Escaping the Matrix: 10 Ways to Deprogram Yourself

BY SOFO ARCHON

Think of the way most people live: they force themselves to wake up in the morning, dress up, drive straight to work, drive back home about 8 hours later, watch TV, and sleep, only to repeat the same routine next day for almost their entire lives.

We consider this kind of living as normal and even healthy, but if you stop and think about it, it’s not healthy at all. Life is so precious and beautiful, and instead of making the most out of it, we choose to waste it just because we have been programmed to do so.

Habits, tradition and belief systems have turned us into mindless automatons who don’t enjoy life and just follow a predetermined path that was handed to us by society. This programming, however, can be broken, if we realize that the way we live is preventing us from squeezing the juice out of life, and gather the courage to transform how we think and act. Then, life can be turned into a beautiful celebration filled with laughter, play, and love.

How to Deprogram Yourself

Below are 10 tips that will help you to deprogram yourself and escape the matrix you’ve been trapped into since the day you were born:

1. Break free from the shackles of organized religion

Dogmatic, organized religion imposes on people what to think and what not to, what is good and what is bad, what is right and what is wrong.

Thus, organized religion prevents people from using their critical thinking, seeking the truth, and reaching to their own conclusions. On the contrary, it teaches them to blindly follow a set of morals and rules. The result? Emotional suppression and suffering.

If you want to reclaim your individuality, honestly express yourself and walk on the path of understanding, be sure to break the chains of organized religion and start your own quest for the truth from scratch.

2. Stop giving your power away to authority

From a very young age, most of us were taught to doubt ourselves and do only what authority commands us to, even if we don’t feel like doing so. Now, as adults, we don’t trust ourselves, and so we choose to let others have power over our lives.

We vote for politicians who do nothing but lie to us in order to satisfy their inner hunger, being under the illusion that by voting we are granted the power to choose our future, when in reality the choices we are presented with are very limited and almost exactly the same. So we allow a small group of people to manipulate us for their own personal gain, foolishly believing that they want to contribute to the betterment of society.

If we truly want to start creating a positive change in the world, we need to stop giving power to a few others and hold them responsible for our lives, and instead start taking responsibility in our own hands so that we can become the creators of our destiny.

3. Question the current economic system

Money, in essence, is created out of debt, thus creating the illusion of scarcity of resources, which compels people to compete in the market, who have to waste most of their life working as wage slaves. This inevitably results in the tremendous suffering and social conflict that prevails all around the world.

In addition, our economic system requires people to consume without end so that money can keep on circulating in the economy, thus urging us to continuously buy things we don’t need and which are going to end up in landfills, poisoning the very environment that we depend on and sustains us.

If you don’t like this kind of living and would like to create a positive change in your life and the world, I’d highly recommend you to research further into the immensely negative consequences of our economy, and educate yourself on alternative, more technically efficient and environmentally sustainable economic systems.

4. Detach yourself from materialism

Being brought up in a consumer culture, we believe that money can buy everything we need and will bring happiness into our lives. So we choose to buy more and more things without end, but we always end up feeling dissatisfied and hungry for more stuff.

The truth is that money can only provide us with substitutes for what we truly need, but not the real deal. What we need is neither possessions nor services, but things such as love, friendship, and creativity. So don’t be concerned about which is the next best thing you can buy, and instead invest your time and efforts in achieving heart-opening and mind-expanding experiences that money can’t buy.

5. Be mindful of what you put into your body

Is what you’re eating contributing to your health or is it poisoning your physical organism? Is what you’re eating environmentally sustainable, or is it negatively impacting the natural world? These are some important questions that all people should ask themselves.

Most people choose to eat foods which are filled with sugar, preservatives, and which are empty of nutrients or contain animal-derived products, unaware that their food choices are detrimental to their health, contribute to the suffering and death of tens of billions of animals, and have a tremendously negative impact on the environment.

From now on, be sure to choose carefully what you choose to put into your mouth, and I assure you that this is one of the best things you can do for yourself and the world.

6. Choose your news sources wisely

Knowledge is power, but we are drowning in an ocean of information.

Corporate media presents us all the time with biased information so as to fool us into believing the lies they tell us just so that they can manipulate us exactly the way they want.

A true seeker of knowledge does not accept anything on belief but seeks out for facts and tries to develop a spherical understanding of the matter he/she is looking into.

If you don’t like being mislead and desire to better understand what’s going on in the world, do your best to collect information from as many sources as possible and use critical thinking in order to reach to your own conclusions about what’s true or not.

7. Read eye-opening, mind-empowering books

There have been plenty of wise individuals who’ve written down their thoughts on life’s problems and how they can be overcome. Many of them criticized the workings of society and offer their insights on how we can help create a more beautiful world in the form of books.

Books, therefore, can be immensely helpful to open our eyes and improve the quality of our life, but the sad truth is that not a lot of people spend much of their time reading books — or they just choose to read for entertainment reasons alone.

To get the most out of reading books, be sure to not just pick any book and read it — read those ones that touch your mind and heart and provide you with new perspectives that help you to better understand yourself and the world.

8. Escape the herd mentality

Just as every person alive, you are a unique individual with unique talents and gifts to offer to the world.

Unfortunately, society has suppressed our individuality since the day we were born. We’ve been programmed to doubt ourselves and conform to what is considered as normal. This, however, prevents us from embracing ourselves and creating our own path in life, which is causing us immense emotional pain.

From today, distance yourself from the herd mentality and start paying attention to your inner voice — doing so will allow you to follow your calling and live the way you truly want to live.

9. Creatively express yourself

A great way to deprogram yourself from the normalcy of modern life is to focus your attention on creativity.

We’re all born creative, but slowly slowly our creativity has been suppressed so much that we’ve almost forgotten that we’re creative beings.

To be creative means to think outside the box and see life from different perspectives. Most importantly, to be creative means to find out new ways of living and realize that you have the power to manifest the kind of life you desire.

10. Develop mindfulness

Lastly, learning how to live in the present moment is the most important way to break free from your conditioning.

By being mindful of the here and now, you’ll be able to respond to whatever happens each and every moment spontaneously, without being a victim of your past.

There are many meditation techniques out there that can help you to become mindful, so find the ones that you like most and stick to them until you see positive results in your life.

“The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.” ~Morpheus, The Matrix

 


If you appreciate what you read here, please consider supporting my work on Patreon. SOFO ARCHON

Source: Escaping the Matrix: 10 Ways to Deprogram Yourself | The Unbounded Spirit

The FBI Has Secretly Gathered Millions of “Faceprints” For Biometric Database For Years

By Derrick Broze

A representative of the FBI was grilled by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform regarding the agency’s growing biometric database. 

Washington D.C. – On Wednesday the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform questioned Kimberly Del Greco, Deputy Assistant Director at the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, about why the bureau broke the law by failing to file a privacy impact statement acknowledging the collection of millions of Americans’ faces for the agency’s new biometric identification system. The FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) system is made up of fingerprints, iris scans, faceprints, and other facial recognition data. The NGI organizes Americans’ biometric data into a single file that includes personal and biographic data like name, home address, ID number, immigration status, age, race, etc.

The Committee reports that nearly half of all adult Americans’ photographs are in the database. The 2013 U.S. Census Bureau estimated that there are over 242 million adults living in the U.S. If the Committee’s numbers are correct, over 121 million adults are in the FBI’s database. Other revelations include that 18 states have a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the FBI to share photos with the federal government, including from state departments of motor vehicles (DMV). According to the Electronic Privacy Information Center:

With NGI, the FBI will expand the number of uploaded photographs and provide investigators with ‘automated facial recognition search capability.’ The FBI intends to do this by eliminating restrictions on the number of submitted photographs (including photographs that are not accompanied by tenprint fingerprints) and allowing the submission of non-facial photographs (e.g. scars or tattoos).The FBI also widely disseminates this NGI data. According to the FBI’s latest NGI fact sheet, 24,510 local, state, tribal, federal and international partners submitted queries to NGI in September 2016.

Committee Chairman Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R- Utah) scolded Ms. Del Greco for the FBI’s failures. “The failure here is years after you were supposed to make it public,” Chaffetz stated. “You were using it in real world circumstances, you were actually using it and didn’t issue the statement.” Chaffetz also asked Del Greco whether the FBI had plans to gather faceprints via social media. “Are you collecting that information that is available on social media?,” the chairman demanded. “We do not have any other photos in our repository.”

Alvaro Bedoya, Executive Director, Center on Privacy and Technology Georgetown Law, questioned the FBI’s claim, stating that the bureau has access to driver’s license photos. “We have access to that data but we do not use it,” Del Greco answered. Jennifer Lynch, Senior Staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation also stated that the FBI has access to “civil photos” in the NGI database.

Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-MI) also questioned Del Greco regarding the FBI’s activities. “I think the issue goes beyond the First Amendment concerns that were expressed. . .and is broader,” Mitchell stated during the panel. “I don’t want to just protect someone if they’re in a political protest from being identified, the reality is we should protect everybody unless there is a valid documented criminal justice action. Why should my photo. . .be subject because I get a driver’s license, to access?” Rep. John Duncan (R-TN) expressed similar fear regarding the possibility that the expectation of privacy is quickly fading. Duncan worried that Americans looking at the information, “would wonder if were ending up in a federal police state that’s gotten totally out of control, and has far too much power.”

Duncan is not far off. The databases include photos those of people who aren’t suspected of any criminal activity that come from driver’s license and passport and visa photos. Other issues with the FBI database include misidentifying females and blacks at a higher rate. The FBI is currently facing a lawsuit from EPIC regarding the database. EPIC is asking a judge to force the FBI to release records about its plan to share the biometric data with the U.S. Department of Defense. EPIC filed a Freedom of Information Act request in 2015, but the FBI has so far refused to release the 35 pages of responsive records.

EPIC and privacy advocates are concerned about the potential for cases of mistaken identity and abuse of the collected data. EPIC also argues “the FBI stated that ‘[i]ncreased collection and retention of personally identifiable information presents a correspondingly increased risk that the FBI will then be maintaining more information that might potentially be subject to loss or unauthorized use.”

In 2014, the EFF received documents from the FBI related to the NGI system. At the time the FBI estimated the facial recognition component of NGI would include as many as 52 million face images by 2015. The Committee’s hearing on Wednesday indicated that number was more than double as of 2017.  The danger of abuse from facial recognition programs is on the rise. Activist Post recently highlighted a new report from Georgetown Law University’s Center for Privacy and Technology that details how law enforcement is using facial recognition software without the knowledge or consent of the people. The report, “The Perpetual Line-Up: Unregulated Police Face Recognition in America,” examines several cases of misuse or abuse of facial recognition technology.

How can we protect our privacy in a world that is quickly becoming a digitally interconnected panopticon of audio recording devices, faceprint collection machines, and cameras from every direction? The answer is not simple. Most of us live our lives with these devices and use them for several hours each day. When we are staring into our phones to send text messages, the camera is potentially stealing our faceprint and sending it to your cell phone provider and/or law enforcement. We are giving away our privacy for convenience, luxury, and entertainment. How can we stop the fast march to a total surveillance state? Perhaps abandoning all technology and living off the land. Short of that, we need to take measures to encrypt our communication and practice a culture of security.

 

How to Anonymize Everything You Do Online

 

 

Derrick Broze is an investigative journalist and liberty activist. He is the Lead Investigative Reporter for ActivistPost.com and the founder of the TheConsciousResistance.com. Follow him on Twitter. Derrick is the author of three books: The Conscious Resistance: Reflections on Anarchy and Spirituality and Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion, Vol. 1 and Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion, Vol. 2

Derrick is available for interviews. Please contact Derrick@activistpost.com

This article may be freely reposted in part or in full with author attribution and source link.

Image Credit: TheFreeThoughtProject.com

Source: The FBI Has Secretly Gathered Millions of “Faceprints” For Biometric Database For Years

The Establishment Has Already Acknowledged a Lost Race of Giants – Part 2

The two pre-eminent Adena scholars of the twentieth century were William S Webb (assisted by Charles Snow of the University of Kentucky) and Don Dragoo, of the Carnegie Museum. When Webb excavated the Dover Mound in Mason Co, Kentucky, he encountered a group burial of 4 skeletons, one of which represented the Unique Physical Type:

“The remains of burial 40 is one of the largest known to Adena; the skull-foot field measurement is 84 inches (7 feet).” (The Dover Mound, William S Webb and Charles Snow 1959)

The Burial Census Table mentions that this skeleton had a “very thick” skull and represented the “tallest Adena male” from the mound.  For other burials in the Dover Mound the Table includes such details as “prominent bilateral chin”, “rugged head and face, wide bilateral chin” and “High Vaulted, large-faced”. (Webb and Snow, 1959)

The Dover Mound also yielded skeletons with dental abnormalities. Burial 54 included “a supernumerary tooth with twin cusps, lying diagonally in the left maxilla”, as well as “shovel shaped later incisors.” (Webb and Snow, 1959)

Recently recorded instances of Adena supernumerary teeth occur at McMurrey Mound 1 and Sidner Mound 1 in Ohio. (Mortuary Variability in the Middle Big Darby Drainage of Central Ohio Between 300 BC and 300 AD Volume 1, Bruce Aument). One particularly monstrous deformation analyzed and photographed in the Ohio Archaeologist may be an extreme case of the type of dental anomalies found in the Dover Mound. (Ohio Archaeologist, 10(4), Oct 1960.)

Webb and Snow also noted the large crania of the Adena, which they partly attributed to head-boarding:

“Not only do the Dover people show the results of head shaping (deformation), but they exceed the total Kentucky series in the great width and height of the skull vault!…it is to be noted that the head shaping…has been extreme in these skulls…These people as a group…have the highest skull vaults reported anywhere in the world.” (Webb and Snow, 1959)

The Establishment Has Already Acknowledged a Lost Race of Giants - Part 2

Artist’s reconstruction of the high skull vaults reported in descriptions of North American giants. Image courtesy of Marcia K. Moore, Ciamar Studio.

Another feature of the UPTs documented by Webb and Snow is the massive lower jaw:

“One of the outstanding and un-Indian traits present among the Adena people is their prominent and often bilateral chins…One of the skulls from the Dover Mound, Burial 25…represents a bilateral chin with a width of 52 mm.” (Webb and Snow, 1959)

“One of the particular features present in at least one-half of the observed examples is the great width of the bony chin, formed by bilateral eminences rarely found among the skulls of the much earlier Shell Heap People or among the later Hopewell People.” (The Adena People, No 2, by Webb and Baby).

Besides the large skeletal type, Snow noted the discovery of the “Dwarf” type mentioned in early literature in his observations of the famous Adena pipe from Ross County, Ohio:

“Further evidence of abnormal Adena individuals is portrayed in a remarkable piece of sculpture in the round-the Adena Pipe figurine…The figure depicted is typical of this form of dwarfism.” (The Adena People, No 2, by Webb and Baby.)

The Establishment Has Already Acknowledged a Lost Race of Giants - Part 2

The Adena Pipe. His head and torso are large in comparison to his legs, suggesting to some that he represents a dwarf. (Photo courtesy of the Ohio Historical Society)

The text references the excavation of one of these individuals at Waverly, Ohio. The following description of this burial is from Gerald Fowke:

“…a skeleton of peculiar form. It was not over five feet long, but the bones were very thick and the processes for attachment of muscles were extraordinary in their development. The skull was nearly half an inch thick and of unusual size, mostly back of the ears, though the forehead was full and high. The teeth were large, hard, and but little worn”. (The Archaeological History of Ohio, by Gerald Fowke, page 372.)

In 1958, Don Dragoo encountered the large Adena type while excavating the Cresap Mound in West Virginia on behalf of the Carnegie Museum.  In a subfloor tomb he unearthed Burial 54:

“This individual was of large proportions. When measured in the tomb his length was approximately 7.04 feet. All the long bones were heavy and possessed marked eminences for the attachment of muscles.” (Mounds for the Dead, by Don Dragoo, 1963).

The Establishment Has Already Acknowledged a Lost Race of Giants - Part 2

A burial mound of the Adena Culture. Grave Creek Mound in Moundsville, West Virginia (Wikimedia Commons)

This discovery, as well as a review of Webb’s earlier work at the Dover Mound, influenced Dragoo’s remarkable observations on Adena anthropology:

“Two outstanding traits have been noted repeatedly for this group. One is the protruding and massive chin often with prominent bilateral protrusions. The second trait is the large size of many of the males and some of the females. A male of six feet was common and some individuals approaching seven feet in height have been found, for example, Burial 40 in the Dover Mound and Burial 54 in the Cresap Mound. Some of the females in the Dover Mound also were more than six feet in height. Not only were these Adena people tall but also the massiveness of the bones indicates powerfully built individuals. The head was generally big with a large cranial capacity”. (Mounds for the Dead, by Don Dragoo, 1963).

To Webb, Snow, and Dragoo, the evidence clearly pointed towards the existence of a group of genetically related elites within the Adena sphere who shared the UPT traits. The true number of these individuals had been obfuscated by the common practice of cremation:

“If, as the evidence seems to indicate, the burials in the tombs were those of a selected group such factors would have undoubtedly been of importance not only in the development of the prominent chin but also in the large stature. If only certain inbreeding individuals of the total population were members of the ‘selected group’, genetic factors would also have played an important part in the establishment of the unique Adena physical type…How wide-spread throughout the entire Adena population were the unique traits of the tomb burials is unknown but Snow’s study of the cremated remains from the Dover Mound indicated that at least some of the individuals among these cremated remains also possessed the unique traits of the flesh burials in the tombs. Because of the common practice of cremating most of the dead, we will probably never be able to determine the full extent of these special traits in the general population.” (Mounds for the Dead, by Don Dragoo, 1963).

The emerging picture is of an elite race within Late Archaic/Early Woodland societies who were often buried in the mounds, and who represented a type of “royalty”. Among these interrelated groups were UPTs. This elitism is further evidenced by the presence of extensive child and infant burials in the tombs, often accompanied by the same exotic goods as the adults including shell beads and copper rings.  Also, dental and bone anomalies have been used to establish a genetic connection between individuals at mound sites.

Gigantic discoveries are often challenged with the generic statement that average Adena were between 5’6’’ and 5’11’’ feet tall, but this argument is a conjecture of half-truth disguised as science. We are not concerned with the “average” stature of the Adena populace, but rather the irregular characteristics (and often abnormally tall stature) of their elite.

The Establishment Has Already Acknowledged a Lost Race of Giants - Part 2

Skeletons of a male giant and a female dwarf, displayed at the Royal College of Surgeons. (Wikimedia Commons)

Besides the professional literature, so-called “amateur” archaeologists have also chronicled conclusive evidence of Unique Physical Types with a great consistency to the discoveries of Dragoo and Webb. In 1908, Louis Welles Murray recorded that at Tioga Point in Pennsylvania, remains of “a skeleton of a man six or more feet in height” beneath a cist-like grave were found. The grave itself was encased and moved to the local museum where the bones were studied by hundreds of people. Other skeletons from this same area “were of unusual size; one, judged from the length of thigh bone, to be seven feet.” (A History of Old Tioga Point and Early Athens, Pennsylvania, by Louis Welles Murray.)

In addition to these, Murray documents the examination of a large skeleton by a Professor Holbrooke:

“Judging by the thigh bone he must have been seven feet tall. The skull was much larger than usual, very thick, the forehead unusually receding, the top flattened. The jaws were extremely strong, full of large, perfect teeth.” (A History of Old Tioga Point and Early Athens, Pennsylvania, by Louis Welles Murray.)

Following the discovery of burials in her own flower garden, Murray embarked on an archaeological odyssey of her own. In 1921, she published an article for the American Anthropologist, noting that the femur, jaw, and teeth of one of the seven-foot skeletons was then still in the Tioga Point Museum. Also included are references to many skeletons between 6 and 7 feet tall, with photographs of artifacts, pottery, and the in situ burial of one of the “above 6ft” burials. The article also features a photograph of the “Paul Scott Collection”, described as “a multiplicity of small artifacts, suggesting a race of pygmies” which included a “miniature amulet and sinker stones.” (Aboriginal Sites In And Near “Teaoga”, in American Anthropologist 23(2) 1921).

Regardless of the disparagement of amateurs, historians, and antiquarians, the credentials of Webb, Snow, and Dragoo have never been brought into question. With so many researchers scrambling today to discover irrefutable evidence of gigantic or otherwise anomalous beings to prove their existence, the authors question why they do not simply present the works of William S Webb and Don Dragoo to anthropologists, and more importantly, their audiences.

While the concept of a mysterious and undiscovered race may create an air of sensationalism healthy for selling books and DVDs, we feel that it is of far more relevance to demonstrate that the Unique Physical Types were discovered by professionals all the way up through the 20th century, even after the institutionalized policy of denial, and yet the establishment continues to deny their own documented evidence and the truth.

Featured image: Illustration from “Mundus subterraneus” – suggesting that fossil bones were from giants (Wikimedia Commons).

Source www.ancient-origins.net

Source: The Establishment Has Already Acknowledged a Lost Race of Giants – Part 2 – Alien UFO Sightings

The Establishment Has Already Acknowledged A Lost Race of Giants – Part 1

 

One of the most controversial subjects regarding the ancient prehistoric cultures of North America concerns what we refer to as the Unique Physical Types (UPT). For the purposes of what follows, these UPT are often gigantic humanoid skeletons with hyper elongated or high-vaulted crania, occasional extra or pathological detentions (including several reports of double or triple rows of teeth), and are usually discovered in the burial mounds and associated graveyards of the Adena-Hopewell, Archaic Cultures, and Southeastern Ceremonial Complex.

It is common today for alternative history researchers to tell the story of how these beings were discovered en masse throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. Historians, antiquarians, and archaeologists recorded the discovery of the Unique Physical Types all over the United States, with a large concentration found in the mounds and earthworks of the Ohio River Valley and along the Mississippi River.  These accounts can be found in any number of county, township, and state histories, as well as anthropological literature from both inside and outside of the Smithsonian Institution. Here are several examples:

Kentucky: “From a mound on the farm of Edin Burrowes, near Franklin, were exhumed, in May, 1841, at a depth of over 12 feet, several human skeletons. One, of extraordinary dimensions, was found between what appeared to have been two logs, covered with a wooden slab. Many of the bones were entire. The under jaw-bone was large enough to fit over the jaw, flesh and all, of any common man of the present day. The thigh-bones were full six inches longer than those of any man in Simpson County. Teeth, arms, ribs, and all, gave evidence of a giant of a former race”. (History of Kentucky, Lewis Collins)

Jo Daviess County, Illinois: “The mounds on the bluff have nearly all been opened within the last two or three years…In all that have been opened the excavators have found in the center a pit that was evidently dug about two and a half feet below the original surface of the ground…The bones in this pit indicate a race of gigantic stature, buried in a sitting posture around the sides of the pit, with legs extending toward the center”. (The History of Joe Daviess County)

“Near the original surface, 10 or 12 feet from the center (of the mound), on the lower side, lying at full length upon its back, was one of the largest skeletons discovered by the Bureau agents, the length as proved by actual measurement being between 7 and 8 feet. It was all clearly traceable…” (12th Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology)

Kanawha Valley, West Virginia: “No 11 is now 35 by 40 feet at the base and 4 feet high. In the center, 3 feet below the surface, was a vault 8 feet long and 3 feet wide. In the bottom of this, among the decayed fragments of bark wrappings, lay a skeleton fully 7 feet long, extended at full length on the back, head west…. Nineteen feet from the top…in the remains of a bark coffin, a skeleton, measuring 7.5 feet in length and 19 inches across the shoulders, was discovered”.  (12th Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology)

“Within the village of Brownstown, ten miles above Charleston and just below the mouth of Lens creek, is another such ancient burying ground…At Brownstown, not long since, two skeletons were found together, one a huge frame about seven feet in length and the other about four feet, a dwarf and deformed”. (History of the Great Kanawha Valley)

The Establishment Has Already Acknowledged A Lost Race of Giants - Part 1

Florida: “Pursuing my investigations, and excavating further toward the south east face of the mound, I came upon the largest stone ax I have ever seen or that had ever been found in this section of the country. Close to it was the largest and most perfect cranium of the mound…Near by the side of this skull were the right femoris, the tibia, the humerus, and part of the radius, with a portion of the pelvis directly under the skull…Anticipating a perfect specimen in this skull, I was doomed to disappointment, for, after taking it out of the earth and setting it up, so that I could view the fleshless face of this gigantic savage, in the space of two hours it crumbled to pieces, except small portions. According to measurement of the bones of this skeleton, its height must have been quite 7 feet”. (Annual Report of the Boards of Regents of the Smithsonian)

The Establishment Has Already Acknowledged A Lost Race of Giants - Part 1

Digital sketch, ancient Florida giant. Image courtesy of Marcia K. Moore, Ciamar Studio.

Louisiana: “In the same line of abnormality was the finding of one skull in which the detention reached the unusual number of forty teeth, the increase consisting of eight additional incisors…The formation of the skull found in the Larto mound, as compared with those of other localities, is highly anomalous…The anomaly in these cases cannot be ascribed to artificial disfiguration, for, were it such, the otherwise symmetrical development of the other parts would be impossible…their remarkable conformation could not possibly have been the result of bandages or other external appliances, but was undoubtedly congenital”. (Publication of the Louisiana Historical Society)

Etowah Mound Group: “Grave A, a stone sepulcher, 2.5 feet wide, 8 feet long, and 2 feet deep, was formed by placing steatite slabs on edge at the sides and ends, and others across the top. The bottom consisted simply of earth hardened by fire. It contained the remains of a single skeleton, lying on its back, with the head east. The frame was heavy and 7 feet long”. (12th Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology)

These examples represent the various anomalous features of the Unique Physical Types, which were encountered in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Spatially and culturally, they illustrate the extensive temporal and geographical range of these types. The Kanawha Valley Mound Builders left their remains in an area where some of the oldest Fayette Thick Adena Pottery and diverse types of mound construction have been found. It has recently been suggested that sites in West Virginia may push the “acceptable” beginning of the Early Woodland Period back to 1400-1300 BC.

The samples from Illinois come from a region where Archaic era mounds have been found, often with Hopewell Mounds built over and into them hundreds or thousands of years later, as in the case of Elizabeth Mound 1 and Peter Klunk Mound 7. The Etowah Mound (Mound C) is ascribed to the Mississippian Cult, dated to 950-1450 AD.

The Establishment Has Already Acknowledged A Lost Race of Giants - Part 1

Ancient mounds and monuments of the Mississippi Valley. Originally published in William Cullen Bryant and Sydney Howard Gay, A Popular History of the United States, Vol I (1888), p. 24. (Wikimedia Commons)

After the Government and Philanthropies took over American Archaeology in the 1900s, the establishment undertook the policy of flatly denying the existence of anomalous remains. The actual beginning point for the revisionist tendency in the National Museum was very early. By 1851, E G Squier was working to debunk theories of pre-Columbian contact, and several decades later, Gerald Fowke would attempt to discredit and jettison the work of virtually every researcher in the field up to his day, including the skeletal measurements of his fellow agents in the Bureau of Ethnology. However, the denial of the Unique Types truly got underway during the reign of Ales Hrdlicka as the Curator of Anthropology at the Smithsonian (circa 1903)

The Establishment Has Already Acknowledged A Lost Race of Giants - Part 1
“Ales hrdlicka” by Unknown – Archive Museum of Aleš Hrdlička in Humpolec. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Hrdlicka seems to have made a hobby of constantly disparaging the notion that anomalous skeletons were ever found. This was done in scholarly works as well as public venues:

And the ‘giant’ and ‘eight-foot’ skeleton is to this day the almost stereotyped feature of many an amateur report of a find of skeletal remains in Florida as well as other parts of the country. All these reports…it may be said once and for all, are exaggerations.

Dr Hrdlicka blames the ‘will to believe’ of amateur anthropologists for many reports of ‘discoveries’ which find their way to his office with monotonous frequency…the purported ‘finds’ describe a race of ancient giants between 7 and 8 feet tall with bones and jaws considerably larger than those living today…Next to human ‘giants’ Dr. Hrdlicka reports, fancy finds its sway with human ‘dwarfs’.

Interestingly, Hrdlicka’s name appears in several reports of discoveries of gigantic skeletons during his tenure at the American Museum:

The skeletons of these Hitherto Unknown American Aborigines Showed They All Ranged in Height from Six and One-Half to Seven Feet…Excavating in the sand dunes of the sun-sprayed Golden Isles, Georgia, archaeologists have gouged out the strange record of an amazing prehistoric race of giants…What manner of men were these, the members of whose tribe all averaged six and one-half and seven feet tall?…Some of the first skulls to be disinterred by Preston Holder have already been examined at the Smithsonian Institute by Dr Ales Hrdlicka, foremost authority on North American Types.

Currently there are a slew of books, DVDs and even at least one TV show documenting the exploits of modern hunters who are “on the trail” of the anomalous dead, who insist that if at least one of these skeletons could be found and presented to the “experts” it would somehow alter the professed paradigm of the establishment itself. However, as we will demonstrate in part 2, the “experts” have already rediscovered, photographed, and measured these types of remains.

Featured image: 3d Digital Sculpture of Giant with hair, copper breastplate, and gorget. Image courtesy of Marcia K. Moore, Ciamar Studio. For more reconstructions of giants, visit Marcia K. Moore’s website.

READ PART TWO

Source www.ancient-origins.net

Source: The Establishment Has Already Acknowledged A Lost Race of Giants – Part 1 – Alien UFO Sightings

Planet or Profit?

Planet or Profit

As the global impacts of anthropomorphic climate disruption continue to intensify, corporations and the global elite continue to plunder our planet, subjecting areas of the planet that already face fresh-water scarcity issues and other environmental contamination problems to still greater risks from various forms of pollution.

Climate Disruption DispatchesIt is not clear whether we have already passed a tipping point such that human survival beyond the next few decades cannot be assured, but what is overwhelmingly clear is that capitalism – and the drive for profits no matter what the threat to the ecosystem all humanity depends upon – is a force for global destruction.

In this space, we’ll gather the work of Truthout writers and contributors as they investigate the overall systemic threats to the ecosystem, how they are imbricated in the organization of our society, possible forms of mitigation, and how specific environments and communities suffer from transglobal corporate profit-seeking.

As Trump’s Denialists Get to Work, the Climate Is Changing 170 Times Faster
Monday, March 27, 2017
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Release of Arctic Methane ”May Be Apocalyptic,” Study Warns
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Trump Cuts Regulations as Oceanic Dead Zones Release Massive Amounts of Methane
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Atlantic Ocean Current Could Collapse Within 300 Years
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | News Analysis

Alarming New Coral Bleaching Event Has Begun at the Great Barrier Reef
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Atlantic Ocean Current Could Collapse Within 300 Years
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | News Analysis

2016 Was the Year of Shrinking Ice
Thursday, January 12, 2017
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

“Unprecedented” Polar Melting Unfolds as Climate Disruption Denial Goes Wild
Monday, January 09, 2017
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

We Have Released a Monster: Previously Frozen Soil Is “Breathing Out” Greenhouse Gases
Wednesday, 28 December 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Latest Climate Report: “The Arctic Is Unravelling”
Friday, 16 December 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | News Analysis

As North Pole Melts in November, Wildfires Rage Across US Well Into Winter
Monday, 12 December 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Bolivia Is in a Drought State of Emergency
Friday, 2 December 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Without Major Interventions, the Orca’s Days Are Numbered
Wednesday, 30 November 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Trump’s Climate Plan: Add Fuel to the Fire
Wednesday, 23 November 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

This Year Will Be the Warmest in 136 Years of Record-Keeping
Thursday, 17 November 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

For the First Time in Human Existence, CO2 Rates Break Records Two Years in a Row
Wednesday, 16 November 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

US Military Plans to Dump 20,000 Tons of Heavy Metals and Explosives Into the Oceans
Tuesday, 15 November 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Climate Disruption’s Legacy: Megadroughts, Extinctions, Obituaries for Reefs
Sunday, 06 November 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

The Navy’s Use of Depleted Uranium in Our Coastal Waters Threatens Humans, Wildlife
Monday, 31 October 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

“We’ve Never Seen the Government Stand Up to the Fossil Fuel Industry”: Tim DeChristopher on Our Climate Future
Monday, 24 October 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Interview

Navy Admits to Having Released Chemicals Known to Injure Infants’ Brains
Monday, 17 October 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Record Heating of Earth’s Oceans Is Driving Uptick in Hurricanes
Thursday, 06 October 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Scientists Sound Alarm on Climate but US Still Toys With Skepticism
Monday, 03 October 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | News Analysis

The Super-Rich Are Cruising the Arctic’s New Passageway as the World Burns
Friday, 30 September 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | New Analysis

Our Changing World: Readers Share Their Climate Stories
Monday, 26 September 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

EPA Plans to Allow Unlimited Dumping of Fracking Wastewater in the Gulf of Mexico
Thursday, 22 September 2016
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | News Analysis

Arctic Expert on Sea Ice: We Could “Reach Zero” Within Two Years
Wednesday, 21 September 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Interview

Scientific Study Warns of “Catastrophic Declines” in Earth’s Wilderness
Tuesday, 13 September 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | News Analysis

Toxic Slime Spreads Across World’s Oceans as Climate Disruption Continues Apace
Monday, 12 September 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | News Analysis

The Front Lines of Climate Disruption: Alaskans Witness Collapsing Mountains, Shattered Lives
Monday, 01 August 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | News Analysis

Biblical Flooding, Crocodiles in the Arctic and Warning Signs on North America’s Highest Mountain
Monday, 11 July 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Obama Administration Approved Gulf Fracking During Deepwater Horizon Disaster
Friday, 24 June 2016
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

Mangroves in Crisis: Why One Man Works to Save the Plants That Fight Climate Disruption
Tuesday, 31 May 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Greenwashing or Progress? Exxon Shareholders Issue Calls for Climate Accountability
Friday, 27 May 2016
By Candice Bernd, Truthout | Report

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Concentration Has Passed the Point of No Return
Monday, 23 May 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

In Wake of Shell’s Gulf Oil Spill, Protesters Demand a Ban on Offshore Drilling
Tuesday, 17 May 2016
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

Navy Allowed to Kill or Injure Nearly 12 Million Whales, Dolphins, Other Marine Mammals in Pacific
Monday, 16 May 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

In Alabama, a Landfill Operator Sues Its Black Critics Amid Civil Rights Complaints
Thursday, 12 May 2016
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

Arctic Sea Ice Could Disappear This Summer
Wednesday, 11 May 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

As Climate Disruption Advances, UN Warns: “The Future Is Happening Now”
Monday, 02 May 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Temperatures in 2016 Approach Limit Set at Paris Climate Conference
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Six Years After the BP Spill, Feds Plan to Lease More of the Gulf for Offshore Drilling
Wednesday, 20 April 2016
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

Six Years Later, Worried Gulf Residents to Hold Online Town Hall on BP Spill Health Impacts
Tuesday, 19 April 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Global Fisheries Are Collapsing — What Happens When There Are No Fish Left?
Monday, 11 April 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Agriculture on the Brink
Monday, 04 April 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Amid Price Plunge, North American Oil and Gas Workers Seek Transition to Renewable Sector
Sunday, 03 April 2016
By Candice Bernd, Truthout | Report

Is the US Ready to End Offshore Drilling?
Friday, 01 April 2016
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

Climate Disruption Brings Record Wildfire to Kansas — and It’s Only Spring
Wednesday, 30 March 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Climate Disruption in Overdrive: Submerged Cities and Melting That “Feeds on Itself”
Monday, 28 March 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Protesters Crash Gulf of Mexico Offshore Drilling Lease Auction
Thursday, 24 March 2016
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

Not a Fish Tale: Humans Are Ingesting Plastic Thanks to Ocean Pollution
Monday, 21 March 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Opponents of GMO Labeling Broke Washington’s Campaign Finance Law
Wednesday, 16 March 2016
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

Antarctica on the Brink: NASA Emeritus Scientist Warns of Dramatic Loss of Glaciers
Monday, 14 March 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Interview

Filmmaker Josh Fox to Hillary Clinton: Be Real About Fracking and Climate Change
Wednesday, 09 March 2016
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Interview

UN Warns of Decline of Food Production Amidst Bee Die-Off
Wednesday, 02 March 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Climate Disruption’s New Record: Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach Highest Point in 15 Million Years
Monday, 29 February 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Regulators Butt Heads With Activists Over Assessment of Offshore Fracking Hazards
Wednesday, 24 February 2016
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

As Fossil Fuel Industry Staggers, a Massive Gas Pipeline Project Endures in Texas
Monday, 15 February 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Following Truthout Investigation, Settlements Halt Fracking Off the Coast of California
Wednesday, 02 February 2016
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

Freak Storms and Butterfly Die-Offs: This Is Your Climate on Fossil Fuels
Monday, 01 February 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Opponents of GMO Labeling Could Face Tough Penalties in Dark Money Case
Wednesday, 27 January 2016
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

Radioactive Water From Fukushima Is Leaking Into the Pacific
Wednesday, 27 January 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Environmental Justice: What the Candidates Missed in Flint – and the Rest of the Country
Wednesday, 26 January 2016
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

Why Is the US Military Still Burning Its Explosive Waste in the Open Air?
Wednesday, 20 January 2016
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

EPA Confirms Activists’ Longtime Claims: Neonicotinoid Pesticide Threatens Honeybees
Wednesday, 06 January 2016
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

The Melting Arctic’s Dramatic Impact on Global Weather Patterns
Monday, 04 January 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Climate Disruption Amplifies Atlantic Currents’ Contribution to Sea Level Rise
Saturday, 02 January 2016
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

GOP Candidates Receive Failing Grades on Climate as 2015 Smashes Global Temperature Records
Monday, 21 December 2015
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

How Do the Democratic Presidential Front-Runners Stack Up on Climate Change?
Monday, 14 December 2015
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | News Analysis

Twelve Days That Cooked the World: Combating the Climate Counterrevolution in Paris
Friday, 11 December 2015
By Candice Bernd, Truthout | News Analysis

Does the US Government Actually Regulate Pipelines?
Monday, 07 December 2015
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

From Rising Seas to Walruses, the Arctic’s Endangerment Affects Us All
Monday, 30 November 2015
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

COP21: Too Little, Too Late? Temperature, CO2 Thresholds Breached as Climate Disruption Intensifies
Monday, 23 November 2015
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

After White House Rejects Keystone XL, Battle Against Larger Texas Pipeline Intensifies
Monday, 09 November 2015
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

More Denial, More Problems: UN Predicts Millions of Climate Refugees to Come
Monday, 02 November 2015
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Texas Activists Form Statewide Coalition to Confront Fracking Despite Pushback From State, Industry
Tuesday, 27 October 2015
By Candice Bernd, Truthout | Report

Relentless Wildfires, Water Scarcity and Marine Die-Offs: Living With Climate Disruption
Monday, 21 September 2015
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

The World on Fire: Record-Breaking Wildfires, Greenland Melting and Earth’s Hottest Month Ever
Monday, 31 August 2015
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Environmentalists Sue EPA Over Dead Zone in Gulf of Mexico
Friday, 14 August 2015
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Watchdog Group Sues US for Access to Shell Oil’s Safety Plan for Arctic Drilling
Friday, 07 August 2015
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

The New Climate “Normal”: Abrupt Sea Level Rise and Predictions of Civilization Collapse
Monday, 03 August 2015
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Lobbying and Campaign Cash Fuel GOP Attacks on Endangered Species
Monday, 31 July 2015
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

Mourning the Changes That Surround Us: Readers Speak Out on Climate
Monday, 20 July 2015
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Federal Agencies Ignore Environmental Health Risks for Millions of Prisoners
Monday, 15 July 2015
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

Mass Extinction: It’s the End of the World as We Know It
Monday, 6 July 2015
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Op-Ed

Supreme Court Tosses EPA Rules That Would Prevent Thousands of Asthma Cases
Monday, 30 June 2015
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

Supreme Court Ties EPA’s Hands, Forbidding Emissions Rules
Monday, 29 June 2015
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Op-Ed

Sixth Great Mass Extinction Event Begins; 2015 on Pace to Become Hottest Year on Record
Monday, 29 June 2015
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Oil Trains Don’t Have to Derail or Explode to Be Hazardous, Doctors Warn
Tuesday, 09 June 2015
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

US Interior Department Compelled to Reveal Extent of Fracking in Gulf of Mexico
Monday, 03 June 2015
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

Exhausting Legal Options, Residents of Texas Town Take Direct Action to Enforce Fracking Ban
Wednesday, 03 June 2015
By Candice Bernd, Truthout | Report

“Imminent” Collapse of the Antarctic Ice Shelf and a “New Era” in the Arctic
Monday, 01 June 2015
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

In the Belly of the Chemical Beast: Hawaiian Activists Confront Syngenta on Its Home Turf
Monday, 13 May 2015
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

Republicans Aim to Preempt Local Democracy, Target Fracking Bans
Friday, 08 May 2015
By Candice Bernd, Truthout | Report

Experts Warn of “Cataclysmic” Changes as Planetary Temperatures Rise
Monday, 27 April 2015
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Gulf Fishermen Still Struggling Five Years After the BP Spill
Monday, 20 April 2015
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

Gulf Victims Suing BP Disaster’s Compensation Czar
Monday, 20 April 2015
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Rounding Us Up, and Exposing Us All to Cancer
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
By Brian Moench, Truthout | News Analysis

Oceans in Crisis: One Woman Will Cross the Pacific to Raise Awareness
Monday, 30 March 2015
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Since the City of Denton Banned Fracking, Texas GOP Moves to Preempt Local Control
Sunday, 08 March 2015
By Candice Bernd, Truthout | Report

Greenland Reels: Climate Disrupting Feedbacks Have Begun
Thursday, 05 March 2015
By Bruce Melton, Truthout | Report

The “Mega-Drought Future,” the Disappearance of Coral Reefs and the Unwillingness to Listen
Monday, 02 March 2015
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Should We Experiment With Climate Geoengineering?
Monday, 23 February 2015
By Rachel Smolker and Almuth Ernsting, Truthout | News Analysis

Can Bolivia Chart a Sustainable Path Away From Capitalism?
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
By Chris Williams and Marcela Olivera, Truthout | News Analysis

Addressing Population Growth – Through Freedom, Not Control – Is Crucial to Confronting Climate Disruption
Sunday, 22 February 2015
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Hottest Year Ever
Wednesday, 11 February 2015
By Bruce Melton, Truthout | News Analysis

Species Extinctions, Human Chronic Disease on the Rise, as Climate Disruption Mounts
Monday, 02 February 2015
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

An Explosive Crisis: Government Bickering Clouds Cleanup Effort at Camp Minden
Friday, 30 January 2015
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

Mourning Our Planet: Climate Scientists Share Their Grieving Process
Sunday, 25 January 2015
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | News Analysis

Is Reinvestment a Good Strategy for the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement?
Friday, 23 January 2015
By Carlos Davidson and Cynthia Kaufman, Truthout | Op-Ed

Sundarbans Oil Spill: An Urgent Wake-Up Call for the Bangladeshi Government
Friday, 23 January 2015
By Iara Lee, Truthout | Op-Ed

Scientists and Doctors Sound Alarm Over Health Dangers of Oil Spill Dispersants
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

An Explosive Crisis: EPA Pushes for Massive Munitions Burn at Louisiana’s Camp Minden
Friday, 16 January 2015
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

The Methane Monster Roars
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | News Analysis

As Climate Disruption Advances, 26 Percent of Mammals Face Extinction
Tuesday, 06 January 2015
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

GMO Contamination Denial: Controlling Science
Tuesday, 09 December 2014
By Don Fitz, Truthout | News Analysis

Environmental Groups File Legal Challenges to Offshore Fracking in California
Monday, 08 December 2014
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

Extinction Rate Rivals That of Dinosaurs, 2014 Likely Hottest Year Ever
Monday, 08 December 2014
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Palm Oil and Extreme Violence in Honduras: The Inexorable Rise and Dubious Reform of Grupo Dinant
Monday, 08 December 2014
By Jeff Conant, Truthout | News Analysis

Sick, Poisoned and Hungry: The Bees of New York State
Monday, 08 December 2014
By Jake Blumgart, Truthout | Report

ALEC Opposes Efforts to Combat Climate Change at All Costs
Friday, 05 December 2014
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | News Analysis

Lawsuit Challenges Radioactive Fracking Waste Facilities in Ohio
Monday, 01 December 2014
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

Are Humans Going Extinct?
Monday, 01 December 2014
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Interview

Climate Disruption Depression and 2013 Emissions Set New Records
Monday, 17 November 2014
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Navy Plans Electromagnetic War Games Over National Park and Forest in Washington State
Monday, 10 November 2014
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

On Climate Disruption, Washington Governor Inslee Vows “Disruptive Change”
Monday, 27 October 2014
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Why There’s a Real Chance My Texas Town Might Ban Fracking
Friday, 24 October 2014
By Candice Bernd, Truthout | News Analysis

As Casualties Mount, Scientists Say Global Warming Has Been “Hugely Underestimated”
Monday, 20 October 2014
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

UN Report: Human-Caused Climate Disruption Is “Severe, Pervasive, Irreversible”
Monday, 22 September 2014
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Senior Employees “Screwed” by BP
Monday, 15 September 2014
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

From Pine Beetles to Disappearing Glaciers, NASA Scientists Tell of “Dramatic” Planetary Changes
Monday, 08 September 2014
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | News Report

Surprise! GOP Lawmakers Investigating EPA and Climate Advocates Backed by Big Coal
Monday, 08 September 2014
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

“Peak Water,” Methane Blowholes and Ice-Free Arctic Cruises: The Climate Crisis Deepens
Monday, 18 August 2014
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

NASA Scientist Warns of Three to Four-Meter Sea Level Rise by 2200
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Interview

Open Source Farming: A Renaissance Man Tackles the Food Crisis
Sunday, 10 August 2014
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

The Brink of Mass Extinction
Monday, 21 July 2014
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | News Analysis

Arctic Warming and Increased Weather Extremes: The National Research Council Speaks
Tuesday, 15 July 2014
By Bruce Melton, Truthout | News Analysis

El Salvadoran Farmers Successfully Oppose the Use of Monsanto Seeds
Tuesday, 08 July 2014
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Former NASA Chief Scientist: “We’re Effectively Taking a Sledgehammer to the Climate System”
Monday, 30 June 2014
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Interview

Atmospheric CO2 Crosses “Ominous Threshold”
Monday, 16 June 2014
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | News Analysis

On Staying Sane in a Suicidal Culture
Tuesday, 03 June 2014
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

BP: Four Years On, No Restoration in Sight
Monday, 21 April 2014
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Does Preaching Apocalypse Work?
Wednesday, 23 January 2013
By Javier Sethness, Truthout | Book Review

Noam Chomsky: Ecology, Ethics, Anarchism
Thursday, 03 April 2014
By Javier Sethness, Truthout | Interview

The Vanishing Arctic Ice Cap
Monday, 31 March 2014
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Radiation Leak at New Mexico Nuclear Waste Storage Site Highlights Problems
Monday, 24 March 2014
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Abrupt Climate Change: No Bioperturbation
Tuesday, 18 March 2014
By Bruce Melton, Truthout | News Analysis

Study: Nuclear Reactors Are Toxic to Surrounding Areas, Especially With Age
Tuesday, 11 March 2014
By Candice Bernd, Truthout | Report

Dahr Jamail | New Mexico: Where Polluting Groundwater Is Legal
Monday, 10 March 2014
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

Dahr Jamail | The March of Anthropogenic Climate Disruption
Monday, 24 February 2014
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | News Analysis

Dahr Jamail | Toxic Legacy: Uranium Mining in New Mexico
Thursday, 20 February 2014
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

“Frackgate”: Ohio Regulators Planned to Subvert Eco-Groups, Promote Fracking in State Parks
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

Coal Ash: The Dan River Spill and the Power Industry’s Toxic Legacy
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

Shale Stories: Obama’s Clean Energy Future Is a Fracking Nightmare for Rural America
Monday, 03 February 2014
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

Truthout Interviews: Richard Smith on the Failure of Green Solutions to Solve Environmental Problems
Sunday, 19 January 2014
By Ted Asregadoo , Truthout | Video Interview

Green Capitalism: The God That Failed
Thursday, 09 January 2014
By Richard Smith, Truthout | News Analysis

Climate Change 2013: Where We Are Now – Not What You Think
Thursday, 26 December 2013
By Bruce Melton, Truthout | News Analysis

Are We Falling Off the Climate Precipice? Scientists Consider Extinction
Tuesday, 17 December 2013
By Dahr Jamail, TomDispatch | News Analysis

TransCanada Begins Injecting Oil Into Southern Leg of Keystone XL Despite Reported Anomalies
Thursday, 12 December 2013
By Candice Bernd, Truthout | Report

Capitalism and the Destruction of Life on Earth: Six Theses on Saving the Humans
Sunday, 10 November 2013
By Richard Smith, Truthout | Opinion

On the Front Lines of Hawaii’s GMO War, Part Two
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

On the Front Lines of Hawaii’s GMO War, Part One
Thursday, 21 November 2013
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | News

Imperatives for a New Economic Model That Saves the Humans: Truthout Interviews Featuring Richard Smith
Sunday, 17 November 2013
By Ted Asregadoo , Truthout | Video

In Wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan, Youth Climate Justice Leaders Call for Climate Reparations at UN Summit
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
By Candice Bernd, Truthout | News

The Future Must Be Green, Red, Black and Female
Thursday, 07 November 2013
By Robert Jensen, Truthout | Op-Ed

More Details on Ocean Fracking Revealed as Environmentalists Challenge Federal Regulators
Thursday, 10 October 2013
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

Post Carbon Institute Calls on Environmentalists to Embrace Post-Growth Economics
Wednesday, 09 October 2013
By Candice Bernd, Truthout | Report

The New Global Capitalism and the War on Immigrants
Friday, 13 September 2013
By William I Robinson, Truthout | News Analysis

Crisis of Humanity: Global Capitalism Breeds 21st Century Fascism
Monday, 26 August 2013
By William I Robinson, Truthout | News Analysis

Tar Sands Will Be Piped to the Gulf Coast, With or Without the Northern Segment of Keystone XL
Monday, 29 April 2013
By Candice Bernd, Truthout | News Analysis

Idle No More: From Grassroots to Global Movement
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
By Candice Bernd, Truthout | Report

SLAPPed, Arrested, Deemed Eco-Terrorists: TransCanada Blockaders Persevere
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
By Candice Bernd, Truthout | News Analysis

Why Susan Scott Buried TransCanada’s Money on Her Family Farm
Saturday, 06 October 2012
By Candice Bernd, Truthout | Report

Texas Tar Sands Tree-Sit Launches to Halt Keystone XL Indefinitely
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
By Candice Bernd, Truthout | Op-Ed

How the Rich Are Destroying the Planet
Thursday, 15 March 2007
By Leslie Thatcher, Truthout | Book Review

Source: Planet or Profit?

500 kids have gone Missing In DC in 2017 — sex trafficking fears have officials asking FBI for help

 

500 kids have gone Missing In DC in 2017 — sex trafficking fears have officials asking FBI for help

A total of 501 juveniles have been reported missing in D.C. since the beginning of the year. This startling number has forced the hands of several officials who’ve written a letter to call on special help from the Justice Department in investigating the matter.

The letter, obtained by the Associated Press, asked FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “devote the resources necessary to determine whether these developments are an anomaly or whether they are indicative of an underlying trend that must be addressed.” It was signed by Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents D.C. in Congress.

“Ten children of color went missing in our nation’s capital in a period of two weeks and at first garnered very little media attention. That’s deeply disturbing,” Richmond’s letter said.

As the AP reports, the District of Columbia logged 501 cases of missing juveniles, many of them black or Latino, in the first three months of this year, according to the Metropolitan Police Department, the city’s police force. Twenty-two were unsolved as of March 22, police said.

The Twitter profile for the DC police department is quite literally riddled with images of missing young Black and Latino girls. In spite of the officials’ concern and the posts on Twitter, police are assuring the public that there is nothing out of the ordinary.

 

 

“We’ve just been posting them on social media more often,” said Metropolitan Police spokeswoman Rachel Reid.

“We can’t focus on the numbers,” said Derrica Wilson, co-founder of the Black and Missing Foundation. “If we have one missing child, that’s too many.”

Police then went on to dispel talk of these girls being kidnapped and sold into slavery by human traffickers.

“We have no indication to believe that young girls in the District are being preyed upon by human traffickers in large numbers,” said police commander Chanel Dickerson, leader of the Youth and Family Services division, according to NBC News 4.

Notice how Dickerson said “in large numbers” as a qualifier, meaning he didn’t rule out the fact that there are human traffickers in the area preying on young girls.

As the Free Thought Project pointed out on several occasions, some of these traffickers have already been caught in D.C. — and some of them have been cops.

Linwood Barnhill Jr., a veteran of the D.C. Police Department, was exposed by the Free Thought Project for running a child sex ring out of his house. In 2014, in an early morning search warrant issued for his Southeast D.C. apartment found a 15-year-old girl who had previously been reported missing by her parents.

When police rescued the girl she told officers that she had met six other girls inside the Southeast D.C. apartment who told her they were also being prostituted, including with ads posted on backpage.com. Barnhill also took naked photos of the girls, purportedly for use in advertisements for sex.

Marijuana, condoms and a large mirror were also seized from the apartment; law enforcement officials say that the seized mirror had the names of other females who were being trafficked written on it.

Around that same time, another cop in the area was also exposed and arrested for trafficking teens. Lamin Manneh, 32, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to traveling across state lines and using a telephone and internet to operate a prostitution business using two teens he prostituted out over 300 times.

According to the AP, Wilson also said she is concerned about whether human trafficking is a factor, citing the case of 8-year-old Relisha Rudd, who has been missing since she vanished from a city homeless shelter in 2014. A janitor who worked at the shelter was found dead of apparent suicide during the search for the girl.

“They prey on the homeless, they prey on low-income children, they prey on the runaways, they prey online,” Wilson said.
“Whether these recent disappearances are an anomaly or signals of underlying trends, it is essential that the Department of Justice and the FBI use all of the tools at their disposal to help local officials investigate these events, and return these children to their parents as soon as possible,” Richmond said.

According to the anti-Human Trafficking group, Polaris, located in D.C., the number of trafficked humans in the US is startling.

Sadly, the US government appears to spend far more time looking for an illegal plant or for Tom Brady’s jersey, than they do on missing children.

By Matt Agorist

Source: 500 kids have gone Missing In DC in 2017 — sex trafficking fears have officials asking FBI for help – Nexus Newsfeed

After US refused to charge them for laundering terrorist money

After US refused to charge them for laundering terrorist money

… Megabanks busted AGAIN

An investigative reporting coalition recently released a report alleging a multi-billion dollar money laundering operation that has affected hundreds of banks and companies in 96 countries including the repeat offender, HSBC.

In 2012, HSBC, one of the world’s largest banks, settled with the U.S. Government, avoiding criminal prosecution of its executives, for helping to launder money for Mexican drug cartels as well as Al Qaeda. According to the US Senate’s report, which investigated the matter, HSBC provided a “gateway for terrorists to gain access to U.S. dollars and the U.S. financial system.”

Loretta Lynch, while serving as the U.S. District Attorney in NY, said HSBC engaged in a “sustained and systemic failure to guard against the corruption of our financial system by drug traffickers and other criminals and for evading U.S. sanctions law.” As a result of the criminal charges for money laundering and admitted guilt in four counts against the global banking firm — the megabank was let off with a slap on the wrist.

“HSBC has agreed to forfeit 1.256 billion dollars, the largest forfeiture amount ever by a financial institution for a compliance failure,” Lynch stated.

Because they were let off with zero criminal charges, the bank was allowed to go back to crooked business as usual.

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project published a comprehensive narrative that details how billions of dollars were moved from Russian sources to bogus shell companies before traveling further into various banks, and ultimately numerous companies that inadvertently accepted corrupt funds.

The OCCRP reports:

Money entered the Laundromat via a set of shell companies in Russia that exist only on paper and whose ownership cannot be traced. Some of the funds may have been diverted from the Russian treasury through fraud, rigging of state contracts, or customs and tax evasion. Money that might have helped repair the country’s deteriorating roads and ports, modernize the health care system, or ease the poverty of senior citizens – was instead deposited in a Moldovan bank.At the other end of the Laundromat, money flowed out for luxuries, for rock bands touring Russia, and on a small Polish non-governmental organization that pushed Russia’s agenda in the European Union. (It is run by Mateusz Piskorski, a Polish pro-Kremlin party leader arrested for spying for Russia).

The Guardian noted the”ingenious” strategy behind how the money was easily relocated from faceless companies to banks. “Typically, company A ‘loaned’ a large sum of money to company B. Other businesses in Russia – fronted by Moldovans – would then guarantee these ‘loans’. Company B would fail to return the ‘money’. Moldovan judges would authenticate the “debt”, allowing Russian companies to transfer real money to a bank in Moldova,” The Guardian reported.

HSBC, which is headquartered in London, processed US$545.3m in Laundromat cash, mostly routed through its Hong Kong branch, according to The Guardian.

In response to these allegations, HSBC said, “This case highlights the need for greater information sharing between the public and private sectors, each of whom holds important information the other does not.”

“The bank has systems and processes in place to identify suspicious activity and report it to the appropriate government authorities.”

Apparently, those ‘systems and processes’ aren’t good enough to catch hundreds of millions of dirty money coming through.

An OCCRP infographic further explained that all of the “debt” settlements consistently involved a citizen of Moldova.

A great number of banks accepted these funds easily, and the scheme touched upon at least 96 countries receiving the tainted money including the United States, with money ending up at Citibank and Bank of America. The OCCRP reported that “the 21 shell companies fired out 26,746 payments from their various Trasta Komercbanka and Moldindconbank accounts” between 2011 and 2014.

Earlier estimates of about $20 billion in laundered money through this project were initially reported, but recent projections have increased that number to as much as $80 billion.

While the OCCRP first reported on this operation three years ago, knowledge of the corruption has only begun to reach mainstream news outlets. The Guardian reports that the suspected “architect” behind this massive undertaking is Moldovan businessman Vyacheslav Platon. Platon was arrested and extradited to Moldova in 2016 and has so far denied evidence of any crime.

Moldova has accused Russia of “harassment” related to its investigation of the operation which has been commonly referred to as the “Global Laundromat.” The OCCRP echoed that “law enforcement in Moldova, Latvia, the United Kingdom, and Russia continue to investigate the Laundromat, but attempts to bring those responsible to justice and to recover the money have been hampered in part by the reluctance of Russian officials to cooperate.”

 

Source: After US refused to charge them for laundering terrorist money – Nexus Newsfeed