Has everybody swallowed the Big Lies about Venezuela?

Everyone Has Fallen for the Lies About Venezuela

by Lee Camp

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There are three things I know for sure in this fanciful, sometimes inglorious experience we call life:

  1. You will never have a safety pin when you need one, and you will have thousands when you don’t need one.
  2. Wild animals are breathtakingly majestic until they’re crawling up your pant leg.
  3. A U.S. presidential administration will never admit that it invaded another country or backed a coup attempt in order to essentially steal the natural resources (oil) of said country.

This is why it was so very shocking last week when members of the Trump administration admitted they were backing a coup attempt in order to essentially steal the natural resources (oil) of another country.

That country is Venezuela. I’ll get back to this in a moment.

Let’s take a second to go over the big three. There are three things that seem to provoke the ornery United States into overthrowing or bringing down a foreign government, no matter how many innocent civilians may die in the process. (If enough die, the perpetrators often get nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.) If your country has one of these things, the U.S. might screw with you. If your country has two of these things, the U.S. will definitely screw with you. If your country has three of these things, then look behind you, because the U.S. is currently screwing you:

1. Being socialist.

Pretty self-explanatory. If you don’t have the same economic system as we do, we treat it like you have candy and we’re not allowed to have any, so we slip razor blades in yours and tell everyone your candy kills people.

2. Dropping the U.S. dollar.

Iraq dropped the dollar. We invaded.
Syria dropped the dollar. We invaded.
Iran dropped the dollar. We want to invade.
Libya dropped the dollar. We invaded.

Pakistan dropped the dollar in trade with China, and the following day the U.S. added them to the list of countries violating religious freedom. (I guess you could argue they did indeed violate our religion: The dollar.)

Basically, we do NOT take kindly to countries dropping the dollar.

In unrelated news, Venezuela dropped the dollar.

3. Having oil or other natural resources the U.S. needs.

In case you were curious, Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the known world. (But we haven’t checked northern Wyoming yet, because it’s a long, cold drive with nary a 7-11.)

So these are the three ACTUAL reasons the U.S. has created an attempted coup in Venezuela over the past several weeks. And right now, you are falling into one of two categories. Either you’re saying to yourself, “Of course those are the reasons. Those are the only reasons the U.S. ever tries to bring down governments.” OR you still have some strange, deep-rooted faith in our Pepsi-and-pharmaceutical-owned media outlets, and therefore you’re thinking, “That’s not true. The U.S. supports the opposition in Venezuela because we want to help those poor starving people.” But if that were accurate, we would be tripping over ourselves to help starving and sick people around the world. Instead we (oddly) only seek to help them when they have oil under their feet. And in fact, data has proven this true. A study a few years ago from the Universities of Portsmouth, Warwick and Essex found that foreign intervention in civil conflicts is 100 times more likely if the country has a great deal of oil, versus none.

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US mining sites dump 50 millions gallons of polluted water every day

How much of "our free press" picked up this AP story?

MCM

U.S. Mining Sites Dump 50M Gallons Of Polluted Water Daily

By ASSOCIATED PRESS FEB 20, 2019

  • Orange wastewater flows from the Gold King Mine, Aug. 7, 2015. The Environmental Protection Agency inadvertently caused a spill while working to clean up the mine.EPA

Every day, many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding streams and ponds without being treated, The Associated Press has found.

That torrent is poisoning aquatic life and tainting drinking water sources in Montana, California, Colorado, Oklahoma and at least five other states.

The pollution is a legacy of how the mining industry was allowed to operate in the U.S. for more than a century. Companies that built mines for silver, lead, gold and other “hardrock” minerals could move on once they were no longer profitable, leaving behind tainted water that still leaks out of the mines or is cleaned up at taxpayer expense.

Using data from public records requests and independent researchers, the AP examined 43 mining sites under federal oversight, some containing dozens or even hundreds of individual mines.

The records show that at average flows, more than 50 million gallons of contaminated wastewater streams daily from the sites. In many cases, it runs untreated into nearby groundwater, rivers and ponds — a roughly 20-million-gallon daily dose of pollution that could fill more than 2,000 tanker trucks.

The remainder of the waste is captured or treated in a costly effort that will need to carry on indefinitely, for perhaps thousands of years, often with little hope for reimbursement.

The volumes vastly exceed the release from Colorado’s Gold King Mine disaster in 2015, when a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cleanup crew inadvertently triggered the release of 3 million gallons of mustard-colored mine sludge, fouling rivers in three states.

At many mines, the pollution has continued decades after their enlistment in the federal Superfund cleanup program for the nation’s most hazardous sites, which faces sharp cuts under President Donald Trump.

Federal officials fear that at least six of the sites examined by AP could have blowouts like the one at Gold King.

Some sites feature massive piles or impoundments of mine waste known as tailings. A tailings dam collapse in Brazil last month killed at least 169 people and left 140 missing. A similar 2014 accident in British Columbia swept millions of cubic yards of contaminated mud into a nearby lake, resulting in one of Canada’s worst environmental disasters.

But even short of a calamitous accident, many mines pose the chronic problem of relentless pollution.

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If Bernie Sanders runs again, and “loses,” will he just suck it up (again), like Kerry?


Will Bernie Sanders Waste His Supporters’ Money Again by Not Really Wanting to Win?

Updated on February 23, 2019

Ralph Lopez

Ok let’s get one thing straight: Bernie Sanders was my kind of candidate, but if he had really wanted to win in 2016 he would have challenged the primary election results ten ways to Sunday. In Massachusetts, Bill Clinton illegally campaigned inside the polling wire, glad-handing and back-slapping as Secretary of State William J. Galvin looked the other way, merely issuing a “reminder” later to everyone that electioneering inside the wire was illegal.

Later in Massachusetts, it was discovered that Sanders had won by an average of 18% in towns where the paper ballots are counted by hand, but lost by about 1.4% in towns where the ballots were counted by machine. Sanders supporters filed a lawsuit demanding to look at the paper ballots, but a Massachusetts court struck it down on procedural grounds.

In California, election officials in San Diego got caught red-handed using white-out – yes, white-out – on Sanders votes. It doesn’t matter what the department gave for a reason. There should never be white-out in a vote-counting room. Never. Not once.

And in Arizona, thousands of voters waited in the hot sun and into the night to vote, in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous county, and many quit because they had to go back to work or mind kids. Maricopa County is where Phoenix is.

All of this is summarized in “Yes, Hillary Did Steal the Democratic Primary in 2016.”

Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad Bernie entered the race. But why run if you don’t have the belly-fire for the big fight when it starts? Bernie certainly had it early in his career, when he got dragged off by cops as he sat next to a Black woman demonstrating for her civil rights. In those days, Bernie was really “with her” when someone needed to be.

But what about now?

Bernie managed to say some of these episodes of cheating were disgraceful, but that isn’t enough when the $27 you just gave him was the last you had that didn’t go to bills or food. Announcing that you have “observers” and “legal teams” on stand-by, and ready to rock, is all well and good, but what good are observers if they never do anything with their observations?

Hard-ball politics means going to court in a heartbeat, hold up, do not pass go, just what the hell is going on here, your honor? Bernie had every grounds to ask a Massachusetts judge to invalidate the precincts where old Bill illegally crossed the polling wire, 150 feet from the entrance of the polling station in Massachusetts. He had every grounds to ask a New York judge to hold the primary all over again in Brooklyn, where at least 125,000 voters inexplicably got wiped off the rolls, or had their registrations otherwise f**ked with.

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David Icke banned from speaking in Australia

The Australian government will not let David Icke into the country, to talk about vaccines and climate change. Does that mean they would let him in to lecture on his theory that the world's elites are actually a caste ofshape-shifting reptilian aliens? 

Whatever he would talk about, Australia has no right to keep him out. This is really bad news for free speech.

MCM

CONSPIRACY RESEARCHER DAVID ICKE BANNED FROM SPEAKING IN AUSTRALIA

Published: February 20, 2019
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Editor’s Note: As the social media and big tech purge of independent voices continues, entire supposedly democratic countries are banning certain voices as well. What are they afraid of?

Today the Australian government banned conspiracy researcher David Icke from entering the country for his multi-city speaking tour. Although he has spoken in Australia several times in the past decade, the government cited Icke’s skeptical views of vaccinations and global warming as the reason for the ban. Icke learned about the ban mere hours before his flight. Apparently Australians are no longer free to hear opposing points of view.

David Icke explains the details of his ban in the video below:

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Now that “Russia-gate” is going down, when will the NYTimes, NPR and Rachel Maddow (among others) finally drop it?


Russiagate In Flames: No Evidence Of Collusion, New Findings Challenge DNC Hack Narrative

February 19, 2019 Elizabeth Vosh

In the last few weeks, we have witnessed two pillars of the Russiagate narrative continue to disintegrate and erode. First, we heard that a bipartisan inquiry by the Senate Intelligence Committee admitted that they have yet to find evidence indicating that the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia in the run-up to the 2016 US Presidential election. Secondly, new light was shed on the process by which the DNC Emails published by WikiLeaks may have been sourced, thanks to two reports: one authored by former NSA Technical Director Bill Binney and former CIA analyst Larry Johnson, with the other work penned by Disobedient Media’s Adam Carter.

Of course, this does not entail that the establishment-backed media will stop promoting the neo-McCarthyist insanity that has held legacy press audiences captive for the last two and a half years.

No Evidence For Trump-Russia Collusion

A recent report from NBC related an admission from both Democratic and Republican members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, indicating that they have discovered no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion to date.NBC’s report reads in part:

“The Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into the 2016 election has uncovered no direct evidence of the Trump campaign conspiring with Russia, Democrats and Republicans on the committee told NBC News. But different parties’ investigators in the probe, which is winding down, disagree over the implications of a pattern of contacts between Trump associates and Russians.” 

Let’s review that again: the only thing the Democrats and Republicans disagree on is the significance of an alleged “Pattern of contacts between Trump associates and Russians.”

Note: the “pattern” here does not specify that the “Russians” in question were associated in any sense with the Russian government. One should not have to stress the significance of differentiating between a nationality versus affiliation with the Kremlin. Meanwhile, the characterization of “Trump associates” is entirely vague.

To conclude from such sentiments that anyone who so much as has “contacts” with “Russians” (again, not the same thing as contacts with proxies or employees of the Russian state) must be working at the behest of Putin would represent an intense strain of xenophobia, if not outright racism.

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On the chemical exposure that’s been killing us

As the links below make clear, what's slowly killing us—and what "our free press" will not investigate, or even mention—is a range of highly toxic chemicals and metals that the US war machine has, for decades, been dumping casually into our air and water.  

From this clear and present danger (among others) we are constantly distracted by th media's vague daily screaming about "climate change."

Please share this information far and wide, since there's no other way for anyone to get it.

MCM

From Douglas Yates:

From the small sampling of recent science about the effects of C8 [perfluorinated compounds], one might conclude that the best use of our time is writing a collective obituary.

When men go soft, literally and figuratively, the culture’s generative impulse declines. Without testosterone to propel explorations of possibility, no wonder young men shift attention of approval-seeking domesticity…or suicide.

Sooner [that’s better] or later [inevitability and gravity are gaining on us] everyone will feel the pain. It crosses generations; few will escape. Study epigenetics to learn how a grandparent’s exposure to C8 passes the harm, along with their genetic code, to the family tree.

The terrible genie that now directs our fate is a product of war. Chemicals and metals science aimed at weaponizing everything crossed ethical and safety boundaries. Left-over wastes and byproducts were sent to marketing specialists for further profiteering. The spread of these chemicals have an 80-year head start. To get ahead of it, people will abandon mainstream medicine and become their own doctors.

Today, America’s weapon technology is seen in the legacy of Teflon, Gore-Tex, and Scotchgard. These products, and a host of other brand names, are found in city water and mother’s milk. Set a baseline; watch it erode.
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The New Landscape – Chemical Pollution from Sea to Shining Sea

110 million Americans’ water is epigenetic trapdoor to oblivion
https://www.ewg.org/news-and-analysis/2019/02/pfas-drinking-water-hazardous-ever-lower-levels

Index of C8 journalism/info/advocacy
https://www.ehn.org/search/?q=perfluorinated+compounds

Prenatal Exposures Never Die: DES: The “safe and effective” multi-generational catastrophe http://prenatalexposures.blogspot.com/p/des-safe-and-effective-multi.html

Is Susan G. Komen Denying the BPA-Breast Cancer Link?
https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2011/10/breast-cancer-komen-bpa/

New study finds 102 common chemicals linked to breast cancer
https://saferchemicals.org/2014/05/22/new-study-finds-102-common-chemicals-linked-to-breast-cancer/

BPA linked to breast cancer tumor growth
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140306163359.htm

Early life C8 exposure linked to decreased motor skills
https://www.ehn.org/phthalates-children-motor-skills-2628411444.html

Plastic threatens our health from before production to long after it’s thrown away
https://www.ehn.org/plastic-pollution-and-human-health-2629322391.html

PFAS and phthalate chemical exposure early in life [fetus] may hamper kids’ lungs
https://www.ehn.org/pfas-and-phthalate-chemical-exposure-early-in-life-may-hamper-kids-lungs-2628082014.html

PFAS meeting offers few answers, immediate solutions, residents say
https://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/2019/02/pfas-meeting-offers-few-answers-immediate-solutions-residents-say.html

Local communities demand answers – DEQ Files Revised Chemours Consent Order
https://www.coastalreview.org/2019/02/deq-files-revised-chemours-consent-order/

Why serious organic farmers can’t be blamed for what may end up on their fruits and vegetables

From Victor Provenzano:

There are already quite a few wide-scale organic farms in the U.S., but many of them are still rather small in size. The smaller they are, the more vulnerable they are to chemical contamination.

Quite often, these small organic farms are surrounded by one or more other nearby farms that, year after year, are still using a mix of biocides and chemical fertilizers. The herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides that are being applied on such farms are, quite often, either sprayed into the air (by hand or by a machine) or are sprayed from the air from a small plane flying above the neighboring chem ag farm or farms. Quite “naturally,” as a result of this aerial spraying from a variety of heights, the wind can be expected, at times, to carry at least a portion of these airborne poisons onto some or all of a nearby farmer’s organically grown crops. And, yet, surely, no organic farmer who is honestly trying to meet a higher FDA standard can in any way be held responsible for this.

Moreover, the various kinds of biocides — which are designed to kill either weeds, fungi, or insects — will also dissolve in water and filter down, little by little, into the shallow aquifer under any chem ag farms that happen to surround one’s organic farm and, thus, over time, via a slow process of lateral water flow in the aquifer, these same chemical poisons can also, quite “naturally,” make their way into the ground water under one’s strictly organic farm and undermine its soil health, while also partially or even significantly contaminating its crops. And, yet, once again, no honest organic farmer anywhere on earth can be blamed for any of this.