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Sep 18 21:16

Is Our Society Manufacturing Depressed People?

Waking Times

An Epidemic of Depression

Our society is in the throes of a virtual epidemic of depression. The numbers are quite staggering. More than twenty percent of the American population will experience at least one episode of what we refer to as clinical depression. We need to look deeper into this phenomenon to understand it and overcome it. My contention is, firstly, that our cultural values and memes induce us to live in ways that are, indeed, depressing. Secondly, much of what we refer to as clinical depression is inaccurate. Most depression is situational. The symptoms of depression are often due to depressing circumstances, not disease. In other words, under certain circumstances, it makes sense to be depressed.

Sep 18 20:29

ALERT: Federal government may seize and shut down all internet sites that don’t push vaccines during a national emergency pandemic

If you aren’t saving off articles, downloading important MP3 audio files and printing off vital information that might save your life in a pandemic outbreak, you may soon find yourself completely cut off from all holistic or alternative information on the web.

Sep 18 20:24

ISIS tells Obama ‘fighting has just begun,’ claims recruiting boost

Islamic State responded in a video to US President Barack Obama’s vow to “ultimately destroy” it, promising to kill any American ground forces deployed. The extremist group has gained recruits since Obama’s declaration, according to observers in Syria.

Sep 18 18:48

Report: Terrorists captured at mexico border… but Homeland security denies any “credible threats”

A report from Joe Biggs in early September indicated that a terror threat had been identified on the Southern U.S. border just outside of El Paso, TX. According to Biggs, the Vice President of the Border Patrol Council was reportedly silenced by Federal administrators and told to keep quiet about the possibility of Islamic State militants organizing for an attack within the domestic United States.

Sep 18 18:45

Over a dozen intercept cell phone towers found near the White House and Senate

t was early September when reports of fake cell phone towers across America started picking up steam in the alternative press. Les Goldsmith, the CEO of the defense & law enforcement technology provider ESD America, told the press that he was able to map out 17 different fake

Sep 18 18:43

More students are illegally downloading college textbooks for free

t’s hard (if not impossible) to know just how prevalent this practice is, but some college students around the country are uploading their expensive college textbooks onto the Internet so other students can download them for free and avoid the hefty fees that are sometimes more than $200 a book.

Sep 18 18:42

North Korea Leads the World in Human Rights, Says Report by North Korea

North Koreans enjoy the best human rights regime of any country, according to a 53,000-word report issued this month by authorities in the Hermit Kingdom.

Sep 18 18:41

The group of young Iranian men and women who released a YouTube video showing them dancing to pop star Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy” has been sentenced to six months in jail in addition to 91 lashes, their attorney is quoted as saying by the IranWir

The group of young Iranian men and women who released a YouTube video showing them dancing to pop star Pharrell Williams’s hit song “Happy” have been sentenced to six months in jail in addition to 91 lashes, their attorney is quoted as saying by the IranWire news agency.

While the sentence is a suspended sentence, Iranian authorities reportedly can impose it anytime within the next three years.

Sep 18 18:36

Flashback: White House Mail Machine Has Anthrax

Asked if he was tested for the germ that has killed three people already this month, or if he was taking precautionary antibiotics, Bush replied simply: "I don't have anthrax."

At least some White House personnel were given Cipro six weeks ago. White House officials won't discuss who might be receiving the anthrax-treating antibiotic now.

On the night of the Sept. 11 attacks, the White House Medical Office dispensed Cipro to staff accompanying Vice President Dick Cheney as he was secreted off to the safety of Camp David, and told them it was "a precaution," according to one person directly involved.

Sep 18 18:18

Police Militarization Is a Consequence of Policing the World

Suggesting that average police officers have become connected, even accidentally, to a larger imperial project may seem outlandish to some, yet a deeper understanding of the historical, cultural and linguistic roots of "imperialism" itself clarifies what has happened to America’s police. The English word "imperialism" is derived from the ancient Latin term imperium, an over two-thousand-year-old Roman concept which signified the power of an official to command and to expect automatic compliance. The key to imperium is in its assignment of hierarchy: it not only describes the authority of an official, but it requires resigned passivity by those whom the official encounters.

Although "police imperialism" may seem difficult to comprehend, examples of police imperium are seen on a daily basis. Police exercise imperium by reacting excessively when average citizens politely invoke their civil rights or ask clarifying questions. Just a few days ago, Santiago Hernandez was frisked by New York police and dared to ask them why. He was subsequently handcuffed, thrown to the ground, pummeled with night sticks, pepper sprayed and beat ‘like it was a gang’ doing it. Hernandez did not break any laws, but he challenged the prevailing imperium of the officers.

Sep 18 18:10

Malta sinking killed hundreds fleeing Gaza

Time – and the news – moves on. Quickly. So, with the war over, Gaza remains in the news but off the front pages. ISIS has now taken the lead.

Still every now and then an interesting reminder of the Gaza war surfaces. In this case, by drowning. At first it seemed that the boat deliberately sunk off the Malta coast last week was another case of human trafficking gone from bad to worse. Horrible but unrelated to Israel/Palestine. Now reports have it that 250-300 of as many as 500 drowned were refugees from Gaza. They were attempting to escape what is left of the prison walls in Gaza.

Sep 18 17:47

The Dow And S&P 500 Soar To Irrational Heights – Meanwhile The Ultra-Wealthy Rush To Buy Gold Bars

Did you know that the number of gold bars being purchased by ultra-wealthy individuals has increased by 243 percent so far this year? If stocks are just going to keep soaring, why are they doing this?

Sep 18 17:43

Home Depot: 56M Cards Impacted, Malware Contained

Home Depot said today that cyber criminals armed with custom-built malware stole an estimated 56 million debit and credit card numbers from its customers between April and September 2014. That disclosure officially makes the incident the largest retail card breach on record.

Sep 18 17:39

Apple’s “warrant canary” disappears, suggesting new Patriot Act demands

When Apple published its first Transparency Report on government activity in late 2013, the document contained an important footnote that stated:

“Apple has never received an order under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. We would expect to challenge such an order if served on us.”

Writer and cyber-activist Cory Doctorow at the time recognized that language as a so-called “warrant canary,” which Apple was using to thwart the secrecy imposed by the Patriot Act.

Warrant canaries are a tool used by companies and publishers to signify to their users that, so far, they have not been subject to a given type of law enforcement request such as a secret subpoena. If the canary disappears, then it is likely the situation has changed — and the company has been subject to such request.

Now, Apple’s warrant canary has disappeared.

Sep 18 17:22

ISIS thanks Israel for supporting militants

The foreign-backed Syrian opposition has visited injured militants being treated at a hospital in the Israeli town of Dafed.

Sep 18 17:09

US guilty of war crimes in Palestine

The U.S. is not a neutral mediator in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; it is an active participant and is guilty of the crimes being committed by Israel against Palestinians, most recently, the mass killings and destruction Israel wrought on the Gaza Strip during the summer. The reality that the U.S. is an active supporter of unimaginable suffering may very well be the motivating force behind the U.S.’s adamant attempts to block the Palestinians from using any of the internationally recognized tools of accountability to hold Israel responsible, such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. When an indigenous, stateless population is blocked access to opportunities for justice by superpowers like the U.S., something is wrong—deadly wrong.

Sep 18 17:07

As Scotland Goes, So Goes the European Union

Throughout history, there have been empires. They rise and fall like the tide every century, and likewise, their collapse looks pretty much the same every time. This time around won’t be any different. In this case the empire is the EU, and it will likely fall in a manner similar to the Soviet Union.

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