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By Derrick Broze


As more and more Americans question the practices of tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon, the topic of censorship on social media and in search results continues to be a hotly debated topic. Do these companies essentially act as publishers and, if so, should they be regulated as such? Should the government make efforts to break up the tech giants? These questions and more need answering as the public grapples with the reality that “Big Tech” is gaining more control over what we see, hear, and read while surfing the Internet.


Now, more fuel has been added to the fire as the controversial conservative investigative outlet Project Veritas has released leaked documents which show Pinterest blocking links of alternative media websites and search terms related to Christianity and abortion. The apparent blacklist is part of a “porn domain block list” designed to keep the social media platform free of sexually explicit content. Veritas published the internal documents and reportedly interviewed a company insider who claimed Pinterest directly and indirectly censors content related to pro-life and Christian themes, as well as alternative health sites, and several independent news websites known for challenging the U.S. government narrative on a range of topics, including the War on Terror. These sites include ZeroHedge, The Anti-Media, NewsWars (operated by Alex Jones’ Infowars), The PedoGate, Tracking Vaccinations, and Organic Healthy Tips.


         



      

Other documents leaked to Project Veritas include a large text file titled “Sensitive Terms List” containing search terms that Pinterest considers “sensitive.” A user searching one of these “sensitive” terms will received modified search results per Pinterest internal policy. The documents note that search terms are assigned an “abusive,” “sensitive,” and “brand unsafe” value. Pinterest employees have the option to either block auto-complete results in the search bar, show the user a warning, or remove the term from recommended or trending feeds. The so-called “Sensitive Terms List” reveals that Christianity-related terms like “christian easter” and “bible verses” were marked as “brand unsafe.”


This is not the first time Pinterest made the news for censoring certain material. In February, the platform also blocked searches related to “anti-vaccination” material.




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However, the company is not alone in their efforts to remove unpopular opinions and alternative media from their platforms. One day after Project Veritas’ report, the Daily Caller reported that a whistleblower within Google leaked screenshots of two apparent blacklists of websites which are being scrubbed from the search engine’s results. The Daily Caller reviewed documents and found that employees are instructed to add the line “# REMOVE url” to ensure that a “fringe” website is removed from Google’s “featured snippets” search results. The “featured snippets” feature is responsible for finishing users sentences when they type questions into Google’s search box. The document suggests that the removal of certain websites from featured snippets is being conducted manually by a human employee rather than the result of a mistake by an algorithm or artificial intelligence.


The Caller also reports that a second blacklist, called “all_fringe_domains,” is designed to block websites labeled “fringe.” Some of the websites being blocked include “the American Spectator, Breitbart, Breaking911, the website of pastor Brian Jones, the website of Bring Your Bible to School Day, Consortium News (published by Robert Parry), St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church, speakerryan.com, The Franklin Society (a cryptocurrency blog), Free Thought Project, The Gateway Pundit, and The Gorka Briefing”.


The leaked documents reported on by the Daily Caller and Project Veritas raise a number of questions regarding how much control and influence the Big Tech giants have over public discourse. Even more worrisome is the fact that websites like the Free Thought Project, the Anti-Media, and ZeroHedge have been facing waves of censorship for over a year, with both the Anti-Media and the Free Thought Project being purged from Facebook in October 2018.




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By MassPrivateI


Sometimes I have trouble coming up with a title for one of my articles, but this one came easy because the two companies involved in this article helped create it.


A New York-based company called Vuzix along with a UAE software company called NNTC worked together to produce the world’s first automatic facial recognition sunglasses for law enforcement.


Not only did they create the world’s first automatic facial recognition sunglasses but they purposely made them to resemble Oakley sunglasses. Which makes it harder for people to tell if they are being spied on.


         



      


The above video warns that police will have access to a database of at least one million faces.


According to NNTC, they created the iFalcon Face Control Mobile sunglasses specifically for law enforcement.


The bodycam or smart glasses screen the crowd to match faces against a database of violators, missing people or suspects. Once there is a match, the solution retrieves relevant information from the database and instantly sends an alert via AR smart glasses. (Click here to see iFalcon’s infographic)


How will police really use iFalcon sunglasses you ask? To watchlist or white list people of course.


The iFalcon Face Control Mobile brings face recognition capabilities anywhere, even without the network of CCTV cameras covering every inch of the city. It proves particularly effective in:



Detects people at public events, sports facilities and in other crowded areas: violators, ‘watchlisted’ individuals and missing people
Public surveillance in transportation stations, airports, subway and other transport facilities
Monitoring immigrants and identification of violators and imposters at border customs control
Verification of identity according to ‘white list’
Preventing terrorism, espionage and unauthorized access to sensitive areas

Back to how I created my title; a company purposefully creates spying sunglasses to help law enforcement watchlist individuals. It does not get anymore disturbing than that or does it?


CEO explains U.S. military connections to iFalcon glasses







If you can get through the crappy music and Erica Blackwell fawning over CEO Paul Travers, the first two minutes of the above video spells out his connections to the U.S. military and how he purposely designed their new iFalcon Face Control sunglasses to be indistinguishable from Oakley sunglasses.


A recent Vuzix press release also does a great job of explaining how police will use their new iFalcon Face Control sunglasses.


Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses, which are nearly indistinguishable from everyday sunglasses, utilize the built-in camera on the glasses to detect faces and then transmits the information to a wearable portable computer over a wireless channel. The portable computer processes face images and compares them with faces from the database stored locally to find the match. Once there is a match, the solution retrieves relevant information from the database and instantly sends an alert to the wearer via the Vuzix Blade AR Smart Glasses.


A pro-industry website called DealerScope claims that iFalcon sunglasses could also be used by the public to identify someone whose name you forgot.





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Imagine a day where you’d never have to experience one of those awkward encounters where you bump into someone who clearly remembers who you are, calls you out by name, and yet, there you stand, unable to connect a name with the face you’re staring at.


Using facial recognition to identify old acquaintances, really? Sorry, DealerScope we are not buying it.


Time after time we see companies with suspect ties to the military and law enforcement try and push facial recognition onto an unsuspecting public but this is not one of those times.


Giving law enforcement facial recognition sunglasses with the ability to watchlist or white list people in real-time must be stopped before we find ourselves living in mirror-image of China.


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By Julian Rose


The Polish Ministry of Digitalisation has denied (June 11) that Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki signed the Global Appeal to Stop 5G on Earth and in Space.*


The refutation was put out by the Ministry of Digitalisation, the government department that deals with telecommunications. The same department put out a related statement that “The opponents of 5G are heating-up the mood, serving customers fake news – we want to give Poles a reliable source of information about 5G so that no one misleads them.”


Hopes raised that Prime Minister Morawiecki might have some genuine humanitarian concerns for his people appear to have been proved unduly optimistic.


         



      

This week, according to the present parliamentary schedule, Mateusz Morawiecki will lead his government into presenting a new Act that will annul the existing law on ‘acceptable levels’ of Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMF) in order to introduce microwave frequency transmission levels 10 to 100 times more intense than current levels. This is being done to satisfy the telecommunications industry’s ambition to install tens of thousands of 5G transmitters across the length and breadth of the country.


If this Act is passed, the Prime Minister and government parliamentarians will be complicit in introducing a completely untested technology which over 2,000 scientists and 1,400 medical doctors from all over the world have described as presenting a direct threat to the health of humans, animals, insect and plant life.


The government of Poland appears determined to ignore such medical and scientific warnings. Also to ignore the safety-net known as ‘the precautionary principle’ in which anything judged as causing potential harm cannot be put in the public domain without first undergoing independent assessment for its safety.


This refusal to follow responsible principles demonstrates that the Prime Minister is ready to sell the freedom of Poland, the health of the electorate and the welfare of future generations, to corporate interests. The fact is that all decisions on 5G are made without any public consultation or any opportunity to object.


Awareness of the threat that 5G poses is rapidly growing. Protests in different parts of Poland are demonstrating the anger people feel at being forced to accept this highly controversial technology. Some protesters held-off for a while in the hope that Prime Minister Morawiecki had shown a human face. But since it is now officially denied that he supports stopping 5G, resistance will undoubtedly grow, with the effect that in the autumn election the Polish government (Pis) is likely to be shown a red card for its refusal to listen to the people.


*https://www.5gspaceappeal.org/


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By Julian Rose


The Polish Ministry of Digitalisation has denied (June 11) that Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki signed the Global Appeal to Stop 5G on Earth and in Space.*


The refutation was put out by the Ministry of Digitalisation, the government department that deals with telecommunications. The same department put out a related statement that “The opponents of 5G are heating-up the mood, serving customers fake news – we want to give Poles a reliable source of information about 5G so that no one misleads them.”


Hopes raised that Prime Minister Morawiecki might have some genuine humanitarian concerns for his people appear to have been proved unduly optimistic.


         



      

This week, according to the present parliamentary schedule, Mateusz Morawiecki will lead his government into presenting a new Act that will annul the existing law on ‘acceptable levels’ of Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMF) in order to introduce microwave frequency transmission levels 10 to 100 times more intense than current levels. This is being done to satisfy the telecommunications industry’s ambition to install tens of thousands of 5G transmitters across the length and breadth of the country.


If this Act is passed, the Prime Minister and government parliamentarians will be complicit in introducing a completely untested technology which over 2,000 scientists and 1,400 medical doctors from all over the world have described as presenting a direct threat to the health of humans, animals, insect and plant life.


The government of Poland appears determined to ignore such medical and scientific warnings. Also to ignore the safety-net known as ‘the precautionary principle’ in which anything judged as causing potential harm cannot be put in the public domain without first undergoing independent assessment for its safety.


This refusal to follow responsible principles demonstrates that the Prime Minister is ready to sell the freedom of Poland, the health of the electorate and the welfare of future generations, to corporate interests. The fact is that all decisions on 5G are made without any public consultation or any opportunity to object.


Awareness of the threat that 5G poses is rapidly growing. Protests in different parts of Poland are demonstrating the anger people feel at being forced to accept this highly controversial technology. Some protesters held-off for a while in the hope that Prime Minister Morawiecki had shown a human face. But since it is now officially denied that he supports stopping 5G, resistance will undoubtedly grow, with the effect that in the autumn election the Polish government (Pis) is likely to be shown a red card for its refusal to listen to the people.


*https://www.5gspaceappeal.org/


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By Laraine C. Abbey-Katzev, RN (emeritus), MS, CNS


Hospital patients dying of organ failure from serious infections are walking out of the jaws of death time after time thanks to courageous individuals who refused to accept the status quo failing treatments. Instead, thinking outside the box to what will become a revolution in disease care management. More about that after a few statistics to show what a big deal this really is.


Severe sepsis, resulting from infection, has become a national epidemic. It’s the most expensive condition treated in US hospitals.  It is among the leading causes of hospital deaths, striking more than a million Americans every year from which 15-30% die.


Sepsis carried an annual cost of $24 billion in 2013 and is on the rise at $3.4 billion over the last two years, partially a result of antibiotic resistance.


         



      

At highest risk for sepsis deaths are infants, children and the elderly; and those who recover are at higher risk of future infections.


Thankfully, we are shifting into a new standard of care for infectious disease management, albeit not without resistance. The present system focuses on destroying the invading bacteria (antibiotics) and viruses (antivirals), while the new approach focuses on strengthening resistance to such infections.  This is done by supporting the immune system through supplying increased amounts of nutrient substances normally present in the body and needed to facilitate the biochemical processes that destroy invading organisms.


So, what is this highlighted “out of the box” treatment?  Well get ready… drum roll please… plain-old Vitamin C!


But WAIT, we are NOT simply talking about eating some oranges or lemons. Dying patients on life support are not eating and their Vitamin C content wouldn’t even come close to the amounts needed. Rescuing such patients requires massive doses of intravenous Vitamin C in the range of 25,000 to 100,000 milligrams per 24 hours and it can be miraculous as we see for New Zealand dairy farmer Alan Smith who was dying from H1N1 Swine flu.



This story is amazing as the hospital wanted to pull the plug of his life support to allow him to die while the family wanted him to have massive doses of Vitamin C. The medical staff were totally against giving Vitamin C, even though they were advising it was time to stop life support and let Alan Smith die. The family actually had to go to court to get the desired treatment. Additionally, while hospitalized, they discovered Smith had a previously undiagnosed cancer–Leukemia. The double miracle was the Vitamin C also cured the Leukemia!


Here’s more on Leukemia treatment with intravenous Vitamin C from researchers at NYU’s Langone Health.







As if all this isn’t excitement enough, the miracles go on… This time taking us to sepsis treatment at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS).



These nurses’ stories actually began with an innovative and courageous physician Dr. Paul Marik. Hear the story in his own words.



…and see Marik’s published article for the details.


Check out his credentials here.  With this background and his sepsis treatment protocol changing medical history, this man is a virtual rock star!




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Dr. Marik should never be attacked for quackery as many are prone to do when a physician threatens establishment medicine by introducing megavitamin therapy, but it won’t surprise me as mainstream allopathic medicine is built on…well…medicine! Medicine, as in pharmaceuticals, are man-made chemicals derived largely from petrochemicals. Natural substances such as vitamins, minerals, and herbs are Big-Pharma competitors.  As such I was not surprised to see this study probably designed to minimize the value of the Vitamin C and Thiamine (Vitamin B-1) and play-up the value of the pharmaceutical product hydrocortisone, which was one of the three ingredients used in Marik’s sepsis protocol.


We shall see… as the standard B.S. has begun with claws out to push this promising therapy into the dustbin of history.


Fear not, because their house-of-cards cannot hold up against the thousands of articles and reports of miracles like those of New Zealand’s farmer Alan Smith, to which I will add my own article published in The Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, 2003 entitled, “The Gift of Vitamin C.”


Laraine C. Abbey-Katzev, is a Registered Nurse (emeritus) and Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) with a Master’s Degree in Biology/Clinical Nutrition who maintained a private practice, developed health and weight control programs, nutritional products, and was a featured newspaper columnist for health and nutrition articles. Laraine earned the Huxley Institute Certificate in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice and her successful Orthomolecular treatment of Agoraphobia/Panic Disorder through diet and nutrient supplements, was featured in many magazine articles and books. Laraine is a health activist and a member of the American College of Nutrition.


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By Aaron Kesel


Goldman Sachs persons partnered with Bain Capital persons to rip off Mattel, Marc Dreier, Fingerhut, Tom Petters and eToys victims for in excess of $5 billion dollars, as shown in over two years of this author’s research (here, here, here and here.)


Whistleblower Laser Haas (who has been threatened by the FBI) has been seeking justice for two decades against Goldman Sachs’ partnership with Bain Capital. That unholy union ripped off eToys when Laser was the Delaware Bankruptcy Court appointed executive of the company.


This was done through court-approved eToys Creditors Committee counsel Paul Roy Traub and Barry Gold who pretended to not know each other while working to rob Laser Haas, the court-appointed CEO of eToys, and its investors blind.


         



      

The fact of the matter is, Laser Haas has alleged (substantially and extensively to this reporter) that Goldman Sachs’ partnership with Bain Capital includes unjust enrichment of billions of dollars in fraud, at least during both firms’ early years via their lawyers’ illegitimate dealings by MNAT, Paul Traub, and Sullivan and Cromwell.


During my reporting, the Goldman Sachs debacle known as the Malaysia 1MDB scandal has driven Sachs’ stock price from a high of $239 (projected to go to $280 or more), to a low of $158, and Sachs’ new CEO, David Solomon, inherited the 1MDB and other frauds – can of worms.


Compounding the pressure on Sachs stock price is the fact that Goldman Sachs Asian executive, Tim Leissner, pled guilty, for his duplicity in the Malaysia $6 billion dollar ripoff!


Laser authorized eToys suing Sachs in the NY Supreme Court, for Sachs ripping off eToys for a billion dollars, when eToys went public on the stock market. That case was reported on in 2013, by the New York Times in an article entitled: “Rigging the IPO Game”.


Resultant of the “Rigging” article, Bain Capital was forced to halt plans to take Toys R Us public (a second time).


At that time, Laser forewarned everybody that Bain Capital had no other choice but to file bankruptcy of Toys R Us.


Back in 2012, Laser had compelled Matt Taibbi to do a story on Mitt Romney; which wound up on the cover of Rolling Stone (as “Greed and Debt: A True Story about Mitt Romney and Bain Capital”).


Neither Taibbi’s “Greed and Debt” article, nor NYT Joe Nocera’s “Rigging the IPO Game” has touched on 1/100th of all the racketeering crimes, mayhem and homicides, aided by corruption, linked to the eToys related cases that this reporter began telling in 2017.


David Solomon is on public record stating that the Malaysia 1MDB debacle is nothing more than a single, aberrant act of behavior. However, past cases show that’s nothing more than public relations.


After David Solomon officially became CEO of Goldman Sachs, Laser sent Solomon a letter to inform him, through this reporter, of the facts germane to the eToys case. Laser essentially informed Solomon that any claims that Goldman Sachs was coming clean would be fruitless until Sachs repents for the eToys-related crimes.


The day after Laser posted his letter upon Goldman Sachs social media pages, Sachs General Counsel, Gregory Palm, retired.


Reporting on these facts, I posted a story on the issues that Sachs culture is “Split in 2” and that Laser hoped that Goldman Sachs’ new CEO, David Solomon, (purportedly not invested in Sachs crimes and cover-ups), would do the right thing in the eToys case.


Since then, Laser reminded this reporter that Tim Leissner confessed that Sachs has a bad faith “culture.” A fact which is confirmed by another Goldman Sachs executive, Gregory Smith, who resigned in 2012 with a famous NYT Letter to the Editor, stating that there were executives at Goldman Sachs emailing on how to rip off Sachs clients – who were openly called Muppets!



TODAY is my last day at Goldman Sachs. After almost 12 years at the firm — first as a summer intern while at Stanford, then in New York for 10 years, and now in London — I believe I have worked here long enough to understand the trajectory of its culture, its people and its identity. And I can honestly say that the environment now is as toxic and destructive as I have ever seen it.


[…]


It makes me ill how callously people talk about ripping their clients off. Over the last 12 months I have seen five different managing directors refer to their own clients as “muppets,” sometimes over internal e-mail. Even after the S.E.C., Fabulous Fab, Abacus, God’s work, Carl Levin, Vampire Squids? No humility? I mean, come on. Integrity? It is eroding. I don’t know of any illegal behavior, but will people push the envelope and pitch lucrative and complicated products to clients even if they are not the simplest investments or the ones most directly aligned with the client’s goals? Absolutely. Every day, in fact.



If that’s not enough, in 2010 a Goldman Sachs director, Rajat Gupta, told hedge-fund manager Raj Rajaratnam insider information. As a result, Gupta was tied to an insider-trading scandal involving a $5 billion investment after telling Rajaratnam that famed investor Warren Buffet made in the investment bank in 2008, NPR reported at the time.






Also happening that same year in 2010, the SEC filed a lawsuit against Goldman Sachs, stating Sachs vultures misled its client investors by selling them a subprime-mortgage investment that was secretly designed to lose value. Instead of the bank being shut down or investigated for fraud, Sachs sued the SEC saying the investigation was political. The SEC was later cleared of wrongdoing and Sachs agreed to pay $550 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission, one of the largest penalties ever paid by a Wall Street firm, to settle charges of securities fraud linked to the mortgage investments, New York Times reported.


Three years later in 2013, former Goldman Sachs Vice President Fabrice Tourre nicknamed “Fabulous Fab” was found liable for fraud for his role in a wrecked 2007 mortgage deal that cost investors $1 billion. Fab was accused by federal regulators of misleading the investors about subprime mortgage securities that he knew were doomed to fail, NYDailyNews reported.


David Solomon made the mistake of publicly stating Goldman Sachs’ culture is clean and it was only a one-off thing, but that remark doesn’t hold much water.


Now, out of the blue, Goldman Sachs and eToys-related persons are finally starting to pay attention to what Laser Haas has to say, and, as a result of that new dynamic, Laser just learned that another Goldman Sachs executive (James C. Katzman) quit Sachs in 2015. Katzman quit the vulture capitalist organization because he refused to be willfully blind to bad faith.


The nationally significant and important thing about James Katzman’s case against Goldman Sachs – is there’s an indication that David Solomon was a part of the team at Goldman Sachs who tried to hush him up as a whistleblower.


If that is true, David Solomon needs to address Laser Haas rather quickly because Laser has a book coming out at the end of the year; which in his opinion will “put a nail in Goldman Sachs coffin – unless the eToys issues – are dealt with beforehand.”


Therefore, of the many questions that begs answering, a key one is whether or not David Solomon is the new captain at the helm of a sinking Titanic?


Goldman Sachs’ stock price went all the way down to $158, on a case Sachs claims was a single aberrant act; which the eToys case alone exposes is not true. If the new CEO, David Solomon, does not do anything about Laser/eToys – then that would confirm Solomon is part of the Obstruction Sachs has been doing for 2 decades – and it might sink the Goldman Sachs ship.


That’s the same Goldman Sachs that appears to have screwed Germany, who was also involved in the Puerto Rico’s bond saga with Bain Capital, now (reportedly) facing clawbacks of pay because of the Malaysia 1MDB scandal.


Solomon recently went on the record with CNBC to say that Goldman Sachs wasn’t appreciated enough, a hilarious contention to make that a vulture capital firm caught in the past ripping off clients doesn’t get enough positive recognition.



“We started out to try to create a business that would disrupt what’s a big broad industry by really focusing on our customers, on our clients in a way that we would provide better service, better solutions, deal with pain points,” Solomon told about 200 Marcus workers who gathered on the 26th floor of the firm’s New York headquarters for a meeting attended by CNBC.




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“Now, we’re getting absolutely no credit from anybody else in the investing community about that yet,” Solomon said.


“If we were out in Silicon Valley and made 20% of the progress that we’ve made, we would get a lot of credit and people would be throwing money at us to own a piece of this business,” he added. “But nestled inside little old Goldman Sachs, we’re just going to have to prove it over time.”


As Laser said on Twitter, Goldman Sachs’ CEO cries foul that his firm isn’t loved. Maybe if Sachs stopped ripping off clients, for so much, then we Muppets wouldn’t be calling Sachs “$uchs.” Serial Wall St whistleblower Laser Haas’s comment should also answer the ubiquitous question Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. asked in a recent article: “Is There A Resounding Lack Of Confidence In The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc?”




If Solomon thinks Sachs is unsinkable, perhaps he should look back at TBTF Bear Sterns. Though justice gets stymied one way or another, it appears it is only a matter of time before the pendulum swings in the right direction!


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By Brandon Smith


For many years I have examined how wars of all types have been used by the money elite to distract the masses and maintain a certain level of influence over social and political systems. But war is not only a useful tool for keeping the status quo. Some wars, particularly world wars, are often catalyzed and exploited by those with a globalist agenda as a way to change the way civilizations function and think. The goal? To influence the masses to abandon their attachments to concepts like individualism, nationalism, free markets and sovereignty, and to embrace collectivism and total centralization.


That is to say, the ideals that globalists hate get blamed for the wars they help start, then they introduce their centralized systems as a “solution” to the problems they created. The trade war situation will be no different.


The public enthusiasm for the trade war is an artificially induced fervor, perpetuated by elites within the Trump Administration cabinet, including Rothschild banking agent Wilber Ross, Council On Foreign Relations member Robert E. Lighthizer, Goldman Sachs member Steve Mnuchin, and Bilderberg attendee Mike Pompeo. It showcases a clear desire to escalate global tensions.  But why?


         



      

Whether or not you agree with the rationalizations behind the trade war, the point is, the only people who will ultimately benefit from it are those striving for globalization.


To institute centralization on a global scale, the elites need an all-encompassing crisis that can be blamed on nationalism, protectionism, and the free market dynamic. They need a threat that will affect and terrify billions of people into demanding intervention by international organizations such as the IMF and the BIS, as well as a rationale to introduce monetary umbrella actions such as the induction of the SDR (Special Drawing Rights) basket system as a replacement for the U.S. dollar as the world reserve currency. They need something very similar to a world war. In this case, however, it will be more economic than kinetic.


An economic world war has the distinct potential to cause all the elements of a collapse situation without the severe damage to vital infrastructure that inevitably comes with a shooting war. Because of the advantages the strategy provides for globalists, I predicted this exact outcome would develop out of the trade war in my article ‘World War III Will Be An Economic War’, published in April 2018. Here are the trade war developments so far that support this theory…


Collapse Of Trade Talks: Recent plans for high level trade talks between the U.S. and China have fallen apart (likely by design), and so far there are no announced plans to reengage negotiations. So, all the assumptions in investment circles the last few months that a trade deal would be quickly finalized and vault the Dow Jones to 30,000 points were obviously a result of wishful thinking in unicorn land.


Abrupt Spike In China Tariffs: The Trump Administration announcement of a sudden and swift increase in tariffs was not all that surprising to me, but it sure seemed to shock the mainstream economic world. Probably because of the endless talk since January of an imminent deal being brokered. The word on one side was that China would fold because they “can’t survive” without exports to U.S. markets. Of course, the U.S. only accounts for 18% of Chinese exports, which is a sizable piece of the pie, but hardly a crippling blow to China should the trade war continue for the long term.


The word on the other side was that Trump would fold because he had attached the success of his administration to the success of the stock market, and a prolonged trade war would invariably crash stocks. This is partially true…


Trump rightly insisted during his presidential campaign that the Federal Reserve had used quantitative easing (QE) measures to artificially inflate the stock market bubble for the past several years. Then, after entering the White House, he pulled a 180 and began Tweeting relentlessly about how stock market highs were due to his administration, not the Fed. Now, this might seem like insanity until you look at the elitists residing in Trump’s cabinet, and then everything starts to make sense.


China’s Retaliation: China has raised its tariffs on U.S. exports to 25% and has all but ended its purchases of U.S. agricultural goods, which is devastating profit margins for American farmers right after massive flooding in the Midwest had already hurt planting prospects. However, China has not yet released a full statement on how it intends to retaliate. Options on the table include banning exports of rare earth metals to the U.S., targeting U.S. companies like Google, Qualcomm or Apple with restrictions or bans of their operation in China altogether as the U.S. has done with Huawei, dump their extensive holdings of U.S. treasuries, or the most damaging tactic of all – drop the U.S. dollar as the world reserve currency for purchases of Chinese goods, a prospect I will examine shortly.


Surprise Tariff Threats On Mexico: Another surprise out of left field as Trump targeted Mexico with 5%, rising to 25% in the next few months if Mexico does not stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the U.S.  Such a move would erase the “North American Trade Deal” set to be finalized this month if the situation is not resolved.  While Trump has announced that a deal has been finalized, I remain highly skeptical.  As we witnessed with the China trade talks, any discussion of a “deal” being made should be taken with a grain of salt, and I predict tensions with Mexico will return in a matter of a few months.


Mexico is the largest U.S. trading partner under China and Canada, and the third biggest buyer of U.S. goods. A trade war with Mexico should be taken as seriously as the trade war with China.


Tariffs Against India: The U.S. is ending preferential trade status with India as part of the tariff salvo, which effectively places tariffs on over 3,000 different export items once considered duty free. India is now considering possible retaliatory measures, and has been edging towards closer economic ties with China for a few years. This move may push them all the way into China’s camp. As a side note, India and China together make up around one third of the world population.


Tariffs Against Australia: A key ally in the Pacific region, Australia was given exemption from tariffs on steel and aluminum exports to the US. However, the Trump Administration is considering removing that exemption which would mean 10% tariffs on Australia’s aluminum and 25% tariffs on its steel. Australia only makes up around 6% of the U.S. aluminum market, but the tariffs could be treated as an attack against a long time partner and opposed as a matter of principle.


Trump Offers UK A Deal If They Brexit: I predicted the outcome of the Brexit vote back in 2016 based on a theory – that those who desired globalization were pulling back on real interference (as opposed to theatrical interference) and were allowing “populist movements” to gain an apparent foothold in the political arena. Why? So that they could then collapse the “Everything Bubble” the central banks had created on the heads of those same movements and blame them for the disaster.


I also predicted based on the same theory that the Brexit would eventually result in a “no deal” scenario, otherwise known as a hard Brexit, in which the UK would leave the EU without a finalized agreement on future trade. So far the theory is holding strong, with Trump in the UK recently seeking a U.S./UK trade deal if the UK walks away from the EU. This places the two biggest “populist” movements in the world in direct alliance, and should they both fall together economically, the history books will surely blame their trade protectionism and “overt” nationalism rather than the central banks that caused the financial instability in the first place.




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Potential Tariffs On EU Auto Industry: This event has been hanging over markets like a dark cloud for months, and with the latest accelerated tariff moves in May, the expectation this summer is that Trump will pull the trigger on EU auto exports. Trump’s recent courting of the UK as an extended trading partner is also signaling a coming trade war with the EU. For now, such actions remain uncertain, but the timing for globalists would be perfect if the EU was to enter conflict with the U.S.


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If the U.S. was negotiating from a position of economic strength, then tariffs might make perfect sense. But, as most alternative economists are well aware of, U.S. economic strength is nothing more than a facade hanging by a thin thread.


The U.S. needs an extensive manufacturing base that can supply goods as well as jobs directly to the American people in order to properly conduct a trade war. We are far too dependent on foreign imports and the retail sector. However, corporations outsourcing overseas have been given no incentive to bring jobs and factories back. If Trump had offered corporate tax cuts in exchange for companies moving manufacturing to U.S. shores, this might have secured America’s position in terms of tariffs, but the trade war is being conducted in a backwards manner.


We often hear that the U.S. consumer is the greatest economic resource we have and the thing that makes U.S. markets so enticing to foreign export nations. It is the reason we were told a year ago that China would fold to U.S. demands, which, of course, did not happen. The fact is, the U.S. consumer market is a fraud. The real resource that drives our retail sector is debt; massive debt.


U.S. household debt is at all-time highs, and a quarter of Americans rely on credit cards for purchases of necessities. A large portion of U.S. retail relies on debt expansion, not true wealth, and once debt grows beyond the consumers’ ability to keep up, retail starts to decline.


This is probably why, despite increased credit spending, overall retail sales in the U.S. are dwindling in 2019. If U.S. consumers aren’t buying more goods with more credit, then where are they spending the money? The likely answer is they are taking on new debt to pay off old debts. This credit death cycle is exactly what happened just before the crash of 2008 and it is happening again today.


If the U.S. consumer market is breaking down, then there is no incentive for foreign exporters to capitulate to U.S. trade demands.


This means that the trade war will continue unabated. Possible deals will be announced to keep the public absorbed in the chaos and to keep stock markets from falling too quickly. However, as we saw with China, a trade deal announced almost every month for a year does not ensure that a trade deal will be made real. As this situation drags on into winter I expect that the U.S./China conflict will mutate into a global conflict. Meaning, countries are going to start taking sides.




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Already, the U.S. is drawing battle lines by seeking trade war alliances with Japan and South Korea. Whether or not this bears fruit is yet to be determined. Japan’s long time blood feud with China almost guarantees they will side with the U.S. in an economic war, but China is one of their largest export markets, and the conflict would hurt them badly. South Korea’s dependence on U.S. protection against North Korea also makes their participation a good bet. But most other nations have been drifting away from the U.S. for some time.


Russia and China have already secured a pact through bilateral trade agreements. Parts of Europe including Germany have been building close economic ties with China for the past decade. I wrote about this relationship extensively in 2017 and predicted that in the event of a global economic crisis, Germany and China would form an alliance.  Vladimir Putin is once again openly calling for the dollar to be abandoned as the world reserve currency.


Most of southern Asia will undoubtedly side with China as these nations are so interdependent with the Chinese economy it would be unthinkable to separate. Australia is also heavily reliant on China as an export market, and with U.S. tariffs poisoning the well, I believe the Australians are much more likely to side with China than the U.S. in a trade war. India is uncertain, but again, with the threat of U.S. tariffs along with the factor of border proximity, India is probably going to join with the Chinese.


The nuclear option, the weapon that will inevitably end the trade war and the U.S. economy, is the dumping of the U.S. dollar by multiple nations as the world reserve currency. The loss of reserve status would crush our ability to create debt without consequences. This is the one pillar left holding up U.S. economic power, and make no mistake, globalists are perfectly positioned to benefit from this event. The introduction of a new global currency system tied to the IMF Special Drawing Rights (SDR) basket has been hinted at time and again by various elites, including most recently Mohamed El-Erian in 2017, who suggested the SDR could be used as a reserve currency system to “combat the dangers of populist nationalism.”


The IMF has also been very vocal about its excitement over blockchain and cryptocurrency technology, which they hope to use to create their own digital currency system in the near future (they likely have one already). A global trade war is a dream scenario for those who want globalization, who can now institute unprecedented centralization as a “solution” while blaming all the negative consequences on war, chance events and populist zealotry.



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By Oiwan Lam


On June 12, thousands of protesters blocked major roads surrounding Hong Kong’s government headquarters and legislature in the Admiralty district to prevent lawmakers from presenting amendments to a controversial extradition bill. The secretary of the Legislative Council announced that the scheduled session at 11:00 am would be deferred until further notice after lawmakers were unable to reach the Legislative Council Complex.




         



      

The roadblock protests followed a June 9 rally where over a million people took to the streets against proposed amendments to the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment)  Bill. The proposed bill would provide legal grounds for the Chief Executive and local courts to handle case-by-case extradition requests from authorities in mainland China, Taiwan and Macau. Protesters believe that the amendments would make it easier for mainland China to arrest critics, dissidents, and even journalists in Hong Kong.


Soon after the rally, the government issued a statement stressing that the administration will continue to proceed with the second reading of the bill on June 12. The government’s hard-line stance triggered a round of violent clashes between the police and hundreds of young protesters who gathered outside the Legislative Council on June 10.



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The police arrested 31 protesters and took records of the identity of 358 protesters who stayed overnight after the rally. About 80 percent of them are between 16 to 25 years old.




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On June 10, Chief Executive Carrie Lam continued defending the bill and stressed Hong Kong is “duty-bound to address that deficiency”. The president of the Legislature, Andrew Leung, decided that Hong Kong lawmakers would have to vote on the controversial bill by June 20.


The organizer of the Sunday rally, Civil Human Rights Front, called for another round of protests outside the government headquarters to paralyze the government starting on June 12. Student unions from seven Hong Kong tertiary institutions, including Chinese University and Baptist University, have called for students to boycott classes and join the rally. Over a hundred Hong Kong employers from across industry sectors have pledged to either suspend business or support employees who choose to strike.


About 2,000 protesters gathered overnight outside the Legislative Council on June 11 and more protesters joined them the next morning. At around 8:00 am, thousands of protesters occupied major roads (namely Lung Wo Road and Harcourt Road) surrounding the Legislative Council Building. Jerome Taylor, Hong Kong/Taiwan/Macau bureau chief for AFP, reported on Twitter:





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Although the protester’s blockade was able to push back the scheduled session on the morning of June 12, house rules allow the Legislative Council president to resume the meeting with only one hour’s notice.


Top image: Protesters block roads surrounding government headquarters to stop the passing of extradition bill. Image from inmediahk.net. Used with permission.


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By Graywolf


One of my favorite TV shows was Person of Interest. In that show, a genius programmer was hired by the government to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) computer to tap into and analyze communication feeds and predict activities that may pose a threat. Unfortunately, as you can imagine, things spun out of control; the system that was designed to benefit society was not always beneficial to citizens.


As amusing as it is to watch escapist fiction such as this, it’s not so enjoyable when you realize it’s no longer fiction. China has already developed the infrastructure to envelop their citizens in this protective surveillance net and has begun that slippery slope of using AI to not only catch activities deemed undesired by the government – it’s starting to take action against those observed.


         



      

In the city of Shenzhen (and most likely others), when an offender is observed jaywalking via video surveillance, they will publicly humiliate you by showing your face on screens located around the city. Now that’s bad enough, but they’re going a step further. Those identified will have their cell phone ‘pinged’ and be sent an immediate fine.


By the way, Intellifusion, the company behind the AI system involved, is in talks with WeChat and Seina Weibo (China’s equivalents of Facebook and Twitter).


The surveillance state is expanding, and even children are not exempt.


You may think there must be some kind of check-and-balance system built in to ensure that children would be protected so that they wouldn’t suffer the same consequences as an adult. You’d be wrong.


As you can imagine, this outing of a child in such a public manner has sparked outrage. Instead of backing down on their stance, the police have doubled down and stated that no one is above the law and its draconian reaction. Of course they have. I know if I wanted to start weeding out hidden miscreants, I’d set up exactly this scenario. Guess what’s going to happen to those expressing their discontent?


You may think that all this isn’t so bad because it’s just surveillance out in the street, where people can see you anyway, so what’s the big deal? Well, this is just the beginning. In order to crack down on children playing on gambling sites on their computers, corporations are now starting to institute facial recognition utilizing the user’s webcam. Of course children shouldn’t be gambling but how long until this in-home video requirement expands to include normal, everyday websites such as social media? How long until they convince you it’s much more convenient for you to just use cameras that you can have installed in your home to protect children, assist in gaining you access to what you need, and help you increase your social credit by watching your good deeds at home at the same time?


Surveillance systems are insidious and are finding their way into our homes.


In case you’re one of those ‘careful’ types who wouldn’t allow that kind of nonsense in your home, Huawei and other very large manufacturers of electronics in China and around the world have become big suppliers to China’s security services. All they need to do is develop surveillance systems that help improve our lives at the same time so we actually pay for the privilege. Systems such as Ulo not only watch your home for you, it becomes part of your family. Can you think of other surveillance systems that we’ve now graciously invited into our homes?




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What has begun is the dismantling of due process and the systematic expansion of systems that can be mined for data. Not only is every action observed, anything that the program decides is aberrant or not beneficial can now be punished without any intervention or legal protection – and no one is safe.


Now, most likely, you are reading this from a country outside of China, so why do you care? The AI in the fictional TV show based in the U.S., Person of Interest, couldn’t ever become a reality, could it? Systems in the U.S. have been able to automatically scan license plates for a while now and alert police to stolen vehicles. Cameras are now on pretty much every intersection in any city in the country and along the highways. The infrastructure to start this kind of surveillance state is already in place. All it would take is to somehow tap into this system with an AI to observe human behavior and perhaps even judge and jury like what’s happening in China. Unfortunately, this is also becoming a reality.


Some surveillance systems can detect concealed weapons and alert authorities.


A company called ZeroEyes has developed a system that can detect and alert the presence of even concealed weapons, resulting in a visual pat-down that only requires a camera in the room. Of course, if this is used to protect a facility that lets you know that entry is tacit approval, that’s one thing. ZeroEyes is already working with school systems and is moving toward a deal with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.


Another company that is in the weapon-identification game is called Athena, but it has taken this one step further. Not only does their AI detect hidden weapons, it detects and alerts to human behavior itself. It learns how people move and their facial expressions and then decides when someone is acting strangely and alerts the authorities.


How long until they plug these AI systems into cameras all throughout town and even in our homes? How long until these systems start being used in ways that we were assured would not happen? How long until those with criminal or political intentions start using AI and surveillance to coerce behavior and punish those who don’t toe the party line?


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Graywolf is a former Counterintelligence Agent and US Army combat veteran. His experience as an agent, soldier and government contractor on assignments around the world gives him a unique perspective on the world and how to deal with it. His website is Graywolf Survival.


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By University of Colorado at Boulder


Astronomers probing the edges of the Milky Way have in recent years observed some of the most brilliant pyrotechnic displays in the galaxy: superflares.


These events occur when stars, for reasons that scientists still don’t understand, eject huge bursts of energy that can be seen from hundreds of light years away. Until recently, researchers assumed that such explosions occurred mostly on stars that, unlike Earth’s, were young and active.


Now, new research shows with more confidence than ever before that superflares can occur on older, quieter stars like our own–albeit more rarely, or about once every few thousand years.


         



      

The results should be a wake-up call for life on our planet, said Yuta Notsu, the lead author of the study and a visiting researcher at CU Boulder.


If a superflare erupted from the sun, he said, Earth would likely sit in the path of a wave of high-energy radiation. Such a blast could disrupt electronics across the globe, causing widespread black outs and shorting out communication satellites in orbit.


Notsu presented his research at a press briefing at the 234th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in St. Louis.


“Our study shows that superflares are rare events,” said Notsu, a researcher in CU Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. “But there is some possibility that we could experience such an event in the next 100 years or so.”


Scientists first discovered this phenomenon from an unlikely source: the Kepler Space Telescope. The NASA spacecraft, launched in 2009, seeks out planets circling stars far from Earth. But it also found something odd about those stars themselves. In rare events, the light from distant stars seemed to get suddenly, and momentarily, brighter.


Researchers dubbed those humungous bursts of energy “superflares.”


Notsu explained that normal-sized flares are common on the sun. But what the Kepler data was showing seemed to be much bigger, on the order of hundreds to thousands of times more powerful than the largest flare ever recorded with modern instruments on Earth.


And that raised an obvious question: Could a superflare also occur on our own sun?






“When our sun was young, it was very active because it rotated very fast and probably generated more powerful flares,” said Notsu, also of the National Solar Observatory in Boulder. “But we didn’t know if such large flares occur on the modern sun with very low frequency.”


To find out, Notsu and an international team of researchers turned to data from the European Space Agency’s Gaia spacecraft and from the Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico. Over a series of studies, the group used those instruments to narrow down a list of superflares that had come from 43 stars that resembled our sun. The researchers then subjected those rare events to a rigorous statistical analysis.


The bottom line: age matters. Based on the team’s calculations, younger stars tend to produce the most superflares. But older stars like our sun, now a respectable 4.6 billion years old, aren’t off the hook.


“Young stars have superflares once every week or so,” Notsu said. “For the sun, it’s once every few thousand years on average.”


The group published its latest results in May in The Astrophysical Journal.




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Notsu can’t be sure when the next big solar light show is due to hit Earth. But he said that it’s a matter of when, not if. Still, that could give humans time to prepare, protecting electronics on the ground and in orbit from radiation in space.


“If a superflare occurred 1,000 years ago, it was probably no big problem. People may have seen a large aurora,” Notsu said. “Now, it’s a much bigger problem because of our electronics.”


Co-authors on the recent study include researchers from Kyoto University, the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, University of Hyogo, University of Washington and Leiden University.



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