Trump Accidentally Described U.S. Foreign Policy While Trying to Slam Iran

Daily Bell–U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that the United States is officially walking away from the 2015 Iranian nuclear accord, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

As Anti-Media has already outlined, it appears that right from the get-go, it was the United States that implemented this agreement in bad faith — not Iran. To put it bluntly, the United States is the only party that has violated its terms. In light of this harsh truth, is it Iran or the United States that poses a threat to global stability?

In taking this drastic step, the United States has certainly demonstrated its schizophrenic approach to global affairs and effectively shown its true colors to the world. According to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, sanctions will be re-imposed on Iran to punish Iran for the following:

  1.       Iran’s status as the world’s largest state sponsor of terror;
  2.       Its use of ballistic missiles against American allies;
  3.       Its support for the brutal Assad regime in Syria;
  4.       Its human rights violations against its own people;
  5.       Its abuses of the international financial system.

The first of these claims is completely untrue. Iran spends very little on military-related affairs compared to the United States and its regional allies, Saudi Arabia and Israel. Saudi Arabia has openly confirmed it spread the ideology of Wahhabism — the same sect of Islam as ISIS — across the world at the behest of its Western allies. The U.S. actively supported the precursor to al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan with Saudi assistance in order to confront the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The U.S. continues a similar policy of supporting Sunni jihadists even to this day.

Iran has no such history. Iran’s proxies, like Hezbollah, are in the business of fighting ISIS. In fact, they are the most heavily engaged entities fighting against ISIS on the ground in Syria. Not once have we seen a report that says ISIS has been found to be carrying Iranian weapons. In contrast, reports that show ISIS have managed to obtain American weapons are numerous.

The second claim above is also ludicrously unprovable. We can only document Iran using missiles on one occasion in recent history: during a strike that took place in Syria pursuant to its defense pact arrangements with the Syrian government in response to an ISIS-inspired attack that took place on Iranian soil. Unless Syria is an ally of the U.S. government, this claim against Iran attacking U.S. allies is also completely false. That being said, the idea that the Iranian missiles took out U.S. allies on the ground, which were actually ISIS and al-Qaeda affiliated organizations, is actually somewhat believable.

But what about Yemen? Iran is supplying missiles to the so-called Houthi rebels in Yemen to attack Saudi Arabia, right? This has not even been remotely proven outside of a grandiose propaganda performance from U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley. Compared to Saudi Arabia and the United States, the Iranian war machine is relatively restrained.

In fact, it is the United States that uses sophisticated missiles on Iranian allies without any discernible legal basis and is also heavily bombing almost all of the countries surrounding Iran at any given time.

Iranian support for the “brutal Assad regime in Syria” would hold water if the U.S. didn’t openly support some of the worst dictatorships in the world, including Saudi Arabia. How many people reading this article are aware that the Indonesian military – a longtime U.S. ally – just openly shot down a parishioner standing on the front porch of his church in Papua? Is the Indonesian military under scrutiny for its crackdown over Papua?

While the Iranian government is certainly repressive — and also the result of U.S. meddling in the country’s domestic affairs — factions of the U.S. government, too, have committed human rights abuses against their own people, as well as civilians around the world.

The list goes on and on. To those of us who aren’t swamped in MAGA propaganda, it sounds a lot like the United States is criticizing itself more than it is criticizing Iran, which despite its flaws, has actually abided by the terms of the JCPOA in good faith, as confirmed by Trump’s own State Department and Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

Iran isn’t the unstable threat to international security. In fact, the evidence suggests it is the United States that really deserves that title. If the United States were genuine in its bid to deter illegal aggression and protect human rights, it would impose sanctions on itself, invading and bombing its own government back into the Stone Age.

But let’s not get too hopeful.

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UK Accidentally Admits Use of Horrifying, Organ Rupturing Weapons In Syria

At the beginning of the month (May 2018) the British Ministry of Defence seemingly on accident revealed for the first time that they are unloading horrifyingly inhumane, thermobaric weapons out of drones onto the people of Syria: and it wasn’t even in this recent April 2018 escalation of tension, but last year. They are doing it more often than they’d like to admit.

Somehow the use of thermobaric weapons seems less humane than ripping a person to shreds with shrapnel.

The weapons work by igniting oxygen surrounding the weapon.

A cloud of explosive chemicals is released, and upon impact the fuel-air mixture is detonated, exploding the lungs of animals and human beings in the vicinity, not damaging structures much but filling the lungs of all animals with fuel and burning them in what may be one of the most horrifying ways imaginable to die.


A May 1st Freedom of Information Act disclosure from the British Ministry of Defense revealed that during the first couple months of 2017, combat drones fired 19 AGM-114N4 Hellfire missiles.

Little else about casualties or even the purpose of these strikes was revealed. An organization called Drone Wars is to be credited with this remarkably important discovery through their FOIA request, they reported on it first.

Multiple times in the past the United States has used thermobaric weapons, the first nation to ever do so. Russia has also used them and invested a lot in their production.

These weapons rupture organs and do a lot of unsettling things to say the least. A description of them reads:

“Their medical effect is principally primary blast and they affect organs where  there is a tissue interface of varying densities, such as the lungs,  bowel and inner ear. Damage manifests itself in the severity  and onset  of occurrence, depending on distance from the blast and  orientation of the victim, and can be diagnosed by simple investigative techniques.”

According to a 2000 report from Human Rights Watch, when it comes to thermobaric bombs “the [blast] kill mechanism against living targets is unique and unpleasant… What kills is the pressure wave, and more importantly, the subsequent rarefaction [vacuum], which ruptures the lungs.”

“If the fuel deflagrates but not does detonate, victims will be severely burned and will probably also inhale the burning fuel. Since the most common [fuel-air explosive] fuels, ethylene oxide and propylene oxide, are highly toxic, undetonated FAE should prove as lethal to personnel caught within the cloud as most chemical agents,” HRW continued.

As the United States burned civilians in entire villages to death with napalm during the Korean War, they developed early thermobaric weapons, fuel-air explosives in the 1960’s which they used in the Vietnam War for killing people and detonating entire minefields.

In the mid 1990’s, Russia used fuel-air explosives against Chechens, and in 1999 they used one TOS-1 Buratino against Grozny, the Chechen capital with the Buratino shooting rockets equipped with thermobaric payloads at targets residing in the city.

Russia has also been accused of using thermobaric weapons in Syria.

In the war in Afghanistan, the US used thermobaric bombs in alleged attempts to kill Taliban forces and Al-Qaeda in caves.

The bottom line is, we’re severely disconnected from empathy, from feeling the reality that our own governments are using weapons against other innocent people that are no different than us: horrific, nightmare weapons.

Weapons that rupture lungs and organs, weapons that fill the lungs with fuel and burn them, weapons that bring death about in the most horrific and painful way possible have been used against the enemy and any civilians in the vicinity for decades upon decades, and it’s still going on. So when they talk about disarming us, remember you’d be giving up your guns to a regime that has no problem exploding the lungs of people in other countries.



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US Government Accidentally Releases Electromagnetic Mind Control Documents In FOIA Request

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When researcher Curtis Waltman of the website Muckrock received files resulting from his Freedom of Information Act request on Antifa and white supremacist groups from the Washington State Fusion Center, he got a little more than he had bargained for: an unrelated zip file entitled “EM effects on human body.”

Within the file were three diagrams that present information on Electromagnetic weapons targeting the human body and brain. The first diagram, more specifically entitled Psycho-Electronic Weapon Effects seems to detail the potential use of such weapons, focusing on both mind control and physical discomfort.


This next diagram indicates different processes by which electromagnetic mind control could be employed through mobile phone networks or more locally from the ground or from the air by targeting specific individuals  with psychotronic weapons. Different frequencies are described to be able to impact different areas of the brain.


This third schema speaks more about the mapping of human brain wave frequencies, and mentions that each human body has a unique bio-electomagnetic field, which, presumably, would give users of advanced technologies the ability to locate any individual in the world based on this signature, allowing them to directly target those individuals with psychotronic weapons.


These diagrams appear to be presentation documents coming from different sources, potentially being used as data points in discussions on how to research and develop psychotronic weapons. These documents do not reveal, in the way of Wikileaks, what shadow government agencies like the NSA have done or are capable of.

Curiously, some of these images appear in an article in Nexus magazine describing a 1992 lawsuit brought by  John St. Clair Akewi against the NSA. Akewi claimed that the NSA had the “ability to assassinate US citizens covertly or run covert psychological control operations to cause subjects to be diagnosed with ill mental health,” and was documenting their alleged methods.

Down the Rabbit Hole

For those able to follow it from there, the trail to this article leads down a rabbit hole of information and resources that describe various aspects of the mind control efforts on ‘targeted individuals’ by Deep State agencies. While the secret capabilities of such agencies has been among the most closely guarded information around, the likes of Edward Snowdon have helped us awaken to their existence.

What can we make of this particular ‘drop’ of information pertaining to mind control capabilities, though? As Waltman notes,

It’s entirely unclear how this ended up in this release. It could have been meant for another release, it could have been gathered for an upcoming WSFC report, or it could even be from the personal files of an intelligence officer that somehow got mixed up in the release. A call to the WSFC went unreturned as of press time, so until we hear back, their presence remains a mystery.

The only possibility that Waltman doesn’t cover, is that this file was released to him intentionally, by an operator who wanted to proliferate this information to new sets of eyes, and be part of the the disclosure of hidden information the public needs to know about. Unlikely? Perhaps, but far stranger things have happened.

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Scientists Accidentally Discover Enzyme That Digests Plastic

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A serendipitous discovery by scientists at the University of Portsmouth may help in the future fight against plastic pollution.

The story began in Japan in 2016, when a team of researchers found that there was a bacteria present in bottle-trash sites that produced an enzyme that was efficient in “degrading and assimilating” PET, a type of plastic often used in bottles that persists in the environment for hundreds of years. Scientists dubbed the enzyme PETase and it became a foundation for future studies. Fast forward to 2018 and it appears that scientists have made a potential breakthrough, they discovered a mutant version of PETase that is even more efficient at degrading plastic than its natural counterpart. They were examining the structure of the enzyme and were trying to understand how it naturally evolved when they engineered an even better version. “Serendipity often plays a significant role in fundamental scientific research and our discovery here is no exception,” said McGeehan,director of the Institute of Biological and Biomedical Sciences in the School of Biological Sciences at Portsmouth. “Although the improvement is modest, this unanticipated discovery suggests that there is room to further improve these enzymes, moving us closer to a recycling solution for the ever-growing mountain of discarded plastics.”

“Enzymes are non-toxic, biodegradable and can be produced in large amounts by microorganisms,” said Oliver Jones, a expert in analytical chemistry at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University. “There is strong potential to use enzyme technology to help with society’s growing waste problem by breaking down some of the most commonly used plastics.”

“We can all play a significant part in dealing with the plastic problem, but the scientific community who ultimately created these ‘wonder materials’ must now use all the technology at their disposal to develop real solutions.” McGeehan said. “It’s well within the possibility that in the coming years we will see an industrially viable process to turn PET, and potentially other (plastics), back into their original building blocks so that they can be sustainably recycled,”

Though this discovery has a strong potential for minimising plastic pollution, independent scientists have warned that the enzyme’s development is in the early stages.

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Government Accidentally Sends Files On “Remote Mind Control” To Journalist

A journalist who requested documents using the Freedom of Information Act received additional files on “remote mind control” and the effects of “psycho-electric weapons”.

A journalist working for the non-profit organization Muckrock made a bizarre discovery after requesting documents from the US government through the FOIA. Indeed, as part of an ongoing investigation about Antifa and white supremacist groups, the journalist sent a request to the Washington State Fusion Center, a Department of Homeland Security, which specializes in counter-terrorism, detecting criminal activity, disaster planning, cyber-security and other threat assessments.

Along with standard documents such as emails, intelligence briefings, and bulletins, the journalist received a bizarre filed named “EM effects on human”.

One document describes the effects of “psycho-electric weapons” including “forced memory blanking”, “forced rigor-mortis” and even “forced orgasm”.


Another document explains biomagnetic fields and brainwaves (Alpha, Beta, Delta, etc.) two concepts that are extremely important in MKULTRA and Monarch mind control.

The final document describes how shady organizations can conduct “remote mind control” operations through mobile phone networks, trucks disguised as communication vehicles and “Black” helicopters.

Although these documents were sent by the WSFC, they do not appear to be created by a government agency. The first image “Psycho-Electric Weapon Effects” appears to be part of a 1996 article from Nexus Magazine which describes a lawsuit brought by John St. Clair Akewi against the NSA. The 1992 lawsuit claimed that the NSA had the “ability to assassinate US citizens covertly or run covert psychological control operations to cause subjects to be diagnosed with ill mental health”. The article states:

A lawsuit filed against the U.S. National Security Agency reveals a frightening array of technologies and programs designed to keep tabs on individuals. The following document comprises evidence for a lawsuit filed at the U.S. Courthouse in Washington, DC, by John St Clair Akwei against the National Security Agency, Ft George G. Meade, Maryland (Civil Action 92-0449), constitutes his knowledge of the NSA’s structure, national security activities proprietary technologies and covert operations to monitor individual citizens Ed.

The image also contains the web address which is now offline.

The author of the second document appears to go by the name Supratik Saha a “Software And Electronics & Comm. Engg”.

The Muckrock journalist has no idea how he ended up with these documents.

“It’s entirely unclear how this ended up in this release. It could have been meant for another release, it could have been gathered for an upcoming WSFC report, or it could even be from the personal files of an intelligence officer that somehow got mixed up in the release. A call to the WSFC went unreturned as of press time, so until we hear back, their presence remains a mystery.”
– Muckrock, Washington State Fusion Center accidentally releases records on remote mind control

While these documents were probably not created by the government, they appear to be relevant enough for the WSFC to keep them archived.

Could these documents explain the mysterious Cuban “sonic attacks” where 24 government officials suffered “hearing loss, dizziness, sleep and vision problems, tinnitus, headaches, fatigue and brain damage”? Nearly all of these symptoms can be found in the first document.




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US Govt Accidentally Releases File Detailing Electromagnetic Weapon for ‘Remote Mind Control’

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Washington, D.C. – A Department of Homeland Security multi-agency counterterrorism center, the Washington State Fusion Center, released some documents this week that exposed research into a secretive class of devices called electromagnetic weapons, which have the potential to be used for “remote mind control.”

A reporter for Muckrock researching Antifa and white supremacist groups received a surprise among a batch of information from the Washington State Fusion Center as part of a FOIA request, as one file within the materials he received was curiously labeled “EM effects on the human”—a reference to electromagnetic forces on the human body.

Upon closer inspection, the journalist realized the documents contained in the file from the DHS Fusion Center discussed “remote mind control” and “forced memory blanking,” as well as other types of “psycho-electronic” weapon effects. The documents also discussed “microwave hearing,” and “remote brain mapping,” which would let third parties monitor your thoughts.

It is important to note that the existence of these records—which were not created by the fusion center and are not government documents—is not evidence that the U.S. government possesses these devices, but clearly indicates that at a minimum, these types of weapons are being studied. It should also be noted that while these particular records may not be evidence of the existence of psycho-electronic weapons, there is a plethora of collateral documentation that supports their existence and use.

MuckRock reports that aside from being in the possession of the fusion center, the documents are clearly not government material, with one slide seemingly coming from a person named “Supratik Saha,” who is identified as a software engineer. The slide referencing brain mapping has no sourcing, while a diagram of a body being assaulted by psychotronic weapons is sourced from “,” which is no longer operational.

While the documents themselves may not be direct evidence of the existence of “psycho-electronic” weapons, there is plenty of supporting documentation regarding the existence and development of such weapons globally.

As a report by the Daily Mail notes:

Research into electromagnetic weapons has been secretly carried out in the US and Russia since the Fifties. But now it appears Mr Putin has stolen a march on the Americans. Precise details of the Russian gun have not been revealed. However, previous research has shown that low-frequency waves or beams can affect brain cells, alter psychological states and make it possible to transmit suggestions and commands directly into someone’s thought processes.

High doses of microwaves can damage the functioning of internal organs, control behaviour or even drive victims to suicide. Anatoly Tsyganok, head of the Military Forecasting Centre in Moscow, said:

“This is a highly serious weapon. When it was used for dispersing a crowd and it was focused on a man, his body temperature went up immediately as if he was thrown into a hot frying pan. Still, we know very little about this weapon and even special forces guys can hardly cope with it.”

The development of this new class of weapons was announced in 2012 by then-Russian defense minister Anatoly Serdyukov, who said:

“The development of weaponry based on new physics principles – direct-energy weapons, geophysical weapons, wave-energy weapons, genetic weapons, psychotronic weapons, and so on – is part of the state arms procurement program for 2011-2020.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin added:

Such high-tech weapons systems will be comparable in effect to nuclear weapons but will be more acceptable in terms of political and military ideology.

The development of electromagnetic weapons has been carried out by Russia and the U.S. secretly since the 1950s. The Daily Mail reported that “previous research has shown that low-frequency waves or beams can affect brain cells, alter psychological states and make it possible to transmit suggestions and commands directly into someone’s thought processes. High doses of microwaves can damage the functioning of internal organs, control behavior or even drive victims to suicide.”

The Center for Globalization reports that while the mainstream media has largely kept this technology under wraps, in 1975, neuropsychologist Don R. Justesen, the director of Laboratories of Experimental Neuropsychology at Veterans Administration Hospital in Kansas City, accidentally leaked secret information when he published an article in “American Psychologist” about the influence of microwaves on the behavior of living creatures.

He quoted the results of a secret experiment conducted by the U.S. Navy called “Pandora,” as described to by his colleague, Joseph C. Sharp.

“By radiating themselves with these ‘voice modulated’ microwaves, Sharp and Grove were readily able to hear, identify, and distinguish among the 9 words. The sounds heard were not unlike those emitted by persons with artificial larynxes,” Justesen wrote.

The technology was seemingly developed to full operationalization as evidenced by a document appearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, where its Office of Research and Development presented the Department of Defense’s project: “Communicating Via the Microwave Auditory Effect.”

The description of which read:

“An innovative and revolutionary technology is described that offers a low-probability-of-intercept radiofrequency (RF) communications. The feasibility of the concept has been established using both a low-intensity laboratory system and a high power RF transmitter. Numerous military applications exist in areas of search and rescue, security and special operations.”

In fact, there are thousands of people called “Targeted Individuals” across the world that believe they are being experimented upon with these secret technologies. TI’s as they are known are often disregarded as crackpots or paranoid by the mainstream masses, but the reality exists that there may be more to their claims than previously considered given the documented existence of these psycho-electronic weapons.

In January 2007, the Washington Post published an article about TI’s and the reality of research into this new class of weapons, which goes largely unrecognized—perhaps intentionally—by the mass media:

But there are hints of ongoing research: An academic paper written for the Air Force in the mid-1990s mentions the idea of a weapon that would use sound waves to send words into a person’s head. “The signal can be a ‘message from God’ that can warn the enemy of impending doom, or encourage the enemy to surrender,” the author concluded.

In 2002, the Air Force Research Laboratory patented precisely such a technology: using microwaves to send words into someone’s head. That work is frequently cited on mind-control Web sites. Rich Garcia, a spokesman for the research laboratory’s directed energy directorate, declined to discuss that patent or current or related research in the field, citing the lab’s policy not to comment on its microwave work.

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed for this article, the Air Force released unclassified documents surrounding that 2002 patent—records that note that the patent was based on human experimentation in October 1994 at the Air Force lab, where scientists were able to transmit phrases into the heads of human subjects, albeit with marginal intelligibility. Research appeared to continue at least through 2002. Where this work has gone since is unclear—the research laboratory, citing classification, refused to discuss it or release other materials.

It is clear that world governments are actively developing new classes of weaponry that the public have been led to believe are the stuff of fantasy, thus making it easy to pass off anyone discussing “psycho-electronic” as a wild conspiracy theorist, and not as someone who is critically assessing the capabilities being developed by our security apparatus.

Given the proclivity of governments across the world to experiment on their own people, it would be wise to publicize and fully investigate this secretive technology.

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This Indigenous Man Accidentally Meets Outsider, Which Ends His 10 Year Long Fight For Survival

World is full of “Un-Contacted” People

The world is full of various people. People belonging to different ethnicities, different culture, different caste, etc. In this modern era, everyone is connected through one social medium or the other. But there are people who still don’t fall into this bracket of connected and contacted people. There is a minimum of 100 uncontacted tribes of native people, who are living their lives as they used to years before. With no modern amenities and no social connection, these people can not even communicate with the civilized people, because of their language barrier.Unfortunately, these people always face the danger of getting extinct, due to various reasons such as attacks on them by other people, sabotaging their surroundings etc. When one indigenous man came in contact with some people in the forest, his life changed…

The “Hawk” of Awa

Karapiru belonged to a group of an indigenous Awa tribe, who has its native in northeastern Brazil. The meaning of his name, in his language, means “Hawk.”Since ages, The Awa tribe was living in the Maranhao state of Brazil. But they refer this place as “Harakwa” which means “the place that we know.”

Living in the rainforest for ages

The people of Awa tribe were living together in this part of the Brazilian rainforest, since a long time. The type of food they like to eat mostly includes nuts, fruits, honey, wild pigs, tapirs, and monkeys. But from past few years, their life has been under a constant threat from various factors.

The Most Threatened Tribe On Earth

The Awa people are on the top of the list of territorial destruction. They are always on the targets of ranchers, loggers, and settlers who are invading their territories for their personal gains. The attacks on them are on a rise and these people are killed brutally, with no faults of theirs. According to a recent report, less than 100 Awas are left.

Brutal Firing

Karapiru and his family were having a leisure time together when some armed men interrupted them. The family had no clue what were they doing there and for what purpose they were loaded with arms. Without uttering a single word, they started firing ruthlessly on Karapiru’s family.

Tried to escape

The family members tried to escape from the spot. Karapiru sprinted towards the trees to get some cover, but a bullet struck his lower back. He was lucky enough that he didn’t die. However, all other members of his family were killed in the rampage. The members who were killed included his son, daughter, wife, mother and his brothers.

In Poor Condition

Lucky enough to be living, Karapiru was in poor condition. “There was no way of healing the wound. I couldn’t put any medicine on my back, and I suffered a great deal,” he said. “The lead was hot on my back, bleeding. I don’t know how it didn’t become full of insects. But I managed to escape from the whites.”…

The Lone Time Spent By Karapiru

Karapiru stayed alone for 10 long years. He was battling for his survival.  He traveled a long distance of nearly 400 miles on foot. Crossing each every river and sand dunes that he came across. “It was very hard,” he told Survival International. “I had no family to help me, and no one to talk to.”

Non-Ending Fight for survival

Since he was traveling he didn’t get the food he used to eat in Maranhao. He hunted small birds and ate honey for his survival. At night, in order to protect himself from the wild animals, he used to sleep on the higher branches of copaiba trees. To mitigate loneliness factor he used to talk to himself.

The Accidental Meeting

It had been more than 10 years that his family was mercilessly killed by a group of armed men, who opened fire at them. While he was traveling, he met a farmer on the border of the small village. The farmer also had a sharp tool in his hand, but he had a friendly nature, unlike the men who killed his family.

Uncomfortable at first

The farmer was a blessing in disguise for Karapiru. He welcomed Karapiru into his hut and noticing his abysmal condition, offered him food and water. The farmer even allowed him to live in his hut, in exchange for chores. The farmer gave him rice, flour, and coffee to eat, which he never ever had in life. Karapiru was also quite uncomfortable with the way, the farmer lived.

Anthropologist came to interview Karapiru

The news spread to the town, that an unknown man of an unknown tribe was living with the farmer. An anthropologist got this news and straight away headed towards them. When anthropologist interviewed Karapiru, he was unable to under his language. The anthropologist got in touch with FUNAI, a Brazilian government agency, and requested them to provide him with a translator, but they sent the wrong man.

A Miraculous Meeting

After a while, the agency sent in a man from Awa community. His name was Xiramuku. When Xiramuku reached the place, where the anthropologist was interviewing Karapiru, the meeting turned into a miracle. Xiramuku just spoke a single word in Awa language after seeing Karapiru, and the word meant “Father” in their language.

Xiramuku survived the attack

Actually, Xiramuku was successful in escaping from the spot where their family had been killed 10 years ago. He was one of the survivors. He was just wounded and after talking to his father for a while, he convinced him to come and live with them in the Awá village of Tiracambu.

Back To The Awa Way of Life

After being alone for more than a decade, Karapiru was back his family. He was more than happy to be back, of course, anyone will be. Karapiru was back in his groove of living the Awa way of life. Hunting in the rainforest, keeping the monkey as pets, etc he was doing everything again. Moreover, he even started a new family.

Happily Married

For him not only marriage happened again, Karapiru even expanded his family. He had several children from his new marriage. Finally, Karapiru was at peace with his life. “I feel good here with the other Awá,” he said, “I found my son after many years, which made me very happy.”

Death is the only option!!

“The invasions of white people in Awá territory is not good,” Karapiru said. “We don’t like it. After what happened to me, I try and hide from white people.” Karapiru explained that they are simple people and they can not even fight with likes of those who are heavily armed. They are left with only option, i.e., death.

Karapiru hopes for a brighter future

The federal judge of Brazil termed the killing of Awa people as ‘real genocide’. Eventually, Karapiru hopes that they have a brighter future. “I hope the same things that happened to me won’t happen to my daughter,” he says. “I hope she will eat lots of fish, and grow up to be healthy. I hope it won’t be like in my time.”


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I accidentally stopped using shampoo for two months; here’s what happened

There’s been a pretty popular and awkwardly named “no poo” trend going around. People forgo shampoo to avoid chemicals that strip away hair’s natural oils; some even say shampoo is a sham created by advertisers over the past century. Katherine and Margaret here at Treehugger even ran careful experiments testing the trend.

I am not one of those people. I stopped washing my hair for two months by accident.

It all began when I was traveling through Portugal with my friends — let’s call them Timward and Patriciabeth. I fully intended to shower, but something scared me off all the plumbing in our Lisbon apartment.

The washing machine was located under the stove in the tiny kitchen, because nothing says hygienic like a box of dirty water next to your food. Nonetheless, I’d already been traveling for a couple weeks with only a backpack’s worth of clothes, and my socks were so grimy that they were making my feet itch. I needed to do laundry.

I ran a load and, once it finished, I opened the washing machine door. A pool of water spilled out. And I don’t mean a trickle: the whole kitchen was flooded with half an inch of water. I slammed the machine door shut, but it was too late.

After pondering the injustice of the universe as a whole and my life in particular, I looked around for a mop. Finding none, I grabbed some towels and tried to soak up the flood. There was so much water that I had to keep squeezing the water out of the towels into the sink and reapplying them. Timward checked on my progress.

“Wow, that really is a lot of water,” he insightfully observed. “Do you need help?”

“Yes,” I responded. He nodded and walked away.

I probably should have bathed in this canal in Portugal.© A canal in Portugal that I probably should have bathed in. Photo: Ilana E. Strauss

Then Patriciabeth popped in. “Looks like you’ve got it covered,” she chirped.

After that incident, I was too scared to try the shower. If a machine made for washing clothes could flood the kitchen, what was a machine designed for imitating rain capable of?

Luckily, I was already a pro at not showering. I generally washed my hair every five days or so, which is when my roots tended to get unbearably greasy. I figured I’d just shower at the next place.

Alas, faulty systems were not an exclusively Lisbonian problem. Portugal was a global empire in the 16th century, but it’s been going downhill ever since, thanks to an earthquake and a few plucky French invasions. Long story short, Portuguese electricity and plumbing aren’t great. When Timward tried to use the oven at our apartment in Porto, it literally shocked him. Still, I was getting desperate.

“I’m gonna take a shower,” I announced over cold sandwiches the next day.

“Be careful,” Timward warned me. “The water pressure’s crazy.” This did not sound like a problem to me. But when I turned on the tap, I discovered that the water was cold and the pressure non-existent. Apparently, by “the water pressure’s crazy,” Timward had meant, “I cranked the pressure way up and used all the hot water.” I heroically soaped and rinsed my body in about ten seconds but did not even attempt to clean my hair.

It was the same story everywhere else we stayed that month. Finally, on the last day, I managed to get warm water long enough to strong-arm some shampoo into my hair, at which point the water ran cold. (I can already hear commenters screaming, “That’s washing your hair! You lied!” And maybe they’re right. But “I accidentally stopped using shampoo for two months except for once or twice when I sort of didn’t,” wouldn’t fit in the title bar.)

After leaving Portugal, I traveled alone to a Moroccan village with a population of 4,000. By then, a strange thing was happening: My scalp was feeling less oily.

“You’re gonna love the shower,” said the man who ran the guesthouse I was checking into as we tripped down a bumpy, dark stone path in the middle of the night. “It actually has hot water,” he continued, which I guess was something you could brag about there.

Finally. A hot shower. As I prepared my shower supplies, I discovered that I’d lost my conditioner. So I asked a French tourist to translate a few words for me (French is one of a few widely-spoken languages in Morocco, thanks to, naturally, a couple French invasions) and went to the village’s closet-sized general store.

“Vou as conditionneur?” I attempted to ask the 10-year-old boy at the outdoor counter. I mimed washing my hair. He gave me a look that said, “I don’t understand your French, foreigner, but if I did, I bet you’d be saying something stupid.”

Someone else in line assured me that there was no conditioner. I walked away, wondering how the villagers managed. Their hair looked fine. Maybe they kept a secret stock of conditioner hidden away so they could feel superior to tourists. If so, their plan was working.

I scoured my room for a towel. Apparently, my guesthouse did not provide one; I’d have to make do with my sweatshirt. Even worse, the shower in my bathroom had a detachable showerhead. That would have been fine, but the part that connected the showerhead to the wall was broken, so I’d have to hose myself down like an elephant bathing with its trunk. But greasy vagabonds can’t be choosers.

I turned on the faucet …

Me looking like a pirate no shampoo© Me after about a month of no shampoo. Ilana E. Strauss

And a sad drizzle of lukewarm water eked out.

Morocco is mostly desert. It’s blistering in the sun, but once the sun goes down or you step into the shade, the temperature drops by about 30 degrees. As a result, the guesthouse was an icebox; only a masochist would wash herself in tepid water there. I could rinse my body from time to time, but my hair would have to go au natural. Se la vie.

My hair, though surprisingly not oily, grew coarser and messier as time passed. In the U.S., I generally finger-combed my hair in the shower, but that was no longer an option, and there were no brushes for sale in the village. I took to wearing a plaid scarf I’d brought along as a bandana, making me look like a lumberjack pirate.

Eventually, I met a middle-aged Rasta guy from the Sahara with colorful beads in his dreadlocks and a penchant for quoting Bob Marley.

“Where’s your family from?” he asked me over mint tea at a local café blasting a mix of reggae and Berber music.

“The U.S.”

“But originally?” he probed. “If you know your history, then you would know where you’re coming from.” I swallowed the real answer — some Jewish shtetl— because I was not telling anyone that on this side of the Atlantic.

“I like your dreads,” I changed the subject.

“You should dread yours,” he told me. “Your whole life would change.”

He was right. Dreads don’t get tangly; they are tangles. They could be the answer to my conundrum. It was a risky move; I’d seen a video of a woman grabbing a blond guy and chastising him for his dreadlocks in San Francisco. I wondered if Americans might find my hairstyle offensive when I returned to the U.S. Still, cultural appropriation might be better than the matted tumbleweed taking over my head.

But before I could dread natty dread, fate intervened.

me in a hat in morocco© After two months without shampoo. Photo: Ilana E. Strauss

“I haven’t had a hot shower in two months,” I complained to a 23-year-old French Canadian who was boiling water over the outdoor propane tank that was his kitchen. I played with a lock of my hair that was making the unilateral decision to start dreading itself.

“My shower’s hot,” he responded in his thick Quebec accent, the legacy of yet more French invasions.

I looked at him with the kind of expression you might see on a zombie’s face as it approaches a survivor with an especially juicy brain.

“You can use it if you want,” he offered nervously. After pressuring the Canadian into lending me a towel, I locked him out of his bathroom and, ready for another disappointment, twisted the shower handle.

Warm water streamed onto my face like magma over an icy mountain. The world faded away; all that existed was the steamy cascade. I’d eaten truffles, gotten massages, and stayed in fancy hotels. But I’d never known true luxury until that moment. When I emerged from the bathroom, my hair had returned to normal.

“All good?” the Canadian asked me as I left.

“I’ve been reborn,” I told him, stealing the towel.

Me with clean hair© My hair after I finally washed it. Photo: Ilana E. Strauss

Here’s the odd thing: Over those couple months, I’d washed my hair once. But despite getting a little stiff and quite tangled — again, no brush — my hair never really looked or felt too horrific. I think I passed pretty successfully as a perfectly sanitary human. In fact, my hair was greasiest at the two-week mark, which I’ve heard is the amount of time it takes your hair to adjust to the no shampoo lifestyle. I’d finally figured out how the Moroccan villagers kept their hair so silky without conditioner: if you don’t dry your hair out with shampoo all the time, you don’t need conditioner.

Since coming back to the U.S., I’ve started showering regularly again (you’re welcome, America). But I only shampoo every ten days or so, and I don’t use conditioner. Ultimately, I learned that 1) the no poo trend might be onto something and 2) if you go anywhere that was invaded by the French, bring a comb.

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Comcast Found ‘Accidentally’ Blocking Legitimate Sites — Including PayPal and Steam

Paul Resnikoff--Scared yet?  Comcast’s Xfinity broadband internet access service has been found blocking a number of legitimate sites through its ‘Protected Browsing’ option.

The internet is full of bad things: malware, phishing attacks, nefarious ads.  And parents are loathe to let their kids surf, thanks to rampant online piracy and pornography.

Comcast’s Xfinity broadband internet service has solution for all of that.  It’s called ‘Protected Browsing,’ and it promises to block the bad stuff.

The only problem is that a lot of good stuff is getting caught in Xfinity’s protective web.  Like Paypal and gaming hub Steam, both of which were recently deemed threats by the Xfinity ‘Protected Browsing’ feature.  The discovery highlights the extreme power that ISPs like Comcast wield over every site and service online, a power that may soon be exploited with net neutrality laws repealed.

The issue was first reported by Torrentfreak, which ironically found itself blocked by ‘Protected Browser’.  Torrentfreak reports on developments in the torrenting and piracy space, including heavy coverage of enforcement, litigation, and latest innovations.

Importantly, Torrentfreak merely reports on stuff related to piracy.  They aren’t running a pirate site.  But Comcast judged them as ‘bad,’ so they were blocked.  End of story.

Additionally, there doesn’t appear to be any process for contesting a blacklisting by  ‘Protected Browsing’.  Again, another really bad sign of things to come.

The good news is that these ‘Protected’ settings can be changed.  The bad news is that Xfinity users may not know that.

In January, the entire ‘Protected Browsing’ feature was totally blocking PayPal (it was ultimately unblocked).  Here’s what a user described in the Xfinity support forums.  The user was previously on the phone with PayPal’s support team trying to troubleshoot.

It had been nagging at me that I had recently found some settings in my Comcast account regarding my router, and I had changed one of them.  “Protected Browsing”. It described that protected rousing was great for you against malware and all kinds of other bad things, and it seemed like a good idea to turn it on.  So I enabled it.  That’s when my problem with PayPal began.  But it took me a while to realize it.  Once I remembered where I had made a setting change, after the days of exchanging emails with the fellow from PayPal, I went to my Comcast account settings and disabled “Protected Browsing”.

Others reported problems accessing the Steam Store, another legitimate destination.  And those are just the massive sites we’ve heard were having issues.

It’s unclear why Comcast would choose to block PayPal.  Though one reason could be that PayPal itself is subject to various financial scams.  Though it’s also a widely-used, legitimate financial tool, and far from a ‘nefarious’ destination.

As for Steam, that’s anyone’s guess.

The ‘accidental’ blocks may offer a preview at our post-net neutrality world.

Indeed, Comcast and other ISPs have absolute power over which sites can be accessed, and which sites are blocked.  In between they also have control over throttling, delivery speed, and who gets ‘fast lanes’.  And despite the FCC’s promise to monitor the situation, it doesn’t look like Comcast will be required to implement a process for review.

Instead, ISPs will effectively become judge, jury and executioner overnight.  They can charge what they want for ‘fast lane’ access, and throttle anyone that doesn’t comply.  And they can change the rules at any time, while prioritizing their own services against competitors.

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