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Friday, November 27, 2015

This Thanksgiving, Let’s Say ‘No Thanks’ to the Tyranny of the American Police State

Commentary


By John W. Whitehead
November 23, 2015

“Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.”—Daniel Webster
Thanksgiving is not what it once was.
Then again, America is not what she once was.
Americans have become so enthralled by the “bread and circuses” of our age—tables groaning under the weight of an abundance of rich foods, televisions tuned to sports and entertainments spectacles, stores competing for Black Friday shoppers, and a general devotion to excess and revelry—that we have lost sight of the true purpose of Thanksgiving.
Indeed, the following is a lesson in how far we have traveled—and how low we have fallen—in the more than 200 years since George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation, calling upon the nation to give thanks for a government whose purpose was ensuring the safety and happiness of its people and for a Constitution designed to safeguard civil and religious liberty.
This Thanksgiving finds us saddled with a government that is a far cry from Washington’s vision of a government that would be a blessing to all the people:
  • governed by wise, just and constitutional laws
  • faithfully executed and obeyed by its agents
  • assisting foreign nations with good government, peace, and concord
  • promoting true religion, virtue and science
  • and enabling temporal prosperity.
Instead, as the following shows, the U.S. government has become a warring empire, governed by laws that are rash, unjust and unconstitutional, policed by government agents who are corrupt, hypocritical and abusive, a menace to its own people, and the antithesis of everything for which Washington hoped.
George Washington didn’t intend Thanksgiving to be a day for offering up glib platitudes that require no thought, no effort and no sacrifice. He wanted it to be a day of contemplation, in which we frankly assessed our shortcomings, acknowledged our wrongdoings, and resolved to be a better, more peaceable nation in the year to come.
It is in that true spirit of Thanksgiving that I offer the following list of things for which I’m not thankful about the American police state.
The U.S. has become a corporate oligarchy. As a Princeton University survey indicates, our elected officials, especially those in the nation’s capital, represent the interests of the rich and powerful rather than the average citizen. We are no longer a representative republic. As such, the citizenry has little if any impact on the policies of government. There are131 lobbyists to every Senator, reinforcing concerns that the government represents the corporate elite rather than the citizenry.
Americans are being jailed for profit. Imprisoning Americans in private prisons and jails run by mega-corporations has turned into a cash cow for big business, with states agreeing to maintain a 90% occupancy rate in privately run prisons for at least 20 years. And how do you keep the prisons full? By passing laws aimed at increasing the prison population, including the imposition of life sentences on people who commit minor or nonviolent crimes such as siphoning gasoline. Little surprise, then, that the United States has 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of the world’s prisoners. The government’s tendency towards militarization and overcriminalization, in which routine, everyday behaviors become targets of regulation and prohibition, have resulted in Americans getting arrested for making and selling unpasteurized goat cheese, cultivating certain types of orchids, feeding a whale, holding Bible studies in their homes, and picking their kids up from school.
Endless wars have resulted in a battlefield mindset that is infecting the nation.  The Departments of Justice, Homeland Security (DHS) and Defense have passed off billions of dollars worth of military equipment to local police forces. Even EMS crews and fire fighters are being “gifted” with military tanks, Kevlar helmets and ballistic vests. Police agencies have been trained in the fine art of war. It has become second nature for local police to look and act like soldiers. Communities have become acclimated to the presence of militarized police patrolling their streets. Americans have been taught compliance at the end of a police gun or taser. Lower income neighborhoods have been transformed into war zones. Hundreds if not thousands of unarmed Americans have lost their lives at the hands of police who shoot first and ask questions later. And a whole generation of young Americans has learned to march in lockstep with the government’s dictates.
Militarized police, shootings of unarmed citizens, SWAT team raids, misconduct and qualified immunity have transformed the U.S. into a police state.  What we must contend with today is the danger of having a standing army (which is what police forces, increasingly made up of individuals with military backgrounds and/or training, have evolved into) that has been trained to view the citizenry as little more than potential suspects, combatants and insurgents. Despite propaganda to the contrary, it is estimated that U.S. police kill more people in days than other countries do in years. On an average day in America, at least 100 Americans have their homes raided by SWAT teams (although I’ve seen estimates as high as 300 a day), which are increasingly used to deal with routine police matters: angry dogs, domestic disputes, search warrants, etc. Every five days a police officer somewhere in America engages in sexual abuse or misconduct.
The barrier between public and private property has been done away with. Call it what you will—taxes, penalties, fees, fines, regulations, tariffs, tickets, permits, surcharges, tolls, asset forfeitures, foreclosures, etc.—but the only word that truly describes the constant bilking of the American taxpayer by the government and its corporate partners is theft. What Americans don’t seem to comprehend is that if the government can arbitrarily take away your property, without your having much say about it, you have no true rights and no real property. In this way, the police state with all of its trappings—from surveillance cameras, militarized police, SWAT team raids, truancy and zero tolerance policies, asset forfeiture laws, privatized prisons and red light cameras to Sting Ray devices, fusion centers, drones, black boxes, hollow-point bullets, detention centers, speed traps and abundance of laws criminalizing otherwise legitimate conduct—has become little more than a front for a high-dollar covert operation aimed at laundering as much money as possible through government agencies and into the bank accounts of the corporate oligarchy that rule over us.
The technologically-driven surveillance state has become the fourth branch of government. This fourth branch—the NSA, CIA, FBI, DHS, etc.—came into being without any electoral mandate or constitutional referendum, and yet it possesses superpowers, above and beyond those of any other government agency save the military. It is all-knowing, all-seeing and all-powerful. It operates beyond the reach of the president, Congress and the courts, and it marches in lockstep with the corporate elite who really call the shots in Washington, DC. This age of technological tyranny has been made possible by government secrets, government lies, government spies and their corporate ties. Beware of what you say, what you read, what you write, where you go, and with whom you communicate, because it will all be recorded, stored and used against you eventually, at a time and place of the government’s choosing. Privacy, as we have known it, is dead. The police state is about to pass off the baton to the surveillance state.
The schools, modeled after quasi-prisons, are churning out future compliant citizens. Within America’s public schools can be found almost every aspect of the American police state that plagues those of us on the “outside”: metal detectors, surveillance cameras, militarized police, drug-sniffing dogs, tasers, cyber-surveillance, random searches, senseless arrests, jail time, the list goes on. Whether it takes the form of draconian zero tolerance policies, overreaching anti-bullying statutes, police officers charged with tasering and arresting so-called unruly children, standardized testing with its emphasis on rote answers, political correctness, or the extensive surveillance systems cropping up in schools all over the country, young people in America are first in line to be indoctrinated into compliant citizens of the new American police state.
The courts have become courts of order in an age of government-sanctioned tyranny. With every ruling handed down by the courts, it becomes more apparent that we live in an age of hollow justice, with government courts, largely lacking in vision and scope, rendering narrow rulings that have nothing to do with true justice. This is true at all levels of the judiciary, but especially so in the highest court of the land, the U.S. Supreme Court, which is seemingly more concerned with establishing order and protecting government agents than with upholding the rights enshrined in the Constitution. Given the turbulence of our age, with its police overreach, military training drills on American soil, domestic surveillance, SWAT team raids, asset forfeiture, wrongful convictions, and corporate corruption, the need for a guardian of the people’s rights has never been greater. Yet when presented with an opportunity to weigh in on these issues, what does our current Supreme Court usually do? It ducks. Prevaricates. Remains silent. Speaks to the narrowest possible concern. More often than not, it gives the government and its corporate sponsors the benefit of the doubt. Rarely do the concerns of the populace prevail.
As I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, these are abuses that no American should tolerate from its government, and yet not only do we tolerate them, but we help to advance them by supporting meaningless elections, allowing ourselves to be divided by partisan politics, and failing to hold the government accountable to abiding by the rule of law, the U.S. Constitution.
Mark my words: if we do not push back against the menace of the police state now, if we fail to hold onto the Constitution and our constitutional republic, and if we allow the government to remain the greatest threat to our freedoms, then future Thanksgivings will find us paying the price with tyranny at home and anarchy throughout the world.

The biggest lie about natural remedies exposed

Thursday, November 26, 2015 by: Jonathan Landsman

(NaturalNews) A small voice inside your head may be telling you that natural remedies are not effective for your current health crisis. And, that's understandable, when you consider the amount of people that believe pharmaceutical drugs are the 'only way' to treat chronic health problems like allergies, arthritis or hypertension. But, here's where it gets really dangerous – especially if you're not feeling well.

The blunt truth about Western medicine. If your healthcare provider says 'natural remedies are a waste of time,' they are either lying to you or simply believe the propaganda put out by the pharmaceutical industry. On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, Jonathan Landsman and Dr. Michael Murray will reveal lifesaving, scientifically-validated information about the power of nutrition to heal the body. Join us for an amazing show!

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Seven ways to create optimal health – despite what your doctor says

1. Spirituality is key. Obviously, this means different things to each person. But, generally speaking, it's a recognition that there is a force greater than ourselves, which connects us all, and gives meaning (purpose) to our lives.

2. Develop a positive outlook on life. Don't expect everything in life to be 'perfect' or stress-free. Simply put, optimism is essential – even in the face of difficult times. For an extreme example of this read Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl.

3. Focus on creating positive relationships. Let's face it: we are social creatures and we really need each other. In fact, according to Dr. Michael Murray, 'there is much scientific evidence that positive relationships can prevent disease and extend life.'

4. Practice healthy lifestyle habits. This is fairly obvious, yet often overlooked by too many people. Avoiding smoking, minimizing alcohol consumption, getting rest and effectively managing stress are all crucial to a life without chronic disease symptoms.

5. Get moving today. Unfortunately, the phrase "no pain, no gain" has turned away the vast majority of the population from exercising. Yet, it's a normal part of who we are. Bottom line: physical exercise ought to be enjoyable and done on a regular basis. The rewards are worth the effort!

6.
Eat a healthy diet. Today, more than ever, this is challenging – but not impossible. Make every effort to buy local, organically-raised food. This is so important for avoiding serious health problems – even if your doctor remains uneducated about the power of nutrition to heal the body.

7. Take high-quality nutritional supplements. Most conventionally-trained physicians have no idea about the science behind this topic. Everyone is different, but it's safe to say, many people would benefit from improving their nutritional status through an effective supplementation program.

On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, you'll discover how to dramatically improve your health with nutrition – while, at the same time, reducing your exposure to toxic drugs and risky medical procedures.

When you're sick: Think about healing (not drugging) your body

For example, when you have a cold, ask yourself these simple questions: Am I emotionally stressed out? Have I been sleeping poorly? Can I eat better? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions ... it's time to think about some natural remedies that work!

On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, Jonathan Landsman and Dr. Murray will talk about the best ways to naturally detoxify the body, improve brain health, reduce the risk of bone loss, and effectively (and safely) deal with stress, anxiety and depression.

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This week's guest: Dr. Michael Murray, natural medicine and health expert

Discover the best ways to naturally heal the body - Sun. Nov. 29

Dr. Murray is one of the world's leading authorities on natural medicine. He has published over 30 books featuring natural approaches to health. For the past 35 years, Dr. Murray has been compiling a massive database of original scientific studies from medical literature. He has personally collected over 65,000 articles from scientific literature, which provide strong evidence of the effectiveness of diet, vitamins, minerals, herbs and other natural measures in the maintenance of health and the treatment of disease.

According to Dr. Murray, "one of the great myths about natural medicines is that they are not scientific. The fact of the matter is that for most common illnesses there is greater support in the medical literature for a natural approach than there is for drugs or surgery."

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!


I am thankful for my friends...you know who you are!
I'm thankful for my family, I love each of you greatly!
I'm thankful for a roof over my head, food to eat and a steady income!
And most of all, I'm thankful to God for providing all of this and for His love and gracious abundance of all that I have!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

US Senators Force Veterans To Become Lab Rats Through Mandatory Vaccinations!

This needs to be stopped in it's tracks! Our veterans have already served their country and have paid high prices for doing so. IMHO this is the start of Medical Martial Law and if left to stand will come to you & yours in every hometown in the USA soon after! NO ONE SHOULD BE FORCED to take ANY medical treatment against their own consent....EVER!
Please contact your US House Reps and tell them to NOT pass such a draconian law as this!
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U.S. Senate Passes Bill Approving Mandatory Vaccinations for Veterans
by Janet C. Phelan | Guest Writer for The Vaccine Reaction

Fundamentally, biological warfare is sneaky. It involves a microbial sucker punch to its intended target, often accomplished in a manner in which the aggressor can claim clean hands, while his victim may suffer or die.
Biological warfare can take a number of forms. The question—how can you get a bacteriological or toxic agent on board without the target being alerted—has been asked and answered. In addition to using humans and animals as vectors, biological warfare agents can be airborne, waterborne, foodborne or put into pharmaceuticals.
Substantial concerns have been voiced concerning the potential for inserting bioweapons into vaccines. Indeed, given the history of known contaminated vaccines, this is hardly a matter of speculation. Polio vaccines have been found to contain cancer. A Merck rotavirus vaccine was found to be contaminated with a pig virus. Another Merck product, the Hepatitis B vaccine, was reported to have been laced with the AIDS virus. In addition, a tetanus vaccine distributed in the third world was found to contain human chorionic gonadotrophin, an anti-fertility agent known to produce spontaneous abortions.
The correlation between the rise in vaccinations of children and autism has become an urban legend.
A Bill has just passed the U.S. Senate, mandating that the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs ensure that all veterans receive immunizations (vaccines) per a draconian schedule. At this juncture, active military must receive over a dozen vaccines. This piece of legislation is therefore an effort to extend the vaccine mandate to those who have previously served their country.
Sec. 101 of Senate Bill 1203, named the 21st Century Veterans Benefits Delivery Act, states that the Department of Veterans Affairs will be tasked with the mandate to…
ensure that veterans receiving medical services under chapter 17 of title 38, United States Code, receive each immunization on the recommended adult immunization schedule at the time such immunization is indicated on that schedule.
The schedule referred to above is frankly staggering. Over 90 vaccines are listed.
The issues here are legion. First of all, an entire group of individuals, those who at one time were in military service, will lose their inherent right to opt out of receiving what is considered prophylactic treatment. According to Anita Stewart, who served in the Air Force and now hosts Wise Women Media radio show, “This could include experimental vaccines or vaccines that have not been tested.”
It is believed that those who refuse will, under this Bill, lose their medical benefits.
Second, there is the issue of the sheer numbers of allegedly preventative immunizations required on this schedule. As anyone who has come down with a case of the flu due to taking a flu shot might realize, the numbers of immunizations on the required schedule could be enough to sicken anyone.
And herein lurks the question of vaccine safety. Flu vaccines have been known to cause Guillain-BarrĂ© Syndrome, which is a neurological disorder wherein a person’s own immune system attacks the nerve cells and can cause paralysis. Gulf War Syndrome, which may manifest with such symptoms as rash, severe fatigue, muscle and joint pain, headache, irritability, depression, gastrointestinal and respiratory disorders and neurological cognitive defects, is thought by some researchers to have been caused by “vaccine overload.”
According to Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Professor Malcolm Hooper, U.S. Gulf war soldiers received “at least 17 different vaccines, including live vaccines (polio and yellow fever as well as experimental vaccines that had not been approved (anthrax, botulinum toxoid) and were of doubtful efficacy.”
Other researchers have attributed Gulf War Syndrome specifically to the anthrax vaccine given the troops.
In addition, a certain cluster of vaccines have been linked to type one diabetes.  The H1N1 vaccine has been linked to miscarriages and stillbirths. According to this report, the H1N1 shot resulted in sixty times the rate of miscarriage associated with the seasonal flu vaccine.
H1N1 was also found to be linked to a spike in narcolepsy in children. According to this study, there was a four hundred percent increase in the incidence of narcolepsy in those under 20 years of age who received the swine flu vaccine.
It would literally be possible to go on for pages here. The pattern is clear. Vaccine safety is a realistic concern.
In light of the considerable scientific evidence that vaccines cause illness, one must ask what this piece of legislation hopes to attain. Writes Anita Stewart,
Forced mandates are nothing more than medical tyranny… Vaccines in most cases do not cure or protect us, but could make some of us sicker and definitely create a huge and continuing revenue stream for Big Pharma.
There are no studies concerning the effects of these numbers of vaccines on adults. Equally, there are no studies concerning the “polypharmacy” effects of combining these vaccines. Given the increasing scrutiny of civil rights abuses in the U.S., coupled with escalating concerns about what appears to be covert U.S. biological weapons activity in a number of different venues, one might expect that Senate Bill 1203 will result in an upsurge of protest.
Veterans have already served their country. To re-enlist them as lab rats diminishes both the concepts of freedom and democracy and also those who have served to protect these ideals.
Senate Bill 1203 was authored by U.S. Senator Dean Heller, Republican from Nevada. It passed the U.S. Senate on November 10, 2015 and now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Note: This article was reprinted with the author’s permission. It was originally published by the New Eastern Outlook. Janet C. Phelan is an investigative journalist.