Physicists Daniel Whiteson and Jonathan Feng update us on life after finding the Higgs Boson (make sure you watch it in HD+fullscreen).
Physicists Daniel Whiteson and Jonathan Feng update us on life after finding the Higgs Boson (make sure you watch it in HD+fullscreen).
The corporate media is having a field day demonizing Putin for “probably” ordering the poisoning of Russian defector Alexander Litvinenko with radioactive polonium in 2006. “Probably” is no standard of proof – not even in China or Saudi Arabia.
Anyone who believes VICE isn’t mainstream news should be aware Rupert Murdoch pushed $70 million of his money into buying a piece of the VICE action (buying his kid a seat on the VICE board of directors.) In a piece worthy of Murdoch’s British tabloid ‘The Sun on Sunday’ the public is treated to a rank psy-ops piece:
The 328-page report said there was a “strong probability” the Russian intelligence agency (FSB) directed two men to poison Litvinenko in London, and that this operation was “probably” sanctioned by then FSB head Nikolai Patrushev and Russian President Vladimir Putin
Yep, trust VICE to roll over for the MI6 murder novel at the snap of a neocon finger, with no critical exam of the wider facts surrounding Alexander Litvinenko’s death. The most remarkable words in the British report blaming the Kremlin and Putin are “probability” and “probably.” Probability and probably are NOT evidence but…
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I’ve been really excited to learn they have made movie out of Michael Lewis’s The Big Short, one of my absolute favorite books.
Lewis has the same gift for portraying off beat, quirky characters as William Faulkner. To me that is the absolute genius of this book – the way he describes the background and nerdish personalities of a handful of short traders he has chosen to profile.
The “heroes” in The Big Short are real people. The dialogue is priceless as they run around trying to warn investment bankers that the worthless mortgage-backed bonds they are peddling will crash the market. When they are repeatedly ignored, they begin using the credit default swaps they helped create to bet against the investment banks.
Obviously everyone knows what happens at the end – the market crashes. However there is a real sense of drama as you wonder whether our heroes will go down with it – or get out of their risky holdings in time.
Lewis does a brilliant job of explaining exactly what credit default swaps and collateralized debt obligations are – and how people make – and lose – money on them.
Reading The Big Short made me angrier than ever about the TARP bailouts. The latter enabled traders directly responsible for the crash to pocketed trillions of taxpayer money – when they should have been jailed. I’m really looking forward to the movie.
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January 21, 2016
Facing the gleaming Doha skyline on a Persian Gulf winter carries the merit of a panoramic perspective. Most nations around it are going into melt down and the remaining ones – with the exception of Iran – exhibit neither the political leadership nor the economic and institutional infrastructure to do anything other than to meekly accept whatever tsunami hits their shores. They are nothing but scared spectators.
The Empire of Chaos has enough warmongering hardware pre-positioned within spitting distance to turn the whole of Southwest Asia into ashes – as a gaggle of usual suspects in the Beltway, neocon or neoliberalcon, still can’t find a cure to their itching to “really win the next war” in a sort of exponential Shock and Awe.
Fear reigns supreme. Jim Rickards, the author of Currency Wars, economist and CIA asset, has just released a new book, The Big Drop, with a pretty grim message. For his part Jim Rogers, a.k.a. the “Sage of Singapore,” most of the time China-bound informing the Chinese elite where to place their investments, holds on to a nuanced perspective on the West blaming all the current global economy turmoil on China.
According to Rogers, yes, China is slowing. But mostly the world is doing so. Japan, one of China’s largest trading partners is officially in recession. Much of Europe is worse. The US stock market was down in 2015 while the Chinese stock market was one of the strongest in the world.
Rogers adds, things are going to get worse worldwide so everyone will suffer and is to ‘blame’. The original source is the US Federal Reserve and its ludicrous, artificial interest rates caused by massive money printing which the world has copied. Throw in staggering debt increases by the US government [which the world has also copied] and there will soon be hell to pay.
So no wonder apocalyptic war rumors are the new normal – even as old timers boost their case for only a “good old-fashioned world war”, as if nuclear exchanges wouldn’t be part of the equation. A few sound minds in the Atlanticist axis worry that if Il Duce Trump wins the next US presidential election, that translates into guaranteed bankruptcy for the US, and – what else – war if Il Trumpissimo implements half of what he’s boasting about.
Short all the oil you can
The Davos annual talkfest is about to begin; that’s one of those occasions when the Masters of the Universe – who usually decide everything behind closed doors – send their minions to debate the future of their holdings. The current debate centers on whether we are still in the midst of the Third – digitalized – Industrial Revolution and the Internet of Things or whether we’re already entering the Fourth.
In the real world though all the cackle is about the age of old-fashioned oil. Which brings us to the myriad effects of the cheap oil strategy deployed by the House of Saud under Washington’s command.
Persian Gulf traders, off the record, are adamant that there is no longer any real global oil surplus of consequence as all shut-in oil has been dumped on the market based on that Washington command.
Petroleum Intelligence Weekly estimates the surplus is at a maximum 2.2 million a day, plus 600,000 barrels a day coming from Iran later this year. The US consumption of oil – at 19,840,000 barrels a day, 20% of world production – has not increased; it’s the other 80% that have been mostly absorbing the dumped oil.
Some key Persian Gulf traders are adamant that oil should be surging by the second half of 2016. That explains why Russia is not panicking with oil plunging towards $30 a barrel. Moscow is very much aware of the «partners» that are carrying oil market manipulation against Russia, and at the same time is anticipating this won’t last too long.
That explains why Russia’s Deputy Finance Minister Maxim Oreshkin issued a sort of «keep calm and carry on» message; he expects oil prices to remain in the $40-60 range for at least the next seven years, and Russia can live with that.
The Masters of the Universe – just like the Russians – have realized their oil manipulation cannot last. Hysteria, predictably, took over. That’s why they ordered major Wall Street firms to short oil using cash settlement. Compliant US corporate media was ordered to spin the shortfalls will last forever. The target is to drive down the price of a barrel of oil to $7 if possible.
The original Masters of the Universe strategy would eventually lead to regime change in Russia and the usual oligarch suspects back in the saddle re-conducting the massive looting operation Russia suffered during the 1990s.
A fearful House of Saud is a mere pawn in this strategy. Assuming the plan would work, the House of Saud under – virtually demented – King Salman, now confined to a room in his Riyadh palace, would also be regime-changed, via Saudi military officers trained in the West and recruited by Western agents. As a bonus, the Islamic Republic of Iran would also collapse, with «moderates» (rebels?) taking control.
So the Masters of the Universe strategy essentially boils down to regime-change in Russia, Iran and Saudi Arabia, leading to Exceptionalistan-friendly elites/vassals; in sum, the ultimate chapter in the global Resource Wars. Yet what this is yielding so far is the House of Saud having absolutely no clue of what may happen to them; Riyadh royals may think that they are undermining both Iran and Russia, but in the end they may be only accelerating their own demise.
Losing my religion
In Europe, it’s as if we’re back to 1977 when The Stranglers sang “No More Heroes.” Now, no more heroes and no more ideals. Even as some of European youth’s best and brightest have tried to fight the immense violence of neoliberalism, via alter-globalization, the poorest among the young are now mired in violence and suicidal nihilism – extreme Wahhabism which they’ve learned online. Yet this has nothing to do with Islam, and it’s not a war of religion, as myriad extreme-right parties across Europe routinely insist.
All across the spectrum, driven by fear, the toxic mix of political and economic instability continues to spread, leading quite a few insiders to wonder whether both the Fed and the Politburo Standing Committee in Beijing don’t really know what’s happening.
And that once again feeds the warmongering hordes, for which that «good old-fashioned world war» is the easiest ticket out. Cancel all the old debt; issue loads of new debt; turn ploughshares and iPhones into cannons. And after a little thermonuclear exchange, welcome to full employment and a new (waste)land of opportunity.
It’s in this context that, under the volcano, surfaces an essay by Guido Preparata, an Italian-American political economist now based as a scholar in the Vatican. In The Political Economy of Hyper-Modernity, soon to appear in an anthology published by Palgrave/Macmillan, Preparata offers an account of the last 70 years of US/international monetary dynamics/history by using a single indicator: the overall US balance of payments – which has not been released since 1975.
Yet the most important conclusion in the essay seems to be that the neoliberal engine, which has had to run mostly on domestic fuel, has shown… appreciable resilience. The US Treasury and the Federal Reserve, together managed to erect a wall of money.
And yet US technocrats seem to have grown disillusioned with the neoliberal machine. So, “as a momentous alternative, the technocrats have called for some kind of ‘global rebalancing’.” The US-led system “seems to be transitioning to a neo-mercantilist regime.” And the answer is the TPP (The Trans-Pacific Partnership) and the TTIP (The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) trade agreements that, together, will place the United States at the center of an open trade zone representing around two-thirds of global economic output.
This would imply, ultimately, a sort of Make Trade, Not War endgame. So why so much fear? That’s because in the internal battle raging among the Masters of the Universe, the freewheeling neoliberalcons have not yet imprinted the last word. So beware the Falcons of War.
January 14, 2016
VICE News searches London for IMSI catchers — a secret surveillance tool for spying on thousands of phones simultaneously — and goes undercover to buy one.
IMSI catchers are portable surveillance tools used for spying on thousands of phones in a targeted area, tracking their location and even intercepting calls, messages, and data. They are supposed to help identify serious criminals, but cannot operate without monitoring innocent people too.
UK police have IMSI catchers, but they refuse to tell the public how and when they are used. This has privacy campaigners worried. And, even if the state is using them sparingly, what if criminals also have access to the technology?
VICE News searches London for IMSI catchers, then goes shopping at a state security fair, and finally finds a shady technology company who’ll sell us the spy gear.
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(INTELLIHUB) — The Department of Homeland Security’s plan to shut off cell phone service across large swaths of the country in the event of a major disaster or civil emergency will remain secret after the Supreme Court “set aside” a petition that demanded the Orwellian plan be released to the public.
The petition from by the Electronic Privacy Information Center came after a federal appeals court ruled that homeland security could keep the plan secret from the American people. Sadly, the Supreme Court apparently agreed, refusing to even comment on the extremely important issue.
“The top court, without comment, refused Monday to review a federal appeals court’s May ruling that the DHS did not have to divulge the full contents of Standard Operating Procedure 303. That court held that the government could withhold the plan’s contents under the Freedom of Information Act if its disclosure would “endanger” public safety,” reproted Ars Technica.
The Supreme Court’s claim that revealing the plan would “endanger” public safety is completely laughable, especially when you consider the documented fact that DHS has used the cell phone “kill switch” to quell a political protest.
That’s right, this technology is not actually being used after a major “disaster” but rather it is being used to stop the American people from organizing and protesting any number of issues, with the 2011 San Francisco Bay Area subway system shutdown just being the major example that we know of. DHS could effectively choose to use this technology for any number of reasons, all of which would hurt the American peoples ability to speak out and protest their government.
While SOP 303 does indicate that in some cases the kill switch may only be used in one specific area, it also clearly allows DHS to shut off mobile service for an entire city.
In regards to how the technology specifically works, Mac Salvo noted, “Like other non-lethal weapons brought on the scene of post-9/11 crowd control situations, DHS’ kill switch features the patent ability to dial down to a specific location, or broaden the cellular interruption devices to a city-wide area.”
“These are enormous powers that will be used during crises of all types – and already it poses a danger to the civil rights that expressly protect the right to assemble, give redress of grievances and speak freely – including across cell phone signals.”
At this point it should be obvious that this secretive plan is being kept secret because the government does not want the American people to know that they have detailed and specific plans to shut down any sort of actual resistance to their power.
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Last night I watched The Big Short — maybe the most important Hollywood film in years. This true story is a powerful and eloquent invitation to wake up to the sheer depravity at the core of the system of commerce.
The fact that the film got nominated for 5 Oscars including Best Picture is a huge sign that there are way more people waking up than we ever thought. The wrongs may not be getting righted as quickly as we’d like, but it is happening.
The reality of this shift is clearly evidenced by this news last week from Ontario. After years of obvious problems, Hydro One finally admitted that rural ‘smart’ meters do not work, and has decided to pull the plug on 36,000 of them — to start. We will see more utilities begin to do likewise. [UPDATE: BC Hydro just announced plans to remove 88,000 meters suspected of failure.]
Costing ratepayers billions, smart meters are actually designed to unlawfully harvest detailed data of the in-home activities of occupants without their knowledge or consent.
As reported by the National Post:
“Astonishing,” was the reaction from Lanark-area MPP Randy Hillier, who has been deluged with complaints about Hydro One billing and smart-meter suspicions.
“I’ve been banging my head against the wall for the last five years, saying we’ve got problems with smart meters in rural Ontario.” Since first being elected in 2007, no single issue has attracted as much attention in his riding, he said.
Hydro One was the first major utility in Canada to deploy so-called ‘smart’ meters upon an unsuspecting customer base. The price tag for rollout, paid for by the people of Ontario, was $2 billion — which was $900M over budget.
Go Green, or Go Greed?
For those new to this topic, here’s the skinny. Smart utility meters are being deployed worldwide under the banner of climate action.
But they typically increase energy usage, and a high-level industry executive has admitted that the data collected by the surreptitious devices will be worth “a lot more” than the electricity itself.
Portland State University recently published a brilliant report on the morally-bankrupt surveillance agenda behind smart meters.
The industry-gutting report is titled “The Neoliberal Politics of ‘Smart’: Electricity Consumption, Household Monitoring, and the Enterprise Form,” and excerpts can be read at Smart Grid Awareness here.
Customers are not being informed how their constitutional rights are being violated for the purposes of a for-profit home surveillance network.
Nor how this technology has caused thousands of fires which have resulted in several deaths. Nor how our bodies are being affected by pulsed microwave radiation exponentially stronger than cell phones, as shown in Take Back Your Power.
If there wasn’t an avalanche of facts to back all of this up, it might sound too unbelievable to be true. But we live in strange times.
We Can Handle The Truth
Just like the banking system, the energy system has likewise become rotten to the core. To change both will require a complete overhaul and the embrace of a challenge to our comfort zone.
It is both harrowing and exciting for one to discover that there are major societal programs which are simply manufactured lies fueled by the idea of lack. That there’s not enough energy, food, resources, money.
In reality, there is enough for all life to survive — and to thrive. It is provable fact that these truths have been suppressed.
Case in point: a 1971 de-classified US Army briefing actually calls for the secretization of solar technology which has greater than 20% efficiency (see page 14). This was back in 1971! And, of course, it’s in the name of national security and property interests.
Meanwhile, the energy mafia in Nevada just decreed a 40% fee hike for solar-producing customers, while reducing the amount paid for excess power sold to the grid, effectively killing the solar industry there.
There is a war on energy. When we understand the level of corruption involved, the implications are enormous. And we must act to solve this problem.
I believe that the suppression of solutions is a dam ready to burst. And I’m optimistic of our passing through this dark night successfully, as we are learning to connect and serve the higher good. There is really no other choice.
This article is older but it follows the previous story from Natural News regarding toxic chemtrails.
Independent lab tests point to mainstream cover-up of live biowarfare, geoengineering testing
December 5, 2014
CHINO VALLEY, Ariz. (INTELLIHUB.COM) — Marie Snow and her friend Cori Gunnels knew they stumbled across something sinister, one November day, this year, when they saw what appeared to be 50 to 60-foot long “raindrops”, “solid” in nature, falling from the sky in clusters, after three military aircraft, including a C-130, flew overhead, minutes prior, at an altitude of an estimated 5,000-8,000 ft.
Using critical thinking skills, Snow and Gunnels, patriots and local residents, decided to collect samples of the fibrous material which was deployed from the three military planes earlier that day, saving the samples for testing. In fact, the fibers looked so ominous that Snow even opted not to touch them with her “bare hands” and collected them on “white pieces of paper”.
Soon after, Snow, determined to know the truth, contacted her local news station, KPHO, CBS 5, inviting them to investigate her fibrous discovery.
Within days, CBS 5 took Snow up on her offer, sending reporter Greg Argos to investigate the fibrous samples she collected off of the natural terrain and nearby fence posts, also noting her eyewitness account to the 3 military aircraft which flew overhead that day. However, what happened after CBS 5 interviewed Snow may shock you.
According to Argos’ video piece, published Nov. 18, by CBS 5, samples of the unusual fibers, which are “thicker than a spider web and “very strong”, were taken to Grand Canyon University’s Forensic Science Lab for testing where a woman by the name of “Melissa Beddow” allegedly tested the samples under “40 times magnification”.
As reported in the Argos piece, Beddow stated that the fibrous samples were likely “biodegradable gauze” from “nearby cattle farms”, made up of “a mixture of wheat, gluten, flour and bacitracin, an antibiotic” in what the network touted as a “straight story”.
However, after the local news piece aired, Snow and others were skeptical of Argos’ findings. Snow was soon after urged by Al DiCicco, who appears in the documentary film “Shade the Motion Picture”, a film about covert and sinister bioweapons testing programs, to contact Intellihub News and get independent testing of the samples done by a reputable lab. And that’s just what Marie Snow did.
On Nov. 22, Snow reached out to me, [Intellihub’s Shepard Ambellas] to gather yet another opinion on how to proceed after something just didn’t feel right to Snow about KPHO, CBS 5’s report.
Once contacted by Snow, I, myself, recommended just what my friend Al DiCicco told her to do, “get some independent testing done”as we could than later do a “powerful article” if the results differed from KPHO, CBS 5’s findings.
And again, that’s just what Snow and Gunnels did, sending the samples to a credible lab, a testing facility located in Redding California to properly and scientifically carry out tests of several fibrous samples.
Days after, the actual results came back from the lab, and what was found may shock you.
The work orders, numbered “14K0279“, dated Dec. 4, 2014 and “14K0683“, dated Dec. 2, 2014, stated that “All analysis were performed under strict adherence to our established Quality Assurance Plan” and that “solid” “fibers” were submitted by “Marie Snow” for “general testing”.
Astonishingly, both tests concluded that both samples indeed tested positive for three metal analytes, “Aluminum”, “barium” and “strontium”, three substances commonly known by dedicated researchers to be found in persistent contrails, i.e. chemtrails and or geoengineering, terraforming operations as pointed out by investigative researcher, activist, Rosalind Peterson, Agriculture Defense Coalition, in Shade the Motion Picture.
Coupling the Redding lab’s scientific findings, with Marie Snow’s eyewitness account of the three military planes flying overhead, the fibrous material collected, and other breakthrough research noted in Shade the Motion Picture, we must now hold the mainstream news accountable for not reporting actual scientific evidence and findings pertaining to persistent contrails, chemtrails, geoengineering or the terraforming of our planetary atmosphere.
In fact scientists, likely not credible ones, Bill Gates and others are now claiming that geoengineering is needed to block solar radiation, to prevent “global warming”.
Although some like Dr. Matthew Watson, University of Bristol, say that Solar Radiation Management (SRM) could have “profoundly terrifying” consequences possibly causing extreme drought or severe rainfall, conflicting weather, in opposite regions of the globe not typical to the locality.
“Some of the techniques could also damage the ozone layer, leaving people at risk of skin cancer, or potentially trigger conflicts amid tensions between those affected by their deployment, the scientists said.”, as reported by The Telegraph in the article Six radical ways to tackle global warming.
But maybe even more bothersome is the fact that theses biological, chemical, and in some cases radiological, tests have all been approved to be conducted on the general public, at any time, by the U.S. government or military, under a public law.
Public Law 105–85 105th Congress
PUBLIC LAW 105-85- NOV. 18, 1997: USE OF HUMAN SUBJECTS FOR TESTING OF CHEMICAL OR BIOLOGICAL AGENTSSEC. 1078. RESTRICTIONS ON THE USE OF HUMAN SUBJECTS FOR TESTING OF CHEMICAL OR BIOLOGICAL AGENTS.(a) PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES. – The Secretary of Defense may not conduct (directly or by contract)(1) any test or experiment involving the use of a chemical agent or biological agent on a civilian population; or
(2) any other testing of a chemical agent or biological agent on human subjects.(b) EXCEPTIONS.- Subject to subsections (c), (d), and (e), the prohibition in subsection (a) does not apply to a test or experiment carried out for any of the following purposes:(1) Any peaceful purpose that is related to a medical, therapeutic, pharmaceutical, agricultural, industrial, or research activity.
(2) Any purpose that is directly related to protection against toxic chemicals or biological weapons and agents.
(3) Any law enforcement purpose, including any purpose related to riot control.
So section (a) prohibits these cruel and inhumane chemical and biological tests on humans.
Then section (b) says that the prohibitions in section (a) do not apply to tests carried out for virtually any purpose. So section (b) completely negates the prohibitions of section (a).
And don’t be fooled — testing is currently being conducted and is harming your health as pointed out by Luca Zanna and Al DiCicco in Shade the Motion Picture when lab work, i.e. official blood tests were revealed for the first time publicly, demonstrating that the very metals, “analyites” found in these chemtrail “raindrop” like fibers are also in the human bloodstream at alarmingly toxic levels.
Ladies and gentlemen we are being exterminated ever so slowly. Our eventual deaths brought on by the bi-product of geoengineering applications, now being sold to the American people as necessary. And yes, the U.S. government is aware of it and has prepared quite the secret budget, unseen to most, kept under the radar of the American people.
The secretive budget, that President Obama and other members of his administration don’t want you to know about, was first uncovered by myself [Shepard Ambellas] and Avalon, Intellihub.com, in March of 2011, published in an article titled “Exposed: Secret presidential chemtrail budget uncovered — Congress exceeds billions to spray populace like roaches” which garnered worldwide attention.
Focusing on exposing geoengineering, chemtrail, applications, the article called out the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), which is composed of 13 federal member agencies, with FY budgets into the billions of dollars.
The USGCRP, working hand-and-hand with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), the U.S. government, and other governments of the world are conducting sinister and experimental research on mother earth and all of its living inhabitants including humans, plants, animals and sea life.
Moreover, massive money-making schemes may also be partly to blame for modern weather manipulation, geoengineering, and terraforming operations as weather derivatives can now be traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
In fact the CME Group’s official website confirms the market for such operations, reading, “From heat waves to arctic cold outbreaks, weather often has a significant impact on business – accounting for $5.3 billion of the $16 trillion US GDP. CME Group’s temperature-based index futures and options provide the tools to help you manage weather-related risk.” All big business and opportunity for the wealthy, despite being downplayed by publications such as Fortune.
Snow’s personal encounter is described by her in the following memo sent to Intellihub News:
My friend Cori Gunnels, who lives eight miles south-west of me, called and told me to go outside to see a C-130 or KC-130, with two escorts flying over her home. I went outside and looked to the south-west and saw a 130 with two escorts to the rear of it heading west. The second (northern most) escort split off from the other two and was headed in my direction, (north-east).
When it began to fly directly over my house, (Cori was on the phone with me), I began seeing what looked like long rain drops, or extremely long cob-web type fibers (twenty to fifty feet long), falling from the direction of the aircraft. I did not see it falling directly from the aircraft, but it was an immediate action. The sun was in the perfect position for me to see this substance falling toward the ground, and on my head.
The substance also fell from the sky on my friend Cori at the time the aircraft were present and passing over her. Neither of us saw the substance fall directly from the aircraft, however, it was at the exact time the different aircraft passed over both of us. Cori lives at an altitude of approx. 5,400 ft., and Cori told me that the aircraft were almost at the same altitude as Granite Mountain, which is 7,629 ft. Cori’s friend was working in Chino Valley at that exact time and he also reports seeing the substance fall from the sky. I am not sure if he saw the aircraft.
I grabbed a white piece of paper and began collecting the unknown substance from mid-air. The fibers were so long that I had to wind the paper over and over for many minutes in order to collect it. I also collected the fibers from the cars, fences and plants. The telephone lines were covered in it. Not only was this substance found in my yard, but also all over of Chino Valley, the Yavapai College Campus in Chino Valley, Prescott, Williamson Valley, and there were reports in Phoenix as well.
I am very afraid that this substance may be harmful, as the fibers are very fine and I, along with anyone else that was outside at the time, breathed them in. Because it landed in my organic garden, I disposed of anything growing there.
I have many pictures of this substance, a picture of the three aircraft, and physical evidence we collected from the air, cars, fences and plants. The picture of the C130 seems to show the rear loading bay open on the back of the aircraft.
This matter is urgent and needs attention. I called Ernest Love Field in Prescott to inquire whether they had any knowledge of a C-130 with two escorts were in the area… they know nothing. I have contacted the EPA, who referred me to Arizona Dept. of Environmental Quality… who referred me back to the EPA. I also filed three complaints with the FAA, have emailed all ninety-four AZ State representatives, and only heard back from Judy Burgess, who requested that I notify her of the results of the lab tests. If none of these agencies are responsible for an unknown substance falling from an aircraft, why do they exist?
I contacted Luke AFB, and was told to contact Davis Monthan AFB. I spoke with an air force Lieutenant there, and they are investigating this event. I did a television interview with CBS on 11-12-14, they did not do an honest interview. When I left the interview they gathered their own samples and had them tested (Positive gauze, wheat gluten flour and bacitracin). I asked them to hold off on the story until we got our results back. We have sent two samples of the substance to different labs and as of 12-4-14, my results show highly positive for aluminum = 421mg (MDL = 156), Strontium = 70.8mg (MDL = 3.1), Cori’s results Aluminum 1020mg
(MDL = 164) Barium = 34.1 (MDL = 11.9).
Update, Nov. 19, 2014: Congressman Gosar has assigned the case to the EPA and I feel we are going to be heard finally.
Update Nov. 21, 2014: I have heard from the EPA… they are taking the case.
Update Dec. 02, 2014: We are searching for any labs: soil, air, rainwater, blood, fibers. Please help. Alerting alternative media to keep the truth alive.
It’s also important to point out that Corri Gunnels, an admin on “Uniting for Our Planet, Redding CA’s” Facebook page, told Intellihub News in an interview Friday, that she “knew they [KPHO, CBS 5] were going to marginalize the story”, despite the fact that the station’s news editor, Scott Davis, told Gunnels that he had never been directed by corporate to skew a report.
Gunnels also wanted me to point out in this article that “three other eyewitnesses in Phoenix called CBS 5”, reporting the strange fibers days before Gunnel and Snow collected samples.
Gunnels believes that this information was withheld from the local news report, as “biodegradable bandages” wouldn’t be of any use in the city of Phoenix as limited livestock exists there, further demonstrating a potential cover-up of the actual story.
‘Mysterious’ fibers in Chino Valley are biodegradable gauze — KPHO, CBS 5
Six radical ways to tackle global warming — The Telegraph
Recent U.S. snowstorms found to contain elements of entomological warfare being conducted on American populace — Intellihub.com
PUBLIC LAW 105–85—NOV. 18, 1997 — DOD.mil
About the author:
Shepard Ambellas is the founder, editor-in-chief of Intellihub News and the maker of SHADE the Motion Picture. You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook. Shepard also appears on the Travel Channel series America Declassified. You can also listen to him on Coast To Coast AM.
Mysterious chemtrail fibers dropped by C-130 over Arizona covered up by mainstream media
by: J. D. Heyes
January 21, 2016
In early November, Chino Valley, Arizona, residents Marie Snow and Cori Gunnels made a discovery which they said frightened them. According to published reports — and there were few — they witnessed what appeared to them to be 50- to 60-foot long “raindrops,” which were “solid” in nature, falling in clusters from the sky after seeing a C-130 military transport plane and two escort aircraft fly overhead.
As reported by the news website IntelliHub, the pair were of the mind to gather some samples of the fibrous material, which was found in stringy blotches clinging to fences, plants and other structures throughout the bucolic landscape of the region, to have them examined by experts, with the hope of figuring out what it was that was dropped from the sky. Snow, the website reported, even decided not to touch the strands with her bare hands, and collected them on white pieces of paper.
Not long after, Snow decided to contact her local news station, KPHO, a CBS affiliate, and asked them to investigate her discovery. A few days later, the station sent a reporter, Greg Argos, to look into Snow’s finding and get her story, including the part where the fibrous material appeared to be distributed overhead from a military transport aircraft.
“However, what happened after CBS 5 interviewed Snow may shock you,” IntelliHub reported.
The roughly three-minute video piece produced by KPHO reported Snow’s details and included some quotes from her regarding her discovery. The report noted that the fibers gathered by Snow, which were “thicker than a spider web” and “very strong,” were taken by the station to Grand Canyon University’s Forensic Science Lab for testing.
According to the report, Melissa Beddow, director of the university’s forensic science program, tested the substance samples under “40 times magnification.” Though at first the samples stumped her, she eventually concluded that they were likely “biodegradable gauze” from “nearby cattle farms.” She said they were comprised of “a mixture of wheat, gluten, flour and bacitracin, an antibiotic.”
As further reported by IntelliHub, that conclusion did not satisfy the curious:
However, after the local news piece aired, Snow and others were skeptical of Argos’ findings. Snow was soon after urged by Al DiCicco, who appears in the documentary film “Shade the Motion Picture”, a film about covert and sinister bioweapons testing programs, to contact Intellihub News and get independent testing of the samples done by a reputable lab. And that’s just what Marie Snow did.
On Nov. 22, Snow contacted IntelliHub’s Shepard Ambellas for another attempt at finding out what to do next, since the Chino Valley resident remained unconvinced of the local media’s findings. Ambellas said he advised the same thing DiCicco did: Get some independent testing done.
Snow and Gunnels sent several of the fibrous samples to a credible laboratory located in Redding, Calif.
Chemtrail materials confirmed
The work order for the samples numbered “14K0279” was dated Dec. 4, 2014, the order numbered “14K0683” was dated Dec. 2, 2014. They both came with this guarantee: “All analysis were performed under strict adherence to our established Quality Assurance Plan.” Both said that “solid” “fibers” were submitted by “Marie Snow” for “general testing.”
“Astonishingly, both tests concluded that both samples indeed tested positive for three metal analytes, ‘Aluminum,’ ‘barium’ and ‘strontium,’ three substances commonly known by dedicated researchers to be found in persistent contrails, i.e. chemtrails and or geoengineering, terraforming operations as pointed out by investigative researcher, activist, Rosalind Peterson, Agriculture Defense Coalition, in Shade the Motion Picture,” IntelliHub reported.
But the rest of the mainstream media has thus far ignored the story — and, for that matter, most all other “chemtrail” stories, unless they are attempting to discredit the notion or the sources bringing the issue to the public’s attention.
You can — and should — read the full IntelliHub report here.
You can see SHADE the Motion Picture here.
Salk researchers and collaborators have achieved critical insight into the size of neural connections, putting the memory capacity of the brain far higher than common estimates. The new work also answers a longstanding question as to how the brain is so energy efficient and could help engineers build computers that are incredibly powerful but also conserve energy.
“This is a real bombshell in the field of neuroscience,” says Terry Sejnowski, Salk professor and co-senior author of the paper, which was published in eLife. “We discovered the key to unlocking the design principle for how hippocampal neurons function with low energy but high computation power. Our new measurements of the brain‘s memory capacity increase conservative estimates by a factor of 10 to at least a petabyte, in the same ballpark as the World Wide Web.”
Our memories and thoughts are the result of patterns of electrical and chemical activity in the brain. A key part of the activity happens when branches of neurons, much like electrical wire, interact at certain junctions, known as synapses. An output ‘wire’ (an axon) from one neuron connects to an input ‘wire’ (a dendrite) of a second neuron. Signals travel across the synapse as chemicals called neurotransmitters to tell the receiving neuron whether to convey an electrical signal to other neurons. Each neuron can have thousands of these synapses with thousands of other neurons.
“When we first reconstructed every dendrite, axon, glial process, and synapse from a volume of hippocampus the size of a single red blood cell, we were somewhat bewildered by the complexity and diversity amongst the synapses,” says Kristen Harris, co-senior author of the work and professor of neuroscience at the University of Texas, Austin. “While I had hoped to learn fundamental principles about how the brain is organized from these detailed reconstructions, I have been truly amazed at the precision obtained in the analyses of this report.”
Synapses are still a mystery, though their dysfunction can cause a range of neurological diseases. Larger synapses—with more surface area and vesicles of neurotransmitters—are stronger, making them more likely to activate their surrounding neurons than medium or small synapses.
A report dubbed, Occupation, Inc., How Settlement Businesses Contribute to Israel’s violations of Palestinian Rights urges businesses to end their activities in the settlements and also calls on governments to withhold aid to Israel.
The report details how settlement businesses contribute to Israeli discrimination against Palestinians, while profiting from resources and land that has been taken from the Palestinians.
“In many cases, businesses are ‘settlers’ themselves,” the report says, urging states worldwide to “ensure that any import of settlement goods into their territory is consistent with their duty under international humanitarian law not to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Palestinian territories.”
This would include accurately labeling goods produced in settlements, as per EU latest regulations, criticized by Israel as discriminatory.
“From some 200 territorial disputes around the world the EU chooses to discriminate only against Israel. This outlook prevents the EU from being a fair partner in resolving the conflict,” the Israeli foreign ministry stated on Monday.
HRW recommend states to “avoid offsetting the costs of Israeli government expenditures on settlements by withholding funding given to the Israeli government in an amount equivalent to its expenditures on settlements and related infrastructure in the West Bank.”
Settlement businesses benefit from the confiscation of Palestinian land, and HRW believes they “contribute to the further confiscation of Palestinian land, restrictions on Palestinian access to their lands, and their forced displacement from these lands.”
Businesses also benefit from financial and regulatory incentives provided by the Israeli government and discriminatory granting of permits to settlement companies, but not for Palestinian businesses.
The report compares Israeli treatment of Jewish settlements to Palestinian ones, and details a “two-tiered system in the West Bank that provides preferential treatment to Jewish Israeli settlers while imposing harsh conditions on Palestinians.”
“Israel’s confiscation of land, water, and other natural resources for the benefit of settlements and residents of Israel also violate the Hague Regulations of 1907, which prohibit an occupying power from expropriating the resources of occupied territory for its own benefit,” it says.
The report outlines the ways in which Israel impedes Palestinian economic potential, through refusing licenses and blocking access to land. Palestinians working in the settlements are paid less than the Israeli minimum wage. The report also pointed out a number of international businesses profiting from settlement areas.
HRW has previously refrained from calling for an end to settlement business relations. But because the context of human rights abuses is “so pervasive and severe”, HRW urged “Israel’s allies – above all the United States – should strongly encourage the Israeli government to abide by its obligations and should themselves ensure that they are not contributing to or complicit in the violations of international law caused by the settlements, such as the discriminatory human rights violations that are the focus of this report.”
“The situation is worse than it was in 2007. Our macroeconomic ammunition to fight downturns is essentially all used up,” the economist told the Telegraph newspaper before the World Economic Forum in Davos.
White is one of a few bankers who warned about the rising crisis in the Western financial system before the financial crash eight years ago.
“Debts have continued to build up over the last eight years and they have reached such levels in every part of the world that they have become a potent cause for mischief,” said White.
“It will become obvious in the next recession that many of these debts will never be serviced or repaid, and this will be uncomfortable for a lot of people who think they own assets that are worth something,” he added.
According to White, European lenders will have to face large haircuts. In particular, European banks have already recognized $1 trillion in non-performing loans.
He added that the emerging markets are an important part of the problem, even though after the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers that resulted in the 2008 global financial crisis, they were part of the solution.
The economist also said that the yuan devaluation could “metastasize” in the future.
For ranchers Stanley and Carol Post, the recent mystery on the central Kansas prairie conjures up memories of their own bovine homicides 40 years ago.
It was October 1975. Within a short time period of each other, the couple discovered one of their cows dead − its udders and genitalia strategically removed and a hematoma on the head. Meanwhile, a calf’s eye was taken out with detailed precision − the optic nerve cauterized at the end.
“It just blew your mind,” said Carol Post, now 75, who was out feeding cattle with her husband on their Meade County ranch this week.
Call it the biggest animal cold case in the nation’s history.
Thousands of cattle and other livestock were found dead in the 1970s − so prevalent that the FBI investigated the cattle mutilations.
Kansas seemed to be one of the states hit the most. In the fall of 1973 alone, the FBI news clippings showed 40 cases in the north-central part of the state – largely along Highway 81. All were seemingly killed in the same pattern on the isolated prairiescape: their ears, tongues, genitals and udders all neatly removed.
Often, the scene was bloodless and trackless as well. Post said even the veterinarian noted the several gallons of blood drained from the cow. They never found tracks.
Decades later, on the central Kansas plains, law enforcement are grappling with two similar cases.
On Dec. 18, a bull was killed and mutilated in Harvey County. The bull’s genitals were removed by precise cuts.
Then on Jan. 1, John Shearer and his wife, Carla, were out feeding cattle north of Canton in McPherson County when they found a pregnant cow dead with one of her eyes harvested, including the eyelid and both bottom and top eyelashes removed. A veterinarian said it was done with a laser.
Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton said he has talked with law enforcement across Kansas about the cases, including one former Butler County officer who was part of the 1970s investigation.
Butler County had 30 to 40 cases alone in the 1970s, he said. The Butler County sheriff told him there were a few cases reported as recently as 2005.
Meanwhile, near Inman two years ago, Walton said there were three bulls mutilated.
“It seems like it stirred up a lot of people’s memories of things that happened years ago,” Walton said. “I’m hoping it is not going to be another cycle where there is going to be a bunch of these things.”
The cases were scattered all across Kansas and The News .
The Harvey County Sheriff’s Office reported in October 1973 “two bodies of sexually mutilated cows this week. Deputy Sheriff Ernest Harris said the cows’ sex organs and udders had been cut off with what appeared to be a very sharp instrument.”
Several reports came in July 1974. Claude Morris of rural Reno County lost four Charolais bull calves, all with their sex organs removed. Meanwhile, the same scenario occurred in Greenwood and Saline counties.
In May 1976, Glen Bolinger, rural Cheney, found a cow with one ear, udder and rectum cut away. That same month there was a mutilation report from southwest of Kingman.
In September 1976, Emory V. Schmidt, Stafford, reported that a 425-pound red Angus heifer had its udder removed with a sharp instrument and also was missing its tail.
In October 1976, Howard Gibson’s cow was found dead in a pasture near Tribune. The cow was missing lips, tongue, part of its back and its sex organs. Also in October, in Rush County, a rancher reported a mutilation, the tongue cut out, along with both ears, rectum and tail removed in a circular cut. There also was a burn mark on the forehead – as if the animal had been struck with something blunt.
And then there were the helicopters, the FBI vault clippings report – sometimes flying without a flight plan and sometimes flying low in the counties where reports were occurring.
Tom Adams, of Paris, Texas, kept track of the cattle mutilations, as well as the helicopter sightings, in his publication call “Stigmata.”
Vance Ehmke, who farms in Lane County, said he was in college when his parents reported two separate cattle mutilations.
Ehmke said it was the early 1970s and his parents had cattle grazing on wheat near their home.
“During the night, something scared the hell out of the cattle, and they kept running back and forth – almost like stampeding – from one side of the 5-acre, fenced-in area to the other. At the same time, the family farm dog was barking like crazy – like there was something out there that he was afraid of. So, in the morning, Dad goes out to check the cattle and finds a dead 500-pound Charolais steer – with the characteristic mutilations of fine surgical cuts in the genital area with no blood. No footprints. No nothing. Nothing but a healthy, 500-pound steer that was now dead.
“So now Dad is thinking, ‘I should have gone out there with a gun to see what the hell was happening.’ On the other hand, that might have been very stupid because there was absolutely somebody or something out there. And they probably wouldn’t have been real friendly. If it were people, I’ll guarantee you that they would have been weird, sick or dangerous – or all of the above.”
Ehmke added that his mother refurbished furniture and used the steer’s hide to make a new calfskin seat for a chair, salvaging “something out of the situation.”
Another case involved another animal on wheat pasture. Ehmke’s father examined the body and found a long, fine surgical cut on the bottom of the belly. He didn’t know if any internal organs were removed.
It’s “just one more mystery from that same time frame,” he said. “This is just one more story from a time period in which there were a lot of similar stories going around – of unexplained cattle deaths and mutilations. And to my knowledge, few, if any, of these mysteries have ever been solved.”
What exactly happened on the prairie so long ago remains unsolved.
There are plenty of theories. Some newspaper reports from the time quote experts saying predators were suspected – often grabbing at soft tissue – the teeth making razor-like cuts.
Bob Henderson, retired Kansas State University Extension wildlife specialist, said some of the cases he examined were most likely caused by animals. In other cases, it appeared humans were involved.
Chris O’Brien, of Arizona, who has written a book called “Stalking the Herd,” has another theory: the government.
Hence, he said, all the sightings of helicopters.
“The only theory that makes any sense is some sort of environmental monitoring – some sort of arm concerned about the food chain or mad cow disease,” he said.
Still, he said, that doesn’t explain all the cases – and some could be human perpetrated. He added that a genital area is often the first thing a coyote can grab. Meanwhile, O’Brien said, Arkansas sheriff’s officials conducted an experiment in 1979, putting down a calf already sick and leaving it in the outdoor elements for 36 hours.
The animal appeared to show similar signs of surgical removal of organs and drained blood.
Chuck Zukowski, a Colorado Springs paranormal investigator who runs UFOnut.com, has been studying cases for years.
Zukowski also investigated the cases across the region, including near Trinidad, Colorado. In December, shortly before the Harvey County case, Zukowski was called to investigate another case on the Miller Ranch, which has been hit multiple times.
Yet, the cases keep him baffled, he said.
“I found no evidence of human, and I have found no evidence of alien intervention,” he said, later adding, “we’ve had 10,000 cases (in the nation) since 1967. All 10,000 cases that law enforcement investigated, not once have they been able to find human intervention. They never caught anyone doing it.”
Ehmke admits those open-minded have to look at all possibilities.
However, he added, “on a lot of things, there is no way you could explain them. “They are cold cases, unsolved mysteries.”
Post said she hopes the ranchers with animals in the current cases find out what happened, but added, “We never did.”
Authorities in northeast Georgia have a mystery on their hands after cows were found mutilated, with neatly-cut circles sliced into their rear ends.
Harold Edge told investigators he found one of his Black Angus cows dead a few weeks ago.
A Jefferson County sheriff’s report obtained by The Associated Press states that Edge found another Black Angus dead Jan. 6, with what appeared to be a half-circle cut around the same area of the animal. Edge told deputies there were no bite marks or indications of animal attacks.
Hall told the Athens Banner-Herald that the cuts were clean, with no jagged edges. Jackson County sheriff’s Capt. Rich Lott said investigators can’t explain the deaths on Edge’s pasture near Braselton.
Source: Associated Press
Tell me, how does this differ from North Korea’s state imposed censorship? Or, hoes does this differ from Russia’s demand for all bloggers with more than 3000 subscribers to register with the state?
These pathetic Republicans should be schooled on history and the value of democracy which includes free speech. I wonder which media conglomerate is paying for this doofus’ vacations?
In complete violation of the Constitution, a South Carolina politician is proposing legislation to register journalists.
South Carolina has long been known for the ridiculous and off-world bills its State House regularly submits to a vote. Indeed, the residents of the state are routinely subjected to a demonstration of the utter uselessness of the majority of its “representatives” as well as their lack of understanding and concern for civil liberties, Constitutional rights, and the general welfare of the State.
Enter another freedom-shredding bill submitted by the Constitutional non-scholar Mike Pitts, a Republican State House member from Laurens, S.C.
Pitts’ bill would establish a “responsible journalism registry” to be operated by the South Carolina Secretary of State.
The summary of the bill states that it would “establish requirements for persons before working as a journalist for a media outlet and for media outlets before hiring a journalist” as well as establish penalties, fines, and jail sentences for violations. And, of course, “for other purposes.”
A person seeking to register shall provide all information required by the office including, but not limited to, a criminal record background check, an affidavit from the media outlet attesting to the applicant’s journalistic competence, and an application fee in an amount determined by the office.
(C) A registration is valid for two years and must be renewed within thirty days of expiration.
(D)(1) The Secretary of State’s Office may deny, revoke, or refuse to issue or renew a registration if the office finds that the person:
(a) has filed an application for registration that contains a statement that is false or misleading with respect to a material fact;
(b) has failed to pay the proper application fee or any other fee or penalty imposed pursuant to this chapter; or
(c) has failed to comply with any provision of this chapter.
(2) The Secretary of State’s Office shall deny, revoke, or refuse to issue or renew a registration if a media outlet has determined pursuant to Section 40-85-40 that the person is not competent to be a journalist.
(E) Upon receipt of the required information and documents, the office within thirty days shall provide a registration to the person for submission to a media outlet or a letter notifying the person of the basis for denying, revoking, or refusing to issue or renew a registration.
It then describes how a journalist will be determined competent (essentially at the whim of the Secretary of State) by stating,
Before working as a journalist for a media outlet in this State, a person shall provide a criminal record background check to the media outlet to determine journalistic competence and register with the South Carolina Responsible Journalism Registry. After registering, the person shall provide a copy of the registration to the media outlet. A person may not work as a journalist until the person provides a copy of a registration to the media outlet.
Section 40-85-40. (A) A person is not competent to be a journalist if:
(1) within the three years before submitting an application for registration, the person has been determined by a court of law to have committed:
(a) libel, slander, or invasion of privacy; or
(b) a felony if the underlying offense was committed to collect, write, or distribute news or other current information for a media outlet; or
(2) as a journalist, the person has demonstrated a reckless disregard of the basic codes and canons of professional journalism associations, including a disregard of truth, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness, and public accountability, as applicable to the acquisition of newsworthy information and its subsequent dissemination to the public.
(B) Upon making a determination that a person is competent to be a journalist, the media outlet shall provide the person an affidavit attesting to the person’s journalistic competence for submission to the registry.
Bill Rogers, Executive Director of the S.C. Press Association says that the bill “is ridiculous and totally unconstitutional” and that the government cannot require journalists to register as the First Amendment ensures freedom of the press.
One can only imagine what fit of mental illness provoked Pitts to submit such a bill. After all, Pitts has professed his support of the Second Amendment repeatedly in the past so many might be scratching their heads as to why he is so antagonistic to the First. At this point, we are only left to guess as to why Pitts chose to launch his assault on the freedom of speech, expression, and the press.
Was it because he is bitter over all the negative publicity he has received in recent months and the threat those critical articles may have on his career of parasitism? Did Pitts lose his place while reading the U.S. Constitution and skim over the Bill of Rights? Did Pitts recently travel to Saudi Arabia and realize the Saudis have a better system? Is he suffering from an extended bout of untreated syphilis? Seriously, any of these explanations are as legitimate as the bill itself.
Regardless, Pitts’ bill should promptly be shot down. In fact, H.4702 should only be preceded in death by Pitts’ political career.
Clearly, no one in their right mind would ever support such a piece of legislation (but I didn’t say it wouldn’t pass) and no one in Pitts’ state of mind should ever be allowed to submit it.
In an attempt to shame anti-gun proponents and their unrelenting attack on civil liberties and Constitutional rights, S.C. Rep. Mike Pitts of Laurens, S.C. submitted the above as what can be termed a “satire bill” to the S.C. Congress. His bill sought to establish a “registry of journalists” to be operated by the S.C. Secretary of State and was apparently modeled after a number of anti-gun bills he has seen submitted in the past.
The bill, like most anti-gun bills, was blatantly unconstitutional. It was, in fact, ridiculous. It was also the point of the legislation.
“It strikes me as ironic that the first question is constitutionality from a press that has no problem demonizing firearms,” Pitts said. “With this statement I’m talking primarily about printed press and TV. The TV stations, the six o’clock news and the printed press [have] no qualms demonizing gun owners and gun ownership.”
Unfortunately, it was all too convincing to many members of the press, including this one. What was meant to be a satire bill is, in 2016, entirely believable. If a state Congress would push forward bills to eviscerate the Second Amendment, why would they not submit bills to eviscerate the First?
In my own report, I asked a number of questions – was Pitts insane? Did he miss the Bill of Rights while reading the Constitution? Did he have a terminal STD that affected his brain function?
It appears, however, that, at least on this issue, Pitts is not suffering from any of the above. He was merely pointing out that, in the minds of many, some rights are more equal than others and the reaction from much of the press only proved his point. (Although he managed to anger a few of us who are not simply sold to left or right but tend to use our brains instead of our television to think with.)
We hope and expect Pitts’ bill to go nowhere. And we disapprove of the use of satire in the form of Congressional bills. Still, it’s good that Pitts has clarified his intention with his submission.
In terms of the anti-gunners out there who were upset by Pitts’ bill, however, we can say “mission accomplished” to Pitts.
To the anti-gunners themselves we may ask, “how does it feel?”
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I still say that all politicians should be drug tested on a daily basis, because some of their decisions do not make sense for a sober mind, and that they should wear jackets with the logos of the corporations that own them.
Can’t say I’m surprised.
January 20, 2016
Federal legislators make $174,000 a year, but when they retire, they’re likely to bring home much more. Home, however, often remains Washington, D.C., where politicians are increasingly lingering to provide political access to handsomely paying lobbyist firms, a new study shows.
Political scientists Amy McKay and Lindsey Herbel of Georgia State University joined with University of Exeter professor Jeffrey Lazarus to find out, as their study is titled, “Who walks through the revolving door?” Their analysis focused on the migration of members of Congress to the lobbying industry. While the researchers found virtually all members of Congress are capable of making that shift, select types are becoming more predictable.
In 1975, just five percent of retiring lawmakers chose to enter the lobbying profession. But “the numbers accelerate in the 1990s and 2000s, with more than a third of departing House members and more than 40 per cent of departing senators registering in those decades,” the study explains.
Already, the 2010s are on their way to outperform the previous decade. Of those who retired in 2012, nearly 40 percent of House members and almost 60 percent of senators registered as lobbyists. View the graph supplied in the study below:
The study, published in Interest Groups & Advocacy, showed that especially among retiring House members, a leadership role either with their political party or a legislative committee meant a better shot at getting picked up by a lobbying firm. However, plain membership on the House Ways and Means Committee or the Senate Finance Committee, both of which deal with trade and taxes, was an attractive resume point, as well.
The study, which used DW-NOMINATE (dynamic, weighted Nominal Three-Step Estimation), noted that moderate Republicans were more likely to walk through the revolving door than their very conservative counterparts.
Another observation from the study found overwhelming majorities of retiring legislators joined firms that represent multiple clients, rather than in-house operations for particular corporations. House members went for the former 78 percent of the time, while senators did so 87 percent of the time.
Transparency watchdog OpenSecrets.org estimates $3.2 billion is spent annually on registered lobbying, but that figure, as well as the ones that were used in the aforementioned study, don’t provide a full and complete picture; a great deal of activity on Capitol Hill that involves influencing legislators and legislation isn’t reported or registered.
Tim LaPira, a political scientist at James Madison University, told Vox the actual total amount spent was closer to $7 billion.
If it isn’t planets and it isn’t comets and whatever this object is has been growing, changing, and randomly blocking out the star’s light to varying degrees
Jan 20, 2016
Penn State astronomer Jason Wright announced three months ago that alien life could exist around an unusual star 1,500 light-years away. The star, KIC8462852, has confused astronomers because the light it gives off keeps changing in fast, drastic ways that do not follow any pattern. Between 2009 and 2013 for example, the star would randomly lose up to 20% of its brightness. Planets etc. revolving around it were ruled out because the dimming would follow a pattern in that case and this didn’t.
Researchers then put forth a theory about a massive swarm of comets, but that has been shot down too. Why? Louisiana State University astronomer Bradley Schaefer went digging through Harvard astronomy archives and found that the weird, explainable pattern of this star’s light brightening and dimming has been going on for over 100 years now.
Via The Independent:
[Schaefer] explains in his paper that this “century-long dimming trend requires an estimated 648,000 giant comets (each with 200 km diameter) all orchestrated to pass in front of the star within the last century,” which he said is “completely implausible.”
So much for the comet theory.
If it isn’t planets and it isn’t comets and whatever this object is has been growing, changing, and randomly blocking out the star’s light to varying degrees for over a century…
Then… what is it?
At the same time, [Schaefer has] also reignited the possibility that the source could be an alien megastructure that an advanced alien civilization has been slowly building over time. One thing’s certain for Schaefer: The bizarre dimmings are probably caused by a single, physical mechanism that’s undergoing some type of ongoing change.
“The century-long dimming and the day-long dips are both just extreme ends of a spectrum of timescales for unique dimming events, so by Ockham’s Razor, all this is produced by one physical mechanism,” Shaefer said in his paper. “This one mechanism does not appear as any isolated catastrophic event in the last century, but rather must be some ongoing process with continuous effects.”
Like those of a burgeoning alien civilization, perhaps?
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Over 70 current and former police leaders and prosecutors added their voices in support of criminal justice reform legislation being considered in Washington, DC.
January 20, 2016
From the column ‘The VICE Guide to Right Now’
Between 1980 and 2014, America’s federal prison population exploded by 790 percent, even though crime rates fell for much of that same period. Nearly half of those locked behind federal prison bars are there for nonviolent drug offenses, and the duration of the average prison stay is up, too—by 36 percent since 1990.
“Mass incarceration makes our country worse off, and we need to do something about it,” President Obama told the NAACP back in July of last year.
In short, the US prison system is broken, and it’s been on the mind recently of the select few in a position to do something about it. But will they?
In October of last year, a group of US senators reached broad agreement on a plan to overhaul the criminal justice system, chiefly by rolling back harsh punishments for small-time, nonviolent offenders in the proposed Sentencing Reform Act.
In a letter on Wednesday, over 70 top cops and prosecutors—current and former police chiefs and commissioners, attorneys general and US attorneys—added their voices in support of the bill, urging Congress to take action. The letter is a powerful symbol, one its authors hope might lend an essential boost to reformers on Capitol Hill.
“This is a unique moment of rare bipartisan consensus on the urgent need for criminal justice reform,” the letter reads. “As law enforcement leaders, we want to make clear where we stand: Not only is passing federal mandatory minimum reform necessary to reduce incarceration, it is also necessary to help law enforcement continue to keep crime at its historic lows across the country.”
Watch current inmates react to President Obama’s historic visit to the federal prison in El Reno, Oklahoma.
The authors go on to suggest that reforming mandatory minimum sentences that require judges to dish out lengthy prison stays will help reduce crime, prison populations, and costs. “We know from our experience as leaders in law enforcement that we can reduce crime and punish offenders appropriately without relying on these excessive and arbitrary laws,” they write.
Republican co-sponsors of the bill—US Senators John Cornyn, Chuck Grassley, Lindsey Graham, and Mike Lee—circulated the letter this morning to every member of Congress. The Senate is expected to hold a major hearing on criminal justice reform Wednesday.
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Why hunter gatherers weren’t as peaceful as you may think.
The area surrounding Lake Turkana in Kenya was lush and fertile 10,000 years ago, with thousands of animals – including elephants, giraffes and zebras – roaming around alongside groups of hunter gatherers. But it also had a dark side. We have discovered the oldest known case of violence between two groups of hunter gatherers took place there, with ten excavated skeletons showing evidence of having been killed with both sharp and blunt weapons.
The findings, published in Nature, are important because they challenge our understanding of the roots of conflict and suggest warfare may have a much older history than many researchers believe.
Our journey started in 2012, when Pedro Ebeya, one of our Turkana field assistants, reported seeing fragments of human bones on the surface at Nataruk. Located just south of Lake Turkana, Nataruk is today a barren desert, but 10,000 years ago was a temporary camp set up by a band of hunter-gatherers next to a lagoon. I led a team of researchers, as part of the In-Africa project, which has been working in the area since 2009. We excavated the remains of 27 people – six young children, one teenager and 20 adults. Twelve of these – both men and women – were found as they had died, unburied, and later covered by the shallow water of the lagoon.
Ten of the 12 skeletons show lesions caused by violence to the parts of the body most commonly involved in cases of violence. These include one where the projectile was still embedded in the side of the skull; two cases of sharp-force trauma to the neck; seven cases of blunt and/or sharp-force trauma to the head; two cases of blunt-force trauma to the knees and one to the ribs. There were also two cases of fractures to the hands, possibly caused while parrying a blow.
There must have at least three types of weapons involved in these murders – projectiles (stoned-tipped as well as sharpened arrows), something similar to a club, and something close to a wooden handle with hafted sharp-stone blades that caused deep cuts. Two individuals have no lesions in the preserved parts of the skeleton, but the position of their hands suggests they may have been bound, including a young woman who was heavily pregnant at the time.
We dated the remains and the site to between 10,500 and 9,500 years ago, making them the earliest scientifically dated case of a conflict between two groups of hunter-gatherers. Stones in the weapons include obsidian, a rare stone in the Nataruk area, suggesting the attackers came from a different place.
Today we think of warfare, or inter-group conflict, as something that happens when one group of people wants the territory, resources or power held by another. But prehistoric societies were usually small groups of nomads moving from place to place – meaning they didn’t own land or have significant possessions. They typically didn’t have strong social hierarchies either. Therefore, many scholars have argued that warfare must have emerged after farming and more complex political systems arose.
Naturuk therefore challenges our views about what the causes of conflict are. It is possible that human prehistoric societies simply responded antagonistically to chance encounters with another group. But this is not what seems to have happened at Nataruk. The group which attacked was carrying weapons that would not normally be carried while hunting and fishing. In addition, the lesions show that clubs of at least two sizes were used, making it likely that more than one of the attackers were carrying them.
The fact that the attack combined long-distance weapons such as arrows and close-proximity weaponry such as clubs suggests they planned the attack. Also, there are other, but isolated, examples of violent trauma in this area from this period in time – one discovered in the 1970s about 20km north of Nataruk, and two discovered by our project at a nearby site. All three involved projectiles, one of the hallmarks of inter-group conflict. Two of the projectiles found embedded in the bones at Nataruk and in two of the other cases were made of obsidian. This tells us that such attacks happened multiple times, and were part of the life of the hunter-gatherer communities at the time.
So why were the people of Nataruk attacked? We have to conclude that they had valuable resources that were worth fighting for – water, meat, fish, nuts, or indeed women and children. This suggests that two of the conditions associated with warfare among settled societies – territory and resources – were probably common among these hunter-gatherers, and that we have underestimated their role so far.
Evolution is about survival, and our species is no different from others in this respect. The injuries suffered by the people of Nataruk are merciless and shocking, but no different from those suffered in wars throughout much of our history – sadly even today. It may be human nature, but we should not forget that extraordinary acts of altruism, compassion and caring are also unique parts of who we are.