All posts by Rich Winkel

Teaching Sadomasochism in the Obstetrical Ward

When the penis of an infant is in a state of erection the operation is more easily performed and the dressing more efficiently applied. The manipulation of the organ necessary to grasp the prepuce is generally sufficient to stimulate the increased blood supply requisite for an erection.” — The Surgery of Ritual Circumcision by Rabbi Snowman

Neonatal Circumcision [A video for heathcare professionals]

http://www.drmomma.org/2011/01/neonatal-circumcision-video-for.html

Reprise: DHS “Requested” Shooting Targets of Pregnant Women

and children, and old men… Wait!  I have an idea, let’s send weapons to the syrian “rebels” so they can fight for freedumb!  Or “help” africa with their carbon footprint!  Let’s all just pretend that we live in a civilized country with a democratic leadership that wants to spread love and understanding around the world.

Note these targets’ title: “no more hesitation”, as they portray ordinary americans trying to defend themselves in their own homes against the people who are about to kill them.

http://www.infowars.com/law-enforcement-requested-shooting-targets-of-pregnant-women/

Russian official accuses U.S. of Biological Weapons Violations

A Senior Russian official has leveled charges that the United States is violating the Biological Weapons Convention and doing so too close for comfort to the Russian border.

As quoted in The Moscow Times, July 20, 2013, Russia’s chief sanitary inspector, Gennady Onishchenko, has accused the U.S. of producing biological weapons in Georgia at a U.S. Navy facility that is run in concert with the Georgian government.

The facility, the Center Public Health Reference Laboratory (CPHR), is situated on a former Soviet military base and is located on the outskirts of Tbilisi. Here, the U.S. government is conducting activities in violation of the 1975 Biological Weapons Convention, Onischenko told Interfax on Saturday.

The facility opened amidst much fanfare on March 18, 2011. Andrew C. Weber, the U.S. assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical, and biological defense programs, Georgian PM Nika Gilauri and U.S. Ambassador to Georgia, John Bass, were among the officials present at the inauguration of the lab, which is a mere hop from the Tbilisi airport.

The U.S. has invested over 150 million dollars in the lab which, according to the Georgian and U.S. officials, aims at protecting public and animal health through dangerous pathogens detection and epidemiological surveillance.
CPHR was built by the United States Defense Threat Reduction Agency, a part of the U.S. Department of Defense. Many concerns about this lab were raised in a 2011 article by Joni Simonishvili, entitled “Bio Weapons or Bio Health Reference Lab in Tbilisi Georgia?”

According to Simonishvili,

U.S. Senator Richard Lugar – a significant player in non-proliferation work – called it a storage lab for biological weapons in one of his US Senate trip reports after visiting Georgia. …

http://www.activistpost.com/2013/07/russian-official-accuses-us-of.html

Statism: The Most Dangerous, Irrational Religion

Corbett gets it right on the religiosity of statists, although his defense of “free markets” is silly given that the “free market” doesn’t exist except in the minds of the devotees who believe the propaganda of the statists and monopolists who define the phrase.  Oh well.

Report: Run on Physical Metal at Brinks

The price of gold and silver has seen a massive decline as of late, prompting one analyst to suggest that there is no compelling fundamental reason to own precious metals and the only thing investors can do now is “hope and panic, in that order.”

But while current prices and technical charts may leave some with the feeling that gold’s bull run is over and the bubble has popped, others are scooping up as much yellow and silver metal as they can find, and in some cases they’re doing it by the tens of thousands of ounces.

According to recent data from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, private investors are rapidly exchanging their paper holdings and turning them into deliverable physical assets, an indication that the purported ‘free market’ price for gold on global exchanges is grossly undervalued.

Brinks is now being depleted.  

They have gone from 447,199 on July 3rd to 134,525 on July 9th which is a drop of 312,674 oz.

If this is correct, then this is a decline of 70 percent in the gold held in private accounts at Brinks in just one week.

If this is data is correct, it would not be too much of a stretch to say that this has the appearance of ‘a run on the bank.’

http://www.prisonplanet.com/report-brinks-vaults-are-being-depleted-this-has-the-appearance-of-a-run-on-the-bank.html

Economic researcher F. William Engdahl today tells the German financial journalist Lars Schall, writing for Matterhorn Asset Management’s Gold Switzerland Internet site, that the smashing of the gold price in April involved so much paper gold that it could only have been the work of the Federal Reserve.

Engdahl adds that central banks may not have possession of the gold they claim as their reserves. He cites GATA’s work and says that if the gold market was fair and transparent without naked shorting of gold futures, the gold price would have reached $10,000 a few years ago.

The interview, the second part of a series of three, is headlined “There Is No Such Thing as a Free Market” and it’s posted at Gold Switzerland’s Internet site here:

http://goldswitzerland.com/there-is-no-such-thing-as-a-free-market-engdahl/

US Military, Monsanto Targeting GMO Activists and Independent Scientists

Mmmm, munitions taste so good … eat a soy bomb today!

A highly concerning new investigative report from the largest daily newspaper in Germany alleges that Monsanto, the US Military and the US government have colluded to track and disrupt both anti-GMO activists and independent scientists who study the adverse effects of genetically modified food.

As revealed yesterday by Sustainable Pulse, on July 13th the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung detailed information on how the US Government “advances the interests of their corporations,” focusing on Monsanto as a prime example.

The report titled, “The Sinister Monsanto Group: ‘Agent Orange’ to Genetically Modified Corn,” described a ‘new fangled cyber war’ being waged against both eco-activists and independent scientists by supporters and former employees of Monsanto, who are described as “operationally powerful assistants” and who have taken up sometimes high ranking posts in the US administration, regulatory authorities, and some of whom have connections deep within the military industrial establishment, including the CIA.

 “Monsanto contacts are known to the notorious former secret service agent Joseph Cofer Black, who helped formulate the law of the jungle in the fight against terrorists and other enemies. He is a specialist on dirty work, a total hardliner. He worked for the CIA for almost three decades, among other things as the head of anti-terroism. He later became vice president of the private security company Blackwater, which sent tens of thousands of soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan under US government orders.”

“Thanks to Snowden and Wikileaks, the world has a new idea of how these friends and partners operate where power and money are concerned. The whistle-blowing platform published embassy dispatches two years ago, which also included details about Monsanto and genetic engineering.”

“For example, in 2007, the former US ambassador in Paris, Craig Stapleton, suggested the US government should create a penalties list for EU states which wanted to forbid the cultivation of genetically engineered plants from American companies. The wording of the secret dispatch: “Country team Paris recommends that we calibrate a target retaliation list that causes some pain across the EU.” Pain, retaliation: not exactly the language of diplomacy.”

The report details the case of Australian scientist Judy Carman, whose work on GMOs underwent heavy criticism by Monsanto supporters. Soon sites that published her work were attacked by hackers with apparent military connections:

Hackers regularly target various web pages where Carman publishes her studies and the sites are also systematically observed, at least that is the impression Carman has. Evaluations of IP log files show that not only Monsanto visits the pages regularly, but also various organizations of the U.S. government, including the military. These include the Navy Network Information Center, the Federal Aviation Administration and the United States Army Intelligence Center, an institution of the US Army, which trains soldiers with information gathering. Monsanto’s interest in the studies is understandable, even for Carman. “But I do not understand why the U.S. government and the military are having me observed,” she says. …

https://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/new-investigation-alleges-us-military-monsanto-targeting-gmo-activists-and-1

She doesn’t understand because she’s a normal human being, with  common sense and emotional maturity.  She does useful things, she contributes to human well being, creates new things and ideas, she’s a net asset to nature and the earth.  She has no understanding of those who are the opposite of all those things.

Obama Grabs Control of Internet

In a secretly unannounced move, President Barack Obama signed an executive order giving the Department of Homeland Security the ability to shut down all of the United States’ communications systems upon his request.

Barack Obama laid out a statement he titled “Assignment of National Security Emergency Preparedness Communications Function”. No doubt a very confusing title. The reasoning behind his issuing of this executive order, is that he feels the government may one day need to access all of our telephones, computers, cable communications, etc., in the name of national security.

http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-prepares-u-s-telecom-grab.html

Alfred McCoy: America’s Surveillance State

On the website of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services there is a list of rights belonging to all Americans. Chief among them: Freedom to express yourself. Abdiwali Warsame must have taken them literally. Two days after he became a U.S. citizen, he created a rollicking news and opinion website covering his native Somalia.  It became popular with many Somalis and Somali-Americans, but also attracted attention from other quarters.  As Craig Whitlock recently revealed in the Washington Post, Warsame was, according to public records and interviews, soon “caught up in a shadowy Defense Department counterpropaganda operation.”

Warsame’s website became a clearinghouse for articles from various points of view (including his own fundamentalist Muslim beliefs), but with emphasis on strong opposition to U.S.-backed military interventions in Somalia, and the contention that al-Shabab militants are freedom fighters, not terrorists. This, in turn, attracted the attention of the U.S.-based Navanti Group, which was “working as a subcontractor for the Special Operations Command to help conduct ‘information operations to engage local populations and counter nefarious influences’ in Africa and Europe.”  As part of a sophisticated military effort aimed at manipulating news stories and social media around the world, Navanti compiled a dossier on Warsame, even though the military is legally barred from carrying out psychological operations at home.  (Navanti claimed it believed Warsame was based overseas; Whitlock’s reporting indicates otherwise.)  The military contractor eventually sent a copy of its files to the FBI, whose agents soon showed up on Warsame’s doorstep.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website says Americans are bound by “the shared values of freedom [and] liberty” and that “naturalized citizens are… an important part of our democracy.”  Today, this rings about as true as a thump on the side of an empty dumpster.  Abdiwali Warsame is just one of millions of people — Americans and foreigners — who have found themselves monitored in some way by the U.S. military over the years.

No one knows this long history of shadowy military surveillance better than TomDispatch regular Alfred McCoy, author of Policing America’s Empire, among other works.  For decades, McCoy has been shedding light on some of the darkest aspects of government malfeasance from drug trafficking to spying to torture.  Today, he offers a chilling tour of military surveillance efforts from the turn of the twentieth century to a near future even more dystopian than our present — a world in which we’re all liable to end up like Abdiwali Warsame. Nick Turse

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175724/tomgram%3A_alfred_w._mccoy%2C_obama%27s_expanding_surveillance_universe/