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Facebook announces latest step in censorship campaign, prioritizing “local news”

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by Will Morrow (WSWS repost)

Tuesday Feb 6th, 2018 9:09 AM

Facebook’s latest step aimed at censoring online information.

6 February 2018

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced January 29 that the social media platform will prioritize news from “local sources” in the News Feed displayed to users. The announcement is the third in a creeping roll-out of updates announced by Facebook since the start of the year aimed at censoring online information.

On January 12, Facebook reported that it would deprioritize news and political content—that is, display them less often…

—in favor of “personal moments.” One week later, Zuckerberg announced that of the news articles that are shown to users, the News Feed will prioritize those published by what it called “trustworthy” sources, meaning pro-establishment outlets such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Zuckerberg’s post announcing the most recent change made little effort to conceal its political motivation. It would serve to “turn down the temperature on the more divisive issues and instead focus on concrete local issues,” he wrote, so that the population can “all make progress together.”

Presumably this means more information about school bake sales and sporting events, and less about the Trump administration, the global crisis of capitalism, and the growing danger of world war.

Zuckerberg apparently regrets the great technological advance that created the “World Wide Web” and made it possible for people on every continent to communicate with each other rapidly and without corporate and government censors controlling what they say. He prefers the posture of the ostrich with its head stuck firmly in the ground.

The post is filled with the Orwellian newspeak used to describe all of Facebook’s censorship measures. Walling users off from being able to read about events outside their immediate vicinity will help “build community—both on and offline,” and ensure that Facebook “isn’t just fun but also good for your well-being and for society.”

The Facebook billionaire does not want people to have access to unfiltered information on such questions as the United States government preparation to wage nuclear war against North Korea, Russia and China, government censorship of the Internet and spying on the population, mass demonstrations against immigration raids, police violence, workers strikes, or details about growing levels of social inequality, including the fact that five multi-billionaires (Zuckerberg is one) own as much wealth as half the world’s population.

While the change will initially apply to US Facebook accounts, Zuckerberg states that the “goal is to expand to more countries this year.” Pointing to further censorship announcements still to come, Zuckerberg concludes with the note that he is “looking forward to sharing more updates soon.”

There are more than 2 billion Facebook users around the world, the majority of whom access news via the social media platform. Approximately 45 percent of the American population, or 145 million people, access the news on Facebook—the highest news readership rate of any social media platform—according to a Pew Research Center study from November 2017.

Millions of people turned to independent and alternative news publications via social media precisely because it provided a means to circumvent the establishment media, which have become popularly and correctly identified as pro-government propaganda outlets. According to a 2016 Pew Research poll, the American population’s trust in the media had fallen to 32 percent in that year, the lowest level on record.

By confining users to “local news,” the social media giants are seeking to wind back the clock to the days when the population had access to the news mainly through local newspapers, and could find about world events only through the officially sanctioned corporate press.

Zuckerberg’s announcement explains that publishers will be promoted according to how many users in a “tight geographical area” click on links to their articles. This means of surfacing content explicitly demotes web sites which by their nature are oriented to a national or international readership, such as the World Socialist Web Site (WSWS), which is directed to the world working class.

It also enforces the monopoly of giant media conglomerates, which own the vast majority of smaller, localised publications. The concentration of newspaper ownership has developed enormously over the past two decades, via an ongoing process of mergers and acquisitions. According to newspaperownership.com, a handful of top private media corporations collectively owned 1,449 newspapers in 2014, up from 1,128 just 10 years earlier. Many more local newspapers have simply closed their doors.

Earlier this month, Facebook announced that it was testing a new section of its mobile phone app called “Today in,” which will include only local news, events and announcements. The test is being conducted in only six US cities so far. All news publishers who appear there must first be approved and vetted by Facebook’s News Partnerships team.

Facebook’s latest announcement also coincided with Google’s January 26 restricted release of a new smartphone app, Bulletin, to promote what Google calls “hyperlocal” news, which it defines as news “about your community, for your community.”

The application will allow users to publish stories directly to the web through Google, without the need to create their own blog, web page, or use social media. What this will mean in practise is that Google will have even more direct control over the hosting of independent news content not vetted by the state-sanctioned, corporate-controlled media outlets.

Google is already engaged in systematically blacklisting socialist and left-wing news publications, particularly the WSWS, by rigging results from its search engine to block links to specified web domains. This change was initiated by Google in April 2017 under the banner of combating “fake news” and promoting what it called “authoritative” content.

The purpose of the ongoing changes was made clear in a post by Zuckerberg on Wednesday accompanying the company’s latest earnings report. The report showed that Facebook use actually declined for the first time over the past year, a fact that Zuckerberg welcomes in his post. Zuckerberg states that Facebook is taking action to demote “viral videos,” because such material—which includes videos of police violence and war crimes—is not “good for people’s well-being and society.” This argument complements the McCarthyite campaign being waged by the Democratic Party, intelligence agencies and technology companies, labelling all political opposition in the United States as the outcome of Russian influence and “fake news” promoted by the Kremlin.

The post further notes that Facebook is using artificial intelligence to closely monitor every photo, video, message and post on the platform, to “understand all the content on Facebook,” in what amounts to surveillance on billions of people. (See: “From Facebook to Policebook”)

The avalanche of new measures for mass political censorship and surveillance, now being released on a weekly and even daily basis, testifies to the correctness and urgency of the World Socialist Web Site ’s open letter to socialist, left-wing and anti-war organizations, individuals and web sites, “For an International Coalition against Internet Censorship.” We urge our readers to read and widely share the letter and to take up this fight.

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/02/06…

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Smart Meters and the End of Choice and Free Speech

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Bruce Cain·Sunday, January 7, 2018

I live in South East Michigan about 20 miles south of Detroit. About a week ago (12/28/2017) I got a knock on my door. Outside was a woman from DTE with a smart meter in her hands. “I’ve come to install your smart meter.” DTE provides both my gas and electricity.

I told her “no thanks” and explained that I have both health and privacy concerns with these meters that I have been refusing for about a year now. It appears they want to replace both my gas meter and my electrical meter. Now my wife has fibromyalgia which can be effected by the radiation from these smart meters. And the electrical smart meter is located just outside the house and just a few feet from the kitchen sink where my wife spends considerable time cooking. It is also directly below our bedroom where we obviously sleep each night.

“Oh but you don’t have to have a smart meter. You can get a new digital meter instead that does not emit radiation.”

Yeah I could do that and pay $10 additional each month to have someone come out and read it . . . after paying an initial $80 fee on top of that. And I’m wondering if that will be $20 each month since I have both a gas and electrical meter through DTE.

For the last year I have emailed my readings to DTE each month and I would be happy to send them an occasional picture of the meters, as attachments, if they don’t fully trust my ability to read the meters or report honestly. With a customer base of millions I always wondered why they didn’t simply set up a Active Server Page for customers to report their readings. It would save the costly step of having a DTE employee open thousands of emails and then transpose the readings into their database. I worked decades as a Systems Analyst and know very well that this would save millions of dollars for DTE.

But it is obvious that DTE is not interested in doing this as the want to nudge everyone into having a smart meter. And now that they have installed these meters on 90% of their customer base they are now coming after us “holdouts.” I have already read a few articles where they have actually cut off a customers gas/electricity in order to force compliance. And yes I am very concerned that DTE will force me into submission by eventually shutting off my gas and electricity.

For those that don’t understand the health and privacy concerns of smart meters please read through the following links:

Smart Meter Harm https://smartmeterharm.org/

The Smart Meter Education Network http://www.smartmetereducationnetwork.com/index.php

The Smart Meters are actually just the beginning. By 2020 they are going to roll out 5G technologies that have even more negative implications for your health and privacy. And all of this is being rolled out across the entire US. You can read about the dangers of 5G technology here:

5th Generation Wireless (5G): The Internet of all Things and the Control of all People BRUCE CAIN·WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2017 https://www.facebook.com/notes/bruce-cain/5th-generation-wireless-5g-the-internet-of-all-things-and-the-control-of-all-peo/2021993037826674/

In any case the people of most advanced nations are being “nudged” in many ways toward compliance. And more and more, when nudging doesn’t work there is also shoving. So in the case of Smart Meters the additional monthly $10 fee will be seen as a nudge. And once compliance gets around 90% the other 10% will be brought into compliance with a shove: they will eventually shut off your electricity.

The term “nudge” comes from a book by globalist Cass Sunstein who worked for the Office of Information and Regulatory affairs for another globalist: Barrack Obama (2009 – 2012). Globalists, such as Sunstein, really do believe that American Citizens are too stupid to make informed decisions as will be made clear from the following links:

Cass Sunstein From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cass_Sunstein

Nudge (book) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nudge_(book)

OBAMA’S FAVORITE FOR SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SUNSTEIN WANTS TO BAN GUNS, FREE SPEECH JANUARY 15, 2010 https://www.infowars.com/obamas-favorite-for-supreme-court-justice-sunstein-wants-to-ban-guns-free-speech/

In my view both Obama and Sunstein — as well as many of our past presidents — have embraced globalism. And one of the best templates for understanding globalism is to study the UN’s Agenda21 and Agenda 2030. It is also interesting to see that both smart meters and smart grids (e.g., 5G Wireless Internet) are very much a part of the UN’s globalist agenda. So when your local utility forces you to accept a smart meter this is not just some local program being foisted upon you by you local utility. Those at the top of these utilities must understand that they are really putting in place is the infrastructure for a global government. Once in place the smart grid, smart meters and 5G technologies will be able to literally see what you are doing in the privacy of your home.

===== After considerable review, SkyVision Solutions has concluded that the implementation of a smart grid system (as currently envisioned) is supportive of the objectives of United Nations Agenda 21 and what is called “Sustainable Development.” Sustainable Development is sometimes referred to as “Sustainability” and may also be abbreviated as SD21. In fact, in the table shown below which was extracted from a United Nations document dated May 2012, specific references to smart metering and smart grids are mentioned as part of the course necessary to achieve a “culture of sustainability.”

Sustainable Development https://smartgridawareness.org/agenda-21-and-sustainability/ =====

The bottom line is smart meters provide no benefit to the consumer and actually impose a cost because the cost of transferring to smart meters requires considerable manpower and other costs. The consumer will be forced to absorb those costs as well as suffer both negative health effects and loss of privacy. But it does not end there. Analog meters are read once a month. Smart Meters take a reading every second. The most likely use of this “second by second reading” will be to impose higher energy costs at peak hours of the day. Without smart metering this is not possible.

So before leaving the subject of smart meters I want to implant this greater epiphany in your head. If you have a smart meter or are being hassled to accept a smart meter — what you are really seeing is the implementation of a globalist infrastructure that will soon be used to monitor and control you. It goes way beyond some silly program being implemented by your local utility. Smart Meters, Smart Grids and 5G technology are also being rolled out in the EU, in Canada and throughout the US.

So we have established that smart meters are to be the infrastructure of the coming Global Government as envisioned by the UN. So what are some of their other goals you might ask?

* They want to take away you gun rights.

* They have long held conventions against the legalization of Cannabis (e.g., Marijuana).

* They want to bring in hordes of Muslim Terrorists and low skilled workers through a program of “Open Borders” which is currently destroying the cultural identity of England, France the US, Sweden etc.

* They want to force you to accept vaccinations.

These are just a few things that come to mind. But what must also be made clear is that it is not just the UN that is behind globalization. Many of those in our government bureaucracies support globalism. Most of the Fortune 500 companies support globalism. Many NGO’s support globalism. I have often described this as an invisible pyramid where the power lies at the top and the commands are pushed down through this spider web of organizations whose influence is eventually felt in our local communities. And unless you have studied this it all does appear invisible to the average citizen. Even within the Anti Smart Meter Movement I doubt there are many that understand the global implication that these meters represent.

Concluding remarks:

The invisible war in which we find ourselves is being waged between Individualists and Collectivists. Both increasing hierarchy and technological advance both tend to push us further toward Collectivism. Globalism can be seen as the most evolved form of Collectivism and these are the people most offended by Trump’s election to POTUS. I may have my problems with Trump but I think our lucky stars that Hillary did not win as she is a major flexion among the globalists.

Individualism is dying on the vine and will require a New Enlightenment in order to survive. This, by the way, is why I have always advocated for home grows to supply the dispensaries across this once great nation. I’ve always thought it better to keep thriving economies at the local level. Read “Small is Beautiful” to better understand the concept of small cottage industry and how it makes things better for all of us.

What we are seeing in the last several years is what I would call “the end of choice” as well as an end to free speech.

* Get a vaccine or you loose your job.

* Stop smoking cigarettes or we will double your health insurance premiums . . . but we won’t do anything to make cigarettes safer by removing the toxic ingredients

* Eat more GMO foods which are banned in most of Europe because of negative health impacts.

* Get a smart meter or we turn off you gas/electricity

* Accept 5G technology — even though it has both health and privacy implications that are far from acceptable.

* Oh you smoke Cannabis? Well then no gun for you.

* Soon all you will be able to buy is a smart TV that can be used to spy on you in your bedroom or anywhere you have a TV.

* In many nations (the EU, Canada, the US) criticizing the Islamic Ideology is being criminalized in what are modern day blasphemy laws. In 2017 Canada imposed M-103 that does exactly that.

I predict that the activism, pushing back against this nudging toward “no choice – just comply” may well be a significant issue as the, hopefully peaceful, 2nd American rEvolution begins to build. It is coming. Everyone needs to get involved.

Otherwise prepare your children and grandchildren to become slaves in the building Global Technocratic State. Think of it as a new form of slavery. Don’t allow your kids to endure this bullshit. Just saying.

Rise Up!

Carpe Diem!

BRUCE CAIN on Facebook

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RELATED:

https://smartgridawareness.org/agenda-21-and-sustainability/

https://wakeup-world.com/2018/01/08/understanding-sovereignty-and-how-you-lost-your-kingdom-of-god/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Century_of_the_Self

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJ3RzGoQC4s

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_alienation

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jury_nullification#Post_Civil_War

http://humanevents.com/2009/05/01/the-gathering-storm-over-guns/

https://www.infowars.com/obamas-favorite-for-supreme-court-justice-sunstein-wants-to-ban-guns-free-speech/

https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-465-09106-5

https://www.infowars.com/the-denial-of-cass-sunstein-just-admit-what-you-have-written/

https://www.theglobalist.com/nudging-europes-energy-transformation/

The legacy of Manfred Donike

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For all of his hard work attending school and graduating as a German Chemist, while participating in the Tour de France in the 60’s, Manfred Donike was most widely known as an “doping expert” and is credited with the first accurate urine testing procedures.

He was Director for the Institute for Biochemistry at the German Sports University Cologne and head of drug testing operations at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Manfred Donike, at 61 years old, suffered a major heart attack and died in flight to Johannesburg to set up a drug testing lab for the All-African Games in August of 1995. 

There is a Manfred Donike Institute, and a Manfred Donike Workshop which is closed to the public.  There is also a Manfred Donike Award !

At the time of his death, Dr. Don Catlin, head of the Paul Ziffrin Analytical Laboratory at UCLA stated:

“He devised all the chemical methods of identifying prohibited substances.  This is a staggering blow (to the anti-doping movement), but we will recover…”LINK

The first thing I saw on google January 3rd,  while browsing the news was an article at the Daily Beast written by Christopher Moraff.

Jeff Sessions’ Marijuana Adviser Wants Doctors to Drug-Test Everyone

I had to look two or three times with my glasses on just to make sure of what I was seeing.  I checked to see if it was a spoof – and it is not – as it is being reported by a number of news sites.

I immediately thought to myself, “I wonder if Manfred Donike knew what would happen when he came up with the procedure for drug-testing?”  Did he have any idea that this testing would be used to imprison people throughout the World?  Did he know how many Children would be separated from their Parents for nominal use of any substance that the Government saw fit to deem illicit?  Did he know how many people would go to jail or prison or possibly a mental health facility for smoking Marijuana?

Then, on January 4th we wake up to this news!

Sessions to rescind Obama-era rules on non-interference with states where pot is legal

Manfred Donike was appointed director of the Institute of Biochemistry at the German Sport University in Cologne in 1977, he is THE man who was responsible for the development of drug testing which is still used today.

Single handedly he is responsible for more people being imprisoned or confined in facilities for drug use than any other person on Earth.   Whether or not he realized at the time what would happen we will probably never know.   Continuing long after his death the long arm of drug testing has nestled into every Country on the face of the planet and threatens to control all of Society at large for a long time to come… 

His lab work also led to the massive drug bust at the 1983 Pan American Games  LINK

Dr. Robert Dupont formerly of NIDA, Kevin Sabet of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), and several other notable anti-legalization Activists joined Mr. Sessions in a meeting to discuss the situation regarding the many States who have “legalized” Marijuana in December. 

“I think it’s a big issue for America, for the country, and I’m of the general view that this is not a healthy substance,”  USAG Jeff Sessions  LINK       VIDEO LINK

As the meeting was closed-door there was no initial reports except to the fact that it did take place.  Mr. Sessions said this about the meeting…

We’re working on that very hard right now,” he said on Wednesday. “We had meetings yesterday and talked about it at some length. It’s my view that the use of marijuana is detrimental and we should not give encouragement in any way to it. And it represents a federal violation which is in the law and is subject to being enforced, and our priorities will have to be focused on all the things and challenges that we face.”(USAG Sessions) LINK

As of this morning, we know what he decided to do!  The “COLE MEMO” will be rescinded.

(CNN)In a seismic shift, Attorney General Jeff Sessions will announce Thursday that he is rescinding a trio of memos from the Obama administration that adopted a policy of non-interference with marijuana-friendly state laws, according to a source with knowledge of the decision. LINK

If anyone thinks that it is not feasible for the Federal Government to drug-test everyone, they would be wrong.  The health-care system is set up as a monitoring system.  At some point everyone will have to see a doctor for illness. 

A national model bill Dr. DuPont wrote in 2010 called for testing  anyone stopped for suspicion of DUI for all controlled substances, and arresting them if any trace amount at all is detected.

“Doctors already check for things like cholesterol and blood sugar, why not test for illicit drugs.”

— Dr. Robert DuPont

Ultimately, it will all lead you back to Agenda 21/30.  The total control of the people through the food and medicine (and plants) you consume.  Add to that drug testing at your local PCP and the NWO has us rounded up pretty well.

The principle of fair play forbids saying someone is guilty without evidence.”

Therefore, we MUST have evidence.  And what better way to have the evidence at hand than to routinely urine test every citizen  as part of our healthcare, as a way to keep us free from addiction?  Not to mention the fact that it is all conveniently entered into a computerized health care system for easy access by any Federal entity that is deemed appropriate at the time.  Sounds like a great plan to me…(!!) if I were interested in maintaining total control over the population and keeping the prison industrial complex flowing…

Additionally, there was an article written by R. William Davis, entitled “Shadow of the Swastika – The Elkhorn Manifesto” which outlines the historical avenues which were taken to get us where we are at today.  Today, on the anniversary of Gatewood Galbraith’s death I invite you to take a look at it.  It is a very interesting and informative read.

After the morning news today there isn’t much more to be said about what is happening unless they literally declare martial law across the Nation just to control the potheads.

I can’t wait for the new “memo” to come out!

I’ll keep you informed…

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“Rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to purposes and principles of the United Nations.” HOW THE UNITED NATIONS IS STEALING OUR “UNALIENABLE RIGHTS” TO GROW FOOD AND MEDICINE THROUGH THE U.N. CONVENTION ON NARCOTIC DRUGS AND AGENDA 21.

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https://www.thedailybeast.com/jeff-sessions-marijuana-adviser-wants-doctors-to-drug-test-everyone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txukr5zgHnw

https://www.c-span.org/video/?438309-1/attorney-general-sessions-makes-remarks-drug-policy

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/flo-jo-passed-all-drug-tests/

https://www.marijuanamoment.net/jeff-sessions-just-met-anti-marijuana-activists/

https://www.marijuanamoment.net/trump-administration-considering-marijuana-policy-changes-sessions-says/

https://fis.dshs-koeln.de/portal/en/organisations/manfreddonikeinstitut(370032ec-cc3e-4785-b263-4c184c4f91f8).html

https://www.agilent.com/en/manfred-donike-award

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27732762

http://mdi-workshop.com/login.php

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1995-08-22/news/9508220085_1_doping-chinese-athletes-drug-testing

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich_massacre

https://www.justice.gov/iso/opa/resources/3052013829132756857467.pdf

https://kentuckymarijuanaparty.com/in-remembrance-of/gatewood/

https://kentuckymarijuanaparty.com/2015/10/26/rights-and-freedoms-may-in-no-case-be-exercised-contrary-to-purposes-and-principles-of-the-united-nations-how-the-united-nations-is-stealing-our-unalienable-rights-to-grow/

Indiana law for felony arrest DNA collection taking effect

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana authorities are being required under a new state law to collect a DNA sample from those who are arrested for a felony crime.

The law taking effect Monday requires that police collect a DNA cheek swab, along with fingerprints and photographs during the booking process. That will enable law enforcement to check a database for matches with DNA evidence gathered in other crimes.

The sample may be expunged from the system if an arrestee is acquitted, a charge is lowered below a felony, or if no charges are filed after a year.

State legislators approved the new law last April. Supporters contended it would help solve crimes, along with exonerating the innocent. Critics argued the DNA collection goes against the U.S. Constitution’s protection from unreasonable search and seizure.

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2-year-old denied kidney transplant because father violated probation

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ATLANTA — A.J. Burgess was born a month too soon without a working kidney, WGCL-TV reports, and his father Anthony Dickerson is a 110 percent match for an organ donation. But surgeons at Emory Hospital in Atlanta won’t perform the operation because Dickerson served time in prison for violating probation.

Burgess, who only weighs 25 pounds at age 2, spent 10 months in a neonatal intensive care unit. Dickerson was tested and proved to be the perfect match to give his son a kidney, WGCL-TV writes.

“He made it his business to say, ‘Once I get out, I’m gonna promise to my son that he can get a kidney,” A.J.’s mother Carmella said.

As soon as Dickerson was released from prison, he was about to go through the steps to donate his kidney on Oct. 3. However, he returned to jail for violating his parole again for possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies, according to WGCL-TV.

It was at that point everything changed for the family and Carmella said that the hospital needed three to four months before the child’s father could donate his kidney.

“The lady said we need your parole information and your probation info. He said ‘why?’ We need you to be on good behavior for three to four months before you can give your son the kidney. And January 2018 we will think about re-evaluating you basically,” Carmella said.

Emory Healthcare issued a statement to WGCL-TV saying in part that organ transplants are designed to ensure success for organ recipients and that it cannot share specific information about this case.

“Emory Healthcare is committed to the highest quality of care for its patients. Guidelines for organ transplantation are designed to maximize the chance of success for organ recipients and minimize risk for living donors”, the statement read. “Because of privacy regulations and respect for patient confidentiality, we cannot share specific information about patients.”

Meanwhile, Burgess’ mother says waiting until 2018 might be too late for her toddler as his health continues to worsen. She says A.J.’s body is failing and he needs bladder surgery.

She is hoping a GoFundMe page will bring awareness to the family’s predicament and provide funds for financial stability.

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SITSA creates a new “Schedule A” that gives the Attorney General of the United States the power to ban any “analogue” of an opioid that controls pain or provides an increase of energy.

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Kratom Advocates:

If you’ve had one of those days that starts with friends calling you with bad news, and the news just gets worse and worse as the day goes on – then that describes my day perfectly.

On Friday of last week, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, dropped a bill in the U.S. Senate that our lobbyists believe will give the FDA and DEA a backdoor way of banning kratom completely in the United States.

S. 1327 is euphemistically called the SITSA Act.  And a companion bill in the US House of Representatives has already been filed, H.R. 2851, by Representative John Katco of New York.

The SITSA Act stands for the “Stop Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act of 2017.”
SITSA creates a new “Schedule A” that gives the Attorney General of the United States the power to ban any “analogue” of an opioid that controls pain or provides an increase of energy.

That is kratom. Because kratom’s 2 primary alkaloids, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, though not opioids, act similarly in some ways.
They could of just called this bill the “Schedule Kratom” Act.

This legislation will allow the Attorney General, and his supporters at the DEA, to add kratom to Schedule A on a “temporary basis” that will last for 5 years.
And once added to Schedule A, the Attorney General can convert it to a permanent schedule.
After everything that we’ve fought successfully against and endured together as a movement, our lobbyists are concerned that this is now the perfect storm for banning kratom.

Under the current Controlled Substances Act, the FDA and DEA have to prove conclusively that kratom is dangerously addictive and unsafe for consumer use. That’s why we were able to stop them in their tracks when they tried to ram through an “emergency scheduling” ban on kratom.

And it is why the FDA is having such a tough time in finding some justification to schedule kratom under regular rulemaking.

So now the anti-kratom bureaucrats in Washington want to ban kratom simply by claiming it has the same effects as an opioid – calling it an “analogue” of the opioid.

And the SITSA Act can enforce a ban on kratom by criminalizing any manufacturer or distributor of kratom. Ten years imprisonment just for manufacturing or selling a kratom product, and a fine of $500,000 if you are an individual, $2,500,000 if the defendant is a company.

If you import or export kratom, it is a 20-year sentence.

And then there are harsh penalties for what they call “false labeling” of a Schedule A substance.
That’s why am writing – because I need your help again.

We have to convince Sen. Grassley, Sen. Feinstein, and Representative Katko that they have to exempt natural botanical plants from the SITSA Act.
We have to act quickly, because I learned today that the House Judiciary Committee is looking to schedule a Hearing before they leave for recess next month.

So I hope you will help by doing three specific things:

1.    Click on the link below and sign our petition that the AKA will have delivered to every member of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees. 

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION URGING LAWMAKERS TO REMOVE KRATOM FROM THE SITSA ACT.

2.    I need you to pick up the phone and call Sen. Grassley’s office, Sen. Feinstein’s office, and Representative Katco’s office. When the staff member answers the phone, tell them that their boss should exclude natural botanicals like kratom products from the SITSA Act.

Here are the phone numbers you should call:

Senator Grassley:    (202) 224-3744
Senator Feinstein:    (202) 224-3841
Congressman Katco:    (202) 225-3701

When you call, be polite, but firm.  Kratom should be exempted from SITSA.

3.    Please click on the donation link below and help us once again to take on this fight with a team of lawyers, lobbyists, and public relations professionals.  Please consider making a monthly contribution to the AKA.

DONATION LINK TO HELP THE AKA FIGHT THIS LEGISLATION.

I know I am asking a lot.

But we need to fight back hard, or they will steal our freedoms from us to make our own decisions about our health and well-being.

So please, sign the petition, call the the sponsors of SITSA, and please, please, give as generous a contribution as you can to help us put our team on the ground in Washington, D.C.

With your help, we have established ourselves as a real force in Washington.

With your continued help – help that I am so grateful for – we can win this battle against the enemies of kratom.

Your contribution will help us hire the lawyers we need for a brief on why this legislation violates due process and current law; our lobbyists to knock on doors on Capitol Hill; and our public relations team to rally the press to tell our story.

We will stand up for freedom.

Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Susan Ash
Founder and Spokesperson
American Kratom Association
www.americankratom.org

http://mailchi.mp/americankratom/new-legislative-attack-on-kratom?e=2709219685

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ASSET FORFEITURE IS ALIVE AND WELL…

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K9 bust Three Rivers

By Brad Devereaux | bdeverea@mlive.com
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on June 12, 2017 at 8:43 AM

THREE RIVERS, MI — Police arrested a 22-year-old Elkhart man after a traffic stop for defective equipment and a K9 search that revealed about nine ounces of marijuana, police say.

On Saturday evening, June 10, a police officer pulled over a maroon SUV for a defective equipment violation and determined the driver had a suspended license, a Three Rivers Police Department news release states.

Police arrested the driver and found a small amount of marijuana in his pocket. He refused consenting to a search of the vehicle. 

Police called in K9 Django and proceeded with a search after the investigation showed reasonable suspicion that more drugs could be in the car, police said.

Django conducted an exterior search for the odor of drugs and gave a positive alert.

Officers entered the SUV and found about nine ounces of marijuana packaged for sale. 

The man was lodged at the St. Joseph County Jail on felony drug charges. The vehicle and currency were seized under civil drug forfeiture laws, police said. 

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“Leeper Act,” lifts Kentucky’s 33-year-old moratorium on nuclear power plant construction

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Kentucky United We Stand, Divided We Fall

Commonwealth of Kentucky

Governor’s Office

MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact: Woody Maglinger

502-564-2611

Woody.Maglinger@ky.gov

Gov. Bevin to Ceremonially Sign “Leeper Act”

Wednesday in Paducah

SB 11 lifts 33-year-old moratorium on nuclear power plant construction

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 12, 2017) – Gov. Matt Bevin will join state and local officials in Paducah on Wednesday to ceremonially sign the recently enacted Senate Bill 11. The legislation, known as the “Leeper Act,” lifts Kentucky’s 33-year-old moratorium on nuclear power plant construction.

McCracken County is home to the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, which produced enriched uranium from 1954 until 2013 and employed more than 1,000 local residents at its peak.

Who:

Governor Matt Bevin

Senator Danny Carroll

McCracken County Judge/Executive Bob Leeper

What:

Ceremonial Signing of Senate Bill 11 (“Leeper Act”)

When:

Wednesday, June 14

5:00 p.m. (CDT)

Where:

Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce

300 South 3rd Street

Paducah, Kentucky

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Sometimes You Have To Stalk Your Stalker

Rev. Mary T. Spears, Diverse Sanctuary ...

Looks like I am not the only one who knows… Like I have been saying… “Sometimes you have to Stalk your Stalker” ROLMAFO!!!

So she agrees that it is Exactly like I have been saying!!! That “Sometimes you have to stalk your stalker” = Get back up in  their face, invade their space,… As it is all about their narcissistic a$$ being in control… When they are not in control… You take your power back!!! lmao!!! ♥

Funny how I figured this all out? Years ago… If your really smart, it doesn’t have to get violent; which can also be countered when necessary!

Funny! As in How Odd? Isn’t this how most government psych-ops works also?!!!

Psyops 101: An introduction to psychological operations

https://www.corbettreport.com/psyops-101-an-introduction-to-psychological-operations/
Watch the Full Video Report Here:
https://www.corbettreport.com/?powerpress_embed=5985-podcast&powerpress_player=mediaelement-video

If you are paying attention…
http://www.yourtango.com/experts/nancy-nichols/10-subtle-signs-youre-emotionally-abusive-relationship

While mean time…

They screw you and everyone else they can… While they…

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Shop owner pleads guilty in marijuana pipe case

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Daniel Borunda , El Paso Times Published 6:30 p.m. MT May 16, 2017

An El Paso woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal charge for selling marijuana pipes to undercover officers at her smoke shop in Sunland Park, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Mexico said.

Brenda Riveroll, 36, pleaded guilty in federal court in Las Cruces to a charge of selling drug paraphernalia. She was sentenced to five years’ probation as part of a plea deal, prosecutors said in a news release.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that Riveroll was the owner and only employee of The Smoke Shop on Palomas Court, which sold bongs, glass and metal pipes, scales and grinders for marijuana.

On May 12, 2016, the shop was raided by law enforcement a few weeks after Riveroll had sold the pipes to the undercover officers. On April 3, Riveroll was arrested by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration after she was indicted.

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