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    “Pharmaceutical companies view Covid-19 as a once-in-a-lifetime business opportunity,”
    ― Gerald Posner, author of “Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America.”

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Voters Without Knowledge: The Modern Zombie State

The Electors are the true electors of the president, not the voters (the people), no different than any other corporation and its board of directors (legislature) – for customers of Walmart do not elect its board or its president any more than U.S.

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The Infallible AI “Oracle” and the Future of “One Shot” Answers

It’s been said that, “Voice technology is the ultimate behavioral study that you didn’t realize was happening,” although I would argue that probably most of the technology that we’re interacting with on a daily basis is ultimately a “behavioral study” the depth and breadth of which we don’t fully comprehend.

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“Scariest Thing You’ll Read All Day”: Report Sounds Alarm Over Brain-Reading Technology and Neurocapitalism | Common Dreams News

“Your brain, the final privacy frontier, may not be private much longer.”

Vox report that swiftly sparked alarm across the internet Friday outlined how, “in the era of neurocapitalism, your brain needs new rights,” following recent revelations that Facebook and Elon Musk’s Neuralink are developing technologies to read people’s minds.… Read the rest

Anti-vaccination is expected consumer behaviour – SaneVax, Inc.

Why do we need to be frightened of only those diseases for which vaccines exist? How can an unvaccinated child who does not have the disease pass it on to a vaccinated child? Whether a recently vaccinated child can carry and shed the virus or bacteria and infect another and thus be a real problem?

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Pennsylvania Farmer Wins Supreme Court Case That Finds Federal Property Rights are Equal to Other Constitutional Rights – Tennessee Star

Pennsylvania Farmer Wins Supreme Court Case That Finds Federal Property Rights are Equal to Other Constitutional Rights

by Jason M. Reynolds

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday ruled in favor of a Pennsylvania farm owner who said the government effectively took her property without paying for it.… Read the rest

#BoycottMulan Trends After Crystal Liu Yifei Supports China’s Hong Kong Crackdown

Calls for a boycott of Disney’s live-action remake of the 1998 animated movie “Mulan” were trending on social media Friday after the movie’s star, Chinese-born Crystal Liu Yifei, shared a message supportive of the police crackdown on Hong Kong protesters. #BoycottMulan

The actress shared a text image Wednesday from The People’s Daily, a Chinese newspaper tied to the country’s Communist party, that read “I support the Hong Kong police; you can beat me up now” to her nearly 66 million followers on Weibo, a social media service similar to Twitter that is popular in China.… Read the rest

As Gov’t Reminds You to ‘Never Forget’ Here are 5 Hard 9/11 Facts They Want You to Forget Right Now

While plenty of “conspiracy theories” surround the events of 9/11, here are 5 undisputed truths that many Americans know nothing about.

On this, the 17th anniversary of one of the most tragic days in recent American history, U.S. citizens will be bombarded with patriotic imagery, messages, and the oft-repeated 9/11 slogan of “Never Forget.”

Over the course of the day, mainstream media and the like will show the horrific images of planes crashing into towers and the disturbing scene of ground zero in the aftermath.

In the midst of all the grieving, the flag waving, and the speeches from opportunistic politicians, there will be an uncomfortable moment of silence. This silence, however, will not be in remembrance of the victims that day, but rather the complete lack of coverage given to the unanswered questions and suspicious facts surrounding that fateful morning.

While there is undoubtedly a slew of unprovable conspiracy theories is associated with the events leading up to and occurring on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, the Free Thought Project does not delve into such speculation. We only deal in facts.

The list below contains five hard-hitting facts that the mainstream media and the political powers have relentlessly attempted to keep hidden from the public.

FACT 1: FBI Agents Tasked with investigating Osama Bin Laden prior to 9/11 say the CIA withheld Intel from their headquarters that allowed 9/11 to happen

The FBI agents who were tasked with investigating Osama bin Laden prior to 9/11 have come forward with damning accusations noting that the CIA deliberately blocked them from informing their headquarters about future Al-Qaeda plotters present in the United States in 2000 and again in the summer of 2001.

“I am sad and depressed about it,” said Mark Rossini, one of the FBI agents assigned to the task force. “It is patently evident the [9/11] attacks did not need to happen and there has been no justice.”

 

“It’s horrible. We still don’t know what happened,” said Ali Soufan, another lead FBI agent assigned to a counterterrorism unit who was also kept in the dark about the movement of the future 9/11 hijackers.

The CIA stands accused of working with Saudi Arabia to actively cover up the intelligence which could’ve stopped the attacks from taking place that fateful day and no one has faced so much as a slap on the wrist.

“Saudi intelligence has admitted that they knew who these two guys were,” Andrew Maloney, an attorney for families, told Newsweek last week. “They knew they were Al-Qaeda the day they arrived in Los Angeles. So any notion from the Saudi government saying, ‘Oh, we just help out all Saudis here’ is false. They knew. And the CIA knew,” as reported by Newsweek.

FACT 2: After Canada stood up to them earlier this year, Saudi Arabia made an ominous threat on social media, alluding to another 9/11 in Canada.

When Canada refused to back down from their calls for the Saudi Arabian government to release the women’s rights activists the country is currently keeping in cages, the state sponsored group, Infographic-KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) tweeted a disgusting threat.

The threat consisted of a digitally altered image that depicted a plane flying toward Toronto’s CN Tower—in an obvious reference to 9/11. 

The image was tweeted with the following caption, “sticking one’s nose where it doesn’t belong!” With another saying below, “He who interferes with what doesn’t concern him finds what doesn’t please him.”

For the hundreds of families currently suing the Saudi Arabian government for their role in 9/11 this tweet serves as even more evidence of their complicity.

FACT 3: Earlier this year, US District Court ruled there is enough evidence against Saudi Arabia of their role in 9/11 that the victims could sue

After evidence was revealed during a lawsuit last year showing the Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington may have funded a “dry run” for the hijackings carried out by two Saudi employees, Saudi Arabia went into panic mode. In response, Saudi Arabia quickly attempted to use their pull inside the United States to have the lawsuit thrown out. However, earlier this year, their attempt failed.

According to Reuters, “U.S. District Judge George Daniels in Manhattan said the plaintiffs’ allegations “narrowly articulate a reasonable basis” for him to assert jurisdiction over Saudi Arabia under the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), a 2016 federal law.”

Despite Barack Obama’s attempt to deny recourse to the victims of 9/11 by vetoing JASTA, the Senate quickly answered back with a near-unanimous override, thus making it law. The landmark decision by the Senate became the first and only override of the Obama presidency.

 

According to Reuters, “Daniels said the plaintiffs could try to prove that Saudi Arabia was liable for the alleged activities of Fahad al Thumairy, an imam at the King Fahad Mosque in Culver City, California, and Omar al Bayoumi, said to be an intelligence officer. They were accused of helping two hijackers acclimate themselves to the United States, and begin preparing for the attacks.”

 


Fact 4: The 9/11 commission admitted it was railroaded in their investigation.

Not only were the commissioners given extremely limited funds to conduct their investigation, but they were also met with dead ends in almost every direction.

For starters, only $15 million was given to investigate 9/11. Compare that to the over $60 million that was spent investigating Clinton’s affairs with Monica and the travesty becomes greater. This was the largest act of murder in recent US history, and more money was spent investigating a philandering president!

Also, Senator Max Cleland, who resigned from the 9/11 Commission after calling it a “national scandal,” stated in a 2003 PBS interview,

“I’m saying that’s deliberate. I am saying that the delay in relating this information to the American public out of a hearing… series of hearings, that several members of Congress knew eight or ten months ago, including Bob Graham and others, that was deliberately slow walked… the 9/11 Commission was deliberately slow walked, because the Administration’s policy was, and its priority was, we’re gonna take Saddam Hussein out.”

In 2006, the Washington Post reported that several members of the 9/11 Commission suspected deception on part of the Pentagon. As reported,

 

“Some staff members and commissioners of the Sept. 11 panel concluded that the Pentagon’s initial story of how it reacted to the 2001 terrorist attacks may have been part of a deliberate effort to mislead the commission and the public rather than a reflection of the fog of events on that day, according to sources involved in the debate.”

 

FACT 5: The US government admitted to covering up the alleged role of the Saudi Arabian government on 9/11

“I had to stop every couple pages and…try to rearrange my understanding of history. It challenges you to rethink everything.” – Congressman Thomas Massie describing his experience reading the 28 pages in March 2014.

“The 28 Pages” – part of an 838-page Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 – have been kept almost entirely classified since 2002.

Former Sen. Bob Graham, a co-chairman of the investigation committee and strong advocate of declassifying the information, said, “The 28 pages primarily relate to who financed 9/11 and they point a very strong finger at Saudi Arabia as being the principal financier.

In July of 2016, the 28 pages were finally released, although many parts are still redacted. They show that Graham was right—several figures in the Saudi Arabian government provided assistance to the 9-11 hijackers from within the U.S.

There is information, primarily from FBI sources, that at least two of those individuals were alleged by some to be Saudi intelligence officers,” reads the first of 28 pages. “The Joint Inquiry’s review confirmed that the Intelligence Community also has information, much of which has yet to be independently verified, indicating that individuals associated with the Saudi Government in the United States may have other ties to al-Qa’ida and other terrorist groups.

As your social media news feeds begin filling up with patriotic memes reminding you to pledge your unwavering support for the warfare state, share this article to show what it means to be a real “patriot” — a person who’s not scared to stand up for the truth, even when the truth is unpopular.

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Idiocracy Is The Dystopia We Deserve | Den of Geek

We look back at why Idiocracy is still such a hot topic of discussion.

Forget the laws of eugenics and the intricacies of deep sleep science for a second: If you spent the last decade snoozing in a military pod, would you really be shocked to find the world has succumbed to a socio-political apocalypse in the year 2018?

At every turn in what’s been a mind-numbing few years, we’ve found parallels to the one film that warned us what would go wrong if we elected a former porn star and pro wrestler as the President of the United States and allowed our language to deteriorate to a hybrid of “Hillbilly, Valley Girl, Inner-City slang, and various grunts.”

Idiocracy, the 2006 indie comedy from Mike Judge (Office SpaceBeavis and Butt Head) and Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder) follows everyman Joe Bauers (Luke Wilson), who agrees to a military experiment that accidentally puts him in a future where intelligence has regressed, making him by far the smartest person in the world.

For a film that couldn’t crack a million dollars at the box office, it maintained a surprising longevity through word of mouth and has become an easy cultural touchstone for any perceived moral or intellectual breakdown in our society. But it wasn’t supposed to be that way. Fox shelved the film for nearly two years and barred it from nationwide theatrical release and screened it in only a handful of major cities. Across the internet, bloggers and media critics suggested a potential backlashfrom advertisers that Judge skewers in the film. When Idiocracy finally peeked its head out into the world on Sept. 1st, 2006, it set off a slow-moving avalanche.

Idiocracy had no theatrical and everybody was up in arms like, ‘This movie didn’t come out in a movie theater, but you have to see it, it’s insane!’” indie filmmaker Jay Duplass told Decider at the end of a totally unrelated interview, thus proving the film isn’t far from anyone’s mind. “It was like this frenzy about how this incredible movie snuck past theatrical and people were yelling at people, forcing them to watch it. It had it’s own sort of magical experience in that way.”

Idiocracy persists as a must-watch cult classic, not just because it feels as though Judge and Cohen looked into a crystal ball, but it’s also as digestible of a futuristic dystopia as we’ve ever seen in popular culture.

Stumbling across this film late at night on some god-forsaken secondary HBO channel was like being handed The Grasshopper Lies Heavy: For Dummies on the hush. It made sex feel dirty for all the wrong reasons, with chivalry on a downward trajectory into the pages of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian Handmaid’s Tale. And when its main character needed “rehabilitation” for talking all “faggy,” the film did The Hunger Games before the YA-dystopian novel frenzy became a Hollywood cash cow.

Idiocracy was granted new life as a recurring jab during a tense 2016 election. The legacy of a film that Rolling Stone once called the “smartest stupid movie ever made” is up for review far sooner than we anticipated, and the retrospectives have been pouring in across the internet:

Our current situation is far better than skyscrapers being held together by rubber band, or mountains of trash mounds that overcast major cities. But we also have climate change happening right in front of us and still there are deniers. At least in Mike Judge’s future, the nitwits see water affecting the growth of plants and believe it. Come to think of it, a world where the opening remark of the State of the Union is “Shit,” as Terry Crews’ bombastic President Camacho readies to sling empty promises and obscenities, doesn’t seem all that far off. It’s pretty much happening right now.

More damning than Idiocracy’s politics is the way the film looks at the over-corporatization of society and technology; “Ass,” 90 minutes of a farting ass, swept the Oscars; Starbucks long ago discontinued Pumpkin Spice Lattes in favor of dispensing handjobs; Water is replaced with sports drinks and if said sports drink company went out of business, the entire economy collapses. These jokes, slightly to the left (or right) of reality, are a Judge trademark, which he continues to use over at HBO as he wrings every last laugh out of the tech industry on Silicon Valley.

“Our jokes would be like, ‘I’m going to build a wall around the earth.’ They were only incrementally stupider,” Cohen told TIME earlier this year. “Writing Idiocracy was just following your id. Now unfortunately our id has become our candidate for President.”

“Three or four years ago, I started getting comments about it, people discovering it, and it just keeps building. Now every other Twitter comment I get is about Idiocracy, and how it’s a documentary now,” Judge told The Daily Beast this year.

“At first, I was just thinking, yeah, that’s nice to hear, but then very specific things, like Carl’s Jr. announcing that they were going to have a completely robotic, non-employee store—and it’s Carl’s Jr. in the movie. Then there’s this thing called the Fellatio Café in Switzerland where you get blowjobs with coffee, and we had the Starbucks thing in there. And then Donald Trump being in the WWF before, and talking about his penis size. It’s just one specific thing after another!”

One major plot point dragged the film down for some critics. Gizmodomade the case for Idiocracy as a cruel film for the slippery-slope of classism in the story’s introduction that undermines the political satire in the film:

Idiocracy is now our point of reference for the dumbing down of society. Whereas previous generations had movies like Network(1976) that challenged our understanding of possible media-driven futures, millennials have Idiocracy. And while the film expresses an arguably legitimate frustration with our current cultural landscape, it also leads us down a strange and illogical path for creating a better future.

The notion that the subtext of the film suggests waging class warfare, rich (smart) vs. poor (dumb), and accelerating human development by isolating people with more desired traits, certainly complicates the legacy of the film.

Ultimately, the people have spoken through their enthusiasm for the film’s satire. Maybe we’ll look back on Idiocracy in a far-off future and remember it by whether or not we chose to heed its warnings. More likely, we know the human mind regressing to the point of heavily ’bating slobs is the work of science fiction (and that trying to prevent against that borders on the equally scary concept of eugenics).

Forget about power-hungry Big Brother, Idiocracy is the most painfully realistic dystopian world when you consider it’s built around the collective indifference of a society that fails to make impactful, forward-thinking change for generations. It ends with the concept that mankind goes through natural ebbs and flows, some worse than others, but in the context of The Idiocracy Revival of 2016, Joe is as much of a reluctant leader as the clueless sheeple are reluctant voters: “You know things are bad when they’re coming to me for answers” 

This story originally ran in 2016.

Source: Idiocracy Is The Dystopia We Deserve | Den of Geek

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