From archive material from the 1940s onward, it has become apparent that the Rockefeller Foundation has for decades now fanatically nurtured research into fear-inducing brainwashing techniques for the masses.
In a series of generous grants in the 1940s- and 50s, extended to Professor Carl I. Hovland of Yale University, the Foundation actively funded research into “the psychological mechanisms through which communications exert their influence.” Main research subject deals with the question of “how the individual deals with the welter of conflicting ideas with which he is constantly bombarded; how “wishful thinking” and emotional bias affect judgment; and whether the judgment process is transferred from one situation to another are among the problems to be studied”, we read in the 1954 Rockefeller yearly report.
Hovland, besides conducting research into behavioral and attitude-changes of groups, was also part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s social science staff. In addition to that, the professor was heavily involved in other branches of the Anglo-American establishment. In the study Origins of mass communications research during the American cold war by Timothy Glander, the author explains:
“(…) Hovland held key positions on several major national boards, including the Air Force’s Human Resources Research Institute, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Office of Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, and he doubtlessly had input in determining the research agendas that these organizations pursued.”
One of the arguments often used to defend genetically-modified (GM) crops purports that biotechnology is necessary to feed the world, as non-GM and organic farming methods by themselves are incapable of producing enough food for everyone. But the truth of the matter is that organic farming by itself is fully capable of feeding the world — we just need to make a few changes to the way we grow and raise our food, which includes putting an end to the factory farming methods that are destroying our health and the planet.
In a report entitledFeeding the Future, theSoil Association, a U.K.-based organic farming advocacy group, makes the case that organic and other agro-ecological farming systems are not only the solution to the world’s hunger problems, but when implemented, these holistic methods of growing food actually facilitate bringing the world’s poorest out of poverty.
On the flip side, GM farming systems perpetuate and even create poverty because they lock farmers into an endless cycle of dependence on corporations for both the next season’s batch of self-destructing seeds, and the toxic chemical cocktails required to grow them. GM agriculture, in other words, is toxic to the world’s economies, toxic to human health, and toxic to the environment.
The desire to collect information on customers is not new for Target or any other large retailer, of course. For decades, Target has collected vast amounts of data on every person who regularly walks into one of its stores. Whenever possible, Target assigns each shopper a unique code — known internally as the Guest ID number — that keeps tabs on everything they buy. “If you use a credit card or a coupon, or fill out a survey, or mail in a refund, or call the customer help line, or open an e-mail we’ve sent you or visit our Web site, we’ll record it and link it to your Guest ID,” Pole said. “We want to know everything we can.”
Also linked to your Guest ID is demographic information like your age, whether you are married and have kids, which part of town you live in, how long it takes you to drive to the store, your estimated salary, whether you’ve moved recently, what credit cards you carry in your wallet and what Web sites you visit. Target can buy data about your ethnicity, job history, the magazines you read, if you’ve ever declared bankruptcy or got divorced, the year you bought (or lost) your house, where you went to college, what kinds of topics you talk about online, whether you prefer certain brands of coffee, paper towels, cereal or applesauce, your political leanings, reading habits, charitable giving and the number of cars you own. (In a statement, Target declined to identify what demographic information it collects or purchases.) All that information is meaningless, however, without someone to analyze and make sense of it. That’s where Andrew Pole and the dozens of other members of Target’s Guest Marketing Analytics department come in.
Almost every major retailer, from grocery chains to investment banks to the U.S. Postal Service, has a “predictive analytics” department devoted to understanding not just consumers’ shopping habits but also their personal habits, so as to more efficiently market to them. “But Target has always been one of the smartest at this,” says Eric Siegel, a consultant and the chairman of a conference called Predictive Analytics World. “We’re living through a golden age of behavioral research. It’s amazing how much we can figure out about how people think now.”
The early 21st century is addicted to war porn, a prime spectator sport consumed by global couch and digital potatoes. War porn took the limelight on the evening of September 11, 2001, when the George W Bush administration launched the “war on terror” – which was interpreted by many of its practitioners as a subtle legitimization of United States state terror against, predominantly, Muslims.
This was also a war OF terror – as in a manifestation of state terror pitting urban high-tech might against basically rural, low-tech cunning. The US did not exercise this monopoly; Beijing practiced it in Xinjiang, its far west, and Russia practiced it in Chechnya.
Like porn, war porn cannot exist without being based on a lie – a crude representation. But unlike porn, war porn is the real thing; unlike crude, cheap snuff movies, people in war porn actually die – in droves.
The lie to finish all lies at the center of this representation was definitely established with the leak of the 2005 Downing Street memo, in which the head of the British MI6 confirmed that the Bush administration wanted to take out Iraq’s Saddam Hussein by linking Islamic terrorism with (non-existent) weapons of mass destruction (WMD). So, as the memo put it, “The intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.”
In the end, George “you’re either with us or against us” Bush did star in his own, larger-than-life snuff movie – that happened to double as the invasion and destruction of the eastern flank of the Arab nation.
The UN refugee agency warned Friday that attacks by the renegade Lord’s Resistance Army were on the rise and forcing thousands of people to flee.
Since March 6, 13 new attacks were recorded in northwestDemocratic Republic of Congo, displacing 1,160 people in the region, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said.
The new violence brought the number of incidences in the country to 33 since January, with more than 4,000 people displaced.
The rebels also resumed their violence in the Central African Republic this year after a lull since April 2011, with 11 attacks reported in the south-east of the country, said the UNHCR.
Noting that South Sudan, which had previously been attacked by the LRA, was preparing to host African Union forces in a bid to crush the rebels, the UNHCR said such initiatives were welcomed.
The rag-tag LRA fighters first took arms in northern Uganda two decades ago but Ugandan forces drover them out in 2006.
They have sown terror across a vast region where the borders of South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic meet.
The rebels are notorious for kidnapping boys to serve as child soldiers and girls to act as sex slaves.
Their leader Joseph Kony is wanted by the International Criminal Court and countries in the region have set up a joint task force to hunt him down.
Activists have also launched an online campaign against him.
Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has spoken of irregularities ahead of Sunday’s by-election.
Speaking ahead of the 1 April vote, she said the election campaign could not be considered ”genuinely free and fair”.
But the Nobel laureate said she was ”determined to go forward” and did not regret taking part in the poll.
The National League for Democracy (NLD) party head is expected to win her seat in Kawhmu, south-west of Rangoon.
In a press conference, Aung San Suu Kyi said the irregularities went “beyond what is acceptable for democratic elections”.
In the constituency she is contesting, the names of hundreds of deceased had been listed on the electoral roll, while those of more than 1,300 people eligible to vote were missing, her party said.
Ms Suu Kyi also cited cases of intimidation and vandalism of campaign materials.
“Still we are determined to go forward because this is what our people want,” she said. “We don’t at all regret having taking part.”
The 17 countries that use the euro need to build a (EURO)1 trillion ($1.3 trillion) firewall to help the struggling currency union return to growth, the head of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Tuesday.
Angel Gurria, the secretary-general of the Paris-based international development body, said existing plans for a (EURO)500 billion ($664 billion) European rescue fund were not enough to restore market confidence in the eurozone.
A top former MF Global executive declined to testify Wednesday during a House hearing on whether she approved or had knowledge that CEO Jon Corzine approved a transfer of nearly $200 million in customer funds to cover losses days before the brokerage firm collapsed.
Edith O’Brien, the firm’s former assistant treasurer, invoked her Fifth Amendment rights to not testify.
Her appearance before House Financial Services’ oversight subcommittee came after congressional investigators recently acquired an email contradicting Corzine’s testimony that he did not order the transfer.
O’Brien also decline to comment on a published report that she is seeking immunity for her cooperation in an investigation.
Hopes of a resolution to the fuel tanker drivers’ dispute have been raised with the Unite trade union and petrol hauliers edging closer to agreeing peace talks as panic buying continues to grip parts of Britain.
Queues of traffic snaked past petrol stations around Britain as the threat of a national fuel strike panicked motorists into refilling. By lunchtime on Thursday police in Dorset had asked some forecourts to close altogether.
It is understood that Unite and fuel distributors could finalise the framework for discussions by Monday, with talks expected to begin soon after. A spokesman for the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service said: “Acas has been in contact with Unite officials as well as all the contractors involved in the fuel tanker drivers’ dispute. We are now in the process of receiving more detailed briefings from the parties on the various issues underpinning the dispute. This will enable us to determine more clearly the form substantive talks should take to provide the best opportunity for a negotiated settlement.
“We should conclude that process by Monday and would then hope substantive discussions would follow shortly afterwards.”
New reports from top Israeli officials reveal that Mossad has dramatically scaled back its covert operations, including its active assassination program in Iran, by “dozens of percents” in recent months.
The officials say that Mossad is expressing “increasing dissatisfaction” at being ordered to scale back the attacks, but that Prime Minister Netanyahu is concerned with the operations “being discovered or going awry.”
Being discovered seems like an odd concern, since Israeli officials eagerly take credit every time anything goes wrong in Iran, and they have even taken responsibility for incidents that Iranian officials said were accidental.
At times, however, Mossad operations have been pretty embarrassing, like the revelation that Mossad used fake US passports and US cash to recruit Jundallah to launch terrorist attacks in Iran, hoping that the militants could be convinced they were the CIA.
Somebody out there has decided that the Department of Homeland Security needs a whole lot of ammunition. Recently it was announced that ATK was awarded a contract to provide up to 450 million hollow point bullets to the Department of Homeland Security over the next five years.
Is it just me, or does that sound incredibly excessive? What in the world is the DHS going to do with 450 million rounds? What possible event would ever require that much ammunition?
If the United States was ever invaded, it would be the job of the U.S. military to defend the country, so that can’t be it. So what are all of those bullets for? Who does the Department of Homeland Security plan to be shooting at? According to the U.S. Census, there are only about 311 million people living in the entire country. So why does the Department of Homeland Security need 450 million rounds of ammunition? Either this is an incredible waste or there is something that the Department of Homeland Security is not telling us.
I could understand if the U.S. military was ordering ammunition in this quantity. When you fight wars you can go through ammunition very rapidly.
But the Department of Homeland Security is only supposed to be shooting at people very rarely. It simply does not make sense that they would need so much ammunition.
Former U.S. diplomat and leading neoconservative John Bolton alleged Thursday that the Obama administration leaked secret information about Israel’s plans to attack Iran in order to foil those plans and avoid a war.
Bolton was referring specifically to an article in Foreign Policy revealing that Israel has recently supplied Azerbaijan with a $1.6 billion arms deal including “sophisticated drones and missile defense systems” and has also, U.S. officials suspect, secured access to airfields which could be essential to Israeli fighter jets flying bombing missions over Iran.
“I think this leak today is part of the administration’s campaign against an Israeli attack,” Bolton claimed on Fox News, as if a campaign against an unnecessary, unprovoked war was a bad thing.
Bolton pointed also to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s comments to a Washington Post columnist that he expected Israel to attack Iran sometime in the spring. Public revelations like this, Bolton charged, are an attempt to derail a preemptive Israeli strike on Iran.
The Pentagon will approach Congress to enlarge the amount aid the United States awards Israel toward the production of the Iron Dome anti-missile systems, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.
Last week, Rep. Howard L. Berman introduced the Iron Dome Support Act (IDSA) authorizing U.S. President Barack Obama to provide assistance if requested by the Israeli government to procure additional Iron Dome systems.
While the Iron Dome Support Act was still in initial stages of the legislation process, it has already won support from both parties. Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was one of the initial supporters of the bill, along with four other congressmen from both parties.
Respect Party candidate George Galloway has taken the Bradford West parliamentary seat from Labour, winning the by-election by 10,140 votes.
Mr Galloway, expelled by Labour in 2003, said it was the “most sensational victory” in by-election history.
Labour leader Ed Miliband said it was “incredibly disappointing” and the party needed to “learn lessons”.
At the 2010 General Election, Labour’s Marsha Singh, who resigned on health grounds, won with a majority of 5,763 .
“If Iran is willing to barter oil for rice we will do it and we will take out currency from (the operation),” Reuters quoted Aguerre as saying on Friday.
Uruguay, which is Latin America’s top rice exporter, sold 90,000 tons of rice to Iran in 2011.
Aguerre’s remarks came as the US and EU have imposed tough financial and oil sanctions against Iran since the beginning of 2012, claiming that the country’s nuclear energy program includes a military component.
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday a poll showing a big drop in public support for the war in Afghanistan would not alter Washington’s strategy, or efforts to battle Al-Qaeda.
“We cannot fight wars by polls — if we do that, we’re in deep trouble. We have to operate based on what we believe is the best strategy to achieve the mission that we have embarked on,” Panetta told reporters.
He said the objective of the United States and NATO was “to safeguard a country by ensuring that the Taliban and Al Qaeda never again find a safe haven in Afghanistan,” he explained, recalling the attacks of September 11, 2001.
More than a billion stars blaze bright in a new photo of our Milky Way galaxy snapped by an international team of astronomers.
The new picture, which was released today (March 28), combines infrared images of the Milky Way taken during sky surveys by two different instruments, the UK Infrared Telescope in Hawaii and the VISTA telescope in Chile. The photo is part of a 10-year project that is gathering mountains of data to help guide future research, scientists said.
“This incredible image gives us a new perspective of our galaxy, and illustrates the far-reaching discoveries we can make from large sky surveys,” Nick Cross, of the University of Edinburgh, said in a statement. “Having data processed, archived and published by dedicated teams leaves other scientists free to concentrate on using the data, and is a very cost-effective way to do astronomy.”
A widely used farm pesticide first introduced in the 1990s has caused significant changes to bee colonies and removing it could be the key factor in restoring nature’s army of pollinators, according to two studies released Thursday.
The scientists behind the studies in Europe called for regulators to consider banning the class of chemicals known as neonicotinoid insecticides. In the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency told msnbc.com that the studies would be incorporated into a review that’s currently under way.
A pesticide trade group questioned the data, saying the levels of pesticide used were unrealistically high, while the researchers said the levels used were typical of what bees would find on farms.
On Friday, a large number of activists chanting anti-junta slogans used sledgehammers and cables to tear down the concrete blocks of the wall erected on a main street leading to parliament near the Liberation (Tahrir) Square, AFP reported.
The protesters also accused the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), which took power after former ruler Hosni Mubarak’s downfall over a year ago, of mismanaging the country during a transition period. Riot police did not try to stop the angry protesters.
Saudi Defense Minister Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal and the Kingdom’s intelligence chief, Mogran bin Abdul Aziz, were also present in the Friday meeting, which was held in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh.
Clinton’s aides said the meeting focused on further sanctions against Syria and looked into ways to assist the Syrian opposition, AFP reported.
On Saturday, the US secretary of state is scheduled to attend a first ministerial meeting of the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council-US strategic cooperation forum, which will be held in Riyadh ahead of the second so-called “Friends of Syria” meeting due on Sunday in Istanbul, Ankara.
The United States is a bizarre and dangerous country, a nation with “sociopathic tendencies riddled throughout its institutionally racist society.” Like a psychopath unfazed by other people’s pain, the general American (white) population appears “completely desensitized to what should be seen as a massive, one sided, blood bath” committed in their name.
Through so-called VIPR teams, meaning Visual Intermodal Protection and Response, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a child agency of the behemoth Department of Homeland Security (DHS), continues to expand beyond the confines of airports.
In my view, the DHS is just about one of the least trustworthy government agencies we are subjected to. After all, they have been busted lying bald-faced to Congress about their activities, while the TSA has also helped cover up the danger of the so-called naked body scanners.
Indeed, recently in Alton, Illinois, yet another instance of TSA goons operating outside of their traditional jurisdiction presented itself.
A coalition of prominent journalist known for being critical of the United States in the War on Terror have joined forces to file a lawsuit against Barack Obama and Leon Panetta to challenge the National Defense Authorization act.
The NDAA, also known as the Homeland Battlefield Bill, has legalized a wide variety of totalitarian measures against US citizens by declaring the entire world, including the United States, a battleground in the war against terrorism and is a clear and present danger to the US Constitution.
Reuters claimed last month that Iran has trained more than 3-thousand female ninjas as assassins. It showed a number of Iranian girls training in martial arts in a city near Tehran. The Reuters claim was repeated by some other British media.
The Iranian athletes accused by British media of being assassins say they are suing Reuters. Akbar Faraji who established Ninjutsu in Iran over 22 years ago also condemned the British media accusations, saying his students will pursue the complaint to the end. The athletes say the Reuters journalist had asked them what they would do if their country came under attack. Reuters used the girl’s patriotic response as an excuse to call them assassins.
Cabinet minister Francis Maude, who urged drivers to hoard fuel, faced calls to resign yesterday after a woman set fire to herself while decanting petrol in her kitchen. Diane Hill, 46, was in a critical condition last night suffering 40 per cent burns after apparently responding to ministerial calls to buy petrol before a strike by tanker drivers.
She was pouring the petrol into a glass jug for her daughter’s car as she cooked dinner when vapours were ignited by the gas hob. Her family put the blame squarely at the Government’s door. Ministers were under intense pressure last night after the Petroleum Industry Association denounced continuing panic buying as ‘self-inflicted insanity’.
In a 51-47 vote, 43 Senate Republicans and four Democrats filibustered to protect $24 billion in tax breaks for Big Oil. Although a majority voted for Sen. Robert Menendez’s (D-NJ) bill, it fell short of the 60 needed. The only two Republicans to break rank were Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME).
A Think Progress Green analysis shows how oil and gas companies have funneled cash to the same senators who protected its handouts.