A 90-minute interview on many urgent topics, with my friend Rob Williams of the Vermont Independent. (We did this interview at the College of Marin, where we were taking part in Project Censored's biannual Media Freedom Summit.) https://urldefense.proofpoint.
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From Marija Stroke:
Dear New York Voters,
We have 3 ballot proposals to vote on this election. I have been discussing these proposals with several very wise and informed people whose opinion I trust, and we all agree with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s negative opinion on Proposals 2 and 3 which makes a lot of sense.So this is what I think:Ballot Proposal 1: Campaign finance: I see credible pros and cons. I will probably vote no but I see good reasons to vote either way.Ballot Proposals 2 and 3: I am definitely voting “no” on both 2 and 3. Both these proposals weaken the community boards which are made up of unpaid volunteer members from the community who work to protect the community, for example on subway improvements, and to protect communities from big real estate developers building huge unwanted luxury buildings in the neighborhood. By creating term limits on these volunteer community board members, there will be less continuity and less benefit of the experience of working over many years on issues which face the community, thus a decrease in institutional memory. On the other hand, there will be no forced turnover of who has power among the real estate developers. Hence, developers would gain more power and community boards less power.One more thing, New Yorkers: Please remind everyone you know how important it is to vote in this election all the way down the ballot, not just for the federal government’s congressional positions but also for our wonderful progressives who are running for the NY state legislature who have defeated the IDC in the primary; we still need to vote in huge numbers to put them in office!Okay, back to getting out the vote… Good luck with all your work on GOTV!Thanks!Marija
Now we need to re-franchise the millions who've been variously Jim-Crowed off the voter rolls, not just in those three states, but coast to coast. (For that, there is a very simple remedy: automatic registration on one's 18th birthday, no exceptions.) MCM
From John Brakey:
BIG WIN! This is the 3rd state in a row that did the directive thing, only because they knew we would sue them if they didn’t do it. Ohio, Virginia, now Florida. Michigan could be #4 with the right connected attorney in Michigan.
Concerned Florida voters scored a victory in Florida by pressuring Secretary of State Ken Detzner’s (R) office to notify all counties about federal and state legal requirements to preserve ballot images. Those are the digital copies needed to verify the outcomes of elections.
This is especially important in the Sunshine State, where voters get to decide two cliffhanger races with major implications for the future of the country.
Both the Senate race and the gubernatorial contest are too close to call and, if Florida’s election history is any guide, they could be headed for recounts.
Therefore, it is especially important that any such recount, as well as potential election audits, are conducted in full compliance with the law.
Concerned that Florida election officials would violate federal law and destroy the ballot images before the legally mandated 22-month preservation period, Attorney Benedict P. Kuehne — on behalf of concerned Florida voters — sent a letter to Detzner earlier this month asking him to instruct state election officials not to destroy the ballot images.
On Wednesday morning, Director of the Division of Elections Maria Matthews sent a letter to all county supervisors of elections with “a few reminders to ensure our elections go smoothly and that every eligible vote is counted.” Included in the letter was a section regarding federal and state public records law as it relates to digital ballot images (by law, digital ballot images must be saved for 22 months after an election):
For those utilizing voting systems that are programmed to capture images of ballots as they are scanned, those images may be subject to retention requirements under the public records law. Supervisors of Elections should consult with their county attorney or legal counsel regarding any questions about public records, and the retention and/or disclosure of such records.
Attorney Chris Sautter worked alongside Kuehne to represent voters in the state who want all election departments to follow the law and retain their ballot images, ensuring a proper chain of custody necessary to verify the elections. Sautter is happy the state sent the notice to all election supervisors.
“We are very pleased, and we consider this another victory,” Sautter said.
However, Sautter said the notice buries their main concern — that voters want election supervisors to know that they are required by law to save the ballot images.
“That’s why we are going to contact them independently of this, so that they get that message,” Sautter said. “We are likely to reference this set of instructions, which we wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise.”
From Bob Klein: Destroy the family farmer: neoliberal/corporate/big bank dogma. That's why we have so many poor people coming here to wash dishes. The elite want a cut of everything; and since they don’t make shit from people growing and selling vegetables. they've worked to kill the family farm. That’s what NAFTA did to Mexico, and what free trade does overall. We use GMOs to make cheap corn and soy. canola oil and sugar; and we use sweetheart loans to corrupt the power structure of foreign countries, so that the rich get even richer. and pass laws to further benefit the giant corporations, while we sell them military hardware to protect themselves. Remember when Obama went to India for a couple weeks? He gave them nuclear shit; and now we have this “remonetization” in India. Thus we keep poisoning the soil and food, making people sick, which makes more money selling them a lot of shitty medicines. Because this global system is “efficient"—It makes money—we can't criticize it, but must just sit back and see it as “a painful period of transition” to a “modern distribution network” that will eventually provide for “growth." Just get yourself on board the gravy train. Why not?
India’s Farmers Plan Mass March to the Nation’s Parliament as Agrarian Crisis Reaches “Civilization Proportions”
With over 800 million people, rural India is arguably the most interesting and complex place on the planet. And yet it is also one of the most neglected in terms of both investment and media coverage. Veteran journalist and founder of the People’s Archive of Rural India P. Sainath argues that the majority of Indians do not count to the nation’s media, which renders up to 75 percent of the population ‘extinct’.
According to the Centre for Media Studies in Delhi, the five-year average of agriculture reporting in an Indian national daily newspaper equals 0.61 percent of news coverage, while village-level stories account for 0.17 percent. For much of the media, whether print or TV, celebrity, IT, movements on the stock exchange and the daily concerns of elite and urban middle class dwellers are what count.
Unlike the corporate media, the digital journalism platform the People’s Archive of Rural India has not only documented the complexity and beauty of rural India but also its hardships and the all too often heartbreaking personal stories that describe the impacts of government policies which have devastated lives, livelihoods and communities.
Rural India is plagued by farmer suicides, child malnourishment, growing unemployment, increased informalisation, indebtedness and an overall collapse of agriculture. Those involved in farming and related activities are being driven to migrate to cities to become cycle rickshaw drivers, domestic servants, daily wage labourers and suchlike.
Hundreds of thousands of farmers in India have taken their lives since 1997 and many more are experiencing economic distress or have left farming as a result of debt, a shift to (GM) cash crops and economic liberalisation. According to this report, the number of cultivators in India declined from 166 million to 146 million between 2004 and 2011. Some 6,700 left farming each day. Between 2015 and 2022 the number of cultivators is likely to decrease to around 127 million.
The core problems affecting agriculture centre upon the running down of the sector for decades, the impact of deregulated markets and profiteering corporations (Monsanto and its Bt cotton seeds being just one case in point), increasing debt and lack of proper credit facilities, the withdrawal of government support, spiralling input costs and the effects of cheap, subsidised imports which depress farmers’ incomes.
The root causes of India’s agrarian crisis have been well documented, not least by policy analyst Devinder Sharma, who says:
“India is on fast track to bring agriculture under corporate control. Amending the existing laws on land acquisition, water resources, seed, fertilizer, pesticides and food processing, the government is in an overdrive to usher in contract farming and encourage organized retail. This is exactly as per the advice of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund as well as the international financial institutes.”
From the geopolitical lending strategies of institutions like the World Bank to the opening up of food and agriculture to foreign corporations via WTO rules and the US-India Knowledge Initiative on Agriculture, there is an ongoing strategy to displace the existing system of smallholder cultivation and village-based food production with one suited to the interests of global seed, pesticide, food processing and retail corporations like Monsanto-Bayer, Cargill and Walmart.
In outlining the nature of the agrarian crisis, P. Sainath encapsulates the drive towards corporate farming in five words:
“Predatory commercialization of the countryside.” He uses another five words for the outcome (referring to the mass migration from rural India): “The biggest displacement in history.”
By deliberately making agriculture economically non-viable for smallholder farmers (who form the backbone of food production in the country) the aim is to lay the groundwork to fully incorporate India into a fundamentally flawed and wholly exploitative global food regime that is undermining the country’s food security and food sovereignty as well as its health, soils, water supply and rural communities.
Rural India is in crisis. And with hundreds of millions destined to be forced to migrate to cities if current policies persist, the suffering will continue because the urban centres are not generating anything near the required levels of employment to soak up those whose livelihoods are being eradicated in the countryside. Jobless ‘growth’ haunts India, which is not helped by a global trend towards increasing automation and the impacts of artificial intelligence.
WASHINGTON — In mock battles at the Army’s massive combat training centers in California’s Mojave Desert, Louisiana’s pine forests and Germany’s mud, the service is spending less time preparing troops for meetings with village elders and more time training soldiers how to respond to artillery barrages and attacks from enemy fighter bombers.
After spending the last 17 years fighting grinding counterinsurgencies in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army is shifting its gaze. This year’s National Defense Strategy charged the military with preparing for high-intensity conflict against major nation-state threats like Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. The Army is falling in line.
The change is popular with the current crop of generals, to judge from their comments at the recent Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting and exposition in Washington, D.C. But if the military’s post-Korean War history is any guide, the Army’s next war is more likely to be another messy insurgency than a conflict with a major power. Army senior leaders say that they can prepare adequately for both. Others are not so sure.
“We have a bad habit of not being able to stop the pendulum in the middle,” said retired Col. Joe Collins, a professor at the National War College. That context has some observers — including the general arguably most associated with the Iraq and Afghanistan wars — cautioning that as the Army gears up for war on the European plains, it must not forget the lessons it has paid such a high price in blood to learn.
“It is reasonable to refocus a fair amount on higher-end tasks on which we didn’t focus a great deal during the years of back-to-back deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan,” said retired Gen. David Petraeus, who at different periods was the senior U.S. commander for each of those wars. “But we do need to retain the lessons that we learned too often the hard way in those counterinsurgency campaigns.”
The Army has been here before. After withdrawing from Vietnam in the mid-1970s, the service turned its attention to preparing for war in Europe against the Soviet Union and wanted nothing more to do with the sort of battles it had fought in the jungles of southeast Asia. “We did walk away from it,” said retired Lt. Gen. Guy Swan, vice president of education at the Association of the U.S. Army. The only lesson the Army seemed to learn from Vietnam was that it didn’t want to fight a counterinsurgency again.
But the Army doesn’t get to pick its wars. When President George W. Bush nominated Gen. George Casey to lead the military effort in Iraq in June 2004 as that country was starting its slide into anarchic civil war, he was selecting a general who had achieved four-star rank without ever reading a book on guerrilla warfare. It’s unlikely that Casey was alone in that regard among the Army’s senior leaders. The full cost of that institutional amnesia became clear only as the United States and its allies lost control of Iraq to Sunni insurgents and Iranian-sponsored Shi’a militias. By the time the U.S. military had climbed back up the steep counterinsurgency learning curve towards the end of 2007, almost 4,000American troops were dead.
One of the faulty assumptions that Army officers made in the years between Vietnam and Iraq was that units trained for high-intensity conflict would be able to handle anything else. “If we can face the Russians, then we can handle these guerrillas,” was how Swan described their attitude. “And that was not the case.”
Today’s senior Army leaders seem convinced that the service can combine training for tank-on-tank battles with preparation for counterinsurgency and other forms of low-intensity conflict. Gen. Stephen Townsend, head of Army Training and Doctrine Command, acknowledged that the service could not afford to completely turn its back on the sort of warfare it had been conducting in Afghanistan and Iraq. “The future of war will be a hybrid threat,” he told reporters at the recent Army association meeting in Washington, D.C. . “There’ll be everything from tanks and missiles and fighter-bombers down to criminal gangs, terrorists, suicide bombers and guerrilla cells. … We’re going to have to do all of that, the full spectrum of conflict.”
Other generals sounded the same theme. But occasionally there were faint echoes of the post-Vietnam mantra that, as Swan put it, “any tank unit can handle guerrillas.” “We don’t forget the lessons learned” from Iraq and Afghanistan, said Brig. Gen. Christopher LaNeve, who heads 7th Army Training Command in Grafenwoehr, Germany. But “it’s easy” to transition from a high-intensity fight “to a counterinsurgency,” he told an audience at the meeting. “It’s harder,” he said, to make the opposite switch.
Today’s colonels and generals made their careers conducting counterinsurgency campaigns, but the Army has always been more comfortable preparing for high-intensity, artillery-intensive warfare than for the dirty, messy business of putting down insurgencies, not to mention peacekeeping (now almost officially a dirty word in the service). As the Army’s commitment to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq began to wind down, “there was almost a sense of relief that we can go back to ‘real soldiering,’” like after Vietnam, said Petraeus.
Army officers simply have a greater comfort level with conventional wars, he said, and “it’s about getting resources,” he said. “And big wars get you big resources.”
Swan said there was “some truth” to that theory, but he argued the major reason the Army defaults to high-intensity conflict is because that sort of war is the “most dangerous” to American interests, even if a less likely scenario. “If you’re an army that’s expected to fight and win the nation’s wars, I think you have to lean towards the higher end of the spectrum,” Swan said.
Even Petraeus, who as a lieutenant general oversaw the 2006 publication of the service’s counterinsurgency doctrine manual, says it is “reasonable” for the Army to refocus on high-end conflict. But, he added, the service must remember that all operations include a mix of offense, defense and stability.
Today’s senior Army leaders say that won’t happen again. “Whether we want to or not, we’re going to find ourselves doing a peacekeeping operation or doing a stability operation, doing another counterinsurgency somewhere in the world,” Townsend said.
Others are not so sure. “I’m concerned that while the Army says we’re not going to do that, they’re not making the adjustments in our education and our training that ensure that our forces and our junior officers and [non-commissioned officers] see this as not a binary but a continuum which they’ve got to be prepared to fight in,” said retired Col. John Agoglia, who was the director of the Counterinsurgency Training Center in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2008 to 2010.
That training and education will grow in importance in the coming years as fewer and fewer soldiers will have firsthand experience of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Already, comparatively few junior officers and enlisted soldiers have the benefit of that experience. That might present the Army with a challenge, said Swan, who cited as an example his son, a first lieutenant who graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point two years ago. “He hasn’t deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq, and what he’s been doing has been tank gunnery,” Swan said. “He is focused on Russians and other high-end competitors.”
The training centers, which include permanent opposing forces (essentially home teams that visiting units train against), could shift back to a counterinsurgency scenario “very quickly,” said Mario Hoffmann of the Training and Doctrine Command’s intelligence directorate. However, doing so would require “an enormous increase” in the number of role players involved (who usually play civilians on the battlefield) as well as an expansion of the facilities for training units in urban warfare, he said at the AUSA annual meeting. Even now, Hoffmann said, even though most training is focused on the “metal-on-metal” combined arms threat, every unit rotating through every combat training center “should be fighting elements of irregular warfare, to include insurgencies or guerrillas or terrorists.”
But how should the Army prepare to fight across the full spectrum of conflict when there is an inevitable zero-sum element to decisions about how to spend training resources, particularly the resource of time? A day spent on counterinsurgency, perhaps by training how best to interact with Afghan village elders, is a day not spent training for tank warfare on the plains of Europe.
The Army is, in part, answering this question by creating conventional Army units that specialize in low-intensity conflict, a task that has been normally carried out by Special Forces. Scarred by the experience of trying and failing to win counterinsurgency campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq with its own combat formations, the service is planning for campaigns in which its role is to advise and assist host nation forces in putting down insurgencies, rather than to do the fighting itself.
“We think the United States Army in particular but the military writ large will be in an advise-and-assist role for years and decades to come,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley told reporters. He acknowledged that the Army’s traditional experts at this work are its Special Forces, who call it “foreign internal defense.” However, Milley said, “there’s simply not enough of them” to handle the workload on their own.
Milley’s solution to this problem is the Security Force Assistance Brigade, a new type of unit that includes the officers and sergeants of a regular infantry brigade, but not the junior soldiers. The idea is that the SFABs will train and advise foreign militaries, to include accompanying their partner units into combat. One is already in Afghanistan, another is scheduled to deploy next spring, three more are planned for the active force and one for the National Guard.
Each SFAB (pronounced “ess-fab”) will have about 800 soldiers, and the Army is putting significant resources towards its goal of filling them with some of the Army’s most talented soldiers. “That is a big change from what you saw after Vietnam,” said Guy Swan. “They’re putting the best and brightest in those units, at the expense of a lot of other missions,” in the process causing “some angst in the rest of the Army,” he said.
The SFABs are “a demonstrable symbol” that the Army’s leaders recognize that the service will continue to be involved in low-intensity conflicts, and “we have to capture those lessons learned and we have to put them into a formation,” said Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, the assistant deputy chief of staff in the Army’s operations directorate, at an event hosted by Defense One.
However, while the SFABs appear to be evidence that the Army is preparing for a future characterized by low-intensity conflicts, Milley suggested that at least as important to him was that the SFABs would free up for high-intensity operations upwards of half-a-dozen brigades’ that are currently deployed on advise-and-assist missions. “What these SFABs do there is as we deploy them we should be able to recoup or get back the conventional brigades … that we’ve ripped apart,” Milley said.
Another advantage is that if the service needs to rapidly expand the number of combat brigades in a national emergency, the SFABs, could be quickly fleshed out with junior soldiers, according to Swan. “Those outfits were a way to husband end strength and key billets,” he said. “If the next chief sees that same logic, then I think they will survive.”
One test of how much priority the Army will continue to place on counterinsurgency is whether the colonels who command SFABs get promoted to one-star generals and selected for key jobs like assistant division commander at the same rate as their peers who command regular infantry, armor and artillery brigades, Petraeus said. When the Army stood up much smaller advisor teams in Iraq and Afghanistan, the colonels who commanded them were promoted at a much lower rate than their combat arms peers.
“The Army doesn’t have a brilliant track record with a lot of these programs like that,” said Agoglia. “SFABs?” he said. “They’re only going to last until the next chief of staff comes in and maybe he gets tired of it.”
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“Two children have dropped dead in Simcoe County Schools
since Wi-Fi was installed…”
~ Rodney Palmer (min. 2:07)
Rodney Palmer gives concerning testimony to the Royalty Society of Canada on how the roll out of powerful wi-fi systems in Canadian schools may account for debilitating and even deadly side effects, such as sudden cardiac arrest in students
Rodney Palmer’s Testimony on Oct 28th, 2013 to the Royal Society of Canada on Safety Code 6:
“When their findings don’t fit his business model.
When they don’t like the message, they disparage the messenger.
At my own child’s school at Mountainview Elementary in Collingwood, Ontario. We bypassed the opinions of these business people and we went right to the source, much like a journalist would. And we asked the MOTHERS if their kids were healthy. And we got a consistent answer from about half of them.
For 18 months they’d been in and out of doctor’s offices with a range of neurological symptoms.
By coincidence it was 18 months when the school installed the WIFI. And we found out that at least 4 children had erratic tachycardia, that confounded their doctors and they were wearing heart monitors to school.
The older children who were a little more aware of their bodies told us they had blackouts in certain areas of the school. One even said he couldn’t hold a pencil inside the school. And these were all symptoms that occurred daily during school and disappeared on weekends and holidays.
We found out the school board had installed a wireless internet system powerful enough to run 300 computers at once and they thought it was awesome. There’s only 7 computers in the school using this system.
The parents of the affected shall pay for hardwired connection kids can feel healthy again. But the school board said no, the children must be exposed to WIFI at school. Even the children who were sick and presented to the school board themselves were told “No, you may not plug your computer into the wall, you must sit all day in a sea of microwave radiation.
Their reason, safety code says it’s safe. Safety code 6 says we don’t have to listen to your complaints. Safety code 6 is an excuse for everything. It was the only thing they had. They wouldn’t tell us when it was installed. They wouldn’t tell give us access to attendance records to figure it out for ourselves or when it started.
We wrote to the school board officials, public health officials, Cabinet ministers We did all the due process you’re supposed to do and they all had the same cut and pasted answer, Safety Code 6 says we’re wrong – there are no health effects.
Two children have dropped dead in Simcoe County schools since WIFI was installed. Their heart simply stopped beating. One was named Jetton. one was a little boy named Chase.
It’s curious that this would happen twice to children just over 10 years old. There’s only 50,000 students in the entire school district. I did my research to find out if this was normal or abnormal. Turns out the estimate is 1: 1.3 million per childhood cardiac arrests. This was 20 times higher than expected.
Far exceeds the level expected environmental influence. It should have been examined. It should have triggered a public health investigation. But it was only 2 kids, not a high number.
Then it happened again. Another Simcoe County school, to a 13-year old who dropped from cardiac arrest in the schoolyard, lucky for him he was revived by a defibrillator after someone called 911. He evacuated to Sick Childrens Hospital in Toronto and had a pacemaker installed on his heart. Then within the year it happened again in another Simcoe County school, to a 16- year old boy. Who was brought back to life by his gym teacher using CPR. Evacuated to Sick Kids and had a defibrillator installed in his heart.
This was 4 kids with cardiac arrest. It brought the observed rate of juvenile cardiac arrest within Simcoe County schools to 40 times the expected. The only response by the Simcoe County School Board has been to install defibrillators in 100% of the students.
I alerted the Simcoe County Public Health Department about an illness cluster in our school that I believed deserved investigation. I was told that according to Safety Code 6 this was IMPOSSIBLE and did not warrant investigation.
So as a trained reporter and a very experienced one, I read Safety Code 6 where it said no one had to investigate a rash of unusual symptoms emerging after the installation of a new technology. And I noticed a critical statement at the beginning of the document that we’re all talking about here today. And I’ll quote from page 3 of Safety Code 6 in case you haven’t read it – “In a field where technology is advancing rapidly, and where unexpected and unique problems may occur, this code cannot cover all possible situations.”
Levels of safety that were determined 3 decades ago and are being applied to a different world. The 21st century schools are washed in microwave radiation. Children don’t like to stay home from school. The special interest groups have called themselves Skeptics say ‘it’s all in their heads’. So how would they scientifically explain erratic tachycardia, measured on a heart monitor? Child’s heart rate moves from 68 beats per minute to 200 per minute in a single beat?
How is that heart monitor measuring something that’s in the child’s head?
One parent asked if her son could be moved to the back of the class, away from the transmitter because he had a headache. He left for school healthy every morning and developed headaches shortly after sitting down at his desk. The teacher said “no”. The school board told him he’s not allowed to move any student, based on an illness from WIFI, because it doesn’t exist.
His mother removed him from school permanently, the kid doesn’t go to school anymore, as a mother WOULD who instinctively protects her children. This 9-year old boy became 1 of many in Simcoe County, including my own, who didn’t go to school anymore. As this little boy can’t tolerate microwave radiation, despite health promised.
The school board measured the levels of microwave radiation, and I’m sure this question is popping up in your mind right now – what was the measurement? Their goal was to compare the levels in the school to Safety Code 6, which we questioned. We questioned these levels and we believe they’re inadequate. But, they were going to measure it against Safety Code 6, probably so they can shut us up once and for all because we were causing so much trouble. Except, what happened SHOCKED even the school board. The very first location where they measured, exceeded the microwave levels that trigger heating reaction. It exceeded the upper threshold of Safety Code 6 by 34%. And I’ll be happy to supply you with this document.
So, we were right! Our kids were sick at school and nowhere else. There was no mold problem, no recent renovation, chemical building materials. Only a newly installed massive WIFI system. They measured and found that radiation created by the WIFI exceeded Safety Code 6 thermal threshold by 34%. And that explained how my son came home from school with hot ears every day. He was being cooked by microwaves.
School WIFI operates at 2.4 GHz, the same frequency as a microwave oven.
So, did they shut it down?
Evacuate the school?
Did they alert the teachers? Parents? Students?
No, the Simcoe County District School Board kept it quiet. They told no one. They downplayed the results as insignificant and failed to tell the parent who were BEGGING for answers.
When we finally found out about the test, that we were right, they changed their approach to Safety Code 6. They now said that Safety Code 6 upper limits can be exceeded 50 times. So they relied on Safety Code 6 until it became inconvenient and now they disregard it. They now expose our children to as much radiation as they want in order to connect 7 computers to the internet. No matter if kids are too sick to go to school. No matter if kids drop dead in their gyms. No matter if their own metric of what is too much radiation has been exceeded in a school where kids are commonly wearing heart monitors.
This is real! You can look this up in the newspaper.
Fast forward 3 years, my kids are safe. A local private school decided to dismiss Health Canada. Take its WIFI out to protect the children. I have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to enroll them and we have a perfectly good public school system. The school my kids go to chooses to keep them safe while the public school system chooses to intentionally expose them to microwaves that exceeds Safety Code 6 limits.
A Grade 8 boy from school had to leave recently because he developed Pancreatitis, he’s 13. I’ve been told by doctors who are pediatricians that they’ve never seen this before.
A Grade 8 boy in the next school over developed cancer recently. Is it because of the WIFI? Well nobody knows because nobody’s going to check. Not even when the kids going to drop dead in their gyms are they going to check.
So why is it that nobody pays attention to this obvious problem?
I suspect that Health Canada is manipulating the system. I’ve seen their officials mislead reporters on national television. Stating that there is no evidence of biological effects of microwave radiation below thermal levels, when there is plenty of evidence. Stating that kids and fetuses can tolerate 50 times more radiation than thermal threshold. There’s no evidence for that. Not anywhere in the literature. I’ve had serious Biologists and Physicists tell me that Health Canada officials look like fools on this subject.
Part of my 5-year journey for the truth on this matter, has lead me to several medical conferences. There are doctors gathering annually in the United States who are grappling with the increasing number of patients in their offices with sudden onset of chronic illness. So far they report that the symptoms can abate if they turn off their newfound wireless devices, but it’s tough when the entire health system is perpetuating the lie that their symptoms are fake based on the deeply flawed document that we’re discussing today. Because Safety Code 6 has fallen behind the times.
You’ve heard only from a small fraction of them today. The Global Mail newspaper reports that Womens’ College Hospital in Toronto is admitting 5 new patients a month into their environmental health clinic. The Complex Chronic Disease Program says they’re overwhelmed by medical referrals for electrosensitivity and they can’t keep up. These are both government funded programs, using government funds to examine and diagnose the very illnesses that Safety Code 6 says it can’t exist. That’s largely because the way the evidence model is weighted in favor of science paid for by the wireless industry.
As you all know science can be manipulated, but cardiac arrest can’t. Two kids drop dead and Simcoe High Schools weren’t vacated, it wasn’t in their head. The two who revived aren’t imagining the devices planted in their little hearts, those are real.
What I urge of you is to rise above the mudslinging and the pretend science. And be the ones who finally show integrity after all this time. You might think your cast is limited in stone, but you are in the unique position to provide a tool to the lonewolves on school boards who might want to take precautionary action. You could suggest that dramatically safer standards set in places where children are forced by law to spend 6 hours a day for their entire childhood.
Right now, the entirety of Canada’s youth are exposed to levels of microwaves that if described as an experiment, it would not pass an ethics committee.
You can’t gather data by exposing children to a classified possible carcinogen, but we do it every day in every Canadian school without collecting any data. Anyone would make the argument and safely spray any amount of pesticide on any person for any amount of time, although that was once thought to be ok, and that’s the current government thinking with microwave radiation.
The arc of this public health disaster is still on its upswing. Today you have the opportunity to tip it in the other direction. Simply led health candidates know that stricter safety standards are required for children and pregnant women. Let them know they should ignore any science sponsored by the wireless industry and start relying on independent scientists.
Children know one thing instinctively – that it’s wrong to tell a lie. As long as we pretend that no one’s suffering, this entire process is a lie. Let’s start acting like children.
Panel member: You made a comment when you focused on Safety Code 6, do you seriously think this panel has not read Safety Code 6?
Rodney Palmer: I don’t think that for one minute, sir.
Panel member: Well that’s what you said
Rodney Palmer: I apologize if I offended you on that.
Panel member: **Inaudible**
Rodney Palmer: Is this your only comment on my speech? Part of it may have been rhetorically me zoned in on that a little bit.
Panel member: Any comment?
Panel member: I just have a question – you mentioned that there was a report of a case that a school that had exceeded Safety Code 6 regulations.
Rodney Palmer: Yes, would you like the report?
Panel member: I’d like it, yes.
Rodney Palmer: I just gotta comment on that for a moment. If you look at the page I’ve handed you, in the circle, they valued this experiment where 1 equaled valued threshold of Safety Code 6 and that measurement was 1.34. Now I’m a manufacturer and I have to adhere to certain rules of the Canada Standards Association and Underwriters Laboratory for my products, so I’m very aware of what safety testing is about.
When you find an abnormal or a reading exceeding the standard, you immediately try to repeat it. So, they did this with one laptop. They opened a single laptop and they tested and they found that when they touched the device to the laptop it exceeded Safety Code 6. Now instead of going to a second laptop to see if they can repeat it. They closed the laptop and did not commit that particular experiment for the rest of the day. They then went to the high school after 3 o’clock when all the students and all the little devices were gone home and measured there.
So, I would submit that this particular test was flawed and perhaps intentional. However, they did let that reading show to their credit they didn’t fake it, however the school board took four months to let it be known it was THE #1 issue in the Simcoe newspaper. It was THE #1 issue at every school I was at and they never told anyone and they had to find out.
Panel member: I have a comment, the rhetorical question that in your career as an investigative journalist and my career as a scientist, the thing I fear most is being wrong, because that’s what we do, we try to be right. Why do you think the people that reported to us, don’t have that same sort of fear? **Inaudible**
Rodney Palmer: You know, my thoughts on why they don’t do it are my own, I really don’t know. Only that perhaps somebody who’s reached the pinnacle of the Public Health Department is more political and bureaucratic than they are medical anymore. And what they value more than is hierarchy. Then this is again my only my sense of it. Um, but it’s a fact, and I have said these things which could be actionable and I’d be happy any day to stand before a judge and show the evidence.
Panel Member: Any other comments? Questions?
Panel member: Do you have a copy of your comments?
Rodney Palmer: Absolutely, I have a clean copy over here, I’ve marked this one up. My old habits as a journalist. It’s over here…
Panel member: Yeah if you want to send it, send it.
Rodney Palmer: Sure, I can officially submit it, sure.
Panel Member: And Russel can give you the email address.
Rodney Palmer: You had said you might have some other comments **inaudible**
Panel Member: I’m not a member of the panel, actually I lied that’s my only comment.
Rodney Palmer: Thanks for admitting it.
Panel Member: Rhetorical remarks though, I think, should not go unchallenged. I have a journalist for a son, so…
Rodney Palmer: You’re welcome to challenge any of the facts. And I’d be happy to represent them.
Panel Member: I just wanted to challenge you on the question. Have they read it? Well, you couldn’t expect the panel NOT to have read it. I think it was a bit of a facetious remark.
Rodney Palmer: It may have been off script and I apologize if it offended you, I’m sorry.
Panel Member: **Inaudible** It looks like this is a peak field measurement with probing direct contact.
Rodney Palmer: The intent… If you read that report…
Panel Member: **Inaudible** For Safety Code 6 is whole body exposure and for time average or time, so… I don’t see that this as its peak measurement **inaudible** was intended necessarily to conflict with Safety Code 6. If you measure the field **inaudible** antenna of a cell phone, you get field levels that require above Safety Code 6, that measurement doesn’t really apply to this case.
Rodney Palmer: Umm, that’s an excellent question.
Panel Member: We can discuss this offline.
Rodney Palmer: No, it’s not necessary to discuss it offline because I can answer this very quickly. If you read through the report, and this was discussed, they used a device that kept the measurement tool a certain distance from, so even though they touched it the actual measurement device was a certain distance away. And secondly, the comments from the School Board Superintendent, where they did discuss the fact, that yes it had exceeded the measure, the engineer who did the measurement admitted that it had exceeded and he began to belittle it to say a child would have to hold a computer on his head to have any effect. And I don’t believe Safety Code 6 has any disclaimer that if you exceed it, as long as you don’t touch it to your head, you’re ok.
Panel Member: **Inaudible**
Rodney Palmer: Sure…It’s where their fingers touch the key pad is where they measured.”
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Source: Financial Times (10/27/18)
Cornell University of the US has suspended two academic exchanges and a research programme with China’s Renmin University because of concerns over academic freedoms, the first case in years of a foreign university halting a partnership with a Chinese counterpart for such reasons.
The move came after several students of Renmin, a top ranked Chinese institution, said they were punished by the school for speaking out online about workers’ rights and for supporting workers’ attempts to unionise in the manufacturing hub of Shenzhen this summer, Cornell told the Financial Times.
Although nominally Communist, China’s ruling party has little tolerance for student groups speaking out on labour issues, and has painted such groups as part of a foreign-influenced attempt to sow discord.
“The myriad actions Renmin has taken against their students for speaking up on labour issues were too grave a violation of academic freedom,” said Eli Friedman, Cornell’s director of international programmes at their school of industrial and labour relations (ILR).
Cornell’s ILR school began its partnership with Renmin’s school of labour in 2014, and the two are often ranked as the best such schools in their respective countries.
But, Mr Friedman added: “The research we want to do is not possible any more. You’re not allowed to talk about labour issues. Foreign universities need to re-evaluate how we engage in China.”
Renmin did not respond to requests for comment.
Although workers’ protests are becoming common as China’s economy slows, student involvement in such demonstrations is highly sensitive, partly because of the historical echoes of student unrest in China. The party’s own roots lie in the May Fourth student movement.
Relations among foreign and Chinese universities have been strained over the past year as the party tightens its control over education and public discourse.
Chinese regulators closed down more than a fifth of partnerships between local and foreign universities this year. International academic publishers have admitted to facing pressure from Beijing’s censors to block access to papers from within China.
Renmin’s actions against students come after a summer of student solidarity protests with workers. Students from universities across China went to Shenzhen to support workers trying to organise a union at Jasic Technology. Workers trying to organise a union clashed with management and the ensuing local row quickly snowballed into a national political issue.
In July, police detained about 30 workers in the biggest such arrest since 2015. In August, police in riot gear stormed a student dormitory and took away about 40 students who had been supporting the workers, according to witnesses.
Yang Shuhan, a third-year undergraduate, wrote in an open statement that Renmin had forced her to withdraw from school for a year as a result of supporting the Jasic workers. Zhang Zihan, a second-year Renmin undergraduate student, wrote that teachers criticised him in front of his entire year of students for posting pro-Jasic social media posts on WeChat, and demanded that he delete the posts.
Earlier this academic term, Peking University had threatened to shut down its student Marxist society, which had been conducting workers’ rights investigations on campus. Although the university group was eventually reinstated, Renmin has taken similar actions against its own workers’ rights student society, Xinguang, threatening it with de-registration.
Additional reporting by Archie Zhang
Gee, what a surprise. MCM
BY KURT NIMMO
A post at Investment Watch reveals the non-bomber Cesar Sayoc boasted of his connection to a particularly loathsome CIA agent, Enrique Prado.
“Sayoc’s social media accounts have now been expunged from the net. But early yesterday morning, an enterprising netizen managed to take a screenshot of Sayoc’s 2016 post,” writes Dr. Eowyn.
Prado worked with Cofer Black, a former high level CIA official who became the vice chairman of Blackwater USA. According to Evan Wright, Prado oversaw the CIA’s assassination program and continued the effort when he followed Black to the notorious murder-for-hire group. Prado also worked with the thuggish Contras, known for executing school teachers in Nicaragua.
After leaving Blackwater, Black formed his own company, The Black Group, an effort to mainstream and corporatize CIA operations. Black’s group merged with Total Intelligence Solutions, LLC. Prado is the CCO (either Chief Channel Officer or Chief Commercial Officer) of Total Intelligence Solutions.
It’s not clear how friendly Sayoc was with Prado.
Needless to say, this is revelation is highly suspicious. The above screenshot of the post commending Prado may coincide with Sayoc’s personality change.
It is an established fact the CIA attempted to create a “Manchurian candidate” assassin with its MKUltra program. In 2010, it was reported military veterans claimed a secret program run by the CIA, military intelligence, and university scientists attempted to implant remote control devices in their brains to create assassins. According to Dr. Colin A. Ross, the president and founder of the Colin A. Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma, this program did indeed exist and began its experiments on animals at the Army’s Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland between 1950 and 1975.
I don’t know if Sayoc is a remote-controlled patsy. However, I believe the “bombs” hand-delivered to CNN and Democrats are part of a wider effort to discredit President Trump and portray his supporters as crazed right-wing terrorists.
It is well-known Trump has enemies at the CIA, most notably former director John Brennan, who had his security clearance yanked by the president.
In the quest to change Israel’s very nature, the Netanyahu government is pushing Palestinians to the edge – with the support of the Trump White House, says Dan Steinbock.
By Dan Steinbock
Special to Consortium News
The Trump White House and the Netanyahu government are fostering an extraordinary time bomb between Israel and Palestine in the name of “peace and progress,” warned a recent report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The report unsurprisingly said that “deepening rifts between key stakeholders and surging violence in Gaza further imperil prospects for peace.”
While economic and strategic polarization is steadily deepening between the two sides, the “peace initiatives” of the Trump White House are undermining half a century of American diplomacy and pushing the region closer to an abyss.
In the past, the Netanyahu government has vehemently opposed all parallels with South African apartheid. Unfortunately, new data suggests that under apartheid South African blacks had more to hope for than Palestinians today.
Between 1994 and 2017, Israeli GDP per capita, adjusted to purchasing power parity, increased by 150 percent; in the West Bank and Gaza, the comparable figure was 160 percent. Yet, the Palestinian starting-point is so low that progress in living standards is largely fiction.
In 1994 – amid the peace talks in Oslo – Palestinian living standards were only 6.4 percent ($1,526) of the Israeli level ($23,693) (Figure a). At the time, the hope was that peace would bring increasing stability, which would foster prosperity and rapid catch-up growth – until the radical-right assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin triggered still another cycle of violence.
Last year, Palestinian living standards were about 7.3 percent ($2,494) of the Israeli level ($34,135). After more than two decades of new wars and friction, terrorism and restrictions, the catch-up has amounted to less than a percentage point.
Let’s set aside political debates about the causes and only focus on economic facts; i.e., changes in income polarization. And let’s compare the last two decades of apartheid South Africa with the past two decades between Israel and Palestinians. In the mid-70s, black South Africans’ annual per capita income relative to white levels was about 8.6 percent; that is, two percent higher relative to the Palestinian level vis-a-vis the Israelis.
As the apartheid came to an end in a series of steps that led to the formation of a democratic government in 1994, black South Africans’ annual per capita income relative to the whites climbed to almost 14 percent whereas the comparable Palestinian level remained only half of that figure last year (Figure b).
Ironically, South African apartheid was more conducive to economic progress in its last two decades than life in the West Bank and Gaza in the past two decades.
Moreover, the Netanyahu government’s economic policies have also dramatically increased economic polarization in Israel. In the early 1990s, the Gini coefficient, a measure of inequality, was around 35 in Israel, at the level of Portugal and Italy. Closer to 43 today, it is among the highest in OECD countries, and at the level of Nigeria and Zimbabwe. But there may be still worse ahead.
Here's what's really happening in Gaza, with strong US support, while "our free press" fixates on Khashoggi (and not the massacre in Yemen), and on the plights of the Rohingya, and the Uighurs, and (some) Nicaraguans, Syrians and Venezuelans, etc. Please give what you can to help the Gazans in their agony; and if you can't afford to donate anything yourself, please send this email far and wide. MCM
From last Friday until yesterday, Israeli occupation forces killed 11 people, and injured roughly
1,000 young people.The suffering has been worsened by Israel’s closing of the major crossings in and out ofGaza. Because of it, there is a severe shortage of foodstuffs, medicine and first aid supplies;and there’s no oil to keep the electricity going, or cleaning materials to sanitize our hospitals,which have been forced to halt the regular dialysis treatments of 150 patients, who now facedeath because of it.On top of this, Israel has threatened to start a new war on Gaza, which has added to theterror and anxiety that we’re all feeling here, day after day,PLEASE help us treat the many wounded here as best we can, by donating whateversum you can afford. (Even $5 goes a long way over here.)Here is the link for your donation:Thank you.Amal