Hollywood Seeks To Distract From Weinstein Scandal With Anti-NRA Propaganda Push

By Chris Menahan

Hollywood hacks eager to distract from the Harvey Weinstein scandal released a propaganda video Wednesday asking people to call congress and tell them to “reject the NRA.”

The video is from “Everytown for Gun Safety,” an anti-gun Democratic group backed mainly by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. It features Emma Stone, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore and others (who no doubt said “yes” to Weinstein and other industry bigwigs advances in exchange for fame) demanding Americans be disarmed.

They tell gullible liberals to text a number on their phone and then follow their guide on how to contact their congressmen. They say to tell your representative a few lines which they’ve prerecorded and assure their viewers it will take zero mental exertion.

They specifically oppose two popular and reasonable bills which are backed by millions of law abiding gun owners, one for national reciprocity on concealed carry permits and another to lessen regulations on suppressors so gun owners can stop going deaf.

Everyone should call their representatives and tell them they support both of these bills. Add that you want the DOJ to investigate Hollywood for rampant sex abuse.

It’s worth noting that when Harvey Weinstein was first exposed, he wrote a rambling letter saying he was going to dedicate his life to fighting the NRA.

This article originally appeared on Information Liberation.




BRUSSELS – European Union leaders on Thursday reaffirmed their full commitment to the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, hoping that the US Congress would not let it collapse despite relentless criticism by President Donald Trump.

But the bloc, reluctant to isolate itself completely from Washington, is also stepping up criticism of Iran’s ballistic missile program and its role in what the West sees as fomenting instability in the Middle East.

Trump last week adopted a harsh new approach to Iran by refusing to certify its compliance with the nuclear deal, struck with the United States and five other powers including Britain, France and Germany after more than a decade of diplomacy.

“We fully stay committed to the complete implementation by all sides of the Iranian nuclear deal. We see this as a key security interest for the European Union and the region,” said the bloc’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini.

The EU leaders’ joint statement, agreed after talks in Brussels on Thursday, “reaffirms full commitment to the Iran nuclear deal”.

The bloc has been stepping up efforts to save the deal, saying it was crucial to regional and global security, and it has appealed to the US Congress not to let it fall.

Trump has given Congress 60 days to decide whether to reimpose economic sanctions on Iran, lifted under the pact in exchange for the scaling down of a program the West fears was aimed at building a nuclear bomb, something Tehran denies.

The EU leaders also highlighted the need to protect their companies and investors dealing with Iran from any adverse effects should Washington reinstate the sanctions, officials said.

Should Trump walk away from the deal, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that Iran would “shred” it.

The bloc sees the agreement as a chief international success of recent years, and fears tearing it apart would hurt its credibility as well as harming diplomatic efforts to defuse tensions around a nuclear stand-off with North Korea.

In outlining his tougher stance, Trump said Tehran must also be held accountable for advancing its ballistic missile program and its regional political role.

“We will defend the nuclear deal and stand by the nuclear deal and implement the nuclear deal. But we also don’t want to be standing on a completely opposing side to the US,” an EU official said.

“If they withdraw, we would be left in a rather interesting company with China and Russia. So there may be an issue of separating the nuclear deal from the ballistic program and Iran’s regional role, sending signals on the latter two.” Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) said on Thursday the ballistic missile program would accelerate despite US and EU pressure to suspend it, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.

The EU, which has expressed “concerns related to ballistic missiles and increasing tensions” in the Middle East, has said these issues should be discussed without direct links to the nuclear deal.

“They were never very fond of the nuclear deal in the first place but now the situation has changed a lot. Both many Democrats as well as some Republicans feel like they need to play a more active role on foreign policy to restrain the president,” the official said.

Most of Us Are Ingesting Plastic Fibers Without Even Realizing It

By Anna Hunt

Plastic, once regarded as convenient and versatile, has actually become one of the biggest environmental problems of our time. It’s easy to see the extend of the contamination when you visit the oceanside. Even the most remote beaches are often littered with plastic debris. Now, new evidence reveals the problem of plastic pollution hits much closer to home. Microplastics, invisible to the human eye, are present in our drinking water, and as a result are polluting our bodies.

Study Reveals We are Ingesting Plastic Fibers via Tap Water

An investigation commissioned by Orb Media revealed that microplastics were present in 83 percent of drinking water samples. The study encompassed more than a dozen countries, including the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, Lebanon, Indonesia, Equator, and India.

When comparing contamination rates, the U.S. had the highest rate at 94 percent. This means that researchers found plastic fibers in 94 percent of the water samples collected at dozens of locations around the country.

Startlingly, each country in the analysis had a contamination rate of more than 70 percent.

Dr. Sherri Mason is a microplastic expert at the State University of New York in Fredonia. She supervised the analyses for Orb. Dr. Mason stated in an interview with The Guardian:

We have enough data from looking at wildlife, and the impacts that it’s having on wildlife, to be concerned. If it’s impacting [wildlife], then how do we think that it’s not going to somehow impact us?

Dr. Anne Marie Mahon at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology conducted a smaller study in Ireland. She also discovered microplastic contamination in tap water and well water samples. Dr. Mahon stated:

If the fibers are there, it is possible that the nanoparticles are there too that we can’t measure. Once they are in the nanometer range they can really penetrate a cell and that means they can penetrate organs, and that would be worrying.

Dr. Mason and Dr. Mahon join many others who believe there is an urgent need to study the consequences of microplastics and their inherent toxicity. What we do know is that microplastics can absorb pathogens and toxic chemicals. Furthermore, animal research illustrates that plastic easily releases these chemicals into animal tissues.

Why is the Planet So Contaminated with Plastic?

We all know that it is important to recycle plastic because it is not biodegradable. This means that plastic may break down into smaller pieces, but the natural environment does not absorb it. Instead, tiny plastic fibers just float around the different ecosystems of the planet.

For most Westerners, it appears we are effective at recycling. Yet, only a very small percentage of plastic is actually recycled. Here are some statistics from Science Advances:

We estimate that 8300 million metric tons (Mt) as of virgin plastics have been produced to date. As of 2015, approximately 6300 Mt of plastic waste had been generated, around 9% of which had been recycled, 12% was incinerated, and 79% was accumulated in landfills or the natural environment. If current production and waste management trends continue, roughly 12,000 Mt of plastic waste will be in landfills or in the natural environment by 2050.

Awareness is the Greatest Agent for Change

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless when realizing the magnitude of the problem. Yet, without knowledge, we would continue to consume plastic like a problem doesn’t exist. As in the words of Eckhart Tolle, “Awareness is the greatest agent for change.”

We can all participate in making a difference. This includes buying less plastic and switching to reusable and biodegradable products. There are so many eco-friendly options now, from biodegradable plastic bags to disposable cutlery, and even toothbrushes. You have a choice to support these types of eco-friendly companies, just as we support organic farmers and sustainable food producers.

Science will continue to attest to the need for bigger changes in our industries and regulations. Our part is to establish better consumption habits by making smaller changes in our lives.

About the Author

Anna Hunt is the founder of AwarenessJunkie.com, an online community paving the way to better health, a balanced life, and personal transformation. She is also the co-editor and staff writer for WakingTimes.com. Anna is a certified Hatha yoga instructor and founder of Atenas Yoga Center. She enjoys raising her three children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. Visit her essential oils store here.

This article (Most of Us Are Ingesting Plastic Fibers Without Even Realizing It) was originally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Anna Hunt and WakingTimes.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

Mainstream Media Just Admitted Hollywood Infested With “Child Sex Trafficking”

By Matt Agorist

Harvey Weinstein’s sacrifice by the elite through revealing his alleged rampant sexual abuse has appeared to have removed the stigma from those who expose child sex trafficking. Weinstein’s ousting seems to have served as a catalyst for the mainstream media to finally cover the real-life horror movie that is Hollywood sex abuse.

While many brave actresses and actors have come forward with allegations of their abuse by adults, some of those inside the industry are calling out the horrifying reality of rampant child sex trafficking that takes place behind the silver screen.

Although TFTP has faithfully exposed this depraved group of Hollywood elite and politicians who deal in the lives of children for years, even the mainstream media is being forced to cover it now. One such outlet to jump on the expose Hollywood train is the FOX News Channel whose hot-tempered pundit, Judge Jeanine Pirro went on a massive—albeit entirely partisan—rant about the powers that be and their nature to ignore and also facilitate Hollywood’s sick addiction.

Starting her rant, Pirro laid into Clinton and how she is using this Weinstein scandal to use Trump—who said he could just walk up to women and grab them in the genitalia—as a distraction from her husbands years of sex abuse scandal. Bill Clinton and Harvey Weinstein have long been in bed together, and, as TFTP reported, Weinstein actually paid for some of Clinton’s defense when he was dealing with his own sexual abuse cases.

Pirro then said, in regards to the massive government coverup and whitewashing of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, “Were you elected president, you could’ve done for your friend Harvey what your husband Bill did for his friend, the Palm Beach billionaire, convicted serial pedophile predator, Jefferey Epstein, by getting the Department of Justice, the Feds to intercede, take those child rape cases from the Florida DA where Epstein was facing hard time to federal easy street where he quickly got home monitoring.”

Everything Pirro said above was, indeed, factual. However, it is only half of the story. Because FOX News refuses to report on the corruption of the right, Pirro failed to mention Trump’s ties to Epstein as well.

Epstein is a convicted child molester and sexually abused no less than 40 underage girls. Despite this fact, Alexander Acosta protected him while serving as a U.S. Attorney in Florida under both Bush and Obama.

At the time, prosecutors from Acosta’s office, working with the FBI and documented for the court, found that, through assistance from several female assistants, Epstein “would recruit underage females to travel to his home in Palm Beach to engage in lewd conduct in exchange for money … Some went there as much as 100 times or more. Some of the women’s conduct was limited to performing a topless or nude massage while Mr. Epstein masturbated himself. For other women, the conduct escalated to full sexual intercourse.”

Rather than the minimum ten-year sentence the billionaire pedophile faced, Acosta’s arrangement with Epstein’s lawyers landed a part-time, eight hours per day county jail term for a scant 13 months in a club med prison—a travesty of justice indeed.

These are undisputed facts — yet, in April, Trump still appointed Acosta as his Secretary of Labor.

He let Jeffrey Epstein off pedophilia charges with a wristslap; now he’s Trump’s SecLabor…. http://fb.me/1yY2Mlhp3 

Photo published for Senate confirms Labor Secretary Acosta

Senate confirms Labor Secretary Acosta

Acosta is one of the final members of President Trump’s Cabinet to be confirmed by the Senate.


Acosta’s appointment should come as no surprise given Trump’s outspoken praise for Epstein, including referring to the convicted pedophile as a “terrific guy,” he is “fun to be with,” and “he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”

Renegade Editor’s Addition: Donald Trump with “terrific guy” Jeffrey Epstein, child sex slaver political blackmail specialist, and jew.


‘It’s a big club and you ain’t in it!’-Carlin

Left and right are both in it but their supporters only see the ‘other guys crimes’

Pedophilia among the elite knows no party lines and shame on FOX for failing to mention the above facts as well. However, as the rant continued, Pirro got into much heavier detail.

And by the way — it is not over yet, folks. There’s more coming. It is not just adult women, it is human trafficking, it is child sex trafficking, it is real pedophilia, in a town where there are no rules. Where the truth is stranger than fiction, and where fiction is based on reality. It is time for the Dept. of Justice to get their act in gear, start a federal criminal investigation into Harvey Weinstein, his ongoing criminal activity, that no doubt has crossed state lines and continents.”

As long as we continue to let politics keep us at each other’s throats, the abuse will continue. As long as people keep pretending that it’s only the Democrats in Hollywood who traffick and abuse children, the abuse will continue.

The good news is that as more victims come forward and as more horrifying details emerge, America and the rest of the world will see the vile men and women behind the curtain who perpetuate, not just a false reality on the silver screen, but who keep citizens hypnotized and divided through journalism and politics too.

This article originally appeared on The Free Thought Project.

Wishing for Trump’s Impeachment? 5 Reasons the Next President Could Be Even More Dangerous

From the moment he was elected, liberals have clung to the possibility, however remote, that Donald Trump will be removed from office. They’ve fallen for the conspiracy theories of #Resistance hucksters like Louise Mensch, Claude Taylor and Eric Garland, and continue to hold out hope the Mueller investigation will bring his corrupt presidency crashing down. Just this week, law professor and short-lived presidential candidate Lawrence Lessig laid out a series of preposterous if/then scenarios explaining how Hillary Clinton could still become president, almost a year after her shocking defeat.

If Jane Mayer’s latest feature is any indication, the left should be very careful what it wishes for. In a detailed story for the New Yorker, the “Dark Money” author offers a sweeping profile of Vice President Mike Pence, from his days as a candidate for Congress to his disastrous tenure as governor of Indiana. And while much of her reporting is a matter of public record, her findings are no less revelatory. What emerges from her conversations with Pence’s family, associates and political rivals is a portrait of a ruthless authoritarian whose bigotry, homophobia and free-market radicalism supersede his Christian faith.

Ultimately, Mike Pence has more in common with his reality-show running mate than meets the eye; as his own brother is willing to admit, “he’s full of shit.” If his positions on key issues aren’t necessarily worse than Trump’s, they’re at least as reactionary—and far more rigid.

Here are five of the most distressing revelations from Mayer’s report.

1. He’s in the pocket of the Koch brothers.

The right-wing billionaires have donated hundreds of thousands to Pence’s gubernatorial campaigns, and their contributions are already paying enormous dividends. Thanks to the vice president, who effectively commandeered the transition team from Chris Christie, Trump has stocked his administration with Koch family favorites like Betsy DeVos (Secretary of Education), Don McGahn (White House counsel) and Scott Pruitt (administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency).

“If Pence were to become president for any reason, the government would be run by the Koch brothers—period,” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) said. “He’s been their tool for years.”

Even Steve Bannon would appear to agree, admitting, “I’m concerned he’d be a president that the Kochs would own.”

2. He’s openly disdainful of science.

Not only has Pence dismissed climate change as an invention of environmentalists and a “Chicken Little attempt to raise taxes,” he’s largely responsible for helping kill a cap-and-trade bill that would have taxed major corporations for carbon pollution. During his time in Congress, he railed against the legislation as the “largest tax increase in American history”—a claim that was patently untrue. “His language,” Mayer notes, “echoed that of the Koch groups.”

During his time at the Indiana Policy Review Foundation, a right-wing think tank modeled after the American Enterprises Institute, Pence penned an essay parroting the talking points of the tobacco industry. “Smoking doesn’t kill,” he wrote. “In fact, two out of every three smokers doesn’t die from a smoking-related illness.” The country’s greatest hazard? “Big government disguised as do-gooder, health care rhetoric.”

Pence also believes that intelligent design is the only “remotely rational explanation for the known universe,” and that “educators around America must teach evolution not as fact but as theory.”

3. He’s a virulent homophobe.

Much has been written about Pence’s willingness to direct federal funds to anti-gay conversion therapy programs, but Mayer focuses on his support for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which “essentially legalized discrimination against homosexuals by businesses in the state.”

When Pete Buttigieg, the gay mayor of South Bend, tried to confront Pence about the bigoted nature of the bill and its potential to harm Indiana’s economy, he was stonewalled. “He got this look in his eye,” Buttigieg told the New Yorker. “He just inhabits a different reality. It’s very difficult for him to lay aside the social agenda. He’s a zealot.”

Pence’s animus for the LGBT community has not been lost on the president. When the subject of gay rights was recently broached at the White House, Trump reportedly gestured to his VP, quipping, “Don’t ask that guy—he wants to hang them all!”

4. He’s determined to roll back women’s rights.

Pence has made a name for himself as an anti-abortion crusader, backing “personhood” legislation that would ban abortions unless a woman’s life is at stake, even in cases of rape and incest. He sponsored an amendment to the Affordable Care Act that would have legally allowed hospitals to turn away dying women before terminating their pregnancies. And at the Indiana Policy Review Foundation, he advocated that married women be denied access to birth control.

Vi Simpson, the former Democratic minority leader of the Indiana State Senate, told the New Yorker she believes it is Pence’s “mission” to “reverse women’s economic and political advances.”

5. His economic ideas are a proven disaster.

Trump has called Indiana a model for his forthcoming tax plan, “a tremendous example of the prosperity that is unleashed when we cut taxes.” But like Sam Brownback’s Kansas, the Hoosier State has offered yet another cautionary tale for the dangers of trickle-down economics. According to Mayer, the tax cuts Mike Pence imposed have saved his constituents a grand total of $3.50 per month.

“Pence claimed that the cut stimulated the economy,” Mayer writes, “but John Zody, the chairman of the state’s Democratic Party, told me, ‘Our per-capita income is thirty-eighth in the nation, and not climbing.'”

Read Jane Mayer’s entire piece at the New Yorker.

Jacob Sugarman is a managing editor at AlterNet.

The Success and Madness of Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900), German philosopher and poet, is one of the most original and influential figures in modern philosophy. His life has attracted more attention from interpreters of his thought, major novelists, psychiatrists, and others than the life of other major philosophers. Misrepresentations of almost every facet of his life have been crucial, for they bear on an understanding of his significance. It is also difficult to obtain reliable information on the authenticity and relative importance of his works and his posthumously published notes, on his madness, and on his relation to Wagner. These problems will therefore be stressed in the following discussion.


Nietzsche was born in Rocken, Prussia. His father, Ludwig, was 31, and his mother, the daughter of a Lutheran minister, was 18. His paternal grandfather had written several books, including Gamaliel, or the Everlasting Duration of Christianity: For Instruction and Sedation…(1796). Many of Nietzsche’s ancestors were butchers; none of them seem to have been, as he believed, Polish noblemen. His father christened him Friedrich Wilhelm after King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia, on whose birthday he was born. The king became mad a few years later; so did Nietzsche’s father. Nietzsche later shed his middle name, along with his family’s patriotism and religion, but in January 1889 he, too, became insane.

In an early autobiographical sketch Nietzsche wrote, “In September 1848 my beloved father suddenly became mentally ill.” When Elisabeth Forster-Nietzsche (born – 1846) published this sketch in her biography of her brother (1895), she changed the wording to read, “…suddenly became seriously ill in consequence of a fall.” (She also published, as addressed to her, letters actually addressed to her mother and drafts of letters to others, but there is no evidence of any forgery that affects Nietzsche’s philosophy.) In fact, the diagnosis of Ludwig Nietzsche’s doctor was softening of the brain (Gehirnerweichung), and after the elder Nietzsche’s death in 1849, his skull was opened, and the diagnosis was confirmed. Nevertheless, most experts agree that the philosopher’s later insanity was not inherited.

In January 1850, Nietzsche’s widowed mother lost her youngest son (who was born in 1848) and moved her family to Naumburg. The household there consisted of Friedrich, his mother (who died in 1897) and sister, his father’s mother, and two maiden aunts. This, as well as his sister’s character, helps to account for some of Nietzsche’s snide remarks about women.

In 1858 Nietzsche accepted free admission to Pforta, a famous boarding school a few miles from Naumburg. He was often at the head of his class and acquired an excellent classical education. In 1861 he wrote an enthusiastic essay on his “favorite poet,” Holderlin, “of whom the majority of his people scarcely even know the name.” Holderlin had spent the last decades of his life in hopeless insanity, but sixty years after Nietzsche wrote his essay, Holderlin was widely recognized as Germany’s greatest poet after Goethe. The teacher wrote on the paper, “I must offer the author the kind advice to stick to a healthier, clearer, more German poet.”

The medical records of the school contain an entry, recorded in 1862: “…shortsighted and often plagued by migraine headaches. His father died early of softening of the brain and was begotten in old age [actually, when his father was 57, his mother 35]; the son at a time when the father was already sick [most experts deny this]. As yet no grave signs are visible, but the antecedents require consideration.”

In 1864 Nietzsche graduated with a thesis on Theognis. He studied theology and classical philosophy at the University of Bonn, but in 1865 he gave up theology and went to Leipzig. There is no evidence that he contracted syphilis in Cologne while he was a student at Bonn, although this story has gained currency; there is, however, inconclusive evidence that two physicians in Liepzig treated Nietzsche for syphilis without telling him their diagnosis. Wilhelm Lange-Eichbaum, a psychiatrist, writes that a Berlin psychiatrist told this and added that the names of the two doctors were known. Another psychiatrist, P.J. Mobius, is said to have possessed letters which were written by these two men but which no longer exist. Be that as it may, Nietzsche evidently never thought he had syphilis, and most of his life he was sexually a complete ascetic. The most that has been claimed is that as a student he may have visited a brothel once or twice. The matter has been much debated because his madness was probably tertiary syphilis, and Thomas Mann’s novel Doktor Faustus, which draws on Nietzsche’s life, has given these questions additional prominence.

Throughout his life Nietzsche’s health was poor. His doctors kept warning him to preserve his very bad eyesight by reading and writing less. He disregarded this advice, fought severe migraine and gastric pains with long walks and much writing, and took pills and potions to purchase a little sleep. His books became his life. As they found no response, his style became shrill, and losing his inhibitions, he said in his later books what he had said earlier only in some of his letters. Out of context some phrases sound mad. Many of Nietzsche’s dicta are redeemed by his wit, which has escaped many translators and interpreters.

In January 1889, Nietzsche collapsed in a street in Turin while embracing a horse that had been flogged by a coachman. His last letters, mailed on the first days of 1889, are mad but meaningful and moving. After the first week of 1889 nothing of even this pathetic brilliance relieved the utter darkness of his mind. He vegetated until his death. But none of his books can be discounted as a product of madness; all repay close study.
The various accounts of Nietzsche’s pathology disagree on many points, but none of them illuminates Nietzsche’s philosophy. When the novelist Arnold Zweig wanted to write a book on Nietzsche, Freud wrote him that Nietzsche’s psychological development could not be reconstructed, and according to Ernest Jones, Freud’s biographer, Freud “several times said of Nietzsche that he had more penetrating knowledge of himself than any other man who ever lived or was ever likely to live.” Lesser psychologists and would-be psychologists have been more condescending.

As a student at Leipzig, Nietzsche discovered Schopenhaur and Richard Wagner, the two greatest influences on his early thought, as well as F.A. Lange’s History of Materialism. In a letter dated November 1886, Nietzsche wrote, “Kant, Schopenhauer, and this book of Lange’s—more I don’t need.” But he also worked on Aeschylus and published papers on Theognis (1867) and a prize-winning essay on Diogenes Laertius (1868-1869). Although the appearance of these articles in Professor Friedrich Ritschl’s journals was a triumph, Nietzsche wrote his friend Erwin Rohde (later a famous classical philologist) that he found his prize paper “repulsive” and utterly inadequate. “What is Diogenes Laertius? Nobody would lose a word over the philistine physiognomy of this scribbler if he were not by accident the clumsy watchman guarding treasures whose value he does not know. He is the night watchman of the history of Greek philosophy: one cannot enter it without obtaining the key from him.”

In October 1867, Nietzsche commenced his military service. In March 1868, while jumping on his horse, he hit the pommel of the saddle with his chest and was badly hurt, but he rode on as if nothing had happened. In August 1868, after prolonged suffering from the injury, he returned home and was formally discharged from the army in October.

Back in Leipzig, he complained, in a letter to Rohde of November 20, “I must again see the swarming philologists’ breed of our day from nearby, and daily have to observe the whole molish business, the full cheek pouches and blind eyes, the delight at having caught a worm, and indifference toward the true and urgent problems of life.” He published scholarly book reviews but at one point considered writing a doctoral thesis on Kant. Early in 1869 he even thought of taking up chemistry, “throwing philology where it belongs, with the household rubble of our ancient ancestors.”

During the following winter the chair of classical philology at the University of Basel fell vacant, and Ritschl recommended him for the post: he had never published contributions from another student nor seen a student like Nietzsche in 39 years of teaching. Nietzsche had not yet written a doctoral thesis, let alone the dissertation generally required before a doctor of philosophy becomes a Privatdozent, or the additional book required for an associate professorship, yet he was appointed an associate professor at Basel at the age of 24. Ritschl wrote that “in Germany that sort of thing happens absolutely never” but reassured the authorities at Basel that although Nietzsche had concentrated on Greek literature and philosophy, “with his great gifts he will work in other fields with the best of success. He will simply be able to do anything he wants to do.” Leipzig conferred the doctorate without thesis or examination, and in April 1869, Nietzsche went to Basel and became a Swiss subject. In 1870 he became a full professor.

In August 1870 he received leave to volunteer as a medical orderly in the Franco-Prussian War. Early in September he returned to Germany with dysentery and diphtheria; he may also have infected himself with syphilis while ministering to the sick soldiers. Without waiting to regain his strength, he returned to Basel in October to teach at both the Gymnasium and the university. During the following months he also audited the lectures of Jakob Burckhardt, the art historian, visited Richard Wagner in Tribschen near Lucerne whenever possible, and finished his first book.

In summing up this account of Nietzsche’s first 28 years, three points merit emphasis. First, although the historical-critical edition of Nietzsche’s Werke (discontinued after five volumes) only includes material published before 1869 and the literature on the young Nietzsche keeps growing, this period commands attention only as the background of his later work. However, legions of errors about Nietzsche’s early period have been used in support of false claims about his philosophy. Second, Nietzsche’s eventual insanity seems over-determined; no explanation of it has been proved, but so many explanations are available that what requires explanation is not so much why he became mad but how he could ever have written over ten books that stamp him as one of Germany’s greatest masters of prose as well as the most influential and inexhaustible German philosopher since Kant and Hagel. Third, he might never have subjected himself to all the requirements for a professorship had it not been offered to him practically gratis.

From the book, “The Encyclopedia of Philosophy” Collier-Macmillan Limited, London 1967, via Ron McVan

Top DEA Official Just Exposed How Congress Works With Big Pharma to Hook America on Opioids

By Jack Burns

On Sunday, 60 Minutes interviewed several former U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) employees who came forward to blow the whistle, accusing several Fortune 500 drug distributor companies for the epidemic opiate overdoses.

For many years, Joe Rannazzisi was the head of the DEA’s Office of Diversion Control the division responsible for investigating the pharmaceutical industry consisting of pharmaceutical companies, distributors, pharmacies, as well as doctors and clinics which prescribe the highly-addictive opiates.

After years of investigations, his team finally believed they’d pinpointed the source of the abuse in the supply chain; the distributors. The DEA uncovered unscrupulous shipping of opiates to pharmacies in towns with small populations.

He had harsh criticisms for the opiate drug industry. He told correspondent Bill Whitaker:

This is an industry that’s out of control. What they wanna do, is do what they wanna do, and not worry about what the law is. And if they don’t follow the law in the drug supply, people die. That’s just it. People die. This is an industry that allowed millions and millions of drugs to go into bad pharmacies and doctors’ offices that distributed them out to people who had no legitimate need for those drugs.

Rannazzisi identified the big three he says are the major players who have been targeted by the DEA and who quickly learned how to push back, effectively winning their fight against the DEA’s oversight. He named Cardinal Health, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen and claimed they control 90 percent of the opiate distribution in the U.S.

The former DEA agent called it “a fact” that these companies are killing people by continuing to distribute dangerous opiates to crooked pharmacies which simply sell the goods to bad actors. Rannazzisi equated the distribution of the opiates to a band of drug dealers who were worse than street dealers:

These weren’t kids slinging crack on the Corner. These were professionals who were doing it. They were just drug dealers in lab coats.

Under the Controlled Substances Act, the distributors are supposed to report and stop shipments of suspicious orders (large shipments of opioids to people who have no legitimate need for those quantities of drugs).

Even after the distributors were fined millions of dollars by the DEA, little was done to curb the problem. The pharmaceutical distributors pushed back by recruiting lawyers from within the DEA to come and work with their companies. In essence, the drug companies recruited the very same lawyers who were writing policy for the DEA and who knew their loopholes and how to get the DEA off of their backs.

Linden Barber, who used to work for the DEA, jumped ship and went to work for the Quarles and Brady’s Health Law Group, helping clients navigate through compliance issues with the DEA.

Barber drafted the Marino Bill and lobbied Congress to introduce the bill with Tom Marino (R-PA). The bill became law, after passing without objection in both the House and the Senate and was signed into law in 2016 by President Barack H. Obama. It is known as the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act, a law which Rannazzisi claimed took away the DEA’s ability to reign in the unethical and illegal distribution of opiates to pharmacies which should not be receiving millions of pills of opiates only having a few residents to serve.

According to the Washington Post:

The new law makes it virtually impossible for the DEA to freeze suspicious narcotic shipments from the companies.

Marino then turned his attention to Rannazzisi. He asked the DEA to open an investigation into the head of the office of diversion claiming he was attempting to intimidate Congress. Rannazzisi was ultimately stripped of his supervisory leadership and he eventually resigned.

Now, according to the former DEA agent, no one up the supply chain can be held accountable for increased diversion of dangerous and addictive narcotics. Rannazzisi said now no one in a drug company can be held liable for negligence in protecting the controlled substances.

Marino, the Congressman who made it all possible, has now been nominated to be President Donald Trump’s drug czar. In other words, the lawmaker who helped get the DEA off the backs of the drug distributors is now supposedly going to be responsible for safeguarding the nation’s supply of controlled substances and making sure the drugs are not abused. For those families who have lost a loved one to an opiate overdose, having Marino as the drug czar may not be very comforting. After all, he was lobbied by the very industry which manufactures and distributes the very drugs which killed their loved ones.

As TFTP has reported, more Americans died in opiate and related heroin overdoes in 2016 than in the entire Vietnam War. It is an epidemic. It is killing more Americans than guns or automobile accidents, and no one is doing anything about it. According to Rannazzisi, the DEA’s hands are now tied to plug the holes in the supply chain.

This article originally appeared on The Free Thought Project.

A Marine Attacked an Iraqi Restaurant. But Was It a Hate Crime or PTSD?


PORTLAND, Ore. — The DarSalam Iraqi restaurant, with its steaming plates of falafel and kebab, has for years served as a popular community gathering spot here. The Iraqi family who ran it felt welcome in this eclectic city.

But all of that changed one night last spring when a man with a shaved head walked in and took a seat. As other customers chatted, he refused to order, instead staring at photos of the Iraqi countryside on the wall.

After about a half-hour, he got up, walked over to the cash register, began cursing about Iraq, and threw a chair at a waiter’s head, sending him dazed to the floor.

Portland has been on edge over a sharp increase in hate crimes this year. Swastikas showed up on school walls; a mosque received a threatening letter that read “I will enjoy the sight of the blood of you and your fellow vermin running into the streets.” Two men were killed in an attack by an avowed white supremacist on a commuter train.


Determined to take a stand, the authorities came down hard on the restaurant attacker, a 40-year-old California man named Damien Rodriguez. Though similar crimes typically merit misdemeanor charges, lawyers said, prosecutors charged him with felony-level hate crime and assault charges that carry a mandatory prison sentence.

That is where people who know Mr. Rodriguez say the case took a wrong turn. Mr. Rodriguez was a decorated Marine sergeant major who was forced to retire after his arrest. He had spent years in combat. Friends and family say his actions were not provoked by hate but by post-traumatic stress disorder for which, despite repeated efforts, he never received effective treatment.

As the case unfolded over the summer, it raised questions about what constitutes a hate crime and how effectively the legal system treats combat veterans who suffer from PTSD.
Hundreds of cities across the country have set up special veterans courts devised to offer therapy instead of jail time to wounded veterans, recognizing that treating trauma can be the best way to avoid more crime. But there is a catch: Most courts bar veterans who have committed a violent crime. That is the case in Portland. Because Mr. Rodriguez was charged with felony assault, he cannot appear in the veterans court that might offer supervised treatment. Instead, he faces years in prison.

“What he needs is help. That is what he has needed all these years,” said his mother, Roberta Bello. “But they just want to put him away.”

The Iraqi man who owns the restaurant, Ghaith Sahib, said that when his employee was attacked it left him and his staff deeply shaken. A decade ago, Mr. Sahib was nearly killed by a car bomb in Baghdad and became a refugee, fleeing to five countries before landing in Portland. The restaurant attack left him worried that he would never really escape the war’s aftermath.

“My family, they have fear now in everything — we can’t forget this,” Mr. Sahib said. He said the restaurant was targeted because of his ethnicity, so hate crime charges are fitting. “I feel for this guy, but he cannot do what he does. He must face consequences.”
Both Mr. Rodriguez and Mr. Sahib are trying to move on from lives upended by war, and both want justice. But they have different ideas of what that means.

Mr. Rodriguez, who is white, was raised by a Nigerian stepfather, married a Guatemalan woman, and for years relied on an Iraqi next-door neighbor to help his family when he was fighting overseas. He does not consider himself prejudiced.

“How can they say I hate Iraqis? I gave my soul for Iraq,” he said.

But friends and family say four deployments to war zones left him changed, especially the first one. In 2004 he went to Ramadi, Iraq, as a 27-year-old platoon sergeant. The tour with the Second Battalion, Fourth Marine Regiment is widely thought to be one of the deadliest six months of any American unit in either Iraq or Afghanistan. Thirty-four Marines were killed and more than 255 were wounded.

Several moments from those months still commandeer Mr. Rodriguez’s thoughts, but none more so than the morning of April 6, 2004, when he was leading a dozen Marines down an urban boulevard and rooftops erupted with the flash of gunfire. Hundreds of enemy fighters had launched a coordinated ambush all over the city. By sundown, 12 Marines in the battalion were dead.

In an interview, Mr. Rodriguez tried to describe the fight, but stammered and fell silent several times before beginning to cry.

According to other Marines from the squad, the ambush split their group in two, and Mr. Rodriguez ordered his half into a house to assess a grim situation. A pair of Marines lay dead in the street. Two more a block away had been hit by a grenade. Reinforcements were bogged down. Enemy fighters were trying to scale the walls into the courtyard of the house. Ammunition was running low.

Pieces of the battle are clear to him more than a decade later: the frantic crackle of the platoon radio, the feeble thumbs-up from a 21-year-old private who had been shot in the neck. The anger he felt after recovering the fly-covered body of a 19-year-old Marine after the battle — a kid who had written a letter to his church saying faith in God would keep him safe.

Other parts are a blur. The citation for a Bronze Star that Mr. Rodriguez received for valor says he killed 10 enemy fighters that day. He doesn’t remember clearly.

“I went to zone black. No conscience, no fear, no nothing,” he said in a phone interview late one night. “I didn’t care if I was going to die. I just did my job as an infantry man.”

He added: “You come home, you have to live with yourself. I’m a bad person now, I went against all I had ever been taught.”

When he returned home, friends said, Mr. Rodriguez seemed drained. He spoke little about what had happened, but couldn’t sleep and drank heavily. He began having visions at night of dead Marines. On anniversaries he visited their graves and weathered the blame from their families. He put in paperwork to award the men Bronze Stars, and hung the citations on his wall.

Many in the battalion were also haunted by the experience, but it was early in the war, and formal PTSD diagnoses were rare, said Winston Jaugan, who was Mr. Rodriguez’s friend and, as a gunnery sergeant, his boss. “No one had a diagnosis. They would just give us pills for everything — Valium, Ambien. And we would drink,” he said.

As a leader, other Marines said, Mr. Rodriguez carried a particularly heavy burden.

“He was like the father of the squad,” said Joe Hays, who was hit by a grenade during the battle. “And he saw everything that went wrong as his fault.”

Mr. Rodriguez was deployed to Iraq again in 2006, and to Afghanistan in 2010 and 2012.
In between, he repeatedly went to the Marine Corps for help, according to records. Over the years, doctors gave him five different medications to treat anxiety, depression and panic attacks. The Marine Corps eventually diagnosed him with PTSD, but never gave him the type of evidence-based psychotherapy that is widely seen as the best treatment.

Dr. William Nash, head of psychological health for the Marine Corps, said that during the first years of the war, the military did not have enough psychologists to meet the need, and quick, 10-minute consultations, just long enough to prescribe medication, became the default treatment.

Since then the Marine Corps has ramped up treatment significantly, he said. However, he added, getting senior enlisted leaders like Mr. Rodriguez to come in for help is a hard sell, because they often see a PTSD diagnosis not just as a risk to promotion, but as an affront to their self-image as tough and self-reliant.

“Sadly, I think they are one of the most underserved groups,” Dr. Nash said. “No one has figured out how to treat these guys. No one has figured out how to make their access to care not be damaging to their self-esteem, their career, their identity.”

A number of career enlisted Marines said troops who have served since 2001 are often suffering, but play down the effects.

“They have been run till the tread is gone and then they keep running on the belts,” said Chris DeMuro, a retired Marine gunnery sergeant who served with Mr. Rodriguez. “They have brain injuries, anger issues, most of them are divorced or well on their way, they are alcoholics. But ask about PTSD in that crowd, it’s like a unicorn. You won’t find it.”

The suppressed symptoms push some Marines quietly to the brink, he said, sparking outbursts like the one in the restaurant.

There is no evidence that combat veterans are more prone to committing hate crimes, but studies suggest combat veterans with PTSD commit violent acts at a much higher rate than civilians.

Recognizing that veterans’ crimes may be driven by experiences of war, more than 350 communities, including Portland, have created veterans trauma courts. The idea is that if the PTSD is managed, other problems will take care of themselves, said Scott Swaim, project director for Justice for Vets, a group that advises local courts. But he said many veterans are not eligible because they have committed violent crimes. “It’s a shame, but prosecutors often won’t look at those cases.”


Over the years, Mr. Rodriguez said he learned to control his PTSD. There were only two situations in which he still struggled with what his family called “the dark side,” he said. The first was when he would drink. The second was April, when the anniversary of the fire fight felt especially raw.

On one of those nights he happened upon the DarSalam Iraqi restaurant. He had just taken over command of a recruiting station and was hungry after having drinks at a nearby bar to celebrate with a retired Marine.

Like Mr. Rodriguez, Mr. Sahib was still pursued by memories of war.

When the United States invaded Iraq, he had been a college student, watching what he had hoped would be liberation devolve into looting and killing. Blasts shattered windows. Neighbors showed up dead in the street. One night, a sign appeared on his family’s door that said they were next.

In 2005, a car bomb put him in a coma. After he recovered, he fled to Syria, India, France and Germany before finally meeting his future wife, an American, in the Netherlands, and moving to Portland.

The couple opened their restaurant as a way to present a kinder side of Iraq to America. Before long, to their surprise, it became a hangout for Iraq veterans, who held a poetry reading at the restaurant and became friends of the family.

“Always I have joy talking with them,” Mr. Sahib said. “They lost friends, we lost friends also. They cry, we cry also. We talk about it.”

So he was stunned when he got the call about the attack.

Surveillance video shows Mr. Rodriguez and the retired Marine take a corner table where his back could be against the wall — typical behavior of veterans with PTSD.

After several minutes of not ordering, he said loudly that he had to get out of the restaurant, witnesses told the police. He tried to go through a side door but found it locked, so he stood, wringing his hands. He cursed about Iraq. Then suddenly, he picked up a chair and hurled it at a waiter.

Police reports say the waiter had a sore shoulder but no visible marks. The waiter declined to comment. Mr. Sahib, who has not spoken to Mr. Rodriguez, said the attack brought back dark memories from the war, and made his family fear more violence. “We always feel love for this city,” he said. “But now we are afraid to keep our door open.”

Mr. Rodriguez has offered to apologize, but so far the family has been hesitant. “He has caused such harm,” said Tiffany Sahib, Mr. Sahib’s wife.

Mr. Rodriguez acknowledged in an interview that he has never been able to completely control the effects of his combat experiences, but said he did not know what caused him to hit the waiter. It is a blank. “All I can remember, honestly, is being handcuffed by the police,” he said.

After his arrest, the Marine Corps forced him to retire. Freed from the pressures of his career, he entered an intensive program for substance abuse and PTSD. In the months since, he has tried to make peace with the fact that his dedication to his career was also its undoing.
But Mr. Rodriguez says he is disheartened that the final assessment of years of service could be conviction for a hate crime.

“I’m sorry about what happened,” he said. “But no one tries to understand what we went through.”

10 Reasons for Staged Deception Hoaxes Other Than Gun Control

By Russ Winter

One of the more fuzzy-logic arguments being applied against the reality of hoaxes states that gun control hasn’t really happened to any significant extent; therefore, the idea that hoaxes are in play is invalid. This overlooks that there are about 10 other reasons for hoaxes other than simply gun control.

These are multi-level frauds and agendas, with gun control being but one element. Here are 10 other reasons these frauds are committed on the public:

  1. There is the victimization stance which allows the aggrieved to proceed with their agendas (such as gender fluidity in the case of Orlando) without criticism. The subset of this is gaslighting, or calling truthers or “conspiracy theorists” crazy.
  2. There is a mental health and pharma agenda, and that extends so far as “pre-crime” detection or get ’em before they “act out.”
  3. There is a Muslim demonization boogeyman agenda in the case of Orlando, Paris and others. There is a “right-wing nut” demonization agit-prop being promoted as well.
  4. There is large-scale charity fraud and looting from government involved. I believe global crime syndicates and the media are behind this. For example, just one Gofundme.com charity in Orlando has scammed $6 million in only 10 days.
  5. There is promotion of and expansion of the police state, sales of equipment, security services and implementation of the Israeli security model.
  6. There is an effort to take control of the Internet and to curtail free speech using the misnomer “hate speech” and nonsense like “radicalized on the Internet.” This links backed to the victimization stance. Immediately following Orlando, the Senate was just two votes away from granting the FBI warrantless access to your browsing history and emails.
  7. It is a form of black magic or agit-prop mind control to run live tests of what they can pull off on the population.
  8. There is a power grab in which federal agencies, such as the FBI and DHS, grab jurisdiction over local police in any crime they choose.
  9. Creates fear and synthetic realities which promote a problem-reaction-solution atmosphere.
  10. The Luciferians behind these hoaxes and/or false flags are sick, evil, twisted psychotics and psychopaths. They feel superior and get their kicks from this. My term for this is the “get-off factor.”

Renegade Editor’s Note: I don’t like to call them Luciferians, since they are really just Jewficerians, and bring no real light to mankind.

This article originally appeared on The New Nationalist.

Has Trump Cut a Deal with the CIA and FBI to Keep Concealing Key JFK Assassination Documents?

An unknown number of U.S government records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 54 years ago may remain secret after the legal deadline of October 26, the National Archives said Monday.

“While we continue to plan for an online release by the deadline, it is unclear what will be part of the release,” the Archive’s communications staff said in a statement to AlterNet. “Things are in flux.”

The Archive’s statement is the first official acknowledgement that President Trump is considering—or has approved—formal requests from the Central Intelligence Agency and other federal agencies to keep long-secret JFK files out of public view.

Earlier this month, a group of senior congress members challenged the continuing secrecy around the government’s JFK records, some of which are more than 50 years old.

Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), introduced House and Senate resolutions calling on Trump to order the release of all the government’s JFK files. The resolution urges the president to “reject any claims for the continued postponement” of the records.

The non-binding resolutions, offered by two conservative Republicans, were also endorsed by four veteran liberal Democrats: Sen. Pat Leahy, and Reps. John Conyers (Mich.), Marcy Kaptur (Ohio) and Louise Slaughter (N.Y.).

“I am proud to cosponsor Chairman Grassley’s resolutions calling on the Trump administration to publicly disclose all government records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy—as required by a 1992 law authored by my good friend, the late Sen. [John] Glenn,” Leahy said in a statement. “The assassination of President Kennedy was one of the most shocking and tragic events in our nation’s history.  Americans have the right to know what our government knows.”

Federal judge John Tunheim, who chaired a civilian board that oversaw the release of four million pages of JFK records in the 1990s, told a Minnesota radio station last week,” it’s time to release everything.”

With the Archives’ plans “in flux,” that time might not yet have come.

Law and Loophole

The JFK Records Act, approved unanimously by Congress and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in October 1992, requires all government records related to the assassination be made public within 25 years. But one provision of the law exempts from mandatory disclosure any JFK records for which the president certifies that

  • continued postponement is made necessary by an identifiable harm to the military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or conduct of foreign relations;
  • and the identifiable harm is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in disclosure.

So if the Archives staff is uncertain which JFK documents will be released later this month, the agencies have advised the president that release of specific documents would cause “identifiable harm” to U.S. interests that outweigh any interest in public disclosure.

As Politico’s Bryan Bender has explained, the last of the JFK records “may embarass the CIA.”

What Are They Hiding?

Researchers for the Mary Farrell Foundation, which has the largest online repository of JFK assassination records, scraped the National Archives database of JFK records earlier this year. Our keyword analysis, published in Newsweek, yielded new insight into what the government is stlll concealing, including:

  • Approximately 700 pages of secret material from the files of two high-ranking CIA officers, William K. Harvey and David Phillips, who ran assassination operations in the 1960s. Both men were open in their contempt for JFK’s Cuba policy.
  • The records of two undercover officers, Howard Hunt and David Morales, both of whom later made statements to family members that seemed to implicate themselves (and CIA personnel) in the murder of the liberal president in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.
  • A transcript of the closed-door testimony of CIA counterintelligence chief James Angleton to Senate investigators in September 1975. As I document in my forthcoming biography of Angleton, his staff monitored the movements of  accused assassin Lee Oswald from November 1959 through November 1963.

Oswald denied shooting Kennedy; 24 hours later, he was killed in police custody.

The assassination of President Kennedy, one of the most shocking and enigmatic events in American history, remains the subject of continuing popular fascination. The story has generated countless conspiracy theories, most of them easily disproved, while a handful remain quite plausible.

What Have We Learned?

The Archives statment to AlterNet did not identify which agencies are seeking to keep JFK records under wrap or which documents will remain secret.

“In regards to any possible postponement requests, because agency appeals are not public, we cannot share that information,” the Archives statement said.

On Monday, a CIA spokesperson deflected questions about the postponement of the CIA’s JFK records with the same boilerplate statement issued two weeks ago: “CIA continues to engage in the process to determine the appropriate next steps with respect to the any previously unreleased CIA information.”

In July, the National Archives released the first batch of longest-held JFK files, which generated a bumper crop of revelations about the CIA’s role in the JFK story, published in AlterNet, WhoWhatWhy, the Washington Post, and Politico.

As I wrote on AlterNet, four revelations collectively pour cold water on the “KGB did it” conspiracy theory, while raising questions about the “Castro done it” theory. Mostly, the new files illuminated how the CIA resisted investigation of Lee Harvey Oswald and his Cuban connections after JFK was killed.

What Happens Next?

If Trump and White House counsel Donald McGahn have agreed to requests from the CIA and other federal agencies to keep some JFK records secret, they will have to explain why,

The JFK Records Act requires the government to publish “an unclassified written description of the reason for such postponement” in the Federal Register, the daily newspaper of the U.S. government.

The CIA spokesperson did not answer a question about whether the CIA would comply with this provision of the law.

Jefferson Morley is AlterNet’s Washington correspondent. He is the author of the forthcoming biography The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton (St. Martin’s Press, October 2017).