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It comes amid the advancement in AI weapons deployed by nations at war. Campaigners are calling on robots with killer tech to be banned GETTY TERROR: The UN will be shown a video of robots killing without instructions

Gruesome footage put together by AI experts shows small drones descending on a classroom and killing pupils by blowing up their heads.

The film – to be show to United Nations (UN) today – stresses the danger of autonomous weapons that pick and destroy targets without instruction.

“It is not science fiction”

AI scientist, Stuart Russell, will present the film today at the UN Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons hosted by Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.

Russell told The Guardian: “The technology illustrated in the film is simply an integration of existing capabilities. It is not science fiction.

“In fact, it is easier to achieve than self-driving cars, which require far higher standards of performance.”
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The march of the sex-bots continues, with designer Sergi Santos set to unleash these eerily lifelike love droids on the world

And it is being suggested that killer tech that makes its own decisions before killing by its own accord will be possible to design in the near-future.

Russell added: “Pursuing the development of lethal autonomous weapons would drastically reduce international, national, local, and personal security.”

It is also feared that enemies of the West – including nuke-mad North Korea or terror unit ISIS – could develop the technology leading to fatal consequences.

Sex robot engineer Sergei Santos is intent on bringing his creations to the masses. We take you inside the Chinese factory where these ultra-realistic sex toys are being manufactured

Campaigners are calling on the UN to ban their development worldwide.

Daily Star Online previously revealed how physicist Stephen Hawking claims humanity could be destroyed by AI in the near future.

He said: “Unless we learn how to prepare for, and avoid, the potential risks, AI could be the worst event in the history of our civilisation.”

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California; Earthquake Fears Grow! 170 major quakes around the ring of fire since the end of 2014 and not one near California: Is the big one about to hit?

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A series of powerful earthquakes which struck Asia and South America this month could be followed by a ‘mega’ quake in the near future, a scientist has claimed.
This month could prove to be the deadliest month for quakes since March 2011, when a 9.0 struck Japan, killing at least 20,000 people, causing a massive tsunami, landslides and widespread damage to buildings and infrastructure.
Massive quakes this month have already killed hundreds in Japan and Ecuador.
But the big question being asked by many experts is when will the big one hit the west coast of the US?
The last time a major quake struck California was way back in March, 2014 when a M 6.8 – Struck 78km WNW of Ferndale.
By the shear number of major earthquakes which have occurred around the ring of fire recently many experts believe the ‘law of averages’ would suggest a big one is well overdue for the California area.
Below ‘A big one is overdue.’

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There is evidence of sidewalks buckling, along with roads collapsing and landslides in the California area
Superstation95 Reports of sidewalks outside of Palm Springs, CA are starting to lift up off the ground as the same force which caused the earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan is now hitting California; pressure from the Pacific Tectonic plate has now begun crushing into the US west coast. Before you say it, NO, there are no tree roots underneath, this buckling took place since yesterday, April 20.

And in March, Canyon Road between Lost Creek Road and Vasquez Way, in California, engineers and geologists were examining a road to determine what was causing it to crack and move, he said. The hillside slipped but instead of spilling over the road, it went under the pavement, Frasher said. Now the road is growing upward and expanding.
Frasher said there is no way to stop the soil movement, so for now geologists and engineers are just watching the ground and hoping it stops growing.
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On February 27th an enormous amount of Carbon Monoxide leaked into the atmosphere along the West coast of America.
It was the amount of Carbon Monoxide which was simply stunning and led NASA to claim it was a satellite glitch.
It led The Big Wobble to ask is the San Andreas Fault about to shift? Unprecedented amounts of Carbon Monoxide released into the atmosphere along the West coast of the US
It is well understood that large amounts of Carbon Monoxide is released into the atmosphere before an earthquake, however the amount of Carbon Monoxide release on the 27th of Feb is as far as I can tell unprecedented.

US Patent: Nervous System Manipulation Via Personal Computers

Your television and computer monitor have been able to manipulate your nervous system for at least the last 15 years, according to a US patent.

Nervous system manipulation by electromagnetic fields from monitors US Patent #6,506,148 says:

“Physiological effects have been observed in a human subject in response to stimulation of the skin with weak electromagnetic fields that are pulsed with certain frequencies near ½ Hz or 2.4 Hz, such as to excite a sensory resonance.

Many computer monitors and TV tubes, when displaying pulsed images, emit pulsed electromagnetic fields of sufficient amplitudes to cause such excitation.

It is therefore possible to manipulate the nervous system of a subject by pulsing images displayed on a nearby computer monitor or TV set. For the latter, the image pulsing may be imbedded in the program material, or it may be overlaid by modulating a video stream, either as an RF signal or as a video signal. The image displayed on a computer monitor may be pulsed effectively by a simple computer program.

For certain monitors, pulsed electromagnetic fields capable of exciting sensory resonances in nearby subjects may be generated even as the displayed images are pulsed with subliminal intensity.”

This is extremely creepy as the nervous system controls everything we do – from breathing to digestion, to memory and intelligence.

Man stabbed after finding wife naked in bed with her father

PONTIAC, Mich. — A 25-year-old man told police that he was stabbed after finding his wife in bed with her own father, WWJ reports.

It happened just after 3:30 a.m. Saturday when the man arrived at his home on West Rundell Avenue to find his wife, completely naked, in bed with her father, police say.

The man then reportedly woke his father-in-law up and the two began to fight.

Police say the father-in-law, identified by authorities as Henry Allen Michael of Detroit, allegedly stabbed the younger man in his back with a knife. He then fled the scene in the victim’s car.

The victim was taken to McLaren Hospital with a non-life threatening stab wound.

Authorities later spoke to the 24-year-woman who said she was out drinking with her father then passed out when they returned to her house. She says she did not know what had happened until her husband woke her up, police say.

The woman said she thinks she was sexually assaulted and insisted on being examined at the hospital.

Michael, who was staying at the couple’s home after being released from prison, was later arrested.

According to Oakland County authorities, Michael’s criminal history includes a 1992 robbery for which he was found guilty, sentenced to 20 years and released in 2012. Then, in March of 2015, Michael pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon.
http://wtvr.com/2015/09/08/man-stabbed-after-finding-wife-naked-in-bed-with-her-father/

TERROR ATTACk WARNING FOR JULY 4th!

Federal authorities have warned local law enforcement officials across the country about a heightened concern involving possible terror attacks targeting the July 4th holiday, a U.S. law enforcement official said.

While there was no specific or credible threat of attack, the official said the intelligence bulletin prepared by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI alerted local colleagues to the ongoing threats posed by the Islamic State and other homegrown extremists. The official was not authorized to comment publicly.

The bulletins are frequently issued in advance of major U.S. holidays out of an abundance of caution and concern that operatives may exploit the timing to generate greater attention.

The warning comes as federal investigators have worked to disrupt a number of Islamic State-inspired plots, including a planned assault earlier this month on police officers in Boston. In that case, authorities fatally shot Usaamah Rahim as he allegedly planned to attack police with military-style knives.

Also this month, a New York suspect in a Islamic State-related terror investigation was arrested after attacking an FBI agent with a kitchen knife during a search of his home.

Fareed Mumuni, 21, was charged with attempted murder, after he emerged as a suspect in alleged plots to use pressure-cooker explosives and knives to attack police.

In a statement Friday following attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said local law enforcement was being encouraged to be “vigilant and prepared” in preparation for July 4th celebrations.

“We will also adjust security measures, seen and unseen, as necessary to protect the American people,” Johnson said. “We continue to encourage all Americans to attend public events and celebrate this country during this summer season, but always remain vigilant.”

The secretary also referred to last week’s the deadly Charleston church shooting, saying that such “acts of mass violence will never divert, discourage or frighten us.”

“The alleged killer sought to divide us,” Johnson said. “Instead, his actions appear to have had the opposite effect in South Carolina, where people of different races have come together to denounce the tragedy and mourn those killed.”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/06/27/homeland-security-fbi-warn-of-possible-july-4-attacks/29389963/

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An 18-year-old New Jersey honor student and cheerleader has been tossed from her parents’ Lincoln Park home, but demands that her mother and father continue to pay her private high school and impending college costs — as well as her mounting lawyer fees, according to her lawsuit.

Rachel Canning claims she’s been out of her parents’ home since her 18th birthday, Nov. 1, after her parents vowed to cut her off “from all support both financially and emotionally.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/n-honor-student-sues-parents-cut-age-18-suit-article-1.1709440#ixzz2v17JpC7V

Hacker dies days before he was to reveal how to remotely kill pacemaker patients

Hacker dies days before he was to reveal how to remotely kill pacemaker patients

Barnaby Jack

Security researcher Barnaby Jack has passed away in San Francisco only days before a scheduled appearance at a Las Vegas hacker conference where he intended to show how an ordinary pacemaker could be compromised in order to kill a man.

Jack, who previously presented hacks involving ATMs and insulin pumps at the annual Black Hat conference in Vegas, was confirmed dead Friday morning by the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s office, Reuters reported. He passed away Thursday this week, but the office declined to offer any more details at this time.

Jack’s death came one week to the day before he was scheduled to detail one of his most recent exploits in a Black Hat talk called “Implantable Medical Devices: Hacking Humans.”

“I was intrigued by the fact that these critical life devices communicate wirelessly. I decided to look at pacemakers and ICDs (implantable cardioverter defibrillators) to see if they communicated securely and if it would be possible for an attacker to remotely control these devices,” Jack told Vice last month.

After around six months of research, Jack said he developed a way to hack one of those devices remotely and send it a high-voltage shock from upwards of 50 feet away.

“If the devices can be accessed remotely, there’s always a potential for abuse,” he told Vice tech reporter William Alexander.

In a blog post earlier this year, Jack said he was influenced by a recent episode of the television program Homeland in which a terrorist remotely hacked the pacemaker of the United States vice president.

“In my professional opinion, the episode was not too far off the mark,” he wrote.

When Alexander asked Jack if a government official outfitted with a pacemaker would be vulnerable to assassination from a hacker, the researcher remarked, “I wouldn’t feel comfortable speculating about such a scenario.”

“Although the threat of a malicious attack to anyone with an implantable device is slim, we want to mitigate these risks no matter how minor,” he wrote on his blog post. At the time, Jack said the vulnerability was being discussed with medical device manufacturers.

“Over the past year, we’ve become increasingly aware of cyber security vulnerabilities in incidents that have been reported to us,” William Maisel, deputy director for science at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, told Reuters. “Hundreds of medical devices have been affected, involving dozens of manufacturers.”

At previous Black Hat talks, Jack detailed how he emulated a stunt found in the movie Terminator 2 that allowed him to remotely hack an automatic teller machine. In addition to being able to read credit card numbers and PINs inputted by another user, Jack also showed how a USB drive could be implanted in an ATM which would override the machine’s firmware and allow a hacker to take control.

In another presentation, Jack said he could hack insulin pumps to order the machines to deliver lethal doses to patients, in turn killing them.

“We notified the manufacturer of the vulnerability and it will be fixed with the next insulin pump revision,” he told Vice.

Jack’s most recent employer, security firm IOActive, said in a statement, “Lost but never forgotten our beloved pirate, Barnaby Jack has passed. He was a master hacker and dear friend. Here’s to you Barnes!”

Black Hat is scheduled to begin Wednesday in Vegas with a presentation by NSA Chief Gen. Keith Alexander. It will be immediately followed by the Def Con hacker conference down the road that weekend, where researchers plan to demonstrate how modern cars can be compromised and other high-profile hacks.

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President Obama could get 3 terms if H.J.Res 15 abolishes term limits


President Obama could get 3 terms if H.J.Res 15 abolishes term limits

By: Angel Clark

Americans around the nation were shocked Friday as they heard about H.J.Res. 15. H.J.Res 15 proposes an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the Twenty-second Amendment. This would remove the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President. Rep. José Serrano (D- NY15) introduced the controversial joint resolution on Friday, the second day of the 2013 legislative session.

The last President to serve more than two terms was Franklin D. Roosevelt. Roosevelt served three full terms as President and was elected to a fourth term. Roosevelt died 83 days into his fourth term in office.

Congress passed the Twenty-second Amendment on March 21, 1947. The required number of states ratified it in 1951. There have been numerous attempts to repeal the Twenty-second Amendment, including a previous attempt by Rep. José Serrano. Rep. Serrano attempted to repeal the Twenty-second Amendment with H.J.Res. 5 in 2009.

Opponents of H.J.Res. 15 are being urged to inform their representatives of their opinions and to voice their opinion on PopVox.com.

Learn more about possible laws! H.R. 193 was introduced and would force farmers to pay fees on their saved seeds after a harvest and register them with the government!

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Canada, U.S. agree to use each other’s troops in civil emergencies

Canada, U.S. agree to use each other’s troops in civil emergencies

By Ottawa Citizen

Canada and the U.S. have signed an agreement that paves the way for the militaries from either nation to send troops across each other’s borders during an emergency, but some are questioning why the Harper government has kept silent on the deal.

Neither the Canadian government nor the Canadian Forces announced the new agreement, which was signed Feb. 14 in Texas.

The U.S. military’s Northern Command, however, publicized the agreement with a statement outlining how its top officer, Gen. Gene Renuart, and Canadian Lt.-Gen. Marc Dumais, head of Canada Command, signed the plan, which allows the military from one nation to support the armed forces of the other nation during a civil emergency.

The new agreement has been greeted with suspicion by the left wing in Canada and the right wing in the U.S.

The left-leaning Council of Canadians, which is campaigning against what it calls the increasing integration of the U.S. and Canadian militaries, is raising concerns about the deal.

“It’s kind of a trend when it comes to issues of Canada-U.S. relations and contentious issues like military integration. We see that this government is reluctant to disclose information to Canadians that is readily available on American and Mexican websites,” said Stuart Trew, a researcher with the Council of Canadians.

Trew said there is potential for the agreement to militarize civilian responses to emergency incidents. He noted that work is also underway for the two nations to put in place a joint plan to protect common infrastructure such as roadways and oil pipelines.

“Are we going to see (U.S.) troops on our soil for minor potential threats to a pipeline or a road?” he asked.

Trew also noted the U.S. military does not allow its soldiers to operate under foreign command so there are questions about who controls American forces if they are requested for service in Canada. “We don’t know the answers because the government doesn’t want to even announce the plan,” he said.

But Canada Command spokesman Commander David Scanlon said it will be up to civilian authorities in both countries on whether military assistance is requested or even used.

He said the agreement is “benign” and simply sets the stage for military-to-military co-operation if the governments approve.

“But there’s no agreement to allow troops to come in,” he said. “It facilitates planning and co-ordination between the two militaries. The ‘allow’ piece is entirely up to the two governments.”

If U.S. forces were to come into Canada they would be under tactical control of the Canadian Forces but still under the command of the U.S. military, Scanlon added.

News of the deal, and the allegation it was kept secret in Canada, is already making the rounds on left-wing blogs and Internet sites as an example of the dangers of the growing integration between the two militaries.

On right-wing blogs in the U.S. it is being used as evidence of a plan for a “North American union” where foreign troops, not bound by U.S. laws, could be used by the American federal government to override local authorities.

“Co-operative militaries on Home Soil!” notes one website. “The next time your town has a ‘national emergency,’ don’t be surprised if Canadian soldiers respond. And remember — Canadian military aren’t bound by posse comitatus.”

Posse comitatus is a U.S. law that prohibits the use of federal troops from conducting law enforcement duties on domestic soil unless approved by Congress.

Scanlon said there was no intent to keep the agreement secret on the Canadian side of the border. He noted it will be reported on in the Canadian Forces newspaper next week and that publication will be put on the Internet.

Scanlon said the actual agreement hasn’t been released to the public as that requires approval from both nations. That decision has not yet been taken, he added.
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Treason – Russian Forces to Provide “Security” At US Events

Russian Forces to Provide “Security” At US Events

FEMA signs deal with Russian Emergency Situations Ministry to “exchange experts”

Paul Joseph Watson

As part of a deal signed last week in Washington DC between the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry and FEMA, Russian officials will provide “security at mass events” in the United States, a scenario that won’t sit well with Americans wary of foreign assets operating on US soil.

Russian troops. Image: Wikimedia Commons

According to a press release by the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defense and Emergencies, US and Russian officials met on June 25 at the 17th Joint U.S.-Russia Cooperation Committee on Emergency Situations.

In addition to agreeing with FEMA to “exchange experts during joint rescue operations in major disasters,” the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry will also be providing “security at mass events” in the United States.

This suggests that events designated as “National Special Security Events” by the Department of Homeland Security, which include the Super Bowl, international summits such as the G8 and presidential inaugurations, will now rely partly on Russian authorities to provide security.

The meeting last week also agreed on the conclusion that US and Russian emergency authorities will increase their co-operation, “in order to respond efficiently to all kinds of disasters.”

The use of foreign troops or other officials in a law enforcement capacity providing “security” inside the United States is illegal under Posse Comitatus. Capt. William Geddes of the U.S. Army Reserve acknowledged last year that it is against federal law to use US troops to conduct police patrols, despite the fact that such occurrences are becoming increasingly common. The use of foreign troops is an even more clear cut violation of Posse Comitatus.

Last year we reported on how Russian troops were invited to the US as part of a Fort Carson, Colorado drill focused around anti-terror training. Aside from learning how to target terrorists in America, the Russian soldiers were also out in the local community attending a baseball game in Colorado Springs.

As Mac Slavo writes, “Rumors have circulated for years about the possibility of foreign troops being deployed on U.S. soil in the event of a widespread declaration of a national emergency. For quite some time there have been anecdotal reports to support the claim that the U.N., Russia and other nations would be used in a policing capacity should some critical event befall our nation.”

“The fear should such a scenario take place has been that these soldiers would act under the banner of their own flags, ignoring the fundamental protections afforded to our citizens, leaving Americans under the jurisdiction of people who don’t speak our language or respect our fundamental rights to self defense, to be secure in our homes, and to be presumed innocent in the eyes of the law.”

Concerns about foreign troops being used on US soil have lingered ever since the release of State Department Publication 7277, which is a blueprint for the harmonization of US and Russian forces under a framework of United Nations-led global government.

Back in 2008 it was also reported that US and Canadian authorities had signed an agreement that would pave the way to using each other’s militaries on both sides of the border “during an emergency”.

Alex Jones has documented foreign troops being trained on U.S. soil to deal with “insurgents” since the late 1990?s as part of “urban warfare drills”.

Back in July 2010, our reporters covered the Operation Vigilant Guard exercises in Chicago which involved Polish troops training alongside U.S. National Guard troops in drills focused around raiding terrorists and drug dealers.

According to SFC Mark Ballard of the Illinois National Guard, the Polish forces were “integrating into some of the civil military units that are participating in this exercise” as part of Illinois’ partnership with the Republic of Poland, a relationship based around “integrative training” and blending military and civilian forces in the event of a national emergency, as well as making this process of integration with foreign troops more “visible”.

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US military pondered love not war


US military pondered love not war

The US military investigated building a “gay bomb”, which would make enemy soldiers “sexually irresistible” to each other, government papers say.

Other weapons that never saw the light of day include one to make soldiers obvious by their bad breath.

The US defence department considered various non-lethal chemicals meant to disrupt enemy discipline and morale.

The 1994 plans were for a six-year project costing $7.5m, but they were never pursued.

The US Air Force Wright Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio, sought Pentagon funding for research into what it called “harassing, annoying and ‘bad guy’-identifying chemicals”.

The plans were obtained under the US Freedom of Information by the Sunshine Project, a group which monitors research into chemical and biological weapons.

‘Who? Me?’

The plan for a so-called “love bomb” envisaged an aphrodisiac chemical that would provoke widespread homosexual behaviour among troops, causing what the military called a “distasteful but completely non-lethal” blow to morale.

Scientists also reportedly considered a “sting me/attack me” chemical weapon to attract swarms of enraged wasps or angry rats towards enemy troops.

A substance to make the skin unbearably sensitive to sunlight was also pondered.

Another idea was to develop a chemical causing “severe and lasting halitosis”, so that enemy forces would be obvious even when they tried to blend in with civilians.

In a variation on that idea, researchers pondered a “Who? Me?” bomb, which would simulate flatulence in enemy ranks.

Indeed, a “Who? Me?” device had been under consideration since 1945, the government papers say.

However, researchers concluded that the premise for such a device was fatally flawed because “people in many areas of the world do not find faecal odour offensive, since they smell it on a regular basis”.

Captain Dan McSweeney of the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate at the Pentagon said the defence department receives “literally hundreds” of project ideas, but that “none of the systems described in that [1994] proposal have been developed”.

He told the BBC: “It’s important to point out that only those proposals which are deemed appropriate, based on stringent human effects, legal, and international treaty reviews are considered for development or acquisition.” SOURCE

Four Star Admiral Is Claiming Obama Conspired With America’s Enemies To Stage Benghazi

Four Star Admiral Is Claiming Obama Conspired With America’s Enemies To Stage Benghazi

It’s even worse than we previously thought.

A retired four-star admiral is now claiming that Barack Obama intentionally conspired with America’s enemies to stage a bogus attack and the kidnapping of an American ambassador so he could “negotiate” the release of a “hostage” and bolster his mediocre approval ratings just prior to the election!

The Washington Examiner, quoting retired Four-Star Admiral James Lyons, writes: “the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi… was the result of a bungled abduction attempt…. the first stage of an international prisoner exchange… that would have ensured the release of Omar Abdel Rahman, the ‘Blind Sheik’…”

But something went horribly wrong with Obama’s “October Surprise.” Although the Obama Administration intentionally gutted security at the consulate prior to the staged kidnapping, former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty disobeyed direct orders to stand down, saved American lives, single-handedly killed scores of attackers…and the attackers, believing that Obama had betrayed them, tortured Ambassador Chris Stevens and dragged his body through the streets.

Some will say that Admiral Lyons’ accusation is not a smoking gun. We agree; that’s exactly why Congress must investigate Benghazi-gate.

Moreover, we firmly believe the problem with Admiral Lyons’ assertion is that he is only scratching the surface; the full and complete truth may be much, much worse.

Benghazi-gate is not about a bogus YouTube video series of lies. It’s not about the Obama Administration’s foreign policy ineptitude. We are dealing with something much more sinister… something potentially treasonous… and the following questions, posed in an article in The New American, go to the heart of the matter:

1. ”What was the Obama administration’s full role in helping violent Jihadists, self-styled al Qaeda terrorists, and Western-backed “revolutionaries” take over Libya in the first place?

2. Did that half-baked scheme to arm Jihadist leaders, who… had previously fought U.S. troops in Iraq, contribute to the attack, as countless experts and officials have suggested?

3. What was actually going on at the compound in Benghazi, which, as the report states, was never a “consulate” despite establishment media claims?

4. Was Ambassador Stevens recruiting and arming Jihadists and terrorists to wage war on the Syrian regime after what Obama called the “success” in Libya, as a growing body of credible evidence suggests?

5. Why did the administration claim for so long that the attack was just a “protest” over a YouTube video gone awry, even when it knew definitively that was not the case?

6. Was the lack of security at the compound a political ploy to conceal the extent of the lawlessness and utter chaos left in the wake of Obama’s unconstitutional “regime change” war on Libya, as even members of Congress have alleged?”

It’s clear. Benghazi-Gate is only a small piece of a much larger operation, an attempt to conceal what The New American calls “the Obama administration’s full role in helping violent Jihadists and self-styled al Qaeda terrorists.”

Prior to the election Barack Obama continually told us that “Osama bin-Laden is dead and GM is alive”; but the sad truth is that Osama bin-Laden’s organization is alive and well, and the Obama Regime may be giving aid and comfort to this terrorist network.

And prior to the election, Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera pontificated that Republicans shouldn’t “politicize” Benghazi-gate. Swaggering onto the set of Fox and Friends, Rivera bloviated: “I think we have to stop this politicizing.” And Rivera issued the following veiled warning to Republicans: “Do we want to try and influence the election with a tragedy that happened in North Africa?”

Ironic, isn’t it? Barack Obama played politics with the lives of Americans; like Rivera, the media covered Obama’s rear and threatened to accuse anyone and everyone who mentioned it of “playing politics.”

Weak-willed Republicans apparently took Rivera’s threat to heart as Rivera also said that Republican Senators John Barrasso, James Inhofe, and Bob Corker, who all sit on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, “all agree that the supercharged atmosphere around the story — prudence dictates that these hearings be postponed until” after the election.

Well, the election has come and gone. Congress now has no excuse. The American people needed the truth before the election; but now that Obama is back in the White House, real conservatives must demand answers.

The American people deserve to have those questions answered; and moreover, the American people deserve justice.

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What the College Industrial Complex Doesn’t Want You To Know

What the College Industrial Complex Doesn’t Want You To Know


by Dave Hodges – thecommonsenseshow.com
Education, Featured, Main, United States
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The United States has the most expensive post-secondary education system in the world. In Part One of this series, I detailed how the government, as well as institutions of higher learning, the media and the banks have loosely conspired to dramatically drive up the costs of a college education and enslave middle class college students through their lifetime by coercing their participation in a system which almost guarantees an adulthood filled with massive debt.
The Exorbitant Cost of a College Education Is No Accident
It Does Not Have to Be This Way

It Does Not Have to Be This Way

The elite have created a post-secondary education system which is out of the financial reach of an increasing number of middle class students. This is deliberate and it is NOT being driven by market forces. It is a conspiracy concocted by the wealthy to limit the elite’s children to the dangers of competition from middle class children. Yet, on the other side, the elite have convinced the federal government to fund the college educations of the poor and the disadvantaged so they can create competition for the middle class. The omnipresent goal is to create a bifurcated two-class feudal society and education is the starting point in this plot to control social stratification.
There Is Way to Avoid This

There Is Way to Avoid This

The astronomically rising costs of funding a college education as well as the establishment of predatory lending practices are the weapons of the mass destruction being used against the middle class’ ability to obtain a college degree. This is classic divide and conquer class warfare. However, there are cracks in the educational caste system and I am going to reveal a few strategies which might allow you to provide a college education for your children.

education haves and have notsThe economics underlying the obtaining of a college degree are as exploitative as any scheme which could have been devised by the most ardent dictators who are hell bent on creating a society of “haves and have nots”.

The economics of funding the post-secondary education system is predicated on wealth redistribution by making it increasingly difficult for the middle class to send their children to college as opposed to the wealthy or the poor. Many in the bottom tier of the economic strata get the government to fund elaborate financing mechanisms (e.g. Federal Financial Aid, Federal Work-Study, etc.) in order to pay poor children’s education at the expense of higher taxes for the middle class. And it is ironic that these middle class taxpayers don’t see any economic or educational benefit for their children with the taxes they are paying.

education class warfareConsequently, middle class children are cast into a corrupt system of debt enslavement in order to fund a college education.

Conversely, the wealthy don’t blink an eye at spending $60,000 per year to send their children to schools like the University of Southern California. And before the bleeding heart liberals jump through their computer screen to attack me, please allow me to state that I am not opposed to helping poor children to become what God intended them to be. I am opposed to poor children getting access to a benefit which is increasingly being denied to middle class children. Both strata of socio-economic classes deserve the same opportunity. I am not socialist, but in this case, I would support taking back the bail out money and ending the war in Afghanistan and applying the saving to funding a free post-secondary education system. Oh, but that would not benefit the agenda of the elite, because their kids might get competition for meaningful jobs by children from the wrong side of the tracks.
You Want Answers?

So, what is a middle class parent to do? The options are very narrow but there is a way to finance a college education at a fraction of the cost that young adults face when they set foot on a university campus this coming September. However, I do not expect that this opportunity will remain available indefinitely because universities are actively lobbying against the plan that I am setting forth here which will finance college education at a fraction of the cost. The strategies to reduce college costs will be covered later in this article, but first parents must prepare your child to be college ready at an early age if they want to reap the benefits of the tuition reduction plan.
The Middle School Years Form the Foundation for Funding a College Education

Most college courses require a certain level of literacy, math skills and work ethic. If a child is encouraged to develop the critical and essential basic skills in seventh and eighth grade, a foundation is set in order to take honors classes in ninth and tenth grade. Students can take advantage of the internet and use a Mathblog reference to supplement their education. Honors courses often provide a student with the academic rigor that they will need in order to be prepared to master the skill sets needed to begin to take college courses at a young age.

The middle school years are the age that parents need to invest in tutors, if needed, and to look for alternative methods to prepare their children for college courses. For example, last year my son took a reading comprehension and speed reading course on Sunday afternoons at a local college designed for elementary aged children. We also pay a small fee for him to be tutored in math, science and literature.

To get your child college-ready, I strongly recommend the development of a study skills plan for your child. The one that I chose for my son is called the Study, Question, Read, Recite, Review (SQ3R). This was the study skills plan that I was taught in seventh grade, along with speed reading. I was able to utilize the SQ3R method starting in middle school and I successfully employed these study principles all the way through my post-graduate education. I teach a modified version of the SQ3R to my students on the first day of class of class and I am now beginning to teach it to my son. And no, I do not have a business relationship with the creators or publisher of this method. I use the system because it works.

I also suggest that children take as much math as they possibly can at an early age because math forces a child to use different parts of the brain. The earlier math is introduced to a child, the easier the mastery of math is obtained.

The brain goes through a definitive and major change between the ages of 11-12, and this is the time that a child should be taking Algebra as well as foreign language. During the period from six to puberty, scientists have found that the gray-matter spike shifts to the temporal and parietal lobes. These parts of the brain play a major role in language skills and spatial relations which are critical to math. The growth rate of these brain cells then falls off fast, which may explain why, as a rule, the ability to learn languages declines sharply after the age of 12. Therefore, the window of maximum opportunity is narrow. As children age, brain growth moves in a sort of wave from the front of the brain to the rear which results in an increase in gray matter in the front part of the brain right before puberty, which occurs around age 11 in girls and 12 in boys. This is your optimal developmental window to introduce pre-college learning experiences which are critical to later success. How do I know this? This is part of what I have taught at the university level.

I would also advise parents to get their children to take some career interest inventories and identify a career path as early as possible. Academic indecision and changing majors are two huge factors which will drive up the cost of a college education. A solid career interest inventory test that I have utilized is the Self Directed Search by John Holland. Again, I have no financial interest in this testing instrument.

As your child becomes college ready, it is time to move to the next step which involves taking dual enrollment college courses at their local high school.
Turning Eleventh and Twelfth Grade Into a Money-Maker

education dual enrollmentIf you live in or near a metropolitan area anywhere in the United States, you will find high schools which offer dual enrollment. Dual enrollment is a program in which a high school student takes a high school course which is also offered in conjunction with a nearby community college as a 3-5 credit college course. Parents do have to find the funds to pay for these tuition costs, however, these costs are relatively minimal as compared to the cost of a university education. Let’s look at a cost comparison in Arizona which is typical for students living in any state.
The University vs. the Community College

Ieducation tuition bar tabt’s fun and it is sexy to go away from home to a major university. There is no parental restrictions, no curfew, there is an abundance of alcohol, a plethora of social gatherings and there is of coures the opposite sex. It is exciting, but it is a very expensive way to break away from parental controls. Middle class students should come to grips with the fact that there is a much more efficient and cheaper way to grow into adulthood than the four year university on-campus experience.

For many students, a four year university experience can produce the kind debt which can enslave a person instead of creating economic opportunity which is what education was intended to do. I have composed a typical cost comparison between attending a University or a Community College for two years.

For an incoming freshman who will be attending Arizona State University (ASU), the following are the cost estimates of attending ASU as published on the ASU website.

In-state

Base tuition and fees: $9,724
Room and meal plan (average): $9,094
Books and supplies (average): $1,000
Total direct costs: $19,818

Out-of-state

Base tuition and fees: $22,977
Room and meal plan (average): $9,094
Books and supplies (average): $1,000
Total direct costs: $33,071

There are some high schools which offer dual enrollment courses for nearly every discipline. In some high schools, students are earning an Associates two year degree by the time they graduate from high school.

A potential ASU student would save a huge sum of money by enrolling in dual enrollment courses offered through the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) while still in high school.
Maricopa Community College Tuition Schedule – 2013-2014

Registration Fee

$15

per semester

Resident Tuition

$81

per credit hour (subject to change) or $2,430 per year for 15 credit hours

Out-of-County

$317

per credit hour

Audit Fees

$25

additional fee per credit hour/plus tuition/fee

Non-Resident

$317

per credit hour

$215

per credit hour – courses offered out of Arizona, including distance learning, to non-resident, out- of-state students
Do the Math

For a total of $4,890 a high school student can fund the first two years of a college education. I did not include book costs because in a state-supported high school, text books are generally offered free of charge.

The same student attending ASU for their first two years has paid almost $40,000. Your child is saving themselves over $35,000 by taking dual enrollment courses. By the way, the ASU estimates of only paying a $1,000 per semester for books is grossly under-estimated. If a student takes the normal five course (three credits each), they are paying $100-200 per book. Again, do the math and you will note that ASU is understating text book costs and many courses require more than one book.
What If Your Local High School Has Limited Dual Enrollment Opportunities?

dual enrollment collegeIt is possible that your family may live in area in which your local high school may not offer many dual enrollment courses. Most states mandate open enrollment for just these kinds of reasons. Parents, do your homework and find a high school which offers a variety of dual enrollment courses and subsequently enroll your child.

If all else fails, there are community colleges which offers online dual enrollment college credit and will coordinate with your local high school counselors. Don’t wrinkle your nose up at online learning, it is the inevitable wave of the future because it is cost effective.
This Window May Not Be Open Long

In 2001, I testified before the House of Representatives Education Committee at the Arizona State Legislature with regard to the quality of dual enrollment programs and high school students readiness to take on these challenges. My testimony was offered as a counter to the ASU paid lobbyists which tried to get lawmakers to outlaw dual enrollment programs. ASU’s had a clear financial motive to oppose dual enrollment, it was taking money out of their coffers.

The Arizona Legislature reached a compromise in which they limited students to taking only two dual enrollment courses in any one semester unless they were ahead on their credits needed for high school education. I have discovered that this is a typical restriction in most states. It is very easy to get ahead on credits. For example, in the summer before a student’s junior year, a student should enroll in one or two community college courses, which can be offered as dual enrollment at their high school, or by taking the class online.
If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them

Today, ASU has embraced online education and is no longer attempting to destroy dual enrollment programs. However, the federal government will not acquiesce so easily. If more and more students opt for dual enrollment as a means of avoiding the predatory lending practices for obtaining and paying back a federal student loan, you can look for the feds to move in and control dual enrollment in the same manner as ASU attempted to back in 2001.
A Final Cost Analysis

Cutting back on college costs and avoiding predatory student loans will result in financial savings which are substantial to a middle income family.

education swat teamsFour years at ASU will cost an in-state student around $80,000. By following the plan I have laid out here in which a student attends an ASU satellite campus for only the last two years and lives at home, will cost a middle class student around $40,000 to obtain a college degree. And with these kinds of “reasonable” costs, a college student can fund their own college education with a fairly minimal part-time job. And by avoiding predatory federal loan practices, you will, unlike Kenneth Wright, won’t have a swat team breaking down your front door, physically abusing you and terrorizing the rest of your family members for the non-repayment of his estranged wife’s college loan.

The biggest advantage to following this plan is that when a college graduate launches their career, they will not do so under the tyrannical thumb of the federal government, at least not yet.

And one more warning for your soon-to-be college student. Do not send them to a high school where the recently implemented Common Core curriculum is the base standard of their educational system. The system is designed to lessen math achievement and compromises literature courses.
If You Only Knew Some of What Professors Are Teaching

There are strong social and moral reasons to limit your child’s exposure to four year colleges and universities. Some of what is increasingly taught on college campuses would shock the average person. That is the topic of Part Three of this series.

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College – The Black Secret of Higher Education

The Black Secret of Higher Education

By Professor Doom

I’ve seen many articles wailing about the uselessness of college degrees, but there’s a bigger scam going on in college than useless degrees…a much, much, bigger scam that’s so far been kept secret from even the most diligent opponents of higher education. Let’s expose that secret today.

A great scam needs suckers, and the more suckers, the better. It didn’t take long before administrators realized that the big, big money was in broadening the market, and through their efforts student enrollment has more than doubled since the 80s.

In today’s college environment, most anyone can get accepted into an institution of higher learning. Student loans are not strictly acquired by people who “want to learn,” even if they don’t know all that much to begin with. Instead, student loans are granted to anyone who can “check a box saying you are a degree seeking student.”

The easily acquired and plentiful student loan scheme means anyone can go to college, but what if the student has little in the way of academic skill or interest? A popular TV commercial hawking college education has the would-be student sing about not doing great in high school—enough to keep a student out of college, years ago, and evidence the old myth is still alive.

It’s not just late night TV commercials that target these potential students for enrollment, although there has always been some option for remedial classes at college or university. Only a few such classes were offered, since “in the good old days,” it was rare for students lacking in basic skills to nonetheless gain admittance to an institution. A student without basic reading, writing, or arithmetic skills could get in, but thirty years ago, if he didn’t catch up quickly, the university would prevent him from destroying his finances and life. Nowadays there are many sections of remedial courses taught each semester, often more than sections for “college” courses. These courses generally move slower than normal courses, since administration thinks when a student is behind, he’ll catch up by slowing down. These poor souls spend years wandering from one remedial course to another, only to get destroyed by the pace of real college courses when they finally make it of remedial programs.

Administrations at many institutions have become very successful at talking people into checking that box, and remedial–administration likes to use the word “developmental”, but I’ll stick with the correct word, “remedial”—students have come to dominate “higher education” now. Around half of incoming students require remediation. It would be a clear majority, but college material has been defined down quite a bit (the first year courses I took in the 80s are now second or third year courses, and even some graduate courses are little different than what used to be first year courses).

College student population has more than doubled…but most students are remedial. It follows then that the growth of the student base in higher education has been due to the elimination of standards.

Having a great number of students going into remedial courses looks bad for institutions of higher education, but administration tirelessly works to fix this problem, but not in a way that a person of integrity might think:

“We’re going to reduce the score necessary on the placement test to get into College Algebra so that even the weakest students will be told they can skip developmental courses if they want to. They’ll still be competitive.”

–Administrator, explaining a clever plan to reduce the number of students taking remedial courses. Until I heard this, I had no idea that getting an education was a competition. This change in policy led to several disastrous years in the entry level mathematics courses.

So what is a remedial student? When a student enrolls, often he’ll take some sort of placement test to see where he fits as far as reading, writing, and mathematical skills. There are many sorts of tests, each with their own special scoring system, ultimately translated into either “good enough for a college level course” or “should take a remedial course.” Most institutions favor some form of standardized test, paying a dollar or two per student for the privilege of having an independent company quickly grade and administer the test online.

These tests are far from perfect, but have been around for years, with constant improvement by many private corporations legitimately interested in providing a better, more accurate product. They are quick, cheap, and about 95% accurate for determining which course a student should take. Quick and cheap are important factors—the days of real “entrance examinations” for incoming college students are long over, students want to be admitted quickly, and administration complies. The 95% accuracy might sound very good, but it means that in every classroom of at least 20 students, you’ll expect one student was misdiagnosed by the test. Not perfect, but good enough, all things considered.

As hinted in the above quote, administration hates losing control of students to placement tests, and is always looking into ways to gain more control. The most likely way in the future will be through PARCC, a placement test that will allow students to place out of placement tests. It doesn’t take a calculator to see the amount of money being poured into re-inventing and centralizing the placement tests is huge. Administration clearly wants this control, and a reasonable person might wonder how well they could be trusted with this power.

A student that does poorly on a placement test, no matter how poorly, is never turned away. Never. “No problem,” says college admissions, “you’ll just need to take a developmental course or two and then you’ll be fine!”…as though a person that’s blown off education for twelve years is really going to make it all up in a few months.

So higher education is mostly about remediation and has been for years, but does it really help these people? One might think that the answer has to do with those useless degrees people talk about, but only the lucky ones get a useless degree. The answer comes from the black secret of higher education:

Fewer than 1 in 10 remedial students will get a 2 year degree within 3 years1.

That’s above a 90% failure rate, quite possibly after the college soaks up $20,000 or more in loans. All the growth in higher education is in remedial students, and they’re being horribly abused by the system.

If there were any integrity to higher education, administrators would look at the 90% victimization rate and say “we need to stop doing this.” Instead, the bar just gets moved lower and lower and lower…administration responds to failure by increasing the amount of failure. One might well conclude they just want the checks and don’t actually care about the students at all.

Let’s compare this kind of abuse of the customer to another industry. Depending on various factors, around 20% of smokers get lung cancer eventually over the course of a lifetime…this rate is so high that the institutions which promote smoking, tobacco companies, are considered evil for creating so many victims.

More than 90% of remedial students waste years of their lives and bury themselves in debt by getting sucked into higher education…what word describes the institutions that create a much higher rate of victims than tobacco companies?

Here’s a chart to put things in perspective for a remedial student:

>90% Chance of a remedial student wasting 3 years of his life with nothing to show for it

67% Chance of dying after a stab wound to the heart

52% Chance of dying after a stage 4 colon cancer diagnosis

30% Chance of dying within 5 years of a heart transplant

20% Chance of a smoker getting lung cancer

<10% Chance of dying after being hit by lightning

Now, getting stabbed in the heart or struck by lightning are activities people should avoid…and yet remedial students are actually encouraged to go to college. There are surgeon general’s warnings on packs of cigarettes. Why aren’t remedial students warned about the disastrous side-effects of college loans?

40% of students that start in remedial never make it out of remedial courses. Of course, the college gets the loan money, while the student gets the debt, so the college has no reason to tell the student such depressing information…he might change his mind about going to college, and there goes that sweet check.

“Someone’s making a lot of money off this. Not us.”

–Mathematics department head, at another daylong meeting addressing ways to improve remediation.

Added to the high failure rate is a massive double-dipping factor. When a community is being sold on opening up a community college for “higher education,” or paying for a university to expand its capacity for students, it’s never mentioned that the majority of the courses will be high school (or lower) level material—material the community already paid for their children to learn in high school or earlier. The community’s tax dollars pay for the institution, which re-teaches (at best) the material that the students didn’t want to learn when they were children.

The people building these institutions don’t warn about the double-dipping to the communities supporting them. Likewise, the remedial students will never be warned about the grim odds and disaster they face when they check the box asking for student loans.

Higher education loan programs were sold to the American public as an opportunity to advance into a better economic status, but it’s turned into a massive scheme to take advantage of the most vulnerable members of the public, indebting them so deeply, so permanently, that they’ll never be anything but broke. Is this what higher education is supposed to be all about?

Think about it.

See Remediation: Higher Education’s Bridge to Nowhere, available online; the results come from looking at data from millions of students. Everyone in education has known for years that remediation is a disaster, but here’s a study that shows it unarguably.

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