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We know that Big Pharma is behind the astronomical prices that accompany our pharmaceuticals.. We also know that Big Pharma’s unsound medical practices causes the US to lead the world in “death by doctor” with up to 800,000 medically related deaths per year. One of the biggest transgressions being committed by Big Pharma and the FDA is how they kill people by pricing their medication beyond the average person’s abillity to pay. The US pays 10 times more for medicine than the next 10 nations combined. And for all our trouble, we only have the world’s 51st longest lifespan. However, if we did 2 very simple things, we could greatly increase the nations’s longevity. This is discussed in the following video. Please share this with your social media lists. Our collective pressure can expose the deadly Big Pharma  monopoly that has come to characterize the medical industrial complex. 

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There is no easy way to say this to a Western audience.

Our clothes — the stuff in our wardrobe right now — are the result of a reckless industry, responsible for some of the worst pollution and most horrific human rights violations on the planet. Pressured by fashion’s largest name brands, textile factories and garment manufacturers consistently cut corners to increase annual profit margins, at any cost. The modern fashion industry, currently making upwards of $3 trillion a year, is simply unsustainable. Here’s why:

Next to big oil, the clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world and is responsible for the most the detrimental toxic waste dumping, ground water contamination, and water consumption of any industry.

The unrelenting waste of retailers and typical Western households has far exceeded the capacity of global landfills. Americans alone throw away over 14 million tonnes of clothes every year; annually, that’s about 80 pounds per person. Local thrift operations only sell about 20% of donated items. More than 80% of our clothes end up being packaged and shipped to landfills and incinerators around the world.

In addition to using vast amounts of water during manufacturing and dirty oil for shipping, petroleum-based fibres (including acrylic, polyester, and nylon) are non-biodegradable, taking hundreds of years to break down, while releasing a harmful greenhouse gas 310 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Carcinogenic plastic microfibers have been proven to bioaccumulate in our groundwater, travelling from rivers to oceans, and into our food chain. An increasing contributor of global deforestation, rayon is a synthetic fiber made from wood pulp, manufactured with toxic chemicals such as caustic soda and sulphuric acid and routinely dumped into local ecosystems. 

It can take more than 5,000 gallons of water to manufacture one cotton t-shirt and a pair of jeans. Responsible for colossal water consumption, as well as the most pesticide-intensive crop in the world, cotton consumes 10% of all agricultural chemicals and 25% of all insecticides.

The environmental impacts of growing genetically modified cotton are devastating to local communities, who suffer exponentially higher rates of birth defects, mental illness, and cancer. Seed and chemical magnate Monsanto has exacerbated the harmful environmental and health impacts of cotton operations by threatening local farmers with extortion. As a result, the suicide rate among farmers in India’s largest cotton-producing Punjab region is well-documented, where it is estimated a distraught farmer takes his own life every 30 minutes.

Appalling human rights violations are among the worst of any industry.

The system was originally intended to provide jobs to poor communities as an opportunity to work their way out of poverty. Instead, “fast fashionCEOs (making upwards of tens of millions of dollars every year) cut costs and increase profit margins by preying on nations notorious for slave-labour friendly practices and egregious labour-law violations, including Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, Indi and Vietnam.

According to the 2015 award-winning documentary The True Cost, one in six people alive on the planet are involved in the fashion industry, making clothing the single largest labour-intensive industry in the world. Of the 40 million garment labourers worldwide, four million of them work in Bangladesh; 85% of them women, living in extreme poverty on about $2 a day. Working in oppressive heat without breaks, often enduring physical and sexual abuse from management personnel, factory workers bear the biggest brunt of the low-cost fashion industry. Workers are often forced to work in unsafe working conditions, frequently resulting in preventable fatalities caused by factory fires and building collapse.

The old argument that sweatshops are somehow good for poor communities is a myth perpetuated by those who seek to maintain exponential profits — at the expense of labourers, far-removed from the glamour of retail storefronts. The industry’s success is predicated on the lie that eternal consumer happiness lies on the other end of the next purchase. Any reasonable person can see the clothing industry is capitalism run amok, consumed by profits, and without regard for human life or the environment.

For those who want to do something about it, there is good news, but first we need to understand the reality of where our clothes come from, what went into making them, and the unbelievable cost of what we wear.

There is a revolution underway to fundamentally restructure the clothing industry. Fair-trade fashion puts human capital and environmental sustainability as a tangible metric toward the bottom line. Minimizing harmful impacts drives the standards of production, across the board. From sourcing organic fibres to re-using all viable materials available; from providing life and community-enriching experiences to delivering on a promise of a living wage — fair-trade industries are driven by consumer demand and responsible professionals with a passion for producing quality products in a way that supports people and the planet.

You can do your part, too. Need less. Buy second-hand. Support fair-trade. Buy organic and recycled goods made from post-consumer waste. Read labels. Boycott brands and retailers that utilize sweatshops. Know your clothes, do your research, and “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  –Margaret Mead

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SOTT FOCUS: Look Where They Tell You Not to Look

At the very beginning of the of the Skripal incident, the security services blocked by D(SMA) notice any media mention of Pablo Miller and told the media not to look at Orbis and the Steele dossier on Trump, acting immediately to get out their message via trusties in the BBC and Guardian. Gordon Corera, “BBC Security Correspondent”, did not name the source who told him to say this, but helpfully illustrated his tweet with a nice picture of MI6 Headquarters.

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MI6’s most important media conduit (after Frank Gardner) is Luke Harding of the Guardian.

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A number of people replied to Harding’s tweet to point out that this was demonstrably untrue, and Pablo Miller had listed his employment by Orbis Business Intelligence on his Linkedin profile. That profile had just been deleted, but a google search for “Pablo Miller” plus “Orbis Business Intelligence”, without Linkedin as a search term, brought up Miller’s Linkedin profile as the first result (although there are twelve other Pablo Millers on Linkedin and the search brought up none of them). Plus a 2017 forum discussed Pablo Miller’s Orbis connection and it both cited and linked to his Linkedin entry.

You might think that any journalist worth his salt would want to consider this interesting counter-evidence. But Harding merely tweeted again the blank denials of the security services, without question.

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This is an important trait of Harding. Last year we both appeared, separately, at the Jaipur Literature Festival. Harding was promoting a book and putting the boot into Wikileaks and Snowden. After his talk, I approached him in an entirely friendly manner, and told him there were a couple of factual errors in his presentation on matters to which I was an eye-witness, and I should be very happy to brief him, off the record, but we could discuss which bits he might use. He said he would talk later, and dashed off. Later I saw him in the author’s lounge, and as I walked towards him he hurriedly got up and left, looking at me.

Of course, nobody is obliged to talk to me. But at that period I had journalists from every major news agency contacting me daily wishing to interview me about Wikileaks, all of whom I was turning down, and there was no doubt of my inside knowledge and direct involvement with a number of the matters of which Harding was writing and speaking. A journalist who positively avoids knowledge of his subject is an interesting phenomenon.

But then Harding is that. From a wealthy family background, privately educated at Atlantic College and then Oxford, Harding became the editor of Oxford University’s Cherwell magazine without showing any leftwing or rebel characteristics. It was not a surprise to those who knew him as a student when he was employed at the very right wing “Daily Mail“. From there he moved to the Guardian. In 2003 Harding was embedded with US forces in Iraq and filing breathless reports of US special forces operations.

Moving to Moscow in 2007 as the Guardian‘s Moscow correspondent, others in the Moscow press corps and in the British expatriate community found him to be a man of strongly hawkish neo-con views, extremely pro-British establishment, and much closer to the British Embassy and to MI6 than anybody else in the press corps. It was for this reason Harding was the only resident British journalist, to my knowledge, whose visa the Russians under Putin have refused to renew. They suspected he is actually an MI6 officer, although he is not.

With this background, people who knew Harding were dumbfounded when Harding appeared to be the supporter and insider of first Assange and then Snowden. The reason for this dichotomy is that Harding was not – he wrote books on Wikileaks and on Snowden that claimed to be insider accounts, but in fact just carried on Harding’s long history of plagiarism, as Julian Assange makes clear. Harding’s books were just careful hatchet jobs pretending to be inside accounts. The Guardian‘s historical reputation for radicalism was already a sham under the editorship of Rusbridger, and has completely vanished under Viner, in favour of hardcore Clinton identity politics failing to disguise unbending neo-conservatism. The Guardian smashed the hard drives containing the Snowden files under GCHQ supervision, having already undertaken “not to even look at” the information on Iraq and Afghanistan. The fact the hard drives were not the only copies in the world does not excuse their cravenness.

We know, of course, what MI6 have fed to Harding, because it is reflected every day in his output. What we do not know, but may surmise, is what Harding fed back to the security services that he gleaned from the Guardian‘s association with Wikileaks and Snowden.

Harding has since made his living from peddling a stream of anti-Assange, anti-Snowden and above all, anti-Russian books, with great commercial success, puffed by the entire mainstream media. But when challenged by the non-mainstream media about the numerous fact free assertions on behalf of the security services to be found in his books, Harding is not altogether convincing. You can watch this video, in which Harding outlines how emoticons convinced him someone was a Russian agent, together with this fascinating analysis which really is a must-read study of anti-Russian paranoia. There is a similar analysis here.

Perhaps still more revealing is this 2014 interview with his old student newspaper Cherwell, where he obvously felt comfortable enough to let the full extent of his monstrous boggle-eyed Russophobia become plain:

His analogies span the bulk of the 20th century and his predictions for the future are equally far-reaching. “This is the biggest crisis in Europe since the Cold War. It’s not the break-up of Yugoslavia, but the strategic consensus since 1945 has been ripped up. We now have an authoritarian state, with armies on the march.” What next?

“It’s clear to me that Putin intends to dismember Ukraine and join it up with Transnistria, then perhaps he’ll go as far as Moldova in one way or another,” Harding says. This is part of what he deems Putin’s over-arching project: an expansionist attempt to gather Russo-phones together under one yoke, which he terms ‘scary and Eurasian-ist’, and which he notes is darkly reminiscent of “another dictator of short stature” who concocted “a similarly irredentist project in the 1930s”.

But actually I think you can garner everything you want to know about Harding from looking at his twitter feed over the last two months. He has obsessively retweeted scores of stories churning out the government’s increasingly strained propaganda line on what occurred in Salisbury. Not one time had Harding ever questioned, even in the mildest way, a single one of the multiple inconsistencies in the government account or referred to anybody who does. He has acted, purely and simply, as a conduit for government propaganda, while abandoning all notion of a journalistic duty to investigate.

We still have no idea of who attacked Sergei Skripal and why. But the fact that, right from the start, the government blocked the media from mentioning Pablo Miller, and put out denials that this has anything to do with Christopher Steele and Orbis, including lying that Miller had never been connected to Orbis, convinces me that this is the most promising direction in which to look.

It never seemed likely to me that the Russians had decided to assassinate an inactive spy who they let out of prison many years ago, over something that happened in Moscow over a decade ago. It seemed even less likely when Boris Johnson claimed intelligence showed this was the result of a decade long novichok programme involving training in secret assassination techniques. Why would they blow all that effort on old Skripal?

That the motive is the connection to the hottest issue in US politics today, and not something in Moscow a decade ago, always seemed to me much more probable. Having now reviewed matters and seen that the government actively tried to shut down this line of inquiry, makes it still more probable this is right.

This does not tell us who did it. Possibly the Russians did, annoyed that Skripal was feeding information to the Steele dossier, against the terms of his release.

Given that the Steele dossier is demonstrably in large degree nonsense, it seems to me more probable the idea was to silence Skripal to close the danger that he would reveal his part in the concoction of this fraud. Remember he had sold out Russian agents to the British for cash and was a man of elastic loyalties. It is also worth noting that Luke Harding has a bestselling book currently on sale, in large part predicated on the truth of the Steele Dossier.

Steele, MI6 and the elements of the CIA which are out to get Trump, all would have a powerful motive to have the Skripal loose end tied.

Rule number one of real investigative journalism: look where they tell you not to look.

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BSO Deputies Took Cover During Parkland Massacre, Cops Say — And One Knew Where Shooter Was

After a gunman opened fire on campus, Jorge Zapata, 16, a sophomore, hugs his mother Lavinia Zapata outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb. 14.

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies were taking cover behind cars and a tree as they responded to the worst school shooting in Florida history — even though one deputy said he knew where the shooter was, according to an officer report released Tuesday by the Coral Springs Police Department.

“I was advised by an unknown BSO Deputy taking cover behind a tree, ‘he is on the third floor,’ ” wrote Coral Springs officer Bryan Wilkins in a report recounting his arrival at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14 and his subsequent actions to try to find the shooter and save lives.

Another Coral Springs cop who arrived at Stoneman Douglas within minutes of the shooting, Sgt. Nick Mazzei, confirmed that he saw BSO deputies “taking positions” outside the school and rushed past them, according to a report he filed that was also released Tuesday.

Although the BSO deputies arrived before Coral Springs police, they didn’t immediately attempt to track down shooter Nikolas Cruz or aid the wounded, according to the reports. Law enforcement officers around the county are trained to find and confront active shooters without delay. Seventeen people died at Stoneman Douglas.

The newly released reports suggest the problems with BSO’s response to the Parkland shooting go beyond the school’s resource officer, Deputy Scot Peterson, who was at the school when the shooting began but never went into the freshman building attacked by Cruz. At least three other BSO deputies arrived on campus in time to hear gunfire but said they couldn’t locate where the shooting was taking place. Broward Sheriff Scott Israel held a news conference in February to announce Peterson’s resignation, saying he was “sick to my stomach” the deputy didn’t go inside.

Wilkins wrote that he arrived at Stoneman Douglas within two minutes of learning it was being shot up. BSO was already there.

“I saw approximately four Broward County Sheriff’s Office vehicles parked [on the road outside the school] … with their personnel taking up exterior positions behind their vehicles,” Wilkins wrote in the report. “I drove up just west of the campus building 1200, exited my vehicle, grabbed my AR-15 rifle and donned on my tactical/medical gear.”

That’s when he encountered the BSO deputy behind the tree who said he knew where Cruz was.

Wilkins says he and Coral Springs Detective Gil Monzon, along with an “unknown BSO Deputy,” then approached the freshman building where Cruz killed 17 people. They could see bullet holes in the windows and doors.

When Wilkins and Monzon entered, they found the dead and wounded. Cruz had already fled about five minutes before the officers went in, according to a timeline of the shooting released by BSO last month.

BSO has said its deputies did not know where the shooter was — but some of them may also have been waiting for SWAT officers before going in.

One Margate police officer who also responded to Stoneman Douglas wrote that when he arrived, a BSO deputy told him, “Standby SWAT is on the way,” according to a report released by the Margate Police Department last week.

“I informed the deputy that I was a SRT/SWAT operator and there was no time to wait,” Margate officer Chad Ryen wrote. “Based on my training and experience, I made the determination to make entry into the school.

BSO said it could not confirm the reports from Coral Springs that other deputies waited.

“There are different accounts of what happened,” said BSO spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion in an email. “The only two [law enforcement officer] that have been confirmed as not making entry are BSO Deputy Scot Peterson and that Coral Springs PD Officer Burton.”

Concepcion was referring to Coral Springs officer Tim Burton, the first person from that department on the scene, who is credited by his commanders with providing information that led other police officers to enter Building 12. Burton did not immediately enter the building, saying that Peterson told him to watch out in case the shooter was planning an ambush.

Inside Building 12, Coral Springs officers who entered soon after were getting bad information on Cruz’s location, another report released Tuesday shows.

Sgt. Scott Myers said that Coral Springs dispatch told him Cruz was still inside the building as he made his way to the second floor of Building 12.

“Dispatch advised that they were watching the shooter via cctv,” Myers wrote. “We were advised over the radio that the shooter was preparing to exit the east stairwell on the second floor … We prepared to engage the shooter on the second floor.”

But the school security footage was on a roughly 20-minute tape delay, unbeknownst to Myers and his team of cops. That meant Cruz, who would be arrested an hour later off campus, was already gone. The miscommunication meant some officers were searching for Cruz in the wrong place.

“Our team transitioned to a rescue team and we evacuated every classroom on the second floor,” Myers stated.

So far, Peterson is the only BSO deputy to face repercussions for his actions that day. He remains the subject of a pending internal affairs investigation.

BSO has a contract to police the town of Parkland. Cops from neighboring Coral Springs also showed up at Stoneman Douglas to help, as did law enforcement personnel from around Broward County.


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Where’s the motive? Another ex-British military chief questions Syrian chemical attack

Shaw, a former British Special Forces chief, has challenged the UK, US and French government’s line on the alleged Syrian chemical attack in Douma. He told the Daily Mail that Assad has rebels leaving the Eastern Ghoutan province by the busload – so it just doesn’t add up.

“Why would Assad use chemical weapons at this time? He’s won the war,” Shaw said. “That’s not just my opinion, it is shared by senior commanders in the US military. There is no rationale behind Assad’s involvement whatsoever.

“He’s convinced the rebels to leave occupied areas in buses. He’s gained their territory. So, why would he be bothering gassing them?”

Shaw proceeded to point out that Assad’s enemies had much more to gain from staging an attack. “The jihadists and the various opposition groups who’ve been fighting against Assad have much greater motivation to launch a chemical weapons attack and make it look like Assad was responsible.

“Their motivation being that they want to keep the Americans involved in the war – following Trump saying the US was going to leave Syria for other people to sort out.”

Shaw’s comments come as clouds of doubt begin to form over the allies’ actions. Retired First Sea Lord, Lord West of Spithead, has questioned what “benefit is there for [Assad’s] military,” and multi-award-winning journalist Robert Fisk – who is on the ground in Douma – has spoken to civilians, doctors, and nurses in the Eastern Ghouta city… and he says none can remember a chemical attack.

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Protests Erupt At Philly Starbucks Where 2 Black Men Were Arrested For 'Trespassing'

Protesters swarmed a Starbucks in Philadelphia on Monday, days after police arrested two black men who had been waiting there to meet a friend.

Dozens of demonstrators shut down the coffee shop in Philadelphia’s central business district for over three hours Monday morning. The activists came out to protest racial profiling after the store’s manager called police Thursday to remove the men for sitting at a table without buying anything.

“A whole lot of racism, a whole lot of whack,” protesters chanted Monday. “Starbucks coffee is anti-black.”

Several speakers said Thursday’s arrests were the product of institutional racism and a historically oppressive police force.

“This is a systemic issue,” Megan Malachi, one of the protest’s organizers, told local news outlet PhillyVoice. “Everyone in the city government is complicit and so is Starbucks. … This is outrageous, this is insulting and we are not going to stand for it.”

Later in the day, dozens of clergy members and activists staged an interfaith sit-in inside the coffee shop. The demonstration featured moments of quiet, as well as songs and chants that ranged from “Tell me what theology looks like! This is what theology looks like!” to “Shut it down!”

Video capturing the men’s arrests went viral over the weekend, sparking protests at the store and calls to boycott Starbucks.

“The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything,” author Melissa DePino, who recorded the incident, tweeted last week. “They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing.” 

PhillyVoice pointed to a second, longer video uploaded to YouTube that shows an officer telling the men’s friend, Andrew Yaffe, that they were being arrested for “trespassing.” In the video, Yaffe calls what the officers are doing “discrimination.”

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson apologized for the incident in a statement Saturday and again on Monday during an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“I personally apologize to the two gentlemen that visited our store,” Johnson said. “Certainly, it’s my responsibility to understand what happened and what led to that, and ensure that we fix it.”

Johnson pledged more training for store managers on company guidelines and unconscious bias. He hopes to have a face-to-face meeting with the men so he can apologize in person, the CEO said.

“What happened to those two gentlemen was wrong,” he said. “I’d like to invite them to join me in finding a constructive way to solve this issue.”

The manager who called police Thursday has since left the company, a spokeswoman for Starbucks told PhillyVoice. A sign posted to the store’s window Monday afternoon stated that the location was “temporarily closed,” according to NBC Philadelphia.

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China readying Social Credit System where citizens receive scores based on their online obedience to the state

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China is planning to implement a system wherein its citizens will be ranked and given ratings based on a certain set of specified criteria, like social media activity and online obedience to the state. The system, called the Social Credit System, is said to be in place for a country-wide launch some time in 2020. Some Chinese citizens don’t seem to be bothered by it at all, but many have expressed staunch opposition.

[Editor’s note: The U.S. deep state uses China as a “proving grounds” for police state surveillance and tracking systems that will be deployed in the United States. Read this story carefully, because it describes exactly what’s coming soon to America… and in fact is already under way via the censorship / obedience tactics of Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.]

Right now, Chinese citizens are already subjected to country-wide surveillance systems and censorship schemes run by the government itself, and many people across the world have called these acts inhumane and highly unethical. Yet China keeps outperforming basically everyone in matters of technological innovation, and it remains a hub of high-tech inventions.

The Social Credit System, according to online reports, will be a government-imposed “citizen score” that can be used to measure your worth to employers, private institutions, and even other individuals. It is said that it could be used by hiring managers to decide whether or not to offer you a job, or by banks to decide whether or not you should be given a loan.

The vast amount of data needed to make this kind of system a success is already available – in large quantities – thanks to China’s thriving digital economy. According to James Gautrey, a technologist who works at the investment manager Schroders, the existence of services like WeChat can only help to turn this vision of the future into a reality. “WeChat has a billion users,” he said. “So by capturing its data, the government can see what all those people are thinking and doing. It’s a dream for them.”(Related: Real life sci-fi: Minority Report-style security system in China called “Dragonfly Eye” uses AI to identify criminals using a massive facial recognition database.)

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Indeed, the existing surveillance and censorship systems in the country might play a huge role in the completion of the forthcoming Social Credit System. And as for the Chinese citizens themselves, they evidently don’t seem to mind.

A recent survey conducted on Chinese consumers, conducted by Dentsu Aegis, reportedly showed that there is enough trust in the government to implement such a system successfully and without worry. Based on the official survey results, 70 percent of the participants – of which there were 20,000 – believe that it will have a positive impact on society.

Francis Lam, the head of technology and innovation at marketing agency Iscobar China, believes that the reason for this is quite clear. “Digital services gives us more freedom and make lots of things more convenient,” he said. “They help us enjoy life even more.” And so, he thinks it is far more likely for the Chinese to embrace the Social Credit System instead of fighting against it.

It also ties in to the country’s current culture of innovation “Chinese technology companies are no longer just copycats,” explained Lam. “People feel proud of the advances made and of how they affect our status in a global sense. So they are willing to try anything new.”

With all of that said, the implementation of such a system can still be quite dangerous. It is exclusionary by design, and may end up harming the lives of millions of individuals if they don’t conform to what the prescribed “online behavior” should be according to the government. Such a system is unprecedented, so it would be difficult to predict exactly how it will affect the economy and society at large. But it is sure to crush any remaining last hope of freedom for the citizens of China, who already live under the cruel thumb of communism.

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