I wish someone would have told me when I was younger that none of this matters.
If you still have an open mind:
Something tells me we are not done with this chemical wonder. Some mad scientist invented this formula in his hell cave. He, it’s always a he, left the patent to his offspring, who all look like Justin Bieber and the Brits Spear, and now the US gov and all the bad terrorists out there know how to produce it. That is not funny at all.
It’s not police brutality anymore, it’s police stupidity…
April 15, 2016
Durham, NC — A video has surfaced online showing police abuse a family inside their own home.
According to preliminary reports, police did not have a search warrant.
They entered the private residence without a warrant because they claimed to “smell weed,” reports say.
Toward the beginning of the video a teen boy can be seen limping toward the camera and stating that an officer used a gun to beat him in the head.Another young man can be heard saying that he was beaten with a billy club.
Vera McGriff, who was filming the incident, confirms that she witnessed both assaults.
Moments later, several officers can be seen marching up her carpeted stairway toward her children’s bedrooms.
Vera served in the US Military for over a decade and attempted to intelligently de-escalate the situation while documenting everything.At one point, an officer can be heard leveling accusations regarding marijuana, to which Vera responds that the smell could have been produced by incense.
Vera asks the officers where the supposed weed is, and no response can be heard from the officers.
It goes without saying, but even if there were marijuana in the house, does ingesting a plant inside of one’s own home justify government agents breaking in at a moment’s notice and pilfering around?
Does it justify them beating you and your children with guns and batons, shoving you to the ground, and tasering your family repeatedly?
Marijuana has caused zero deaths and legal substances such as alcohol, Tylenol, and sugar can actually be far more harmful to one’s health — in fact all three of those substances have resulted in many deaths.Police often boost their arrest records by targeting non-violent citizens who ingest cannabis, and good arrest records could result in career promotions, increases in salary, and recognition as being “tough on crime.”
It is therefore unsurprising that many police and their organized unions and supporters would continue promoting the War on Drugs.
Toward the end of the video, screams can be heard as the family members are shoved to the ground and tasered.
Officers begin shouting commands as if they are drill sergeants, awaiting any chance to use more violent force.
“We all sat in handcuffs for 4-5 hours while they waited for the search warrant …Everybody was tased, one officer hit my son in the face with his Glock 9, we were choked, kicked, thrown down on the floor,” said Vera.
The officers on the other hand are claiming that they were “assaulted,” yet the video does not show this.Watch the full unedited video below:
from The Mint Press News
ST. LOUIS — Monsanto Corporation, the agribusiness giant best known for its pesticides and genetically-modified crops, also manufactured white phosphorous for the U.S. government over at least the past 20 years. Used in incendiary military weapons, the United States sold white phosphorous-based weapons to Israel, which used those weapons to commit brutal war crimes against Palestinians living in Gaza in 2009.
White phosphorous is created from phosphorous through industrial processes — it is not a naturally occurring substance. Exposure can cause severe and often fatal burns, or other complications such as organ failure, with even survivors suffering from long-term health effects.
In addition to its use in weapons, white phosphorous is also used to create phosphoric acid, a key ingredient in some fertilizers, which likely explains why Monsanto would manufacture the substance.
At one point, Monsanto was the only U.S.-based firm manufacturing the substance. This, of course, caught the military’s attention.
According to heavily redacted government documents revealed by the blog Current Events Inquiry, the U.S. government saw Monsanto as a key supplier, fearing that global politics might interfere with the ability to import the substance from China or India, where most white phosphorous is manufactured due to flimsy environmental protections and oversight. The documents, originally posted on the U.S. Federal Business Opportunities website, state that because of this key role, Monsanto could require special government protections “in the event of a national emergency.”
Further evidence of Monsanto’s role in manufacturing white phosphorous can be found in a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report from 1997, “Toxicological Profile For White Phosphorous,” which lists Monsanto facilities that store hundreds of thousands of pounds of the toxic chemical. The document also outlines some of the dangerous effects of white phosphorous: in addition to fatal or serious burns, exposure can result in chronic health problems, damage to the immune system, birth defects, and neurological damage.
Monsanto sold white phosphorous to the U.S. military’s Pine Bluff Arsenal, where it is stored in underwater tanks and manufactured into munitions. Then, the U.S. military sold white phosphorous to Israel, where it was used in war crimes during Israel’s “Cast Lead” offensive, which killed thousands of civilians from Dec. 27, 2008 to Jan. 18, 2009.
“The use of white phosphorus is not in and of itself a war crime, and is generally considered acceptable as a means of obscuring troop movements or illuminating areas. Its use in civilian areas however, even if not directed at the civilian population, is banned under the Geneva Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.”
Yet Israel had flaunted international law once again, using white phosphorous rounds over some of Gaza’s most “densely populated areas,” according to a March 2009 report from Human Rights Watch, despite acknowledging that white phosphorous can cause horrific burns and fatal health complications:
“A medical report prepared during the recent hostilities by the Israeli ministry of health said that white phosphorus ‘can cause serious injury and death when it comes into contact with the skin, is inhaled or is swallowed.’ Burns on less than 10 percent of the body can be fatal because of damage to the liver, kidneys, and heart, the ministry report says. Infection is common and the body’s absorption of the chemical can cause serious damage to internal organs, as well as death.
If the IDF intended to use white phosphorus as a smokescreen for its forces, it had a readily available non-lethal alternative to white phosphorus – smoke shells produced by an Israeli company, Human Rights Watch concluded.”
The same documents revealed by Current Events Inquiry show that Israel is taking a more direct role in the manufacture of white phosphorous today, now supplying it to the U.S. government via ICL Performance Products, a subsidiary of Israel Chemicals Ltd., which in turn can be traced back to the Ofer brothers, the country’s wealthiest family.
As for Monsanto, this is not the only time the corporation’s products have been linked to war crimes or cancer. The company was recently sued for manufacturing PCBs, a lingering environmental carcinogen, andglyphosate, a key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup pesticide, may contribute to cancer. And the U.S. government used 20 million gallons of Monsanto’s “Agent Orange” defoliant during the Vietnam War, the effects of which continue to linger even today.
(Article by Kit O’Connel; from The Mint Press News)
May all war criminals end up in hell for eternity!
Dear America, go home and feed your poor, fix your roads and bridges, but go home!
“The video shows a pair of Su-24 bombers making an overflight of the US ship at a very low attitude, indicating the planes may have approached the ship undetected by radar.”
Yay. Gotta love fake manufactured horror.
Russians do a dry strafing run on a US destroyer in the Baltic (as in the sea that Russia’s second city and the old capital of Saint Petersburg lies on) and American military pretends this is such a horrific thing that it makes CNN.
To demonstrate just how out of order the Russians supposedly were the US Navy did its best impersonation of a 12-year-old girl and took to Youtube and Twitter to cry about it. The media took over from there so that the story is now making the rounds – in a high-pitched tone meant to evoke horror an outrage.
The video shows a pair of Su-24 bombers making an overflight of the US ship at a very low attitude, indicating the planes may have approached the ship undetected by radar. Which may have been a problem for the guided missile destroyer if the jets were carrying anti-ship missiles and there was a war.
It’s not exactly a friendly act but let’s get a little context here.
Right now the US is talking up flooding Syria with anti-aircraft weapons to help kill Russian pilots. The US has also decided to deploy an armored brigade to Russia’s border 200 kilometres from downtown Saint Petersburg. Weeks ago NATO supreme allied commander wanted to fly spy planes over Russian territory.
These are just some of the latest ways in which US is showing it thinks of Russia as something like an enemy. So what exactly is it that makes the Russian’s reaction other than completely expected?
Perhaps the Russians thought the US missile destroyer was dangerously close to their second capital?
Comment: Further reading: US Empire is at war with the world and Russia is the main force holding the criminal organization at bay
Source: The Entire Status Quo Is a Fraud
April 15, 2016
This can’t be said politely: the entire status quo in America is a fraud.
The financial system is a fraud.
The political system is a fraud.
National Defense is a fraud.
The healthcare system is a fraud.
Higher education is a fraud.
The mainstream corporate media is a fraud.
Culture–from high to pop–is a fraud.
Need I go on?
We have come to accept fraud as standard operating practice in America, to the detriment of everything that was once worthy. why is this so?
One reason, which I outline in my book A Radically Beneficial World: Automation, Technology and Creating Jobs for All, is that centralized hierarchies select for fraud and incompetence. Now that virtually every system in America is centralized or regulated by centralized hierarchies, every system in America is fraudulent and incompetent.
Nassim Taleb explains this further in his recent article How To Legally Own Another Person (via Lew G.)
The three ingredients of fraud are abundant: pressure (to get an A, to please your boss, to make your sales numbers, etc.), rationalization (everybody’s doing it) and opportunity.
Taleb explains why failure and fraud become the status quo:admitting error and changing course are risky, and everyone who accepts the servitude of working in a centralized hierarchy–by definition, obedience to authority is the #1 requirement– is averse to risk.
As as I explain in my book,these systems select for risk aversion and the appearance of obedience to rules and authority while maximizing personal gain: in other words,fraud as a daily way of life.
Truth is a dangerous poison in centralized hierarchies: anyone caught telling the truth risks a tenner in bureaucratic Siberia. (In the Soviet Gulag ,a tenner meant a ten-year sentence to a labor camp in Siberia.)
And so the truth is buried, sent to a backwater for further study, obfuscated by jargon, imprisoned by a Top Secret stamp, or simply taken out and executed.Everyone in the system maximizes his/her personal gain by going along with the current trajectory, even if that trajectory is taking the nation off the cliff.
Consider the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a $1+ trillion failure. The aircraft is underpowered, under-armed, insanely overpriced, insanely over-budget and still riddled with bugs after seven years of fixes, making it an unaffordable maintenance nightmare that puts our service people and nation at risk.
But no one in a position of power will speak the truth about the F-35, because it is no longer a weapons system–it’s a jobs program. Defense contractors are careful to spread the work of assembling parts of the F-35 to 40+ states, so 80+ senators will support the program, no matter how much a failure it is as a weapons system, or how costly the failure is becoming.
A rational person in charge would immediately cancel it and start from scratch, with a program run outside the Pentagon and outside congressional meddling.But this is impossible in America: instead, we build failed, under-armored, under-powered, under-armed and unreliable ships (LCS) and failed under-powered, under-armed and unreliable fighters as the most expensive make-work programs in history.
As for our failed healthcare system, one anecdote will do. (You undoubtedly have dozens from your own experience.) A friend from Uruguay with a high-tech job in the U.S. recently flew home to Montevideo for a medical exam because 1) the cost of the flight was cheaper than the cost of the care in the U.S. and 2) she was seen the next day in Montevideo while it would have taken two months to get the same care in the U.S.
I’ve listed dozens of examples here over the years: $120,000 for a couple days in a hospital, no procedures performed; $20,000+ for a single emergency room visit, no procedures performed; several thousand dollars charged to Medicare for a few minutes in an “observation room” that was occupied by patients, no staff present–the list is endless.
We’ve habituated to fraud as a way of life because every system is fraudulent.Consider the costly scam known as higher education. The two essentials higher education should teach are: 1) how to learn anything you need to learn or want to learn on your own, and 2) how to think, behave, plan and function entrepreneurially (i.e. as an autonomous problem-solver and lifelong learner who cooperates and collaborates productively with others) as a way of life.
That higher education fails to do so is self-evident. We could create a highly effective system of higher education that costs 10% of the current corrupt system. I’ve described such a system (in essence, a directed apprenticeship as opposed to sitting in a chair for four years) in The Nearly Free University and the Emerging Economy: The Revolution in Higher Education.
As for what passes as culture in the U.S.: the majority of what’s being sold as culture, both high and low, is derivative and forgettable. We suffer the dual frauds of absurd refinement (so only the elites can “appreciate” the art, music, food, wine, etc.) and base coarsening: instead of Tender (romantic love and sex) we have Tinder (flammable trash).
Fraud as a way of life caters an extravagant banquet of consequences. While everyone maximizes their personal gain in whatever system of skim, scam and fraud they inhabit, the nation rots from within. We’ve lost our way, and lost the ability to tell the truth, face problems directly, abandon what has failed and what is unaffordable, and accept personal risk as the essential element of successful adaptation.
Here’s a good place to start: require every politician to wear the logos of their top 10 contributors–just like NASCAR drivers and vehicles display the logos of their sponsors. The California Initiative to make this a reality is seeking signatures of registered California voters. Since politicians are owned, let’s make the ownership transparent.