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Rembis-family-in-pjs-460Rembis kids on Christmas Eve in new PJs – handmade by Mom. Source: Rembis family

Contributed to TLB by: Health Impact News and Medical Kidnap

Claire Rembis was sick, and had to spend 3 days in the hospital. Her attack of pancreatitis paled in comparison to what happened next. The mom from Plano, Texas, came home to a nightmare that no parent should ever have to face. CPS came and took her children, all 11 of them, because a “well-meaning� couple, members of her oldest son’s former youth group, didn’t think that the 16 and 14 year olds could handle babysitting their siblings while their dad took the baby to the hospital to visit Claire.

Has it really gotten to the point where a mother cannot get sick without risking losing her children to the State?

The children were returned after a few days, because the removal on July 7, 2015, was reportedly illegal. However, the family is terrified because the CPS involvement opened the door to a long list of “services� ordered by the court – services which threaten to rip the family apart.

Family and friends consider these services to be invasive, unnecessary, and excessive.

However, if they fail to comply with these services, they risk their children being removed from their home again and placed into foster care. They are walking on eggshells as they desperately try to comply with the demands of the state – demands that some of their friends say “strip them of their parental rights.�

According to Claire, “they are trying to come after our homeschooling as they cannot find any reason for removal.�

Not only is their homeschooling under fire, but the social workers allegedly want her to discontinue breastfeeding their 3 month old baby.

They also have to find a house to move to, and move, by August 8, because a police officer who accompanied the social worker decided to phone the Rembis’ landlord and allegedly accused them of violating their lease. They received the eviction notice the day after the children were seized. When no lease violations were found, the landlord reportedly decided not to renew their lease. They still have to move.

Not OK With CPS for Teens to Babysit Siblings

During the course of Claire’s 3 day hospital stay, William Rembis, Sr., reports that there were two occasions during which he was at the hospital with his wife, and the baby was with him both times. He had no concerns about the ability of his older children to care for the younger children.

However, Marshall and Patty Parker, members of the church where the oldest of the children, Will, 16, formerly attended, did not believe that a non-adult could handle caring for that many children, as they testified in their affidavits submitted to the court. After allegedly coming by the house to bring food, they called CPS on the family.

Patty Parker: “The children are left at home alone and although the eldest is 16, being in charge of children as young as 2 and as many as 9 children is well beyond his capabilities.�

Will spoke with Medical Kidnap about the allegations. He believes that the accusations could be retaliation against him because he stopped attending that church, where he previously held a leadership position.

“Because I know how to do something that they can’t, apparently it makes it wrong for me to do it. I’m equipped to do this. I’ve grown up in a big family, and I know how this works. I know my siblings. I know how to work with them. I was able to take care of them just fine. It’s not that hard – if they’re hungry, get them some food. We’re able to manage it.�

Will-Rembis-with-babies-460Claire: “Will is especially good with the little ones. They just LOVE their Will ! Source: Rembis family

 

Children who grow up in large families and/or with younger siblings typically know how to take care of the little ones. Even WebMD states that kids as young as 12 or 13 are often mature enough to babysit. (Source) In the Rembis family, 3 of the children fit that bill, at ages 16, 14, and 12.

It certainly isn’t against any law for teens to be left at home with younger siblings. Yet, Child Protective Services charged Claire and William Rembis with physical neglect and neglectful supervision for leaving the older kids in charge during an emergency situation.

Allegations of Messy House

The other allegation by the Parkers, which social worker Jennifer Matthews took to the judge to get the order for removal, was that the house was messy. According to blog Cahnman’s Musings:

CPS came to the house yesterday and looked in the windows. They were only able to see in to her twin girls’ room, which (as I can attest with only one girl) was messy. (Seriously, can you imagine someone judging the condition of your home based on the cleanliness of your 8 year old’s room?)

The Rembis family submitted photos to Medical Kidnap, which were taken the day that CPS took their children. The photos are shocking, after reading the allegations in Marshall Parker’s affidavit that the home looked like a “landfill.�

Rembis-playroom-and-kitchen-460Rembis family’s “messy� home, shortly before CPS arrived. Left: playroom. Right: kitchen. Source: Rembis family.

 

The order for the removal of the children was signed by visiting Judge Curt Henderson, while the sitting judge was on vacation. The sitting judge had reportedly previously denied the removal. According to protocols, the visiting judge reportedly should not have signed the emergency removal order without notifying the parents’ attorneys first. The apparent violation is believed to be the reason that the children were returned home.

Claire and William say that the allegations against them have no basis in truth, and there is no evidence to support the allegations. William says that social worker Jennifer Matthews got the emergency removal order because she lied to the judge, saying that the parents had both been gone for three days.

“The thing is – anybody can make an allegation. Their mission [of CPS] is to substantiate the allegation. They don’t even try to disprove them. Some of the allegations were really far-fetched.�

In the Rembis family’s video recording of CPS taking their children away.

Claire asks incredulously,

“They said we left them [the kids] for 3 days?�

William: “Yeah, that’s what they said.�

Claire: “Wow.�

Dramatic Escape From CPS by Oldest Teen

The Rembis family received word shortly before the arrival of CPS that they were coming to remove the children. They were terrified, but also devoutly Christian. The parents gathered their children to pray together and tell them how much they love them.

Will, the 16 year old son, tells Health Impact News that he has heard stories about the horrors of foster care, and he thought to himself:

“I am not about to be taken away by social services.�

He went to his room to get his shoes, but CPS arrived while he was still in his room. He grabbed his longboard and tried to get out the back gate, but it was locked. So he walked nonchalantly out the front door, where 3 or 4 police officers and some social workers were standing as the children were being herded out of the house.

He says that he tipped his head to some of the authorities in greeting, and then skated off right under their noses. Allegedly, the social workers later testified that they didn’t see him leave, but Will says that isn’t true. He said he took one look back toward the house, and some of the social workers looked right at him as he skated away.

He spent the next couple of hours hiding and darting between and behind buildings and bushes, escaping social workers who were trying to chase him down.

Once, he tried to go back to his home, and noticed a red Mercedes driving down the street. When the driver saw him, he made a U-turn and came after Will, but, again, he was able to elude the person whom he said was obviously a social worker.

The 16 year old stayed gone for a week, only returning after the other children were allowed to come home. He says that his parents didn’t know where he was, but he got word to them that he was safe.

(It would seem almost ironic that this resourceful teen is the same one that CPS and the Parkers accused of being incapable of caring for his younger siblings when his mother was sick?)

Kids Returned, But With Many Strings Attached

According to an update on the case on their Fundly page, the court date of July 14 “was a grueling day – They faced an army in the courtroom that contradicted themselves on sworn affidavits and went to great lengths to not just maintain state custody of these children, but to strip them of their parental rights.�

Rembis-twins-quote-mom-460Claire: “Oh my heart. My heart. Making them leave just ripped my heart. Look at Aurora (right). Her eyes. I’ve never seen her look so… empty. My God. They are so sensitive. They have such tender hearts. Such sweet souls. My God it was just too much.� (Source: Rembis family.) This was the day CPS came.

 

At this point, the family asserts that the judge has no idea about most of the evidence in their defense.
Testimony by agents of CPS took up almost the entire hearing, while Claire Rembis was only given 20 minutes to testify about the most important people in her life. None of the witnesses who intended to speak on the family’s behalf were given the opportunity to testify.

Still, after being placed in several separate foster homes, and one of the siblings being sent to a shelter, the children were returned home. However, CPS was able to get court approval for a significant number of “services� ordered.

The older kids came home first, and several days later, the younger ones were returned. It was reportedly somehow “because of their ages� that the state kept the little ones longer.

“Services� Are More Like Blackmail

When one thinks of “services� being “offered,� the implication of the words are that they are helpful benefits that one may either accept or refuse. Not so with CPS services. Few Americans realize what these taxpayer-funded services actually are, and most believe that their purpose is simply to help struggling families. However, as many families from all over the nation report to Health Impact News, the “services� that CPS “offer� seem to amount to tyranny, slavery, and blackmail to them. The underlying threat is: Submit, or lose your children.

Other parents and attorneys have described them as being the equivalent of a fishing expedition. When CPS doesn’t have enough grounds to take or keep the children, services are ordered in order to “catch� the parents in something that they can use.

Young Will Rembis describes them as both “a waste of time� and “another way for them to spy on us.�

In a recent story on the Coumpy family in Arizona, court documents actually show that submission to all services is demanded or else the children could be adopted out. (Story here)

 

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Extensive (Excessive?) List of Services Demanded By CPS

Although the allegations that originally got CPS involved in the Rembis family’s lives were not proven, the door was opened for the state to make all sorts of demands on the family, for the purpose of “reducing the reasonable likelihood that the children … may be neglected in the immediate or foreseeable future.� In the words of William Rembis,

“What happened to innocent until proven guilty?�

Some of these service requirements listed in the overwhelming court order include:

  • Intensive parenting classes. Parents must “show comprehension of each child and his or her independent needs.â€?
  • “Shall allow the Guardian Ad Litem and Attorney Ad Litem(s) to have unlimited, uninterrupted, private access to all children and encourage child participation in and/or out of the home.â€?
  • Parents are required to notify CPS within 24 hours of any medical appointment for the children. CPS workers may attend the appointments.
  • Psychological evaluations for the children
  • Early Childhood Intervention evaluation for their daughter Sunday

 

Sunday-Rembis-before-and-after-460The photo on the right was texted to Claire to show that baby Sunday was fine in foster care. The photo on the left was taken a week before at home. Claire: “The joy is missing from her face. The twinkle in her eye is dim. My God how on earth are we supposed to just let this happen to her!!! She needs to come home NOW!!!!!!! She was taken illegally, bring our baby back NOW!!!!!�

 

  • Evaluation and treatment for scabies within 48 hours of the order for their daughter Cora. When her own doctor examined her, he found that she had mosquito bites, not the scabies that CPS accused her of having. Medical diagnosis – “Bite of nonvenomous arthropod.â€?
  • Tuberculosis testing for their daughters Cora, Pocahontas, and Cinderella
  • Follow up appointment within 48 hours of the order for baby Enoch with a pediatrician. Parents required to email weight and blood test results to CPS if no one associated with CPS attends the appointment
  • Medical physicals within 15 days of the order for William Jr., Alexander, Sebastian, Belle, Aurora, Pocahontas, and Cinderella
  • The parents must follow all recommendations of the medical professionals, whether they agree or not
  • Inform CPS of any person besides the parents babysitting the children, providing detailed information on the babysitter
  • “Shall allow the Department, Guardian Ad Litem and Attorney Ad Litem(s) to inspect any parts of the house without parental interference.â€?
  • And more, including demands which impact the Rembis family’s choices to homeschool and breastfeed

CPS Makes Demands About Homeschooling

Rembis-dad-with-kids-460Dad with some of the children. Image supplied by family.

 

According to the Texas Homeschool Coalition,

“Home schools in Texas have been determined by the Texas courts to be private schools, and private schools are not regulated by the state of Texas. There are no requirements, such as teacher certification or curriculum approval.�

However, some of the requirements of the court ordered services could be seen as a direct attack on the family’s choice to homeschool their children, including:

  • Developmental assessments to “assist the parents for future educational needs and in determining what agencies/churches/homeschool co-ops or networks each child may need.â€?
  • Provide CPS a list of all homeschool curriculum, workbooks, and log in information for the GALs “so that they may look to see if the children are in fact logging in within 10 days of this order for curriculum using now.â€? (NOTE: It is summer. Most children are not doing school currently.)
  • Must join a homeschooling network and provide information about it by August 4

CPS Demands the Baby to Grow at an Unreasonable Rate, and Attacks Mother’s Breastfeeding

Other requirements relate to allegations that came in after the children were taken that they were not adequately feeding baby Enoch, who was breastfed. Claire said that the social workers have made it clear that they do not want her to breastfeed, even though she is a breastfeeding mother with many years of experience nursing many children.

One of their concerns is the pain medications that she was taking for the pancreatitis attack. However, due to her extensive knowledge and experience with breastfeeding, Claire researched experts on risks of medications during lactation. She reports that MotherToBaby, a service of the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists, vouches for her to continue nursing even with the medications she is taking.

The other concern is that Enoch is small. Allegedly, a pediatrician hired by CPS is calling this “failure to thrive.� Claire reports that tiny babies are her family’s norm, and that they don’t grow quickly in the beginning, even though they are healthy. Enoch’s pattern of growth is very similar to her previous 10 children.

Rembis-parents-with-baby-460Claire and William Rembis with baby Enoch. Source: Rembis family.

 

However, she says that the pediatrician hired by CPS has ignored the genetic component, and that she testified to the court that she was basing the concerns about the baby’s weight on the CDC charts, not the WHO charts. Breastfed babies gain weight at a different rate than formula-fed babies, and the WHO charts are based on breastfed babies being the norm. The pediatrician allegedly falsely testified that the CDC charts are based on breast-fed babies, but this is not true. According to the CDC website,

“The CDC growth reference charts are based on primarily formula-fed infants.� (Source)

When she took her baby to family physician Dr. Robert Paul for a second opinion, he noted that Claire’s recent illness could also have impacted his weight. He checked out as being healthy.

Claire is afraid that the court is holding her baby’s weight to a false expectation. CPS has demanded that Enoch weigh 9 lbs 8 oz by August 4. On July 13, he weighed 7 lbs 15 oz. KellyMom reports that, according to La Leche League’s Breastfeeding Answer Book, breastfed babies up to 4 months gain an average of 5 to 7 ounces per week. For Enoch to reach the goal weight demanded by CPS, he would have to gain more than 8 ounces in each of the last 3 weeks, which is well above average.

Mrs. Rembis has been feeding her formerly exclusively breastfed baby formula in the hopes of reaching a goal that the data clearly demonstrates is excessive.

  • She must maintain a daily feeding log of every feeding, noting the amount, time, and duration of feedings, as well as log all spit-up.
  • Said log must be emailed at the end of each day to the social worker, the Guardian Ad Litem, the Attorney Ad Litem, and the parents’ attorney.

Recording of CPS Originally Forbidden

In the original court order, the parents, and any one of their “agents� were forbidden to videotape or audiotape any conversations or meetings with CPS or their agents. The family held that this was in violation of their constitutional rights and their rights as Texas citizens. There were already numerous concerns that social workers were acting in violation of the Rembis’ parental rights. They are thankful that the judge has now altered the ruling to permit recording.

Family Is Terrified

Their next court date is August 31 at 9:00 a.m. at the 417th District Court of Collin County. William and Claire Rembis are desperately trying to comply with all of the court’s demands, because their children mean everything to them.

They are terrified. Two days after receiving the final court orders about what services are required, CPS representatives descended upon their home in droves – 5 visits within 16 hours.

Strange cars have reportedly begun driving down their street slowly, as if they are looking for something. A neighbor has allegedly been writing down the license plates of visitors to the Rembis home and sending them to the social worker. Two different friends have reported that a neighbor was snapping photos of them as they got out of their vehicles and walked to the house. Another neighbor was seen sneaking around the bushes by their home late one night recently. Social worker Jennifer Matthews is reportedly no longer assigned to their case, yet she has been contacting friends of the family through Facebook. The family feels like they are being stalked by people who “don’t have the kids’ best interest at heart.�

Meanwhile, they have to pack and search for a new home that will have room for their large family by August 8, all the while working to cooperate with the numerous services of CPS.

How You Can Help

There is a Facebook page called The Rembis Family that has been set up for supporters to follow their story and offer support.

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Contact:

Texas Governor Greg Abbott at (512) 463-1782(512) 463-1782, or reach him here.

Senator Van Taylor at (512) 463-0108(512) 463-0108, or reach him here.

Congressman Jeff Leach at (512) 463-0544(512) 463-0544, or reach him here.

See Also:

Texas Baptist Home Failed to Protect Foster Kids from Sexual Abuse

12,000 Children from Foster Care Sue State of Texas over Abuses

TLB recommends you visit Health Impact News & Medical Kidnap for more pertinent articles and information

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By John W. Whitehead

“You see them on the street. You watch them on TV. You might even vote for one this fall. You think they’re people just like you. You’re wrong. Dead wrong.â€?—They Live

We’re living in two worlds, you and I.

There’s the world we see (or are made to see) and then there’s the one we sense (and occasionally catch a glimpse of), the latter of which is a far cry from the propaganda-driven reality manufactured by the government and its corporate sponsors, including the media.

Indeed, what most Americans perceive as life in America—privileged, progressive and free—is a far cry from reality, where economic inequality is growing, real agendas and real power are buried beneath layers of Orwellian doublespeak and corporate obfuscation, and “freedom,� such that it is, is meted out in small, legalistic doses by militarized police armed to the teeth.

All is not as it seems.

This is the premise of John Carpenter’s film They Live (1988), in which two migrant workers discover that the world’s population is actually being controlled and exploited by aliens working in partnership with an oligarchic elite. All the while, the populace—blissfully unaware of the real agenda at work in their lives—has been lulled into complacency, indoctrinated into compliance, bombarded with media distractions, and hypnotized by subliminal messages beamed out of television and various electronic devices, billboards and the like.

It is only when homeless drifter John Nada (played to the hilt by the late Roddy Piper) discovers a pair of doctored sunglasses—Hoffman lenses—that Nada sees what lies beneath the elite’s fabricated reality: control and bondage.

When viewed through the lens of truth, the elite, who appear human until stripped of their disguises, are shown to be monsters who have enslaved the citizenry in order to prey on them. Likewise, billboards blare out hidden, authoritative messages: a bikini-clad woman in one ad is actually ordering viewers to “MARRY AND REPRODUCE.� Magazine racks scream “CONSUME� and “OBEY.� A wad of dollar bills in a vendor’s hand proclaims, “THIS IS YOUR GOD.�

When viewed through Nada’s Hoffman lenses, some of the other hidden messages being drummed into the people’s subconscious include: NO INDEPENDENT THOUGHT, CONFORM, SUBMIT, STAY ASLEEP, BUY, WATCH TV, NO IMAGINATION, and DO NOT QUESTION AUTHORITY.

This indoctrination campaign engineered by the elite in They Live is painfully familiar to anyone who has studied the decline of American culture. A citizenry that does not think for themselves, obeys without question, is submissive, does not challenge authority, does not think outside the box, and is content to sit back and be entertained is a citizenry that can be easily controlled.

In this way, the subtle message of They Live provides an apt analogy of our own distorted vision of life in the American police state, what philosopher Slavoj Žižek refers to as dictatorship in democracy, “the invisible order which sustains your apparent freedom.�

We’re being fed a series of carefully contrived fictions that bear no resemblance to reality. The powers-that-be want us to feel threatened by forces beyond our control (terrorists, shooters, bombers). They want us afraid and dependent on the government and its militarized armies for our safety and well-being. They want us distrustful of each other, divided by our prejudices, and at each other’s throats. Most of all, they want us to continue to march in lockstep with their dictates.

Tune out the government’s attempts to distract, divert and befuddle us and tune into what’s really going on in this country, and you’ll run headlong into an unmistakable, unpalatable truth: the moneyed elite who rule us view us as expendable resources to be used, abused and discarded.

In fact, a 2014 study conducted by Princeton and Northwestern University concluded that the U.S. government does not represent the majority of American citizens. Instead, the study found that the government is ruled by the rich and powerful, or the so-called “economic elite.� Moreover, the researchers concluded that policies enacted by this governmental elite nearly always favor special interests and lobbying groups.

In other words, we are being ruled by an oligarchy disguised as a democracy, and arguably on our way towards fascism—a form of government where private corporate interests rule, money calls the shots, and the people are seen as mere subjects to be controlled.

Consider this: it is estimated that the 2016 presidential election could cost as much as $5 billion, more than double what was spent getting Obama re-elected in 2012.

Not only do you have to be rich—or beholden to the rich—to get elected these days, but getting elected is also a surefire way to get rich. As CBS News reports, “Once in office, members of Congress enjoy access to connections and information they can use to increase their wealth, in ways that are unparalleled in the private sector. And once politicians leave office, their connections allow them to profit even further.�

In denouncing this blatant corruption of America’s political system, former president Jimmy Carter blasted the process of getting elected—to the White House, governor’s mansion, Congress or state legislatures—as “unlimited political bribery… a subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors, who want and expect, and sometimes get, favors for themselves after the election is over.�

Rest assured that when and if fascism finally takes hold in America, the basic forms of government will remain. As I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, fascism will appear to be friendly. The legislators will be in session. There will be elections, and the news media will continue to cover the entertainment and political trivia. Consent of the governed, however, will no longer apply. Actual control will have finally passed to the oligarchic elite controlling the government behind the scenes.

By creating the illusion that it preserves democratic traditions, fascism creeps slowly until it consumes the political system. And in times of “crisis,� expediency is upheld as the central principle—that is, in order to keep us safe and secure, the government must militarize the police, strip us of basic constitutional rights, criminalize virtually every form of behavior, and build enough private prisons to house all of us nonviolent criminals.

Clearly, we are now ruled by an oligarchic elite of governmental and corporate interests. We have moved into “corporatism� (favored by Benito Mussolini), which is a halfway point on the road to full-blown fascism.

Vast sectors of the economy, government and politics are managed by private business concerns, otherwise referred to as “privatization� by various government politicians. Just study modern government policies. “Every industry is regulated. Every profession is classified and organized,� writes economic analyst Jeffrey Tucker. “Every good or service is taxed. Endless debt accumulation is preserved. Immense doesn’t begin to describe the bureaucracy. Military preparedness never stops, and war with some evil foreign foe, remains a daily prospect.�

In other words, the government in America today does whatever it wants.

Corporatism is where the few moneyed interests—not elected by the citizenry—rule over the many. In this way, it is not a democracy or a republican form of government, which is what the American government was established to be. It is a top-down form of government and one which has a terrifying history typified by the developments that occurred in totalitarian regimes of the past: police states where everyone is watched and spied on, rounded up for minor infractions by government agents, placed under police control, and placed in detention (a.k.a. concentration) camps.

For the final hammer of fascism to fall, it will require the most crucial ingredient: the majority of the people will have to agree that it’s not only expedient but necessary. But why would a people agree to such an oppressive regime? The answer is the same in every age: fear.

Fear makes people stupid.

Fear is the method most often used by politicians to increase the power of government. And, as most social commentators recognize, an atmosphere of fear permeates modern America: fear of terrorism, fear of the police, fear of our neighbors and so on.

The propaganda of fear has been used quite effectively by those who want to gain control, and it is working on the American populace.

Despite the fact that we are 17,600 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist attack; 11,000 times more likely to die from an airplane accident than from a terrorist plot involving an airplane; 1,048 times more likely to die from a car accident than a terrorist attack, and 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist, we have handed over control of our lives to government officials who treat us as a means to an end—the source of money and power.

We have allowed ourselves to become fearful, controlled, pacified zombies.

In this regard, we’re not so different from the oppressed citizens in They Live. Most everyone keeps their heads down these days while staring zombie-like into an electronic screen, even when they’re crossing the street. Families sit in restaurants with their heads down, separated by their screen devices and unaware of what’s going on around them. Young people especially seem dominated by the devices they hold in their hands, oblivious to the fact that they can simply push a button, turn the thing off and walk away.

Indeed, there is no larger group activity than that connected with those who watch screens—that is, television, lap tops, personal computers, cell phones and so on. In fact, a Nielsen study reports that American screen viewing is at an all-time high. For example, the average American watches approximately 151 hours of television per month.

The question, of course, is what effect does such screen consumption have on one’s mind?

Psychologically it is similar to drug addiction. Researchers found that “almost immediately after turning on the TV, subjects reported feeling more relaxed, and because this occurs so quickly and the tension returns so rapidly after the TV is turned off, people are conditioned to associate TV viewing with a lack of tension.� Research also shows that regardless of the programming, viewers’ brain waves slow down, thus transforming them into a more passive, nonresistant state.

Historically, television has been used by those in authority to quiet discontent and pacify disruptive people. “Faced with severe overcrowding and limited budgets for rehabilitation and counseling, more and more prison officials are using TV to keep inmates quiet,� according to Newsweek.

Given that the majority of what Americans watch on television is provided through channels controlled by six mega corporations, what we watch is now controlled by a corporate elite and, if that elite needs to foster a particular viewpoint or pacify its viewers, it can do so on a large scale.

If we’re watching, we’re not doing.

The powers-that-be understand this. As television journalist Edward R. Murrow warned in a 1958 speech:

We are currently wealthy, fat, comfortable and complacent. We have currently a built-in allergy to unpleasant or disturbing information. Our mass media reflect this. But unless we get up off our fat surpluses and recognize that television in the main is being used to distract, delude, amuse, and insulate us, then television and those who finance it, those who look at it, and those who work at it, may see a totally different picture too late.

This brings me back to They Live, in which the real zombies are not the aliens calling the shots but the populace who are content to remain controlled.

When all is said and done, the world of They Live is not so different from our own. As one of the characters points out, “The poor and the underclass are growing. Racial justice and human rights are nonexistent. They have created a repressive society and we are their unwitting accomplices. Their intention to rule rests with the annihilation of consciousness. We have been lulled into a trance. They have made us indifferent to ourselves, to others. We are focused only on our own gain.�

We, too, are focused only on our own pleasures, prejudices and gains. Our poor and underclasses are also growing. Racial injustice is growing. Human rights is nearly nonexistent. We too have been lulled into a trance, indifferent to others.

Oblivious to what lies ahead, we’ve been manipulated into believing that if we continue to consume, obey, and have faith, things will work out. But that’s never been true of emerging regimes. And by the time we feel the hammer coming down upon us, it will be too late.

 

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http://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/they_live_we_sleep_a_dictatorship_disguised_as_a_democracy

 

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Introduction by Mary Carmel (TLB)

There is the much hidden about the weapons of mass destruction, that were used in the bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki,  and as to why the press was silenced. It seems that the account of past wars, and the actions of the financiers involved, have had us peeling the onion skins away, one by one, to reveal the chilling nature of their atrocities. Sensing that something was not quite right with the stories learned in school, as Americans, we look for logic, but the harsh truth is that nothing justifies the mass killing by the American war machine of the past and present.

“Every act of war directed to the indiscriminate destruction of whole cities or vast areas with their inhabitants is a crime against God and man, which merits firm and unequivocal condemnation. A danger of modern warfare is that it provides the opportunity to those who possess modern scientific weapons—especially atomic, biological, or chemical weapons—to commit such crimes.” (CCC 2314). These are the words of the Catholic Church. Each day, more people are learning of the hypocrisy we have witnessed by our world leaders, including the Vatican. Actions speak louder than words. MC

 

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<<<Lies My History Teacher Told Me Why Americans Believe That Bombing Hiroshima Was Necessary>>>

August 02, 2015 “Information Clearing HouseLewRockwell”

August 6, 2015, is the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, a civilian city that had minimal military value, despite the claims of President Truman when he announced the event to the American people.

The whole truth of what the Nuremburg tribunal would later help define as an international war crime and a crime against humanity has been heavily censored and mythologized ever since war-weary Americans in 1945 accepted the propaganda that the bombings were necessary to shorten the war and prevent the loss of a million US soldiers during the allegedly planned November 1945 invasion.

Of course, the reason that the United States wasn’t sanctioned like Germany was for the Jewish holocaust was that America was the victor and the occupier and thus it was in charge of making and enforcing the rules in the New World Order.

The United States military ambushed the equally defenseless Nagasaki City three days later with the second atomic bomb to ever be used against a civilian population (that no longer had any military value to Japan). “Fat Man�, the plutonium bomb named after Winston Churchill, was detonated before the Japanese leadership fully understood what had happened at Hiroshima.

By Gary G Kohls, MD

My high school history teachers all seemed to be ex-jocks who weren’t athletically talented enough to make it to the majors. The main chance for them to continue playing games for pay was to join the teaching profession and coach high school athletics. American history was of secondary importance in many small town high schools but it hardly made the list of interests for coaches, who reluctantly accepted the job; and so my classmates and I “learned� our lessons from some very uninspired, very bored and/or very uninformed teachers who would rather have been on the playing field.

In my coach’s defense, the history books that they had to teach from had been highly censored in order to promote patriotism; and so we “learned� that most everything that the “noble� British colonizers and “honorable� US empire builders ever did in the history of warfare wasself-sacrificing, democracy-promoting and Christianizing – and that everything their freedom-seeking, revolutionary colonial victims did was barbaric, atheistic and evil. Anybody who resisted colonial oppressors was treated as a terrorist.

It was from these history books that we learned about the “glorious� end of the war against Japan via nuclear incineration. Everybody in my high school, including myself, swallowed the post-war propaganda hook, line and sinker.

<<<50,000 American soldiers deserted or went AWOL during WWII>>>

Of course, I now realize that my classmates and I, just like most other Americans (including the volunteer or conscripted members of the military), have been naïve victims of “lies our history teachers taught us.� In their defense, those teachers had been misled in their own schooling by equally mis-informed teachers who got their information from a variety of dis-informers who wrote the books: and those authors were the war- and empire-justifying militarists and assorted uber-patriotic pseudo-historians who had been duped into believing the myth of American exceptionalism.

Not included in that group of true believers were the 50,000 WWII American soldier-members of the “Greatest Generation� who, in many cases, logically and understandably deserted or went AWOL during their war service, a reality that has been conveniently censored out of our consciousness.

<<<The First Casualty of War is Truth>>>

One of General Douglas MacArthur’s first acts after taking over as Viceroy of Japan was to confiscate or otherwise destroy all the photographic evidence documenting the horrors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He imposed total censorship overjournalists who wanted to report to the world about what had really happened at Ground Zero, again proving the old adage that “the first casualty of war is truth�. Embedding journalists in the US military so that only America-friendly reportage happened wasn’t the original idea of General Stormin’ Norman Schwarzkopf in Gulf War I.

Back in 1995, the Smithsonian Institution was preparing to correct some of the 50-year-old pseudo-patriotic myths about the Pacific War by staging an honest, historically-accurate display dealing with the atomic bombings from the Japanese civilian perspective.

Swift, vehement and well-orchestrated condemnations directed at the Smithsonian historian’s plans to tell unwelcome truths about war came from right-wing pro-war veterans organizations,  the GOP-dominated Congress at the time, and other militarist groups (such as Newt Gingrich’s paymaster Lockheed Martin, one of many war-profiteering merchants-of-death multinationals whose profits and products depend on Congressional and Pentagon largesse). Gingrich actually threatened to stop federal funding of the Smithsonian, thus forcing it to censor-out all of the contextually important parts of the real story. And so the pseudo-patriotic myths about Hiroshima and Nagasaki continue to be preserved to this very day.

<<<Historical Illiteracy in America is Endemic>>>

We historically-illiterate Americans are blocked, again and again, from learning historical truths about the American Empire – and the control that the military and multinational corporations have over it. Anything that might shake voter confidence in – or incite grassroots revolution against – the unelected ruling elites, the Pentagon or the conscienceless transnational corporations (that control our two major party politicians, the mainstream media and the “invisible hand of the market�) is verboten.

The Smithsonian historians did have a gun to their heads, of course, but in the melee, we voters failed to learn an important historical point,and that is this: the war in the Pacific could have ended in the spring of 1945 without the need for the August atomic bombings, and therefore there might have been no Okinawa bloodbath that senselessly doomed thousands of American Marines, soldiers and sailors.

And there would have been no need for an American land invasion of Japan in November. Indeed, in the 1980s, released top secret records revealed that the contingency plans for a large-scale US invasion (planned for no sooner than November 1, 1945) would have been unnecessary.

To the victors go the spoils, and the American victors were the ones running the war crimes tribunals and thus also determined the content of my history text books.

<<America’s Leaders Knew that Japan was Searching for ways to Honorably Surrender Months before Hiroshima>>>

American intelligence agencies, with the full knowledge of President Roosevelt’s and President Truman’s administrations, were fully aware of Japan’s search for ways to honorably surrender months before Truman gave the fateful order to incinerate Hiroshima.

Japan was working on peace negotiations through its ambassador in Moscow as early as April of 1945, with surrender feelers from Japan occurring as far back as 1944. Truman knew of these developments because the US had broken the Japanese code even before Pearl Harbor, and all of Japan’s military and diplomatic messages were being intercepted. On July 13, 1945, Foreign Minister Togo wrote: “Unconditional surrender (giving up all sovereignty, including the deposing of Emperor Hirohito) is the only obstacle to peace.�

Truman’s advisors knew about these efforts, and the war could have ended through diplomacy by simply conceding a post-war figurehead position for the emperor (who was regarded as a deity in Japan). That reasonable concession was – seemingly illogically – refused by the USin their demands for unconditional surrender, which was first demanded at the 1943 Casablanca Conference between Roosevelt and Churchill and then reiterated at the Potsdam Conference between Truman, Churchill and Stalin. Still, the Japanese continued searching for an honorable peace through negotiations.

Even Secretary of War Henry Stimson said: “the true question was not whether surrender could have been achieved without the use of the bomb but whether a different diplomatic and military course would have led to an earlier surrender. A large segment of the Japanese cabinet was ready in the spring of 1945 to accept substantially the same terms as those finally agreed on.� In other words, Stimson knew that the US could have ended the war before Hiroshima.

<<<The Unreasonable Demand for Japan’s Unconditional Surrender Prolonged the War>>>

After Japan officially surrendered on August 15, 1945, MacArthur allowed the emperor to remain in place as spiritual head of Japan, the very condition that forced the Japanese leadership to refuse to accept the earlier, humiliating, “unconditional surrender� terms.

So the two essential questions that need answering in order to comprehend what was going on behind the scenes are these:  1) Why did the US refuse to accept Japan’s only demand concerning its surrender (the retention of the emperor) and 2) why were the atomic bombs used when victory in the Pacific was assured?

<<<The Factors Leading up to the Decision to use the Most Barbaric Weapons of Mass Destruction in the History of Warfare>>>

There are a number of factors that contributed to the Truman administration’s fateful decision to use the atomic bombs.

1) Investment. The US had made a huge investment in time, mind and money (a massive 2 billion in 1940 dollars) to produce three bombs, and there was no inclination – and no guts – to stop the momentum.

2) Revenge. The US military and political leadership – as did many ordinary Americans – had a tremendous appetite for revenge because of the Pearl Harbor “surprise� attack. Mercy wasn’t in the mindset of the US military, the war-weary populace or even of average American Christians and their churches. The missions against Hiroshima and Nagasaki were accepted as necessary, with no questions asked, by most of those folks who only knew the sanitized, national security state version of events. Most Americans wanted to believe the cunningly-orchestrated propaganda.

3) A “use it or lose it� mentality and scientific curiosity. The fissionable material in Hiroshima’s bomb was uranium. The Trinity test bomb (exploded on July 16, 1945) and the Nagasaki bomb were plutonium bombs. Scientific curiosity was a significant factor that pushed the project to its deadly completion. The Manhattan Project leaders were curious. “What would happen if a city was leveled by a single uranium bomb?� “What would happen if plutonium was used?� Now that the war against Nazi Germany (the original intended target) was over, the most conscientious scientists felt that the bombs should not be used against civilian targets.

4) “Orders are orders�. Actually, the military decision to drop both bombs had been made well in advance of August 1945. Accepting the surrender of Japan prior to their use was not an option if the experiment was to go ahead. It should be obvious to anybody that the three-day interval between the two bombs was unconscionably short if the purpose of the first bomb was to force immediate surrender. Japan’s communications and transportation capabilities were in shambles, and no one, neither the US military nor the Japanese high command, fully understood what had happened at Hiroshima. (It is a fascinating fact that the Manhattan Project had been so top secret that evenMacArthur, commanding general of the entire Pacific theatre, had been kept out of the loop – until July 1.)

5) The Russians. Stalin had proclaimed his intent to enter the war with Japan 90 days after V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day, May 8, 1945), which would have been two days after Hiroshima was bombed. Indeed, Russia did declare war on Japan on August 8 and was advancing eastward across Manchuria when Nagasaki City, the center of Japanese Christianity, was incinerated.

Certainly Russia was still feeling the sting of humiliating defeat and the loss of territory from the disastrous Russo-Japanese War of 1905 when they were beaten by upstart Japan. Elephants and ego-bloated nation-states have long memories, especially when they lose an argument, lose a fight or are embarrassed in public. Witness the 150-year-old enduring promise from segregationist devotees of the Confederate flag like Dylan Roof, the KKK, and the White Citizen’s Councils that “The South Will Rise Again�; or consider the rabid right-wing, sociopathic NeoNazis all around the world in their devotion to Adolf Hitler and their symbol of fascism, the Swastika.

The US didn’t want Japan surrendering to Russia and thus sharing the spoils of war. Russia was soon to be one of only two world superpowers – and therefore a future enemy of the United States. So the first “messages� of the Cold War were sent by the US to the USSR on August 6 and 9, 1945: “Stalin, stay away from Japan’s carcass. We own it. And besides, we have the bomb.�

Russia didn’t receive the spoils of the Pacific War that they had anticipated, and the two superpowers were instantly mired in the multi-trillion dollar stalemated nuclear arms race and the multitude of proxy wars that regularly risked the total extinction of humanity. What also happened along the way was the moral bankruptcy of both of the paranoid super-power nations that insisted on fighting the stupid cold war, a war that was fueled by war-profiteering corporations and borrow and spend economics.

<<<The Reality for the Innocent Casualties of War>>>

An estimated 80,000 innocent civilians, plus 20,000 weaponless young Japanese conscripts died instantly in the Hiroshima bombing raid. Hundreds of thousands more suffered slow deaths and disabilities from agonizing burns, radiation sickness, leukemia, anemia, thrombocytopenia and untreatable infections. The Japanese survivors and their progeny suffered a fate similar to the survivors and progeny of America’s “Atomic Soldiers�. (Atomic Soldiers were those soldiers who were exposed, in the line of duty, to the hundreds of nuclear tests in the 50s and 60s or to the depleted uranium that the US military used in the two Gulf Wars.) Each of those groups were afflicted with horrible radiation-induced illnesses, congenital anomalies, genetic mutations, immune deficiencies, cancers and premature deaths, still going on to this very minute.

(Another shameful reality that has been covered up is the fact that 12 American Navy pilots, their existence well known to the US command prior to the bombing, were instantly incinerated in the Hiroshima jail on that fateful day.)

<<<Military Myths That our Teachers Taught us>>>

So the official War Department-approved, highly censored version of the end of the war in the Pacific was added to an ever-lengthening list of myths that we Americans have been continuously fed by our corporate-controlled military, political and media opinion leaders. In the process, the gruesomeness and cruelty of war has been cunningly propagandized so that we consumers of information see only the glorification of American militarism.

Among the other censored out realities include what really happened in the US military’s participation in the destabilize-and-conquer campaigns and coups d’etat in Ukraine, Honduras, Venezuela, Libya, and bloody invasions and/or occupations of Korea, Iran, Viet Nam, Laos, Cambodia, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, the Philippines, Chile, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Haiti, Colombia, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc, etc. This list doesn’t necessarily cover the uncountable secret Pentagon/CIA covert operations and assassination plots in the rest of the world, where some 150 “sovereign� nations have been coerced into allowing the building of American military bases (permission lavishly paid for by bribes or threats of economic or military sanctions).

But somehow most of us still hang on to our shaky “my country right or wrong� patriotism, desperately wanting to believe the cunningly-orchestrated myths that say that the war-profiteering corporate elite (and the politicians, military leaders and media talking heads who are in their employ) only work for peace, justice, equality, liberty and “making the world safe�, not for democracy, but for predatory capitalism.

While it is true that the US military has faced down the occasional despot, with necessary sacrifice from dead and incurably-wounded (in body, mind and spirit) American soldiers and veterans, more often than not the rationalizations for going to war are the same as those of the “godless communists�, the anti-American “insurgents� and “freedom fighters� who just want us Yankees to go home where we belong.

August 6 and 9, 1945 are just two more examples of the brain-washing that goes on in all “total war� political agendas, which are consistently accompanied by the inevitable human death and destruction that is euphemistically labeled “splendid slaughter�, “collateral damage� or “friendly fire�.

<<<What Happened to the Humanitarian, Peace-loving America That We Used to Know and Love?>>>

It might already be too late to rescue and resuscitate the (mythical?) moribund humanitarian, peacemaking America that we used to know and love. It might be too late to effectively confront the corporate hijacking of liberal democracy in America. It might be too late to successfully bring down the arrogant and greedy ruling elites who are selfishly dragging our planet down the road to destruction. The rolling coups d’etat orchestrated by the  profiteers of what I call Friendly American Fascism may have already accomplished its goals.

But I suppose there is always hope. Rather than being silent about the destabilizing conflicts that the war-mongers are provoking all over the planet (with the very willing assistance of Wall Street, the Pentagon, the weapons industries and their lapdogs in Congress), people of conscience need to start learning the whole truth of history, despite the psychological discomfort that they may feel (cognitive dissonance) when the lies that they had been led to believe can’t be believed any more. We need to start owning up to America’s uncountable war crimes that have been orchestrated in our names.

And so the whistle-blowers among us need to rise up in dissent, go to the streets in protest and courageously refuse to cooperate with those sociopathic personalities that have gradually transformed America into a criminal rogue state. Like Nazi Germany or Fascist Japan, rogue nations throughout history have been eventually targeted for downfall by its billions of angry, fed-up, suffering victims who live both inside and outside its borders. That fate awaits America unless its leaders confesses their sins, honestly ask for forgiveness and truly promise to join the peace-loving human race.

Doing what is right for the whole of humanity for a change, rather than just doing what is profitable or advantageous for our over-privileged, over-consumptive, toxic and unsustainable American way of life, would be real honor, real patriotism and an essential start toward real peace.

Dr Kohls is a retired family physician from Duluth, Minnesota who practiced holistic (non-drug) mental health care for the last decade of his career. He often dealt with the horrific psychological consequences of veterans (and civilians) who had suffered psychological, neurological and/or spiritual trauma. He continues to be involved in peace, nonviolence and justice issues and often writes about mental ill health, toxic food issues, corporate pollution, the corporate-controlled media, corporate-controlled politics, crony capitalism, militarism, racism, fascism, imperialism, totalitarianism, economic oppression, anti-environmentalism and other violent, unsustainable, anti-democratic movements.

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by Pineconeutopia

This video contains information every American or non-American needs to know. It is dedicated to the memory of the holistic doctors that were slaughtered to protect big Pharma’s golden goose (cancer) and continue to hide the vaccine genocide now underway in America and throughout the world.

The World Beyond Belief weaves a tale that involves the top-level secret organization of assassins and psychopaths known as the Jesuits and its role in world politics in general and the American Holocaust specifically. Why the “elite� (ruling Luciferian, pedophiles) always undertake eugenics as part of their exercise of domination is approached both historically and philosophically. This is a tale of murder, intrigue and espionage that winds up in a syringe plunging into your child’s arm and is slowly but surely doing away with America; one person at a time.

Amazing Grace https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIQoa…
Professor Doom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cALgI…
Leuren Moret https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WxjT…
Depopulation Proof https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Co4w1…
Dr. Rima and Richie  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1JdY…
Jesuit quotes  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc5GG…
Jesuit info. Sundaylaw.net/books/other/edwardson/fact­s/fof27.htm
Rockefellers  http://www.reformation.org/rockefelle…
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Bill Lewinski of Force Science Institute

 

By Shaun King

“Don’t worry if you shoot an unarmed lady in the back, I’ll be there for you.”

For years, to any observer of police brutality, the idea that officers were shooting people first and asking questions later was a foregone conclusion. Such a practice, while blatantly obvious, seemed too unethical, too harsh for police to ever admit.Well, here it is. All of the proof we ever needed. Not only are American police, from coast to coast, shooting first and asking questions later, they are being trained to do so in seminars by a psychologist who openly promises them that he’ll testify on their behalf if anything ever goes wrong. He’s already done it nearly 200 times.

Meet Dr. William J. Lewinski.

No matter what the circumstances are in a police shooting, he’s the guy departments lean on to say it was completely justified and unavoidable.

His conclusions are consistent: The officer acted appropriately, even when shooting an unarmed person. Even when shooting someone in the back. Even when witness testimony, forensic evidence or video footage contradicts the officer’s story.He has appeared as an expert witness in criminal trials, civil cases and disciplinary hearings, and before grand juries, where such testimony is given in secret and goes unchallenged. In addition, his company, the Force Science Institute, has trained tens of thousands of police officers on how to think differently about police shootings that might appear excessive.

It’s actually big business. A quick scan of Dr. Lewinski’s website has him teaching large workshops in Chicago, San Antonio, Orlando, and in other big cities across the country. Can’t make it to his conferences, don’t worry, he’ll come to your department, and offer your officers a certificate on how they are basically allowed to shoot first and ask questions later. He charges $1,000 an hour for his testimony and is, unsurprisingly, willing to testify for hours on end.

Hell, his whole company is named Force Science Institute—as in the use of force by police. This business is so lucrative that it’s all he does. Experts are denouncing his work as phony and dangerous, but police departments could care less.

An editor for The American Journal of Psychology called his work “pseudoscience.� The Justice Department denounced his findings as “lacking in both foundation and reliability.� Civil rights lawyers say he is selling dangerous ideas.“People die because of this stuff,� said John Burton, a California lawyer who specializes in police misconduct cases. “When they give these cops a pass, it just ripples through the system.�

This is why we say “Black Lives Matter.”Dr. Lewinski is basically training police to shoot before making a full assessment of the true threat. Because of this philosophy, it leans on the implicit bias within each and every officer. It’s why officers in New York fired 41 shots at Amadou Diallo when he was pulling out his wallet. It’s why Officer Dante Servin blew Rekia Boyd’s head off when he saw her boyfriend pull out a cell phone.

It’s why police officers killed 123 people in July, a high for 2015.

It’s despicable and the more it happens, the richer Dr. Lewinski gets. I had always suspected some type of profit motive was behind the wholesale killing of Americans by police. Now we don’t need to speculate. After all, it’s the job for the Force Science Institute to keep this practice growing.

 

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A plane truth

Since it’s inception in 1958, NASA, the originator of all news from space (allegedly), has had to make up stories to keep the 50 + yr. lie perpetuated.

This past couple of weeks NASA has been flooding the world wide news media with outrageous stories and lies. From a 15 yr. 3 billion mile trip to Pluto, costing hundreds of millions, to a million mile away picture of earth, to the discovery of a BILLION earth like planets in our galaxy alone now.

Additionally, Mr. Einstein, Stephen Hawkings, is putting up with partners $100 million to seek out alien life at the same time the new Jesuit Pope Francis declares the Big Bang is real and God does not have “magic wand.”

The lies are massive, the truth is in plain sight for those with eyes to see and ears to here.

Enjoy. and pass it on. The 500 yr. lie is coming to an abrupt end.

 

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by Cassius Methyl

Throughout human history, governments have been interested in “mastering the human domain�—in fully understanding how to control the minds of their populations. In 2015, DARPA’s “Narrative Networks� ( or N2) program is in full swing.

The project is intended to analyze how “narratives� play into human psychology, delving into the way these constructs affect the mind. A narrative is a way of phrasing something, a choice of words, for example, that is likely a biased strategy to frame information.

“Narratives exert a powerful influence on human thoughts, emotions and behavior and can be particularly important in security contexts,� DARPA researchers said in a paper published in the Journal of Neuroscience Methods.

They discussed “…conflict resolution and counterterrorism scenarios [and] detecting the neural response underlying empathy induced by stories is of critical importance.�

Mastery of “narratives� could potentially be used to manipulate the perception of a population using platforms of communication like television to subtly and potently make a person think a certain way. Many people know this tactic by a more familiar term: propaganda.

“Governments often use stories to present information, so understanding how we comprehend them is important,� said co-author Eric Schumacher, an associate professor of psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

In addition to narratives, the study focused on fear. Researchers observed a phenomenon of “tunnel vision,� or impaired reasoning, triggered in the brain when suspects processed, for example, a suspenseful moment in a movie.

As the Washington Post summarized,

“When suspense grew, brain activity in viewers’ peripheral vision decreased. Schumacher called it the ‘neural signature of tunnel vision.’ Moments of increasing suspense were also associated with greater interference with a secondary task. In this case, responding by pressing a button when hearing a tone.�

It is likely that predatory actions of war could come out of this particular accumulation of knowledge.  The U.S. Military has a long history of funding psychological experiments, some entrenched in human rights violations (like the experiments performed during the Project MK Ultra era).

Now we have the Pentagon-funded DARPA program, which pays researchers at colleges and other scientists millions of dollars to enhance and bolster methods of war. Such work places great technological power in the hands of a demonstrably criminal government and military.

DARPA paying geniuses to work for them could be considered an exploitation of intellectual capability to further consolidate government and military power.

This is but a sliver of information in the full timeline of the U.S. Military’s acquisition of propaganda techniques, but even that smallest sliver of information is a necessary piece of the puzzle.

 

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By Carolanne Wright 

“It is scary how many similarities there are between this [pharmaceutical] industry and the mob. The mob makes obscene amounts of money, as does this industry. The side effects of organized crime are killings and deaths, and the side effects are the same in this industry. The mob bribes politicians and others, and so does the drug industry …� ~ former Vice-President of Pfizer pharmaceuticals ¹

If you believe pharmaceutical corporations hold the health of the general public in high regard, it’s time to reconsider. The industry is filled with examples of wrongful death, extortion, fraud, corruption, obstruction of justice, embezzlement, fake journals, harassment and hit lists that would make even the most hardened Mafia godfather blush. Big Pharma has been fined billions by the U.S. Department of Justice, but these enormous fines don’t curb the corruption, it’s just looked upon as “the cost of doing business,� similar to paying the utilities.

As a physician and researcher, Peter C Gøtzsche has firsthand experience with the criminality behind the pharmaceutical industry — and subsequently exposed the massive fraud in “Deadly Medicines and Organized Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare.�

Dangerous Science

Dr. Gøtzsche has an impressive clinical background, as noted by The Nordic Cochrane Center — a not-for-profit organization that produces credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest:

Professor Peter C Gøtzsche graduated as a Master of Science in biology and chemistry in 1974 and as a physician 1984. He is a specialist in internal medicine; worked with clinical trials and regulatory affairs in the drug industry 1975-1983, and at hospitals in Copenhagen 1984-95. With about 80 others, he helped start The Cochrane Collaboration in 1993 with the founder, Sir Iain Chalmers, and established The Nordic Cochrane Centre the same year. He became professor of Clinical Research Design and Analysis in 2010 at the University of Copenhagen.

Peter has published more than 70 papers in “the big five� (BMJ, Lancet, JAMA, Ann Intern Med and N Engl J Med) and his scientific works have been cited over 15,000 times. Peter is also author of:

  • Deadly Psychiatry and Organized Denial (to appear in September 2015)
  • Deadly Medicines and Organized Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare (2013)
  • Mammography Screening: Truth, Lies and Controversy (2012)
  • Rational Diagnosis and Treatment: Evidence-Based Clinical Decision-Making (2007)

A large part of Dr. Gøtzsche’s academic career has focused on bias, trials and evidence synthesis.

In “Deadly Medicines and Organized Crime,� Gøtzsche reveals the corruption behind exorbitant prices for branded drugs, bringing attention to the fact that drugs are not expensive because of development costs, but because of the political lobbying, marketing and excess profit taking. He also points out many trials are nothing more than smoke and mirrors, where pharmaceutical companies organize research in such a way that the best populations and comparison groups are selected for the very reason that they support the preferred outcome of the company; they control data and do analyses in-house and hire professional writers to write the papers. The pharmaceutical companies then cherry pick the results to suit their marketing needs, instead of what’s in the best interest of patients. Many times, academics are paid to be listed as contributors to the study, yet in reality, they had very little input and cannot substantiate the data. According to Gøtzsche, “The ‘best’ drugs may simply be those with the most shamelessly biased data.�

Moreover, Gøtzsche drives home the truth that pharmaceuticals are just plain dangerous for a variety of reasons:

“Our prescription drugs are the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer in the United States and Europe. Around half of those who die have taken their drugs correctly; the other half die because of errors, such as too high a dose or use of a drug despite contraindications. Our drug agencies are not particularly helpful, as they rely on fake fixes, which are a long list of warnings, precautions, and contraindications for each drug, although they know that no doctor can possibly master all of these. Major reasons for the many drug deaths are impotent drug regulation, widespread crime that includes corruption of the scientific evidence about drugs and bribery of doctors, and lies in drug marketing, which is as harmful as tobacco marketing and, therefore, should be banned. We should take far fewer drugs, and patients should carefully study the package inserts of the drugs their doctors prescribe for them and independent information sources about drugs such as Cochrane reviews, which will make it easier for them to say “no thanks�.�²

Before you shrug-off Gøtzsche’s argument as simply one man’s view on a complex issue, consider pharmaceutical giant Merck’s tainted history.

Hit Lists, Fake Journals, Harassment and Big Money

During testimony in an Australian class action case, emails between Merck employees presented labels such as “neutralize,� “neutralized,� or “discredit� next to doctors’ names who criticized the drug Vioxx.

One email said:

“We may need to seek them out and destroy them where they live …�

The court was told James Fries, professor of Medicine at Stanford University, wrote to the head of Merck in October 2000, complaining about the harassment certain members of his team were receiving who had criticized the drug.

“Even worse were allegations of Merck damage control by intimidation,� he wrote, … “This has happened to at least eight (clinical) investigators … I suppose I was mildly threatened myself but I never have spoken or written on these issues.�

Jump to 2001 and the company was still engaging in unethical tactics. Merck apparently:

Produced a fake ‘peer reviewed’ journal under the name of “Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicine� for the sole purpose of marketing pro-Vioxx articles.

Published an entirely ghostwritten journal article and had a doctor sign his name to it, even though a Merck employee felt the data presented was “wishful thinking.�

With this three-ring circus of corruption projected to become worse in the future, the American Medical Association (AMA) has — right on cue — brought forward new guidelines which will essentially place a gag order on any physicians who do not tow the party line, including those who speak out against pharmaceuticals.

“There’s a great deal of dissent among medical professionals when it comes to natural health, and many refuse to entertain the idea that healing involves more than pharmaceutical chemicals. The American Medical Association has recently set forth new guidelines that will: “create ethical guidelines for physicians in the media, write a report on how doctors may be disciplined for violating medical ethics through their press involvement, and release a public statement denouncing the dissemination of dubious medical information through the radio, TV, newspapers, or websites,�’ said Dr. Edward Group, founder of the Global Healing Center.

Incredibly, the AMA represents only 17% of medical doctors, many of which are medical students who were given a free membership. And yet, the organization is the fifth most powerful special interest group on Capitol Hill, paying out a staggering $19.7 million for lobbying efforts in 2014 alone.

Read more about the silencing of medical dissenters — and how to take action — here.

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By Heather Callaghan

Boy or girl. Public school or private school. If the Rhode Island child is middle-school age, it is now mandatory to receive a Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The jab would most likely be a Gardasil shot, made by Merck – studied for less than two years in about 1,200 children under age 16 before it became licensed and fast-tracked by the FDA. Coincidentally, this vaccine is currently under investigation by the European Medicines Agency (but apparently it is turning out to be a weak one).

This proves once and for all how the side-effects of multi-trillion dollar pharma companies with bottomless salaries toward propagandists, plus bloated lawmakers and government agencies – is actually a dangerous form of insanity. Forced injections of chemical cocktails that have proven to be deadly in teenagers might have been recognized as child endangerment in the past. Now it’s just par for the course since the passing of California’s SB 277 which mandated vaccines for all students.

Rhode Island is just following suit – which is precisely why parents tried to stop SB 277. If some vaccines are mandated, what if all of them get thrown into the mix, including a couple hundred in the pipeline, and parents lose all control to decide when or if their child is jabbed?

As naturopath Rosanne Lindsay recently wrote:

In June, California became the first state to mandate vaccination for all children attending public and private schools. Similar mandates will apply to all adults working in daycare settings. There are currently 58 bills in 24 different states that would limit your rights when it comes to vaccines, or lose your job. A proposed Federal law will attempt to jab the entire nation.

The Associated Press has reported that starting this coming school year, middle school students must receive the jab unless they have medical or religious exemptions (both are difficult to obtain):

Tricia Washburn, chief of the office of immunization for the Rhode Island Department of Health, said the Centers for Disease Control found no safety concerns with the vaccine.

“The bottom line is that HPV is the most sexually transmitted disease in the U.S.” she said. “We are interested in protecting the public health. We feel it shouldn’t be treated any differently than any of the other vaccines recommended by the CDC.”

Actually, this vaccine in particular should be treated differently than other vaccines. By different, I mean extra banned – or for a person to have the secured freedom to opt-out. It has been shown to be deadly, injurious, and unnecessary given how the immune system can overcome warts. (Quick facts about HPV) By the summer of 2009, this fast-tracked vaccine already caused more than 15,000 thousand reports of vaccine reactions, including more than 3,000 injuries and 48 deaths.

Rhode Island incorporates all CDC-recommended vaccines into the state’s school immunization regulations because their Department of Health directly creates such laws/mandates. Virginia and Washington, D.C. have likewise joined in mandating the HPV shot.

Parents keep saying that if they knew that the HPV vaccine prevented cancer, of course they would do that for their child. Do they not know that HPV can be fought off with the human immune system? Do they not wonder at mandating this vaccine for boys? Do they not mind at losing the option of at least postponing the jab until their children reach their late teens?A petition to repeal the regulation can be found through a Facebook group called Rhode Islanders Against Mandated HPV Vaccinations. Rhode Island will have a hearing in August to answer concerns.

So much more can be said about the dangers of the HPV vaccine. At least one documentary is devoted to shining light on the damage this abominable jab has done to ravage young women’s lives and rob them of bright futures. Not to mention, it was just reported on mainstream news this past Spring, that Gardasil vaccine can cause infection with higher risk HPV strain. Isn’t that akin to giving someone cancer? It is ridiculous how homeopathy and herbals are cast in a crazy light when they have safely and effectively brought remission to various types of wart manifestations.

But if that sounds like a pipe dream, consider this: a study using human test subjects found that ACHH (mushroom compound) fully eradicated HPV from some of the women who took the supplement for six months, due to its immune-boosting action supported by around 20 human trials. One article in March claimed that the disease didn’t even show up in a blood test after that time for some of the participants. That’s incredible given the dormant nature of viral warts.

From a monetary standpoint, the average $50 per bottle beats out the average $116 per HPV shot (3 shots are required) and any resulting side-effects which can include seizures, brain inflammation, POTS, autoimmune conditions like lupus and more.

That few hundred dollars would be much better spent on such a safe, effective option should teenagers find themselves in that situation. Either way, parents would probably prefer having that information and having those options open – instead of draconian measures that expose their child to high risk in order to benefit corporations that do not strive to provide safe products.

Mandates such as Rhode Island’s only further take away any incentive to bother with safety. There will be no accountability afterward. Parents who outsourced their responsibilities, however, will feel that accountability acutely should they find that their children’s health deteriorated after the gates are closed. This blatant removal of civil liberties cannot be acceptable.

Heather Callaghan is a natural health blogger and food freedom activist. You can see her work at NaturalBlaze.com and ActivistPost.com. Like at Facebook.

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BY IAN MILLHISER

A divided federal appeals court held on Tuesday that Florida lawmakers could censor what doctors say to their patients, handing a victory to gun groups in the process. This is the second time the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld the law, often referred to as the “physician gag rule,� which punishes many doctors who speak to their patients about guns. Tuesday’s opinion replaces an opinion handed down last year which reached the same result.

The Florida law restricts record-keeping by doctors concerning their patients’ firearm ownership, and also forbids physicians from discriminating against gun owners. The law’s most constitutionally problematic provision provides that doctors “’shall respect a patient’s right to privacy and should refrain’ from inquiring as to whether a patient or his or her family owns firearms, unless the practitioner or facility believes in good faith that the ‘information is relevant to the patient’s medical care or safety, or the safety of others.’â€?

There are any number of legitimate reasons why a doctor may wish to inquire about a patient’s gun ownership — a pediatrician may be concerned that children could discover their parent’s gun an injure themselves, for example, or a psychiatrist may worry that a patient with suicidal thoughts is less safe in a home with guns — and the law appears to permit physicians to make gun-related inquiries that pertain to a patient’s health or safety. Judge Gerald Tjofalt’s opinion on behalf of two members of a three-judge panel leans heavily on this aspect of the law. “[T]he Act codifies the commonsense conclusion that good medical care does not require inquiry or record-keeping regarding firearms when unnecessary to a patient’s care,� Tjoflat writes in the introduction to his opinion.

Doctors who violate the act, however, face “disciplinary measures including fines, restriction of practice, return of fees, probation, and suspension or revocation of his or her medical license.� For this reason, several physicians’ groups feared that the law would have a “chilling effect� on good medical practice. That is, a doctor would not want to risk the drastic professional consequences that could result if a medical board deemed his gun-related questions unacceptable, so the doctor might simply refrain from asking any questions about guns — even questions that were obviously related to safety or patient health.

This is a First Amendment case. The Florida law forbids certain kinds of people from engaging in certain kinds of speech. Ordinarily, such laws are preemptively unconstitutional, and the government must overcome the highest level of constitutional scrutiny in order to justify such a law. Tjoflat, however, concludes that the ordinary rule does not apply here — and that he may treat the Florida law with less constitutional skepticism — because the law regulates speech between a professional and a client. Within such a professional relationship, “the government has a strong interest in policing the boundaries of the relationship to protect the weaker party from exploitation.�

There is wisdom to this conclusion. Lawyers unbound by professional regulation may give incompetent or ideologically-driven advice to unwitting clients. Financial advisers could steer clients towards investments that benefit the adviser. Doctors might advise patients to take expensive drugs because they have a deal on the side with a pharmaceutical company. Tjoflat is correct that professionals can exploit the trust placed in them to the determent of their clients or patients, and that state regulation can effectively prevent many such breaches of trust.

Yet Tjoflat’s opinion never fully explains how, exactly, doctors exploit their patients if they inquire about that patient’s gun ownership. At one point, he concludes that “it is a matter of common sense that restricting unnecessary inquiry eliciting such information directly advances the State’s substantial interest in regulating the medical profession to prevent harmful or ineffective medical care and safeguard patient privacy.� And, indeed, Tjoflat brings up the subject of patient privacy repeatedly in his opinion, at one point noting that many individuals find the topic of gun ownership “highly private.�

Yet, as Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University, explains in the New York Times, “[i]f the courts decide that people have the right never to be asked sensitive questions, they’re interfering with the relationship between doctor and patient.�

Dr. Carroll begins his explanation by recounting part of his last yearly physical. As part of the examination, Carroll’s own doctor “asked if I was sexually active with my wife. Then she asked if I was sexually active with anyone other than my wife.� A doctor cannot have a full picture of a patient’s health unless they know many intimate and deeply personal details about the patient’s sex life, their home life and potentially even the frequency of the patient’s bowel movements. As the Supreme Court explained in Trammel v. United States, “the physician must know all that a patient can articulate in order to identify and to treat disease; barriers to full disclosure would impair diagnosis and treatment.�

At least in Florida, however, the National Rifle Association will stand between that intimate relationship between patient and physician so long as Judge Tjoflat’s opinion remains in effect.

 

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