‘Modern fascism is breaking cover’: Journalists react to Assange Espionage Act charges

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24-05-19 07:26:00,

The US government’s indictment of Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange on 17 additional charges under the Espionage Act has shocked and horrified journalists who are calling it an unprecedented attack on press freedom.

The new indictment claims Assange endangered the lives of individuals working for the US government when Wikileaks published leaked documents received from intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in 2010. Under the draconian Espionage Act, which has never before been used against a journalist publishing classified information, Assange faces up to 10 years in prison for each charge.

Assange was complicit with Chelsea Manning…in unlawfully obtaining and disclosing classified documents related to the national defense,” the Department of Justice said in a statement, while National Security Division head John Demers insisted “Julian Assange is no journalist.”

Actual journalists, however, were horrified by the “unprecedented assault on the First Amendment.”

This is the first time in history that anyone operating in a journalistic capacity has been charged under the Espionage Act. If you claim to be an advocate for “press freedom” yet cheer this outrageous, unprecedented assault on the First Amendment, you’re just a complete idiot

— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) May 23, 2019

This is the first time in history that anyone operating in a journalistic capacity has been charged under the Espionage Act,” Michael Tracey tweeted, adding in another tweet that the charges represented “the gravest attack on the First Amendment in years — possibly ever.” Even the Obama administration, which prosecuted more whistleblowers under the Espionage Act than all previous administrations combined, ultimately opted not to pursue charges against Assange, concerned such prosecution would violate the First Amendment.

John Pilger didn’t mince words, declaring “Modern fascism is breaking cover” and warning mainstream media that they were next.

The war on Julian #Assange is now a war on all. Eighteen absurd charges including espionage send a burning message to every journalist, every publisher. The target today is #Assange. Tomorrow it will be you on the New York Times, you on the BBC. Modern fascism is breaking cover.

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Modern Merchants of Death: Spyware and Human Rights – Global Research

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15-05-19 11:50:00,

Arms manufacturers of old, and many of the current stable, did not care much where their products went.  The profit incentive often came before the patriotic one, and led to such dark suspicions as those voiced by the Nye Committee in the 1930s.  Known formally as the Special Committee on Investigation of the Munitions Industry, the US Senate Committee, chaired by US Senator Gerald Nye (R-ND) supplies a distant echo on the nature of armaments and their influence.

The Nye Committee had one pressing concern: that the United States might fall for the same mistake it did in 1917 in committing to a foreign conflict while fattening the pockets of arms manufacturers.  As Chairman Senator Nye promised,

“When the Senate investigation is over, we shall see that war and preparation for war is not a matter of national honour and national defence, but a matter of profit for the few.”

Despite the current sophisticated state of modern weaponry, along with modern offshoots (cybertools, spyware, the use of malware), the principle of ubiquitous spread is still present.  Companies in the business of developing malware and spyware, modern merchants of disruption and harm, face charges that their products are being used for ill, a nastiness finding its way to hungry security services keen to monitor dissent and target contrarians.  While the scale of their damage may be less than those alleged by Nye’s Munitions Committee, the implications are there: products made are products used; the ethical code can be shelved. 

The NSO Group, a tech outfit based in Herzliya, a stone’s throw from Tel Aviv, specialises in producing such invasive software tools as Pegasus.  The reputation of Pegasus is considerable, supposedly able to access data on targeted phones including switching on their cameras and microphones.

NSO’s spyware merchandise has now attained a certain, viral notoriety. When Mexican investigative journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas was butchered in broad daylight on a street in Culiacán, the capital of the Mexican state of Sinaloa, something reeked.  The killing on May 15, 2017 had been designated a cartel hit, an initially plausible explanation given Valdez’s avid interest in prying into the affairs of organised crime in Sinaloa.  But the smell went further. 

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Tagesdosis 6.5.2019 – Modern Monetary Theory: Pseudo-Wissenschaft trifft auf Polit-Opportunismus | KenFM.de

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06-05-19 12:07:00,

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Ein Kommentar von Ernst Wolff.

Sie ist erst 25 Jahre alt, hat lange Zeit ein unscheinbares Dasein gefristet, findet aber seit Kurzem immer mehr Anhänger: Die Modern Monetary Theory (MMT), die von verschiedenen Seiten als neue Heilslehre im Finanzbereich angepriesen wird. 

Ihre Grundthesen stehen in der Tradition des Keynesianismus, einer Wirtschaftslehre, die die Rolle des Staates in Krisensituationen betont. Die MMT geht aber noch einen Schritt weiter und verquickt die Rolle des Staates mit der der Zentralbank.

Nach Ansicht der MMT-Befürworter verteilen sich die Rollen zwischen den beiden folgendermaßen: Die Zentralbank schafft Geld, während der Staat es in Gestalt von Steuern wieder einzieht. Die MMT behauptet, dass zwischen beiden Vorgängen kein Gleichgewicht bestehen müsse, die Zentralbank also wesentlich mehr Geld schaffen könne als der Staat anschließend einziehe. 

Als Beleg für die Richtigkeit ihrer Thesen verweist die MMT auf das Beispiel Japan: Dort hat die Zentralbank mehr Geld ins System gepumpt als in irgendeinem anderen Land der Erde. Dass die japanische Inflationsrate trotzdem seit vier Jahren unter einem Prozent liegt, beweist nach Auffassung der MMT-Anhänger, dass die Geldschöpfung durch die Zentralbank nicht zwangsläufig in eine Inflation führen müsse und daher ruhig weiter betrieben werden könne.

Diese Argumentation aber hält einer Prüfung nicht stand. Zum einen unterschlägt sie die entscheidende Tatsache, dass das von der Zentralbank geschaffene Geld nicht in die Taschen der arbeitenden Bevölkerung, sondern in die von Finanzspekulanten geflossen ist. Die wiederum haben es nicht in die Realwirtschaft, sondern in die Anleihen-, Aktien- und Immobilienmärkte gesteckt, wo wir es sogar mit einer gewaltigen Inflation zu tun haben – nur, dass man sie dort nicht so nennt, sondern von „Blasen“ spricht.

Zum anderen lässt die MMT die historische Situation, in der wir uns derzeit befinden, völlig außer acht: Wir haben es nämlich seit dem Beinahe-Zusammenbruch des globalen Finanzsystems an den Finanzmärkten auf Grund der Geldinjektionen und der Zinssenkungen der Zentralbanken seit zehn Jahren mit einem künstlich erzeugten Dauer-Boom zu tun.

Dessen Triebkräfte haben Nebenwirkungen, die sich in der aufziehenden Rezession deutlich zeigen werden.

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The ICC and NGOs: Modern Day Manifestations of “The White Man’s Burden” | New Eastern Outlook

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22-03-19 02:01:00,

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) is not international nor a legitimate court, but is most certainly criminal.

It is an institutionalized tool – one of many – used by Western corporate-financier interests to coerce and control nations across the developing world.

In a recent charade aimed to boost its otherwise nonexistent credibility, the ICC has claimed it seeks to investigate the United States for war crimes regarding Afghanistan. It also claims it is investigating the United Kingdom regarding Iraq.

However, the ICC has – since its first case in 2003 – been used primarily against targets of Western interests – with a particular emphasis on Africa and Eastern Europe. Not a single Western government or individual has been prosecuted by the ICC despite having committed the worst war crimes of the 21st century.

Looked Good on Paper…  

On paper, the International Criminal Court seems like a good idea. This is probably why many nations signed and ratified the statute giving it its supposed mandate. However, as with many good ideas in theory, in practice the ICC falls tragically short.

Unsurprisingly, the ICC’s shortcomings stem from its little-discussed but very lopsided funding and the obvious resulting conflicts of interest.

An African Business article titled, “Who Pays For the ICC?” would explain it best, noting (emphasis added):

The maximum amount a single country can pay in any year is limited to 22% of the Court’s budget. The ICC spent 80.5 million euros in 2007. The Assembly of States Parties approved a budget of 90.38 million euros for 2008 and 101.23 million euros for 2009. By April 2009, the ICC employed 743 people. 

 There are two points of immediate concern regarding the ICC budget. The first that while the Court theoretically sets a cap on funding at 22% of its budget from any one country, considerably more than 50% of its 2009 budget funding came from EU member countries. Thus, the contributions to the ICC’s 2009 budget clearly illustrated the continuing European hold on the Court’s funding.

The article would also explain (emphasis added):

The EU, through its member states, paid 60% of the 2009 budget of €94.17m.

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Starbuck’s and Modern Mercantilism: No Different Than the British East India Company

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04-02-19 09:36:00,

Starbuck’s and Modern Mercantilism: No Different Than the British East India Company

Howard Schultz, the founder and current major shareholder of the ubiquitous coffee chain, Starbuck’s, wants to be president of the United States. When asked why he wants to run as an independent candidate, Schultz replied with a “glittering generality” common among new age mercantilists who run for political office: “I want to bring the country together.”

Schultz and those like him who have or are harboring political ambitions want governments to serve the neo-mercantilist elites, not the common folk. The historical precedent for this behavior is the British East India Company, also known as the “Honorable East India Company.” This London-based company controlled a vast monopoly on trade, extending from India and Southeast Asia, China, and Japan to the wharves of Boston in the British colony of Massachusetts Bay in North America.

The famous “Boston Tea Party” of 1773 was a rebellion by American colonial merchants over the imposition of the Stamp Tax on tea and other goods imported to North America from India by the British East India Company. However, the rebels of Boston were more interested in their bottom line than in political fervor to break from the British Crown. In fact, the thirteen red and white stripes on the flag of the British East India Company, with the British Union Jack in the canton, became the basis for the design of the American flag, with a field of white stars replacing the Union Jack. When Americans fight over respect for “the flag,” few realize that what they are being forced to respect is a modified form of the standard for one of the largest mercantilist contrivances in history. In effect, the British East India Company, which had its own army and navy, ruled over India and British colonies in Malaya, China, Burma, Mauritius, and Reunion.

The same mercantilist notions of trade expansion and control of commodities exists today with companies like Starbuck’s. The coffee chain distinguishes itself from its competitors by offering coffee choices with exotic-sounding names like “Sulawesi Dark Roast,” “Rwanda Blue Bourbon,” “Sumatra Dark Roast,” and “Guatemala Antigua,” and menus featuring choices written in a bastardized version of Esperanto. Schultz prides himself on being an enlightened entrepreneur, however, a close look at the Brooklyn-born mega-merchant of Seattle, yields the company he formed far from advocating any notions of progressive capitalism.

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Modern levensritme werkt ziekte in de hand, waarschuwen wetenschappers

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14-12-18 01:47:00,

We zijn niet gemaakt om nachten lang naar lichtschermen te kijken of intercontinentaal te reizen, waarschuwen wetenschappers. “Als we met onze biologische klok knoeien, knoeien we verregaand met onze gezondheid.” Nieuw onderzoek legt het mechanisme achter een verstoord bioritme bloot.

Onze biologische klok reguleert alle noodzakelijke processen in ons lichaam. Omdat het leven alsmaar veeleisender lijkt te worden en we ons dagritme steeds vaker artificieel indelen om nachtwerk, nachtelijke uren achter een lichtscherm, of intercontinentaal reizen mogelijk te maken, waarschuwen Amerikaanse en Japanse wetenschappers nog maar eens voor de gevolgen van een verstoord bioritme.

De impact van een verstoorde biologische klok is enorm, stellen ze naar aanleiding van onderzoek dat een van de sleutelmechanismes blootlegt dat een verstoord bioritme linkt aan een toename van het risico op chronische ziekten zoals obesitas of kanker.

Nachtdienst en nachtverlichting

Het onderzoek, dat verschijnt in het vakblad PNAS, toont aan dat proteïne HNF4A een cruciale rol speelt in ons bioritme en ons slaapwaakpatroon, en bepalend is voor een ontregelde interne klok. De aanwezigheid van HNF4A blokkeert de aanmaak van twee andere eiwitten, waardoor de organen meer kans maken om ziekten te ontwikkelen.

De moderne levensstijl eist vaak onregelmatige ritmes en de onderzoekers waarschuwen dat dit kan bijdragen aan de verstoring van gevoelige mechanismen, inclusief die waarbij eiwitten, zoals HNF4A, betrokken zijn.

“Mensen zijn niet geëvolueerd voor nachtdiensten, nachtverlichting en intercontinentale reizen. Deze moderne uitdagingen vormen een langetermijnbedreiging voor ons bioritme en voor onze gezondheid”, concludeert neuroloog en medeauteur Steve Kay van de University of Southern California.

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Fundstück: Modern Educayshun | www.konjunktion.info

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26-11-18 08:22:00,

Wenn Satire die einzige Möglichkeit bleibt, die Missstände und den immer mehr um sich greifenden Wahnsinn zu adressieren.

Ein Kurzfilm von Neel Kolhatkar:

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Overstock CEO: “Modern Financial System Is A Big Keynesian, Magic Money Tree Ponzi Scheme”

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10-11-18 08:51:00,

Overstock CEO, Patrick Byrne, is a cryptocurrency believer. He believes the modern financial system “is a big Keynesian, magic money tree Ponzi scheme” that will collapse in the coming years and trigger mass adoption of cryptocurrency.

In a recent interview with crypto YouTuber Naomi Brockwell, a New York-based YouTube channel focused on all things Blockchain, Byrne pointed out countries like Venezuela, where crypto adoption has already flourished, should demonstrate what is coming to the developed world.

“People turn to it where they collapse, like Venezuela or Cyprus or Syria, something like that. When people start getting into it is when their own financial systems collapse.

So yes, given that I think the entire modern financial system is a big Keynesian, magic money tree ponzi scheme, I do expect that the day will come when people turn to crypto. 

Now, whether Bitcoin is the one, whether Bitcoin has solved its speed problems or it’s another cryptocurrency, only time will tell,” said Byrne. 

Talking about government regulation of cryptocurrency, Byrne emphasized the importance of know-your-customer, as well as, anti-money laundering requirements and believes that this could thwart criminals from using coins.

Byrne also said there are threats to the US even as some people branded him as a revolutionary person while a few others regarded him as a national security libertarian. He is worried about the threats coming from the emerging asset class. That is why he is favoring KYL and anti-money laundering and does not want to criticize them.

“He [Byrne] is not the only person to say that the modern financial system is a Ponzi scheme. There were already others who are voicing similar concerns in the past. For instance, the head has likened cryptocurrencies to Ponzi schemes. Significantly, bitconnect indicated early this year that it was forced to down the shutters following the accusation of running a Ponzi scheme. Therefore, Byrne comparing crypto with Ponzi schemes are nothing new,” said Crypto Vibes.

It is also known that Overstock was one of the first big retailers that started accepting cryptocurrencies in 2014.

Full interview: CEO of Overstock thinks the Govt Should do this for Bitcoin

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How Incompetent can a Modern Abettor State Grow? | New Eastern Outlook

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16-07-18 08:44:00,

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Over the last couple of years, London’s relentless determination to lecture each and every one from the so-called moral high ground has started chipping away at the reputation the UK used to enjoy at the international stage.

The British mainstream media, including its leading outlets like the Times and BBC have gone in a full blown Russophobic frenzy on the eve of the FIFA World Cup-2018, repeatedly warning British sports fans of those non-existent dangers that must have been waiting for them just around the corner in Russia. However, shortly after the start of this sports event, The Guardian, The Times, The Independent and many other British media were forced to undermine this inflammatory anti-Russian rhetoric of the sitting British government headed by Theresa May. After all, how could the British PM even thing about putting national dignity over wild allegations against Moscow?

Who was to suffer from this dubious posture? – First of all, the British national team, its fans, and the overall prestige of the Great Britain. This neglectful approach towards the national team was visibly demonstrated by representatives of the British government, none of which took the effort of traveling to Russia to attend the matches that were to decide the fate of championship, unlike authorities from all other states that were cheering for their national teams at the Russian stadiums hosting the event.

Theresa May, who built her political career on deception and lies, is now doing everything she could to distract the attention of her voters from Brexit and a long list of failures her cabinet made in negotiating it. First, we witnessed a poorly organized drama of the Salisbury incident that was staged with the assistance of the secret British laboratory Porton Down. The alleged poisoning of the runaway Russian spy with allegedly deadly nerve-paralytic gas in Salisbury (that left its victim both alive and well) in March, was then followed by alleged poisoning of two more British citizens in Amesbury. For years weapons experts from all across the globe tried to draw attention to the fact that the Porton Downa laboratory has been carrying on a number of research programs that were studying WMD, with experiments conducting within the framework of this programs drastically affecting the peaceful population dwelling in the immediate vicinity of Porton Down.

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