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...04:20 PM EST on April 11th, 2014 | 142 comments
Nuclear Engineer: Radiation levels “much higher” in areas of Fukushima plume headed to west coast than models show — Radio: Concern “other isotopes” besides cesium to cross Pacific (AUDIO)

02:02 AM EST on April 10th, 2014 | 75 comments
TV: “Far more serious than Feds letting on” at US nuclear site — Many workers in much worse shape than reported — Week-long nosebleeds, intense headaches, shaking, burning lungs, vomiting — Worker: Now I’m worrying… after two weeks I feel worse, not better (VIDEO) #Hanford

12:39 PM EST on April 6th, 2014 | 115 comments
Professors: Seafood off N. American coast predicted to exceed gov’t radioactivity limit — “High priority looming threat” to global ocean from Fukushima releases — Radiation levels ‘well above’ 1,000 Bq/kg according to model

02:21 PM EST on April 5th, 2014 | 158 comments
Reports: Sea stars decimated on West Coast — SoCal ravaged as mystery disease spreads south; Saw hundreds last year, now none… got hit really hard — Mortality event like this never before documented — “Uncharted waters… likes of which we haven’t seen” — Turning to ‘bacterial goop’ (RADIO)

01:36 PM EST on April 1st, 2014 | 38 comments
TV: Gov’t not measuring worst of Fukushima radiation — Over 100 Million gallons of radioactive water bleeding into ocean from plant — We’re beginning to see radiation in west coast water — Very concerned about eating fish from Pacific (VIDEO)

twenty more pages worth of headlines ... the ones above are just from the past year ... we are obviously living in denial ... willful ignorance of what we are participating in ... and have been, for the past four years ... obviously FUshima has KILLED THE PACIFIC OCEAN ...read it and weep here: http://enenews.com/category/west-coast[/quote]


So that is a year old already. Their fear just might motivate them to find a solution. :lol:
Below is a possible solution and people are coming up with them
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Here's an interesting article about another function of plants, like some kinds of mushrooms can be used to help clean up oil spills, plants can help clean up radiation in the soil.

Phytoremediation: You can grow plants that help eliminate radiation in the soil

(NaturalNews) Concerns about radioactive materials accumulating in soil and water since the nuclear accident in Japan this year have led individuals to look at natural ways to clean their property of possible radiation. One method worthy of examination is phytoremediation. Phytoremediation uses plants to detoxify areas contaminated by the accumulation of hazardous substances, heavy metals and pollutants such as radioactive material.

Remediation using various plants relies on the plants ability to draw material out of the soil through their roots and up into their stalks, leaves and flowers. Some plants are particularly adept at leeching heavy metals and radiation from soil and water. The prospect of using plants to clean up radioactive messes is attractive because plants are a natural, economical means to restore areas contaminated by radiation. In the face of nuclear accidents like the ongoing ecological disaster at Fukushima, this is especially important.

Other methods of removing radioactive materials from soils involve excavating the soil, disposing of it, or washing it with chemicals and returning it to the site. Both alternatives are damaging to the environment for numerous reasons that include the loss of topsoil and pollution caused by chemical treatments. Furthermore disposing large quantities of contaminated soil is costly and impractical for small communities or individuals.

In many cases, using plants to reduce levels of radiation and heavy metals is an effective and cost efficient means to do so. Many entities including governments, industries, and local communities have used phytoremediation successfully. For example, plant life at the site of the Chernobyl disaster demonstrated the ability to absorb massive amounts of radioactive material including radioactive iodine, strontium, cesium-137 and plutonium.

Clean up efforts at Chernobyl after the April of 1986, nuclear explosion included the use of sunflowers that absorbed radionuclides up through their roots from contaminated bodies of water. Phytoremediation in bodies of water is referred to as rhizofiltration. The success of using plants to cleanup radioactive material at Chernobyl gives promise to the use of phytoremediation at Fukushima and at other sites where radioactive materials are present.

Phytostabilization is another means in which plants can be used to reduce the impact of radiation on local environments. Plants are used to reduce erosion due to wind and rain and thereby keep radioactive materials from migrating to a wider area. The plants also absorb radioactive materials in the process. If a radioactive spill happens in an isolated area this is especially useful.

While phytoremediation is promising, it is not without problems. For example, saturated biomass still has to be disposed of properly. Plants chosen for phytoremediation should be chosen to be unappealing to foragers who may put radionuclides back into the food chain. Biomass must be treated as dangerous waste and cannot be composted back into the garden. Burning the harvested material alone is not a solution either, as the ash itself will be saturated with potentially toxic levels of radiation.

Is using phytoremediation a practical way for individuals to clean up their property?

Phytoremediation could be used to clean up individual, privately owned property that has been exposed to radiation providing that the problems associated with disposal of materials could be minimized, overcome or resolved. For the home owner trying to clean soil or water that has only modest levels of radiation some of the following plants may be beneficial; sunflowers, barley, alfalfa, fennel, sugar beets, spinach, lettuce and mustard. The plants that are harvested should not be consumed nor should they be composted back into the garden because radiation is concentrated as it progresses from soil or water into the food chain. Furthermore, the area being treated for radiation should be isolated from foraging animals such as deer.

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Phytoremediation: Using Plants to Clean Soil

Reposted from: http://nsdl.org/resource/2200/20110114230002611T

March 22, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

On the morning of April 26, 1986, a small town in the former Soviet Union was the site of a nuclear explosion that literally shook the earth. The historic accident at Chernobyl Nuclear Plant Reactor 4 in the Ukraine caused severe radioactive contamination. Families within a 30-km zone of the power plant were evacuated, and in the months that followed, extensive contamination was discovered in areas up to 100 km from the site. Scientists are hopeful that plants may play a key role in cleaning up some of the contamination.

In 1989, three years after the explosion, the Soviet government asked the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to assess the radiological and health situation in the area surrounding the power plant. Among the most significant findings were radioactive emissions and toxic metals--including iodine, cesium-137, strontium, and plutonium--concentrated in the soil, plants, and animals.



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Researcher Recruits Seaweed to Clean Polluted Waters

December 21st, 2010 by Tina Casey

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A researcher at the University of Connecticut has come up with a solution for certain kinds of coastal water pollution. Professor Charles Yarish is developing an engineered ecosystem based on seaweed and shellfish that could help reduce excess nutrients, one of the vital signs of a healthy marine environment. Excess nutrients are a particularly stubborn problem in enclosed regions such as the Long Island Sound, which shares a coastline with heavily populated Connecticut and downstate New York.

Seaweed and Coastal Pollution

As reported by UConn writer Christine Buckley, many seaweed varieties thrive in water with high levels of inorganic nutrients, while clams, mussels and other shellfish filter organic particles that contain nutrients. By cultivating edible seaweed in tandem with, for example, a mussel farm, you get a powerful one-two punch for reducing excess nutrients while also producing two food crops (though when it comes to food crops, the limitation would be the presence of other waterborne pollutants that could enter the food chain). The method could also be deployed to manage excess nutrients from commercial fish farms.

Seaweed to the Rescue

Seaweed recently made the news for its potential as a biofuel crop, so it’s possible that it could be cultivated to clean up other kinds of water pollution, then recycled for biofuel instead of food. Yarish’s work also shares elements with phytoremediation, in which plants such as cattails are cultivated in order to extract pollutants from water. This is a growing trend that includes the construction of wetlands to treat wastewater. Another concurrent development is the potential use of earthworms to filter toxic wastes from soil. While it’s not possible to worm our way out of every problem created by human activity, these approaches show that a little foresight and planning can combine with a low-tech approach to produce significant results.

http://cleantechnica.com/2010/12/21/res ... ed-waters/

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Using Plants to Clean up Toxic Sites
12/22/2010 by Jared Green

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In Urban Omnibus, urban designer Kaja Kuhl writes that in New York City “underutilized or vacant space can be a source of creative inspiration for urban agriculture, public parks, housing, community space, and the occasional mini-golf course.” However, before these abandoned lots can be reused, a thorough environmental assessment must be conducted and contaminated soils must be cleaned-up. Phytoremediation, a form of bioremediation that uses plants to clean up leach toxic chemicals from soils, may be the small-scale, cost-effective solution landowners need to make abandoned sites productive again. Kuhl contends phytoremediation is fully 90 percent cheaper than conventional remediation processes.

Through PlaNYC, New York City’s comprehensive climate change plan, Mayor Bloomberg has made a strong committment to the productive reuse of the city’s brownfields. In addition, the mayor recently signed the New York City Brownfield and Community Revitalization Act. PlaNYC, along with this new legislation, led to the creation of the Office of Environmental Remediation, which “oversees the environmental review of brownfield sites and offers assistance to property owners on the path to a Green Property Certification and potential redevelopment.”

Even with the new policy and regulatory incentives, however, a huge share of abandoned lots are left vacant because of the high-cost of conventional remediation, which typically involves bringing in bulldozers to excavate contaminated soils. Kuhl argues city landowners need a cheaper way to remediate sites, and phytoremediation may provide that low-cost option. “Instead of removing tons of toxic soil and filling the site with new clean soil, plants remove contaminants from the soil and store it within their plant tissue. In some cases, the plants themselves then have to be removed as hazardous waste, other plants break down the toxins and eliminate them altogether.”

Phytoremediation works, but the correct plants must be used. “Contaminants successfully removed in field studies have included heavy metals, radionuclides, chlorinated solvents, petroleum hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), pesticides and explosives. In order to successfully remediate toxins in soil or water, the appropriate plant groups have to be planted and monitored. Different plants have different remediative qualities.”Also, plants provide added value: “Improved air quality and reduction of storm water run-off are among the additional benefits of planting on sites that would otherwise be underutilized until funding for soil removal becomes available.”

Kuhl dug through NYC data and found that more than 11 percent of the city is an abandoned lot. If glued together, these disparate, small-scale lots would be the size of Manhattan. Also, most of the sites are small: 50 percent of all vacant lots of less than 2,500 square feet and 80 percent are less than 5,000 square feet. If applied across these small sites, low-cost and highly-effective phytoremediation techniques could have a powerful impact and help ensure future urban development is really just redevelopment.

Kuhl outlines eight steps for cleaning up an urban brownfield. To learn more, also check out an animation created using Google Sketchup that illustrates how plants and microbes clean up toxic sites.

In addition, the University of Arkansas Community Design Center has just released “Low Impact Development: a Design Manual for Urban Areas,” a 230-page guide that covers buildings, properties, streets, and open space, and includes detailed diagrams of a range of green infrastructure solutions. The guide is designed for “those involved in the development of urban property, from homeowners, to institutions, developers, designers, cities, and regional authorities.” The design center says “the goal is to promote implementation of LID technologies in urban areas through adoption of best practices in planning and design. An accompanying goal is to encourage reform in municipal codes which outlaw LID as a non-conforming stormwater management system in favor of conventional pipe-and-pond systems.”

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Do Fungi Feast on Radiation?
Apparently, but only if they contain melanin, the chemical that serves as skin pigment in humans
May 22, 2007 |By David Biello


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Like plants that grow toward the sun, dark fungi, blackened by the skin pigment melanin, gravitate toward radiation in contaminated soil. Scientists have observed the organisms—somewhere between plants and animals—blackening the land around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine in the years since its 1986 meltdown. "Organisms that make melanin have a growth advantage in this soil," says microbiologist Arturo Casadevall of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. "In many commercial nuclear reactors, the radioactive water becomes contaminated with melanotic organisms. Nobody really knows what the hell they are doing there."

Casadevall and his colleagues, however, have a theory. Based on experiments with three different types of fungi, they believe the melanin-containing breeds absorb the high levels of energy in ionizing radiation and somehow turn it into a biologically useful (and benign) form, akin to a dark and dangerous version of photosynthesis. "We were able to see significant growth of the black ones relative to the white ones in a radiation field," he says. "That is the observation. How you interpret it … is where the interesting speculations come in."

In a paper published online in PLoS One, Casadevall and his colleagues report that ionizing radiation changes the electron structure of the melanin molecule and that fungi with a natural melanin shell (the soil-dwelling Cladosporium sphaerospermum and yeastlike Wangiella dermatitidis varieties), which were deprived of other nutrients, grew better in the presence of radiation. They also report that fungi induced to produce a melanin shell (the human pathogen Cryptococcocus neoformans) grew well in such levels of radiation, unlike those sans pigment. Further, an albino mutant strain of W. dermatitidis failed to thrive as well as its black cousin when exposed to 500 times the normal amount of ionizing radiation (still well below the level of radiation necessary to kill tough fungal forms).

"The presumption has always been that we don't know why truffles and other fungi are black," Casadevall says. "If they have some primitive capacity to harvest sunlight or to harvest some kind of background radiation a lot of them would be using it."

Melanin drinks in ultraviolet rays, acting as a natural sunblock for human skin. "Melanin is very good at absorbing energy and then dissipating it as quickly as possible," says Jennifer Riesz, a biophysicist at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. "It does this by very efficiently changing the energy into heat."

But Casadevall and his colleague Ekaterina Dadachova, a nuclear chemist at Einstein, speculate that the melanin in this case acts like a step-down electric transformer, weakening the energy until it is useable by the fungi. "The energy becomes … low [at] a certain point where it can already be used by a fungus as chemical energy," Dadachova argues. "Protection doesn't play a role here. It is real energy conversion."

Mycologists and biophysicists find the notion both intriguing and potentially plausible. "Since melanin is used commonly by fungi—and other organisms—to protect themselves against UV radiation, it is perhaps not surprising that melanin would be affected by ionizing radiation,'' says Albert Torzilli, a mycologist at George Mason University in Virginia, adding that "the subsequent enhancement of growth, if true, is a novel response."

Riesz, for one, is skeptical. "It does not surprise me that fungi protected with higher levels of melanin might grow better when exposed to [ionizing radiation], since the nonprotected fungi are more likely to be harmed by the radiation," she says. "However, I find the claim that melanin is involved in energy capture and utilization to be unlikely."

More study is needed to confirm whether fungi will be able to add the ability to grow by harvesting radiation to their list of seeming superpowers, but it does raise the question of whether edible fungi—like mushrooms—have been harboring this function undiscovered for years. If true, melanin could be genetically engineered into photosynthetic plants to boost their productivity or melanin-bearing fungi could be used in clothing to shield workers from radiation or even farmed in space as astronaut food. The group plans further tests to see if fungi with melanin are converting other wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum into energy, as well.

"[Melanin] doesn't reflect any light; it's all going into it. Is it all disappearing into a black pigment and has no use whatsoever? Biology is incredibly inventive," Casadevall argues. After all, extremophile microbes thrive in the heat and acid of hydrothermal vents below the sea or live off the radiation of decaying radioactive rocks deep inside Earth's crust. "It's not that outlandish," Casadevall says, for fungi to harvest the energy in ionizing radiation with the help of melanin. But it is unexpected and strange.

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Plants are awesome and we still don't realize all possibiites with them not if we keep ourselves within the mind of the Hologram of Deception that is. All we have to do is step out with our imaginations and our higher minds to guide us. There is no HMS influence there. The quote below is in reference to the article I posted on this thread about Paul Stamets and his mushrooms. Evidently he donated a boatload of them for the Gulf oil cleanup.It's from from the article ,"What Can Gulf Communities Do To Protect Their Beaches from the Oil Spill?"

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National mushroom expert Paul Stamets was in town the weekend after the spill for the Green Festival, heard of Gautier’s work and donated $10,000 worth of oyster mushrooms to harvest on the oily hair mats.

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Lifeforms Can Clean Up Radiation... Naturally

When BP spilled huge quantities of oil into the Gulf, the company and the government ignored natural ways to help clean up the mess, and instead dumped toxic dispersants into the Gulf which actually made things worse.

Likewise - believe it or not - there may be natural ways to help clean up radiation from Fukushima and elsewhere, and to reduce human and animal exposure to radioactive elements.

Scientific American points out:

Like plants that grow toward the sun, dark fungi, blackened by the skin pigment melanin, gravitate toward radiation in contaminated soil. Scientists have observed the organisms—somewhere between plants and animals—blackening the land around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine in the years since its 1986 meltdown. "Organisms that make melanin have a growth advantage in this soil," says microbiologist Arturo Casadevall of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. "In many commercial nuclear reactors, the radioactive water becomes contaminated with melanotic organisms. Nobody really knows what the hell they are doing there."

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"Melanin is very good at absorbing energy and then dissipating it as quickly as possible," says Jennifer Riesz, a biophysicist at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. "It does this by very efficiently changing the energy into heat."

But Casadevall and his colleague Ekaterina Dadachova, a nuclear chemist at Einstein, speculate that the melanin in this case acts like a step-down electric transformer, weakening the energy until it is useable by the fungi. "The energy becomes … low [at] a certain point where it can already be used by a fungus as chemical energy," Dadachova argues. "Protection doesn't play a role here. It is real energy conversion."

Cosmos Magazine notes:

Sitting at the centre of the [Chernobyl] exclusion zone, the damaged reactor unit is encased in a steel and cement sarcophagus. It's a deathly tomb that plays host to about 200 tonnes of melted radioactive fuel, and is swarming with radioactive dust.

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But it's also the abode of some very hardy fungi which researchers believe aren't just tolerating the severe radiation, but actually harnessing its energy to thrive.

"Our findings suggest that [the fungi] can capture the energy from radiation and transform it into other forms of energy that can be used for growth," said microbiologist Arturo Casadevall from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York, USA.

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In 1999, a robot sent to map the inside of the reactor returned with samples of a particularly black fungi, indicating an abundance of the biological pigment melanin, which also colours your skin.

Though melanin is typically associated with 'protective' properties – absorbing and safely transforming different electromagnetic wavelengths, such as DNA-damaging ultraviolet light – the researchers had an inkling that a more extraordinary phenomenon was allowing the fungi to prosper; something still involving the combination of melanin and radiation, but beyond the bounds of radioactive protection.

After all, even without melanin, many fungi are intrinsically radiation-resistant.

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The group analysed three different types of fungi, including Cladosporium sphaerospermum, the species abundant in and around Chernobyl. Using ionising radiation from the radioactive isotope, caesium-137, they exposed the fungi to radiation doses similar to those inside the damaged reactor, and about 500 times greater than the Earth's normal background level.

Melanin-containing fungi exposed to the radiation – even when nutrient-starved on purpose – grew significantly larger and up to 2.5 times faster than fungi without melanin and those not exposed to radiation.

According to Yeshiva's Ekaterina Dadachova, the nuclear chemist who led the study, "the presence of melanin in the cells gives them a distinct advantage over non-melanised cells, in terms of better growth [with radiation]."

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Because the fungi don't actually 'eat' radioactive material, but simply use the energy it radiates, Dadachova said, they're in no danger of becoming radioactive themselves.

Indeed, some bacteria appear to have this property as well. As the Washington Post notes:

At least one of the bacteria species discovered [miles underground] lives entirely disconnected from anything on the Earth’s surface or produced by photosynthesis. It uses the radioactive decay of nearby rocks as the energy source to break apart molecules that it then feeds on.

One of the world's leading authorities on fungi and bioremediation - mycologist Paul Stamets - writes:

Surprisingly, we learned from the Chernobyl disaster some species of melanin-producing fungi thrive, feeding on concrete, within the highly radioactive environment of the damaged containment vessel. At Chernobyl, some fungi’s growth was stimulated by severe radiation, even when exposed to >1,000,000 rads!

Stamets notes that melanin-producing fungi can take radiation out of the environment:

Many people have written me and asked more or less the same question: “What would you do to help heal the Japanese landscape around the failing nuclear reactors?”

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Plant native deciduous and conifer trees, along with hyper-accumulating mycorrhizal
mushrooms, particularly Gomphidius glutinosus, Craterellus tubaeformis, and
Laccaria amethystina ... G. glutinosus has been reported to absorb – via the mycelium – and concentrate radioactive Cesium 137 more than 10,000-fold over ambient background levels. Many other mycorrhizal mushroom species also hyper-accumulate.

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Continuously remove the mushrooms, which have now concentrated the
radioactivity, particularly Cesium 137, to an incinerator. Burning the mushroom will result in radioactive ash. This ash can be further refined and the resulting
concentrates vitrified (placed into glass) or stored using other state-of-the-art
storage technologies.

While Stamets focuses on the area surrounding Fukushima, there is no reason that we can't plant melanin species like Gomphidius glutinosus, Craterellus tubaeformis, and
Laccaria amethystina which are common in areas with pine trees - for example, in many parts of California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii - to tie up radiation in our soil. Handle them like hazardous waste when you pick and dispose of them (contact your local hazardous waste agency for details).

Indeed, Scientific American notes that regular mushrooms or even plants could be converted into melanin-containing, radiation-loving lifeforms:

Fungi induced to produce a melanin shell (the human pathogen Cryptococcocus neoformans) grew well in such levels of radiation, unlike those sans pigment.

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Melanin could be genetically engineered into photosynthetic plants to boost their productivity or melanin-bearing fungi could be used in clothing to shield workers from radiation ...


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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Doomsday Video (HBO)

Published on Apr 19, 2015

CNN produced an actual doomsday video to broadcast when the world is ending and it’s incredibly dull. We've enlisted Martin Sheen to help make humanity’s final moments happier!

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To fight ‘epidemic’ of police violence, new bill would ban chokeholds at federal level

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A US Congressman from New York has announced new legislation that would ban police officers across the country from using chokeholds on suspects – an effort that he said is aimed at stopping an “epidemic” of police violence.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn), who is sponsoring legislation called the “Excessive Use of Force Prevention Act,” is scheduled to introduce the bill on Tuesday. If passed, the bill would make the use of a chokehold a civil rights violation, thus enabling the Department of Justice to more easily charge offending police officers with a crime.

Civil rights charges are particularly difficult for the federal government to bring against law enforcement, since the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a suspect’s civil rights were willfully violated in order to land a conviction.

“The chokehold is a poster child for violent police tactics,” he said, according to the Brooklyn Reader. “It is an unreasonable measure. It is an unnecessary measure. It is an uncivilized measure. The Excessive Use of Force Prevention Act will make it an unlawful measure.”

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Just announced the Excessive Use of Force Prevention Act of 2015 with Ms. Gwen Carr, Eric Garner's mother pic.twitter.com/X8wu0qn0Qt ( https://twitter.com/RepJeffries/status/ ... 38/photo/1 )

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The bill currently has 20 co-sponsors, though it’s unclear if it has attracted any bipartisan support. It defines a chokehold as “the application of any pressure to the throat or windpipe which may prevent or hinder breathing or reduce the intake of air.”

Jeffries’ proposal comes after the death of Staten Island man Eric Garner last year, which occurred after a New York Police Department officer placed him in a chokehold during an attempted arrest. Garner was targeted for selling loose cigarettes and his death was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner. However, a grand jury declined to indict the NYPD officer on criminal charges, sparking nationwide protests.

Speaking outside of the NYPD’s Manhattan headquarters in Manhattan with the mother of Eric Garner, Gwen Carr, Jeffries said the bill is intended to target “an epidemic and crisis of police violence that threatens to undermine the confidence of many in the criminal justice system.”

“Police violence in Cleveland, police violence in North Charleston, police violence in Baltimore, and police violence right here in New York,” he said, as quoted by The Huffington Post. “These are just a few of the recent examples that happened to be caught on videotape, but that clearly are indicative of a broader problem that we have to address.”

The congressman added that the bill will be proposed in honor of Garner’s memory.

“His tragic death and the stunning miscarriage of justice that resulted from the failure to indict his killer sparked a national outcry,” said Jeffries, according to the Brooklyn Reader. “It demands a national response.”

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Change is happening because more and more people are tired of the same old same,same old crap from a dysfunctional system that only makes their complacent lives even more miserable. Complacency doesn't work either it's part of the dysfunctional system. So with nothing to lose they are standing up and saying "No more do we support this dysfunction!. No more do we stand by silently and allow this to go on!!!" Below is another article , this time about the British elections coming up and Cameron is nervous or he should be. People are resilient but still, there is a limit to how much abuse they will tolerate without some kind of collective reaction and Britain is very very close to finding that out if the leaders don't make decisions that are for the benefit of the people, truly. In this era of transparency and expansion that process just gets more transparent and expansive for everyone, poor and rich. Best be aligned with the process that no man controls or government for long anyway, or..... implode. Despite all the conspiracy theories abounding there is something coming up from underneath it all that makes for real and constructive change...and it won't be stopped...

Austerity has damaging psychological effect – something UK politicians should take note of
Richard Sudan, is a London based writer, political activist, and performance poet.

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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech to party activists during a regional campaign launch in Penzance in Cornwall, south west England, April 23, 2015 (Reuters / Toby Melville)

With only weeks to go before the general election in the UK, a statement by some of the UK's leading mental health experts has warned that austerity policies are having a seriously damaging effect on the psychological well-being of ordinary people.

No surprise there you might think, what with food banks and welfare (formerly known as poor relief in the glory days of the empire) sadly becoming commonplace in Britain. But the letter which boasts more than 400 signatories, including counselors and psychotherapists, also calls for Britain's politicians to take note.

The letter claims, that the strain already being felt by some due to the government's restrictions on benefits and public spending, will be made worse by further cuts and increasing privatization-policies advocated by all of the mainstream political parties including the so-called Labour party.

The psychological strain being felt by many people, those simply trying to make ends meet, is no doubt compounded by malicious coverage in the media of those dependent on financial assistance from the state.

It's interesting then, that the same sections of the media, which delight in demonizing those claiming benefits, said nothing when the banking system itself was bailed out by the state in 2009 following the economic meltdown.

People are now working to pay for the government's blank check to the banks; the sound bite 'austerity' is just a word.

Newspapers devoting headlines to those claiming benefits, whipping up a hysterical public mood, coupled with the TV shows like 'Benefits Street' no doubt make for a dangerous recipe. Its class-ism at its worst, classic ‘divide and rule’. What's more, it’s all very misleading as to the bigger picture. Many people claiming benefits are also working full-time, as are those who have had to rely on food banks.

The warning from mental health experts is significant and should serve as a reminder to Britons as they prepare to head to the ballot boxes, of what is to come should the coalition government be returned to Downing Street in May. This is the state we're in: while ordinary people are made to suffer, companies exploiting legal loopholes continue to avoid paying their fair share of tax, largely because their interests are represented in parliament by politicians.

The warning by health experts, outlining the grueling psychological impact of austerity was published last week. Since then we've witnessed protests and demonstrations resisting government laws - laws which will essentially criminalize the homeless for being homeless, part of a widespread plan of social cleansing and gentrification being rolled out mercilessly across the capital.

And let's be clear. Housing conditions for many across the country, especially in cities, are becoming increasingly cramped. Homelessness in the UK is bad enough, a social ill that remains a scar on our collective conscience-something that should be a thing of the past in 2015.

But there's little question that worsening housing conditions, and joblessness are putting a strain on the well-being of ordinary people. It seems a scandal that homelessness, and cramped social conditions are commonplace in our society, especially when we consider that there are many buildings and homes which remain unused. To add insult to injury, those with large mansions can avoid paying tax on them, while Bullingdon boy and PM David Cameron introduced the bedroom tax - his equivalent of Margaret Thatcher's Poll Tax. You couldn't make this stuff up.

Leading mental health practitioners and experts, highlighting what we've known all along, that austerity is destroying the lives of ordinary people - people who didn't choose to bail out a corrupt banking system - should serve as a warning shot to politicians.

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Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband greets supporters as he arrives at a campaign event in Ipswich, eastern England April 22, 2015 (Reuters / Darren Staples)

It’s not exactly as if hundreds of health experts are coming out to say how great the government's policies are, how they are necessary, outlining how these policies they will benefit wider society. And people are tired of the stock political answer they receive when making this point which is usually: "Yes times are tough, but we have to reduce the national deficit, and we're all in this together". 'We', a word so irresponsibly thrown around by politicians, so disrespectful, and an indication that they have absolutely no understanding, or desire to understand the people whose lives they are gambling with.

“We're in this together.” This is the lie which may have prevented the dam from bursting thus far. But when it breaks, and break it shall, unless working people are listened to, it will be a flooding of discontent and unrest which threatens the so-called order of our society-a social meltdown, something which is far more dangerous than the banks collapsing. Maybe we're being pushed unavoidably into the arms of martial law police state, or maybe we're already there and haven't realized. Whatever the agenda is though, we must continue to resist and to fight the government's policies

To this end politicians would do well to listen to health experts, to the warnings that their policies are, let’s put it mildly, widening the gap between the rich and the poor. Their ideology is pushing people, psychologically to the brink. The UK has experienced rioting before, historically, and also just a couple of years ago. Most of us do not want to see this happen again, especially those of us who live in the areas which were affected, and do not live in Primrose Hill, a leafy suburb or a nice cottage in the Shires. We really are all in this together.

We are at a pivotal moment in British history. All around Europe the effects of years of failed Neo Liberalism, or perhaps just plain old liberalism are there to see. In extreme cases like Greece for example, we've seen a radical response to a radical problem. The pain being felt by Greeks, extreme poverty, suicide and desperation was such that Syriza, a left wing response to austerity, and all the nasty side effects that came with it, like the rise of the far-right Golden Dawn party, emerged as a strong response to such failed economic policies. Syriza and Tsipras have rejected the idea that ordinary Greeks should pay for the failings of powerful financial institutions.

Here in Britain, if we are to take a serious stance in rejecting the politics of austerity, we should follow a similar model and reject any politicians which advocate more of the same for the next few years. The idea that we should settle for something which is either just bad or really bad is not good enough, and that is, that selecting the lesser of two evils at the ballot box is ever really any choice. It isn't. But this is indeed the sad state of affairs with our now almost defunct one party political system.

Britain has a chance to begin a process which can change this. All the propaganda and scare tactics on display at the Scottish Independence referendum are being wheeled out now. But if British people examine what the politicians are saying, it’s clear which leaders are advocating more austerity, the effects of which are being warned about by mental health experts, and which are not. Needless to say, those rejecting austerity, utterly and unequivocally should be supported.

To continue down the path of cuts to public spending, by hammering Britain's ordinary communities almost guarantees a summer of discontent and further rioting. Power wielders better hope that if this happens, an ever increasingly politicized 'underclass' as the poor are often characterized as, don't just set their sights this time on JJB or Footlocker.

The British people are not stupid. All that is in the dark regarding how the political establishment operates is coming to light, their crimes being highlighted for all to see. Scapegoating and pitting the poor against the poor, will only work for so long. People are becoming increasingly aware as to the real nature of power. Britain's politicians can either change their ways now, or simply hope that this growing discontent will be expressed and contained only at the ballot box. With the way things are heading this seems very unlikely.

http://rt.com/op-edge/252465-uk-austeri ... al-health/

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US electoral registration: Subject to grave errors


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What's up with this? They said they were dismantling this in 2014, have they ? Or are they still using it to modify weather ? Or have they suddenly developed a conscience? Or maybe i really am jaded and cynical! :lol:

US Air Force Admits to Using HAARP For Weather Modification in Defense Hearing

Senator Murkowski asks questions about the impending dismantling of the HAARP facility in Alaska. Basically the defense related research has been done, and nobody wants to pay the $5 Million a year to keep it running for academic research.

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And this is from only a few months ago, in Dec. 2014. Lets be clear about this and climate change , what is causing it and the consequences. What's in your drinking water and how are plants infected by what is in the chemtrails?

United Nations Openly Discussing Chemtrails, Weather Manipulation & Geoengineering

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwTAqraKOgw


One possible solution to help cleanup the pollution infecting plants ,besides stopping the chemtrails? Mushrooms, mushrooms and more mushrooms.

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How Intelligence Legend & Manchurian candidate Barack Hussein Obama was created

This slideshow, originally presented at The Awakening Center, Mt. Rainier, WA on Feb. 25, 2012, sets out the forensic and documentary evidence showing the systematic pattern of deception and advanced exotic technologies used in the creation and maintenance of the intelligence "Legend" of the Manchurian candidate "Barack Hussein Obama".

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Standardized Testing (HBO)

Published on May 3, 2015

American students face a ridiculous amount of testing. John Oliver explains how standardized tests impact school funding, the achievement gap, how often kids are expected to throw up.

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john oliver aug 3 2013 mcdonlds min wage fox

Published on Aug 8, 2014


John Oliver on comedy central. He replaced John Stewart as host while John Stewart was directing a film. I thought he did an amazing job hosting. I was not surprised he ended up with his own show. I was cleaning out my hard drive and found this clip. So glad I saved it. I wish I had more clips during his tenure on CC.

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Jon Stewart destroys ‘disingenuous’ **** Cheney: It was you that propped Iran up at our expense

Published on Apr 16, 2015

Jon Stewart donned his sleuth cap on Thursday’s Daily Show to spell out the extent of the hypocrisy in former Vice President **** Cheney’s “disingenuous, utterly lacking in self-examination” attacks against President Barack Obama regarding Iran.

Stewart questioned Cheney’s recent argument that, by proposing a nuclear deal with Iran, Obama was weakening the U.S.

“I can’t think of more terrible burden to leave the next president than what Obama’s creating here,” Cheney told conservative radio host Hugh Hewett last week.

But using Cheney’s own logic, Stewart demonstrated that Cheney was “the greater threat to America,” showing footage of the former vice president complaining to colleagues at Halliburton in 1998 that the US had become “sanctions-happy” and cut Halliburton and other weapons companies out of potential business opportunities in Iran.

“You, sir, were arguing for the United States to lift sanctions on Iran, so that your company, Halliburton, could get contracts with this radical regime,” Stewart told a balloon representing Cheney. “Contracts worth millions of dollars. And pardon me if I am impugning your character, but what would you make of a man whose final act in the business world, before joining the American government as Vice President, would be to enter into contracts with the number one state sponsor of terror, just before leaving to become Bush’s running mate — contracts that were only legal because you did them through a foreign subsidiary.”

Stewart’s “parlor scene” also included footage of former Defense Secretary Robert Gates saying in January 2014 that one of the Bush administration’s goals in invading Iraq was to make Iran stronger. By the time Obama was elected, Stewart added, Iran had more than 20 times as many uranium-enriching centrifuges as when Cheney and Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, took office.

And instead of picking a capable leader following the US occupation, Stewart said, Cheney publicly supported Nouri al-Maliki as prime minister, a man who was “emboldened and indebted to our greatest regional enemy.”

“Once you were in office, in gratitude for Iran’s money, you hand Iran the greatest prize of all: Iraq,” Stewart told the balloon. “Isn’t it you, sir, who are the double-agent determined to bring America down? Isn’t it you?”

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Stewart Scorches CNN for Skipping Baltimore Protests in Favor of WHCD Red Carpet

Published on Apr 27, 2015


CNN took a great deal of heat on Saturday evening for going all-out in its White House Correspondents’ Dinner coverage at the expense of ongoing protests in Baltimore. That general consensus of mockery continued Monday evening when Jon Stewart dedicated two full segments to lambasting the cable news network for its programming choices.

“Once again, Washington’s best and brightest stayed home as the rest of Washington got together to walk the red carpet and dish about the red carpet walk in their finest evening wear,” Stewart mocked the star-studded D.C. event. “But here is the problem: While the A-list of america’s media-political complex fiddled on this Saturday night…” this happened: The protests in Baltimore over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray erupted into violent clashes between police and demonstrators.

Of course, CNN’s in-studio team covering the WHCD acknowledged the protests, with one panelist noting how “everyone is wining and dining and this is happening 50, 60 miles away,” and another saying how “important” the conversation was. Yet, within seconds, the CNN host said, “I do want to get to the red carpet.”

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Jon Stewart Tackles ‘Jerk’ Gruber: ‘Pretty Slimy’ Stuff There

Jon Stewart finally took on Jonathan Gruber‘s comments about Obamacare and stupid Americans tonight, and said that the deception he talks about on the part of Democrats does sound “pretty slimy.” The DaILY sHOW.

Stewart joined the conservative piling-on of Gruber by mocking him as a “super-egghead” and a “jerk,” before showing exactly how essential he was to getting the law passed. He showed both video of President Obama touting Gruber’s work and Nancy Pelosi denying knowing Gruber, in video right before additional video of her mentioning Gruber by name.

So this is “pretty lousy” for the Democrats, as Stewart put it. And just to stick the knife in even further, the Supreme Court is going to hear a case that could dismantle the law. Stewart reacted to that news with, well, a string of profanities.

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Jon Stewart Goes After Fox in Powerful Ferguson Monologue

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Show: Jon Stewart destroys Netanyahu over speech to Congress (March 4, 2015)

On Tuesday night, “The Daily Show” tackled Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress – the one that House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu to give without consulting the White House.

“Daily Show” host Jon Stewart took aim at all parties involved in this disrespectful spectacle of political showmanship: Boehner was ridiculed for poking the White House in the eye, Obama was mocked for his calm public reaction, Netanyahu was lampooned for getting Iran and Iraq wrong so many times before, and members of Congress were teased for their ridiculously long standing ovations.

“Whether Netanyahu achieved his goals of sabotaging a deal with Iran, or mistakenly opened up a rift in U.S.-Israeli relations, one thing is for certain,” Stewart concluded. “The in-chamber response to this speech was by far the longest [Censored] a Jewish man has ever received.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07rETBLslrk



Norman Finkelstein: Netanyahu is a maniac

WATCH IN FULL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkbXn... Afshin Rattansi goes underground on the recent Israeli attack on Gaza. Norman Finkelstein, author of ‘Method and Madness - The hidden story of Israel's assaults on Gaza’, says the Goldstone report was 'devastating' in its conclusion that Israel was trying to punish and humiliate the citizens of Gaza, and that Israel has a 'maniac' for a head of state.

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D-ick and Bibi seem to be cut from the same Transhumanism cloth. :shock:

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Times are a changin. I live in Canada in a province called Alberta a very politically conservative bastion, big C and little c for 44 years of literal rule. I usually never get involved politically, but this election I did. I even worked the election in the advanced polls. The leader of this Conservative party called an early election thinking he had it all wrapped up so big his hubris and so blinded by it was he. Corporate Alberta it was called because big business had the Progressive Conservatives in their pocket and pretty well called the shots (CEO's were advisors to Premier Prentis). This meant that big business didn't pay taxes and that the middle class and smaller business' were strapped with even more taxes, not to speak about essential services like health care and education seeing cuts that are very detrimental. What amazes me is the sense of entitlement this government and its corporate advisers feel that they are not accountable or responsible for their abuse of money and power. The Alberta government has a slough of corruption behind them over the past couple of years in particular and what they regret the most is having been caught. They are so corrupt they have lost any sense of needing a moral compass in even considering what the people need let alone that their existence matters except for exploitation. Well, they were ousted and by a party long in the tooth , known for their authenticity, if not actually caring. Noone thinking they could possibly win. Rachel Notley ran a very authentic and real and very positive campaign and the best organized of them all.

People working the polls counted the votes and there was no denying who was voted in. There were no electronic votes and no hacking the machines in favour of the the ruling party. The defeat of the PCs was overwhelming, so much so that the premier quit politics all together teven though he won in his riding. The people have made their choice and will no longer tolerate the hubris, corruption and deception any longer.

The NDP,(New Democrate Party) the winning party is run by a woman whose father founded the NDP party decades ago. He died in a plane crash in the 80's. The NDP won every seat in the city I live in and over half in the other major city in this province not to speak of the towns and rural areas. They won 63% of the total vote with 5 partys running. The PC's lost their majority in this historic win by the NDP. What is interesting is that half of the NDP seats are women and half men. Big business, especially the oil business is kinda scared not to say the least because Rachel Notley cares about the people unlike Prentis of the PC's who constantly told them to tighten their belts and to "look in the mirror" to see what more austerity measures they could take. Big business knows they can't manipulate Rachel because she has conviction and can't be bought. It's unbelievable the hubris of these politicians and CEOs who are rich. It's unbelievable how blinded by their own egos they are which always inevitably leads to their downfall.

The opposition party is called the Wildrose Party who are extreme right wing and was started by PCs unhappy with their party so formed this one. The leader of the Wildrose quit it and went back to the PC party which put the remaining Wildrose in chaos. Still they gained more seats in the legislature in this election as the PCs lost most of theirs. The reason I am posting this is because I believe there is so much hope amid all of what the trolls say in the media who think they control the choices people make by what they say. People make their own choices and when they are fed up enough with the corruption and negativity they not only demand change they make it like they did at the polls in Alberta yesterday and not money or so called power of any government can stop this. The PCs had the most money and so called power and now look at them.

We have a Federal election coming up in the Fall of 2015 and the Prime Minister of Canada is a PC who came from Calgary, Alberta . Having a New Democrat government in Alberta does not bode well for the PCs in the Federal election. If anything its a warning that people are not only waking up but that a good number of them are very awake. There is a momentum that has started here and it won't be stopped. It's the people as a collective who have started it.

Even though it was forecast, it is rather ironic that we woke up to snow today especially when it was predicted that the NDP could only win an election in Alberta when hell froze over. Well guess what? It did. :lol:

It will be intersting to see how the elections in the UK go and that the Scottish Independent Party really didn't lose. Gee...collectives in countries are speaking up everywhere. :lol:

Do you think that finally we are feeling being in the over 50% of the positive quadrant instead of that negativity we have been deceived to think predominantly exists? I'll vouch for the former. :lol:

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