The Puerto Rican government “quietly acknowledged” on Thursday that Hurricane Maria killed 1,427 residents. The government had previously said only 64 people died in the storm’s aftermath.
The announcement came in a report detailing a $139 billion reconstruction plan needed to restore infrastructure across the entire island, which is home to 3.3 million people.
This is still a highly contested figure. A Harvard University study reports that anywhere from 800 to 8,500 people died as a result of Hurricane Maria.
Though some were killed amid the destruction of Hurricane Maria, many were killed in the storm’s aftermath because of nonfunctioning hospitals and a lack of medical care. Resulting power outages also caused an increase in deaths due to diabetes, heart illnesses, and sepsis….
FEMA was part of the problem, as usual:
FEMA ignored Puerto Rico in aftermath of Hurricane Maria
WASHINGTON — As hundreds of people stood in line for food and many went hungry during the days and weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Walmart and local supermarkets threw out tons of spoiled meat, dairy and produce.
Emails and text messages made public Tuesday in a letter sent by the top Democrat on the House oversight committee describe frantic efforts by officials at Walmart and the Puerto Rican government to get fuel for generators to prevent food from going bad.
From the Federal Emergency Management Agency came only silence.
Within a three-hour time span, Walmart officials were able to connect, through email and text messages, with a congressman’s office and local Puerto Rican government officials. They passed on their urgent request for help, just two days after the hurricane made landfall.
Meanwhile, the letter states, FEMA remained unresponsive for days….
Do you see the profit angle? Think disaster capitalism. Who buys up the devastation for pennies on the dollar afterward? Would moles inside FEMA be a profitable investment for such people?
Compilation of articles and videos on the normalization of pedophilia:
A deeply disturbing report has finally been released by the United Nations detailing the rampant sexual exploitation of children by UN employees that is widespread, throughout multiple countries.
While pieces of the report were released previously, the full report, detailing the scope and horrifying nature of the abuse was only just released in July.
As Disobedient Media points out in a scathing report,
The publication of a summary version of the report caused a global furor in 2002, eventually leading to some policy changes. However, these efforts have proven woefully insufficient in light of ongoing scandals, including but not limited to the recent Oxfam debacle, the Zoe’s Ark scandal, allegations of horrific sexual abuse in the Central African Republic by UN forces, and the Laura Silsby incident. All of these cases (and many others) occurred after the partial publication of the UNHCR report, pointing to one unsavory conclusion:
Aid work is not a vehicle of charity, but is, in a very real sense, a cover for atrocity. It is a weapon, a blunt instrument of power that is wielded to exploit the most vulnerable populations in crisis around the world. We can now state that sentiment as fact, not opinion….
The report reads like a nightmare and states in part:
Agency workers from local and international NGOs as well as UN agencies are among the prime sexual exploiters of refugee children often using the very humanitarian assistance and services intended to benefit refugees as a tool of exploitation. Male national staff were reported to trade humanitarian commodities and services, including medication, oil, bulgur wheat, plastic sheeting, education courses, skills-training, school supplies etc., in exchange for sex with girls under 18. The practice appeared particularly pronounced in locations with significant and established aid programs.”
“There was compelling evidence of a chronic and entrenched pattern of this type of abuse in refugee camps in Guinea and Liberia in particular…The number of allegations documented, however, is a critical indicator of the scale of this problem as altogether 42 agencies and 67 individuals were implicated in this behavior…”
“Security and military forces including international and regional peacekeepers, national forces and police units are another significant category of exploiters. UN peacekeepers in Sierra Leone are alleged to be extensively involved in the sexual exploitation of children with the assessment team recording allegations against UNAMSIL peacekeepers from nine countries. Details of these allegations, which also require verification, have likewise been submitted to UNHCR.”
“The sex exploiters are men in the community with the money, power and influence: agency workers, peacekeepers, regional and national armed forces, teachers, police, businessmen, diamond miners, refugee leaders and logging company staff.”
One would think that this 2002 report would have curtailed at least some of the abuse when a portion of it was publicly released at the time. However, that appears not to have happened. As TFTP reported earlier this year, an outright frightening dossier released by a former senior United Nations official revealed that United Nations employees have carried out over 60,000 rapes in just the last decade. What’s more, the dossier estimates that the organization currently employs at least 3,300 pedophiles.….
One of the unfortunate things that police in America have become notorious for in recent years, is the shooting and killing of innocent family dogs.
Sadly, “Police Kill Dog” is not an uncommon segment of headlines across the nation. It happens so often that it has its own category on The Free Thought Project’s website as well as many other media outlets.
According to an unofficial count done by an independent research group, Ozymandias Media, a dog is shot by law enforcement every 98 minutes.
This disturbing trend led to WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, filing a Freedom of Information Act request for use of force incidents within the Buffalo police department only. What they found was shocking.
According to use of force reports requested by WGRZ-TV under the Freedom of Information Law, Buffalo Police shot 92 dogs from Jan. 1, 2011 through Sept. 2014. Seventy-three of those dogs died. Nineteen survived.
However, pizza delivery drivers and postal workers don’t seem to have much of a problem interacting with dogs, and they are in the same situation that police are in, going to a stranger’s house with no clue what to expect. In fact, these delivery workers actually knock on more strange doors and encounter more dogs in just a week than many police officers do in their entire careers.
UPS workers accidentally made this point quite clear with a new Facebook page showing delivery drivers having fun with dogs.
The page features dozens of videos and pictures showing UPS drivers interacting with dogs in a positive way. They even have photos of UPS drivers being greeted by deer, or goats jumping into their vehicles. The page has nearly 2 million likes, which is a massive following for such a niche page. They also have an Instagram for these photos, which has 175,000 followers….
Snuff films exist. I started watching one a few years ago to try to convince myself that it was all staged. I had to turn it off and physically shred it (kill it). High production values. An aristocratic mansion in europe (I think). Absolute rabid raging demonic depravity. Without getting too theological, the physical disc itself seemed to actually radiate evil, some kind of extrasensory perception of a howling, screaming, undead eternal horror . It was alive somehow. It still haunts me.
From the 10th amendment center. The 10th, amendment, in case the infotainment/meducation complex didn’t tell you, happens to be a US constitutional amendment (i.e. part of the fundamental national legal document) which states quite plainly that most federal regulations are illegal. Period. Think the never-ending scam of the drug war for instance. Or the torture of latin america and the mideast. Or the wholesale looting being conducted by the non-federal non-reserve system and its allies on wall street. The founders were revolutionaries, after all.
The Second Amendment’s text isn’t hard to read, and it takes all sorts of legal somersaults to get around the “shall not be infringed” part. So, it is confusing and ironic when a national gun rights lobby like the National Rifle Association (NRA) comes out in favor of unconstitutional federal gun control — again.
This time, it concerns plastic guns created using 3D printers. These homemade firearms have the potential to completely undermine the whole concept of “gun control.” Naturally, there have been efforts to suppress access to the blueprints for these guns by making it illegal to upload them onto the internet.
In a carefully-worded statement, NRA Institute for Legislative Action Executive Director Chris W. Cox wrote that “regardless of what a person may be able to publish on the Internet, undetectable plastic guns have been illegal for 30 years. A federal law passed in 1988, crafted with the NRA’s support, makes it unlawful to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer, or receive an undetectable firearm.”
It’s curious that the NRA would say this. Federal law doesn’t trump the Second Amendment. The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. All federal gun control laws are unconstitutional, including laws the NRA has supported in the past. Anyone who can print “undetectable” guns has the right to do so. Even if the Second Amendment didn’t exist, Congress would still require the explicit authority to regulate uploading blueprints for a gun onto the World Wide Web – which of course it does not. (No. Giving away free blueprints is not “commerce.”)
Interestingly, the notion that “undetectable” weapons should be banned or restricted led to shooting between Redcoats and Minutemen at Lexington and Concord. Local militia had amassed arms and munitions, and the British knew these arms could pose a threat if fighting broke out. To remove that possibility and solidify British dominance over the colonists of Massachusetts, General Gage sent a detachment to retrieve or destroy those stores of munitions and weapons.
Gun grabbers want to restrict “undetectable” weapons that make it impossible to track who owns what for the same reasons.
Not only are there no serial numbers on these guns, but they are created rather than purchased. A critical piece of the gun control agenda is to control firearms by adding onerous restrictions and requirements during the purchasing process that either discourage the sale of firearms, or that open the door to control those who do acquire them.
The great irony is that the NRA often serves as the boogeyman for the gun control lobby. Gun control advocates paint the organization as some kind of rabid, fringe entity, composed of uncompromising extremists. Such rhetoric likely helps them fundraise, but it bears little semblance to reality. The actual record shows that the NRA has repeatedly supported federal gun control legislation going as far back as the 1930s. And it prefers to keep its “solutions” confined to federal legislation, rather than undermining future gun control through state-level anti-commandeering laws.
If we adopted the attitude of the Founders, all guns would be “undetectable.” That is a stance all “gun rights” groups should endorse.
During the month of May 1990 an archaeological project was conducted at the McMartin Preschool site to determine, once and for all, whether or not there had ever been tunnels under the building, as described by various children. Excavation was carried out according to established scientific conventions with a careful research design defining what might prove or disprove the existence of “an underground feature that would connect to the surface of the site and extend underground for some distance..(with) dimensions large enough to accomodate adult human movement through it.” (p 24)
The project unearthed not one but two tunnel complexes as well as previously unrecognized structural features which defied logical explanation. Both tunnel complexes conformed to locations and functional descriptions established by children’s reports. One had been described as providing undetected access to an adjacent building on the east. The other provided outside access under the west wall of the building and contained within it an enlarged, cavernous artifact corresponding to children’s descriptions of a “secret room”.
Both the contour signature of the walls and the nature of recovered artifacts indicated that the tunnels had been dug by hand under the concrete slab floor after the construction of the building. Whatever the purpose of this elaborate enterprise, even more effort must have been devoted to filling the tunnels back in and trying to conceal any evidence of their existence. Much of the fill dirt used for packing the tunnel spaces was mixed with historic debris, as if to mimic the surrounding terrain.
Not only did the discovered features fulfill the research prequalifications as tunnels designed for human traffic, there was also no alternative or natural explanation for the presence of such features.
The McMartin preschool in Manhattan Beach, California was the first of what has since been described as a national epidemic of multi-victim, multi-perpetrator accusations of sexual and sadistic abuse which erupted in the mid 1980’s. The McMartin case was encumbered with hundreds of charges against seven defendants and dozens of uncharged suspects. It became the longest, most expensive and arguably most controversial criminal trial in American history. The descriptions given by children to investigators and parents were unusual and unprecedented as they emerged in 1983, but they became so stereotypic to subsequent cases throughout the country as to become generic of presumed “ritual abuse”. Accusations of such extreme cruelty and bizarre perversity in the absence of physical evidence or obviously deranged suspects led eventually to increasing skepticism that such crimes could possibly exist. Simple alternative explanations emerged, first as criminal defense theories and then as common wisdom: very young children were moved by the hysterical overreaction of various adults to make unfounded accusations. Full-page newspaper ads placed in 1984 by McMartin criminal defense attorneys raised the specter of the Salem witch trials. The witch hunt analogy has since flourished to create substantial public distrust of pre-school-age witnesses and of the adults who question them.
The failure of prosecutors to obtain even a single conviction in the McMartin trial has been taken by many as proof that the children’s allegations were merely fantastic. Various journalists have demanded punishment of the professionals and parents who had chosen to believe them. Similar allegations arising more recently in other cases in the United States and abroad are tested against the McMartin standard, creating a prejudice against investigating or substantiating even remotely “bizarre” complaints. Parents in such cases feel triply betrayed; first with the dreadful discovery of abuse; second with their abandonment by law enforcement, and third with being blamed for imagining the abuse and fomenting public hysteria.
One of the supposedly bizarre aspects of the McMartin case was the children’s insistence that they were taken into underground tunnels. They explained that the tunnels led to an underground “secret room” where abuse occurred, as well as providing a route for subversive transport to off-site locations for sexual exploitation. These stories were apparently considered fantastic by investigators, who made no attempt to search beneath the building.
A group of parents forced the hand of the district attorney on March 17, 1985 by initiating an excavation in the adjacent lot. The district attorney then authorized an archaeological inspection of that lot by Scientific Resource Surveys Inc. (SRS). There was no exploration beneath the slab floor. Instrumental survey with a terrain conductivity meter failed to detect alterations under the concrete. The SRS technician informed the district attorney’s investigator that the meter proved useless within the structure because of excessive interference from pipes and steel reinforcement. The preemptory conclusion at that time that there were no tunnels has become gospel among detractors of the McMartin families. Influential journalists ridicule parents for ever entertaining such a possibility and mock their subsequent attempts at exploration.
The first opportunity for private exploration came in April 1990 when the property was sold. Several parents obtained permission from the new owner to search for the tunnels. After cutting out a section of concrete and coming up with ambiguous findings, it became apparent that experienced supervision was need. Gerald Hoobs a professional miner, was engaged to insure safety and to better define the nature of the underground artifacts. When an apparent tunnel entrance was discovered and then verified by geologist Dr. E. Don Michael, parents sought out the archaeological team that completed the present project.
The project was designed and conducted by E. Gary Stickel, Ph.D., on the recommendation of Rainer Berger, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Interdisciplinary Program of the Archaeology Department at UCLA. Dr. Stickel is director of Environmental Research Archaeologists, a Scientific Consortium (ERA)….
Stickel’s report is part of former FBI LA field office director Ted Gunderson’s compilation on the McMartin case, complete with photos, schematics, drawings , chemical analyses and and ground penetrating radar at:
Gunderson’s 4 newsletters, published before he was poisoned with arsenic, are available at:
As of 2006 when this site ceased to exist:
Believe The Children Conviction List: Ritual Child Abuse
Many thanks to Believe the Children for their efforts in compiling this information and for permission to include it on the Ritual Abuse Home Page.
Many ritual child abuse cases never are prosecuted due to the disbelief of authorities or the unlikelihood that young, severely traumatized children will be able to withstand cross-examination. A 1993 survey by the American Bar Association’s Center on Children and Family Law determined that 26 percent of prosecutors nationwide have handled cases involving “ritualistic or sexual abuse.” (Ross, 1994). The ritualistic aspects of the crimes often are not presented in court but are clearly indicated in the victims’ accounts.
Because ritual abuse allegations often are not disclosed in courtroom proceedings, this list represents only a portion of convictions where ritual child abuse is a factor. Please send information regarding convictions not listed here to Believe The Children, P.O. Box 797, Cary, IL 60013. (708) 515-5432. …..