POST BREXIT

JEREMY CORBYN,LEADER OF

THE LABOUR PARTY IN THE UK &

WHY THE ELITE HATE HIM SO

MUCH!

The “gutter level” accusations of alleged “abuse” by Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters “in his name” have all but disappeared from the mainstream media! The other day John McDonnell was being “interrogated” on this issue by the BBC in one of their studios when he asked which camera he was on. He then took the “argument” right out of the hands and control of the host by directly speaking to the public, pointing towards the audience and stating “This has to stop, now!”. He went on to say that people were welcome to “come after” Jeremy or himself, but “leave those alone who cannot defend themselves”, and that abusers will be expelled from the party! Basically, that has shut everybody up! (Well done John!)

Not only is it a £400,000 donor who wanted to take the NEC decision to allow Jeremy on the ballot (without a backing of 51 MPs) to court, but another, £500,000 “donor”, the owner of Hull City football club, tried to convince Parliamentary Labour MPs (the usual suspects now) to split the party and form a new party, right after Jeremy’s election as Leader last year. He met with at least four of them at the time, but THEY said they “wanted to wait for a year”, so he has brought the issue up again now, saying that he won’t even get behind Jeremy’s “challenger”, Owen Smith. THIS WAS NOT REPORTED BY THE BBC by the way!

Hmmmm! A RICH “Labour Party member” initiated the “vote of no confidence” previously; a RICH “Labour donor” has initiated a court case to get Jeremy off the ballot; and now another RICH “Labour donor” wants to split the party to form a “new” Labour group (sound familiar? = Blair!). And WHAT is it being used to try to control these events? – MONEY! And from ONLY 3 INDIVIDUALS (that we know of anyway)! “Democracy” anyone?

While in contrast, the Labour movement, under Jeremy Corbyn, has increased in registered membership to over a half a million , THE LARGEST POLITICAL PARTY IN ALL EUROPE, and it is expected to DOUBLE that after the Labour Leadership election if Jeremy wins!

Are you beginning to understand WHY the elites consider him such A THREAT, especially when he has contacts throughout ALL of the socialist movements throughout Europe, and the World???

The “Tories” have ALWAYS been backed and supported by money, big business and the banks (and actually have the smallest party membership, as well as the slimmest of a “majority”, INHERITED by the PM (who was NOT elected by “the people”, only 199 people were responsible for THAT) from the former PM who “won” it in a non-representative electoral system called “first past the post”, AND in which they CHEATED by spending more than is legally allowed in their campaign in the marginal seats). In contrast the Labour Party has always been supported BY ITS MEMBERS and the unions, THE PEOPLE themselves (the ones who formed the Party at its conception – as a means to fight for “the rights of the people”, against their “bosses”!).

So, if RICH people are backing and were donating (and dictating) to the Blairite Labour Party and MPs, what should THAT tell you? And, which do YOU think would be fairer, as well as more open, honest and accountable to its following – “Bottom-up” TRUE democracy, or “top-down” elitist, tyrannical, “for profit” dictatorship??? The lines are clearly drawn don’t you think? They were “blurred” by Bliar, but “they are no longer methinks!”

Just in case it’s NOT clear, THIS “should clear it up”…

AAANNNDDD… THIS, only briefy, appeared under a “minor headline” on the BBC’s website yesterday…

Labour leadership: MP ‘unresigns’ from Corbyn team
25 July 2016

Sarah Champion has not given any reasons for rejoining Mr Corbyn’s shadow ministerial team.

An MP who quit Labour’s front bench during a revolt against Jeremy Corbyn has been reinstated after asking for her old job back.

Sarah Champion, the MP for Rotherham, has retracted her resignation as shadow minister for preventing child abuse and domestic violence.

Ms Champion is on an overseas trip but her office confirmed that she had “retaken” her old job.

The BBC’s Norman Smith said it was an “extraordinary development”.

Ms Champion has not given any reason for wishing to return to Mr Corbyn’s team, shadowing the Home Office.

When she resigned from the front bench last month, Ms Champion insisted she was not taking part in an organised coup or “siding with anyone”, but she believed that his leadership had become untenable.

The BBC’s assistant political editor said Mr Corbyn’s advisers were “overjoyed” and said it raised the prospect of whether the MP was a one-off or whether others who had walked out of the Labour leader’s top team were now having second thoughts.

A source close to the Labour leader responded by saying: “You saw what happened when the first miners went back to work so let’s see what happens.”

Mr Corbyn is facing a leadership challenge from former work and pensions spokesman Owen Smith, having suffered a mass walkout from the shadow cabinet and lost a vote of confidence among his MPs by a massive margin.

Although Mr Corbyn filled the gaps in the shadow cabinet by appointing replacements, several politicians have had to double up by taking on two portfolios, while many middle-ranking and junior positions remain unfilled.

Owen Smith told BBC Newsnight Ms Champion was a friend of his and he understood why some colleagues felt they should be taking the fight to the Conservatives since most believed the government was “getting an easy ride” at present.

But he said her return was “neither here nor there”, and suggested that “one or two people” returning to the fold did not “really change the basic facts” that the party was torn down the middle, adding that 150 MPs “suddenly recovering confidence” in Mr Corbyn was unlikely.

 

The only other predominant commentary I see on the net at the moment is Jeremy, Jeremy, Jeremy, – going everywhere and speaking on everything to everyone, personally!!!

Hmmmm! “Not a leader!” “Unelectable!” – Either his enemies are completely deluded, OR, more likely, they hope that that term will wear a groove in peoples’ brains and affect their judgment, eventually! So far however, the stronger their attacks, the stronger the support for Jeremy, and the stronger the resolve of the people to throw off the same old, same old BS! The people want CHANGE, REAL change! And with Jeremy they sense something more – HOPE!!!

source:- justnews4m1

AN ABSOLUTE MUST SEE! EXCEEDINGLY REVEALING!

Amazingly, Astonishingly Astounding!!!
13/07/16 Some of the points covered in the following are already known, however…
the details exposed of some of the more current, recent events are enough to cause people to re-assess and re-align their belief systems! I kid you not!
This is spine-chilling stuff, not for the faint-hearted! (Wait for the interspersed ads to pass, or press the “skip” button when available – you do NOT want to miss ANY of this, and it is “just the tip of the iceberg”). If you are new to this kind of material, sit down, strap in and prepare to be shocked! It SHOULD MOVE you to ACTION! This CANNOT be dismissed! (It is a bit dated, by a week or two, and not the whole program, but this is enough to get you started with your own research, if you are not already engaged in this manner).

(Did anyone notice how the Conservatives managed to manoeuvre a shameless, seamless transition from “same old same old” TO “same old same old”, AGAIN!? And at the same time the Labour Party is on the brink of returning to what it was MEANT to be from its conception, when the Bliarites are finally routed and sent to oblivion, or into the arms of their Conservative compatriots! – END OF “same old same old” if all goes well. Well the end is yet to be achieved of course and you can be sure the “dirty tricks” brigade will come out in even stronger force to try to stop it. Let’s hope and pray, eh?)

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12/07/16

“I’m hoping that folks will understand that “Brexit”, the “Momentum” movement within the (true) Labour Party in the UK, and the stand of the current most popularly elected MP and leader of modern times is MUCH more important than all “the usual” political BS the public are fed and expected to follow.
Simply put – it is the people saying “No!” to the established elites, and for this reason alone it is worth it! It COULD just help stave off their “New World Order”, and this is the bottom-line of what EVERYTHING is all about!
Don’t be distracted folks! Focus on the core of the whole thing, and get behind the figure-heads, those who are REALLY fighting for YOU, regardless of “all the arguments”, “for” or “against” in the traditional senses, and regardless of whatever “political persuasion” they might originate from. It’s really about the people, the majority, standing up against the elites, the minority few at the top, sitting on top of everybody else! (And they are absolutely TERRIFIED of this becoming more and more apparent, because thus they and their perfidy are exposed, and can then be OVERTHROWN!).
Don’t go for “smokescreens and mirrors”, deception and misleadings, confusion and chaos, diversion and divisions!”)

But now to something very important…

Today the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee is meeting to decide on the interpretation of the rules regarding a leadership challenge. As posted here previously, it is very clear, in black and white, already!

But, just in case there is any doubt, listen to the lady FROM the National Executive Committee explain it on the BBC’s “Daily Politics” program last night…

(Please note the BBC’s typical “attack dog” approach to those opposed to the established status quo, as always. Also note that more air-time is allowed to “the usual suspects”. THEN note that the side of truth and reason, the real proponents of democracy, always answer the question, when allowed to, whereas the BSers never do, they just give political speeches).

Anyway, make your own mind up who YOU would believe, and then ACT on your belief!

12/07/16 Comment by S.N.Strutt (Author of this website)

SEE ONE OF MY LATEST ARTICLES ON THIS WEBSITE & THE NEED FOR A NEW "OLIVER CROMWELL" IN THE UK, TO THROW OUT THE "OLD POLITICAL SYSTEM", THAT IS TOTALLY CORRUPT AND PUT IN A GOVERNMENT THAT TRULY REPRESENTS THE PEOPLE AND THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE :-

http://www.outofthebottomlesspit.co.uk/411713687



Brexit Lesson For The U.S. - America Should Exit The United Nations Before It Is Too Late   June 25, 2016

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By Susan Duclos - All News PipeLine

While the financial markets around world were rocked and multiple other countries started talking about following Britain's example to leave the European Union (EU), a lesson can be learned from the people of Britain that voted for the "Brexit," in order to take back their independence and their sovereignty so that a globalist group, like the EU, could no longer force decisions that were not benefitting the people of Britain as a sovereign nation.

This was highlighted by NR before the Brexit referendum, with the following quotes from an article published on June 22, 2016:

Indeed, if there is a philosophical center of the Brexit debate here, it is about sovereignty and the fact that membership in the EU means unlimited immigration from 27 other countries. And more and more of Britain’s laws are being made by Brussels. Steve Hilton, a top adviser to Prime Minister Cameron until 2012 and the godfather of one of his children, says that what astonished him most about how the British government really worked "was just how much of what we wanted to do couldn’t be done because of EU edicts and rules."

Supporters of the EU such as the Scottish Conservative party leader Ruth Davidson admit that "it’s not perfect," but they seem determined to see Britain subsumed into a Europe that’s dominated by faceless "Brussels sprout" bureaucrats......

Despite a massive push by the media and globalist world leaders using scare tactics and threats,  the "leave" took the vote against "remain" by 52 percent to 48 percent, striking a blow to the NWO and globalists across the globe.

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SOVEREIGNTY VERSUS GLOBALISTS' RULE

World leaders have the responsibility and obligation to put the interests of those they are chosen to represent before all else. It is their duty. Globalist, David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since 2010, pushed hard for Britain to "remain" in the European Union, and lost. He resigned, suggesting a new leader be in place by October.

In the end it came down to the majority wanting their sovereignty back and this is a lesson American should learn from as our own leaders attempt to sacrifice America's sovereignty in the interest of  an "international system of rules and norms," via the United Nations.

Anyone that doubts the leadership in America, under Barack Hussein Obama, is doing exactly that, I suggest they carefully read the transcript of Obama's United Nation, New World Order speech published by All News PipeLine in September 2015, where he never referenced America's sovereignty but consistently spoke about  a "system of international rules and norms,"  an "international order,"  an "integrated world," as well as  "international norms and principles and law," and the pièce de résistance of Obama's comments where he says "strong nations, above all, have a responsibility to uphold this international order."

The full transcript is provided at the link above... read it, understand it, because it is the essence of what the globalists are pushing the world to.

While their are differences between the United Nations and the European Union, they are both globalist constructs that believe "international" rule should supercede any nations "sovereign rule."

From the UN itself in the category of  "What is International Law?"

International law defines the legal responsibilities of States in their conduct with each other, and their treatment of individuals within State boundaries. Its domain encompasses a wide range of issues of international concern, such as human rights, disarmament, international crime, refugees, migration, problems of nationality, the treatment of prisoners, the use of force, and the conduct of war, among others. It also regulates the global commons, such as the environment and sustainable development, international waters, outer space, global communications and world trade.

When Obama's gun-grabbing agenda failed after a number of high profile mass shootings, his administration attempted to circumvent the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by signing the "United Nations Arms Treaty," with claims they were attepting to "stop weapons from getting into the hands of criminals and terrorists worldwide," but delving into the specific articles of that treaty shows differently.

Flashback via New American, January 2014:

The UN Arms Trade Treaty was written in secret by the Obama/Hillary Clinton State Department, along with Russia, China, France and Britain. Not exactly a lineup of champions of liberty. What does it actually say?

Article 2 defines the conventional arms covered, which include battle tanks, 
artillery systems, combat aircraft, 
attack helicopters, warships, missiles — and "small arms and light weapons."

Article 3 of the treaty places UN prohibitions on "ammunition/munitions fired, launched or delivered by the conventional arms covered under Article 2."

Article 4 puts all "parts and components" of weapons within the scheme.

Several places in the treaty text, including Article 5, require all countries to "establish and maintain a national control system, including a national control list." Moreover, it declares, "Each State Party is encouraged to apply the provisions of this Treaty to the broadest range of conventional arms."

Article 5, Section 4 says each State Party "shall provide its national control list to the Secretariat, which shall make it available to other States Parties." Which means our federal government will provide the guns and ammo registration list to the UN, which will provide it to Russia, China, Cuba — any and every State Party that wants it.

Not only would that treaty, had Congress allowed its implementation, violated the 2nd Amendment "right to bear arms,"with the references to the "small arms and light weapons," and the ammunition/munitions for those weapons, the national control list would be in direct violation of the "Registry prohibition" of the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986, which states the following:

No such rule or regulation prescribed [by the Attorney General] after the date of the enactment of the Firearms Owners Protection Act may require that records required to be maintained under this chapter or any portion of the contents of such records, be recorded at or transferred to a facility owned, managed, or controlled by the United States or any State or any political subdivision thereof, nor that any system of registration of firearms, firearms owners, or firearms transactions or disposition be established. Nothing in this section expands or restricts the Secretary's authority to inquire into the disposition of any firearm in the course of a criminal investigation.

At the time Congressmen Jason Smith of Missouri addressed this issue, along with a bipartisan group of 180 other members of the House of Representatives, where he states "The treaty clearly violates the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution."

These are the types of antics the globalists use these international groups, such as the European Union and United Nations for... to bypass the sovereignty of individual nations in the name of "international rules and norms" as Obama so blatantly stated in September 2015.

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THE BREXIT LESSON

The lesson everyone can learn from the successful Brexit referendum is that nations around the globe can take their sovereignty back and those that belong to globalists constructs such as the European Union and the United Nations, can exit.

In 2014 former U.S. Representative Mike Rogers introduced a bill titled "American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2015,"  which would have repealed "The United Nations Act of 1945," and would have terminated U.S. participation, and booted the UN headquarters out of America, among a variety of other measures listed in the "American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2015."

If polling from 2003 to present day is any indication, then Americans may be receptive to the idea. The United Nations, according to Gallup polling we see that the UN has not received higher than a 38 perecent "good job" rating since March of 2003 and has been rated over 50 percent in the "poor job" category since the same March 2003 polling.

The globalists took a massive hit this past week with the Brexit vote as we also see talk of a "Brexit domino effect," where warnings are being issued that at least five other countries may follow suit in pulling out of the European Union.

The global elite are down, but not out, and they will not stay down without an ugly fight.

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BOTTOM LINE

Perhaps now is the time for America to take heed of the Brexit lesson and exit our own globalist construct... leave the United Nation and boot them out of America, restore our sovereignty as Britain did theirs.

The video below shows us exactly why we need to do this sooner rather than later as we see one of UN's next plans is  to start indoctrinating children to accept the New World Order. Their plan is called "UN Education for global citizenship."






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"We have it under control".

“We have it under control”.

Next week marks the sixth anniversary of the “Great Gulf Coast Holocaust”. The media would have you believe it is over. It is not! I guarantee that I am the only writer who is publishing a story on this subject. However, it is difficult to believe based upon the evidence, that the Gulf oil spill is not the number one cause of death in America. This is the most ignore health story of its type. Based upon the epidemiological evidence, the Gulf should immediately be evacuated. The poison is in the air, it is in the water, it is in the food, and it is in the people. Children growing up in the Gulf region, now, should expect a 20-30% lower lifespan than the rest of the country. And the Gulf is still leaking oil. 

The people in the Gulf are in grave danger. The health reports, the geological reports and the weather reports are suggestive of one thing, the people of the Gulf are looking at greatly reduced lifespans. If they move now, they could mitigate some of the effects. The key word is some.
From the scientific evidence that I have seen,  if I lived in the Gulf, I would immediately leave to a safer location.

Corexit

There are many quiet voices, fearing repraisal who say that the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, is still leaking oil. There are others, shrimp fisherman out of work, who are hired by BP to help with Corexit dispersal missions. Over five years after the accident, Corexit is still being sprayed at night by BP, for profit, and they are using people from the Gulf who have lost their incomes and need the work. They will speak privately, but are afraid to speak out for fear of losing their income. I have spoken with a half dozen over the last three years. These Corexit spraying missions are endangering the quality of the air, the water, the land and the food. The Gulf is catastrophe of Bibllical proportions waiting to consume millions with related health effects caused by Corexit. Originally, the EPA told BP, Nalco and Goldman Sachs that they could not use Corexit on the oil spill. BP gave the EPA the big middle finger. Further, as I covered 5 years ago, the Corexit does not disperse the oil, it submerges it into the water column. This sucks all the CO2 out of the water and has a devastating impact on the environment and the species inhabitating this environment.

There were strong and early indications that the use of Corexit, combined with the leaking oil, were producing, both long term and short term, catastrophic environmental and individual health effects. Oil and Corexit, used to “disperse” the oil spill have impacted untold numbers of Gulf residents’ health. Additionally, both the food supply and the food chain are being adversely impacted. The air and the subsequent evapotranspiration cycle has been irreversibly altered which, in turn, impacts the water table and the safety of water supplies as well as the safety of crops. The most devastating finding relates the events of the oil spill to the phenomena of the ever-widening Louisiana sinkholes and the related underground explosions as well as the very high concentration of toxic and highly flammable methane in the air and in the water.

One of the major threats to the Gulf Coast comes from an imperiled food supply which is the result from the explosion on the Deep Water Horizon oil rig.

Dr. Wilma Subra, a MacAuthur (Genius) Award winning chemist.who investigated the effects of corexit on humans very early on, stated that the corexit was “in the air, the water, and the food we consume”. Dr. Subra test many people in the Gulf and found Benzine levels at 65 times the level that one would expect. This speaks to the genocide that is coming to the Gulf with regard to the contraction of various cancers and other related diseases… “the health impacts that were and are continuing to be caused by the BP crude and dispersants. We have a very, very large and very, very sick population.”

Corexit is banned in 17 countires. Because it is manufactured by NALCO, both BP and Goldman Sachs profit ad the people suffer.

The Tainted Food Supply

It was known very early on that the Gulf Coast food supply was severely compromised and the health of the residents was in jeopardy, despite government denials and mainstream media cover-ups. A case in point, while dining with his family at Vinnie’s Raw Bar Restaurant in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, Matthew Robertson found oil in his seafood. While covering the story,  WBTV reporter, Susan Baustista, also acknowledged there was a black substance stuck to the inside of Robertson’s sea food. Additionally, Channel 8, Fox News, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was told by Vinnie’s Raw Bar restaurant’s manager that he did, indeed, confirm the customer’s story and says he’s had problems getting oyster shipments because of contamination resulting from the oil spill, unfortunately, this station saw fit to scrub the report from its website. However, similar warnings regarding the region’s food safety are appearing up and down the local Gulf Coast media on such stations as WLOX TV in Gulfport, MS. Yet, Fox, CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, etc., have not run one credible story on the dangers of food toxicity in the Gulf’s food chain. Granted, the abovementioned cases represent just a few anecdotal cases which are representative of tens of thousands of accounts. However, anecdotal evidence is not science and these cases could be discounted as the exception and not the rule. Yet, the largely ignored voices of scientists echo these anecdotal claims and they do so with hard, verifiable data.

The Quiet Voices of Science Assess Gulf Food Safety

Scientists at The University of Southern Mississippi and Tulane University have found oil in the post-larvae of blue crabs entering coastal marshes along the Gulf Coast signaling that oil may be entering estuarine food chains. Dr. Perry observed that “I have never seen anything like this.” Larvae are at the bottom of the food chain. Lesser life forms, are consumed by life forms which are higher on the food chain and the toxic effects of the Corexit will bioaccumulate throughout the food chain. This conclusion echoed the findings of lab samples taken by scientists at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab shows oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster has made its way into the Gulf food chain as well. These particular scientists have found signs of an oil-and-dispersant mix under the shells of tiny blue crab larvae in the Gulf of Mexico which is a clear indication that the unprecedented use of dispersants in the BP oil spill has broken up the oil into toxic droplets so tiny that they have easily entered the food chain. These studies and other similar studies remain unchallenged by the authorities with regard to methodology and results. In short, the Obama administration is choosing to ignore these credible scientists by simply repeating the mantra that “all is well” in the Gulf of Mexico.

Potential Effects on Life Span in the Gulf

Kim Anderson’s Oregon State University (OSU) researchers, from the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences, began a test-retest comparative analysis for the carcinogenic contaminant polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and its biodegradable partner, OPAHs, which appears after the application of Corexit and subsequent exposure to ultraviolet rays. Stunningly, the OSU researchers found a 40 fold increase in these carcinogenic compounds in the comparative test-retest period. The OSU findings replicate the conclusions of Mace Barron et al regarding the toxicity of Corexit and its use in the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The Exxon Valdez oil spill and subsequent clean-up activities provides the only case study in the history of the United States involving significant exposure to the types of toxins discussed in this article as the result of an oil spill. Interestingly, Anderson’s Oregon State University’s original data went missing forcing the research team to begin again. It is clear that somebody did not want this data to reach the public.

Findings, related to the longevity of the Exxon Valdez clean-up workers, are very disturbing as the collective lifespan statistics, for the Corexit exposed cleanup crews, revealed that the average life expectancy is a mere 51 years of age and nearly all of the Exxon Valdez clean-up workers are dead. These findings can leave little doubt that BP’s use of Corexit has seriously compromised the collective life span of Gulf Coast residents. I can draw no other conclusion than to state that the events in the Gulf, to date, constitute a slow-burn genocidal event in which, depending on the age at first  exposure to the Corexit, the oil and the resulting methane concentrations, will see life spans in the impacted areas decline by as much as 25-50% with regard to longevity based upon the life-span figures from the Exxon Valdez clean-up workers. I believe that based upon the data, it is reasonable to assume that within one short generation, the life expectancy of the Gulf will rival the worst of the third world.

Kindra Arnesen  lives in Plaquemines Parish, where Louisiana becomes more ocean than land as it juts out into the Gulf. Her community was hit hard by Katrina and was still rebuilding five years later, but Arnesen describes it as “a very healthy community, a thriving community” before the BP disaster. Her husband is a 45-year-old commercial fisherman and she was shocked to see his health decline a few weeks after the disaster. She and her children also soon became  sick with chronic illnesses, and so did many others in her community.

Kindra says, “This is not something that we’re used to here. Our kids are bayou kids. They’re tough.” But she says the change in children’s health has been the most striking: “We have kids down here that are now over 80% bald because their hair has fallen out. Their noses are bleeding… I’ve watched these kids go from healthy, thriving children to a shell of themselves.” Her 11-year-old daughter has been ill for several years now, “She suffers from headaches, nausea, upper respiratory issues, heart palpitations, chest pains, fatigue.”

Dr. Michael Robichaux, a physician in Raceland, Louisiana, began to see many patients with similar symptoms and then discovered that, “People from Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana were all experiencing almost identical problems.” Robichaux sought out help, and was able to fund a detox clinic to treat chemical illnesses. The treatment improved the health of many patients, but the funds ran out. A former state senator, Robichaux is extremely frustrated with the BP settlement process related to public health impacts:

“Unfortunately the courts have let us down… I have not seen a single person who has gotten a nickel from BP for any of the illnesses. I’m talking about illnesses that are going to last for the rest of their lives”.

THESE PEOPLE ARE DYING!   

EVACUATE THE GULF COAST NOW!

Brazil sends in 200,000 soldiers to

stop the spread of the Zika virus

outbreak which has seen huge

numbers of babies born with small

heads and cast a shadow over the

Olympics

  • More than 200,000 soldiers are being sent 'house to house' in Brazil in the battle against Zika-carrying mosquitoes
  • They are to distribute leaflets and dispense advice, signalling a major ramping up of efforts against the Zika virus
  • Although not deadly, the virus has been linked to cases of severe brain damage and birth defects in newborn babies
  • Pregnant women are being told to avoid travelling to the affected 22 countries, including in Latin America and Africa
  • Cases have also been reported in Europe, with four in Italy, three in Britain and two in region of Catalonia in Spain

Soldiers will visit homes across Brazil, distributing leaflets and dispensing advice, according to Health Minister Marcelo Castro, signalling a major ramping up of efforts against the Zika virus. 

The government, under growing pressure to deal with the crisis, will also hand out repellent to at least 400,000 pregnant women on social welfare.

The virus has been linked to serious birth defects, including microcephaly, in which babies born to women infected during pregnancy have abnormally small heads. Concerns remain that the terrifying virus could become a global issue with Rio hosting the Olympics in the summer.

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Heartbreaking: The Zika virus has been blamed for causing severe brain damage to newborn babies. Pictured, Estafany Perreira holds her five-month-old
 nephew David Henrique Ferreira, who has microcephaly, in Recife, Brazil

Heartbreaking: The Zika virus has been blamed for causing severe brain damage to newborn babies. Pictured, Estafany Perreira holds her five-month-old nephew David Henrique Ferreira, who has microcephaly, in Recife, Brazil

Ready for battle: Brazil has sent in 200,000 soldiers to distribute leaflets and dispense advice in the fight against the growing epidemic

Ready for battle: Brazil has sent in 200,000 soldiers to distribute leaflets and dispense advice in the fight against the growing epidemic

 

It comes as the World Health Organisation said that the virus, which is suspected causing horrific brain damage to babies, will spread throughout all countries in America except Chile and Canada.

'Our investigation is on course to develop a better testing with respect to the prenatal transmission of the disease, and to better understand how the virus affects babies,' said a spokesman for the organisation.  

 

A surge in incidents across Latin America, notably in Brazil, has prompted the United States and other governments to warn pregnant women against traveling to the region - an alarming prospect for Brazil as it gears up to welcome the Olympics to Rio de Janeiro in August.

Cases of the virus have also been discovered in Europe - with three cases in Great Britain, four in Italy and two in Spain's Catalonia region. The British travellers had picked up the disease after being bitten by mosquitoes while visiting Colombia, Suriname and Guyana. 

All the cases so far discovered in Europe have been in people who recently returned from trips to Latin America or the Caribbean. 

But experts now believe that the disease itself could potentially be spread within Italy by the Tiger Mosquito – which, although once native to Asia, is now widespread across southern Europe.

‘The disease could be carried by the Tiger Mosquito,’ Fabrizio Pregliasco, a virologist at the University of Milan, told La Repubblica.

 
Helping hand: A pediatric infectologist at Oswaldo Cruz Hospital examines 2-month-old Ludmilla Hadassa Dias de Vasconcelos, who has microcephaly

Helping hand: A pediatric infectologist at Oswaldo Cruz Hospital examines 2-month-old Ludmilla Hadassa Dias de Vasconcelos, who has microcephaly

Insecticide
 is sprayed by workers in the Sambadrome today, ahead of a carnival performance where thousands of dancers will parade

Insecticide is sprayed by workers in the Sambadrome today, ahead of a carnival performance where thousands of dancers will parade

Warning: The World Health Organisation
 said that the virus will spread across all countries in the Americas, except for Chile and Canada. Pictured, mother Mylene Helena Ferreira (centre) carries her five-month-old son David, who has microcephaly, in Recife, Brazil

Warning: The World Health Organisation said that the virus will spread across all countries in the Americas, except for Chile and Canada. Pictured, mother Mylene Helena Ferreira (centre) carries her five-month-old son David, who has microcephaly, in Recife, Brazil

Line-up: Brazilian Army soldiers walk while canvassing a
 neighbourhood in an attempt to eradicate the larvae of the mosquito which causes the Zika virus, while informing the public of preventive methods

Line-up: Brazilian Army soldiers walk while canvassing a neighbourhood in an attempt to eradicate the larvae of the mosquito which causes the Zika virus, while informing the public of preventive methods

Concern: Pregnant women have been warned not to travel to the 22 countries where outbreaks have been reported, as the Zika virus has been linked to microcephaly, in which babies born to women infected during pregnancy have abnormally small heads

Concern: Pregnant women have been warned not to travel to the 22 countries where outbreaks have been reported, as the Zika virus has been linked to microcephaly, in which babies born to women infected during pregnancy have abnormally small heads

‘The infected patient was then bitten by a Tiger Mosquito, and the Chikungunya virus was spread to over 200 people.’

He continued: ‘We need to isolate infected people and ensure that if they have the disease they don’t leave their homes to try and ensure they don’t pass to disease to a Tiger Mosquito.

‘It’s like a fire: if you put it out straight away it’s no problem, if not it can become a huge blaze.’ 

Pregnant women have been warned not to travel to the 22 countries where the infection has been reported, which include nations in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Oceania - but this could cause havoc for the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

 

Unlike some other international health scares, the Zika virus is not spread person to person and people are only becoming infected after being bitten by mosquitoes. For most people who get infected, the flu-like symptoms will clear up in about a week.

But the specific threat to pregnant women and their foetuses, and the seeming impossibility of avoiding mosquitoes in tropical countries, has given this crisis extra gravity.

Brazil has recorded at least 3,893 microcephaly cases since an unusual spike in the rare condition was noticed in the country's northeast in October. Previously an annual average of 160 cases was the norm.

 
Moving in: The government, under growing pressure to deal with the crisis, will also hand out repellent to at least 400,000
 pregnant women on social welfare

Moving in: The government, under growing pressure to deal with the crisis, will also hand out repellent to at least 400,000 pregnant women on social welfare

Spreading: Cases of the virus have been discovered in countries across Latin America,
 in Africa and in Oceania. Pictured, five-month old David Henrique Ferreira, who has microcephaly, after having his bath

Spreading: Cases of the virus have been discovered in countries across Latin America, in Africa and in Oceania. Pictured, five-month old David Henrique Ferreira, who has microcephaly, after having his bath

Growing: In the last four months, authorities have recorded close to 4,000 cases in Brazil in which the mosquito-borne Zika virus may have led to microcephaly in infants

Growing: In the last four months, authorities have recorded close to 4,000 cases in Brazil in which the mosquito-borne Zika virus may have led to microcephaly in infants

Terrifying: Fears remain how Brazil will manage to contain the deadly virus, particularly when Rio hosts the Olympics in the summer

Terrifying: Fears remain how Brazil will manage to contain the deadly virus, particularly when Rio hosts the Olympics in the summer

Fear: The specific
 threat to pregnant women and their foetuses, and the seeming impossibility of avoiding mosquitoes in tropical countries, has given the crisis extra gravity

Fear: The specific threat to pregnant women and their foetuses, and the seeming impossibility of avoiding mosquitoes in tropical countries, has given the crisis extra gravity

22 COUNTRIES THAT ARE AFFECTED

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued initial travel warnings to pregnant women last week, adding eight more places to the list on Friday. 

The warnings now extend to: 

Central and South America: Bolivia, Ecuador, Guyana, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela 

Caribbean: Barbados, Saint Martin, Haiti, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe 

Oceania: Samoa 

Africa: Cape Verde

And short of not getting pregnant, there is no foolproof method for avoiding risk.

Mr Castro said last week that the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries Zika and also dengue fever and the chikungunya virus, was gaining momentum.  

Dr Dipti Patel, director at National Travel Health Network and Centre, warned: 'All travellers, especially pregnant women going to the Americas, should ensure they seek travel health advice from their GP or a travel clinic well in advance of their trip. 

'We strongly advise all travellers to avoid mosquito bites and urge pregnant women to consider avoiding travel to areas where Zika outbreaks are currently reported.

'If travel is unavoidable, or they live in areas where Zika is reported, they should take scrupulous insect bite avoidance measures both during daytime and nighttime hours.

'Women who are planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess the risk of infection with Zika and receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures.' 

Dr Hilary Kirkbride, travel and migrant health expert at PHE, said: 'The symptoms of Zika are similar to other mosquito-borne infections such as dengue, chikungunya and malaria so laboratory testing is essential for the correct diagnosis.

'If you have recently returned from the Americas, including the Caribbean, and have a fever or flu-like illness, seek medical attention without delay to exclude malaria and mention your travel history.'  

The Foreign Office advised Britons to seek advice before travelling anywhere where the virus has been reported in the last year 'particularly if you're pregnant or planning to become pregnant'.

Only a handful of Zika cases had ever been documented before 2013. 

Drive:
 A Brazilian Army soldier makes a note inspecting a home while canvassing a neighborhood in an attempt to eradicate the Zika virus

Drive: A Brazilian Army soldier makes a note inspecting a home while canvassing a neighborhood in an attempt to eradicate the Zika virus

No
 cure: Experts estimate that as many as 1.5million people in Brazil could be infected with the Zika virus, which has no cure and spreads through mosquito bites

No cure: Experts estimate that as many as 1.5million people in Brazil could be infected with the Zika virus, which has no cure and spreads through mosquito bites

Disorder: It is thought the Zika virus - which was at first thought to be relatively innocuous - may have arrived in Brazil during the 2014 World Cup by visitors from French Polynesia, where an outbreak had just occurred

Disorder: It is thought the Zika virus - which was at first thought to be relatively innocuous - may have arrived in Brazil during the 2014 World Cup by visitors from French Polynesia, where an outbreak had just occurred

 

 

Upset: Estafany Perreira (centre) holds her five-month-old nephew David, who has microcephaly, on January 25, 2016 in Recife, Brazil

Upset: Estafany Perreira (centre) holds her five-month-old nephew David,



SOURCE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3417175/Brazil-sends-200-000-soldiers-stop-spread-Zika-virus-outbreak-seen-huge-numbers-babies-born-small-heads.html#ixzz3yOIUaZqj

 

BIOLOGICAL WARFARE

Zika freakout: the hoax and the covert op continue

Virus-transmitidos-por-mosquitos

By Jon Rappoport via his blog

Suppose the actual number of cases of microcephaly (babies born with small heads and brain impairment) are much fewer than reported?

Then all efforts to explain some “extraordinary, unusual, dire, and sudden situation” are misguided, are based on a lie.

Then we would have to backtrack and conceive of what is happening in Brazil in a whole different way.

I was waiting for this one. I’ve been investigating so-called epidemics since 1987. And over and over, I’ve seen health authorities lie about case numbers. Sometimes, they just make up incredible numbers out of thin air—as with Swine Flu, for example. In the fall of 2009, the US Centers for Disease Control estimated there were, get this, 22 million cases in the US.

And that was after Sharyl Attkisson, then a star investigative reporter for CBS News, found out the CDC had actually stopped counting Swine Flu cases. Why did they stop? Because the overwhelming number of blood samples from likely Swine Flu patients sent to labs came back negative for Swine Flu or any flu. So the CDC doubled down and decided to tell a real whopper. That’s an old propaganda trick. Tell a gigantic lie and people will salute it.

How about Zika? Microcephaly (babies with abnormally small heads and brain damage) is supposed to be the result of the Zika virus, which for 60 years has caused, at worst, mild illness.

Now we have a January 27 Associated Press story out of Rio, published in SFGate: “270 of 4,180 suspected microcephaly cases confirmed.”

That’s called a clue, in case you’re wondering. Of the previously touted 4,180 cases of microcephaly in Brazil, the actual number of confirmed cases is, well, only 270.

Bang.

Of course, this won’t stop the press from building up fear about the dreaded virus, and Brazilian soldiers will still be going door to door handing out toxic mosquito sprays, and drug companies will continue to race forward to develop a vaccine for Zika—because The Machine is in gear and moving. Damn the torpedoes and the facts.

Now let’s investigate the possible connection between Zika and Microcephaly.

“Okay, boys, here’s what we do. We’ve got this old virus called Zika. It’s been around for 60 years that we know of. It never caused anything serious. A real dud. But we’ve got to explain all these babies born with small heads and brain damage. We’ve got to protect some important people and shield them from heavy blame. So let’s bring back Zika. Even though very few mothers who give birth to babies with defects have the dud-virus, we can finesse that. People are idiots. So let’s build up Zika into a terrifying killer. Get our PR folks moving. Spread some money around. You know, the usual. And we make out on the back-end with a Zika vaccine.”

This is the third article in my series on the Zika Freakout. In my previous piece, I listed six top candidates for causing smaller heads and brain damage in Brazilian babies.

None of those candidates is the Zika virus, which has a history of creating only minor illness, at worst. My top six may, indeed, be working together to bring about disastrous consequences.

In this article, I’ll focus on one candidate, the genetically-engineered (GE) mosquitoes which have already been released in Brazil, with the aim of decimating the population of mosquitoes that carry dengue fever, Zika, yellow fever, and chikungunya.

First of all, and ominously, the GE mosquitoes were released in the same area of Brazil (Juazeiro) where now most of the birth defects are being reported. This is called a clue. But who is deeply investigating it? No one in official circles.

This is akin to saying, “Well, we just toured the war-torn city. Of course, last week we bombed it, but that couldn’t possibly account for the destruction.”

The company releasing the GE mosquitoes, Oxitec, has grants for their experiments from Bill Gates—never a good sign.

Oxitec is owned by Intrexon, which is owned by billionaire Randal J Kirk. The Hoovers profile of Intrexon, offers this:

One man’s frankenfood is another man’s solution to world hunger. Intrexon is developing technology that uses synthetic biology, or biological engineering, to make advances in everything from pharmaceuticals to genetically modified plants and animals. The company has development agreements with AquaBounty (genetically modified salmon…)

Genetically modified animals. Just what we need. What could go wrong? And the highly controversial GE salmon is under attack for the usual reason: the omission of actual science that proves this fish is safe for consumption and won’t wreak havoc in the aqua-environment.


 

Intrexon employs the famous Dr. Sam Broder as its Senior Vice-President, Health Sector. For six years, Broder was the Director of the US National Cancer Institute. He was instrumental in bringing the AIDS drug, AZT, to market. This previously failed chemotherapy drug was taken off the shelf and subjected to a scandal-ridden clinical trial, which resulted in FDA approval. AZT is extremely toxic. It prevents human cells from replicating. It suppresses the immune system—the very system AIDS is supposed to be attacking. Other than that, no problem.

On November 28, 2011, Intrexon Chairman Randal Kirk welcomed two new executives to the company’s board of directors: Robert B. Shapiro and Jeffrey B. Kindler. Shapiro was the former CEO of Monsanto and NutraSweet (aspartame). Kindler was the former CEO of drug giant Pfizer and Executive VP and General Counsel of McDonald’s. If those boys don’t inspire trust, who could? Cancer-causing Roundup, brain-attacking aspartame, Bextra ($2.3 billion fine paid out), and check-your-colon-at-the-door Big Macs. If they release a genetically-engineered mosquito, you know it’s safe—and delicious, too.

Intrexon’s GE male-mosquito “triumph” is based on the following: the male will mate with female mosquitoes that carry Zika; the females will give birth, but their offspring won’t advance past the larval stage. Thus, the Zika-carrying insect population will decline drastically. However, no long-term safety studies have been done. This is a grand insect and human experiment.

“Let’s try it and see what happens. What possible problems could develop? How could a genetically-engineered mosquito possibly affect humans in an adverse way? Nonsense. Everything’s fine.”

Is it? In her excellent Activist Post article (1/28), “Zika Outbreak Epicenter…”, Claire Bernish probes deeper into the “science.” She uncovers a little-known antibiotic connection and rips a gaping hole in the bland assurance that all is well. I strongly recommend reading her piece. I’ll cobble together an excerpt:

Those genetically-modified mosquitoes work to control wild, potentially disease-carrying populations in a very specific manner. Only the male [GE] modified Aedes mosquitoes are supposed to be released into the wild — as they will mate with their unaltered female counterparts. Once offspring are produced, the [GE] modified, scientific facet is supposed to ‘kick in’ and kill that larvae before it reaches breeding age — if tetracycline [antibiotic] is not present during [the larvae’s] development. But there is a problem. (emphasis added)

According to an unclassified document from the Trade and Agriculture Directorate Committee for Agriculture dated February 2015, Brazil is the third largest in ‘global antimicrobial consumption in food animal production’ — meaning, Brazil is third in the world for its use of tetracycline [antibiotics] in its food animals. As a study by the American Society of Agronomy, et. al., explained, ‘It is estimated that approximately 75% of antibiotics are not absorbed by animals and are excreted in waste.’ One of the antibiotics (or antimicrobials) specifically named in that report for its environmental persistence is tetracycline.

In fact, as a confidential internal Oxitec document divulged in 2012, that survival rate [of offspring] could be as high as 15% — even with low levels of tetracycline present. ‘Even small amounts of tetracycline can repress’ the engineered lethality. Indeed, that 15% survival rate was described by Oxitec…

The bottom line? The excreted tetracycline-laden waste of farm animals makes its way to the mosquito breeding grounds. The GE male mosquito mates with the female, and far more offspring survive than were planned — because the offspring, in their larvae stage, are feeding on tetracycline-tainted food and water. What qualities do these survivors carry? They are the children of a natural insect and a GE insect. They bite humans. They are unknowns. In the history of the planet, they’ve never existed before. Of course, we’re told there is no problem. We’re told that scientists have everything under control. If you buy that on face value, I have condos for sale on Jupiter.

And again, there is this nagging factor: the surge in horrendous birth defects in Brazil is happening in the same area where the GE mosquitoes were released, and thus where some of their natural-GE-hybrid offspring may have survived.

Don’t worry, be happy. They’re just tinkering with genes. They didn’t need to do safety studies. They have a theory. The theory must be correct. And it’s only mosquitoes, after all. Little things. They bite a person’s neck, the person swats them with his hand. End of story.

Unless it isn’t.

Thank you, Oxitec. Thank you, Bill Gates. Thank you, Intrexon. Thank you, Randal Kirk. Thank you, Sam Broder.

Thus far in this article, I haven’t mentioned the word conspiracy once. But if you want to go there, what about this? Who can say, with authority, what these male genetically-engineered mosquitoes are equipped to carry? Who can say with assurance he knows all the qualities and factors and substances in the bodies of these insects?

It’s very much like looking at the faint trail of a very high-flying, high-tech, up-to-the-minute military jet. Do you know everything that’s on board? Do you know, beyond listed specs, what that plane is actually designed to be capable of?

Oh, and by the way, researchers are now “rushing” to develop a vaccine for Zika. You know, Zika, the virus that doesn’t cause anything.

Perfecto.

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Argentina Scrambles to Fight

Biggest Plague of Locusts in 60

Years

 
A swarm of locusts in September in the Lavalle area of Santiago del Estero Province, Argentina. Farmers last year reported seeing swarms that were four miles wide and two miles high. Credit SENASA

 The provincial authorities and Senasa, the government’s agricultural inspection agency, have intensified their efforts to exterminate swarms of the insects in the dry forests of northern Argentina. But their attempts might not be enough to prevent the locusts from developing into a flying throng in the coming days — when they will then threaten to devour crops like sunflowers and cotton, and grasslands for cattle grazing.

“It’s the worst explosion in the last 60 years,” Diego Quiroga, the agriculture agency’s chief of vegetative protection, said in a telephone interview. “It’s impossible to eradicate; the plague has already established itself. We’re just acting to make sure it’s the smallest it can be and does the least damage possible.”

Small pockets of locusts, which first appeared last June, at the start of winter in the Southern Hemisphere, have spread across an area of northern Argentina about the size of Delaware. The mild and rainy winter here created comfortable breeding conditions for the locusts; their surge outpaced the ability of the authorities to control the spread of the insects.

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Argentina’s agricultural agency, Senasa, this month fumigated locusts in their nymph stage in Santiago del Estero Province. Credit Senasa

Farmers last year reported locust clouds that were more than four miles long and nearly two miles high, said Juan Pablo Karnatz, a representative for the Province of Santiago del Estero at the Rural Confederations of Argentina, which represents more than 100,000 farmers here.

In the past five years, Senasa, the agricultural agency, has seen an increase in the numbers of insects that can destroy crops — like fruit flies that threaten citrus groves — as a result of warmer, wetter winters.

Mr. Quiroga pointed to a warning last November by the Food and Agriculture Organization, a United Nations agency, which said climate change would contribute to locust plagues in Africa. “There is clearly an impact in our country, too,” he said. “We are definitely being affected.”

Many farmers here blame the coming plague on the previous government of former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, saying officials failed to take last year’s warnings seriously enough. There is no study yet that shows climate change has led to the increase in locust populations, said Paola Carrizo, a professor of agronomy at the University of Buenos Aires, explaining that a more likely cause was insufficient pest control by Senasa.

The specter of locusts haunts Argentina’s farmers, who for almost 200 years have resorted to rustic methods like bonfires to drive away menacing swarms. A government program to combat locusts, set up in 1891 under President Carlos Pellegrini, is believed to be one of Argentina’s oldest agricultural policies.

After years relatively free from locusts, farmers are again bracing themselves for the worst. Senasa has set up a hotline to report sightings of the insects. And in meetings this month to coordinate a response to the plague, officials in Argentina have been emphasizing the havoc locusts can wreak by digging out sepia-toned photographs of past plagues.

Fumigators equipped with backpack sprayers intensified their efforts last week. They have extinguished pockets of young locusts, which cannot yet fly, only hop, in 66 locations in northern provinces of Argentina. The dry forests there are largely impenetrable, however, so it is unclear how many other pockets have gone undiscovered.

In 10 days, the locusts are expected to grow to about two inches and mature into voracious flying swarms in search of food. Once that happens, combating the plague would be a more complex operation, Mr. Quiroga said, requiring fumigating aircraft to poison the swarms.

“We don’t know exactly where we’re at,” said Mr. Karnatz, the farmers’ representative, who has been involved in coordinating a response to the plague. “We may have contained some pockets, but it’s not a definitive victory.”

He warned, “If they fly, it could be disastrous

THE

‘Minority Report’ Is 40 Years Ahead of Schedule: The Fictional World Has Become Reality!

By John W. Whitehead
September 28, 2015

“The Internet is watching us now. If they want to. They can see what sites you visit. In the future, television will be watching us, and customizing itself to what it knows about us. The thrilling thing is, that will make us feel we’re part of the medium. The scary thing is, we’ll lose our right to privacy. An ad will appear in the air around us, talking directly to us.”—Director Steven Spielberg, Minority Report

We are a scant 40 years away from the futuristic world that science fiction author Philip K. Dick envisioned for Minority Report in which the government is all-seeing, all-knowing and all-powerful, and if you dare to step out of line, dark-clad police SWAT teams will crack a few skulls to bring the populace under control.

Unfortunately, as I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, we may have already arrived at the year 2054.

Increasingly, the world around us resembles Dick’s dystopian police state in which the police combine widespread surveillance, behavior prediction technologies, data mining and precognitive technology to capture would-be criminals before they can do any damage. In other words, the government’s goal is to prevent crimes before they happen: precrime.

For John Anderton (played by Tom Cruise), Chief of the Department of Pre-Crime in Washington, DC, the technology that he relies on for his predictive policing proves to be fallible, identifying him as the next would-be criminal and targeting him for preemptive measures. Consequently, Anderton finds himself not only attempting to prove his innocence but forced to take drastic measures in order to avoid capture in a surveillance state that uses biometric data and sophisticated computer networks to track its citizens.

Seemingly taking its cue from science fiction, technology has moved so fast in the short time since Minority Report premiered in 2002 that what once seemed futuristic no longer occupies the realm of science fiction. Incredibly, as the various nascent technologies employed and shared by the government and corporations alike—facial recognition, iris scanners, massive databases, behavior prediction software, and so on—are incorporated into a complex, interwoven cyber network aimed at tracking our movements, predicting our thoughts and controlling our behavior, Spielberg’s unnerving vision of the future is fast becoming our reality.

Examples abound.

FICTION: In Minority Report, police use holographic data screens, city-wide surveillance cameras, dimensional maps and database feeds to monitor the movements of its citizens.

REALITY CHECK: Microsoft, in a partnership with New York City, has developed a crime-fighting system that “will allow police to quickly collate and visualise vast amounts of data from cameras, licence plate readers, 911 calls, police databases and other sources. It will then display the information in real time, both visually and chronologically, allowing investigators to centralise information about crimes as they happen or are reported.”

FICTION: No matter where people go in the world of Minority Report, one’s biometric data precedes them, allowing corporations to tap into their government profile and target them for advertising based on their highly individual characteristics. So fine-tuned is the process that it goes way beyond gender and lifestyle to mood detection, so that while Anderton flees through a subway station and then later a mall, the stores and billboards call out to him with advertising geared at his interests and moods. Eventually, in an effort to outwit the identification scanners, Anderton opts for surgery to have his eyeballs replaced.

REALITY CHECK: Google is working on context-based advertising that will use environmental sensors in your cell phone, laptop, etc., to deliver “targeted ads tailored to fit with what you’re seeing and hearing in the real world.” However, long before Google set their sights on context advertising, facial and iris recognition machines were being employed, ostensibly to detect criminals, streamline security checkpoints processes, and facilitate everyday activities. For example, in preparing to introduce such technology in the United States, the American biometrics firm Global Rainmakers Inc. (GRI) turned the city of Leon, Mexico into a virtual police state by installing iris scanners, which can scan the irises of 30-50 people per minute, throughout the city.

Police departments around the country have begun using the Mobile Offender Recognition and Information System, or MORIS, a physical iPhone add-on that allows police officers patrolling the streets to scan the irises and faces of suspected criminals and match them against government databases. In fact, in 2014, the FBI launched a nationwide database of iris scans for use by law enforcement agencies in their efforts to track criminals.

Corporations, as well, are beginning to implement eye-tracking technology in their tablets, smartphones, and computers. It will allow companies to track which words and phrases the user tends to re-read, hover on, or avoid, which can give insight into what she is thinking. This will allow advertisers to expand on the information they glean from tracking users’ clicks, searches, and online purchases, expanding into the realm of trying to guess what a user is thinking based upon their eye movements, and advertising accordingly. This information as it is shared by the corporate elite with the police will come in handy for police agencies as well, some of which are working on developing predictive analysis of “blink rates, pupil dilation, and deception.”

In ideal conditions, facial-recognition software is accurate 99.7 percent of the time. We are right around the corner from billboards capable of identifying passersby, and IBM has already been working on creating real world advertisements that react to people based upon RFID chips embedded in licenses and credit cards.

FICTION: In Minority Report, John Anderton’s Pre-Crime division utilizes psychic mutant humans to determine when a crime will take place next.

REALITY CHECK: While no psychic mutants are powering the government’s predictive policing efforts, the end result remains the same: a world in which crimes are prevented through the use of sophisticated data mining, surveillance, community policing and precrime. For instance, police in major American cities have been test-driving a tool that allows them to identify individuals—or groups of individuals—most likely to commit a crime in a given community. Those individuals are then put on notice that their movements and activities will be closely monitored and any criminal activity (by them or their associates) will result in harsh penalties.  In other words, you are guilty before you are given any chance to prove you are innocent.

The Department of Homeland Security is also working on its Future Attribute Screening Technology, or FAST, which will utilize a number of personal factors such as “ethnicity, gender, breathing, and heart rate to ‘detect cues indicative of mal-intent.’”

FICTION: In Minority Report, government agents use “sick sticks” to subdue criminal suspects using less-lethal methods.

REALITY CHECK: A variety of less-lethal weapons have been developed in the years since Minority Report hit theaters. In 2007, the Department of Homeland Security granted a contract to Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc., for an “LED Incapacitator,” a flashlight-like device that emits a dazzling array of pulsating lights, incapacitating its target by causing nausea and vomiting. Raytheon has created an “Assault Intervention Device” which is basically a heat ray that causes an unbearable burning sensation on its victim’s skin. The Long Range Acoustic Device, which emits painful noises in order to disperse crowds, has been seen at the London Olympics and G20 protests in Pittsburgh.

FICTION: A hacker captures visions from the “precog” Agatha’s mind and plays them for John Anderton.

REALITY CHECK: While still in its infancy, technology that seeks to translate human thoughts into computer actions is slowly becoming a reality. Jack Gallant, a neuroscientist at UC Berkeley, and his research team have created primitive software capable of translating the thoughts of viewers into reconstructed visual images. A company named Emotiv is developing technology which will be capable of reading a user’s thoughts and using them as inputs for operating machinery, like voice recognition but with brain signals. Similar devices are being created to translate thoughts into speech.

FICTION: In Minority Report, tiny sensory-guided spider robots converge on John Anderton, scan his biometric data and feed it into a central government database.

REALITY CHECK: An agency with the Department of Defense is working on turning insects into living UAVs, or “cybugs.” By expanding upon the insects’ natural abilities (e.g., bees’ olfactory abilities being utilized for bomb detection, etc.), government agents hope to use these spy bugs to surreptitiously gather vast quantities of information. Researchers eventually hope to outfit June beetles with tiny backpacks complete with various detection devices, microphones, and cameras. These devices could be powered by the very energy produced by the bugs beating their wings, or the heat they give off while in flight. There have already been reported sightings of dragonfly-like robotic drones monitoring protesters aerially in Washington, DC, as early as 2007.

FICTION: In Minority Report, Anderton flees his pursuers in a car whose movements are tracked by the police through the use of onboard computers. All around him, autonomous, driver-less vehicles zip through the city, moving people to their destinations based upon simple voice commands.

REALITY CHECK: Congress is now requiring that all new cars come equipped with event data recorders that can record and transmit data from onboard computers. Similarly, insurance companies are offering discounts to drivers who agree to have tracking bugs installed. Google has also created self-driving cars which have already surpassed 300,000 miles of road testing. It is anticipated that self-driving cars could be on American roads within the next 20 years, if not sooner.

These are but a few of the technological devices now in the hands of those who control the corporate police state. Fiction, in essence, has become fact—albeit, a rather frightening one.