Will a Torturer Become CIA Director?

[Politics]
Will a Torturer Become CIA Director?
By Ray McGovern
Posted May 16, 2018

CIA and Inquisition Gina Haspel faces a confirmation hearing on Wednesday to become CIA director despite her record of supporting torture, which even the Pentagon admitted does not work.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is scheduled on Wednesday to decide whether to recommend that Gina Haspel be confirmed as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The mind boggles.

It is no secret that Haspel oversaw detainee torture, including waterboarding, at a CIA “black site” base in Thailand. The nonprofit National Security Archive, housed at The George Washington University, reports that Haspel later drafted a cable ordering the destruction of dozens of videotapes of torture sessions, including some from before her arrival. Haspel also helped feed repeated lies about the supposed effectiveness of torture to CIA superiors, Congress, and two presidents. More…

It’s Now or Never – The Fight for Freedom

[Spiritual]
It’s Now or Never – The Fight for Freedom
By Tim Bryant
Posted May 16, 2018

fight for freedomThere is a massive global awakening happening before our very eyes. This isn’t a centralized movement or centralized event, but instead is a global consciousness shift of individuals in all parts of the world. Thanks in large part to the creation of the Internet, the lid has popped off and previously unknown information is flooding out everywhere. A whole new alternative network of information and news has emerged to facilitate its growth. The age of information is real.

People are beginning to put the pieces together and realize that most of the education taught in schools, most of the media consumed on the television, and most of the food consumed into our bodies, is one big distortion of reality. History is far from what we have been lead to believe. The powers that be are preventing the flow of information somewhat, but at this point the cat may be out of the bag. More…

Surveillance Self-Defense

[Media]
Surveillance Self-Defense
by Electronic Frontier Foundation
Posted May 15, 2018

you can defend yourself from surveillanceIf you’ve ever worried about protecting the privacy of your digital data or your conversations with others, we’re here to help.

Surveillance Self-Defense is a digital security guide that teaches you how to assess your personal risk from online spying. It can help protect you from surveillance by those who might want to find out your secrets, from petty criminals to nation states. We offer guides to the best privacy-enhancing tools and explain how to incorporate protecting yourself against surveillance into your daily routine.

If you’re ready to take the first steps, our series of basic guides (below) will help you to understand what digital surveillance is and how you can fight it. We suggest starting with the Assessing your risks guide. More…

The Dangers of Big City Subsidies

[Media]
The Dangers of Big City Subsidies
by Susan Crawford
Posted May 14, 2018

US is alone not considering Internet service a public resourceAmerica, alone among developed nations, never thought of basic telecommunications services as a public service, to be built and controlled by the government. Instead, we have traditionally relied on private companies to serve all Americans at a reasonable cost. In the past, in order to keep the price of local telephone services low and to ensure that everyone in rural areas had communications service, the federal government imposed fees on long-distance telephone service, to subsidize service for low-income and rural customers. Now, following an astounding wave of consolidation and deregulation, we have the worst of both worlds: mostly unregulated private monopolists, selling expensive, mostly second-class data services to the rich and looking to the state to pay them to provide internet access services to everyone else.

Chairman Pai seems to have one theme when it comes to subsidies: Treat giant companies well, and hope that they’ll do Americans a favor by selling them some form of service. From the perspective of the shareholders of AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink, Comcast, and Spectrum—the Big Five telecommunications companies that dominate internet access in America—this makes perfect sense. Costly infrastructure investment that drives up the companies’ debt levels is irrational. More…

The next huge GMO crime is here: It’s “genome-editing” of food crops.

[Social]
The next huge GMO crime is here: It’s “genome-editing” of food crops.
by Jon Rappoport
Posted May 13, 2018

remind me again, who is it that wants GMO food?We’re on the cusp of a new level of GMO crime-business, and the man in charge of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Sonny Perdue, is cheerleading from the sidelines.

Perdue says the newest gene-edited plants won’t be any different from those developed by traditional non-GMO breeding methods.

Which is like saying a missile fired from a tank is identical to an arrow shot from a bow.
Here is the brand new policy from the USDA:

“Under its biotechnology regulations, USDA does not regulate or have any plans to regulate plants that could otherwise have been developed through traditional breeding techniques… This includes a set of new [gene-editing] techniques that are increasingly being used by plant breeders to produce new plant varieties that are indistinguishable from those developed through traditional breeding methods.”

Yes, indistinguishable, if you’re wearing a blindfold and wandering around in a pitch-black lab. More…

The road to Alzheimer’s disease is lined with processed foods

[Community]
The road to Alzheimer’s disease is lined with processed foods
by Dr. Lisa Mosconi
Posted May 12, 2018

processed foods are linked to alzheimersCollectively,the ways we address a disease has always been shaped by what we understand it to be. So it’s important to realize that Alzheimer’s doesn’t simply “turn on” when we’re old; it begins decades earlier with changes to the brain. In other words, the Alzheimer’s population of 2050 will either start to develop, or not, right around now. As a nation, if a meteor was going to hit 15 million people in 32 years, we’d set aside our resources and brainpower to stop it. We must therefore bring the national attention not only to the treatments and vaccines that may someday arrive (or not) but to the urgent interest in upgrading the American diet.

We have acted on behalf of collective nutrition-related outcomes before, by demanding mandatory labeling for trans-fat in 2003. We must take similar action at scale, and immediately. At the same time, each and every one of us would do well to act in our own interests (which are, after all, aligned) and take steps to modify our diet for a youthful, healthy, resilient brain. More…

The Only Worthwhile Investment We Ever Make

[Spiritual]
The Only Worthwhile Investment We Ever Make
by RJ Spina
Posted May 11, 2018

investment worth makingWe are all perpetually bombarded with an endless array of investment opportunities, be it an investment of our attention, energy, money, skill, sweat, emotions, knowledge, etc. But what if there was only ONE investment that perpetually yields an everlasting, incalculable, limitless dividend?

Would that not obviously and always be the best investment, regardless of circumstances or context? But what if we simply can’t distinguish this ultimate investment opportunity from all the rest? It would be impossible to know if we have chosen this perfect investment unless every possible observed investment opportunity came with OUR direct knowingness that the speculative, transient, alluring concept of potential profits and mitigated losses were temporary and provided zero enduring benefits whatsoever.

That kind of awareness would be priceless beyond all measure. More…

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