Kondratieff Wave – Kondratieff Wave
Nikolai Kondratieff (Kondratiev), a Russian economist was the first to suggest that industrial economies followed a cycle of change in prices and production. Actually, this cycle is a cycle of liquidity and not price. But rising and declining trends for money, labor and products are an effect of the cycle.
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Time-Price-Research: Alexander Chizhevsky: Physical Factors of the Historical Process
These extraordinary claims, contained in his first book, Physical Factors of the Historical Process, were greeted with near universal derision, and for a time the brooding, pallid twenty-five-year-old, a descendant of a court tenor and a member of heredity nobility who was already tainted by his aristocratic lineage in the eyes of his countrymen, became the laughingstock of the newly ensconced Bolshevik Party, which disparagingly nicknamed him “the Sun Worshipper.” 

After all, he was essentially suggesting that all the tumultuous events leading to Russia’s liberation from corrupt tsarist rule had nothing to do with ideology or the motivation of the country’s workers and everything to do with sunspots. As a consequence Chizhevsky fell out of favor for years among the scientific establishment, despite the patronage of the Nobel Prize winner, author, and political activist Maxim Gorky. Nevertheless Chizhevsky, a scientific da Vinci of sorts, stubbornly carried on with his research, attempting to make connections between biology, physics, geology, and space weather that remained invisible to most of his peers. He painstakingly examined records of all battles, upheavals, riots, revolutions, and wars, comparing them with sunspot activity for nearly two thousand years in seventy-one countries, including his own.

The theory checked out: more than three-quarters of all instances of human unrest, including the Russian Revolution of 1917, had occurred during a solar maximum, the period of the maximum number of sunspots in any solar cycle. The only area that remained questionable was the mechanism of this cosmic connection, but Chizhevsky had a theory: our dependence upon the cosmic pulse of the sun might be mediated by ions, or excess charge, in the air.
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Chizhevsky - Cycles Research Institute
Prof. S Ertel writes “Soon I found myself looking, with due sense of duty, at unconventional claims of disrespected authors. Is there anything at Alexander Chizhevsky’s claim that variations of solar activity and dependent geomagnetic oscillations have any impact on human mental life? I there any evidence of his claim that changes of minds among masses of people are triggered by solar magnetism manifesting themselves as upheavals, revolts, civil wars, revolutions, and other forms of “power from below”? (Chizhevsky had been banished by Stalinist “power from above” to some gulag in Ural). I found weaknesses in the Russian’s archival procedure. To my surprise, however, my scrutiny of this hypothesis based on own data corroborated the gist of his results. Fortunately, representatives of mainstream science in the West where tolerance is decreed by law could not simply react to this finding by jailing the researcher.”
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Toward General Economy | Georges Bataille
Georges Bataille’s major contribution to the history of thought, if not consciousness, consists in his transformation of Friedrich Nietzsche’s concept of general economy into a subtle tool for the critical analysis of expenditure in all of its forms at every scale, from the atomic to the cosmic, by way of cells, organisms, and societies. And expenditure takes many forms—eating, sex and death are only three ways of expressing the processes of incorporation, accumulation, transformation, reproduction, and dissemination that are the passageways of energy in its peregrinations through matter: each word expressing only a moment in the life of energy, a pause or delay in the relentless process of becoming. We ourselves are only a moment in the life of energy sent from the sun, a suspension of energy in liquid and mineral material coursing through the depths of space.
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Georges Bataille - Wikipedia
The notion of "excess" energy is central to Bataille's thinking. Bataille's inquiry takes the superabundance of energy, beginning from the infinite outpouring of solar energy or the surpluses produced by life's basic chemical reactions, as the norm for organisms. In other words, an organism in Bataille's general economy, unlike the rational actors of classical economy who are motivated by scarcity, normally has an "excess" of energy available to it. This extra energy can be used productively for the organism's growth or it can be lavishly expended. Bataille insists that an organism's growth or expansion always runs up against limits and becomes impossible. The wasting of this energy is "luxury." The form and role luxury assumes in a society are characteristic of that society. "The accursed share" refers to this excess, destined for waste.
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Alexander Chizhevsky - Wikipedia
He analyzed sunspot records (and approximated records), comparing them to riots, revolutions, battles and war in Russia and seventy-one other countries for the period 500 BCE to 1922 CE. (A process known as historiometry.) He found that a significant percent of what he classified as the most important historical events involving large numbers of people occurred around sunspot maximum. Edward R. Dewey, founder of the Foundation for the Study of Cycles, analyzed and published his data in 1951 in the Foundation's publications.[7] In a 1971 book Dewey described the "four components" of Chizhevsky's eleven-year cycle and their approximate lengths: 1) a three-year period of minimum activity characterized by passivity and autocratic rule; 2) a two-year period during which masses begin to organize under new leaders and one theme; 3) a three-year period of maximum excitability, revolution and war; 4) a three-year period of gradual decrease in excitability until the masses are apathetic. Dewey questioned Chizhevsky's theory because in Chizhevsey's data, the sunspot cycle height lagged about a year ahead his "mass excitability index."[8]
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Kondratieff Wave
Economists have identified five Kondratieff Waves since the 18th century. The first resulted from the invention of the steam engine and ran from 1780 to 1830. The second cycle arose because of the steel industry and the spread of railroads. It ran from 1830 to 1880. The third cycle resulted from electrification and innovation in the chemical industry, and ran from 1880 to 1930. The fourth cycle was fueled by autos and petrochemicals and lasted from 1930 to 1970. The fifth cycle was based on information technology and began in 1970 and ran through the present. Some economists believe we are at the start of a sixth wave and that this one will be driven by biotechnology and healthcare.
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Long-Term Study of Heart Rate Variability Responses to Changes in the Solar and Geomagnetic Environment. - PubMed - NCBI
This long-term study examined relationships between solar and magnetic factors and the time course and lags of autonomic nervous system (ANS) responses to changes in solar and geomagnetic activity. Heart rate variability (HRV) was recorded for 72 consecutive hours each week over a five-month period in 16 participants in order to examine ANS responses during normal background environmental periods. HRV measures were correlated with solar and geomagnetic variables using multivariate linear regression analysis with Bonferroni corrections for multiple comparisons after removing circadian influences from both datasets. Overall, the study confirms that daily ANS activity responds to changes in geomagnetic and solar activity during periods of normal undisturbed activity and it is initiated at different times after the changes in the various environmental factors and persist over varying time periods. Increase in solar wind intensity was correlated with increases in heart rate, which we interpret as a biological stress response. Increase in cosmic rays, solar radio flux, and Schumann resonance power was all associated with increased HRV and parasympathetic activity. The findings support the hypothesis that energetic environmental phenomena affect psychophysical processes that can affect people in different ways depending on their sensitivity, health status and capacity for self-regulation.
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Possible biophysical mechanism of the effect of the solar activity on the human
Numerous studies, beginning with Tchizhevsky's works, demonstrated the undeniable effect of the solar activity on the human body. A possible geophysical mechanism of the effect of the solar activity on the human body was proposed by Vladimirsky. In this mechanism solar disturbances (powerful chromospheres flares) cause "magnetosphere and plasmasphere disturbances on the Earth (sudden magnetic storms), which are accompanied by a change in the spectrum of the electromagnetic field on the Earth's surface in the extremely low frequency band. In its turn, this brings about shifts in the phisiological indices of the human body". In this model, the human body is regarded as a self-oscillating system affected by external geophysical factors. We also adhere to the main principles of this model but refine the part of this model that describes the change in the spectrum of the electromagnetic field on the Earth's surface in the extremely low frequency band. Unlike Vladimirsky model, we regard the human is not as a self-oscillating system but as one of two coupled oscillating system with discrete resonance frequencies in the human-habitat ensemble. Solar processes and their induced changes in one of the two coupled oscillating systems, specifically, the habitat play the role of an external force.
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Solar activity, revolutions and cultural prime in the history of mankind. - PubMed - NCBI
Russian astronomer A.L. Tchijevsky published in the twenties of 20th century a study comparing the approximately 11-year cycling of "sunspot activity" and "historical process", analyzed globally since the 5th century B.C. to the 19th century A.D. According to him, phenomena of societal "excitation", as revolutions, occurred synchronously with the solar maxima, and, oppositely, those of peaceful activities of masses, as science and arts, with the solar minima. Recently, Slovak philosopher E. Páles describes periodic fluctuation of historical events in mutually distant geographic areas during more than three millennia. The period lengths, however, are longer, one of the most pronounced being around 500 years. THE QUESTION was therefore posed: does a similar correlation with sunspot activity, as found for 11-year cycles, exist also in the 500-year cycling?
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(PDF) Space weather and revolutions chizevsky's heliobiological claim scrutinized
Chizhevski's 1921 claim of a relationship between solar activity and revolutionary mass behavior is scrutinized. A Master Index of Violence-from-below Events (MIVE) is compiled, consisting of 2101 events along with 4000 references extracted from 18 historical sources (chronologies, time-lines etc, period A.D. 1700-1985. The database is subjected to Q-analysis whose output, average distances of most violent years from solar maximum years, allows for significance estimates based on randomizations. The relationship between solar activity and violence-from-below proves to be very significant (p < .001). Results obtained from various controls corroborate the conclusion that the relationship is substantial. Ensuing physical, physiological, psychological, and societal problems raised by the awareness of correlations of human history with heliodependent environmental processes, need to be resolved.
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Cosmophysical correlation of creative activity in the history of culture - PubMed - NCBI
The regularities in the creation of outstanding works of painting and poetry, as well as scientific discoveries over a period 1400-1800 was estimated quantitatively. The occurrence of an about 10-year periodicity of the creative activity in West-European and Chinese painting, poetry and science is shown. As a rule, the peaks of creative work in China agree with those in West Europe. Since the Chinese civilization was not directly connected with the European one, the effect of a synchronizing external factor is proposed. It is assumed that variations in solar activity serve as such a factor. The study is based on historical data on painting, poetry, and scientific discoveries in the period from 1400 to 1800.
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To our friends | The Invisible Committe
“If you want to force a change,” Milton Friedman advised his Chicago Boys, “set off a crisis.” Far from fearing crises, capital now tries its hand at producing them experimentally. The way avalanches are intentionally triggered in order to control their timing and size. The way plains are set ablaze so that a menacing fire will extinguish itself there for lack of fuel. “Where and when” is a question of opportuneness or tactical necessity. It’s public knowledge that shortly after being appointed, in 2010, the director of the Greek Statistical Authority, ELSTAT, set about falsifying that country’s debt accounts, making them look worse as a way of justifying the Troika’s intervention. So it’s a fact that the “sovereign debt crisis” was launched by a man still on the official payroll of the IMF, an institution charged with “helping” countries get out of debt. Here it was a matter of testing out, in a European country under real conditions, the neoliberal project of a complete revamping of a society, to measure the effects of a proper policy of “structural adjustment.”
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Mars Rover Finds Weird Rocks, Hits 20-Km Marker
What Opportunity has seen are chunks of the same type of bedrock it has seen at hundreds of locations since landing in January 2004: soft, sulfate-rich sandstone holding harder peppercorn-size dark spheres like berries in a muffin. The little spheres, rich in iron, gained the nickname "blueberries." But these rocks have some unusual twists as well.
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Orange Sunshine: The Strange But True Story of the 'Hippie Mafia' (Part 1) - YouTube
An interview with Nicholas Schou, author of Orange Sunshine: The Brotherhood of Eternal Love and Its Quest to Spread Peace, Love, and Acid to the World. The inside story of the infamous gang of dope-dealing surfers who played a key role in the counterculture...
yesterday
Lost In Space: The Weird & Wonderful, Cold War-Era Satellites Still Circling Earth
Today, some 18,000 man-made objects large enough to be tracked circle the Earth, with most of them defunct. Efforts are now under way to develop the means to clean up some of the space junk left in orbit. The urgency of the problem was highlighted in 2009 when a defunct Russian and a working American satellite obliterated each other when they collided at a combined speed of some 42,000 kilometers per hour.
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How free is free love? How polyamory lost its allure | Books | The Guardian
The surrealists, the constructivists, even the homelier set at “Bloomsbury in Sussex”, were creating worlds where people emerged from the closed doors of their separate families and allowed themselves to love, depend on – and be disturbed by – a larger circle of people. They were enabled to do this by utopian political visions that included sexuality. For the surrealists, desire itself was to be allowed to dictate everything from sex to politics. The constructivists, who shared the larger Soviet aim to collectivise life, wanted to discard ownership of bodies as they discarded ownership of homes.
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What Can a President Do During a State of Emergency? - The Atlantic
But will they? Unknown to most Americans, a parallel legal regime allows the president to sidestep many of the constraints that normally apply. The moment the president declares a “national emergency”—a decision that is entirely within his discretion—more than 100 special provisions become available to him. While many of these tee up reasonable responses to genuine emergencies, some appear dangerously suited to a leader bent on amassing or retaining power. For instance, the president can, with the flick of his pen, activate laws allowing him to shut down many kinds of electronic communications inside the United States or freeze Americans’ bank accounts. Other powers are available even without a declaration of emergency, including laws that allow the president to deploy troops inside the country to subdue domestic unrest.
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2 New Yorkers Erased $1.5 Million in Medical Debt for Hundreds of Strangers - The New York Times
Over the summer months, the women raised $12,500 and sent it to the debt-forgiveness charity, which then purchased a portfolio of $1.5 million of medical debts on their behalf, for about half a penny on the dollar.
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Michelle Obama on the Queen: She's Smart, Funny and Honest, and Calls Royal Protocol 'Rubbish'
Obama told a London audience she was nervously trying to remember the correct protocol for greeting the queen during a visit to the royal family’s Windsor Castle in 2016. As she prepared to be picked up by the monarch in her car, Obama said she “had all this protocol buzzing in my head, and I was like 'don't trip down the stairs and don't touch anybody, whatever you do.’” But to her great relief, the queen dispensed with the formalities. “And so the queen says ‘just get in, sit wherever’ and she's telling you one thing and you're remembering protocol,” Obama recalled, “and she says, ‘Oh it's all rubbish, just get in.’”

Obama recalled another potential faux pas in a separate visit in 2009, when she touched the queen’s back within minutes of meeting her—considered by many to be a breach of protocol. Fortunately, the monarch did not seem particularly perturbed by the contact, and even went as far as to return the gesture, The Guardian reported. “I touched her. After all those protocol lessons, I was human,” Obama recalled Monday, according to the Evening Standard.

The Obamas enjoyed a friendly relationship with the Windsors, their multiple relaxed and happy encounters with the royals seemingly going beyond the regular formalities afforded most presidents. Both Michelle and Barack Obama remain huge fans of the queen, the former first lady said Monday. “She's smart and funny and honest,” Obama said, noting that her husband is an especially strong admirer partly because the queen reminds him of his grandmother Toot. “He is a huge fan for sure,” Obama added. “Barack is so incredibly fond of Her Majesty,” she continued, but said she would not elaborate too much on what she termed his “fangirling.”
5 days ago
Michelle Obama Tells a Secret: 'I Have Been at Every Powerful Table You Can Think of... They Are Not That Smart'
The former first lady said that point was profoundly true "for women of color" as people in power try to make them feel as if they do not belong.  But Obama offered a "secret" to young women everywhere: "I have been at probably every powerful table that you can think of, I have worked at nonprofits, I have been at foundations, I have worked in corporations, served on corporate boards, I have been at G-summits, I have sat in at the U.N.: They are not that smart." 
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Greg Grandin: George H.W. Bush’s 1989 Invasion of Panama Set the Stage for U.S. Wars to Come | Democracy Now!
The death of George H.W. Bush has dominated the U.S. news for days, but little attention has been paid to the defining event of Bush’s first year in office: the invasion of Panama. On December 19, 1989, Bush Sr. sent tens of thousands of troops into Panama, ostensibly to execute an arrest warrant against its leader, Manuel Noriega, on charges of drug trafficking. General Noriega was once a close ally to Washington and on the CIA payroll. In a nationally televised address, Bush claimed the invasion was needed to defend democracy in Panama. During the attack, the U.S. unleashed a force of 24,000 troops equipped with highly sophisticated weaponry and aircraft against a country with an army smaller than the New York City Police Department. An estimated 3,000 Panamanians died in the attack. We speak with historian Greg Grandin, prize-winning author and professor of Latin American history at New York University, on the lasting impact of the Panama invasion.
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I Will Not Speak Kindly of the Dead. Bush Was Detestable.
Bush also gave us the notorious off shore limbo of the Guantánamo Bay detentions. When Haitian refugees escaping the violence surrounding the 1991 coup in that country sought asylum in the US, Bush opened up a camp for them at the US naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. His purpose was similar to that of his son, George Jr., in that he wanted a place to hold people without allowing them on US soil under protection of US law. To Bush, the Haitians posed a threat unlike any other refugee group or migrant population.
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Cuba Extends Internet To Mobile Phones, Promising New Access : NPR
The promise of wide mobile access to the Internet comes more than a year after Google helped speed up Internet speeds within Cuba, installing servers through a deal with ETECSA. The country's main Internet link comes through the ALBA-1 submarine cable, which runs from Venezuela. ETECSA also routes some traffic through a private satellite.
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Fishermen Blame Energy Companies For Warming Oceans, Climate Change : The Salt : NPR
On Nov. 14, fishermen in California and Oregon joined the legal fray by filing suit against 30 companies, mainly oil producers. The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations, the plaintiff, contends that the fossil fuel industry is at direct fault and must be held accountable for recent warming-related damages to the West Coast's prized Dungeness crab fishery, which catches millions of the tender-fleshed crustacean most years, and coastal chefs turn the critters into classics like Crab Louie and Crab Cioppino.
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Italy, the EU, and the Fall of the Roman Empire - ALASTAIR CROOKE
It was Carl Schmitt – the political philosopher – however, who warned strongly against the possibility of what he called a negative katechon accelerator. This would seem to apply – exactly – to the situation in which the EU presently finds itself. This was a notion, held by the ancients, that historical events often have a ‘backstage’ contrarian dimension – that is to say that some given ‘intent’ or action (by say, the EU), may end upaccelerating precisely those processes which it was meant to slow down or to halt. For Schmitt, this explained the paradox through which a ‘braking action’ (such as the one being undertaken by the EU) may actually reverse itself, in an unwanted acceleration of the very processes the EU intends to oppose. Schmitt called this an ‘involuntary’ effect, since it produced effects opposed to the original intent. For the ancients, it simply reminded them that we humans often are merely history’s objects, rather than its causal subjects.
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'Yellow Vests': Why France Is Protesting New Gas Taxes - CityLab
It’s not just the protests’ fierceness and geographic spread that have taken the country by surprise—French media reported more than 2,000 separate rallies occurring across the country. Unusually, the Yellow Vests is a grassroots mass protest movement with no explicit wider political agenda or links to existing groups. Having organized themselves via social media since May (when the movement was sparked by an online petition), the Yellow Vests have arrived somewhat out of the blue.
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"TOO PERFECT TO BE NATURAL": THOSE STRANGE SEISMIC WAVES
It's the anomalous nature of this event that has geologists puzzled, for it has (1) cyclic regularity, that is to say, frequency; (2) the seismic waves themselves are, in one geologist's words, "too perfect to be natural";  (3) there was no apparent volcanic or earthquake event to trigger the waves; (4) the event was not accompanied by other frequencies like normal earthquakes are, and (5) it was massive, causing the entire planet to "ring like a bell", yet, no one felt it. That's the claim, anyway, but I can't help but think the recent earthquakes in Anchorage and, for that matter, the weak one south of Buenos Aires might have been some sort of "after shocks" to the event.
5 days ago
Camille Paglia discusses 2020, Trump, Deep State
The deep state is no myth but a sodden, intertwined mass of bloated, self-replicating bureaucracy that constitutes the real power in Washington and that stubbornly outlasts every administration. As government programs have incrementally multiplied, so has their regulatory apparatus, with its intrusive byzantine minutiae. Recently tagged as a source of anti-Trump conspiracy among embedded Democrats, the deep state is probably equally populated by Republicans and apolitical functionaries of Bartleby the Scrivener blandness. Its spreading sclerotic mass is wasteful, redundant, and ultimately tyrannical.
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Opinion | Operation Infektion: A three-part video series on Russian disinformation - The New York Times
Russia’s meddling in the United States’ elections is not a hoax. It’s the culmination of Moscow’s decades-long campaign to tear the West apart. “Operation InfeKtion” reveals the ways in which one of the Soviets’ central tactics — the promulgation of lies about America — continues today, from Pizzagate to George Soros conspiracies. Meet the KGB spies who conceived this virus and the American truth squads who tried — and are still trying — to fight it. Countries from Pakistan to Brazil are now debating reality, and in Vladimir Putin’s greatest triumph, Americans are using Russia’s playbook against one another without the faintest clue.
5 days ago
Monopoly vs. the Magic Cape
As Amazon attempts to wrap its strangling octopus tentacles around Long Island City and the nondescript “National Landing” — a newly renamed portion of Crystal City — in Northern Virginia, one of the words floating in the punch bowl of our popular vernacular to describe the firm’s unchecked power is “monopoly.” The “HQ2 scam,” as David Dayen dubbed it, was never an act of good-faith competition, but rather a cunning scheme to collect data about cities all over the country: What infrastructure did they have? How many tax-breaks was the local (or state) government prepared to hand over to the richest man in the history of the world? What would they do to accommodate a massive influx of professional-class tech workers? The spectacle of the publicity stunt was gratuitous, to put it mildly, but it was also beside the point. In Dayen’s formulation, as Amazon expands from two-day to one-day or same-day delivery, the company will need more infrastructure everywhere. From Fresno, California, to Danbury, Connecticut, at least 236 cities stumbled into Amazon’s HQ2 flytrap: submitting bids — bargaining chips — for the company to use in its quest for monopoly.
5 days ago
The Forgotten Story of the Julian Assange of the 1970s - POLITICO Magazine
Agee’s book, Inside the Company: CIA Diary, published in 1975, revealed details of CIA covert operations in Latin America, including the identities of 250 of its undercover officers and the names of individuals they had recruited as informants. While Agee lived in self-imposed exile starting in 1978, he inspired and helped a small group of like-minded activists to publish CovertAction from an office in downtown Washington’s National Press Building.
5 days ago
The Uncensored History of George H.W. "Rubbers" Bush: Daddy Prescott, BBH, Hitler & Margaret Sanger - YouTube
The hagiography of George H.W. Bush. Bush 41’s father and Dubya’s grandfather, Senator Prescott Bush, was involved with corporations and investment banking firms such Brown Brothers Harriman and Union Banking Corporation, companies that profited directly from their involvement with and as the financial backers of Hitler and Nazi Germany. Just Google Prescott along with Trading with the Enemy Act and Fritz Thyssen and your jaw will drop. Why is that critical? Because if the name Donald Trump was substituted for GHWB, it would have been a different story. Bush 41 was the last of the WWII generation and was the spook’s spook with a pedigree that is unmatched in modern times. Pay attention to history and fact. As Tolstoy said, history would be a wonderful thing if only it were true.

As for the nickname, In 1952, Daddy Prescott won a Senate seat. George would later follow in his steps via politics and his rabid support for Planned Parenthood. In fact, as a result of his Planned Parenthood fanaticism and disdain for the "unwanted," Bush 41 earned the nickname “Rubbers” from House colleagues. How nice. A bona fide eugenist. New World Order, baby. In spades.
5 days ago
Microbial-based treatment reverses autism spectrum social deficits in mouse models
An unconventional approach has successfully reversed deficits in social behaviors associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in genetic, environmental and idiopathic mouse models of the condition. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine report in the journal Neuron that administration of the bacterium Lactobacillus reuteri could lead to specific changes in the brain that reverse social deficits through a mechanism that involves the vagus nerve and the oxytocin-dopamine reward system. These findings hold hope for the development of novel therapies for neurological disorders by modulating specific microbes in the gut.
6 days ago
Maureen Dowd | Curtains for the Clintons - The New York Times
The Clintons refuse to be discarded. It has been their joint project for half a century to be at the center of the public scene and debate. The way that the whole thing came crashing down in 2016 is too hard for them to bear. They would like to rewrite the ending, but there is no way to do that.
6 days ago
Press Release (Response From DOJ) – Lawyers' Committee for 9/11 Inquiry
The U.S. Attorney’s letter does not spell out the steps that will be taken to comply, but 18 U.S.C. § 3332 is clear as to what these steps must be. This law states: “[a]ny such [United States] attorney receiving information concerning such an alleged offense from any other person shall, if requested by such other person, inform the [Special] grand jury of such alleged offense, the identity of such other person, and such attorney’s action or recommendation.” This law also states that “(a) It shall be the duty of each such [special] grand jury impaneled within any judicial district to inquire into offenses against the criminal laws of the United States alleged to have been committed within that district.”
7 days ago
Geronimo’s Heirs Sue Secret Yale Society Over His Skull - The New York Times
Geronimo died a prisoner of war at Fort Sill, Okla., in 1909. A longstanding tradition among members of Skull and Bones holds that Prescott S. Bush — father of President George Bush and grandfather of President George W. Bush — broke into the grave with some classmates during World War I and made off with the skull, two bones, a bridle and some stirrups, all of which were put on display at the group’s clubhouse in New Haven, known as the Tomb.
8 days ago
Microscopic Images Of Seeds
The diversity and intricacy of shapes and sizes of seeds is extraordinary. Even more amazing is that within even the tiniest of seeds lies the complete genetic information required to birth and structure such organisms as the complex passion flower, or a 360 foot tall sequoia. Seeds are also amazing travelers, either with the help of the wind or by hitching rides with neighboring wildlife. If stored in ideal conditions, seeds can also spring to life, after hundreds of years of lying dormant.
9 days ago
Pig-human hybrids - Historical Accounts
No less a personage than the great philosopher John Locke gave credence to the existence of pig-human hybrids. In his Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690, III, Chapter 6, §27) he asks, “Who would undertake to resolve what species that monster was of
10 days ago
Scientists inject human cells into pig embryo to create human-pig hybrid
The team created 186 later-stage chimeric embryos that survived, says Wu, and “we estimate [each had] about 1 in 100,000 human cells.” In other words, the embryos were made up of 0.001% human cells. Not only is the percentage low but they found that the embryos took longer to develop, perhaps because pig embryos take longer to develop.
10 days ago
CIA’s “Operation Gladio” with Paul Williams - YouTube
Watching the Hawks’ Sean Stone sits down with award-winning journalist and former FBI counter-terrorism consultant Paul L. Williams to learn more about “Operation Gladio” and the CIA’s historic affinity for propping up paramilitary groups across the world. Williams shares his experiences researching the murky history of Washington’s relations with the enigmatic Fethullah Gülen, an exiled Turkish statesman and clergyman, as well as documenting the CIA’s connections to the Taliban, ISIS, and far-right extremists in Europe and Latin America. Finally, we evaluate the modern-day implications of this complicated web of relationships.
11 days ago
Paul L. Williams OPERATION GLADIO - YouTube
Dr. Paul L. Williams, a prolific author of numerous books including Operation Gladio, discusses his research findings and analysis of the Vatican
11 days ago
Scandal: According To A German Newspaper, Africa Pays Approximately 400 Billion Euros Annually to France | How Africa News
In addition, these countries must each year transfer their “colonial debt” for infrastructure built in France to Paris as Silicon Africa 3 reported in detail. France takes around 440 billion euros a year. The government in Paris also has a right of first refusal on all newly discovered natural resources in African countries. Finally, French companies must have priority in awarding contracts in former colonies. As a result, there is the most assets in the fields of supply, finance, transport, energy and agriculture in the hands of French companies.
11 days ago
Isabelle Raymond - Astrobiology - YouTube
Is there extraterrestrial life in our solar system or elsewhere in the universe? Astrobiology is a relatively new field that studies the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. It is a multidisciplinary field that includes aspects of geology, chemistry, planetary science, astronomy, robotics, and microbiology. Astrobiology and the search for life in our solar system is a major focus of space exploration. This talk will focus on the microbiology aspects of astrobiology and on the potential for life detection in our solar system. I will explore what life might look like and how we would be able to detect it. Currently, astrobiology investigations are primarily focused on Mars, and the moons Europa and Enceladus, in large part because of their potential for liquid water. These solar bodies are also characterized by extremely cold temperatures. As a result, extremely cold environments on earth (high Arctic, Antarctica) are often used as analog environments to these extraterrestrial places. Much of the work in our laboratory resolves around studying life in extreme cold earth environments to increase our understanding of the limits of life and the potential for life on Mars, Europa and Enceladus. This talk will also discuss potential biosignatures, that is, any substance that could provide evidence of past or present life, as well as the instruments that could be used to detect these biosignatures. Interestingly, direct life detection instruments have not been included on a space mission since the Viking missions in the late 1970s, and unfortunately, biosignatures that are currently detectable are not reliable since they could also be formed by non-biological processes. Our lab is amongst a few groups that are working on the development of new technologies and platforms that could be included in future astrobiology focused space missions and that would allow for unambiguous life detection.
12 days ago
Searching for Life on Mars - YouTube
Is there life on Mars? Microbiology Prof. Lyle Whyte and his team of students head up to the McGill Arctic Research Station in search of microbes surviving in the permafrost.
12 days ago
Astrobiology: Looking for microbes on really cold worlds - YouTube
Dr. Lyle Whyte is a Professor at McGill University, a founding member of the McGill Space Institute (MSI), and a member of the European Space Agency’s ExoMars 2020 Landing Site Selection Working Group. His research focuses on examining microbial biodiversity and ecology in polar environments, with goals of determining the low temperature limits of microbial life on Earth and detecting microbial life on Mars, Europa, and Enceladus.
12 days ago
Could life survive on Mars? Yes, microbiologist says
The subzero water is so salty that it doesn't freeze despite the cold, and it has no consumable oxygen in it. There are, however, big bubbles of methane that come to the surface, which had provoked the researchers' curiosity as to whether the gas was being produced geologically or biologically and whether anything could survive in this extreme hypersaline subzero environment. "We were surprised that we did not find methanogenic bacteria that produce methane at Lost Hammer," Whyte said, "but we did find other very unique anaerobic organisms - organisms that survive by essentially eating methane and probably breathing sulfate instead of oxygen."
12 days ago
Why Britain Doesn’t Want Trump to Declassify Obamagate Docs - The American Spectator
All of the British spy chiefs’ ostensibly high-minded anxieties are designed to distract attention from an enormous transatlantic scandal, one that has yet to be fully plumbed: that the only real collusion during the 2016 election took place between London and Langley. It took place under the hyper-partisan CIA director John Brennan, with Britty dual-asset oafs like Stefan Halper and British spies, both present and past (the Hillary-financed hatchet man Christopher Steele chief among them), putting in critical cameos — a spy ring that nearly catapulted Hillary into the White House.

British spies were in on the ground floor of Obamagate. Long before even the first Republican primary, they had been passing conjecture disguised as “intelligence” to John Brennan about the Trump campaign. In fact, Brennan was spying on Michael Flynn before he joined the campaign, as reported by the UK Guardian: “[British intelligence] first became aware in late 2015 of suspicious ‘interactions’ between figures connected to Trump and known or suspected Russian agents, a source close to UK intelligence said. This intelligence was passed to the US as part of a routine exchange of information, they added.” (The key Trump figure to whom the Guardian refers is Michael Flynn.)
12 days ago
David Chaum - Wikipedia
In the same 1982 paper that proposed digital cash, Chaum introduced blind signatures.[10] This form of digital signature blinds the content of a message before it is signed, so that the signer cannot determine the content. The resulting blind signature can be publicly verified against the original, unblinded message in the manner of a regular digital signature.[15]
12 days ago
Christian Grothoff - GNU Taler - YouTube
GNU Taler is an online payment system that uses Chaum's blind signatures to provide robust unbreakable privacy for customers along with accountability for merchants. Taler avoids the performance issues that plague Byzantine fault-tolerant consensus-based solutions and is developed entirely as free software, enabling groups outside the usual financial system to deploy online payments.
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GNU Taler
Taler was built with the goal of fighting corruption and supporting taxation. With Taler, the receiver of any form of payment is easily identified by the government, and the merchant can be compelled to provide the contract that was accepted by the customer. Governments can use this data to tax businesses and individuals based on their income, making tax evasion and black markets less viable.
12 days ago
Bitcoin for Governments, but Without Privacy and with Taxes | Bitcoin Magazine
The GNU Taler project, promoted by the Free Software Foundation and developed in the GNU framework in collaboration with INRIA, is a new free software system for electronic payments under development. Unlike BitCoin or cash payments, Taler will be aimed at ensuring that governments can easily track their citizens’ income and thus collect sales, value-added or income taxes. Taler will not be a new currency, but use an electronic mint holding financial reserves in existing currencies such as U.S. dollars, euros or bitcoin.
12 days ago
The Quantum Mechanics of Fate - Issue 9: Time - Nautilus
Suppose it is not the case that the particles (or dice) communicate instantaneously with each other, and it is also not the case  that their values were fixed in advance. There seem to be no options remaining. But here Price asks us to consider the impossible: that doing something to either of the entangled particles causes effects which travel backward in time to the point in the past when the two particles were close together and interacting strongly. At that point, information from the future is exchanged, each particle alters the behavior of its partner, and these effects then carry forward into the future again. There is no need for instantaneous communication, and no violation of relativity.

At first glance, this interpretation of entanglement replaces one troublesome behavior—instantaneous communication across arbitrary distances—with another—information traveling backward in time. But should we actually be troubled by the idea of information from the future traveling into the past? After all, mathematically, entanglement in time is identical to entanglement in space, and we have no qualms with information traveling in all directions across space.
12 days ago
When New York Medical Students Were Body Snatchers - The New York Times
Working in teams under cover of darkness, students would scour burial grounds looking for freshly turned earth, keeping an eye out for relatives sent to watch the grave. If you had the means, there were other, less strenuous methods of obtaining cadavers. You could grease an undertaker’s palm, for example, or hire actors to claim a body by posing as a dead person’s relatives. The volume of thefts during the winter of 1787-88 made body-snatching an open secret.
12 days ago
We must challenge the centrality of paid work in our lives | LSE Business Review
In a recent article I challenge the view that equates paid work with happiness and human flourishing and, conversely, unemployment with the opposite. Rather than somehow being innate to human happiness, I argue that the reason why people in work report such higher life satisfaction is because of the power of social norms and, more specifically, the dominance of the work ethic. In societies that glorify employment as a signifier of identity, respect, and status – and promote paid work as the overriding route to life meaning and worth – it is little wonder that those who are unemployed suffer terribly.
12 days ago
Plasma Physics' Answer to the New Cosmological Questions - YouTube
ABSTRACT -- It is becoming evident that the experimentally verifiable results of the last century of study of the plasma state of matter are applicable in the clarification of certain anomalous astronomical observations. The work of pioneers such as Birkeland, Langmuir, and Alfvén are briefly reviewed as examples of this. Some basics of the characteristics of both laboratory and cosmic plasma are included - such as the properties of double layers, plasma operating modes, and the causes of filamentation. Rotation profiles of spiral galaxies, pulsar emissions, magnetic reconnection, and the stability of neutron stars are discussed from the point of view of the known properties of plasmas and electromagnetic fields. The presentation attempts to motivate the realization that 'new science' should not be invoked unless and until all aspects of what we already know, including plasma physics and basic electromagnetism, have been exhaustively applied in the investigation of what appear to be astronomical anomalies.
12 days ago
Prisoners Catfished Soldiers From Behind Bars Posing as Underage Girls, Army Says
Prisoners in South Carolina’s Department of Corrections used a dating site to extort military personnel with an underage porn scare, according to authorities. The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is leading the investigation it calls “Operation Surprise Party.” According to search warrant applications, male prisoners used the dating site PlentyofFish to pose as young women. The Army investigation focused on military members, several of whom were allegedly caught in the scam. After exchanging sexual pictures, prisoners then started posing as the fictional girl’s father, who claimed the girl was underage, and demanded a bribe.
12 days ago
Free Software Messiah Richard Stallman: We Can Do Better Than Bitcoin - CoinDesk
Start with Taler’s intellectual lineage. It’s based on blind signatures, a cryptographic technique invented by David Chaum, whose DigiCash was among the first attempts at creating secure electronic money. Plus, Taler’s attempt to create a digital money that resists surveillance by governments and payments companies aligns it with many cryptocurrency projects.
12 days ago
Rupert Sheldrake - Is The Sun Conscious? - YouTube
Speculative and thought provoking talk which asks us to look beyond the strict confines of scientific materialism and consider how the consciousness of stellar bodies (such as our Sun) is not only of anthropological or cultural interest but a valid field of enquiry in modern philosophy, psychology, cosmology, and neuroscience.
12 days ago
IRL Ads Are Taking Scary Inspiration From Social Media
Social media companies, much like data brokers, can collect browsing habits and create dossiers on individuals based on what they interact with online. These efforts are often geared toward serving “digital doppelgangers.” Companies will target people with consumer profiles (in terms of interests, attributes, age, income, marital status, etc.) that match previous customers. In other words, the more data a company has, the more effective its marketing becomes. It is likely that this type of targeting will move offline and to billboards — if it hasn’t already.
12 days ago
Baby gender reveal celebration explosion started $8.2m Arizona wildfire
planned to reveal the sex of their baby to friends and relatives by setting off an explosive device filled with coloured powder - blue to indicate a boy. Dickey shot a target containing Tannerite, a legal, but very powerful explosive. The video shows the blast and the surrounding grass immediately catching fire, the ferocity of the blaze exacerbated by months of dry weather. It quickly spread to the Coronado National Forest.
12 days ago
Alexander Acosta gave Jeffrey Epstein the deal of a lifetime | Miami Herald
It was far from the last time Epstein would receive VIP handling. Unlike other convicted sex offenders, Epstein didn’t face the kind of rough justice that child sex offenders do in Florida state prisons. Instead of being sent to state prison, Epstein was housed in a private wing of the Palm Beach County jail. And rather than having him sit in a cell most of the day, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office allowed Epstein work release privileges, which enabled him to leave the jail six days a week, for 12 hours a day, to go to a comfortable office that Epstein had set up in West Palm Beach. This was granted despite explicit sheriff’s department rules stating that sex offenders don’t qualify for work release.
12 days ago
What “Capitalism” Is and How It Affects People | Teen Vogue
The death of feudalism — a hierarchical system often seen as oppressive that kept poor people bonded to their masters’ land, which they farmed in exchange for a place to live and military protection — also left rural British peasants with no homes and no work, which eventually funneled them away from the countryside and into urban centers. These former farm workers then had to sell their labor in a newly competitive work environment in order to survive, while the state worked in concert with the new capitalists to establish a maximum wage and “clamp down on beggars.”
12 days ago
Cosmic Airburst May Have Wiped Out Part of the Middle East 3,700 Years Ago
Among the evidence that the scientists uncovered for the airburst are 3,700-year-old pieces of pottery from Tall el-Hammam that have an unusual appearance. The surface of the pottery had been vitrified (turned to glass). The temperature was also so high that pieces of zircon within the pottery turned into gas — something that requires a temperature of more than 7,230 degrees Fahrenheit (4,000 degrees Celsius), said Phillip Silvia, a field archaeologist and supervisor with the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project. However, the heat, while powerful, did not last long enough to burn through entire pottery pieces, leaving parts of the pottery beneath the surface relatively unscathed.
12 days ago
Multi-drug resistant Enterobacter bugandensis species isolated from the International Space Station and comparative genomic analyses with human pathogenic strains | BMC Microbiology | Full Text
The antimicrobial resistance (AMR) phenotypic properties, multiple drug resistance (MDR) gene profiles, and genes related to potential virulence and pathogenic properties of five Enterobacter bugandensis strains isolated from the International Space Station (ISS) were carried out and compared with genomes of three clinical strains. Whole genome sequences of ISS strains were characterized using the hybrid de novo assembly of Nanopore and Illumina reads. In addition to traditional microbial taxonomic approaches, multilocus sequence typing (MLST) analysis was performed to classify the phylogenetic lineage. Agar diffusion discs assay was performed to test antibiotics susceptibility. The draft genomes after assembly and scaffolding were annotated with the Rapid Annotations using Subsystems Technology and RNAmmer servers for downstream analysis.
12 days ago
Cannabinoids: potential anticancer agents. - PubMed - NCBI
Cannabinoids - the active components of Cannabis sativa and their derivatives - exert palliative effects in cancer patients by preventing nausea, vomiting and pain and by stimulating appetite. In addition, these compounds have been shown to inhibit the growth of tumour cells in culture and animal models by modulating key cell-signalling pathways. Cannabinoids are usually well tolerated, and do not produce the generalized toxic effects of conventional chemotherapies. So, could cannabinoids be used to develop new anticancer therapies?
12 days ago
Anticancer activity of cannabinoids (Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Vol. 55, No. 3, September 1975, pp.597-602) - Drug News Bot
This report represents an effort to test various cannabinoids in several in vivo and in vitro tumor systems to determine the kinds of tumors that are sensitive to these compounds and reveal their possible biochemical sites of action(s).
12 days ago
Raising the prospects for quantum levitation
More than half-a-century ago, the Dutch theoretical physicist Hendrik Casimir calculated that two mirrors placed facing each other in a vacuum would attract. The mysterious force arises from the energy of virtual particles flitting into and out of existence, as described by quantum theory. Now Norio Inui, a scientist from the University of Hyogo in Japan, has predicted that in certain circumstances a reversal in the direction of the so-called Casimir force would be enough to levitate an extremely thin plate. His calculations are published in the American Institute of Physics' (AIP) Journal of Applied Physics.
12 days ago
Researchers harness mysterious Casimir force for tiny devices
This repulsive effect happens without any input of energy and to all appearances, in a vacuum. These characteristics led this energy to be called "zero-point energy." They also fueled earlier claims that the Casimir force could not exist because its existence would imply some sort of perpetual motion, which would be impossible according to the laws of physics. The force, which has since been experimentally confirmed to exist, arises from the normal quantum fluctuations of the few atoms that persist in the chasm despite the evacuation of all the air.
12 days ago
Carlism - Wikipedia
Carlism (Basque: Karlismo; Catalan: Carlisme; Galician: Carlismo; Spanish: Carlismo) is a Traditionalist and legitimist political movement in Spain seeking to take the Spanish throne for a line of the Bourbon dynasty[1] descended from Don Carlos, Count of Molina (1788–1855). The movement was founded due to dispute over the succession laws and widespread dissatisfaction with the Alfonsine line of the House of Bourbon. The movement was at its strongest in the 1830s but had a revival following Spain's defeat in the Spanish–American War in 1898, when Spain lost its last remaining significant overseas territories of Cuba, Guam, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico to the United States.[2]
12 days ago
A Whitney Museum Vice Chairman Owns a Manufacturer Supplying Tear Gas at the Border
According to the New York Times, “at least two dozen tear gas canisters could be seen on the Mexican side of the border after the migrants eventually turned back.” Journalists and organizers at the scene have spread information and wrenching photographs of the clash rapidly on social media, confirming the use of tear gas and smoke grenades. Multiple on-site reporters have posted photos of the tear gas canisters, many of which are branded by “Safariland” and “Defense Technology” logos — corporations owned by Warren B. Kanders, a vice chairman at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Kanders, who is listed as a “significant contributor” in the recent Whitney Andy Warhol exhibition, From A to B and Back Again, is also a giant in the weapons manufacturing trade.
12 days ago
U.S. Attorney Takes First Step toward Prosecuting Explosive Destruction of World Trade Center on 9/11
The Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry, a nonprofit public interest organization, announces its receipt of a letter from the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York in response to the Lawyers’ Committee’s April 10, 2018 Petition and July 30, 2018 Amended Petition demanding that the U.S. Attorney present to a Special Grand Jury extensive evidence of yet-to-be-prosecuted federal crimes relating to the destruction of three World Trade Center Towers on 9/11 (WTC1, WTC2 and WTC7). The U.S. Attorney, in his November 7, 2018 letter to the Lawyers’ Committee, stated: “We have received and reviewed The Lawyers' Committee for 9/11 Inquiry, Inc.'s submissions of April 10 and July 30, 2018. We will comply with the provisions of 18 U.S.C. § 3332 as they relate to your submissions” (emphasis added). (The U.S. Attorney’s letter is available here.)
12 days ago
Joseph de Maistre - Wikipedia
A key figure of the "Counter-Enlightenment",[7] Maistre regarded monarchy as both a divinely sanctioned institution and as the only stable form of government.[8] He called for the restoration of the House of Bourbon to the throne of France and for the ultimate authority of the Pope in temporal matters. Maistre argued that the rationalist rejection of Christianity was directly responsible for the disorder and bloodshed which followed the French Revolution of 1789.[9][10]
13 days ago
Scientists uncover the mechanism of fungal luminescence and create luminescent yeasts
The fungal luminescence system turned out to be surprisingly simple. Scientists discovered enzymes that perform the caffeic acid cycle in fungal cells—a pathway for the biosynthesis of luciferin and emission of light. Activity of these enzymes is necessary and sufficient for any caffeic-acid-producing organism to become luminescent. And if an organism does not contain caffeic acid, luminescence can be induced by adding two more enzymes, which the authors demonstrated by engineering a yeast strain that glows in the dark.
13 days ago
Inside America's Scheme To Wrestle Julian Assange From Ecuador | Zero Hedge
Eleven days after Moreno’s election, CIA director Mike Pompeo resumed the attack on Assange.  He accused WikiLeaks of being a “hostile non-state intelligence service.” That was the first indication that the U.S. national security state intends to seek a conviction of Assange under the authoritarian Espionage Act of 2017, which would require the government to show that WikiLeaks did more than merely publish material.
13 days ago
How Cheap Labor Drives China’s A.I. Ambitions - The New York Times
Taggers helped AInnovation, a Beijing-based A.I. company, fix its automated cashier system for a Chinese bakery chain. Users could put their pastry under a scanner and pay for it without help from a human. But nearly one-third of the time, the system had trouble telling muffins from doughnuts or pork buns thanks to store lighting and human movement, which made images more complex. Working with photos from the store’s interior, the taggers got the accuracy up to 99 percent, said Liang Rui, an AInnovation project manager. “All the artificial intelligence is built on human labor,” Mr. Liang said.
13 days ago
EPA Plans to Allow Unlimited Dumping of Fracking Wastewater in the Gulf of Mexico
Offshore fracking involves pumping water, chemicals and sand at extremely high pressure into undersea wells to break up rock and sand formations and clear pathways for oil and gas. Offshore drillers also treat wells with corrosive acids, such as hydrochloric acid, in a process known as “acidizing.”
13 days ago
Silver Scandal | SilverSeek.com
To repeat, JPM acquired that silver and much more by suppressing the price in the futures market and scooping up physical silver at prices they manipulated lower.  That’s a far more serious crime than spoofing. Another major crime in silver (and gold) committed by JPM is that it has never taken a loss in more than a decade when adding to COMEX short positions. The maintenance of a perfect trading record over a decade in something as hazardous as shorting silver is as impossible as a lifetime batting average of 1,000. Only if the game were seriously rigged could such a feat occur. I could provide the DOJ with a paint-by-the-numbers illustrated playbook documenting JPM’s impossibly perfect trading record if they should request it.
13 days ago
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) "Behavioral Modification" Collection - The Black Vault
My check was returned, and the CIA said if I was still interested in the 2,316 remaining pages, that I had to cut a new, lesser amount, check, as if I would lose interest somehow. Of course, I cut the new check, but what happened to the page count? How did so many pages disappear and vanish?  This all means that at least 1,245 pages of MKULTRA / Mind Control / Behavioral Modification documents just vanished from their original quote to me. What I can’t deduce from the CIA’s letter is if these 797 pages released were a part of that original quote, so the number of missing pages could be closer to 2,000!
13 days ago
​Classical Siberian Shamanism
The findings indicate that there was no major migratory interruption, or “population turnover”, for well over seven millennia. Consequently, some contemporary ethnic groups share a remarkable genetic similarity to Stone Age hunters that once roamed the same region.
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