Sunday, March 26, 2017


Pudie Pie, computer game jokester, censored from you tube?  He does not talk about politics...but is far right?  Really...they call it extremist videos.  You know like the one I just posted about Hillary wanting to a penis. and the videos that go along with that are not extremist.

Anyone who hints on challenging leftist ideology, should be removed...but the ISIS videos?  Oh!  They can stay.  They use restricted mode on You Tube, that removes all the videos....but CNN, CBS, MSNBC etc...on restricted mode videos stay.  The attempt is to demotivating everyone to make videos, keeping them from telling the truth.  hum?  You don't call this censorship?  If not, tell me why.

Hillary Caught On Tape Proposing Rigging Election - FULL AUDIO

there you go, real news.  The Jewish Press, released a tape, where Hillary said that they should make sure who wins in the Palestinian election, back when she was running in NY.

Did this make mainstream news?  Answer?....NO of course not.

Pilot Films - Chemtrail Tankers - Air To Air Video

Still don't believe?  What Mainstream is not telling you, nor investigating.

Meteorologist Decodes Chemtrails, HAARP And Weather Manipulation

Chemtrails explained.  you know guys, they are real.  does anyone remember the skies of the past?  This is the new norm to those who were not alive, nor ever looked up in the skies.

CNN Investigates: Is Trump Afraid of Stairs? BIG NEWS

Oh My!  Big News!  CNN really?


Amazing CNN and MSNBC interviewing the same person Live at the same time!  Wow. You still believe Fake mainstream news?  really?  tell me why.

Saturday, March 25, 2017


Have you seen this in the news?  If not, ask yourself why.  Mainstream is fake news, this is REAL news. So, what can we do about all these bird deaths, bird flu?

Monday, March 20, 2017

New Walvax 2 Aborted Fetal Cell Vaccine Created in China

Not Fake News, Not in Mainstream Media.  WI-38 vaccine with aborted white caucasian female fetus cells.  You can go to the CDC vaccines ingredient list and see WI-38 as an ingredient.  This video has the link to the CDC information.  Wake Up people Don't take vaccines, don't allow your children to have them either, or grandma.  Just saying

This Little Girl Began Feeding The Crows, Now They Bring Her Gifts

Being kind to animals, pays off!

Sunday, March 19, 2017


See?  You can't believe all that you hear.  Why?  Fake news works with agenda's.  Christianity, Gays, Rape, craziness.

The Study Shows of 14,000 U.S Deaths From Fukushima

So...RT news...Yes, Russian News has more truth than any American news outlet.  So, are you scared about the Russians?  Come On folks.  Listen, Learn, Pay attention.

Real people, real research, real discoveries.  Radiation detectors on West Coast shut down after Fukushima?  Are you kidding me?  AT RISK:  Children, Elderly and those under 150 pounds.  Thyroid cancer, leukemia...a few years after radiation exposure.

Fukushima news; Oregon SALMON COLLAPSE California COAST REPORT March 15 ...

Another topic mainstream ignores.  Something that is actually very important.  So, don't eat Pacific fish please, don't eat food from China or Japan.  CAUTION:  Language....ignore the guys, listen to their story...will ya?  Free Speech keep it alive

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Real War, It Has Begun, The War on Propaganda

Bikini Island, Freedom of Navigation, The War on Propaganda.
This is a different kind of war, technology, a war on the minds, a war to control and a war to tell lies.
The War on Propaganda.

I have to say something here to all of you that know me.  Back in the days during my photojournalism life in the Middle East, I would come to America and talk about the propaganda lies that you all are being fed, the untruths and the attempt to control your mind from the realities that were taking place.  The weapons of mass destruction, the killing of Osama Bin-Laden, The destruction and murder of millions of lives around truths that were not real.

People looked at me like I was crazy, no one really cared, everyone running around with their busy lives doing this and that while in the meantime billions were getting spent on something that was not real.  I know, I was there and the truth punched me in the face.  I could not remain silent.

The true war is not bombs, it is propaganda to justify the bombs.

I was called an activist, not photojournalist by American editors and pushed out of the mainstream media light, mocked and laughed at by corrupt journalists. Yet, there were some outlets that would publish my images and articles, all of them were outside of America on foreign soil.  When I would get discouraged, some stranger from somewhere out there would send an email, to encourage me to keep pushing forward and as a result, I would once again stand up and continue.  Although so many times, I felt like the voiceless voice of truth.  The speaker of untold stories. (the title of the book I am working on).

All these years, it has been a struggle for me morally, and economically.  I have had death threats while those in my country laughed at my face, rolled their eyes and looked at me like I was looney.

This is what happens to those who stand up for justice, even Martin Luther King was murdered for this.  This is how it is for those who stand up to moral values.  These are the people who should stand tall, look up and take firm steps.  I want to encourage those who stand for justice, the reporters that have no names, the ones that spend their entire lifetime yelling from the mountain tops to those who just might hear. As long as there is still a place that exists for using free speech we must continue to make use of it.  Don't give up!

Finally, a journalist gives a talk at a  university that allowed him to speak (in a different country of course) In this video, he says it like it is.  I encourage you to listen.


Guys, it is time to look up.  What mainstream is NOT telling you.  Our earth is changing and fish are dying all over the world every day.  From 2007 to 2012 81% of our freshwater fish growth declined.  It is time to get serious here no more joking around.  What I don't get is why news does not say one thing about this.

Thursday, March 16, 2017


Don't forget what the documents actually said after their release.  Don't think that our government will not do this again.  It is not like I am looking for "things" It is important to be aware and not to listen to Mainstream, they ignored this information.

Bill Gates says Reduce Population 4 TIMES!! (MUST WATCH)

Great job on new vaccines, better health care can reduce population by 10-12% I thought that it would make people healthier?  Reducing the population growth?  This does not make sense...this means that something must be wrong with the vaccines...He says two things, It is all about saving lives, but the good news is the population growth in the country goes down."  What?  Are we dumb?

Bill Gates BUSTED; India THROWS Out Foundation, Sues Gates For Dangerous...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Media Bias-Clips MSM (Fake News)

CNN Cuts Feed of Obamacare Victims Explaining Problems with Current Heal...

More CNN cuts when those they interview do not say what they want.  Fake News, molding your minds.

MSNBC Host Trump Meltdown: "There is No Hope"

Weather I'm Right: Snowmageddon, Frankenstorm, Snowpocalypse, Preet Bhar...

Had to put this out there, this is hilarious!

Facebook Deleted Drudge Report Page

Censorship with Facebook...deleted Drudge report with 1.2 million people following it...claiming it was fake news.  Censorship Facebook.  Forget them

Snoop Dogg 'Assassinates' Trump in Lavender Music Video

The World Should React on Fukushima before it's too Late!

Former CIA Officer CONFIRMED Obama wiretapping Trump-Micheal Scheuer

Sunday, March 12, 2017

How to Tell a Fake News Story From a Real One

How Mainstream Media Fakes The News - Behind The Scenes

Mark Passio On The Abuse-Victim Cycle

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Greenwald: Empowering the "Deep State" to Undermine Trump is Prescriptio...

Wow Democracy Now!  Put this out?  At least some of the news outlets are addressing the problems with "Deep State" that exercises their powers without subjection to democracy.  Designed for propaganda and exert power separate and most of the time opposing the in power administrations.

Silent Coup: Obama, FISA, NSA, Deep State vs. President Donald Trump

Mark Levin Obama spied on President Trump 'Evidence is overwhelming'

Newt Gingrich on Bill O'Reilly Obama wiretapping 'Excellent disclosures ...

Monday, March 06, 2017

Tension is rising in America, the pot is about to tip over: America in Crisis

Okay, I must admit we are in interesting times here.  The Dems are mad at Trump winning and becoming the President of the United States...questioning the reality of the election, counts...(they tried).  They truly believe that Trump is not really the President.  It is coming out that Obama wiretapped Trump one month before the election.  That is actually not legal, to impose and listen to other parties plans, objectives, conversations etc...because it interferes with true competition for the political party.

Okay, so I understand that the Dems are not happy with what Trump is doing...although to be honest I can't understand why.  He is already working on more jobs, higher paying than the service industry through increasing manufacturing in America.  Charging higher tariffs on incoming products as the other countries charge us, developing programs for our failing infrastructure, and vetting new immigrants who want to enter into this country.  If I want to be a part of the EU, I have to be vetted, I have to prove that I can pay my why have we not been doing that here?  My tax money should go to those in need, who are Americans, homeless and hungry first.  What is wrong with that?

In the end, there are rumors of a Coup by Obama against Trump.  I have NOT checked any FACTS on this but I can see how the previous administration is using mainstream (back to mainstream and molding the minds of the public) to encourage civil outrage against Trump.  This is illegal, and is explained in this video.  It is clear that a strategic plan has been put into place from those who want Trump out, from the Russian involvement with the election, to trying to oust Session all the while crying "FAKE NEWS".  This way, when truths are leaked most of the public will roll their eyes and view the information as FAKE, thus blinding the people to the reality that is going on behind closed doors.

Realities that Trump nor anyone who is a logical and intelligent thinker would NOT cry out "wiretapping" making it public if they did not have the proof.  Session?  Well, who else met with the Russian ambassador while the country had to be run during an election?  I bet there is a list...I should find it.  The country does not stop running during an election, paychecks need to roll out, decisions need to be made.  Session is just to side track the public away from something else, some other news or political event.  Like possibly the wiretapping.

In the end, Someone wants power, someone wants money it is all about greed.  At least that is what I think when people can and are willing to do crazy things.  To gain access and control.  It is difficult to loose control once you have had it and if you have a big head, then it is even harder.

Tension is rising and the pot is at the boiling point.  In reference to my previous work in war zones and having a masters in conflict analysis, all it will take is one little thing to tip over the pot.  All I can say is that something is going on and it may effect the common citizen, I cannot tell you what, but just be awake, aware, research everything and prepared.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Who better to batter about Fake News than an Independent Reporter?

I just want to say that if anyone has the right to get on a rampage about fake news it is myself due to my background and experience working in the Middle East wars as a female independent journalist.  I have been spurting "fake news" for over a decade.  Of course, I am small and not known anymore at least in America, no one even my family believed/s what I have been saying about what you are being told through mainstream, who owns it, what happens and the consequences of the lies and deceptions that even then I knew would take place....I am talking about my Middle East experience.

On the day of 9-11, I was in Jerusalem.  I had a phone call and she said turn on your TV and then hung up.  I listened to the terminology being used within hours and the increase as time went on.  It was clear, we were going to justify another war.  Terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, more terrorism, evil people, enemies, etc.  I am not saying this to minimize those who died in 9-11 and the shock that our country went through.  I am stating what I saw was obvious and from there it was obvious that the towers did not fall down because of a simple airplane on the top floors.  The building was too big for that.  I have seen planes crash into buildings, and they did not crumble, and they were houses, much smaller don't you think?

I went into Iraq, because what good Middle East professional truth telling photojournalist would not? I saw the truth, I reported the truth and was labeled as anti-American, an activist (by editors in America).  Nothing sold in America, but my work sold worldwide everywhere else.  Yes, it was before the increase of propaganda and lies, at the beginning of the decision to go into Iraq.  Later, many other countries joined the club, but the people still wanted the truth and the truth they got.

Yet, I saw firsthand so many lies and truths being ignored by mainstream, you name them, they were there.  And yes, even Reuters and AP, they did not want the story if someone did not die.  No one wanted on the ground real stories, the lives and effects from the war.  

Yes, I went around Iraq, looking for weapons of mass destruction.  I did not find any.  Only confused Iraqi's who were happy to walk on bridges.  Did you see anyone interview the only Catholic Bishop in Baghdad after and American incursion very early in the morning looking for weapons in his church?  Nope.  Never published here in the good ole states.

So if anyone deserves to go on this path during a time when mainstream, who feed the very lies to you for years is saying that WE are fake?  

Problem is, I started before blogging, I did it the old fashioned way before videos were desired and short clips were most viewed.  I did this before You Tube and Blogger and Word Press.  Before these new outlets, one had to have their feet on the ground and know people to get work to survive.  It was not a problem.  Now, it is different and independent news like I know it, where you actually go and talk and walk and investigate and live in an area to get the facts seem to be yesterday.  

But I would say to you, something to consider...Do you get the facts from journalists/independents who scroll online and research the internet for the facts?  No, you do not get on the ground reporting. So in the end, even independent news has been degraded.  It is my firm belief that the only way to get the real news is to be there yourself.  Walking around, interviewing, looking and searching, photographing, writing, typing and more.  This is the only way to get true independent real news.

I wish that I could find a way to get support/jobs from real agencies that would allow me to get back to the world that I knew, that I am good at, that I can do.

Now?  I work at a retail store, evenings and weekends at less that livable wage.
Thanks folks.

Freedom of Speech: The Walls Are Closing In - The David Icke Dot-Connect...

Okay, so in line with "fake news" I had to put this out there folks.  The term fake news that is pointed from mainstream media to the independent agencies/individuals implies that what those outside of the big names are reporting is not real, misrepresented, not fact checked, lies and not to be believed by the general public.  It implies that only the MSM's are authorized and professional enough to be believed by the general public.

However, the term "fake news" towards the independents suffocate the ability to use freedom of speech, say what they will, how they want and talk about what they desire.  (such as I in this blog). How is this suffocating?  Well, Facebook is not doing a "fake news watch" Google, puts everyone down at the bottom of their searches and twitter bans some folks while Google removes advertising and You Tube either deletes them or bans advertising from their channels.

This in turn minimizes any little income someone who is actually trying to be truthful and get the word out, it decreases visibility to possibly get requests to give talks to generate a small income and the donor list decreases because the ability to be visible decreases.

When MSM's say "fake news" they are saying, "We don't want you to talk about those things, or reveal these facts, or change the political arena, generate truth to the populations, i.e. GMO's, (Monsanto) etc...because if you say these things, then we cannot have control of the population and fight our wars and spend trillions!  Okay, I am ranting here.

Point is this:  it is attacking the Freedom of Speech.  Here is another example of the attack on Freedom of Speech.  Not only in America folks, but worldwide.

Reporter Spills the Beans and Admits All the News is Fake!

Homeless guy spits some truth.

This homeless man speaks truth.  Back to the Crossing Borders Project and a bit of humanity...remember to give, love and smile.

CNN Host: Naked Men in Girl's Locker Room with 12-Year-Olds Should Be Al...

CNN Host, thinks that 12 year old girls should not mind naked men with their penis showing in a girls locker room.  You really want to trust this guy?

100% Video Proof: Bill, Hillary, Bush, Pelosi, Reid, Biden, Edwards, etc...

Don't forget...MSM's did NOT fact Check.  Since then, we have spent trillions on war that was not needed and killed at least a million human beings....oh not to mention destroy several countries and displace millions of refugees into Europe which is causing economic collapse.

Hillary Clinton's Superdelegate Corrien Brown Sentenced To 357 Years In ...

This was hidden in mainstream.  I just found it...Fox covered it...but really?  Come On MSM

More current fake news examples...CNN, MSNBC, CBS etc.

Trump - Obama Wire Tapped Trump in Last Month of Campaign, 1530

Here are some of the documents to prove that this occurred.  Just understand that mainstream is not saying all.

Let's see who met with the Russian Ambassador!

Ben Stein Slams CNN, on CNN: You are ‘Hoping to Do’ to Trump ‘What You D...

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Obama Wiretaps Trump Before the Election

This is actually wiretap is a legal process that has to be approved by the courts.  The documents can be found and made public.  Trump did not make this up.  Obama tried two times to get approval and the first time it was denied.  The second time, Obama and his staff, changed the wording to read that the results from the tap would not be private..meaning that mudstream could have some fun and publish the results.

What CNN (Corrupt News Network) is NOT telling you is that the wiretap was done in October, just before the election.  What CNN is NOT telling you is the whole story, slanted and FAKE as usual.  This is their HEADLINE, "Trump accuses Obama of wiretapping him". Notice the wording?  Not the reality of "Obama wiretaps Trump before the Election."  Now that headline reflects the truth and the reality.  Head's up people.

Obama Busted! Wire Tapped Trump Tower During Election.

This is an example of Real News...please see my example of Fake news, the CNN clip.  This is real, the other one is fake.  Now what do I mean here?  Fake means, misleading the population with biased headlines "Trump accuses Obama of Wiretapping."  That headline is misleading.  This one is not.  Do you see the difference?  Which way is your mind going to be melted to?  The reality or the lies?

The implications of what Obama did just before the election should be all over the place in the MSM Mudstream Media.  This should be blasted and the Americans should not allow the government leaders to play us like pawns.  Will Mainstream actually blast the truth?  Their record clearly shows that they will not.  So as a result more than 1/2 of the American population will fall into the propaganda lies of deceit, probably go on a rampage, take the lies as hard truth, argue with anyone that actually knows and understands the truth and as we have seen, maybe even beat them up.

Wow.  Talk about molding society into actions based on lies.  Pass this along, both clips to show the difference if anyone wants to really understand how important journalism is.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Trey Gowdy on fake news Jeff Session Russia and Democrat Adam Schiff lyi...

Read previous two posts regarding the issue of Session and the mainstream media attempting to find fault with just about anything.  It seems that this presidential election has upset a ton of people...(why?) and they just won't let know, work together and actually try to solve real American problems.  Augh.  Grow up people.  really.  We all live on the same soil, breathe the same air, have families, children, parents, grandparents, grandchildren, work at jobs, wealthy, poverty, hungry, like entertainment let's solve our problems.  Here Gowdy is doing really good at not falling into here bait to get him to say what she wants him to say.  He is too smart for that.

"Did Jeff Sessions Talk To Russia?" Sean Spicer Destroys ABC Reporter

You see "fake news" making something out of nothing, digging to manipulate the public view of reality.  Yes, here it is in front of your own eyes, going on each day.  You can also view my previous post.  I am also going to post what Gundy responded.  One needs to know and should know the actual responsibility of a position before reporting like this, fact checking, etc...before throwing a random news story into the air waves.

Ted Cruz dismantles Jeff Sessions Russian ambassador fake new story

SIGH. Changing the story from nothing into something, I guess mainstream is having a difficult time trying to find something wrong with the new administration and the elections so they are grasping for air.  We should not harp on either Dems or Republicans, but harp on the news to stop taking things out of context and start reporting from facts instead of assumptions.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

My Response- PewDiePie and...How news...turns fake

So with my fake news rampage, PewDiePie seriously sits and talks about his experience with...The Wall Street Journal...and how they twist and take stories out of context....This is an example on fake news attacks..getting independents out of work, an individual who is having fun, using free speech, gets falsely misrepresented that actually can destroy someones life.  What?

Now I know PewDiePie, is not an independent news outlet but a comedian.  Wall Street...he tells jokes okay?  Jokes.  Don't take things out of context with jokes?  Can the liberals take jokes anymore or do they have to whine about everything?  Is it because their own lives are miserable that they have to make others lives so miserable?  Is that it?

Anyway, this a a great example of....well....the "real fake news"

CNN Banned From White House Because Of Fake News Like This

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

USA News Is FAKED!! PROOF!! Green screens, CGI & Crisis Actors EXPOSED!!

Great explanation of how mainstream news works.  Don't believe everything that you hear.  One man owns 22 television stations.  The advertisers, etc...tell the news stations what the news is.  It is worth a watch.

How Mainstream Media Fakes The News - Behind The Scenes

Proof TV Media 100% Fake - Fake/Green Screen Compliation (2014)

Carol Costello Apologizes On Air for CNN Lying About Milwaukee Riot Situ...

LIES About Trump's Inauguration Crowds (PROOF)

Compilation of CNN & MSNBC Cutting Guests Mics to Protect Hillary Clinto...

CNN Fake News pt 2 - exposing their lies, bias and half truths

BUSTED! CNN Anderson Cooper CAUGHT PROTECTING #CrookedHillary NO Corrobo...

ABC News Edits Out Refugee Saying He Likes Trump

Bernie Sanders Calls CNN “Fake News” - And His Feed Is Cut Off

CNN FAKE NEWS COMPILATION pt 1 - EXPOSING their lies, fabrications, half...

"This is UNAMERICAN" Jake Tapper DESTROYS Donald Trump's CNN ban

"This is NOT okay" CNN reacts to being BLOCKED from White House

"CNN is NOT fake news" Shep Smith defends CNN on Fox News

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


I am going to get on a "fake new" rampage Prepare yourself

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Exclusive: CNN Exposed! Caught Producing "State Sponsored News" in Bahrain

And no one ever believed me when I would tell them that I personally watched CNN staged and exaggerated events back in 2003.  It also tells me why mainstream media never really wanted to hire me, because they knew that I only wanted to tell the truth of what I found in my reporting.  No wonder the American mainstream media would not buy anything from me.  Yet, China, Europe and Russia would!

It tells you about the news in America and worldwide broadcasting from the mainstream.

Now, they want to categorize freelancers and "non reporters" no protected by the first amendment. Just remember who is funding mainstream, governments and corporations.

Dianne Feinstein First Amendment Is A Special Privilege

What is a real reporter?  umm.....

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Genetically Modified Salmon Research Articles

12 November 2014
Susan Robens-Brannon

It is difficult to find real studies on GM salmon and related issues, here is a start.  Most of the articles were on the activities and effects on the salmon, almost none were found for human or animal consumption health effects.

Links to research articles on GM salmon:

Large Scale escapes Farmed fish;  AquaBounty promises that the salmon will be contained. They grow the fish in Canada and the Canadians are concerned.  Why grow the eggs in Canada, ship the eggs to Panama and then ship the food to America?  An article on how the farmed fish escape into the wild.

Antifreeze protein gene in Atlantic salmonProduction of stable lines of freeze-resistant salmon and other species would greatly facilitate development of sea-pen aquaculture in many regions. We successfully introduced winter flounder AFP genes intoAtlantic salmon.

Growth enhanced transgenetic salmon can be inferior swimmers.

Invasion of transgenes from salmon or other genetically modified organisms into natural environments:

Genetically modified salmon a full impact assessment A review of the impact that the process of regulatory systems ignore.

Evaluation of stress‐and immune‐response biomarkers in Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar L., fed different levels of genetically modified maize (Bt maize), compared...

GM maize and its effects on fish health

Growth rate, body composition and feed digestibility/conversion of growth-enhanced transgenic Atlantic salmon (< i> Salmo salar


Histological, digestive, metabolic, hormonal and some immune factor responses in Atlanticsalmon, Salmo salar L., fed genetically modified soybeans

AM Bakke‐McKellep, EO Koppang… - Journal of fish …, 2007 - Wiley Online Library
... using non-modified, parental line soybeans as the control group are necessary to evaluate
whether genetic modification of soybeans ... 800 g kg −1 RRS and 200 g kg −1 unmodified soybean)
or non-genetically modified soy (nGM ... This diet was analysed and found to be GM-free. ...

[HTML] Objective and subjective knowledge: impacts on consumer demand for genetically modified foods in the United States and the European Union

L House, J Lusk, S Jaeger, WB Traill, M Moore, C Valli… - 2005 -
... (2003b). GM nation? The public debate. ... Worlds apart? The reception of genetically modified foods
in Europe and the US Science, 285, 384-388. ... Consumer perception of food products involving
genetic modification: Results from a qualitative study in four nordic countries. ...

GMO Salmon?

12 November 2014
Susan Robens-Brannon

Are you kidding me?  GMO Salmon? AquaBounty is a company who is modifying the Salmon in Panama out of the eyes of U.S. regulators and wants to ship the finished GMO salmon to the U.S.  Recently AquaBounty was fined for violations in repeated environmental regulations in Panama.  Despite of these atrocities, the FDA is secretly trying to approve the frankenfish for sale in the U.S.

AquaBounty's frankenfish is an Atlantic salmon, spliced with genes from an EEL pout and growth hormone from a Chinook salmon.  The result is an aggressive aggressive salmon that produces growth hormone year-round, grows twice as fast, and consume five times more food than wild salmon.  Introducing these traits into the wild population would be disastrous - and irreversible.

Let's see who is on the board the non-executive director Thomas Kasser spent 20 years at Monsanto, Christine T. St. Clare is director at the Polymer Corp.  Investors are not listed but as those who are directors are shareholders.

Stop GMO Salmon by signing and passing along this does not hurt to keep hounding these guys before our food system spirals out of control.

Informative Videos: You point, GM Animal and notice how the media down plays the process.  It is only common sense.  No GMO labeling in Oregon and several states across America.  I predict that now that the bill did not pass, we will see more GMO products hitting the market.  Has there been studies on the health safety from non interested parties?

How Safe Would Genetically Modified Salmon be?

Frankenfish may be coming to your dinner table

AquaBounty GM Salmon facility in Canada

Genetically Modified Salmon Health Alert

I have an entire section on GMO Salmon videos here  Keep up the good fight, don't give up and quit buying GMO products.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Gresham Oregon Police assaulting me for filming drug raid that woke the ...

Military police vehicles used in the middle of the night for a search warrant.  I went from looking at the military vehicles in the Middle East to seeing them here with our local police.  The neighbor who filmed this was arrested for filming.  Our 1st amendment is ignored.  It never made the local news.

This is not normal and it is not okay.  The news should have made a big deal and the people should be protesting this and the militarized vehicles to use against the American people.  We are not the enemy to the police, but watching this makes the police an enemy of me.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Tony Rooke at the Magistrates' Court - BBC TV license

Reference court case against BBC for false reporting on 9/11

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Debate Panel on Israel: Norm Finkelstein & Wolf Blizer 2

Discussion on the Israeli/Palestine conflict video 2 - Notice the propaganda uttered by Wolf Blizer. Most people do not read the historical facts on this conflicts and take news leaders opinions as fact. In this video, Blizer encouraged free democratic elections in Gaza. America supported it, Baker etc...and when that happened and they did not like who was elected the conflict increased.

Debate Panel on Israel: Norman Finkelstein and & Wolf Bilzer

Don’t forget Joel Greenberg, an American Jew who served in the IDF, and later served as Jerusalem Bureau Chief. Certainly no conflict of interest there !! Wolf Blitzer of CNN, who earlier worked at a propagandist for AIPAC. wolf blitzer’s views on israel, he was explicit and far from unbiased:

Another New York Times reporter's son in Israeli army

November 1, 2014

We must remember that most of the news agencies are owned by Jewish families and have dual citizenship when you read the news concerning Israeli/Arab conflicts and commentaries.  One cannot help but have the news slanted.  It would be difficult to be objective.

Yet another reporter for the New York Times has a son in the Israeli Defense Forces. Isabel Kershner, a correspondent in the newspaper’s Jerusalem bureau, says that her son is in training in the army. This is the third time in recent years that a writer who covers the conflict for America’s leading newspaper has a son serving in an army that is regularly accused of human rights abuses. On each of those occasions, an outside publication has disclosed the army service.
We asked Kershner about her son after a tip last week sent Weiss to the 2005 memoir by Kershner’s husband Hirsh Goodman. The book states that Goodman, an immigrant to Israel from South Africa, and Kershner, an immigrant to the country from England, have two boys, who were then 7 and 10. Facebook posts by the older boy showed him in uniform and holding a gun with an army unit in June. Kershner responded directly:
In answer to your questions, yes, my 20-year-old son is currently performing his compulsory military service as a citizen of Israel and as required by law. He has been in training so far. My 17-year-old is still in high school.
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Friday, October 31, 2014

15 Harmful Effects of GMO Foods on Your Health

How to Identify G M O Genetically Modified Food @ the Grocery Store

What You Need to Know About GMOs and the GMA

Second Time GMA Sues for Right to Keep Secrets from You

Second Time GMA Sues for Right to Keep Secrets from You

Oregon and Colorado Ready to Fight for GMO Labeling

Vote Yes on 92 in Oregon

Oregon and Colorado Ready to Fight for GMO Labeling

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Gerald Celente - Trends In The News - "The Autumn Trends Journal" - (10/...

Raw: Small Plane Crashes at Wichita Airport

The building has not fallen down on itself yet...and we do not know if it will.  One would think that if you took a small plane and one small building that in time it will tumble down like the WTC into dust onto itself considering the ratio of fuel and size.  This would be about equal.  Let's keep an eye on this building and see what happens.  Watch how the smoke does not crawl onto the streets but rise.

Unlike the WTC, the smoke crawled along the streets completely destroying something like 1500 cars along the way.  Here, the smoke is just going into the air, like we are used to.  Something to think about and something to remember.  I am sorry for the loss of lives and for their families.

The First Amendment in Five Minutes

Musician Arrested For Playing Protest Song

If you watch the video, the cop recites the musician's rights and that includes the rights for artists to perform at a transit area in NY.  We must stand up for our rights, and not allow the authorities to work against our civil rights as citizens.  However, this policeman was asked by his supervisors to arrest this person.  This puts the policeman in a difficult position.  It is our higher authorities that we must confront.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Seeds of Deception full documentary

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Raising the Federal Minimum Wage to $10.10 Would Save Safety Net Programs Billions and Help Ensure Businesses Are Doing Their Fair Share | Economic Policy Institute

Raising the Federal Minimum Wage to $10.10 Would Save Safety Net Programs Billions and Help Ensure Businesses Are Doing Their Fair Share | Economic Policy Institute

Why Are We Using Prisons to Treat the Mentally Ill? • OverCriminalized #...

6 Companies That Profit from the Police State (with Henry Rollins) • BRA...

After watching this watch this video showing an example of what type of criminals the justice system is willing to incarcerate.

How Drone "Signature Strikes" Kill Civilians • Unmanned • BRAVE NEW FILMS

The firing of a drone is based on intel that is not fact checked.  If a group of people are doing jumping jacks then they are considered doing a military exercise.  Cultural differences are not considered, as I have seen when I was on the ground covering the Iraq war.  It is not understood that the tribal protocol is to have meetings to come to agreement on an issue, such as water.  In turn, when intel sees a meeting taking place, they bomb it.  All the tribal leaders are killed, the women who are in the homes cooking and serving tea, the children who are playing in the yards and trees.  All killed.

Nothing is working with this and one wonders why the entire world is mad at America.  One wonders why we have created so many enemies that we cannot know where they will come from.  One wonders why we are considered the enemy.  Not only has America spent trillions of unlimited dollars in war, but we have induced a non countable amount of global deaths.  We put immigrants who are running from their wars into our country for safety and hope into dormitory type living for an unlimited amount of time with less hope.  Drones the new war.

Huge Victory Against Monsanto Revealed

Monday, October 20, 2014

Seeds of Death: Unveiling The Lies of GMO's - Full Movie

Don't forget.  Keep fighting.  China will not allow our food into their country.  Europe will only allow non-GMO foods (this is new, before they did not allow any of our food at all)  Our government allows us to eat this food, without any benefit to the better taste, no better nutrition etc....Now why is that?  Prop 62 Oregon

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Islamophobia and a Challenge to Bill Maher - Deepa Kumar on Reality Asse...

Friday, October 03, 2014

Ebola’s spread to US “inevitable”

This was a while ago.  I want to know why did not the international leaders put a stop to the spread?  Why did not America's leaders set up a plan.  How come no one listens to those who are experts?

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Accused of Stealing a Backpack, High School Student Jailed for Nearly Th...

There are six companies that profit from incarcerations after viewing this video please see this 3 minute video on who they are.  Then you will understand why so many people are put into jail or prisons in America.  America has the highest amount of incarcerations in the developing world.  Including Russia and South America's.

Ex-Gitmo detainee Moazzam Begg released after terror charges dropped

An interview of an ex-gitmo and a witness to the realities of what is really going on inside.  Obama failed with another promise.  He just does not let the news get out.  Why do you think he is working so hard to silence whistle blowers?  If the journalists and whistle blowers are silenced, then no one will know what our government is really doing and then no one will stand up for justice.  Of course we all know that right?

Keiser Report: Minsky Moment in Global Economy (E660)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

'UN human rights council is oxymoron' – Netanyahu to UNGA 2014 (FULL SPE...

Susan Robens

He says that they pray for peace, yet he bombs Gaza, steals land and homes, imprisons children.  He uses ISIL as a justification for his actions and says they come from the same poison.  Makes racists comments against Muslims.  All to justify his actions.

Underestimating ISIS: An Indictment of Decades of Failed US Policy in th...

Susan Robens Photography

No more war, no more "boots on the ground".  I cannot believe that we continue to use the same tactics as we have in the past that we know does not work.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

NewsTeam: Trails of Tragedies (E33)

Susan Robens Photography

This is a great newscast, real journalism in getting the stories in real time.  Part is in Gaza and the other part is in the Ukraine covering the MH17 plane Crash of Malaysia Airlines.

I must mention if you pay attention around 17:15 where they show the site of the crash, you will notice a book that is not burned, a stuffed animal that is not burned and other objects.  The black box was found.  Compare that to the crash sites on 9/11.  I am not talking about the one at the WTC where we should have found the real black box, but the other crash sites.  At both sites, you do not see any plane or personal debris.  There are no bodies anywhere in the videos.  Strange huh?  Come on, reality check.  Reality folks, obvious reality.

World Beyond War

Susan Robens Photography

Photojournalists are into the news, we are not just behind the camera but a part of telling the story.

World Beyond War is a non profit organization attempting to change the world out of war.  Their website has a statement for you to sign and commitments to make.  They are going global.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Body of War

Susan Robens Photography
This is truly one of the best docs that I have seen.  Please share this with as many people as you can. This doc reflects the reality of war and expresses the things that I have seen and known and tried to express for a very long time.  It is a story about a war veteran who returned to America.  He is trying to manage his life and his disabilities and become a voice.  My heart goes out to all of the American vets who have given their time and their bodies for our unjust wars.  Many of Americans are deceived and we are being deceived once again.  Our government has prepared a ton of propaganda to prepare the American people to enter into Syria.  Not for justice, but to oust President Assad and to replace him with someone that we want.  Syria is a sovereign country and we have no right to go in and offer more weapons of mass destruction and train others to fight.  As we have done with both Al Qaida and ISIL.  The more bombing, the more enemies that we create.

Just like the conflict between Israel and Palestine.  Has all of Israel's bombings and taking of land and killing of families created peace and justice in the land or has it created more enemies.  The difference between Israel and America is that we cannot create walls to keep our newly created enemies out.

Please watch.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Truth About ISIS & Obama's War Speech

Susan Robens Photography

Talk about the reality of why we are going in Syria and the truth behind this new ever lasting war.  These constant wars cost trillions of dollars and is ongoing to benefit whom?  Not Americans.  These wars endanger the very lives of Americans abroad and who want to do humanitarian work or provide the news.

America's infrastructure cannot withstand and is falling apart while Detroit lacks water.  Students cannot pay for their education, people cannot find jobs while corporate mongrels lobby our congress to pass bills that take away even more taxes from our country for outsourcing, and our people go hungry.  War?  Really?

"U.S. Militarism Brings Chaos": As Obama Plans a War on ISIS, a Call for...

Susan Robens Photography

As we train foreigners and provide weapons for war, we are creating more chaos into the Middle East Region and spending more of our tax money on the Syrian incursion.  I feel that this is likened to our war into Iraq.  Think about it.  Think about the preparation for the acceptance from American's to go yet into another war and destroy another country.  Oh!  So we can rebuild!  Who benefits?  Ask yourself that question.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Net Neutrality (HBO)

Friday, September 27, 2013

When Bad Things Happen to Good People: Journalism

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Friday, September 20, 2013

crossing borders project: Poverty, Homelessness, Food Stamps and the Middle Class

crossing borders project: Poverty, Homelessness, Food Stamps and the Middle Class

The house just passed a cut of $38 billion in the food stamp program.  Read some facts about the program and poverty.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

My Letter to Chuck Todd

In response to Chuck Todd's statement that "It is not his job to point out Republican Lies" regarding Obama Care and the Republican stance. 

 I say really? Is not journalisms responsibility to report the facts and the truth as we investigate them, check them, double fact check and then report those truths to the public and allow THEM to make their own decisions?

 Here is what happened: MSNBC host Chuck Todd said Wednesday that when it comes to misinformation about the new federal health care law, don't expect members of the media to correct the record.

During a segment on "Morning Joe," former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) speculated that most opponents of the Affordable Care Act have been fed erroneous information about the law. Todd said that Republicans "have successfully messaged against it" but he disagrees with those who argue that the media should educate the public on the law. According to Todd, that's President Barack Obama's job. "But more importantly, it would be stuff that Republicans have successfully messaged against it," Todd told Rendell. "They don't repeat the other stuff because they haven't even heard the Democratic message. What I always love is people say, 'Well, it's you folks' fault in the media.' No, it's the President of the United States' fault for not selling it." Chuck Todd is the chief White House Correspondent for NBC News who is viewed by millions of Americans. Yes, Chuck you do have a responsibility for the American public along with your six figure income.

Here is my letter to Chuck:
Dear Mr. Todd,

I have been a reporter for over ten years all over the world.  I am a member of the NPPA and I adhere to sound ethical reporting, proudly.  It is my responsibility to tell the story, the facts from all sides and to allow the readers to make decisions and judgements on their own.  Without those facts, the public is being misled and that is not good journalism.  It denies the public to take a stand on where they feel it is needed, it denies the public true democracy and it misrepresents realities that could very well affect the very lives of many people or a population.

Shame on you negating the ethics of journalism to the American public and all other journalist who work hard to investigate and report top and compelling news to the world.  Shame on you for downgrading journalists responsibility for accountability to thousands of journalism students who look up to people like and and want to be in your shoes one day.  Your statement that it is not your job to point out Republican lies about Obama Care is like saying that there are weapons of mass destruction without ever fact checking before you help to start a war.

Yes, it is your responsibility.  You offer a service and your service is to the American public to report the facts and to point out untruths.  Are you telling journalism students that it is okay to be lazy and unethical in your job?  Are you teaching the future journalist that it is okay to take a majority stance on issues that may even cause millions of people to suffer and to bend under corporate pressure?

That is not true journalism and I am ashamed.  You are not helping your colleagues to gain "trust" to gather stories and in the readership.  These type of comments does not make my job any easier and I say thank you.

You have a greater responsibility than I do, to have integrity in your reporting because so many eyes are on you and on what you say and report.  Society depends on reliable journalism to gather information regarding important issues.  Even the facts on Obama Care where millions of people have the need to be informed.  It is not a case of Republican or Democrat, it is a place of journalism...plain and simple.

Did you loose sight of this?  I wonder and I am mad.
I am not in your position to tell the world what is and what is not although I would like to be and earn your six figure income.  

Did you forget ethical journalism because you got caught up in the power?
I am ashamed and you are making journalism shameful.

Susan Brannon

Write you own letter to Chuck voicing your concern for lazy journalism here is his email:

his twitter: @chucktodd


Monday, September 16, 2013

Stop Monsanto Protection Act..Again; Call Congress ACTION

Last week the U.S. House of Representatives decided to introduce the same language for the Continuing Resolution spending bill (H.J.RES.59) that contained the Monsanto Protection Act that Congress passed last spring.

This past March, Monsanto succeeded in sneaking the controversial rider into a must pass spending bill, which is set to expire onSeptember 30th. But now, with the new continuing resolution, the Monsanto Protection Act would be extended for 3 additional months!
The Monsanto Protection Act undermines the basic concept of judicial review and forces the USDA to allow the planting of untested GMO crops even if a federal court ruled that the USDA had not properly considered the environmental or economic risks these new crops pose to family farmers.

If allowed to pass again, this new provision would undermine agency oversight and this dangerous provision could eventually become permanent, allowing Monsanto to succeed in stripping judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer rights and the environment, while opening up the floodgates for the planting of new untested GMO crops.

Is Congress Trying to Kill GMO Labeling?

Even worse, right now Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI) is working behind the scenes to introduce a bill that would kill state GMO labeling efforts by preempting it with a bill that would place GMO labeling under federal authority, circumventing successful citizen led efforts in Maine and Connecticut and trying to invalidate the ballot initiative in Washington state before it even passes.

We need your voice today more than ever to stop Monsanto’s shenanigans in Congress!

Click here to make a call to Congress to tell them to vote no on the continuing resolution if it contains any protections for Monsanto or undermines state’s rights to label genetically engineered foods!

Even now as we are close to winning, Monsanto, DuPont and the biotech seed and chemical giants are working desperately behind the scenes to thwart our efforts.

While the previous Continuing Resolution that was passed this March is set to expire onSeptember 30th, Roll Call reported this week that House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers, (R-KY) has introduced the short-term Continuing Resolution, with the exact same language as last time, which could be voted on as early as next week.

While members of the House are desperate to pitch this new continuing resolution as a “responsible” effort to pass a temporary budget to avoid a shutdown of the federal government, Monsanto and the biotech industry are using it as another opportunity to corrupt our basic democrat rights and protect their bottom line.

Last spring Food Democracy Now! members exposed the initial Monsanto Protection Act to the world when more than 300,000 of us stood up and demanded an end to the special interests handouts to Monsanto and the biotech seed and chemical giants.

Right now, we are once again calling on you and your friends and family to stand with us again to help expose this corruption of our basic democratic process once again!

Monsanto’s days are numbered and they know it! This year, you helped passed GMO labeling bills in Connecticut and Maine and right now we’re working hard with our allies to help win a citizen led ballot initiative in Washington state that would mandate labeling of genetically engineered foods.

Unfortunately, Monsanto, DuPont and the largest junk food companies in the world are determined to try to steal our basic democratic rights to protect their corrupt corporate profits. Just this week Monsanto dumped $4.5 million to defeat our efforts to win Yes on 522 and GMO labeling in Washington state while DuPont dropped $3.4 million. 

Right now is the critical window where we need to stand together to stop Monsanto and these corrupt corporations from trying to betray our basic democratic rights once again.

Please stand with us to help stop Monsanto, DuPont and the biotech seed and chemical companies from corrupting our laws and democratic process.
Remember, democracy is like a muscle, either you use it or you lose it!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

My Letter to the Senators: Against Attacking Syria

Click on the link after the letter to send your own through The Nation Magazine.  They made it simple, you can change it into your own words...their words were different than mine!

I agree that it is not acceptable to ignore such action by any political leader on their own people and such an action is plainly against international human rights justice.

I too have seen horrible injustice in times of conflict and war, being a war photojournalist in the Middle East for almost ten years.  The evil than man is capable of is unbearable.  I have walked in regions of utter poverty, hunger, and social inequalities where those is power are full of both greed and pride allowing others to suffer in extremes without blinking an eye.

However, it is my deepest hopes that the United States of America waits just a bit to gather global and national approval through the UN before we fly one plane, drone or take one step upon Syria's soil.  After living and working in war torn area's and analyzing conflict worldwide, I am highly concerned that this action will greatly harm hundreds if not thousands of innocent people.  It will put our country and American's on foreign soil at high risk for their own safety.  If we do not wait the few weeks that it takes to gain allies at this time, we will not only increase our security concerns but gain many new enemies who were once allies.

Not only is our security at risk, but also our national debt.  This may sound cruel, but in the name humanity should we not first spend the billions for our own people who are downtrodden and sleeping in cars, behind bushes and under bridges or those who work full time at an unsustainable living wage, or those who cannot get medical care when they are diagnosed with cancer?  Are we not then like the other countries who spend their nations wealth making themselves and others more wealthy while their citizens die of hunger?

Are we not then becoming the global police who ignores international law and does as we please?  It is time to show the world that we are not like that, we are patient to wait for the pieces to be put into place to have the ability to have the support of the rest of the world and the courts use just cause for the crimes that Assad has committed.  We are just to adhere to international protocol before jumping into action.  It is our chance to undo the damage that was done during and before the incursion in Iraq.  It is our chance as a nation to shine and become the example that we presented during the Vietnam war and WWII.

CLICK HERE FOR easy letter writing to your Senators

Quick History of U.S. Wars: Plain and Simple

Korea and China 1950-53 (Korean War)
Guatemala 1954
Indonesia 1958
Cuba 1959-1961
Guatemala 1960
Congo 1964
Laos 1964-73
Vietnam 1961-73
Cambodia 1969-70
Guatemala 1967-69
Grenada 1983
Lebanon 1983, 1984 (both Lebanese and Syrian targets)
Libya 1986
El Salvador 1980s
Nicaragua 1980s
Iran 1987
Panama 1989
Iraq 1991 (Persian Gulf War)
Kuwait 1991
Somalia 1993
Bosnia 1994, 1995
Sudan 1998
Afghanistan 1998
Yugoslavia 1999
Yemen 2002
Iraq 1991-2003 (US/UK on regular no-fly-zone basis)
Iraq 2003-2011 (Second Gulf War)
Afghanistan 2001 to present
Pakistan 2007 to present
Somalia 2007-8, 2011 to present
Yemen 2009, 2011 to present
Libya 2011
Syria 2013?

Friday, September 06, 2013

Putin: Russia doesn't defend Assad, we defend international law

In mediation; we must listen to the other that is the first step.  Consider their voice (thus the crossing borders project) throw down our personal and national pride and be patient to agree for a positive and peaceful result is a virtue.  Guys this is serious.  Do you want your tax money to increase the hatred of the rest of the world?  Do you want to use our tax money to shed more blood upon our nation?

Think about it.

'Attack on Syria to change balance in whole region, not just one regime'

Like I said in my previous post, The U.S. attacking Syria is against International Humanitarian law if the other countries do not agree and at this time, they do not.  France is "waiting" for the results on who committed the chemical warfare crime.  We cannot move on our emotions for such a serious move.

What Went Wrong in the Middle East: It's the Maps

A realistic comedy of what went wrong in the Middle East.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Dalai Lama - Conquer your "self"

If our global leaders would conquer their selves, then I believe that wars would end and compassion would begin.  The answers are right there, so simple.

Dalai Lama Finding Purpose in Life

Dali Lama on success

A great and logical explanation on success and purpose.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Exclusive: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran - By Shane Harris and Matthew M. Aid | Foreign Policy

It's about time that this information is published other than in my small little blogs that not many people read.  I find it interesting that when I tried to publish this information years ago, I could not find any takers.

These are things that we should know.

Exclusive: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran - By Shane Harris and Matthew M. Aid | Foreign Policy

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

New Jobs? 97 percent are Part Time

This is how it goes.  New jobs are created and the public remains happy and live in a delusion.  The thing that no one really thinks about is what "type" of jobs are created.  Are they the union high paying manufacturing jobs?  No.  Are they lawyer jobs or accounting jobs or nursing and teaching jobs?  The answer is plain no, no, (shaking the head) NO!

They are the run of the mill retail, restaurants, staffing agencies, and home health care type of jobs.  Yep!  Going to college does not pay off any longer.  In my area, the HR departments are telling me that for every job they post there are around 450 applicants applying.  The problem with the wonderful "new jobs" is that they are the low paying wage jobs and the part time jobs.  You know, the ones that no one can really live on.  The ones where the workers will need food stamps, medical assistance, housing subsidies, and other welfare services.

Of course the major companies would rather hire 40 part time workers than 20 full time workers and need to pay benefits when the government will pick up the bill instead!  That makes the CEO's really happy.  Please search for my previous articles and research on the great WalMart and their corporate model.

A recent study reveals that 97 percent of these "new jobs" in the past 6 months are part time, low wage jobs.  That is not good news and that is not growth.  It only makes our country poorer than it already is.  (Please read a recent post on "Drastic Growth In Extreme Poverty in the U.S.")  Currently there are 8.2 million workers who are part time.  Not because they want to work part time, but because they cannot find full time work. US employers added 162,000 nonfarm jobs in July according to the government's Establishment Data Survey.   "Over the last six months, of the net job creation, 97 percent of that is part-time work," said Keith Hall, a senior researcher at George Mason University's Mercatus Center quoted by McClatchy Washington Bureau.  Hall was head of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2008 to 2012.

61% of the jobs created this year are from the low paying industries. For those who cannot find full time sustainable work and are basically forced into part time work suffer higher depression, increased health problems due to the depression and lack of a balanced and healthy diet.  Many of the workers must dip into their retirement plans, sell their homes or their cars just to survive.

These folks are out there and nothing has changed or gotten any better.

The only difference is that our wonderful media does not make a sound about the realities of the state of our country.  Maybe it is because of the fear from all the arrests made on "whistleblowers" who dare to tell the truth.  Maybe they will get fired from their journalism jobs is they inform the public like they should.

Drastic Growth in "Extreme Poverty" in the U.S.

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written by: Debra Watson

Blog note:  This is a great article with vital research on poverty in America.  Please pass this around to extend our knowledge base and stand up for our rights.  For example, instead of writing a check for their employees, McDonald's now issues pay cards with $1.50 charge for each withdrawal and penalties for non use.  When employees ask for a check, they are refused.  In the good ole' days, it used to be that those who worked at McDonald's were high school students saving up to buy a car.  However, these days nearly 70 percent of their workers are over 20 and a quarter of them are workers with children.  It is not surprising that the report referenced in the article below reflects a substantial increase in poverty levels in America.  

If a worker at McDonald's was paid a living wage of $15.00 per hour, the cost of the burger would go up by .05 cents.  Wouldn't you pay the extra $.05 for a burger knowing that the people behind the counter can survive and not need welfare benefits? The excuses the corporations give for NOT increasing wages does not prove factual.  McDonald's is not the only corporation that pays their workers way under living wages, folks like WalMart, Target and other box stores do the same.  WalMart Superstores costs the American taxpayers 1.7 billion a year in subsidized food stamps, medicare/medicaid, and other welfare programs totaling $5,185 per year per worker.  

I think that it is time to organize a nationwide boycott campaign with all the workers going on strike for a few days.  Don't you?

A report this summer from the National Poverty Center (NPC) reveals that the number of people in the US living on less than $2 a day per person, termed “extreme poverty,” increased by 160 percent from 1996 to mid-2011, rising from 636,000 households to some 1.65 million households. The findings throw light on the terrible plight of children in America. Concentrating on non-elderly households with children, the report found that 4.3 percent of these households were in extreme poverty, with 3.55 million children living in them.

The number of households in extreme poverty in the US began to climb irreversibly after the Clinton administration ended cash welfare for vulnerable families in 1996. Over a dozen years, between 1996 and late 2008, the number and extent of extreme poverty roughly doubled, rising by more than 600,000 households. The increase continued after the recession of 2008, but the pace was now accelerated. Over roughly three years following the financial meltdown, 450,000 more families joined the ranks of the utterly destitute, with a sharp increase in numbers in the first six months of 2011.

The report, published in Social Service Review, was authored by H. Luke Shaefer, University of Michigan, School of Social Work, and Kathryn Edin, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government. Measuring extreme poverty uncovers a further income stratification among those below the official poverty level. The sharply rising income inequality in the US has created in its wake a new phenomenon: massive numbers of US families that live in daily conditions once relegated the poorest of the poor in the economically underdeveloped world.

It throws light on particular aspects of the growth in inequality in the US that have not been examined in reports from the Census Bureau and other sources that compare income for different quintiles of the population. Some recent research has developed a category called “deep poverty” or a yearly income below half the official poverty line. Both these methods of research have revealed drastically rising inequality and the growth of deep poverty in recent years.

The researchers used the figure of $2 a day per person, the United Nations measure of poverty in developing countries. The official poverty line for a family of three would equate to roughly $17 per person per day averaged over a year. Deep poverty, below half the poverty line, would equate to an average of approximately $8.50 per person per day.

At $2 per person per day, the extreme poverty category examined in this report finds a family with virtually nothing to live on, or roughly 13 percent of what is considered official poverty. Social science researchers have estimated that it requires an income twice the Census Bureau’s official poverty level to actually support a family.

Counting food stamp benefits, now called SNAP, as cash only reduces the number of extremely poor households with children by half. The current food assistance benefit for a family of three tops out at $526. Since it only is available to families with income below 130 percent of the official poverty level, receiving the benefit does not bring any family to a livable income. If counted as the equivalent of cash income, the assistance actually would barely move a family in extreme poverty to deep poverty.

In addition, the SNAP benefit itself is facing serious cuts and even outright elimination for many poor families. In November, a family of three will lose $29 a month when the SNAP per person benefit allotment is cut as the federal government eliminates stimulus measures instituted in the immediate aftermath of recession. Five million people will be entirely cut off from SNAP benefits if limits in eligibility are imposed under plans to cut the program that emerged during discussion of the new Farm Bill this summer.

The number of SNAP households has nearly doubled since 1996, according to the report, indicating the huge rise in need. In 1996, there were an average of 25.5 million recipients per month, and by the end of 2012, this had gone up to 47.5 million. Earlier this year, a new Census Bureau Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) counted a record 49 million people considered poor in America. Still, 1.7 million children are left behind in extreme poverty because they do not get these benefits.

While SNAP-assisted households were doubling, cash welfare was plummeting. The researchers note: “Subsequently, cash assistance caseloads have fallen from 12.3 million recipients per month in 1996 to 4.5 million in December 2011, and only 1.1 million of these beneficiaries are adults. Even during the current period of continued high unemployment, the cash assistance rolls have increased only slightly. ‘Welfare,’ in the form of cash assistance, is a shell of its former self.”

In Clinton’s infamous acceptance speech for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in 1992, he laid out the plan to end the New Deal-era Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), which for the previous five-plus decades provided monetary assistance to families with little or no income.
Under the continuing economic crisis, states are accelerating the pace at which families in need are being driven off the welfare rolls. For example, in March 2013, there were 47,460 households in Michigan that received welfare payments, according to the latest Economic Security Bulletin from the Michigan League for Public Policy. They note: “This is the first time since the Family Independence Program was implemented in 1996 that the caseload dropped below 50,000.”

By June 2013, the caseload in Michigan dropped to 43,400 welfare cases, nearly half the number counted in late 2011 when new state measures eliminated exceptions to strict federal and state time limits for welfare. A 60 months’ lifetime limit for welfare was imposed under the Clinton administration in 1996 and was cut to 48 months in Michigan by Democratic governor Jennifer Granholm in 2007.
In fall 2011, the Republican Michigan state legislature eliminated exceptions, such as those that kept people living in high unemployment areas in the state from losing their benefits. There are still more than 400,000 unemployed in Michigan today.

The report also explores long-term unemployment and the increase in extreme poverty. There were 4.8 million workers in the US in 2012 unemployed for more than six months. That year, half the unemployed in Michigan were in this category.

The report’s authors note: “While the Great Recession era has ushered in a prolonged period of high unemployment, its real legacy may prove to be the unprecedented duration of unemployment spells: the average spell was 38.1 weeks as of December 2012.” This has increased the number of people in the US in extreme poverty, struggling to survive on practically nothing.

The researchers also point to the trend to shift already drastically inadequate government-funded income support from the unemployed to those working low-wage, part-time and temporary jobs—most of the new jobs being created in the US. The minimum wage is a poverty wage, still $7.40 an hour, about half what has been computed as a living wage.

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