tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2339189186815532012016-10-13T11:47:30.373+01:00Alternews.co.ukJohn Smithnoreply@blogger.comBlogger373125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-233918918681553201.post-77773277558020059982016-02-16T10:02:00.000+00:002016-02-16T10:03:47.983+00:0016.2.16 - In Dangerous Precedent, NYPD Moves To Make Resisting Arrest A Felony<script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- alterresponse --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-8563182091184175" data-ad-format="auto" data-ad-slot="4151286994" style="display: block;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/A6sULDL.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://i.imgur.com/A6sULDL.jpg" height="180" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">On Wednesday, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton <a href="http://animalnewyork.com/2015/police-commissioner-insanely-suggests-upgrading-resisting-arrest-charge-felony/" target="_blank">urged state legislators</a> to consider increasing the penalty for resisting arrest from a misdemeanor to a felony. The change, he argued, would help New Yorkers “get around this idea that you can resist arrest. You can’t.” It would also give cops an easy way to turn victims of their own worst impulses into the worst class of criminal.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">In theory, a resisting arrest charge allows the state to further punish suspects who endanger the safety of police officers as they’re being apprehended; in practice, it gives tautological justification to cops who enjoy roughing people up. Why did you use force against that suspect, officer? Because she was resisting arrest.How do I know you’re telling the truth? Because I charged her with it, sir.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Consider a few recent would-be felons:</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><ul><li style="text-align: justify;">Chaumtoli Huq, former general counsel to NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, <a href="http://gawker.com/muslim-lawyer-arrested-waiting-for-family-to-use-restro-1630465425" target="_blank">who was charged with resisting arrest</a> for waiting for her family outside the Times Square Ruby Tuesday’s.</li></ul><br /><ul></ul><ul><li style="text-align: justify;">Jahmil-El Cuffee, <a href="http://gawker.com/nypd-cop-gets-desk-duty-after-allegedly-stomping-pot-su-1611947257" target="_blank">who was charged with resisting arrest</a> after he found himself on the receiving end of a head-stomp from a barbarous cop because he was allegedly rolling a joint. (“Stop resisting!” cops screamed at him as he lay helpless, pinned under a pile of officers.)</li></ul><br /><ul></ul><div><ul><li style="text-align: justify;">Denise Stewart, <a href="http://gawker.com/nypds-brutal-arrest-of-half-naked-woman-captured-on-vid-1615047977" target="_blank">who was charged with resisting arrest</a> after a gang of New York’s Finest threw her half-naked from her own apartment into the lobby of her building. (They had the wrong apartment, it turned out.)</li></ul><br /><ul></ul></div><div><ul><li style="text-align: justify;">Santiago Hernandez, <a href="http://gawker.com/victim-says-nypd-stop-and-frisk-turned-into-a-violent-p-1631805452" target="_blank">who was charged with resisting arrest</a> after a group of cops beat the shit out of him following a stop-and-frisk. “One kicks me, he steps back. Another one comes to punch me and he steps back…They were taking turns on me like a gang,” Hernandez told reporters.</li></ul><br /><ul></ul></div><div><ul><li style="text-align: justify;">Eric Garner, who no doubt would have been charged with resisting had the chokehold from Daniel Pantaleo not ended his life first.</li></ul><br /><ul></ul><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Cops using resistance as an excuse for their own abuse isn’t some wild conspiracy theory. Sam Walker, a law-enforcement expert and retired University of Nebraska-Omaha criminal justice professor, <a href="http://www.wnyc.org/story/can-the-nypd-spot-the-abusive-cop/" target="_blank">told WNYC in December:</a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">“There’s a widespread pattern in American policing where resisting arrest charges are used to sort of cover – and that phrase is used – the officer’s use of force,” said Walker, the accountability expert from the University of Nebraska. “Why did the officer use force? Well, the person was resisting arrest.”</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Fortunately, city district attorneys know the drill, and often have the good sense to dismiss resisting charges when perps are brought up in court. But Bratton would like to see that provision thrown out as well. “The vast majority [of charges] might end up being dismissed,” <a href="http://observer.com/2015/02/bratton-raising-resisting-arrest-to-a-felony-would-be-very-helpful/" target="_blank">he said</a>&nbsp;at the joint hearing of state senate committees Wednesday. “We’re asking district attorneys to treat them more seriously than they have been treated in the past.”</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Anticipating criticism, Bratton told the assembled lawmakers that he already had a plan to curb abuse: the department would use its CompStat arrest-tracking system to monitor officers who make lots of resisting charges that are eventually dropped, leaving oversight of the NYPD to the NYPD itself.</div></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.mintpressnews.com/in-dangerous-precedent-nypd-moves-to-make-resisting-arrest-a-felony/213750/" target="_blank"><b>MPN</b></a></div>John Smithnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-233918918681553201.post-52893044297960873112016-02-16T09:57:00.001+00:002016-02-16T09:57:24.716+00:0016.2.16 - The Myths of Black Lives Matter<script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- alterresponse --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-8563182091184175" data-ad-format="auto" data-ad-slot="4151286994" style="display: block;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/M1sSkYw.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://i.imgur.com/M1sSkYw.jpg" height="169" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The movement has won over Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. But what if its claims are fiction?</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">A television ad for Hillary Clinton ’s presidential campaign now airing in South Carolina shows the candidate declaring that “too many encounters with law enforcement end tragically.” She later adds: “We have to face up to the hard truth of injustice and systemic racism.”</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Her Democratic presidential rival, Bernie Sanders, met with the Rev. Al Sharpton on Wednesday. Mr. Sanders then tweeted that “As President, let me be very clear that no one will fight harder to end racism and reform our broken criminal justice system than I will.” And he appeared on the TV talk show “The View” saying, “It is not acceptable to see unarmed people being shot by police officers.”</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Apparently the Black Lives Matter movement has convinced Democrats and progressives that there is an epidemic of racist white police officers killing young black men. Such rhetoric is going to heat up as Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Sanders court minority voters before the Feb. 27 South Carolina primary.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">But what if the Black Lives Matter movement is based on fiction? Not just the fictional account of the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., but the utter misrepresentation of police shootings generally.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">To judge from Black Lives Matter protesters and their media and political allies, you would think that killer cops pose the biggest threat to young black men today. But this perception, like almost everything else that many people think they know about fatal police shootings, is wrong.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The Washington Post has been gathering data on fatal police shootings over the past year and a half to correct acknowledged deficiencies in federal tallies. The emerging data should open many eyes.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">For starters, fatal police shootings make up a much larger proportion of white and Hispanic homicide deaths than black homicide deaths. According to the Post database, in 2015 officers killed 662 whites and Hispanics, and 258 blacks. (The overwhelming majority of all those police-shooting victims were attacking the officer, often with a gun.)&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Using the 2014 homicide numbers as an approximation of 2015’s, those 662 white and Hispanic victims of police shootings would make up 12% of all white and Hispanic homicide deaths. That is three times the proportion of black deaths that result from police shootings.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The lower proportion of black deaths due to police shootings can be attributed to the lamentable black-on-black homicide rate. There were 6,095 black homicide deaths in 2014—the most recent year for which such data are available—compared with 5,397 homicide deaths for whites and Hispanics combined. Almost all of those black homicide victims had black killers.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Police officers—of all races—are also disproportionately endangered by black assailants. Over the past decade, according to FBI data, 40% of cop killers have been black. Officers are killed by blacks at a rate 2.5 times higher than the rate at which blacks are killed by police. Some may find evidence of police bias in the fact that blacks make up 26% of the police-shooting victims, compared with their 13% representation in the national population.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">But as residents of poor black neighborhoods know too well, violent crimes are disproportionately committed by blacks. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, blacks were charged with 62% of all robberies, 57% of murders and 45% of assaults in the 75 largest U.S. counties in 2009, though they made up roughly 15% of the population there.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Such a concentration of criminal violence in minority communities means that officers will be disproportionately confronting armed and often resisting suspects in those communities, raising officers’ own risk of using lethal force.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The Black Lives Matter movement claims that white officers are especially prone to shooting innocent blacks due to racial bias, but this too is a myth. A March 2015 Justice Department report on the Philadelphia Police Department found that black and Hispanic officers were much more likely than white officers to shoot blacks based on “threat misperception”—that is, the mistaken belief that a civilian is armed.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">A 2015 study by University of Pennsylvania criminologist Greg Ridgeway, formerly acting director of the National Institute of Justice, found that, at a crime scene where gunfire is involved, black officers in the New York City Police Department were 3.3 times more likely to discharge their weapons than other officers at the scene.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The Black Lives Matter movement has been stunningly successful in changing the subject from the realities of violent crime. The world knows the name of Michael Brown but not Tyshawn Lee, a 9-year-old black child lured into an alley and killed by gang members in Chicago last fall. Tyshawn was one of dozens of black children gunned down in America last year. The Baltimore Sun reported on Jan. 1: “Blood was shed in Baltimore at an unprecedented pace in 2015, with mostly young, black men shot to death in a near-daily crush of violence.”</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Those were black lives that mattered, and it is a scandal that outrage is heaped less on the dysfunctional culture that produces so many victims than on the police officers who try to protect them.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div><a href="http://redicecreations.com/article.php?id=35293" target="_blank"><b>Red Ice Creations</b></a></div>John Smithnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-233918918681553201.post-29329762814482701322016-02-16T09:46:00.001+00:002016-02-16T09:46:55.011+00:0016.2.16 - Feds Pouring Money Into A Project To Create A Database To Track “Suspicious” Internet Memes<script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- alterresponse --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-8563182091184175" data-ad-format="auto" data-ad-slot="4151286994" style="display: block;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/tEq1w2G.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://i.imgur.com/tEq1w2G.jpg" height="179" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The federal government spent $1 million to create an online database that will collect “suspicious” memes and track “misinformation.” The project, which is known as the “Truthy Database” is being funded by The National Science Foundation, but it seems as if the operation has some powerful political motivations.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Ironically enough, the project takes its name from a term that was popularized by television personality, Stephen Colbert.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The project will seek to understand how misinformation is spread online, but it will be up to a team of government-funded researchers at Indiana University to decide what type of political speech is true and which is false.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">According to the grant for the project, the operation will be open source and the database will be open to the public.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">“The project stands to benefit both the research community and the public significantly. Our data will be made available via [application programming interfaces] APIs and include information on meme propagation networks, statistical data, and relevant user and content features. The open-source platform we develop will be made publicly available and will be extensible to ever more research areas as a greater preponderance of human activities are replicated online. Additionally, we will create a web service open to the public for monitoring trends, bursts, and suspicious memes. This service could mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda, and assist in the preservation of open debate,” <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1101743&amp;HistoricalAwards=false" target="_blank">the grant said.</a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">However, the database has yet to actually go online, and they have not followed through with the promise of making their information open source.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The website for the project goes on to explain the importance of memes in their research, and their intentions to find out exactly where certain memes originate.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">“While the vast majority of memes arise in a perfectly organic manner, driven by the complex mechanisms of life on the Web,some are engineered by the shady machinery of high-profile congressional campaigns,” <a href="http://truthy.indiana.edu/about/" target="_blank">the website stated.</a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The project focuses on Twitter specifically, but will also be reaching into Facebook, Instagram and other sites in their data mining operations.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">This may not be the most money that the government has spent on a frivolous project, but it shows that they really are willing to funnel large sums of money into programs that accomplish nothing. Also, this project exposes the extent of the federal government’s paranoia about dissent and alternative political information.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.activistpost.com/2016/02/feds-pouring-money-into-a-project-to-create-a-database-to-track-suspicious-internet-memes.html" target="_blank"><b>Activist Post</b></a></div>John Smithnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-233918918681553201.post-15715934284675248532016-02-16T09:36:00.003+00:002016-02-16T09:36:52.136+00:0016.2.16 - Will the Zika Virus Become a Form of Population Control?<script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- alterresponse --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-8563182091184175" data-ad-format="auto" data-ad-slot="4151286994" style="display: block;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/vgwJqU1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://i.imgur.com/vgwJqU1.jpg" height="211" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The Zika virus has been labeled as an epidemic that is sweeping South America, the Caribbean and northwestern Africa. The virus was accidentally identified in 1947 during a sylvatic yellow fever monitoring program of rhesus monkeys. It was discovered that the same mosquito, Aedes, that transmits yellow fever as well as dengue and chikungunya is responsible for transmitting the Zika virus.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">It wasn’t until 1952 that the first humans (in Uganda and United Republic of Tanzania) were identified as being infected with the virus. Since these first outbreaks, the mosquito-borne virus has been identified in Asia, Africa, the Pacific and both North and South America.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Not everyone who has the disease exhibits symptoms. On February 10, 2016, USA Today reported that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Tom Frieden told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that “80% of people who contract the virus will have no symptoms at all”.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The World Health Organization (WHO) advises that the Aedes mosquitoes “usually bite during the morning and late afternoon/evening hours”. It was believed that the only way to contract Zika virus was through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. However, the first known case of the virus being sexually transmitted was reported in Texas in February 2016.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Those who succumb to the disease experience:</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">–&gt; Conjunctivitis</div><div style="text-align: justify;">–&gt; Headache</div><div style="text-align: justify;">–&gt; Joint pain</div><div style="text-align: justify;">–&gt; Malaise</div><div style="text-align: justify;">–&gt; Mild fever</div><div style="text-align: justify;">–&gt; Muscle</div><div style="text-align: justify;">–&gt; Skin rashes</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">According to the WHO, “There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available.” The symptoms usually last between 2 to 7 days. It’s rare that anyone dies from the virus. What makes this a potentially doomsday virus is what scientists currently believe the virus does to a fetus.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The WHO fact sheets state that with the 2013 French Polynesian and 2015 Brazilian outbreaks the government authorities “reported potential neurological and auto-immune complications of Zika virus disease”.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">There has also been an increase in Guillain-Barré syndrome among recent Brazilian cases. An increase of microcephaly in newborn babies was reported in northeast Brazil. The WHO reports that various government investigations into abnormal births discovered a “link between Zika virus and microcephaly.” That link isn’t yet understood.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Microcephaly is an abnormal incomplete development of the brain and the infant’s head is equally small. Intrauterine transmission of the virus was reported on February 10, 2016 in a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The Zika virus (ZIKV) was described in the report as a “widespread epidemic” with cases being reported in South America, Central America and the Caribbean during 2015. The correlation between the virus and the apparent increase in cases of fetus microcephaly from mothers infected with ZIKV was discussed.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The report presented the case of a young UK woman living in Brazil who contracted a fever with a rash during the latter part of her first trimester. She returned to England and during a routine ultrasonography at 29 weeks of gestation, doctors discovered her fetus had “microcephaly with calcifications in the fetal brain and placenta”.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The prognosis for neonatal health was poor and the mother opted to terminate the pregnancy. The fetal autopsy revealed the severity of the infant’s brain development. In addition, “The complete genome of ZIKV was recovered from the fetal brain.”</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">To date, the known Zika cases in the US are not the result of direct transmission within the country, but are cases of people returning from one of the known regions common to Zika infection.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The possibility of the Zika virus being sexually transmitted isn’t a new consideration within the medical community. The CDC posted a dispatch in February 2015 that discusses a December 2013 semen testing of a Tahitian man infected with Zika and that the virus ZIKV was isolated from the semen sample. The report stated, “ZIKV transmission by sexual intercourse has been previously suspected”.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">On February 5, 2016, the CDC posted that there is evidence pointing to the possible transmission of the Zika through sexual intercourse. The CDC describes three cases where the person contracting the virus had not traveled with their sex partner to the infected region, leaving the highly probable cause to have been through sexual intercourse. One of those cases currently under investigation was recently reported by Dallas County Health and Human Services in Texas.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Scientists don’t understand why the virus has suddenly emerged and spread so rapidly, but it is sweeping South America and the Caribbean. Brazil has the highest rate of Zika infection followed by Colombia. The Zika damage to the fetus occurs during the first trimester.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">On February 11, 2016, the Daily Mail reported that the Deputy Health Minister Eduardo Espinoza of El Salvador urged women to avoid pregnancy until 2018. The Colombian government is also advising women to delay their pregnancies between six to eight months.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The El Salvador warning comes after 96 pregnant women were recently diagnosed with Zika. In 2015, El Salvador had a total of 5,397 people diagnosed with Zika. However, none of the babies were born with microcephaly. What changed over the course of a year?</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">A zero birthrate for two years seems drastic to many, while a six to eight month delay is still a long time to anyone wishing to start a family. How would a zero population growth over a two-year period impact the economy of El Salvador?</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">In February 2016, WHO declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) for Zika associated microcephaly as well as other neurological disorders. So far, “more than 20 countries and territories in the Americas” are experiencing a Zika epidemic. Thousands of Zika cases have been reported in Cabo Verde, western Africa.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Perhaps the greatest concern the WHO voiced is the worldwide spread of the virus through international travel. With an expected 500,000 attendees to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, WHO has advised pregnant women to avoid traveling to the Olympics.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">In spite of WHO’s concerns, organizers of the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics stated they won’t cancel. It isn’t even open for discussion. According NY Daily News, Sports Minister George Hilton said, “the WHO had not banned travel because of Zika.”</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Officials hope that the South American winter weather that’s drier than their summers will keep the mosquito threat at bay. The games are scheduled to open on August 5.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">On February 8, 2016, Science Alert reported that an Indian company claims it have created two possible Zika vaccines and they are ready to start pre-clinical trials.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Bharat Biotech started research 18 months ago to create a combination vaccine that could be used to inoculate against Japanese encephalitis, Chikengunya and Zika. Due to the Zika outbreak, the company has stepped up their timetable to get pre-clinical trials underway.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">One vaccine is recombinant, meaning it only contains DNA from the Zika virus, not the actual virus. The other vaccine is inactivated meaning it contains “whole particles of Zika virus” but these aren’t active. The inactivated vaccine is designed to stimulate an immune response. Other researchers are also working on possible Zika vaccines.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Another possible solution is right out of a science-fiction novel, genetically engineered sterile male mosquitoes. The company Oxitec (owned by Intrexon) created the sterile mosquitoes that subsequently mate with the infected female mosquitoes.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The company told CBS News that they’d conducted “multiple trials” in Piracicaba, Brazil with the result that they’d “cut the population of the disease-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito by 90 percent within six months.”</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The company plans to expand from the small trial area of 5,000 people to a location with 60,000 residents. In 2009, Oxitec started working with the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD) for a “non-pesticide method to control mosquitoes transmitting dengue fever.”</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Environmentalists are fighting the FKMCD’s efforts for FDA approval with an online petition against the field trail. The timetable for possible approval is unknown. Should Zika become an epidemic in the US that timetable might become defined.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Until a vaccine or sterile genetically engineered mosquitoes are turned loose, the best thing a pregnant woman can do is avoid traveling to known Zika infected areas. Those living in the areas are advised to cover up and use insect repellent.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.topsecretwriters.com/2016/02/will-the-zika-virus-become-a-form-of-population-control/" target="_blank"><b>Top Secret Writers</b></a></div>John Smithnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-233918918681553201.post-24614263485117786042016-02-13T11:17:00.000+00:002016-02-13T11:17:13.046+00:0013.2.16 - Is Vitamin B17 The Greatest Cover Up In The History Of Cancer?<script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- alterresponse --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-8563182091184175" data-ad-format="auto" data-ad-slot="4151286994" style="display: block;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/4bch8NK.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://i.imgur.com/4bch8NK.jpg" height="175" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">It has been becoming increasingly apparent in recent years that there are a number of alternative cancer treatment methods which have proven to either eradicate cancer cells on their own, or even assist with the more traditional methods of chemotherapy and radiation. Many of these alternative treatments do not get the recognition that they deserve from either mainstream media or mainstream medicine. In fact, in many states alternative cancer treatments have been banned or made illegal and, according to the law, one can even be forced to undergo chemotherapy against one’s will. It is important to note, however, that choosing one of these natural, alternative cancer treatments does require you to do a lot of research, because there is very little funding, or merit, allotted to their study. The cancer industry does not want to look at these alternative methods and spends very little of their funds informing people about preventative medicine. In fact, one particular vitamin that is believed to be extremely beneficial in fighting cancer cells has actually been banned by the FDA and is illegal for treatment in the United States, and that is Laetrile.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Laetrile contains one of the greatest concentrations of vitamin B-17 on the planet, and it can be found in the often-overlooked seed of a popular fruit: the apricot. Apricot seeds can be found beneath the hard pit inside the apricot, and many people are unaware that they are both edible and delicious, and that they contain a cancer-fighting agent called amygdalin within.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Amygdalin contains glucose, benzaldehyde, and cyanide, and it is the latter which is believed to be the active cancer-fighting ingredient of Laetrile. It is important to note, however, that cyanide is actually toxic to all cells, which makes the overall toxicity of Laetrile a concern. Yet <a href="http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryandalternativemedicine/more-cam-info" target="_blank">studies</a> suggest that Laetrile is more toxic to cancer cells than to normal cells. After all, your chances of getting cyanide poisoning from apple seeds or almonds are extremely slim, and we mustn’t forget that cancer is toxic to begin with. (And the last time I checked, so are chemotherapy and radiation.)</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Question: “If B17 is so powerful and helpful towards cancer elimination, then why is it not prescribed by modern physicians as a treatment?”</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Simple Answer: “A control for cancer is known, and it comes from nature, but it is not widely available to the public because it cannot be patented, and therefore is not commercially attractive to the pharmaceutical industry.”
 — G. Edward Griffin.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Dr. Kanematsu Suigura spent the majority of his career at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and has authored more than 250 papers; he has also received numerous awards, one of which included the highest honors from the Japan Medical Association for outstanding contributions in cancer research. He specifically studied Laetrile and discovered that it showed very positive results with preventing malignant lung tumors in laboratory mice. In control groups which received only plain saline, the lung tumors spread to between 80 and 90 percent of the mice, but in those given Laetrile, the tumors only spread to between 10 and 20 percent.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">By 1974 findings for Laetrile’s cancer fighting properties were so positive that the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center had signed off on clinical trials — but then everything changed. The center started to get other scientists to perform the experiments involving Laetrile and whenever an experiment showed the possibility of a positive outcome, the research was completely scrapped and disregarded. Other scientists working at Sloan Kettering who had previously been on board with the cancer-fighting properties of Laetrile started to characterize these studies, and Sugiura himself, as fraudulent, even though nothing scientifically had changed to negate Sugiura’s findings.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Ralph Moss was a friend and colleague of Dr. Sugiura’s and was well informed about his findings in regards to Laetrile. When things started to go downhill, Moss found himself stuck in a moral dilemma: he could lie to support his employer, Sloan Kettering, or tell the truth about Laetrile and sacrifice his job. In the end, Moss chose to tell the truth and came clean at a press conference that was held in July of 1977. This ended up being his final day as an employee of the Sloan Kettering foundation.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">According to Ralph Moss, the Laetrile cover-up really only makes sense when viewed through the lens of “the politics of cancer.” <a href="http://www.whale.to/cancer/ralph_moss_story.html" target="_blank">According to Moss</a>: “The people on Sloan Kettering’s Board of Directors were a ‘Who’s Who’ of investors in petrochemical and other polluting industries. In other words, the hospital was being run by people who made their wealth by investing in the worst cancer-causing things on the planet.”</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">This is only part of the story. To read the whole thing, click <a href="http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/10/18/laetrile-cancer-research-cover-up.aspx" target="_blank">here</a>.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Even though Laetrile is not an FDA-approved cancer treatment, there are doctors who are choosing to use it ‘illegally,’ like John A. Richardson. He has been treating cancer patients at his clinic in San Francisco, California and it has been working a whole lot better than the traditional methods of treatment. His numerous success stories are documented in his book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0912986387/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=chrisbeatcanc-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=217145&amp;creative=399373&amp;creativeASIN=0912986387" target="_blank">Laetrile Case Histories: The Richardson Cancer Clinic Experience.</a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The FDA considers Laetrile an unapproved form of cancer treatment and it is illegal for a practitioner to administer. As a result of these regulations, you cannot buy Laetrile in the United States, although you can buy Vitamin B17/amygdalin in supplement form. Apricots themselves are not illegal, of course, so you can always gather their seeds on your own, though this is immensely time consuming. If you do choose this course of action, be aware that you are doing it at your own discretion. Because I am not a doctor and cannot give out medical advice, I highly suggest that you find a doctor who practices alternative medicine and who can best direct you on how to properly use this treatment.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Here’s to the truth and health!</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.collective-evolution.com/2016/02/12/is-vitamin-b17-the-greatest-cover-up-in-the-history-of-cancer/" target="_blank"><b>Collective Evolution</b></a></div>John Smithnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-233918918681553201.post-18475509964975962532016-02-13T11:08:00.001+00:002016-02-13T11:08:42.914+00:0013.2.16 - Judge dismisses child molestation charges against cop despite forensic evidence; throws girl's father in jail instead<script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- alterresponse --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-8563182091184175" data-ad-format="auto" data-ad-slot="4151286994" style="display: block;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/0ykQpWZ.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://i.imgur.com/0ykQpWZ.jpg" height="180" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Oklahoma judge Matthew Sheets looked past forensic evidence against a former Oklahoma police officer, Martin Stites, that indicated he sexually assaulted a 3-year-old-girl.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Sheets came to this conclusion when the now 4-year-old girl was having problems telling the court what happened to her, as her attacker stared her down from across the court room.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Sheets dismissed the charges against Stites and instead sentenced the young girls father to one year in jail. The father was sentenced after an outburst during court in response to how his daughter was being treated. The <a href="http://www.mcalesternews.com/news/stites-bound-over-on-single-felony-father-of-child-jailed/article_8a0fd138-cea1-11e5-8e5e-bfe3592bded2.html?mode=print" target="_blank">McAlester News Capitol reported</a> the scene as follows.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><i><br /></i></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><i>“The preliminary hearing started with an intense exchange between prosecutors Scharn and Christina Burns and Stites’ defense attorney, Jeremy Beaver, over the issue of whether the victim should be allowed to have her grandfather sit next to her while she testified. Beaver told the court a main defense is whether the alleged victim is competent to testify or if she was coached to accuse Stites of the crimes.</i></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Once Beaver said he had his concerns about the victim’s competency, a noise was made in the area where the child’s family was sitting in the courtroom. Immediately, Sheets demanded silence during the proceedings and warned any outbursts wouldn’t be tolerated.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The attorney’s agreed a district attorney’s office representative would be allowed to sit with the now 4-year-old while she testified.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">It was during the victim’s testimony when things quickly turned ugly. Burns asked the victim if she could identify her assailant in the courtroom. The victim gave an answer, but the answer was not completely audible. Burns said she thought the victim said something along the lines of ‘I don’t know,’ but the victim’s father wanted to point out she had said “I don’t want to look at him.”</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The father was quickly shushed by family around him, but Beaver pointed out the outburst as a conflict because he feared the child would now answer questions seeking approval from family members. Sheets ordered the father leave the courtroom.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">“Can I come back?” the father asked Sheets.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Sheets told the father that he was not allowed back in the courtroom and the father took exception. While exiting the the courtroom the father used explicit language to convey his displeasure with the court and loudly pushed open the courtroom door. Sheets ordered Pittsburg County Sheriff Deputy Mike Cathey to arrest the father for being in contempt in court.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">After a short break, the father reappeared in the courtroom with handcuffs on as he was escorted by a deputy. Sheets asked him what he said while exiting the courtroom and the father confirmed he used foul language. Sheets sentenced the man to six months in the Pittsburg County Justice Center.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The father then tuned to Stites and used several cuss words to voice his displeasure with him. Sheets then used his gavel to restore order and sentenced the man to an additional six months in the county jail, citing a second violation.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><i>After the father was taken away from the courtroom, the preliminary hearing started again. The child offered testimony, using a nickname for Stites, indicating the individual had touched her with his hand on her private areas. However, many of the questions asked by Burns to the 4-year-old were met with a ‘I don’t know’ response and her telling officials she did not want to answer some of the questions.”</i></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Stites was originally charged with two counts of sexual assault – child under 12 and one count of lewd molestation. Judge Sheets dismissed all charges during the preliminary hearing. Sheets then ordered Stites to stand trial for a new charge of lewd molestation.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Stites, 57, is a retired McAlester Police Lieutenant who served 22 years on the force. Stites was arrested in May, after watching the 3-year-old by request of the girls mother. Authorities at the time said that forensic analysis had indicated the girl had been sexually assaulted. It was also reported that Stites burned the diaper and possibly other clothing that the young girl was wearing at the time of the assault.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Judge Sheets has successfully molested this young girl for a second time. In one day, he made the young girl go in front of a courtroom of strangers, along with her attacker, and talk about being molested. He then took the girls father away from her for a year and dismissed the young girls traumatizing testimony. This preliminary trial was a total mockery of the justice system.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">District 18 Assistant District Attorney Adam Scharn plans to appeal against Sheets’ decision from Monday.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://pontiactribune.com/2016/02/judge-dismisses-child-molestation-charges-against-cop-despite-forensic-evidence-throws-girls-father-in-jail-instead/" target="_blank"><b>Pontiac Tribune</b></a></div>John Smithnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-233918918681553201.post-42881406186384353662016-02-13T11:01:00.003+00:002016-02-13T11:01:50.608+00:0013.2.16 - Zika HOAX Exposed by South American Doctors<script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- alterresponse --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-8563182091184175" data-ad-format="auto" data-ad-slot="4151286994" style="display: block;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/ywj0mmp.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://i.imgur.com/ywj0mmp.jpg" height="200" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Despite all the public hoopla, all the cases of microcephaly being discovered in Brazil have never been scientifically linked to the Zika virus. A group of doctors from South America are now saying the brain deformations the world is witnessing are caused by the mass fumigation of low-income Brazilian people with a chemical larvicide, not by mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">What we’re seeing with the brain deformations of children, in other words, is more like the history of thalidomide, a prescription medicine given to pregnant women that caused children to be born with limbs missing. But the official narrative on all this is pushing a false link with Zika in order to justify more chemical fumigation, more vaccines and more genetically engineered mosquitoes.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">From the doctors at <a href="http://www.reduas.com.ar/" target="_blank">Red Universitaria de Ambiente y Salud</a> (the Red University of Environment and Health), with h/t to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gmwatch.org/news/latest-news/16706-argentine-and-brazilian-doctors-name-larvicide-as-potential-cause-of-microcephaly" target="_blank">GM Watch</a>: (<a href="http://www.naturalnews.com/files/Informe-Zika-de-Reduas_TRAD.pdf" target="_blank">SOURCE document</a>)</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><i>A dramatic increase of congenital malformations, especially microcephaly in newborns, was detected and quickly linked to the Zika virus by the Brazilian Ministry of Health. However, they fail to recognise that in the area where most sick persons live, a chemical larvicide producing malformations in mosquitoes has been applied for 18 months, and that this poison (pyroproxyfen) is applied by the State on drinking water used by the affected population.</i></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">It looks like the world’s health authorities are using Zika virus mosquitoes as a cover story to conceal the damage caused by toxic chemicals manufactured by powerful globalist corporations.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The larvicide sprayed in Brazil, for example, is called “pyriproxyfen,” and it’s manufactured by Sumitomo Chemical, a corporation known to be a “strategic partner” of Monsanto. The Argentinian doctors’ report lists Sumitomo as a “subsidiary” of Monsanto. As <a href="http://www.gmwatch.org/news/latest-news/16706-argentine-and-brazilian-doctors-name-larvicide-as-potential-cause-of-microcephaly" target="_blank">GM Watch reports</a>, “Pyriproxyfen is a growth inhibitor of mosquito larvae, which alters the development process from larva to pupa to adult, thus generating malformations in developing mosquitoes and killing or disabling them.”</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Hmmm… a growth inhibitor of developing organisms? Does that raise any question marks with anyone when considering the under-developed cranial and neurological systems of the children being victimized in all this?</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">From <a href="http://www.naturalnews.com/files/Informe-Zika-de-Reduas_TRAD.pdf" target="_blank">the report</a>:</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><i>Malformations detected in thousands of children from pregnant women living in areas where the Brazilian state added pyriproxyfen to drinking water is not a coincidence, even though the Ministry of Health places a direct blame on Zika virus for this damage, while trying to ignore its responsibility and ruling out the hypothesis of direct and cumulative chemical damage caused by years of endocrine and immunological disruption of the affected population. Doctors from the Brazilian Association for Collective Health (ABRASCO) demand that urgent epidemiological studies taking into account this causal link be carried out, especially when among 3,893 cases of malformations confirmed until January 20, 2016, 49 children have died and only five of them were confirmed to have been infected with Zika.</i></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">As reported by the Argentinian doctors in their report, Zika virus has never been known to cause brain deformations in children:</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Previous Zika epidemics did not cause birth defects in newborns, despite infecting 75% of the population in those countries. Also, in other countries such as Colombia there are no records of microcephaly; however, there are plenty of Zika cases.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The entire reason these brain deformations are being blamed on the Zika virus, we’re now learning, is so that powerful chemical companies can sell more toxic chemicals that poison the people and the environment even more! From the doctors’ report:</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Brazilian doctors (Abrasco) are claiming that the strategy of chemical control is contaminating the environment as well as people, that it is not decreasing the amount of mosquitoes, and that this strategy is in fact a commercial manoeuvre from the chemical poisons industry, deeply integrated into Latin American ministries of health as well as WHO and PAHO.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">It’s a vicious cycle, of course: The government sprays chemicals that cause brain deformations in children, but in order to avoid blaming the chemicals, they blame mosquitoes, thereby demanding MORE toxic chemicals be sprayed, causing yet more deformations that demand yet more chemicals and so on.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">If all this sounds familiar, it’s because it’s ripped right out of the playbook of the vaccine industry: Many vaccines actually cause epidemics (which is why children who are stricken with measles and mumps have almost always been previously vaccinated against measles and mumps), thereby increasing public demand for more vaccines which cause more outbreaks, ad infinitum.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">It’s the perfect business model: When your product causes an epidemic of disease or birth defects, just find something else to blame and then pay off all the government health authorities to demand more of your product! After all, even the CDC loves these pandemics because it gives them an opportunity to exhibit more “authority” and push for more vaccines.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Billions already pledged to the vaccine industry… even with no scientific evidence of a link</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Based entirely on fraudulent information and quack science, President Obama has now <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/02/08/obama-asking-congress-for-1-8-billion-in-emergency-funding-to-combat-zika.html" target="_blank">called for $1.8 billion in government handouts to vaccine companies</a> and pharmaceutical corporations to combat Zika. Yet the linkage between Zika and microcephaly is nothing but an unproven, unscientific, mythological narrative dreamed up by the vaccine pushers. It carries the same scientific weight as saying “Black cats cause bad luck” or “Rubbing a rabbit’s foot gives me good luck.”</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Hence the term “vaccine voodoo” which is a technically accurate description of the total lack of science underpinning the fraudulent vaccine industry. Isn’t it amazing how quickly the government, the media and the vaccine pushers have leaped to their preferred conclusion about microcephaly even without a shred of scientific evidence to support such a notion?</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">(Hey, it’s a pandemic… they don’t need any real EVIDENCE, right?)</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">When bad science and dangerous chemicals are already destroying people’s lives, the solution must be MORE bad science, right?</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Enter genetically engineered mosquitoes. According to all the criminally insane GMO pushers, GM mosquitoes are the instant answer to mosquito-borne diseases (and nothing can ever go wrong, we’re assured).</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The problem is that they’re criminally insane and scientifically illiterate to boot. That’s why the GM mosquitoes aren’t working. “The last strategy deployed in Brazil, and which might be replicated in all our countries, is the use of GM mosquitoes — a total failure, except for the company supplying mosquitoes,” say the Argentinian doctors.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><i>The English company Oxitec sells male GM mosquitoes, supposedly in order to decrease the Aedes population. A lethal gene is inserted in those mosquitoes, which is transmitted to the offspring, causing death to larvae if it is not blocked by an antibiotic (tetracycline).</i></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Currently in Brazil nearly 15 million GM mosquitoes have been released, and the failure is complete. Where field tests were carried out, less than 15% of larvae were transgenic, that is to say… wild females are not accepting the English mosquito from Oxitec. The response: increasing the release in poor areas. Also, we must take into account that the biology of the disease shows that the female only “stings” when it’s pregnant and generating eggs after being fertilised by a male; it does it in that state and only then, because it needs blood components in order to develop the eggs. So, if millions of male mosquitoes are released, there will be many more fertilised females looking to suck the blood of mammals, thus increasing the spreading of the disease from infected people to healthy people!</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">A massive science hoax, vaccine hoax and chemical hoax all designed to generate more industry profits while ignoring the true causes of suffering in Brazilian children</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Once you put all the pieces of this puzzle together, it becomes crystal clear: The Zika virus narrative is a massive quack science hoax that’s being pushed solely to sell more chemicals, more GM mosquitoes, more vaccines and more fumigation of the Brazilian population with deadly substances.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The real cause of microcephaly is being systematically ignored, lending yet more support to the idea that this is all part of the population control agenda to poison the people of Brazil, deliberately reduce their offspring to mutants, increase abortions and demand that women no longer get pregnant.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">All the signs are there, folks. This is the Bill Gates human depopulation agenda in full swing, disguised as a mosquito virus outbreak. It’s no mistake that the larvicide chemicals are being sprayed in the poorest areas of Brazil, targeting those very same populations that are now being told, “Don’t have any more babies!”</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://worldtruth.tv/zika-hoax-exposed-by-south-american-doctors/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ConsciousnessTv+%28Consciousness+TV%29" target="_blank"><b>World Truth</b></a></div>John Smithnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-233918918681553201.post-21901176831600115032016-02-13T10:54:00.002+00:002016-02-13T10:54:31.713+00:0013.2.16 - Einstein's general theory of relativity confirmed: Gravitational waves observed for the first time<script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- alterresponse --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-8563182091184175" data-ad-format="auto" data-ad-slot="4151286994" style="display: block;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/tIPVywA.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://i.imgur.com/tIPVywA.png" height="118" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Gravitational waves, the ripples in the spacetime fabric, were observed for the first time, the scientists confirmed on February 11, 2016. The waves resulted from a cataclysmic event of two black holes merging in the distant universe. Their existence, first predicted in 1915, by Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, has now opened an unprecedented new window in our knowledge of cosmos.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/LIZGioX.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://i.imgur.com/LIZGioX.jpg" height="186" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The gravitational waves were detected on September 14, 2015, at 09:51 UTC, by the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, US. The discovery was made by the <a href="https://www.ligo.caltech.edu/news/ligo20160211" target="_blank">LIGO Scientific Collaboration</a>, which includes the GEO Collaboration and the Australian Consortium for Interferometric Gravitational Astronomy, and the Virgo Collaboration using the data from the two LIGO detectors.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">According to experts, the observed gravitational waves were produced in the final fraction of a second of the merger of two black holes to produce a single, more massive spinning black hole. This collision of two black holes had been predicted but never observed.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The scientists estimated the black holes were about 29 and 36 times the mass of the sun, and the event took place 1.3 billion years ago. About three times the mass of the sun was converted into gravitational waves in only a fraction of the second. A peak power output was about 50 times that of the whole visible universe.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The detector in Livingston recorded the event 7 milliseconds before the detector in Hanford, and by looking at the arrival time of the signals, the source was located in the Southern Hemisphere.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">According to general relativity, a pair of black holes orbiting around each other lose energy through the emission of gravitational waves, causing them to gradually approach each other over billions of years, and then much more quickly in the final minutes.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">During the final fraction of a second, the two black holes collide into each other at nearly one-half the speed of light and form a single more massive black hole, converting a portion of the combined black holes’ mass to energy, according to Einstein’s formula E=mc2. This energy is emitted as a strong final burst of gravitational waves. It is these gravitational waves that LIGO has observed.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Joseph Taylor, Jr., and his colleagues first demonstrated the existence of gravitational waves in the 1970s and 80s. In 1974, Taylor and Russell Hulse discovered a binary system composed of a pulsar orbiting a neutron star.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Taylor and Joel M. Weisberg in 1982 found that the orbit of the pulsar was slowly shrinking over time because of the release of energy in the form of gravitational waves. For discovering the pulsar and showing that it would make possible this particular gravitational wave measurement, Hulse and Taylor were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1993.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The new LIGO discovery is the first observation of gravitational waves themselves, made by measuring the tiny disturbances the waves make to space and time as they pass through the earth.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">"Our observation of gravitational waves accomplishes an ambitious goal set out over 5 decades ago to directly detect this elusive phenomenon and better understand the universe, and, fittingly, fulfills Einstein’s legacy on the 100th anniversary of his general theory of relativity," said Caltech’s David H. Reitze, executive director of the LIGO Laboratory.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">"This detection is the beginning of a new era: The field of gravitational wave astronomy is now a reality," said Gabriela González, LSC spokesperson and professor of physics and astronomy at Louisiana State University.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">"With this discovery, we humans are embarking on a marvelous new quest: the quest to explore the warped side of the universe—objects and phenomena that are made from warped spacetime. Colliding black holes and gravitational waves are our first beautiful examples," said Kip Thorne, Caltech’s Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">At each observatory, the 4-km (2.5 miles) long L-shaped LIGO interferometer uses laser light split into two beams that travel back and forth down the arms (four-foot diameter tubes kept under a near-perfect vacuum). The beams are used to monitor the distance between mirrors precisely positioned at the ends of the arms. According to Einstein’s theory, the distance between the mirrors will change by an infinitesimal amount when a gravitational wave passes by the detector. A change in the lengths of the arms smaller than one ten-thousandth the diameter of a proton (10-19 meter) can be detected.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Independent and widely separated observatories are necessary to determine the direction of the event causing the gravitational waves, and also to verify that the signals come from space and are not from some other local phenomenon.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Toward this end, the LIGO Laboratory is working closely with scientists in India at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, and the Institute for Plasma to establish a third Advanced LIGO detector on the Indian subcontinent. Awaiting approval by the government of India, it could be operational early in the next decade. The additional detector will greatly improve the ability of the global detector network to localize gravitational-wave sources.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">"Hopefully, this first observation will accelerate the construction of a global network of detectors to enable accurate source location in the era of multi-messenger astronomy," said David McClelland, professor of physics and director of the Centre for Gravitational Physics at the Australian National University.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><i><div style="text-align: justify;"><i>Reference:</i></div></i><div style="text-align: justify;">"Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger" - B. P. Abbott et al. (LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration) - Physical Review Letters (2016) - <a href="http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.061102" target="_blank">http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.061102</a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><a href="http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/2016/02/12/einstein-s-general-theory-of-relativity-confirmed-gravitational-waves-observed-for-the-first-time/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+adorraeli%2FtsEq+%28The+Watchers+-+watching+the+world+evolve+and+transform%29" target="_blank">The Watchers</a></b></div>John Smithnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-233918918681553201.post-52311166853258800092016-02-13T10:40:00.000+00:002016-02-13T10:40:42.607+00:0013.2.16 - Samsung warns customers not to discuss personal information in front of smart TVs<script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- alterresponse --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-8563182091184175" data-ad-format="auto" data-ad-slot="4151286994" style="display: block;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/kGTZElt.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://i.imgur.com/kGTZElt.jpg" height="179" width="320" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Samsung has confirmed that its "smart TV" sets are listening to customers' every word, and the company <a href="https://twitter.com/xor/status/564356757007261696/photo/1" target="_blank">is warning customers</a> not to speak about personal information while near the TV sets.<br /><br />The company revealed that the voice activation feature on its smart TVs will capture all nearby conversations. The TV sets can share the information, including sensitive data, with Samsung as well as third-party services.<br /><br />The news comes after <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/05/your-samsung-smarttv-is-spying-on-you-basically.html" target="_blank">Shane Harris at The Daily Beast pointed out</a> a troubling line in Samsung's <a href="https://www.samsung.com/uk/info/privacy-SmartTV.html?CID=AFL-hq-mul-0813-11000170" target="_blank">privacy policy</a>: "Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party."<br /><br />Samsung has now <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31296188" target="_blank">issued a new statement</a> clarifying how the voice activation feature works. "If a consumer consents and uses the voice recognition feature, voice data is provided to a third party during a requested voice command search," Samsung said in a statement. "At that time, the voice data is sent to a server, which searches for the requested content then returns the desired content to the TV."<br /><br />The company added that it does not retain or sell the voice data, and has now&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newsweek.com/samsung-updates-smarttv-policy-names-third-party-collecting-voice-commands-305935" target="_blank">updated its policy</a> and named the third party in question, Nuance Communications, Inc.</span><div><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><b><a href="http://theweek.com/speedreads/538379/samsung-warns-customers-not-discuss-personal-information-front-smart-tvs" target="_blank">The Week</a></b></span></div>John Smithnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-233918918681553201.post-37077650942014470122015-09-18T15:25:00.002+01:002016-02-13T09:31:14.051+00:00Police Shoot Bystander, Mistaking His Cell Phone For Gun During Standoff<script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- alterresponse --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-8563182091184175" data-ad-format="auto" data-ad-slot="4151286994" style="display: block;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/JSYwWMp.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://i.imgur.com/JSYwWMp.jpg" height="320" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">A bystander was shot in the leg then arrested during a SWAT standoff with a man firing an automatic weapon. Police feared the witness was holding a gun, but it turned out to be a cell phone. He was shot while police were arresting the suspect.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br />Daniel Sanchez was standing with his phone outside his garage when police shot at him several times. <br /><br />“He was yelling, ‘Dad I’m shot, I’m shot,’ so I grabbed him inside and closed the garage door. I put a tourniquet around his leg and a clean towel,” his father, John Sanchez, told KCRA. <br /><br />The elder Sanchez pointed out four bullet holes in his garage and several more in his car: “You can see how many shots they did: one, two three, four ‒ shooting at my son with a cell phone. C’mon that’s ridiculous,” he said. <br /><br />“He went right there over to that corner and stood there with his phone, trying to get some pictures,”the father told KOVR. <br /><br />Police swarmed into the Sanchez’s neighborhood after they received a phone call around 2:15 p.m. local time that a man was terrorizing a California neighborhood with what may have been an AK-47 rifle. The man fired round after round at a neighbor’s home, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department said.<br /><br />“The initial call states that a guy was outside just shooting a machine gun off,” Sergeant Jason Ramos told KOVR. “Not at any particular person, but just shooting a machine gun off outside of a house.”<br /><br />When police arrived, the man ‒ later identified as 62-year-old Ben Ledford ‒ was still shooting, leading to a standoff. Ledford then capitulated to the SWAT team and was taken into custody. <br /><br />“He came out threw an automatic weapon on the ground and surrendered to us,” Ramos told KTXL. <br /><br />It was then that two officers noticed Danny Sanchez go out to the edge of the garage of a neighboring home. Sanchez extended his arm with an object in it that they believed was a handgun, Ramos said. When they asked Sanchez to drop his weapon, he refused. Officers fired several shots at him.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br />“He was right here,” John Sanchez told KOVR, gesturing to his garage, “and I think he stepped out to look, and that’s when he got shot. They got [the bullet holes] marked off; they went right through the paneling and hit my car and they kept going and went out the other side of the wall.” <br /><br />His son was hit in the leg. <br /><br />Ramos said that officers arrived to a chaotic scene.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br />“It took us some time to figure out exactly who had what role in this incident,” Ramos told KOVR. “[Sanchez] found himself in the midst of things and some of his actions were perceived to be threatening to law-enforcement officers.” <br /><br />Police arrested Danny Sanchez and another neighbor. They also searched the Sanchez home.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br />No charges were filed against the injured man, who had surgery on Friday to remove bullet fragments from his leg, John Sanchez told KCRA. <br /><br />The officers have been placed on paid administrative leave.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br />“They told [Danny] they were sorry that he got shot and everything, that they made a mistake,”Sanchez told KOVR. <br /><br />Along with the automatic weapon he used, police recovered 45 other guns from Ledford’s home, the sheriff’s department told RT. <br /><br />Officers also found a deceased dog inside a residence across the street, which Ramos said appears to have been the suspect’s primary target, the Sacramento Bee reported. <br /><br />Neighbor Maria Selgado told KTXL that Ledford has had issues with a number of residents: “Moved in a couple years ago since then it’s not been the most comfortable situation.” <br /><br />Multiple area schools were placed on lockdown during the standoff, KTXL reported. <br /><br />Ledford is being held with bail set at $1 million. He was charged with assault with a machine gun, discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner, stalking and cruelty to animals, police said.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><a href="http://www.thesleuthjournal.com/police-shoot-bystander-mistaking-his-cell-phone-for-gun-during-standoff/" target="_blank">The Sleuth Journal</a></b></div>John Smithnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-233918918681553201.post-78463532019039818902015-09-18T15:05:00.002+01:002015-09-18T15:05:58.772+01:00This New Technology Converts Sea Water Into Drinking Water In Minutes<div style="margin-top: -25px; padding-bottom: 10px;"><script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- alterresponse --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-8563182091184175" data-ad-format="auto" data-ad-slot="4151286994" style="display: block;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/7FiQgIj.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://i.imgur.com/7FiQgIj.jpg" height="480" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Water is an essential to any human being on this planet, while having clean water is unfortunately not something we all have access to. But a new invention developed by a team of researchers at Alexandria University in Egypt could change that. <br /><br />The technology uses a desalination technique called pervaporation. Salt is removed from sea water using specifically designed synthetic membranes which filter out large salt particles and impurities so they can be evaporated away. The remaining salt is heated, vapourised, and condensed back into clean water. <br /> In developing countries, spending time and money on water filtration is important, but there aren’t always enough resources to properly explore the field. So when it comes to water cleaning in those countries, it’s important for technology to be affordable and easily replicable. Thankfully, the membranes involved in this new invention can be made in any lab using cheap materials that are available locally. More importantly, the vaporisation part of the process doesn’t require any electricity, making this method of water cleansing cheap and suitable for areas with no power supply. <br /><br />Excitingly, researchers have discovered another cool feature of this technique – not only does it filter out salt, it is capable of removing sewage and dirt as well. The breakthrough research was published in the journal <a href="http://www.iwaponline.com/wst/07205/wst072050785.htm" target="_blank">Water Science and Technology.</a><br /><br /><i>“The technology implemented in the study is much better than reverse osmosis, the technology currently used in Egypt and most of the countries in the Middle East and North Africa,” Helmy El-Zanfaly, a professor of water contamination at Egypt’s National Research Centre, <a href="http://www.scidev.net/global/water/news/egyptian-filters-seawater-environment.html" target="_blank">told Scidev.net</a>. “It can effectively desalinate water with high concentration of salt like that of the Red Sea, where desalination costs more and yields less.” </i><br /><br />Good news all around, but this prooduct is far from ready for consumer use. While the development is exciting and can certainly make a huge impact in years to come, a lot of work still needs to be done. The theories have been proven effective but large scale demonstration still needs to be done and an action plan for dealing with the waste also needs to be established.</div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><a href="http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/09/17/this-new-technology-converts-sea-water-into-drinking-water-in-minutes/" target="_blank">Collective Evolution</a></b> </div>John Smithnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-233918918681553201.post-2830282455617955972015-09-18T14:57:00.003+01:002015-09-18T15:06:16.019+01:00Is This Giant Mutant Wolffish A Result Of The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster?<div style="margin-top: -25px; padding-bottom: 10px;"><script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- alterresponse --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-8563182091184175" data-ad-format="auto" data-ad-slot="4151286994" style="display: block;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/BxXiPsV.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://i.imgur.com/BxXiPsV.png" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><em>Twitter/hirahiroro</em></td></tr></tbody></table><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">A Japanese fisherman has reeled in a HUGE wolffish - and it has raised concerns about the effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. <br /><br />The giant specimen was caught by Hiroshi Hirasaka off the island of Hokkaido, close to eastern Russia, and is one of the largest wolffish ever discovered. <br /><br />The species usual only grow to around 112 cm and weigh 15kg - but the one found lurking beneath the Pacific Ocean was a staggering two metres long. <br /><br />That is around TWICE the usual size - and its gaping mouth is large enough to fit a small child inside. <br /><br />Fortunately these fish only eat crabs and molluscs but the sight of one of these in the water is enough to terrify any swimmer.<br /><br />In fact, this wolffish may be eaten itself by Hirasaka - who posted the photos on <a href="https://uk.news.yahoo.com/twitter/">Twitter</a>. <br /><br />He travels the world to eat strange creatures and has even written a book called ‘Exotic Fish Species: I Caught, Judged and Tried Eating’. <br /><br />He wrote about his latest catch: “It was worth flying to Shiretoko [Hokkaido] twice within three months. This guy is super cool!” <br /><br />However, there are now concerns that the mutant wolffish is a result of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. <br /><br />Three of the Fukushima’s six nuclear reactors went into meltdown in 2011 when the plant was hit by a tsunami - the result of a huge earthquake.</div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><a href="https://uk.news.yahoo.com/giant-mutant-wolffish-result-fukushima-085505214.html#qoyZ8CT" target="_blank">Yahoo</a></b></div>John Smithnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-233918918681553201.post-38909153671159435482015-09-17T10:41:00.002+01:002015-09-17T10:41:26.494+01:00Cali. to Label Main Ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup as Cancer Risk<div style="margin-top: -25px; padding-bottom: 10px;"><script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- alterresponse --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-8563182091184175" data-ad-format="auto" data-ad-slot="4151286994" style="display: block;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/edMU4YT.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://i.imgur.com/edMU4YT.jpg" height="360" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">California just dealt Monsanto a blow as the state’s Environmental Protection Agency will now list glyphosate — the toxic main ingredient in the U.S.’ best-selling weedkiller, Roundup — as known to cause cancer.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 — usually referred to as <a href="http://oehha.ca.gov/prop65.html" target="_blank">Proposition 65</a>, its original name — chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm are required to be listed and published by the state. Chemicals also end up on the list if found to be carcinogenic by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) — a branch of the World Health Organization.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">In March, the IARC released a <a href="http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lanonc/PIIS1470-2045%2815%2970134-8.pdf" target="_blank">report</a> that found glyphosate to be a “probable carcinogen.”</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Besides the “convincing evidence”the herbicide can cause cancer in lab animals, the report also found:</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><i><div style="text-align: justify;"><i>“Case-control studies of occupational exposure in the U.S.A., Canada, and Sweden reported increased risk for non-Hodgkin lymphoma that persisted after adjustments to other pesticides.”</i></div></i><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">California’s decision to place glyphosate on the toxic chemicals list is the first of its kind. As Dr. Nathan Donley of the Center for Biological Diversity <a href="https://ecowatch.com/2015/09/08/california-becomes-first-state-to-label-monsantos-roundup-as-a-carcinogen/" target="_blank">said in an email</a> to Ecowatch, “As far as I’m aware, this is the first regulatory agency within the U.S. to determine that glyphosate is a carcinogen. So this is a very big deal.”</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Now that California EPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has filed its “<a href="http://oehha.ca.gov/prop65/CRNR_notices/admin_listing/intent_to_list/090415LCset27.html" target="_blank">notice of intent to list</a>” glyphosate as a known cancer agent, the public will have until October 5th to comment. There are no restrictions on sales or use associated with the listing.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Monsanto was seemingly baffled by the decision to place cancer-causing glyphosate on the state’s list of nearly 800 toxic chemicals. Spokesperson for the massive company, Charla Lord, <a href="http://www.agri-pulse.com/California-agency-issues-intent-to-list-glyphosate-as-carcinogen-09042015.asp" target="_blank">told Agri-Pulse</a> that <i>“glyphosate is an effective and valuable tool for farmers and other users, including many in the state of California. During the upcoming comment period, we will provide detailed scientific information to OEHHA about the safety of glyphosate and work to ensure that any potential listing will not affect glyphosate use or sales in California.”</i></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Roundup is sprayed on crops around the world, particularly with Monsanto’s Roundup-Ready varieties — genetically engineered to tolerate large doses of the herbicide to facilitate blanket application without harming crops. <a href="http://ecowatch.com/2015/01/23/health-problems-linked-to-monsanto-roundup/" target="_blank">Controversy</a> has surrounded this practice for years — especially since it was found farmers increased use of Roundup, rather than lessened it, as Monsanto had claimed.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Less than a week after the WHO issued its report naming glyphosate carcinogenic, Monsanto <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/24/us-monsanto-herbicide-idUSKBN0MK2GF20150324" target="_blank">called for a retraction</a>&nbsp;— and still maintains that Roundup is safe when used as directed.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">On Thursday, an appeals court in Lyon, France, <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/10/france-monsanto-court-idUSL5N11G3GH20150910" target="_blank">upheld a 2012 ruling</a> in favor of farmer Paul Francois, who claimed he had been chemically poisoned and suffered neurological damage after inhaling Monsanto’s weedkiller, Lasso. Not surprisingly, the agrichemical giant plans to take its appeal to the highest court in France.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">It’s still too early to tell whether other states will follow California’s lead.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://pontiactribune.com/monsanto-roundup-ingredient-cancer-risk/" target="_blank"><b>Pontiac Tribune</b></a></div>John Smithnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-233918918681553201.post-28178624673651118652015-09-17T10:31:00.000+01:002015-09-17T10:31:36.413+01:00NASA’s Curiosity Rover finds another huge Pyramid on Mars<div style="margin-top: -25px; padding-bottom: 10px;"><script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- alterresponse --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-8563182091184175" data-ad-format="auto" data-ad-slot="4151286994" style="display: block;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/XDhAEVa.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://i.imgur.com/XDhAEVa.png" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">It seems that Mars has more to offer than we initially believed. According to UFO hunters and ufologists, Mars is filled with surprises and NASA hasn’t been very honest about everything they have found on the surface of the red planet.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">In one of the images beamed back by NASA’s very own Alien robot, a couple of months ago, researchers claimed to have found a pyramid half buried in the Martian soil. A huge debate was initiated among people in social media whether the ‘structure’ Curiosity had found was an actual pyramid.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Check out the RAW image from NASA by visiting <a href="http://marsmobile.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/raw/?s=#/?slide=1104" target="_blank">this link</a>.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Now, another image has surfaced the internet showing what appears to be ‘another’ pyramid located on Mars. While there are many people who remain skeptical about the fact that Mars was inhabited in the distant past and that this is just another coincidental rock formation of the red planet there are others who believe that it is very possible that the red planet was inhabited by intelligent beings in the distant past and that the geometry of the structure suggests it is an artificially created construction and is not, in any way Pareidolia or tricks of light and shadow.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">People who have looked at the image say that the angles and lines of the pyramid are believed to be a telltale sign that differentiates a natural formation from a manmade one.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">If you look at the surrounding landscape where the ‘new’ Martian pyramid was found, you will notice that there are no similar pyramidal-shaped formations anywhere in the vicinity. Does this mean it has to be an artificial pyramid? Not according to geologists.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The newly found pyramid on MArs has raised yet another set of questions which researchers are unable to answer. What if this “newly discovered” pyramid is the crucial piece of evidence that has been missing all along? What if this isn’t a natural formation as many suggest… Is it possible that the Pyramid is in fact the product of extraterrestrial civilizations on the red planet in the distant past? Many suggest that the evidence of intelligent life on the red planet has been abundant, yet we all have decided to ignore it for some reason.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Interestingly, Dr John Brandenburg believes that an old Martian civilization was wiped from the face of Mars in the distant past. Dr John Brandenburg has a PhD in Theoretical Plasma Physics from the University of California and he is currently working as a plasma physicist at Orbital Technologies in Madison Wisconsin.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">What if… the ‘structures’ that have been identified in the images beamed back by NASA’s rovers are in fact the remains of a once great Martian civilization that was destroyed as Dr Brandenburg suggests?</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">According to Dr Brandenburg, ancient Martians known as Cydonians and Utopians were massacred in the giant nuclear attack – and evidence of the genocide can still be seen today. Ufologists completely agree with Dr Brandenburg and suggest that there are countless pieces of evidence scattered across the MArtian surface which point to the existence of a once great Martian civilization.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.ancient-code.com/nasas-curiosity-rover-finds-another-huge-pyramid-on-mars/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ancient-code%2Ffeednow+%28Ancient+Code%29" target="_blank"><b>Ancient Code</b></a></div>John Smithnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-233918918681553201.post-77863739428444375522015-09-17T10:20:00.000+01:002015-09-17T10:20:59.307+01:00Psy-Op: Executive Order Creates An Orwellian Policy Of Enlightenment And Propaganda<div style="margin-top: -25px; padding-bottom: 10px;"><script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- alterresponse --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-8563182091184175" data-ad-format="auto" data-ad-slot="4151286994" style="display: block;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/W9jWGn2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://i.imgur.com/W9jWGn2.png" height="193" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The ink is still wet on a brand new executive order that reads like a cross between the Reich’s <a href="http://amzn.to/1LyaM5k" target="_blank">Ministry of Enlightenment and Propaganda</a> and George Orwell’s <a href="http://amzn.to/1LyaATD" target="_blank">Ministry of Truth</a>.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Of course, in true propagandist form, President Obama isn’t calling it anything related to Nazi Germany or a dystopian novel. He’s calling it “Using Behavioral Science Insights to Better Serve the American People.”</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">To-may-to. To-mah-to.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Whatever you want to call it, prepare to be the subject of manipulation and behavioral experiments. This is a giant, official national psy-op and they’re announcing to us that they’re doing it.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><b><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><a href="http://amzn.to/1MbQQYO" target="_blank">What’s a Psy-Op</a>?</b></div></b><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><i><div style="text-align: justify;"><i>Psychological Operations or PSYOP are planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of organizations, groups, and individuals. (<a href="http://www.psywarrior.com/psyhist.html" target="_blank">source</a>)</i></div></i><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">(You can learn more about the use of Psy-Ops in this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Psyop-Military-Psychological-Operations-Manual/dp/0557052564/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1442417476&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=psyop" target="_blank">US Army procedural manual</a>.)</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The beginning of <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/09/15/executive-order-using-behavioral-science-insights-better-serve-american" target="_blank">the Executive Order</a> explains:</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><i><div style="text-align: justify;"><i>A growing body of evidence demonstrates that behavioral science insights — research findings from fields such as behavioral economics and psychology about how people make decisions and act on them — can be used to design government policies to better serve the American people.</i></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><i>Where Federal policies have been designed to reflect behavioral science insights, they have substantially improved outcomes for the individuals, families, communities, and businesses those policies serve. For example, automatic enrollment and automatic escalation in retirement savings plans have made it easier to save for the future, and have helped Americans accumulate billions of dollars in additional retirement savings. Similarly, streamlining the application process for Federal financial aid has made college more financially accessible for millions of students.</i></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><i>To more fully realize the benefits of behavioral insights and deliver better results at a lower cost for the American people, the Federal Government should design its policies and programs to reflect our best understanding of how people engage with, participate in, use, and respond to those policies and programs. By improving the effectiveness and efficiency of Government, behavioral science insights can support a range of national priorities, including helping workers to find better jobs; enabling Americans to lead longer, healthier lives; improving access to educational opportunities and support for success in school; and accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy.</i></div></i><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Oh my gosh. It’s going to change our lives. Everything will be wonderful now. We’ll all line up in an orderly fashion, follow the policies that were created for our own good, and be a happy, healthy, well-behaved population.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">And if they do it right, most people will think it’s their own idea to do whatever the government wants them to.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>Prepare to be “nudged”</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">It’s based on the principles explained in a book called <a href="http://amzn.to/1MbGwQx" target="_blank">Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness</a>. (It’s interesting to note that Cass Sunstein, a former administrator of Obama’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, is the co-author of this book.)&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">What’s a nudge, exactly? A nudge means that the government will make something that they want to occur the default action. You might still be able to opt out by jumping through all sorts of hoops, but it will take more effort on your part. They’ll make their options seem like the correct ones that everyone else is doing. They’ll use semantics. Instead of calling Obamacare a “tax,” they call it a “penalty” if you refuse to sign up.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">For example, they might make people think it’s their own idea to be afraid of guns, to want to be vaccinated, and to restrict the use of utilities for the greater good. If you think there’s a lack of critical thinking now, just wait.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">This is mind control, made cute and fluffy.</div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>Manipulation is now the official policy of the US Government</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">We’ve known for quite some time that the media manipulates us. Now, it’s officially the policy of the American government to psychologically manipulate us. If you were distrustful of what you saw on the news before, you can go ahead and ramp that up by about 539 kabillion times. The desired ideologies will be reinforced by media, entertainment, popular culture, and the government.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>We’ll be the subjects of psychological experiments without consent</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">What’s more, they’ll be experimenting on us without our consent. Whether we sign up for it or not, we’ll all be a part of a giant mind control experiment. Remember how mad everyone was when it was announced that <a href="http://www.naturalnews.com/045892_Facebook_mind_games_social_experiments.html">Facebook had been secretly experimenting with manipulating users</a> by showing people certain things in their timeline to affect their moods? Expect this from every possible direction now, because it’s official policy.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">According to <a href="http://dailycaller.com/2015/09/15/president-obama-orders-behavioral-experiments-on-american-public/">The Daily Caller</a>, a “fact sheet sent out by the White House on Tuesday shows that researchers at numerous universities and think tanks — from MIT, Harvard, and the Brookings Institute, to name a few — have signed on to the program.”</div></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><b><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>The groundwork was laid in 2013</b></div></b><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">But this isn’t new. Back in 2013, <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/07/30/govt-knows-best-white-house-creates-nudge-squad-to-shape-behavior/">Fox News reported</a> that the White House had created a “nudge squad,” or more officially, a “Behavioral Insights Team” to influence the actions and opinions of the American people. From the 2013 <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/interactive/2013/07/30/behavioral-insights-team-document/">White House document</a> seeking behavioral scientists to implement the plan, this is based on a similar program in the UK:</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">A growing body of evidence suggests that insights from the social and behavioral sciences can beused to help design public policies that work better, cost less, and help people to achieve their goals. The practice of using behavioral insights to inform policy has seen success overseas. In 2010, UK Prime Minister David Cameron commissioned the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), which through a process of rapid, iterative experimentation (“Test, Learn, Adapt”), has successfully identified and tested interventions that will further advance priorities of the British government, while saving the governmentat least £1 billion within the next five years (see previous Annual Reports 2010-11 and2011-12).</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The federal government is currently creating a new team that will help build federal capacity toexperiment with these approaches, and to scale behavioral interventions that have been rigorously evaluated, using, where possible, randomized controlled trials.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Awesome.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Pretty soon, I figure you can expect a calm soothing voice to begin speaking through your walls to tell you what your opinion is.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Make no mistake: this is a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Psyop-Military-Psychological-Operations-Manual/dp/0557052564/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1442417476&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=psyop">psy-op</a> and we are the targets.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://amzn.to/1ihhhSB">Orwell’s nightmare is becoming our reality</a>. We’re officially living in a dystopian novel where mind control and manipulation are the official policies.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">References:</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/09/15/executive-order-using-behavioral-science-insights-better-serve-american">Executive Order — Using Behavioral Science Insights to Better Serve the American People</a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/interactive/2013/07/30/behavioral-insights-team-document/">Behavioral Insights Team Document</a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Psyop-Military-Psychological-Operations-Manual/dp/0557052564/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1442417476&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=psyop">Military Psychological Operations Manual</a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://amzn.to/1MbGwQx">Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness</a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.naturalnews.com/045892_Facebook_mind_games_social_experiments.html#ixzz3lv8uWOxz">Facebook ran covert mind games experiment on its own users</a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/1984-George-Orwell/dp/1405862416/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1442417319&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=1984&amp;linkCode=sl1&amp;tag=corgov-20&amp;linkId=97ca6470943aab71c6102372dbfe791c">1984</a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Third-Reich-Politics-Propaganda/dp/0415275083/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1442417404&amp;sr=1-5&amp;keywords=ministry+of+enlightenment+and+propaganda&amp;linkCode=sl1&amp;tag=corgov-20&amp;linkId=d1b19fb941b8d6e2279ee4b2424ad4bc">The Third Reich: Politics and Propaganda</a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/07/30/govt-knows-best-white-house-creates-nudge-squad-to-shape-behavior/">Gov’t Knows Best? White House creates ‘nudge squad’ to shape behavior</a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.psywarrior.com/psyhist.html"></a><a href="http://www.psywarrior.com/psyhist.html">History of PSYOP</a></div></div></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.activistpost.com/2015/09/psy-op-executive-order-creates-an-orwellian-policy-of-enlightenment-and-propaganda.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ActivistPost+%28Activist+Post%29" target="_blank"><b>Activist Post</b></a></div>John Smithnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-233918918681553201.post-26033269648098926162015-09-16T12:29:00.002+01:002015-09-16T12:29:58.455+01:00Public School Students Are the New Inmates in the American Police State<div style="margin-top: -25px; padding-bottom: 10px;"><script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- alterresponse --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-8563182091184175" data-ad-format="auto" data-ad-slot="4151286994" style="display: block;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/Ct4elcP.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://i.imgur.com/Ct4elcP.jpg" height="205" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;">“Every day in communities across the United States, children and adolescents spend the majority of their waking hours in schools that have increasingly come to resemble places of detention more than places of learning. From metal detectors to drug tests, from increased policing to all-seeing electronic surveillance, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/184467407X?creativeASIN=184467407X&amp;linkCode=w01&amp;linkId=BKMDFBCMKLXXNQYL&amp;ref_=as_sl_pc_ss_til&amp;tag=informati049d-20" target="_blank">the public schools of the twenty-first century reflect a society that has become fixated on crime, security and violence</a>.”—<b> </b>Investigative journalist Annette Fuentes<br /> <br /> In the American police state, you’re either a prisoner (shackled, controlled, monitored, ordered about, limited in what you can do and say, your life not your own) or a prison bureaucrat (police officer, judge, jailer, spy, profiteer, etc.).<br /> <br /> Indeed, at a time when we are all viewed as suspects, there are so many ways in which a person can be branded a criminal for violating any number of laws, regulations or policies. Even if you haven’t knowingly violated any laws, there is still a myriad of ways in which you can run afoul of the police state and end up on the wrong side of a jail cell.<br /> <br /> Unfortunately, when you’re a child in the American police state, life is that much worse.<br /> <br /> Microcosms of the police state, America’s public schools contain almost every aspect of the militarized, intolerant, senseless, overcriminalized, legalistic, surveillance-riddled, totalitarian landscape that plagues those of us on the “outside.”<br /> <br /> From the moment a child enters <a href="https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=84" target="_blank">one of the nation’s 98,000 public schools</a> to the moment she graduates, she will be exposed to a steady diet of draconian zero tolerance policies that criminalize childish behavior, overreaching anti-bullying statutes that criminalize speech, school resource officers (police) tasked with disciplining and/or arresting so-called “disorderly” students, standardized testing that emphasizes rote answers over critical thinking, politically correct mindsets that teach young people to censor themselves and those around them, and extensive biometric and surveillance systems that, coupled with the rest, acclimate young people to a world in which they have no freedom of thought, speech or movement.<br /> <br /> If your child is fortunate enough to survive his encounter with the public schools, you should count yourself fortunate.<br /> <br /> Most students are not so lucky.<br /> <br /> By the time the average young person in America finishes their public school education, nearly <a href="http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2011-12-19/youth-arrests-increase/52055700/1" target="_blank">one out of every three of them will have been arrested</a>.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/student-suspension-maps_55afb813e4b0a9b948532e18" target="_blank">More than 3 million students are suspended or expelled from schools every year</a>, often for <a href="http://www.dignityinschools.org/files/Pushout_Fact_Sheet.pdf">minor misbehavior</a>, such as “disruptive behavior” or “insubordination.” Black students are <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/student-suspension-maps_55afb813e4b0a9b948532e18" target="_blank">three times more likely</a> than white students to face suspension and expulsion.<br /> <br /> For instance, a Virginia sixth grader, the son of two school teachers and a member of the school’s gifted program, was suspended for a year after school officials found a leaf (likely a maple leaf) in his backpack that they suspected was marijuana. Despite the fact that <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/16/virginia-school-suspends-an-11-year-old-for-one-year-over-a-leaf-that-wasnt-marijuana/" target="_blank">the leaf in question was not marijuana</a> (a fact that officials knew almost immediately), the 11-year-old was still kicked out of school, charged with marijuana possession in juvenile court, enrolled in an alternative school away from his friends, subjected to twice-daily searches for drugs, and forced to be evaluated for substance abuse problems.<br /> <br /> As the Washington Post <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/16/virginia-school-suspends-an-11-year-old-for-one-year-over-a-leaf-that-wasnt-marijuana/" target="_blank">warns</a>: “It doesn’t matter if your son or daughter brings a real pot leaf to school, or if he brings something that looks like a pot leaf—okra, tomato, maple, buckeye, etc. If your kid calls it marijuana as a joke, or if another kid thinks it might be marijuana, that's grounds for expulsion.”<br /> <br /> Many state laws require that schools notify law enforcement whenever a student is found with an “imitation controlled substance,” basically anything that look likes a drug but isn’t actually illegal. As a result, students have been suspended for bringing to school household spices such as <a href="http://www.abc2news.com/homepage-showcase/middle-school-students-busted-for-bringing-fake-drugs-to-school" target="_blank">oregano</a>, <a href="https://reason.com/archives/1998/01/01/brickbats" target="_blank">breath mints</a>, birth control <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/04/AR2009040402591.html" target="_blank">pills</a> and <a href="http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1576762/posts" target="_blank">powdered sugar</a>.<br /> <br /> It’s not just look-alike drugs that can get a student in trouble under school zero tolerance policies. Look-alike weapons (toy guns—even Lego-sized ones, hand-drawn pictures of guns, <a href="https://reason.com/blog/2014/12/29/the-top-10-zero-tolerance-follies-of-201#.vgodno:K7nn" target="_blank">pencils twirled</a> in a “threatening” manner, imaginary bows and arrows, even fingers positioned like guns) can also land a student in detention.<br /> <br /> Acts of kindness, concern or basic manners can also result in suspensions. One 13-year-old was given detention for exposing the school to “liability” by <a href="https://reason.com/blog/2014/12/29/the-top-10-zero-tolerance-follies-of-201#.vgodno:K7nn">sharing his lunch</a> with a hungry friend. A third grader was <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/colorado-girl-shaves-head-for-pal-with-cancer-temporarily-suspended/" target="_blank">suspended for shaving her head</a> in sympathy for a friend who had lost her hair to chemotherapy. And then there was the high school senior who was <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/08/20/student-punished-for-saying-bless.html" target="_blank">suspended for saying “bless you”</a> after a fellow classmate sneezed.<br /> <br /> Unfortunately, while these may appear to be isolated incidents, they are indicative of a nationwide phenomenon in which children are treated like suspects and criminals, especially within the public schools.<br /> <br /> The schools have become a microcosm of the American police state, right down to the host of surveillance technologies, including video cameras, finger and palm scanners, iris scanners, as well as RFID and GPS tracking devices, employed to keep constant watch over their student bodies.<br /> <br /> Making matters worse are the police.<br /> <br /> Students accused of being disorderly or noncompliant have a difficult enough time navigating the bureaucracy of school boards, but when you bring the police into the picture, after-school detention and visits to the principal’s office are transformed into punishments such as misdemeanor tickets, juvenile court, handcuffs, tasers and even prison terms.<br /> <br /> In the absence of school-appropriate guidelines, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/02/birmingham-school-police-trial-splc" target="_blank">police are more and more “stepping in to deal with minor rulebreaking</a>—sagging pants, disrespectful comments, brief physical skirmishes. What previously might have resulted in a detention or a visit to the principal’s office was replaced with excruciating pain and temporary blindness, often followed by a trip to the courthouse.”<br /> <br /> Thanks to a combination of media hype, political pandering and financial incentives, the use of armed police officers to patrol school hallways has risen dramatically in the years since the Columbine school shooting (<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/02/birmingham-school-police-trial-splc" target="_blank">nearly 20,000 by 2003</a>). Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, these school resource officers (SROs) have become de facto wardens in the elementary, middle and high schools, doling out their own brand of justice to the so-called “criminals” in their midst with the help of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/05/police-school-resource-officers-k-12-misconduct-violence" target="_blank">tasers, pepperspray, batons and brute force</a>.<br /> <br /> The horror stories are legion.<br /> <br /> One SRO is accused of punching a 13-year-old student in the face <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/05/police-school-resource-officers-k-12-misconduct-violence">for cutting the cafeteria line</a>. That <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/05/police-school-resource-officers-k-12-misconduct-violence">same cop put another student in a chokehold</a> a week later, allegedly knocking the student unconscious and causing a brain injury. In Pennsylvania, a student was tased after <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2009/09/recipe-disaster-school-cops-are-being-armed-50000-volt-tasers">ignoring an order to put his cell phone away</a>.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/02/birmingham-school-police-trial-splc">Defending the use of handcuffs and pepper spray to subdue students</a>, one Alabama police department reasoned that if they can employ such tactics on young people away from school, they should also be permitted to do so on campus.<br /> <br /> Now advocates for such harsh police tactics and weaponry will tell you that school safety should be our first priority lest we find ourselves with another Sandy Hook. What they will not tell you is that such shootings are <a href="http://spectator.org/articles/59521/there-really-epidemic-mass-shootings">rare</a>. As one congressional report found, the schools are, generally speaking, <a href="https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43126.pdf">safe places for children</a>.<br /> <br /> In their zeal to crack down on guns and lock down the schools, these cheerleaders for police state tactics in the schools might also fail to mention the lucrative, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2009/09/recipe-disaster-school-cops-are-being-armed-50000-volt-tasers">multi-million dollar deals</a> being cut with military contractors such as Taser International to equip these school cops with tasers, tanks, rifles and <a href="https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20141112/07011929117/selling-fear-first-us-school-installs-shooting-detection-system.shtml">$100,000 shooting detection systems</a>.<br /> <br /> Indeed, the transformation of hometown police departments into extensions of the military has been mirrored in the public schools, where <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/federal-program-supplies-surplus-military-gear-to-schools-1410884584">school police have been gifted with high-powered M16 rifles, MRAP armored vehicles, grenade launchers</a>, and other military gear. One Texas school district even boasts its own 12-member <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/federal-program-supplies-surplus-military-gear-to-schools-1410884584">SWAT</a> team.<br /> <br /> According to one <a href="http://media.law.uark.edu/arklawreview/2015/05/15/militarization-of-school-police-one-route-on-the-school-to-prison-pipeline/">law review article</a> on the school-to-prison pipeline, “Many school districts have formed their own police departments, some so large they rival the forces of major United States cities in size. For example, the safety division in New York City’s public schools is so large that if it were a local police department, it would be the fifth-largest police force in the country.”<br /> <br /> The ramifications are far-reaching.<br /> <br /> The term “school-to-prison pipeline” refers to a phenomenon in which children who are suspended or expelled from school have a greater likelihood of ending up in jail. One study found that “being suspended or expelled made a student nearly <a href="http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/01/30/are-school-resource-officers-part-of-the-school-to-prison-pipeline-problem">three times more likely</a> to come into contact with the juvenile justice system within the next year.”<br /> <br /> Not content to add police to their employee rosters, the schools have also come to resemble prisons, complete with surveillance cameras, metal detectors, drug-sniffing dogs, random locker searches and active shooter drills. The Detroit public schools boast a “‘$5.6 million 23,000-sq ft. state of the art Command Center’ and ‘$41.7 million district-wide security initiative’ including metal detectors and ID system where visitors’ <a href="http://townhall.com/columnists/caseygiven/2014/09/15/draft-n1891072/page/full">names are checked against the sex offender registry</a>.”<br /> <br /> As if it weren’t bad enough that the nation’s schools have come to resemble prisons, the government is also contracting with private prisons to <a href="http://neatoday.org/2015/01/05/school-prison-pipeline-time-shut/">lock up our young people for behavior that once would have merited a stern lecture</a>. Nearly 40 percent of those young people who are arrested will serve time in a private prison, where the emphasis is on making profits for large megacorporations above all else.<br /> <br /> Private prisons, the largest among them being GEO and the Corrections Corporation of America, profit by taking over a state’s prison population for a fee. Many states, under contract with these private prisons, <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/04/28/how-for-profit-prisons-have-become-the-biggest-lobby-no-one-is-talking-about/">agree to keep the prisons full</a>, which in turn results in more Americans being arrested, found guilty and jailed for nonviolent “crimes” such as holding Bible studies in their back yard. As the Washington Post points out, “With the growing influence of the prison lobby, the nation is, in effect, commoditizing human bodies for an industry in militant pursuit of profit… The influence of private prisons creates a <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/04/28/how-for-profit-prisons-have-become-the-biggest-lobby-no-one-is-talking-about/">system that trades money for human freedom</a>, often at the expense of the nation’s most vulnerable populations: children, immigrants and the poor.”<br /> <br /> This profit-driven system of incarceration has also given rise to a growth in juvenile prisons and financial incentives for jailing young people. Indeed, young people have become easy targets for the private prison industry, which profits from criminalizing childish behavior and jailing young people. For instance, two Pennsylvania judges made headlines when it was revealed that they had been conspiring with two businessmen in a $2.6 million “kids for cash” scandal that resulted in <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/pennsylvania-seeks-close-books-kids-cash-scandal-n408666">more than 2500 children being found guilty and jailed in for-profit private prisons</a>.<br /> <br /> It has been said that America’s schools are the training ground for future generations. Instead of raising up a generation of freedom fighters, however, we seem to be busy churning out newly minted citizens of the American police state who are being taught the hard way what it means to comply, fear and march in lockstep with the government’s dictates.<br /> <br /> As I point out in my book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1590793099?creativeASIN=1590793099&amp;linkCode=w01&amp;linkId=UR2KAZLSN7IWWC7R&amp;ref_=as_sl_pc_ss_til&amp;tag=informati049d-20">Battlefield America: The War on the American People</a>, with every school police raid and overzealous punishment that is carried out in the name of school safety, the lesson being imparted is that Americans—especially young people—have no rights at all against the state or the police.<br /> <br /> I’ll conclude with one hopeful anecdote about a Philadelphia school dubbed the “Jones Jail” because of its bad reputation for violence among the student body. Situated in a desperately poor and dangerous part of the city, the John Paul Jones Middle School’s student body had grown up among drug users, drug peddlers, prostitutes and gun violence. “By middle school,” <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/07/a-philadelphia-schools-big-bet-on-nonviolence/277893/">reports</a> The Atlantic, most of these students “have witnessed more violence than most Americans who didn't serve in a war ever will.”<br /> <br /> According to investigative reporters Jeff Deeney, “School police officers patrolled the building at John Paul Jones, and <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/07/a-philadelphia-schools-big-bet-on-nonviolence/277893/">children were routinely submitted to scans</a> with metal detecting wands. All the windows were covered in metal grating and one room that held computers even had thick iron prison bars on its exterior… Every day… [police] would set up a perimeter of police officers on the blocks around the school, and those police were there to protect neighbors from the children, not to protect the children from the neighborhood.”<br /> <br /> In other words, John Paul Jones, one of the city’s most dangerous schools, was a perfect example of the school-to-prison, police state apparatus at work among the nation’s youngest and most impressionable citizens.<br /> <br /> When management of John Paul Jones was taken over by a charter school that opted to de-escalate the police state presence, stripping away the metal detectors and barred windows, local police protested. In fact, <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/07/a-philadelphia-schools-big-bet-on-nonviolence/277893/">they showed up wearing Kevlar vests</a>. Nevertheless, school officials remained determined to do away with institutional control and surveillance, as well as aggressive security guards, and focus on noncoercive, nonviolent conflict resolution with an emphasis on student empowerment, relationship building and anger management.<br /> <br /> The result: <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/07/a-philadelphia-schools-big-bet-on-nonviolence/277893/">a 90% drop in serious incidents</a>—drug sales, weapons, assaults, rapes—in one year alone. As one fifth-grader remarked on the changes, “There are no more fights. There are no more police. That's better for the community.”<br /> <br /> The lesson for the rest of us is this: you not only get what you pay for, but you reap what you sow.<br /> <br /> If you want a nation of criminals, treat the citizenry like criminals.<br /> <br /> If you want young people who grow up seeing themselves as prisoners, run the schools like prisons.<br /> <br /> But if you want to raise up a generation of freedom fighters, who will actually operate with justice, fairness, accountability and equality towards each other and their government, then run the schools like freedom forums. Remove the metal detectors and surveillance cameras, re-assign the cops elsewhere, and start treating our nation’s young people like citizens of a republic and not inmates in a police state.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><a href="http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=52253" target="_blank">Information Liberation</a></b> </div>John Smithnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-233918918681553201.post-51144728525938764302015-09-16T12:22:00.002+01:002015-09-16T12:22:48.492+01:00U.S. training helped mold top Islamic State military commander <div style="margin-top: -25px; padding-bottom: 10px;"><script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- alterresponse --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-8563182091184175" data-ad-format="auto" data-ad-slot="4151286994" style="display: block;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/jyOiwX0.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://i.imgur.com/jyOiwX0.jpg" height="202" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Ethnic Chechens are thought to be one of the largest groups of foreign fighters in the Islamic State. <br /><br />Now 30, Batirashvili is a key figure, reportedly a member of the group’s governing council, is said to be the Islamic State’s supreme military leader in northern Syria and Aleppo, and is perhaps the group’s most fearsome ground commander. His current status is an irony for a man once considered a Georgian soldier with a bright future. <br /><br />“We trained him well, and we had lots of help from America,” said a former Georgian defense official who asked to not be identified because of the sensitivity of Batirashvili’s role in the Islamic State. “In fact, the only reason he didn’t go to Iraq to fight alongside America was that we needed his skills here in Georgia.” <br /><br />The choice of a military career was natural, say Georgian officials and journalists who knew him and his community. Pankisi is a tiny and isolated sliver of Georgia with little economic activity, and the choices for its youth are narrow: leave home to fight the Russians, become a subsistence farmer, join one of the legendarily nasty Chechen criminal gangs, or join the military.<br /><br />According to Batirashvili’s ex-comrades in the Georgian military, Batirashvili was tapped immediately upon his enlistment to join Georgia’s U.S.-trained special forces.<br /><br />“He was a perfect soldier from his first days, and everyone knew he was a star,” said one former comrade, who asked not to be identified because he remains on active duty and has been ordered not to give media interviews about his former colleague. “We were well trained by American special forces units, and he was the star pupil.”</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /><b><a href="http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/world/middle-east/article35322882.html" target="_blank">McClatchy</a></b><br /> </div>John Smithnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-233918918681553201.post-25328851920992624132015-09-16T12:15:00.001+01:002015-09-16T12:15:13.553+01:00Revolutionary 3-D Printer Can Build 10 Houses In 24 Hours, And For Only $5,000 Each<div style="margin-top: -25px; padding-bottom: 10px;"><script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- alterresponse --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-8563182091184175" data-ad-format="auto" data-ad-slot="4151286994" style="display: block;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/pgoarLs.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://i.imgur.com/pgoarLs.jpg" height="202" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i>ThatsMags.com</i><div style="background-color: transparent; border: medium none; color: black; overflow: hidden; text-align: left; text-decoration: none;"><br /><a href="http://www.trueactivist.com/revolutionary-3-d-printer-can-build-10-houses-in-24-hours-and-for-only-5000-each/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TrueActivist+%28True+Activist%29"></a></div></td></tr></tbody></table><div style="text-align: justify;">A Chinese company used giant 3D printers to make 10 full-sized, detached single-story houses in one day! <br /><br />To remedy the housing crisis, as well as the increasing demand for economical and sustainably-produced living spaces, many architects are experimenting with 3D printing.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br />One such designer is Ma Yihe, the owner of the private firm WinSun. According to BBC News, WinSun managed to produce 10 full-sized, detached single-story houses in just ONE day – a monumental achievement. <br /><br />Based in China, the company used four 10m x 6.6m printers to spray a mixture of cement and construction waste to build the walls, layer by layer. <br /><br />The energy efficient buildings, as <a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/sci/2014-04/25/c_133290171.htm" target="_blank">reported by Xinhua news agency</a>, can be produced for as little as $5,000 due to the lack of manual labor and cheap (as well as recycled) materials.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br />The innovative designer hopes that one day in the future, 3D printers will be used to construct skyscrapers. His ambitions will have to wait, however, as Chinese construction regulations do not presently allow multi-storey 3D-printed houses.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br />According to the <a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/sci/2014-04/25/c_133290171.htm" target="_blank">news source,</a> the 3D printers aren’t yet versatile enough to manage the task of applying roofs, so that aspect must be carried out be a team of workers.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br />On a positive note, the company intends on producing the cost-effective houses as a method for modernizing poor housing conditions in Chinese villages. While the technology will no doubt be improved upon in the future, the potential it already lends is exciting. <br /><br />3D printed housing – according to some – is the kind of technology destined to fuel the advancement of mankind in a sustainable way. Already, the method is being used for manufacturing everything from jewelry.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><a href="http://www.trueactivist.com/revolutionary-3-d-printer-can-build-10-houses-in-24-hours-and-for-only-5000-each/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TrueActivist+%28True+Activist%29" target="_blank">True Activist</a></b></div>John Smithnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-233918918681553201.post-87507818433489734812015-09-16T11:57:00.000+01:002015-09-16T11:57:00.324+01:00First Head Transplant Patient Schedules Surgery for 2017<div style="margin-top: -25px; padding-bottom: 10px;"><script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- alterresponse --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-8563182091184175" data-ad-format="auto" data-ad-slot="4151286994" style="display: block;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/cU41gzB.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://i.imgur.com/cU41gzB.jpg" height="210" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i>Vladimir Smirnov/TASS/Corbis</i></td></tr></tbody></table><div style="text-align: justify;">A man set to become the world’s first head transplant patient has scheduled the procedure for December 2017.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /> Valery Spiridonov, 30, was diagnosed with a genetic muscle-wasting condition called Werdnig-Hoffmann disease, and volunteered for the procedure despite the risks involved, Central European News (CEN) reported. <br /><br />“When I realized that I could participate in something really big and important, I had no doubt left in my mind and started to work in this direction,” Spiridonov, a Russian computer scientist, told CEN. “The only thing I feel is the sense of pleasant impatience, like I have been preparing for something important all my life and it is starting to happen.” <br /><br />Dr. Sergio Canavero, an Italian neurosurgeon, will perform the procedure on Spiridonov. The procedure is expected to last up to 36 hours, and it will require Spiridonov’s head be cooled as well as the donor’s body to extend the period during which the cells can survive without oxygen, CEN reported. <br /><br />“According to Canavero’s calculations, if everything goes to plan, two years is the time frame needed to verify all scientific calculations and plan the procedure’s details,” Spiridonov told CEN. “It isn’t a race. No doubt, the surgery will be done once the doctor and the experts are 99 percent sure of its success.” <br /><br />Spiridonov joked that first thing he plans to do after the procedure is go on a vacation. <br /><br />“But on a serious note, this operation is aimed at restoring independence of severely disabled people. Once I get it back I’ll see what the life of a healthier person looks like,” he said.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://news.discovery.com/human/health/first-head-transplant-patient-schedules-surgery-for-2017-150911.htm" target="_blank"><b>Discovery</b> </a></div>John Smithnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-233918918681553201.post-51193845905190770322015-09-16T11:39:00.002+01:002015-09-16T11:39:17.369+01:00Doom Prophets: The World will end in 2 weeks, 6 huge asteroids are coming<div style="margin-top: -25px; padding-bottom: 10px;"><script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- alterresponse --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-8563182091184175" data-ad-format="auto" data-ad-slot="4151286994" style="display: block;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/4AhrNxd.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://i.imgur.com/4AhrNxd.jpg" height="189" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i>NASA</i></td></tr></tbody></table><div style="text-align: justify;">Conspiracy theorists and doom prophets claim an asteroid will wipe out life on the planet in a matter of weeks - anytime between September 21 and 28 in fact.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br />Wild predictions being made online claim a space rock up to 2.5miles wide will strike Puerto Rico.<br /><br />Dates range from September 21 to the end, but most are homing in on between September 23 or 24 due to a range of Bible codes, so-called prophecies, and alleged other predictions.<br /><br />However, the Blood Moon Prophecy, says the end is nigh on September 28 as that coincides with the last of four 'blood moons' (total eclipses followed with six full moons in between) over the past 18 months. <br /><br />The claim appears to have its origins in a self-proclaimed prophet Rev Efraid Rodriguez, who says he wrote to Nasa warning of the strike after receiving a message from God.<br /><br />He claims he saw a vision of it "entering the airspace of the town of Arecibo in Puerto Rico, striking the sea between the island of Mona and Mayagüez and triggering a magnitude 12 earthquake.<br /><br />Many "end of world" prophecies have clearly been made before and passed without incident. <br /><br />Still, the latest online doomsday prophecies have been read by so many people that NASA was forced to issue a statement, that it reiterated this week, saying the chances of an impact around that time or within the next few hundred years were next to zero. <br /><br />Paul Chodas, of Nasa's Near-Earth Object office at its Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, said: "<i>There is no existing evidence that an asteroid or any other celestial object is on a trajectory that will impact Earth."In fact, not a single one of the known objects has any credible chance of hitting our planet over the next century</i>."</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Nasa has also published a statement on its website reassuring the global public the scare stories are not true. Mr Chodas added: "<i>There is no scientific basis, not one shred of evidence, that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth on those dates."If there were any object large enough to do that type of destruction in September, we would have seen something of it by now</i>."&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Nasa DOES tracks about 13,000 "near-Earth asteroids" but accepts this figure is only about 2% of those out there and it has no idea of the whereabouts to the remaining 98% of them.Of the 13,000 around 1,607 are classified as "potentially hazardous" meaning they are big enough and come within a few million miles of Earth - a distance considered a brush past in cosmic terms.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /><b>So are any asteroids due to pass close to us on any of these dates and what are the chances of any of them posing any danger?</b><br /><br />An Express.co.uk investigation can exclusively reveal there are SIX so-called "close approaches" of "near Earth" asteroids due to pass within a cosmic fraction of the planet within the doommongers' seven-day predicted timescale.<br /><br />Scientists predict it would take an impact from an asteroid of 1km (0.6miles) in length and upwards to actually kill off most life on the planet.<br /><br />But something as small as 50 metres could destroy all of London out to the M25 boundary, and a space rock of 100metres long or more could devastate a continent, causing mass destruction and tsunamis. <br /><br /><b>How big are these six?</b><br /><br />Of the six due to pass, those on September 23, 27 and 28, are estimated as being up to 57, 39, and 31-metres-long respectively.<br /><br />In June 1908 the Tunguska asteroid exploded in the atmosphere above Siberia and is the most recent major one in world history.<br /><br />It saw a 50-metre lump of extraterrestrial rock rain down, flattening around 80million trees, sending a shock wave across Russia measuring five on the Richter scale.<br /><br />We found the biggest rocks set to pass are on September 22 and 24.<br /><br />On the 22 two asteroids are expected to whistle past - one of up to 190 metres long - the length of eight train carriages - and another cruise ship-sized space rock of about 280 metres long.<br /><br />Two days later another whopping 270metre asteroid will pass us.<br /><br /><b>How far away are they?</b><br /><br />NASA monitors massive asteroids that pass by several million miles from Earth and smaller ones at up to about 7m miles.<br /><br />It seems far, but put into context the moon is 238,800 miles from us and our closes planet is Venus at 25m miles away, so the "near Earth asteroids" pass closer to the moon than other planets, and their orbits vary.<br /><br />The furthest pass of the largest three is on September 22, when the 280-metre asteroid is expected to whistle past at a relatively safe 14.7m miles from us, while the 270metre one on September 24, is a much closer 5.1m miles.<br /><br />In fact, this space rock is the closest of all six objects due to pass over these days. <br /><br /><b>How certain is Nasa about its path?</b><br /><br />NASA gives each asteroid a "condition code" from zero to nine of how certain it is about the predicted orbital path it gives.<br /><br />A zero means there is "good certainty" about it, while nine means it is highly uncertain, with numbers in between on a sliding scale.<br /><br />Only one of the six scored a zero - fortunately the biggest 280 metres one passing on September 22.<br /><br />All the others scored from five or higher, meaning Nasa has a mid-way certainty on their orbital path or quite high uncertainty in two cases which scored six and seven respectively.<br /><br />The most uncertain pass is the 57-metre rock on September 23, which has a condition code of seven - but hopefully its estimated 18.5m mile flyby and relative small size gives much room for manoeuvre.<br /><br />More concerning is the cruise-ship-sized rock, the closest, and second largest object, due for September 24, which scored six. <br /><br />NASA has two categories within the near-Earth objects, including those which potentially pose a risk.<br /><br />Rocks are considered a "<a href="http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/587608/Mountain-sized-asteroid-wipe-Earth-heading-our-way-month-Brian-May-Brian-Cox-meteorite" target="_blank">potentially hazardous asteroid</a>" (PHA) if they are within 4.6m miles of Earth and at least 100 metres across.<br /><br />NASA says a rock of such size hitting us is "big enough to cause regional devastation to human settlements unprecedented in human history in the case of a land impact, or a major tsunami in the case of an ocean impact."<br /><br />They added: "Such impact events occur on average around once per 10,000 years."<br /><br />So the "cruise ship" - known as asteroid 2012 TT5 - is almost three times the size of the smallest PHA, but its 5.1million miles estimated pass puts it a cosmic cats whisper of 500,000 miles over the PAH zone.<br /><br />With the level of uncertainty surrounding its orbit, it could theoretically come within the PAH boundary. <br /><br />There is also the NASA admission that it only knows the whereabouts of two per cent of the estimated 800,000 plus asteroids circling close to us, so hypothetically, an object we have no knowledge of could be on course right now.<br /><br />In late 2013, Russia was unfortunate again, when a 20-metre long meteor came from nowhere and unexpectedly exploded above Chelyabinsk in Russia, injuring 1,500 people and damaging around 7,000 buildings. <br /><br />Nasa insists the doommongers are wrong, although a rock of 2012 TT5's size will certainly be tracked to ensure it does not deviate from the projected orbit.<br /><br />Nasa, and many scientists, still say we need not be worried.<br /><br />It said in a statement: "NASA knows of no asteroid or comet currently on a collision course with Earth, so the probability of a major collision is quite small.<br /><br />"In fact, as best as we can tell, no large object is likely to strike the Earth any time in the next several hundred years.<br /><br />"NASA has also made asteroid detection a top priority, and are developing strategies for identifying asteroids that could pose a risk to our planet."</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/592987/End-of-the-world-asteroid-Blood-Moon-September-apocalypse-armageddon-comet-meteor" target="_blank"><b>Express</b> </a></div>John Smithnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-233918918681553201.post-54138503970629368102015-05-05T12:29:00.004+01:002015-05-05T12:29:47.277+01:00New York state police handcuff and shackle ‘combative’ five-year-old<div style="margin-top: -25px; padding-bottom: 10px;"><script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- alterresponse --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-8563182091184175" data-ad-format="auto" data-ad-slot="4151286994" style="display: block;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/Bywbsd8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://i.imgur.com/Bywbsd8.jpg" height="172" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The idea that police officers should use handcuffs and leg shackles to control an unruly individual is hardly unusual in the US, where fondness for the use of metal restraints runs through the criminal justice system.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">What is unusual is when the individual in question is five years old, and the arrest takes place in an elementary school.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">New York state police were called last week to the primary school in Philadelphia, New York, close to the Canadian border, after staff reported that a pupil, Connor Ruiz, was disruptive and uncontrollable. When officers arrived at the premises, they placed the five-year-old boy in handcuffs, carried him out to a patrol car and put his feet into shackles before taking him to a medical center for evaluation.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The child’s mother, Chelsea Ruiz, told the local <a href="http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/fort-drum-parents-irate-after-police-handcuff-shackle-5-year-old-special-needs-student--20150502">Watertown Daily Times</a>&nbsp;she was shocked and angered by what had happened.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">“An officer told me they had to handcuff his wrists and ankles for their safety,” she said. “I told him that was ridiculous. How could someone fear for their safety when it comes to a small, five-year-old child?”</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">A spokesman for the state police force, Jack Keller, justified the constraints on grounds that the child was “out of control” and “combative”, and was deemed to be a danger to himself or staff. Troopers had found him “screaming, kicking, punching and biting”.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">“Our concern was his safety, of not only himself but the staff he was dealing with and the other students in the class where he was,” Keller said.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Handcuffing of young children is <a href="http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2014/12/children-handcuffed-by-police-at-katong/">frequently </a><a href="http://thefreethoughtproject.com/police-handcuff-9-year-special-child-elementary-school/">reported</a>&nbsp;in the US. Last December, a child aged four was handcuffed in Nathanael Greene primary school in Stanardsville, Virginia.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">In 2013, the handcuffing of a <a href="http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/10/portland_police_will_be_restri.html">nine-year-old girl in Portland </a>, Oregon prompted a public outcry that forced the police department to revise its rules. The new procedures forbid officers from handcuffing a child under 12, unless they pose a “heightened risk to safety”.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Ruiz said that two weeks ago she had placed her son in a special-needs class, precisely to avoid the kind of incident that occurred when police were called to the school.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">“We had a plan in place so they would call me to come to the school if they couldn’t calm him down,” she said, “and they didn’t do that.”</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">She said Connor was “terrified of going back to school”, and added that she planned to transfer him to a different school district.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.rawstory.com/2015/05/new-york-state-police-handcuff-and-shackle-combative-five-year-old/" target="_blank"><b>Raw Story</b></a></div>John Smithnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-233918918681553201.post-59095105189939097422015-05-05T12:27:00.000+01:002015-05-05T12:27:19.202+01:00Man Faces 15 Years For Public Sex On Florida Beach, Couple Forced To Register As 'Sex Offenders'<div style="margin-top: -25px; padding-bottom: 10px;"><script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- alterresponse --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-8563182091184175" data-ad-format="auto" data-ad-slot="4151286994" style="display: block;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/3IAqWH4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://i.imgur.com/3IAqWH4.jpg" height="209" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">A jury Monday found a couple guilty of having sex on Bradenton Beach after only 15 minutes of deliberation.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The convictions carry a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Jose Caballero, 40, and Elissa Alvarez, 20, were charged with two counts each of lewd and lascivious behavior for having sex on a public beach on July 20, 2014.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Video played in the courtroom during the 1- 1/2-day-long trial showed Alvarez moving on top of Caballero in a sexual manner in broad daylight. Witnesses testified that a 3-year-old girl saw them.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Both Caballero and Alvarez will now have to register as sex offenders.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">A sentencing date was not announced, but Assistant State Attorney Anthony Dafonseca said they will pursue a harsher sentence for Caballero than Alvarez, since Alvarez has no prior record and Caballero has been to prison for almost eight years for a cocaine trafficking conviction.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The state will ask for jail time for Alvarez and prison time for Caballero. Dafonseca said due to Caballero being out of prison less than three years before committing another felony, he's looking at serving the maximum time of 15 years.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">"We gave them a reasonable offer, what we felt was reasonable, and they decided it wasn't something they wanted to accept responsibility for," Dafonseca said. "Despite the video, despite all the witnesses."</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Ronald Kurpiers, defense attorney for the couple, said his clients were "devastated," by the verdict. Though Dafonseca hinted that they'd be speaking with the judge about whether or not 15 years was appropriate for Caballero, Kurpiers said the judge would have no discretion.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">"That's what he'll get," Kurpiers said.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Ed Brodsky, elected state attorney for the 16th judicial district, joined Defonseca in prosecuting the case. When asked why the case was an important one to the state attorney, Dafonseca said it was important that the community knew what wouldn't be tolerated on public beaches.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">"We're dealing with basically tourists, that came from Brandon and Riverview and West Virginia, and they're here on the beaches of Manatee County, our public beaches," Dafonseca said, referring to the witnesses. "So you want to make sure that this isn't something that just goes by the wayside. And that it is well known to the community, what will be tolerated and what won't be."</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Family members of the couple defended the two outside the courthouse, saying the crime did not deserve this kind of attention.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">"He's a great person," said Caballero's mother of her son, declining to give her name. "There are other things out there we need to worry about, and they're still loose, people who have done worse stuff."</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">"She's an 18-year-old woman, with a 40-year-old man," said Carlos Alvarez of his daughter Elissa Alvarez. "I always say women can be better than men ... but they fall in love, and they make a lot of mistakes."</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Family members who witnessed the act and a Bradenton Beach police officer, as well as Caballero, testified in the case. The defense argued that the two weren't actually having sex, but that Alvarez had been dancing on Caballero or "nudging" him to wake him up.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">"She wasn't dancing," Dafonseca said during closing arguments. "It's insulting your intelligence to say that she was dancing."</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Kurpiers said since the witnesses had not seen genitals or penetration, and neither was visible in the video, either, that saying the two had sex was speculation.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">"You folks cannot speculate," Kurpiers told the jury. "And in order to say they had intercourse, you would have to speculate."</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Brodsky said they weren't calling it the crime of the century, but it was still a violation of Florida law.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">"Did they try to cuddle, or do it discreetly? Did they go in the water, where people couldn't see?" Brodsky asked the jury. "Did Ms. Alvarez try to drape a towel over herself, or anything? They didn't care."</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article20191164.html" target="_blank"><b>Miami Herald</b></a></div>John Smithnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-233918918681553201.post-42174800634325250462015-05-05T12:09:00.001+01:002015-05-05T12:09:56.943+01:00Microsoft logs IP addresses to catch Windows 7 pirates<div style="margin-top: -25px; padding-bottom: 10px;"><script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- alterresponse --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-8563182091184175" data-ad-format="auto" data-ad-slot="4151286994" style="display: block;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/OLh5Qbd.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://i.imgur.com/OLh5Qbd.jpg" height="237" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Due to the fact that one needs to be present on most computers in order for them to work at all, operating systems are among the most pirated types of software around.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">There can be little doubt that across its range in its 29 year history, Microsoft’s Windows operating systems have been pirated countless millions of times. It’s a practice that on some levels Microsoft has <a href="http://torrentfreak.com/microsoft-weve-always-had-freemium-its-called-piracy-141021/">come to accept</a>, with regular consumers largely avoiding the company’s aggression.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">However, as one or perhaps more pirates are about to find out, the same cannot be said of those pirating the company’s products on a commercial scale.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">In a lawsuit filed this week at a district court in Seattle, Microsoft targets individuals behind a single Verizon IP address – 74.111.202.30. Who he, she or they are is unknown at this point, but according to Microsoft they’re responsible for some serious Windows pirating.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">“As part of its cyberforensic methods, Microsoft analyzes product key activation data voluntarily provided by users when they activate Microsoft software, including the IP address from which a given product key is activated,” the lawsuit reads.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Microsoft says that its forensic tools allow the company to analyze billions of activations of Microsoft software and identify patterns “that make it more likely than not” that an IP address associated with activations is one through which pirated software is being activated.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">“Microsoft’s cyberforensics have identified hundreds of product key activations</div><div style="text-align: justify;">originating from IP address 74.111.202.30…which is presently assigned to</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Verizon Online LLC. These activations have characteristics that on information and belief, establish that Defendants are using the IP address to activate pirated software.”</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Microsoft says that the defendant(s) have activated hundreds of copies of Windows 7 using product keys that have been “stolen” from the company’s supply chain or have never been issued with a valid license, or keys used more times than their license allows.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">In addition to immediate injunctive relief and the impounding of all infringing materials, the company demands profits attributable to the infringements, treble damages and attorney fees or, alternatively, statutory damages.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">This week’s lawsuit (<a href="http://ia601507.us.archive.org/10/items/gov.uscourts.wawd.214013/gov.uscourts.wawd.214013.1.0.pdf">pdf</a>) follows <a href="https://torrentfreak.com/microsoft-sues-does-for-activating-pirated-software-141208/">similar action</a> in December 2014 in which Microsoft targeted the user behind an AT&amp;T account.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div><a href="http://torrentfreak.com/microsoft-logs-ip-addresses-to-catch-windows-7-pirates-150504/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Torrentfreak+%28Torrentfreak%29" target="_blank"><b>Torrent Freak</b></a></div>John Smithnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-233918918681553201.post-25941894436508576542015-05-05T12:04:00.003+01:002015-05-05T12:04:46.219+01:00Researchers discover Ancient Maya City with a unique, modern grid layout<div style="margin-top: -25px; padding-bottom: 10px;"><script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- alterresponse --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-8563182091184175" data-ad-format="auto" data-ad-slot="4151286994" style="display: block;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/c2gL7m8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://i.imgur.com/c2gL7m8.jpg" height="196" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Researchers have across an incredible finding in the ancient maya city of Nixtun-Ch’ich’ located in Peten, Guatemala. This walled, 2600 year old Mayan city suggests that the ruler that reigned over the city was someone particularly powerful, with an advanced knowledge in city planning.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Thanks to new technology, archaeologists have mapped the ancient city discovering its grid-shaped arrangement. Nixtun-Ch’ich ‘has truncated pyramids and other monumental structures, oriented in the east-west axis with a deviation of only 3 percent. Most importunely, it is the only Mayan city whose urban design is based on a grid.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The only Mesoamerica city which has similar features is located in the vicinity of Mexico city, Teotihuacan, the colossal ancient city whose builders remind unknown. Teotihuacan is believed to have belonged to an ancient civilization that predated the Aztecs and the Maya.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Researchers have discovered about 15 buildings aligned in a straight line in the main ceremonial area. These structures which include pyramids, reached during the peak of the city around 30 meters in height. The visitors had to climb a set of stairs to reach their flat tops crowned by a temple. At the end of the ceremonial road, on the eastern edge of the city, there is a triadic formation or group, consisting of pyramids and buildings on a platform facing each other.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">“The residential area of ​​the city was built from north to south of the ceremonial route respecting the designed city grid, “said Timothy Pugh, from the Queens College of New York. The Maya possessed a written system (glyphs), a calendar, agriculture, sophisticated architecture and a rich religious pantheon. Researchers speculate that the east-west orientation of the buildings was planned in order to help people follow the sun’s movement across the sky, which is believed to have been something very important for the ancient Maya.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/RldKBMh.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://i.imgur.com/RldKBMh.jpg" height="211" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Interestingly, some of the constructions found at Nixtun-Ch’ich were covered by a material that gave them an extremely shiny aspect. Researchers say that the city was surrounded by walls made out of stone and earth indicating that the inhabitants of this ancient Maya city, had a reason to be very defensive around 600 and 300 BC.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Timothy Pugh has spent over 20 years investigating Nixtun-Ch’ich ‘and, together with his colleagues, he has made important progress adding to the knowledge of the existing archaeological mapping of the ostentatious architectural layout of this ancient Mayan city.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.ancient-code.com/researchers-discover-ancient-maya-city-with-a-unique-modern-grid-layout/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ancient-code%2Ffeednow+%28Ancient+Code%29" target="_blank"><b>Ancient Code</b></a></div>John Smithnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-233918918681553201.post-86163869083437704722015-05-05T12:00:00.002+01:002015-05-05T12:00:46.786+01:00The FBI wants us to have computer security so strong that only they can break in…<div style="margin-top: -25px; padding-bottom: 10px;"><script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- alterresponse --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-8563182091184175" data-ad-format="auto" data-ad-slot="4151286994" style="display: block;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/N7HUpqk.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://i.imgur.com/N7HUpqk.jpg" height="192" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The power of magical thinking – the notion that you can make something happen merely by thinking about it – has been much in evidence in the current election campaign. And that’s not entirely surprising, because as politicians get desperate, rationality goes out of the window. What is surprising, however, is when high government officials – for example, heads of intelligence and law-enforcement agencies – begin to show clear signs of the syndrome.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Exhibit A in this respect is James Comey, the current director of the FBI. Mr Comey has become so exercised by the decisions of Apple and Google to implement strong encryption in their devices and services that he appears to have lost his marbles. “I am a huge believer in the rule of law,” he told reporters&nbsp;<a href="http://9to5mac.com/2014/09/25/fbi-apple-privacy-encryption/#more-343706">last September</a>, “but I am also a believer that no one in this country is above the law. What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves above the law.”</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">It’s good to know that the FBI director believes that nobody should be above the law. Except, of course, for his colleague, the former NSA director, James Clapper,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/01/27/darrell-issa-james-clapper-lied-to-congress-about-nsa-and-should-be-fired/">who lied under oath</a> to the US Congress about the existence of bulk data collection programs and yet remains at large. But we will let that pass: after all, as Oscar Wilde observed, consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative, and Mr Comey is nothing if not imaginative.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Take, for instance, <a href="https://www.districtsentinel.com/fbi-director-continues-crusade-against-encryption-calls-on-congress-to-act/">his testimony to Congress in March</a> in which he beseeched politicians to pass legislation that would prevent American citizens from communicating securely. The use of encrypted phones and computers, he burbled, presented “an affront to the rule of law”. He went on to paint an apocalyptic picture of what would happen if the technology isn’t banned. “We’re drifting to a place,” he told the House Appropriations Committee, “where a whole lot of people are going to look at us with tears in their eyes” as he described a hypothetical case in which a kidnapped young girl’s phone is discovered but can’t be unlocked.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The assembled lawmakers strangely omitted to draw attention to an intriguing inconsistency in his position on these matters. A while back, visitors to the helpful <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/fbi">FBI</a> security warnings site received the following advice. “When purchasing a smartphone, know the features of the device, including the default settings. Turn off features of the device not needed to minimise the attack surface of the device. Depending on the type of phone, the operating system may have encryption available. This can be used to protect the user’s personal data in the case of loss or theft.”</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">All excellent advice. But here’s the interesting thing: this advice has disappeared from the FBI site since Mr Comey started fulminating about encryption. The only reason we know that is because the wonderful Internet Archive had <a href="https://web.archive.org/web/20150201005359/http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/e-scams?utm_campaign=email-Immediate&amp;utm_content=145512">archived a copy of the relevant page</a>.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">So once upon a time, according to the FBI, encryption of your phone was a really good idea; and then, suddenly, it becomes an affront to the rule of law. Why the difference? Answer: Edward Snowden. The new encryption facilities installed by Apple and Google were a direct response to his revelations. The companies feared a backlash from users if they did not take stronger measures to protect their privacy. So they did, which is why, for example, Apple’s iMessage and Facetime communications are encrypted end-to-end and Apple has no way to decrypt those messages when they’re in transit.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">This is what enrages Mr Comey and his NSA buddies. But they are caught in a bind: on the one hand they know that strong encryption of communications is a good idea in general; on the other, they want to ensure that they can access those communications whenever they want to. Their proposed “solution” is for back doors, for use by law-enforcement and intelligence agencies, to be inserted into encryption technologies. In other words, <a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/28/us_politicians_complain_that_silicon_valley_cant_create_encryption_unicorn/">they want breakable non-breakable encryption</a>.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Which is where magical thinking comes in. An encryption system that has a deliberate vulnerability built in (because that’s what a backdoor is) is not going to provide strong encryption. So for the moment it belongs in the same category as flying cars and perpetual-motion machines. And we’re not going to have those any time soon either. Mr Comey needs to calm down and do some real thinking.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/03/fbi-computer-security-strong-break-in" target="_blank"><b>Guardian</b></a></div>John Smithnoreply@blogger.com0