Who’s Behind the Pro-Guaidó Crowd Besieging Venezuela’s D.C. Embassy? – Counter Information

Who’s Behind the Pro-Guaidó Crowd Besieging Venezuela’s D.C. Embassy? – Counter Information

Dilianna C. Bustillos (also known as Dillianna Bustillos Vivas) has become a poster child for the pro-Guaidó mob. A senior manager at Oracle, she previously worked for MarketBridge and for the advocate marketing firm Influitive. Oracle, a computer technology corporation and one of the largest companies in the world, also works closely with aerospace and defense companies. In 2018 it had global revenues of $39.83 billion.

Bustillos previously volunteered with Visión Democrática, a pro-opposition Venezuelan lobbying outfit in D.C. that claims to focus on “democracy promotion” — code for regime change. Francisco Márquez, the executive director of Visión Democrática, is the political advisor to Juan Guaidó’s fake ambassador in Washington.

A fellow of the “Democracy in Hard Places Initiative” at Harvard’s Ash School for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Marquez has held meetings with Vice President Mike Pence and is a key figure of the pro-coup Venezuelan lobby in Washington. Visión Democrática also employs Carlos Figueroa, who attended a recent Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) meeting in Washington on the potential for a military invasion of Venezuela.

In her media interviews, Bustillos never reveals her top-level corporate marketing position nor her support for political groups that advocate for sanctions and U.S. intervention.

Rather, she has presented herself as just another concerned Venezuelan citizen, with nothing special to gain and no agenda beyond saving her country from the evildoers. In a media interview outside of the embassy, Bustillos claimed that she was “not for U.S. intervention.”

Many in the pro-Guaidó mob appear to work for either international financial institutions, hawkish D.C. think tanks, or arms- and military-oriented contractors.

Candid audio of members of the opposition recorded surreptitiously and obtained by MintPress Newsexpresses fear of revealing their identities linked to their professions (including one opposition protester who describes herself as being involved in “national security”).

Hailing from affluent backgrounds and overflowing with entitlement, the regime-change crew besieging the embassy does not mind brutalizing the anti-war activists that stand in their way. As numerous media reports show, the so-called “peaceful” and “pro-democracy” mob enjoys blaring 120 dB air horns just inches away from the eardrums of anti-war activists, and flashing bright strobe and scuba lights directly in the eyes of embassy defenders, even the elderly

via Who’s Behind the Pro-Guaidó Crowd Besieging Venezuela’s D.C. Embassy? – Counter Information

Trump’s Tariffs Force Last U.S. TV Factory to Close | Time

Trump’s Tariffs Force Last U.S. TV Factory to Close | Time

A South Carolina plant that assembles televisions using Chinese parts plans to shut down and lay off nearly all its employees because of new tariffs imposed by the Trump Administration, the company announced this week.

Element Electronics — which describes itself as the only assembler of televisions in the U.S. — plans to lay off 126 of its 134 permanent full-time employees and close the Winnsboro, S.C. plant on Oct. 5. Notably, there are still at least two smaller companies that continue to assemble speciality televisions in the U.S.

“The layoff and closure is a result of the new tariffs that were recently and unexpectedly imposed on many goods imported from China, including the key television components used in our assembly operations in Winnsboro,” Carl Kennedy, Element’s vice president of human resources, said in a letter to the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce on Monday.

via Trump’s Tariffs Force Last U.S. TV Factory to Close | Time

Oregon Democrats Drop Mandatory Vaccine Bill In Face of Republican Protests – Vaxxter

Oregon Democrats Drop Mandatory Vaccine Bill In Face of Republican Protests – Vaxxter

Oregon Senate Democrats have caved to Republican demands to drop a controversial mandatory school vaccination bill. The bill would have made Oregan the toughest mandatory vaccine state in the country.

Democrats backed off of House Bill 3063 as a way to motivate Republicans to come back to the Capitol. Last week, Republicans left the Capitol as a way to deny Democrats a quorum in protest of a $2 billion tax package for schools.

via Oregon Democrats Drop Mandatory Vaccine Bill In Face of Republican Protests – Vaxxter

Donald Trump Has Said More Than 10,000 Lies As US President – Trump Has 21 Sexual Assault And Settlements With Porn Star Allegations Against Him, Including Stormy Daniels – Video Of Trump With Porn Star Stormy Daniels In Bedroom Romp – AGR Predicts Trump Tariff Failure | A Green Road Journal

All of the right wing fundamentalist evangelical ‘news’ channels are claiming that there is a vast left wing conspiracy and coup being waged against Trump.

Really?

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Donald Trump has now said more than 10,000 untrue things as president – CNNPolitics

Donald Trump has now said more than 10,000 untrue things as president – CNNPolitics

Over the last seven months, again according to Fact Checker calculations, Trump is not telling the truth at a rate THREE times higher than he did in his first 600 days in office — and even then he was averaging eight false or misleading statements a day.
What’s clear here is that as Trump’s presidency rolls along, he retreats more and more into a world of his own creation, a world that is increasingly devoid of any objectively accepted facts. What’s also clear is that as Trump turns more and more to his 2020 reelection race, his exaggerations, distortions and outright lies grow more and more common.
All of which means that if it took 827 days to say 10,000 false things, it could well take half that time for him to get to 20,000. (In case you are wondering, 413 days from today is June 15, 2020 — which is right in the heart of the campaign season.

via Donald Trump has now said more than 10,000 untrue things as president – CNNPolitics

Trump’s Next Move: Purging the U.S. Military? – The Globalist

Trump’s Next Move: Purging the U.S. Military? – The Globalist

Opinion polls show that U.S. veterans and active duty personnel were part of Trump’s voter base in 2016. But Trump demands personal fealty, whereas U.S. soldiers are loyal to the U.S. Constitution — and not the President.

Trump’s attacks on Mattis, his insults to prisoners of war and his use of a visit to Iraq to stage a blatantly partisan political rally is turning the officer corps against him.

The same is true of his stream of very troubling orders – such as withdrawing from Syria, abandoning allies and deploying soldiers on the United States’s southern border. They wer all made without proper consultations.

If push ever came to shove, the only force that could stop Trump if he ever actively tried to violate the Constitution would not be the Democrats, but probably the U.S. military. This could happen, for example, by Trump using a bogus state of emergency to grab special powers. Since top commanders have increasingly had it with him, their resistance becomes more likely.

So don’t be surprised if Trump’s firing of “his” generals over recent months translates into a purge of top Army brass. It fits the picture that the man currently serving as acting Secretary of Defense is a civilian with a military contractor background who owes his elevation to Trump.

via Trump’s Next Move: Purging the U.S. Military? – The Globalist

Why is UK govt covering up the records on nuclear bomb tests in Australia in the 1950s?

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Unusual secrecy around 1950s nuclear testing , The Saturday Paper,    Martin McKenzie-Murray  18 May 19  Between 1952 and 1957, Britain tested 12 nuclear weapons in Australia – on the Montebello Islands off the Pilbara coast, and at Maralinga and Emu Fields in the South Australian outback. The tests were hurried, incautious and showed extraordinary disregard for Australian assistance and the local Indigenous people who had been forcibly but imperfectly evacuated from their land.

It was a clusterfuck,” says Elizabeth Tynan, an Australian historian, and the award-winning author of Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story. “The disregard was partly driven by the fact they were in a rush. They cut corners. They did it on the cheap – and it showed. They had very little regard for safety. Cavalier. They knew about the risks. There were international protocols. Many were disregarded. I met one man, he was a technician with the…

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Can Trump Use the Insurrection Act on Immigrants? – The Atlantic

Can Trump Use the Insurrection Act on Immigrants? – The Atlantic

Lawsuits will certainly challenge Trump’s invocation of the Insurrection Act to assist in immigration enforcement—a purpose for which it’s never previously been used. But the text of the statute would seem to be on the president’s side—underscoring just how broad the power is that Congress has delegated to the president, and just how much we have historically relied on political checks, rather than legal constraints, to circumscribe the president’s authority. As partisan tribalism has increasingly come to mark virtually every policy debate in Washington, those political checks have proved increasingly ineffective.

The obvious lesson here, as with the National Emergencies Act, the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, the Trade Expansion Act, and others, is that Congress ought to put less faith into these political checks, and more teeth into substantive statutory limits on the president’s authorities. In the case of the Insurrection Act, some of us have been arguing as much for years. But that can’t—and won’t—happen until members of this (or any) president’s own party, and not just his opponents, privilege the separation of powers over the separation of parties.

via Can Trump Use the Insurrection Act on Immigrants? – The Atlantic

Wal-Mart Executive Warns: “Higher Tariffs Will Lead To Higher Prices For Customers”

Wal-Mart Executive Warns: “Higher Tariffs Will Lead To Higher Prices For Customers”

Walmart has said that prices for shoppers will rise due to higher tariffs on goods from China, joining other retailers in warning consumers of cost hikes for imports.

‘Higher tariffs will lead to higher prices for customers,’ Walmart Chief Financial Officer Brett Biggs said on Thursday following the company’s report on its first quarter results.

At this moment, it would be difficult to overstate how angry the Chinese are at the Trump administration.  The Global Times is a mouthpiece for the Chinese government, and they just published a scathing editorial in which they accused Trump of “a declaration of war on China in the economic and technological fields”.

via theeconomiccollapseblog.com Wal-Mart Executive Warns: “Higher Tariffs Will Lead To Higher Prices For Customers”

The Secret Ingredients in a Nonorganic Diet Harm You (Glyphosate) – Dr Mercola

The Secret Ingredients in a Nonorganic Diet Harm You (Glyphosate) – Dr Mercola

Glyphosate depletes and makes unavailable important nutrients in the human body, which could explain its links to so many diseases. A 2015 article in Surgical Neurology International states:6

“Manganese (Mn) is an often overlooked but important nutrient, required in small amounts for multiple essential functions in the body. A recent study on cows fed genetically modified Roundup(®)-Ready feed revealed a severe depletion of serum Mn. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup(®), has also been shown to severely deplete Mn levels in plants.

Here, we investigate the impact of Mn on physiology, and its association with gut dysbiosis as well as neuropathologies such as autism, Alzheimer’s disease (AD), depression, anxiety syndrome, Parkinson’s disease (PD), and prion diseases. Glutamate overexpression in the brain in association with autism, AD, and other neurological diseases can be explained by Mn deficiency.

Mn superoxide dismutase protects mitochondria from oxidative damage, and mitochondrial dysfunction is a key feature of autism and Alzheimer’s. Chondroitin sulfate synthesis depends on Mn, and its deficiency leads to osteoporosis and osteomalacia. Lactobacillus, depleted in autism, depend critically on Mn for antioxidant protection.

Lactobacillus probiotics can treat anxiety, which is a comorbidity of autism and chronic fatigue syndrome. Reduced gut Lactobacillus leads to overgrowth of the pathogen, Salmonella, which is resistant to glyphosate toxicity, and Mn plays a role here as well. Sperm motility depends on Mn, and this may partially explain increased rates of infertility and birth defects.”

via Dr Mercola The Secret Ingredients in a Nonorganic Diet Harm You

Trump To Declare Insurrection Act, Arrest All Enemies, Deport 30 Million – Sinclair Broadcast Group Owners Promote Trump – Corporate Billionaires Controlled Fascist Future Of ‘State’ Propaganda Mass Media ‘News’ – – Only 1 Percent View Is Aired, Freedom, Democracy Lost | A Green Road Journal

The right wing fundamentalist evangelicals have been accusing Democrats of launching a ‘coup’ over and over again in the right wing news channels..

BREAKING – The fight for America begins: Trump to invoke Insurrection Act that authorizes National Guard, military action inside U.S. borders

Much more at Trump To Declare Insurrection Act, Arrest All Enemies, Deport 30 Million – Sinclair Broadcast Group Owners Promote Trump – Corporate Billionaires Controlled Fascist Future Of ‘State’ Propaganda Mass Media ‘News’ – – Only 1 Percent View Is Aired, Freedom, Democracy Lost | A Green Road Journal

Revealed: air pollution may be damaging ‘every organ in the body’ | Environment | The Guardian

Revealed: air pollution may be damaging ‘every organ in the body’ | Environment | The Guardian

Air pollution may be damaging every organ and virtually every cell in the human body, according to a comprehensive new global review.

The research shows head-to-toe harm, from heart and lung disease to diabetes and dementia, and from liver problems and bladder cancer to brittle bones and damaged skin. Fertility, foetuses and children are also affected by toxic air, the review found.

The systemic damage is the result of pollutants causing inflammation that then floods through the body and ultrafine particles being carried around the body by the bloodstream.

Air pollution is a “public health emergency”, according to the World Health Organization, with more than 90% of the global population enduring toxic outdoor air. New analysis indicates 8.8m early deaths each year – double earlier estimates – making air pollution a bigger killer than tobacco smoking.

via Revealed: air pollution may be damaging ‘every organ in the body’ | Environment | The Guardian

Dow ends the day down 618 points after dramatic day of losses

Dow ends the day down 618 points after dramatic day of losses

China has already raised duties on $110 billion of American imports in retaliation for earlier tariff hikes by the Trump administration.

Due to the lopsided trade balance — China imports only $130 billion in American goods, compared to the $500 billion in Chinese goods that the U.S. imports — regulators have targeted operations of American companies in China by slowing customs clearance for their goods and stepping up regulatory scrutiny that can hamper operations.

The decline in trade relations has left businesses, investors and policymakers across the world concerned about the negative impacts on an already slowing global economy.

via NBC Dow ends the day down 618 points after dramatic day of losses

The fight for America begins: Trump to invoke Insurrection Act that authorizes National Guard, military action inside U.S. borders – NaturalNews.com

BREAKING – The fight for America begins: Trump to invoke Insurrection Act that authorizes National Guard, military action inside U.S. borders – NaturalNews.com

According to multiple senior administration officials, the president intends to invoke the “tremendous powers” of the act to remove illegal immigrants from the country.

The Insurrection Act, passed by Congress in 1807, allows the president to deploy National Guard and U.S. military troops to combat “rebellion” against the United States of America. The Act has been invoked by other presidents to quell violent uprisings such as the L.A. Riots.

It is clear that President Trump now recognizes the open rebellion against America being committed by the Governor of California, mayors of “sanctuary cities” and fake news “journo-terrorists” who are brainwashing Americans to hate their own country. The ongoing land invasion of the United States of America is an act of war being openly supported by Democrats and Leftists who are using illegal immigration to nullify U.S. voters and overrun the United States with anti-American militants, criminals and terrorists. (See CivilWar.news for frequent updates on the coming civil war.) As Stewart Rhodes from Oath Keepers has accurately described, the illegal immigration is designed to import terror cells who plan to carry out a “Tet Offensive” inside the United States, once activated by enemies and traitors who are literally seeking the complete destruction of America.

via BREAKING – The fight for America begins: Trump to invoke Insurrection Act that authorizes National Guard, military action inside U.S. borders – NaturalNews.com

Using a popular conspiracy theory among right wingers, Trump will use this as an excuse to take out all of his enemies, using military tribunals, concentration camps, and the ‘final solution’.

Got rising fascism?

Georgia Makes Abortion A Crime Punishable By Life In Prison Or Death Penalty | Michael Stone

Georgia Makes Abortion A Crime Punishable By Life In Prison Or Death Penalty | Michael Stone

American Taliban: Christian theocrats in Georgia have successfully criminalized abortion. Women who abort now face life in prison or even the death penalty after Governor Brian Kemp signed controversial legislation into law that effectively bans abortion in the state.

Writing for Slate, Mark Joseph Stern notes the draconian consequences of recognizing the fetus as a person:

Once it takes effect, a woman who self-terminates will have, as a matter of law, killed a human—thereby committing murder. The penalty for that crime in Georgia is life imprisonment or capital punishment.

Stern continues:

HB 481 would also have consequences for women who get abortions from doctors or miscarry. A woman who seeks out an illegal abortion from a health care provider would be a party to murder, subject to life in prison. And a woman who miscarries because of her own conduct—say, using drugs while pregnant—would be liable for second-degree murder, punishable by 10 to 30 years’ imprisonment. Prosecutors may interrogate women who miscarry to determine whether they can be held responsible; if they find evidence of culpability, they may charge, detain, and try these women for the death of their fetuses.

via Patheos Georgia Makes Abortion A Crime Punishable By Life In Prison Or Death Penalty | Michael Stone

The U.S. Has a Fleet of 300 Electric Buses. China Has 421,000 – Bloomberg

The U.S. Has a Fleet of 300 Electric Buses. China Has 421,000 – Bloomberg

Plodding down DeKalb Avenue in Brooklyn is a bus moving under the power of an eerily quiet motor. It looks newer than most buses on the route, with a vivid digital display facing the driver and doors that part with a futuristic pneumatic swoosh. Commuters trundling aboard at rush hour don’t seem to realize this is one of the few electric buses—300 last year, to be exact—in America.

In China, an electric bus wouldn’t be unusual at all. Out of almost 425,000 e-buses worldwide at the end of last year, some 421,000 were in China. The global e-bus fleet grew about 32% in 2018, according to a BloombergNEF report released Wednesday, with the vast majority hitting the road in China. Europe had only 2,250 electric buses, by BNEF’s count.

via The U.S. Has a Fleet of 300 Electric Buses. China Has 421,000 – Bloomberg

NRA: Leaked Documents Reveal Extravagant Spending at Gun Group – Rolling Stone

NRA: Leaked Documents Reveal Extravagant Spending at Gun Group – Rolling Stone

Excessive spending at the National Rifle Association is “draining NRA cash at a mindboggling speed” and poses “an existential threat to the financial stability” of the gun group, according to slate of leaked documents that have spurred calls for the resignation of CEO Wayne LaPierre.

Posted anonymously online, the documents have surfaced amid an increasingly public feud among NRA leadership, the gun group’s PR firm, Ackerman McQueen, and the NRA’s outside legal firm, run by William Brewer, III. (For more context read: WTF Is Happening at the NRA, Explained.)

The leaked documents are being publicized by activists within the gun world. Firearms instructor Rob Pincus is the owner of I.C.E. Training and used to market personal-defense DVDs in partnership with the NRA. Pincus calls the leaked documents “a smoking gun” that will force the gun community to “acknowledge the problems” at the NRA.

via NRA: Leaked Documents Reveal Extravagant Spending at Gun Group – Rolling Stone

Trump Administration to LGBT Couples: Your ‘Out of Wedlock’ Kids Aren’t Citizens

Trump Administration to LGBT Couples: Your ‘Out of Wedlock’ Kids Aren’t Citizens

“Denying American married couples their rights to pass their citizenship, that is flat-out discrimination, and everyone should be concerned about this.”

For years, President Donald Trump has called for the elimination of birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants who are born on American soil. Those children, slurred as “anchor babies,” are accused of being birthed with the sole purpose of tethering their non-citizen parents to the United States. The Trump administration’s promised executive orders ending this “loophole” have not materialized, but the president’s war on birthright citizenship has many fronts—and one little-noticed State Department policy has now resulted in a reverse version of Trump’s “anchor baby” scenario, where the children of U.S. citizens born abroad are effectively being stopped at the border.

Last summer, the State Department issued new rules unilaterally changing the department’s interpretation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), a 1952 law that, along with the 14th Amendment, codifies eligibility for U.S. birthright citizenship.

“The U.S. Department of State interprets the INA to mean that a child born abroad must be biologically related to a U.S. citizen parent,” the State Department’s website says. “Even if local law recognizes a surrogacy agreement and finds that U.S. parents are the legal parents of a child conceived and born abroad… if the child does not have a biological connection to a U.S. citizen parent, the child will not be a U.S. citizen at birth.”

via Yahoo Trump Administration to LGBT Couples: Your ‘Out of Wedlock’ Kids Aren’t Citizens

Punk Capitalism Economics Is Equal To Brain Damage Or Insanity – Banking Debt Crisis Scam In Greece, Italy, Germany, And USA – Tax Rates And Booms Lead To Bursting Bubbles – 95% Of Greek Bailout Money Went To 1 Percent And Big Banks, Not To Solve Social Problems | A Green Road Journal

Here Are 15 Numbers That Show How The Global Economy Is Performing, And All Of Them Are Bad

Much more at Punk Capitalism Economics Is Equal To Brain Damage Or Insanity – Banking Debt Crisis Scam In Greece, Italy, Germany, And USA – Tax Rates And Booms Lead To Bursting Bubbles – 95% Of Greek Bailout Money Went To 1 Percent And Big Banks, Not To Solve Social Problems | A Green Road Journal

Here Are 15 Numbers That Show How The Global Economy Is Performing, And All Of Them Are Bad

Here Are 15 Numbers That Show How The Global Economy Is Performing, And All Of Them Are Bad

The following are 15 numbers that show how the global economy is currently performing…

#1 Global exports are absolutely crashing and have now fallen to the lowest level since 2009.

#2 U.S. auto dealers are dealing with a backlog of 4.2 million unsold vehicles.

#3 Auto sales in Europe have fallen for seven months in a row.

#4 Chinese auto sales fell a whopping 16.6 percent in the month of April.

#5 Overall, Chinese auto sales have now fallen for 11 months in a row.  That is a new all-time record.

#6 U.S. auto loan delinquencies have reached the highest level since the last recession.

#7 U.S. credit card delinquencies have hit the highest level in eight years.

#8 In April, U.S. manufacturing activity unexpectedly declined 0.5 percent.

#9 Thanks to the trade war, the price of soybeans just dropped to the lowest level since 2008.

via EconomicCollapseBlog Here Are 15 Numbers That Show How The Global Economy Is Performing, And All Of Them Are Bad

Polish parliament rejects abortion ban after mass protests

Polish parliament rejects abortion ban after mass protests

Warsaw (AFP) – Poland’s parliament on Thursday rejected an abortion ban after women staged massive nationwide protests in the devoutly Catholic nation, where the law is already among the most restrictive in Europe.

Right-wing and liberal parliamentarians in the 450-member lower house joined forces to reject the controversial bill by 352 votes to 58, with 18 abstentions.

The vote came after tens of thousands of black-clad women protested across Poland on Monday, as solidarity demonstrations sprang up in European capitals including Berlin, London and Paris.

via Yahoo Polish parliament rejects abortion ban after mass protests

US ‘Not Seeking a Fight’ with Iran, But Ready to Use ‘Unrelenting Force’ – Sputnik International

US ‘Not Seeking a Fight’ with Iran, But Ready to Use ‘Unrelenting Force’ – Sputnik International

McKenzie said the recently announced deployment of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and its battle group to the Persian Gulf, a narrow waterway between Iran and Saudi Arabia, sent a “clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on US interests will be met with unrelenting force.”

The US has also sent a task force of four B-52 Stratofortress bombers to the region, with the massive nuclear-capable planes arriving at the US Air Force’s Al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar on Wednesday.

On April 8, the White House formally designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), an elite paramilitary organization, as “not only a State Sponsor of Terrorism, but that the IRGC actively participates in, finances, and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft.”

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Macron: If Iran Pulls Out From Nuke Deal, US Would Be Responsible
Tehran has slammed the declaration, with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif noting that it was the IRGC that stepped in to help Iraqi and Syrian forces fight Daesh when the US would not.

via US ‘Not Seeking a Fight’ with Iran, But Ready to Use ‘Unrelenting Force’ – Sputnik International

Tariffs…..Tariffs…..We All Fall Down – In Saner Thought

Tariffs…..Tariffs…..We All Fall Down – In Saner Thought

A tariff is a TAX……how’s that for simple?

A tariff is a tax on goods coming into or leaving a country. That tax might be an ad valorem tax, which is a fixed percentage of the product’s price from time to time, or a specific tax that stays the same no matter what happens to the product’s price. Either way, the aim of import tariffs is to stop cheap goods from coming into the country from overseas and stealing market share of domestic producers. In this sense, tariffs are a form of protectionism, imposed to save industries that are especially vulnerable to competition from overseas.

I have tried to make it simple for people to understand tariffs and their results……

https://lobotero.com/2019/05/10/as-tariffs-come-and-go/

via Tariffs…..Tariffs…..We All Fall Down – In Saner Thought

Tokyo 2020 – The Radioactive Olympics

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In 2020, Japan is inviting athletes from around the world to take part in the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. We are hoping for the games to be fair and peaceful. At the same time, we are worried about plans to host baseball and softball competitions in Fukushima City, just 50 km away from the ruins of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. It was here, in 2011, that multiple nuclear meltdowns took place, spreading radioactivity across Japan and the Pacific Ocean – a catastrophe comparable only to the nuclear meltdown of Chernobyl.

The ecological and social consequences of this catastrophe can be seen everywhere in the country: whole families uprooted from their ancestral homes, deserted evacuation zones, hundreds of thousands of bags of irradiated soil dumped all over the country, contaminated forests, rivers and lakes. Normality has not returned to Japan. The reactors continue to be a radiation hazard…

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The Tariff Issue; Chinese did not steal American jobs by selling below US cost

The Tariff Issue; Chinese did not steal American jobs by selling below US cost

The only way to bring home the offshored American jobs is to change the way US corporations are taxed.  No, this does not mean to lower corporate taxes.  The way to bring the jobs home is to tax corporations on the basis of the geographical location in which they add value to their products.  If US corporations produce in the 50 states for their US market, the tax rate would be low.  If they produce abroad in China or elsewhere for sale in the US, the tax rate would be high.

The tax rate on offshored production for US markets would be calculated to offset the lower labor and regulatory costs abroad.

Americans, as they always do, got sold a bill of goods called “globalism.”  Globalism is the deception used to destroy labor unions, deprive the American work force of middle class jobs, and strip them of their bargaining power.  It is also the deception used by transnational agri-business to drive self-sufficient third world peoples off their land and convert the country’s agriculture into the production of a mono-crop export commodity.

The evil done by globalism has taken a toll on both first and third worlds.  It is entirely the result of first world capitalist profit-maximizing.  It has nothing to do with China.

China is being blamed not because its industry produces cheaper than our industry, but as a scapegoat to hide from view the fact that US global corporations alone are the cause of the lost American jobs.

Tariffs cannot bring back the jobs.

via Information Clearing House The Tariff Issue

Guaido asks US military for meeting to plan ‘restoring democracy’ in Venezuela — RT USA News

Guaido asks US military for meeting to plan ‘restoring democracy’ in Venezuela — RT USA News

Vecchio’s letter was swiftly condemned by the government in Caracas.

“We reject the letter by one of the coup leaders asking for military intervention in Venezuela, on behalf of a group of coup plotters who carry out terrorist activities to create confusion and destabilize our homeland,” Vice-President Delcy Rodriguez said in an appearance on Venezuelan television.

The letter is dated May 11. Two days prior, SOUTHCOM tweeted out a statement by its commander, Admiral Craig Faller, saying “We stand ready!” to support Venezuelan military officers who are willing to side against the government in Caracas – and were only waiting for Guaido’s invitation.

via Guaido asks US military for meeting to plan ‘restoring democracy’ in Venezuela — RT USA News

CO2 levels higher than any point since the evolution of humans – CNN

CO2 levels higher than any point since the evolution of humans – CNN

(CNN)”We don’t know a planet like this.”

That was the reaction of meteorologist Eric Holthaus to news that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have reached heights not seen in the entirety of human existence — not history, existence.
According to data from the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is over 415 parts per million (ppm), far higher than at any point in the last 800,000 years, since before the evolution of homo sapiens.

via CO2 levels higher than any point since the evolution of humans – CNN

Total Catastrophe For U.S. Corn Production: Only 30% Of U.S. Corn Fields Have Been Planted – 5 Year Average Is 66%

Total Catastrophe For U.S. Corn Production: Only 30% Of U.S. Corn Fields Have Been Planted – 5 Year Average Is 66%

But first, let’s take a look at the corn planting numbers from some of our most important corn producing states.  I think that you will agree that these numbers are almost too crazy to believe…

Iowa: 48 percent planted – 5 year average 76 percent

Minnesota: 21 percent planted – 5 year average 65 percent

North Dakota: 11 percent planted – 5 year average 43 percent

South Dakota: 4 percent planted – 5 year average 54 percent

Yes, you read those numbers correctly.

Can you imagine what this is going to do to food prices?

via Economiccollapseblog Total Catastrophe For U.S. Corn Production: Only 30% Of U.S. Corn Fields Have Been Planted – 5 Year Average Is 66%

Get clarity or choose again

If you are ever unsure about what to do, it is wise to simply wait until you have more clarity. This clarity may come from receiving more information you don’t have yet, or from simply taking the time to sort out exactly how you feel without the pressure of needing to give an answer or take immediate action. A conscious pause is a wonderful tool to help you make decisions that are in line with your truth and how you really wish to proceed.

Deciding not to decide in any now moment is still making a decision, so that should appease the part of you that likes to be in control, which will then create the space for you to gather all of the information you need to make a wise choice. Once that clarity has been found it will be very easy for you to move forward mindfully and with confidence. ~Archangel Gabriel through Shelley Young

via Trinity Esoterics | Daily Message ~ Wednesday May 15, 2019

Stocks Crater – 3.5 Trillion Dollars In Global Market Cap Wiped Out – China Considers “Dumping U.S. Treasuries”

Stocks Crater – 3.5 Trillion Dollars In Global Market Cap Wiped Out – China Considers “Dumping U.S. Treasuries”

Wall Street responded to our escalating trade war with China by throwing a bit of a temper tantrum.  On Monday the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 617 points, and that was the worst day for the Dow since January 3rd.  But things were even worse for the Nasdaq.  It had its worst day since December 4th, and overall the Nasdaq is now down 6.3 percent in just the last six trading sessions.  Of course it isn’t just in the United States that stocks are declining.  Since last Monday, a total of approximately $3.5 trillion in market cap has been wiped out on global stock markets.  And since it doesn’t look like we are going to get any sort of a trade deal any time soon, this could potentially be just the beginning of our problems.

via Economiccollapseblog Stocks Crater – 3.5 Trillion Dollars In Global Market Cap Wiped Out – China Considers “Dumping U.S. Treasuries”

A Thinking Feeling Earth Is Calling Out For Help From Humanity, Through Kogi, A Lost Civilization – Aluna Movie – Bolivia Passes Law Giving Rights To A Living Gaia Planet, Against Ecocide – Who Will Protect Gaia? From the Heart of the World – The Elder Brother’s Warning | A Green Road Journal

Carbon dioxide hits a level not seen for 3 million years. Here’s what that means for climate change — and humanity

via A Thinking Feeling Earth Is Calling Out For Help From Humanity, Through Kogi, A Lost Civilization – Aluna Movie – Bolivia Passes Law Giving Rights To A Living Gaia Planet, Against Ecocide – Who Will Protect Gaia? From the Heart of the World – The Elder Brother’s Warning | A Green Road Journal

Carbon dioxide hits a level not seen for 3 million years. Here’s what that means for climate change — and humanity.

Even if moving to renewable energy and other measures help stanch the steady flow of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, our descendants will likely be saddled with the negative consequences of our artificially elevated levels of CO2.

“We’re not going to see the full consequences of 415 parts per million of carbon dioxide today,” Jackson said. “It’ll take a thousand years of people — 30 generations of people — to pay the price of what we’re doing today.”

In the latest bit of bad news for a planet beset by climate change, the concentration of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere has climbed to a level last seen more than 3 million years ago — before humans even appeared on the rocky ball we call home.

via NBC Carbon dioxide hits a level not seen for 3 million years. Here’s what that means for climate change — and humanity.

5.2 million homes seriously underwater, up from last years 17,000 homes – study

5.2 million properties seriously underwater – study

Over 5.2 million properties in the US were seriously underwater in the first quarter, according to ATTOM Data Solutions, a premium property data provider.

A property is defined as “seriously underwater” when the property owner owes at least 25% more than the estimated market value of the property.

ATTOM reported 5,223,524 US properties were seriously underwater, up from last year’s 17,000-plus properties. The number of underwater properties recorded in Q1 2019 represented 9.1% of all properties with a mortgage nationwide, up from 8.8% in the past quarter but down from 9.5% in Q1 2018.

via MPamag.com 5.2 million properties seriously underwater – study

Trump Cancels Drone Strike Civilian Casualty Report: Does It Matter?

Trump Cancels Drone Strike Civilian Casualty Report: Does It Matter?

On March 6, without explanation, President Donald Trump revoked an Obama-era rule requiring an annual public report on U.S. drone strikes, including civilian casualties. This prompted worries: What are they trying to hide? Are they planning something big? Covering up a disaster? As The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf put it, “Trump just gave himself more power to kill in secret.”

These fears are overblown. Not because criticisms of the drone campaign are unwarranted, but because the statistics the Obama administration generated weren’t especially believable. (Though the reporting requirement was in place last year, the Trump administration ignored it.) Obama’s official numbers systematically underestimated civilian casualties and did not disclose the location of strikes.

The drone program, which refers to extrajudicial strikes against suspected terrorists outside of war zones — i.e., Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, rather than Afghanistan, Iraq, or Syria — began under George W. Bush and accelerated under Barack Obama. When, in the last year of his presidency, Obama ordered the public disclosure of information on casualties resulting from strikes taken outside traditional war zones, it was the first time the United States officially acknowledged the extent of the drone campaign. But everyone already had a good idea.

via War On The Rocks Trump Cancels Drone Strike Civilian Casualty Report: Does It Matter?

Saudi Arabia says its oil infrastructure attacked by drones

Saudi Arabia says its oil infrastructure attacked by drones

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Araba said drones attacked one of its oil pipelines as other assaults targeted energy infrastructure elsewhere in the kingdom on Tuesday, shortly after Yemen’s rebels claimed a coordinated drone attack on the Sunni power.

The assaults marked the latest incidents challenging Mideast security after the alleged sabotage of oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates earlier this week amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran.

Yemen’s Houthi rebels, whom Saudi Arabia has been fighting against since March 2015, said they launched a series of drone attacks on the kingdom, across the border from Yemen.

via AP News Saudi Arabia says its oil infrastructure attacked by drones

Trump Promotes War With Iran/Venezuala, Cozies Up To Human Rights Violating Saudi Arabia, A Dictatorial, Despotic Regime That Stones People Who Protest King To Death, Chops Off Hands Of Children Or Beheads Them And Sponsors Terrorism Including 9/11 Attack On USA; Why? | A Green Road Journal

Just like Nixon, Clinton, Bush And Reagan, Trump promised to bring peace to the US and foreign nations, but now is promoting and enabling war with multiple countries, plus illegal overthrows of foreign governments.

More at Trump Promotes War With Iran/Venezuala, Cozies Up To Human Rights Violating Saudi Arabia, A Dictatorial, Despotic Regime That Stones People Who Protest King To Death, Chops Off Hands Of Children Or Beheads Them And Sponsors Terrorism Including 9/11 Attack On USA; Why? | A Green Road Journal

56% Of Americans Believe Arabic Numerals Shouldn’t Be Taught In Schools – The Intellectualist

56% Of Americans Believe Arabic Numerals Shouldn’t Be Taught In Schools – The Intellectualist

Most respondents didn’t want Arabic numerals, the numeric symbols that we use today (1, 2, 3, etc.), to be taught.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that close to 56 percent of Americans don’t want Arabic numerals, the standard numbers in Western alphabets, to be taught in schools, according to a poll conducted by Pittsburgh-based market research firm Civic Science.

via 56% Of Americans Believe Arabic Numerals Shouldn’t Be Taught In Schools – The Intellectualist

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30 Gun Manufacturers, NRA Gun Lobby, Paid Off Politicians Willfully Lied While Voting Down Universal Background Check Bill; Fascists In Control In America, Australia Gun Regulation, Banning Military Assault Rifle Laws Do Work In Multiple Countries | A Green Road Journal

The NRA keeps shooting itself in the foot and not just because they’ve made it so easy to get guns in America.

More at 30 Gun Manufacturers, NRA Gun Lobby, Paid Off Politicians Willfully Lied While Voting Down Universal Background Check Bill; Fascists In Control In America, Australia Gun Regulation, Banning Military Assault Rifle Laws Do Work In Multiple Countries | A Green Road Journal

Which Famous People, Royalty And Cultural Heroes Use Homeopathy? Prince Harry And Megan Use Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Herbology – Switzerland Recognized Homeopathy As Legitimate Medicine Along With Holistic Medicine, Herbs, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine | A Green Road Journal

If only more people saw the scam. So the royals use naturopathy, homeopathy and herbs. But the “peasants” are told to have surgical births inside the death care system and then inject the infant with toxic vaccines while feeding them formula and GMO’s. Get it yet? The ruling families don’t use western medicine, they don’t eat the food we do and they certainly don’t vaccinate.

via Which Famous People, Royalty And Cultural Heroes Use Homeopathy? Prince Harry And Megan Use Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Herbology – Switzerland Recognized Homeopathy As Legitimate Medicine Along With Holistic Medicine, Herbs, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine | A Green Road Journal

California may go dark this summer, and most aren’t ready – SFGate

California may go dark this summer, and most aren’t ready – SFGate

A plan by California’s biggest utility to cut power on high-wind days during the onrushing wildfire season could plunge millions of residents into darkness. And most people aren’t ready.

The plan by PG&E Corp. comes after the bankrupt utility said a transmission line that snapped in windy weather probably started last year’s Camp Fire, the deadliest in state history. While the plan may end one problem, it creates another as Californians seek ways to deal with what some fear could be days and days of blackouts.

Some residents are turning to other power sources, a boon for home battery systems marketed by Sunrun, Tesla and Vivint Solar. But the numbers of those systems in use are relatively small when compared with PG&E’s 5.4 million customers. Meanwhile, Gov. Gavin Newsom said he’s budgeting $75 million to help communities deal with the threat.

via California may go dark this summer, and most aren’t ready – SFGate

Opinion | Trump Is Terrible for Rural America – The New York Times

Opinion | Trump Is Terrible for Rural America – The New York Times

What, after all, is Trumpism? In 2016 Trump pretended to be a different kind of Republican, but in practice almost all of his economic agenda has been G.O.P. standard: big tax cuts for corporations and the rich while hacking away at the social safety net. The one big break from orthodoxy has been his protectionism, his eagerness to start trade wars.

And all of these policies disproportionately hurt farm country.

The Trump tax cut largely passes farmers by, because they aren’t corporations and few of them are rich. One of the studies by Agriculture Department economists that raised Trumpian ire showed that to the extent that farmers saw tax reductions, most of the benefits went to the richest 10 percent, while poor farmers actually saw a slight tax increase.

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At the same time, the assault on the safety net is especially harmful to rural America, which relies heavily on safety-net programs. Of the 100 counties with the highest percentage of their population receiving food stamps, 85 are rural, and most of the rest are in small metropolitan areas. The expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, which Trump keeps trying to kill, had its biggest positive impact on rural areas.

via Opinion | Trump Is Terrible for Rural America – The New York Times

Trump and his close circle of promoters are telling farmers and true believers of the cult to ‘hang on’, because despite things getting worse for them in the last two years, things will be better, if only they will elect him to another term.. then it will be SO MUCH BETTER, just wait and see the BIGLIEST, BESTEST, MOST FANTASTIC MAGA EVER.. in human history.

If this sounds like a slick con artist promise, well, it is..

If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Trump promised the moon, the sky, the ocean, and the whole universe..

Now the karma train is coming to get his due..

UPDATE: Ohio & Georgia: 11-year old girls can now be sentenced to life…for being raped.

HB 481 would also have consequences for women who get abortions from doctors or miscarry. A woman who seeks out an illegal abortion from a health care provider would be a party to murder, subject to life in prison. And a woman who miscarries because of her own conduct—say, using drugs while pregnant—would be liable for second-degree murder, punishable by 10 to 30 years’ imprisonment. Prosecutors may interrogate women who miscarry to determine whether they can be held responsible; if they find evidence of culpability, they may charge, detain, and try these women for the death of their fetuses.

Gee, I guess they’ll have to drive down to Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina or Tennessee, right?

Guess again:

Even women who seek lawful abortions out of state may not escape punishment. If a Georgia resident plans to travel elsewhere to obtain an abortion, she may be charged with conspiracy to commit murder, punishable by 10 years’ imprisonment. An individual who helps a woman plan her trip to get an out-of-state abortion, or transports her to the clinic, may also be charged with conspiracy.

via Daily Kos UPDATE: Ohio & Georgia: 11-year old girls can now be sentenced to life…for being raped.

Nearly every country in the world approves pact to reduce plastic pollution, except the U.S.

Nearly every country in the world approves pact to reduce plastic pollution, except the U.S.

GENEVA — Nearly every country in the world has agreed upon a legally binding framework to reduce the pollution from plastic waste except for the United States, U.N. environmental officials say.

An agreement on tracking thousands of types of plastic waste emerged Friday at the end of a two-week meeting of U.N.-backed conventions on plastic waste and toxic, hazardous chemicals.

Discarded plastic clutters pristine land, floats in huge masses in oceansand rivers and entangles wildlife, sometimes with deadly results.

Rolph Payet of the United Nations Environment Program said the “historic” agreement linked to the 186-country, U.N.-supported Basel Convention means that countries will have to monitor and track the movements of plastic waste outside their borders.

via NBC Nearly every country in the world approves pact to reduce plastic pollution, except the U.S.

Hot off prosecuting 11-year old rape victims, Ohio GOP following up with #HumanCentipedeBill

Hot off prosecuting 11-year old rape victims, Ohio GOP following up with #HumanCentipedeBill

Then, there’s the “banning drugs or devices used to prevent the implementation of a fertilized ovum”…which includes IUDs, birth control pills, Implanon and so forth.

You know…common types of birth control.

But let’s set that aside for the moment.

Let’s focus on the last bit: “removing the embryo from the fallopian tube and reinserting it into the uterus”:

“That doesn’t exist in the realm of treatment for ectopic pregnancy,” argues says Jaime Miracle, deputy director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio. “You can’t just re-implant. It’s not a medical thing.”

Yes, that’s right…the Ohio Republican Party is now trying to turn women into medical experimental guinea pigs.

via Daily Kos Hot off prosecuting 11-year old rape victims, Ohio GOP following up with #HumanCentipedeBill

IF YOU DIE FROM POISON IT’S YOUR OWN FAULT AND WE, THE CROWN, ARE NOT LIABLE?

Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch

By Carol Sawyer

If you die from poison it’s your own fault and we, the Crown are not liable …

Well that is what it seems to say, to me.

1. disclaimer.png“Disclaimer :

While the information in these pesticide summaries is provided in good faith, any person using the information does so at his or her risk solely, and neither Her Majesty the Queen, nor the Minister of Conservation nor Director-General of Conservation nor any employee or agent of the Department of Conservation shall be liable for any errors or omissions in these summaries.

Any person who takes any animal from land administered by the Department of Conservation does so at his/her own risk and no warranty, express or implied, is given as to the fitness for human or other consumption of such animals”

READ FULL DOCUMENT AT SOURCE:

http://maps.doc.govt.nz/Geocortex/Essentials/REST/TempFiles/PesticideSummary.pdf?guid=5f7e71bd-1f71-4507-8ea4-aaf09b3d6333&contentType=application%2Fpdf&fbclid=IwAR2pxKSuJlF2St2qyiAGql_FYx2DydXM0fJbVREPNgYN-crcFYzKH4pbsXs


Note: So there it is people, your government has just told…

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Victory Day Reminds the World About the Evils of Fascism – Counter Information

Victory Day Reminds the World About the Evils of Fascism – Counter Information

Another important point to make in connection with the global victory over fascism is that it could not have happened without the communists in both the USSR and China. Their people’s ideological dedication to the cause inspired them to resist in the most dramatic ways and to continue fighting even after it seemed at times that all hope was lost, which in the Chinese case ultimately contributed to the communist party’s victory at the end of the civil war a few years later. While most of the world united in their opposition to fascism and many countries’ citizens lost their lives because of it, the Soviet Union and China suffered the most from this ideological scourge in terms human casualties, which is why it is important to pay homage to their victims and never forget their sacrifices.

It then brings the article back to its lead-in news event, the Victory Day commemorations in Russia. The Chinese and all other anti-fascist people stand in solidarity with their Russian comrades-in-arms who valiantly fought to defeat this wretched ideology. But in the meantime, it is important to remind the world that the destructive flames of fascism were not fully extinguished on 9 May but were finally put out once and for all more than three months later on August 15 with the Empire of Japan’s unilateral surrender.

That said, it is equally important to ensure that fascism never rises again anywhere in the world – be it in Europe, Asia, or elsewhere – and that all instances of this possibly happening are universally condemned in the strongest way possible whenever they occur.

via Victory Day Reminds the World About the Evils of Fascism – Counter Information

Communists are supposed to hate ‘fascism’.

But is this still true, as former Communist countries have embraced Capitalism, which by definition, consists of fascism?

When huge corporations take over a government and/or control it, as is the case now in the US and other countries, that is the definition of fascism.

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