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The Empire Strikes Back: Poison Is “Natural”

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The processed food industry is seeking to turn back the global movement toward organic and non-GMO food by promoting its often unwholesome products as healthful and nutritious. In mid-March the Associated Press released a detailed report on how Coca-Cola commissioned fitness and nutrition “experts” to promote its high-fructose corn syrup-laden soft drinks as part of a healthy diet.

Through the month of February, blogs and newspapers published pieces from the writers in observance of “Healthy Heart & Black History Month.”

“We have a network of dietitians we work with,” a Coke representative told the AP, who would not say how much the company pays such spokespersons. “Every big brand works with bloggers or has paid talent.”

Pepsico has likewise embarked on similar public relations campaigns to push its FritoLay and Tostitos-branded snacks in local television programming as part of healthy eating, AP observes.

The most recent development in the food giants’ undeclared campaign to be perceived as wholesome involves the use of the purportedly “natural” sweetener Truvia into products in lieu of the more notorious aspartame or sucralose additives.

For example, Old Orchard fruit juice is celebrating “National Nutrition month” by announcing its Truvia-infused “Cranberry Cherry reduced-calorie juice drink as part of its expanding Cran Naturals line of naturally sweetened [sic] juice cocktails. At just 55 calories per serving,” the company’s press release gushes

Old Orchard Cran Naturals features 50% less sugar than traditional 100% cranberry juice blends, while still offering the great taste and benefits of cranberry juice.

Such a promotional campaign rests largely on the Truvia brand’s heavily promoted yet dubious association with stevia and an overarching ignorance of how the sweetener is produced, let alone its potential effects upon ingestion.

Like aspertame (Nutrasweet, Equal) and sucralose (Splenda), both of which are neurotoxins (e.g. here, here, and here), Truvia is approved as safe for human consumption by the Food and Drug Administration, which might be immediate cause for concern. The sweetener is also made by Cargill, the major fertilizer manufacturer. As Natural News observes, “a study published in the journal PLOS ONE (1) found that Truvia acts as a potent insecticide that kills fruit flies which consume it.”

In 2014 the New York Times published a detailed (and largely sympathetic) examination of the sweetener research and development industry. In that report the paper of record noted that “Truvia contains very little stevia, by weight, and briefly acknowledges “its main ingredient” as being “erythritol,” a sugar alcohol.

Cargill makes the erythritol that comprises Truvia from GMO corn, or, more specifically, “yeast that may be fed with genetically modified corn sugar,” the Times notes.

In fact, the sweetener contains almost no stevia. It is made from about 99.5% erythritol, and 0.5% rebiana, an extract from the stevia plant. Thus, fruit drinks are now being sweetened with a GMO-based substance that can kill bugs and cleverly promoted as “natural” by including stevia as a trace element. Moreover, since the adoption of a given sweetener for us in a host of beverages is a key objective of its manufacturer, Old Orchard’s use of Truvia might be better seen as a prelude for its use in a much wider array of other juices and soft drinks.

In 2013 Cartill resolved a deceptive marketing lawsuit for presenting Truvia as a “natural” sweetener. As part of the settlement the company agreed to set up a fund of $5 million to refund purchasers and change its labeling to more accurately describe how Truvia is produced.

As the consumer departure from unnatural nourishment picks up steam, the transnational food cartel will be seeking to head off the move in increasingly deceptive ways–some of which could actually endanger one’s health. This is a battle that pits the food manufacturers’ spinmeisters and advert execs against the broader public. Coca-Cola’s attempt to pass its beverages off as healthy and Cargill’s promotion of a pesticide as safe and natural are early examples of exactly how low this sector will go to maintain market share and the bottom line. Caveat emptor.


Professor James F. Tracy is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at Florida Atlantic University. James Tracy’s work on media history, politics and culture has appeared in a wide variety of academic journals, edited volumes, and alternative news and opinion outlets. James is editor of Union for Democratic Communication’s Journal Democratic Communiqué and a contributor to Project Censored’s forthcoming publication Censored 2013: The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2011-2012. Additional writings and information are accessible at memoryholeblog.com.

Geoengineered Disasters In Latin America

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There’s nothing natural about the recent climate disasters in Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia. 7 years’ worth of rain just fell in Chile in 12 hours, while several feet of hail was dumped on areas of northern Ecuador and southern Colombia, both on or very near the equator.

Tell me that’s by natural causes.

We know the hydrological cycle has been completely disrupted via massive aerosol spraying and its manipulation by a worldwide array of HAARP type technologies. As Dane Wigington pointed out:

More alarming articles and studies are surfacing each day which confirm the rapidly changing state of Earth’s life support systems and climate. Humanity has decimated the planet in countless ways and the repurcussions are becoming catastrophic…

Atmospheric aerosol saturation greatly effects wind patterns and diminishes precipitation overall causing droughts of unprecedented scope and scale. The disruption in the hydrological cycle can also cause record rainfall as rain which was kept from falling in one location migrates elsewhere to come down in a deluge.  (more>)

First the news from Chile and Peru:

Next, the freak hail storms in Ecuador and Colombia:

Meanwhile, Brazil is experiencing its worst drought in over 80 years:

Supplying Water in Brazil’s Worst Drought in Nearly a Century

Brazil is struggling to supply enough water to its 200 million people, amid the worst drought in 84 years.

São Paulo’s 20 million citizens face having their tap water cut off five days a week, in a bid to conserve dwindling resources. Some 17% of Brazilian towns have declared a state of emergency.

In the centre and southeast of the country, electricity supplies are threatened as water levels drop to 18% in the reservoirs for hydropower generation.

“We have never seen such sensitive and worrying situation as this,” admitted the minister of environment, Izabella Teixeira. (more>)

Conclusion

These changes are not due to “global warming”. Certainly the climate goes through changes and the solar cycles and other natural influences directly affect the earth, with minimal effects from mankind’s doing. Except one. The ongoing insane geoengineering programs in their effort to control the weather are a known and thoroughly tracked program and more responsible for these types of freak rain and snow events and record drought conditions than anything else.

Chemtrailing is being seen all over the earth. This has consequences. Massive spraying over the Pacific is being used, amongst other things, to divert precipitable clouds and moisture up and around California and is causing catastrophic drought conditions in California, while the unnaturally driven rainfall drops in areas that barely need it, often bringing huge temperature fluctuations, drought, flood conditions and massive, unnatural hail and snowfalls.

While the US is doing its most intense “experimentation” on itself, their target is the entire world, and clearly Latin America is no exception. These are only recent drastic events there but no doubt there’s a lot more to the story. Weather control is massive power, and in the hands of psychopaths it does not bode well for humanity if it persists.

Track these events for yourself. Go to sites like geoengineeringwatch.org and dutchsinse.com to get the inside scoop of what they’re up to.

And inform others. These programs need to be exposed. Time is of the essence.

Love, Zen


By Zen Gardner at ZenGardner.com.

GMO’s ‘Big Tobacco’ Moment Shocks Public Awake (VIDEO)

 

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By: Jefferey Jaxen-

When paradigms shift, tyrants fall, or corporations lose their market it is often not from some spectacular event, but by a single, humanizing display. We have just witnessed such an event during the interview of high-profile GMO advocate Patrick Moore. This viral video has exploded in popularity giving yet another sign, along with recoiling public dollars, that genetically modified organisms are not wanted. Moore does a near-perfect job in less than two minutes to show the world the unempathetic, hypocritical face of the biotech/GMO industry stripped of all spin, lies, and deception.

lucky cigarettesThe fall of the big tobacco companies, which operated in strikingly identical ways as the biotech/GMO industry today, was crushed in seconds by one, publicly televised statement in 1994, “I believe nicotine is not addictive.” This can now be compared to Moore’s recent statement of “I do not believe that glyphosate (in Argentina) is causing increases in cancer.” For whatever reason, Moore foolishly continues to boast about glyphosate’s (a 2B carcinogen) harmless nature by offering to drink some. “I’d be happy to actually” was Moore’s reply to French investigative journalist and film maker Paul Moreira’s offer to pour him a glass. It is at this stage of the interview that Moore’s credibility and integrity went down the drain fast along with what little was left of biotech/GMO public trust, faith, and confidence. 

What was missed by many viewers of this interview was the true power real questions and real journalism wield. As Moore begins physical escape from his interview gone wrong, he snaps “Interview me about golden rice. That’s what I’m talking about!” This is another window into the controlled debate that the entire premise of the GMO public relations approach is predicated upon.

In a world of make believe, there is no room for reality or simple facts. Similar controlled debates recently took place at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas in which Katherine Paul, Associate Director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), an organization dedicated to protecting organic standards, was officially censored by being removed by the biotech dominated and run “Southbites: Feed Your Mind” debate.

There has never been a better time for citizen journalists and independent thinkers to press this debate. If nothing else, Patrick Moore’s bumbling shows the world that small stones can topple genetically modified giants and that the biotech emperor officially has no clothes.

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Jefferey Jaxen is an independent journalist, writer, and researcher. Focusing on personal empowerment and alternative health, his work reveals a sharp eye to capture the moment in these rapidly changing times.  His personal page is located at JeffereyJaxen.com, where this first appeared

 

 

The TSA/DHS Police State Expands To Biometric Iris And Fingerprint Scans At Airports

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By: massprivatei.blogspot.com -

New York-based CLEAR, has iris and fingerprint scanning kiosks at TWELVE airports with more to follow! They verify travelers’ identities through fingerprint and iris scans which are integrated into the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) existing Pre-Check system.

CLEAR iris scanner:

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CLEAR fingerprint scanner:
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Irony: Earlier this month I reported how the TSA/DHS thinks terrorists own & operate mall kiosks.

Why would the govt target mall kiosks you ask? Hint: they’re a billion dollar business. Terrorists running kiosks you say? What does that make CLEAR?  It seems to me the real terrorists are corporations and govt profiting from the never-ending war on terror!

The TSA ‘Pre-Check’system recently let an ex-terrorist breezed through security.

Convicted domestic terrorist Sara Jane Olson, 68, of St. Paul, was allowed to go through TSA’s expedited security screening known as TSA Pre Check last year, despite her criminal background. And when a TSA Agent at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport recognized Olson, and alerted a supervisor, his concerns were ignored.

The Inspector General makes two recommendations in the report. The first is heavily redacted and reads: “We recommend that the TSA Chief Risk Officer: Discontinue _____ Secure Flight program _______________.” TSA disagreed with that recommendation. The Inspector General said in considered TSA’s action “non-responsive to the intent of the recommendation which remains open and unresolved.” It appears from the exchange that TSA considered Olson a low risk, and therefore acceptable for TSA Pre Check.

Click here to read the heavily redacted report. Click here to read about what needs to be done to fix the ‘Pre-Check’ system.

Warnings about the TSA’s ‘Pre-Check’ system go back to 2012.

A look at the ‘Pre-Check’ system claims over ONE MILLION people have registered! Allowing a private corporation and the TSA/DHS to scan your Iris & fingerprints is beyond imagination!

The company said it is certified as a “Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology” by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and has already been used 2 million times by travelers in airports across the country, from New York to Colorado and California.

Dulles is the nation’s third most popular airport enrollment site, with 17,844 applications filed there as of March 22, the TSA said. Reagan has seen 9,214 applications.
BWI does not offer on-site enrollment, but an off-site location in Dundalk has received 9,404 applications and another in Linthicum has seen 1,931.CLEAR proudly boasts:

We are thrilled to bring CLEAR to BWI, one of the nation’s fastest-growing airports and one our CLEAR members have requested be added to our network,” said CLEAR CEO Caryn Seidman Becker. “Increasing our east coast presence and joining the DC Metro Area is a 2015 priority for us and we are thrilled to be accomplishing this in partnership with BWI.

Of course they’re thrilled! CLEAR & DHS’s shareholders must be doing cartwheels and law enforcement must be throwing block parties at the prospect of having over One MILLION+ Americans hand over their biometrics freely.

Those interested in joining CLEAR’s membership program can apply online or at BWI’s A, B and D concourses for a fee of less than $15 a month, which also includes discounts to other services such as Hertz car rentals. The company also offers “preferred rates” for military personnel and corporations.

Giving discounts to corporations, is a no-brainer they’re the ones behind our Police State!

Incredible! You have to pay a private company and the TSA $15.00 a month to let them use your biometric info. and as an added bonus they’ll give you a discount on Hertz car rentals!

What do you not want for Valentines day or any other day? A DAMN CLEAR gift card for $49.00! It’s come to this, biometric companies have the audacity to offer gift cards to your loved ones! Send them to everyone in congress, see if they’ll scan their iris and fingerprints.

I say BOYCOTT Hertz now, and fight for our rights. Things have gone so incredibly off the reservation we have to stop this!

Article first appeared at massprivatei.blogspot.com

Chechnya Threatens To Arm Mexico If U.S. Sends Weapons To Ukraine

Ukraine's voluntary militia called the Azov Battalion holds artillery training in east Ukraine's village of Urzuf that sits west of the port city of Mariupol on the Azov Sea, March 19, 2015. Marko Djurica/ REUTERS

Ukraine’s voluntary militia called the Azov Battalion holds artillery training in east Ukraine’s village of Urzuf that sits west of the port city of Mariupol on the Azov Sea, March 19, 2015. Marko Djurica/ REUTERS

The Chechen parliament have threatened to send weapons to Mexico in retaliation to the U.S. Congress calling for defensive lethal aid to be sent to Ukraine.

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favour of sending arms – the resolution was passed 348 to 48.

U.S. senator for Wisconsin Ron Johnson branded it “absolutely necessary” that president Obama provide lethal and nonlethal military assistance to Ukraine, in light of the attacks by Russian-backed rebels on civilians in Mariupol in January.

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US-Created Violence And Chaos In Yemen

Photo credit U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Ferguson/Salon

Photo credit U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Ferguson/Salon

Yemen is one of many examples of what happens following lawless US intervention.

Obama waged drone war on Yemen throughout his tenure – indiscriminately killing many hundreds of defenseless victims, mostly civilians.

Like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Palestine, Yemen is a cauldron of violence and instability threatening to spin entirely out-of-control.

In January, Houthi forces ousted US-backed Ab-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s regime. They took over the presidential palace.

They extended control to other parts of the country. Last year, Obama ludicrously touted Yemen as a success story.

Saying US strategy “of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.”

US interventionist strategy created violence, instability and chaos in both countries – much like virtually elsewhere else Washington intervenes lawlessly.

Houthis control the capital Sanaa, Taiz (Yemen’s 3rd largest city), other areas, and head toward seizing Aden.

In February, Hadi fled there from Sanaa. Declared himself still president.

Reports now indicate he fled the country after Houthi forces approached Aden.

They seized al-Annad air base near Lahij – about 60 km from Aden. Hadi established it as a temporary capital.

US personnel were evacuated from the country. Witnesses saw a convoy of presidential vehicles leaving Hadi’s residence on a hill overlooking the Arabian Sea.

Reports indicate he fled by boat as Houthis advanced. AP said he left with aides around 3:30PM local time Wednesday – in two vessels under heavy security.

His destination wasn’t disclosed. He’s scheduled to attend an Arab summit this weekend in Egypt.

AP reported Houthis “closing in on Aden…(T)he city’s fall appears imminent” as of midday Wednesday.

Yemen heads toward exploding in full-blown civil war. Involving IS fighters for good measure – US proxies used to help Washington regain control.

If things turn out like Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria, years of fighting may follow on top of what’s already happened.

Hadi asked UN officials to authorize foreign military intervention.

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al Faisal warned Riyadh may take “necessary measures” if Houthis don’t resolve things peacefully – with no further elaboration. More on this below.

Hadi’s Gulf State allies evacuated their Aden-based diplomatic personnel. Earlier they relocated them from Sanaa.

Houthis occupied Yemen’s capital last August. Seizing the presidential palace in January forced Hadi’s resignation.

Houthi leader Abdel Malik al Houthi leader’s cousin Mohammed Ali al Houthi was declared new president.

Hadi was placed under house arrest. He escaped, fled to Aden, organized supportive military forces, and now apparently fled Yemen altogether.

The Houthi Supreme Revolutionary Committee called on security forces and civilians to fight what it called “terrorist forces across the country.”

Obama bears full responsibility for Yemeni chaos. Drone warfare followed his December 2009 missile attack on Al Majan village.

It killed dozens of civilians, including women and children.

UN special advisor on Yemen Jamal Benomar addressed an emergency Security Council session on Yemen via video conference.

Things are headed for a “rapid downward spiral,” he said.

“Emotions are running extremely high and, unless solutions can be found, the country will fall into further violent confrontations.”

“Events in Yemen are leading the country away from political settlement and to the edge of civil war.”

Humanitarian crisis conditions affect over 60% of the population. UN sources call Yemen “a patchwork of simmering feuds.”

On March 20, suicide bombers targeted Sanaa mosques during Friday prayers – killing at least 126, injuring scores more.

Yemen grows increasingly violent and chaotic. A meaningless Security Council statement said:

“(T)he solution to the situation in Yemen is through a peaceful, inclusive, orderly and Yemeni-led political transition process that meets the legitimate demands and aspirations of the Yemeni people for peaceful change and meaningful political, economic and social reform.”

Violence continues unabated. Last weekend, Saudi and other Gulf states issued a statement backing Hadi’s regime.

They announced their willingness to use “all efforts” to defend it.

Saudi Arabia deployed heavy weapons along its border with Yemen. A porous 1,800 km border separates the two countries.

Conditions remain chaotic. Houthis claim they seized Aden. Reuters said Hadi’s defense minister was arrested.

So far, Saudi forces haven’t moved cross border. Air strikes may be planned – maybe joint ones with Washington.

Hadi wants Security Council authorization for force – “to provide immediate support for the legitimate authority by all means and measures to protect Yemen and deter the Houthi aggression,” he said.

Yemeni military officials calling themselves the Higher Committee to Preserve the Armed Forces and Security reject foreign intervention, saying:

“We express our total and utter rejection of any external interference in Yemeni affairs under any pretext and in any form and from any side.”

“All members of the armed forces and security and all the sons of the proud people of Yemen with all its components will confront with all their strength and heroism any attempt to harm the pure soil of the homeland, its independence or its sovereignty or to threaten its unity and territorial integrity.”

Last month, Houthi leader Abdel Malik al Houthi accused Saudi Arabia of wanting Yemen divided along sectarian lines, saying:

“Our elder sister, the Saudi kingdom, doesn’t respect the Yemenis and wants to impose here in Yemen the sequence of events and divisions that happened in Libya.”

Whether Saudi forces intend attacking Yemen remains to be seen. What Obama has in mind matters most.

He’s engulfed large parts of the region in conflict and chaos. Maybe he’ll compound it by greater intervention in Yemen.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

 

Russia Has Constructed Massive Underground Shelters In Anticipation Of Nuclear War

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Did you know that the Russians have a massive underground complex in the Ural mountains that has been estimated to be approximately 400 square miles in size?  In other words, it is roughly as big as the area inside the Washington D.C. beltway.  Back in the 1990s, the Clinton administration was deeply concerned about the construction of this enormous complex deep inside Yamantau mountain, but they could never seem to get any straight answers from the Russians.  The command center for this complex is rumored to be 3,000 feet directly straight down from the summit of this giant rock quartz mountain.  And of course U.S. military officials will admit that there are dozens of other similar sites throughout Russia, although most of them are thought to be quite a bit smaller.  But that is not all that the Russians have been up to.  For example, Russian television has reported that 5,000 new emergency nuclear bomb shelters were scheduled to have been completed in the city of Moscow alone by the end of 2012.  Most Americans don’t realize this, but the Russians have never stopped making preparations for nuclear war.  Meanwhile, the U.S. government has essentially done nothing to prepare our citizens for an attack.  The assumption seems to be that a nuclear attack will probably never happen, and that if it does it will probably mean the end of our civilization anyway.

Needless to say, the Russians are very secretive about their massive underground facility at Yamantau mountain, and no American has ever been inside.  The following is what Wikipedia has to say about it…

Large excavation projects have been observed by U.S. satellite imagery as recently as the late 1990s, during the time of Boris Yeltsin’s government after the fall of the Soviet Union. Two garrisons, Beloretsk-15 and Beloretsk-16, were built on top of the facility, and possibly a third, Alkino-2, as well, and became the closed town of Mezhgorye in 1995. They are said to house 30,000 workers each. Repeated U.S. questions have yielded several different responses from the Russian government regarding Mount Yamantaw. They have said it is a mining site, a repository for Russian treasures, a food storage area, and a bunker for leaders in case of nuclear war. Responding to questions regarding Yamantaw in 1996, Russia’s Defense Ministry stated: “The practice does not exist in the Defense Ministry of Russia of informing foreign mass media about facilities, whatever they are, that are under construction in the interests of strengthening the security of Russia.” Large rail lines serve the facility.

Back in 1996, the New York Times reported on the continuing construction of this site.  U.S. officials were quite puzzled that the Russians were continuing to build it even though the Cold War was supposedly over at that point…

In a secret project reminiscent of the chilliest days of the cold war, Russia is building a mammoth underground military complex in the Ural Mountains, Western officials and Russian witnesses say.

Hidden inside Yamantau mountain in the Beloretsk area of the southern Urals, the project involves the construction of a huge complex served by a railroad, a highway and thousands of workers.

Within the U.S. intelligence community, there was a tremendous amount of debate at that time regarding the purposes of this facility, but what everyone agreed on was that it was going to be absolutely massive…

A report in Sovetskaya Rossiya said the project involves construction of a railroad, a modern highway and towns for tens of thousands of workers and their families.

The complex is as big as the Washington area inside the Beltway,” said an American official familiar with intelligence reports.

A couple of years later, a top U.S. general said that he believed that the complex at Yamantau had “millions of square feet available for underground facilities”

In 1998, in a rare public comment, then-Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) Gen. Eugene Habinger, called Yamantau “a very large complex — we estimate that it has millions of square feet available for underground facilities. We don’t have a clue as to what they’re doing there.”

It is believed to be large enough to house 60,000 persons, with a special air filtration system designed to withstand a nuclear, chemical or biological attack. Enough food and water is believed to be stored at the site to sustain the entire underground population for months on end.

A few years after that, in 2003, there was an article in the Washington Post by Bruce G. Blair in which Yamantau was mentioned as a potential key target for U.S. nuclear war planners…

Die-hard [U.S.] nuclear war planners actually have their eyes on targets in Russia and China, including missile silos and leadership bunkers. For these planners, the Cold War never ended. Their top two candidates [i.e., targets] in Russia are located inside the Yamantau and Kosvinsky mountains in the central and southern Urals.

Both were huge construction projects begun in the late 1970s, when U.S. nuclear firepower took special aim at the Communist Party’s leadership complex. Fearing a decapitating strike, the Soviets sent tens of thousands of workers to these remote sites, where U.S. spy satellites spotted them still toiling away in the late 1990s.

But the Russians have not just been building giant underground facilities deep in the Urals.

They have also been constructing thousands of new underground bomb shelters in major cities such as Moscow.

The following is an excerpt from an RT article in 2010…

Nearly 5,000 new emergency bomb shelters will be built in Moscow by 2012 to save people in case of potential attacks.

Moscow authorities say the measure is urgent as the shelters currently available in the city can house no more that half of its population.

In the last 20 years, the area of air-raid defense has been developed little, and the existing shelters have become outdated. Moreover, they are located mostly in the city center, which makes densely populated Moscow outskirts especially vulnerable in the event of a nuclear attack.

In order to resolve the issue, the city has given architects a task to construct a typical model of an easy-to-build shelter that will be located all over the city 10 to 15 meters underneath apartment blocks, shopping centers, sport complexes and parks, as in case of attack people will need to reach the shelters within a minute.

Of course all of this construction cost the Russians a lot of money.

One estimate put the cost at “anywhere from half a billion to a billion dollars”

Though the bunkers are supposed to be designed to shelter the population in the event of a nuclear attack, government officials say it’s only a precaution and they do not expect such an attack or nuclear outbreak (e.g. Chernobyl) to occur. Neither RT or the Russian government provided estimates for the cost of the facilities. A Popular Mechanics article that reviewed a number of different types of bunkers and building practices had varying prices depending on the type of shelter. Since the proposed Russian bunkers would hold roughly 1000 people each (based on the population count and other details), one could estimate that the lowest price point for a bunker this size, with basic necessities like bathrooms and reserve food for a day or two, may run in the area of around $100,000 – $200,000. This would put a conservative price tag for 5000 shelters anywhere from half a billion to a billion dollars. A significant investment, indeed.

So what about us?

Has the U.S. government constructed any bunkers for the survival of the general population in the United States?

Of course not.  In the event of a nuclear war, I guess they just expect pretty much all of us to die.

The Russians also recently finished work on a brand new national defense center in Moscow that contains extensive underground facilities

Russia is launching a new national defense facility, which is meant to monitor threats to national security in peacetime, but would take control of the entire country in case of war.

The new top-security, fortified facility in Moscow includes several large war rooms, a brand new supercomputer in the heart of a state-of-the-art data processing center, underground facilities, secret transport routes for emergency evacuation and a helicopter pad, which was deployed for the first time on Nov. 24 on the Moscow River. The Defense Ministry won’t disclose the price tag for the site, but it is estimated at the equivalent of several billion dollars.

In addition, the Russians have also been developing a new anti-ballistic missile system that is designed to keep U.S. nuclear missiles from getting to their targets in the first place.

The U.S. doesn’t have anything like the S-500 that is currently being developed by the Russians.  At the latest, it is scheduled to be deployed in 2017, but there are rumors that it is already starting to be deployed today.  The following comes from military-today.com

The S-500 is not an upgrade of the S-400, but a new design. It uses a lot of new technology and is superior to the S-400. It was designed to intercept ballistic missiles. It is planned to have a range of 500-600 km and hit targets at altitudes as high as 40 km. Some sources claim that this system is capable of tracking 5-20 ballistic targets and intercepting up to 5-10 ballistic targets simultaneously. It can defeat ballistic missiles traveling at 5-7 kilometers per second. It has been reported that this air defense system can also target low orbital satellites. It is planned that the S-500 will shield Moscow and the regions around it. It will replace the current A-135 anti-ballistic missile system. The S-500 missiles will be used only against the most important targets, such as intercontinental ballistic missiles, AWACS and jamming aircraft.

Sadly, most Americans are not interested in this stuff at all.

These days, most Americans just assume that the Russians are “our friends” and that a war with Russia could never possibly happen.

What they don’t realize is that the Russian people see things very, very differently.  Today, 81 percent of Russians have a negative opinion of the United States.  Our interference in the conflict in Ukraine has made the Russian people very angry, and there are many over there that now believe that a shooting war with the United States is inevitable.

And this week things between the United States and Russia got even more tense.  Barack Obama has already announced that we will be sending “non-lethal” military aid to the Ukrainians, but now the U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a resolution that calls for Obama to send “lethal” military aid to the government in Kiev…

Yesterday, in a vote that largely slid under the radar, the House of Representatives passed a resolution urging Obama to send lethal aid to Ukraine, providing offensive, not just “defensive” weapons to the Ukraine army – the same insolvent, hyperinflating Ukraine which, with a Caa3/CC credit rating, last week started preparations to issue sovereign debt with a US guarantee, in essence making it a part of the United States (something the US previously did as a favor to Egypt before the Muslim Brotherhood puppet regime was swept from power by the local army).

The resolution passed with broad bipartisan support by a count of 348 to 48.

According to DW,  the measure urges Obama to provide Ukraine with “lethal defensive weapon systems” that would better enable Ukraine to defend its territory from “the unprovoked and continuing aggression of the Russian Federation.”

“Policy like this should not be partisan,” said House Democrat Eliot Engel, the lead sponsor of the resolution. “That is why we are rising today as Democrats and Republicans, really as Americans, to say enough is enough in Ukraine.”

If Obama does decide to send lethal military aid to the Ukrainians, the Russians are going to flip out.

Sadly, neither side seems very interested in peace at this point.

We just continue to take even more steps along the road toward World War III, and it is a war that the United States is completely and utterly unprepared for.


Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and has a law degree and an LLM from the University of Florida Law School. He is an attorney that has worked for some of the largest and most prominent law firms in Washington D.C. and who now spends his time researching and writing and trying to wake the American people up. You can follow his work on The Economic Collapse blog, End of the American Dream and The Truth Wins. His new novel entitled “The Beginning Of The End” is now available on Amazon.com.

Top Russia Scholar Stephen Cohen: War Between NATO And Russia A Real Possibility (VIDEO)

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Noted Russian expert,  Stephen Cohen says that Russia and NATO are closer to war than at anytime since the Cuban Missile Crisis. Cohen feels that both sides are acting in a reckless manner. His speech on the subject lies below.


Dave Hodges is the host of the popular weekly talk show, The Common Sense Show, which airs on Sunday nights from 9pm – Midnight (central) on the Republic Broadcasting Network and its 29 affiliate stations. Dave also hosts a website (www.thecommonsenseshow.com) in which he writes daily articles on the geopolitical state of affairs both nationally and internationally. The theme of Dave’s show and website centers around exposing the corruption and treason which has invaded the presidency and Congress as well as their corporate and banking benefactors. Dave is an award winning psychology, sociology, statistics and research professor. He is also a former college basketball coach who retired as the winningest coach in his college’s history. A mental health therapist by training, Dave brings a broad based perspective in his fight against the corrupt central banking cartels which have hijacked the US government. Dave and his wife, Nora have one son and they presently reside in rural Arizona approximately 25 miles north of the greater Phoenix area. Dave was drawn to the fight for freedom when the globalist central banking forces, led by Senator John McCain, attempted to seize his home and property and that of 300 of his neighbors, without one dime being offered in compensation. This attempted public theft of private property was conducted for the purpose of securing cheap land in which the globalists intended on putting in an international highway through their area known as the Canamex Corridor. Dave’s community appointed him the spokesperson and eventually his community won their fight against the bankers and their front man, Senator McCain. This event launched Dave’s career as a broadcaster and an investigative journalist. Dave’s website presently enjoys over a half a million visitors every month.

Free Speech Is Not Free In Costa Rica

Former Costa Rican ambassador to Caracas, Federico Picado.

Former Costa Rican ambassador to Caracas, Federico Picado.

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Free speech is an illusion. Speaking freely is not allowed if it irritates the status quo. Not even in a so-called free democratic republic can people express their thought freely.

The government of Costa Rica decided yesterday to dismiss its accredited ambassador to Venezuela because of statements he made in support of Nicolas Maduro and how he has responded to the threats made by the US President, Barack Obama.

Ambassador Federico Picado Gomez Chavez, who appears to be a supporter of the Venezuelan ideology, was fired by the government of Luis Guillermo Solís due to his “unwise” words uttered in an interview published Sunday in a local newspaper.

In his statements, Picado defended the granting of special powers to President Maduro after Obama publicly declared Venezuela a threat and ordered the freezing of assets to seven Venezuelan officials linked to violent events in 2014.

“Keeping in mind the terms of proportionality against the severity of the statement issued by Obama, Maduro must be invested with extraordinary abilities so that in the Cabinet, he can issue decrees with the rank, value and force of law, as established in Article 2013 of the Venezuelan Constitution,” said Picado.

As a result of Picado’s statements, a sector of Costa Rican politicians increased its criticism for what they consider to be a soft position by the Solís government regarding political developments in Venezuela.

The president of Costa Rica immediately distanced himself from the words of his ambassador while Foreign Minister Manuel González, ordered the initiation of disciplinary proceedings against the ambassador for providing statements that compromise the official position of Costa Rica.

Solis, who advocates multilateralism in foreign policy, has merely advocated dialogue and respect for human rights in the violent conflict between the government of Caracas and dissidenting groups.

The Costa Rican president came to power in 2014 with broad support from social, political and trade union organizations, and in some cases also sympathize with the policies driven by Hugo Chavez in Venezuela.

This was the case of Picado. Numerous pro-Chavez statements he issued were reported on by the national media in order to make a storm out of a glass of water.

Picado was coordinator of the International Relations Committee of the PAC, the president’s Party, until he became ambassador to Caracas in Solís government. Solís himself told reporters that he has always known Picado’s position and that the problem was not that he said what he said, but that he said it publicly. This, according to Solís, breaks the rules of behavior that must be followed by diplomats.

The traditional press in Costa Rica has played an important part in Picado’s dismissal. Just as the Costa Rican government, the press in this country is nothing more than an empty vessel where foreign interests place their propaganda and agendas which is then fed to the the masses.

In the case of Picado’s statement, it directly offended Costa Rica’s Big American Brother which Costa Rica is heavily dependent on in economic, political and commercial aspects.

According to a traditional newspaper known as La Nación, Picado acted as a “spokesman for President Nicolas Maduro in Costa Rica, on such sensitive issues as repression and imprisonment of democratic opponents, including the mayor of Caracas, the special powers granted to the president, the onslaught against freedom of expression, tensions with the United States, commodity shortages and economic policy in general.”

The Costa Rican government has denied any kind of political pressure from the United States regarding the statements issued by the former ambassador to Venezuela.


Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.

Gold And Silver – What Moved Price? Bab el-Mandeb And Uranus Square Pluto. What?!

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By: Edge Trader Plus -

So many “experts” have so much to say in correlating the current prices for gold and silver with factors like how much gold China and Russia have been accumulating, the shortages of and demand for physical PMs, hypothecating, rehypothocating [aka stealing] of gold by Western Central Banks, the record sales for gold and silver coins, world-wide, etc, etc, etc.

Yet, with all of the pinpoint accuracy in reporting, backed by statistics, graphs, charts with arrows drawn in to show the next direction [always wrong] for PMs, there has been little demonstrable cause and effect relations between events and prices.  We have two.

The easy one first, yet the one hardest for most people to accept:  planetary influences on the real world, found in the expression, “As above, so below.”  What happens above, in the planets, is manifested on earth.  We do know for a fact that W D Gann was an astute astrologer, and he incorporated planetary movements very successfully in his work.  “Wheels within wheels,” as he would say.   Planetary orbits within each other relative to earth.

Now, before dismissing this notion out of hand, consider this:  Most people in the world believe a Federal Reserve Note [FRN], is actually a dollar.  If you are one of the many who happens to believe this massive lie as a fact, you have your facts wrong and should not be so judgmental of other facts.  As an aside, a Federal Reserve Note is a debt instrument issued by the U S Treasury.  That is a proven and known fact.  Where it breaks down is in the mistaken belief that debt is money.  Debt is the opposite of money, but this is not an article on what is and what is not money.

The lawful definition of a dollar is found in the Coinage Act of 1793, Section 20.  This Act has never been overturned and is recognized as law to this day.  It is the corporate Federal government that chooses to ignore the law and pretend Federal Reserve debt is money.

Moving on.

A Uranus square Pluto conjunction occurs when the planets are 90 degrees apart from each other.  From 2012 through 2015, Uranus has squared Pluto seven times, the last on 18 March, a few weeks ago.  What happened to gold during these events?  When the Sun transits [moves across] the mid-point of the square, a change in trend is indicated.  The October 2014 squaring was somewhat of a non-event, but there was a brief opportunity, and one need not have suffered loss exposure.  Plus, nothing is perfect.

For all of those who utilize fundamental analysis, even conventional technical tools, none have been as on target as the one from “Above.”

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Back to earth.  Where on earth is Bab el-Mandeb, and why did it affect the price of gold? It is the purported shipping “choke point” for oil tankers, the 4th largest in the world.  The strait is located between Yemen, Djibouti, and Eritrea, and it connects the Red Sea with the Gulf  of Aden and the Arabian Sea.

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Saudi Arabia just pulled an Obama and began bombing  Yemen back into the Stone Age.  Why?  Ostensibly, the Saudis want to ensure the Bab el-Mandeb Strait is kept open for oil tanker passage.  There is an unfounded “fear” that the Houthis of Yemen will cause major disruptions.  Exactly who are the Houthis?  Excellent question.

They are a purely Yemeni localized group, Shia, that want to keep Yemen free of government corruption.  They are anti-American, no surprise there  given the US history of destruction in the Middle East and the phony war on terror, but all the Houthis want is to be respected and not discriminated against by the government.  They are not a warring faction and have no military capability, per se, and they have never been known to be a threat outside of Yemen.  They are being labeled as “rebels” by the mainstream press because the Obama administration wants that kind of rhetoric in order to shape public opinion about them.

The Houthis have had some backing by Iran, and therein lies the rub.  It is really the Arab Sunnis against Iranian Shias.  One brand of Muslims against the other.  The bombing of Yemen is a proxy war to get to Iran, just like the US-led coup in Ukraine has been a failed proxy war against Russia, in fact, one that has back-fired badly on Obama.  After three days of intense bombing by the Saudis, the entire military structure of the legitimate Yemeni government has been destroyed.  No one is being held accountable.   Obama is backing the Saudis on yet another war bringing yet more destruction to innocent people.

This Saudi action prompted a sharp rally in gold and silver.  The threat to any blockade of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait is a fiction, yet oil and gold rallied because of it.  By Friday, the tenor of the gold/silver rally had abated.

What could be interesting, as an aside, is to see if China steps in and tells the Saudis to back off.  China has a military presence near that strait, but the reason for a potential intervention is not that, rather, China has had its fill with the Obama administration administering destruction wherever it chooses to go.

While all eyes are focused on China’s enormous build-up of physical gold, the anticipation that perhaps that country will use their gold to initiate a “gold reset” using the Yuan, and the eventual destruction of the Fed’s fiat “dollar,” [really, just a FRN, a debt instrument], hardly anyone was paying attention to another Uranus square Pluto, and few had ever heard of the Houthis or the Bab el-Mandeb Strait.  Both were pivotal, albeit temporary, forces on gold, last week.  We knew about the squaring, but not about the square off in the Arabian Gulf.

The month does not end until Tuesday, but we will include the monthly charts just to take a peek on how they may end and if they may show anything going into April.  There is nothing conclusive that says the correction from the 2011 highs has ended.  Rallying and staying above 18 is the first hurdle silver must meet.

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Going by previous patterns, last week we indicated this week’s activity had a higher probability of being a small range bar, which is exactly what developed.  The location of the close suggests more selling may enter the market next week, and that would be in keeping with price activity in a down trending market.  The onus for change is on buyers, and they have not yet met that burden.

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The increased volume on the rally high, the mid-range close location on that bar, and the overlapping of the last 4 bars says sellers were meeting the efforts of buyers, creating a balance.  From balance comes unbalance and odds favor a correction, although anything can happen.

Two areas of support are the 16.60 to 16.37 area, to as far as the D/S bar [Demand over Supply] low, the 16.10 area.  In a down market, price usually makes greater inroads into a D/S bar.  The character of the bars on any decline, along with volume, will determine if identified supports will hold.

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Regardless of where price closes for March, there is still a lot of effort required to turn this trend around.

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The developing market activity speaks for itself.  Typical action in a down trending market.  There is still no evidence of a turn in the offering.

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After an $80 rally, there is room for a normal correction to develop over the next few weeks.

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Secret US Intelligence On Yemen Compromised

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On March 25, the Los Angeles Times said Houthi rebels obtained secret intelligence documents on so-called US Yemeni counterterrorism operations.

They included names and locations of confidential informants, as well as plans for further targeted drone strikes.

The Times said “US intelligence officials believe additional files were handed directly to Iranian advisors by Yemeni officials who have sided with the Houthi militias…”

Damage to US Yemeni intelligence is “severe,” said the Times.

“The US still plans to fly armed drones over Yemen from bases in Saudi Arabia and Djibouti, but officials acknowledged that their ability to identify and find terrorism suspects has been severely hampered by the loss of the intelligence files and the power struggles within Yemen’s security services,” according to an unnamed source the Times quoted.

Houthi forces took control of Yemen’s National Security Bureau. It worked closely with CIA and other US spy agencies against the interests of its own people.

Obtaining information on its secrets exposes some of America’s dirty imperial agenda – its long war on humanity for unchallenged global dominance.

Compromised US intelligence got Obama to halt Yemeni drone strikes for two months, said the Times.

In February, US embassy personnel were evacuated. Last weekend, “US special operations and intelligence teams” were taken out of the country.

Before Saudi-led March 26 aggression, the White House revealed it’s maintaining close communication with ousted US-installed stooge president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

His whereabouts remains unknown. Members of his regime are being arrested.

Houthis announced a $20 million reward for Hadi’s capture. Airstrikes targeted his Aden compound.

Reports on Wednesday indicated he fled by sea. His destination wasn’t revealed.

Last August, Houthi uprising began. In September, they seized key Sanaa government facilities.

On Wednesday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said US officials were in touch with Hadi earlier in the day.

“(H)e is no longer at his residence, which you’ve seen in reporting, but we can certainly confirm,” she said.

“I’m not in a position to confirm any additional details from here about his location.”

“We have been in touch with him over the last several days. And as all of you know, Ambassador Tueller has seen him in person and has traveled from Jeddah to go see him.”

“In terms of our counterterrorism cooperation, as my colleagues at, I believe, DOD said yesterday, there’s no question our preference would be to have a presence on the ground.”

“And that’s certainly – that’s why we have diplomatic – diplomats in embassies around the world, is to have that on-the-ground coordination.”

“But we maintain means of working with, monitoring, going after some of the threats that face us, and that’s ongoing.”

“And even if you look on the diplomatic side, though Ambassador Tueller and his close team are not based in Yemen, they have been able to continue to communicate with President Hadi and communicate with others and, obviously, with the UN about the political process moving forward.”

Psaki added she has no “on-the-ground update” about Houthi advances.

She confirmed they seized Al Anad airbase. She provided no further information.

She ludicrously claimed Washington is working with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf allies for resolving Yemen’s conflict “peaceful(ly).”

She said nothing about US responsibility for regional turmoil.

Asked if Washington plans direct military involvement, she begged off saying “I’m not going to get into (any possible US actions) and certainly any action anywhere would be something the Department of Defense would speak to.”

Last year, Obama lied calling Yemen as success story.

Asked if it’s still a model for US counterintelligence operations, Psaki turned truth on its head saying “we still have a number of successes to point to in terms of our efforts to push back on al-Qaida and our successes in doing that in coordination with authorities.”

Al Qaeda is one among other US-created groups – used strategically as both enemies and allies.

Don’t expect Psaki to explain. She’s paid to lie, not tell hard truths. She admitted conditions in Yemen are “difficult…volatile…on the ground for a range of reasons.”

Violently out-of-control best describes things. Reuters said John Kerry spoke with Saudi and other Gulf states’ foreign ministers.

An unnamed senior State Department official said:

“He commended the work of the coalition taking military action against the Houthis and noted the United States’ support for those coalition efforts – including intelligence sharing, targeting assistance, and advisory and logistical support for strikes against Houthi targets.”

“The ministers all expressed their support for political negotiations as the best way to resolve the crisis, but also noted that it is the Houthis who have instead waged a military campaign.”

“They agreed to stay in close contact going forward” – code language for Washington and Gulf state despots declaring war on Yemen to restore US-installed puppet rule.

If Washington has many more “success stories” like Yemen, planet earth may be set ablaze.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Keep Licking The Icing And You’ll Never Eat The Cake

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Op Ed Commentary –                               

Americans love to be diverted. Perhaps it’s our being bombarded since childhood with massive advertising, to the effect of subtle brainwashing. Then factor in the learned desire for the need to gossip which many of us saw in our families and neighborhoods. Mix this all together and you have a nation of fools who love to spend too much time on whispering about petty scandals, while the real scams go virtually unnoticed. It did not matter that Saddam Hussein had no WMDs or chemical and biological weapons… only that he held the rifle upright and acted like the thug he was. It did not matter that the Wall Street sharks created the subprime con job to the tune of billions in their coffers… only that some undeserving low income fool was buying a home with few dollars down… maybe even in your neighborhood! It does not matter that over half of our tax dollars goes to buy overkill weapons systems and 52 million dollar Apache Helicopters, or costs us over one million dollars annually to keep one soldier in Afghanistan… when some lazy slob on line in front of you has food stamps, with a new car outside the store…and gold chains hanging from his neck.

Every four years the super rich who run our empire set the carousel in motion. America becomes obsessed with ‘ Who is gonna run for the presidency?’ The two party con job sets the stage for the grand illusion of who to vote for, as Ralph Nader calls it ‘ Twiddle Dee or Twiddle Dum’. Then the media gets into play. The gossip begins about this candidate and that one. Little by little they narrow down the field until they have what the suckers need: A real horse race! Meanwhile, the Military Industrial Empire always gets what it needs to sustain and grow: Less money in the pockets of the serfs and more contracts for the war makers and corporate bandits. Remember this, all you suckers out there who still believe in the stock market and free market and investing etc: As the late great Colonel Bob Bowman taught me almost 10 years ago, “When wages stay low the market goes up… When wages go higher the market goes down… period! “Does anyone finally understand that Obama, Bush Junior, Clinton, Bush Sr., Reagan and ad infinitum always serve the empire… or they would not be allowed to even run! Get it?  History, real honest history reveals how the one guy who got to the office at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, and finally had his epiphany, was eliminated!

All this writer hears from not only the fools who watch Fox News and listen to the right wing radio, but even the good folks who see through that crap, is about gossip and innuendo. When will most of them learn that, sadly, it is not anymore about elections. It is not about Republican vs. Democrat finger pointing and rhetoric. No, it is about empire and the need to pull it back before it totally destroys our very culture as well as our economy. Read the works of Dr. Michael Parenti on this American empire and how it is falling just as Rome did. Anyone know how to read Chinese?


Philip A Farruggio is son and grandson of Brooklyn, NYC longshoremen. He is a free lance columnist (found on Nation of Change Blog, Truthout.org, TheSleuthJournal.com, Worldnewstrust.com, The Intrepid Report , The Peoples Voice, Information Clearing house, Dandelion Salad, Activist Post, Dissident Voice and many other sites worldwide). Philip works as an environmental products sales rep and has been an activist leader since 2000. In 2010 he became a local spokesperson for the 25% Solution Movement to Save Our Cities by cutting military spending 25%. Philip can be reached at [email protected].

Utah Lawmakers Approve Execution By Firing Squad: “Faster And More Humane Than Botched Lethal Injections”

(The execution chamber at the Utah State Prison after Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed by a firing squad in 2010. Gardner was the last person to be executed by firing squad in the United States. The bullet holes are visible in the wood panel behind the chair. Photo: AP)

(The execution chamber at the Utah State Prison after Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed by a firing squad in 2010. Gardner was the last person to be executed by firing squad in the United States. The bullet holes are visible in the wood panel behind the chair. Photo: AP)

By: Mac Slavo | SHTFplan.com -

Utah has become the first State to allow the execution of death row inmates by firing squad.

Governor Gary Herbert signed the new law after a close battle that ended in a 39-34 vote in the State’s House of Representatives. The law gives the governor the power to call for an execution by firing squad if hard-to-get drugs for lethal injection are unavailable.

Numerous states have suspended death sentences indefinitely citing difficulty obtaining the right drugs and the inhumanity of some lethal injection doses.

Utah, however, doesn’t intend to let death row inmates get away with murder:

The police force that guards the desert state of Utah will soon ask for volunteers from among its members for a particularly macabre duty.

Five-man firing squads are to be formed and trained in preparation for a move that critics say risks dragging America back to a ‘more barbaric past’.

Facing a crisis in the lethal injection system by which most Death Row inmates are normally executed, Utah’s leaders have just approved a solution that harks back to the violent spirit of its Wild West past.

The state has become the first to bring back the firing squad. Gary Herbert, Utah’s Republican governor, conceded that he found the concept ‘a little bit gruesome’, but stressed that it would be used only if injection drugs are not available 30 days before a scheduled execution.

Yet such a scenario looks increasingly likely. Thirty-two states still have the death penalty, and America’s Death Rows are clogged with more than 3,000 condemned prisoners because of a string of botched lethal injections. These have allowed lawyers to halt the scheduling of supposedly painless executions on the grounds that they breach a constitutional ban on ‘cruel and unusual’ punishment.

To make matters worse, supplies of the sedatives used are drying up. Many of the most effective drugs are made only in Europe, but the EU has told manufacturers they cannot sell them if they are to be used for lethal injections.

U.S. drug manufacturers have already stopped making them, worried about being associated with executions as a growing proportion of Americans come out against the death penalty.

The Daily Mail

Utah just sent a message to murderers: If you kill someone, you’re going to be executed one way or the other.

There are those who claim that a firing squad is cruel and unusual punishment, but they are often the same people who claim that lethal injection and the concept of the death penalty are also cruel. Of course, they often fail to bring up the cruelty of the crime that led to the conviction to begin with.

Bill sponsor Paul Ray, a republican, disagrees with those who call it cruel. “A team of trained marksmen is faster and more humane than the drawn-out deaths that have occurred in botched lethal injections,” he argues.

A report from the Associated Press explains how the firing squad works:

The prisoner is seated in a chair that is set up in front of a wood panel and in between stacked sandbags that keep the bullets from ricocheting around the room.

A target is pinned over the inmate’s heart. Shooters aim for the chest rather than the head because it’s a bigger target and usually allows for a faster death, said Utah Rep. Paul Ray, who sponsored the proposal.

The prisoner is offered a two-minute window to offer final words.

Five shooters set up about 25 feet from the chair, with their .30-caliber Winchester rifles pointing through slots in a wall. Assuming they hit their target, the heart ruptures and the prisoner dies quickly from blood loss.

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What do you think? Cruel and unusual punishment? Or is this method of execution just as humane as lethal injection?

 

Seed Sharing Deemed Illegal In The United States (VIDEO)

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John from Growing Your Greens breaks the news that seed sharing in the USA has been deemed not legal and certain organizations are prohibited from freely sharing seeds…

In this episode, John interviews Lawyer, Neil Thapar of the Sustainable Economies Law Center on how seed sharing has been deemed Illegal by certain states in the USA and how you can help change this.


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Sign the Seed Sharing Petition at: http://www.saveseedsharing.org/
Learn more about Seed Sharing Legalities: http://www.theselc.org/
Learn how to start a seed sharing library: http://www.seedlibraries.net/

The Price Of Ground Beef Has DOUBLED Since The Last Financial Crisis

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Since the depths of the last recession, the price of ground beef in the United States has doubled.  Has your paycheck doubled since then?  Even though the Federal Reserve insists that we are in a “low inflation” environment, the government’s own numbers show that the price of ground beef has been on an unprecedented run over the past six years.  In early 2009, the average price of a pound of ground beef was hovering near 2 dollars.  In February, it hit a brand new all-time record high of $4.238 per pound.  Even just 12 months ago, the price of ground beef was sitting at $3.555 per pound.  So we are talking about a huge increase.  And this hits American families where they really live.  Each year, the average American consumes approximately 270 pounds of meat.  The only nation in the world that eats more meat than we do is Luxembourg.  If the paychecks of American workers were going up fast enough to deal with this increase, it wouldn’t be that big of a deal.  But of course that is not happening.  In an article just last week, I showed that real median household income is a couple thousand dollars lower now than it was during the depths of the last recession.  The middle class is being squeezed, and we are rapidly getting to the point where burgers are going to be considered a “luxury” item.

The following chart was posted by the Economic Policy Journal on Wednesday, and it incorporates the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  When I first saw it, I was rather stunned.  I knew that the price of ground beef had become rather outrageous in my local grocery stores, but I had no idea just how much damage had been done over the past six years…

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The biggest reason why the price of ground beef has been going up is the fact that the U.S. cattle herd has been shrinking.  It shrunk seven years in a row, and on January 1st, 2014 it was the smallest that it had been since 1951.

The good news is that the decline appears to have stopped, at least for the moment.  According to the Wall Street Journal, the size of the U.S. cattle herd actually increased by 1 percent last year…

The U.S. cattle herd expanded in 2014 for the first time in eight years, offering hope to consumers that beef prices could start to subside after soaring to a series of records.

The nation’s cattle supply increased 1% in the year through Jan. 1 to 89.8 million head, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Agriculture Department, reversing a steady decline fueled by prolonged drought in the southern U.S. Great Plains and industry consolidation that encouraged many ranchers to thin herds.

But an increase of 1 percent is just barely going to keep up with the official population growth rate.  If you factor in illegal immigration, we are still losing ground.

And if we have another major drought in cattle country this summer, the cattle herd is going to start shrinking again.

In addition, the price of food overall has been steadily rising for years.  Here is a chart that I shared the other day

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It boggles the mind that the Federal Reserve can claim that we are in a “low inflation” environment.  Anyone that goes grocery shopping feels the pain of these rising prices every time that they go to the store.

In the list that I put together yesterday, I included the following statistic…

Almost half of all Americans (47 percent) do not put a single penny out of their paychecks into savings.

One of the primary reasons why so many Americans are not saving any money is because many families simply cannot save any money.  Their paychecks are stagnant while the cost of living just keeps going up and up.

There simply are not enough “good jobs” out there anymore.  Our economy continues to bleed middle class jobs and the competition for the jobs that remain is quite intense.

Do you know what the two most common occupations in America today are?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they are “retail sales clerk” and “cashier”.

And of course neither of those “occupations” pays even close to what is required to support a middle class family.

On average, a retail sales clerk makes $24,020 a year, and a cashier makes $20,670 a year.

Because the quality of our jobs has declined so much, there are millions of American families today in which both the mother and the father are working multiple jobs in a desperate attempt to make ends meet each month.

But don’t worry, the Federal Reserve says that we are nearly at “full employment“, and Barack Obama says that everything is going to be just fine.

Actually, the truth is that things are about to get a lot worse.  At this point, we are even getting pessimistic numbers out of the Federal Reserve.  Just this week we learned that the Fed is now projecting that economic growth for the first quarter of 2015 will be barely above zero

From almost 2.5% GDP growth expectations in February, The Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow model has now collapsed its estimates of Q1 GDP growth to just 0.2%plunging from +1.4% just 2 weeks ago. The reality of plunging capex and no decoupling is starting to rear its ugly head in the hard data and as the sun warms things up, weather will start to lose its ability to sway sentiment.

We are at a turning point.  The bubble of false stability that we have been living in is rapidly coming to an end, and when people start to realize that another great economic crisis is coming there is going to be a lot of panic.

And as far as food prices go, they are just going to keep taking a bigger chunk out of all of our wallets.

As high as prices are already, the truth is that your food dollars are never going to go farther than they do right now.

So let us hope for the best, but let us also get prepared for the worst.


Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and has a law degree and an LLM from the University of Florida Law School. He is an attorney that has worked for some of the largest and most prominent law firms in Washington D.C. and who now spends his time researching and writing and trying to wake the American people up. You can follow his work on The Economic Collapse blog, End of the American Dream and The Truth Wins. His new novel entitled “The Beginning Of The End” is now available on Amazon.com.

How Social Media Became A Mental Health Minefield

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In February 2015, University of Missouri-Columbia researchers confirmed what many of us have already suspected: Facebook causes depression by triggering feelings of envy.

This isn’t the first time a link was established between social media use and mental health. A 2012 study, commissioned by Anxiety UK, discovered that sites like Twitter and Facebook aggravated feelings of anxiety and inadequacy, while a 2013 study from the University of Michigan suggested that Facebook users experience a significant decline in well-being.

The explanation for this seems intuitive enough: When you see “friends” flaunt the best parts of their lives on social media, you feel like you don’t measure up. As a result, you experience negative feelings such as envy toward your friends and resentment at your own lot in life.

But is that all there is to it? Is social media really the insidious, 21st Century plague that pundits make it out to be? Or is it a case of viewing complex issues like mental health and technology through overly-microscopic lenses?

Of Correlation and Causation

Some experts argue that excessive social media use is a symptom, rather than a cause, of mental illness. For example: a joint study by The Australia National University (ANU) and the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) in China found that depression sufferers are more active on Weibo—a Chinese social media site—between 11 PM and 3 AM.

To temper these claims, there are also studies about social media’s positive effects on mental health. According to researchers from the University of California in San Diego, happy status updates are infectious; that is, they encourage anyone who’s seen them to post their own happy statuses. And, surprisingly, people with mental illnesses are willing to publicly share their experiences in order to help others.

Let’s also not forget the possibility that there’s no connection between social media and mental health at all. 89 percent of social media users are between 18 and 29 years old: a group that’s already 60 percent more likely to experience depression.

It’s Not the Tool, But the One Who Uses It

With all these contradictory findings about the relationship between “the blues” and our favorite blue-colored sites (Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr), you have to ask: Should you do away with social media altogether?

According to Margaret Duffy, a chair of strategic communication at the MU School of Journalism, it depends.

“Facebook can be a fun and healthy activity if users take advantage of the site to stay connected with family and old friends and to share interesting and important aspects of their lives,” says Duffy. “However, if Facebook is used to see how well an acquaintance is doing financially, or how happy an old friend is in his relationship—things that cause envy among users—use of the site can lead to feelings of depression.”

This might explain the conflicting results of the studies above: People who use social media to forge genuine connections (e.g. YouTube personalities who talk about their struggles with mental illness) are more likely to feel better about themselves than users who log in just to size up their accomplishments against those of others. Another problem that continues to stymy both parents and regulators is the fact that children are gaining access to the Internet at increasingly young ages. The result? About 43% of American teens aged 13-17 have experienced cyberbullying in the past year.

Social Media Reflects Reality (To an Extent)

Aside from how you use social media, your emotional maturity also determines how social media affects you. For instance, in their 2011 study on college students, researchers Maria Kalpidou, Dan Costin, and Jessica Morris wrote: “The number of Facebook friends was negatively associated with emotional and academic adjustment among first-year students but positively related to social adjustment and attachment to institution among upper-class students.” In other words, as a student progresses through college, s/he learns to value the quality—rather than the quantity—of friendships, and gets more out of these relationships as a result.

For the most part, though, social media skews your perception of reality. To quote Steven Furtick: “One reason we struggle with insecurity: we’re comparing our behind-the-scenes to everyone else’s highlight reel.” People treat social media the way they treat most face-to-face interactions: They want to put their best foot forward.

Also, no one likes a Debbie Downer. How many times have you had to put up with that friend who floods your newsfeeds with rants about everything that can be ranted about? There’s no incentive for anyone to post anything negative on social media, really. Then again, keeping your wall/dashboard/feed too “clean” means you’re withholding the more realistic and relatable aspects of your life from friends.

Under the Influence

Before I bring this to a close, I’d like to take a moment to recognize another way that social media can dramatically impact our health. It pains me to say it, but more young people than ever are accessing social media while behind the wheel. This doesn’t just break an unspoken rule of the road; it’s also incredibly stupid. The good news is that today’s teens do seem more interested in social media than in actually getting behind the wheel, but this worsening trend can nevertheless serve as a reminder of the many ways that social media finds its way into our daily lives—and into our heads.

Scientists have yet to pin down the exact relationship between social media, daily behavior, and mental health. They’d have to find a way to track down millions of users, and compare these users’ offline lives with their online personas, before coming to a definitive conclusion—not an easy task, in theory or in practice.

In the meantime, let’s try not to get blinded by our friends’ highlight reels. Let’s remember that, behind all those pictures of pure happiness, there are human beings who are going through the same struggles we are, and are coping with it like we do: By constructing the best versions of themselves online.

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Black Helicopters Rehearse Transporting “American Enemy Combatants” To Jade Helm 15 “Black Sites” (VIDEO)

 Helicopters Rehearse Transporting “American Enemy Combatants” To Jade Helm 15 “Black Sites”

Black helicopters in Texas moving “enemy combatants” from Point A to Point B.

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This is one of the “black sites” where torture of illegal detention of Chicago residents is taking place. These Chicago style black sites are appearing all around the country and they are a part of the Jade Helm 15 operation.

As I was working on a report concerning the existence of nationwide rendition centers known as black sites, I was sent a video, from multiple people, made by  Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton filming  black helicopters in Texas (see video below). This video validates many reports that I am receiving about preemptive arrests of dissidents notated as “enemy combatants” in preparation for Jade Helm 15 and this is what I believe the two reporters are witnessing.

Execution of Red List Activities to Remove Known Dissidents

Dissident extractions consist of personnel in armored vehicles descending upon a home of a known dissident. The known dissident and the family are SWAT-teamed and arrested. The dissident is transported to a waiting helicopter where they and other similarly collected dissidents are transported to where ground transportation will be used to move the captives to a “black site re-education facility”.  This protocol is for the main target only. The planned fate of dissident family members is something that I have not been able to determine.

Jade Helm 15 Has Already Commenced

What does “Master the human domain” mean? Is it a euphemism for the complete subjugation of the civilian population of the United States? JH 15 is our version of the Reichstag fire and the “Night of the broken glass” event all rolled into one.

What does “Master the human domain” mean? Is it a euphemism for the complete subjugation of the civilian population of the United States? JH 15 is our version of the Reichstag fire and the “Night of the broken glass” event all rolled into one.

Please note that Jade Helm 15 (JH 15) is not commencing on July 15, 2015, as announced by the military. JH 15 is happening right now. Further, JH 15 is not only taking place in the American Southwest, there are multiple reports that JH 15 is also being conducted in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. In Florida, I have received reports of black sites that are in play and “dress rehearsals” are taking place as we speak. I have two reports from confidential sources that multiple black sites are in play in Tampa, FL

The dress rehearsals include, “abducting” drill volunteers as these people disappear to a black site for two days and then are released. One member of the staff at The Common Sense Show has also received a similar report, but to date, nobody has  had the courage to go on the record.

When I began to receive reports from around the country about the discovery of black sites (let’s call them what they are “Rendition centers”), I made official inquiries to the city government of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department regarding the funding sources of their black sites (Yes, Chicago has more than one site which includes an underground facility on the north side of the city). I suspect that these city-run black sites are receiving DHS money as a part of Program 1033 which has militarized local police departments. The funding for the Chicago black sites is a closely guarded “state secret”. Three days of inquiries made to Chicago city and police officials proved fruitless as they will “answer no questions on this topic”.

I went through a number of my sources who I thought would have inside information. One source has confirmed that extractions of known dissidents, designated as “enemy combatants” will take place before a declaration of martial law. It is clear to me that this is what we are seeing in the Dykes-Melton video. The landing of these helicopters is likely simulating prisoner transfers to waiting vehicles which will complete the transport of a known dissident to a black site. If on the other hand, the helicopters were a part of a more standard military operation, we would see corresponding military activity on the ground. The Dykes-Melton video does not show any corresponding military activity. People in Texas and Florida should also be on the look out for simulated SWAT team raids which would be a part of this activity. This has captured the attention the media in Utah, as I am appearing on a Utah radio station on Friday afternoon to answer questions as to why I think Utah was designated to be a “hostile” state in the JH 15 literature.

Conclusion

The bigger questions remain: When will this military snap exercise, known as JH 15, actually go live? And will there be a false flag event which will serve as a precipitating event? When will real Americans begin to disappear? There is one question that can now be answered as we at least we now know why the NDAA was passed.


Dave Hodges is the host of the popular weekly talk show, The Common Sense Show, which airs on Sunday nights from 9pm – Midnight (central) on the Republic Broadcasting Network and its 29 affiliate stations. Dave also hosts a website (www.thecommonsenseshow.com) in which he writes daily articles on the geopolitical state of affairs both nationally and internationally. The theme of Dave’s show and website centers around exposing the corruption and treason which has invaded the presidency and Congress as well as their corporate and banking benefactors. Dave is an award winning psychology, sociology, statistics and research professor. He is also a former college basketball coach who retired as the winningest coach in his college’s history. A mental health therapist by training, Dave brings a broad based perspective in his fight against the corrupt central banking cartels which have hijacked the US government. Dave and his wife, Nora have one son and they presently reside in rural Arizona approximately 25 miles north of the greater Phoenix area. Dave was drawn to the fight for freedom when the globalist central banking forces, led by Senator John McCain, attempted to seize his home and property and that of 300 of his neighbors, without one dime being offered in compensation. This attempted public theft of private property was conducted for the purpose of securing cheap land in which the globalists intended on putting in an international highway through their area known as the Canamex Corridor. Dave’s community appointed him the spokesperson and eventually his community won their fight against the bankers and their front man, Senator McCain. This event launched Dave’s career as a broadcaster and an investigative journalist. Dave’s website presently enjoys over a half a million visitors every month.