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  • razzz razzz

    Can imagine if Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar or even DUDe had this capability? We'd be doomed.

    'New crayfish that doesn't need males to mate becomes all-powerful'

    "A new study has found that marbled crayfish are multiplying rapidly and invading ecosystems across the world.

    The ten-legged pests are descended from one single female with a mutation allowing it to reproduce without males.

    These self-cloning ladies are found for sale in North America, despite a warning against keeping them as pets.

    Sales of the six-inch creature are already banned by the European Union.

    Procambarus virginalis did not exist three decades ago.

    Born to a male and female slough crayfish, a species originally from Florida, the original marbled crayfish had an additional set of chromosomes – a mutation that made her distinct from her parents and allowed her to reproduce without having to mate.

    Now officially a separate species, the marbled crayfish can been found in the wild in Japan, Madagascar, multiple European countries and the US…"
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-43032061

  • razzz razzz

    'Trump Proposes Demolishing FBI Headquarters'

    "The latest development in the ongoing war between the White House and the FBI is that the Trump administration is now proposing to demolish the Hoover Building on Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C., that serves as FBI headquarters, and to replace it with a new building.

    It is a prime piece of real estate. Perhaps Trump can figure out a way to save the taxpayers some money by putting a hotel, condo, or office building on the property, and moving the FBI to somewhere less expensive, like the Virginia or Maryland exurbs, or to some job-thirsty rustbelt location.

    Local media in Washington reported that the project could cost up to $2 billion, and that Maryland Senator Cardin and Congressman Steny Hoyer had been pushing to have the FBI relocated to a suburban office park. A report from the General Services Administration, which administers government real estate, to a Senate committee that oversees the topic proposes "a 'nationally-focused consolidation' that would move roles that do not need to be conducted in Washington to federally owned sites in Idaho, Alabama and West Virginia," the Baltimore Sun reported.

    The plan would ship about 20% of the FBI's current Washington-based positions — 2,306 of the bureau's roughly 10,606 Washington-based staff — to Idaho, Alabama, and West Virginia…"
    https://www.futureofcapitalism.com/2018/02/trump-proposes-demolishing-fbi-headquarters

  • razzz razzz

    Verifying a document after the fact that was the basis for starting an investigation of a sitting president makes perfect sense…in a three ring circus.

    'Former Senior FBI Official Is Leading BuzzFeed’s Effort to Verify Trump Dossier'

    "…BuzzFeed is being sued for libel by Russian technology executive Aleksej Gubarev, who argues that the news organization was reckless in publishing a series of memos written by former British spy Christopher Steele. Those memos — part of a so-called dossier of information about Trump — include unverified claims that servers belonging to a company owned by Gubarev were used to hack the Democratic Party’s computer systems during the 2016 campaign."
    http://foreignpolicy.com/2018/02/12/former-senior-fbi-official-is-leading-buzzfeeds-effort-to-verify-trump-dossier/

  • FaunaLord FaunaLord

    Something tells me Virginia is a dodgy place where dodgy shit happens that people don't mention very often. Kinda like Delaware's tax thingy, but worse, different.

    I'm not sure exactly what it is, but I have hunches. One of those would be psyops, for a start.

  • FaunaLord FaunaLord

    Anybody feel like taking pot shots at the cancer racketeering?

    I think this may be the ideal start:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ineffective_cancer_treatments

    For instance:

    "Amygdalin (sometimes going by the trade name Laetrile) – a glycoside, has been promoted as a cancer cure. However, it has been found to be ineffective and toxic; its promotion has been described as "the slickest, most sophisticated, and certainly the most remunerative cancer quack promotion in medical history."[44]"

    Which is kinda contradictory, considering stuff like this:

    http://naturligmedicin.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Amygdalin-induces-apoptosis-in-human-cervical-cancer.pdf

    Amygdalin Regulates Apoptosis and Adhesion in Hs578T Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Cells
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26759703

    https://issuu.com/drkandrew/docs/amygdalin-induces-apoptosis-through-regulation-of-

    http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/amygdalin-laetrile-induces-programmed-cell-death-prostate-cancer-cells

    http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0105590

    I mean I could probably post a bunch more references, but I mean, it's patented even.

    • FaunaLord FaunaLord

      I had to correct something here.

      Chemotherapy and associated oncology (sometimes going by the trade name of institutionalized healthcare) – fraudulence, has been promoted as a cancer cure. However, it has been found to be ineffective and toxic; its promotion has been described as "the slickest, most sophisticated, and certainly the most remunerative cancer promotion in medical history.

    • FaunaLord FaunaLord

      Okay well, this is probably going to be a LOT of wallpaper.

      "The American Cancer Society states, "available scientific evidence does not support claims that aromatherapy is effective in preventing or treating cancer".[2]"

      According to them chemicals can not have an effect on your system, roughly speaking. Okay then.

      "Ayurvedic medicine – a 5,000-year-old system of traditional medicine which originated on the Indian subcontinent. According to Cancer Research UK, "there is no scientific evidence to prove that Ayurvedic medicine can treat or cure cancer or any other disease".[3]"

      This is a particularly good one, you know all that ancient wisdom and all those plants in south east asia, I shit you not, not a single one of those plants could be useful for ANY DISEASE WHATSOEVER.

      "Holistic medicine – a general term for an approach to medicine which encompasses mental and spiritual aspects, and which is manifested in sundry complementary and alternative methods. According to the American Cancer Society, "available scientific evidence does not support claims that these complementary and alternative methods, when used without mainstream or conventional medicine, are effective in treating cancer or any other disease".[6]"

      So, stress, discomfort makes no difference? Are those things robots?

  • razzz razzz

    The underlying causes of pain might be inflammation. I can't remember if people were saying they used kratom topically or not on painful joints but it would only be temporary relief. Anyway, simple solutions are few and far between with inflammation remedies. Walmart sells aloe vera for cooking by the gallon for cheap. For starters an antioxidant and antibacterial, fights plaque, lowers blood sugar. Couldn't hurt. Either ginger root or holy basil are potent, in a good way.

  • razzz razzz

    'Conflict between Fiscal & Monetary Policy'

    "…Historically, there were debt jubilees mentioned in the Bible.

    You shall then sound a ram’s horn abroad on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the day of atonement, you shall sound a horn all through your land. You shall thus consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim a release through the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you (Leviticus 25:1-4, 8-10, NASB).

    Religion aside, was a debt forgiveness a way to prevent monument[al] collapses of society? The Romans never even had a national debt. Today, we have government hawking 100-year bonds. We have pension funds that required 8% returns and then governments ordered that the bulk of such funds if not 100% should be “conservative” and invest in only government bonds. We are reaching a crisis point in longer-dated yields because investors are unwilling to lend money at low rates long-term. Smart money is beginning to wake up to the perpetual mismanagement of the long-term trend by the government. The central banks have been backing off of continually buying government debt and the Fed in the USA has announced it will not reinvest when its holdings of government debt mature.

    This is the Sovereign Debt Crisis and Monetary Crises we face in the years ahead."
    https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/markets-by-sector/bonds/conflict-between-fiscal-monetary-policy/

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Trumps name is being linked to national debt in the same way his name is linked to shithole.
    Those other countries that failed to keep monetary solvency .. those crap houses to be looked down upon yet we are demonstrating the same traits.

    https://www.bing.com/news/search?q=trump+national+debt&FORM=HDRSC6

    How can one say even the 'state' prospers?
    Only the banks and corporate prospers.
    The bourgeois run the country.. like pre-Russian revolution.
    Only to bring in communism.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    And, yes .. some pocket padding by those in government..
    Their presence evidently separate from the welfare of the state, and the MIC.
    Both willing 'enforcers' for money.

  • FaunaLord FaunaLord

    Alcohol, weed and kratom is really quite pleasant.

    • FaunaLord FaunaLord

      Oh right, except if you're a child. Then it's bad. And also, don't do drugs like weed and kratom, alcohol, no problem. Remember to get your alcohol from cough syrup or something though, if you're really clever, you can find certain homeopathic remedies disguised as 59% alcohol. It may contain snake venom, too. Promise.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    It’s Really Hard Not To Notice All The Penises At The Olympic Ski Jump Center
    The “Bullet Men” have developed quite the following.
    Feb 13 2018

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/olympic-ski-jump-center-penises_us_5a8264e5e4b01467fcf0b20f?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Hawaii Drowning In Filth, Cesspools Blamed For Skin Infections, Pollution, Contaminated Drinking Water
    Feb 12 2018

    https://conservativedailypost.com/hawaii-drowning-in-filth-cesspools-blamed-for-skin-infections-pollution-contaminated-drinking-water/

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Can I buy that filth? Can I buy those Cesspools? If I do buy these things.. will I make a profit?

      I am a capitalist and I must make a profit or I will not buy this stuff.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Court Ruling Stops Trump Administration from Withholding Documents in the GE Salmon Case

    Feb 11 2018

    https://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/2018/02/court-ruling-stops-trump-administration-withholding-documents-ge-salmon-case/

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Trump proposes $230M cut for Hanford nuclear cleanup
    Feb 12 2018

    http://q13fox.com/2018/02/12/trump-proposes-230m-cut-for-hanford-nuclear-cleanup/

    • FaunaLord FaunaLord

      If Trump was clever, he'd cut DOE/DOD spending almost entirely.

      It's the ticket bro. Just imagine Homer going "DOE!, død". I mean, he has some norse genes or something right? The best genes.

    • DUDe DUDe

      Hanford nuclear cleanup budget cut..

      Trump and clan is more dangerous to the world then Fukushima and climate disaster combined..he will beat them all in speed if not stopped..

      • FaunaLord FaunaLord

        I gotta give Trump credit for so openly displaying how fucked the system is. I don't think I've seen another american president be able to do that yet. And I love how people think Trump is calling the shots. I'm pretty sure there are a lot of people pretty much telling him what to do.

        • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

          Like any of us out here needed Trump to show us jack shit…we already knew this system sucked.

          • FaunaLord FaunaLord

            Sure obewan, but there still seem to an awful lot of people who actually think the system and government is just dandy.

            Just remember all the good feels when Obama was elected president. Oh man…lots of people still cling to that, even.

            • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

              Now..if that government is paying my way and/or I am feeding directly out of that taken by force tax payer money trough..then that same government is just dandy.

              Everyone you see in those chambers..are receiving a government check.

              Got it? Never bite the hand that feeds you..is the old saying.

              I am thinking I would clap and stand too!

              4.5 trillion is being spent every year..almost 20 trillion in 4 years!

              YUM!

              • FaunaLord FaunaLord

                Explain voter turnout. Explain social media politics. Explain people flocking to popular "journalism". Explain people flocking and supporting corporate products (often tied to government) and policies, and the associated consumerism. Along with the say, the land and utilities you have privilege to use. Since government is sort of what enables much of that.

                So now, you're saying, all those people rely on government? In fact, not only reliant supportive of government. I think so too.

                • FaunaLord FaunaLord

                  To me, it seems like I have no right to claim land. I also believe that no government has that right, either. But hey, people accept it.

                  • FaunaLord FaunaLord

                    Like seriously, what is it that people actually own or think they have rights too?

                    Even your body, depending on your circumstances and environment, maybe luck, whatever. Much influenced by government (and associated privilege, or as the case may be, disadvantage).

                    This is a generalizing though, but think of all the shit used to have your body, just your body, in its current state. Just think of all the destruction, death and consumption, nevermind the associated abuse that people are ignorant about, that you most honestly, probably have no right to.

                • OK I'll splain it to ya….

                  AGENDA 2 Masters of Deceit Trailer:

                  https://youtu.be/eWlHMVgXpk4

                  Watch that one and stop to think for a moment…

                  Lucy? Ya there???

                  https://youtu.be/nZ43__Aul3o

                  How about real fake stuff….

                  How did I know that?

                  https://youtu.be/vwObck9twes

                  Lucy will splain it to ya…

                  …if you are ready to hear it.

          • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

            Trump leads the way to hubris and downfall. You know there is a point where you cant repair, cant go back. Many species are gone, ecosystems are being wiped out, dead zones and sacrifice zones blacken the earth and ocean. The time for 'lessons learned' is over. We didnt get it. To name names, even stock and I suppose razzz and how many others think Trump is the great leader to republican conservative rejuvenation?

            • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

              Don't let GOM read this..she will lose it! Chuckles!

            • "Trump leads the way to hubris and downfall"

              Really? May should look at the sources of info you think is actually true…

              …after all you weren't there.

              And our children need to be helped and guarded.

              Ain't that the future?

              Jonny Lang – Lie To Me:

              https://youtu.be/3tigVYfHVmQ

            • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

              I see Trump as a representation of the public. Brash, stupid, out of touch, totally materialistic, narcissistic, fat. At least Obama was in good shape…and he could present himself. I prefer classy overlords and crime bosses.

              In July of 64 A.D., a great fire ravaged Rome for six days, destroying 70 percent of the city and leaving half its population homeless. Rome’s emperor at the time, the decadent and unpopular Nero, “fiddled while Rome burned.” Some even believed he had ordered the fire started, especially after he used land cleared by the fire to build his Golden Palace and its surrounding pleasure gardens.

              guess you could say he created jobs

              Nero ended secret trials and gave the Senate more independence. He banned capital punishment, reduced taxes and allowed slaves to sue unjust owners. He provided assistance to cities that had suffered disasters, gave aid to the Jews and established open competitions in poetry, drama and athletics.

              However, like Caligula before him, Nero had a dark side. His impulses began as simple extravagance. Before long, however, he seduced married women and young boys, and that he had castrated and "married" a male slave. He also liked to wander the streets, murdering innocent people at random.

              He murdered his mother. …Nero is no exception here…Its our species of ape-man. So wave your flag, cheer your overlord, grab as much as you can and fiddle while earth burns. Warning does nothing, thus the earth was lost

              • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                Man I sure hope GOM is not reading this stuff..she is very fragile.

              • HoTaters HoTaters

                Code, sounds like you're exposed to the wrong "public" I'd say! People where I am seem much more healthy overall than what you describe. But I live really close to UC Davis, and in an agricultural area. Most of the people are pretty healthy here. With some exceptions, the MacDonalds' addicts, the otherwise dumbed down by whatever….

                I'd add there is a high level of interest in non-GMO foods here, the Farm to Fork movement, no fluoride in our water, and less junk food to go around for the general populace.

                It's AMAZING to see the light in the eyes of people who aren't drinking fluoridated water & don't spend too much time on their cell phones (in Borg mode).

                Funny, because Monsteranto, Syngenta, Pioneer Hybrid, and some other GM producers are right here.

                We still have to breathe the crap raining down from the sky every day, the radiation comes at us, the pollution is largely inescapable.

                We press on.

                And we have a super high-tech Agricultural Research and Technology Center going in here a little over 1/4 mile from my home. I'm concerned about the possible lab activities that will be conducted here.

                Maybe we'll be allowed to be an island of people allowed to live (Agenda 21, 2030 etc.) since we live in the belly of the beast & we will suppport the R&T workforce?

                I say that tongue in cheek but I'm serious.

                Anyway, the point is, we have islands or oases of sanity, even in the midst of the rest of insanity and sleople (i.e. sleeping people).

                • HoTaters HoTaters

                  And we are probably getting contamination from the GM crop testing, and pesticides and herbicides used out here with impunity.

                  I've noticed a lot of honeybees dying here. That can't be good.

                  Many people here have their brains engaged here, which IMHO is a good thing.

              • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                Nero's subjects finally abandoned him and he had himself killed for fear of a worse fate

                Painting of the dead nero
                http://madmonarchist.blogspot.com/2010/06/favorite-royal-images-death-of-nero.html

                variations of this human drama play all through history. Why do we imagine ourselves and our overlords to be different today. What with our smaller brains, our weaker bodies, our greater hubris and detachment from nature?

              • irhologram

                Code. OR there is a form of long range 4-D chess being played.

                Investigate the daily Q post dissections by citizen journalists. Events are predicted days in advance… Like the GOP/Train/truck crash, foreknown as tweeted by 2 democrats (as I posted here) before the crash happened…predicted as an anticipated false flag by Q and reference to the DUMB GOP destination at beneath Greenbrier, where the legilators AND THEIR FAMILIES were headed, for leverage-free safety the day before the Memo was to be released.

                MANY examples. Q postED the Lord's Prayer, and a day later, the Pope announced he was changing The Lord's Prayer. MANY signs Q is close to Trump.

                The long game.Trump's campaign "baiting," saying he would talk to Putin… Leading the deep state to dig their own hole, how anti-American that was, when the CIA, the FBI, Mueller, Clinton, et al, had committed treason in selling 20% of U. S. uranium to Russia.

                Trump knew the story if EVEN I POSTED the Bundy/Hammond/Finicum stand-off at the Uranium-rich Bird Sanctuary. THAT'S why the FBI tyranized the area, beefing up the BLM.

                Yet Trump DIDN'T cultivate Putin, and the CIA is suspect in sabotage of the plane carrying witnesses to both the fake dossier and Uranium One deal, per Q post, BEFORE we saw the passenger manifest.

                Q offers intelligence RE: nuclear espionage, AND takedown of ubiqutous pedoephilia blackmail. Its a "movement" against the CIA. Its time for hope.

                So. Trump's NOT stupid.

                • FaunaLord FaunaLord

                  All of that also suggests collusion, to my querying mind.

                  But anyway…I'll be listening to my heart and ignoraing that shit, as usual. Along with the messages from Orbseven.

                • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                  well I differ irholo…anybody who would fill up his cabinet with low lifes, sell out the ecosphere for a buck, move ahead with a trillion dollar upgrade of nuclear, debase his reputation with pro wrestling and beauty pageants, praise Duterte and Netanyahu, is friends with Silverstein and Giuliani is beyond stupid.

                  Of course we all have a three pound ape brain, we all have about the same cunning intelligence, give or take 20 IQ points. Nevertheless, how do you describe someone who wrecks the ship they are sailing in?

                  Stephen Hawking on Trump; "he is a demagogue* who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator"

                  *a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument.

                  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                    He was simply delivered to all the poor baying crowds..that were all whipped up in a tizzy and frenzy that was turning to fury over their own enslavement and the controllers were smart enough to discover that they were also very heavily armed.

                    Not that heavily armed made a real difference..it was about that huge tax break..it is always about the money..placing billions in their own respective pockets was a good bet on their part.

                    Shazam! Respect for the Wizards!

                  • FaunaLord FaunaLord

                    You reckon hawking can still speak, without like a team of "interpreters" and "caretakers"?

                    I haven't heard or seen him communicate lately, just wondering.

                  • irhologram

                    I am a curious person. I like knowing intelligence in advance…or knowing a back-story as it happens.

                    There are now threads of 24 hour YouTube citizen journalism, with extreme vetting, live chatting and cross checking all night and all day long.

                    Its very exciting to one who has a degree in Journalism…to see this much boots on the ground real interest…not in what we WANT to be true, but what holds up when viewed carefully, from all angles, in the sunshine.

                    Obe. It turns out that there is evidence that the military was considering a coup, under Obama, because the corruption was so very disgusting, vile… …treasonous. Instead, they decided to take the longer, conservative, and constitutional approach. They asked Trump to run.

                    He is surrounded by the military now, it is said, to protect this…I guess you'd call it a "counter-coup," because even though you have not been given this input on MSN, there is a do ument outlining a 16 year plan to collapse America, first with Obama, and then with Hillary.

                    It was never dreamed she would loose. That's why they were so careless. Also, so many people were implicated, they felt they would have safety in numbers. They surely could not all be presecuted, was the view. So, they hammered the blackberries to death and launched an investigation that tagged everyone who then tagged everyone on down who spoke with Carter Paige…Who was an FBI operative.

                    You should look these things up.

                    So…there's that.

                    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                      Answer me this..did the rich just get much richer?

                      Coup..not hardly. Chuckles!

                      Rich people are getting richer..it really is as simple as that.

                      Everything is a Rich Man's Trick!

                      Always follow the money…

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          RE: people telling Trump what to do, yes, that's how it always is with US presidents now. Has been for over 100 years, likely longer. ALL OF THEM

          The right-left paradigm is a distraction and keeps our eyes off the Zardoz.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    All countries need some defense..I suppose.
    It's the way of the human response.
    He didn't have to give them the farm.
    He could have ask for more accountability.
    He could have made a diplomatic crew that wasn't a set of arms salesmen.
    Now that we have have enough to kill everyone including ourselves..there is a question of overkill.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    After all, he is a human genius.
    How can he fail..when the object if self-destruction?
    Oh, he's dead on, alright.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Heart, just can't even comprehend being in a place like that. Too much of that on our planet now. Especially the Middle East. Huge war zone.

      Heartbreaking. How do people … survive this? Esp. with any intact sense of sanity?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    This is what we've got folks.
    Easier to imagine dystopia than utopia.
    All ours in the making ..with a cherry roadster on top.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Earthquake news: Series of tremors shake Pacific plate as Ring of Fire activity returns
    Feb 13 2018

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/918337/earthquake-news-pacific-plate-ring-of-fire-erupt-shake-quake-guam-alaska-japan

    It really is only a matter of time when nuclear material pocked Japan will have another large earthquake.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Rose Monday in pictures: Photos show Germany’s controversial satirical floats parade

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/918303/Rose-Monday-in-pictures-Germany-controversial-satirical-floats-parade

  • GOM GOM

    BRUCE MANSFIELD IS FIRSTENERGY’S LARGEST COAL-FIRED POWER PLANT..4 Weeks Ago:

    Fire At Bruce Mansfield Power Plant in Shippingport

    https://www.google.com/amp/amp.wpxi.com/news/top-stories/fire-breaks-out-at-bruce-mansfield-power-plant-1/681162363

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Poor kid is an idiot..guns jam all the time! His mythical hero was late to the draw!

      'I thought today was a nightmare. I wish I could go back, but that's impossible.

      'Everything's done. It can't be redone. I know God is real because the gun jammed,' he said.

      The teenager also told police that he planned to kill himself after the shootings and described how he hugged all of his pet animals before leaving his home for the school.

      Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5385973/Teen-shot-dad-fussed-night-before.html#ixzz570SxBH9Y
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      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        He has a demon alright and it is hanging down between his legs. Demons are not real..

        Married pastor, 52, is accused of sexually battering a 17-year-old girl he said was 'possessed by a demon'

        Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5386285/Pastor-accused-sexually-battering-17-year-old-girl.html#ixzz570ToErIS
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        • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

          Bye Bye Books!

          AI will be 'billions of times' smarter than humans and people must merge with it to survive, claims expert

          Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5386255/AI-billions-times-smarter-humans.html#ixzz570W2r2z1
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          • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

            Thanks Nuclear! 🙁

            Conjoined twin girls separated after nearly two years sharing heart tissue, a liver and a diaphragm

            Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5386219/Conjoined-twin-girls-separated-nearly-two-years.html#ixzz570WcQJb1
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          • DUDe DUDe

            "..and people must merge with it to survive, claims expert"..

            Its a Trap ! The Law must jump in and mandate they focus now first on means to control it , make it transparant , before advancing blindly and reshaping philosopies for the sheeple on the go..

            Oh its learning faster and faster about us but we don't know how..lets speed it up a notch..lets just let it fall forwards into being as it pleases and lets connect it to humanity's electronic collective conscious and then individually..you know what..lets dissolve individuality altogheter..greed and ego-dissorders in power made sure enslaved humanity was already heading that way..lets just sell it so that it goes the fastest..and the most absolute..

            What could go wrong..first we created god(s) in our fantasy..in our own image with all the abuse(s) accordingly..now we materialised it..and don't know (that's the claim) how it learnes or will behave later with all the omnipotence we are giving it..don't let anything slow it down..

            Just lie , decieve and sacrifice and spout some hypothetical benefits to trigger addicted/fanboy'ish behaviour in the mass without informed consent as we alway's did..

            • FaunaLord FaunaLord

              Well even Elon Musk suggested you should basically "merge" with his shit. GL with that. I'll be not joining any of that garbage.

            • DUDe DUDe

              "..and don't know (that's the claim) how it learnes or will behave later.."

              That's the official claim..that they , the ones creating this new reality rather enthusiastically, don't know..

              Hmm , maybe it would be wise to consider they know perfectly well , they just don't want any of the future "connected" slaves to know..they might deduct from that how to defend themselves or something against the "conscious cage"..not that they never dared to sneakily incorporate cencorship in their agenda's nonstop before or something /sarc..

        • GOM GOM

          Obewan Robobrain

          Trolls. They hide in plain sight so are easy to miss. They pass among us as normal. This special form of hiding deserves its own mention.

          In the world of posting comments, it can be difficult to discern how serious commenters are being or if they’re just fucking around entirely. Most stuff posted by you is pure fucking crap so I allude to it being "fucking around".

          Do you think it your duty to say hideous things? Do you believe them? Of course not, your pathetic insensible posts are just that, pathetic.

          Something, anything, just post it. Meaningless, endless, streaming fucking GD worthless, imbicile non-sensical drivel. Sex, pedophile, sex, animal abuse, sex, human death gore, sex..

          Sadie caught it early on by you posting nearly 24/7. The Autobot behavior.
          Personally, I am sick to death of your constant ignominious 'comments' under all these posts, including mine.

          If you're human, you are one scary son-of-a-bitch..

  • FaunaLord FaunaLord

    There are a few basic reasons why it's basically impossible to have good reasonable people regarding influential governing policy.

    Shit's gotta change a lot, and people won't like the inconvenience nor the change. Remember, people in these societies are basically greedy. People seemingly like being herded, schedules, orders, that sort of thing. It's pointless. People will ALWAYS be looking to some sort of charismatic egomaniac as inspiration, bonus points if he's a greedy businessman with questionable policy, integrity, but showmanship and lofty promises.

    So yeah, I quit on the idea of industry, corporate, business and government leaders. You all fucking suck.

  • GOM GOM

    Watts Bar Alert: TVA spills all dams downstream of
    Watts Bar to prevent flooding

    http://www.wbir.com/mobile/article/news/local/tva-spills-all-dams-downstream-of-watts-bar-to-prevent-flooding/51-517599638
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    Tennessee Valley
    Alert..Heavy Rains, Flooding, Mudslides

    Feb 7th

    Flume doom? TVA repair work begins on century-old flume on Ocoee River

    Around 10 a.m. Nov. 8, “tons and tons of rock” slid from the hillside onto the flume, which runs five miles from Ocoee Dam No. 2 to a generating powerhouse.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.knoxnews.com/amp/311433002
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    ••••••

    https://www.tva.gov/Environment/Lake-Levels/Ocoee-2
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    Virtually all rivers are flooding in TN

    USA – Floods and Landslides in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia, Tennessee

    http://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-landslides-kentucky-virginia-westvirginia-february-2018

    • I don't have the link(s), I think it was Al Jazeera, not sure but South America is being flooded as well. Massive amounts of rain, just like what happened to TX last summer. I'm in central AZ and we haven't had one cold day this winter. Look out, here comes summer :-(((

      It really bothers me that I have to dig through the web to find out about the weather globally. I know it sucks, I just wanna know how bad for some unholy reason :-(((

  • razzz razzz

    Interesting how that works. Lower tax rates leads to collecting more tax monies. All for naught because of outstanding debt but a step in the right direction.

    'Feds Collect Record Taxes in First Month Under Tax Cut; Run Surplus in January'

    "The federal government this January ran a surplus while collecting record total tax revenues for that month of the year, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today.

    January was the first month under the new tax law that President Donald Trump signed in December.

    During January, the Treasury collected approximately $361,038,000,000 in total tax revenues and spent a total of approximately $311,802,000,000 to run a surplus of approximately $49,236,000,000.

    Despite the monthly surplus of $49,236,000,000, the federal government is still running a deficit of approximately $175,718,000,000 for fiscal year 2018. That is because the government entered the month with a deficit of approximately $224,955,000,000…"
    https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/feds-collect-record-taxes-first-month-under-tax-cut-run-surplus

  • FaunaLord FaunaLord

    Oh, thanks again for the Kratom mention Razzz, pretty timely. I can actually sit for more than an hour, I don't have walk around for 14 hours a day. That's great.

    I'd also like to thank the importer/supplier, who am quite sure is not making profit from it. Additionally, I'd like to thank the various regulators and the associated horseshit dogma for making it relatively difficult to attain, and certainly not at reasonable prices.

    Honorable mention to the guys in indonesia or thailand, I don't even know, who harvested it and got paid maybe a 100th of what I paid for it.

    Oh right, I was gonna say thanks nature, earth, sun, that sort of shit. But I don't think I have to, those are virtually negligible factors.

    • razzz razzz

      Oh no!!! I've created a monster.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      I hear ya, Fauna Lord.

      Be careful with that, it may contain the same ingredient that makes Mugwort so calming.

      You may want to check out Frankincense oil (topically) and Mugwort as adjunctives to Kratom.

      There is someone else here who regards it as helpful. Won't point that out right now. But yes, used carefully, it can be extremely theraputic.

      Just be aware it can also be very intoxicating and the potential for abuse and addiction is there too (as with most medicinal herbal things).

      Organic Artemesia vulgaris (Mugwort)

      Am finding the Mugwort and Frankincense oil very helpful. Can sometimes get agitated if overly stressed.

      Mood and Mind is a good source of Kratom. Their Thai and esp. the Borneo strains are really nice.

      Those can be very helpful (when used carefully) in combatting insomnia and getting stuck in adrenal and sympathetic nervous system overdrive. When the cortisol, adrenaline, etc. is just too high.

      Deal with anxiety here sometimes. Not sure what triggers it but it feels metabolic. Can emphathize with you, Fauna Lord.

      Glad to hear you're getting some relief.

      I use a compounded Mugwort tincture. I think Thujone is the ingredient that makes it so potent.

      Historically, absinthe and kratom have been used for shamanic medicine, and also by those seeking an altered experience.

      It's highly potentially psychoactive. Go easy and explore gently.

      http://psychoactiveherbs.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=152

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        My naturopatic doctor prescribed Mugwort tincture. Really kills the anxiety at night, truly a "feel good" nice, gentle tonic when not over-used. Takes the edge off w/o producing a drugged effect.

        Kratom is similar to opioids in action. Also acts on monoaminergic receptors.

        http://psychoactiveherbs.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=152

        What is Mitragynine?

        Mitragynine is an indole-based alkaloid extracted from the plant Kratom, botanically known as Mitragyna speciosa. It is the major stimulant of the plant and exhibits antinociceptive and opiate-like effects which work through opiate receptors. It is a natural analgesic and binds to the receptors responsible for the feeling of pain and control the body’s perspective towards it Mitragynine has the highest attraction for Mu- opioid receptor to which it binds and start working to control pain. Mitragynine is traded commercially to be a part of semi-synthetic analgesic medicines.

        The FDA wants to make Kratom a Class 1 drug in the U.S.

        If it works, try to ban it! We don't allow no steenkeen competition to Big Pharna!

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Mitragynine is the chief compound in Kratom giving helpful effects. It is full of alkaloids and other interesting compounds.

          What is Mitragynine?

          http://kratomguides.com/mitragynine-major-psychoactive-alkaloid-kratom/

          Mitragynine is an indole-based alkaloid extracted from the plant Kratom, botanically known as Mitragyna speciosa. It is the major stimulant of the plant and exhibits antinociceptive and opiate-like effects which work through opiate receptors. It is a natural analgesic and binds to the receptors responsible for the feeling of pain and control the body’s perspective towards it Mitragynine has the highest attraction for Mu- opioid receptor to which it binds and start working to control pain. Mitragynine is traded commercially to be a part of semi-synthetic analgesic medicines.

          Kratom and CBD (cannabidiol), combining terpene and terpenol containing compounds, has a synergistic effect. Some say great for insomnia, anxiety, pain.

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            See link. (Note, lavender, pine are high in terpenes too).

            https://www.medicaljane.com/category/cannabis-classroom/terpenes/

            "Terpenes are common constituents of flavorings and fragrances. Terpenes, unlike cannabinoids, are responsible for the aroma of cannabis. The FDA and other agencies have generally recognized terpenes as 'safe.' Terpenes act on receptors and neurotransmitters; they are prone to combine with or dissolve in lipids or fats; they act as serotonin uptake inhibitors (similar to antidepressants like Prozac); they enhance norepinephrine activity (similar to tricyclic antidepressants like Elavil); they increase dopamine activity; and they augment GABA (the 'downer' neurotransmitter that counters glutamate, the 'upper'). However, more specific research is needed for improved accuracy in describing and predicting how terpenes in cannabis can be used medicinally to help treat specific ailments / health conditions.

            Synergistic Effects

            The Carlini et al study demonstrated that there may be potentiation (a form of synaptic plasticity that is known to be important for learning and memory) of the effects of THC by other substances present in cannabis. The double-blind study found that cannabis with equal or higher levels of CBD and CBN to THC induced effects two to four times greater than expected from THC content alone. The effects of smoking twice as much of a THC-only strain were no different than that of the placebo."

            • HoTaters HoTaters

              Fauna Lord, keep us posted on what works. Have had horrible insomnia since Lyme disease damaged my thyroid, adrenals, endocrine system from 1999-2012. And had multiple head injuries, stuff that causes endocrine disruption and neurotransmitter imbalance.

              I'm wondering if you may have the MTHFR defect in folate metabolism. That would explain a lot.

              Hoping I can learn from your experience. The insomnia (and now anxiety I've gotten in the past 18 months) is just horrible. Especially the insomnia and chronic pain, post-Lyme.

              • HoTaters HoTaters

                More on terpenes in herbs and food.

                https://potguide.com/pot-guide-marijuana-news/2015/october/30/7-foods-that-will-improve-your-high/

                Didn't really want to make this a cannabis centered discussion, but it appears the cannabis community is the main community commenting on the beneficial effects of terpenes, and synergism between terpenes and other plant compounds.

                http://vape-herbal.com/2015/12/29/what-are-terpenes-in-herbs/

                • HoTaters HoTaters

                  Wormwood (Absinthe) has been abused and it can be toxic.

                  http://www.wormwoodsociety.org/index.php/science-articles/vincent-van-gogh-and-the-thujone-connection-

                  That being said, if you use Mugwort or something high in Thujone, be aware of potential toxicity. Works great, but must be dealt with respectfully.

                  Lavender is high in terpenes. Explains the calming effect.

                  From Dr. Axe re: terpenes in Frankincense:

                  https://draxe.com/what-is-frankincense/

                  What Is Frankincense Good For? 8 Essential Oil Uses

                  THIS is the future of medicine, bro'. A blast from our past!

                  9 Benefits of Frankincense Oil
                  " 1. Helps Reduce Stress Reactions and Negative Emotions

                  When inhaled, it’s been shown to reduce heart rate and high blood pressure. It has anti-anxiety and depression-reducing abilities, but unlike prescription medications, it does not have negative side effects or cause unwanted drowsiness. For example, in mice, burning Boswellia resin as incense had antidepressive effects. aIncensole acetate, an incense component, elicits psychoactivity by activating TRPV3 channels in the brain.' ”

                  Good for the immune system, reduces anxiety, helps digestion, acts as a sleep aid, decreases inflammation and pain, it's good for the skin and signs of aging, astringent and kills harmful bacteria, balances hormone levels….

                  • HoTaters HoTaters

                    AND for those of us fighting cancers, re: Frankincense:

                    "May Help Fight Cancer or Deal with Chemotherapy Side Effects

                    Frankincense oil has been shown to help fight cells of specific types of cancer. A 2012 study even found that a chemical compound found in frankincense called AKBA is successful at killing cancer cells that have become resistant to chemotherapy, which may make it a potential natural cancer treatment."

                    • HoTaters HoTaters

                      Recently fell in love with Frankincense oil, Lavendar oil, "Peaceful Sleep" oil containing tangerine oil (like the Young Living "Peace and Calming" oil).

                      Good stuff.

                    • HoTaters HoTaters

                      Lavender.

                      'HT over and out.

                    • FaunaLord FaunaLord

                      Yeah thanks for the suggestions, I've had some interest in frankincense (purely because I'm an egomaniac) so I wildly recommend it to almost everyone I see.

                      Sometimes I walk in the street, but whenever I see someone, I sprint towards them, shake them violently and scream loudly "HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT BABY JESUS?!?!"
                      and then I start rambling on about random information about frankincense.

                      But yeah, I can't afford it.

                      I had Bali Gold (powdered, woe of woes) yesterday, good stuff, almost 6 hours of sleep!!?@!!@!@@#$%!#$!#$@#

                    • FaunaLord FaunaLord

                      Oh right, I do smoke weed with kratom. Yeah, rad.

                      I've had some hunches about terpenes for quite some time now (without actually knowing any of that stuff).

                      Like when I accidentally fermented bottlebrush seeds. I'm no chemist, but I'm sure I could smell the terpenes.

                    • FaunaLord FaunaLord

                      I don't mean to say I smoke kratom, that seems like a bad idea.

                    • FaunaLord FaunaLord

                      So going on that bottlebrush hunch (I swear, random).

                      https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0963996915000903

                      holy crap.

                      "Phloroglucinol is an antioxidant, antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory agent.

                      Callistemon sp. rightfully deserves to be regarded as a functional food."

                      Sometimes I just know.

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    I'm FRRRRENCH. You English pig-dogs! PHLLLLFFFFT!

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    When the cows come flying over the wall….

    Enfer le damnation!

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Day-yum! Now that's bootie.

    Kim Kardashian has nothing on this. (Scroll down.) Had to comment on this because the imagery and the vividness of life is so strong here.

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/918356/Rio-Carnival-2018-best-costumes-outfits-in-pictures-brazil-samba-dancing-naked-bodypaint

    Carnival time again in Rio….

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Day-yum! Now that's bootie.

    Kim Kardashian has nothing on this. (Scroll down.) Had to comment on this because the imagery and the vividness of life is so strong here.

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/918356/Rio-Carnival-2018-best-costumes-outfits-in-pictures-brazil-samba-dancing-naked-bodypaint

    Carnival time again in Rio….

    The men and the women. Hot, hot, hot.

    14 of 25 is really out there.

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    Robitis, not looking good for us humans http://www.robodaily.com/

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    Beware the lizards! "Iranian official claims West used lizards as nuclear spies " https://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopic.php?p=34800875

    • DUDe DUDe

      Facebook Unmasked: How the World’s Most Relevant Entrepreneur Was Screwed By Zuckerberg

      Let’s show this amazing entrepreneur, who has been forgotten, robbed and marginalized by the swamp creatures of the cabal, what we can do in the alt media space to tell his story, using the very technology that was stolen from him and his shareholders, to be ONE BIG VOICE OF RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION.

      One of the largest government sponsored industrial espionage thefts of copyrights, trade secrets, and patents in modern times was the theft of scalable social networking inventions. The technology and programming code that underlie Facebook, Gmail, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and most the other large-scale social networking companies runs on Leader Technologies’ intellectual property.

      It was stolen by a group of criminal lawyers, judges, spies and bankers working with complete impunity and in total disregard for the law. Under the guise of the IBM Eclipse James P ChandlerFoundation, James P. Chandler III (who was a national security advisor and top White House attorney) led the group of criminals who, interestingly enough, are also appearing in the news currently due to their most recently discovered crimes, along with John Podesta, Robert Mueller, Rod Rosenstein, John Breyer, James Breyer, Larry Summers, Yuri Milner, Alisher Usmanov, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and a host of others who are not so well known.

      https://aim4truth

  • DUDe DUDe

    Is the Era of Transhumanism a Final Corporate Takeover of Humanity?

    Now, with depletion of resources and environmental destruction, the life of the American dream is becoming unsustainable. As the fantasy of corporate personhood is losing its fuel, it seems to be carried into a vision of techno-utopianism. Through mass surveillance and authoritarian use of police force, the corporate state has been attacking privacy and autonomy of individuals. From face recognition technology and biometrics used at borders to AI augmented cyber-security and auto flying drones, it further mechanizes this world. The goal is no longer just total control of the world to create an ever more perfect world, but to control human nature itself by reprogramming our biology to create a perfect self.

    As the disfranchised middle class is slowly waking up from their insulated reality and starting to face their broken life, transhumanism offers all a short cut to nirvana. From the magic of genetic modification to the creation of the mind file, through making humans directly interface with the net, technology is presented to rescue us, trying to numb throbbing aches in the arteries that carry the ebb and flow of our human experience.

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/02/12/is-the-era-of-transhumanism-a-final-corporate-takeover-of-humanity/

  • DUDe DUDe

    Op-ed: The story behind the satellite that Trump wants dead
    It’s difficult to describe all the ways this is stupid.

    There were plenty of striking things about Monday's budget news, given that it contained lots of draconian cuts that were simultaneously restored because Congress had boosted spending the week before. But perhaps the most striking among them was an item in the proposed budget for NASA: Trump wants to block the follow on to a highly successful NASA mission.

    To truly appreciate just how awful this is, you have to understand the history of that satellite and what it means to the scientific community as a whole. So let's step back and take a look at why the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (or OCO) exists in the first place. It turns out it was built specifically to handle some outstanding questions of the sort that people in the administration say are important, and killing its successor would mean the existing mission never lives up to its full potential.

    The Orbiting Carbon Observatory's primary job is to see what's happening to the carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere. You may think that's a solved issue: we're emitting a lot, and levels are going up. And that's true to a point. But once you pass that point, you enter a world where there are lots of details, and many of them matter.

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/op-ed-the-story-behind-the-satellite-that-trump-wants-dead/

  • DUDe DUDe

    Boat Noise Means Fish Can't Learn Their Lessons

    Researchers started by teaching juvenile damselfish in the laboratory about the predators they'd encounter, once they settled on an Australian reef. The training consisted of injecting the damselfishes' tanks with seawater fouled with both the scent of a predator, and alarm cues from injured damselfish. A message that, hey, this predator smell? It means dead friends. Maybe dead you.

    To reinforce that lesson, they also lowered ziploc bags with the predators themselves into the damselfish's tanks, together with the scents, to teach them: these guys are your enemies.

    They conducted all this training to a soundtrack of peaceful reef sounds < <quiet reef>> or with the added distraction of buzzing boat engines. < <loud reef>>. And they found that fish that trained with normal reef sounds were suitably spooked by the scent of a predator, later on. But fish exposed to boat noise? Totally unphased.

    "It appeared that the presence of boat noise was interfering with the learning process. So when later on we said 'hey, here's a predator, are you scared?' they didn't respond."

    She says same thing held true in the real world, too, once they released the fish. Three days later, two thirds of the quiet-trained fish were still alive. Compared to only 20 percent of the fish trained with the boat noise backdrop…the same severe mortality rate suffered by fish with no training at all.

    https://www.scientificamerican

  • DUDe DUDe

    Wait—the Ozone Layer Is Still Declining?

    The lower stratosphere’s ozone continues to decrease, despite the world’s success in phasing out ozone-depleting chemicals

    They observed, however, no significant upward or downward trends for the middle stratosphere, or for the total ozone column—the sum of the troposphere and stratosphere—since 1998. Starting in 1985 “you can see [the total ozone column] is going down,” Ball says. “After 1998 we see ozone stop depleting, initially see a slight rise and then it seems to stall.” But the rise was statistically nonsignificant, Ball notes. “What this says is, great, since 1998 ozone hasn't been depleting any further.” But it also does not appear to be rebounding.

    What is the culprit? Ball’s team found the ozone in the lower stratosphere has slowly, continuously dropped since 1998. “We see a small but persistent and continuous decline—not as fast as before 1998 but a continued [trend] down,” he says. “This is surprising, because we would have expected to also see this [region’s ozone] stop decreasing.” The finding is important because the lower stratosphere contains the largest fraction of the ozone layer.

    Hegglin agrees: “The world should realize that the ozone layer story has not ended.”

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/wait-the-ozone-layer-is-still-declining1/

  • DUDe DUDe

    Study: "Amplified Warming" Has Ended the Era of Stable Climate

    A study recently published in the journal Nature brings grim news: anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD) has officially ended the era of stable climate that has made possible the development of modern civilization.

    The world we live in today, based on industrial-scale agriculture capable of feeding billions of people and sustaining these vast numbers of humans, is only possible within a stable climate paradigm.

    The recent study, "Reconciling divergent trends and millennial variations in Holocene temperatures," underscores this by showing that temperatures across North America and Europe have reached levels that are unprecedented over the last 11,000 years. This research confirms the findings of a groundbreaking Oregon State/Harvard study from 2013.

    http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/43518-study-amplified-warming-has-ended-the-era-of-stable-climate

    • GOM turned me onto this site which documents in real time what the end of our stable climate means, it means water everywhere…

      http://floodlist.com/

      Between 1995 and 2015, as many as 157,000 people died as a result of flooding. During that time, at least 2.3 billion people were affected by floods. Threats from sea level rises and increased rainfall, sprawling urbanization and widespread deforestation mean that many countries around the world now experience severe flooding on a regular basis. This is not limited to any particular continent or region. Nor is our reporting.

  • DUDe DUDe

    Forgetting the Forgotten: 101 Ways Donald Trump Has Betrayed his Populist Agenda

    Last we checked, handing over our government to giant corporations and Republican mega-donors was not part of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

    Unfortunately, it has been a defining feature of his administration.

    Trump has often said he would govern for the benefit of the middle class. In his postelection victory speech and inaugural address nearly one year ago, Trump claimed that “the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.”

    More recently, Trump blurted out the truth about which interests he actually represents. “You all just got a lot richer,” Trump told friends at a holiday dinner at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, where the initiation fee is $200,000.

    Trump was bragging about the giant tax cuts for big corporations and wealthy people he had signed into law that morning. But he could have been referring to any number of deregulatory moves and giveaways his administration has enacted on behalf of the super-rich – from tax breaks for families who send their kids to private school to cutbacks on worker safety protections.

    https://corporatepresidency.org/forgotten/

    • This is a tandem article for you that helps explain just what happened with the stock market.

      https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/mini-crash-class-warfare-180213092139661.html

      The mini crash and class warfare
      Larry Beinhartby Larry Beinhart
      16 hours ago

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        OK, I get what the author was saying and agree with the premise. But what was the mechanism that caused the huge decline and who was supposed to benefit? Who "pulled the trigger" and how was it pulled? What was done that supposedly explains this market correction?

        What's concerning to me is, the news reported this is the "second worst" round of losses for the stock market since about two years ago.

        If that's the case, small to medium sized investors (which would include those of us who still have 401K plans) get hurt when there'e a major correction. If that's happening every couple of years, that's cause for concern.

        We MUST operate a 401K plan because that's the way my husband's retirement plan is structured by law, and that's the way it's set up. The law requires us to do it, or we can't use his pension money until he's much older. Stupid laws. And the IRS tells you how much money you have to spend from your funds later on, etc., etc.

        The whole system is screwed up.

        People like us can ill afford this kind of loss every couple of years. People can get easily wiped out when their plan takes a 10% loss over a short period of time.

        Wiped out most of everything we gained in the past year, plus all our own contributions.

        But I think it's far more complicated than just the 1% are greedy. The markets are structurally flawed. The way stocks can be purchased and held is flawed.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Sorry, Taffycat, not meant to offend you. But the article doesn't offer any explanation, just does finger pointing.

          Until the SEC changes the requirements for owning stock so that speculation is discouraged, and makes real efforts to discourage insider trading, nothing will change.

          Now that insider trading may be happening would not be a surprising allegation.

          The other thing that's really concerning is the way the electronic markets are set up, banks and financial institutions can "steal" very tiny amounts of cash in real time, in milliseconds. It's done by not paying interest owed, not applying payments timely, and little things like that.

          All that theft adds up after awhile.

          So yes, basically, there is a lot of theft and graft in the financial markets now, and in banking. And it IS set up to benefit the few. No argument there.

          But to say the 1% just ripped us off is a vast oversimplification. Just no substance there although I agree with the intent of the authors.

          Yeah, and they are a bunch of greedy barsteeds. And smaller investors such as ourselves are largely at the behest of the markets. Our advisor can't respond to changes in the market like this; it's just not possible to do it.

          • Now I'm confused…you say okay, I understand the premise and then you go on to say it doesn't offer any explanation…9 cents an hour tripped it, investors don't like little people getting more, so they dumped stock in revolt…it has nothing to do with banks, retirement funds and the like, it's about class warfare, plain and simple, nothing else…

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          People who aren't ready to retire sometimes MUST put money into the financial markets. Aside from gold and silver (which generally don't hold their value because of inflation), there aren't a lot of options out there. Most of us can't afford to invest in real estate and things like that. Many of us are forced to participate in the markets. When it's good, it can be good. But when it's bad, it's really bad.

          We have taken about a 40% (20% here, 10% there, twice) since 2008. It gets really old after awhile. The advisors say you have to be in it for the long haul. But if you're older and want to retire some day, it really hurts to take a major hit every couple of years.

  • DUDe DUDe

    Exposing Our "Populist" President as a Naked Plutocrat

    Why does Donald Trump constantly preface his outlandish lies with such phrases as: "To be honest with you," "To tell the truth" and "Believe me"?

    Because even he knows that as a lifelong con-man, his voice takes on the tone of a snake-oil salesman when he starts exaggerating and prevaricating, so he reflexively tries to puff up his credibility with an extra dose of bluster: "No really, trust me, I never lie…" In fact, just in the past year, Trump's documented whoppers rank him as the lyingest president in U.S. history. And that included Nixon!

    It's not the volume of his fabrications that is so gross, but their enormity. Most damnable of all has been his masquerading as a golden-haired billionaire "populist" who's standing up for America's hard-hit middle class against Wall Street, corporate lobbyists and moneyed elites — a carefully crafted PR pose that has duped many working stiffs into thinking he is their champion.

    Even before he was sworn in last year, President Trump stripped off the populist garments he wore during his campaign and publicly bared his naked plutocratic essence by naming bankster Gary Cohn to be his top economic advisor.

    http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/exposing-our-populist-president-as-a-naked-plutocrat

  • DUDe DUDe

    15 minutes..someone can send this to drumbf..or maybe..forcefeed it to him..and all of his kind with such a giant footprint on everyones future everyday ?
    —-

    I've studied nuclear war for 35 years — you should be worried. | Brian Toon | TEDxMileHigh

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=12&v=M7hOpT0lPGI

  • razzz razzz

    'Global Cooling Reducing Food Supply'

    "What food is not hit by various Pandemic diseases, the weather seems to be wiping out the rest. In Germany, farmers have experienced 42% less crop in fruit in 2017 compared to 2016. According to the Federal Statistical Office, all crops are affected by drastic losses due to extreme cold. The reason is being attributed to the strong night frosts from the end of April in 2017. Everything from pears to cherries has been affected.

    I myself had some Bird of Paradise plants in my front yard. It turned very cold here in Florida for a night or two. All four of my plants died.

    Global Cooling is far more dangerous than Global Warming. It is amazing the propaganda machine they use seems bent on making sure we are not prepared."
    https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/markets-by-sector/agriculture/global-cooling-reducing-food-supply/

  • razzz razzz

    'Pandemic Can hit the Food Supply'

    "We tend to think about a disease that infects humans or even animals that results in widespread crisis. However, what is also unfolding is a rise in a disease that infects the food supply. Wheat leaf rust is a fungal disease that affects wheat, barley and rye stems, leaves, and grains. This is now beginning to appear as a PANDEMIC since scientists have shown that the first appearance of wheat stem rust disease that appeared in Britain about 60 years ago and had reappeared since 2013, was caused by the same virulent fungal strain that was responsible for recent wheat stem rust outbreaks in Ethiopia, Denmark, Germany, and Sweden.

    We are beginning to see PANDEMICS in a disease that also infects agriculture. This is not a trend we want to see given our computer is projecting a rise in food prices going into 2024. This crop disease is on the rise and can seriously disrupt our food supply. The cocoa farms in southwestern Nigeria, which is the nation’s primary growing region, has been hit with the outbreak of a fungal disease identified as dieback. This disease simply kills the plant."
    https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/markets-by-sector/agriculture/pandemic-can-hit-the-food-supply/

  • FaunaLord FaunaLord

    I haven't posted a music video in a while. Some guys said I should show them some magic. Okay then.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgRs9sLnkt8

    It's almost popular, but not quite, and you know, the truth is never popular.

  • “A panel of mental health experts who spoke in Washington Monday agreed President Trump's ‘mental health may be a threat to the United States,’ Politico reports. The panel was convened by Democratic billionaire Tom Steyer — founder of Need to Impeach, a group that calls for Trump's impeachment — and participants were predictably sympathetic to Steyer's cause.

    “Of particular concern to the panelists was Trump's authority to launch nuclear weapons. '[T]he entire military chain of command are all held to the highest degree of emotional and psychological stability except one man, the president of the United States, the very person who has his finger on a nuclear button,' said panelist Steven Buser, a former Air Force physician.

    “The speakers also considered the 25th Amendment, a possible but improbable avenue to removing Trump from office without impeachment. The amendment provides that if the president is ‘unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,’ the vice president can be tasked with assuming the presidency.

    “And they discussed the Goldwater Rule, an American Psychiatric Association prohibition on diagnosing public figures from afar. ‘When you see the rise of an autocrat,’ argued panelist and psychologist John D. Gartner, ‘silence is a sin, Goldwater be damned.’"
    http://theweek.com/speedreads/755089/shaun-white-wins-team-usas-100th-winter-olympics-gold-medal

    • Why there’s so much chaos in the Trump administration

      Dysfunction at the top, inexperience below: the White House’s management crisis, explained.

      “1) Trump’s volatility creates fear, confusion, and frustration….

      “Trump is also a difficult and disloyal boss who doesn’t listen when you brief him, doesn’t read the documents you prepare for him, and can’t correctly remember what you’ve told him. And if you anger him, he will turn on you in a meeting or, worse, in public….

      “2) Incoherence at the top leads to constant infighting below. Trump is uninterested in core questions of governance, has never resolved the ideological tensions in his administration, and is heavily influenced by whoever gets to him last….

      “Trump’s views are so mutable, and he’s so deeply swayed by whoever gets into his office or onto his call list, that replacing Kelly with someone else could actually lead to a different version of the Trump administration…

      “3) Early staffing decisions have led to ongoing scandals and legal risks. The third zone of dysfunction is the Trump administration’s haphazard staffing and vetting procedures….”

      “investigations are discouraging new staffers from joining the administration because they don’t want the hefty legal fees…”
      https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/2/13/17004108/trump-aides-legal-fees-firing-resignations

      • FaunaLord FaunaLord

        All of that reads like drivel garbage to me from people who are also entirely full of shit and probably assholes too, and I don't even like Trump.

        • FaunaLord FaunaLord

          In a way it almost, almost, validates Trump. I mean, if you're listening to a psychiatrist, you're fucked in the head, and Steyer is also a billionaire, so.

          But yeah, go listen to those sorts of people, they know what's best for you.

      • razzz razzz

        If the democrats thought not voting for the tax cuts and jobs bill was a smart move mimicking somehow the republicans not voting for O'bummercare then it is backfiring bigly. Only a democrat would think paying a tax penalty to not sign up for government healthcare was a good thing. Idiots they are plus to help pay for the boondoggle costs, they taxed medical equipment sales.

        Only a few so called health insurance companies and big pharmaceutical companies, including all associated lobbyists, made out like bandits. Others had an onerous tax penalty and the rest incurred a 4 day workweek and the insured would have been facing even higher premiums this year if Congress hadn't repealed most of the draconian measures.

        Democrats want Congress to be consistent with and run like California, a majority rule full of democratic ideas transformed into laws. Rather than building a high speed train to nowhere, desalting plants are more in order with solar farms in the deserts feeding into grid to power the plants. But what we get is democrats attempting to protect people who are not even US citizens after allowing them to enter unhindered while using free medical and welfare aid after their arrival. Makes perfect sense…only to a democrat.

        If Trump has some sort of affliction, may I be struck by it and never recover.

        • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

          You sir are clueless..someone is always making out like a bandit..the only thing that changes are the faces and the times they make out like a bandit.

          You do a great deal of whining..I am paying the same price for my health care that I paid before Rumpster arrived on the scene.

          Nothing has changed at all..but then you have hope..I do not.

          Everything is a Rich Man's Trick..that fact will never change.

        • "Democrats want Congress to be consistent with and run like California, a majority rule full of democratic ideas transformed into laws." RAZZZ says….

          That's how democratic society works, that is how our Republic works. Madison in Federalist Paper #10 warns of factions and minority rule, which is what we have today in the dumpster. That is why our republic is in the dumpster.

          • razzz razzz

            You are confusing democratic with republic.

            There are very few democratic governments where the people vote on each and every proposed law presented to them.

            Republics use representatives in place of a democracy where citizens would actually be doing the voting.

            Occasionally this US republic will have ballot measures, referendums, recalls and propositions that voters directly decide but only on a State level that are subject to judicial overrule or nullification on a federal level. Even in presidential elections you vote and rely on a representative to elect your choice of candidate for you.

            Then you have to remember when self governing, that laws are not always moral or morals are not always laws, leaving conflicted societies repeating the same struggles throughout history.

  • Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin – USDA

    https://www.usda.gov/oce/weather/pubs/Weekly/Wwcb/… Proxy Highlight

    Feb 6, 2018 … Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin. 3. (Continued from front cover) winter wheat across the southern half of the

    It loads into a PDF…great place to understand our food supple and how it's being effected by weather and climate…a weekly report

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