US Intelligence Confirms US “Deliberately Helping ISIS”: “Bomb The Kurds Not ISIS” +
26 Things About The Islamic State (ISIL) That Obama Does Not Want You To Know About September 12 2015 | From: GreenMedInfo / GlobalResearch / Various
Former Defense Intelligence Agency head Gen. Michael Flynn is not backing down from his claims that elements of the US government were aware of and supported the rise of jihadists in Syria as a means by which to overthrow its president, Bashar Assad.
As the US moves ever closer to a full-out invasion of Syria the lack of media interest in Flynn’s story is reminiscent of the one-sided (pro-war) coverage of the run up to the 2003 Iraq War.
More on the disturbing new revelations in a special edition of the Ron Paul Liberty Report:
Comment: While Tony Abbott and John Key are making noises about extending military efforts in Syria at the behest of their 'cabal -up-lines', the general public seems to be blind to the fact that the ongoing destruction of Syria is a long-planned strategy to cause societal chaos by flooding Europe and other areas with refugees. And now we have demonstrations demanding that the governments increase their refugee quotas. Problem, Reaction, Solution.
26 Things About the Islamic State (ISIL) that Obama Does Not Want You to Know About
This article was first published in November 2014.
"Recent developments confirm what is known and documented: Washington is behind the Islamic State (ISIS) and at the same time it is behind the moderate Al Qaeda terrorists, which the Obama administration is supporting as part of America’s campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS). And they expect us to believe that they are committed to waging a campaign against terrorists
The Islamic State (ISIS) was until 2014 called al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI).
Al Nusra is an al Qaeda affiliate which has committed countless atrocities in Syria. It is now considered by the Obama administration as the “Moderate Opposition”.
America’s “anti-terrorist campaign’ consists in supporting a so-called “moderate” Al Qaeda entity (Al Nusra) with a view to going after another al Qaeda entity entitled The Islamic State, formerly designated as Al Qaeda in Iraq.
“Al Qaeda is going after Al Qaeda”, and both wings of al Qaeda are supported covertly by US intelligence.
Both ISIS and Al Nusra are protected by the Western military alliance. Both Al Qaeda entities are used to destroy Syria and Iraq. The air campaign allegedly against ISIS does not target ISIS, it targets Syria and Iraq, schools, hospitals, factories, residential areas, government buildings, roads, bridges, etc.
Both Al Qaeda affiliated entities are being used to destroy Iraq and Syria as nation states.
The terrorists are the foot-soldiers of the Western military alliance.
US-NATO-Israel are state sponsors of terrorism, providing training, weapons and money to various terrorist formations.
The endgame is “regime change” in Syria and the fragmentation of Iraq."
- Michel Chossudovsky, September 03, 2015
The US led war against the Islamic State is a big lie
The incursion of the Islamic State (IS) brigades into Iraq starting in June 2014 was part of a carefully planned military-intelligence operation supported covertly by the US, NATO and Israel.
The counter-terrorism mandate is a fiction.America is the Number One “State Sponsor of Terrorism”
The Islamic State is protected by the US and its allies. If they had wanted to eliminate the Islamic State brigades, they could have “carpet” bombed their convoys of Toyota pickup trucks when they crossed the desert from Syria into Iraq in June.
The Syro-Arabian Desert is open territory (see map below). With state of the art jet fighter aircraft (F15, F22 Raptor, CF-18) it would have been -from a military standpoint- a rapid and expedient surgical operation
In this article, we address 26 concepts which refute the big lie. Portrayed by the media as a humanitarian undertaking, this large scale military operation directed against Syria and Iraq has resulted in countless civilian deaths.
It could not have been undertaken without the unbending support of the Western media which has upheld Obama’s initiative as a counter-terrorism operation.
“Advertisements, paid for from CIA funds, were placed in newspapers and newsletters around the world offering inducements and motivations to join the Jihad.”
3. Since the Reagan Administration, Washington has supported the Islamic terror network.
Ronald Reagan called the terrorists “freedom fighters”. The US supplied weapons to the Islamic brigades. It was all for “a good cause”: fighting the Soviet Union and regime change, leading to the demise of a secular government in Afghanistan.
Ronald Reagan meets Afghan Mujahideen Commanders at the White House in 1985 (Reagan Archives)
4. Jihadist textbooks were published by the University of Nebraska. “.
“The United States spent millions of dollars to supply Afghan schoolchildren with textbooks filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings”
5. Osama bin Laden, America’s bogyman and founder of Al Qaeda was recruited by the CIA in 1979 at the very outset of the US sponsored jihadist war against Afghanistan. He was 22 years old and was trained in a CIA sponsored guerilla training camp. Al Qaeda was not behind the 9/11 Attacks.
September 11, 2001 provided a justification for waging a war against Afghanistan on the grounds that Afghanistan was a state sponsor of terrorism, supportive of Al Qaeda. The 9/11 attacks were instrumental in the formulation of the “Global War on Terrorism”.
The Islamic State (ISIL)
6. The Islamic State (ISIL) was originally an Al Qaeda affiliated entity created by US intelligence with the support of Britain’s MI6, Israel’s Mossad, Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Saudi Arabia’s General Intelligence Presidency (GIP), Ri’āsat Al-Istikhbārāt Al-’Āmah.
7. The ISIL brigades were involved in the US-NATO supported insurgency in Syria directed against the government of Bashar al Assad.
8. NATO and the Turkish High Command were responsible for the recruitment of ISIL and Al Nusrah mercenaries from the outset of the Syrian insurgency in March 2011. According to Israeli intelligence sources, this initiative consisted in:
"A campaign to enlist thousands of Muslim volunteers in Middle East countries and the Muslim world to fight alongside the Syrian rebels.
The Turkish army would house these volunteers, train them and secure their passage into Syria". (DEBKAfile, NATO to give rebels anti-tank weapons, August 14, 2011.)
At what point will all of the government’s carefully drawn plans for dealing with civil unrest, “homegrown” terrorism and targeting pre-crime become a unified blueprint for locking down the nation?
9.There are Western Special Forces and Western intelligence operatives within the ranks of the ISIL. British Special Forces and MI6 have been involved in training jihadist rebels in Syria.
10. Western military specialists on contract to the Pentagon have trained the terrorists in the use of chemical weapons.
“The United States and some European allies are using defense contractors to train Syrian rebels on how to secure chemical weapons stockpiles in Syria, a senior U.S. official and several senior diplomats told CNN Sunday. (CNN Report, December 9, 2012)
11.The ISIL’s practice of beheadings is part of the US sponsored terrorist training programs implemented in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Jihadist fighters have met Israeli IDF officers as well as Prime Minister Netanyahu. The IDF top brass tacitly acknowledges that “global jihad elements inside Syria” [ISIL and Al Nusrah] are supported by Israel. See image below:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon next to a wounded mercenary, Israeli military field hospital at the occupied Golan Heights’ border with Syria, 18 February 2014
Syria and Iraq
14 The ISIL are the foot soldiers of the Western military alliance. Their unspoken mandate is to wreck havoc and destruction in Syria and Iraq, acting on behalf of their US sponsors.
15. US Senator John McCain has met up with jihadist terrorist leaders in Syria.
16 The Islamic State (IS) militia, which is currently the alleged target of a US-NATO bombing campaign under a “counter-terrorism” mandate, continues to be supported covertly by the US. Washington and its allies continue to provide military aid to the Islamic State.
17. US and allied bombings are not targeting the ISIL, they are bombing the economic infrastructure of Iraq and Syria including factories and oil refineries.
18. The IS caliphate project is part of a longstanding US foreign policy agenda to carve up Iraq and Syria into separate territories: A Sunni Islamist Caliphate, an Arab Shia Republic, a Republic of Kurdistan.
The Global War on Terror (GWOT)
19. “The Global War on Terrorism” (GWOT) is presented as a “Clash of Civilizations”, a war between competing values and religions, when in reality it is an outright war of conquest, guided by strategic and economic objectives.
20 U.S. sponsored Al Qaeda terror brigades (covertly supported by Western intelligence) have been deployed in Mali, Niger, Nigeria, the Central African Republic, Somalia and Yemen.
These various affiliated Al Qaeda entities in the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are CIA sponsored “intelligence assets”. They are used by Washington to wreck havoc, create internal conflicts and destabilize sovereign countries.
22. The US is also supporting Al Qaeda affiliated terrorist organizations in the Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region of China. The underlying objective is to trigger political instability in Western China.
Chinese jihadists are reported to have received “terrorist training” from the Islamic State “in order to conduct attacks in China”. The declared objective of these Chinese-based jihadist entities (which serves the interests of the US) is to establish a Islamic caliphate extending into Western China.
(Michel Chossudovsky, America’s War on Terrorism, Global Research, Montreal, 2005, Chapter 2).
23 The Terrorists R Us: While the US is the unspoken architect of the Islamic State, Obama’s holy mandate is to protect America against ISIL attacks.
24 The homegrown terrorist threat is a fabrication.It is promoted by Western governments and the media with a view to repealing civil liberties and installing a police state. The terror attacks by alleged jihadists and terror warnings are invariably staged events. They are used to create an atmosphere of fear and intimidation.
In turn, the arrests, trials and sentences of “Islamic terrorists” sustain the legitimacy of America’s Homeland Security State and law enforcement apparatus, which has become increasingly militarized.
The ultimate objective is to instill in the minds of millions of Americans that the enemy is real and the U.S. Administration will protect the lives of its citizens.
25. The “counter-terrorism” campaign against the Islamic State has contributed to the demonization of Muslims, who in the eyes of Western public opinion are increasingly associated with the jihadists.
26 Anybody who dares to question the validity of the “Global War on Terrorism” is branded a terrorist and subjected to the anti-terrorist laws.
The ultimate objective of the “Global War on Terrorism” is to subdue the citizens, totally depoliticize social life in America [and the world over], prevent people from thinking and conceptualizing, from analyzing facts and challenging the legitimacy of the inquisitorial social order which rules America.
The Obama Administration has imposed a diabolical consensus with the support of its allies, not to mention the complicit role of the United Nations Security Council. The Western media has embraced the consensus; it has described the Islamic State as an independent entity, an outside enemy which threatens the Western World.
Why Touching Receipts Can Harm Your Health September 12 2015 | From: GreenMedInfo
Keeping your receipts may make good financial sense, but it can seriously harm your health
If you are like me, you hesitate at the checkout counter whenever the cashier asks you "would you like your receipt"? If your inner accountant is alive and well, you will find yourself wanting to keep it, which means touch it.
But on the other hand, if you are already aware of the information in this article, the idea of handling a bisphenol A saturated thermal printer receipt without gloves makes as much sense as handling gasoline or paint thinner without protection.
And if you are really "neurotic" like me, you may find yourself thinking about the health of the cashier, who undoubtedly has been handling receipts all shift long, and will continue to be exposed -- often unwittingly -- to a significant dose of bisphenol A throughout the course of their employment. This is why I cringe doubly when I refuse a receipt, because I realize that the cashier has no idea why I would do so, nor that they have suffered a harmful chemical exposure in the very act of offering the receipt to me.
is also used in a lot of food packaging and has caused a lot of concern regarind human health
All this might sound overly cautious if it had not already been proven that exposure to thermal printer receipts is one of the primary routes through which our bodies become contaminated with the toxic synthetic chemical known as bisphenol A (BPA), a potent endocrine disruptor, carcinogen, and neurotoxic and cardiotoxic chemical, linked to over 50 adverse health effects. BPA is also found in airline tickets, gas and ATM receipts, and paper currency absorbs the BPA contained within these receipts, making daily exposure even more likely.
There are other important variables that play into how much of this chemical we absorb. For instance, bisphenol absorption is exponentially enhanced with the use of mass market skin care products, which are themselves mainly comprised of petrochemically-derived ingredientswhose toxicities are also a major concern.
There is also the disturbing fact that 93% of healthy infants aged 3-15 months were found to be contaminated with BPA without any known cause of environmental exposure, revealing how truly widespread contamination is, regardless of direct exposure to thermal printer receipts.
The chemical class known as bisphenols actually includes over a dozen different forms, including bisphenols A, B, C, F, P. The new study found that the printer receipts contained between 1-2% BPA, BPS, or BPSIP (a bisphenol S variation), by weight.
The blood and urine samples of cashiers were evaluated for bisphenol levels in post-shift samples compared with pre-shift samples, finding that the receipts contained between 1-2% BPA, PBS, or BPSIP, by weight, and that their levels of BPS were significantly higher than non-cashiers. Based on the cashier's toxicological profile, the study concluded, "Thermal receipt paper is a potential source of occupational exposure to BPA, BPS, and BPSIP."
So, what do you do if you shouldn't touch or keep your receipts?
One easy 'no touch' way to track receipts is to take a photo of it and email it to yourself or a special email account you create to account for them. You could also use one of many phone apps that help you photo and track your receipts. Here is an article on IGeeksBlog.com on the "Best iPhone Receipt Tracking Apps: Never Miss An Expense Again."
Mana: The Power In Knowing Who You Are September 11 2015 | From: TEDxTalks
Tame explores how the old saying of "Te ka nohi ki te ka nohi" (Dealing with it eye to eye) creates a far more productive space for open dialogue around any issue
Tame Iti (Ngai Tuhoe/Waikato/Te Arawa) is known as many things... Activist, Artist, Terrorist and Cyclist. Literally wearing his Tuhoe heritage on his face, Iti is hard to miss in a crowd despite being just 5ft 4" tall.
His 40 year history of controversial and theatrical displays of political expression have included pitching a tent on parliament grounds and calling it the Maori embassy, shooting a national flag in front of government officials and the curious spate of public meetings where he appeared with a ladder so as to speak eye to eye with officials who were seated on stage.
Iti explores how the old saying of "Te ka nohi ki te ka nohi" (Dealing with it eye to eye) creates a far more productive space for open dialogue around any issue.
"No one can tell you that you are not important and your experience does not matter and if they do... I challenge them to say it to your face... where they can see your eyes and feel your breath."
25 Signs (Plus 14 More) That The Global Elite’s Ship Is About To Sink September 10 2015 | From: TheMindUnleashed
Part 2 of this developing story: If you have not read Part 1 yet, please do so before reading this article as it will make much more sense.
Since the release of Part 1, we have seen the geopolitical chess game drastically intensify with several more major indications that something very big is happening behind the scenes at the highest levels of governance and finance.
1. August 11th, 2015: China (a very influential BRICS member) shocks the markets and the Wall Street banking cartel by devaluing the yuan by 2%.
2. August 12th, 2015: China throws a second punch and devalues the yuan by another 1.6 %, Two explosions, which are being labeled as nuclear by some, went off in Tianjin, China just 1 day after the bold currency move. As of this writing, 4 explosions have taken place and are suspected as retaliation against the Chinese by the Wall Street banking cartel.
3. August 13th, 2015: China devalues the yuan for the 3rd consecutive day, down a total of 4.65%. As this financial expert wrote, this was “the haymaker.” In layman’s terms, China erased almost 5 years worth of “controlled appreciations” in 3 days. Thus, China (and the BRICS Alliance) just told Wall Street and Washington D.C./London, “we are in full control here and you will play ball by the rules…”
4. August 14th, 2015: China once again shocked the world by announcing an updated total of the gold reserves, just 29 days after their last update. In the past, they have updated their reserve total only every 5 or 6 years. Clearly, a transition to the gold standard is at hand. This is the last thing the fiat-based U.S. Dollar and central banking cabal wants and can afford.
5. August 24th, 2015: David Wilcock releases a new update stating that his inside sources are telling him the geopolitical situation playing out between the banking cabal and the BRICS alliance is reaching a crescendo.
6. August 28th, 2015: North Korea and South Korea agree to hold peace talks as North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un said the agreement is a “landmark occasion” in the road to “reconciliation” and “trust.” Is the banking cabal’s influence over South Korea being dismantled?
Its well known they have long controlled South Korea and have infiltrated their governance as a means to keep the two Koreas divided. Secondly, the more that unity and peace spreads, the quicker the cabal falls…and they know this.
7. August 31st, 2015: In an article that I highly recommend, the author perfectly describes what China, Russia and the BRICS alliance are doing to the U.S. Dollar and thus to the banking cabal by China dumping billions of Dollars worth of U.S. Treasuries. I’ll leave you with this quote from the article:
'“China, Russia and much of the international community is signaling that they’re prepared and strapped in…they’re in the cockpit, and have punched their ‘hyper-drive.’
De-dollarization will quicken to warp speed. Eurasia is ready for this rocket ride to begin…and to benefit, on their balance sheets, from the gold (and silver) revaluations shortly to take place.”
8. September 1st, 2015: Vladamir Putin drafts a bill aimed at eliminating, yes eliminating, the U.S. Dollar and Euro from trade between CIS countries, which includes Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and other countries of the former Soviet Union.
9. September 3rd, 2015: Guatemala erupts in protests calling for the resignation of their President. He does resign and is jailed in connection to a corruption scandal.
In addition, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman visited Washington over the weekend and has given support to the deal as well. Saudi Arabia, who was once a strong ally to the Bush / Clinton / Israeli syndicate, has essentially turned it’s back on them.
Remember that Japan was of the two (the U.S. was the other) notable nations that did not join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in late June. It seems as though major regime changes are taking place behind closed doors in Japan. Stay tuned.
13. September 6th, 2015:Over 105,000 people, including union leaders and Labour Members of Parliament, have signed the petition to arrest Binyamin Netanyahu for war crimes. Since the petition has reached over 100,000 signatures, the British Parliament must officially consider a debate on the situation.
14. September 6th, 2015: Neil Keenan, who I had urged readers to look into further in Part 1 of this article, released a new update regarding the global collateral accounts and the stage of the game he and his team are at in legally bringing down multiple very large banks and bankers.
For those that don’t know, the global collateral accounts are the single largest cover-up to date and have been illegally used and abused by many different banking institutions, governments and corporations.
These accounts have strong ties to JFK and to 9/11. I cannot over-emphasize the importance of learning about the global collateral accounts and passing that information on to others. Neil has said that it is expected to be around and possibly before January 2016 that very large fireworks (and positive for humanity) take place involving all the big banks and several governments/corporations. The wait is coming to an end.
Finishing part 2: I will leave you with a quote by a very well respected financial expert with over 30 years experience in the industry. Bix Weir on September 7th, 2015:
"The war for our freedom continues to go on in the background as the Sheeple go about their everyday life totally blind to what’s about to happen. China announced a new oil contract that will be valued in Yuan and not the US Dollar…and another chemical plant blows sky high in China".
It should be clear to all that these are not coincidental and there is a massive battle going on behind the scenes between the Good Guys and the Bad Guys. China is working with the Good Guys to destroy the banking cabal and the Bad Guys, who still control the system, are firing warning after warning back at China.
This is NOT a China vs USA / country vs country battle.
This is strictly a battle between those people, all around the world, that have controlled our lives for centuries vs some very brave people, all around the world, that are trying to take them down – permanently.
And YES – the Good Guys are winning the battle and the very root of the Bad Guys power is about to be taken away from them…
The Power over Money
Without it, they are helpless. Without it they cannot pay others to do their dirty work. Without it they have no protection from the people. Without it they will be exposed.
So the money power must be destroyed and China is doing their part to do just that. Others are falling into line as well so it won’t be long now…
Petition For [Illuminati-Esque] 'Red Peak' Flag Next Move In The Uprising Against Panel's Four Flags September 9 2015 | From: Stuff
The chorus of voices rejecting the four alternate flags in favour of 'Red Peak' is getting louder, with a petition the latest act in the revolution
"Prime Minister John Key, please make Red Peak the fifth flag option for New Zealand," it reads.
Within three days of launching, the petition had more than 16,800 signatures. It aimed to reach 25,000. Support for the geometric 'Red Peak' flag grew rapidly since the final four flags were selected on Tuesday.
On Sunday, a spokeswoman for the Flag Panel said that the shortlist was out of the panel's hands.
“The panel was appointed by government to select the alternative which it has done and cabinet has approved those alternatives so they will go forward,"she said.
"It's out of the panel's mandate and is now part of an official government process."
A spokesman for Flag minister Bill English confirmed there would be no changes to the shortlist.
“After a thorough transparent process the independent flag consideration panel recommended four alternative designs be put forward to referendum and the Cabinet has accepted the Panel's recommendations and a referendum on the four recommended designs will go to referendum as per the legislation."
But electoral law expert Graeme Edgeler said it would not be difficult for the government to add Red Peak to the ballot, if it wanted to.
“They can't just add a fifth flag, but if the government wanted to it could change its mind really quite easily," he said.
"Cabinet could just issue a new order in council and change the alternative flags if it really wanted to."
But Edgeler didn't think that was likely unless an extraordinary groundswell of support for the flag was shown.
"Perhaps if there were a million people in a march, but I think it's highly unlikely anything could change the government's mind in time for the printing of ballot."
Instead, Edgeler suggested if people love 'Red Peak', they should start flying it, hope the referendum for a new flag fails, and slowly ease the flag into the public consciousness.
"They should get out there and start flying it, embroider it on their backpacks on their OEs.
"If that is the one, there is nothing to stop people from starting to use it now, that's possibly how a flag change should happen anyway."
Writer Toby Manhire and artist Dick Frizzell have both spoken in support of 'Red Peak's' simple, non-illustrative approach, and a Facebook page supporting the flag had 14,000 likes by Sunday.
The design, by Xero product design director Dustin, 42, was selected for the long list of 40 flags, but did not make the short list of four.
The simplistic design intentionally evokes the Maori myth of Ranginui and Papatuanuku, the sky father and earth mother who lie locked together.
It also refers to New Zealand's geographic uniqueness, in that we are the first country to see the dawn.
The black on the left represents the night sky, while the the blue on the right represents the coming day.
Supporter Frizzell, whose work has extensively explored Kiwi iconography, said on Friday he found the four flags the panel offered lame, particularly the near identical fern designs.
"'They're so f------ tragic I can't believe it. I'm sure Kyle [Lockwood, designer of two of the fern flags] is a lovely boy but that is such an aunty flag, such a nanny flag." he said.
Dustin has been interested in New Zealand identity as long as he has studied design, and felt something like an obligation to contribute.
Like most of his supporters, he found the four shortlisted flags disappointing.
'"I appreciate the ideas and thoughts of the designers and panel but I think where we've ended up does not capture the hearts and minds of New Zealand."
In a Stuff.co.nz poll of 16,890 readers, 39 per cent of readers voted to keep the current flag rather than change it.
Kyle Lockwood's Silver Fern (black, white and blue) was the most popular alternate flag design, with 27 per cent of the vote, while his other design, Silver Fern (red, white and blue), got 23 per cent. This meant, if Lockwood fans rallied around one of his flags, they could vote one in.
Flags designed by Alofi Kanter – the black and white fern – and Andrew Fyfe each got 6 per cent or less of the vote.
Your Body Is Electrical And Runs On Electrons – NOT Sugar, Protein Or Fat! September 9 2015 | From: PhoreverYoung
“Life’s clever. It figures out how to suck electrons out of everything you eat, everything you drink, everything you absorb from the photons of the sun to the electrons attached to minerals and then keep them under control to be used by the body when needed.”
Every breath we take, every move we make… so goes the song. Yet every move we make does depend on every breath we take and every drink (or meal) we take, because our movement is fueled by electrical (electron) energy that we store in the body. We receive our energy from the sources of sun, air, food, water, and rocks.
Electrical energy doesn’t just ‘drop’ out of the air, food or water that we ingest. In its usual form it is not chemically available. It can’t always be called upon to support every move we make because it is not always ready for chemical reaction.
For any chemical reaction to occur there needs to be two molecules involved, and each of these molecules must have something to ‘trade’, in the form of compatible atoms that are either positively or negatively charged.
Positively charged molecules (and the atoms within them) will easily and naturally unite with negatively charged molecules of equivalent and compatible charge.
Put simply, all of your body functions rely on the electrical energy released from the unity of the ‘charge’ of the molecules in it and the opposite ‘charge’ in food water or air that enters it.
So what is an ion?
An ion is any atom that has a positive or a negative charge. A positively charged ion will seek a negatively charged one to unite with, have a glorious ‘coupling’ and then turn into something totally new and available.
So why do we rave on so much about negative ions?
Because the result of every move you make (a net spending of electrical energy) is a positively charged body. The molecules in your body are left holding a positive charge. They are unavailable for future ‘couplings’ unless we get a new batch of attractive and giving negative ions in quickly.
As we hear so often these days, things ain’t what they used to be. The air is different. Putting it very frankly and unscientifically, it’s full of crud or acid. Positively charged ions are crud or acid. Nothing ever ‘goes away’ on our little green planet and every exhaust, every chimney plume, every release of gas, stays within our thin and fragile ionosphere.
It stays in the air we gulp as we run along the beach, it stays in the water we drink, and it stays in the food we eat. And all of this acidic pollution or positive ions are useless for energy production within the body.
The air we breath in our garden, only 500 meters from the beach, contains only around 150 negative ions/cc/sec. but it also contains around 700 positive ions. This means that even as we lay on the beach doing absolutely nothing, our bodies are getting short-shifted by 2000 (required) plus 700 positive charged ions less 150 negative ions = 2550 ions/cc/second.
Johnson & Johnson Admits: Our Baby Products Contain Cancer-Causing Formaldehyde September 8 2015 | From: HealthyFoodHouse
Parents everywhere were shocked to learn that the No More Tears baby shampoo from Johnson & Johnson contained formaldehyde, which has been shown to cause cancer and is most well-known for its use in embalming dead bodies
But to find out just what the danger is in adding a substance like formaldehyde to baby products you have to look at the evidence from research that has been done over the past few decades, and you must start by understanding just what formaldehyde is.
Formaldehyde has a very strong smell, and it is highly flammable. It is a clear liquid that is used in dozens of different products including cleaning solutions, building materials, glue, fabrics, paper products and insulation materials. It is also used commercially for its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and disinfectant properties.
But what about formaldehyde and cancer? Is it as dangerous as people think? Although the long-term research on formaldehyde hasn’t been completely finished, there are several signs that point to it as a carcinogen, or cancer-causing agent.
In fact, the United States government has officially labeled it as such. The EPA has had it classified as a carcinogen since 1987.
There have been a number of studies that show that it does indeed cause cancer in both rats and humans and studies of people that work around embalming fluid like embalmers have shown that they have a higher rate of cancer than other groups. So the facts are fairly clear on whether or not formaldehyde really does cause cancer.
Johnson & Johnson Scandal
Although the company claims that the amount of formaldehyde isn’t large enough to be detrimental to humans – even infant humans – the fact is that it still has allowed this chemical for as long as they have been making the No More Tears shampoo.
It could be seen as a sign of good intentions that the company is removing it from their products. But the real question is: why hasn’t it been removed before now?
Obviously, the product doesn’t require that particular ingredient to be manufactured because they are now using a different formula that is formaldehyde free.
Also, the timing is suspect because California just passed a law that required cosmetic companies to identify more than 160 chemicals that could be harmful to people that they previously had been keeping secret.
Johnson & Johnson isn’t the only offender of including harmful chemicals in bath and body products. There are advocates that are lobbying for other cosmetic companies to remove harmful ingredients after independent researchers found that their products still contained the offending substances.
Johnson & Johnson claim that it cost them tens of millions of dollars to make the changes, so it isn’t clear if other companies will follow suit, or if they can even afford to.
Kim Dotcom: The Man Behind Megaupload September 8 2015 | From: Vice
In October 2013, VICE News was invited to visit the infamous tech mogul and creator of Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, at his palatial property in New Zealand
Even though Kim was under house arrest - since he was still at the center of history's largest copyright case - he was still able to visit a recording studio in Auckland.
So check out this brand new documentary we made at Kim's mega-mansion and in the studio where our host, Tim Pool, got to lay down some backup vocals for Kim's upcoming EDM album while talking about online surveillance, file-sharing, and Kim's controversial case.
What Happens Next? Uncomfortable Market Trend Overlays: 1929, 2008, 2015 September 7 2015 | From: Zerohedge
Just like in 1929, The Dow just dropped 13%, bounced, and is retesting the lows... as all the 'experts' comfort a restless investor crowd.
Big Pharma’s Shameful Secret & Government’s Genocidal Culpability September 7 2015 | From: MyEClinik
How is it that those who have the required education, claimed to have fully embraced the Hippocratic Oath, observed professional code of ethics, are themselves deliberately killing patients by the thousands with the very knowledge and tools they have professionally acquired?
How is it that the entire pharmaceutical industry able to get away with for profit murdering machine to operate in broad daylight and no one from the entire government structure lifting a finger?
The more we dig into this deep and dark rabbit hole, the more we are convinced we are the only ones who can help ourselves.
We are so grateful to all those who have contributed to our awareness so that we can also share with you some of the best researched documentary that even a mainstream medium like Bloomberg could not ignore anymore. So, thank you very much, John.
Below is just a small part of the whole genocidal machinery aimed to thin the herd of “useless eaters” they think we are.
Big Pharma’s Shameful Secret
A six part Special Report by Bloomberg News, Big Pharma’s Shameful Secret, is a massive documented indictment of the pharmaceutical industry and its corrupt practices which would not be possible without the complicity of the stakeholders in government and academia - both having become dependents of Big Pharma.
This report, following a year long investigation, documents this industry’s widespread corrupt practices involving all the major pharmaceutical companies and commercial CROs (contract research organizations) and most importantly, the report documents FDA’s abdication of its public responsibility.
The report documents how those who profit from the business of clinical trials exploit desperate, poor, and disenfranchised people - immigrants, children, homeless people. None of the stakeholders in this seedy business are untainted: they all exploit and abuse human beings as guinea pigs.
The Bloomberg Report corroborates our consistent criticism over the years about increasingly corrupt clinical trial practices, and a dysfunctional system that protects itself while sacrificing both the safey of human subjects - whether they are patients or healthy volunteers–and the integrity of research findings.
This is a $50 billion business enterprise - that has nothing in common with medicine that was once governed by the “do no harm” principle.
The radical shift occurred when Congress enacted a bad law: the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) in 1992.
Until then, 80% of clinical trials were conducted at academic centers. When Big Pharma began to contract commercial CROs all semblance of ethical standards were swept aside. The culture of medical research changed radically as academia competed for the lucrative drug testing business, its standards changed as well. Today, 75% of clinical trials are conducted as described in this ground breaking series.
No one is safe.
You can download the PDF version of this very important and well researched documentary here.
Drug Industry Human Testing Masks Death, Injury, Compliant FDA
Oscar Cabanerio has been waiting in an experimental drug testing center in Miami since 7:30 a.m. The 41- year-old undocumented immigrant says he’s desperate for cash to send his wife and four children in Venezuela.
More than 70 people have crowded into reception rooms furnished with rows of attached blue plastic seats. Cabanerio is one of many regulars who gather at SFBC International Inc.’s test center, which, with 675 beds, is the largest for-profit drug trial site in North America.
Across the U.S., 3.7 million people have enrolled in drug tests sponsored by the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. The companies have outsourced 75 percent of experimental drug trials to centers like SFBC, a leader in a $14 billion industry.
At the same time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has farmed out much of the responsibility for overseeing safety in these tests to private companies known as institutional review boards. These boards are also financed by pharmaceutical companies.
So, the drug industry is paying the people who do the tests - and most of the people who regulate those tests. And that combination can be dangerous, and sometimes deadly.
“The fundamental problem is a system in which investor- owned businesses have control over the evaluation of their own products,” says Marcia Angell, editor in chief of the New England Journal of Medicine from 1999 to 2000. “Oversight of clinical trials is too important to leave in the hands of drug companies and their agents.”
'I’m in a Bind'
Most of the people lining up at SFBC to rent their bodies to medical researchers are poor immigrants from Latin America, drawn to this five-story test center in a converted Holiday Inn motel.
Inside, the brown paint and linoleum are gouged and scuffed. A bathroom with chipped white tiles reeks of urine; its floor is covered with muddy footprints and used paper towels. The volunteers, who are supposed to be healthy, wait for the chance to get paid for ingesting chemicals that may make them sick.
They are testing the compounds Big Pharma, the name for the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, hopes to develop into best-selling medicines.
Cabanerio, who has a mechanical drafting degree from a technical school, says he left Venezuela because he lost his job as a union administrator. For him, the visit to SFBC is a last resort. “I’m in a bind,” Cabanerio says in Spanish. “I need the money.”
Conflicts of Interest
Few doctors dispute that testing drugs on people is necessary. No amount of experimentation on laboratory rats will reliably show how a chemical will affect people. Helped by human testing, drugmakers have developed antibiotics capable of curing life-threatening infections as well as revolutionary treatments for diseases like cancer and AIDS.
These medical success stories mask a clinical drug trial industry that is poorly regulated and riddled with conflicts of interest. Every year, trial participants are injured or killed.
Rules requiring subjects to avoid alcohol and narcotics and to take part in only one study at a time are sometimes ignored by participants, putting them at risk and tainting the test data.
The consent forms that people in tests sign - some of which say participants may die during the trial - are written in complicated and obscure language. Many drug test participants interviewed say they barely read them.
Ken Goodman, director of the Bioethics Program at the University of Miami, says pharmaceutical companies are shirking their responsibility to safely develop medicines by using poor, desperate people to test experimental drugs.
'It’s an Eye-Opener’
“The setting is jarring,” says Goodman, 50, who has a doctorate in philosophy, after spending 90 minutes in the waiting rooms at SFBC’s Miami center, which is also the company’s headquarters.
“It’s an eye-opener. Every one of these people should probably raise a red flag. If these human subject recruitment mills are the norm around the country, then our system is in deep trouble.”
Pharmaceutical companies distance themselves from the experiments on humans by outsourcing most of their trials to private test centers across the U.S. and around the world, says Daniel Federman, a doctor who is a senior dean of Harvard Medical School in Boston.
The chief executive officers of drug companies should be held accountable for any lack of ethics in these tests, he says.
“The CEOs of the companies have to be publicly, explicitly and financially responsible for the ethical approach,” says Federman, 77, who still sees patients. “It’s not possible to insist on ethical standards unless the company providing the money does so.”
Pressure for New Drugs
CEOs of 15 pharmaceutical companies that outsource drug testing to firms including SFBC - among them, Pfizer Inc., the world’s largest drugmaker; Merck & Co.; and Johnson & Johnson - declined to comment for this story.
SFBC Chief Executive Arnold Hantman says his center diligently meets all regulations.
“We take very seriously our responsibilities to regulatory authorities, trial participants, clients, employees and shareholders,” Hantman, 56, says.
“We are committed to conducting research that fully complies with industry and regulatory standards.”
The pressure pharmaceutical companies face to develop new drugs has intensified in the past 15 years.
Faced with the expiration of patents on best-selling drugs like AstraZeneca Plc’s Prilosec, which has helped tens of millions of people with heartburn and ulcers, Big Pharma has been in a frenzied race to find new sources of profit.
When the patent for a company’s blockbuster drug expires, a lucrative monopoly vanishes. Such drugs typically lose 85 percent of their market share within a year of patent expiration, according to CenterWatch, a Boston-based compiler of clinical trial data.
The private independent review board companies that oversee drug trials operate in such secrecy that the names of their members often aren’t disclosed to the public.
The oldest and largest review company is Western IRB, founded in 1977 by Angela Bowen, an endocrinologist. WIRB, an Olympia, Washington-based for-profit company, is responsible for protecting people in 17,000 clinical trials in the U.S.
The company oversaw tests in California and Georgia in the 1990s for which doctors were criminally charged and jailed for lying to the FDA and endangering the lives of trial participants. No action was taken against WIRB. Bowen says she didn’t see human safety issues in those trials.
WIRB aims to visit test sites it monitors once every three years, Bowen says.
You can download the PDF version of this very important and well researched documentary here.
Is Subliminal Advertising Legit? September 6 2015 | From: Uproxx
I remember when my older sister did a class project on subliminal advertising in the sixth grade. I was only 8 years old, and the idea that someone was trying to plant messages deep in my brain without my knowledge made my head spin.
She showed me images pulled from ads and informed me, very matter-of-factly, that Joe Camel was meant to look like a penis (to what end, who knows).
I was far too intrigued to even bother being outraged. We asked Jeff Warrick, director of Programming the Nation, to offer his thoughts on the matter for the latest episode of The Truth.
Who Owns New Zealand's Water? September 5 2015 | From: 3News
Who owns our water? The official line from the Government is: no one. That's been made very clear lately as the Prime Minister and senior Cabinet ministers have been in closed-door discussions with iwi leaders about water rights.
In our regions, there's growing demand for water, with more intensive farming, changing weather patterns and overseas demand for our superior drinking water.
Hawke's Bay in particular is really feeling that. On top of water restrictions over dry summers, Chinese-owned bottling plants are about to send ships full of local water to China.
JFK To 911: Everything Is A Rich Man's Trick September 5 2015 | From: Youtube
The who, how & why of the JFK assassination. Taken from an historical perspective starting around world war 1 leading to present day
We hope after watching this video you will know more about what happened in the past and how the world is run today.
Breaking The Fear Factor - Defeating The Criminal Elite & Neoliberal Dictators September 4 2015 | From: InformationClearingHouse
We are living in a (western) world dominated by neoliberal dictators, criminals and crooks. And many of us, impregnated with the human idiocy, as so well described by Andre Vltcheck (The West Spreads Intellectual Idiocy) are every day deeper and deeper immersed into fear – fear of action, fear of what’s next – fear of losing our comfort zone.
The western propaganda machine paid for by the corporate and financial oligarchy through the presstitute media is constantly indoctrinating the little we have left of our free-thinking brains.
Fear is everywhere. People who are afraid can easily be manipulated. People who are afraid obey. The system needs people who don’t resist.
Renegades are potential drone targets. The Big Constant that pervades our western world with ambitions to also infiltrate Asia – is terrorism. Man-made terrorism – or better – elite-made terrorism; George Orwell would have called it Big Brother-made terrorism; terrorism with a particular purpose: spreading fear and submission.
On Friday, 21 August 2015, on a train from Amsterdam to Paris, according to the New York Times;
“A heavily armed gunman opened fire aboard a packed high-speed train, traveling from Amsterdam to Paris [....] wounding several passengers before he was tackled and subdued” by two American military servicemen (on leave), who were helped by a third American. According to French officials, they “averted a mass killing.”
The gunman was armed with an automatic pistol, an AK47 and a knife (NYT annotation: AK47 is Al Qaeda’s preferred weapon). The Americans were coincidentally and suitably near to subdue the shooting 26 year-old Moroccan, a convenient Arab, who was taken into custody when the train stopped in Arras, France, just beyond the French-Belgian border. No doubt, he will be squeezed for confession. He may try to escape – and then may be shot death. Amen.
The French anti-terrorist unit took immediately charge of the investigation. The unit is known to work in utmost secrecy. Whatever news comes out of it is most likely ‘cooked’ to suit the system.
The NYT proclaims that the three Americans saved the train from a massacre. Nobody was killed. Just one of the American heroes was injured. Hollande thanked Obama for the brave Americans’ exemplary behavior and for preventing a train carnage. Propaganda all over. In America we trust – is dogma number one; dogma number two is – there is no save place on earth.
Fear everywhere, but America is there to help. Danger lingers at every corner. A terrorist may be just next door. Just give yourself up to Big Brother and he won’t let you down.
The first step towards sub-doing fear is asking yourself: Who invented and fabricated terrorism in the first place? In countries and entire regions ravaged by Washington incited wars and conflicts, terrorism is the expression of hopelessness, of wrath – of fighting back, when there is nothing left to lose.
Look at the Middle East. A battlefield of nations destroyed by years of war – people living in ruins, in miserable squalor; some escape – and become the endless and EU loathed stream of refugees. According to the UN High Commissioner, there are more than 50 million refugees worldwide.
People take-up arms in self-defense. The west calls them terrorists. A term popularized by the media. A term that instills fear. – Imagine a world where the Judo-Christian aggressors would suddenly see the light and stop spreading wars and conflicts and subjugating the world – peace would break out and settle in – terrorism, one of the key reasons for fear, would have no purpose to persist – fear would die, trust and solidarity would grow. The empires worst enemy: solidarity, friendship, and trust among people.
All wars and conflicts are multi-purpose. They boost the elite-dominated war industry; in the US more than 50% of GDP; they help dominate and subjugate people, exploit their resources, and are trailblazing a path towards Full Spectrum Dominance – world hegemony.
They also help one of the ‘elite’s’ key objective – depopulating the world, so the elite may live longer with the ever scarcer resources of our gradually depleted planet.
Reducing world population is a key objective of the Bilderberg Society – voiced by Henry Kissinger already in the 1960s. Recently I overheard one buddy telling another: I hate wars; but the only good thing about wars is – they reduce world population.
That is the horrendous level of immorality and greed to which humanity has sunk. – We the over-fed west may not get enough in an ‘overpopulated world’ (sic), therefore let’s reduce the human stock by killing off the under-people.
According to FAO – the UN Food and Agriculture Organization – with the current available agricultural technology Mother Earth could aliment at least 12 billion people, almost double of today’s world population. Fear and greed decimate our rational thinking.
The me-me-me of abject western consumerism – and the fear of losing it – overwhelms our innate sense of human solidarity.
Remember the infamous Christmas Day 2009 ‘underwear bomber’ on a Northwest Airliner approaching Detroit wanting to detonate a plastic bomb sewed into his undies? He was suitably identified as a Nigerian Al Qaeda fighter and also conveniently and par hazard filmed by a passenger in the back row - This was such an amateurish attempt to spread fear, that after a short while even the media didn’t want to lose their ‘credibility’ (sic) and shut up.
Is there ever a thought among the fearful that such terrorists might be ‘planted’ by those who are served by the fear they cause?
A former CIA official recently admitted that virtually all so-called terror acts in the US and most of those in other parts of the world since (and including – added by me) 9/11 are false flags.
With every false flag, the system can tighten its grip on the population under the pretext of ‘protection and security’. The populace literally asks for it – please protect us, please come to our houses, put them upside down and see whether there are terrorists hiding in our closets… that’s how the Boston people reacted after the April 2013 false-flag Marathon bombing.
Since 9/11 US citizens have lost more than 90% of their civil rights; first through the Patriot Act, then by subsequent extensions of police ‘protective measures’.
Most US citizens are not even aware of the power they gave up to the police which has now the authority to invade people’s homes at will, without search warrant or explanation and then find anything justifying the arrest and indefinite confinement without trial of an inconvenient person.
The ‘suspects’ are mostly Moslems. These days it’s easy selling to the brainwashed western world a Moslem as a criminal or terrorist.
Yet, the Boston Marathon false flag was of such low grade that anybody with a little bit of reason left, could recognize that the bombs were detonated by special forces with the mere purpose of implanting the notion that even a relatively progressive thinking university town like Boston is in danger of terrorism. Therefore let’s control the people, let’s not this ‘intellectual Boston crowd’ choose its own ways, abandoning the sinking ship. All sheep must be kept together in false solidarity, of course.
The two Chechnyan brothers were pre-identified, they had no clue what may eventually happen to them. They conveniently had a police record, maybe fabricated, to also hurt Russia, hitting two flies with the same stone. The Chechnyan ‘malfeasance’ could easily be sold to the public. One of the two alleged suspects was killed – and silenced – in an artificially created ‘shootout’. The other one is in solidarity confinement and is not allowed to talk, not even in court – condemned to die – soon to be silenced too.
Public events henceforth project fear. – People, please stand up against police and state-sponsored violence and terrorism! – Analyze for yourselves! Don’t believe the lies spread by the mainstream media.
Yes, it takes a little effort, seeking out the truth and reading the news on internet – Global Research, Information Clearing House, Sputnik News, VNN, RT, TeleSUR, PressTV, CounterPunch, New Easter Outlook, The Saker – and many more – but it is one of the few chances you have to see the light and stand up for your rights – and get rid of fear.
The Boston false flag bombing, was followed by a similar horror event in Paris, in January this year. The Hebdo Charlie and related supermarket assault killed 17 people. It was opportunely planned at a notoriously anti-Muslim cartoon magazine, executed by CIA-Mossad forces in full connivance with the French secret service.
Two plus one ‘suspects’ with previous police records, were pre-identified. One of them ‘forgets or loses’ casually his ID in the get-away car – the only link the police has to the ‘terrorists’ – they find two, kill them at sight – so they won’t talk anymore. The third related alleged assassin of a Jewish supermarket at the outskirts of Paris awaited the same fate: death by a police barrage of bullets.
A blurred amateur video (maybe by now taken off internet) shows how a hand-cuffed individual is thrown before the wolves outside of the supermarket, to be riddled mercilessly with bullets. Nobody to talk.
The truth remains ugly propaganda – propaganda for the system – a system that prevails over and feeds on terrorism. Millions of people, dulled by the event, walked the streets of European cities, solemnly parading placards lettered with “I am Charlie” — millions of people submitted – and still do – to a miserable lie – spreading and perpetuating fear.
Hollande had a justification to tighten the grip around France and within Paris – police everywhere, reducing civil liberties just a tad more – orders from the Washington masters. Being a nominal ‘socialist’ (sic), the emperor doesn’t quite trust him – as he may resent having been forced by the White House to abrogate his country’s lucrative sale of two Mistral type amphibious assault ships to Russia.
To dampen any lingering sympathy for Russian President Putin, Hollande had to be reined in; and the spineless French leader (sic) did indeed cave in.
Fear is everywhere. European politicians are all afraid they may be in the crosshairs of the CIA or Pentagon or other US mercenary hit men if they don’t behave. A couple of days ago it was reported that Hollande is now also planning preventive drone assassinations, mimicking his brother-in-crime, Peace Nobel Laureate, Barack Obama.
Imagine! – How far can you sink to lick – ehhh – the naked toes of the naked emperor. How far has our western civilization sunk in only the last 30 years – the onset of neoliberalism!
Fear commands everyone – almost. Fear is the public enemy number One – but it can be overcome – with courage, an open mind and foremost an awakened consciousness.
People feel reasonably happy. They feel protected. They gladly trade their civil rights for police and military protection. Terrorism is horrible and it is so unpredictable. It lurks everywhere. And nobody dares to question these bloody fabricated horror events. Nobody dares ask: what motivates the terrorists?
How come their number has increased exponentially in the last 15 years? Terror sows more terror. Fear disseminates more fear. More fear facilitates more oppression and manipulation of people – and eventually more terrorism.
Take the massive flood of refugees engulfing Europe. The EU laments the ‘refugee crisis; seemingly not realizing that they helped making it. The Eurocrats cannot deal with the overwhelming influx of refugees. They use the bought media to make people afraid of them.
The refugees come from these Arab countries the west is fighting for ‘freedom and democracy’. They are dark-skinned, poor and no-good. They steal our jobs, food and women.
The human touch and solidarity of westerners has been annihilated long ago – by the neoliberal doctrine – that knows no mercy, only profit and power.
Western powers don’t want these poor homeless beggars within their frontiers. What to do with them? They are a costly nuisance. Most of them are Moslems anyway. There is no space for them.
Would it ever occur to one of those high-flying, arrogant never elected Maastricht politicians to ask ‘why is this onslaught of refugees increasing by the day?’ – They may find the answer in front of their nose, in case they still have some left-over ticking brains.
We, Europeans, in full complicity with war-mongering hegemonic Washington have helped destroy their countries, their economies, their jobs, torn apart their families, killed their children, have bombed their very homes to ashes – now they come to seek help from us.
These poor people have no choice but asking their hangmen for a bit of mercy, for some crumbs of bread, for some rudimentary shelter. The raped seeks alms from the rapist. It’s the Stockholm syndrome. – Its fear from dying. Maybe the criminals who almost killed them have some humanity left, a bit of mercy – please.
What makes them tick – these criminal hegemonic politicians? Why are they so inhumanly selfish, greedy and violent?
The public at large is afraid to even ask. Asking could produce answers that may derange one’s comfort zone. Better don’t ask and follow the rules. Let fear continue to rule.
The NYT also reports, “Stock prices around the world continued to plunge on Friday, threatening to end one of the longest bull runs in the history of the United States stock market.” Fear of losing money is spread. Such ‘market’ fluctuations, as most of us know, have little to do with ‘markets’, be it share or money markets. Money is fabricated by a mouse-click of a bank dishing out debt.
Markets are manipulated by banks and political powers for monetary profit and political gains and to sow fear – fear that something horrendously drastic may happen, may affect our fragile economy and may foremost affect our stolen well-being.
Yes, stolen. Our western riches have been stolen during hundreds of years of abject, murderous colonization of the southern hemisphere.
And we continue colonizing them with our modern weapon – MONEY. When banks spread fear, it is to steal the money, pension funds, social systems from us, their faithful clients. Stealing from abroad is not enough.
Rather than fearfully shutting up – wake up! Dare stand up fellow citizen – against the white collar onslaught of fraud and exploitation, against corruption of our elitist neoliberal system! Get rid of those deceiving politicians – the scum of greed and power. Expose them. Neutralize them.
The US as well as the European Commission just enacted laws, allowing banks, effective immediately – to ‘rescue’ themselves by so-called ‘bail-ins’ – meaning, a bank that has overstretched and over-speculated itself into bankruptcy may literally save itself by stealing the money from its depositors and shareholders.
Why does such an edict – not really a law because those who designed the rule are unelected Eurocrats – not prompt an immediate run on the banks? Why does nobody even protest? – Because people don’t know? Maybe.
But Fear – sheer fear from being punished for ‘disobedience’ – is a better explanation.
Instead, our fear makes us trust that such ‘bail-ins’ will always happen to others. We so easily forget what happened only two years ago, in March 2013 to the people of Cyprus, when their deposits were decimated by the infamous ‘haircut’, administered by the highly indebted Cypriot banks, by order of the BCE, with full complicity of the Cypriot elites, who first transferred their fortunes abroad.
It was like a trial run. How much would the populace swallow without (too much) protesting?
It worked. The rule is now institutionalized – and nobody says beep. For fear that worse may follow? – Or for sheer comfort of not moving our butts.
The famous late Howard Zinn said civil disobedience is our – as in ‘we the people’ – strongest weapon against corporate and state injustice and abuse.
Today’s version of this wisdom might be for the 99.99% of us, the people, to organize and infiltrate the reigning criminal system and breaking it down from within.
Much like did and do the State Department funded Washington-based thinktanks (sic) – initiating the deadly and destructive ‘Arab Spring’, intruding and subverting the European Parliament with bought proxies and fake NGOs – and what they attempt to do in Russia and China, albeit unsuccessfully.
Back to the NYT article on the plunge of the US stock exchange. Finger-pointing of the guilty is of the order. The fear factor has to be substantiated and enhanced by fault of an ‘outsider’ – in this case China – which according to the NYT has ‘unexpectedly’ devalued its currency, a sign of a troubled economy and a bleak outlook for the economy of other large ‘developing countries’.
Let’s fear the Evil East. – No good may come from the east. The NYT has of course no explanation of truth. Namely that the Chinese Yuan had been artificially over-valued under pressure of the US, and kept within a 2% band of fluctuation by the Chinese authorities. This was also in line with China’s huge dollar reserves, some 1.6 trillion dollars.
Relaxation of the fluctuation – letting the rate slide naturally to an expected 3% margin, would not only make China more competitive, but might enhance the currency’s international standing to eventually becoming a new currency in the IMF’s basket constituting the SDRs, or Special Drawing Rights.
The SDR is an international virtual money that may be lent to countries which so desire, hence, better balancing the currency exchange risk of the loan. The current SDR basket is composed of only four ‘world’ currencies; the US dollar, the British Pound, the Euro and the Japanese Yen.
If the Yuan can keep its own by floating against other major currencies, chances are it may be admitted by the west-dominated IMF as the fifth currency to the SDR basket, thereby opening the door for the Chinese Yuan to become a major official world reserve currency.
Washington may not like it, but may have little choice preventing the currency of the world’s strongest economy to become an officially admitted reserve currency.
Fear may [was] also be the main reason for the Greek Tsipras Government 180 degree U-turn after the 62% NO vote on July 5 – No to austerity, No to more strangulation by the infamous troika – European Central Bank (ECB), European Commission (EC) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Not Germany, not the troika, are Greece’s strongest enemies; fear is. The Syriza government was pressured, blackmailed, coerced – and possibly even corrupted – into accepting an even more nefarious austerity package than the one against which Greeks voted with an overwhelming NO.
If indeed enacted, the new debt commitment of € 86 billion will drive Greece’s debt to GDP ratio way above 200 % – and not one euro will flow into Greece’s economy, her social system, fighting unemployment, bringing back public hospitals, schools, water and electricity.
The Syriza Tsipras Government has committed an illegal act against Greece’s own Constitution which puts the people above parliament and above the executive – as a true democracy should. Tsipras’ anti-democratic act could be undone any time by a simple decision of the Supreme Court.
According to international standards, Greece’s accumulated debt is fully illegal and could be erased by a mouse click, the same way it was created.
Any contract – in this case debt – concluded under duress, coercion, corruption and / or blackmail does not stand up before an international court of law. This must have been known to the Tsipras government.
Yet, Tsipras and his inner circle went to Brussels to ‘negotiate’ ignoring this chance. Instead they sold out their country to the banksters, let themselves be humiliated, ridiculed in the face of their own people, let alone the rest of the world.
While the last Greek fFinance Minister and Prime Minister were accused of being moles and turncoats - the reality is that they really wanted to help their country but the threats against their families became so severe that they had no choice but to buckle, or lose their loved ones.
Fear was most likely the engine for Tsipras’ behavior. Many of his Syriza colleagues left the government coalition. Ministers who didn’t agree with his politics were fired. He preferred succumbing to fear – fear of the potential wrath that might emanate from the corrupt and criminal EU; from greedy Germany whose neoliberalism is rapidly taking on the colors of Nazism. – German supremacy over Europe – again? – Maybe there were death-threats involved, who knows. It is common practice when power and resources are at stake.
However, a true leader has no fear. He or she stands tall with the moral and ethical obligation to defend the interests of the people who elected him or her. As did Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, Rafael Correa, Evo Morales, Cristina Kirchner, Lula, Dilma Rousseff and many more.
Traveling recently all over Greece fear was visible everywhere. When asked, why their inaction in the face of this shameful treason of their PM – no protests, the streets remained calm – the answer was almost uniformly – we are afraid. Afraid of what? Of the police; they shoot at us with rubber bullets, with water cannons – and we don’t know when the military will intervene.
In Delphi, the very town where democracy was born some 2,500 years ago, a shop owner confessed, democracy is dead, not only in Greece – but in Europe, in the world. With this backdrop, a new military takeover was according to him not far-fetched. The Tsipras betrayal was a boon for the rightwing, the Nazi-like ‘Golden Dawn’ – a perfect backing for a new military regime.
After the 1967 US-supported so-called Coup of the Colonels, Greece suffered seven years of a most repressive right wing military dictatorship, where full obedience was of the order, where people disappeared, where the communist party was forbidden and communists were prosecuted and killed, where anything resembling left-wing literature was censured, during which miniskirts, pop-music, long hair, the peace sign and the like were prohibited.
This repressive regime has deeply marked the Greek population. They are afraid it may return. They are aware of their country’s vulnerability due to its importance for Washington, hosting the southern-most strategic NATO base. Any deviation of the Washington made and EC imposed rule may bring back the military horror – reminiscent of Costa Cavras’ 1969 extraordinary docudrama “Z”.
Now, the Tsipras Government has resigned – for fear of the domestic consequences of its actions? – A new interim government is to be prepared before the announced 20 September election. Will the radical break-away Syriza faction, the new Unity Party, be able to form a viable coalition and gather the necessary trust to win the coming September elections?
Will Greece after all be able to break the paralyzing streak of fear?
Will Greece set the new standard of fearlessness for the rest of Europe to follow? – Will Greece dare to go the only practical way – exit the unviable euro – go back to her drachma and revamp their economy with public banking for the benefit of the Greek people? – I trust Greece will dare take back her sovereignty, breaking the all-permeating Fear Factor and become a flagship of courage for Europe and for the world.
Peter Koenig is an economist and geopolitical analyst. He is also a former World Bank staff and worked extensively around the world in the fields of environment and water resources. He writes regularly for Global Research, ICH, RT, Sputnik News, TeleSur, The Vineyard of The Saker Blog, and other internet sites.
I didn't think so, but John Key and Tim Groser have spent two days telling the New Zealand media that all of us who have been taking action and fighting against this corporate power grab disguised as a trade deal are a bunch of “misinformed” “rent-a-crowd’s”
We think John and Tim are missing the point. 25,000 people marched through the streets last Saturday and 100,000 people have signed petitions opposed to the TPPA. Our very real concerns will not be dismissed with a few glib words, we deserve a high level conversation on the issues we care about regarding the TPPA.
We’ve teamed up with our friends at SumOfUs to put this challenge to a debate to the Prime Minister and his Minister of Trade. If we’re so “misinformed” and they’re so confident, then why don’t they prove it in a public debate where we can talk openly and candidly about the multitude of issues that concern Kiwis on the TPPA.
Together we can crowdsource the questions and content for the debate, we can elect our own expert spokesperson or spokespeople to debate on our behalf and we can drag this contentious issue into the limelight for a genuine nationwide conversation that represents all of our concerns, not just the lines our Government keep trying to spin about who we are and what we care about.
The 25,000 people who marched last Saturday are in good company sitting alongside 300+ small and medium-sized business owners, economist Gareth Morgan, business journalist Bernard Hickey, the Libraries Association of New Zealand, Consumer NZ and Internet NZ. All of whom are among those who have expressed concerns.
Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz, prominent economists Jeffrey Sachs and Princeton University professor Dani Rodrik are also among those who have condemned the proposed agreement as increasing inequality and corporate power when they should be reversed.
Hundreds of doctors and other health experts are clear that proposed changes in intellectual property rules will push up medicine prices, slow down innovation and make public health campaigns more difficult. Many local software innovators are furious at the protectionist intellectual property rules being negotiated.
This kind of broad coalition is anything but “anti-trade” “rent-a-crowd” “breathless children”.
John and Tim will only get away with this kind of glib rhetoric if we let them. Many of us who protested are not against trade. We are against trading away our freedoms as part of the deal.
Help us challenge John Key and Tim Groser to a public debate on the TPPA on national television. Power to the people!
If our worst fears regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership are realised, the Government will have sold our national sovereignty to overseas corporations, free to exploit New Zealand and New Zealanders without any moral or even legal constraint. Arguably, the ceding of national sovereignty by secret agreement between its elected representatives and overseas organisations comes within the definition of treason.
I say “if” because it is possible that when the interests of corporations and citizens are in conflict, we should trust John Key and Tim Groser to put the interests of New Zealanders first. After all, that is what we elect our politicians to do. On the other hand, since we have to rely on leaks for our information, we are justified in being deeply suspicious.
Some people are seeing the proposed new national flag as a way of diverting public attention from the potential loss of our nationhood. Mr Key’s appeal to patriotism on TVNZ news reminds one of Samuel Johnson’s remark that “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel”.
Martin Hanson, Nelson
When The Nation’s Permanent Interests Override Its Impermanent Politicians September 3 2015 | From: Stuff
Submissions to the Independent Review of Intelligence and Security have closed. No doubt the "independent reviewers", Sir Michael Cullen and Dame Patsy Reddy, are already up to their elbows in the earnest recommendations of their fellow citizens. By March of next year we will learn what they have made of them.
SIS director Rebecca Kitteridge knows how difficult her job will become if her fellow citizens are unwilling to concede the legitimacy of the SIS's role.
In all probability, neither Cullen nor Reddy will end up recommending much more than a little tweaking here and there to New Zealand's national security apparatus. The terms of reference of their inquiry were extremely narrowly set – always an indicaItion that nothing too dramatic is expected by the politicians who set the process in motion.
A few judicious redefinitions of the scope and powers of the Security Intelligence Service (SIS) and the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) is the most we should anticipate. (Especially after the prime minister has strongly and publicly hinted that this is what his government is expecting!)
Indeed, any government attempting to make more than minor changes to either institution is asking for trouble. In 1977, the National prime minister, Robert Muldoon, ignited a firestorm of nationwide protests when he announced his intention to legislate a substantial increase in the powers of the SIS.
The New Zealand Security Intelligence Service Amendment Bill, which dramatically expanded the Service's capacity to intercept private communications, and forbade the public identification of its agents, was passed by Parliament, but only at the cost of a significant portion of the citizenry's trust and goodwill.
That New Zealand's so-called "intelligence community" is anxious to retain and build public trust and goodwill has been evident over the past fortnight in the substantive public relations campaign it has waged in advance of the independent review. SIS director Rebecca Kitteridge knows how difficult her job will become if her fellow citizens are unwilling to concede the legitimacy of the SIS's role.
But, if losing the trust and goodwill of New Zealand's citizens is a bad thing, losing the trust and confidence of New Zealand's allies would be much, much worse. This would, however, be the most likely outcome if the recommendations of those who made submissions to the Independent Review from the left were ever to be taken up and implemented by a future left-leaning government.
The submission from the Anti-Bases Campaign, for example (whose spokesperson is the redoubtable left-wing activist Murray Horton) has recommended to Cullen and Reddy that: "New Zealand immediately exits the Five Eyes regime."
The reviewers will, of course, ignore this demand – if only because it falls outside the scope of their inquiry. But, what if a future Labour-Green government was persuaded to withdraw from the UKUSA Agreement to which New Zealand has been party for more than 60 years?
It is precisely in circumstances such as these that the true function of our national security apparatus would be demonstrated.
It was the United States secretary of state Henry Kissinger who infamously remarked of the democratically elected socialist government of Chile:
“I don't see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its own people. The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves."
On September 11, 1973, that government was overthrown by the Chilean armed forces.
On November 10, 1975, outraged that his government was under CIA surveillance, the Australian Labour prime minister Gough Whitlam let it be known that he would be closing down the joint CIA/National Security Agency's satellite tracking station at Pine Gap near Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.
The following day, Whitlam's government was dismissed by Sir John Kerr, the Australian governor-general. (The Pine Gap station was critical to the effectiveness of the "Five Eyes regime".)
In the eyes of both the Chilean armed forces, and Australia's national security apparatus, the permanent national interests of their respective states had been placed at serious risk by political figures who either did not understand, or were hostile to, those interests. In arriving at these conclusions, both institutions relied upon the intelligence and advice of their nation's principal military and economic ally, the United States.
Although neither Cullen or Reddy will admit it, "national security" is all about identifying which permanent national interests are best kept beyond the reach of democracy's impermanent practitioners.
Electrosensitivity Recognised As A Disability In France September 3 2015 | From: WestInfo
For the first time, in France, electrosensitivity has been recognised as a cause of severe disability
It is an hypersensitivity to electromagnetic waves, a sensitive issue in a society where the mobile phone and wifi are ubiquitous.
A judgment by the Court of Toulouse has, in fact, attributed to Marine Richard a disability of 85%, with a compensation of around € 800. The women, since years, is forced, because of his health problems, to live in the mountains, in an old barn, with no electricity and using water from a natural spring.
The Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) is not officially recognized in France as a disease and it is a controversial subject among experts. It could cause headaches, tingling, sleeping troubles and several transitional problems common to many other disorders.
This last aspect would make it difficult to find clear diagnostic criteria and scientific basis to link the symptoms to exposure to electromagnetic fields. However, it would be 700,000 cases in France, all difficult to identify because these special sufferers tend to isolate themselves.
They are, in fact, people often live in caravans, caves, tents and in the woods.
Watch As Amazing GcMAF Treatment Kills Cancer Cells In Real Time September 2 2015 | From: NaturalNews
Holistic Doctors 'suicided' over this stunning breakthrough
A breakthrough cancer treatment appears to be the reason why a handful of holistic doctors were recently found "suicided" is now gaining worldwide attention as a potential universal cure for cancer. And new microscopic footage released by First Immune shows this amazing remedy in action -- the human protein GcMAF is visually seen activating the body's own macrophages, which are then able to attack and destroy breast cancer cells in vitro.
By delivering an activated version of this substance intravenously, scientists have shown that the immune system can be fully invigorated to destroy cancer cells on its own without the need for chemotherapy or radiation.
"Your GcMAF empowers your body to cure itself," explains the website GcMAF.se, operated by First Immune.
"In a healthy person your own GcMAF has 11 actions discovered so far, including two on cells, three excellent effects on the brain, and 6 on cancer. Amongst these it acts as a 'director' of your immune system."
As you'll notice in the above video, GcMAF serves as the energized mechanism for macrophages to target and eliminate breast cancer cells. The incredible mechanistic action of this substance is shown in amazing clarity, and is further described in an associated paper entitled"Multifaceted immunotherapeutic effects of GcMAF on human breast cancer cells."
"Time lapse photography over 60 hours shows the cancer monolayer ... first changing from corrugated to smooth ... as the cancer is destroyed," reveals First Immune. "[T]hen the cancer 'fingers' are also eaten and destroyed by the macrophages."
Holistic doctors 'suicided' over GcMAF, which threatens to put cancer industry out of business
Dr. Bradstreet's "suicide" was just one of about seven others that occurred all around the same time, and all within the holistic healing community.
Dr. Bradstreet and his other now-dead colleagues had all been involved in research focused on GcMAF's potential as both a treatment and cure for cancer, and one that doesn't produce deadly side effects like conventional cancer treatments do.
GcMAF doesn't actually cure cancer, of course -- it merely provides the ammunition needed by the body's own immune system to eradicate and cure cancer itself, naturally. And this represents a threat to the pharmaceutical industry, which profits to the tune of billions of dollars annually peddling quackery like chemotherapy and radiation, both of which have been shown to cause more cancer.
"GcMAF and/or oral Colostrum MAF macrophage activation therapy is indicated in the treatment of any diseases where there is immune dysfunction or where the immune system is compromised," explains the website of a clinic out of Japan that sells an oral form of GcMAF.
Besides cancer, the conditions listed as appropriate candidates for GcMAF treatment include:
Read about other anti-cancer treatments from the independent media at AntiCancer.news
You can also do your own research on other types of cancer treatments at TruthWiki.org
Experts Have Confirmed The Tianjin Blast Was Nuclear September 2 2015 | From: Geopolitics
Our “Nuclear Speculation” about the recent Tianjin Blast is confirmed
When we said that the Tianjin Port Area was nuked after China was successively devaluing her Yuan currency for days [abruptly halted on the 3rd day, although we were expecting that it could have been a sustained devaluation purposely to shut down the fiat economy of the West], we were of course ridiculed and frowned upon for having jumped too early with nuclear conclusions.
But we saw what we saw and the common signatures of ordinary chemical explosions were not present, although the fire prior to the two explosions may have been chemical in nature.
Instead, the second/main explosion was preceded by a huge ultra-bright light and its delayed electromagnetic shockwave were the giveaways that a nuclear bomb was used.
Add to this event is the strong motivation of the perpetrators, i.e. to end China’s covert financial attack against the fiat stock market of the West which was resumed on Monday and it was said that all these events are just part of the first round.
Was it a false flag operation by China?
China is not in need of a “war on terror” scenario by hurting her own people and her economy because the Chinese government has no unaccounted US$ 2 trillion defense budget just like the US defense secretary’s disclosure prior to WTC 911.
In fact, China has been very busy establishing multiple global development banks purposely for financing the economic infrastructure needs of the BRICS, Eurasian countries and the rest of the world.
The Veterans’ Today analysis below of the Tianjin Nuclear Blast is very detailed but obviously can’t include the possible motivations of the attack. However, it does present a very strong case for a proactive measure to prevent the proliferation of such attacks in the future.
Financial Times Calls For Abolishing Cash In Order "To Give More Power To Central Banks" September 1 2015 | From: Sott
The Financial Times has published an anonymous article which calls for the abolition of cash in order to give central banks and governments more power
Entitled The case for retiring another 'barbarous relic', the article laments the fact that people are stockpiling cash in anticipation of another economic collapse, a factor which is causing, "a lot of distortion to the economic system."
Comment: People should be stockpiling cash, precious metals and all sorts of supplies in anticipation of a probable economic collapse. The only "distortion to the economic system" will be in the distorted minds of individuals who experience a sense of loss of control over individuals who would seek to protect themselves and persevere through the turmoil to come.
"The existence of cash - a bearer instrument with a zero interest rate - limits central banks' ability to stimulate a depressed economy. The worry is that people will change their deposits for cash if a central bank moves rates into negative territory," states the article.
Complaining that cash cannot be tracked and traced, the writer argues that its abolition would:
"Make life easier for a government set on squeezing the informal economy out of existence."
Comment: What about the government making life easier for the people that they are supposed to serve? But that doesn't quite enter the equation does it? 'Informal' economies, or black markets as they are sometimes called, are the only way the vast majority of normal people can make it through the really tough times.
Have a listen to Dmitry Orlov a Russian engineer who's lived through Soviet Russia's collapse in the early 90's:
Abolishing cash would also give governments more power to lift taxes directly from people's bank accounts, the author argues, noting how "Value added tax, for example, could be automatically levied - and reimbursed - in real time on transactions between liable bank accounts."
The writer also calls for punishing people who use cash by making users "pay for the privilege of anonymity" so they will, "remain affected by monetary policy." Dated bank notes would lose their value over time, while people would also be charged by banks for swapping electronic reserves for physical cash and vice versa.
Comment: Wonderful. As though being subject in any way, shape or form to the bankers, financiers - and the politicians who are in bed with them - isn't already punishing enough! In the meantime many of these arch criminals are making moves behind the backs of 99% of the world's population in utter anonymity themselves...
If your blood isn't boiling at the complete arrogance and malevolence behind this pathological shite, then it darned well should be!
The article echoes an argument made by Kenneth Rogoff, former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, who has called for high denomination banks notes such as the €100 and €500 notes to be phased out of existence.
As we previously reported, Rogoff attended a meeting in London earlier this year where he met representatives from the Federal Reserve, the ECB as well as participants from the Swiss and Danish central banks. The issue of banning cash was at the forefront of the agenda.
Last year, Rogoff also called for "abolishing physical currency" in order to stop "tax evasion and illegal activity" as well as preventing people from withdrawing money when interest rates are close to zero.
The agenda to ban cash was also discussed at this year's secretive Bilderberg Group meeting, which was attended by the Financial Times' chief economics commentator Martin Wolf.
Comment: And that's how it works: An IMF guy (who's probably gotten his orders from some BIS member, Rothschild or some other 'Master of the Universe') talks to a bunch of Fed and ECB guys, gets them on board, and then talks to his Bilderberg clubhouse cronies where he gets everyone on board:
Including some sycophantic nitwit from an elitist financial publication like the Financial Times or The Economist. Then everyone in that world who wants to continue being in that world "gets with the program". Though this particular mode of control - a cashless system - has no doubt been in the works for a very long time.
Former Bank of England economist Jim Leaviss penned an article for the London Telegraph earlier this year in which he said a cashless society would only be achieved by" "forcing everyone to spend only by electronic means from an account held at a government-run bank," which would be, "monitored, or even directly controlled by the government."
The withdrawal and deposit of cash over the amount of €1,000 euros will also be subject to ID verification.
"There is no more egregious anti-liberty economic policy imaginable than banning cash," writes Michael Krieger
"Of course, if cash were involuntarily "ended," there would be a surge in demand for physical gold and silver, which would then necessitate a ban on those items. Then the cycle of economic and financial tyranny would be complete, and crawling our way out of it, nearly impossible."
Comment: Have a listen also to Fernando "Ferfal" Aguirre to get a sense of just how indispensable cash is during an economic disaster - even after its buying power has been severely reduced:
Nelson Woman Faces Hefty Power Bill Because Of Smart Meter - Contact Now In Damage Control September 1 2015 | From: Stuff
A Nelson beneficiary was shocked to receive a monthly power bill for more than $800 for her two bedroom house despite her efforts to use less power.
Kelly Stewart of Nelson with a $821.85 power bill from Contact Energy. Stewart says she won't be using her heater till the power bill has been paid off.
Since Kelly Stewart posted about her situation on the Nelson Pay it Forward Facebook page on Tuesday, over 250 people have commented with some saying they had similar experiences with unexpectedly large power bills and problems after the installation of smart meters.
A graph showing Kelly Stewart's electricity usage over the last 16 months.
“I have cried for two days over this account because where the hell am I going to come up with this money?" said Stewart.
She lives in a rented house that was insulated earlier this month as part of the Warmer Healthier Homes project which meant she hadn't needed to use her heater as much.
"I'm not a power user as such, I've got that many blankets on my bed to keep it warm," said Stewart. "I'm on a benefit so I have to watch every single cent that I spend."
She has not started using any new appliances, doesn't have a heat pump, had a plumber in to check the thermostat in the hot water cylinder and is unsure of why her bill has almost doubled from one month to the next. Her power bill for the previous month was $421.
Stewart had a smart meter installed on August 13.
“I don't get it, the only thing I have done differently is drop my heater (turn it down)," said Stewart.
She said power companies should be responsible for letting customers know when their usage is uncharacteristically high.
“You know a courtesy call to say hey your power is way higher than it has ever been, is there something new in your home? Just to make people aware instead of just getting a bill like this," she said.
But she was keen to speak up about her experience after becoming aware through the huge public response on Facebook that there were many others in who were in a similar situation.
“Honestly it doesn't just hurt me to see what I'm getting, it hurts me more to see what everyone else is getting too," said Stewart.
"This is robbery, I feel damn sorry for those low income earners, those families with solo mothers. How the hell do they do it?"
When she first called Contact Energy to query the bill she was told it showed the amount of power she had used and there was nothing that could be done about it but to pay it off.
A customer service representative told Kelly her energy use was between 47 and 49 kWh per day and it was likely to be her heater. Stewart has organised for an electrician to test her appliances.
A spokeswoman for Contact Energy said they had made contact with Kelly and were working with her to find a resolution to the issues.
Stewart said she had since heard back from Contact Energy who had offered her a discount and said they would change her plan from a low user to standard which would save money
Nelson budget service adviser Rosalie Grant said it was reasonably common for power bills to sharply increase over winter.
“What we normally advise is for people to pay their bills weekly or to consider pre-pay power, it takes away the surprise of a big bill," she said.
She also advised people who were faced with significantly increased power bills to contact their power provider in the first instance to arrange a pre-payment.
Hot water tank leaks, or a lack of insulation in a home was a common cause of a significantly increased power bill during the winter, she said.
Globalisation, Urban Transformation And The Destruction Of Local Economies August 31 2015 | From: GlobalResearch
I was in my teenage years when people around me spoke about globalisation and whether we should stand up against it or support it. It was something yet to come, or at least our perception was that it is not yet here, but it is coming, so we should react somehow. [Rather, the globalist / Zionist / Khazarian / Illuminati / Cabal factions - whatever you want to call them - are failing. We are pissing in their sandpit - and if you find that terminology offensive then you might want to look up what their plans are / were for yourselves and your families].
In many ways globalisation was an abstract thing. We were often explained that globalisation will diminish the role of our culture locally and globally. We were told that globalisation will bring new values that are not dear to us. We were even scared by losing our language, as everyone might start speaking one universal language. Whether we were too young to be exposed to such an analysis, or whether people who spoke about threats of globalisation didn’t analyse it themselves, one aspect of globalisation was omitted from these discussions, i.e. economic globalisation and its effect on urban transformation.
I believe humans are not able to foresee everything through analysis. Some people may have good analytical skills, but even they may be amazed at the lack of reaction of masses towards one injustice (e.g. war), yet over-reaction to another injustice which seemed to be doomed to remain unnoticed (e.g. tree cutting in parks).
Yet, it is easier to analyse when a situation is happening in one part of the globe, since by following its developments and by adapting it to a particular location, one can foresee its effect on another area of the globe.
Today it is clear that the main goal of globalisation has been economic, i.e. opening the markets of new countries for successful brands which have covered the local markets and need to expand to other markets for growth and more profits.
The first phase of this process is now being transformed into a new phase as the successful brands not only want to enter new markets, but also make sure, that nothing in the new location hinders their business, whether it is the different local culture or local legal practices.
For this purpose, global brands have forced governments to negotiate and eventually empower these brands with rights, which will protect them from local governments’ deliberate actions.
But what we and the big brands understand under “deliberate actions” is not always the same. It can mean state’s deliberate overtaxing of a brand to hinder its activities, but it can also mean state enforcing regulations over the brand that demand respect for labour rights of its employees.
As long as the purpose of the businesses has been profit increase, the quantity of its monetary loss as a result of such “deliberate actions”, rather than the quality of the reasons behind such actions, has been central.
The good news is that fierce competition aiming at solely profit increase is nowadays becoming less acceptable by wider public.
A more visible and yet less analyzed impact of economic globalization has been urban transformation. Travelling in towns and cities of e.g. the UK may no longer be interesting, unless each town has something unique to offer. Almost every city/town centre offers the same shops, foods, brands, attractions.
It has its positive side, since it makes it less stressful to move from one town to another for example due to the job, as you will always find your favourite brands nearby. But its negative side is that towns and cities lose their face.
For tourists who want to find something original, it becomes a treasure hunt game to search and find some café or store that is ultimately local. I remember a man complaining of Costas and Neros (UK equivalent of Starbucks) invading their small town and pushing his cafe out of the town.
On the one hand his cafe offered a bit more expensive variety, but then one could have coffee with a home-made cookie, probably not found elsewhere, as well as an interior specific to that area.
But of course this may not be the most interesting detail of the journey, if you are heading to some place like Stonehenge. But how many towns and cities can boast having Stonehenge nearby?
The other day as I was walking downtown Yerevan (Armenia), more specifically through its relatively newly constructed area known as Northern Avenue, I was having déjà vu, as if I was walking on Istiklal avenue of Istanbul. Both are filled with various brands and stores, people, who come here to earn money either by playing music, painting or selling some stuff.
Other people come here for cafes. Green areas are close to non-existence. At nights the only lights come from the street lights. Even construction-or rather say gentrification- is still an ongoing process, threatening complete erasure of history both on Istiklal and Northern Avenue.
In 2013 Emek Theater on Istiklal was lost to a shopping mall project, following the fate of Deveaux Apartment that was transformed into yet another mall on Istiklal. A 78-year-old underwear shop, the last one on Istiklal owned by a non-Muslim, is also at risk of closure. In Yerevan, fashionable and non-affordable buildings on Northern Avenue came to replace shabby houses.
As if the whole compensation hustle that continues until today was not enough, plans to deconstruct another old building on the same avenue is currently circulating.
With slight differences and some local adaptations, the old atmosphere in the cities of this region is also shifting towards profit driven western types of cities, probably having the goal to one day come closer to the New-York city style. More skyscrapers can already be spotted in Istanbul nowadays and more efforts are acquired to preserve green areas of Yerevan.
Urban transformation, however, also shapes mindset of locals, who as a result of non-participation in decision making related to transformations of their cities become disconnected from the city they live in.
More [Agenda 21] construction projects aim to satisfy the demand of the businesses rather than the needs of the local population and overall aesthetic requirements. Such transformations make the local population a passive receiver of these changes, which eventually makes them inactive in other areas of local governance too.
So far, resistance to primarily this type of decision making has sparked local protests in the region. However, there is certainly need for transparent public decision-making on the one hand, but also support for the local economy on the other hand.
Boosting local products, be it textile, food or other goods is not just positive for local economies, but it also has the potential to develop creativity of the local minds in terms of producing goods and styles, including architectural styles, thus shifting the locals from passive receivers of world trends into active local creators of own designs, why not in fusion with some traditional features specific to that area.
Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief August 30 2015 | From: Youtube / HBO
Director Alex Gibney profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, whose most prominent adherents include A-list Hollywood celebrities, shining a light on how the church cultivates true believers, detailing their experiences and what they are willing to do in the name of religion.
This powerful new film highlights the Church’s origins, from its roots in the mind of founder L. Ron Hubbard to its rise in popularity in Hollywood and beyond.
The heart of the film is a series of shocking revelations by former insiders, including high-ranking and recognizable members such as acclaimed screenwriter Paul Haggis (“Crash”), as they describe the systematic history of abuse and betrayal by Church officials, including the current leadership of the Church.
David Versus Monsanto August 29 2015 | From: Denkmalfilm
Imagine a storm blows across your property – and that now, without your knowledge or consent, genetically manipulated seeds are present in the garden you have tended for years.
A few days later, representatives of a multi-national corporation pay you a visit, demand that you surrender your produce - and simultaneously file a criminal complaint against you, with a fine of € 20,000, for the illegal use of patented, genetically-manipulated seeds.
What's more: The court decides in favor of the corporate group. But you fight back.
Around the world, this story represents the bitter truth. It’s the real-life experience of Canadians Percy und Louise Schmeiser, winners of the Alternative Nobel Prize, who have been fighting chemical and seed manufacturer Monsanto since 1996. Today, nearly three-fourths of genetically manipulated plants harvested worldwide originated in Monsanto labs.
Monsanto is the U.S.-based corporation responsible for the invention of such devastating and discredited products as as DDT, PCB and Agent Orange. Its aim is to gain absolute hegemony over plants - all the way from the field to the consumer's plate. And in its efforts to achieve this goal, Monsanto has no qualms. Like the Schmeisers, farmers Troy Rush, David Runyon and Marc Loisell have learned the hard way what it means to be confronted with Monsanto's methods of doing business – as have thousands of other farmers worldwide.
The Schmeisers and their allies are not only fighting against Monsanto – and for their livelihood as farmers – but for the right to freedom of speech and to their property. And, above all, they are campaigning for the future of their children and grandchildren – so that they, too, will have the chance to grow up in a world free from genetically-manipulated food.
This film is for anyone who fears that, as individuals, we have no power to confront policymakers, large corporations or the business world. David versus Monsanto offers hope: It shows that it can be done.
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