State legislators, medical marijuana patients, doctors and adult cannabis consumers have been stymied in many ways by the federal listing of cannabis as a schedule 1 controlled substance. However, cannabis is not unique in that regard.
Another herbal medicine that has support from the cannabis community is the iboga plant, source of ibogaine used to treat a variety of addictions. For example, another powerful medicine plant, the iboga shrub, is likewise banned from medical use. What makes iboga a special case is that its major medical value has been as an effective treatment for addiction to alcohol and hard drugs.
Once again, the Drug War that is supposed to prevent addiction is used instead to withhold treatment from those who most need it.
Marijuana reformers know all too well the hypocrisy of the US Drug War. Since pot activist Jack Herer first began touring the country promoting consciousness of hemp for food, fuel and fiber, people have been talking about the Ibogaine cure for addiction. About the same time the creator of Smoke-in, Howard Lotsof, had a unique response to Nancy Reagan‘s blaming marijuana for hard drug addictions: Treat addicts using ibogaine.
Cannabis to reduce opioid use; ibogaine to treat hard drug addiction
“If we couldn’t get the government to go along with a coffee shop scheme, like the Netherlands, ibogaine was the next best way to keep crystal meth and heroin from taking over the pot scene,” recalled New York City activist Dana Beal. “Ibogaine was found to knock out withdrawal, and eliminate 98% of craving for opiates in 48 hours. And ibogaine was smart: It allows us to detoxify addicts one drug problem at a time, which is the only way you can ever do it.”
Today in a medical marijuana movement responding to an AMA that overprescribes opiates, cannabis is used to reduce the amount of opioids patients consume while ibogaine is used with kratom and heantos to transition patients off the pills to a cannabis-only regimen.
Video: “Ibogaine: Rite of Passage” Recovered heroin addicts discuss their ibogaine experiences and the tribal roots of the plant are explored in the video, Ibogaine: Rite of Passage. Ancient plant eliminates withdrawal symptoms
Ibogaine is naturally sourced from a number plants, most famously tabernanthe iboga. It is a nerve growth agent, expressing the endogenous neurotrophin, Glia-Derived Neurotrophic Factor which regenerates dopamine neurons desensitized by drugs like crystal meth and alcohol.
“People die every year from methadone cold turkey in midwestern jails which refuse it to prisoners. On the other hand, GDNF is the body’s own peptide for re-sprouting frazzled dopamine dendrites and trashed-out receptors,” noted Beal. “You make plenty of it in the womb — your kidneys won’t form without GDNF to orchestrate adrenal gland formation) but not enough as an adult to spring back from chronic receptor desensitization due to alcohol and drugs (which is experienced as craving).”
Video: “”Parkinson’s and Ibogaine” The use of ibogaine to treat Parkinson’s disease, depicted in the documentary “Parkinson’s and Ibogaine,” is sympathetic with the use of cannabis to treat the movement disorder.
Ibogaine doesn’t cure addiction so much as make it a lot easier to quit. Ibogaine causes a 10-fold increase in GDNF, which not only triggers a growth spurt in your dopamines, but back-signals to the cell nucleus telling it to make more GDNF. Ibogaine also turns into a long-lasting serotonergic metabolite, nor-ibogaine, that improves mood for a month or more while it continues to pump out GDNF in a benign, self-sustaining, auto-regulating loop.
Parkinson’s patients also stand to benefit
Recently, micro-doses of just 4 to 8 milligrams — thousandths of a gram — were found to reverse Parkinson’s disease.
Traditionally, ibogaine is given in a flood-dose of a gram or more sufficient to quell full-on heroin withdrawal about equivalent to a robust dose of methadone — except that while you have to go thru a 36 hour ibogaine trip, the opiate withdrawal isn’t back the next day the way it is with methadone.
“All you need at that point is the right bud,” noted Beal, adding that about half-a-gram is the psycholytic dose used for PTSD and bipolar disorders.
Trump’s cabinet picks worries the drug reform community
Under the new world of Donald Trump, the same phony “gateway effect” argument is about to be revived by conservative enemies of marijuana intent of reversing 20 years of progress since the passage of Prop 215. The original architect of Nixon’s Drug War, Carlton Turner, as well as Kevin Sabet, who led the opposition to several marijuana legalization initiatives that were passed by voters in 2016, are both touting a new Drug War.
While Trump ostensibly supports medical cannabis and states’ rights, his pick for DEA is Sessions, a supporter of zero tolerance and property forfeiture. Cannabis reformers are looking for ways to hold Trump to his campaign promises down schedule cannabis and step back. Fortunately for ibogaine, while illegal in the US, it is still legally available in other countries.
“It would be good if the entire cannabis movement was ready with the rejoinder that the DEA is fundamentally responsible for the current opiate/crystal meth crisis,” said Beal. “The Feds have been keeping ibogaine out of the hands of trained medical professionals here in the USA; the very people who could administer it safely in the tricky business of getting folks off of their addictions, from cigarettes to methadone and suboxone, which are far more difficult to break than heroin.
Americans must go to other countries for ibogaine treatment
“Fortunately, governments in other countries are more enlightened, which creates some great business opportunities while helping people break the cycle of addiction to get their lives back together.”
(NaturalNews) Bill and Melinda Gates, via their Gates Foundation, have donated billions of dollars to fund new vaccines—medicines that, in fact, have caused great harm to a great number of people. But with about a million viruses in existence that we still know nothing about, it’s likely that the Gates Foundation and other globalists will pour more resources into developing new vaccines that will work to reduce the population.
That seems inconceivable on its face, but when you examine the facts and some of Bill Gates’ own statements, you’ll discover for yourself that is exactly the plan.
As reported by The Week, since the dawn of Man, viruses have had deadly effects on populations, remaining hidden for centuries before they finally evolve into something that kills. In modern times, when a new virus begins to take its toll, medical science plays a game of catch-up by attempting to devise a vaccine that will combat the virus. That’s “always too late,” says Jonna Mazet, a scientist at the University of California, Davis. She told The Week that science needs “to think about something different.”
She has proposed a global effort to identify and catalogue every virus known and as yet unknown through an effort called the Global Virome Project. Indeed, the idea is not new; it’s been around for some time and is supported by individual scientists and organizations that include the U.S. Agency for International Development, a nonprofit group known as the EcoHealth Alliance, ProMED, HealthMap, and epidemic risk firm Metabiota.
Gates has said he wants to lower the world’s population
At present, there appears to be support for a global effort picking up steam, with health organizations and scientists constantly called upon to respond whenever a new viral threat arises.
Also, the World Health Organization has launched the R&D Blueprint, a project that aims to bolster development of treatments and countermeasures for diseases that the global health agency has assessed as posing the most critical risks, including Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever.
Who’s involved? The World Economic Forum, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Wellcome Trust, which, together, have formed an organization known as the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations. The goal, ostensibly, is to find answers and help fund the development of vaccines that would be needed in an epidemic but not likely to be profitable for the vaccine makers.
Plus, a pilot project that’s been underway for about seven years, called PREDICT, has already discovered about 1,000 new viruses.
“The world today has 6.8 billion people… that’s headed up to about 9 billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent,” Gates actually said, as further documented by TruthWiki.
The TruthWiki site noted further that Gates wants to trim the world’s population—to lower ‘dangerous’ CO2, which is actually necessary to sustain life on the planet—using vaccines in different ways.
Reducing the population through the use of vaccine-generated ‘pandemics’
One, vaccines contain dangerous heavy metal toxins like mercury (thimerosal), as Natural News has well-documented. In fact, site founder/editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, has actually tested flu vaccines at CWC Labs and found them to contain mercury. Many also contain other heavy metals like aluminum, as well as known carcinogens like formaldehyde, which would kill people in slow, often undectable ways.
Vaccines could also be deployed to reduce or eliminate fertility, thereby artificially lowering birth rates around the world. In fact, in some industrialized nations throughout Europe, this is already happening as death rates exceed birth rates. Vaccines could be used to cause miscarriages or spontaneous abortions, which is much more easily accepted by establishment scientists.
Then there could also be a pandemic created through the use of vaccines, to kill off hundreds of millions or even billions of people. It could be as easy as developing a virulent new flu strain then forcing nearly everyone to take it.
Either way, as you can see here, Gates has made it clear reducing the world’s population over the phony issue of “global warming” is his goal, and he has said as much.
“Graphic footage captured on Facebook Live shows a mentally handicapped white man being tortured in Chicago by African-American assailants as they laugh and express their disgust for white people and President-elect Donald Trump,” reports The Daily Caller:
The video, taken by a woman identified on Facebook as “Brittany Herring,” shows a white man tied up with tape across his mouth. The victim is shown being repeatedly hit, sliced at with a knife, berated and his clothes ripped off.
If you’ve ever wondered whether violent black hoodlums are targeting white people for extreme violence, hatred and felony assault, this sickening, racially motivated violence — broadcast live by Facebook — just confirmed it once and for all. In fact, black-on-white crime is now far more prevalent, violent and hate-oriented than white-on-black crime across America, as the following statistics reveal.
African-Americans are only 13% of the population but commit over 50% of the murders
The statistics on who’s really committing violent crime prove this beyond any debate. “Today blacks are about 13 percent of the population and continue to be responsible for an inordinate amount of crime. Between 1976 and 2005 blacks committed more than half of all murders in the United States,” reports The Washington Times.
“The black arrest rate for most offenses — including robbery, aggravated assault and property crimes — is still typically two to three times their representation in the population. Blacks as a group are also overrepresented among persons arrested for so-called white-collar crimes such as counterfeiting, fraud and embezzlement. And blaming this decades-long, well-documented trend on racist cops, prosecutors, judges, sentencing guidelines and drug laws doesn’t cut it as a plausible explanation.”
The four hoodlums responsible for this particular violent hate crime against an innocent “special needs” teen have now been arrested and charged with multiple, serious crimes. They are:
Jordan Hill, 18, of Carpentersville; Tesfaye Cooper, 18, of Chicago; Brittany Covington, 18, of Chicago; and Tanishia Covington, 24, of Chicago.
According to Zero Hedge, they have been “charged with aggravated kidnapping, hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and residential burglary, according to the Cook County state’s attorney. Hill was also charged with robbery and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.”
Here’s what they look like. I think if Obama had a son, one of them might look just like the thug on the right…
From the Daily Caller:
At one point in the video, the primary assailant shouts at the bound man, “F#ck Donald Trump, nigga! F#ck white people, boy! F#ck white people, boy!” while he kicks him. At another point in the video, the perpetrators laugh about being reported to the police in response to a Facebook commenter claiming they’re going to be arrested.
Here’s the sickening video of their outrageous crime against whites (warning GRAPHIC):
Left-wing media all but blacklisting the gruesome story, hoping no one learns the truth about black-on-white hate crime in America
Not surprisingly, this “lynching” of a white special needs boy is being almost completely censored by the entire left-wing media that incited it. The dishonest “fakestream” media only reports news that fits their false narratives. Thus, if four white teens had bound, beaten and kidnapped a young black boy, it would be headline news everywhere, alongside nationwide riots in every major city.
“Call this disgusting attack in Obama’s back yard exactly what it is: a Trump-hating race crime against a defenseless white man by young black Americans who shame their country,” declared left-wing journalist and globalist Piers Morgan in this UK Daily Mail article:
[T]oday, I’m in shock.
I just watched a video that didn’t just sicken me, it contaminated every pore of my soul with feelings of pure, unadulterated, raw disgust and hatred.
The short piece of film I endured depicts a gang of four black teenage thugs, two male, two female, abusing and torturing a poor terrified young white man with special needs.
The sheer scale of their depravity appears to know no bounds.
These smirking scumbags tie him up, gag him, kick him, punch him, scalp him by viciously slashing his hair with a knife, and flick burning cigarette ash on the head wounds they inflict in the process.
They laugh, they jeer, then one of them shouts: ‘F**k Donald Trump, n***a, f**k white people!’
Another urges the victim to say, “I love black people.”
And then they force him at knifepoint to say, “F**k Donald Trump.”
This is not a quick, spontaneous assault. The victim is believed to have been held for up to 48 hours.
US DOJ stats: Black thugs are the real violent crime problem in America… and they tend to vote Democrat
When black people are attacked by white people, that’s headline news everywhere. But when a white boy is tortured, kidnapped, scalped and beaten by black thugs, it’s not “news” to the left-wing media. That’s how the media pretends black people commit almost no crimes at all when, in truth, they are the ones carrying out the vast majority of violent crimes across America, according to U.S. Justice Department statistics.
“Black crime and incarceration rates spiked in the 1970s and ’80s in cities such as Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Washington under black mayors and black police chiefs. Some of the most violent cities in the United States today are run by blacks,” writes Jason Riley, a member of the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board:
Black people are not shooting each other at these alarming rates in Chicago and other urban areas because of our gun laws or our drug laws or a criminal justice system that has it in for them. The problem is primarily cultural — self-destructive behaviors and attitudes all too common among the black underclass. The problem is black criminal behavior, which is one manifestation of a black pathology that ultimately stems from the breakdown of the black family.
It’s also worth noting that the very same violent black thugs who kidnapped this innocent white teen are exactly the same people who, once they reach voting age, vote for Democrats like Obama and Clinton. Statistically speaking, African-American convicted felons vote overwhelmingly for Democrats in elections, and that’s exactly why Democrats keep pushing to grant voting rights to felons (and illegal aliens, too, but that’s another story).
The violent tendencies of black inner city thugs isn’t even the real story in all this, by the way. The real story is that the left-wing media incited this violence with its rising “hate” rhetoric against Trump supporters and white people in general.
Washington Post, NYT, CNN and MSNBC are complicit in this violent kidnapping, torture and beating of an innocent white teen
That’s right: The Washington Post, NYT, CNN, MSNBC and other propagandists of the fakestream media incited this violence against an innocent special needs boy. They are the ones who spread the hatred, ginned up the radicalism and fanned the flames of violence against Trump supporters.
For the last two years, the hate-filled left-wing media has spewed racial hatred and anti-Trump propaganda that encourages and “normalizes” violent acts against white people and Trump supporters. This campaign has been deliberately planned, scripted and carried out by the same prominent members of the fraudulent “fakestream media” that also pushed the false “Russian hacking” story, the false “power grid penetration” story and the false “PropOrNot Russian influence” story.
That agenda of psychological terrorism and cultural subversion has come to fruition in this felony kidnapping incident in Chicago. This is the kind of violence and hatred the left-wing media wants people to display toward Trump supporters.
If this were a WHITE gang kidnapping and torturing a BLACK victim, it would be the top breaking news story everywhere for days on end
Not surprisingly, the delusional left has gone to great lengths to try to claim this isn’t a “hate crime” and it wasn’t even “evil.” To leftists, the violent black thugs who kidnapped and scalped this innocent boy were just “knuckleheads” who “made mistakes.” (By the same twisted logic, they would probably describe black rapists as “uninvited lovers.”)
“If four white men kidnapped, tied up and tortured a black mentally disabled man, all captured on a live Facebook video, heard making statements like “F*ck Obama” and “F*uck blacks,” would any reader hesitate to call them out for being racists?” asks All News Pipeline, an independent media website. ANP also reports:
The mainstream media, progressive liberals, Democrats, Barack Obama, College professors, millennials, Black Lives Matter Activists and Social Justice Warriors are constantly bemoaning racism against blacks by whites, but when 4 black thugs in Chicago kidnap a special needs white male, tie him up and brutally torture him live on Facebook, making statements like “F*ck Whites” and “F*ck Trump, ” the MSM is whitewashing the “hate crime” and “racism” aspect, liberal bloggers aren’t even bothering to address it, Barack Obama hasn’t come out and claimed these four black thugs “could have been me”…
“If this had been done to an African-American by four whites, every liberal in the country would be outraged and there would be no question it is a hate crime,” said Newt Gingrich on Fox and Friends, as reported by Breitbart.com. “So, let’s be clear about this. We are right at the edge of a terrible period, which I know President-elect Donald Trump wants to avoid, of having the deep bitter division in the communities that makes America hard to govern.”
Gingrich is correct: If this had been a white-on-black crime, practically the entire country would have erupted into outrage, complete with massive riots in at least a dozen U.S. cities, combined with calls to “stop white hatred” and demands that law enforcement “seek justice” for the victim. But when the victim is white, the left-wing media mostly censors the story and pretends it never happened.
White people are never supposed to be outraged when violent black gang bangers and thugs kidnap, torture and violently beat them for the simple reason that, according to the insane, mentally ill left-wing media, white people deserve to be beaten. Being “white” is, as far as they’re concerned, practically an admission that you’re an evil racist bigot. And if you’re a Trump supporter, you deserve a good beat down, right?
That’s the insanity of the left-wing media. Hate crimes don’t count if they are committed by black people. And whites are evil even when they’re the victims.
These thugs didn’t come up with the kidnapping idea in a vacuum
Does anyone really think these black thugs came up with the kidnapping and torture idea in a vacuum? No, the ideas and false narratives that led to this sickening act of hatred and violence have been propagated by the mainstream media for the past several years.
The thugs in Chicago are merely acting out the hatred that has been instilled in their minds by CNN and other left-wing media terror-journalists who work at places like the Washington Post (the new Pravda of left-wing false narrative propagandists).
This is all a deliberate plan by the left. They actively seek to cause violence, mayhem, race wars and violence against whites by ginning up extreme hatred through false flag hate crime hoaxes, false news narratives and malicious censorship of the truth about the violence and hatred on the left. This has all been Obama’s plan from the start, by the way: Divide America. Whip up racial hatred. Then claim all the thugs are “victims” while condemning law enforcement for trying to keep the peace.
The twisted, mentally ill overlay in all this is that, while pushing racial hatred and violence, the left proclaims itself to have a monopoly on compassion and tolerance. It’s laughable! The real “tolerance” of the left is best demonstrated in this sickening kidnapping and torture video of an innocent special needs white teen. This is the real “tolerance” of the left on full display: If you don’t agree with their mentally ill social justice agendas, they will beat you, torture you, verbally assault you and even scalp you in front of the whole world in a live video broadcast. Somehow, all the self-proclaimed “social justice warriors” who carry out such acts don’t see anything wrong with violent assaults on white people. Quite literally, they have no concept that violently assaulting an innocent citizen is wrong!
Welcome to Obama’s America, eight years into the nightmare that “sleeper cell” Obama has deliberately unleashed onto the nation in a bid to destroy this country.
CNN declares kidnapping, torture and race-based hate crime “isn’t evil or racist”
The mentally ill disconnect from reality in all this is best demonstrated by CNN’s journo-terrorist Don Lemon. After watching the kidnapping, torture and race-motivated felony violence against a white teen, Lemon declared the act was “not evil or racist.”
To CNN and their entire crew of mentally ill journo-terrorists, black people cannot, by definition, commit hate crimes, since “hate” is only something that originates with white people. That’s how sick, demented and truly sociopathic CNN and the entire left-wing media has become. These people are beyond delusional. They are a danger to society and desperately need to be carted away for psychiatric evaluation.
Watch CNN’s Don Lemon demonstrate his extreme mental illness here:
Dear President Trump: It’s time to ARREST the journo-terrorists and stop the inciting of racial violence across America
Join me in the call for President Trump to arrest, prosecute and imprison the journo-terrorists who are deliberately working to incite violence as part of their malicious plot to destroy America, subvert American culture and obliterate Christians and white people across the board.
This is way beyond a “free speech” issue, by the way. They are engaged in WAR. The First Amendment does not protect someone’s right to deliberately engage in premeditated psychological terrorism on a massive scale with the intended purpose of inciting violence and overthrowing a nation. That’s so far beyond yelling “fire!” in a crowded room that they aren’t even comparable.
When the Washington Post fabricates fake news about Russians “hacking” the election, that’s journo-terrorism. When CNN incites hatred toward Trump supporters be repeatedly lying and slandering Trump with an endless stream of hatred-invoking smears, that’s journo-terrorism. When the NYT repeatedly and falsely claims Trump supporters are KKK supporters, racists, sexists and xenophobes, that’s journo-terrorism.
The journo-terrorists are deliberately trying to rip America apart. To protect our citizens, our society and our sanity, they must be stopped.
Remember, too, that the left has always blamed conservative talk radio for every hate crime or shooting carried out by any white person. Rush Limbaugh is usually targeted, and he was blamed for the Timothy McVeigh Oklahoma City attack in 1994 (among other events). The political left has always said that “right wing” radio hosts or websites “incited” such violence. Will those same people now apply their own logic and proclaim the left-wing media has incited this latest black-on-white hate crime in Chicago? (Of course they won’t.)
Join me in calling for the new President Trump to arrest the journo-terrorists and charge them with subversion, inciting violence and conspiring to overthrow the government. We can no longer stand by and watch these evil, malicious WashPost, CNN and NYT criminals tear our country apart while innocent white people are “lynched” on live Facebook streams. We either start defending this nation or we lose it, period. It’s time we stood up for America and arrested those who are deliberately trying to destroy it.
Despite our best efforts, we in the American police state seem to be stuck on repeat, reliving the same set of circumstances over and over and over again: egregious surveillance, strip searches, police shootings of unarmed citizens, government spying, censorship, retaliatory arrests, the criminalization of lawful activities, warmongering, indefinite detentions, SWAT team raids, asset forfeiture, etc.
Unfortunately, as a nation we’ve become so desensitized to the government’s acts of violence, so accustomed to reports of government corruption, and so anesthetized to the sights and sounds of Corporate America marching in lockstep with the police state that few seem to pay heed to the warning signs blaring out the message: Danger Ahead.
Remember, the Titanic received at least four warnings from other ships about the presence of icebergs in its path, with the last warning issued an hour before disaster struck. All four warnings were ignored.
Like the Titanic, we’re plowing full steam ahead into a future riddled with hidden and not-so-hidden dangers. We too have been given ample warnings, only to have them drowned out by a carefully choreographed cacophony of political noise, cultural distractions and entertainment news—what the Romans termed “bread and circuses”—aimed at keeping the American people polarized, pacified and easily manipulated.
However, there is still danger ahead. The peril to our republic remains the same.
As long as a permanent, unelected bureaucracy—a.k.a. the shadow government— continues to call the shots in the halls of power and the reach of the police state continues to expand, the crisis has not been averted.
Here’s a glimpse of some of the nefarious government programs we’ll be encountering on our journey through the treacherous waters of 2017.
Mandatory quarantines without due process or informed consent: Under a new rule proposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, government agents will be empowered to indefinitely detain any traveler they suspect of posing a medical risk to others without providing an explanation, subject them to medical tests without their consent, and carry out such detentions and quarantines without any kind of due process or judicial review.
Mental health assessments by non-medical personnel: As a result of a nationwide push to train a broad spectrum of so-called gatekeepers such as pastors, teachers, hair stylists, bartenders, police officers and EMTs in mental health first-aid training, more Americans are going to run the risk of being reported by non-medical personnel and detained for having mental health issues.
Military training to deal with anti-establishment movements in megacities: The future, according to a Pentagon training video, will be militaristic, dystopian and far from friendly to freedom. Indeed, if this government propaganda-piece that is being used to train special forces is to be believed, the only thing that can save the world from outright anarchy—in the eyes of the government, at least—is the military working in conjunction with local police. The video confirms what I’ve been warning about for so long: in the eyes of the U.S. government and its henchmen, the battlefield of the future is the American home front.
Government censorship of anything it classifies as disinformation: This year’s National Defense Authorization Act, which allocates $619 billion for war and military spending, not only allows the military to indefinitely detain American citizens by placing them beyond the reach of the Constitution, but it also directs the State Department to establish a national anti-propaganda center to “counter disinformation and propaganda.” Translation: the government plans to crack down on anyone attempting to exercise their First Amendment rights by exposing government wrongdoing, while persisting in peddling its own brand of fake news.
Threat assessments: Government agents—with the help of automated eyes and ears, a growing arsenal of high-tech software, hardware and techniques, government propaganda urging Americans to turn into spies and snitches, as well as social media and behavior sensing software—are spinning a sticky spider-web of threat assessments, behavioral sensing warnings, flagged “words,” and “suspicious” activity reports aimed at snaring potential enemies of the state. It’s the American police state rolled up into one oppressive pre-crime and pre-thought crime package.
War on cash: The government and its corporate partners are engaged in a concerted campaign to do away with large bills such as $20s, $50s, $100s and shift consumers towards a digital mode of commerce that can easily be monitored, tracked, tabulated, mined for data, hacked, hijacked and confiscated when convenient. As economist Steve Forbes concludes, “The real reason for this war on cash—start with the big bills and then work your way down—is an ugly power grab by Big Government. People will have less privacy: Electronic commerce makes it easier for Big Brother to see what we’re doing, thereby making it simpler to bar activities it doesn’t like, such as purchasing salt, sugar, big bottles of soda and Big Macs.”
Expansive surveillance: Whether you’re walking through a store, driving your car, checking email, or talking to friends and family on the phone, you can be sure that some government agency, whether the NSA or some other entity, will still be listening in and tracking your behavior. This doesn’t even begin to touch on the corporate trackers who work with the government to monitor your purchases, web browsing, Facebook posts and other activities taking place in the cyber sphere. In such an environment, we are all suspects to be spied on, searched, scanned, frisked, monitored, tracked and treated as if we’re potentially guilty of some wrongdoing or other.
Militarized police: Americans are finding their once-peaceful communities transformed into military outposts, complete with tanks, weaponry, and other equipment designed for the battlefield. Now, the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department and the FBI are preparing to turn the nation’s police officers into techno-warriors, complete with iris scanners, body scanners, thermal imaging Doppler radar devices, facial recognition programs, license plate readers, cell phone extraction software, Stingray devices and so much more.
Police shootings of unarmed citizens: Owing in large part to the militarization of local law enforcement agencies, not a week goes by without more reports of hair-raising incidents by police imbued with a take-no-prisoners attitude and a battlefield approach to the communities in which they serve. Indeed, as a special report by The Washington Post reveals, despite heightened awareness of police misconduct, the number of fatal shootings by officers in 2016 remained virtually unchanged from the year before.
Attempts by the government to identify, target and punish so-called domestic “extremists”: The government’s anti-extremism program will, in many cases, be utilized to render otherwise lawful, nonviolent activities as potentially extremist. To this end, police will identify, monitor and deter individuals who exhibit, express or engage in anything that could be construed as extremist before they can become actual threats. This is pre-crime on an ideological scale.
SWAT team raids: More than 80% of American communities have their own SWAT teams, with more than 80,000 of these paramilitary raids are carried out every year. That translates to more than 200 SWAT team raids every day in which police crash through doors, damage private property, kill citizens, terrorize adults and children alike, kill family pets, assault or shoot anyone that is perceived as threatening—and most often in the pursuit of someone merely suspected of a crime, usually some small amount of drugs.
Overcriminalization: The government’s tendency towards militarization and overcriminalization, in which routine, everyday behaviors become targets of regulation and prohibition, has resulted in Americans getting arrested for making and selling unpasteurized goat cheese, cultivating certain types of orchids, feeding a whale, holding Bible studies in their homes, and picking their kids up from school.
Strip searches and the denigration of bodily integrity: Court rulings undermining the Fourth Amendment and justifying invasive strip searches have left us powerless against police empowered to forcefully draw our blood, forcibly take our DNA, strip search us, and probe us intimately. Accounts are on the rise of individuals—men and women alike—being subjected to what is essentially government-sanctioned rape by police in the course of “routine” traffic stops.
Drones: As corporations and government agencies alike prepare for their part in the coming drone invasion—it is expected that at least 30,000 drones will occupy U.S. airspace by 2020, ushering in a $30 billion per year industry—it won’t be long before American citizens find themselves to be the target of these devices. Drones—unmanned aerial vehicles—will come in all shapes and sizes, from nano-sized drones as small as a grain of sand that can do everything from conducting surveillance to detonating explosive charges, to middle-sized copter drones that can deliver pizzas to massive “hunter/killer” Predator warships that unleash firepower from on high.
Censorship: First Amendment activities are being pummeled, punched, kicked, choked, chained and generally gagged all across the country. Free speech zones, bubble zones, trespass zones, anti-bullying legislation, zero tolerance policies, hate crime laws and a host of other legalistic maladies dreamed up by politicians and prosecutors have conspired to corrode our core freedoms. The reasons for such censorship vary widely from political correctness, safety concerns and bullying to national security and hate crimes but the end result remains the same: the complete eradication of what Benjamin Franklin referred to as the “principal pillar of a free government.”
Fascism: As a Princeton University survey indicates, our elected officials, especially those in the nation’s capital, represent the interests of the rich and powerful rather than the average citizen. We are no longer a representative republic. With Big Business and Big Government having fused into a corporate state, the president and his state counterparts—the governors—have become little more than CEOs of the Corporate State, which day by day is assuming more government control over our lives. Never before have average Americans had so little say in the workings of their government and even less access to their so-called representatives.
James Madison, the father of the Constitution, put it best when he warned: “Take alarm at the first experiment with liberties.” Anyone with even a casual knowledge about current events knows that the first experiment on our freedoms happened long ago.
We are fast moving past the point of no return when it comes to restoring our freedoms. Worse, as I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, we can barely see the old America with its revolutionary principles and value for independence in the rear view mirror. The only reality emerging generations will know is the one constructed for them by the powers-that-be, and you can rest assured that it will not be a reality that favors individuality, liberty or anything or anyone who challenges the status quo.
As a senior advisor to George W. Bush observed, “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”
In other words, the government has been operating ten steps ahead for quite some time now, and we have yet to catch up, let alone catch our breath as the tides of change swirl around us.
You’d better tighten your seatbelts, folks, because we could be in for a rough ride in 2017.
(NaturalNews) If you thought a $5 cup of coffee from Starbucks was expensive, maybe you’ve never had a $100 cup of civet coffee – the rarest and most expensive coffee in the world. Civet coffee is derived from normal coffee beans, but the beans are first digested and excreted by palm civets, a mongoose-like creature from Indonesian.
Oddly enough, the world’s most expensive coffee is collected from this animal’s feces. After the beans travel through the animal’s digestive system, enzymes from their stomach ferment the beans. After the beans are excreted, they are less acidic. When they are finally brewed, the coffee is darker, smoother, and has a caramel-like taste.
Indonesia, Vietnam, China, and the Philippines produce an estimated 50 tons of civet coffee yearly now. It goes for around $300 a pound and is commonly served in places like Singapore and Malaysia. As the demand for civet coffee grows, so has the industry’s dark side.
Rain forest civets living in battery-like conditions, force-fed coffee beans
The beautiful civets, also known in Indonesia as kopi luwaks, are suffering from cruel conditions and a forceful diet that puts them in a diseased state. Once captured in the wild, these creatures are caged up in small, cramped quarters and force-fed a strict diet so they can rapidly excrete coffee beans. Conservationist Chris shepherd, deputy regional director of NGO Traffic south-east Asia, spoke with The Guardian about the conditions.
“The conditions are awful, much like battery chickens. The civets are taken from the wild and have to endure horrific conditions. They fight to stay together but they are separated and have to bear a very poor diet in very small cages. There is a high mortality rate and for some species of civet, there’s a real conservation risk.”
He says tens of thousands of civets are suffering this way and there’s hardly any public awareness. In the wild, civets live freely up in the trees of the rain forest. They only occasionally eat coffee beans. Their normal diets consist of lizards, rats, and bird eggs. Once they are captured and locked up in cages, they are force fed the coffee beans. This strict diet causes the animals to suffer from digestive problems, tumors and infections.
Former coffee trader Tony Wild told TIME that the civet farms are so cramped, they resemble some “kind of a prison camp where they fight each other.” In his bid to bring awareness to the issue, he urges all connoisseur drinkers to shun the beverage through his Kopi Luwak: Cut the Crap Facebook page.
Deceptive labeling practices uncovered
To make matters worse, many of these expensive coffees are being marketed as “wild” and sourced from “free roaming animals.” A BBC investigation in 2013 found out the truth about these marketing claims. The investigation described the animal’s living conditions as “battery-style.” The civet cats were found cramped up in cages, force-fed coffee beans. Some of the sickly animals were found in a constant state of frustration and depression, spinning and bobbing their heads. If people could see how this industry operates, then they would never pay a dime for a cup of this coffee, let alone $100.
An Oxford University Wildlife Conservation Research Unit visited 16 farms in Bali and immediately called the operation and its production methods “an enslavement industry.” The National Geographic published some of the researchers’ findings, describing the living conditions as “rabbit hutches … soaked through with urine and droppings all over the place.” Forced to stand on a wire floor for the duration of their life, the animals were found ridden with sores and abrasions. The animals were also described as obese and “jacked up on caffeine.”
People who live near busy roads laden with heavy traffic face a higher risk of developing dementia than those living further away, according to researchers in Canada.
A study published in The Lancet medical journal found that people who lived within 50 meters (55 yards) of high-traffic roads had a 7.0 percent higher chance of developing dementia compared to those who lived more than 300 meters away from busy roadways.
“Air pollutants can get into the blood stream and lead to inflammation, which is linked with cardiovascular disease and possibly other conditions such as diabetes. This study suggests air pollutants that can get into the brain via the blood stream can lead to neurological problems,” said Ray Copes, an environmental and occupational health expert at Public Health Ontario (PHO) who conducted the study with colleagues from Canada’s Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.
Dementia is caused by brain diseases, most commonly Alzheimer’s disease, which result in the loss of brain cells and affect memory, thinking, behavior, navigational and spatial abilities and the ability to perform everyday activities.
The World Health Organization estimates the number of people with dementia in 2015 at 47.5 million, and that total is rising rapidly as life expectancy increases and societies age. The incurable condition is a leading cause of disability and dependency, and is starting to overtake heart disease as a cause of death in some developed countries.
Chen’s team analyzed records of more than 6.5 million Ontario residents aged 20 to 85 and found 243,611 cases of dementia between 2001 and 2012. Then they mapped residents’ proximity to major roadways using postal codes.
The increase in the risk of developing dementia went down to 4.0 percent if people lived 50 to 100 meters from major traffic, and to 2.0 percent if they lived within 101 to 200 meters. At more than 200 meters, the elevated risk faded away.
The team also explored links between living close to major roads and Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis – two other major neurological disorders – but the findings suggested no increased risk of these from living near heavy traffic.
The scientists said their results could be used to help town and city planners take traffic conditions and air pollution into account as urban areas become more densely populated.
IT is never too late to start eating a Mediterranean diet, as a study shows it could stop the brains of people in their seventies from shrinking.
Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, olive oil, and even a glass of wine a day, may protect the grey matter which declines as we age.
A study of pensioners with this diet found their brain shrinkage, associated with memory loss and Alzheimer’s, was half of others their age.
Food for thought: Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, olive oil, and even a glass of wine a day, may protect the grey matter which declines as we age
The benefits are believed to come from the antioxidants found in vegetables, olive oil and even the glass of red every day which forms part of the Mediterranean diet. These are thought to reduce damage in the brain from oxidation, which leads to neural degeneration.
Lead author Dr Michelle Luciano, from the University of Edinburgh, said: ‘As we age, the brain shrinks and we lose brain cells which can affect learning and memory,
‘This study adds to the body of evidence that suggests the Mediterranean diet has a positive impact on brain health.’
Previous studies have found a Mediterranean diet, which is also low in meat and dairy, may protect against dementia. The diet has also been found to cut the risk of Parkinson’s disease and dying from cardiovascular disease and cancer.
A Mediterranean diet was judged as one high in fruit and vegetables, beans and grains such as wheat and rice, including the mono-unsaturated fats found in olive oil, and even allowing for moderate consumption of up to the equivalent of a large glass of wine a day for women or two for men.
People of this age would be expected to lose around 18ml of their brain volume in the three years between 73 and 76. Up to two per cent of the brain is lost every year as we grow older.
You are what you eat: A study of pensioners with this diet found their brain shrinkage, associated with memory loss and Alzheimer’s, was half of others their age
Tasty: A Mediterranean diet was judged as one high in fruit and vegetables – and even allowing for moderate consumption of a large glass of wine a day for women or two for men
But those found to have most closely stuck to a Mediterranean diet when questioned about it by researchers experienced less than half of that shrinkage, MRI brain scans showed.
This is important because a loss of brain volume as people get older affects their memory, increases the speed at which they process information and even the speed at which they speak and their attention span.
More research is needed on which parts of the brain are protected, but brain shrinkage has been linked with dementia, backing up previous research that this diet could protect against Alzheimer’s.
Dr David Reynolds, chief scientific research officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: ‘The brain, just like other parts of the body, can be affected by the way we live our lives.’
He called for further research to find a link with dementia, but added: ‘This study adds to previous research highlighting the importance of this kind of well-balanced diet in maintaining a healthy brain as we age.’
Good for you: The diet has also been found to cut the risk of Parkinson’s disease and dying from cardiovascular disease and cancer
Dr Clare Walton, Research Manager at charity the Alzheimer’s Society, said: ‘There is an increasing amount of evidence to indicate that eating a healthy diet that’s rich in oily fish, fresh veg and nuts is good for your brain and can help to maintain your memory as you get older.
‘Our brains shrink by 1-2% per year in old age and this study suggests that a Mediterranean-style diet could also potentially help to slow down this shrinking process.’
She also stressed that there is not yet enough evidence to say the diet prevents dementia.
Unlike previous studies, researchers found fish and meat consumption were not linked to brain changes.
Dr Luciano said: ‘In our study, eating habits were measured before brain volume was, which suggests that the diet may be able to provide long-term protection to the brain. Still, larger studies are needed to confirm these results.’
(NaturalNews) The biotechnology technique known as CRISPR has brought down the costs of genetic engineering by 99 percent and slashed the time required to create new modifications to a matter of weeks. And while Frankenfood companies such as Monsanto are already eagerly pursuing this technology in their efforts to gain more control over the food supply, the most wide-reaching effects of this new technology will probably lie in the medical arena.
CRISPR and associated “gene editing” technologies have come under fire for many of the same reasons as traditional genetic engineering, but now Dr. Jim Kozubek has raised a new concern: CRISPR may actually enable doctors to eliminate certain neurological and psychiatric “diseases” that have actually been the key to producing many of humanity’s great minds throughout history.
Kozubek is author of Modern Prometheus: Editing the Human Genome with Crispr-Cas9.
Can mental “illness” be a gift?
CRISPR is short for CRISPR/cas9, itself an abbreviation for Clustered Regularly-Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats/CRISPR associated protein 9. The technique works by using a special RNA strand to guide a DNA-splicing protein to a particular site on the genome. It can be paired with other techniques to insert new DNA into the site where the old code has been removed.
“Before we begin modifying our genes with gene editing tools such as Crispr-Cas9, we’d be smart to recall that genetic variants that contribute to psychiatric conditions may even be beneficial depending on the environment or genetic background,” Kozubek said.
For example, Kozubek noted, the rate of bipolar disorder is 10 times higher among writers than among the general population, and 40 times higher among poets.
“Thomas Edison was ‘addled’ and kicked out of school. Tennessee Williams, as a teenager on the boulevards of Paris felt afraid of ‘the process of thought’ and came within ‘a hairsbreadth of going quite mad,’” Kozubek said.
According to Kozubek, the idea of editing “genetic disease” out of the human population reflects a poor understanding of evolution.
“Scientists tend to think of variations in life as problems to be solved, deviations and abnormalities outside of a normal curve,” he said.
“In reality, Darwin showed us that evolution does not progress toward an ideal concept or model, but rather is a work of tinkering toward adaptation in local niches.”
Science rushes recklessly ahead
Kozubek’s comments come in the context of the United States and China both having announced the world’s first clinical trials on CRISPR in humans, with the United Kingdom expected to follow close behind.
In the Chinese trial, already underway, a man was injected with immune cells that had been taken from his body and modified, with CRISPR, to attack his lung cancer. The team plans to perform the same intervention on another nine people, and monitor them for six months. This will be followed by other Chinese trials on CRISPR-modified treatments for bladder, prostate and kidney cancers.
In the United States, the trials are focused less on the effectiveness of CRISPR cancer treatments and more on their safety. Human participants will be injected with immune cells taken from their body and then modified to seek and destroy cancer cells, hide from cancer cells that will destroy them. Another edit is intended to prevent other immune cells from interfering with the process.
Critics have warned that contrary to the promises of the biotech industry, CRISPR editing has a very high error and mutation rate, and does not confer particularly precise control over the biological outcomes of the gene “editing.”
Another major danger posed by the ease of CRISPR editing is the allure of making modifications to human sperm, eggs or embryos. These “germline” modifications are able to affect every organ in the body and can be passed on to future generations — making their overall effects nearly impossible to know ahead of time.
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(NaturalNews) Last year, California passed a mandatory vaccination bill that removed religious and philosophical exemptions for vaccines, making the state one of the leading proponents of medical tyranny in the U.S.
Now, Dr. Richard Pan – the same California senator who sponsored last year’s SB 277 campaign – is back with a new proposed piece of legislation that would grant the state sweeping powers over children’s lives – all in the name of their health and well-being, and regardless of their parents’ wishes.
Dr Pan’s proposed bill SB 18 is based on an earlier Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR 80), which was originally drafted as a “Bill of Rights for the Children and Youth of California that resolves to invest in all children and youth in order to achieve specified goals to create an optimal environment for their healthy development.”
The original ACR 80 was a vaguely-worded document that – with the passage of the new bill – would then allow the state to “expand” and “codify” its terms. In other words, the state would be authorized to make new rules and regulations regarding children’s health and welfare based on the opinions of medical bureaucracy “experts.”
Increased control over children’s lives justified as “protection of their rights”
If passed, SB 18 could lead to an increase in medical kidnappings and Child Protective Services (CPS) interventions, occurrences of which are already reaching epidemic proportions in California and elsewhere.
The proposed bill states that all children should have:
(1) The right to parents, guardians, or caregivers who act in their best interest.
(2) The right to form healthy attachments with adults responsible for their care and well-being.
(3) The right to live in a safe and healthy environment.
(4) The right to social and emotional well-being.
(5) The right to opportunities to attain optimal cognitive, physical, and social development.
(6) The right to appropriate, quality education and life skills leading to self-sufficiency in adulthood.
(7) The right to appropriate, quality health care.
While all these might sound like obvious self-evident rights, the question is why create additional legislation to protect rights already essentially granted under federal law?
The answer appears to be that California wants even more control over children’s lives than it already has. Under the new law, if passed, state authorities would be able to more easily remove children from their homes if their parents happen to oppose vaccinations, for example.
Children could be more easily kidnapped by CPS if their parents smoke marijuana (legally or not) or if they decide to homeschool their children.
California CPS “among the most corrupt and dangerous in the nation”
Many have accused CPS of corruption and of kidnapping children for the sole purpose of continuing to receive the federal funding allocated for each child removed from their family’s home and placed into foster care.
According to Health Impact News, California’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is “among the most corrupt and dangerous in the nation”:
“It’s estimated only around five percent of children taken are from actual cases of parental abuse. Often poverty is considered neglect, while false abuse reports are considered valid even while based on hearsay or speculation without proof.”
Local judicial officials are often as corrupt as the CPS authorities themselves, says Health Impact News, and typically rule in favor of the agency – many biological parents find it nearly impossible to get their children back once CPS has taken them.
California seems to be part of a nationwide trend towards greater state authority over children’s lives. Your kids are no longer considered yours – they have become the property of the state – and if you choose to raise them in a manner that the state disapproves of, they will take them from you.
If you live in California, be sure to voice your opposition against SB 18. If you reside elsewhere, be sure to keep an eye out for similar legislative initiatives and become involved in the fight to protect your rights and those of your children.