I Can Legally Rob Your House!

By The Rundown Live

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“The United States was founded on the very principle of stealing from others.”

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Shopping Mall Recycling all their Food Waste into Thriving Rooftop Garden for Employees

By TheRundownLive

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Justin Gardner | FreeThoughtProject

San Paulo, Brazil — A shopping mall in Sao Paulo, Brazil, is showing how these hubs of consumerism can be turned into a force for sustainability.

They are taking all of the organic waste generated from the mall’s food court and turning it into compost for growing vegetables and herbs on the rooftop. Almost 900 pounds of food waste is generated there every day, and it’s all being turned into new food on location.

Employees at the mall are the main beneficiaries of this novel program. They pitch in by tending to the garden, and in return they can harvest the pesticide-free produce to take home.

That’s 900 pounds of waste not being trucked off to a dump site, instead being used to create food for employees while reducing the environmental impact.

“We notice that people waste a huge amount of food. So beyond our objective of creating organic compost, we use this to create new food. It is a cycle in which we make food out of food. This is what it means to be sustainable,” said Cicero Evangelista, in charge of recycling at the shopping mall.

Employees separate food waste from inorganic waste, and then send it to the recycling center where it is weighed. Cicero’s team adds enzymes that eliminate harmful bacteria, reduce humidity and accelerate decomposition.

The finished “black gold” is the basis for a large, thriving garden that grows in the heart of this megacity. Produce includes lettuce, eggplant, onions, peppers, tomatoes, basil and mint. Some of it is used at eateries in the mall.

This project should be an inspiring example for other shopping malls that seek to reduce, reuse and recycle. If sustainable practices such as the Sao Paulo food waste to rooftop garden were to become the norm, we could really begin to tackle these real problems such as excess waste.


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The Curse Of Oak Island

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The Curse Of Oak Island

A small island off the south shore of Nova Scotia, Canada, Oak Island has gained infamy for hiding mysterious artefacts and taking the lives of those searching for them. Could Oak Island be cursed?

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Gold Backed Russian Ruble, Chinese Yuan Primed to Destroy U.S. Dollar as Global Reserve Currency

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Jay Syrmopoulos | FreeThoughtProject

A revolutionary transformation of the entire global monetary system is currently underway, being driven by an almost perfect storm. The implications of this transformation are extremely profound for U.S. policy in the Middle East, which for nearly the past half century has been underpinned by its strategic relationship with Saudi Arabia.

RISE OF THE PETRODOLLAR

The dollar was established as the global reserve currency in 1944 with the Bretton Woods agreement, commonly referred to as the gold standard. The U.S. leveraged itself into this power position by holding the largest reserve of gold in the world. The dollar was pegged at $35 an ounce — and freely exchangeable into gold.

By the 1960s, a surplus of U.S. dollars caused by foreign aid, military spending, and foreign investment threatened this system, as the U.S. did not have enough gold to cover the volume of dollars in worldwide circulation at the rate of $35 per ounce; as a result, the dollar was overvalued.

America temporarily embraced a new paradigm in 1971, as the dollar became a pure fiat currency (decoupled from any physical store of value), until the petrodollar agreement was concluded by President Nixon in 1973.

The quid pro quo was that Saudi Arabia would denominate all oil trades in U.S. dollars, and in return, the U.S. would agree to sell Saudi Arabia military hardware and guarantee the defense of the Kingdom.

According to a report that appeared in the Huffington Post:

As a result of this agreement, the dollar then became the only medium in which energy exchange could be transacted. This underpinned its reserve currency status through the need for foreign governments to hold dollars; recirculated the dollar costs of oil back into the U.S. financial system and — crucially — made the dollar effectively convertible into barrels of oil. The dollar was moved from a gold standard onto a crude oil standard.

U.S. interest rates were then managed so that oil exporters (who formerly looked to gold as the basis of their reserves) would be indifferent to whether they stored their currency reserves, earned from oil exports, in U.S. treasuries, or in gold. The value was equivalent.

Death of the Petrodollar

In what may ultimately wind up being the death blow to the petrodollar, since 2008, the U.S. government has maintained a policy of zero interest rates and “quantitative easing.”

Once energy producers became aware of the U.S. economic dependence on low-interest rates, they understood that they would never again be able to regulate the price of oil relative to U.S. treasuries. Anything more than a nominal hike in interest rates would effectively implode the global financial system, as the U.S. had become too financialized.

The petrodollar system, which had allowed the U.S. dollar to replace gold as the backing for the oil trade from 1973-2002, was essentially broken.

With no regard for the underlying systemic weakness of the entire petrodollar system the U.S. began to rely heavily on economic sanctions as a means of forcing geopolitical capitulation. It was virtually inevitable that potential targets of such actions would eventually attempt to mitigate these hegemonic actions by the U.S.

Although essentially a response to the aggressive posture of the West, these economic actions have potentially created an environment ripe to put the final nail in the coffin of the petrodollar.

In the greatest of irony, central banks from states such as China, Russia and Brazil, which vehemently oppose an interventionist U.S. foreign policy, ultimately finance the U.S. war machine by purchasing U.S. Treasury debt as a means of protecting their economies.

But in what appears to be an effort to hedge against U.S. imperialism, both China and Russia have become big buyers of physical gold. Russia’s present gold reserves would back 27 percent of the ruble money supply, according to the Huffington Post.

That ratio is far in excess of the U.S. Fed’s original stipulated gold coverage minimum, as well as in exceeding that of any other major country. In addition, Russia is typically is a net exporter of goods and energy, so their gold reserves are likely to continue to increase.

A report on China’s gold reserves appeared in the Financial Times, stating:

China ended years of speculation about its official gold holdings by revealing an almost 60 percent jump in its reserves since 2009.

The country’s central bank said its gold reserves were 1,658 tonnes (53.31 million fine troy ounces) as of the end of June. In April 2009, reserves were 1,054 tonnes.

The purchases show how China is seeking to diversify its reserves away from the US dollar at a time when the price of gold has fallen to near its lowest price since 2010.

“In 2014 Russia and China signed two mammoth 30-year contracts for Russian gas to China. The contracts specified that the exchange would be done in Renminbi [yuan] and Russian rubles, not in dollars. That was the beginning of an accelerating process of de-dollarization that is underway today,” strategic risk consultant F. William Engdahl writes in his article for New Eastern Outlook.

Russia and China are now creating a new paradigm for the world economy and paving the way for a global de-dollarization.

“A Russian-Chinese alternative to the dollar in the form of a gold-backed ruble and gold-backed Renminbi or yuan, could start a snowball exit from the US dollar, and with it, a severe decline in America’s ability to use the reserve dollar role to finance her wars with other peoples’ money,” Engdahl concludes.


Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, free thinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has been published on Ben Swann’s Truth in Media, Truth-Out, Raw Story, MintPress News, as well as many other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.


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Elon Musk Forms New AI Company To Save Robotics From The Military Industrial Complex

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John Vibes | TrueActivist

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This week, inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk announced the formation of OpenAI, which he promises will be “a non-profit artificial intelligence research company,” with the goal to “advance digital intelligence in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity as a whole, unconstrained by a need to generate financial return.”

In a press release this week the company said that “Since our research is free from financial obligations, we can better focus on a positive human impact. We believe AI should be an extension of individual human wills and, in the spirit of liberty, as broadly and evenly distributed as is possible safely. The outcome of this venture is uncertain and the work is difficult, but we believe the goal and the structure are right. We hope this is what matters most to the best in the field.”

The release concluded that “It’s hard to fathom how much human-level AI could benefit society, and it’s equally hard to imagine how much it could damage society if built or used incorrectly.”

Musk and a number of other notable thinkers have been making dire warnings about the dangerous potential of artificial intelligence.

Earlier this year, Musk, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Google executive Demis Hassabis, professor Stephen Hawking and over 1,000 other artificial intelligence experts signed an open letter warning the world about the dangers of weaponized robots and a “military artificial intelligence arms race” currently taking place between the world’s military powers.

According to the letter, “AI technology has reached a point where the deployment of [autonomous weapons] is – practically if not legally – feasible within years, not decades, and the stakes are high: autonomous weapons have been described as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms. The endpoint of this technological trajectory is obvious: autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow. The key question for humanity today is whether to start a global AI arms race or to prevent it from starting.”

In a recent interview, Musk talked about the need for a more free society, and even admitted that he was friendly to the ideas of anarchism.

He also built an alternative school for his children and went on to describe the process of “unschooling” that his children are involved with. Musk is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors and chairman of SolarCity. He is also the founder of SpaceX and a co-founder of PayPal.


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