Community Articles from 2017

It’s Time to Question the Modern Nation-State Model of Governance

[Community]
It’s Time to Question the Modern Nation-State Model of Governance
by Michael Krieger
Posted October 20, 2017

do we really need nation-states?I typically try to avoid news on Sundays, but I spent much of yesterday in complete awe of the extraordinary strength and fortitude of the Catalan people in the face of totalitarian violence from the Spanish state against citizens attempting to vote in a peaceful referendum. Before you start telling me about how the vote is illegal and goes against the Spanish constitution, let me be perfectly clear. That line of thinking is entirely irrelevant to the point of this post.

Specifically, I believe humanity is reaching a point in its evolution, both from a consciousness perspective as well as a technological one, where we’ll begin to increasingly question many of our silly contemporary assumptions about how governance should work. The primary one is this absurd notion that a nation-state should be seen as a permanent structure of political governance which only becomes dissolvable in the event of violent revolution or war.

When it comes to great leaps in human progress, a crucial component to lasting change is convincing enough people that a particular way of organizing human affairs is outdated and harmful. I think if we take a step back and look at how people are governed across the world, there are very few places where “the people” feel they live in societies in which they exert any sort of genuine political self-determination. More…

DEA Whistleblowers Take Down Nominee, Expose Govt’s Role in US Opiate Crisis

[Politics]
DEA Whistleblowers Take Down Nominee, Expose Govt’s Role in US Opiate Crisis
by Whitney Webb
Posted October 19, 2017

US soldier guarding poppy fields in AfghanistanIn the same week that he decided that the U.S. opiate epidemic is a “national emergency,” Trump was forced to withdraw his nominee for Drug Czar, when Rep. Tom Marino was recognized as a congressional water-carrier for Big Pharma opiate producers and one who has impeded the effort to battle the epidemic.

For years, illicit opiate use has been on the rise in the United States, leading to the worst drug crisis in U.S. history, one that has claimed ten times more lives in a single year than all terrorist attacks (including 9/11) on U.S. soil over the last two decades. While the federal government has made public attempts to curb the problem — including President Donald Trump’s recent decision to declare the crisis a “national emergency” — little has resulted from these initiatives, as the harrowing surge in opiate use continues unabated.

Though some may blame government incompetence or perhaps a lack of funding for the failure of federal initiatives to effectively combat the crisis, two whistleblowers from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) have come forward, stating plainly that the U.S. government is fully complicit in fueling the crisis. More…

Puerto Rico Without Electricity, Wifi, ATMs Shows Importance of Cash, Gold and Silver

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Puerto Rico Without Electricity, Wifi, ATMs Shows Importance of Cash, Gold and Silver
By Mark O’Byrne
Posted October 16, 2017

without power, broke even if you have mnoneyPuerto Rico should be a warning to us all. No matter how wealthy your country, how “sophisticated’ your central bankers and central banking system and how technologically advanced your infrastructure, we can all be rendered poor overnight by the power of Mother Nature.

‘Cash Only’ is reportedly a common phrase across many of the retailers on the territory. The majority of gas stations and grocery stores are only accepting cash payments. Citizens have little choice but to try and find cash.

However, shoppers have the same problem retailers do – they can’t get the cash they need. Fewer than half of Puerto Rico’s bank branches and cash machines are up and running, still crippled by diesel shortages, damaged roads and severed communications lines. Bank officials say they are struggling even to find employees who can get to work when there is no public transportation and gasoline is hard to find. More…

This story should serve as a stark warning to all those advocating and embracing the idea of a cashless society.

Smart Meter Controversy Takes An Astonishing New Turn

[Social]
Smart Meter Controversy Takes An Astonishing New Turn
By Dr. Joseph Mercola
Posted October 8, 2017

take back your powerLast month I published an article discussing the “Take Back Your Power,” directed by Josh del Sol Beaulieu, in which he investigated some of the many problems associated with smart meters — including the devastating health effects they’re having on some people, and how these meters are part of a much larger covert surveillance system designed to spy on and track users, and to profit from the sale of user data.

“InPower Episode 1: A Mass Action of Liability” is the follow-up to that film, released August 26. In this film, del Sol Beaulieu reveals how people are using commerce to leverage their power against politicians and corporations to ensure the right and ability to refuse smart meters. More…

Israel Security Forces Are Training American Cops Despite History of Rights Abuses

[Community]
Israel Security Forces Are Training American Cops Despite History of Rights Abuses
by Alice Speri
Posted September 29, 2017

merican police being trained  by Israeli forcesIt’s not uncommon for residents of America’s most heavily policed neighborhoods to describe their local cops as “an occupying force.” Judging by where many U.S. police forces get their training, the description seems apt.

Thousands of American law enforcement officers frequently travel for training to one of the few countries where policing and militarism are even more deeply intertwined than they are here: Israel.

While attention on the militarization of American police forces has intensified in recent years, spurring some reforms that the Trump administration has already undone, U.S.-Israel police exchange programs have carried on without much public scrutiny. More…

In Florida, You Can’t Use Your Own Solar Panels in a Crisis

[Community]
In Florida, You Can’t Use Your Own Solar Panels in a Crisis
by Michael Krieger
Posted September 28, 2017

Florida Power and Light prevents users from using solar panels in emergencyWhen I think about solar panels, it’s not just the use of a renewable resource I find appealing, but also the potential to take energy generation into your own hands; something that can prove quite useful in a major global crisis, or even something more minor like Hurricane Irma’s impact on Florida. The latter could’ve been a lifesaver for some Florida residents recently, but a local electric utility has done everything in its power to deny its customers such freedom.

Florida Power and Light Co’s lobbying wing has fought hard against letting Floridians power their own homes with solar panels. Thanks to power-company rules, it’s impossible across Florida to simply buy a solar panel and power your individual home with it. You are instead legally mandated to connect your panels to your local electric grid.

More egregious, FPL mandates that if the power goes out, your solar-power system must power down along with the rest of the grid, robbing potentially needy people of power during major outages. More…

Pension Storm Warning

[Economic]
Pension Storm Warning
By John Mauldin
Posted September 27, 2017

http://ggc-mauldin-images.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/newsletters/170916-01.jpgThis time is different are the four most dangerous words any economist or money manager can utter. We learn new things and invent new technologies. Players come and go. But in the big picture, this time is usually not fundamentally different, because fallible humans are still in charge. (Ken Rogoff and Carmen Reinhart wrote an important book called This Time Is Different on the 260-odd times that governments have defaulted on their debts; and on each occasion, up until the moment of collapse, investors kept telling themselves “This time is different.” It never was.)

Nevertheless, I uttered those four words in last week’s letter. I stand by them, too. In the next 20 years, we’re going to see changes that humanity has never seen before, and in some cases never even imagined, and we’re going to have to change. I truly believe this. We have unleashed economic and technological forces we can observe but not entirely control. More…

Online Privacy Guide: How To Stay Safe On The Web

[Media]
Online Privacy Guide: How To Stay Safe On The Web
By James Crace
Posted September 21, 2017

online privacy guidePrivacy is more important than ever. The Internet may be the best thing since sliced bread, but as we come to rely on it more and more in our daily life we risk exposing our data to attackers. Here at Cloudwards.net we figured we would help out our readers with a thorough online privacy guide that will keep you safe while your browse the world wide web.

We’ll look at the steps you can take to ensure your privacy, whether you’re just browsing or downloading torrents. However, we’re not here to help you hide from three-letter agencies that are actively searching for you: if you’re the next Edward Snowden, you’ll have to take extraordinary measures that are well out of the scope of this article.

With that said, let’s first take a look at the threats the average user will face while on the Internet. More…

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