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After announcing a global call to arms against the “corrupt global banking cartel,” the hacker collective known as Anonymous, in conjunction with numerous other hacktivist groups, have taken over 20 central banks offline, including striking at the heart of the Western imperialist empire; the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Bank of England and the Bank of France.

A press release by Anonymous explained in the intentions behind the operation know as #OpIcarus:

“The banks have been getting away with murder, fraud, conspiracy, war profiteering, money laundering for terrorists and drug cartels, have put millions of people out on the street without food or shelter and have successfully bought all our governments to help keep us silenced. We represent the voice of the voiceless. We are uniting to make a stand. The central banks which were attacked in recent days were attacked to remind people that the biggest threat we face to an open and free society is the banks. The bankers are the problem and #OpIcarus is the solution.”

Operation Icarus was relaunched in conjunction with a video release announcing the beginning of a “30-day campaign against central bank sites across the world.” Since that time, the scope and magnitude of the attacks have increased exponentially, with Anonymous, Ghost Squad Hackers, a number of Sec groups and BannedOffline coordinating attacks — each focusing on separate financial institutions in an effort to maximize the number of targets hit.

Some individuals have expressed reservations about Anonymous attacking the central banking system – thinking that this will in some way impact their individual accounts held in the banks. In an exclusive interview with The Free Thought Project, an Anonymous member explained that this operation is directed solely at the 1%:

“We would just like to make it very clear that all targets of #OpIcarus have been Rothschild and BIS central owned banks. In fact most of the targets so far such as Guernsey, Cyprus, Panama, Jordan, British Virgin Isles, etc are in the top 10 places of tax havens for the elite. No on-line consumer accounts were harmed, no ATM’s were blocked and no personal client data was leaked. This has been a protest against the Central Banks and the 1% — no innocent or poor people were harmed”

The operation began with an initial attack on the Central Bank of Greece and was quickly followed up with a similar DDoS attack on the Central Bank of Cyprus. Last weekend, hackers reportedly targeted the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic, the Dutch Central Bank, the Central Bank of Maldives, and Guernsey Financial Services Commission, according to the official @OpIcarus Twitter account, which has been taken offline — presumably by Twitter. The National Bank of Panama and the Central Bank of Kenya were also reportedly targeted a day later, according to hacking news publication HackRead.

Additionally, reported Ghost Squad Hacker, s1ege also tweeted about taking the Central Bank of Bosnia-Herzegovina offline and provided a screenshot to verify. The Twitter account @BannedOffline also reported the Central Bank of Mexico had succumbed to a DDoS attack by the hacking collective. The online hacktivist groups have continued to conduct a series of high-powered distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, which forced the website of Central Bank of Jordan, Central Bank of South Korea, Bank of Compagnie, Monegasque and the Central Bank of Montenegro offline.

On Saturday, hackers conducted a series of 250 Gbps DDoS attacks on the Bank of France, Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates, Central Bank of Tunisia, Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago and Philippine National Bank. The recent attack, on Monday morning, took down the Central Bank of Iraq.

In the most high-profile hacks thus far, during OpIcarus, the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Bank of England and the Bank of France all fell victim to separate cyber attacks.

In an exclusive interview with The Free Thought Project, an Anonymous representative explained:

OpIcarus in support of Nuit Debout took the bank of France off line throughout the day as we continue to address the corruption of the banking elite. We are acting on behalf of the countless victims and the voiceless as the banking cartels continue their agenda of buying the governments while selling out the people they are supposed to govern. This Op in no way is meant to harm or disrupt the common person and their day-to-day activities. We are you, we may be your neighbors, those you pass in the street and we are the working class. A Filipino hacker within Anonymous was also able to disrupt services in the Philippines as an act of protest against his nation’s corrupt and brutal government. We will not and cannot sit by idly while the banking systems strip man of his dignity.

Anonymous has released a list of institutions the collective plans to target, which is divided into four sections; websites associated with the U.S. Federal Reserve, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), sites owned by the World Bank, and over 150 sites associated with national banks around the globe. In two weeks, OpIcarus hackers have hit dozens of financial institutions listed in their online manifesto. Any questions about whether the hacktivists would be able to take out some of the more high-profile institutions seem to have been answered with the recent successful attacks on the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank in Boston, the Bank of France and the Bank of England — the central banks of the U.K. and France. The attack on the Bank of England was unique from the previous attacks, as it reportedly took down the internal email server.


While some have questioned the effectiveness of OpIcarus, senior director at Corero Network Security, Stephanie Weagle told Info Security magazine:

“While the impact on the individual targets of the DDoS attack campaign, ‘OpIcarus’ is unclear; obstructing or eliminating the availability of email servers is significant. In an online world any type of service outage is barely tolerated, especially in the banking industry where transactions and communications are often time-sensitive, and account security is of utmost importance.”

Make no mistake that this operation has already been extremely effective — evolving and growing rapidly. In the world of high finance time is money, and every minute that a bank is forced offline it is losing potential revenue, which in turn hurts the bottom line of those that support the imperial war machine. Thus far, all targeted banks have refused to comment on the damage inflicted by the continuous cyber attacks.

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Washington, D.C. – Providing even more proof that she is simply a puppet for the ruling oligarchy, on Thursday, Hillary Clinton attended a $100, 000-a-head fundraiser hosted by none other than Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a prominent New York businesswoman, and supporter of Mrs. Clinton.

The Rothschild banking dynasty is a family line that has been accused of pulling the political strings of many different governments through their control of various economic systems throughout the world. Historically, there is ample evidence to prove that the family has used its vast fortune to control the political apparatus of numerous nations throughout history, toppling regimes and bringing entire economies to their knees.

Although the Rothschild family now keeps a very low public profile, they still have significant business operations across a wide spectrum of sectors. While you may not find any one particular Rothschild on the Forbes’ most rich list, the family is estimated to control $1 trillion dollars in assets across the globe, thus having an extemely strong voice across the geopolitical/economic spectrum that many perceive as a hidden hand manipulating events silently from behind a veil of virtual secrecy and silence.

In March, The Free Thought Project examined Wikileaks searchable archive of Clinton’s emails and found intimations of a close relationship with the infamous Rothschild family.

Lynn Forester de Rothschild wrote an email on April 18, 2010, in which she tells Hillary she would “love to catch up” — and “I remain your loyal adoring pal.” Clinton responds, “let’s make that happen,” and signs her response, “Much love, H.”

On September 23, 2010, Clinton emailed Lynn Forester de Rothschild (an email chain marked by heavy redaction) saying, “I was trying to reach you to tell you and Teddy that I asked Tony Blair to go to Israel as part of our full court press on keeping the Middle East negotiations going …”

Rothschild responds, thanking Clinton for “personally reaching out to us,” and adds, “You are the best, and we remain your biggest fans.”

This correspondence gives the greatest insight into the fact that the Rothschild family works behind the scenes to use their enormous clout to forward a geopolitical agenda using their bought and paid for politicians as a means to an end.

A January 9, 2012, email discusses a conference on the environment set to take place at Jacob Rothschild’s “historic estate, Waddesdon.”

It’s clear that while Hillary Clinton is a politician who often attempts to publicly portray herself as a candidate looking out for the interests of the common working American — a notion that has been widely challenged during this election cycle due to her adamant refusal to release the transcripts of her 12 speeches to various Wall Street institutions – for which she received almost $3 million dollars in compensation, a sum greater than most Americans will earn in their lifetimes.

On the same day as the Rothschild fundraiser, Maureen White and Steven Rattner, two prominent Democratic fundraisers, also hosted a six-figure fundraiser at their Manhattan home for Clinton, which cost donors a minimum of $100,000, which Clinton attended, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The evidence of politicians for sale to the highest bidder lends credibility to a 2014 study from Princeton University that revealed the U.S. is not a republic or a democracy, but rather an oligarchy. An oligarchy is a form of government in which power resides in the hands of a small number of elites within a society.

For ruling class politicians to disingenuously act as if they are simple representatives of the people, when they clearly act in the interest of the billion-dollar oligarchs who finance their political adventurism, reveals a political system that clearly lacks legitimacy. The hijacking of the U.S. levers of power by a handful of elite families and institutions using crony politicians such as Clinton is unmistakeable.

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The back of a rusty old pickup truck is no place for any animal to live, let alone a full grown lion. Sadly, that’s exactly where a mountain lion named Mufasa was forced to live his life as part of a traveling roadside circus in Peru.

While the details of Mufasa’s early life remain mostly unknown, it is believed that he had originally been born free in the wild somewhere in South America. He was likely stolen from his mother when he was still very young and sold into captivity shortly thereafter. Over the following 20 years he was mistreated and kept bound up in heavy metal chains while being forced to endure life on the road with the circus.

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Life was anything but natural and comfortable for Mufasa. His captors brought him from one town to the next in the back of an old pickup truck, where he was further chained to some old rusty pieces of equipment. He barely had any room to move around and no bed or clean spot to lay on, just a dusty corner surrounded by metal bars and dirt. There was no shelter over his head to protect him from the elements and so the hot sun and pouring rain beat down on him The neglectful state he was held in was shockingly horrible and sad.

Mufasa lays among the rusting circus objects in the truck he was tied to for 20 years.
Mufasa lays among the rusting circus objects in the truck he was tied to for 20 years.

The circus that Mufasa was found with was believed to be the last of many in Peru which for years had been illegally using wild animals in their shows. The country recently changed the law and passed a circus animal ban in response to widespread abuse, cruelty, and the sub-par conditions in which most circus animals were kept. The ban made it illegal to keep and/or use animals in circus shows and authorities, with the help of animal advocacy non-profits, including Animal Defenders International (ADI), have been enforcing it strictly.

The ADI group had recently received a tip that the circus was still holding a mountain lion and they accompanied police and local wildlife officials to investigate it further. That’s when they found Mufasa chained up in the back of the truck. What followed was a long, strained eight hour standoff, but eventually the circus surrendered Mufasa and this video captures the emotional moment he was finally released from his heavy chains. The elderly lion can be seen sitting quietly as he patiently waits for officials to cut the harness off and finally free him from a life of captivity and neglect. For the first time in perhaps 20 years he’s able to fully stretch himself out and perform the one action that cats of all types and breeds seem to love best.

Mufasa gets released into his new home in the Amazon Rainforest.
Mufasa gets released into his new home in the Amazon Rainforest.

Wildlife officials, with the help and support of the many volunteers who’d worked tirelessly to track down and free circus animal all across Peru, transported Mufasa to ADI’s Spirit of Freedom rescue center for rehabilitation. After he’d been checked out and deemed healthy enough to travel, he was taken on a 3 day journey into the Amazon rainforest to his new home. Mufasa will live out the rest of his life at the Tambopata Reserve where he’s free to wander about his new habitat completely unchained. He no longer faces a life full of uncertainty and constant travel and there are no more people gawking at him. Instead, he finally has the chance to spend his final few years in the wild jungle where he’s protected and able to move about on his own, and that is beautiful.

[Photos Courtesy of Screencaps from Animal Defenders International YouTube Video]

In the Southwest Indian state of Karnataka, a beautiful 300-acre forest serves as a sanctuary for animals such as Bengal Tigers, Asian Elephants, Hyena, Wild Boar, Leopards, and Sambha, as well as hundreds of varieties of native trees, thanks to the work of Pamela and Anil Malhotra.

Driven by their passion for wildlife and nature conservation, the couple has worked diligently over the last 25 years to transform barren land into what is known as the SAI Sanctuary. Unlike most people, Anil and Pamela believe that the challenge of conserving wildlife and the bio-diversity of the land should be faced by all like-minded people, including individuals, NGOs and conservation agencies, and not left to governments alone, whose interests are often not environmentally friendly.

One of the biggest motivations behind the creation of the SAI Sanctuary is Pamela and Anil’s realization that one of the biggest crises facing the world is the lack of fresh water. They have used the land as a project to show that Mother Nature has the ability to regenerate itself, if only given the chance. They have followed three important rules:

  • No chopping down of any tree
  • No human interference
  • No poachers
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A river housing many aquatic fish and snake species crosses the 300 acre SAI Sanctuary.

This bio-diverse sanctuary is now rich in plant and animal life, with thick trees, expansive green cover, a river housing several aquatic fish and snake species, and over 305 species of birds. Responding to the devastation of the planet’s lands through monoculture, deforestation and excavation of natural resources, SAI has become a living example of the possibility in reestablishing some of the balance essential for nature to thrive.

People think that animals need the forest. But the truth is, the forest needs the animals equally. While the forest helps animals in providing shelter and food, animals help forests in regeneration – they are both inter-dependent and we should make efforts to preserve both,” says Anil.

Pamela gives a unique example of this co-dependancy between plants and animals:

Elephants are very important for regeneration of the forests as they swallow the seed completely without breaking it, unlike other species. Around 30 species of trees totally depend upon elephants for regeneration.

SAI serves as a sanctuary for animals such as Bengal Tigers, Asian Elephants, Hyena, Wild Boar, Leopards, and Sambha, as well as hundreds of varieties of native trees

Deforestation in the equatorial region is believed to be one of the main reasons for the water crisis facing the world. It is contributing to higher temperatures and a quicker evaporation process and has thus impaired the hydrological cycle – the rainfall cycle – of the planet. It is one of the main causes of the spiraling loss of plant, animal and insect species, which threatens the overall balance of the planet.

In vast areas of equatorial deforested land, natural water sources, which use to provide water to animals and crops on local lands, have dried up or offer very little water, especially during the dry season that lasts about half of the year in most tropical regions. With little shade and decreasing animal activity, the soil is dying, and thus it is increasingly difficult for farmers to grow food. They turn to fertilizers and herbicides, which are toxic to the environment and have further harmed all living things, including people.

The problem of barren land, no longer fit for crop cultivation, is exactly what created the opportunity for Anil and Pamela to purchase the lands that now make up the SAI Sanctuary. They purchased unused and abandoned land from farmers who were faced with debt as their land stood idle because they were not able to grow crops. What started with 55 acres in 1991 has grown into the only private wildlife sanctuary in India extending over 300 acres.

The sanctuary won the “Wildlife and Tourism Initiative Of The Year” award by Sanctuary Asia in 2014. It offers a unique experience to the visitors and includes an organic farm and nearly 12 acres of coffee and around 15 acres of cardamom on the land. The sanctuary runs completely on solar and alternate energy.

Below is a short documentary about SAI, Rooted Truth, during which the passionate couple shares their great message on how a small group can make a tremendous impact on nature conservation.

Read more articles from Anna Hunt.

About the Author

Anna Hunt is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She and her husband run a preparedness e-store outlet at www.offgridoutpost.com, offering GMO-free storable food and emergency kits. Anna is also a certified Hatha yoga instructor. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. Read more of her excellent articles here. Visit her essential oils store here.

Sources:

– http://www.saisanctuary.com/
– http://www.thebetterindia.com/16294/couple-man-made-wildlife-sanctuary-hosts-animals-like-bengal-tigers/
– http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/11/29/plant-fundamental-life-on-earth/

Originally featured on Waking Times

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Russia has announced a game-changing move in the fight against Monsanto’s GMOs, completely banning the use of genetically modified ingredients in any and all food production.

In other words, Russia just blazed way past the issue of GMO labeling and shut down the use of any and all GMOs that would have otherwise entered the food supply through the creation of packaged foods (and the cultivation of GMO crops).

“As far as genetically-modified organisms are concerned, we have made decision not to use any GMO in food productions,” Deputy PM Arkady Dvorkovich revealed during an international conference on biotechnology.

This is a bold move by the Russian government, and it sits in unison with the newly-ignited global debate on GMOs and the presence of Monsanto in the food supply. It also follows the highly-debated ruling by the World Health Organization that Monsanto’s glyphosate-based Roundup is a ‘probable carcinogen.’

But I also want to put it into perspective for you. If this announcement were to be made in the United States, for example, it would mean a total transformation of the food manufacturing industry. But in Russia, the integration of GMOs is not close to the same level as in the U.S.

We know that, in the United States, 90 plus percent of staple crops like corn are genetically modified, along with 94 percent of soybeans and 94 percent of cotton. A ban on GMOs in food production would radically change the entire food supply. In Russia, however, the country is much more poised for a GMO food revolution. [1]

As RT reports:

“According to official statistics the share of GMO in the Russian food industry has declined from 12 percent to just 0.01 percent over the past 10 years, and currently there are just 57 registered food products containing GMO in the country. The law ordering obligatory state registration of GMO products that might contact with the environment will come into force in mid-2017.”

President Vladimir Putin believes that he can keep GMOs out of the country, even while staying in compliance with the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) commandments. In a past meeting addressing the members of the Board of the Russian Federation Council he stated:

“We need to properly construct our work so that it is not contrary to our obligations under the WTO. But even with this in mind, we nevertheless have legitimate methods and instruments to protect our own market, and above all citizens.”

Do you think we will we ever see something like this is in the United States? Let us know in the comments below.

Additional Sources:

[1] Center for Food Safety

By: Anthony Gucciardi

Anthony is a natural health and human empowerment writer, speaker, and entrepreneur whose writings have appeared in #1 USA Today and Wall Street Journal Best-Selling books and top 100 websites.

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We’ve all had those restless nights of tossing and turning, staring at the ceiling, unable to get more than a couple hours of shuteye. The more you worry about not sleeping, the more your mind races, and next thing you know, the sun is peeking through the window. I’ve spent one too many nights this way and needed to put an end to my poor sleeping patterns. I came across this delicious tea recipe and it improved my cycle completely.

Irregular sleeping patterns or even insomnia can stem from several different things like depression, stress and anxiety. Almost every night, I would get into bed and my mind would be racing. Whether I was thinking about work, family, or simply the things I needed to get done the next day, I just couldn’t allow myself to relax. If your mind is active, chances are you won’t fall asleep.

Certain medications can also cause insomnia. Pain medications, antihistamines, and heart and blood pressure medicines are among the many that contribute to sleep loss. Yes, some meds might actually make you drowsy at first, but they can also trigger frequent bathroom trips or anxiety which can further disturb your rest.

Whether it’s one of these issues or maybe it’s that you’re addicted to your phone when you should be sleeping, something needs to change.

Banana Tea

Using only a couple items that are likely already in your kitchen, you can whip together a banana tea in no time! This organic, banana-infused sleep remedy works wonders and tastes so good. How does it work? Bananas, especially the peels, are loaded with potassium and magnesium. While magnesium helps prevent sleep disturbances, both magnesium and potassium work together to help relax muscles. In fact, magnesium is one of the best minerals for relaxation! Keep in mind, this recipe calls for 100% organic bananas. Bananas that are not organic are loaded with harmful pesticides and since we encourage you to eat the boiled peel, it must be chemical-free.

This tea takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and can be enjoyed every night before bed.

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Ingredients

1 organic banana

1 small pot of water

a dash of cinnamon (optional)

All you need to do is cut off both ends of the banana and place it, peel and all, into boiling water. Boil it for around 10 minutes. Using a colander, pour the water into a mug. If you’re feeling adventurous, sprinkle the cinnamon into the tea. Drink it one hour before bed time.

If you’re worried about being wasteful, you’ve clearly never had a boiled banana before! After the banana has been boiled, sprinkle some cinnamon over it. Eating the warm, gooey fruit and its peel along with the tea will increase its soothing effects… Not to mention it makes a yummy dessert!

Why Sleeping Pills Are Bad

Out of despair, many of us have resorted to sleeping pills and with almost half of the American population suffering from insomnia or poor sleep, it’s no wonder. But here’s the thing: sleeping pills cannot help you long-term. They provide a short-term fix.

The majority of sleeping pills are a specific type of drug that induces and maintains sleep. They’re classified as something called sedative hypnotics. Among other sedative hypnotic drugs are benzodiazepines and barbiturates. Benzodiazepines—like Xanax and Valium—can be addictive and are used to treat anxiety disorders by increasing drowsiness. Barbiturates depress the central nervous system are used as anesthetics and sedatives.

As with all drugs, there’s a list of side effects that accompany sleeping pills. Aside from the likeliness of them being habit-forming, they can cause the following:

Constipation

Dizziness

Difficulty focusing and remembering

Stomach pain

Weakness

Uncontrollable shaking

Parasomnias (Doing things without realizing it… Scary!)

Sleeping pills also cause your breathing rhythm to slow down and significantly lighten. This means that if you’re already suffering from lung diseases like COPD or even asthma, these meds can be dangerous and even fatal.

How Sleep Deprivation Affects the Body

Getting less than eight hours of sleep is bad for your body. When I found out the consequences little to no sleep had on my body, I panicked!

When your body doesn’t get enough rest, generally less than eight hours, it suffers. Cognitive function—your long- and short-term memory—is seriously affected. Have you ever tried to focus on a task while running on zero fuel? I have and I know it’s near impossible. Processing even the simplest things seems challenging and your emotional responses to things become totally skewed. The scariest part is that sleep deprivation has been linked to serious health problems including obesity, diabetes and cancer.

It’s important to figure out why you’re not sleeping the way you used to and work on fixing it. I now look forward to this tea each night; it’s 100% natural, it smells and tastes great, and it has worked tremendously for me.

Dr. Oz had an episode for natural remedies for insomnia. Banana tea was mentioned and I thought I would do a taste test to see if I would “Love it, or leave it alone.” (Source)

Via patriotcrier.com, bozzfeed.com, Real Farmacy

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Despite the ongoing uproar over who can use which bathroom (newsflash, North Carolina, we’ve all done fine up to this point without your help) and debate on the finer points of Justin Bieber’s dreadlocks and subsequent shoring of them, plenty of actually-pertinent news items have been divulged recently.

While Bieber’s hairstyle offers not one iota of newsworthiness, North Carolina’s draconian so-called ‘bathroom law’ deserves some attention — but not endless headlines for weeks on end. In fact, myriad developments both in the U.S. and abroad demand the attention that was instead devoted to these two topics.

So, without further ado, the following comprises only a partial list of stories infinitely more newsworthy than hairstyles and unfounded bathroom paranoia.

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Exposes Hillary’s Knowledge of Secret Weapons ‘Rat Line’ Which Facilitated Sarin Gas Being Given to Syrian Rebels to Frame Assad

Renowned investigative journalist Seymour Hersh revealed striking evidence the United States — not oft-maligned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad — made possible the chemical weapons attack on civilians in Ghouta, Syria, on August 21, 2013. In fact, though the Obama administration squarely blamed Assad for that use of sarin gas, Hersh — for the first time — implicated Hillary Clinton and shadowy weapons dealings via the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

As Eric Zuesse explained in Strategic Culture, Hersh has not been the sole journalist calling out the questionable circumstances of the chemical attack, as there “have been multiple independent reports that Libya’s Gaddafi possessed such stockpiles, and also that the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi Libya was operating a ‘rat line’ for Gaddafi’s captured weapons into Syria through Turkey.”

Further, as Hersh previously reported, a highly-classified report detailing a secret agreement between the Obama administration and that of Turkey’s Erdoğan in 2012 showed “funding came from Turkey, as well as Saudi Arabia and Qatar; the CIA, with the support of MI6, was responsible for getting arms from Gaddafi’s arsenals into Syria.” And the entire operation was run by now-retired CIA director, David Petraeus — though he and all figures involved firmly deny the operation even took place.

Of Hillary Clinton’s involvement, Hersh told AlterNet in an interview that Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who died in the storming of the Benghazi embassy, “was certainly involved, aware and witting of everything that was going on. And there’s no way somebody in that sensitive of a position is not talking to the boss, by some channel.”

Report Shows Gov’t and Big Pharma Break Laws for Massive Profits

Pharmaceutical giants and health insurance corporations play an undeniable role in the skyrocketing costs of American healthcare. Instead of making care attainable for all — as the government farcically claimed it would — Obamacare has, in actuality, been a boon only for Big Pharma and Big Insurance. Though myriad reports have pointed out hospital overcharging and pharmaceutical price-gouging, little has been done to fix the issues — and patients in the U.S. are often left penniless or without treatment as a result.

A new report from Public Citizen confirms a major structural flaw which allows the perpetuation of crooked practices by pharmaceutical mega-corporations. Clearly, despite the seeming lofty goals it touted, Obamacare has done nothing to fix the long-term problem of healthcare affordability.

According to Public Citizen’s report, titled Twenty-Five Years of Pharmaceutical Industry Criminal and Civil Penalties: 1991 Through 2015, relatively minor financial penalties for deceit and fraud mean Big Pharma gets away with continually breaking the law — while raking in obscene profits.

“From 1991 through 2015, a total of 373 settlements were reached between the federal and state governments and pharmaceutical manufacturers, for a total of $35.7 billion,” the report states. “Of these, 140 were federal settlements, for $31.9 billion, and 233 were state settlements, for $3.8 billion.”

As Justin Gardner noted for The Free Thought Project, “GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer were the worst offenders, paying a combined total of almost $12 billion. These numbers may seem large, but they are dwarfed by profits.” According to Public Citizen, penalty payments accounted for just 5 percent of the whopping $711 billion net profit accumulated by Big Pharma — hardly necessitating a change in fraudulent practices.

Three Separate Nuclear Disasters Loom Near Major U.S. Cities

On the outskirts of St. Louis, an underground inferno at a landfill will likely soon connect with an ineptly-handled, illegal nuclear waste dump dating back to the Manhattan Project — and not even scientists agree on what might happen when it does. But that isn’t the only concern. Site owners and government officials have issued multiple contradictory reports, but massive flooding at the beginning of 2016 revealed radioactive contamination leaching from the site — and that is has been doing so for the past 42 years.

West Lake Landfill became a federal Superfund site for cleanup of nuclear waste when placed on the National Priorities List in 1990 — but little progress has been made. In fact, the location was never intended to hold radioactive material. An inept contractor hired to handle the World War II-era byproduct from a uranium processing plant illegally dumped the radioactive residue at West Lake — over 100,000 tons of it. Proper lining or storage facilities were obviously not a concern when the material was originally left at the site, so not only has the product seeped into groundwater for years, but the exact boundaries for the radioactive waste have never been fully mapped.

Considering the unknown reach of the illegally-dumped nuclear byproduct, the approaching underground inferno in the neighboring standard landfill,  highly radioactive vegetation above ground — all in a heavily populated area — and the potential for catastrophe isn’t difficult to imagine.

“The stuff we’re talking about at West Lake is hotter than what you would find in a typical uranium mill tailings operation,” warned Robert Alvarez, Senior Scholar for the Institute of Policy Studies, in an interview on the report he co-authored concerning the impending potential disaster.

Near Miami, the ailing, decades-old Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station has been spewing radioactive contamination into Biscayne Bay, near the Everglades — home to one of the planet’s largest coral reefs. A recent report revealed the hot, salty water has been creeping into the two parks and is fast approaching wells used to supply drinking water to residents in Miami and the Florida Keys.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez commissioned the study, which found levels of radioactive tritium 215 times higher than that found in normal ocean water. Mayor of South Miami and biological sciences professor, Philip Stoddard, was cited by the Miami New Times saying, “You would have to work hard to find a worse place to put a nuclear plant, right between two national parks and subject to hurricanes and storm surge.”

Tritium, a hydrogen isotope, is itself a troubling discovery as it often acts as a precursor indication of leaks from nuclear power plants since it travels ‘faster’ than, and often precedes, other radioactive contaminants.

A third nuclear disaster looms in Buchanan, New York, in the Ramapo Fault Zone, just a half hour from the heart of New York City, at Indian Point Energy Center — where tritium levels sampled 65,000 percent higher than normal in February. According to Paul Blanch, an engineer with nearly five decades of experience in nuclear safety who has worked with Nuclear Regulatory Commission from its inception — and whom I’ve interviewed for Anti-Media on this topic — a convergence of multiple issues at Indian Point absolutely demand the entire country’s attention.

Slated for installation through the plant’s property is a high-pressure gas pipeline extension known as the Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) Project — which, despite receiving the go-ahead from both the NRC and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, has never been fully or properly assessed for risk.

Blanche, who assured me he is a proponent of nuclear energy, confirmed what he previously told Truthout:

“I’ve had over 45 years of nuclear experience and [experience in] safety issues. I have never seen [a situation] that essentially puts 20 million residents at risk, plus the entire economics of the United States by making a large area surrounding Indian Point uninhabitable for generations. I’m not an alarmist and haven’t been known as an alarmist, but the possibility of [this] gas line interacting with [this] plant could easily cause a Fukushima type of release.”

As Blanche has repeatedly emphasized, the potential for catastrophe at Indian Point should be cause for serious concern for everyone located in the New York City metropolis and surrounding region, if not the entire country.

U.S. Troops Who Bombed a Hospital Get Slight Slap on the Wrist

After bombing a Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF, or Doctors Without Borders) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, for over 90 minutes — and then shooting at victims as they fled — the 16 service members responsible will not face any charges. Despite the deaths of 42 staff members, patients, and civilians in the tragedy, the Pentagon’s announcement last week means the troops found culpable following a six-month investigation would essentially be excused of any wrongdoing.

“The 16 found at fault include a two-star general, the crew of an Air Force AC-130 attack aircraft, and Army special forces personnel, according to U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the internal investigation” with the Los Angeles Times.

“One officer was suspended from command and ordered out of Afghanistan. The other 15 were given lesser punishments: Six were sent to counseling, seven were issued letters of reprimand, and two were ordered to retraining courses.”

Following the Pentagon’s official announcement, Meinie Nicolai, president of MSF Belgium, responded in an initial press statement:

“Today’s briefing amounts to an admission of an uncontrolled military operation in a densely populated urban area, during which US forces failed to follow the basic laws of war. It is incomprehensible that, under the circumstances described by the US, the attack was not called off.”

MSF noted the U.S. acknowledged no armed combatants had been present at its facility — and no fire emanated from the hospital — for the duration of the attack. Military members, according to the Times, “believed they were targeting a separate building several hundred yards away where several Taliban fighters were supposedly hiding.” Flimsy doesn’t begin to describe that excuse, as MSF does not permit weapons on its properties and provides exact GPS coordinates for its facilities to all parties in any conflict — and had done so specifically for the U.S. just prior to the bombing of its Kunduz hospital.

“The threshold that must be crossed for this deadly incident to amount to a grave breach of international humanitarian law is not whether it was intentional or not,” Nicolai continued. “With multinational coalitions fighting with different rules of engagement across a wide spectrum of wars today, whether in Afghanistan, Syria, or Yemen, armed groups cannot escape their responsibilities on the battlefield simply by ruling out the intent to attack a protected structure such as a hospital.”

So much for international outrage and countless calls for the U.S. to be charged with committing war crimes in the targeted bombing.

And in Foreign Affairs . . .

Warmongers in the U.S. military and government somehow decided deploying fighter jets near the Russian border would be a good idea.

“We’re not here to provoke anybody,” one of the fighter pilots told Reuters, “we’re here to work with our allies.”

Though it was entirely unclear who would actually believe such a statement so obviously contrary to the reality of the situation, the U.S. maintains it is acting in self-defense. At the Russian border. Thousands of miles from even vaguely close to where ‘defense’ could logically be employed as an excuse for parking its fighters.

But American exceptionalism and imperialism wasn’t limited to Russia, of course.

A nonviolent and highly controversial coup currently underway in Brazil was recently revealed to bear the fingerprints of U.S. manipulation and involvement.

And in the Middle East, despite at least 16 claims by Obama and his administration there would be ‘no boots on the ground’ in Syria, the President announced a quintupling of the number of boots on the ground in Syria. This announcement was quickly followed by a Kafkaesque denial by State Department spokesman John Kirby that any U.S. official had ever claimed there would be no boots on the ground.

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DEFICIENCY IN THIS CRITICAL nutrient makes you twice as likely to die as other people, according to a study published in The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.(i) It also accounts for a long list of symptoms and diseases — which are easily helped and often cured by adding this nutrient. In fact, in my practice, this nutrient is one of my secret weapons against illness. Yet up to half of Americans are deficient in this nutrient and don’t know it.

I’m talking about magnesium.

It is an antidote to stress, the most powerful relaxation mineral available, and it can help improve your sleep.

I find it very funny that more doctors aren’t clued in to the benefits of magnesium, because we use it all the time in conventional medicine. But we never stop to think about why or how important it is to our general health or why it helps our bodies function better.

I remember using magnesium when I worked in the emergency room. It was a critical “medication” on the crash cart. If someone was dying of a life-threatening arrhythmia (or irregular heart beat), we used intravenous magnesium. If someone was constipated or needed to prepare for colonoscopy, we gave them milk of magnesia or a green bottle of liquid magnesium citrate, which emptied their bowels. If pregnant women came in with pre-term labor, or high blood pressure of pregnancy (pre-eclampsia) or seizures, we gave them continuous high doses of intravenous magnesium.

But you don’t have to be in the hospital to benefit from getting more magnesium. You can start taking regular magnesium supplementation today and see results.

The Relaxation Mineral

Think of magnesium as the relaxation mineral. Anything that is tight, irritable, crampy, and stiff — whether it is a body part or an even a mood — is a sign of magnesium deficiency.

This critical mineral is actually responsible for over 300 enzyme reactions and is found in all of your tissues — but mainly in your bones, muscles, and brain. You must have it for your cells to make energy, for many different chemical pumps to work, to stabilize membranes, and to help muscles relax.

When was the last time you had a good dose of seaweed, nuts, greens, and beans? If you are like most Americans, your nut consumption mostly comes from peanut butter.

That is why the list of conditions that are found related to magnesium deficiency is so long. In fact, there are over 3,500 medical references on magnesium deficiency!

Even so, this mineral is mostly ignored because it is not a drug, even though it is MORE powerful than drugs in many cases. That’s why we use it in the hospital for life-threatening and emergency situations like seizures and heart failure.

You might be magnesium deficient if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Muscle cramps or twitches
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Sensitivity to loud noises
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • ADD
  • Palpitations
  • Angina
  • Constipation
  • Anal spasms
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Asthma
  • Kidney stones
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • High blood pressure
  • PMS
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Irritable bladder
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Reflux
  • Trouble swallowing

Magnesium deficiency has even has been linked to inflammation in the body and higher CRP levels.

In our society, magnesium deficiency is a huge problem. By conservative standards of measurement (blood, or serum, magnesium levels), 65 percent of people admitted to the intensive care unit — and about 15 percent of the general population — have magnesium deficiency.

But this seriously underestimates the problem, because a serum magnesium level is the LEAST sensitive way to detect a drop in your total body magnesium level. So rates of magnesium deficiency could be even higher!

The reason we are so deficient is simple: Many of us eat a diet that contains practically no magnesium — a highly-processed, refined diet that is based mostly on white flour, meat, and dairy (all of which have no magnesium).

When was the last time you had a good dose of sea vegetables (seaweed), nuts, greens, and beans? If you are like most Americans, your nut consumption mostly comes from peanut butter, and mostly in chocolate peanut butter cups.

Much of modern life conspires to help us lose what little magnesium we do get in our diet. Magnesium levels are decreased by excess alcohol, salt, coffee, phosphoric acid in colas, profuse sweating, prolonged or intense stress, chronic diarrhea, excessive menstruation, diuretics (water pills), antibiotics and other drugs, and some intestinal parasites. In fact, in one study in Kosovo, people under chronic war stress lost large amounts of magnesium in their urine.

This is all further complicated by the fact that magnesium is often poorly absorbed and easily lost from our bodies. To properly absorb magnesium we need a lot of it in our diet, plus enough vitamin B6, vitamin D, and selenium to get the job done.

A recent scientific review of magnesium concluded, “It is highly regrettable that the deficiency of such an inexpensive, low-toxicity nutrient results in diseases that cause incalculable suffering and expense throughout the world.” (ii) I couldn’t’ have said it better myself.

It is difficult to measure and hard to study, but magnesium deficiency accounts for untold suffering — and is simple to correct. So if you suffer from any of the symptoms I mentioned or have any of the diseases I noted, don’t worry — it is an easy fix!! Here’s how.

Stop Draining Your Body of Magnesium

  • Limit coffee, colas, salt, sugar, and alcohol
  • Learn how to practice active relaxation
  • Check with your doctor if your medication is causing magnesium loss (many high blood pressure drugs or diuretics cause loss of magnesium)

Eat Foods High in Magnesium

Include the following in your diet as often as you can:

Kelp, wheat bran, wheat germ, almonds, cashews, buckwheat, brazil nuts, dulse, filberts, millet, pecans, walnuts, rye, tofu, soy beans, brown rice, figs, dates, collard greens, shrimp, avocado, parsley, beans, barley, dandelion greens, and garlic

Take Magnesium Supplements

  • The RDA (the minimum amount needed) for magnesium is about 300 mg a day. Most of us get far less than 200 mg.
  • Some may need much more depending on their condition.
  • Most people benefit from 400 to 1,000 mg a day.
  • The most absorbable forms are magnesium citrate, glycinate taurate, or aspartate, although magnesium bound to Kreb cycle chelates (malate, succinate, fumarate) are also good.
  • Avoid magnesium carbonate, sulfate, gluconate, and oxide. They are poorly absorbed (and the cheapest and most common forms found in supplements).
  • Side effects from too much magnesium include diarrhea, which can be avoided if you switch to magnesium glycinate.
  • Most minerals are best taken as a team with other minerals in a multi-mineral formula.
  • Taking a hot bath with Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) is a good way to absorb and get much needed magnesium.

People with kidney disease or severe heart disease should take magnesium only under a doctor’s supervision.

So if you’re coping with the symptoms here, relax! Magnesium is truly a miracle mineral. It is essential for lifelong vibrant health.

Now I’d like to hear from you…

Do you suffer from any of the symptoms I’ve mentioned?

Do you currently take a magnesium supplement? What results have you noticed?

Which of the tips mentioned above do you plan to try?

Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

To your good health,
Mark Hyman, MD

Source: drhyman.com, real farmacy

References
(i) Tong, GM and RK Rude. 2005. Magnesium deficiency in critical illness. J Intensive Care Med 20 (1):3-17. Review.
(ii) S. Johnson. 2001. The multifaceted and widespread pathology of magnesium deficiency. Med Hypotheses 56(2): 163-70
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After several decades of stigma and criminalization, the image of cannabis is finally being reconsidered.Myths and prejudices are now giving way to the recognition of this ancient plant’s incredible medicinal properties. Indeed, if we had to make a full list of the positive effects marijuana has on one’s mental and physical health, that would be a huge one.

If you don’t want to take my word for it, make your decision after reading these amazing stories of survival thanks to the use of cannabis oil. It’s true, this miracle herb has saved the lives of many people!

Rick Simpson

Okay, it all started here. Rick Simpson invented hemp oil medicine which supposedly cured his own cancer. Because of routine cancer treatments, Rick had become a “zombie”. When he discovered how well the oil worked, he decided to present his cure to the Canadian authorities, where they attempted to prosecute him. However, he is still considered a hero.

David Triplett

Stricken with cancerous lesions, David decided to give up his chemo cream. He was frightened of the results of the skin cream on other cancer patients. Instead of following doctor’s orders, David decided to use cannabis oil on the lesions. After four weeks, the cancerous lesions were gone.

Dennis Hill

Six months is all it took for Dennis Hill to rid his body of Cancer. He proudly proclaims, “Cannabis Kills Cancer!” And do you know why? Hill, biochemist, claims to have treated his own Cancer with Rick Simpson’s Cannabis oil. Along with healthy eating and exercise, Hill’s tumor disappeared completely.

Shona Banda

Shona may not have battled Cancer, but her eight year war with Chron’s disease had her bedridden most of the time and walking with a cane. While looking for alternative remedies, Shona came across Rick Simpson’s Cannabis oil video. Since investing in this miracle oil, Shona is cured. She wrote a book called, Live Free or Die.

Cheryl Shuman

Beverly Hill’s Celebrity, Cheryl Shuman was tired of taking a cocktail of various medications, including 27 morphine tablets in a day. After discovering cannabis oil, Shuman started treating herself. After 90 days, she is in remission from cancer.

Peter Germain

Type 2 Diabetes can be more dangerous and debilitation than you think. This disease had greatly affected Peter Germain’s quality of life. When he decided to try something new, the results were amazing. In six weeks of trying cannabis oil, Peter lost 50 lbs. and his blood sugar levels reduced drastically.

Mykayla

Nine year old cancer patient, Mykayla, was headed toward full body radiation and a bone marrow transplant. Her parents refused to let her endure this suffering and instead opted to use cannabis oil. After six days of use, Mykayla was in remission. How astounding is that!

More and more people come to the understanding that the medical industry provides treatments and no cures. If we can all be cured from cancer or some other horrific illnesses, why shouldn’t we give it a try? Let’s get rid of the marijuana stigma and keep working toward the final answer!

Hope triumphs again!

About the Author

Sherrie Hurd is an artist and a regular contributor to the websites Learning Mind and Life Advancer. She spends most of her time giving life to the renegade thoughts. As the words erupt and form new life, she knows that she is yet again free from the nagging persistence of her muse. She is a mother of three and a lifetime fan of the thought-provoking and questionable aspects of the universe.

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