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Truth is in favor of you and me; for the truth of our enemies whom we have been serving here in the U.S.A. for over 400 years (whom we did not know to be our enemies by nature) is the truth that the Black Man must have knowledge of to be able to keep from falling into the deceiving traps that are being laid by our enemies to catch us in their way which is opposed to the way of righteous of whom we are members. ~ The Honorable Elijah Muhammad

Monday, September 14, 2015

The FBI-CIA War on Tupac and Socially Conscious Artists

tupac_interview620x345John Potash is the author of The FBI War on Tupac Shakur and Black Leaders.
Published in 2007, it is just now beginning to circulate among a new
generation of Black millennial artists and activists. Based on 12 years of intense research, it includes over 1,000 endnotes, an assortment of
FBI documents and over 100 interviews. Potash’s most recent book Drugs
As Weapons Against Us was published earlier this year in May 2015. This interview was conducted by telephone and transcribed verbatim.  - RapRehab

Also read:

Facts about hip-hop and prison for profit - RapRehab

Last year Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the biggest name in the
private prison industry, contacted 48 states offering to buy their
prisons. One stipulation of eligibility for the deal was particularly
bizarre: “an assurance by the agency partner that the agency has
sufficient inmate population to maintain a minimum 90% occupancy rate over the term of the contract.

What kind of legitimate and ethical measures could possibly be taken to ensure the maintenance of a 90% prison occupancy rate?

Two months later an anonymous email was sent out to various members of the music and publishing industries
giving an account of a meeting where it was determined that hip-hop
music would be manipulated to drive up privatized prison profits. Its
author, despite claiming to be a former industry insider, did not
provide the names of anyone involved in the plot, nor did he specify by
which company he himself was employed. As such, the letter was largely
regarded as a fraud for lack of facts.

Ninety percent of what Americans read, watch and listen to is controlled by only six media companies. PBS’s Frontline has described the conglomerates
that determine what information is disseminated to the public as a “web
of business relationships that now defines America’s media and
culture.” Business relationships. Last year a mere 232 media executives
were responsible for the intake of 277 million Americans, controlling
all the avenues necessary to manufacture any celebrity and incite any
trend. Time Warner, as owner of Warner Bros Records (among many other
record labels), can not only sign an artist to a recording contract but,
as the owner ofEntertainment Weekly, can see to it that they get next
week’s cover. Also the owner of New Line Cinemas, HBO and TNT, they can
have their artist cast in a leading role in a film that, when pulled
from theaters, will be put into rotation first on premium, then on
basic, cable. Without any consideration to the music whatsoever, the
artist will already be a star, though such monopolies also extend into
radio stations and networks that air music videos. For consumers, choice
is often illusory. Both BET and MTV belong to Viacom. While Hot 97,
NYC’s top hip hop station, is owned by Emmis Communications, online streaming is controlled by Clear Channel, who also owns rival station Power 105.
The Music Industry Hates Black People - RapRehab

...music industry’s agenda to promote death and dysfunction to Black youth is bigger than its desire to make money?
Yes, I’m a conspiracy theorist. I don’t care how many people ridicule me. I
don’t care how many “real street cats” call me an out-of-touch Hip Hop
purist who doesn’t know what today’s kids are into. I don’t care how
many industry execs mock my extreme views and so-called lack of music
business knowledge. I don’t care how many idiots call me a
race-baiter. I don’t care how many call me a hater for criticizing a kid
I don’t personally know without even giving him a chance to shine. I
don’t care how many dumb asses try to convince me that if he didn’t get a
record deal, he’d be out shooting or robbing folks (that seems to be a
popular opinion on the internet right now). I don’t care how many tell
me that Hip Hop can’t always be positive or that I need to leave the
days of De La Soul and Public Enemy behind. I don’t care how many fools
try to sell me on the idea that the labels are just giving the fans the
kind of music they want. I don’t care how many of you tell me that a
record company’s goal is to make money, not save lives. I don’t care how
many major artists co-sign this misled kid. And I don’t care how many
of his fans insult me.
you can say negates the fact that Bobby Shmurda and other similar
rappers are promoting the worst kind of images and messages. Nothing you
can argue negates the fact that what these labels are marketing is
toxic, criminal, and racist. No other form of entertainment, be it pop,
rock, country, electronic, video games, movies, or TV, glorifies the
blatant death and destruction of Black people while passing it off as
entertainment you can do a trendy dance to. Mainstream rap is the only
form of entertainment that prides itself on depicting reality yet ends
up only promoting the ugliest part of that “reality”, often resulting in
real-life drama, murder, arrests, and jail sentences. Why does the
music industry keep promoting something that any other industry would
consider a poor investment and a huge liability? What kind of business
can you think of, beyond the field of entertainment, that would
knowingly employ someone who glorifies crime and all other forms of
disturbing behavior…unless there was a damn good reason?

So what are the music industry’s reasons? Does it have anything to do with “the commercial rap to prison pipeline“? Is it about selling a lifestyle that will send impressionable youth to the private prisons media conglomerates invest in?

"The Secret Meeting that Changed Rap Music and Destroyed a Generation" | Hip Hop Is Read
Quickly after the meeting began, one of my industry colleagues (who shall remain nameless like everyone else) thanked us for attending. He then gave the floor to a man who only introduced himself by first name and gave no further details about his personal background. I think he was the owner of the residence but it was never confirmed. He briefly praised all of us for the success we had achieved in our industry and congratulated us for being selected as part of this small group of “decision makers”. At this point I begin to feel slightly uncomfortable at the strangeness of this gathering. The subject quickly changed as the speaker went on to tell us that the respective companies we represented had invested in a very profitable industry which could become even more rewarding with our active involvement. He explained that the companies we work for had invested millions into the building of privately owned prisons and that our positions of influence in the music industry would actually impact the profitability of these investments. I remember many of us in the group immediately looking at each other in confusion. At the time, I didn’t know what a private prison was but I wasn't the only one. Sure enough, someone asked what these prisons were and what any of this had to do with us. We were told that these prisons were built by privately owned companies who received funding from the government based on the number of inmates. The more inmates, the more money the government would pay these prisons. It was also made clear to us that since these prisons are privately owned, as they become publicly traded, we’d be able to buy shares. Most of us were taken back by this. Again, a couple of people asked what this had to do with us. At this point, my industry colleague who had first opened the meeting took the floor again and answered our questions. He told us that since our employers had become silent investors in this prison business, it was now in their interest to make sure that these prisons remained filled. Our job would be to help make this happen by marketing music which promotes criminal behavior, rap being the music of choice. He assured us that this would be a great situation for us because rap music was becoming an increasingly profitable market for our companies, and as employee, we’d also be able to buy personal stocks in these prisons. Immediately, silence came over the room. You could have heard a pin drop. I remember looking around to make sure I wasn't dreaming and saw half of the people with dropped jaws. My daze was interrupted when someone shouted, “Is this a f****** joke?” At this point things became chaotic. Two of the men who were part of the “unfamiliar” group grabbed the man who shouted out and attempted to remove him from the house. A few of us, myself included, tried to intervene. One of them pulled out a gun and we all backed off. They separated us from the crowd and all four of us were escorted outside. My industry colleague who had opened the meeting earlier hurried out to meet us and reminded us that we had signed agreement and would suffer the consequences of speaking about this publicly or even with those who attended the meeting. I asked him why he was involved with something this corrupt and he replied that it was bigger than the music business and nothing we’d want to challenge without risking consequences. We all protested and as he walked back into the house I remember word for word the last thing he said, “It’s out of my hands now. Remember you signed an agreement.” He then closed the door behind him. The men rushed us to our cars and actually watched until we drove off.

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Pentagon is planning 50 percent more drone flights by 2019

After a brief lull, the military is doubling down on drones. A new report from The Wall Street Journal
details the Pentagon's new plan to increase daily drone flights by
half, raising serious questions about the future of military drone
strikes. The Pentagon currently directs 61 daily drone flights, almost
all of which are used for remote surveillance. The expansion would give
the Pentagon even more reconnaissance data, expanding capacity in new
programs from the Army and special contractors.

Only a vanishingly small percentage of the flights involve actual
strikes, but they'll provide a crucial first step for strikes in new
regions, which will require reconnaissance feeds for targeting and
command support. Notably, many of the future reconnaissance efforts are
intended to monitor operations in Ukraine and the South China Sea. Thus
far, drone strikes have been largely confined to Yemen, Somalia,
Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The new uptick in reconnaissance missions
also won't affect the CIA's ongoing drone program, which has remained the most controversial, secretive, and deadly of the US's drone operations.  | The Verge

Also read:

Pentagon to expand drone flights by 50% in next 4 years — RT USA

US military will increase the number of drone flights from the current
61 a day to as many as 90 by 2019 while expanding lethal strike
The expanded
drone program, operated mostly by the US Air Force, will allow for
broadened surveillance and intelligence gathering from Ukraine and North
Africa to Iraq and the South China Sea.

"We've seen a steady demand signal from all of our geographic combatant commanders to have more of this capability," Navy Captain Jeff Davis, a Defense Department spokesman, told reporters at Pentagon.

The move would mark the most expansion within the drone program since 2011.

Safeguard your children: Study: Violent Video Games Lead To Aggression

The findings were released by the American Psychological Association.

It set up a taskforce that reviewed hundreds of studies and papers published between 2005 and 2013.

The American Psychological Association concluded while there was "no single risk factor" to blame for aggression, violent video games did

"The research demonstrates a consistent relation
between violent video game use and increases in aggressive behaviour, aggressive cognitions and aggressive affect, and decreases in pro-social
behaviour, empathy and sensitivity to aggression," said the report.

"It is the accumulation of risk factors that tends to lead to aggressive or violent behaviour. The research reviewed here demonstrates that violent video game use is one such risk factor."  - BBC News

Also read:

Study finds that violent video games may be linked to aggressive behaviour - Science - News - The Independent
Psychologists have confirmed that playing violent video games is linked to aggressive and callous behaviour. A review of almost a decade of studies found that exposure to violent video games was a "risk factor" for increased aggression.

But the same team of experts said there was insufficient evidence to conclude that the influence of games such as Call Of Duty and Grand Theft Auto led to criminal acts.

The findings have prompted a call for more parental control over violent scenes in video games from the American Psychological Association (APA).
Study: Violent Video Games Lead To Aggression
A comprehensive study of studies claims to have found definitive evidence that playing violent video games leads to aggression. The report from the American Psychological Association (APA) reviewed more than 300 violent video game papers published between 2005 and 2013.

Players were tested in a variety of ways over a variety of time periods from the short term to the longer term - and researchers concluded that violent video game use has an effect on aggression.

"The research demonstrates a consistent relation between violent video game use and
increases in aggressive behaviour, aggressive cognitions and aggressive affect, and decreases in pro-social behaviour, empathy and sensitivity to aggression," the report concludes.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Rage on the reservation: EPA spill stokes Navajo mistrust of feds

The mistrust Native Americans have long harbored toward the federal
government has gone to another level in Navajo territory land, where
residents angrily scoff at the Environmental Protection Agency's
assurances its accidental mining spill won't foul the key San Juan River
floodplain they depend on for their lives and livelihoods.

 EPA Secretary Gina McCarthy rushed to the region this week in the
wake of the spill at the defunct Gold King Mine near Durango, Colo., to
announce that the river system that includes Cement Creek and the
Animas, San Juan and Colorado rivers will not be seriously impacted by a
spill of 3 million gallons of mining wastewater laden with heavy
metals. But McCarthy's claim that ecosystem was "restoring itself" did
not convince Navajo leaders.

“The EPA was right in the middle of the disaster, and we intend to
make sure the Navajo Nation recovers every dollar it spends cleaning up
this mess and every dollar it loses as a result of injuries to our
precious Navajo natural resources,” said Navajo Nation President Russell
Begaye. | Fox News

Monday, August 10, 2015

CoInTelPro vs BlackLivesMatter Activists: Targets of US Surveillance & Neutralization

There are always “official” explanations for rouge government practices such as the Bush Administration justification of its “enhanced interrogation techniques, i.e., waterboarding, extra judicial murders of US citizens and torture of innocent civilians. In the myopic world of
the FBI, COINTELPRO’s goal was to: “expose, disrupt, misdirect, or otherwise neutralize” groups that the FBI officials believed were “subversive” by instructing FBI field operatives to: create a negative public image for targeted groups (e.g. by surveilling activists, and releasing negative personal information to the public:)

* break down internal organization

* create dissension between groups

* restrict access to public resources

* restrict the ability to organize protests

* restrict the ability of individuals to participate in group activities.

In an article, entitled: “How Much Is the US Government Spying on Americans,” we learn:
“The government is spying on you through your phone … and may even remotely turn on your camera and microphone when your phone is off. As one example, the NSA has inserted its code into Android’s operating system … bugging three-quarters of the world’s smartphones.  Google – or the NSA – can remotely turn on your phone’s camera and recorder at any time ….And Microsoft has long worked hand-in-hand with the NSA and FBI so that encryption doesn’t block the government’s ability to spy on users of Skype, Outlook, Hotmail and other Microsoft services.”

Without high-speed computation, 21st century satellite imagery, social media and other technological advances, the FBI and other spy agencies were inefficient and slow. Perhaps, one of the benefits of “old school” organizing was the lack of social media (a tool that has been thoroughly compromised by government and corporate surveillance,) that allowed civil rights leaders to develop strong personal relationships that included levels of accountability rooted in social institutions. Additionally, informal networks were strengthened, among civil rights activists in order to circumvent the  intentions of an openly hostile and racist government.  | Global Research

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Wrath of God: Experts haven’t seen anything like ‘insane’ Rocky Fire

The ravenous blaze racing through this area may not be a living organism, but fire behavior specialists say the vast oval of flame has been acting like a demon, bolting in all directions, shooting out superheated tentacles and even creating its own weather.

More than 3,400 firefighters from across California battled the 67,000-acre Rocky Fire on Tuesday, and they were helped by cooler temperatures and higher humidity — including a smattering of rain
— that helped slow the fickle inferno, which tripled in size in recent days despite the all-out assault.

It was a welcome break after a desperate weeklong struggle, about 110 miles north of San Francisco, against a fire that experts say has broken all the rules.  - SFGate

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Jimmy Carter Rages At What The U.S. Has Become: "Just An Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery"

Oligarchy (from Greek ὀλιγαρχία (oligarkhía); from ὀλίγος (olígos), meaning "few", and ἄρχω (arkho), meaning "to rule or to command")[1][2][3] is a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with a small number of people. These people could be distinguished by royalty, wealth, family ties, education, corporate, religious or military control. Such states are often controlled by a few prominent families who typically pass their influence from one generation to the next, but inheritance is not a necessary condition for the application of this term.

Throughout history, oligarchies have often been tyrannical, relying on public obedience or oppression to exist. Aristotle pioneered the use of the term as a synonym for rule by the rich,[4] for which another term commonly used today is plutocracy.


Only a single empirical study has actually been done in the social sciences regarding whether the historical record shows that the United States has been, during the survey’s period, which in that case was between 1981 and 2002, a democracy (a nation whose leaders represent the
public-at-large), or instead an aristocracy (or ‘oligarchy’) — a nation in which only the desires of the richest citizens end up being reflected in governmental actions. This study was titled “Testing Theories of American Politics,” and it was published by Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page in the
journal Perspectives on Politics, issued by the American Political Science Association in September 2014. I had summarized it earlier, on 14 April 2014, while the article was still awaiting its publication.

The headline of my summary-article was “U.S. Is an Oligarchy Not a Democracy Says Scientific Study.” I reported:  "The clear finding is that the U.S. is an oligarchy, no democratic  country, at all. American democracy is a sham, no matter how much it's  pumped by the oligarchs who run the country (and who control the  nation's 'news' media).” I then quoted the authors’ own summary: “The preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”

The scientific study closed by saying: “In the United States, our findings indicate, the majority does not rule—at least not in the causal sense of actually determining policy outcomes.” A few other tolerably clear sentences managed to make their ways into this well-researched, but, sadly, atrociously written, paper, such as: “The preferences of economic elites (as measured by our proxy, the preferences of  ‘affluent’ citizens) have far more independent impact upon policy change
than the preferences of average citizens do.”
In other words, they found: The rich rule the U.S.| Zero Hedge

Debt Slaves: 7 Out Of 10 Americans Believe That Debt ‘Is A Necessity In Their Lives’

Could you live without debt?  Most Americans say that they cannot.  According to a brand new Pew survey,
approximately 7 out of every 10 Americans believe that “debt is a
necessity in their lives”, and approximately 8 out of every 10 Americans
actually have debt right now.  Most of us like to think that “someday”
we will get out of the hole and quit being debt slaves, but very few of
us ever actually accomplish this.  That is because the entire system is
designed to trap us in debt before we even get out into the “real world”
and keep us in debt until we die.  Sadly, most Americans don’t even
realize what is being done to them.

In America today, debt is considered to be just part of normal life. 
We go into debt to go to college, we go into debt to buy a vehicle, we
go into debt to buy a home, and we are constantly using our credit cards
to buy the things that we think we need.

As a result, this generation of Americans is absolutely swimming in debt.  The following are some of the findings of the Pew survey that I mentioned above…

*”8 in 10 Americans have debt, with mortgages the most common liability.”

*”Although younger generations of Americans are the most likely to
have debt (89 percent of Gen Xers and 86 percent of millennials do),
older generations are increasingly carrying debt into retirement.”

*”7 in 10 Americans said debt is a necessity in their lives, even though they prefer not to have it.” Read more....

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

More Millennials Living With Family Despite Improved Job Market

Labor Market Has Improved for Young Adults,  Yet Living Independently of Family Has DeclinedFive years into the economic recovery, things are looking up for young
adults in the U.S. labor market. Unemployment is down, full-time work is
up and wages have modestly rebounded. But,
according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau
data, these improvements in the labor market have not led to more
Millennials living apart from their families.
In fact, the nation’s
18- to 34-year-olds are less likely to be living independently of their
families and establishing their own households today than they were in
the depths of the Great Recession.  | Pew Research Center

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hayward Fault eartquake expected 'any day now', claims geophysicist

of the San Francisco Bay area should prepare for a major earthquake 'any
day now' according to a scientist from the US Geological Survey
magnitude 4.1 earthquake emanating from the Hayward Fault shook the San
Francisco Bay Area at 2.41 am PST on Tuesday, rattling residents but
apparently not causing any harm. 
fault is due to trigger another 'major earthquake' as it is currently
at the end of its 140-year cycle, claims Tom Brocher, a research
geophysicist with the USGS. 
| Daily Mail Online

Also read:

Major earthquake in Bay Area's Hayward Fault possible - CNN.com

There's a big earthquake coming.
Tuesday's magnitude-4.0
earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area caused relatively little
damage, but it gave a glimpse of the potential geological threats the
region could face.
Scientists believe
there's strong evidence to suggest that a major quake will strike the
San Francisco Bay Area; the only question is when.


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