Archive | January 23, 2016

Ontario Pulls Plug on 36,000 Rural ‘Smart’ Meters*

Ontario Pulls Plug on 36,000 Rural ‘Smart’ Meters*

By Josh del Sol

Last night I watched The Big Short — maybe the most important Hollywood film in years. This true story is a powerful and eloquent invitation to wake up to the sheer depravity at the core of the system of commerce.

The fact that the film got nominated for 5 Oscars including Best Picture is a huge sign that there are way more people waking up than we ever thought. The wrongs may not be getting righted as quickly as we’d like, but it is happening.

The reality of this shift is clearly evidenced by this news last week from Ontario. After years of obvious problems, Hydro One finally admitted that rural ‘smart’ meters do not work, and has decided to pull the plug on 36,000 of them — to start. We will see more utilities begin to do likewise. [UPDATE: BC Hydro just announced plans to remove 88,000 meters suspected of failure.]

Costing ratepayers billions, smart meters are actually designed to unlawfully harvest detailed data of the in-home activities of occupants without their knowledge or consent.

As reported by the National Post:

““Astonishing,” was the reaction from Lanark-area MPP Randy Hillier, who has been deluged with complaints about Hydro One billing and smart-meter suspicions.

“I’ve been banging my head against the wall for the last five years, saying we’ve got problems with smart meters in rural Ontario.” Since first being elected in 2007, no single issue has attracted as much attention in his riding, he said.”

This comes after more than 10,000 complaints to the Ontario Ombudsman, and a scathing report from the Auditor General of Ontario, calling out the smart metering program as a total flop.

Hydro One was the first major utility in Canada to deploy so-called ‘smart’ meters upon an unsuspecting customer base. The price tag for rollout, paid for by the people of Ontario, was $2 billion — which was $900M over budget.

Go Green, or Go Greed?

For those new to this topic, here’s the skinny. Smart utility meters are being deployed worldwide under the banner of climate action.

But they typically increase energy usage, and a high-level industry executive has admitted that the data collected by the surreptitious devices will be worth “a lot more” than the electricity itself.

Portland State University recently published a brilliant report on the morally-bankrupt surveillance agenda behind smart meters.

The industry-gutting report is titled “The Neoliberal Politics of ‘Smart’: Electricity Consumption, Household Monitoring, and the Enterprise Form,” and excerpts can be read at Smart Grid Awareness here.

Customers are not being informed how their constitutional rights are being violated for the purposes of a for-profit home surveillance network.

Nor how this technology has caused thousands of fires which have resulted in several deaths. Nor how our bodies are being affected by pulsed microwave radiation exponentially stronger than cell phones, as shown in Take Back Your Power.

If there wasn’t an avalanche of facts to back all of this up, it might sound too unbelievable to be true. But we live in strange times.

We Can Handle the Truth

Just like the banking system, the energy system has likewise become rotten to the core. To change both will require a complete overhaul and the embrace of a challenge to our comfort zone.

It is both harrowing and exciting for one to discover that there are major societal programs which are simply manufactured lies fueled by the idea of lack. That there’s not enough energy, food, resources, money.

In reality, there is enough for all life to survive — and to thrive. It is provable fact that these truths have been suppressed.

Case in point: a 1971 de-classified U.S. Army briefing actually calls for the secretization of solar technology which has greater than 20% efficiency (see page 14). This was back in 1971! And, of course, it’s in the name of national security and property interests.

Meanwhile, the energy mafia in Nevada just decreed a 40% fee hike for solar-producing customers, while reducing the amount paid for excess power sold to the grid, effectively killing the solar industry there.

There is a war on energy. When we understand the level of corruption involved, the implications are enormous. And we must act to solve this problem.

I believe that the suppression of solutions is a dam ready to burst. And I’m optimistic of our passing through this dark night successfully, as we are learning to connect and serve the higher good. There is really no other choice.


Related Topics:

Conned into Smart Meters, Conned out of Your Health

Citizens of Dominican Republic Disconnect and Return Smart Meters*

Smart Grid Deployment Across the U.S.*

Europe’s ‘Smart Borders’*

U.K. to Blanket City Streets with Wi-Fi via “Smart Pavement”*

Secret Features Hidden in Your Smart TV*

U.S. Soldiers Raped Boys in Front of Their Mothers*

U.S. Soldiers Raped Boys in Front of Their Mothers*

By Jeffrey Phillips

Now, over a decade later the evidence of these events are beginning to surface, but the Department of Defense is still doing their best to keep it under the radar.

By John Vibes

According to a number of global mainstream media sources, the Pentagon is covering up a disturbing video that was never made public with the rest of the recent torture report.

According to various well respected journalists, including Seymour Hersh, the appalling video was recorded at Abu Ghraib, the notorious U.S. torture dungeon in Iraq that made headlines roughly a decade ago, when the inhumane tactics being used at the prison were exposed.

Sadly, it seems that the evidence released years ago was only scratching the surface.

While the video has remained under wraps thus far, Hersh says it is only a matter of time before it comes out.

Giving a speech at the ACLU last week after the senate torture report was initially released, Hersh gave some insight into what was on the Pentagon’s secret tape.

In the most revealing portion of his speech he said that:

“Debating about it, ummm … Some of the worst things that happened you don’t know about, okay? Videos, um, there are women there. Some of you may have read that they were passing letters out, communications out to their men. This is at  … The women were passing messages out saying ‘Please come and kill me, because of what’s happened’ and basically what happened is that those women who were arrested with young boys, children in cases that have been recorded. The boys were sodomized with the cameras rolling. And the worst above all of that is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking that your government has. They are in total terror. It’s going to come out.”

“It’s impossible to say to yourself how did we get there? Who are we? Who are these people that sent us there? When I did My Lai I was very troubled like anybody in his right mind would be about what happened. I ended up in something I wrote saying in the end I said that the people who did the killing were as much victims as the people they killed because of the scars they had, I can tell you some of the personal stories by some of the people who were in these units witnessed this. I can also tell you written complaints were made to the highest officers and so we’re dealing with a enormous massive amount of criminal wrongdoing that was covered up at the highest command out there and higher, and we have to get to it and we will. We will. You know there’s enough out there, they can’t (Applause). …. So it’s going to be an interesting election year.”

Put into context with another speech that Hersh gave earlier this year, it becomes clear that the women who witnessed these young boys being raped were actually their mothers.

At a speech in Chicago this past June Hersh was quoted as saying:

“You haven’t begun to see evil… horrible things done to children of women prisoners, as the cameras run.”

Other stories at the London Guardian also talked of young Iraqi detainees getting violently raped by U.S. soldiers.

Ten years ago when the initial Abu Ghraib scandal was in the news, the Guardian published the testimony of an Abu Ghraib detainee who allegedly witnessed one of these brutal attacks.

Former detainee Kasim Hilas said in their testimony that:

“I saw [name blacked out] fucking a kid, his age would be about 15-18 years. The kid was hurting very bad and they covered all the doors with sheets. Then when I heard the screaming I climbed the door because on top it wasn’t covered and I saw [blacked out], who was wearing the military uniform putting his dick in the little kid’s ass, I couldn’t see the face of the kid because his face wasn’t in front of the door. And the female soldier was taking pictures.”

Now, over a decade later the evidence of these events are beginning to surface, but the Department of Defense is still doing their best to keep it under the radar. That is why now more than ever, it is important to keep the pressure on and force the release of this evidence, while the torture report is fresh in the minds of the general population.


Related Topics:

The Treasure at the Heart of Iraq

Veteran Who Raped and Murdered Iraqi Family Commits Suicide*

U.S. Rape and Sodomy of Iraqi Women and Children*

Cover-up of U.K.’s Role in Iraq Atrocities*

What I’ve Learnt About US Foreign Policy*

U.K. Will Deport You if You Earn Less Than £35,000 a Year*

U.K. Will Deport You if You Earn Less Than £35,000 a Year*

Non-EU citizens who have lived in the U.K. for five years will be deported unless they can prove they earn more than £35,000 a year from April 2015 onwards. Critics say the new rules – announced by the coalition government in 2012 but only now coming into force – will tear families apart, drive workers from the NHS, and lose the UK thousands of skilled workers.

The extraordinarily high earnings requirement is well above the U.K’s median annual earnings for full-time employees (£27,600). As a result, public and private sector workers in a whole host of professions earning less than £35,000 – from teachers and school inspectors to radiographers and opticians – face deportation.

Nurses have been temporarily exempt from the plans after the Royal College of Nursing warned that the new threshold would create chaos in the health service. But the government has not acted on a similar warning from the headteachers’ union that, in the midst of a recruitment crisis, “it seems counterproductive to force out valued members of staff for the sake of meeting a migration target”.

Almost 80,000 people have signed a petition against the new rules, which states:

“This ridiculous measure is only going to affect 40,000 people who have already been living and working in the UK for 5 years, contributing to our culture and economy. It will drive more workers from the NHS and people from their families. This empty gesture will barely affect the immigration statistics. It’s a waste of time, money and lives.”

The measure is the latest in a long line of attempts by the government to crack down on immigration, or to make life so uncomfortable for those already in the U.K. that they “self-deport“:

– The immigration bill threatens to reduce illegal immigrants’ (e.g. failed asylum seekers) access to housing, the NHS, driving licences, and bank accounts, while denying state support to thousands of migrant teenagers when they turn 18.

– U.K. citizens earning less than £18,600 have been barred from bringing non-EU spouses into the country, splitting an estimated 33,000 couples.

– David Cameron has introduced a new programme to force Muslim women to learn English or face deportation.

Theresa May has said that high levels of migration harm social cohesion. But with her own laws promoting suspicion, division, and outright racism, perhaps she needs to look closer to home if she truly wants to address this problem.


Related Topics:

U.K.’s Poverty, Food and Flood Victims*

U.K. Economy Ranked Below Zimbabwe by World Economic Forum*

Disaster Capitalism, Immigration, and the Outsourcing of Violence in the U.K.*

U.K. Ground Foot Soldiers, the Social Services to Run the NHS*

The U.K. Establishment Toppling the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn*

U.K. Bleeding the Teaching Profession Dry*

U.K. Placing Justice Beyond Reach*

Quest to Kill Human Rights Act in U.K.*

U.K. Tories’ Budget Would Institute ‘two-child policy’*

U.K.’s “Anti-extremism” Plan Brings Repression at Home and War Abroad*

U.K. Magistrate Resigns over New Court Fee that Forces Innocent to Plead Guilty’*

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

U.K. City Installs ‘Giant Eyes’ to Spy on Citizens*

U.K. to Blanket City Streets with Wi-Fi via “Smart Pavement”*

Brussels Demands extra €519m from U.K. Taxpayers*

U.K. Steel Industry on Verge of Collapse*

U.K. Police Will be able to View Your Entire Internet History’*

Protest Rally Ends with a Call for Fatwa against TPPA in Malaysia*

Protest Rally Ends with a Call for Fatwa against TPPA in Malaysia*

The anti-TPPA protesters gathering at the Padang Merbok in Kuala Lumpur.this afternoon. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, January 23, 2016.


In a last ditch attempt to pressure Putrajaya to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), several groups  converged on the capital city today, two days before a special parliamentary sitting on the trade deal.

Many of the loudest voices against the TPPA have been Malay groups, including the Malay Economic Action Council (MTEM), which made a strong presence at the rally with others under the banner of Bantah TPPA.

Another group, Kongres Rakyat is a PAS-backed NGO while right-wing Malay group Perkasa was also present.

Malay groups fear that the 12-nation trade deal crafted by the US will erode Malaysia’s sovereignty and cripple local companies from defending themselves against lawsuits by foreign investors.

Other opposition to the TPPA includes concerns that the price of medicines will be higher, and that small and medium enterprises serving the domestic market could go under.

A respected economist has also said that the trade deal could lead to greater inequality and job losses over a 10-year period.

To these concerns, however, advocates of the deal, such as business associations, have countered that greater competition will help companies grow stronger and have asked detractors to provide more facts.

The International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) had also said that the agreement contains various mechanisms that protect Malaysian companies and the government when facing investor lawsuits.

PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man (centre) with PKR’s Tian Chua (third, left) and other protest group leaders, addressing the large gathering for the anti-TPPA protest rally at the Padang Merbok in Kuala Lumpur today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, January 23, 2016.

Overall, the secrecy surrounding negotiations on the deal and Putrajaya’s inability to explain its terms clearly and simply have fuelled fears of its impact on Malaysia.

Other groups critical of the TPPA and which are expected to be at today’s rally are Muslim NGO Isma, Parti Sosialis Malaysia, Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) and Bersih 2.0.

Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has also criticised the TPPA, saying it was “entirely dedicated to regulating trade” when Malaysia was already free to trade with whomever it wanted.

After police had cordoned off Dataran Merdeka, protesters who had  gathered at five meeting points – Masjid Negara, Masjid India, Masjid Jamek, Sogo and Maju Junction – walked to Padang Merbok instead.

The TPPA, involving 12 member countries, is expected to be ratified in New Zealand next month.

Members from Malay nationalist NGO Perkasa are seen together with other groups at the anti-TPPA protest rally in Padang Merbok listening to various speakers on the ills of the 12-nation trade pact. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, January 23, 2016.


Youths at the gathering to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) in Padang Merbok today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, January 23, 2016.



Related Topics:

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Advises Reject the NWO’s TPPA*

Malaysia the Only Country with Opt-out Clause in NWO’s TPPA*

TPP, TPPA Goes EPA in the Recolonization of Africa*

TPP: Controlling the Worlds Food Supply*

Corporation vs. State: Sweeping TPP Powers Strip Sovereignty*

Over 1,000 Plaintiffs File Lawsuit to Keep Japan out of TPP*

Criminalizing Healthy Food Paves Way for TPP*

TPP Preparedness: EU Drops Pesticide Laws*

TPP Preparedness: New Bolivian Law Forces Investor Disputes to Be Settled Locally*

Obama Delivers the U.S. on TPP Platter*

12 Nations Sold their Sovereignty to a Controversial TPP Deal in Atlanta*

Japan to Lift Duties Vegetables, Most Fishery Products under TPP*

Canada under Pressure from Obama for Quick TPP Approval*

U.K. Illegally at War in Yemen*

U.K. Illegally at War in Yemen*

Prime Minister David Cameron should admit that Britain is at war in Yemen without ever having sought parliamentary approval, an SNP politician has said.

The remark was issued by Scottish National Party (SNP) MP Angus Robertson in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

During Prime Minister’s Questions, Robertson, the SNP’s Westminster leader, asked what the U.K. was doing to promote peace in Yemen where a Sunni/Shia proxy war is currently being fought with substantial loss of life.

Robertson said civilians were being killed by the Royal Saud Air Force,

who have done that using British-built planes with pilots who are trained by British instructors, and who are dropping British-made bombs and are coordinated by the Saudis in the presence of British military advisers.

Is it not time for the prime minister to admit that Britain is effectively taking part in a war in Yemen that is costing thousands of civilian lives, and that he has not sought parliamentary approval to do that?” he added.

Cameron hit back, saying the Scottish MP had “started in a serious place, but then seriously wandered off.

The PM said the U.K. was not a part of the Saudi coalition or operation which claims to be currently fighting Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Personnel are not involved in carrying out strikes, directing or conducting operations in Yemen, or selecting targets and we are not involved in the Saudi targeting decision-making process,” Cameron said.

But do we provide training and advice and help in order to make sure that countries actually obey the norms of humanitarian law? Yes, we do.

It was revealed by Sky News on 8 January that U.K. military personnel were embedded in the operation rooms of the Saudi military. The experts are believed to be helping Saudi forces coordinate attacks against the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) echoed Cameron’s line at the time, saying no British military personnel are taking part in direct operations, but are merely helping to train the Saudis to make sure they comply with international law.

On Thursday it was reported by Business Insider that five people had been killed by Saudi airstrikes on an oil production facility in Yemen.

On Wednesday the U.K; was accused of exporting up to a billion pounds (US$1.4 billion) worth of bombs to the closely-allied gulf theocracy in the space of three months as it ramped up its war effort in Yemen.

Some 7,000 Yemeni civilians are believed to have died as a result of Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen.


Related Topics:

Britain Continues Illegally Bombing Syria*

Cover-up of U.K.’s Role in Iraq Atrocities*

“Official” British Intel Report on Iraq Copy-Pasted from the Internet*

The Butcher of Bahrain is British*

Far Right Islamophobic Foundation in the U.K. Financed by Tea-Party Conservatives*

U.K. Doctors Accuse Israel of Medical Torture*

U.K. Doctors Accuse Israel of Medical Torture*

By Stephen Lendman

Seventy-one U.K. doctors along with 343 academics want the Israeli Medical Association and its members expelled from the World Medical Association.

They want joint projects with Israeli universities banned. They accused Israeli doctors of “medical torture” on Palestinian patients.

Thousands of Palestinians are imprisoned solely for political reasons. Vital medical care when needed is routinely denied or inadequately provided, pain meds substituting for treatment, causing needless suffering, at times resulting in death.

In 2000, former Israeli Abu Kabir forensic institute head Dr. Yehuda Hiss accused Israel of killing Palestinians to harvest their organs.

Interviewed on Israel’s Channel 2 at the time, he said

“(w)e started to harvest corneas. (What) was done was (unethical). No permission was asked from…famil(ies)” of victims.

The 1990s-aired Channel 2 report said Abu Kabir forensic specialists harvested skin, corneas, heart valves and bones from bodies of Israeli soldiers, its citizens, Palestinians and foreign workerswithout obtaining legal authorization.

UC Berkeley Professor of Medical Anthropology/Organ Watch founder Nancy Scheper-Hughes earlier said “Israeli organ harvesting – sometimes with Israeli governmental funding and the participation of high Israeli officials, prominent Israeli physicians, and Israeli ministries – has been documented for many years. Among the victims have been Palestinians.”

“Israel is at the top” of the organ harvesting racket. “It has tentacles reaching out worldwide…a pyramid system at work that’s awesome.”

“They have brokers everywhere, bank accounts everywhere; they’ve got recruiters, they’ve got translators, they’ve got travel agents who set up the visas.”

“They pay “the poor and the hungry to slowly dismantle their bodies” or simply take what they want from fresh corpses.”

“Body parts are commodities, to be harvested and sold to the rich, even though organ sales are prohibited in most countries, but not (under) international law.”

The U.N. Convention against Transnational Organized Crime calls organ extraction for profit human exploitation. In 2008, Israel banned the practice. It still persists.

Earlier, former Council of Europe Human Dignity and Equality director Marja Ruotanen said:

“We have legislation and definitions covering the trafficking in human beings for the purpose of organ removal, (yet) there is a legal vacuum for the traffic in organs, tissues and cells.”

Organs from perhaps thousands of Palestinian corpses were harvested, Abu Kabir forensic specialists are complicit with Israeli authorities in trafficking in human body parts.

Israeli physicians involved in medically illegal and unethical practices, along with state authorities permitting it, should be held fully accountable for their crimes.

Separately on Wednesday, the Palestinian Detainees Committee (PDC) said Israel abducted and detained 130 Palestinians in 2015 for legitimate social media comments.

Over two dozen face wrongful charges of “incitement and supporting terrorist groups.” Others are administratively detained uncharged and untried – indefinitely if Israel chooses.

PDC said “(s)uch arrests and violations are carried out while Israel continues to ignore racist Israeli social media posts, photos and statements by extremists who openly call for killing the Arabs, for executing them and for removing them out of their homeland.”

Anyone legitimately criticizing Israeli viciousness or expressing solidarity with Palestinian resistance for justice risks arrest, prosecution, imprisonment or assassination.


Related Topics:

Israel Harvesting Slain Palestinians’ Organs*

Forced Organ Harvesting in the Ukraine*

More Babies are Being Born with Organs Outside their Bodies*

More Babies are Being Born with Organs Outside their Bodies*

By Sarah Kaplan

When Brooke gave birth, she wasn’t able to hold her newborn daughter against her, feel the baby’s tiny chest rise and fall as it issued its first, tremendous wail.

Instead, she got only a brief glimpse of her child, Anna, before the little girl was whisked away into surgery.

What she saw was disquieting: Her infant daughter’s intestines protruded outside her body, dark and slick and alien-looking. It would take a nerve-wracking operation and weeks in the intensive care unit until her internal organs were back were they belonged and baby Anna could finally come home, Brooke wrote for the CDC (the post does not give her last name).

Anna was born with gastroschisis, a rare birth defect that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said has become worryingly more common in recent years, particularly for young African American mothers.

In a report published Friday, the public health agency said that it found 30% more cases of the disease between 2006 and 2012 than it did from 1995 to 2005. Among African American mothers who were younger than 20, the number of babies born with the disease jumped 263%.

“It concerns us that we don’t know why more babies are being born with this serious birth defect. Public health research is urgently needed to figure out the cause and why certain women are at higher risk of having a baby born with gastroschisis,” Coleen Boyle, the director of CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, said in a statement.

Overall, about 2,000 U.S. babies are born each year with gastroschisis, according to the CDC report.

Though doctors have been familiar with gastroschisis for years, no one quite knows what causes infants to be born with their intestines and other visceral organs — the stomach, the liver — protruding through a small hole near their belly button. It’s more common to babies in younger mothers, according to the CDC, and low socio-economic status, low body mass index, poor nutrition, smoking and use of alcohol, illicit drugs and pain medicine are thought to be risk factors. Perhaps there is some harmful environmental factor that inhibits the development of the abdominal wall during pregnancy. Or perhaps the babies born with gastroschisis have some genetic defect that leaves them vulnerable.

CDC researchers will be looking into these indicators explain the sudden, significant increase in cases, particularly for African American mothers, who are typically less likely to be affected.

Still, the data in the report jibes with what doctors say that they’re experiencing day to day in their ICUs.

“Anecdotally, over the years, most neonatologists would agree we’ve seen a steady persistent increase in the number of babies we see each year with gastroschisis,” Dr. James Greenberg, co-director of the Perinatal Institute and director of Neonatology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, told CBS News.

Though gastroschisis is usually reparable with surgery, particularly if doctors are aware that the baby has the disease before he or she is born, it can cause long term health problems and in some cases life-threatening complications for the children born with it.

According to the Los Angeles Times, exposed organs are often irritated by the amniotic fluid that surrounds them. They may twist, swell, shorten or become infected or inflamed, making feeding and digestion difficult for newborns. Babies may also have trouble staying hydrated and taking in nutrients — the small intestine is where most digestion and nutrient absorption takes place — which puts them at risk of stunted growth and malnutrition.

Meanwhile, the surgery required to repair the opening — or several surgeries, depending on how many organs are exposed — means that babies spend many expensive and vulnerable weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit.

But most, including Anna, recover. The sick infant featured on the CDC website is now a healthy little girl. In a photo taken with her father, she gives a goofy half-grin while he holds out a picture from the moment she was born. There’s barely any resemblance at all.


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Baby Formula and Foods that Cause Diabetes

Baby Girl Dies After 5 Shots of Vaccine*

Three Newborn Babies Die After Hepatitis B Vaccine*

‘Phantom’ Pregnancy or a Stolen Baby!?*

UK and Ireland Fail to Stop Action on 800 Babies*

Nestlé Removes GMOs from South African Baby Foods not U.S. Baby Foods*

Pathologists Confirm Vaccines Responsible for Baby’s Death*

Cuba Has Officially Eradicated HIV Transmission to Babies*