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First, The earth was the center of the universe.


Remember Galileo?  The Roman Inquisition sorted that one out too.

Red Pope

Pope Denies Existence of Islamic Terrorism. “I have been made victorious with terror,” trumpeted Mohammad.” Image: http://moonbattery.com/graphics/red-pope.jpg

Pope Francis: ‘Muslim Terrorism Does Not Exist’

I have been made victorious with terror!”  boasted Mohammad. [Bukhari: 4.52. 220]

In an impassioned address Friday, Pope Francis denied the existence of Islamic terrorism, while simultaneously asserting that “the ecological crisis is real.”

“Christian terrorism does not exist, Jewish terrorism does not exist, and Muslim terrorism does not exist. They do not exist,” Francis said in his speech to a world meeting of populist movements.

What he apparently meant is that not all Christians are terrorists and not all Muslims are terrorists—a fact evident to all—yet his words also seemed to suggest that no specifically Islamic form of terrorism exists in the world, an assertion that stands in stark contradiction to established fact.

“No people is criminal or drug-trafficking or violent,” Francis said, while also suggesting—as he has on other occasions—that terrorism is primarily a result of economic inequalities rather than religious beliefs. “The poor and the poorer peoples are accused of violence yet, without equal opportunities, the different forms of aggression and conflict will find a fertile terrain for growth and will eventually explode.”

The Pope also reiterated his conviction that all religions promote peace and that the danger of violent radicalization exists equally in all religions.

“There are fundamentalist and violent individuals in all peoples and religions—and with intolerant generalizations they become stronger because they feed on hate and xenophobia,” he said.

While denying the existence of Islamic terrorism, Francis also seemed to condemn the denial of global warming, asserting that “the ecological crisis is real.”

“A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system,” he said.

We know “what happens when we deny science and disregard the voice of Nature,” the Pope said. “Let us not fall into denial. Time is running out. Let us act. I ask you again—all of you, people of all backgrounds including native people, pastors, political leaders—to defend Creation.”

While acknowledging that science is not “the only form of knowledge,” and that “science is not necessarily ‘neutral’” and often “conceals ideological views or economic interests,” he still insisted that people of good will should not oppose “scientific consensus” regarding global warming.

Leftist media like the liberal Guardian in the U.K. immediately politicized the speech, predictably claiming that the Pope was backing “anti-Trump protests,” despite the fact that the Pope himself denied such a claim, explicitly declaring that “I am not speaking of anyone in particular.”

“I am not speaking of anyone in particular, I am speaking of a social and political process that flourishes in many parts of the world and poses a grave danger for humanity,” he said.

Moreover, although the Guardian claimed that the Pope was “condemning populism,” in point of fact, he was speaking to populist movements and praised their commitment to democracy.

“The direction taken beyond this historic turning-point,” Francis said, “will depend on people’s involvement and participation and, largely, on yourselves, the popular movements.”

Nevertheless, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said Monday that the Holy See is concerned over growing populist and nationalist movements, both in Europe and in the United States.

In an interview for the Italian evening news on the state-owned RAI network, the Cardinal was asked whether the Vatican is worried about what the interviewer called “the spread of nationalism and populism not only in Europe but also in the United States with Donald Trump.”

“I think so, I think so,” Parolin said. “Certainly these closings are not a good sign,” since many of them “are born of fear, which is not a good counselor.”

In his address Friday, the Pope denounced “the guise of what is politically correct or ideologically fashionable,” which he described as a “hypocritical attitude,” while urging real solutions to unemployment, corruption, the identity crisis, and “the gutting of democracies.”

“The system’s gangrene cannot be whitewashed forever because sooner or later the stench becomes too strong,” he said.

[Byline Thomas D. Williams]

Breitbart: National Security
17 February 2017

Related: Galileo weighs in, having some experience with church-mandated “science.”


See Also

In 1633 Galileo is convicted of heresy

In 1616 the Catholic Church placed Nicholas Copernicus’ “De Revolutionibus,” the first modern scientific argument for a heliocentric (sun-centered) universe, on its index of banned books.

The Church had decided the idea that the Sun moved around the Earth was an absolute fact of scripture that could not be disputed, despite the fact that scientists had known for centuries that the Earth was not the center of the universe.

Pope Paul V summoned Galileo to Rome and told him he could no longer support Copernicus publicly.
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Galileo was summoned before the Roman Inquisition in 1633.
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It took more than 300 years for the Church to admit that Galileo was right and to clear his name of heresy.

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Catholic Priests Told to Push Global Warming Propaganda, By

Biological Health Hazard – Highly Infectious Streptococcus A (Outbreak – Fatal): Alaska, USA


STREPTOCOCCUS, GROUP A – USA: (ALASKA) FATAL, NEW STRAIN, HOMELESS, REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
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Published Date: 2017-02-15 09:51:59
Subject: PRO/EDR> Streptococcus, group A – USA: (AK) fatal, new strain, homeless, RFI
Archive Number: 20170215.4840076

Date: Mon 13 Feb 2017
Source: Alaska Public Media [edited]

There’s an outbreak of a newly identified, rare strain of group A streptococcus bacteria [GAS or _Streptococcus pyogenes_] in Anchorage that’s mostly impacting people who are experiencing homelessness. Public health workers will be visiting Brother Francis Shelter, Beans’ Cafe, and other services this week to distribute antibiotics and antiseptics to try to stop the spread of the disease.

State epidemiologist Joe McLaughlin said the bacterium is fairly common. Most healthy people don’t show any symptoms or just have mild skin or throat infections. But if a person’s immune system is already compromised, then the bacteria can enter into a small cut and lead to major infections, toxic shock syndrome, or amputations.

“The homeless population is more at risk in general for these types of invasive diseases because they’re at higher likelihood to have other chronic conditions,” he explained during a phone interview. “They might also have decreased access to care and decreased opportunities for self care and personal hygiene.”

The outbreak started in Fairbanks over the summer [2016] then died down. It spread to Anchorage in the fall. There have been 7 to 10 severe cases per month since October [2016]. 90 percent of the patients were homeless. 4 people have died.

Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer Emily Mosites, who is with the Center for Disease Control in Anchorage, said this outbreak has been hard to stop. The bacteria spread through human contact, like coughing near someone or touching, and it’s impacting a very mobile population. But she stressed that most people should not worry. “The main thing to keep in mind here is the risk in the general population is very low,” she said. “Right now we’re still seeing it in the homeless population, and we’re taking as many steps as we can to try to control it there.”

The newest step is going to different service providers this week to hand out single-dose antibiotics and antiseptic washes, to kill the bacterium before it causes more severe infections. Mosites said the epidemiologists have been working with the clinic at Brother Francis Shelter since November [2016] to identify and treat cases early on, and to contact people who could be at risk for infection.

[Byline: Anne Hillman]

Communicated by:
ProMED-mail from HealthMap Alerts
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[Crowding in shelters likely facilitated person-to-person transmission.

ProMED-mail previously reported that a new “strain” of GAS had been identified as causing an outbreak of invasive GAS infections in Fairbanks in 2016, that subsequently spread to Anchorage, in mostly middle-aged Alaska Native men who had stayed in homeless shelters (Streptococcus, group A – USA: (AK) fatal, new strain, homeless native men, RFI 20161130.4664201). During February through November 2016, there were 28 confirmed cases of invasive infections identified — 10 in the Fairbanks area and 18 in Anchorage; 14 of these cases occurred during October and November 2016; 4 of 28 patients with invasive GAS died (2 in Fairbanks, 2 in Anchorage); and the strain that caused these infections was a novel genotype, _emm_-type 26 (http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/epi/documents/phan/gas%20phan_nov_29_2016.pdf).

However, the news report above does not mention if Alaskan Native men are involved and does not indicate if the genotype of the “new” strain is also _emm_-type 26. Further information in this regard from knowledgeable sources would be appreciated. – Mod.ML

A HealthMap/ProMED-mail map can be accessed at: http://healthmap.org/promed/p/3238.]

See Also

2016
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Streptococcus, group A – USA: (AK) fatal, new strain, homeless native men, RFI 20161130.4664201
Streptococcus, group A, invasive – USA: (NH) IDU, heroin, RFI 20161103.4605010

2012
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Streptococcus group A, scarlet fever – USA: (KS) 20120113.1009102

2008
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Streptococcus, group A – USA: (NM), RFI 20080206.0484
………………………………………….sb/ml/mj/jh

Source:
A ProMED-mail post
ProMED-mail is a program of the International Society for Infectious Diseases


Related

CDC. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016; 65(30): 788 –  2016/08/05
Notes from the Field: Fatal Infection Associated with Equine Exposure — King County, Washington, 2016

UK study identifies odd new Streptococcus variant –  2015/06/14
Emergence of a New Highly Successful Acapsular Group A Streptococcus Clade of Genotype emm89 in the United Kingdom

Pharmaceutical Health Hazard – Fungal infection, contaminated Methylprednisolone: North Carolina, USA.


FUNGAL INFECTION, CONTAMINATED DRUG – USA: (NORTH CAROLINA) LATE RELAPSE
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Published Date: 2017-02-17 17:16:13
Subject: PRO/EDR> Fungal infection, contaminated drug – USA: (NC) late relapse
Archive Number: 20170217.4846918

Date: Fri 17 Feb 2017
Source: CDC Emerging Infectious Diseases (in press) [edited]

Fungal Contamination of Methylprednisolone Causing Recurrent Lumbosacral Intradural Abscess
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Fungal meningitis transmitted through injections of methylprednisolone contaminated with _Exserohilum rostratum_ affected 753 persons and caused 61 deaths in the USA in 2012 (1). More than 13 400 patients were potentially exposed to 1 of 3 contaminated drug lots (2,3). However, whether recommended treatment eliminates this disease is unknown because of limited reports of recurrent disease (4). As of December 2015, CDC had reported 8 cases of _E. rostratum_ meningitis relapses within a median time of 90 days. Reporting recurrent cases informs potential treatment recommendation changes and long-term care guidelines for affected persons. With institutional review board approval from Wake Forest University Medical Center, we describe fungal infection recurrence at 24 months.

A 78-year-old woman sought treatment at the neurosurgery clinic at Wake Forest Medical Center (Winston-Salem, NC, USA), in August 2015 with a 4-month history of acute or chronic lower back pain, leg weakness, and radicular pain in the left side. Non-operative interventions, including narcotics, physical therapy, and epidural steroid injections (L5-S1, July 2015), did not control her symptoms.

The patient had received an injection of contaminated methylprednisolone on [12 Sep 2012]. She was identified as a patient affected by the contamination and contacted as part of the CDC investigation. One month after contact, she was hospitalized for intractable headaches, nausea, and vomiting). PCR results from 2 samples of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) performed by CDC were positive for _E. rostratum_ (from 16 and 22 Oct 2012). Treatment consisted of intravenous voriconazole, later switched to ambisome [amphotericin B], with a transition to oral voriconazole due to hallucinations. Therapy response was monitored with serial lumbar punctures. Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the lumbar region was performed on [18 Nov 2012], and showed an enhancing epidural abscess, spanning T12-S2. Treatment was discontinued on [16 Jan 2013], a decision supported by 10 serially negative CSF fungal cultures and repeat PCR, negative for _E. rostratum_, performed at CDC on [22 Feb 2013]. Lumbar MRI on 1 Feb 2013, showed improvement of the lumbar epidural abscess.

The October 2012 hospitalization was complicated by the patient’s persistent altered mental status and right hemiparesis, which prompted a contrast-enhanced MRI of the brain on [15 Feb 2013], that demonstrated a left transverse sinus thrombus. The condition was monitored, and repeat imaging on [1 Mar 2013], found it to be nearly resolved. The patient appeared to be recovered from her infection at her last infectious disease follow-up in [March 2013].

The patient was hospitalized again in [May 2015] after a fall; she experienced worsening back pain, headaches, and confusion. Brain MRI demonstrated a recurrent dural venous thrombosis, which was treated with anticoagulants. Given concern for recurrent fungal infection, she also underwent lumbar puncture. CSF cell count and chemistries were within normal limits. CSF cultures were negative for fungi.

At home, her acute left leg pain worsened, leaving her nonambulatory, and she sought hospital management. On neurologic examination, she was awake and alert with some delirium/confusion and some mild weakness in the left lower leg. Contrast-enhanced lumbar MRI demonstrated a homogeneous enhancing intradural mass, spanning L4 to the sacrum, with a corresponding T2 hypointense signal (Figure, panels A, B). Diagnosing this lumbosacral intradural mass was not obvious because the differential diagnosis includes neoplasms, infections, and hematomas. Given the patient’s worsening symptoms, we performed nerve decompression and resection of the mass.

During the operation, the patient underwent a laminectomy of L3-L5; intraoperative findings showed an intradural abscess and arachnoiditis, with edema and adherence of the cauda equina nerve roots (Figure). Pathologic examination demonstrated abundant necrotic material containing septate hyphae fungal elements of brown pigment, consistent with a dematiaceous fungus. The material did not undergo PCR, given her clinical history (including PCR) and pathologic findings at recurrence. Her condition was treated with intravenous amphotericin B and voriconazole during her 12-day hospitalization, and she was discharged on oral voriconazole for outpatient treatment, with an anticipated duration of 1 year. At 5-month follow-up, she had complete resolution of her back pain and was full strength with some intermittent left radicular pain.

Only 3 other cases of intradural abscess were reported from the initial outbreak, making this recurrence a notable CNS disease manifestation (5). The patient had several risk factors for recurrence. She had received epidural steroid injections after antifungal treatment; the steroids resulted in an immunocompromised environment, potentially allowing for immune evasion and residual disease. A dural rent during multiple spinal taps or posttreatment epidural steroid injections may have seeded the fungus in the intradural space, which then expanded because antifungal agents demonstrate relatively poor CSF penetration. She also underwent a 3-month initial treatment; at least 6 months of antifungal treatment is currently recommended, although optimal treatment duration remains uncertain because objective criteria for infection clearance are lacking.

Given the potential for recurrence, fungal disease should remain on the differential diagnosis list for patients with prior exposure. In addition, long-term follow-up could identify patients needing further treatment (4).

References
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1. Smith RM, Schaefer MK, Kainer MA, et al: Fungal infections associated with contaminated methylprednisolone injections. N Engl J Med. 2013;369:1598-1609.
2. Kauffman CA, Pappas PG, Patterson TF: Fungal infections associated with contaminated methylprednisolone injections. N Engl J Med. 2013;368:2495-2500.
3. Pappas PG. Lessons learned in the multistate fungal infection outbreak in the United States. Curr Opin Infect Dis. 2013;26:545-550.
4. Smith RM, Tipple M, Chaudry MN, Schaefer MK, Park BJ: Relapse of fungal meningitis associated with contaminated methylprednisolone. N Engl J Med. 2013;368:2535-2536.
5. Chiller TM, Roy M, Nguyen D, et al: Clinical findings for fungal infections caused by methylprednisolone injections. N Engl J Med. 2013;369:1610-1619.

[Authors: Renfrow JJ, Frenkel MB, Hsu W]

[The figures referenced are available at the source URL. – Mod.JH]

Communicated by:
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[As far as I know, this case is the longest relapse of disease to date.

These were the numbers reported from CDC as of 6 May 2013 (20130507.1697132) in order to give the reader an idea where the cases were reported from. Michigan and Tennessee led the list.

Cases and deaths with fungal infections linked to steroid injections
State / Total case counts / CNS infections / Joint only / Deaths
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Florida / 25 / 25 / 0 / 5
Georgia / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0
Idaho / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0
Illinois / 2 / 2 / 0 / 0
Indiana / 88 / 88 / 0 / 11
Maryland / 26 / 26 / 0 / 3
Michigan / 261 / 236 / 25 / 16
Minnesota / 12 / 12 / 0 / 1
North Carolina / 18 / 18 / 0 / 1
New Hampshire / 14 / 9 / 5 / 0
New Jersey 51 / 50 / 1 / 0
New York / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0
Ohio / 20 / 20 / 0 / 1
Pennsylvania / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0
Rhode Island / 3 / 3 / 0 / 0
South Carolina / 3 / 3 / 0 / 0
Tennessee / 152 / 150 / 2 / 15
Texas / 2 / 2 / 0 / 0
Virginia / 53 / 53 / 0 / 2
West Virginia / 7 / 7/ 0 / 0
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TOTALS = 741 / 708 / 33 / 55. – Mod.LL]

A HealthMap/ProMED-mail map can be accessed at: http://healthmap.org/promed/p/235.]

See Also

2016
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Fungal infection, contaminated drug – USA: (NYC) single oncology clinic 20161117.4636253

2015
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Fungal infection, contaminated drug – USA: 2012-2014, follow up 20151030.3755591

2013
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Fungal infection, contaminated drug – USA (15): (TN) late relapse, alert 20131010.1993124
Fungal infection, contaminated drug – USA (14) 20130909.1931179
Fungal infection, contaminated drug – USA (13) 20130719.1832516
Fungal infection, contaminated drug – USA (12): mixed cultures 20130616.1773872
Fungal infection, contaminated drug – USA (11): new outbreak, RFI 20130607.1760736
Fungal infection, contaminated drug – USA (10): (FL) new outbreak, RFI 20130604.1755114
Fungal infection, contaminated drug – USA (09): new outbreak, RFI 20130601.1749968
Fungal infection, contaminated drug – USA (08): new outbreak, RFI 20130527.1739593
Fungal infection, contaminated drug – USA (07): new outbreak, RFI 20130525.1737028
Fungal infection, contaminated drug – USA (06): (MI) 20130520.1721489
Fungal infection, contaminated drug – USA (05) 20130507.1697132
Fungal infection, contaminated drug – USA (04) 20130329.1610129
Fungal infection, contaminated drug – USA (03) 20130312.1583406
Fungal infection, contaminated drug – USA (02) 20130130.1521840
Fungal infection, contaminated drug – USA 20130101.1477868

2012
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Fungal infection, contaminated drug – USA (17) 20121222.1465161
Fungal infection, contaminated drug – USA (15) 20121214.1439451
Fungal infection, contaminated drug – USA (11): complications 20121106.1391405
Fungal infection, contaminated drug – USA (10) 20121104.1390341
Fungal infection, contaminated drug – USA (05) 20121017.1347138
Fungal infection, contaminated drug – USA (04): more medications 20121016.1345302
Fungal infection, contaminated drug – USA (03): Exserohilum 20121015.1344312
Fungal infection, contaminated drug – USA: Exserohilum 20121014.1341591
Aspergillus meningitis – USA (09): Exserohilum 20121011.1337615
Aspergillus meningitis – USA (06): CDC advice 20121009.1333004
Aspergillus meningitis – USA (04): more cases, 2nd fungus 20121007.1328893
Aspergillus meningitis – USA: (TN, NC) contaminated drug 20121002.1320024

2002
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Fungal meningitis, contaminated drug – USA (03) 20021212.6046
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Source:
A ProMED-mail post
ProMED-mail is a program of the International Society for Infectious Diseases


Related

Contamination, missteps prompt halt to NIH pharmacy operations –  2015/06/07

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) said yesterday it was suspending pharmaceutical operations at its Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., after the discovery of fungal contamination in a drug ingredient led to the identification of serious manufacturing problems and violations of standard procedures.

Besides suspending PDS operations, the NIH said it is informing patients involved in affected clinical trials about the situation and working to secure other sources for the products. In addition, an outside group of experts will be appointed to make a thorough review and recommend corrective actions.

The news recalls the widespread outbreak of fungal infections that occurred in 2012 as a result of contaminated steroid drugs prepared by the now-defunct New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass. That outbreak sickened 751 people, killing 64, and led to changes in FDA oversight of compounding pharmacies.

Jun 4 NIH press release
Related FDA report


14 arrested in connection with deadly meningitis outbreak  –  2014/12/17

(CNN) — Fourteen people have been arrested in connection with a deadly 2012 national outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to steroid injections from a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy, including two charged with 25 acts of second-degree murder.  …The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tied 751 cases across 20 states to the steroid injections. A total of 64 people died as a result.

The fly in the ointment…


“Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savor: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honor. A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his left. Yea also, when he that is a fool walks by the way, his wisdom fails him, and he says to every one that he is a fool.

“The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself. The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.”

~ Ecclesiastes 10:1-3, 12-13  (KJV)

Meaning
1.  A small but irritating flaw that spoils the whole.
2.  A minor irritation that spoils the success or enjoyment of something.

https://i1.wp.com/i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02461/Obama_fly_2010_2461812c.jpg

The Lame Duck Timeline Strongly Suggests President Obama Set Up Intelligence Scheme To Undermine Trump…

Jay Sekulow outlines the case [Video Here] that President Obama set-up a plan for the intelligence community to target President Trump.

Specifically through the use of a lame-duck executive order, President Obama authorized multiple intelligence agencies to have access to Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) including phone call intercepts.

It is not that unusual to ask …


Why wouldn’t the same Political Party that assassinated President Lincoln in April 14, 1865, and President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, not want to attempt it again?

That has pretty much been their legacy whether they want to admit it or not. The future makes no difference in minds where insane political motives and threat to corrupt power resides. It starts with character assassinations and evolves into physical assassination if enough expendable warped minds can be swayed, convinced and ‘programmed‘ that it is somehow the right thing to do, or else play them as the foolish proxies they are, until the hardcore insurrectionists secure the plan to carry through with such a deplorable act. It may be said they even envision themselves as being ‘good at killing,‘ which judging by their track records, is more likely truth merged with unintentional parapraxis.

One can look at the history and argue the reality if they chose. But the bloody wars that preceded and followed these events will likely be far, far worse than those before or after them.

Soren Kierkegaard stated, ‘There are two ways to be fooled.  One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.’  

Shades of Institutional Racism and Political Correctness

“In a society in which there is no law, and in theory no compulsion, the only arbiter of behaviour is public opinion. But public opinion, because of the tremendous urge to conformity in gregarious animals is less tolerant than any system of law. When human beings are governed by “thou shalt not”, the individual can practise a certain amount of eccentricity: when they are supposedly governed by “love” or “reason”, he is under continuous pressure to make him behave and think in exactly the same way as everyone else.”

~ George Orwell, Politics vs. literature (1946)

Beware the Pigs in Charge of The Revolution!

Yes, ‘Politician’s hide themselves away, they only started the war. Why should they go out to fight? They leave that role to the poor… Evil minds that plot destruction, sorcerers of death’s construction… Death and hatred to mankind, poisoning their brainwashed minds… These are the War Pigs and this is their Animal Farm.

In Orwell’s Political drama, Snowball and Napoleon, are cheeks of the same asshole – There is a moral to this phrase, “Four legs good, two legs bad,” and it is that perhaps some people can actually be compared to “dumb” animals before they realize it is far too late to find out they are being sent to the glue factory.

 Not to forget, there are at least 63.5 million people living in America that pay no income tax and likely voted several times for these same Marxist/Socialist Democrats who will continue exploiting them. Without out a doubt, the Marxist/Socialist Democrats and their ‘Human’ politician cohorts are well aware,  “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” This regardless of what was falsely promised.

Life will go on at Manor Farm as it has always gone on—that is, badly.


Here is a further look a some interesting Orwellian parallels.

“By virtue of that power we will remain in power . . . . We will grind you revolutionists down under our heel, and we shall walk upon your faces”

~ Jack London, The Iron Heel (1907)

Community Organizing and Political Movements (aka Civil Disobedience, leading to Riots, Looting and ‘Spaces to Destroy’)

Orwell’s Animal Farm (1945), is a satire on the perversion of revolutionary aims. The plot of the book concerns the rebellion of the animals against their human oppressors and taking over the farm to be run for the benefit of animals. Gradually the pigs take over the management of the farm and make all the decisions, first publicly, but later in private. Eventually there is a power struggle between the pigs and Snowball is driven off the farm by dogs trained by Napoleon. Animals considered traitors are slaughtered and trade with other farms is re-established. The farm grows richer without making the animals richer, except for the pigs and dogs. At the end of the book when the men and pigs play cards and cheat leading to a quarrel the other animals, consumed with curiosity, look through the window: “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which”. The comparison with Stalinism in Russia and the purge of political opposition is irresistible. The book also introduces the famous and frequently quoted phrase as used above: “All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others”.

Social Media and The Surveillance Society

Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four (1949), depicts a nightmare dystopian future in which all the citizens of a totalitarian state live under constant surveillance from (now handheld) “telescreens” with social media programming being psychically driven and  controlled by Big Brother.

“The truth is that to many people calling themselves Socialists, revolution does not mean a movement of the masses with which they hope to associate themselves; it means a set of reforms which ‘we’, the clever ones, are going to impose upon ‘them’, the Lower Orders”.~ George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier (1937)

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There will come a time when it isn’t ‘They’re spying on me through my phone’ anymore. Eventually, it will be ‘My phone is spying on me.’”~ Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)

Falsification of History and Control of the Narrative

“If the Party could thrust its hand into the past and say of this or that event, it never happened – that, surely, was more terrifying than mere torture and death?

And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed – if all records told the same tale – then the lie passed into history and became truth. ‘Who controls the past’, ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future who controls the present controls the past’.

And when memory failed and written records were falsified – when that happened, the claim of the Party to have improved the conditions of human life had got to be accepted, because there did not exist, and never again could exist, any standards against which it could be tested.”

~ George Orwell, 1984

The Mainstream Media and the Two-minutes Hate Periods

“It was a voice that sounded as if it could go on for about a fortnight without stopping. It’s a ghastly thing, really, to have a sort of human barrel-organ shooting propaganda at you by the hour. The same thing over and over again. Hate, hate, hate. Let’s all get together and have a good hate. Over and over. It gives you the feeling that something has got inside your skull and is hammering down on your brain”

~ George Orwell, Coming Up for Air (1939)

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The regime’s propaganda machine, in its perverse understanding of society, has deliberately considered what weaknesses in human nature can be ferreted out to serve as a basis for the systematic influencing of people’s minds and the propagation of its doctrine of despotism.

~ A. M. Meerloo, M.D., Total War and The Human Mind (1945).

Full Scale Subversion

“We’re after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you’d better get wise to it. There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them…you create a nation of lawbreakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Rearden.”  ~Ayn Rand,  Atlas Shrugged (1957) (See: Directive 10-289)

The Art of Civil War

The Art of Civil War: Heads it’s Subterfuge. Tails it’s Subversion

This is for your own good.


Sting Ray

Is this the Sting-Ray you’ve been looking for? Image: The Schwinn Bicycle Company

The StingRay Is Exactly Why the 4th Amendment Was Written

Stingray is the code name for an IMSI-catcher, which is basically a fake cell phone tower sold by Harris Corporation to various law enforcement agencies. (It’s actually just one of a series of devices with fish names — Amberjack is another — but it’s the name used in the media.) What is basically does is trick nearby cell phones into connecting to it. Once that happens, the IMSI-catcher can collect identification and location information of the phones and, in some cases, eavesdrop on phone conversations, text messages, and web browsing. (IMSI stands for International Mobile Subscriber Identity, which is the unique serial number your cell phone broadcasts so that the cellular system knows where you are.)

These devices are not generally employed for petty crimes unless they lead to major felonies or threats to the life and safety of the nation or public-at-large. This is not to say that nefarious uses by corrupt agencies or unethical politicians and bureaucrats do or do not occur.  There is always the potential for abuse, but that is likely a criminanimal of a different species.


Imagine you are in the middle of your typical day-to-day activities. Maybe you are driving, spending time with family, or working. If you are like most people, your phone is at your side on a daily basis. Little do you know that, at any time, police and law enforcement could be looking at information stored on your phone. You haven’t done anything wrong. You haven’t been asked for permission. You aren’t suspected of any crime.

The StingRay

Police (and other individuals or agencies) have the power to collect your location along with the numbers of your incoming and outgoing calls and intercept the content of call and text communication. They can do all of this without you ever knowing about it.

How? They use a shoebox-sized device called a StingRay. This device (also called an IMSI catcher) mimics cell phone towers, prompting all the phones in the area to connect to it even if the phones aren’t in use.

The police use StingRays to track down and implicate perpetrators of mainly domestic crimes. The devices can be mounted in vehicles, drones, helicopters, and airplanes, allowing police to gain highly specific information on the location of any particular phone, down to a particular apartment complex or hotel room.

Quietly, StingRay use is growing throughout local and federal law enforcement with little to no oversight. The ACLU has discovered that at least 68 agencies in 23 different states own StingRays, but says that this “dramatically underrepresents the actual use of StingRays by law enforcement agencies nationwide.”

The Violation

Information from potentially thousands of phones is being collected every time a StingRay is used. Signals are sent into the homes, bags, and pockets of innocent individuals. The Electronic Frontier Foundation likens this to the Pre-Revolutionary War practice of soldiers going door-to-door, searching without suspicion.

Richard Tynan, a technologist with Privacy International notes that, “there really isn’t any place for innocent people to hide from a device such as this.”

The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution states that, “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

The StingRay clearly violates these standards (unless a criminal action is being committed). The drafters of the Constitution recognized that restricting the government from violating privacy is essential for a free society. That’s why the Fourth Amendment exists. The StingRay is creating a dangerous precedent that tells the government that it’s okay for them to violate our rights. Because of this, freedom is quietly slipping out the window.

Little Regulation

Law Enforcement is using StingRays without a warrant in most cases. For example, the San Bernardino Police Department used their StingRay 300 times without a warrant in a little over a year.

In 2010, the Tallahassee Police Department used a StingRay in a warrantless search to track down the suspect of a crime. A testimony from an unsealed hearing transcript talks about how police went about finding their target. The ACLU sums it up well:

“Police drove through the area using the vehicle-based device until they found the apartment complex in which the target phone was located, and then they walked around with the handheld device and stood ‘at every door and every window in that complex’ until they figured out which apartment the phone was located in. In other words, police were lurking outside people’s windows and sending powerful electronic signals into their private homes in order to collect information from within.”

A handful of states have passed laws requiring police and federal agents to get a warrant before using a StingRay. They must show probable cause for one of the thousands of phones that they are actually searching. This is far from enough.

Additionally, there are many concerns that agents are withholding information from federal judges to monitor subjects without approval – bypassing the probable cause standard laid out in the Constitution. They even go as far as to let criminals go to avoid disclosing information about these devices to the courts.

If the public doesn’t become aware of this issue, the police will continue to use StingRays to infringe on our rights in secret and with impunity.

[Byline Olivia Donaldson]

Foundation for Economic Education  (edited)
13 February 2017

Reform is a necessary requirement as the level of technology advances and Artificial Intelligence begins to enhance and replace the ‘confidential informant,’ used in criminal surveillance. However, the gathering of information is obviously not illegal, else all the spam generators and privacy marketeers would be out of business. On the other hand, liberal forms of social justice condoning criminal behavior does not override any probable cause in committing a crime or legally blocking the enforcement of law for public safety and security, whether it is prosecuted or not; it is herein that such fallacy’s come to light. Creatures of darkness are afraid of the light.


See Also

With This Device You Can Connect Anonymously To Wi-Fi 2.5 Miles Away

A tiny device provides an extra layer of defense which can keep the online activities of journalists, activists and criminals hidden.

Surprise: At the End, Obama Administration Gave NSA Broad New Powers

The Further Democratization of Stingray

IRS possessed Stingray cellphone surveillance gear, documents reveal

What did the President know, and when did he know it?


“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” ~ African Proverb.

New FOIA release: Obama admin knew immediately Benghazi was “direct breaching” terror attack, not “under cover of protest”

Perhaps the subject of the terror attack on the US consulate in Benghazi will become more academic than political after the 2016 election denied Hillary Clinton the presidency. For now, though, documents continue to emerge that contradict the narrative created by Hillary and the Barack Obama White House about the nature of the attack. Yesterday, Judicial Watch received 54 more pages from its FOIA lawsuits and came across a bombshell buried in them. Notes of a State Department briefing for Congressional aides on the day after the attack show Undersecretary Patrick Kennedy acknowledging that the attack was not a protest gone bad, or even an attack under the cover of  protest. It was, Kennedy told the Congressional aides, “a direct breaching attack”:

Judicial Watch today released 54 pages of new State Department documents, including a transcript of a September 12 2012, telephone conference call with congressional staffers in which then-Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy admitted that the deadly terrorist assault on the Benghazi Consulate was not “under cover of protest,” but was, in fact, “a direct breaching attack.”

The exchange comes late in the conversation with Robert Carter, an aide to Rep. Michael C. Burgess (R-TX). Carter asks Kennedy directly whether this involved a protest, and Kennedy says no:

Earlier in the briefing, Kennedy also tells a staffer from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the attack was “semi-complex,” and later adds that it included “medium” weapons such as RPGs and/or mortars, indicating some significant planning. Four days later, Susan Rice — also a State Department official at that time — went on four Sunday talk shows to say exactly the opposite. Rice claimed, as did Clinton and Obama for two weeks, that the attack grew spontaneously out of a protest against an amateurish and obscure YouTube video. Not once in these notes does the subject of a YouTube video come up at all.

That’s highly significant. Kennedy’s description of events in these notes matches pretty well with the final recap, although it appears to elide over the fact that it was two separate attacks over 13 hours rather than just one attack. It’s accurate on the “direct breaching attack” and the use of medium weaponry, all indications of a planned attack, and Kennedy even points out that a terror group had taken credit for the attack without naming it (Ansar al-Shariah, which later turned out to be accurate).

By September 12th, the State Department knew full well that there was no factual basis to claim that it was anything other than a planned terrorist attack and had already told Congress the same thing. And yet, State and the White House had Rice make that case anyway, less than two months before the 2012 presidential election.

Interestingly, one staffer wonders about the readiness of the consulate at the time of the attack, given that it took place on the anniversary of 9/11. “Equivalent of defcon 5,” the notes indicate Kennedy’s response — the lowest readiness setting. That’s astounding, given the location of the consulate and the level of protection that we could have expected from the weak Libyan government at that time. Remember, by this time all other Western nations had pulled out of Benghazi because of the threat of terror networks that had already begun operating openly in the failed state. Just a few months earlier, terrorists had attempted a “direct breaching attack” against this same consulate. That certainly might explain why the Obama administration and Secretary of State Clinton were in such a hurry to blame the whole thing on a YouTube video rather than their own lack of preparation and foresight, especially with an election on the near horizon.

[Byline Ed Morrissey]

Hot Air
15 February 2017


Flashbacks

Here’s How Newly Released Benghazi Emails Could Actually Embarrass the White House

McCain, Graham laud nominee behind Benghazi talking-point edits

Letter questions whether Boehner was briefed on Benghazi ops

More on Benghazi-Gate


“‘The Obama’s first job is to create the issues or problems,’ and ‘organizations must be based on many issues.’ The Obama’s must first rub raw the resentments of the people of the community; fan the latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expression. They must search out controversy and issues, rather than avoid them, for unless there is controversy people are not concerned enough to act.… The Obama’s must stir up dissatisfaction and discontent.’” –Saul Alinsky (edited)

Cicero was correct – “Politicians are not born, they’re excreted.”