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  • slandermen Deadboy

    https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/trump-administration-drug-pricing-17024/

    Can someone actually explain to me what that means? I'm left guessing a bit.

    • slandermen Deadboy

      Oh yeah, I wonder which of those islamic governments trump has dealings with had lobbyists like Akin fuckoffbullshit.

      https://steelguru.com/steel/trump-trade-war-oman-appoints-akin-gump-over-steel-tariffs/509184

      O, man…sure it's not the best example. But it does add up.

    • razzz razzz

      Trump is forcing competition.

      "…CMS will be sending a letter to all Medicare Part D plan sponsors this week directing them to eliminate the “gag clauses” that prevent pharmacists from advising their patients of the most affordable options to purchase drugs. CMS also updated its drug-pricing dashboard today to increase the information available to consumers regarding increases in drug prices. In addition, Secretary Azar noted that HHS will begin work immediately to develop a new set of incentives on drug list prices, and CMS will be issuing a request for proposal “in short order” for an alternative system for purchasing Medicare Part B drugs through a Competitive Acquisition Program.

      The administration is seeking feedback from stakeholders on a wide range of potential actions, providing opportunities to inform the administration’s thinking on how it can improve transparency and competition in the prescription drug market. A corresponding Request for Information (RFI) will be published in the Federal Register on May 16, and comments will be due by mid-July…"

      Elsewhere:
      'Trump administration tells court it won't defend Obamacare against lawsuit seeking to cripple it'
      https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jun/7/trump-administration-wont-defend-obamacare-against/

      • slandermen Deadboy

        Did you know we're going to get back to this soon and it won't look good?

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        there has always been competition in the drug, hospital and insurance markets. Did that make drugs hospitals and insurance affordable?
        Those industries are capitalist success stories. Their more is your less.

        I will now tell you how to make them competitive; cooperitive, non usury based insurance, non profit based medicine with legal and cooperative access to natural medicines. A shared non patented intellectual wealth, a non profit funding of non profit health science. Watch those wealth extractors squirm

        Trump is obviously a scam in motion

        Einstein said theres two things that are infinite; mans stupidity and the universe and hes not absolutely sure about the second

        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          Let me rephrase it

          a competitive insurance would be cooperatives based on non profit, non usury ideology. Some money would of course go to managing it. Maybe some perks where healthy people get some of the cash back. Insurance as it is is a scam supported by the government. Its ugly.

          a competitive medical system could be similar. A cooperative could pay doctors a base salary. This would take the profit motive out of keeping people sick, prescribing needless drugs surgeries and interventions.

          On a larger scale, research and intellectual property could be free access. Sure as shootin' this is socialism. Not forced socialism though, because people could subscribe to the cooperative or not.

          As it is, the fierce capitalist motive outlaws or obstructs natural medicines, free medicines or interventions, jacks up prices 100s and 1000s of times, causes a corrupt FDA, corrupt doctors and a legion of non productive sales people and insurance people which have to be supported by medical costs and hidden subsidies. Its ugly

          Trump isnt doing shit

          • slandermen Deadboy

            Can I take a wild guess about how some of this works?

            Imagine some of that obamacare/tax money going to subsidizing preferred manufacturers and baaaasically pushing more of that, maybe even mandating it. Under the guise of the war on opiates, I guess.

  • slandermen Deadboy

    Nikki Haley (i don't even care if I got that right), apparently, donald trump donated to her at some point. Also, some other corporate relations and a bunch of other associations.

    The thing though, apparently she was supposed to, you know, represent citizens, what she did was sue the government (which she worked for) because of nuclear shit, right? But, she also promoted nuclear shit in South Carolina, I'm guessing we've heard about that.

    Now, isn't it strange she is now the US-UN ambassador?

    At least, from what I've read. I'm gonna need a spade for this.

  • slandermen Deadboy

    There are a couple of drawbacks to being an insanely autistic lunatic.

    Adeptness at geomancy is not one of them, however.

  • How's all that winning workin' out for ya? Yep, we're winning the war on the poor. And yes, I live in HUD Housing, at least until this goes through Congress and becomes law. Keep ruttin' for those rethugs in red boys.

    https://www.apnews.com/d084d718ddda4fe087219825bad0fcbd/Analysis:-HUD-plan-would-raise-rents-for-poor-by-20-percent

  • earthsmith earthsmith

    Uh oh here comes FEMA…. now there is a reason to evacuate.
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/hawaiis-governor-fema-head-to-big-island-as-lava-continues-fiery-path/ar-AAykFGH
    It sucks for the folks but building homes in known possible lava flows on an active volcano?…just saying.

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    The median annual Lobbyist salary in Washington, DC is $120,513, as of April 29, 2018, with a range usually between $97,119-$166,182 not including bonus and benefit information and other factors that impact base pay.

    Bribery is considered illegal, while lobbying is not. This is the crucial difference; Bribery is considered an influence of political power by offering cash that affects political outcomes.. Whereas lobbying is considered an influence of political power by offering cash that affects political outcomes.

    More importantly, the first is against the rule of law while the second is not, and the rule of law is everything, even greater than god

    • earthsmith earthsmith

      Does that mean the law is the devil? Oh the law is money.

      Law is money, money is law
      Eat my shorts you filthy poor
      My stick is big, the hole you dig
      In it you sit, on it I take a shit
      You don't like it, we'll make you wipe it
      Look at my face, we make the case
      In case you're confused you be the abused
      Don't make a peep we can keep you under the sheet
      That's right lick my feet, ain't it sweet
      I am the law , boot on the neck crushing your core
      On and on and on and on and on and on and on and on you f$$king whores

    • Code —- Another sadly misguided attack on the wrong thing.

      It is not the Rule of Law that is the problem in the bribery via lobbying, it is the law itself.

      Ability to correctly identify the enemy is very important.

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        stock — another sadly misguided attack on the wrong thing. The wrong thing in this case is me in regard to the subject of law. Instead of calling me sadly misguided, why not open your mind to the possibility their might be something to what Im saying. Perhaps you dont even understand my position.

        I balk at the "rule-o'law" like a balk at "economigrowth". Why? those terms are assumptions, backed by emotional triggers. I would much prefer people call it simply law or growth in some sector of economics. Economic growth is a failed and rather ugly theme taken for granted. Economic growth was the rapid take over of North America. It wasnt all good. One has to define it. There are many things called economic growth that are in fact destructive.

        regarding rulolaw, there are some things wrong with it. For one, many people assume there can be one set of laws for everyone. Would you allow me to make up laws for you? Christians and Muslims especially have these ideas they strongly believe are universally correct. How can they be universally correct when they are invented by men in a specific ethnic/societal group at a specific time in history? A long time ago I introduced the idea of cannibalism to illustrate that not everyones idea of 'correct' is the same. Nobody got it. Many societies have been cannibalistic as a culture, not a need. Including some American Indians.

        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          So laws appear necessary for mankind. How sad right? When all the other animals are free from police and lawyers and managed with their small brains to be in balance with nature and settle disputes (often with ritualized fighting, other times deadly).

          Nature and the animals survived millions of years without imposed rulalaw, where mankind, with his books and books and books full of laws and his militarized police and prisons full of people were the most violent of the animals, inflicting the cruelest treatment on each other and the other species, and not only that, killed the ecosystem by over 50% in about 100 years. With our highly regarded rulalaws we will extinguish ourselves and many other species in short order. So we can agree that the rulalaw hasnt thus far worked out for nature very well.

          The rulalaw is a game. The poor people loose and the rich win…most of the time. The rich win until another rich guy gets better lawyers. I know three lawyers personally. They all have a firm belief in the rulalaw, yet when I ask them why the Hague hasnt convicted any president for war crimes, and Tepco is still making money and Monsanto can poison the world and cause who knows how many suicides from their aggressive capitalistic ways, I get silence.

          I believe we need laws. So complicated is society, so stupid, selfish, unethical and biased is man. But lets not fool ourselves that its some great achievement that has or will solve all problems. Its a really poor…

          • I get people very worried and confused when I tell them I am an anarchist who believes we need a government.

            Blows most people heads clean off.

          • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

            rulalaw is a poor substitute for something better. What that is exactly has not been determined, but given enough time, we would come up with it. Until then we will use laws. Laws that make criminals out of ordinary citizens. Laws that everyone will try to break, and Im talking about you and most people. Laws that are always made by stuffy idiots on the 28 floor of a highrise around a rosewood desk. That is figurative.

            I know that law can and sometimes is a noble pursuit. criminal law, civil law, common law, state statutes, federal statutes. They grow and grow and we support law men with our money because we are unable to function correctly without them. Or at least that is the theory.

            Before 1780, when John Adams included the idea in the Massachusetts Constitution, there was Archbishop Stephen Langton who gathered the Barons in England and forced King John and future sovereigns and magistrates under the rule of law, in return for exacting taxes. The Barons were powerful and so forced the king. But even though kings have been replaced by corporations, we sill have laws made or changed to suit the ruling class.

            Who really has the authority? Christians say GOD has, yet they must bend to the rule of man in contradiction to their biblical rules…so powerful is the rulalaw. I find our leaders to be idiots and miscreants and resent their yoke of laws around my neck. You should too

        • slandermen Deadboy

          "It is not the Rule of Law that is the problem in the bribery via lobbying, it is the law itself. "

          This is clearly bullshit, to some extent.

          You know why? Because the same shit involved with establishing law involves enforcing those laws.

          To say it in another way that perhaps leans more to responsibility, in one way, the law allows something shit, yet, you still have to be a piece of shit to be a piece of shit, through that law, if that law is the problem.

          The law allows me to have a gun, for instance, I may even have a license to kill. Okay, the indoctrination leading to my drone-like blind ignorant hatred, doesn't help. But still, I have to personally enact the rule of law and pull that trigger, given that I have the authority.

        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          excuse my typos…I see them, you see them

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      Dr Sircus is a big Trump fan. I believe he stated that people will have to die before Trumps greatness is appreciated, or something like that. I like some of his stuff though

      • Hilarious….don't deal with the topic or the evidence….just point out that someone is a "Trump fan" and poof, you don't even need a direct ad hominem.

        hatred blinds

        • slandermen Deadboy

          Well, you gotta be a fucking ignorant moron to be a trump fan, or worse, a criminal. There's that.

          Also, indoctrination is often a precursor to blind, ignorant hatred.

        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          Hilarious, judging me wrongly because of your Trump allegiance. In fact I did read the article. It wasnt just about climate change, which you have some idea of my view. It was a partisan thing, the death of the democrats. Let me quote

          "Aggression of the Imagination Level of Intelligence – The negative expression of aggression on this level of awareness is the calculated use of the imagination to enslave men. Psychological warfare is an example, but beyond that, it is the armed use of the imagination by men who know that what people think about themselves is what they become. Thus, there can be no greater aggression than to consciously manipulate and promote unsuspecting men and women into seeing themselves or the world as something they or it is not, in order that they may be exploited."

          Now I suppose you and Sircus agree thats what the democrats are doing. The reality is that the psychological warfare is not limited to democrats or liberals. You can easily verify this by looking at the history of psyops in the U.S.

          As a friend, your attacks are may be looking desperate to some. Just sayin

          • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

            would you like me to lay out some history of psychological warfare from partisan groups and gov regimes? Its fascinating.

            Democrats and republicans are two sides of the same dysfunctional greedy capitalist nightmare we salute and wave flags for. High time you drop your allegiance in favor of abolishing the whole swamp, both sides. If not by deed, by thought and word so that future people and animals can be freed of their smarmy tyranny

    • slandermen Deadboy

      See, I can't really argue that.

      But then again, you can ask anyone living on johannesburg about how shit's changed in the last 20 years so (given they've lived here for long enough). I gotta tell you, winter is later, there's rain more often in winter (meaning it's warmer) and uhm, the minimum temperatures are significantly higher than average, recently. That's pretty much all I can say.

      For some examples of this (you can check the trending months before after over the last few years to get an idea).

      https://www.accuweather.com/en/za/johannesburg/305448/june-weather/305448

      Look at the difference between minims currently and historical average minimum. It's a big difference.

      • slandermen Deadboy

        Jesus, sorry about the typing.

      • slandermen Deadboy

        Sun 5/27
        Actual Temp
        69° /50°
        Hist. Avg.
        65°/33°

        Mon 5/28
        Actual Temp
        68° /51°
        Hist. Avg.
        65°/33°

        Tue 5/29
        Actual Temp
        66° /46°
        Hist. Avg.
        65°/33°

        Wed 5/30
        Actual Temp
        64° /45°
        Hist. Avg.
        65°/32°

        Thu 5/31
        Actual Temp
        61° /46°
        Hist. Avg.
        65°/32°

        Fri 6/1
        Actual Temp
        66° /43°
        Hist. Avg.
        64°/32°

        Sat 6/2
        Actual Temp
        68° /38°
        Hist. Avg.
        64°/32°

        These are big ass fucking differences and it's been getting worse, and it's consistently worse.

      • slandermen Deadboy

        Last year I complained about the same thing, btw. All of the winter was much warmer than average, and this year, so far, seems even warmer.

  • slandermen Deadboy

    Talking about those continually adjusted background and allowable levels.

    "Globally, the background levels of tritium in water currently range between 1 and 4 Bq/L, which includes 0.1 to 0.6 Bq/L that is naturally-occurring and more than doubled by tritium remaining from nuclear testing. In oceans, tritium concentration levels at the surface are around 0.1 to 0.2 Bq/L. For comparison, naturally occurring tritium in rainwater in Japan between 1980-1995 was between 0.5- 1.5 Bq/L, and prior to 2011 in Fukushima rivers and tap water was generally between 0.5-1.5 Bq/L. In the US, the EPA standard for tritium in drinking water is 740 Bq/liter, while the EU imposes a limit of 100Bq/L.

    Fujita et al, Environmental Tritium in the Vicinity of Tokai Reprocessing Plant. Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 44:11, 1474-148"

    https://nuclear-news.net/2018/06/07/part-1-radioactive-water-at-fukushima-daiichi-what-should-be-done/

    S'over.

    • slandermen Deadboy

      I want to get back to this because it's fucking telling.

      0.1 to 0.6bq/l tritium is "natural" and I'm thinking it could even be less.

      Now why in the fuck is the EPA's limit for tritium in drinking water that much higher? That's like, 1200-7400 times higher than natural tritium levels.

      And I don't think it's fukushima-related, mostly. I think it's likely to cover some facilities in american, maybe say, near hanford or something like that.

      • slandermen Deadboy

        Anyone? Like, maybe some localized incidents with leakage and some "unfortunate" monitoring results somewhere, maybe the huron? I mean there must be some of reason to have the limit that high.

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        official limits on industrial toxins are set to protect corporations, not he environment. Thats called a capitalist success story

        • slandermen Deadboy

          I understand that, but, what I'm saying is, that high level (even relative to european standards, and I mean, they got sellafield and the shit in france, etc) suggests to me there are a few, extraordinary cases somewhere (?) in america that would result in something like that. And I'm kinda trying to figure out where that would be.

  • DUDe DUDe

    Victory for Whistleblowers in North Carolina: Court Reinstates Constitutional Challenge to 'Anti-Sunshine' Law

    The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Tuesday that a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of North Carolina's anti-sunshine law can go forward, reversing the decision of the federal district court. The law was designed to deter whistleblowers and undercover investigators from publicizing information about corporate misconduct, and a coalition including animal welfare, press freedom, food safety, and government watchdog groups is challenging the law's constitutionality.

    In its decision, the Fourth Circuit determined that plaintiffs' First Amendment rights were harmed if forced to "refrain[ ] from carrying out their planned investigations based on their reasonable and well-founded fear that they will be subject to significant exemplary damages." The fact that North Carolina has not yet enforced the anti-sunshine law and that the law imposes civil rather than criminal penalties does not prevent the plaintiffs from seeking to vindicate their constitutional rights. The state, the court writes, cannot pass a law that "by its terms [ ] prohibit[s] Plaintiffs' planned activities and [ ] subject[s] them to civil liability" and argue that the plaintiffs cannot sue to protect their freedom of speech.

    https://www.ecowatch.com/north-carolina-anti-sunshine-law-2575735371.html

  • DUDe DUDe

    MIT scientists created a “psychopath” AI by feeding it violent content from Reddit

    This comes from Newsweek, which explains that the scientists exclusively fed Norman violent and gruesome content from an unnamed Reddit page before showing it a series of Rorschach inkblot tests. While a “standard” AI would interpret the images as, for example, “a black and white photo of a baseball glove,” Norman sees “man is murdered by machine gun in broad daylight.” If that sounds extreme, Norman’s responses get so, so, so, so much worse. Seriously, it may just be an algorithm, but if they dumped this thing into one of those awful Boston Dynamics dog bodies, we would only have a matter of minutes before Killbots and Murderoids started trampling our skulls. Here are some examples from the study:…more..

    "Thankfully, there was a purpose behind this madness beyond trying to expedite the destruction of humanity. The MIT team—Pinar Yanardag, Manuel Cebrian, and Iyad Rahwan—was actually trying to show how some AI algorithms aren’t necessarily inherently biased, but they can become biased based on the data they’re given."

    https://news.avclub.com/mit-scientists-created-a-psychopath-ai-by-feeding-it-1826623094

  • slandermen Deadboy

    Dudes, I've been like the ruler of the underworld for… fuck knows how long. But finally, I've found something that eclipses even the necronomicon. The sheer insanity, the illogical evil nature of the writings and the philosophies, the convolution, the non-sensical and irrelevant mathematical terms, the total disregard for physical laws…I know my magic, but this…this is the Economichronicon.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Follow the slime trail…

    Home / Influence & Lobbying / Interest Groups / Energy/Natural Resources / Summary

    Led by the oil and gas industry, this sector regularly pumps the vast majority of its campaign contributions into Republican coffers. Even as other traditionally GOP-inclined industries have shifted somewhat to the left, this sector has remained rock-solid red.

    Since the 1990 election cycle, interests from this sector have contributed more than two-thirds of its campaign contributions to Republican candidates. Another big contributor in this sector – and another big GOP supporter – is the electric utilities industry. Less generous, but even more partisan, is the mining industry.

    https://www.opensecrets.org/industries/indus.php?Ind=E

  • DUDe DUDe

    Orangutan filmed trying to fight off digger destroying its jungle home

    Logging has destroyed vast swathes of animals' natural habitat in Borneo
    An orangutan has been filmed seemingly defending its home from being demolished by loggers.
    The animal was seen fruitlessly lashing out against a digger in the Sungai Putri forest in Borneo, Indonesia as loggers bulldozed through.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/orangutan-defends-jungle-home-video-digger-ape-borneo-indonesia-deforestation-a8387836.html

  • DUDe DUDe

    Why We Should Be Alarmed That Israeli Forces And U.S. Police Are Training Together

    The Israeli forces mowing down unarmed Palestinian protesters also train U.S. police forces that brutalize communities of color.

    May 14, the day the United States moved its embassy to Jerusalem in symbolic support of recognizing the city as Israel’s capital, was also the bloodiest day in this recent wave of demonstrations. In just one day, at least 50 Palestinians were killed and 2,400 more injured by the Israeli military. (Other counts put those figures even higher.)

    This isn’t an anomaly. In this latest wave of demonstrations, Israeli forces have killed dozens of unarmed protesters and wounded thousands more. And they’re not apologizing.

    The violence has additionally troubling implications for the United States—and not just for its foreign policy, but at home. That’s because U.S. police forces actually train extensively with the Israeli military. In fact, hundreds of federal, state, local, and even some campus law enforcement departments across the country have trained in some capacity with the Israeli forces now gunning down Palestinian protesters in droves.

    Some notable ones include the Chicago police, responsible for shooting and killing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. The Baltimore police too, who were responsible for killing 25-year-old Freddie Gray. And the St. Louis department, which was deployed in Ferguson when protests erupted after police killed 18-year-old Michael…

  • DUDe DUDe

    Ending US-Israel Police Partnerships, Reclaiming Safety

    ABOUT DEADLY EXCHANGE

    One of the most dangerous places where the regimes of Trump and Netanyahu converge is in exchange programs that bring together police, ICE, border patrol, and FBI from the US with soldiers, police, border agents, etc. from Israel. In these programs, “worst practices” are shared to promote and extend discriminatory and repressive policing in both countries. These include extrajudicial executions, shoot-to-kill policies, police murders, racial profiling, massive spying and surveillance, deportation and detention, and attacks on human rights defenders.

    https://deadlyexchange.org/

    • Jebus Jebus

      DUDe, did you copy and paste that text. The reason I ask is that it killed the RSS feed and I wondered what broke it. So I looked at the source of the RSS feed and there is an extra encoded character that came along between the words, "bring together". I tried to look at it on a droid to see if it was just an anomaly. The character was there in the source that downloaded. I opened it in firefox on the droid and there it was in the source. Only when I hovered over it with the mouse, the tooltip text said, "bogus comment". I'm not kidding, I'm kind of a geek, so I am wondering if the googs are tagging articles now…

    • Jebus Jebus

      The source of this page clearly shows the extra encoded character…

      • DUDe DUDe

        Morning Jebus , not a clear head yet but i try.. yes i copy and paste usually everything unless it is text in an image , then i sometimes type it over if not to big..

        I don't even know what killing the RSS feed means lol..

        But you are right..there was two litle squeere boxes with 00
        03 in them between the words "bring togheter" in the thirth line
        and between the words "both countries" in the fourth line counting from bottom up..

        These are only visible in the text-box on Ene before submitting , NOT in the litle notepad-tool i use inbetween those steps..i didden't realise it had a possible diabolical meaning or effect..thank you for bringing this to my attention..i take it i shall delete them next time i see that before submitting ?
        I hope no permanent damage is done lol

        • Jebus Jebus

          Hi DUDe, no worries and no big deal on the encoded characters.
          I just notice stuff and what those characters do to the RSS feed, (Really Simple Syndication), is choke the xml parser. XML is a presented format in hierarchical name value pairs. Easily parsed to render some parts or all to a page.

          ENENew's RSS Comments Feed is here:

          http://enenews.com/comments/feed

          Also, you have been here as long as me, pay no mind to those who pay no mind to the Earth. They are evolutionary dead ends…

  • DUDe DUDe

    Rampant conflicts of interest among state environmental officials
    Fourteen U.S. state environmental agencies are led by someone who used to work for an industry they now regulate.

    When Scott Pruitt took over the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last year, he promised to stem the tide of what he described as “federal overreach.” Pruitt’s “back to basics” agenda did not mean a renewed focus on the agency’s core mission, however, but rather shifting more power to states.

    The effects are already apparent. States now have more leeway regarding how they regulate toxic pollutants like coal ash, for instance, and more authority over which areas are targeted for failing to clean up pollution like ozone.

    With this increase in authority, it’s therefore important to pay attention to those in positions of power at the local level. As a ThinkProgress analysis reveals, nearly a third of all states’ top environmental officials have direct conflicts of interest with industries they’re supposed to oversee.

    https://thinkprogress.org/a-state-of-conflicted-interest-nearly-a-third-of-state-environment-officials-have-ties-to-industry-cd30f54373ae/

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      Trump and his man Pruitt had to fill the environmental agencies with prior industry heads so that he could fight the NWO. Its a sacrifice he had to make, its so obvious

  • slandermen Deadboy

    https://youtu.be/qlIfm5uCjPE

    "This song always reminds me of the few months i lived in SA and the ripple effect it had on my life.
    Also, i miss the sun."

    Funny comments.

    "This is the song my brother requested for his funeral! And I played it on the 12th Jan. 2017! "

    Birthday music.

  • GOM GOM

    Bill Gates: Planetary Carbon Sucking Magic Saviour..

    If I understand correctly, Gates & CO. is removing atmospheric CO2, washing it with unknown synthetic chemicals, then re-releasing it into green houses as fertilizer for tomatoes & cucumbers. [their words] Because 'we' won't cut our emissions.

    All for $100 dollars a ton.

    The pilot plant has been built in British Columbia and is extracting about a tonne of CO2 every day.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/science-environment-44396781

    OK, I know I'm not a genius, but what about the OXYGEN. You know, that stuff we breathe? What, exactly, is "re-released" as you "clean" the fucking CO2?

    I have a headache..

    • slandermen Deadboy

      The stuff that you're supposed to breathe is mostly nitrogen, not oxygen. Maybe you'll get less of both. Maybe you'll get something else too, something Bill isn't saying, in the same why that hose synthetic chemicals are "unknown". I guess, asphyxia isn't supposed to be funny.

    • slandermen Deadboy

      This is dumb btw.

      "However, plans to capture CO2 directly from the air have been regarded as somewhat more substantial – essentially mirroring the actions of trees. "

      So, like, instead of trees, industry, plus shittier efficiency, undisclosed chemicals, possibly dangers and effects. Oh yeah, and supported by a cocksucking fuckhead.

  • razzz razzz

    'Trump to skip climate portion of G7 after Twitter spat with Macron and Trudeau'

    "President Donald Trump plans to depart from this weekend's Group of 7 summit in Canada several hours early, the White House announced Thursday, punctuating an explosion of acrimony between Trump and his foreign counterparts on the eve of the talks…"
    https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/07/politics/trump-g7-canada/index.html

  • Energy disasters and Attention Deficit Disorder?

    How quickly we forget.

    And what was the score of the ballgame tonight?

    Wowsers… Wonder why our world is in so much trouble today.

    Horizon oil spill disaster:

    Gulf dead zone grows by the day in 2018!

    Know why?

    RAW VIDEO: Gulf Oil Platform Explosion Caught on Tape | Newsbreaker | OraTV:

    https://youtu.be/8VeITQieq84

    And the aftermath?

    Dispersal chemicals used after the oil spill were even worse than the spill itself

    The Truth about COREXIT | Oil Spill Dispersants & BP Oil:

    https://youtu.be/hUhmaTAdB1s?t=3m44s

    I wonder why we have a dead spot in the gulf now

    And why did this happen to begin with?

    They used a battery powered blow out preventer 5000 feet below the water's surface

    Here's a good quote:

    "Manual hydraulic blowout preventers have been used for decades for surface drilling on land without problems and there you can look and see the actual device without a problem, but someone desired to use a new battery powered one and lower it 5000 feet into the ocean.

    Now how in the HELL are ya going to change a battery down there? You're not. Superman couldn't do it. So why use one there? Somebody made some money on that deal for sure because it makes no sense what so ever to use a battery powered blowout preventer in 5000 feet of water"

    Anonymous

    Now there's something to think about.

    Here's the facts on this one.

    Deepwater Horizon Blowout…

  • razzz razzz

    'Volcanic Activity Melting Ice at the North & South Poles'

    "Scientists have long suspected that there is a thermal heat source under the ice in Antarctica that may be the real cause of some ice melting in that region rather than climate change theories. NASA has confirmed that indeed this heat source exists which many have been searching for over a long period of time.

    At the North Pole, there is the Gakkel Ridge which runs about 1800 miles from Greenland to Siberia. It is a ridge which is littered with volcanic activity and has countless hydrothermal vents. REAL scientists in geology see this ridge as a hotbed of irregular volcanic activity. It appears that the rise in volcanic activity is building in the Arctic Ocean as well. This is of serious concern for if the ice melts, then the water will evaporate and return as snow building up the glaciers in the North and ensuring that we will indeed see crop failures for the next cycle.

    Of course, there is no money to be had if the melting ice is not caused by humans but mother nature herself. So we should expect a fierce battle and a denial that volcanic activity has ANYTHING to do with melting ice…"
    https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/nature/volcanic-activity-melting-ice-at-the-north-south-poles/

  • razzz razzz

    For those of you who follow cryptocurrency, this is a good time to study and observe it.

    'How Can There be Thousands of Cryptocurrencies?'

    "…What I disagree with is the notion that somehow cryptocurrency will force political change and government will simply yield. That has NEVER taken place, not even one time throughout history. Governments do NOT voluntarily surrender power. They will use whatever power they have to the bitter end. So, sorry. History is on my side on this one. Dream all you want. Human nature never changes throughout the centuries.

    We are headed into a major economic crisis. Cryptocurrency will not save the day. We have to crash and burn. That is the ONLY way such economic imbalances have been resolved throughout history. That is NOT my personal OPINION. It is simply reality."
    https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/cryptocurrency/how-can-there-be-thousands-of-these-cryptocurrencies/

    • It's fake man…

      The word Crypto didn't give it away?

      It's a marketing scam to get you to buy junk and pay for useless information…

      It's crap you couldn't buy a piece of bubblegum with unless the guy you already paid with real money was selling it and he'd give it to you to keep you coming back…

      A total sham, a complete fraud, It's fools gold….

      Shiny nothing… Not worth the electricity it takes to view that fake number you see on a computer screen…

      "It's a woosey, it's a wowssy, its fairy dust, it doesn't exist, it's not on the elemental chart"

      Their only responsibility is to put meat on their table.

      Check this one out…

      https://youtu.be/wM6exo00T5I?t=1m14s

      • AirSepTech AirSepTech

        https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/06/07/fidelity-building-digital-asset-exchange-report.html

        You know lamar, if you ordered up a case of K-Y jelly, you might be able to slip your head back out yer azz.

        Try it! Couldn't hurt.

        • Well I like you so I will sell you some crypto currency cheap….

          Don't ya want some? I'll sell you 10 thousand dollars of crypto currency for only 500 actual American dollars…

          The 100 dollar Crypto currency I sell even has my picture on it…

          Be careful with it though, the ink is still wet…

          And are ya sure about the ky jelly? At least that's a real product…

          But I'm having trouble understanding your dumb ass what with my ears all clogged up from listening to your stupid bullshit…

          Refer to my study on stupid for more information…

          • AirSepTech AirSepTech

            lamar, you 'are' the study of stupid.

            But,,,,how would you know?

          • I'd know because you aren't even creative enough to come up with your own response, just repeat what I've already said many times and try to use my own material against me dumb ass…

            Wow proof positive of stupid huh…

            Ok so I'll sell you 500 thousand dollars worth of totally fake money for a hundred bucks worth of real money…

            I just don't see how you could pass that deal up fool…

            This guy would do great with monopoly money but probably doesn't even have the cash to buy the 5 dollar game.

            How bout ya there Air septic tank tech…

            • Oh going, going, gone….

              Now it'll cost you 200 buks of real money to get 500 thousand dollars worth of totally fake money…

              Dang the special ended…

              But one thing's for sure, you are certainly special ast so for the next 30 seconds I'll give you 20% off of this great fake deal so you can get 500 thousand dollars worth of totally fake money for only 180 bucks…

              Better hurry though, the totally fake shit is going fast…

              • Well he missed that one too but never fear septic boy…

                The fake opportunities abound…

                For instance.

                We are offering a promotion right now where you can be a fake millionaire for only 500 real actual dollars.

                Yep just use the promo code: I am a complete dumbass that believes everything I hear and see and get a million fake dollars for only 450 dollars of real money…

                What a unbelievable deal! Don't miss out!!!

                Buy now….

                Offer ends soon…

    • earthsmith earthsmith

      It's called DLT….Distributed Ledger Technology. The IMF already uses it. It allows DEBT to be traded instantly with out an intermediary. This will definitely allow the cash system to "crash and burn". You know kinda like the Roman Empire. It's not opinion it's happening. All one has to do is think a little bit…just a little. Everything is going the way of digital information, money is definitely no exception. Trumps trade policies are going push this technology into the forefront much quicker and the other governments are going to let America "crash and burn" with it's almighty dollar and smile while it happens. The dollar will be completely devalued and mostly useless. It will no longer carry its power to impose on world markets. I think Armstrong needs to brush up on some history.

      • slandermen Deadboy

        A bit of a personal question, if you don't mind, what do you think of that though?

        • slandermen Deadboy

          Personally I see it as basically super bad (despite it "technically" being used to oppose the dollar). But, that's me.

          • earthsmith earthsmith

            The dollar is good? What props up the dollar? Privileged speculation? Bribes? Sanctions? War?
            As I see it, business as usual. The folks are and will get played.

            • slandermen Deadboy

              Hey I didn't say the dollar is good. I just think DLT is super awesome if you have dollars.

                • slandermen Deadboy

                  It looks to me like a further, compound abstraction of value/worth. Relying on and supported by existing shit, though, with additional systemic technological reliance (which basically people don't understand or have reasonable control over), tied to some other interesting environmental and social factors, too.

                  In a way, the extra 1-2 orders of magnitude's worth of further leveraging could be useful, particularly in cases of particularly vague transactions.

                • earthsmith earthsmith

                  That's why I believe if you're into making dollars DLT is it.
                  But my point is DLT will make the dollar extremely devalued do to the current state of world governments in conflict over the dollar. DLT will allow "currency" to be traded on large international scales with out the influence of the dollar. Get it while you can. But hey I am just some guy on a tracked Internet forum.

                  • slandermen Deadboy

                    "Get it while you can. But hey I am just some guy on a tracked Internet forum."

                    Probably why I won't.

                    • earthsmith earthsmith

                      Good luck

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      if people are making money investing in blockchain, its not real

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      I mean is a real scam

                    • slandermen Deadboy

                      CS, the elites are so against it that many large corporations are promoting and implementing it. Hell, even the IMF is apparently fond of it and…well.

                      There's an awful lot of positive sentiment about it on social media.

                      I math this quickly…1,2,3….

                    • earthsmith earthsmith

                      I forgot money is real and not a scam. Hell even governments are real and not a scam…silly me.
                      Corporations you say? No that wouldn't be government. DB congratulations on counting to 3 your catching up to HD, he is at 8z

                    • earthsmith earthsmith

                      Yep everything is real, except the sun.

                    • slandermen Deadboy

                      What are you suggesting, ES? I wasn't equating most DLT methods to anything other than money. I'm not sure why you'd expect the same entities that use other forms of money and have been routinely involved in huge fraudelence to suddenly be super benevolent.

                    • slandermen Deadboy

                      I do like poking egregore though.

                    • earthsmith earthsmith

                      What makes you think this will make them benevolent all of a sudden?
                      It will give them more accute control.

                    • slandermen Deadboy

                      "What makes you think this will make them benevolent all of a sudden?
                      It will give them more accute control."

                      That's what I've been saying, sorry if that wasn't obvious. But then again, not according to much of social media, popular sentiment.

                    • earthsmith earthsmith

                      Other than regular traders and folks enamored with cold hard cash the majority of establishments are working overtime to be done with the bank notes. Again look at what is going on geo-politically and the squeeze can be put on rather easily. This technology exists and is being implemented. Especially with Trump, other governments(corporations) would not hesitate. I'm rather sure they are now becoming sick of America. I've said it before Trump is a Ken Doll to be thrown under the bus…America goes with him. The IMF is a conglomerate of nations…means nothing that it is headquartered in D.C. Yeah I'm just a guy on the internet….start counting.

                    • slandermen Deadboy

                      "The IMF is a conglomerate of nations"

                      Funny. Can you rephrase that for the average idiot? Like "The IMF is a corporate aggregate central banking entity that functions much like other fraudulent instituions you would or perhaps, like a mafia" or something, instead?

                      I mean, I dunno if I get the wording quite right there.

                      Just thinking of that again, "a conglomerate of nations", that is certainly a nice way to say it. Not sure it even needs improvement.

                    • slandermen Deadboy

                      Excuse my typing.

                    • earthsmith earthsmith

                      With out the need to trade in traditional bank notes the inflation will skyrocket on those still vested in it. Yes a total scam. Happening right now. Hold on to those real dollars caus people won't even be able to afford toilet paper.

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      its a given that the powerful will continue to consolidate, insure and increase their power.

                      Electronic money would be OK; what difference does it make if you write an IOU on paper or email? Except that it has much more chance of being manipulated.

                      The fact that people are making money on bitcoin is a sure sign that it doesnt represent value but is a mechanism of wealth extraction.

                      If you can make money just investing in bitcoin then the extra wealth you have has to come from somewhere. It comes from the masses. Their less is your more

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      what we need are IOUs free from the middle men, usury men, banking men. Society needs some tax apparently, but, being OUR MONEY, we should decide where its spent and to withhold it if we decide the overlords are unscrupulous.

                      With the 16th amendment to the constitution, the sheeple permitted the government to impose an income tax. There should be a sanity clause to the 16, that if the government misuses our money we have the right to take it back. Thats only fair

                    • slandermen Deadboy

                      "Electronic money would be OK; what difference does it make if you write an IOU on paper or email? Except that it has much more chance of being manipulated."

                      Think about how extra EM effects, wasted energy, how impractical it is for a lot of people, how fragile it is. Itself will at least be an intermediary, more laundering, etc.

                      But it's so much more! It can be used for "security" and "privacy". Though if you read that properly, it means trojan data mining and surveillance, at the least. Just that means multiple industries of additionally entropic services.

                    • earthsmith earthsmith

                      It matters to those who think money is real… yeah the sheople. I think we're catching on.

                    • earthsmith earthsmith

                      When you tell people who think the physical dollar bill is real that electric money is fake…uh you win.

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      DB well said "trojan data mining and surveillance…multiple industries of additionally entropic services."

                      I guess it goes without saying that physical money is real, its the economic system, especially the banks, the FED, wall-street and government use of tax that is unreal. Fractional reserve banking is the definition of unreal.

                      The result is that people spend 40 percent of their working lives to support the people who run these scamming operations. Its crazy, its criminal, its out of hand, its non sustainable.

                      What happens when the leach sucks all the blood from its host?

                    • earthsmith earthsmith

                      You sure about that? "I guess it goes without saying that physical money is real, its the economic system,"
                      The paper and ink are real…that's it.

                    • slandermen Deadboy

                      "The paper and ink are real…that's it."

                      Exactly, no difference with digital currency, that shit is physically stored somewhere, on harddrives or something. Except, you can't quite use it the way you can use that piece of paper.

                      But besides that, it essentially requires some sort of religious-like belief that it has value.

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      town in Italy prints its own money
                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6q6Kp02gpaA

                      North Carolina prints its own money
                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phHSTzlxpKM

                      argentina printing its own money or IOU
                      http://usuryfree.blogspot.com/2012/07/cash-starved-argentine-provinces.html

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      this could be good, havent read it. Running out of time

                      There must be usury free real money networks out there. Communes that are getting it right. I cant be the one to find it all. Cmon stock and razzz, get with the program

                      Proposal For the Introduction Of Natural Money
                      http://www.naturalmoney.org/proposal.html

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      "The paper and ink are real…that's it."

                      I dont see it that way. Money is quazi real. The religious like faith that it has value comes from the natural exchange. Call it market force if you like. Im not going to spend a 1000 dollars on a kitchen spoon and will think twice about a cookie costing one cent. Think trade…you have a feeling that some apples cost two dollars and something else has the same value to you, a pen maybe. In this way money is real. Its a real instrument of trade.

                      what isnt real is banking and the issuance of this money. Its rigged. Especially easy to see with fractional reserve banking. Theft by usury pure and simple.

                      I dont see where money has to equal some quantity of gold…the gold standard. Gold markets and silver and money markets can all be rigged by financial instruments to extract wealth.

                      Its the instruments of wealth extraction that arent real, in that they dont represent real wealth and fair exchange.

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      there is an important addendum to the reality of money. The reality of work is loosing significance. This is a result of the industrial age. Its my story of the conservative farmer who only fed his sons if they worked. He automated and his sons died.

                      Money cant be issued just because of work. This is becoming more obvious as time goes on. Many peoples talents are becoming non payable. Musicians, videographers. Finally almost everything, from surgeons to farm workers, to accountants to home builders, to car makers. Automation is taking over the work of plow horse and human labor.

                      The work ethic meme is outdated. We have to accept it. Jobs creation is a myth. We dont want jobs. We want the means of production. Everyone wants work reduction. Already we could reduce our work to 3 or 4 hours a day and have the same life if we didnt support bankers and middle men. True fact

                    • earthsmith earthsmith

                      Money isn't real no matter who or how it is printed. Banks are real, jobs are real, production is real…money is not. Insects, animals work for their sustenance… no money needed. Trading goods is real. Obtaining goods in return for service is real. Money is not. Money is entrapment, enslavement, ridiculous. If humans where honest everything could be produced for free. But some humans considered themselves better or the best. So because I have this shiny piece of metal, fancy stone, or piece of paper I'm the best. Pathological at best is money but definitely not real, not even quasi. The belief system in money is quasi but not money….just fake
                      …"it essentially requires some sort of religious-like belief that it has value."

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      earthsmith, is an IOU real? You cant always barter directly. Sometimes you need a medium of transaction, a promissory note. Money was used before capitalism and does not invalidate fair trade.

                      Say you want five pounds of beans but the bean guy doesnt want your bobcat pelt, he wants moccasins but you cont make em. Some other guy is willing to pay you coupons (money) for your bobcat pelt and the guy with beans knows he can buy moccasins with those coupons. The coupons were real enough. Whats real? Einstein on reality
                      http://thequotes.in/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Albert-Einstein-Quotes-10.jpg

                      hey, right up your alley. start around 3:50..is this real? Getchya some bobcat pelt, bring it to market. Real

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

                    • earthsmith earthsmith

                      An IOU is real but that doesn't make it money. I don't want his coupons but I will offer him services that the other person might not need or want…doesn't have to be direct. The belief in money makes it direct. Direct entrapment.
                      " Money was used before capitalism… what led to capitalism?
                      Exactly what is real….I'm going with honesty. Money is fake so I guess people are fake.

                      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=W41ey9-MOJg

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      ES, well I dig your fervor.

                      Its all in a name then because I always call money coupons. My suggestion is to change what you call it. Call money an IOU and youre good to go.

                      The man with the beans that you are hungry for doesnt want yer stinkin pelt or services. What he wants, you dont have, period. The man who wants yer pelt doesnt have beans, in fact he doesnt have anything YOU want, period. Use coupons then.

                      Heres how it works; The man who wants your pelt gives you coupons. You take the coupons and buy the beans. The man who sold you beans now can buy moccasins. No entrapment, no unfair trade. Im tellin ya, it will smooth your pelt trade.

                    • earthsmith earthsmith

                      I'm sorry Code I don't agree. Smoothness is a tricky word and usually leads to people getting taken advantage of. People can keep their coupons.
                      How about we change it to: helping, sharing, and kindness, words I have built my existence around. I will help, share and be kind to anyone, anything and I never expect anything in return. It's a very simple life and has served me quite well. It tends to be contagious and at times I have ended up with much more than I need. Coupons just fill boxes.
                      I don't expect anyone to do the same…just like I don't expect people not to believe in money but it doesn't change the fact that it is fake.

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      OK sounds good earthsmith. Just curious though, what, do you carry a big rawhide bag of freshly killed deer parts and a string of quail around for barter?

                    • slandermen Deadboy

                      Seems to me ES is saying lowering reliance on barter itself is probably a good idea too, since often it's related to possession/greed.

                      I'd probably have to agree. ES seems to have identified how coupons are intermediaries that aren't necessarily all that useful and often allows manipulation, they also introduce risks.

                      A big problem with coupons is that because they are effectively contractual, if something happens to the coupon (like, modifying its value or maybe it just disappears) that, would result in an actual loss.

                      I mean it is effectively just money we're talking about, so.

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      DB, even if I carried around a bag of beans and a sting of rabbit skins and carcasses, that can be lost, stolen or devalued. I dont see barter as a mechanism of greed. Different people need different things at different times.

                      But yes, ideally, the more self sufficient, the better. Grow your own food, make your own clothes? go nude, build your own shack or teepee

                      money coupons are a fact of civilization since it was sea shells. Even ravens reward you with pretty trinkets for gifting them food.

                      Shooting for real practical solutions has some value that mere philosophical argument doesnt. Alternatives to the crummy civilization machine can include technology, the arts, sports, invention, manufacturing, transportation and money. The capitalist mentality is a big factor inhibiting positive change

                      The cancer, mental retardation epidemics and plastic outweighing plankton are strong indicators its too late. The earth is truly half dead and nobody notices, nobody cares

                      thus the earth was lost

        • earthsmith earthsmith

          DB I am not into bookkeeping and accounting because I try not to base my existence around money. A Very precarious situation but that is my choice and doing. Though that doesn't mean I don't follow or try to understand the way things will play out. In the end everything dies.

  • And how complicated is it? It's really simple folks.

    If you spend all your time whining about Trump or watching the ballgame you just won't have the time to pay attention to important things.

    Then there are the technical ones that are so caught up in details that they are either confused or they are simply lying.

    So what's wrong with this picture?

    I'll leave that explanation to the master.

    https://youtu.be/Mo78qm8k2LY

    And the scary part is the ones that repeat everything they read or hear somewhere no matter how ridiculous.

    You saw it on TV? Oh well it must be true then huh.

    Last time I was watching Good morning america they had a 10 minuet segment (I kid you not) on how to dress up your cat and then showed photos of people that apparently aren't busy at all. Look I dressed my cat up and took a photo of it and it made the national news.

    Yea like that's really the news. Local or national that's not the news.

    And the rest of these fools want to play the detail twisting game instead of actually paying attention?

    Useless stuff? Check this one out.

    https://youtu.be/gEDpTidAPwU?t=18s

    This has been a repost, accidentally posed it in the wrong place, OOOps sorry about that…

    And here's a bonus, how to actually protect yourself…

    https://youtu.be/jyYFoXV6iAs

    • Breaking news… Stupid people are everywhere now and it's contagious and spreading outta control…

      We studied how stupids were advancing in the world and found after looking at data from as early as 2012 stupid people were proliferating and the disease was spreading like wildfire…

      And yet no one is even researching a vaccine for stupid, apparently the Trump administration has really dropped the ball on this one… So we (the coalition against willful ignorance) are demanding a Congressional Oversite hearing and investigation into why stupid people have never looked into a cure for stupid and the impact it has on our country and our children's well being…

      Someone must be held accountable for the lack of stupid research…

      For more here's a stupid representative from the national news to tell you more…

      https://youtu.be/6n9FpUUBJXo

      New!

      2018 Update:

      Apparently she's not effected by stupid at all…

      After all she can say stupid crap with a straight face and has a high paying job, a great looking unpaid for car and home and wears free designer clothing too.

      Film at 11:

      https://youtu.be/lZE0wauNZY8

  • slandermen Deadboy

    I posted a link to a site respiratory disease statistics for kentucky (iirc) many months ago, does anyone remember that? I can't find that site. Anyway…

    "State says only certain doctors can diagnose the disease "

    http://www.newser.com/story/257303/kentucky-curbs-black-lung-claims-amid-epidemic.html

    "“More often than not, we are being called upon to provide compensation for previous or current smokers,” said Bruce Watzman, head of regulatory affairs for the National Mining Association."

    “It is not caused by smoking,” said Dr. David Blackley, head of Respiratory Disease Studies at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

    http://www.foxnews.com/health/2018/06/05/coal-lobby-fights-black-lung-tax-as-disease-rates-surge.html

    • Truth! Tobacco is just another scape goat and just another distraction from what's actually killing and maiming millions.

      What's the real cause? Poor diet and Industrial pollution!

      Until the sheeple wake up and realize the excuse for not using Tobacco is not a excuse for allowing deadly poisons to be lofted into the air and laying on that ass eating doritos no one has a chance. Ya see it's entitlement in it's most basic sense, they don't use tobacco so they are better somehow than anybody that does. And that's blindness at it's finest programmed into the brains of sheeple.

      So you don't smoke or chew tobacco? Did you know that food kills more people that tobacco ever has? Statistical fact…

      What's the number one cause of death in America? Heart disease?

      Poor diet is THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF DEATH!!!

      But sheeple don't want to know that proven fact…

      See the sheeple don't use tobacco so they should be able to lay on that ass and eat whatever they want to…

      So they eat their selves to death all the while thinking they are better than someone else?

      Now that's entitlement from fairy tale if there has ever been a fairy tale told…

      So less people are smoking but the cancer rate just went through the roof?

      Must be tobacco huh.

      You can't smoke anywhere inside these days yet asthma rates have tripled?

      So it must be smoking huh sheeple…

      And watch out for that second hand smoke too… Poor little programmed fools…

      • slandermen Deadboy

        Well, my parents smoked and I was born with asthma. Figure it out.

        Tobacco is probably not THAT bad, by itself, depending. But when you add like 600 chemicals, start adding other pollution, then yeah it adds up.

        In that case, it's probably mostly coal mining related, though.

      • Real causes of death?

        I Personally had a friend that died of lung cancer. He was a 200 pound strapping carpenter and in great shape.

        After he was buried we were all sitting at the local watering hole talking and I heard more that a few times "yea but he smoked".

        Truth? The guy smoked very little and only when he was at the bar at the end of the day.

        Shortly after that, it came out that treated wood was in fact treated with arsenic and the lung cancer rate had gotten so bad among carpenters that the US government stepped in and made the manufactures change the treated woods active ingredient from arsenic to copper for ALL treated wood in America!

        So the sheeple blamed a cigarette when this guy built decks for a living the last years of his life full time, each day, everyday!

        But did the sheeple even think to look at his job and the saw dust from the treated wood he cut and handled every single day for years as a possible cause?

        Nope it was a cigarette that killed him huh…

        Programming and catchphrases they heard somewhere from strangers (doctors and the tv) blinded them to the actual cause.

        So his death was blamed on his own human error for smoking?

        Instead of the actual cause, human error for profit in cheaply treating the wood with arsenic, a Class A heavy metal cancer causer!

        And he was cutting that wood and being exposed to the dust all day, everyday.

        Sheeple abound and are blind.

        Just how stupid and self centered can we be…

        • AirSepTech AirSepTech

          Other than income, government subsidies, tax breaks, huge tax collection, and a lot of useless waste of time and resources:

          Name one thing that is beneficial with smoking tobacco.

          It's like masturbation, but you can do it a lot more.
          So there is that.

          • slandermen Deadboy

            I can actually think of a few beneficial things, but I'd rather not say.

            • slandermen Deadboy

              Some neuro protective properties, can be useful for anxiety relief (like if you spend some time in a very shitty mental ward, it's not so fun, I handed out cigarettes like a motherfucker there. Yeah, I know, I'm terrible). Even some antibacterial/antifungal properties. Possibly appetite control.

              Of course, that's really grasping, since you have to weight it against the numerous drawbacks, most of the time, being far worse. I wouldn't argue for tobacco as actually being beneficial though.

  • slandermen Deadboy

    http://www.newser.com/story/260173/remarkable-treatment-arms-t-cells-against-breast-cancer.html

    "(Newser) – A breakthrough cancer treatment is showing what researchers have called "remarkable" promise in the fight against some of the most common forms of the disease. Per NPR, researchers at the National Institutes of Health believe they've completely rid a woman of her metastatic breast cancer after she ran out of all other treatment options and, she believed, out of time. In a paper published Monday in the journal Nature Medicine, the researchers describe how they teased out the woman's own T cells that were armed against the very specific DNA mutation that was causing her tumors to grow unchecked. Once found, the T cells were grown billions of times over and given back to the patient along with drugs to encourage them to battle the cancer. "

    Gee, who could have guessed that your immune system has a function…

  • slandermen Deadboy

    Has anybody got like, some updates on trump's china dealings?

    Last I checked the bigger issues involved like $125 billion (about half the deal's total), which basically was for selling pretty much some alaska for about $40 billion and $80 billion to rape West Virginia (hey, that name is super ironic, already).

  • DUDe DUDe

    Trump’s War on the Poor: An Impeachable Offense

    But now comes an update from a distinguished international legal scholar who is the United Nations special rapporteur for extreme poverty and human rights. Philip Alston visited several deep pockets of poverty, from Los Angeles to West Virginia and Detroit to Puerto Rico, at the end of 2017. His report (UN General Assembly Doc. A/HRC/38/33/Add.1, May 4, 2018) is a devastating indictment of the government that underscores the large and growing contradictions between the American Dream and reality. Alston told The Guardian that Trump’s policies amount to “ a systematic attack on America’s welfare program that is undermining the social safety net for those who can’t cope on their own. Once you start removing any sense of government commitment, you quickly move into cruelty.”

    Harsh language to be sure, but not a novel observation. A good deal of the critique applies to previous US administrations. Let’s remember that the “war on poverty” began in 1964! What makes Alston’s report stand out is his contention that the Trump administration has deliberately targeted the most vulnerable in society, kicking away every ladder of social wellbeing in order to serve Trump’s rich supporters and his alt-right agenda. So it’s not just that this government can’t take care of the poor; it won’t.

    Here are a few items from Alston’s indictment that strike me as being particularly onerous—that is, criminal in intent and consequences.

  • DUDe DUDe

    EXCLUSIVE: The So Very Jewish War on Russia

    Editor’s note: Russia just doesn’t get it… The infamous IDF cybercrimes, and by cybercrimes we mean actually doing them, the cabal’s Unit 8200, has happened again. They run Wikileaks, Intel Corporation, Google, Facebook, Youtube and literally, not just dozens, but hundreds of fake IT companies, fake news organisations and very real CIA contracting firms. Everything they do, they blame on Russia, they then get millions of dollars to protect their victims from Russia as well. You just can’t make stuff like this up….

    Their newest incarnation, fronted through the Atlantic Council, Israel’s mechanism for controlling the Pentagon and State Dept., is called DisinfoPortal.org, made up of 23 mostly former CIA, Eastern European, Black Propaganda fronts now aptly renamed as anti-Fake or anti-Disinfo, borrowing dime store hipster jargon.
    Tusk and Putin at the site of the plane crash that wiped out the Polish govt. Note how Tusk looks delighted whereas Putin is thoroughly disgusted.

    The European end of this is controlled by Donald Tusk – Israel’s man at the heart of the EU. According to our sources, Tusk rose to prominence when the Mossad blew up an airliner, killing the entire Polish government; immediately thereafter, as the anti-Russia smear campaign went into high gear, Tusk showed up on the scene, reminiscent of Rudy Giuliani in the ashes of the WTC.

    A reminder, our FBI source, back in 2014, informed us that it was Giuliani…

  • This just in (updated)! 2018: We have isolated the cause of stupid!

    https://youtu.be/YwZ0ZUy7P3E

    Now maybe we can find a cure…

    But we need your Crypto currency money to fund the study…

    Thanks…

    Study results:

    https://youtu.be/Kcg–LV119w

    Nahh we still can't find a cure for stupid so send us your real money and we'll send you some crypto currency we didn't use for our stupid study anyway.

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    Matrix Adjustment they seem to be finding some bones somewhere
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYaH-QUpDXcNxrpK6u4jBjw

    • AirSepTech AirSepTech

      Sad reality of the unchecked, uncontrolled border.

      Sadder yet is the disrespect of a border.

      It is about money, lots of it, trade of goods, services, people?,,,

      Both ways don't you know.

      That's why people don't want it to stop.

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        u.s. uses three million migrant workers. Theres 900 million acres of farmland. Thats 300 acres per migrant person. They say one person can only manage 1 acre or less, depending. Whats happening here?

        Forces of capitalism. Mechanization, automation and economy of scale and low wage slaves is the only way to get produce cheap enough to compete on the supermarket shelf.

        Small farmers dont really make it
        https://www.salon.com/2015/02/10/what_nobody_told_me_about_small_farming_i_cant_make_a_living/

        This wasnt always the case of course. Mankind always existed by small farms. Before there were big farms there were small farms!

        The capitalist economy means you are working 3/4 of your time to support bankers, wall street and other hidden capitalist skimmers.

        Not just farming…try to bring some item to market…toilet brush, swing set, awnings, you name it…its virtually impossible.

        I talked with a journalist in mexico. He said you write what they want you to write or you or wife gets murdered. He said the towns are like slave colonies, each town having a specialty product. The people are kept in poverty while the whole thing is owned by 6 or so rich families.

        The vikings knew well a principle of economics that holds today; less for you means more for me.

        Trump has no intention to stop three million migrant workers. Im sure there more than that. He also relies on them. The only thing is that the wealth extractors cant make money off them with…

        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          illegal aliens mean missed revenue! You have to know who and where they are in order to tax, insure, impose fees and fines etc. You heard it from Europe; Immigration means economic growth! This word is sick; economigrowth. There were no indians in 'poverty' until the white invaders came and took their real estate. Then brave chiefs had to go begging and scheming for their people. Thats economigrowth. I dont say mechanized production is bad, to the contrary. Its the mentality. You will find that at one time a polluted sky was a good sign of economigrowth. Killing and pillaging were hailed as positive metrics of economigrowth

          So this situation continues. Just like mexicans are slaves to the rich, so the U.S. citizens are slaves. Wage slaves and tax slaves and usury slaves, wallstreet slaves. Here, as everywhere, the media is controlled. The narrative is made. Its all psychological warfare, if nothing else than the advertisement. But its much more

          Dead people on the border, muslims flooding europe, its all a product or biproduct of the global money machine. The money goes predominantly one way; from the masses to the rich. Call it capitalism. Call it fascism, corporatism, organized crime…it doesnt matter. The wheels of its operation are so enmeshed it all looks normal. From the bank to the shipping container, to the parking lot at Wallmart to the suit of the overlord. Its all an air-conditioned bad dream.

          • AirSepTech AirSepTech

            Excellent. It is a bad dream.

            It isn't whether or not you 'are' a slave.

            Just what class.

            "Economigrowth" is a nice phrase for resource exploitation.
            Can't have one without the other. Make the world great again.

            Bi-Polar is the nice term for 'Manic-Depressive'.
            Can't have harsh terms. Makes people feel bad.

            Money is the driver, this won't last long.
            Maybe that is the good news.

            • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

              We are not teaching any other way..generations of humans with shit forced into their brains..is going to be a very tough challenge for anyone to change anything.

              Even in/after massive economic, human losses..the boat just rocks a little bit.. and then rights itself… while everyone scrambles still reaching desperately for that next in line shiny dangling bangle/trinket.

  • slandermen Deadboy

    l̔ͭ̔̎ͥ̏̾͐̋̈́҉

    That's something. You should copy paste it in like notepad.

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    Physicists are perplexed
    "There Are No Laws of Physics. There’s Only the Landscape."
    https://www.quantamagazine.org/there-are-no-laws-of-physics-theres-only-the-landscape-20180604/

  • GOM GOM

    DUDe
    You carry on with your 'selective' audience ranting on who is privileged to read or respond to your musings. That's right, musings. Look it up.

    Someone needs to knock you off your perceived political pedestal.

    Personally, I avoid your rather boring posts like the plague..at your request of course. And also because the whole of your rantish reverie can be found at Fox News.

    Something I avoid like the plague, at my request..

  • Human Sewage Sludge in Compost? It’s Really a Thing (and BEWARE)
    https://draxe.com/human-sewage-sludge-in-compost/

    I just bought some “organic compost”. But I didn’t used it yet. I will have to throw it away.

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    Jebus, do you happen to know if website throughput is piggybacked on preferred connections? I have timed this several times, and I can get faster, often instant connection or posting speed to enenews when I simultaneously open a link to Kardashian. I picked kardashian randomly, maybe any would work, but it seems to not work as well with a more obscure webpage. Also, I can open ENEnews faster using firefox and duck duck go than google chrome.

    ENEnews has the most agonizing connection speed and posting speed/reliability of any site of tried. considering the futility of it all its truly amazing I make the effort

    • slandermen Deadboy

      It's probably on a very low cost google plan thing atm. Just a wild guess. Imagine it prioritizing the connection based on ad exposure, something like that.

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        the speed up effect of apparently hitching a ride on popular web hits also works when using duck duck go and firefox. I somehow misunderstood they were immune from that instant knowledge of internet trafficking. Im not internet savvy..

        • slandermen Deadboy

          I'm not really either, tbh, I guess often, based on other experiences and shit.

        • PlowboyGrownUp

          Kardashian, I put it in a search, left it, and everything goes faster. Code is smart…

          • PlowboyGrownUp

            oops, took a while for the post to go.

            • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

              Plowboy, this is what seems to work for me. I have a kardashian search open in another window. I have my post ready to go onto ENE. I post and quickly go to the other window and click a kardashian search item…a video or the first search entry.

              This also helps when logging onto ENEnews. Sometimes it takes a long time. Often, (but not always) the moment I click on a kardashian page (using a different window), the ENEnews links up.

              It seems as though clicking on a kardashian page 'unlocks' my throughput to ENEnews. But this seems to work better by actually opening a kardashian site rather than keeping it open in the background.

              Ive learned that Kardashian is part of Trumps smoke and mirrors public persona campaign. Hes carrying forward his unreal "reality game show" and pro wrestling technique

              • PlowboyGrownUp

                Oh, thanks Code. I might try looking at some Kardashian sponsored products (assuming there are some) and then I'll get an ad up above for same and with more speed. Sound like a plan? But wait, I got ads blocked.

    • Jebus Jebus

      Code, IMHO, one of our friends here.

      It would not be that way if there were an active admin.

      Anyone familiar with their own logs would be able to mitigate it.

      Singular endpoint throttling would only be at the server so following that ass would not help much.

      Any effort to throttle by google lies in profit, even any propaganda. They don't want to rule the world, they want to own it.

      The human world spins on deceit. Profit is deceit.

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        Jebus, thanks. So does google have any control when I use Duck Duck? Who else has control? By singular end point throttling, do you mean some entity having control of my computer specifically rather than everybodies, for a given website? How does the entity having control of speed of web loading, say for an advertising dollar, have control over the server? Or is that control more universal? Do you think there is a piggyback function?

        Are you saying the admin could stop this quagmire?

        thanks for being explicit

        • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

          Throttling.. everyone is doing it..deceit does rule the entire capitalistic profit game.

        • Jebus Jebus

          If any entity is going to throttle your internet, it is going to be your service provider. For more profit.

          IMO, the pages here are being denied because people are actively communicating. Some don't like that…

        • Jebus Jebus

          I reread your post code. My explanation is simplistic.

          When I request even some simple page from some site on the internet, that request is made up of packets of data. Byte sized chunks. Each and every packet of data has a header. ID. Each and every packet has to travel through your ISP's gear. The ISP's DNS server. The only point at which there is a singular gate besides the other end, the site you choose. From ISP gear each and every packet is sprayed out onto the internet like a machine gun. Every DNS server on the tier, that a packet hits, responds. First hop. That packet is relayed again. The first server that responds back on that packet, second hop. All routing is calculated on good packet responses only. Distributed transport. Ensures all your packets for that page you requested are eventualy sucessful. Many hops are lag.

          So in summary, the bandwith is the throttle. Your ISP controls that. Page requests that ride that bandwidth are subject to the dynamics of the internet structure. A server you request a page from, can be overwhelmed with bogus packets. Endpoints. All the stuff that happens in between is pretty reliable…

  • slandermen Deadboy

    "Google’s AI Manifesto: Accountability, Privacy, and No Killer Robots"

    https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/270922-googles-ai-manifesto-accountability-privacy-and-no-killer-robots

    Yeah, I totally believe that. Just hold on, I got something special in my pocket. Oh look, it's a middle finger, must be the other pocket than. Fuck, can you believe that, another middle finger. Go suck a dick, google.

  • slandermen Deadboy

    "Google’s AI Manifesto: Accountability, Privacy, and No Killer Robots"

    https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/270922-googles-ai-manifesto-accountability-privacy-and-no-killer-robots

    Yeah, I totally believe that. Just hold on, I got something special in my pocket. Oh look, it's a middle finger, must be the other pocket then. Fuck, can you believe that, another middle finger. Go suck a dick, google.

  • DUDe DUDe

    Latest Report Finds That Autism is Skyrocketing to Dangerously High levels Yet Again

    The autism epidemic is still one of the most difficult problems for the world to get a handle on, but year-after-year, the statistics continue to show that it’s one we can no longer ignore.

    Considering the lack of concrete answers, many people have wondered whether the food we consume and the pesticides that are sprayed on it day-after-day could be a big contributor to the autism epidemic.

    Researcher Stephanie Seneff first sounded the alarm in this respect when she posited that as many as half of all U.S. children could be autistic by the year 2025. Although her findings have been questioned as being correlative and not causative, it was a warning we all would do well to investigate further, that much is for sure.

    And now that the latest autism statistics are out, it’s clear that it’s one issue that needs to come back into focus again.

    Autism Up 15% Over the Last Two Years

    According to the agency’s analysis, which was undertaken by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reported on by CNN.com, the autism prevalance in the United States has risen to a sky-high 1 in 59 U.S. children, finding that the condition has risen 15% over the last 2 years, and 150% since the year 2000.

    The co-author of the study Daisy Christensen said that parents should be encouraged to keep track of their child’s development, milestones in their life, and other indicators to…

    • DUDe DUDe

      and other indicators to figure out where they’re at in their health journey.

      But is she ignoring the elephant in the room?

      Since the mid-1990s our food system changed dramatically with the introduction of GMOs, and now glyphosate residues are being found on popular foods in levels higher than government safe levels.

      As Seneff showed, the rising amount of glyphosate being sprayed on our food has correlated perfectly with the rise in autism levels, a serious red flag considering what this chemical does to our gut flora.

      It’s just one piece to the puzzle that seems to be conveniently ignored.

      "Autism is expected to be a $500 billion industry (or perhaps even a trillion) by 2025 according to the latest statistics, and as usual few people are focusing on the root causes of the problem."

      https://www.march-against-monsanto.com/latest-report-finds-that-autism-is-skyrocketing-to-dangerously-high-levels-yet-again/

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        autism a $500 billion industry! A capitalist success story!! KACHING! line up boys, invest now to reap nice returns. Im sure it will be listed as part of the gross national product and economigrowth. Just imagine in 2025 when half the people have autism how great the country will be and what a boost to the economy!

        I have extrapolated the trend and find the same alarming result. You see many graphs comparing the increase in autism to goofy things like the rise in organic produce sales. The big corporations are hot to avoid blame.

        There is no question that a world of autistic people will not be able to handle the nuclear technology, resulting in a flood of nuke accidents which will hasten the destruction of civilization and the ecosphere. Its inevitable.

        It should be pointed out that some people think the increase in autism is due to the way retardation is diagnosed. Yet the CDC now says 1 in 37 boys has autism. It doesnt matter what you call it, this is very bad and a sign of the pollution from 'profit before all else' capitalist mentality.

        Thus the earth was lost

        • DUDe DUDe

          And the financial burdon for the needed special care on the family's with no doors for extra help to humble knock upon..the orange is slamming them all shut to pay for his taxcuts to his buddy's we also voted in when we voted the zionist swampchamp in i guess (who would have thought right , after all ouzing symptoms of pathology are to be ignored or twisted as a sign of genius , or just out of loyalty one can increase their own levels and be a happy monsteridiot just the same and even if..genius is no garantee for benevolent motivations)..

          and at the same time..on top of inflation and stagnation of wages for people that actually work to make a living..HAVE TO TO SURVIVE..ever and alway's increasing taxes..to pay for wars , taxcuts for those who have so much they could live royally for a thousand years..and taxes to pay for bailouts of the murder technollogy that maimed those fetuses to begin with..the next banking catastrophy bailout etc..

          Ever increasing taxes..ever increasing economic growth..ever increasing squeezery/poverty/slavey of the majority..something is ever increasing wrong with the capitalist mindset and
          the dead-end-street kinda evil it evokes..

          LETS KILL IT !!!!!!!

          Thats not a suggestion..

          its a duty..by the living for the living..

          • DUDe DUDe

            Or just sit still in silence and watch the apartheidstate Israhell trained/programmed cops turn from colored minority murderers to everyone defenseless/voiceless murderers..

          • slandermen Deadboy

            You know what'd help? If all these children aren't classified with stupid shit and given drugs and told they're fucked up just because they're children.

            You know, aside from all the vaccinations and medicines and usual shit diets, pollution and whatever.

            Really simple practical improvement. Stop classifying children with stupid shit, stop fucking brainwashing them, telling them they're fucked up and watch stupid shit plummet, healthcare costs plummet, health get better, less psychological issues, etc.

            • DUDe DUDe

              TPTshouldentB are not interested in less concentration of wealth at the top..it NEEDS to be ALWAYS MORE..or they get a cold turkey..i think they prefer a culling..its obvious..every single one of them is a litle black hole..some are ofcourse a bit bigger black holes.."better fed" over the centurys by warprofiting and stuff..like the rotchilds responsible for the creation of israhell for example..

              • DUDe DUDe

                Economic growth..trickle down…american dream..riiight…

                All i see is burned bridges for all..for profit/total dominance up to the point they can cull whats left of the world just by NOT helping..for a f(j)ew..

            • danger kitty danger kitty

              "If all these children aren't classified with stupid shit and given drugs and told they're fucked up."
              Dead straight, Deadboy.

              When I was in school, yesterday's kid given Ritalin, is tomorrow's meth monster.

              • DUDe DUDe

                Yeah true sorry i wassent finished ranting Frank..but then again , that maybe was true yesterday..and if we stop today giving pills to children to mask our own fails as a society of adults/parents and feed the vultures in bed with the stinking TPTshouldentB that found a way to get rich on futurekilling..then i guess we would indeed see an improvement..

                But then again..it is and has been such an long uphill battle to damm the flow of nerves poisson and all other from Monsanto etc , that the amount of poisson in every newborn's bloodstream/mothermilk of every living being could take decades to come down if we choose no longer to be dictated by Capitalisme and the legion of monsters it invited in to being..NOW

                Oh..and the less life there is..the less cleaning the Planet can do..

                • DUDe DUDe

                  "Decades" might be a bit much in general..too used to think about nuclear i guess..but some poissons just seem to spread to all corners without dissapearing..don't remember for sure what it was..
                  DDT ? Anyway..what is our combined soup we breath/eat in ? Enough to have many of those ?

                  Give or take 100.000 chemicals never really honestly investigated for their longterm damage on the life dynamic , let alone in combination..and so many are deliberately poisson..to kill things we don't like..or are told to dislike..the blowback will make sure we dislike ourselfes bitterlol..

                  If it only would change things..in the junkies mind..while he is still around to do something..

    • AirSepTech AirSepTech

      This is why euthanasia 'will' become popular.

      Along with old folks. Terminally sick folks.

      Quite the journey we are on.

      • DUDe DUDe

        "Quite the journey we are on."

        Indeed AST , Capitalism's suicide ride is getting "bumpy" nearing its end..that is a solid wall..Swump is pulling the trothle wide open..

        For many individuals suicide will be the prefered way to go and the last and maybe only thing they are in control of themselves..

        And the Sickest of all things.."they" , the ones that are responsible , or could have stopped it , are BANKING on it..its a culling just the same..

  • DUDe DUDe

    Computers and their problems/consequences..

    Florida stopped background checks on concealed weapons permits for a year because of a login error
    Commissioner Adam Putnam, who is currently running for governor, oversaw the department in question.

    In a bombshell report, the Tampa Bay Times reports that the state of Florida didn’t conduct national background checks on tens of thousands of applications for concealed weapons permits because an employee in charge of performing the checks couldn’t log into the necessary FBI crime database.

    The background checks at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services stopped in February of 2016 and didn’t resume until another employee noticed in March 2017 — a time span that included the June 12, 2016 massacre at Pulse nightclub that left 50 dead, and a historic spike in requests for concealed weapon permits in the state.

    https://thinkprogress.org/florida-stopped-background-checks-840061bdf381/

  • DUDe DUDe

    Robert Reich: Why Won't Trump Take On Big Pharma? | Opinion

    Big Pharma in America spends more on advertising and marketing than it does on research—often tens of millions to promote a single drug.

    The U.S. government supplies much of the research Big Pharma relies on through the National Institutes of Health. This is a form of corporate welfare that no other industry receives.

    American drug companies also spend hundreds of millions lobbying the government. Last year alone, their lobbying tab came to $171.5 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

    That’s more than oil and gas, insurance, or any other American industry. It’s more than the formidable lobbying expenditures of America’s military contractors. Big Pharma spends tens of millions more on campaign expenditures.

    They spend so much on politics in order to avoid price controls, as exist in most other nations, and other government attempts to constrain their formidable profits.

    For example, in 2003, Big Pharma got a U.S. law prohibiting the government from using its considerable bargaining clout under Medicare and Medicaid to negotiate lower drug prices. Other nations with big healthcare plans routinely negotiate lower drug prices.

    To put all this another way, when Americans buy drugs in the United States, they really buy a package of advertising, marketing, and political influence-peddling. Consumers in other nations don’t pay these costs. Which explains a big part of why drug…

  • DUDe DUDe

    43 Israeli reservists refuse to serve, protest 'abuses'

    Israeli army's elite intelligence unit reservists say they refuse 'to be tools to deepen the military regime' in the occupied Palestinian territories

    Forty-three reservists from Israel's elite army intelligence unit have announced their refusal to serve, accusing the military of "abuses" against Palestinians, in a letter published on Friday.

    The letter, circulated to Hebrew-language media and addressed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, referred to the army's intelligence work in the occupied Palestinian territories, including targeted assassinations and intrusive surveillance of civilians.

    The soldiers and officers from the elite unit, known as 8200, which works closely with Israel's security services, declared they no longer wanted to "continue to serve in this system, which harms the rights of millions of people" and refuse "to be tools to deepen the military regime in the occupied territories," according to daily Yediot Aharonot.

    Soldiers in 8200, the army's largest unit, are responsible for collecting and intercepting telephone calls, texts, e-mails and faxes among various populations, the daily reported.

    "We call all soldiers serving in the unit or who are going to serve, and all Israeli citizens to make their voices heard against these abuses and work to put a stop to it," the paper quoted the letter as saying.

    http://www.middleeasteye

  • DUDe DUDe

    World Oceans Day: Saving Our Seas Starts With You

    The ocean truly is Earth's most powerful resource. It not only feeds billions of people and contributes $1.5 trillion annually in value-added to the overall economy, it provides 70 percent of the oxygen in the atmosphere.

    "Do you like to breathe? Well, then you should find the ocean important too!" Emy Kane, digital strategist at Lonely Whale, noted. "Our ocean is critical to all human life—to our water supply, oxygen levels, trade networks, food systems and general wellbeing. That's why it is of the utmost importance that we care for the ocean today to protect and preserve our future."

    Protecting our oceans starts with you, because our lawmakers might not be as focused on this particular issue. A recent AidData survey of 3,500 leaders in developing countries revealed that of the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals, marine conservation ranked at the bottom of their priorities.

    "The oceans are so important because of their tremendous potential—something that is unfortunately being overlooked by too many world leaders," Oceana CEO Andy Sharpless told us. "A healthy ocean, responsibly managed, could feed more than a billion people a day, and do so in a way that is truly sustainable. Wild fish can be a source of vital nutrition for the future inhabitants of our planet."

    https://www.ecowatch.com/world-oceans-day-2575990121.html

  • DUDe DUDe

    High Seas Fishing as Economically Unsustainable as It Is Ecologically

    Five countries are responsible for the majority of fishing in the high seas—international waters that are not under one country's jurisdiction. All five depend on enormous subsidies to keep high seas fishing economically sustainable, concludes a study released Wednesday in the journal Science Advances.

    Overfishing in the high seas is already ecologically unsustainable, said Enric Sala, executive director of the Pristine Seas project and the lead author of the study. But most fishing companies from China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and Spain would not turn a profit at all if their governments didn't financially back the operations by providing tax breaks and paying for fuel, boat repair, insurance and equipment, and by subsidizing infrastructure like facilities for processing and distribution.

    The study monitored fishing vessels in the high seas for two years and calculated loads, labor costs, fuel usage, and types of catches for more than 3,600 boats. "It's a little bit like the wild west," said Chris Costello, an economist with the Sustainable Fisheries Group. "No one has really estimated the cost before." Worldwide catches are estimated around 4.4 million tons a year, and by combining revenue, subsidy information, and the new tracking data, researchers were able to piece together a larger picture of the actual costs versus benefits of high seas fishing.

    "It's really mind blowing," said…

  • Jebus Jebus

    A federal judge has ruled that Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt must produce evidence to back his claims that humans are not the primary cause of climate change. The lawsuit stems from a Freedom of Information Act request filed by a watchdog group which sought to have the EPA cite any studies that might be used to corroborate Pruitt’s claims, which defy nearly all available climate science. The FOIA request came after Pruitt made this remark on CNBC in March of last year, not long after his confirmation as EPA administrator.

    Scott Pruitt: “No, I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do, and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact. So, no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.”

    https://www.democracynow.org/2018/6/7/headlines/judge_orders_epa_chief_to_provide_evidence_backing_his_climate_claims

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