Category Archives: Foreign Affairs
By: Ryan Matthew Dernick
Adam Curtis‘ acclaimed series examines the rise of the all-consuming self against the backdrop of the Freud dynasty.
“The Century of the Self”, reveals the intricacies of psycho-manipulative social engineering through propaganda. Propaganda is a type of communication which is aimed at influencing a community toward a cause. Media utilizes propaganda by constantly dispersing certain information over a wide spectrum of mainstream media outlets (e.g.:ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Fox News) or more recently internet social networks (e.g:Facebook and Twitter) to sequester the desired attitudes from it.
“It”, or the emotional cue contemporarily may be like the succinctly charged statement ” War on Terror” which evokes conditioned visions of 9/11. Or more recently the foiled underwear bomber. These reminders consistently played over time through all strata of media fearfully allow us to give away our 4th and 5th Amendment liberties away for invasive T.S.A. (Transportation Safety Administration) naked body scanners and pat downs at airports.
The Century of the Self tells the untold and sometimes controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society in Britain and the United States. How was the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in whose interests?
The Freud dynasty is at the heart of this compelling social history. Sigmund Freud, founder of psychoanalysis; Edward Bernays, who invented public relations; Anna Freud, Sigmund‘s devoted daughter; and present-day PR guru and Sigmund’s great grandson, Matthew Freud.
Sigmund Freud’s work into the bubbling and murky world of the subconscious changed the world. By introducing a technique to probe the unconscious mind, Freud provided useful tools for understanding the secret desires of the masses. Unwittingly, his work served as the precursor to a world full of political spin doctors, marketing moguls, and society’s belief that the pursuit of satisfaction and happiness is humanity’s ultimate goal.
Bernays was one of the main architects of the modern techniques of mass-consumer persuasion, using every trick in the book, from celebrity endorsement and outrageous PR stunts, to eroticising the motorcar.
His most notorious coup was breaking the taboo on women smoking by persuading them that cigarettes were a symbol of independence and freedom. But Bernays was convinced that this was more than just a way of selling consumer goods. It was a new political idea of how to control the masses. By satisfying the inner irrational desires that his uncle Freud had identified, people could be made happy and thus docile.
By: Ryan Matthew Dernick
The European Union will soon discontinue purchases of Iranian oil two weeks from July 1st. China, India, Japan and South Korea are under increasing geopolitical pressures from the Unites States to stop buying Iran’s oil. As of today Iran’s global oil exports are down 20%.
Between the previous barrage of sanctions brought upon Iran in regards to its ongoing nuclear ambitions and the slow clamping off of its oil exportation the Persian country is becoming economically cornered.Iran’s leaders have said they can weather this international pressure despite the difficulties imposed on them already.
Iran has purportedly shut off the G.P.S. systems on their oil tankers to hide their movements, which leads some analysts fearful of possible under the radar smuggling of their crude. Once the European boycott is initiated Iranian exports could very well be cut in half. There is an ever growing fear from the global market community that once the E.U. oil embargo is actualized upon Iran there will be a marked spike in oil prices. The reason for the worrisome speculation is that Iran usually exports 2.2million barrels of oil per day and is already down 600,000 barrels from that.
” There are other oil producers very eager to fill the void in oil demand. Saudi Arabia, Angola, Iraq and more recently Libya have been increasing their oil production and they will be able to compensate for the amount of oil Iran will lose in exports.”
With the growing scrutiny upon Iran, European firms have stopped selling insurance on Iranian oil. This is becoming a pivotal factor in further stymieing Iran’s oil exports.
David Goldwyn former State Department Special Envoy for International Energy Affairs in reference to that factor says ” The denial of insurance to a tanker fleet is the most effective tool that we have because it does not require countries to do anything it just shuts off the access to the trade.”
As the sanctions continue to fly upon Iran only time will tell the eventual outcome from this E.U. oil embargo being firmly set in place.
By: Ryan Matthew Dernick
With the noticeable and precipitous increases in seismic activity globally one can only wonder if fracking may have had a hand in some of these geologic events. Hydraulic fracturing or fracking is a means of natural gas extraction employed in deep natural gas well drilling. Once a well is drilled, millions of gallons of water, sand and proprietary chemicals are injected, under high pressure, into a well. The pressure fractures the shale and props open fissures that enable natural gas to flow more freely out of the well. This invasive Energy extraction drilling procedure delves as deep as three miles beneath the surface of the earth for the sole goal of what may be deemed as irresponsible energy sequestration practices.
Dr. Mike Blanpied of the U.S. Geological Survey, who serves as the associate coordinator of the U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards program said this in regards to fracking and its possible relation to the seismic event that occurred last summer in Virginia with a 5.8M earthquake that occurred on August 23, 2011.
He says “The thing that can induce large earthquakes is the high pressure fluid injection, waste fluid injection, that’s done in some places. However, as far as we’re aware there’s not really the mining or the fluid injection processes going on in Virginia that would have connected this earthquake with anything like that.”
This high pressured fluid injection that Dr. Mike Blanpied warned of causing earthquakes is just what Youngstown, Ohio validated this pass March.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which overseas the oil and gas industry, said in a report that the state should pass a new law prohibiting drilling at what is called the Precambrian basement rock level (a depth that begins at 9,184 ft) and would require companies to “review existing geologic data” before drilling.
The agency also said it wants the state to require “continuous pressure monitoring systems with automatic shut-off” that monitor the pressure levels of injected waste fluids that would be controlled remotely by the state.
The report found “geological evidence” suggesting that high pressure fluid from a well near an underground fault caused a series of earthquakes in the Youngstown, Ohio area over the last year.
For each fracking operation 80-300 tons of chemicals may be used. Presently, the natural gas industry does not have to disclose the chemicals used, but scientists have identified volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene.
These volatile chemicals can eventually leach into the ground water table contaminating it through the many new fissures from hydrolic fracking.
According to the Centers for Disease Control the harmful human effects from benzene are that “it works by causing cells not to work correctly. For example, it can cause bone marrow not to produce enough red blood cells, which can lead to anemia. Also, it can damage the immune system by changing blood levels of antibodies and causing the loss of white blood cells.The seriousness of poisoning caused by benzene depends on the amount, route, and length of time of exposure, as well as the age and preexisting medical condition of the exposed person.”
In a United States Environmental Protection Agency Assessment of the risks on the human body from Toluene they state,
“The central nervous system (CNS) is the primary target organ for toluene toxicity in both humans and animals for acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) exposures. CNS dysfunction and narcosis have been frequently observed in humans acutely exposed to toluene by inhalation; symptoms include fatigue, sleepiness, headaches, and nausea. CNS depression has been reported to occur in chronic abusers exposed to high levels of toluene. Chronic inhalation exposure of humans to toluene also causes irritation of the upper respiratory tract and eyes, sore throat, dizziness, and headache. Human studies have reported developmental effects, such as CNS dysfunction, attention deficits, and minor craniofacial and limb anomalies, in the children of pregnant women exposed to toluene or mixed solvents by inhalation. Reproductive effects, including an association between exposure to toluene and an increased incidence of spontaneous abortions, have also been noted.”
Some experts suggest a link between the slew of earthquakes in Italy and fracking now with a death toll up to 17 from the May 20th 6.0 magnitude 6km SSW of Felonica, May 29th’s 5.8mag. 3km SSE of Medolla then 5.4mag. 3km NW of town of Carvezzo.
Sunday night June 3rd at 9:20pm Italy saw another quake of a magnitude 4.8 in Northern Italy only adding to the uneasiness felt by the citizens across Italy.Whether it is fracking that is responsible for the uptick in seismicity, natural geophysical cyclical internal processes at work here or a combination of the two the data available is compelling.
By: Ryan Matthew Dernick
The suicide rate in Greece jumped 40% year-on-year in first five months of 2011. Dually the number of young people without a job outnumbered those with one.
This past Wednesday a 77-year-old man took his own life in the busy Syntagma Square in central Athens, the scene of several violent clashes between anti-austerity protesters and the police in recent months. Nearly one thousand people gathered for another rally Thursday in Syntagma Square, which was largely peaceful apart from a few scuffles between small groups of protesters, Athens police said.
Retired pharmacist Dimitris Christoulas shot himself with a handgun amid the morning rush hour, in what was apparently a protest over the financial crisis gripping the nation.
This is not just regional to Greece but Geo-economically systemic as many other European Countries own Greek Debt like Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom. Elsewhere in the world Australia, Canada, Chile, India, Japan, United States, Chinese Taipei, Singapore also own Greeks toxic debts sold through derivatives or credit default swaps by the IMF World Bank along with JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs.
With ever-growing unemployment, scarcer and fewer jobs available an Economic Depression has now thoroughly entrenched the Grecian people.
Economist Max Keiser of the “Keiser Report” met with Steve Forbes of Forbes Magazine last June 2011 in an International Chamber of Commerce meeting while in Greece. Steve Forbes reportedly said to Keiser, “this is an amazing opportunity we are going to buy the airport and other properties for pennies on dollar.”
Greece’s economy is estimated to have shrunk by a about a fifth since 2008, when it plunged into its deepest and longest post-war recession. About 600,000 jobs, more than one in ten, have been destroyed in the process. A record 1,033,507 people were without work in December, 41 percent more than in the same month last year. The number in work dropped to a record low of 3,899,319, down 7.9 percent year-on-year.
“Despite some emergency government measures to boost employment in early 2012, it is hard to see how the upward unemployment trend can be stabilized in the first half of the year,” said Nikos Magginas, an economist at National Bank of Greece.
Pressured by its international backers under the terms of a planned European Union/International Monetary Fund bailout, the country’s second since 2010, Greece last month slashed its minimum monthly wage by about a fifth to about 580 euros ($760), gross, to encourage job growth.
By: Ryan Matthew Dernick
In a recent study from Harvard University pertaining to pasteurized milk ,the lactose beverage high in calcium that ensures strong bones shows very high levels of estrone sulfate.Estrone Sulfate is an estrogen compound that has been connected to prostate, breast and testicular cancer. It is the primary prognosis indicator for prostate cancer.
A 1993 International Journal of Cancer Report even states ” Estrone Sulfate promotes breast cancer cell replication.”
The Harvard Study was headed by Dr. Gnamaa Davaasambuu, Ph.D and a team of fellow researchers. Together they empirically identified a definitive link between the estrone sulfate concentrations in modern dairy farms and increases in cancer.
The Harvard University Gazzete had recorded Dr. Davaasambuu as saying “the milk we drink today is quite unlike the milk our ancestors were drinking.”
Any farm that practices concentrated feeding operations is interested solely in profit margins not human or animal health. What this means is high heat treated or pasteurized milk can contain blood, puss, feces, painkillers and antibiotics at deemed allowable levels by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
When milk is pasteurized it becomes denatured or loses nutrients in the process.
Dr. Davaasambuu goes on to say “the milk we drink today may not be natures perfect food.”
This comparative analytical study looked at the source of the cancer from modern dairy farms where cows are milked 300 days of the year. Even when they are pregnant!! That data was then compared to a raw milk farm in Dr. Davaasambuu’s native Mongolia which sequestered milk from cows only after the first six months the cows gave birth. The final results that were determined were contrary to that of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), The Huffington Post, USA Today and the milk lobbyist insistence that pasteurized milk is safe to consume. Much to their chagrin pasteurized milk contained roughly 33% more estrone sulfate than raw milk.
Dr. Davaasambuu’s Agricultural Farming Study controversy between raw milk and pasteurized milk concluded that such high hormone milk and high rates of hormone dependent cancers are correlated to pasteurize dairy farm foods.
When it comes to diets we must remember Caveat Emptor or let the buyer beware. Become aware of what you are eating and what the ramifications or benefits are before you ingest it. Raw grass fed organic milk improves health by aiding in digestion from the active cultures present in the raw milk. Raw milk has also been known to heal auto immune disorders. Eating locally means from a farm rurally, urban community farm or any local produce grown organic market.
Ron Paul Fights for Liberty, NDAA Takes Them Away and Occupy Wall Street is Battered in Oakland California
By: Ryan Matthew Dernick
A libertarian to the core and a protector of constitutional rights,Texas Congressman Ron Paul has the economic insight to put America back on track. Florida Primary ended with Mitt Romney taking the win leaving Ron Paul in fourth place. When asked by Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s the “Situation Room” last Friday as to why he could not muster a more prominent foot hold in Florida among the voters there? Ron replied that the money was a big issue. As it did not allow him to campaign as aggressively as he could have liked to in the Sunshine State. In Nevada Paul ended up with 19 percent of the vote and again Mitt Romney stole the show with 50 percent.
On Saturday Feb.4th in the Adelson Late Caucus Results (Clark County, Nevada) were overwhelmingly in Ron Paul’s favor indicative of the growing national likeability of this Congressman and retired U.S. Air Foce Physician.
Paul 58% (183 votes)
Romney 19% (61 votes)
Gingrich 18% (57 votes)
Santorum 5% (16 votes)
|February 7, 2012||Colorado (caucus)
Missouri (primary) – *See note below on Missouri
|February 28, 2012||Arizona (primary)
|March 3, 2012||Washington (caucus)|
|March 6, 2012
North Dakota (caucus)
|March 6-10, 2012||Wyoming (caucus)|
|March 10, 2012||Kansas (caucus)
U.S. Virgin Islands (caucus)
|March 13, 2012||Alabama (primary)
|March 17, 2012||Missouri (GOP caucus) – *See note below on Missouri|
|March 20, 2012||Illinois (primary)|
|March 24, 2012||Louisiana (primary)|
|April 3, 2012||District of Columbia (primary)
|April 24, 2012||Connecticut (primary)
New York (primary)
Rhode Island (primary)
|May 8, 2012||Indiana (primary)
North Carolina (primary)
West Virginia (primary)
|May 15, 2012||Nebraska (primary)
|May 22, 2012||Arkansas (primary)
|June 5, 2012||California (primary)
New Jersey (primary)
New Mexico (primary)
South Dakota (primary)
|June 26, 2012||Utah (primary)|
Break the walls of ignorance and liberate “We the People” from a selfish selected few. Is it the purported Too Big to Go to Jail or is it Too Big to Fail? These spineless sycophants and their gestapo like minions feel the real change coming not the semantic sold change of ethically compromised puppet politicians.
The meek shall inherit the Earth not the greedy, malevolent and despotic conspirators against freedom. Let’s reinstate The Glass Steagall Act or Banking Act of 1933 which was put in place by Franklin Delano Roosevelt after the last Great Depression in the early 20th Century to stop banks from insider trading via derivatives but was then reversed by the Clinton Administration in 1999 prior to the 2008 onset of the present recession/depression. The act states it is to provide for safer and more effective use of the assets of banks, to regulate interbank control, to prevent the undue diversion of funds into speculative operations, and for other purposes. Is this historical irony or another corporate takeover? This is not a partisan issue but an issue that traverses any and all political ideologies.
All Criminal, I mean good things come to an end. Most people have heard the saying “The truth shall set you free”. If anyone has any reservations of where their allegiance lies then they might want to decide what side of the line in the sand they want to stand on. An egregious violation of our First Amendment right has been committed recently in Oakland, California when over 400 Occupy Oakland demonstrators and a number of journalists were arrested in a violent confrontation on Jan. 28. The turmoil began when protesters attempted to convert a vacant building into a community center. The police response to the protesters’ efforts included firing tear gas, bean bag projectiles and flash grenades to disperse the crowd, according to a Jan. 30 Democracy Now! The total of nationwide Occupy arrests are now up 6,300 protesters, according to @OccupyArrests’ twitter feed.
This violation is occurring because of the newest added piece of legislation passed known as the N.D.A.A .(National Defense Authorization Act 2011) that permits the President of the United States to unlawfully detain American citizens without normal due process of law. That means our 4th and 5th Amendment rights in the Bill of Rights are absolutely nullified or non-existent. It also increases sanctions on Iran, hence the ongoing further escalating nuclear tensions between the U.S. and Iran with the Unites States threatening Iran with more economic sanctions. Additionally (section 1045), commissions reviews of the military capabilities of countries such as Iran, China, and Russia, and refocuses the strategic goals of NATO towards energy security. This interestingly again reflects the current and ongoing geopolitical tensions the United States has with all three of these countries.
“Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country”-John F. Kennedy. These words speak volumes in reference to a growing Global Peace Movement of Occupy Wall Street.org and the fight for liberty with Ron Paul’s 2012 Presidential Campaign. Wall Street and the World Banks are behaving like the Austrian born French Queen Marie Antoinette (1774-1793) married to Louis XVI as she said unsympathetically and ignorantly to the starving mass French Populous “Let them eat Cake”. Those that enjoy being products of parasitism, or having their intellect and good natures exploited by a hegemonic global corporate dictatorship need not listen as your conscience is sold by falsely perceived securities.
“Man, woman and child were meant to be what they were born to be free and independent”- my redaction of John F. Kennedy’s closing statement toward secret agendas or societies that subvert not only America but the world’s freedoms. I leave you with some quotes from one of the greatest European leaders and speakers of the 20th Century Sir Winston Leonard Churchill (1874-1965).
“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
“If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law.”
“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing—after they’ve tried everything else.”
“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”
“Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him out to the public.”
“The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” “Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others.”
“Let Freedom Ring” and start a peaceful movement to foster real community awareness on real issues in your city wherever you are.
By: Ryan Matthew Dernick
From bad to worse with the despotic potential for a copyright Bill that impedes our ability to surf the Internet. The SOPA and PIPA Bill are slated to change the way you surf the web. Backlash from the world tide of the internet toward this proposed legislation has been staunchly opposed to it’s possible passage.
While these attempts to censor the web become more brazen and obvious, Wikipedia’s query may be a foreboding segway to a Police State style Internet. This bill could effectively cause a moratorium or freeze in e-commerce business not only in the United States but abroad.
Art Bordsky of advocacy group Public Knowledge similarly stated, “The definitions written in the bill are so broad that any US consumer who uses a website overseas immediately gives the US jurisdiction the power to potentially take action against it.”
As a journalist and as fellow human being who loves liberty we must all speak out against this atrocious SOPA Bill to our local congressman to ensure that Copyright laws don’t go too far.
By: Ryan Matthew Dernick
Friday Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei insisted “the Islamist Republic will continue on that path.” This in reference to Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The Supreme Leader goes on to vow “to punish those who carried out Wednesdays bombing and those behind it.”
Iran State Television reported “two attackers riding by on a motorcycle stuck a magnetic bomb on the car of the Iranian Nuclear Scientist.”
Pieces of broken glass and debris lay strewn across the pavement this past Wednesday at the scene of a bombing in Tehran. The victim an Iranian Nuclear Scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, age 32. His recent death has acted to further ratchet up tensions with the Unites States and Iran amidst talk of further sanctions on the Middle Eastern Country in relation to its nuclear ambitions.
The Iranian Government called the act a ” terrorist attack” blaming Israel and the United States.The Iranian Supreme Leader further elaborates on those who conspired to commit this assassination “This cowardly terror has been designed or helped by the intelligence services of the CIA and Mossad and shows that the arrogant powers have reached a dead end in the face of the strong Iranian nation.”
Refuting the claims against the United States, U.S. Sec. of State Hillary Clinton assured the international community “I want to categorically deny any U.S. involvement in any kind of act of violence inside of Iran.”
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta placated the troops in Texas on Thursday: “We we’re not involved in any way, in any way with regards to the assassination that took place there. I’m not sure who was involved .But I can tell you one thing that the United States was not involved in that kind of effort, thats not what the United States does.”
This is the latest in a string of attacks on Iranian nuclear officials. Two years ago a nuclear physics professor was killed when a bomb strapped to a motorcycle exploded outside his home. Several months after that a pair of car bombings killed one nuclear scientist and wounded another while they were headed to work. In both cases Iranian officials also blamed the United States and Israel for the attacks and subsequent deaths. Iran has also been the victim of “Cyber Attacks”. In 2010 computers at Iranian nuclear facilities were infected with the stuxnet virus. It disrupted controls on centrifuges that were trying to enrich uranium. This past November an explosion destroyed part of a missile testing site however Iranian officials deemed that was an accident.
Just this week the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Iran has begun enriching uranium at a second site near the city of Kong. This recent assassination along with the escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran in the Strait of Hormuz show things are mounting toward an eventual conflict.
By Ryan Matthew Dernick
Israel and Washington accused Tehran of trying to develop nuclear weapons. Iran says “our nuclear program is a peaceful drive to generate electricity so that the world’s fourth-largest oil producer can export more of its gas and crude.”
In a statement released by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad he insists that the nuclear ambitions of his country are for purely peaceful purposes. Iranian Army Chief said in a public statement to the United States this past Monday during the Iranian Missile Tests in the Strait of Hormuz saying ” That the U.S. should not bring its aircraft carriers into the Gulf again.” The Iranian Army Chief goes on to say we are not in the business of warning America more than once.”
Iran has been conducting a barrage of naval drills in the Gulf in recent days including test-firing several missiles. These exercises were held near the Strait of Hormuz, through which around 20% or 1/6th of the world’s traded oil supply passes.
Tehran said on Monday that “mock exercises on shutting the strait had been carried out, although there was no intention of closing it.”
The U.N. Security Council has already brought four successions of sanctions against Iran for refusing to halt its uranium enrichment ventures. Enriched uranium can be converted into nuclear weapons grade fissile material.
“These are the kinds of steps that we would like to see not just from our close allies and partners in places like Europe but from countries around the world”, according to US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.
These sanctions include a ban on the supply of heavy weaponry and nuclear-related technology to Iran, a block on Iranian arms exports, and an asset freeze on key individuals and companies.
Sanctions against Iran Up to This Point
- Longstanding ban on all trade with Iran except for activities “intended to benefit the Iranian people”
- New sanctions against foreign firms dealing with Iran’s oil sector and central bank
- Restrictions on trade in equipment which could be used for uranium enrichment
- Asset freeze on individuals and organisations linked with nuclear programme
- Export ban on natural gas technology
- Ban on sales of heavy weaponry and nuclear technology to Iran
- Iranian arms exports blocked, and asset freeze for key individuals and firms
- Cargo inspections to detect and stop Iran’s acquisition of illicit materials