1. “Things are as they are. Looking out into the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.”
2. “We do not ‘come into’ this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree.”
3. “No one is more dangerously insane than one who is sane all the time: he is like a steel bridge without flexibility, and the order of his life is rigid and brittle.”
4. “Without birth and death, and without the perpetual transmutation of all the forms of life, the world would be static, rhythm-less, undancing, mummified.”
5. “What we have forgotten is that thoughts and words are conventions, and that it is fatal to take conventions too seriously. A convention is a social convenience, as, for example, money … but it is absurd to take money too seriously, to confuse it with real wealth … In somewhat the same way, thoughts, ideas and words are ‘coins’ for real things.”
Dr. Stuart Bramhall
Nov 19, 2016
The Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes John Podesta
This segment of The Empire Files focuses on the Wikileaks reveal about the obscenely corrupt relationship between John Podesta, the Clintons and Barack Obama. My immediate reaction on watching it was relief and gratitude that Hillary lost the presidency.
Hillary’s campaign manager John Podesta is, first and foremost, is a corporate lobbyist who highest loyalty is to his clients. The Podesta Group, which he owns with his brother, Tony, lobbies for the most powerful corporations in the world, as well as the brutal governments of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and al-Maliki (Iraqi prime minister 2006-2014). The Wikileaks emails reveal unequivocally that John Podesta systematically (and illegally) used high ranking positions in both the Clinton and Obama administration to advance the profit interests of his private clients.
Under Bill Clinton, it was also John Podesta’s role to covered up numerous instances in which Bill and Hillary Clinton used his position as Arkansas governor for personal financial gain.
When Obama became president, Podesta (who would become Obama’s senior White House advisor), allowed his client Citibank to dictate nearly all of Obama’s cabinet appointments. Podesta would go on to form the Center for American Progress, a supposedly non-profit group that illegally lobbied for private clients of the Podesta Group to receive federal subsidies and lax regulatory treatment.
Scientists don’t love the idea of someone speculating they may have found an alien civilization.
Photo via Pixabay user photovision
Ermanno Borra thinks that aliens just may be winking at us from across the void—that they’re trying to make contact using a method that even we primitive earthlings might grasp, and that they come (or perhaps will come, eventually) in peace.
The Université Laval astronomer realizes it’s a bold claim, and will be rigorously challenged by his peers. But he’s adamant that it’s not a preposterous one.
“The search for extraterrestrial life is a very legitimate scientific endeavour,” he says. “It’s not something crazy.”
In a peer-reviewed paper published in this month’s Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Borra and grad student Eric Trottier wrote that an analysis of the spectra—the intensity of the light as a function of many wavelengths—of 2.5 million stars found minuscule but highly peculiar modulations from 234 of them. Like, really tiny: the separations detected were 10-9 to 10-15 seconds apart.
The pair examined the stars catalogued in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, a 3D map of the universe that over the past 16 years catalogued over three million astronomical objects. They found that the 234 stars were also in the same spectral range as our Sun’s (for the record, the F2 to K1 spectra range). With instrumental or calculation error and other possibilities accounted for and eliminated as possible sources of the readings, Borra and Trottier suggest that the signals may possibly have come from extraterrestrial intelligence trying to alert humans to their existence.
He speculates that it would be possible for an alien life form to shine a laser into outer space, superposing its light over that of its host star. The signal could be detected in the spectrum of the star, containing as it does the light of both the star and the laser.
The paper, excitingly titled “Discovery of Peculiar Periodic Spectral Modulations in a Small Fraction of Solar-type Stars,” has already generated a lot of media coverage and controversy. It hasn’t helped that overzealous and click-hungry headline writers use phrases like “probably from aliens” when discussing the work. An investigation bySnopes.com debunked the “probably” part, making it clear neither scientist was willing to use the word in a formal academic paper—something that likely would have resulted in the pair being pilloried by their colleagues.
Several scientists involved in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI) have been either cautious or dismissive of their claims. Snopes notes that Breakthrough Listen, a search venture funded by Russian entrepreneur Yuri Milner and backed by Stephen Hawking and Mark Zuckerberg, isn’t popping champagne corks yet; neither is theSETI Research Center at UC Berkeley.
But Borra, a professor of physics at Laval who received his PhD from the University of Western Ontario, certainly doesn’t come across as a charlatan or a fool. And he knows that he needs a whole lot more evidence to back up his hypothesis. The scientific method is built on testing hypotheses and poking holes in them, so he never makes the claim that the signals are definitively from aliens. He merely carefully suggested that it’s possible that they are. He suspects that those who dismiss his paper outright probably didn’t read it in detail. The same would apply to those who jump to conclusions that aliens are definitely reaching out to us, based on his curious finding.
“The ETI hypothesis is a strange one, so it’s normal to be skeptical,” he says. “But it’s not something crazy. Again, it’s a field of very legitimate scientific research.”
One that doesn’t come cheap: for instance, the SETI Institute-operated Allen Telescope Array in northern California has burned through $50 million in about a decade, half of which came from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The Breakthrough Listen project’s 10-year, $100 million funding is courtesy of Russian tycoon Yuri Milner. Even the Sloan Digital Sky Survey was mostly funded via the philanthropic Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. No government is seriously investing in the search for ETI (although President-elect Trump has said he will make space exploration great again, without offering any details). Still, there seems to be enough curiosity about our new frontiers and new life forms–whether they be in deep space or in the deep ocean—to spur individuals to generously fund scientific research alongside governments.
Borra says that if—and he admits it’s a big if—his hypothesis is supported by enough solid evidence that it can be assumed that the source of these infinitesimal changes in the light pulses’ intensity is indeed the result of extraterrestrial communication, he says it would be “one of the most important things ever done on Earth.”
The method of communication is also flexible enough that the source—a hypothetical alien civilization—could also include vital information about themselves, including pictures.
This isn’t the first time Borra has speculated that a specific kind of light pulse might have originated with ETI. A 2012 paper he authored predicted that the signals grad student Trottier found in the reams of data were consistent with what he believed an ETI signal would look like. Basically, light pulses are an easy way to send signals and have them seen by a distant recipient. The paper’s abstract reads: “Theory, confirmed by published experiments, shows that periodic signals in spectra can be easily generated by sending light pulses separated by constant time intervals…. [T]echnology now available on Earth could be used to send signals having the required energy to be detected at a target located 1000 lt-yr away. Extraterrestrial Intelligence (ETI) could use these signals to make us aware of their existence.”
Borra is the first to admit that more work—a lot more work—is needed before we can be sure that something out there is reaching out to us. But any civilization trying to make contact likely wouldn’t be interested in Earth as a target for conquest, enslavement or nourishment. He believes any such species would “certainly have technology far more advanced than we do,” and that they would very likely be peaceful.
The theory is, if aliens can get it together enough to be able to create technology that looks to life beyond their solar system, they have advanced enough as a species to put their primitive, warlike impulses behind them. They don’t need to slaughter or enslave us. It’s a nice thought, but unfortunately, wholly speculative.
He further suspects that spectral modulations may be just one method aliens are using to reach out across the galaxy. There may be others that are beyond our comprehension, using technologies we haven’t yet grasped.
The pace at which our technology has advanced in just the last 50 or 60 years gives Borra some perspective on what is feasible in terms of communications. From postage-stamped letters to Skype, the leap has been immense. Borra doesn’t know where or how it will ever stop advancing, and that, he says, is encouraging in the long run.
“Intuitively, I suspect that civilizations that are more advanced are peaceful,” he says. “So anyone trying to contact us would be very nice people, for obvious reasons.”
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by Claire Bernish
Nov 19, 2016
Editor’s Note: The list of “fake” news sites (which includes The Daily Sheeple) discussed below can be found here.
A now-notorious list of ostensibly “fake” news sites — created by a liberal professor, seemingly out of thin air — spread like wildfire online in the past two days and was eagerly reprinted by corporate media presstitutes hoping to vindicate their own failed reporting on the 2016 election.
But branding perfectly legitimate outlets with the same scarlet letter as those devoid of integrity deemed the professor’s list a spurious attempt to defame alternative and independent media — anyone dissenting from the left’s mainstream narrative — as a whole.
This is, in no uncertain terms, a hit list — or, at least, a laughable attempt — and it fits conveniently into the establishment’s burgeoning war on independent media disguised as a battle against fake news.
When corporate media outlets from the Independent and Business Insider, to the Los Angeles Times and NYMag scrambled over one another to reprint this irresponsibly contrived hit list, they proved yet again a lack of journalistic integrity — the same issue that originally caused regular subscribers to abandon them in the first place.
Indeed, in this otherwise unknown professor’s foray into the world of journalism, a glaring mistake was made — the only mainstream outlets making the list were those who had heralded Bernie Sanders as the best candidate for the White House.
Such an obvious attempt to control thought could only be conjured in a totalitarian regime.
In fact, failing to place the exact corporate media organizations on the list, who for nearly a year praised fealty only to Hillary Clinton — and for decades have foisted on the public countless mendacious whoppers — constitutes a comedic lack of honesty. So, to bring that irony front and center, it’s imperative to examine some mainstream lies — most of which had appalling consequences — including the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people in the United States and around the world.
President George W. Bush decided to unleash the full force of the U.S. military upon the world in a new policy of war writ large disguised as a war on terrorism following the attacks of September 11, 2001. First arbitrarily designating Afghanistan as its primary victim due to the supposed identities of the attackers, Bush then chose Iraq to feel the wrath, and set out to invade the country following dubious claims Saddam Hussein harbored destructive chemical and biological weapons and was actively seeking far stronger munitions.
“Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised,” the president asserted in a public address on March 17, 2003. “This regime has already used weapons of mass destruction against Iraq’s neighbors and against Iraq’s people.”
Bush’s assertions were questioned by not only human rights experts, but by U.N. weapons inspectors and countless others — so shortly after the U.S. invaded the sovereign nation, the New York Times took up the slack to fill in the appropriate casus belli.
Judith Miller notoriously reported on a source she described only as an Iraqi scientist who had seen several extensive caches of such weapons stored somewhere in the country. American weapons experts, she claimed, “said the scientist told them that President Saddam Hussein’s government had destroyed some stockpiles of deadly agents as early as the mid-1990’s, transferred others to Syria, and had recently focused its efforts instead on research and development projects that are virtually impervious to detection by international inspectors, and even American forces on the ground combing through Iraq’s giant weapons plants.”
In hindsight, Miller’s problematic report turned out to be horrendously flawed, and the Times spent months attempting to backtrack, but the damage — fomenting widescale public support for a war no one wanted the military to undertake — had been done. Years later in 2014, the Times — after much internal strife — again took up Miller’s case, in a series reporting catastrophic injuries U.S. military personnel suffered in handling chemical weapons in Iraq. But that report, and the parroting of it by multiple other mainstream mainstays, failed to fully disclose Hussein had been oblivious to the stockpiles presence — something the CIA had clearly stated in a report.
Often, the American mainstream media becomes a de facto government employee, taking the claims of U.S. officials and reporting them as proven fact — and nothing exemplifies this penchant better than reporting on the Gulf of Tonkin incident — perhaps one of most flagrant lies ever dreamed up as a justification for war.
On August 5, 1964, the New York Times reported “President Johnson has ordered retaliatory action against gunboats and ‘certain supporting facilities in North Vietnam’ after renewed attacks against American destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin.” Additional outlets, such as the Washington Post, echoed this claim.
But it wasn’t true. At all. In fact, the Gulf of Tonkin incident, as it became known, turned out to be a fictitious creation courtesy of the government to escalate war in Vietnam — leading to the deaths of tens of thousands of U.S. troops and millions of Vietnamese, fomenting the largest anti-war movement in American history, and tarnishing the reputation of a nation once considered at least somewhat noble in the eyes of the world.
In 2010, more than 1,100 transcripts from the Vietnam era were released, proving Congress and officials raised serious doubts about the information fed to them by the Pentagon and White House. But while this internal grumbling took place, mainstream media dutifully reported official statements as if the veracity of the information couldn’t be disputed.
Tom Wells, author of the exhaustive exposé “The War Within: America’s Battle Over Vietnam,” explained the media egregiously erred in “almost exclusive reliance on U.S. government officials as sources of information” and “reluctance to question official pronouncements on ‘national security issues.’”
If due diligence had been performed, and reporters had raised appropriate doubts about the Gulf of Tonkin false flag, it’s arguable whether support for the contentious war would have lasted as long as it did.
CNN sent reporter Amber Lyon and a crew to U.S. ally Bahrain for a documentary about technology’s role in the 2011 people’s uprising known as the Arab Spring, ultimately titled “iRevolution: Online Warriors of the Arab Spring” — but what they encountered instead bore the hallmarks of a repressive and violent regime, and its attempt to filter and censor the truth. Lyon and the other CNN reporters went to great lengths to speak with sources participating in the massive uprising — one the Bahraini government wished to quash at all costs.
“By the time the CNN crew arrived,” the Guardian reported, “many of the sources who had agreed to speak to them were either in hiding or had disappeared. Regime opponents whom they interviewed suffered recriminations, as did ordinary citizens who worked with them as fixers. Leading human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was charged with crimes shortly after speaking to the CNN team. A doctor who gave the crew a tour of his village and arranged meetings with government opponents, Saeed Ayyad, had his house burned to the ground shortly after. Their local fixer was fired ten days after working with them.”
Even the CNN crew experienced the wrath of the regime, upon showing up to interview one source, the Guardian continued, “‘20 heavily-armed men’, whose faces were ‘covered with black ski masks’, ‘jumped from military vehicles’, and then ‘pointed machine guns at’ the journalists, forcing them to the ground. The regime’s security forces seized their cameras and deleted their photos and video footage, and then detained and interrogated them for the next six hours.”
After returning to the U.S., Lyon felt it her duty to expose the abuse being perpetrated by the government of an ally nation — but CNN International didn’t agree. CNN U.S. eventually aired the one-hour documentary. Once. CNN International never did — worse, the organization gave Lyon the cold shoulder, ignoring her repeated requests to return to Bahrain, which would have put CNN ahead of the game in reporting government brutality. Its failure to air the documentary and refusal to provide justification for doing so angered seasoned CNN and other mainstream established journalists across the board.
Lyon met with CNN International president Tony Maddox twice — he first promised to investigate why the documentary wasn’t aired, and then turned against her, warning the journalist not to discuss the matter publicly. Bahraini officials contacted CNN International repeatedly complaining about Lyon’s continued reporting on what she’d witnessed. Intimidation continued until she was eventually laid off, putatively for an unrelated matter.
Attempting to save face, CNN International rebuffed the Guardian’s account and interview with Lyon — but the effort was an impotent justification for the obvious failure of integrity.
But threats for Lyon to remain silent followed her off the job, and when she persisted in exposing the Bahraini regime, as well as the suppression by CNN, the outlet sent a stern warning to halt. Lyon, however, said she had never signed a non-disclosure agreement and would not be pressured into their lies — ultimately walking away reputation in hand — something that could not be said for CNN.
Wayne Shelby Simmons made guest appearances on Fox News as a security expert with insider expertise from his work as a CIA operative — for over a decade. However, Simmons had never been employed by the agency — in fact, the imposter’s lies eventually caught up with him and he was arrested and sentenced to 33 months in prison.
“Instead of verifying whether Simmons had actually worked for the CIA, Fox News and the Agency allowed him to make fools out of Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Andrew Napolitano, Neil Cavuto, and everyone at Fox & Friends for over the last twelve years. After building a false reputation as a CIA agent on Fox News, Simmons obtained an interim security clearance when an unnamed government contractor hired him in 2008. Simmons also falsely claimed on national security forms that his prior arrests and criminal convictions were directly related to his supposed intelligence work for the CIA, and that he had previously held a top secret security clearance from 1973 to 2000,” The Free Thought Project’s Andrew Emett explained.
In other words, mainstream Fox News didn’t bother with journalism at all — proffering fake expertise as the real deal — because the outlet failed the most basic of tasks any hourly wage employer would perform.
Simmons’ commentaries weren’t harmless stabs in the dark, either — relentlessly parroting baseless Islamophobic rhetoric to drum up support for the government’s insidious war on terror likely poisoned the minds of thousands of viewers, furthering the already divisive atmosphere in the U.S.
According to the Drug Policy Alliance, over $51 billion is spent fighting the war on drugs in the United States — each year. In 2015, a striking 38.6 percent of all arrests for drug possession were for cannabis — 643,121 people were arrested for marijuana-related offenses.
What those figures don’t show are the millions of lives ruined by criminal conviction for the government’s unjustifiable quest to eradicate, demonize, and vilify this beneficial plant. It would be an impossible task to tally the number of families whose homes have been destroyed by SWAT teams searching for marijuana — whether or not police bothered to verify an address. An untold number of others have been slain by police for the same reason.
But worst of all, the mainstream media propagates nonsensical, false propaganda about cannabis to convince the gullible and ignorant among us to equate it with heroin, cocaine, and other ‘illicit’ substances. And while a majority of the populace has seen through such lies, some outlets have obstinately continued the drug war — seemingly of their own volition.
One stunning example occurred in March last year, when Dr. David Samadi made a guest appearance on Fox News to fearmonger the horrors of marijuana and scare the bejeezus out of the viewing audience.
“It actually causes heart attacks. It increases your heart rate. And on and on,” Samadi claimed, fecklessly distorting statistics. “We’re seeing in Colorado that we had 13 kids that came to the emergency [room] and ended up in the ICU as a result of overdose from marijuana. Now we have crack babies coming in because pregnant women are smoking this whole marijuana business.”
Fortunately, the Internet has provided the public with alternatives to these corporate media lies — and as of two years ago, despite these and other claims about pot being a dangerous substance, Pew Research Center found fully 69 percent of the population felt alcohol was more harmful than cannabis.
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While this list presents only a few of the bigger lies of the corporate press, there are innumerable examples of its proud history of actual fake news. Keep these in mind when the mainstream presstitutes rush to reprint a hit list targeting journalists and outlets whose narratives counter the establishment. Indeed, it would be the corporate media — with its vast captive audience — who most deserves to be listed as propagators of lies.
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Stupid, stupid, stupid sold-out woman.
Paul Joseph Watson is back with another epic rant….this time eviscerating the mainstream media for spreading an obviously biased list of “fake news” sources compiled by a left-wing assistant professor.
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Nov 18, 2016
Paul Joseph Watson is back with another epic rant….this time eviscerating the mainstream media for spreading an obviously biased list of “fake news” sources compiled by a left-wing assistant professor in an obvious attempt to undermine conservative news outlets.
Via Zero Hedge:
“Dear MSM: You’re the fucking experts at fake news. As WikiLeaks exposed, you’re a public relations front for the Democratic Party. You lost the argument. You trashed your own credibility. And now you’re trying to resurrect it by claiming that everyone that beat you is ‘fake news’. Give me a break.”
We wrote about the list a couple days ago as Zero Hedge itself was actually a target of Melissa “Mish” Zimdars’ fake news wrath. To our complete “shock”, the list of fake news sources created by the self-described “feminist, activist” who is an avid supporter of numerous “neutral” political groups, like Occupy Wall Street, included several conservative news outlets like Breitbart and InfoWars but somehow missed leftist sites like The Huffington Post which was exposed by WikiLeaks to have been overtly colluding with the Hillary Clinton campaign.
As always, here are a couple of our favorite lines though the full clip is a must see.Oh, and when they say “fake news,” that includes any reporting or opinion that contradicts their leftist narrative.
Who gave the mainstream media the right to be judge, jury and executioner of what constitutes “fake news”? All you do is put out fake news. You’re the aficionado of fake news. You put out the fake news that Hillary Clinton was 98% likely to win the presidency. You printed out and shipped copies of Newsweek celebrating “Madam President.” You put out fake, rigged polls that were proven spectacularly wrong. You create fake narratives like Trump being responsible for violence at his own rallies when it was DNC-funded agitators all along. You’re the fucking experts of fake news.
As WikiLeaks exposed, you’re a public relations front for the Democratic Party. You lost the argument. You trashed your own credibility. And now you’re trying to resurrect it by claiming that everyone that beat you is “fake news”. Give me a break.
As a reminded, here is the full list of news outlets deemed “fake” by the snowflake of infinite wisdom, Melissa Zimdars:
Conveniently for the mainstream media, she ignored the following list of people who WikiLeaks exposed as having actually colluded with Hillary Clinton’s campaign over the course of two years.
More over let’s not forgot that these fake media outlets have cause millions and millions of deaths:
BBC, CNN News Caught Staging FAKE News Chemical Attacks In Syria
A leaked CNN video and a Truth Seeker RT documentary details the multiple times the corporate media as staged fake news to get the West into war
What follows is shocking evidence that crisis actors, green screens, CGI, and paid propagandists are being used to fake worldwide events in order to scare people into giving up liberties and sending us into war.
In the mean time I await Paul’s next video which he announced via Twitter today would focus on the Fake News propaganda tool Snopes, which along with Political, showed true colors and partisan bias throughout the election.
What did scare this woman so much that she tried to kill herself? Knowledge can be an entrance key to the world of HORROR.