Forbidden Books: Unearthing Suppressed American History

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By looking deep into the darker trends and episodes in US history, these brave works help show how America became the land it is today, and how we might start to change it.

For more than half a century, America’s vast literary culture has been disparately policed, and imperceptibly contained, by state and corporate entities well placed and perfectly equipped to wipe out wayward writings. As America does not ban books, other means—less obvious, and so less controversial—have been deployed to vaporize them. The purpose of Forbidden Bookshelf is to bring such disappeared books back to life so that readers may finally learn what those in power did not want anyone to know.

Open Road Media announced Forbidden Bookshelf, a series of books curated by Professor Mark Crispin Miller of New York University. Forbidden Bookshelf titles fill in the blanks of Americas repressed history by resurrecting books that focused on issues and events that are too often left in the dark, including abortion, organized crime, the CIA, and financial inequality.

The series launched on June 10, 2014 with five books: Blowback: Americas Recruitment of Nazis and Its Destructive Impact on Our Domestic and Foreign Policy by Christopher Simpson,

The Phoenix Program: America’s Use of Terror in Vietnam by Douglas Valentine, The Search for an Abortionist:The Classic Study of How American Women Coped with Unwanted Pregnancy Before Roe v. Wade by Nancy Howell Lee, Interference:How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football by Dan E. Moldea, and The Lords of Creation:The History of America’s 1 Percent by Frederick Lewis Allen. Each of the first four titles includes a new introduction. (See more titles below)

Open Road Media CEO Jane Friedman said, “This list of books is much deserving of renewed attention. The issues they address are as significant today as they were when the books were first published. We believe that we will stimulate new conversation and debate through our intensive and extensive marketing platform.”

Mark Crispin Miller said, “Despite our First Amendment—or because of it—countless crucial books have been adroitly ‘disappeared’ through methods far less crude than outright censorship, from threats of litigation to press black-outs and/or charges of ‘conspiracy theory.’ Such tactics have repeatedly erased those books that we most need to read, because of their important truths about the powers that be; and so our purpose is to bring those books to life again.”

Miller is a professor of media studies at NYU and an accomplished author of several books, from Boxed In: The Culture of TV (1988) and Seeing Through Movies(1990) to his more recent works on politics, including The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder and Fooled Again: The Real Case for Electoral Reform. He has also written many articles for newspapers and journals, including four op-eds in the New York Times, as well as many pieces in the Nation, the New Republic,and the New York Review of Books, and articles for Harper’s,the Atlantic, Mother JonesEsquire, and the Wall Street Journal. Through his blog, News from Underground, he is also an influential presence on the web.

  A BOLD NEW SERIES OF IMPORTANT BOOKS THAT DISAPPEARED BECAUSE OF THEIR CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT MATTER

Votescam

By James Collier and Kenneth Collier

The groundbreaking investigation into the corruption of American democracy, beginning at the voting booth.

Dallas ’63

By Peter Scott

With a foreword by Rex Bradford and a preface by Bill Simpich: From deep within American society emerged the plot that killed a president.

Underground to Palestine

By I. Stone

A moving and unforgettable eyewitness account of the courageous exodus of Holocaust survivors from post–World War II Europe to the Promised Land, now expanded with Stone’s frontline reporting on the Arab-Israeli crises of 1948–49 and the Suez War of 1956, and with a new foreword by D. D. Guttenplan.

The Hoffa Wars

By Dan Moldea

The definitive portrait of the powerful, corruption-ridden Teamsters union and its legendary president, Jimmy Hoffa—organizer, gangster, convict, and conspirator—with a new afterword by the author.

Inside Job

By Stephen Pizzo, Mary Fricker and Paul Muolo

A fast-paced and gripping account of one of history’s most infamous financial disasters.

Friendly Fascism

By Bertram Gross

A look at corporate authoritarianism that William Shirer called “the best thing I’ve ever seen on how America might go fascist democratically.”

“Not by Might, Nor by Power”

By Moshe Menuhin

With a new introduction by Adi Ophir: An early and fierce critique of Zionism from a Jewish child of Palestine who argued against nationalism and injustice.

All Honorable Men

By James Martin

A scathing attack on Wall Street’s illegal ties to Nazi Germany before WWII—and the postwar whitewashing of Nazi business leaders by the US government.

The Wages of War

By Richard Severo and Lewis Milford

A disturbing chronicle of the US government’s mistreatment of American soldiers and veterans throughout history, with a new introduction by Charles Sheehan-Miles.

The Culture of Cities

By Lewis Mumford

A visionary survey of urbanism from the Middle Ages to the late 1930s, with a new introduction by Thomas Fisher.

Deadly Deceits

By Ralph Mcgehee

A veteran of two and a half decades with the Central Intelligence Agency unmasks the culture of lethal lies at its foundation in this devastating exposé, now with a new foreword by David MacMichael.

Science of Coercion

By Christopher Simpson

A provocative and eye-opening study of the essential role the US military and the Central Intelligence Agency played in the advancement of communication studies during the Cold War era, now with a new introduction by Robert W. McChesney and a new preface by the author.

The Lords of Creation

By Frederick Allen

An acclaimed classic detailing the economic history of America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and exposing the capitalist giants who changed the world.

The Search for an Abortionist

By Nancy Lee

This eye-opening look at the abortion process prior to the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 is now more relevant than ever, with a new introduction by the author revisiting history that is still salient half a century later.

Blowback

By Christopher Simpson

The true story of how US intelligence organizations employed Nazi war criminals in clandestine warfare and propaganda against the USSR, anticolonial revolutionaries, and progressive movements worldwide that were claimed to be Soviet pawns; includes a new, previously suppressed introduction by the author on the CIA’s declassification of Nazi-related records.

The Phoenix Program

By Douglas Valentine

A shocking exposé of the covert CIA program of widespread torture, rape, and murder of civilians during America’s war in Vietnam, with a new introduction by the author.

Du Pont Dynasty

By Gerard Colby

Award-winning journalist Gerard Colby takes readers behind the scenes of one of America’s most powerful and enduring corporations; now with a new introduction by the author.

The Assassination of New York

By Robert Fitch

The story of how the richest city in the world became one of the poorest in North America, with a new introduction by Peter Kwong.

The Hidden History of the Korean War

By I. Stone

Journalistic icon I. F. Stone’s courageous, controversial book both raises and answers troubling questions about this forgotten war; now with a new introduction by Bruce Cumings.

The Polk Conspiracy

By Kati Marton

In war-torn Greece, the murder of a young American reporter sent a shock through the West and set the stage for the four-decade Cold War; now with a new introduction by the author.

Assassination on Embassy Row

By Saul Landau and John Dinges

Edgar Award Finalist: The gripping account of an assassination on US soil and the violent foreign conspiracy that stretched from Pinochet’s Chile to the streets of Washington, DC, with a new introduction by Ariel Dorfman.

Interference

By Dan Moldea

A shocking exposé of widespread corruption and mob influence throughout the National Football League—on the field, in the owners’ boxes, and in the corporate suites.

 

 

 

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Volunteer Patients for Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) training events (Laramie County Emergency Management, Cheyenne, Wyoming) including other States.

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Free

Laramie County Emergency Management Agency, Cheyenne

Event Details

Important

Please Read  the complete page before Signing up for this class

Social Security Numbers are no longer used for enrollments in DHS/FEMA classes. A FEMA Student Identification (SID) Number is needed to enroll. It only takes a couple minutes. You can get your FEMA SID number here https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid/

After you get your FEMA Student Number return to this page and click the register button above.

Course Length 3 Days

Date Jan 23-25, 2018

Times: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Daily

Location:

Laramie County Emergency Management Agency

3962 Archer Parkway

Cheyenne, WY 82009

Host Agency: Dyno Nobel Inc.

Download Course Brochure here: 

https://teex.org/documentsresources/PER-212-Operational-Response-to-Hazmat-WMD-Incidents.pdf

Course Description:

This course focuses on the unique personal protection challenges that responders face during a weapons of mass destruction (WMD)/terrorist incident or a hazardous materials incident.  PER-212 is based on NFPA 472 (2008) consensus standard operations-level core competencies and personal protective equipment (PPE) mission specific competency, as well as OSHA (29CFR 1910.120) and EPA (40CFR Part 311) response regulations. PER-212 provides the knowledge and skills needed to obtain certification through the National Professional  Qualifications System (NPQS/Pro Board) as an Operations-level responder.

Major topics include:

  • Assessing WMD hazards
  • Predicting the likely behavior of WMD materials
  • Identifying defensive strategies for a WMD incident
  • Effectively operating and communicating in a unified command structure of the Incident Command System (ICS)
  • Determining detection equipment and Personal
  • Protective Equipment (PPE) needs
  • Donning PPE
  • Performing emergency decontamination

Target Audience:

Emergency personnel who will respond to a WMD terrorism or hazardous materials incident. Course participants include responders from the following:

Disciplines/Services:

  • State,County, and local law enforcement agencies
  • Emergency medical services
  • Fire/rescue service
  • Public works/utility workers
  • Emergency management
  • Public health
  • Health care providers
  • Other allied government agencies tasked with WMD or HazMat response

Prerequisites: None

Recommended:

Host Point of Contact

Chris Graves
Cheyenne Safety and Health Representative
Dyno Nobel Inc.

chris.graves@am.dynonobel.com

Enrollment Questions

Renee Austin

Wyoming Office of Homeland Security

307-777-4908 (desk)

307-635-6017 (fax)

5500 Bishop Blvd.

Cheyenne, WY 82002

Critical Infrastructure Security And Resilience Awareness / AWR-213 / Cheyenne February 21, 2018 tickets

Free

Laramie County Emergency Management, Cheyenne
ProVAL Workshop in Wyoming tickets

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ProVAL Workshop in Wyoming WYDOT HQ/Admin Building #6100 (Auditorium) – Download WYDOT Cheyenne

Class Summary:

This course will introduce participants to the key terms, policy, guidance, and preparedness efforts required to safeguard the Nation’s critical infrastructure. Participants will review applicable policy and guidance, discuss the risk management framework, describe Federal critical infrastructure security and resilience and information sharing programs, and relate critical infrastructure programs to individual actions.

Primary focus will be placed on local preparedness efforts as they relate to the national approach to critical infrastructure security and resilience. An understanding of the national approach to critical infrastructure enables critical infrastructure stakeholders to address local planning within a common framework. Informed planning is consistent with and expands on nationally accepted emergency management standards as the basis for planning across the mission areas of prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery.

This course meets Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements for AWR213 Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Awareness course #78408.

Target Audience:

Critical infrastructure owners, operators, and managers
Federal, State, local, regional, tribal, and territorial government officials and managers
Sector-Specific Agency managers
Other organizations and managers with critical infrastructure responsibilities

Class Host POC

Jeanine West,

Planning & Training Coordinator
Cheyenne/Laramie County Emergency Management

jwest@laramiecounty.com

ENROLLMENT QUESTIONS

Renee Austin

Wyoming Office of Homeland Security

307-777-4908 (desk)

307-635-6017 (fax)

5500 Bishop Blvd.

Cheyenne, WY 82002

 Other locations:

 

 

 

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TODAY! Active Shooter Response Training – Lovell, Wyoming – December 11, 2017

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TODAY!

Date: December 11, 2017

Time: 8:00am-12:00pm

Class Location: Care Center – Multi Purpose Room – CLASS 1

115 Lane 12

Lovell, WY 82431

Cost: Free

Class Summary:

ALICE Training: Active Shooter Response Training is a set of proactive, options-based strategies that increase your chances of survival during a violent intruder or Active Shooter event. For 14 years, the ALICE Training Institute has provided violent intruder response training to individuals and organizations across the nation.

This 4-hour training course is designed to teach citizens the skills and strategies that bridge the gap between the time a violent event begins and law enforcement arrives.

Class Learning Objectives:
At the completion of this training the student will:

  • Have the understanding, they have the right to make decisions for their own safety when confronted with a violent situation
  • Have an understanding of the profile and dynamics of an active shooter event
  • Understand the purpose and methods of Alerting
  • Understand the purpose and methods of lock-down and barricading
  • Understand the purpose and importance of keeping law enforcement, employees and others informed of what is happening on scene whenever possible
  • Understand the purpose and methods of countering when confronted with a violent situation

Safety Equipment:

Safety gear for this training will be issued onsite by the training provider, but long pants and long sleeved shirts or coat are recommended

Safety:

During this course, there will be multiple training exercises involving weapons simulations.

No weapon of any kind (including impact and less-than-lethal weapons), live ammunition, weapon magazines,

are to be on any person or in the training area (including classroom) at any time during this course.

Each individual is responsible for properly securing his or her weapon(s) before this training course.

Enrollment Question

marty.roark@wyo.gov

Please do not enroll anyone other than yourself

You must get a FEMA Student Number before you enroll for this course

You can get one here in about two Minutes

https://cdp.dhs.gov/FEMASID

Date: Feb 21, 2018

Time: 8:00am-5:00pm

Class Location: 3962 Field Station Rd, Cheyenne, WY 82007

Cost: Free

Delivered by:Texas A&M TEEX

Hosted by: Laramie County Emergency Management

Class Summary:

This course will introduce participants to the key terms, policy, guidance, and preparedness efforts required to safeguard the Nation’s critical infrastructure. Participants will review applicable policy and guidance, discuss the risk management framework, describe Federal critical infrastructure security and resilience and information sharing programs, and relate critical infrastructure programs to individual actions.

Primary focus will be placed on local preparedness efforts as they relate to the national approach to critical infrastructure security and resilience. An understanding of the national approach to critical infrastructure enables critical infrastructure stakeholders to address local planning within a common framework. Informed planning is consistent with and expands on nationally accepted emergency management standards as the basis for planning across the mission areas of prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery.

This course meets Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements for AWR-213 Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Awareness course #78408.

Target Audience:

Critical infrastructure owners, operators, and managers
Federal, State, local, regional, tribal, and territorial government officials and managers
Sector-Specific Agency managers
Other organizations and managers with critical infrastructure responsibilities

Class Host POC

Jeanine West,

Planning & Training Coordinator
Cheyenne/Laramie County Emergency Management

jwest@laramiecounty.com

ENROLLMENT QUESTIONS

Renee Austin

Wyoming Office of Homeland Security

307-777-4908 (desk)

307-635-6017 (fax)

5500 Bishop Blvd.

Cheyenne, WY 82002

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The Incredible Shrinking Brain . . . Or, how I got pregnant and lost my mind

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BRAINThe ineptitude that seems to accompany so many pregnancies — forgetfulness, a tendency to lose things, an inability to concentrate and general spaciness — apparently is an unavoidable biological phenomenon. According to results from two recent studies, the maternal brain literally becomes smaller late in a woman’s pregnancy.

Studies Chart Shrinkage

Using magnetic resonance imaging, a team of British researchers led by London anesthesiologist Anita Holdcroft A, M.D., recently scanned the brains of 10 pregnant women who were in their final two months of pregnancy and then again at two and six months postpartum. Holdcroft’s original objective was to look for swollen air passages and changes in brain size in pregnant women with Preeclampsia. She was shocked to learn that instead of swelling, the subjects’ brains were smaller during pregnancy than after delivery.

“Brain cell volume actually decreases in pregnancy,” Holdcroft says. “The changes are not that big, but they are measurable.” Speculating that hormonal alterations of brain metabolism are responsible for the shrinkage, Holdcroft found similar changes in brain volume in menstruating women. She since has launched a larger study of pregnant women to test the hormone theory.

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Pregnancy-Induced Slowness

The link between brain contraction and so-called “pregnancy-induced slowness” is not clear, but research conducted earlier this year by University of Southern California psychologist J. Galen Buckwalter Ph.D.., suggests that pregnant brains not only shrink, but they also suffer impaired cognitive functioning. Buckwalter, who has likened pregnancy to “a big assault on the brain,” tested 19 highly educated pregnant women whose average IQ was about 110. He found that all of the subjects had experienced depressed functioning of their concentration and short-term memory. In addition, the women’s ability to learn and retain new information was reduced.

In a test of how well pregnant vs. non-pregnant women with similar IQs learned new information, the pregnant subjects scored in the lowest 5 percent. Buckwalter will test the group again at one to two years postpartum. Like Holdcroft, Buckwalter is studying the possible connection between the concentrations of pregnancy-altered hormones and the mental glitch.

Real-Life Proof

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Laboratory studies are fine, but real life — mine, for example — offers the best proof.

Take my recurring theme when pregnant: repeatedly missing obstetric appointments. This did not surprise the unflappable receptionist at my doctor’s office. In fact, when I showed up for one phantom appointment (nothing was scheduled for me that day), she told me about one patient who sat in her car for 20 minutes to warm the engine up before she realized she had never turned the key.

Worse, perhaps, is the sudden inarticulateness that can come with pregnancy. A pregnant friend of mine gave her husband this long-winded answer when he asked if she’d seen his keys: “They’re on that thing between the living room and the kitchen, and it’s long and it’s made of wood and about 32 inches high.” Translation: the counter.

Naturally, all this is embarrassing, wastes time and results in some intriguing explanations for lamebrainness. Um. I can’t think or speak because I’m making my baby’s eyeballs today.

It all seems fairly innocuous until you realize that some mental lapses could bankrupt you. One woman I know kept adding money ($300 and up) to her checkbook balance instead of subtracting when she paid bills.

Another pregnant friend’s math impairment caused her to lose count while attempting to organize 89 stock photos at work. “It was like I forgot how to count,” she groused. Someone else finally did it for her. If one brain is pregnant, it’s good to have a normal-size one around as backup.

Don’t Worry — It’s Temporary

Brain shrinkage is part of the many normal body changes that take place in pregnant women, according to Holdcroft’s study. Thankfully, the gray matter seems to plump back up to normal size sometime after childbirth.

Until then, pregnant women can compensate for their crippled brains by making lists, pasting notes to their foreheads, sending themselves e-mail and appealing to the kindness of strangers. Excuse me, but could you tell me if the checker gave me the correct change, because I am too pregnant to know the difference.

I’m sure researchers would agree that we need to issue some sort of warning to the public. Perhaps an open letter in the form of a T-shirt: “Baby on board. Brain back in nine months.”

 

 

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How the Booming Israeli Weed Industry Is Changing American Pot

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– Photo: Israel’s Breath Of Life Pharma has set up the world’s largest medical marijuana facility in the world.

U.S. medical marijuana companies are setting up shop in Israel, where fewer roadblocks mean better research – and faster results

Standing on the rear balcony of a gray factory building off the side of a highway, Tamir Gedo shields his eyes from the blazing sun. He points to the 23 acres of agricultural fields spread out before him. “We’ll be able to produce more cannabis here than the entire state of Colorado,” he says. Minutes later, walking past the 8,000 square-foot storage room, he adds, “We can store enough in this warehouse to supply medical marijuana for the whole United States.”

With one million square feet of cultivation fields, a 35,000-square-foot production plant, and 30,000 square feet of grow rooms and labs, Gedo’s company, Breath of Life Bol Pharma (BOL), is about to open the world’s largest medical marijuana production, research and development facility. According to Gedo’s estimates, BOL will produce 80 tons – more than 175,000 pounds – of cannabis per year.

A tour of BOL’s new facility feels like a walk through the medical-marijuana version of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. With its patented extraction and purification equipment, grow rooms and germination labs, BOL will be pumping out pharmaceutical-grade cannabis tablets, capsules, inhalers and oils that are customized to treat certain ailments, with specific and controlled consistencies.

And no, this isn’t happening in Colorado, California, or anywhere near America for that matter. This medical weed wonderland sits in what might be the last place you would imagine finding the world’s largest facility for medical marijuana: Israel.

Over the past 50 years, Israel has become the epicenter of medical pot. Home to Raphael Mechoulam, the pioneer of marijuana research, Israel is where THC and the endocannabinoid system were first discovered. And with the world’s largest number of clinical trials testing the benefits of medicinal cannabis, Israel has become the global destination for medical cannabis research and development. Now it is becoming the offshore greenhouse for American cannabis companies seeking to overcome the federal roadblocks standing in their way.

Israel was among the first countries to legalize medicinal use, and is one of just three countries with a government-supported medical cannabis program. Though recreational use remains illegal, support for legalization is a bipartisan issue, with some of the most outspoken proponents coming from the right. Until now, Israel’s role in this multi-billion dollar field has been limited to R&D. Yet now that the Israeli government has approved the export of medicinal cannabis products, companies there are hoping to gain a larger piece of the market. While importing cannabis into the United States is illegal under federal law, companies can get around that ban by receiving drug approval from the FDA – and that is exactly what Israeli companies hope to do. According to the FDA, nothing is stopping them, as long as they meet the agency’s arduous requirements for drug approval.

While the FDA has approved three drugs containing synthetic cannabinoids (Marinol, Syndros and Cesamet, which treat symptoms of AIDS and chemotherapy), it has never approved a product derived from botanical marijuana. According to the agency’s guidelines, “Study of marijuana in clinical trial settings is needed to assess the safety and effectiveness of marijuana for medical use.” Yet initiating clinical trials on U.S. soil is difficult to the point of being nearly impossible. So, American companies are increasingly taking a shortcut: beginning phases 1 and 2 of their clinical trials in Israel, after which they will complete phase 3 in the U.S., speeding up the process through which they can apply for FDA approval of the botanical cannabis drugs they are developing.

Though this level of American R&D in Israel is new, Israel’s impact on the American cannabis industry is not. The very fact that medical marijuana is now legal in 29 U.S. states and counting, is a direct result of Israeli research, which essentially legitimized the study of cannabis in the international scientific community that had long stigmatized it. Without this research, “We wouldn’t have the scientific interest we have now around the world,” says Paul Armentano, deputy director of the D.C.-based National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). “That really opened the door to making the study of cannabis and cannabinoids a legitimate avenue for more conventional scientists and researchers.”

“The seriousness with which the Israeli scientific community approaches this is incomparable,” says Charles Pollack, director of the Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. “Israel is a hotbed of quality cannabis research, because they have a much more favorable regulatory climate for doing serious scientific research on medical cannabis.”

Israel is becoming the offshore greenhouse for American cannabis companies seeking to overcome the federal roadblocks.

The Lambert Center is one of several American institutions that have partnered with BOL, collaborating on at least one of the more than 50 clinical trials the Israeli company will begin once its new facility is fully operational in late September. Of the 15 international companies that have already signed up to conduct their R&D at BOL’s facility, at least six are American, and Gedo is in talks with more.

BOL isn’t the only Israeli cannabis company benefitting from international interest. A growing number of American investors are getting on the Israeli cannabis wagon, which they see as the best vehicle for transforming the medical cannabis field, still in its infancy, into a pharmaceutical-level industry.

According to Saul Kaye, the founder of iCAN an Israeli cannabis R&D firm, 2016 saw the investment of more than $250 million in Israeli cannabis companies and startups – half of that investment came from North America. Kaye predicts that investment will grow ten-fold over the next two years, reaching $1 billion. At least 50 American cannabis companies – and counting – have established R&D operations in Israel.

Israel’s journey to the forefront of the medical cannabis field began with 86-year-old Israeli chemist Raphael Mechoulam, known in the field as the Grandfather Of Marijuana. In 1963, as a young researcher, Mechoulam secured 11 pounds of Lebanese hashish, which had been confiscated by his friend at a police station in Tel Aviv. He used that hash to identify, isolate and synthesize THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis, for the first time in history, and study its medical uses. He was also the first to decode the structure of CBD, the plant’s primary non-psychoactive ingredient. But Mechoulam’s most groundbreaking discovery came in 1992, when he and his team at Hebrew University in Jerusalem discovered the physical reason humans can get high.

“It turned out that the cannabinoids in the plant actually mimic the compounds that we form in our brain,” says Mechoulam, a professor and researcher at Hebrew University who works with several American cannabis companies. He and his team discovered that THC triggers the human body’s largest receptor system, now known as the endocannabinoid system, and that the human brain produces its own cannabinoids – compounds that stimulate the body almost exactly the way THC does.

While Mechoulam’s research is what first placed Israel on the medical marijuana map, the country’s progressive attitudes toward cannabis, coupled with the Israeli government’s liberal regulatory policies and the nation’s technological leadership, are what have maintained Israel’s status as the capital of medical marijuana research and development. It might also help that Israel has the world’s highest ratio of marijuana users, according to Israel’s Anti-Drug Authority, with 27 percent of the population aged 18-65 having used marijuana in the last year. That rate is followed by Iceland and the U.S., at 18 and 16 percent respectively.

While the Israeli government invests millions of dollars in medical cannabis research, the U.S. government makes the same research nearly impossible.

“There are onerous restrictions on conducting this research in the U.S. that don’t exist in Israel,” says one expert.

Despite the fact that 95 percent of the U.S. population lives in states where cannabis is legal in some form, marijuana remains federally illegal. This policy makes conducting research into the medical benefits of marijuana notoriously difficult on U.S. soil. Researchers who wish to do so must go through the DEA, the FDA and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Even when American researchers are given approval, they have only one source for their material: a cannabis farm at the University of Mississippi, operated by NIDA. The process, if successful, can take years.

“There’s a lengthy and arduous regulatory process for getting approval for doing studies, and limited resources at these agencies for processing those requests,” says Pollack, of Thomas Jefferson University. “It’s deliberately made very difficult for us.” In Israel, on the other hand, a cannabis clinical trial can get off the ground in a matter of months.

“I think they have approached the issue in a more even-handed and genuine way than the U.S. government has,” says Armentano of NORML. “There are onerous restrictions on conducting this research in the U.S. that don’t exist in Israel.”

This is precisely why many American researchers from universities and private companies are using Israel as an offshore research hub. For example, Pollack, from Thomas Jefferson University, will be conducting clinical trials at BOL’s new facility. Since the trials haven’t begun, he won’t divulge details, but says they will focus on orphan drug indications, meaning they will be testing the benefits of cannabinoids on people with diseases that don’t afflict many people in the U.S. (It also means that the clinical studies are smaller – and go faster – given that fewer patients are needed for these trials.) For that reason, he said, “Big pharma companies tend not to pursue them because there’s not a big enough market for these drugs.”

Kalytera – a California-based company with a lab in northern Israel and Mechoulam on its scientific advisory board – is also focusing on orphan drug indications, conducting clinical trials at Israeli clinics and hospitals in order to bring to market a cannabinoid drug for the treatment of graft-versus-host-disease, which can happen after certain kinds of transplants.

What institutions like Kalytera and Thomas Jefferson University do is they conduct the initial phases of their clinical trials in Israel, since it’s much easier to get the process started here, and then they do the final stages in the U.S., since FDA approval requires that part of the study be done there. Once they reach the final stage (phase 3) it’s much easier to conduct the rest of their study in the U.S., because they’ve already amassed enough data to show that it’s safe. This is the ultimate goal for Kalytera, Pollack and other researchers in Israel: to speed track the process of conducting a clinical trial that meets FDA standards, thus shortening the journey toward FDA approval of their drugs.

In addition to Kalytera, Mechoulam works with ​two other American​ companies, helping them develop new cannabinoid drugs and delivery methods out of his lab in Jerusalem, where he tests the specific properties, compositions and combinations of the cannabis compounds that are best suited to alleviate a specific ailment. American companies then use that research and data to manufacture cannabinoid drugs in the U.S.

According to Saul Kaye of iCan, about 50 U.S. cannabis companies are conducting research in Israel through partnerships, joint ventures or by employing Israel-based researchers like Mechoulam. At least 15 American cannabis companies have set up their entire R&D operations on Israeli soil, conducting clinical trials, and developing the appropriate dosing forms and delivery systems for pharmaceutical-grade cannabis-based drugs. According to Michael Dor, senior medical advisor at the Health Ministry’s cannabis unit, at least 120 clinical trials are currently under way in Israel to test the medicinal benefits of cannabis — more than any other country.

At least 15 American cannabis companies have set up their entire R&D operations on Israeli soil.

Cannabics, a Maryland-based, publicly-traded company, is conducting a clinical trial at an Israeli hospital in order to develop a capsule for cancer treatment. In 2015, One World Cannabis Pharmaceuticals, a public company based in Delaware, established an Israeli subsidiary overseen by Yehuda Baruch, the first head of the Israeli government’s medical cannabis program, established in 2007. They are now beginning phase 1 of a clinical trial to test the benefits of a topical cannabis cream to treat psoriasis. Their next trial will study the efficacy of a soluble pill for the treatment of chronic pain. They eventually plan to conduct clinical trials on patients with multiple myeloma.

Some Israeli companies have partnered with American companies to establish a presence in the U.S., where they sell products that were developed in Israel. For example, Tikun Olam, Israel’s first medical cannabis distributor, opened an American subsidiary in 2016. It now sells its proprietary medical-grade plant strains at 10 dispensaries in Delaware and Nevada and will soon be available at dispensaries in Oregon and California. Their most popular strain is Avi-Dekel a non-psychoactive CBD blend used to help children with seizures.

Some American researchers have even moved to Israel all together. Alan Shackelford, a Harvard-trained physician, was among the first American doctors to prescribe cannabis to a child. His eight-year-old epileptic patient Charlotte Figi sparked national interest in CBD after her miraculous story aired on CNN’s Weed documentary in 2013.

Yet after years of failed attempts to conduct clinical trials in the U.S., Shackelford recently established his own research entity in Israel because of his frustration with the American government’s stonewalling.

“The U.S. government has funded $1.4 billion in marijuana research since 2008,” says Schackelford. “Yet $1.1 billion of that went to studying addiction, withdrawal and drug abuse,” problems that barely exist with cannabis when compared to the effects of other legal medications, like prescription painkillers, which killed more than 17,000 Americans in 2016.

– Holocaust survivor Moshe Roth, 81, a writer and painter born in Nancy, France, relaxes after smoking medical marijuana in the Hadarim Nursing home in Kibbutz Naan, near Rehovot, Israel, on April 27, 2014.

His research subjects in Israel will include the development of new delivery methods, he says, “because to date, most medical cannabis products no matter where you look in the world, are pot-culture derived. They’re things like brownies, cookies, candy and smoking. Even with advances to these things being much more consistent, they’re still not medically appropriate.”

While the U.S. government restricts American cannabis companies on U.S. soil, it does not prevent them from or penalize them for conducting their work in Israel. According to Robert Farrell, president of Kalytera, “The FDA has no problem with this work being done in Israel. When you file with the FDA, in the application you say, ‘Look we’ve done the previous studies in Israel, gave the drug to this many patients, the drug is safe, it works, now we want to conduct a larger study with patients in the U.S.’ If the FDA is satisfied with the data, they’ll say, ‘Go ahead, try it in the U.S.'”

The FDA will never get behind cannabis the plant as medicine, since it can’t be controlled as a consistent drug.

Even the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has funded cannabis research in Israel. Indeed, much of Professor Mechoulam’s groundbreaking research was funded by the American government. The NIH provided him with grants to the tune of $100,000 a year for over four decades, says Mechoulam.

There is also nothing preventing Israeli companies from receiving FDA approval for their cannabis-based drugs, as long as they meet FDA requirements. In order to do so, they will need to develop the kind of products that are more in line with pharmaceutical standards, such as the kinds of capsules and inhalers BOL is developing.

While that goal is feasible, Gedo and others admit that it will take time, perhaps several years, to achieve. The process of getting FDA approval is an arduous one, especially for a drug that has long been viewed with skepticism by the medical establishment. Yet it is these clinical trials that are taking place at a record pace in Israel, along with the advancement of pharmaceutical grade cannabinoid drugs, that will enable Israeli companies to eventually receive FDA approval for their drugs, or for the drugs that they are helping American companies to develop.

As Gedo notes, the FDA will never get behind cannabis the plant as medicine, since it can’t be controlled as a consistent drug that has the same effect day in and day out. After all, there are 140 active compounds in cannabis, and the composition of the flowers plucked from one branch can fluctuate wildly, by up to 300 percent. “The experience of a user will vary a lot with the same strain,” says Gedo. “So even if you have the best-grown product, it will never become a scientific pharmaceutical product.”

This is precisely why the FDA has never approved a botanical marijuana drug, a larger problem than scheduling when it comes to drug approval. According to Senate testimony by the FDA’s Douglas Throckmorton in 2016, in order to obtain FDA approval, drug manufacturers “must demonstrate that they are able to consistently manufacture a high-quality drug product. This is an essential part of drug development and presents special challenges when the drug is derived from a botanical source, such as marijuana…. If there is any future for marijuana as a medicine, it lies in its isolated components, the cannabinoids and their synthetic derivatives.”

BOL and other Israeli companies are working to meet that challenge by developing cannabis-based drugs – the capsules, inhalers, creams and oils composed of isolated, controlled and consistent cannabinoids. Going this route, they could eventually receive FDA approval.

While Gedo is optimistic, he’s also realistic, knowing the complexity of the FDA’s drug approval process, and the skepticism that remains among many in the medical establishment.

Still, asked when Israeli companies might be exporting their cannabis medicine to the U.S., Michael Dor, of the Israeli Health Ministry says, “I believe it’s not far.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UN racism committee issues ‘warning’ over US tensions

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– Photo: Supporters of the Ku Klux Klan hold a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on July 8, 2017 to protest the planned removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee, who oversaw Confederate forces in the US Civil War.

A UN committee charged with tackling racism has issued an “early warning” over conditions in the US and urged the Trump administration to “unequivocally and unconditionally” reject discrimination.

The warning specifically refers to events last week in Charlottesville, Virginia, where the civil rights activist Heather Heyer was killed when a car rammed into a group of people protesting against a white nationalist rally.

Such statements are usually issued by the United Nations – Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) over fears of ethnic or religious conflict. In the past decade, the only other countries issued with early warnings have been Burundi, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Kyrgyzstan and Nigeria.

The United States has been warned under the procedure in the past when CERD raised the issue of land rights conflicts with the Western Shoshone indigenous peoples in 2006.

“We are alarmed by the racist demonstrations, with overtly racist slogans, chants and salutes by white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan, promoting white supremacy and inciting racial discrimination and hatred,” said Anastasia Crickley, chair of the committee.

Donald Trump faced widespread criticism after he blamed “both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville. Although the CERD tement did not refer to him by name, it called on “the government of the United States of America, as well as high-level politicians and public officials, to unequivocally and unconditionally reject and condemn racist hate speech and crimes in Charlottesville and throughout the country.”

Crickley also urged the US authorities “to address the root causes of the proliferation of such racist manifestations.”

Lecia Brooks, director of outreach for the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a civil rights group, said the UN’s early warning underlined the need for American leaders to “clearly and unconditionally condemn hatred and bigotry.”

“It is a sad day when the president of the United States has so thoroughly failed to denounce white supremacism that UN experts must warn the US about the dangers of racism,” Brooks said.

“Unfortunately, Trump’s racist and xenophobic campaign, and his lukewarm condemnation of white supremacists, has heightened racial tensions in America to the point that it’s raising alarms in the global community.”

Sherine Tadros, Amnesty International’s UN representative, welcomed the UN’s move. “It is significant that the UN is speaking out publicly against the actions of the new US administration, which it so far has been reluctant to do,” Tadros said.

Jasmine Tyler, US program advocacy director for Human Rights Watch, urged the White House to heed the UN warning. “As a black woman raising a black son, and a human rights advocate, I can hardly believe the times we’re living in,” Tyler said.

“The Trump administration should take the CERD’s early warning very seriously and rescind its decision to eviscerate the mandates and budgets of US civil rights institutions; end its attempt to exclude white nationalism from the federal government’s Countering Violent Extremism programs; and end immigration and refugee policies based on anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant sentiment.”

The warning was issued on 18 August but came to light on Wednesday, the day after protests outside a rally by the president in Phoenix, Arizona.

Trump used Tuesday’s event to portray himself as the victim of events in Charlottesville, branding journalists who “do not like our country” as the true source of division in America. He also accused the “crooked media” of “trying to take away our history and our heritage” and read out previous statements that he said condemned hatred, bigotry and violence.

And he complained that the media had not given him enough credit for condemning hate groups. “I said everything,” the president said. “I hit them with neo-Nazi. I hit them with everything. I got the white supremacists, the neo-Nazi. I got them all in there, let’s say. KKK, we have KKK. I got them all.”

Protesters outside the Trump rally in Phoenix raise their hands after police used teargas to disperse the crowd.
– Photo: Protesters outside the Trump rally in Phoenix raise their hands after police used teargas to disperse the crowd.

The former director of national intelligence James Clapper later described Trump’s remarks as “downright scary and disturbing”. The former spy chief, who served under Democratic and Republican presidents, also called into question Trump’s fitness to serve.

“How much longer does the country have to, to borrow a phrase, endure this nightmare?” Clapper said on CNN.

Following Clapper’s remarks, the former British ambassador to the US, Peter Westmacott, compared Tuesday’s rally to Nazi Germany.

“Shades of 1933 Germany,” Westmacott tweeted, claiming Trump’s speech was “an invitation to autocrats” in countries without the US’s system of checks and balances “to play the same game more dangerously.”

Immediately after the rally, police said they used pepper spray to disperse protesters outside the rally – who numbered in their thousands, according to Arizona media – after being pelted with rocks and bottles.

The Phoenix police chief, Jeri Williams, told reporters that four people had been arrested, including three on assault charges.

In February, the SPLC said the number of hate groups in the US had risen for a second consecutive year and that “the radical right was energised by the candidacy of Donald Trump.” Until last week, his chief White House strategist was Steve Bannon, former editor of Breitbart, which Bannon called “a platform for the alt-right.” Bannon has returned to Breitbart News as executive chairman.

In its statement, CERD also called on the US to ensure that the freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly are not exercised with the aim of destroying or denying the rights and freedoms of others, ensuring “such rights are not misused to promote racist hate speech and racist crimes.”

The committee monitors compliance with the international convention on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination, which the US ratified in 1994.

 

 

 

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The Subtle Game France Is Playing in Central Europe

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 – Photo: French President Emmanuel Macron (R) offers to shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) at the Chateau de Versailles

Summary

Since taking office in June, the French government has been hurriedly building its foreign policy. President Emmanuel Macron has already met with U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin and has had several discussions with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to reform the European Union. Macron will soon focus on Central and Eastern Europe, meeting with the leaders of Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia in Salzburg on Aug. 23 and then visiting Romania on Aug. 24 and Bulgaria on Aug. 25. The official goal of the meetings is to discuss the Eastern European nationals working in Western Europe. But France is also playing a more subtle political game: The European Union is about to start a debate about its future and Central and Eastern European countries will have to decide what role they want to have in it. Macron wants to shape that decision.

– Photo: Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech in Bobigny to announce his candidacy for next year’s presidential election.

The French government has said that Macron will use his tour to discuss the posted-workers system, an EU scheme by which companies in Western Europe can hire cheaper labor from poorer countries in Eastern Europe. Though less than 1 percent of all European workers carry out their jobs under the scheme, Macron has identified it as a form of social dumping that creates unfair competition for French workers. The European Union is unlikely to abolish the posted-workers system, but it will seek to reform it and probably limit its use. Support from at least some Central and Eastern European countries will be important to prevent the reforms from widening the divisions between Western and Eastern EU member states.

But Macron’s visit also has the unstated goal of strengthening France’s presence in a region that hasn’t been a priority in recent years. Macron has criticized those Eastern European countries that, according to him, accept EU money but don’t respect its values. His choice of countries for the tour is notable, as two governments that have tense relations with the EU Commission, Poland and Hungary, have been excluded. Poland and Hungary are, along with the Czech Republic and Slovakia, members of the Visegrad Group, a bloc that has repeatedly criticized the European Union. With Macron’s visit, France may be trying to differentiate between cooperative and uncooperative members of the Visegrad Group.

Others have been making similar moves for some time. Brussels threatened to sanction Poland because of recent judicial reforms and Hungary because of recent laws on foreign universities and foreign-funded nongovernmental organizations. Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic could also be sanctioned because of their refusal to enforce an EU plan to distribute asylum seekers across the bloc.

Still, Brussels keeps good ties with Slovakia, the only country in the region that is a member of the eurozone and the only member of the Visegrad Group that has accepted a small number of migrants to avoid sanctions. In early August, Prime Minister Robert Fico even said Slovakia’s future lies with Europe’s “core” countries in the West. Similarly, in the Czech Republic, the government wants to be given observer status in the Eurogroup (a forum for eurozone finance ministers) if the institution’s powers are enhanced in future reforms. The Czech Republic does not use the euro and the issue is controversial, but Prague wants to keep the accession door open, even it’s only to have a seat at the table when the future of the currency is debated. The Czech Republic and Slovakia understand that the European Union will start talks to reform the bloc after the German general elections in September. They want their voices heard.

Austria’s decision to invite Czech and Slovak leaders but not Polish or Hungarian representatives to meet Macron suggests that the Austrian government is interested in acting as a bridge between them and the largest EU member states. Austria sees Central Europe as its sphere of influence, a consequence of centuries of its political control of the region during the Habsburg Empire. Austria isn’t interested in joining the Visegrad Group, because it doesn’t want to compete with Poland and Hungary for the bloc’s leadership. Austria seems more interested in weakening the Visegrad Group and siding with the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Of course, Austria and the Czech Republic will hold general elections of their own in October, which means that these strategic decisions could be revised. In Austria, the right-wing Freedom Party could enter a coalition government, which would make Vienna more Euroskeptic. In the Czech Republic, the ANO party, which is against adopting the euro, is polling strongly. But even under different governments, Central and Eastern European countries would continue to have different strategic interests that could undermine their regional alliances and open the door for external influence.

These political moves are all the more relevant considering the upcoming debate about the future of the European Union. On the table are ideas ranging from the introduction of new EU-wide investment mechanisms to strengthening military cooperation. In recent months, EU members have been toying with the idea of letting some countries move ahead with integration while others are left behind (a concept known as a “multi-speed Europe”). The French government believes the participation of the 27 members of the bloc is not necessary to move ahead with reforms. It would put Central and Eastern Europe in a dilemma. On the one hand, most of these countries want to remain outside the eurozone and are wary of Brussels interfering with their domestic issues. On the other, they rely on EU funding, investment and, to some extent, protection.

– Photo: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has arrived to Warsaw for talks on EU’s future with representatives of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. The four countries openly oppose Berlin’s refugee policy.

But in addition to increasing East-West divides on the Continent, the multi-speed Europe could also lead to conflict between France and Germany. France doesn’t see Central and Eastern Europe as an indispensable element of its grand designs for the future of the European Union. But Germany is deeply interested in the region, both for economic and security reasons. Many of these countries are important export and investment destinations and some are crucial parts of its supply chain. Moreover, many of these countries play a role in Germany’s competition with Russia for influence. As a result, the European Union’s redesign will force its members to make strategic decisions — both among the so-called “core” countries and among a periphery that risks being left behind.

 

 

 

 

 

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New Bill Would Require Donald Trump To Undergo Mental Health Evaluation

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A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives would require President Donald Trump to undergo a physical and mental health exam to determine if he is stable enough to stay in office.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) introduced the bill on Friday. Should the results of the said exam be unfavorable, the bill calls for Vice President Mike Pence and members of the Cabinet to remove Trump from office.

The move would invoke the 25th Amendment, a rarely-used constitutional provision that allows the vice president and a majority of Cabinet members to jointly remove the president from office and replace him with the vice president.

“Does the President suffer from early stage dementia,” Lofgren asked in a statement announcing the bill.

“Has emotional disorder so impaired the President that he is unable to discharge his duties,” she continued. “Is the President mentally and emotionally stable?”

Lofgren pointed out that Trump has not yet released a “serious” medical evaluation to the public.

Zoe Lofgren’s Bill To Force Trump To Undergo Mental Health Exam by carla on Scribd:

Lofgren, who represents California’s 19th district, is not a professional psychiatrist or psychologist, according to Mercury News.

She doesn’t expect the bill to pass, but she told the newspaper “it will stimulate conversation,” adding that Trump would get the evaluation if “he cares about the country.”

Lofgren has often criticized Trump’s remarks and policies throughout his presidency. The representative suggested on Tuesday that “something is seriously wrong with President Trump,” responding to his off-the-cuff remarks on the Charlottesville white supremacist riot made during an impromptu Q&A with reporters in New York.

“Why can’t he just condemn Nazis,” she asked on Twitter. “Unscripted words today show who he really is. Shameful!”

Lofgren isn’t the first politician or critic to suggest invoking the 25th Amendment to boot the 45th President out of the White House.

In June, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland) led 25 House Democrats to co-sign a bill that would also oust Trump from the Oval Office under the amendment. Commenting on his bill, Raskin told Yahoo News “in case of emergency, break glass.”

Articles and op-eds exploring the 25th Amendment in detail have also sprung up on Washington PostRolling Stones, New York Times and Time Magazine since Trump took office. Meanwhile, Trump has continued to draw ire from the country for everything from his policies on immigration, Muslim travel bans and dangerous health care bills, to remarks that suggest that there are “fine people” who attend a white supremacy rally.

And this summer, the hashtag #25thAmendment began trending on Twitter.

That’s why Lofgren is calling for Mike Pence and other Cabinet members to “quickly secure … medical and psychiatric professionals” to evaluate Trump’s mental health and any possible impairments.

“If it was a physical ailment, you would be getting the advice of doctors,” Lofgren told Mercury News. “The same thing should be true to take a look at his stability here.”

They should have done this before they gave him the job.

Most of the elderly members of the house and senate including John McCain should be required to take a metal health test as well.

 

 

 

 

 

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Americans are Rapidly Descending Into Madness

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 I don’t live in an echo chamber, partly because there aren’t enough people out there who think like me, but also because I constantly and intentionally attempt to challenge my worldview by reading stuff from all over the political map. I ingest as much as I can from a wide variety of intelligent sources, picking and choosing what makes sense to me, and then synthesizing it the best I can.

Though I’m certainly grounded in certain key principles, my perspective on specific issues remains malleable as I take in additional information and perspectives. I try to accept and acknowledge my own ignorance and view life as a journey of constant mental, emotionally and spiritual growth. If I’m not growing my capacity in all of those realms until the day I die, I’m doing it wrong. Life should be seen as a battle against one’s own ignorance, as opposed to an obsession with the ignorance of others. You can’t legislate morality, nor can you legislate wisdom. The only way the world will improve on a long-term sustainable basis is if more of us get wise. That’s a personal journey and it’s our individual duty to accept it.

While I’m only in control of my own behavior, this doesn’t mean that the behavior of others is irrelevant to my life. Unfortunately, what I see happening to the population of America right now seems very troublesome and foreboding. What I’m witnessing across the board is hordes of people increasingly separating themselves into weird, unthinking cults. Something appears to have snapped in our collective consciousness, and many individuals I used to respect (on both sides of the political spectrum) are becoming disturbingly polarized and hysterical. People are rapidly morphing into radicalized mental patients.

What’s worse, this environment is providing a backdrop for the most destructive people of my lifetime — neoconservatives and neo liberals — to preen around on corporate media as “the voices of reason.” This is one of the most perverse and dangerous side-effects of the current political climate. As I noted earlier today on Twitter:

If in your disgust with Trump, you’re willing to run into the cold embrace of these destroyers of the middle class and the Middle East, you’ll get what you deserve. In contrast, if we really want to deal with our very real and very systemic problems, the last thing we need is a population-level mental breakdown that leads to a longing for the criminally destructive political status quo, yet that’s exactly what seems to be happening.

Ok fine, so everything seems to be rapidly collapsing, but what are we supposed to do? First of all, don’t lose your minds.

As I suggested in February’s post, Why Increased Consciousness is the Only Path Forward:

As noted earlier, Wilber thinks 10% is a key tipping point. In other words, if we can get 10% of the population to center around a yellow second-tier level of thought, which consists of a momentous leap in consciousness, the entire world will change for the better. I agree. I’m not here trying to sell you a seminar on how to expand your consciousness; rather, I think these article can help spark some sort of revelation in the minds of many of you who are already at yellow, or at least at the cusp of such a transformation. Since consciousness can and does regress under conditions of stress and fear, it’s extremely important to be conscious of your consciousness so that you don’t fall back into lower states.

Unfortunately, I see many people regressing at the moment, and I see the media as an intentional force in trying to get people to lower their consciousness. A perfect way to tell if someone is operating at a low level of consciousness is if they’re constantly placing tens of millions of their fellow citizens into an outside group they subsequently demonize. It’s perfectly fine and healthy to harshly criticize the system itself and the many powerful individuals doing awful things within it, but once you start dehumanizing large swaths of the population as a matter of your worldview, you are most certainly on a very counterproductive path that will lead to merely a blackhole of nothingness for society.

Beyond maintaining one’s sanity, it’s imperative that conscious humans create systems and communities that have as little connection as possible to the existing and rapidly disintegrating paradigm. This will create “anti-fragile” units of strength within the collapsing Potemkin village socio-economic structure that dominates our culture right now. Some of these projects need to be local, while others can be global.

Community farming/food production is a great example of a local initiative, while Bitcoin (and cryptocurrency in general), represent global initiatives to replace the hopelessly corrupt and archaic entrenched financial system. While crazy, power-obsessed tribes focus on taking over the hopelessly corrupt centralized government in Washington D.C., we need to continue to build separate, decentralized paradigms — and there isn’t much time to waste.

Fortunately, there are plenty of very decent, very conscious people out there. I want this piece to provide encouragement to those of you already engaged in this invaluable work, as well as inspiration for those of you looking for an outlet for your creative and intellectual energies. It’s never been more important to keep our heads steady and not permit ourselves to be sucked into the mental sickness infecting so many of our fellow humans. It’s imperative that we vigilantly guard our wisdom and consciousness, because the best solutions will only come from a place of spiritual and mental health. If you descend into the gutter with everyone else, your output will also end up looking like trash. That’s the last thing we need.

Stay strong and

 

This is video shows how the Blacks and (((antifa))) attacked the PEACEFUL White demonstrators, WITH BATS, AND OTHER WEAPONS, and that it was THEY!!! whom were the ones not only starting the violence, but openly taunting the police to dare to do anything to stop them. (see video below)

Below is a YouTube-ADL video, from 2014, showing the demonstration-leader/organizer, (((Jason Kessler))), when he was an anarchist, anti-Christian, and ANTI-WHITE, reciting a poem that he wrote, entitled, “White Devils”, whimsically demeaning Whites whom brought civilization to the spear-chuckers and mud-hut-dwellers: 

Massive cover up: Youtube deleted this video to cover for CNN and Governor of Virginia, “Charlottesville victim of racist beating wasn’t victim at all” (streamable.com)

You people can make-up-your-minds as to what (((Jason Kessler’s))) job and purpose was, but I am absolutely convinced that he was the typical (((infiltrator))), who probably knew what was going to happen, and I TRULY BELIEVE led the PEACEFUL White demonstrators into the trap that we all saw, and especially can be seen in the video below.

Do you, all, remember (((Frank Collin))), AKA, by his REAL name, (((Frank Cohen))), who pretended to be a neo-NAZI, leading-the-charge in the ‘Swastika war,’ in Skokie, Illinois, only to have all-Hell-break-loose, and create-the-catalyst for the crack-down against Whites exercising their freedom-of-speech, and -of-assembly?  Yeah…

(((EVERY)))

(((FUCKING)))

(((TIME))), there (((they))) are.

 – Exposing classified methods of mental manipulation.

Published on Aug 15, 2017

In 2014 Jason Kessler, the organizer behind the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA shared his anarchist and anti-Christian views, and read a poem titled: “White Devils” from his book “Midnight Road” which he said was inspired by a dream.

and now this –

MSNBC Guests Angered By Host’s Questions About ANTIFA Violence

Published on Aug 18, 2017

Chris Matthews got a dose of reality here. He started asking SLIGHTLY probing questions and these people immediately throw their hands up as if such a thing is beyond reason. These people are not right in the head. It’s a cult like mentality and its dangerous.
ANTIFA targets and attacks anyone who stands in the way of their communist agenda. Notice nobody in the media ever calls them out as communists.

 

 

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Israeli companies defeat drones with new technology

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– FILE PHOTO: The Israeli army launches a Patriot missile in the Negev desert, February 4, 2003.

Drones have become a serious threat, able to penetrate airspace for surveillance or with an explosive payload.

The Islamic State has used weaponized drones against both Syrian and Iraqi forces; groups like Hezbollah and Hamas have sent drones into Israel and are said to be working on upgrading their UAVs for use in both intelligence gathering and offensive operations.

On April 27, Israel used a Patriot missile to take down a drone entering Israeli Airspace from Syria. At $3 million per missile, the Patriot system is an expensive way to down a device that may only be worth $200. Israel has also intercepted drones with fighter jets.

Systems developed by two Israeli companies provide less expensive — and quickly reactive — solutions.

 – Rafael’s counter-drone system combines radar, laser and electronic jamming technologies to detect and disrupt hostile micro and nano UAVs. (Photo: Rafael)

Drone Dome. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. has developed a radar and laser-beam system for detecting and destroying drones, with the company adapting its existing laser systems to handle the threat.

Once the system’s radar identifies targets, its laser system destroys them.

Drone Dome also features a jamming system for disrupting communications between the drone and its operator. Drone Dome’s range reaches several miles, but causes minimal interruptions to other systems in nearby urban areas.

The standard Drone Dome system comprises a RADA RPS-42 S-band multi-mission hemispheric radar, CONTROP – MEOS electro-optical (EO)/infrared surveillance suite, a communications package, and the C-Guard RD jamming and NetSense Wideband detection sensor systems developed b Netline. The UAV threat is neutralized by activation of directional GPS/GNSS and radio-frequency inhibitor/jammer devices.

The RPS-42 is a four-panel tactical air surveillance system delivering 360-degree coverage in azimuth and 90 degrees in elevation, with a detection range of 30 kilometers — including the detection of a minimum target size of 0.002 meters square at a range of 3.2 kilometers — at altitudes from 30 to 30,000 feet. The RPS-42 is designed to detect, track and classify all classes of UAV.

 – ORAD’s drone defense system can be deployed on land or at sea in any weather. (Photo: ORAD)

DROM Defense. ORAD’s DROM Drone Defense System can detect an approaching drone at more than 3.5 kilometers away and take command, neutralizing it and landing it far from the operator.

With a weight of 38 kilograms, Orad’s Drom system comes pre-engineered and pre-assembled. It is mobile and easily deployed on land or at sea in any weather conditions and has an effective coverage range of 3.5 kilometers. It has a 2-kilometer neutralization capability.

Once intercepted, the system can land a hostile a UAV in a pre-defined location, keeping any intelligence it gathered out of enemy hands. It can also identify the location of the operator.

The system’s RF detection unit analyzes signal channels and radio transmissions to spot drones. Once detected, an alarm alerts the system operator.

ORAD has sold the system to clients in several countries including Portugal, Spain and Thailand. The company is in talks with Israeli agencies interested in purchasing the system.

– Drom DDS, drone detection & neutralization system Orad’s hi-end integrated security system proves high operational ability, detecting approaching drones at over 2.5 kilometers.
The system was designed for facilities that need to keep their perimeter protected.

 

 

 

 

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