Monday, November 20, 2017

'Saudi propaganda': Iran slams Arab League statement lashing out at Tehran, Hezbollah

RT | Nov 20, 2017

Iran says a statement by Arab League foreign ministers, which condemned the country and Hezbollah, is "full of lies" and the product of Saudi "pressure and propaganda." The statement accused Tehran and the militia of destabilizing the region.

The remarks by Iran come after its regional rival Saudi Arabia called on the Arab League to come up with a "non-compromise" solution to deal with Iran's "aggression" and "disregard for international law." The call was made during a specially summoned foreign-ministers meeting in Cairo, Egypt.

In response to the Arab League's statement, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi took aim at Saudi Arabia, calling on it stop its "barbaric attacks" in Yemen. He also called on Riyadh to drop its boycott of Qatar, a country which has close ties to Tehran.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun, an ally of Hezbollah, has also slammed the Arab League's statement, saying that Lebanon has been subjected to Israeli "aggression" for decades and has the right to defend itself. Hezbollah forced Israel to withdraw from southern Lebanon in 2000. Aoun also denied accusations that the group is a "partner in terrorist attacks." 

Addressing the Arab League foreign ministers' meeting on Sunday, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that "showing leniency toward Iran will not leave any Arab capital safe from those ballistic missiles." He added that "we are obliged today to take a serious and honest stand...to counter these belligerent policies."

Arab League chief Aboul-Gheit also delivered a clear message to Tehran. "We say it in clear terms that Iranian threats have exceeded all boundaries and are pushing the region toward the abyss ... (Iran’s) missile program poses a danger to the region."

In a resolution published on Monday, the Arab League said it "does not intend to declare war against Iran for the moment," but warned that "Saudi Arabia has the right to defend its territory."

Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia accused Iran of being responsible for a ballistic missile launched from Yemen by Houthi rebels, which targeted the airport in Riyadh. It warned that the move could be considered an "act of war."

It comes amid increased tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, following the surprise resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Riyadh earlier this month. Many believe the resignation was a direct result of Saudi pressure, with Lebanon becoming caught up in the ongoing cold war between the two rivals.

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Major Grocery Retailers Across North America Reject Genetically Engineered Fish

Common Dreams | Nov 17, 2017 | Eric Jensen

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Friends of the Earth - WASHINGTON - As the world’s first sale of genetically engineered , the top food retailers across Canada and the U.S. have made public statements that they have no plans to sell the genetically engineered salmon.

Sobeys (TSX:SBY) is the latest and last of Canada’s national retailers to inform customers that it will not be selling the genetically engineered Atlantic salmon. Sobeys joins the two other top retailers Loblaw (L.TO) and Metro (MRU.TO); the three together represent over 50 percent of the Canadian food retail market. Overwaitea Food Group, along with regional retailers such as Federated Co-operatives Limited and Longo’s have also said they will not sell genetically engineered salmon.

“Now that some genetically engineered salmon is being sold in Canada unlabeled, it is vital that consumers have this information from their grocery stores,” said Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator of CBAN.

The Canadian stores join major North American chains Walmart (NYSE:WMT), Costco (NASDAQ:COST) and Whole Foods (WFM:US) as well as nearly 80 other U.S. retailers including Kroger (NYSE:KR), Trader Joe’s, Target (NYSE:TGT), and Aldi in making a commitment to not sell genetically engineered salmon.

“People have a right to know where their food comes from and exactly what’s in it, so that they can make informed choices about what they eat,” said Dana Perls, senior campaigner at Friends of the Earth U.S. “Shrouding this genetically engineered fish in secrecy is unfair to consumers, to say nothing of the fact that genetically engineered salmon are unsustainable and pose serious potential health and environmental risks. We thank these forward-thinking retailers for their leadership and for listening to consumers.”

The genetically engineered salmon was first sold into the Canadian market in June of 2017. It remains unlabeled and its sale locations are not disclosed, making it nearly impossible for consumers to make informed purchases.

In the wake of controversy over the U.S. approval, the U.S. instituted an import ban on genetically engineered salmon until labeling standards are established.

More information on health and environmental risks of genetically engineered salmon and a full list of stores that have made commitments to not sell genetically engineered seafood and salmon, letters sent to companies by Friends of the Earth U.S., CBAN and allies, and a list of coalition partners are available at www.gefreeseafood.org and www.cban.ca/retailerstatements.
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Friends of the Earth is the U.S. voice of the world's largest grassroots environmental network, with member groups in 77 countries. Since 1969, Friends of the Earth has fought to create a more healthy, just world. 

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20 Things Vaccine Junkies Don't Want to Admit

Natural Blaze | Nov 20, 2017 | Levi Quackenboss

First published Feb 2015
  1. Not all of the diseases we vaccinate children for are serious or appropriate.  Many of them are a matter of inconvenience and some are for manufactured epidemics: Hep B, HPV, chickenpox, flu.  This isn’t to minimize the rare adult or child death from chickenpox but that number is 1/40th of the deaths from vaccine-induced SIDS.
  2. Immunity from vaccines doesn’t last forever.  Most adults would be considered “unvaccinated” today for everything but the viral diseases they naturally acquired. Even if you buy into the theory of herd immunity, most of our herd is not immune.
  3. True herd immunity is based on animals that naturally acquired viral disease.  Oftentimes immunity comes from eating the herd members that died from the disease or putting their diarrhea into feed. Farmers know that herd immunity isn’t based on vaccination.
  4. You are not really vaccinating your newborn child for the benefit of your neighbors. You are vaccinating out of fear of your child dying of a disease, which makes you just as much of a “selfish a-hole” as the “anti-vaxer” who is looking out for their own child.   And that’s fine, but you should at least admit it.
  5. It isn’t even possible to attain immunity to bacteriaThey evolve too fast to keep up with, which is why the FDA and the CDC blame vaccine failure, not the unvaccinated, for pertussis outbreaks.  Go ahead and click all over the CDC website and let me know where they blame unvaccinated children for the recent rise in pertussis infection.
  6. Unvaccinated children are not carrying bacteria and viruses that vaccinated children don’t carry. They all carry the same germs and they all can get susceptible people sick.
  7. Coming into contact with a “germ” doesn’t guarantee you will get sick. We are bombarded with bacteria and viruses all day long. People who get sick are those who have malfunctioning or immature immune systems, such as people who eat fake food, genetically modified food, have wrecked gut bacteria, take antibiotics or steroids, suffer from extreme stress, and children under the age of 3 who have immature immune systems. Children are supposed to get sick a few times a year; it’s how they strengthen their immune systems for adulthood.
  8. The vast majority of children with the new “normal” autoimmune diseases are vaccinated: asthma, allergies, and eczema. The vast majority of completely unvaccinated children do not have these chronic illnesses. Yes, there are a few unvaccinated autoimmune kids that were born to unwell mothers, or received antibiotics at a young age, or who were particularly vulnerable to the effects of pesticides and GMOs, but those kids are the rare ones. There is a reason that no study of the unvaccinated has been done in America.
  9. The long-term safety of the current vaccination schedule has never been tested.  I don’t have a link for this one because it’s impossible to prove a negative, but Congressman Posey has been trying to get one done for years.
  10. Vaccines are not tested for safety against a true inert placebo. They are tested against other vaccines that are already deemed safe, or they are tested against aluminum. Never just saline.
  11. The real danger to immunocomprised children on chemotherapy is the shedding of live vaccines, not unvaccinated children. This includes FluMist, Rotateq, the MMR and the chickenpox vaccines. Both St. Jude and Johns Hopkins warn patients to stay away from recently vaccinated children. Notably absent from that list is staying away from the unvaccinated.
  12. Vaccine injury isn’t really all that rare and it certainly isn’t a nice convenient “one in a million.” When, within hours or weeks of vaccination, a child has seizures, lethargy, can no longer suckle, maintain body temperature, is struggling to breathe, goes unconscious, has a high-pitched cerebral scream, quits speaking, begins banging the head, has days or weeks of diarrhea, develops food allergies, eczema, asthma, diabetes, or arthritis, that child is vaccine injured. You’d better get used to it because they are everywhere.
  13. Not all autistic children are quirky and super advanced in a favorite subject area. One quarter are non-verbal, many are never potty-trained, and one third have seizures. Many are never able to show their parents how much they love them, much less advance to 12th-grade math at 8 years old.
  14. It is a fallacy to say that you’d rather have an autistic child than a dead one. Autistic children die all the time from seizures, bowel disease, brain damage, and drowning.  The mortality rate of autistics is twice that of the general population.
  15. Most “anti-vaxers” already vaccinated at least one child.  They trusted their doctors and sacrificed one for the herd.  Maybe “former-vaxers” is a more accurate term.
  16. Less than 1% of the population of today’s children are completely unvaccinated. You are really chasing a minute amount of people and playing it up like it’s an epidemic.  Get a hold of yourselves.
  17. Most childhood vaccine exemptions are for the infant doses of Hepatitis B.  Call any preschool that accepts exemptions and they will tell you that. This “10-15% of parents who don’t vaccinate” flaunted in the media are parents who wanted to wait a few years before giving their kids a vaccine for a sexually transmitted disease.  Not pertussis, not measles.  Hepatitis B.
  18. The medical establishment is responsible for killing over 400,000 people per year. That is a fact. It is mind-boggling that this same establishment commands us to inject our newborns with vaccines and we are to trust them without question.
  19. The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was created to protect public health policy and the national vaccine program.  It was not created to actually assist parents of vaccine injured children in being compensated and it is failing at doing that anyway.
  20. Pharmaceutical medicine is a business, from cradle to grave.  They do not have your, or your child’s, best interest at heart.  That is indisputable.
Photo credit:  Pennywell Farm, where they know what real herd immunity is.

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The Demise of Dissent: Why the Web Is Becoming Homogenized

Of Two Minds | Nov 17, 2017 | Charles Hugh Smith

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In other words, we'll be left with officially generated and sanctioned fake news and "approved" dissent.

We've all heard that the problem with the web is fake news, i.e. unsubstantiated or erroneous content that's designed to mislead or sow confusion.

The problem isn't just fake news--it's the homogenization of the web, that is, the elimination or marginalization of independent voices of skepticism and dissent.

There are four drivers of this homogenization:

1. The suppression of dissent under the guise of ridding the web of propaganda and fake news--in other words, dissent is labeled fake news as a cover for silencing critics and skeptics.

2. The sharp decline of advertising revenues flowing to web publishers, both major outlets and small independent publishers like Of Two Minds.

3. The majority of advert revenues now flow into the coffers of the quasi-monopolies Facebook and Google.

4. Publishers are increasingly dependent on these quasi-monopolies for readers and visibility: any publisher who runs afoul of Facebook and Google and is sent to Digital Siberia effectively vanishes.

The reason why publishers' advert incomes are plummeting are four-fold:

1. Most of the advert revenues in the digital market are being skimmed by Facebook and Google, as the chart below illustrates.

2. Ad blockers have become ubiquitous.

3. Few people click on the display ads that are the standard in desktop web publishing; in other words, these ads simply don't work very well, and much of the revenue being generated is click-fraud, i.e. bots not real people clicking on adverts because they're interested in the product/service. As a result, advertisers are pulling away from these type of ads as they search for advert models that aren't so vulnerable to click-fraud.

4. The web is increasingly shifting to mobile, which has fewer advert spots due to the small size of the display. In addition, major third-party advert services such as Google Adsense place restrictions on the number and size of ads being displayed on publishers' sites.

Digital publisher BuzzFeed is on track to miss its revenue target this year by a significant amount, the latest sign that troubles in the online-ad business are making it tough for new-media upstarts to live up to lofty expectations.

As a result of these two dynamics--the censorship of dissenting views under the excuse of limiting fake news, and the erosion of advert income--independent publishers are losing ground. While those posting on Facebook and other social media sites have little expectation of monetizing their content, many web publishers made enough income off adverts or affiliated income (from YouTube channels, for example) to justify the enormous time and effort they expended keeping their channel/site going.

As advert income has dwindled, there are only two other revenue models available to publishers: a subscription service or Patreon, i.e. the direct financial support of users/readers/viewers. Major publishers are struggling to build a subscription base large enough to fund their operations, a task made more difficult by the expectation that all content is free or should be free.
Patreon has been a boon for thousands of independent writers, journalists, cartoonists, filmmakers and other creators of content. The Patreon model (as I understand it, and yes I have a Patreon campaign) is not based on content that's behind a paywall available to subscribers only, but on providing incentives in the form of content or other rewards to those who choose to contribute.

The Patreon model only works if enough users/readers/viewers step up to support content creators they value. I think the success of Patreon suggests that many people are willing to support the content creators they value. But like all voluntary revenue models, there's the free-rider issue: people who may have the income to pay a bit for content choose not to, and in essence free-ride on those few who do contribute/pay for content.

Some people have advanced the model of micropayments as the solution to the problem of compensating content creators fairly. While this model has some obvious benefits--pennies charged for access to content might add up to a living for content creators if their audience was large enough--it would still be a voluntary system, and thus it would have the same free-rider issue as every other voluntary payment-for-content idea.

Posting "free" content on social media ends up driving advert revenues to the social media and search monopolies, leaving nothing for the content creators. There is only so much serious content that can be created for free.

If what we're left with is "free" content (i.e. the creator gets no income for creating and posting content), Facebook, Google and click-bait link farms of sensationalist headlines, we'll end up with a thoroughly homogenized web of "approved content" underwritten by lobbyists, the entertainment industry and elitist foundations/think tanks, and little in the way of real dissent or diversity of independent analysis.

In other words, we'll be left with officially generated and sanctioned fake news and "approved" dissent: unemployment is at record lows, inflation is near zero, the "recovery" is alive and well, Russia is the enemy and any suggestion to the contrary is propaganda that must be eradicated as fake news, etc.

Simply put, the web is becoming Orwellian. There's plenty of approved "diversity of opinion," but dissent is being sidelined to the fringes as a risk to the perfection of managed content.



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Lecture: Identity politics and the Marxist lie of white privilege

Jordon B Peterson | Nov 20, 2017


I was in Vancouver Friday November 3rd talking at an event sponsored by the very active University of British Columbia Free Speech Club (start one on your campus -- if you're a student, that is :)). I wanted to delve more deeply into the ideology on the radical side of the leftist spectrum, and to specifically address the idea of white privilege. Hopefully that's what I did.

Jordon B Peterson links..

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Apple Thinks White Men Can't Be 'Diverse', Twitter Changes it's Rules and everyone's a pervert

The Truth Factory | Nov 19, 2017

*Apparently the picture that is supposed to be Craig Federighi is John Kerry, I thought the picture was from an official Apple source and I thought "Wow that guy looks a lot like John Kerry" now I see that it is John Kerry Oh well, It's funnier this way and the real guy looks a lot like John Kerry anyway.


The Truth Factory links..

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