Scientific paper arguing Assad not responsible for Syria chemical attack shelved after Bellingcat-led backlash

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08-10-19 08:44:00,

Unidentified “issues” prompted a prestigious scientific journal to withhold publication of a report challenging the mainstream narrative on a 2017 Syrian chemical attack – after ‘citizen investigation’ outlet Bellingcat objected.

The report, authored by MIT professor emeritus Theodore Postol and six other experts, concludes that the Syrian government was not behind the alleged sarin attack which killed more than 80 people at Khan Sheikhoun in April 2017. 

Experts warned at the time that responsibility could not be so quickly determined, but that did not stop US President Donald Trump from launching 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase in response. He was widely praised for the swift action, with even liberal media and his usual ‘resistance’ critics fawning over the display of military might.

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A new study disputing the findings of US intelligence and UN investigators was due to be published in the Princeton University-based Science & Global Security (SGS) — but is mysteriously being held back following an “independent internal review of the editorial process” which threw up unidentified “issues” with the peer-review and revision process. 

It appears that the so-called issues were only discovered after the journal came under a barrage of public criticism for daring to publish an alternative view. In a note on the front page of its website, the journal’s editors said “questions have been asked” of its decision to publish the report, which prompted the review. The Khan Sheikhoun attack — and who was behind it — has been hotly disputed over the last two years, with anyone daring to question the mainstream narrative labelled an “Assad apologist.”

Yet, the “only thing” that should matter is whether the report is “technically correct,” Postol told RT after the journal decided to halt publication. “This is a science based journal, and if there [are] any technical errors in it, they need to point them out,” he said, adding the criticisms are coming “from people who have no technical expertise.”

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That is likely a reference to the controversial Bellingcat,

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New Peer-Reviewed Danish Academic Study Finds Diversity Is Not A Strength

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08-10-19 07:54:00,

Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,

A new peer reviewed study by Danish academics has found that ethnic diversity has a negative impact on communities because it erodes trust.

It turns out that diversity is not a strength after all.

The study, entitled ‘Ethnic Diversity and Social Trust: A Narrative and Meta-Analytical Review’, was conducted by Peter Thisted Dinesen and Merlin Schaeffer from the University of Copenhagen and Kim Mannemar Sønderskov from Aarhus University.

Seeking to answer whether “continued immigration and corresponding growing ethnic diversity” was having a positive impact on community cohesion, the study found the opposite to be the case.

Studying existing literature and also carrying out a meta-analysis of 1,001 estimates from 87 studies, the researchers concluded, “We find a statistically significant negative relationship between ethnic diversity and social trust across all studies.”

Eric Kaufmann, Professor of Politics at the Birkbeck University of London, also tweeted about the study, commenting, “Higher diversity *is* significantly associated with lower trust in communities, even when controlling for deprivation.”

Higher diversity *is* significantly associated with lower trust in communities, even when controlling for deprivation. A definitive meta analysis of the diversity-trust literature (pub date 2020): https://t.co/IU6v24LaFs

— Eric Kaufmann (@epkaufm) October 7, 2019

In other words, mass immigration is eroding community trust and harming society.

“Diversity is a strength” is a glib, onerous, empty aphorism that is shoved down our throats as a piece of received wisdom that only racists would deny.

It may be politically correct, but has no basis in actual reality.

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Iraq to participate in Astana-format meeting on Syria as observer

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07-10-19 07:21:00,

Baghdad plans to take part in the next meeting on Syria in the ‘Astana format’ as an observer, Iraq’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Ali Alhakim said on Monday.

He made the statement after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in the Iraqi capital.

The two ministers confirmed the importance of ensuring Syria’s territorial integrity, Alhakim said. The meeting in this format is expected to be held later this month.

Lavrov has arrived in Baghdad for his first visit in five years, as the country is dealing with mass protests against corruption and social problems.

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‘Defending Europe’: 20,000 US troops to be deployed across Atlantic for 2020 training exercise

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07-10-19 06:07:00,

The United States military is preparing a massive exercise early next year in Europe involving 20,000 soldiers from the US, AP reports. This would be the largest deployment across the Atlantic for training in more than 25 years.

US European Command said Monday the ‘Defender Europe 20’ exercise from April to May 2020 will support NATO objectives “to build readiness within the alliance and deter potential adversaries.”

Eighteen countries are expected to take part in exercises across 10 countries, including Germany, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Georgia. The event will also involve 9,000 more Americans already stationed in Europe and 8,000 European troops.

The exercise “confirms that the US commitment to NATO and the defense of Europe remains ironclad,” the military said.

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FBI Data Shows 5 Times More People Killed by Knives Than Rifles Last Year

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07-10-19 04:39:00,

By Matt Agorist

On September 30, the FBI issued a press release noting they have published their 2018 crime statistics. Most notable about the report is the fact that despite constant fear mongering by the mainstream media and the government that crime is running rampant, the number of violent crimes decreased 3.3 percent as compared to the previous year. Also contained in the report were the numbers and causes of deaths in murder cases. Although the FBI did not make the comparison themselves, when reading the data we can see the number of murders carried out with knives or cutting devices was five times higher than the number of murders carried out with rifles. This comparison is particularly important given the current gun climate in America.

Before we go on, it is important to mention that handguns were responsible for the majority of firearms deaths. It is also important to point out that all firearms deaths combined made up the majority of all murders in the United States. Of the 14,123 murders in 2018, 10, 265 of them involved firearms—a 7 percent drop from the previous year. That being said, the number of rifle deaths is extremely important given that this is the weapon most often targeted by gun grabbers.

Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” Democratic presidential candidate Beta O’Rourke recently said to a crowd in Houston, Texas. “We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore.”

But as the statistics show, it really isn’t being used against that many Americans. In fact, far more Americans are dying by knives. According to the FBI data, 1,515 were stabbed, cut, or maimed to death by a knife or other cutting instrument. This is a number 5 times higher than those killed by rifles, which sits at just 297.

What’s more, twice as many people were beaten to death with hands, fists, and feet (672) than were killed by rifles. And, nearly 150 more people (443) were bludgeoned to death with hammers and other blunt objects than killed with rifles.

The weapon most often targeted by gun grabbers appears to play a rather tiny role in the majority of murders carried out in the United States.

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Vircator Microwave Beams from Satellites against Targeted Individuals: Stop Torture and Experimentation on Citizens’ Protest – Global Research

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07-10-19 02:29:00,

Vircator Microwave Beams from Satellites against Targeted Individuals: Stop Torture and Experimentation on Citizens’ Protest

US institutions

There is a lot more corruption and crimes against humanity happening that people are not aware of. The hidden torture of unconsenting citizens leading us into modern day slavery. The CIA has taken control of the Military-Industrial complex and are using military weapons on civilians worldwide, to silence whistleblowers and dissent.

One of these weapons is a microwave beam that can be fired at civilians from satellites, called a Vircator. It is very precise and can cause excruciating pain. There are people in your country that are being targeted, right now. They are called Targeted Individuals.

We at TargetedJustice.com are a non-profit civil rights organization. Our goal is to bring about awareness, expose and stop the use of directed energy weapons on innocent citizens worldwide. Targeted Justice is looking to inform and share information with media and journalists so that we can work together to put a stop to this corruption and torture. To give a voice to the people enduring these horrible crimes and save the future of humanity so that more may not fall victim.

We will be holding a rally in Washington D.C. October 18-22 and meeting with members of Congress. On Saturday October 19th we will be rallying in front of the White House. We invite you to join us, to see and meet with Targeted Justice as well as other targeted individuals.

They would like to say we are mentally ill, it is an easy way to hide it. Please do your research but know there is alot of propaganda out there to discredit what is actually happening. We have two thousand members at Targeted Justice. This is not only happening here but is a global problem. Nobody is immune.

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Will the Russians Ever Learn? – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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07-10-19 02:26:00,

Will the Russians Ever Learn?

Paul Craig Roberts

Insult after insult after insult, and the pathetic Russian Foreign Ministry still asks, “do the American authorities have no wish to normalize the dialogue?”  https://www.rt.com/russia/470312-fbi-questioning-russian-mp/ 

Of course they don’t.  How much evidence does the Russian Foreign Ministry need?  The Americans arrest the son of a Russian lawmaker abroad far outside any legal US jurisdiction—they kidnapped him—and brought him to Washington for a Kangaroo Court trial.  The Americans  arrested a Russian woman in the US, Maria Butina, falsely accused her of spying and sentened her to prison.  It goes on and on.  Now the Americans have detained for questioning Inga Yumasheva, a member of the Russian Parliament, who was invited to the US to participat in the Fort Ross Dialogue forum, an annual event in which Americans and Russians can talk directly to one another. 

Is the Russian government capable of understanding that it is dangerous for Russians, even for members of the Russian government, to come to the US or to go anywhere outside Russia where they can be kidnapped by Washington’s thugs?  

After Washington violated diplomatic immunity and seized control of the Russian consulate in San Francisco and trade offices in New York and Washington, how can the Russians not know that the US is a gangster state?  How does Russia have normal relations with the US gangster state? Is the Russian government incapable of recognizing obvious facts?

The great humiliations that the Russian government so willingly accepts only encourages more humiliations.  The humiliations will worsen. Will the Russians again meekly complain when Putin himself is detained and interrogated on his entry into the United States? Indeed, he could be arrested for interferring in US presidential elections.  Will the Russian government again grovel before Washington?  When will the groveling stop?  The humiliations will worsen until the Russian government replies in kind elevated by a factor of 5 or 10. The humiliation and abuse of Russia will not stop until Russia kicks Washington’s teeth down its throat.  Time is of the essence.

There is no reason whatsoever for Russia to be so afraid of the United States, a bankrupt, socially degenerating country that after two decades has proved unable to defeat a few thousand lightly armed Taliban in Afghanistan,

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Pakistan’s Islamists threaten to topple ‘Jewish agent’ Imran Khan – for meeting George Soros | Opinion

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    Chemistry Technique Developed By Researchers That Turns Plastic Into Clean Fuel.

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    07-10-19 12:04:00,

    By Mayukh Saha / Truth Theory

    This is one waste problem that could instead be turned into a boon for our energy-starved planet. We are drowning in plastic and have already produced 8.3 billion tons of plastics in just 65 years, equivalent in weight to 25,000 Empire State Buildings. This will take ages to decompose and will cause incalculable harm to wildlife and the environment. But researchers have come up with a new technique that can convert the pollutants into eco-friendly fuel.

    In 2018, plastic weighing almost a total of 300 million tons found

    its way into dumps around the world, a large quantity of which could come back into our food chain. The remaining will take millions of years before they break-up and by then will have destroyed many species.

    Also read: We Have To Get Rid Of The 8.3bn Tons Of Plastic We Created Since 1950

    Researchers at the University of Purdue have hit upon a partial

    but a promising solution to the problem. In a detailed paper published in Sustainable Chemistry And Engineering, chemists have succeeded in converting polypropylene into gasoline, and fuel similar to diesel. Polypropylene is regularly used in the making of chips bags, medical devices, and toys. Scientists have claimed that the fuel produced can

    be utilized as a blendstock to produce both petrol and diesel-like substances.

    Polypropylene alone makes up 25% of the accumulated plastic waste of 5 billion tons that have piled up on the planet over the last 5 decades.

    Researchers have used supercritical water, a stage of water that demonstrates features of both liquid and gas- depending on certain conditions like temperature and pressure. Professor Linda Wang, the head of the research team associated with the University, heated water to extremely high temperatures varying between 716 °F and 932 °F at pressures which were 2300 times above air pressure at sea level.

    The mixture of supercritical water and purified polypropylene

    produced oil within hours. The time consumed for producing the oil varied with the temperature. The conversion time was as low as an hour when the temperature was higher at 850 °F.

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    Russia offers to set up ‘grain OPEC’ to ensure stability & solve problem of world hunger

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    07-10-19 12:00:00,

    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksey Gordeyev has suggested creating an organization of grain exporters similar to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

    The offer to create an OPEC-type organization for grain exporters aims to ensure “the stability of the grain market, coordinate grain prices, and solve the problem of world hunger,” according to a statement from Gordeyev’s press service.

    The idea was raised during Gordeyev’s meeting with German Minister of Food and Agriculture Julia Klockner and Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia Armin Laschet. They met on the sidelines of ANUGA-2019, the international trade fair for food and beverages, in Cologne.

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    According to Gordeyev, the future organization could “include Russia, the European Union, the United States, Canada, Argentina, [and] other nations.” He suggested discussing coordination among the world’s biggest grain exporters during the Green Week exhibition in Berlin.

    Russian agricultural production has surged by 20 percent over the past five years. Grain harvests are projected to grow by five percent this year to 118 million tons, including around 78 million tons of wheat.

    Russia has managed to capture more than half of the global wheat market in recent years, becoming the world’s biggest exporter of grain, thanks to bumper harvests and attractive pricing. Since the early 2000s, Moscow’s share of the global wheat market has quadrupled.

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    Give non-GMO a go: Putin urges Russia’s agricultural expansion on international markets

    President Vladimir Putin said recently that the country has ensured its independence on the global wheat market. Russia’s enormous natural resources should serve as a guarantee for high-quality food production and should be used specifically to increase the production of organic, non-GMO food products, Putin said.

    The president predicted Russia’s agriculture exports will double by 2024 to reach $45 billion.

    For more stories on economy & finance visit RT’s business section

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    Chinese Farmers Raise Mutant Pigs The Size Of Polar Bears Amid ‘Pig Ebola’ Crisis

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    07-10-19 08:23:00,

    Amid one of the worst food crises in recent memory, Chinese farmers are reportedly trying to breed larger pigs as the African swine fever – less affectionately known as ‘pig ebola’ – has destroyed over 100 million pigs, between one-third and a half of China’s supply of pigs by various estimates, causing pork prices to explode to levels never seen before.

    As Beijing scrambles to make up for the lost domestic supply with imports, even desperately waiving tariffs on American pork products in what China’s politicians tried to sell to their population (and Washington) as a “gesture of goodwill”, farmers in southern China have raised a pig that’s as heavy as a polar bear.

    Once slaughtered, these giant mutant pigs can fetch a, well, giant price on the market. Here’s more from Bloomberg:

    The 500 kilogram, or 1,102 pound, animal is part of a herd that’s being bred to become giant swine. At slaughter, some of the pigs can sell for more than 10,000 yuan ($1,399), over three times higher than the average monthly disposable income in Nanning, the capital of Guangxi province where Pang Cong, the farm’s owner, lives.

    Soaring pork prices have encouraged small and large farms to experiment with DIY genetic experimentation, in the name of raising pigs that are about 40% heavier than the ‘normal’ weight of 125 kilos.

    High pork prices in the northeastern province of Jilin is prompting farmers to raise pigs to reach an average weight of 175 kilograms to 200 kilograms, higher than the normal weight of 125 kilograms. They want to raise them “as big as possible,” said Zhao Hailin, a hog farmer in the region.

    On some large farms, the average weight of pigs at the time of slaughter has climbed from 125 kgs (275 pounds) to 140 kgs (about 310 pounds). Some are pushing to boost weight by another 14% or more.

    The trend isn’t limited to small farms either. Major protein producers in China, including Wens Foodstuffs Group Co, the country’s top pig breeder, Cofco Meat Holdings Ltd. and Beijing Dabeinong Technology Group Co. say they are trying to increase the average weight of their pigs.

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    Who’s Afraid Of Scandinavia’s Crime Statistics?

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    07-10-19 07:58:00,

    Authored by Judith Bergman via The Gatestone Institute,

    In Sweden, discussing who is behind the current crime epidemic in the country has long been taboo. Such a statistic has only been published twice by the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (BRÅ), in 1996 and in 2005. In 2005, when BRÅ published its last report on the subject, “Crime among people born in Sweden and abroad,” it contained the following note:

    “Critics have argued that new results can be inflated, taken out of context and misinterpreted and lead to reinforcing ‘us and them’ thinking. There is every reason to take such risks seriously. However, BRÅ’s assessment is… that a knowledge-based picture of immigrant crime is better than one based on guesses and personal perceptions. The absence of current facts about the crime among the foreign-born and their children facilitates the creation and consolidation of myths. If crime is a problem in certain groups of the foreign-born, then the problems do not disappear unless you highlight them and speak openly about them. A correct picture of the extent and development of the problems should instead be the best basis for analyzing conditions and improving the ability of all residents to function well in Sweden, regardless of ethnic origin.”

    Back then, apparently, the authorities still appreciated facts.

    Twelve years later, in January 2017, however, Minister of Justice Morgan Johansson flatly refused to publish statistics about the ethnic origins of criminals in Sweden. According to Johansson:

    “[Studies] have been done both in Sweden in the past, and there are countless international studies that all show much the same thing: That minority groups are often overrepresented in crime statistics, but when you remove socio-economic factors, it [the overrepresentation] almost completely disappears. So the political conclusions that I need to make, I can already make with existing international and Swedish studies.”

    Johansson, who in addition to being Minister of Justice also serves as Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy, was not alone in his views. When Swedish Television asked the political parties in the Swedish parliament, the majority said that they did not think such a statistic was needed.

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    US Press Horrified by Trump’s “Shoot Migrants in the Legs” but Ignores What Israeli Snipers Do to Palestinian Protesters – Global Research

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    06-10-19 05:08:00,

    Americans were horrified to hear that Trump wanted to have US forces at the US-Mexico border to charge migrants with bayonets or shoot them in the legs. Michael D. Shear and Julie Hirschfeld Davis at the New York Times reported that Trump wanted US forces to fire on migrants as they sought to come into the country, aiming for their legs so as to injure but not kill them. Trump has denied that he urged these courses of action, but the Washington Post was able to confirm the conversation with staffers (who objected that these steps would be illegal and who simply disregarded Trump’s instructions. Among those who pushed back was then Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who is said to have insisted that US troops not “interact” with the migrants in any way.)

    The Jupiter-sized blind spot of US media, however, managed to report on all this with horror without mentioning that this procedure, of shooting people massing on the border in the legs has over the past 18 months become the routine Israeli policy, so routine that the deaths and injuries inflicted by Israeli army snipers on largely peaceful Gaza Palestinian protesters no longer make the news for the most part in the United States.

    Oh, you can find the carefully, clinically worded wire service reports on the Internet if you look for them, but they seem never to come on US cable “news” and if they appear in newspapers at all they are buried in back pages. Reuters reported on September 6, for instance,

      “Israeli forces shot and killed two Palestinian teenagers including a 14-year-old during protests along the Gaza-Israel border on Friday, Palestinian health officials said. They named the dead as Khaled Al-Rabai, 14, and Ali Al-Ashqar, 17. Seventy protesters were wounded, 38 of them by live fire, medical officials said.”

    But here is the long version of the past two weeks of Israeli mayhem against the protesters, via the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

    And, note these absolutely horrific numbers from Electronic Intifada:

      • “More than 210 Palestinians, including 46 children, have been killed during Great March of Return protests since their launch in early 2018.

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    Forget Facial Recognition: DHS’ New Database, HART, Also Uses Scars, Tattoos, and Your VOICE to ID You. And Amazon Is Storing All the Data.

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    06-10-19 05:04:00,

    By Daisy Luther

    These days, you can’t really go anywhere without encountering cameras.  Going into a store? Chances are there are security cameras. Getting money at an ATM? More cameras. Driving through the streets of a city? More cameras still. Your neighbors may have those doorbells from Amazon that are surveilling the entire neighborhood.

    And many of these cameras are tied into facial recognition databases, or the footage can be quite easily compared there if “authorities” are looking for somebody.

    But as it turns out, it isn’t just facial recognition we have to worry about.

    DHS has a new recognition system called HART.

    Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology system is the alarming new identity system being put in place by the Department of Homeland Security.

    DHS is retiring its old system that was based on facial recognition. It’s being replaced with HART, a cloud-based system that holds information about the identities of hundreds of millions of people.

    The new cloud-based platform, called the Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology System, or HART, is expected to bring more processing power, new analytics capabilities and increased accuracy to the department’s biometrics operations. It will also allow the agency to look beyond the three types of biometric data it uses today—face, iris and fingerprint—to identify people through a variety of other characteristics, like palm prints, scars, tattoos, physical markings and even their voices. (source)

    Incidentally, the cloud hosting for HART is being done by none other than Amazon – you know, the ones with surveillance devices like the Ring doorbell and the Alexa home assistant and the Nest home security system. Does anyone see a pattern here?

    Also note that Amazon Web Services also hosts data for the CIA, the DoD, and NASA.

    More about HART

    As HART becomes more established, that old saying “you can run but you can’t hide” is going to seem ever more true. The DHS is delighted at how much further the new system can take them into surveilling Americans.

    And by freeing the agency from the limitations of its legacy system,

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    70th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China: the Erasure of History, by Manlio Dinucci

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    06-10-19 09:56:00,

    The People’s Republic of China is in no way a military threat to the rest of the world: it does not see itself as a conquering power, but as resilient. It is in this sense that the ceremonies of its 70th anniversary must be understood. It has recovered politically and economically from the aggression it suffered in the 19th century, but its culture today exerts no attraction over others.

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    Seventy years ago, on October 1, 1949, Mao Zedong proclaimed the birth of the People’s Republic of China from the Tien An Men gate. The anniversary is being celebrated today with a military parade in front of the historic gate in Beijing. From Europe to Japan and the United States, the mainstream media present it as an ostentation of forces by a threatening power. Virtually no one remembers the dramatic historical episodes that led to the birth of New China.

    Thus disappeared China, reduced to a colonial and semi-colonial state, subdued, exploited and dismembered since the middle of the 19th century by the European powers (Great Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, Austria and Italy), by tsarist Russia, by Japan and by the United States. Thus, the bloody coup d’état carried out in 1927 by Chiang Kai-shek – later supported by the Anglo-United States – was erased, exterminating a large part of the Communist Party (born in 1921) and killing hundreds of thousands of workers and peasants. There is no mention of the Red Army’s “Long March”, which, begun in 1934 as a disastrous retreat, was transformed by Mao Zedong into one of the greatest political and military achievements in history. We forget the war of aggression against China unleashed by Japan in 1937: Japanese troops occupy Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing, killing more than 300,000 civilians in the latter, while more than ten cities are attacked with biological weapons. The history of the anti-Japanese United Front, which the Communist Party forms with the Kuomintang: the Kuomintang troops, armed by the United States, on the one hand fight the Japanese invaders, on the other hand impose an embargo on the areas liberated by the Red Army and concentrate the Japanese offensive against them; the Communist Party, which went from 40,000 to 1.2 million members, guides the popular forces from 1937 to 1945 in a war that increasingly wears out the Japanese army.

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    Israel condemned this Gazan fisherman to life in eternal darkness | Opinion

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    05-10-19 06:32:00,

    This is what Israel should have done. A military vehicle should have waited last week for Khader al-Saaidy on the Israeli side of the Erez crossing point from Gaza, waiting to take him to the hospital to examine whether his remaining eye, the one that wasn’t ripped out, could be saved.

    Then Israel should have seen to his rehabilitation, providing him with a guide dog, buying him a new fishing boat instead of the one it took away – and that was returned to him as a pile of wood. And of course, Israel should have properly compensated him for his blindness and ruining his life.

    Read more: At odds with military, Netanyahu uses Gaza fishing zone for collective punishment | Analysis ■ A Gazan blinded by Israeli navy gunfire loses a final glimmer of hope

    The soldiers who inflicted this upon him should have been tried and severely punished. Those in every course in the navy should be told his story, from time to time bringing him in as a guest lecturer – living testimony of the hell he has endured.

    Let the sailors in their white uniforms know what they do in the name of the rite of security to helpless fishermen who endanger no one and who have done no harm. They should know what happens when they recklessly fire at Gaza fishermen.

    This is what Israel has done: For months, a blinded Saaidy knocked at Israel’s door, desperately trying to get to the appointment that had been made for him for tests at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, where he was operated on after the soldiers shot him. The office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, an agency of the occupation, refused for months to approve his entering Israel, so he missed several checkups at the hospital.

    Al-Saaidy with his children, Gaza, June 12, 2019.Al-Saaidy with his children, Gaza, June 12, 2019.Khaled Aziza

    In desperation, he went to Egypt, where they said they had nothing to offer him, but maybe in Israel they would be able to save his eye. Only the wondrous intervention of Prof. Dan Turner, deputy director of Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center, who is a West Bank settler from Kfar Adumim,

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    Study Suggests Hemp Batteries Are More Powerful Than Lithium and Graphene

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    05-10-19 09:25:00,

    By Mandy Froelich / Truth Theory

    Hemp is an incredibly versatile crop. Not only can it be used for industrial purposes, clothing, food, and paper, but new research suggests hemp batteries are even more powerful than lithium and graphene.

    The experiment was conducted by Robert Murray Smith and was discussed on his relatively popular YouTube channel. Smith began by observing a Volts by Amps curve of both the hemp and lithium batteries. Surprisingly, the power underneath the hemp cell was a value of 31 while that of the lithium cell had a value of just 4.

    Smith doesn’t claim to have proven anything. Rather, he says the results of the experiment simply show the performance of the hemp cell is “significantly better” than the lithium cell. Watch the video below:

    This discovery isn’t new. In 2014, researchers in the US found that waste fibers — “shiv” — from hemp crops can be transformed into “ultrafast” super capacitors that are “better than graphene.” For those who are unaware, graphene is a unique synthetic carbon material that is lighter than foil, as well as bulletproof. The main limit to using it is feasibility. Fortunately, hemp costs one-thousandth of the price of graphene.

    “People ask me: why hemp? I say, why not?” said Dr. Mitlin. “We’re making graphene-like materials for a thousandth of the price – and we’re doing it with waste.”

    In the 2014 experiment, the team, led by Dr David Mitlin of Clarkson University, New York, “cooked” leftover bast fibre — the inner bark of the plant that typically ends up in landfills — into carbon nanosheets. The process is called hydrothermal synthesis. 

    The fibers were then recycled into supercapacitors, or energy storage devices which have changed the way electronics are powered. Conventional batteries store large reservoirs of energy and drip-feed. Supercapacitors, on the other hand, rapidly discharge their entire load. As a result, the latter is ideal in machines that require sharp bursts of power.

    “People ask me: why hemp? I say, why not?” said Dr. Mitlin. “We’re making graphene-like materials for a thousandth of the price.”

    According to Mitlin,

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    Military Keynesianism Marches On

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    05-10-19 09:24:00,

    Photograph Source: Pfc. Cameron Boyd/Released – CC0

    Our elected representatives do not have to be bribed with campaign contributions from weapons makers to support the Department of Defense budget. They may, shockingly, be representing our nation. Australian political scientist David T. Smith states: “The National Security State maintains democratic legitimacy because of the way it disperses public and private benefits while shielding ordinary Americans from the true costs of high-tech warfare.”

    Some support for our military’s activities and its budget can be attributed to propaganda, or veteran nostalgia, or the glorification of violence in our history books, schools, and patriotic parades. In addition, a multitude of interests sustains the military and its budget, and encourages silence about its activities.

    The “free enterprise” economy, although always government supported, has been increasingly weakened by foreign competition, outsourcing, automation, consumer satiation, rustbelting, poverty, and demographic changes. A “mixed economy” then fills the breach. Public-private entities in the form of local economic development councils have been created because the “free enterprise dynamic system” can do “everything better,” (so its advocates claim), except keep the economy going. Capitalism must be saved by massive national, state, and local government investment and intervention in education, research, health care, highways and other infrastructure, transportation, agriculture, urban planning, environmental remediation, social services, recreation, business incubators, prisons, and much else.

    “Military Keynesianism” is a major part of our “Blood Red” New Deal; some of its practices recall the Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s. (Not coincidently, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Bonneville Power project served munitions production, and later, at Oak Ridge and Hanford, supported the enormous energy that nuclear fuel required.)

    Unfortunately, the mission of the US military, according to its Defense Strategy Review is to “build a more lethal force” and “With our allies and partners, we will challenge competitors by maneuvering them into unfavorable positions, frustrating their efforts, precluding their options while expanding our own, and forcing them to confront conflict under adverse conditions.”

    Our military is not particularly concerned with the welfare of persons or the environment, nationally or internationally. Its strategy does not propose using cooperation, diplomacy, or international law to reduce the threat to human civilization.

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    5G Cell Phone Radiation: How the Telecom Companies Are Losing the Battle to Impose 5G Against the Will of the People – Global Research

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    04-10-19 08:32:00,

    The telecommunications companies and the mainstream media would have you believe that the race to roll out 5G is unstoppable. That you are nothing and no one in the face of a lethal multi-trillion-dollar agenda imposed by some of the most powerful entities on the planet.

    They thought that if they called their new, alleged “communications technology”, adapted from the military Active Denial Technology, “5G” or fifth generation, the public would just assume that it was more of the same as 4G, 3G or 2G. And if they could characterise the rollout as a race, the public would not have enough time to find out what a killer technology 5G is. How wrong they were! Not only has the public found out, but now they know how lethal previous generations of wireless technology – to be used concurrently with 5G – are as well.

    Below is the evidence from a number of different countries that the pushback is huge and growing. The telcos have lost the propaganda war, despite their control of the mainstream media, from which not a whisper of the dangers of 5G is heard, and of social media and Youtube, who have been desperately deleting millions of accounts to silence the naysayers.

    He asked if algorithms could be trusted with our lives and hopes and whether machines should be allowed to doom us to a cold and heartless future in an Orwellian world designed for censorship, repression and control. He recalled the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and endorsed its ideals of upholding freedom of opinion and expression, the privacy of home and correspondence, and the right to seek and impart information and ideas.

    He exhorted the academic committees, company boards and industry standards groups who are writing the rulebooks of the future, making ethical judgements, and choosing what will or will not be rendered possible to find the right balance between freedom and control, between innovation and regulation, between private enterprise and government oversight. He insisted that the ethical judgements inherent in the design of new technology must be made transparent to all and that joint efforts must be made to agree a common set of global principles to shape the norms and standards that will guide the development of emerging technology.

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    Theory and Practice of Human Rights, by Thierry Meyssan

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    04-10-19 07:08:00,

    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights sets out an ideal that any responsible person tries to put into practice. But not all evils can be fought at once. It therefore establishes a hierarchy between these rights so that we can make a real difference. In order to better hide their crimes, some powers accuse others of violating human rights. Sometimes the tree hides the forest.

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    On December 10, 1948, the UN General Assembly, meeting in Paris at the Palais de Chaillot, adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    Human Rights

    Gradually, humanity has formulated the ideal of equality of the human person: “Human Rights”. Many nations claim to have anticipated it before it was synthesized by the United Nations. Over time, many have used this notion without understanding it in its ethnological dimension and have distorted it.

    The heated debate in the Security Council on September 19, 2019 showed how “human rights” have been abused to the point of being used in the wrong direction.

    All over the world and at all times, leaders have tried to affirm that men are equal in rights. The oldest known examples are attested to by the cylinder of the Persian emperor Cyrus (5th century BC) – a replica of which adorns the headquarters of the United Nations – which establishes freedom of worship; or by the Edicts of the Indian emperor Asoka (2nd century BC) which prohibited the torture of all animals, including humans. These monarchs overturned the laws of their countries in the name of rules they thought were universal.

    With reference to the construction of modern law, the English Magna Carta (13th century) states that no subject can be imprisoned without a fair trial. It is complemented by the Bill of Rights, which in the 17th century lists the rights of people and those of Parliament. It was in this same spirit that James Madison wrote the American Bill of Rights a century later. The latter limits the power of the federal government alone, but not that of the states. The Anglo-Saxon tradition affirms individual rights and protects them against “state logic”.

    The question was asked in a radically new way by the French Constituent Assembly in 1789.

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    Have You Ever Heard of The Prometheus Project?

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    04-10-19 06:57:00,

    Activist Post

    How much longer will it be where we compare the daily news to “something out of dystopian science fiction” and instead admit that it’s already our reality?

    The merger of human and machine is a dream long in the making, as well as the centralized management of behavior, and it’s clearly starting to bear fruit.

    Melissa Dykes of Truthstream Media discusses a book called The Prometheus Project published in 1969 by physics professor Gerald Feinberg.  His background is interesting in itself, but what he says about transhumanist technologies and “long-range goals” for humanity’s “universal consciousness” is something everyone needs to hear.

    Should the goals of the human race be set by a small elite group, or by as many people as wish to take part in the discussion. — Gerald Feinberg.

    Aaron & Melissa Dykes are the founders of TruthstreamMedia.com, Subscribe to them on BitChute, like on Facebook, follow on Twitter, support on Patreon.

    Watch their mini-documentary Obsolete here and their full-length documentary THE MINDS OF MEN here.

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    Privatizing Canada’s Water Infrastructure Should be an Election Issue – Global Research

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    04-10-19 02:19:00,

    With the Canadian federal election just days away, it’s amazing that there’s been no media focus on the Liberals’ plan to privatize our municipal water and wastewater systems. As far as I can determine, only one alternative media site, Press Progress, has mentioned this worrisome plan, which was announced by the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) on July 15, 2019 when it agreed to provide $20 million in “innovative financing” for a public-private partnership (P3) in Mapleton, Ontario.

    The Township of Mapleton is seeking a private consortium to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the municipality’s new and existing water and wastewater infrastructure for twenty years. By committing $20 million to the project, the CIB claims it “will improve the cost of project financing and attract private capital expertise while ensuring appropriate risk transfer to the private sector.” The CIB considers this a “pilot project to demonstrate new models for structuring and financing smaller municipal water and wastewater infrastructure projects.” [1]

    Confusing Spin

    There’s a lot of confusing jargon and spin in those statements, but the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has cut through it with this observation: “There’s nothing new about federal programs and institutions that try to make P3s more palatable, especially to smaller municipalities. In this case, the CIB will subsidize the borrowing costs for corporations bidding on the 20-year deal … The bank is offering to lend the private sector money at a lower rate than corporations could get on their own. Details about the loan terms are blacked-out in public documents about the deal.” [2]

    While the Township of Mapleton will still retain ownership of the core assets, the consortium that wins the contract will obtain a secure stream of profits from operating and maintaining the system for the next twenty years. No doubt, rates to homeowners will have to rise, as the consortium will want a solid return on its investment.

    So what is this “new model” for structuring and financing such projects? We taxpayers will subsidize the borrowing costs of the private sector so they can privatize the revenue stream from our water and wastewater systems. Moreover, according to CUPE, Mapleton Township will have to pay back the $20 million to the CIB. [3]

    In other words,

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    Short Video: Doctor Explains How LED Screens Affect Your Mental State and Sleep Quality

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    04-10-19 08:02:00,

    By B.N. Frank

    According to Dr. Leland Stillman’s Facebook page, he is a physician with an interest in how the environment affects human health.  Last month he posted a 4 ½-minute video about 2011 research on how LED light affects our minds and our sleep.

    Because blue light from LED screens can keep us awake and stimulated, some people really like it.  Unfortunately, it can also prevent us from sleeping well.  Many health experts have warned about this especially in regard to how LED light from screens affects children.  Blue light blocking glasses can help as well as prevent macular degeneration and blindness.  Some doctors also recommend replacing all LED light bulbs with incandescent bulbs for overall better health.

    Despite warnings and opposition from many experts – including the American Medical Association – many American communities are installing LED street lights anyway (see 1, 2, 3).  No matter how they try to spin this as beneficial, research says otherwise.

    Activist Post regularly reports about issues associated with LED light bulbs used for streetlights, vehicle headlights, and everything else.  For more information visit our archives.

    Image credit: Pixabay

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    The Open Letter from the Governments of US, UK, and Australia to Facebook is An All-Out Attack on Encryption

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    04-10-19 08:02:00,

    By Andrew Crocker and Joe Mullin

    Top law enforcement officials in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia told Facebook today that they want backdoor access to all encrypted messages sent on all its platforms. In an open letter, these governments called on Mark Zuckerberg to stop Facebook’s plan to introduce end-to-end encryption on all of the company’s messaging products and instead promise that it will “enable law enforcement to obtain lawful access to content in a readable and usable format.”

    This is a staggering attempt to undermine the security and privacy of communications tools used by billions of people. Facebook should not comply. The letter comes in concert with the signing of a new agreement between the US and UK to provide access to allow law enforcement in one jurisdiction to more easily obtain electronic data stored in the other jurisdiction. But the letter to Facebook goes much further: law enforcement and national security agencies in these three countries are asking for nothing less than access to every conversation that crosses every digital device.

    The letter focuses on the challenges of investigating the most serious crimes committed using digital tools, including child exploitation, but it ignores the severe risks that introducing encryption backdoors would create. Many people—including journalists, human rights activists, and those at risk of abuse by intimate partners—use encryption to stay safe in the physical world as well as the online one. And encryption is central to preventing criminals and even corporations from spying on our private conversations, and to ensure that the communications infrastructure we rely on is truly working as intended. What’s more, the backdoors into encrypted communications sought by these governments would be available not just to governments with a supposedly functional rule of law. Facebook and others would face immense pressure to also provide them to authoritarian regimes, who might seek to spy on dissidents in the name of combating terrorism or civil unrest, for example.

    The Department of Justice and its partners in the UK and Australia claim to support “strong encryption,” but the unfettered access to encrypted data described in this letter is incompatible with how encryption actually works.

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    ‘Nuclear weapon of bad ideas’: US, UK & Australia demand Facebook give backdoor access to WhatsApp & other encrypted messengers

    ‘nuclear-weapon-of-bad-ideas’:-us,-uk-&-australia-demand-facebook-give-backdoor-access-to-whatsapp-&-other-encrypted-messengers

    04-10-19 08:01:00,

    US Attorney General William Barr and other western officials are calling on Facebook to provide authorities backdoor access to its encrypted messenger platforms, used by hundreds of millions of people around the world every day.

    In an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Barr and his British and Australian counterparts will argue that law enforcement requires access to encrypted applications, effectively asking the company to hand over the keys to the private communications of 300 million daily WhatsApp users, as well as 1.5 billion who log into Facebook every day. The letter is dated Friday, but An advance copy was seen by the New York Times.

    “Companies should not deliberately design their systems to preclude any form of access to content, even for preventing or investigating the most serious crimes,” the officials wrote.

    Though the Facebook-owned messenger WhatsApp is already protected by end-to-end encryption, the open letter will also urge the company to delay rolling out similar features for its other chat platforms, Facebook Messenger and Instagram Direct, asking for access akin to a phone wiretap.

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    The officials argued the request on the grounds of fighting crime and terrorism, but privacy advocates warned the move could seriously damage, or even “destroy,” the ability to communicate privately online, and empower governments with vast, easily abusable spying powers.

    National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden – who leaked classified material on the agency’s sweeping mass surveillance programs in 2013 – slammed the officials for what he said “may be the largest overnight violation of privacy in history.”

    Oh hey, turns out it’s even worse; it’s more than just #WhatsApp, it’s all FB-owned messaging: “Attorney General William P. Barr is set to press @Facebook on Friday to create a so-called back door to its end-to-end encryption on WhatsApp ***AND OTHER MESSAGING PLATFORMS***”

    — Edward Snowden (@Snowden) October 3, 2019

    Any politician asking for backdoor access to your private information is a politician that doesn’t give a damn about you or your safety.

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    Food Is Freedom: How Washington’s Food Subsidies Have Helped Make Americans Fat and Sick

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    03-10-19 06:51:00,

    By Brian Miller

    Farm subsidies are perhaps the ultimate, but secret, third rail of American politics. While entitlements are discussed out in the open, farm subsidies are rarely talked about – even though they are the most expensive subsidy Washington doles out.

    All told, the U.S. government spends $20 billion annually on farm subsidies, with approximately 39 percent of all farms receiving some sort of subsidy. For comparison, the oil industry gets about $4.6 billion annually and annual housing subsidies total another $15 billion. A significant portion of this $20 billion goes not to your local family farm, but to Big Aggie.

    (Note that this $20 billion annual farm subsidy figure doesn’t take into account the 30+ years of ethanol subsidies to the corn industry nor export subsidies to U.S. farmers issued by the USDA.)

    The government never properly explains why this is. Certainly small farmers are growing their crops at enormous risk. However, it’s not clear that agriculture is any different than other high-risk industries – especially because the United States is blessed with some of the most fertile farmland in the world, and a highly skilled labor force.

    Subsidies don’t just cost taxpayers, an expense that might properly be justified by showing a return on investment. Subsidies also provide powerful disincentives against innovation, as well as cost effectiveness and diversification of land use.

    There is also a strong case to be made that farm subsidies are a major driver of the obesity and cancer epidemic in the United States. Every time Washington interferes in the private sector, they are picking winners and losers. The winners chosen are companies producing food that’s high in calories and low in nutritional density – and that helps make Americans sick and fat, because it distorts what food is available at what price.

    While President Trump has sometimes discussed reducing farm subsidies, the solution to the problem is much more radical – the total elimination of all farm subsidies from the federal budget.

    Food Subsidies in the United States

    There have long been federal programs in the United States propping up the agricultural sector.

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    Slow Burn: Dirt, Radiation, and Power in Fukushima – Global Research

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    03-10-19 06:48:00,

    Amid the radioactive fallout of the meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and across what would come to be known as the Exclusion Zone, Japanese members of the nuclear lobby laboured to contain the political fallout of the Fukushima disaster. This article scrutinizes the profuse rhetoric over recycling as mobilized by nuclear boosters and the wider operations of circularity in waste management in Japan. Japanese leant heavily on the notion of recycling to attempt to frame the clean-up in Fukushima in more ideologically convenient terms. This led, for example, to officials trumpeting plans to ‘recycle’ over 16 million cubic metres of radioactive topsoil scraped from hundreds of square kilometres of Fukushima Prefecture, as well as efforts to achieve ‘thermal recycling’ by generating electricity from the incineration of collected irradiated vegetal matter and the large amounts of protective clothing and other material used in the ‘decontamination’ campaign. By scrutinizing this appropriation of recycling rhetoric and its leveraging across Japan’s nuclear waste management apparatus, the article exposes contradictions and distortions in contemporary Japanese policy that have considerable socio-political ramifications. 

    Introduction

    The record earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on 11 March 2011 ushered in a highly mediated disaster as Japanese grappled with the triple-meltdowns and radiation crisis at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

    Largely out of sight of international camera crews and probing journalists, the Japanese state and multiple municipalities embarked on the largest radiation response effort in history in an effort to restore hundreds of square kilometres1 covered in radioactive debris. This campaign saw about 70,000 Japanese workers remove over 16 million cubic metres of irradiated dirt2—scraping topsoil off roadsides, meadows, wooded areas, agricultural fields, school grounds, residential zones, shrine compounds, and parklands. Crews swept up radioactive twigs and pine cones, whittled exterior bark from tree stumps, and clipped low-lying branches in an attempt to bring radiation levels down to allow resettlement of tens of thousands of evacuees. Workers garbed in protective gear, joined by volunteers, scrubbed and hosed down streets, pavements, stairways, kerb stones, and storm drains in urban and suburban areas.

    They also wiped down the exterior of houses, apartments buildings, shops, schools, and other public facilities, using specially treated wipes to clean roof tiles, gutters, window sills, panes, mullions,

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    14 Billion License Plate Image Database That Knows Where You Are In Real-Time

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    03-10-19 03:16:00,

    By MassPrivateI

    Forget everything you have ever heard about police license plate readers and public safety, because it is all a lie.

    Three major automated license plate reader (ALPR) companies have created a mind-boggling database of 14 billion license plate images that allows law enforcement to track anyone in real-time.

    The Digital Recognition Network (DRN) has a database of over 8 billion license plate images and boasts about sending customers (law enforcement) live vehicle location alerts.

    If you think there is nothing you can do to automatically detect vehicles, think again. DRN’s Live Alerts, part of the DRNsights for Insurance solution, uses vehicle location data gathered from over 8 billion nationwide sightings plus the 160,000 million gathered each month, to provide alerts when vehicles are detected.

    Vigilant Solutions webpage has a database of over 5 billion license plate images and collects a little less than DRN daily.

    We are the only ALPR provider that can offer over 5 billion nationwide detections and over 150 million more added monthly.

    Vigilant Solutions also offers customers (law enforcement) a “Mobile Hit Hunter” or hotlist feature, that tracks vehicles in real-time.

    credit: Vigilant Solutions

    As I reported last month, Rekor Systems has a massive 30 state real-time license plate database that collects 150 million license plates every month.

    But Rekor Systems does something the other ALPR companies do not. They can send law enforcement detailed descriptions of any vehicle in real-time.

    Our software upgrades any IP, traffic, or surveillance camera into a vehicle recognition solution that can be used for realtime alerting of license plates. Not only does the software read a license plate number, but it also provides vehicle type, make, and color, something the competitors cannot do.

    Rekor Systems, which is also being used by 69 countries, likely has a database of billions of people’s license plates.

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    Lula: I Will Not Trade My Dignity for My Freedom – Global Research

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    03-10-19 03:12:00,

    Lula

    Former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva wrote in a letter that he will only leave his current situation of incarceration if his full innocence is recognized. This declaration came after the Operation Car Wash prosecutors filed a petition with the substitute judge of the 12th federal district, Carolina Lebbos, to change the conditions of incarceration for Lula from closed to semi-open. The letter was given from Lula to his lawyers this Monday, September 30, after a visit.

    By law, Lula should already have the right to change the conditions of his incarceration, but he has refused the request presented by the prosecutors that conspired to have him imprisoned because he understands that this would harm his dignity; Lula was convicted without evidence and demands that he should be considered innocent to leave prison.

    “I want you to know that I won’t accept bargaining with my rights and my freedom,” affirmed Lula in a letter presented by his lawyers after they visited him this afternoon at the jail in the Federal Police Headquarters in Curitiba.

    According to the ex-president the prosecutors should be worried about “apologizing to the Brazilian people, to the millions of unemployed people, and my family, for the harm they have done to democracy, to the system of justice, and to the country.”

    Outside the Federal Police headquarters, lawyer Cristiano Zanin explained to journalists and activists at the Free Lula vigil that Lula “does not recognize the legitimacy of the process that has put him in prison,” and as such he rejects the change in the conditions of his incarceration.

    “The moment that he does not recognize the legitimacy, he is not obliged to accept any condition of the State,” says Zanin.

    Several journalists asked what would happen if the Justice decides to send Lula to a semi-open prison anyways. The lawyer reiterated that it would be necessary to respect the will of the ex-president as it does not represent a non-compliance to the legal system.

    What Lula wants, according to Zanin, is for Brazil’s Supreme Court (STF) to analyze the resources questioning the illegalities of the process that brought him to prison, bringing the annulment of the sentence and the full liberty of the president.

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    Heartless: How The Wind Industry Covers Up Health Effects Caused by Low-Frequency Turbine Noise – Dutch Anarchy

    heartless:-how-the-wind-industry-covers-up-health-effects-caused-by-low-frequency-turbine-noise-–-dutch-anarchy

    03-10-19 01:11:00,


    While the wind industry’s pet acoustic consultants and pseudo-scientists deny the obvious, in this article STT (Stop These Things) sets out a chronology of what the wind industry and its common core trained pet agents knew (and when they knew it); what the wind industry did in response to that knowledge; and how the wind industry and its parasites are fighting tooth and nail at present to ensure that that knowledge has no impact on its freedom to ride roughshod over the human rights, health and well-being of people living next door to wind farms.

    The chronology is set out as a timeline, which can be accessed by clicking on this link here or the image below.

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    Access the timeline of wind industry deception

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    Each page of the timeline gives a short run down of significant events (a headline and brief summary); contains images of key data or pages extracted from research papers referred to; some of those images are copies of the entire paper being referred to – these documents can be accessed for reading and printing by dragging your mouse over the image and clicking on the “pop out” window at the top right of the image (you will see a scroll-bar on those where a paper is reproduced). Below the images you will find links to papers, webpages, including the sources referenced and STT posts, for example (if the link does not work, simply copy and paste the URL into a fresh tab in your browser).

    At the bottom of the timeline, there is a banner collecting all of the relevant events (you will probably need to scroll down to see it) which you can use to see all of the events in order: simply hold down your mouse and drag the banner left or right; to access any of the events summarised in the banner, simply click on it.

    Alternatively, you can use the arrows on the far left or right of the screen (they appear about half-way up each page of the timeline) to move forward or backwards in time.

    A couple of years back,

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    BEST ILLUMINATI DOCUMENTARY HOW BANKERS RULE ALL NATIONS AND FUND ALL WARS

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    03-10-19 01:00:00,

    If you have ever wondered why banks have so much power, why people seem to be locked in never ending debt and want to understand the criminal nature of the banking system watch this documentary uploaded by Conspiracy TV to educate and inform the world how the super rich own everything and finance every war for

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    EU can order Facebook to remove ‘hate speech’ even if it’s outside Europe, top court says in landmark ruling

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    03-10-19 10:36:00,

    Facebook must comply with demands from EU nations to remove content deemed illegal, even if the material falls outside of their jurisdiction, a top court has ruled. The decision could undermine freedom of speech on the internet.

    The European Court of Justice, the bloc’s top court, said on Thursday that an individual country can order Facebook to remove posts, photographs, and videos, and even restrict access to these materials to people all over the world.

    According to the Luxembourg-based court, a national court of any EU country has the right to instruct the social media giant to take down posts considered defamatory in regions beyond its jurisdiction.

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    The ruling upholds a non-binding opinion from an ECJ adviser in June, which Facebook argued “undermines the longstanding principle that one country should not have the right to limit free expression in other countries.”

    The initial opinion came after an Austrian Green party politician sued Facebook, demanding that the platform delete defamatory content about her posted by a user, as well as duplicates of the same material. The complaint was referred to the ECJ by Austria’s High Court. The politician, Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek, insisted that Facebook prevent the content from being viewed worldwide.

    This is the second major ECJ ruling in as many months concerning freedom of expression on the internet. In September, the court said that Google does not have to apply the EU’s “right to be forgotten” law globally. The directive requires the tech giant to remove search result listings to pages containing damaging or false information about a person. As a result, Google implemented a feature that prevents European users from being able to see delisted links.

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