Study: Can extended space travel increase an astronaut’s risk of cancer?

(Natural News) Astronauts make a lot of sacrifices in their line of work. The longer they stay in space, the more severely their health suffers. Latest research warns that long-term stays in space could drastically weaken the immune systems of astronauts, making them much more vulnerable to the onset and effects of deadly diseases like…

Survival basics: What is the shelf life of bottled water?

(Natural News) Even when things are quiet, you need to make sure that your survival stockpile has everything you may need if SHTF. Do you have a case (or several cases) of bottled water in your stockpile? If the answer is “yes,” the next question you need to answer is: “What is the shelf life…

Privatization Is Theft

Leftist president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador takes office today in Mexico. Here, he explains how privatization has pillaged the public — and calls for a break with the neoliberal order.

By Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador | 1 December 2018

JACOBIN — In terms of our collective wellbeing, the politics of pillage has been an unmitigated disaster. In economic and social affairs, we’ve been regressing instead of moving forward. But this is hardly surprising: the model itself is designed to favor a small minority of corrupt politicians and white-collar criminals. The model does not seek to meet the needs of the people, or to avoid violence and conflict; it seeks neither to govern openly nor honestly. It seeks to monopolize the bureaucratic apparatus and transfer public goods to private hands, making claims that this will somehow bring about prosperity.

The result: monstrous economic and social inequality. Mexico is one of the countries with the greatest disparities between wealth and poverty in the world. According to a 2015 article written by Gerardo Esquivel, a professor at the College of Mexico and a Harvard graduate, 10 percent of Mexicans control 64.4 percent of the national income, and 1 percent own 21 percent of the country’s wealth. But most significantly, inequality in Mexico deepened precisely during the neoliberal period. Privatization allowed it to thrive.

It’s also important to make note of the following statistic: in July 1988, when Carlos Salinas was imposed as president on the Mexican people through electoral fraud, only one Mexican family sat on the Forbes list of the world’s richest people — the Garza Sada family, with $2 billion to their name. By the end of Salinas’s term in office, twenty-four Mexicans had joined the list, owning a combined total of $44.1 billion. Nearly all had made off with companies, mines, and banks belonging to the people of Mexico. In 1988, Mexico sat at twenty-sixth place on a list of countries with the most billionaires; by 1994, Mexico was in fourth place, just beneath the United States, Japan, and Germany. […]

Divided We Stand: Israelis Splitting from American Jews — American Whites Splitting from Each Other

By James Kirkpatrick | 9 May 2019

THE UNZ REVIEW — Hamas and Israel clashed recently [700 rockets, 240 intercepts, 4 dead Israelis: Is the Iron Dome getting worse? By Sam Sokol, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, May 7, 2019] and, needless to say, the Trump Administration is backing Israel. GOP Big Brains think this is the way to win over Jewish voters (and donors), the so called “Jexit”. [Trump backers plan ‘Jexit’ rally to attract Jewish votersby Debra Saunders, Las Vegas Review-Journal, May 6, 2019] Which is also why they are targeting anti-Israel Democrats like Ilhan Omar. But it probably won’t be as effective as they hope.

Jewish voters generally support the Democrats, apparently because of domestic issues. [Pro-Trump Republicans plan big-money play for Jewish vote in 2020by Alex Isenstadt, Politico, April 7, 2019] But there are also signs that Leftist and younger Jews are increasingly less supportive of Israel.

In San Francisco, only a minority of young Jews believe that a “Jewish state” is important. [Vast numbers of progressive California Jews are disengaging from Israel, Survey Findsby Judy Maltz, Haaretz, February 14, 2018] Most Jews still support Israel, but younger Jews are increasingly hostile towards Netanyahu’s long-lasting nationalist government. [As Israel turns 70, many young American Jews turn awayby Dox Waxman, The Conversation, May 3, 2018] This has been developing for some time: 2013 survey from Pew showed support for Israel among American Jews is inversely related to age. [Chapter 5: Connection With and Attitudes Toward Israel, Pew Research Center, October 1, 2013]

Remarkably, a recent survey found American Jews are far more likely than Christians to say President Trump favors Israelis too much! [U.S. Jews are more likely than Christians to say Trump favors the Israelis too muchby Gregory Smith, Pew, May 6, 2019] […]

What Was the Middle East Oil Tanker Vandalism All About?

The alleged attack on four oil tankers in the Middle East is a squirrely story. The Wall Street Journal reported late on Monday that, according to an initial U.S. assessment, “Iran was likely behind the attack” on two Saudi Arabian oil tankers and two other vessels damaged over the weekend near the Strait of Hormuz.

The U.S. official, who declined to be identified, didn’t offer details about what led to the assessment or its implications for a possible U.S. response. Typical. Then we have the standard Trump fare.

Donald Trump has reportedly been presented with a plan to send as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East to counter the so-called Iranian threat, The New York Times (aka NY Slimes) reports.

Naturally, Trump, in a wash-rinse-repeat manner, called this fake news. He said there’s currently no plans to send troops; but, if he did, it would be far more than 120,000.

Reports indicate “significant damage to the structures of the two vessels” — identified by shipping monitors as the Amjad and crude tanker Al Marzoqah. Other tankers were also reported damaged in the UAE’s Fujairan port.

But, if this was real sabotage, why attack empty oil tankers? And what a hokey looking fire, mostly on the water.

A reporter covering the tanker story went out on the water and pulled alongside one of the vessels. There was no apparent damage.

According to Michael Frodl, a Washington, D.C.-based maritime security and intelligence consultant who runs C-Level Maritime Risks, military-level training and precision was needed to attack four ships at once. He said a limpet mine may have been used on the vessels, or a remote-controlled underwater drone.

But, if it was commando-level skills needed to carry this out, why didn’t they do any real harm? In what cartoon world does a ship (Andre Victoria) stay floating out at sea with a gaping hole well below the water line? Just enough damage for show. Then we learn from ship manager Thome Ship Management that this Aft peak tanker location is empty or used to carry water, so is contained. Did the three stooges carry out this “sabotage”?

Arguably, whoever did this was making a gesture, not inflicting real harm. If the Iranians did it, it was like the scene in the Godfather where the director they wanted to intimidate wakes up with the horse head in his bed. See what we can potentially do, see how sleuth-like we are. This actually might make some sense as part of Iran’s forward defense tactics.

Later, the U.S. stated that their best theory was that it was Iranian proxies — either the Houthis or Iraqi Shiites. But do those parties have underwater commando units in this region? The Houthis are at war with Saudi Arabia, with no love lost. They would have destroyed the Saudi tankers and left the neutral tanker alone — not left a horse’s head.

WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) – U.S. national security agencies now believe proxies sympathetic to or working for Iran may have attacked four tankers off the United Arab Emirates rather than Iranian forces themselves, a U.S. official familiar with the latest U.S. assessments said on Tuesday.

The official said possible perpetrators might include Houthi rebels in Yemen and Iran-backed Shi’ite militias based in Iraq but said Washington did not have hard evidence on who sabotaged the four vessels,

The final theory is that this was false-flag light, an implied threat to Iran that more severe false flags can be carried out.

Another consideration would be Iran’s reaction to a full U.S. mobilization in the region. With a full-on sanction — 120,000 plus troops, the Abraham Lincoln Carrier group, four B-52 bombers, F-15C Eagle and F-35A Lightning II strike aircraft and USS Arlington, an amphibious transport dock full of MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missile systems headed to the scene — would the War Party in Iran be tempted to score a Pearl Harbor pre-emptive raid before they arrive? In this raid, real destruction would take place probably all over Saudi Arabia. Certain parties would love that.

Meanwhile, news appears to be developing involving another “attack” on Saudi oil. Saudi officials claim a pipeline and pumping station were attacked by drones on Tuesday near Rihadh, Reuters TV reports.