Posts Tagged ‘population’

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China wants to give all of its citizens a score – and their rating could affect every area of their lives

Exactly why I reject communism.

 

The Communist Party wants to encourage good behaviour by marking all its people using online data. Those who fall short will be denied basic freedoms like loans or travel

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When ignorance gets put into practice, becomes weaponized, becomes a propaganda product, then it is no longer simply the state of unknowing. It is malicious, malevolent, a clear and present danger to us all. Ignorance can no longer be tolerated on such grand, sweeping scales. It is MALIGNORANCE, a word that sums up 2016 better than any.

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Malignorance is on the Right. And it’s on the Left. And it’s in the Center.

It is not just the problem with your opponents and your enemies. It is a problem for your allies, and for yourself.

It is in Trump, and it is in Clinton. It is exploited by politicians, corporate hucksters, ideological gurus and religious preachers.

Don’t be malignorant.

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The BAU scenario results in collapse of the global economy and environment (where standards of living fall at rates faster than they have historically risen due to disruption of normal economic functions), subsequently forcing population down. Although the modelled fall in population occurs after about 2030—with death rates rising from 2020 onward, reversing contemporary trends—the general onset of collapse first appears at about 2015 when per capita industrial output begins a sharp decline.

‘Limits to Growth’ vindicated: World headed towards economic, environmental collapse

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Israeli genocide proceeds with calculated effects:

Israel caused $5 billion in damage to Gaza, 40,000 Homes Destroyed or Damaged

Tens of thousands of Palestinian families struggle to simply have a place to live today. The brutal, Nazi-like assault by the rogue state of Israel should call for international sanctions and a complete embargo of that terrorist nation.

The diesel containers belonging to Gaza’s power plant have been destroyed as well, he said.

Stop all “aid” to those cold, calculating murderers. They want all the land, and they are making life unlivable so that the targets of their military aggression eventually flee. This is what Israel has done for 70 years, and it continues today without deviation. The last thing this brutal aggressor wants is peace and co-existence. They have made that very clear.

He added that 70 percent water wells had been completely destroyed, “in addition to waste water lines.”

In the 1980s Israel helped create Hamas in order to divide and conquer the Palestinians who were trying to achieve a peace with borders they could live with. The Israelis do not want any Palestine to exist, at all. They want all the land, and all their aggression is directed at this aim. They want enemies to hold up in the media and justify their illegal land theft and mass murder. Hamas fit the bill.

According to UN figures, up to 485,000 people — a quarter of Gaza’s population — has been forced to leave their homes throughout the assault on the Strip.

 

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NYTimes, no less…

U.S. Cites End to C.I.A. Ruses Using Vaccines

 

President Obama’s senior counterterrorism adviser said the C.I.A. had banned the practice of making “operational use” of vaccination programs, adding that the agency would not seek to “obtain or exploit DNA or other genetic material acquired through such programs.”

The educators were protesting the C.I.A.’s employment of a Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, to set up a hepatitis B vaccination program in Abbottabad

“While political and security agendas may by necessity induce collateral damage, we as a society set boundaries on these damages, and we believe this sham vaccination campaign exceeded those damages,” the educators’ letter said.

Since the C.I.A.’s vaccination program became public, dozens of public health workers in Pakistan have been killed, with militant groups sometimes announcing that the workers had been suspected of being spies.

 

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Zillionaire fake philanthropist Bono is at it again, fronting for global predatory finance at the TED talks. The greedy twat Irishman’s data lays claim to improvements in the world that are completely unrelated to the rapacious predatory capitalism he shills for. His pet continent Africa has grown significantly worse over the past 30 years, but you wouldn’t know it from Bono’s cooked books.

Harry Browne is on the case:

‘Factivism’ and Other Fairytales from Bono

…In sub-Saharan Africa, where Bono’s agenda has been concentrated, the absolute numbers below every poverty threshold have skyrocked since 1981, with the number of extremely poor rising from 205 million to 386 million in 2008; at the below-two-dollar-a-day threshold the sub-Saharan numbers have almost doubled in the same period, to 562.3 million.

…As the World Bank acknowledges: “There has been less long-run progress in getting over the $2 per day hurdle.” The number of people in this category remains, after three decades, around 2.5 billion.

Slide the threshold slowly upwards and you very quickly embrace the majority of the world’s people – 80%, for example, living on less than $10 a day.

In his homeland of Ireland, the megashill is despised by more than a few for storing his multi-millions in off-shore accounts where they can’t be taxed by the desperately strapped Irish government. So much for the concern over poverty. He won’t even pay his share of taxes to help fight poverty in Ireland.

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Harry Browne also gives a nod to this film:

The End of Poverty?

 

The End of Poverty?, and makes the compelling argument that it’s not an accident or simple bad luck that has created a growing underclass around the world.

 

On one parameter, perhaps so. Check out infant mortality over time…


 

 

Words can’t adequately describe the anger.  This is the real-world effect of nuclear power and the destruction of populations, the abandonment of hundreds of thousands to contamination, fascistic authoritarian, corrupt regimes that prop up a suicidal industry and protect it from the wrath of those it poisons.

See also the page on the Chernobyl children (link).

Another upcoming must-see documentary.  Film website.

 

by Stephen Lendman

Free expression in all forms is fundamental. Without it, all other freedoms are at risk. Included are free speech, thought, culture, intellectual inquiry, and press freedom.

Denial risks tyranny. Voltaire said, “I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Howard Zinn called dissent “the highest form of patriotism.”

Jefferson said, “The only security of all is in a free press.” He added that it “cannot be limited without being lost.” George Washington said, “If the freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led like sheep to the slaughter.”

Twenty-seven EU nations disagreed. Brandishing their Nobel award like a sword, they blocked 19 Iranian television and radio stations. European satellite provider Eutelsat sold its soul. It went along. It agreed to silence them across Europe.

A statement said, “We terminated the contracts because it was the order of the European Commission. We have to follow.”

No one is obligated to obey illegal diktats – no individual, organization, business, or nation. Doing so makes them complicit.

Months of on and off jamming preceded Monday’s announcement.

Eutelsat’s own charter obligates it to “adher(e) to the principle of non-discrimination and fair competition in defining its strategy and carrying out its operations.”

In 2008, Philippe McAllister, its Paris-based general counsel, cited international law. He stressed the 1948 Universal Declaration on Human Rights. (N)ow sixty years old,” he said, it “enshrines the principle of freedom of speech.”

He quoted Article 19 of the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), saying:

“Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing, or in print, in the form of art or through any other media of his choice.”

On December 10, 1982, he said, a UN plenary meeting “adopted Principles governing the use by states of Artificial Earth satellites for international direct TV Broadcasting. According to Article 1 of these Principles:”

“Activities in the field of international direct television broadcasting by satellite should be carried out in a manner compatible with the sovereign rights of states, including the principle of non- intervention, as well as with the right of everyone to seek, receive and impart information and ideas as enshrined in the relevant United Nations instruments.”

“At least in France,” he added, courts affirm these rights. It’s up to individual states to enforce them.

Free speech defenders will long remember October 15, 2012. It’s another EU day of infamy. It’s hard keeping track. Many others infest its six-decade record.

Free expression in all forms is inviolable. International law affirms it. EU nations spurned what they’re obligated to protect and enforce. Press TV said they don’t “respect freedom of expression. (Their action) mute(s) all alternative news outlets representing the voice of the voiceless.”

Western media either reported what happened nonchalantly or expressed support. The Wall Street Journal headlined “A Top Satellite Provider Cuts Off Iran State Broadcaster,” saying:

Eutelsat “said it stopped broadcasting the Iranian channels in light of European sanctions approved in March and a French regulatory decision.”

“Though Eutelsat’s decision to remove Iran’s government-owned channels isn’t related to the nuclear standoff, the move serves to isolate the Islamist Republic further.”

So-called “Iranian human-rights organizations and opposition activists praised Eutelsat’s decision. For years, rights groups have lobbied satellite companies to drop Iran’s government channels, charging that they were propaganda tools of the regime and tools of repression and fear.”

The Journal quoted New York-based International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI) head Hadi Ghaemi saying:

“The most important aspect of this decision is to recognize that IRIB (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting) is an integral arm of the Iranian intelligence and security services. There was no justification for providing services.”

Ghaemi serves US interests. ICHRI is part of the Dutch Foundation for Human Rights in Iran. Ghaemi formerly served on the National Iranian American Council’s board. It’s gotten over a quarter million dollars in National Endowment for Democracy (NED) funding.

NED is a State Department foreign policy/propaganda tool. Ghaemi’s hands are dirty. So are other Iranian dissidents. They get US and other Western support. They’re paid to help destabilize Iran.

ICHRI admits it gets private foundation funding. Expect some of the usual suspects to be donating. They want Iran isolated and suffocated. They support regime change. They also want alternative media voices blocked.

Truth exposes their war on humanity agenda. Silencing it is prioritized. Press TV is Iran’s 24-hour English language news service. It’s broadcast to most parts of the world by satellite, cable or online.

Its US presence is limited through intermediary companies. Major cable operators Comcast and Time Warner exclude it from their lineups. So do media conglomerates Disney, Viacom and Fox.

Britain’s BBC is used for propaganda. It’s an imperial tool. Throughout its history, it suppressed information, commentaries and analysis critical of government policies.

America’s state/corporate-controlled National Public Radio and Public Broadcasting long ago were corrupted. They’re shameless media sources.

Like Russia Today and Voice of Russia, Press TV airs diverse discussions and opinions. Major global issues are covered. Above all, they report important truths everyone needs to know

This writer is proud to be a frequent guest. Independent voices are free to speak openly on many topics. Distinguished writers, authors, academics and global analysts appear regularly.

Western media exclude them for good reason. Alternative voices are blocked. So are truth and full disclosure.

In August 2011, UK Prime Minister Cameron targeted free expression. He took aim at social network sites. He called for monitoring and perhaps censoring them. He wants dissident voices silenced.

Last October 12, Britain’s Office of Communications (Ofcom) banned Press TV. Allegedly it was for noncompliance with UK law. In fact, it was brazen censorship. t was about silencing a vital source for news, information and analysis.

At the time, Press TV said Ofcom bowed to government and royal family pressure. Doing so violates UK media law. In May 2011, Ofcom said Press TV breached rules “by airing a 10 second extract from an interview with Iranian-born Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari while (detained) in an Iranian prison.”

WikiLeaks documents revealed that Britain’s Foreign Office told Washington’s London embassy that it was “exploring ways to limit (Press TV’s) operations….”

On October 15, Eutelsat blocked them across Europe. In response, Press TV said it launched a Facebook petition to help restore its European operations.

It called silencing them “a blatant violation of freedom of speech.” The decision followed “months of jamming of Iranian channels by European satellite companies.”

They supply real news and information. They’re an antidote to poisonous Western propaganda. Eutselsat acted illegally. It wants truth and full disclosure silenced.

“Press TV calls on its supporters to join the campaign and back the news channel by liking the petition and leaving comments at the following address in order to protect the free speech in Europe:”

Save Press TV in Europe

Protecting its important voice is vital. Orwell called truth “a revolutionary act” in times of “universal deceit.” It’s also endangered. Dark forces want it silenced. They want their message alone getting out.

In today’s climate of permanent wars, corporate predation, and state-sponsored fear, it’s up to ordinary people to defend rights too important to lose. Without free expression, everything else is lost.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”

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Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

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