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NASA ‘Doomsday Map’ Shows Billionaire Elite Are Preparing For Armageddon Reader 09/11/2017 (Mon) 13:58:52 Id: 82e26b [Preview] No. 1624 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
A NASA-verified map reveals that top billionaires in the U.S. are preparing for ‘doomsday’ by purchasing large amounts of self-sustainable farmland in America.

Latests property purchases by the world’s elite have confirmed what conspiracy theorists have known for years: that the super elite are preparing for Armageddon by turning into ‘Doomsday preppers’ – secretly building bunkers and stockpiling supplies.

What are they preparing for? Could it be that natural disasters are going to worsen in the next few years, an asteroid is about to collide with Earth, or will all-out nuclear war break out leading to World War 3?

Anongroup.org reports: Jim Dobson, a former contributor to Forbes stated that some of the wealthiest Americans are buying massive amounts of land that they can survive on in a “doomsday” scenario.

He said they are “preparing for future escape plans with ‘vacation homes’ in remote locations,” and “private planes ready to depart at a moment’s notice.”

For example, we have John Malone: a telecommunications CEO who owns 2.2 million acres, with massive stretches of land in Wyoming and Colorado. Colorado is certainly a place that one would expect elite “doomsday preppers” to choose, with it’s elevation and, well.. the Denver Airport Murals and Freemasonic timecapsule to be opened in the 2090’s.

AEG CEO Philip Anschutz is the owner of a whopping 434,000 acres of land in Wyoming. If elites want to buy land in Wyoming, North America’s potentially doomsday-causing Wyoming Supervolcano must not be a threat to them.

CNN mogul Ted Turner owns 1 million acres, with land in New Mexico, Montana, Nebraska, and North Dakota.

Dobson also added that elite people in Australia and New Zealand are also buying massive amounts of farmland: the phenomena is worldwide.

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Political Correctness Is Dumbing Down Our Youth: This Indoctrination Is An Attack Against Civilized Western Nations! Reader 09/10/2017 (Sun) 19:46:44 Id: cfb3ad [Preview] No. 1622 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Educators in Britain are becoming increasingly alarmed about the prevalence of school programs entitled “lessons in well-being,” which have been rolled out under the guise of helping children feel “less stressed amid exam pressure,” reports The Daily Mail. At first glance, the idea of attempting to eliminate any jitters about test taking seems a bit foolish, especially if a child spent no time studying. The fear associated with exams — and its accompanying preoccupations — is a very normal, motivating force to make sure preparation is adequate, whether in a fifth grade classroom or defending a dissertation. But in today’s culture, there’s no money to be made if students are normal. It serves the greater purpose for societal planners if young people are molded as ineffectual, vulnerable “snowflakes.” And there’s a goldmine to be had if students who appear frightened, weak and or anxious can be labeled as mentally ill.


Kathryn Ecclestone, a professor of education at the University of Sheffield has discovered that these wellbeing programs and their fast rising cottage industry churning out “wellbeing consultants” are to be compared to “snake oil [peddlers].” Ecclestone warns that the methods used lack evidentiary support, but there are much more disconcerting program results. In the worse case scenarios, “students are increasingly being medicalised and referred for counseling without questioning.”

There are currently 31 schools with wellbeing programs in place in Wolverhampton, England. In the United States, the number is far greater. This is due to the millions of grant dollars earmarked for public schools to specifically engage in mental health testing, courtesy of Obama’s 2013 “executive action titled Time to Do Something about Gun Violence,” as reported by World Net Daily.

This executive order, which was enacted after the events surrounding Sandy Hook, blew the doors open to “help teachers and others recognize mental health issues in youth.” Instead of parents taking the lead in assisting their child through life’s twists and turns, the uneducated educator could declare that a child needs mental health assistance if and when the child is acting out of sorts. It matters not if the child is just hungry, or nervous about an upcoming exam, or reliving memories about the bully in the hallway.

Peter R. Breggin, M.D., is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist who has seen the underbelly of the psychiatric industry. He understands pharmaceutical fraud and has testified many times about the adverse reactions of pharmaceutical drugs. In this video, Dr. Breggin clearly and compassionately explains the harmful effects of the stimulant drugs given to students diagnosed with a very common diagnosis, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD.)

Twisting what was once considered normal behavior for children and turning it into a money-making proposition is just one more tragic indication of how the American family has been systematically and savagely ripped apart at the behest of “big daddy government.”

Is it any wonder that more and more families are withdrawing their children from what has become a public fool system and exercising their parental rights to say no to Common Core agendas, the increasing scourge of government mandated vaccinations, and now, arbitrary and unscientific mental health testing? If these ADHD diagnoses continue to be forced on unsuspecting parents and children, warns Dr. Breggin, it could mean a lifetime of underachievement and possibly an early death.


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Chinese millennials turning more cynical Reader 09/05/2017 (Tue) 00:35:30 Id: 0b2ea1 [Preview] No. 1583 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]

Good they're becoming more like the rest of the developed world. They're evolving away from being drones with an infantile sense of humor.
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Reader 09/05/2017 (Tue) 15:37:29 Id: 98624f [Preview] No. 1591 del
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Cynics should move into mongolia to do labor and host LAN parties. That's what really balances the humors.

Although half of all mongolians already live in China becasue Mongolia is sucha hole.

Reader 09/05/2017 (Tue) 16:01:27 Id: 58ab49 [Preview] No. 1595 del
>why wouldn't reasonable countries that aren't America just divert some of those resources to build sustainable inner cities with work infrastructure and housing

The question should be this: why don't cities have sustainable work infrastructure and housing?

And I'll answer that. Because cities rely solely on bureaucrats and politicians in order to function and run and be able to maintain proper funding. In other words, that involves people whom are very easily corrupted. Especially at the top, and the fish tends to rot from the head down. Relying on corrupted bureaucrats and politicians to properly fund and manage cities is like relying on bank robbers to run a huge bank. What the hell do you think is going to happen?

You know why most suburbs look so much better and have a lot less crime? Because it's individuals (for the most part) that are in charge of maintaining their properties, making sure they pay their mortgages, mow their lawns and trim the bushes, to protect their properties, to protect their families, to make sure everything is running smoothly (running water, gas, electricity, etc).... There are some codes individual home owners have to follow, but they don't rely on crooks or corrupt politicians to fix all their problems - they take the initiatives to fix those problems themselves.

Decentralization always works a lot more efficiently and is MUCH MORE sustainable than centralization. Your concern of cars is ridiculous by the way, cars don't pollute nearly as much as they did 50 years ago.

Reader 09/05/2017 (Tue) 16:24:43 Id: 98624f [Preview] No. 1596 del
Yeah, that's my point, during day they drive to downtown to dump all the waste their career makes for the bureaucrats to handle and leave that all behind like a public toilet. If they're so handy then what's the reason they can't build work infrastructure inside suburbs (=thus, instead of just homes like I said)? But don't answer this as a question about Americans, I already wrote off America as a hopeless cause because the reason indeed is "no can do, muh free market either does it or not, and it doesn't. God works in mysterious ways."

>Your concern of cars is ridiculous by the way, cars don't pollute nearly as much as they did 50 years ago.
I don't care, I didn't make point about that factoid even though you're very proud to know it. Irrelevant.

Reader 09/05/2017 (Tue) 22:33:14 Id: 3704a0 [Preview] No. 1602 del
I agree. I live in a subburb and there is ugly urban bright every day while you're stuck in traffic, and subburbs have no excitement. The poor Can't rise up because they Can't really afford a car at $5 minimum wage, (Australia is $16) and mass transportation sucks in most of the country.

I hate America's short-term thinking, religious brainwashing and Ayn Randian incestuous love affair with itself (e.g. only one's immediate interests or entitled family.) Finland might be better, but I think I wish to move to Asia because Europe has become way too PC and feminazi for me. Neo-live refuse to keep out the Muslims; at least American Christianity and prejudice gives us a buffer that will protect us from importiing and raising too many new jihadists.

It'll be fun to watch how China deals with the Muslim problem as they expand their ties to Pakistan and Muslims keep killing Chinese in western China. When 9/11 happens there, they can't condemn America for fighting brainwashed Muslims.

Reader 09/10/2017 (Sun) 19:33:26 Id: b273fc [Preview] No. 1621 del
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Reminder that if you're not a "millennial" you're max 18 years old or as old as pic related.

Preparedness Supplies WIPED OUT Across Florida As Unprepared Ignorant Yuppies Storm Stores All At Once Reader 09/10/2017 (Sun) 19:23:38 Id: aa6a34 [Preview] No. 1618 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Preparedness Supplies WIPED OUT Across Florida As Unprepared Ignorant Yuppies Storm Stores All At Once


Just in case Hurricane Harvey and the catastrophic Houston flooding incident didn’t wake up enough Americans to the importance of preparedness and survival planning, Hurricane Irma has just achieved “beast” status with 180 mph super winds that easily put it at a category 5 superstorm.

According to the National Hurricane Center:

Irma is a potentially catastrophic category 5 hurricane and will bring life-threatening wind, storm surge, and rainfall hazards to portions of the northeastern Leeward Islands beginning later today and the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico beginning tomorrow. Preparations should be rushed to completion before the arrival of tropical-storm force winds later today in the Leeward Islands and tomorrow morning in Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

“Everybody is panicked” … “pandemonium” as people suddenly try to buy supplies all at once

As reported by ClickOrlando.com, Floridians are in a state of total panic because almost none of them thought to prepare before now:

“(It was) a little bit of a pandemonium,” shopper Diane Williams said. “Getting here was worse than being inside. It’s just that everybody is panicked, so they are preparing, which is wise, but it’s just, like, crazy.”

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Reader 09/10/2017 (Sun) 19:24:38 Id: aa6a34 [Preview] No. 1619 del
Only fools wait for an emergency to begin panic preparedness

As Michael Snyder correctly points out on The Economic Collapse Blog, it’s only fools who are suddenly panicking because they failed to prepare before the arrival of an imminent crisis:

Those that wait until the last minute are going to find that there is nothing left for them… Of course those that have been preparing all along don’t have to run out to the store in a panic.

Case in point: When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, I didn’t have to prepare at all. I was already fully prepared with food, water and even a backup PTO generator attached to my tractor. That PTO generator was a lifesaver, it turns out, when the power went down. Instead of freaking out, I just started up the tractor, plugged in the power cable to the PTO-driven generator, and threw the transfer switch. We had full power for as long as we wanted to burn diesel (which has a very long shelf life).

Because I didn’t have to panic, we spent a lot of time working on ways to help others. That’s how the Health Ranger Store, with the support of our many fans and readers, was able to raise over $60,000 for victims of Hurricane Harvey (checks are being cut today and delivered to local non-profits over the next several days).

The lesson here? If you’re prepared, you can assist in the recovery efforts instead of adding to the disaster burden. Even so, the mainstream media has, for many years, mocked preppers with “tin foil hat” characterizations and defamatory hit pieces. As it turns out yet again, the preppers were the geniuses after all.

The Health Ranger Store offers hundreds of preparedness items that are IN STOCK and ready to ship. Click here to see the survival and preparedness gear that’s available right now:


Reader 09/10/2017 (Sun) 19:25:05 Id: aa6a34 [Preview] No. 1620 del
Wherever you are, don’t wait for a crisis to start preparing

As we just found out during Hurricane Harvey, those who are well prepared against natural disasters can make it through almost anything. Those who fail to prepare, on the other hand, become desperate (and even dangerous) when a crisis strikes. The greatest threat to any city, it turns out, isn’t a natural disaster but rather the lack of preparednessamong its citizens.

When people don’t prepare, they create a massive humanitarian burden on local law enforcement and emergency responders. Every person who fails to prepare becomes a burden on the system. But those who prepare in advance are in a position to help others in need. Despite this simple fact, the mainstream media has condemned preppers as “hoarders” who were blamed for stocking up on essential supplies like food, water and ammunition to be deployed against looters.

No wonder the entire mainstream media is widely labeled fake news. They have been pushing an anti-preparedness message for years, contributing to the humanitarian disasters now unfolding in Texas and Florida. Once again, the globalist-run media proves it is the enemy of the American people.

Here are several websites that can help you stay informed about preparedness and survival. Visit Censored.news for near-real-time updates from across the independent media:


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Zimbabwe economy ahit; because they kicked out white farmers Reader 09/05/2017 (Tue) 22:17:44 Id: 47f322 [Preview] No. 1599 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]

Reader 09/06/2017 (Wed) 04:51:28 Id: dfc0c9 [Preview] No. 1605 del
What will those monkeys think of next...

Reader 09/10/2017 (Sun) 07:26:05 Id: edb0ad [Preview] No. 1615 del
they'll come to europe

More Americans Being Hired Under Trump - With Higher Wages - As Liberals and Corporations Throw A Fit Reader 09/05/2017 (Tue) 22:30:45 Id: caee48 [Preview] No. 1600 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
President Donald Trump’s harsh criticism of immigration programs and Congress’ refusal to lift a cap on work visas meant many seasonal businesses had to hire American this summer — and pay their workers more.

That's good news for Trump, for American workers, and for supporters of Trump's “American First” agenda, but business groups complain that increased spending on wages will ultimately cost jobs and sap company profits. Across the country, enterprises ranging from oyster shuckers to landscapers say they were forced to give up contracts and forgo revenue because they just couldn’t find enough workers to do the jobs this summer.

"There were a lot of businesses that lost a lot of revenue,” said Laurie Flanagan, co-chair of the H-2B Workforce Coalition, a corporate lobbying group with a membership that includes the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Trump has blasted programs that allow foreign guest workers to take jobs away from average Americans. “Widespread abuse in our immigration system is allowing American workers of all backgrounds to be replaced by workers brought in from other countries to fill the same job for sometimes less pay,” he told workers in Wisconsin in April. “This will stop.”

The Trump administration hasn't moved specifically against the visas for summer workers — known as H-2Bs. His own companies use H-2B workers, especially at his Mar-a-Lago resort, which recently requested H-2B visas for 70 cooks, housekeepers and servers to start in October. But an executive order that Trump signed in April put the federal government on notice that he intended to tighten restrictions on guest-worker visas, and created a chilling effect.

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Reader 09/06/2017 (Wed) 19:24:51 Id: 2c4a5b [Preview] No. 1609 del
Do you know WHY the corporations are angry with Trump? Because they can't get him to agree with amnesty policy!

Amnesty = more cheap labor / slave labor exploitation! Cheaper labor = more profits for big business! Corporations LOVE amnesty, they love cheap labor coming into the US... and they tried to convince Trump and his administration to allow Obama's amnesty policy. The failed. So they fled in anger and snotty elitist arrogance.

Reader 09/06/2017 (Wed) 19:29:52 Id: 2c4a5b [Preview] No. 1610 del
More jobs for Americans, less jobs for illegals. That means less cheap labor. Which means more decent paying jobs - for natural born citizens (Americans).

More jobs for immigrants = less jobs for Americans.

More jobs for Americans = less jobs for immigrants.

Stop confusing illegal immigrant job growth with domestic job growth. It is completely contradictory.

Reader 09/06/2017 (Wed) 21:41:23 Id: d19443 [Preview] No. 1612 del
Which has nothing to do with the fact Trump has not improved the economy as much as Obama, and is claiming credit for Obama's success ever since he took office. Economy lags, it doesn't jump up overnight just because Trump got elected, it jumps due to existing trends left over FROM obama.

Reader 09/07/2017 (Thu) 01:17:03 Id: 555cc0 [Preview] No. 1613 del
The worth of a GDP is measured by how many people jerk each other off instead of masturbating to themselves. A person taking a loan and spending it on himself destroys economy, but neighbors taking loans and giving it to each other builds economy.

Reader 09/08/2017 (Fri) 18:31:09 [Preview] No. 1614 del
>There were a lot of businesses that lost a lot of revenue
Businesses that rent out legal immigrants

Headlines constantly say Silicon Valley is abandoning Trump.
They know what's up: soon they won't be able to have an army of H1Bs moderate Faceberg posts for minimum wage.

Good! DoJ / DHS Shutting Down Obama's DACA Backdoor Amnesty Program Reader 09/05/2017 (Tue) 22:32:21 Id: 6aebfe [Preview] No. 1601 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
The Department of Homeland Security has just closed a bureaucratic backdoor which allowed roughly 4o,000 young illegals to get Green Cards via former President Barack Obama’s DACA amnesty.

The closure was buried in a September 5 statement from the DHS agency, which said the agency:

Will not approve any new Form I-131 applications for advance parole under standards associated with the DACA program, although it will generally honor the stated validity period for previously approved applications for advance parole … Further, USCIS will—of course—retain the authority to revoke or terminate an advance parole document at any time.

Will administratively close all pending Form I-131 applications for advance parole filed under standards associated with the DACA program, and will refund all associated fees.

The closure comes on the same day that President Donald Trump announced he is winding down the 2012 quasi-amnesty for 800,000 younger illegals.

The “Advanced Parole” backdoor to citizenship was created by Obama’s officials after he announced his June 2012 decision to stop enforcing immigration laws against the young illegals and to award instead them work permits and Social Security numbers.

The Advanced Parole process works like this: DACA illegals asked officials in Obama’s Department of Homeland Security if they could go home for an emergency and be allowed back into the United States under “Advanced Parole” status. The status was previously reserved for a few emergencies, such as a sick traveler on an international flight. The illegals applied for Advanced Parole by filing an I-131 application form.

Once approval was granted, the DACA illegal went home, usually to Mexico, but was then allowed to return to the United States via the legal process.


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BRICS Ready to Challenge US Dollar Says Putin Reader 09/05/2017 (Tue) 15:20:55 Id: af4237 [Preview] No. 1589 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia is ready to join forces with its partners to counter the excessive domination of the limited number of reserve currencies.

Putin made his comments in his article published in the run-up to the BRICS summit.

Russia Insider reports:

“We are ready to work together with our partners to promote international financial regulation reforms and to overcome the excessive domination of the limited number of reserve currencies. We will also work towards a more balanced distribution of quotas and voting shares within the IMF and the World Bank,” Putin said in his article, headlined “BRICS: Towards New Horizons of Strategic Partnership,” to be published by the leading media of the BRICS states (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) ahead of the group’s summit due on September 3-5 in China.

Unfairness of global financial architecture

According to the Russian leader, Russia shares the BRICS countries’ concerns over the unfairness of the global financial and economic architecture, which does not give due regard to the growing weight of the emerging economies.

“I am confident that the BRICS countries will continue to act in a consolidated manner against protectionism and new barriers in global trade,” he said. “We value the BRICS countries’ consensus on this issue, which allows us to more consistently advocate the foundations of an open, equal and mutually beneficial multilateral trade system and to strengthen the role of the WTO as the key regulator in international trade.”

The president said that Russia’s initiative on the development of cooperation among the BRICS countries’ antimonopoly agencies is aimed at creating effective mechanisms to encourage healthy competition.

“The goal is to create a package of cooperation measures to work against the restrictive business practices of large multinational corporations and trans-border violations of competition rules,” he said.

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Hurricane Harvey Disruptions Reveal Key to Texas Winning America’s Next Civil War? Reader 09/04/2017 (Mon) 13:30:00 Id: c7b73c [Preview] No. 1578 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Hurricane Harvey Disruptions Reveal Key to Texas Winning America’s Next Civil War


Most people know that Texas is home to the bulk of America’s oil and gas industry, and in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, we’re all finding out just how vital the Lone Star State is.

The storm has knocked out a sizable portion of Texas’ refining capacity, resulting in far less gasoline, diesel fuel and other products refined from oil. Gas prices are already starting to go up, and it’s no telling where they’ll top out because at this juncture, no one’s quite sure yet when Texas refining will once again be at full capacity.

But Texas is also home to another invaluable commodity in today’s world: chemicals. And Harvey has knocked out much of the state’s chemical manufacturing base as well — and again, for how long, no one knows.

As reported by Bloomberg, the devastating impact Harvey has had on Texas chemical manufacturing is already creating problems and shortages up and down the supply chain as factories struggle to find the chemicals required to produce plastics and other components that are used to make everything from car parts to jugs for milk:

Few Americans care about ethylene. Many have probably never heard of it.

As it turns out, this colorless, flammable gas is arguably the most important petrochemical on the planet — and much of it comes from the hurricane-stricken Gulf Coast. Ethylene is one of the big reasons the damage wrought by Hurricane Harvey in the chemical communities along the Gulf of Mexico is likely to ripple through U.S. manufacturing of essential items from milk jugs to mattresses.

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Reader 09/04/2017 (Mon) 13:30:35 Id: c7b73c [Preview] No. 1579 del
As reported by Zero Hedge, the U.S. Gulf Coast “is a crucial player in the global market: U.S. production accounts for one of every five tons on the market. International ethylene plants were running nearly full out to meet rising demand” before the storm hit.

“The combination of Harvey’s path, duration, and rainfall is wreaking havoc with the supply side of the U.S. chemicals industry on an unprecedented scale,” Kevin McCarthy, an equity analyst at Vertical Research Partners, told Bloomberg. “We certainly haven’t seen anything quite like it in our 18 years of following chemical stocks on Wall Street.”

In addition to ethylene, another widely employed chemical — polypropylene — has also been largely taken offline, with analysts claiming that Harvey has caused a 60 percent manufacturing reduction.

Buyers for chemicals and plastics cannot stay in business for long without replenishing inventories. Some have already told customers they won’t be able to fulfill their contracts because of the damage done by Harvey.

As for petroleum refining, most believe that capacity will be up and running again within a couple of weeks, but there could be unexpected delays as plant managers begin to get operations up and running again.

Also, demand for ethane and butane, both of which are vital to the production of ethylene and other chemicals, has fallen 90 percent due to plant closures.

Some gasoline pipelines that are currently closed provide almost half of the East Coast’s supply. As CNBC reports:

The Colonial Pipeline Company also shut down part of critical lines that transport gasoline, diesel, and aviation fuel from Houston through the southeast and up the East Coast to New Jersey. The closure prevented fuel flows along a stretch from Houston to Hebert, Texas.

Reader 09/04/2017 (Mon) 13:30:53 Id: c7b73c [Preview] No. 1580 del
And while about one-quarter of total U.S. refinery capacity has been taken offline by Harvey, something more like 40 percent of capacity that serves people east of the Rockies has been negatively affected.

“This is an unprecedented event, and it’s got some unknown outcomes,” Tom Kloza, global head of energy analysis at the Oil Price Information Service, told CNBC.

So essentially, as Harvey has proven, Texas controls much of the country’s chemical, fuel, and energy, giving it out-sized strategic importance for the overall health (and economic success) of the United States.

But that’s not all Texas is known for. The state is a major agricultural producer as well and has a robust infrastructure manufacturing base. In addition, Texas is beginning to rival California’s Silicon Valley.

The point is, for all the criticism Texas has received from out-of-state Left-wing liberals, without it their lives would be much more difficult, far more expensive, and a lot less fulfilling. The state is absolutely vital in terms of the energy, petrochemical, agricultural, and technological resources it provides to the rest of the country (and much of the world).

As Americans continue to allow “social justice warriors,” cultural change artists, history revisionists, haters of football and political hucksters to divide and conquer us, one thing everyone should be well aware of: Texas doesn’t need the rest of us nearly as much as we need Texas. We forget that at our peril.

More than that, any effort to leave the nation by force cannot be accomplished without the Lone Star State, as Harvey has so aptly proven.

Reader 09/04/2017 (Mon) 13:51:26 Id: c7b73c [Preview] No. 1581 del
If only Texas would begin to move a lot of it's current chemical production, oil refineries and manufacturing away from the coast lines Texas could mitigate much of the threats and consequences from disasters such as Hurricane Harvey. Hopefully this disaster will help to wake up the industrial base to take action to mitigate similar disasters in the near future. What they also need is to do is create contingency plans: say if a natural disaster were to impact a portion of the state, they could move to utilize industry/production elsewhere in the state, and recruit workers to move to those areas for the time being (of-course this would have to be worked out by offering incentives to the workers such as temporary housing, transportation and surplus in emergency food storage - ALL which would cost money but still do-able).

How The CIA Created Google To Control The Flow Of Information Reader 08/29/2017 (Tue) 01:22:34 Id: bb7547 [Preview] No. 1527 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
How The CIA Created Google To Control The Flow Of Information

Inside the secret network behind mass surveillance, endless war, and Skynet...


INSURGE INTELLIGENCE, a new crowd-funded investigative journalism project, breaks the exclusive story of how the United States intelligence community funded, nurtured and incubated Google as part of a drive to dominate the world through control of information. Seed-funded by the NSA and CIA, Google was merely the first among a plethora of private sector start-ups co-opted by US intelligence to retain ‘information superiority.’

The origins of this ingenious strategy trace back to a secret Pentagon-sponsored group, that for the last two decades has functioned as a bridge between the US government and elites across the business, industry, finance, corporate, and media sectors. The group has allowed some of the most powerful special interests in corporate America to systematically circumvent democratic accountability and the rule of law to influence government policies, as well as public opinion in the US and around the world. The results have been catastrophic: NSA mass surveillance, a permanent state of global war, and a new initiative to transform the US military into Skynet.

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, western governments are moving fast to legitimize expanded powers of mass surveillance and controls on the internet, all in the name of fighting terrorism.

US and European politicians have called to protect NSA-style snooping, and to advance the capacity to intrude on internet privacy by outlawing encryption. One idea is to establish a telecoms partnership that would unilaterally delete content deemed to “fuel hatred and violence” in situations considered “appropriate.” Heated discussions are going on at government and parliamentary level to explore cracking down on lawyer-client confidentiality.

What any of this would have done to prevent the Charlie Hebdo attacks remains a mystery, especially given that we already know the terrorists were on the radar of French intelligence for up to a decade.

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Reader 08/29/2017 (Tue) 01:26:22 Id: bb7547 [Preview] No. 1533 del
But Government Executive reported that “O’Neill and others believed” such regulatory issues “would quell the free flow of ideas and no-holds-barred discussions they sought.” Pentagon lawyers had warned that the word ‘group’ might necessitate certain obligations and advised running the whole thing privately: “So O’Neill renamed it the Highlands Forum and moved into the private sector to manage it as a consultant to the Pentagon.” The Pentagon Highlands Forum thus runs under the mantle of O’Neill’s ‘intellectual capital venture firm,’ ‘Highlands Group Inc.’

In 1995, a year after William Perry appointed O’Neill to head up the Highlands Forum, SAIC?—?the Forum’s “partner” organization?—?launched a new Center for Information Strategy and Policy under the direction of “Jeffrey Cooper, a member of the Highlands Group who advises senior Defense Department officials on information warfare issues.” The Center had precisely the same objective as the Forum, to function as “a clearinghouse to bring together the best and brightest minds in information warfare by sponsoring a continuing series of seminars, papers and symposia which explore the implications of information warfare in depth.” The aim was to “enable leaders and policymakers from government, industry, and academia to address key issues surrounding information warfare to ensure that the United States retains its edge over any and all potential enemies.”

Despite FACA regulations, federal advisory committees are already heavily influenced, if not captured, by corporate power. So in bypassing FACA, the Pentagon overrode even the loose restrictions of FACA, by permanently excluding any possibility of public engagement.

O’Neill’s claim that there are no reports or recommendations is disingenuous. By his own admission, the secret Pentagon consultations with industry that have taken place through the Highlands Forum since 1994 have been accompanied by regular presentations of academic and policy papers, recordings and notes of meetings, and other forms of documentation that are locked behind a login only accessible by Forum delegates. This violates the spirit, if not the letter, of FACA?—?in a way that is patently intended to circumvent democratic accountability and the rule of law.

The Highlands Forum doesn’t need to produce consensus recommendations. Its purpose is to provide the Pentagon a shadow social networking mechanism to cement lasting relationships with corporate power, and to identify new talent, that can be used to fine-tune information warfare strategies in absolute secrecy.

Total participants in the DoD’s Highlands Forum number over a thousand, although sessions largely consist of small closed workshop style gatherings of maximum 25–30 people, bringing together experts and officials depending on the subject. Delegates have included senior personnel from SAIC and Booz Allen Hamilton, RAND Corp., Cisco, Human Genome Sciences, eBay, PayPal, IBM, Google, Microsoft, AT&T, the BBC, Disney, General Electric, Enron, among innumerable others; Democrat and Republican members of Congress and the Senate; senior executives from the US energy industry such as Daniel Yergin of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates; and key people involved in both sides of presidential campaigns.

Other participants have included senior media professionals: David Ignatius, associate editor of the Washington Post and at the time the executive editor of the International Herald Tribune; Thomas Friedman, long-time New York Times columnist; Arnaud de Borchgrave, an editor at Washington Times and United Press International; Steven Levy, a former Newsweek editor, senior writer for Wired and now chief tech editor at Medium; Lawrence Wright, staff writer at the New Yorker; Noah Shachtmann, executive editor at the Daily Beast; Rebecca McKinnon, co-founder of Global Voices Online; Nik Gowing of the BBC; and John Markoff of the New York Times.

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Due to its current sponsorship by the OSD’s undersecretary of defense for intelligence, the Forum has inside access to the chiefs of the main US surveillance and reconnaissance agencies, as well as the directors and their assistants at DoD research agencies, from DARPA, to the ONA. This also means that the Forum is deeply plugged into the Pentagon’s policy research task forces.

In 1994?—?the same year the Highlands Forum was founded under the stewardship of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the ONA, and DARPA?—?two young PhD students at Stanford University, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, made their breakthrough on the first automated web crawling and page ranking application. That application remains the core component of what eventually became Google’s search service. Brin and Page had performed their work with funding from the Digital Library Initiative (DLI), a multi-agency programme of the National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA and DARPA.

But that’s just one side of the story.

Throughout the development of the search engine, Sergey Brin reported regularly and directly to two people who were not Stanford faculty at all: Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham and Dr. Rick Steinheiser. Both were representatives of a sensitive US intelligence community research programme on information security and data-mining.

Thuraisingham is currently the Louis A. Beecherl distinguished professor and executive director of the Cyber Security Research Institute at the University of Texas, Dallas, and a sought-after expert on data-mining, data management and information security issues. But in the 1990s, she worked for the MITRE Corp., a leading US defense contractor, where she managed the Massive Digital Data Systems initiative, a project sponsored by the NSA, CIA, and the Director of Central Intelligence, to foster innovative research in information technology.

“We funded Stanford University through the computer scientist Jeffrey Ullman, who had several promising graduate students working on many exciting areas,” Prof. Thuraisingham told me. “One of them was Sergey Brin, the founder of Google. The intelligence community’s MDDS program essentially provided Brin seed-funding, which was supplemented by many other sources, including the private sector.”

This sort of funding is certainly not unusual, and Sergey Brin’s being able to receive it by being a graduate student at Stanford appears to have been incidental. The Pentagon was all over computer science research at this time. But it illustrates how deeply entrenched the culture of Silicon Valley is in the values of the US intelligence community.

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In an extraordinary document hosted by the website of the University of Texas, Thuraisingham recounts that from 1993 to 1999, “the Intelligence Community [IC] started a program called Massive Digital Data Systems (MDDS) that I was managing for the Intelligence Community when I was at the MITRE Corporation.” The program funded 15 research efforts at various universities, including Stanford. Its goal was developing “data management technologies to manage several terabytes to petabytes of data,” including for “query processing, transaction management, metadata management, storage management, and data integration.”

At the time, Thuraisingham was chief scientist for data and information management at MITRE, where she led team research and development efforts for the NSA, CIA, US Air Force Research Laboratory, as well as the US Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) and Communications and Electronic Command (CECOM). She went on to teach courses for US government officials and defense contractors on data-mining in counter-terrorism.

In her University of Texas article, she attaches the copy of an abstract of the US intelligence community’s MDDS program that had been presented to the “Annual Intelligence Community Symposium” in 1995. The abstract reveals that the primary sponsors of the MDDS programme were three agencies: the NSA, the CIA’s Office of Research & Development, and the intelligence community’s Community Management Staff (CMS) which operates under the Director of Central Intelligence. Administrators of the program, which provided funding of around 3–4 million dollars per year for 3–4 years, were identified as Hal Curran (NSA), Robert Kluttz (CMS), Dr. Claudia Pierce (NSA), Dr. Rick Steinheiser (ORD?—?standing for the CIA’s Office of Research and Devepment), and Dr. Thuraisingham herself.

Thuraisingham goes on in her article to reiterate that this joint CIA-NSA program partly funded Sergey Brin to develop the core of Google, through a grant to Stanford managed by Brin’s supervisor Prof. Jeffrey D. Ullman:

“In fact, the Google founder Mr. Sergey Brin was partly funded by this program while he was a PhD student at Stanford. He together with his advisor Prof. Jeffrey Ullman and my colleague at MITRE, Dr. Chris Clifton [Mitre’s chief scientist in IT], developed the Query Flocks System which produced solutions for mining large amounts of data stored in databases. I remember visiting Stanford with Dr. Rick Steinheiser from the Intelligence Community and Mr. Brin would rush in on roller blades, give his presentation and rush out. In fact the last time we met in September 1998, Mr. Brin demonstrated to us his search engine which became Google soon after.”

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Everytime important news like this gets posted it gets sliden by mainstream BS threads. Every. Fucking. Time.

Looks like someone is working 24/7, overtime to kill this kind of information.

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The goyim can't know if you shut it down. But essentially there is a heavy crackdown on any sort of useful information.