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How a drug company tricked patients, doctors and insurance companies into prescribing a profitable drug that killed people.
100 times stronger than morphine.
Doctors took hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to prescribe it.
Pharma reps taught to lie to doctors, patients and insurance companies.
“Good news: Dr. John N. Kapoor, 74, of Phoenix, Arizona, the founder and former CEO of Insys and still a member of its board, faces federal charges of racketeering, conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to violate the Anti-Kickback law.”
~@ Extremely unsettling use of video games too in depth to provide a teaser for… Everybody should hear WHY many video developers have left the industry!… Have included the list from Stranger Than Fiction’s other recent videos…
THERE IS A COST FOR REMAINING SILENT ON THESE ISSUES as this short video by TED.com explains … “Gayla Benefield was just doing her job — until she uncovered an awful secret about her hometown that meant its mortality rate was 80 times higher than anywhere else in the U.S. But when she tried to tell people about it, she learned an even more shocking truth: People didn’t want to know..In a talk that’s part history lesson, part call-to-action, Margaret Heffernan demonstrates the danger of “willful blindness” and praises ordinary people like Benefield who are willing to speak up. (Filmed at TEDxDanubia.).”
THE DANGERS OF WILLFUL BLINDNESS
THERE ARE MANY ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES that are now affecting everybody on planet earth, three of which are:
the widespread use of chemical sprays in NZ (in particular, glyphosate aka Roundup, ‘the most toxic herbicide on the planet’ says Dr Don Hubert, a US Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology of 55+ years experience) …
our increasing exposure to radiation from Electro Magnetic Frequencies (EMFs) emitted by mobile phone towers, wifi and now Smart Meters and
the well documented practice (unknown to many) of geoengineering, a covert practice our government (like all governments) denies is happening
Over time I’ve added other such environmental threats as the fallout from Fukushima which has never gone away. There is also the 1080 issue, the contamination (and what I call theft) of our water (sold for pennies to corporations & on sold for high profits). Looking globally, with the TPPA issue, we’ve had the ever tightening tentacles of corporate possession of all things sovereign… the selling off of our national assets, very much a corporate issue given our government IS a corporation, as also are our ever increasingly corrupt district councils. These issues all emanate from Agenda 21 and 2030. You can find all of these matters in the main menu, plus further articles can be found by searching ‘categories’ and using the search box.
The potential for harm by the various environmental issues are typically being downplayed by both governments and corporations while although much of the public still remain unaware of the risks, nevertheless a large body of folks are now waking up to what is happening. People often remain unaware until they personally become affected by one or more of these issues. Typically they become ill, often with one of today’s prolific autoimmune diseases, or worse, cancer, and are forced to examine the evidence. Most don’t want to know & are happy with the daily drivel we’re fed by mainstream media (yes we have a page for that as well) … bread and circuses created to keep our minds entertained and off issues that really matter. Our choices regarding a healthy environment are now becoming increasingly more constrained as corporations gain ever increasing control over governments, or corporations that are parading as governments (as mentioned NZ is a corporation and is registered as such with the SEC in Washington. So also are our former government departments).
We have several petitions you may want to sign, you can find them at the Petitions page
Limited liability corporations have morphed into giant behemoths that enjoy virtually guaranteed immunity under a body of corporate law built up over more than a century. The current state of global pollution can be traced ultimately I believe, to the fact that corporations have ensured in their fine print that largely, they don’t have to clean up after themselves … they leave that to everybody else. They owe their first allegiance, not to the public, but to their own shareholders, and because their number one mandate is to maximize profits … well, here we have three reasons why we the public need to watch what they are doing. They are not going to, they’re not required to and they don’t, not at least in terms of how their activities affect the public anyway. These are the long arms or tentacles if you like of the UN Agenda 21/30 plan for sustainable development which of course many of us now know is anything BUT sustainable. They first introduced this idea in the early ’90s yet pollution’s at an all time high. People are sicker than ever. Poverty abounds. All countries virtually are in deep debt. Our national assets are gone. And the latest on the horizon is the word ‘mandatory’ – we are being denied the option of choosing our own route to health, growing our own food, what we eat or decline to, and what we breathe. All we’ve seen sustained is corporate pockets. This is all just not adding up and if you’re looking below the surface matters that mainstream is feeding us, you’ll see that the corporate fascist state is closing in fast. That is because many of us are waking up.
Consider also the TPPA (Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement) that for the moment has gone away although I’m not holding my breathe … the negotiations for that took place between our leaders and large multinational corporations in total secrecy, in much the same way local councilsare now conducting their business, away from dissenting eyes & voices. All we could glean was from leaked documents The trade agreement, a veritable trojan horse, would have given corporations even more control … and we New Zealanders, whom it concerns most … even less. These corporations have no human face. Currently the Monsanto corporation is considering suing Guatemala for saving seed (a traditional practice dating back hundreds of years) because saving seed is considered to be in violation of a trade agreement. The fact that the TPPA was negotiated by our government in secret should ring alarm bells. Consider, if your kids are down the back shed with the neighbour’s kids, and the door is shut and all is suspiciously quiet, and you shout out, ‘what are you kids doing?’ and the reply comes back ‘nothing!’, I guarantee your next step is to go look. Well that is what thinking NZers are currently trying to do with our Government. However our Government was saying, ‘nothing to be worried about’ and refusing to open the door. And they want us to trust them? The state of our nation with its current negative statistics on poverty, suicide and homelessness now don’t inspire any trust whatsoever any more. This was supposed to be a democracy but unfortunately now has an an illusion of such.
A democracy is … “a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives…”
If you think I am being cynical, and you don’t believe corporates would lie to you, then watch the movie ‘The Corporation’. In 2004 two 14 year old NZ students exposed GlaxoSmithKline for falsely advertising about the content of Vitamin C in Ribena.
Commerce Commission Chair Paula Rebstock says that thousands of New Zealanders have been misled by the claim that Ribena contained high levels of vitamin C.
It contained virtually nil, and worse, this is not a one off type occurrence in NZ. There are now many many examples we can point to of lying to the public. It’s becoming old hat in fact.
To repeat the wise words of Edmund Burke, remember …The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men [and women] to do nothing. Increasingly now, we need to observe and monitor the contents of the food we buy, the water we drink, indeed the very air we breathe, because corporations simply cannot be trusted (are not legally required) to have our best interests at heart. That is what this site is about … watching what they do, and the job is getting even harder.
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BREAKING: WIKILEAKS DNC LEAK IDENTITY PUBLISHED BY WASHINGTON TIMES. CONFIRMS KIM DOTCOM EVIDENCE
Published on Mar 1, 2018
We have been waiting a long time to hear this. The family of Seth Rich has admitted they knew what Seth did. Ed Butowsky, the kind man who assisted them as a private investigator, has come forward to say in a December 2016 conversation with Seth’s father, Joel Rich, he admitted he “knew what his son did.”
It is shocking to know that Joel and Mary Rich kept this to themselves all this time, but I cannot imagine how long it has taken them to process this knowledge. I wonder what Aaron Rich is saying.
Unfortunately, Joel and Mary Rich have been brainwashed by the Left so badly they have worried that their son would be remembered in helping to get President Donald Trump elected. We must pray thet open their eyes soon to understand their son is an American hero.
During a conversation with Joel Rich on December 17, 2016 at 3:17 p.m., the father stated “we know what our son did, but we just want to find Seth’s killer.”
I could say so much here, but I am going to refrain out of respect for Seth’s parents.
If we step back in time we will remember private investigator Rod Wheeler explained that Seth’s brother, Aaron Rich, had tried to block Wheeler from looking at Seth’s computer — even though there could be evidence on it. I remember how difficult the Rich family and the DNC representative made it on Wheeler. He was reporting on Fox News with Sean Hannity, but finally they had to stop.
Aaron Rich blocked the investigation every step of the way. Seth’s girlfriend told Wheeler that Aaron Rich had possession of Seth’s cell phones, but Aaron made the comment to Wheeler, “we’re not going to worry about the cell phones.” But the strangest step Aaron made to block Wheeler was preventing him from discovering who was at a party Seth attended the night of the murder.
Wheeler made the following statements about Aaron Rich:
1)Wheeler asked Aaron if he could see Seth’s computer. Aaron replied: “what are you looking for?”
2)Wheeler said anything that could indicate if Seth was having problems with someone. Aaron replied: “no, I already checked it. Don’t worry about it.”
We do know Aaron Rich works for Northrup Grumman, who is the fifth-largest defense contractor in the world and a leading software developer. I imagine Aaron could have been afraid it would hurt his relationship with the company if they knew his brother leaked DNC emails to Wikileaks. We don’t understand why people do what they do, so I will let it go at that.
We must remember that the FBI denied that its cyber experts, who actually shared space with the D.C. Metro police department at Cleveland Avenue in the District, assisted in accessing data on Rich’s laptop. Data on that laptop revealed Seth Rich downloaded thousands of DNC emails and was in touch with Wikileaks. The file with evidence of what was on Rich’s laptop is possessed by the FBI in a co-shared space with the D.C. police department.
Again, just for the record, “According to Ed Butowsky, in his discussions with Joel and Mary Rich, they confirmed that their son transmitted the DNC emails to Wikileaks,” the Washington Times reported.
Rich was shot in the back in the early morning hours of July 10, 2016, near his home while he was on the phone with his girlfriend. This was precisely 12 days before the publication of the DNC emails by WikiLeaks. The police initially ruled that it was a botched robbery, but now we know the truth is out in the open. Yet, we, also know the investigation has ended. What will occur now – anything?
The report from the Washington Times points out that “the same day Seth Rich was murdered, an FBI agent’s car was burglarized in the same vicinity. Included in the FBI equipment stolen was a 40 caliber Glock 22. D.C. Metro police issued a press release, declaring that the theft of the FBI agent’s car occurred between 5 and 7 a.m. Two weeks later, the FBI changed the time of the theft to between 12 a.m. and 2 a.m. Was the FBI gun used to shoot Seth Rich? Neither the FBI nor the Metro police will discuss.”
I reported on the following quite awhile back, but I was stunned when it was not prominently profiled in the media. Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) — a 30 member group made up of well respected former experts from the National Security Administration, tech companies and other intelligence agencies put out a report asserting that the DNC emails came from a leak, not a hack.
VIPS stated that “forensic studies of ‘Russian hacking’ into Democratic National Committee computers last year reveal that on July 5, 2016, data was leaked (not hacked) by a person with physical access to DNC computer. After examining metadata from the “Guccifer 2.0” July 5, 2016 intrusion into the DNC server, independent cyber investigators have concluded that an insider copied DNC data onto an external storage device.”
Additionally, the former intelligence operatives detail how the FBI neglected to perform any independent forensics on the original “Guccifer 2.0,” and assert that “the reason the U.S. government lacks conclusive evidence of a transfer of a ‘Russian hack’ to WikiLeaks is because there was no such transfer.”
Among those who signed on to the report is William Binney, former NSA Technical Director for World Geopolitical & Military Analysis; Co-founder of NSA’s Signals Intelligence Automation Research Center, Larry C Johnson, who is retired from the CIA & State Department, Kirk Wiebe, former Senior Analyst at SIGINT Automation Research Center of the NSA, and many more.
Though Assange has infamously expressed interest in Rich, he has always maintained that WikiLeaks will never name a source. WikiLeaks has offered a $20,000 reward for Rich’s murderer however, and has retweeted articles that asserted he was their source without providing any additional comment.
I am going to end it here, but I will be doing a part 2 in the coming days. I want to do more research on this before I am satisfied. What will Mueller do with this???
A federal court has denied an attempt by the Environmental Protection Agency to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to ban the use of fluoride under the Toxic Substances Control Act.
In a victory for water fluoridation opponents, a judge in the Northern District of California has denied a motion by the Environmental Protection Agency that sought to limit the information available to the court while making their decision on whether or not to ban water fluoridation. The lawsuit was brought forth by Food and Water Watch Inc. and a coalition of health organizations and individuals concerned about fluoride. Under section 21 of The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) citizens are allowed to petition the EPA to regulate or ban individual chemicals. Food and Water Watch filed the lawsuit after the EPA rejected a citizen petition calling for the EPA to ban the addition of fluoride chemicals to the drinking water supply.
As the lawsuit proceeded the EPA interpreted the language of the law to mean the judge should be limited to reviewing the information the EPA provided when it decided to reject the petition on February 17, 2017. “The disagreement is whether, in reaching its own decision, the court can consider information that the EPA did not have access to e.g. expert testimony, new studies, documents obtained in discovery, etc.,” Michael Connett, the attorney representing the coalition told Bloomberg Environment before the ruling.
In denying the EPA’s motion, the court specifically held that the phrase “de novo proceeding” indicates that Congress intended a broad scope of review because the word “proceeding” encompasses all regular activities of a lawsuit, including discovery beyond the administrative record. Because the purpose of the TSCA is to protect the public from chemicals that pose unreasonable risks to health and the environment, the court held that “[a] de novo proceeding in district court modeled after traditional trial-like proceedings would not conflict with the purpose of the TSCA, but would instead effectuate it.”
The court’s ruling means that the trial will now have larger implications for the legality of water fluoridation. If the coalition of fluoride opponents is successful in their lawsuit, the EPA may be forced to reconsider the petition to ban water fluoridation.
What is Fluoride?
The substances added to municipal water supplies known by the name fluoride are actually a combination of unpurified byproducts of phosphate mining. In the United States thousands of tons of fluorosilicic acid is recovered from phosphoric acid plants and then used for water fluoridation. During this process the fluoride ion is created.
This process of taking waste from the phosphate industry and putting it into drinking water has long been criticized for its effects on human health and the environment. It is well known that water fluoridation has led to dental fluorosis for millions of children. This discoloring of the teeth was called “cosmetically objectionable” by the Centers for Disease Control.
Beyond the cosmetic effect there have been several studies indicating overwhelming health issues related to fluoride, especially for children. Another study found a connection between exposure to water fluoridated at relatively low concentrations and a reduced IQ among children.
As recent as September 2017 the journal Environmental Health Perspectives published the study “Prenatal Fluoride Exposure and Cognitive Outcomes in Children at 4 and 6–12 Years of Age in Mexico,” examining the results of prenatal exposure to fluoride and the potential health concerns. The researchers called the study “one of the first and largest longitudinal epidemiological studies to exist that either address the association of early life exposure to fluoride to childhood intelligence or study the association of fluoride and cognition using individual biomarker of fluoride exposure.” The study was funded in part by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
The researchers found that higher prenatal fluoride exposure was associated with lower scores on tests for cognitive function at age four, and between ages six and twelve. The researchers acknowledge that their results are “somewhat consistent” with past ecological studies which indicate children living in areas of high fluoride exposure have lower IQ scores than those in low-exposure areas.
A study published in the journal General Dentistry warns that infants are at risk of dental fluorosis due to overexposure from fluoride in commercially available infant foods. The researchers analyzed 360 different samples of 20 different foods ranging from fruits and vegetables, chicken, turkey, beef, and vegetarian dinners. Chicken products had the highest concentrations of fluoride, followed by turkey. The New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation (NYSCOF) reports that the fluoride levels were due to pesticides, fertilizers, soil, groundwater, and/or fluoridated water. The high levels found in the chicken and turkey can be attributed to “fluoride-saturated bone dust” involved in the process of mechanically separating the meat.
Another study published in Environmental Health found a potential connection between fluoride exposure and the prevalence of adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. The researchers studied data on ADHD among children age four to seventeen collected in 2003, 2007 and 2011 as part of the National Survey of Children’s Health, as well as state water fluoridation data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collected between 1992 and 2008 . It is the first study to analyze the relationship between exposure to fluoridated water and ADHD prevalence.
The team discovered that children living in areas with a majority of the population receiving fluoridated water from public water systems “tended to have a greater proportion of children and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD. ” The researchers concluded that:
this study has empirically demonstrated an association between more widespread exposure to fluoridated water and increased ADHD prevalence in U.S. children and adolescents, even after controlling for socioeconomic status (SES). The findings suggest that fluoridated water may be an environmental risk factor for ADHD.
In addition to these studies related to fluoride and children, dozens of other studies have indicated a variety of health problems. A recent study published in the Journal of Analytical Chemistry indicates that fluoride ions found in fluoridated water and toothpaste may lead to an increase in Urinary Stone Disease (USD). The study was conducted by chemists from Russia and Australia, led by Pavel Nesterenko at the University of Tasmania. The team studied 20 urinary stones from patients at a Russian hospital and discovered fluoride ions in 80% of the stones. This could be due to high levels of fluoride in patients’ urine, possibly from drinking water containing fluorides and ingesting fluoride toothpaste.
A study published in the BMJ’s Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health confirmed fluoride’s negative effect on the thyroid gland and a possible connection to depression, weight gain, and other negative health effects. Researchers with the University of Kent in England examined thyroid activity for those in areas with fluoridated water and those without. The team examined 95 percent of the English population in 2012 and 2013 and found that high rates of underactive thyroid were 30% more likely in areas with high fluoride concentration. An underactive thyroid can lead to depression, weight gain, fatigue and aching muscles.
The You Tube PURGE of conservative channels has drawn mainstream media attention, and You Tube is calling the purge “a mistake”. Here’s the TRUTH about what is really going on. You Tube formed its own 10,000 strong secret thought police that includes the enemy of Christianity, free speech and the second amendment, The Southern Poverty Law Center. Even though the Richie From Boston channel has been restored, dozens of other channels are still either terminated or under fire.
Today You Tube PURGED the Richie From Boston channel. He HAD 150,000 subscribers. You Tube also terminated the Jordan Sather channel. The fascist “Winston Smiths” at You Tube are now targeting investigative journalist Jerome Corsi too. Is this discrimination of political speech legal? I guess it doesn’t matter if you’re an entity under the Google umbrella. Just ask former Google engineer and truth teller James Damore.
Questioning the Florida shooting seems to be the common theme that brought these channels down. So in the spirit of stupidity and what ought to be a FREE PRESS, I’m going there too.
David Hogg gets called out by fellow students
Live scene: Gun control activist David Hogg kibbitzing with students. Hogg’s debate partner says, “He is not supposed to be in our school. He is 25 and from California.” to which Hogg responds “Shocking.”
The Tor Project – a private nonprofit known as the “NSA-proof” gateway to the “dark web,” turns out to be almost “100% funded by the US government” according to documents obtained by investigative journalist and author Yasha Levine.
The Tor browser, launched in 2001, utilizes so-called “onion routing” technology developed by the US Navy in 1998 to provide anonymity over computer networks.
In a recent blog post, Levine details how he was able to obtain roughly 2,500 pages of correspondence via FOIA requests while performing research for a book. The documents include strategy, contract, budgets and status updates between the Tor project and its primary source of funding; a CIA spinoff known as the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which “oversees America’s foreign broadcasting operations like Radio Free Asia and Radio Free Europe.”
By following the money, I discovered that Tor was not a grassroots. I was able to show that despite its indie radical cred and claims to help its users protect themselves from government surveillance online, Tor was almost 100% funded by three U.S. National Security agencies: the Navy, the State Department and the BBG.Following the money revealed that Tor was not a grassroots outfit, but a military contractor with its own government contractor number. In other words: it was a privatized extension of the very same government that it claimed to be fighting.
The documents conclusively showed that Tor is not independent at all. The organization did not have free reign to do whatever it wanted, but was kept on a very short leash and bound by contracts with strict contractual obligations. It was also required to file detailed monthly status reports that gave the U.S. government a clear picture of what Tor employees were developing, where they went and who they saw. –Yasha Levine
The FOIA documents also suggest that Tor’s ability to shield users from government spying may be nothing more than hot air. While no evidence of a “backdoor” exists, the documents obtained by Levine reveal that Tor has “no qualms with privately tipping off the federal government to security vulnerabilities before alerting the public, a move that would give the feds an opportunity to exploit the security weakness long before informing Tor users.”
Cybersecurity experts have noted for years that while Tor may be technically anonymous in theory – the ‘exit nodes’ where traffic leaves the secure “onion” protocol and is decrypted can be established by anyone – including government agencies.
Anyone running an exit node can read the traffic passing through it.
In 2007 Egerstad set up just five Tor exit nodes and used them to intercept thousands of private emails, instant messages and email account credentials.
Amongst his unwitting victims were the Australia, Japanese, Iranian, India and Russia embassies, the Iranian Foreign Ministry, the Indian Ministry of Defence and the Dalai Lama’s liaison office.
He concluded that people were using Tor in the mistaken belief that it was an end-to-end encryption tool.
It is many things, but it isn’t that.
Dan Egerstad proved then that exit nodes were a fine place to spy on people and his research convinced him in 2007, long before Snowden, that governments were funding expensive, high bandwidth exit nodes for exactly that purpose. –Naked Security
Interestingly, Edward Snowden is a big fan of Tor – even throwing a “cryptoparty” while he was still an NSA contractor where he set up a Tor exit node to show off how cool they are.
In a 2015 interview with The Intercept’s (Wikileaks hating) Micah Lee, Snowden said:
LEE: What do you think about Tor? Do you think that everyone should be familiar with it, or do you think that it’s only a use-it-if-you-need-it thing?
SNOWDEN: I think Tor is the most important privacy-enhancing technology project being used today.
“Tor Browser is a great way to selectively use Tor to look something up and not leave a trace that you did it. It can also help bypass censorship when you’re on a network where certain sites are blocked. If you want to get more involved, you can volunteer to run your own Tor node, as I do, and support the diversity of the Tor network.”
Visit http://awarestate.com/exclusive to receive direct email announcements about new articles, books, classes, online appearances, videos, etc… In Randall’s engaging circuitous speaking style, he loops around linking various fascinating factors to foster comprehension of real, natural, sudden and serious climatic shifts, including: how the ‘Little Ice Age’ gave clues that there was a ‘Big’ ice age; that catastrophic events tend to erase evidence of prior catastrophes; the difficulties with explaining glacial/inter-glacial cycles; the message of the Greenland ice cores; societies that don’t adapt go extinct like during the literally ‘Dark’ Ages; the ‘Titanic Effect’ and preparing for the inevitable next catastrophe; what effect the entire nuclear arsenal would have on Antarctica; the unresolved ‘Energy Paradox’ and other simultaneous shifts that comprise the ‘Holocene Mystery’
“‘You don’t got to ask me that bro’ or ‘You can’t ask me that bro'”….’No bro, we’re good'”
Assistant US Attorney Gary Sussman quotes what FBI Agent W. Joseph Astarita said at the scene of LaVoy Finicum’s death to an FBI supervisor asking if he had fired any shots
Lawyers for FBI Agent W. Joseph Astarita tried to convince a federal judge in Portland on Monday (February 26th) that the charges against him were repetitive.
Astarita is charged with three counts of making a false statement (to FBI supervisors) and two counts of obstruction of justice (by lying to Oregon investigators) about two shots that he fired at LaVoy Finicum’s truck on January 26, 2016. Finicum was killed by Oregon State Police moments later.
A lawyer for Astarita told a federal judge that only one lie is alleged in the case and one harm is alleged that should only amount to one alleged crime.
The lawyers claimed before the judge that Astarita’s initital comments to a supervisor at the shooting scene quoted above were not a lie and the charge should be dismissed.
But US District Judge Robert E. Jones said it is premature to throw out charges until witnesses and evidence are presented at trial.
He left open the possibility that he could dismiss charges once the trial gets underway.
While Astarita did not fire the fatal shots that killed LaVoy Finicum, he is believed behind the injury inflicted on Ryan Bundy, who was a passenger in LaVoy’s truck. Federal prosecutors were reportedly seeking to extract the shrapnel from Bundy’s shoulder to prove Astarita fired shots, but have no interest in prosecuting the FBI agent for injuring Ryan Bundy.
At last word, Ryan Bundy still has the shrapnel inside of him and said he would be willing to talk with federal prosecutors about the matter, but they had not contacted him.
Assistant US Attorney Gary Sussman told the judge today that he isn’t sure about the shrapnel being from Astarita’s gun and claimed Ryan Bundy was uncooperative. Sussman said “He hasn’t been cooperative.”
Astarita is set to go to trial on the five charges on July 24th.
As the result of any type of consumption, there is the consequent waste. Often the waste is benign, sometimes even productive, such as with industrial hemp. At other times, it’s deadly. Such is the case with the manufacturing run-off of the heavy metal industries.
The ILVA steel factory in Taranto, Italy (on the Ionian Sea, which opens to the larger Mediterranean) replaced fishing and tourism as its primary industry in 1965. It is now the region’s largest employer and produces forty percent of Italy’s steel. It’s also responsible for the disastrous pollution of the area’s air, land, and water.
One of the contaminants that result from steel production is dioxin. Dioxins are a group of toxic chemical compounds (Chlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxin [CDD], Chlorinated dibenzofuran [CDF], and certain polychlorinated biphenyls [PCB]) that are the by-product of combustion. They are known to cause cancer, disrupt the endocrine system, affect reproduction and development, and damage the immune system.
Because they are fat-soluble, dioxins accumulate in animal (including human) fat and are difficult to excrete. ILVA was found responsible for thirty percent of all of Italy’s dioxin emissions in 2002. By 2004, the proportion had grown to eighty-three percent. Marijuana vs Opioids (My Story)
The amount of dioxins released by ILVA is so bad that farmers have been banned from raising livestock within a twenty-mile radius, as more than ninety percent of human ingestion of dioxins comes from contaminated meat, fish, and dairy.
When local cows and sheep were found in 2008 to have high toxin levels in their milk and meat from their feed and the air, farmers were ordered to slaughter their herds, numbering in the thousands. A 2015 European Union report states that the ILVA steel plant has been an “area at high risk of environmental crisis” since 1997. Regional pollution became so bad that the Italian government shut down part of the plant in 2012 to reduce toxin emissions.
The Reality of Airborne Pollution
Dioxins and other airborne poisons released during steel production rain down as toxic dust, carried over distance and covering everything in the vicinity. The consequences to local ILVA steel workers have been devastating, with terrifyingly higher-than-average rates of illness and disease:
“In Taranto, according to experts, between 2004 and 2010 there were on average 83 deaths a year attributable to exceedances of particulate matter in the air, while hospitalizations for cardio-respiratory causes would amount to 648 per year. [ILVA] workers showed excess mortality from malignant disease (+11%), in particular for stomach cancer (+107), pleura (+ 71%), prostate (+50) and bladder (+69%). Among the non-cancerous diseases are found to be in excess neurological diseases (+64%) and heart disease (+14%). The workers with the qualification of employed presented excess mortality for cancer of the pleura (+135%) and brain (+111%). The impairment framework of the health status of the workers of the steel industry is confirmed by the analysis of hospital admissions in excess of hospitalizations for causes cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory.”
One Farmer Fights Back
Vincenzo Fornaro used to raise sheep in Taranto on a farm that has been in his family for generations. After he was compelled to slaughter his herd, Fornaro began to take steps to cleanse the soil of toxins through a process called phytoremediation. His crop for this purpose: hemp. Rick Simpson Oil; Who is Rick Simpson? Does his Oil cure Cancer?
Plants absorb nutrients in soil. Many will also soak up metals in the ground that are harmful to animals. These metals often have no detrimental effect on the plants. In addition, plants filter toxins from the air. “Phytoremediation” is a term for the use of plants to detoxify soil.
The Power of Industrial Hemp
After the accident at a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine in 1986 that caused widespread radioactive contamination, a task force was put together to repair the environmental damage. Working with the knowledge that some plants are very effective at removing metals and other toxins from soil, plants in the mustard, sunflower, and corn families were sown in and around Chernobyl. The sunflowers were found to remove as much as ninety-five percent of toxic contaminants in twenty-four hours. In 1998, the task force planted industrial hemp.
“Phytoremediation can be used to remove radioactive elements from soil and water at former weapons producing facilities. It can also be used to clean up metals, pesticides, solvents, explosives, crude oil, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, and toxins leaching from landfills.” What’s the Differences Between Hemp and Marijuana
A scientist involved in the Chernobyl clean-up stated:
“Hemp is proving to be one of the best phytoremediative plants we have been able to find.”
There are many benefits to using hemp for phytoremediation. Industrial hemp:
In fact, industrial hemp:
* grows fast and has deep and wide roots
* is tolerant of heavy metals
* stalks can be harvested and used in various products, e.g., building materials, paper, cloth, biofuel
* can grow in a variety of climates
Hemp is in the same family as marijuana but it contains low levels of THC, the psychoactive substance found in marijuana. It is therefore not a recreational drug. Instead, industrial hemp has over fifty thousand practical uses and can be used to make clothing, textiles, medicine, food, and more! When employed for phytoremediation, however, toxins accumulate in hemp leaves; it’s therefore not recommended to re-purpose them for food or personal care products (including CBD oil) in this case. The stalks, however, are definitely viable for other types of products.
The Future of Hemp
The stigma and misinformation surrounding the cannabis family of plants must be eradicated if we and the planet are to benefit from its remarkable and amazing plant. For his part, when asked by a journalist if hemp is the future of his farm, Fornaro replied, “Yes. Absolutely.”
You Tube has PURGED several REAL NEWS channels that dares to question the “official” story regarding the recent Florida school shootings. The Ron Johnson You Tube channel was a CHRISTIAN truth news channel with 150,000 subscribers – and last week the channel was TERMINATED without warning. The same thing has happened to the Richie Allen You Tube channel and others.
Thank you for tuning in for this important interview.
Even without Hillary in the White House, they are still coming after our Second Amendment. Can you even begin to imagine the HORRORS they had planned for us if another Clinton was in control? I can. In fact, not only can I imagine it, I can quantify it, and any way you cut it, it spells Marxist genocide. The deep state coup against President Trump that has been revealed is an existential threat to each and every one of us. YOUR future is at stake. Your LIFE depends on stopping this coup. What the deep state is doing is a LIFE AND DEATH MATTER.”
No sooner did David Seaman mention the false flag event in Florida and talk about the crises actor, David Hogg, his entire channel was removed. They don’t want the truth getting out to the American people.
As predicted, David Seaman has been banned by YouTube. The Cabal is trying to silence the TRUTH. See David’s stuff on DTube, BitChute, and Fulcrum News.: New Vid link:
CNN then relates how it “identified three similar YouTube videos from InfoWars” which were brought to YouTube’s attention for potential removal. A YouTube spokesperson responded that those videos were also now under review.
CNN then openly acknowledges that the goal behind this lobbying effort is to have the Infowars YouTube channel permanently terminated.
YouTube’s community guidelines say if an account receives more than three strikes in three months, the account will be terminated. A source with knowledge of InfoWars’ account says all YouTube accounts, including InfoWars’, are subject to the community guidelines.
The source goes on to tell CNN that InfoWars’ YouTube account did receive a “strike” for the video that was removed on Wednesday.
The community guidelines say if the account receives one more strike in a three-month period, the account will not be able to post new content for two weeks. If the account receives two more strikes in three months, the account will be terminated.
In other words, CNN, a news organization, is now actively lobbying for a third party hosting platform to censor and shut down another news organization simply for offering a different perspective.
This is the culmination of almost a year of media-driven moral panic concerning YouTube.
Having lost the political argument, the legacy media is now turning to censorship in an attempt to silence alternative and competing voices.
As we reported earlier this month, Robert Thompson, CEO of News Corp., the publishing arm of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, brazenly admitted that big corporations are pushing for the likes of Google and Facebook to censor alternative media outlets so that News Corp-owned publications can make more money.
Thompson complained that “misinformation” is being promoted at the expense of media properties such as the Wall Street Journal (which just happens to be owned by News Corp).
“The potential returns for our journalism would be far higher in a less chaotic, less debased digital environment,” he asserted, acknowledging the financial incentive behind censorship.
Watch the two videos YouTube does not want you to see:
FBI agents in the Arkansas capital, he wrote, “have taken the lead” in a new Justice Department inquiry “into whether the Clinton Foundation engaged in any pay-to-play politics or other illegal activities while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state.” (Source)
Solomon reports that the probe “may also examine whether any tax-exempt assets were converted for personal or political use and whether the foundation complied with applicable tax laws.”
Talk about a “Win-Win” situation.
When one hears of murder in their area the Clinton name must immediately come to mind.
Main Justice also is “re-examining whether there are any unresolved issues from the closed case into Clinton’s transmission of classified information through her personal email server,” Solomon notes.
And earlier this month, investigative journalist Peter Schweizer cryptically told SiriusXM radio that federal authorities should “convene a grand jury” in Little Rock “and let the American people look at the evidence” about the Clinton Foundation.
Judicial Watch continues to turn up new evidence of Clinton pay-to-play and mishandling of classified information.
In recent months, through FOIA litigation, Judicial Watch has forced the release of more than 2,600 emails and documents from Mrs. Clinton and her associates, with more to come.
The emails include evidence of Clinton Foundation donors such XL Keystone lobbyist Gordon Griffin, futures brokerage firm CME Group chairman Terrence Duffy, and an associate of Shangri La Entertainment mogul Steve Bing seeking special favors from the State Department.
Read more about Judicial Watch’s pay-to-play disclosures here.
Judicial Watch also revealed many previously unreported incidents of mishandling of classified information.
Mrs. Clinton and her former State Department deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin, sent and received classified information through unsecure channels.
The emails and documents involved sensitive information about President Obama, the Middle East, Africa, Afghanistan, Mexico, Burma, India, intelligence-related operations and world leaders.
For documents and details from Judicial Watch on the mishandling of classified information, see here, here, here and here.
Smelling a rat in Arkansas when it comes to the Clinton’s of course is nothing new, and the former First Couple are masters of the gray areas around pay-to-play.
But mishandling of classified information is a serious matter.
And the tax angle is intriguing, even if you’re not Al Capone.
The tenacious financial expert Charles Ortel, who has been digging deep into Clinton finances for years, told us back in 2015 that there are “epic problems” with the entire Clinton Foundation edifice, which traces its origins back to Arkansas.
He noted that independent accounting firms may have been “duped by false and materially misleading representations” made by Clinton charitable entities.
Down in Arkansas, law enforcement may be finally catching up with Ortel’s insights.
~@ It appears there was a struggle as there are ‘contusions on this mans extremities’… Is it possible he did NOT go down easy and that he was snuffed??... Below is copy of the Coroners Determination on time of death – October 2, at 1200 hours… We been lied to again… Including link to full autopsy report… Full autopsy report at this link
Doesn’t it get old to be continually lied to by the media and our gov?? …. What is going on, why all the coverups on everything from A-Z?/
The SAME DEEP STATE Team that spied on Donald Trump’s Transition Team and worked to exonerate Crooked Hillary Clinton in the sham email investigation is now working to impede, block, delay, lie, deflect from any Congressional investigator sniffing out their trail of crimes.
The Last Refuge at Conservative Treehouse put together this string of very important findings regarding the unlawful spying on the Trump Campaign, the Trump Transition Team and the Trump administration by the deep state apparatus.
2. When Trump transition team lawyer Kory Langhofer (Trump for America transition organization) contacted the special counsels office about the illegal and unethical way they retrieved transition team emails from the GSA. Who was he put in contact with? pic.twitter.com/APNtUfbQhD
In October we at the TGP suspected that the Mueller team was destroying evidence and the bogus crime on President Trump that is not a crime in an investigation that is not constitutional, was just a front for the ability to destroy evidence.
It looks like we are getting closer and closer to the rotten core of deep state and they are doing whatever they can to deflect, lie, deceive and block the investigators.
Eventually the truth will come out.
JW Tom Fitton: “We just found a third dossier. This one created by the Obama State Department.
By my count, there are now at least 4 Obama/Clinton “get Trump” dossiers.”
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said there are at least four different anti-Trump dossiers stemming from Obama-Clinton inc.
FITTON: “There was no basis for a legitimate investigation into alleged collusion between Donald Trump and the Russians. The only basis was a smear job created by Hillary Clinton’s political operatives. In fact, there came out another Clinton dossier, this one created by Cody Shearer, who also got it to the FBI supposedly through Fusion GPS. Cody Shearer goes way back, he’s a longtime Clinton operative-henchman. So now that’s two dossiers. And guess what, we just found a third dossier. This one created by the Obama State Department.
We received the documents, we just released them this week. So what happens is, shortly before President Trump came into office, the Obama State Department gathered intelligence, classified material on Russian activities on elections and public policy, fights abroad specially in Europe [….] They sent them to their buddy Ben Cardin, a Democrat from Maryland.
So they were vacuuming classified information, creating a special dossier on Russia and sending classified information to, according to reports at the time, with the express purpose of not allowing the Trump administration to assert its prerogative on the handling of this classified information and its relations with Russia. The abuses don’t stop with the Obama FBI and DOJ, they continued into this Obama State Department and we want to know how this classified information was gathered, who ordered it, how it was disseminated and who else has it…They are in cover-up mode!”
A recent ballot challenge hearing in New Jersey exposes a desperate strategy by Obama to distance himself from his forged certificate and induce the contrived value of his transient political popularity as the only “legitimate qualification” needed to hold the office of the presidency.
By Dan Crosby of THE DAILY PEN Editor: Penbrook Johannson
Thursday, April 12, 2012
NEW YORK, NY – After a Maricopa County law enforcement agency conducted a six-month forensic examination which determined that the image of Obama’s alleged 1961 Certificate of Live Birth posted to a government website in April, 2011 is a digital fabrication and that it did not originate from a genuine paper document, arguments from an Obama eligibility lawyer during a recent New Jersey ballot challenge hearing reveals the image was not only a fabrication, but that it was likely part of a contrived plot by counterfeiters to endow Obama with mere political support while simultaneously making the image intentionally appear absurd and, therefore, invalid as evidence toward proving Obama’s ineligibility in a court of law.
Taking an audacious and shocking angle against the constitutional eligibility mandate, Obama’s lawyer, Alexandra Hill, admitted that the image of Obama’s birth certificate was a forgery and made the absurd claim that, therefore, it cannot be used as evidence to confirm his lack of natural born citizenship status. Therefore, she argued, it is “irrelevant to his placement on the ballot”.
Hill went on to contort reasoning by implying that Obama needs only invoke his political popularity, not legal qualifications, in order to be a candidate.
At the hearing, attorney for the plaintiffs, Mario Apuzzo, correctly argued that Obama, under the Constitution, has to be a “natural born Citizen” and that he has not met his burden of showing that he is eligible to be on the New Jersey primary ballot by showing that he is indeed a “natural born Citizen.” He argued that Obama has shown no authenticate evidence to the New Jersey Secretary of State demonstrating who he is and that he was born in the United States. Apuzzo also argued that as a matter of law, Obama is not a “natural born Citizen” because he was born to a father who was not a U.S. citizen.
As Obama’s legal argument becomes more contorted, he is being forced to avoid an ever shrinking legal space, and an increasing weight, of his failure to meet constitutional eligibility requirements.
Hill, of Genova, Burn & Giantomasi Attorneys in Newark, made a desperate motion to dismiss the ballot objection arguing that Obama’s lack of natural-born citizenship status was not relevant to being placed on the New Jersey presidential ballot because no law exists in New Jersey which says that a candidate’s appearance on the ballot must be supported by evidence of natural born citizenship status. Only the U.S. constitution restricts eligibility to hold the office of president to natural born citizens. Judge Masin denied the motion to dismiss and the case proceeded to trial.
“Sadly, regardless of her moral deficiency, Hill is legally justified,” says TDP Editor, Penbrook Johannson, “Obama’s eligibility is a separate matter than the charges of forgery and fraud. Of course, we have evidence that he is not eligible. But, evidence of forgery by as yet unidentified counterfeiters working on behalf of Obama is not what legally excludes Obama from appearing on a ballot, by itself, until some authority is willing to consider this as evidence of forgery on its merit as an indication of actual ineligibility in a court of legal authority. Until some court of competent jurisdiction is willing to hear evidence of forgery and fraud, you can’t legally punish a political candidate for that crime which has not been proven that they committed. However, since Obama is not eligible because of a lack of authenticated evidence to the contrary, he could be held off the ballot for that reason.”
According to Johannson, there is an overwhelming level of moral certainty that Obama is a usurper, but until a court with jurisdiction considers this case, Obama’s status as a legitimate president is in limbo.
“He does not exist as a president except in the imagination of those who blindly support him. Whereas he is politically desired by a transient consensus, his legality is unresolved until a responsible court makes a determination. This is the essence of our crisis. Our nation exists in a state of non-authorized identity. Obama is just some guy calling himself a president and living in the White House without the confirmative authority to do so.”
Obama’s document forgery and fraudulent presidency have now forced him to flee to a “strange twilight zone” between political popularity and legal legitimacy where poorly counterfeited records are apparently allowed to be published by Obama using government media resources for political purposes, yet those same records are held by the courts as irrelevant for determining Obama’s legal eligibility status because they are, according to judges, “so poorly forged” they are obviously meant to be satirical and not to be taken seriously as evidence.
Shockingly, parting from widespread public ignorance, Hill actually acknowledged two of the three necessary components of determining natural born citizenship as being place of birth and citizenship status of both parents. However, she argued that, “No law in New Jersey obligated him (Obama) to produce any such evidence in order to get on the primary ballot.”
The third component of natural born eligibility is maintenance of natural born citizenship status from birth to election without interruption, involuntarily or voluntarily, due to expatriation, extradition, renouncement or foreign adoption.
“Obama is mocking our constitution,” says Johannson, “His position is that he never claimed the image was an indication of his natural born status, just that it was information about his birth. Whether it is forged or authentic is irrelevant to Obama because plausible deniability affords him the security in knowing that no legal authority is willing to hang him with it.”
Of course, Johannson adds that it makes Obama look like a willing accomplice and a liar, but, he says, “…show me a politician who cares about being seen as a liar by the public. If people who support him want to vote for a person like that, it reveals more about the reprobate character of Obama supporters than competency of any legal determination about his lack of constitutional eligibility. Degenerates will vote for a degenerate while patriots will exhaust all civil means to remove him…until those civil means are exhausted. Then things get ugly for government.”
“However, Hill is also essentially admitting that Obama is not a legitimate president and that Obama believes that his illegitimacy does not matter to his legal ability to hold the office. Obama holds to a political tenet, not a legal one with respect to his views on his eligibility. That’s what corrupt, criminal politicians do. When the law convicts them, they run to public favorability for shelter with the hope that their supporters will apply pressure to disregard law in their case.”
Obama is now arguing that because he is politically popular, as he points to as being indicated by his so-called ‘election’, despite accusations of eligibility fraud and election fraud, the constitutional eligibility mandate is not relevant, in his view. Until a courageous authority is willing to disagree and hold Obama to an equally weighted legal standard, civil remedies for the Obama problem are limited.
Johannson adds that Obama is making the same argument on behalf of Obamacare.
“If he had the gall to actually tell the Supreme Court that they have no authority to determine the unconstitutionality of his illegitimate policies, what makes anyone think he believes they have the authority to disqualify him due to his lack of constitutional eligibility? Obama believes he holds preeminent power over all branches of government because of his delusions of political grandeur.”
He correctly points to a lifetime pattern of behavior and testimony by Obama which indicates a complete lack of regard for the U.S. Constitution when it restricts Obama’s political agenda and lust for power.
“This is a guy who illegally defaced public property when he scribed his aspirations to be ‘king’ in a concrete sidewalk at the age of ten, for God’s sake. Now, his ‘majesty’ wants to put his illegal ‘graffiti’ into American law books. However, his problem is that he has to face the fact that he is an abject failure in his capacity to meet any standard required by the 250-year-old U.S. Constitution, in everything he tries to do. The Constitution owns him and he can’t stand it. He hates it. Therefore, instead of admitting his lack of constitutionality, he simply breaks the rules and proceeds to illegally scribe his fake authority on everything until someone is willing to physically stop him. Obama is not just an illegitimate politician, he is a rogue outlaw without regard for the divine providence of American law.”
Apuzzo submitted that New Jersey law requires Obama to show evidence that he is qualified for the office he wishes to occupy and that includes showing that he is a “natural born Citizen,” which includes presenting evidence of who he is, where he was born, and that he was born to two U.S. citizen parents. Apuzzo added that the Secretary of State has a constitutional obligation not to place any ineligible candidates on the election ballot.
Obama Lawyers Want the Video of the NJ Obama Ballot Access Challenge Public Hearing Pulled and Suppressed
I heard this morning that the Obama lawyers are trying to suppress the videos of the NJ Obama Ballot Access Challenge public hearing. So I called and spoke with Attorney Mario Apuzzo and he confirmed that Obama’s lawyers have called him and told him they are planning to take legal action to get the videos of the NJ Ballot Access Challenge Public Hearing pulled and suppressed. What is the Obama side ashamed of and doesn’t want the world to see. Could it be that their Obama “emperor has no clothing on”, i.e., has no known conclusively proven true legal identity clothing/papers to show the world which Attorney Mario Apuzzo forced them to admit to and stipulate to in the NJ public hearing? Obama’s side obviously does not want people to see this video. Watch it yourself at the below links and learn why.
In these videos, the Obama side even wants to allow Mickey Mouse to run for President. To Obama and his lawyers the U.S. Constitution and presidential eligibility clause in Article II is a joke. You can see that in Part II at about 40 minutes into that segment. It was interesting that Obama’s lawyer chose and mentioned Mickey Mouse running for President and making a mockery of the election process in her statements in the hearing in NJ since according to the 2008 records Mickey Mouse was a contributor to Obama’s campaign in 2008 as part of the untraceable debit and credit card contributions that Obama accepted online, using any name typed in real or not since the card name verification was turned off by Obama’s campaign, presumably to avoid campaign limits per person as one reason for their doing so. Also it is reported that a good chunk of the ultimate source of the online donations were alleged to have been illegally provided to Obama operatives from foreign sources who then made the donations online using fictitious names.
Full Video of the NJ Obama Ballot Access Challenge Public Hearing. Obama’s attorney did not wish the proceedings video taped. It has been learned from sources who recorded these videos with the court’s permission under NJ law that Obama’s lawyer did not want the hearing video taped and she tried before the start of the public hearing to get the cameras removed. However under NJ state law, video taping of public hearings is permitted. Now the Obama legal team wants to suppress these videos. Everyone should download a copy of these videos onto their own personal computer such that the Obama side cannot make these videos disappear from the eyes and ears of the American electorate who can now see the shameful games the Obama lawyers play in court to avoid revealing Obama’s lack of any conclusive proof as to his true legal identity. See this channel link for the videos of this public hearing and/or via the other embedded links below: http://www.youtube.com/haggz51
Video of NJ Hearing Part 1:
Obama Attorney Alexandra Hill argues even Mickey Mouse could be on New Jersey Presidential ballot!
Obama lawyer Angelo Genova tries to suppress and intimidate NJ conservative press and citizen journalists — Original Obama attorney Alexandra Hill, the Mickey Mouse attributer, removed from Obama NJ eligibility case. Head of Obama’s NJ law firm Angelo Genova now taking over the case
The Tea Party Tribune was welcomed to record this “Historic Press Release” video of the Obama Birth Certificate Fraud Investigation, for the Cold Case Posse and other investigative entities. There will be another press release from the Cold Case Posse coming in the near future.
Most people know that a new president gets to name over 4,000 political appointees when they are elected. This political cronyism is partisan politics and fills our bloated government with unqualified employees.
Some think that these are the people that comprise the Deep State.
But the Deep State is much deeper than that.
There is a much more sinister system in place that controls Washington D. C.’s bureaucracies through an actual, organized shadow government called the Deep State.
It is the heart of the swamp.
And in this American Intelligence Media citizen intelligence report, we are going to show you exactly who they are and how we can remove them.
The Washington D. C. Deep State is a group of 8,156 appointed mangers in 75 federal agencies that control the executive bureaucracy and tell new political appointees what they can and cannot do. Yes, that’s right, the Deep State is an official government program, well-organized, comprehensive, and “in charge.”
OUT OF THE 8,156 MEMBERS WHO MAKE UP THIS DEEP STATE OF ENSCONCED BUREAUCRATS, OVER 7,000 WERE APPOINTED BY OBAMA.
These the are the “Obama Holdouts” that still control the executive branch of government a full year after Trump has come to office. Obama expanded the existing program of Deep State managers and appointed over 7,000 of the 8,156 bosses who are called the Senior Executive Service. Some call it the “Shadow Government”, and it is true that this federal cabal works in the shadows.
Have you ever heard of such a group?
Some call it Obama’s Army.
Let’s review what we know about the power of “political appointees” who hold important leadership and policymaking positions.
There are four basic types of appointments:
Presidential Appointments with Senate Confirmation: There are 1,212 senior leaders, including the Cabinet secretaries and their deputies, the heads of most independent agencies and ambassadors, who must be confirmed by the Senate.
Presidential Appointments without Senate Confirmation: There are 353 positions which make up much of the White House staff, although they are also scattered throughout many of the smaller federal agencies.
Non-career Senior Executive Service: Members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) work in key positions just below the top presidential appointees, bridging the gap between the political leaders and the civil service throughout the federal government.
Schedule C Appointments: There are 1,403 Schedule C appointees who serve in a confidential or policy role. They range from schedulers and confidential assistants to policy experts.
The Senior Executive Service (SES) in 2016 had 8,156 members who were appointees. Obama appointed over 7,000 of them to these key positions. Most of these appointees do not arise from inside the respective agencies through a merit system and often are not qualified.
It is little known that there are many more SES appointees than any other type of political appointment. The “key bosses” in the federal government’s SES program are not only unqualified cronies, but they are also paid more than the highest government rate of G-15. They can even get bonuses, and each agency can set the salary of each SES member, which has no top range.
THE DEEP STATE – SHADOW GOVERNMENT IS A RECOGNIZED BUREAUCRATIC FUNCTION THAT PAYS THE BEST SALARIES IN FEDERAL WORK.
The Senior Executive Service plays a critical role in every presidential transition, supporting and educating political appointees about how government works, and often temporarily serving in top agency jobs during the lengthy appointee confirmation and onboarding process. The article below describes the transition function of the SES.
From the way the State’s Senior Executive Service describes itself on its website and other publications and articles, you wouldn’t know that it is describing a shadow government, unless you looked carefully at what was actually being said and done.
The SES consists of men and women, noncareer and career officials, charged with leading the continuing transformation of government. SES officials are neither excepted nor competitive service appointments. SES appointees typically support officials with the implementation of current administration policies.
IN REALITY, THEY ARE TODAY ENTRENCHED BUREAUCRATIC PERSONNEL WHO DO THE BIDDING OF THE OBAMA-CLINTON REGIME AND THEIR GLOBALIST MASTERS.
The SES was established by the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 as an Executive Branch personnel system. SES members serve in key positions, just below the top Presidential appointees, and are the major link between senior officials and the rest of the Federal workforce. The two types of SES positions are General, which can be filled by any type of appointment, and Career Reserved, which can be filled only by a career appointment.
The following types of appointments may be made in the SES:
Noncareer Appointments are to a General SES position that, generally, is of a top policy determining character, who shares with Presidential appointees the advocacy of current administration policies. They can be made without regard to competitive requirements. Agencies may also set the pay level of the appointee.
Career Appointments have no time limitation and provide certain job protections and benefits not conferred by non-career and limited appointments.
Limited Term Appointments are nonrenewable appointments, for a term of three years or less.
Limited Emergency Appointments are nonrenewable appointments, not to exceed 18 months, to a General SES position established to meet a bona fide, unanticipated, urgent need.
The Senior Executive Service covers most managerial, supervisory, and policy positions in the Executive Branch above grade GS-15, except those that require Senate confirmation. The SES is a system in which salary and career status are personal rather than dependent on the position occupied. There are two main types of SES positions: career-reserved (which must be filled by career appointees) and general (which may be filled by career or non-career appointees, or by limited-term or limited emergency appointees).
There were 8,156 SES members in 2016. To see the evidence for those facts you can access the government’s official 2016 SES Report at the following site:
On page three of the report below, you can see for yourself that the 2016 Senior Executive Services Report lists that there were 8,156 SES members in 75 federal agencies. These “bosses” can’t really be fired because they are in charge. This is a good deal for SES members who are appointed as the all-knowing and all-powerful bosses of agencies they might not have even known existed before they were put in charge of them. And it was a brilliant play for Obama to have left this corruptcracy in place for Hillary’s final overthrow of America, but now which can thwart the attempts of the Trump administration to get anything done.
Questions about John McCain’s foundation have arisen amid revelations that, for the last several years the foundation has not been using its donations, instead depositing small amounts of their large endowment into the Arizona State University Foundation. This issue has added importance when considered in the context of John McCain’s controversial sources of funding and the arrest of a number of past campaign workers on charges such as child abuse and drug trafficking.
I. The McCain Institute
The McCain Institute for International Leadership is a think tank established in cooperation with Arizona State University. The primary focus of the foundation is combatting human trafficking and promoting a new generation of “national security leaders.” The McCain Institute has hosted a number of speaking events over the years, with speakers such as Joe Biden, Ben Affleck, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Governor Chris Christie, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe. Board members of the McCain Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council include Ashton Kutcher, co-founder of anti-human trafficking group, Thorn. The Institute’s Board of Trustees includes Lynn Forester de Rothschild, former general David Petraeus and Joseph Lieberman. Factoring in board members, employees and interns, the McCain Institute has 80 employees assisting their operations in various capacities.
With the connections that the McCain Institute enjoys, the expectation would be that they would be using their generous endowments, ample staff and influence to make meaningful strides in the fight against human trafficking. But an inspection of their finances reveals that this is not the case.
II. The McCain Institute Is Not Spending Their Endowment
A review of the McCain Institute’s filings with the IRS reveals that they are not, in fact, spending any of their endowment on combatting human trafficking, or apparently on any other expenses. In 2012, the McCain Institute received $8,685,619 in donations, gifts and grants. Yet their expenses were a mere $500,000. In 2013 they again, only contributed $500,000 of their endowment. In 2014, the McCain Institute received $1,305,000 and donated $1,500,000. All of the donations made by the McCain Institute in 2012, 2013 and 2014 went to the Arizona State University Foundation, a group which appears to have nothing to do with human trafficking. Why McCain is not spending his foundation’s endowment on anything, let alone anti-human trafficking efforts, raises questions about where the cash is actually going and what it is being used for.
III. John McCain Has A Long History Of Corruption Allegations And Criminal Staff Members Involved With His Campaigns
The McCain Institute’s website features a long list of donors that includes Chevron, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Sir Evelyn and Lynn Forester de Rothschild, FedEx Corporation, the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and McCain’s own 2008 Presidential Campaign. McCain has always been cozy with big name donors, a habit which has caused him to be accused of impropriety in a number of instances. In 1989 McCain narrowly escaped corruption charges along with four other Senators after it was alleged that they intervened on banker Charles Keating Jr.’s behalf to resist banking regulators in return for financial support. In 2008, McCain was accused of impropriety by Judicial Watch after he accepted campaign donations from multiple members of the Rothschild family in London. Wikileaks also revealed that McCain had improperly lobbied the Russian government for campaign contributions. In 2016, McCain cut off reporters enquiring about a $1 million donation that he had received from Saudi Arabia in 2014. More recently in February 2017, Breitbart accused McCain of corruption after it emerged that McCain, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Lindsey Graham had all accepted donations from George Soros.
Multiple members of McCain’s various campaign staff have been arrested in the past on criminal charges. In 2009, the former manager of McCain’s Pueblo, Colorado presidential campaign office was arrested on child molestation charges after it was alleged that he had abused a number of young boys; at least one molestation occurred during the time that he was working for McCain. In April 2016, a former fundraiser for John McCain was arrested on multiple felony drug charges, including child endangerment after police found an active meth lab and meth, LSD and cocaine in her house. She had been listed as a contact in fundraising documents for Senator McCain.
The failure of the McCain Institute to actually spend their money on furthering the foundation’s stated objectives, Senator McCain’s long history courting controversy by attracting accusations of corruption and multiple instances of his campaign staff’s involvement in criminal activities raise serious questions about the work being done by his Institute to combat human trafficking and where the money given to it is actually going.
Police have apprehended a Russian citizen believed to be the number two in an international cybercrime organization, the Bangkok Post reported.
Sergey Sergeyevich Medvedev was arrested in Bangkok last Friday, Feb. 2, by the Thai Crime Suppression Division (CSD) on a request from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. A laptop and documents were taken as evidence by the CSD.
A source told The Bangkok post that evidence showed that Medvedev had over 100,000 Bitcoin (BTC) at the time of his arrest, approximately $820 mln. However, the Post wrote that Medvedev’s 100,000 BTC was equal to about 100 mln baht, when it is actually equal to 26,523,087,316 baht.
Medvedev allegedly was an administrator for the Dark Web site Infraud – whose slogan was “In Fraud We Trust” – that dealt primarily in the sale of stolen credit cards and identities and illegally obtained government documents.
On Feb. 7 the US Department of Justice (DOJ) had released an indictment of 36 individuals, not including Medvedev, charged with participating in Infraud. The DOJ has now arrested 13 criminals from 17 countries for defrauding victims of over $530 mln as well as over $2.2 bln in losses.
The coordinated effort to apprehend the alleged perpetrators involved the US, Australia, the UK, France, Italy, Kosovo, Serbia, and additionally Thailand, according to the Bangkok Post.
Infraud was purportedly founded by Ukrainian national Svyatoslav Bondarek in 2010. Bondarek disappeared from online activity in 2015, which is when Medvedev reportedly took control over Infraud.
Cybersecurity news site CyberScoop claims that Medvedev allegedly operated the “escrow service”for Infraud, which, according to the DOJ’s Justice News release:
“facilitate[d] illicit digital currency transactions among its members and employed screening protocols that purported to ensure only high quality vendors of stolen cards, personally identifiable information, and other contraband.”
It was forbidden within the organization to trade in stolen information from victims located in Russia, a rule common to many cybercrime groups, writes CyberScoop.
A Russian airliner crashed minutes after takeoff from one of Moscow’s airports on Sunday, killing all 65 passengers and six crew members on board, officials said.
The plane was an An-148, a regional jet belonging to Saratov Airlines, that had taken off from Domodedovo Airport and was headed to Orsk about 1,000 miles southeast of Moscow, REN-TV reported.
The Moscow Inter-Regional Transport Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement to Interfaxthat all people on board the plane have died. “The plane was carrying 65 passengers and six crewmembers. All of them died,” the agency said.
Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov added that “judging by everything, no one has survived this crash.”
In this screen grab provided by the Life.ru, the wreckage of a AN-148 plane is seen in Stepanovskoye village, about 25 miles from the Domodedovo airport, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (Life.ru via AP)
Authorities have found a black box belonging to the aircraft and have cordoned off the area of the crash site, regional head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations Sergei Poletykin said in a conference call.
“One recorder was found at the crash site,” Poletykin said.
The crew of the doomed aircraft did not report any malfunctions, Svetlana Petrenko, an official representative of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, told Interfax.
On Friday, the GOP memo was released detailing how former President Barack Obama’s administration abused their power to trigger the phony Russia investigation into President Donald Trump.
The memo details how a slew of top Obama bureaucrats used the discredited dossier, which was compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele for the left-wing firm Fusion GPS, to secure a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to launch a surveillance campaign against Trump and his former campaign members.
The dossier was not only given nearly $10 million from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee, it was the main document used to secure the spy warrant that launched the Russia probe.
In Dec. 2017, Nunes had sent numerous subpoenas to the FBI requesting all information pertaining to why then top intelligence analyst Peter Strzok had been fired from Mueller’s investigation last summer.
Strzok, who remains employed at the FBI, fired by Mueller after an internal probe revealed he had been sending thousands of anti-Trump text messages to Lisa Page, a top lawyer at the FBI with whom he was having an affair.
Text messages between Strzok and Page, which were finally turned over to Congress last month, revealed the two rogue FBI agents discussed disturbing things ranging from an “insurance policy” to use against Trump, a “secret society” that met the day after Trump won the 2016 presidential election, to “removing classified information” from government cell phones.
After the DOJ and FBI finally handed over the emails, Nunes initially put his contempt of Congress orders on hold to complete the memo.
But reports indicate the memo has only energized Nunes and other top GOP lawmakers to issue this declaration and fully expose the FBI, Mueller, and other top Obama holdovers for abusing their power to derail Trump’s presidency.
Republicans are finally fighting back, and it is about to get a lot worse for these Deep State actors.
An undercover FBI informant has submitted written testimony to Congress asserting he has video evidence of bribe money related to the Uranium One scandal being stuffed into suitcases for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The high-value informant, Douglas Campbell, said the Kremlin funneled money directly into the Clinton Foundation in exchange for Clinton approving a deal that sold one-fifth of the United States uranium to Russia.
As detailed in Campbell’s written statement to Congressional investigators, the Uranium One“deal” in 2010 involved the Clinton Foundation receiving a substantial payment in exchange for the State Department approving the sale of 20 percent of the United States’ uranium to Russia’s largest nuclear company Rosatom.
Attorney for Uranium One Informant “Clintons can Attack all they want, my client has the truth”
Former President Obama hasn’t tweeted since Jan. 15, sparking speculation his lawyers told him to stay low amid the brewing scandal implicating him in the illegal surveillance of President Trump.
Despite having nearly 100 million followers, Obama isn’t as voracious of a tweeter as Trump, yet he doesn’t normally take an over two-week break from Twitter.
Additionally, over the past month, Obama’s Facebook page has only shared a handful of content originally posted on the Obama Foundation page, much of which are “reruns” of Obama’s days as president.
And, interestingly enough, Obama showed up at a New York synagogue on Jan. 24, which the Daily Mail reported as a “rare public appearance.”
A quick search on Getty Images confirms that there’s very few recent photos of him.
It’s revealing that the former president once accused of narcissism is suddenly so shy, especially as he’s currently making headlines over his Watergate-style activities in the White House.
For one thing, the newly released texts between pro-Clinton FBI investigator Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page reveal that Obama demanded “to know everything” the FBI was doing during the investigation into Hillary Clinton.
Publicly, however, he claimed he wanted no involvement.
“I do not talk to the attorney general about pending investigations. I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations. We have a strict line,” he said on April 10, 2016.
“I guarantee it. I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department or the FBI, not just in this case but in any case. Full stop. Period.”
An informant who spent years gathering information on the Russian energy and uranium market industry for the FBI, met staff members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, House Oversight, and House Intelligence Committees on Wednesday. He gave explosive testimony on his years as an undercover informant providing information to the FBI on Russian criminal networks operating in the United States. He also contends in his testimony, and written briefs, to the FBI that Russia attempted to hide its ongoing aid to help sustain Iran’s nuclear industry, at the time the Obama administration approved the sale of 20 percent of U.S. uranium mining rights to Russia.
William D. Campbell, an American businessman, provided extensive information on other counterintelligence issues to the FBI for decades and he had also provided information to the CIA on various issues during his time overseas.
“For several years my relationship with the CIA consisted of being debriefed after foreign travel,” Campbell noted in his testimony, which was obtained by this reporter. “Gradually, the relationship evolved into the CIA tasking me to travel to specific countries to obtain specific information. In the 1990’s I developed a working relationship with Kazakhstan and Russia in their nuclear energy industries. When I told the CIA of this development, I was turned over to FBI counterintelligence agents.”
The informant’s attorney, Victoria Toensing partner at the firm DiGenova & Toensing, said the following:
“Mr. Campbell testified for over four hours until he answered every question from three Congressional committees; the Senate Judiciary, House Oversight and House Intelligence committees.
He recounted numerous times that the Russians bragged that the Clintons’ influence in the Obama administration would ensure CIFIUS approval for Uranium One. And he was right.”
The recent revelations over the past year regarding Campbell’s undercover work for the FBI, sparked a Department of Justice investigation into the Obama Administration’s handling of the sale of U.S. uranium mining assets to Russia. On Wednesday, he shared with the committee information he provided to the FBI and has in the past described his frustration with the Obama administration’s failure to stop Russia’s nuclear giant from purchasing 20 percent of American uranium mining assets.
Campbell testified before numerous Congressional members and investigators that his extensive counterintelligence work on Russia and stated that during his time as an informant, he obtained information that Russia was continuing to aid the Iranian government by providing tools and equipment necessary for the nation’s nuclear reactors, despite promises that they were not sharing such technology with Iran.
In an April 16, 2010, summary brief provided to his former FBI handlers and obtained by this reporter, he stressed his deep concerns about Tenex, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Russian state nuclear arm, Rosatom and its ongoing work to provide Iran with the technology needed for its nuclear reactor program.
At the time, Rosatom was seeking the approval to purchase the Canadian mining company Uranium One, which controlled roughly 20 percent of American uranium.
“TENEX continues to supply Iran with fuel through their Russian company TVEL,” stated Campbell in a 2010 brief provided to the FBI in 2010. TVEL is a Russian nuclear fuel cycle company headquartered in Moscow. “They (TVEL) continue to assist with construction consult and fabricated assemblies to supply the reactor. Fabricated assemblies require sophisticated engineering and are arranged inside the reactor with the help and consult of TVEL.”
Campbell informed the FBI of the close relationship between TVEL and TENEX, both a part of the Rosatom group. He stated in his brief that while spending time with the Russian executives from both Rosatom and Tenex, that any mention of “TVEL is a subject that is serious to all when mentioned. I do not even raise the subject of TVEL to our friends, but occasionally they speak of it and always in a guarded manner.”
In the briefs, he informed the FBI that “occasionally someone will mention having been in Iran but usually it is long after the fact.”
“His response was a smile and shoulder shrug”
And when he asked the Russians about these connections, he stated that they “occasionally speak of the relationship, i.e. equipment, consulting. I asked Vadim (Mikerin) if they felt there was a serious problem, and would they adhere to sanctions and western opinion. His response was a smile and shoulder shrug.”
But Campbell had provided the FBI with evidence of the criminal network and delivered the information to the FBI. which was monitoring his work as an informant and approving his transfer of bribery money to the Russians. Those transfers, which were made in bulk $50,000 sums and at times delivered in cash, occurred between senior executives of the American transportation company and the Russian executives connected to Rosatom. He had given the FBI irrefutable evidence showing how contracts obtained from the same Russian energy company Tenex, were based on contract bribery and other nefarious actions, he said.
Senior members of the FBI, Department of Treasury, Department of Energy and Department of Justice were also briefed on Campbell’s information and were apprised of the various facets pertaining to Russia’s acquisition of the Canadian company. In fact, Campbell had been told by his FBI handlers that his work had made it at least twice into President Obama’s classified presidential daily briefings.
“The Russians expressed a sense of urgency to secure new U.S. uranium business because they knew that the two-decades-old “Megatons to Megawatts” program would cease in 2013,” Campbell said. “Then Russia would no longer be guaranteed a market to sell recycled nuclear warhead materials as peaceful reactor fuel in the United States. I gathered evidence for the FBI by moving closer and closer to the Russians’ key nuclear industry players, including those inside the United States and high-ranking Russian officials who would visit.”
Despite the insurmountable evidence collected by Campbell, the Obama administration’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States approved Russia’s purchase of Uranium One in the fall of 2010.
That approval by the Obama administration gave Moscow extensive rights to buy and sell more atomic fuels.
“I was speechless and angry in October 2010 when CFIUS approved the Uranium One sale to Rosatom. I was deeply worried that TLI continued to transport sensitive uranium despite the fact that it had been compromised by the bribery scheme,” stated Campbell in his testimony to lawmakers. “I expressed these concerns repeatedly to my FBI handlers. The response I got was that “politics” was somehow involved. I remember one response I got from an agent when I asked how it was possible CFIUS would approve the Uranium One sale when the FBI could prove Rosatom was engaged in criminal conduct. His answer: “Ask your politics.”
It wasn’t until years later in 2015 that American businessman Daren Condrey, whose company Transportation Logistics International, plead guilty to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and conspiring to commit wire fraud, according to the DOJ.
Russian national Vadim Mikerin, who was a top official of the Russian nuclear arms subsidiary Tenex and would later become president of Tenam the American subsidiary of Rosatom, was also sentenced in December 2015. Mikerin, who only plead guilty to money laundering, was arrested for a racketeering scheme that dated back to 2004. He was sentenced to 48 months in prison.
Boris Rubizhevsky, another Russian national from New Jersey, who was president of the security firm NEXGEN Security, was also involved in the conspiracy and plead guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering in 2015. He served as a consultant to Tenam and to Mikerin. Rubizhevsky was sentenced to prison last year along with three years of supervised release and a $26,500 fine, according to a recent Reuters report.
And Mark Lambert, 54, a co-owner of Transportation Logistics International, was charged this month on an “11-count indictment with one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and to commit wire fraud, seven counts of violating the FCPA, two counts of wire fraud and one count of international promotion money laundering,” as stated in the DOJ press release. Lambert’s charges stem from an alleged scheme to bribe Mikerin in order to secure contracts with TENEX, according to the DOJ release.
Campbell, whose from the South Eastern United States, founded a company in 1981 early in his career that focused on agriculture and energy consulting for foreign companies.
He was the Chief Operating Officer, and “led the company’s expansion into Europe and the Middle East,” stated Toensing.
During his time working in the Middle East in the 1980s he came into possession of information he thought would be of interest to the U.S. government and “contacted the local FBI office and presented the plans to an agent,” he relayed to congressional members.
That was the beginning of Campbell’s informant with the FBI.
In the 1990’s Campbell traveled to Kazakhstan and Russia developing relationships in their nuclear energy industries. It was at that point that the Campbell also gave began providing information to the FBI’s counterintelligence agents.
“Through my energy consulting, I began to make inroads into the Russian nuclear industry, first in Kazakhstan through Swiss contacts and then in Russia,” Campbell’s statement said. “My FBI assignments included providing information about Russian efforts to secure large swaths of Kazakh uranium in the 1990’s and again around the time former President Bill Clinton visited the region as a private citizen in 2005, accompanied by a donor to his Foundation, Frank Giustra.”
He was reimbursed for his expenses and at times receive a modest compensation for his work with the FBI, he testified.
“By far the largest and most significant payment I received was in January 2016,” he noted. “The FBI presented me a $50,000-plus check thanking and commending me for my work from 2009 to 2014 in the investigation of the Russian nuclear energy industry.”
“Putin wanted Russia to dominate the world’s uranium supply, a goal of crucial interest to the U.S. government. At the same time, the Russian companies – Rosatom and Tenex – were engaged in racketeering,” his testimony stated.
Campbell, who was using the money paid to him by the FBI for his work and expressed his frustration to the FBI over their failure to reimburse him approximately $500,000 he had spent on payments to facilitate the undercover case, Toensing added.
In January 2016 the FBI invited him to a dinner in Crystal City, Virginia, where they presented him with a check for just over $50,000 and thanked him for his work, said Toensing. A copy of the check has been obtained by this reporter.
In 2016, Campbell filed a lawsuit in Maryland federal court against the Russian nuclear entities asking for the return of the money he had to launder out of his own paychecks. His lawyers were advised by the DOJ a few days of filing the lawsuit that prosecutors in the Fraud Section of the Justice Department under then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, demanded the withdrawal the lawsuit. According to a letter, obtained by this reporter, the DOJ threatened to destroy Campbell’s reputation and prosecute him for violating a non-disclosure agreement he had signed with the FBI.
Late last year, the Department of Justice under Attorney General Jeff Sessions lifted Campbell’s NDA agreement so he could speak to Congress about his case and involvement in the investigation.
Campbell’s Briefs and Reports
The Russians were working to secure their global expansion of the energy market and according to his briefings to the FBI on August 2011, that “the Russians are going to do what they need to do to secure their influence, whether it’s in Europe, Iran or any other part of the world…they know that nobody’s in a position to stop them… not even us…unless we want to run a huge risk of massive confrontation.”
More importantly noted Campbell, the “fuel fabricators to Iran are being flown by Russian air transport due to the sensitive nature of the equipment. Taking them overland or by sea makes no sense when they can have them inside Iran in a matter of hours.”
But by 2010, the Russian government was working diligently to get approval from the Obama administration to purchase Uranium One. They wanted to downplay their relationship with Iran and were afraid that Republicans, who were against the proposed deal, would find a way to stop the approval process.
They hired lobbying firms and sought the counsel of American experts in the energy market.
Cherly Moss Herman, currently with the United States Department of Energy but who worked as private energy consultant on environmental issues at the time, produced a detailed report for the Russian nuclear company, as previously reported.
The document Moss Herman wrote as a consultant in 2010 was for TENAM/Tenex, according to the consulting memorandum she provided to the Russian subsidiary. TENAM is a fully-owned U.S. subsidiary of Tenex, which is 100 percent owned by the Russian state-controlled nuclear Rosatom, according to public documentation.
Titled “Policy/Legislative Issues Affecting the Business Climate in the U.S. for TENAM/Tenex,” the memorandum discussed the Department of Energy’s uranium regulations. She is now employed at the DOE’s Office Nuclear Energy where she? develops sustainable fuel cycles.
The Moss October 7, 2010, report discusses the congressional atmosphere regarding uranium, specifically states that “some Republicans truly fear the entry of Russia into the U.S. market, as demonstrated by the fact that they are taking steps to block the purchase of Uranium One ….”
Her memo outlined methods for the Obama administration to loosen U.S. restrictions on Rosatom to not only export nuclear materials but also secure billions of dollars in new uranium sales to American utilities, according to the report.
In late 2010, the Russians succeeded at doing both, while at the same time their companies were engaged in a criminal racketeering enterprise on U.S. soil.
Moss Herman’s 2010 memorandum outlined “the current status, including background information, and discussion on a few key issues that could affect the business climate for TENAM/Tenex’s directly and also introduces a number of other issues that could also have an impact on the nuclear business climate in the United States.”
“Some Republicans truly fear the entry of Russia into the U.S. market, as demonstrated by the fact that they are taking steps to block the purchase of Uranium One by Atomredmetzoloto,” she stated.
Atomredmetzoloto, known as ARMZ, is the mining arm of Rosatom. On June 8, 2010, Uranium One announced it had signed an agreement that would give “not less than 51%” of the company to JSC Atomredmetzoloto, or ARMZ. According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Uranium One has two licensed mining operations in Wyoming that amount to about “20 percent of the currently licensed uranium in-situ recovery production capacity in the U.S.”
While we were all looking the other way, sacred Apache land (that was also property of the American people as a whole) was sold to an Australian-British mining company that will soon have the rights to leave a 2-mile crater in the area. How did this happen? Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake slipped the deal in at the last minute at the bottom of a much-needed military defense spending bill. Apache have been camped out on the sacred site of Oak Flat ever since, and this young warrior, along with a handful of others, traveled to NYC all the way from Arizona to try to bring attention to her people’s plight.
Let’s help this story spread and let this real life rebel know that she is not alone, and that the American people won’t stand for this betrayal to us all.
(This girl is Naelyn Pike, a teenage member of the Chiricahua Apache tribe. Photo credit: Standing Fox.)
ABOUT an hour east of Phoenix, near a mining town called Superior, men, women and children of the San Carlos Apache tribe have been camped out at a place called Oak Flat for more than three months, protesting the latest assault on their culture.
Three hundred people, mostly Apache, marched 44 miles from tribal headquarters to begin this occupation on Feb. 9. The campground lies at the core of an ancient Apache holy place, where coming-of-age ceremonies, especially for girls, have been performed for many generations, along with traditional acorn gathering.
It’s worth noting that Rio Tinto affiliates have been McCain campaign contributors, and that Mr. Flake, before he made it to Congress, was a paid lobbyist for Rio Tinto Rössing Uranium (a huge uranium mine in Namibia). Mr. McCain and others assert that the mining project will be a boost to the local economy, though it’s unclear how many of the 1,400 promised jobs would be local; a Superior-area miners’ group, in fact, opposes the swap on the basis that it won’t help the local people or economy. Rio Tinto, incidentally, has been called out in the past for environmental devastation.
It has all the elements of a polarizing scandal, with none other than Hillary Clinton at center stage — plus highly sensitive confidential documents, unexplained actions involving the FBI, and allegations that federal investigators were weaponized for partisan political purposes.
No, this is not the infamous Christopher Steele dossier containing multiple allegations about Donald Trump’s relationships with shadowy Russian business tycoons and spies. Nor is it about the Steele dossier’s deceitful use by rogue FBI executives to put campaign operatives for the 2016 Republican presidential nominee under official surveillance.
That Hillary Clinton/FBI scandal began just last year.
The Hillary Clinton/FBI scandal described in the lead paragraph above began in 1993, only months after she and husband Bill began what turned out to be an eight-year residency in the White House. You see, Bill and Hillary Clinton’s use of the FBI for political gain is nothing new.
Here’s how the Weekly Standard summarized the Clintons’ 1993 “Filegate” scandal when it became the focus of a special counsel investigation in 1996:
The good news is that Whitewater special counsel Kenneth Starr is now looking into the circumstances under which the Clinton White House improperly secured and reviewed highly confidential background information from the FBI on more than 400 Reagan- and Bush-administration employees. A full accounting of this atrocious invasion of privacy may eventually become public.
But the bad news is that, in the meantime, the whole story is being set up to disappear. A separate FBI analysis of the “Filegate” caper has now been released. It is highly critical of the entire enterprise — which seems to have victimized 71 more individuals than had previously been identified.
But the FBI inquiry does not address the question of White House conduct. Were Clinton’s aides on a dirt-digging expedition? Those aides continue to maintain, in the president’s words, that ‘it was just an innocent bureaucratic snafu’: computer glitches and procedural carelessness, with no malign intent and no disclosure of personal information.
In short: no harm, no foul.
That’s long been the Clinton pattern — laws bent, broken or ignored, political opponents smeared, self-righteous protests of innocence when exposed, trusting supporters used and abused, and endless obfuscations, often punctuated by artless evasions, such as Hillary’s bemused response when asked by a reporter if she wiped her server clean: “What, like with a cloth or something?”
With the release Friday of the four-page “Nunes memo” — a summary of classified information obtained by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and composed by staffers for the panel’s chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) — one paragraph in particular stands out:
The dossier — compiled by Christopher Steele (Steele dossier) on behalf of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton campaign — formed an essential part of the Carter Page FISA application. Steele was a longtime FBI source who was paid over $160,000 by the DNC and Clinton campaign, via the law firm Perkins Coie and research firm Fusion GPS, to obtain derogatory information on Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.
The dossier, described to Congress by then-FBI Director James Comey as “salacious and unverified,” was the foundational element in the specious narrative peddled by and through the mainstream media since the day after the 2016 election to explain Donald Trump’s astounding defeat of Hillary Clinton. Yeah, that’s the ticket. Trump got his Russian buddies to help him beat Hillary!
And even though an internal FBI unit described the dossier as “minimally corroborated,” the bureau still used it to obtain and maintain a warrant for turning the massive surveillance power of the federal government against private citizens working for — who else? — Trump.
Would that surveillance have happened without the dossier? Not according to then-deputy director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, who, according to the Nunes memo, told Congress in December 2017 during closed testimony “that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the [FISA] without the Steele dossier information.” As Comey might say, “That’s it?”
(National Sentinel) Politicization: Last month a new movie hit theaters around the country starring, among others, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep called “The Post.”
The movie is about, according to IMDB.com, “a cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents [and] pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.”
The film traces the Washington Post’s reporting on the “Pentagon Papers,” which were officially titled, “United States – Vietnam Relations, 1945–1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense.” The study, which was conducted in secret without informing President Lyndon Johnson, was commissioned in 1967 by then-Defense Secretary Robert McNamara. The papers noted that the Johnson administration had systematically lied to the American people about its involvement in Vietnam.
Initially, the papers were released by Daniel Ellsberg, who had worked on the study; the existence of the papers was first reported in 1971 by The New York Times during the Nixon administration. The Timeswas threatened with legal action by the government and Ellsberg was charged with conspiracy, espionage, and theft of government property (charges that were later dismissed).
Soon after the Times report, the Post was given a copy of the Pentagon Papers by Ellsberg, who approached reporter Ben Bagdikian. He then brought the information to Post editor Ben Bradlee (played by Hanks in the film “The Post”). He subsequently informed the Post’s publisher, Kay Graham (played by Streep), and in short order, the decision was made to begin publishing a series of articles detailing the papers.
Assistant U.S. Attorney General William Rehnquist — later U.S. Supreme Court chief justice — asked the Post to cease publication, but the paper’s management refused. Rehnquist then asked a federal court to block the paper from publishing any additional materials taken from the papers but the court refused; the government appealed the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled 6-3 on June 30, 1971, against the government and for the Post (and a dozen or so other papers that had begun publishing portions of the Pentagon Papers).
At the time the information contained in the Pentagon Papers was truly explosive. The country was still fighting the Vietnam War, tens of thousands of U.S. service personnel had already been killed, and it grew deeply unpopular the longer it went on. Throw into that mix the late 1960s-early 1970s social upheaval on college campuses against the old traditional order, and the discovery that the government had lied the entire time about its involvement in Southeast Asia was devastating to the country.
And yet, journalists back thencorrectly decided that the American people had the right know they had been duped by their government.
Yesterday’s quest for government transparency from the Times, the Post and other legacy media outlets has transformed into partisan attacks and calls for outright secrecy these days because the “wrong” political party is about to be implicated in a massive abuse of government institutions and the people’s trust.
Just to show you the difference between today’s Democrats and Democrats at the time the Pentagon Papers were making headlines, former U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel, D-Alaska, the lawmaker who introduced the Pentagon Papers to the public by entering them into the official Congressional Record, said Republicans will demonstrate “the height of cowardice” if they refuse to release the FISA memo.
My, how times have changed. If the Times, the Post, and a few other legacy media outlets were all that existed today, as was the case in 1971, Americans would never discover how badly they’ve been lied to — again — by their government. This is another reason to celebrate the independent media.
The anti-Trump dossier funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee formed an “essential” part of the initial and all three renewal surveillance applications against Trump campaign adviser Carter Page;
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe confirmed that no FISA warrant would have been sought from the FISA court without the dossier;
The political origins of the dossier were known to senior DOJ and FBI officials, but not included in applications to obtain the warrant;
Justice Department official Bruce Ohr met with dossier author Christopher Steele in the summer of 2016 and told the Justice Department that Steele had told Ohr that Steele was “desperate” that Trump not get elected president.
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The blood-soaked body of a private detective who linked John and Tony Podesta to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has been found at a mansion in Surrey, England.
Mystery surrounds the death of Washington D.C. based Kevin Halligen, 56, who presented himself as a ‘cloak-and-dagger, James Bond-style spy’ who took on the most difficult cases. Surrey Police confirmed Saturday that a probe has been launched into his death.
FOUL PLAY SUSPECTED
Kevin Halligen took over the private investigation into the Madeleine McCann case in May 2008 and was responsible for linking John and Tony Podesta to the disappearance of the 3-year-old girl in Portugal, sparking frenzied speculation that the brothers, both high-level Democratic Party operatives, were responsible for her murder.
The 56-year-old detective and his partner Henri Exton were responsible for the two e-fit sketches, that were released in the search for the Madeline McCann abductor(s), and which bore more than a passing resemblance to John and Tony Podesta.
Kevin Halligen’s investigative work into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann revealed that one of the men pictured in the e-fit sketches was seen carrying a young child that resembled the 3-year-old child on a beach in Praia da Luz, Portugal, a popular beach holiday location where Halligen also proved the Podesta brothers were holidaying at the time.
HALLIGAN HAD ‘DIRT’ ON THE PODESTAS
Mainstream media attempted to convince everyone that it was a co-incidence. However the 56-year-old private detective knew more about the Podesta brothers and their secrets than many initially assumed. The British investigator was D.C. based, and worked for Oakley International, an intelligence operation that considered the Podesta Group to be its natural enemy.
Oakley International was based out of 2550 M Street, NW, Washington, DC. This address is also the office of Patton Boggs, Washington’s most politically-connected law firm and lobbyist organization. When Halligan first moved to D.C. in 2005, he hired Patton Boggs to help set up his new business.
Through his close connection with Patton Boggs, Kevin Halligen was more than familiar with The Podesta Group. They are closely connected. Tony Podesta has gone on record on multiple occasions praising Tommy Boggs of Patton Boggs: “He’s a brilliant guy who invented what a lot of us do.”
Nick Allard, Patton Boggs co-chairman also returns the praise for Tony Podesta: “Tony and his group are the right people at the right time in the right place…Tom Boggs invented the lawyer-lobbyist model and Tony perfected it. They are probably the two giants of the modern practice. There is no one else in the same zip code.“
So there is no question Halligen knew about the Podestas and their reputation. Why did he link them to Madeleine McCann’s disappearance in Portugal? What dirt did Halligan have on the two powerful Democratic operatives?
Why did Kevin Halligen, hired by the McCann’s to investigate their daughter’s disappearance, produce e-fits closely resembling (beyond reasonable doubt) his client’s (Patton Boggs) biggest rivals?
Who persuaded – and why – Gerry and Kate McCann to put their faith in a random Washington DC-based private detective, and pay him $500,000, after he reached out to them telling them he could find their daughter?
Kevin Halligen’s blood-soaked death in Surrey, England this week stinks to high heaven. The man who linked the Podestas to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann appears to have paid the ultimate price for something he did during his 56 years on this earth. Many believe linking the powerful Podestas to the disappearance of the 3-year-old was the moment he signed his death warrant.
Health Editor’s Note: Clostridium difficile (C. diff) is a bacteria that can be found in the air, soil, water and feces of animals and humans. This bacteria can exist in your intestines and not cause any problems, but if you do get a C. diff infection, you are in a world of trouble. You would be denied access to a new healthcare facility if you needed to move. You will have a long road ahead of you to rid your body of the C.diff bacteria.
C.diff is spread in nursing homes and hospitals where employees come in contact with it and then spread it to patients or residents. An infection from C.diff is as easy to get as touching sheets, clothing, surfaces that have come in contact with feces and then touching your mouth or nose. Can you believe we touch our faces between 2,000 and 3,000 times a day? We do, and this is why we can become infected with C.diff not to mention any virus, thus the reason for the spread of the common cold virus and the program encouraging frequent hand washing. C.diff in some facilities can reach epidemic proportions.
Older adults in health care facilities are at increased risk for getting C. diff. If they are taking antibiotics, that increases the risk. Antibiotics kill bacteria which the human body contains by the thousands, both healthy and bad types of bacteria. Antibiotics often kill the normal bacteria in the process of reaching the unhealthy types and this leads to an imbalance with allows for the growth of unhealthy bacteria, such as C. diff, to go unchecked.
Symptoms of C. diff are diarrhea that is often watery, cramping, strong odor to the feces, and perhaps even blood in the stool, fever, nausea, weight loss, rapid heart rate, and dehydration. Some antibiotics are more likely cause the development of C. diff and it can take a very long time to eradicate this bacteria from the body. This type of bacterialinfection has become a MAJOR issue for the health care field.
Treatment for C.diff may be the use of Metronidazole (MTZ), vancomycin (VAN), and Rifamycins and fidaxomicin (FDX) for relapsing C.diff, Tetracycline (TET), or Chloramphenicol (CHL) may also be used. The possibility of CDI recurrence within 8 weeks after an initial occurrence is reported to be between 10% and 20% and further increases with every other event up to 40-65%.
When antibiotics do not blast out C.diff., IMT may be used. IMT (Microbiome transfer, or fecal microbiota transplantation), is a procedure in which fecal matter is collected from a tested donor, mixed with a saline or other solution, strained, and placed into the patient’s intestinal tract, by colonoscopy, endoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, or enema, to return missing natural bacteria to the intestine and cure the underlying disease. Despite a good cure rate for this type of treatment, patients and even doctors show a reluctance to use this treatment. There is also the chance that other diseases, such as HIV could be passed by using this treatment method.
Since the choices for C. difficile treatment, using conventional antibiotics, is becoming limited, the development of alternative approaches, using plant-source remedies are being worked on. Plant extracts have been used by ancient civilizations to some degree of effectiveness and there is hope that at least one of these will prove to be helpful in treating this disease. Overuse of the antibiotics listed above can lead to the potential threat of more antibiotic resistant strains. Treatments made from plants may be the next level of treatment, but much work needs to be done to make sure these treatments will be effective and then safe.
The following article addresses an issue that may allow for the easy access that C.diff apparently has to our bodies……Carol
Common Food Additive Promoting C. diff
Perry Wilson, MD, examines new study pointing a finger at trehalose
by F. Perry Wilson MD, MSCE January 08, 2018
Trehalose, in the food supply since 2000, may play a role in the increased prevalence and toxicity of Clostridium difficile, according to a new study appearing in the journal Nature. In this 150-Second analysis, F. Perry Wilson, MD, examines the data, and speculates on the future of this common additive.
An article appearing in Nature made waves last week when it suggested that a common food additive known as trehalose might be responsible for the current Clostridium difficile epidemic.
Food additives? Infectious diarrhea? This one merits a closer look.
First a bit of background.
These are the infection rates per hospital stay for C. diff over time in the U.S. You’ll note a bit of an uptick starting around the year 2000.
diff, like all bacteria, has several strains, and if there’s one to worry about it’s ribotype 027 – a “hypervirulent” strain that emerged in 1985 but has been outcompeting other C. diff strains over the past 20 years. What gives 027 its competitive edge?
The Nature paper shows us that one thing 027 can do is a bit special – it can metabolize trehalose, a common food additive that the FDA labeled “safe” in the year 2000 – right when 027 starts to really take off.
So what is trehalose? Chemically, it’s two glucose molecules linked by a glucoside bond.
It is the primary blood sugar in flying insects like bees which is of no human interest but is fun to discuss at cocktail parties.
Trehalose is not calorie-free and it’s a bit sweet but it’s mostly a stabilizing agent used in all sorts of processed foods and products – toothpastes, ice cream, breads, hand lotion, gum.
The Nature paper shows us that two of the most virulent strains of C. diff, including 027, can metabolize even trace amounts of trehalose. They go on to show that when strains are mixed together, low concentrations of trehalose can lead to natural selection for the 027 strain – it can simply outcompete the less virulent strains by metabolizing this scarce resource.
I asked lead author Dr. Robert Britton about competition with other bacteria.
He wrote: “We don’t know about competition with other bacteria but many do have the machinery to eat trehalose (and to actually make it).”
Of course, C. diff usually rises to prominence when other gut bacteria have been killed by antibiotics, meaning competition with other bacteria is limited.
The paper also suggests that the virulence of the 027 strain may be linked to trehalose directly. When infected mice were given trehalose, they were much more likely to die, as you can see from this Kaplan-Meier curve.
Now, this study is not going to lead to a cure for C. diff. If we were to eliminate dietary trehalose I have no doubt that certain strains would evolve to exploit any other energy-containing molecule we put in our bodies. And to be fair, I should mention some studies suggest that trehalose has a protective role in reducing the rate of fatty liver disease.
But this study reminds us that while we may be able to easily determine if a compound is toxic to a human cell, determining how a compound will affect the complex interplay of the human system with the thousands and millions of symbiont species within and around us, is exceedingly difficult. So eat with care.
Perry Wilson, MD, MSCE, is an assistant professor of medicine at the Yale School of Medicine. He is a MedPage Today reviewer, and in addition to his video analyses, he authors a blog, The Methods Man. You can follow @methodsmanmd on Twitter.
An Unexpected Age of Wonders: The blessing of the Great Disruptor.
Trump may be everything his critics says he is (except a Russian agent) but he fully exposes how corrupt, venal, and petty the established order is Alexander Blok, one of the smartest and most noble of Russians, wrote this amazing essay on Catiline, a Roman rebel whose plot was crushed and who was utterly maligned by the father of all bullshit, Cicero.
So Catiline was this patrician, a decadent SOB who, when mistreated and challenged by the Roman establishment, organized the Roman deplorables and started a rebellion.
It was squashed of course, but for Blok, he remained a hero. Blok calls Catiline the Roman Bolshevik, and insists on approaching him not from Cicero’s moralizing NYT-like perspective, but from the perspective of World Revolution.
For Blok, as he puts it, the heart of the Roman Empire stopped when Christ was born. It continued for another few hundred years, but in a zombie-like state until its petty, militaristic, provincial, materialistic character was finally exposed as the bluff it always was, and it collapsed under the weight of its own corruption. And here is Blok’s paradoxical view: Catiline’s rebellion makes sense only from this perspective.
Catiline might have been corrupt, decadent, debauched and what have you. Yet, he did expose how rotten Rome was. For that, both Blok and Ibsen (another rebel against stifling bourgeois order) place Catiline in heaven. Which takes me to Trump. Whatever his critics say, he has it, and then some, but like Catiline, he fully exposes how corrupt, venal, and petty the established order is.
The genie cannot be put back into the bottle. Mass media is exposed for what it is: a spinning machine for the militaristic oppressive order, a purveyor of fake news. And this is not the view of some obscure academic like Chomsky. It is the view of the President of the United States.
Isn’t it liberating?! No more butchery, bombing, and destruction, while the press conducts its cheer-leading campaign in support of another “humanitarian intervention”, be it Serbia, Iraq, or Libya. The genie is out of the bottle. People are not buying it anymore.
Politicians are corrupt! Trump exposes it. Mass media lies and spins! He exposes it. Mass media is in obvious disarray. The only thing the Establishment learned to do during the ‘End of History’ period was to spin and promote government policies. Now, with their insane hatred of Trump, they can’t do it any longer. And because they also became so lazy and corrupt as they suckled at the teat of the Establishment, they can’t bring themselves to expose political or military corruption either.
The genie cannot be put back into the bottle. Mass media is exposed for what it is: a spinning machine for the militaristic oppressive order, a purveyor of fake news. And this is not the view of some obscure academic like Chomsky. It is the view of the President of the United States.
The only thing left to them is “Russia-gate”. How pathetic. So let them expose that Trump, ‘the Emperor’, is naked. He merely laughs back at them, and wiggles his naked derrière in their faces. And not just his, but their own. Their naked cowardliness, their naked corruption, their naked immaturity and lack of civic honor. The only thing they know how to do is to be sycophantic and sing ‘Hail to the Chief’. And now they can’t even do that because… #NotMyPresident! What a glorious scandal! The empire built on lies, corruption, militarism, and petty materialism no longer can pretend to be anything else. And we should all be grateful to Trump for that. And to Americans who voted for him. . .
Note: Climate engineering investigators find valid evidence of current technologies that are effective at controlling and even weaponizing the weather. The winter of 1949 serves as a reminder that weather disasters can occur as a natural variant – even in the midst of 21st century technologies.
This one-hour documentary film tells the story of “Storm of the Century: The Blizzard of ’49” – the worst series of storms in Wyoming’s history. But for all the tragedy and loss, suffering and death, there was also hope and heroism, unselfish sacrifice and generosity. The blizzard brought out the best in people. Wyoming citizens from all walks of life cooperated together and demonstrated exceptional ingenuity in the face of dire circumstances. There were extraordinary acts of kindness, with people generously giving their time and resources. The public worked together to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and ultimately won in the end.
It began quietly enough as Sunday January, 2 1949 dawned under partly cloudy skies and a forecast for temperatures in the 20’s and 30’s with scattered snow showers. Later that day, the skies darkened, the winds picked up and the temperature began to drop. It began to snow. By that evening a full raging blizzard was upon the eastern portion of the state. It didn’t let up for three days.
But that was just the beginning.. Additional violent snow storms continued to sweep through the state for the next 45 days. Throughout this series of storms, wind speeds fluctuated between 30 and 80 miles per hour. The snow drifted 20 to 30 feet high in places. The average temperature was consistently below zero.
Within 24 hours of the beginning of the first storm, all bus, rail and air traffic was effectively shut down. Entire communities were snowed in and immobilized. Ranches were cut off and isolated. Thirty-three hundred miles of state highways were inundated. Thousands of motorists and rail passengers were stranded. As the storms continued to rage, Wyoming towns began to run out of food. People, livestock and wildlife began to die.
The Air Force and Army were mobilized. Air Force Cargo planes dropped hay bales to starving livestock and food and medicine to isolated families. The U.S. Army mounted the largest bulldozer operation in history in an effort to clear roads and reach stranded cars.
But initial efforts at clearing roads ended in failure. As soon as a passage was opened it quickly shut down again with another storm or ground blizzard. The snowdrifts became so packed by continuing accumulation and driving winds that some likened their density to that of concrete. Sometimes dynamite had to be used to clear the way.
Astonishing sites like homes and businesses heaped to their roofs with snow and drifts reaching to the lower blades of windmills were common. Automobiles were buried, sometimes with people in them. Cattle frozen to death while still standing formed grotesque sculptures. Wildlife ambled through towns, dazed and starving and looking for food, only to be chased down by dogs.
Like the Dust Bowl storms with their ominous walls of black clouds, the 1949 blizzards raged white for nearly two months. The winds seldom stopped their incessant howl. When it was over, the last of the monumental drifts left in its wake eventually melted…in July.
Today we welcome back our friend Jose, who wrote the awesome article about Christmas in Venezuela. It was so well-received that I invited him back to do a recurring series. In this piece, he begins telling us the story about how his country started the slide into a slow-motion collapse. Jose is a heck of a storyteller and he leaves us hanging at the end, but don’t worry, Part 2 is coming soon! ~ Daisy
My Story of the Collapse of Venezuela
I believe it is the moment of an introduction for our readers to know how everything began. Venezuela is a wonderful country, with lots of peculiarities and attractions.
I love my country, and most of the people, even in these harsh times portraits wonderful qualities as a society that few countries in the world have.
This was once a beautiful land, relatively sparsely populated where food was plentiful, money was never scarce, and jobs were plentiful. The weather was very sunny, the days a little hot and people used to recline in their chairs in front of the door of their house and watch the neighbors go on arriving from a day’s work, and they greeted with courtesy. The neighborhoods were mostly safe. There was practically no monster known as inflation, bank loans were easily available and people often traveled to other countries without much concern for things like exchange controls, access to foreign currency, among other things.
There was no Internet, there were no so-called experimental drugs in the streets, access to a decent life was more or less possible if one had discipline and well, and in general, life was good. The cars used huge carburetors (some still use them), the fuel was abundant, and at the best prices on the planet, its inhabitants crossed the territory of almost one million km2 enjoying beautiful beaches, lonely plains, lush jungles and even the odd snow peak. The climate is optimal to live all year round with shorts, fresh clothes, and sandals.
It was very strange to hear of any deportation, and thousands of foreigners over the years came on vacation, and they stayed forever. Our beautiful women attract the attention of the whole world (and still do) and an endless line of ships left our ports, carrying their valuable black cargo to return loaded with that green paper that is accepted all over the world.
The country had an educational system of a very acceptable level. University education was free in most cases, and although the system required qualifications above the average for access to it, the demand was very high as the need for qualified professionals was such that, coming from a humble background, anyone with the ability, the desire to do it and enough enthusiasm could become a graduate and have a decent life, improving their socio-economic status and reaping the fruits of their effort and their work.
But not everything would be honey over flakes.
So much wealth of economic resources, and the inherent flaws of the lack of a solid, strong legal system, were unable to safeguard the public patrimony. With the lack of committed officials, with enough values and ethical and moral principles, It would lead to levels of corruption rarely seen in the world, with exceptions in some African republics. The main companies in the country adopted as a policy to place most of their financial resources in foreign banks. Investments in infrastructure were becoming smaller and smaller, and as the population grew and demanded services, this lack of investment became more palpable. The social policies that until then had been sufficient, with the corrupt elite that began to seize the country in those years were reduced to its minimum expression. These were the years of the second government period executed by populist (deceased) leader Carlos Andres Perez. His government was characterized by some of the biggest and darkest corrupted business of the decade. Getting in debt with the FMI was the straw that broke the camel´s back.
The fraudulent business in the government was: construction of schools, hospitals, highways, and roads, among a myriad of works that remained unfinished, without the population expressing disapproval. The political elite leaders were driving around luxury cars, escorted by heavily armed bodyguards, behaving like great lords. Most of them were soldiers who were linked at the time to the movement that gave the coup years ago. Crime grew steadily but was kept at bay by a police force that also fulfilled the role of containing “subversive” elements: people sympathetic to the concepts of the left.
Friends of the country supplied practically all industrialization needs, but technology transfer was a totally non-existent concept: the domination scheme was always maintained, and the few national companies that were able to carry out a true technological independence saw their functions paralyzed by government controls that would end up suffocating a large number of them. Despite the fact that, within the Latin American context, the professionals were among the most qualified and trained, the low wages meant that many of these professionals emigrated continuously, in a so-called brain drain that has been much more pronounced in recent years.
But let’s go slowly.
This situation led to a severe deterioration of socio-economic conditions, gradually but unswervingly creating the necessary pressure for citizens to slowly acquire the necessary awareness that a radical change was essential if they wanted improvements in their quality of life. A country with vast, enormous resources, but with inhabitants that increasingly felt the impact of inflation, a shortage that nobody could explain, and knowing this reality, seeing their political class isolated from the realities that the bulk of the population was suffering.
The whole thing was reaching a point of very high dissatisfaction. Student demonstrations, street disorders began to become more common. Corruption scandals came to light, but the guilty were seldom apprehended or put to rights. Most of the time they left fleeing to some country to enjoy the stolen riches.
This the people saw him repeat so much that he filled his already exhausted patience. On the date of February 27, 1989, after the announcement of economic measures (requested by the IMF for access to international financing) by the then President of the Republic, Carlos Andrez Perez, including an exacerbated increase in the price of gasoline, an wave of extremely violent protests, a violence like never before seen in the country, not even in the turbulent era of the guerrillas of the 60s and early 70s. The security forces were overwhelmed: poorly equipped and worse prepared to face disorders of this nature, the Government of that time had to resort. The looting was generalized in the largest cities in the country, causing terror in older citizens both nationalized and native, who paralyzed by surprise, never thought that such a situation could occur in a country so absurdly rich and prosperous.
It was not a coup attempt. It was a situation of widespread discontent, a call for attention to the Latin American style, in protest of the excesses publicly committed by the corrupt elite class of politicians who had been in power for more than 40 years through a pact known in the country as the Fixed Point Pact. Among the infinity of anecdotes that swarm among Venezuelans is known one in which an alcoholic, good-for-nothing president called Jaime Lusinchi (recently deceased in the Miami streets, like a vagabond) sent a Hercules C-130 from a military base on the island La Orchila, to the mainland … in search of ONE chest of ice to cool the president´s whiskey.
Tell me about it…
It is said that this situation was planned by the left, but in the absence of a more detailed investigation, for the moment it is difficult to confirm this theory.
What I saw personally
I would like to tell you about my experience as a young man, in the town where I lived with my parents at the time.
The day the riots began, we began to see on TV what was happening in the big cities. At the beginning, I did not understand very well what it was about, but my parents told me that the economic situation had reached an extreme where people could not take it anymore, so they took to the streets, in the first instance to protest against the package of economic measures imposed by the IMF.
The protests, perhaps moderately organized from the beginning by some factions, evolved rapidly during the course of the day, becoming looting that began in the largest cities, and quickly spread throughout the country. But let’s not get ahead …
I was in school, in high school. The teachers, around 9 am, led by the director of the institute, were classroom by classroom, from the lower grades to the older ones, evacuating us all and giving the order to go directly to our homes. Of course, what we did was divide into groups, with each group going where it seemed best. Since I had friends in my old school, I thought it would be interesting to go there and spend some time hanging around with them. As teenagers, after all, our group went there, going through what was a commercial area, and we were surprised and even had a bit of fun to see that there was no vehicle traffic, so that we were soon walking through the center of the street, without realizing that a student demonstration had come out to protest before us, and we were following it without realizing it.
In Venezuela the uniform is used until finishing secondary school, so for the eyes of the authorities, we were part of the demonstration. When we walked, we were surprised to see many people on the streets: housewives, young men and women who would normally be working, including adults and the elderly. Some of them told us not to follow, and to go home. Suddenly, we saw in front of the boys of the school we were going to, who came in the opposite direction to us, in a huge group and mixed with people of all kinds: young, elders, ladies, grown-up angry men…
An extremely important documentary is going live on January 16th. It concerns a powerful self-healing mechanism within the human body that the government is actively blocking you from accessing.
Film-maker Jeff Hays (who brought you the film BOUGHT) and his investigative team have been digging into the truth about what is really going on with one of the most searched and shared subjects on the internet…. STEM CELLS.
These fascinating microscopic miracles called stem cells (manufactured by your own body) turn out to be the biggest medical breakthrough in decades. They have been shown in clinical trials to end some of the deadliest of diseases without the staggering side effects of other drugs and therapies.
So, why is the FDA and local governments working against the release of stem cell therapy – keeping you from utilizing your very own stem cells to get well?
And… how can you get the real, full story?
Catch The Healing Miracle live on January 16th HERE
DWS missing a lot of votes at end of 2017 for some odd reason? Debbie Wasserman Democrat Rep for the Miami District of Florida has missed 545 votes in total, but it looks to be like 30 percent of these missed votes in the US House by Debbie Wasserman Schultz have all come in the time frame of October 2017 to December 2017. So this begs the question where is DWS all of a sudden, is she locked up, has she ran away, or in some kind of custody. This is very telling, because she has missed votes before, but 1/3 of the DWS missed US Congress votes have come in the time frame of October 2017-December 2017. She hasn’t really been in the news as of lately, and has been one of those DC elitist who haven’t made a public appearance in a while either.