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False Flag Confirmed by Recorded Phone Call?

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Conversation Suggests Ukraine Snipers Hired by US-Backed Maiden

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A leaked phone conversation between Catherine Ashton (EU Foreign Affairs Chief) & Urmas Paet (Estonian Foreign Affairs Minister) seems to indicate that the US-backed Maiden was responsible for hiring gunmen who shot protesters in Kiev.

“There is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovich, but it was somebody from the new coalition,” said Paet, adding “And second, what was quite disturbing, this same Olga [Bogomolets] told as well that all the evidence shows that the people who were killed by snipers from both sides, among policemen and then people from the streets, that they were the same snipers killing people from both sides,”

The phone call took place on February 25, 2014.

Sources for this article:

1. Breaking: Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and Catherine Ashton discuss Ukraine over the phone
http://youtu.be/ZEgJ0oo3OA8

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Ukraine Situation Escalates: U.S. Sending Fighter Jets

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The Pentagon will increase the number of U.S. fighter jets on a NATO air patrol mission in the Baltics and ramp up training with Poland’s air force. Defense officials confirmed that the U.S. will “augment the mission” in Baltic countries by sending six F-15s and one KC-135 to the region. They will be sent from a base in Britain to Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania. The U.S. military has already been providing four F-15s to the Baltic Air Policing rotation since January.

Sources for this article:

1. BREAKING: U.S. Military Sends Fighter Jets To Assist NATO On Ukraine
http://benswann.com/breaking-u-s-military-sends-fighter-jets-to-assist-nato-on-ukraine/

2. More U.S. jets on NATO patrol in Baltics amid Ukraine crisis: source http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/05/us-ukraine-crisis-pentagon-idUSBREA242D320140305

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Study says LSD psychotherapy can reduce anxiety

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A double-blind, randomized, active placebo-controlled pilot study found that when administered safely in a methodologically rigorous medically supervised psychotherapeutic setting, LSD can reduce anxiety. The study was conducted to examine safety & efficacy of lysergic acid diethylamide(LSD)-assisted psychotherapy in a dozen patients with anxiety associated with life-threatening diseases.

Treatment included drug-free psychotherapy sessions supplemented by two LSD-assisted psychotherapy sessions 2 to 3 weeks apart. The study concludes: “This pilot study in participants with anxiety associated with the diagnosis of a life-threatening illness has demonstrated safety in 22 psychotherapy sessions assisted by 200µg of LSD with no drug-related severe adverse events. Group comparison results support positive trends in reduction of anxiety after two sessions of LSD-assisted psychotherapy, with effect size estimates in the range of 1.1 to 1.2. In view of promising historical studies with adjunctive LSD treatment in this population and a recent promising study using psilocybin (Grob et al., 2011), as well as the urgent need for more effective treatments of anxiety in these participants, further study is warranted into the potential of LSD-assisted psychotherapy”

The study found no acute or chronic adverse effects persisting beyond 1 day after treatment or treatment-related serious adverse events. The Discussion section notes: “In our study, using appropriate inclusion/exclusion criteria, detailed participant preparation, and a carefully supervised experience in a supportive psychotherapeutic setting, psychological side effects were mild and limited. There were no AEs often attributed to LSD such as prolonged anxiety (‘‘bad trip’’) or lasting psychotic or perceptional disorders (flashbacks). Congruent with studies in the past (Hintzen and Passie, 2010), the few mild somatic effects of LSD such as changes in heart rate and blood pressure were of no clinical significance.”

The LSD was supplied by Lipomed. Capsules were prepared by Bichsel Laboratories. Quality control, randomization, and blinding were performed by R. Brenneisen, PhD, at the Department of Clinical Research, University of Bern, Switzerland. Doses consisted of 200µg or a 20µg active placebo.

Sources for this article:

1. Safety and Efficacy of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide-Assisted Psychotherapy for Anxiety Associated With Life-threatening Diseases http://journals.lww.com/jonmd/Documents/90000000.0-00001.pdf

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Hypocrite Kerry tells Russia ‘you don’t invade a country on completely phony pretexts’

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It appears that the US Secretary of State has a poor memory, or at least a selective one, seemingly forgetting the recent US invasions of Iraq, Afghanistan & Libya.

“You just don’t invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests,” John Kerry said during an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press. “This is an act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. It’s really 19th-century behavior in the 21st century”

A report prepared in 2006 at the direction of Rep. John Conyers, Jr. concluded that “members of the Bush Administration misstated, overstated, and manipulated intelligence with regards to linkages between Iraq and Al Qaeda; the acquisition of nuclear weapons by Iraq; the acquisition of aluminum tubes to be used as uranium centrifuges; and the acquisition of uranium from Niger.” and further that they were “making false and misleading statements about Iraq’s attempt to acquire nuclear weapons, the record shows the Bush Administration must have known these statements conflicted with known international and domestic intelligence at the time.” and “these misstatements were in contradiction of known countervailing intelligence information, and were the result of political pressure and manipulation.” It appears clear that the US invaded Iraq on completely phony pretexts.

In October 2001, the United States rejected more than one offer by Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban to turn over Osama bin Laden for trial in a third country if they would stop the air attacks and could provide evidence against bin Laden. It appears the US was more interested in using fear of bin Laden to justify military force rather than actually capture the man who had been their intelligence asset for years.

Even if we ignore the US administration’s lack of desire to capture Osama bin Laden in 2001, Marjorie Cohn in ‘Afghanistan: The Other Illegal War’ for Alternet argues that: “The invasion of Afghanistan was not legitimate self-defense under article 51 of the charter because the attacks on Sept. 11 were criminal attacks, not ‘armed attacks’ by another country. Afghanistan did not attack the United States. In fact, 15 of the 19 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, there was not an imminent threat of an armed attack on the United States after Sept. 11, or Bush would not have waited three weeks before initiating his October 2001 bombing campaign. The necessity for self-defense must be ‘instant, overwhelming, leaving no choice of means, and no moment for deliberation.’ This classic principle of self-defense in international law has been affirmed by the Nuremberg Tribunal and the U.N. General Assembly.”

Regarding Libya, Alan J. Kuperman in a 2011 op-ed for the Boston Globe entitled “False pretense for war in Libya?” concludes that “Evidence is now in that President Barack Obama grossly exaggerated the humanitarian threat to justify military action in Libya.” and “It is hard to know whether the White House was duped by the rebels or conspired with them to pursue regime-change on bogus humanitarian grounds. In either case, intervention quickly exceeded the UN mandate of civilian protection by bombing Libyan forces in retreat or based in bastions of Khadafy support, such as Sirte, where they threatened no civilians.”

Of course, the US is in many more countries than just these. Democracy Now pointed out in 2012: “U.S. Army teams will be deploying to as many as 35 African countries early next year for training programs and other operations as part of an increased Pentagon role in Africa. The move would see small teams of U.S. troops dispatched to countries with groups allegedly linked to al-Qaeda, such as Libya, Sudan, Algeria and Niger. The teams are from a U.S. brigade that has the capability to use drones for military operations in Africa if granted permission. The deployment could also potentially lay the groundwork for future U.S. military intervention in Africa.”

You don’t invade a country on completely phony pretexts, unless you are the United States or a US ally.

Sources for this article:

1. NBC’s MEET THE PRESS: March 2, 2014 http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/meet-press-transcript-march-2-2014-n42471

2. Iraq: A War of Aggression. No WMDs, No Connection to Al Qaeda http://www.globalresearch.ca/iraq-a-war-of-aggression-no-wmds-no-connection-to-al-qaeda/5327548

3. U.S. Rejects New Taliban Offer http://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=80482&page=1#.T4tKU6tDySo

4. Afghanistan: The Other Illegal War http://www.alternet.org/story/93473/afghanistan%3A_the_other_illegal_war

5. U.S. Army Teams Heading to 35 African Countries http://www.democracynow.org/2012/12/26/headlines

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Study links industrial chemicals to neurodevelopmental disabilities including ADHD, Dyslexia & Autism

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Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, the University of Southern Denmark and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have reviewed and identified 11 developmental neurotoxicants. In 2006, they did a systematic review and identified lead, methylmercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, arsenic, and toluene. Since 2006, epidemiological studies have documented six additional developmental neurotoxicants—manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, tetrachloroethylene, and the polybrominated diphenyl ethers. The study, “Neurobehavioural effects of developmental toxicity”, concludes that current regulations are inadequate to safeguard us from hazardous chemicals found in the environment and everyday items and have proposed a global prevention strategy. Untested chemicals should not be presumed to be safe to brain development, and chemicals in existing use and all new chemicals must therefore be tested for developmental neurotoxicity.

There are now at least 214 chemicals known to damage the human brain that are not regulated to protect children’s health. Perhaps even more troubling is that of the more than 80,000 industrial chemicals widely used in the United States, most have never been tested for their toxic effects on children or fetus. The study finds that “strong evidence exists that industrial chemicals widely disseminated in the environment are important contributors to what we have called the global, silent pandemic of neurodevelopmental toxicity” and “we emphasise that the total number of neurotoxic substances now recognised almost certainly represents an underestimate of the true number of developmental neurotoxicants that have been released into the global environment.”

The findings include that pesticides showed links to cognitive delays and that fluoride in drinking water directly contributes to both mental and behavioral disorders in children. The study says “an increased risk of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder has been linked to prenatal exposures to manganese, organophosphates, and phthalates.” It also notes that “Phthalates have also been linked to behaviours that resemble components of autism spectrum disorder” and that “experimental studies have reported Parkinson’s disease as a result of developmental exposures to the insecticide rotenone, the herbicides paraquat and maneb, and the solvent trichloroethylene”

The study cites several historical examples of new chemicals that were introduced because they conveyed certain benefits, but were later shown to cause great harm and include several neurotoxicants, such as: asbestos, thalidomide, diethylstilboestrol, and the chlorofluorocarbons.

The study concludes: ” Our very great concern is that children worldwide are being exposed to unrecognised toxic chemicals that are silently eroding intelligence, disrupting behaviours, truncating future achievements, and damaging societies, perhaps most seriously in developing countries. A new framework of action is needed.”

Sources for this article:

1. Neurobehavioural effects of developmental toxicity http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laneur/article/PIIS1474-4422%2813%2970278-3/fulltext

2. Study finds toxic chemicals linked to autism, ADHD http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/study-finds-toxic-chemicals-linked-to-autism-adhd-20140215-32snz.html

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Russian Forces Take Over Crimea

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Ukraine’s western-backed new government accused Russia of a “military invasion and occupation” on Friday.

“Around 400 people are in the airport of Belbek now. They have occupied runway and all plane movements have been stopped,”
Interfax news agency quoted a military source as saying.

Ousted president Yanukovich said today “it is not correct” to tell Moscow what to do, but believes “Russia cannot abandon Ukraine to its fate and should use all possible means to prevent chaos and terror in its neighboring country.”

Sources for this article:
1. Ukraine says Russian forces invade Crimea http://www.haaretz.com/news/world/1.577037

2. Yanukovich denies ouster, says ‘ashamed & guilty’ for not preventing chaos http://rt.com/news/yanukovich-ousted-president-russia-203/

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Corporate welfare study breaks down $110 billion in subsidies

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“Subsidizing the Corporate One Percent” breaks down $110 billion in corporate welfare and highlights how big business is being propped up and bailed out, while the middle class disappears. The study details several layers of holding companies, shell firms and ownership agreements.

Good Jobs First discovered that $110 billion — 75% of cumulative disclosed subsidy dollars — are going to just 965 large companies.

This report is detailed, but also highlights the inconsistent quality of state and local disclosure as the award numbers include some for which no dollar amount has been disclosed.

Dow Chemical was awarded 416 subsides. Following it are Berkshire Hathaway (310), General Motors (307), Wal-Mart Stores (261), General Electric (255), Walgreen (225) and FedEx (222). Cumulatively, Boeing, has received more than $13 billion.

These 965 corporate welfare bums averaged 26 subsidies each and the average total dollar amount (from awards for which this information is disclosed) is $102 million.

1 Boeing
$13,174,075,797
137
2 Alcoa
$5,635,305,059
91
3 Intel
$3,867,492,085
58
4 General Motors
$3,494,237,703
307
5 Ford Motor
$2,522,304,454
173
6 Fiat
$2,060,988,039
93
7 Royal Dutch Shell
$2,038,202,298
66
8 Nike
$2,024,582,002
23
9 Nissan
$1,799,585,041
25
10 Cerner
$1,732,784,334
15
11 Cheniere Energy
$1,693,646,504
10
12 Dow Chemical
$1,408,228,374
416
13 ArcelorMittal
$1,338,284,411
58
14 Advanced Technology
Investment
$1,224,997,961
4
15 Berkshire Hathaway
$1,063,809,399
310
16 Toyota
$1,051,586,557
77
17 IBM
$1,026,845,249
208
18 Delta Air Lines
$869,754,989
7
19 Texas Instruments
$727,848,327
39
20 Pyramid Companies
$703,596,595
15
21 Goldman Sachs
$661,979,222
28
22 Volkswagen
$657,778,311
14
23 JPMorgan Chase
$653,474,481
133
24 Hyundai Motor
$649,041,683
7
25 Google
$632,044,922
26
26 Teck Resources
$597,871,991
5
27 Mayo Clinic
$585,000,000
1
28 Forest City Enterprises
$582,389,708
37
29 Clean Coal Power Operations
$550,000,000
1
30 Sematech
$550,000,000
3
31 Scripps Research Institute
$545,000,000
1
32 Daimler
$544,749,000
42
33 Nucor
$534,974,717
46
34 Sears
$534,616,673
54
35 Silver Lake
$482,025,256
85
36 FedEx
$456,750,126
222
37 NRG Energy
$449,990,674
49
38 Apple
$446,485,233
6
39 Honda
$438,179,224
38
40 McEagle Properties
$430,650,000
5
41 Cornell University
$400,000,000
1
42 Shin-Etsu Chemical
$398,842,605
40
43 Severstal
$396,013,300
26
44 General Electric
$394,212,107
255
45 Onex
$388,603,757
118
46 Walt Disney
$381,525,727
36
47 Mitsubishi Group
$379,243,036
42
48 Morgan Stanley
$366,284,480
47
49 Triple Five Worldwide
$358,000,000
2
50 Michelin
$357,416,880
46
51Community Health Systems
$355,703,779
94
52 Aker Philadelphia Shipyard
$350,000,000
1
53 H&R Block
$341,317,824
9
54 Exxon Mobil
$340,271,846
71
55 United Continental
$337,081,638
20
56 Amazon.com
$330,756,147
39
57 LG
$327,082,717
14
58 Duke Energy
$325,877,242
15
59 Revel AC
$323,000,000
2
60 Samsung
$317,148,838
17
61 Huntington Ingalls
Industries
$312,056,400
5
62 Weyerhaeuser
$300,575,457
92
63 Orca Bay Seafoods
$296,849,235
6
64 Jackson Laboratory
$291,000,000
1
65 Anschutz Company
$290,000,045
4
66 Areva
$289,116,137
13
67 Citigroup
$286,228,767
64
68 Sasol
$279,262,538
27
69 Peabody Energy
$278,095,289
22
70 Electrolux
$278,068,356
19
71 ConAgra Foods
$271,306,014
145
72 Nestle
$264,262,725
163
73 General Dynamics
$262,528,332
84
74 Valero Energy
$262,298,522
54
75 Yahoo
$261,078,455
17
76 Eli Lilly
$258,216,376
15
77 BMW
$254,326,405
13
78 Orascom Group
$251,000,000
1
79 UBS
$247,608,178
11
80 Cabela’s
$247,189,539
16
81 Wacker Chemie
$241,325,051
34
82 Comcast
$239,337,579
62
83 Sanford-Burnham Institute
$233,600,000
2
84 Virdia
$230,000,000
1
85 Prudential Financial
$225,734,997
30
86 International Paper
$222,836,793
196
87 Baxter International
$212,892,487
20
88 Pfizer
$210,072,210
123
89 Johnson Controls
$210,010,267
106
90 Caterpillar
$208,982,443
127
91 Blackstone
$203,193,594
141
92 Convergys
$199,690,351
21
93 Triumph Group
$196,342,629
57
94 Max Planck Florida Institute
$193,000,000
2
95 Goodyear Tire & Rubber
$190,432,390
118
96 CME Group
$188,000,000
6
97 Simon Property
$187,000,000
2
98 Summit Power
$183,221,842
2
99 CA Inc.
$181,258,193
20
100 Bank of America
$179,959,106
119

Sources for this article:
1. Subsidizing the Corporate One Percent: Subsidy Tracker 2.0 Reveals Big-Business Dominance of State and Local Development Incentives by Philip Mattera http://www.goodjobsfirst.org/sites/default/files/docs/pdf/subsidizingthecorporateonepercent.pdf

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Study shows THC blood tests can’t test impairment

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Per se laws criminalize blood content rather than impaired driving. This is systemic chemical bigotry and these laws are ineffective at detecting or deterring impairment.

A new study examines the plasma and blood levels of both occasional and frequent cannabis users, before and after smoking cannabis: “Frequent and occasional smokers resided on a closed research unit and smoked one 6.8% THC cannabis cigarette ad libitum. Blood and plasma cannabinoids were quantified on admission (approximately 19 h before), 1 h before, and up to 15 times (0.5–30 h) after smoking.”

“Cannabinoid blood and plasma concentrations were significantly higher in frequent smokers compared with occasional smokers at most time points for THC and 11-OH-THC and at all time points for THCCOOH and THCCOO-glucuronide.” Both the participants’ baseline concentration levels & how much THC was in their blood when the study began did not change the outcome. The study found that the median time blood THC levels over 5 ng/ml were detectable was 3.5 hours in frequent smokers (ranging from 1.1 – 30 hours), and 1 hour in most occasional smokers (ranging from 0 – 2.1 hours). Particularly interesting is that 2 occasional smokers did not test over 5 ng/ml at all.

These results highlight how occasional cannabis users could pass a blood test even if impaired while a frequent cannabis user would fail even when not impaired at all. There is a dramatic difference in the amount of time THC remains in the blood of users that is not based on the amount of cannabis consumed, but rather on the frequency of cannabis use. Because THC remains in frequent users blood much longer than in those who consume cannabis occasionally, frequent cannabis users are significantly more likely to be charged with impaired driving despite their lower chance of impairment due to higher tolerance and experience. A first time user with no experience or tolerance would very likely pass a roadside blood test while being the most likely users to feel impaired.

The study concludes; “Cannabis smoking history plays a major role in cannabinoid detection. These differences may impact clinical and impaired driving drug detection.”

Testing drivers blood for ng/ml of THC is stupid policy which does not determine if a driver is impaired. On top of the policy being ineffective at determining impairment, decades of studies show that cannabis does not typically impair driving to begin with.

Cannabis users are safe drivers

In 1983 a study by the US National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) tested drivers on simulators, and concluded that the only statistically significant effect associated with marijuana use was slower driving. A NHTSA study in 1992 found that marijuana is rarely involved in driving accidents, except when combined with alcohol, concluding, “the THC-only drivers had an [accident] responsibility rate below that of the drug free drivers. While the difference was not statistically significant, there was no indication that cannabis by itself was a cause of fatal crashes.” A separate NHTSA study from1993 tested Dutch drivers high on THC on real Dutch roads, concluding, “THC’s adverse effects on driving performance appear relatively small.” In 1998 a study by the University of Adelaide and Transport South Australia analyzed blood samples from 2,500 accidents, and found that drivers with cannabis in their system were less likely to cause accidents than those without. A University of Toronto study from 1999 found that cannabis users typically refrained from passing cars and drove at a more consistent speed than sober drivers.

More recently, studies have found that fatal car accidents are reduced by 9% when medicinal marijuana is legalized. The rate of fatal crashes where a driver has consumed alcohol drops by 12% and crashes involving high levels of alcohol fall by 14%.

Sources for this article:
1. Phase I and II Cannabinoid Disposition in Blood and Plasma of Occasional and Frequent Smokers Following Controlled Smoked Cannabis. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24563491?report=abstract

2. Stoned Drivers Are Safe Drivers http://www.cannabisculture.com/articles/1775.html

3. Why Medical Marijuana Laws Reduce Traffic Deaths http://healthland.time.com/2011/12/02/why-medical-marijuana-laws-reduce-traffic-deaths/

RELATED : Since Marijuana Legalization Highway Fatalities in Colorado are at Near Historic Lows

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