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Justin Trudeau and the Continuing Saga of Canadian Apathy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2016 by jtoddring

A recent poll shows strong support for the Trudeau government in Canada, and I have to think, once again, that it is surprising to see that Canadians can be so uncritical and unquestioning of their government.

Yes, Harper was defeated, and yes, that was a good thing. But the current government under Trudeau Jr. is deeply flawed, and criminally negligent, at best – and that is the best you can say about them.

Trudeau Jr. is still subsidizing big oil and the fossil fuel industry, still pushing for oil pipelines, still blocking serious action on the environment. And we are still waiting on serious action on the lack of safe drinking water for 120 native communities and 1,600 municipalities across the country – in one of the seven richest countries on earth, with the means to provide all Canadians more than a decent standard of living, and certainly vastly more wealth and resources than is needed to simply provide clean, safe water for all. And further, the Trudeau government has so far refused to cancel or reject a plan by Ontario Power Generation to bury radioactive waste in the Great Lakes basin, even though every radioactive waste facility ever built has leaked, and despite the fact that the Great Lakes provide drinking water to 40 million people. And all of this entails what can only be called criminal negligence in the extreme.

Beyond that, the Trudeau Liberals refuse to raise corporate taxes to reasonable levels, say, where they were in 1960, at roughly 40%: and as a result, must work with a self-inflicted short-fall of revenues, meaning that health care, education, social and environmental programs cannot be properly funded.

What this means is that the Liberal Party is no longer a liberal party, as it was up until the government of Pierre Eliot Trudeau, Justin Trudeau’s father, in the late 1970’s. For more than thirty years, the Liberal Party of Canada has been yet another party of neoliberalism, which is to say, another party run by and for big business. And central to the neoliberal, pro-corporate agenda, is austerity for the people, with giant subsidies, bail-outs, “stimulus” packages and tax breaks for the corporations and the rich. This is why we have inadequate funding for health care, education, social programs and environmental programs in Canada, as in the US and Europe, despite the fact that Canada is one of the richest countries on earth: neoliberalism and a corporate agenda have taken over – and the Trudeau Jr. government is just the latest expression of this criminal posse of neo-feudal corporatists, gouging the people to further line the pockets of the rich.

At the same time, the young Trudeau signed the TPP, which effectively spells the final death blow to Canadian sovereignty, and democracy in Canada. Few actions could express a greater or more utter incompetence, or criminality, depending on how you want to view it.

And while talking about “a principled foreign policy,” Trudeau Jr. approved the arms deal signed by Harper to ship more arms to the Saudis – the most brutal regime in the Middle East, and one of the worst human rights abusers in the world.

Saudi Arabia is also the country which is the primary arms provider and source of funds to ISIS and Al Qaeda. Principled foreign policy? This is not only criminally negligent, at best, to be sending more arms to the Saudi dictatorship; it is also a disastrous and extremely foolish policy which is guaranteed to blow back in our faces, as Saudi Arabia continues to fuel terrorism, even while it proclaims it is fighting it.

And along with arming the Saudis, Trudeau continued the bombing in Iraq and Syria, not only breaking his election promises, but violating international law, and thereby committing what are under international law, nothing less than war crimes. Yes, principled foreign policy indeed. Only now has this criminal and foolish behaviour and disastrous policy been halted – one point for which we can be glad in an otherwise dismal reign to date.

(And yes, it is a reign, when 40% of the popular vote can give you 100% of the power in government, and a four year coronation.)

And finally, Justin Trudeau promised to bring in proportional representation, to fix our quasi-democratic electoral system, and bring it into the 21st century, or even the 20th. So far, we have seen no action on this critical issue of democracy, and another Trudeau promise goes either broken, or simply ignored and abandoned.

Those were just election promises, right? Nobody takes those seriously. Well, clearly they shouldn’t when it is either the Liberal or Conservative Party in question.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth May, the only political leader in the country at the federal level who deserves to be called a leader, or who has any clue as to what is going on, apparently, or any spine, or integrity, or vision to bring to bear on the issues we face, is largely ignored by both the media and the people.

Are Canadians clueless, or are we simply a people that cannot seem to shake off a long tradition of public apathy? I think the latter is the case, and I do not know what will rouse them from their slumber, or bring them to their senses.

During the recent federal election, there was a wave of political passion across the country – which is to say, as passionate as Canadians get about anything other than hockey, beer and Tim Horton’s – as we the people decided to remove a much reviled Conservative government from power. Then we all went back to sleep. Or at least the majority seem to have returned to slumber land. What does it take to get Canadians to shake off their long-standing habit of apathy and complacency? I truly do not know.

JTR,
March 2, 2016

 

A sinking world, and sane responses to it

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2015 by jtoddring

My country is sinking like a rock (for reasons of corporate oligarchy, neoliberalism, corporate rights agreements, and an addiction to oil revenues and the politics of a resource extraction-based economy, and the thorough corporate domination of the political process), though the great majority of my fellow citizens do not realize it, lost in a stupor of denial as they are (I can think of twelve countries in the Western hemisphere which are either moving in a positive direction, or at least showing some fight – and Canada is not one of them); and so too is the greater part of the world descending, and rapidly so, into a morass of injustice and ecological suicide, to say nothing of concerns for freedom, human rights and democracy, (as well as a pervasive malady, and an epidemic, of economic fundamentalism, neoliberalism and neoconservatism being the primary, and reigning, quasi-religious orthodoxies, along with other forms of ideological and even “scientific” fundamentalism, which are widespread, and far more influential today than their mirror image, which is religious fundamentalism, and an even worse epidemic of illusions of powerlessness, as well as an epidemic of apathy, denial, conformity, and undue and excessive, and frequently mad obedience to power) with only a handful of countries as the exception. How am I not to be distressed, if not anguished, and even furious, or all of the above?

All of the greatest minds and greatest spirits have echoed the same thoughts about the modern world. As David Suzuki has recently said (paraphrasing from memory), “There has never been a better time for being scared and angry….. We should get mad as hell, and then fight like hell.”

Where is the fight in us? And why should we be ashamed of being distraught with a world that is on a collision course with both tyranny and collective ecological suicide, as well as being steeped in war, violence, rampant injustice, inequality, poverty and a culture of voyeurism, vicarious living, materialism, consumerism, and a pathological aversion to the real?

As the great sociologist Erich Fromm said (again, paraphrasing from memory), “Normal only exists in relation to a profoundly abnormal norm.” “The fact that there is neurosis [or psychological strain and distress] is a good sign. It is a sign of a healthy individual, an individual that is still struggling to be fully alive, and by necessity, is struggling against a society that wishes to turn him or her into an atomaton.”

As the saying goes, “If you can keep your head when everyone around you is losing theirs – you’re not paying attention.”

Calm is good. Heart-break for the state of the world is natural. And action is vitally needed – and urgently so.

Let’s see more action, and the heart-break will fade into a memory of times past, and lessons learned.

JTR,
October 7, 2015

Essential reading:

(A few among many other great books that could be included in such a list)

A Brief History of Progress – Ronald Wright

The Party’s Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies – Richard Heinberg

When Technology Fails – Matt Stein

Shock Doctrine – Naomi Klein

A Game As Old As Empire – John Perkins

The End of America – Naomi Wolf

Necessary Illusions: Thought Control In Democratic Societies – Noam Chomsky

Year 501: The Conquest Continues – Noam Chomsky

Escape From Freedom – Erich Fromm

The Ecology of Freedom – Murray Bookchin

The Chalice and the Blade – Rianne Eisler

World As Lover, World As Self – Joanna Macy

Ancient Futures – Helena Norberg-Hodge

Brave New World Revisited – Aldous Huxley

Roads To Freedom – Bertrand Russell

Wisdom of the Elders – David Suzuki

Walden – Henry David Thoreau

On Civil Disobedience – Henry David Thoreau

The Discourse On Voluntary Servitude – Etienne de la Boite

Mutual Aid – Peter Kropotkin

Peter Kropotkin Was No Crackpot – Stephen Jay Gould, Natural History, June, 1997

The Hero With A Thousand Faces – Joseph Campbell

ISIS and Terrorism – A Reality Check

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2015 by jtoddring

“The responsibility of intellectuals is to speak the truth and expose lies.”

– Noam Chomsky

“In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

– George Orwell

According to a February 2015 Gallup poll, a majority of Americans consider the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant — abbreviated as ISIS or ISIL — and the international terrorism they support to be the greatest threat to the United States’ vital interests.

This is really quite amazing, when you think about it. Not global warming, not record droughts and crop failure, not de-industrialization, massive and rising unemployment and poverty, soaring inequality and the demolition and razing of the middle class, not catastrophic ecological destruction, not the poisoning of our food, air, water, soil, our bodies and children, not disastrous “trade” deals (read, corporate rights deals), not a ravenous and criminal Wall Street cabal that rules the nation and is pillaging and plundering the middle class and the poor – no, it’s a few armed thugs half a world away, with no tanks, no battle ships, no air force, no ICBMs, and the military power of one ten thousandth, at best, of that of the US, which is the greatest threat to “America’s vital interests.”

Holy delusional.

Former National Security Adviser, and chief intellectual and geopolitical strategist in residence to the Western elite, Zbigniew Brzezinski, recently scoffed at such delusions, and said, “What are they going to do, swim here?” But the hysteria has been manufactured, and fear is a powerful weapon, as the BBC documentary, The Power of Nightmares, clearly showed, and Orwell and other observers have also recognized and noted.

The “war on terror” is a campaign that is being used to justify wars over oil, and geopolitical power and empire abroad, and a full frontal assault on democracy, freedom and civil liberties at home, in order silence the people, and to protect and consolidate the powers and the interests of the currently ruling corporate elite. It has nothing to do with fighting terrorism.

It’s time we got real. We are being lied to.

The US wants to impose a regime change in Syria – and that is flatly in defiance of international law, and is defined as a war crime under international law. As Chomsky said, if the Nuremberg trials were held today, every US president since WWII would be hanged for war crimes – and the war crimes continue to this day. And they are war crimes, regardless of how they may be justified.

Because the US is trying to topple the Assad government in Syria, the CIA has been arming, funding and training terrorist groups in that country – just as it did in Libya, Afghanistan and other countries. So we’re fighting terrorism by arming terrorists. That makes sense.

And why does the US want to topple the Assad government? Is it because Assad heads a brutal regime? No – the US was friends and allies with Saddam Husein when it suited their interests, even though Saddam headed an even more brutal regime.

Saddam was targeted for regime change only when he stopped obeying orders from Washington. The same has happened many times, and always for the same reasons: brutal regimes are fine – so long as they cooperate with the masters in Washington; and when they don’t, they are either brought under control, or taken out: either through bribery, economic and financial extortion, or by covert, or overt use of violent force.

And why does the US want to take out the Assad regime, if it’s not for human rights reasons? For oil, most likely – as with Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan…. There is a proposed Iran-Iraq-Syria gas pipeline that “could radically alter Europe’s energy supplies, diminishing Russia’s fossil fueled prowess in Europe” – and Assad opposes it. So he has to go.

“These strategic concerns [of the US, to control oil and gas in the Middle East], motivated by fear of expanding Iranian influence, impacted Syria primarily in relation to pipeline geopolitics. In 2009 – the same year former French foreign minister Dumas alleges the British began planning operations in Syria – Assad refused to sign a proposed agreement with Qatar that would run a pipeline from the latter’s North field, contiguous with Iran’s South Pars field, through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and on to Turkey, with a view to supply European markets – albeit crucially bypassing Russia. Assad’s rationale was “to protect the interests of [his] Russian ally, which is Europe’s top supplier of natural gas.”

It is this – the problem of establishing a pliable opposition which the US and its oil allies feel confident will play ball, pipeline-style, in a post-Assad Syria – that will determine the nature of any prospective intervention: not concern for Syrian life.”

– The Guardian, August 30, 2015, Syrian intervention plans fuelled by oil interests, not chemical weapon concerns, by Dr Nafeez Ahmed, executive director of the Institute for Policy Research & Development and author of A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilisation: And How to Save It

Now, not only is Syria spiraling further into crisis and chaos, with the US intervention only making matters worse, but it has also generated a refugee crisis in Europe, with refugees pouring out of Syria, and 4.5 million people displaced – a refugee crisis that the US and its allies actively helped to create. All for the sake of oil and gas profits for the US and its allies – and the corporate interests which they serve.

Russia on the other hand, wants to protect the Assad government, because Assad is a Russian ally, and because Assad opposes the pipeline deal which would radically reduce Russia’s fossil fuel super-power status in Europe – which is most likely the real reason Russia just started bombing in Syria, and not because it wants to fight terrorism.

With the US and its allies fighting and bombing in Syria, and Russia now entering the conflict, and bombing in Syria, and for the other team, the US trying to oust Assad, and Russia trying to prop him up, we are now literally faced with the very real threat of an outbreak of WWIII. And all this, for the control of oil and gas money. This is clearly insane.

So the motives are all twisted, when we’re talking about the major players, in both the West and in Russia, and it is the people who are suffering, while the military actions, the bombings and the regime changes simply serve to foster ever greater hatred and ever more terrorism – exactly as the US intelligence services warned they would do.

“Let’s see…. The resort to violence, to war, bombing, and forced regime changes – read, coups – didn’t work, and has instead sown chaos, hatred, further hostilities, greater instability, and more terrorism. So let’s redouble our efforts, and try the same methods again.

As Einstein said, “Repeating the same actions and expecting a different outcome is the very definition of insanity.”

But fighting terrorism and creating peace were never the objectives. It’s about controlling the flow of oil and gas, and the astronomical profits, and power, that derive from it.

The Guardian is quite unreliable in terms of the consistency of its quality of reporting and commentary – sometimes it does a great job, and sometimes a poor one, or even a terrible one – but they got it right here, with regards to Syria and war in the Middle East:

“The 2011 uprisings, it would seem – triggered by a confluence of domestic energy shortages and climate-induced droughts which led to massive food price hikes – came at an opportune moment that was quickly exploited. Leaked emails from the private intelligence firm Stratfor including notes from a meeting with Pentagon officials confirmed US-UK training of Syrian opposition forces since 2011 aimed at eliciting “collapse” of Assad’s regime “from within.”

So what was this unfolding strategy to undermine Syria and Iran all about? According to retired NATO Secretary General Wesley Clark, a memo from the Office of the US Secretary of Defense just a few weeks after 9/11 revealed plans to “attack and destroy the governments in 7 countries in five years”, starting with Iraq and moving on to “Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran.” In a subsequent interview, Clark argues that this strategy is fundamentally about control of the region’s vast oil and gas resources.

Much of the strategy currently at play was candidly described in a 2008 US Army-funded RAND report, Unfolding the Future of the Long War (pdf). The report noted that “the economies of the industrialized states will continue to rely heavily on oil, thus making it a strategically important resource.” As most oil will be produced in the Middle East, the US has “motive for maintaining stability in and good relations with Middle Eastern states”:

“The geographic area of proven oil reserves coincides with the power base of much of the Salafi-jihadist network. This creates a linkage between oil supplies and the long war that is not easily broken or simply characterized… For the foreseeable future, world oil production growth and total output will be dominated by Persian Gulf resources… The region will therefore remain a strategic priority, and this priority will interact strongly with that of prosecuting the long war.”

– The Guardian, August 30, 2015, Syrian intervention plan fueled by oil interests, not chemical weapon concerns

If we are serious about reducing hate, violence, war, conflict and human suffering, then we should, among other things, be racing to get the world off its deadly addiction to fossil fuels, and end the wars over oil, pipelines, and the politics of fossil fuel addiction, and switching as rapidly as possible to clean, renewable energy.

How about diverting half or three-quarters of the obscenely bloated US military budget to massive investments in solar, wind and other renewable energy industries and technologies, and kick-starting the economy and providing millions of jobs in the process?

Nope. Can’t do. The oil and arms corporations require that we continue with business as usual, so that is simply not possible. The wars, therefore, must continue – and the people and the earth be damned.

How about this for a proposal? End the wars in the Middle East, and use the money saved to buy a fully electric Tesla Model S for every home in the United States over the next 20 years. That would cost approximately $5 trillion. By comparison, the wars in the Middle East have cost an estimated $6 trillion – so far. So this is completely feasible.

There are probably better, more effective ways to invest in clean, renewable energy, and to break our addiction to oil and fossil fuels, but this was meant simply to make a point. How about ending the wars and spending the war budget to install solar, wind and geothermal heating, cooling and power systems for every home in America, making them fully off-grid and energy self-reliant, as well as being powered by clean energy? This would cost about the same amount, roughly $5 trillion, and could be done over the next 20 years, if the wars are ended now. That would also cause the economy to soar, and millions of jobs to be created. And this is not even mentioning the lives that would be saved and the suffering averted by ending the bombing and the wars.

By ending the wars, we would do more to halt terrorism – by not participating in it, and not fueling it – than by anything that has been done so far. Certainly the “bomb-em-to-bits” strategy has been a complete disaster, and has only increased terrorism, exactly as US intelligence services said it would do. And the money saved could be used to rebuild the US economy, create full employment, shift the nation to renewable energy, break the dependency on oil and other fossil fuels, and halt our race toward ecological cataclysm and collective suicide.

But we can’t do that, because the oil and arms corporations are making a killing, both literally and figuratively, off our addiction to fossil fuels and war.

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Here are some startling figures to contemplate. Official terrorism – which means, terrorism carried out by official enemies, and not by Washington and its allies in Canada, the UK and France – accounts for roughly 20,000 deaths a year. Meanwhile, over 20,000 children die every day from hunger. Poverty is the far greater killer, but where is our war on poverty? There is lip service, rhetoric, but no serious action, as poverty continues to rise globally, and also in the United States, the richest country in the history of the world.

But even more people now die from over-eating and obesity than from hunger – with millions dying every year from heart disease and stroke alone, primarily due to poor eating habits. But are we launching a war on MacDonalds and fast food? No, we’re fighting ISIS – supposedly – even though the fast food industry kills far more people every year than ISIS could ever dare to dream.

We should be launching major public health campaigns, and anti-poverty campaigns, and stopping the Wall Street war on the middle class and the poor, because the death toll from that, and the toll in terms of human suffering, is vastly greater than that caused by official terrorism, which is positively dwarfed by comparison.

The real terrorists are in Wall Street and Washington, where the financial and conventional bombings are coordinated, and the global looting is orchestrated and carried out. You want to fight terrorism? Start at home, and start with Wall Street.

Please see my recent essay, also on my blog, entitled, Danger and Delusion, from ISIS To Ebola, for a deeper look and some critical perspective on the real dangers that face the United States and the world today. It’s time for a reality check.

We need to remember that the media are overwhelmingly controlled either by corporations or the government. In the US, six corporations control 90% of the media. We should not expect anything other than propaganda, considering these facts.

Fortunately, according to another recent Gallop poll, roughly 40% of the people have virtually no faith left in the media – and the corporate and government controlled media continue to lose credibility, and their audience, at a rapid and accelerating pace.

So while the majority of the people, a slim majority, continue to believe the lies and the propaganda, the tide is changing, and the people are waking up. This is happening none too soon. All we can say is, we had better accelerate the awakening, because the world is in serious peril – and peril, above all, due to the lies and illusions which are being propagated daily, and which need to be cut through, and demolished.

J. Todd Ring,
October 3, 2015

And this just in:

U.S. Military Bombs Doctors Without Borders Hospital, Killing At Least 19.
Doctors Without Borders’ statement suggests more than just collateral damage. The Afghan trauma center “was hit several times during sustained bombing and was very badly damaged.” The hospital reportedly had 105 patients and caretakers, and more than 80 staffers from all over the world.
According to the aid group, U.S. forces continued bombing for 30 minutes after receiving phone calls telling them the hospital was being bombed. “All parties to the conflict, including in Kabul and Washington, were clearly informed of the precise location [GPS Coordinates] of the M.S.F. facilities – hospital, guesthouse, office,” the statement said.
October 3, 2015
http://thinkprogress.org/world/2015/10/03/3708837/doctors-without-borders-bombed/
Who is fighting terrorism? And who are the terrorists? Are we really so certain?

As Chomsky has repeatedly said, the leading terrorist centre in the world is Washington, DC – and global polls show that the great majority of the people around the world agree.

The Need to Oppose All Foreign Intervention in Syria

Noam Chomsky: US, Not Iran, [Nor ISIS] Poses Greatest Threat To World Peace

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/9/22/noam_chomsky_the_united_states_not

Danger and Delusion: From ISIS to Ebola

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2014 by jtoddring

There are very real dangers in the world, but let’s not lose all perspective. Perspective is everything. Don’t believe the hype.

It must be stated directly: the majority of people have wildly irrational, and frankly delusional modes of thinking when it comes to risk assessment. And of course, pre-formed, unreflective opinions, that is, prejudice and presumption, along with group-think and the mass media, have a great deal to do with it. The media hypes and promotes public fears, and perspective is lost as a result. But let’s step back for a moment, and look at a wider context, from a wider lens.

Public fears are often, if not generally, out of touch with reality, and out of sync with reality. For example, many people are terrified of wolves, bears, sharks and snakes, but extremely few people are killed by snakes, just thirty people are killed by sharks world-wide per year, only a handful of people are killed by bears per year globally, and virtually none by wolves. If you’re going to be afraid of going into the woods, or into the water, at least be rational about it. The real dangers are hypothermia and drowning, not wild beasties with big teeth.

Meanwhile, the most dangerous creatures on the planet are deer, bees, and human beings. Deer kill thousands of people per year – because we are foolishly addicted to the private automobile, and deer get hit by them and fly through the windshield. And thousands of people are killed by bees per year – not because of attacks, but because of allergies and anaphylactic shock.

Automobiles kill 40,000 people a year in the US alone, making getting into a car one of the most dangerous things we can do – but we don’t see a heroic, all-out push to move towards mass transit and cycling, and even the dangers of traffic accidents and automobile addiction must be pushed from consciousness by most people, most of the time. Denial and avoidance of reality are the real pandemics endangering human lives – and by now, all life on earth.

And if we insist on focusing on infectious diseases, we should at least face the facts: Ebola is not a serious threat in North America at present, and may never be, but anti-biotic resistant infectious diseases are an increasing health risk, for a number of reasons, and far exceed any danger posed by Ebola.

“Despite all the panic, Americans don’t face any great risk from Ebola right now. But we do need to worry about a home-grown medical catastrophe of our own that we’re failing to address: the erosion of antibiotic effectiveness.

Doctors prescribe antibiotics to treat a broad array of infections that can otherwise prove fatal. While the drugs are being grossly overused, diminishing their power to heal, hospitals aren’t to blame [although, they are quickly becoming the most dangerous place to be if you are sick or injured, since they are filled with antibiotic-resistant infectious germs] — factory farms are.”

– A Bigger Threat to US Health than Ebola, November 12, 2014, Nation of Change

If we are serious about health, we should ban factory farms now, immediately, and stop buying any meat or dairy products that are not free-range and organic. But of course, that requires action – so focusing on imaginary fears that we can do nothing about, is in some strange, neurotic way, more comfortable to the majority of people.

Far outstripping all other dangers, are the dangers posed by what human beings do to themselves and one another. Murder is still rare in most places, outside of war; but war kills hundreds of thousands of people per year – many times more than the terrorism it is often claimed to be fighting or preventing, and is in fact instead compounding and intensifying.

Over two million people were killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And the result was exactly what any intelligent observer would have predicted, and exactly what US intelligence agencies did predict: mass bombings by the US have fuelled animosities and increased the level of terrorism. War is mass murder, and what’s more, we are all in greater danger because of it.

Compare the deaths from Ebola to the US wars in the Middle East. Ebola has killed a reported 14,000 people (and most of these deaths are unconfirmed as to their true cause). Meanwhile the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have killed over 2 million. We should be waging war on war, not panicking about a wildly hyped exotic disease that kills a tiny fraction of the number that die every year from the flu.

Worse even than war, is the death toll from poverty, with 20,000-30,000 children dying every day from hunger. Remember, the death toll from terrorism is 20,000 per year. The death toll, just in terms of children, from poverty and hunger, is over 20,000 per day. But we don’t see an all-out war on poverty, because that would not benefit the big oil companies and arms manufacturers who are driving the “war on terror.”

The death toll from poor diet and unhealthy lifestyles is likewise massive, with an estimated 300,000 people dying in the US every year from obesity alone. The leading cause of death in the world is cardiovascular disease. According to the World Health Organization there were approximately 17.5 million deaths from heart-related illnesses in 2012, amounting to 30% of the total death rate. Again, compare 14,000 deaths from Ebola, to 300,000 deaths every year from obesity – in just one single over-fed, undernourished nation – or more than 17 million people dying a year from heart disease world-wide. The panic over Ebola is so radically out of touch with reality, that it is hard to describe.

But, it is more profitable to sell “food-like substances” at high profits than to sell real food, and it is more profitable to manage disease than to provide real health care, so we must continue to deny and avoid reality, and to instead divert our attention to phantasy and paranoia and other distractions from the real world and the real dangers facing us.

Which is why unhealthy lifestyles and diets, which are killing millions of people a year, along with poverty and war which kill millions more, are realities which we seek constantly to avoid. And yet, our hidden anxieties must have some place, or way to be vented, and since reality is not an option for most people when it comes to dealing with anxiety and danger, we must focus on fabrications, fairy tales and exaggerated bogey men, which we know, secretly, are far safer to confront than our real, yet suppressed fears. It is a self-comforting response – not a rational way to deal with reasonably assessed, real dangers in the world.

Meanwhile, our race to destroy the very world we live on, must be acknowledged to be the number one danger to all human beings, and all living beings on the planet at this time, with truly nothing being even remotely comparable. But we live in a bubble of denial, and refuse to take that on – so the escapism and irrationality, and the fixation on straw men and distractions, must therefore continue.

In short, our priorities are shot, our risk assessment, and our general perception of reality, is shot, our society is run by sociopaths who care only about egotism and greed, and we are in great danger for these very reasons, above all others – and not due to some largely fictitious, or grossly inflated, and wildly exaggerated bogey man.

As to ISIS, there is no question that this is a band of thugs, who, regardless of how ruthless they may be, and are, are also miniscule in scale compared to the terrorism waged by Washington, which, again, has left two million dead since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq began.

As Chomsky said, comparing petty thugs, such as ISIS, to Washington, is like comparing a small-time criminal to the Godfather. Let’s try to deal with the real world. We will be much safer when we decide to do that – if we are willing to do that.

Furthermore, the US military intervention and bombing of Iraq is what created the explosion of growth of A Queda in the first place, and what created the even more militant offshoot which is ISIS. So one the one hand, our risk assessment is completely shot through with delusion, since we should be far more concerned with the dangers posed by our own governments and the corporate elite that control them; and beyond that, our response to this wildly exaggerated assessment of the dangers of Al Queda, ISIS and Middle East extremists, are creating more danger than we originally had in the first place. This is what we might call, utterly insane, or at least, profoundly delusional.

The fact is, there was no al-Qaeda presence in Iraq before George W. Bush took — made the decision to invade it, except in the Kurdish region in the north of Iraq, which was not under Saddam Hussein’s control. In fact, it was under the control of U.S.-backed entities. And that was Ansar al-Islam. Saddam Hussein’s forces were fighting that group.

So, what am I saying here? What I’m saying is that the United States, through its policies, created the very threat that it claims to be fighting now, and in continuing this policy, what President Obama is doing is embracing the very lies that made the Cheney-Bush Iraq War possible. And in the process, he’s creating yet another generation of people in the Islamic world who are going to grow up in a society where they believe that their religion is being targeted, where they believe that the United States is a gratuitous enemy. And so, this is sort of an epic formula for blowback.”

  • Jeremy Scahill, Obama’s Orwellian War, Democracy Now!

To return to Ebola, it is hard to estimate accurately its true danger, because governments, health authorities and the media are systematically distorting information. But in all likelihood, judging from the historical context of disease and contagion, Ebola will remain a killer disease that ranks somewhere far below the common flu. Between 250,000 and 500,000 people die from the flu every year according to the World Health Organization (not, it should be noted, from influenza, but from flu-like infections for which flu vaccines are utterly useless) – mainly due to weakened immune systems. It is difficult to be certain at this point, but it is most likely that Ebola will not rise to this level of death toll of the common flu: at least, not any time in the foreseeable future.

So in terms of both ISIS and Ebola, the media, government and other social “authorities” are spinning a web of distortion, delusion and radical hyperbola, and are wildly overstating, as well as misrepresenting, the dangers. And with so much distortion, exaggeration and fear-mongering being paraded out systematically, we must ask ourselves: why?

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All would-be God-kings, fascists, tyrants, emperors and power-mongers play the same cards, over and over again, and use the same tried and tested tactics and strategies to gain and maintain power: divide and conquer, alienate and subjugate; demoralize, demean and dispirit; deceive, misinform and lie; and above all, terrorize and instill fear.

The most central tactic of all power hungry elites, throughout history, including the present corporate elite and their political prostitutes, who, together, rule the world today, is to spread the message, far and wide, daily and incessantly, “Be afraid – be very afraid….”

(Just don’t be afraid about the real dangers. These things, we have to distract you from, by directing your fear and anger elsewhere, anywhere, other than where it should be directed.)

It’s a shell game folks. And it’s time for us to take a more realistic look at the world around us, and cut through the smoke screens, the propaganda, the lies, the distortions and the distractions.

As for Ebola, as with ISIS, and other dangers that are hyped and inflated, and paraded as if they were the second coming of Hitler, or the next thing to the apocalypse, the first rule is to question everything you hear. The second rule is to stay calm, and think things through for yourself. Turn off the mainstream media, do your own research, and think for yourself.

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Government sources of information have proven themselves, time and time again, to be deeply unreliable, to say the least – and frequently, if not routinely, filled with lies, delusions, distortions and deceit. Mainstream media has proven itself, over and over again, to be deeply unreliable, at best, and more often, also filled with lies, half-truths, delusion and deceit. Even the so-called alternative media is generally hit and miss, and is riddled with confusion, illusion and errors, a great deal of the time, if not most of the time. In such a media environment, or media circus – or hall of mirrors, deception and mass bewilderment – we are forced to think for ourselves. And if we want the truth, the real story, we will have to dig for it. This short essay is a mere first look at the real situation facing us with regard to ISIS and Ebola. We should not stop here, but dig deeper, and keep asking questions. However, we can say this much.

First of all, don’t believe the hype. And remember this: a) even during the Black Plague, also known as the Black Death, or Bubonic Plague, which struck Europe in 1348, when one third of the populace died – two-thirds did not: in other words, it was an enormous tragedy, but not the end of humankind, by any stretch of the imagination; b) had poverty, poor sanitation and malnutrition not been widespread and pervasive, the death toll likely would have been just a fraction of that; c) even this level of pandemic, such as the Bubonic Plague or Black Death, is extraordinarily rare in human history; and d) there are reasons why Ebola, as terrifying as it may sound, is far less dangerous than the common flu – which, again, almost exclusively kills only those with highly weakened immune systems, and which, nonetheless, kills far more people every year than Ebola ever has, or is ever likely to do.

Why is Ebola, in all likelihood, far less of a threat than it is hyped to be, and many people imagine it to be? Because it has a short incubation period: so no matter how high its mortality rate, it is limited in its ability to spread due to its short incubation period. People get sick fast, show symptoms, and can be quarantined or avoided before they come into contact with a great many people. When a virus has a long incubation period, then a great many people can become infected with the virus, and spread it widely before showing any symptoms of being infected. Fortunately this is not the case with Ebola, which is why it’s pandemic risk is relatively low.

Of course, if this recent strain of Ebola has been weaponized by biowarfare labs – US or otherwise – then the contagion and pandemic risk is an unknown. Presently, the evidence is overwhelming that this strain of Ebola did in fact come from US bioweapons labs in West Africa, either intentionally or accidentally, but we do not yet know if it is a weaponized strain. Pray it is not, because if it is, it will be far more dangerous than the strains we have seen since 1976, when Ebola was first seen.

(Since 1976, when Ebola first appeared, there have been some 14,000 deaths from the disease, versus 250,000-500,000 a year from the flu. Presently, the flu is far more dangerous, but if this Ebola strain has been weaponized, then all bets are off. Let’s hope the ruling military-industrial-security complex has some small trace of remaining sanity, and has not gone this far. We could say the same for the risk of nuclear war, which is also a very real and present danger.)

In any event, we should not be afraid of infectious diseases to such an extent that it becomes paranoia or sheer irrationality. What is far more sensible is that we build up our natural immune strength, since this is the overwhelming factor in whether we get sick or stay healthy, or how well we can fight off an infection of any kind.

It is called germ/host theory in medical science for a reason, and it is the health of the host, the health of the individual and the individual’s immune system, and not the virulence of the germ, that is the primary indicator of the outcome.

It is our immune strength, and not the strength of the infectious disease, that is overwhelmingly the greatest factor in whether or not we get sick, and in how well we recover if we do. This is critical to understand for anyone who wants to live in the real world.

The flu, tuberculosis, poverty, hunger, unhealthy lifestyles and poor diets each kill far more people every year than Ebola ever has, or ever likely will. If we want to be healthy and well, then we should eat well, and stay calm; and not stuff our faces with largely toxic “food-like substances,” and then panic over a disease that is a hundred times less likely to kill us than our lifestyle, and what we put in our mouths. Again, eat well, boost your immune system naturally, and don’t believe the hype.

The people are possessed of a natural common sense. They must make better use of it, or bear the consequences of refusing to do so.

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Deeper questions:

With all of the fear and distortion surrounding infectious diseases and terrorism, in both cases, something very fishy seems to be happening – and the indicators keep getting worse. Ebola as US-orchestrated bio-terrorism for purposes of global and domestic power politics? Anyone who has any understanding of real world power politics, or any understanding of history, would not be surprised. And now, US and African scholars and scientists are saying the evidence points overwhelmingly in this direction.

Professor Francis Boyle of the University of Illinois, College of Law, questions the Obama administration’s actions in West Africa:

US government agencies have a long history of carrying out allegedly defensive biological warfare research at labs in Liberia and Sierra Leone. This includes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is now the point agency for managing the Ebola spill-over into the US,” Prof. Francis Boyle said.

Why has the Obama administration dispatched troops to Liberia when they have no training to provide medical treatment to dying Africans? How did Zaire/Ebola get to West Africa from about 3,500km away from where it was first identified in 1976?”

– U.S. is Responsible for the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa: Liberian Scientist, Timothy Alexander Guzman, Global Research, October 17, 2014

F. William Engdahl, a strategic risk consultant and lecturer who holds a degree in politics from Princeton University, and best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, has this to say:

For a Nobel Peace Prize President, Barack Obama seems destined to go down in history books as the President who presided over one of the most aggressive series of wars ever waged by a bellicose Washington Administration. Not even George Bush and Dick Cheney came close.

First, before the ink was even dry on his Nobel Prize certificate, Obama announced the Afghanistan “surge”, pouring another 30,000 US military into that destroyed part of the world. Then came Obama’s war against Libya’s Qaddafi, followed rapidly by his war to try to topple Syria’s Bashar al Assad. Soon after came Obama’s “war for democracy in Ukraine,” otherwise better called Obama’s attempt to provoke Russia into a new war confrontation with NATO by backing a gaggle of Ukrainian oligarchs, criminals and outright neo-nazis in Kiev. In July of this year, Obama’s Administration was pushing the President to launch a second try at bombing Syria back to the Stone Age, allegedly to destroy ISIS, a looney Jihadist Sunni sect that was said to be a joint venture of the CIA and Israeli intelligence.

Now Obama’s advisers, no doubt led by the blood-thirsty National Security Adviser, Susan Rice, have come up with a new war. This is the War Against Ebola. On September 16, President Obama solemnly declared the war. He announced, to the surprise of most sane citizens, that he had ordered 3,000 American troops, the so-called “boots on the ground” that the Pentagon refuses to agree to in Syria, to wage a war against….a virus?…..

The issue of oil in West Africa, notably in the waters of the Gulf of Guinea, have become increasingly strategic both to China, who is roaming the world in search of future secure oil import sources, and the United States, whose oil geo-politics was summed up in a quip by then Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the 1970’s: ‘If you control the oil, you control entire nations.’

The Obama Administration and Pentagon policy has continued that of George W. Bush, who in 2008 created the US military Africa Command or AFRICOM, to battle the rapidly-growing Chinese economic presence in Africa’s potential oil-rich countries. West Africa is a rapidly-emerging oil treasure, barely tapped to date. A US Department of Energy study projected that African oil production would rise 91 percent between 2002 and 2025, much from the region of the present Ebola alarm.

Chinese oil companies are all over Africa and increasingly active in West Africa, especially Angola, Sudan and Guinea, the latter in the epicenter of Obama’s new War on Ebola troop deployment.”

  • Obama’s “War on Ebola” or War For Oil? Sending 3,000 Troops to African “Ebola” Areas that Happen to Export Oil to China, October 2, 2014

And does anyone else find it strange that the U.S. Centre for Disease Control holds the patent on Ebola? First of all, it seems very strange that anyone would hold a patent on a disease – but the CDC itself? The evidence I have seen is preliminary, and I have only begun to dig into it; but surely this must make warning bells go off. And when we hear from an esteemed American professor of international law, professor Francis Boyle, whose specialization is in bio-warfare, that the CDC has been deeply involved in the Pentagon’s bio-warfare programs for decades, then the signs become all the more troubling.

Dr. Jason Kissner, Associate Professor of Criminology at California State University, states:

We can now be extraordinarily confident that the U.S. government is lying, in key material respects, about the latest Ebola outbreak—and not just because it lies about nearly everything of political consequence. This article shows that there are compelling reasons to believe we are being told three big lies about Ebola. It also offers a simple, rational, yet disturbing, explanation that very tidily accounts for all three lies. The explanation supposes that the current Ebola outbreak consists in an act of U.S.-linked bioterror.”

Professor Francis Boyle, the professor of international law who drafted the U.S. Law pertaining to the Biological Weapons Convention of 1972, makes it clear:

“What we are dealing with here is a biological warfare work that was conducted at the bio-warfare laboratories set up by the USA on the west coast of Africa. And if you look at a map produced by the Center of Disease Control you can see where these laboratories are located. And they are across the heart of Ebola epidemic, at the west coast of Africa….

I have absolute proof from a Pentagon document that the Center of Disease Control was doing bio-warfare work for the Pentagon in Sierra Leone, the heart of the outbreak, as early as 1988….”

In particular they [the public] must not believe anything they are being told by the WHO and CDC….

Back in 1985, I was down in Nicaragua investigating atrocities of the Contras there, and all of a sudden the country was hit with an outbreak of a hemorrhaging Dengue Fever, which is similar to Ebola. And it seemed pretty suspicious to me. So I met with some of the highest level officials of the Nicaraguan government and said: “You know, this very well could be US bio-warfare against Nicaragua. They did the same thing to Cuba. And my advice is you convene health care medical experts, not politicians, to look into this. And if you agree with me and that’s the result, file a complaint with the UN Security Council for violation of the Biological Weapons Convention against the USA”.

– Francis A. Boyle is a leading American professor, practitioner and advocate of international law. He was responsible for drafting the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, the American implementing legislation for the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention. He served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International (1988-1992), and represented Bosnia – Herzegovina at the World Court. Professor Boyle teaches international law at the University of Illinois, Champaign. He holds a Doctor of Law Magna Cum Laude as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science, both from Harvard University. He is also the author of “Biowarfare and Terrorism”. The book outlines how and why the United States government initiated, sustained and then dramatically expanded an illegal biological arms buildup.

(Cited in a recent article by Paul Craig Roberts, the former assistant secretary to the US Treasury and former editor of the Wall Street Journal, Is the US Government the Master Criminal of Our Time? October 20, 2014, Institute for Political Economy. Paul Craig Roberts is the author of How America Was Lost, and, The Failure of Laissez-Faire Capitalism.)

So yes, it would seem that there is something very fishy about the Ebola scare – even more so than with the earlier SARS scare and Swine Flu scare. And this is in addition to the fact that the hype and hysteria are wildly out of sync with any remotely rational human risk assessment, regardless of the origins of the outbreak, or any questions as to its relation to U.S. bioterrorism.

It could turn out that this particular strain of Ebola is in fact highly dangerous – all other questions surrounding it aside, and whether or not it originated in US bio-weapons labs in West Africa, as at least four different eminent US professors are now stating. But in any event, panic and hysteria are both useless and inappropriate, as well as utterly self-defeating. We need to stay calm, dig deep for the truth, question all supposed authorities, and everything we read or hear, and take care of our own family’s health through natural means and good nutrition.

As Professor Boyle has said, we know from their record that we cannot rely on the health authorities or governments for protection of public health – especially the WHO, the CDC and the US government. And the evidence seems irrefutable that the Canadian and British governments are partnered, unsurprisingly, with Washington, as they have been for a long time, and are likewise wholly unreliable.

More to come on this – stay tuned, and don’t fall for the media hysteria.

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The War on Ebola, the War on Terrorism, and the War on Drugs: Parallels and Perspective

To place things into a wider context, we could say that the War on Drugs has been a huge success – for the ruling elite, that is; but it has not been sufficient in itself for elite purposes. What on earth am I talking about? The war on drugs has been a total failure by every measure, except in one regard: except in regards to the purpose it was meant to serve, which is the further consolidation and reinforcement of elite control over the domestic population.

The “war on drugs” has removed from the streets a large percentage of the superfluous and expendable population – and young black men in particular – who, in the wake of globalization and off-shoring of manufacturing, are no longer needed for either production or consumption, and has put them in prison, where they are not only contained, and prevented from becoming a force for revolt or revolution, but can also be used, and are currently being used, for low-cost, virtually free prison labour for corporate interests.

The war on drugs would have been abandoned years ago if it was intended to actually combat or reduce drug use, drug trafficking or drug-related crime, since it is, by all indications and all measures, a total failure in these regards, and worse, a case of monumental blowback, with the cure being worse than the illness. But it has not been cancelled, but instead, expanded, and that is because it is serving its intended purpose, which is to corral large segments of the population, and neutralize them. The war on drugs, however, is not sufficient in itself for such elite purposes of control over the domestic population. Other strategies were needed to be invoked along side it, such as the “War on Terror”.

The “War on Terror” has also been a great success – in the eyes of the elite who orchestrated it – but again, insufficient in itself to the primary task. The “war on terror” has been used to rationalize and justify imperial warfare abroad for the sake of control of resources, again for the sake of corporate interests; and has, more centrally, been used at home to create the pretext for the construction of a police state and a global surveillance network – again, for the sake of elite corporate interests, and for the purposes of securing elite power in the face of a growing crisis of legitimacy, rising popular discontent and outrage, and in order to avert the threat of popular revolt or the outbreak of authentic democracy.

But as we have said, neither the “War on Drugs” nor the “War on Terror” have proven to be sufficient to the task. And what is the task? It has two parts. One: maintain, secure and expand elite corporate interests and power on a global scale, through war, covert operations, state-sponsored crony capitalism and financial terrorism. And two, much more centrally: maintain, secure, expand and consolidate elite corporate interests and power at home, in the heartland of the global corporate empire, in the US, Canada and Europe, through the demolition of democracy, the neutralization of the superfluous population and all dissent, and the creation of a fascist architecture and a police state.

(See Noam Chomsky, Michel Chossudovsky, Gerald Celente, Chris Hedges, Paul Craig Roberts, Naomi Klein or Naomi Wolf, among others, if there is any doubt as to the accuracy of these statements and the veracity of the conclusions drawn here.)

And now we have the “War on Ebola,” and what appears to be yet another means of elite control over the population, through fear, manipulation, distraction, further pretexts for war and empire, and in addition, most likely, repressive, draconian measures at home and abroad.

What should we be worried about? Not Ebola, and not ISIS, and not any other bogey man paraded by the puppet media and the elite, in a fear-mongering campaign designed to distract, mislead and to manipulate the people. We should be worried about the rising tide of fascism, and the escalating war on democracy and freedom, the people and the earth – and the corporate and political elite who are behind it.

Summary and conclusion:

What can we conclude from this morass of msinformation, confusion, bewilderment, distortion and deceit that surrounds the current Ebola outbreak, if anything?

  1. We are forced to question every authority and everything we read or hear, since the misinformation, confusion and outright lies are so common as to be a pandemic in itself.
  2. We must think for ourselves and do our own research.
  3. We should try to put things into perspective, and keep them in perspective. War, poverty, unhealthy lifestyles and diets, and the poisoning and destruction of our environment, are by far the greatest dangers facing humankind at this time. Infectious diseases kill a tiny fraction of the people that war, poverty, environmental toxins and poor diets kill. And even in terms of infectious diseases, Ebola ranks as a tiny threat compared to the common flu, and in all likelihood, will remain so.
  4. To the extent that we should be somewhat concerned – not paranoid or irrational, but concerned to some degree – about Ebola or any other contagious disease, we should remember that vaccines, like antibiotics and pesticides, are rapidly nearing their end of usefulness and effectiveness. In fact, we are essentially at their end already. The reason is that bacteria, germs, insects and viruses mutate and evolve at a rate which is far faster than our ability to come up with new antibiotics, pesticides or vaccines. And beyond the fact that these weapons of defence, our arsenal of antibiotics, pesticides and vaccines, both present and future tense, are rapidly becoming useless, and are by now, in many cases, including Ebola, largely useless, they are also dangerous in themselves. Antibiotics weaken our immune systems and create super-germs. Pesticides poison our environment and our bodies, cause cancer and other diseases, create super-bugs and also radical food insecurity. And vaccines have frequently and repeatedly been shown to pose more dangers than the diseases they are intended to prevent. In the case of a rapidly mutating and evolving virus such as Ebola, the risk from vaccines is even higher, since vaccines have to be developed and deployed rapidly, and without adequate testing for safety. In short, vaccines are not the answer to viral outbreaks, and may in fact pose greater dangers than the viruses themselves. Natural methods for increasing our immune strength are now shown to be more effective, and that should reasonably be our first response – if, that is, we wish to be rational. Many, of course, do not.
  5. We should remember that it is called germ/host theory in medical science, and not germ theory. Mounting, and overwhelming evidence indicates that it is the strength of our immune system, and not the strength of the infectious disease, or any other form of disease, which determines if we get sick or not, and how well we will recover if we do get sick. Therefore, we should take good care of our health, eat healthy food, get lots of exercise and adequate rest, manage our stress levels, and take natural immune boosting foods, such as red algae, omega-3 essential oils, garlic, ginger, astragalus, echinacea, pro-biotics, etc.
  6. Governments – or, we should more accurately say, the ruling elites who control and manipulate and dominate current governments – have shown a clear record of using crises, whether they be real or manufactured, actual or fake, for their own advantage, and at the expense of the people. The greatest threat and the greatest danger posed by Ebola, as with ISIS and terrorism generally, is most likely not from this one exotic disease, or this or that fringe group of extremist fanatics, but from the government response to them. There is a very real danger of elites using the present crises, as they have done many times before, to further their own interests, and with great dangers and grave costs to the people. (See Naomi Klein’s, Shock Doctrine.)

But how can such levels of corruption exist, or be believed? Here is an example from the “leading” nation-state super-power on the planet, the now clearly sinking USA.

US politics explained: Wall Street rules, and the military-industrial-security complex forms the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government, under the reign of the corporate oligarchy, which also controls the economy, the financial system, the Federal Reserve, the major media networks and conglomerates, and in fact, 90% of the media in the country, along with both major political parties, both Democrat and Republican. Anyone who still believes the US is a democracy is living in a dream world. A ruthless and sociopathic, criminal elite have taken over, and democracy, for the time being, is dead and buried in America.

But fear not. The truth will win out in the end. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” The people will triumph in the end. The people are awakening, and a renaissance is emerging, and being born. We should do all we can to nourish it, and in the process, keep the vision of a better world alive, for it will be born, and is being born.

In the meantime, eat your vegetables, boost your immune system with natural methods, such as red algae and other natural immune boosters, work for positive social change and the healing of our world in whatever way you can, stay calm, and do your own research – and again, above all, don’t believe everything you read or hear, especially in the mainstream media.

As always, the price of democracy and freedom is eternal vigilance – and the dangers most often, are close to home, and not far away.

Keep your perspective, stay real, and be well. There is more to unfold yet in the story of human life on earth.

J. Todd Ring,

December 3, 2014

For more information on intelligent responses to Ebola, see, Your Best Strategy In the Face of Ebola, From GreenMedinfo, October 20, 2014, by James Maskell

For more on flu shots and vaccine effectiveness, see: Flu Vaccines Sold by Marketing Fear, Not Because They Work: BMJ Report, Health Impact News, December 3, 2014

For more on ISIS in context, see Noam Chomsky, America Is The World’s Leading Terrorist Nation:

http://www.popularresistance.org/chomsky-america-is-the-worlds-leading-terrorist-nation/

and

Jeremy Scahill, Scahill On Obama’s Orwellian War, on Democracy Now! http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/3/jeremy_scahill_on_obamas_orwellian_war?autostart=true&get_clicky_key=suggested_next_story

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