Sunday, August 18, 2019

OH GREAT: DARPA BEGINS EXPERIMENTS TO CHANGE PEOPLE’S BEHAVIOR BY IMPLANTING MICROCHIPS IN THEIR BRAINS

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by Geoffrey Grider, Now The End Begins:

Artificial intelligence in microchip implants will detect and study the brain to know what pulses to send – described by scientists as a “window on the brain”. DARPA has handed the cash to teams form the University of California and Massachusetts General Hospital. 

MICROCHIPS IMPLANTED INTO PEOPLE’S SKULLS ARE BEING DEVELOPED BY BOFFINS FUNDED BY THE US MILITARY’S RESEARCH DIVISION DARPA.

“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16,17 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Just a few years ago, a story like this would have lit up social media, and people would rightly be connecting human implantable microchips with the coming Mark Of The Beast during the time of Jacob’s trouble. But as technology like iPhones with facial recognition are now becoming commonplace, we are losing our fear of invasive technology and embracing it. They don’t even make credit or debit cards without the chip now, no longer optional. ‘Life on a chip’ is exactly what the Bible say coming 2,000 years ago. And oh, ‘boffins’ is British slang for someone who does scientific research

These implants will use electronic pulses to alter the chemicals in people’s brains in a process called “deep brain stimulation”. This will then change people’s moods and is believed to be able to treat mental illness and provide therapy.

Artificial intelligence in microchip implants will detect and study the brain to know what pulses to send – described by scientists as a “window on the brain”. DARPA has handed the cash to teams form the University of California and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Testing suggestions the mood implants can be used to treat disorders such as Parkinson’s. Experiments have been also carried out on people with depression – but the the results are inconclusive so far.

DARPA IMPLANTS CHIPS IN U.S. SOLDIERS’ BRAINS

DARPA is funding the project with the long-term goal of being able treat traumatised soldiers.

THE CURRENT WORK – WHICH INCLUDES HUMAN TESTING – WAS PRESENTED AT THE SOCIETY OF NEUROSCIENCE IN WASHINGTON, REPORTS NATURE.

Neuroscientist Edward Chang said: “The exciting thing about these technologies is that for the first time we’re going to have a window on the brain where we know what’s happening in the brain when someone relapses.”

He added: “We’ve learned a lot about the limitations of our current technology,”

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This Cat And Dog Are Best Friends, And Their Hiking Pics Will Make Your Day

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by Amanda Froelich, True Activist:

Henry and Baloo are the best of friends, and their bond is evident in these adorable photos.

In 2014, avid hikers Cynthia Bennet and her boyfriend adopted their first dog, Henry. Bennet was interested in finding a golden retriever mix, but then she came across Henry… At just 14 weeks old, he stole her heart. Henry was 5x bigger than the other puppies but quickly proved himself to be a huge cuddle bug. When Bennet sat down, he curled up in her lap, went belly up, then flipped his head over her arm. That’s when she knew he was “the one.”

Bennett told The Dodo: “I think we only had him for three days when we took him on our first hike. He found the steepest, tallest rock around, and he ran up to the top of it to look over the edge.”  That’s when they started calling him their little “mountain goat.”

After a few months, the couple decided their family wasn’t complete. After five months of searching, they rescued a Siamese kitten mix named Baloo. “He ran right up to me,” Bennett said. “And he was the one who played, but he wasn’t the most rowdy.” Just like Henry, he was perfect for them.

When Henry and Baloo were first introduced, it was love at first sight, according to Bennet. Reportedly, all they wanted to do was snuggle up together and play. Before long, both critters started going on hiking trips with their human parents.

“He’s definitely not the kind of cat we can leave home alone on the weekend anymore,” Bennet said, referring to Baloo. “I think he thinks he’s more a dog than anything.”

The hiking enthusiast added,

“I get a lot of questions about how we got him used to it. But he really loves it. He really wants to go outside. “If I touch Henry’s leash, [Baloo] will start screaming at the door.”

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Following are epic travel photos of the cat and dog duo:

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7 Lies The Statists Want You To Believe

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by Michael Boldin, Activist Post:

7 lies? It took me just moments to come up with these.  That means there are way more than seven.

Even though there are few tough ones, I’m pretty sure you can smash these lies as easily as I can.

(1) The Constitution’s “general Welfare” clause means Congress can pass whatever it wants to supposedly “help” people around the country.

(2) A President is authorized to get involved in a foreign war without authorization from Congress, as long as it’s for no more than 60 days.

(3) Nullification is code word for “supporting slavery.”

(4) The government can conduct surveillance on anyone as long as they are doing so to protect “national security.”

(5) States are required to help the federal government enforce or enact federal “laws” or regulatory programs.

(6) James Madison opposed nullification, in every situation.

(7) Alexander Hamilton is the founder we should pay attention to more than anyone else.

Ask yourself, can you really give a strong answer to all of these?

If you can, I’m sure you know someone else who can’t.

Either way, we’ve published over TEN THOUSAND articles, blogs, news reports, podcasts and videos to smash these kinds of lies to bits.

That’s a ton of information that we’ve shared over the last 11 years.

We work to educate people on the proper role of government under the Constitution, and activatethem to reject, resist and nullify all unconstitutional acts.

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The Problem Isn’t Populism: the Problem Is the Status Quo Has Failed

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by Charles Hugh Smith, Of Two Minds:

The top 5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} who have benefited so immensely from the consolidation of wealth and power cannot confess the status quo has failed the bottom 95{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}.

The corporate/billionaires’ media would have us believe that the crisis we face is populism, a code word for every ugly manifestation of fascism known to humanity. By invoking populism as the cause of our distemper, the mainstream media is implicitly suggesting that the problem is “bad people”–those whose own failings manifest in an attraction to fascism. If we can successfully marginalize these troubled troglodytes, then our problem, populism, would go away and the wonderfulness, equality and widespread prosperity of pre-populist America will be restored.

The problem isn’t populism–the problem is the status quo has failed 95{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the populace. Life isn’t wonderful, prosperous and filled with expansive equality except in the Protected Elite of the top 5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of technocrats, corporate executives, tenured academics, bureaucrats, financiers, bankers, lobbyists and wealthy (or soon to be wealthy) politicos.

The bottom 95{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} need a time machine to recover any semblance of prosperity.They need a time machine that goes back 20 years so they can buy a little bungalow on a postage-stamp lot for $150,000 on the Left and Right Coasts, because now the little bungalows cost $1 million and up.

Housing valuations have become so detached from what people earn that even the top 5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} has trouble qualifying for a jumbo mortgage without the help of the Bank of Mom and Dad or the family trust fund.

The bottom 95{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} need a time machine to return to the days when college tuition and fees were semi-affordable–say, 30 years ago.

The bottom 95{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} also need a time machine to return to a time when they could afford healthcare insurance without government subsidies–a generation ago, or better yet, two generations ago.

In an age where phantom wealth sprouts like poisoned mushrooms from speculative bubbles, the bottom 95{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} need a time machine that goes back 8 years so they buy the S&P 500 at 670, or better yet, buy bitcoin for $1 or $10, just to make up the loss in the purchasing power of their wages.

Populism is the dismissive propaganda term that the media uses to distract us from the real cause of our problems: the total failure of the status quo, the corrupt, predatory, exploitive, inefficient, rentier pay-to-play-“democracy” cartel-state hierarchy that has failed the bottom 95{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}.

The natural response to this abandonment, betrayal and parade of propaganda is labeled populism as a means of blaming the victimsit’s too bad you couldn’t make it into the ranks of the Protected Elite, but that failure is yours, not the system’s.

The Protected Elite thinks the system works just fine because it works so splendidly for them. The Protected Elite staff the corporate media, think tanks, philanthro-capitalist foundations, universities and the top ranks of the federal bureaucracies that issue statistics and regulations–in other words, all the organs of propaganda that are constantly assuring us we live in super-prosperous times and a vibrant democracy.

How many Americans from Dollar-Store America do you find in the editorial staff of the mainstream corporate media? The answer is of course near-zero. The bottom 95{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} have no representation in the mainstream media.

Hedge fund manager Ray Dalio recently proposed that there are two U.S. economies: the one inhabited by the bottom 60{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} that have gone nowhere and own very little in the way of assets, and the upper 40{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} that have some exposure to the gains created by central-bank inflated asset bubbles.

Ray Dalio: “This Is The Most Important Economic, Political And Social Issue Of Our Time”.

If we examine household income and wealth, we have to conclude that only the top 20{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} have any exposure to the gains generated by asset bubbles, and only the top 10{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} have logged gains worthy of mention. And of the top 10{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}, only the top 5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} have actually done OK. (see charts below)

And of the top 5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}, only the top 1{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} have really done well for themselves. And of the top 1{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}, the big gains have flowed to the top 1/100th of 1{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}.

This is why I use the 95{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}/5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} divide: only the top 5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} inhabit the status quo is working great economy. The bottom 80{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} live in Dollar-Store America, and the “middle class” between 80{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} and 95{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} maintain the pretensions of doing well by shopping at Target and charging vacations on their credit cards.

Any group that doesn’t accept the status quo is working great narrative soon finds a populist target drawn on their backs. In our pay-to-play-“democracy”, wealth casts the only votes that count, and any movement that threatens this cozy arrangement of private wealth and state power/privilege is immediately attacked as the Monster Id of Society, i.e. populism.

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Thanksgiving 2017—Why There Is No Peace On Earth

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by David Stockman, David Stockman’s Contra Corner:

After the Berlin Wall fell in November 1989 and the death of the Soviet Union was confirmed two years later when Boris Yeltsin courageously stood down the red army tanks in front of Moscow’s White House, a dark era in human history came to an end.

The world had descended into what had been a 77-year global war, incepting with the mobilization of the armies of old Europe in August 1914. If you want to count bodies, 150 million were killed by all the depredations which germinated in the Great War, its foolish aftermath at Versailles, and the march of history into the world war and cold war which followed inexorably thereupon.

To wit, upwards of 8{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the human race was wiped-out during that span. The toll encompassed the madness of trench warfare during 1914-1918; the murderous regimes of Soviet and Nazi totalitarianism that rose from the ashes of the Great War and Versailles; and then the carnage of WWII and all the lesser (unnecessary) wars and invasions of the Cold War including Korea and Vietnam.

We have elaborated more fully on this proposition in The Epochal Consequences Of Woodrow Wilson’s War, but the seminal point cannot be gainsaid. The end of the cold war meant world peace was finally at hand, yet 26 years later there is still no peace because Imperial Washington confounds it.

In fact, the War Party entrenched in the nation’s capital is dedicated to economic interests and ideological perversions that guarantee perpetual war; they ensure endless waste on armaments and the inestimable death and human suffering that stems from 21st century high tech warfare and the terrorist blowback it inherently generates among those upon which the War Party inflicts its violent hegemony.

In short, there was a virulent threat to peace still lurking on the Potomac after the 77-year war ended. The great general and president, Dwight Eisenhower, had called it the “military-industrial complex” in his farewell address, but that memorable phrase had been abbreviated by his speechwriters, who deleted the word “congressional” in a gesture of comity to the legislative branch.

So restore Ike’s deleted reference to the pork barrels and Sunday afternoon warriors of Capitol Hill and toss in the legions of beltway busybodies that constituted the civilian branches of the cold war armada (CIA, State, AID etc.) and the circle would have been complete. It constituted the most awesome machine of warfare and imperial hegemony since the Roman legions bestrode most of the civilized world.

In a word, the real threat to peace circa 1991 was that Pax Americana would not go away quietly in the night.

In fact, during the past 26 years Imperial Washington has lost all memory that peace was ever possible at the end of the cold war. Today it is as feckless, misguided and bloodthirsty as were Berlin, Paris, St. Petersburg, Vienna and London in August 1914.

Back then a few months after the slaughter had been unleashed, soldiers along the western front broke into spontaneous truces of Christmas celebration, singing and even exchange of gifts. For a brief moment they wondered why they were juxtaposed in lethal combat along the jaws of hell.

The truthful answer is that there was no good reason. The world had stumbled into war based on false narratives and the institutional imperatives of military mobilization plans, alliances and treaties arrayed into a doomsday machine and petty short-term diplomatic maneuvers and political calculus. Yet it took more than three-quarters of a century for all the consequential impacts and evils to be purged from the life of the planet.

The peace that was lost last time has not been regained this time for the same reasons. Historians can readily name the culprits from 100 years ago, such as the German general staff’s plan for a lightening mobilization and strike on the western front called the Schlieffen Plan or Britain’s secret commitments to France to guard the North Sea while the latter covered the Mediterranean.

Since these casus belli of 1914 were criminally trivial in light of all that metastisized thereafter, it might do well to name the institutions and false narratives that block the return of peace today. The fact is, these impediments are even more contemptible than the forces that crushed the Christmas truces one century ago.

Imperial Washington——–Global Menace

There is no peace on earth today for reasons mainly rooted in Imperial Washington—— not Moscow, Beijing, Tehran, Damascus, Mosul or Raqqah. The former has become a global menace owing to what didn’t happen in 1991.

What should have happened is that Bush the elder should have declared “mission accomplished” and slashed the Pentagon budget from $600 billion to $200 billion; demobilized the military-industrial complex by putting a moratorium on all new weapons development, procurement and export sales; dissolved NATO and dismantled the far-flung network of US military bases; slashed the US standing armed forces from 1.5 million to a few hundred thousand; and organized and led a world disarmement and peace campaign, as did his Republican predecessors during the 1920s.

Unfortunately, George H.W. Bush was not a man of peace, vision or even mediocre intelligence. He was the malleable tool of the War Party, and it was he who single-handedly blew the peace when he plunged America into a petty arguement between the impetuous dictator of Iraq and the gluttonous Emir of Kuwait that was none of our business.

By contrast, even though liberal historians have reviled Warren G. Harding as some kind of dumbkopf politician, he well understood that the Great War had been for naught, and that to insure it never happened again the nations of the world needed to rid themselves of their huge navies and standing armies.

To that end, he achieved the largest global disarmament agreement ever during the Washington Naval conference of 1921, which halted the construction of new battleships for more than a decade.

And while he was at it, President Harding also pardoned Eugene Debs. So doing, he gave witness to the truth that the intrepid socialist candidate for president and vehement anti-war protestor, who Wilson had thrown in prison for exercising his first amendment right to speak against US entry into a pointless European war, had been right all along.

In short, Warren G. Harding knew the war was over, and the folly of Wilson’s 1917 plunge into Europe’s bloodbath should not be repeated at all hazards.

Not George H.W. Bush. The man should never be forgiven for enabling the likes of Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Robert Gates and their neocon pack of jackals to come to power—-even if he has denounced them in his bumbling old age.

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Should Donald Trump Be Time Magazine’s Person Of The Year?

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by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:

Should Donald Trump be named “Person of the Year” by Time Magazine just like he was last year?  This has become the biggest controversy in the mainstream media over the past couple of days, but there really shouldn’t be any controversy at all.  According to Time Magazine, the “Person of the Year” is supposed to be “a person (or people) who has had the most influence over the news in the last 12 months.”  If that standard is objectively applied, of course Donald Trump would win again, and I can’t think of anyone that would be even close.

And according to President Trump, it appears that Time Magazine was indeed at least considering him for Person of the Year again.  On Friday, Trump posted the following message on Twitter

Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!

Subsequently, Time Magazine posted this response

The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6.

So is there still a possibility that Trump could be Person of the Year?

We’ll see.  My guess is that the decision had already been made prior to Trump’s tweet, and if Trump was the choice I think that it would be extremely difficult for Time to switch gears and feature someone else at the last minute.

And I certainly hope that Time Magazine does make Trump the Person of the Year for the second consecutive time, because he very much deserves it.  In fact, even CNNsays that he deserves it…

Hey, let’s stop debating whether Time magazine formally offered this honor to Trump or not and get to the real issue. Time magazine executives, if you are reading this, Trump deserves to be “Person of the Year.” Hell, Trump should get person of the decade, maybe even the millennium. And I say that as someone who has been a very (very) vocal critic of Trump.

You see, Trump is doing something as president that we have not seen in the modern era — if ever. Most presidents seemingly work non-stop on the business of running the government. It’s an acutely intense and stressful job which no doubt explains why presidents age so dramatically in office. But Trump doesn’t just work at the business of government — he does so, so much more.

First, there’s Trump’s tweeting. On average, Trump tweets six to seven times a day. We are talking over 2,000 tweets since he has been sworn in! And with Twitter now expanding its character limit from 140 characters to 280, that means going forward Trump has double the workload.

You can read the rest of CNN’s snarky article right here.

Of course Trump is likely to be in the running for Person of the Year again in 2018 as well.  The 2018 mid-term elections will be all about Trump and his agenda, and that is why it is absolutely imperative that we rally around pro-Trump candidates for Congress.

Personally, I am running as the pro-Trump candidate in Idaho’s first congressional district, and if you are a Trump supporter I hope that you will be part of the team.

And I want to thank my regular readers for their patience.  This campaign has already required an immense amount of time, effort and energy, and I haven’t been able to do as much writing as I normally do.  We still have about six months more to go until election day, and I am going to work hard to keep posting regular articles, but without a doubt the campaign is going to demand more and more of my time.

This is going to be a very challenging time for my wife and I, and the number one thing that we need right now is prayer.  Please be praying for grace and strength, because we have so much on our plate at the moment.

In addition, if you would like to help support our work during this arduous time, one way you can do that is by purchasing copies of my latest book to give out as gifts.  “Living A Life That Really Matters” is the most powerful book that I have written, and even applying just a few of the principles that I teach about will dramatically change the course of your life.  The following is from the description of the book on Amazon.com

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