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By Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press
KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — Off the coast of Hawaii, a tall buoy bobs and sways in the water, using the rise and fall of the waves to generate electricity.
The current travels through an undersea cable for a mile to a military base, where it feeds into Oahu's power grid — the first wave-produced electricity to go online in the U.S.
By some estimates, the ocean's endless motion packs enough power to meet a quarter of America's energy needs and dramatically reduce the nation's reliance on oil, gas and coal. But wave energy technology lags well behind wind and solar power, with important technical hurdles still to be overcome.
To that end, the Navy has established a test site in Hawaii, with hopes the technology can someday be used to produce clean, renewable power for offshore fueling stations for the fleet and provide electricity to coastal communities in fuel-starved places around the world.
"More power from more places translates to a more agile, more flexible, more capable force," Joseph Bryan, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy, said during an event at the site. "So we're always looking for new ways to power the mission."
Hawaii would seem a natural site for such technology. As any surfer can tell you, it is blessed with powerful waves. The island state also has the nation's highest electricity costs — largely because of its heavy reliance on oil delivered by sea — and has a legislative mandate to get 100 percent of its energy from renewables by 2045.
Still, it could be five to 10 years before wave energy technology can provide an affordable alternative to fossil fuels, experts say.
For one thing, developers are still working to come up with the best design. Some buoys capture the up-and-down motion of the waves, while others exploit the side-to-side movement. Industry experts say a machine that uses all the ocean's movements is most likely to succeed.
Also, the machinery has to be able to withstand powerful storms, the constant pounding of the seas and the corrosive effects of saltwater.
"You've got to design something that can stay in the water for a long time but be able to survive," said Patrick Cross, specialist at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, which helps run the test site.
The U.S. has set a goal of reducing carbon emissions by one-third from 2005 levels by 2030, and many states are seeking to develop more renewable energy in the coming decades.
Jose Zayas, a director of the Wind and Water Power Technologies Office at the U.S. Energy Department, which helps fund the Hawaii site, said the United States could get 20 to 28 percent of its energy needs from waves without encroaching on sensitive waters such as marine preserves.
"When you think about all of the states that have water along their coasts ... there's quite a bit of wave energy potential," he said.
Wave energy technology is at about the same stage as the solar and wind industries were in the 1980s. Both received substantial government investment and tax credits that helped them become energy sources cheap enough to compete with fossil fuels.
But while the U.S. government and military have put...
By Associated Press
The Obama administration is publishing new rules (pdf) that promise to help doctors and patients learn if clinical trials of treatments worked or not.
At issue is how to help people find medical studies that may be appropriate for them — and then to make the results public so that successes can reach patients more quickly and what fails isn't duplicated.
Many clinical trials make news as they're published in scientific journals, and federal law requires reporting the results of certain studies on a government website, https://clinicaltrials.gov/. But too often, that reporting doesn't happen, especially the failures. In June, Vice President Joe Biden cited concern that such secrecy was stifling cancer progress.
One analysis of 400 studies involving a variety of diseases found 30 percent hadn't disclosed results within four years of completion.
"That's clearly unacceptable," said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.
On Friday, federal health officials released updated rules making clear exactly what kinds of studies must be listed on the website so potential participants can consider enrolling, and which ones must post the results by certain deadlines.
"It does in fact have some teeth," Collins added. Researchers that don't meet the requirements for reporting results may face fines or lose taxpayer grants.
The long-awaited rules change takes effect Jan. 18.
To Learn More:
Clinical Trials Registration and Results Information Submission: Final Rule (National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services) (pdf)
Drug Companies Push Bill to Deemphasize Random Trials in Approving New Drugs (by Noel Brinkerhoff and Steve Straehley, AllGov)
Doctors Accuse Pharma Firm of Withholding Data on Drug Said to Increase Heart Attack Risk (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)
A Third of All U.S. Clinical Drug Trial Results Remain Unpublished after 5 Years (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)
FDA Warns that Testing Company Falsified Data for 5 Years (by David Wallechinsky, AllGov)
More than 1 million incidents of financial fraud – payment card, remote banking and cheque fraud – occurred in the first six months of 2016, according to official figures released by Financial Fraud Action UK. To compare, in the first six months of 2015 there were a little over 660,000 cases. “Banks and other financial service providers work hard to protect their customers, using highly sophisticated security systems. Last year, banks stopped £7 in £10 … More
By Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government has mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants from countries of concern to national security or with high rates of immigration fraud who had pending deportation orders, according to an internal Homeland Security audit released Monday.
The Homeland Security Department's inspector general found that the immigrants used different names or birthdates to apply for citizenship with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and such discrepancies weren't caught because their fingerprints were missing from government databases.
DHS said in an emailed statement that an initial review of these cases suggest that some of the individuals may have ultimately qualified for citizenship, and that the lack of digital fingerprint records does not necessarily mean they committed fraud.
The report does not identify any of the immigrants by name, but Inspector General John Roth's auditors said they were all from "special interest countries" — those that present a national security concern for the United States — or neighboring countries with high rates of immigration fraud. The report did not identify those countries.
DHS said the findings reflect what has long been a problem for immigration officials — old paper-based records containing fingerprint information that can't be searched electronically. DHS says immigration officials are in the process of uploading these files and that officials will review "every file" identified as a case of possible fraud.
Roth's report said fingerprints are missing from federal databases for as many as 315,000 immigrants with final deportation orders or who are fugitive criminals. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has not reviewed about 148,000 of those immigrants' files to add fingerprints to the digital record.
The gap was created because older, paper records were never added to fingerprint databases created by both the now-defunct Immigration and Naturalization Service and the FBI in the 1990s. ICE, the DHS agency responsible for finding and deporting immigrants living in the country illegally, didn't consistently add digital fingerprint records of immigrants whom agents encountered until 2010.
The government has known about the information gap and its impact on naturalization decisions since at least 2008 when a Customs and Border Protection official identified 206 immigrants who used a different name or other biographical information to gain citizenship or other immigration benefits, though few cases have been investigated.
Roth's report said federal prosecutors have accepted two criminal cases that led to the immigrants being stripped of their citizenship. But prosecutors declined another 26 cases. ICE is investigating 32 other cases after closing 90 investigations.
ICE officials told auditors that the agency hadn't pursued many of these cases in the past because federal prosecutors "generally did not accept immigration benefits fra...
By Matthew Daly, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved a bill to boost efforts to combat illegal wildlife poaching and trafficking, a growing problem worldwide with an estimated cost of up to $10 billion a year.
The measure is aimed at protecting a variety of animals, from lions, elephants and rhinos to exotic birds and sharks. It supports ongoing work of a presidential task force on wildlife trafficking and directs U.S. agencies to work with countries affected by wildlife crime, such as the 2015 killing of Cecil the lion by an American during an illegal hunt in Zimbabwe. It also gives prosecutors more tools to go after individuals involved in trophy hunting and other crimes.
The measure, sponsored by Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., was approved unanimously late Thursday. The senators have traveled together to several African countries and have pushed for the bill since last year.
Coons said he was disturbed by news reports that African elephant population has shrunk by 30 percent since 2007, primarily due to poaching.
"Not only are iconic wildlife species in grave danger of disappearing, but wildlife trafficking also fuels well-organized criminal networks, threatening global security," Coons said.
"Imperiled animals are slaughtered for no reason other than money, and innocent human lives are lost in the process. We cannot wait any longer to use every tool at our disposal to curb this global crisis," he said.
Flake, chairman of a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Africa, called the fight against wildlife poaching and trafficking "something on which we can all agree." He urged the House to approve the bill and send it to President Barack Obama for his signature.
Ginette Hemley, senior vice president of wildlife conservation for the World Wildlife Fund, called the bill "a timely signal to international leaders that the U.S. continues to be serious about cracking down on wildlife crime."
The bill helps ensure a unified approach by the U.S. government as it works with countries around the word to combat wildlife crime, she said.
To Learn More:
U.S. Wildlife Officials Burn $1 Million Worth of Rhino Horns in Symbolic Ceremony against Poaching (by Sean Duffy, Courthouse News Service)
U.S. Hasn’t Been Able to Stop Animal Smuggling Trade (by Elizabeth Warmerdam, Courthouse News Service)
By Summer Ballentine and David A. Lieb, Associated Press
JEFFERON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led Legislature used its supermajority Wednesday to significantly loosen the state's gun laws and potentially tighten its voting requirements as lawmakers overrode numerous vetoes of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.
The sweeping guns legislation would allow most adults to carry concealed weapons without needing a permit while also expanding people's right to defend themselves both in public and private places. The elections law change would require people to show a government-issued photo ID at the polls starting in 2017, if voters also approve a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot.
Both measures passed with more than the required two-thirds majority in each chamber as Republicans shut off Democratic discussion and enacted the laws on largely party-line votes.
Lawmakers overrode 13 vetoes Wednesday while adding to Nixon's record as the most overridden governor in Missouri history, a distinction made possible by an era of extreme political division in the Capitol. Heading into Wednesday, lawmakers had successfully overridden Nixon on 83 bills and budget expenditures over his two terms in office — nearly four times more overrides than the combined total for all other governors dating back to 1820 when Missouri was still a territory.
Nixon vetoed about two dozen measures this year, including ones already overridden this spring blocking pay raises for home-care workers and changing the state's school funding requirements.
Among the additional bills overridden Wednesday is one charging fees ranging from $5 to $20 to Medicaid patients who repeatedly miss doctors' appointments. But it's uncertain whether that law actually can take effect, because a spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says federal regulations don't allow such fees.
The votes occurred as many lawmakers are campaigning for re-election in November.
"I think a lot of the things that we've done today will resonate in the election in a very positive way," House Speaker Todd Richardson said.
The guns legislation prompted some of the most intense debate Wednesday.
Democrats asserted it could put racial minorities at a greater risk of being fatally shot.
"The targets in our area are black boys, not pheasants," said Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who represents Ferguson, where sometimes violent protests broke out after the fatal police shooting of black 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014. The white officer was cleared of wrongdoing by state and federal investigations.
"What I don't want to get to is the point where there is a trigger-happy police officer or bad Samaritan like Zimmerman who says, 'Black boy in the hood. Skittles. Let's shoot,'" Chappelle-Nadal said, a reference to Trayvon Martin, a black 17-year-old who was walking back from a Florida convenience store after buying ice tea and Skittles when he was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in 2012.
Republican said such fears of greater gun violence are misguided.
"The basis of this whole bill is that it a...
HDDCryptor (aka Mamba) is a particularly destructive piece of ransomware that encrypts files in mounted drives and network shares, locks the computers’ hard disk, and overwrites their boot disk MBR. This last action leaves the systems unable to boot up, and makes the ransom note appear: The malware uses Netpass, a legitimate tool for recovering all network passwords stored on the system for the current logged-on user, to connect to networked folders and encrypt their … More
Congress sent President Barack Obama a bipartisan bill that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, putting lawmakers on a collision course with the White House. The House passed the legislation Friday by voice vote, about four months after the measure cleared the Senate despite vehement objections from Saudi Arabia. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals. The legislation gives victims' families the right to sue in U.S. court for any role that elements of the Saudi government may have played in the 2001 attacks that killed thousands. The White House has signaled Obama would veto the legislation. The Obama administration has warned that if U.S. citizens can take the Saudis to court, then a foreign country could in turn sue the United States. Votes from two-thirds of the members in the House and Senate would be needed to override a veto. The House vote came two months after Congress released 28 declassified pages from a congressional report into 9/11 that reignited speculation over links at least a few of the attackers had to Saudis, including government officials. In a separate development, a bipartisan group of senators are seeking to block the Obama administration's proposed sale of more than $1 billion worth of U.S. weapons to Saudi Arabia. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., cited Saudi Arabia's poor human rights record and the kingdom's role in Yemen's civil war.
Note: Saudi Arabia's influential charm offensive and its $750 billion threat have not stopped this legislation from moving forward. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing 9/11 news articles from reliable major media sources. Then explore the excellent, reliable resources provided in our 9/11 Information Center.
In July, after approval from the Obama administration, Congress released a 28-page chapter of previously classified material from the final report of a joint congressional inquiry into the Sept. 11 attacks. Questions about whether the Saudi government assisted the terrorists remain unanswered. The recently released 28 pages were written in the fall of 2002 by a committee of which I was a co-chairman. The pages suggested new trails of inquiry worth following, including why a Qaeda operative had the unlisted phone number for the company that managed the Colorado estate of Prince Bandar bin Sultan, then the Saudi ambassador. Some of those questions might be answered if the government released more of the findings of the Sept. 11 commission, the citizens inquiry that followed our congressional inquest. Parallel investigations were also conducted by the F.B.I. and C.I.A. How much did they look into whether Prince Bandar or other Saudis aided the hijackers? The government also knows more today ... than when the 28 pages were classified in 2003. Much of that information remains secret but should be made public. For example, the F.B.I. for a time claimed that it had found no ties between three of the hijackers ... and a prominent Saudi family that lived in Sarasota, Fla., before Sept. 11. But in 2013, a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by investigative reporters led to the release of about 30 pages from an F.B.I.-led investigation that included an agent’s report asserting “many connections” between the hijackers and this family.
Note: The above was written by former Florida Senator Bob Graham, who worked for years to expose Saudi Arabia's role in Sept. 11. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing 9/11 news articles from reliable major media sources. Then explore the excellent, reliable resources provided in our 9/11 Information Center.
The United States and Israel have reached final agreement on a record new package of at least $38 billion in U.S. military aid and the 10-year pact is expected to be signed this week. The deal will represent the biggest pledge of U.S. military assistance made to any country but also involves major concessions granted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to officials on both sides. Those include Israel’s agreement not to seek additional funds from Congress beyond what will be guaranteed annually in the new package, and also to phase out a special arrangement that has allowed Israel to spend part of its U.S. aid on its own defense industry instead of on American-made weapons, the officials said. Nearly 10 months of drawn-out aid negotiations have underscored continuing friction between U.S. President Barack Obama and Netanyahu over last year's U.S.-led nuclear deal with Iran, Israel's arch-foe. The United States and Israel have also been at odds over the Palestinians. But the right-wing Israeli leader decided it would be best to forge a new arrangement with Obama. A deal now allows him to avoid uncertainties surrounding the next president ... and to give Israel’s defense establishment the ability to plan ahead. The new package for the first time will incorporate money for Israeli missile defense, which until now has been funded ad hoc by Congress. U.S. lawmakers have in recent years given Israel up to $600 million in annual discretionary funds for this purpose.
Note: If you divide this package of $38 billion by Israel's population of 8.5 million, you will discover that US taxes are providing the equivalent of nearly $5,000 to each citizen of Israel over the next 10 years. That is one huge perk! And note that no major media have pointed out this fact or even reported on this latest package except Reuters. A recent lawsuit claims that this aid package violates the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Why is this not being widely reported and discussed? government corruption news articles from reliable major media sources.
Immediately after the 9/11 attack, while bodies were still buried in the rubble, George W. Bush demanded from Congress the legal authorization to use military force against those responsible for the attack. The resulting resolution that was immediately cooked up was both vague and broad. Despite this broadness, or because of it, the House of Representatives on September 14 approved the resolution by a vote of 420-1. The lone dissenting vote was Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee of California, who ... not only voted “no” but stood up on the House floor to deliver [an] eloquent, unflinching and, as it turns out, extremely prescient explanation for her opposition. She [pointed] out that the resolution “was a blank check to the president to attack anyone involved in the Sept. 11 events - anywhere, in any country, without regard to our nation’s long-term foreign policy, economic and national security interests, and without time limit.” She added: “A rush to launch precipitous military counterattacks runs too great a risk that more innocent men, women, children will be killed.” For her lone stance, Lee was deluged with rancid insults and death threats. She was vilified as “anti-American”. Since then, she has been repeatedly rejected in her bids to join the House Democratic leadership, typically losing to candidates close to Wall Street and in support of militarism. But beyond the obvious bravery needed to take the stand she took, she has been completely vindicated on the merits. It’s impossible to overstate how correct Lee was.
Note: For more on Rep. Lee's efforts to stop giving the US president dictatorial power over waging war, see this Los Angeles Times article. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing 9/11 news articles from reliable major media sources. Then explore the excellent, reliable resources provided in our 9/11 Information Center.
In the days after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, when Congress voted to authorize military force against the people who “planned, authorized, committed, or aided” the hijackings, few Americans could have imagined the resulting manhunt would span from West Africa all the way to the Philippines. Today ... it looks like the war on terror is still in its opening act. The Islamic State, which was largely created by the U.S. invasion of Iraq, controls vast swaths of territory in Iraq, Syria, and Libya. The death toll in the countries the U.S. attacked remains untallied, but conservative estimates range from the hundreds of thousands to well over a million. The financial cost of the war on terror is incalculable. After 15 years, the only winners in the war on terror have been the contractors. At home, the war on terror has become a constitutional nightmare. The U.S. has adopted a practice of indefinitely detaining terror suspects. Police departments across the country secretly import military-grade spy equipment. Courts have ruled that families cannot sue to get their children off government kill lists. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the U.S. has become the largest surveillance state in history. Bombing multiple countries in the Middle East has become business as usual, and often goes unreported. As ... media engagement with the wars diminishes, and it is all too easy to forget about our permanent state of war. But the victims of U.S. violence are unlikely to forget, creating a potentially endless supply of new enemies.
Thousands of Muslims from across the world converged on the UK for a convention where they rejected extremism and violence of terror groups such as Isis. More than 30,000 members of the Ahmadiyya Islamic movement met ... in Hampshire for a three-day convention, the 50th time the annual event has taken place. On the final day, attendees were led by the global Caliph of the movement in a vow of peace and a pledge of allegiance to their home countries. “The only thing the terrorists are achieving is to completely violate the teachings of the Holy Koran and of the Holy Prophet Muhammad,” His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad told attendees. “Let it be clear that they are not practising Islam, rather it seems as though they have invented their own hate-filled and poisonous religion.” The Ahmadiyya movement has 129 centres across the UK including the Baitul Futuh Mosque in south London, the biggest in Western Europe. The movement was founded in India in 1889 with a strong emphasis of peace over violence and tolerance over extremism. The president of the UK Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Rafiq Hayat, said: “The 30,000-plus people from over 90 countries gathering at the convention come in the spirit of fraternity – and to give thanks for the security and freedom they have found in Britain. “Many have fled persecution in other countries and together, they will re-affirm their pledge to follow the true teachings of Islam – that are teachings of peace – and to counter all forms of extremism and intolerance.
As a police officer in a small Oregon town in 2004, Sean Sullivan was caught kissing a 10-year-old girl on the mouth. Mr. Sullivan’s sentence barred him from taking another job as a police officer. But three months later, [he was hired] as the police chief ... in Cedar Vale, Kan., [where] he was again investigated for a suspected sexual relationship with a girl and eventually convicted on charges that included burglary and criminal conspiracy. Some experts say thousands of law enforcement officers may have drifted from police department to police department even after having been fired, forced to resign or convicted of a crime. Yet there is no comprehensive, national system for weeding out problem officers. A lack of coordination among law enforcement agencies, opposition from police executives and unions, and an absence of federal guidance have meant that in many cases police departments do not know the background of prospective officers if they fail to disclose a troubled work history. Among the officers ... who have found jobs even after exhibiting signs that they might be ill suited for police work is Timothy Loehmann, the Cleveland officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014. Before he was hired in Cleveland, Officer Loehmann had resigned from a suburban police force not long after a supervisor recommended that he be fired for, among other things, an inability to follow instructions. But Cleveland officials never checked his personnel file. Officer Loehmann, who was not indicted, remains on the Cleveland force.
Note: A yearlong Associated Press investigation found that the "broken system which lets problem officers jump from job to job" fosters and abets sexual abuse. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing police corruption news articles from reliable major media sources.
When Wells Fargo was hit last week with $185 million in fines after thousands of its employees were caught setting up fake accounts customers didn't ask for, regulators heralded the settlement as a breakthrough. But the fines being levied against Wells Fargo pale in comparison to the bank's yearly profit - more than $20 billion in 2015. It is also less than the more than $200 million that the stock in the company held by company's chief executive, John G. Stumpf is worth. The fines also are not that much more than the $125 million one of its top executives, Carrie Tolstedt, will walk away with when she retires this year. "There are two possibilities: Customer abuse was part of business model, in which case lots of high ranking people need to go to prison," said Bart Naylor, a financial policy advocate. "Or the bank is too big to manage, and folks high up don’t even know that laws are being broken a few levels down." The magnitude of the fraud described by regulators should be thoroughly investigated, five Democratic lawmakers said in a letter to the head of the Senate Banking Committee, Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), asking for a hearing on the case. The lawmakers, including Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, said Wells Fargo's CEO, John G. Stumpf, should be called to testify. "It is difficult to believe a large-scale, coordinated [scheme] like this took place without knowledge of some higher ups," Menendez said in an interview.
Note: For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing banking corruption news articles from reliable major media sources.
Wells Fargo fired about 5,300 employees over the past several years for opening more than 2 million checking, savings, credit or debit card accounts without customers’ knowledge or consent. The big question: Why wasn’t Wells Fargo chief executive John Stumpf one of them? “It’s hard to believe that thousands of employees could have created over a million fake accounts without anyone in senior management knowing about it,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., wrote in an emailed response. “It’s one or the other: Either individuals in senior management knew about this fraud and should be held personally accountable, or they didn’t know about it and a bank as big as Wells Fargo is simply too big to manage.” On Thursday, Wells settled a lawsuit and potential lawsuits by agreeing to clean up the mess, refund fees paid by customers on accounts they did not authorize and pay fines and penalties. Those included $100 million to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, $35 million to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and $50 million to the city and county of Los Angeles. FBR analyst Paul Miller called those fines “a rounding error” for Wells, which earns about $5 billion per quarter. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer opened an investigation into Wells after the Los Angeles Times reported in 2013 that ... “employees have opened unneeded accounts for customers, ordered credit cards without customers’ permission and forged client signatures on paperwork." His office filed a lawsuit against Wells Fargo in 2015.
Note: For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing banking corruption news articles from reliable major media sources.
Nobody believed him. His family told him to get help. But Timothy Trespas, an out-of-work recording engineer in his early 40s, was sure he was being stalked, and not by just one person, but dozens of them. At first, Mr. Trespas wondered if it was all in his head. Then he encountered a large community of like-minded people on the internet who call themselves “targeted individuals,” or T.I.s, who described going through precisely the same thing. The group was organized around the conviction that its members are victims of a sprawling conspiracy to harass thousands of everyday Americans with mind-control weapons and armies of so-called gang stalkers. The goal, as one gang-stalking website put it, is “to destroy every aspect of a targeted individual’s life.” The community, conservatively estimated to exceed 10,000 members, has proliferated since 9/11, cradled by the internet and fed by genuine concerns over government surveillance. They raise money, hold awareness campaigns, host international conferences and fight for their causes in courts and legislatures. Perhaps their biggest victory came last year, when believers in Richmond, Calif., persuaded the City Council to pass a resolution banning space-based weapons that they believe could be used for mind control. A similar lobbying effort is underway in Tucson.
Note: Read an excellent article on gang stalking from the Washington Post. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on electronic harassment and mind control.
News that Ketchum Inc., the public relations firm leading the charge to promote chemical-dependent GMO agriculture, is launching a new “specialty group” to capture a slice of the growing organic food market caught many food industry players by surprise last week. Ketchum’s new branch, called “Cultivate,” is pitching itself to “help purpose-driven brands with a natural, organic, and sustainable focus.” The news comes as Ketchum remains a key player in PR efforts to dampen demand for organic foods, spinning messages that tell consumers organics are over-priced and over-hyped. In 2013, Monsanto hired Ketchum’s parent company, Omnicom, to “reshape” its reputation amid fierce opposition to GMOs, according to the Holmes Report. Ketchum now works closely with Monsanto and the agrichemical industry on its massively funded PR efforts to promote genetically engineered food and crops, stop GMO labeling, downplay concerns about pesticides, counteract consumer advocates and convince consumers that organic food is no different from conventional food. A closer look at Ketchum’s past and current activities turns up more reasons that purpose-driven organic and natural food companies might want to steer clear of Ketchum’s “Cultivate” branch. Emails from the late 1990s indicate that Ketchum was involved in espionage against nonprofit groups that were raising concerns about GMOs. Ketchum ... has worked to undermine consumer advocates and the organic foods industry. It would be unwise for organic companies to hire the PR firm.
Companies have added thousands of ingredients to foods with little to no government oversight. That's thanks to a loophole in a decades-old law that allows them to deem an additive to be "generally recognized as safe" - or GRAS - without the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's blessing, or even its knowledge. The loophole was originally intended to allow manufacturers of common ingredients like vinegar and table salt ... to bypass the FDA's lengthy safety-review process. But over time, companies have found that it's far more efficient to take advantage of the exemption to get their products on shelves quickly. Some of these products contain additives that the FDA has found to pose dangers, [and] companies regularly introduce new additives without ever informing the FDA. The Government Accountability Office ... published a report in 2010 that found that "FDA's oversight process does not help ensure the safety of all new GRAS determinations." And even when a company does go through the FDA review process, safety decisions have been criticized. For example ... lawsuits allege that mycoprotein, a type of fungus used in vegetarian products, has caused consumers to suffer a range of reactions, including nausea and anaphylactic shock. The complaints prompted the Center for Science in the Public Interest to urge the FDA in 2011 to revoke the ingredient's GRAS status. In the past five decades, the number of food additives has skyrocketed ' from about 800 to more than 10,000.
Note: Common additives in processed foods have been linked with temper tantrums, poor concentration and hyperactivity, and allergic reactions in children. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on food system corruption and health.
Aidan Dwyer, 13, went to the woods and had a eureka moment that could be a major breakthrough in solar panel design. The 7th-grader ... noticed a pattern among tree branches, and determined (as naturalist Charles Bonnet did in 1754) that the pattern represented the Fibonacci sequence of numbers. Aidan wondered why, and figured it had something to do with photosynthesis. In a pretty innovative experiment, this intrepid young scientist set about duplicating an oak tree, comparing its sunlight-capturing abilities to a traditional rooftop solar panel array. He copied the pattern using a computer program, and built an oak tree-shaped solar array out of PVC pipe. He next built a flat-panel array mounted at 45 degrees, like a typical home rooftop array, and attached data loggers to each model to monitor voltage. Aidan's award-winning essay ... walks you through his experiment design and his results. But the short story is that his tree design generated much more electricity - especially ... when the sun is at its lowest point in the sky. At that point, the tree design generated 50 percent more power, without any adjustments to its declination angle. He determined the tree's Fibonacci pattern allowed some solar panels to collect sunlight even if others were in shade, and prevented branches on a tree from shading other branches. Now Aidan is studying other tree species and improving his PVC model to determine how it could be used to make more efficient solar arrays.
Note: Don't miss the pictures of this amazing invention at the link above. Explore a treasure trove of concise summaries of incredibly inspiring news articles which will inspire you to make a difference.
In 1973, a book claiming that plants were sentient beings that feel emotions, prefer classical music to rock and roll, and can respond to the unspoken thoughts of humans hundreds of miles away landed on the New York Times best-seller list. “The Secret Life of Plants,” ... described the experiments of a former C.I.A. polygraph expert named Cleve Backster, who ... found that simply by imagining [a houseplant] being set on fire he could make it rouse the needle of the polygraph machine. Much of the research on plant intelligence has been inspired by ... the ways in which remarkably brainy behavior can emerge in the absence of actual brains. “If you are a plant, having a brain is not an advantage,” Stefano Mancuso points out. Mancuso is perhaps the field’s most impassioned spokesman for the plant point of view. His somewhat grandly named International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology, a few miles outside Florence, occupies a modest suite of labs and offices. Giving a tour of the labs, he showed me maize plants, grown under lights, that were being taught to ignore shadows; a poplar sapling hooked up to a galvanometer to measure its response to air pollution; and a chamber in which ... an advanced kind of mass spectrometer continuously read all the volatiles emitted by a succession of plants. “We are making a dictionary of each species’ entire chemical vocabulary,” he explained. He estimates that a plant has three thousand chemicals in its vocabulary, while, he said with a smile, “the average student has only seven hundred words.”
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Following 9/11, reports of hate crimes against Arab-Americans, or those perceived to be, went up 1,700 percent. While distrust and ignorance toward American Muslims remains a reality today, we found the opposite in one Tennessee community. On one recent Sunday morning in Cordova, Pastor Steve Stone was rocking along with his congregation, clapping and singing along with the choir. Heartsong Church, just outside Memphis, sits on a rural road - directly across the street from a Muslim worship center. When Dr. Bashar Shala, co-founder of the Memphis Islamic Center, or MIC, began construction two years ago, at best, he hoped to be ignored. Instead, Stone welcomed the Muslims with a surprise - a sign welcoming MIC to the neighborhood. When they saw the sign, Shala said, "We knew that we have good neighbors." Acting on the biblical phrase "love thy neighbor," the two sides forged a friendship that's now expanded to plans for building a park with land from both sides of the road, connected by a bridge or a tunnel, and to interfaith events, such as a joint Labor Day party. One church member, Lee Raines, looking at tables with Muslims and Christians together, called it "awesome." Stone and Shala say they hope others will practice being good neighbors as they do. Not only have they fed the homeless and organized food drives together, this Sunday, on the 9/11 anniversary, they're hosting a joint blood drive.
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Creating the Atlantic Ocean's first marine national monument is a needed response to dangerous climate change, oceanic dead zones and unsustainable fishing practices, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The new Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument consists of nearly 5,000 square miles of underwater canyons and mountains off the New England coast. "If we're going to leave our children with oceans like the ones that were left to us, then we're going to have to act and we're going to have to act boldly," Obama said at a ... conference. More than 20 countries represented at the meeting were also announcing the creation of their own marine protected areas. Monument designations come with restrictions on certain activities. The designation will lead to a ban on commercial fishing, mining and drilling, though a seven-year exception will occur for the lobster and red crab industries. Others, such as whiting and squid harvesters, have 60 days to transition out. Recreational fishing will be allowed. The ... monument will include three underwater canyons deeper than the Grand Canyon and four underwater mountains. It is home to such protected species as the sperm, fin and sei whales, and Kemp's ridley turtles. Expeditions also have found species of coral found nowhere else on earth. Supporters of the new monument say protecting large swaths of ocean from human stresses can sustain important species and reduce the toll of climate change.
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All summer long I devoured business book after business book, looking for some last-minute inspiration and motivation as I hit the road to celebrate our new book, In the Company of Women. There are so many incredible business books on the market, but I really enjoyed focusing on books that were meant to address some of the unique issues facing women. Whether it was a firsthand account from a mother who had given birth and headed back to run her company the next week, or the stories of women who work to overcome and combat sexism in the workplace, their stories gave me the courage and strength to head out this fall and talk about all of these issues across the country with some of the most inspiring women I know in business.
So today I’m sharing 10 books I think any woman in business should have (whether you’re an established pro or are just hoping to launch one day) on their shelves or pick up at their local library. Here’s to more women in charge of their own amazing businesses! xo, grace
*Some of these books are older, some newer. Some are business-focused and others are more outside of the box, but I promise you’ll find inspiration in each one.
Drinking water supplies for two-thirds of Americans are contaminated with the carcinogenic chemical made notorious by the film “Erin Brockovich,” which was based on the real-life poisoning of tap water in a California desert town. But there are no national regulations for the compound – and the chemical industry is trying to keep it that way.
Today EWG released an analysis of more than 60,000 tap water tests conducted nationwide, finding that chromium-6, or hexavalent chromium, is in the tap water of more than 218 million Americans. Use EWG’s interactive map to see the level of chromium-6 in your water supply, as reported by the EPA from tests by local water utilities. That’s two-thirds of the U.S. being served water with chromium-6 at, or above, the level that California state scientists consider safe. The California public health goal allows a chromium-6 level expected to cause no more than one case of cancer in 1 million people who drink it for lifetime.
Though far more permissive than its public health goal, California is the only state that has set an enforceable legal limit for chromium-6 in drinking water. Federal chromium regulations, set in 1991, do not specifically address chromium-6 and do not consider current science showing that drinking water contaminated with the chemical can cause cancer.
Chromium is a naturally occurring element but can also be manufactured. The two main types are chromium-3, an essential human nutrient considered to be mostly harmless, and chromium-6, which has long been known to cause lung cancer when airborne particles are inhaled. Recent science has also shown that, when ingested, it can cause stomach cancer. Chromium-6 is used in chrome plating, wood and leather treatments, dyes and pigments, and the water in cooling towers of electrical power plants.
A 2008 study by the National Toxicology Program found chromium-6 in drinking water caused cancer in rats and mice. California state scientists drew on that study to determine its public health goal, which is unenforceable, but guided state regulators in setting a legal limit. Although EWG believes the legal limit is far too high to protect public health, it is the only enforceable regulation on chromium-6 in the U.S.
The National Toxicology Program study was also used by the Environmental Protection Agency to draft a health assessment for a safe exposure level. The draft was completed in 2011, but not formally released because the chemical and electric power industries pressured the EPA to wait for the results of other, industry-funded studies. Five years later, we’re still waiting for the industry studies, which are expected to argue that the EPA doesn’t need to set a national standard at all. They’re also expected to fundamentally challenge the way the EPA calculates the risk of all carcinogenic chemicals.
Will the EPA stand up to industry pressure? The agency’s record is not good. Since landmark amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act in 1996, t...
Smart Previews were already used in Adobe’s Lightroom Mobile apps for iOS and Android. Instead of working with the original RAW photo files themselves, the mobile apps generate a lower-resolution “Smart Preview” for you to edit. Your finished edits are then synced to the original files.
Lightroom CC (2015.7) and Lightroom 6.7 brings this same performance “hack” to desktop photo editing. While Smart Previews were already used in Lightroom desktop when editing original images that were disconnected from your computer, Adobe now gives you the option to always use Smart Previews, even when the original files are available.
Simply go to Edit->Preferences.
Select the Performance tab, and in the Develop section check the box that says Use Smart Previews Instead Of Originals For Image Editing.
Click “Ok”, restart Lightroom, and you’re good to go.
You should find that high-resolution photos that previously caused your computer to struggle can now be edited much more smoothly, as though it were a smaller photo.
A number of other features and improvements were found alongside Smart Previews in the latest Lightroom update.
Adobe is adding support for a number of newer cameras, including the latest iPhone 7 models and the Canon 5D Mark IV. Lightroom can import and edit dual pixel RAW files from the 5D Mark IV now, but the software does not yet support any dual pixel RAW functionality.
You can now publish photos directly from Lightroom CC to Adobe’s Stock Contributor Site. The Adobe Stock Publish Service can put your photos in front of millions of photo buyers using the Creative Cloud and help you earn money.
It took years of begging and pleading, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally agreed in February to start testing for glyphosate in food. The agency announced just a few days ago that U.S. honey samples tested positive for the chemical, which is an ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. 
The agency checks foods for pesticides every year, but for decades had refused to test for glyphosate. The decision to start checking for the chemical was made only after many independent researchers started conducting their own testing on various foods 2 years ago and found glyphosate in flour, cereal, oatmeal, and a host of other products.
The discovery of glyphosate – declared a probable human carcinogen in 2015 by the World Health Organization (WHO) – lends more credence to a growing number of studies that show the chemical is pervasive, as honey is not produced with the use of the chemical – at least not knowingly.
The honey samples came from various locations across the United States, and were found to contain residues of glyphosate. The information was obtained by the consumer advocacy group, Right to Know, through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. 
There is no legal tolerance level for glyphosate in honey in the U.S., so even traces of the chemical could technically be considered illegal. Some of the honey tested by the FDA had glyphosate residues measuring 107 parts per billion (ppb), which far exceeds the 50 ppb maximum limit established by the European Union (EU).
Right to Know also obtained documents from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) showing that in addition to honey, government residue experts discussed the prevalence of glyphosate found in soybean samples, and the belief that there could be a lot of “violation for glyphosate” residue levels in U.S. crops. 
How serious is the problem? Well, one internal e-mail by the FDA states that investigators actually had trouble finding honey that didn’t contain glyphosate. Wrote one researcher:
“It is difficult to find blank honey that does not contain residue. I collect about 10 samples of honey in the market and they all contain glyphosate.” 
Low concentrations of glyphosate were even detected in “organic mountain honey.”
Monsanto – as well as the U.S. government – maintain that any glyphosate residues found in food would be miniscule, and therefore harmless. Of course, without robust testing, it’s impossible to know just how contaminated the food system is.
Individuals may only be eating trace amounts of glyphosate when they spread honey on their toast, and if that’s all they ate, they would probably be safe. But Roundup is the most widely used herbicide on the planet. The combination of a lack of testing and the fact that glyphosate is everywhere means that people probably eat far more of this toxic substance than they realize.
One of the cooler announcements from yesterday’s avalanche of Photokina product releases wasn’t actually a release at all. Hasselblad debuted an ode to their old V-series, a 75MP square-format concept camera with modular accessories and killer looks.
The square camera, which Hasselblad has named the V1D 4116 (as in 1941 – 2016) Concept, is part of Hassy’s 75-year anniversary celebration. It’s an answer to the question:
What happens when you combine the fundamental principles behind the classic Hasselblad cameras with cutting edge technology, modern production methods and contemporary design?
The sensor is built into the camera, but pretty much everything else about the camera is modular—from special grips, to knob placement, to different viewfinder options. You can even attach two displays, one on the back and a viewfinder on top.
“All in all, there are many ways to personalize the V1D,” writes Hasselblad. “The proportions of the body have been carefully developed to find the perfect blend between a modern product expression and the classic Hasselblad silhouette.”
Here’s a look at the camera in a few of its different configurations:
This is such a deep subject, some will believe while many others will no. Simple as that. There are certain events which have taken place over the past two thousand years which were planned to guide mankind where we are right now. Boxes of Knowledge There is a man called Dannion Brinkley…who’s name brings to […]
A renewable researcher who recycled material in several papers — and has already agreed to withdraw 10 studies — has lost another paper. In January, we reported that six of 10 papers flagged by an investigation into author Shyi-Min Lu have either been retracted or withdrawn. Now, Lu has lost another paper that was not among […]
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When we first read the work of Jorge Luis Borges, we may wish to write like him. When we soon discover that nobody but Borges can write like Borges, we may wish instead that we could have collaborated with him. Once, he and his luminary-of-Argentine-literature colleagues, friend and frequent collaborator Adolfo Bioy Casares and Bioy Casares’ wife Silvina Ocampo, got together to compose a story about a writer from the French countryside. Though they never did finish it, one piece of its content survives: a list of sixteen rules, drawn up by Borges, for the writing of fiction.
Or at least that’s how Bioy Casares told it to the French magazine L’Herne, which reprinted the list. Instead of sixteen recommendations for what a writer of fiction should do, Borges playfully provided a list of sixteen prohibitions–things writers of fiction should never let slip into their work.
The astute reader will find much more of the counterintuitive about this list than its focus on what not to do. Didn’t Borges himself specialize in non-conformist interpretations, especially of existing literature? Don’t some of his most memorable characters obsess over things, like...
Global professional services and consulting giant Accenture has developed a prototype that will enable a central administrator to edit – even expunge – a record on a private blockchain. In an announcement today, Accenture said it has created “a prototype of a new capability” that will allow one or more designated administrators to edit, rewrite […]
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From a design standpoint, it can be easier to decorate a home’s main living spaces when they are separate, divided rooms. Couches have designated places to go, the wall color can differ room by room, and the mess in the kitchen doesn’t have to affect the company hanging out in the living room. An open-concept living space means that the aesthetic has to be fairly consistent throughout, but when it’s done well, it’s gorgeous.
The common living area is designed for community. We love that these spaces aren’t closed off, but instead encourage visual engagement from area to area. We’ve seen so many lovely open layouts over the years on Design*Sponge and we’ve selected a few of our favorites to share here today. Find inspiration for creating a cohesive and comfortable look in these 13 large, open living areas. –Lauren
A tiny blot of a landmass off the western coast of Ireland is curiously labeled “Imaginary Isle of O Brazil” on cartographer Thomas Jefferys’s 1768 “Chart of the Atlantic Ocean.” A 21st-century viewer might wonder: why include a fictional island on a map of the known world?
O Brazil, or Hy-Brasil as it was frequently was labeled, had haunted maps since the 14th century, first as a mistake, then as a mythological tribute. Its size and shape often morphed, its location wandered from Ireland to North America, and its name varied, but for five centuries it endured in Western cartography.
“There were a number of mythical or imaginary places that appeared on maps, beginning in the early 14th century,” Stephanie Cyr, assistant curator in the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, told Hyperallergic. “In the north Atlantic Ocean, the islands of St. Brendan, Hy-Brasil, Maida, and Bus all appear on early maps. Local legends and oral folklore spread to merchants and seafarers, and folk stories gave way to accounts of actual sightings of these places, which accounted for their appearance on maps. After a number of failed attempts at finding islands like Hy-Brasil, and disputed reports, these places were eventually removed from maps.”
Hy-Brasil: Mapping a Mythical Island, a small display in Boston’s Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, explores this history through archival material and contemporary art by Caoimhghin Ó Fraithile. A larger online component includes 40 maps from the 14th to 19th centuries charting Hy-Brasil. Recently a floating sculpture by Ó Fraithile called “South of Hy-Brasil” was installed in the Fenway section of Boston’s Emerald Necklace park system (aka the Fens). Bobbing behind Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the temporary island is on view through mid-October as part of Medicine Wheel Productions’s Tír na nÓg, or Otherworld, series in collaboration with the...
As a child- I was designed to be a shell. So that when the day came when I was needed- I could house what was to inhabit me. But Shamanism showed me how to transform myself from a shell into a DOORWAY. And I have opened that which can never be shut. How do you fight someone who can go on the other side- seek out your victims- and enlist them to completely fuck you? Because THAT is EXACTLY what I have done. And since the doorway is ALWAYS open and NEVER shut- they are able to come and go at will- with the one provision that they are too inflict as much pain and humiliation upon you as possible. Let me remind all of you that what you are fighting are PRINCIPALITIES- and this just happens to involve ALL OF HEAVEN. You are all completely fucked- and the most humorous aspect in all this for me is that YOU ALL KNOW IT! Mean- manipulative- overbearing- with no idea how fucking stupid sons of bitches you all really are. Deny what you taught me all you want- it will not change the truth. And it CERTAINLY won’t change the fact that I am going to completely fuck you in more ways than you could ever imagine- AND HAVE ALREADY.
Lucky Teter (or perhaps one of his stuntmen) jumping over a truck, 1930s.
Back in the early 1930s a man by the name of Earl “Lucky” Teter formed a troupe of eager thrill-seeking stunt-drivers for his daredevil extravaganza “Lucky” Teter’s Hell Drivers....
Mulberry, Florida is now home to a giant sinkhole that has caused 215 million gallons of radioactive water to leak into the state’s supply of drinking water.The contamination occurred when a sinkhole appeared at a phosphate fertilizer plant near Tampa, which damaged the stack where waste water was stored. This filtered into the state’s aquifer system, which supplies water to residents, making the water contain phosphogypsum. Phosphogypsum is classified as slightly radioactive and is a byproduct of the creation of fertilizer. This is due to the naturally-occurring uranium and radium in the phosphate ore. 
The contaminated water also flows into springs used for activities like snorkeling and swimming. 
Mosaic, the fertilizer company responsible for the contamination, has kept this sinkhole leak concealed for the better part of 3 weeks, leaving many residents wary when they state that there is no risk to the public. Mosaic claims that the water moves far too slowly to be a threat, however, many people aren’t buying the rhetoric.
Jacki Lopez, Florida director of the Center for Biological Diversity, said of the newfound problem:
“It’s hard to trust them when they say ‘Don’t worry,’ when they’ve been keeping it secret for three weeks.” 
Mosaic claims it didn’t inform the public when it initially occurred because they felt they were doing an adequate job of diverting the water source before it became a public hazard. They did inform the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), but the DEP also failed to make it known to residents.
“We don’t know what the long-term effects will be. If I were living in this area, and I had well water, I would be worried about my health.”
The company is attempting to recover the water by using production wells. They have also increased the water sampling and pumped water out of one of the effected ponds to hopefully reduce some of the leak.
The DEP is also performing frequent visits to the company to ensure that protocol is being followed and that no radioactive water makes its way into the water of residents of Florida. 
Obama’s handler Zbigniew Brzezinski, a
big-time New World Order globalist
insider, put the matter rather bluntly by asserting that it was now
harder to control, but easier to kill, a million
Specifically, he said that “new and old powers face” an unprecedented situation; the “lethality of their power is greater than ever”, but, sadly for the NWO globalists, their “capacity to impose control over the politically awakened masses of the world is at a historical low.”
Humanity’s consciousness is rising.
People are starting to get wise to the deception. The masses are resisting, not complying and fighting back, and this is exactly the kind of behavior that will make it difficult for the Controllers to implement their NWO agenda of a One World Government, backed by a one world currency and army, with a fully microchipped population.
The most bullish note today is from John Donovan and Steve Mullane of BlueFin Research Partners, who had written on the topic a week ago.
The authors today write that Apple is “frantically asking component suppliers to pull in deliveries in a mad rush to deliver incremental iPhone 7 units by year end,” citing higher-than-expected for the new device.
From the referenced BlueFin report:
Demand for the jet black model has been red hot, with speculators in China paying as much as $2,300 according to our checks. Last week we mentioned an almost TMZ-like reporting environment surrounding the Samsung Note 7 saga. The videos of autombiles catching fire while airports and TSA posting warnings about the Galaxy Note 7 will not fade from consumers memory anytime soon, in our view. AAPL is primed to swoop in and take full advantage and is pressuring the entire component base in an effort to ensure product is at the ready.
Samsung’s stumble, the double camera, and a hot new jet black finish created a perfect storm for Apple.
A health board member has broken ranks to accuse his colleagues of pushing through what he calls a “rubber-stamp” statement supporting water fluoridation.
Andrew Buckley unsuccessfully opposed the re-adoption of the Waikato District Health Board’s position statement on fluoridation, dubbing it “flawed decision-making”, but chairman Bob Simcock said the board was simply following the science and Buckley was a lone voice.
Local councils, not the health board, decide whether or not to put fluoride in the water. But many, including Hamilton City Council, have been the subject of campaigns to remove it and have looked to the DHB for a stance on it when making their decision.
The government has signalled a move to give the decision to DHBs and Waikato’s current policy is based on Ministry of Health guidelines.
Buckley claimed the policy was presented at a recent board meeting without any supporting evidence.
“I was elected to the board [for the first time] in 2010 and the first challenge I faced was when I asked for discussions around [fluoridation],” Buckley said.
“But I was told that it had already been discussed before and that was that. We were told we were not there to discuss it, we were there to endorse it.
“I believe that attitudes and statements like this are a serious threat to our democracy and move us closer to a place where faceless bureaucrats make major decisions without taking into account the voice of the community.”
Simcock said the policy was not pushed through and the board clearly took a position reflecting the consensus of health science.
“The reality is that there was some debate. The board members were very clear about re-supporting that position.
“I’m not sure if rubber-stamping meant that people don’t agree with him (Buckley), well, if it does then that’s the case.
“They were obviously of the view that that is the policy statement of the board and they’re comfortable with it. If they weren’t they would not have voted for it.”
“People of Hamilton have also expressed a similar view,” said Simock in reference to the 2014 city referendum where 70 per cent of respondents backed fluoridation.
The Waikato DHB resolved to “support fluoride, at accepted safe levels being introduced into non-fluoridated reticulate drinking water supplies to increase access to fluoridated water. Fluoride should be maintained in already fluoridated supplies.”
DHB’s director of public and organisational affairs, Lydia Aydon, said a renewed position statement was needed as it had expired and it gave the public health team the ability to advocate on the issue in the name of the DHB.
In April, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said putting water fluoridation decisions in the hands of district health boards, rather than local councils, should lead to more water supplies being fluoridated.
And in the same month, Hamilton City Council agreed to provide fluoride-free water at the Taitua Arboretum and the Claudelands Events Centre. The tap at the events centre cost $70,000.
The most comprehensive survey of research on fluoridation yet done was released in Australia this month and found it was safe.
The report from Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council found fluoridation reduced tooth decay by 26-44 per cent in people in areas where it was conducted, with the only side effect minor tooth discolouration in some.
Ultimate? No. But interesting? Yes. I found a few of these questions to be challenging. And one of the answers was just plain wrong. See if you can spot the error. It’s me being picky, but I think you’ll agree the proffered answer is technically wrong.
Update: There are actually two errors. One was obvious and current, and one goes back a ways. Head over to the comments for the reveal.
It has finally happened: an SD card has now broken the 1 terabyte threshold. SanDisk and its parent company Western Digital today unveiled a new 1 terabyte SDXC card, ushering in a new era of tiny memory cards with massive storage capacities.
The prototype memory card was unveiled by the brands at Photokina 2016 over in Cologne, Germany. This announcement comes 16 years after SanDisk unveiled the world’s first 64 megabyte SD card — a breakthrough in capacity at the time. Less than two decades later, we can now cram nearly 16,000 times the data onto a memory card of the same size.
It was also at Photokina back in 2014 that SanDisk revealed its massive 512GB SDXC card — also the world’s largest at the time.
Western Digital says the new SanDisk 1TB card is geared toward emerging technologies such as ultra-high-resolution photos, 4K videos, virtual reality, 360-degree video, and video surveillance.
Speaking of emerging technologies: Canon showed off a 120MP DSLR back in 2015 that captures RAW files weighing 210 megabytes each. This 1TB SD card can store over 4,700 of those gigantic files…
No word yet on when we’ll be seeing this 1TB SDXC card hit the market or how much it will cost when it does. Just for reference, however, the 512GB SDXC card that was announced in 2014 was launched with a price tag of $800.
I actually do wonder how this sort of thing will work when someone inevitably creates the 'everyone is naked' filter.
South Bay area politicians and activists on Monday called for a ban on an acid used at the Torrance refinery, speaking just hours after residents were presented with an unplanned flareup at the facility.
Hydrofluoric acid is used in the refining of petroleum to create gasoline, but it can pose a danger to the public when not handled properly.
“Hydrofluoric acid is extremely dangerous. It is so dangerous that if released into the air, it forms a vapor cloud that travels around with the wind and kills people who come in contact with it,” Congressman Ted Lieu of Torrance said.
Lieu was joined by former state Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, who cited a recent report commissioned by the South Coast Air Quality Management District that found there are safer alternatives refineries can use, such as sulfuric acid and solid acid.
According to the report, sulfuric acid can reduce the potential threat of vapor clouds, but it can also increase the need for the transport of acid along highways and surface streets. A solid acid system would eliminate both risks.
Muratsuchi, who is running for another term in the Assembly, laid out a six-point plan to overhaul the safety guidelines at the refinery. In addition to an outright ban on the use of modified hydrofluoric acid, the points included:
An unplanned flaring event occurred Monday morning, the second in two days. The flareup prompted the closure of Del Amo Boulevard between Maple Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard.
The spectacle of flames shooting high into the air likely unsettled residents who last year endured an explosion at the facility that left four people injured and dropped smoke and ash on the surrounding neighborhood.
ExxonMobil, which owned the refinery then, was fined more than $500,000.
The refinery was eventually sold to PBF Energy, which owns several other refineries around the country. The facility was restarted in May, but residents have continued to harbor concerns over safety....
Juli Clover, writing for MacRumors:
Many customers who pre-ordered a Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus received shipping estimates ranging into October and November, but it appears Apple is working hard to overcome supply constraints and get shipments out earlier than expected.
Starting this morning, MacRumors began hearing reports from customers who originally had deliveries scheduled for a month or two out but will now be receiving their devices over the course of the next few days.
No early delivery love for my iPhone 7 Plus, at least not yet. Holding out hope, though. Glad to see this bit of news.
Andrew Leavitt, writing for 17 Orbits:
Starting in 2010 Mobile Me enabled you to hunt down your missing iPhone (or iPad) with the Find My iPhone app. In 2011 OSX Lion added ‘Find My Mac’ to the mix. Beginning this week watchOs 3 enables iCloud to locate your misplaced Apple Watch.
Until now real-time geolocation was only possible if your missing Apple Watch and iPhone were in Bluetooth range or on the same WiFi network. Since the watch does not have its own cellular signal that would seem to limit location tracking to within 10 meters or your home WiFi. Once out of range, however, iCloud now kicks in and reports the watch’s present location by GPS or WiFi triangulation. If the watch is turned off the last known location is reported. Accuracy is enhanced because the Apple Watch can still connect to previously known WiFi on its own (even when phone is physically far away).
Read the post and give it a try. You can track your Apple Watch (along with all your other Apple devices) and play a never ending (until you tap Dismiss) sound on your Apple Watch. Great for finding it when it slid between the couch cushions or when you are challenged, unwillingly, to a morning game of find your gear.
In order to safeguard the stability of the United Kingdom’s financial system, the Bank of England is exploring the next generation of its Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) service, according to a bank document [PDF]. RTGS is the platform for providing sterling central bank reserves to provide safe final settlement for transactions between banks. The bank […]
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First of all we apologise as our Bitcoin analyst Samuel Rae won’t be able to publish his daily analysis up until Friday. So for the time being, I, Yashu Gola, will be replacing him to keep up the flow, and match his skills to provide you the most up-to-dated intraday trading reports. And we do … Continue reading Bitcoin Price Watch; FOMC Rate Decision Stalls Price
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PMID: Biomed Pharmacother. 2016 Aug 5 ;83:835-842. Epub 2016 Aug 5. PMID: 27501501 Abstract Title: The Urtica dioica extract enhances sensitivity of paclitaxel drug to MDA-MB-468 breast cancer cells. Abstract: INTRODUCTION: Due to the chemo resistant nature of cancer cells and adverse effects of current therapies, researchers are looking for the most efficient therapeutic approach which has the lowest side effects and the highest toxicity on cancer cells. The aim of the present study was to investigate the synergic effect of Urtica dioica extract in combination with paclitaxel on cell death and invasion of human breast cancer MDA-MB-468 cell line.MATERIALS AND METHODS: To determine the cytotoxic effects of Urtica dioica extract with paclitaxel, MTT assay was performed. The scratch test was exploited to assess the effects of Urtica dioica, Paclitaxel alone and combination on migration of cancer cells. The expression levels of snail-1, ZEB1, ZEB2, twist, Cdc2, cyclin B1 and Wee1 genes were quantified using qRT-PCR and western blot performed for snail-1expression. The effects of plant extract, Paclitaxel alone and combination on different phases of cell cycle was analyzed using flow cytometry.RESULTS: Results of MTT assay showed that Urtica dioica significantly destroyed cancer cells. Interestingly, Concurrent use of Urtica dioica extract with paclitaxel resulted in decreased IC50 dose of paclitaxel. Moreover, findings of scratch assay exhibited the inhibitory effects of Urtica dioica, Paclitaxel alone and combination on migration of MDA-MB-468 cell line. Our findings also demonstrated that the extract substantially decreased the Snail-1 and related gene expression. Ultimately, Cell cycle arrest occurred at G2/M phase post-treatment by deregulating Cdc2 and wee1.CONCLUSIONS: Our results demonstrated that the dichloromethane extract of Urtica dioica inhibit cell growth and migration. Also, Urtica dioica extract substantially increased sensitivity of breast cancer cells to paclitaxel. Therefore, it can be used as a potential candidate for treatment of breast cancer with paclitaxel.
Known mostly for his paintings, Clyfford Still drew prolifically, and he produced thousands of works of paper throughout his 60-year career as an artist. Opportunities to see them, however, are rare: outside of Denver’s Clyfford Still Museum, only seven drawings are known to exist in public collections. The museum itself boasts a collection of over 2,300 — it actually owns most (94%) of the Stills in the world — and this fall, it will exhibit the first-ever exhibition dedicated entirely to Still’s paper work, with its largest exhibition to date featuring over 240 of them.
Organized chronologically, many of the works will be on view for the first time. While oil and pastels were his media of choice for painting, Still explored a full range of drawing material: he did work with oils and pastels, but he also created colorful, dynamic works with watercolor, gouache, graphite, pen and ink, charcoal, crayon, and tempera, too.
Clyfford Still: The Works on Paper features early graphite drawings that are more akin to sketches, but there are also expressive line drawings that may stand as subject matter in their own right. Other works are studies for later and larger paintings; some are drawings Still made after his paintings. Many are predictably abstract creations, but accompanying them are also landscapes and portraits of Still and his family that the artist produced in the mid-1920s.
“Still’s drawings were sometimes a preparatory step towards making a major painting but were also works executed after a related painting in which the artist continued to work out his ideas,” the museum’s director and exhibition’s curator Dean Sobel told Hyperallergic. “Drawing was both a continual wellspring for summoning ideas as well as a means for further development of ideas that Still first executed in...
Two-thirds of Americans drink tap water that has added fluoride. Unlike other chemicals added to water, which are intended to treat the water itself, fluoride is intended to treat the people who drink the water, whether they want the treatment or not.
As the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) puts it, “Fluoridating water supplies can thus fairly be described as a form of mass medication, which is why most European countries have rejected the practice.”1
In the U.S., many people assume the fluoride in drinking water is beneficial for their teeth, an assumption that has been widely spread by public health agencies.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has partnered with the American Dental Association (ADA) in saying fluoridation is “nature’s way to prevent tooth decay”2 — a statement that is both misleading and inaccurate.
The CDC and ADA state that “some communities are lucky enough to have naturally occurring optimal levels of fluoride in their water supplies.”3
While it’s true that fluoride is naturally occurring in some areas, leading to high levels in certain water supplies “naturally,” naturally occurring substances are not automatically safe (think of arsenic, for instance).
When people are exposed to high levels of naturally occurring fluoride, severe disease can result. Data from India’s Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry indicate that nearly 49 million people are living in areas where fluoride levels in water are above the permissible levels.
The World Health Organization recommends fluoride levels in drinking water stay between 0.8 and 1.2 milligrams (mg) per liter and do not exceed 1.5 mg per liter.
Exposure to levels above this amount may cause pitting of tooth enamel and fluoride deposits in your bones, while exposure to levels above 10 mg per liter may cause crippling skeletal fluorosis, as well as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, seizures and muscle spasms.
Further, the fluoride added to drinking water is not the naturally occurring variety or even pharmaceutical grade; it’s a byproduct of the phosphate fertilizer industry. FAN explained:4
“The main chemicals used to fluoridate drinking water are known as ‘silicofluorides’ (i.e., hydrofluorosilicic acid and sodium fluorosilicate). Silicofluorides are not pharmaceutical-grade fluoride products; they are unprocessed industrial by-products of the phosphate fertilizer industry.
Since these silicofluorides undergo no purification procedures, they can contain elevated levels of arsenic — more so than any other water treatment chemical.
In addition, recent research suggests that...
Norwegian born artist Martin Whatson produces stencil art that lashes out at the mundane, interrupting grayscale scenes with explosions of vibrantly painted graffiti. The works often focus on a singular matte subject, one that is seemingly unaware of the bright words and marks that have surrounded their bleak environment. Whatson’s inspirations come from a variety of urban origins, interested in everything from decaying walls to the graffiti and posters that cover them.
Source - Collective Evolution
by Kalee Brown, September 16th 2016
Science is now catching up to the knowledge outlined in the Vedas, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and other ancient texts. For approximately 5,000 years people have been practicing meditation, proving the positive impact it can have on the body and mind. Science has now accepted that meditation can have powerful effects on human health, as more research is exposing these mind-blowing benefits. Some experienced meditators have even been referred to as “superhumans” because of how their practice has affected them (check out our article here). A study recently published in Translational Psychiatry proved just how beneficial meditation can be for human health, as the molecular signature of meditators was found to be significantly different from those who don’t meditate on a regular basis.
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September 21st, 2016 By Carolanne Wright Contributing writer for Wake Up World Dr. Andrew Wakefield is largely known for the firestorm created by his 1998 Lancet paper, which found evidence of a possible association between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, inflammatory bowel disease and autism. Critics of Dr. Wakefield are quick to point out ...Continue Reading - The Doctor Behind Autism MMR Vaccine Controversy Speaks Out
Washington, D.C. will always have a special place in my heart because it was always my “big city” to visit while growing up in Virginia. My first big solo car drives were done on the way to Georgetown in 1997 (where I was smitten with Urban Outfitters’ vintage resale section — back when they used to do that). So I’m thrilled to be heading back again this fall for our In the Company of Women book tour!
On Tuesday October 25th I’ll be joined on stage by some amazing local business owners: Sarah Gordon and Sheila Fain of Gordy’s Pickle Jar, Amanda McClements of Salt & Sundry, Nicole Crowder of Nicole Crowder Photography and Charlotte Cannon of The Vintage Vogue. We’ll be talking about community, their paths to success, and what they’ve learned from times when things didn’t go according to plan. My family is driving up from Virginia for this event, so I hope you’ll come join us for one heck of a fun event with the whole Bonney crew!
September 21st, 2016 By Katrin Geist Contributing writer for Wake Up World Shit Happens, Easily âŹ Or Does It? It may come as a surprise: your intestines play a vital role in your good health. If somethingâŹ"s amiss there, youâŹ"ll know it. Sometimes malfunction expresses as mere inconvenience, other times it points to severe imbalance ...Continue Reading - Why a Healthy Gut is Essential to Your Wellbeing âŹ and How to Restore It!
September 21st, 2016 By Sayer Ji Contributing writer for Wake Up World According to the FDAâŹ"s legal definition, a drug is anything that âŹSdiagnoses, cures, mitigates, treats, or prevents a disease.âŹÂ The problem with this definition is that there are numerous substances, as readily available and benign as found on our spice racks, which have been ...Continue Reading - Why The Law Forbids The Medicinal Use of Natural Substances
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MONROVIA, Calif. — London-based steampunk outfit The Buzzcogs canceled several concert dates after an accident outside of Los Angeles involving the band’s steam-powered flying apparatus this afternoon, according to various media reports.
Onlookers report the giant vessel began swerving erratically before crashing into the roadside sign of an International House of Pancakes. “It looked like something out of a Tim Burton movie,” said a waitress on duty when the event occurred, just after 4 p.m. “Luckily, the early bird special hadn’t begun, and everybody in here was okay, but we got quite a show.”
Jack Kirby was the man who imagined our world of superheroes. In partnership with Stan Lee and Joe Simon, Kirby created the likes of Captain America, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, Hulk, Thor, Doctor Doom, the Black Panther and many, many others<...
Theoretically, sometime later today, Apple will officially release macOS Sierra. One way to tell is to fire up the Mac App Store. I suspect Apple will make it big and obvious, with macOS Sierra presence right there on the front page. You can also type macOS Sierra in the search field or tap on the Updates tab to see what’s new.
[Read the main post for thoughts on getting ready…]
We were struck recently by a paper in Scientometrics that proposed a unique way to fund scientists: Distribute money equally, but require that each scientist donate a portion to others – turning the federal funding system into a crowd-sourcing venture that funds people instead of projects. The proposal could save the inordinate amount of time scientists […]
Everyone has household dust, and until recently, it was thought to be a low-risk side effect of not being obsessively clean. However, new research has emerged to demonstrate that household dust contains way more toxins than we thought, with most of them coming from everyday products and cleaning supplies.
Samples of dust from homes in 14 states found that there were sometimes as many as 45 toxic chemicals found in standard dust.
Lead author of the study, Ami Zota of George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health, stated:
“Indoor dust is a reservoir for consumer-product chemicals. Many of the times when these chemicals are added to consumer products, they’re not chemically bound to the products. They can migrate out of the product and into the air or dust.” 
While this may not come as a shock to many, it is the first time dust from the home has been analyzed in such a comprehensive manner. The study featured researchers from such high profile institutions as Milken Institute School of Public Health, Silent Spring Institute, Natural Resources Defense Council, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program.
Zota says that the study did not examine whether or not the toxins within the dust caused long term health problems, but said the public has a right to be concerned by the new findings.
One chemical, often found in household dust, was the cancer-causing TDCPP. This harmful chemical is found in furniture and baby products and acts as a flame retardant.
Researchers also found highly fluorinated chemicals such as PFOA and PFOS, which can cause issues with the immune, digestive, developmental, and endocrine systems. These chemicals are often found in nonstick products and waterproof and stain-resistant items. They can also be found in pizza boxes and cell phones.
Zota states that you can really make a difference to your exposure to toxins with the following measures:
One of the best ways to rid your home of these toxins is by choosing more natural-based products, as well as invest in an air purification system for your home. And here are 7 ways to cleanse your body of toxins!
Storing your data in the cloud comes with both positive and negative aspects. Boxcryptor is a solution that helps with this by encrypting your data on your device before it gets synchronized to the cloud storage provider of your choice. Zero-knowledge encryption Boxcryptor is a zero-knowledge service provider, as all the private and sensitive information is always stored in an encrypted form and protected by the user’s password, which is never sent to the company … More
By Candyce Estave On July 15, 2016, Thirty Six (36) plaintiffs, all California residents, filed a “Private Attorney General” law suit against Senator Richard Pan, Governor Brown, their spouses, and the other Democrats who voted to force kids to be fully vaccinated to go to school. What they voted for was Senate Bill SB277. It passed through all … Continue reading Private Citizens Taking a Stand To End Corruption In California State Government Over SB277…
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“Men were 40% more likely to vote for AfD than women. Despite
the party’s two women leaders. This is almost identical to the way
the Aryan Princesses Jewed us like kikes in the Austrian election,
voting against Hofer.“
by Ty Bollinger
The Truth About Cancer
In the 1960’s, food manufacturers wanted consumers to buy their margarines and hydrogenated oils. To do that, they had to “discredit” the products people had always used in their homes to prepare their food.
Olive oil, coconut oil, and lard were no longer “good for you,” they said. The marketing campaign for their synthetic products began and coconut oil was portrayed as an artery-clogging and cholesterol-raising substance. People were told that it contained too much saturated fat and contributed to heart attacks.
Flash forward four decades later. In the midst of an obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer explosion, scientists discover that it is not healthy fats found in coconut oil and other natural products that are bad for you.
by Larry Schwartz
A new survey suggests men and women may dream differently.
There aren’t many things that fascinate, frighten, sadden, intrigue, confuse, or enlighten us more than dreams. While science seems stumped about dreams, artists are inspired, creating countless books, movies, poems, paintings, dances and plays about dreams in an effort to understand more about this mysterious unconscious existence we enter when we sleep.
More than 100 years after Freud wrote The Interpretation of Dreams, we still aren’t exactly sure what a dream really is. Science tells us that our sensory abilities (like vision, hearing, etc.) reside in various areas of the neocortex of our brains, and that during sleep these various areas fire randomly, producing illusions that seem disjointed and enigmatic. (In other words, dream-like.) Freud theorized that dreams were manifestations of our deepest, sometimes darkest desires. Still others have posited that dreams are sort of virtual simulations in which we rehearse threatening situations in case they happen to us in real life (and in fact some dream studies have shown that 70% of dreams involve threats of some kind).
this is it, this is the best history of modern britain ever written pic.twitter.com/poB0HOLqxM
— rbzpr (@See_Em_Play) September 19, 2016
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This article was written by Michael Snyder and originally published at his Economic Collapse blog.
Editor’s Comment: The long and short of it is that an unprecedented and historic line of credit was issued in order to stabilize and fuel recovery; but now the price on all that debt is coming due, but coming short. As the musical chairs play out, many people are left out in the rain, and huge sums of money are totaling over the edge into the abyss.
What is happening in China will not be contained. If the footprint of global investment isn’t wrecked by exposure by Western markets, then the pattern will soon draw us into the black hole. Tick, tick, tick. Are you ready for what comes after?
The Bank For International Settlements Warns That A Major Debt Meltdown In China Is Imminent
by Michael Snyder
The pinnacle of the global financial system is warning that conditions are right for a “full-blown banking crisis” in China. Since the last financial crisis, there has been a credit boom in China that is really unprecedented in world history. At this point the total value of all outstanding loans in China has hit a grand total of more than 28 trillion dollars. That is essentially equivalent to the commercial banking systems of the United States and Japan combined. While it is true that government debt is under control in China, corporate debt is now 171 percent of GDP, and it is only a matter of time before that debt bubble horribly bursts. The situation in China has already grown so dire that the Bank for International Settlements is sounding the alarm…
A key gauge of credit vulnerability is now three times over the danger threshold and has continued to deteriorate, despite pledges by Chinese premier Li Keqiang to wean the economy off debt-driven growth before it is too late.
The Bank for International Settlements warned in its quarterly report that China’s “credit to GDP gap” has reached 30.1, the highest to date and in a different league altogether from any other major country tracked by the institution. It is also significantly higher than the scores in East Asia’s speculative boom on 1997 or in the US subprime bubble before the Lehman crisis.
Studies of earlier banking crises around the world over the last sixty years suggest that any score above ten requires careful monitoring.
If you are not familiar with the Bank for International Settlements, just think of it as the capstone of the worldwide financial pyramid. It wields enormous global power, and yet it is accountable to nobody. The following is a summary of how the Bank for International Settlements works that comes from one of my previous articles entitled “...
by Kalee Brown
Science is now catching up to the knowledge outlined in the Vedas, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and other ancient texts. For approximately 5,000 years people have been practicing meditation, proving the positive impact it can have on the body and mind. Science has now accepted that meditation can have powerful effects on human health, as more research is exposing these mind-blowing benefits. Some experienced meditators have even been referred to as “superhumans” because of how their practice has affected them (check out our article here). A study recently published in Translational Psychiatry proved just how beneficial meditation can be for human health, as the molecular signature of meditators was found to be significantly different from those who don’t meditate on a regular basis.
How Meditation Can Improve Your Cellular Health
Data breaches increased 15% in the first six months of 2016 compared to the last six months of 2015, according to Gemalto. Worldwide, there were 974 reported data breaches and more than 554 million compromised data records in the first half of 2016, compared to 844 data breaches and 424 million compromised data records in the previous six months. In addition, 52% percent of the data breaches in the first half of this year did … More
Jean-Louis Gassée, writing for Monday Note:
For months, tech bloggers declared that the upcoming iPhone 7 would be boring, lacking creativity, a flop waiting to happen. “So unless something crazy happens in the next few months, the iPhone 7 will look and feel a lot like the 6s.”
Steve Kovach, The iPhone 7 is going to be boring, Tech Insider
Unprayed for but a godsend nonetheless, the months of deprecation lowered expectations for the unborn iPhone 7. One could say that the pundits did for Apple what the company should have done on its own: Underpromise as an easy path to overdelivery.
With this response to Steve Kovach:
Yes, something crazy did happen, and it was right under your nose: The widely rumored dual camera. Apple did underpromise and overdeliver, after all…
Great piece by Jean-Louis, covering Steve Jobs’ rollout of the original iPhone, the resulting devastation of the camera market, and other musings.
We recently revealed a few behind the scenes shots and sneak peaks of Deby’s upcoming Craftsy class Sewing Wallets: Step By Step. I’m delighted to tell you that editing is almost completed and the class will be ready to launch soon. Keep following to hear more about the launch.
You’ll get the opportunity to learn:
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The Syria Solidarity Movement unequivocally condemns and denounces the vicious US bombing attack on the Syrian army defending Deir ez-Zour, and we wish to make the following observations.
The attack killed at least 62 Syrian soldiers and wounded more than 100. This is larger than the number of casualties inflicted in any US bombing on any terrorist target in Syria since the US announced its "war on ISIS".
The bombing inflicted no known casualties on ISIS, which the US says was its intended target.
The US has produced no evidence that it notified its Russian counterparts, as required by agreement. In fact, joint action against ISIS was not expected for another two days. This leads to suspicions that the US attack was intended to preempt the provisions of the agreement.
Syrian soldiers report seeing reconnaissance drones the previous day.
ISIS fighters were poised to begin fighting the Syrian army units as soon as the US bombing raids ended. How did they know what constituted the end of the bombing?
Although the Russian military presence in Syria is legal because it came at the invitation of the sovereign Syrian state, the US presence is illegal and was never approved, either by the Syrian government or by the United Nations. All US military actions in Syria therefore constitute an illegal invasion of Syrian territory, and must end now.
We find the US explanation of "unintended" targets, and especially the belligerent performance of Ambassador Samantha Power at the United Nations Security Council, to be false, disingenuous and counterproductive. The only credible explanation is that the US attack on Deir ez-Zour was intentional. The US has never seriously tried to fight ISIS other than to defend Kurdish fighters, with rare and largely ineffectual attacks against ISIS fighters in their strongholds, and none during the ISIS campaign against Palmyra, when they were very vulnerable by air.
We believe that the US intention is to dismember the sovereign Syrian state, and that the Syrian army base at Deir ez-Zour constitutes an obstacle to this plan, and is therefore a US target. In accordance with this plan, the US does not mind if ISIS continues to occupy a large portion of the Syrian Euphrates valley, and in fact prefers to maintain ISIS as a destructive force that weakens Syria and is available as a proxy fighting force for other US regional designs, in partnership with their Israeli allies.
We are doubtful that the US intends to honor its agreement with Russia, and implicitly with Syria. US strategists are seeking to weaken and threaten Russia and not to form cooperative and mutually beneficial agreements. Accordingly, the only option may unfortunately be to make the cost to the US too high to be acceptable, and thereby to force a change in its priorities.
There is another and more constructive alternative, as follows.
The US should immediately issue a formal apology to the government of Syria and offer restitution for damages, both to the Syrian government and to the families of the dead and wounded.
The US should withdraw completely from all Syrian territory and end its support for all fighting forces there.
The US should enforce its end user agreements on the use of its arms supplied to Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and other countries, to prevent their use in non-defensive roles outside their territories, and in particular to prevent supplying them to subversive forces in Syria.
The US should use its influence in international banking and commerce to prevent the transfer of funds to ter...
A new study by Dimensional Research evaluated the confidence of IT professionals regarding the efficacy of seven key security controls, which must be in place to quickly detect a cyber attack in progress. Study respondents included 763 IT professionals from various industries, including 100 participants from the energy sector. According to the Department of Homeland Security, the energy sector faces more cyber attacks than any other industry. Despite the frequency in attacks, energy IT professionals … More
Source - The Antimedia
by Josie Wales, September 17 2016
FBI Director James Comey spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington earlier this week to discuss the importance of cybersecurity. During the discussion, Assistant Attorney General John Carlin asked Comey if he still had his webcam covered with tape, a question referencing previous statements by the director. Comey replied, “Heck yeah, oh, heck yeah.” He continued to encourage the public to do the same thing:
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The Fall Equinox 2016 will allow another huge
acceleration of ascension energies to blast through the Christic
Grids of Mother Earth.
And then the Winter Solstice, the final BLAST of cosmic light energy coming from the Collective Consciousness of the Elohim Guardians, including the alliance of the cosmos.
When this great explosion of divine light flows throughout the planet, Everything Will Change!
* This Fall will bring the first stage of the planetary shift; the opening of Ascension portals that will allow all the Star gates to activate.
Mark Murray first appeared on Shark Tank – the Australian equivalent of Dragon’s Den – where he pitched the idea to potential investors. The judges turned him down for funding, but he has since successfully secured a US patent for the “combination hamburger hot dog bread bun” in 2009.
He now sells them at markets and events in Perth and says the response has been “incredible”.
He told the NZ Herald: “We launched our marquee two months ago and we had people come from everywhere just to experience the Hamdog. At one stage the crew were knocking out about one every 15 seconds.”
Not everyone is a fan though…
— Kemal Atlay (@kemal_atlay) September 20, 2016
— Jess Wheeler (@wheelswordsmith) September 20, 2016
— Jason Patterson (@patters) September 20, 2016
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On 18 September US-Australian-Canadian-Danish airstrikes killed 80 or more Syrian Arab Army soldiers who were attempting to combat ISIS from a Syrian military base. There seems little doubt that this was a war-crime, but it has already been displaced by media-saturation cover of a single act of terrorism in Manhattan where 29 people were injured. Well, the western media may believe it can hide the truth, but Eastern media and the alternative media cannot let this go. Inside this article there are two video debates on the motives and consequences of the US-Australian-Canadian-Danish airstrikes that killed 80 Syrian Arab Army soldiers two days ago. In the first video, "U.S. Bonus for Terrorists," Press TV conducts an interview with Brian Becker, with the ANSWER Coalition from Washington, and Frederick Peterson, a US congressional defense policy advisor from New York, to discuss these US airstrikes in Syria. This debate was originally published by Iranian Press TV at http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/09/18/485337/US-bonus-terrorists on Sunday, September 18, 2016.
In the second video debate, "Tenuous Truce" [see video below] there was another debate on the same matter conducted with Scott Bennett, a military expert and former US army psychological warfare officer from San Francisco, and Michael Lane, the founder of American Institute for Foreign Policy from Washington, to discuss the failed ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia in Syria. This was originally published at http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/09/19/485484/US-Russia-Syria-ceasefire.
What can we do when the United States keeps on pulling more and more shocking stunts in the Middle East. It seems to be proving that it is the maddest and the baddest, and that anyone trying to stop it would risk a nuclear war. And Australia and other countries are stupidly being sucked in. Scott Bennett in the second debate, suggests that the world needs to demand a UN inquiry into the US airstrike as a war-crime and that the alternative media and the non-western media - like Rt and Press TV - have to try to raise the profile of that demand to get through the block of fizz that issues from the mainstream western media, which simply puts any challenge to US warmongering to one side:
SCOTT BENNETT: "Secretary Kerry and Obama and the political powers right now, I think, [...] they're off the chain. I think the military is doing its own thing in its own time in order to create fires that the next administration will have to put out. They're seeding their own future job applications. But the facts are - if you're arguing this in court - if you were arguing this to the United Nations Criminal Court - you simply could say, 'The United States engaged in targeting operations and the Russian intelligence forces will provide the appropriate electronic surveillance that will prove that the United States was engaged in chatter and conversations in targeting that resulted in the murder of 80 Syrian military personnel. In order to roll back the Assad military that was attempting t...
LOS ANGELES — I have not always been an unalloyed fan of Cindy Sherman. I came to know her work through the Untitled Film Stills, black-and-white images in which she made and remade her own appearance in order to play with Hollywood tropes of female representation. It was the 1970s, a moment when groups of women artists (whether they called themselves feminists or not) and academics were beginning to use a feminist analysis of film culture to theorize about gender representation and its political consequences. A plethora of these new ideas seemed to coalesce in Sherman’s modestly scaled, 8-by-10-inch Untitled Film Stills. This distillation was recognized immediately by feminists, curators, and critics and has made that early body of work a favorite among many, including myself. For Sherman, it was the beginning of a long career examining artifice and masquerade in the construction of female identity as mediated by film and advertising.
When an artist gets a lot of attention early in her career, the work that follows is carefully scrutinized; the most important question becomes what to do next. After the Film Stills, Sherman moved into color photography, working on a larger scale and eventually veering toward the grotesque, with photographs of dismembered mannequins and creepy clowns. The work referred less specifically to Hollywood, and I found that I became less engaged. The images looked somewhat generic and free-floating, which made them feel slightly arbitrary. In retrospect, the lack of an immediate target may have seemed more egregious at a time when the feminist critique of media felt so new and urgent.
In 2012, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) mounted a survey of Sherman’s work. The show seemed somehow underwhelming — I remembered every body of work and knew roughly when it had been made, but the exhibition as a whole never cohered, and I wasn’t sure why. The answer cam...
Both the number of variants of ransomware and volume of malware attacks were on the rise in August, according to Check Point. During August, the number of active ransomware families grew by 12 percent while the number of detected attempted ransomware attacks increased by 30 percent. Two-thirds of all recognized ransomware families climbed the rankings in August, most of them by at least 100 positions. Check Point believes that the growth in ransomware is a … More
Few actors have come to symbolize glamor qua glamor for generations like Marilyn Monroe. Her icon status is unassailable, and was already pretty much cemented during her lifetime—basically a female Elvis; her pop culture penetration is such that one needn’t have even seen any of her movies to have her most...
Ever wonder how to buy boots with a good fit? Whether you’re buying boots for hiking, on the job, or working around the home, it is important to know how to find the best fit. Here are five simple ways to know that your boots fit right… A proper fit is when the boot […]
Tired of all those Jesus sightings in things like Cheetos, rusty drainpipes or even a dog’s butt? Well here’s an apparition for the other side: Charles Darwin was found in a patient’s eye scan. Clearly it’s...
Recent Iron Mountain research reveals the risks associated with licensing critical software applications, and why procurement professionals and IT asset managers must take protections to safeguard the software that is at the heart of their business operations. Key findings Fifty-five percent of IT decision makers report having licensed critical software applications from a vendor that did not meet expectations. When enterprises select vendors that ultimately do not meet expectations, it wastes valuable resources and increases … More
A Russian surveillance system recently released harrowing footage of a tiny kitten crossing a busy highway and dodging traffic for several minutes before being scooped up by a benevolent stranger.The kitten, who comes from Kaliningrad, Russia, was shown on camera attempting to cross a busy highway. He was miraculously able to dodge traffic for three and a half minutes in a breath-taking video. After several near misses in which drivers swerve around him or drive over him so they don’t injure him, a man stops and puts on his hazard lights. 
The unidentified man stops to check on the health of the kitten, assessing whether or not it is injured. When it seems to be fine, against all odds, he scoops him up and drives off with him. The man, however, remains unknown as does the whereabouts of the kitten itself.
The whole ordeal was caught on camera, thanks to Kaliningrad’s “Safe City” initiative that has placed video surveillance around the town. 
And while the man remains anonymous, many people on the European social media site, VK, took the time to thank him for his efforts underneath postings of the viral video.
Hopefully the kitten was driven away to a new life.
With feelings about the American presidential election running high on both sides of the Atlantic, one pub in Nottingham has firmly nailed its colours to the mast with a banner photograph of presidential hopeful Donald Trump along the back of its urinal.
Manager of the Raglan Road pub, Ruth Beraki, says the regulars have found it highly entertaining.
But it turns out that this sort of political commentary isn’t as original as you’d think. During the campaign prior to the Brexit referendum, a French branch of the hostel Bed & Bars displayed these for their punters’ amusement.
Who knows? Perhaps this could be the writing on the wall. The very shaky, wet writing!
Source: Nottingham Post
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Bitcoin Suisse founder, Niklas Nikolajsen, has said that European bank accounts will eventually be offering bitcoin wallets. In an interview with finews.ch at the Fintech Conference Finance 2.0, Nikolajsen explained that while European banks will soon be providing bitcoin wallets he didn’t specify which banks these would be, only that it would ‘not be an […]
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You know- it JUST occurred to me that, although they may have “solved” the Jacob Wetterling abduction- the Ricky Chadek old case abduction and murder has YET to be answered for- and since that is MUCH CLOSER TO HOME- and it would be WAY OBVIOUS if I began speaking about this case and IT TOO got solved immediately after- I have realized that THIS CASE needs to be my new focus.
Esp. considering when I went to Det. John Pankonin who worked at the Nebraska State Patrol in the cold case department and demanded that he take my DNA and compare to the DNA that was left in Ricky’s murdered corpse- he sent his sister Tru Pankonin into BOTH mine and my sister’s lives. Interesting- isn’t it- that after going after this case- SUDDENLY the detective in charge’s SISTER would befriend my family?
Guess the ball is in MY COURT NOW.
A 25-year-old and a 28-year-old were arrested for allegedly selling lethal weapons on the dark web. According to the law enforcement authorities, one of them was a toolmaker who rebuilt non-lethal firearms, while the 28-year-old provided funds for the equipment and the material.
The two men from Stuttgart sold rebuilt lethal pistols and AK-47s originated from the former Yugoslavia and China. The latter firearms are considered as “weapons of war”. The duo also sold ammunition to the weapons they advertised. The two men were also charged with money laundering.
The alleged gun vendors were arrested shortly after the November 13 Paris terrorist attacks in 2015. During the house search of the 25-year-old, police found 16 firearms. Prosecutors say he allegedly sold weapons to an address in Paris. However, there is no evidence saying that any of the firearms sold by the duo were used in the attacks or even arrived at the French capital.
The November 13 terror attacks in Paris created some confusion regarding the dark net. Soon after the attacks, the Bild claimed that the terrorists purchased the weapons from a German dark web vendor. However, this allegation has not been proved.
The Paris terror attack made the Europol to conduct an investigation of the whole case. According to them, the Islamic State do not use Bitcoins and the dark net for their operations since they already have a better and safer option on social media platforms and on messaging services.
“The internet and social media are used for communication and the acquisition of goods (weapons, fake IDs) and services, made relatively safe for terrorists with the availability of secure and inherently encrypted appliances, such as WhatsApp, Skype and Viber. On Facebook, VKA and Twitter they join closed and hidden groups that can be accessed by invitation only, and use coded language,” the report said.
The 25-year-old and the 28-year-old men are standing before court awaiting their trial. They can face heavy charges and several years in prison for violating the Arms Act and the War Weapons Control Act.
In July, the Heidelberg District Court had already sentenced a 32-year-old to five years and six months since arms trade on the dark net. He used the vendor name “Dosensuppe”. Christian L. sold guns to many customers, including a “21-year-old man from Britain who plotted to use a sub machine gun to commit murder, a right wing radical that was previously responsible for a bomb attack, and a man who was seen posing in front of an Islamist flag with a Russian AK-47”.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière (CDU) has already raised its concerns over dark net weapon sales and said stopping the trade “will be a great challenge for us all”.
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Owing to its additional privacy and security features, Monero is notably giving Bitcoin a tough competition as a darknet currency. However, a recent security alert has indicated that even though Monero transactions are safe and secure, the wallets aren’t. MWR Labs, a cybersecurity company, had released an advisory earlier this month stating the presence of a … Continue reading Monero Wallet Security Threat Fixed with the Latest Hotfix
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By Syria Solidarity Movement | Dissident Voice | September 19, 2016 The Syria Solidarity Movement unequivocally condemns and denounces the vicious US bombing attack on the Syrian army defending Deir ez-Zour, and we wish to make the following observations. The attack killed at least 62 Syrian soldiers and wounded more than 100. This is larger […]
By Isaac Davis via Waking Times There is a well-documented history of the U.S. government supplying weapons and arms to both friends and foe for […]
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This world money has existed for some time, but it’s about to become a lot more important. In 1944, John Maynard Keynes proposed a form of world money, which he called the “bancor,” at the Bretton Woods international monetary conference. In 1961, Nobel Prize winner Robert Mundell said, “the optimum currency area is the world,” laying the…
Visit our website now: http://www.billstill.com - Considered by Informed Insiders as THE Ultimate Resource for Surviving Economic or Financial Collapse/Crash and attaining the Unvarnished Truth about Washington and Today’s United States Political Climate. Good morning, I’m still reporting on Donald Trump Widens Lead Over Crooked Hillary Clinton in Daybreak Poll 08:57 – Sept. 18, 2016 - Washington - Donald Trump has Surged again in the USC Daybreak Poll to his biggest national lead over Hillary Clinton, 47.7 for Trump to 41.0 for Clinton. And notice that both candidates are closing in on the edge of the gray band which the USC pollsters call their “95% confidence interval”. “Figures lying outside the gray band mean that we are at least 95% confident that the candidate with the highest percentage will win the popular vote.” In other words, if Trump were to hit the 50% mark – as of today – the USC pollsters would think he had a 95% chance of winning the election. This general trend in polling for Trump is likely not going to change direction. Why? Number 1: the continuous drumbeat of scandal after scandal that is finally catching up with the Clintons. That story yesterday SR #1195 – about Clinton cheating her smallest donors is just the final straw. If she’ll defraud her smallest contributors, she’ll steal anything that isn’t nailed down. But in addition, there is the contrast in the general appearance of both candidates. Trump just has more energy than Clinton. An example from last night. Clinton was asked for a comment late last night on the pipe bomb in the Chelsey section of New York city. She came out to speak to the press on her plane and no comment is necessary: [insert] Here is a brief clip of Trump from last night: [insert] In other polling news, as we showed in our last report, Michigan now has become Clinton’s “coffin corner”. If Trump wins there, it is over. Well, here’s the latest startling headline from the Detroit Free Press: “New Poll Shows Clinton and Trump nearly tied in Michigan”. Trump has pulled to within 3 points of Clinton, meaning Clinton has blown an 11-point lead from only one month ago in the now-devastated Michigan – the home of the “motor city” - Detroit. And as long as we are on auto production, Ford announced last week that in the next two years they will move all small-car production to Mexico. “I can’t believe the brazenness,” said Trump on “Fox & Friends” – Fox News’ morning show on Thursday. “You know, I have a way of stopping them very, very easily.” That’s the sort of talk that Detroit likes to hear. And remember, there is a new political battleground developing. If Trump can win either Colorado and Nevada – in both of which he now has a slim lead - or any one of the following states: Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin or Minnesota – all of which he is within 5 points of leading - he will become the next President of the United States. I’m still reporting from Washington. Good day. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books and two documentary videos and is the host of his wildly popular daily YouTube Channel the “Still Report”, the quintessential report on the economy and Washington. Please be sure to LIKE and COMMENT. Connect with Bill Still: https://www.facebook.com/BillStillOfficial https://twitter.com/billstill?lang=en https://www.youtube.com/user/bstill3/videos https://plus.google.com/u/0/109353617116072656672 Consider becoming a cherished sponsor: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3204630 https://youtu.be/khQhmHsMeDU
September 18, 2016 by Richard Edmondson TimesWarp Thanks to American taxpayers, Israel has been receiving $3.1 billion in direct military aid each year, and under a new agreement signed this week that amount is set to rise to $3.8 annually. This is a hefty package and major news, but The New York Times has been […]
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[dropcap]A[/dropcap]n expert assessment of a globally popular alternative to regulation - voluntary certification standards systems - has found that results are not always effective. Of the increasing number of voluntary certification standards (VCS) for materials in forestry, palm oil, and fisheries, many are proving ineffective at achieving comprehensive protection and conservation of biodiversity. Scientists with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) explored why the effectiveness of VCS systems are getting such mixed reviews. In a collected publication of 10 peer-reviewed papers, “Policy Matters: Certification and biodiversity – How voluntary certification standards impact biodiversity and human livelihoods”, the scientists investigated the impact of VCS in protecting biodiversity and people dependent on nature. Compiled from authors with expertise in the certification field, Policy Matters was released on Sept. 4 during the IUCN World Conservation Congress. The congress is held once every four years. “After decades of developing certification schemes to protect the environment and ensure better conditions for producers, these standards still lack a comprehensive framework that takes account of biodiversity and the cultural diversity of the people who most depend on these resources,” said Diana Shand, co-coordinator of the Policy Matters editorial team in a statement. Shand also chairs the IUCN’s Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP)’s Theme on Social and Accountability of the Private Sector. The study was led by Pavel Castka, a CEESP member from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and Danna Leaman, a member of the Plant Conservation Sub-Committee of the IUCN Species Survival Commission and…
On September 15, Hollywood actor and environmental activist Leonardo diCaprio launched a new campaign for sharks and rays at the third annual Our Ocean conference in Washington, D.C. The Global Partnership for Sharks and Rays (GPSR) is collaborative effort supported by the Leonardo diCaprio Foundation, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, and Oceans 5. The partnership, formed early this year, aims to “halt the global overexploitation of sharks and rays, prevent species extinction, and restore shark and ray populations worldwide.” “We join together to develop a global strategy to stop the slaughter of sharks and rays and to ramp up resources to change the tide for these incredible and important species,” diCaprio said at the launch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlpwJp1ZV7Y Researchers have estimated that between 63 to 273 million sharks are killed every year for their fin, liver oil, cartilage, leather, meat, and ray gill plates. Such aggressive overfishing is causing the rapid decline of several species of sharks and rays. In fact, one in four sharks and rays are threatened with extinction, a study found in 2014. Populations of the oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus), for example, have declined by 98 percent in some areas over the last 30 years. Similarly, the once-abundant common skate or blue skate (Dipturus batis) is now listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List. To protect the world’s sharks and rays, the GPSR fund plans to focus on regions which have the highest shark and ray…
Visit our website now: http://www.billstill.com - Considered by informed insiders as THE ultimate resource for surviving economic or financial collapse/crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about Washington and today’s United States political climate. Good afternoon, I’m still reporting on Donald Trump. Donald Trump Scores 95% Confidence Interval in USC Daybreak Poll Researchers at the University of Southern California – the ones responsible for the unique Dornsife Institute of Politics Daybreak poll - have readjusted their 95% confidence interval – the gray are on the graph. “Figures lying outside the gray band mean that we are at least 95% confident that the candidate with the highest percentage will win the popular vote.” In yesterday’s edition of the poll, the gray area was shown to be at the 50% mark, but today the entire 95% area has been recalculated to even show that Trump has been over that gray area for several days now, and even had exceeded it at his previous peak on July 27th – one week after the Republican Convention, and right in the middle of the Democratic Convention. One has to wonder what’s going on here. Could it be that the USC pollsters were trying to hide Trump’s inevitability at that point nearly two months ago? It would not surprise us. We look forward to speaking with the folks at the Dornsife Institute on this matter. On other polls, the news is equally encouraging. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Trump leading in New Mexico by 5 points now. In our electoral college assessment yesterday in SR 1198, we still had New Mexico in the Clinton camp. So here is latest Still Report electoral college map, which shows Trump now with a 20-point lead when New Mexico’s 5 electoral votes are flipped into the Trump camp. The now-desperate Hillary Clinton camp realized that the momentum of the Trump Train was building weeks ago. With the first debate only one week from today, Clinton’s schedule has been cleared so she rest and continue in her intensive debate practice sessions, because forcing Trump into some sort of terrible debate gaff is her only chance at winning the presidency at this point. In several polls in recent days, Trump is now polling in the mid-20s with blacks. A year ago, initial estimates by former primary candidate Ben Carson were that Republicans could win the presidency with the support of only 18% of black voters. And the weekend spate of terror attacks by people with Muslim-sounding names only highlights American’s growing anxiety over President Obama’s ever-increasing levels of Muslim immigration. We’re not stupid – the sleeping giant - the freedom-loving American ever-day voters - are finally seeing through the main-stream media’s wall-to-wall propaganda machine that has delayed their awakening before this. American history has shown that once awakened, and the herd turns, nothing – and I mean NOTHING can stop it. This is our last chance to save this country. Battle stations! [make battle stations noise] I’m still reporting from Washington. Good day. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books and two documentary videos and is the host of his wildly popular daily YouTube Channel the “Still Report”, the quintessential report on the economy and Washington. Connect with Bill Still: https://www.facebook.com/BillStillOfficial https://twitter.com/billstill?lang=en https://www.youtube.com/user/bstill3/videos https://plus.google.com/u/0/109353617116072656672 Consider becoming a cherished sponsor: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3204630 https://youtu.be/E7b3OIgCsVQ
The Government is to re-run its helpful ‘Run, Hide, Tell’ initiative in the wake of recent terror incidents in the US.
The campaign suggests people should run away or hide in the event of a Paris-style terrorist attack, rather than assume the brace position or start a conga.
Launched last year, the advice followed extensive research that showed people who actively try to avoid gun-toting indiscriminate killers stand a better chance of survival than those who jog on the spot or approach them slowly with a flapjack.
“If a deranged man with an automatic weapon is shooting people at random all around you, there’s a chance you could be in danger,” said UK Head of Counter Terrorism, Nick Ferguson, with no sense of irony whatsoever.
“That might not be obvious to everyone, so we’re repeating our ‘Run, Hide, Tell’ advice for the millions of people who haven’t considered any of those three options in the event of an attack.”
The campaign includes a video entitled: ‘Stay Safe – Firearms and Weapons Attack’ to fully explain what the terms ‘running’ and ‘hiding’ mean.
In case you hadn’t heard, George H. W. Bush just announced he is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, supposedly in an “unprecedented” snub of Republican candidate Donald Trump.
George H. W. Bush ‘will vote for Hillary Clinton in unprecedented snub to Republican candidate Donald Trump’ https://t.co/4l6yu4qgqV
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) September 20, 2016
However, that’s just a BS excuse. Considering how close knit the Bushes and Clintons are (they’ve been ruling us for over 30 years now as America’s unofficial dynasty families after all), this really shouldn’t be that much of a surprise. Bill loves H. W.; he has also referred to George W. as his “brother from another mother”.
Was there ever a doubt George H.W. Bush and his family were going to vote for @HillaryClinton ? #TrumpPence16 #TrumpTrain @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/aEfudpqzHz — Ron Joseph(NYOC) (@TrotlineDesigns) September 20, 2016
For many, the fact that Hillary is being officially endorsed by George H. W. Bush is not a surprise, but it is yet another reason they will be voting for Donald Trump.
@Telegraph And a very good reason not to vote for her
— P McCabe (@PeterMcC66) September 20, 2016
— Brad (@Brad_D80) September 20, 2016
Yes. Yes they are.
Facebook has had its powerful position in the global media landscape debated from time to time. However, whenever such discussions are held, one important party is always missing – Mark Zuckerberg himself. Why is Mark Zuckerberg, an individual who is now more powerful than most state leaders, always silent in such matters? In one of
Editor’s Note: And this would be what the terror attacks here are meant to draw America’s attention away from…?
Writes the news agency:
“Air raids hit aid trucks near the city of Aleppo on Monday, a monitoring group reported, as the Syrian military declared that a week-long ceasefire was over.”
Only hours before, the news agency had reported that the ceasefire was on the verge of collapse, writing that the deal “brokered by the United States and Russia was in deep trouble on Monday as a rebel official said it had practically failed and signaled insurgents were preparing for a full resumption of fighting.”
This assessment would be shared by Secretary of State John Kerry, who said in New York that “the basic ceasefire is holding but fragile” and that he and his people are “waiting to get the full download from our team that is meeting now with the Russians in Geneva.”
The official end to the ceasefire comes two days after a U.S.-led coalition airstrike killed 62 Syrian soldiers, marking the first known instance of American forces directly attacking Assad’s military. The Obama administration expressed “regret” following the strike, saying U.S. forces thought the targeted base was controlled by ISIS.
Ironically, the U.S. military’s error brought about that very thing. Following the airstrike, ISIS forces overran andsecured the facility.
Over the weekend, United States Central Command (CENTCOM) stated via press release that “U.S. Central Command said the strike was immediately halted ‘when coalition officials were informed by Russian officials that it was possible the personnel and vehicles targeted were part of the Syrian military.’”
A spokesman for the Syrian military, while speaking at a press briefing on Sunday, called the strike a “serious and blatant attack on Syria and its military” and “firm proof of the U.S. support of Daesh.” Daesh is the Arabic acronym for ISIS.
Russia called for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council following the attack. Prior to that meeting, which took place Saturday evening, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry was...
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Assessing the problems in American public education and academia elicits standard responses that are generally trite and multitude. “Lack of funding,”, or “adequately trained teachers,” often round out the usual replies, yet system-generated solutions to the perceived problems are always external in nature (especially given the problems are themselves system-generated). The diagnosis of the causes are also consistently external, leading to endless debates over appropriation and methodology, ever and always overlooking the actual problem, that academia as an institution no longer functions the way most perceive it. The very presupposition of the modern debates over education are precisely concerned with how to fix a “broken system,” yet I propose the system is functioning perfectly as it was intended: The goal of public education and academia is not education, but socialization and Pavlovian social engineering.
From its inception, the architects of the American public education system, and its corollary system of “higher education” in the college and university system, were established explicitly for the purpose of reorienting classical modes of pedagogy for “democratic,” “socialistic,” “utopian,” and “egalitarian” techniques of state conditioning that would confer “personhood” on the individual pupil through integration into the collective, allowing for a smoother transition into the Comtean civic religion of scientistic naturalism, paying obeisance to the gods of state, as life would be lived out in the “New Jerusalem” of the public-private cubicle. These claims are precisely the words of the key founders of American Education, including: John Dewey, J.B. Watson, Horace Mann, James G. Carter, William James, and many others, all intent on inculcating their own religious philosophy of Darwinian scientism, pragmatism and collectivist socialism under the banner of progressive, democratic, secular humanism. It could more properly be titled Americanist Education, where the goal of indoctrination centers around the installment of the decrepit final end of its Enlightenment origins. As I wrote previously:
The path to Enlightenment skepticism, deism. rationalism and scientism is directly from the empirical theology that even preceded Aquinas in thinkers like Abelard, and was contemporary with Aquinas in people like Ockham. Though Thomas was not a nominalist, he accepted the same epistemic starting point of the nominalists, namely, empiricism, and empirical based theology, that, again, derives from the analogia entis. Nominalism is absurd, and certainly worse than Aquinas in many respects, but insofar as they shared the same empirical starting point as Aquinas, they were more consistent. If God is banished from being directly present in the world through His immanent energies, all that is left is a material world of causation with an unknown deity locked within itself. That position is deism, and deism quickly leads to atheism. If sense-data is the only source of human knowledge, and sense-data is therefore the source of knowledge of God,. none of these created causal effects amounts to real knowledge of the divine itself. The divine is never accessed or experienced at all, just a series of created causes. And that, my readers, is the view of David Hume – that is how Thomism leads to Enlightenment atheism.
Seed sharing in California took a major step forward on Friday when Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Seed Exchange Democracy Act, an amendment to the California Seed Law. It’s the latest victory in a global movement to support and protect seed sharing and saving.
Not only has the State Department ignored Colin Powell’s revelation Israel has two hundred nukes, so has the establishment media.
After DCLeak posted a tranche of Powell emails hacked from the former secretary of state’s personal Gmail account, RT’s Caleb Maupin asked the State Department for comment on Powell’s mention of Israel’s nukes. He was ignored.
Meanwhile, the story has been virtually ignored by the media. The Sun in Britain reported on it, as did The Times of Israel and Haaretz in Israel, but The New York Times and The Washington Post have remained silent.
The March 3, 2015, email to Powell business associate and Democrat donor Jeffrey Leads also questions if North Korea is, in fact, testing nuclear weapons.
“Anyway, Iranians can’t use one if they finally make one. The boys in Tehran know Israel has 200, all targeted on Tehran, and we have thousands. As [Iranian President Mahmoudin Ahmedinejad said], ‘What would we do with one, polish it?’ I have spoken publicly about both [North Korea] and Iran. We’ll blow up the only thing they care about—regime survival. Where, how would they even test one?”
The release of the email followed a March visit to the United States by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He addressed a joint session of Congress on the supposed nuclear threat posed by Iran. Netanyahu was invited to speak by Republicans who did not consult with the White House.
“Let me be frank. The speech by Netanyahu was the speech of a demagogue. And from the outset he spoke of Persians attacking Jews millennia ago. This is a sort of a religious fanaticism that is a parallel with the religious fanaticism of Islamic fundamentalists who engage in terrorism. In fact Israel has bombed many neighbors in the Middle East,” Norman Solomon, the Director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, told RT on March 4.
Not only has Israel bombed its neighbors, it has also used its nuclear arsenal to blackmail the United States.
In 1991 the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh published The Samson Option: Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal an American Foreign Policy. The book reveals how a nuclear warhead was developed in an underground facility in the Negev Desert in the 1960s with technology acquired from France. During the Yom Kippur War in 1973, Israel blackmailed Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon. It threatened to use a nuclear weapon against Egypt and Syria during the war if the United States did not ship ammunition and spare parts.
“It was nuclear blackmail, but it worked,” writes Daniel Goldstein. “President Richard Nixon was enraged by the Israeli atomic ultimatum, and at Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s strategy, described by then–U.S. Defense Secretary James Schlesinger as allowing Israel to come out ahead but making sure it bled. ‘By the evening of October 9th,’ Kissinger wrote in his memoir, ‘Israel had been assured [by the U.S.] that its war losses would be made up. Relying on this assurance, it stepped up its consumption of war materiel,’ as dozens of U.S. C-5 and C-141 cargo planes began roaring into Tel Aviv’s airport with replacement tanks, missiles and spares.”
Israel has routinely betrayed the United States. The Department of Homeland Security, the State Department, the FBI and the National Counterintelligence Directorate held classified briefings that...
Editor’s Note: The amount of overly obvious bias is enough to make our heads explode.
America’s worthless media caught once again asking Hillary Clinton all the really important questions.
Such as…(from Mediaite):
Bloomberg Politics reporter Jennifer Epstein asked Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a press conference Monday whether she believed the previous weekend’s terrorist attacks in New York and Jersey were a plot– possibly carried out by the Russians— to get her Republican opponent Donald Trump more votes.
“Are you concerned that this weekend’s attacks or potential incidents in the coming weeks might be an attempt by ISIS or ISIS sympathizers, or really any other group, maybe the Russians, to influence the presidential race in some way and presumably try to drive votes to Donald Trump, who is, as you’ve said before, widely seen as perhaps being somebody who they would be more willing to– or see as an easier person to be against?” she asked.
Watch the video clip for yourself here:
And you wonder why everyone despises mainstream media. As we learned in last week’s post, Americans’ Trust in Mass Media Plunges to Record Low in Gallup Poll:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans’ trust and confidence in the mass media “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly” has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32% saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. This is down eight percentage points from last year.
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Zara and Faisal got married at the end of July in Abuja and it was truly spectacular! We featured the beautiful couple’s pre-wedding portrait session and their love story – click here if you missed it. Faisal is from Gombe while his bride Zara is from Sokoto – a fusion of Northeast and Northwest Nigeria. Their […]
Edward Snowden showed “a lot of guts” to speak out about the NSA
surveillance program, director Oliver Stone told RT. His comments
come as a Washington Post editorial said the whistleblower
shouldn’t get a presidential pardon for leaking sensitive data.
Stone, an Academy Award-winning director, who recently released his
film ‘Snowden’, was speaking exclusively to […]
British intelligence agencies are set to join the fight against
modern slavery and human trafficking for the first time, Theresa
May announced at the UN General Assembly in New York as she urged
world leaders to band together to “rid the world of this evil.”
The heads of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ are setting up […]
Americans own an estimated 265 million guns, which amounts to more than one gun for every adult in the country. But not everyone owns a gun, of course: According to the first comprehensive study of owners in more than 20 years, just 3 percent of Americans own half of the guns in the United States….
Police in New Jersey arrested a man on Monday after a shootout, which left the suspect and a police officer with gunshot wounds. The man — identified as 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami — was wanted by police in connection with four bomb incidents in New York and New Jersey over the weekend. One of…
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Beer can make a good time even better, but recently researchers from the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology investigated just how alcohol adjusts our perception, and revealed that it affects our ability to recognize other people’s emotions, and also has an effect on our attitude…
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Orange County, CA – Annabelle Lockwood makes the best homemade lemonade around Fountain Valley. Using her grandma’s recipe, a homemade stand built by her father and a lot of passion, she serves the gourmet refreshments – classic or pink lemonade, and flavors like peach, blueberry ginger and watermelon – to eager customers and charitable events.
But her passion is being tested by the regulatory hand of the State. Orange County authorities shut down Annabelle’s “small business” and gave her 30 days to get the proper permit and license.
The permit will cost around $200, but in order to secure the permit Annabelle will have to meet a bevy of government requirements – costing $3,500 – just to serve fresh-squeezed fruit juices to thirsty passersby.
According to the GoFundMe account set up by the Lockwood’s to help meet this financial burden levied by the State:
“1. She needs to upgrade her cart to get it up to commercial standards, in order to pass the inspection.
2. She needs to make the lemonade in a licensed facility. Licensed kitchens require: Liability insurance, a business license, a deposit and an hourly or monthly fee for use.
3. She needs commercial grade dispensers and bottles.”
The family has received enormous support after media began telling Annabelle’s story, but in the meantime she has had to “turn down a wedding, corporate events, movies in the park and church events,” according to local KTLA 5.
Annabelle had previously set up her stand to help charities such as children’s cancer research and homeless services, but that was put on hold pending government permitting.
“This isn’t just another business venture… it’s becoming a life lesson for a young ambitious entrepreneur. She will be able to do so much more in the community as well as at charity and school events to help others. She’s extremely passionate about her business, and we are so proud of her for creating something that so many others can enjoy!”
It’s turning out to be a hard and fast lesson in how government requirements on business – many of which play no role in protecting people or the environment – put a heavy, unnecessary burden on aspiring entrepreneurs. Revenue collection is often the only driver of government permits and licenses.
Bearing down on the age-old tradition of youngsters setting up lemonade stands demonstrates how obsessed the State has become in “regulating” small business.
It appears that Annabelle made it through the gauntlet, with the help of many who donated to her GoFundMe account after reading her story. Others are not so fortunate, though.
In Portland, Ore. an 11-year-old girl wanted to sell mistletoe from their farm at a holiday market to help her dad pay for her braces, which cost $5,000. But the Parks Bureau refused to let her set up without a permit, lease or concession agreement. She was told she could beg instead.
(Stillness in the Storm Editor) There are now two Hillary Clinton appearances that are suspected of being staged. The first was several weeks ago on the 25th of August in Reno Nevada. And now a second appearance from a few days ago in New Mexico has all the same hallmarks.
In the following there are two videos that break down the events, in a sensational YouTuber fashion. Setting aside the sensationalism the evidence is fairly compelling. In both speaking events, audience members hold up cell phones to capture video of Clinton's speech, revealing to the camera an absent Hillary, along with other evidence suggesting she wasn't actually there.
In addition, the theory that a body double replaced Clinton is gaining traction. After her collapse during the 9/11 memorial, an obvious body double was used. In another appearance, analysts suggest that a second body double was used.
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Despite Edward Snowden’s notoriety, rarely mentioned is how he became one of the biggest whistleblowers in US history. “Snowden” director Oliver Stone offers insight into who the former NSA contractor is, as well as what to expect in the age of cyberwarfare.
The Academy Award-winning director researched his film “Snowden” by meeting with the best source: Snowden himself.
“I had the opportunity to visit Snowden in Moscow, I was invited by his lawyer and I got to know him,” Stone told RT in an exclusive interview.
“Over the course of nine different trips and two years, my co-writer and I got a lot of inside information as to what happened,” he said. “Which makes it a very compelling story, and at the same time an exciting one, because it’s going on, in a sense, right now in this world.”
Indeed, the debate over Snowden continues to rage in Congress, where the House Intelligence Committee recently wrote a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him not to pardon the exiled whistleblower. Meanwhile, numerous human rights groups have joined in a campaign to put pressure on the Obama administration in favor of pardoning Snowden.
“One of the most surprising things is his relationship, his human relationship to his girlfriend,” Stone said, “which was never mentioned really by the press. It was marginalized by them in a tough way.”
Understanding what Snowden gave up is necessary to seeing how grave the issue was to him, according to Stone.
“It’s important to realize that he had a love in his life and he had a relationship to somebody who mattered to him,” Stone said. “Keeping that relationship was crucial but he had to sacrifice it for this story that he wanted to get out to the world.”
“Certainly it shows why he did it, his motivation,” Stone said.
“He’s one of the few people who spoke up. There’s only three, four, five people have spoken up about the NSA. They’ve all gotten into some degree of trouble, so this is a very secret government issue.”
“He’s had a lot of guts,” Stone said of Snowden. “One can never predict the outcome of revealing secrets.”
The problems facing the US are not limited to the surveillance state that Snowden exposed in the NSA leak, however. According to Stone, “It’s also the cyberwarfare state.”
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In a bold statement of intent, the Labour Leader Ed Miliband has set out a ten-year plan to reverse the damage done by successive managers at Old Trafford. Whilst many of his critics suggested that a decent centre half and holding midfielder would be sufficient, a Labour spokesman insisted it would take a long-term economic plan to improve results, clone Ryan Giggs and change the word ‘United’ to ‘City’ on the stationery.
Many in Westminster think Miliband should be more focused on national issues but Labour supporters have said solving the crisis at Old Trafford was a more pressing concern. One Shadow Cabinet member commented: ‘With Chelsea resurgent and Arsenal looking more balanced, Ed can’t afford to be complacent. Yes, we have a battling midfield presence like Ed Balls, but we’ve also got Ed Balls as a potential Chancellor of the Exchequer. Frankly I’d rather leave him on the pitch, he’ll cause less damage there.’
Unveiling his vision of the future, Miliband’s spokesman made it very clear that it was ‘jam tomorrow, if by tomorrow you mean 3,650 days later’. However, many commentators are curious as to why Miliband needs such an inordinate amount of time to do his job properly.
A spokesman explained: ‘Ed’s not the fastest learner. He sees himself more as the Special Needs Prime Minister – deserving all the opportunities as any normal Prime Minister, but just with 25% extra time in exams.’ By contrast the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has claimed that should he become PM he will require only half the usual time to screw things up.
Louis Van Gaal has already given a cautious welcome to the offer of six national goals, but said it would make no difference if Miliband continued to ship more own goals. In other promises, meanwhile, Miliband has offered to sort out your plumbing, resolve the problems in the Middle East and combat the causes of ennui within a ten-year window.
However, fixing United will definitely be his primary electioneering issue. A spokesman said: ‘Ed knows what it can be like being Phil Neville, living in the shadow of a more talented brother. Equally he knows more than most how hard it is to follow a pugnacious Scot, who hangs on to power one season too long.’
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ROBERT STEELE: Most of this stuff is not worth the time it takes to find it, install it, learn to use it and worst of all, feed it — we collect at best 20% of the relevant information, and we spill 99% of that in not processing it. We are still retarded across the board, despite spending $1.2 trillion dollars on “intelligence” since Diane Webb and others designed Computer-Aided Tools for the Analysis of Science & Technology (CATALYST) because there is no one in the USA that I know of who actually cares about producing decision-support at every level across all domains. An open source all-source analytic tool-kit, and an open source secure but not secret cloud where information can be shared in all languages and all mediums, tagged to geospatial locations with precision, is fundamental. No one has this. Spare me the nonsense from NGA, they cannot even provide updated 1:50,000 combat charts for African villages showing new (and destroyed) cultural artifacts at the same time that no one has access to real human beings, in part because of CIA’s totally inappropriate prohibition of Active OSINT.
Posted anti-Trump memes on social media Suspected New York/New Jersey bombmaker Ahmad Khan Rahami was a Donald Trump hater who posted anti-Trump memes on social media, it has been revealed. “The “supernatural”-loving student posted several anti-Donald Trump memes and videos … Continue reading
How to stage a bioterror attack
By Jon Rappoport
“Dr. Hognose Detrick of the US Biological Warfare Group waddled into a meeting room, where a collection of Army, CIA, NSA, and CDC representatives sat quietly in their chairs. He said: ‘So I understand you boys want to put on a little domestic bioterror show. Well, the first thing you need to know is, germs don’t obey orders. Forget all that sci-fi nonsense. Germs work and they don’t work. It’s a crapshoot. You could have a big fat dud on your hands. I can tell you how to make it work, though, if you give up on your fancy high-tech wet dreams…” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
First of all, there is an ongoing operation that resembles the subject of this article. It’s called Zika,
It’s a virus that causes nothing, and the correlation between its presence and the birth defect called microcephaly is so weak it’s absurd. But the powers-that-be at the CDC and the World Health Organization are using Zika to conceal a quite real chemical threat, in the form of Naled, a pesticide which is being sprayed in Miami to kill mosquitoes that “carry Zika.”
Naled can cause birth defects.
Likewise, the apparent temporary spike in microcephaly in Brazil is being blamed on Zika. But the real agents are far more likely to be the TDaP vaccine, which was recommended for all pregnant women in Brazil in 2014, and various pesticides.
The germ is the cover story for chemical destruction.
In general, the primary fact is: no matter what kind of germ you’re talking about or where it came from, releasing it intentionally does not guarantee predictable results. Far from it.
For instance, people whose immune systems are at different levels of strength are going to react differently.
The perpetrators may find that less than 1% of people exposed get sick.
But there is another strategy that should be understood:
Again: the use of a germ as a cover story for a chemical.
In other words, there is no germ attack. It’s called a germ attack, but that’s a lie. The perps bring in researchers to the affected area, who go on to claim they have isolated a germ that is the cause of death and illness. It’s a sham. What really happened was the spread of a toxic chemical that can’t be detected, unless you’re looking for it.
The chemical has severe, deadly, and predictable effects for a week or two. Then it disperses and loses potency and the “epidemic” is done.
In some town, a fairly isolated community, or even in a city, the word goes out that people are suddenly falling ill and dying. The CDC and the Army are called in to cordon off the area and quarantine all citizens. A peremptory announcement is made, early on, that this is a biowar attack.
Major media are allowed outside the periphery. Network news anchors set up on-location and do their wall to wall broadcasts “from the scene.”
The entire nation, the entire world is riveted on the event, 24/7.
People inside the cordon fall ill and die. Reports emerge from the town:
The networks state that “heroic doctors are taking samples of blood and the blood is being analyzed to find the germ that is causing the epidemic.” The DoD confirms over and over that this is, indeed, a biowar attack.
Human interest stories pile up. This family lost three members, that family lost everybody. Tragedy, horror, and the desired empathic response from “the world community.”
It’s a soap opera, except real people are dying.
The medical cartel promotes fear of the germ.
Pharmaceutical company Mylan has made news recently by raising the price of a popular and important drug. Mylan acquired a product by the name of EpiPen in 2007. At the time, the price of the product was approximately $100 per unit. And, thanks to their government-granted monopoly, the price quickly
By Pepe Escobar and cross-posted from Counterpunch.org
We all live in the Age of the Algorithm.
Here’s a story that not only encapsulates the age, but dwells on how the algorithm obsession can go horribly wrong.
It all started when Facebook censored the iconic photo of «napalm girl» Kim Phuch, which became a symbol of the Vietnam War recognized all over the world. The photo was featured in a Facebook post by Norwegian writer Tom Egeland, who wanted to start a debate on «seven photographs that changed the history of war».
Not only was his post erased; Egeland was also suspended from Facebook.
Aftenposten, the number one Norwegian daily, owned by Scandinavian media group Schibsted, duly relayed the news, alongside the photo.
Facebook then asked the paper to erase the photo – or to render it unrecognizable in its online edition. Yet even before the paper responded, Facebook censored the article as well as the photo in Aftenposten’s Facebook page.
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg protested it all on her Facebook page. She was also censored.
Aftenposten then slapped the whole story on its front page, alongside an open letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg signed by the newspaper director, Espen Egil Hansen, accusing Facebook of abuse of power.
It took a long 24 hours for the Palo Alto colossus to back off and «unblock» the publishing.
An opinion wrapped up in code
Facebook had to be engaged in much post-fact damage control. That does not change the fact the «napalm girl» imbroglio is a classic algorithm drama, as in the application of artificial intelligence to evaluate content.
Facebook, just like other Data Economy giants, happens to delocalize filtering to an army of moderators working in companies from the Middle East to South Asia, as Facebook’s Monika Bickert confirmed.
These moderators may have a hand on establishing what should be expunged from the social network, according to what customers may signal. But the information is then compared to an algorithm, which comes up with the final decision.
It doesn’t take a PhD to note these moderators may not exactly excel in cultural competence, or are capable of analyzing context. Not to mention algorithms – which are incapable of «understanding» cultural context and are certainly not programmed to interpret irony, sarcasm or cultural metaphors.
Algorithms are literal. In a nutshell; algorithm is an opinion wrapped up in code.
And yet we are now reaching a stage where a machine decides what is news. Facebook for instance now relies solely on an algorithm to establish which stories to position in its Trending Topics section.
And that will bring us to even murkier territory; the very concept of «extremism» itself. And the effects on all of us of self-censorship systems based on algorithmic logic…
If we want to learn where Rahami got his seditious Islamist ideology, a good place to start is his mosque that is linked to ICNA, a seditious Islamist group. Clarion Project, by Ryan Mauro, Sept. 20, 2016: A family friend … Continue reading
Via: Cnet: On Tuesday, the government will issue federal policy, comprising a four-section package to help facilitate the “responsible” testing and deployment of self-driving vehicles. The policy will include a 15-point “Safety Assessment,” which the government has asked automakers to sign and submit when an autonomous car is believed to be ready for public roads. […]
As numbers climb from the quite intentional bombing of Syrian Army positions near the Der Ezzor airport and families bury their dead from the not so accidental attack on a Kurdish refugee convoy north of Manjib, questions arise. Who actually runs the US military? We know this, the US knows how to bomb. American planes…
Here’s a little known tip. If you open Spotify, click “Browse” (in the left hand nav), then scroll way down to “Spoken Word,” you will find a number of free audiobook collections–readings by Sylvia Plath, Langston Hughes, and Dylan Thomas; old time crime and sci-fi dramas; a big H.P. Lovecraft compendium and more. But that way of navigating things really only scratches the surface of what Spotify has to offer.
If you rummage around enough, you’ll find many quality recordings–everything from Christopher Lee reading Dracula and Frankenstein, to Kurt Vonnegut reading four of his novels, to a 68-hour playlist of Shakespeare’s plays being performed by legendary actors. We’ve found 75+ recordings in recent months and gradually added them to our collection, 700 Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free. But they seemed worth highlighting and calling to your attention here.
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Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Scott Stephen Watson should call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room.
A new kind of warfare: how urban spaces are becoming the new battlefield, where the distinction between intelligence and military, and war and peace is becoming more and more problematic.
In the late 18th century the institutional building of the so called panopticon, was designed by British Jeremy Bentham. The aim was to obtain “power of mind over mind”. Since its design the panopticon has served as an inspiration for the construction of prisons since it allows for people to be observed without their knowing whether or not they are being observed. The constant uncertainty of being under surveillance serves as a behaviour changer.
Cities are becoming the new battleground of our increasingly urban world
The panoptic gaze is not limited to prisons. It is present in all sorts of public places from factories to shops, particularly settings in which people are put into groups, counted, checked and normalised. While the panopticon concerns surveillance of the individual, the panspectron was designed to observe whole populations, where everyone and everything is under surveillance at all time. 
Such disciplinary techniques are used by governments to strengthen their sovereignty. In a world of increasing urbanisation, these projects show the interest of national states to employ military ideas of high-tech omniscience into urban civil societies. By the end of the 20th century, 10% of the world’s population lived in cities. Most of them lived in the metropolis of the global north. Today the urban population amounts to almost 50% of the world’s population, living mostly in mega cities of the global south.
This rapid urbanisation matters profoundly; how cities in developed and developing countries are going to organise themselves is critical for humanity. While western cities are focusing on improving their security, cities in developing countries are facing increased violence and crime rates and intensified militarisation. Therefore, maintaining control and surveillance over populations and people’s movement allows state authorities to better prepare for violence and war. In the globalisation of western societies, mobility has increased significance to power and development..........
Whenever liZ and I go anywhere to teach a class we always begin with a little introduction of who we are and why we sew. And while those stories are really extreme opposites, I still love the fact that sewing and creating is an underlying theme. And since most of us will never meet in...
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Nasdaq information security specialist Martin Holst Swende has officially joined the Ethereum Foundation as its full-time security lead.
A terminally-ill 17-year-old in Belgium has been granted the right to an assisted suicide. The federal commission on euthanasia stated that the unnamed minor was suffering from severe and unbearable pain before granting them the right to end his/her life. This is the first minor to be granted permission since the government decided that age restriction was no longer relevant for assisted euthanasia. The death of the minor was confirmed on Saturday.
In order for the minor to go ahead with the decision, the teenager’s parents had to grant permission.
Belgium is the only European country that allows minors to participate in assisted suicide, though Holland will technically allow children as young as 12 to participate.
Liberal Senator Jean-Jacques De Gucht said of the assisted euthanasia:
“It’s terrible when a youngster suffers, but it gives me some comfort to know that now there is a choice out there for children in the final terminal stage. It’s important that society doesn’t neglect people in such pain.” 
Belgium approved assisted suicide in 2002 for those in a “hopeless medical situation” and with their full consent. In 2014, the rules were amended to allow for minors to also receive doctor-assisted suicide.
In order for a minor to take part in the program, which typically involves a doctor giving the ill person a lethal dose of barbiturates, they must meet very strict criteria. The case is reviewed by a team of medical professionals, including psychiatrists and psychologists.
According to Reuters, the law states, that the minor must be in a “terminal medical situation with constant and unbearable physical pain which cannot be assuaged and that will cause death in the short term.”
The rate of assisted suicide has risen since its introduction, accounting for 4.6% of all deaths in Belgium in 2013.
While lawmakers support the bill, there are many who do not. In 2014, a group of medical professionals signed a letter stating that they did not agree with the law and that people under 18 were not qualified to make a decision about ending their own lives.
The law has also faced opposition from the Catholic Church.
As reported by ZeroHedge, whereas on August 26, 2016 Reuters had predicted a landslide victory for Hillary: 18 days later, Reuters’ polls of September 13 show a big surge in Electoral College votes for Trump, from 171 to 243, and … Continue reading
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Russia may regain T-80U main battle tanks and BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles supplied to South Korea in the 1990s and in the 2000s towards state debt payments, the Russian daily Izvestia reported on September 5, citing an anonymous defense source. The proposal was reportedly to the South Korean government on September 3.
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI) arms transfers database, Moscow supplied 43 T-80U main battle tanks and 67 BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles to South Korea in 1995-2006.
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The Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM) invites you to its 48th Annual National Conference taking place at the Abuja International Conference Centre, Abuja Nigeria, from Tuesday, October 18th – Thursday, October 20th 2016. The theme of this year’s conference is “People | Potentials | Possibilities”. The 2016 Annual National Conference offers HR professionals, business […]
Your real power
By Jon Rappoport
In deciding what you truly want to do in this life, your best answer should arouse a sense of your own power.
Not power over others, which is a counterfeit version, but a power that wells up inside you.
Which is a good and marvelous thing.
—Of course, we know that propagandists and their minions have been busy trying to defame individual power, but their mission is a dead mechanical operation. Leave them in the dust.
There are several roads here. One, you give up the whole idea of having power. That’s a dud from the get-go. It speaks of a profound misunderstanding.
Three, you opt for power over others, the counterfeit, which is destructive to all concerned.
And four, you experience the power which comes from knowing where you want to go with great passion and imagination—and you go there.
Then you understand the innate power you have, and you lay claim to it. You increase it.
You authentically grasp what you can do, not as part of a sacrifice, but as you.
Down through the centuries, figures of learning have written and spoken about power in every which way—most of them suggesting that it is a thing to be avoided at all costs, or a substitute for something wonderful if people would only see it.
They miss the mark, over and over. There is a straight line between discovering what you truly want to do and experiencing your own power—and it is this line that reveals what great energy is all about.
Here is a brief excerpt from my introduction to my collection, Exit From The Matrix:
“Imagination rises above the smoke and illusion of the life half-lived. Imagination makes it clear that something new can be created.
“And because it is your imagination, you are one the one who can create it.
“Society may supply reasons why you should stick to the tried and true and familiar, but that is all about living in the past.
“Beyond the mask of society is the secret: there is no end of open space, and that space is the future.”
from It’s Going Down
The BLM’s decision to go forward with this project is unacceptable, any company who bids on the logging of these trees should also consider itself a possible target of sabotage.
For those opposed to the Nedsbar timber sale we would like to remind you that known green scare snitch Suzanne Savoie and her almost equally untrustworthy partner Luke Ruediger are active in groups opposing nedsbar, anyone serious about challenging the current state of ecological devastation would be wise to exclude them from their lives and especially environmental organizing.
Rather than begging for concessions from, or trying to use the institutions that perpetuate the current state of affairs how about working in small leaderless groups and taking direct action in anyway you see fit?
Central Banks Gold Diversification Ongoing – “Sensible Precaution”
by John Stepek, Editor of Money Week
Central banks have got the economy and markets covered.
They know what they’re doing. Their theories are backed up by decades of academic research and expert advice.
Expert advice, as we all know, is completely apolitical, changes rarely, and never, ever does a complete U-turn, like – I don’t know – telling us all to start eating butter after years of telling us not to, or something crazy like that.
So why worry? I mean, what kind of deluded neurotic doom-monger would keep hanging onto gold (as insurance, of all things!) in their portfolio with people of this calibre in charge?
Well, I hate to break this to you, but…
Guess who’s buying lots of gold?
Central banks are piling into gold. They have been ever since the financial crisis blew up in 2008.
In fact, says a new report from the OMFIF (Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum) research group, central banks have been buying gold at a rate of 350 tonnes a year for the last eight years. That takes us back to the sorts of levels we saw in the pre-1970 era.
OMFIF has looked at central bank behaviour and gold buying going back over more than a century (back to 1871, in fact). It’s broken it down into seven “ages of gold’. There’s some interesting stuff in there, but I’ll only go back as far as post-World War II this morning, as that’s the most relevant to today’s topic.
So the fourth age of gold – 1945 to 1973 – covers the Bretton Woods era, during which gold reserves were rising, notes David Marsh of OMFIF, “with European countries and Japan amassing sizeable new post-war holdings as central banks exchanged surplus dollars for gold from the US Treasury”.
Indeed, between 1950 and 1965, central banks and treasuries bought up more than 7,000 tonnes of gold. Read full story…
We had submissions from two different Soylentils on this story about an IT worker for the company which managed Hillary Clinton's email server apparently looking for help on how to wipe email addresses.
The Gateway Pundit reports:
An employee with Platte River Networks, the company in charge of Hillary Clinton's home server, who was granted immunity from Obama's Department of Justice in their investigation of Clinton, reportedly asked for assistance in July 2014 from Reddit users on how to purge emails and how to strip VIP's email address from "a bunch of archived emails":
"Hello all- I may be facing a very interesting situation where I need to strip out a VIP's (VERY VIP) email address from a bunch of archived email that I have both in a live Exchange mailbox, as well as a PST file. Basically, they don't want the VIP's email address exposed to anyone, and want to be able to either strip out or replace the email address in the to/from fields in all of the emails we want to send out. I am not sure if something like this is possible with PowerShell, or exporting all of the emails to MSG and doing find/replaces with a batch processing program of some sort. Does anyone have experience with something like this, and/or suggestions on how this might be accomplished?"
Paul Combetta, the IT guy who used BleachBit to wipe email servers for Hillary Clinton, went on Reddit in July 2014 and asked this question:
Remove or replace to/from address on archived emails?
Hello all- I may be facing a very interesting situation where I need to strip out a VIP's (VERY VIP) email address from a bunch of archived email that I have both in a live Exchange mailbox, as well as a PST file. Basically, they don't want the VIP's email address exposed to anyone, and want to be able to either strip out or replace the email address in the to/from fields in all of the emails we want to send out.
Paul Combatta was given immunity by the Justice Department.
If you check the timeline you find that in July 2014 there were outstanding FOIA requests but Congress had not yet subpoenaed the email server.
One of the commenters on the Reddit thread said: "If there was a feature in Exchange that allowed this, it could result in major legal issues."
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