Converse Launches LGBT Shoe Line Featuring Preteen ‘Drag Kid’

Child used for woke marketing campaign

By Dan Lyman | 7 May 2019

NEWS WARSConverse has announced the release of a new line of shoes celebrating LGBT culture alongside a marketing campaign featuring characters of various sexual orientations, including an 11-year-old ‘drag kid’ who goes by the stage name ‘Desmond Is Amazing.’

“We’re happy to launch our Pride Collection, partnering with six individuals connected to the LGBTQ+ community who show the power of expressing one’s true self,” the apparel company tweeted on Monday.

Desmond is highlighted on the Converse website wearing a flamboyant outfit and make-up, striking a dramatic dance pose alongside a quote stating, “There is no normal.”

A brief bio describes him as a “drag kid / lgbtq+ advocate.” […]

‘SPIRAL TOWER’ IN TEL AVIV THAT LOOKS A LOT LIKE THE TOWER OF BABEL BULT FOR $666 MILLION DOLLARS

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Tel Aviv will soon have a very substantial addition to its skyline – a fourth Azrieli Center tower, this time in the shape of a spiral, to join the city’s landmark trio of buildings. Once completed, it is set to be the tallest tower in Israel.

Well now, this is interesting. Construction work has begun on what will be the tallest building in Israel, part of the Azrieli Center in Tel Aviv. The building looks stunningly like a 21st century version of the Tower of Babel from the bible, with the price tag coming in right around $666 million dollars, approximately. Even more interesting is the logo of the Azrieli Group with its large, Masonic capital “G” that intersects with a pyramid topped with a blue capstone. All that’s missing is the number “33” to make the imagery complete. So what to make of all this?

“Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.” Genesis 11:9 (KJV)

OK, so it looks like the Tower of Babel, has 91 floors (9/11??), it costs right around $666 million dollars, and the Azrieli Group has a crazy creepy Illuminati and Masonic-themed logo. Hmm. I guess all I can do is put it in a big, fat ‘prophecy pile’ together with Mike Pompeo’s teasing of a rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem and Jared Kushner, who owns a building at 666  Fifth Ave, that was financed by George Soros, preparing to implement a ‘new and different‘ Middle East peace plan. Is this for real, or did I swallow a ‘Left Behind‘ novel for breakfast this morning?

Things are speeding up quickly now, people, pay close attention or you’re going to miss it.

Tel Aviv to Add Fourth Azrieli Center Tower; Will Be Tallest Building in Israel

FROM THE TOWER: The 91-story spiral tower will be almost 1,150 feet (350 meters) tall and will include commercial, office and residential areas as well as a hotel. The top floors are to house conference rooms, spaces for meetings and entertainment and a 360-degree lookout. A garden and chef restaurant will be on the roof.

Digging and piling work is already underway, and construction is expected to be completed within six or seven years. The total cost of the project is estimated at ?2.5 billion (over $650 million).

“The architecture of the spiral tower reflects the boldness and creativity of the Azrieli Group, which redefines Tel Aviv’s skyline with each new project,” Azrieli Group Chairwoman Dana Azrieli said at the project’s unveiling on Wednesday.

“THE TOWER WAS PLANNED AND DEVELOPED IN A UNIQUE GEOMETRIC SHAPE, NEVER BEFORE SEEN IN ISRAEL, WHICH CAPTURES THE EYE AND THE IMAGINATION. THE MAIN CHALLENGE FOR THE INITIATORS AND ARCHITECTS WAS TO CREATE HARMONY BETWEEN THE THREE ICONIC TOWERS THAT FORM AZRIELI CENTER AND THE NEW TOWER, AN IMPRESSIVE, ONE-OF-A-KIND STRUCTURE WHICH STANDS ON ITS OWN. THE TOWER’S DESIGN TAKES INSPIRATION FROM THE TWISTS OF A SNAIL’S SHELL, ATTEMPTING TO IMITATE THEIR NATURAL FORM. THE DESIGN ALSO DRAWS INSPIRATION FROM ANCIENT BIBLICAL SCROLLS AND THE WAY THEY UNFURL UPWARDS.” – KPF

“The exceptional financial investment in the project is a testament to our great confidence in the Israeli economy and its growth, and continues the strategy that has led us in building the country for over three decades,” she said.

The spiral tower was designed by the American Kohn Pedersen Fox architecture firm, which has designed five out of the 10 tallest skyscrapers in the world. Israeli firm Moshe Tzur Architects & Town Planners is working with KDF on the project.

The tower’s spiral shape, according to its planners, draws inspiration from the curves of a snail shell. Biblical scrolls were another source of inspiration. Once completed, the new building will unfurl dramatically above the existing circular, triangular and square-shaped Azrieli Center buildings. Those three 50-story buildings, which include a shopping mall, commercial and office space, were completed between 1998 and 2007.

The new tower will expand the Azrieli Center footprint by almost three acres, for a total area of more than 12 acres. The complex will constitute a major transportation hub, connecting the existing Hashalom railway station with the light-rail network now under construction in the Tel Aviv district, as well as the many bus lines.

Developer Azrieli Group Announces Plans To Build ‘Tallest Building’ In Israel – the Spiral Tower

Azrieli Group Revealed Tel Aviv’s Next Icon: “The Spiral Tower” – the Tallest Tower in Israel -The new tower will be part of the Azrieli Center complex, joining the circle, triangle and square towers which have come to be the symbol of the city of Tel Aviv

 

Source: https://www.nowtheendbegins.com

Police in Canada Are Tracking People’s ‘Negative’ Behavior in a ‘Risk’ Database

The database includes detailed, but ‘de-identified,’ information about people’s lives culled from conversations between police, social services, health workers, and more.

By Nathan Munn | 27 February 2019

VICE — Police, social services, and health workers in Canada are using shared databases to track the behaviour of vulnerable people — including minors and people experiencing homelessness — with little oversight and often without consent.

Documents obtained by Motherboard from Ontario’s Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) through an access to information request show that at least two provinces — Ontario and Saskatchewan — maintain a “Risk-driven Tracking Database” that is used to amass highly sensitive information about people’s lives. Information in the database includes whether a person uses drugs, has been the victim of an assault, or lives in a “negative neighborhood.”

The Risk-driven Tracking Database (RTD) is part of a collaborative approach to policing called the Hub model that partners cops, school staff, social workers, health care workers, and the provincial government. […]

How to Grow Jackfruit

Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) is a unique tropical fruit with a distinct musky smell and deliciously sweet taste. Jackfruit can grow to enormous sizes with specimens measuring between 4 and 24 inches in length and 10 to 30 inches in diameter. Weighing between 10 and 100 pounds, it’s the largest tree-borne fruit in the world.

Jackfruit is widely grown throughout Asia and India but can thrive in any tropical location. It’s the national fruit of Bangladesh, where it is considered the second-most important crop after mangoes.

Jackfruit Basics

Jackfruit starts out green, turning light brown and spreading a strong fragrant, fruity scent once it ripens. The fruit is round or oblong-shaped, and has an outer surface covered with blunt thorn-like projections that soften as the fruit ripens. Inside each fruit are hundreds of small, succulent yellow lobes.

Jackfruit trees can bear as many as 250 fruits per season. Although still considered an exotic tropical fruit in the U.S., it has gained popularity among vegans and vegetarians as a meat substitute. After about an hour of cooking, unripened jackfruit starts to resemble the flavor and mouth-feel of pulled pork.

The video above demonstrates how to grow a jackfruit tree from the seed of a fruit. Keep in mind that being a tropical fruit tree, it cannot tolerate frost, cold weather or drought.

If you live in an area with a year-round humid, tropical climate, such as southern Florida, Mexico or Hawaii for example, you could grow it outdoors. If you’re above growth zone 10, you’ll need to grow your jackfruit tree indoors.1,2,3

Alternatively, you could grow it in a large pot kept outdoors in the summer and indoors in the winter. Unfortunately, a potted tree might never produce fruit, as the trees normally grow up to 70 to 80 feet in height when grown outdoors.

What’s more, it can take up to 14 years before the tree starts producing. Still, you could try it as a novelty, and who knows, if you’re both patient and lucky you could perhaps get some fruit.

Growing Jackfruit from Seed

To access the seed, cut the jackfruit open as shown in the video. The edible lobes are lined with fibrous material that you’ll want to remove (it’s safe to eat but doesn’t taste like much and is tough to chew as it’s very fibrous). Remove one of the lobes and crack it open with your fingers. Inside each lobe, you’ll find a large seed.

Once removed from the lobe, the seed will remain viable for up to a month. To plant the seed, simply place it in a starter pot filled with fast-draining potting soil, adding a thin layer of soil over top. To boost odds of germination, soak the seed in water overnight before planting. Keep the soil consistently moist but not too wet, as excessive wetness can kill the plant.

Place the pot in a sunny window or in a sunny spot outdoors. Jackfruit has no dormancy period, so it needs to be kept warm throughout the year. A weak fertilizer can be used weekly on seedlings and young plants.

Gardening Know How4 recommends fertilizing with an 8:4:2:1 mix of nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and magnesium, adding 30 grams of the fertilizer at six months and then doubling that amount every six months until the tree is 2 years old. After that, they recommend applying 1 kilo (2.2 pounds) of fertilizer per tree, twice a year — before and after the wet season — at a ratio of 4:2:4:1.

Seeds will germinate in three to eight weeks. Ideally, use a slightly oversized pot right from the start to avoid early transplantation, as the plant has a delicate taproot that is easily damaged.

It’s safest to leave it undisturbed for the first year. In the second year, you can repot it into a container that is two sizes larger. If you do need to transplant early, the seedling should have no more than four leaves on it. After that, the long and delicate taproot will make it very risky to transplant.

Nutritional Benefits of Jackfruit

A hundred grams (3.5 ounces) of jackfruit contain 23.25 grams of carbs, 1.5 grams of which are fiber, and 95 calories, along with 110 IUs of vitamin A, 13.7 milligrams of vitamin C and 24 micrograms of folate. The fruit also contains several important minerals, including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium.5

It’s also a good source of flavonoid pigments such as beta-carotene, xanthin, lutein and beta-cryptoxanthin, offering antioxidant and vision support. A study6 published in the journal Plant Foods for Human Nutrition indicated the pulp of jackfruit is a natural source of antioxidants that protect cells from free radical damage and assist in repairing damaged molecules, like DNA.

Animal research7 published in 2015 found diets rich in jackfruit seeds resulted in higher levels of beneficial high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and lower levels of the more harmful low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) cholesterol and triglycerides.

According to the authors, “Artocarpus heterophyllus seeds could be beneficial to health because of its ability to increase plasma HDL and reduce plasma LDL, VLDL, cholesterol, triglycerides and atherogenic indices at higher diet concentration.”

Being a good source of potassium, jackfruit may also be beneficial if you’re struggling with high blood pressure, which is commonly the result of an imbalance between sodium and potassium intake, opposed to simply excessive amounts of salt.

Jackfruit also contains lignans and saponins, beneficial phytonutrients with anticancer properties. Lignans help block the effects of the hormone estrogen, which may decrease risk of hormone-associated cancers such as uterine, ovarian, breast and prostate cancer. Saponins, meanwhile, are known to optimize immune function and reduce risk of heart disease.8

Interestingly, jackfruit peel — considered an agricultural waste product — has been studied9 for its ability to remove the heavy metal cadmium, a known carcinogen that harms DNA and disrupts the DNA repair system.

Jackfruit — A Low-Glycemic Boon for Diabetics That Could Reduce Global Hunger

A study10 published in the Ceylon Medical Journal categorized jackfruit as a low-glycemic index fruit, which is attributed to its dietary fiber content. Jackfruit may even be used to fight high blood sugar level, according to a Sydney University Glycemic Index Research Service study commissioned by Jackfruit365.11

Results showed 30 grams of raw jackfruit had a glycemic load of 17 and “would be suitable for consumption in controlled amounts by people with diabetes … especially if used to replace higher glycemic load carbohydrate in a meal.”

Researchers also regard jackfruit as a “miracle” food crop that could be a replacement for staple crops that are under threat from climate change. It is very easy to grow and can survive high temperatures, pests and diseases.

According to Shyamala Reddy,12 a biotechnology researcher at the University of Agriculture Sciences in Bangalore, India, the jackfruit is rich in calories and nutrients and if a person eats 10 to 12 bulbs, he or she won’t need food for another 12 hours. For these reasons, he believes jackfruit could help save millions of people from hunger.

Try This Tasty Jackfruit Recipe

While jackfruit is a delicious treat eaten raw, you can also use it in your cooking. As mentioned, many vegans have started using it as a meat substitute. Here’s a simple recipe for jackfruit curry. Many other recipes, including recipes using the jackfruit seeds, and illustrated instructions for how to cut the fruit and remove the seeds can be found on The Fresh Market’s website.13

Ingredients

  • 500 grams fresh jackfruit
  • 2 medium tomatoes pureed
  • 1 teaspoon virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon nigella seeds
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 dried red chili peppers
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 inch ginger (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1 to 1.5 cups of water

Procedure

  1. Heat extra virgin coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the cumin, nigella and mustard seeds and let them sizzle for about a minute. Add the bay leaves and red chili peppers, and then cook for several seconds. Add the onion, garlic and ginger, and just a pinch of Himalayan salt. Cook until translucent (five to six minutes) and remember to mix occasionally.
  2. Add the turmeric, coriander and black pepper, mixing well. Stir while adding the pureed tomato, jackfruit and the rest of the salt. Cover and cook for approximately 15 minutes.
  3. Uncover and cook for another few minutes to make the tomato puree thicker. The jackfruit can also be shredded.
  4. Add the water and then cover and cook for 15 minutes. Taste and adjust the flavor accordingly, then reduce the heat to medium low and cook for an extra 10 minutes or longer, until your desired consistency is achieved. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

Scallions Are Easy to Grow in Your Kitchen or Garden

Scallions are a member of the Allium family, joining garlic, leeks, shallots and onions. They’re often used to add a bit of color or a garnish to a dish but are often overlooked for their nutritional value and overshadowed by other ingredients. Like others in the family, scallions contain sulfuric compounds designed to protect them from predators.1

The word scallion is derived from the Greek askolonion,2 referring to an ancient Palestinian port considered the home of the onion. However, it is now known onions are native to Asia. The word shallot is also derived from the word askolonion, meaning scallion in Australia, Canada and the U.K. Shallots are a completely different species in the U.S.

Although believed to originate in Asia, seeds of the onion plant have been discovered in Egyptian tombs dating 3200 B.C.3 According to the National Onion Association,4 King Ramses IV was entombed with onion bulbs in his eye sockets, possibly because some ancients believed onion scent carried magical powers to prompt the dead to breathe again.

Scallions are a member of the onion family, but may easily be confused with chives, green onions, spring onions and shallots. Before planting indoors or in your garden, let’s identify the scallion.

How to Identify a Scallion

The scallion is a young onion, sometimes called green onions. It has a white base and a long green stalk resembling chives. The plant will have stringy white roots, long tender green leaves and a stiff white stalk with no bulb. The plants are grown in bunches and harvested young.

A scallion has a mild onion flavor — not as intense as regular onions — and may be used raw or cooked. Spring onions look like scallions, but they have a small bulb base.5 They are a more mature version and may be planted as seedlings in the late fall and harvested in the spring, hence their name. Spring onions often taste sweeter than regular onions, but the greens are more intense than scallions.

Although they may look similar, chives6 are a different species. They are often used as a garnish in omelets, soups and salads. Botanically, they are classified as an aromatic grass. A true shallot is a bulb with a more delicate garlic flavor than onion flavor. It’s believed to have originated in Asia Minor7 and although they’re both from the onion family, they’re different varieties.

In many cases, you may substitute one for the other in a recipe, but you’ll experience a different flavor.8 Shallots have a thin outer layer of skin making it appear more like an onion than a scallion does. They grow in a similar manner to garlic — in clusters with a head or a bulb containing multiple cloves.

Growing Scallions in the Garden

Scallions may be grown indoors or outside. Most perennial scallions thrive in hardiness zones9 3 to 9 and enjoy full sun. They may handle partial shade but also require regular watering so it’s important not to plant them in hot dry soil.10

When starting from seed, consider planting indoors five or six weeks before the last frost or waiting until the soil begins warming before sowing directly in your garden. Plant the seeds thickly 1 to 1 1/2 inches deep, whether in the garden or in a flat indoors.11

Like other types of onions, scallions’ seeds may germinate slowly and poorly. The plants require constant moisture in well-draining soil, so they aren’t sitting in a puddle of water. When starting indoors, harden them off as the roots begin to fill the cell pack.

Hardening gives the seedlings time to become accustomed to the outdoors. Start on a mild day with two to three hours of sun exposure, adding a few hours every day. If the temperature drops below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (F), bring them indoors.12 Scallions have a shallow root system so it’s important to keep them watered after planting in the garden.13

You may enjoy a continual harvest by succession planting every three to four weeks. Adding a side dressing of organic fertilizer helps to keep them green and growing throughout the summer. Your crop will also appreciate being kept weed-free. If you’re growing perennial scallions, apply a layer of mulch in the fall and remove it in the spring for an earlier crop.14

Regrow Scallions Inside for All-Year Flavor

Once harvested, you may reroot your scallions indoors, or even use the ones you’ve purchased from the grocery store. Leave a couple of inches of the stem attached to the roots and add them to a couple of inches of water in a glass. Make sure the roots are pointed down and the stems are pointed up. Change the water every two to three days.15

Within seven to 10 days you’ll have another set of green tops. But the plant is not done yet! Keep the scallions in a glass of water near a source of sunlight and you’ll enjoy a couple more harvests from the same plant.

Scallions May Be Either Perennial or Biennial

Scallions may be either perennial or biennial.16 Annual plants complete their entire life cycle in a single season. Perennial plants go from seed to seed within one season but do not die at the end of the season.

Sometimes a plant classified as a perennial may be grown as an annual in colder climates when the winter kills them off. However, by definition, a perennial plant may be expected to live at least three years and, in some cases, longer,17 although not all perennials are able to withstand winter temperatures.

Between the category of annual and perennial is a biennial. These plants are shorter-lived than perennials, taking two growing seasons to complete their life cycle.

In the classic sense, the biennial produces only foliage in the first growing season. It is not until the second year it produces a flower and seeds. Parsley, some onions, beets, broccoli and cabbage are common biennial vegetables.18

Pick, Store and Slice Your Scallions for the Best Flavor

You’ll find scallions in the grocery store produce section throughout the year, but they are at their peak during the summer and spring.19 Their flavor will be mild when they’re young, so you may start harvesting as soon as the plants reach 6 inches in height and have the width of a pencil.

Harvest the whole plant by pulling it out, roots and all.20 If you have planted a perennial variety, consider thinning only and harvesting in the second year. In the second year, consider dividing the roots and replanting one or more of the divisions for a larger harvest the following year.21

Once you’ve brought the plants inside, store them in the refrigerator, in a jar with about an inch of water. Place a bag over the greens and secure it with a rubber band. This helps to keep the greens from wilting and maintain a fresh flavor.22

Change the water every day or two so it doesn’t get stale. In the refrigerator, scallions may last a little more than a week. If you plan to use them in stews and soups, they may be sliced and frozen. This changes their texture when they’re thawed, which makes them best used in cooked dishes after freezing.

You’ll retain better flavor when the scallions are sliced and not chopped. According to Master Class,23 the best process for slicing scallions is to use the entire length of a sharp blade. Start by laying scallions in a single layer on your chopping board.

Place the tip of the blade against the cutting surface and then steadily pulled the blade across the scallions. Downward pressure on the leaves bruises them, affecting the flavor.

Scallions Add Flavor and Nutrition

The age and type of the scallion you use will determine the flavor. These vegetables not only add something unique to your dishes, they also provide a variety of health boosting vitamins and minerals to help protect your health, including:24

Vitamin A — This antioxidant helps fight inflammation and damage caused by free radicals. It helps maintain your immune system function, slows the aging process, promotes healthy vision and skin, and improves bone health. Deficiency may lead to night blindness, higher risk of infection and infertility.25

Vitamin C — This water-soluble vitamin acts as a powerful antioxidant, helping to improve heart health, boost immune system function, regulate blood sugar levels and fight viral illnesses. It may also help reduce the risk of the common cold, cancer, osteoarthritis and age-related macular degeneration.26,27

Vitamin K — This helps lower the risk for cardiovascular calcification, heart disease and stroke, and plays an important role in blood clotting.28

Folate — This B vitamin plays an important role in the function of DNA and other genetic materials and may help reduce the risk of neural tube defects in babies, as well as preterm birth, cancer, heart disease and stroke.29

Potassium — This mineral balances electrical and chemical processes in your body, which in turn helps maintain proper muscle contractions, transmit nerve impulses, regulate blood sugar levels and improve blood pressure.30

Iron — Iron plays a role in the formation of hemoglobin, cell growth and differentiation, metabolism, endocrine and brain function, energy production, and immune health.31

Tasty Ways to Use Scallions

Scallions are versatile ingredient you may use when you want to lend a bit of onion flavor without the pungency of regular red or yellow onions. They can be sprinkled over soup, tossed into salads or added to sandwiches.

If you don’t have scallions at home or those in your garden are not yet ready for harvesting, there are several other members of the allium family you may use as a substitute, including:

  • Leeks — These vegetables taste stronger and have a tougher texture than scallions so it’s best to use them in cooked dishes.
  • Shallots — Ideal for cooked dishes, the flavor may be pungent when used raw.
  • Chives — These are often mistaken for scallions and may be used as a substitute. They have a mild flavor as do scallions, but sometimes do better in raw dishes than in cooked.
  • Ramps — Also called wild leeks, ramps have a strong onion and garlic flavor combination best for cooked dishes.

Scallion pancakes are a classic Chinese dish that is chewy, crunchy and savory, all at the same time. It may be eaten alone or with a dipping sauce of your choosing. This recipe was adapted from All Recipes.32

Scallion Pancakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups coconut flour
  • 1 1/4 cups boiling water
  • Coconut oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 bunch scallions finely chopped

Procedure

  1. Create a dough mixture by mixing the coconut flour and boiling water in a large bowl. Knead the dough mixture until it forms a ball. Cover it and let it rest for 30 to 60 minutes.
  2. Evenly divide the dough into 16 pieces. Roll each piece into 1/4-inch-thick circles. Brush each circle with oil, season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of chopped scallion.
  3. Take one of the dough circles, roll it up and then coil it into a round dough bundle. Pinch the open ends together to form a disc.
  4. Using the rolling pin or your hands, flatten the coiled dough bundles into pancakes that are around 1/4-inch thick.
  5. Heat 2 teaspoons of coconut oil in a large skillet. Fry the pancakes until golden brown, about two minutes on each side. Add more oil between batches, if necessary.

Facebook Co-Founder Calls Out Zuckerberg & Says It’s Time To “Break-Up” The Company

It’s no secret that many people believe that Facebook has become a massive tool for censorship. Multiple social media platforms are now banning anything and everything that opposes certain political thoughts or corporate agendas, regardless of how credible it is and how much evidence there is to back up those claims. A lot of news that isn’t really false has simply been labelled as ‘fake news.’ It reminds me of what’s happening with vaccines today, for example, as the mainstream media (which never receives any type of censorship or “fake” labels) never seems to address the concerns and points that are made by multiple vaccine safety advocates, even when those concerns are expressed by scientists and doctors. Instead, mainstream media uses terms like ‘anti-vax conspiracy theorists’ and ‘fake news’ to make their point, while simultaneously influencing the minds of the masses.

Elitist groups like NewsGuard have been appointed to determine for the population what’s real and what’s not, and they’re really going hard against alternative media and placing enormous amounts of restriction and censorship on them in conjunction with Facebook. NewsGuard in particular is funded by Clinton donors and big pharma, with ties to the CFR, and NewsGuard seems to have a clear agenda in favour of mainstream media. You can read more about that here.

Furthermore, if you look at some of Facebook’s employees, it’s not hard to see why they are censoring specific types of information. For example,  ex-DARPA Director and Google Executive Regina Dugan was an employee at Facebook. Nathan Gleicher worked at the US governments counsel for the US D.OJ. and is now the head of Cyber Security at Facebook. Joel Kaplan, a Deputy Chief of Staff for the US, is Facebook’s VP of Public Policy. There are several employees with similar backgrounds. Not many people know that Facebook has become a revolving door of employees between the corporation itself and the US government. We see this with various corporations like Monsanto and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as pharmaceutical companies and the Centers  for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This is why we must carefully examine the recent piece Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes published in the New York times, calling for the break up of the social media giant due to the “staggering” and “unchecked” power of CEO Mark Zukerberg.

Before we go any further, I want to mention that a lot of blame has been put on Zuckerberg for Facebook’s actions as of late, particularly when it comes to the censorship of information, mass surveillance, and sharing of information that most people thought would remain private. But is it really only Zuckerberg? Or has Facebook been ‘taken over’ by ‘higher’ powers and made Zuckerberg the ‘fall guy,’ or the one to blame? Something to think about.

In his oped, co-founder Hughes points towards Facebook’s “sloppy privacy practices,” “violent rhetoric and fake news,” and the “unbounded drive to capture ever more of our time and attention.”

He goes on to say that “there is no precedent for Zuckerberg’s ability to monitor, organize and even censor the conversations of two billion people.”

Again, at least in my opinion, it’s quite clear to me that this is not just Zuckerberg. The US government has come under intense scrutiny as of late with regards to mass corruption in several different areas, from financial to healthcare and more. Somebody else could be pulling the strings, right?

Facebook’s ban and deletion of accounts, including those belonging to multiple media outlets and public figures who have voiced their opinions and shared information exposing the government, has been called a ‘modern day book burning.’ It’s happened to us here at CE as well. We’ve been demonetized by Youtube and heavily censored on Facebook. This is exactly why we created CETV, so we can try and stay afloat due to the fact that all of our revenue streams have been taken away.

Hughes went on:

“Mark alone can decide how to configure Facebook’s algorithms to determine what people see in their News Feeds, what privacy settings they can use and even which messages get delivered.”

Regardless of whether Mark alone is a puppet or not, the issue is that Facebook and other social media platforms have teamed up with corporations like NewsGuard (mentioned above) and are actively censoring people’s rights to free speech and information.

What Does This “Break-Up” of Facebook Imply? What’s Going On Here?

Anything mainstream media posts is always questionable, regardless of whether the author has any ill-intentions or not. The platform The New York Times, for example, is pure establishment media. It’s one of multiple platforms like CNN that more and more people are starting to see through and perceive as tools for “the invisible government” that owes “no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.” (Roosevelt)

When former mayor of New York City John F. Hylan said that “The real menace of our Republic is the invisible government, which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy legs over our cities, states and nation . . . The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes. They practically control both parties . . . [and] control the majority of the newspapers and magazines in this country,” he wasn’t joking. Today we know this to be a fact, given the documents that’ve been released showing the close connections between mainstream media and intelligence agencies. Furthermore, we now have multiple award-winning journalists from these news agencies blowing the whistle, emphasizing that they are and have been nothing but major mouthpieces for intelligence agencies, governments and corporations.

Make no mistake, through social media platforms like Facebook, information has been able to spread far and wide across the world. In large part, a lot of the information shared on Facebook that threatened various political and corporate agendas was also responsible for shifting the way many people now perceive our planet. This is still a problem for the global elite. It’s unclear why Hughes is calling for some sort of change with regards to Facebook’s censorship and the way they are designing their algorithms, but perhaps it’s in order to promote free speech or cause the destruction of Facebook.

If he is advocating for the destruction of Facebook, which is still a platform used to spread important information despite the limited reach, censorship and algorithm changes, then he could be advocating for the global elite. But even the global elite’s agenda in regards to Facebook is unclear — they could want Facebook gone, or they could use it to collect data and information on people as well as use it as a surveillance tool.

The Takeaway

The funny thing about censorship is that it’s been happening for decades, ever since JFK warned us that  “dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweigh the dangers which are cited to justify it.” He also said that “there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment.” (source)

That statement is still very relevant today, as the elite are constantly justifying their censorship efforts by simply calling things ‘fake’ instead of actually addressing the points made.

Sure, there is fake news out there, but what’s happening is quite obvious. It’s reminiscent of George Orwell’s 1984, where we now have a ministry of truth that tries to silence anybody who opposes it.

Our world is not as it seems, and there are those who want to shape the narrative in their favour and control the perception of the masses. That being said, all of these censorship efforts aren’t really working in the elite’s favour because the more they do it, the more people start to recognize how ridiculous it really is.

I’m going to leave you with this great quote from Edward Snowden to ponder on:

“The problem of fake news isn’t solved by hoping for a referee, but rather because we as citizens, we as users of these services, help each other. We talk and we share and we point out what is fake. We point out what is true. The answer to bad speech is not censorship, the answer to bad speech is more speech. We have to exercise and spread the idea that critical thinking matters, now more than ever, given the fact that lies seem to be getting more popular.” –Edward Snowden (source)

U.S Navy Acknowledges: MMR Vaccine Caused Viral Mumps Outbreak

Since December, 2018, the U.S. Navy warship Fort McHenry which was deployed to the Persian Gulf, has been quarantined, stranded at sea because of a Viral Mumps Outbreak that has stricken 27 sailors and Marines. All service members on the ship had been vaccinated with the MMR — measles/mumps/rubella—vaccine, but the vaccine is defective. The mumps takes 25 days to incubate.

US Warship Fort McHenry

“The ship hasn’t made a port call since early January and now isn’t likely to for at least another month — a very long stretch at sea that’s a morale killer for the crew. Typically deployed US warships have port calls at least once a month to repair systems and rest the crew.”

The Navy’s position is that vaccines are effective at reducing the incidence and severity of vaccine-preventable diseases,” BUMED told BI. Unfortunately, “the mumps portion of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is the least effective of the three components, providing 88% effectiveness after completion of the two dose series

Read recent reports in Business Insider:
The Navy’s Fighting To Get A Rare Viral Mumps Outbreak Under Control After It Stranded A US Warship At Sea(March 29, 2019)

A Rare Virus Outbreak At Sea Has Left A US Navy Warship Quarantined For Over 2 Months(March 13, 2019)

  • lawsuit filed by two former Merck scientists in 2010, alleges that the company committed fraud by faking efficacy tests for the mumps component of the MMR vaccine in order to maintain its monopoly on the MMR market. [details here]
  • “The suit refers to a 2006 mumps outbreak in the Midwest, in which 6,500 cases were reported among a highly vaccinated population, and another outbreak in 2009, in which 5,000 cases were confirmed. By comparison, the annual average of mumps cases in the U.S. in the two decades preceding the 2006 outbreak was 265; before the introduction of the single-shot Mumpsvax vaccine in 1967, there were approximately 200,000 cases of the disease, according to the 55-page document.  [Forbes, 2012]

While that lawsuit languishes, Merck’s MMR vaccine is causing mumps outbreaks in adults, who are at higher risk of serious complications including: pain and tenderness of the testicles, inflammation of breast tissues, meningitis or encephalitis, and deafness.

We reported that a recent mumps outbreak in 186 children and adults at Texas migrant detention facilities, following vaccination with the MMR – shows that the MMR is not only ineffective against mumps, the MMR has CAUSED both vaccinated and unvaccinated children and adults to be infected with measles and mumps.

We reported that a recent mumps outbreak in 186 children and adults at Texas migrant detention facilities, following vaccination with the MMR – shows that the MMR is not only ineffective against mumps, the MMR has CAUSED both vaccinated and unvaccinated children and adults to be infected with measles and mumps.

U.S. immigration authorities now acknowledge more than 2,200 people have been exposed to a mumps outbreak at Immigration Detention facilities at Pine Prairie, Louisiana and Aurora, Colorado as well as Texas.

A spokesman said 236 detainees have had confirmed or probable cases of mumps in 51 facilities in the past year. There were no reported cases between 2016 and 2018 at any ICE facilities. In 2016, there was a measles outbreak at an immigrant detention center in Eloy, Arizona, which contributed to a statewide outbreak after some employees refused to get vaccinated.

Vaccines are far from perfect; in fact, they are classified as “unavoidably unsafe”; worse still, is that some mandated vaccines for infants and young children  are known to be unsafe, while the efficacy of others is poor, putting both vaccinated and unvaccinated at risk of infectious disease.

The 2015 measles outbreak at Disneyland was widely misrepresented by concealing the fact that CDC officials knew that unvaccinated children were not to blame. They knew, but concealed the fact that: “Of the 194 measles virus sequences obtained in the United States in 2015, 73 were identified as vaccine sequences.”   Not until 2017, was the truth acknowledged by a CDC official in a specialized microbiology journal.

When confronted with recent mumps outbreaks, CDC officials acknowledged that “even people who previously had one or two doses of the MMR vaccine  can still become infected.” However, they disingenuously claim that “scientists don’t know why this is…”

The documents in the Merck whistleblower scientists’ lawsuit were unsealed in 2012. These 55 pages provide evidence to  explain why the MMR vaccine provides poor protection  against mumps.

Why is the public being deceived about the known facts?

One major reason for the deception is a gross financial conflict of interest.

CDC’s mission is ostensibly to protect the public health. However, CDC officials are reluctant to tell the truth about vaccine safety and efficacy because of the agency’s extensive intertwined financial partnerships with vaccine manufacturers through the CDC Foundation.

Posted by VERA SHARAV 

 

Source: VaccinesMedical Safety Issues