Monday, June 17, 2019

‘We need points!’ US must invade Venezuela to scare Iran & N. Korea, Graham claims







Sen. Lindsey Graham has suggested President Trump "put military force on the table" by invading Venezuela (and possibly Cuba) in order to scare North Korea and Iran into doing what they're told. What could possibly go wrong?

"Give Cuba an ultimatum – without Cuba, Maduro doesn’t last one day – tell Cuba to get out of Venezuela. Do what Reagan did in Grenada – put military force on the table!" Graham told a Fox News host, going from zero to invasion in ten seconds flat in response to a question about how Trump should handle his foreign conflicts.

"We need points on the board," the South Carolina senator insisted. "Start with your own backyard… Fix Venezuela and everybody else will know you’re serious." North Korea and Iran, he implied, would fall right into line after Venezuela was put in its place.

While Graham paid lip service to the president’s non-military accomplishments, reluctantly congratulating him on slowing down North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, his advice didn’t include much by way of diplomacy: "When it comes to Rocketman, letters don’t matter anymore to me, it’s performance." Graham notably called for Trump to "end the nuclear threat" mere hours after the president’s Hanoi summit with the North Korean leader collapsed.

Graham's Monroe-doctrine-on-steroids patter isn’t exactly unfamiliar to those who’ve been following his bellicose ravings – the Republican senator dropped a Grenada reference just last month as Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro prepared to meet his US-backed would-be replacement Juan Guaido in Oslo for negotiations, perhaps seeing his chance for a war in South America slipping away.

It’s easy to see why Graham would take such a fond view of Reagan’s bullheaded 1983 Grenada invasion. While it was universally condemned – the UN deemed it a "flagrant violation of international law" by a vote of 108 to 9, and even UK PM Margaret Thatcher privately disapproved (though she backed her ally in public) – Americans supported the invasion, having been convinced via a well-orchestrated propaganda campaign that a few hundred American medical students on the island were in mortal danger under the island’s new government.

Reagan hoped the neat and tidy four-day invasion would shore up Americans’ faith in their own military, which had been on a steady downhill slide since Vietnam, and Graham appears to believe the US would similarly receive a morale boost from Venezuela, despite the obvious differences in population and military power.

SOURCE
https://www.rt.com/usa/461922-lindsey-graham-grenada-venezuela-invasion/



 

Will A False Flag Iran War Cause A Financial Crisis?






Just a couple of weeks ago the financial world’s biggest worry was the plunging price of oil. Supply was up, stockpiles were building and speculation was pointing towards $40 a barrel, a price at which the fracking/shale oil "miracle" would evaporate. A trillion dollars of related junk debt would default, taking a big part of the leveraged speculating community along for the ride.

Then it all changed. Someone attacked some ships and oil infrastructure in the Middle East, the US and Saudi Arabia accused Iran, and now the fear is that a major regional war will interrupt the flow of oil, sending its price way up and causing a financial crisis at least as severe as a shale oil debt collapse.

This is a legitimate concern, for two reasons.

First, oil shocks have happened in the past, most notably during the Arab-Israeli war of the 1970s. So we know what they do, and it isn’t pretty. Gas prices jump, workers can’t afford their commute, the economy slows dramatically and pretty much everyone other than domestic energy companies suffers badly.

Second and potentially more serious, the pretext for this war is so blatantly false that it risks destroying what little creditability the US government has left. Think about it: With the US doing everything it can to delegitimize and destabilize Iran while positioning assets for an invasion, Iran’s leaders … start attacking oil tankers in its offshore waters.

Does that make sense? Of course not. Much more likely is that this is yet another false flag – that is, an incident faked to give a pretext for war – and a clumsy one at that.



For readers who aren’t clear on the false flag concept and its ubiquity in geopolitics, here are just a few of the dozens of documented examples:

•Japanese troops blew up a train track in 1931, blamed it on China and used it to justify the invasion of Manchuria.

•After taking power, the Nazis burned down their own parliament building and blamed the communists. Later on, they faked attacks on German citizens and blamed the Poles, to justify the subsequent invasion of that country.

•In 1939 the Soviets shelled one of their own villages and blamed Finland, prior to invading.

•In 1954 Israeli terrorist cells operating in Egypt bombed U.S. diplomatic facilities, leaving behind evidence implicating Arabs.

•The CIA hired Iranians in the 1950s to pose as Communists and stage bombings in Iran in order to ignite a rebellion against the democratically-elected government. After the rebellion succeeded the US installed a hand-picked dictator.

•The US staged a naval engagement — the Gulf of Tonkin incident – and blamed the North Vietnamese, providing a pretext for entering the Vietnam War.

•The FBI used provocateurs in the 1950s through 1970s to carry out violent acts and falsely blame them on political activists.

•In 1984, Israel faked radio messages that linked Lybia to terrorism. The US bombed Libya immediately thereafter.

•Russian blew up apartment buildings in 1999 and falsely blamed it on Chechens, in order to justify an invasion of Chechnya

The list goes on seemly forever. But these examples are enough to make the twin points that 1) lots of countries employ false flags attacks, and 2) the US is especially fond of them.

There’s just one problem this time: Everyone is on to it. Even the New York Times, which has never met a Mid East war it didn’t love, sees through the deception:

 

As Trump Accuses Iran, He Has One Problem: His Own Credibility

To President Trump, the question of culpability in the explosions that crippled two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman is no question at all. "It’s probably got essentially Iran written all over it," he declared on Friday.

The question is whether the writing is clear to everyone else. For any president, accusing another country of an act of war presents an enormous challenge to overcome skepticism at home and abroad. But for a president known for falsehoods and crisis-churning bombast, the test of credibility appears far more daunting.

For two and a half years in office, Mr. Trump has spun out so many misleading or untrue statements about himself, his enemies, his policies, his politics, his family, his personal story, his finances and his interactions with staff that even his own former communications director once said "he’s a liar" and many Americans long ago concluded that he cannot be trusted.

Fact-checking Mr. Trump is a full-time occupation in Washington, and in no other circumstance is faith in a president’s word as vital as in matters of war and peace. The public grew cynical about presidents and intelligence after George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq based on false accusations of weapons of mass destruction, and the doubt spilled over to Barack Obama when he accused Syria of gassing its own people. As Mr. Trump confronts Iran, he carries the burden of their history and his own.

"The problem is twofold for them," said John E. McLaughlin, a deputy C.I.A. director during the Iraq war. "One is people will always rightly question intelligence because it’s not an exact science. But the most important problem for them is their own credibility and contradictions."

The task is all the more formidable for Mr. Trump, who himself has assailed the reliability of America’s intelligence agencies and even the intelligence chiefs he appointed, suggesting they could not be believed when their conclusions have not fit his worldview.

All of that can raise questions when international tension flares up, like the explosion of the two oil tankers on Thursday, a provocation that fueled anxiety about the world’s most important oil shipping route and the prospect of escalation into military conflict. When Mr. Trump told Fox News on Friday that "Iran did do it," he was asking his country to accept his word.

"Trump’s credibility is about as solid as a snake oil salesman," said Jen Psaki, who was the White House communications director and top State Department spokeswoman under Mr. Obama. "That may work for selling his particular brand to his political base, but during serious times, it leaves him without a wealth of good will and trust from the public that what he is saying is true even on an issue as serious as Iran’s complicity in the tanker explosions."

Combine these two problems – a Middle East war sending oil much higher, and a near-universal lack of belief in the rationale for that war – and the remaining faith in American competence and honesty might evaporate.

This takes us back to finance, specifically to a monetary system based on fiat currency which depends for its value on our collective trust in the people managing it.

The Fed will respond to an oil crisis by cutting interest rates back to – or below – zero. But will this be met with euphoria as in the past or with skepticism, as happened in Europe recently? If it’s the latter, remember what gold did the last time there was both an oil shock and a loss of faith in government:





SOURCE
https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/will-a-false-flag-iran-war-cause-a-financial-crisis/



 

“The countdown has begun:” Iran warns it will breach uranium stockpile limits in 10 days






Iran certainly isn’t planning on backing down in the face of Washington’s accusations about the country’s role in last week’s tanker bombings, and as a result, the possibility of a boots-on-the-ground military conflict in the Islamic Republic cannot yet be ruled out. Making an already tense situation infinitely more precarious, Iran on Monday reminded the world that it’s preparing to violate the terms of the Iran deal during the next ten days.

By increasing its stockpiles of enriched uranium, Iran is bound to elicit accusations that it’s once again working on a nuclear bomb. Tehran has always maintained that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, but American neocons like John Bolton have warned that this was merely a ruse and that Iran could target American allies like Israel with a missile.

The Iranian government announced on Monday that it was set to breach the cap on enriched uranium, unless Europe finds a way to trade with Iran, or otherwise fulfill its financial obligations made under the deal.

European officials have been somewhat more skeptical of Iran’s role in last week’s tanker attacks, though many have acknowledged that if this were to be true, it could seriously complicate efforts to preserve the nuclear deal. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who visited Tehran last week, said Germany is still looking at evidence on whether Iran was responsible for last week’s attacks. Meanwhile, the UK has decided to deploy 100 Elite Royal Marines to the region to serve as a "rapid reaction force" to protect British assets.

Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesperson for the Iranian atomic energy agency, said Iran has "already increased" uranium production at a nuclear research site in Natanz in the central Isfahan province, according to RT.

"From today, the countdown has begun, and by June 27, our uranium production will have surpassed 300kg," Kamalvandi said.

Last month, Tehran announced that it would partially suspend its commitments under the JCPOA, giving the EU 60 days to reaffirm its commitment to the deal. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Kamalvandi criticized the EU, saying that the bloc "either do not want to do something, or they just don’t have the ability to do it," but he added that "Europeans still have time" to save the deal.

SOURCE
https://www.intellihub.com/the-countdown-has-begun-iran-warns-it-will-breach-uranium-stockpile-limits-in-10-days/

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Feds to Americans: You Need to Prepare for Life Without Electricity ( This is why 90% of the population wouldn’t survive )







AMERICANS ARE ILL PREPARED FOR EMERGENCIES AND DISASTERS, SPECIFICALLY IF THE COUNTRY IS WITHOUT ELECTRICITY FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME.

Heres the REAL reasons why 90% of the population wouldnt survive 6 months without power. If a solar event like that of 1859 happened today the power grid would be wiped out and people would be left to fend for themselves. An electromagnetic pulse caused naturally or by man would obliterate the power grid. -Most people lack the basic provisions required to weather the coming storm be it food, water, comms, medical and security.

In a new report from the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council and published by the Department of Homeland Security, the government is urging the public to prepare for the up to six months without electricity, transportation, fuel, money, and healthcare. DHS is warning that the electric grid is now the "prime target" of terrorists (or EMPs), and says Americans need to be prepared for a power outage of up to six months. The report says that "People no longer keep enough essentials within their homes, reducing their ability to sustain themselves during an extended, prolonged outage. We need to improve individual preparedness."

The report, titled "Surviving a Catastrophic Power Outage", warns that an attack would likely come with little to no notice and could cause complete chaos for at least a half a year, "Long-duration, lasting several weeks to months (at least 2 months, but more likely 6 months or more) due to physical destruction to equipment, such as transformers or transmission lines; or the severity of the event resulting in limited workforce to repair damage, or inability to create or transport replacement parts," said the report.

"This profound risk requires a new national focus. Significant public and private action is needed to prepare for and recover from a catastrophic outage that could leave the large parts of the nation without power for weeks or months, and cause service failures in other sectors – including water and wastewater, communications, transportation, healthcare, and financial services — that are critical to public health and safety and our national and economic security," said the advisory council.

The report is the second in the last month to warn of a "profound threat" to the U.S. electric grid from terrorism and events like a solar storm or solar flare. A prior government report also recommended presidential action to protect the grid from attacks.

In that report, from the Air Force’s Air University, the military warned an EMP-style attack could wipe out the United States, democracy, and the world order. They also warned that:

99 nuclear reactors would likely melt down without electricity to cool them.

4.1 million would be displaced from areas around the nuclear plants as the radioactive cloud spread.

Military and commercial jets, such as those built by Airbus, could be degraded. "Alarmingly, aircraft designed to carry large numbers of people and sizable cargo are allowed to operate without certainty about their level of resilience."

Bases would be cut off, making defense and counter-attacks impossible.

Civil unrest would start in "hours."

Power and GPS could go dark. "An EMP would cause instantaneous and simultaneous loss of many technologies reliant on electrical power and computer circuit boards, such as cell phones and GPS devices."

"Failures may include long-term loss of electrical power (due to loss of emergency generators), sewage, freshwater, banking, landlines, cellular service, vehicles."

Eighteen months or more are required to replace key elements of the electric grid that would be damaged or knocked out.

Ready Yourself

As many as 250,000 to 500,000 deaths will occur immediately following a large-scale EMP event as commercial airliners lose power and drop from the sky, medical life support systems stop running, power plants and hydroelectric generators fail catastrophically, pacemakers give out, and other similar effects ripple across the nation. But assuming you’re not one of these unlucky first casualties, your chances of immediate survival are actually rather high.

EMPs don’t harm the human body. You won’t even know an EMP has occurred until you try to turn on a light, start a car, or make a phone call. Immediately following an EMP, you’ll need to decide whether to stick around or get out of Dodge. Your situation may vary, but if you are in an urban city center, life will get difficult sooner rather than later, and sticking it out with millions of other cold, hungry, and desperate people may prove fatal.

Be Prepared

You could lay in a few years’ supply of food and vitamins in a hidden backwoods enclave not likely to be discovered by roving bands of raiders. It would need a water well with a manual pump or access to fresh water nearby. It would be wise to obtain some water purifying and medical supplies, of course.

For communication and information gathering you would need to protect some hand-held ham radios, a shortwave radio, their battery chargers and a solar charger inside a homemade nested faraday cage.

For transportation, any old car that doesn’t rely on electronics to function would do well. Don’t forget to stockpile several hundred gallons of preserved fuel.

Surviving the years of starvation and chaos following a devastating EMP is every bit as challenging as surviving an old-school nuclear holocaust.

In the immediate aftermath of an EMP, the steps you’ll need to take to survive will vary depending on where you live, your health, the weather, resources in the area, and the supplies and tools available to you. This guide can’t address every possible factor that could influence your situation, but if you want to survive, no matter where you are, preparation is critical. Start now.

Without power:

Water stops coming out of your faucet and toilets won’t have water to flush.

Your furnace won’t work (even if it’s gas).

The pumps will stop working at the gas station (better keep that gas tank at least 1/2 full).

Traffic lights won’t work snarling traffic everywhere (unless it’s an EMP, vehicles may not work at all).

Your security is compromised. (How are police and medical vehicles supposed to make it through snarled traffic?)

ATMs will not work.

Whether the power is out because of a cyber attack, an EMP, or a huge weather event, your way of living will be completely altered. It will be almost totally about survival.

Comfort or chaos – you choose.

How much food storage do you have? A pantry full? Six months? A year?

How is your water supply? There is nothing more important than water in a blackout – just ask any hurricane survivor.

Got plenty of flashlights or other means to light up the dark?

If it’s winter, do you have a way to keep warm? Or keep cool if it’s summer?

It happened in California several years ago.

An unknown group – well coordinated, well armed, and well informed – launched a major attack on the power grid.

Here’s what happened. It started when one of the attackers infiltrated a "secure" underground room. Once inside, the attacker cut telephone cables. The group wanted to keep the power station from calling for help.



Once the telephone cables were cut, the shooting started…

The attackers then fired more than 100 rounds into the power station, putting 17 transformers out of commission.

Cyber-Espionage Attacks

An ongoing cyber-espionage campaign against a range of targets, mainly in the energy sector, gave attackers the ability to mount sabotage operations against their victims. The attackers, known to Symantec as Dragonfly, managed to compromise a number of strategically important organizations for spying purposes and, if they had used the sabotage capabilities open to them, could have caused damage or disruption to energy supplies in affected countries.

Among the targets of Dragonfly were energy grid operators, major electricity generation firms, petroleum pipeline operators, and energy industry industrial equipment providers. The majority of the victims were located in the United States, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, and Poland.

CMEs or solar flares are not uncommon and usually occur during years of high sun-spot activity. Mostly they just glance off the earth or don’t come too close nor affect us much. But we don’t really know when or if they will be strong enough to cause disruptions in our communications.

It happened in 1859 and took 18 hours to reach earth (it usually takes 3 or 4 days). Back then we had no electrical grid. Then it happened again in 1989. The entire province of Quebec, Ontario went dark in an elapsed time of 90 seconds. The storm lasted for about 26 hours and the blackout came very close to extending into the United States.

Our electrical power grid is very complex, intricately connected, and fragile. A large CME could literally melt the transformer hubs and the damage could take 4 to 10 years to fix because these units are huge, complex to make, difficult to transport—and made in China.

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A lightning storm, an earthquake, tornado, hurricane or other natural disaster can put the whole neighborhood or an entire city or country in the dark.

Our power grid is made up of just three systems. A significant weather event could cause the "web" of our grid to fail, taking out the electricity of 1/3 of the country. This actually happened in 2003 when 50 million people were left without power.

Our government knows that the power grid is dangerously fragile with few transformers (made in China) for replacements.

What happens when the grid goes down?

There is a difference between a power outage and a grid down situation.

A power outage is usually for a short time — several hours or maybe a day. It’s usually local — a neighborhood, part of a city, or maybe even a whole city.

If the grid goes down, it may affect the entire country. Preparing for a long-term grid down scenario is the most difficult challenge we can undertake. It could, if it was an EMP, take us back to almost the stone age, or at least back to the time before electricity.

4 Critical Areas of Preparation for a Power Outage

1. Having Enough Food and Keeping It Safe to Eat

If the power is out for less than two hours, the food in your refrigerator and freezer will be safe to consume.

If the power is out for longer than two hours, follow these guidelines:

For the Freezer section: A freezer that is half full will hold food safely for up to 24 hours. A full freezer will hold food safely for 48 hours. Do not open the freezer door if you can avoid it.

For the Refrigerated section: Pack milk, other dairy products, meat, fish, eggs, gravy, and spoilable leftovers into a cooler surrounded by ice. Inexpensive Styrofoam coolers are fine for this purpose.

Use a food thermometer to check the temperature of your food right before you cook or eat it. Throw away any food that has a temperature of more than 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Freezer foods may be refrozen if ice crystals are present. Exceptions include ice cream, pizza, and casseroles. If the frozen food has completely thawed but is cold, it must be cooked within a 24-hour period; or foods may be refrozen within 24 hours after thawing. However, quality may be diminished. If in doubt about when the food actually thawed in the freezer, discard the thawed food.

Dry ice may be used to keep frozen foods frozen and cold foods cold. Be careful not to handle dry ice with bare hands or breathe the vapors.

It’s always a good idea to have some canned or freeze dried food on hand during a power outage, in case you have spoiled food or to keep from opening the refrigerator or freezer too often.

Dry Age stems from a time when there were still large herds of buffaloes grazing on the prairies. The animals that were shot were severed into big technical parts and transported to the big cities in untilled steam train wagons. It was discovered that, by taking out certain planks from the wagon and letting in a sufficient mass of air stream into the wagon, the meat would turn black but stayed wonderfully red inside. Moreover, it didn’t perish and the taste became more tender and much more flavor some. Even old-fashioned butchers were impressed by this modern-day process although it was applied with varying degrees of success in those days

So, you will understand that we have tried, tested and further developed this old know-how and adapted it to our present-day needs. In doing so we focussed solely on meat.

The Carnivore’s Bible system developed by us gives the best possible results ever obtained so far. One of the biggest advantages is its dynamic operating system: it is capable of making a pretty accurate estimate of the quantity of meat to be dried and the stages of the ripening process inside the cabinet. After that, in steps and stages, the process can either be speeded up or slowed down. In this way it is possible to place both fresh meat and meat in various stages of ripening in one and the same cabinet.

All our Dry Age cabinets are partly or completely see-through. You can perfectly witness the changes in the meat and bring these quality products to the attention of your customers and guests. People are usually greatly interested and have a lot of questions to ask.

MORE
https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/feds-to-americans-you-need-to-prepare-for-life-without-electricity-this-is-why-90-of-the-population-wouldnt-survive/



 

Saturday, June 15, 2019

This Sickening Purge Of Christian And Conservative News Publishers From Social Media Is The Only Way The Liberal Left Can Win The Election In 2020




 


I believe that the Liberal Left relive the night that Trump won the presidency over and over – every single day, and it is driving them to the brink of insanity!



This has prompted the Giant Tech Social media companies to actually write algorithms which weed out Conservative thought from their sites.  They are not being discreet about this. It’s BLATANT CENSORSHIP and they are proud to be part of it.


YOU SEE, THE LEFT CANNOT WIN ELECTIONS WITHOUT PLAYING DIRTY.



I also believe that if Saul Alinsky of “Rules for Radicals” fame were alive today, he would have added a chapter titled “Get Conservative views BANNED by major Social Media outlets. Scrub them from the Internet!!”


And that is EXACTLY what is happening at this very moment.  Just yesterday “LiveAction.org” was suspended forever on Pinterest. At first Pinterest labled LiveAction as “Pornography!”  This is ludicrous – anyone who follows Lila Rose on LiveAction know that her ministry devotes itself to saving babies from being aborted. She also posts pictures and writes on the joys of parenthood.
Pinterest finally took LiveAction off their pornography list , but then later suspended their account forever.

Watch Lila Rose talk about this on PragerU:



Pinterest has Permanently Banned @LiveAction.org 
@LiveAction has also been banned from Twitter!


Pinterest has also permanently Banned NTEB 



NOTE: NTEB started our Pinterest account back in 2012, and for years thousands of photos were up and totally fine. Then in late 2018, we started receiving ominous emails saying that ‘certain pins are being removed’ but never say which ones. Then it went to groups, then to the entire account. 




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Facebook Banned Geoffrey Grider’s personal page for ‘Hate Speech’



NOTE: This started out as a 3-day suspension, which turned into a 7-day suspension, which then turned into the profile being turned off. This was all because of a post on illegal Muslim migrants taking over the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, read it for yourself and see if it is ‘hate speech’ or not. 


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Then Facebook Took Away Our Publishing Rights On Our Own Page



NOTE: Are you seeing a pattern in these photos here? 


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From lifesitenews.com


Revealed: Facebook keeps list of conservatives deemed potential ‘hate agents’



In the latest indicator that the world’s biggest social network is not the neutral forum it claims to be, Facebook maintains a list of right-wing “hate agents” to be singled out for potential termination. Breitbart recently broke the news in two reports on an April spreadsheet identifying personalities to be investigated not only for illegal conduct such as promoting violence but for alleged association with any “designated hate entity,” “designated hateful ideology,” or “hate paraphernalia.” Some of the names were left-wing, but most were right-of-center.


Those named included several figures banned earlier this month from Facebook and Instagram for being “dangerous,” such as Alex Jones, Laura Loomer, Paul Joseph Watson, and Louis Farrakhan. But while some conservatives initially dismissed the controversy based on the past words and actions of the particular targets, Breitbart’s latest reporting revealed that at least two more mainstream figures also made the list: conservative commentator Candace Owens and Brigitte Gabriel, a prominent activist against Islamic extremism.


The spreadsheet labeled Owens “extra credit” whom Facebook should “look into” after dispensing with other targets. The revelation came shortly after Facebook temporarily suspended her for a post imploring her fellow black Americans to see “liberal supremacy” as a greater threat than white supremacy, which Facebook later claimed was a “mistake.”





Gabriel, meanwhile, was flagged for alleged “Tier 1 Hate Speech” in the form of allegedly having “compared Arabs to barbarians,” a speech referencingthe “Islamic cancer of terrorism and radicalism,” and referring to Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, who is currently facing terror charges, as a “depraved Muslim terrorist” (as well as an unspecified “designated hate organization” providing security at an event she attended). She says the list misrepresents her words.


“WHEN I REFERRED TO ‘ARABS AS BARBARIANS,’ I DIDN’T SAY IT THAT WAY,” GABRIEL EXPLAINED TO BREITBART. “I WAS TALKING ABOUT PALESTINIAN SUICIDE BOMBERS WHO BLOW THEMSELVES UP TO KILL JEWS,” SUCH AS UM NIDAL, A HAMAS MEMBER AND PROUD MOTHER OF THREE SUICIDE-BOMBER “MARTYRS.”


Regarding the “cancer” quote, “I was discussing the rise of terrorism in Europe” she said. “I said Europe is at stage four cancer. They have ignored the problem for so long that now the problem has metastasized in the culture, and intelligence agencies are having a hard time keeping up with monitoring the tens of thousands of people on their list. I said America is at stage two cancer. We can still implement the security measures we need to monitor and nip Islamic radicalism rising in any community in the U.S.”

Facebook hit Gabriel with one 24-hour suspension over her condemnation of Wahhaj, and the spreadsheet suggested her overall record could be grounds for “lifetime deletion for hate speech – dehumanizing.”



A Facebook spokeswoman confirmed to Breitbart the existence of the list but suggested it has not yet led to an investigation of Owens. The social media giant did not respond to the follow-up about Gabriel. The revelations further reinforce conservative fears of what they call Facebook’s discrimination against and suppression of right-of-center content. The social network recently came under fire for blocking objective informational links about abortion from the American Pregnancy Association’s website and criticism of a Canadian coin to celebrate homosexuality, as well as flagging accurate reporting about a controversial history textbook as false. In March, a Project Veritas investigation detailed how Facebook “deboosts” traffic to several mainstream conservative sitessource


 
 

Tech Giants Purging Conservative thought on Internet



Mike Adams of Natural News has been targeted. As a matter of fact, Mike just sent out an email to his subscribers that he is not BANNED from every Social Media outset.  The only way he can disseminate his priceless information is by email.  Here is how it started for Natural News in 2018:


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FASCISM IN ACTION: Here is the Tech Giant Purge List of Prominent Conservative Websites

Tech Giants Google and Facebook are currently purging conservative content from Facebook and YouTube — They are hiding conservative stories on Google — They are shadow-banning conservative news on all social media.


In February Facebook launched a new algorithm to ensure that conservative news would not spread on the social media platform. The algorithm change caused President Donald Trump’s engagement on Facebook posts to plummet a whopping 45%.


In contrast, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) do not appear to have suffered a comparable decline in Facebook engagement.


Top conservative Facebook pages with daily traffic in the millions have seen 75% to 95% drop in traffic. Young Cons, Western Journalism, SarahPalin.comIndependent Journal Review, Right Wing News, and several others have seen dramatic loss in traffic.


 The Gateway Pundit does not rely on Facebook for our traffic numbers. Still, we saw a significant drop in Facebook traffic last month.This is criminal behavior.  They take your money for advertising then shadowban your site.


This is the definition of a scam.



Meanwhile, liberal sites are doing fine this year. 


Google also deleted several top Conservative channels this week.

 
Google later said they “accidentally” deleted conservative channels.
 
 
During the election conservatives fled the corrupt mainstream media and went online to get their news from trusted websites.
 
 

TODAY FAR LEFT TECH GIANTS WANT CONSERVATIVE SITES ELIMINATED.

 
 

THE LEFT IS EVEN TARGETING THE ADVERTISING AND INCOME OF CONSERVATIVE WEBSITES.

 
 

IT’S TIME TO REGULATE GOOGLE AND FACEBOOK!

 

HERE IS AN INITIAL LIST OF TOP CONSERVATIVE WEBSITES THAT HAVE BEEN BLACKLISTED AND TARGETED BY GOOGLE, YOUTUBE AND FACEBOOK.

 
 
  • Young Cons: Extremely popular conservative news site and received millions of daily readers during the election.  The website received nearly all of its traffic from Facebook. Since 2016 Facebook shut down stories to Young Cons.  Each algorithm change meant less traffic for the popular website.  YoungCons was blacklisted by Facebook and struggles to maintain readers.  The site regularly switches domains to save traffic.

  • SarahPalin.com: With over 4 million fans one of the popular conservative pages on Facebook until Facebook blocked all traffic to the website.  The page was forced to change the domain to save traffic numbers.

  • Right Wing News:  Right Wing News grew to an enormous website in the past few years thanks its popularity on Facebook. In July of 2015, in just a week, the Right Wing News Facebook page reached 133 million people. Because conservatives were sharing content they were interested in, Right Wing News (with 3.6 million Facebook likes ) was driving the same amount of web traffic as some of the biggest newspapers in America.  Since the 2016 election Facebook blocked traffic to the website.  Owner John Hawkins announced he was shutting down the website in January.

  • Western Journalism: Newsweek reported that the site has grown from receiving 1,000 page views a day in 2009[3] to more than 1 million during 2016. The website was averaging around 6 million page views a day according to Quantcast during the election. Today it is down to around 500,000 a day. Western Journalism was blacklisted by Facebook.

  • The Gateway Pundit: TGP was ranked as the 4th most influential conservative news source during the 2016 election. The site in 2016 received nearly a third of its traffic from Facebook. This past weekend Facebook blocked all traffic from recent stories to the website. TGP advertised with Facebook and is another top conservative website blacklisted by the company. TGP is also shadow-banned by Google and frequently attacked and smeared by the liberal media.

  • President Trump Facebook page:  A recent algorithm change has caused President Donald Trump’s engagement on Facebook posts to plummet a whopping 45%. In contrast, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) do not appear to have suffered a comparable decline in Facebook engagement, reported Breitbart’s Alum Bokhari.

  • Independent Journal Review:  A massive conservative website based on Facebook audience.  The Independent Journal Review (IJR) terminated a number of its employees on Thursday, leaving an unclear future for the millennial-focused conservative website that has recently faced a declining audience.  IDF was also shadow-banned and blacklisted.

  • Breitbart.com:  Breitbart was the most influential conservative news source in 2016 with a massive audience.  Since the election Breitbart is constantly targeted and smeared by far left operations.  Breitbart advertising was targeted by Sleeping Giants and other Soros sites.

  • InfoWars:  Infowars is another dominant conservative site with enormous traffic.  After several years of video production and tens of thousands of video YouTube gave Infowars its third strike this week and threatens to shut the YouTube Channel down.

  • Right Side Broadcasting: This YouTube Channel had millions of views before the election.  Since 2016 YouTube has shadow-banned all of their videos.  YouTube has classified its videos of President Trump at a rally as hate speech.  YouTube has demonetized hundreds of its videos.  YouTube hides its videos.  Income for the site is down 95% since the election.

  • Natural News: A very prominent health website and the world’s top source on natural health. The site receives tens of thousands of readers every day. YouTube wiped out over 1,700 videos covering everything from nutrition, natural medicine, history, science and current events.

  • From a reader: You Tube deleted Natural News Channel. It’s conservative and full of info on health, too. I took a screen shot. I’m very upset. My husband has aggressive cancer from.


  • Agent Orange and I depended on this channel for his diet among other things. The man, Mike Adams, is literally a genius, and I mean literally, and he is very conservative.

  • Prager Report:  PragerU, a conservative educational site, is suing Google and its subsidiary YouTube, accusing the video site of censoring its online videos because of their political leanings.  YouTube has banned several of its videos including segments on abortion and Islam.   Prager U has a massive conservative audience in the millions.

  • Pamela Geller.com Pamela is well-known for speaking out against radical Islam.  ISIS has threatened to behead her several times.  During the election PG had over 100,000 daily views from Facebook.  Today Facebook has shut down most of her traffic.  Her website suffered serious losses in revenue since the election.

  • Diamond and Silk: Pro-Trump YouTube sensations have a suit against YouTube. The Trump supporters announced in August 2017 that 95% of their videos have been demonetized on YouTube.

These are just a few of the more prominent websites being targeted and banned by Facebook and Google.



We did not list the conservative organizations and individuals targeted, shadow-banned and blocked by Twitter. We have heard from other prominent websites but they are afraid if they bring attention to their plight Facebook or Google will shut down their remaining traffic.


Either the government needs to act to prevent this targeting or conservative websites will be obliterated in the next few years. source


 
SOURCE

https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/this-sickening-purge-of-christian-and-conservative-news-publishers-from-social-media-is-the-only-way-the-liberal-left-can-win-the-election-in-2020/



Think US Media Won’t Help Lead Nation Into War With Iran Based on Flimsy or False Intelligence? Looks Like They Already Are






Corporate media got us into the Iraq War in 2003, and now it looks like corporate media is doing its best to get the US into a war with Iran in 2019.

US Corporate media is running with this fantasy that Iran is behind the attack on 2 oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman yesterday.

Mind you, what this really is, is the US trying to contain Iranian oil and subsequent influence.

Iran is about to start up a historic partnership with Japan, in which Japan will be a major purchaser of Iranian oil, US sanctions be damned. Of course the CIA and Trump administration can’t have that, so they orchestrated this attack with the aide of some of their CIA assets in the region.

Also why the fuck would Iran engage in this kind of attack on the eve of their big oil sale to Japan? Why would they want to stir up the pot and fuck up what is most likely the beginning of a massive windfall for them and risk screwing it up with scrutiny from other countries?

It doesn’t make any goddamn sense.

via commondreams:



CNN’s presentation of video footage released by the U.S. military. (Photo: CNN/Screengrab)

If there were any lingering hopes that the corporate media learned from its role in perpetuating the lies that led to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and would never again help start a Middle East war on the basis of false or flimsy evidence, the headlines that blared across the front pages of major U.S. news websites Thursday night indicated that such hopes were badly misplaced.

The U.S. military late Thursday released blurry, black-and-white video footage that it claimed—without any underlying analysis or further details—showed an Iranian patrol boat removing an unexploded limpet mine from the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous, one of the oil tankers damaged in attacks in the Gulf of Oman.

Here’s how CNN presented the U.S. military’s video:







Iran has denied any involvement in the attacks, and Yutaka Katada—the owner of the Kokuka Courageous—contradicted the Trump administration’s account during a press conference on Friday.

"Our crew said that the ship was attacked by a flying object," Katada said. "I do not think there was a time bomb or an object attached to the side of the ship."

Independent critics were quick to call for extreme skepticism in the face of U.S. government claims, given the quality of the "evidence" and the warmongering track records of those presenting it.

But the media displayed no such caution.

Just taking a random sample of screenshots after the news broke Thursday night, major outlets largely did the Pentagon’s dirty work by posting uncritical headlines that took the claims at face value.

The Washington Post used the word "purported" in its headline, but erroneously reported that the video was taken "before" the explosion on the vessel, not after. The headline was later changed, but was made no more critical of the military’s claim:




The U.K.-based Guardian also offered a simple "U.S. says" headline construction:




In the New York Times rendition—which appeared prominently on their homepage—the claim of what the U.S. military intelligence "believed" the video to show was framed with the more objective-sounding and vague phrase "what analysts believed":




Like the Guardian, Politico made no attempt to go beyond the "U.S. says" framework:





Fox News, of course, went further than most by characterizing the Pentagon video as a "major clue" to who was behind the alleged attack:




CNN, meanwhile—specifically in the subhead of the headline story that appeared at the top of their page late Thursday night—took the military’s claim of what the video showed as actual fact:




The Hill‘s version, similar to the error made by the Post, reported that the video was taken before the explosion—a detail likely to leave readers much more suspicious of Iran’s involvement than if one of its vessels had approached the ship in the wake of the incident:




Though no single headline could be construed as explicit pro-Pentagon propaganda on its own, the uncritical nature of the coverage and ensuing echo chamber effect—or what is sometimes referred to as "propaganda reinforcement"—is one of the ways that the U.S. government and its intelligence agencies are empowered to turn a flimsy claim into a pervasive and widely-accepted fact.

In a blog post on Friday, historian and Middle East expert Juan Cole wrote that the Trump administration’s narrative that Iranians were removing an unexploded mine from the damaged oil tanker "doesn’t make any sense at all" and said the video footage released by the U.S. "needs to be carefully analyzed" before any conclusions are drawn.

"[Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo alleged that only the Iranians had the expertise to deploy these mines," Cole wrote. "We heard this crock for 8.5 years in Iraq—all shaped charges had to be Iran-backed, even those of al-Qaeda, because Iraqis didn’t have the expertise…. Sure. Had to be Iran, helping those hyper-Sunni al-Qaeda. Very likely story."

On Twitter, Sina Toossi, research associate at the National Iranian American Council, echoed Cole’s call for skepticism and an investigation.

"What we need is an impartial investigation," Toossi wrote, "and to be highly skeptical of claims and intel assessments from Bolton/Pompeo."

In a column published last month as the U.S. aggressively escalated military tensions with Iran and pushed the two nations to the brink of all-out war, The Intercept‘s Mehdi Hasan asked a straightforward question that remains relevant in the present: "Do U.S. reporters, anchors, and editors really want more Middle Eastern blood on their hands?"

"If not," Hasan wrote, "they need to fix their rather credulous and increasingly hawkish coverage of Iran and the Trump administration—and fix it fast."

SOURCE
https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/think-us-media-wont-help-lead-nation-into-war-with-iran-based-on-flimsy-or-false-intelligence-looks-like-they-already-are/

Route 91 massacre survivor, avid hunter, tells FBI “.50 caliber rifle” was likely used in attack after witnessing “large holes” being “blown through” victims bodies







1 October massacre survivor claims that the official story is all fabricated “B.S.” and claims a massive “cover-up” is underway to hide the fact that a high-powered .50 caliber rifle was used to murder 58 concertgoers inside a heavily fortified American city.



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LAS VEGAS — A bullet hole can be seen in the fence by Gate 5 of the Route 91 Music Festival where 58 people lost their lives on the night of October 1, 2017. (Shepard Ambellas/Intellihub)
LAS VEGAS  — A survivor and eyewitness to the October 2017 Route 91 Harvest Music Festival attack told agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation via telephone how he feels the official story is “B.S.” and that it’s all “a big cover-up by law enforcement” after witnessing “large holes being blown through” victims bodies, according to an official FBI lead obtained by Intellihub.


The eyewitness and “avid hunter” told the FBI in a statement that he believes a “large caliber weapon,” possibly a “.50 caliber rifle,” may have been used in the attack.



FBI


Additionally, the eyewitness said he believes there was also a “shooter on the ground based on the trajectory of the bullets.”

SOURCE
https://www.intellihub.com/route-91-massacre-survivor-avid-hunter-tells-fbi-50-caliber-rifle-was-likely-used-in-attack-after-witnessing-large-holes-being-blown-through-victims-bodies/


The unholy alliance between DNA sites and facial recognition






Technology that was once only seen in dystopian science fiction is rapidly infecting real life. Two means of collecting personal data – DNA databases and facial recognition software – are forming an unholy alliance, and the privacy implications could be devastating.

Privacy concerns surrounding DNA and facial recognition aren’t anything new. As the popularity of DNA genealogy websites like Ancestry DNA and 23andMe increase, so do questions over who has access to that data and how it will be used. The use of facial recognition and other biometric data technology is on the rise, and people are expressing concerns (and outrage) about that technology as well.

Genealogy sites have been making the news of late, mainly for concerns over how our personal data is used – and who has access to that information.

Recently, GEDmatch, which has more than 1 million genetic profiles in its database, decided to stop providing information to police without user permission. Last month, the site faced criticism when it allowed Utah police to use the database while investigating a violent assault. "Prior to the change, GEDmatch had allowed police to use its data only for rapes and homicides," reports Bloomberg:

The site is now asking users whether they want to allow police to access their DNA information. Previously, law enforcement could search profiles in the database unless a customer explicitly opted out.


Law enforcement agencies have increasingly relied on GEDmatch after it was used to find a man suspected of killing at least 12 people and raping scores of women in California between 1976 and 1986. A distant relative of the alleged Golden State Killer had uploaded DNA into GEDmatch. The genetic profile partially matched crime-scene evidence, indicating the person was related to the anonymous suspect who had eluded capture for four decades. From there, investigators built out that person’s family tree, which led to the arrest last year of a 72-year-old former police officer. (source)

Engineers are figuring out how to match DNA to faces in a database.

Now, DNA and facial recognition have merged, a development that is sure to ignite new concerns over privacy and how our most personal data is collected and used.

A team of engineers just built an algorithm that scans through a database of images and selects the faces that could be linked to the DNA found at a crime scene. Until now, predicting what someone’s face looks like based on a DNA sample has eluded scientists. But, it is getting easier for them to use samples to filter the right face from a database, as an international team led by researchers at KU Leuven has shown. Their findings were published in Nature Communications.

Our physical appearance (including our facial details) is hardwired into our genetic material. Scientists have already identified multiple genes that determine the shape of our face – from the distance between our nostrils to the shape of our chin. Some of that research was also conducted by a team at KU Leuven. Back in 2018, they identified fifteen genes that determine our facial features. In a related press release, the researchers explained the technique they used:

In a new study conducted by KU Leuven in collaboration with the universities of Pittsburgh, Stanford and Penn State, the researchers adopted a different approach. "Our search doesn’t focus on specific traits," lead author Peter Claes (KU Leuven) explains. "My colleagues from Pittsburgh and Penn State each provided a database with 3D images of faces and the corresponding DNA of these people. Each face was automatically subdivided into smaller modules. Next, we examined whether any locations in the DNA matched these modules. This modular division technique made it possible for the first time to check for an unprecedented number of facial features." (source)

As of now, the ability to use that information to find a match between a DNA sample from a crime scene and someone in a DNA database does not exist, but it appears scientists are getting closer to making that a possibility.

In a press release, Claes, an electrotechnical engineer at KU Leuven and the senior and corresponding author of the new study, explained why that remains a challenge:

"We believe that the shape of our face is determined by thousands of genes, but also by the food we eat and other living conditions. Therefore, it is unlikely that we will ever be able to accurately predict a lifelike face from DNA alone."

This technology could be used to solve crimes…or for less honorable purposes.

For forensic analysis and other applications, the ideal scenario would be to find a match between a DNA sample from a crime scene and someone in a DNA database. If the DNA doesn’t match anyone in the database, however, it could still be used to predict what the perpetrator’s face looks like and make a sketch. This sketch could then be compared to a database with the faces of known criminals, for example, Claes said:

"This method mostly helps rule people out. In practice, we don’t usually get any further than a sort of reference face, such as ‘a European male’. That’s not much use to a forensic investigator. Unfortunately, while we are learning about more and more genes that determine certain aspects of our face, this does not yet sufficiently translate to a better match between the predicted face and the faces in the database."

To overcome this obstacle, the researchers developed a "reverse approach", as explained in the press release:

"Instead of going from DNA to face, we’re trying to go from face to DNA. Using special software, we measure each face and check if this face is a possible outcome based on a unique bit of DNA."

"It then becomes a game of ‘guess who’. If the face is male and the DNA says it is a woman, all the men are eliminated. If the hair is blond and the genetic material confirms this, that eliminates all other hair colours. "

"The more genes we identify, the more accurate this method becomes, and it will only continue to improve as our knowledge of the relevant genes grows."

So what if the face you’re looking for is not in the database? "Then you will at least have a list of faces that look a lot like the one you are looking for. Instead of a single reference face, such as ‘Asian female’, you will have a list of Asian females who are most similar to the person you want to find." (source)

If your face isn’t in a database yet, it likely will be soon.

For this technology to be useful, large face databases will be needed, such as ID card or driver’s license databases. Obviously, privacy issues are a huge concern. Claes acknowledges this fact. "Working with databases that contain private information such as DNA or faces requires strict supervision to prevent misuse," he said.

By 2021, 97% of travelers will have their faces scanned. In some stores, "smart" refrigerators "analyze" your face and track your irises (but don’t worry – the company says they aren’t using true facial recognition). Amazon is developing software called Rekognition that can identify anything it’s looking at – including your face. Surveillance systems are insidious, sneaking into our lives at every turn.

SOURCE
https://www.intellihub.com/the-unholy-alliance-between-dna-sites-and-facial-recognition/



 

Friday, June 14, 2019

Prosecutors dismiss all charges in Flint water scandal, probe to start over








Michigan’s attorney general has dropped all pending criminal charges related to the Flint water contamination crisis, opting to restart the investigation. No official has been held accountable for the scandal to date.

 

The office of Michigan AG Dana Nessel on Thursday dismissed charges filed by the previous state administration against eight individuals in connection to the crisis. The charges were dismissed without prejudice, meaning the state can reindict the same individuals in the future.

Flint suffered a major public utilities crisis between 2014 and 2015, when the city administration catastrophically botched a project to swap Flint’s municipal water source. The project, designed to cut costs for the nearly-bankrupt city, resulted in massive lead contamination that risked poisoning thousands of residents.

The eight defendants include former Michigan health director Nick Lyon, the highest-ranking official caught up in the prior investigation. Lyon was charged with involuntary manslaughter for failing to notify the public about an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease – a severe form of pneumonia – in the Flint area around the time of the water crisis.

The indictment alleges two men died of the illness as a result of Lyon’s failure to act, and links the outbreak to Flint’s then-unsafe water supply.

A legal representative for Lyon said he feels "fantastic and vindicated" after Thursday’s decision, though he acknowledged that the former health director could still face charges as a result of the new investigation.

Some residents were less enthusiastic about Nessel’s decision to scrap the indictments. "Just wow. Drop the charges?" wrote one member of Project Flint, a local activist group. "How about add new ones in addition?"

"It's amateur hour at the office of the Michigan Attorney General," tweeted Charlie LeDuff, a reporter with Detroit Fox affiliate WJBK. "As I predicted, all criminal charges dropped today in #Flint poison water catastrophe."

Prosecutors tasked with reviewing the case issued a statement on Thursday questioning the veracity of the first investigation, and explained their decision to start the inquiry anew.

"Our team of career prosecutors and investigators had immediate and grave concerns about the investigative approach and legal theories embraced by" the previous state administration, "particularly the pursuit of evidence," they said in the statement.

While the prosecutors said they were being "mindful" of the expenditure of public resources in pursuit of the new probe, they added they could not give Flint residents "the investigation they rightly deserve by continuing to build on a flawed foundation."

SOURCE
https://www.rt.com/usa/461829-michigan-drops-charges-flint-water-crisis/



 

An oxygen-starved brain loses memories: Researchers discover link between sleep apnea, memory problems and depression






Australian researchers found that patients suffering from sleep apnea find it hard to recall specific details of memories taken from their own experiences. Furthermore, the inability to remember important parts of their lives could cause them to develop depression.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder wherein the person experiences difficulties breathing during sleep. Around 936 million people around the world suffer from this severe disorder.

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea experience problems with their memory. They also appear to be much more vulnerable to depression. However, earlier studies did not uncover much information on the connection between sleep apnea and the other two issues.

In the new study, researchers from RMIT University looked at the effects of sleep apnea on autobiographical memory. Lead researcher Dr. Melinda Jackson explained that she drew from the identified connections between depression and memory. She and her team discovered that patients who did not undergo treatment for their sleep apnea experienced issues remembering particular details from their lives.

"We know that overly general autobiographical memories — where people don’t remember many specific details of life events — are associated with the development of persistent depression," Jackson stated. "Our study suggests sleep apnea may impair the brain’s capacity to either encode or consolidate certain types of life memories, which makes it hard for people to recall details from the past."

Examining the link between sleep apnea, autobiographical memory, and depression


Obstructive sleep apnea is growing more common in Australia and other parts of the world. It appears in 30 percent of older adults. In Australia, it affects one out of every four men above the age of 30. It is also considered an essential factor in the risk of depression.

Jackson wanted to identify the neurobiological connection between sleep apnea and depression. She believed the information will help researchers do something for millions of people who suffer mental problems due to sleeping disorders.

The cohort of her team’s experiment consisted of adult participants with untreated obstructive sleep apnea and healthy counterparts who served as the control group. These volunteers went through memory tests, where they tried to remember various types of autobiographical memories about their childhood, early adulthood, and recent experiences.

Furthermore, the study also investigated the recall of semantic and episodic memories. Semantic memory covered facts and ideas from the history of a person – for example, the names of people met during high school. Episodic memory, on the other hand, dealt with episodes or events.

Sleep apnea affects semantic memory, which increases the risk of depression

The RMIT researchers discovered that patients with obstructive sleep apnea showed much more generalized memories. Slightly more than half of them suffered from this issue.

Furthermore, patients maintained their episodic memory, but experienced problems with their semantic memory. It appeared to stem from disrupted sleeping patterns – other studies indicated that sleep plays an integral part in storing semantic autobiographical memory.

Also, the older the participant, the larger the number of very general autobiographical memories. This finding applied to both sleep apnea patients and healthy people alike.

Finally, poor semantic memory appeared to lead to higher chances of depression. Jackson stressed the need to further understand the role of untreated sleep apnea on how the brain processes memories.

"Brain scans of people with sleep apnea show they have a significant loss of grey matter from regions that overlap with the autobiographic memory network," she said. "We need to look at whether there’s a shared neurobiological mechanism at work — that is, does the dysfunction of that network lead to both depression and memory problems in people with sleep apnea?"

SOURCE
https://www.intellihub.com/an-oxygen-starved-brain-loses-memories-researchers-discover-link-between-sleep-apnea-memory-problems-and-depression/