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We should be thankful for breaking free from mass media and being part of an awakened humanity

Anyone who is awakened to the worldwide horrors the US, ISIS and their allies are imposing on the rest of humanity knows that the thing that makes these horrors worse is the accompanying deceptive mainstream media 24/7 lies. There's nothing worse than seeing Western mainstream media continue to portray ISIS as if they are the "enemy" of the US, while the US military and Western-backed nations like Turkey, Israel, and Saudi Arabia continue to support ISIS. As a result, the ongoing bold lies and the obnoxious propaganda is further repelling awakened humanity from mainstream media and driving a permanent wedge between the freed human mind and the entire concept of Western propaganda. The whole thing is sickening and repulsive, and I believe freedom-loving humanity is responding to this worldwide.

The recent inundation of lies and over-the-top propaganda intended to lead us toward World War 3, is so obnoxious and mentally repelling that truth seekers can easily make a choice to separate themselves for an entire day (Thanksgiving day) to reminisce how fortunate we are to not be plagued by these ongoing lies. If you haven't thought of this, I want to invite all truth seekers to do just that on this Thanksgiving day. Let's turn off mainstream media and let's be thankful for the awareness we have about the world around us. Let's believe that there is a reason for the awareness. I believe humanity has a mechanism of self-preservation and we are the expression of that preservation. For that I am thankful today and so should you.

Stock Down

The U.S. dollar's recessionary effect on the world economy and how the Fed may be about to make things much worse


What will Fed Chair Janet Yellen and other policy makers do next?
The 7th largest economy on the entire planet, Brazil, has been gripped by a horrifying recession, as has much of the rest of South America. But it isn't just South America that is experiencing a very serious economic downturn. We have just learned that Japan (the third largest economy in the world) has lapsed into recession. So has Canada. So has Russia. The dominoes are starting to fall, and it looks like the global economic crisis that has already started is going to accelerate as we head into the end of the year. At this point, global trade is already down about 8.4 percent for the year, and last week the Baltic Dry Shipping Index plummeted to a brand new all-time record low. Unfortunately for all of us, the Federal Reserve is about to do something that will make this global economic slowdown even worse.

Throughout 2015, the U.S. dollar has been getting stronger. That sounds like good news, but the truth is that it is not. When the last financial crisis ended, emerging markets went on a debt binge unlike anything we have ever seen before. But much of that debt was denominated in U.S. dollars, and now this is creating a massive problem. As the U.S. dollar has risen, the prices that many of these emerging markets are getting for the commodities that they export have been declining. Meanwhile, it is taking much more of their own local currencies to pay back and service all of the debts that they have accumulated. Similar conditions contributed to the Latin American debt crisis of the 1980s, the Asian currency crisis of the 1990s and the global financial crisis of 2008 and 2009.

Comment: If past Fed policies and actions are any clue - and we can certainly say that they are - we can probably expect a very nasty outcome if/when the Fed raises its interest rates. Hold on to your hats.


Utterly ridiculous! Florida cops bust weekly 'penny-ante' mahjong game played by elderly women

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Mahjong game
Police in Florida busted a game of mahjong in Florida at a condominium clubhouse. The group accused of the crime: four women between the ages of 87 and 95. Heritage Florida reports that police came to shut down the friendly game played by Lee Delnick, Bernice Diamond, Helen Greenspan and Zelda King.

King says word spread about their weekly gathering and that a "troublemaker" in the community called the police citing a law that prohibits playing the game for money. Police closed the clubhouse. The women were sent a formal notice from condominium management stating that there would be no more mahjong, bingo, or poker played in the location until further notice. Police reportedly stopped by several times later that week to make sure the games weren't being played.

"This is ridiculous," King said. "We haven't played in the clubhouse for weeks! We have to go to each other's homes to play and not everyone lives in Escondido. It is an international game and we are being crucified!" The 87-year-old said the game is good for the elderly and that even her doctor has told her that it can delay dementia. The women suggested they could "just play for fun" without money, but the property manager said they should "lay low," until things were resolved.

After a bit of investigating, officials came to the conclusion that there is no ordinance prohibiting mahjong gambling of the nature. Heritage Florida did find Statute 849.085, which states: "Certain penny-ante games are not crimes; 'Penny-ante game' means a game or series of games of poker, pinochle, bridge, rummy, canasta, hearts, dominoes, or mahjong in which the winnings of any player in a single round, hand, or game do not exceed $10 in value."

Comment: Thank goodness police didn't use SWAT or flash-bang grenades to break up this 'illegal' mahjong cartel!


Four dead in Army helicopter crash at Fort Hood, Texas


4 dead in U.S. Army helicopter crash at Fort Hood
Four crew members on an Army helicopter were killed when it crashed Monday evening at Ft. Hood in central Texas, officials said.

The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter went down sometime after 5:49 p.m. in the northeastern part of the massive Army post.

Emergency crews conducted "an extensive search" and reported that all four crew members were found dead.

A statement released early Tuesday said the crew had been assigned to Division West, First Army and were on a routine training mission. The names of the crew members will be released after their families have been notified, the statement said.

The cause of the crash remained unknown.


Mi-8 helicopter crash in East Siberia killed 15 people and put 10 others in intensive care

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A view shows the site of a Mi-8 helicopter crash near the town of Igarka in Krasnoyarsk region, Russia, November 26, 2015.
According to the latest data, fifteen people have been killed and 10 others are in intensive care after the Mi-8 helicopter crashed in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, in Eastern Siberia, a senior aide to the local transport prosecutor has said.

"At the moment, 15 people have been killed and 10 people are in intensive care, one is being retrieved from the destroyed fuselage of the helicopter," Oksana Gorbunova told TASS.

It was earlier reported that twelve people were believed to be dead after the crash.

The helicopter was carrying 25 people, including 22 passengers and three crew members. "The helicopter has fallen in the Yenisei [river] and is lying on the ice. People are being evacuated," local police told TASS.

The helicopter was en route from Igarka to an oil production facility in Krasny Selkub. The emergencies ministry said the helicopter made a hard landing in a difficult access area some 2 kilometers from the airport of Igarka and its fuselage was destroyed without catching fire.

Comment: The Moscow Times is also reporting:
An investigation has been opened into the cause of the crash and numerous explanations have been presented in the Russian media.

The helicopter was tested pre-flight and was not defective, the Ministry of Emergency Situations said. "All the helicopter mechanisms were in good condition. The weather conditions were also favorable, a ministry spokesman said, Interfax reported.


The myth of Thanksgiving


A digitally blurred reproduction of a painting, titled The First Thanksgiving 1621, by artist J.L.G Ferris.
Thanksgiving is the favorite holiday of many US Americans; unlike the rather boring or divisive holidays that honor Columbus, Presidents, Martin Luther King, Jr., Independence, veterans and war, the birth of a religion, and a new year, Thanksgiving is centered on sharing food with family and friends. Individuals and families travel long distances at great expense to be with one another. It might be surprising to learn that the cherished tradition of Thanksgiving is, in fact, the most nationalist of all holidays because it narrates the national origin myth. The traditional meal, as we know, consists of the foods cultivated by Indigenous farmers - corn, squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and turkey.

The US origin story of a covenant with God goes back to the Mayflower Compact, the first governing document of the Plymouth Colony. It is named for the ship that carried the hundred or so passengers, half of them religious dissidents, to what is now Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in November 1620. This compact marked the beginning of settler democracy, which from its inception sought the elimination of the Indigenous. Behind the black clothed and solemn "Pilgrims," was a corporation of shareholders, the Virginia Company, accompanied by armed and seasoned mercenaries on a colonizing project ordered by the English King James. If any local Natives were present at a colonizers' celebratory meal, they were surely there as servants, and the foods were confiscated, not offered as a gift.

Light Saber

Syngenta seed company sued for millions in losses - Indiana farmers mislead about marketability of crops

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Nearly 3,000 Indiana corn farmers claim in a lawsuit that the Swiss company Syngenta prematurely released a genetically modified seed to market, costing them millions in losses from plummeting corn prices and a Chinese import ban.

According to Keith Orebaugh, lead plaintiff who is seeking class-action status in the lawsuit, the price of corn has plummeted over the last two years since Syngenta introduced a genetically modified corn seed called Agrisure Viptera. Farmers claim the company sold the seed to US farmers and corporations without gaining approval from China, a key importer of US corn. The problems began when China banned US corn after it detected shipments containing the unapproved GMO trait, MIR 162.

Comment: Apparently all Syngenta cared about was selling its product, even if they had to lie to do it. Corporate psychoapthy in action


Russia bans tour operators from selling tours to Turkey

RosTurizm [Russian Tourism agency] has banned the sale of tours to Turkey


Poll shows huge majority of Saudis hate Daesh terrorists

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In the file photo, militants from the Takfiri Daesh group are seen in the town of Tell Abyad, in northern Syria.
An overwhelming majority of people in Saudi Arabia detest the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, a recent opinion poll shows.

The study, which was conducted by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy in September, showed that 92 percent of Saudi people hate and reject the terror group, and it has "the worst reputation among the Saudi general public."

The pollster interviewed 1,000 adult Saudi nationals, half of them below 35 years of age, across the Persian Gulf Kingdom, including the major cities of Riyadh, Mecca, Jeddah, and Dammam.

"All areas and demographic segments of the country were sampled in proportion to their share of the total population," said David Pollock, a senior fellow of the American think-tank who conducted the research, adding that the Saudis who were polled described Daesh as one of the worst organizations in the world.

"This is almost the same result as in our poll conducted one year ago, leading to the important conclusion that despite sensational media claims by ISIS (Daesh) to represent Sunni Islam, the group still has almost no popular support in Saudi Arabia, a bastion of Sunni fundamentalism," Pollock went on to say.

Comment: Clearly the Suadi Royal ruling family isn't interested in what their people think. Do the Saudi people know their government supports the terrorists?


Rights groups: Saudi regime targeted Yemeni civilians with British cruise missiles

Saudi Arabia air strike in Yemen using UK weapons. Remnants of the UK-made PGM-500 missile from the site of a Saudi attack on a Yemeni factory near the capital city Sana’a on September 23, 2015 (Amnesty International)
Saudi Arabia used British-made cruise missiles during an attack on a civilian Yemeni factory, say Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

According to a report published by the human rights groups on Wednesday, remains of PGM-500 missiles, manufactured by the UK firm Marconi Dynamics, were found in the rubble of a factory that was targeted near the capital Sana'a in September.
"The attack on the factory in the Sana'a governorate, which appeared to be producing only civilian goods, killed one person, and was in apparent violation of international humanitarian law," read a Human Rights Watch statement.

Comment: There is no law, apparently humanitarian or otherwise. What is being protected?