Kathleen O’Donnell, 61, of Pennsylvania, claims that officers were sent to her day job to harass her after she wrote about Kathryn Knott, 25, the daughter of former Bucks County Police Chief Karl Knott.
In December, Kathryn Knott was found guilty of simple assault, conspiracy, and reckless endangerment after participating in a group attack on a gay couple in Philadelphia. She was sentenced to 5-10 months in prison, two years probation and will have to pay $2,000 in fines. The two others who participated in the brutal attack, Kevin Harrigan, 27, and Philip Williams, 25, both pleaded guilty and received probation.
During the mob beat down, one of the victims suffered a broken jaw as the three assailants, Knott and two male friends of hers, shouted anti-gay slurs.
O’Donnell, outraged over the incident, created a parody account with the name “Knotty is a Tramp,” where she blogged about any and all information that she could find on the woman, her father, and the case. She noted that the chief’s daughter often used anti-gay rhetoric in her social media posts.
O’Donnell claims that the Knott father and daughter duo called in a favor to the Bucks County District Attorney’s office to strong arm and intimidate her into stopping her writing.
According to Philly.com, Karl Knott was at the time, the chief of Chalfont Borough police in Bucks County and now is captain at the Central Bucks Regional Police Department
In August 2015, O’Donnell claims that two Bucks County district attorney detectives, Martin McDonough and Mark Zielinski, went to her day job and met with her boss. The detectives reportedly informed him that O’Donnell had been making “harassing comments” about Kathryn Knott, and that the postings sometimes came from her work computer.
O’Donnell claims that she was then approached by the detectives, who according to the lawsuit, “threatened” her and warned that if she did not cease her postings she “she would be arrested for ‘fraudulently impersonating Ms. Knott.’ “
The very same day, after the detectives left, O’Donnell was fired from her job.
District Attorney Heckler remains unapologetic about the incident, claiming that the blog “was perceived as potentially threatening and potentially inciting others” to harm the chief’s daughter.
“We would not have been looking into the matter unless it involved what we believed to be potentially incriminating behavior,” Heckler told Raw Story, “We certainly didn’t bully up on her because Chief Knott is a police officer and we were looking out for a buddy.”
O’Donnell is now suing Kathryn Knott, Karl Knott, Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler and the detectives who visited her job for 150,000 in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.
Growing List of Celebrities Speaking Out About Chemtrails / Geoengineering: Chuck Norris, Vin Diesel
Growing List of Celebrities Speaking Out About Chemtrails / Geoengineering: Chuck Norris, Vin Diesel
(Era of Wisdom) First, the alt media exploded with info about Merle Haggard exposing chemtrails/geoengineering when he passed away. Then, it was Prince: now we can add Vin Diesel and Chuck Norris to that list.
Chuck Norris took a particularly bold stance, and wrote an entire article entitled “Sky Criminals.”
According to Inquisitr:
“Norris, 76, recently wrote an article at World Net Daily to talk about conspiracies surrounding chemtrails and the U.S. government. He argued that people are not taking the issue seriously when there is evidence pointing to the government as having already used chemtrails.”
This is an excerpt from Norris’ article. The full article can be found at this link.
“Country legend Merle Haggard, who died of a lung infection (double pneumonia) on April 6, sang in his song, “What I hate”: “What I hate is looking up and seeing chemtrails in a clear blue sky today.”
Several months ago, I wrote a column titled, “Why are geo-engineering researchers being stonewalled?” In it, I gave an array of evidence from scientists that geoengineering and, specifically, covert chemtrailing is taking place in the skies above us and unbeknownst to us.
For those who are unfamiliar with the subject and stratospheric lunacy, let me reiterate a few definitions:
Geoengineering is the artificial modification of Earth’s climate systems through two primary technologies: Solar Radiation Management, or SRM, and Carbon Dioxide Removal, or CDR.
CDR technologies include “bio-energy with carbon capture and storage, biochar, direct air capture, ocean fertilization and enhanced weathering,” according to Wikipedia.
SRM technologies “seek to reflect sunlight and thus reduce global warming. Proposed examples include the creation of stratospheric sulfate aerosols.”
Stratospheric sulfate aerosols “create a global dimming effect [that] has made them a possible candidate for use in solar radiation management climate engineering projects to limit the effect and impact of climate change due to rising levels of greenhouse gases. Delivery of precursor sulfide gases such as sulfuric acid, hydrogen sulfide (H2S) or sulfur dioxide (SO2) by artillery, aircraft and balloons has been proposed.”
Chemtrailing is the “public’s term for the classified [covert] and ongoing artificial modification of Earth’s climate systems using reflective nano-materials (aerosols) to reflect sunlight. The aerosols are dispersed via jet aircraft trails that expand into reflective artificial clouds.”
Sarah Zielinski, an award-winning science writer and editor, wrote a piece in December 2015 for the Smithsonian, titled, “Airplane Contrails May Be Creating Accidental Geoengineering.”
In the article, Zielinski explained, “Geoengineering involves the manipulation of an environmental process in such a way, usually deliberate, that it affects the Earth’s climate.”
Zeilinski cites Charles Long from the NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, who reported at a press conference this past week at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco: “This haze is caused by airplanes, and it is gradually whitening blue skies. We might be actually conducting some unintentional geoengineering here.”
Many other scientists would say – as we shall see in a moment – intentional geoengineering.
Long went on to explain, “Its existence demonstrates yet another way that humans might be altering the climate system, and you can see this with your own eyes.”
I know, because my wife, Gena, and I have seen it in the skies over our own Texas ranch.
Chuck Norris provides real solutions to our county’s problems and a way to reawaken the American dream in his best-seller, “Black Belt Patriotism.”
Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research concluded, “It seems quite possible that [Long is] seeing something that’s real.”
Long still calls the haze “a mystery,” but at the moment primarily blames air traffic exhaust and other aerosols as the most likely culprits of those particles.
But is the origin of it all so unintentional and innocent? Or are there deliberate sky criminals who are also chemtrailing above us with other chemical agents?
Long himself is puzzled how certain areas around the country like one in Oklahoma have significant sky whitening yet don’t get as much known air traffic.
When Snopes was investigating the recent accusations that NASA was spraying lithium (the anti-manic psychiatric medication) into the atmosphere and, hence, onto Americans, the liberal fact-finding website even had to confess that, “Buried among the tinfoil were a few actual facts: it was true that a 2003 study examined the feasibility of mass vaccination by air.””
Although Chuck Norris aimed straight into the eyes of the elite and spat truth, the manner in which celebrities are speaking out is generally hushed, kind of carefully quiet.
Vin Diesel recently posted a picture to Facebook apparently making a somber nod toward the chemtrail conscious public, crossing his fingers in the shape of a couple chemtrails behind him.
The top comments praised his acknowledgment of them.
According to True Activist:
“By now, everyone has seen white streaks in the sky. They stretch from horizon to horizon, and ultimately turn the skies into murky haze. While one would think that the streaks are nothing but plane vapor, skeptics have unearthed some convincing evidence suggesting that they are instead intentional pollution, meant to poison communities and cities for the purpose of population control.”
“The topic of chemtrails, like many subjects, is very controversial. Understandably, one may be wary about accepting any so-called ‘evidence’. However, it appears that famous actor Vin Diesel may just be drawing attention to the presence of chemtrails in the photo below.
In the picture the Fast and Furious star recently posted to Facebook, he is seen crossing his fingers like the white streaks seen behind him in the sky.”
The truth is, the consequences of not speaking up far outweigh the consequences of not holding on to some petty remnant of perceived credibility in remaining silent about this, and I think the celebrities with good hearts and minds know this.
Some question whether Merle Haggard or Prince died of some illness related to chemtrail activity. That notion is caught in the burden of proof, and ultimately some have suspicion but no evidence. This theory seems to allude to the idea that specific individuals may be targeted by chemtrails.
Why would the idea of specific individuals being targeted by toxic aerosols be implausible? The military sprayed San Francisco with harmful bacterial agents in the past, sprayed aerosols can be used for various purposes.
My own mind began to theorize about this when on March 15th, my area was decimated by chemtrails, and one that went directly over my house in Sacramento appeared to “change gears” in the sky, switching from a thicker plume to thinner one right after it went overhead. A video of that can be found here, and below is a screencap. However, I doubt I am important enough to be targeted.
This is an anecdotal observation, but nonetheless one that should make any thinking mind turn its gears.
The best we can do, is every single thing we can possibly do: talk to everyone about geoengineering, point it out in the sky every day.
The worst thing we can do is give up. Our ancestors did not survive incomprehensibly difficult conditions to hand us this world on a silver platter, only to have us indulge in mindless comfort until the day it all ends forever.
No, we fight. Every single inch we are given to wake people up, let’s stretch that into a million miles: let’s extend our poisoned fists forward and march toward our right to live until the death, just like our ancestors did for us.
– See more at: http://www.eraofwisdom.org/growing-list-of-celebrities-speaking-out-about-chemtrailsgeoengineering-chuck-norris-vin-diesel/#sthash.noTms4Uo.dpuf
FIVE months after Craig Steven Wright, an Australian computer scientist and businessman, was outed against his will as Satoshi Nakamoto, he says he is indeed the creator of bitcoin. On May 2nd he published a blog post offering cryptographic proof, backed up by other information, to make his case. Along with two other media organisations, The Economist had access to Mr Wright before the publication of his post. Our conclusion is that he could well be Mr Nakamoto, but that nagging questions remain. In fact, it may never be possible to prove beyond reasonable doubt who really created bitcoin. Whether people, particularly bitcoin cognoscenti, actually believe Mr Wright will depend greatly on what he does next, after going public.
In December, after he was outed, Mr Wright stayed silent. So why has he now changed his mind? “I’m not seeking publicity, but want to set the record straight,” he explains. He says he called himself “Nakamoto” after a 17th-century Japanese philosopher and merchant, Tominaga Nakamoto, who was highly critical of the normative thought of his time and favoured free trade. (He doesn’t want to say why he picked “Satoshi”: “Some things should remain secret.”)
If Mr Wright is indeed Mr Nakamoto that would not only help to illuminate the origins of bitcoin—it could also have a big impact on the future of the controversial cryptocurrency. Although the rhetoric has become less strident in recent weeks, the project has been held back by a deep split between those who want to keep bitcoin pure and those who want to modify its workings to allow it to grow rapidly—even if that means making it more like a conventional payment system. Having launched the bitcoin project with the publication of a paper in 2008, and then the first release of bitcoin software in 2009, Mr Nakamoto stepped back from active involvement in 2010. His return from obscurity would most certainly change the dynamics of the debate about bitcoin’s future direction.
Having been named as Mr Nakamoto once before, unconvincingly, Mr Wright has a steep hill to climb to convince the world that he is indeed who he claims to be. Evaluating his claim involves the application of a multi-step paternity test. First comes the factual evidence: can Mr Wright prove that he is in possession of cryptographic keys that only Mr Nakamoto should have? Second, does he have convincing explanations for the holes in the story which came to light when he was first outed in December? Third, does he possess the technical knowledge that would have enabled him to develop a system as complex and clever as bitcoin? And fourth, to what extent does he fit the image that people have of Mr Nakamoto; in particular, what do those computer scientists who have collaborated online with Mr Nakamoto think of Mr Wright’s claim to be him? These are the questions that the bitcoin community will be arguing about in the coming days—and which Mr Wright must answer convicingly if he is to convince the world of his claim.
Protester Robs Bank , Throws Money to Crowd
A man identified as Semih Bulut scattered 30,000 Turkish Liras from a top-floor balcony after staging an armed robbery on a bank in Istanbul’s Kumkap neighborhood on April 27.
The robbery took place in the afternoon. Bulut entered the bank located on the Çiftegelinler Street of the Kumkap neighborhood with a pump action rifle. Forcing the clerk to open the bank vaults and taking out 30,000 lira before seeing police teams arriving at the scene, and fleeing to the top floor of the bank’s building.
He then fired rifle shots into the air as he scattered bills onto the street below from the balcony.
“I wanted to express myself with the President. My aim was to make him aware of this situation,” he said.
Police teams took security measures on the street and sent a “Nationally trained negotiator” to the scene to communicate with the burglar. After four hours of negotiations, Bulut surrendered himself to police.
According to claims by locals, the building where the incident took place was sold to the bank by Bulut’s father Cuma Bulut around four years ago. Believing that the sale was unjust, the elder Bulut had allegedly attempted to rob the same bank previously.
After surrendering, Bulut was taken to a police station for questioning and local police officers picked up the bills he had scattered around.
Local police say they are still looking for 4,900 lira.
According to Bulut’s statement the theft was perpetrated because he was”outraged”, according to neighbors, four years ago, his father was the owner of the building from which the subject threw the money, however, he sold the property at a price that Semih considered was unfair .
The video posted on YouTube shows Semih takes shots in the air screams and throws some of the $ 30,000 he had stolen just minuets earlier .
Eventually the Turkish police would collect most of the thrown money and the negotiator would talk with the man, who finally surrendered to authorities.
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Google’s deal with the National Health Service (NHS) will allow artificial intelligence units to access as many as 1.6 million private patient records, a new report has revealed.
The data-sharing agreement, according to New Scientist, which first unmasked its true nature, would give Google’s DeepMind unrestricted access to sensitive data that the Royal Free NHS Trust has.
Patient Confidentiality And Informed Consent
As early as 2014, Google has partnered with several scientists to understand human health. But this present partnership with the UK NHS goes far beyond what people expect from the tech giant.
The NHS houses information from three major hospitals under its control in London namely Chase Farm, Barnet, and Royal Free.
Last February, Google announced that it would be collaborating with the NHS for app development. The Streams app, Google said, would simply aid hospital personnel to monitor their patients with kidney diseases.
“This is not just about kidney function,” said Sam Smith from the health data privacy group MedConfidential. “They’re getting the full data.”
With the agreement, Google would be able to look at all the patient records that pass through all these hospitals each year, along with sensitive details of abortion, drug overdose, and even HIV status.
The agreement also allows Google to look at patient information from the past five years that the NHS has submitted to the Secondary User Service (SUS) database, which serves as a centralized record of all UK hospital treatments ranging from emergency departments to critical care.
Since DeepMind would have continuous access to all patient information including everyday hospital activity ranging from who visits the patient to details of radiologic and pathologic tests, many are questioning whether they have the choice to opt out.
Would the NHS ask for patients’ informed consent? Would the NHS give the patients the chance to opt out?
With the SUS data collection, patients can simply write their doctor about opting out. This does not, however, cover data gathered during present admission and discharge.
Several days ago, more than a million patients decided to opt out of Care.data scheme for fears that their sensitive information would be made available beyond the scope of clinical care. The concerns stemmed from the agency’s inability to allow patients to undertake an informed consent. This has forced the Health & Social Care Information Centre to change its name to NHS Digital.
Google said getting the entire patient information is necessary because there is no specific dataset for kidney disease patients. Streams would not be an effective monitoring app without all the patient data.
To defend the agreement [PDF], Royal Free NHS Trust explained that data provision is within the bounds of strict information governance rules and would only be used for direct clinical care.
In addition, Google cannot use all gathered information for any of its other business ventures and that data would be under the care of a third-party contractor. DeepMind is also bound by the agreement to delete all data copies as soon as the agreement expires on September 2017.
The agreement also stated that to ensure all medical personnel follow the guidelines set by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, DeepMind would use Patient Rescue, a platform that would give data analytics to NHS hospitals by using streams of data from other hospitals.
With this real-time patient information analysis, DeepMind can support doctors in making clinical diagnosis. By funnelling a wealth of patient information, DeepMind is expected to assist doctors by predicting possible illnesses an individual may have.
Patient Rescue can scan through the millions of data in its system to help predict if the patient has an illness in its early stages. Based on this, doctors can then request for some tests to see if disease prediction is accurate.
Smith said DeepMind’s data collection would allow it to build a generic algorithm about any disease it chooses.
David Clifton of the Computational Health Informatics Lab at University of Oxford said that machine learning tools are already in place in four hospitals under the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Clifton explained that these AI systems would be helpful in terms of detecting an infectious outbreak before it gets worse. Downplaying the concerns on patient confidentiality, Clifton said that AIs were not developed to replace doctors and nurses.
“It’s about how can we bring the attention of medics to the right place,” Clifton said.
Predicting health outcomes have been previously employed by doctors to help them make clinical decisions whether a treatment option would benefit a patient or not.
Ross Anderson of the University of Cambridge said there should be no concern over breach of confidentiality. Google has a good track record of data security and privacy so there is nothing to worry about.
“If learning about adverse health outcomes helps them to predict patients at risk, then this is a perfectly reasonable way to make money,” said Ross.
Ross added that the concern should be shifted to the fact that Google might hold monopoly in health analytics.
UK Life Sciences minister George Freeman echoed the same concern and said NHS should be more careful.
“Healthcare is going digital in the 21st century with huge benefits to patients,” said Freeman. “But NHS patients need to know their data will be secure and not be sold or used inappropriately, which is why we have introduced tough new measures to ensure patient confidentiality.”
Google said there are no commercial plans for its DeepMind’s data mining services and that the existing pilots covered by the agreement are free.
With the tight competition in artificial intelligence development, it seems Google is leading the pack in health analytics.
However, Google is not off the hook yet as healthcare experts, along with government tech leaders, would assess how DeepMind processes NHS information in a meeting slated next month.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s president is ordering a 30 percent increase in the minimum wage, the latest move by the socialist government to grapple with high inflation and economic stagnation.
The boost announced Saturday night by President Nicolas Maduro comes after a 25 percent increase on March 1.
The new increase is effective Sunday, which is International Labor Day, and will push the minimum wage to 15,051 bolivars a month. That is about $1,500 at the official exchange rate, but is around $50 at the current black market rate, which largely sets prices of goods for Venezuelans.
Venezuela’s oil export-dependent economy shrank 5.7 percent last year, shortages of basic goods multiplied and prices soared. The government has instituted rolling blackouts and state employees are working only two days a week to conserve electricity.
Nine students at the University of Dayton have been diagnosed with Mumps. Add on that another 23 are showing typical symptoms and the University becomes one more college that has claimed an “outbreak” status.
The cases of both Mumps and Measles around the country have been shared thousands of times on social media, almost always blaming “low vaccination rates.” However, the University of Dayton is proclaiming that the MMR vaccine being ineffective is the real culprit, according to wyso.org.
Donna Youtz, the immunization coordinator with Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County, says the vaccine isn’t 100% percent effective.
“It’s about 88 percent effective if they get two doses,” said Youtz. “And other than that we really don’t know why it’s not working as well as we had hoped.”
With all the hoopla surrounding these campus infections focused on the unvaccinated, it is nice to see finally a health official communicate at least a little honesty. As with most all of these “outbreaks,” it is the vaccinated who are spreading them. Why are there no confirmed cases of non-vaccinated students getting Mumps? Either they aren’t on campus (as per the policy), or they somehow possess these fantastic immune systems (because they don’t’ get vaccines), or they are just incredibly lucky. The truth can’t be much more complicated than those points.
If the unvaccinated are causing a “herd immunity” issue, well then why aren’t they getting Mumps? This entire event has become rather nonsensical. The vaccinated students are the ones spreading the illnesses. Now the vaccines are suddenly “not as effective.” I thought these vaccines were supposed to be bullet-proof?
The facts speak for themselves.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said on Saturday it had sent a fighter plane on Friday to intercept a U.S. aircraft approaching its border over the Baltic Sea because the American plane had turned off its transponder, which is needed for identification.
The Pentagon said the U.S. Air Force RC-135 plane had been flying a routine route in international airspace and that the Russian SU-27 fighter had intercepted it in an “unsafe and unprofessional” way.
CNN reported that the Russian jet had come within about 100 feet (30 meters) of the U.S. plane and had performed a barrel roll.
“All flights of Russian planes are conducted in accordance with international regulations on the use of airspace,” the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement.
“The U.S. Air Force has two solutions: either not to fly near our borders or to turn the transponder on for identification.”
Friday’s incident underlines rising tensions between Russia and the United States over eastern Europe. NATO has said it plans its biggest build-up in the region since the Cold War to counter what the it considers to be a more aggressive Russia.
The Baltic states, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which joined NATO in 2004, have requested higher and permanent presence of the alliance, fearing a threat from Russia after it annexed the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014.
The Kremlin denies any intentions to attack the Baltic countries, but it has often said that they have become an aggressive “Russophobic kernel” pushing NATO towards a consistently anti-Russian course.
“We are already starting to get used to the insults of the Pentagon regarding alleged ‘unprofessional’ maneuvers when our fighters intercept U.S. spy planes at the Russian border,” the defense ministry said in its statement.
(Reporting by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)
The great investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, in two previous articles in the London Review of Books («Whose Sarin?» and «The Red Line and the Rat Line») has reported that the Obama Administration falsely blamed the government of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad for the sarin gas attack that Obama was trying to use as an excuse to invade Syria; and Hersh pointed to a report from British intelligence saying that the sarin that was used didn’t come from Assad’s stockpiles.
Hersh also said that a secret agreement in 2012 was reached between the Obama Administration and the leaders of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, to set up a sarin gas attack and blame it on Assad so that the US could invade and overthrow Assad. «By the terms of the agreement, funding came from Turkey, as well as Saudi Arabia and Qatar; the CIA, with the support of MI6, was responsible for getting arms from Gaddafi’s arsenals into Syria».
Hersh didn’t say whether these «arms» included the precursor chemicals for making sarin which were stockpiled in Libya, but there have been multiple independent reports that Libya’s Gaddafi possessed such stockpiles, and also that the US Consulate in Benghazi Libya was operating a «rat line» for Gaddafi’s captured weapons into Syria through Turkey. So, Hersh isn’t the only reporter who has been covering this. Indeed, the investigative journalist Christoph Lehmann headlined on 7 October 2013, «Top US and Saudi Officials responsible for Chemical Weapons in Syria» and reported, on the basis of very different sources than Hersh used, that «Evidence leads directly to the White House, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, CIA Director John Brennan, Saudi Intelligence Chief Prince Bandar, and Saudi Arabia´s Interior Ministry».
And, as if that weren’t enough, even the definitive analysis of the evidence that was performed by two leading US analysts, the Lloyd-Postal report, concluded that, «The US Government’s Interpretation of the Technical Intelligence It Gathered Prior to and After the August 21 Attack CANNOT POSSIBLY BE CORRECT». Obama has clearly been lying.
However, now, for the first time, Hersh has implicated Hillary Clinton directly in this «rat line». In an interview with Alternet.org, Hersh was asked about the then-US-Secretary-of-State’s role in the Benghazi Libya US consulate’s operation to collect weapons from Libyan stockpiles and send them through Turkey into Syria for a set-up sarin-gas attack, to be blamed on Assad in order to ‘justify’ the US invading Syria, as the US had invaded Libya to eliminate Gaddafi. Hersh said: «That ambassador who was killed, he was known as a guy, from what I understand, as somebody, who would not get in the way of the CIA. As I wrote, on the day of the mission he was meeting with the CIA base chief and the shipping company. He was certainly involved, aware and witting of everything that was going on. And there’s no way somebody in that sensitive of a position is not talking to the boss, by some channel».
Seymour Hersh Says Hillary Approved Sending Libya’s Sarin to Syrian Rebels
This was, in fact, the Syrian part of the State Department’s Libyan operation, Obama’s operation to set up an excuse for the US doing in Syria what they had already done in Libya.
The interviewer then asked:
«In the book [Hersh’s The Killing of Osama bin Laden, just out] you quote a former intelligence official as saying that the White House rejected 35 target sets [for the planned US invasion of Syria] provided by the Joint Chiefs as being insufficiently painful to the Assad regime. (You note that the original targets included military sites only – nothing by way of civilian infrastructure.) Later the White House proposed a target list that included civilian infrastructure. What would the toll to civilians have been if the White House’s proposed strike had been carried out?»
Hersh responded by saying that the US tradition in that regard has long been to ignore civilian casualties; i.e., collateral damage of US attacks is okay or even desired (so as to terrorize the population into surrender) – not an ‘issue’, except, perhaps, for the PR people.
The interviewer asked why Obama is so obsessed to replace Assad in Syria, since «The power vacuum that would ensue would open Syria up to all kinds of jihadi groups»; and Hersh replied that not only he, but the Joint Chiefs of Staff, «nobody could figure out why». He said, «Our policy has always been against him [Assad]. Period». This has actually been the case not only since the Party that Assad leads, the Ba’ath Party, was the subject of a shelved CIA coup-plot in 1957 to overthrow and replace it; but, actually, the CIA’s first coup had been not just planned but was carried out in 1949 in Syria, overthrowing there a democratically elected leader, in order to enable a pipeline for the Sauds’ oil to become built through Syria into the largest oil market, Europe; and, construction of the pipeline started the following year.
But, there were then a succession of Syrian coups (domestic instead of by foreign powers – 1954, 1963, 1966, and, finally, in 1970), concluding in the accession to power of Hafez al-Assad during the 1970 coup. And, the Sauds’ long-planned Trans-Arabia Pipeline has still not been built. The Saudi royal family, who own the world’s largest oil company, Aramco, don’t want to wait any longer. Obama is the first US President to have seriously tried to carry out their long-desired «regime change» in Syria, so as to enable not only the Sauds’ Trans-Arabian Pipeline to be built, but also to build through Syria the Qatar-Turkey Gas Pipeline that the Thani royal family (friends of the Sauds) who own Qatar want also to be built there. The US is allied with the Saud family (and with their friends, the royal families of Qatar, Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, and Oman). Russia is allied with the leaders of Syria – as Russia had earlier been allied with Mossadegh in Iran, Arbenz in Guatemala, Allende in Chile, Hussein in Iraq, Gaddafi in Libya, and Yanukovych in Ukraine (all of whom except Syria’s Ba’ath Party, the US has successfully overthrown).
Hersh was wrong to say that «nobody could figure out why» Obama is obsessed with overthrowing Assad and his Ba’ath Party, even if nobody that he spoke with was willing to say why. They have all been hired to do a job, which didn’t change even when the Soviet Union ended and the Warsaw Pact was disbanded; and, anyone who has been at this job for as long as those people have, can pretty well figure out what the job actually is – even if Hersh can’t.
Hersh then said that Obama wanted to fill Syria with foreign jihadists to serve as the necessary ground forces for his planned aerial bombardment there, and, «if you wanted to go there and fight there in 2011-2013, ‘Go, go, go… overthrow Bashar!’ So, they actually pushed a lot of people [jihadists] to go. I don’t think they were paying for them but they certainly gave visas».
However, it’s not actually part of America’s deal with its allies the fundamentalist-Sunni Arabic royal families and the fundamentalist Sunni Erdogan of Turkey, for the US to supply the salaries (to be «paying for them», as Hersh put it there) to those fundamentalist Sunni jihadists – that’s instead the function of the Sauds and of their friends, the other Arab royals, and their friends, to do. (Those are the people who finance the terrorists to perpetrate attacks in the US, Europe, Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, India, Nigeria, etc. – i.e., anywhere except in their own countries.) And, Erdogan in Turkey mainly gives their jihadists just safe passage into Syria, and he takes part of the proceeds from the jihadists’ sales of stolen Syrian and Iraqi oil. But, they all work together as a team (with the jihadists sometimes killing each other in the process – that’s even part of the plan) – though each national leader has PR problems at home in order to fool his respective public into thinking that they’re against terrorists, and that only the ‘enemy’ is to blame. (Meanwhile, the aristocrats who supply the «salaries» of the jihadists, walk off with all the money.)
This way, US oil and gas companies will refine, and pipeline into Europe, the Sauds’ oil and the Thanis’ gas, and not only will Russia’s major oil-and-gas market become squeezed away by that, but Obama’s economic sanctions against Russia, plus the yet-further isolation of Russia (as well as of China and the rest of the BRICS countries) by excluding them from Obama’s three mega-trade-deals (TTIP, TPP & TISA), will place the US aristocracy firmly in control of the world, to dominate the 21st Century, as it has dominated ever since the end of WW II.
Then, came this question from Hersh: «Why does America do what it does? Why do we not say to the Russians, Let’s work together?» His interviewer immediately seconded that by repeating it, «So why don’t we work closer with Russia? It seems so rational». Hersh replied simply: «I don’t know». He didn’t venture so much as a guess – not even an educated one. But, when journalists who are as knowledgeable as he, don’t present some credible explanation, to challenge the obvious lies (which make no sense that accords with the blatantly contrary evidence those journalists know of against those lies) that come from people such as Barack Obama, aren’t they thereby – though passively – participating in the fraud, instead of contradicting and challenging it? Or, is the underlying assumption, there: The general public is going to be as deeply immersed in the background information here as I am, so that they don’t need me to bring it all together for them into a coherent (and fully documented) whole, which does make sense? Is that the underlying assumption? Because: if it is, it’s false.
Hersh’s journalism is among the best (after all: he went so far as to say, of Christopher Stephens, regarding Hillary Clinton, «there’s no way somebody in that sensitive of a position is not talking to the boss, by some channel»), but it’s certainly not good enough. However, it’s too good to be published any longer in places like the New Yorker. And the reporting by Christof Lehmann was better, and it was issued even earlier than Hersh’s; and it is good enough, because it named names, and it explained motivations, in an honest and forthright way, which is why Lehmann’s piece was published only on a Montenegrin site, and only online, not in a Western print medium, such as the New Yorker. The sites that are owned by members of the Western aristocracy don’t issue reports like that – journalism that’s good enough. They won’t inform the public when a US Secretary of State, and her boss the US President, are the persons actually behind a sarin gas attack they’re blaming on a foreign leader the US aristocrats and their allied foreign aristocrats are determined to topple and replace.
Is this really a democracy?
By Jane Ridley
Despite suffering from major depression, Liz Lehmann managed to hold down a job as manager of an animal hospital where scores of pets had surgery each week, anesthetized by the drug ketamine.
Four years on, to her amazement, the mother of four discovered that a low dose of the same medication — popularly known as the psychedelic club drug Special K and also used as a horse tranquillizer — held the key to alleviating her depression.
“It was a last-ditch measure but it’s been nothing short of a miracle,” Lehmann, 51, says of the regular infusions she receives at Ketamine Treatment Centers of Princeton, NJ, one of a growing number of private clinics offering the procedure, which costs $350 to $1,000 per session.
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“It has changed my life, and I started functioning,” says Lehmann. “Without it, I couldn’t get out of bed in the morning.”
Ketamine for depression is poised to be one of the biggest breakthroughs in psychiatric medicine — the largest since Prozac was approved by the FDA in 1987. The American Psychiatric Association is about to issue practice guidelines governing ketamine’s use as an off-label treatment for anxiety and depression, and Johnson & Johnson is expected to apply to the FDA for approval of a nasal spay version of ketamine, called esketamine, for treatment-resistant depression by 2019.
Studies show the drug — which is used illegally for its hallucinogenic effects but has been employed for decades as an anesthetic, and since 2010 as a treatment for depression — appears to work by acting on one of the brain’s neurotransmitters and sparking growth of new connections among cells, repairing the structural damage that depression causes to the brain. It may also help combat climbing suicide rates. A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released last week found that US suicide rates are on the rise — jumping an astonishing 60 percent among middle-aged women since 1999.
Lehmann, who has suffered from depression since childhood, most recently endured a three-year period of postpartum depression following the birth of her fourth child, Alex, at the age of 47.
Her psychiatrist prescribed her practically every antidepressant and anxiety drug on the market, but none worked. At her worst, Lehmann was catatonic.
“My mother had to watch Alex for me,” she recalls. “I couldn’t motivate myself to do anything and was crying hysterically all the time.”
At one point, she even considered suicide, claiming: “I would think I was just going to drive us into a tree. I didn’t feel there was any hope.
“I wasn’t able to do the one thing I was supposed to do — care for my baby.”
Liz Lehmann’s depression has lessened due to ketamine.Photo: Stefano Giovannini
In July 2014, after seven months of being treated by a new psychiatrist, Dr. Steven Levine, Lehmann was so desperate, she decided to try his ketamine treatments, which are administered through an IV.
“It felt like it was this last-ditch measure,” she says. “I thought: ‘If this doesn’t work, nothing will.’”
Levine administered the 50-minute procedure, which Lehmann describes as “pleasant,” “disassociative” and “like floating,” six times over a two-week period, followed by a once-a-month maintenance dose.
The hallucinogenic effects last about 45 minutes while the patient is connected to the IV but disappear immediately afterward — though clients should be driven home as a precautionary measure.
Lehmann reports that her suicidal thoughts were instantly silenced and, unlike regular antidepressants, which take up to six weeks to begin to work, she felt relief within hours. She was able to attend toddler classes with her son and even do the grocery shopping without fear of abandoning her cart in a fit of anxiety.
“It’s part of an overall treatment plan and extremely effective,” says Levine, owner of Ketamine Treatment Centers, which has sister practices in Denver, Baltimore, Raleigh, NC, and West Palm Beach, Fla., with another opening in Philadelphia this fall. “The stigma about ketamine is lessening because the results are astonishing.”
But it’s not without controversy. Some experts warn that its use is experimental and little is known about long-term effects.
“There is evidence to indicate there is acute benefit, but most patients relapse,” Alan Schatzberg, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, tells The Post. “We don’t have a clear indication about what we should do for [follow-up]. And the question of repeated use of ketamine hasn’t really been evaluated in terms of what the potential neurotoxicity is.”
Still, Schatzberg’s concerns are shaken off by Lehmann, who is once again her kids’ primary caregiver and living life to the fullest.
“My family was cautious about this off-label drug,” she says. “But now they have the old me back, they’re delighted.”