Quaid, is a construction worker whose adventures begin after he purchases fake memory implants of a life where he is a secret agent.


However, in this case, neuroscientists at the University of Texas Southwestern relied on a different process called optogenetics, or the scientific name for controlling the behavior of neurons through a combination of intense lights and genetic engineering. Their findings were published in Science.


         



      

Young zebra finches typically learn their birdsongs by absorbing and mimicking the songs of their parents. However, researchers managed to manipulate electrical activity in the birds’ mind, inserting genes into specific neurons into their brains that relate to learning songs. These genes allowed the scientists to activate proteins within the finches’ brains, lodging the song into their minds.


In a statement, study co-author Dr. Todd Roberts said:



This is the first time we have confirmed brain regions that encode behavioral-goal memories – those memories that guide us when we want to imitate anything from speech to learning the piano.


The findings enabled us to implant these memories into the birds and guide the learning of their song.




While the results of the experiment are an impressive feat, the sort of detail-rich, granular memories we enjoy still can’t be implanted in humans. However, the study could well open the door to potential treatments for human beings, including treating people affected by traumatic pasts, autism, and speech disorders.


Roberts added:



“We’re not teaching the bird everything it needs to know—just the duration of syllables in its song.


The two brain regions we tested in this study represent just one piece of the puzzle.”







Yet the discovery may open new doors to researchers identifying brain circuits that play a strong role in influencing vocalization, including the order of sounds and their pitch.


Roberts said:



If we figure out those other pathways, we could hypothetically teach a bird to sing its song without any interaction from its father.


But we’re a long way from being able to do that.”



Roberts’ team had previously found it difficult to isolate the sections of finches’ brain where memories are stored. However, the latest experiment has found that memories are actually embedded in different parts of the birds’ brains than where they originated.


Roberts said:



“The human brain and the pathways associated with speech and language are immensely more complicated than the songbird’s circuitry.




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By John W. Whitehead


“You gotta remember, establishment, it’s just a name for evil. The monster doesn’t care whether it kills all the students or whether there’s a revolution. It’s not thinking logically, it’s out of control.” — John Lennon (1969)


John Lennon, born 79 years ago on October 9, 1940, was a musical genius and pop cultural icon.


He was also a vocal peace protester and anti-war activist and a high-profile example of the lengths to which the Deep State will go to persecute those who dare to challenge its authority.


Long before Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning were being castigated for blowing the whistle on the government’s war crimes and the National Security Agency’s abuse of its surveillance powers, it was Lennon who was being singled out for daring to speak truth to power about the government’s warmongering, his phone calls monitored and data files illegally collected on his activities and associations.


         



      

For a while, at least, Lennon became enemy number one in the eyes of the U.S. government.


Years after Lennon’s assassination it would be revealed that the FBI had collected 281 pages of files on him, including song lyrics. J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI at the time, directed the agency to spy on the musician. There were also various written orders calling on government agents to frame Lennon for a drug bust. “The FBI’s files on Lennon … read like the writings of a paranoid goody-two-shoes,” observed reporter Jonathan Curiel.


As the New York Times notes, “Critics of today’s domestic surveillance object largely on privacy grounds. They have focused far less on how easily government surveillance can become an instrument for the people in power to try to hold on to power. ‘The U.S. vs. John Lennon’ … is the story not only of one man being harassed, but of a democracy being undermined.”


Indeed, all of the many complaints we have about government today—surveillance, militarism, corruption, harassment, SWAT team raids, political persecution, spying, overcriminalization, etc.—were present in Lennon’s day and formed the basis of his call for social justice, peace and a populist revolution.


For all of these reasons, the U.S. government was obsessed with Lennon, who had learned early on that rock music could serve a political end by proclaiming a radical message. More importantly, Lennon saw that his music could mobilize the public and help to bring about change. Lennon believed in the power of the people. Unfortunately, as Lennon recognized: “The trouble with government as it is, is that it doesn’t represent the people. It controls them.”


However, as Martin Lewis writing for Time notes:


John Lennon was not God. But he earned the love and admiration of his generation by creating a huge body of work that inspired and led. The appreciation for him deepened because he then instinctively decided to use his celebrity as a bully pulpit for causes greater than his own enrichment or self-aggrandizement.


For instance, in December 1971 at a concert in Ann Arbor, Mich., Lennon took to the stage and in his usual confrontational style belted out “John Sinclair,” a song he had written about a man sentenced to 10 years in prison for possessing two marijuana cigarettes. Within days of Lennon’s call for action, the Michigan Supreme Court ordered Sinclair released.


What Lennon did not know at the time was that government officials had been keeping strict tabs on the ex-Beatle they referred to as “Mr. Lennon.” Incredibly, FBI agents were in the audience at the Ann Arbor concert, “taking notes on everything from the attendance (15,000) to the artistic merits of his new song.”


The U.S. government, steeped in paranoia, was spying on Lennon.


By March 1971, when his “Power to the People” single was released, it was clear where Lennon stood. Having moved to New York City that same year, Lennon was ready to participate in political activism against the U. S. government, the “monster” that was financing the war in Vietnam.


The release of Lennon’s Sometime in New York City album, which contained a radical anti-government message in virtually every song and depicted President Richard Nixon and Chinese Chairman Mao Tse-tung dancing together nude on the cover, only fanned the flames of the conflict to come.


The official U.S. war against Lennon began in earnest in 1972 after rumors surfaced that Lennon planned to embark on a U.S. concert tour that would combine rock music with antiwar organizing and voter registration. Nixon, fearing Lennon’s influence on about 11 million new voters (1972 was the first year that 18-year-olds could vote), had the ex-Beatle served with deportation orders “in an effort to silence him as a voice of the peace movement.”


Then again, the FBI has had a long history of persecuting, prosecuting and generally harassing activists, politicians, and cultural figures. Most notably among the latter are such celebrated names as folk singer Pete Seeger, painter Pablo Picasso, comic actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin, comedian Lenny Bruce and poet Allen Ginsberg.


Among those most closely watched by the FBI was Martin Luther King Jr., a man labeled by the FBI as “the most dangerous and effective Negro leader in the country.” With wiretaps and electronic bugs planted in his home and office, King was kept under constant surveillance by the FBI with the aim of “neutralizing” him. He even received letters written by FBI agents suggesting that he either commit suicide or the details of his private life would be revealed to the public. The FBI kept up its pursuit of King until he was felled by a hollow-point bullet to the head in 1968.


While Lennon was not—as far as we know—being blackmailed into suicide, he was the subject of a four-year campaign of surveillance and harassment by the U.S. government (spearheaded by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover), an attempt by President Richard Nixon to have him “neutralized” and deported. As Adam Cohen of the New York Times points out, “The F.B.I.’s surveillance of Lennon is a reminder of how easily domestic spying can become unmoored from any legitimate law enforcement purpose. What is more surprising, and ultimately more unsettling, is the degree to which the surveillance turns out to have been intertwined with electoral politics.”


As Lennon’s FBI file shows, memos and reports about the FBI’s surveillance of the anti-war activist had been flying back and forth between Hoover, the Nixon White House, various senators, the FBI and the U.S. Immigration Office.


Nixon’s pursuit of Lennon was relentless and in large part based on the misperception that Lennon and his comrades were planning to disrupt the 1972 Republican National Convention. The government’s paranoia, however, was misplaced.


Left-wing activists who were on government watch lists and who shared an interest in bringing down the Nixon Administration had been congregating at Lennon’s New York apartment. But when they revealed that they were planning to cause a riot, Lennon balked. As he recounted in a 1980 interview, “We said, We ain’t buying this. We’re not going to draw children into a situation to create violence so you can overthrow what? And replace it with what? . . . It was all based on this illusion, that you can create violence and overthrow what is, and get communism or get some right-wing lunatic or a left-wing lunatic. They’re all lunatics.”


Despite the fact that Lennon was not part of the “lunatic” plot, the government persisted in its efforts to have him deported. Equally determined to resist, Lennon dug in and fought back. Every time he was ordered out of the country, his lawyers delayed the process by filing an appeal. Finally, in 1976, Lennon won the battle to stay in the country when he was granted a green card. As he said afterwards, “I have a love for this country…. This is where the action is. I think we’ll just go home, open a tea bag, and look at each other.”


Lennon’s time of repose didn’t last long, however. By 1980, he had re-emerged with a new album and plans to become politically active again.




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The old radical was back and ready to cause trouble. In his final interview on Dec. 8, 1980, Lennon mused, “The whole map’s changed and we’re going into an unknown future, but we’re still all here, and while there’s life there’s hope.”


The Deep State has a way of dealing with troublemakers, unfortunately. On Dec. 8, 1980, Mark David Chapman was waiting in the shadows when Lennon returned to his New York apartment building. As Lennon stepped outside the car to greet the fans congregating outside, Chapman, in an eerie echo of the FBI’s moniker for Lennon, called out, “Mr. Lennon!”


Lennon turned and was met with a barrage of gunfire as Chapman—dropping into a two-handed combat stance—emptied his .38-caliber pistol and pumped four hollow-point bullets into his back and left arm. Lennon stumbled, staggered forward and, with blood pouring from his mouth and chest, collapsed to the ground.


John Lennon was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. He had finally been “neutralized.”


Yet where those who neutralized the likes of John Lennon, Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Robert Kennedy and others go wrong is in believing that you can murder a movement with a bullet and a madman.


Thankfully, Lennon’s legacy lives on in his words, his music and his efforts to speak truth to power. As Yoko Ono shared in a 2014 letter to the parole board tasked with determining whether Chapman should be released: “A man of humble origin, [John Lennon] brought light and hope to the whole world with his words and music. He tried to be a good power for the world, and he was. He gave encouragement, inspiration and dreams to people regardless of their race, creed and gender.”


Sadly, not much has changed for the better in the world since Lennon walked among us.


Peace remains out of reach. Activism and whistleblowers continue to be prosecuted for challenging the government’s authority. Militarism is on the rise, with local police dressed like the military, all the while the governmental war machine continues to wreak havoc on innocent lives across the globe. Just recently, for example, U.S. military forces carried out drone strikes in Afghanistan that killed 30 pine nut farmers.


For those of us who joined with John Lennon to imagine a world of peace, it’s getting harder to reconcile that dream with the reality of the American police state.


Meanwhile, as I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, those who dare to speak up are labeled dissidents, troublemakers, terrorists, lunatics, or mentally ill and tagged for surveillance, censorship, involuntary detention or, worse, even shot and killed in their own homes by militarized police.


As Lennon shared in a 1968 interview:


I think all our society is run by insane people for insane objectives… I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal means. If anybody can put on paper what our government and the American government and the Russian… Chinese… what they are actually trying to do, and what they think they’re doing, I’d be very pleased to know what they think they’re doing. I think they’re all insane. But I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.


So what’s the answer?




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Lennon had a multitude of suggestions.


“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.”


“War is over if you want it.”


“Produce your own dream…. It’s quite possible to do anything, but not to put it on the leaders…. You have to do it yourself. That’s what the great masters and mistresses have been saying ever since time began. They can point the way, leave signposts and little instructions in various books that are now called holy and worshipped for the cover of the book and not for what it says, but the instructions are all there for all to see, have always been and always will be. There’s nothing new under the sun. All the roads lead to Rome. And people cannot provide it for you. I can’t wake you up. You can wake you up. I can’t cure you. You can cure you.”


“Peace is not something you wish for; It’s something you make, Something you do, Something you are, And something you give away.”


“If you want peace, you won’t get it with violence.”


And my favorite advice of all: “Say you want a revolution / We better get on right away / Well you get on your feet / And out on the street / Singing power to the people.”



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By Tyler Durden


In what looks like a dry run of the looming pension crisis facing corporate America, GE said on Monday that it would freeze pension plan benefits for 20,000 American employees with salaried benefits, WSJ reports. The company also plans to freeze supplementary benefits for roughly 700 employees who became executives before 2011 in an attempt to shave as much as $8 billion off its long-term pension deficit.


With GE shares down 20% since Larry Culp took over as CEO last year, the CEO who was supposed to rescue the company’s perennially-languishing share price is facing pressure to cut GE’s debt burden amid a downturn in the company’s power-equipment business, Bloomberg reports.


         



      

To offset the cuts, the company is planning to pre-fund $4 billion to $5 billion of the retirement obligations it’s anticipating for 2021 and 2022 (the obligations are owed according to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, or Erisa).


The money will come from $38 billion GE expects to net from divestitures and savings from the pension freezes.


GE plans to offer 100,000 former employees who haven’t yet started collecting retirement benefits the option of a lump sum, in effect buying them out of the company’s retirement obligations. It expects roughly one-fifth of those offered to accept the buyout.


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The company’s shares climbed 2% on the news in premarket trading.


The cuts are part of an already-announced net debt reduction plan intended to shave between $9 billion and $11 billion off GE’s debt burden, helping to lower the company’s leverage ratio to roughly 2.5x net debt to EBITDA by the end of next year.


“Returning GE to a position of strength has required us to make several difficult decisions, and today’s decision to freeze the pension is no exception,” said Kevin Cox, GE’s chief human resources officer, in a statement.


GE closed its pension plan to new entrants at the start of  2012.


While several states, including Illinois and New Jersey, have opted recently to start reducing their pension shortfalls, US corporations are often in even worse shape than the public sector. But these cuts should help forestall the pension nightmare facing the US, if only for a little while.



This article was sourced from ZeroHedge.com


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By Daisy Luther


According to a report by Business Insider, the title of the most miserable city in the United States goes to…


Gary, Indiana.


The 50 “most miserable cities” are made so mostly by poverty and a lack of opportunities to pull oneself out of poverty.


We’ve identified the 50 most miserable cities in the US, using census data from 1,000 cities, taking into consideration population change (because if people are leaving it’s usually for a good reason), the percentage of people working, median household incomes, the percentage of people without healthcare, median commute times, and the number of people living in poverty. (source)


Business Insider also took into account the havoc wrought by natural disasters, blight (abandoned houses), crime, and addiction rates. This spreadsheet shows how they arrived at their conclusions using data from the US Census Bureau.


         



      
Why is Gary, Indiana so miserable?

Gary used to be a hub of manufacturing, but those jobs have long-since gone elsewhere. When the jobs went away, so did many of the residents. Of the ones who remain, barely 50% are employed and 36% live under the poverty line.


The only positive effect of the struggling population is that when people left, certain crimes left, also.


A drug-enforcement agent who grew up in the area told The Guardian in 2017: “We used to be the murder capital of the US, but there is hardly anybody left to kill. We used to be the drug capital of the US, but for that you need money, and there aren’t jobs or things to steal here.” (source)


But Gary isn’t the only place that people can’t get ahead.


Three states have several miserable cities.

If you’ve been paying attention to the homelessness crisis and the fecal matter in the streets, you will probably be unsurprised to hear that California has more miserable cities than any other state, with 10 falling into the 50 most miserable list.


California is followed by New Jersey, with nine miserable cities, and Florida, with six.


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The other miserable cities on the list are scattered across the country. Things are so bad in many of these cities that it’s safe to say, the SHTF has quietly arrived and set up camp, while the rest of the country remains relatively oblivious to their plights.


Why makes these cities so “miserable?”


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The most miserable cities have stories of violence, natural disasters, drug addiction, and crumbling infrastructures. Quite a few have factories that have moved elsewhere, leaving a large swath of the population unemployed and living in poverty. It’s easy to tell people they need to get jobs. But people in these places know that for many, there are no jobs to get. Housing is unaffordable on the local average wages for those who do have jobs.


Foreclosures and repossessions are common themes. A few of the cities are dealing with thousands of immigrants they must try to house and feed. Others have corrupt local governments or governments that have managed finances poorly. Several are far too densely populated.


And here are some things you might not expect in the United States of America. In quite a few cities on the list, clean running water is not a given. Pollution and sanitation are serious issues for thousands of people.


I’ve written before about how a high percentage of Americans have no emergency funds and are struggling to pay for basic necessities like rent, food, and healthcare. The folks in these cities know all too well about that which I’ve written.


Here are the 50 most miserable cities in the United States of America.

These cities are the 50 “most miserable” according to data collected during the last census.



50 – Lancaster, California
49 – St. Louis, Missouri
48 – Pasadena, Texas
47 – Macon-Bibb County, Georgia
46 – Danville, Virginia
45 – Shreveport, Louisiana
44 – Hemet, California
43 – Mansfield, Ohio
42 – San Bernadina, California
41 – Compton, California
40 – Montebello, California
39 – Harlingen, Texas
38 – Reading, Pennsylvania
37 – Hallandale Beach, Florida
36 – Palmdale, California
35 – Anderson, Indiana
34 – Fort Pierce, Florida
33 – North Miami Beach, Florida
32 – Jackson, Mississippi
31 – Saginaw, Michigan
30 – Plainfield, New Jersey
29 – West New York, New Jersey
28 – Miami Gardens, Florida
27 – Cleveland, Ohio
26 – Youngstown, Ohio
25 – North Miami, Florida
24 – Huntington, West Virginia
23 – Hammond, Indiana
22 – El Monte, California
21 – Lynnwood, California
20 – Huntsville, Texas
19 – Paterson, New Jersey
18 – Albany, Georgia
17 – Trenton, New Jersey
16 – Cicero, Illinois
15 – Union City, New Jersey
14 – Bell Gardens, California
13 – Hialeah, Florida
12 – Brownsville, Texas
11 – New Brunswick, New Jersey
10 – Huntington Park, California
  9 – Warren, Ohio
  8 – Camden, New Jersey
  7 – Flint, Michigan
  6 – Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  5 – Newark, New Jersey
  4 – Passaic, New Jersey
  3 – Detroit, Michigan
  2 – Port Arthur, Texas
  1 – Gary, Indiana

For details on why each city made the list, go here.


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The entries on this list are not my opinion. As I mentioned earlier, the list above is based on the findings of the Census Bureau, who tracked population declines, the labor force, median incomes, those without health insurance, average commute times, and the percentage of residents living in poverty.


Many things contributed to the statistics above, particularly manufacturing jobs leaving and natural disasters. The folks in these cities are facing their own SHTF situations while those of us less an hour away from them are living in comfort, with clean running water, good sanitation, and plenty of jobs.


Do you agree with the methodology that determined which cities were the “most miserable?”  Are there cities you felt would have been on the list that weren’t? Which ones? Do you feel that any of the cities on the list don’t deserve to be there?


Please share your thoughts in the comments.



Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, gun-toting blogger who writes about current events, preparedness, frugality, voluntaryism, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, The Organic Prepper, where this article first appeared. She is widely republished across alternative media and she curates all the most important news links on her aggregate site, PreppersDailyNews.com. Daisy is the best-selling author of 4 books and lives in the mountains of Virginia with her two daughters and an ever-growing menagerie. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.


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By Michael Snyder


The Chinese never intended to make a deal, and now they are publicly admitting it.  For months, I have been warning readers of The Economic Collapse Blog that a comprehensive trade deal with China will not happen before the 2020 presidential election, and the reason why this is the case is actually very simple.  The Chinese have concluded that President Trump will never give them the kind of deal that they are looking for, and so their entire goal has been to run out the clock on the Trump administration so that they can finally get to a Democrat who will be much more “reasonable” to deal with.


Of course if Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders wins the election, they won’t be very “reasonable” either, and so the best-case scenario for the Chinese is for either Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton to emerge victorious in November 2020.  In any event, the Chinese are now being very clear about the fact that they are never, ever going to agree to Trump’s core demands.  The following comes from CNBC…



Chinese officials are growing hesitant to pursue a broad trade deal with the U.S. in negotiations set to begin this Thursday, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg News.


Vice Premier Liu He, who will lead negotiations for China, told dignitaries that his offer to the U.S. will not include commitments on reforming Chinese industrial policy or government subsidies, according to to Bloomberg. These are among the Trump administration’s main demands in the trade talks.



         



      

In essence, the Chinese have completely taken a comprehensive trade deal off the table, and they probably believe that Trump’s looming impeachment may make him more agreeable to a more limited deal that would be more favorable to the Chinese.


But Trump is holding his ground, and he continues to insist that his negotiating stance has not changed…



Trump has said repeatedly he would entertain only an all-encompassing deal with China. People close to him say he remains firm in that view.


“We’ve had good moments with China. We’ve had bad moments with China. Right now, we’re in a very important stage in terms of possibly making a deal,” Trump told reporters on Friday. “But what we’re doing is we’re negotiating a very tough deal. If the deal is not going to be 100% for us, then we’re not going to make it.”



So what all of this means is that we should not expect any sort of a trade deal any time soon.


Unfortunately, the longer this trade war stretches on, the more painful it will become for our economy.  Big companies are laying off workers all across America, and there are some industries that are being absolutely devastated by this trade conflict.


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For example, just check out what has been happening to the lumber industry…



China used to account for about half of all U.S. hardwood lumber exports, about $2 billion annually. The Trump administration’s 25% tariff cut that demand.
In the 12 months since tariffs on U.S. hardwood were announced in July of last year, lumber exports to China were down by $615 million compared with the previous year, according to the American Hardwood Export Council.
In June of this year alone, when the full tariff rate went into effect, trade volume to China was half what it was a year ago.

Of course the lumber industry is far from alone.  All over the country the impact of the trade war can be clearly seen, and we just learned that September was the worst month for U.S. manufacturers in more than a decade.


As the U.S. economy slows down, the mainstream media will gleefully blame Trump for our troubles.  Just check out the following excerpt from Paul Krugman’s most recent article entitled “Here Comes The Trump Slump”…







Now the U.S. economy is going through another partial slump. Once again, manufacturing is contracting. Agriculture is also taking a severe hit, as is shipping. Overall output and employment are still growing, but around a fifth of the economy is effectively in recession.


But unlike previous presidents, who were just unlucky to preside over slumps, Trump has done this to himself, largely by choosing to wage a trade war he insisted would be “good, and easy to win.”



Even though we are way overdue for a recession, and even though the Federal Reserve has more control over our economy than anyone else does, the mainstream media is going to relentlessly push the narrative that Trump’s trade war has created a giant mess for the U.S. economy.  And without a doubt, this trade war is causing economic pain, but placing 100 percent of the blame on Trump is not intellectually honest.


Unfortunately, the mainstream media is just going to keep telling us that everything would be just fine if it wasn’t for this trade war.  The following is an excerpt from a recent CNN article entitled “America’s economy is slowing. Ending the trade war could fix that”…



The Federal Reserve doesn’t have a magic wand to revive the slowing American economy. But President Donald Trump might.


New evidence emerged last week showing how tariffs and the vast uncertainty surrounding the US-China trade war are hurting the economy.




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The manufacturing sector suffered its worst month since June 2009. Services, the larger portion of the modern economy, grew at its weakest pace in three years.


If a trade agreement could be reached, that would undoubtedly be a substantial short-term economic boost, but it wouldn’t really do anything to address our much larger problems.


Today, our entire financial system has become a giant Ponzi scheme.  We are living in the terminal phase of the biggest debt bubble in the history of the world, and the only way to keep the Ponzi scheme going is to keep expanding the bubble with even more debt.


At some point the entire sorry system is going to implode in spectacular fashion, and that is going to happen whether there is a trade deal with China or not.


But our trade war with China is certainly not helping matters, and if there is not a resolution soon it could certainly be one of the factors that helps to trigger our demise.



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


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