Johnson launches anti-vaxxer crusade as measles outbreak grips UK


19-08-19 06:00:00,

The British government has launched a campaign to combat misleading information spread by people opposed to vaccines, after the UK lost its “measles-free” status with the World Health Organization.

PM Boris Johnson announced on Monday that, along with other measures, parents who have concerns over the jabs will be given new evidence-based advice to correct any false information they may have learned. 

Downing Street said it hopes the campaign will boost the rate of children who are fully vaccinated against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), from 87 percent up to 95 percent. 

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The push comes as the UK finds itself in the midst of a measles crisis. There have already been 231 cases of measles in the UK in the first quarter of 2019. Earlier this year a Unicef report warned that half a million British children were not immunised against measles between 2010 and 2017. The spike caused Britain to lose its World Health Organization (WHO) “measles-free” status just three years after the virus was declared eliminated.

Britain isn’t alone in its fight against the age-old viral illness; Johnson called the effort a “global challenge.” There have been 364,808 measles cases reported around the world so far this year.

France, the most anti-vaccine nation in the world, with a third of the nation expressing distrust of the jab, last year made vaccinations compulsory. While the US is battling the greatest outbreak of measles since 1992 with 1,203 individual cases so far in 2019. 

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Pentagon Launches Investigation Into $10 Billion JEDI Cloud Contract With Amazon


13-08-19 05:32:00,

The Pentagon’s Inspector General has launched a probe into key aspects of the DoD’s forthcoming $10 billion JEDI cloud-computing program, and has vowed to “expeditiously” review whether there was any malfeasance in the bid process – including conflicts of interest, according to Bloomberg

“We are reviewing the DoD’s handing of the JEDI cloud acquisition, including the development of requirements and the request for proposal process,” said Pentagon IG spokeswoman Dwrena Allen in a statement, adding that a “multidisciplinary team” of auditors, attorneys and investigators are investigating JEDI matters “referred to us by Members of Congress and through the DoD Hotline.”

“In addition, we are investigating whether current or former DoD officials committed misconduct relating to the JEDI acquisition, such as whether any had any conflicts of interest related to their involvement in the acquisition process.”

Allen said the review “is ongoing and our team is making substantial progress. We recognize the importance and time sensitive nature of the issues, and we intend to complete our review as expeditiously as possible.”

The OG intends to write a report and notify Defense Secretary Mark Esper and DoD leaders of the findings, as well as inform Congress, according to standard protocols, she said. “We will also consider publicly releasing the results, consistent with our standard processes. –Bloomberg

On August 1st, Defense Secretary Esper ordered a separate review of the Pentagon’s JEDI cloud contract after President Trump supported critics saying that Amazon was given an unfair advantage. 

In July, the WSJ publicized new evidence showing that senior Amazon executives met with senior DoD officials, including then-Defense Secretary James Mattis, to discuss the project before the bidding even began, while the decision over the program was expected this month. 

Meanwhile, Oracle lost out on the project after losing a critical court case against the Pentagon and Amazon, allowing the DoD to move forward with either Amazon or Microsoft. 

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Israel Launches New Criminal Aggression; Bombs Tal al Harrah Again


24-07-19 12:53:00,

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Israel has again breached international law in its criminal bombings of Syria. After midnight 24 July, the criminal aggressor bombed Tal al Harrah in Daraa countryside.

Material damages were reported.

Israel deliberately, under the US protection, shows its disregards to International Law and in specific to the United Nations, to its charter, and the Security Council and its resolutions, this latest aggression was committed while the United Nations Security Council was convening to discuss the ongoing ‘Situation in the Middle East’ which started with the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and been on the agenda ever since.

Bombing Syrian land from the occupied Golan shows how much the Zionist regime relies on the support and protection of the United States of America and its Gulfies sponsors, the superpower and super-rich.

The mini-US previously engaged in illicit aggression against al Harrah on 30 June and 12 June. On both those occasions, Syrian air defenses intercepted several of Israel’s missiles.

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California Launches Creepy “Cradle-To-Career” Data System To Track Everything About Children


22-07-19 08:11:00,

Authored by Daisy Luther via The Organic Prepper blog,

Just in case we haven’t provided you with enough creepy dystopian news lately, the nation’s leader in Creepy Dystopia, California, has a brand new program. The “Cradle to Career Data System” will study and document everything about a child born in the state.

But don’t worry, it’s for your children’s own good.

What the heck is the “Cradle to Career Data System”?

Beginning at birth and stalking the child until he or she joins the workforce, California wants to keep on eye on all sorts of demographics and variables. They’ll do this by collecting information from “partner entities.” They’ll use this information, according to the Pasadena Star, to “provide appropriate interventions and supports to address disparities in opportunities and improve outcomes for all students.”

Who are these partner entities, you ask?

The “partner entities” include (but are not limited to) “state entities responsible for elementary and secondary education data, entities responsible for early learning data, segments of public higher education, private colleges and universities, state entities responsible for student financial aid, childcare providers, state labor and workforce development agencies, and state departments administering health and human services programs.” (source)

So, your kid’s teachers, principles, professors, babysitters, and the purveyors of any state services you happen to use will all cough up every detail of your child’s life.

Of course, California just wants to help.

This to me has hints of communist countries who pluck the brightest students from their home and educate them to work for the state. However, the admitted goal is data collection for the folks who make the rules.

Easily the creepiest thing to come out of California since “The Silence of the Lambs” was released into theaters, the “Cradle to Career Data System” aims to collect the ethnic, economic and educational records of every child in the state, track their grades and their progress into early adulthood, and make some form of the data available to policy makers, analysts and activists. (source)

This isn’t a maybe. It’s already passed as a trailer bill (so it didn’t go through the usual legislative process) and has been funded with a budget of $10 million.

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UN Launches All-Out War On Free Speech


12-07-19 10:30:00,

Authored by Judith Bergman via The Gatestone Institute,

  • In other words, forget everything about the free exchange of ideas: the UN feels that its ‘values’ are being threatened and those who criticize those values must therefore be shut down.

  • Naturally, the UN assures everyone that, “Addressing hate speech does not mean limiting or prohibiting freedom of speech. It means keeping hate speech from escalating into something more dangerous, particularly incitement to discrimination, hostility and violence, which is prohibited under international law”.

  • Except the UN most definitely seeks to prohibit freedom of speech, especially the kind that challenges the UN’s agendas. This was evident with regard to the UN Global Compact on Migration, in which it was explicitly stated that public funding to “media outlets that systematically promote intolerance, xenophobia, racism and other forms of discrimination towards migrants” should be stopped.

  • In contrast to the UN Global Migration compact, the UN’s action plan against hate speech does contain a definition of what the UN considers to be “hate” and it happens to be the broadest and vaguest of definitions possible: “Any kind of communication in speech, writing or behaviour, that attacks or uses pejorative or discriminatory language with reference to a person or a group on the basis of who they are, in other words, based on their religion, ethnicity, nationality, race, colour, descent, gender or other identity factor”. With a definition as broad as this, all speech could be labelled “hate”.

  • The new action plan plays straight into the OIC’s decades-long attempts to ban criticism of Islam as ‘hate speech’. In the wake of the launch of Guterres’ action plan, Pakistan has already presented a six-point plan “to address the new manifestations of racism and faith-based hatred, especially Islamophobia” at the United Nations headquarters. The presentation was organized by Pakistan along with Turkey, the Holy See and the UN.

In January, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, tasked his Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, to “present a global plan of action against hate speech and hate crimes on a fast-track basis”. Speaking at a press conference about the UN’s challenges for 2019,

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Huawei launches pilot 5G project with major Russian telecom firm amid US trade row


06-06-19 08:41:00,

Blacklisted in the US and a number of Western countries, Chinese tech giant Huawei has announced an agreement with one of Russia’s leading internet and mobile providers to develop 5G networks in Russia.

Huawei will assist Russian telecom company MTS in “the pilot launch of fifth-generation networks in 2019 and 2020,” MTS said in a statement. The parties signed an agreement at the Kremlin on Wednesday. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, also attended the ceremony, as the latter is in Russia on an official three-day visit.

Huawei’s deputy chairman, Guo Ping, said the company was “very happy” to seal a deal “in such a strategically important area like 5G.”

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The road map for the upcoming year indicates that Huawei will implement 5G and IoT technology on the basis of the existing MTS infrastructure and enhance the company’s LTE network.

Huawei is stepping into the emerging Russian 5G market after the company was barred from building fifth-generation networks by the US, UK, Canada, and New Zealand.

In May, another large Russian mobile provider, Beeline, revealed it will use Huawei equipment to modernize Moscow’s telecom networks.

Huawei, the world’s biggest telecom equipment supplier and second largest smartphone manufacturer, is facing backlash from the US and other Western states since the trade war unfolded between Washington and Beijing back in 2018. Trump administration accuses the tech giant of building backdoors for spying into its products and working in concert with the Chinese government, a claim which the company strongly denies.

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In May, the US put Huawei on an “entity list,” severely restricting American companies from trading with the Chinese tech firm. In response, Beijing threatened to issue its own blacklist of companies which damage the interests of Chinese business.

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Fed Launches “Rate-Peg-Instead-Of-QE” Trial Balloon For Next Crisis


10-05-19 03:06:00,

Authored by Wolf Richter via,

Wall Street hype artists and assorted QE mongers would be deeply disappointed.

This came packaged into the middle of a speech by Federal Reserve Board Governor Lael Brainard, on “How Does Monetary Policy Affect Your Community?” It was under the subheading, “Some Issues to Explore.” And it would be a huge shift in how the next crisis will be handled.

During the next crisis when short-term interest rates are already at zero – for the Fed, that is still the lower bound – the Fed might not do the type of QE it did during and after the Financial Crisis when it set a target to buy a fixed amount of securities every month.

Instead, during the next crisis, when 0% short-term interest rates are no longer enough to stimulate the economy, the Fed might announce a target for slightly longer-dated interest rates, such as one-year rates, Brainard said. And it would buy just enough securities with those maturities, to bring the one-year yield down to the target range. And if more stimulus is needed, it might target two-year rates, she said:

Under this policy, the Federal Reserve would stand ready to use its balance sheet to hit the targeted interest rate, but unlike the asset purchases that were undertaken in the recent recession, there would be no specific commitments with regard to purchases of Treasury securities.

“Such an approach could help communicate publicly how long the Federal Reserve is planning to keep rates low,” she added.

It’s an “interest-rate peg”: been there, done that.

The Fed would announce that it wants the one-year yield to be at 1%, for example, and if the Fed is credible in its announcement, it might not have to buy many securities to get the one-year yield to target.

This was just one of the “ideas,” Brainard said, and “there may be other good ideas, and part of the process we are engaged in involves looking around for other ideas.” Nevertheless, the trial balloon is floating.

The Fed already implemented a rate peg before – to help provide cheap financing for the US war effort during World War II. The Fed recounts that episode:

The interest-rate peg became effective in July 1942 and lasted through June 1947.

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Huawei Launches the Evolution Strategy for 5G-oriented Wireless Target Network – Global Research


20-12-18 07:57:00,

The following article confirms HuaWei’s lead in 5G telecommunications technology. In this regard, the campaign against HuaWei including the arrest of CFO Meng Wanzhou is intent upon undermining China’s  strategic lead in 5G including HuaWei’s “All Bands Go to 5G.

At Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2018, Huawei released the “All Bands Go to 5G” strategy for the evolution towards a 5G-oriented wireless target network. This strategy provides suggestions for future development of the wireless network in three key aspects: simplified site, simplified network, and automation.

China is not only the largest producer of cellphones Worldwide, it is a leader in wireless technology. According to an August 2018 report by Deloitte Consulting: “China is winning the race against the United States to build a faster nationwide wireless network that uses 5G technology”

The US dirty tricks campaign (supported by Canada) indelibly seeks to prevent China from taking the lead:

Unless the U.S. moves more quickly, it will be at a major disadvantage when it comes to creating dominant new companies in the emerging space….

Accordingly, countries that adopt 5G first are expected to experience disproportionate gains in macroeconomic impact compared to those that lag,” the report’s authors said.

U.S. companies have been sounding the alarm over a purported race against China over 5G, perhaps playing to the fears and strategic desires of the Trump White House. (Fortune, August 7, 2018)

The following article reviews the evolution of 5G technology and China’s role.

 Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 20 December 2018


I. Global commercial use of 5G networks has now entered the fast lane. Massive wireless connectivity has become an inevitable trend.

Data traffic of global mobile broadband (MBB) increases rapidly. By H1 2018, the data of usage (DOU) for a number of global operators has exceeded 10 GB, and that in certain Middle East regions has even reached 70 GB. Data traffic is becoming a necessity following air, water, and food in our daily lives. Releasing data traffic helps to promote positive MBB business cycle in the global wireless industry and ushers in a new era of traffic operation.

New connections based on wireless technologies rapidly develop and are realized among individuals,

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US Launches Impotent Attack on Non-existent “Chemical Facilities” | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

US Launches Impotent Attack on Non-existent “Chemical Facilities” | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

14-04-18 08:47:00,

The US, UK, and France announced strikes on what they call, “Syria’s chemical weapons program.” 

The use of stand-off weapons such as cruise missiles and air-to-ground missiles reflects the US and its allies’ fear of Syrian and Russia anti-aircraft defense systems.

The Syrian and Russian governments announced that 71 of over 100 missiles fired were intercepted, according to Russian media. Targets struck had already been evacuated or were not currently in use.

The US, UK and France launched strikes against targets at three sites in Syria in the early hours of Saturday morning, following a week of threats of retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians in the Damascus enclave of Douma. 

“I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapon capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad,” Trump said late Friday at the White House.

Of course, the phrase, “associated with the chemical weapon capabilities” of Syria is intentionally ambiguous.

Considering that any attack on actual, currently active chemical weapon facilities in Syria would risk the spread of toxic chemicals over civilian areas – attacking such sites would contravene the entire supposed purpose of the US-led attack – protecting Syrian civilians from “chemical weapons.”

Considering that any attack on actual, currently active chemical weapon facilities in Syria would risk the spread of toxic chemicals over civilian areas – attacking such sites would contravene the entire supposed purpose of the US-led attack – protecting Syrian civilians from “chemical weapons.” 

The fear of even industrial chemical facilities being targeted by terrorists to spread clouds of deadly toxins over civilian populations has been a familiar theme throughout America’s supposed “War on Terror.”

The Washington Post in a December 2001 article titled, “Chemical Plants Are Feared as Targets,” would describe the possible impact of an explosion at a chemical plant in Tennessee, claiming:

If those chemicals had been released, as many as 60,000 people who live within reach of the ensuing vapor cloud could have faced death or serious injury,

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