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Apple Protects All of Us By Saying “No” to FBI Demand to Hack Terrorist’s iPhone

Posted by on February 18, 2016 in Agencies & Systems, Government with 47 Comments
Apple Protects All of Us By Saying “No” to FBI Demand to Hack Terrorist’s iPhone

Big thumbs up for Apple who bravely and wisely stood up to the FBI and refused their request for a “master key” that would allow the FBI access to a terrorist’s iphone — as well as YOURS and MINE. This is a must-read!

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14 Years of Censored News Has Denied Citizens Context For ISIS Attacks

14 Years of Censored News Has Denied Citizens Context For ISIS Attacks

Fourteen years ago, after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the United States government initiated its “war on terror,” with the invasions of Afghanistan in 2001, which expanded into Pakistan, and of Iraq in 2003. While the corporate media has occasionally acknowledged the 6,800 American soldiers, and the 7,000 contractors who died in Iraq and Afghanistan, they consistently ignore Iraqi and Afghani deaths, which exceed one million, giving the western public no context to understand the attacks lead by the Islamic State in Syria and Levant (ISIL).

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Nearly 9 out of 10 Pakistani Drone Victims Were Not Militants (Project Censored #3)

Nearly 9 out of 10 Pakistani Drone Victims Were Not Militants (Project Censored #3)

Since President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009, an estimated 2,464 people have been killed by drone strikes targeted outside of the United States’ declared war zones; this figure was posted in February 2015 by Jack Serle and the team at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, who maintain a database of all known strikes—based on fieldwork, media reports, and leaked documents—which provides a clearer picture of the scale and impact of the US drone program than the episodic reporting provided by corporate media.

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Zika Virus: Another Giant Scam?

Posted by on January 31, 2016 in Agencies & Systems, Corruption, Policies with 88 Comments
Zika Virus: Another Giant Scam?

There is good reason to believe the ZIKA VIRUS is yet another giant scam. The headlines advising women in Latin America and Africa not to get pregnant for 2 years smacks of inflicted Birth Control through fear, and is consistent with Agenda 21. Money making for big Pharma and the Medical industry is almost guaranteed. The science is inconclusive to substantiate the fears but the science associated with massive pesticide use is not.

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Why Do All of the Pentagon’s ‘Successes’ in Iraq Look More Like Failures?

Why Do All of the Pentagon’s ‘Successes’ in Iraq Look More Like Failures?

By September 2012, after almost a decade at the task, the U.S. had allocated and spent nearly $25 billion on “training, equipping, and sustaining” the Iraqi security forces, according to a report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. In the end, the U.S. claimed to have trained roughly 950,000 members of the “steady,” “solid,” and well-trained Iraqi security forces.
And yet just two and a half years after the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, that same force collapsed in spectacular fashion to less than 31,000 ISIS militants (according to CIA estimates) and these forces reportedly were so frightened by 800 ISIS militants that they went running, leaving equipment and even their uniforms behind, thus handing over the second largest city in the country, Mosul.

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The Hypocrisy of Politicians With Armed Security-Who Wish it For No One Else

The Hypocrisy of Politicians With Armed Security-Who Wish it For No One Else

We’ve all heard this one: if a politician wants to disarm the public, he should give up his own security protection. See how he likes it. What is it about politicians that gives them a special right to have armed professionals stalk their perimeter and mumble into their collars?

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‘Huge Victory’: Walmart Illegally Fired Striking Workers, Judge Rules

Posted by on January 23, 2016 in Agencies & Systems, Government with 26 Comments
‘Huge Victory’: Walmart Illegally Fired Striking Workers, Judge Rules

In a “huge victory” for workers, a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) judge ruled Thursday that Walmart illegally fired 16 associates who took part in a 2013 strike outside the company’s headquarters and must offer to reinstate them.

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Recent Congressional News About the TPP

Recent Congressional News About the TPP

“The Commission’s report on the potential economic impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) comes at a turning point in American trade policy. “We all recognize that trade can be beneficial. The issue is not whether Members of Congress such as myself could pass an Econ 101 class, as President George W. Bush’s Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, Gregory Mankiw, recently put it. Instead, the issue is whether we are going to face up to the fact that our trading system today is much more complex than the simplistic trade model presented in an Econ 101 class.

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Bankers Increase War On Cash & Gold

Posted by on January 17, 2016 in Agencies & Systems, Bankers & Wall St., Corruption with 11 Comments
Bankers Increase War On Cash & Gold

Two large banks in the US have changed what can be stored in safety deposit boxes: no cash, no coins other than collectibles. Clearly the new rules are targeting people who are saving extra money or buying gold or silver coins in case the economy implodes. Although it would hurt the more wealthy, it prevents the average American from preparing for the economic meltdown by having something negotiable.

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The US Government Has an Internet Killswitch — and the Supreme Court Says It’s None of Your Business

Posted by on January 14, 2016 in Agencies & Systems, Government, Policies with 8 Comments
The US Government Has an Internet Killswitch — and the Supreme Court Says It’s None of Your Business

The Supreme Court has refused to hear a petition concerning the Department of Homeland Security’s secretive internet and cellphone killswitch program. The author weighs in on what does this mean for your civil liberties.

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Maine Congressperson Seeks to Address Hunger & Food Waste in Important New Bill

Maine Congressperson Seeks to Address Hunger & Food Waste in Important New Bill

Nearly 7 million U.S. households struggle with hunger. Yet Americans throw away 40 percent of our food—the equivalent of $165 billion each year—according to the National Resources Defense Council. That’s why U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, (D-Maine) has introduced H.R. 4184, the Food Recovery Act—a bill to address food waste.

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Who Dies at the Hands of US Police? (Project Censored #8)

Who Dies at the Hands of US Police? (Project Censored #8)

Compared with other capitalist countries, the US is unquestionably different when it comes to the level of state violence directed against minorities, Richard Becker reported in January 2015 for Liberation. Using 2011 figures, Becker wrote that, on a per capita basis, “the rate of killing by U.S. police was about 100 times that of English cops in 2011.” Similarly, US police were forty times as likely to kill as German police officers, and twenty times as likely to kill as their Canadian counterparts. This, Becker noted, is probably not the kind of “American exceptionalism” that President Obama had in mind when he addressed graduating West Point cadets in May 2014.

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New Bank Bail-In System Goes Into Effect In Europe Jan 1, 2016

New Bank Bail-In System Goes Into Effect In Europe Jan 1, 2016

in Europe, all countries have been required to pass a law that prohibits bail outs of banks but enables Bail Ins. Similar to what happened in Greece, banks will access the funds of stakeholders to remain solvent. The United States is following suit as the Fed has declared it will no longer bail out banks in the United States. Stay alert. The changes are in progress and the tide may sweep you away.

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The Best Way To Honor Tamir Rice is by Reforming Our Broken Justice System

Posted by on December 30, 2015 in Agencies & Systems, Government with 64 Comments
The Best Way To Honor Tamir Rice is by Reforming Our Broken Justice System

How many times will our justice system refuse to charge police with killing unarmed black people? When will our judicial system deem the death of people of color at the hands of law enforcement to at least be worthy of a trial?

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A MERRY VIGILANTE CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

A MERRY VIGILANTE CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Jeff Berwick masterfully summarizes in general the negative situations in which we find ourselves now and how they will lead us to the positive world we are now creating. A Christmas and New Years message that ties in the religious and pagan bases of the holiday and leads us forward to a better world we can create now.

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