Thank The Troops for Destroying Our Country

Thank The Troops for Destroying Our Country

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While Americans are expected to thank the troops for their service all year long, today — Memorial Day — we are called upon to thank them even more profusely. The idea is that since the troops are defending our country and protecting our rights and freedoms, we should express our gratitude to them.

But there is just one big problem with that picture: In actuality, the troops are destroying our country and our fundamental rights and freedoms. That’s not something any American should be grateful for.

Consider the out-of-control spending and borrowing that are sure to bring on an economic and monetary crisis that could make the Great Depression look like child’s play. A big part of all that federal spending and borrowing is for the warfare state, where the troops play a major role.

Of course, the warfare-state people exclaim, “We’re not at fault. We’re protecting national security. The fault lies with the welfare state side of the federal government. Cut their dole instead of ours.”

But the welfare-state recipients say the same thing — that we can’t touch their Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, education grants, and subsidies because they’ve become dependent on the dole and cannot live without it. “Cut the military budget, not our dole,” they cry.

So, are we supposed to thank the troops for the economic and monetary damage they are doing to the country? “Thank you, troops, for contributing to the giant economic and financial crisis that looms on the horizon, which is sure to bring untold misery and suffering to the American people, especially the middle class and the poor.”

Consider all the death and destruction that the troops have been performing in the Middle East for the last 25 years as part of US regime-change operations. The overall death and injury toll is undoubtedly well over a million people. Think of all the homes and business that the troops have destroyed.

What does all that death, destruction, and mayhem have to do with defending our country? Answer: Nothing. That’s because none of the people they killed and maimed were invading the United States or even attempting to invade the United States.

Keep in mind that the troops are over there, not here at home. If they were here at home and some foreign regime invaded the United States, the troops would be defending our country. Over there in the Middle East, the people living there are defending their countries from US troops, who are the invaders.

All that foreign interventionism comes with costs — not just the economic and financial costs of running massive regime-change operations but also in terms of sacrificing our security and our freedom.

Yes, you read that right — the troops are costing us our safety and our freedom. Are we supposed to thank them for that?

Ever since the Persian Gulf War in 1991 against their former partner and ally, Saddam Hussein, the troops have been killing people in Iraq and elsewhere. All those dead people have had friends, family, countrymen, and people who shared their religious convictions. Every time the troops have killed a “terrorist” who has been trying to rid the Middle East of a foreign interloper, ten more terrorists join up to fight the United States.

The American people now live in constant state of fear that the terrorists (or the Muslims) are going to come and get them, take them from their homes, behead them or force them to study the Koran.

What am we supposed to say? “Thank you, troops, for making us a country whose citizens are scared to death that a terrorist (or a Muslim) is hiding under their beds and who are willing to surrender any and all aspects of their liberty for the pretense of security.”

The so-called terrorist threat has been used to take away our freedoms here at home, in the name of keeping us safe from the terrorist threat that US troops have engendered with their ongoing 25-year death machine in the Middle East. The president and his military establishment now wield the power to assassinate any American anywhere in the world, simply by labeling him a terrorist. It’s a power that is non-reviewable by any federal court. It’s also a power that is not enumerated in the Constitution.

The same holds true with indefinite detention, torture, and secret surveillance of American citizens. The military, CIA, and NSA — three major components of the national-security state — can do all of it and the federal courts will not interfere.

What are we supposed to say? “Thank you, troops, for costing the American people their freedom. We are so grateful for your service.”

There are two major steps that Americans need to do to end the destruction of our freedom and economic well-being:

Step One: End all the US interventionism, not only in the Middle East but also all over the world. Stop the killing in Iraq and Afghanistan immediately, bring all the troops home (including those involved in the drug war), and discharge them. This would put an end to anti-American terrorism.

Step Two: Dismantle the entire Cold War era national-security establishment, which primarily consists of the Pentagon, the vast military-industrial complex, the CIA, and the NSA. After all, the Cold War has been over for more than 25 years. Yet, the national-security state, a type of governmental structure that is inherent to totalitarian regimes, is still grafted onto our federal governmental structure. To achieve a free society and to restore a constitutional republic to our land, it needs to go.

Is it possible to bring an end to foreign interventionism and still retain the national-security establishment? Theoretically, yes. But the problem is that as a practical matter, it is the national-security establishment that is the driving force behind the interventionism. It knows that in order to justify its existence, it has to produce crises, which then make people afraid and willing to accept anything to be kept safe, including out of control federal spending and debt and emergency totalitarian powers that destroy freedom here at home.

Unfortunately, the Middle East isn’t the only place where the troops are provoking crises. The national-security establishment is doing the same to Russia in Ukraine and to China in the South China Sea. Provoking crises with nation-states that have the potential of waging nuclear wars against the United States inevitably keeps people on edge and afraid and causes them to defer to whatever the national-security establishment wants.


There is one and only one solution to the warfare-state’s destruction of our economy, our monetary system, and our freedom — to end all the foreign interventionism, bring all the troops home, and dismantle the Cold War era national-security establishment. That’s the key to restoring a peaceful, harmonious, prosperous, secure, and free society to our land.

When that day comes, the troops should thank us for limiting their responsibility to defending our country rather than killing and dying overseas for nothing.

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FDA Approves Candy METH For kids with ADHD !!!

FDA Approves Candy METH For kids with ADHD !!!

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While some lawmakers in legal marijuana states are pushing to outlaw cannabis edibles that resemble sugary treats in an effort to protect the well being of the children, the federal government has just approved a candy-flavored amphetamine-based medication that will be marketed to kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) later this year.


WARNING: ABUSE AND DEPENDENCE

CNS stimulants, including Adzenys XR-ODT, other amphetamine-containing products, and methylphenidate, have a high potential for abuse and dependence. Assess the risk of abuse prior to prescribing and monitor for signs of abuse and dependence while on therapy


A recent report from the folks at STAT News indicates that a new version of speed hit the pharmaceutical market last week called Adzenys, a chewable, fruit-flavored drug designed with the same active ingredient as other popular ADHD medications, such as Adderall. The drug, which is essentially extended release gummy meth, was approved earlier this year by the Food and Drug Administration for patients as young as six years old.

Not surprisingly, the medication is already stirring up a significant level of controversy in the healthcare community due to fears that chewable speed that tastes good will lead to an increase in abuse and overdoses.

But that is not stopping Neos Therapeutics, the Dallas-based pharmaceutical company responsible for designing the drug, from launching a sinister marketing campaign in hopes of getting “ahead of back-to-school season,” according to the company’s CEO Vipin Garg. “We’re launching now at full speed.”

The company boasts that its 125 sales representatives have not had any issues setting up appointments with physicians all over the country who are fully prepared to start recommendingAdzenys.

“We are encouraged by the initial feedback from physicians during the pre-launch phase and we are even more confident that there is a strong desire on the part of physicians and caregivers for once daily orally disintegrating treatment alternative to health managed ADHD,” Garg said.

Unfortunately, while the federal government remains cavalier to the prescription drug epidemic currently sweeping the nation, some of the latest data shows that, over the past decade, the recreational use of medications like Adderall have increased in adults by 67 percent. What’s worse is the average consumer seems to be completely oblivious that these nicely packaged prescription medications are manufactured similarly to popular illegal substances, like methamphetamine, which law enforcement and government agencies have been telling them to avoid all of their lives.

“The public remains almost entirely ignorant of the fact that methamphetamine produces nearly identical effects to those produced by the popular ADHD medication d-amphetamine (dextroamphetamine). You probably know it as Adderall: a combination of amphetamine and d-amphetamine mixed salts,” wrote Dr. Carl Hart, professor of psychology and psychiatry at Columbia University, in a piece for the Influence.

Some recent reports suggest that edible marijuana, specifically products that resemble candy, are sending children to the emergency room in states that have legalized the herb for medicinal and recreational purposes. In fact, an article published this week in Today indicates there were 4,000 calls to poison control in 2015 for kids and teens exposed to pot. Although none of these incident created any life-threatening situations, physicians say the kids who accidentally ingest these products — mostly due to the negligence of the parents — are experiencing “nausea, vomiting, disorientation, anxiety-like reactions and even psychotic reactions that can make them do things they wouldn’t normally do.”


These types of reports are cramping the style of the cannabis industry in some states. Lawmakers in Colorado recently introduced legislation aimed at banning edible marijuana gummies that resemble fruits, animals, people, and anything else children might find attractive. Yet there are no protections in place at the federal level to prevent pharmaceutical companies, like Neos Therapeutics, from manufacturing candy-flavored versions of a drug that is known to cause serious harm, including sudden death, in children and adults.

But even though the Food and Drug Administration has evidence proving that amphetamine-based medications can kill, there have been so few fatalities that the federal agency continues to declare these substances safe and effective in the treatment of ADHD and narcolepsy. However, these drugs often cause common medical conditions, including fatty liver, heart attack, seizures, stroke, and psychotic episodes – all increasingly more possible for a child to experience after eating too much of his or her medication because it looks and tastes like candy.

Via. HighTimes.com


Who Are The Rothschild’s, A Look Into The Corporate Dynasty

Who Are The Rothschild’s, A Look Into The Corporate Dynasty

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Who are the Rothschild Family? This wealthy and influential family has funded wars, and helps sculpt the face of history. The 300 year old family line has become a corporate family dynasty, their wealth and influence are incalculable. https://www.rothschild.com/

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Texas Construction Signs Hacked to Endorse Bernie, Call Trump a Shape Shifting Lizard

Texas Construction Signs Hacked to Endorse Bernie, Call Trump a Shape Shifting Lizard

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Electronic construction signs belonging to the Texas Department of Transportation were hacked on Monday, and changed to display messages such as “Bernie for President,” and “Donald Trump is a… shape shifting lizard!!”

Other signs also had their messages changed to phrases such as “work is cancelled, go back home,” and “party hardy yall!”

The signs along Interstate-30 in Dallas were all hacked over the course of 48 hours on Monday and early Tuesday. The signs, which are meant to warn drivers about road construction, were all eventually turned off.

“Due to safety concerns, we strongly discourage people from stopping in work zones to create situations such as this,” Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Tony Hartzel said in a statement on Monday.

So far, no suspects have been named in the hacking, nor has it been confirmed if it was done on site or remotely.

A spokesperson for TxDOT told local station KRLD that there is no humor in the hack, and that the messages removed warnings about nearby construction zones.

The idea of reptilian humanoids is often used in science fiction and has been pushed by conspiracy theorists such as David Icke who believe that shape-shifting aliens control earth through political power.

In 2011, comedian Louis C.K. appeared on the Opie and Anthony radio show and repeatedly questioned former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld about whether or not he and former Vice President Dick Cheney are actually lizards people who enjoy eating human flesh.

Rumsfeld did not outright deny being a lizard, causing C.K. to run with it as an admission of guilt.

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NSA Whistleblower Compares US Surveillance to Nazi Germany

NSA Whistleblower Compares US Surveillance to Nazi Germany

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On Tuesday, National Security Agency whistleblower William Binney compared the US surveillance program to Nazi Germany.

Binney was once a high-ranking official within the agency, having worked for them for three decades. In 2002, along with two others, he demanded that the US Department of Defense investigate the NSA for wasting “millions and millions of dollars” on a program called “Trailblazer,” which was designed to analyze data on the internet.

He has also been openly critical about the domestic surveillance program which was brought to light by Edward Snowden.

“They [the NSA] don’t care what they do, they feel that they have the right to do anything that they feel necessary, and they will cover up crimes and procedures and violations of regulations that they’ve done to achieve whatever their ends are,” Binney told Loud & Clear host Brian Becker on Radio Sputnik.

Binney had created a software program called ThinThread that would monitor terror suspects, while safeguarding the privacy of Americans. He alleges that the agency took his software and corrupted it, violating the Constitution.

“They used our software and corrupted it and turned it against the people of the United States,” he stated. “That was fundamentally a violation of the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments of the Constitution. So they were scrapping the Constitution, they were doing this all in secret.”

Proponents of the controversial surveillance program insist that it is justified to keep Americans safe from terrorism, but Binney disagrees.

“The president can declare anyone a terrorist threat and have the military take them off the street, anywhere, and incarcerate them indefinitely without any due process. Those are violations of fundamental rights of the Constitution,” he explained.

“That’s exactly what Special Order 48 issued by the Nazis in 1933 did, right after the Reichstag fire. It says almost exactly the same thing.”

Further, he expressed concern that the US government may use what they obtain through the NSA as a power play against foreign governments and private businesses.

“It’s not just inside the US, it’s worldwide. [The NSA] gives them power and evidence to use to intimidate and manipulate members of parliament in any government in the world. Any commercial company that’s doing things [the US] doesn’t want to happen, they’ve got data on them to.”

“It gives them a great deal of power. Knowledge is power.”

 


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Pablo Escobar’s Secret CIA Connection that Made Him Billions P.1

Pablo Escobar’s Secret CIA Connection that Made Him Billions P.1

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  1. Alberto Fujimori Wins the Presidential Elections
  2. The CIA agent Vladimiro Montesinos
  3. The Emergence Of Demetrio Chavez Peña Herrera “The Vaticano”
  4. Pablo Escobar Finds A Gem
  5. Pablo Escobar Takes Over Peru
  6. The Peruvian Huallaga Valley Turns Into A Colombian Colony
  7. The Fall Of Pablo Escobar
  8. The Controversial Birthday Party
  9. Vaticano Is Tortured Until He Loses His Mind
  10. The Return Of Fujimori’s Dynasty

Peru: The Narco State

The Presidential Elections,1990

In 1990, Alberto Fujimori had just been elected president of Peru. His election was a shocking event for serious political analysnets. Fujimori was actually a mediocre presidential candidate, who even lacked a government program. But during his presidential campaign, Fujimori happened to meet a Peruvian lawyer named Vladimiro Montesinos.

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The unknown Montesinos had suddenly came out of the shadows. He was a former lawyer of Peruvian Cartels bosses, and had plenty of powerful connections. He also had a secret financial source that was significant to provide media exposure and propaganda outlets for Fujimori. Montesinos’ influence was such, that Fujimori passed from being an obscure candidate to become the top favorite in a matter of two months.

It was strange that such an intelligent person as Montesinos could be unknown. The fact was that Vladimiro had been a secret CIA agent as early as 1976. Once Fujimori got elected, CIA agent Vladimiro Montesinos was the real architect behind all his government policies.

Vladimiro understood something crucial: In the realm of Peruvian politics, almost everyone had a price. Consequently, using his secret financial sources, Montesinos began bribing most members of the Peruvian Congress, the media, and every influential figure in the political arena.

Vladimiro was also the head of the National Intelligence Service (SIN), which handled all sorts of unlawful operations, such as torture, extortion, and murder. In addition, Montesinos constantly sought illicit ways to increase its personal wealth.

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How Pablo Escobar Made All His Money

The Upper Huallaga Valley And “The Vatican”

During the late eighties and early 1990’s, Peru was a major export producer of cocaine base. But this hegemony only lasted until 1995, when the government set up a program of eradication. The program not only included shutting down coca labs and confiscation of merchandise, but also a massive media campaign against cocaine consumption. These measures, added to the reduction of foreign demand, made farmers cultivate other crops.

Ironically, the government anti-drugs campaign was only a form of theatrics. The story was very different behind the curtain. As an efficient CIA agent, Montesinos practically fooled everybody. While the government promised coca eradication, Montesinos truly promoted cocaine trade with Cartels from all over the world. This was one of his major sources of revenue.

Back then, the region of Upper Huallaga, located in the jungles of Northern Peru, was a major area of coca cultivation. The Huallaga Valley was controlled by a mafia capo whose name was Demetrio Chavez Peña-Herrera. Also known as “el Vaticano”, Peña-Herrera owned an airplane runway where massive shipments of cocaine base were flown overseas. Vaticano (‘The Vatican’) was in charge of all the Peruvian drug trading business.

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At the height of his power, Vaticano made dealings with 15 different drug cartels (Escobar’s Medellin Cartel was one of his biggest clients). Vaticano’s airstrip was one of the busiest drug trafficking spots in the world during the late eighties and early nineties, with dozens of airplanes shipping cocaine base all day and night.

Pablo Escobar Finds A Gem

Pablo Escobar would probably not have done much without Vaticano’s assistance. During that period, Peruvian mafias were the main providers of cocaine base for Colombian Cartels. The conversion of the base into pure cocaine was the exclusive business of Colombian cartels.

During the mid-eighties, Pablo Escobar had been through a lot of headaches trying to find cocaine base suppliers from Peru. He was totally irritated by the irresponsibility, carelessness and lack of work ethic of Peruvian Narcos. But everything changed when Escobar met Vaticano.

One day, in 1989, Vaticano visited Escobar’s lavish Colombian estate called “Hacienda Napoles”. Escobar had invited him there after hearing that Vaticano was so meticulous in his work, that he even kept professional accountants to assist him. Escobar was very curious to meet this “rare” Peruvian Narco.

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That evening, Escobar gave Vaticano a tour of his immense estate and showed him the Zoo with the animal species he had acquired from all over the world. Walking around the estate, Escobar told Vaticano:

“You have to make poor people love you. Without their support, you can’t achieve anything. And the only way to get that kind of support is through public works. Begin building roads, parks, schools, sports fields.. and you will see.”

At the end of their meeting, Pablo was truly impressed by Vaticano’s personality. Escobar held Vaticano’s hand very tightly and said:

You are actually the first serious and responsible Peruvian Narco I ever met. I have very good feelings about you. From now on we will do great business together”- Pablo Escobar

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Clinical Trial Suggests Psychedelic Drugs Could Be Used To Treat Depression and Addiction

Clinical Trial Suggests Psychedelic Drugs Could Be Used To Treat Depression and Addiction

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Scientists in London recently showed the brain scan results of people under the influence of LSD.

The results revealed far more positive then negative results in the study’s 20 participants.  The study, headed by Professor David Nutt and Amanda Feilding of the Beckley Foundation, found that LSD and the active ingredient in Magic Mushrooms called psilocybin could help depression, alcoholics and possibly even drug addictions in a way traditional methods of therapy can’t.

Another study published in 2012 headed by David Nutt suggest “magic” mushrooms expand the mind by dampening brain activity.

However, there is still one problem before treatment can be widespread – both Mushrooms and LSD are categorized as Class A drugs Hallucinogenics by the FDA and are prohibited –  which is ironic, considering its history with the CIA.

Declassified documents released in 2012 show that before LSD was a drug handed out at rock concerts in the 70’s, the CIA dosed hundreds of unwitting Americans under the umbrella of Project MKUltra.
The CIA conducted uncontrolled tests on subjects, including many who did not consent to be lab guinea pigs for the agency.

From beach goers to bars and restaurants, prostitutes and johns – even their own agents were dosed. Then they would follow their test rats around stalking them taking notes. This went on for a decade in secrecy under various operations such as Operation Midnight Climax and two hubs – one in San Francisco the other in New York City. Why would the CIA do this? Remember, this is the same agency that wanted to create lone-wolf killers under “Project Bluebird”.

LSD shortly after all this mess was classified extremely dangerous made illegal and research into its benefits of potential treatment for addictions and alcoholism was shutdown – possibly because LSD, rather than allowing the CIA to create brainwashed killers, gave people spiritual experiences.

LSD users often feel more connected to nature, the world and everything around them – renewed and refreshed with everything feeling beautiful and very vivid — seeing the grass and flowers and trees look different.

Its an experience many choose for a spiritual and psychic re-awakening.

Only now are psychedelics being recognized by scientist as being potentially helpful to mental health after the stigma’s created by the CIA’s botched experiments of bad trips.

Indian tribes have been using psychedelics for years in ceremonies – such as the famous Ayahuasca tea, which is said to make you throw up hours after consumption and have a spiritual life changing journey. Those that seek spiritual enlightenment can now pay to do so safely, at a retreat in Washington for $1,500. Cheaper then a Disney resort vacation!

Ayahuasca translates to the vine of the dead, or soul. Those who take the leap are said to experience confronting their fear of death. With so many people pushing for legalization of Marijuana – also considered to be a psychedelic – are we headed towards a push for legalization of psychedelics for medical purposes?

The more psychedelics are studied and the effects of psychedelics on the human mind are understood, the closer we come to a world where the war on drugs is near an end.

Chicago’s Using a “Pre-Crime” Algorithm to catch Criminals !

Chicago’s Using a “Pre-Crime” Algorithm to catch Criminals !

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“Chicago is Using Computers to catch Criminals Before They commit a Crime’

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Precrime (today usually spelled “pre-crime“) is a term coined by science fiction author Philip K. Dick. It is increasingly used in academic literature to describe and criticize the tendency in criminal justice systems to focus on crimes not yet committed.

By John Vibes

It was recently reported that the Chicago Police Department has implemented an Orwellian new program that targets innocent citizens based on indicators that they might be a person who has the potential to carry out a crime. Similar to dystopian films like Minority Report, a complex computer algorithm will track and catalog every citizen in the city, and use private data about each person to determine whether or not they could be a potential criminal.

Once an innocent civilian has been labeled as a threat, they are then notified that they have been marked as a potential criminal and that they are now under police surveillance.

This disturbing program has quietly been in place for over three years, and in that time, government agents have visited the homes of more than 1,300 innocent people who had high numbers on the list, to inform them that they are now regarded as potential criminals. According to the New York Times, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says that officials this year are stepping up those visits, with at least 1,000 more people.

“We are targeting the correct individuals. We just need our judicial partners and our state legislators to hold these people accountable,” Johnson insisted.

However, activists and advocates of civil liberties are not convinced.

Karen Sheley, the director of the Police Practices Project of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, has pointed out that these innocent people are being flagged based on criteria that haven’t even been publicly established.

“We’re concerned about this. There’s a database of citizens built on unknown factors, and there’s no way for people to challenge being on the list. How do you get on the list in the first place? We think it’s dangerous to single out somebody based on secret police information,” Sheley said.

The current program is said to only target individuals who seem to show a high risk of being involved in a shooting. However, it is also important to point out that most laws, especially the bad ones, aren’t even focused on primary violations of life or property, but are instead focused on secondary actions that are seen as causal factors for these violations.


Also Read: Minority Report Is Here: Chicago Residents Get Police Visit Based on Pre-Crime Surveillance List (1st stage introduced 2013)


It certainly should be illegal to harm people or their property, but most modern societies, in an apparent attempt to take preventative measures, have outlawed actions that could be a precursor to actual criminal activity.

Some have referred to this concept as “pre-crime.” The idea is that people should be punished if they behave in a way that someone else is uncomfortable with, even if they have not harmed anyone.

These types of laws would include: all drug laws, all gun laws, seatbelt laws, intellectual property and other victimless, non-violent crimes, where no person has been harmed, and no property has been stolen or damaged.

Drugs are illegal, we are told, because their use could lead to actual crime. Guns are highly restricted because someone could get hurt. Seatbelt laws are imposed because someone could get hurt. And, intellectual property is imposed because someone may lose their investment. The arguments in favor of these laws are all overblown or flat out wrong, but the fear of future crime is always used to justify bad laws that have no basis in justice or restitution.

Our entire justice system is made up of this nonsense, which persecutes people who have not hurt anyone or anything because their actions apparently indicate that they will do something harmful in the future. To begin to target individuals before they have even done anything is taking this idea of pre-crime a step further, ushering in a new age of Orwellian surveillance.

Also Read: LAPD Using Helicopters For Pre-Crime 2015

Disney Takes Legal Aim At China’s Richest Man

Disney Takes Legal Aim At China’s Richest Man

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The feud between Chinese real estate and entertainment giant, Dalian Wanda, and Walt Disney Co. has continued to escalate, with the latter threatening legal action over alleged intellectual property infringement.

Last week, Dalian Wanda chairman Wang Jianlin, directly called out Disney as an “old brand” that would be no match for the “pack of wolves” his conglomerate was planning to unleash on China’s theme park scene.

On Saturday, Dalian Wanda unveiled the first of a series of “Wanda Cities” planned for the Chinese and overseas market – developments that include theme parks, malls, hotels and resorts, as well as food and beverage options – designed to capitalize on a growing appetite for entertainment among China’s rising middle and upper middle classes. Government estimates have China’s $610 billion tourism industry doubling in size by 2020, making it a particularly lucrative prize for both Dailan Wanda and Disney.


The opening of the $3.2 billion Wanda City development came just weeks before the official opening of the long-awaited, $6 billion Shanghai Disney theme park, slated for June 16.

In comments at the Wanda City opening ceremony in the eastern Chinese city of Nanchang over the weekend, Wang Jianlin emphasized a major advantage of Wanda’s model would be the emphasis on local culture, rather than the imported pop culture propagated by rivals Disney.


“Chinese culture led in the world’s for 2,000 years, but since the last 300 years, because of our lagging development and the invasion of foreign cultures, we have more or less lacked confidence in our own culture. We want to be a model for Chinese private enterprise, and we want to establish a global brand for Chinese firms,” the 61-year-old said.

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