Global Military Spending Has Soared to Its Highest Level in Recorded History

By Jessica Corbett,

Global military spending reached its highest level since the records began two decades ago, according to a new analysis released Monday—an increase led by the United States and China.

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) revealed in its latest annual report that countries around the world collectively poured $1.82 trillion into their militaries in 2018, a 2.6 percent rise from the previous year. Together, the top two spenders, the United States and China, accounted for about half of all spending.

“The increase in U.S. spending was driven by the implementation from 2017 of new arms procurement program under the Trump administration,” Aude Fleurant, director of SIPRI’s Arms and Military Expenditure (AMEX) program, said in a statement.

Last year, the U.S. military expenditure—which represents more than a third of global spending—increased for the first time in seven years. It rose by 4.6 percent, hitting $649 billion.SIPRI researcher Nan Tian told German broadcaster Deutsche Welle that trend is expected to continue.“They have started to implement a new modernization program of the military that will start in 2019 or 2020,” Tian explained. “This is in the region of $1.8 trillion over the next 20 years. It is a massive amount of money being spent by the U.S.—and it ranges from conventional weapons to nuclear capabilities.”

Progressives continue to criticize President Donald Trump for his focus on military spending—particularly in contrast with his lack of investment elsewhere, from education and housing to clean air and water.

Trump’s recent budget proposal “finds vast billions for militarization, while it cuts much smaller poverty and other programs,” Lindsay Koshgarian of the National Priorities Project and Rev. Drs. William J. Barber II and Liz Theoharis wrote for The Guardian last month.

“For too long, we have had budgets that provide security for a wealthy and powerful few rather than the poor and disenfranchised many,” they added, acknowledging previous presidents’ contributions to military expansion. “Real security means establishing peace, justice, and promoting the material wellbeing and liberty of all, including future generations.”

China, which secured the second spot for SIPRI’s analysis, spent $250 billion on its military in 2018.

“Growth in Chinese military spending tracks the country’s overall economic growth,” Tian said in a statement. “China has allocated 1.9 percent of its GDP to the military every year since 2013.”

Other big spenders, per the report, included Saudi Arabia ($67.6 billion), India ($66.5 billion), France ($63.8 billion), Russia ($61.4 billion), the United Kingdom ($50 billion), Germany ($49.5 billion), Japan ($46.6 billion), and South Korea ($43.1 billion).

Although Saudi Arabia decreased its military spending from the previous year, the kingdom—which, along with the United Arab Emirates, is leading a U.S. and U.K.-backed war on Yemen—still led the world as the biggest spender per capita. The United States ranked second.

Overall, SIPRI found that military expenditure rose in Central America and the Caribbean, Central Europe, Central and South Asia, East Asia, North America, South America, and Western Europe, but declined in Eastern Europe, North Africa, Oceania, South East Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and the countries in the Middle East for which data is available.

As a fact sheet (pdf) explains, SIPRI calculates a country’s total military expenditure by considering what is spent on armed forces, defense ministries and related government agencies, para-military forces, and military space activities. That includes salaries and pensions for all relevant personnel “as well as expenditure related to operations and maintenance, procurement, military research and development, and military aid.”

Nearly half of the 15 biggest spenders—Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States—are members of NATO, an international military alliance of 29 North American and European countries. NATO nations put a total of $963 billion toward their militaries in 2018—over half of global spending.

 

Source: Creative Commons / Common Dreams 

Bayer Asks for Lower Damage Payout – You Won’t Believe the Reason Why

Monsanto Argues Roundup Cancer Victim Should Receive Less Money Because of Imminent Death

By Joseph Mercola,

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • August 10, 2018, a jury ruled in favor of plaintiff Dewayne Johnson in a truly historic case against Monsanto. Jurors found Monsanto was responsible for “negligent failure” by not warning consumers about the carcinogenicity of Roundup
  • The jury ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages to Johnson, $33 million of which was for noneconomic pain and suffering. In October, the judge upheld the guilty verdict but reduced the total award to $78 million
  • Bayer/Monsanto appealed. In its appellate brief, the company asks for reversal of the damages awarded based on the fact that Johnson is near death
  • Recent research shows glyphosate has multi-generational effects. Pregnant rats exposed to half of the no-observed-adverse-effect-level of glyphosate established by the European Food Safety Authority between the eighth and 14th day of gestation had offspring with higher rates of birth defects, obesity, and diseases of the kidneys, prostate, testes, ovaries and mammary glands (breasts)
  • Third generation males had a 30% higher rate of prostate disease than the controls, while third generation females had a 40% higher rate of kidney disease. Cancer increased in second-generation rats but not in the first and third generations

August 10, 2018, a jury found Monsanto (now owned by Bayer AG1,2) had “acted with malice or oppression” and was responsible for “negligent failure” by not warning consumers about the carcinogenicity of its weed killer, Roundup.3,4 The plaintiff in this historic case was 46-year-old Dewayne Johnson, who is dying from Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Johnson sprayed about 150 gallons of Roundup 20 to 40 times per year while working as a groundskeeper for the Benicia Unified School District in California, from 2012 through late 2015.His lawsuit, filed in 2016 after he became too ill to work, accused Monsanto of hiding the health hazards of Roundup.

The jury ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages to Johnson, $33 million of which was noneconomic damages for pain and suffering. In October, the judge upheld the guilty verdict but reduced the total award to $78 million.6,7,8

Monsanto/Bayer Wants Damages Reduced on Grounds That Plaintiff Is Near Death

As expected, Bayer/Monsanto appealed. What’s shocking is the company’s argument for significantly reducing the damage amount further. In its appellate brief,9 the company asks for reversal of the damages awarded based on the fact that Johnson is near death. On page 87, the appeal states:10

A jury may award future noneconomic damages only for pain and suffering that a plaintiff is reasonably certain to experience based on his ‘projected life span at the time of trial’ …

[‘[D]amages for future pain and suffering are based upon plaintiff’s probable life expectancy in his or her injured condition … [C]ompensation for pain and suffering is recompense for pain and suffering actually experienced, and to the extent that premature death terminates the pain and suffering, compensation should be terminated’] …

An award is excessive if it ‘suggest[s] the jury was influenced by improper considerations’ … At closing argument, Plaintiff’s counsel ignored these principles. He implored the jury to award $1 million per year for both past and future noneconomic damages, and asserted that Plaintiff ‘will live between two more to 33 years.’

In so doing, Plaintiff’s counsel urged the jury to disregard the evidence presented through his medical expert, Dr. Nabhan, that Plaintiff would not live past December 2019, or roughly one and a half years after trial …

He then asked for $33 million in future noneconomic damages: ‘[I]f he lives for only two years, then the remaining years that he doesn’t get to live is also a million dollars. So it doesn’t matter if he dies in two years or dies in 20 … [H]e deserves that money’ … [asking jury to award $33 million in future noneconomic damages based on Plaintiff’s ‘potential life expectancy over the years he won’t live’ … ]).

And the jury awarded Plaintiff exactly what his lawyer requested: $33 million in future noneconomic damages … The court posed two questions for the parties to address at argument:

‘Is the $33 million award for future non- economic damages based on Plaintiff’s argument to award $1 million for each year of lost life expectancy? If so, is this award improper as a matter of law?’ Yet the trial court declined to follow this line of inquiry to its inevitable conclusion …

Dr. Kuzel also suggested that Plaintiff ‘could be cured of this disease and live his normal life expectancy.’ But even under this hypothetical … the jury had no basis to award damages for pain and suffering occurring after Plaintiff was cured … In sum, the court should reverse the award of future noneconomic damages because that award is not supported by the evidence of Plaintiff’s projected life expectancy at the time of trial.”

The company is essentially guilty of killing Johnson 33 years before his time, if you assume he’d have a normal life span of 79, and now Bayer wants reduced damages because he’s only got less than two years to live! It’s a new low even for Monsanto, and clear proof of the company’s callous disregard for human life.

Second Lawsuit Ends in Guilty Verdict and $80 Million in Damages

March 19, 2019, a U.S. jury ruled Roundup was a substantial causative factor in the cancer of a second plaintiff, Edwin Hardeman.11,12 Judge Vince Chhabria had approved Monsanto’s motion to divide the trial into two phases, the first phase limiting evidence to that relating to causation only.

In the second phase, jurors heard evidence related to liability. March 27, 2019, the jury found Monsanto had acted with negligence and awarded Hardeman $80 million in damages, including $75 million in punitive damages.13

A third case against Monsanto (Stevick et al v. Monsanto) was originally slated to go to trial May 20, 2019. However, Chhabria recently vacated the trial date and ordered Monsanto/Bayer to begin mediation with all remaining plaintiffs in the federal multidistrict litigation overseen by him — some 800 in all.14 Aside from these, Monsanto faces roughly 11,000 additional plaintiffs who claim Roundup caused their Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.15

Plaintiffs Request Restraining Order Against Monsanto Advertising

In another Roundup trial, this one in Alameda County Superior Court of California, a married couple, Alva and Alberta Pilliod, claim they both developed Non-Hodgkin lymphoma after regular use of Roundup. As reported by U.S. Right to Know (USRTK):16

“Plaintiffs’ attorney Mike Miller asked judge Winifred Smith to issue a temporary restraining order against Monsanto for heavy advertising the company has been doing in defense of the safety of its herbicides, including a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal on March 25, the day the voir dire for jury selection in the Pilliod case began.”

Monsanto’s legal team countered saying The Miller Firm has engaged in its own ad campaign in an effort to add more clients for its Roundup litigation. The firm also published an ad in the San Francisco Chronicle seven days before the Pilliod case began, in which they claimed Roundup exposure could double or triple the risk of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Monsanto also argued 2,187 anti-Roundup ads have aired on TV and radio between December 1, 2018 and March 21, 2019 in the San Francisco market. In the end, Judge Smith denied the plaintiffs’ request to stop Monsanto from advertising Roundup as having 40 years of safe product use and science proving its safety.

Monsanto Documents Reveal Close Relationship With Reuters Reporter

In related news, documents unearthed during the many lawsuits against Monsanto (colloquially and collectively known as The Monsanto Papers17) reveal the company enlisted Reuters reporter Kate Kelland in its attempts to discredit the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), after IARC scientists reclassified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen in 2015.18,19 Investigative reporter for USRTK, Carey Gillam, writes:20

“Not only did Kelland write a 2017 story that Monsanto asked her to write in exactly the way Monsanto executive Sam Murphey asked her to write it (without disclosing to readers that Monsanto was the source), but now we see evidence21 that a draft of a separate story Kelland did about glyphosate was delivered to Monsanto before it was published, a practice typically frowned on by news outlets … The final version22 was published on April 13, 2017.”

Another email 23 suggests Monsanto was involved in the crafting at least two other Kelland reports that were critical of the IARC, including her “Special Report: How the World Health Organization’s Cancer Agency Confuses Consumers”24 story, published in April, 2016. According to Gillam, Kelland also “helped Monsanto drive a false narrative about cancer scientist Aaron Blair in his role as head of the IARC working group that classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen.”

Internal company correspondence shows Murphey sent the narrative and talking points he wanted her to use and cover, including portions of a deposition Blair had given that was not filed in court. Kelland published the story,25 citing “court documents” as her source, when the source was in fact Monsanto.

“By falsely attributing the information as based on court documents she avoided disclosing Monsanto’s role in driving the story,” Gillam writes,26 adding, “When the story came out, it portrayed Blair as hiding ‘important information’ that found no links between glyphosate and cancer from IARC.

Kelland wrote that a deposition showed that Blair ‘said the data would have altered IARC’s analysis’ even though a review of the actual deposition shows that Blair did not say that. Kelland provided no link to the documents she cited, making it impossible for readers to see for themselves how far she veered from accuracy.”

This story was widely used by Monsanto in its efforts to discredit IARC and strip them of U.S. funding. Gillam adds, “On a personal note, I spent 17 years as a reporter at Reuters covering Monsanto and I am horrified at this violation of journalistic standards.”

According to Gillam, Reuters editor Mike Williams and ethics editor Alix Freedman both stand by Kelland’s story on Blair and have refused to issue a correction, to which she says, “It is particularly noteworthy that Alix Freedman is the same person who told me I was not allowed to write about many independent scientific studies of Monsanto’s glyphosate that were showing harmful impacts.”

EPA Is Just Another Monsanto Captured Agency

Emails and internal documents also show high-ranking officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have colluded with and protected Monsanto’s interests by manipulating and preventing key investigations into glyphosate’s cancer-causing potential. In other words, taxpayers’ money has been used to shield Monsanto from liability and obstruct consumers’ ability to prove damages.

Monsanto has defended Roundup’s safety in court by leaning on a 2016 EPA report that found glyphosate is “not likely to be carcinogenic” to humans.27 At the time, Jess Rowland was the deputy division director of the EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), Health Effects Division,28 and Rowland was a key author of that report.

The EPA’s conclusion, which runs counter to the IARC’s determination that glyphosate is probably carcinogenic, met with severe criticism — so much so, a scientific advisory panel was recently convened to evaluate the strength of the EPA’s decision. According to some of the members on this panel, the EPA violated its own guidelines by discounting and downplaying data from studies linking glyphosate to cancer.29

Email correspondence between EPA toxicologist Marion Copley and Rowland suggest Rowland colluded with Monsanto to find glyphosate noncarcinogenic.30,31 Copley cited evidence showing glyphosate is toxic to animals and accused Rowland of playing “political conniving games with the science” to help Monsanto. Rowland also warned Monsanto of the IARC’s determination months before it was made public,32 giving the company time to plan its defense strategy.

Email correspondence also showed Rowland helped stop a glyphosate investigation by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, on Monsanto’s behalf.

In an email, Jenkins recounts a conversation he’d had with Rowland, in which Rowland said, “If I can kill this I should get a medal,”33,34 referring to the ATSDR investigation.

In correspondence35 between Daniel Jenkins, Monsanto’s manager for regulatory affairs, and Monsanto chief scientist William Heydens, Jenkins also confirms that Monsanto indeed had far more reason to worry about the ATSDR than the EPA, as the ATSDR had a reputation of being “VERY conservative and IARC like,” and “hazard based.”

Rowland Wasn’t the Only EPA Official Working on Monsanto’s Behalf

In a 2017 Huffington Post article,36 Gillam cites evidence showing Rowland was not acting alone. Other high-ranking EPA officials that also appear to have worked on Monsanto’s behalf include Jim Jones, assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, who oversaw the EPA’s OPP, “a presidential appointee who carried significant clout,” Gillam writes,37 and OPP director Jack Housenger.

“Rather than encourage and assist the toxicology review of glyphosate, Monsanto and EPA officials repeatedly complained to ATSDR and HHS [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] that such a review was unnecessarily ‘duplicative’ and should take a back seat to an EPA review also underway,” Gillam writes.38

In her article, she presents a day-by-day timeline of correspondence (with links to the documents in question) taking place between May 19, 2015 and October 23, 2015, at which point the ATSDR review was “fully on hold.”

New Study Shows Glyphosate Causes Multigenerational Health Damage

In other related news, Washington State University researchers report39 glyphosate has multigenerational effects. Said to be the first study of its kind, the researchers found pregnant rats exposed to glyphosate between the eighth and 14th day of gestation had offspring with higher rates of birth defects, obesity and diseases of the kidneys, prostate, testes, ovaries and mammary glands (breasts).

Third generation rats also had significantly higher rates of certain pathologies. For example, third generation males had a 30% higher rate of prostate disease than the controls, while third generation females had a 40% higher rate of kidney disease.

One-third of second generation females also ended up having difficult births, and 2 in 5 third-generation rats were obese. Remarkably, the dose used (25 mg/kg of bodyweight per day) was half the no-observed-adverse-effect-level (50 mg/kg/day) established by the European Food Safety Authority in 2015.40,41

Cancer increased in second generation rats but not in the first and third generations. Curiously, delayed puberty affected first and second generation males, but not the third generation males, while in females puberty was delayed only in the second generation. According to the authors: 42

“The current study provides the first analysis of potential transgenerational impacts of glyphosate in mammals. The exposure of a gestating female directly exposes the F0 generation female, the F1 generation offspring, and the germline within the F1 generation offspring that will generate the F2 generation grand-offspring.

Therefore, the first transgenerational generation is the F3 generation great-grand-offspring not having any direct exposure, Fig. 7 …  

glyphosate impacts in mammals

The impacts of environmental exposures on subsequent generations can be referred to as ‘Generational Toxicology,’ and suggests ancestral exposures can promote the onset of disease and pathology in subsequent generations. The mechanism involved is epigenetic transgenerational inheritance through epigenetic alterations of the germline.

Although many exposures can influence both the directly exposed individuals and transgenerational individuals, recent observations suggest some toxicants or exposures have negligible impacts on the direct exposed individuals, but can influence subsequent generations never having direct exposure …

The F1 generation offspring had negligible pathologies in any of the tissues analyzed. The only effects observed were on weaning weights in both males and females, and a delay in puberty in males. Therefore, classic toxicology analysis of the F0 and F1 generations demonstrated negligible toxicity or pathology from direct glyphosate exposure.

In contrast, the F2 generation grand-offspring, derived from a direct exposure F1 generation germline, had significant increases in testis disease, kidney disease, obesity, and multiple diseases in males.

The F2 generation females had significant increases in ovary disease, obesity, mammary gland tumors, parturition abnormalities, and multiple disease susceptibility.

The transgenerational F3 generation great-grand-offspring males had increased prostate disease, obesity, and single disease frequencies, while females had increased ovarian disease, kidney disease, parturition abnormalities, and multiple disease susceptibility.

A unique pathology observed with glyphosate exposure, and seldom seen in previous transgenerational studies, was the parturition [editor’s note: childbirth] abnormalities. Over 30% of the F2 generation female rats in the later stages of gestation died of dystocia and/or had litter mortality. This was also seen in the paternal outcross F3 generation gestating female rats.”

Dystocia is the medical term for difficult birth, typically resulting from an abnormally larger or improperly positioned baby. Having a small pelvis can also be at play, or the uterus or cervix might not contract and expand normally, making the delivery difficult.

According to the researchers, these underlying pathologies may be at play in the “premature birth rates and infant abnormalities seen today.” While not mentioned, it’s also worth noting that the U.S., where glyphosate-contaminated foods are extremely common and widely consumed, also has the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world.43

How to Test Your Glyphosate Level and Eliminate It From Your System

Considering the possible dangers of glyphosate, it would make sense to minimize your exposure, and if you have high levels already, to take steps to detoxify it.

HRI Labs has developed home test kits for both water and urine, and if you have elevated levels, you can drive out the glyphosate by taking an inexpensive glycine supplement.  They will very shortly also be offering a hair test for glyphosate, which will be a better indicator of your long-term exposure.

Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, and expert in metal and environmental toxicity, recommends taking 1 teaspoon (4 grams) of glycine powder twice a day for a few weeks and then lowering the dose to one-fourth teaspoon (1 gram) twice a day. This forces the glyphosate out of your system, allowing it to be eliminated through your urine.

Biotech Companies Are Gaining Power by Taking Over the Government

There is no doubt in my mind that GMOs and the toxic chemicals used along with them pose a serious threat to the environment and our health, yet government agencies turn a blind eye and refuse to act — and the reason is very clear: They are furthering the interests of the biotech giants.

It is well known that there is a revolving door between government agencies and biotech companies like Monsanto-now-Bayer. Consider the hypocrisy of the FDA. On paper, the U.S. may have the strictest food safety laws in the world governing new food additives, but this agency has repeatedly allowed GMOs and their accompanying pesticides and herbicides like Roundup to evade these laws.

In fact, the only legal basis for allowing GE foods to be marketed in the U.S. is the FDA’s claim that these foods are inherently safe, a claim which is patently ridiculous. Documents released as a result of a lawsuit against the FDA reveal that the agency’s own scientists warned their superiors about the detrimental risks of GE foods. But their warnings fell on deaf ears.

The influence of the biotech giants is not limited to the U.S. In a June 2017 article, GMWatch revealedthat 26 of the 34 members of the National Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biotechnology of Argentina (CONABIA) are either employed by chemical technology companies or have major conflicts of interest.

You may be aware that Argentina is one of the countries where single-crop fields of GE cotton, corn and soy dominate the countryside. Argentina is also a country facing severe environmental destruction. Argentines are plagued with health issues, including degenerative diseases and physical deformities. It would appear that the rapid expansion of GE crops and the subsequent decline in national health indicators are intrinsically linked.

Don’t Be Duped by Industry Shills!

Biotech companies’ outrageous attempts to push for their corporate interests extend far beyond the halls of government. In a further effort to hoodwink the public, Monsanto/Bayer and their cohorts have been caught zealously spoon-feeding scientists, academics and journalists with questionable studies that depict them in a positive light.

By hiring “third-party experts,” biotech companies are able to take information of dubious validity and present it as independent and authoritative. It’s a shameful practice that is far more common than anyone would like to think. One notorious example of this is Henry Miller, who was thoroughly outed as a Monsanto shill during the 2012 Proposition 37 GMO labeling campaign in California.

Miller, falsely posing as a Stanford professor, promoted GE foods during this campaign. In 2015, he published a paper in Forbes Magazine attacking the findings of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a branch of the World Health Organization, after it classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen. After it was revealed that Miller’s work was in fact ghostwritten by Monsanto, Forbes not only fired him, but also removed all of his work from its site.

Industry front groups also abound. The Genetic Literacy Project and the American Council on Science and Health were both Monsanto-funded before Bayer bought Monsanto. Whether that funding continues under Bayer is left to be seen, but other “trusted” sources were also caught taking Monsanto money.

For example, WebMD, a website that is often presented as a trustworthy source of “independent and objective” health information, was exposed acting as a lackey for Monsanto by using its influence to promote corporate-backed health strategies and products, displaying advertisements and advertorials on Big Biotechs’ behalf, furthering the biotech industry’s agenda — all for the sake of profit.

But even with underhanded tactics to peddle their toxic products, biotechs are now unable to hide the truth: Genetic engineering will in no way, shape or form make the world a better place. It will not solve world hunger. It will not increase farmers’ livelihoods. And it most certainly will not do any good for your health — and may in fact prove to be detrimental.

There’s No Better Time to Act Than NOW — Here’s What You Can Do

So now the question is: Will you continue supporting the corrupt, toxic and unsustainable food system that Big Biotech, Monsanto/Bayer and their industry shills and profit-hungry lackeys have painstakingly crafted? It is largely up to all of us, as consumers, to loosen and break their tight hold on our food supply. The good news is that the tide has turned.

As consumers worldwide become increasingly aware of the problems linked to GE crops and the toxic chemicals, herbicides and pesticides used on them, more and more people are proactively refusing to eat these foods. There’s also strong growth in the global organic and grass fed sectors. This just proves one thing: We can make a difference if we steadily work toward the same goal.

One of the best things you can do is to buy your foods from a local farmer who runs a small business and uses diverse methods that promote regenerative agriculture. You can also join a community supported agriculture (CSA) program, where you can buy a “share” of the vegetables produced by the farm, so you get a regular supply of fresh food. I believe that joining a CSA is a powerful investment not only in your own health, but in that of your local community and economy as well.

In addition, you should also adopt preventive strategies that can help reduce the toxic chemical pollution that assaults your body. I recommend visiting these trustworthy sites for non-GMO food resources in your country:

Organic Food Directory (Australia) Eat Wild (Canada)
Organic Explorer (New Zealand) Eat Well Guide (United States and Canada)
Farm Match (United States) Local Harvest (United States)
Weston A. Price Foundation (United States) The Cornucopia Institute
Demeter USA American Grassfed Association

Monsanto, Bayer and their allies want you to think that they control everything, but they do not. It’s you, the masses, who hold the power in your hands. Let’s all work together to topple the biotech industry’s house of cards. Remember — it all starts with shopping smart and making the best food purchases for you and your family.

 

Source: https://articles.mercola.com

“WH.gov/techbias”… a new place to report “Banning from social media”

I’ve seen this mentioned in a couple videos and so I’m just throwing it out for anyone who may desire to use it. The links take you to a page where one may fill out a form to be submitted to the Whitehouse.

Here are three equivalent links:

https://WH.gov/techbias
https://whitehouse.gov/techbias
https://whitehouse.typeform.com/to/Jti9QH

Here’s the text from that page:

SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS should advance FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Yet too many Americans have seen their accounts suspended, banned, or fraudulently reported for unclear “violations” of user policies.

No matter your views, if you suspect political bias caused such an action to be taken against you, share your story with President Trump.

For All The Jural Assemblies – 57 Expatriation and Repatriation


By Anna Von Reitz

There has been a lot of controversy and misunderstanding about the various forms of citizenship in this country and also about the process of declaring one’s political status so as to officially change it.  

Every baby born on the land and soil of this country begins life as an American State National — a Wisconsinite, a Coloradan, a Texan, a Virginian. 

Very soon after being born, we are all secretively “conscripted” and “presumed to be”  Territorial United States Citizens.  This process “confers” Territorial Citizenship obligations upon us and makes us subjects of the Queen.  A Birth Certificate is issued to memorialize this conscription and to “register” us as property belonging to the British Territorial United States. 

Almost immediately after that, our Good Names and Persons are leased out under the same presumption of “United States Citizenship” to the Municipal United States, which then additionally confers its own form of citizenship upon us — deeming us to be “Citizens of the United States”.  

You can see the basis for these citizenship classifications stated as Article I, Section 2, Clause 2 and Article I, Section 3, Clause 3 of any Federal Constitution. 

Thus, without you or your parents ever being made aware of it, your actual birthright identity is “unlawfully converted” and instead of being regarded as a Texan, or a Californian, or a Minnesotan — you are “presumed to be” a Dual Citizen of the Territorial United States and the Municipal United States Government, instead.  

This Dual Citizenship political status is literally foreign to us as Americans, and it prevents you from acting as one of the People and deprives you of all your guarantees and protections owed under the Federal Constitutions.  

Some Americans do choose to set aside their birthright political status in order to work as members of the United States Armed Forces, and some also set their birthright aside to work as Federal Civilian Service workers, but the rest of us have no reason to adopt any such foreign political citizenship status and are actually and substantially harmed by being misidentified as such, because we are made to bear all the obligations of such citizenship and have none of the protections and freedoms we are owed so long as this false legal presumption of Federal (US) Citizenship is allowed to persist. 

Thus it becomes necessary and desirable for most of us to “expatriate” and “retire” from any presumption of any form of US citizenship and reclaim our birthright status as plain old Americans—- if we want to enjoy our rights and possess our property assets and be free of the oppressive statutory “laws”. 

The basis of expatriation from United States Citizenship is the Expatriation Act of 1868.  This landmark legislation was passed exactly one day prior to the adoption of the “corporate” Constitution— the unlawful conversion of the actual Territorial Constitution to serve as the Articles of Incorporation for the Scottish Commercial Corporation doing-business-as “The United States of America, Inc.” that was chartered the same year.  

The Expatriation Act of 1868 specifically rejects the idea of lifetime, obligatory allegiance to any government and overthrows that foundation stone of feudalism. 

So we expatriate from any presumed British Territorial United States Citizenship via the Expatriation Act of 1868, which can then also be used to expatriate from any presumed Commonwealth Citizenship of the United States.  

It is necessary to expatriate from both forms of US Citizenship, both Territorial and Municipal.  

So, now we have exercised our remedy available under the Expatriation Act of 1868, and declared that we are not United States Citizens and not Citizens of the United States, either.   So far, so good.  We have established what we are not.  

Next, we must establish what we are.  Because we were “presumed to be” United States Citizens and then “presumed to be” Municipal Citizens of the United States as well, we have to further define our political status on the Public Record and “repatriate” to the land and soil jurisdiction where we were born— our States of the Union. 

We each have to expatriate a total of two times– once from Territorial status, once from Municipal status— and repatriate once, back to our natural birthright political status as American State Nationals and American State Citizens. 

We accomplish this by recording Acts of Expatriation referencing our Legal Persons — First Name, Middle Name, Last Name — leaving the Territorial United States  [remember that our Lawful Persons and our Legal Persons look exactly the same on paper and that we have to designate their capacity] and our Commercial PERSONS also expatriating from all presumptions of Municipal Citizenship and all being repatriated to the land and soil of ….. Texas, Wisconsin, Maine, Florida, California….. by recording their return to their home and permanent domicile on the land and soil of….. Texas, Wisconsin, etc.

We use Certificates of Assumed Name recorded on the international land jurisdiction to establish our ownership interest and control and to declare the permanent “domicile” of these Legal Persons/Municipal PERSONS on the land and soil of our States.   

Executing and recording these actions — the expatriation, the repatriation, the certification and the declaration of permanent domicile — reverses the process used to unlawfully convert our political status and ownership interests.  

We are thus  “lawfully converting” everything back to our control and placing everything in its proper political status.  We are reclaiming our Lawful Persons and enabling ourselves to act in the capacity of one of the People of our State.  This then secures the constitutional guarantees we are owed, and forces the Hired Help — including the courts — to honor the Law of the Land owed to the People and States of the Land. 

None of this involves any repudiation or renunciation of citizenship, which is a severance and denial process that totally extracts you from relationship to your own country.  We have seen unfortunate cases where people have done this by mistake.  Do not repudiate or renounce — expatriate specifically from any Territorial or Municipal United States Citizenship conferred upon you, and establish your “home and permanent domicile” upon the land and soil of your birth State, instead. 

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SUICIDE SQUAD: In August, Hollywood Pedophile Accuser Isaac Kappy Was Accused of Choking Paris Jackson. In March, Paris Slit Her Wrists. Tuesday, Kappy Jumped off a Bridge.

The Haunting Last Words of Isaac Kappy: ‘Now, I Am One of Them’

Isaac Kappy – the actor who accused several Hollywood figures of child abuse – died after throwing himself off a bridge. A few days prior to this fateful day, Kappy posted a haunting video about him “crossing the line” and becoming “one of them”. What actually happened to Isaac Kappy?

15 May 2019

THE VIGILANT CITIZEN — Isaac Kappy was an actor who appeared in several Hollywood productions such as ThorTerminator Salvation, and the series Breaking Bad. However, in the past years, he was mostly known for accusing several Hollywood personalities of pedophilia and satanic ritual abuse. Some of the names he named throughout his videos and social media posts are Tom Hanks, Steven Speilberg, James Gunn, Kathie Griffith, and Seth Green.

Soon after these accusations, Kappy made the news for allegedly choking his friend Paris Jackson at a party and for threatening Seth Green on several occasions. These actions lead him to be investigated by the LAPD and to be labeled as a “nutjob” by mass media sources.

Off a Bridge

On May 14th, Kappy found a violent death after plunging from a bridge onto the Interstate 40 highway in Arizona. According to police sources, Kappy “forced himself” off the bridge after two teenagers physically attempted to stop him from doing so. After the fatal jump, Kappy was struck by a passing vehicle. […]


Michael’s Daughter’s Torment! Paris Jackson Attempts Suicide

‘Everything she held inside finally burst’ for late Michael’s daughter.

16 March 2019

RADAR ONLINE — Paris Jackson attempted suicide by slitting her wrists and was rushed to the hospital on Saturday, March 16, 2019, RadarOnline.com has confirmed.

The shocking news comes after Radar exclusively reported the details of Paris secretly checking into rehab for alcohol abuse and mental health issues in mid-December 2018.

But via Twitter, Paris has denied that she tried to kill herself, calling the report a lie.

Paris, known for her hippy ways, also wrote on Instagram, in denying the incident, “i’m chillen like bob dylan.”

A spokesperson from LAPD told Radar today, “We can confirm that an ambulance attended a suicide attempt … in Los Angeles earlier today. The victim was transported to a local hospital – under HIPPA rules we cannot reveal this person’s identity.”


Isaac Kappy Defends Himself Against ‘Choking Allegations’: Paris Jackson & I ‘Were Totally Playing’

Actor Isaac Kappy tells us EXCLUSIVELY that he didn’t choke Paris Jackson at a party, as they were only ‘horse playing’ around. This comes despite the fact she’s allegedly moving and hired armed protection.

3 August 2018

HOLLYWOOD LIFE — Actor Isaac Kappy says he hasn’t seen or talked to Paris Jackson, 20, in over a year, but that hasn’t stopped the model from allegedly doing all she can to keep him away from her. TMZ reports she is in the process of moving and has hired armed protection after he sent her disturbing texts. He also allegedly choked Paris at a party and tells us that everything about their interactions has been greatly exaggerated. “Regarding the choking allegations, this is not true and the party didn’t even happen a month ago. I haven’t seen or talked to Paris in over a year. I was at Paris’ house for a Memorial Day party back in May 2017, and we were in the kitchen horse playing and a guy at the party totally blew this situation of out proportion,” Isaac tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.

“Nobody was hurt, Paris and I were totally playing around. I even spent the night, and the next day Paris gave me a gift, which was a hat that I still have. Why would she have given me a gift the next day if I was choking her? Why didn’t they throw me out of the party right away?” he continues. TMZ has  claimed that the alleged choking happened at a game night party last month at her home and up until then they had been friends. The site also says and now she’s planning on moving so that Isaac can’t find her and blocked his phone number so that he can’t call or text her.

Isaac however maintains that he hasn’t been in contact with Paris since that 2017 party “I’ve had no contact with Paris in over a year and the only thing I’ve texted her was the other day when these stories came out. I just said she is being dragged into this and shouldn’t be.” The actor has been accusing former Buffy The Vampire Slayer star Seth Green, 44, and his wife Clare of being alleged pedophiles and Paris’ name got caught up in the situation. […]

The 12 health benefits of osmanthus tea, a caffeine-free beverage

(Natural News) Osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans) tea is a caffeine-free beverage. Various studies determined that this fruity and floral scented tea offers many health benefits, such as promoting weight loss and detoxification. Osmanthus is a flowering plant in the family Oleaceae. This plant is sometimes used as an ingredient in skincare products. Here are the 12 health…

Dehydration is linked to physical impairment and cognitive decline: Study

(Natural News) It turns out that dehydration does more than just hamper the physical abilities of people exposed to hot conditions. A new Georgia-based study warns that dehydration can also harm the normal functions of the brain. In the experiment, participants underwent plenty of physical activity in the heat without drinking or eating anything. The dehydrated…

California Monster El Niño Storm to Bring up to 3 Feet of Snow

By Chriss Street | 15 May 2019

AMERICAN THINKER — California is being targeted by a monster El Niño storm that will bring seven days of torrential rain and up to three feet of mountain snow and may cause an Oroville Dam overflow.

A period of strengthening trade winds that seemed set to end this year’s El Niño that brought a record 188 percent of average snowpack to California’s Sierra Mountains reversed in mid-April to surge a bloom of heated water along the Equatorial Pacific and reawaken a late-season El Niño that has a 70% probability of lasting through the summer.

The upper atmosphere jet stream normally blows east to west at about 100 miles per hour across the Pacific Equator bringing rential rains to Polynesia before curving up Asia, curving past Japan to Alaska, and dropping down along the West Coast.  But the jet stream has radically bent down and accelerated to 200 miles an hour to directly target California with the full load of Polynesia’s monsoon rains beginning on Wednesday. […]