Tell the Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights: “Stop ignoring sexual assault and rape at Karnes County Residential Center. Investigate immediately and commit to oversight.”


Have you seen this? Countless women have been raped at a for-profit detention center in Texas. But the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Civil Rights has the power to investigate and hold this facility accountable. That’s why I signed this petition. Can you add your name, too?

Stop the sexual assault of women at Karnes!

Countless women have been raped at a for-profit detention center in Texas.Male guards at Karnes County Residential Center have open access to women detainees’ cells at any time of the day or night. Women detail an environment of rape and harassment, in which they are often told that they will receive assistance with their cases or money in exchange for sexual favors.

Attorneys from multiple firms have all launched complaints about the large number of women reporting the same stories of abuse–guards who call detainees their “girlfriends” and enter their cells late at night to rape them. Women also report being groped and assaulted in front of other detainees, including children. It’s downright horrific.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Civil Rights has the power to investigate and hold this facility accountable. Can you join Human Rights First, the University of Texas Law School, and the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund in calling for a full investigation?

Sign here:  http://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/Karnes_ck?referring_akid=.976552.E-mVup&source=taf

Meet Your Strawman!


The story of how everyone has a strawman created for them at birth and how it is used to collect revenue for your government. A fun and informative animation made in the spirit of freedom. Please spread and upload with credits intact also link back to our channel if you do. Hi-res and mobile versions are avilable for download from our website.

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“Out Of My Face Please” – Why Are US Soldiers In Mariupol? ~ ZeroHedge


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Amid the devastation of yesterday’s Mariupol artillery strikes which killed or wounded dozens, which was promptly blamed by both sides on the “adversary” – and has been proclaimed by both ‘sides’ (more on that later) as more violent than before the truce – an ‘odd’ clip has emerged that appears to provide all the ‘proof’ a US intelligence officer would need to surmise that US military boots are on the ground in Ukraine. As the following clip shows, a Ukrainian journalist approaches what she thinks is a Ukrainian soldier (since he is wearing a Ukrainian military uniform and is carrying an AK) and asked him as they run through the battlezone, “tell me, what happened here?” His response, which requires no translation, speaks for itself.

Forward to 2:36 for the ‘Ukrainian’ soldier’s response:

Here is a clip which focuses just on the exchange in question:

With daily reportage of the ‘invasion’ of Russian military forces into Ukraine territory (admittedly unconfirmed by NATO), this clip raises many questions about American involvement in the ongoing conflict – most of all, was the US involved in the “staging” the Mariupol massacre, and if so it is clear who should be blamed (and isolated).

Of course, US troops, or at least mercs, on the ground, should not be a total surprise, since just 2 months ago, we discussed the hacked US documents that revealed the extent of undisclosed US “lethal aid” being given to the Ukraine army. What was apparently left unleaked was the part of the US aid also includes US-speaking soldiers. The only question is whether US taxpayers are paying their wages.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-25/out-my-face-please-why-are-us-soldiers-mariupol

Schooling the World: The White Mans Last Burden


If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it?

You would change the way it educates its children.

The U.S. Government knew this in the 19th century when it forced Native American children into government boarding schools. Today, volunteers build schools in traditional societies around the world, convinced that school is the only way to a ‘better’ life for indigenous children.

But is this true? What really happens when we replace a traditional culture’s way of learning and understanding the world with our own? SCHOOLING THE WORLD takes a challenging, sometimes funny, ultimately deeply disturbing look at the effects of modern education on the world’s last sustainable indigenous cultures.

Beautifully shot on location in the Buddhist culture of Ladakh in the northern Indian Himalayas, the film weaves the voices of Ladakhi people through a conversation between four carefully chosen original thinkers; anthropologist and ethnobotanist Wade Davis, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence; Helena Norberg-Hodge and Vandana Shiva, both recipients of the Right Livelihood Award for their work with traditional peoples in India; and Manish Jain, a former architect of education programs with UNESCO, USAID, and the World Bank.

The film examines the hidden assumption of cultural superiority behind education aid projects, which overtly aim to help children “escape” to a “better life” — despite mounting evidence of the environmental, social, and mental health costs of our own modern consumer lifestyles, from epidemic rates of childhood depression and substance abuse to pollution and climate change.

It looks at the failure of institutional education to deliver on its promise of a way out of poverty — here in the United States as well as in the so-called “developing” world.

And it questions our very definitions of wealth and poverty — and of knowledge and ignorance — as it uncovers the role of schools in the destruction of traditional sustainable agricultural and ecological knowledge, in the breakup of extended families and communities, and in the devaluation of elders and ancient spiritual traditions.

Finally, SCHOOLING THE WORLD calls for a “deeper dialogue” between cultures, suggesting that we have at least as much to learn as we have to teach, and that these ancient sustainable societies may harbor knowledge which is vital for our own survival in the coming millennia.

LOST PEOPLE FILMS presents SCHOOLING THE WORLD: THE WHITE MAN’S LAST BURDEN / photography JIM HURST and BEN KNIGHT / sound recording JIM HURST /
produced by NEAL MARLENS, JIM HURST, and MARK GROSSAN / directed and edited by CAROL BLACK / featuring WADE DAVIS, HELENA NORBERG-HODGE, VANDANA SHIVA, MANISH JAIN, & DOLMA TSERING / 65 minutes

Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLSIgZWNR9M&list=PLp6hi_knJakcvtdLvdx3hFxb8sT3hpCkL
copyleft 2010 – lost people films – WWW.SCHOOLINGTHEWORLD.ORG

Propaganda & Fear-Mongering Works


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Submitted by Jim Quinn via The Burning Platform blog,

 

When I see the results of polls like the one below, I realize there is no chance the majority will do anything to reverse the course of our nation in terminal decline. It will take a complete collapse and bloody reset before we have a chance at putting this country back on a sustainable rational course.

How the fuck can Americans actually think terrorism should be Obama and Congress’ top priority? Are Americans really that stupid? WTF do they want Obama and Congress to do? Double the DHS budget? Increase electronic surveillance on our communications? Give local police more military hardware? Ban guns? Repeal the 4th Amendment?

Do the ignorant masses know their actual chances of being killed by a terrorist? To say the chances are astronomically miniscule is an understatement. See for yourself:

  • You are 35,079 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist attack
  • You are 33,842 times more likely to die from cancer than from a terrorist attack
  • You are 23,528 times more likely to die from obesity than from a terrorist attack
  • You are 5,882 times more likely to die from medical error than terrorism.
  • You are  4,706 times more likely to drink yourself to death than die from terrorism.
  • You are 1,904 times more likely to die from a car accident than from a terrorist attack.
  • You are 2,059 times more likely to kill yourself than die at the hand of a terrorist.
  • You are 452 times more likely to die from risky sexual behavior than terrorism.
  • You are 353 times more likely to fall to your death doing something idiotic than die in a terrorist attack.
  • You are 271 times more likely to die from a workplace accident than terrorism.
  • You are more than 9 times more likely to be killed by a law enforcement officer than by a terrorist.
  • You are 110 times more likely to die from contaminated food than terrorism.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-terrorism-statistics-every-american-needs-to-hear/5382818

What policies do Americans want Obama and Congress to prioritize in 2015? According to the Pew Research Center’s policy priorities survey, 76 percent of people in the United States believe tackling terrorism should be the nation’s top priority this year. It is the first time in four years terrorism has made the top of Pew’s list and its appearance for 2015 can be attributed to economic improvement as well as persistant terrorist threats.

Infographic: Americans' Top 10 Policy Priorities For 2015 | Statista

 

Despite considerable improvement, the economy is still an area of concern for Americans and 75 percent of them want President Obama to give it attention. Job creation is closely linked to economic improvement so it comes as little surprise that it rounds off the top three with 67 percent of respondents expecting it to be prioritized.

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The fact Americans think terrorism is our top priority proves that Edward Bernays was an evil genius. The combination of mass media and propaganda can convince the willfully ignorant and dumbed down populace of anything. Facts are unnecessary when fear and feelings are far more powerful. We are truly doomed.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-19/propaganda-fear-mongering-works

Note: Yep, American’s at this stage appeared to be doomed…only 55% give a damn about the “Poor and Needy”. Where most people lie ignorant is the extent of the poverty crisis and how easy it is to find yourself without enough income or affordable housing and before you know it, your on the streets. Once on the streets, it becomes very difficult for most people to get out of that cycle. Now is the time for compassionate and service to others, not  callousness, or service to self belief systems.

Max Igan – PressTV – Former Guantanamo Guard Reveals Colleagues Murdered 3 Inmates


Max Igan on PressTV World News Jan, 17th, 2015

The War on Toddler Terrorists – Britain Wants to Force Nursery School Teachers to Identify “Extremist” Children


Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 6.11.51 AMIt’s 8pm in Cambodia and time to find something to eat, but before I do, something caught my attention that I just have to share. It has to do with Great Britain’s continued insanity when it comes to it’s own version of the so-called “war on terror.” This topic will come as no surprise to regular readers, as I have previously highlighted the UK’s unique brand of Orwellianism on several occasions. Here are a couple of examples from late last year:

The UK’s Conservative Party Declares War on YouTube, Twitter, Free Speech and Common Sense

The BBC is Using Anti-Terror Surveillance to Find Tax Dodgers

In case you aren’t aware, there is something called the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill 2014-15, currently moving through the UK Parliament. The Bill completed its committee stage in the House of Commons in mid-December, and will enter its report stage and third reading on January 6th and 7th. Accompanying this bill, which is controversial in its own right, is a 39-page consultation document that directs nursery school staff and registered childminders to “report toddlers at risk of becoming terrorists.” Think this is a joke? Think again. From the UK Telegraph:

Nursery school staff and registered childminders must report toddlers at risk of becoming terrorists, under counter-terrorism measures proposed by the Government.

The directive is contained in a 39-page consultation document issued by the Home Office in a bid to bolster its Prevent anti-terrorism plan.

The document accompanies the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill, currently before parliament. It identifies nurseries and early years childcare providers, along with schools and universities, as having a duty “to prevent people being drawn into terrorism”.

The consultation paper adds: “Senior management and governors should make sure that staff have training that gives them the knowledge and confidence to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and challenge extremist ideas which can be used to legitimize terrorism and are shared by terrorist groups.

“They should know where and how to refer children and young people for further help.”

But concern was raised over the practicalities of making it a legal requirement for staff to inform on toddlers.

“The Government should focus on projects to support vulnerable young people – instead they’re playing straight into terrorists’ hands by rushing through a Bill that undermines our democratic principles and turns us into a nation of suspects.”

He added: “It is important that children are taught fundamental British values in an age-appropriate way. For children in the early years, this will be about learning right from wrong and in practitioners challenging negative attitudes and stereotypes.

Who knows what sort of material these extremists might be perusing.

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In Liberty,
Michael Krieger

Simon Black – Unbelievable: A science experiment landed this little girl in handcuffs


Thanks to Keri over at FollowingWorldChange for this great find! As repugnant as these acts against our youth may be, IMO the system is doing them a favor because they getting their wake-up call while still inside the indoctrination programs. Which creates a crack in the shell of complacency.  As adults, kids like Kiera are the souls who’ll be first to fly the middle finger when confronted with the dense energy of domination and control. They are the wayshowers and the system-busters who will build the new world in the Golden Age….

Much love and Aloha! {~A~}

A must read……UNBELIEVABLE! KS
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January 8, 2015
Punta Arenas, Chile

Kiera really liked making things react together and was going to try to make a baking soda and vinegar volcano, but the teacher said that was for kids in lower grades.

As an honor student, she wanted to do something impressive, so she looked around for something more advanced.

After putting two ounces of toilet bowl cleaner into a container, she dropped in a ball of aluminum foil, and covered it when—pff! The lid popped off and smoke started pouring out.

Not one to get in trouble for anything, Kiera felt pretty nervous as she was called into the principal’s office.

But little did she know just how serious her punishment would be.

For her botched chemistry experiment she was charged with possession of a weapon and the assembling of a bomb on campus.

So that day, rather than leaving the office with demerits, she was escorted out in handcuffs.

The charges were dropped after outrage from the community, but Kiera’s humiliation and criminal record remained.

Put into a center for kids that have been kicked out of school, her whole education was thrown off track. No more cello lessons, no more German classes, and no more dignity when entering the classroom.

Once an aspiring scientist, do you think she will ever try an experiment without thinking of how the handcuffs cut into her wrists?

In classes, do you think she will ever dare to argue against a teacher or do anything that could possibly have her sent back to the principal’s office?

Hers is far from being an isolated case. In fact, Kiera is just one of over 260,000 students that were reported to law enforcement by their schools in 2012, the most-recent available data.

Throwing an eraser, chewing gum in class, wearing too much perfume—these have all landed kids with misdemeanor charges or in policy custody.

This is all a part of the authorities’ “zero-tolerance policy”.

“You cuss out a teacher, you get a ticket, period”, said one bureau chief.

What do you think it does to a kid to be labeled so early on as a criminal? I can assure you, it’s nothing good.

Their likelihood of graduating from high school plummets, as does the proportion with jobs by the age of 25.

It’s often not made clear in the records what exactly the offence was, so no matter how trivial the “incident” that took place, these kids will be haunted by their criminal records for the rest of their lives.

Take Kiera for example—who is going to hire a girl who has it on file that she tried to make a bomb at her school?

It took 17-months of legal battles with help from the American Civil Liberties Union and thousands of petitions signed to support her case in order for Kiera to get her record expunged.

But she was lucky her case had made headlines, while most continue to struggle alone.

With their opportunities limited and already being labeled criminals, many who otherwise wouldn’t have, go on to engage in more criminal activity.

Of course the threat of government punishment only rises with adulthood.

Over the past 20 years, police have made more than a quarter of a billion arrests, so that now nearly one-third of the American population are on file in the FBI’s master criminal database.

But what are these arrests even for? Murder, theft, and fraud only make up a minor proportion of this number. The rest are for a range of violations that are generally victimless and often absurd.

This is now a country where collecting your own rainwater or feeding the homeless is a crime.

By criminalizing every activity under the sun for both adults and children, the government is using the threat of violence (or sometimes actual violence) to create a docile, obedient, and subservient population.

You never know what could be against the law, so you’re better off playing it safe by trying not to step out of line in any way possible.

Critical-thinking, creativity, dissent, and experimentation have all been replaced with fear, as the people in the ‘Land of the Free’ are gradually made into obedient serfs.

Also, check out how one guy in Canada counterfeited $250 million of nearly flawless bills—and got away free.

Until tomorrow,
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Simon Black
Founder, SovereignMan.com

AL HODGES & MICHAEL C. COTTRELL UPDATE – DICK CHENEY & BUSH CABAL OUTED- JANUARY 6, 2015


Note: This “appears” to be a smoking gun which could potentially put Cheney & Bush behind bars for a very long time, time will tell.
Yes indeed, we’re certainly in a time of “revelations”, where the veils will continue to fall until all hidden truths are revealed…
PLEASE DISTRIBUTE AS WIDELY AS POSSIBLE!
I RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM MY CLIENT, MICHAEL C. COTTRELL THIS MORNING; PLEASE BE SO ADVISED:

PLEASE SEND THIS OUT VERBATIM.

“I, MICHAEL C. COTTRELL, B.A., M.S., DO HEREBY SWEAR AND AFFIRM THE FOLLOWING FACTS:

1.  THAT FURTHERANCE TO THE AFFIRMATION GIVEN ON DECEMBER 20, 2014, THIS DOCUMENT WILL SPECIFY ADDITIONAL EXAMPLES OF THE THEFT OF THE AUTHORITIES OF MY COMPANIES AND DELMARVA TIMBER TRUST, et al., BY THE BUSH-CLINTON-FEDERAL RESERVE CABAL (RAT) GANG, AND THE CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES OF G.H.W. BUSH / RICHARD B. CHENEY, et al., REGARDING THE ILLEGAL FUNDING OF THE “DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY” WITH NON-GOVERNMENT MONIES;

2. THAT THE AFOREMENTIONED INDIVIDUALS WERE USING THEIR ELECTED POSITIONS AS A MEANS TO DIRECT “DUAL-USE” EXPORTS OF CHEMICALS AND OTHER MEANS OF MASS MURDER TO IRAQ, et al., VIA BANK ACCOUNTS WITHIN NAMED INTERNATIONAL BANKS AND AUTHORITIES UNDER NSA AND NATIONAL SECURITY DIRECTIVE 26, AND APPROPRIATING THE PROFITS FROM SAID TRANSACTIONS;

3.  THAT THE LETTER, [BELOW], IDENTIFIED AS “15 JANUARY 2002″ ADDRESSED TO THE HONORABLE RICHARD B. CHENEY ON BEHALF OF THE BENEFICIARIES OF THE DELMARVA TIMBER TRUST, et al., AND THE LETTER, [BELOW], IDENTIFIED AS “4 MAY 2001″ TO MR. PAUL BRODERICK OF THE OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL — BOTH GIVE DETAILS AS TO HOW THIS ACTIVITY OBFUSCATED THE LAW AND SEIZED THE ASSETS OF A PRIVATE TRUST;

4.  THAT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTS WILL BE FORTHCOMING IDENTIFYING THE ROLES OF OTHER MEMBERS OF THE BUSH FAMILY AND ASSOCIATES, BANKS, ACCOUNTS, AND AMOUNTS THAT WERE USED BY THE BUSH-CLINTON-FEDERAL RESERVE CABAL (RAT) GANG VIA THE FEDERAL RESERVE “TAP” TRADING PROGRAMS — THAT INCLUDED MY COMPANIES AND FUNDS GENERATED BASED ON MY (FRAUDULENT) SIGNATURE(S) THAT WERE IDENTIFIED WITHIN THE 20 DECEMBER 2014 AFFIRMATION;

5.  THAT DELMARVA TIMBER TRUST ACCOUNTS WERE “RAIDED”(VIA TAP AND DERIVATIVE STREAMS) BY MR. CHENEY AND ASSOCIATES (SPECIFICALLY THOSE AT THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, THE BANK OF NEW YORK, AND THE BANK OF ENGLAND) AFTER THE 15 JANUARY 2002 LETTER AND PACKET WAS RECEIVED AT THE WHITE HOUSE VIA FEDEX, AND WAS THE MAJOR SOURCE OF THE NON-CONGRESSIONALLY APPROVED FUNDING OF “HOMELAND SECURITY”;

6.  THAT AS A RESULT OF THIS AND OTHER EGREGIOUS CRIMINAL ACTIVITY, THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA AND THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, ALONG WITH THE 200+ COUNTRIES THAT HAVE SIGNED THE “GOLD TREATY”, HAVE SPECIFIED THAT NO FUNDS WILL BE RELEASED, VIA CURRENCY REVALUATION OR PENALTIES AND REDRESS OF THEFT, UNTIL THE INITIAL STEP OF THE TREATY AND MOSCOW AGREEMENTS HAS BEEN MET, i.e., THE DELIVERY OF THE CODES AND FUNDS TO MICHAEL C. COTTRELL, B.A., M.S., FOR THE FUNDING OF THE NEW TREASURY OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.”

I, MICHAEL C. COTTRELL, B.A., M.S., PRESIDENT OF PENNSYLVANIA INVESTMENTS, INC., LOCATED AT 1157 WEST 7TH ST., ERIE, PA 16502, DO HEREBY SWEAR AND AFFIRM THAT THE ABOVE INFORMATION IS TRUE AND FACTUAL.

/S/ Michael C. Cottrell
Dated 6 January 2015

CHENEY – Cov.:

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Hawaii Home Rule ~ Hawaiian’s Taking Action Against BioTech Invasion


What’s Happening?

Hawaii is ground zero for the outdoor experimentation of pesticide-promoting plant technologies, genetically engineered to withstand heavy spraying of toxic chemicals.

On Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and Molokai, chemical and biotechnology companies like Monsanto, Syngenta, Dupont, Dow Chemical, Bayer, and BASF are using prime agricultural land, taking advantage of Hawaii’s isolation and year-round growing season, in order to field test crops that have been genetically engineered to withstand greater applications of pesticides.

Despite public health concerns and contamination of natural resources, the State of Hawaii has taken no action to regulate the activities of biotechnology companies performing open-air testing on genetically engineered seed and synthetic pesticides.

So, What’s Home Rule?

Kauai, Maui and Hawaii Counties have asserted their county’s authority to create policies that address these issues and protect the safety and health of their residents and land.  Otherwise known as “Home Rule,” Hawaii has shown the world just how important this kind of political power is in the movement to create more safe and sovereign food systems.

How have the Chemical Companies Fought Back?

On Kauai, residents organized to pass Ordinance 960, a measure that requires large argichemical companies to disclose the pesticides they are spraying and observe buffer zones around schools, homes, and hospitals. The chemical companies responded by suing the county rather than telling the community what they are doing.

The citizens of Hawaii Island passed a law prohibiting new GE crop production to protect the island’s biodiversity and local farmers from genetic drift. The chemical companies are suing Hawaii County.

On Maui, residents passed a citizen’s ballot initiative at the polls – calling for a temporary moratorium on GE crop production until human and environmental health impact assessments are completed.  The chemical companies are now suing Maui County.

Want to Take Action?

Register to vote.
http://hawaii.gov/elections/voters/registration.htm

Organize.
Attend our Vandana Shiva Home Rule Tour this January 21-25th!
Join Hawaii Center for Food Safety

Support your local farmers.
http://www.hawaiifarmersunionunited.org
http://www.farmloversmarkets.com/kakaako-farmers-market/

Support leaders that believe in Home Rule.
http://hawaiicfsaf.org/endorsements/
https://www.facebook.com/HawaiiCenterForFoodSafety

Demand that our government protect our people and our aina FIRST. Sign the petition here!

Each island is different, each county should determine its own rules. We need to protect Home Rule.  Click here to Join the Movement.

How Monsanto Annihilated a Paradise


 

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Death has come to the beautiful island of Molokai, long considered an “old Hawaiian” paradise complete with waterfalls, lush rain forests and sprawling hills. It came in the form of a mighty Trojan Horse promising jobs and prosperity to the island’s small population of 7,500. Image credit: occupy-monsanto.com

The exquisite island has become a laboratory and the islanders are being treated like lab rats.

Monsanto has set up shop, shrouded by fences and no trespassing signs. Almost 2,000 acres of Molokai’s paradise has been taken over by the biotech titan’s Bt corn crops. These patented genes produce a substance that prevents and destroys pests. The Bt toxin is engineered into corn crops, allowing farmers to control pests without spraying as many pesticides.

When the pesticides are sprayed, workers wear head to toe protective gear, including respirators. Nearby residents are not provided with such equipment and have no option but to breathe in the toxic dust that comes from the fields.

The State Health Department has said that there is no proof this is dangerous to the people of Hawaii or any place where they’ve been tested.

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The island’s residents disagree and tell a very different story, one similar to that of the people of India or the farmers of Argentina. Monsanto strikes again, invading and damaging people and the environment with its glyphosate toxicity.

The proof is in the people. The people of Molokai have become sicker and sicker, stricken with diseases like asthma, diabetes and cancer. These are all side effects of pesticide exposure. The dots are being connected.

However, the State Department sides with biotech executives and claim that there is no problem with the extreme pesticide use. Coincidentally, statistics for cancer, miscarriage, birth defects, respiratory problems and neurological issues on the island are not easily found.

“As the acute toxicity – reflected in the WHO classification of glyphosate is low, it has long been promoted as safe.  However, recent evidence shows substantial adverse health and environmental effects, especially of the formulated products.

The marketed formulations of glyphosate, such as Roundup, contain adjuvants (accessory chemicals), usually 50-60 percent, added to enable the active ingredient to work more effectively. There is mounting evidence that the adjuvants are more toxic than glyphosate and/or potentiate its toxic effects. Publicly available information about the nature of these chemicals is incomplete because adjuvants are treated as proprietary secrets by the manufacturer. One major known agent used e.g. in Roundup is ‘POEA’.

Although glyphosate itself shows low acute toxicity, serious poising effects such as severe eye irritation and injury, skin and respiratory problems, and damage to lung tissue have been recorded with formulated products – probably due to the presence of POEA. Farm workers exposed to Roundup, e.g. by eye rubbing, has been reported to “have caused swelling of eye and lid, rapid heartbeat and elevated blood pressure. Other reported effects of POEA are: vomiting, diarrhea, hemolysis (destruction of red blood cells), altered mental status, and pulmonary edema; ingestion can cause in addition pharyngitis, abdominal pain, liver and renal damage, and erosions of the esophagus, oropharynx, and stomach.

Recent experiences and studies show a wide range of long-term adverse health effects, again mostly related to formulated products, such as leukemia and other cancers, skin diseases, and birth defects, gastrointestinal problems, and alterations to the central nervous system. Other findings link glyphosate and especially formulations with affecting embryo development, damage cells and DNA, and interrupting the hormone system. In addition, POEA contains dioxin, which causes cancer and damage to the liver and kidneys in humans. A new study found adverse effects of four glyphosate-based herbicides on human embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells at dilution levels far below agricultural recommendations, corresponding to low levels of residues in food or feed.”

This is not an experiment in some distant land. This is happening right now, on American soil.  Today, an American has no choice but to breathe in air with a toxic particle that may go rogue when it enters the body, resulting in cancers, miscarriages, infertility, or some other illness.  That particle is created or released intentionally by Monsanto.  There is no way to contain things like pollen or chemical sprays. Those who live downwind of these fields are helpless to avoid the poison being released into the air and into the groundwater.

Americans are crying out for help, but the politicians refuse to listen. The desperate pleas go unheard because of insidious collusion – in the government, in the media, and in the biotech industry. No one wants to believe that in this day and age, someone wouldn’t stop Monsanto.

Monsanto writes its own laws as is evident with the passing of the Monsanto Protection Act. There is a revolving door between Monsanto, Washington D.C., the FDA and the USDA, not to mention connections with the Supreme Court. There is a blatant money trail between Monsanto and many of the lawmakers in D.C.  Other countries’ governments have said no to Monsanto, but the US does not. The US government is in clear collusion with the biotech industry, and they don’t even try to hide it.

It’s not too late to stand up to biotech bullies. The government and safety agencies, such as the FDA, won’t protect its citizens so it’s up to us to be proactive and take a stand. Join the global March Against Monsanto happening May of next year. Boycott GMOs and glyphosate pesticides. Plant your own food or shop from a local farmer. Educate those you know and encourage them to do the same.

Many will read this and be incredulous, doubtful that such a thing could go on here in America. But it is happening. Today, it’s Hawaii. Tomorrow, it might be in the field near you and your children.

Sources:

theantimedia.org

The Organic Prepper

The Molokai News

Nation of Change

themindunleashed.org

 Note: What this article fails to mention is that ALL of the islands have been invaded by Monsanto, what’s happening on Molokai is duplicated throughout the island chain.
Also, Hawaii has been illegally occupied by the United States since 1893 and is not a legal state of the Union. There was no annexation and Hawaiian’s were NEVER given the right to vote for statehood, they were banned from voting. See Hawaiian Sovereignty category to the right for more on this explosive subject and one of the biggest cover-ups in U.S. history.
Monsanto had help from the US military in launching an all out environmental war in paradise, there are 119 military bases and no environmental oversight on radiation from weapons testing or other industrial toxins use in military operations. In addition, radioactive fallout from countless nuclear bomb blasts over many decades created untold damage to all life on land and sea.

 

A message from the campaign to Protect Internet Freedom: Sign the Petition to U.S. Congress




Posted By: Fight For The Future (campaign leader)

The new Congress isn’t waiting time introducing new threats to internet freedom. The bill is called “Title X”, and it’s as scary as it sounds.

Congressional leaders are planning on starting 2015 with “Title X” which would compromise the World Wide Web by taking away the FCC’s ability to protect the open Internet andgive cable companies the power to charge for less access. This bill would be a huge betrayal to the millions of Internet users that demanded that Congress support real net neutrality.

The FCC will be making its own decision on net neutrality in February, but if Congress introduces “Title X” first, it could hijack the entire process and reverse any progress for net neutrality. 

Meanwhile the politicians crafting “Title X” have already taken massive amounts of cash from cable companies. These politicians need to be held accountable for trying to gut net neutrality. Don’t let cable companies take away our ability to create and express ourselves on the world wide web.

Support real net neutrality, not bills like “Title X” that will poison the Internet.

Petition:

“I want to keep the Internet open and free. Don’t let cable companies take away our ability to create and express ourselves on the world wide web. Support real net neutrality, not fake bills like “Title X” that will poison the Internet.”

Signed,

Fight For The Future

Sign the petition to tell Congress to drop their fake bill and support real net neutrality.

PROJECT CAMELOT: RANDY CRAMER U.S. MARINE – EARTH DEFENSE FORCE


This man is a Marine super soldier who claims to have spent 17 years in the Secret Space Program as part of the EARTH DEFENSE FORCE based on Mars and the Moon.

RECORDED LIVE ON FRIDAY OCTOBER 3, 2014

Originally LIVE BROADCAST ON THE PROJECT CAMELOT LIVESTREAM CHANNEL
http://livestream.com/projectcamelotl…

Bio: Captain Kaye aka Randy Cramer: http://www.earthcitizenconsulting.org…

I am till the day I die, a captain of the United States Marine Corps, special section. USMC s.s. is a covert Unacknowledged Special Access Program (or USAP) signed into law as a legal and covert branch of the US military in 1953 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. USMC s.s. was mandated by President Eisenhower through the USMC s.s. special code to meet the exopolitical questions of EBE’s,(Extra Terrestrial Biological entities) and ETV’s (Extra Terrestrial Vehicles); to assist in assessing diplomatic opportunities and military threats and advise the MJ-12 committee and special study groups (SSG’s) with intelligence from a fully staffed and operational military intelligence machine, and respond to their requests for specially trained military assistance in all matters extra terrestrial. When I agreed to speak publicly, my security clearance was raised to a Blue/Gold-13, which has granted me full access to USMC s.s. intelligence files, and weekly briefings by Brigadier General Julian Smythe, personally.
(info taken from his website) EARTH CITIZEN CONSULTING Kerry Cassidy
PROJECT CAMELOT
http://projectcamelot.org

Occupy Monsanto: GET ON THE BUS – Rally @ US Capitol – Dec. 10 **CALL TO ACTION**


Occupy Monsanto <gcu@occupy-monsanto.com>

 

The following Call to Action is from the Organic Consumers Association:

The battle for the right to know if your food contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs) could come to a screeching halt with the signing of one bill in Congress.

We need to stop that bill in its tracks.

H.R. 4432—the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) ACT—was introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) at the bidding of Monsanto, Big Food and the Koch Brothers.  If passed, H.R. 4432 will strip your state of the right to pass a GMO labeling law.

The DARK ACT will have its first hearing on Capitol Hill, on December 10. If we don’t turn out in numbers to protest this bill, our voice could be silenced.

The Organic Consumers Association, with help from Friends of the Earth, Credo, Cornucopia Institute,  Maine Sierra Club, Weston Price Foundation, Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association, Green America, Mercola.com and other groups, is organizing busloads of people to attend the hearing, followed by a rally and an organic lunch. But if we want to have an impact, if we want to attract the attention of Congress and the media, we need a minimum of 1000 people to be there.

Here’s how you can help.

  • Organize a bus from your area. OCA will help pay for a bus from your state to Washington D.C., if you can fill the bus. Call us at 218-226-4164 or email campaigns@organicconsumers.org if you want to organize a bus.
  • Get on one of the buses that have already been organized. We have bus captains trying to fill buses in in Pennsylvania (one in Lancaster, one in Philadelphia), Boston, Central New Jersey, Detroit, Chicago, Indiana, West Virginia, New York City, Maine, Florida, S. Carolina, N. Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. If you live in one of those areas, please use the links below to find bus schedules and reserve seats.
Here’s what will happen on December 10.
  • 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. The hearing on Pompeo’s DARK ACT is scheduled to take place at 10:15 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave SW. We will gather there, with signs and banners, beginning around 8 a.m. As many people as can possibly fit into the hearing will attend.
  • 10:15 a.m. When the hearing begins, everyone who didn’t get into the Rayburn Building will move to our permitted rally spot on the Capitol grounds, at the corner of Independence and 1st St. SE. There we will have a number of speakers who will address the crowd and the media.
  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. After we wrap up the rally and speakers, we’ll move to the Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 201 4th St. SE (4th and Independence Ave, SE).

If you can attend, please read:

  • Bring a black and red blindfold, to symbolize being kept in the dark. Red and black will tie in with our Stop Monsanto’s Attack on Democracy/Stop Sign image.
  • Please try to schedule (in advance) a meeting with the staff of your state representative or senator. Download this flyer, fill in the name of your state, and leave it behind with the staff to deliver to your member of Congress. (Find your senator;  Find your representative.)
  • Please make a hand-made sign that says: [NAME OF YOUR STATE] Against Monsanto’s Attack on Democracy! We want to show Congress and the media that people have come from all around the country to protest this bill.

If you can’t attend:

  • Sign our petition asking Congress to reject Pompeo’s DARK ACT here.
  •  Help flood the phone lines on Capitol Hill on December 10. We’re asking everyone who can’t be there in person to call their Congress members on December 10, beginning at 9 a.m. When you are connected with a staff person, you can say: “Hello, my name is [FIRST NAME, LAST NAME] and I live in [CITY, STATE]. I couldn’t attend today’s protest against H.R. 4432, a bill that would preempt states’ rights to label GMOs, but I am calling to ask [NAME OF CONGRESS PERSON] to reject H.R. 4432 and to support states’ rights to pass mandatory GMO labeling laws. Thank you.”
  • Make a donation to help offset the cost of buses, speakers, the press conference and organic lunch.

States that are already organizing buses:

Additional buses may yet be organized, so please check back. If you want to organize a bus, please email campaigns@organicconsumers.org, or call OCA at 218-226-4164.

This could be the most important action you’ve taken yet to protect your right to know about GMOs. Come to Washington D.C. on December 10. Meet other activists! Hear some great speakers! And help us send a clear message to Congress that states should have the right to pass GMO labeling laws!


In solidarity,

Gene

GCU@Occupy-Monsanto.com
www.Occupy-Monsanto.com
Twitter.com/GMO917
Facebook.com/GeneticCrimesUnit

Ed. Note: Even the name of this bill is disturbing, as well as quite revealing about the  true nature and intentions of those who enslave us. H.R. 4432—the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) ACT.

What’s it going to take for American’s to wake-up to the stench of tyranny engulfing the nation? Everyone I know back on the mainland in OK, St Loius and TX only appear to be sticking their heads further down in the sand. Maybe by seeing tens of thousands fellow Americans marching on the nations capital against Monsanto will trigger people, but then again most people will never see the Occupy Monsanto March on Fox, CNN, ABC etc.

And that’s our conundrum. For the most part change has to hit people at home before they get the wake up call, because it won’t come from the mass media until the system is exposed and the criminals behind the matrix are held accountable for their crimes against humanity and nature. Until then WE have to do our part to keep the momentum building at the individual level until we hit critical mass and the shift occurs.

David Icke ~ Two Hour Special: Royal/Political Paedophilia, How the Global Pieces Fit


The Truth About Thanksgiving: Brainwashing of the American History Textbook


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Those who are indigenous to this land we call “The United States of America” have been long misrepresented and pushed out of American history textbooks in favor of glorifying those who now rule this nation and represent the dominant culture. What kind of democracy are we when education institutions and teachers refuse to mention the fact that 10 to 30 million Natives were killed at the hands of European invasion and colonialism? What is the point of having a “free market of ideas” when selective and biased history is being taught to our children?

There is no other way to put it, but erasing the memory of an entire race of people through distorted history is a systematic way of deceiving and lying to our children. Not only are we presented with biased history, but we are also subjected to an ever-growing culture of capitalism, in which commercialization of an ambiguous holiday merely pulls us away from facts and meaning. Turkeys are associated with “Thanksgiving” in the same way Santa Clause and the Easter bunny have become synonymous with Christmas and Easter, respectively. Through the guise of innocence, capitalism is constantly telling us to consume because consumption equals “happiness.” Tomorrow is not “Black Friday” for nothing.

And as children dress up as Pilgrims and Natives to reenact the romanticized version of history, they are not only perpetuating stereotypes, but more importantly, they’re being embedded with lies. What do they really know about the Pilgrims and the Natives? Consider a high school history textbook called “The American Tradition” which describes the scene quite succinctly:

After some exploring, the Pilgrims chose the land around Plymouth Harbor for their settlement. Unfortunately, they had arrived in December and were not prepared for the New England winter. However, they were aided by friendly Indians, who gave them food and showed them how to grow corn. When warm weather came, the colonists planted, fished, hunted, and prepared themselves for the next winter. After harvesting their first crop, they and their Indian friends celebrated the first Thanksgiving.

This patronizing version of history excludes many embarrassing facts of European history. As stated by James W. Loewen, author of “Lies My Teacher Told Me,” many college students are unaware of the horrific plague that devastated and significantly reduced the population of Natives after Columbus’ arrival in the “new world.” Most diseases came from animals that were domesticated by Europeans. Cowpox from cows led to smallpox, which was later “spread through gifts of blankets by infected Europeans.” Of the twelve high school textbooks Professor Loewen studied and analyzed, only three offer some explanation that the plague was a factor of European colonization. The nine remaining textbooks mention almost nothing, and two of them omit the subject altogether. He writes: “Each of the other seven furnishes only a fragment of a paragraph that does not even make it into the index, let alone into students’ minds.”

Why is it important to mention the plague? It reinforced European ethnocentricism which hardly produced a “friendly” relationship between the Natives and Europeans. To most of the Pilgrims and Europeans, the Natives were heathens, savages, treacherous, and Satanic. Upon seeing thousands of dead Natives, the Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, John Winthrop, called the plague “miraculous.” In 1634, he wrote to a friend in England:

But for the natives in these parts, God hath so pursued them, as for 300 miles space the greatest part of them are swept away by the small pox which still continues among them. So as God hath thereby cleared our title to this place, those who remain in these parts, being in all not fifty, have put themselves under our protect…

The ugly truth is that many Pilgrims were thankful and grateful that the Native population was decreasing. Even worse, there was the Pequot Massacre in 1637, which started after the colonists found a murdered white man in his boat. Ninety armed settlers burned a Native village, along with their crops, and then demanded the Natives to turn in the murderers. When the Natives refused, a massacre followed.

Captain John Mason and his colonist army surrounded a fortified Pequot village and reportedly shouted: “We must burn them! Such a dreadful terror let the Almighty fall upon their spirits that they would flee from us and run into the very flames. Thus did the Lord Judge the heathen, filling the place with dead bodies.” The surviving Pequot were hunted and slain.

The Governor of Plymouth, William Bradford, further elaborates:

Those that escaped the fire were slain with the sword; some hewed to pieces, others run through with their rapiers, so that they were quickly dispatched and very few escaped. It was conceived they thus destroyed about 400 at this time. It was a fearful sight to see them thus frying in the fire…horrible was the stink and scent thereof, but the victory seemed a sweet sacrifice, and they gave the prayers thereof to God, who had wrought so wonderfully for them.

Perhaps most disturbingly, it is strongly argued by many historians that the Pequot Massacre led to the “Thanksgiving” festivities. The day after the massacre, the aforementioned Governor Massachusetts Bay Colony declared: “A day of Thanksgiving, thanking God that they had eliminated over 700 men, women and children.” It was signed into law that, “This day forth shall be a day of celebration and thanksgiving for subduing the Pequots.”

Now, one may ask: What about Squanto, the Wampanoag man who learned to speak English and helped the hungry, ill, and poor Pilgrims? As cited by Professor Loewen, an American high school textbook called “Land of Promise” reads:

Squanto had learned their language, the author explained, from English fishermen who ventured into the New England waters each summer. Squanto taught the Pilgrims how to plant corn, squash, and pumpkins. Would the small band of settlers have survived without Squanto’s help? We cannot say. But by the fall of 1621, colonists and Indians could sit down to several days of feast and thanksgiving to God (later celebrated as the first Thanksgiving).

Note that this text states the first Thanksgiving was on 1621. Indeed, there was a feast on that year, but it was not called a “Thanksgiving feast” nor was it repeated until years later after the Pequot Massacre in 1637. In regards to Squanto, the correct question to ask is: How did Squanto learn English? History textbooks neglect to mention that the Europeans did not perceive Squanto as an equal, but rather as “an instrument of their God” to help the “chosen people.” It is also omitted that, as a boy, Squanto was stolen by a British captain in 1605 and taken to England. He worked for a Plymouth Merchant who eventually helped him arrange passage back to Massachusetts, but less than a year later, he was seized by a British slave raider. Along with two dozen fellow Natives, Squanto was sold into slavery in Spain. He would manage to escape slavery, journey back to England, and then talk a ship captain into taking him along on his next trip to Cape Cod in 1619.

As Squanto walked back into his home village, he was horrified to find that he was the only surviving member of his village. The rest were either killed in battle or died of illness and disease. Excluding Squanto’s enslavement is to paint an incredibly distorted version of history that suggests Natives like Squanto learned English for no other reason but to help the colonists. It is to glorify the Europeans and erase the struggles and experiences of the Native people.

When history is transformed into myths, tales, and bedtime stories, we ignore historical research that enables us to learn valuable and meaningful lessons about our present, as well as about our future. History is meant to be an accurate and honest account of civilizations, cultures, and events; not a body of ethnocentric and selective alterations.

As Professor Loewen states:

Thanksgiving is full of embarrassing facts. The Pilgrims did not introduce the Native Americans to the tradition; Eastern Indians had observed autumnal harvest celebrations for centuries. Our modern celebrations date back only to 1863; not until the 1890s did the Pilgrims get included in the tradition; no one even called them ‘Pilgrims’ until the 1870s.

I did not write this article with intentions to offend or say we shouldn’t celebrate “Thanksgiving.” None of us are responsible for the atrocious deaths of Natives and Europeans. None of us caused the plague or the massacres. But as human beings, I do feel that it’s important for us to approach history with honesty and sensitivity. Perhaps some of you don’t believe this history is relevant to you, but I would strongly argue that a history that is not inclusive is a dangerously racist and prejudice one. Yes, we should spend time with our families and Loved ones, and yes, we should be grateful and thankful for all that we have, but not at the expense of ignoring an entire race of people, their culture, and their history. The fact that history textbooks and schools try to glorify the Pilgrims while omitting significant facts about the Natives represents that there is a lot to improve in the United States. Let us not become blinded by super-patriotism or blowout sales of “Black Friday.” Let us give some thought to the Native people, learn from their struggles, and embolden ourselves to stand up against racism and genocide in all forms.

They deserve your attention.

~Broken Mystic~

UPDATE: Thank you all for commenting and sharing your thoughts on this post.  Unfortunately, I do NOT write on this blog anymore, but you can still share your comments on an updated and revised piece I wrote on my new blog (see link below).  Also, there are others who have written excellent articles on the truth of “Thanksgiving” and their work certainly deserves more attention than this post.

Please bring your comments to my new blog here (where I also provide links to must-read articles):

http://muslimreverie.wordpress.com/2009/11/26/thanksgiving-and-forgotten-genocide-brainwashing-of-american-textbooks/

OOPS: 3 Billion Gallons of Fracking Wastewater ‘Accidentally’ Pumped into California Aquifers


Note: Oops?? Accident my ass! You can bet the corporate psychopaths are behind this toxic mess as a way to FORCE people to buy “their” water.  Only the criminally insane believe they “own” the elemental forces of nature. And yes, we all know water is a force to be reckoned with.

Hmmm…Does the Nestle CEO, or any other water baron live anywhere near a river or ocean that could literally wash these freaks off the world stage? Maybe it’s time to communicate with Gaia, to ask the Element of Water to find and serve these corporate psychopaths a taste of Mother Natures wettest karmic nightmare for their crimes against nature and humanity.

Sorry folks, these massive environmental crimes make my blood boil – humans are not behind events of this scale. Negative ET/Inter-dimensional factions are losing the war, they know it and are doing everything in their power to leave a toxic wasteland behind for humans to deal with after they’re sent to another very distant for-off universe, or are recycled back to Source. Good riddens…

Much love and aloha, Annette

Melissa Melton
The Daily Sheeple
November 18th, 2014

fracking

Quick question: What in the hell is going on in California?

First, the state experiences an historic drought, which some have charged is actually being engineered.

Then, new legislation was passed just a few months ago which aims to control and regulate the use of groundwater on a never-before-seen level on one’s privately-owned land. These laws will even create agencies that basically serve as “water police.” Private wells will have to be registered and metered, and landowners who fail to comply will have their wells forcibly shut down by the government.

It’s to the point that $500-a-day fines are being handed out for not obeying water restrictions, people are turning into snitches and “droughtshaming” each other on social media, and if it continues, the cost of produce could soar nationwide (considering much of the country’s fruits and veggies are grown there).

Now, it has come to light that three billion gallons of fracking wastewater has “accidentally” been pumped into clean aquifers there.

Via Zero Hedge’s Tyler Durden:

Dear California readers: if you drank tapwater this morning (or at any point in the past few weeks/months), you may be in luck as you no longer need to buy oil to lubricate your engine: just use your blood, and think of the cost-savings. That’s the good news.

Also, the bad news, because as the California’s Department of Conservation’s Chief Deputy Director, Jason Marshall, told NBC Bay Area, California state officials allowed oil and gas companies to pump up to 3 billion gallons (call it 70 million barrels) of oil fracking-contaminated waste water into formerly clean aquifers, aquifers which at least on paper are supposed to be off-limits to that kind of activity, and are protected by the government’s EPA – an agency which, it appears, was richly compensated by the same oil and gas companies to look elsewhere.

And the scariest words of admission one can ever hear from a government apparatchik: “In multiple different places of the permitting process an error could have been made.”[his emphasis, not mine]

Oops.

With natural gas — primarily shale natural gas from fracking — as the trendy new market in the U.S. and elsewhere, fracking operations are a booming business these days (and so are the earthquake swarms which have been tied to it in studies). The Council on Foreign Relations, the secretive para-government think tank, even issued a report explicitly identifying fracking as one of the main keys to new North American energy markets in the coming years.

Sadly, with a crony government that protects big business interests over people every chance it gets pretty much without fail, this probably won’t be the last time we see a disgusting headline like this in the coming years.

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Contributed by Melissa Melton of The Daily Sheeple.

Melissa Melton is a writer, researcher, and analyst for The Daily Sheeple and a co-creator of Truthstream Media with Aaron Dykes, a site that offers teleprompter-free, unscripted analysis of The Matrix we find ourselves living in. Melissa also co-founded Nutritional Anarchy with Daisy Luther of The Organic Prepper, a site focused on resistance through food self-sufficiency. Wake the flock up!

– See more at: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/oops-3-billion-gallons-of-fracking-wastewater-accidentally-pumped-in-california-aquifers_112014#sthash.iSLdwNBY.dpuf

Secrecy News: Invention Secrecy on the Rise


During fiscal year 2011, there were 143 new secrecy orders imposed on patent applications under the Invention Secrecy Act of 1951, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reported this week.  This represents an increase of 66% over the year before, and it is the highest number of new secrecy orders in a single year since 1998.

The Invention Secrecy Act authorizes the government to block the disclosure of a patent application if it contains information that might be “detrimental to the national security.”  Remarkably, this secrecy authority extends even to privately-generated inventions that the government does not own or control.

According to USPTO statistics obtained by the Federation of American Scientists under the Freedom of Information Act, a total of 5,241 patent secrecy orders were in effect at the end of FY 2011, including both new secrecy orders and those from previous years that had been renewed.  This is the highest annual total since 1995.

An explanation for the increase in secrecy orders was not reported.  Nor do the statistics themselves include anything like a “figure of merit” that would confirm their validity or their legitimacy.

The use of secrecy orders has sometimes been questioned, particularly when they extend to inventions that are not clearly limited to military or other national security applications.  Forty years ago, government agencies directed that advanced renewable energy technologies should be reviewed for possible restriction under the Invention Secrecy Act.  These included photovoltaics that were more than 20% efficient and energy conversion systems with efficiencies “in excess of 70-80%.”  (“Invention Secrecy Still Going Strong,” Secrecy News, October 21, 2010)

To be “detrimental to national security” — which is the threshold for a secrecy order under the Invention Secrecy Act — is a lower standard than to cause “damage to national security,” which is the criterion for national security classification.

Government reviewers may recommend imposing a secrecy order on a patent application in which the government has a “property interest” (i.e. the government owns or supported the development of the invention) whenever disclosure of the application “might be detrimental to national security,” according to a 2010 directive from the Department of Defense.  However, if the government does not have a property interest in the invention, then reviewers can only impose a secrecy order if disclosure “would be detrimental to national security,” a more demanding standard.   But the term “detrimental” was not further defined and the precise scope of the review process is not publicly known.

It has been years since Congress conducted investigative oversight of the invention secrecy program.  An informative series of hearings entitled “The Government’s Classification of Private Ideas” was held by the House Committee on Government Operations in 1980.  Extensive excerpts from the published hearing volume are posted here.

http://www.fas.org/blogs/secrecy/2011/10/invention_secrecy_2011/

The banks: how am I here again? | Channel 4 News


A snippet of Truth on banking fraud and trading corruption finally coming from msm…

Paul Mason’s raw thoughts on the news – and why he’s sick of the corner of the City of London next to RBS’s headquarters.

Watch more Channel 4 News interviews: http://bit.ly/1sWTslk

Top stories: http://bit.ly/1wdbIG1

Ebola scare is over, and so is ISIS ~ Daily Kos


ISIS Flag with Ebola Image

Thank you, media. You did your job.You lovingly cobbled together boogeymen straight out of central casting: masked brown men lopping off American heads, and a disease out of the Africa that makes you bleed from your eyes. You achieved levels of paranoia that had people willing to lock up medical workers who had zero chance of spreading the disease, and you got people who had marched against going into Iraq in the first place convinced that this time we just had to get some sand on our boots.

Lacking any real threat on either front, you didn’t let reality stand in your way. You deployed the GIANT FEAR GRAPHICS, you pulled out the ominous music, you gave us “news” people with wide eyes and tremulous voices. It was a masterful showing that you can still make a difference. Helluva job. Really.

Never mind that the disease was about as likely to spread across the US as Doritos-flavored Mountain Dew. Never mind that the existential threat swallowing up the Middle East and creeping across our borders to murder us in our sleep was actually just another in an apparently endless series of Sunni militias that rise, fall apart, and rot.

Just for fun, let’s look at a New York Times article from the week before the election.

Islamic State militantshave been exacting harsh revenge against an Iraqi Sunni tribe that fought for months to keep thejihadists at bay, capturing and summarily executing scores of its members, tribal leaders and local officials said Thursday.The death toll among the tribe, the Albu Nimr, remains unclear; one account put it at more than 200 based on mass grave sites, though that could not be independently verified. But the reports mesh with the Islamic State’s pattern of methodical slaughter as it has consolidated its territorial grabs in Syria and Iraq.

… tribal fighters and police officers were badly outgunned by the Islamic State, which captured many heavy weapons from armories in Syria and Iraq. The jihadists finally conquered Hit this month, and have since expanded their control of nearby areas.

Scary stuff. Here’s ISIS romping across Syria and Iraq, taking down a tribe that happens to be itself the hardest of the hard-core Sunni on its way to building the new caliphate.And now, the New York Times the week after the election.

ISIS Wave of Might Is Turning Into RippleThe extremists of the Islamic State appeared unstoppable after their sudden blitz through Iraq this summer, with its battle-hardened fighters continually raising their black flag over newly conquered areas … the days of easy and rapid gains for the jihadists may be coming to a close in Iraq, as the group’s momentum appears to be stalling. …

“ISIS can only expand in areas where it can enter into partnerships with the local population, and that largely limits the scope of the expansion of ISIS to Sunni, disenfranchised areas,” said Lina Khatib, the director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut.

Those Albu Nimr tribesmen at war with ISIS? They show how badly cracked the organization is even when it comes to achieving universal support among Sunnis.AlbuNimr areas should be the core of any Sunni-based group, but ISIS, like the many groups that rose and fell before it, is really about stroking the egos of one or two would-be caliphs, not uniting Muslims into a world-spanning power. And while ISIS has been fighting internally with other Sunni groups, it’s been losing battles against Shiite forces, against the official Iraqi military, against the Kurdishpeshmerga. It’s been losing towns to angry locals. And it’s been battered by (no boots required) air strikes.In short, ISIS has turned out to be just another blip in our Summer of Fear.  But hey, there was someone who tried to tell you that…

The unstoppable, hugely frightening ISIS has seen its supply routes blocked.

Kurdish forces blocked a road Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants use to resupply their forces in a Syrian town on the Turkish border …

and strategic positions lost.

After fierce fighting that started on Monday, the fighters – which include soldiers from the People’s Protection Units (YPG), Iraqi KurdishPeshmerga and the Free Syrian Army – have taken back a strategic part ofMashta al-Nur, a hill which overlooksKobane.From this hill, the fighters will be able to bomb IS fighters around the city and also on the other side of the hill …

Kobane would be the same Syria / Turkey border city where a small number of Kurdish fighters have held off ISIS forces in weeks of hard fighting in which the “Islamic State” forces have taken the brunt of the beating.

More than 1 000 people, mostlyjihadists, have been killed inKobane since theIslamic State group launched an offensive on the Syrian town nearly two months ago, amonitor said on Sunday.ISIS jihadists, who proclaimed a “caliphate” in June straddling territory captured in Iraq and Syria, launched their offensive for the town – also known as Ain al-Arab – in mid-September.

“At least 1 013 people have been killed in fighting in Ain al-Arab from the beginning of the offensive till last night,” said Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman.

Of those dead, 2/3 are ISIS fighters — and that excludes any dead from air strikes.What has ISIS actually accomplished? Unity.  But not of the sort they wanted.

Syrian Kurdish forceshave been battling to repel ISIS militants fromKobane since 16 September.The fighters from the town have been joined by Syrian rebels who have fought both President Bashar Assad’s regime and ISIS, as well as by Iraqi Kurd peshmerga forces.

ISIS efforts to remold Syria and Iraq into “the new caliphate” have driven together groups that would otherwise have been rivals, because the bulk of people in both nations don’t want what ISIS is selling. They have Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds, Christians,Yazidis, and just about everyone else united under one banner as the Not-ISIS brigade.ISIS doesn’t have a magic formula. They don’t know how to hold territory inhabited by people who hate them any more than we do, any more than the French did, any more than the Romans did. The threat that they would actually form some kind of Islamic super state that could exert military force outside the immediate region is zero. It was always zero.

Look, I don’t want to say I told you so, only… yes, yes I do. Here’s what I said on August 24.

You know how much threat ISIS represents to the United States? None. That’s how much. Exactly none. If there was a value less than none, then it would be that, but there’s not, so none is the answer.You know what does represent a threat to the the United States, a bona fide danger to our continued existence as the land of the semi-free and occasionally bravish? Acting as if every person who says they want to turn the United States into dictatorial hell hole, is capable of making the United States their bitch. … As the Deputy Undersecretary of Pogo might say, we have determined the source of the threat, and we’re it.

And on September 10.

Look, I’ve said it before and I still believe every word. ISIS represents no threat to the United States. None.Are there terrorists in this world who would like to give us a bloody nose? Absolutely. You know what? You’ve already surrendered an astounding amount of your personal privacy in the name of enabling agencies to reduce that threat. Stop being so eager to bend over and give the little that remains.

ISIS the Sunni extremist group capable of carrying out local atrocities and defeating dispirited Shiite forces in areas where they are not welcome certainly exists. ISIS the terrifying force capable of reshaping the world does not. It never did.They’re not going away tomorrow. They’re going to win more battles, but they’re going to lose a lot more.

In the real world, the rubber tree plant does not go down to an ant, no matter how hard the ant waves a scary flag. ISIS is not going to conquer Iraq. It’s not going to conquer Syria. It’s not going to maintain its hold on the tangle of towns connected by highways that constituted the Islamic State at its peak. At best (where “best” is defined from the ISIS POV) it’s going to take its place as one of many squabbling factions.

Who knows. Two years from now, when the next Sunni militia group threatens to tear across the region, maybe ISIS will be part of the coalition trying to stop them. By then, we’ll probably forget they’re supposed to be the bad guys. After all, the new guys will also be brown, and that’ll be plenty scary enough to make them part of the 2016 news cycle.

As soon as the media and the GOP work out how to blame them on Hillary.

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