US is no longer a full democracy, EIU warns. America's score fell to 7.98 last year from 8.05 in 2015, below the 8.00 threshold for a full democracy, the EIU announced in a report on Wednesday.
That put the world's largest economy on the same footing as Italy, a country known for its fractious politics. A flawed democracy is a country with free elections but weighed down by weak governance, an underdeveloped political culture and low levels of political participation, according to the EIU. Other flawed democracies in 2016 included Japan, France, Singapore, South Korea and India, the report said. The American government's growth has been severed and we need to take a cue from biology to revive it : C_S_T. DN! Bernie Sanders' Long History With Alternative Medicine. On the day of his crushing victory in the New Hampshire primary, 74-year-old Bernie Sanders shot hoops with his grandkids.
He has a good mid-range shot. Boom. Boom. Boom. He sank it every time. Breaking Through Power: It's Easier Than We Think (City Lights Open Media): Ralph Nader: 9780872867055: Amazon.com: Books. Could Technology Remove the Politicians From Politics? - Motherboard. The tech industry has talked long and hard about democratizing industries.
Democratizing content, democratizing taxi-cabs, and democratizing bed and breakfasts. But what about democratizing democracy? Gizmodo. Get ready for the robot propaganda machine. This article was taken from The WIRED World in 2015.
Center for Technology & Civic Life. Don't Send Bottled Water. Many of you have contacted me wanting to know how you can help the people of Flint with the two-year long tragedy of drinking water contaminated by the radical decisions made by the Governor of Michigan.
The offer is much appreciated by those who are suffering through this and who have not drank a glass of unpoisoned water since April of 2014. Unfortunately, the honest answer to your offer of help is, sadly, you can’t. You can’t help. The reason you can’t help is that you cannot reverse the irreversible brain damage that has been inflicted upon every single child in Flint.
US authorities distorting tests to downplay lead content of water. Water authorities across the US are systematically distorting water tests to downplay the amount of lead in samples, risking a dangerous spread of the toxic water crisis that has gripped Flint, documents seen by the Guardian show.
The controversial approach to water testing is so widespread that it occurs in “every major US city east of the Mississippi” according to an anonymous source with extensive knowledge of the lead and copper regulations. “By word of mouth, this has become the thing to do in the water industry. The logical conclusion is that millions of people’s drinking water is potentially unsafe,” he said. How PBS sold its soul to a billionaire donor - latimes. John D.
Arnold testifies in Washington in 2009. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated…) A few days ago the Public Broadcasting Service announced it was returning a $3.5-million grant it had received from a Texas billionaire to fund a series of documentaries about the "pension peril" -- the costs to cities and states of their public employee retirement obligations. PBS took the action after a report in the tech news website PandoDaily exposed the conflict of interest underlying the original donation. 291 - Federal Lands in the US. The rough beauty of the American West seems as far as you can get from the polished corridors of power in Washington DC.
Until you look at the title to the land. The federal government owns large tracts of the western states: from a low of 29.9% in Montana, already more than the national average, up to a whopping 84.5% in Nevada. This map, depicting the distribution and share of federal land per state, was first published on this blog way back in 2008. Alaska State Judge Anna Maria Riezinger (Anna Von Reitz), November 28th. On November 28th, 2015, Alaska State Judge Anna von Reitz (Anna Maria Riezinger) addressed an open letter to all federal agents, including the FBI and US Marshals to arrest Congress, the President and the Secretary of the Treasury.
She goes into incredible detail on the fraud that has been committed. Anyone who reads this is sure to learn at least something. Below is the text and you can open the original pdf here. This has been encouraged to be shared widely. Anna Maria Riezinger (Anna Von Reitz) November 28, 2015 Big Lake, Alaska Dear Federal Agents: Anna von Reitz. It Just Got More Risky to Violate Swiss Bank Secrecy - MoneyBeat. Bloomberg News ZURICH—The penalties for whistleblowers and others breaking Switzerland’s fabled bank secrecy laws just got more severe.
Starting on Wednesday, those convicted of profiting from violating the secrecy laws—say, by selling a disk full of information about foreign Swiss bank clients to keen foreign tax authorities—face up to five years in prison. EU & Switzerland ink historic agreement to end Swiss banking secrecy — RT Business. The European Union and Switzerland have signed a tax transparency agreement that will put an end to Swiss banking secrecy for EU residents. The sides will start automatically sharing data on residents’ financial accounts from 2018. "Today's agreement heralds a new era of tax transparency and cooperation between the EU and Switzerland. It is another blow against tax evaders, and another leap towards fairer taxation in Europe,” European commissioner for economic and financial affairs, Pierre Moscovici, said in a press release on Wednesday.
The shared data will include names, addresses, tax identification numbers and dates of birth, as well as a broad set of other financial and account balance information, according to the document. “This new transparency should not only improve Member States' ability to track down and tackle tax evaders, but it should also act as a deterrent against hiding income and assets abroad to evade taxes,” the press release said. Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority. Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) is the Swiss government body responsible for financial regulation.
This includes the supervision of banks, insurance companies, stock exchanges and securities dealers, as well as other financial intermediaries in Switzerland. FINMA is an independent institution with its own legal personality based in Bern. It is institutionally, functionally and financially independent from the central federal administration and the Federal Department of Finance and reports directly to the Swiss parliament. How Reddit took on its own users – and won. Halfway through 2015, one of the largest white supremacist communities on the internet was closed down.
The “Chimpire”, a loose network of forums with names like “CoonTown” and “Teenapers”, had started in 2013 with the founding of the virulently racist “GreatApes” forum. The Boy Who Could Change the World. The Writings of Aaron Swartz A posthumous collection of writing by Aaron Swartz, the computer genius and Internet hacktivist whose tragic suicide shook the world “He was brilliant and funny. Millennials Want To Send Troops To Fight ISIS, But Don't Want To Serve. In a new survey, 60 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds say they support U.S. combat troops to fight ISIS.
Welcome. The Real Nuclear Danger. The Real Nuclear Danger. Geo-engineering: Climate fixes 'could harm billions' 25 November 2014Last updated at 20:12 ET. Geoengineering: How to Cool Earth. Where’s the justice in geoengineering? (This post is based on a lecture given earlier today at the SRM Science conference in Cambridge)
Geoengineering. Geoengineering commonly refers to Climate engineering. Geoengineering may also refer to: Geological engineering, a hybrid discipline that comprises elements of civil engineering, mining engineering, petroleum engineering, and earth sciencesEngineering geology, the application of the geological sciences to engineering studyGeotechnical engineering, the branch of civil engineering concerned with the engineering behavior of earth materialsGeophysical engineering, the application of geophysics to the engineering design of facilities including roads, tunnels, and mines.
Occupation of the Dominican Republic. Rafael Trujillo. 'Howl' by Allen Ginsberg (with subtitles) - HQ. Geolibertarianism. Geolibertarianism is a left-libertarian political movement and ideology that synthesizes libertarianism and geoism (or Georgism). Geolibertarians are generally influenced by Georgism, but the ideas behind it pre-date Henry George, and can be found in different forms in the writings of John Locke, the French Physiocrats, Thomas Jefferson, Adam Smith, Thomas Paine, James Mill (John Stuart Mill's father), David Ricardo, John Stuart Mill, Herbert Spencer, and Thomas Spence. Property rights NATO. Coordinates:
1033. The Open Secret - Charles Eisenstein. CokeWatch.org. Campaign for Justice at Coca Cola Mission Statement: Global corporations, such as The Coca-Cola Company, have a responsibility to ensure that the rights and safety of all workers who produce, package/bottle or distribute their products are protected. Just as they have a responsibility to ensure that the products they sell are safe, Coca Cola has a responsibility to ensure that the conditions under which their products are produced are safe. The Campaign for Justice at Coca-Cola is united in its commitment to these principles and calls on The Coca-Cola Company to: Immediately stop the violence against Coca-Cola workers in Colombia, South America who have been subjected to extreme acts of intimidation including kidnapping, torture and murder; and Negotiate with Coca Cola unions and representatives an enforceable global agreement that will ensure the rights and safety of all workers who produce, package/bottle, and distribute Coca Cola products worldwide.
Skolnick - Oklahoma City Bombings...A Split In The FBI? Gov News Release: AIR FORCE C-21 CRASH. Has The War Begun? Sherman H. Skolnick (1930 - 2006. Our nonmagical modern world as the biggest magical trick ever…
David Wilcock. CHAPTER 11: GLOBAL GRID II: HYPERDIMENSIONAL CRYSTALS IN PLANETS. Water fluoridation. Here's How to Get it Out of Your System. It Makes People Dumb, Docile, and Sick – Microsoft Word - Cocacola-CIA.doc - cocacola-cia.pdf. GeoengineeringWatch.org.