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Fake threats and engineered fears

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Fake threats and engineered fears
By Mark Taliano
Posted May 19, 2019

NATO expansion to Russia's borderRecently, General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, admitted that,

“It is not the aim of NATO to create a military barrier against broad-scale Russian aggression, because such aggression is not on the agenda and no intelligence assessment suggests such a thing.”

Decoded, this means that intelligence reports indicate that Russia is not a threat to the West.

Since Russian aggression is not a threat, then increased NATO deployments to encircle Russia are a threat — to Russia. Decoded again: We are the bad guys, Russia is not. More…

Nearly 100,000 Pentagon Whistleblower Complaints Have Been Silenced

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Nearly 100,000 Pentagon Whistleblower Complaints Have Been Silenced
by Lee Camp
Posted May 15, 2019

thousands of Pentagon whistle blowers have been silencedTo blow the whistle on a huge organization with a lot of power, likely drawing that power to come crashing down on your head—that takes some serious spine-age. Now, imagine the organization you’re calling out is arguably the largest, most powerful, most secretive and most violent organization on planet Earth. I’m speaking, of course, of the U.S. Department of Defense.

Yet thousands, even tens of thousands, of people have taken that step over the past five years. (More on this in a moment.)

All the while our organized human murder machine continues its work around the world. Every day. Every hour. Never a moment of rest. Never pausing to clip their toenails or scratch their ass. Bombs dropped. Buildings blown up. People killed or imprisoned. No end in sight. More…

The Facts:
The Pentagon cannot account for $21Trillion, Yes, that is TRILLION, not billion, and has even lost buildings.

How is it that no one is held responsible for the huge fraud and waste? Why do the people sit by and accept this funneling of national wealth to such an irresponsible agency?

The absurdly high cost of insulin, explained

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The absurdly high cost of insulin, explained
By Julia Belluz
Posted May 7, 2019

big pharma price gougingWhen inventor Frederick Banting discovered insulin in 1923, he refused to put his name on the patent. He felt it was unethical for a doctor to profit from a discovery that would save lives. Banting’s co-inventors, James Collip and Charles Best, sold the insulin patent to the University of Toronto for a mere $1. They wanted everyone who needed their medication to be able to afford it.

Today, Banting and colleagues would be spinning in their graves: Their drug, which many of the 30 million Americans with diabetes rely on, has become the poster child for pharmaceutical price gouging.

The cost of the four most popular types of insulin has tripled over the past decade, and the out-of-pocket prescription costs patients now face have doubled. By 2016, the average price of insulin rose to $450 per month — and costs continue to rise, so much so that as many as one in four people with diabetes are now skimping on or skipping lifesaving doses. More…

America’s “Medical Deep State” – The Role of the CDC

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America’s “Medical Deep State” – The Role of the CDC
By Arjun Walia
Posted May 4, 2019

CDC primary interest is not your healthYou don’t have to go far to see the problem with American’s federal regulatory health agencies. It’s a huge problem. I am reminded of more than a dozen scientists from within the CDC who put out an anonymous public statement detailing the influence corporations have on government policies. They were referred to as the Spider Papers.

“We are a group of scientists at CDC that are very concerned about the current state of ethics at our agency. It appears that our mission is being influenced and shaped by outside parties and rogue interests. It seems that our mission and Congressional intent for our agency is being circumvented by some of our leaders. What concerns us most, is that it is becoming the norm and not the rare exception. Some senior management officials at CDC are clearly aware and even condone these behaviors. Others see it and turn the other way. Some staff are intimidated and pressed to do things they know are not right. We have representatives from across the agency that witness this unacceptable behavior. It occurs at all levels and in all of our respective units. These questionable and unethical practices threaten to undermine our credibility and reputation as a trusted leader in public health.” (source) More…

The Facts:
The CDC and other federal health regulatory agencies have been completely compromised by big corporations. Our health is not their primary concern.

Reflect On:
With so many documents, whistleblowers and examples that have emerged over the year showing a large level of corruption, how are these agencies still able to operate? How are they still considered a health authority?

Knowledge Does Not Protect Against Illusory Truth

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Knowledge Does Not Protect Against Illusory Truth
by Lisa K. Fazio, Nadia M. Brashier, B. Keith Payne, & Elizabeth J. Marsh
Posted May 1, 2019

the illusion of truthIn daily life, we frequently encounter false claims in the form of consumer advertisements, political propaganda, and rumors.

Repetition may be one way that insidious misconceptions, such as the belief that vitamin C prevents the common cold, enter our knowledge base. Research on the illusory truth effect demonstrates that repeated statements are easier to process, and subsequently perceived to be more truthful, than new statements. The prevailing assumption in the literature has been that knowledge constrains this effect (i.e., repeating the statement “The Atlantic Ocean is the largest ocean on Earth” will not make you believe it).

We tested this assumption using both normed estimates of knowledge and individuals’ demonstrated knowledge on a postexperimental knowledge check (Experiment 1). Contrary to prior suppositions, illusory truth effects occurred even when participants knew better. Multinomial modeling demonstrated that participants sometimes rely on fluency even if knowledge is also available to them (Experiment 2). Thus, participants demonstrated knowledge neglect, or the failure to rely on =stored knowledge, in the face of fluent processing experiences. More…

11 Warning Signs of Gaslighting

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11 Warning Signs of Gaslighting
by Stephanie A. Sarkis Ph.D.
Posted April 27, 2019

warning signs of gaslightingGaslighting is a manipulation tactic used to gain power. And it works too well.

Gaslighting is a tactic in which a person or entity, in order to gain more power, makes a victim question their reality. It works much better than you may think. Anyone is susceptible to gaslighting, and it is a common technique of abusers, dictators, narcissists, and cult leaders. It is done slowly, so the victim doesn’t realize how much they’ve been brainwashed.

This is one of the insidious things about gaslighting—it is done gradually, over time. A lie here, a lie there, a snide comment every so often…and then it starts ramping up. Even the brightest, most self-aware people can be sucked into gaslighting—it is that effective. It’s the “frog in the frying pan” analogy: The heat is turned up slowly, so the frog never realizes what’s happening to it. More…

The Facts:
Gaslighting is a manipulation tactic used to gain power. It is used by governments, media, corporations, military leaders and individuals in their personal and professional relationships.

Reflect On:
Now that you are more aware of gaslighting, consider how this has been used by political leaders and media to manipulate the people. Watch for these warning signs everytime you watch the news, see interviews, and listen to authorities and question whether you are being manipulated.

Arrest of Julian Assange is an Attack on Journalism, Liberty, Self-Government and Civilization Itself

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Arrest of Julian Assange is an Attack on Journalism, Liberty, Self-Government and Civilization Itself
by Michael Krieger
Posted April 22, 2019

Orwell's 1984 being played out with arrest of AssangeThe reason I’m writing this post and consider it one of the most important things I’ve ever written, is because we can go in two main directions from here as a country. We can accept our degraded and impotent role as meaningless subjects in a vast, corrupt and vicious empire, or we can prioritize freedom, self-government and civil liberties to build a halfway decent civilization. In other words, we can blindly march forward into another dark age, or we can create a new renaissance.

How this will turn out is anyone’s guess, I just know we’re at a crucial crossroads and can only hope these words will inspire some of you to snap out of it, find a little courage and follow your better nature. If not, we will slowly at first, and very quickly later, lose whatever freedoms we have left. More…

The Facts:
Governments always go after the least popular resistors first to condition the public to accept such persecution. They do this because they are the easiest targets without widespread support.

Reflect On:
Imagine what journalism will look like once the chilling effect of publishing information critical of the government has been established? Consider the similarities to news reporting in Orwell’s 1984 book.

Spectacular Violence as a Weapon of War Against the Yellow Vests

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Spectacular Violence as a Weapon of War Against the Yellow Vests
by Gabriel Rockhill
Posted April 21, 2019

police violence against protestersViolence is a spectacular weapon deployed by the ruling class to discredit movements from below and justify their repression. It is spectacular in the sense of being a great and powerful political tool for governing the masses, and keeping them in their place. In order to do this, however, the weapon of violence is spectacular in a second sense: it creates a carefully orchestrated mise en scène that seeks to render ruling class violence invisible, while simultaneously transforming acts of resistance into prodigious spectacles of criminal violence.

This is how Act 18 of the Yellow Vests is currently being presented by the mass media: at the precise moment at which the government was concluding its democratic consultation of the people via Emmanuel Macron’s “Grand Débat,” the Yellow Vests have unleashed an inordinate amount of violence that now needs to be repressed in the strongest possible terms. More…

The Facts:
Governments have a monopoly on “legal” violence through the use of police forces, and have often used that to protect their power.

Reflect On:
Next time you hear about violence by protesters, consider whether it is media exaggeration, government propaganda, and also, who benefits from this violence.

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