They’re STILL After Your Fingerprints! – #PropagandaWatch

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23-12-19 04:15:00,

SHOW NOTES: https://www.corbettreport.com/?p=34502

Remember when we looked at J. Edgar Hoover’s lame attempt to get the public to voluntarily send in their fingerprints to the FBI back in 1937? Well guess what? They’re baaaaaaack, and they’re at the post office this time. Find out about the FBI’s latest stupid attempt to steal your fingerprints on this week’s edition of #PropagandaWatch.

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NRDC Still Promoting Biologically and Environmentally Harmful LEDs and Demonizing the Right to Safe Incandescent and Halogen Bulbs

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24-10-19 08:12:00,

By B.N. Frank

Thanks to National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) for filing a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding the forced installation of harmful 5G technology.  But no thanks to their recent attack on incandescent and halogen light bulbs.

There’s too much research that has proven that LED lights are biologically harmful and it’s about more than macular degeneration and blindness (see 1, 2, 3).  For many years the American Medical Association (AMA) has even been warning against their use for streetlights (see 1, 2).

There’s nothing wrong with people choosing not to sacrifice their eyesight or their health to save energy. Environmentalists have even warned that LEDs affect wildlife and nature too.

So WTF NRDC?  Wouldn’t it be wiser for your group to invest in educating people about safe ways to save energy than in litigation to prohibit them from buying biologically and environmentally safe products?

As part of its relentless assault on energy efficiency, the Trump administration’s Department of Energy (DOE) has proposed NOT to update the minimum efficiency standards for the most common light bulbs in our homes and is holding a meeting on the topic today in Washington, D.C. NRDC will be there to tell the agency why perpetuating the ongoing sale of energy-wasting bulbs is illegal and will cost Americans billions in higher energy bills and cause millions of tons of unnecessary climate-warming pollution.

And if the Trump administration officials go forward with this outrageous and harmful proposal, we will explore every option—including litigation—to stop it.

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

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When Time Stands Still – Global Research

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17-10-19 11:30:00,

The intimate human experience of time standing still is universal, although rare.  When we undergo it, we are stunned.  Silence seems to enclose us. It is the correlative to the more common experience of time passing at different speeds, sometimes slowly, sometimes fast, despite clocks.  These universal experiences do not accord with the teleology that underlies the modern world with its scientific principle that leads to entropic death triumphant. They are therefore, as John Berger, the English writer and art critic, writes,

“dismissed as subjective, because time, according to the nineteenth-century view, is objective, incontestable and indifferent; to its indifference there are no limits.” 

As a result of living within this scientific and technical presupposition that the background ticking of the clock is the only truth and time is a one-way street, we are now living inside a hopeless mind-frame of a scientific theocracy that says all will end in entropy.  This is nihilism; for at the end of this clock time is nothingness, the infinite void.  This is the unstated “future,” but a future that is also now, a noxious injection that surreptitiously poisons people at the well of their lives where cracks in the consensual reality open and other truths fly in, or as Emily Dickinson said,

“’Hope’ is the thing with feathers/That perches in the soul/And sings the tune without the words/And never stops – at all”.

The one-dimensional finality of the view of time as death triumphant is the nihilistic future Nietzsche said was coming, and it is here.  And being here, it tries to reduce any experience that transports us beyond time to personal lunacy and worthy only of dismissal. It reduces human subjectivity and transcendent joy and despondent suffering to the ravings of a madman. Facts are facts says this unstated premise, and if you don’t get that, you are a joker and will be rendered invisible.

In the new movie “Joker,” the suffering Arthur Fleck, the eponymous Joker, is abandoned by a cruel American society whose capitalist order cares not a whit for its regular people, and in a penultimate scene when Arthur is appearing on a late night television show where the snide and condescending host mocks him and his attempt at comedy,

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What We Still Do Not Know About Russiagate – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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05-09-19 08:11:00,

What We Still Do Not Know About Russiagate

Stephen Cohen Asks All The Right Questions

https://www.thenation.com/article/what-we-still-do-not-know-about-russiagate/

Vital questions about perhaps the worst alleged presidential scandal in US history remain unanswered.

By Stephen F. Cohen

SEPTEMBER 4, 2019

It must again be emphasized: It is hard, if not impossible, to think of a more toxic allegation in American presidential history than the one leveled against candidate, and then president, Donald Trump that he “colluded” with the Kremlin in order to win the 2016 presidential election—and, still more, that Vladimir Putin’s regime, “America’s No. 1 threat,” had compromising material on Trump that made him its “puppet.” Or a more fraudulent accusation.

Even leaving aside the misperception that Russia is the primary threat to America in world affairs, no aspect of this allegation has turned out to be true, as should have been evident from the outset. Major aspects of the now infamous Steele Dossier, on which much of the allegation was based, were themselves not merely “unverified” but plainly implausible.

Was it plausible, for example, that Trump, a longtime owner and operator of international hotels, would commit an indiscreet act in a Moscow hotel that he did not own or control? Or that, as Steele also claimed, high-level Kremlin sources had fed him damning anti-Trump information even though their vigilant boss, Putin, wanted Trump to win the election? Nonetheless, the American mainstream media and other important elements of the US political establishment relied on Steele’s allegations for nearly three years, even heroizing him—and some still do, explicitly or implicitly.

Not surprisingly, former special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of “collusion” between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. No credible evidence has been produced that Russia’s “interference” affected the result of the 2016 presidential election in any significant way. Nor was Russian “meddling” in the election anything akin to a “digital Pearl Harbor,” as widely asserted, and certainly far less and less intrusive than President Bill Clinton’s political and financial “interference” undertaken to assure the re-election of Russian President Boris Yeltsin in 1996.

Nonetheless, Russiagate’s core allegation persists, like a legend, in American political life—in media commentary, in financial solicitations by some Democratic candidates for Congress,

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US Sanctions Are Still Strangling Venezuela – Global Research

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29-07-19 03:40:00,

As tensions in the Persian Gulf are taking up most of the headlines, the Trump administration is still seeking regime change in Venezuela. Since coming into office President Trump has had an aggressive policy towards Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro. The Center for Economic Policy and Research determined in April that US sanctions were responsible for 40,000 deaths in Venezuela since 2017.

Well, those sanctions are still in full affect. A report released last month by Torino Economics concluded, “There is no logical reason why Chavez’s irresponsibility, Maduro’s incompetence and U.S. economic sanctions cannot all have contributed to worsening the plight of Venezuelans.” Francisco Rodriguez, the economist who prepared the report, is no fan of Maduro. He served as an advisor to Henri Falcon, one of Maduro’s opponents in the 2018 election. Yet Rodriguez still recognizes the damage US sanctions are inflicting.

The report focused on the effect sanctions have had on Venezuela’s oil production. It makes the point that oil production had been slowly declining, but it decreased drastically once the August 2017 sanctions were imposed by the US and when more sanctions were added in January 2019.

In an interview with Journalist Aaron Mate, Rodriguez warned US sanctions could lead to a famine in Venezuela. Rodriguez said,

“The most reasonable conclusion based on the data is that a famine is going to occur in Venezuela over the course of the next twelve months.”

Since declaring himself President in January, opposition leader Juan Guaido has failed to actually take power from Maduro. In April, he called for the military to rise up and take out Maduro. But the coup was short lived. The military has overwhelmingly stood by Maduro, and there are over a million militia members willing to fight for him.

Even though there is plenty of opposition to Maduro in Venezuela, Guaido is seen as a US puppet. Just last week, the Trump Administration announced they would be diverting over $40 million worth of aid from Honduras and Guatemala to Guaido and his crew. This comes after members of Guaido’s opposition party were accused of embezzling money that was for “humanitarian aid.”

The idea of cutting aid to Honduras and Guatemala is to make the governments of those countries increase efforts to curb migration.

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Whistleblowers Say NSA Still Spies on American Phones in Hidden Program

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14-03-19 03:43:00,

Whistleblowers Say NSA Still Spies on American Phones in Hidden Program

Nafeez AHMED

On Monday 4th, the New York Times reported that the National Security Agency has “quietly” shut down a controversial phone records surveillance program revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013.

The claim was made by a senior Republican congressional aide who told the newspaper that the Trump administration had stopped using the program, which analyses the domestic call and text logs of American citizens, due to technical problems.

On Twitter Snowden hailed the news as a “victory”, while Intercept journalist Glen Greenwald, who broke the Snowden story to international acclaim, took the story at face value. Neither of them raised the obvious question — is the “shut down” of this program merely a smokescreen to continue spying on American phones under new or different secretive programs?

Since then, further doubt was cast on the NYT report when NSA chief General Paul Nakasone refused to confirm or deny the story. But he did tell a major security conference on Wednesday that the agency was still “in a deliberative process” about whether to use a revamped version of the vast database of American phone records.

All of this, however, is an elaborate ruse. According to two former top NSA officials interviewed by INSURGE, there is no credible reason to believe that NSA phone surveillance has truly been shut down.

What shut down?

When the NYT story broke, I reached out to two former senior NSA officials, Russ Tice and Thomas Drake, to find out what they thought.

Both of them told me that the NSA’s shut down of this particular program did not imply an end to domestic phone record surveillance, but quite the opposite — that the program had been superseded by superior technology.

According to Russ Tice, a former senior NSA intelligence analyst who had previously worked with the US Air Force, Office of Naval Intelligence and Defense Intelligence Agency, the latest claim that the NSA was rolling up phone surveillance beggared belief.

“Why would anyone believe a bloody word of what NSA says about their mass domestic surveillance programs?” said Tice, who was the first NSA whistleblower who exposed unlawful surveillance and wiretaps of American citizens as early as May 2005.

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Sweden: Still More Migration

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10-03-19 02:56:00,

Authored by Judith Bergman via The Gatestone Institute,

  • Sweden’s reintroduction of the right to family reunion for people granted asylum in Sweden without refugee status, entitles so-called “unaccompanied children” to bring their parents to Sweden. Many of these “unaccompanied children” turned out to be adults, not minors. (The dentist who contributed to exposing this inconsequential detail was subsequently fired).

  • Mehdi Shokr Khoda, a gay 19-year old Iranian, who converted to Christianity in Sweden after he fled from Iran in 2017, probably wishes that Swedish authorities would apply their “humanitarian approach” to his particular case. The Swedish migration authorities rejected his asylum application, claiming that Khoda is “lying” about his situation. Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iran has executed “between 4,000 and 6,000 gays and lesbians”, according to a 2008 British WikiLeaks dispatch.

  • As for Sweden’s humanitarian impulses — or lack thereof — regarding persecuted Christians, there are an estimated 8,000 Christians under deportation orders hiding in Sweden, according to attorney Gabriel Donner, who has assisted an estimated 1,000 Christian asylum-seekers facing deportation.

Swedish terrorism expert Magnus Ranstorp recently warned Sweden against taking back not only ISIS terrorists, but also their wives and children, who he said also pose a security risk: “Some of them have learned how to kill… their identities will forever be linked to their time with ISIS…” (Image source: Victoria Henriksson/Wikimedia Commons)

Sweden’s new government, which was finally formed in January after months of delay, is introducing policies that will lead to more immigration into Sweden — despite the main governing party, the Social Democrats, having run for office on a promise to tighten immigration policies.

The right to family reunion for those people granted asylum in Sweden who do not have refugee status is being reintroduced — a measure that is estimated to bring at least 8,400 more immigrants to Sweden in the coming three years. According to the Minister of Migration, Morgan Johansson, this measure will “strengthen integration,” although he has not explained how.

“I think it is a very good humanitarian measure; 90 percent [of those expected to come] are women and children who have lived for a long time in refugee camps,

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Its Snowing Still now in NewFoundland | Armstrong Economics

Its Snowing Still now in NewFoundland | Armstrong Economics

27-06-18 08:08:00,

 

It is still snowing across the border in Newfoundland, Canada in June. In Wisconsin, there was so much snow during April, it is still there in huge piles in June. Believe it or not, snowfall has still been reported this week in EIGHT states. This is California, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, New Hampshire (Mount Washington), and at Mullen Pass, Idaho. This is alarmingly curious. Granted, our computer was forecasting this would be a colder winter than the previous. But this is getting insane. I had to run over to Brussels for meetings in May and I encountered snow in Chicago trying to catch a connecting flight. Even the old Farmers Almanac forecast for 2017–2018 showed generally colder temperatures than last winter for the U.S. and Canada. They too are cyclical based. We have not yet crossed that line of alarming cold weather just yet.

Unfortunately, our computer is forecasting that the winter of 2018-2019 will be much colder than 2017-2018, but it will still not be dramatically colder on a dangerous scale just yet. A large part of the northern United States will experience colder temperatures again so buy some long underwear and keep an emergency supply on-hand. Regrettably, even the South and West should expect to feel cooler than normal weather and that means Florida and the Southeast will also feel a bit chilly with milder-than-average temperatures once again.

We are certainly headed into climate change. Sadly, even if we leave our cars running in the driveway all night, we will not reverse this trend of Global Cooling. We better start looking at reality for the next cycle will be a rise in Agricultural prices due to weather cycles.

 

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