Court Sentences 77-Year-Old Disabled Veteran To Die In Prison For Treating Illness With Marijuana

By Amando Flavio
Many people have spoken vehemently against this draconian law in the state before, but state officials have deliberately ignored the concerns.

The November 2016 elections held in the United States confirmed that marijuana is gaining public acceptance in the country. In fact, the plant won major ballot victories on Election Day in states across the nation.

Medical marijuana legalization, on the ballot in Florida, received a whopping 71% support from voters. Medical marijuana legalization also received massive endorsements in Arkansas and North Dakota. Voters in California, Nevada, Massachusetts and Maine also approved measures to legalize marijuana for recreational use in their territories.

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According to observers, had marijuana been placed on the ballot nationwide, it would have swept through, gaining more votes than Trump and Clinton put together. Many believe the federal restriction on the plant will soon collapse, as more and more people in the country understand the medicinal value of marijuana.

But despite the hopes that marijuana laws at the federal level would soon loosen, the country’s law enforcement and judicial officials are hiding behind an archaic and draconian law on marijuana that throws innocent people in jail for life, for no apparent reason.

Lee Carroll Brooker

The United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) classifies marijuana as a schedule 1 drug on the Controlled Substance Act (CSA), meaning the plant is in the category of hard drugs such as cocaine, heroin and others. Although there have been petitions in the past asking the DEA to remove marijuana from the schedule 1 on the CSA, the agency has blatantly refused to do so, putting up a ridiculous argument that there is no evidence to prove marijuana has any medicinal value.

This has led conservative Christian states, especially those in the Bible Belt, to tighten their laws on marijuana. The Bible Belt is an informal region in the southeastern and south-central United States where socially conservative evangelical Protestantism plays a strong role in society. Christian church attendance across the denominations in the area is generally higher than the nation’s average.

Lee Carroll Brooker

One of the Bible Belt states is Alabama. Alabama and three other states in the U.S. mandate a life without parole sentence for simple possession of small amounts of marijuana by people with certain prior felony convictions. This means if you live in Alabama and you have been convicted on a felony charge before, you will risk a life jail sentence if caught in the possession of even a small amount of marijuana.

Many people have spoken vehemently against the draconian law in the past, but state officials have deliberately ignored voiced concerns. The unjust and draconian law has now caught up with an innocent poor man in the state.

A court in the state has sentenced a 77-year-old disabled veteran, Lee Carroll Brooker, to life in prison for possessing a small amount of marijuana. What is more appalling regarding the sentence is the fact that the elderly man didn’t possess the plant for his pleasure.

Lee Carroll Brooker

Brooker has been diagnosed with multiple chronic conditions. He decided to use marijuana to cure his ailments instead of relying on Big Pharma’s dangerous medicines. Since medical marijuana is not legal in Alabama, Brooker planted only three of the plants in the backyard of his son’s house. When law enforcement officials discovered the plant, they dragged him to court, leading to his unjust sentence.

During the sentencing of Brooker, the trial judge said in court that if he [the judge] could sentence him [Brooker] to a term that is less than life without parole, he would have done it.

“Alabama, like three other states, mandates a life without parole sentence for simple possession of small amounts of marijuana by people with certain prior felony convictions — and Mr. Brooker had been convicted of a string of robberies twenty years earlier in Florida, crimes for which he served ten years in prison. In such a case, the law doesn’t require prosecutors to prove any intent to sell the drug,” The New York Times explained on the absurd sentence.

Mr Brooker is said to have joined the United States Army at age 17. He came under fire in both Lebanon and the Dominican Republic, eventually rising to the rank of sergeant in the 82nd Airborne — where he was decorated for infantry service.

The chronic conditions he is experiencing now could probably be as a result of his past profession. And when he tried to cure them naturally, he was put behind bars for the term of his natural life.

Last year, Brooker challenged the Supreme Court to hear his sad and unjust sentence. But the notorious conservative Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore refused to hear the case. Justice Moore even admitted that Brooker’s sentence was excessive and unjustified. According to The Times, the judge deciding the vet’s fate would have preferred to hand down a lighter sentence, but once the charges had been brought as they were, he was obligated to enforce the letter of the law.

The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear his case means Brooker has been left little recourse but to ultimately die in jail for treating his ailments with a plant that has been proven to have medicinal value by many studies.

Lee Carroll Brooker

From all indications, state officials deliberately wanted to jail Mr Brooker simply because he refused to make Big Pharma rich, by turning to marijuana. The Times pointed this out: “While the sentence was mandatory, the prosecutor was not required to bring the precise charges that triggered it. Prosecutorial discretion here, as in most cases, is a central factor in determining what punishment defendants face.”

What is also painful, in Brooker’s case, is that in other states where medical marijuana is legal, Brooker would have been a free man for treating his illness with the plant. But in Alabama, it appears the 77-year-old will suffer the consequences of bad policy, unjustifiable law, and the cruelty of ostensible authoritarian leadership in a state that is wholly supported by the federal government.

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5 Signs Your Heart Isn’t Working As Well As It Should

heartHeart issues can be sneaky and surreptitious, arriving suddenly and seemingly without warning. But oftentimes there are tip-offs—though people fail to recognize them. 

“Especially for women, the signs or symptoms of heart trouble don’t always follow the classic patterns,” says Kerry Hildreth, MD, an assistant professor of aging and heart health at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. 

Regardless of your gender, knowing what to look for is key. For starters, keep close tabs on your blood pressure and cholesterol, says Paul Whelton, MD, a professor of epidemiology at Tulane University School of Public Health. Then be on the lookout for one or more of these signs of potential trouble.

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Chest pain or soreness

Not everyone who has a heart attack does it Hollywood style (think clutching your chest and dropping to the floor). Intense pressure—”like an elephant standing on your chest,” says Whelton—should prompt you to call 911. Feel like you pulled a muscle in your chest? That could signal underlying cardiovascular disease, says Ashley Simmons, MD, a cardiologist at the University of Kansas Hospital, so be sure to tell your doctor. (Learn the symptoms of a silent heart attack here.)

“It doesn’t have to be a sharp pain,” Simmons says. “It could be subtle, and it sometimes radiates out to your shoulder, arm, neck, or jaw.” Chest pain that pops up during or following a workout or when you’re stressed is especially concerning, as it could signal a blood flow issue, Simmons says.

 
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Shortness of breath

If light activity takes your breath away—especially if you used to be able to tackle a flight of stairs without huffing and puffing—that’s trouble, Simmons says. “I ask patients to compare their activity today to their activity a year or two ago,” she says. “If they notice major changes in their breathing or what they’re able to do, that’s a sign something may be going on.” (Lower your cholesterol naturally with these 12 foods.) 

Breathing problems that come on when you lie down are also problematic (they could indicate valve disease), so be sure to bring that to your doctor’s attention. (Want to pick up some healthier habits? Sign up to get FREE healthy living tips delivered straight to your inbox!)

 
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Flu-like symptoms

“Feeling nauseated or fatigued or experiencing a cold, clammy sweat can signal insufficient blood flow,” Hildreth says (these 15 nausea remedies can help). Everyone gets these symptoms at times, but if they start after a bout of physical activity, see a doctor.

Severe stomach upset can also be a red flag; research shows that some women have indigestion during the days before a heart attack, but they don’t associate it with heart trouble so they put off seeking treatment. When in doubt, get help.

 
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Lightheadedness

Feeling lightheaded or woozy could be a sign of a blockage or valve-related issue, especially if it’s accompanied by the feeling that your heart is fluttering (palpitations), Simmons says. Feel lightheaded whenever you stand up quickly may also be a sign of impending heart trouble, finds a recent study from the University of North Carolina. (Keep your BP where it should be with these 13 power foods that lower blood pressure naturally.)

 
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Fatigue or sleeplessness
Many female heart attack sufferers feel oddly tired during the week leading up to an attack. They also report “sleep disturbances,” according to a study from the University of Arkansas.
 
Originally posted: http://www.prevention.com/health/signs-of-heart-issues
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YOU are remarkable! The Health Ranger reveals why your voice, your actions and your very existence really matters

One of the primary goals of the fakestream (fake news) media is to demoralize humanity and make people think their efforts to change the world for the better are hopeless. They want to create a society of obedient sheeple who are bullied into surrendering to the sick agendas of depopulation, destruction of liberty and anti-humanism.

Today, I’m releasing a podcast that explains why they’re WRONG. You are remarkable! Your voice, your actions and your very existence really matter.

You are more powerful than you can imagine. Sometimes, you just need to be reminded of it. That’s why I’ve released this podcast that starts off with a “thank you” to all Natural News supporters, then gets into the greater truth of why your life really matters so much in this world, even though it can often seem like you’re flailing in a sea of uncertainty.

Listen to my full podcast at The Health Ranger Report, or hear it below:

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Alarming new study warns that Chinese air pollution is already killing people

Air pollution in China is nothing new; in late 2015, the country was even forced to issue a “red alert” for the high levels of pollution. You know the air quality is bad when you have to close schools and place a travel ban for half the cars in a city. An assessment of Beijing’s daily air quality index even showed that the air was “unhealthy” to breathe 49 percent of days, between the years 2008 and 2015. In those seven years, Beijing’s air was only rated as “good” for a dismal 2 percent of the time.

Now, new research shows that the air in China is so bad that it is actually contributing to cardiovascular and respiratory disease-related deaths.  The air is making people sick and killing them.

In what is described by Science Daily as the “largest epidemiological study conducted in the developing world,” scientists have concluded that as citizens are increasingly exposed to small-sized particulate in the air across 272 of China’s cities, the incidence of cardiovascular and respiratory disease-related mortality increases as well.

The study was recently published online by the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, prior to the printed release.

Shocking findings reveal immense pollution in China

The study’s senior author Maigeng Zhou, PhD, is also the  Deputy Director of the National Center for Chronic and Non-communicable Disease Control and Prevention at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Zhou explains, “Fine particulate [PM2.5] air pollution is one of the key public health concerns in developing countries including China, but the epidemiological evidence about its health effects is scarce.” Zhou says that a new monitoring network has allowed them to assess and evaluate short-term associations between PM2.5 and cause-specific deaths across China.

The research team discovered that the national average of PM2.5 exposure in China was a devastating 56 micrograms per cubic liter (μg/m3)  — more than five times higher than the World Health Organization’s air quality guidelines of 10 μg/m3 , annually.

Their findings also revealed that for every 10 μg/m3 increase in PM2.5, there was a 0.22 percent increase in all non-accident related death. The same increase in PM2.5 exposure was also associated with 0.29 percent increase in all respiratory death, and a 0.38 percent increase in mortality specifically from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which is also known as COPD.

The team also found that cities with higher average temperatures exhibited a stronger association between PM2.5 and mortality. The researchers believe that this may be because people living in warmer climates may spend more time outside and open their windows at home more often.

Study co-author Haidong Kan, MD, a Professor of Public Health at Fudan University in China, believes that their findings may be helpful for forming new public health policies and ambient air quality standards in developing countries, and will hopefully help reduce PM2.5-related disease occurrence.

“Further massive investigations, especially looking at the long-term effect studies, are needed to confirm our results and to identify the most toxic components of PM2.5 in China,” Kan added.

Air pollution deaths in China may keep rising

The United States-based Health Effects Institute (HEI) found that in 2015, there were some 4.2 million deaths attributable to air pollution across 195 different countries. Of those, half of the deaths occurred in China and India alone.  China individually represented roughly 25 percent of global air pollution-related deaths in 2015, with 1.1 million instances of pollution-related mortality.

In 2016,  the Paris-based International Energy Agency released a report that estimated China’s air pollution death toll will continue to increase. The report states that Chinese pollution will extend far into the future, and they expect that mortality attributable to air pollution in China will increase along with it, even in spite of the countries efforts to quell their environmental contamination.

They expect that the air pollution-related death rate in China will reach 2.5 million deaths per year, by the year 2040.

It’s clear that China needs to take a more stringent approach to their environmental clean-up efforts if they want to make a difference. Countless scientific studies have shown that air pollution in China (and worldwide) is a growing problem that has substantial, negative health effects; something needs to be done, before it’s too late.

Sources:

ScienceDaily.com

BBC.com

CBC.ca

WHO.int

RFA.org

Originally Posted: http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-02-14-alarming-new-study-warns-that-chinese-air-pollution-is-already-killing-people.html
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Not Just Autism, Major Yale Study Shows Vaccines Tied To Multiple Brain Disorders

By Jack Burns

It is no question that the subject of vaccines is profoundly controversial. On both sides of the argument exist truths and lies that can hinder the ability of some to make rational decisions.

For the last 50 years, the world has taken a front row seat to the phenomenological occurrences of the rise of brain disorders such as Autism, ADHD, and major depressive disorders. Anecdotally speaking, parents all over the globe have reported that one day their children were normal and growing healthily, and the next, after having gotten their vaccinations, they get autism, or ADHD, for example.

While science and the government continue to maintain there’s no causal relation between the vaccines and the disorders, parents, multiple studies, and other countries have reported otherwise. Now, it seems, some very brave and unabashed scientists have been able to show a correlation of what many have known for quite some time.

It has also been proven that CDC scientists destroyed data that showed a correlation between vaccines and autism in children.

 

Researchers at Pennsylvania State and Yale University sought to examine, “whether antecedent vaccinations are associated with increased incidence of obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), anorexia nervosa (AN), anxiety disorder, chronic tic disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, major depressive disorder, and bipolar disorder in a national sample of privately insured children.”

Controlling for broken bones and open wounds (control means to use commonly occurring instances as a contrast method), the researchers concluded that someone who’d received the flu vaccine within the last year “were also associated with incident diagnoses of AN, OCD, and an anxiety disorder.” These findings greatly expand the common understandings that vaccines are related to Autism and now include the other three brain-based illnesses.

The study used private insurance claims information as their means of collecting the data. “Using claims data, we compared the prior year’s occurrence of vaccinations in children and adolescents aged 6–15 years with the above neuropsychiatric disorders that were newly diagnosed between January 2002 and December 2007,” the study writes.

Moreover, the correlations were not limited to the Flu vaccine either. According to the published study found in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry, “Several other associations were also significant with HRs greater than 1.40 (hepatitis A with OCD and AN; hepatitis B with AN,” meaning the hepatitis vaccines are also implicated in causing brain disorders.

As with most research studies, the researchers stop short of claiming the vaccinations cause the all too common brain disorders. “This pilot epidemiologic analysis implies that the onset of some neuropsychiatric disorders may be temporally related to prior vaccinations in a subset of individuals,” they write adding the, “findings warrant further investigation, but do not prove a causal role of antecedent infections or vaccinations in the pathoetiology of these conditions.”

The researchers also warn against the public deciding not to vaccinate their children. “Given the modest magnitude of these findings in contrast to the clear public health benefits of the timely administration of vaccines in preventing mortality and morbidity in childhood infectious diseases, we encourage families to maintain vaccination schedules according to CDC guidelines,” they conclude.

While we have everyone from attorneys to biologists, to political scientists who write for the Free Thought Project, none of us are doctors, so we do not make recommendations about what you and your family should do in regards to vaccination. That being said, the drug makers have an incentive for you not to see this information which means it will not be reported on in the mainstream media as their advertising dollars are tied directly to these companies. So, we find that it is our duty to spread this information and with your help sharing it, we can have a massive effect.

Jack Burns writes for TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared




How to safely remove toxins from the body and avoid chronic disease naturally

toxinsAfter rising steadily for 50 years, the incidence of chronic degenerative conditions in the United States has now reached epidemic proportions. According to the CDC, about half of all adults living in the United States deal with one or more chronic health issues related to nutritional deficiencies and/or too many toxins.

Heart disease, cancer and autoimmune disorders are spiraling out of control. According to natural health expert Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, two words – “toxin overload” – can explain the soaring rates of chronic disease. Fortunately, on the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, we’ll discuss the many steps you can take to improve the detoxification pathways in the body and avoid the unwanted consequences of disease.

New research on environmental toxins and diabetes turns medical wisdom on its head

Dr. Pizzorno, who has long sounded the alarm about the dangers of environmental toxins, warns that most Americans have high levels of pesticides, solvents, heavy metals and industrial chemicals in their bodies. Now, recent research is validating his claim that this is a major cause of disease.

For example, conventional medical ‘wisdom’ has held diet and obesity to be a major factor in the development of diabetes. But, a recent study in Environmental Health Perspective suggested that exposure to persistent organic pollutants – or POPs – may be the single most significant risk factor in the development of diabetes and obesity – a stunning departure from the conventional thought process.

“Pesticides used on food are a better predictor of type 2 diabetes than any other tool we have today,” maintains Dr. Pizzorno. “Pesticides are insulin receptor site poisons,” adds Dr. Pizzorno, noting that people in the top 10 percent of toxic exposure are 20 times more likely to develop diabetes.

On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, you’ll discover the best ways to promote detoxification and safely remove these unwanted toxins from the body. Share this news with your family and friends – the solution is easier than you think.

Proper nutrition and supplements are the key to detoxification

Of course, safe and effective detoxification is a must in order to eliminate toxins. To accomplish this, Dr. Pizzorno uses a regimen of nutrients, supplements, herbs, botanicals and integrative therapies that may include water fasting and mercury chelation.

Healthy amounts of dietary fiber – the body’s main mechanism for eliminating toxic chemicals and heavy metals – are critical. The 10 to 15 grams of fiber per day of the typical American diet is woefully inadequate, says Dr. Pizzorno, who recommends upping fiber intake with oat bran, ground flax seeds, beans and lentils.

Detoxification also involves eliminating or sharply reducing what Dr. Pizzorno calls “toxins of choice.” Excessive salt intake, for example, is toxic because it impairs the production of glutathione, the body’s premier disease-fighting antioxidant and the most important molecule in ridding the body of chemical toxins. Others “toxins of choice” to watch out for include alcohol, tobacco and even – for people genetically unable to digest it – wheat.

This week’s guest: Joseph Pizzorno, ND, naturopathic physician and leading expert on environmental toxins

Discover the best ways to detoxify the body and remove the threats of disease – Sun. Feb. 12

Joseph Pizzorno, ND is a naturopathic physician, speaker, educator, researcher and renowned internationally for his expertise on science-based natural medicine. The founder of Bastyr University, Dr. Pizzorno is the author of the internationally acclaimed Textbook of Natural Medicine and the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, and has been named one of the 25 “Pioneers in Holistic Medicine.”

Appointed by President Clinton in 2000 to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and also appointed by President Bush to the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee, Dr. Pizzorno is currently working on a new book for consumers and three textbooks for doctors.

Originally Published: http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-02-09-how-to-safely-remove-toxins-from-the-body-and-avoid-chronic-disease-naturally.html

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Metal Toxicity and Heart Damage

metalsHeavy metals can build up in the body over time. They often show no visible symptoms in the beginning. Toxic metals are neurotoxic. These metals when introduced into the system can trigger inflammatory responses.

The top 4 heavy metals that are most damaging to health include lead, arsenic, aluminum, and mercury though any heavy metals in excess can be damaging. If you happen to have a metal allergy, this risk is compounded. This is according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

The top risk factor for heavy metal toxicity is aging. This is simply due to time exposed to pollutants in our environment. Ages 30-40 have a 12x risk while the 40-50-year-old age group comes in at a 30x greater chance. It goes up from there.

Besides age, other risk factors include:

  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Glyphosate exposure
  • Exposure to herbicides
  • Exposure to pesticides
  • Vaccine exposure
  • Eating fish
  • Dental Work with metals in the amalgam or alloy
  • Medical implants
  • Eating nonorganic foods
  • Cooking in aluminum
  • Having a copper IUD
  • Using chemical based household cleaning agents
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Dying your hair
  • Tattoo ink
  • Tap water contamination

Additionally, certain professions lend themselves to higher exposure risks as well.

  • Painters
  • Auto Body Technicians
  • Welders
  • Miners
  • Pesticide manufacturing plant workers
  • Lithographers
  • Photographers who work with film
  • Plumbers
  • Refinery workers
  • Hairdressers
  • Dentists and Dental Assistants
  • Construction workers

Though metal exposure can affect any organ in the body, one of the most dangerous that can sustain damage is the heart muscle. Chronic exposure and elevated levels of certain metals can cause the heart muscle to weaken over time. Here are some symptoms to watch out for.

  • Heart Palpitations when you have no real reason to be nervous
  • Excess sweating
  • Uneven sweating (one armpit more than the other)
  • Headache pain (eye area)
  • Feeling jittery as if you have consumed a great amount of coffee
  • Mood swings
  • Elevated heart rate when exercising above what it should be for your age
  • Feeling extremely physically taxed when you aren’t doing much of anything
  • Chest pain
  • High blood pressure

These symptoms and this diagnosis often go overlooked and can be misdiagnosed as stress or hormone imbalance. If you are experiencing these symptoms, please consult a cardiologist as soon as possible. Metal toxicity may be a consideration. If you are in the Tampa, Florida area please visit www.tampacardio.com

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Letting go of toxic people

toxicReleasing people from your life who are not good for you is a vital piece in being a well balanced happy emotionally healthy person. It is, however, not easy on any level a lot of the time.

How do you determine if someone is toxic to your life?

  • Toxic people create chaos in other people’s lives on a pretty consistent basis
  • They expect that you will deal with their drama without question – their problems are your problems
  • Your life gets put on the back burner in order to try and help them
  • They seem to switch from loving to angry easily and seemingly without reason. They are very unpredictable
  • Toxic people are manipulative. Their desired outcome is what matters to them
  • They refuse or are unable to admit responsibility for things that go wrong in their lives, always blaming others
  • They make you prove yourself to them over and over ie. “If you loved me… If you were really my friend…”
  • They never or rarely apologize even when blatantly wrong OR they do so in order to manipulate and continue right on with the same behavior anyway
  • They expect you to be there for every crisis but when you need them, the support isn’t available
  • Toxic people tend to exaggerate and draw you in
  • They are only supportive of you when it fits their own agenda

None of this is to say that these people do not love you in their own way or that you do not love them. Love, however, is not a valid reason to trap yourself in an emotionally draining or even abusive relationship or friendship.

We often mean to help these toxic friends or loved ones when what we are really doing is enabling the behaviors. Setting boundaries is healthy. If they do care about you, they will respect them.

Loving yourself means taking care of yourself. Sometimes taking care of yourself means saying no to other people’s drama, taking a step back and putting some distance between yourself and the other person. It doesn’t mean you don’t care or that you no longer love them. It means that it is time to value yourself and focus on your own life.

www.monarchwellness.net offers many groups as well as private classes and sessions to help get you focused on self-healing and wellness.




Facebook rolls out plans to push GMOs by labeling anti-GMO stories ‘fake’ news

censoredBound and determined to continue burying real news containing facts that it doesn’t like, Facebook has announced a new partnership with ABC News and Snopes.com to filter out fake news from its coveted news feed. These “fact-checkers,” however, have all bought into the biotech industry’s bogus science that claims GMOs and glyphosate are completely safe for humans, animals and the environment.

As reported by Business Insider, the social media site says it will begin fact-checking, labeling and then burying so-called “fake news” and hoaxes, after executives say the company was heavily criticized for its role in “spreading a deluge of political misinformation” during the recent U.S. presidential election.

Facebook, in other words, plans to make official the censorship of non-conformist, truth-filled news reporting that it was caught doing in the months before the election. In an interview with Gizmodo, former Facebook news curators revealed that so-called “conservative” news and reporting was purposely suppressed in favor of far-Left sites that were actually reporting fake news.

Censorship now official at Facebook

“Depending on who was on shift, things would be blacklisted or trending,” one of the former curators told the site. “I believe it had a chilling effect on conservative news.”

Censorship tends to do that – have a “chilling effect” on whatever angle of a story is being intentionally suppressed. Now Facebook wants to make it formal policy.

According to Business Insider, this is how the new Facebook censorship program will work: The company has teamed up with a “shortlist of media organizations” that include ABC News and Snopes, part of an “international fact-checking network” that is led by Poynter, a nonprofit journalism school in St. Petersburg, Fla. Once third-party fact-checkers have determined that a story is “fake,” it will be labeled and then buried in the news feed. Officials told Business Insider that the social site will also use algorithms to determine whether a story that has been deemed to be phony is going viral.

“We’ve focused our efforts on the worst of the worst, on the clear hoaxes spread by spammers for their own gain, and on engaging both our community and third party organizations,” Facebook News Feed chief Adam Mosseri said in a company blog post.

Fine. As a news organization ourselves, we applaud efforts to root out phony news stories and fraudulent reporting. The problem here is that Facebook, led by a lockstep Leftist in Mark Zuckerberg, isn’t interested in making sure that only genuine news makes it to the valued news feed; he is interested in suppressing divergent opinions and inconvenient facts, especially when they are being reported by news organizations that do not fall in line with the corporate or liberal narratives.

We should start calling it ‘Fakebook’

So does this mean that Facebook will soon weed out and bury fake, discredited stories from the Washington Post claiming that Russia hacked the U.S. elections in order to sway voters away from Hillary Clinton to support Donald Trump?

Or perhaps the New York Times, which has reported that U.S. spy agencies have a “consensus” about this? That’s fake, because the intelligence community has no consensus on this, and in fact, intel chiefs have distanced themselves from a CIA claim that the hacking occurred. In fact, an NSA whistleblower says the Russia hacking narrative is bogus because “hard evidence points to an inside leak” instead.

What about the nefarious claim by CNN that the Chinese recently took a U.S. undersea research drone because President-elect Trump took a congratulatory phone call from the president of Taiwan – a claim made with absolutely no evidence whatsoever?

Or how about stories that ABC News fakes? And Snopes, which has a clear Left-wing bias?

Or stories promoting GMOs, when in fact they are harmful and damaging to our food chain?

There definitely is a cottage industry of click-bait phony news on the Internet, no question about it. But the so-called “mainstream media” is most guilty of spreading false stories and political hack attacks disguised as “news.” And yet those are the sources of “news” that Facebook will increasingly rely on in the coming months and years.

Maybe we should begin calling the social media site “Fakebook,” because its news feed will be full of it.

In the meantime, TruthWiki lays bare the bias behind “fact-checking” sites here and here. If you want a real social media experience featuring uncensored news and information, join ours here.

Sources:

BusinessInsider.com

Gizmodo.com

NaturalNews.com

NationalSecurity.news

Originally Posted: http://www.naturalnews.com/2016-12-23-facebook-rolls-out-plans-to-push-gmos-by-marking-anti-gmo-stories-fake-news.html

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Record radiation level detected at Fukushima reactor “unimaginable,” could kill human from even brief exposure

FukushimaRadiation levels inside a damaged nuclear reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan have hit a record high since the plant suffered a triple nuclear meltdown almost six years ago. The latest readings – described by experts as “unimaginable” – now pose a serious challenge as officials prepare to dismantle the disaster-hit facility safely.

Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), the plant’s operator, said atmospheric readings inside the containment reactor No 2 are as high as 530 sieverts an hour, which is far greater than the previous record of 73 sieverts an hour. Reactor No 2 is one of three reactors that experienced a nuclear meltdown when the plant was crippled by a huge earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. (RELATED: See more news about the Fukushima disaster at FukushimaWatch.com)

A one-square-meter hole created by melting nuclear fuel

Tepco said recent image analysis revealed a one-square-meter hole in the metal grating beneath the reactor’s pressure vessel. The hole was probably created by melting nuclear fuel that penetrated the vessel, Tepco’s spokesman Tatsuhiro Yamagishi told AFP.  Also, for the first time since the disaster, images were released showing dark lumps beneath reactor No 2. Experts believe the dark matter to be melted uranium fuel rods.

Even though specially-made robots designed to probe the underwater depths around the reactors have previously crumbled and shut down due to the highly toxic conditions, Tepco intends to send another remote-controlled robot to check the actual conditions inside the containment vessel.

The robot, however, will not last long. They are designed to withstand exposure to a total of 1,000 sieverts, meaning it will only survive for less than two hours in the presence of these dangerously high radiation levels. Nonetheless, Tepco’s spokesman Tatsuhiro Yamagishi said that the captured images will offer very useful information regarding the actual conditions inside the reactor.

A huge challenge in the history of nuclear power

These extraordinary high readings will make it very hard, and dangerous, for thousands of workers involved in dismantling the power plant, a process expected to take about four decades.  Furthermore, medical professionals have never considered dealing with this level of radiation in their work, an official of the National Institute of Radiological Sciences told Japan Today.

To give you an idea of the severity, radiation doses of only 0.1 sieverts already significantly increase the risk of cancer. A single dose of one sievert is enough to cause radiation sickness, nausea, infertility, loss of hair, and cataracts. Exposure to five sieverts could kill half of those exposed within a month while a single dose of 10 sieverts could prove fatal within weeks.

After six years, Tepco and its business partners at the Fukushima Daiichi plant have yet to identify the location and condition of melted fuel in the three most severely damaged nuclear reactors. As reported by The Guardian, “the government has now estimated the cost of decommissioning the plant and decontaminating the surrounding area, as well as paying compensations and storing radioactive waste, to rise to 21.5tn yen [or about $190 billion],” which is nearly double the estimate released in 2013.

Even if they manage to clean up this nuclear mess shortly, Yosuke Yamashiki, Doctor of Engineering from Kyoto University, told RT that the complete reduction of the radiation will take hundreds of thousands of years. (RELATED: For more info on how to prepare yourself for future disasters, visit Preparedness.news)

Sources:

JapanToday.com

TheGuardian.com

RT.com

Originally Posted: http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-02-04-record-radiation-level-detected-a-fukushima-reactor-unimaginable-could-kill-human-from-even-brief-exposure.html
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