Geopolitical Tensions Are Designed To Distract The Public From Economic Decline

[Economic]
Geopolitical Tensions Are Designed To Distract The Public From Economic Decline
by Brandon Smith
Posted August 22, 2017

wars are a diversion of peoples' attentionWhenever someone asks me as an economic and political analyst “when the collapse is going to happen,” I have to shake my head in bewilderment. The “collapse” is here now. It is done. It is a historical fact. It’s just that not many people have the eyes to see it yet, primarily because they are hyper-focused on all the wrong things.

For many centuries now, elitists in power have understood the value of geopolitical distraction as a tool for controlling the masses. If you examine the underlying motivations behind the majority of wars between nations regardless of the era, you will in most cases discover that the power brokers on both sides tend to be rather friendly with each other. In fact, monarchies and oligarchies are historically notorious for fabricating diplomatic tensions and conflicts in order to force populations back under their control. That is to say, wars and other man-made conflicts give the citizenry something to react to, instead of hunting down the establishment cabal like they should. More…

Why Are the Danes so Happy? Because their Economy makes Sense

[Social]
Why Are the Danes so Happy? Because their Economy makes Sense
By George Lakey
Posted August 22, 2017

Danes have economy that works for peopleThe World Happiness Report puts Danes consistently in the top tier. Twice in the past four years Denmark came in first. Danes also report more satisfaction with their health care than anyone else in Europe, which makes sense, since happiness is related to a sense of security and others being there for you. A fine health care system makes that real.

The Danish approach is especially interesting to Americans because of the U.S. suspicion of centralization. Danes prefer to administer their health care locally. On the other hand, they’ve found that the fairest and most efficient way of paying for their system is through income tax, most of which is routed through Copenhagen. The system delivers quality health care to all and costs Denmark only two-thirds what the United States spends. More…

6 Key Questions about RussiaGate

[Political]
6 Key Questions about RussiaGate
by Charles Hugh Smith
Posted August 21, 2017

Blame it on the RussiansGuilt by association is insidious because it can’t be cleared in court.

The claims that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election are now known as RussiaGate, in a loose reference to the Watergate scandal of the early 1970s.

In the U.S., the issue has been poisoned by profound partisanship: those who feel disenfranchised by the election of Donald Trump are trying to use RussiaGate to unseat or cripple the Trump presidency, while those who elected Trump feel RussiaGate is nothing but an attempt by the corrupt status quo to disenfranchise them.

Let’s see if we can clarify the issues with some key questions. More…

Psychologists, Architects of CIA Experimental Torture Program

[Justice]
Psychologists, Architects of CIA Experimental Torture Program
By Kevin Gosztola
Posted August 21, 2017

James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen have earned their place in infamyTwo CIA psychologists, who were architects of the CIA’s torture program, have resorted to defense arguments once used by accused Nazi war criminals in order to claim they should not be held liable for torture.

James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen were contracted by the CIA to develop, implement, and personally administer the agency’s experimental torture program against detainees in the War on Terrorism.

John Kiriakou, the former CIA officer who blew the whistle on the agency’s use of waterboarding in the torture program, reacted, “This just cements their place in history—and not just in history but in infamy.” “When they have to rely on the defenses of accused Nazi war criminals to defend themselves, [they] can’t go any lower,” Kiriakou added. More…

By 2006, the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association had both issued decrees prohibiting their members from participating in interrogations. However the American Psychological Association had not, and they continued to stonewall against declaring torture as immoral for years.
Psychologists’ Involvement in Torture and the APA

Anarchy in America: Shot Down Like Dogs in the Street

[Justice]
Anarchy in America: Shot Down Like Dogs in the Street
By John W. Whitehead
Posted August 20, 2017

US police kill 25 dogs every dayThe death toll is mounting. The carnage is heartbreaking. The public’s faith in the government to do its job—which is to protect our freedoms—is deteriorating.

With alarming regularity, unarmed men, women, children and even pets are being gunned down by police who shoot first and ask questions later, and all the government does is shrug and promise to do better. Things are not getting better.

It no longer matters whether you’re innocent of any wrongdoing or guilty as sin: when you’re dealing with police who shoot first and ask questions later, due process—the constitutional assurance of a fair trial before an impartial jury—means nothing.

All the individuals who have been shot and killed by police—fired at three and four and five times in a split second—have already been tried, found guilty and sentenced to death. And in that split second of deciding whether to shoot and where to aim, the nation’s police officers have appointed themselves judge, jury and executioner over their fellow citizens. More…

10 Banned Foods Americans Should Stop Eating

[Community]
10 Banned Foods Americans Should Stop Eating
by Dr. Joseph Mercola
Posted August 19, 2017

US foods are banned in other countriesThere is little doubt that in terms of quality, much of the food sold in the United States lags behind those sold in other nations. In fact, what you are eating now may already be banned in other countries because of harmful additives, growth promoters, genetically engineered ingredients, or other dangerous practices.

The overall level of health in the country is deteriorating, faring lower than other industrialized countries even in the face of greater healthcare spending. You can’t help but see a connection between these toxic foods and the rising rates of disease. from now on. More…

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