Feds: Over 60 Latin Kings members arrested along East Coast

Feds: Over 60 Latin Kings members arrested along East Coast

December 5, 2019127

BOSTON (AP) — More than 60 members of the Latin Kings have been arrested on federal racketeering, drug and firearms charges, including the leaders of the street gang’s East Coast operations, authorities announced Thursday.

Among those arrested is Michael Cecchetelli, a 40-year-old Springfield, Massachusetts, resident with ties to the Genovese crime family who oversaw the gang’s operations from Massachusetts down to Florida, according to Joseph Bonavolonta, head of the FBI’s Boston office.

Cecchetelli and other leaders ran the gang with a Mafia-style hierarchy, including a council of leaders and as many as 11 chapters across Massachusetts alone, authorities said. The leadership approach has become a model for other Latin Kings regions in the country, they said.

The Latin Kings have also grown to become the largest gang in Massachusetts prisons, with an estimated 400 members, including leaders who face charges for continuing to coordinate criminal activity outside the prison, authorities said.

“It’s a big hit precisely because we are able to take out all of the leadership,” said U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling of the five-year investigation by the FBI and the state Department of Correction dubbed “Operation Throne Down.”

“It will be extremely difficult for the gang to regroup in the region.”

A lawyer who represented Cecchetelli in a prior federal case declined to comment.

The majority of Thursday morning’s arrests took place across Massachusetts, but some gang members and associates were also arrested in Rhode Island and Connecticut, Bonavolonta said. The gang’s operations also stretched into New York, New Jersey and Maryland.

There were 54 people apprehended Thursday, of which nine were already in custody and eight others are still being sought in an predawn raid that included more than 500 law enforcement officers, he said.

Most face federal racketeering charges for allegedly trafficking drugs, laundering money and committing assaults, robberies and other violent crimes and conspiring to commit more than 10 murders. Others face gun possession charges.

Authorities also seized dozens of firearms, thousands of dollars worth of cash, drugs and vehicles, and three properties in the crackdown.

The gang distributed drugs and shot music videos boasting about their exploits from the New Bedford, Massachusetts, properties while the owner helped launder money and conceal their operations, Bonavolonta said.

The multi-year investigation involved an informant who infiltrated the gang’s high level meetings, Bonavolonta said.

Thursday’s indictment also includes a former Boston high school dean already serving a prison sentence for shooting a student he had recruited to deal drugs in the school, Bonavolonta said.Shaun Harrison was a full-fledged Latin Kings member who continued his gang activity behind bars, helping the gang try to identify police informants, authorities said. His lawyer from his prior criminal case didn’t respond to a call seeking comment Thursday.

The Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation is considered the oldest and largest predominantly Latino street gang in the country, tracing its roots to the 1960s in Chicago, where, authorities say, it is still headquartered.

___This story has been updated to correct the number of arrests to more than 60, instead of more than 90.

Source: Feds: Over 60 Latin Kings members arrested along East Coast






YOUR PAST DOESN'T EXIST – GET OUT OF IT

“Jews need to stop acting oppressed when they’re not. American Africans need to stop acting like slaves when they’re not. Both dim the cries of other oppressed groups, and enslave a nation and world by screaming about their own past that is over. ” HWH

“Neither the NAACP nor the Anti-Defamation League engage in any meaningful long term efforts to facilitate the freedom of other groups or individuals. There’s no time like now to start.” HWH






WELCOME TO THE REAL ISRAEL

“If three hundred million Americans are ready to sacrifice their lives for the tenuous state of Israel formed from a holocaust against the Palestinian people, then Israel already has a state and everybody in it calls themselves Americans.” HWH






NEGATING BY RESERVING THE RIGHT

“Senator John McCain negated his own torture bill by inserting ‘reserving the right’ to do just that. Once again, the tortured became the torturer.” HWH

“Maybe the one who has experienced torture isn’t the best one to be fighting against it. Why should they keep reliving the nightmare? Let others who haven’t been tortured do that.” HWH

“Romanticizing torture, making it a badge of honor, is not unlike the suicide bombers who become martyrs.” HWH






CONTRIBUTION

“Contribution cannot, nor should it, be measured or rated. A paralyzed person confined to a bed continues to make a contribution to all of the lives who encounter that person.” HWH

“A brain dead person makes a contribution to all life by forcing us to demonstrate the compassion we feel, by compassionately being their bridge to a new life in the beyond.” HWH






DISCIPLINE AND SUCCESS

“Discipline is the key to all success, and corruption is the flaw that ultimately undermines that success, if not checked.”HWH






INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS

“Strong individuals produce strong groups. However, the responsibility does not lie solely with the individual. It is the responsibility of the group dynamic to respect each individual’s right to develop at their own pace, using their unique talents and gifts to advance their own selves and the group in positive, forward moving ways. No one can be left out.” HWH

“Strong groups do not make strong individuals. Strong individuals make strong groups.” HWH






CARROTS AND STICKS

“Dangling carrots you’ll never get, while beating you with sticks? No thank you Hillary. I don’t like to be beaten with carrots or sticks. The line of difference always blurs.” HWH






GOD AND SIGNS

“If you can’t figure out what a sign means, and given that you think it’s a sign, don’t worry about it; God will find another way to sign to you. God does know all things, but not all things all at once. God makes mistakes, just as we do. HWH

I get a kick out of people who say the Pope is infallible. If God isn’t infallible, then neither is the Pope.” HWH






DOWN THE ROAD

“I don’t have to worry about what’s going to happen down the road, if I concern myself with what I’m doing right now.” HWH






DISEASES AREN'T CRIMES

“You don’t have to admit to having a disease, disorder or disability; none of them are crimes.” HWH






PREJUDICE IS RELATIVE

“What seems prejudicial to one may not seem prejudicial to another.” HWH






IT'S ALL ABOUT BEHAVIOR

“If you think everybody should like you because you’re gay, or black, or Jew etc., then when somebody doesn’t like you, you’ll blame your sexual orientation, color or religion, instead of looking to your own behavior as a possible or probable cause.” HWH






DEATH AS PUNISHMENT

“The Constitution of the USA doesn’t require capital punishment. In fact, the Declaration of Independence  describes unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness–for all.” HWH






Brown University committee votes to divest from companies ‘facilitating human rights violations in Palestine’ – Uprise RI

The Advisory Committee on Corporate Responsibility in Investment Policies voted 6-2-1 in favor of divestment.

On December 2nd, 2019, the Advisory Committee on Corporate Responsibility in Investment Policies (ACCRIP) voted in favor of divestment from companies “facilitating human rights violations in Palestine”. The committee voted six in favor, with two alumni voting no, and one abstaining from the vote.

The vote comes after eight months of deliberation, starting in April 2019, when 69 percent of voters in a Brown undergraduate referendum voted in favor of the same motion. In response to Brown University President Christina Paxson’s dismissal of student concerns the day following the vote, over 100 faculty members authored a letter in favor of the student referendum.

Since then, members of Brown Divest have presented to ACCRIP on multiple occasions, as have Brown Students for Israel.

On December 2nd, nine members of ACCRIP met at Brown University, and heard presentations from faculty opposed to divestment, as well as those in favor. After the presentations, a motion was put forth to vote on whether the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories constitutes social harm. Seven members voted yes, while two alumni abstained. At the end of the meeting, members of the committee motioned to vote on the following language:

“We recommend that the Brown Corporation exclude from Brown’s direct investments, and require Brown’s separate account investment managers to exclude from their direct investments, companies identified as facilitating human rights violations in Palestine. In addition, the Investment Office will share with all investment managers the University’s desire to adhere to this investment philosophy. We recommend that the Corporation and Brown’s separate account investment managers maintain the withdrawal of investments from said companies until they cease to engage in social harm…”

After the motion to vote was made, two alumni voiced concerns about the ‘lack of time’ to deliberate. Sarah Cunningham ‘06 was appointed by President Paxson only weeks before this meeting, and David Mueller ‘81 has been on the committee for six years, and was part of the deliberations when Palestinian human rights violations were discussed in 2013-2014 and in 2017. Eventually, the motion to vote was accepted, and the resolution passed. We are elated that the University committee responsible for divestment has finally joined the calls for divestment from human rights violations in Palestine.

Today, ACCRIP made Brown the first Ivy League University to officially call for divestment from companies that are facilitating the Occupation and its human rights abuses in the West Bank and Gaza. We look forward to other universities joining the movement for dignity and human rights for Palestinians.

Going forward, the Brown community expects the Brown Corporation to divest from companies facilitating human rights violations in Palestine, as demanded by Brown students, who voted for the University to divest, as has ACCRIP, the committee responsible for recommending University divestment. Companies that have been identified for divestment based on their involvement in social harm in Palestine include Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, Oaktree Capital Management, AB Volvo, Motorola, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, United Technologies, and G4S.

[From a press release]

Source: Brown University committee votes to divest from companies “facilitating human rights violations in Palestine” – Uprise RI


 





What the C.I.A.’s Torture Program Looked Like to the Tortured – The New York Times

An image drawn by Abu Zubaydah, a prisoner at Guantánamo Bay, shows how the C.I.A. applied an approved torture technique called “cramped confinement.”
Credit…Abu Zubaydah, Courtesy Mark P. Denbeaux
 
This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
 

GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — One shows the prisoner nude and strapped to a crude gurney, his entire body clenched as he is waterboarded by an unseen interrogator. Another shows him with his wrists cuffed to bars so high above his head he is forced on to his tiptoes, with a long wound stitched on his left leg and a howl emerging from his open mouth. Yet another depicts a captor smacking his head against a wall.
 
They are sketches drawn in captivity by the Guantánamo Bay prisoner known as Abu Zubaydah, self-portraits of the torture he was subjected to during the four years he was held in secret prisons by the C.I.A.
 
Published here for the first time, they are gritty and highly personal depictions that put flesh, bones and emotion on what until now had sometimes been portrayed in popular culture in sanitized or inaccurate ways: the so-called enhanced interrogations techniques used by the United States in secret overseas prisons during a feverish pursuit of Al Qaeda after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
 
In each illustration, Mr. Zubaydah — the first person to be subject to the interrogation program approved by President George W. Bush’s administration — portrays the particular techniques as he says they were used on him at a C.I.A. black site in Thailand in August 2002
 
They demonstrate how, more than a decade after the Obama administration outlawed the program — and then went on to partly declassify a Senate study that found the C.I.A. lied about both its effectiveness and its brutality — the final chapter of the black sites has yet to be written.
 
Mr. Zubaydah, 48, drew them this year at Guantánamo for inclusion in a 61-page report, “How America Tortures,” by his lawyer, Mark P. Denbeaux, a professor at the Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, and some of Mr. Denbeaux’s students.
 
The report uses firsthand accounts, internal Bush administration memos, prisoners’ memories and the 2014 Senate Intelligence Committee report to analyze the interrogation program. The program was initially set up for Mr. Zubaydah, who was mistakenly believed to be a top Qaeda lieutenant.
 
He was captured in a gun battle in Faisalabad, Pakistan, in March 2002, gravely injured, including a bad wound to his left thigh, and was sent to the C.I.A.’s overseas prison network.
 
After an internal debate over whether Mr. Zubaydah was forthcoming to F.BI. interrogators, the agency hired two C.I.A. contract psychologists to create the now-outlawed program that would use violence, isolation and sleep deprivation on more than 100 men in secret sites, some described as dungeons, staffed by secret guards and medical officers.
 
Descriptions of the methods began leaking out more than a decade ago, occasionally in wrenching detail but sometimes with little more than stick-figure depictions of what prisoners went through.
 
But these newly released drawings depict specific C.I.A. techniques that were approved, described and categorized in memos prepared in 2002 by the Bush administration, and capture the perspective of the person being tortured, Mr. Zubaydah, a Palestinian whose real name is Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn.
 
He was the first person known to be waterboarded by the C.I.A. — he endured it 83 times — and was the first person known to be crammed into a small confinement box as part of what the Seton Hall study called “a constantly rotating barrage” of methods meant to break what interrogators believed was his resistance.
 
Subsequent intelligence analysis showed that while Mr. Zubaydah was a jihadist, he had no advance knowledge about the 9/11 attacks, nor was he a member of Al Qaeda.
 
He has never been charged with a crime, and documents released through the courts show that military prosecutors have no plans to do so.
 
He is held at the base’s most secretive prison, Camp 7, where he drew these sketches not as artwork, whose release from Guantánamo is now forbidden, but as legal material that was reviewed and cleared — with one redaction — for inclusion in the study. Other drawings he has done of himself during his imprisonment were published last year by ProPublica.
 

 

Credit…
Abu Zubaydah, Courtesy Mark P. Denbeaux

In this drawing, the prisoner portrays himself as nude on the waterboard, immobilized as water pours down on his hooded head, his right foot contorted in pain. The image contrasts with some others seen in popular culture; an exhibit at the Spy Museum in Washington, for example, shows a guard pouring water onto the face of a prisoner who is neatly clad in what looks like a prison jumpsuit.

 

Mr. Zubaydah’s self-portrait also shows a design detail not present in most depictions — a drop-down hinge to tilt the prisoner’s head. Restraints hold down his wounded thigh.

 

The Senate Intelligence Committee study of the C.I.A. program concluded that waterboarding and other techniques were “brutal and far worse than the C.I.A. represented.” Its use induced convulsions, vomiting and left Mr. Zubaydah “completely unresponsive, with bubbles rising through his open, full mouth.”

 

In a now declassified account he provided his lawyer in 2008, Mr. Zubaydah described the first of what would be 83 waterboarding sessions this way: “They kept pouring water and concentrating on my nose and my mouth until I really felt I was drowning and my chest was just about to explode from the lack of oxygen.”

 



Credit…
Abu Zubaydah, Courtesy Mark P. Denbeaux

Accounts by detainees in different black sites have differed on how this method was used. In his illustration, Mr. Zubaydah shows himself nude and shackled at the wrists to a bar above his head, forced to stand on tiptoe.

 

In his account, as reported by his lawyers, he was still recovering from what the C.I.A. had described as a large wound in his thigh, and he tried to balance his weight on the other leg.

 

“Long hours went by while I was standing in that position,” he told his lawyers. “My hands were tight to the upper bars.”

 

Some guards, he said, “noticed the color of my hands,” moved him to a chair “and the interrogation vertigo resumed — the cold, the hunger, the little sleep and the intense vomiting, which I didn’t know whether it was caused by the cold, the ‘Ensure’ or the noise.” (The C.I.A. put its prisoners on liquid diets in its program of so-called learned helplessness.)

 



Credit…
Abu Zubaydah, Courtesy Mark P. Denbeaux

Mr. Zubaydah, who is not known to have formal art training, drew himself in a hood, shackled in the fetal position and tethered by a chain to a cell bar to constrict his movement. In granting the C.I.A. approval to use a technique similar to this, Jay S. Bybee, a former assistant attorney general, noted in an 18-page memo dated Aug. 1, 2002, that “through observing Zubaydah in captivity, you have noted that he appears to be quite flexible despite his wound.”

 

He also noted in the authorization, addressed to the C.I.A.’s acting general counsel at the time, John A. Rizzo, that the agency asserted that “these positions are not designed to produce the pain associated with contortions or twisting of the body.”

 



Credit…
Abu Zubaydah, Courtesy Mark P. Denbeaux

This image emerged from Guantánamo with a black redaction box over Mr. Zubaydah’s depiction of the face of his interrogator.

 

It shows the prisoner’s captor tightly winding a towel around his neck as he smashes the back of his head against what Mr. Zubaydah recalled was a wooden wall covering a cement wall.

 

“He kept banging me against the wall,” he said of the experience, which he described as leaving him blind “for a few instants.” With each bang, he said, he would fall to the floor, be dragged by the plastic-tape-wrapped towel “which caused bleeding in my neck,” and then receive a slap on his face.

 

In a 2017 deposition as part of a lawsuit that was eventually settled, James E. Mitchell, a former C.I.A. contract psychologist who devised the techniques with a colleague, John Bruce Jessen, said walling was “discombobulating” and meant to stir up a prisoner’s inner ears. “If it’s painful, you’re doing it wrong,” he said.

 



Credit…
Abu Zubaydah, Courtesy Mark P. Denbeaux

In this drawing, Mr. Zubaydah is shaved, nude, shackled in such a way he cannot stand up and, by his account, is sitting on a bucket meant to serve as a toilet.

 

“I found myself in total darkness,” he said. “The only spot I could sit in was on top of the bucket, for the place was very tight.”

 

In his account, Mr. Zubaydah describes being confined in “a large wooden box that looked like a wooden casket.” The first time he saw it, guards were turning it vertical and a man in black clothes and a military jacket announced, “From now on, this is going to be your home.”

 

Mr. Zubaydah portrays himself in the drawings with both eyes. A photograph of him early during his time at Guantánamo shows him wearing an eye patch after the removal of an injured eye.

 



Credit…
Abu Zubaydah, Courtesy Mark P. Denbeaux

The small box is similar to the one on display at the Spy Museum where, during a visit, children could be seen crawling inside.

 

In his account, included in the Seton Hall report, Mr. Zubaydah describes his time in what he called “the dog box” as “so painful.” He adds: “As soon as they locked me up inside the box, I tried my best to sit up, but in vain, for the box was too short. I tried to take a curled position but to no vain, for it was too tight.” He was immobilized and shackled in the fetal position, as he described it, for “countless hours,” experiencing muscle contractions.

 

“The very strong pain,” he said, “made me scream unconsciously.”

 



Credit…
Abu Zubaydah, Courtesy Mark P. Denbeaux

Mr. Zubaydah recalled that agents used a method of “horizontal sleep deprivation” that involved shackling him flat on the ground in such a painful position that it made it impossible to sleep.

 

The C.I.A. justified sleep deprivation by saying it “focuses the detainee’s attention on his current situation rather than ideological goals.” In approving this and other techniques in August 2002, Mr. Bybee said the C.I.A. had said it would not deprive Mr. Zubaydah of sleep for “more than 11 days at a time.”

 

In the Seton Hall study, Mr. Zubaydah recounted being deprived of sleep for “maybe two or three weeks or even more.”

 

“It felt like an eternity,” he added, “to the point that I found myself falling asleep despite the water being thrown at me by the guard.”

 

In this drawing, the prisoner portrays himself as lightly clothed.

 






Thousands of animals sacrificed in Nepal Hindu ritual amid outcry

HWH ClipBoard:

* Killing can be halted immediately. What to do with the animals after that takes some planning. How do they get all those animals in one place?

* If we are all God’s creatures, why would anyone think to savagely murder defenseless creatures on behalf of the one who supposedly created them? To bring them good luck? 

* This is HUMAN SUPREMACY at work.

* Only an evil God would praise such an evil gift.

* Good luck does not come from an evil act.


By Gopal Sharma, Reuters

Thousands of animals sacrificed in Nepal Hindu ritual amid outcry

“We’ve issued public appeals and consulted with stakeholders in the temple area,” he said. “It is related with tradition and cannot be halted immediately.”

Devotees believe the sacrifice, meant to appease Gadhimai – an avatar of the Hindu goddess of power, Kali – brings them luck and prosperity.

Authorities deployed 1,100 police to prevent clashes between activists and devotees at the site 10 km (6 miles) from the Indian border.

“We can only try and convince devotees not to sacrifice the animals, but cannot force them to stop,” said Bikash Khanal, the head of district police in Bara…

FINISH UP: Thousands of animals sacrificed in Nepal Hindu ritual amid outcry






‘Israel is joining an ugly club,’ says rights group as director expelled 

HWH ClipBoard: Thank you Omar Shakir for sacrificing your presence in Palestine\Israel without sacrificing your work to expose: the UGLY TRUTH of discrimination enslavement torture and slaughter of the Palestinian People, thus the collective Palestinian Soul and the destruction and theft of Palestinian habitats by the Israeli government, that then hands those habitats over to Jewish Immigrant Poachers with impunity and arrogance.


‘Israel is joining an ugly club,’ says rights group as director expelled

Human Rights Watch’s Israel director Omar Shakir leaves for Jordan under 2017 law

Oliver Holmes in Jerusalem

Mon 25 Nov 2019 08.04 EST

Last modified on Mon 25 Nov 2019 

Omar Shakir is the first person to be expelled from Israel under a 2017 law allowing the deportation of foreigners who support a boycott of Israel. Israel has deported the local director of Human Rights Watch for his alleged support for a boycott campaign, a move the advocacy group said placed the country in an “ugly club” of authoritarian regimes.

Omar Shakir, HRW’s Israel and Palestine representative, lost a landmark supreme court case this month that centred on Israel’s ability to expel its critics. The government had refused to renew Shakir’s visa, and Monday is the deadline for him to leave.

At a press conference in Jerusalem hours before his flight, the researcher condemned the decision as an escalating assault on the human rights movement.

“If the Israelis can deport somebody documenting rights abuse without facing consequence, how can we ever stop rights abuse?” said Shakir. Israel argues its objection is to Shakir alone, not human rights campaigners generally.

The expulsion of Shakir, a US citizen, is seen as a test case for a contentious 2017 law that allows the government to deport people who support a boycott of Israel or Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Many of Israel’s critics have been denied entry under the law, but Shakir is the first person already working in the country to be expelled using the legislation.

Kenneth Roth, HRW’s executive director, denied that the New York-based advocacy group, or Shakir as its representative, had supported a boycott against Israel. He said pressing businesses to acknowledge the rights abuses of the Israeli occupation was not the same as a boycott. For example, HRW has pushed Airbnb to remove rentals in settlements.

“It is standard procedure that human rights groups insist that businesses avoid complicity in human rights violations,” said Roth, who travelled to Jerusalem for the press conference. “Omar applied those same principles to ask businesses not to support Israel’s illegal settlements … Human Rights Watch has never urged a boycott of Israel.”

Shakir would continue his role remotely from Amman in neighbouring Jordan, Roth said.

“We’re used to operating in countries that bar our research. We’ve learned the necessity of monitoring human rights abuses from afar in countries like Iran and Egypt and Venezuela, all of which have barred our researchers,” said Roth. “Israel today is joining that ugly club of governments.”

He warned the expulsion would hamper his group’s work, including critical research on rights abuses carried out by Israel’s enemies, including Hamas.

The United Nations and European Union have criticised the decision to deport Shakir and called on Israel to reverse it. The UK government said it urged Israel to allow civil society organisations to operate freely.

Shakir said his being forced to leave was a minor hindrance in comparison to the increasingly suffocating atmosphere for Israeli and Palestinian rights advocates, who had suffered travel bans, arrests and office raids.

Israel passed the 2017 law used against Shakir as a measure to criminalise the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, which advocates for broad boycotts. Rights groups say it encodes bars on free speech into law.

The Ministry of Strategic Affairs, which spearheaded efforts to expel Shakir, said Israel, “like any sane country, has the right to decide who is given the freedom to enter and work within its borders”. It accused Shakir of being a “BDS propagator”.

Israel’s case against Shakir was based on statements on boycotts he made before he joined HRW but also his more recent work criticising settlements.

In the most high-profile use of the anti-BDS law, Israel blocked in August two highly critical US congresswomen, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, from a planned trip to Palestine and Jerusalem.

Israel later agreed to a request by Tlaib to visit Palestinian members of her family on the condition that she did not express her views on the boycott. However, Tlaib subsequently rejected the offer, saying the conditions were “oppressive”.

Agence France-Presse contributed to this report

FINISH UP: ‘Israel is joining an ugly club,’ says rights group as director expelled | World news | The Guardian






What Really Happens Inside a Crematorium – America’s After-Death Revolution

 

By Caren Chesler

Nov 8, 2019

Rosehill Cemetery in Linden, New Jersey, is awash in small-town trappings: tree-lined roads, rolling lawns, and street signs at every corner. On this Wednesday midsummer morning, the familiar routine of loss plays out across the acres. A yellow taxi waits at the end of a row of graves for someone paying their respects. Men and women clad in church clothes line up their cars along the curb and make their way to a gravesite. A backhoe digs out some earth, another spot for another resident.

This is the textbook way we treat our dead. Someone dies, they’re buried, a headstone marks their place out among the rows in the borough of the departed. But today I’m bound for a different part of the cemetery, one fewer people see.

This place is called the columbarium, and at first, the very existence of this vast chamber full of urns can come as a surprise. In the movie version of life and death, a cremated person’s remains sit up on the shelf at home, or friends scatter the ashes over a sacred locale. In the real world, many cremated people stay in the cemetery, just like their buried counterparts.

We are seeing a fundamental shift in how we approach death and what comes after. Compared with just a few decades ago, vastly more Americans are forgoing the old-fashioned burial and turning to cremation. This is what brought me to Rosehill, and now my tour with Jim Koslovski, president of the Rosehill and Rosedale Cemetery, is about to reveal how cemeteries are dealing with America’s after-death revolution.

As I follow him deeper inside the columbarium, we come to a set of stained-glass doors. Koslovski slides them open to reveal a hidden set of spy-movie doors made of metal. They are solid for a reason: Behind them lies the crematorium itself.؜

Back in 1980, less than 10 percent of Americans were cremated. That figure now stands at about 53 percent, according to the National Cremation Association of North America. Changing cultural and religious standards are at play here, but no event accelerated the change more than the Great Recession.

“We saw an increase in the cremation rate when there was the economic downturn in 2008 and people were losing their jobs,” Koslovski says. “Cremation is a less expensive alternative to traditional in-ground burial.”

The Nimtala Burning Ghat (Funeral rites) is the oldest and the most famous cremation ground of Kolkata. It is situated in Central Kolkata.

Rosehill charges just $190 to cremate a body, although the funeral home charges extra for the urn, flowers, and service. A grave, by contrast, can cost $2,500, plus an additional $1,900 to open the ground with a backhoe.

Rosehill, located about a half-hour from Manhattan, now cremates about 30 bodies a day using six cremation units, and has been expanding its facility to meet the growing demand.

THE CREMATOR’S RULE OF THUMB: 100 POUNDS OF HUMAN FAT IS THE EQUIVALENT OF 17 GALLONS OF KEROSENE.

Of course, burning the dead isn’t a new concept. Cremation began in the Stone Age, and it was common in ancient Greece and Rome. In certain religions such as Hinduism and Jainism, cremation was preferred.

The rise of Christianity put the brakes on the practice in the West. By 400 A.D., around the time that the Emperor Constantine Christianized the Roman Empire, Rome had outlawed cremation as a pagan practice. The theological reason for the ban was related to the resurrection—it was good to keep the body whole and in one place. Jewish law also banned the practice. By the 5th century, cremation had all but disappeared from Europe…

FINISH READING: Burning Out: What Really Happens Inside a Crematorium






 

Court says EU states must label Israeli settlement products

HWH RESPONSE: Yes. Thank you for moving in a positive direction against illegal occupation of Palestine by Israel.

Those products of which Israelis speak are not made in Israel. They are made in Israeli-occupied areas of Palestine.

How blatant the theft, to steal the Palestinian’s ability to grow their own produce to sell on the world markets to support themselves, while simultaneously extracting Palestinian-grown olive trees from Palestinian ground, so the Israeli settlers could grow their own produce where the Palestinians once grew theirs.

Do you know how long it takes for an olive tree to grow and bear fruit? Five years to begin bearing fruit and full fruit growth in seven to eight years. Do you know the pain associated with losing all those years?

I do, and I never grew an olive tree. Why doesn’t the rest of the world see the pain Israelis inflict on the Palestinians? Take their hope away. I heard that many times in Ariel Sharon’s day. How do they do that? By taking Palestine’s means to support themselves away and turning ownership rights willy-nilly over to themselves. That’s called stealing. Larceny. Grand theft. Bigger than grand theft.

That the Israelis laugh at how poor the Palestinians, that they can’t support themselves, so they don’t deserve to be an independent nation is egregious. Unforgivable behavior by Israelis who claim to want peace with their neighbors.

  • Israel does not consider Palestinians their neighbors. People of the world need to come to grips with Israeli thought on who is their neighbor. All countries, except the one they occupy.

Israel needs to be stopped. The entire world knows that Israel will not stop themselves. The entire world knows of their claims not to be psychologically or physically capable of stopping themselves. Ariel Sharon incredulously said, “nobody stops us”. Nothing has changed.

Nobody has, all these years later.

When people say that, and then they demonstrate that to be a truth, then the world has no choice but to intervene and stop them before they do more damage.

The Palestinian people are in massive incarceration camps throughout those Israeli-occupied territories. They are slaves. They are not free to survive and thrive.

And now, Israelis take their plants. THEIR PLANTS! How low can anybody go? That which a people needs to subsist, the enemy, now appropriately called Adolph Hitler, moves in and takes those TOO!

The European Union took an important action. Now it is the responsibility of the USA to second that action by lifting the ban on boycotting products made by Israelis in Israeli-occupied territories.

It is morally reprehensible for Israelis to uproot Palestinian olive trees and then to plant their own seeds and sell the produce on the world market under the fake label of Made In Israel.

The gall it took. How stupid the Israelis must think the rest of the world is to accept such a lie.

The USA has factories all over the world, where they hire foreigners to operate those factories. When a product from any of those places enters for sale into the USA it has on its label the name of the foreign entity where it was actually made. It does not say MADE IN THE USA.

  • Nobody should trust any country that uses fake labels of origin on any product sold anywhere.

The only way Made In Israel could not be a fake label would be if all of Palestine was included under the Israeli flag of nationship and it clearly is not.

Palestinians are not Israelis and they do not benefit from Israeli businesses on Palestinian land. Even if they did, they still couldn’t call it Made In Israel.

  • Next stop USA. All Jewish companies that make products in the USA will now put on their labels Made In Israel. That’s the plan. No one really thought this was the end of the Israeli Domination plan did they?

The same thing will happen in Europe. The European Jews will cry anti-Semitism, they’ll stage a bunch of carefully designated, strategically placed attacks done by their own people, claiming the second Holocaust is coming and the sky will fall all over the world. Why? Because the Jews will make it fall.

Don’t succumb to their antics. They will act like addicts in need of a fix. Don’t give it. It’s time they went through the withdrawal of “we can no longer control the world through terrorizing public officials and businesses. We can no longer make people’s lives living hells till they give us what we want when we want it.”

Israelis made a huge blunder when they slapped a Made In Israel label on goods made in occupied territories. That was a sneaky, underhanded move that unfortunately the USA sanctioned by punishing businesses in the USA who refused to buy products made by Israelis in occupied Palestine.

How did they punish them? In the way Benjamin Netanyahu told them to punish them. Refuse them government contracts. What did the USA Congress do? Exactly that – democrats and republicans participated in punishing American citizens who own and operate businesses in the USA, by telling them who they could and could not buy from, at the expense of being denied government contracts.

So Israel really is running the USA?

The USA Congress colluded with Israel to keep an enslaved people enslaved by stealing its ability to support themselves.

Grow your own food in your own land, not on somebody else’s, then labeling it made in yours.

The arrogance required to think they rule all the world in all matters Israeli and regarding all matters Palestinian and regarding all matters American and regarding all matters European should make the entire world they claim to control stand up and say, “no you don’t”. Asia too?

The European Union just did that.

  • Make that move count for freedom for all peoples, not everyone except the Palestinians whom the Israelis need to keep under their thumbs as their forever slaves.

The entire world seeks to free all enslaved people, except the Palestinians in Palestine.

  • In hindsight, strategically, Jews should have called the homeland they sought Palestine, instead of naming it Israel after a minority of people who lived there.

Actually, Humpty-Humpty can be put back together again. I’ve seen people do it.

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top court ruled Tuesday that EU countries must identify products made in Israeli settlements on their labels, in a decision welcomed by rights groups but likely to spark anger in Israel.

The European Court of Justice said that “foodstuffs originating in the territories occupied by the State of Israel must bear the indication of their territory of origin.”

The Luxembourg-based court said when products come from an Israeli settlement, their labeling must provide an “indication of that provenance” so that consumers can make “informed choices” when they shop.

The EU has consistently spoken out against Israeli settlement expansion, saying it undermines the hopes for a two-state solution by gobbling up lands claimed by the Palestinians. Israel says the labeling is unfair and discriminatory and says other countries involved in disputes over land are not similarly sanctioned.

The EU wants any produce made in the settlements to be easily identifiable to shoppers and insists that they should not carry the generic “Made in Israel” tag.

Israel captured the West Bank and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and began settling both areas shortly afterward. The Palestinians claim both areas as parts of a future state, a position that has global support.

The international community opposes settlement construction and many countries consider them illegal. Their continued growth is seen to undermine the establishment of an independent Palestine alongside Israel. Today, nearly 700,000 Israelis live in the two areas, almost 10% of the country’s Jewish population.

The ECJ underlined that settlements “give concrete expression to a policy of population transfer conducted by that State outside its territory, in violation of the rules of general international humanitarian law.”

It said any failure to identify the point of origin of produce meant that “consumers have no way of knowing, in the absence of any information capable of enlightening them in that respect, that a foodstuff comes from a locality or a set of localities constituting a settlement established in one of those territories in breach of the rules of international humanitarian law.”

Human Rights Watch welcomed the ruling. The rights watchdog’s EU Director Lotte Leicht said it’s “an important step toward EU member states upholding their duty not to participate in the fiction that illegal settlements are part of Israel. European consumers are entitled to be confident that the products they purchase are not linked to serious violations of international humanitarian law.”

In Israel, Professor Eugene Kontorovich, director of International Law at the Jerusalem-based Kohelet Policy Forum, said “the European Court is approving putting a new kind of ‘Yellow Star’ on Jewish-made products.”

“This blatant discrimination makes it more urgent than ever for the Trump administration to defy Brussels by making official what has long been U.S. practice, to allow these products to be labelled ‘Made in Israel’,” said Kontorovich.

It’s not entirely clear how the ruling will be enforced.

European retailers would normally be expected to do the labelling, but the real origin of the produce is not always easy to identify, experts say.

The case came to court after an Israeli winery based in a settlement near Jerusalem contested France’s application of a previous ECJ court ruling on the labeling. That ruling backed the use of origin-identifying tags but did not make them legally binding.

The winery and Israel’s Foreign Ministry had no immediate comment on the ruling.

___Josef Federman in Jerusalem contributed to this report.

Source: Court says EU states must label Israeli settlement products






Vegan Nation Interviews U.S. Presidential Candidates – The Humane Herald

Discover The Humane Party Presidential Primary candidates, Robert Mason (in Texas) and Clifton Roberts (in California).

Vegan Nation radio host Marlene Narrow will interview both candidates, on WCUW 91.3 FM, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.Tune in worldwide online on Thursday, October 24th, 2019, 4 pm – 5 pm, Eastern time.

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Hear archived shows and at the radio station index.Note: Humane Party Presidential Primary Elections October 1st – 25th….

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House passes bill making animal cruelty a federal felony – ABC News

The bi-partisan bill was introduced by Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., and Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla. A companion bill was introduced in the Senate.

“This bill sends a clear message that our society does not accept cruelty against animals. We’ve received support from so many Americans from across the country and across the political spectrum,” Deutch said in a statement. “I’m deeply thankful for all of the advocates who helped us pass this bill, and I look forward to the Senate’s swift passage and the President’s signature.”

The bill is an expansion on the 2010 Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act, which made the creation and distribution of “animal crushing” videos illegal. The underlying acts, which were not included in the 2010 bill, are part of the PACT Act.

The PACT Act would make it a federal crime for “any person to intentionally engage in animal crushing if the animals or animal crushing is in, substantially affects, or uses a means or facility of, interstate or foreign commerce,” according to a fact sheet of the bill…

FINISH UP: House passes bill making animal cruelty a federal felony – ABC News



HWH COMMENT: Although this recent passage is a victory, it’s attached to an animal crushing law that only outlaws animal crushing if interstate or foreign commerce is involved.

In other words, it’s only illegal to crush animals if you use interstate or foreign commerce to distribute the videos taken of the horrific deeds for sexual pleasure. So stay in your state and do all the crushing you want – is what I’m hearing. Sell your videos in your home state and you’ll be okay.

Now what kind of law is that? What kind of deterrent is that?

It sounds like some of these lawmakers on Capitol Hill want their home states to be able to crush animals for sexual pleasure and that maybe some of these lawmakers are participants in the torture and the carnage.

It sure sounds suspicious to me.




Facebook’s Zuckerberg Had ‘Constructive’ Meeting With President Trump | Digital Trends

HWH: Whatever did or didn’t come out of the meeting between President Trump and Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and co-founder of Facebook multibillionaire isn’t as important right now as the fact that the meeting took place and, to the outside observer, appeared cordial and respectful. That’s the way professionals ought to conduct themselves.

That Zuckerberg wants to produce his own currency and essentially become a bank should alarm those concerned about the privacy rights of Facebook users. Banks are meticulous, or should be, in matters of privacy. Mark Zuckerberg hasn’t shown the public to date that he can handle privacy issues with the seriousness they require. Giving advertisers unfettered access to Facebook contacts, private messaging and emails should alarm everybody, friend or foe. He conveniently sidesteps the fact that he’s a multibillionaire because of those practices, and instead focuses on the ‘cost’ of connecting the world, which is supposedly his so-called lofty goal which is the foundation of all of this corruption that made him filthy rich.

Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t have the experience nor track the record in protecting the privacy of his customer base to make a jitter-free business transition from social media to establishing his own currency.

He is jumping too quickly into a banking field he knows little about, before he has adequately dealt with the haphazard way he runs his current companies with little oversight or accountability. Acting naive as he does to the inner workings of Facebook isn’t going to cut it in the banking world. It isn’t enough in that world to operate from an ‘adequate‘ model or from an ‘arrogance’ model that puts everybody but himself in a category of too stupid to understand what he knows and they don’t.

Attempting to connect every individual in the world to each other for his own financial benefit, on the backs of those customers whose privacy he knowingly invades and violates, would land other people committing similar deeds in jail. Others would see him as messianic – king of the world. The only reason I see for doing it, when he isn’t much of a social guy himself, and when the CIA is operating within that system, is for the purpose of spying on the entire world. In other words, it’s a lot easier to spy on individuals who all gather at the same place. They already spy on governments, with individuals it’s not as easy, especially in other countries. And it is costly. Facebook makes it easy.

Protecting a person’s rights against unlawful search and seizure of their personal space and property when executed by advertising agencies for the purpose of profit has not been adequately dealt with by Mr. Zuckerberg, the USA congress or the Supreme Court. We all know what search means, but the seizure definition given by Zuckerberg is not adequate, because it doesn’t fit. When someone copies my private personal material against my knowledge and/or will and then uses it in undisclosed ways for profit, that’s seizure. It doesn’t matter that the original documents remain with the customer, as he claimed. That’s not the point here.

The point is the copying and the usage of those documents which corrupt the originals, since they are no longer free from a corrupt money-making scheme, that could be attached to sex trafficking or drug money laundering or slaughtering animals. Name a money-making scheme or endeavor and your personal information is connected to it via the Madison Avenue Spy And Steal Mode Of Operations For Profit.

What is Madison Avenue paying Facebook customers for that unfettered invasive access and retrieval of their private information? I don’t want MASAS to have access to my mother and her friends and neighbors for the purpose of using their names and everything about them to sell their products or for any other purpose.

Why should MASAS be given authority, that law enforcement or intelligence agencies in the USA have to go to a FISA court to get approved? Why is Facebook immune? Why is MASAS immune? These are all legitimate questions that need answers now.

Why is congress stalling on this? To give Facebook CIA time to cover or erase their tracks? Where is Nancy Pelosi on this? Oh right, because she doesn’t know anything about Facebook, how could she know anything about FISA warrants for profit.

Yes, FISA WARRANTS FOR PROFIT is what MASAS’s actions amount to. Madison Avenue has a FISA WARRANT FOR PROFIT with no expiration date against every USA citizen and dare I imply every world citizen. No wonder China doesn’t want Facebook in it’s country. Who would, knowing the CIA operates within it. That’s what the CIA does. They spy. They spy and manipulate people.

Zuckerberg’s disclaimers essentially stating that that’s what these advertising companies do, and the customer has to either agree to let them continue or stop using Facebook, when he actively took measures using CIA manipulation tactics, to addict people to the process, is illegal and immoral. It’s communism at it’s height of arrogance.

Communism is not our system of government. It is not supported by the USA Constitution or Bill of Rights. Nowhere in the Constitution or Bill of Rights or Amendments to the Constitution does it say or imply that advertising agencies have special rights to spy on their prospective or existing customers and to make copies and steal the impressions to use for profit or for any other reason.

Facebook is not an advertising agency. Mark Zuckerberg is not an advertising agency. Customers of Facebook are not customers of advertising agencies.

Breaking and entering is what it’s called, when high-powered technology dives into specifically targeted data, breaching privacy walls. And they always say they’re making your lives easier by bringing to you what you like to buy. I don’t want people to know what I’m buying. I just bought a pair of socks, I go to Facebook to catch up and sock ads pop up all over. Why? I already bought the socks, and Facebook wants me to buy more, even though I can’t afford it? What are they going to do to me if I don’t? Or I talked on the phone regarding socks I need to buy for my husband, I go to Facebook to catch up and ads pop up all over the place regarding socks. Whoa. That is scary.

Let me tell you something. I have never gone to Facebook to shop for anything. I shop where they sell product. That they spy and then show me what they think I want to see does not impress nor help me in any way. It is a huge irritant that they tell me what to buy after I’ve already bought it.

It’s called unlawful search and seizure, because there is no crime committed by the Facebook user. Yet, Facebook is acting like the FBI, combing everybody’s data and using it for who knows what purpose in addition to monetary gain. It’s like absolving a doctor from malpractice claims before the surgery is performed. There may be a law stating it is legal, because corrupt lawmakers passed such a law, but it can’t stand up to constitutional correctness, when someone’s rights for compensatory damages due to negligence or due to purposeful infliction of damage are blocked, thus violated, for the purpose of monetary gain or for the purpose of excusing without consequences negligent behavior, for which other people in similar situations would get prison-time.

Mark Zuckerberg may have the protection of the CIA in his shadowy enterprises that allow him to give MASAS operatives unfettered access to his customers with impunity, but does the world want the CIA to be controlling their banking systems as well? Wherever Facebook goes, there goes the CIA.

Referencing as privacy missteps, the intentional actions by Mark Zuckerberg to allow advertising agencies to search and seize, spy and steal on and from Facebook’s customers is naive and arrogant by those who claim to be concerned about those rights.  In my mind of privacy rights afforded under the USA Constitution, its Amendments and Bill of Rights those missteps are felonies, and Mark Zuckerberg is thumbing his nose to his customers, since those policies are still in practice. What changed is now they admit it and give the customer the option of staying and complying or leaving. All social media platforms do the same. On Word Press, each time you click you have to agree to be used for their purposes or you can’t proceed.

This cannot go on as is. It must be addressed. The advertisers have no inherent right to any of your information that isn’t on public display, and even then everything a person creates is protected by copyright. MASAS operatives totally disregard copyright laws for the purpose of monetary gain using your material in undisclosed ways.

Nancy Pelosi and her gang of violators are naive and arrogant if they think they are above the USA Constitutional authority. Try infringing on one of their copyrighted works and see who’s cringing now.



Facebook’s Zuckerberg had a ‘constructive’ meeting with President Trump

By Trevor Mogg September 19, 2019 7:10PM PST

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shakes hands with President Trump at the White House on Thursday, September 19, 2019.

The White House

Mark Zuckerberg met with President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., on Thursday during a trip in which the Facebook CEO aimed to placate lawmakers concerned about the social network’s growing influence and privacy missteps.

A Facebook spokesperson told Digital Trends that Zuckerberg is in the capital to meet with lawmakers “to hear their [and] concerns and talk about future internet regulation,” adding that he had “a good, constructive meeting with President Trump at the White House today.”

At the time of writing, few details about Thursday’s surprise meeting have emerged, though it’s been reported that Dan Scavino, Trump’s social media director, and senior adviser Jared Kushner, were also present.

Trump has been critical of Facebook in the past, though his opinions, more often than not posted online for his 64 million Twitter followers, have usually called out the service for having what he believes to be a bias against conservative voices. One tweet, posted in March 2019, accused not only Facebook, but also Google and Twitter, of being “sooo on the side of the Radical Left Democrats.”

He was also quick to criticize Libra, Facebook’s planned digital currency, saying it would have “little standing or dependability,” while adding that the company would have to seek a banking charter if it wanted to proceed with the idea…

FINISH UP:

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Had ‘Constructive’ Meeting With President Trump | Digital Trends






Advanced Alien Civilizations May Produce ‘Technosignatures’ That We Could Find, Experts Say | Live Science

HWH COMMENTARY: Who says an alien civilization needs to be advanced to exist? Because it’s so far away? Or because we’re so far from it, that we’re the advanced ones? In which direction along the time frame before it starts bending are you referencing?

Or are we basing that assumption on biological constraints?

Who says something alien to us has to be civilized? We’re not civilized. You mean moral? If biology isn’t in the field, then moral doesn’t matter.

What does intelligent civilization mean? Technologically advanced? You mean no going to school to learn it? No growth from birth to death of an alien? Where do aliens go when they die? If they don’t have skin, then what proves the death if not decay?

Why so stuck on radio transmission constraints? If all movement makes sound when one has the ears to hear it, then the universe is one heck of a noisy place. And you’re looking for a dew drop in the ocean. A radio wave like any other radio wave is like a dew drop like any other dew drop in a body of like-dew drops. You don’t have the sophistication to discern a different drop? Why? Because you don’t know what you’re looking for. You don’t know how it will be different.

How different is the unique radio transmission you’re looking for? You mean in alien radio language compared to human radio language? Why would they be different?

When astronauts go above the earths surface, do they really see the earth spinning? Or is the earth so big that the spin is negligible, more like a sloth sleep walking? Has any human ever witnessed it? How far above earth does one have to go to witness a spin? The degree or rate of spin is not recognized by the human eye. So what does fast mean, if we can’t see the result? Has anyone ever shown it? In real time?

How fast does the earth spin on its axis relative to the environment it spins in and what forces the spin?

The earth spins on its axis at 1,000  miles per hour.

The earth moves around the sun at 67,000 miles per hour.

The key is to find something artificial? unnatural? why? You mean like garbage? Even garbage conforms to the laws of physics. So what’s unnatural or artificial there?

What you don’t already know is what’s unnatural, artificial.

I could not find a simplified answer to what forces the spin, except from my own logic that begins with, “once born (and or created) all biological and non-biological entities move”.

All births create friction, a lot of births create a lot of friction and some entities lock together to form a bigger entity and others disperse to seek a random existence. A vacuum is required for anything to be birthed or created, thus a vacuum is the beginning of a birth of the creation of movement.”

“What came first the chicken or the egg, the vacuum or the movement? Answer: neither. A medium came first.”

The key is to find something artificial? unnatural? why? You mean like garbage? Even garbage conforms to the laws of physics. So what’s unnatural or artificial there?

What you don’t already know is what’s unnatural, artificial.

The key is to find something artificial? unnatural? why? You mean like garbage? Even garbage conforms to the laws of physics. So what’s unnatural or artificial there?


Advanced Alien Civilizations May Produce ‘Technosignatures’ That We Could Find, Experts Say

By Yasemin Saplakoglu – Staff Writer

If we can do it … couldn’t E.T.?

— If life evolved on other planets as it did on Earth, aliens may be zooming around in vehicles that belch pollution into space. Or they might have had their very own Edison — and a planet blanketed in artificial light.

A group of astronomers is searching for these strange signals from distant exoplanets, or what are called “technosignatures,” because they may point to the existence of intelligent civilizations elsewhere in the cosmos. The term “technosignature” is a relatively new one, first coined in 2007 by astronomer Jill Tarter, who at the time was the director of the Center for SETI Research. But even before the birth of the term, astronomers have been searching for technosignatures, the most popular one being radio transmissions. Practically speaking, that often meant looking for something strange — an anomaly in the data that could indicate the presence of something unnatural — like a planet that’s a bit too bright.

Historically, that search wasn’t taken seriously. Now, however, scientists say they may have a real shot at finding such signals — as long as they look for the right things in the right places.

What would such technosignatures look like? For instance, when scanning distant exoplanets, data anomalies such as an unusual atmospheric makeup could be a clue to “complex life engineering its environment,” said Joseph Lazio, an astronomer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, during a talk at the Astrobiology Science Conference on June 26.  But scientists must be cautious; that same signal “could just be a planet covered in pond scum that’s producing oxygen,” Lazio said.

Another possible technosignature is the ultrafast blinking of a star. “If you see a star, say, blinking on and off faster than a microsecond, that’s not obviously a natural phenomenon,” he said. What’s more, almost any reasonably advanced civilization could create such a signature.

“It’s not really all that difficult, we can do it today on a lab bench,” Lazio said. Humans have created lasers, for example, that release photons trillions of times a second, he added.

Radio waves beaming through space at a certain frequency may also be a clue to intelligent alien civilizations. Natural sources don’t typically produce radio waves within a very narrow range of frequencies, Lazio said. And yet, “it’s really easy for us to do it” artificially, Lazio said. So if we can do it … couldn’t E.T.?

Searching for life in the cosmos has historically focused on finding biosignatures, or biological signals, such as oxygen left behind when living creatures breathe. Today, we have many ways to detect biosignatures. Similarly, there are several major classes of technosignatures: chemical signatures such as atmospheric pollution; megastructures that reflect, absorb or block light from a planet’s host star; “self-luminous” signals such as artificial illumination, radio or laser communication; and waste heat, which is “an unavoidable result of any kind of activity,” Svetlana Berdyugina, the director of the Kiepenheuer Institute for Solar Physics in Freiburg, Germany, said during the talk. (Waste heat is produced by machines or other processes that use energy).

Berdyugina and her team are looking for optical signals. As a planet travels around its own star, the light that is reflected by the planet changes, depending on where the planet is in its rotation and in its orbit. Stitching together signals produced by that reflected light over time, researchers can create what’s called a light curve. That, in turn, could provide a glimpse of the planetary surface — and any unusual features there, Berdyugina said. For example, a giant megastructure will reflect light in a very different way, than, say, an empty field.

Berdyugina and her team previously used this technique to resolve geographic features, such as mountains and craters, on planets and moons in our own solar system, as well as on simulated exoplanets. Now, they are working to understand if this technique could reveal weird shapes and artificial illumination on a planet’s surface.

There are also other programs searching for light signal, such as a 10-year initiative from the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), called Breakthrough Listen. That team is surveying thousands of stars for not only optical signals but also radio signals.

While astronomers could dream up a nearly infinite list of potential technosignatures, only a handful are worth looking for.

“The game is to try and figure out something that is artificial but is also feasibly detectable,” Thomas Beatty,

Source: Advanced Alien Civilizations May Produce ‘Technosignatures’ That We Could Find, Experts Say | Live Science






Brownface, blackface photos cause scandal for Trudeau

WEARING BLACK FACE OR BROWN FACE IS A SCANDAL? OMG

I’d like to see what black skinned people look like wearing white skin. Just to see if the white person shines through, like the black person shines through when the white color people wear black skin. You know, I think Justin Trudeau, Prime Minster of Canada, looks more handsome with a darker hue, but that’s just an artist’s view. Actually, most white color people look healthier and more vibrant with a tan from the sun or a booth. It’s just the way it is. White color people know it and feel it. The dark hue makes their eyes shine more brightly. “Pale face” lots of people used to call white color people. It’s true, white color people do have pale skin compared to darker color people. It’s a fact. Is Gringo a color? Is cracker a color?

Oh, but wait. Black color people do wear white skin. Often. Everywhere. Sometimes as dress up. Sometimes as casual. But never as a costume pretending for an evening to be somebody else.

WEARING WHITE OR ANY OTHER COLOR FUR YOU DISGUSTING ANIMALS is racist. You’re an animal; they’re an animal, which makes it racist in their God’s book and in my God’s book.

You enslaved, tortured and slaughtered someone. Yes, somebody, to wear on your back, not because you wanted to be them for a night of festivities, but because you wanted to show off how powerful and rich you are, that you could take the skin right off the back of a defenseless animal, while the animal was still alive, subjugating them to your will.

The feigned suffering you have many times voiced, when somebody corked their own face to look like yours pales in comparison to the actual, real suffering you inflict on those you skin alive to wear on your back as a status symbol, should make the entire world throw up at the sight of you.

You didn’t paint spots or strands of white hair on your face, arms and back – you mutilated someone, somebody, alive. Then dumped them to suffer the slow, horrific death of dying without a skin.

  • You stole their skin. Yes, you are skin thieves.

A scandal is when someone cheats on their spouse, or embezzles money or has sex with children, not when someone dresses up like somebody else at a party where that’s what people do.

  • You committed a holocaust against somebody who never harmed you.

Each time you feign suffering because somebody years ago painted their face to look like yours, you commit a fake racist attack. You ooze ugly from every poor of that skin you claim is yours and nobody else’s to wear. Tell that to the animal whose skin, real skin, you stole right off their backs.

But everybody does it, you say? That’s what they said about enslaving blacks many years ago; everybody does it.

You should know better, especially you.

Dumb animal, you say?

Lots of people thought Black Africans were dumb too.

Don’t prove them right at this late stage.

Source: Brownface, blackface photos cause scandal for Trudeau






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