Still Going On While Our Elected Officials Are Still Perfecting Spending Another Four Years Doing Nothing….Except For Corporations The world is facing an upsurge in poaching and illegal trade in wildlife. The over-exploitation of wildlife, which includes trade (legal and illegal), human-animal conflict, hunting (legal and illegal) and collection, is the second greatest threat to vertebrates. Estimating wildlife trafficking revenues, Including large illegal trade in timber and fishery resources, ranked fourth on the list of the most profitable transnational criminal activitiess after drug trafficking, counterfeits and human beings. A plague for wildlifeIllegal trade in terrestrial and marine plants and animals would yield between $7 billion and $23 billion a year. Encouraged by the lure of profit and the low legal risk involved, poachers, supported by powerful criminal organizations, are as well organized, equipped and financed as an army. They sometimes use helicopters, night vision tools and veterinary tranquilizers. These bands do not hesitate to operate in protected or emblematic territories, such as nature reserves, national parks or natural sites classified by UNESCO, and are ready to fight with the guardians of these spaces, sometimes even shoot them to complete their missions.For protected species, the gear is infernal. The more rare they are, the more their by-products are coveted, thus accentuating the probable disappearance of the species. African elephants are one of the major victims of poaching: between 20,000 and 30,000 are killed annually for their ivory, threatening the extinction of certain populations in West and Central Africa. But a multitude of other species among the best known, such as rhinoceros, tigers, or sea turtles, or on the contrary a less known like pangolins for example, suffer the same fate.The consequences of poaching and illegal wildlife trade go beyond the destruction of biodiversity. They also affect peace, security and the integrity of States and the living conditions of the people.In May 2013, in a report of the Secretary-General on the activities of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa and areas of the Lord’s Resistance Army, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon urged governments to ” to raise the issue of poaching as a major national and sub regional security issue, requiring concerted and coordinated action “.This report highlights that “the proliferation of criminal activities across borders in the sub region, including smuggling, targeting mainly elephants, is another source of growing concern in Central Africa” and “that it was likely ivory trafficking is an important source of funding for armed groups, including the LRA. It is also worrying that smugglers are using increasingly powerful and sophisticated weapons. “ Elephants Are In Danger.This report was a follow-up to various important acts of elephant poaching in the region, notably in Bouba Ndjida (Cameroon) in 2012. He underlined “that it was likely that ivory trafficking was an important source of funding for armed groups, and poaching, sometimes linked to other criminal or even terrorist activities, is a serious threat to peace and security in Central Africa “. Yet, despite efforts, the resources deployed by governments to respond to the threat posed by poaching and illegal trade are still insufficient. Done in the name of Eastern beliefs? Why? Just Why? Life Becomes Cheap
HAVE THE 9/11 CONSPIRACY THEORIES REACHED THEIR PEAK? It is difficult to define the exact moment when the popularity of the 9/11 conspiracy theory reached its peak, but it must have been in 2006. If we look at its decline, however, three dates stand out: July 22, 2004, the day when the 9/11 commission released its final report , February 3, 2005, when Popular Mechanic published a 5,500-word article dismantling the allegations of the movement, and 21 August 2008, date of disclosure by the National Institute of Standards and Technology of the last part of a study of sixteen million dollars devoted to the causes of the collapse of the twin towers and a third skyscraper from the World Trade Center which was not hit by a plane. It takes more than facts to put down a conspiracy theory, of course. In many ways, the fascination with these theories has more to do with the receptivity of the audience than with the precision of its details.After each of these publications, the popularity of the 9/11 conspiracy theory continued to oscillate between ebb and flow. Nevertheless, their response to the challenges presented by these reports shows how conspiracy theory proponents review their arguments and battlegrounds-or rather, do not change them-when confronted with new facts. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjMLkxaif44[/embedyt] A conspiracy plot? The article in Popular Mechanics may never have been published without a $ 3 million national advertising campaign commissioned by an eccentric millionaire to promote a self-published book called Painful Questions. The advertisement postulated that the World Trade Center had been destroyed by a controlled demolition, that no plane had ever touched the Pentagon, and raised a number of questions: the heat from the fires in the twin towers was Is it high enough to cause them to collapse? The cavity in the Pentagon big enough to fit an airliner? The editor of Popular Mechanics says that when he saw the ad, he said: “As Popular Mechanics, we’ve been writing for a hundred years about what happens when planes crash on the ground, or how we build skyscrapers. So, let’s answer those questions. ” The magazine selects the most interesting and serious conspiracy theories and replies through interviews with over seventy experts from aviation, engineering and the military. The article states that all the so-called scientific evidence of government involvement in 9/11 is based on botched research and, to a large extent, manipulated and fallacious reasoning. The article remains the most-read report ever published in the magazine, with more than 7.5 million hits. “We were the first to take the assertions of conspiracy theories seriously, and to address them very directly,” said Meigs. “The reaction was so overwhelming and scary that it was a great lesson about how these groups work and think.” Among the answers was an article by anti-Zionist conspiracy Christopher Bollyn, who claimed to have discovered why the engineering magazine appeared for a hundred years was involved in a government plot to stifle the crime of the century: a young researcher on the team The newspaper, Benjamin Chertoff, was a cousin of Michael Chertoff, the Secretary of National Security at the time, and the magazine was looking through its article to whitewash the perpetrators of this criminal plot. It did not matter that Chertoff was not in post during the preparation of the article, or that Benjamin Chertoff had never met the man whom he admits to be, possibly a distant cousin. For conspiracy, the mere mention of this link was enough to pass the article to the trap. “It was interesting. A bit scary for Ben, I think, but also pretty comical, “says Meigs.”You see the picture: let’s say someone at Slate is a relative of Dick Cheney, and he shoots” Hey, I need a hand: we’ll all get to work to smother the mass murder on most important of American history. You follow me?” The article in Popular Mechanics expanded with interviews with more than 300 sources and eyewitnesses and became a book, ‘Debunking 9/11 Myths.‘ David Ray Griffin responds in 2007 with his own book, Debunking 9/11 Debunking, in which he reiterates theories that he believes have not been refuted adequately, says that Popular Mechanics has refuted only nonsense, and reiterates the charge of attempting to camouflage Chertoff. It is interesting to return to Griffin’s response, which illustrates a typical reaction of conspiracy theorists to refutations. 19 minutes or 1 hour 19 minutes? One of the angles on which the theory is based is that the American hunt was quite capable of intercepting any of the four hijacked planes on 9/11 and avoiding attacks. The article in Popular Mechanics notes that in the ten years prior to September 11, there was only one intercept by Norad of a civilian aircraft in North America: the Learjet of the golfer Payne Stewart. It took an hour and 19 minutes to intercept him, before he finally crashed. Based on the first reports, which misinterpreted the official crash report, the conspirators presented the Stewart case as proof that Norad normally needed only 19 minutes to intercept a civilian aircraft. “It’s a much debated issue,” Griffin told me. It seems that someone has fiddled with the truth here. I do not know what happened, but I read enough about it to know it’s not true that it took so long. ” And the other material evidence that dismisses the interception theory, including the NORAD recordings, which painfully and painfully detail the chaos and confusion that prevailed in American air defenses that morning? Griffin’s answer: The tapes were probably manipulated using morphing techniques to counter the voices of government officials and give the illusion of chaos staged, according to a scenario set by the government. It is no wonder, he says, that after 9/11 the historical documents are revised to fit the official version. “For its followers, it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy,” says Meigs. “As such, it is immune to any possibility of rebuttal, much as if you were talking to the most obtuse Marxist or extremist fundamentalist creationist. They will have an answer that looks like it’s coming down from the sky to any argument you can make. “The other article of faith of the conspiracy theorists is that it was not necessary that the conspiracy was very large. In Crossing the Rubicon, Michael Rupert writes that it was not necessary to orchestrate on September 11 more than twenty people with a complete anticipatory knowledge of the attacks, all “held in silence by draconian oaths”. If we count all the people and institutions accused of having been involved in the conspiracy, the number is growing out of control. It should include the CIA, the Department of Justice, the FAA, Norad, American and United Airlines, Fema, Popular Mechanics and other media outlets, local law enforcement agencies and the United States. State in Pennsylvania, Virginia and New York, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and finally-and perhaps above all, the 9/11 commission. A band that runs in a loop Of the so-called conspirators of this plot, few play a role as prominent as Philip Zelikow, the executive director of the 9/11 commission. University and career diplomat, his resignation was required in 2004 by representatives of families of 9/11 because of a presumed conflict of interest, because of his role on the transition team of George W. Bush. Zelikow recused himself from all aspects of the investigation relating to the period of his participation in the transition team. For the conspirators, it was enough to discredit the entire report of the commission. “I play a prominent role in their demonology, but people themselves do not feel like crazy,” says Zelikow. They are often people who in many ways seem very sincere, caring, and patient. They just have an obsession. ” The obsessive nature of conspiracy makes it very difficult to discuss or debate with the most extreme followers. “They do not really listen to you,” Zelikow said. You say something and opposite, the band is running in a loop. ” In 2007, a conspirator confronted Zelikow in public with the “revelation” that many of the hijackers were still alive. Zelikow replied that the 9/11 Commission had verified these allegations without being able to corroborate them, but that they had not been able to include in the final version of the report each of the conspiracy theories that had been refuted. The answer of his interlocutor was to repeat his accusation. Another conspiracy tactic is to focus on minor points of disagreement and exaggerate the importance of contradictions that are often easy to justify in overwhelming pieces of evidence , such as phone calls made by victims of embezzlement to their families, where they describe them. Griffin (The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions) book writer, for example, states that the phone calls, the transcripts of which were made public as part of the 9/11 Commission’s investigation, were counterfeited using “sound morphing” techniques at the same time. Abuse members of families. Nevertheless, some conspiracy theorists have abandoned some of their most difficult allegations, such as the idea that no airliner struck the Pentagon. “They focus on what’s going on around the World Trade Center, where they cling to some of these engineering hypotheses today refuted with some care,” says Zelikow. Conspirators The most effective provider of these assumptions is Richard Gage, founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. In March 2006, Gage heard Griffin say on the radio that some firefighters were providing evidence of controlled explosions at the World Trade Center. Gage was stunned. “I could not even walk to the office. I had to park, “he says. The next day, Gage tries to attend a Griffin conference in Oakland. But the room, planned for 600 people, is full, and he must be content with a retransmission via the Internet. A few weeks later, he created a PowerPoint presentation on this theory and started preaching to his coworkers. Two months later, he launched Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, and soon became a full-time campaigner, spreading the message that the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s investigation into the World Trade Center was a deception, and that an “independent” investigation was necessary. The petition he launched today bears the signature of 1,500 architects and engineers graduates or approved and is considered one of the most convincing leaders of the movement. Like Griffin, Gage says the NIST’s three-year, $ 16-million survey by almost 100 NIST investigators and staff and independent experts and consultants is part of of a criminal enterprise of concealment. “We are calling for a federal grand jury investigation of the chief investigator and his first deputy,” says Gage. Anyone who has put his name on these reports must be investigated. ” Of dozens of items peer reviewed were written, confirming all the official account, but they are spread in the same way. Gage and Griffin refer to the movement’s own peer-reviewed article published by former BYU professor Steven Jones and Danish scientist Niels Harrit. “Debating the speed of walking hobbits” Knowing that traditional controlled demolitions would have been audible throughout lower Manhattan if they had actually taken place on September 11, the conspirators were forced to find in support of their central thesis a rather obscure scientific explanation: the demolitions were carried out using an incendiary compound called nano-thermite. Jones and Harrit argue in their article that they have found traces of thermitic reactions in dust particles found in the World Trade Center. For Griffin and Gage, the work of the movement has been validated following the traditional method, but the peer review process of the article is suspect (the editor of the newspaper resigned due to the publication of the article without his permission, for example, and one of the peers who revised the article is a 9/11 conspirator who speculated that the passengers of the four flights are in fact still alive, and live on the accounts money in Swiss). “Since they cannot attack the scientific evidence, they are attacking the peer review process,” says Gage. So that they attack the scientific demonstrations. “Popular Mechanics and others took care of the scientific aspect. At some point, however, discussing science, theory, and ideas is a futile exercise, since the assumptions of conspiracy theorists are not rooted in any consideration of reality in the broad sense. “It may sound bad,” says Erik Sofge, one of the contributors to the Popular Mechanics article and casual contributor to Slate.com. “But, in fact, it’s like debating the speed of hobbits.” Editor’s Notes; There is a Youtube video where consistently timed explosive sounds were taking place. There is also an abundance of video and audio of firefighters describing explosions. Wouldn’t they know? I don’t know if the videos are still there, several videos have been pulled by YouTube. But, the more compelling question is ‘why would all these architects and engineers risk their jobs and reputations? Especially Steven Jones-the man has a stellar career and educational experiences behind him. But, if you’ve got a plane with autopilot and a building of the same size and structure as the two towers, just repeat the experiment and let’s see what happens.
When it comes to the criminal justice system in this country, I think we can all agree that there is a big problem. Not only are the jails and prisons filled to the brim with “criminals”, but there is also a large disconnect between crimes that get committed, the people who get caught, and the people who are set free. At the end of the day, the criminal justice system in this country is hard to understand and truly define. Crime in this country has gotten out of control, but in a roundabout, circular type of way. There are countless citizens running around shooting people in schools, at concerts, and in other public, seemingly safe, places. Then, there are people who are at the top, like business owners and CEOs of large companies who are engaging in criminal acts such as tax evasion, insider trading, and more. Lastly, there are street criminals that are engaging in drug dealing, burglary, theft, murder, rape, etc. At the end of the day, it is confusing to define what a crime in this country actually is, and why there are certain criminals who get put in jail, and others who are set free. LAWS This country is made up of many laws. Some of these laws work and some of them don’t. And, while some of these laws might not seem to make sense, there is no doubt that they are enforced and must be followed. Day in and day out, laws are constantly being enforced upon the citizens in this country by police officers. And, the purpose of these laws are to keep the citizens in this country in line, and to also, ensure a safe and secure place for us all to live in together. But, if that is true, then why are there still so many crimes being committed today? Why, with all these laws we have in our country, are there are so many heinous crimes that involve violence and hatred still occurring? Crimes such as school shootings, murder, and child abuse. Are these laws that we have today even doing us any good? It is true that many of the laws in this country were put into place for a reason. There are many laws in place that do make this country better, and there to stop people from doing things that they should not be doing. But on the other hand, there are also many laws in this country that are not rooted in any type of reality, and are not important in any sense of the word. Who Created The Laws You might ask yourself, who even created these laws that we live under today? And the truth is that some of the laws in this country were put in place by lawmakers who were attempting to make positive change. The problem is that sometimes, the intended change they were attempting to make never occurred, but the laws still stayed in tact. In a sense, a lot of the laws that we have today are not relevant to the society that we live in. And many of the laws that we have today don’t even begin to touch upon the real and actual problems that we all face on a day to day basis. Now, I am not here to advocate for more laws, but I am here to tell you that many of the laws that we all follow are not relevant to our daily lives, and that is where the problems really start to creep in. For instance, a few years ago, it was illegal to buy, sell, or use marijuana. There were cases where people were caught using marijuana by the police, and they were put in jail for years. There have also been many cases of people buying marijuana and being charged and put in jail. Now, if you are in favor of marijuana legalization or not, that is not the point here. The point is that marijuana is now legal in the state of California. That means that everyone who was previously put in jail for marijuana use is now in jail for a reason that is invalid. Did the people who are in jail for marijuana possession or use actually commit a crime if there is no law pertaining to the “crime” they committed? There is truly a disconnect between laws and our reality. RIGHT & WRONG You might want to ask, why would a law ever be put into place that would later be changed or altered? And, if laws are based on right and wrong and what is just and unjust, then why would a law ever change? Here’s an example of what I am referring to, if it is wrong to torture a child today, then why would it be okay to torture a child tomorrow, and vice versa? Alas, there is a reasoning behind all of this, and it is not as fair in any sense. The laws change for two reasons. The first reason is based on the lawmakers themselves. Based on what the lawmakers of the current time want and prefer, the laws will reflect those notions. This preference for certain laws over others also pertains to what politicians want and what big business owners want. Each of these group of people determine the laws for that period of time. Another reason why laws change is because laws are created and made based on what makes money and a bigger profit. In the case of marijuana legalization, there was no way to tax marijuana in the past, which is why it was illegal. Now, there are ways to tax marijuana and sell it in the marketplace, which is why you will now be seeing more and more states legalize marijuana. It’s really just as simple and clear cut as that. The Damage Of The Criminal Justice System Let’s change gears and discuss the mental and emotional damage of the criminal justice system. Aside from the fact that the entire system is unfair in a lot of ways, there is another side of the coin that many people fail to recognize, and that pertains to what happens to the people who have been incarcerated and then get out. Now, this is a very important topic to think about because it affects every single one of us. With the criminal justice system working the way that it does today, it seems that more and more people are being put in jail or prison. What this means is that one day, these people will get out and be let out on the streets. Now, will these people be able to get jobs after they have been set free? And, how mentally stable are these people once they get out of jail or prison? You must remember that many of these people do not have families waiting for them once they get out, or a cushy job and warm home to go to. A lot of these people have no choice but to go straight to the streets once they are set free. They will then have to find a place to live, a job, and a support system along the way. It’s truly a struggle, to say the least. It is said that the recidivism rate is extremely high in this country. The recidivism rate is the rate in which newly released prisoners go back to jail or prison. In all actuality, it’s no wonder that this rate is so high in this country, how is anyone supposed to get back on their feet with nothing to their name, and not even a place to call home? Something needs to change, and it needs to change fast. FALSELY CONVICTED There are also other factors to take into consideration within the criminal justice system, and one of these factors include people being put in jail under false pretenses, as well as people running free that committed serious crimes. The truth is that there is no question that certain juries might not convict the right person. And, if someone has enough money, they can hire a great lawyer and get a much lighter sentence than someone who is only able to afford a public defender. So, you might want to ask yourself, if someone cannot afford an amazing lawyer, should they be punished? If you think about that question for longer than two seconds, the answer is no, everyone should be treated the same, but that is unfortunately not the case with the justice system in this country. Those who are able to hire great lawyers get less time, and those who are able to come to court in a nice suit get less time, etc. The unfair discrepancies based on income and wealth go hand in hand. THE GLORIFICATION OF CRIME There are some people who believe the reason we have so many criminals in jail and prison at the moment is because of the glorified criminal lifestyle in this country. Everywhere you look these days, all you see is people breaking the law and being glorified for it. Whether you watch a movie, a television show, go on the internet, check social media, or read the newspaper, it seems that crime is being glorified. While this might not seem completely obvious to the naked eye, it is a fact, and it happens every single day. Take music videos for instance, the majority of music videos, especially pop, rap, and rock music videos completely and wholeheartedly glorify crime. Some of the crimes that these music videos glorify include fighting, drugs, underage drinking, and even rape and prostitution. A lot of these music videos make illegal activities look fun, interesting, and cool. And in a way, it’s no wonder why so many young people are committing crimes, they are just doing what they see on their screens. Crimes Being Shown On Television And In Movies Crimes being shown and glorified is true across the board. How many modern top grossing movies don’t have any violence in them? The answer is, not many. And if you don’t think that fighting glorifies crime, you are wrong. Fighting is not only illegal, but is damaging to society in a lot of ways. Fighting ruins relationships between people and breeds negativity. Moreover, there are countless highly-rated television shows focusing on murder and insanity, such as the popular television show Dexter. You also have extremely well-acclaimed shows such as Game Of Thrones constantly showing fighting, violence, murder, and even incest. THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IS BROKEN When all is said and done, yes, the criminal justice system in this country is broken. There are more people in jail and in prison now than there ever were before. Not only are there people committing horrible crimes, but there are also people being released from jail and not having anywhere to go. There are laws being enforced that are not relevant to the life in which we live today, as well as dangerous criminals running free, because they have the money and resources to do so. The sad fact is that there is not much that we can do except stay especially vigilant, aware, and educated, as well as follow the laws that have been set forth, no matter how ridiculous they may seem. The more that we educate ourselves and our children to what is really going on in this country, the better off we will all be.
Globalization and Its Relation to Global Warming Globalism is bad in other ways. Many individuals are aware of the term global warming. Whether they hear about it from the news, or just personally witness the unusual climate changes occurring around or close to them, they encounter minute impacts of global warming daily. However, most do not really understand just how serious of an issue global warming actually is at the moment. When talking about global warming, scientists are speaking of the global warming emissions that are on a constant upward swing. These emissions cause various problems. One of the problems is an increasing global sea level. Since 1880, the sea level has increased 8 inches, an obvious impact of Global Warming. While this may not seem like a great amount, this increase causes a higher risk of flooding to coastal and low-lying properties. Another problem is rising temperatures. Global warming emissions destroy the protective barrier between the earth’s surface and the intense heat given off by the sun. These increasing temperatures cause forests to be hotter and drier for longer periods of time. This then results in a longer forest fire season for the western United States. Also, it can lead to increased drought periods in many parts of the globe. This not only limits the drinking water supply, which people need to survive, but it destroys crops that don’t get an adequate amount of water. It also can put an increased pressure on pumping the ground water supply, since there is little to no rain water to continuously replenish it. Most people, myself included, enjoy watching the seasons change. However, with the increasing global warming conditions, the seasons are changing more rapidly and the fall and winter months are being cut shorter in length. According to the article Global Warming Impacts, spring arrives on average 10 days earlier in the northern hemisphere than it used to. This is causing the snow to melt more rapidly and raise the water levels in the oceans and seas. With the cold months cut shorter, there is less time for the cold weather to regulate viruses. For instance, mosquito’s carry many types of blood viruses, such as Zika. Without the cold winter months, mosquitoes are not controlled as they should be, and it is more likely for these viruses to spread quickly. Now that some of the global warming effects have been discussed at greater length, we need to understand what causes these effects. Most people know that it can be caused by an unnatural rise in carbon monoxide emissions or other hazardous materials being disposed of improperly. However, what they may not know is that globalization is a leading cause in the rise of global warming emissions. Globalization is the act of businesses operating on a worldwide spectrum and is possible through the implementation of trade agreements. While this may be beneficial for the business or company due to expansion, and increasing profits, most of the time it is not beneficial to help in cutting back on global warming. There are different ways as to how, but all-in-all it leads to an unnatural increase in carbon monoxide emissions. One way this is possible is through transportation. With businesses operating on a global level, there is more demand for travel and transportation. If the business is a service business, some of the time the companies must have employees travel from one location to another for various reasons. These employees normally travel by use of trains, planes, buses or automobiles. All the listed modes of transportation for travel give off carbon monoxide emissions, through the use of gas or diesel, which are types of fossil fuels. More common, however, is for production businesses and companies to transport goods or products. They may transport whole products to be sold through retailers or parts of products for production to be completed of the whole product. Goods and products are typically transported with the use of boats, airplanes, trucks, and sometimes trains. Once again, all of these types of transportation give off the harmful emissions. Another way this is possible is through politics. Since globalization means that businesses operate in multiple countries, they are able to work around global warming regulations to cut costs. Many production businesses produce some type of waste. This waste could be hazardous or it could just be something that decomposes over time. Regardless of what type it is; most waste gives off carbon monoxide emissions. Along with this, different countries have different regulations in an effort to cut back on global warming effects, although some countries regulations are stricter than others. For example, the regulations could be how to dispose of the waste or how much they are able to dispose of in a given period of time. It could also be how much emission they are able to release into the atmosphere for industrial plant companies. Many global companies look at these regulations and go to the areas that have less strict regulations to help cut costs of disposal and not have to find another alternative for the disposal of their waste. This then allows the business to pollute more than they should be able to and causes carbon monoxide emissions to increase greatly. Through globalization, companies are trying to expand their business and increase profits by cutting costs. However, globalization is costing more than it is worth with the negative effects that it produces on global warming. Globalization gives a direct correlation to increasing carbon monoxide levels in the atmosphere, which in turn leads to the negative effects of things such as rising temperatures. While globalization can have benefits to businesses and the environment in other ways, we must be mindful and conservative of its overall impact. Global warming is on a continuous rise and globalization will continue to affect it as time goes on.