Prior toÂ Tropical StormÂ Sandy making landfall, President Obama declared New Jersey a state of emergency at the request of Mayor Vincent Gray. This allowed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to oversee the conditions created by the storm and make decisions as to how best to provide necessary equipment and resources to those impacted.
David Axelrod, senior strategist to Obama commented about Sandyâs impact on the elections: âObviously, we believe the more people participate in the election, the better. And the storm can be disruptive. But to the 50 million people in its path, there are more immediate and potentially grave concerns that transcend politics. Weâll have to wait and see its impact.â
Thanks to Sandy, Obama could balance the appearance of a caring Commander-in-Chief during a disaster, while travelling the campaign trail. This performance could assist in gaining points and justify the necessity of him remaining in office, according to mainstream propaganda.
Governor Chris ChristieÂ said:Â âThis assistance will enhance the Stateâs capability to respond quickly and put assets into place where they are needed to help New Jersey residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy.â
After Sandy, New York City has beenÂ addedÂ to the list which allows FEMA and DHS to take over counties like Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and Nassau and Suffolk by offering government grant money to residents for damage in affected areas.
The Red Cross set upÂ 11 initial sheltersÂ in a 17-county region in New York. Trudy Rice, spokesperson for the Red Cross office in ArizonaÂ explainedÂ that 900 volunteers âfrom registered nurses to mental health providers, truck drivers [and] shelter providersâ have been trained and are on stand-by.
Preparations for Sandyâs arrival in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, includedÂ public transitÂ being shut down, schools closed and all non-emergency government employees told to stay home. As well as the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) wasÂ shut downÂ because of Sandy at the beginning of this week; leaving only electronic trading to continue. This is the first event that caused the NYSE to trade completely digital.
Also, in response to Sandy, an estimated 7,000 flights wereÂ cancelledÂ and most airports completely suspended operations.Â AmtrakÂ stopped providing service along the Northeast Corridor Monday.
In the wake of Sandy, initial reports say 7.4 million customers from Maine to the Carolinas are without power. ChristieÂ confirmedÂ that âwe are in the midst of urban search and rescue. Our teams are moving as fast as they can. The devastation on the Jersey Shore is some of the worst weâve ever seen. The cost of the storm is incalculable at this point.â
Wall Street is covered under the remnants of a 14-foot storm surge. This has kept the NYSE and World Trade Center area closed for another day.
In New Jersey,Â reportsÂ of a possible levee breach have caused residents in Moonachie, Little Ferry and Carlstad to evacuate because of the burgeoning waters in the Hackensack River.
New York was theÂ sceneÂ of massive fires that consumed an estimated 80 to 100 beachfront property in Breezy Point with 190 firefighters working to contain the outbreak.
Eco-fascists like Jennifer Granholm, correspondent for CNN, hasÂ declaredÂ that Sandy was the result of man-made global warming and that the mainstream propaganda machine is missing an opportunity by âignoring climate change.â Granholm decries: âThereâs a clear link to climate change. And, yet, for the first time in over a quarter century, climate change was not brought up even once at the presidential debates.â
Chatter onÂ TwitterÂ concerning Sandy being âmother natureâs revengeâ for having destroyed our environment is quite apparent. Changes in our atmosphere due to man-made global warming have not been definitively proven; however it is clear that the consistent geo-engineering that has beenÂ alteringÂ our planet and weather systems is having an impact.
Todd Stanford, alarmist scientist for theÂ Union of Concerned ScientistsÂ at the globalist college Cambridge University,Â claims:Â âIt will always be a combination of both climate change and natural variability . . . knowing how a changing climate is affecting the risk of impacts with these storms.â
Craig Altemose at theÂ Better Future ProjectÂ (another globalist think-tank from Cambridge University), explains that alarmist scientists must have the ears of politicians because âa great many more Frankenstorms, Frankendroughts and Franken-heat waves. We need leadership to connect what is happening out there and the policies that drive it.â
With Sandy being dubbed âFrankenstormâ by the eco-facists, their unsubstantiated eco-concerns about forcing humans to pay the government carbon taxes for breathing and endangering human life for the sake of biodiversity may become aÂ topicÂ discussed by the presidential puppets.
Amanda Staudt, senior alarmist from the Agenda 21 supporters at the National Wildlife Fund (NWF)Â said:Â âFolks, this storm is exactly the sort of thing climate scientists have been worried about for years. Global warming is putting hurricanes on steroids and weâre beginning to see the effects.â
However, mainstream propaganda is working hard to ignore the strange fact that in 1997, at a training session at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, aÂ simulationÂ was presented using data from a hurricane that formed in 1938. The postulation would have a storm hitting Long Island and Westchester County. The hurricane was named Sandy after the hurricane that was recorded 60 years earlier.
The simulated Hurricane Sandy was expected to make landfall in the evening on Oct 4th 1997.
According to training declarations the simulated Sandy was proposed to:
â˘ Effect states from North Carolina to Maine
â˘ It was a slow moving storm at 28 mph
â˘ Center of circulation would hug along Long Island and New England
â˘ Maximum winds 125mph, Category 3
â˘ Hurricane winds extend 60 miles from center
â˘ Tropical storm winds extend 240 miles from center
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is âupset that the initiative proposed by Lakhdar Brahimi about a truce during the Muslim holidays has not been heard. So our primary task currently is to make all Syrians stop shooting each other and start talks.â
The Free Syrian Amry (FSA) has said that they will not stop fighting even if the Syrian government agrees to Brahimiâs terms. According to General Mustafa al-Sheikh, chief of the military council of the FSA, the terrorist factionÂ wouldÂ âstop firing if the regime stopsâ however they doubt the Syrian government would hold to their word because they allegedly have âlied many times before.â Therefore the FSA have no plans to stop fighting.
Lakhdar Brahimi, UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria, and LavrovÂ wantedÂ Syria to a have a âreal civil warâ and not a proxy war supported by the US, UK and Saudi Arabia in order to replace Assad and install a Zionist-friendly patsy to ensure US interests in the country.
Lavrov explained that âit is necessary that all outside players use their influence to send the same signal, not to provoke any side to continue the violence and bloodshed but to persuade them to cease fire immediately.â
Recent bombings in Syria were described by Lavrov as âterrorist attacksâ as the FSA refused to honor the ceasefire. The FSA used improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to detonate a car bomb in DamascusÂ duringÂ the proposed truce arranged by Brahimi. Along with 14 killed, there were women and children among the dead.
In Saudi Arabia,Â protestersÂ claiming to be Syrian natives were marching in Mecca, calling for the fall of Assad. This small band was dispersed by police. The initiation occurred during the annual Haj, or pilgrimage to Mecca by Muslims. The police encouraged those attending the Haj focus on their rituals and not causing an uprising.
Nikolai Marakov, Russian General Staff Chief,Â reportedÂ that the FSA have been given shoulder-mounted surface-to-air missiles â some of which are manufactured in the US. Marakov said that âmilitants fighting Syrian government forces have portable missile launchers of various states, including American-made Stingers.â
The FSA are beingÂ armedÂ by Saudi Arabia. The attack in Aleppo was actually funded with ammunition and weaponry from the US-aligned Middle Eastern nation. The FSA denies knowledge of how they came to obtain this shipment from Saudi Arabia; however it is fairly obvious that the Salafi extremists in their country are supporting the US-backed terrorist faction. Saudi officials have also declined comment thinking that refusal to speak will correspond with their ignorance. Yet, Saudi ammunition has been used since the inception of the CIA-trained ârebelsâ paid for my âforeign aidâ from the US and British governments.
Last month, the Saudi Arabian government, withÂ supportÂ from Elite families in Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, gave generously to the FSA. In a US State Department statement, it was explained that: âThe battalion rep or commander travels to Turkey, where he meets Gulf individuals or Syrians who live in the Gulf. The battalion presents âprojectsâ that need sponsorship, for example: targeting a checkpoint costs $20-30K, while targeting an airport cost $200-300K. .â.â. A video taping .â.â. is required to provide evidence of the operation.â
The Chinese government confirms that the US is using terrorists in Syria with the employment of Islamic militant groups. There is also the use of Xinjiang militias along with the CIA-sponsored al-Qaeda. In the past, Xinjiang have been sent to âundermine Chinaâs national security.â
The East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) has called for Xinjiang members to be âorganizedâ and deployed in Syria to participate in the proxy war.
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The disaster has brought out the worst in some people, with reports from areas of New York indicating that some have started impersonating utility workers and emergency personnel to get a foot in the door:
Some posed as Con Ed workers to dupe their victims…
âThis morning when they told us the water receded, I walked back to the house to feed [my pets],â said Eric Martine, 33, a cabby who lives in Brooklynâs Gerritsen Beach.
âGuys were looting, pretending they were Con Ed and holding people up. It was sick.â
Residents said police warned them to beware of crooks pretending to be utility workers.
Cops fanned out yesterday to deal with looters around the city.
âWe will not tolerate these scumbags looting. We will arrest them on sight,â said a police source.
The storm knocked out the plate-glass windows of several Seaport stores, and piggish punks took full advantage of the unguarded merchandise.
âAlmost everything is gone,â said store owner Mirza Baig. âWe want to reopen but we donât know how.â
Watch: Man Trying to Loot Copper Emerges from Rubble; Is Arrested By Police:
While some are taking advantage of the temporary breakdown in law and order, it will be short-lived.
Unlike Hurricane Katrina,which left the city of New Orleans paralyzed with no power, food or water for weeks, east coast services like law enforcement are being quickly restored. Police and National Guard troops are being deployed across the region to help protect businesses and areas prone to criminal activity.
Several previous articles discussed the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) charity case. Five extraordinary human beings were wrongfully convicted and sentenced to long prison terms. They’re doing hard time in America’s gulag.
They learned the hard way about being Muslims in America at the wrong time. On Monday, the Supreme Court denied their final appeal for justice. More on that below.
The words “Equal Justice Under Law” adorn the Supreme Court Building’s west facade. Facing east is the motto “Justice, the Guardian of Liberty.”
Since the Court’s 1789 establishment, these words belie its decisions, arguments, and “supreme” allegiance to power. “We the people” never mattered and the phrase doesn’t matter now.
Privilege always counted most in America. Egalitarian principles exist in name only. Checks and balances, equity and justice, and democratic values are meaningless figures of speech.
Men, not laws or high moral standards, rule America. Executive, congressional, and judicial officials systematically lie, connive, and pretty much do what they please for their own self-interest.
Democracy always was illusory. Most High Court justices are as unprincipled and venal as political rogues infesting Washington, state and city governments.
Federal courts are the worst. Many justices in them have Federalist Society connections. They advocate rolling back civil liberties and ending New Deal social policies. They support imperial wars, torture and corporatism.
They want reproductive choice, government regulations, labor rights, and environmental protections ended. They spurn justice in defense of privilege.
Five current Supreme Court justices are Federalist Society members: Chief Justice John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, and Clarence Thomas.
Elena Kagan is ideologically sympathetic. As dean of Harvard Law School, she hired Bush’s outgoing Office of Legal Counsel director, Jack Goldsmith. Francis Boyle called him a war criminal.
Kagan bragged about putting him on staff. Boyle quoted her saying she “love(s) the Federalist Society.”
With these type justices on America’s High Court, ordinary people don’t stand a chance. On Monday, five HLF principles heard the bad news. Other articles discussed their notable work.
They helped people most in need. They fed hungry children. They provided financial aid to needy and impoverished families.
They sponsored orphaned children. They provided educational, medical, emergency, community development, and other vital social services.
Until Bush’s Justice Department shut it down, HLF was America’s largest Muslim charity. It was their mark of Cain. It got them targeted for doing the right thing for the wrong people.
They were wrongfully accused of providing aid to Hamas. Multiple charges included prohibited financial transactions, money laundering, conspiracy, and filing false tax returns.
Charges were false, outrageous and unconscionable. HLF had no connection to terrorism. Its activities were entirely legal. Islam’s third pillar mandates charity. Aiding those in need is considered a moral obligation.
Compassion became criminalized. Humanitarian giving to “unworthy” recipients risks long prison terms. US justice prohibits feeding the wrong hungry children, providing medical services, and helping them live normal lives.
Reversing the wrongful convictions of five extraordinary humanitarians should have been no-brainer justice. The Supreme Court spurned them without explanation. Dismissively it said:
Petition for writ of certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit denied.
HLF principals were denied their right to retrial. Legitimate courts would have granted it automatically.
Shukri Abubaker, Mohammad el-Mazain, Ghassan Elashi, Mufid Abdulqader, Abulrahman Odeh will stay imprisoned in America’s gulag.
Word came Monday morning.Â HLFÂ announced it saying:
The US Supreme Court declines to hear the Holy Land Foundation case. Their decision marks the end of the judicial process and the beginning of a massive effort to free the Holy Land Five.
TheÂ Muslim Legal FundÂ of America headlined “MLFA Troubled by Court’s Decision to Not Hear Sixth Amendment Case,” saying:
Presidential diktat authority targeted HLF. Due process was denied. Federal agents stormed their offices like storm troopers. They took everything, including personal possessions.
Fundamental constitutional rights were spurned.
MLFA funded the defense, appeal and US Supreme Court petition due to the significance the case has on the future of civil liberties for everyone in America. Representatives from the legal fund are gravely concerned over the court’s decision to not hear the case.
Executive Director Khalik Meed said:
It is a dark day for America when our nationâs highest court refuses to hear a case that is affecting everyoneâs ability to get a fair trial in America.
If judges are allowed to prevent defenders from challenging the credibility of expert witnesses, then our Sixth Amendment loses its teeth and our civil liberties suffer further erosion.
travesty of American criminal justice. I don’t think American citizens understand that this effects all of us and the world that believes in the American criminal justice system.
Anyone in any court in America now risks being convicted based on the opinion of someone who claims to be an expert without any opportunity to cross examine that person because everything about that so-called expert can remain secret.
The right to Confrontation, so long enshrined in our justice system, died today.
Technically they can file a petition for writ of habeas corpus, but they would have to go back to original court and I don’t think they will be successful. I fear this is the end of the road and far as the courts are concerned.
HLF principal Shukri Abubaker’s daughterÂ NidaÂ twittered:
The supreme court denied the case. they don’t even want to look at it. They don’t want to spill the truth (and reveal) US GovtâŚ.lies.
Thatâs it. They denied itâŚ.So what now? Are these men going to sit in prison, for something they didnât do, while the world all over the poor is getting even poorer?
While the hungry is dying of starvation? While the sick is dying without medicine and blood? While the homeless is in desperate need of a home during The harsh winters?
This is outrageous. I am at loss of wordsâŚ.God has a plan for everything and everyone. We must not give up.
We fought so hard for this case we believed in these men and we believed in the charity, their good will, their good works. I have always said they fed the wrong children.
They were Palestinian children and for some reason Palestinian children, Palestinian widows do not deserve humanitarian aid.
And I will tell you this. I don’t care what the government believes it has proved in this case, a decision that allows a man to be sentenced to 65 years in prison for feeding Palestinian children in my view is racist.
Ahead of the Supreme Court decision, Center for Constitutional Rights president emeritus,Â Michael Ratner, said:
We will look back on this period, not just the Holy Land Five, but the cases from the NYPD, down here with the Third Jihad, all the way to drone killings in Pakistan, we will look on this as probably one of the darkest, if not the darkest, periods of our history. And sadly, sadly, Noorâs father is paying the price of 65 years in jail.
A Final CommentÂ
Activist/songwriterÂ David RovicsÂ commented his way in song and verse. He titled it simply the “Holy Land 5.”
They grew up among the bombs of the occupation
Bulldozed houses, that was the situation
Refugee camps, Khan Yunus and Shatila
Children gunned down in the Intifada
Poverty and hunger, a place to slowly die
These five men decided at least they had to try
From their homes in Texas to the stateless nation
They started up the Holy Land Foundation.
They sent food and medicine, that’s all they ever did
Aside from sending toys for little kids
Feed the hungry, they say that’s a good deed
But apparently it all depends on who you want to feed
If they’re living in the ghettos under IDF command
If they think they don’t deserve to starve in their homeland
If Sharon says all that’s theirs is mine
If they’re from a place called Palestine.”
The Holy Land is crying out
Leaving little room for doubt
From ruined homes the kids ask you
What in the world will you do?
They sent money to the Zakat Committees
The same ones funded by USAID
But these were Arabs aiding Palestinians
They opposed the occupation and they were Muslims
Their phones were tapped for years but nothing could be found
So with an executive order Bush shut them down
Freezing all their funds, taking food from kids
That’s exactly what the US government did.
These men support Hamas, the government proclaimed
Although they couldn’t find a cent sent in their name
But they had evidence, for the first time in a court
An anonymous Israeli would submit his report
Behind a veil with no rights to cross-examination
He could smell Hamas, this was his explanation
First the jury hung, so they tried them again
And for feeding hungry people they were sent to prison.
Now five men are in cells, no one knows what for
Every Muslim an unindicted co-conspirator
Be careful what you say, be wary what you hear
Or end up in a CMU for 65 years
Cut off from the world, held in a little box
Back home kids are getting shot for throwing rocks
No one stops the charities sending money for tanks
For illegal settlements all over the West Bank.
This is justice in America, if you didn’t know it now you do
And a retrial was denied, I should mention that, too
A retrial was denied and who knows who’s next to go
To be tortured in a Little Guantanamo
The Constitution’s suspended, they just haven’t let us know
It’s easier that way, just say it isn’t so
The Holy Land Foundation, you know it’s true
They did what all of us should do.
Free the Holy Land 5!!
The final words of America’s Pledge of Allegiance should say “with liberty and justice” only for the privileged few. No one else.
Muslims and others wrongfully targeted learn about America’s dark side firsthand. Disgracefully, the nation’s Supreme Court supports it.
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When it comes to national crises and man-made disasters, America as a society has a tendency towards selective blindness.Â If we were to truly think critically instead of reactively with hyperemotional conclusions, we might ask ourselves a few important questions.Â In the wake of 9/11, we did not investigate the actual crime for ourselves.Â Instead, the investigation was done for us, and within hours of the attacks a convenient group of villains was presented to us on a silver platter complete with trimmings as well as a few target countries we did not particularly like ready to bomb into oblivion.Â After 9/11, we did not think; we set out to slay monsters.Â Whether they were real or imagined made little differenceâŚ
If we had any sense back then, the populace would have asked themselves WHO truly benefited from the event?Â Who really gained, and who really lost?Â Did a bunch of cave dwelling Muslim fanatics âgainâ from 9/11?Â What did they gain?Â Where was the incentive?
In any guerilla resistance or insurgency, the primary objective is to win the support of a particular populace.Â To win hearts and minds.Â Post 9/11, the world was ready to embrace the U.S. in a way that had not been seen in decades.Â The âterroristâ plan to undermine the collective American character had apparently backfired.Â The supposed goal of Al-Qaeda to rally the world behind its cause against U.S. imperialism had turned to poison.Â The attacks then opened the political doorway for even more U.S. military dominion in the Middle East, and policies of preemption continue more than a decade later as politician after politician rides the tired pony of ânational securityâ to complete exhaustion, playing the terrorism card as an excuse for every violent action and every disruption of civil liberties, while the establishment rams through every piece of unconstitutional legislation they have had on the backburner for years.
Again, the question remains: who really benefited from the event?
Now, some might claim that terrorists are generally disposed to insanity or religious zealotry, and donât necessarily need to think in terms of cost/benefit when planning to kill people.Â This assertion, however, is a mere feat of mental gymnastics designed to allow us to tapdance around the more complex issues.Â Many of us would like to assume that the story of a sinister super-secret Al-Qaeda clan of death exists, and in order to do so we also have to believe that they are smart enough to embed themselves into every fabric of Western culture as our government constantly forewarns.Â But, if they truly are that ingenious, wouldnât we also have to consider the possibility that the terrorists are smart enough to take actions which serve THEIR interests, instead of only serving the interests of the people they are supposed to despise, like the U.S. and European power elite?
Al-Qaedaâs (or whoever they are) presence in Syria and the admitted (or loosely admitted) support they now receive from the U.S. in the form of monetary aid and weapons shipments is a perfect example of this dynamic.Â Why would we reinforce a terrorist organization which our government has accused of killing thousands on 9/11?Â Why would they help us destabilize Syria?
Why is it that everything Al-Qaeda does ultimately enriches the men they call their enemies?
Regardless of whether or not you believe such subversive events are the product of terrorist activities, it is impossible to deny that the establishment (globalists and their respective business entities) always seem to come out far ahead in the aftermath of every calamity.Â We lose, the Muslim nations lose, and the global banks win, every time.Â This is not debatable.Â It is simply todayâs realityâŚ
Knowing this dynamic exists, I have to apply a bit of skepticism when I read press releases from the Department of Defense and the White House asserting that a 2nd World country like Iran is possibly at the forefront of cyber warfare against the U.S.:
I have to double my skepticism when Fox News reports that Iran is planning cyber-strikes from Mexico (playing into the DHS talking point of joint Mexican/Al-Qaeda operations.Â Why the hell would Iran need to cyber attack from Mexico?Â Why not the South Pole, or the HamptonsâŚ?).Â Not to mention, their expert guest on the matter is none other than Democratic Senator Joseph Lieberman, one of the primary soulless political figures behind such freedom roasting bills as the Enemy Belligerents Act (whose language was ultimately melded into the indefinite detention provisions of NDAA 2012), and the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, which is essentially CISPA on steroids:
Neither the DoD, nor the White House, nor Lieberman, nor the mainstream media have ever offered any tangible evidence that Iran has anything to do with the alleged cyber attacks on major U.S. banks, the private Federal Reserve, or any American infrastructure of any kind.Â Yes, in case you havenât noticed, it sounds like Iraq all over again; lots of âexpertsâ telling us what to think, and no evidence to back their claims.Â So, without the benefit of any evidence from our fearless leaders in Washington D.C., we are left only with logic.Â What would Iranâs goal be in executing a cyber attack against the U.S financial system, and what would they gain?
Even if the Middle Eastern nation has the capability to carry out such a techno-barrage, wouldnât Iran be the first country that the U.S. would blame for the event regardless of evidence?Â Why would Iran hand over the perfect pretext for a hard physical strike by Western powers?Â Again, are we supposed to believe that the Iranian government is brilliant enough to pull off a coded 9/11, but too ignorant to realize they will be immediately targeted afterwards?
Now, there have been some cyber attacks in recent years which DO have strong suspects with ample evidence to support their guilt.Â Namely, the Stuxnet virus attacks which were directed specifically at Iran and its nuclear energy program, all perpetrated by the U.S. and Israel.Â I have seen cold hard facts showing that the U.S. and Israeli governments have a penchant for computer terrorism, and I have seen no facts that sully Iran.
Iran gains little or nothing from cyber warfare, but there is one group of interests that gain much…
I submit that in the event of a cyber attack on the U.S., the spoils of such a victory will fall into the laps of the very global bankers that are being portrayed as victims, and I also submit that said attacks will open a door to government controls that certain elites have been clamoring for over decades.Â Hereâs what they would get, and what you would loseâŚ
1)Â A Cyber Attack Would Divert Economic Blame Away From Banks And Government
The Federal Reserve created the powder keg atmosphere within our financial system that we experience today using artificially low interest rates which allowed fiat money to be fed into sure-loss housing loans and toxic debt derivatives.Â The credit crisis and housing collapse NEVER could have occurred without the direct aid of central bankers.Â International lenders like JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs knowingly issued these toxic derivatives into the system while betting against them on the open market in an outright act of fiscal sabotage on numerous countries from Greece to the United States.Â Ratings agencies ignored the blatant dangers inherent in the derivatives market and gave toxic securities coveted AAA status.Â The SEC, which is supposed to stand guard against this brand of corruption, instead looked the other way, rarely if ever investigating whistleblower complaints against the âToo Big Too Failsâ.
When the American economy collapses (and it will) under the intense weight of this criminality on every level of the market process, the public will come after the banks and those politicians who helped them – unless a scapegoat is offered as a distraction.Â A âcyber attackâ on our banking system would give perfect cover for the banksters, allowing them to blame the collapse (which was going to happen anyway) on Iranian âterroristsâ.Â With their new victim status, international banks can then step in as the wounded but valiant âsaviorsâ of the global financial system, centralizing even more power into fewer hands, issuing their new world reserve currency (the SDR) in the wake of a disintegrating dollar, focusing regulatory control within the IMF, all while the foolish populace chases after Muslim boogeymen.
2)Â A Cyber Attack Gives Pretext For WarÂ
The argument for preemption against Iran over a nuclear weapons program that has never been proven to exist is simply ineffective and childish.Â Globalists are beginning to realize that they have overplayed the âexpertâ card, and dropping a guy in a suit in front of a camera to tell Americans who to bomb is not quite working out like it did a decade ago.Â Why not?Â Because ten years ago Americans were still reeling from 9/11.Â Globalist think tanks like the Washington Institute For Near East Policy now openly call for new attacks to be fabricated (false flag attacks) in order to frighten the American people into supporting a new war against Iran:
The interesting thing about the concept of a cyber false flag is that it leaves no physical fingerprints for average citizens to investigate.Â Skeptics who suspect that our own government is the engineer of the attack might never be able to see the virus, coding, or transcripts of the event.Â It is much easier to hide a collapsing network infrastructure than it is to hide a real building collapsing at near freefall speed (Building 7) without the aid of a crashing airliner.Â With no physical or visible evidence whatsoever, a cyber false flag can be blamed on anyone, and the public will have to take the government at their word.
3)Â A Cyber Attack Gives The Government Rationale For Internet Controls
Our government, regardless of which party occupies the presidency, has been chewing through concrete in an attempt to gain regulatory power over the internet and its content.Â SOPA, CISPA, the Cybersecurity Act 2012, and on and on.Â They do not hide the fact that they want to clamp down on the web, especially the webâs massive independent media presence, which the DHS often refers to as âextremist propaganda and recruitmentâ.Â A cyber attack gives web totalitarians the perfect excuse to fence in our creative commons and silence activist media.Â I can hear it now:Â âThe open and unsecured nature of the internet has given terrorists and terrorist states free reign to attack vital U.S. infrastructure, and it must be restricted for the greater good of the countryâŚâ
4)Â A Cyber Attack Can Go Global
A cyber attack does not have to be limited to a single country and its networks.Â It could be used to strike multiple countries and fuel a global firestorm of systems failures.Â Globalists need a macro-crisis, a world-wide catastrophe, in order to present their âglobal solutionâ to the desperate masses. This solution will invariably include more dominance for them, and less freedom for us.Â A global crisis can also be used to manipulate various cultures to forget concerns of sovereignty and think in terms of one-world action.Â Surely, a worldwide breakdown can only be solved if we âall work together and all think alikeâ, right…?
Without a doubt, a cyber attack serves the interests of elitist entities and banking monstrosities like nothing else in existence.Â Set off a nuke, start WWIII, turn the U.S. dollar into stagflationary dust; a cyber attack tops them all, because a cyber attack can lead to them all while maintaining deniability for the establishment.Â The fact that whispers of cyber threats have turned into bullhorn blasted propaganda should concern us all.
Are we being conditioned for a cyber event in the near future?Â That remains to be seen.Â However, none of us should be surprised if one does occur, especially in light of the many gains involved for globalists, and all of us should be ready to dismantle and expose any lies surrounding the event before the American public is whipped into a 9/11 style frenzy yet again.
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Itâs known as CHAMP, or the Counter-electronics High-powered Advanced Missile Project, and it was publicly unveiled in a test over the Western Utah Desert on October 16, 2012. Itâs a missile that emits a high power microwave pulse at a specific target, rendering any electronics inside the target area useless. People within the target area are reportedly unharmed by the weapon.
During the test, the missile focused its laser like beam at a two-story building that had numerous computers running inside. A television camera was also set-up to record the events.
The energy directed at the target building not only rendered the computers useless, but also “knocked off” the television cameras.
While weapons like this have existed and even been used for some time, this appears to be a more refined tactical EMP type weapon. The weapons program is a joint effort between the U.S. Air Force Directed Energy Directorate team, Raytheon Ktech and Boeing Phantom Works. After the test was deemed successful, Keith Coleman, CHAMP program manager for Boeing Phantom Works, said âToday we turned science fiction into science fact.â
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This week an industrial park in New Mexico has released a mysterious waste product into the local environment that has made over 200 people sick.
According to the Associated PressÂ âA 1-mile area surrounding the Dona Ana County Industrial Park and Mexico border crossing at Santa Teresa was evacuated for a few hours and the county airport was closed. Workers a few miles away said they could smell something in the airâ
A local named Gerardo Gomez was on his way to work when he was stopped by police and hazmat crews.Â He told reporters that âI got there after they barricaded the road. When I rolled down the window, I started feeling irritation on my skin, it felt like when you get chile on your skin.â
In the wake of this mysterious release of toxins people were told to stay indoors, classes were cancelled and businesses were closed.Â The origin of this release is unknown, as is the contents of the actual substance.
Some people who were close to the industrial park at the time of the release were taken to Santa Teresa High School for emergency treatment after complaining of breathing problems,Â lightheadednessÂ nausea and dizziness.Â Others complained of a burning sensation on their skin and eyes.
Earlier this month The Intel Hub reported thatÂ Halliburton had actually âlostâ radioactive materialÂ for weeks until it was finally found on the side of the road in Texas.Â It is possible that it could take at least that long or even longer to get to the bottom of what has happened in this particular case.
Ladas is concerned that, without her permission, anyone with moderate computer knowledge can find out where sheâs been. She considers the comings and goings of herself and her family to be personal and sensitive information. She has retained legal counsel Ganapathi and Company of Vancouver and a number of leading experts in digital forensics examination, information security, networking and systems administration, geographic profiling and clinical and forensic psychology.Â These expertsâ extensive reports have been filed together with the certification materials.
Amanda is filing this suit because when she purchased her iPod Touch and iPhone 4 she did not consent to having her location-based information tracked, collected and stored.Â However, Apple tracked her anyway, as they do all of their users.
With this being the case, Amandaâs lawsuit seems to hold a lot of weight, considering she is among nearly 7 million people in Canada who are being tracked without their consent, so this could be the beginning of a very large class action lawsuit.
Eric Smith is a Networking and Systems Administration Expert who gave his opinion in the official record for these proceedings.Â His report said that âItâs clear that Apple routinely and automatically collects sufficient information such that they can identify the real-world identity of the registered user of an iOS4x device, as well as the deviceâs physical location, at an update frequency of now less than once every six hours.â
As of right now there is no way to prevent your iPhone from detecting your location, at least not any that I am aware of.Â Although, there is now a way that you can encrypt your calls and texts for completely anonymous conversations.
As we reported last weekÂ a group of software developers with a history in military intelligence have created a smartphone app called Silent Circle that promises to encrypt voice and text messages for private communication.Â Surely, it will only be a matter of time before the people become one step ahead of whoever is trying to track their location.
It is hard to put into words the absolute devastation that we are seeing along many areas of the east coast right now.Â Boats have been washed ashore, homes have been razed, some coastal roads have been essentially destroyed, and large numbers of people are still trapped in their homes by flood waters.Â It is being reported that more than 50 people are dead and more than 8 million people along the east coast have lost power.Â Those without power might not get it back for a week or more.Â In New York City, an all-time record storm surge of almost 14 feet caused incredible destruction.Â It is going to take months for New York City to recover, and along the Jersey coast things are even worse.Â Hurricane Sandy really did turn out to be “the worst case scenario” for much of the eastern seaboard.Â At this point more than 15,000 flights have been cancelled, and nobody knows when subway service in New York City is going to be restored.Â More than 4 million people a day use that subway system, and right now many of the most important tunnels are absolutely flooded with water. Sadly, this crisis is far from over.Â The storm formerly known as Hurricane Sandy has moved inland over Pennsylvania where it continues to do a tremendous amount of damage.Â The full extent of the destruction caused by this storm will probably not be known for weeks.
We have truly seen some unprecedented things during this storm.Â For example, a 168 foot long tanker was driven ashore on Staten Island.Â Right now the tanker is sitting on Front Street.
In the beachfront Queens neighborhood of Breezy Point, a massive fire broke out and burned just about everything that was not already flooded.Â The blaze destroyed close to 100 homes, and by the end of the fire more than 190 firefighters were battling it.
Some areas in the West Virginia mountains have already hadÂ up to 3 feet of snow, and yet it just continues to fall.Â When all of that snow starts to melt in a few days, tremendous flooding is anticipated.
The northeast has never seen a storm quite like this, and the ripple effects are going to be felt for years to come.
The following are 18 startling quotes about the incredible destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy…
“The New York City subway system is 108 years old, but it has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night. Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on our entire transportation system, in every borough and county of the region. It has brought down trees, ripped out power and inundated tunnels, rail yards and bus depots. As of last night, seven subway tunnels under the East River flooded. Metro-North Railroad lost power from 59th Street to Croton-Harmon on the Hudson Line and to New Haven on the New Haven Line. The Long Island Rail Road evacuated its West Side Yards and suffered flooding in one East River tunnel. The Hugh L. Carey Tunnel is flooded from end to end and the Queens Midtown Tunnel also took on water and was closed. Six bus garages were disabled by high water. We are assessing the extent of the damage and beginning the process of recovery. Our employees have shown remarkable dedication over the past few days, and I thank them on behalf of every New Yorker. In 108 years, our employees have never faced a challenge like the one that confronts us now. All of us at the MTA are committed to restoring the system as quickly as we can to help bring New York back to normal.”
“I looked out and the next thing you know, the water just came up through the grates. It came up so quickly you couldnât do anything about it. If you wanted to move your car to higher ground you didnât have enough time”
“I, along with many other Breezy Point residents, lost our homes last night and I am grateful that my family and I are safe after this destructive storm. I hope you will join me in lending a hand to those who were less fortunate and keep everyone impacted by this storm in your thoughts and prayers.”
“You want to talk about a situation that gets old very quickly. You are sitting in a house with no power and you can’t open the refrigerator”
#18 National Weather Service meteorologistÂ Joe Pollina
“It was an extremely devastating and destructive storm, hopefully one that people will only see once in their lifetime”
So what will this storm ultimately cost the U.S. economy?Â Well, Fox News is reporting that the total cost could reachÂ 45 billion dollars.Â Others estimate that the economic toll may beÂ even higherÂ than that.
But one thing is for certain – at a time when layoffsÂ are already surging, this is definitely not going to help.Â The U.S. economy is showing lots of signs of slowing down again, and this storm may have just nudged us even farther in that direction.
Hopefully we will have some time to recover before the next major crisis strikes, but with the election coming up early next week that does not seem too likely.
A state police officer in New Mexico is being sued after he allegedly tasered a child in a school playground for no reason other than he refused to clean the copâs patrol car.
The boyâs legal guardian, Rachel Higgins, claims that Officer Chris Webb shot the boy, referred to as âR.D.â, with a 50,000 volt stun gun while visiting on a âcareer dayâ at Tularosa New Mexico Intermediate School on May 4.
The complaintÂ notes that the officer approached a group of boys and asked which of them wanted to clean his car. When R.D. said he had no desire to clean the patrol vehicle, Officer Webb is claimed to have stated ââLet me show you what happens to people who do not listen to the police.ââ
He then pointed his taser at the boy, according to the report, and fired two barbs directly into the 10-year oldâs chest, electrifying him and causing him to blackout.
Webb then extracted the barbs from the childâs chest, leaving scarring â that look like cigarette burnsâ.
âInstead of calling emergency medical personnel, Officer Webb pulled out the barbs and took the boy to the school principalâs office,â the complaint states.
The complaint claims that the boy has suffered mental trauma and night terrors and is now afraid of going to sleep at night for fear he will not wake up again.
Ms Higgins stated in Santa Fe County Court that âNo reasonable officer confronting a situation where the need for force is at its lowest, on a playground with elementary age children, would have deployed the Taser in so reckless a manner as to cause physical and psychological injury.â
Higgins is suing on the grounds of battery, failure to render emergency medical care, excessive force, unreasonable seizure, and negligent hiring, training, supervision and retention.
Police guidelines on tasers state that the weapons must only be used as a last resort when an officer is under direct threat. The idea that a 10-year old boy weighing less than 100lbs poses any form of danger to a police officer is a joke.
Numerous studies over recent years have proven that Taser stun guns canÂ cause heart problemsÂ and even induce sudden and lethal cardiac arrest.
Webbâs alleged remark to the boy sums up the way many police officers see themselves, as grand overlords that cannot be questioned or challenged. To these people, anyone who reacts in a way they find disagreeable is a viable target for attack, no matter if they are a child, aÂ pregnant womanÂ or a person with aÂ disability.
Earlier this month, two police officers in TexasÂ tasered a man who was having a seizure, causing the 50-year-old to suffer a heart attack and permanent brain damage. The cops were so ill equipped to deal with the situation, that they broke out tasers and shocked a man who was already convulsing on the ground.
As we reported on Infowars Nightly news, it took paramedics 11 minutes to revive the man and bring back his pulse. It is a miracle he is still alive, though he will now have to live with severe disabilities for the rest of his life.
It is endless amounts ofÂ these kind of incidents that show cops are not being trained to use tasers only in situations when they are threatened. They are using the weapons on anyone who does not immediately respond to orders.
Steve WatsonÂ is the London based writer and editor for Alex JonesâÂ Infowars.com, andÂ Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.
A Russian transport ship with seven crew members and carrying 700 tons of gold ore from a mine near the port town ofÂ NeranÂ to a processing facility on Feklistov IslandÂ has disappeared in stormy seas on Russia’s Pacific east coast. According to a report via StanDeyo.com, the seven person crew embarked on a standard transportation route for the ore and hasn’t been heard from since several distress calls were received on Sunday.
A company spokesperson for Russia’s Polymetal declined to comment when asked about the value of the gold.
Gold ore is a raw material that must be processed using a number of methods in order to extract pure gold. The amount of pure gold in a ton depends on the grade of the ore, with some mines in gold-rich South Africa producing upwards of 9 grams (0.3 ounces) of gold for each ton of ore – or a value of approximately $510 per ton at current prices.
Seven hundred tons of such ore would be worth approximately $350,000.
In South Africa, high grade ore is usually extracted from deep mines that may go as far as 12,000 feet below the surface. An open-pit mine produces significantly less pure gold, usually in the area of 1 – 3 grams per ton.
It’s not known what type of extraction process is used by Polymetal.
The Russian ore would probably grade lower than that of South Africa, likely putting the value of pure gold somewhere around $50,000 to $200,000.
Hurricane Sandy is doing even more damage than originally anticipated.Â As I write this, parts of Manhattan are under several feet of water.Â Nobody expected that.Â It is also being reported that water is pouring into the New York subway system.Â Some of the subway tunnels reportedly have four feet of water in them at this point.Â That is absolutely unprecedented.Â All along the eastern seaboard we are seeing utter devastation.Â The storm has just reached shore and yet already more than 2 million people have lost power.Â From end to end, Hurricane Sandy isÂ more than 1000 miles across, and this slow moving storm is going to continue to pound the northeast for most of the rest of the week.Â The truth is that the northeast part of the country has never seen anything quite like this.Â The storm surge has produced incredible damage all over the east coast.Â Posted below are some photos that people have posted online of the devastation that they are seeing in their areas.Â Of course there is no way to 100% vouch for the accuracy of these pictures, but I think that you will agree that many of them are extremely powerful.Â We haven’t seen scenes like this since the horrific tsunami that hit Japan back in 2011.Â We all need to be in prayer for those in the path of Hurricane Sandy because this crisis is far from over.
The following are 11 horrifying photos of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy…
Hurricane Sandy has cleared entire grocery outlets of their essential items like water, shut off power from hundreds of thousands of homes, and incited gangs toÂ call for the lootingÂ for local stores and wealthy homes.
But it is nothing compared to a major disaster. Sure, Hurricane Sandy is projected to cost anywhere fromÂ $80 to $100Â billion in damages, but it does not really compare to the reality of greater meltdown incidents.
The reality is that other major disaster scenarios that threaten the lives of many could lead to a response that is overwhelmingly more severe. Whether economic, nuclear, biological or otherwise, individuals will respond much differently when two circumstances arise surrounding such a situation:
There is no preemptive warning to prepare for the circumstances yet to be encountered.
There is direct harm presented towards individuals and their families.
But where does Hurricane Sandy fit into all of this?
Hurricane Sandy is extremely important as it is a âbeta testâ of sorts to show how people will respond during a time of perceived crisis. Given that Hurricane Sandy does not pose a very real threat to the lives of citizens (directly), this response is of course much lighter than in the more life-threatening collapse situations. That said, store shelves have still been emptied of all essential items (particularly water, which was the first thing to go a few days ago), looters are conspiring to pick their targets, and millions face the reality of long-term power outages.
My video below details how many stores are even posting notices of their short supply to deter looters, riots over essential items like water, and other issues:
Hurricane Sandy Offers Insight on How to PrepareÂ
In other words, Hurricane Sandy gives you a glimpse into not only how a collapse scenario will function, but what you will require. I encourage you to read our information on how to prepare for not just Hurricane SandyÂ but any disasterÂ in addition to the article onÂ how to preserve your food without electricity. But at a glance, the key items that will immediately disappear or become highly challenging to find in a real collapse scenario include:
Fresh water:Â Water bottles, gallon jugs, and likely even access to nearby springs will be protected by certain groups.
Water-containing beverages: All types of juice, soda, milk, just about anything to quench thirst.
Firearms: Handguns, rifles, and shotguns will be most in demand however itâs likely even BB guns and airsoft will be purchased or looted for protection or otherwise. Canned foods:Â Expect stores to sell out of long-term storable foods as soon as word of disaster hits.
Sugar and coffee:Â Items like sugar, coffee, spices, salt, and pepper will essentially be a new form of currency in the event of a meltdown. The bartering system of days past will be reinvigorated through the trade of once-cheap products like these in exchange for even major things like vehicles, weapons, and water.
Thankfully, you can be prepared. By purchasing a high-quality water filtration device alone, you will be ahead of 99% of the population. The best options are either a gravity-based filtration system (that works using gravity instead of pressure provided by electricity), or an atmospheric water generator that is solar powered or can run reasonable fine on a generator. With either of these options, you will be able to address the most challenging issue of obtaining fresh water supply for you and your family. This alone may be enough of a barter tool to generate excess food and perhaps even weapons.
That said, it is important to begin stockpiling foods that you will be able to eat without electricity. Many foods exist thatÂ store for nearly forever, but it is still wise to eat from your storage each month and replace accordingly to achieve optimum freshness and subsequent taste. After all, you want to attempt to retain the most comfort in a collapse scenario through your foods to ensure that you and your family do not suffer from serious panic-induced hardships.
Hurricane Sandy presents a unique scenario in which we can understand how society will respond to disaster in highly-populated urban areas after being used to a âregularâ lifestyle for virtually the last several decades. Through this, it also brings widespread attention to just how necessary it is to ensure that you obtain and maintain the essential supplies needed for the survival of you and your family in a much more serious situation that could threaten the lives of the average citizen.
Just by taking minor steps into improving your preparedness kit and action plan, you can make a major different in not only your own life but the lives of many others.
The saga of Benghazi continues to be froth with disinformation because of one remaining factor: placing the blame for the murder of US Ambassador and CIA-asset J. Christopher Stevens, whether directly or indirectly, on Obama will cause an electoral upset and push the American people to vote for Romney on November 6th.
Mainstream propaganda coming out of the Glenn Beck camp, specifically host Andrew Wilkow with guest Ed Klein, now claims (through two anonymous sources) that Hillary and Bill Clinton have been âbig fightsâ for nearly a month over documents that could be released that would prove Hillaryâs innocence in the matter over the rent-villa at Benghazi, as well as point the finger at President Obama for not ordering the use of Special Forces teams after âconfirmationâ that the attackers were al-Qaeda.
Klein has a long history of purveyingÂ inaccurate informationÂ with anonymous sources known only to him that make claims that cannot be verified outside of Klein.
The terrorist faction Americans know as âal-Qaedaâ were created by the US government in the 1980âs when US trained the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) in Afghanistan when the US was engaged in using the terrorist faction against the Russians. The MEK became the CIA-controlled faction known as al-Qaeda. Clinton said: âWhen the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan we had this brilliant idea that we were gonna come to Pakistan and create a force of Mujahideen, equip them with stinger missiles, and everything else and go after the Soviets in Afghanistan.â This is the creation of al-Qaeda.
Clinton hasÂ admittedÂ this fact. She goes on to say: âWe were successful. We said âgreatâ; and we left Afghanistan . . . Leaving these trained people who were fanatical in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Leaving them well armed and creating a mess at the time we didnât recognize. When you look back today, the people we are fighting today, we were supporting in the fight against the Soviets.â
Wilkow and Klein refer to the gated-villa in Benghazi as a âUS missionâ and a âcompound in Libyaâ but fail to call theÂ leased propertyÂ as it was; further purveying the lie that Stevens was at an extension the US Embassy that is actually located inÂ Tripoli.
Wilkow claims that the Obamas and Clintons have a âvery behind the scenes, tense relationshipâ which directly plays into the political theater being acted out in front of the American public. The old game of feigned in-fighting going on when the truth is that all political banter is the perpetuation of theÂ duopolyÂ that controls the social meme in American politics.
As part of the script, the purpose for this banter centers around Clintonâs much anticipated run for US presidency in 2016. Currently, Clinton is leaving the proverbial door open for continuing on as US Secretary of State if Obama were elected for a second term. Mainstream propaganda is expounding on how this strategy would help Obama gain more women voters to his campaign.
Klein contends that Clintonâs request for more security for Benghazi would have gone through the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) special operations, or the Pentagon. And therefore the âultimate authority would have been President Obama.â
TheÂ Special OperationsÂ branch of the CIA deals in guerilla campaigns using doctrine and guidance when facilitating âpsychological warfareâ. The trained operatives used for special operations are mercenaries, such as hired guns, soldiers from Blackwater (or Academi) and other private sectorsecurity firmsÂ contracted by the US government to ensure US interests foreign or domestic.
However, diplomatic security is assigned by directives of the US State Department. And Clinton is the member of the Obama administration who exclusivelyÂ overseesÂ diplomatic security. ThoseÂ workingÂ under Clinton in this matter are Eric J. Boswell, Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security; Scott P. Bultrowicz, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security and Director of the Diplomatic Security Service; and Tracy H. Mahaffey, Executive Director for Diplomatic Security.
Under theÂ Bureau of Diplomatic Security ServiceÂ (DSS) there are 2,000 special agents assigned to protect foreign diplomats visiting the US and diplomatic missions overseas. The DSS us an arm of the US State Department as a conduit for all major security and law enforcement matters. This is an agency of the US State Department; and therefore under control of Clinton.
The DSS would be charged by Boswell to protect diplomats such as Clinton when she conducts her diplomatic missions. The DSS, structured as a law enforcement agency, primarily made up of federal agents.
To confuse the issue more and divert the truth of the matter which resulted in the death of Stevens and 3 others is a meme recently propagated by suspicious sources that Obama had planned to trade the Blind Sheik for Stevens after a faked kidnapping. The story touts Obamaâs desire to recreate former US President Jimmy Carterâs success and ultimate sympathy gained by the American public for the Iranian hostage crisis.
This redirection has made its way to Republican nominee Mitt Romney whoÂ remarkedÂ about the false story that âIâI think the president just said correctly thatâthat the buck does stop at his desk . . . andâand he takes responsibility forâfor thatâfor thatâthe failure in providing those security resources, and those terrible things may well happen from time to time.â
Mainstream propaganda claims that a Clinton resignation over the events in Libya would only serve to cause a scandal for the Obama administration. True to appearance, Clinton would only want to paint herself in the best light possible considering she is intending to run for US President in 2016. Setting the stage now, would only serve her positively in the future.
Earlier this month, Patrick KennedyÂ appearedÂ before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee with a pre-written statement that said the attack in Benghazi was the fault of the Obama administration.
Just six days after this meeting, Clinton admitted that the executive branch of government is not involved in security decisions. Clinton continues: âNobody wants to get answers more than I do. These were people who I care deeply about. I knew Chris Stevens. I asked him personally to be in Benghazi during the revolution. I personally nominated him to be ambassador because I couldnât think of a better person to represent the United States: Somebody who understood what was at stake for Libya what was at stake for U.S. I saw how these revolutions could be so positive or hijacked. He understood that. He was instrumental in working with Libyans. I care deeply about what happened that night.â
She went on toÂ explainÂ in an interview with Margaret Brennan, that she takes âresponsibilityâ for the events on September 11th âto avoid some kind of political gotcha.â She explained that she was confused after the attack and the initial demonstrations which appeared to be an unraveling of Obamaâs foreign policy, and that âthe president and the vice president wouldnât be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals.â
Susanne Posel is the Chief Editor of Occupy Corporatism, anÂ alternative news site dedicated to reporting the news as it actually happens; not as it is spun by the corporate-funded mainstream media. You can find Occupy Corporatism on theirÂ Facebook page .
With all of the publicity given to the California ballot initiative on GMO labeling, I have seen little if nothing mentioned about an initiative in my little community that would ban GMO crops within the boundaries of our island county.
And the truth is, while there are few places in the world that could remain effectively GMO-free, the San Juan Islands in Washington State is one of them.
If passed in November, an initiative measure in ourÂ countyÂ will prohibit the cultivation of crops, livestock and other organisms that have had genes intentionally modified in a way that did not occur by mating or natural recombination. We would essentially become a safe zone for non-GMO crops, which in turn will preserve our ability to grow and control our food supply for years to come.
So why is this important and why is this being shared on a website that promotes prepping? I will get to that, but first a simplistic and easy to understand primer on GMOs.
A Brief Primer on GMOsÂ
There are a lot of issues surrounding GMOs. Alas, many people recognize that they are âbadâ but have not taken the time to learn why. Or perhaps they have taken the time but have had their eyes glaze over when faced with technical terminology or activist falderal.
Let me make things simple with a very brief explanation of what GMOâs are all about.
GMOs are organisms that have been created through through the gene-splicing techniques of biotechnology, allowing DNA from one species to be injected into another species. By taking the genetic material from one organism and inserting it into the permanent genetic code of another, numerous weird and obscene creations, such as potatoes with bacteria genes, âsuperâ pigs with human growth genes, fish with cattle genes, and tomatoes with flounder genes have been created.
And that is just the tip of the iceberg.
These same creations are often bred with genes that not only allow them to tolerate weed killers but to also generate their own insecticides. These in turn are released into our environment, affecting our farmlands as well as our food supply.
Did I happen to mention our health and the health of animals as well?
Examples of genetically modified crops, which have been commercially planted since 1996, include soy, corn, cotton, canola, sugar beets, alfalfa, papaya, summer squash, potato, tomatoes and sweet peppers.
In addition, a genetically modified grass has recently been approved and the approval of genetically modified apples and salmon are pending.
With their ties to major corporations and the almighty dollar, the USDA, FDA and EPA are planning to fast track further approvals of GM crops, cutting the approval time down to just 18 months. GMOs, if you have not figured it out, are big business and a money scam pure and simple and for whatever reason, an alphabet soup of US agencies are in on it.
This is all happening in spite of a growing body of research indicating that GMO food products have adverse effects upon animal and human health. Scientists as well as whistleblowers within the GMO industry itself have produced evidence that GMOs are more toxic, allergenic and less nutritious than their natural counterparts. For a real eye-opening experience, take a look at the movieÂ Genetic RouletteÂ (available free online until October 31st and possibly longer). You will be sickened by what you see.
Why are preppers concerned about GMO crops?
Of course the problem, as it exists in most communities, including my own, is that contamination of traditional crops by genetically modified crops is generally acknowledged to be unavoidable since cross-contamination from nearby genetically modified crops can not be controlled. And so therein lies the need for entire communities to be GMO-Free, thus mitigating the effects of crop and seed cross pollination and contamination.
Do not underestimate this contamination issue because it presents a huge dilemma to those who prefer or who must grow their own food. Preppers, that group of motivated individuals seeking self-reliance and independence from big business and government controls, want to grow their food from heirloom type seeds that reproduce faithfully from one year to the next, thus ensuring a steady stream of reliable seeds that can be harvested and planted in subsequent years.
Most preppers, myself included, cook their own food, bake their own bread, concoct their own DIY cleaning supplies and know how to build and fix things themselves. Added to that list is the growing of food â fruits and vegetables â in a sustainable and productive manner.
For all of us, it is important that we control the food that is produced in our gardens. We want our seeds to be viable and to reproduce themselves as nature intended. After all, we recognize that the time may come when our gardens become out a major source of sustenance. And that, over and above everything, is our concern.
Do we want fish or antibiotic-laden tomatoes in our gardens. No. Do we want plants that create a chemical pesticide and then spread that toxin to other plants and perhaps to ourselves? No.
As far as I can tell, the only way to eliminate these issues is to grow non-GMO crops and to prevent our neighbors crops from contaminating our own gardens and fields. Which gets me to where I started at the beginning of this article; this is what we are attempting to do in my community.
The Final Word
There are those that will say that prohibiting and policing the growing of GMO crops is impossible. And yes, that may be true on a global scale. But still, as with our prepping activities, each step we take as individuals to stop GMOs becomes an important one.
Whether enforceable or not, I hope the rest of the world will keep their eyes on my little community at election time. In some small way, if we do become GMO free, we may help change the world.
Gaye Levy, also known as the Survival Woman, grew up and attended school in the Greater Seattle area. After spending many years as an executive in the software industry, she started a specialized accounting practice offering contract CFO work to emerging high tech and service industries. She has now abandoned city life and has moved to a serenely beautiful rural area on an island in NW Washington State. She lives and teaches the principles of a sustainable and self-reliant lifestyle through her website at BackdoorSurvival.com.
Some people in the scientific community speak of âgenetic memoryâ, also known as racial memory. This is the way in which a person’s DNA can be permanently altered by external, psychological forces. This change â and its emotional effect â is then carried forward to the next generations. There are genetic fears implanted deeply within us by which we are manipulated on a daily basis. It is also possible to be free of these fears and loosen the controls under which you live.
The purpose of programming fear into the masses of people is to control us â and is it ever effective! Fear, although it is a very low vibrational force, is an extremely powerful emotion. It is used extensively in brainwashing programs, because nothing makes the implanting stronger than a good dose of fear.
In order to rid ourselves of the fear, we must look at the methods used to instill it.
According to ancient stories, Nimrod of old Babylon, King of the Chaldees, known as a brave hunter of boars, convinced his people that there were great dangers outside his city walls (See Hegelian Dialectic and external threat), and that not only should the people live within its walls, but they should give him all their grain and other produce, plus any precious metals or gems, to hold in his protected bins for âsecurityâ (or rather, the illusion of safety). He even gave them a little clay tablet as a receipt that he told them could be traded for other goods. (Sound familiar?) But the people did as they were told because they were given a dose of fear. That is, until all the goods in Nimrod’s treasury were spent, leaving the city and its people bankrupt and open to invasion and defeat by the Persians. But still it left a genetic memory implant to fear a non-existent external threat.
In the dark ages the feudal system trained us to fear the lord of the manor, who was, in turn, controlled by the church. The lord promised to protect his serfs from marauding bands of strangers (the fear factor) if they would work the land and give him all but a minuscule part of what they produce â just enough for the serfs to stay alive to be able to work the land next spring. If he sold his estate, they were considered part of the property â nothing more important than a plow. Education was repressed for the masses and allowed only to the gentry, lest the serfs discover the deception they had been enslaved under. The people did as they were told because they were given a dose of fear. That is,Â until the repression was so heavy that it gave rise to all manner of secret societies where scholars could freely discuss more enlightened ideas. But still it left a genetic memory implant to fear a non-existent external threat.
The European Royalty did not bother inventing an outside entity for the people to fear. They taught their subjects to fear the kings and queens by the public execution of those who disobeyed their commandments. They used the guillotine or draw-and-quartering, and they made sure that the people watched the event. The people weren’t there because they wanted to see the blood and gore, they were there because the were commanded to do so. So the people did as they were told, because they were given a dose of fear. That is, until the people had enough and revolted, overturning or changing the monarchies. But still it left a genetic memory implant to fear âauthorityâ.
I’m going to use the term âBlack Magicâ here, but call it what you will â propaganda, mind control, group think, 100thÂ monkey, etc., it’s all the same thing under different names. Regardless of whether or not you believe it or believe in it, it is what TBTP use, so it bears discussion. Under black magic rules, the subject of the malicious intent MUST ACQUIESCE FIRST. The victim must be in agreement on some level for the power to work. When you do not acquiesce, they have no power over you whatsoever.
So the choice of being groped so you can travel by air or not is very important, but not in the ways you may think. Most will say âI need to travel for my job.â Others will say âI want to be able to visit Grandma for the holidays.â And still others figure it’s a small price to pay to be able to go to Hawaii for vacation. But few really understand what is going on. The malicious, occult intent of all the enhanced security procedures is pure black magic being used against you.
It doesn’t matter to those who practice black magic whether you believe in it or not. For most of those who are employed by TPTB, they don’t really believe in it either â they are just compartmentalized functionaries, being used to carry out an esoteric mission. But the choice is still the same: you can either go through the cancer causing scanners or the pervert grope line. Either way they’ve got you by the balls. And they have you by your own choice, your own acquiescence.
How long would it take to get rid of the naked body scanners and the groping cretins of the TSA if only 10% of the air travelers, bus travelers, train travelers, shopping mall pedestrians, prom goers, et al, said’ âNOâ, regardless of the personal consequences to their travel plans, but âYESâ to the great awakening of their self-respect.
There is something far more valuable going on than your ability to have a job, to visit granny, to vacation in Hawaii. They really don’t want you to know how much they’ve gotten you to give up. Nothing you possess is more valuable than your sacred choice. The most important thing TPTB try do you is make you forget that youÂ haveÂ a choice. And they do it with fear.
Those who allow this fear into their lives â with excuses like it’s my job, my visit with relatives, my vacation â need to realize they are being deeply conditioned to acquiesce to the next piece of your humanity that TPTB want to take from you.
TPTB are just waiting for you to say âplease let me visit granny, please let me have my job, please let me have my vacationâ or whatever carrot they dangle in front of you next, whatever next manufactured fear they have a solution for, waiting for you to acquiesce, to ask them to take your natural rights, so that you feel secure against whatever imaginary monster they have caused you to fear.
No to What?
No to someone’s else controlling your mind
No to having your genitals grabbed to board an airplane or go ANYWHERE!
No to wars fought in you name!
No to being programmed by TV
No to the false Left/Right paradigm
No to accepting anything as truth just because someone âin authorityâ told you so!
Now we are being taught to fear âAl-CIA-daâ, Muslims as a whole, and most of all, each other. Are you perfectly willing to accept travel papers to travel within the USA? Taser bracelets to fly? Aggressive cavity searches (a TSA term, I didn’t make it up)? Having your passport invalidated by the IRS? Being put on a no-fly/no-gun buy/no work list because of your opinion?
The greatest occult secret is your ability to say âNOâ to that which is wrong. Remember the story that saying âGet behind me, Satanâ requires him to step aside? You have that much power, and they â all the Satans out there â have none UNLESS YOU GIVE IT TO THEM. Your power â and your sacred duty â is to say âNOâ to that which is wrong.
A lone man faced Chinese tanks in Bejing’s Tienanmen Square by saying NO and the tanks stopped.
Nelson Mandela faced life in prison by saying NO and apartheid in South Africa stopped.
The French Revolutionaries faced the guillotine by saying NO and the oppression stopped.
Gandhi faced the British Empire by saying NO and the servitude of the Indian people stopped.
A woman from Atlanta, Georgia was told she had to go to a distant seminar for her job. She said NO. She told her employer that she would not agree to being groped nor irradiated in order to fly. They sent another employee in her place. Her co-workers asked why going through the TSA was a problem for her. She said, âBecause it’s not a problem for you,â and then proceeded to educate them on what is going on around them.
What sets these people apart in history is not only that they said NO, but that they continued to say NO in the face of adversity â even under extreme persecution, some even unto the threat of death.
If we acquiesce to being controlled, if we give up our personal dignity to be a part of that which is indisputably a corrupt system, then are we not the reason for its existence? Don’t we hold some amount of responsibility for the tyranny and oppression by not exercising our sacred responsibility to say NO?
The next time you’re in line at the airport, realize a very sacred thing is about to happen. You will be given a choice. You can choose to continue in that line, inching closer to the scanner and the gropers who will decide if you are someone worthy to be allowed to fly, pushed forward by the masses at your back. Or you can choose not to give away your power, you can choose not to acquiesce to their control. You can say NO.
What genetic memory doÂ youÂ want to leave to your progeny? Will you evolve into someone who makes their own life choices without fear? Will you break the chain of fear and allow your DNA to repair itself in and for future generations?
Gandhi defeated the British Empire by saying NO. Say NO to the fear. The pain will stop when you stop hitting your head against the wall.
The aftermath of Sandy is going to take some clearing up, anybody can work that out, but aside from the seawater damage, blown electrics, downed trees and all the visible damage that needs to be sorted there’s a great deal you might not see right away that will need your attention.
Wildlife will be on the move in every area that has been inundated. Spiders, snakes, rodents and insects will all make their way, quickly to higher, drier ground. In addition the the obvious, bites from these creatures some of them, namely rodents, will bring with them diseases that can have an effect on humans. Rats, mice, squirrels and a myriad of other small furries will be in closer contact with humans and domestic pets giving rise to an inevitable increase in the diseases they carry. These range from leptospirosis to bubonic plague. These animals will move into areas where they can make a dry nest and find food. Exercise care when putting out and clearing garbage, an animal that feels threatened will attack. When clearing up make sure you wear protective clothing, particularly on you hands and feet, to act as a barrier for the viruses and bacteria you will most likely be coming into contact with.
There is likely to be animal carcasses in rivers and streams and ALL water supplies that are not potable should be treated with suspicion in these circumstances. It should be boiled and chlorinated regardless of how reliable the supply was prior to the flooding. In addition animals that have not made it will be left on roads, gardens etc when the flood recedes and they should be handled with extreme caution.
Colds and flu will spread easily through groups of people in shelters, community halls etc. those who have been evacuated to any kind of mass centre should wash their hands frequently and limit contact with those outside of their immediate group. Supplied cutlery etc should be wiped prior to use, as should the edges of cups and glasses. If possible eat pre-packed sandwiches that have not been handled by anyone at the evacuation centre, and for things that can be eaten cold direct from a can, it’s advisable to do so.
Areas without power may also have no municipally treated water. Diseases such as typhus spread easily after disasters, the lice that cause it are present all the time in some sectors of the community and if water for washing and laundry is limited these lice will spread easily through the wider population. If you find any lice in your clothing bag all the clothes you are wearing and tie it up tightly. It needs to be left for seven days, preventing the lice from feeding. Get yourself into a shower at a community centre or shelter that has water and avoid scratching any bites. The bites themselves are not likely to cause typhus, it’s the transfer of infected faeces around the bite into the open area that triggers infection and this happens when you scratch.
Any sign of fever after a disaster such as this should be taken seriously, particularly if you have had to move through the floodwater and if you have access to medical professionals you should consult them as soon as possible. Flood water is likely to be contaminated with human faeces, particularly in the city where the sewerage and drainage systems have failed to cope. Its obvious that this water should be avoided where possible. If you do have to wade through it cover all scratches and cuts with waterproof dressings, and put plastic garbage bags over your feet, taping them high up on your legs before putting on boots and shoes. Wash your hands thoroughly before putting fingers anywhere near your eyes nose or mouth, this is very important in the elderly, children and those who are generally debilitated as their immune system is not as strong as it would be in a healthy adult.
I wish all those who have been caught up in this situation love and prayers and I hope your lives return to normal as soon as possible.
Lizzie Bennett retired from her job as a senior operating department practitioner in the UK earlier this year. Her field was trauma and accident and emergency and she has served on major catastrophe teams around the UK. Lizzie publishes Medically Speaking on the topic of preparedness.
Bernanke announced on September 13, 2012 a massive âmoney printingâ program â QE3 â that will increase theÂ moneyÂ supply, help the large banks, create more commodity price inflation, and lower the standard of living of most of the middle class in the United States. Read what other authors had to say about QE3:Â We Have Been Warned! â Part 2
It is relatively easy to predict further commodity price inflation and that hard assets, not paper assets, will help protect purchasing power. But it is much more difficult to project where else this money printing leads and to what extent a crash is inevitable. What is the endgame? Will it be another financial crash such as in 2008? Or will it be a more destructive financial and economic crash that causes a severe but temporary disruption in the delivery of goods and services?
Jason Hamlin wrote regarding the United State nationalÂ debt, as well as the sovereign debt of most other countries. His conclusions were:
âRaising taxes will not solve the problem. We could raise the tax rate to 100% and the government would still not be able toÂ getÂ out ofÂ debt.
Cutting spending (austerity) will not solve the problem. We could cut every non-essential government service and the government would still not be able to getÂ outÂ ofÂ debt.
Inflating away the debt will not solve the problem in the long term. It will only kick the can down the road, exasperating the final crisis and making everyone pay for the poor decisions of a small group ofÂ lenders.
So then, what is the solution to the debt crisis in Europe, the U.S. and around the globe?
Michael Pento wrote regarding âThe Bernanke Cliff, and loss of faith in the US dollar, thanks to massive money printing from Quantitative Easing:â
âHowever, there is indeed a real fiscal cliff that the United States is racing towards. Itâs the very same cliff that Europe has already dived over. That cliff is based on the collapse of our debt and dollar markets, resulting from the lost faith on the part of international investors. And that loss of faith is being greatly facilitated by our Federal Reserve.â (The Bernanke Cliff)
Charles Hugh Smith wrote regarding phantom assets and the self-destruct sequence of financialization. He does not believe that more debt will reflate a collapsed asset bubble that was initially caused by excess debt backed by phantom or minimal-value assets.
âBut there is another dynamic at play: a self-destruct sequence triggered by central bank and Central State efforts to reflate asset and credit/leverage bubbles. All central bank and State policies aimed at driving capital into risk assets boil down to reflating phantom assets purchased with debt by issuing more debt that is based on newly issued phantom assets.â (Financializationâs Self-Destruct Sequence)
Vincent Cate writes on hyperinflation. (Yes, it could happen here in the United States!)
âHyperinflation happens when debt is over 80% of GNP and deficit is over 40% of government spending. The US is at or near these numbers, so the danger of hyperinflation is real. What happens is that the more the central bank prints money and buys bonds the less other people want to hold bonds. But the less other people hold bonds, the more the central bank has to buy them so the government has enough money to spend. You get a positive feedback loop or death spiralâŚÂ There have been over 100 cases where the combination of a government spending way more than they got in taxes and a central bank printing money and buying their debt to help them out (often after changes in law or leadership) caused hyperinflation. What is the core difference in the US government or US central bank that anyone could think sets them apart from these 100 cases?âÂ (Mish on Hyperinflation)
Egon von Greyerz is very concerned that worldwide governments have been allowedÂ âto create endless amounts of worthless paper money and the resulting credit bubble has created a world debt exposure of over US$ 1 quadrillion (including derivatives)âŚ Few people realize that this wealth is totally illusory and will implode considerably faster than the time it took to create it.â
He also states that:
âGold reveals governmentsâ deceitful actions in destroying the value of paper money and the wealth of nations. This is why most Western governments dislike gold. Because gold tells the truth and the truth is that since August 1971 the US dollar has declined 98% in real termsâŚ.. The final fall of currencies will be as a result of the unlimited money printing that governments will embark upon in the next few months in order to endeavor to âsaveâ the world economy. But money printing does not save anything. It just exacerbates the situation. You cannot ever becomeÂ debt freeÂ by issuing more debt and you cannot create prosperity with worthless pieces of paper.â (Unraveling Why A Fed President Just Suggested Doubling QE3)
Chris Martenson wrote regarding âThe Trouble With Printing Moneyâ and concluded:
âHow does all this end? Like it has every other time in history, with a final destruction of the currencies involved. Thatâs my best guess.
This is why I view all of the QE efforts to date, and those that will certainly follow, not only with suspicion but as a series of unforgivably narrowly-conceived efforts that will combine into one of the most colossal failures ever experienced by modern man.â (The Trouble with Printing Money)
Nick Barisheff discussed mainstream media and gold. He stated:
âWhen you start looking at the history of currencies, there isnât one example in human history where fiat currency didnât go through a hyperinflation and complete collapse. Not one! You need to get acquainted with topics like money, how the Federal Reserve and fractional reserve system works, how currencies are being debased and the roles ofÂ interestÂ ratesÂ and inflation.â (Why Mainstream Media, Main Street And Institutions Fail To See The Benefits Of Gold)
John Rubino wrote about QE3, the Kondratieff Long Wave, and the Kondratieff Winter. He concluded by saying:
âSo here we are. The conditions for a global catastrophic failure are in place. Snow (in the form of trillions of new dollars and euros) is falling. Thereâs no way to know which dollar (or which external event) will start the avalanche, but without doubt something will.â (The Long Wave Versus the Printing Press: Central Banks Go All-In)
Nick Barisheff discussed the destruction of the currency and the rise of gold in his October 4, 2012 article. In that article he stated:
âWhatâs interesting though is theÂ Basel III frameworkÂ for banks and in particular the amounts of reserves that banks have to hold. The rules are changing as of the 1st of January 2013. The reserves at the banks go from 4% to 6%. In addition, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has proposed to let gold become a tier I asset for commercial banks, which means that it counts as 100%Â collateralÂ rather than 50% the way it is now. In other words, itâs considered a risk free asset like cash and treasury bills. Thatâs going to change the picture considerably, in particular for the people who argue that gold is risky. Try to imagine the potential effect of this â the BIS coming out shortly to confirm that gold is a risk-free asset.â (The Destruction Of Currency And Rise Of Gold)
We have been warned! Respected economists and critical thinkers have raised the warning flag â QE3 and subsequent bond monetization by the Fed places the United States at risk of a financial collapse and a hyperinflationary depression. Yes, it is possible in the United States. In fact, many other writers have made a compelling case for the mathematical inevitability of such an inflationary crash.Â We have been warned.
In 1980 did the gold bubble rally forever? It rose to about $850,Â and then it crashed.
In 1990 did the Japanese Nikkei 225 Stock Index bubble rally forever? It rose to about 39,000,Â and then it crashed.
In 2000 did the NASDAQ 100 stock index bubble rally forever? It rose to about 5,000,Â and then it crashed.
In the 2nd decade of the 21st century, will the sovereign debt and fiat currency bubble expand forever?Â Or is a crash both inevitable and imminent?
Will living conditions for most Americans deteriorate after the value of the dollar has imploded and commodity prices have tripled, or worse, and those prices have increased by far more than wages?
Given that politicians and the Fed have created this economic mess, is it wise to expect that their policies and reassurances will bring the people of the United States and its economy back to prosperity and economic sanity?
The economy and stock market may suffer a dramatic downturn after the 2012 Presidential election. Similarly, gold and silver will soon finish their current correction and begin another rapid rise to all-time highs.
There is still time before the election to buy gold and silver.
About Deviant Investor: I am a retired accountant who has 30 years of experience following markets, investing, and trading both futures and stocks. I have made and lost money during my investing career, and those successes and losses have taught me much about markets, timing, risk, inflation, and crashes. I currently invest for the long term, and I swing trade (in a trade from one to four weeks) stocks and ETFs. I offer opinions and commentary, but not investment advice.
Years ago I did graduate work in physics (all but dissertation), so I strongly believe in data, analysis, objective facts, and rational decisions based on hard data. I currently live in Texas.
If you are partially or totally ignorant about genetically modified products, I will not blame you. In 15 years of research I have not been able to get a significant grasp on whatÂ genetically engineeringÂ humans, fish, soy, corn, milk and other products could mean for humankind.
When I set out to write this article my first challenge was how to present the information in a concise, yet shocking enough to wake up people who still believe that cloning humans for organ harvesting, splicing animal and human genes and making food out of human DNA or tissue is just science fiction.
I thought then, that the most appealing way to start offÂ was to simply provideÂ the headlines of some of the articles and documents I found during my research process, so that the readers had an immediate notion of what genetic engineering really means and how it affects them directly now and how it will affect them in the future. Posting the headlines will also facilitate the research for you and will give you the opportunity to do your own investigative work.
So letâs see what the headlines tell us.
Why the future doesnât need us.
New Federal Guidelines Will Allow Creation of Human-Animals Chimeras
GM Food Dangers Include: Low Fertility, Organ Damage and Hormone Disruption
GM goat spins web based future
âSpider-goatsâ start work on wonder web
Transgenic fish could threaten wild populations
âTrojan geneâ could wipe out fish
Chimeras, Cloning and Freak Human-Animal Hybrids
Bone marrow cell-mediated production of transgenic chickens Open
Part Human/Part Animal Hybrid Monsters Are Being Created By Scientists All Over The Planet
Human-rabbit clone announced and no noses twitch
The Case for Fertility Control Using Immuno-contraception
Endosulfan and Endocrine Disruption:
Human Risk Characterization
19 Studies Link GMO Foods to Organ Disruption
GMO Pesticides linked to birth defects, disruption of male hormones, cancer
On top of the fact genetic engineering is literally compared with âPlaying Godâ with the building blocks of life, you should know that this widely exercised practice is almost completely unregulated. Furthermore,Â there are initiatives to promote its deregulationÂ and to create legislation to exempt genetic engineering from all oversight. My question regarding genetic engineering deregulation was then: What would happen if scientists who are provided with unlimited money and resources have no legal liability to realize their experiments cloning humans and literally engineering new species?
Last time scientists were given unlimited funding and resources they manage to create things like the nuclear bomb, the hydrogen bomb, and nowadays, they are trying to imitate the origin of the universe with the already infamous Supercollider. We all know what happened when corporations and governments with no oversight got their hands on the first two pieces of technology.
When you think about genetically modified organisms it is always tempting to believe that such organisms are createdÂ and experimented with only in industrialized countries, where high tech labs are available. Maybe you think they are only held at research labs that belong to pharmaceutical corporations or public and private universities. What would you think if I told you that human-animal cloning, for example,Â is carried out in Costa Rica, and that this practice has been takingÂ place for at least a decade there? It was reported in the Washington Post, which described discussions about human cloning among scientists:
âDuring one recent meeting, scientists disagreed on such basic issues as whether it would be unethical for a human embryo to begin its development in an animalâs womb, and whether a mouse would be better or worse off with a brain made of human neurons..â
So, hundreds of companies and governments are free to carry out genetic experiments in thousands of laboratories, mixing genes from several species, and are completely free to put it in food and water supplies across the planet with no oversight. That is the conclusion of the situation that we now face.
Evidence of Genetic Engineering, Cloning and Splicing
If you cannot or do not want to get into the heavy research, I am about to give you a detailed report on the state of genetic engineering, human-animal cloning and gene splicing.
The reason for the cloning of humans and animals and the splicing of their genes is what I often cite as the sneaky treat of convenience. Sure, there is a need to find cures for all disease and to have organs available when peopleâs own rotten because they smoke for 40 years or drank their pension funds until the end. Would not it be convenient to have an organ bank, or a cure for lung and stomach cancer? Who would oppose to growing human fetuses in animal wombs, or extracting the organs of living animals or fellow humans to substitute our own? Convenient, right? Wrong.
In a farm near Reno Nevada,Â a farmer keeps sheep that hold human livers, hearts, brainsamong others. The âscientistâ who is in charge of the experiment said he could not wait to see the effects the human cells had on the brain of the animal. He had himself injected those genes. According to the report from the Associated press, this kind of experiments fall withinÂ the new ethics guidelinesÂ that govern the type of âscientific research conducted at the farm.
In an article dated June 19 2011, The London Telegraph announces thatÂ pigs are now able to host organsÂ from other species as âscientists have found they can create chimeric animals that have organs belonging to another species by injecting stem cells into the embryo of another species.â Another article from theÂ Daily MailÂ advertises how pigs will serve as human organ farms. âHuman organs could be grown inside pigs for use in transplant operations following pioneering research.âÂ Then they launched the convenience hook againÂ by saying that âThe method would help reduce the risk of the transplanted organ being rejected.â This type of experiments will also allow animals to provideÂ blood for transfusions wheneverÂ a patient needs it. So, the clone will be harvested for its organs and people will have on-demand organ transplantation.
The New AtlantisÂ publication even dared to ask why wouldnât be a good idea to use artificial wombs. The undated article claims that using human and / or animal cells or genes is a fairlyÂ new and imperfect practice. Probably the author ignores that this kind genetic manipulation has been discussedÂ â ifÂ not applied â since the mid 1960â˛s. So there is nothing new here.
The Plan Behind Genetically Engineering Humans and Food
One aspect often ignored in the discussion of human cloning and genetic engineering, is the goals; the real goals these practices seek. Because believe, no matter how convenient it sounds, it is not for aiding humans live a longer, healthier life. Corporations and tax payer funded universities are researching how to enhance human and other forms of life because those who get to implement these technologiesÂ intend to have a humanless future. Does it sound insane enough? The article onÂ The New AtlantisÂ attempts to be positive about these experiments and related them to a brighter, healthier future for humankind. âToday, we have inched slightlyâbut only slightlyâcloser to perfecting the technology that would realize Haldaneâs vision, albeit for reasons other than the eugenic improvement of the race.â The problem is, that is exactly where human genetic experiments originated and that is why they are still being carried out. If the future does not need humans to invent, design, construct, repair or reproduce, why would the world need humans? Mimicking human reproductive powers, as the author fromÂ The New AtlantisÂ says, is namedÂ âectogenesisâ and has been tried for centuries.
Rather than expending all scientific talent and resources developing artificial wombs,âReasonÂ science correspondent Ronald Bailey wrote recently, âI suspect that it will be much easier and cheaper to establish pregnancies with human embryos in other mammals, like cows and horses, than it will be to achieve the same thing using artificial uteruses.â
Although modern technology allows all kinds of experiments in medicine, food, water and even air, the overall goal is not and will not be to help humanity extend its presence in this planet. Most articles I found through my research present all kind of scenarios where genetic engineering would be applied for our benefit. FromÂ spider goatsÂ toÂ human milk in cowsâ utters,Â Â genetically modified salmon,Â soy or corn, the applications seem to be endless. One of the most common responses when pro GMO people are questioned about the dangers of playing with life is that it will help feed the hungry or aid the poor.
But in practice, any and all life extension technology â asÂ we see it now with electronics âÂ only cause further degeneration of the human race. Through convenience, empty promises and what ifs, those who are empowered by their riches and political power want to use our own DNA to end human life as we know it.
In an article titledÂ Why the Future Doesnât Need Us, Wired magazine explores the possibility that humans will become a threatened species as more and more technologies turn us into useless eaters, as some globalists have called humankind. Humans who are âchosenâ to actually take advantage of the latest technology will merge with robots or become robots in what will become the next sentient creatures. As Ray Kurzweil, the inventor of the first reading machine for the blind writes in his bookÂ The Age of Spiritual Machines,Â those fortunate humans will gain near immortality by becoming one with robotic technology. But what will happen to the rest of us, or our children and grandchildren who will come after us?
What does the Genetic Engineering Threat Entail?
Simply put, the out-of-control insanity of modern science and biotechnology impliesÂ Genetic Genocide.Â Depending on where you obtain information, scientists and researchers coincide that the common denominator of genetically engineered forms of life is the end of current forms of life. According to researcherÂ Jeffrey Smith,Â when lab animals were fed genetically engineered organisms, it resulted in complete sterilization. Such sterilization came in some cases in the second and third generations, but scientists also saw test subjects losing its capacity to reproduce during the subjectâs life term.
William Muir and Richard Howard of Purdue University, Indiana, warned about a âtrojanâ gene in fish which could wipe out natural forms of fish off the planet if GM fish are releasedÂ into the wild or escape from farms. âThis resembles the Trojan horse,â said Muir. âIt gets into the population looking like something good and it ends up destroying the population.â Both Muir and Howard studied the use of human growth hormone in fish, which in now being used in laboratory experiments to make salmon grow bigger, faster while eating less feed. The researchers found that GM fish turned sexually mature faster than the rest and produced more eggs as well. According to a report from the BBC, professor Muir asserts that GMO fish âwould enjoy the same reproductive advantages of a natural one, so the hGH gene would quickly spread through a fish population.â
Other studies on genetically modified organisms show that its consumption results in problems such as low fertility, organ damage and hormone disruption. This last one is specifically important, because it is through hormonal disruption that some scientists have discovered how and why some men are beginning to lose interest in mating and some women choose same sex mates instead of men. In the study titled: âA Comparison of the Effects of Three GM Corn Varieties on Mammalian HealthâÂ the International Journal on Biological Sciences found that Monsantoâs Bt corn contributes to liver failure. All types of Monsanto-created GMO corn (Mon 863, Mon810, and NKÂ 603) are approved by theÂ FDAÂ and labeled as safe for human consumption in the United States and Europe.
Other studies conducted using pesticides, revealed that these chemical products cause endocrine disruptions. Ingredients such as glyphosate, used in Roundup,Â increases the number of birth defects in animals.Â Birth defects include something called cyclopia, or the appearance of one single eye in the middle of the forehead. Additionally, glyphosate causes stillbirths and miscarriages.
A study conducted in Argentina, confirmed what older studies have found regardingÂ the consequences of ingesting products contaminated with pesticides and herbicides. Andres Carrasco, head of the Molecular Embryology Laboratory at the University of Buenos Aires, presented a report that explains how Monsantoâs Roundup is responsible for causing infertility, sperm destruction, and cancer. CarrascoÂ tested the effects of glyphosate on animal embryos and found that the chemical alters and impairs proper embryonic development. âI didnât discover anything new,â said Carrasco, âI just confirmed what other scientists discoveredâŚ There is scientific proof and, above all, there are hundreds of affected towns [that] are a living evidence of this public health emergency.â
Recently, theÂ UK Daily MailÂ reported on how scientist in England are experimenting with half human, half animal clones and how these experiments have been kept in secret.Â âThe revelation comes just a day after a committee of scientists warned of a nightmare âPlanet of the Apesâ scenario in which work on human-animal creations goes too far,âÂ reads the article.
But the toughest cookie to chew is not any of these examples of human, animal or plant manipulations I have provided examples of. As mentioned before, nothing good comes out of corporations, governments, or for that matter scientists controlled by and / or paid for these two entities. The subject then, moves to bio-weapons. For the past century, at least, governments in association with the biotechnology industryÂ launched a movement to produce biological weapons that were race specific.Â These bio-weapons would be used in war to wipe out enemy populations. What are the chances that those bio-weapons are usedÂ on all of us? Just about the same chances genetically engineered organisms have of making it to our food and water supplies. In other words, it is highly likely. As the link above exemplifies, former US Defense Secretary William Cohen described what he thought was the threat posed by certain countries that sought to develop âcertain types of pathogensâ that were ethnic-specific.
The infamous document titled:Â Rebuilding Americaâs Defenses: Strategy, Forces and ResourcesÂ describes how the establishment may seek to develop âadvanced forms of biological warfare that can target specific genotypesâŚ âŚtransforming biological warfare into a political useful tool.â No matter what human or animal disease you think about, rest assured that the establishment has thought of them all as possible biological weapons. Hemorrhagic fever, Ebola are two of those experimented upon weapons, which by the way were first tested on animals.
Aside from biological weapons, the more mundane genetic engineering that is supposedÂ to benefitÂ humanity is suddenly turning against its creators. Those tiny modificationsÂ performed to human, animal and plant genes, are not finding their ways out of human control and getting to other species. As reported on GM.org, scientists at Bristol University announced the discovery of a route, which genetically engineered organisms âjumpâ through to invade the environment. This invasion, the scientists say could come in the form of infection or multiplication, no matter what barriers are set between species.
So if it is not from natural mutation or infection derived from some insane scientists âPlaying Godâ, humans are threatenedÂ by establishment-created biological weapons that can be directed to specific races or ethnicities. Choose your poison. Either way, we have been and continue to be genetically engineered.
The rates of once rare diseases such as cancer, diabetes, autism as well as allergies and other health problems are now going through the roof, and this has no other origin, as I have shown here, than the genetic Russian roulette game played by mad scientists who are supported by an out-of-control ruling class. The same people who experimented on children by giving them polio and syphilis, the same establishment that weaponized air borne Ebola and finances abortions in China; who tell us that family planning is the greatest tool for womenâs independence are the same people that in the pursue of âhuman immortalityâ are endangering our own existence.
This is what we know about the threat posed to humans by Genetic Engineering. This is what I know, anyways. Can you imagine what we do not know?
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Call it a hurricane, a tropical storm or a Frankenstorm, but Sandy has wrought billions of dollars of damage as it left a path of total destruction up the East Coast and claimed at least 16 lives.
More than 7 million people lost power due to the storm, with at least 5 million still without electricity this morning.
More than 618,000 residents of Connecticut are without power this morning. Â At least two people are dead in incidents relating to the storm and Governor Dannel Malloy pled with trapped coastal residents not to attempt to swim to safety. A Tweet from the state’s Â emergency management office said:
If u find urself surrounded by H2O, call 4 help if u can & then get 2 highest level of home. Hang a white sheet out a street side window.
850 National Guardsmen were deployed throughout the state and continued rescue efforts late into the night. Â The state hasÂ banned trucks and non-emergency vehicles from most highways beginning at 1 p.m.Â Monday.
More than 80,000 residents of Delaware are without power and expect to remain so for 7-10 days. Â The high winds and flooding continue to hammer the state this morning, making much of the restoration work impossible for crews.
All non-essential employees have been asked to stay home from work today
Florida’s “Space Coast” took a hit of millions of dollars in damage as Sandy passed through. Â Homeowners in South Beach watched as the high waves took out sand dunes as close as 3 feet from the houses. Â The state suffered some damage from forceful winds and flooding but strategic sand dunes stood sentinel and protected the residents from the waves.
Sandy’s impact on Georgia was less direct, according to the National Weather Service. Â The state is still under a high wind advisory until 6 am Wednesday and a freeze warning has been issued from tonight. Most flights fromÂ Hartsfield-Jackson Airport have been delayed due to the storm.Â Emergency management officials from Chatham County, Savannah and Tybee Island areas have reported no extensive damage from the storm.
Residents of the small state of Maryland seem to be experiencing all that the storm has to offer. Â âWeâre Americaâs weather in miniature today,â Gov. Martin OâMalley said at a news conference. âWeâve got the blizzard on one side. Weâve got the waves on the Atlantic, weâve got the tidals and the flooding.â
More than 180,000 residents remain without power this morning and the waves continue to pound the state. 1200 people have been evacuated from coastal regions.
As a result of the power outage, raw sewage is leaking from a treatment plant in Howard County at the rate of 2 million gallons of sewage per hour.
State police have lowered Â theÂ speed limit to 45 mph on all interstates and U.S. routes “effective immediately and until further notice.”
Nearly 90,000 residents of Maine are without power this morning, mostly due to high winds.
More than 322,000 residents of Massachusetts are without power this morning. State offices have reopened but residents are warned that high winds may continue throughout the day.
Voluntary evacuations were recommended for coastal residents.
Over 234,000 residents of New Hampshire are without power this morning. Governor John Lynch has asked non-essential workers to stay home and for drivers to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.
Nearly 2 and a half million people are without power in the state of New Jersey due to high winds and flooding. At least three people are dead.
A levee has broken inÂ Moonachie, flooding the streets with 4-5 feet of water. Thousands of people are awaiting rescue from the flood waters, some of whom have retreated to their roofs. Â More than 85% of Atlantic City is flooded and parts of the famous Boardwalk have been washed away in the storm.
High winds blasted out the windows of an apartment building in North Bergen.
The country’s oldest nuclear power plant, located in Oyster Creek,Â was already closed for scheduled refueling. But high water levels at the facility prompted safety officials to declare an âunusual eventâ around 7 pm. At 9 pm the situation was upgraded to an âalert,â the second-lowest in a four-tiered warning system
New Jersey Transit is suspended indefinitely and all roads going in and out of Atlantic City are closed.
At least 5 people have died in New York as the result of the storm.
Nearly 2 million in New York City are without power. Con-Ed proactively shut off power to lower Manhattan and others lost power when a sub-station apparently blew up when flood waters reached it. No one was harmed in the incident.
New York University Langone Medical Center lost power late Monday. More than 200 patients were evacuated whenÂ backup power failed, including newborns from a neonatal care unit. Nurses kept the babies breathing manually when respirators shut down.
More than 200 firefighters responded to a blaze that completely destroyed 50 homes in Queens.
Subway tunnels in Manhattan are flooded. The water in the tunnels will have to be pumped out once the flood waters subside, leaving the subway system completely disabled indefinitely. Tunnels and bridges leaving Manhattan are closed due to flooding and high winds. LaGuardia Airport and JFK Airport are both closed indefinitely, with their runways under water.
A construction crane atop a luxury high-rise snapped in the high winds Monday and is dangling precariously over West 57th St in Â midtown Manhattan. The streets below the crane have been blocked off.
One unit at a nuclear power plant atÂ Indian Point, Â about 45 miles north of New York City, was shut down around 10:45 p.m. because of external electrical grid issues.Â The company says there was no risk to employees or the public, and the plant was not at risk due to water levels from the Hudson River, and another unit at the plant is still operating at full power.
The first American lives were lost to the storm off the coast of North Carolina. Â A crew of 16 people aboard the historic replica of the Â HMS Bounty was forced to abandon ship. Â The Coast Guard fought 18 foot waves and 40 mph winds as, by helicopter, they rescued the crew Â from lifeboats. A deckhand and the captain of the ship were swept out to sea. The body of the deck hand, Claudine Christian has been recovered. The captain,Â 63-year-old Robin Walbridge, is still lost at sea. The search continues for Captain Walbridge, as the Coast Guard reported that the captain and crew had put donnedÂ survival suits designed to keep them afloat and protect them from chilly waters for 15 hours.
North Carolina has sustained wave damage and sidewalks and roads have buckled in places due to the pressure of the storm. A winter storm is due to hit the area today and Governor Beverly Perdue has declared a state of emergency due to significant flooding. Many coastal residents are stranded in their homes with roadways covered by more than 3 feet of water. 17,000 residents are without power in North Carolina.
More than 1.2 million people in Pennsylvania lost power last night as the hurricane collided with the winter storm over the state. Philadelphians have been warned to expect 7-10 days before the power is restored.
75 mph winds across the state have compelled authorities to impose speed restrictions and ban vehicles like empty trucks and motorcycles from the roadways.
Three people have died in Pennsylvania as a result of falling trees.
More than 186,000 people in Delaware are experiencing power outages, with the highest concentration of those in the southern part of the state. Â Dover Air Force Base relocated some of their aircraft in anticipation of the storm and the base is being used by FEMA as Â a staging area for support and supplies.
South Carolina was pelted with heavy rain and lambasted by high winds but the state escaped severe damage from the storm.
More than 150,000 are without power in Virginia this morning. Â After yesterday’s rain, high winds and flooding, this morning the state is being hit with snow. Floodwaters have inundated the Hamptons area of the state, stranding residents.
The entire 37 square miles ofÂ Chincoteague Island are underwater and there is no way on or off the island. Authorities have told the 3500 residents who chose to remain on the island to stay in their homes until the water recedes.
More than 128,000 residents of West Virginia are suffering through a blackout while also contending with a blizzard. Up to a foot of snow has already fallen, with up to 2 feet due in high elevation regions of the Appalachians. 45 miles of Interstate have been closed due to blizzard conditions.
One person has died in West Virginia as a result of the storm.
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We at The Daily Sheeple would like to sincerely wish the best of luck to all affected by this storm. Â Check back throughout the day for updated coverage of the storm and its aftermath.
Consolidated Edison Inc, the electric supplier for most of New York City, has proactively made the decision to cut the power to part of lower Manhattan. A portion of the area where power was cut had already been evacuated but approximately 6500 customers are without power from the move.
Seawater has rushed into the city, threatening toÂ flood the underground electrical equipment. Â The decision was madeÂ to protect electrical equipment and to allow for quicker restoration after Hurricane Sandy passes. Â Precedence for restoration will be given to critical infrastructure customers, such as the subway system, sewage and water pumping stations, police stations, fire departments and hospitals.
Con-Ed estimates that there were already approximately 156,000 New Yorkers without power before the shut down.
Among the equipment that could be harmed is the cityâs subway system, consisting of miles of underground, electric-powered train tracks.
The NYC Metro Transit Authority has announced that âlines are closed indefinitely.â
Many New Yorkers do not have cars, so with public transit effectively shut down, the opportunity to evacuate no longer exists. Even for those with vehicles, getting out of Manhattan is nearly impossible.Â The Holland Tunnel, which connects New York to New Jersey has been closed, as well as the tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan. Â The Brooklyn Bridge, the George Washington, the Verrazano-Narrows and several other bridges were closed as of 7 pm EDT due to high winds.
With Hurricane Sandy approaching the New York Area, Mayor Bloomberg declared a state of emergency and ordered the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people in low laying and vulnerable areas.
An area called Rikers Island in New York is in one of these dangerous areas, however for most of the people who live there evacuation is not an option.
That is because Rikers Island is a jail and people who happen to find themselves in jail are no longer looked at as human beings, especially by a member of the ruling class such as Bloomberg.
According to the New York City Department of CorrectionsâÂ own website, more than three-quarters of Rikers Islandâs 400 acres are built on landfillâwhich is generally thought to be more vulnerable to natural disasters.
Its ten jails have a capacity of close to 17,000 inmates, andÂ normally house at least 12,000, including juveniles and large numbers of prisoners with mental illnessânot to mention pre-trial detainees who have yet to be convicted of any crime.
Most of the people held at this facility are small time, nonviolent offenders, this is a jail, not a prison.Â Even then,Â the majority of people in prisonÂ are also nonviolent offenders.
In a press conferenceÂ this weekend about the hurricane, Bloomberg was asked about the condition of the prisoners in case of an emergency and replied by saying âdonât worry about them getting outâ.
This cold and heartless response is the talk of a super villain, but sadly this sadistic attitude went largely unnoticed by the mainstream media.
This is not the first time that Bloomberg has come under fire for refusing to evacuate the jail or show any kind of concern for the people housed there during a disaster.
YesterdayÂ The IntelHub reported thatÂ âorders were given to deploy 1175 National Guard troops into the New York City region of the United States in preparation for the mandatory evacuation of âZone Aâ which contains a civilian population of 375,000 people.â
As of now the storm is still on its way and preparations are still being made.
J.G. VibesÂ is the author of an 87 chapter counter culture textbook calledÂ Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance, a staff writer and reporter for The Intel Hub and host of a show called Voluntary Hippie Radio.
You can keep up with his work, which includes free podcasts, free e-books & free audiobooks at his websiteÂ www.aotmr.com.
Scores of Twitter users have flooded the social networking site announcing their plans to go on looting sprees once Hurricane Sandy makes landfall, as the New York National Guard announced it would put troops on duty in Long Island to prevent such activity.
1,175 New York National Guard troops have been mobilized to âprovide command and control and logistical supportâ in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley and the Southern Tier.Â According to NBC New York, the troops will also be on hand to âprotect against looting.â
They might well be needed given the fact that a deluge of Twitter users are using the website to appeal to others to join them in exploiting the chaos generated by the superstorm to ransack stores.
Given theÂ recent phenomenon of âflash mob robberies,âÂ where groups of people arrange to burgle a store en masse in order to overwhelm security and staff, the tweets should be taken seriously. Last year police warned that flash mob robberies, organized mainly through Twitter, were on the rise.
âOf 129 retailers surveyed by the National Retail Federation, nearly 95 percent said they were victimized by organized criminals in the past year and 85 percent said the problem has worsened over the past three years,âÂ reports Fox News.
Meteorologists are warning that Hurricane Sandy could potentially be the worst storm to hit the east coast of the United States in 100 years.Â Do you remember “the perfect storm” back in 1991?Â That storm was so bad that Hollywood made a blockbuster movie starring George Clooney about it.Â Well, this storm is going to be much worse.
When I first heard about Hurricane Sandy, I didn’t make that much of it.Â I figured that the east coast would get some wind and some rain and that they would whine about it a bit but that everything would be just fine.Â But then I started looking into this storm a bit more.Â It turns out that this storm is even larger than Hurricane Katrina was.Â The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has categorized the destructive potential of this storm to beÂ 5.8Â on a scale that goes from 0 to 6.Â So don’t be fooled when you hear that this is only a “category 1 storm” or that the maximum winds will only be around 80 MPH.Â It is the unprecedented size of this storm and the mind boggling storm surges that it is producing that truly make it dangerous.Â It is being reported that Hurricane Sandy isÂ more than 1,000 miles acrossÂ from one end to the other.Â Meteorologists have never seen anything quite like this before, and we are most definitely in unprecedented territory.Â One meteorologist is already projecting that this megastorm could cause 100 billion dollars in damage, but the true amount of devastation will likely not be fully known for weeks.Â If you live in the northeast part of the United States, you definitely want to buckle up because you are about to get absolutely hammered.
The following are 17 things that you should know about Hurricane Sandy…
#1Â Hurricane Sandy has been dubbed “the Frankenstorm” and many believe that this could be the worst storm to hit the east coast in 100 years.
#2Â This is an absolutely massive megastorm.Â It is being reported that tropical storm-force winds can be feltÂ 520 miles awayÂ from the center of the storm.
#5Â Mayor Bloomberg has announced aÂ mandatory evacuationÂ for all New York City residents that are living in “Zone A”.
#6Â It is being projected that the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy could be up toÂ 15 feet above sea levelÂ in some areas of New York City.
#7Â New York City could potentially experience wind speeds ofÂ 80 MPHÂ or higher.
#8Â Subway service in New York City is being shut downÂ at 7 PMÂ on Sunday evening.Â There is a very real possibility that the New York City subway system could be severely flooded by this storm.Â That could be quite crippling, because about 4.3 million people ride the subway in New York every single day.
#9Â It has been announced that all public schools in New York CityÂ will be closedÂ on Monday.
#10Â Schools in Boston will be shut down on MondayÂ as well.
#11Â The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange will be closedÂ on Monday.
#12Â 50,000 peopleÂ living along the coast in Delaware have been ordered to evacuate.
#14Â It is being estimated thatÂ 10 million peopleÂ living along the east coast could lose power thanks to Hurricane Sandy.
#15Â A state of emergency has already been declared in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.
#16Â ApproximatelyÂ 50 million peopleÂ live in the areas that will be directly affected by this storm.
#17Â Meteorologist Mike Smith of AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions is projecting that Hurricane Sandy could potentially cause a total ofÂ 100 billion dollarsÂ in damage to the U.S. economy.Â That would make it a far more costly disaster than Hurricane Katrina.
Many meteorologists are calling this storm a “worst case scenario”.Â If you live along the east coast, please take the warnings that you are getting from public officials very seriously.Â AccordingÂ to NPR, conditions are absolutely perfect for this slow moving giant storm, and it is going to take quite a few days for it to exit the region…
In this case, seas will be amped up by giant waves and full-moon-powered high tides. That will combine with drenching rains, triggering inland flooding as the hurricane merges with a winter storm system that will worsen it and hold it in place for days.
Louis Uccellini, environmental prediction chief for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told The Associated Press that given Sandy’s due east-to-west track into New Jersey, that puts the worst of the storm surge just north in New York City, Long Island and northern New Jersey. “Yes, this is the worst case scenario,” he said.
Please do not underestimate this storm.Â This is unlike anything that any of us have ever seen before.
If you live in a part of the country that is being affected by this storm, please feel free to leave a comment and let us know what you are seeing in your area.Â It is going to be a crazy couple of days.
Could this be the first presidential election in U.S. history to be decided by hackers?Â In recent years, hackers all over the globe have become increasingly sophisticated.Â Meanwhile, our computer-based voting systems have repeatedly been shown to be extremely vulnerable.Â This is particularly true in the crucial swing state of Ohio.Â Several years ago the Ohio Secretary of State actuallyÂ issued a reportÂ which stated that the voting machines used in Ohio are “susceptible to breaches of security that may jeopardize the integrity of the voting process.”Â This is very disturbing, especially considering the fact that both the Obama campaign and the Romney campaign pretty much admit that whoever wins Ohio is going to win the election.Â The state of Ohio has voted for the winner in every presidential electionÂ since 1964, and most analysts agree that the 18 electoral votes from Ohio are almost certainly going to determine the outcome of this election.Â So will someone be tempted to tamper with the election results in Ohio?Â Sadly, if someone did want to hack the voting results in Ohio it would apparently not be that hard to do.
Back in 2007, a risk assessment study was performed on computer-based voting systems in Ohio.Â That study was called “Project Everest“, and it came to some absolutely startling conclusions.Â The following is a brief excerpt from that report…
Unfortunately, the findings in this study indicate that the computer-based voting systems in use in Ohio do not meet computer industry security standards and are susceptible to breaches of security that may jeopardize the integrity of the voting process. Such safeguards were neither required by federal regulatory authorities, nor voluntarily applied to their systems by voting machine companies, as these products were certified for use in federal and state elections.
In particular, the study was quite hard on the voting machines produced by a company known as Hart InterCivic.Â These voting machines are used in Hamilton County, which is considered to be a crucial section of the state.Â George W. Bush won Hamilton County is 2004 and Barack Obama won it in 2008.Â AccordingÂ to reporter Ben Swann, there are some legitimate concerns about the security of these machines…
Â If you are just starting to prepare for Hurricane Sandy, the truth is that you are already too late.Â Most of the essential supplies have already been stripped from store shelves.Â If you don’t have an emergency generator, you might be without power for quite some time.Â It is being estimated that up to 10 million people could lose power during this storm, and it is already being projected that some people may end up being without power for a week or more in the worst hit areas.Â Hopefully you have already boarded up your windows.Â They can be broken very easily during a hurricane, and you certainly don’t want to be dealing with a broken window during the worst moments of the storm.Â Those that have prepared ahead of time are likely to be in good shape to ride this storm out, but sadly the reality is that most people haveÂ notÂ prepared ahead of time.Â Every time a major storm or natural disaster strikes, we always see the same thing happen.Â Hordes of half-crazed people storm into the stores hoping to find the things that they need, and many of them end up leaving disappointed because what they were looking for has already sold out.Â Thankfully, most of our “disasters” have typically only lasted a few days at most, but what will happen someday if a disaster ends up being permanent?Â What if there is a disaster that is so bad someday that things never return to “normal”?Â Would you and your family be able to survive on only the preparations that you have made so far?
Hopefully Hurricane Sandy will be a wake up call for a whole lot of people.Â It is being projected that this storm will affect about 50 million Americans, and it is already been called “worse than Katrina” by some meteorologists.Â It is an absolutely gigantic storm.Â It is more than 1000 miles across and it is the largest hurricane to hit the U.S. since records of storm size began to be kept back in 1988.Â According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the destructive potential of this stormÂ is rated 5.8Â on a scale that goes from 0 to 6.Â So needless to say, referring to this storm as “the Frankenstorm” does not quite do it justice.Â It is being touted as the worst storm to hit the east coast in 100 years.
According toÂ Stu Ostro, a senior meteorologist at the Weather Channel, this is truly a history making storm…
“History is being written as an extreme weather event continues to unfold, one which will occupy a place in the annals of weather history as one of the most extraordinary to have affected the United States.”
So a lot of Americans are about to find out exactly how prepared they really are for a major natural disaster.
High winds of 80 MPH or higher are going to take down power lines all over the northeast over the next few days.Â Along the coast, some people could see a storm surge that is up toÂ 15 feet above sea levelÂ in some areas.Â Other areas will see nightmarish flooding as a result of very heavy rain.
So there will certainly be a lot of challenges.Â The good thing about a hurricane is that you typically have at least a few days in advance to make preparations.Â Hopefully people have been making good use of the time.
Unfortunately, most Americans do not even have a short-term supply of food and water stored up.Â A lot of people run out to grab some food and water from the stores at the last minute, only to find that there is none left.
For example, it is being reported that store shelves all over New York City have already beenÂ picked cleanÂ of bread and other essentials.
In Arlington, Virginia it is being reported that some supermarkets are alreadyÂ sold out of water.Â If the worst happens and some people end up spending a week without tap water they are really going to wish that they had made some preparations ahead of time.
But food and water are not the only things in high demand.
AccordingÂ to CNN, other emergency supplies have been flying off the shelves as well…
Generators, flashlights, water, batteries — these are just some of the emergency supplies that are running out in many stores in the Northeast.
Nearly a third of the country’s northeast is preparing for Hurricane Sandy, which expected to make landfall on Sunday and Monday. Customers who have been flocking to stores may be coming home empty handed.
Fortunately this is only a temporary emergency, but what if we have a “permanent” emergency someday?
What will people do if they can’t find the things that they desperately need all of a sudden?
AccordingÂ to Fox News, one store in Ohio is reporting that people are actually calling from other states to see if they still have any supplies…
An assistant manager at a Lowes store in Columbus, Ohio, told 10TV.com that people were calling in from West Virginia and Maryland to ask for supplies.
And in northern Virginia, a cashier at Pitkins Ace Hardware in Dale City said batteries, flashlights and candles were flying off the shelves, PotomacLocal.com reports.
When will people learn?
You don’t wait until the last minute to get necessary emergency supplies like plywood, hurricane shutters, tarps, sump pumps, ice chests, candles, flashlights, batteries and battery-powered radios.
For a hurricane, you need to be prepared to be able to survive for at least a week without any help from the outside world.Â In the most extreme situations (such as in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina) the state of emergency created by a hurricane can last even longer.
So exactly how should one prepare for a hurricane?
Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone. This will help you know how your property will be affected when storm surge or tidal flooding are forecasted.
Identify levees and dams in your area and determine whether they pose a hazard to you.
Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.
Make plans to secure your property:
Cover all of your homeâs windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8â marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.
Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
Determine how and where to secure your boat.
Install a generator for emergencies.
If in a high-rise building, be prepared to take shelter on or below the 10th floor.
Consider building a safe room.
A recentÂ CNN articleÂ included a list of supplies that you should have on hand in the event that a hurricane is on the way…
– A three-day supply of water, one gallon per person per day.
– Three days of food, with suggested items including: canned meats, canned or dried fruits, canned vegetables, canned juice, peanut butter, jelly, salt-free crackers, energy/protein bars, trail mix/nuts, dry cereal, cookies or other comfort food.
– A can opener.
– A battery-powered radio, preferably a weather radio.
– Extra batteries.
– A first aid kit, including latex gloves; sterile dressings; soap/cleaning agent; antibiotic ointment; burn ointment; adhesive bandages in small, medium and large sizes; eye wash; a thermometer; aspirin/pain reliever; anti-diarrhea tablets; antacids; laxatives; small scissors; tweezers; petroleum jelly.
– A small fire extinguisher.
– Whistles for each person.
– A seven-day supply of medications.
– A multipurpose tool, with pliers and a screwdriver.
– Cell phones and chargers.
– Contact information for the family.
– A sleeping bag for each person.
– Extra cash.
– A silver foil emergency blanket.
– A map of the area.
– Baby supplies.
– Pet supplies.
– Wet wipes.
– A camera (to document storm damage).
– Insect repellent.
– Rain gear.
– Tools and supplies for securing your home.
– Plastic sheeting.
– Duct tape.
– Dust masks.
– An extra set of house keys.
– An extra set of car keys.
– An emergency ladder to evacuate the second floor.
– Household bleach.
– Paper cups, plates and paper towels.
– Activities for children.
– Charcoal and matches, if you have a portable grill. But only use it outside.
But in the final analysis, preparation is going to look a little bit different for every family.
If you live along the coast, there is a good chance that you will need to evacuate.Â If you live farther inland, you will probably be able to hunker down exactly where you are.
Hurricane Sandy will come and go, but hopefully millions of Americans will learn some lessons about preparation from this crisis.Â One of these days we may have a disaster that lasts much longer such asÂ a major economic crisis, anÂ EMP attack, a nightmarish pandemic or a major war.Â If we cannot handle a disaster that lasts for just a couple of days, what chance are we going to have at surviving something that lasts for months or even years?
That is something to think about.Â Hopefully we will all reflect on emergency preparedness over the next few days.Â Our world is becoming increasingly unstable, and eventually there will come a point where we will find ourselves totally dependent on the preparations that we have made.
WikiLeaksÂ published early this morningÂ hundreds of documents from the Department of Defense that describe the procedures established by the US government to be used with suspects detained by the American government who were sent to the prison Guantanamo Bay.
The first document to be put out is the manual of military procedures at Camp Delta in Guantanamo Bay which applied to both civilian and military personnel beginning in November 2002. This manual established administrative rules, regulations and code of confinement behavior for officials.
The organization founded by Julian Assange announced through a press release that, over the next month, the website will disseminate files about the detention policy in chronological order with the directions followed by military officials for more than a decade. Today, the founder of Wikileaks is under political asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy and is seeking his extradition to South America in order to avoid persecution from the United States, Sweden and other nations that publicly seek revenge.
The documents released by Wikileaks include standard operating procedures of the detention camps Bucca and Abu Ghraib in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay and the manuals for interrogation and fragmentary orders (Fragos) on changes in detention policies.
These documents âshow the anatomy of the monster created to conduct arrests after the attacks on September 11, which created a dark hole in which the law and the rights do not exist and where people can be detained without a trace and be treated at will by DoD and intelligence personnel,â said Assange in a statement.
âIt shows the excesses of the early days of the war against an unknown âenemyâ and how these policies matured and evolvedâ resulting, he said, âin a permanent state of exception in which the United States is now a decade later â. That exception includes but is not limited to, the effective elimination of significant portions of the Constitution, through the partial or total suppression of the First, Second and Fourth Amendments, for example, which is now business as usual in North America.
Assange, who is in a complicated situation of asylum in the Embassy of Ecuador in London to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for alleged sexual offenses, notes the historical importance of these documents, as âGuantanamo has become an example for the systematic abuse of human rights, âhe added.
The organization issued several policy documents on interrogation of detainees in Iraq for the years 2004, 2005 and 2008, which revealed techniques to instill fear or emotional pressure to detainees. WikiLeaks said that âalthough physical violence is prohibited, in writing, a consistent policy of terrorizing prisoners, combined with a policy of destroying records, has caused abuse and impunityâ.
Also due out is the âFragmentary Orderâ, released after the torture scandal at Abu Ghraib (Iraq) that âeliminates the requirement to keep a record of the interrogation sessionsâ in certain areas of the prison.
Furthermore, while noting that interrogations carried out in the Division and Brigade Internment should be recorded, it also states that the files should âdisappear within 30 days.â A policy that has been overturned by the Obama administration.
The administration of President George W. Bush (2001-2009) enabled the military base of Guantanamo (Cuba) to detain suspected terrorists â without trial â after the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Luis R. Miranda is the Founder and Editor of The Real Agenda. His 16 years of experience in Journalism include television, radio, print and Internet news. Luis obtained his Journalism degree from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, where he graduated in Mass Media Communication in 1998. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcasting from Montclair State University in New Jersey. Among his most distinguished interviews are: Costa Rican President Jose Maria Figueres and James Hansen from NASA Space Goddard Institute.
Storms come on suddenly and have the possibility of turning into monsters.Â If a person is not adequately prepared, they are gambling with their lives.Â Prior to any type of disaster, a person should have at least two weeks of food, water and short term disaster supplies in their home for a unforeseen disaster.Â The aftermath of this storm has the possibility of road blocks due to the snow and flooding coastal water.Â If the roads are blocked, food and supplies will not be able to make it’s way into the disaster prone area until the snow and ice melt away as well as the downed power lines and debrisÂ are removed from the road.
On Februrary 9, 2010 the Northeast was hit with a major snow storm.Â This is what the store shelves looked like then.
Let’s hope that many will be more prepared with this round of storms.Â Although, this author has not endured a snow hurricane, per se, she has gone through multipleÂ tropical hurricanes.Â The need to be prepared for disasters is vital.Â A person who waits until the last minute to gather supplies will be one who walks away unprepared andÂ may be lucky enough to leave withÂ a fewÂ picked over items.
Those that are not prepared should equip themselves with supplies and as much knowledge about the storm they will be experiencing as possible, prior to it occurring.Â Although a snow hurricane is rare in some cases, it does happen.Â Those livingÂ in the Northeast are typically used to winter storms, but not the severity of this type.
Suggestions for Preparing for a Severe Winter Storm
Have an emergency plan in place with emergency contacts on alert in the case that a person needs to evacuateÂ their home.Â If damage to the home makes in uninhabitable, evacuate to a pre-planned friend or neighbor who may be near by.
Have someÂ winter disasterÂ supplies in the home such as: candles, matches/lighters, a battery operated radio, emergency food supplies, water,Â extra blankets, toilet paper, prescription medicines, over the counter medicines, a non electric can opener, infant/baby needs if a child is in the home.
Be prepared for the power to go out.Â Be prepared for this set backÂ by having alternative power and heating sources to go along with the extra blankets.Â Having an emergency generator with extra gasoline could be a life saver in this situation.
Avoid traveling in a blizzard.Â If a person is on the road when a blizzard hits, look for a hotel nearby and stay off theÂ roadÂ untilÂ there areÂ better road conditions.
Have a 72 hour bagÂ in the vehicle with lots of warm insulated clothing in the case that a person is stranded in their car during a blizzard.Â Additionally, having an extra supply of gasoline in the car would also be a good idea.
If a person is stranded in the car, do not leave the engine running to keep warm.Â Snow can block the exhaust pipe and fill with the car with fumes, thus causing carbon monoxide poisoning.Â Keep one window open just a bit to avoid this.Â Run the car in short bursts to avoid running out of gas.Â Turn the engine on long enough to keep the car warm and then turn it off.
Stock up on shovels and snow removal equipment prior to the storm.
Additionally, those who were not hit with the blinding snow flurries, but were effected by coastal water flooding, should read over guidelines for emergency floodingÂ and know what to avoid.
Stay inside and stay warm!Â The winds from this type of storm are going to be extremely dangerous.Â Snow drift can be a problem after a storm of this magnitude.Â Additionally, frostbite will be a major concern so a good rule of thumb is toÂ keep everyone inside and warm until the threat is over.