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As the U.S. becomes more comfortable with the end of cannabis prohibition, many of the arguments sustaining the drug war will come to be acknowledged as being the ridiculous propaganda that they were. For example, the lie about marijuana being the gateway drug that sends a person spiraling down the path of hard drug use and criminal activity is being completely overthrown as even recreational legalization is simply not causing these problems.
Now we see another interesting phenomenon in regards to the legalization of medical marijuana. In California, where many opponents of legalization have insisted that lawful cannabis would cause the greatest spike in herb use among the state’s young people, quite the opposite is proving true, as citizens over the age of 55 are now the fastest growing demographic of pot users.
“The 55-and-older crowd is now the fastest-growing demographic of pot users in the country. Between 2013 and 2014, the number increased from 2.8 million to 4.3 million.” [Source]
Although they account for only 14% of the US population, seniors age 55 and up account for some 30% of the nation’s prescription drug use. Many of the medicines being consumed by seniors are highly addictive painkillers with seriously detrimental side effects well-known to the government and the pharmaceutical industry.
Editor’s Note: Within the last week, four news editors on WND’s small editorial staff have had their computers forcibly taken over by Microsoft and left unusable for up to 90 minutes while the software giant upgraded the computer’s operating system, without user permission, to Windows 10.
Microsoft has turned “nasty” in its campaign to coerce hundreds of millions of customers to upgrade to its Windows 10 operating system, a program critics condemn as privacy-invading, data-swiping and “brimming with freemium services and ads.”
Microsoft has been trying to lure computer users into its new operating system for months, bombarding them with unending pop-up screens. But many users are comfortable with the systems they have, have no interest in learning new operations and have simply clicked the “X” to get rid of the unwanted solicitation.
You can’t do that anymore.
Microsoft changed the coding on the “X” so that clicking it now instructs MS to “upgrade” your computer to Windows 10. Yes, really.
In fact, the two options on the page, “OK” and “Upgrade Now,” do the same thing as the “X.”
To avoid the forced “upgrade,” a user has to go into the fine print.
Inside a logo box in the ad is a scheduled date for a mandatory upgrade. The user must look in the tiny type just below that line and find where it says “here” and click on that to avoid the upgrade.
Tech world reaction has been strongly negative to what one analyst called a “deceptive” action.
But is Microsoft concerned? Not really.
Multiple requests from WND for answers to pertinent questions were met with links to company promotions for Windows 10.
This week the Spanish newspaper El País published an article called “Science confirms that GMOs are as safe as other foods”, commenting on the latest report by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), titled “Genetically engineered crops: Experiences and prospects”. However, the report paints a very different picture from the one portrayed by the headlines.
First, and most importantly, the NAS doesn’t hold an “umbrella” view on the safety of GMOs. Along with many other international bodies, it recognises that such a view is untenable, given that the GM process can give rise to different and unpredictable effects in each case. The committee points out that it has received “impassioned requests” to give the public a simple, general, authoritative answer about GM crops, but that given the complexity of GMO issues, it did not see that as appropriate. Following that, in a 400-page document, the committee develops its view on the issue. That view is undoubtedly more favourable to the use of GMOs in agriculture than that of most environmental groups – but it is also much more conservative than that of many GMO promoters (including El País). Far from stating that “science has confirmed that GMOs are safe”, the report could be more accurately summarised as stating, “There’s a lot that we don’t know, which isn’t surprising, because no one is looking.”
To judge by the methodology described in the document, the committee has been respectful of the different views on this complex issue, and has made an effort to avoid different kinds of bias. However, one important bias remains, and this is the one emerging from the relationship of several of its members with important biotechnology companies and their associated organisations. For example, the director of the study, Kara Laney, used to work for the International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council (funded by Monsanto). Food & Water Watch has documented the links of at least twelve of the twenty-two members of the committee with the main global biotech firms, or organisations funded by them.
(ANTIMEDIA) United Kingdom — New research has shown the U.K. is providing military training and support to over half the countries named on its own watchlist of human rights abusers. An investigation by Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) and The Independent has revealed U.K. armed forces have trained security and armed forces personnel from 16 of 30 regimes who are on a Foreign Office (FCO) watch list for use of torture and violence.
The FCO publishes an annual report on Human Rights and Democracy that lists countries of “wide-ranging concern.” While it is no secret the interests of the military-industrial complex come before human rights, information obtained from the Ministry of Defence could arguably be satire if it weren’t so appalling. The discovery that British soldiers have trained armed forces in over half the countries on its own human rights watchlist warrants an even slower hand clap than Tony Blair’s admission, weeks ahead of the Chilcot Inquiry, that his understanding of the Middle East “is a lot deeper today” than when he was Prime Minister.
Despite horrific human rights records, the “countries of concern” benefiting from support from the British war machine are listed as Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Burma, Burundi, China, Colombia, Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, and Zimbabwe. Andrew Smith from CAAT said Britain should not be colluding with countries it knows are led by authoritarian regimes, adding that the U.K. army has provided training to some of the most authoritarian states in the world.
Israel has been “infected by the seeds of fascism,” it should be “a red light for all of us regarding what’s going on in the government.”
by Luke Baker
A military affairs commentator interrupts his broadcast to deliver a monolog: I’m alarmed by what’s happening in Israel, he says, I think my children should leave.
Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak warns of “the seeds of fascism.” Moshe Arens, who served as defense minister three times, sees it as a turning point in Israeli politics and expects it to cause a “political earthquake.”
The past five days have produced tumult in Israeli politics, since conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unexpectedly turned his back on a deal to bring the center-left into his coalition and instead joined hands with far-right nationalist Avigdor Lieberman, one of his most virulent critics.
Lieberman, a West Bank settler, wants to be defense minister. So on Friday, Netanyahu’s former ally and confidant, Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon, resigned and quit Netanyahu’s Likud party in disgust.
After a weekend to digest the developments, which are expected to be finalized in an agreement between Netanyahu and Lieberman on Monday to form the most right-wing government in Israel’s 68-year-old history, commentators have tried to put it in perspective and found themselves alarmed.
Arens, who has served as defense minister, foreign minister and ambassador to the United States, and is one of Netanyahu’s early political mentors, said the machinations would have far-reaching repercussions.
What can we do about the powerful transnational agribusiness companies that have captured or at the very least heavily influence regulatory bodies, research institutes, trade agreements and governments? How can we assess the safety and efficacy of GMOs or their other technologies and products when narratives and decision-making processes have become distorted by these companies?
Through the ‘green revolution’ chemical-intensive model of agriculture these corporations and their powerful backers promoted and instituted, they have been able to determine what seeds are to be used by farmers, what is to be grown and what inputs are to be applied. This, in turn, has adversely effected the nutritional content of food, led to the over-exploitation of water and diminished drought resistance, degraded soil, undermined biodiversity, polluted the environment, destroyed farmers’ livelihoods and so much more: with 60 years’ farming experience behind him, Bhaskar Save outlined many of these impacts in his open letter to Indian officials some years back.
These powerful corporations increasingly hold sway over a globalised system of food and agriculture from seed to plate. And with major mergers within the agribusiness sector in the pipeline, power will be further consolidated and the situation is likely to worsen. While scientific innovation has a role to play in improving agriculture, the narrative about farming has been shaped to benefit the interests of this handful of wealthy, politically influential corporations whereby commercial interest trumps any notion of the public good.
(ANTIMEDIA) Just weeks after the FDA banned the sale of e-cigarettes to children, arguing the variety of flavors could spur addiction, a new, potentially addictive ADHD drug for kids has hit the market — in candy form. Commercial efforts were ‘ramped up’ this week to promote the FDA-approved extended release chewable, which represents the latest manifestation of the pharmaceutical industry’s attempts to profit from the over-diagnosed condition.
Adzenys is a drug similar to Adderall produced by Neos Therapeutics, and its fruit-flavored, chewable form and extended release features make it a “milestone,” according to Neos CEO and president Vipin K. Garg. The Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) treatment is also different because rather than coming in a pill bottle, it comes in blister packs, which makes it quicker and more convenient to use. “Garg says the new, quick-dissolving formulation will help harried mothers get their kids medicated faster before school,” STAT News, a science-oriented offshoot of the Boston Globe, summarized. The drug is also intended for use in adults.
According to the FDA, which deemed the pharmaceutical safe in January, “CNS [central nervous system] stimulants, including ADZENYS XR-ODT, other amphetamine-containing products, and methylphenidate, have a high potential for abuse and dependence [emphasis added]” The agency cautions that for children aged six to twelve, common side effects — designated as occurring in over 5 percent of subjects in trials — include “loss of appetite, insomnia, abdominal pain, emotional lability, vomiting, nervousness, nausea, and fever.”
Tony Blair’s reputation will be seriously damaged by the upcoming Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War, according to a senior source who has discussed the report with its authors.
The report – which will finally be published on July 6 – will also deliver an ‘absolute brutal’ verdict on the former Labour prime minister, ex-foreign secretary Jack Straw and the former MI6 boss Sir Richard Dearlove, a former government minister added.
Mr Blair ‘won’t be let off the hook’ over claims he offered British military assistance to US President George Bush before the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
But some of the harshest criticism will be reserved for Mr Straw over the aftermath of the war and the top general who oversaw the city of Basra after it was captured, a source told the Sunday Times.
Mr Straw has been sent a 5,000-word letter by the Chilcot inquiry listing alleged failings over the Iraq war, sources said yesterday.
The length and weight of detail of potential criticisms indicate the report may draw tough conclusions on the war’s architects.
Mr Straw, who became Foreign Secretary in 2001, is understood to be at risk of criticism over his handling of the run-up to conflict in 2003 and his department’s role in the British occupation of Basra afterwards.
The former minister told the Sunday Times that British forces ‘did make a mess of the aftermath’ and will describe the 2007 withdrawal from Basra as ’embarrassing’.
From 2010 to 2015, Jose ”Pepe” Mujica served as the President of Uruguay, earning the billing of being the world’s most humble president and its poorest one at that. Mujica merited the recognition for his exceptional acts of charity – one that includes donating 90% of his US$12,000 monthly income as head of the state. The former leader takes great pride in allowing his people to easily relate to him, so much so that he, more often than not, opted to go for casual clothes instead of the fancy suit and tie that politicians usually go for during his time as the chief of the Uruguayan government.
And as one would expect, Mujica was beloved because of it. But the adoration that the former President was able to get doesn’t only stem from his charitable disposition or his choice of wardrobe. The former leader’s stance on how politics is for the poor and how the wealthy should be out of it is one of the main reasons why he is respected so much by his constituents. As far as he’s concerned, people who love money too much are dangerous in the political arena, which is why he feels that the rich should have no place in politics.
”I’m not against people who have money, who like money, who go crazy for money,” former President Jose Mujica said in an interview. ”But in politics we have to separate them. We have to run people who love money too much out of politics, they’re a danger in politics. People who love money should dedicate themselves to industry, to commerce, to multiply wealth. But politics is the struggle for the happiness of all.”
Jose Mujica believes that rich politicians can’t be good representatives of the majority in today’s society where the poor easily outnumber the rich. When asked to elaborate, Mujica said that the rich ”tend to view the world through their perspective, which is the perspective of money.” He adds, ”Even when operating with good intentions, the perspective they have of the world, of life, of their decisions, is informed by wealth.”
by Jon Rappoport
(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, Power Outside The Matrix, click here.)
Trevor Timm of the Electronic Freedom Frontier dug up a very interesting nugget. It was embedded in the heralded December 2013 White House task force report on spying and snooping.
Under Recommendations, #31, section 2, he found this:
“Governments should not use their offensive cyber capabilities to change the amounts held in financial accounts or otherwise manipulate financial systems.”
Timm quite rightly wondered: why were these warnings in the report?
Were the authors just anticipating a possible crime? Or were they reflecting the fact that the NSA had already been engaging in the crime?
If this was just a bit of anticipation, why leave it naked in the report? Why not say there was no current evidence the NSA had been manipulating financial systems?
Those systems would, of course, include the stock market, and all trading markets around the world.
Well, there is definite evidence of other NSA financial snooping. From Spiegel Online, “‘Follow the Money’: NSA Spies on International Payments,” 9/15/13:
“The National Security Agency (NSA) widely monitors international payments, banking and credit card transactions, according to documents seen by SPIEGEL.”
“The NSA’s Tracfin data bank also contained data from the Brussels-based Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), a network used by thousands of banks to send transaction information securely…the NSA spied on the organization on several levels, involving, among others, the [NSA] agency’s ‘tailored access operations’ division…”
The NSA’s “tailored access operations” division uses roughly 1000 hackers and analysts in its spying efforts.
The next step in all this spying would naturally involve penetrating trading markets and, using the deep data obtained, manipulate the markets to the advantage of the NSA and preferred clients.
The amount of money siphoned off in such an ongoing operation would be enormous.
The Australian prime minister’s chief business adviser Maurice Newman recently stated that climate change is a hoax created by the UN to scare the world into handing their sovereignty to a new world order.
It’s a well-kept secret, but 95 percent of the climate models we are told prove the link between human CO2 emissions and catastrophic global warming have been found, after nearly two decades of temperature stasis, to be in error,” he wrote in an opinion piece published in The Australian newspaper on Friday, without providing evidence.
“The real agenda is concentrated political authority. Global warming is the hook,” he said, adding that the UN is against capitalism and freedom and wants to create a “new world order.”
The prime minister has been reluctant to take part in climate change politics, trying but failing to keep it off the agenda at last year’s G20 summit.
Both Abbott’s office and the United Nations have so far declined to comment on Newman’s statements.
A well-known climate change skeptic, Newman has made similar provocative comments in the past, calling the notion a“myth” and a “delusion.”