Wake Up Wyoming: 10.10.17

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Wake Up Wyoming: 10.9.17

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🗣🗣🗣 Hurricane Nate wipes out my favorite Nicaraguan village as Melvin Brewing storms the GABF! Las Vegas shooting aftermath and unanswered questions.
Blackwater CEO seeks Wyoming Senate seat. How EMF affects human health via sleep cycles. Project Censored Recap 2017, horoscopes, and more! Wake Up Wyoming: 10.9.17 ✌️✌️✌️

Wake Up Wyoming: 9.25.17

Divisive #Dotard #Trump incites #NFL #TakeAKnee reaction to distract lower and middle class Americans who might be taking it rectally if TPTB’s new tax plan is approved.  #North Korea and #Venezuela added to US travel ban affecting all 65.6 million global refugees. #Israel and Uncle Sam are on the offensive in #Syria.  #Russia meddling accusations still lack any evidence but make good headlines.  Contaminated water in #Flint increased fetal death rates.  GOOD NEWS: Plastic-eating fungus found in Pakistan trash dump… and MORE!  Wake Up Wyoming: 9.25.17

Wake Up Wyoming Top Stories: 9.25.17

The Independent: Plastic-degrading fungus found in Pakistan rubbish dump

Scientists believe they may have discovered one solution to the planet’s growing level of plastic waste in the form of a plastic-eating fungus.

Researchers who set out to find a naturally occurring means of degrading waste plastic safely, extracted samples from a rubbish dump outside Islamabad in Pakistan and found a soil fungus that was feeding on plastic.

TREEHUGGER: Plastic particles found in most tap water samples across the globe

With an average of 83 percent of samples harboring plastic, the U.S. fared the worst with a whopping contamination rate of 94 percent. And it’s not like the samples were taken from sketchy locations; plastic fibers were found in tap water coming from places like Congress buildings, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters, and Trump Tower in New York

The scale of global microplastic contamination is only starting to become clear, with studies in Germany finding fibres and fragments in all of the 24 beer brands they tested, as well as in honey and sugar. In Paris in 2015, researchers discovered microplastic falling from the air, which they estimated deposits three to 10 tonnes of fibres on the city each year, and that it was also present in the air in people’s homes.

UPI: Flint’s contaminated water increased fetal death rates

Sept. 22 (UPI) — A University of Kansas study released Wednesday found that the lead-contaminated water in Flint, Mich. caused lower fertility rates and higher infant death rates.  They found that fertility rates in Flint decreased by 12 percent and fetal death rates increased by 58 percent.

“This represents a couple hundred fewer children born that otherwise would have been,” Slusky said. The study’s findings contradict a July 2015 study by the Michigan Department of Health and Human, which concluded that there is no “evidence that indicates the water” in Flint caused higher fetal death rates, reported Mlive.

Although American pharmacists in the early 20th century gave lead pills to women who wanted to have abortions, the science about the effects of lead poisoning on fertility and infant death rates isn’t conclusive, according to the University of Kansas.

CNBC: Governments will close down bitcoin and cryptocurrencies if they get too big, warns Jamie Dimon

JPMorgan Chase Chief Executive Jamie Dimon has laid into bitcoin and digital currencies once again, warning that governments will shut them down if they grow too large.

“Right now these crypto things are kind of a novelty. People think they’re kind of neat. But the bigger they get, the more governments are going to close them down,” Dimon said during an interview with CNBC-TV18 in New Delhi on Friday.

Dimon was concerned that with bitcoin, ethereum and various initial coin offerings (ICOs), there are now cryptocurrencies everywhere.

“It’s creating something out of nothing that to me is worth nothing,” he said. “It will end badly.”

Dimon warned that governments will eventually crack down on cryptocurrencies and will attempt to control it by threatening anyone who buys or sells bitcoin with imprisonment, which would force digital currencies into becoming a black market.

These are the latest comments from Dimon attacking bitcoin. Earlier this month he called the cryptocurrency a “fraud.”. His comments, along with several prominent hedge fund investors, came before a sharp sell-off in bitcoin. The price for one bitcoin fell from around $4,340 to as low as $2,981.05 in the days after his comments.

Bitcoin has since recovered to around $3,640.68, according to CoinDesk data. Despite this volatility, bitcoin’s value has risen 264 percent this year.

Of course, Dimon fails to acknowledge that fiat currency created by central banks is also something created out of nothing by private banks and loaned into existence with interest. In fact, within the current rigged financial system it the national debt dropped to zero there would be no currency left in existence.  The central banks make ungodly amounts of money and wield godlike power through this scam and decentralized cryptocurrencies directly threaten them.

Zerohedge: Putting America’s Record-Breaking $20 Trillion Debt In Global Context

The U.S. federal government just passed a record $20 trillion in publicly held debt. That’s bigger than the entire economy of every country in the European Union, combined.

As HowMuch.net notes, the debt will only grow higher unless President Trump and the U.S. Congress can agree to unprecedented spending cuts combined with tax increases.

Don’t count on that happening anytime soon. Most people think that an eye-popping $20+ trillion debt is insurmountable, and in fact, it is the largest in the world by far.

But when you look at another fiscal measure – the ratio of debt-to-GDP – the U.S. is not in the worst situation…

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The Guardian: Israeli jets bombed site close to Damascus airport, reports say

Reuters: U.S.-backed forces capture big gas field in Syria’s Deir al-Zor: senior commander

Zerohedge: Russia Warns US In Unprecedented “Secret” Face-To-Face Meeting Over Syria, But What’s The Endgame?

The moment the first Russian jet landed in Syria at the invitation of the Assad government in 2015, Putin placed himself in the driver’s seat concerning the international proxy war in the Levant. From a strategic standpoint the armed opposition stood no chance of ever tipping the scales against Damascus from that moment onward. And though US relations with Russia became more belligerent and tense partly as a result of that intervention, it meant that Russia would set the terms of how the war would ultimately wind down.

Russia’s diplomatic and strategic victory in the Middle East was made clear this week as news broke of “secret” and unprecedented US-Russia face to face talks on Syria. The Russians reportedly issued a stern warning to the US military, saying that it will respond in force should the Syrian Army or Russian assets come under fire by US proxies.

The AP reports that senior military officials from both countries met in an undisclosed location to discuss spheres of operation in Syria and how to avoid the potential for a direct clash of forces. Tensions have escalated in the past two weeks as the Syrian Army in tandem with Russian special forces are now set to fully liberate Deir Ezzor city, while at the same time the US-backed SDF (the Arab-Kurdish coalition, “Syrian Democratic Forces”) – advised by American special forces – is advancing on the other side of the Euphrates. As we’ve explained before, the US is not fundamentally motivated in its “race for Deir Ezzor province” by defeat of ISIS terrorism, but in truth by control of the eastern province’s oil fields. Whatever oil fields the SDF can gain control of in the wake of Islamic State’s retreat will then used as powerful bargaining leverage in negotiating a post-ISIS Syria.

The Guardian: NFL players kneel for anthem in unprecedented defiance of Trump

Bloomberg: Trump’s War With NFL Threatens to Overshadow Rollout of Tax Plan

The big thing Wall Street and corporate America really want from President Donald Trump is a tax cut. And on the week when that plan is being revealed, Trump instead is asking Americans to choose sides between kneeling football players and the U.S. flag.

Bloomberg: Trump Says He Wants 15% Corporate Tax Rate Despite Plan for 20% and Trump Plan Cuts Taxes for Rich

Republican tax negotiators are targeting a corporate tax rate of 20 percent, according to two people familiar with the matter — but there’s at least one potential obstacle: President Donald Trump.

“We’ll see what happens, but I hope it’s going to be 15 percent,” Trump told reporters Sunday as he prepared to return to Washington after a weekend in New Jersey. The current corporate tax rate is 35 percent. Meanwhile, the group of administration officials and congressional leaders that’s planning a framework for tax legislation is also expected to recommend cutting the top individual tax rate to 35 percent, down from 39.6 percent, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The emerging framework includes a proposal to cut the corporate tax rate to 20 percent from 35 percent — a costly move in revenue terms that Trump and Republicans say is necessary to create job growth. But its provisions for individual taxes may hit closer to home for many Americans.

Three tax lobbyists familiar with those changes said they include cutting the top individual tax rate to 35 percent and creating a 25 percent rate for certain “pass-through” business owners — both down from the current top rate of 39.6 percent. Such changes would cut taxes substantially for the top 1 percent of earners, said Kyle Pomerleau, an expert with the Tax Foundation, a right-leaning Washington policy group.

An analysis by Washington’s Tax Policy Center last year found that half of the business income earned by all pass-through businesses, such as partnerships and limited liability companies, goes to those making $693,000 or more annually — placing them well within the top 1 percent of taxpayers by income.

 

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NOTE:  This graphic is from January 2017.  It may not be 100% accurate anymore.

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LA Times: Milo Yiannopolous is greeted by dozens of counter-protesters on UC Berkeley campus

ZeroHedge: One Simple Chart Proves That Facebook Thinks You’re A Moron

Last week we jokingly wrote about a Facebook press release that was apparently an honest effort by the social media giant intended to summarize Russian efforts to undermine the 2016 election using their social media platform. That said, at least to us, it seemed as though Facebook unwittingly proved what a farce the entire ‘Russian collusion’ narrative had become as, after digging through advertising data for the better part of full year, Facebook reported that they found a ‘staggering’$50,000 worth of ad buys that ‘MAY’ have been purchased by Russian-linked accounts to run ‘potentially politically related’ads.

Not surprisingly, after being attacked by the mainstream media and even Hillary for “assisting” the Russians, Zuckerberg is once again in the press today fanning the flames of the ‘Russian collusion’ narrative by saying that Facebook will release to Congress the details of the 3,000 ads that ‘MAY’ have been purchased by Russian-linked accounts.

And while it seems obvious, please allow us to once again demonstrate why this entire process is so utterly bizarre…

The chart below demonstrates how the $50,000 worth of ad buys that ‘MAY’ have been purchased by Russian-linked accounts to run ‘potentially politically related’ ads compares to the $26.8 billion in ad revenue that Facebook generated in the U.S. over the same time period between 3Q 2015 and 2Q 2017….If $50,000 can swing an entire presidential election can you imagine what $26.8 billion can do?

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WSWS: Google intensifies censorship of left-wing websites

Google has intensified its censorship of left-wing, progressive and anti-war websites, cutting the search traffic of 13 leading news outlets by 55 percent since April.

On August 2, the World Socialist Web Site reported that changes to Google’s search algorithm had led the search traffic of these sites to drop by 45 percent, according to figures by the search analysis service SEMRush.

In the ensuing six weeks, the search traffic of every one of these sites, without exception, has plunged further, leading the total search traffic for the sites to fall by an additional nine percentage points.

The World Socialist Web Site, whose search traffic had fallen by 67 percent between April and July, has now experienced a total drop in search traffic of 74 percent.

Rice Farmer’s News Links, September 25, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown ##

Harvey and Irma Won’t End Carmageddon

GM cuts entire shift at factory for crossovers due to “moderating” sales, layoffs not temporary.

The Demise of the Dollar: Don’t Hold Your Breath

Special Pump-and-Dump Scheme Spikes to High Heaven

An economist says India lacks the guts to even admit that it faces epic economic problems

Hewlett Packard Enterprise to Lay Off 10% of its Staff

Master of share-buybacks and revenue-shrinkage does what it does best.

Canada’s ‘borrowing binge’ has put economy in precarious position, report warns

The Great Corporate Cash Shell Game

## War on cash/cashless society ##

Hang on to your cash. This dash to digitise payments is dangerous

Banknotes and coins are a public utility, and companies make no profit from their use. Hence the drive for cashlessness – and with it, greater surveillance

## Fault lines ##

North Korea may detonate nuclear bomb in Pacific, foreign minister tells reporters

Behind fevered rhetoric, Kim seeks parity with Trump

China imposes limit on oil supply to North Korea

China’s top diplomat says Japan needs to press for talks with North Korea

‘N. Korean missiles can reach Chicago, would not be stopped’

Donald Trump’s War Of Words With North Korea Refuses To Abate

North Korea’s A-Bomb Is Deterring U.S. First Strike, Russia Says

Israel’s Stall-Forever ‘Peace’ Plan

Despite boosting the idea of Mideast peace, President Trump shields Israel in its resistance to a workable agreement with the Palestinians.

U.S. to provide over 6,500 Humvees to Afghanistan

Tillerson: Iran ‘Technically’ Complying With Nuclear Deal

Iran launches war games near Iraqi Kurdistan border

Accused of War Crimes, Saudis Investigate Themselves and Find No Wrongdoing

Canada imposes sanctions on key Venezuelan officials

Iran Closes Airspace To Iraqi Kurdistan Ahead Of Historic Independence Vote

Europe Steps Up to Try to Undermine Catalonia Independence Vote

Catalonia Referendum Is a Precedent Most in EU Hope to Avoid

Defiant Catalans Block Spain’s Military Boats From Landing; Spain Seizes “.CAT” Domain

It Gets Ugly in Catalonia

Spain’s “ships of repression” are coming to help out.

“Go Out & Vote!” – Catalan Separatists Defy Spain, Distribute 1 Million Ballots Ahead Of Referendum

Czech analyst: Eastern Europeans have lost faith in the EU

Bernie Sanders: Saudi Arabia Is “Not an Ally” and the US Should “Rethink” Its Approach to Iran

Brazil’s army sent to help quell shootouts in Rio favela

In Major Disappointment, Merkel Wins German Election Despite Worst Result Since 1949; AfD Surges To Enter Parliament

## Migrants/refugees ##

Rohingya refugee camps on the brink of a ‘health disaster’: MSF

Christianity waning in EU states accepting migrants: Orban

## Global unrest ##

Anti-fascist protesters flood Berlin streets as far-right celebrates historic election result

## Energy/resources ##

Hundreds Of Vertical Oil Wells Damaged By Horizontal Fracking

Peak oil in Latin America

Lithium-Ion Battery Production Is Surging, but at What Cost?

Don’t believe the hype: Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles have flopped with drivers

Heavy Crude Production Hit Hard By OPEC Cuts

Cobalt: The future is battery-powered. But are we overcharging the planet?

Solar Power Becomes Top Power Source Installed Worldwide

Oil Majors Brace For More Niger Delta Attacks

The solar panel imports case and the future of self-sufficiency

## Environment/health ##

New study shows air pollution may be causing kidney disease in the US

Bottled water is more popular than Pepsi and Coke — why you should avoid both

Drug-resistant infections are a ‘global health emergency’: WHO

Drug-resistant ‘super malaria’ spreads in South East Asia

Colorado Landfills Contain Radioactive Substances From Oil Sector

Fearing eruption, thousands in Bali flee from Mount Agung

Failing dam poses new crisis on Puerto Rico amid flooding from Hurricane Maria

Are Americans Eating Healthy? [sic] Poor Diet Causes 1 In 5 Deaths Worldwide

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##

More Holes in Russia-gate Narrative

New tests support the skepticism of U.S. intelligence veterans that Russia “hacked” the DNC’s computers, pointing instead to a download of emails by an insider. (William Binney, Ray McGovern)

D.C. appeals court says police can’t track cell phones without warrant

DHS Notifies 21 States Of Hacker Targeting; Election Officials Blame “Russian Government Cyber Actors”

Taser Wants to Build an Army of Smartphone Informants

Big Brother Walmart Tries to “Help” You: “It’s Like Magic”

Airport Police Demanded an Activist’s Passwords. He Refused. Now He Faces Prison in the U.K.

Electronic Frontier Foundation and ACLU Sue Over Warrantless Phone, Laptop Searches at US Border

The CIA: 70 Years of Organized Crime

Kushner Used Private Email for WH Business: Politico

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##

The Killing of History

PBS’ “The Vietnam War” may show some of the conflict’s horrors but still soft-pedals the horrific war crimes that America inflicted on Vietnam, fitting with a corporate-dependent documentary project.

NBC Pushes Fake News That Russians Tried To Alter 2016 Election Results In Wisconsin

Russia was the target of Nato’s own fake news

Military and media reports hyped the Zapad military exercise as a major threat. In fact, what took place was nothing as dramatic as the West’s warnings would have led you to believe

Wanted: Russia Experts, No Expertise Required

The Crazy Imbalance of Russia-gate

If the U.S. government and mainstream media are really concerned about foreign influence in American politics, they might look at Israel and other nations with much more clout than Russia.

NATO’s Fakenews Russia Scare Increases Defense Waste

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##

The Steep Price of Disaster in Mexico

Rebuilding with no insurance and little government aid.

Increasingly, the world will find itself without the financial means to recover from natural disasters. — RF

Official: Hurricane Maria set Puerto Rico back decades

## Japan ##

Food-serving tongs fly off shelves after bacterial outbreak hits Japan

TEPCO again ordered to pay damages over nuclear disaster, but not gov’t

BOJ set to keep monetary spigot open, political risk looms

US to renew nuclear pact with Japan

Japan would be able to continue to stockpile plutonium

Japan’s bomb in the basement

Under the guise of a civil nuclear program, Japan has become a de-facto nuclear weapons state without so far having to take that next fateful step.

Quiet energy revolution underway in Japan as dozens of towns go off the grid

Deputy Prime Minister Aso refers to shooting armed N Korean refugees in crisis

Japan’s Economic Sun May Rise Again Thanks to Anti-Aging Medicine

Typically, these “solutions” don’t see that the main problem is net energy decline. — RF

## China ##

Beijing’s military threats in South China Sea could hurt energy firms

Universities battleground for latest row over Hong Kong freedoms

A private solution for China’s zombie company problem? Unlikely

## UK ##

Moody’s downgrades UK’s rating on Brexit and growth fears

Major cyber-attack will happen soon, warns UK’s security boss

London mayor says Britain should not host President Trump on state visit

## US ##

Hurricane-ravaged U.S. cities hit by rising cleanup costs

The Fed’s ‘out of control’ balance sheet is a major threat

Opioids are killing too many people to autopsy all the bodies

FL Residents Warned They’ll Be Ticketed for Hurricane-Damaged Homes

Why is NASA Covering Up Elon Musk’s Mistakes?

Hundreds of universities have helped DHS create a nation of fear

Elizabeth Warren confronted over ‘one percenter’ status, says ‘it’s not hypocrisy’

Police have killed more than 1,000 people with Tasers since 2000

Boobs On Credit

And finally…

Pot vs. kettle: North Korea: Trump and Kim call each other mad

 

Stranger Than Fiction: Trump’s Uncle Translated Tesla’s Stolen Docs on Weather Control for the US Military…

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… and 74 years later unprecedented “natural” disasters in places like Puerto Rico are playing right into President Trump’s hands.  Of course Trump doesn’t call the shots completely, but his outright denial of human-caused climate change obscures the Deep State’s disturbingly dangerous weaponization of global weather. 

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Peter Kirby, author of the book Chemtrails Exposed: A New Manhattan Project recently wrote at Activist Post:

When Tesla died, his scientific papers and instruments were confiscated by the United States government.  Among these confiscated papers may have been the initial New Manhattan Project (NMP) plans.  The timing is right.  As noted above, Tesla died in 1943, then just three years later, Bernard Vonnegut (who later went on to conduct early NMP field experiments) and two other General Electric (GE) scientists were simultaneously kicking-off the scientific era of weather control and the New Manhattan Project.  The three years plus between Tesla’s death and GE’s famous exploits would be plenty of time to review Tesla’s material and make plans for the future.  The MIT Rad Lab was already well at work on related technologies.

 

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John G. Trump

Most curiously though, the scientific expert charged with reviewing Nikola Tesla’s posthumously confiscated papers was a Radiation Lab Steering Committee member and Assistant Director by the name of John G. Trump (1907-1985).  For our military, John G. Trump translated the Tesla papers from Scientist to English.  Our military, in turn, decided which of Tesla’s ideas were of military value and thus worthy of further exploration.  John G. Trump went on to serve as the head of the British Branch of the MIT Radiation Laboratory.  If you are wondering… yes, John G. Trump was the uncle of the new United States President Donald J. Trump.  In fact, The Donald’s middle name of ‘John’ was given to him in honor of his uncle.

Wow.  It seems that truth is stranger than fiction.  Here is a brief synopsis of Kirby’s book Chemtrails Exposed: A New Manhattan Project:

51bhl9ljbyl-_sx322_bo1204203200_Raytheon, the MITRE Corporation, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Department of Energy, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and countless others consisting of just about every famous scientific institution in the Western world are hereby implicated in the development and execution of the largest scientific effort in Human history. Probably over a trillion dollars has been spent. Hundreds of applicable patents have been filed. Thousands of papers have been published. It’s called the New Manhattan Project and just like the original Manhattan Project, you’re not supposed to know about it. We all paid for it, but we also paid for a gigantic disinformation campaign designed to keep us as mushrooms; in the dark and covered in manure. Please read “Chemtrails Exposed” and learn about where the New Manhattan Project comes from, who put it together and who is doing it today. No other single book gives you the detailed history and current state of this Project like “Chemtrails Exposed.” “Chemtrails Exposed” is light on the science and heavy on the information enquiring minds want to know; the who, what, when, where, why, and how. It’s heavy on presenting well-organized information from the best sources in an easy to read and understand fashion. It’s not Earth’s climatological temperature fluctuations which threaten Man’s existence here on this planet. Man’s existence is threatened by mad scientists and corrupt governments conducting reckless experiments while claiming that the guinea pigs are to blame. This book serves as a preliminary investigation into violations which should result in the largest class-action lawsuit in history. I suggest that you read and understand just exactly what it is that they have been up to. The arrogance of the establishment is killing us and our planet. The information detailed here can help stop it and remediate it.

hurricane maria satelliteNow, in the fall of 2017 we are seeing unprecedented “natural” disasters affecting the Caribbean, the Southeastern US, and even more severe disasters going largely unreported in other places. As the US media focused on hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia, and Maria, more than 41 million people across South Asia battled floods and displacement.  Bloomberg recently reported that South Asia may suffer $215 billion annually due to flooding by 2030.  Of course Bloomberg’s reporting blames climate change but never acknowledges the existence of weapons capable of causing — and preventing — such destruction.  The same is true of all mainstream media outlets which do not deny the existence of climate change entirely.

And now mainstream media reports that Puerto Rico just suffered the most powerful hurricane in more than 80 years, causing upwards of $30 billion in damages to the island nation already saddled with $74 billion of unpayable debts to the US Govt, the Federal Reserve, and other mainland creditors.  Puerto Rico — a US colonial territory — is unable to accept aid from other foreign entities.

We are told the island’s power may be out for months because the territorial Electric Power Authority owes $8.3 billion of the island’s $74 billion debt and cannot afford to repair or replace infrastructure that was already in bad shape before the double whammy of disasters presented by hurricane’s Irma and Maria.  Of course, a modern economy based largely on tourism will be utterly decimated if the lights go out for extended periods of time, exacerbating Puerto Rico’s already severe financial and economic crisis.

Puerto Rico has already experienced a mass exodus of it’s population with approximately 400k people leaving the island since 2009.  What will become of the 3.4 million mostly poor people who still call Puerto Rico home?

Another obvious question that seems to elude the mainstream entirely is, “why aren’t proven weather modification technologies being used to weaken these storms and steer them away from vulnerable, heavily populated areas?”  Countless mainstream articles explore geoengineering as a potential solution to climate change but none acknowledge that it is already deployed for less noble reasons.

Given the reality of modern weather weapons we free thinkers can’t help but wonder why Puerto Rico may have been targeted by the globalist Deep State’s military/industrial/financial complex.  Just yesterday a good friend asked me, “Why are TPTB hellbent on destroying a place like Puerto Rico?”

A few thoughts come to mind.

Disaster Capitalism: The term Disaster Capitalism was coined by Naomi Klein in her excellent 2007 book The Shock Doctrine to describe the longtime practice of “shocking” financial, political, and social systems so some people can profit from disasters while consolidating power through restructuring.  Wars are the most blatantly obvious example of this practice, and weather wars are no exception.

The New York Times reported yesterday:

Complicating Puerto Rico’s recovery is the island’s devastated economy. The island has been mired in a deep recession for more than a decade and carries $74 billion in debt. With no way of repaying it, Puerto Rico declared a form of bankruptcy in May, the first time in history that an American state or territory had taken the extraordinary measure. The island’s finances are also being overseen by a federal control board.

If there is anything promising it is that, as a United States territory, Puerto Rico can receive money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. That money is expected to provide the bulk of what Puerto Rico needs to rebuild critical infrastructure, which had been neglected and crumbling well before the hurricane, as well as houses and buildings.

The hope now is that, as a result of disaster aid, Puerto Rico can modernize its electrical grid, roads and bridges. It is a goal the federal government shares.

“At least 75 percent of the recovery money is going to come from FEMA,” said David Merrick, the director of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security program at Florida State University. “It becomes ‘how do I build back in a way that’s better.’ This is the time, unfortunately, to make those changes and not just blind duct-tape everything back together the way it was.”

So as Trump tweets that the US will help rebuild Puerto Rico “with gusto” we have to wonder who will benefit most from all that money being loaned in existence with the stated purpose of rebuilding Puerto Rico.  What percentage of that money will directly benefit the Puerto Rican people instead of merely servicing the territorial debt and lining the pockets of politicians and contractors tasked with reconstruction?

Consolidating Political Power: Currently Puerto Rico is an unincorporated US territory but that status is controversial and could change soon.  Like colonial subjects throughout history, many Puerto Ricans understandably want independence.  Of course this is difficult to attain when deeply indebted to the occupying empire builders.

400px-political-party-strength-in-puerto-rico-2012There are two major political parties in Puerto Rico.  One party, the Popular Democratic Part (PPD) calls for maintaining the current territorial status or full independence from the United States.  The other major party, the New Progressive Party (PNP) seeks to make Puerto Rico the 51st US State.  The current Governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Russello, is President of the PNP and has been a vocal supporter of the path to US statehood.

The New York Times recently reported:

Puerto Rico effectively sought bankruptcy protection in May, burdened with about $123 billion in bond debt and unfunded pension obligations. Its case is being handled in federal court under a special new law, called Promesa, because the existing bankruptcy law excludes Puerto Rico.

Under Promesa, Puerto Rico’s finances must be supervised by a federal board until its house is back in order, a process that is expected to take years. Relations between the board and the elected government of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló were contentious even before Hurricane Irma, with the governor first agreeing to a five-year austerity plan, then reversing course and threatening to go to prison rather than accepting the entire package.

In particular, the governor has refused to furlough government workers, and to reduce the pensions of retired government employees by an average 10 percent. The fiscal oversight board has sued the governor, asking the court to order him to carry out the entire austerity plan. The furloughs were supposed to have begun on Sept. 1.

Despite the legal dispute, the board’s executive director, Natalie Jaresko, said in a statement Wednesday that the board was “working closely with Governor Rosselló to coordinate support for Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the storm.”

“We have also reached out to the federal government to activate Title V of Promesa, which allows the board to work with agencies to accelerate the deployment of grants and loans following a disaster,” she said.

So, Puerto Rico is already deeply in debt to the US and Maria recovery guarantees it will stay that way.  It sounds like Governor Rossello had a hard time stomaching imposed austerity measures, but now it seems he has to stand on and is eager for help from the Big Daddy Trump’s Fatherland:

Trump Tweets on Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria

Pushing the Climate Change Agenda: Despite having a President who adamantly denies the existence of climate change, US establishment institutions ranging from the military to mainstream media repetitively proclaim climate change one of the greatest threats to people, planet, and the political order. These proclamations purportedly predict the future decades out and some even propose global weather modification programs to prevent disastrous outcomes.  Never is the possibility of an ongoing weather war pondered even though the development of these technologies has been documented for decades.

In this era of disaster capitalism, those who know when and how the climate will change — because they are in fact changing it — provide themselves an unprecedented opportunity to grab power and profit off the suffering of people and planet.

Within the Heglian Dialectic of problem-reaction-solution policies, those who create the problem (in this case, unpredictable weather and unprecedented disasters)…

…promote a predictable reaction (uncertainty, terror, impoverishment, dependency, and guilt/shame for burning fossil fuels)…

…and propose/implement a pre-planned solution (Carbon taxes, global governance, and geoengineering) that serves to empower themselves.

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Soooo… the next time you hear someone fretting about climate change please refer them to this article or something similar exposing the reality of the ongoing weather war.

Disturbing Agendas Including Depopulation: For decades we have been taught that there are too many humans and that the solution to many of the problems we face is less people.  Metaanalysis of the current economic systems, food systems, and healthcare systemes provide strong evidence supporting the belief that we are all subject a global depopulation agenda, but that topic is too big to delve deeply into here.

One disturbing development in the wake of the recent spate of hurricanes affecting the US and Caribbean is the openly admitted aerial spray programs of NALED and other toxic pesticides banned by most of the world.  Mint Press News recently reported:

U.S. Air Force Is Spraying 6 Million Acres With Chemicals in Response to Harvey

By Whitney Webb

Amid statewide efforts to clean up the aftermath left by the historic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, the Pentagon announced last week that it had dispatched C-130H Sprayers from the Air Force Reserve’s 910th Airlift Wing in order to “assist with recovery efforts in eastern Texas.” However, these “recovery efforts” have little to do with rebuilding damaged structures or with the resettlement of evacuees. Instead, they are set to spray chemicals in order to help “control pest insect populations,” which they allege pose a “health risk to rescue workers and residents of Houston.”

The Pentagon has requested that the planes treat more than 6 million acres throughout the Houston area. The Air Force noted that the current effort is “expected to significantly surpass previous [spraying] missions in scope,” specifically the spraying campaigns that followed Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Naled’s Toxicity Not Confined to Mosquitoes

While the Pentagon has framed its efforts to “assist” as seeking to eliminate a potential human health risk, the particular chemical it is using to control insect populations is likely to do more harm than good. According to the Air Force, the mosquito control protocol involves spraying the “Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved and regulated material, Naled,” which the Air Force insists will not be used in amounts large enough to “cause any concern for human health.”

However, the insecticide Naled, manufactured and sold by a strategic partner of Monsanto, is currently banned in the European Union due to the “unacceptable risk” it presents to human health.

Naled is a known neurotoxin in animals and humans, as it inhibits acetylcholinesterase—an enzyme essential to nerve function and communication—and has even been known to have caused paralysis. Mounting scientific evidence, including a recent Harvard study, has also pointed to Naled’s responsibility for the mass die-off of North American bees. Just one day of Naled spraying in South Carolina killed more than 2.5 million bees last year.

Yet, the most concerning consequence Naled poses for human health is the chemical’s ability to cross the placental barrier—meaning that Naled freely crosses from mother to fetus. A study conducted at the University of Oslo found that Naled’s breakdown product, dichlorvos, caused a 15 percent decrease in the brain size of newborn guinea pigs when their mothers were exposed to Naled for only three days during pregnancy. Doctors from Puerto Rico have also claimed that Naled harms fetuses.

Studies in the U.S. have also shown that pregnant women exposed to Naled had a 60 percent higher chance of having a child with an autism-spectrum disorder.

This is especially troubling given that the manufacturer of Naled, Sumimoto Chemical Corp., is also the manufacturer of the mosquito larvicide SumiLarv, a chemical now believed to have been the real culprit behind the spike in birth defects in Brazil originally attributed to the Zika virus.

At the height of the Zika scare, a group of Argentine doctors, Médicos de Pueblos Fumigados, published a report citing a pesticide used to kill mosquito larva as the real cause of the birth defects. According to the report, the area where most of the affected Brazilian families live, Pernambuco, had its drinking water treated for 18 months with a chemical larvicide that produces fatal birth defects in mosquitoes.

Pernambuco subsequently reported more than 4,000 cases of microcephaly in 2015. In contrast, in Colombia, public health officials diagnosed more than 17,000 pregnant women with Zika last year, yet only 18 cases of Zika-associated microcephaly were reported—less than 0.2 percent of the total.

In addition, the Air Force’s characterization of Naled as an “EPA approved and regulated material” omits the important fact that the EPA is currently re-evaluating the chemical for safety. According to the EPA’s website, “the EPA expects to issue new human health and ecological risk assessments for Naled before the end of 2017.” Scientists and concerned citizens have noted that Naled will likely be banned as the EPA found it to harm 22 out of 28 endangered species exposed to it.

Agrochem Corp Pressures to Keep Naled on the Market

However, political pressure could keep it on the market. Such pressure was manifest in last year’s “Zika Vector Control Act,” which passed the House but failed in the Senate and narrowly missed becoming law. If it had been passed, the act would have exempted mosquito-control operations from environmental regulations and would have kept Naled on the market regardless of the EPA’s decision. It also would have ended monitoring of and limits to pesticide use.

Though the act ultimately failed to become law, there will likely be another effort at preventing the chemical from being banned by the EPA. It is currently “one of the most widely used pesticides in the United States for aerial mosquito control” and has been applied to “about 16 million acres per year in the continental United States.”

Given its wide use, the chemical’s manufacturer and its strategic partner Monsanto will likely want to keep such a profitable product on the market, lest they face a mass drop in sales and revenue.

In reality, the problem isn’t too many people but rather the culture of irresponsible capitalism and consumerism we have been born into and forced to conform to.

In the case of Puerto Rico, recent US Military attempts to spray NALED were shut down by widespread protests.  In August of 2016 NPR reported:

Gutierrez says the government is Washington wants to “spray us.” That phrase — “spray us” — is repeated a lot in Puerto Rico by opponents to the aerial spraying plan. Residents’ response to Zika and their resistance to aerial spraying should be seen within a political context, he says, in which many Puerto Ricans distrust the U.S. government.

“We are an invaded country,” Gutierrez says. “We’ve been a colony of the U.S. for 118 years, and there’s been a lot of experimentation done on us. And so people have had enough of that.”

The pesticide that was going to be sprayed — Naled — is an organophosphate that has been used in Puerto Rico in the past during dengue outbreaks. Also, Naled is currently being sprayed in Miami-Dade County, Fla., to try to address the spread of Zika there. Rivera Gutierrez points out correctly, however, that Naled is no longer approved for use in the European Union. And, he says, in the case of Zika, the proposal to spray the insecticide in Puerto Rico was an overreaction.

“We don’t understand it, except for what might be some economic interest in getting rid of that product,” Rivera Gutierrez says.

Now it seems the Puerto Ricans will be subject to pressures for spraying again.  Perhaps Maria was steered that way for the sake of poisoning the people of Puerto Rico.

The notion of the government spraying poisons out of airplanes is widely accepted though underreported by the mainstream.  Even the History Channel recently covered the “Rainbow” of chemical weapons deployed covertly during the Vietnam War:

While Agent Orange may be the most well-known chemical used during the Vietnam War, it wasn’t the only one. An entire rainbow of new chemical formulations rained down on Vietnam’s forests and fields. The Rainbow Herbicides, as they were known, were only used as weapons in the war for a little over a decade, but their consequences can still be felt today.

The chemicals were deployed as part of Operation Ranch Hand, a military operation that lasted from 1962 to 1971. Ranch Hand’s unofficial motto—“only you can prevent a forest”—riffed off of Smokey Bear’s plea for people to prevent forest fires. The wry sarcasm of the phrase sums up the irony of the mission. Controversial then and now, it’s still not clear whether Operation Ranch Hand, a form of chemical warfare, was even permitted under international law.

Herbicidal warfare had been a military dream since the 1940s, when Allied researchers began to brainstorm ways to use chemicals to scorch the earth. However, early plans to use chemicals to, for example, starve the Japanese by ruining their rice crops, faltered.

Ironically, the same media outlets that acknowledge the history of our government spraying poisons out of airplanes routinely ignore or ridicule the notion of weather modification chemicals being similarly deployed despite the well-documented history of military and corporate weather modification programs dating back to the time when Donald Trump’s uncle translated Nikola Tesla’s stolen papers.

Fore more info on that topic, check out WeatherModificationHistory.com.

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🗣🗣🗣 Cat 5 Hurricane Maria Decimated Dominica with 160mph Winds, Now Puerto Rico Faces The Strongest Hurricane In 80+ Years, Mainstream Silent About Weather Warfare, 95% of Bitcoin Owned by 4% of Investors, Wake Up News Hitting 500k Likes, and More: Wake Up Wyoming: 9.19.17 ✌️✌️✌️


SOURCES:

CNN: Hurricane Maria stronger as it barrels toward Puerto Rico

NY Times: Hurricane Maria Does ‘Mind Boggling’ Damage to Dominica, Leader Says

WUN: Why Doesn’t the US Department of Defense Weaken These Hurricanes and Send Them Back Out To Sea?

ZeroHedge: Cryptocurrency Concentration – Just 4% Own Over 95% Of Bitcoin

ZeroHedge: Biggest Hedge Fund Manager In The World Warns “Bitcoin Is A Bubble”, Says Gold Is Money

Wake Up Wyoming: 9.18.17

TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

In a move that is largely seen as Maduro giving Washington the middle finger, Venezuela has made good on its promise to layoff the U.S. dollar, publishing its oil prices in yuan on Friday.

Last Friday, Maduro had announced the forthcoming change, but that threat came after 14 years of similar threats, made by former leader Hugo Chavez, who was sure the dollar would someday lose its place in the currency pecking order.

In its latest annual summary published at the end of June, the BIS found that total nominal global debt had risen to a new all time high of $217 trillion, or 327% of global GDP… give or take $14 trillion.

 

Following a not guilty verdict in the Jason Stockley murder trial, people took to the streets of St Louis to protest the unjust decision. During the protests on Friday night, a bizarre act of vandalism was caught on camera.

Chris Phillips recorded the incident, which occurred at approximately 11:32 pm and posted it to his Facebook. The video shows a police officer breaking out a window of Culpepper’s Restaurant located at 300 N Euclid Ave.

In what many have dubbed a flagrant intervention by Amazon itself to seemingly boost the rating of Hillary Clinton’s new book “What Happened“, the Telegraph first reported, and subsequently many others observed first hand, that Amazon has been monitoring and deleting 1-star reviews of Hillary Clinton’s new book “which was greeted with a torrent of criticism on the day it was released.”

Reviews of What Happened have been mixed, with some accusing Clinton of using it as an opportunity to blame others – such as former FBI head James Comey, Bernie Sanders, Vladimir Putin, social media and pretty much everything else – for her failure, rather than herself. Even The New York Times, which supported Clinton’s campaign, wrote that the book is “a score-settling jubilee”.

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CoinGecko: Cryptos on the Rise Again (for now)

WIRED: Apple’s FaceID Could Be a Powerful Tool for Mass Spying

The Age: What happens when Big Brother lurks in every smartphone user?

Joshua Reeves, an assistant professor at Oregon State University whose book Citizen Spies was released in March, sees a disturbing phenomenon emerging, fuelled by a culture of mutual surveillance fostered, most recently, by counter-terrorism programs such as “if it doesn’t add up, speak up”.

“In order for these programs to work, you have to tie snitching to moral and social responsibility, and you have to teach citizens that they are under threat, and that in order to handle that threat appropriately they have to be watchful and suspicious of their fellow citizens,” says Reeves.

Reeves doesn’t question the value of reporting serious felonies to police. But he does point out that “snitching” has resulted in some truly awful outcomes, such as the 2009 case of a boy set alight because he was thought to have reported a bike theft to police.

In the US, antipathy to tattling has even spawned its own movement. The “stop snitching” campaign features T-shirts with targets, bullet holes and the phrase “snitches get stitches”, something Baltimore police countered with their own pro-informant “Keep Talking” campaign.

Medium: Never Forget: The US Government Has A Known History Of Using False Flags

News links from the incomparable RICE FARMER and JENNA ORKIN

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/deflationary collapse ##

Asia’s multinationals are hoarding cash like never before

Suddenly, “De-Dollarization” Is A Thing

Australia must get ready for the next Asian Financial Crisis, says top official

US Dollar Breakdown: What’s Next?

Big Trouble For The Silver Market If Mexico Monetizes Its Silver Libertad Coin

After an ‘incredible run,’ copper prices could be petering out

Wall Street hits record highs, S&P 500 pierces 2,500

It’s not just CBA: all the banks are exposed to millions in money laundering

Algeria Officially Launches Helicopter Money Amid Sliding Oil Revenue, Budget Crisis

China Dollar Dump Means Hyperinflation

MISH: Bitcoin Silliness, Myths, and Fatal Flaws

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##

King’s forces arrest prominent Saudis in warning to critics

Philippines’ Duterte may declare martial law: defence chief

Polish lawmakers OK more defense spending with Russia in mind

Embarrassing failure of ‘key’ ballistic missile by Seoul raises questions of readiness

US should refrain from further North Korea threats, says China’s ambassador to US

South Korea says Moon and Trump agree on need for stronger North Korea sanctions

Haley: Diplomacy efforts with North Korea ‘pretty much exhausted’

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday with the United States exhausting diplomatic means against North Korea, “military options” are an alternative.

Over 6,000 US Troops Set for Deployment to Afghanistan

Afghanistan mulls plan to arm 20,000 civilians to fight insurgents

Trump extends sanction waivers for Iran while imposing new ones

Spanish Government Threatens to Seize Catalan Finances to Stop Referendum: Juncker in Hot Water

U.S. Wars and Hostile Actions: A List

Germany Launches Probe After Pentagon’s Syrian Arms Smuggling Story Goes Viral

Catalonia’s Defiance of Spanish Authority Turns into Rebellion

Hamas says it accepts reconciliation demands

UK to supply Qatar with Eurofighter jets in billion-dollar arms deal

## Migrants/refugees ##

Bangladesh restricts Rohingya refugees, starts immunization

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##

Protesters pour into St. Louis streets after murder acquittal for ex-cop

St. Louis mayor’s house surrounded, officers injured during protests

Demonstrators turn out for a 2nd night to protest St. Louis ex-cop’s acquittal

Protesters Jailed Over Natural Gas Pipeline Protest In Virginia

Police Fire Tear Gas at Honduran Independence Day Protest

Turkish police fire tear gas at protesters outside hunger strikers’ trial

Singaporeans hold rare protest over presidential vote

## Energy/resources ##

Is The Sun Setting On The Solar Boom?

Report: Nuclear power on the decline

U.S. Diesel, Heating Oil Inventories At Historical Low

Solar Power Is Getting Cheaper—But How Do We Overcome Its Limits?

100 Percent Wishful Thinking: the Green-Energy Cornucopia

## Got food? ##

Global Hunger By Numbers: How Conflict Drives The World To Hunger

The number of undernourished people across the world has increased from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million in 2016, which accounts for about 11 percent of total world population, the report says.

Oysters Can Get Herpes And Die

Food crisis crippling Malawi’s population

Deadly salmonella outbreak linked to papayas spreads to 4 farms

U.N. report links rise in hunger to climate change

Global hunger is on the rise, affecting 11 percent of the world’s population, in part because of climate change, an annual report from the United Nations found.

12 foods you can buy in bulk that will last until the end of world

## Environment/health ##

Quebec to offer public free naloxone to prevent opioid overdoses

Summer getting longer in waters off New England, affecting fisheries, whales, weather: scientists

Study shows Arctic sea ice continues to melt considerably

Death by dam for the Mekong

Animal Matchmaking: Scientists Try To Revive Extinct Galápagos Tortoises

Hurricane Harvey Oil, Chemical Spills Top 22,000 Barrels

US coastal growth continues despite lessons of past storms

Coastal development destroys natural barriers such as islands and wetlands, promotes erosion and flooding, and positions more buildings and people in the path of future destruction, according to researchers and policy advisers who study hurricanes.

WSJ Reports That Trump Won’t Withdraw From Paris Deal, White House Denies

Brain Tumor Assn. Condemns Calif. Cellphone Tower Bill

To fight wildlife crime, experts say ‘follow the money’

San Diego Washing Streets With Bleach To Combat Hepatitis A Outbreak

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##

FBI investigating Russian news agency: report

Israel’s Foreign Agents Don’t Register, Why Should Russia’s?

Equifax will not survive fallout from massive breach, says technology attorney

London terror attack: Trump says internet must be ‘cut off’ to stop further attacks

Facebook opens an A.I. research outpost in Canada

Facebook to launch election integrity effort in Canada

GOP Rep. Rohrabacher Sought Trump Deal With Assange

Harvard University Bends the Knee to the CIA

Google disables offensive ad keywords found by BuzzFeed

Here’s What Your Identity Sells For on the Dark Web

Card Sharks: ATM skimming grows more sophisticated

Hey Advertisers: The Data-Mining Emperor Has No Clothes

China takes the lead in building quantum data security networks

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##

The NYT’s Yellow Journalism on Russia

Reading The New York Times these days is like getting a daily dose of the “Two Minutes Hate” as envisioned in George Orwell’s 1984, except applied to America’s new/old enemy Russia. Even routine international behavior, such as Russia using fictitious names for potential adversaries during a military drill, is transformed into something weird and evil.

5 Lies Nikki Haley Just Told About The Iran Deal

Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Understand Why the Corporate Media Is So Bad

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##

The Way Nature Works: How Common is the Seneca Curve?

Stanford scholars say big ideas are getting harder to find

[T]remendous continual increases in research and development will be needed to sustain even today’s low rate of economic growth.

McCain Laments ‘Accident After Accident’ After Military Cuts

## China ##

China internet finance body suggests framework to support virtual currencies

Chinese bitcoin exchange announces it is ending trading

China rejects letting South Korea, Japan have nuclear arms

Wider use of nuclear weapons to counter threat from North Korea will only make the region more unstable, says Chinese ambassador to the US

Is smog breeding storms? China explores rise in lightning deaths

## UK ##

Home-made bomb injures 29 on packed London commuter train

ISIS claims responsibility for London Underground blast, the 6th terror attack in Britain this year

British police arrest London bomb suspect at Dover border point

Parsons Green: Second arrest over Tube bombing

Equifax says almost 400,000 Britons hit in data breach

Nuclear power plants may not keep Britain’s lights on, say Lib Dems

## US ##

The 30 Metros in the US with the Highest and Lowest Incomes

Rising credit card delinquencies to add to U.S. banks’ worries

Equifax Sacks 2 Executives, Turns Devious to Stop You from Demanding a Credit Freeze

Holy Moly, Now Wells Fargo Recommends a Credit Freeze in Equifax Hack

Equifax is Not Your Friend: Should Everyone Freeze Their Account?

Hurricanes drain US gasoline supplies

Trump Extends Post-9/11 State of Emergency

‘Temporary’ State of Emergency Seems Increasingly Permanent

Israel Security Forces Are Training American Cops Despite History of Rights Abuses

Toys ‘R’ Us mulls bankruptcy filing: Wall Street Journal

Corporate Contractors: The High End of the Precariat

Tenting the Homeless and Bleaching the Streets: How San Diego Is Fighting a Hepatitis Outbreak

Cult of Hillary: Hillary gets conquered hero’s welcome in Manhattan

Even Bernie Sanders Thinks “Medicare For All” Would Bankrupt America

Unable to pay its bills, Pennsylvania is broke

Long-Term Mortgage Delinquencies Seriously Under-Reported

EPA won’t release benzene levels collected post-Harvey; private tests show elevated levels

The Human Brain Can Create Structures in Up to 11 Dimensions

High-Ranking CIA Agent Blows Whistle On The Deep State And Shadow Government

Venezuela Begins Publishing Oil Basket Price In Yuan

New York City Is Within Hurricane Jose’s 5-Day “Cone Of Uncertainty”

After Irma, Barbuda’s 300-year-old civilization ‘extinguished’

Whole Foods “Free-Range” Chicken Supplier Said To Actually Run Factory Farm

New technology in China turns desert into land rich with crops

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher: Someone leaked ‘very important’ call with John Kelly concerning WikiLeaks

USD Index: The Most Important Chart in the World Is Getting Uglier By the Day

Venezuela Suspends Trade In U.S. Dollars

97 Million American Workers Are Living Paycheck To Paycheck

China and US can avoid trade war – if Beijing stops ‘appropriating our technology’, says Steve Bannon in Hong Kong

The U.S. Government Massive ONE-DAY Debt Increase Impact On Interest Expense & Silver ETF

Which is Fraudulent – Bitcoin or JP Morgan?

Yes, This Time It Is Different: But Not in Good Ways

Yes, this time it’s different: all the foundations of a healthy economy are crumbling into quicksand.

U.S. Virgin Islands governor: Recovery will take years

Dear Jamie Dimon: Predict the Crash that Takes Down Your Produces-Nothing, Parasitic Bank and We’ll Listen to your Bitcoin “Prediction”

This is the begging-for-the-overthrow-of-a-corrupt-status-quo economy we have thanks to the Federal Reserve giving the J.P. Morgans and Jamie Dimons of the world the means to skim and scam the bottom 95%.


## War on cash/cashless society ##

Hawaii says it’s 1st state to go cashless for pot sales


## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##

Is Russia Pushing Saudi Arabia Out Of Asia?

Bombshell Report Catches Pentagon Falsifying Paperwork For Weapons Transfers To Syrian Rebels

US Used Ramstein Base to Arm Syrian Rebels, Without Informing German Govt

South Korea detects radioactive gas from North Korea bomb test

Rights group blasts Israeli banks for settlement expansion

Israeli banks are contributing to the proliferation of West Bank settlements by providing loans and mortgages for construction there, violating their human rights obligations, Human Rights Watch said in a report Wednesday.

Will North Korea set off a new arms buildup in Asia?

How North Korea Outmaneuvered U.S.

Don’t look now, but North Korea has just won its latest diplomatic tussle with the United States. No matter how often Donald Trump promises to rain down “fire and fury” on the Democratic People’s Republic “the likes of which the world has never seen before,” it’s increasing clear that Kim Jong Un’s nuclear-deterrence policy is working and that there’s little the U.S. can do in response.

Cancel Iran nuclear deal, Netanyahu says in Argentina

US Threatens To Cut Off China From SWIFT If It Violates North Korea Sanctions

China and Russia Warn US Not to Seek North Korea Regime Change

Secretary of State Tillerson presses China to apply oil leverage on North Korea

“I Know What North Korea Wants” – President Carter Warns “US Oligarchy Refuses To Do It”

North Korea Launched Missile Over Japan Into Pacific Ocean

As Russian Wargames Begin, NATO Continues to Overestimate Size

No Signs NATO’s Claimed 100,000 Troops Will Materialize

Putin Pushed Hard for ‘Reset’ of Tense US Ties

Mattis: US to keep nuclear triad for deterrence

Chinese submarine docks at Malaysian port for second time this year

Russian navy fires cruise missiles into eastern Syria

“Unprecedented” Saudi Crackdown Targets Regime Loyalists As King Prepares To Abdicate


## Migrants/refugees ##

Romania seizes new migrant boat in Black Sea

Romanian authorities said Wednesday they had rescued more than 150 migrants in the Black Sea, the fifth such incident since August amid rising fears that a new migrant route to Europe is opening up.

Trafficked North Korean ‘bride’ reveals her desperate flight from China

China has made life dangerous for North Korean refugees living in the country amid the escalating nuclear weapons crisis, NGO’s leader says

Nearly 3 weeks into Rohingya crisis, aid remains scarce


## Energy/resources ##

Offshore Drilling Giant Seadrill Files For Bankruptcy

Can You Really “Shut Down” a Nuclear Power Plant before a Hurricane?

Mexico’s Biggest Refinery Will Take A Month To Restart

Plastics Won’t Save Oil

Profits on producing gasoil, jet fuel soar in Asia as demand outpaces supply

Iraq: OPEC’s No. 2 Faces Civil War Threat

“Super Critical” Coal Shortage Sends India Scrambling For NatGas

Electric Vehicles: The High Cost Of Going Green


## Got food? ##

Grower group says Irma caused 50 to 70 percent citrus loss in portions of South Florida

North Korea faces food shortages after intense drought and ‘very bad harvest’


## Environment/health ##


Atlantic Hurricane Trends and Mortality, Updated

4 dead, 6 missing in floods and landslides in Philippines

12 children infected with rare bacteria during heart surgery at New Orleans hospital

Poaching Fears Making African Elephants Nocturnal, Study Finds

The Elephant Skin Table: a Reminder of Human Cruelty at the Summer Academy of the Club of Rome in Florence

EU pledges to ‘make our planet great again’

Tropical Storm Max expected to bring ‘dangerous flooding’ to Mexico

Petroyuan, Universal Basic Income, Irma Recovery, and More: Wake Up Wyoming: 9.12.17

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When will the gold-backed #Petroyuanreplace the paper-backed #Petrodollar? What are your thoughts on Universal Basic Income (#UBI)? #Harvey and #Irma projected to cost $200 billion. Shipping pollution intensifies storms at sea, and MORE. Wake Up Wyoming: 9.12.17

NEWS LINKS from compiled by the incomparable RICEFARMER and JENNA ORKIN

 TODAY’S TOP STORIES

Moody’s: Harvey and Irma Economic Hit Could Total $200 Billion

Hurricane Irma Has Been Literally Pulling The Ocean Away From Its Shores

Desperation Mounts in Caribbean Islands: ‘There’s nothing left’ in the BVI’s and ‘All the Food Is Gone’ (VIDEO)

Over Half Of Florida Without Power As State Braces For “Lengthiest Restoration In US History”

Florida gun owners encouraged to ‘shoot the storm’ and fire their guns at Hurricane Irma

Elon Musk Magically Extends Battery Life Of Teslas Fleeing Irma

Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/deflationary collapse ##

The U.S. Petro Dollar Breakdown Continues: Big Moves In Gold & Silver Ahead

The four-decade long monopoly of the U.S. Petro-Dollar as the world’s reserve currency is coming to an end.  Unfortunately, most Americans have no clue that when the Dollar loses its reserve currency status, life will get a lot tougher living in the U.S. of A.  Let’s say, Americans will finally receive “Precious metals religion.”

The U.S. Dollar Index fell considerably yesterday and is now down below a key support level.  In early morning trading yesterday, the U.S. Dollar Index fell to 91.46, down 73 basis points:

How China Just ‘Reset’ the Global Monetary System With Gold

In June, China took the first step towards overturning the petrodollar by establishing a direct-trade relationship with Russia allowing for oil purchases to be made strictly in yuan. And just like that, the petroyuan was born.

Not long after China’s new deal with Russia, Chinese officials began negotiations for a similar agreement with Saudi Arabia. But the discussion didn’t flow as smoothly as it did with Russia.

Russia welcomed the petroyuan with open arms. But other big oil exporters haven’t been as keen to embrace it. Despite rising concerns around the U.S. dollar’s stability and viability, the yuan is still too illiquid and unestablished globally in comparison, causing many exporters to shy away from accepting it.

But China has an ingenious way to solve this problem: Simply back the petroyuan with gold.

Venezuela’s Maduro says will shun U.S. dollar in favor of yuan, others

(Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday his cash-strapped country would seek to “free” itself from the U.S. dollar next week, using the weakest of two official foreign exchange regimes and a basket of currencies.

Maduro was refering to Venezuela’s “DICOM” official exchange rate in which the dollar buys 3,345 bolivars, according to the central bank.

At the strongest official rate, one dollar buys just 10 bolivars, but on the black market the dollar fetches 20,193 bolivars, a spread versus the official rate that economists say has fostered corruption.

A thousand dollars of local currency bought when Maduro came to power in 2013 would now be worth $1.20.

Venezuela to start selling oil in non-dollar currencies

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on Friday his that government will sell oil and other commodities in currencies other than the dollar, in a bid to weather US-imposed sanctions on the embattled country.

“I have decided to start selling oil, gas, gold and all other products that Venezuela sells with new currencies, including the Chinese yuan, the Japanese yen, the Russian ruble, the Indian rupee among others,” he said during a television broadcast.

“An economy free from the US imperialist system is possible.”

France, Germany, Italy, Spain seek tax on digital giants’ revenues

EU criticizes Trump’s economic policy: report

The European Union’s economic and financial committee has criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s economic policy and is worried that his efforts to boost protectionism pose a threat to the global economy, a German magazine reported on Saturday.

The Next Spanish Bank Teeters, at Worst Possible Time

IMF’s Christine Lagarde worried about Asia’s aging population

Is Wage Deflation Here To Stay?

Hurricane Irma will hammer insurance industry — up to $65 billion in damage is projected

Universal basic income:Yes, This is a Real CNBC Article on “Economics”

Giving every adult in the United States a $1,000 cash handout per month would grow the economy by $2.5 trillion by 2025, according to anew study on universal basic income.

The report was released in August by the left-leaning Roosevelt Institute. Roosevelt research director Marshall Steinbaum, Michalis Nikiforos at Bard College’s Levy Institute, and Gennaro Zezza at the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio in Italy co-authored the study.

The study made economic forecasts for three proposals: a full universal basic income in which every adult gets $1,000 a month ($12,000 a year), a partial basic income in which every adult gets $500 a month ($6,000 a year), and a child allowance in which parents get $250 a month ($3,000 a year).

The larger the universal basic income, the greater the benefit to the economy, according to the report.

A $1,000 cash handout to all adults would grow the economy by 12.56 percent after eight years, the study finds. Current Congressional Budget Office estimates put the GDP at $19.8 trillion. The cash handout would therefore increase the GDP by $2.48 trillion.

The following is commentary by Joe Jarvis of The Daily Bell:

Wow! You’re saying that by the U.S. government simply creating money out of thin air, we can increase the amount of money in existence! Why didn’t we think of this before? Why are we only $20 trillion in debt! why not go $200 trillion in debt. Why not $900 trillion?! Who cares, it just boosts the economy.

The super-serious-legitimate-intellectual study found that the larger the handout, the more the economy grows! Hear that? We can all be millionaires! It’s easy street from here on out.

We can all quit our jobs at the factories, farms, grocery stores, and office buildings. Things will keep being produced, sold, and organized according to the report.

What they didn’t add is that in order to finance these handouts without taxation, the U.S. would add $24 trillion of debt. The already insane national debt would more than double in 8 years.

And what would a cash influx of that kind cause?

Exactly what the study did not take into consideration. Inflation.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##

Iran To Become Essential Hub In China’s Belt And Road Initiative

State Dept Approves $3.8 Billion Arms Sales to Bahrain

The US State Department has approved $3.8 billion in weapons sales to the tiny island nation of Bahrain. The Pentagon confirmed the approval and the State Department has notified Congress, who held up a similar sale last year over Bahrain’s many, many human rights problems.

The Dangerous Decline of US Hegemony

The bigger picture behind Official Washington’s hysteria over Russia, Syria and North Korea is the image of a decaying but dangerous American hegemon resisting the start of new multipolar order.

Bill Clinton’s favorite African, Paul Kagame, Wins Re-election by 99%, Arrests Opponent

Bangladesh braces for new surge as Rohingya exodus nears 300,000

Desperation spreads in Rohingya camps as food stocks dwindle

Rohingya insurgents, whose attack on Myanmar security forces last month triggered savage military reprisals, declared a monthlong truce Sunday as refugees continued to flood across the border into Bangladesh only to face scant basic resources, hunger and illness.

The Muslim insurgents of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army issued the truce statement on its Twitter account and urged Myanmar’s government to reciprocate in order to assist all victims regardless of their background.

The government did not comment immediately.

Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis: George Soros, Oil, & Lessons For India

Syria’s Survival Is Blow to Jihadists

Despite last-ditch efforts by Israel and its allies to salvage the “regime change” project in Syria, the looming defeat of the Western-backed jihadists marks a turning point in the modern Middle East.

Chinese state banks suspend North Korean transactions as international pressure to halt nuclear programme grows

Chinese state banks have started suspending transactions through accounts held by North Koreans, making it nearly impossible to do business between the two countries, according to sources familiar with the situation.

North Korea has enough oil to survive embargo

On edge: ‘New Cold War’ tensions high in Eastern Europe

Building a bigger, better BRICS wall against the West’s global order

## Migrants/refugees ##

‘Uncontacted’ Amazon Tribe Members Are Reported Killed in Brazil

What Happened?! — Video Emerges of Hillary Clinton Saying Illegal Immigrant Children Have to Go

As Hillary Clinton begins a book tour to promote her 2016 campaign autopsy “What Happened,” video has begun to swirl online of a 2014 interview between her and CNN’s Christiane Amanpour to promote her previous book, “Hard Choices.”

During the exchange, Clinton had some tough words for the children of illegal immigrants, including waves of unaccompanied minors coming in 2014  — telling Amanpour that the United States was a nation of laws and that they probably had to go.

“We have to send a clear message, just because your child gets across the border, that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay,” said Clinton “So, we don’t want to send a message that is contrary to our laws or will encourage more children to make that dangerous journey.”

## Energy/resources ##

Niger Delta Militants Rescind Threat Against Oil Majors

Australian chief scientist advocates coal-fired power extensions

Australia faces heightened blackout risks next summer – electricity operator

Brazil cancels 25 wind, solar power projects at request of firms

Brazil’s power sector has been rattled by a combination of slumping demand, rising construction costs and reduced credit availability as the country has gone through its harshest recession on record.

IAEA report: Nuclear power expansion to slow before growing again

Hurricane Season Weighs On Gulf Of Mexico Production

## Got food? ##

Worry About Florida Farmland Advances Along With Irma

This High-Tech Vertical Farm Promises Whole Foods Quality at Walmart Prices

SoftBank-backed Plenty is out to build massive indoor farms on the outskirts of every major city on Earth.

## Environment/health ##

NASA satellites are tracking hurricanes Katia, Irma and Jose and the images are staggering

Mice can be turned into Walking Dead-style zombie killers, scientists discover

Bats ‘tricked’ into flying into buildings

Modern buildings with large expanses of glass or mirrored surfaces are “potentially dangerous” for bats, research suggests.

Ship exhaust makes oceanic thunderstorms more intense

Thunderstorms directly above two of the world’s busiest shipping lanes are significantly more powerful than storms in areas of the ocean where ships don’t travel, according to new research.

A new study mapping lightning around the globe finds lightning strokes occur nearly twice as often directly above heavily-trafficked shipping lanes in the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea than they do in areas of the ocean adjacent to shipping lanes that have similar climates.

The difference in lightning activity can’t be explained by changes in the weather, according to the study’s authors, who conclude that aerosol particles emitted in ship exhaust are changing how storm clouds form over the ocean.

The new study is the first to show ship exhaust can alter thunderstorm intensity. The researchers conclude that particles from ship exhaust make cloud droplets smaller, lifting them higher in the atmosphere. This creates more ice particles and leads to more lightning.

The results provide some of the first evidence that humans are changing cloud formation on a nearly continual basis, rather than after a specific incident like a wildfire, according to the authors. Cloud formation can affect rainfall patterns and alter climate by changing how much sunlight clouds reflect to space.

“It’s one of the clearest examples of how humans are actually changing the intensity of storm processes on Earth through the emission of particulates from combustion,” said Joel Thornton, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Washington in Seattle and lead author of the new study in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.

“It is the first time we have, literally, a smoking gun, showing over pristine ocean areas that the lightning amount is more than doubling,” said Daniel Rosenfeld, an atmospheric scientist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem who was not connected to the study. “The study shows, highly unambiguously, the relationship between anthropogenic emissions – in this case, from diesel engines – on deep convective clouds.”

Will the Sahara Desert Soon Cover Large Parts of South Europe?

With the highest temperatures on record and unprecedented heat waves hitting Europe this year, Africa’s ‘Great Desert’, the Sahara, is set continue its relentless march on the Southern European countries until it occupies more than 30% of Spain just three decades from now.

Cruise Lines Send Ships to Caribbean on Hurricane Rescue Mission

Irma Is the Caribbean’s Most Expensive Storm at $10 Billion and Counting

“There Is No Seawall Whatsoever”: Downtown Miami Flooded; Two Cranes Collapse

Tank failures in Harvey reveal vulnerabilities in storm

California could be hit by an 8.2 mega-earthquake, and damage would be catastrophic

Death toll rises to 90 as aftershocks rock Mexico city

Sea salt around the world is contaminated by plastic, studies show

New studies find microplastics in salt from the US, Europe and China, adding to evidence that plastic pollution is pervasive in the environment.

The Plastic Fantasy That’s Propping Up the Oil Market

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##

Saudi government allegedly funded a ‘dry run’ for 9/11

Best Buy stops sale of Russia-based Kaspersky products

Best Buy Co, the No.1 U.S. electronics retailer, is pulling Kaspersky Lab’s cyber security products from its shelves and website, amid concerns that the Moscow-based firm may be vulnerable to Russian government influence.

Putin tells Russia’s tech sector: Ditch foreign software or lose out

Putin said that, in some spheres, state institutions could not work with companies running foreign software because that represented a risk for national cyber-security.

Social Media is A Tool of the CIA: “Facebook, Google and Other Social Media Used to Spy on People”

Facebook Engagement-For-Hire Economy Has Generated More Than 100 Million Fake Likes

Equifax Security Breach Is A Complete Disaster… And Will Almost Certainly Get Worse

Alleged Equifax hackers demand $2.6 million Bitcoin ransom — or else…

CNN Pulled Investigative Team Off Trump-Russia Coverage

CNN executives explicitly told their investigative team to stop looking into potential ties between the Trump administration and Russia following a series of high profile reporting errors led that to the resignation of three journalists in June.

Case study of LAPD and Palantir’s predictive policing tool: same corruption; new, empirical respectability

The Intercept Mistranslates Assad Speech – Smears Syria As Neo-Nazi

The U.S. Oil Patch Has A Serious Cybersecurity Problem

Data swamped US spy agencies put hopes on artificial intelligence

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##

Blaming Russia for America’s Racist Crimes

If you believe the New York Times, the Russian state is the diabolical force behind Black voter suppression in North Carolina — and, by imaginary extension, the main suspect for polling irregularities in Black precincts across the country during last year’s election.

Facebook Blames Russia To Deflect From Fraudulent Ad-Sales

“The Guy is Hiding Something”: Top Hillary Advisor Suggests Bernie Colluded With Russia During the Primary

U.N. Enablers of ‘Aggressive War’

U.N. investigative reports, like a new one condemning Syria for alleged sarin use, are received as impartial and credible, but are often just more war propaganda from compromised bureaucrats.

Echoes of Iraq-WMD Fraud in Syria

Just as the West ignored signs in 2002-03 that anti-government Iraqis were fabricating WMD claims, evidence is being brushed aside that Syrian jihadists have ginned up chemical attacks.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##

America Can’t Afford to Rebuild

Car-centric Houston struggles after loss of countless autos

On Repairing/Rebuilding 100,000+ Damaged Houses

India’s Traffic Is So Bad It’s Changing the Cars People Buy

## China ##

Cryptocurrency dealers and online lenders feel heat in China

China’s 2nd Biggest Bitcoin Exchange Responds To Report Beijing Is Shutting All Virtual Exchanges

Man jailed for selling VPNs to evade China’s ‘Great Firewall’

Fears among some VPN users on the mainland over whether they will also face punishment for using the services to get round internet censorship

China to Ban Sale of Fossil Fuel Cars in Electric Vehicle Push

Chinese bank ban ‘threatens to tighten chokehold’ on trade with North Korea

Ban applies across the board but cash and barter system offer ways around the sanctions, analysts say

Kyle Bass: “China’s Credit System Is Reaching A Boiling Point”

## UK ##

‘Destitution is routine’: refugees face homelessness even after gaining asylum

Strong painkiller use ‘doubles in 15 years’

Suicide rate for young women highest for 20 years as experts warn of mental health crisis

NHS waiting times ‘driving people to turn to private treatment’

Growing numbers of patients are paying for private treatment to beat rationing and delays for treatment imposed by the cash-strapped NHS.

Children forced to work at cannabis factories as slaves, warns charity

Children are being forced to tend cannabis factories and commit street crimes, a leading charity has warned as it raised the alarm over the hidden toll of child slavery in the UK.

Britain has long struggled to build power plants – and inefficient project management is to blame

Theresa May secretly hatched plan to ‘rig’ parliament straight after losing majority in election

More than two million of the UK’s poorest families will be £50 a week worse off by 2020, report finds

EU Accuses UK of Backtracking: UK MPs Threaten to Block Divorce Payments

British arms sales to repressive regimes soar to £5bn since election

## US ##

Millions Consumed Potentially Unsafe Water in the Past 10 Years

The findings highlight how six decades of industrial dumping, farming pollution, and water plant and distribution pipe deterioration have taken a toll on local water systems.

Harvey’s floodwaters give way to festering piles of garbage

Bonds – a hidden risk to the economy

Harvey Hits Chain Restaurants – But Not Just Harvey

Officer Arrested Utah Nurse After He Was Told to Let Her Go, Police Chief Says

Utah hospital to police: Stay away from our nurses

Anaheim considers declaring local emergency as homeless population continues to grow along Santa Ana River trail

Hurricane Harvey probably shaved 1% from third-quarter growth, Goldman Sachs says

Clinton Says She Is ‘Done With Being a Candidate’

Coconut Grove Faces 38-Month Supply Of Luxury Condos Listed For Sale

The Clinton Private Rooftop Garden: An Obscene Violation Of Charity Law & Principles