Information is certainly not something to which any reasonable person objects, but the CIA has two houses under its roof, and it is the operational side of the CIA which gives it a world-wide bad reputation. The scope of undercover operations has evolved to make the CIA into a kind of civilian army, one involving great secrecy, little accountability, and huge budgets – altogether a dangerous development indeed for any country which regards itself as a democracy and whose military is forbidden political activity. After all, the CIA’s secret operational army in practice is not curtailed by restrictions around politics, many of its tasks having been quite openly political. Yes, its charter forbids operations in the United States, but those restrictions have been ignored or bent countless times both in secret programs like Echelon (monitoring telephone communications by five English-speaking allies who then share the information obtained, a forerunner to the NSA’s recently-revealed collection of computer data) and years of mail-opening inside the United States or using substitutes to go around the rule, as was likely the case with the many Mossad agents trailing the eventual perpetrators of 9/11 inside the United States before the event.
As with all large, powerful institutions over time, the CIA constantly seeks expansion of its means and responsibilities, much like a growing child wanting ever more food and clothing and entertainment. This inherent tendency, the expansion of institutional empire, is difficult enough to control under normal circumstances, but when there are complex operations in many countries and tens of billions in spending and many levels of secrecy and secret multi-level files, the ability of any elected politicians – whose keenest attention is always directed towards re-election and acquiring enough funds to run a campaign – to exercise meaningful control and supervision becomes problematic at best. The larger and more complex the institution becomes, the truer this is. …
China is pushing for the International Monetary Fund to endorse the Chinese yuan as a global reserve currency alongside the dollar and euro.
A senior Chinese central bank official said Thursday that the country is “actively communicating” with the IMF on the possibility of including the yuan, or RMB, in the basket of the Special Drawing Rights (SDRs).
Including the yuan in the SDR system would allow the IMF to recognize the ascent of the world’s second-biggest economy while aiding China’s attempts to diminish the dollar’s dominance in global trade and finance.
“We hope the IMF can fully take into account the progress of RMB internationalization, to include RMB into the basket underlining the SDR in foreseeable, near future,” said Yi Gang, vice governor of the People’s Bank of China.
However, China will be patient until conditions are ripe, Yi said at a press conference on the sidelines of the ongoing annual parliamentary session.
In late 2015, the IMF will conduct its next twice-a-decade review of the basket of currencies its members can count toward their official reserves.
SDRs are international foreign exchange reserve assets. Allocated to nations by the IMF, an SDR represents a claim to foreign currencies for which it may be exchanged in times of need. …
Ashton Carter, Obama’s new Secretary of Defense and a former Goldman Sachs adviser and member of the Council on Foreign Relations, wants to expand the ISIS war beyond Syria and Iraq.
Carter told Congress it should grant the Pentagon the authority to strike the U.S.-trained terror group without any limits.
“The proposed AUMF wisely does not include any geographical restriction, because ISIL already shows signs of metastasizing outside of Syria and Iraq,” Carter said.
Obama introduced the new Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) in November.
The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tennessee Republican Senator Bob Corker, said he does not know of any Democrats who support Obama’s war authorization request.
Republicans, on the other hand, believe the request is too limited.
The request for a three year authorization includes a vaguely defined limit on the use of ground troops.
As previously noted, the Obama administration designed the language of its unconstitutional AUMF to be vague.
John Earnest, the White House spokesman, said the proposal was left undefined “because we believe it’s important that there aren’t overly burdensome constraints that are placed on the commander in chief.” …
Clearly this bill is designed to allow the “commander in chief” to wage war domestically in the name of fighting its own creation. This is the price for allowing the 9/11 scam to go unchallenged.
Guns and Butter
“Police State America” with John Whitehead
The Corporate State; American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC); Offices of Inspector General (OIG); SWAT Teams; No-Knock Raids; the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track; the New York Prototype; MRAPs; Operation Vigilant Eagle; Atlas Four Androids; TSA and VIPR Teams; Google and the NSA; Fusion Centers (from June 2014)
(Guns and Butter is down technologically. Yarrow is trying to restore my computer and upgrade all systems. Until then, cannot produce new shows. GNB Website down. Use firstname.lastname@example.org to contact.)
General Breedlove is the real life counterpart to General Jack D. Ripper in the 1964 film, Dr. Strangelove. He can’t wait to start a nuclear war. Americans should be scared to death that a crazed warmonger such as General Breedlove is the commander of NATO and is trying to defeat Europe’s efforts to resolve peacefully the conflict that Washington started in Ukraine. The crazed general is betting that if he can derail the Minsk agreement, Obama can be forced to send arms and US military personnel to Ukraine, thus advancing the situation toward war. Neoconservative Victoria Nuland is doing all she can to help Breedlove sabotage a peaceful resolution.
In the article below, the German magazine Spiegel expresses the German government’s concern that the US military/neoconservative alliance is undermining a peaceful resolution of the Ukrainian conflict…..
Over the last 200 years, mining, smelting, and refining of aluminum (Al) in various forms have increasingly exposed living species to this naturally abundant metal. Because of its prevalence in the earth’s crust, prior to its recent uses it was regarded as inert and therefore harmless. However, Al is invariably toxic to living systems and has no known beneficial role in any biological systems. Humans are increasingly exposed to Al from food, water, medicinals, vaccines, and cosmetics, as well as from industrial occupational exposure. Al disrupts biological self-ordering, energy transduction, and signaling systems, thus increasing biosemiotic entropy. Beginning with the biophysics of water, disruption progresses through the macromolecules that are crucial to living processes (DNAs, RNAs, proteoglycans, and proteins). It injures cells, circuits, and subsystems and can cause catastrophic failures ending in death. Al forms toxic complexes with other elements, such as fluorine, and interacts negatively with mercury, lead, and glyphosate. Al negatively impacts the central nervous system in all species that have been studied, including humans. Because of the global impacts of Al on water dynamics and biosemiotic systems, CNS disorders in humans are sensitive indicators of the Al toxicants to which we are being exposed.
I have an idea … let’s put it in vaccines!!!
Another reason to avoid cesareans (when possible) and immediate swaddling. Babies need natural births and their mothers’ body for about a zillion reasons.
On a thoroughbred ranch in Vacaville, a 3-week-old foal gallops close to its mother. Their bond seems natural, but it didn’t start out that way.
When the foal was born, it completely ignored its mother and refused to nurse.
University of California, Davis veterinary specialist John Madigan intervened moments after the birth with a novel treatment he calls “the squeeze.” It’s attracting attention from researchers studying autism in children, who see a possible parallel between Madigan’s work with horses and a similar technique – called kangaroo care – that’s often used on pre-term infants.
“The phenomenon that Madigan has observed in foals is interesting and dramatic,” said David Stevenson, professor of pediatrics at Stanford University.
Over the past five years, a dozen foals at Victory Rose Thoroughbreds in Vacaville have been born with neonatal maladjustment syndrome, or NMS, in which they are emotionally detached from their mothers. In each case, horse farm owner Ellen Jackson called Madigan, a UCD veterinary professor and specialist in equine and comparative neurology.
First identified in the 1950s, neonatal maladjustment syndrome affects roughly 5 percent of newborn horses.
“When these horses are born, they will walk to a corner and just stand there,” said Jackson, who has owned her farm for 25 years.
To counteract the condition, Madigan ties a soft rope harness around the foal’s body and gently squeezes it to increase pressure. The squeeze causes the foal to drop over and go to sleep.
After several minutes, the pressure is released and the foal awakens. Madigan said that in all cases where he has intervened with a foal with NMS, the foal has shed its detached behavior and run to its mother to interact and feed.
“We’ve had a dramatic improvement in 12 foals,” he said.
The squeeze technique is part of body of research that Madigan and others at UC Davis are pursuing to see if there’s a connection between high levels of neurosteroids in the blood and the later development of autism. Madigan said the foals born with NMS he has studied had high levels of neurosteroids in their blood, whereas foals that readily interacted with their mothers had normal neurosteroid levels. ….
Madigan said he believes that neurosteroids are a crucial factor in a horse making a successful transition from birth to consciousness. He was the lead researcher on a 2011 study in which healthy foals given neurosteroids began displaying a lack of affinity for their mothers and a decreased response to stimuli.
High neurosteroid levels in the womb protect the mother by keeping babies asleep and lessening physical activity – like galloping – that could hurt her. ….
Given that the NSA is tapping into your phone calls and spying on your Internet activities, you might have switched to a search engine which is more privacy-conscious.
You might have started using encrypted communications. After all, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and the leading electronic privacy group – the Electronic Frontier Foundation – say that encryption helps to protect privacy. On the other hand, Tech Dirt points out that the NSA might consider you suspicious if you encrypt information, and so hold onto your data until they can decrypt it.
The above are all issues about which you are at least somewhat aware.
But there is a giant type of snooping which you probably don’t even know about. Specifically, ABC News reported in 2006:
Cell phone users, beware. The FBI can listen to everything you say, even when the cell phone is turned off. A recent court ruling in a case against the Genovese crime family revealed that the FBI has the ability from a remote location to activate a cell phone and turn its microphone into a listening device that transmits to an FBI listening post, a method known as a “roving bug.”
Experts say the only way to defeat it is to remove the cell phone battery.
“The FBI can access cell phones and modify them remotely without ever having to physically handle them,” James Atkinson, a counterintelligence security consultant, told ABC News. “Any recently manufactured cell phone has a built-in tracking device, which can allow eavesdroppers to pinpoint someone’s location to within just a few feet,” he added.
According to the recent court ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan, “The device functioned whether the phone was powered on or off, intercepting conversations within its range wherever it happened to be.”
“The courts have given law enforcement a blank check for surveillance,” Richard Rehbock, attorney for defendant John Ardito, told ABC News.
“Big Brother is upon us…1984 happened a long time ago,” he said, referring to the George Orwell futuristic novel “1984,” which described a society whose members were closely watched by those in power and was published in 1949. …
How to block cell signals: http://science.opposingviews.com/aluminum-foil-block-cell-phone-signals-2475.html
It’s just an accident. Pretend that it doesn’t exist and it will go away, unless you do anything that big brother might deem “extremist” (such as applying physics to the 3 collapses of the world trade center on 9/11) or you and all your acquaintances, even people you encounter on the street, will be candidates for the “Main Core”. And don’t think that common sense will save the day. Think what happened to germany in the 30’s, under the careful tutelage of some of the same families and foundations which dominate the USA today. Think of the absolute subjugation, torture and pillage of much of latin america from the 60’s right up to the present day. The state is not trustworthy, it’s not compassionate, it doesn’t care about kids or freedom or common decency. Internally it’s an adaptive system composed of networks of mutual blackmail and corruption. Externally it’s an amoeba which grows and metastasizes while it engulfs its prey from all sides: political, economic, intellectual, medical, even religious (501c3 regulations) and beyond. If you think independently you’re a threat, because common sense and decency aren’t just irrelevant to the state, they’re anathema to it. It’s an organic, spontaneous artificial intelligence which long ago escaped the control of its creators. It has wreaked havoc with numbing regularity through the centuries, while growing more ubiquitous and powerful with time.
American foreign policy is coming home.
Governments from Around the World Admit They Do It
There are many documented false flag attacks, where a government carries out a terror attack … and then falsely blames its enemy for political purposes.
In the following 42 instances, officials in the government which carried out the attack (or seriously proposed an attack) admits to it, either orally or in writing: …