There’s No Business Like the Arms Business | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Why do other major U.S. exports — from Hollywood movies to Midwestern grain shipments to Boeing airliners — garner regular coverage while trends in weapons exports remain in relative obscurity?  Are we ashamed of standing essentially alone as the world’s number one arms dealer, or is our Weapons “R” Us role such a commonplace that we take it for granted, like death or taxes?

The numbers should stagger anyone.  According to the latest figures available from the Congressional Research Service, the United States was credited with more than half the value of all global arms transfer agreements in 2014, the most recent year for which full statistics are available. At 14%, the world’s second largest supplier, Russia, lagged far behind.  Washington’s “leadership” in this field has never truly been challenged.  The U.S. share has fluctuated between one-third and one-half of the global market for the past two decades, peaking at an almost monopolistic 70% of all weapons sold in 2011.  And the gold rush continues. Vice Admiral Joe Rixey, who heads the Pentagon’s arms sales agency, euphemistically known as the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, estimates that arms deals facilitated by the Pentagon topped $46 billion in 2015, and are on track to hit $40 billion in 2016.

To be completely accurate, there is one group of people who pay remarkably close attention to these trends — executives of the defense contractors that are cashing in on this growth market.  With the Pentagon and related agencies taking in “only” about $600 billion a year — high by historical standards but tens of billions of dollars less than hoped for by the defense industry — companies like Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and General Dynamics have been looking to global markets as their major source of new revenue.

Source: There’s No Business Like the Arms Business | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Is Your Saliva The Diagnostic Tool Of The Future?

In the name of spit science, Douglas Granger and his colleagues have collected saliva samples from a restless polar bear, a college marching band and Navy medics dodging bullets in simulated combat. Granger, an “oral fluid” expert who recently moved his renowned research institute to the University of California, Irvine as part of the school’s High Impact Hiring Plan.A fraction of a drop of spit can be used to measure stress, decipher relationship dynamics, predict heart trouble and even help football players train more effectively, he says: “Laced with hormones, enzymes, DNA and other substances, it can reveal almost everything found in a blood test, but without the needles.”

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Former NATO commander ‘behind failed coup against Erdogan’ – Turkish daily — RT News

According to Yeni Safak, Campbell “also managed more than $2 billion in transactions via UBA Bank in Nigeria by using CIA links to distribute among the pro-coup military personnel in Turkey.”Read moreTurkey-US ties will suffer unless Gulen extradited, foreign minister saysThe retired US general had allegedly paid “at least two secret visits” to Turkey since May up to the attempted coup, which the Turkish authorities blamed on what they call the Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, warned on Monday that ties with Washington could suffer unless they extradite the US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, Erdogan’s ideological adversary. Washington has repeatedly said that Turkey must provide solid evidence of any links Gulen might have to the attempted coup before any possible extradition process is discussed.The Turkish daily reported that Campbell had top secret meetings at the Erzurum military base and Incirlik air base in Turkey, adding that the US general “directed the process of trending / blacklisting the military officers in the base.”According to the paper, “Millions of dollars of money has been transferred from Nigeria to Turkey by a group of CIA personnel. The money, which has been distributed to an 80-person special team of the CIA, was used to convince pro-coup generals. After taking money from their bank accounts, the CIA team hand-delivered it to the terrorists under the military dresses.”

Source: Former NATO commander ‘behind failed coup against Erdogan’ – Turkish daily — RT News

Moorside’s Beach Neighbours Say NO! – Radiation Free Lakeland

Interestingly, the fundamental principle on which the nuclear industry promotes itself, climate change, is entirely founded on computer models – the GCM, or general circulation model – which have been known to be flawed for decades.Ref.: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/340/6136/1053

Source: Moorside’s Beach Neighbours Say NO! – Radiation Free Lakeland

Bernie the Troll Killer | Veterans Today

To those of us of the Vietnam era, and by that I mean Democrats as few Republicans served in Vietnam, the “Trolls for Trump” phenomenon isn’t anything new.  It has always been simple, do anything to distract the mentally unstable and fearful, feed them anti-abortion rhetoric, Islamophobia, stage terror events, re-ignite the Cold War and use the money controlled right wing/Zionist press to spread filth.We got our first television, a Muntz monstrosity, in time for the 1952 election.  My father was still driving trucks and working for the teamster union at the time, a job my mother would convince him to quit soon after.  Trucking had been a minimum wage job except for this; there was no minimum wage, no highway safety standards, no health insurance, no workmen’s comp., only 16 hours a day on the road, loaded with pep pills and caffeine.Auto plants were worse.  Temperatures hit 130 degrees and the Hungarian immigrant assembly line workers had to hold their hands up for a bathroom break.  Often as not, a Ford “Service Department” employee, usually a recently paroled thug from Jackson Prison now a “foreman,” would tap him down with a blackjack.The Democratic candidate was Adlai Stevenson, a man of compassion and stature.  Instead we got 8 years of “Ike.”  With that we got poverty, economic collapse, a deteriorated military, rotting cities, a failed education system, injustice and injustice and national paralysis.

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Chilling Testimony From A Cancer Cell Specialist Makes One Thing Utterly Obvious About Our Food – Collective Evolution

Below is a video of Kathleen Collins, a cancer cell specialist at UC Berkely, speaking about methyl iodide, and the type of DNA damage it causes. Methyl iodide is still sprayed on our food in some areas, and is still used in some prescription medications. According to the EPA,  acute (short-term) exposure to methyl iodide by inhalation may depress the central nervous system (CNS), irritate the lungs and skin, and affect the kidneys. Massive acute inhalation exposure to methyl iodide has also led to pulmonary edema. Acute inhalation exposure of humans to methyl iodide has resulted in nausea, vomiting, vertigo, ataxia, slurred speech, drowsiness, skin blistering, and eye irritation. Chronic (long-term) exposure of humans to methyl iodide by inhalation may affect the CNS and cause skin burns. The EPA has not classified methyl iodide for potential carcinogenicity, even though scientists like Dr. Collins have made it quite clear that it should be.

Source: Chilling Testimony From A Cancer Cell Specialist Makes One Thing Utterly Obvious About Our Food – Collective Evolution

DNC Emails Released by Wikileaks Reveal Democratic Party Insiders Promised Donors Access to Obama in Exchange for Cash | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Wealthy potential donors to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) were courted with promises of access to the president, a Washington Post analysis of internal DNC emailsreleased by WikiLeaks has found. The party insiders’ pitches appear to be in violation of White House policy, the newspaper notes.

Source: DNC Emails Released by Wikileaks Reveal Democratic Party Insiders Promised Donors Access to Obama in Exchange for Cash | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

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