On a dusty hilltop in San Diego, the drinking water of the future courses through a wildly complicated and very loud jumble of tanks, pipes, and cylinders. Here at the North City Water Reclamation Plant, very not-drinkable wastewater is turned into a liquid so pure it would actually wreak havoc on your body if you imbibed it without further treatment.
First the system hits the wastewater with ozone, which destroys bacteria and viruses. Then it pumps the water through filters packed with coal granules that trap organic solids. Next, the water passes through fine membranes that snag any remaining solids and microbes. “The pores are so small, you can’t see them except with a really powerful microscope,” says Amy Dorman, deputy director of Pure Water San Diego, the city’s initiative to reduce its reliance on water imported from afar. “Basically, they only allow the water molecules to get through.” READ MORE
For too many Americans, turning on their faucets for a glass of water is like pouring a cocktail of chemicals. Lead, arsenic, the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS and many other substances are often found in drinking water at potentially unsafe levels, particularly in low-income and underserved communities.
From the lead contamination crisis in Flint, Mich., to widespread radium pollution in Brady, Texas, the perils of unsafe water are finally prompting lawmakers and regulators to weigh how to act.
What’s needed is major new federal funding to improve drinking water quality, pay for much-needed lead line replacements, help disadvantaged areas and start to tackle the widespread PFAS problem that has made headlines across the country.
EWG’s landmark Tap Water Database shows how polluted drinking water can be, and why the efforts to fix it at the source are vital. The database collects mandatory annual test reports from 2014 to 2019, produced by almost 50,000 water utilities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. READ MORE
Since 2019, more than 320 toxic substances have been detected in U.S. drinking water systems, according to a new analysis by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization.
Those harmful chemicals are linked to cancer, adverse birth and reproduction outcomes, impaired brain development, and a revolving door of other deleterious health impacts.
The findings, part of the 2021 update to EWG’s national Tap Water Database, underpin the call for more rigorous federal drinking water standards and the urgency to improve water infrastructure. READ MORE
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHS) recently told the people of Benton Harbor — a predominantly Black city in southwest Michigan — to stop drinking, cooking or brushing their teeth with local tap water. “Out of an abundance of caution,” state officials instead recommended using bottled water to avoid the toxic taint of lead flowing through the city’s water system and, ultimately, into residents’ homes and their bodies.
The warning, along with 20,000 cases of bottled water, came approximately three years after testing first revealed lead levels beyond the Environmental Protection Agency’s action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb). The “action level” is the legal threshold that triggers regulatory action. READ MORE
When politicians, scientists, and activists from 196 nations convene in Glasgow for the United Nations’ 26th annual climate summit, they’ll nosh on “‘plant-forward’ seasonal food sourced overwhelmingly from the U.K., with a focus on ingredients produced using environmentally friendly practices,” Bloomberg reports. What won’t be on the table at COP26, as the confab is known: a plan for cutting greenhouse gas emissions from food production, or for preparing the globe’s farms for the accelerating shocks of a fast-warming climate.
Hailed by its organizers as the “world’s best last chance to get runaway climate change under control,” COP26 is the place where the world’s nations come together to deliver their plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions. It will devote not a single day of its 10-day schedule to food and agriculture, a sector that accounts nearly a quarter of emissions worldwide. READ MORE
On May 4, “Ethereum Classic” popped onto the trending section of my Twitter page. I narrowed my eyes and I laughed.
This was around the time when Dogecoin was smashing previous price records, requiring mainstream business pages at places like the New York Times not only to explain cryptocurrencies to the average reader, but also to report that a meme coin—a “joke” making fun of crypto’s self-seriousness—had been taken up by Elon Musk in a wealth-scheme-cum-promotion-cycle for an appearance on Saturday Night Live. Along the way, Dogecoin was making people millionaires.
Despite that, what was going on with “Ethereum Classic” was weirder. Frankly, it was so dumb as to bring clarity. READ MORE
Global Research Editor’s Note
It comes from the “Horse’s Mouth”.
The CDC tacitly acknowledges the devastating health impacts of the Covid mRNA vaccine.
The following text by the CDC is an official release on the incidence of myocarditis and pericarditis.
While the report does not question the legitimacy of the experimental mRNA vaccine, it nonetheless provides details which acknowledge the health risks.
Amply documented, children Worldwide are dying as a result of the vaccine. The evidence of mortality and morbidity resulting from vaccine inoculation both present (official data) and future (e.g. undetected microscopic blood clots) is overwhelming.
Numerous scientific studies published independently confirm the nature of the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine which is being imposed on all humanity.
What is presented by the CDC regarding myocarditis is but the tip of the iceberg. READ MORE
New weapons are being added to the arsenal of the West’s economic and financial policies. In order to understand their nature and scope, it is necessary to start from those used up to now: sanctions – including the heaviest one, the embargo – implemented mainly by the United States and the European Union against entire states, companies and individuals. Fundamental is to understand the criterion by which they are decided: the U.S. and EU decide at their sole discretion that a state or other entity has committed a violation, establish the sanction or total embargo, and demand that third countries comply with it, under penalty of retaliation.
In 1960, the United States imposed an embargo on Cuba, which, having freed itself, had violated its “right” to use the island as its own possession: the new government nationalized the properties of U.S. banks and multinationals that controlled the Cuban economy. Today, 61 years later, the embargo continues, while U.S. companies are demanding billions of dollars in repayments from Cuba. READ MORE
Tens of thousands of people paraded through the center of The Hague on Sunday just hours after new COVID-19 rules, including the return of face masks in stores and a wider use of the country’s coronavirus passport system, went into effect.
Law enforcement authorities estimated that the crowd was 20,000 to 25,000 people, including some members of a far right-wing faction called Voorpost.
The demonstration and subsequent march through the middle of the Dutch city took place peacefully, without incident. Among the demonstrators were anti-vaxxers, conspiracy theorists and groups of individuals who argued the government is creating a “medical apartheid” by introducing coronavirus passes that many will need to access certain parts of society. Several people wore the yellow star that Jews were forced to wear during World War II.
Meanwhile, data monitoring in The Netherlands indicates that there are now just fewer than 1,500 coronavirus patients being treated at Dutch hospitals. Of that figure, 305 of them are being treated in intensive care units. There are about 17.5 million people living in The Netherlands.
When you turn on the television or scroll your social media feed, the controllers of information seek to make you feel isolated, alone, and defeated for not getting behind the massive push to forcibly vaccinate every American against their will. Mass protests are ignored across the planet.
The anti-establishment voice is muted by big tech; but to those who know how to listen, we can hear through the noise and on the other side, the battle for medical freedom wages on — and we are winning.
Before going on any further, it is important to point out that this is not an “antivax” stance. It is pro-choice. If you want to take the vaccine, it is your right to do so. However, when you move from making your own personal medical decisions, to forcing them on others, the argument is no longer about health, it is about attacking an individual’s right to bodily autonomy. Those who seek to remove our rights to bodily autonomy are enemies to freedom and would do well to study history and the horrifying implications from similar movements in the past. READ MORE
While the private-jet crowd is busy selling a future of 1 billion electric vehicles, 1 billion windmills, 1 billion solar arrays, hundreds of thousands of electric aircraft, thousands of new nuclear power plants and trillions more in “wealth” accumulating in their bloated ledgers, reality is intruding on their technocratic fantasies.
The primary assumption of the private-jet crowd is that the developed world will continue to have a free pass to strip developing-world nations of their mineral wealth at the low, low cost of a bribe to the current kleptocrats in power and low, low wages paid to local workers. The profits will naturally flow to the private-jet crowd–it’s the Divine Right of Capital. READ MORE
26 Minutes | Edwin Black is the award-winning, New York Times and international investigative author of 200 bestselling editions in 20 languages in more than 190 countries. He joins Geopolitics & Empire to discuss “Newgenics” and the Chinese-style “Social Credit Score” system which he believes will ultimately come to every nation on earth and which has been greatly accelerated by Covid-19. He describes how a person within such a system will become relegated to the “Algorithm Ghetto” with a “Non-Entity” or “Zombie” status. He looks at what this means for the future and what, if anything, individuals or nations can do to mitigate such a dystopian scenario. READ MORE - WATCH
Waking Times Editor’s Note: Friends, please join me for a special live zoom event on November 17th where I demonstrate how our society has been hypnotized by mind control experts and social engineers, and show you how to evict these forces from your own mind so you don’t fall victim to self-sabotaging behavior. Register HERE now!
I’m a committed advocate of personal liberty and informed consent, and I can’t possibly fathom turning my sacred body over to the pharmaceutical industry to be a guinea pig in an experimental drug trial. Especially when the institutions pushing this on the world are so brazenly involved in creating the crisis, are censoring any contrarian information or opinions, and have openly stated their plans to use this situation to herd the world’s people into a medical technocracy governed by the creepiest pricks on the planet. READ MORE - WATCH
A month ago, illegal and criminal coercion toward covid injections in the workplace was announced by the Biden Administration. Many have lost their jobs for rightly refusing this unsafe, ineffective, and possibly life-changing medical procedure. Now it has been announced by the pharma-owned FDA and CDC that children 5 to 11 years old may be given the shot. Comments from the public and renowned doctors and scientists were overwhelmingly against this, but as with so may other boards across the country, the officials at the table voted unanimously in favor, as if they never heard a thing. This shot will now be mandated in spite of the fact that older children who have already been injected have experienced heart problems and other serious reactions, including death. Neither of these age groups have ever been in danger, and the shots can only hurt them. Next it will be children newborn to 4. What are we to make of a government willing to sacrifice children to pharmaceutical company profits, or ends even worse? READ MORE
The battle over the attempted forced vaccination of 100% of the American population regardless of scientific reason or prudence has brought out the absolute worst within a certain group of people in our society. They are showing their true colors as the authoritarians they really are, desperately clamoring for the power to compel people they don’t know or care about to submit to an experimental covid “vaccine” with no long-term testing to prove its safety. I noted this trend in detail in my recent article ‘Noam Chomsky Goes Off The Deep End – Proving All Socialism Leads To Tyranny’, and I have to say, there are some folks out there that are shockingly monstrous just under the surface. It makes one realize how the dictatorships and genocides of the 20th Century were made possible. READ MORE
It is an economic rule which free market philosophers like Adam Smith have tried to explain to governments and monopolists for centuries:
Less liberty and more centralization equals less production and less overall wealth.
Governments and central banks have sought to circumvent this rule by printing money from thin air, thinking that they can create wealth while at the same time suffocating public financial interactions and trade with authoritarianism. This, of course, only leads to inflation or stagflation, and thus wealth is never actually created, it is projected like a hologram in order to trick the masses into thinking that all is well – until everything breaks, that is. READ MORE
According to the CEO of one of the world’s largest doomsday bunker builders for the elitists, those who are in power currently fear a “rebellion” of those who they are ruling over. Ron Hubbard, the CEO of Atlas Survival Shelters, while being interviewed by The Canadian Prepper, tells us right away, the ‘bunker building business’ is exploding as the elitists begin to fear the masses waking up.
We know we are slaves, and those who have followed this blog know we aren’t “losing freedom,” we never had freedom. What we are losing is the illusion that we are free. But the rest of humanity is finally waking up and evolving past needing masters to enslave them and steal the fruits of their labor. READ MORE
“The term metaverse, like the term meritocracy, was coined in a sci fi dystopia novel written as cautionary tale. Then techies took metaverse, and technocrats took meritocracy, and enthusiastically adopted what was meant to inspire horror.”—Antonio García Martínez
Welcome to the Matrix (i.e. the metaverse), where reality is virtual, freedom is only as free as one’s technological overlords allow, and artificial intelligence is slowly rendering humanity unnecessary, inferior and obsolete.
Shortly before Virginia’s gubernatorial election on November 2, the Republican candidate, Glenn Youngkin, circulated an ad in which a white woman calls for Virginia public schools to ban classroom discussions of Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Beloved.
Pandering to racist fears and white racial anxiety, Youngkin also stated he would ban from schools what the right wing is inaccurately describing as “critical race theory,” a term which actually refers to a body of legal scholarship, but which right-wingers like Youngkin are using as a catch-all to describe any discussion of systemic racism in the U.S. And Youngkin made the boldface and dangerous assertion that educators are destroying America. Days later, Youngkin received 50.6 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat Terry McAuliffe. READ MORE
As a global group of hundreds of scientists urged negotiators at COP26 to acknowledge the latest climate science by committing to “immediate, strong, rapid, sustained, and large-scale actions,” the head of the United Nations expressed pessimism Thursday that the talks will end with an agreement limiting warming to the key threshold of 1.5°C.
In an interview with The Associated Press a day before the summit is scheduled to end on Friday, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said the goal of capping temperature rise to 1.5 by the end of the century “is still on reach but on life support.”
Nevertheless, he added, “until the last moment, hope should be maintained.” READ MORE
"The international community must redouble its efforts to make peace, and at the same time must ensure resources are available to displaced communities and their hosts."
A United Nations agency revealed Thursday that a rising number of people worldwide are fleeing violence, insecurity, and the effects of the climate emergency, with over 84 million relocating within and beyond their home countries during the first half of this year.
The new U.N. Refugee Agency, or UNHCR, report—released at the tail end of a global climate summit—says that "durable solutions for forcibly displaced populations remained in short supply due to unresolved and escalating conflicts in many countries of origin, as well as the continuing restrictions on movement in response to Covid-19." READ MORE
In many of the areas seeing the sharpest price increases, the inflation is clearly due to factors associated with the pandemic and the reopening of the economy which are not likely to persist long into the future.
The October Consumer Price Index data has gotten the inflation hawks into a frenzy. And, there is no doubt it is bad news. The overall index was up 0.9 percent in the month, while the core index, which excludes food and energy, rose by 0.6 percent. Over the last year, they are up 6.2 percent and 4.6 percent, respectively. This eats into purchasing power, leaving people able to buy less with their paychecks or Social Security benefits. READ MORE
Reporting reveals the households of at least 28 senators own a combined minimum of $3.7 million and as much as $12.6 million in fossil fuel assets.
As President Joe Biden aims to assure the world that the United States will fulfill its promise to slash its greenhouse gas emissions in half from 2005 levels by the end of the decade, a new report published Friday reveals that the members of the U.S. Senate who would have to pass climate legislation are heavily invested in the fossil fuel industry.
Sludge reports the households of at least 28 U.S. senators—in both the Democratic and Republican caucuses—hold a combined minimum of $3.7 million and as much as $12.6 million in fossil fuel investments. READ MORE
The proposed lease sale, said over 250 groups in a joint letter, "shockingly offers more area than the Trump administration initially proposed."
As the Biden administration prepares to auction off more than 80 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for fossil fuel extraction, over 250 advocacy groups published an open letter on Wednesday imploring U.S. President Joe Biden to cancel the sale and fulfill his promises of bold climate action.
At least 267 organizations, including 36 representing Gulf of Mexico communities, sent the letter to Biden, who just last week promised the world at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Scotland—also known as COP26—that the United States will be "leading by the power of our example" in the fight against the planetary emergency. READ MORE
Two weeks ago, New York City taxi drivers and their supporters launched a hunger strike. Their goal was to pressure Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city to guarantee the loans they took out to purchase medallions required to operate Yellow cabs.
On Wednesday, they achieved a near total victory.
In a course reversal, de Blasio has agreed to have the city serve as a backstop for the debt past administrations loaded onto drivers. That will allow the cabbies, many of whom still owe more than $500,000, to reduce their debts to $170,000 at most. Their loan payments will also be capped at about $1,100 per month. So far, the agreement covers drivers who owe money to Marblegate, which became the largest holder of medallion loans after the bubble burst. READ MORE
For too long now, we have suffered the injustices of a government that has no regard for our rights or our humanity.
Too easily pacified and placated by the pomp and pageantry of manufactured spectacles (fireworks on the Fourth of July, military parades, ritualized elections, etc.) that are a poor substitute for a representative government that respects the rights of its people, the American people have opted, time and again, to overlook the government’s excesses, abuses and power grabs that fly in the face of every principle for which America’s founders risked their lives.
We have done this to ourselves. READ MORE
A decade before United Nations climate scientists issued a “code red for humanity,” the 20-year-old college junior Evan Weber joined several thousand protesters descending on Wall Street to declare a code red for democracy. At the height of the Great Recession, Weber and his generation saw the climate crisis staring them in the face, along with exploding wealth and income inequality, student debt, and housing and health-care costs. On September 17, 2011, they rebelled. Pointing a finger at banks, corporations, and the wealthiest 1 percent, whom they blamed for corrupting our democracy by buying elections to control the legislative process, the protesters camping in Zuccotti Park issued a clarion call for justice: “We are the 99 percent.” READ MORE
In the dystopian novel 1984, the government relied on the use of telescreens and informants to enforce its massive, repressive regime. And while that was fiction, events in our modern society are eerily similar to it.
There’s a troubling trend emerging: Americans are being encouraged and even incentivized to turn their fellow citizens in to the government for a myriad of reasons.
For one example, federal officials this week announced they plan to rely on informants in order to determine which companies are enforcing their new (unconstitutional) vaccine mandate. The Biden Administration has used the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as a means of implementing the rule without Congressional approval. READ MORE
Americans are taught that the Boston Tea Party ignited the American Revolutionary War because the colonists found the British tea tax tea intolerable. That’s part of the story, but it misses the pivotal turning point of our history — one we need to understand now before we destroy the planet.
Eastern White Pine – the Tree Rooted in American History explains the central role of the Eastern White Pine tree in the founding and building of America, its logging history, and its current importance to wildlife and humans. The king of England prized these huge, straight White Pines as masts for ships and founded New England to provide a reliable source of pines for masts. A mast 36-inches in diameter was valued in the 1700s at $25,000 in today’s currency. READ MORE
They missed hundreds of serious adverse events that are more elevated than myocarditis. A new VAERS analysis done by Albert Benavides blows the doors off the "safe and effective" narrative.
The CDC and FDA have said the vaccines are "safe and effective." They haven't found any serious issues with the COVID vaccines. Zero. Zip. Nada. It was the DoD that found myocarditis.
The evidence in plain sight shows that they are either lying or incompetent. Or both. But of course, the medical community is never going to call them on this. READ MORE
Elon Musk’s wealth has surpassed $200 billion. It would take the median U.S. worker over 4 million years to make that much.
Wealth inequality is eating this country alive. We’re now in America’s second Gilded Age, just like the late 19th century when a handful of robber barons monopolized the economy, kept wages down, and bribed lawmakers.
While today’s robber barons take joy rides into space, the distance between their gargantuan wealth and the financial struggles of working Americans has never been clearer. During the first 19 months of the pandemic, U.S. billionaires added $2.1 trillion dollars to their collective wealth and that number continues to rise. READ MORE
Overworked and underpaid, 35,000 Kaiser Permanente workers could walk off the job on Monday.
Thirty-five thousand members of the Alliance of Health Care Unions, a coalition of 21 local unions representing over 52,000 workers at the healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente in states around the country, have set a strike date. Unless the company addresses the serious issues that workers have raised at the bargaining table, Kaiser workers will walk off the job on Nov. 15, and thousands more may join in what could become one of the largest strikes ever in the healthcare sector. The core issues that led to the potential strike not only involve adequate compensation for union workers, but also the dire concerns about healthcare workers being grossly overworked and under-resourced, as well as two-tier employment and the struggle to draw in and retain trained staff. READ MORE
Congratulations to everyone who signed the Harper’s letter on the election of Glenn Youngkin as governor of Virginia. Truly, we may now say that your concerns are being heard in the public square.
You will recall the momentary sensation caused by last summer’s “Letter on Justice and Open Debate,” which was signed by a panoply of anti-cancel-culture warriors ranging from John McWhorter to Anne Applebaum to David Brooks. The letter’s actual content was an impossibly vague celebration of “the value of robust and even caustic counter-speech from all quarters,” that read like the introductory section of a very boring free speech textbook. READ MORE
Fire in the West is expected, and not so long ago, it seemed something the West experienced more than anywhere else. Nationally, big fires were treated as another freak of Western violence, like a grizzly bear attack, or another California quirk like Esalen and avocados.
Now the wildland fires flare up everywhere. There are fires in Algeria and Turkey, Amazonia and Indonesia, and France, Canada and Australia. Last year even Greenland burned. READ MORE
Once again, the hopes of billions have been raised, only to be dashed, this time by the cruel joke of COP26, the reality being that “By 2030, governments are planning to extract 110% more fossil fuels than their Paris Agreement pledge to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels would permit”.
- The United Nations upper global temperature target of 1.5°C takes no account of the fact that, without the transient short-lived aerosols effect of over 0.5 to 1.0 Watt/m⁻², the mean global heating is nearing ~2.0°C.
- It is the cumulative concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which controls temperatures, triggering feedbacks from land and oceans, and which has reached a high level of combined CO₂+CH₄+N₂O of >500 ppm CO₂-equivalent. Only sequestration / drawdown from this level may be able to lower terrestrial temperatures. READ MORE
As the United Nations climate summit continued beyond its planned Friday conclusion into Saturday, campaigners worldwide expressed frustration with the latest draft decision text from sleepless COP26 negotiators still gathered in Glasgow, Scotland.
While "large emitters such as China, Saudi Arabia, and Russia had tried to remove the mention of polluting fuels" but were unsuccessful, Agence France-Presse reports, the European Union, United States, and United Kingdom won the exclusion of a specific finance facility for "loss and damage" that poor countries have demanded, outraging climate activists. READ MORE
Last week, at the UN climate negotiations, the International Energy Agency announced that pledges made thus far could hold warming to 1.8 or 1.9°C. Yet an investigation published on Sunday by The Washington Post found that countries' pledges are based on faulty data. And a report released on Tuesday by Climate Action Tracker, a research group that monitors action on greenhouse gas emissions reductions, found that the targets will, at best, keep temperatures to 2.7°C (5°F). That same day, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) published its annual Emissions Gap report, which matched the Climate Action Tracker's findings: current pledges will lead to 2.7°C. READ MORE
Redacted Tonight: Big Oil’s dangerous lies, the push for pharma price negotiations
The oil and gas industry has known that we’re destroying the planet for a lot longer than you might think, according to new reporting from DeSmog Blog. This week, Lee Camp blows open Big Oil’s big secret. They’ve been covering up the fact that their industry, left unchecked, would lead to serious climate change since at least 1959. Now, we all know what oil executives knew more than 50 years ago. But because of their significant efforts to cover up the truth, humanity is facing a dire crisis. Big Oil did it all for profit and they’re hoping that with the insane wealth they generated, partially through their lies, they’ll be able to skip out on the worst impacts of a warming planet. It’s a bet that the general public never had a say in. Camp covers a new report on inequality and climate change from Oxfam, and US attempts to undermine the Nicaraguan election.
Anders Lee looks into Big Pharma’s latest effort to stop Congress from giving the government the power to negotiate lower drug prices. They’re using the tried and tested method of laundering their message through an astroturfed “public advocacy” organization. Big Pharma also has the benefit of owning most of Congress. This fight in the halls of Congress contrasts with the situation experienced by regular people in the US who are sick of medical debt ruining their lives and the lives of those around them. Jaffer Khan finishes the show on a newly exposed torture method being employed against America’s incarcerated and unhoused populations. Khan shows that the strategies the US military uses on its victims abroad will always be used against domestic dissidents and inconvenient populations in the end.
Capitalism Hits Home: Striketober - American Labor Begins to Awaken
|In this episode of CHH, Dr. Fraad talks about the strikes sweeping the nation. In spite of a compromised AFL-CIO and no powerful Socialist labor Party or powerful Socialist media, American Labor is beginning to realize that labor is indeed essential and deserves to be valued and paid. Striketober is a beginning. Capitalism Hits Home with Dr. Harriet Fraad (CHH) is a@Democracy At Work production. The show addresses the intersection of capitalism, class, and personal lives, and explores what is happening in the economic realm and its impact on our individual and social psychology.|