By Anna Von Reitz
By Anna Von Reitz
By Anna Von Reitz
[TRUMP, LIKE HIS PREDECESSORS, KEEPS ALL OF THE UNCONSTITUTIONAL WAR AND EMERGENCY POWERS FOR THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND ITS MORE THAN 600 AGENCIES]
President Trump is renewing a post-9/11 emergency proclamation that gives him broad powers to mobilize the military, hire and fire military officials, and work around limits on the number of generals that can serve.
For the second time during his presidency, Trump announced Monday his administration is renewing the post-9/11 emergency proclamation. Trump is the third [14th] president to renew the proclamation.
“Because the terrorist threat continues, the national emergency declared on September 14, 2001, and the powers and authorities adopted to deal with that emergency must continue in effect beyond September 14, 2018,” Trump said in a notice to be sent to Congress.
In 1973 a senate committee reviewed the war and emergency powers the office of the President had claimed since 1933. They released Senate Report 93-549. Here are excerpts from that report:
Since March 9, 1933, the United States has been in a state of declared national emergency.
These proclamations give force to 470 provisions of Federal law. These hundreds of statutes delegate to the President extraordinary powers, ordinarily exercised by the Congress, which affect the lives of American citizens in a host of all-encompassing manners. This vast range of powers, taken together, confer enough authority to rule the country without reference to normal Constitutional processes.
Under the powers delegated by these statutes, the President may:
seize property; organize and control the means of production; seize commodities; assign military forces abroad; institute martial law; seize and control all transportation and communication; regulate the operation of private enterprise; restrict travel; and, in a plethora of particular ways, control the lives of all American citizens.
I have 20 years experience teaching critical thinking. Today I teach critical thinking at one of the most prestigious universities in the UK, and the rest of the time I travel, teaching critical thinking to students in poor and rich countries around the world. I do this because I believe understanding how to identify fact from fiction is not just helpful – it is essential.
Most would probably agree that critical thinking (being able to separate facts from fiction and thus make informed decisions) is important, but unfortunately this skill is largely missing in the general public.
In 2014, Cambridge International Examinations research revealed that teachers across the globe believe critical thinking is the skill their students most lack when they begin their post-16 courses at school, and 56% of teachers said students were still unable to think critically when they entered university (source).
A 2011 study by sociologists from the New York University and University of Virginia concluded that 45% of students graduated “without knowing how to sift fact from opinion, make a clear written argument or objectively review conflicting reports of a situation or event” (source).
More recently, a 2017 study by MindEdge, an online learning company founded by Harvard and MIT educators, found 44% of college students could not correctly answer 6 of 9 questions designed to gauge their ability to detect fake news (source), and a report by The Wall Street Journal the same year found large groups of college seniors have “basic or below-basic levels” meaning “they can generally read documents and communicate to readers but can’t make a cohesive argument or interpret evidence” (source).
It is easy to focus on the students here, but if the majority of students are unable to critically think at 16 years of age, and are still unable to critically think when they enter or leave university, it follows that parents, teachers and other adults that they regularly come into contact with are also failing to effectively demonstrate how to do so.
That is not all. A report by the Foundation for Young Australians in 2015 found the demand for critical thinking skills in new graduates has risen 158% in 3 years (source) while a 2016 Stanford University report found college students actually performed worse than high school students at distinguishing “between a news story, an ad, and an opinion piece” (source).
This is extremely worrying when we consider that the growing nuclear threat and a lack of trust in political institutions are two main reasons scientists have set the doomsday clock at 2 minutes to midnight for 2018 (source).
The need for students and non-students to understand global events is indeed increasing, while the ability for the general public to act on truth, it seems, is actually declining.
Let us take one of the most important events unfolding in the world right now as an example – missile strikes against the Syrian government.
France (source), the UK (source) and the USA (source) claimed they had evidence that a chemical attack did take place on April 7th in Douma and that it was carried out by Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Meanwhile, Russia said this evidence comes only from media reports (source), and presented testimony from two medics who said the video broadcast of survivors being treated for chemical exposure had been faked by intelligence services, with Britain directly involved (source).
Critical thinking is the “The objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgement” (source). It is therefore first important to acknowledge any assumptions or conclusions we may already have based on prior conditioning (not facts). For example, a preconceived idea that our governments and media are the good guys and would not lie.
Next is the ability to find fact-based information to investigate the topic or argument to discover what the facts, not assumptions, actually are.
In 2013 the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) released a documentary called Saving Syria’s Children with staged events and fake video footage of an an incendiary bomb attack that featured British doctor Rola Hallam, who not only lied about incendiary bomb victims around her, but also turned out to be the daughter of Syrian rebel supporter, Dr. Mousa al-Kurdi (source).
A similar event took place in 1990 when nurse Nayirah gave testimony that was used to justify bombing Iraq in the Gulf War. It turned out her testimony was also fabricated, and her father was in fact the Kuwaiti Ambassador to Washington (source).
The U.S. government has certainly been manipulating the media since the 1950s (source), and in 2010 it was made public that the CIA “now has relationships with reporters from every major wire service, newspaper, news weekly, and television network” and has “persuaded reporters to postpone, change, hold, or even scrap stories” (source). Modern journalists confirm this (source) and according to former CIA officer Michael Scheuer, the BBC is now one of the first organisations that the CIA goes to when they want to influence the news media (source).
In 2013, PressTV reported on a leaked document revealing a UK-Qatari plot to fund rebels and fake a chemical weapons attack from the Syrian government (source). Later that year, Carla del Ponte, leading an investigation for the U.N., found no evidence Assad had used chemical weapons but strong evidence coalition-supported Syrian rebels had carried out a Sarin nerve gas attack (source).
According to award-winning journalist Ben Swann, as of Feb 2018 there has been no evidence of Assad using any chemical weapons (source), and Professor Theodore Postol at MIT released a 6-page document providing evidence that the White House Intelligence Report from 2013 and 2017 were both blatant fabrications (source).
Postol also reminds us that false intelligence on weapons of mass destruction “led to a US attack on Iraq that started a process that ultimately led to a political disintegration in the Middle East” and only days ago, CNN reported that the US-led coalition in fact proceeded with military action in Syria without having any certainty about the alleged chemical attack (source).
The final stage of critical thinking is to be able to make a conclusion based on the facts and not on any preconceived assumptions. According to University of Minnesota Professor Nan Gesche, this means having an open-minded “beginners mindset” without bias and prejudice (source).
This is the hardest part of critical thinking because of cognitive dissonance, which is the human’s tendency to argue black is white rather than hold a view that goes against their previous conditioning/assumptions.
Nevertheless, if we look at the facts, we must conclude “Yes. It is possible” that the media reported on fabricated evidence, and it is also possible that the attack was completely staged by intelligence services and did not take place at all.
Why? Because the facts show that all this has happened multiple times before. Please watch my video below to see why this matters and what we can do.
On August 21st, 2017, we will be experiencing one of the most powerful and significant total solar eclipses of our lifetime. Its path of totality goes right across the United States from coast to coast, starting from Oregon in the West to South Carolina in the East. This eclipse has been on the radar for both astronomers and astrologers for years and has been dubbed ‘The Great American Eclipse.’
Astrologically speaking, all eclipses have an effect on everybody on the planet, however, the location it travels over will experience it more potently. The effects of solar eclipses can start to be noticeable months prior and up to 6 months later, however, its influences and results have long term significance. I will be writing another article on this eclipse touching on more about what it means for us as individuals. This article is addressing its potential influence on geopolitical matters.
We have started to experience a series of both lunar and solar eclipses in the Leo-Aquarius polarity axis which initiated in February and will last until early 2019. Eclipses always occur when the New Moon or Full Moon is in close proximity to one of the two Lunar Nodes. The North Node of the Moon is in Leo which means there is new beginnings and a push towards this sign. The South Node is in Aquarius, which represents where endings are trying to be facilitated associated with that sign as well that are getting in the way of fulfilling the North Node in Leo.
This upcoming ‘Great American Eclipse’ is near the North Node in Leo and because it’s also a New Moon, it really emphasizes the forward energies of the North Node. The Lunar Eclipse that occurs prior on August 7th in Aquarius near the South Node also emphasizes the ‘past’ energies wanting to be shifted.
Leo is the sign of the leader, the ‘king’, and the performer. When expressed negatively, it is dramatic, egoic and arrogant. Aquarius is associated with the group, collective ideology. Negatively expressed, it can overshadow the way an individual can shine in doing things their own way. When we look at what is happening politically, Donald Trump and his style of governance is representing the Leo energy while most of the other Western leaders/countries (which have been US allies) who are globalists represent the Aquarian side.
This Solar Eclipse is in a tight trine aspect with Uranus in Aries which gives this eclipse a theme of independence, separation, and freedom. Uranus is also associated with being unconventional and also rules technology and innovation.
One of the major reasons for Trump winning the election is because many US citizens have grown upset over globalist policies (Aquarian) that have costed the country a lot of money. For example, the US has been the largest contributor to NATO, the military alliance that protects Western Europe and North America. Also, the country has also been suffering financially due to trade imbalances with other nations.
Leo energy is more self-orientated, strong willed, wants to stand out from the crowd, and create its ‘kingdom.’ This combined with the Uranus influence mentioned above is exactly what we are seeing under the Trump-ruled United States. This energy is also somewhat connected Britain’s exit from the European Union as well which is currently underway.
Saturn is also in a loose trine with this eclipse and Uranus. Saturn has been in Sagittarius for the last few years. Sagittarius rules countries and Saturn is a restricting and redefining influence which is why we have been seeing conflicts around immigrants and refugees coming into Western countries and Trump’s muslim ban.
The star regulus is one of the major stars observed by astrologers. It is the ‘heart of the Lion’ in the Leo constellation and is associated with leaders, rulers, and traditionally being referred to as the ‘star of kings.’ Donald Trump was born when Regulus was rising, which is also aligned with his Mars which traditionally is associated with strong military leaders.
An important thing to mention is that when there is a total solar eclipse, the Moon completely cuts off the light of the Sun. Traditionally, when there would be an eclipse like this aligned with Regulus or a similar type of star, it could mean a significant change regarding a leader or ‘king’, and in some cases a downfall or symbolic death.
The last time we had a solar eclipse aligned with Regulus was in 1998, which was also conjunct then President Bill Clinton’s Sun sign. At that time Bill Clinton admitted to having sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky and his impeachment process was underway in the months following. This echoes what is currently currently going on with lots of talk around impeaching Donald Trump.
The ‘Great American Eclipse’ is also part of a series of connected eclipses, called Saros Series 145. The years that these eclipses take place usually correlate with the fall of a leader. John F Kennedy was assassinated, Franklin Roosevelt died, a Russian Prime Minister was fired, and the downfall of former Yugoslavian/Serbian President Slobodan Miloševi? occurred under ‘Saros Series 145’. There were also assassination attempts on Ronald Reagan and William Taft during these eclipse years and even John F. Kennedy’s son died in a plane crash.
Uranus will also be making a tough square to Donald Trump’s career ruling planet which could also indicate potential impeachment or other major disruptions or changes around his role of President. Also, considering that his Mars is being activated this indicates that he may go to ‘war,’ either domestically with the people trying to bring him down and/or perhaps even with another country. Saturn and Uranus are also in a trine with Mars that is loosely aligned with this eclipse. This could also indicate some sort of military action or upgrade.
The interesting thing about this eclipse is how its pathway literally draws a line over the United States from one corner to the other. Symbolically this could represent the sharp division between the US citizens that has been brewing since the rise of Trump. In October 2016, I personally predicted that Trump was going to win the election because of this ‘dividing pathway’ while also considering the alignment with his chart and Regulus.
Perhaps when we consider all of this so far, it is very possible that an attempted impeachment of Trump could trigger further domestic turmoil both in Washington and amongst US citizens across the country. Trump supporters would likely revolt towards the political establishment which could potentially lead to civil unrest that could potentially escalate into a civil war.
Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008 and will stay there until 2024. Pluto is the planet of secrets, power, manipulation, as well as transformation, death and rebirth. Capricorn is associated with government as well things like business and banking. Therefore to put it simply, this is a period in which government structures and the hierarchy of the geopolitical arena will continue to have problems, which will ultimately help to initiate major changes set to develop over time beyond 2024.
The last time Pluto was in Capricorn was from 1762-1778 and at the end of that time period the US Declaration Of Independence was signed and the US was birthed. All of this occurred during the American Revolutionary War in which the colonies were in a battle with an oppressive and troubled Britain. This period marked significant new beginnings as the US would eventually become the leading country of the world, taking Britain’s place.
However, with this edition of Pluto in Capricorn, the US is now the troubled and oppressive power. Over the years since it started, a lot of disappointing secrets have been revealed due to Wikileaks, Edward Snowden, and the rise of conspiracy related media platforms. This has created a dissatisfied population which led to the election of Trump. However, as Pluto’s influence is growing stronger, Trump also represents the ‘abuse of power’ qualities of Pluto as well.
Over the next 7-8 years, there will continue to be a lot of turmoil in the US, which will ultimately lead to greater new beginnings which will have both a domestic and global impact. This eclipse, which strongly influences the next 6 months, is triggering this energy. During this 6 month window of time, Saturn will enter Capricorn on December 21st (winter solstice) and will stay there for approximately 3 years.
This will amplify Pluto’s energies mentioned above and reflect further problems for government and banks. This could manifest as a major recession and economic downfall which may even start earlier then December, building up slowly after Saturn ends its retrograde on August 25th.
On April 8th, 2024, there will be another total solar Eclipse travelling over the US. This is the same year that Pluto ends its passage through Capricorn and it will also coincide with other astrological aspects/cycles that suggest this will be the period in which the new beginnings will start to take place.
The way I see it, this ‘Great American Eclipse’ marks the beginning of a 6-7 year window of major changes and will conclude around the time of the next Solar Eclipse travelling over the US on April 8th, 2024. A lot of changes are underway, not just in government, but also regarding banking, currencies, and the way business is done. I suggest reading my article which further covers Pluto in Capricorn to get a better idea of what to expect.
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In July 2017, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 24-7 to approve an amendment that would allow vets legal access to medical marijuana as part of the 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The bill, if met with final approval, would allow physicians at VA hospitals in legal marijuana states to recommend and write medical cannabis prescriptions for veterans. 
The amendment is intended “to prohibit the use of funds appropriated or other-wise made available under this Act to interfere with the ability of veterans to participate in medical marijuana programs approved by States or deny services to such veterans.”
VA doctors are currently prohibited from completing the paperwork necessary for their patients to access medical marijuana. The rule has been expired for more than a year, and the VA has yet to author a replacement.
Fortunately, the amendment is now attached to the appropriations bill that pays for VA operations. Hopefully this time it will be a success; in 2016, a similar amendment was pushed through by both the House and Senate, only to be stripped from the appropriations bill by a conference committee.
Sen. Steve Daines, a Republican from Montana who sponsored the measure, said the amendment “simply allows the VA patients in states with medical marijuana programs to discuss that option with their VA doctor or physician.” 
The American Legion and AMVETS, 2 of the largest and most influential veterans’ groups in the country, have urged the federal government to allow vets access to medical cannabis. The American Legion took the step of sending a letter to President Trump asking for his help in changing the policy.
The letter reads:
“The American Legion respectfully requests a meeting with President Trump as soon as possible and looks forward to partnering with this administration in the fight against narcotics addiction and reducing the veteran suicide rate from the tragic loss of 20 warriors per day, to zero.”
Trump could support the amendment, or he could veto it or demand that the language once again be yanked from the bill. 
Paul Armentano, deputy director of the pro-marijuana organization NORML, said:
“Given the rising level of both public and political support in favor of medical cannabis access, especially for veterans – coupled with the increasing lobbying efforts from veterans’ groups like the American Legion and AMVETS – I would not only anticipate members of the House and Senate to once again approve this reform legislation, but also to do so in greater numbers than last year.
The question that remains, however, is whether high ranking Republicans or the Trump administration will respect this vote, or will they turn their back on the needs of veterans and the will of overwhelming majority of voters.”
 Merry Jane
 The Fresh Toast
 LA Weekly
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has delayed a safety rule aimed at ensuring that pesticides (which are linked to human health problems) are safely applied by adult agricultural workers. This, just days after 50 farm workers in California were sickened by pesticide poisoning. 
The Certification of Pesticide Applications safety rule had been scheduled to go into effect on March, 2017, but the EPA has proposed delaying it until May, 2018. The rule would require that workers be 18 years old to apply atrazine, chlorpyrifos, and other restricted-use pesticides for agricultural use. In addition, the rule would enforce other protections for workers applying pesticides out in the field.
The public was given less than a week to comment on the EPA’s proposed delay, which falls short of the 30 days federal agencies traditionally give for open comment periods, according to Colin O’Neil, the agriculture policy director at Environmental Working Group (EWG).
“In general, federal agencies normally hold open comment periods ranging from 30 to 60 days and in certain circumstances, when the issue is complex or the rule-making is complex, they extend it up to 180 days. It’s nearly unheard of, and very unprecedented, for agencies to have such short public comment periods.”
O’Neil’s fear: That the move sets a precedent for future public comment solicitations.
“This has an alarming tone for how the EPA under the Trump administration plans to solicit public comments and shows how the brazen disregard for the public’s input on issues important to parents, families, and kids’ health.”
The EPA says that “the agency has determined that a full 30-day comment period is impractical, unnecessary, and contrary to the public interest.”
Atrazine is one of the most commonly-applied pesticide in the United States. It’s mainly applied to corn, and is a known hormone disruptor that is linked to decreased fetal development, and increased risk of miscarriage and abdominal defects. It is also a possible carcinogen, according to the Pesticide Action Network.
Chlorpyrifos is similar to atrazine, but is mainly applied to oranges, apples, and other fruits. It attacks the nervous system, and short-term exposure can cause weakness, nausea, and headaches. Exposure to the pesticide over longer periods can lead to neurodevelopmental issues, lower IQ among children, and can act as an endocrine disruptor.
The Obama administration mulled banning chlorpyrifos, but Trump’s EPA has rejected calls to ban it outright, citing a need to “provide regulation certainty to the thousands of American farms that rely on chlorpyrifos.”
There is currently no minimum age to how old farmworkers must be to apply pesticides, and it’s a downright crime. Research has shown that children who live near pesticides applied to soy – including chlorpyrifos – suffer serious genetic damage. Chlorpyrifos has also been linked to brain disorders in children.
“For the first time, EPA was going to make sure that kids and youths are not applying restricted-use pesticides. We felt it was alarming and appalling that the Trump administration would put aside health and safety in further delaying this important rule aimed at protecting farmworkers and young Americans from dangerous pesticides.”
Restricted-use pesticides are defined by the EPA as those with the “potential to cause unreasonable adverse effects to the environment and injury to applicators or bystanders without added restrictions.” 
By law, anyone who applies restricted-use pesticides must complete safety training. The proposed rule would have required workers who use the pesticides to be re-trained every 5 years, as well as to “verify the identity of persons seeking certification.”
In early May, more than 50 farmworkers in Bakersfield, California, were sickened when a nearby mandarin orchard was sprayed with a chlorpyrifos-based pesticide. A dozen farmworkers sought medical attention, but the others left before medical personnel and local authorities arrived. Officials believe they may have left because they were undocumented workers. 
Jeannie Economos, the project coordinator for Pesticide Safety and Environmental Health at the Farmworker Association of Florida, said:
“We had farmworkers tell us outright that their contractors or their supervisors will tell them ‘if you complain, I’m going to turn you into immigration. Whether they would or they won’t isn’t the point, but it’s enough of an intimidation and threat to the farmworkers to not stand up for their rights.”
 Think Progress
 Mother Jones