Oil Lobbyist Touts Success in Effort to Criminalize Pipeline Protests, Leaked Recording Shows
by Lee Fang
Posted September 14, 2019
The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, a powerful lobbying group that represents major chemical plants and oil refineries, including Valero Energy, Koch Industries, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and Marathon Petroleum, has flexed its muscle over environmental and energy policy for decades. Despite its reach, AFPM channels dark money and influence with little scrutiny.
The group is now leveraging its political power to criminalize protests of oil and gas infrastructure.
In an audio recording obtained by The Intercept, the group concedes that it has been playing a role behind the scenes in crafting laws recently passed in states across the country to criminalize oil and gas pipeline protests, in response to protests over the Dakota Access pipeline. The laws make it a crime to trespass on public land used for “critical infrastructure,” impose a fine or prison time for violators, and hold protesters responsible for damage incurred during the protest. Many of the laws also carry heavy fines to groups and individuals who support such demonstrations. More…
Industry lobbyists have been writing legislation that favors their interests, and the Citizen’s United ruling gives them even more clout than they had earlier.
Think about this for a minute, corporate lobbyists are writing legislation outlawing free speech because it conflicts with their profits. They actually have the taxpayers pay for the police, and militarized protection, building roads and other infrastructure, and providing other services for them, all while restricting freedoms of the people.
Offering Choice but Delivering Tyranny: The Corporate Capture of Agriculture
By Colin Todhunter
Posted September 13, 2019
Many lobbyists talk a lot about critics of genetic engineering technology denying choice to farmers. They say that farmers should have access to a range of tools and technologies to maximise choice and options. At the same time, somewhat ironically, they decry organic agriculture and proven agroecological approaches, presumably because these practices have no need for the proprietary inputs of the global agrochemical/agritech corporations they are in bed with. And presumably because agroecology represents liberation from the tyranny of these profiteering, environment-damaging global conglomerates.
Monsanto had a leading role in drafting the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights to create seed monopolies. The global food processing industry wrote the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures. Whether it involves Codex or the US-India Knowledge Initiative on Agriculture aimed at restructuring (destroying) Indian agriculture, the powerful agribusiness/food lobby has secured privileged access to policy makers and sets the policy agenda. More…
Nature has provided humanity with seeds with which to sustainably regenerate its food supply. Now corporations using genetically mutated seeds are effectively placing toll booths in the way of that system that has worked for millenia.
What will our world look like when the corporations own all of the ability to produce food and no one can grow any food, even a small garden without paying tribute to these giants?
10 Life Changes You Can’t Avoid On The Path To Awakening
By Dylan Harper
Posted September 12, 2019
If you are reading this, then you are well on your way on a path of Awakening. Although, everyone experiences their own unique and individual paths of awakening, there are many common elements we all share.
We all begin to see the World differently than we did before. As we start to seek for the truth, we see through the veils of illusion in our society, governments and mainstream institutions. The downfalls of consumerism and materialism become glaringly obvious and we realize we must take responsibility for the lives we live, the choice becomes clear.
Awakening often comes with profound spiritual implications, as we have undeniable experiences of connection to our Universal intelligence. Signs, symbols and synchronicities show up in our lives more and more, altering our course forever. In the process, there are some Universal changes we must make on the path for our own growth and evolution. More…
Google’s Sensorvault Can Tell Police Where You’ve Been
By Jennifer Lynch
Posted September 11, 2019
Do you know where you were five years ago? Did you have an Android phone at the time? It turns out Google might know—and it might be telling law enforcement.
In a new article, the New York Times details a little-known technique increasingly used by law enforcement to figure out everyone who might have been within certain geographic areas during specific time periods in the past. The technique relies on detailed location data collected by Google from most Android devices as well as iPhones and iPads that have Google Maps and other apps installed. This data resides in a Google-maintained database called “Sensorvault,” and because Google stores this data indefinitely, Sensorvault “includes detailed location records involving at least hundreds of millions of devices worldwide and dating back nearly a decade.”
The data Google is turning over to law enforcement is so precise that one deputy police chief said it “shows the whole pattern of life.” It’s collected even when people aren’t making calls or using apps, which means it can be even more detailed than data generated by cell towers.
One deputy police chief said Google’s location data “shows the whole pattern of life.” More…
The Constitution provides at least some limited protection against government surveillance of citizens. However, transnational corporations are are not concerned of the privacy protections offered by Constitution.
If corporate surveillance is allowed to continue to grow, and it continues “cooperation” with governments, how will this affect your freedoms? Do you believe that anyone under 24 hour surveillance is really free? Should Orwellian surveillance capitalism even be allowed to exist?
The Anglo-American Origins of Color Revolutions
by Matthew Ehret
Posted September 10, 2019
A few years ago, very few people understood the concept behind color revolutions.
Had Russia and China’s leadership not decided to unite in solidarity in 2012 when they began vetoing the overthrow of Bashar al Assad in Syria- followed by their alliance around the Belt and Road Initiative, then it is doubtful that the color revolution concept would be as well-known as it has become today.
At that time, Russia and China realized that they had no choice but to go on the counter offensive, since the regime change operations and colour revolutions orchestrated by such organizations as the CIA-affiliated National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and Soros Open Society Foundations were ultimately designed to target them as those rose, orange, green or yellow revolution efforts in Georgia, Ukraine, Iran or Hong Kong were always recognized as weak points on the periphery of the threatened formation of a great power alliance of sovereign Eurasian nations that would have the collective power to challenge the power of the Anglo-American elite based in London and Wall Street. More…
Federal Prosecutions From #NoDAPL Movement Continue
by Unicorn Riot
Posted September 9, 2019
Almost two years after the eviction of indigenous encampments resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), federal prosecutions have continued to crack down on some of those involved.
All of the federal #NoDAPL cases stem around events on October 27, 2016, when a large military and police force seized native treaty territories to evict protest encampments to make way for the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners had purchased the land in question in a deal that was later declared illegal by state officials. More…
The federal government prosecuted pipeline protestors under both the Obama and the Trump administrations.
How powerful corporations get the taxpayers to pay for the police who are protecting their corporate profit interests. Consider how the “big picture” is no different regardless of whether it is a Democrat or a Republican in the Presidency.
The 6 Monolithic Corporations That Control Almost Everything We Watch, Hear And Read
By Michael Snyder
Posted September 8, 2019
Back in 1983, approximately 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the United States.
Today, ownership of the news media has been concentrated in the hands of just six incredibly powerful media corporations. These corporate behemoths control most of what we watch, hear and read every single day.
They own television networks, cable channels, movie studios, newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, music labels and even many of our favorite websites. Sadly, most Americans don’t even stop to think about who is feeding them the endless hours of news and entertainment that they constantly ingest.
Most Americans don’t really seem to care about who owns the media. But they should. The truth is that each of us is deeply influenced by the messages that are constantly being pounded into our heads by the mainstream media. The average American watches 153 hours of television a month. More…
Six giant corporations control the vast majority of the media. The media they control have largely failed to provide their viewers accurate and unbiased information.
Consider the source of any “news” you are receiving. Who benefits and who loses? Has the media outlet always provided accurate and fully vetted information or does it use terms like “inside sources”, anonymous sources”, or “people say”? Did the media outlet fully vet the claim of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, or did it simply parrot government statements? Does it back up its claims with reliable sources or does it sling innuendoes?
More British complicity exposed in latest ‘CIA Torture Unredacted’ report
Posted September 7, 2019
Between 2001 and 2009, the CIA established a global network of secret prisons (‘black sites’) for the purpose of detaining terrorism suspects, in secret and indefinitely, and interrogating them through the use of torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. The abuses which took place were severe, sustained, and in clear violation of domestic and international law. The perpetrators have never been held to account. The Rendition Project’s website (www.therenditionproject.org.uk), provide the most detailed public account to date of the CIA torture programme.
Information about CIA torture programme prisoners had to be prised out of the US military’s unwilling bureaucracy. But already at that time, there were rumours of an even more secretive programme, run in parallel by the Central Intelligence Agency outside the Pentagon’s chain of command. Press stories spoke of people abducted in the middle of the night, manhandled onto planes and never heard of again. More…
The US routinely kidnaps, tortures and imprisons people indefinitely without access to any trial, legal counsel, families or the media.
Most people in the US consider their nation to be a beacon of justice. What sort of nation does these sort of acts? What sort of nation promotes the overseer of a torture black site to Director of the CIA?
Critical U.S. Election Systems Have Been Left Exposed Online Despite Official Denials
by Kim Zetter
Posted September 6, 2019
The top voting machine company in the country insists that its election systems are never connected to the internet. But researchers found 35 of the systems have been connected to the internet for months and possibly years, including in some swing states.
For years, U.S. election officials and voting machine vendors have insisted that critical election systems are never connected to the internet and therefore can’t be hacked.
But a group of election security experts have found what they believe to be nearly three dozen backend election systems in 10 states connected to the internet over the last year, including some in critical swing states. These include systems in nine Wisconsin counties, in four Michigan counties, and in seven Florida counties—all states that are perennial battlegrounds in presidential elections. More…
Electronic voting systems have been proven to be vulnerable to tampering over and over again by multiple sources.
Why do “our” governments still use these machines despite their proven weaknesses? How can a democracy survive if the results of elections cannot trusted?