Say No to the “Cashless Future” — and to Cashless Stores

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23-08-19 05:19:00,

By Jay Stanley

I went to a counter-serve restaurant recently, and when the time came to pay for my order, took out my wallet, presented a $20 bill, and was told, “Sorry, we don’t accept cash.” I was flabbergasted. What happened to “legal tender for all debts public and private,” as it says right there on the bill?

This has now happened to me at three separate establishments in recent months. The rise of cashless establishments is happening amid continuing hype over the supposed dawn of a “cashless future” and agitation by some very powerful interests that would love to see cash disappear. The credit card companies love it, naturally, and tech industry associations have also pushed for the concept.

Meanwhile, a backlash has prompted several cities and states including San Francisco, Philadelphia, and New Jersey to ban cashless stores (they’ve also been banned in Massachusetts since 1978). One salad chain, Sweetgreen, reversed its decision to go cashless amid criticism, and Amazon, which had reportedly been opposing legislative bans, has since announced that it will accept cash at its automated, cashier-less convenience stores. (As for the “legal tender” statement, that does not actually mandate the acceptance of cash for payment.)

It is great to see this pushback against the supposed cashless future because this is a trend that should very much be nipped in the bud. There are several reasons why cashless stores, and a cashless society more broadly, are a bad idea. Such stores are:

  • Bad for privacy. When you pay cash, there is no middleman; you pay, you receive goods or services — end of story. When a middleman becomes part of the transaction, that middleman often gets to learn about the transaction — and under our weak privacy laws, has a lot of leeway to use that information as it sees fit. (Cash transactions of more than $10,000 must be reported to the government, however.) More on privacy and payment systems in a follow-up post.
  • Bad for low-income communities.

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‘Back to the Future’ – Climategate

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16-08-19 09:38:00,

Foto: NME.

Een gastbijdrage van Reynier Pronk.

Nederland heeft zich onverkort achter de conclusies van het recente IPCC-rapport geschaard. Dat deed het zo snel dat het nauwelijks is voor te stellen dat het rapport is gelezen, dat alle consequenties zijn doorgerekend en dat deze beslissing democratisch is gelegitimeerd.

Ap Cloosterman noemt de vier IPCC doelen het nastreven waard. Dat kan op zich juist zijn, ware het niet dat het IPCC op deze manier greep houdt op de ontwikkelingen in de wereld, met een hoog ‘schuld-en-boete’ gehalte, vooral voor het rijke westen.

Het meest verbazingwekkende is echter, dat men klakkeloos accepteert dat er ‘knappe koppen’ zijn die dertig jaar vooruit kunnen kijken.

Even tussendoor een verhelderend grapje:

Meneer van Rossem, u als historicus, kunt u de kijker vertellen wanneer de volgende oorlog uitbreekt?

Geen idee, mevrouw! Ik ben historicus! Ik duid het verleden en dat is al moeilijk genoeg …

Meneer Dibbets, u bent kunsthistoricus. Wanneer mogen wij een volgend meesterwerk verwachten?

Dat moet u mij niet vragen. Een meesterwerk laat zich niet voorspellen, mevrouw.

Meneer Icke, u bent sterrenkundige, vertelt u eens: wanneer zal de volgende oerknal plaatsvinden?

Geen idee; het begrijpen van de vorige is al bijna ondoenlijk …

Mevrouw van Leur, u bent meteoroloog; hoe warm wordt het over 30 jaar?

Als meteoroloog moet u mij dat niet vragen. Wij kunnen niet verder vooruitkijken dan hooguit vijf dagen. En dan zitten we er vaak ook nog naast. Maar ik ben ook klimatoloog.

En als wij het u vragen als klimatoloog?

Dan wordt het ineens een stuk makkelijker: in 2050 wordt het 2,5 graden warmer en de zeespiegel stijgt met 7 meter…

Kennelijk varen onze leiders blind op de IPCC prognoses cq. voorspellingen. Waarschijnlijk is het ze voldoende dat het ‘wetenschappers’ zijn die deze voorspellingen hebben gedaan. Die zullen het wel weten, toch?

Nu heb ook ik grote achting voor wetenschappers, maar ook zij kennen hun begrenzingen want basale vragen als:

  • Wat is leven precies en hoe ontstaat het?

  • Hoe werkt zwaartekracht?

  • Wat is oneindigheid / eeuwigheid?

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Future of Amazon Deforestation Data in Doubt as Research Head Sacked by Bolsonaro – Global Research

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07-08-19 04:16:00,

After a month of intensifying criticism from far-right President Jair Bolsonaro concerning data revealing a spike in deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon over recent months, the Brazilian President has fired the head of the government agency in charge of tracking forest loss, raising concerns over the future of an institution recognized nationally and internationally for its cutting-edge satellite-imaging and monitoring program.

On August 2, Bolsonaro fired the head of the Brazilian National Institute of Space Research (INPE), Ricardo Magnus Osório Galvão. The announcement was made by Galvão himself after a meeting with the Minister of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication, Marcos Pontes.

Image on the right: Physicist Ricardo Magnus Osório Galvão, former head of the Brazilian National Institute of Space Research (INPE). Image courtesy of Giro720 CC BY-SA 4.0.

“I will be fired… The way I reacted to the president[‘s accusations of data inaccuracy and data manipulation] has created an embarrassment that is untenable,” Galvão told journalists in Brasília.

In July, INPE issued an alert identifying deforestation and degradation totaling some 2,072 square kilometers (800 square miles) in June for Legal Amazonia — a federal designation that includes all or parts of nine Brazilian states — as detected by DETER, the institute’s real-time detection system. INPE noted that DETER alerts should not be used as exacting measures of deforestation rates compared year-to-year; rather the figures aim to support surveillance and enforcement.

However, a 2018-2019 month-to-month comparison does show a drastic uptick in deforestation. According to DETER, Brazil’s Amazonian deforestation in June 2019 was 88 percent greater than for the same month in 2018, while deforestation in the first half of July was 68 percent above that for the entire month of July 2018.

INPE is not scheduled to post its detailed 2019 annual deforestation analysis (conducted between August and July by its PRODES satellite monitoring system) until later this year. PRODES determines annual deforestation using NASA Landsat satellite imaging. Data gathered from August 2017 to July 2018 detected an increase in deforestation of 7,536 square kilometers (2,910 square miles) in Legal Amazonia, which represented an increase of 8.5 percent compared to 2017,

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Help Secure the Future of GlobalResearch.ca – Global Research

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29-07-19 07:04:00,

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Everyday for Future

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22-02-19 08:46:00,

Es wirkt fast so, als würde sich Dirk C. Flecks Öko-Thriller-Trilogie „Maeva“ bewahrheiten. Nur dass die Ökologie, die Ikone des Bewusstseinswandels, nicht in Gestalt einer von mystischer Aura umgebenen jungen Tahitianerin daherkommt, sondern in Gestalt einer jungen Teenagerin aus Schweden. Sie ignorierte im vergangenen Sommer nicht – im Gegensatz zur breiten Masse – die unverkennbaren Zeichen des Klimawandels in Form von Hitze und Dürre – einem „Jahrhundertsommer“. So begann sie am ersten Schultag in Schweden, Ende August, sich vor den Reichstag zu setzen, um gegen den Klimawandel zu protestieren. Schnell fand sie landesweit Nachahmer, sehr rasch auch in den Nachbarländern.

Bis die Schülerbewegung in Deutschland aufschlug, sollte noch einige Zeit vergehen. Erst kurz vor Weihnachten – also lange nach den dramatischen Auswirkungen der Hitze und Dürre – kam es bei uns zu den ersten „Friday for Future“-Demonstrationen. Und bis heute demonstrieren Schüler und Studenten Freitag für Freitag gegen die Zerstörung der „Umwelt“. (Anmerkung d.A.: Der Begriff „Umwelt“ wird in Anführungsstriche gesetzt, da er irreführend ist und impliziert, die Natur sei etwas, das uns umgibt, statt etwas, mit dem wir stets verbunden sind. Richtigerweise müssten wir von einer Mitwelt sprechen.) Die Bewegung hat das, was Menschen andernorts aufgrund von hoher Luftverschmutzung nicht mehr haben: einen langen Atem!

Die Grundsätze dieser Bewegung treffen den Nagel auf den Kopf. Sie hinterfragt beispielsweise: Was hat es für einen Sinn, irrsinnige Mengen an Schulstoff auswendig zu lernen, um sich für eine Zukunft zu qualifizieren – eine Zukunft, die so gar nicht mehr eintreten kann, wenn wir die Erde weiterhin als ein auszubeutendes Rohstofflager betrachten und nicht als einen lebendigen Organismus, mit dem es im Einklang zu leben gilt. Es formiert sich ein Widerstand in den Bankreihen und ein Widerwille dagegen, permanent bewertet zu werden. Die Schüler drehen den Tafelstab um und stellen den Politikern nun ein Klimazeugnis aus.

Natürlich ließ der Gegenwind nicht lange auf sich warten. Dieser kam aber keinesfalls von Windrädern, die im Zuge der Proteste errichtet wurden, sondern aus den Reihen konservativer Parteien. Schließlich geht es um viel Kohle. Im doppelten Sinne.

So kritisierte beispielsweise der Ministerpräsident von NRW, Armin Laschet (CDU), der nach eigener Aussage in seiner Jugend nie demonstrieren ging, dass die Jugendlichen doch bitte in ihrer Freizeit demonstrieren sollten. So könnten sie zeigen,

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The Future is Female (Death Merchants): MSM Celebrates Women in the War Machine

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10-01-19 08:04:00,

WASHINGTON — The mainstream media has made a noisy effort over the years to humanize America’s war machine. But now, outlets like MSNBC are doubling down on efforts in 2019, celebrating the feminization of America’s institutions of destruction and foreign sabotage.

You may think you’ve seen it all: from the “humanitarian intervention” canard whitewashing bloody regime-change operations and proxy warfare to fighter jets painted pink to “raise awareness” about breast cancer, to the pinkwashing of the military industrial complex with Lockheed Martin’s sponsorship of Pride festivities and Raytheon being named the “best place to work” for LGBTQ people in 2017 by the nonprofit Human Rights Campaign.

If you thought this alternate universe of benevolent arms peddlers has peaked, you’d be mistaken, and — if you’ll pardon the pun — gravely, at that.

 

Last week, MSNBC’s Ali Velshi devoted a segment to the military industrial complex. As you may have guessed, it didn’t focus on the revolving door between defense giants and government, America’s bloated military budget and huge handouts to the industry, or anything else that you may think would be provided to you in a “news” report. No, MSNBC celebrated that the chief executives of four of the “big five” defense firms are women.

Those firms include Northrop Grumman; Lockheed Martin; General Dynamics; and Boeing Defense, Space & Security — one of Boeing’s three busness units.

That segment is entitled “The military-industrial complex is now run by women.”

“There’s also America’s lead weapons negotiator, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control [and International Security] and the Under Secretary of State for Energy for Nuclear Security — also a woman. She runs the world’s largest nuclear stockpile,” Velshi declares proudly.

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Doug Casey on the Future of Privacy | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

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10-12-18 11:22:00,

Justin’s note: “Alexa, did you witness a murder?”

Most people would never ask their Echo device this question. But authorities in New Hampshire believe an Echo smart speaker may have recorded audio during a double murder that took place last year. The judge in this case even asked Amazon to turn over audio collected from the device.

This is a huge deal, and not just for the parties involved in this trial. This story has massive implications for the future of privacy, as Doug Casey explains below…

Justin: Doug, the judge in this case ordered Amazon to turn over audio recordings from an Amazon Echo that was in the house when the two women died.

But Amazon declined to do so, saying it won’t hand over anything “without a valid and binding legal demand properly served on us.”

Is Amazon doing the right thing? Or should it be required to turn over such data when a murder or other serious crime has been committed?

Doug: Well, it’s quite proper for the local police to ask for data in a murder case. And quite proper for Amazon to insist on a warrant before giving it to them. No problem with any of that.

The problem – and what amazes me – is that people are putting these devices in their homes. Alexa, Siri, and their friends, are designed to pick up information from you and about you. That data stays in the cloud forever. It’s like inviting Dracula into your house. Trusting the goodwill of some corporation is utterly and completely foolish. We’re nothing more than digits to them.

I’m an anarchocapitalist. Which means I believe in a totally unregulated free market. But I’m not naïve about the numerous flaws in human nature. Large corporations are totally amoral. Count on them to be direct conduits to the NSA, CIA, FBI, or any other government agency. Don’t invite Dracula, disguised as Alexa or Siri, into your house.

Of course, it goes far beyond that.

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Russia Is Key to Asia Future Development | New Eastern Outlook

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27-11-18 05:36:00,

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As serious problems emerge with the further development of China’s ultra-ambitious New Economic Silk Road, the formally named Belt, Road Initiative (BRI) the Russian Federation, especially in the wake of Washington’s mis-named trade war, is finding a positive role that could serve to change the entire dynamic of East Asian and Eurasian economic development. Depending on how it proceeds, it could help China to make necessary corrections to its current BRI development model and even benefit the development of the United States in a peaceful way. Here are some factors to consider.

Since Chinese President Xi Jinping formally proposed his BRI project in Kazakhstan in 2013 the project has undergone a huge advance across many countries from Pakistan to Malaysia to Africa. The original rather vague concept has been greatly expanded with creation of numerous state-tied think tanks in China proposing this or that new element. A major problem, however, has become evident in recent months in several BRI partner countries where China seems to have pursued its own project concepts such as in Malaysia, without due consideration for the needs of the partner country, sometimes leaving them with unpayable debts.

The BRI is one of the truly transforming ideas for rebuilding our debt-bloated world economy in a productive way. If that is to happen, it cannot be a mere repeat of the Anglo-American IMF model, “with Chinese characteristics.” Here is where recent initiatives of Russia’s Putin government could provide a major recalibration. The recent ASEAN meeting is instructive in this regard.

Putin Asia Pivot

Until the foolish John Brennan-Joe Biden-instigated CIA coup d’etat in Ukraine in early 2014–designed to split Russia from the EU, most especially from Germany, France and Italy–there was a dominant orientation in Russian policy circles to look West. With the Obama administration strong-arming of the EU to impose economic (self-destructive) sanctions in their trade with Russia, Russia understandably reviewed her options elsewhere. Initially, that has meant opening new economic and political and even military relations with the other giant Eurasian power, China. The results of the cooperation have been impressive in many areas. That said, the danger always lurks that the asymmetry of the relation will make Russia one day overly-dependent on China, and not a sovereign equal.

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BRICS – A Future in Limbo? | New Eastern Outlook

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10-11-18 02:51:00,

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Today it’s clear that fascist-turned Brazil is out – so we are at RICS. There is not much to argue about. The world’s fifth largest economy, Brazil, has failed and betrayed the concept of the BRICS and the world at large. Whether you consider South Africa as a valid member of the BRICS is also questionable. Much of SA’s social injustice has actually become worse since the end of apartheid. Ending apartheid was a mere political and legal exercise.

Distribution of power and money in SA have not really changed. To the contrary – it worsened. 80% of all land is still in the hands of white farmers. This is what President Cyril Ramaphosa wants to change drastically, by confiscating white farmers land without compensation and re-distribute it to black farmers, who have no formation of how to run these farms. This is not only utterly unjust and will create internal conflicts, the last thing SA needs, but it is also very inefficient, as farming and agricultural production will decline most likely drastically and SA, a potential exporter of farm goods, will become a net importer, a serious hit on South African’s economy.

The principle of redistributing land to the black African society is a solid one. But not by force and not by confiscation without compensation, nor without an elaborate training program for African farmers – to lead to a peaceful transfer – all of which does takes time and cannot happen over-night.

On a recent trip to SA, I spoke to several black people, including especially women from townships, i.e. SOWETO, who said they were better off under apartheid.

It is not a scientific statistic, but the fact that some black people dare say that the system that atrociously discriminated, exploited and raped them, was better than today’s system, is significant. It is a sad testimony to a generation of SA’s democracy.

So, now we are, we could say, down to RIC – Russia, India and China.

Does India deserve to belong to a club that has as a goal equality and solidarity?

The cast system, about which very little is written, is a horrible, horrible mechanism of discrimination. And there are no efforts under way to do abolish it.

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The future of war: UAE hires U.S. mercenaries to assassinate political leaders (Video)

The future of war: UAE hires U.S. mercenaries to assassinate political leaders (Video)

20-10-18 06:28:00,

I’m simplifying this, folks, but generally that’s what happens. So, by the same token, you could say that this militant terrorist Islam that we’ve known since 9/11 and maybe 10, 15 years prior, that has been sponsored by Saudi Arabia, by the Saudi royal family. It’s why so many people have been upset with so many American presidents being buddy-buddy with the king, whoever he happens to be. The Saudis always fund former presidents’ libraries. I mean, the Saudis had a good thing going. They had relationships with every president, former president and so forth.

And while they were selling us oil, sometimes. Cooperative or uncooperative, depending on the time, with price. But during all of that, they were the primary thrust for Wahhabi Islam. Now, here comes MbS (Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia), and he wants to just reform the hell out of the country, get rid of Wahhabism, bring in petrodollars competitors such as Hollywood and Silicon Valley and basically bring Saudi Arabia into the twenty-first century instead of the seventh. And there’s some people that don’t want that to happen.

Wahhabi Islam is where the really radical clerics and Imams are who are welcoming anybody they can into their mosques and just literally converting them into suicide bombers, terrorists, and what have you, under the auspices of Islam. And the Saudi royal family stood by and let it all happen. Whether they were instrumental in advocating it, don’t know, but Saudi-funded charities all over the world promoted Wahhabism.

And that’s when I went back to Mr. Buckley and said, “I don’t see how the Saudi royal family, the Saudi government can be separated from these 19 hijackers.”

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Future of Western Democracy Being Played Out in Brazil – Global Research

Future of Western Democracy Being Played Out in Brazil – Global Research

11-10-18 09:42:00,

Nothing less than the future of politics across the West – and across the Global South – is being played out in Brazil.

Stripped to its essence, the Brazilian presidential elections represent a direct clash between democracy and an early 21st Century, neofascism, indeed between civilization and barbarism.

Geopolitical and global economic reverberations will be immense. The Brazilian dilemma illuminates all the contradictions surrounding the Right populist offensive across the West, juxtaposed to the inexorable collapse of the Left. The stakes could not be higher.

Jair Bolsonaro, an outright supporter of Brazilian military dictatorships of last century, who has been normalized as the “extreme-right candidate,” won the first round of the presidential elections on Sunday with more than 49 million votes. That was 46 percent of the total, just shy of a majority needed for an outright win. This in itself is a jaw-dropping development.

His opponent, Fernando Haddad of the Workers’ Party (PT), got only 31 million votes, or 29 percent of the total. He will now face Bolsonaro in a runoff on October 28. A Sisyphean task awaits Haddad: just to reach parity with Bolsonaro, he needs every single vote from those who supported the third and fourth-placed candidates, plus a substantial share of the almost 20 percent of votes considered null and void.

Meanwhile, no less than 69 percent of Brazilians, according to the latest polls, profess their support for democracy. That means 31 percent do not.

No Tropical Trump

Dystopia Central does not even begin to qualify it. Progressive Brazilians are terrified of facing a mutant “Brazil” (the movie) cum Mad Max wasteland ravaged by evangelical fanatics, rapacious neoliberal casino capitalists and a rabid military bent on recreating a Dictatorship 2.0.

Bolsonaro, a former paratrooper, is being depicted by Western mainstream media essentially as the Tropical Trump. The facts are way more complex.

Bolsonaro, a mediocre member of Congress for 27 years with no highlights on his C.V., indiscriminately demonizes blacks, the LGBT community, the Left as a whole, the environment “scam” and most of all, the poor. He’s avowedly pro-torture. He markets himself as a Messiah – a fatalistic avatar coming to “save” Brazil from all those “sins” above.

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Future of Western Democracy Being Played Out in Brazil | The Vineyard of the Saker

Future of Western Democracy Being Played Out in Brazil | The Vineyard of the Saker

09-10-18 01:59:00,

Stripped to its essence, the Brazilian presidential elections represent a direct clash between democracy and an early 21st Century neofascism, indeed between civilization and barbarism, writes Pepe Escobar.

Nothing less than the future of politics across the West – and across the Global South – is being played out in Brazil.

Stripped to its essence, the Brazilian presidential elections represent a direct clash between democracy and an early 21st Century, neofascism, indeed between civilization and barbarism.

Geopolitical and global economic reverberations will be immense. The Brazilian dilemma illuminates all the contradictions surrounding the Right populist offensive across the West, juxtaposed to the inexorable collapse of the Left. The stakes could not be higher.

Jair Bolsonaro, an outright supporter of Brazilian military dictatorships of last century, who has been normalized as the “extreme-right candidate,” won the first round of the presidential elections on Sunday with more than 49 million votes. That was 46 percent of the total, just shy of a majority needed for an outright win. This in itself is a jaw-dropping development.

His opponent, Fernando Haddad of the Workers’ Party (PT), got only 31 million votes, or 29 percent of the total. He will now face Bolsonaro in a runoff on October 28. A Sisyphean task awaits Haddad: just to reach parity with Bolsonaro, he needs every single vote from those who supported the third and fourth-placed candidates, plus a substantial share of the almost 20 percent of votes considered null and void.

Meanwhile, no less than 69 percent of Brazilians, according to the latest polls, profess their support for democracy. That means 31 percent do not.

No Tropical Trump

Dystopia Central does not even begin to qualify it. Progressive Brazilians are terrified of facing a mutant “Brazil” (the movie) cum Mad Max wasteland ravaged by evangelical fanatics, rapacious neoliberal casino capitalists and a rabid military bent on recreating a Dictatorship 2.0.

Bolsonaro: Danger for Brazil.

Bolsonaro, a former paratrooper, is being depicted by Western mainstream media essentially as the Tropical Trump. The facts are way more complex.

Bolsonaro, a mediocre member of Congress for 27 years with no highlights on his C.V., indiscriminately demonizes blacks,

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Our Assembly-Line Future?

Our Assembly-Line Future?

31-07-18 10:05:00,

Human civilization has taken an important turn with the publication of a new report by the Nuffield Council, the semi-official bioethics agency of the United Kingdom. The document, two years in preparation, gives the go-ahead to genetically engineer human beings at the embryonic stages of development. The report stated: “There is potential for heritable genome editing interventions to be used at some point in the future in assisted human reproduction, as a means for people to secure certain characteristics in their children.” If history is a guide, the U.S. will not lag far behind the U.K. in following this dangerous path.

The U.K. pioneered human genetic engineering by approving, earlier this year, a technique to construct embryos using parts of the eggs of two different women, along with a man’s sperm, to create “three-person embryos.” Though deceptively promoted as “mitochondrial transfer,” the procedure really involves transferring around 20 thousand genes from a woman with impaired mitochondria into another woman’s egg. The accurate “three-person” designation was only widely used in the scientific literature after the procedure became legal. Similar misrepresentations of the technicalities are contained in the Nuffield recommendations.

Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel, Brave New World, recounted the dire social consequences of purposefully fashioning humans with different biological endowments. His method of choice was in vitro fertilization, first demonstrated in animals in the 1930s, but only performed successfully in humans with the birth of Louise Brown (also in the U.K.) in 1978. By putting certain enriching or toxic substances in the culture medium, “superior” or “inferior” human specimens could be produced, according to society’s needs.

Now, due to the revolution in molecular genetics that has taken place since Huxley’s time, would-be embryo improvers have at their disposal the CRISPR-Cas9 DNA manipulation system. Though this technique has been touted for its accuracy, an article published in the journal Nature Biotechnology the same day as the Nuffield report bore the title ”Repair of double-stranded breaks induced by CRISPR-Cas9 leads to large deletions and complex rearrangements.” Notwithstanding this, and earlier indications along the same lines, the Nuffield Council is optimistic that gene engineers will eventually have the technical means to do what they intend, that is make taller, smarter and more beautiful people.

In this view,

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What the Future has in Store for Cryptocurrencies? | New Eastern Outlook

What the Future has in Store for Cryptocurrencies? | New Eastern Outlook

14-06-18 12:06:00,

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The second half of the 20th century was marked by the world economy suffering irreversible and potentially catastrophic changes. Once the US obtained virtually uncontested economic and military influence in the world, the Federal Reserve found itself in a position where it was able to print piles of dollars on demand without worrying about the overall sustainability of global finances. This resulted in decades of warmongering, media manipulation and a cult of consumption that turned to be highly profitable for the US, which would exchange goods from all across the globe for useless pieces of green paper. Essentially, the con of the century has come to bear. The situation resembles a TV show where banks, corporations, rating agencies and governments have become a part of a huge conspiracy aimed at persuading the rest of the world that Washington’s securities are the safest assets in the world, even safer than gold.

It was only logical that some alternative system would eventually contest the dominance of the American dolla, and crypto currencies have emerged  as the tool states were waiting for begin the process of de-dollarization. At the same time this article is not going to try to downplay in any way the fact that Bitcoin has been created and utilized by American and British intelligence agencies to move liquidity quickly without tying it to finance their operations overseas. One can note that the creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, turned out to be “a group of American cryptographers.”

It’s been noted that a limited number of countries have emerged as cryptocurrency havens and have played a pivotal role in the development of cryptocurrencies. The top three around the world by the rate of adoption of cryptocurrencies are South Korea, Russia and Venezuela. And across all three, cryptocurrency is widely seen as a different means to a different end.

In South Korea, cryptocurrencies have been widely perceived as an alternative investment path that can potentially deliver enormous returns in a highly competitive environment.

In Venezuela the rapid development of cryptocurrencies was triggered by an economic collapse spurred by Western sanctions against this oil-producing country. Some would argue that cryptocurrencies in Venezuela are seen as a more convenient and reliable store of value than the destitute bolívar,

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Italy’s EU future survives, but expect pushback against Russian sanctions (Video)

Italy’s EU future survives, but expect pushback against Russian sanctions (Video)

03-06-18 06:04:00,

US President Donald Trump has just lectured NATO on it member’s commitment performance and held a controversial meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin and is next week to receive EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, with trade matters being high up on the agenda.

Juncker is expected to present Trump with a package of proposals to help smooth relations and potentially heal areas of division, particularly those surrounding Europe’s trade relationship with America. Those proposals are precisely what is cropping up as another area of divergence between some members of the EU, specifically France and Germany, just after a major contention on migration has been driving discord within the Union.

This gets down to whether Europe should offer concessions to Trump on trade while Trump is admittedly describing the Union as a ‘foe’ and has initiated a trade spat with the Union by assessing trade tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, spurring retaliatory tariff measures from the EU Commission.

France, specifically, is opposed to any sort of compromise with Trump on the matter, where Trump is perceived as an opponent to the Union and its unity, whereas Germany is economically motivated to seek an end to the trade dispute under the threat of a new round of tariffs emanating from the Trump administration, and is therefore seeking to find some sort of proposal that Trump will accept and therefore back down on his protectionism against the EU, and Germany in particular.

Politico reports:

Only a week before European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker flies to Washington, France and Germany are divided over how much he should offer to U.S. President Donald Trump to end a deepening trade war, say European diplomats and officials.

But, they add, Germany has the upper hand. Berlin is shaping Juncker’s agenda, suggesting three offers that he could take to Trump on July 25 to resolve the dispute, according to people familiar with the plans.

The French are uneasy about the wisdom of such a conciliatory approach, however, and publicly accuse Trump of seeking to splinter and weaken the 28-member bloc, which he has called his “foe.”

Despite Paris’ reservations about giving away too much to the increasingly hostile U.S.

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The Future of Mandatory Forced Vaccinations For All | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

The Future of Mandatory Forced Vaccinations For All | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

09-03-18 10:10:00,

from aplanetruth.info:

Less than 3% of the nation’s population has chosen to either limit and/or delay vaccinations or exercise their inherent free will choice to build their children’s, and their own, immunity systems though healthy nutrition, diet and exercise. Over the past 6 months the Federal and many State governments in the United States is radiply passing laws to completely take away a parents right to decide what is ultimately best for their children’s health and well being.

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This video documentary makes the case for why these parents are choosing to wait, delay or abstain from CDC recommend, and now in 3 States or no schooling, required vaccinations. Though it has been framed as a safety issue to communities, the Pro Choice/Anti- Vaxer’s make a very compelling argument as to why they are the final author of authority to protect and promote the health and all around welfare of the children in their care.

Kenny Valenzuela of Experimental Vaccines lays out the many dangers and injuries that has been caused by vaccines, why Big Pharma and Big Business is enjoying record revenue and profits from the new legislations being enacted across the country.

CA Senator, Dr. Richard Pan, is also seen just weeks before he came out with SB277 in California to eliminate personal exemptions for children in schools, prominently attending and speaking at a Scottish-Rite Freemason Ceremony in Sacramento, as well as receiving millions of dollars from Big Pharma for his run for Senate.

We also go into the future of over 300 Genetically Modified vaccines in the pipeline being designed and developed to further inoculate all, including a vaccine for Autism, which evidence is overwhelmingly showing, is caused by the vaccines! Please visit AVVI.info

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