30 September 2020

Hydroxychloroquine Does Not Prevent Infection with SARS CoV-2

The latest research should put this treatment to rest, once and for all Continue reading on BeingWell » - Hesham Hassaballa
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Universal Credit is back in the spotlight as the Tories dodge a massive issue

The Conservative government’s response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has consistently been in chaos. Now, an open letter is urging it to act over … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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29 September 2020

Assange’s Sixteenth Day at the Old Bailey: Special Administrative Measures, Unreliable Assurances and Espionage

September 29.  Central Criminal Court, London. Julian Assange’s defence team spent the day going over, reemphasising and sharpening the focus on what awaited their client should he, with the blessing of Her Majesty’s Government, make his way to the United States.  Not only will he confront 17 charges under the US Espionage Act and one […] The post Assange’s Sixteenth Day at the Old Bailey: Special Administrative Measures, Unreliable Assurances and Espionage first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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The 75th Anniversary of UN and Kashmir Issue

The 75th Anniversary of UN and Kashmir Issue By Dr. Maqsood Jafri On the 75th anniversary of the United Nations Volkan Bozkir , the PresidentContinue reading - Voice of East
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COVID-19: Panic is the New State Religion

The TL;DR on COVID-19: Panic, not science, continues to drive the public policy discussion. Here, such as it is, is the current science: If 100,000 Americans  age 19 or younger contract COVID-19, three of them will die. If 10,000 Americans between 20 and 49 years old contract COVID-19, two of them will die. If a … Continue reading COVID-19: Panic is the New State Religion → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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28 September 2020

Question RT More!

The RT headline speaks volumes: “China’s Forced Rape and Slave Labor Being Excused.” The right-wing RT Eat the Press host Steve Malzberg presents the ludicrous-on-its-face charge that China has some preponderant influence over American corporations. Why ludicrous? Because ever since Donald Trump lost the vote and won the presidency in that bastion of democracy, the […] The post Question RT More! first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Kim Petersen
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27 September 2020

Why accession to Pakistan was best option for Kashmir geographically and economically

Why accession to Pakistan was best option for Kashmir geographically and economically By Fidato For geographical and economic reasons, accession to Pakistan was the bestContinue reading - Voice of East
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A private student housing company calling the cops on a Labour MP is peak 2020

On 26 September, a student housing company called the police on a Labour MP and protesters. This was because they were picketing outside one … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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Catalyst in detail: Sun, 27 Sep 2020 06:59:30

What deserves attention is this selection from the 2013 Catalyst Thesis: “On the discussion of how techno-liberation can enhance welfare immediately, the possibility of hacking the real world rather than the information world opens up. The most important techno-liberation mission is incumbent on the people who are privileged enough, by accident of birth and education, to be involved in high-tech production processes. Their charity for the impoverished section of the world should be undertaken, much as people who value freedom of information can become whistle-blowers and leakers if they have access to secretive material. While this often has involved unlawful actions, it has also been repeatedly pointed out that moral obligations can ultimately take priority over the law in some cases. If one has access to a very definite industrial secret or technology that could easily be circulated to improve living in deprived parts of the world, then some part of the blame for sustaining gross inequality rests with such a worker and it ought to be gnawing at him or her. Although items of technology may not yet be futuristic enough to be “compact” sufficiently to be leaked and reproduced by people as information can be reproduced on the internet, we can still await a window in which they will be sufficiently “compact.” It is possible that certain machines will be able to replicate themselves, or that synthetic life-forms could replicate on their own and so only be “leaked” once. The high likelihood that such powerful technology will be sufficiently “compact” for democratic circulation in the future makes the act of leaking these technologies to weaker nations for moral and ethical reasons a very real option. Such “hard-leak” actions, no doubt, would be met with criticism from the powerful, but the vast majority of the world would praise those actions as heroic just as they have praised the leaking of controversial government data.” The gravest danger to hegemony and oppression l
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Twitter's shameful obedience to the US government

Recently, Twitter shadowbanned a number of influential foreign "state-affiliated" media while not taking any action against the murderous US regime's propaganda. With such a step, the US-aligned company clearly filters information to boost the regime's foreign policy.

Such a move is hypocritical for a US company, considering the constant pleas by the so-called "free" American regime for other regimes to be "open" towards the internet. It also exposes Twitter itself to be state-affiliated, since it is obviously complying with the dictates of the US government.

Twitter has failed any test of independence and is part of the US regime's toolkit, along with the drones and missiles it uses to kill people around the world.

Twitter shadowbanned RT (Russian-affiliated) and CCTV (China-affiliated) in an effort to choke criticism of the US government and help the regime's thuggish policy avoid legitimate criticism. No-one has ever actually proved RT or CCTV to have done anything harmful other than post news unfavorable to the regime in North America.

Such outlets are punished by Twitter because of the company's loyalty to the US and its own unconfessed but obvious affiliation with the US state. If you as an internet user value the free flow of information, you will bypass such censorship by following both accounts directly now.

Do not bother searching for them on Twitter, as the company's censorship prevents their accounts from appearing as suggested results.

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26 September 2020

Why is the World going to Hell? Netflix’s The Social Dilemma tells only Half the Story

If you find yourself wondering what the hell is going on right now – the “Why is the world turning to shit?” thought – you may find Netflix’s new documentary The Social Dilemma a good starting point for clarifying your thinking. I say “starting point” because, as we shall see, the film suffers from two […] The post Why is the World going to Hell? Netflix’s The Social Dilemma tells only Half the Story first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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Andre Vltchek died peacefully in Turkey

Anti-imperialist dissident author and friend of the Mont Order, Andre Vltchek, passed away peacefully in Turkey on September 22nd. According to his publisher, he had struggled with illness and "surrendered" to it inevitably. Vltchek's publisher was with him at the time and insisted his death was not "suspicious", despite some media reports saying so and despite an apparently ongoing police probe. A fearless investigative journalist, Andre was also the author of a number of well-received books championing the causes of the world's oppressed peoples, available at https://www.amazon.com/Andre-Vltchek/e/B00JAKU290 In a world without Andre, we must make sure his words still receive the audience they deserve. May he rest in peace. - LOrdreNet - Mont Order society
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25 September 2020

Indian State Terrorism in Kashmir

Indian State Terrorism in Kashmir By Professor Dr. Maqsood Jafri The United Nations’ Human Rights Council has scheduled in September 2020, to convene a meetingContinue reading - Voice of East
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24 September 2020

Assange’s Thirteenth Day at the Old Bailey: Mental Health, Managed Risk and Publication Chronologies

September 24.  Central Criminal Court, London. The lion’s share of today’s Old Bailey proceedings in Julian Assange’s extradition trial was spent on battles over mental health and dire risk.  The prosecution continued its attempt to minimise the dangers facing Assange were he to be extradited to the United States for 17 charges under the US […] The post Assange’s Thirteenth Day at the Old Bailey: Mental Health, Managed Risk and Publication Chronologies first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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Unfortunately, Voters Aren’t “the Adults in the Room”

On Election Day, 1976, I was eight days away from turning 10 years old. As my morning school bus passed the lone polling place in my tiny town, I leaned out the window and yelled, at the top of my lungs, “Vote for Carter!” I had three reasons for supporting Jimmy Carter. I’d like to … Continue reading Unfortunately, Voters Aren’t “the Adults in the Room” → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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23 September 2020

Assange’s Eleventh Day at the Old Bailey: Suicide, Hallucinations and Psychological Torture

September 22.  Central Criminal Court, London. Today, the prosecutors in the Julian Assange case did their show trial predecessors from other legal traditions proud.  The ghosts of such figures as Soviet state prosecutor Andrey Vyshinsky, would have approved of the line of questioning taken by James Lewis QC: suggest that Assange, accused of 17 counts […] The post Assange’s Eleventh Day at the Old Bailey: Suicide, Hallucinations and Psychological Torture first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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The new coronavirus rules only work if you’re rich

Boris Johnson revealed the Tory government’s latest coronavirus (Covid-19) measures on Tuesday 22 September. But some of the advice will only work for richer … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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President Erdogan Gave Hope to Hopeless People of Kashmir

President Erdogan Gave Hope to Hopeless People of Kashmir By Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai The people of the State of Jammu & Kashmir have noContinue reading - Voice of East
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Catalyst in detail: Wed, 23 Sep 2020 06:56:06

Selected for you is the following: “Technologies carrying incredible capabilities are rapidly being miniaturised and acquiring the democratic feature of being potentially circulated to everyone for ‘DIY’ ends. Consider “biohacking”, as promoted by Ellen Jorgensen who hopes for a future in which biotechnology is fully democratized for the common user just like personal computing. If such a development was to grow and bring uplifting political and economic effects by being shared in impoverished countries, then the result would certainly be technology-powered liberation.” We’re at the transformational crossroads of liberation and technology. http://www.clubof.info/p/catalyst.html
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22 September 2020

Is Home Ownership Really the “American Dream?”

In 2016, then-presidential-candidate Donald Trump bemoaned the “lowest [US home ownership] rate in 51 years,” promising that “WE will bring back the ‘American Dream!'” In a 2019 “Memorandum on Federal Housing Finance Reform,” now-President Trump called on federal agencies to “make sustainable home ownership for American families our benchmark of success.” Trump’s 2020 Democratic opponent, … Continue reading Is Home Ownership Really the “American Dream?” → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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21 September 2020

Diary of a Smoke Refugee

As Arun Gupta tweeted the other day, “Pardon the catastrophic global warming, we now return you to your regularly scheduled state violence.” It’s been quite a week here in Oregon. I know there are plenty of other horrors happening in the world. The invisible ones are the worst. Like tens of millions of children in […] The post Diary of a Smoke Refugee first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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20 September 2020

The End of Reality?

In 1888,  the year before he went insane, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote the following in Twilight of the Idols: We have got rid of the real world: what world is left?  The apparent world perhaps? … But no!  Along with the real world we’ve done away with the apparent world as well. So, if you feel […] The post The End of Reality? first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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What Is It About COVID That Makes It Worse?

I’ve seen plenty of death. The difference is fear Continue reading on BeingWell » - Hesham Hassaballa
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In one tweet, a Labour MP just tore down Tory coronavirus policy

The Tory government is in the midst of more chaos. Nothing new there, obviously. But this time its coronavirus (Covid-19) policies are even more … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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Supreme Court: Playing for Time vs. Advise and Consent

“The American people,” US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said in 2016, “should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.” McConnell took that position in response to President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to replace … Continue reading Supreme Court: Playing for Time vs. Advise and Consent → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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Catalyst in detail: Sun, 20 Sep 2020 06:50:26

If you haven’t yet, consider the following: “Perhaps chaos is exactly what should be anticipated, even in the best case scenario, as history has always been something of a bumpy ride and we would be foolish to expect the future to be different. The wise man knows himself to be a fool. It would certainly be foolish for us to believe the search for a just society cannot unwittingly produce disaster, but it would be far more foolish for us to believe doing nothing is anything less of a disaster. We humans can merely channel the drama of our existence in a productive direction.” THE TRUTHS OF MODERNITY MUST BE ACTED UPON - TECHNO-LIBERATION IS NECESSARY. http://www.clubof.info/p/catalyst.html
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19 September 2020

Empire’s Mask Slips at Julian Assange Trial

The concept of “History in the making” has been pushed to extremes when it comes to the extraordinary public service being performed by historian, former UK diplomat and human rights activist Craig Murray. Murray – literally, and on a global level – is now positioned as our man in the public gallery, as he painstakingly documents […] The post Empire’s Mask Slips at Julian Assange Trial first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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17 September 2020

The Hacking of the CDC

There needs to be more security over who can publish on the CDC’s website Continue reading on BeingWell » - Hesham Hassaballa
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Assange’s Seventh Day at the Old Bailey: Diligent Redactions and Avoiding Harm

September 16.  Central Criminal Court, London.  Proceedings today at the Old Bailey regarding Julian Assange’s extradition returned to journalistic practice, redaction of source names and that ongoing obsession with alleged harm arising from WikiLeaks releases.  John Goetz of Der Spiegel added his bit for the defence, making an effort to set the record straight on […] The post Assange’s Seventh Day at the Old Bailey: Diligent Redactions and Avoiding Harm first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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16 September 2020

Modi’s Machiavellian politics in Kashmir

Modi’s Machiavellian politics in Kashmir By Dr. Maqsood Jafri Eminent German sociologist Max Weber in his famous essay captioned “Politics as Vocation (1919)” made aContinue reading - Voice of East
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At PMQs Rayner just nicely exposed Johnson’s incompetence

At Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) on Wednesday 16 September, Boris Johnson was out of his depth for the second time this week after another … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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And Yet You Use Those Evil Big Tech Platforms. Curious!

It’s common for right-libertarians to attack — with some justification — the stupidity of those who equate opposing a law or government agency with opposing some value or goal in its name. Wanting to abolish the Department of Education, for example, doesn’t mean you’re against education. But right libertarians are guilty of a somewhat related... - Kevin Carson
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15 September 2020

Assange’s Sixth Day at the Old Bailey: US Prison Conditions and Politicised Prosecutions

September 15.  Central Criminal Court, London. Today, witnesses appearing in the extradition trial of Julian Assange fleshed out some points touched upon the previous day: the fate awaiting the WikiLeaks publisher in the US prison system, and the political nature of process.  Before commencing, Judge Vanessa Baraitser was a touch peeved.  She noted that one […] The post Assange’s Sixth Day at the Old Bailey: US Prison Conditions and Politicised Prosecutions first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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Kashmir and the United Nations Security Council

Kashmir and the United Nations Security Council By Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai India’s Ambassador to the United Nations, T S Tirumurti has asked the UNContinue reading - Voice of East
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14 September 2020

Assange’s Fifth Day at the Old Bailey: Supermax Prisons and Special Administrative Measures

Having had a coronavirus scare towards the end of last week, necessitating a brief suspension of proceedings for September 11, the extradition proceedings for Julian Assange resumed with Eric Lewis.  The chairman of the board of Reprieve, who has cut his teeth on representing Afghan detainees in US custody and those in Guantánamo, has not […] The post Assange’s Fifth Day at the Old Bailey: Supermax Prisons and Special Administrative Measures first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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Repsonse to Aurora Apolito

In “The Problem of Scale in Anarchism and the Case for Cybernetic Communism,” Aurora Apolito writes: I don’t believe that markets can be “liberated” from capitalism, nor that they can do anything good anyway, regardless of their liberated status. In essence, this is because I view the market mechanism as running on a steepest descent... - Kevin Carson
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13 September 2020

No One is “Mentally Fit” to be President

  “Most voters in six 2020 swing states,” an early September CNBC/Change Research poll finds, “do not consider either President Donald Trump or Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden mentally fit to be president.” In Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, 51% consider Trump mentally unfit for the office, while 52% feel the same … Continue reading No One is “Mentally Fit” to be President → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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"Every straight-thinking person will agree that if you want to prove the existence of a signal, you…

"Every straight-thinking person will agree that if you want to prove the existence of a signal, you should not fill your algorithm with what you hope to discover." That is not entirely true. Indeed, it is how you recover a signal hidden in the noise of a spread spectrum communications system - Dirk Bruere
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Cummings now wants to roll back human rights laws. He’s out of control.

The Telegraph has reported that Boris Johnson’s government is set to ‘opt out’ of human rights laws. This is, of course, part of Brexit. … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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Catalyst in detail: Sun, 13 Sep 2020 06:55:25

What deserves attention is the following: “If the sharing of technology to the prosperity of the whole of humanity is not pursued with speed and strength of will, passing dangers to life and prosperity during the transition may be hard to prevent, and harder to counter if an audacious movement is not present to mitigate danger.” Our total commitment to technology-powered liberation and networks of sharing is the answer. http://www.clubof.info/p/catalyst.html
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12 September 2020

Russia:  Nord Stream 2 vs. Poisoning of Alexei Navalny

Wednesday, 2 September, all German TV channels, mainstream media were focused unilaterally on the alleged Novichok poisoning of Russian opposition critic, Alexei Navalny. This “breaking-news” poison discovery was made in Germany two weeks after he has been flown from Tomsk in Siberia to Moscow, when he fell ill on the plane and the airliner had […] The post Russia:  Nord Stream 2 vs. Poisoning of Alexei Navalny first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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11 September 2020

The Neverending Holocausts of the Neoliberal Order

Biochemist, writer, humanitarian activist, and artist, Gideon Polya has had a selection of his essays gathered into a compendium titled US-Imposed Post-9/11 Muslim Holocaust & Muslim Genocide (Korsgaard Publishing, 2020). The compendium is important because it brings to the forefront, for anyone who cares an iota for peace and social justice, the horrible crimes of […] The post The Neverending Holocausts of the Neoliberal Order first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Kim Petersen
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Guo Wengui – So Anti-Chinese that even US Establishment Cannot Stomach Him

In some very rare cases, it is better to read British conservative, right-wing press, like The Economist or the Telegraph, instead of the mainstream liberal sheets like The Independent or The Guardian. That is if one wants to come somehow closer to the truth. The Economist is extremely biased; it is pre-historically conservative, anti-Russian, anti-Chinese, […] - Andre Vltchek
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10 September 2020

Not Just an Orchard, Not Merely a Field, We Demand the Whole World

Sunil Janah, Mallu Swarajayam and other members of an armed squad during the Telangana armed struggle, 1946-1951. When news of the revolution in the Tsar’s empire filtered into British-dominated India in 1917-1918, the reception was universal: if they could overthrow the Tsar, then we can overthrow the British Raj. But the temperature had risen beyond […] The post Not Just an Orchard, Not Merely a Field, We Demand the Whole World first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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Trump vs. the Marines: Semper Lactentem

We don’t really know (and probably never will) whether President Donald Trump really called America’s World War One dead “losers” and “suckers,” as Jeffrey Goldberg claims in a September 3 piece in The Atlantic. On one hand, the claim rings true. Trump has a history of publicly spitting in the faces of war veterans both individually … Continue reading Trump vs. the Marines: Semper Lactentem → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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9 September 2020

Covid Made Me Think About Leaving Medicine

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Cover Up: Behind the Iran/Contra Affair

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Assange’s Second Day at the Old Bailey

The highlights of the second day of Julian Assange’s extradition proceedings at the Central Criminal Court in London yielded an interesting bounty. The first was the broader public purpose behind the WikiLeaks disclosures, their utility in legal proceedings, and their importance in disclosing instances of US extrajudicial killings, torture and rendition. The second involved a […] The post Assange’s Second Day at the Old Bailey first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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Good job that this century will be dominated by the Chinese.

Good job that this century will be dominated by the Chinese. I am sure they will do a far better job than old Whitey. No hypocritical preaching, and all the Human Rights you can pay for. - Dirk Bruere
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Brexit law breaking? It’s all in a day’s work for the British establishment

There’s been anger and shock that the UK government has said it may breach international law over Brexit. But past and recent history shows … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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8 September 2020

This Is Why We Should NEVER Rush A Vaccine To Market

According to a new poll, registered voters’ skepticism has grown, and this is bad news Continue reading on BeingWell » - Hesham Hassaballa
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Silence Is Not Consent in Politics, Either

When you undergo a medical procedure or volunteer for a research study, you’re presented with forms to sign, outlining what’s going to happen (and what bad things could happen), and expressly consenting to have those things happen. If you’re accused of rape, “he or she didn’t physically resist” isn’t an acceptable defense. In fact, express … Continue reading Silence Is Not Consent in Politics, Either → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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Sinking Transparency at the Old Bailey: The Assange Extradition Hearing Resumes

The fine circus that is British justice resumed at London’s Central Criminal Court on September 7, with the continued extradition proceedings against Julian Assange.  Judge Vanessa Baraitser was concerned that approximately 40 individuals had received remote video access they apparently should not have.  “In error, the court sent out orders to others who had sought […] The post Sinking Transparency at the Old Bailey: The Assange Extradition Hearing Resumes first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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7 September 2020

The reason people believe conspiracy stuff about Covid, like Plandemic, is because they cannot…

The reason people believe conspiracy stuff about Covid, like Plandemic, is because they cannot believe how utterly incompetent government has been with regard to this. They would rather live in a world world run by clever evil than random chronic stupidity. - Dirk Bruere
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Monthly Review, Mon, 07 Sep 2020 06:42:15

On this day our choice of book is Andre Vltchek’s “Indonesia: Archipelago of Fear” (https://t.co/iz2BE3Da33). Archipelago is an independently researched astute commentary, and if we’re going to give it the recognition it needs, we’re keeping it on our lists. In this case, we found contributions that are absolutely eye-opening in their understanding of the world. If you’re as good at recognizing it as us, you’ve got to begin by reading how politics readers reacted. According to an impressed reader, “One of the most horrific events to occur after World War II was the military coup which ousted Indonesian President Sukarno and instigated a purposeful slaughter of millions of communist, left-wing and pro-China public officials and citizens. This book provides some background to this event and details the decades-long consequences of this CIA-induced terror. Because of the CIA’s handiwork, the fourth most populist country in the world, which was once increasingly progressive and secular, has been turned into a traumatized, repressive and conservatively Moslem country that has no creative manufacturing capability nor ability to produce intellectuals of any renown. But it all has been good for American companies like Texaco and Freeport McMoran who have been extracting gold, oil and other precious commodities.” If you read this post, you might as well go the whole way and search for your own copy. If not, keep track of what’s next by subscribing for email updates.
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6 September 2020

Politics and Violence Go Hand in Hand

“[W]e currently have an inferno of political violence to which the president of the United States adds fuel,” Jennifer Rubin thunders from her bully pulpit at the Washington Post. “[I]t is time for bipartisan voices, local and state leaders, police and other first responders, civic and religious leaders, and all responsible media outlets to try to … Continue reading Politics and Violence Go Hand in Hand → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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While XR disrupts the ‘free press’, the Tories are attacking independent media

As Extinction Rebellion (XR) shut down the print versions of major UK newspapers, an actual attack on the free press was taking place. It’s … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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Elon Musk’s Neuralink — The Dark Side

Elon Musk’s Neuralink — The Dark Side Elon Musk has recently unveiled his companies first Neuralink device implanted in an experimental animal — a pig. To briefly describe the device for those without much technical knowledge, it is an invasive technology based on the concept of a neural lace, which is a mesh of perhaps hundreds of wires laced throughout the brain albeit with concentration of connections in certain areas. These either sample neural patterns or modify them. Needless to say, even the minor technical challenges are massive. For example, it involves brain surgery. Then we have bio-compatibility problems as typically implanted electrodes tend to cause the tissues around them to die back. Finally, actually transferring massive amounts of data through the skull to and from an implanted and (presumably) powered computer. Elon Musk may well be able to solve these problems since they are not new technical challenges and a considerable amount of work has already been done in this area. Even automating the brain surgery may well be feasible using robotics. The really big problem is making sense of the data flowing from the brain, and inserting data that the brain can understand. For techie fans this is all being hyped up like a scene from the movie The Matrix, where a character downloads everything from a deep knowledge of martial arts skills to the ability to fly a helicopter, in seconds. The optimists talk about downloading an entire education into the brain in hours instead of years and so forth. Not to mention laying down other memories, whether fact or fiction, or even joining minds together into Borg-like gestalts. Indeed, projects to create an artificial hippocampus have been going on for years. That is a part of the brain concerned with laying down and retrieving memories. Neuralink is taking all of this to a new level. However, the roadblock to making all of the Matrix style technology possible is interpreting what is loosely termed “brain language”. This is, the myriad of neural firings that underlie mental events and representations. There is also the question of whether electronics can lay down knowledge any faster than, say, reading a book or watching a video. Both of the latter are already very high bandwidth inputs into the brain which are optimized to do just that. So what we are really talking about is laying down knowledge — that is, already structured data matched to an individual’s brain. Unfortunately, it seems quite likely that everyone’s brain language is different, so any interface will have to go through a lengthy learning process even if it is possible. That is not to say that Neuralink could not be useful, especially when it comes to bypassing sensory input. So eventually the blind may see and the deaf hear. Indeed, these technologies already exist albeit in a very low resolution form. Neuralink may change that. The core of this article is what else Neuralink may be used for that is already possible and found to be effective, and which is seldom mentioned in the press. It is the use of electrodes spread throughout the brain to stimulate or inhibit whole areas of the brain and their responses. This has a history of experimentation behind it stretching back decades and where truly “dark” applications can be envisaged. The pioneer of this technology of using radio controlled implanted electrodes was the remarkable professor of both physiology and psychiatry at Yale, Jose Delgado with his Stimoceiver. For those interested there is a YouTube video of his famous demonstration of controlling an attacking bull by altering its brain signals, taken in 1963. In the end the technology was a dead end, largely so for political reasons where it was considered socially dangerous and unethical. Pleasure Center Let’s start with the relatively benign — the use of stimulation of the “pleasure center” to alleviate chronic depression, which show some promise. Even so, only about one hundred such operations have been conducted over the past fifty years. The notion of wireheading is a term from science fiction that was coined some decades back to describe people who use electrical stimulation of the “pleasure center” to achieve the absolute maximum happiness possible. As a result the wirehead often dies of neglect since the impulse to eat and drink, or indeed do anything at all, becomes insignificant compared to the ecstasy of the next jolt. The concept itself was in turn based upon studies of rats that had been implanted with electrodes in an experimental setup where by pressing a lever a the animal could self administer a jolt of supreme pleasure. The result being that they continually pressed the lever until they collapsed from exhaustion. The Human response has been similar to those lab rats pressing a lever, albeit somewhat moderated by the intelligence of the subjects. Reports from those subjects claim it is more like a massive anticipation of something pleasurable rather than pure pleasure itself. Nevertheless, it does seem to hold a massive potential for addiction. Pain Center Then we have its opposite — the so-called “pain center”. Although pain is actually a complex phenomenon at least one area has been identified as a contributor to the intensity of the experience — the dorsal posteria insula. “We have identified the brain area likely to be responsible for the core, ‘it hurts’, experience of pain,” said Professor Irene Tracey, University of Oxford, whose team made the discovery. “Pain is a complex, multidimensional experience, which causes activity in many brain regions involved with things like attention, feeling emotions such as fear, locating where the pain is, and so on. But the dorsal posterior insula seems to be specific to the actual ‘hurt level’ of pain itself.” Naturally nobody is reporting what happens if that area is stimulated deliberately, but one might make a reasonable guess that it would be extremely unpleasant. Conversely, inhibiting its response would presumably significantly lesson the experience of pain. The Amygdala From the point of view of emotional control the Amygdala is one of the key areas. It is part of the limbic system in an area deep within the brain situated within the temporal lobes. It has a primary role in the processing of memory, decision making and emotional responses, including anxiety, fear and aggression. In one study, electrical stimulation of the right amygdala induced negative emotions, especially fear and sadness. In contrast, stimulation of the left amygdala was able to induce either pleasant (happiness) or unpleasant (fear, anxiety, sadness) emotions. However, there is a more popular account of what temporarily depressing the response of the amygdala using high power repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) actually feels like. It was an experiment conducted at the University of Essex on the research psychologist Kevin Dutton. The aim was to damp down the parts of the brain responsible for emotion and moral reasoning in order to simulate some of the features of the psychopathic brain. It took about fifteen minutes. Dutton wrote up the experience in an article titled Psychopathy’s Double Edge published in the Chronicle of Higher Education in October 2012. What makes this both interesting and worrying is the feeling of the induced psychological state. In his own words: …enhancement of attentional acuity and sharpness. An insuperable feeling of heightened, polished awareness. Sure, my conscience certainly feels like it’s on ice, and my anxieties drowned with a half-dozen shots of transcranial magnetic Jack Daniel’s. But, at the same time, my whole way of being feels as if it’s been sumptuously spring-cleaned with light. My soul, or whatever you want to call it, immersed in a spiritual dishwasher. So this, I think to myself, is how it feels to be a psychopath. To cruise through life knowing that no matter what you say or do, guilt, remorse, shame, pity, fear — all those familiar, everyday warning signals that might normally light up on your psychological dashboard — no longer trouble you. How many people, having experienced that state, would want to experience it again and again? How many might opt to try and make it permanent if that were possible? To swap the everyday nagging worries for a superhuman clarity and don’t-give-a-shit attitude? Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) Next we come to a very simple technology that has received renewed attention recently, partially because it is so simple that almost anyone can try it. The idea is to pass a very low current, typically less than 2 millamps through electrodes attached to the head. The effect is that the neural tissue close to the surface area of the brain under the electrodes is either stimulated or inhibited. It’s crude, non-precise and yet has apparently useful effects that last hours after minutes of application. The arrangement of the electrodes on the head is called the montage, the most popular of which is the focus montage where the positive electrode is placed just above the left eye and back a bit, and the negative one on the right temple area. It creates a mental state that psychologists call “flow”. In such a state the person performing an activity is fully immersed in it, with a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. The “inner voice” that distracts is quieted. There are of course numerous other montages designed to facilitate learning, alleviate depression and so forth. A famous personal account is by the journalist Sally Adee in the article Better Living Through Electrochemistry where she tried the technology coupled with an accelerated marksmanship training course, with spectacularly positive results. The experience wasn’t simply about the easy pleasure of undeserved expertise. When the nice neuroscientists put the electrodes on me, the thing that made the earth drop out from under my feet was that for the first time in my life, everything in my head finally shut the fuck up… I only remember feeling like I had just had an excellent cup of coffee, but without the caffeine jitters. I felt clear-headed and like myself, just sharper. Calmer. Without fear and without doubt. From there on, I just spent the time waiting for a problem to appear so that I could solve it. This is unusual in my personal experience of tDCS, but some people obviously react to a far greater degree than others. For me the focus montage was almost as good as the drug modafinil, but considerably less convenient. The point though, is that whatever tDCS can do Neuralink will be able to do in a far more effective and precise manner. Conclusions The obvious conclusion I draw from the above is that the short term aims of Neuralink are full emotional control of the individual rather than Matrix style knowledge downloading or even enhanced virtual reality experience. This would have a global social impact that would be quite comparable to the Technological Singularity, but coming from an entirely unexpected direction. Imagine if you could control your own levels of love, hate, fear, interest, intellectual focus, willpower, pain, pleasure, empathy, compassion, conscience… the list is almost endless. Or imagine if someone else could do that to you. If you are a soldier, turn down the conscience and fear, turn off pain, up the pleasure and focus settings and start shooting. Or maybe you are an average person with a boring job — turn up the pleasure and focus and turn off extraneous thoughts. Unhappy in love? Turn down the depression and add in a dash of “don’t give a shit”. Or perhaps you are one of the unlucky people who suffer from anxiety or depression — switch it off. Naturally the device in this form will initially be “sold” from a PR point of view as a medical intervention but will not stay that way for long. The first adopters, depending on nation, will likely be psychiatric patients, elite soldiers or prisoners. The results if we have a Neuralink society? I have absolutely no idea, which is why this concept could drive a social singularity where Human behaviors would change radically almost overnight in ways we cannot imagine. What would a world of happy psychopaths with inhuman powers of concentration, freedom from fear, anxiety and self doubt with a dash of obsession be like? Knowing all this, would I want a neuralink implant? Well, I am a Transhumanist, so the answer is “yes”, but with caveats. The major one being that the device must be under my control — not corporate control, not government control and not even control by the medical establishment. And one more thing… never buy version 1.0 _______ A Zero State document Finally a note. If you are feeling like you are the victim of such a “mind control” device please do NOT contact me — I cannot help you. Seek regular medical advice. - Dirk Bruere
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Catalyst in detail: Sun, 06 Sep 2020 06:54:03

Selected for you is the following: “The wealth disparities between countries, visible through communication media, are a ‘threat’ to nations. That people in vastly different economic conditions are able to see each other’s lifestyles as if through a thin glass pane makes it very difficult to conceal the injustices of the global economic village at present. Immanuel Wallerstein has considered this division between the highly rich technological powers and the masses of voiceless and exploited people in poor countries as the key defining struggle in the throes of the world’s transition to the next level of modernity. Because of this greater enlightenment through media, one of the most basic requisites of techno-liberation is a broadened understanding of the shape of global exploitation. Such understanding requires us to admit it is anchored in unjust technological disparities and monopolies. In the past, radical technological changes did indeed bring unfair advantages to one or more nations over the rest, or empowered rulers to control and oppress their subjects. It is worth now considering if such an unfortunate outcome is already disappearing. Through the same affairs that are making technology unpredictable, we are seeing them run wild out of the hands of their own inventors and the rulers. Now, for the first time ever, the trend is working to empower everyone.” We have seen the power in the DNA of our technology, and the sin is not to act boldly but to deny the human right to that power. http://www.clubof.info/p/catalyst.html
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4 September 2020

Pandemic Reflexes: Lockdowns and Arrests in Victoria, Australia

Ugly.  Rough.  Police in the Australian state of Victoria muscling their way in.  The father and children watching.  It had all arisen because the pregnant mother in question had engaged in conduct defined as incitement.  In a post on her Facebook page, Zoe Buhler had urged Victorians to protest the coronavirus lockdown rules over the […] The post Pandemic Reflexes: Lockdowns and Arrests in Victoria, Australia first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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In Memoriam: David Graeber, 1961-2020

It’s conventional to start an obituary article with a brief biographical summary, so here it is. One of David’s pet peeves was being referred to as an anarchist anthropologist, so I’ll say that David Graeber, an anarchist and an anthropologist, died at age 59 Wednesday, September 3rd in Venice of as yet unreported causes.  He... - Kevin Carson
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NY Times: College Athletes Have Had Myocarditis From COVID

This is very serious. Take it from me…I had it two years ago Continue reading on BeingWell » - Hesham Hassaballa
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3 September 2020

Trump regime vs. the ICC: The Wrong Side of “Sovereignty”

In June, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order providing for sanctions against persons who “have directly engaged in any effort by the [International Criminal Court] to investigate, arrest, detain, or prosecute any United States personnel without the consent of the United States.” On September 2, The US regime imposed such sanctions on two … Continue reading Trump regime vs. the ICC: The Wrong Side of “Sovereignty” → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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2 September 2020

For Years, Journalists cheered Assange’s Abuse: Now They’ve Paved his Path to a US Gulag

Court hearings in Britain over the US administration’s extradition case against Julian Assange begin in earnest next week. The decade-long saga that brought us to this point should appall anyone who cares about our increasingly fragile freedoms. A journalist and publisher has been deprived of his liberty for 10 years. According to UN experts, he […] The post For Years, Journalists cheered Assange’s Abuse: Now They’ve Paved his Path to a US Gulag first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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“Warrior” Steve Bannon Arrested as Trump’s America is Crumbling

It often happens this way: extreme right-wingers, or call them ‘ultra-conservatives,’ either in the United States or Europe, suddenly fall from grace, after committing the most heinous crimes. Sometimes it is child abuse or sexual harassment, but most of the time, it is a corruption of tremendous proportions. In theory, in their own theory, it […] - Andre Vltchek
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The government just quietly revealed Dominic Cummings’ latest ‘terrifying’ assault on democracy

The Conservative government has just revealed the details of a policy it set out in its 2019 party manifesto. As one journalist commented, the … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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You are right that improving our overall health will go a long way in improving the state of our…

You are right that improving our overall health will go a long way in improving the state of our being and existence on this earth. They go hand and in hand. - Hesham Hassaballa
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1 September 2020

What Can We Learn from Cuba? Medicare-for-All Is a Beginning, Not the End Point

As a coup de grâce to the Bernie Sanders campaign Joe Biden declared that he would veto Medicare-for-All.  This could drive a dedicated health care advocate to relentlessly pursue Med-4-All as a final goal.  However, it is not the final goal. It should be the first step in a complete transformation of medicine which includes combining […] - Dissident Voice
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Credit As an Enclosed Commons, Part II

In a previous column, I examined the way in which those who praise Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and their ilk for their “creative genius” or “value creation” are misplacing the credit. All the components of Tesla designs, and of the Amazon online shopping and logistic model, already existed. The “big picture” concept of how to... - Kevin Carson
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High-ranking psychopaths are pushing for a nuclear war with Russia, seemingly intentionally

If the US leaders wanted to wage a thermonuclear war that would destroy America and the world, we would not be here to talk about it. Presid...

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