‘Slow, cruel assassination’: Assange’s mother blasts US & UK for treatment of whistleblower

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11-08-19 03:01:00,

Julian Assange’s mother has accused the US and UK governments of “slowly, cruelly and unlawfully” killing the WikiLeaks founder because he revealed war crimes and corruption.

“My son Julian Assange is being slowly, cruelly & unlawfully assassinated by the US and UK Governments, for multi-award winning journalism revealing war crimes & corruption!” she wrote.

She also tweeted a link to a report from a United Nations expert who called for a stop to the “collective persecution” of the whistleblower.

My son Julian Assange is being slowly, cruelly & unlawfully assassinated by the US/UK Govts,

for multi-award winning journalism revealing war crimes & corruption!

Im tweeting/retweeting #FreeAssangeNOW

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Assange is currently incarcerated in Belmarsh Prison after being arrested at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in April. His visitors have repeatedly raised concerns about his health. As recently as last Wednesday, journalist John Pilger said his condition was “deteriorating” and that he was being treated “worse than a murderer.”

The 48-year-old is facing extradition to the United States, where he is charged with possession and dissemination of classified information. If found guilty, he could receive up to 175 years in prison.

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The US has sought to get its hands on Assange for nearly a decade after WikiLeaks published the leaked ‘Collateral Murder’ video, which shows US military attacking journalists and civilians in Iraq in July 2007.

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Breaking: SAA Liberates Al-Hobait Strategic Town in Idlib from NATO

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11-08-19 03:00:00,

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After fierce battles with NATO-sponsored terrorists, the Syrian Arab Army manages to clean the strategic hill town of Al-Hobait earlier this morning. The town was with terrorists for 8 years.

Al-Hobait is considered strategic militarily due to its location in the Khan Shaykhun region to the north of Hama countryside and west of M5 vital Damascus – Aleppo artery. Defeating NATO terrorists in this town has a devastating effect on them since the town is inside Idlib province borders.

The SAA is now continuing advancing to the east in the northern Hama countryside where some of the strongholds of NATO’s Al-Qaeda terrorists and to the west cleaning the town of Maghr Hamam on their way.

This latest achievement comes a few days after the SAA cleaned the towns of Zakat and Al-Arbaeen from Erdogan’s most loyal terrorists of Nusra Front & Affiliates. SAA units are now moving towards Ltamenah and Kafr Zita. Ltamenah has symbolic importance being the home town of the commander of Izzat Army, another terrorist group operating directly under the command of Erdogan Forces.

The Syrian Army has also cleaned 5 towns around Khan Shaykhun reaching to 4 kilometers from Al-Tamanah town which will enable to clean the important town of Khan Shaykhun, which is more known for its fake chemical attack that led NATO to directly bomb Syria to support Al-Qaeda in their wars last year.

The Syrian Arab Army has resumed its military operation to clean the province of Idlib and free up to 3 million Syrians from the terrorists of Nusra Front and its affiliates after the failure of the Turkish regime to separate the radical terrorists from the less radical terrorists and to push his loyal terrorists 20 kilometers away from the towns the SAA has secured. The Turkish pariah not only failed the task it committed itself to, but it also went on to further strengthen Nusra Front terrorists with weapons, logistics, intelligence and even with members of other terrorist groups they brought recently to the Idlib front.

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Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, August 10, 2019, #209 | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

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11-08-19 11:52:00,

Dane Wigington
GeoengineeringWatch.orgThe pace of dire unfolding frontline news events is accelerating exponentially. Increasingly unprecedented wild weather scenarios are a major part of this equation. What does it all add up to? Where are we collectively heading? Is it too late to change course? The latest installment of Global Alert News is below.

Waking populations to what is unfolding is the first and most important leap forward we can collectively make, reaching a critical mass of awareness is essential. Share credible data from a credible sourcemake your voice heard, make every day count.
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Our sincere thanks to Nikki Florio for her ongoing efforts to raise awareness on the critical climate engineering issue. Geoengineering Watch materials were handed out in Durango, Colorado (8/9/19), and Grand Junction, Colorado (8/3/19).

This week’s GeoengineeringWatch.org outreach booth is at the Scottish Rite Center, Sacramento, California, and is shown below. My most sincere and continuing gratitude to the Gem Faire exhibition organizers for facilitating and setting up this very effective booth in every week’s Gem Faire location. The schedule for upcoming Gem Faire events is HERE. A geoengineeringwatch.org booth will be at all events, thanks to the steadfast support of Gem Faire.

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I Am Doing a Report on Epstein’s Death and I Need Your Help

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11-08-19 08:19:00,

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As you know by now, Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his cell on Saturday morning. Officials have already ruled the death a suicide. I am working on a report about the circumstances of Epstein’s death, but I need your help to compile the data about this incident as it comes out. Corbett Report members are invited to join the open source investigation and leave any pertinent links to data and analysis in the comments section on corbettreport.com.

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Two Tiered System Of Justice: Top FBI Officials Escape Prosecution, While Others Pay Heavy Price

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11-08-19 07:42:00,

Authored by Sara Carter,

All we need is what we already know.

And what we know is that top senior officials at the FBI, thus far, have escaped any prosecution for lying and leaking.

It wasn’t the same for others.

Just look at Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who is still fighting for justice against a bureaucracy that didn’t want him snooping around to discover how those in senior positions of power in the intelligence community and law enforcement were breaking the law and the spine of the U.S. constitution with unwarranted unmaskings, spying and weaponization of the intelligence apparatus.

Flynn was targeted by former Obama Administration officials from the very beginning. Remember how former FBI Director James Comey laughed publicly about how he set up the former National Security Advisor. He also contends it wouldn’t have happened to another administration:

Comey admitted he didn’t go through the White House counsel’s office, but arranged the meeting with FBI Special Agents Joe Pientka and Peter Strzok directly with Flynn. He said it was not standard practice. He said it was “something I probably wouldn’t have done or maybe gotten away with in a more … organized administration.”

Let’s not forget that both Strzok and Pientka did not believe Flynn was lying when he spoke to them about the conversation he had with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. In fact, they had the record of the conversation but didn’t tell Flynn they had it when asking him to recall the conversation. Comey even admitted to the fact that the agents didn’t believe Flynn was lying but it didn’t matter. The power of the Special Counsel prosecutors, the threat against dragging his son into the mess and their deep purse was enough to push Flynn to plead guilty.

Comey, however, didn’t need to be pushed. He openly admitted to leaking his confidential memos, of which some contained classified information, to the media. He admitted he did it  through a close friend with the intention of getting his other friend former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to call for a Special Counsel against President Trump.

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The Tyranny Of The Socially Self-Righteous – A Coercive Green New Deal

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11-08-19 07:36:00,

Authored by Richard Ebeling via The American Institute for Economic Research,

Social and economic crises, real and imagined, often seem to bring out the most wrongheaded thinking in matters of government policy. Following the 2008 financial crisis and with the fear of “global warming,” there has been a revival in the case for “democratic” socialism. But now its proponents are “out of the closet” with a clear cut and explicit call for forcefully imposed, authoritarian central planning of the world. 

John Feffer is affiliated with the Washington, D.C.–based Institute for Policy Studies, a “progressive” think tank that has never seen a government command or control, regulation or redistribution that they seemingly have not liked – as long as it reflects their version of preferred social engineering compared to anyone else’s, of course. He has recently made, “The Case for a Coerced Green New Deal,” on the website of The Nation magazine (July 30, 2019).

The world, he warns, has a window of perhaps 12 years to transform the way people work and live, or its curtains for the planet. Belching out the carbon dioxide by-product of using fossil fuels, the atmosphere is heating up with feared disastrous consequences for all living things on earth. For decades, people have talked and talked and talked about the dangers of global warming; but the time for talk has reached its end, Mr. Feffer declares. It’s time for concerted, planned and comprehensive action of the type proposed in the Green New Deal legislation submitted to Congress earlier in 2019.  

China as a Model for a Future Eco-Authoritarianism

He compares two lifeboats lost at sea, whose ship survivors are facing doom if they do not reach the safety of land. On one of the lifeboats, the occupants form committees to discuss and debate which direction to go and how best to manage the meager supplies they have on board. All their jabbering eats up precious time and limited resources, with no definitive decision about what to do. Here is seen the dilemma and dysfunction of indecisive democratic decision-making. 

On the other lifeboat, after some debate and discussion, a “leader” emerges and takes charge. He assigns tasks to the people in the lifeboat,

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Nicolás Maduro: Corruption and Chaos in Venezuela

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10-08-19 06:26:00,

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The former regime of Nicolás Maduro has consistently violated and abused the human rights and dignity of the country’s citizens, plundered its natural resources, and driven a once-prosperous nation into economic ruin with Maduro’s authoritarian rule and ruinous economic policies. Maduro’s thugs have reportedly engaged in killings and physical abuse, detained political opponents, and severely interfered with the exercise of freedom of expression, all in a brutal effort to retain power.

MADURO’S CORRUPTION & INCOMPETENCE:

- On July 25, 2019, the United States sanctioned Maduro’s three stepsons (Walter, Yosser, and Yoswal Flores), and seven other individuals, as well as 13 entities, involved in a complex network of bribery and money laundering that has been stealing from the people of Venezuela through a for-fee food distribution program known as the CLAP.
- Maduro and his associates have been responsible for the theft and embezzlement of billions of dollars from the Venezuelan people over many years. Regime insiders have also been involved in drug smuggling, and the illicit removal of gold from the Venezuelan Central bank.
- Maduro has financed himself by “cranking up the central bank printing presses. That has ballooned the supply of the national currency, the bolivar, which has lost more than 99 percent of its value since 2013 and is virtually worthless.” (Bloomberg Businessweek, March 9, 2019)
- The bolivar’s accumulated inflation 2014-2018 was more than twenty-two million, according to the Central Bank of Venezuela. As a result of Maduro’s actions, the people of Venezuela can no longer afford to live in their own country.
- Similarly, Venezuela’s infrastructure has begun to collapse under Maduro. For example, the electrical system has rapidly deteriorated since March, resulting in nation-wide blackouts and the increasing rationing of electricity in many states. In 2016, Maduro declared approximately 12 percent of the country to be a part of an “Orinoco Mining Arc” and awarded himself broad authorities to oversee the exploitation of resources for personal gain. Maduro ejected foreign companies from Venezuela and replaced employees with untrained workers who operate under the leadership of senior Venezuelan military officers.

VENEZUELA’S MADURO-MADE CRISIS:

- Economic Decline: The International Monetary Fund estimated that the cumulative decline of the Venezuelan economy since 2013 will surpass 60 percent and is among the deepest five-year contractions the world has seen over the last half century.

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Russian comment on the cancellation of a new round of talks between the government of Venezuela and the opposition

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The Foreign Ministry expresses deep regret over the cancellation of the round of talks between the government of Venezuela and the opposition that was to take place in Barbados. Regardless of who initiated this decision, the main reason for the breakdown in the negotiating process is obviously Washington’s irresponsible policy regarding Venezuela and its legitimate authorities. The methods adopted by the United States to exert economic pressure, alongside other actions in stark violation of international law, are unacceptable. We firmly condemn the outright interference by the United States in the affairs of a sovereign state and Russia’s strategic partner.

It is highly regrettable that opposition politicians in Venezuela welcome aggressive unilateral action by a foreign government targeting the people of Venezuela. It seems that these politicians are ready to forgo the prospect of normalisation in the interests of their own ambition. We strongly believe that there is no alternative to dialogue between responsible political forces. Moving in any other direction would lead to chaos with unpredictable consequences.

We are alarmed by the irresponsible statements by US officials that the time for dialogue has passed and it is time to act. These power games and persistent attempts to escalate tension are a mere reflection of the United States’ aspiration to claim the role of a global “supreme arbitrator.” All reasonable politicians and responsible governments must combine their efforts to put an end to these practices.

The people of Venezuela must be given the chance to use their undeniable right to determine their future in keeping with the national Constitution and laws.

The international community must encourage these efforts by creating an enabling environment for finding peaceful solutions. Russia reaffirms its unwavering commitment to this policy.

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Opinion – Chelsea Manning Can Remain in Jail for Another Year, Judge Rules

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10-08-19 06:09:00,

By Dell Cameron

August 08, 2019 “Information
Clearing House
” –  Chelsea Manning, a former Army
intelligence analyst-turned-whistleblower, may remain behind bars for up to
another year and face nearly a half-million dollars in fines over her ongoing
refusal to testify before a grand jury about her disclosure of classified
information to WikiLeaks.

A federal judge in the Eastern District of Virginia on Monday

denied a motion
filed by Manning’s lawyers for a hearing requested to press
the court to reconsider its sanctions, which include jail time—not to exceed 18
months—and financial penalties that may ultimately total around $441,000.

“I am disappointed but not at all surprised. The government and the judge
must know by now that this doesn’t change my position one bit,” Manning said in
a statement to Gizmodo.

Manning, 31, was taken into custody in early March after declining to answer
questions before a grand jury concerning her past association with WikiLeaks,
the anti-secrecy organization founded by Julian Assange, who is currently
battling extradition to the U.S.

Assange faces an 18-count indictment, issued by U.S. Justice Department this
May, including

alleged violations of the Espionage Act
for publishing classified
information that Manning provided in 2010—including thousands of secret
diplomatic cables and battlefield reports—while she served as an Army
intelligent analyst in Iraq.

Manning has stated that she has

a moral objection to testifying before the grand jury
and that no amount of
jail time will compel her to testify. Legally, she can only be imprisoned as
part of an effort by the court to coerce her into testifying. Her time in jail
is not supposed to be punitive.

Her attorneys argue that she’s shown her resolve is unwavering and that the
sanctions are ineffective. Thus, her time in jail cannot be considered coercive,
an attempt to compel her testimony. U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga, however,
says he’s convinced otherwise. On Monday, he denied Manning’s attorneys the
opportunity to further argue their case before the court.

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Hair-Trigger Nuclear Alert Over Kashmir

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10-08-19 01:48:00,

Two of the world’s most important powers, India and Pakistan, are locked into an extremely dangerous confrontation over the bitterly disputed Himalayan mountain state of Kashmir. Both are nuclear armed.

Kashmir has been a flashpoint since Imperial Britain divided India in 1947. India and Pakistan have fought numerous wars and conflicts over majority Muslim Kashmir. China controls a big chunk of northern Kashmir known as Aksai Chin.

In 1949, the UN mandated a referendum to determine if Kashmiris wanted to join Pakistan or India. Not surprisingly, India refused to hold the vote. But there are some Kashmiris who want an independent state, though a majority seek to join Pakistan.

India claims that most of northern Pakistan is actually part of Kashmir, which it claims in full. India rules the largest part of Kashmir, formerly a princely state. Pakistan holds a smaller portion, known as Azad Kashmir. In my book on Kashmir, ‘War at the Top of the World,’ I called it ‘the globe’s most dangerous conflict.’ It remains so today.

I’ve been under fire twice on the Indo-Pak border in Kashmir, known as the ‘Line of Control,’ and once at 15,000 feet atop the Siachen Glacier on China’s border. India has over 500,000 soldiers and paramilitary police garrisoning its portion of Kashmir, whose 12 million people bitterly oppose often corrupt and brutal Indian rule – except for local minority Hindus and Sikhs who support it. A bloody, bitter uprising has flared on against Indian rule since 1989 in which some 42,000 people, mostly civilians, have died.

About 250,000 Pakistani troops are dug in on the other side of the ceasefire line.

What makes this confrontation so dangerous is that both sides have important tactical and nuclear forces arrayed against one another. These are mostly short/medium-ranged nuclear tipped missiles, and air-delivered nuclear bombs. Strategic nuclear weapons back up these tactical forces. A nuclear exchange, even a limited one, could kill millions, pollute much of Asia’s ground water, and spread radioactive dust around the globe – including to North America.

India’s new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is a Hindu hardliner who is willing to confront Pakistan and India’s 200 million Muslims, who make up over 14% of the population. In February, Modi sent warplanes to attack Pakistan after Kashmir insurgents ambushed Indian forces.

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Thousands rally in Moscow in support of candidates barred from city council election

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10-08-19 01:38:00,

A massive rally took place in Moscow, with opposition activists occupying one of the capital’s main avenues. The officially sanctioned event followed two unauthorized protests that resulted in scuffles and arrests.

Throngs of anti-government activists showed up at Sakharov Avenue on Saturday for the opposition rally, permitted by the mayor’s office. Russia’s interior ministry estimated that over 20,000 people attended the event, while crowd-monitoring NGO White Counter put the number at 49,900.

Traffic was suspended on the avenue, leaving it temporarily pedestrianized. A security perimeter with metal detectors was also set up to ensure safety, while riot police were positioned nearby.

Russian rap musicians Face and Oxxxymiron who encouraged people to take to the streets joined the rally, as they had promised before the demonstration.

Lyubov Sobol, a member of an unregistered party led by Aleksey Navalny, tweeted that she had been detained ahead of the rally.

The interior ministry claims that “some organizers” of the rally informed them that Sobol and other protesters were preparing provocations.

Russian opposition groups have held unauthorized, large-scale protests for the past two weekends, after 57 independent candidates were barred from running for seats in Moscow’s 45-member municipal legislature. Local authorities cited irregularities such as fraudulent signatures as the reason for their disqualification.

Opposition activists – including close allies of anti-corruption activist Alexey Navalny – urged followers to take to streets and to storm the city council. Police increased security measures during both protests, which eventually resulted in over 2,300 people being detained.

While most of them were promptly released, some were charged with provoking mass unrest and for public disturbances. Separately, law enforcement agencies have opened a probe into the alleged laundering of $15 million by an anti-corruption NGO led by Navalny.

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Welcome to the real world! Berlin’s oldest boys’ choir sued by 9yo girl for gender discrimination

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10-08-19 09:41:00,

A five-century-old boys’ choir has been accused of gender discrimination for not accepting a nine-year-old girl. Her woke mother is suing Berlin’s oldest musical
institution for not embracing modern world realities.

The State and Cathedral Choir Berlin’s gender-based admissions criteria violate Germany’s constitution, the girl’s mother has declared, hauling the boys-only choir into court on charges that it violates her daughter’s right to equal opportunities in state support.

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The internationally famous choir has never admitted any females in its 554-year history, although it has a girls-only partner choir that her daughter is welcome to join. However, the mother insists that this group is not of the same caliber as the historic boys’ institution, which was made famous by Romantic composer Felix Mendelssohn, and she says the state must step in to make things right. The family’s names have not been made public.

The choir’s directors claim the decision to reject the girl was “not predominantly” about her gender, adding that she would have been accepted had she displayed “extraordinary talent and motivation.” In a statement to the court, they explained that girls’ and boys’ choirs sound different for anatomical reasons, and maintained they were permitted to reject whom they wished on grounds of artistic freedom.

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Lawyer Susann Bracklein called the rejection and the reasoning behind it “very strange” – what is this freedom you speak of? – given that the Berlin University of the Arts, which operates the choir, had recommended the girl to another elite school for young musicians. Gender bias, she declared, was the only explanation for the girl’s rejection from the historic choir. 

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Bolsonaro’s War on the Amazon: Mass Mining Invasion of Yanomami Lands in Brazil Threatens Their Survival – Global Research

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09-08-19 02:12:00,

Bolsonaro’s War on the Amazon: Mass Mining Invasion of Yanomami Lands in Brazil Threatens Their Survival

Acting in response to public statements from the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, on the need to open up indigenous lands in the Amazon Basin to extractive industries, an estimated 20,000 illegal miners are reported to have invaded the lands of the Yanomami peoples in Brazil. Although the 9.7 million hectare area was established as an Indigenous Park in 1992, meaning it could only be exploited for mining subject to special decisions in the national legislature, over the past 20 years it has been repeatedly threatened by mining invasions which have caused epidemics and violent clashes.

Concerns have also been raised about copycat invasions of Yanomami lands across the border in Venezuela, where the Government of President Maduro has announced plans for a Mining Arc embracing the whole of the south of the country. Currently, owing to a nation-wide gasoline shortage, illegal mining in the Upper Orinoco and Caura rivers in Venezuela have been scaled back.

The American Association of Anthropologists has also appealed to human rights organisations to demand the protection of the Yanomami’s rights.

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What Would You Ban?

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09-08-19 12:13:00,

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So if the FBI is calling for social media companies to ban conspiracy theory content because it is “potentially harmful,” then what other kinds of content should be banned from the net? Russiagate conspiracy theories? Harmful images of people ingesting GMOs and endocrine disrupting chemicals and other toxins? What else? Feel free to chime in the corbettreport.com comment section!

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Quincy Who? Another New Washington Think Tank Tests the Waters – Global Research

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09-08-19 08:11:00,

Think tanks sprout like weeds in Washington. The latest is the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, which is engaged in a pre-launch launch and is attracting some media coverage all across the political spectrum. The Institute is named after the sixth US President John Quincy Adams, who famously made a speech while Secretary of State in which he cautioned that while the United States of America would always be sympathetic to the attempts of other countries to fight against dominance by the imperial European powers, “she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy.”

The Quincy Institute self-defines as a foundation dedicated to a responsible and restrained foreign policy with the stated intention of “mov[ing] US foreign policy away from endless war and toward vigorous diplomacy in the pursuit of international peace.” It is seeking to fund an annual budget of $5-6 million, enough to employ twenty or more staffers.

The Quincy Institute claims correctly that many of the other organizations dealing with national security and international affairs inside the Beltway are either agenda driven or neoconservative dominated, often meaning that they in practice support serial interventionism, sometimes including broad tolerance or even encouragement of war as a first option when dealing with adversaries. These are policies that are currently playing out unsuccessfully vis-à-vis Venezuela, Iran, Syria and North Korea.

The Quincies promise to be different in an attempt to change the Washington foreign policy consensus, which some have referred to as the Blob, and they have indeed collected a very respectable group of genuine “realist” experts and thoughtful pundits, including Professor Andrew Bacevich, National Iranian American Council founder Trita Parsi and investigative journalist Jim Lobe. But the truly interesting aspect of their organization is its funding. Its most prominent contributors are left of center George Soros and right of center and libertarian leaning Charles Koch. That is what is attracting the attention coming from media outlets like The Nation on the progressive side and Foreign Policy from the conservatives. That donors will demand their pound of flesh is precisely the problem with the Quincy vision as money drives the political process in the United States while also fueling the Establishment’s military-industrial-congressional complex that dominates the national security/foreign policy discussion.

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Scientists Announce Human-Monkey Hybrids – #NewWorldNextWeek

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09-08-19 08:02:00,

Welcome back to New World Next Week – the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week:

Story #1: We’re All Enemies of the State – Draconian Laws, Precrime & Surveillance State
https://bit.ly/2OHJiYK

The Rise of the American Gestapo: Has It Already Happened Here?
https://bit.ly/2MvRHMt

Story #2: Kashmir Krisis – India Scraps Special Status for Kashmir In Step Pakistan Calls Illegal
https://reut.rs/2MLzNoP

False Flags Over Kashmir: Prelude to WWIII?
https://bit.ly/2KnYlTn

India’s Lower House Ratifies Bill to Split IHK
https://bit.ly/2KyuCG9

Jammu &Kashmir Reorganisation Bill-2019
https://bit.ly/2GUa5uK

Experts Question Legality of India’s Changes In Kashmir
https://abcn.ws/2yQxKrj

Pakistan PM Warns of War With India Over Kashmir Crackdown
https://bit.ly/33iqjr9

China, Pakistan Slam India’s Move to Change Kashmir’s Special Status
https://reut.rs/2KmST3i

“Everything Has Been Lost. Except Our Resolve to Fight Back”: Shah Faesal on Kashmir
https://bit.ly/2yMA8zo

Chinese State Media Blames CIA For Violent Hong Kong Protests
https://bit.ly/2MLxhPn

Story #3: First Human-Monkey Chimera Raises Concern Among Scientists
https://bit.ly/2MCBTYk

El País: Spanish Scientists Create Human-Monkey Chimera In China
https://bit.ly/2LVqBi2

Scientists Get Green Light to Create Human-Animal Hybrids In Japan
https://bit.ly/2Klirxo

Japan Approves First Human-Animal Embryo Experiments
https://go.nature.com/2Yk1mrC

CDC Shuts Down All High-Level Research At Fort Detrick Amid Fears Of Release Via Wastewater
https://bit.ly/33lGsfu

NY Resident Dies After Contracting Powassan, a Rare Tick-Borne Illness
https://bit.ly/2MNGt5S

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Amazon’s Ring Is a Perfect Storm of Privacy Threats

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09-08-19 07:49:00,

By Matthew Guariglia

Doors across the United States are now fitted with Amazon’s Ring, a combination doorbell-security camera that records and transmits video straight to users’ phones, to Amazon’s cloud—and often to the local police department. By sending photos and alerts every time the camera detects motion or someone rings the doorbell, the app can create an illusion of a household under siege. It turns what seems like a perfectly safe neighborhood into a source of anxiety and fear. This raises the question: do you really need Ring, or have Amazon and the police misled you into thinking that you do?

Recent reports show that Ring has partnered with police departments across the country to hawk this new surveillance system—going so far as to draft press statements and social media posts for police to promote Ring cameras. This creates a vicious cycle in which police promote the adoption of Ring, Ring terrifies people into thinking their homes are in danger, and then Amazon sells more cameras.

 

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How Ring Surveils and Frightens Residents

Even though government statistics show that crime in the United States has been steadily decreasing for decades, people’s perception of crime and danger in their communities often conflict with the data. Vendors prey on these fears by creating products that inflame our greatest anxieties about crime.

Ring works by sending notifications to a person’s phone every time the doorbell rings or motion near the door is detected. With every update, Ring turns the delivery person or census-taker innocently standing on at the door into a potential criminal.

Neighborhood watch apps only increase the paranoia. Amazon promotes its free Neighbors app to accompany Ring. Other vendors sell competing apps such as Nextdoor and Citizen. All are marketed as localized social networks where people in a neighborhood can discuss local issues or share concerns. But all too often, they facilitate reporting of so-called “suspicious” behavior that really amounts to racial profiling.

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“Insect Apocalypse:” US Farmland 48 Times More Toxic To Insects Than 25 Years Ago

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09-08-19 07:43:00,

A new study shows how “insect apocalypse” is unfolding across America’s farmland since neonicotinoid pesticides were introduced several decades ago.

Researchers found that farmland across the country is 48 times more toxic to insect life than 25 years ago, and neonicotinoid pesticides account for a large majority of the increase in toxicity.

“It is alarming that US agriculture has become so much more toxic to insect life in the past two decades,” said Kendra Klein, Ph.D., study co-author and senior staff scientist at Friends of the Earth.

“We need to phase out neonicotinoid pesticides to protect bees and other insects that are critical to biodiversity and the farms that feed us.”

Published in the journal PLOS ONE on Tuesday, the new study is a complete assessment of pesticide usage on farmland in the US, is the first study in the world to quantify how dangerous fields have become for insects by providing YoY changes in toxicity levels of the soil.

The increased toxic load measured in the study could explain why insect populations are collapsing in the US.

Klein said neonicotinoids are more toxic for insects than traditional pesticides and are widely used by farmers. These dangerous chemicals can remain in the soil for months to years after one application.

“Congress must pass the Saving America’s Pollinators Act to ban neonicotinoids,” said Klein.

“In addition, we need to rapidly shift our food system away from dependence on harmful pesticides and toward organic farming methods that work with nature rather than against it.”

The study suggests neonicotinoids are a major factor in the recent decline of insects, along with climate change and habitat destruction, leading scientist to warn of an “insect apocalypse.”

Insects, such as honey bees, are the world’s most important pollinator of food crops. It’s estimated that at least one-third of food consumed by humans relies on pollination mainly by bees, but also by other insects, birds, and bats.

Neonicotinoid usage has been linked to honey-bee colony collapse disorder and loss of birds due to a decline in insect populations.

Klein said neonicotinoid became popular with farmers during the mid-2000s,

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Erdogan Betrays Putin, Again, Throws Himself Under the US Feet

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09-08-19 07:43:00,

Against all odds considering the enhancing relations with Russia and Iran and bitter relations with the USA and enmity relations with the US’s Kurdish militias, the Turkish regime reached an illegal agreement to establish a ‘safe zone’ inside Syria with his US ‘frenemies’ against international law and in blatant breach to Syria’s sovereignty, Turkey has long claimed it respects, only in media. The same US that supported the military coup attempt against Erdogan in 2016 and was saved by Russian Putin.

First, watch this short video showing late Necmettin Erbakan, Erdogan’s own mentor, speaking about the Turkish pariah and Erdogan proving what his mentor says:

What else to expect from a sick personality that sold his soul to evil for a promised futuristic role on the account of hundreds of thousands of dead bodies of Muslims at most, Christians, and even of his own followers? The head of the Turkish regime the pariah Erdogan is playing in the pastime after his free fall in his country’s latest municipal elections and ratings and before his final eradication from the political life in his country holds on to the last stray with his old masters.

Recep Tayib Erdogan is ready to send Turkey to sleep with not only who pays more, but who would just pat on the butts of the largest country overlooking the Levant. Instead of being the main player in the region, the Turks have accepted to be the most fingered country in the region, for nothing tangible.

Nothing strange in what some with no honorable principle would call pragmatism in international relations where it’s more like selling off to the current ‘man’ in the room. Erdogan has breached each article of the famous Adana Acrrod between Turkey and Syria, which regulates the relations between the two countries and allowed Turkey to strengthen its economy when Syria opened the gates of the rest of the world for Turkey after the Europeans closed it for them. Not only did the regime of Erdogan breach the agreement but went as far as opening Turkey’s bedroom as a whorehouse to every rapist the lunatic could bring from all sides of the planet to destroy the Syrian state and cause the maximum damage to the Syrian people’s lives and their source of living.

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Killing Free Speech In France, Germany, And On The Internet

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09-08-19 07:30:00,

Authored by Judith Bergman via The Gatestone Institute,

In May, France called for increasing government oversight over Facebook. Now Facebook has agreed to hand over to French judges the identification data of French users suspected of hate speech on its platform, according to France’s Secretary of State for the Digital Sector, Cédric O.

Previously, according to a Reuters report, “Facebook had refrained from handing over identification data of people suspected of hate speech because it was not compelled to do so under U.S.-French legal conventions and because it was worried countries without an independent judiciary could abuse it”. Until now, Reuters noted, Facebook had only cooperated with the French judiciary on matters related to terrorist attacks and violent acts by transferring the IP addresses and other identification data of suspected individuals to French judges who formally demanded it.

Now, however, “hate speech” — as speech that fails to comply with current political orthodoxy is conveniently labelled — appears to have become comparable to terrorism and violent crime. How autocratic, yet Cédric O apparently loves it: “This is huge news, it means that the judicial process will be able to run normally”.

It is highly probable that other countries will want to have a similar agreement with Facebook; it also appears likely that Facebook would comply. In May, for instance, as France was debating legislation that would give a new “independent regulator” the power to fine tech companies up to 4% of their global revenue if they do not do enough to remove “hateful content” from their network, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg commented:

“I am hopeful that it [the French proposal] can become a model that can be used across the EU”.

France is the first and so far only country to have entered into such an agreement with Facebook.

The new agreement could signal the de-facto end of free speech on Facebook for French citizens. Self-censorship in Europe is already widespread: a recent survey in Germany showed that two thirds of Germans are “very careful” about what topics they discuss in public — Islam and migrants being the most taboo.

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New Questions Arise About 5G Energy Efficiency as Experts Report Overheating of Base Stations and Phones

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08-08-19 05:41:00,

By B.N. Frank

The case against 5G keeps growing environmentally and otherwise.  Now engineers are reporting that 5G base stations are overheating.  They aren’t the only ones.  Reports indicate that operating 5G on phones and modems overheats them too.

Research indicates that exposure to 5G causes the body temperature to increase in people and insects.  Of course, using additional energy to cool everything and everybody down can resolve overheating.  Of course, suggesting this should have many environmentalists soiling their pants.

From Semiconductor Engineering:

Inefficient conversion of RF to digital and continuous connectivity issues are causing thermal problems, threatening signal integrity and reliability.

Before 5G can be deployed commercially on a large scale, engineers have to solve some stubborn problems—including how to make a hot technology a whole lot cooler.

Unfortunately, 5G is already being deployed across the U.S. and around the world despite these issues and MANY OTHERS.

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IEEE: 5G Base Stations Expected to Use Roughly 3X as Much Power As 4G Base Stations and More Are Needed to Cover Same Area. That Ain’t Eco-Friendly!

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08-08-19 05:41:00,

By B.N. Frank

Concerned about your carbon footprint and everybody else’s?

Research has proven that exposure to 5G can cause excessive sweating and excessively sweating people are surely going to crank up the A/C which means increased energy usage.  Research has also proven that 5G makes phones and modems overheat and users are being encouraged to crank up their A/C to remedy this which also means increased energy usage.

Now IEEE has announced that a 5G base station is generally expected to consume roughly 3X times as much power as a 4G base station:

A 5G base station is generally expected to consume roughly three times as much power as a 4G base station. And more 5G base stations are needed to cover the same area.

So there’s that too.

As for the bees and other insects, they’re just plain screwed if 5G continues to be installed worldwide.  Of course, in the long run, we all will be no matter how consistently and earnestly we try to reduce our carbon footprints in other ways.

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Russia enters super-fast communication era with launch of first 5G zone in Moscow

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08-08-19 05:29:00,

A pilot 5G zone, the first of its kind, has been launched in the heart of the Russian capital on Thursday. Swedish telecom company Ericsson provided the equipment for the network, which is run by Russian mobile operator Tele2.

“Today’s event means that the 5G era in Russia has already begun, after tests we are moving to use the technology via a commercial network,” Tele2 CEO Sergei Edmin said, announcing the launch.

The pilot zone for the super-fast network fully covers Moscow’s landmark Tverskaya street, from the Kremlin to the busy Garden Ring highway, the company said in a statement.

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“We are happy to launch the first 5G zone in Moscow,” the head of Ericsson’s division in Russia, Sebastian Tolstoy, stated.

Tele2 added that the special zone was created under Russia’s government-funded national program for the development of the digital economy. The project will be expanded to other Russian cities. 5G networks are set to be launched commercially in five cities with populations over a million by 2022, and will be deployed in 10 more cities by 2024.

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Instagram ‘Trusted Partner’ Caught Harvesting Vast Personal Data To Create Detailed Dossiers

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08-08-19 04:21:00,

Thanks to lax oversight and technical loopholes, Instagram allowed one of its vetted advertising partners harvest vast amounts of public user data to create detailed records of users’ physical locations, bios, and photos which were intended to disappear after 24 hours, according to Business Insider

In clear violation of Instagram’s rules, the San Francisco-based marketing firm Hyp3r was able to operate under the radar for the past year as one of the company’s preferred “Facebook Marketing Partners.”

“HYP3R’s actions were not sanctioned and violate our policies. As a result, we’ve removed them from our platform. We’ve also made a product change that should help prevent other companies from scraping public location pages in this way,” said an Instagram spokesperson, following a Wednesday cease-and-desist letter sent to the Hyp3r. 

The existence of the profiles is a stark indication that more than a year after revelations that Facebook users’ data was exploited by Cambridge Analytica to fuel divisive political ad campaigns, Facebook’s struggles in locking down users’ personal information not only persist but also extend beyond the core Facebook app. Instagram, which is owned by Facebook but operated as a mostly separate business, has been largely insulated from the privacy backlash and scrutiny that has rocked its parent company.

But the wealth of the data contained in people’s fleeting Instagram activity, from family-vacation snapshots to restaurant appetizer photos, can provide valuable fodder for a variety of outside actors, who can repurpose the information in ways users never expected or agreed to. –Business Insider

While the amount of data Hyp3r scraped is currently unknown, the firm has publicly bragged about having “a unique dataset of hundreds of millions of the highest value consumers in the world,” of which more than 90% is sourced from 1 million+ Instagram posts per month, according to the report. 

 Hyp3r made unauthorized use of Instagram data in three key ways:

  1. It took advantage of an Instagram security lapse, allowing it to zero in on specific locations, like hotels and gyms, and vacuum up all the public posts made from the locations.
  2. At these locations, it systematically saved users’

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The War on White Supremacist Terror

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08-08-19 11:33:00,

If you enjoyed the global corporatocracy’s original War on Islamicist Terror, you’re going to love their latest spinoff, The War on White Supremacist Terror. It’s basically just like the old War on Terror, except that this time the bad guys are all white supremacists, and Donald Trump is Osama bin Laden … unless Putin is Osama bin Laden. OK, I’m not quite sure who’s Osama bin Laden. Whatever. The point is, the Terrorists are coming!

Yes, that’s right, some racist psycho murdered a bunch of people in Texas, so it’s time to “take the gloves off” again, pass some new kind of Patriot Act, further curtail our civil liberties, and generally whip the public up into a mass hysteria over “white supremacist terrorism.”

The New York Times Editorial Board is already hard at work on that front. In a lengthy op-ed that ran last Sunday, “We Have a White Nationalist Terrorist Problem,” the Board proposes that we would all be safer if the government — but presumably not the current government — could arbitrarily deem people “terrorists,” or “potential terrorists,” or “terrorist sympathizers,” regardless of whether they have any connection to any actual terrorist groups, and … well, here’s what the Editorial Board has in mind.

“The resources of the American government and its international allies would mobilize without delay. The awesome power of the state would work tirelessly to deny future terrorists access to weaponry, money and forums to spread their ideology. The movement would be infiltrated by spies and informants. Its financiers would face sanctions. Places of congregation would be surveilled. Those who gave aid or comfort to terrorists would be prosecuted.”

The Board didn’t mention the offshore gulags, wars of aggression, assassinations, torture, mass surveillance of virtually everyone, and other such features of the original War on Terror, but presumably all that kind of stuff would be included in “the awesome power of the state” that the Board would like the U.S. government to “mobilize without delay.”

And the mandarins of The New York Times were just getting started with the terrorism hysteria. The Tuesday edition was brimming with references to “white supremacy” and “domestic terrorism.” Here are some of the front page headlines … “Trump is a White Supremacist Who Inspires Terrorism.

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Chelsea Manning jailed for a YEAR for refusing to testify against Assange

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08-08-19 10:07:00,

Refusal to testify against WikiLeaks is costing whistleblower Chelsea Manning over $400,000 in fines and another year in jail, after a federal judge ruled that she must pay for what he called contempt of court.

Manning was jailed for refusing the subpoena to testify before a federal grand jury seeking additional charges against WikiLeaks and its co-founder Julian Assange, currently imprisoned in the UK. To compel testimony, the government also fined the whistleblower $500 a day, going up to $1000 after 60 days. 

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Judge Anthony Trenga of the federal district court in Alexandria, Virginia shot down Manning’s motion to reconsider sanctions on Monday, the final chance to contest the steep fines. 

After a review of “a substantial number of financial records documenting her assets, liabilities, and current and future earnings,” the court found “that Ms. Manning has the ability to comply with the Court’s financial sanctions,” Trenga wrote in his ruling.

Though Manning is now deeply in debt and unable to work while in jail, the judge nonetheless concluded the fines were payable and therefore amounted to “coercive” sanctions allowed to compel cooperation or testimony, rather than being a purely punitive measure.

“I am disappointed but not at all surprised. The government and the judge must know by now that this doesn’t change my position one bit,” Manning said in response.

She insisted that the fines were in fact punitive, because her inability and unwillingness to pay rendered any “coercive” aspect moot. She has already spent 147 days behind bars and owes $38,000 in fines as of August 7. If she remains jailed for another year, Manning could end up owing $441,000 to the government.

Manning was the US Army intelligence analyst who in 2010 leaked the classified US military material to WikiLeaks, including the Afghan and Iraq war logs – hundreds of thousands of pages of documents, revealing thousands of unreported civilian casualties, as well as the Collateral Murder video, which depicts a pair of American helicopters gunning down a group of Iraqi journalists.

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Is the Federal Reserve losing control of the gold price? – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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08-08-19 10:04:00,

Is the Federal Reserve losing control of the gold price?

Paul Craig Roberts

After years of being kept in the doldrums by orchestrated short selling described on this website by Roberts and Kranzler, gold has lately moved up sharply reaching $1,510 this morning.  The gold price has continued to rise despite the continuing practice of dumping large volumes of naked contracts in the futures market.  The gold price is driven down but quickly recovers and moves on up.  I haven’t an explanation at this time for the new force that is more powerful than the short-selling that has been used to control the price of gold.

Various central banks have been converting their dollar reserves into gold, which reduces the demand for dollars and increases the demand for gold.  Existing stocks of gold available to fill orders are being drawn down, and new mining output is not keeping pace with the rise in demand.  Perhaps this is the explanation for the rise in the price of gold.

During the many years of Quantitative Easing the exchange value of the dollar was protected by the Japanese, British, and EU central banks also printing money to insure that their currencies did not rise in value relative to the dollar. The Federal Reserve needs to protect the dollar’s exchange value so that it continues in its role as the world’s reserve currency in which international transactions are conducted.  If the dollar loses this role, the US will lose the ability to pay its bills by printing dollars.  A dollar declining in value relative to other countries would cause flight from the dollar to the rising currencies.  Catastrophe quickly occurs from increasing the supply of a currency that central banks are unwilling to hold.

One problem remained. The dollar was depreciating relative to gold.  Rigging the currency market was necessary but not sufficient to stabilize the dollar’s value. The gold market also had to be rigged. To stop the dollar’s depreciation, naked short selling has been used to artificially increase the supply of paper gold in order to suppress the price.  Unlike equities, gold shorts don’t have to be covered. This turns the price-setting gold futures market into a paper market where contracts are settled primarily in cash and not by taking delivery of gold. 

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CDC Shuts Down Military Lab Studying Ebola, Plague Amid Fears It’s Getting Out Through Wastewater

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08-08-19 09:42:00,

Authored by Daisy Luther via The Organic Prepper blog,

We may not have to wait for a traveler from the Democratic Republic of Congo to visit the United States for an Ebola outbreak. It just might be brought to us by our own military along with the plague and other horrifying germs.

The laboratory at Fort Detrick, the  U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, has been sent a cease-and-desist order by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention after a second inspection showed sloppy handling of deadly germs and viruses.

The CDC inspected the military research institute in June and inspectors found several areas of concern in standard operating procedures, which are in place to protect workers in biosafety level 3 and 4 laboratories, spokeswoman Caree Vander Linden confirmed in an email Friday.

The CDC sent a cease and desist order in July.

After USAMRIID received the order from the CDC, its registration with the Federal Select Agent Program, which oversees disease-causing material use and possession, was suspended. That suspension effectively halted all biological select agents and toxin research at USAMRIID, Vander Linden said in her email. (source)

At this time “no infectious pathogens, or disease-causing material, have been found outside authorized areas.” The New York Times reports that the CDC could not provide more specific details due to “national security reasons.”

What was USMRIID doing wrong?

The laboratory, which is located in Frederick, Maryland, studies different deadly bugs for biological warfare purposes. They have failed inspection specifically by the Federal Select Agent Program, which oversees the possession, use and transfer of biological select agents and toxins that could potentially pose a severe threat to public, animal or plant health.

CDC spokeswoman Kathryn Harben wrote in an email that the Federal Select Agent Program doesn’t comment directly on whether a program is registered or what specific enforcement actions are taken.

“As situations warrant, [Federal Select Agent Program] will take whatever appropriate action is necessary to resolve any departures from regulatory compliance in order to help ensure the safety and security of work with select agents and toxins,” Harben said in the email.

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Clean energy dream fuels a dirty mineral rush

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08-08-19 09:19:00,

A future of environment-friendly energy, where dirty engines and power plants rust in history’s scrapyard, is an idyllic vision. In the cynical real world, the rush for green batteries is fueling a harmful mining boom.

By 2030, there will be 140 million electric cars on Earth, and by 2040 every third vehicle will be powered by green electricity instead of the fossil fuels that have been slowly choking the environment for the past couple centuries. That’s according to assessments by Glencore Plc and BloombergNEF.

Sounds like we’re on the right track and Greta Thunberg’s zero-emission dream could be achieved within her lifetime. Humanity is finally coming to its senses.

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Get digging

Not quite. All those cars will need batteries, and all those batteries will need to be built with a small periodic table of minerals. And all those minerals need to be mined – in some cases strip-mining the rest of the planet’s explored deposits.

The rush is already on. The world’s top mining corporations are starting to carve up the growing market for lithium, nickel, cobalt, copper, platinum and palladium – all key materials in making electric vehicle (EV) batteries.

And they will have to start digging if they want to keep up. It’s estimated that 3 million more tons of copper will have to be mined per year to feed the production of 140 million EVs by 2030 – and that’s copper, the most recycled metal on Earth. Nickel mining will have to increase by 1.3 million tons per year, and cobalt by 263,000 tons.

Those are just batteries. Electric cars also need engines, and solar and wind generators – without which a green future is unimaginable – will also gobble up those materials, including more obscure ones like tellurium and neodymium.

Demand is set to exceed supply – which is why those mining giants are rushing to increase theirs (and make a good buck along the way). In some cases, demand will exceed the supply offered by the planet – at least the feasibly-minable reserves we have discovered so far.

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China’s BRI Could Save Destroyed Southeast Asia | New Eastern Outlook

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08-08-19 09:13:00,

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Most of the people in the West or in North Asia usually never think about it, but Southeast Asia is one of the most depressed and depressing parts of the world.

It has been through genocides, wars and atrocious military regimes. Then, those monstrous income disparities. According to The Bangkok Post, in 2018:

The 10% poorest Thais had 0% wealth. 50% of the poorest Thais (25 million people) had 1.7% of the country’s wealth while 70% (35mn) controlled 5%.” In the same year, 1% of the richest Thais controlled 66.9% of the country’s fortune.

Indonesia is not doing much better. In fact, if it were to provide correct, unmassaged statistics, it would easily overtake Thailand as the most unequal country on earth. But Indonesia does not even declare the precise number of people, as I was informed by my colleagues, UN statisticians. It still claims that it has around 270 million inhabitants, while in reality, even ten years ago, there were more than 300 million people living on the archipelago.

Except in the Communist Vietnam, super-rich Singapore, and (still) relatively wealthy Malaysia, poor people matter very little. Or more precisely, they do not matter at all. They do not exist. And poor people form the great majority in this part of the world, although you would hardly read it from the pages of official government bulletins.

It is enough to see Jakarta, Manila or Bangkok from the air, to understand that the Southeast Asian megapolises are totally fragmented, so they can serve the elites. Skyscrapers, malls and enormous hotels are surrounded by miserable houses and slums. Terribly inadequate public transportation (corrupt governments have been regurgitating every year, for decades, great numbers of cars and polluting scooters wishfully called ‘motorbikes’, instead of providing decent massive public transit systems) has made Jakarta and periodically Bangkok, some of the most polluted and depressing cities in the world.

Crime is out of control. Thailand has, per capita, according to Interpol, a higher murder rate than the United States. In the Philippines, before President Duterte came to power, cities such as Davao and Manila were suffering from some of the most horrid crime statistics in Asia. Indonesia, again, has escaped scrutiny, simply because of the absolutely amazing ability to hide the truth – most of the crimes committed there,

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How US regulators embrace toxic pesticides & the corporations that make them

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07-08-19 08:58:00,

As an increasing number of hazardous chemicals are banned around the world, they remain legal in the US. Why are American regulators so slow to move, and who benefits from their inaction?

Dozens of pesticides, up to 85 in total, approved for widespread agricultural use in the United States have been banned elsewhere in the world. For example, the US allows 11 different pesticides banned in China, and 17 that have been prohibited in Brazil.

The contrast is especially stark in Europe. The recently banned pesticide chlorpyrifos has serious genotoxic and neurological effects, especially in children, the European Food Safety Authority warned in a report published over the weekend. The pesticide, which comes up for re-approval in January, does not comply with EU health regulations because a safe exposure level cannot be established, even at the lowest experimental quantity.

With no safe dose, there can be no responsible use of the substance, no matter how cheap and effective it is compared to other pesticides. This seems like common sense, but the EU regulator’s decision to advise against chlorpyrifos stands in contrast to its American counterparts, which have stubbornly refused to ban the pesticide in commercial agriculture, along with many other deadly substances manufactured by wealthy agrochemical conglomerates.

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Not only does chlorpyrifos remain in use in the US, concerns about its negative effects on living creatures (including humans) are dismissed by regulators and media marching to the tune of Big Business. The poisonous pesticide, and dozens more like it, are zealously protected by watchdogs who seem to have devolved into lapdogs for industry.

Agency of no ban

After nearly a decade of lawsuits, the Obama administration finally promised in 2015 to ban chlorpyrifos. The Environmental Protection Agency even produced studies showing that the pesticide harmed brain development in children. But Trump’s EPA director Scott Pruitt reversed that decision before it could take effect, shortly after a meeting with executives from Dow Chemical, its manufacturer. Prior to his appointment, Pruitt worked so closely with the energy industry in fighting the EPA and environmental legislation,

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Globalist Insider: Self-Censorship and Technocratic Governance Will Drive Asian World Order

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07-08-19 03:57:00,

By Daniel Taylor

As the current world order is crumbling, humanity faces an uncertain future.

In a recent interview with the Mumbai Mirror, globalist planner Parag Khanna said that “Technocratic governance,” “caution about free speech” and “self-censorship” will be part of the new value system of the Asian world order.

Khanna told the Mirror that after seeing what happened with Trump and Brexit, Asians are “being very strict with Twitter and Instagram,” adding that “Australia’s new media laws look exactly like Singapore’s.”

In 2011, Parag Khanna and Ayesha Khanna wrote in Foreign Policy magazine, “As we move into the Hybrid Age, whoever has the capacity to mange the intersection of technology, capital, and identity can become a pole of power.”

Google, Apple and Facebook have moved to China to assist in building this Asian world order.

The outcome of the current conflict, which is being labeled World War 4, will determine the freedom or absolute slavery of the global population.

Activist Post Book Recommendation: Technocracy: The Hard Road to World Order, by Patrick Wood

This article was sourced from Old-Thinker News.

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Trump-Backed Mass Killers: Syrian Deaths by Remote Detonation

trump-backed-mass-killers:-syrian-deaths-by-remote-detonation

07-08-19 01:52:00,

Trump regime mass killers blew up vehicle in Qahtaniyah Syria. Murder victims & injured tolls not yet released.

Trump-backed mass killers in Syria today murdered an undisclosed number of people in al Qahtaniyah, Syria. These savages remotely detonated a very large vehicle in the center of this town, near the communications building. Children were among the dead.

This heinous attack comes one day after the Trump regime illegally unloaded a convoy of trucks and military materials into the Syrian city of al Qamishli, to be given to the terrorist ‘SDF,’ created by Obama and expanded by Trump.

Qamishli is 30km/18mi from today’s deadly attack, which will not be reported in NATO media.

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This degenerate attack follows the remote detonation of two motorcycles — by Trump-backed killers — in neighboring towns of Musharafa and al Nashwah al Gharbi, two days ago. In that depraved attack, 4 persons were injured.

Speaking of motorcycles: A couple of them backfired in Times Square (NYC) yesterday causing a stampede by frightened pedestrians. NATO media is viralizing this video. Speaking of motorcycles: A couple of them backfired in Times Square (NYC) yesterday causing a stampede by frightened pedestrians. NATO media is viralizing this video.

The Trump-led war criminal regime change operatives are attempting to distract the Syrian Arab Army from the liberation of Idlib from the mostly foreign al Qaeda filth. The Astana cessation of hostilities agreement was immediately celebrated with bombings of Syrians. Diplomat Jaafari explained ‘guarantor’ Turkey’s intentional failure to meet its obligations, in an interview with al Mayadeen, soon after. The SAA quickly resumed its essential military operation.

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