Monthly Archives: March 2013

Obama signs ‘Monsanto Protection Act,’ Frankenfish heads to US market

Published on Mar 28, 2013

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama signed the Agriculture Appropriations Bill into law. Within the legislation exists a provision, “The Monsanto Protection Act,” that has many speculating the future of food in American because it protects genetically modified seeds patents from litigation over health risks. Since Obama signed the bill, nearly 250,000 have signed a petition to President Obama. RT’s Margaret Howell has more on the bill and how “frankenfish” could be making their way into supermarkets across the nation.

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Alien Disclosure Hearing Planned (April 29 to May 3, 2013)

Cyprus Reopens Banks As Eurocrats Grip Islands Economy

Bradley Manning nomination for Nobel Prize

PressTV: Bradley Manning, Nobel for a noble man

Posted on March 26, 2013 by Jean
 
 
(FILES) Photo dated March 15, 2012 shows US Army Private Bradley Manning following a hearing at Fort Meade in Maryland.Tue Mar 26, 2013 1:9PM GMT

By David Swanson

The Norwegian Nobel Committee (send them a note) can either begin awarding the peace prize to opponents of war or continue on its current course — one which already has many questioning, not whether Manning is worthy of the prize, but whether the prize is worthy of Manning.

Whistleblower Bradley Manning has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and he should receive it.

No individual has done more to push back against what Martin Luther King Jr. called “the madness of militarism” than Bradley Manning. The United States is the leading exporter of weapons and itself spends as much preparing for more wars as the rest of the world combined.

Manning is the leading actor in opposition to US war-making, and therefore militarism around the world. What he has done has hurt the cause of violence in a number of other nations as well.

And right now, remaining in prison and facing relentless prosecution by the US government, Manning is in need of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Alfred Nobel’s will left funding for a prize to be awarded to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

The intent of the prize was to fund this work. As a result of enormous legal expenses, Bradley Manning is in need of that funding, unlike some other peace prize recipients. In addition, his secret trial — with a potential death sentence — could use all the attention that can be shined on it.

The people of the United States and the rest of the world have learned more about the intentions of the U.S. government from Bradley Manning than from anyone else. “Thanks to Manning’s alleged disclosures, we have a sense of what transpired in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have an image of how Washington operates in the world,” author Chase Madar wrote in his book about Manning’s whistleblowing.

“Thanks to those revelations we now know just how our government leaned on the Vatican to quell opposition to the Iraq War. We now know how Washington pressured the German government to block the prosecution of CIA agents who kidnapped an innocent man, Khaled El-Masri, while he was on vacation. We know how our State Department lobbied hard to prevent a minimum wage increase in Haiti, the hemisphere’s poorest nation.”

Manning revealed a secret U.S. war in Yemen, U.S. records of massive civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, video of a U.S. helicopter attack on civilians and their rescuers in Baghdad, and facts about the corruption of numerous governments including those of the United States, Tunisia, and Egypt. In those last two nations Manning’s revelations contributed to nonviolent pro-democracy movements.

Among the revelations made by Manning through WikiLeaks is the extent of time and energy the U.S. State Department puts into marketing U.S. weapons to the world’s governments. We all have a better understanding of the work that is needed for peace as a result of this exposure of “diplomacy” as consisting so greatly of weapons selling.

The Guardian newspaper and BBC Arabic detailed last week how the United States armed and trained Iraqi police commando units that ran torture centers and death squads. Maggie O’Kane, executive producer of the documentary, said:

“I hope this film will be a legacy that actually says, ‘If you want to go to war, this is what war means. It means 14-year-old boys being hung up and tortured. It means men being turned on spits. And that’s called counter-insurgency. . . .’ This would not be coming to light if it hadn’t been for Bradley Manning.”

Not only has Manning done the most to resist militarism, but he has done it for its own sake, and not by chance or for any ulterior motive. This is made clear by his recent statement in court and by his earlier communications in the chat logs that have long been a part of his case. Manning was horrified by crimes and abuses. He believed the public should know what was happening. He believed democracy was more important than blind subservience in the name of a “democracy.”

Manning has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by the Movement in the Icelandic Parliament, the Pirates of the EU; representatives from the Swedish Pirate Party, and the former Secretary of State in Tunisia for Sport & Youth. The nomination states, in part:

“These revelations have fueled democratic uprisings around the world, including a democratic revolution in Tunisia. According to journalists, his alleged actions helped motivate the democratic Arab Spring movements, shed light on secret corporate influence on the foreign and domestic policies of European nations, and most recently contributed to the Obama Administration agreeing to withdraw all U.S. troops from the occupation in Iraq.”

The Norwegian Nobel Committee (send them a note) can either begin awarding the peace prize to opponents of war or continue on its current course — one which already has many questioning, not whether Manning is worthy of the prize, but whether the prize is worthy of Manning. 

Blackout TV: US Media Turn Blind Eye To Gitmo Hunger Strike

Gitmo Hunger Strike : Day 48

BRICS Nations Plan New Bank to Bypass World Bank, IMF

03/26/2013
BRICS Nations Plan New Bank to Bypass World Bank, IMF

Comments: Cliff

03/26/2013 11:23pm

BRICS Plan for New IMF: Trojan Horse for Western Agenda?

BRICS Nations Plan New Bank to Bypass World Bank, IMF … The biggest emerging markets are uniting to tackle under-development and currency volatility with plans to set up institutions that encroach on the roles of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. The leaders of the so-called BRICS nations − Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa − are set to approve the establishment of a new development bank during an annual summit that starts today in the eastern South African city of Durban, officials from all five nations say. They will also discuss pooling foreign-currency reserves to ward off balance of payments or currency crises. – Bloomberg

Dominant Social Theme: BRICS face off with the West. A New Age is in the offing.

Free-Market Analysis: Now comes word that the BRIC nations are going to form their own reserve currency via an IMF style facility. This is being interpreted universally as an attack on Western interests.

After all, David Rockefeller, John Maynard Keynes and a few other august individuals virtually created the modern money system after World War II when the world lay prostrate at the feet of Western powers.

Goldman Sachs Asset Management Chairman Jim O’Neill coined the BRIC term in 2001 to describe the four emerging powers he estimated would equal the U.S. in joint economic output by 2020. Brazil, Russia, India and China held their first summit four years ago and invited South Africa to join their ranks in December 2010.

Does it strike you suspicious, dear reader, that O’Neill “coined the phrase” BRIC a decade ago. How prescient. How … convenient.

Yes, sorry … this is our brief. We’ve explained over and over that the forces of globalism seek one world, one central bank, one united political entity. And thus, inevitably we place this development within those parameters. We simply don’t believe that the BRICs are really and truly acting in opposition to the West. After all, the IMF is, in fact, a hated institution among developing countries.

http://thedailybell.com/28884/BRICS-Plan-for-New-IMF-Trojan-Horse-for-Western-Agenda
http://www.dinarrecaps.com/1/post/2013/03/bulldog75-at-oom-brics-nations-plan-new-bank-to-bypass-world-bank.html

New ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ Gives Monsanto Power Over US Government — Sign the Petition to stop the Bill pass in Senate

There truly is no rest for the wicked, and Monsanto is at war once again against health conscious consumers with the latest ‘Monsanto Protection Act‘, managing to sneak wording into the latest Senate legislation that would give them blanket immunity from any USDA action regarding the potential dangers of their genetically modified creations while under review. The USDA would be unable to act against any and all new GMO crops that were suspected to be wreaking havoc on either human health or the environment.

It’s a legislative weapon that could be passed as early as next week if we don’t gather enough support to force our Senators to eliminate the section. It all started in the late hours of Monday night, when lobbyists working for the Monsanto-fronted biotechnology industry managed to slide a ‘rider’ (through the deceptively worded Farmer Assurance Provision, Sec. 735) into the Senate Continuing Resolution spending bill that is currently on the table of the Senate.
A massive petition to stop what has been labeled as the ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ has been launched by Food Democracy Now, detailing what could come if the legislation is signed into law within the coming days or weeks:

If approved, the Monsanto Protection Act would force the USDA to allow continued planting of any GMO crop under court review, essentially giving backdoor approval for any new genetically engineered crops that could be potentially harmful to human health or the environment.

Monsanto Protection Act Trumps US Government

Federal courts would be powerless to regulate the sale and even cultivation of illegal and dangerous GMO crops, succumbing instead to the power of the biotech industry and Monsanto. The same threat we faced last summer during the initial emergence of this act. During that time, we saw major groups assemble against the act, from national farm institutions to food safety titans. The Center for Food Safety, the National Family Farm Coalition, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Sierra Club, and the Union of Concerned Scientists all came together to speak out against the incognito bombshell slipped into the 2012 Farm Bill and the 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill.
And now Monsanto is back at it.
Thus, it is imperative that we peacefully kick Monsanto out of the Senate and back into the alleyways of Washington D.C., and let it be known that any politician who sides with Big Biotech will not be staying in the Senate for much longer.

Sign the Petition Now

Oregon Company to Sell Drone Defense Technology to Public

The company says it won’t knock drones down, but will stop them from ‘completing their mission’

March 15, 2013

Do you want to keep drones out of your backyard?

An Oregon company says that it has developed and will soon start selling technology that disables unmanned aircraft.

The company, called Domestic Drone Countermeasures, was founded in late February because some of its engineers see unmanned aerial vehicles—which are already being flown by law enforcement in some areas and could see wider commercial integration into American airspace by 2015—as unwanted eyes in the sky.

“I was personally concerned and I think there’s a lot of other people worried about this,” says Timothy Faucett, a lead engineer on the project. “We’ve already had many inquiries, a lot of people saying ‘Hey, I don’t want these drones looking at me.'”

Domestic Drones Countermeasures was formed as a spin-off company from Aplus Mobile, which sells rugged computer processors to defense contractors—though the company won’t discuss its specific technology because it is still applying for several patents. Faucett says that work has helped inform its anti-drone technology.

The company will sell land-based boxes that are “non-offensive, non-combative and not destructive.” According to the company, “drones will not fall from the sky, but they will be unable to complete their missions.”

Though Faucett wouldn’t discuss specifics, he says the boxes do not interfere with a drone’s navigation system and that it doesn’t involve “jamming of any kind.” He says their technology is “an adaptation of something that could be used for military application” with the “combat element replaced with a nondestructive element.”

“We understand the nature of the equipment drone manufacturers are using and understand how to counter their sensors,” Faucett says. “We’re not going to be countering Predator drones that are shooting cruise missiles, but we’re talking about local law enforcement drones and commercial ones that people might be using for spying.”

For now, Faucett admits the technology is “expensive,” but the company is already ready to design custom anti-drone boxes for customers.

“We envision it could be cheap enough for residential use very soon,” he says. “It’s quite possible to deploy it if you were shooting a movie and wanted to protect your set, or if you had a house in Malibu and wanted to protect that, we could deploy it there. If a huge company like Google wanted to protect its server farms, it can be scaled up for a larger, fixed installation.”

As drones become more commonplace, Faucett says more people will begin searching for a way to protect their privacy.

“The thing that brought it home for me was Senator [Rand] Paul doing the filibuster, there’s a lot of unanswered questions,” he says. “We think there might be as much business for this counter drone stuff as there is for the drones themselves.”

Source: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/03/15/oregon-company-to-sell-drone-defense-technology-to-public

Cyprus and Troika agree on draft bailout plan

French minister of Economy, Finances and Foreign Trade Pierre Moscovici (R) and International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde (L) chat next to EU Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Olli Rehn (C) prior to an extraordinary Eurozone meeting on March 24, 2013 at the EU Headquarters in Brussels (AFP Photo / John Thys)

French minister of Economy, Finances and Foreign Trade Pierre Moscovici (R) and International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde (L) chat next to EU Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Olli Rehn (C) prior to an extraordinary Eurozone meeting on March 24, 2013 at the EU Headquarters in Brussels (AFP Photo / John Thys)

A draft bailout deal for Cyprus has been agreed between the EU, the IMF and the Cypriot leadership. The proposal will now be presented to eurozone finance ministers for approval.
The new proposal will set up a “good bank” and a “bad bank” and will mean that the country’s second largest bank Laiki will effectively be shut down, Reuters reports.

“It seems that the whole process is nearing an agreement,” the speaker of Cypriot parliament Yiannakis Omirou told reporters in Nicosia. “A proposal is taking shape, an agreement, a program … that will put in the next half hour, or hour, to the Eurogroup,” he said.

DETAILS TO FOLLOW

http://rt.com/news/cyprus-eu-imf-bailout-764/

Bill Maher Slams Pope Francis And The Media’s Fascination With Him (VIDEO)

 

Bill Maher spent a second week ending “Real Time” by slamming Pope Francis, this time focusing on the media’s fascination with the new pope.

“I have just about had it with the press squealing in delight with everything the new pope does,” Maher said. “He’s a 76-year-old executive who just got a promotion. You act like he’s a baby who just made a boom-boom.”

“There are over a billion Catholics — just on the back of my gardener’s truck,” Maher said, to some applause and even a few boos. “So I get it that this is a legitimate news story. But can we at least stop saying that the job of pope is so hard?”

He even compared the Church to his own show.

“The Catholic Church has basically always done what we do here at ‘Real Time.’ It’s a bunch of guys sitting around making up new rules.”

Maher, who was raised Catholic and is now an outspoken voice against religion, is unlikely to stop his criticism of the pope or the Catholic Church anytime soon. Check out the clip above to see his rant against the new pope.

 

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/23/bill-maher-slams-pope-francis-media_n_2940467.html

Steven Greer & David Wilcock – Free Energy & Disclosure

by Gregg Prescott, M.S.
www.in5d.com
www.HolisticCancerResearch.com

Steven Greer and David Wilcock talk about disclosure, Project Bluebeam, military whistleblowers and free energy.  According to Greer’s research, there are over 5,000 patents for free energy systems that have been suppressed by the global elite and that free energy could be implemented globally within a year with the right plan.

Greer mentioned how over 60 years ago, psyop programs were being developed by Disney to create the fear of extraterrestrials, which continues to this day.

Greer added that in a recent poll, 40% of the people think that ET’s are here on Earth.Steven Greer & David Wilcock - Free Energy & Disclosure | in5d.com

Greer also mentioned that there is genetic evidence that we are all related to our galactic neighbors who have been visiting our planet.

Wilcock added that the Federation of American Scientists have confirmed that there are over 5,000 suppressed energy devices classified by the US government to include anything that is over 25% efficiency.

Ideally, Greer stated that every man, woman and child would become a distributor of the Sirius film, where people can share the video while contributing to the free energy project through the building of a lab where everything is live-streamed and open sourced in order to protect their work.  Greer believes that within a year, through this project, free energy could be available for everyone, worldwide.

All Wars Are Bankers’ Wars

Senate votes 53-46 to stop US from joining UN Arms Trade Treaty

 

In the last batch of amendment votes to the budget, the Senate voted on several foreign policy proposals.

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced an amendment that would prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty in order to uphold the Second Amendment. His amendment passed on a 53-46 vote.

Republicans have been critical of President Obama’s decision to consider the treaty, although Obama has said he would not vote for anything that would violate the Second Amendment.

The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty would regulate international arms sales. Negotiations end on March 28.

“We’re negotiating a treaty that cedes our authority to have trade agreements with our allies in terms of trading arms,” Inhofe said. “This is probably the last time this year that you’ll be able to vote for your Second Amendment rights.”

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) offered an alternative amendment that clarified that under current U.S. law, treaties don’t trump the Constitution and that the United States should not agree to any arms treaty that violates the Second Amendment rights. His amendment passed by voice vote.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) said he thought it was irresponsible to be considering major foreign policy decisions at 3 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/290001-senate-votes-to-stop-us-from-joining-un-arms-treaty#ixzz2OPlML9aZ

DHS staying mum as members of Congress probe for explanation on purchase of billions of rounds of ammunition

Steve Watson
Infowars.com
Mar 21, 2013
UPDATE: 14 Members of Congress Demand Investigation of Obama’s Ammo Horde
Speaking at CPAC with Infowars and We Are Change reporter, Luke Rudkowski, Congressman Timothy Huelscamp revealed this week that the Department of Homeland Security has refused to answer questions from “multiple” members of Congress regarding its recent purchase of huge amounts of weapons and ammunition.“They have no answer for that question. They refuse to answer that,” Huelscamp said.

“I’ve got a list of various questions of agencies about multiple things. Far from being the most transparent administration in the world, they are the most closed and opaque,” the Congressman added.

“They refuse to let us know what is going on, so I don’t really have an answer for that. Multiple members of Congress are asking those questions,” he added.

“It comes down to during the budget process, during the appropriations process, are we willing to hold DHS’s feet to the fire?”
“We’re going to find out… I say we don’t fund them ’til we get an answer. Those types of things really challenge Americans. They are worried about this administration,” Huelscamp urged.
Watch the clip below:

The Congressman’s comments come in the wake of a demand for answers from New Jersey Congressman Leonard Lance on the same subject.

“I would like a full explanation as to why that has been done and I have every confidence that the oversight committee ….should ask those questions,” said Lance, adding that he shared a belief, “that Congress has a responsibility to ask Secretary Napolitano as to exactly why these purchases have occurred.”

The DHS has purchased over 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition over the past year – enough to wage a 20 year plus war. Earlier this month, Forbes Magazine called for a “national conversation” on the matter.

During the CPAC interview, Congressman Huelscamp also spoke briefly about why he voted twice against the National Defense Authorization Act, stating that it was because of the lack of detail regarding the provision in the bill to allow for incarceration of Americans without due process.

“I think it’s something that is so Constitutionally suspect,” Huelscamp said. “It’s one of those things, if you’re not absolutely crystal clear on a Constitutional issue like that, we shouldn’t take those chances.”

“I gather there are folks on the other side who think they covered that. I just don’t think we did a good enough job,” the Congressman added. “And based on how hard it was for Senator Paul to get an answer out of the administration, very clearly we need to make it absolutely clear that there are Constitutional protections in this country.”

The Congressman also spoke with regards to the recent and ongoing furor over the Obama administration’s intentions for using drones domestically and it’s withholding of information on it’s overseas drone program.

“One of the difficulties I have as a member of Congress is the failure of this administration to provide information on what is actually going on,” Huelscamp said.

“When we take office we sign an oath of office, but we also sign a little card that says we have access to classified military intelligence, and I’ll just tell you, this administration and prior administrations are not very clear or transparent with the folks that actually control their budget.”

“Every member of Congress should know the answers to those questions, and whether or not they can share them,” the Congressman concluded.
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Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.

This article was posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 10:18 am

‘Euro is a house of cards waiting to topple’- Nigel Farage

Published time: March 22, 2013 00:04
UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage (Reuters / Paul Hackett)

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage (Reuters / Paul Hackett)

According to Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, northern EU leaders realize they risk vast losses if they allow Cyprus, Greece or any other southern member to fail. To prevent this, they have resorted to extreme measures – even theft.

RT: Every bailout comes with strings attached. But can Cyprus afford the price the EU has set?

Nigel Farage: What is really happening here is we are having a reconcilable split between the North and the South of Europe. In the North of Europe – Germany, the Netherlands, and Finland – there are very strong political voices saying “We do not want to go on bailing out southern European countries.” And bear in mind that Cyprus is now the fifth country out of 17 that has needed to be bailed out. And that is why the Germans extracted the terms that they did. But I must say that even in my direst predictions in this parliament over the years about the way the EU bosses were behaving, never did I think that they would in a completely unprecedented manner resort to stealing money from people’s bank accounts.

RT: But is that because Europe can’t afford Cyprus to fail?

NF: Well, It can’t afford Cyprus to fail, it can’t afford Greece, Portugal, Spain or Ireland to fail. They know that once one country goes the whole deck of cards will come tumbling down. And countries like Germany will realize absolutely vast losses – possibly as much as one trillion euro.

So, they are prepared now to do literally anything to try to keep the Euro afloat. And that is why they have now resorted to what can only be described as theft.

Now they’ve done it in one country, they are quite capable of doing it in Italy, Spain, Portugal, or anywhere else.

And the message that sends to people who have got savings in banks in those countries – certainly if I was them is “get your money out while you can.”

RT: In 2010, almost twice as much British money went to Cyprus as transfers from Russia – according to the country’s official website. Haven’t you got a responsibility to safeguard your constituents’ interests there?

NG: The government has had nothing to say on that subject whatsoever. And what the government ought to do is to help the British people living down there – mostly pensioners.

But what the British government needs to do is to say to the hundreds of thousands Brits that are living Southern Spain, that “For goodness sake, get your money out of that country and have a monthly transfer to pay your bills. And that is what I’d like to see [Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer] George Osborne do in budget statement in the House of Commons tomorrow.

RT: And what sort of message is this sending to foreign investors? Essentially, are not they being taxed to cure a crisis they had no part in causing?

NG: Don’t invest in the Eurozone! Do not invest anywhere in Eurozone. You’ve got to be mad to do so, because it’s now run by people who don’t respect democracy, who don’t respect the rule of law, who don’t respect the basic principles upon which western civilization is supposed to be based.

I think that this German-dominated and led decision is the worst decision we’ve seen so far in this whole Eurozone crisis.

RT:  Various EU leaders have said recently that they are not happy with the way tax havens work. Is something being done about that now?  

NG: The EU has been unhappy about so-called tax havens for a very long time. Ironically, whilst continuing to turn a blind-eye to many activities that go on in Luxemburg. I mean Cyprus finds itself right now in a very difficult, desperate position. But I would say that it is better to officially go bankrupt, to default on international bond obligations. And to do that best to keep a banking industry and to keep some confidence in that country.

http://rt.com/op-edge/farage-cyprus-eu-bailout-627/