Electric Cars Just As Dirty As Petroleum-powered Vehicles? New study sheds light on ‘zero emissions’ fraud

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Electric cars may end up being worse for the climate and for human health than gasoline-fueled vehicles, depending on whether coal or some other source is being used for electricity generation, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Minnesota and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in December 2014.

Ethanol-fueled vehicles are also worse than gasoline-powered ones, the study found.

“A lot of the technologies that we think of as being clean … are not better than gasoline,” co-author Julian Marshall said.

“Unfortunately, when a wire is connected to an electric vehicle at one end and a coal-fired power plant at the other end, the environmental consequences are worse than driving a normal gasoline-powered car,” said Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution for Science, who was not involved in the study.

Coal is primary U.S. electricity source

Studies conducted by Climate Central in 2012 and 2013 had showed that the greenhouse gas emissions of vehicles running off electricity sourced from coal were worse than those of gasoline-powered vehicles. The new study confirmed those prior findings and also expanded them to encompass health impacts of various energy sources.

The researchers examined 10 different ways to power automobiles, including gasoline, diesel, liquid biofuels, compressed natural gas and electricity from a variety of sources, both conventional and alternative. They then calculated all the air pollution emitted from the process of producing the fuels (or batteries or electricity), as well as the pollution emitted during the vehicle’s operation. They then estimated the health and climate effects of these emissions.

Researcher Jason Hill emphasized that just looking at the emissions from a vehicle’s tailpipe can dramatically underestimate a fuel source’s health and environmental impact. For example, ethanol fuels are also responsible for air pollution released from the vehicles used to grow the corn, from the soil following the application of fertilizer, and from the process of fermenting and distilling the corn into ethanol.

When it come to electric vehicles, the source of the electricity is the key question. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 39 percent of the country’s electricity comes from coal, 27 percent from natural gas, about 20 percent from nuclear power, 7 percent from dams or water turbines, and 6 percent from all other sources.

Coal, ethanol more lethal than gasoline

The researchers found that electric cars run from coal actually kill 360 percent more people than cars run from gasoline, due to increased soot and smog emissions. They also emit significantly more carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.

In contrast, natural gas-powered electric cars would only kill half as many people as gasoline-powered cars. Electric cars powered from wind or water energy would cause only 25 percent as many air-pollution-related deaths. Hybrid and diesel engines were also lower-impact than gasoline engines.

Ethanol, in contrast, causes 80 percent more air pollution-related deaths than gasoline, and also emits more greenhouse gases.

“If we’re using ethanol for environmental benefits, for air quality and climate change, we’re going down the wrong path,” Hill said.

“Any honest accounting of greenhouse gas mitigation strategies must… consider the possibility of unintended consequences,” said Timothy Johnson of Duke University, who was not involved in the study.

Johnson noted that other impacts of different energy sources might include local environmental effects of producing or using the fuels, such as increased air pollution from truck traffic to ethanol refineries.

“While these considerations go beyond the paper’s focus on air quality, the study reminds us that we need to widen our analytical boundaries if we are going to address greenhouse gas emissions sustainably,” Johnson said.

Another impact might be destruction of water supplies due to mining for raw materials for solar panels, batteries or other alternative energy sources.

Monsanto’s New GM Wheat Will Increase Spraying of Three Toxic Herbicides

As reported on Natural News by David Gutierrez in October of 2014: “A field of unregulated genetically modified (GM) wheat has been discovered growing wild in Montana, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced. No varieties of GM wheat have been approved for cultivation in the United States, but this is the second plot discovered growing on its own in less than a year and a half.”

Do you think those two plots of genetically modified wheat are the only two out there? When wheat carries the traits of “herbicide resistance,” that means more and more herbicide will have to be sprayed as the weeds become resistant too. Agrochemical giant Monsanto is at it again, developing GM herbicide-resistant wheat. This time around, the wheat will be resistant to THREE different chemical herbicides: glyphosate, glufosinate and dicamba. Back in 2013, an Oregon farmer found Monsanto’s original “Roundup Ready” wheat growing in his fields. Monsanto had claimed to stop developing that line altogether about 10 years ago, but they obviously lied. It’s like the Cold War with these corporations — they agree not to do something and then they go double down and work harder on it. Monsanto had actually RESTARTED extensive field trials in 2011. Of course, the USDA called it an isolated incident and just couldn’t figure out how it could have happened in an Oregon field. Sure.

“Whole grains” aren’t so “whole” when you’re eating genetically modified organisms

Every farmer in America who doesn’t pollute his/her crop with chemicals and who doesn’t buy seeds that contain chemicals (GMO) deserves a subsidy bonus check from their country and a “do it yourself” lab kit that allows them to test their fields and crops for GMO contamination. If the FDA and USDA weren’t so darned crooked and corrupt, we would be living this way. In 2012 alone, the US exported wheat at a value estimated over $18 billion. How much of that wheat was genetically modified and got through as otherwise?

Over 60 countries have bans on GM crops. After the Oregon GM wheat discovery, Japan and the entire EU enacted serious barriers and restrictions on their import of wheat. Farmers immediately launched lawsuits against Monsanto, but Monsanto has previous “members” serving as high as Supreme Court Justices, so that could end ugly, but Monsanto still settled in the millions, most likely to keep the whole topic hush hush so the American masses won’t panic and stop buying all that INFLAMMATORY WHEAT.

You can’t wash off GMO

Roundup Ready farming is failing. That is why Monsanto is making new herbicide-tolerance GM crops — to fight back against the superweeds and superbugs these chemicals themselves created. But Mother Nature is evolving faster, just as it is with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The new GMO will be more of the same nightmare, but even more superweeds and superbugs to overcome, that are smarter and stronger anything mankind can “concoct” in a laboratory.

Start questioning everything that’s not certified organic.

Cheney, Rothschild, and Fox News’ Murdoch to Drill for Oil in Syria, Violating International Law

syrian-war-oilBy Justin Gardner

While Syria is torn apart by the warring of U.S. imperialists and Islamic fundamentalists—leaving its children to die of starvation—another country plans to take advantage of the chaos by stealing resources from Syria’s southern region. The theft will be carried out by the most notorious pushers of military hegemony, and they don’t care that it violates international law.

Genie Energy is an American-based oil and gas company with major investors and advisors comprising a who’s who list of war profiteers—Dick Cheney, Rupert Murdoch, Lord Jacob Rothschild, and James Woolsey. The president of their Israeli subsidiary is Efraim “Effi” Eitam, an Israeli military commander who called for expelling the “cancer” of Arabs from Israel.

Together, these warmongers and would-be ethnic cleansers will soon be drilling into a vast oil and gas reserve located in the Syrian territory occupied by Israel since 1967, known as Golan Heights. The move would be in clear violation of international law, specifically the Annex to the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Israeli authorities granted Genie Energy’s subsidiary, Afek Oil and Gas, exclusive petroleum exploration rights in a 153-square-mile region in Golan Heights. In 2015, above-ground geophysical tests discovered the presence of oil and natural gas reserves that could make Israel energy self-sufficient. Afek has already drilled three exploratory wells.

Israel has benefited from its illegal occupation of Syria’s Golan Heights for decades, drawing one-third of its entire water supply from the region and providing a tourist and skiing destination at the Mount Hermon Ski Resort. Despite persistent international pressure, including from the U.S., the occupation continues and will reach a new level with the extraction of fossil fuels.

Rupert Murdoch heralded his involvement in Genie Energy by touting the prosperity and freedom it will bring to the world.

“Covering and distributing news has been my life’s work,” said Mr. Murdoch. “If Genie’s effort to develop shale oil is successful, as I believe it will be, then the news we’ll report in the coming decades will reflect a more prosperous, more democratic, and more secure world.”

Of course, the war-stricken, starving, desperate people of Syria will never see a shred of that prosperity and security. Murdoch’s Fox “news” channel has been instrumental in pushing war in the Middle East and obfuscating the role played by the U.S. in fomenting the Syrian war, and soon he and his cronies will be reaping the profits.

While they make plans to steal energy resources from illegally occupied Syria, Genie Energy engages in publicity stunts to preempt the criticism that will undoubtedly follow. Last Christmas they donated coats and toys to needy families in Newark, New Jersey.

Drilling in Golan Heights is also drawing concerns about its impact to drinking water supplies. Since the reserves are locked up as shale oil, hydraulic fracturing (fracking) would likely be used to extract the fossil fuels. The shale oil is in close proximity to a large aquifer which supplies drinking water to the region; the fracking chemicals and polluted water spilled onto the ground could contaminate this water supply. A temporary restraining order was issued by the Israeli High Court in 2014, but did not last long as moneyed interests won out.

Momentum for the illegal oil drilling of Syrian territory by Murdoch, Cheney and the gang is aided by the assumption that Golan Heights is already part of Israel. Afek Oil and Gas refers to their newfound field simply as “northern Israel.” A prominent Israeli politician, Naftali Bennett, in 2015, called for the world to recognize Golan Heights as Israeli territory, while calling for the expansion of Jewish settlers in the region.

“I want to challenge the entire world,” said Bennett at the 15th annual Herzliya Conference of the Institute for Policy and Strategy. “I want to give the international community an opportunity to demonstrate their ethics. Recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.”

Dick Cheney, Rupert Murdoch, Jacob Rothschild, and their henchmen have a long tradition of promoting war in the Middle East and exploiting its oil resources. The cabal formed under Genie Energy, led by the unapologetic Arab hater Effie Eitam, appears to have nothing standing in the way of their next conquest in Syria’s Golan Heights.

http://www.activistpost.com/2016/01/cheney-rothschild-and-fox-news-murdoch-to-drill-for-oil-in-syria-violating-international-law.html?

 

The Financial Crisis Of 2016 Rolls On – China, Oil, Copper And Junk Bonds All Continue To Crash

crisisBy Michael Snyder

Never before have we seen a year start like this.  On Monday, Chinese stocks crashed once again.  The Shanghai Composite Index plummeted another 5.29 percent, and this comes on the heels of two historic single day crashes last week.  All of this chaos over in China is one of the factors that continues to push commodity prices even lower.  Today the price of copper fell another 2.40 percent to $1.97, and the price of oil continued to implode.  At one point the price of U.S. oil plunged all the way down to $30.99 a barrel before rebounding just a little bit.  As I write this article, oil is down a total of 6.12 percent for the day and is currently sitting at $31.13.  U.S. stocks were mixed on Monday, but it is important to note that the Russell 2000 did officially enter bear market territory.  This is yet another confirmation of what I was talking about yesterday.  And junk bonds continue to plummet.  As I write this, JNK is down to 33.42.  All of these numbers are huge red flags that are screaming that big trouble is ahead.  Unfortunately, the mainstream media continues to insist that there is absolutely nothing to be concerned about.

Reads entire article: http://www.activistpost.com/2016/01/the-financial-crisis-of-2016-rolls-on-china-oil-copper-and-junk-bonds-all-continue-to-crash.html?

Are You Aware of Big Pharma’s Impressive Records?

skull fdaBy Catherine J. Frompovich

Everyone probably is familiar with the world population growth clock. Likewise, there’s the time-bomb-like clockwork for the United States national debt. But has anyone ever imagined what a clock would be like that ticks off Big Pharma’s impressive records?

Such a clock would not tick off Big Pharma’s earnings or profits, though. Much to everyone’s probable utter shock, a ‘clock’ has been developed and posted online titled “Pharma Death Clock”, which lists “Total deaths in the United States since January 1, 2000…Big Pharma’s chemical warfare on humanity dwarfs the number of victims killed by all world wars and acts of terrorism combined… While drug companies profit billions, people are dying by the millions.”

How much reality has to sink into human consciousness about the actuality of Big Pharma’s “medico-economics” harms—all done in the name of allopathic medicine championed by its super-duper trade unions like the American Medical Association? And, don’t forget their trade journals, too!

Consider just a few of the stunning (‘collateral damage?’) numbers—only from January 1, 2000, which obviously continue to accumulate on a daily basis:

table1However, what are not included are all the HRSA vaccine damage claims that have been paid by Vaccine Court Masters to vaccine-damaged vaccinees or their parents in the case of deaths. Let’s include that data set to see how that impacts Big Pharma’s ticking-time bomb, which the U.S. Congress and healthcare consumers ought to be waking up to very soon. How really sick do we have to be made by Big Pharma products?

Are you ready for the data and also the fact that Big Pharma is NOT liable for vaccine damages caused?

This represents cumulative payouts for fiscal years 1989 to 2015 for the following categories:[1]

table2A grand total of vaccine-damage-related expenses of close to 3.2 BILLION DOLLARS! That kind of ‘hush money’ doesn’t sound like vaccines are very safe, I offer.

So, let’s step back and ask this logical question:

“How much is Big Pharma and its toxic chemical products, aka pharmaceuticals and vaccines, really costing U.S. health consumers in hard earned dollars spent and/or lost because of problems related to pharmaceuticals?”

Any other business would be using its product liability insurance to take care of defective product damage claims. Where was Congress’s mind in 1986? Probably in Big Pharma’s back pocket?

How about a few other questions?

“Why is the ineffective U.S. Congress so lax to exercise its oversight powers over the pharmaceutical industry and the federal agencies Big Pharma seems to be manipulating, especially the FDA?”

“What roles do Big Pharma’s lobbyists’ deep pockets and campaign donations play in Congress looking the other way?”

“Why is Congress not investigating the fraud and misconduct within the FDA?”

See this article that says, “The FDA buries evidence of fraud in medical trials. [….] The silence is unbroken even when the FDA itself seems shocked at the degree of fraud and misconduct.”

“When will U.S. health consumers wake up to the reality of Big Pharma’s control over our health, bodies and lives?” And, take back that control.

“When will we put down our collective foot and demand not being ripped off by pharmaceutical price-gouging, forced mandatory vaccines, and pummeled by ineffective fraudulent consensus-tobacco-science masquerading as the only ‘legitimate’, insurance- reimbursed medical science and treatments?”

The clock is ticking!

http://www.activistpost.com/2016/01/are-you-aware-of-big-pharmas-impressive-records.html?

Last Week in Gun Control Psyops … More Fear

obama_gunsBy Melissa Dykes

Ask yourself this: how much of what you see in “the news” in a given day is real?

Last week was an insane welcome to President Obama’s new gun control executive actions. To put it in perspective, let’s take a look at the week’s events which helped transition it.

The Week Before

On December 31st, outgoing Education Secretary Arne Duncan gave his last speech at St. Sabina’s in Chicago. He tearfully spoke of guns killing children throughout his tenure. In fact, the majority of his speech was about gun violence, not education. In his talk, he mirrored Obama’s frustration at the lack of meaningful gun control measures and reaffirmed that Obama has vowed to do everything he can in his remaining year as president to further this effort. Just as Obama has repeatedly done, Duncan praised Australia’s strict gun control policies, which many have called out as coming after the nation suffered a gun control false flag, as a “gift” to its nation’s youth.

Monday, Jan. 4th

It was all over the news that Obama would be announcing his newest attack on the 2nd Amendment. The White House released a fact sheet on the new executive actions. Among these are:

  • a commitment to advancing “smart technology” including fingerprint scanners, RFID, and microstamping (research for which will be provided by the Dept. of Defense);
  • a $500 million investment in increased access to mental health care;
  • removal of HIPAA barriers to allow the Department of Health and Human Services to report “relevant information” about people who might be prohibited from owning a gun for mental health reasons;
  • and requiring a license for people engaged in the business of dealing firearms, which the White House says could mean as little as one or two transactions if other factors are present.

Tuesday, Jan. 5th

Obama gives a tearful press conference on his orders, tears which quickly become top headline everywhere. Most mainstream outlets start with lines like:

President Barack Obama paused to wipe away tears as he discussed the victims of 2012 Newtown shooting during a Tuesday morning press conference on his new executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence.

Just after he tears up and before everyone breaks into applause, Obama says, “and, by the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago every day.”

Ironically, 12 people were shot and killed in Chicago that same day, a city that has some of the nation’s strictest gun laws.

The same day, Hillary Clinton, who has also referenced Australia’s gun control in speeches and has said she will pass her own gun control executive orders if she becomes president, praised Obama, saying “I’m very proud of what the President called for this morning with his executive order. I was pleased because some of what he’d called for, I’d advocated for a couple months ago in the debates and in the campaign.”

Wednesday, Jan. 6th

The one-year anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attacks. A man walks into a Paris police department wearing a fake suicide belt, wielding a meat clever, and yelling “Allahu Akbar”. He is promptly shot by cops.  Charlie Hebdo dominates headlines for the first time in a year.

An advisory panel at Umpqua Community College announces the building where a mass shooting of nine people happened back in October will be torn down and rebuilt completely. Employees return to work at at the site of the reported San Bernardino shooting, and the friend charged with buying a gun in the case pleads not guilty. Both shootings are refreshed all over the news for the public, along with the announcement that James Tracy, a prominent proponent of the Sandy Hook shooting hoax theory, has fired from his tenured position at Florida Atlantic University.

Via The New York Times:

Mr. Tracy has said the Newtown massacre may have been carried out by “crisis actors” employed by the Obama administration. Mr. Tracy’s ideas fall into part of a larger movement of Internet conspiracy theorists who believe the spate of mass murders have simply been staged by the government. A few of the theorists do not think the shootings took place at all.

So, along with the San Bernardino and Oregon mass shootings refreshed in the public’s minds, Sandy Hook is also back in the news…

Never mind the fact that none of the executive orders Obama just passed would have stopped any of these mass shootings, (which all took place in gun free zones by the way), from happening.

Read entire article & view videos here: http://www.activistpost.com/2016/01/last-week-in-gun-control-psyops-more-fear.html?

 

A SINGLE DOSE of Antibiotics Can Cause Long-term Gut Damage

The statistics are sobering: in the United States alone, antibiotic-resistant bacteria cause 23,000 fatalities and at least 2 million new cases of disease annually. But if you think antibiotic resistance only comes about with massive and repeated rounds of antibiotics, think again.

Science shows that just one dose of antibiotic ‘therapy’ not only contributes to antibiotic resistance, but also brings about long-term damage to the microbes living in the gut. Many of the intestinal bacteria destroyed by antibiotics play a significant role in the body’s natural defense system against cancer and other disease conditions.

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Just one dose: Science reveals the true danger of antibiotics inside the gut

European researchers recently reported study results showing even a single course of antibiotics is capable of disrupting the healthy population of microorganisms in the gut. Just as disturbing, the results can last up to a year and contribute to antibiotic resistance.

In their study, 66 healthy adults from the United Kingdom and Sweden were randomly assigned to receive a full course of one of four antibiotics – ciprofloxacin, clindamycin, amoxicillin or minocycline – or a placebo. The researchers did not know which antibiotic any given participant took throughout the course of the study.

Fecal and saliva samples were collected from the subjects at the start of the study, then again immediately after beginning the study drugs. Additional samples were taken at one, two, four and 12-month intervals after finishing a single course of antibiotics.

Results showed the drugs caused a notable increase in genes associated with antibiotic resistance, while seriously impacting the diversity of microbes in the gut and causing changes still evident months after initial exposure.

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All antibiotics are NOT created equal and the results can be devastating

Researchers have reported differences among the various antibiotics utilized in the study. Specifically, the health-related bacteria in the gut were significantly reduced for up to four months in participants taking clindamycin and up to 12 months in those taking ciprofloxacin. Amoxicillin showed a less dramatic shift in microbial populations, but was the largest contributor to increased antibiotic resistance.

Researchers noted that participants from the UK came into the study with more antibiotic resistance than did the subjects from Sweden. This could be due to cultural differences and the significant decline in antibiotic use in Sweden over the past 15 or 20 years.

Lead author Egija Zaura, PhD, an associate professor in oral microbial ecology at the Academic Centre for Dentistry in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, wrote that microorganisms in study participants’ feces were severely affected by most of the antibiotics, with changes lasting for months. More specifically, researchers reported a decrease in the number of desirable microbes that produce butyrate, which inhibits inflammation, combats cancer and reduces stress in the gut.

Lifesaving question: How do antibiotics increase the risk of disease?

While antibiotic resistance may be at the center of the research results, the affects on microbial populations in the gut have other far-reaching impacts. Earlier research has shown that antibiotics can alter critical gut microbiota that affect the body’s vulnerability to contracting a number of infectious diseases.

These differences in intestinal flora may have a far-reaching impact on overall health and wellbeing. For example, did you know that changes in the gut’s microbe population can leave the body vulnerable to infection, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, obesity, inflammation of the gut, malabsorption and food allergies?

The Coming Plague Will Not Be Stopped by Drugs: CDC now admits era of antibiotics at an end as bacteria out-wit drug companies

Specimen-Cells-Bacteria-VirusBy Mike Adams

In a breakthrough moment of truth for the CDC, the agency now openly admits that prescription antibiotics have led to a catastrophic rise in superbugs, causing the death of at least 23,000 Americans each year (an estimate even the CDC calls “conservative”).

This is the conclusion of the CDC’s new Threat Report 2013, a document that for the first time quantifies the number of fatalities happening in America due to antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

What’s truly astonishing about this report is that it admits, in effect, that modern medicine is a failure when it comes to infectious disease. The whole approach of fighting bugs with isolated chemicals was doomed to fail from the start, of course, since Mother Nature adapts to chemical threats far more quickly than drug companies can roll out new chemicals.

Sadly, the very approach of using an isolated chemical to combat disease is rooted in a 1950’s mentality that has nearly reached its endpoint in the history of medicine. The CDC all but admits this now, saying the era of antibiotics is nearing its end. “If we are not careful, we will soon be in a post-antibiotic era” – Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC.

The admission should send alarm bells ringing across the medical establishment. Because what it really means is the day isn’t too far off when doctors and hospitals can no longer offer treatments for common infections.

The rise of alternative medicine… again!

Western doctors, of course, are wildly ignorant of far more effective ways to treat infections. Because of the profit interests in patented antibiotic chemicals, doctors have never been taught how to use herbal antibiotics to which there is virtually no resistance whatsoever.

Doctors have also never been informed of the powerful antibiotic properties of silver, copper, aloe vera gel, garlic (and sulfur compounds), Chinese medicine herbs and many other bacteria-fighting substances from the natural world.

As a result, the day is soon coming when doctors will send patients home to die, not knowing that real cures for their infections already exist and are readily available from the world of natural medicine. That’s the real cost of the failure of western medicine: countless numbers of victims will suffer and die due to the incredible ignorance of doctors and their foolish reliance on a system of chemicals that has failed humankind.

Our epitaph [as a species] may well read: “They died of a peculiar strain of reductionism, complicated by a sudden attack of elitism, even though there were ready natural cures close at hand.” – Gary Paul Nabhan, author, Cultures of Habitat

Here at Natural News, I estimate that due to the disastrous failure of antibiotics combined with the widespread suppression of human immune function (due to drugs, heavy metals, environmental chemicals and more), superbug deaths will quickly accelerate, reaching 100,000 deaths per year by 2020, nearly rivaling the number of Americans already killed each year by FDA-approved prescription medications.

The top three superbug threats

According to the CDC, the top three superbug threats right now are:
• Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae or CRE (9,000 annual infections, 600 annual deaths)
• Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea (246,000 infections per year, now only one drug left to treat it)
• Clostridium difficile (250,000 infections per year, 14,000 deaths)

In all, these three superbugs combined with others cause 23,000 total deaths per year in the United States alone, says the CDC.

The CDC, predictably, also says part of the solution is to get more people vaccinated. This makes no sense whatsoever as vaccines only make immune systems weaker while doing nothing to prevent infections of superbugs.

On the positive side, the CDC did say that antibiotic use should be curbed in agriculture (meaning fed to animals for meat production). In truth, more antibiotics are used each year in agriculture than in humans.

CDC still clings to futile hope of failed drug model

Despite having the ability to now see the problem at hand, the CDC still desperately clings to the futile hope that “yet another chemical” will be developed that solves the superbug problem.

This is an exercise in insanity, as you might have guessed, because whatever new chemical the drug companies come up with — and they’ve mostly stopped even bothering with new research into antibiotics — will quickly be rendered useless by microbiological adaptations.

The inconvenient truth about all this is that the CDC will never solve this problem with the same kind of thinking that caused the problem. The never-ending chase for more chemicals is futile. Patented drugs will never conquer drug-resistant bacteria, period. It doesn’t matter how many federal subsidies are dumped into drug research.

So what will work, then? For starters, probiotics offer a solid defense against drug-resistant gut bacteria. So the first thing everyone should be doing to shield themselves from deadly infections is to consume probiotics on a regular basis.

Secondly, antibiotics themselves create an “intestinal wasteland” that’s ripe for infection with deadly drug-resistant strains. So the very use of antibiotics in a patient is something that needs to be far more comprehensively taught to doctors and explained to patients so that the real risks of antibiotics are more widely understood (and avoided).

Ultimately, the use of antibiotics needs to be sharply limited. There are still cases in which limited, targeted use of antibiotics is a real lifesaver, but the widespread abuse of antibiotics is what has led our medical system to the brink of collapse when it comes to deadly superbugs.

Superbugs and superweeds

Thanks to the widespread use of glyphosate with GMOs in agriculture, farms are now suffering from runaway “superweeds” that pose many of the same problems as superbug infections in humans.

Both problems are caused by the widespread abuse of isolated chemicals, sold by profiteering corporations with complete disregard for the long-term consequences of their products.

Both problems are almost universally swept under the rug by the corporations that gave rise to the problems in the first place.

And both problems are promised to be solved with “yet more chemicals” that overcome the resistance to the previous round of chemicals.

There’s a fatal problem with this: each round of chemicals needs to be substantially more toxic than the last round, causing a “spiral of chemical toxicity” that will only lead human civilization to its own destruction.

Even right now, we are very close to the rise of a highly infectious superbug that is resistant to all known antibiotics. Once unleashed, such a superbug could sweet through the population and cause the death of over a billion people across the planet. In such a scenario, the entire system of western medicine has zero tools to deal with it. There is no vaccine, no drug and no FDA-approved treatment that will even touch it.

Familiarize yourself with these systemic herbal antibiotics

Survivors of the inevitable superbug pandemic will be those who turn to Mother Nature and natural remedies. That why I recommend every person reading this pick up at least one book on herbal antibiotics and keep it on your shelf in case of an emergency outbreak.

The most comprehensive book on this subject that I’ve yet found is called Herbal Antibiotics, 2nd Edition: Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-resistant Bacteria. I highly recommend this book. It is meticulously researched and comprehensive in its coverage of the subject. It is also quite technical, so be prepared for that if you’re not used to reading technical papers or books.

In the coming superbug plague, the drug companies will be useless. Your doctor will be useless. Hospitals will be disease-infested death traps. The CDC will be paralyzed with bureaucracy and hopelessly stuck in the era of chemical medicine. Only people who possess the nearly-lost knowledge of natural plant-based antibiotics will have any real chance of surviving such an outbreak if they become infected.

If you have net yet heard the plant name Cryptolepis, you need to familiarize yourself with it. This is a systemic antibiotic with a multitude of uses and physiological actions. Others include Sida, Alchornea and Artemisia (wordwood). Learn these herbs and learn how they work in the human body. Your life may depend on it, and once the superbug plague spreads, these plants may be worth more, ounce for ounce, than gold.

In fact, I was thinking it would be a phenomenal product to offer to the world: a collection of antibiotic plant seeds along with instructions for their cultivation and use. If anyone reading this has such a product to offer, feel free to contact us. Perhaps we can distribute or retail your product to get it into the hands of a large number of people who can keep these plants thriving while the era of synthetic chemical medicine collapses into history.

Top U.S. Banks Have Pledged Customers’ Deposits as Collateral for Derivative Gambling Debts

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Are banks in the world’s great Western powers (and one superpower) preparing to confiscate your accounts in order to quench their insatiable appetites for your private property (i.e., your money)? That’s very likely coming to a bank near you soon, says one observer.

Seasoned journalist financial and geopolitical analyst Mark Nestman, of Nestman.com, wrote in a recent column that “Cyprus-style bail-ins” are on the horizon, as embattled Western and Asian governments eye ways to perpetuate their shell-game economies.

In particular, Nestman reported:

On November 16, leaders of the G20 Group of Nations — the 20 largest economies — made an important decision. The world’s megabanks now have official permission to pledge depositor accounts as collateral to make leveraged derivative bets. And if they lose a bet, the counterparty to the contract has first dibs on your money.

The governments of these 20 countries are now supposed to put these arrangements into law. Most, including the US, have already done so.

Nestman, a founding member of The Sovereign Society — a liberty-minded, free-market-promoting organization established in 1998 to help people protect their investments from over-reaching governments — says most people have no idea that the G20 nations have implemented such a scheme, “because it was mostly ‘more of the same’ — the latest plan to have central banks inject trillions more dollars into the global economy.”

However, he continued, the G20 also backed an onerous plan which its creators call “Adequacy of Loss-Absorbing Capacity of Global Systemically Important Banks in Resolution.” That, he says, is not something that would inspire most people to read, because it deals primarily with “the minutiae of the global financial system,” he wrote.

“But this proposal profoundly changes the rules for banking globally, and not in a good way. Deposits in banks that are ‘too big to fail’ will be ‘promptly recapitalized’ with their ‘unsecured debt.’ This avoids those nasty taxpayer-funded bailouts that proved so politically unpopular during the 2008-2009 financial crisis,” he wrote.

The biggest portion of unsecured debt is individual bank deposits; insolvent banks, he notes, will simply recapitalize by converting individual depositor accounts — checking accounts, of course, but also money market accounts and CDs — into stocks.

As such, then, when depositors put money in a bank, they will incur the same risks as someone buying a stock. Nestman says banks will essentially be taking your money to a horse racing track and betting on a nag.

In addition, Nestman observed:

The G20 has also officially declared that derivatives — the toxic contracts Warren Buffett calls “financial weapons of mass destruction” — are secured debts. Since your bank deposits are now only unsecured debt that the bank has pledged to a secured creditor, guess who gets your money if the bet goes the wrong way for the bank? Answer: It’s not you.

Heads, the bank wins. Tails, you lose.

In the U.S., Nestman notes, 100 percent of deposits are “insured” — that is, protected from loss, up to $250,000 per account, by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). But he further notes that the FDIC has less than $1 to back up every $100 worth of deposits.

“This is still a lot of money — $54 billion at the end of September,” he wrote. “But it’s dwarfed by $6 trillion in insured deposits, not to mention derivatives contracts with a total value of nearly $300 trillion.” So the failure of just one large Wall Street bank could deplete the FDIC’s fund.

Nestman advises anyone who has money deposited in a “too big to fail” bank to get their money out now, before “SHTF.”

Read his entire report here.

The US Government Has an Internet Killswitch — and It’s None of Your Business

kill switchThe Supreme Court has refused to hear a petition concerning the Department of Homeland Security’s secretive internet and cellphone killswitch program.

By Derrick Broze

United States — On Monday the Supreme Court declined to hear a petition from the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) that sought to force the Department of Homeland Security to release details of a secret “killswitch” protocol to shut down cellphone and internet service during emergencies.

EPIC has been fighting since 2011 to release the details of the program, which is known as Standard Operating Procedure 303. EPIC writes, “On March 9, 2006, the National Communications System (‘NCS’) approved SOP 303, however it was never released to the public. This secret document codifies a ‘shutdown and restoration process for use by commercial and private wireless networks during national crisis.’”

EPIC continues, “In a 2006-2007 Report, the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (‘NSTAC’) indicated that SOP 303 would be implemented under the coordination of the National Coordinating Center (‘NCC’) of the NSTAC, while the decision to shut down service would be made by state Homeland Security Advisors or individuals at DHS. The report indicates that NCC will determine if a shutdown is necessary based on a ‘series of questions.’”

Despite EPIC’s defeat at the hands of the Supreme Court, the four-year court battle yielded a heavily redacted copy of Standard Operating Procedure 303.

The fight for transparency regarding SOP 303 began shortly after a Bay Area Rapid Transit (“BART”) officer in San Francisco shot and killed a homeless man named Charles Hill on July 3, 2011. The shooting sparked massive protests against BART throughout July and August 2011. During one of these protests, BART officials cut off cell phone service inside four transit stations for three hours. This kept anyone on the station platform from sending or receiving phone calls, messages, or other data.

In July 2012, EPIC submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the DHS seeking the full text of Standard Operating Procedure 303; the full text of the predetermined “series of questions” that determines if a shutdown is necessary; and any executing protocols related to the implementation of Standard Operating Procedure 303, distributed to DHS, other federal agencies, or private companies.

After the DHS fought the FOIA releases, a district court in Washington, D.C. ruled in EPIC’s favor, but that ruling was later overturned by the court of appeals. The appeals court told EPIC the government was free to withhold details of the plan under the Freedom of Information Act because the information might “endanger” the public.  In 2015, the digital rights group asked the Supreme Court to review the ruling by the federal appeals court.

With the Supreme Court’s refusal to address EPIC’s petition, the issue seems to have reached a dead-end. The American people are (once again) left in the dark regarding the inner-workings of another dangerous and intrusive government program. It is only through the hard work of activists and groups like EPIC that we are at least aware of the existence of this program — but knowing bits and pieces about the protocol is not enough. In order to combat such heavy-handed measures, we need to have access to the government’s own documents. Hopefully, there is already a whistleblower preparing to release these details.

What we do with the information we do have is up to each of us as individuals. We can sit back and watch the United States further devolve into a militarized police and surveillance state — or we can spread this information, get involved locally, and create new systems outside of the current paradigm of control and exploitation.

http://theantimedia.org/the-us-government-has-an-internet-killswitch-and-its-none-of-your-business/