Archive | August 29, 2015

Drop in Drug Trafficking Followed Expulsion of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration*

Drop in Drug Trafficking Followed Expulsion of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration*

Drug dealing now represents less than 1% of the Andean country’s GDP, in a sustained reduction ever since the expulsion of the United States DEA agency.

(Manquehue) According to data from the United Nations, Bolivia achieved a reduction in the amount of coca fields — the plant which is used as a raw material for the elaboration of cocaine — approximately in an 11% since the year 2014, and in over a 30% since 2010, which amounts to four consecutive years of decline, from over 30 thousand to some 20 thousand hectares.

The data, presented in the form of satellite images and imaging studies, were published last week in a report which was jointly presented by Antonio De Leo, representative of the UN Office Against Drug and Crime, and the Bolivian president, Evo Morales.

De Leo congratulated the Bolivian government over the good news, indicated that the area for the growing of coca is the lowest in twelve years, and asserted the participation of social movements, coca unions and different local authorities in the process.

During his speech, Morales stressed that the progress against drug trafficking was possible after the 2008 expulsion of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) — accused of conspiracy and espionage — together with a significant national effort. The head of state also celebrated that drug trafficking no longer has a significant weight in the economy of the Andean country, now corresponding to less than 1% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Bolivia is the third world producer of coca, after Peru and Colombia, and approximately a 40% of the production ends up in the illegal market. The rest is consumed traditionally, chewed or in tea, as a natural analgesic.

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Related Topics:

Ask Senator McConnell Why the War-on-Drugs was never a ‘War’*

What is the Harm in Cocoa Leaves!

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EPA from Congress on Toxic Mine waste Spilt 7n Indigenous Waterways*

EPA from Congress on Toxic Mine waste Spilt 7n Indigenous  Waterways*

By Star Fox

Congress is slamming the Environmental Protection Agency for withholding documents pertaining to the enormous amount of toxic chemicals it sent into the largest source of drinking water for the western part of the United States.

“It is disappointing, but not surprising, that the EPA failed to meet the House Science Committee’s reasonable deadline in turning over documents pertaining to the Gold King Mine spill,” said Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX).

“These documents are essential to the Committee’s ongoing investigation and our upcoming hearing on Sept. 9. But more importantly, this information matters to the many Americans directly affected in western states, who are still waiting for answers from the EPA.”

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee gave the EPA until Tuesday morning to hand over documents surrounding the agency’s clean-up effort. The EPA failed to produce a single document.

On August 5 EPA contractors triggered the release of 3-million gallons of toxic waste water – containing arsenic, lead, copper and cadmium – from the Gold King mine into the Animas river near Silverton, Colorado.

The disaster was able to happen even though the agency was aware of the need for caution while excavating the idle mine.

“EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is currently crusading on climate-change action in Japan while President Obama, who has yet to visit the areas affected by the spill, is touring the U.S. to tout EPA’s latest regulation that will do little to impact climate change and will only further burden Americans with higher electric bills,” Rep. Lamar Smith reportedly reacted.

EPA official Gina McCarthy has been asked to appear in front of Congress for questioning but has been unresponsive, reports WatchDog.com.

McCarthy is being criticized for not visiting the town of Silverton post-spill and is taking heat for the EPA’s late delivery of spill notification to surround states.

“As the agency entrusted by the American people to protect the environment and ensure the nation’s waters are clean, the EPA should be held to the highest standard,” Smith said.

“The Science Committee needs to hear from the EPA about steps it is taking to repair the damage and to prevent this from ever occurring again.”

A source familiar with the House Science, Space and Technology Committee told WatchDog.org that members of Congress are stressed over number of reports showing EPA incompetence or flat-out disregard in a variety of situations not just the Animas River spill.

Interestingly, a Senator from Utah is kickstarting investigations into the allegations that the EPA intentionally caused the Gold King mine spill in order to create a Superfund site.

“EPA gets a failing grade from me for pursuing an extreme agenda at the expense of our nation’s economy, American interests, and, in this case, environmental protection,” Smith told Watchdog.org.

“The more I review reports from the spill, the more questions I have about EPA’s faulty processes and failure to communicate with local residents and officials.”

Along with the failing grade from Rep. Lamar Smith, the EPA is receiving a big fat ‘F’ from the Navajo Nation who received emergency water from the EPA that was stored in dirty oil tanks.

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Related Topics:

Three Million Gallons of Mining Wastewater Spilt on Navaho Land*

EPA which Spilt 3 Million Gallons of Toxic Waste Uses Oily Tanks to Deliver Potable Water to Navajos*

Correa Warns Brad Pitt against Participating in a ‘Farce’ of Pro-Chevron Film*

Is there a Connection Between the China Stock Crash and Tianjin Blasts?

Is there a Connection Between the China Stock Crash and Tianjin Blasts?

By Jeffrey Phillips

China’s stock market has been crashing dramatically in the past few months. The mainstream media has been parroting the same narrative consistently. That being that China’s stock market is crashing because of a scare in the markets. While this is certainly part of the equation it leaves out some crucial information that is vital to understanding the situation in China.

To put it bluntly, stock markets are rigged. This should not come as a shock to people. In May, some of the world’s largest banks pleaded guilty to price and interest rate manipulation. Bloomberg stated;

Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Barclays Plc and Royal Bank of Scotland Plc agreed to plead guilty to felony charges of conspiring to manipulate the price of U.S. dollars and euros, according to settlements announced by the Justice Department in Washington Wednesday”

The mega-banks were caught manipulating the market, the so called ‘justice’ system fined them 5.8 billion. Sounds like a lot? For these banks, a slap on the wrist would be too harsh. Try a tickle.

This is just one example of many. Banks have proven to be untouchable since the 2008 housing bubble crash.

The question here is whether the Chinese stock market crash was due to something similar. Something more sinister than a ‘scare in the markets’?

The Chinese government seems to share my suspicions. According to the BBC;

China’s securities regulator will investigate suspected manipulation of the stock market, state news agency Xinhua reports.

The regulator said late on Thursday that it would be looking into whether parties were mis-selling financial products.

Some reports have accused overseas investors of driving prices down by short-selling stocks on Chinese bourses, meaning they were betting on stocks falling.”

So what has this all got to do with the Tinjian blasts that killed over 120 people, you may be wondering. If China was financially screwed by overseas investors as the Chinese government suspects than the timing of the blast worked out very well for some.

Economist Prof. Michael Chossudovsky outlines the timing of the explosion China’s market crash in an article on Globalresearch.ca;

The Shanghai SSE Composite Index progressed over the last year from approximately 2209 on August 27, 2014 to more than 5166 on June 21st, 2015 (circa 140% increase); then from July 21st it collapsed by more than 30% in a matter of two weeks to 3507 (July 8).

A further collapse occurred starting on August 19, in the week immediately following the Tianjin explosions (August 12, 2015) culminating on Black Monday August 24th (with a dramatic 7.63% decline in one day).

Did the Tianjin Explosion contribute to exacerbating “uncertainty” with regard to the Chinese equity market?”

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It is very likely. According to Reuters;

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 26.7% to $469 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.

It was the third consecutive week of falling freight rates on the world’s busiest route and rates are now nearly 60% lower than three weeks ago.”

Is it possible that there’s more to the story that we are not being told? Chinese authorities have remained extremely secretive about the explosions and have warned against conspiracy theories that have surely being circulating the web since the attack with many pointing out the shutting down of a Chinese supercomputer as a result of the explosion. The super computer which is recognized as the fastest computing system in the world in 2010 is located in close proximity to the explosion area.

Despite warning against conspiracy theories, China’s official investigation into the explosion has taken a slightly more conspiratorial turn. According to the BBC;

China has accused 11 governments and port officials of negligence over the massive explosions that killed 139 people in Tianjin earlier this month.

It remains unclear whether they have been taken into custody.

However 12 company executives have now been formally detained, mostly from Ruihai International Logistics, which owned the warehouse that blew up.

The 11 officials include the head of Tianjin’s transportation commission Wu Dai, and Zheng Qingyue.

Prosecutors said the government officials were variously suspected of approving Ruihai’s bid to build a hazardous chemical warehouse in the port despite knowing the location broke safety regulations, and of helping the company to pass safety checks even though it did not meet the required standards.

Port officials were also negligent in their supervision of Ruihai’s operations, failing to detect “illegal activity” and safety issues around its handling of hazardous materials.

One might be extremely curious to what Chinese authorities have in mind when they refer to “illegal activity”.

This may all be circumstantial but in the current geo-political climate it is certainly justifiable to be sceptical of mainstream narratives given the building tension in regards to the U.S and China over the China south sea debacle and opposing political alliances in regards to Syria. Not to mention China’s role in BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), which was created to oppose western economic hegemony through institutions like the IMF and World Bank.

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Related Topics:

This Was No Chemical Fire, China’s Tianjin Was Nuked*

China Blast Linked to Cyber-Warfare*

The U.S. Expanding its Domain to Space and Cyberspace*

Ban Cash to Help Central Banks stinks of Total Control – NWO’s Cashless Society*

Ban Cash to Help Central Banks stinks of Total Control – NWO’s Cashless Society*

By Michael Krieger

Earlier this week, as the financial world was mesmerized by a min-stock market crash, the Financial Times published a dastardly little piece of fascist propaganda.

There is no more egregious anti-liberty economic policy imaginable than banning cash. I covered this earlier in the year in the post, Martin Armstrong Reports on a Secret Meeting in London to Ban Cash. Here’s an excerpt:

At this point, anyone paying even the slightest bit of attention to the central planning economic totalitarians running the fraudulent global financial system is aware of the blatant push in the media to acclimate the masses to accepting a “cashless society.”

In the mind of an economic tyrant, banning cash represents the Holy Grail. Forcing the plebs onto a system of digital fiat currency transactions offers total control via a seamless tracking of all transactions in the economy, and the ability to block payments if an uppity citizen dares get out of line.

While we’ve all seen the idiotic arguments for banning cash, i.e., it will allow central planners to more efficiently centrally plan economies into the ground, Martin Armstrong is reporting on a secret meeting in London with the aim of getting rid of any economic privacy that remains by ending cash.

Three months later, the Financial Times publishes an article titled, The Case for Retiring Another “Barbarous Relic.” When you start to see increased propaganda about banning cash, you know the status quo is very scared and things are getting very serious. You’ve been warned.

From the FT:

The fact that people treat cash as the go-to safe asset when banks are teetering is heavy with historical irony. Paper money was once the symbol of monetary irresponsibility. But even as individuals have taken recent crises as reasons to stock up on banknotes, authorities would do well to consider the arguments for phasing out their use as another “barbarous relic”, the moniker Keynes gave to gold.

Already, by far the largest amount of money exists and is transacted in electronic form — as bank deposits and central bank reserves. But even a little physical currency can cause a lot of distortion to the economic system.

So what about the reasoning for ending people’s ability to physically hold on to their own money? Wait, you’ll never guess, yes, it’s apparently necessary in order to give the least democratic, most destructive entities on planet earth, Central Banks, more power.

The existence of cash — a bearer instrument with a zero interest rate — limits central banks’ ability to stimulate a depressed economy. The worry is that people will change their deposits for cash if a central bank moves rates into negative territory. The Swiss, Danish and Swedish central banks have pushed rates lower than many thought possible; but most policymakers still believe in an “effective” lower band not far below zero.

Naturally, it’s all about state power, control and the ability to make sure the slave population is easily and efficiently milked.

Electronic money also permits innovations to reward law-abiding businesses. Value added tax, for example, could be automatically levied — and reimbursed — in real time on transactions between liable bank accounts. Countries that struggle with tax collection could go a long way in solving their problems by restricting the use of cash. Greece, in particular, could make lemonade out of lemons, using the current capital controls to push the country’s cash culture into new habits.

Of course, if cash were involuntarily “ended,” there would be a surge in demand for physical gold and silver, which would then necessitate a ban on those items. Then the cycle of economic and financial tyranny would be complete, and crawling our way out of it, nearly impossible.

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Related Topics:

Rothschild’s Central Banks Losing Control*

Texas Pulls $1 Billion In Gold From NY Fed*

Texas Challenges Federal Reserve with a Gold-backed Bank*

Western Megabanks Are Now Stealing Depositors’ Money*

Switzerland’s Central Bank just lost $52 Billion*

132 Nations Want Out of the Cabal’s Global Banking System*

Canadians Sued the Bank Of Canada & Won*

Towards a Cashless Society!

Hackers Steal $1bn from Banks*

One Public Bank’s Success Story Outperforms Goldman Sachs*

Hurricane Sandy Challenges a Cashless Society!

$45 Million Stolen from Banks Worldwide Shows How Easy It is in a Cashless Society*

Sweden: Money Laundering and Emptying your Account Easier in Cashless Society*

Cashless Society: Use Credit Cards at Your Peril*

More Banks Preventing Cash Withdrawals*

British Royals Cash in on Hard-up Families*

You Pay more while Banks Profiteer in a Cashless Society…that’s the Convenience*

NWO: France Clamping Down on Cash in the Name of Terror*

Cash Banned in Louisianna*

The “War on Cash” Migrates to Switzerland*

Why Central Banks HATE Cash and Will Begin to Tax It Shortly*

Psychology Research Really Is Just ‘Psycho-Babble’*

Psychology Research Really Is Just ‘Psycho-Babble’*

age_of_reason-400x473By Steve Connor*

Psychology has long been the butt of jokes about its deep insight into the human mind – especially from the “hard” sciences such as physics – and now a study has revealed that much of its published research really is psycho-babble.

More than half of the findings from 100 different studies published in leading, peer-reviewed psychology journals cannot be reproduced by other researchers who followed the same methodological protocol.

A study by more than 270 researchers from around the world has found that just 39% of the claims made in psychology papers published in three prominent journals could be reproduced unambiguously – and even then they were found to be less significant statistically than the original findings.

The non-reproducible research includes studies into what factors influence men’s and women’s choice of romantic partners, whether peoples’ ability to identify an object is slowed down if it is wrongly labelled, and whether people show any racial bias when asked to identify different kinds of weapons.

The researchers who carried out the work, published in the journal Science, said that reproducibility is the essence of the scientific method and more must be done to ensure that what is published can be replicated by other researchers.

“Scientific evidence does not rely on trusting the authority of the person who made the discovery. Rather, credibility accumulates through independent replication and elaboration of the ideas and evidence,” said Angela Attwood, professor of psychology at Bristol University, who was part of the reproducibility project.

There is growing concern about the reproducibility of scientific findings, especially in the medical journals where there is great emphasis on “evidence-based” medicine. The levels of statistical significance needed in some fields of research, such as particle physics, are much higher for instance than those employed in “softer” fields such as psychology and medicine.

“For years there has been concern about the reproducibility of scientific findings, but little direct, systematic evidence. This project is the first of its kind and adds substantial evidence that the concerns are real and addressable,” said Brian Nosek, professor of psychology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, who led the study.

The researchers who tried to reproduce the findings in the 100 published studies said there were three possible reasons for their failure to replicate the results. The first is that there may be slight differences in materials or methods that were not obvious in the published methodology.

The second is that the replication failed by chance alone, and finally that the original results might have been a “false positive”, possibly as a result of researchers enthusiastically pursuing one line of inquiry and ignoring anything that may be inconsistent with it – rather than outright fraud.

Professor Nosek said that there is often a contradiction between the incentives and motives of researchers – whether in psychology or other fields of science – and the need to ensure that their research findings can be reproduced by other scientists.

“Scientists aim to contribute reliable knowledge, but also need to produce results that help them keep their job as a researcher. To thrive in science, researchers need to earn publications, and some kind of results are easier to publish than others, particularly ones that are novel and show unexpected or exciting new directions,” he said.

However, the researchers found that some of the attempted replications even produced the opposite effect to the one originally reported. Many psychological associations and journals are not trying to improve reproducibility and openness, the researchers said.

“This very well done study shows that psychology has nothing to be proud of when it comes to replication,” Charles Gallistel, president of the Association for Psychological Science, told Science.

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Psychiatric Fraud Exposed in the Rosenhan Experiment*

A 1972 field experiment tested the validity of psychiatric diagnoses and found they are totally bogus.

The study concluded that psychiatric hospitals “can’t distinguish the sane from the insane.” Essentially, like the military industrial complex and war, the mental health establishment has a vested interest in making us all insane.

From Wikipedia:

The Rosenhan experiment was a famous experiment conducted in 1972 to determine the validity of psychiatric diagnosis, by psychologist David Rosenhan (1929-2012), a Stanford University professor, and published by the journal Science in 1973 under the title “On being sane in insane places“. The study is considered an important and influential criticism of psychiatric diagnosis. It was while listening to one of R. D. Laing’s lectures that Rosenhan wondered if there was a way in which the reliability of psychiatric diagnoses could be tested experimentally.

David Rosenhan

Rosenhan’s study was done in two parts. The first part involved the use of healthy associates or “pseudopatients” (three women and five men, including Rosenhan himself) who briefly feigned auditory hallucinations in an attempt to gain admission to 12 different psychiatric hospitals in five different States in various locations in the United States.

All were admitted and diagnosed with psychiatric disorders. After admission, the pseudo-patients acted normally and told staff that they felt fine and had no longer experienced any additional hallucinations.

All were forced to admit to having a mental illness and agree to take antipsychotic drugs as a condition of their release. The average time that the patients spent in the hospital was 19 days. All but one were diagnosed with schizophrenia “in remission” before their release.

The second part of his study involved an offended hospital administration challenging Rosenhan to send pseudo patients to its facility, whom its staff would then detect. Rosenhan agreed and in the following weeks out of 193 new patients, the staff identified 41 as potential pseudo-patients, with 19 of these receiving suspicion from at least 1 psychiatrist and 1 other staff member. In fact, Rosenhan had sent no one to the hospital.

The study concluded “it is clear that we cannot distinguish the sane from the insane in psychiatric hospitals” and also illustrated the dangers of dehumanization and labelling in psychiatric institutions.

It suggested that the use of community mental health facilities which concentrated on specific problems and behaviours rather than psychiatric labels might be a solution and recommended education to make psychiatric workers more aware of the social psychology of their facilities.

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The Professional Suicide of a Psychiatrist Exposes Mental Health Lies!

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Latvia and Greece Opt-out of GM Crops*

Latvia and Greece Opt-out of GM Crops*

Latvia and Greece are the first countries in the EU to have had their geographical opt-out’s from growing GM crops accepted by Monsanto. Many other EU countries, including Germany and France, are expected to request geographical opt-outs from growing Monsanto’s MON810 GM Maize over the next month.

MON810 is currently the only GM crop that is allowed to be grown inside the European Union.

Under the EU law signed in March individual countries can seek geographical exclusion from any approval request for GM cultivation across the EU. While the European Commission is responsible for approvals, requests to be excluded also have to be submitted to the company making the application i.e. Monsanto for MON810.

German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt informed German states last week of his intention to use the new EU law, passed in March, to ban the use of GM crops. This follows the Scottish Government’s announcement earlier this month that they will take similar action to protect Scotland’s clean, green status.

The German announcement also comes as Professor Carlo Leifert, Professor of Ecological Agriculture at Newcastle University, said that he strongly believes the Scottish Government ban on GM crops is right and that “there are likely to be significant commercial benefits from Scotland being clearly recognized as a GM-free region”.

Commenting, SNP MSP Rob Gibson said:

“Like Scotland, the German Government recognizes the importance of protecting its food and drink sector and keeping its environment clean and green.

“The position taken by the Scottish Government has been welcomed by key stakeholders including leading scientists such as Prof. Carlo Leifert who have commended the Scottish Government for taking this action and warning that there are potentially significant public health risks as well as negative biodiversity and environmental impacts associated with growing GM-crops.

“Scotland’s food and drink sector is worth £14 billion nationally and is the lifeblood of many communities – taking this step protects our green brand and reputation for quality food.

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Related Topics:                                                            

Scotland to Ban Growing Genetically Modified Crops*

In Brazil Monsanto’s Roundup is Causing Cancer after Approving 3 GM Crops*

U.S. Diplomacy: Retaliation and Pain for Countries that Reject GMO’s*

GM Wheat Trial in U.K. Proves a Failure*

Scientists Warn “Supercharged” GMOs Could be Used as Bio-weapons*

Monsanto’s GMO Bt Toxins Found in 93% of Pregnant Women*

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A Texas Town Fires Police Dept., Hires Private Citizens for Security, but Guess What Happened to Crime?

A Texas Town Fires Police Dept., Hires Private Citizens for Security, but Guess What Happened to Crime?

The community of Sharpstown, Texas decided that they didn’t need the police any longer. They made a controversial decision to fire the local police department and hire private citizens, granted no special rights that ordinary citizens do not have, to keep them safe.

That was back in 2012, and since then, Sharpstown residents say the private security company, SEAL Security Solutions, have done a much better job than the police used to. Crimes is down 61% in only 20 months.

James Alexander, the director of operations for SEAL Security Solutions says that,

“Since we’ve been in there, an independent crime study that they’ve had done [indicates] we’ve reduced the crime by 61 percent,” according to Guns.com.

All of that and they don’t have any special rights that you or I don’t have. That means they can’t arrest for misdemeanor crimes… and why should people be arrested for them anyway? It also means that they are held accountable the same way as anyone else.

The SEAL security patrolmen don’t “receive the same protection, as we are in the private sector,” Alexander said.

This, he explains, leads to constant accountability and vigilance of their employees making sure they don’t do something to get fired.

They don’t have special privileges, or lobbyist groups protecting them. If they break the law, if they murder someone, they will be treated like anyone else who committed the same crimes.

But so far, nothing like that has been a problem.

There’s the issue of savings too. The firm says they have saved taxpayers approximately $200,000 per year, even though they have more feet patrolling than back when the city employed cops.

“On a constable patrol contract, it’s either a 70/30 or an 80/20. Meaning they say they patrol your community 70% of the time, [while] 30% of the time they use for running calls out of your area or writing reports,” Alexander explained.

“The second thing that drastically reduces the crime is that we do directed patrols,” he continued.

“Meaning we don’t just put an officer out there and say  ‘here, go patrol.’ We look at recent crime stats, and we work off of those crime stats. So if we have hotspots in those areas say for that month, we focus and concentrate our efforts around those hotspots.”

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Related Topics:

Citizens Reclaim their Town from Corrupt Cops

Baltimore Charged with Hope, as 6 Killer Cops are Charged with Murder*

Chicago to Pay Reparations to those Police Tortured Decades Ago*

U.S. Police Causing Families to Grieve Every Seven and a Half Hours*

Indicted for Murder, Police Officer Faces 30 to Life for Killing Walter Scott*

Police Killing Indigenous Americans at Astounding Rate*

Utah Police Responsible for More Killings than Criminals*

Undercover Cops Inciting Violence in anti-Police Brutality Demos*

U.K. Police Target Schoolchildren as Young as 4 with Tax Payer Funded, Transgender Propaganda*

Police Stripped of Stop and Search Powers for Persistent Abuse in one Part of UK.*