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  • Lightning in Bangladesh kills 42

    At least 42 people, including women and children, were killed in Bangladesh within the last 24 hours after being struck by lightning during thundershowers, officials said on Friday.

    Meteorological office said the downpour brought with it thundershowers in 14 districts, including Dhaka.

    Nine people were killed in five districts on Friday as rain has been lashing several parts of the country after a spell of heat waves. Thirty-three people, including children and women, were killed on Thursday in 12 different districts.

    The lightning that accompanied the seasonal nor’wester storms claimed the highest eight lives in northwestern Pabna, five each in neighbouring Sirajganj and Rajshahi districts.

Macro Aggression

  • Scenes From The Venezuela Apocalypse: “Countless Wounded” After 5,000 Loot Supermarket Looking For Food

    Over the last several years we have documented with clockwork regularity Venezuela’s collapse into failed state status, which was cemented several weeks ago when news hit that “Venezuela had officially run out of money to print new money.”  At that point the best one could do was merely to step back and watch as local society and civilization turned on itself, unleashing what would ultimately turn into Venezuela’s own, sad apocalypse.

    Last night we showed what Caracas, looks like this week:

    As we wrote then these are simply hungry Venezuelans protesting that their children are dying from lack of food and medicine and that they do not have enough water or electricity. As AgainstCronyCapitalism added, this is a country with more oil than Saudi Arabia, and the government has stolen all the money and now they bottleneck peaceful protesters and threaten them with bombs (or haul them to prison and torture them).

    As pure desperation has set in, crime has becomes inevitable. A man accused of mugging people in the streets of Caracas was surrounded by a mob of onlookers, beaten and set on fire, who published a pixeled-out but still graphic video of the man burning as mob justice is now the supreme arbiter of who lives and who dies:

    “Roberto Fuentes Bernal, 42, was reportedly caught trying to mug passersby in the Venezuelan capital, and before police arrived at the scene, the crowd took the law into their own hands.” The video can be seen here.

    Now, in the latest shocking development, Venezuela saw a new wave of looting this week that resulted in at least two deaths, countless wounded, and millions of dollars in losses and damages.

  • Hungry Venezuelans Hunt Dogs, Cats, Pigeons as Food Runs Out

    This is what happens when you mix hyper-inflation, price controls, and totlaitarianism.

    Pan Am Post reports:

    Ramón Muchacho, Mayor of Chacao in Caracas, said the streets of the capital of Venezuela are filled with people killing animals for food.

    Through Twitter, Muchacho reported that in Venezuela, it is a “painful reality” that people “hunt cats, dogs and pigeons” to ease their hunger…

    The population’s desperation has begun to show, with looting and robberies for food increasing all the time. This Sunday, May 1, six Venezuelan military officials were arrested for stealing goats to ease their hunger, as there was no food at the Fort Manaure military base…

    .Supermarkets are registered into a system in such a way that they are not permitted to sell Venezuelans food 15 days since their purchase of the same product. As a result, long food lines have formed all over the country, with many people reselling their share to earn an “extra income.”

  • Venezuela: Chaos and Repression?

    International media coverage on Venezuela has focused on presenting the most recent opposition protests as marked by government repression, when in fact, only a small group of protesters clashed with the police.

Told It Like It Wasn’t

  • The hospital in Aleppo was destroyed seven months ago

    The Russian Minister for Defence has published satellite photographs of the Al-Qods hospital in Aleppo, allegedly destroyed by the aviation of the Syrian Arab Republic on the 27th April 2016. In fact, it had already been destroyed at least seven months ago.

  • Air Force Whistleblower: We Could Have Gotten to Benghazi

    An Air Force whistleblower who was stationed at Aviano Air Base in northeastern Italy in September 2012 says his team could have gotten to Benghazi in time to save Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, the former Navy Seals who were killed by mortar fire during the attack. “I definitely believe that our aircraft could have taken off and got there in a timely manner, maybe three hours at the most, in order to basically at least stop that second mortar attack and have those guys running for the hills,” the man told Fox News on the condition of anonymity.  It’s been almost four years, but the whistleblower still felt the need to ask that his identity be protected out of fear of retribution from the Obama administration. He is the first in his squadron to speak out publicly since that attack, according to Fox. His reason for going public is to explain that more could have been done to save Americans lives that night.

    On 9/11/2012, his squadron got an alert that a “real world mission was going down.” They scrambled to the field, were briefed, and prepared to launch to Benghazi, 1,043 miles away.

    “There were people everywhere. That flight line was full of people, and we were all ready to go” to Benghazi, he said.Only they were waiting for the order. It never came.

    “The whole night we were told that we are waiting on a call,” he told Fox News.

    He told Fox that “others in his squadron also have wanted to talk about Benghazi from the beginning, but no others have been interviewed and all are afraid of the potential backlash from speaking out.”

    “I’m not trying to give away any type of [information] that could ever harm the military,” the source told Fox News. “That is never my plan. I feel that some things need to come to light.”

    Namely, he said, that a team was ready to go that night to help protect Americans under fire in Benghazi – an account that runs counter to multiple official reports, including from a House committee, a timeline provided by the military and the controversial State Department Accountability Review Board investigation, which concluded the interagency response to Benghazi was “timely and appropriate.”The source said: “I definitely believe that our aircraft could have taken off and gotten there in a timely manner, maybe three hours at the most, in order to at least stop that second mortar attack … and basically save lives that day.”

    Former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed in that second wave. Ambassador Chris Stevens and information officer Sean Smith were killed in the initial attack on the main compound.

    “We could have been there. That’s the worst part,” the source said.

    He went on to say that Benghazi remains a sore subject within his squadron because “people know we were stationed there and didn’t respond.”

The Fix Is In Globularly

  • European Parliament Orders MEP To Take Down A Video About His Attempt To Visit The ‘Reading Room’ For Trade Documents

    We’ve written many times about the insane levels of secrecy around various trade agreements, including the TTIP agreement that is being worked on between the EU and the US. Basically, everything gets negotiated behind closed doors — though certain lobbyists get full access — and then it will be presented as a final document when it’s too late for the public to actually weigh in. It’s the ultimate in corrupt processes. In the past, the USTR has admitted that it demands such secrecy because if it had to reveal its positions publicly, the public wouldn’t support the agreement. In the US, this has led to ridiculous situations such as when Senator Ron Wyden, who at the time was the chair of the Senate’s subcommittee on international trade, was not allowed to bring a staffer of his, who is an expert in international trade, with him to read the latest text of a trade negotiation. Because that went against the rules.

    And it’s been standard practice in the US that if a politician does want to see the documents, they can’t bring anything with them (not just no staff, but no electronics, no way to write anything down). They can just “read and retain.” The EU has been following the US’s lead on this, with special “reading rooms” for elected officials where someone watches over their every move. Again, they’re not allowed any electronics. They are allowed a pen and are given paper to write on, which is a modest improvement on the USTR’s system, but still ridiculous.

    A Member of the European Parliament, Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, decided that he was going to go have a look for himself, and had someone film his attempt:

    It’s not exactly great filmmaking, but it does show how he has to give up his electronics and sign a document before entering the room (quickly, so as not to allow anyone to see what’s in there). And then he comes back out after being handed a document saying that it’s also against the law for him to copy down anything from the draft text verbatim. He expresses his concern about how ridiculous this is and is told to take it up with someone else, who then tells him that he should be happy that MEPs can even view the document at all within the EU Parliament, and that this is a “great achievement.”

    This is, of course, already pretty ridiculous. And then it got more ridiculous because the European Parliament demanded that Flanagan take down the video, something he is refusing to do:

    According to a news report, the EU Parliament claims it wants the video taken down to protect the name of a staffer, but Flanagan points out that staffer names are already public.

    “The reason given (for removing the video) is that no permission for filming was received from the parliament,” Flanagan told

    An assistant of MEP Bernd Lange appears in the video, and Lange wants her name removed, the MEP claimed.

    “It’s important to note that all assistants are already openly identified on the EP website,” Flanagan added.

    It seems pretty clear that the EU Parliament isn’t pleased with the contents of the video. Of course, in demanding it be taken down, it’s only served to drive that much more attention to the video.

  • Rule of law takes hit in court’s order to commit perjury

    In a case with major implications for free speech and due process, an appeal by Doreen Hendrickson, a mother jailed last year on “contempt of court” charges for refusing a federal court order to perjure herself, was officially denied.

    The court claimed that it did not have to rule on the illegality or unconstitutionality of the court order that was supposedly violated, or on whether it was appropriate for the trial court to instruct the jury not to consider the legality of the demands.

    If the ruling is allowed to stand, observers and legal experts warned of potentially devastating consequences to the rule of law, due process of law, judicial integrity, freedom of speech, and all of Americans’ constitutionally protected rights.

    Basically, the government could force anyone to say anything, under oath, critics of the ruling observed.

    The attorney representing Hendrickson, Mark Cedrone, even compared the government’s efforts to force his client to say what the government wants to Islamic Shariah law demanding the affirmation of Allah.

    The panel of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati that upheld the lower-court ruling did not cite Islamic law.

    Instead, it relied on an obscure legal theory to justify its decision to avoid ruling on what experts say are the key issues.

    Developed by the courts themselves to justify judicial power, the rarely used doctrine is known as “collateral bar.”

    In essence, the doctrine purports to allow court orders to stand and is aimed at ensuring that courts’ effective authority is upheld.

    However, the Supreme Court has ruled that transparently invalid orders are not shielded from review by the collateral bar doctrine, something the family and its supporters say the appellate court refused to recognize.

    Nonetheless, reliance on that doctrine is how the three-judge panel, in ruling to uphold Hendrickson’s conviction for contempt, was able to side-step the real issue in the case: whether violating a court order to commit perjury, or any other crime, in defiance of the most well-established constitutional protections, is a valid reason to jail somebody.

    The lower court claimed that, “it is not a defense to the crime of contempt that the court order that the defendant is accused of violating was unlawful or unconstitutional.”

    The defense was hoping to see that order overturned.

    Indeed, critics of the ruling have been quick to point out that the actual U.S. statute defining criminal contempt, 18 U.S.C. Sec. 401(3), makes clear that it only applies to lawful orders. It refers to “disobedience or resistance to its lawful writ, process, order, rule, decree, or command.” (emphasis added)

    With its controversial ruling, though, the appellate court panel upheld the unprecedented doctrine that courts can essentially issue any lawless or even unconstitutional order, and expect it to be obeyed without question, regardless of its validity.

    Experts and observers warned of potentially far-reaching consequences for all Americans if the new doctrine is allowed to stand.

  • Hidden Microphones Exposed As Part of Government Surveillance Program In The Bay Area

    Hidden microphones that are part of a clandestine government surveillance program that has been operating around the Bay Area has been exposed.

    Imagine standing at a bus stop, talking to your friend and having your conversation recorded without you knowing.  It happens all the time, and the FBI doesn’t even need a warrant to do it.

    Federal agents are planting microphones to secretly record conversations.

    Jeff Harp, a KPIX 5 security analyst and former FBI special agent said, “They put microphones under rocks, they put microphones in trees, they plant microphones in equipment. I mean, there’s microphones that are planted in places that people don’t think about, because that’s the intent!”

    FBI agents hid microphones inside light fixtures and at a bus stop outside the Oakland Courthouse without a warrant to record conversations, between March 2010 and January 2011.

    Federal authorities are trying to prove real estate investors in San Mateo and Alameda counties are guilty of bid rigging and fraud and used these recordings as evidence.

    Harp said, “An agent can’t just go out and grab a recording device and plant it somewhere without authorization from a supervisor or special agent in charge.”

    The lawyer for one of the accused real estate investors who will ask the judge to throw out the recordings, told KPIX 5 News that, “Speaking in a public place does not mean that the individual has no reasonable expectation of privacy…private communication in a public place qualifies as a protected ‘oral communication’… and therefore may not be intercepted without judicial authorization.”

Artificially Legal – Redundant OxyMoron?

  • Federal judge rules Obamacare is being funded unconstitutionally

    House Republicans won Round 2 in a potentially historic lawsuit Thursday when a federal judge declared the Obama administration was unconstitutionally spending money to subsidize health insurers without obtaining an appropriation from Congress.

    Last year, U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer broke new ground by ruling the GOP-controlled House of  Representatives had legal standing to sue the president over how he was enforcing his signature healthcare law.

    On Thursday, she ruled the administration is violating a provision of the law by paying promised reimbursements to health insurers who provide coverage at reduced costs to low-income Americans.

    The judge’s ruling, while a setback for the administration, was put on hold immediately and stands a good chance of being overturned on appeal.

    But the 38-page opinion highlights the repeated complaint from Republicans that Obama and his administration have ignored constitutional limits on their authority.

    The Constitution says “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law,” Collyer noted, but the administration has continued to pay billions to insurers for their extra cost of providing health coverage.

  • Artificially Intelligent Lawyer “Ross” Has Been Hired By Its First Official Law Firm

    Law firm Baker & Hostetler has announced that they are employing IBM’s AI Ross to handle their bankruptcy practice, which at the moment consists of nearly 50 lawyers. According to CEO and co-founder Andrew Arruda, other firms have also signed licenses with Ross, and they will also be making announcements shortly.

    Ross, “the world’s first artificially intelligent attorney” built on IBM’s cognitive computer Watson, was designed to read and understand language, postulate hypotheses when asked questions, research, and then generate responses (along with references and citations) to back up its conclusions. Ross also learns from experience, gaining speed and knowledge the more you interact with it.

    “You ask your questions in plain English, as you would a colleague, and ROSS then reads through the entire body of law and returns a cited answer and topical readings from legislation, case law and secondary sources to get you up-to-speed quickly,” the website says. “In addition, ROSS monitors the law around the clock to notify you of new court decisions that can affect your case.”

Artificial Care

  • Google AI gains access to 1.2m confidential NHS patient records

    Google has been given access to huge swathes of confidential patient information in the UK, raising fears yet again over how NHS managers view and handle data under their control.

    In an agreement uncovered by the New Scientist, Google and its DeepMind artificial intelligence wing have been granted access to current and historic patient data at three London hospitals run by the Royal Free NHS Trust, covering 1.6 million individuals.

    That would include any chronic illness people may be suffering from and the circumstances over why they were admitted – for example, if they have suffered a drug overdose. The agreement provides Google with access to data going back five years and is far more expansive than expected.

    Google and DeepMind previously said they were working with the NHS on a product called “Streams” that would “present timely information that helps nurses and doctors detect cases of acute kidney injury.”

    The agreement however provides access to all patient data, covering issues far beyond just kidney functioning. Google reportedly claimed that since there is not a specific subset of information regarding kidneys, it needed access to everything.

    The idea behind the data sharing is that Google’s AI software may be able to identify patterns that can assist doctors and nurses in treating patients or in recognizing conditions earlier than normal.

    The agreement includes a number of safeguards, including the fact that Google is not allowed to share the information beyond the specific project and must delete all data when the project ends in September 2017.

    Never asked

    However, critics have already pointed to the fact that the hospital trust has not been upfront about the use of confidential patient information, has not informed patients that their personal information is being provided to a commercial entity, and has not provided patients with a reasonable way to opt-out of the data sharing.

    The revelations come just days after health data regulator, the Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), noted that more than a million patients had opted-out of its scheme.

  • Researchers: Medical errors now third leading cause of death in United States

    A new study by patient safety researchers shows common medical errors may be the third leading cause of death in the U.S., after heart disease and cancer. (Deirdra O’Regan/The Washington Post)

    Nightmare stories of nurses giving potent drugs meant for one patient to another and surgeons removing the wrong body parts have dominated recent headlines about medical care. Lest you assume those cases are the exceptions, a new study by patient-safety researchers provides some context.

    Their analysis, published in the BMJ on Tuesday, shows that “medical errors” in hospitals and other health-care facilities are incredibly common and may now be the third-leading cause of death in the United States — claiming 251,000 lives every year, more than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke and Alzheimer’s.

    Martin Makary, a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who led the research, said in an interview that the category includes everything from bad doctors to more systemic issues such as communication breakdowns when patients are handed off from one department to another.

    “It boils down to people dying from the care that they receive rather than the disease for which they are seeking care,” Makary said.


  • 1 in 3 antibiotics prescribed in U.S. are unnecessary, major study finds

    Nearly a third of antibiotics prescribed in doctors’ offices, emergency rooms and hospital-based clinics in the United States are not needed, according to the most in-depth study yet to examine the use and misuse of these life-saving drugs.

    The finding, which has implications for antibiotics’ diminished efficacy, translates to about 47 million unnecessary prescriptions given out each year across the country to children and adults. Most of these are for conditions that don’t respond to antibiotics, such as colds, sore throats, bronchitis, flu and other viral illnesses.

    Although health officials have been warning for decades about the overuse of antibiotics and its contribution to the development of drug-resistant bacteria, the research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pew Charitable Trust is the first to quantify the depth of the problem.

    “We’ve all been hearing, ‘This is a problem, this is problem,’ and we all understood the general concept that there is a lot of antibiotic use,” said David Hyun, a senior officer with Pew’s antibiotic resistance project and one of the authors of the report published Tuesday in JAMA. Pew also published a companion report using the same data.

    “Why this study is so important: It actually provides concrete numbers,” Hyun said.


  • The Polio VACCINE is Causing the New Polio

    Yes, the vaccines are causing the problem. The authorities know it. It is admitted. This is not conspiracy theory, but sad fact.

    The system is willing to break a few eggs and ruin lives in order to achieve their global vaccination agenda – all while they insist that vaccines are both safe and effective. To say otherwise – even in the face of admitted facts – is pure heresy.

    A few years ago, I stumbled upon a big dirty secret that is harming tens of thousands of children. It was being reported overseas, but ignored by the mainstream media.

    Doctors in India tracking problems inside the nation’s health system found a huge spike in young children who were crippled after receiving the oral polio vaccine. I wrote at the time:

    While polio has statistically disappeared from India, there has been a huge spike in cases of non-polio acute flaccid paralysis (NPAFP)– the very types of crippling problems it was hoped would disappear with polio but which have instead flourished from a new cause.

    There were 47,500 cases of non-polio paralysis reported in 2011, the same year India was declared “polio-free,” according to Dr. Vashisht and Dr. Puliyel. Further, the available data shows that the incidents tracked back to areas were doses of the polio vaccine were frequently administered… Related studies in India have already demonstrated that polio vaccines are the leading cause of polio paralysis.

    That’s more than 47,000 children crippled and permanently disabled by the vaccine – not the disease!

    However, this problem was largely ignored while vaccine pushers – literally in overkill mode – were praised for nearly ‘eradicating’ polio.

    Now, this problem is cropping up in many other countries, too.


  • Second-Class Medicine: Germans Unhappy with Alternative Swine Flu Vaccine for Politicians

    Damage control is the name of the game in Berlin on Monday as politicians rush to deny that they are receiving a better, safer swine flu vaccine than ordinary Germans. The first of 50 million doses arrived in Germany on Monday.  One might think that the arrival in Germany of the first of 50 million doses of swine flu vaccine on Monday might be cause for celebration. But with news breaking over the weekend that top government officials in Berlin will be injected with an alternative vaccine — one widely seen as safer — a debate about an alleged two-class medical system has erupted.
    SPIEGEL over the weekend reported that Chancellor Angela Merkel, a number of her ministers and other government officials would receive a vaccine manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Baxter — the same vaccine that the German military opted for, as was reported last week.
    The mass-circulation tabloid Bild on Monday plastered the story on its front page on Monday, assuring its readers that “experts are accusing the government” of serving up “second class medicine” to ordinary Germans.

A.I. Interstellar Virus Invasion Detected

  • IBM’s ‘magic bullet’ could destroy Zika, Ebola AND herpes: Firm enlists Watson supercomputer to combat killer viruses

    IBM claims it has developed a ‘magic bullet’ solution to combating viral infections.

    The company has engineered a chemical that it says can block viruses like Zika, Ebola, dengue, influenza and herpes.

    Scientists believe, with the help of the Watson supercomputer, it could someday be used in products such as soap to prevent a viruses from spreading.

    IBM claims it has developed a 'magic bullet' solution to combating viral infections. The company has engineered a chemical that it says can block viruses like Zika (pictured), Ebola, dengue, influenza and herpes.

    IBM claims it has developed a ‘magic bullet’ solution to combating viral infections. The company has engineered a chemical that it says can block viruses like Zika (pictured), Ebola, dengue, influenza and herpes.


  • Chandra Movie Captures Expanding Debris from a Stellar Explosion

    When the star that created this supernova remnant exploded in 1572, it was so bright that it was visible during the day. And though he wasn’t the first or only person to observe this stellar spectacle, the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe wrote a book about his extensive observations of the event, gaining the honor of it being named after him.

    In modern times, astronomers have observed the debris field from this explosion − what is now known as Tycho’s supernova remnant − using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, the NSF’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) and many other telescopes. Today, they know that the Tycho remnant was created by the explosion of a white dwarf star, making it part of the so-called Type Ia class of supernovas used to track the expansion of the Universe.

    Since much of the material being flung out from the shattered star has been heated by shock waves − similar to sonic booms from supersonic planes − passing through it, the remnant glows strongly in X-ray light. Astronomers have now used Chandra observations from 2000 through 2015 to create the longest movie of the Tycho remnant’s X-ray evolution over time, using five different images. This shows the expansion from the explosion is still continuing about 450 years later, as seen from Earth’s vantage point roughly 10,000 light years away.

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