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Secret History Revealed — Putin Played Critical Role After The Pre-Planned Collapse Of The USSR

Jim Marrs just posted a link on Facebook, writing:

This is a must-read article detailing what many people are beginning to realize may prove to be the salvation of the West struggling to resist the control of a collective of international bankers and oligarchs attempting to institute a New World Order. Based not just on this piece, but on everything I have come to learn in my 50 years as a journalist, I truly believe this article may be closer to the truth of today than anything found in the corporate mass media (as well as the Internet trolls) under the control of the globalist war machine. Although at odds with Western historians’ and our media’s perspective, this lengthy article’s viewpoint is consistent with that of numerous other respected historical researchers/analysts.

So now you have to read the article, right? It was published by State of the Nation in December, 2014:

Why is the Anglo-American Axis so afraid of Putin and determined to bring him down?

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Outrage in UK Over ‘Royal Heilnesses’ Film and Story Shows Queen Elizabeth Giving Nazi Salute

Rupert Murdoch will never receive a knighthood now. His ultra-lowbrow tabloid The Sun has published a film and story depicting the British royal family giving Nazi salutes as a front page story with the blaring headline “THEIR ROYAL HEILNESSES” (see below).

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Needless to say the official response from Buckingham Palace is one of outrage and condemnation. The Sun describes the twenty-second film from Balmoral Castle in Scotland:

The film shows the then Princess Elizabeth, just seven, larking about in 1933.

Egging on her sister Princess Margaret, three, is their uncle Prince Edward, Prince of Wales. He was a sympathiser towards Hitler’s Nazi Germany and became King Edward VIII.

It’s unclear what Murdoch’s motivation may be, but considering the phone hacking scandal in which he and his heir apparent son James were roundly condemned and cast out by the British establishment, perhaps there’s more to the story than just selling newspapers.

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Living Near Fracking Sites Linked to Health Problems, Medical Hospitalizations

No big surprise from this new study (unless you believe the frackers, that is). Standard Daily reports on the link between fracking and health problems for those people unlucky enough to live in the vicinity:

Scientists from the University of Colombia and the University of Pennsylvania have published a study in the journal PLOS ONE where they reported that living close to fracking sites could be injurious to one’s health and lead to serious hospitalizations.

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Fracking Site in Warren Center, PA. Source: Fracking Lawyer (CC)

The researchers were prompted into conducting the research when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a 5-year report that fracking does not have any significant impact on drinking water anywhere. But then, the latest team’s research shows that unconventional gas and oil drilling has been linked with higher rates of hospitalizations with serious health consequences.

Fracking is also known as hydraulic drilling, and it is the practice whereby extractive industries pump chemicals into the ground in order to access oil, and it is a practice that has increased so much in the US over the past decade.

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The Stanford Prison Experiment: Dr. Philip Zimbardo Looks Back On The Controversial Psychological Study

If you haven’t heard of Phil Zambardo and the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment, you soon will. Science World Report gets us started:

In 1971, 24 college students from Stanford University willingly participated in one of the most revealing yet controversial psychological experiment of all time – The Stanford Prison Experiment. The experiment demonstrated how the behavior of decent ordinary people could be altered – how a “perfect storm” of certain factors can serve to manifest humanity’s darker impulses.

Today, 44 years since the experiment first took place, a new movie on the study is hitting the big screen beginning July, 17. The drama stars Billy Crudup of “Almost Famous,” as the lead investigator, Philip Zimbardo. (A German movie was also made about the study in 2001, and a 2010 take starred Forest Whitaker and Adrien Brody.)

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Philip Zimbardo. Photo by Luke poa (CC)

 

Zimbardo noted how the idea for the experiment had initially come from earlier research done by his high-school classmate, Stanley Milgram.

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The Loch Ness Monster: Just A Catfish?

The latest theory about Scotland’s most famous crypto creature, the Loch Ness monster: it’s a Wels Catfish, per AFP via Yahoo News:

A man who has spent 24 years scanning Scotland’s Loch Ness for its legendary mysterious monster reckons Nessie is most likely a giant catfish — although he is not prepared to give up looking just yet.

LOOK!  THE LOCH NESS MONSTER!

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Steve Feltham, who holds a Guinness World Record for the longest continuous Nessie vigil, says it is the most probable explanation for the enigmatic beast that has captivated people’s imaginations the world over.

“The current frontrunner is the Wels catfish. It’s the most likely explanation,” the 52-year-old told AFP.

“I’m not saying it’s the final explanation. It ticks most of the boxes with sightings — but it doesn’t tick them all.”

Feltham left his home and girlfriend in 1991 to go looking for Nessie and has spent the years since in a caravan on the lake shore, scanning the waters.

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Cli-Fi – That’s Climate Fiction – Is The New Sci-Fi

Margaret Atwood. Photo: vanwaffle (CC)

Margaret Atwood. Photo: vanwaffle (CC)

Ever heard of cli-fi? You will, according to Wired, which is calling it the new sci-fi:

Extreme weather events, changes in precipitation levels, species migration and extinction—climate change promises so many fun things. But why wait? See what that world will be like tomorrow by hopping on the climate fiction train today. Popularized by writers like  Paolo Bacigalupi and Margaret Atwood, cli-fi takes climate predictions to their logical conclusions and explores how people might survive in a completely messed up world. Delve into that growing genre community by exploring the resources below, perhaps with a nice cup of tea.

Queen Atwood has often discussed the value of writing about climate change in fiction. (If you haven’t read her MaddAddPopularized by writers like Paolo Bacigalupi and Margaret Atwood, cli-fi takes climate predictions to their logical conclusions and explores how people might survive in a completely messed up world.

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Marshall McLuhan: The Media Thinker Whose Quotes Explain ‘Mad Men’

Marshall McLuhan

Marshall McLuhan

Time for a refresher on Marshall McLuhan. Esquire suggests that the Canadian media theorist can explain Mad Men (and don’t forget the excellent film McLuhan’s Wake):

“During the Second War, the U.S.O. sent special issues of the principal American magazines to the Armed Forces, with the ads omitted. The men insisted on having the ads back again. Naturally. The ads are by far the best part of any magazine or newspaper. More pains and thought, more wit and art go into the making of an ad than into any prose feature of press or magazine. Ads are news. What is wrong with them is that they are always good news.”

I sometimes wonder when I’m watching Mad Men, if and when the various characters read the passage above, from Marshall McLuhan’s Understanding Media, which came out in 1964. Of all the great sixties cultural icons that are missing from Mad Men—and some of the absences can be glaring—I’ve always found the lack of any mention of media writer and thinker McLuhan the most inexplicable.

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The Evolving Politics of Punk in the Nation’s Capital

DC Disinfonauts, are you or were you into punk? What is it about Washington that makes punk and hardcore so popular there? American Prospect investigates:

One Thursday evening in December, beyond the signs for Microsoft Word tutorials and panel discussions on language immersion, a popular local punk band named Priests delivered a blazing performance in the basement of Washington, D.C.’s Martin Luther King Jr. public library.

Bad Brains at 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C., 1983. Photo: Malco23  (CC)

Bad Brains at 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C., 1983. Photo: Malco23 (CC)

Before the doors opened, attendees gathered in a hot and crowded hallway, next to tables displaying books curated to the night’s guests: an oral history of punk, a Bob Dylan biography, a chronology of the riot-grrrl movement. When the doors finally opened, parents with children on their shoulders and teenagers with dyed-blue hair and safety-pinned jackets filed past librarians who stamped their hands with “WITHDRAWN.”

“Librarian joke,” one of them said with a smirk.

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The Exoskeletons Are Coming

Dual Arm Power Amplification Robot by ActiveLink

Dual Arm Power Amplification Robot by ActiveLink

Panasonic and other manufacturers will soon be offering mechanical exoskeletons that workers can put on in order to become, um, better workers, or something like that. From MIT Technology Review:

Even if you lack the resources of Tony Stark, you can obtain a high-tech suit to enhance your natural abilities, or at least help you avoid a backache. Mechanical outfits, known as exoskeletons, are gaining a foothold in the real world.

The Japanese company Panasonic announced recently that it will start selling an exoskeleton designed to help workers lift and carry objects more easily and with less risk of injury. The suit was developed in collaboration with a subsidiary company called ActiveLink. It weighs just over 13 pounds and attaches to the back, thighs, and feet, enabling the wearer to carry 33 pounds of extra load. The device has been tested by warehouse handlers in Osaka, Japan, and is currently in trials with forestry workers in the region.

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Ellen Pao Tells Us What It’s Like To Lose Her Job Due To Trolls

Ellen Pao. Photo: Christopher Michel (CC)

Ellen Pao. Photo: Christopher Michel (CC)

Ellen Pao. Remember her? So far this year she’s lost her gender discrimination lawsuit against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins and famously been booted from the CEO role at reddit. She’s blaming it on trolls, writing an op-ed at the Washington Post:

I have just endured one of the largest trolling attacks in history. And I have just been blessed with the most astonishing human responses to that attack.

What happened to me while head of the popular online forum Reddit for the past eight months is important to consider as we confront the ways in which the Internet is evolving. Here’s why:

The Internet started as a bastion for free expression. It encouraged broad engagement and a diversity of ideas. Over time, however, that openness has enabled the harassment of people for their views, experiences, appearances or demographic backgrounds. Balancing free expression with privacy and the protection of participants has always been a challenge for open-content platforms on the Internet.

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