'Dump Trump': Tens of thousands join global march

'Dump Trump': Tens of thousands join global march
Demonstrators arrive on the National Mall in Washington, DC, for the 'Women's March on Washington' on January 21, 2017 (AFP Photo/Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS)

March for Science protesters hit the streets worldwide

March for Science protesters hit the streets worldwide
Thousands of people in Australia and New Zealand on Saturday kicked off the March for Science, the first of more than 500 marches around the globe in support of scienceThousands of people in Australia and New Zealand on Saturday kicked off the March for Science, the first of more than 500 marches around the globe in support of science

Bernie Sanders and the Movement Where the People Found Their Voice

"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."
"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)


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A student holds a sign reading "Don't shoot, listen!!!" during a protest
on June 17, 2013 in Brasilia (AFP, Evaristo)

FIFA scandal engulfs Blatter and Platini

FIFA scandal engulfs Blatter and Platini
FIFA President Sepp Blatter (L) shakes hands with UEFA president Michel Platini after being re-elected following a vote in Zurich on May 29, 2015 (AFP Photo/Michael Buholzer)
"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)

… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.

What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …

Wall Street's 'Fearless Girl' statue to stay until 2018

Wall Street's 'Fearless Girl' statue to stay until 2018
The " Fearless Girl " statue on Wall Street is seen by many as a defiant symbol of women's rights under the new administration of President Donald Trump (AFP Photo/ TIMOTHY A. CLARY)



“… The Fall of Many - Seen It Yet?

You are going to see more and more personal secrets being revealed about persons in high places of popularity or government. It will seem like an epidemic of non-integrity! But what is happening is exactly what we have been teaching. The new energy has light that will expose the darkness of things that are not commensurate with integrity. They have always been there, and they were kept from being seen by many who keep secrets in the dark. Seen the change yet?

In order to get to a more stable future, you will have to go through gyrations of dark and light. What this means is that the dark is going to be revealed and push back at you. It will eventually lose. We told you this. That's what you're here for is to help those around you who don't see an escape from the past. They didn't get their nuclear war, but everything else is going into the dumper anyway. … “

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Number of US newspaper newsroom employees down sharply: survey

Yahoo – AFP, July 30, 2018

The number of employees in US newspaper newsrooms has fallen sharply over
the past decade, according to a new survey (AFP Photo/SAUL LOEB)

Washington (AFP) - The number of employees in US newspaper newsrooms has declined by 45 percent over the past decade, according to a survey published on Monday.

US newspaper newsroom employees fell from 71,000 in 2008 to 39,000 in 2017, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics figures cited by the Pew Research Center.

The decline in the number of newspaper newsroom workers was the biggest contributor to an overall drop in newsroom employment in the United States, Pew said.

The overall number of employees working in newsrooms -- newspapers, radio, cable and broadcast television and digital media outlets -- fell 23 percent over the period, from 114,000 in 2008 to 88,000 in 2017.

"Of the five industries studied, notable job growth occurred only in the digital-native news sector," Pew said.

The number of digital-native newsroom employees increased by 79 percent over the period, from about 7,400 in 2008 to about 13,000 in 2017, it said.

Pew said the number of broadcast television newsroom employees -- 28,000 --- remaining relatively stable from 2008 to 2017 as did the number of people working in cable television newsrooms -- about 3,000.

Radio newsrooms, however, lost about 27 percent of their employees from 4,600 in 2008 to 3,300 in 2017, Pew said.

US newspapers have been hit by waves of layoffs over the past decade amid steep falls in circulation and advertising.

Last week, the New York Daily News, the century-old tabloid known for its provocative headlines, announced it was slashing half its editorial staff.

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"... Marketing the Drama and Unseen Truth

Number three: There are some very old energies in your society and in your culture that have always been the same and represent past Human nature, and you have to decide what to do with them. You may not be able to change them, but you have a choice on what to do with them.

If you believe in the shift and you are starting to think more positive, then let me tell you something that will help. There is light on this planet that is not being reported. There is the beginning of high consciousness ideas and new thought about the future of humanity in very powerful places. These are seeds of new thought that are beginning to grow, and some of them make so much sense and are elegant, yet you'll never know about them. The reason? Your media is filled with the old dark consciousness of drama above all else and many of you willingly create a platform to sustain it.

Some of you will come home from work and feel it's a nice idea to turn on the media and watch all of the horrible things that happened on the planet that day. Perhaps you don't want the news, so you go for entertainment instead. So you turn on a program where you can watch families in drama, arguing and complaining. What I'm telling you, dear ones, is that your media is broken, and you watch it anyway.

Right now, it continues in the old energy and the management in charge thinks it knows best what you and your neighbors want. So it's going to deliver darkness on a regular basis, and if there's nothing dark, it will create it for you. That is what you're faced with. Here is my advice. Select the media carefully that you believe is true and accurate. Wouldn't you rather have fun things to watch? Perhaps you'd like to watch cute pets or animals doing fun things? How about children doing amazing and hilarious things, or great stories of heroism with uplifting endings? How about amazing nature or comedy that is hilarious? Right now with new devices, you can see all of that as much as you want, without commercials. This is the newest trend and evolution of your media selection - personal control over programs in your home, without commercial interruption. Did you see this happening and wonder why now?

So the solution to drama-biased media is simple: Don't watch or listen to standard broadcast! Instead, find out about the alternates and be selective. Select news that is less biased in bringing you full-time drama. Of course, you need to stay in touch with what is happening, but you don't have to accept a program that is dedicated to enhancing and promoting the drama of the day and making it worse - or that gives no news at all about the good things going on.

I say this because broadcast not only is broken, it's dangerous, since it gives false impressions of the overview of the planet. They are stuck in the old energy and haven't caught up yet with the overview of what might really be happening on the planet. Not yet. Even the channels that will give you supposedly good education and history are biased in ways that you would not even expect. They continue to believe in slanting even historic or documentary stories to be horrific and dark. They believe that is what people really want.

What would happen if these companies started programming things people really wanted to watch? What would happen is exactly what they want, and their revenues would go up! I hope they're listening. There will come some day, dear ones, where there'll be more than one good news channel and you can tune in to hear the most heroic and heart-rendering things that have happened on that day on the planet. It will be balanced, perhaps with some other things that also happened. But it will be a balance that you have not seen yet anywhere. ...."


"Recalibration of Free Choice"–  Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) - (Subjects: (Old) SoulsMidpoint on 21-12-2012, Shift of Human Consciousness, Black & White vs. Color, 1 - Spirituality (Religions) shifting, Loose a Pope “soon”, 2 - Humans will change react to drama, 3 - Civilizations/Population on Earth,  4 - Alternate energy sources (Geothermal, Tidal (Paddle wheels), Wind), 5 – Financials Institutes/concepts will change (Integrity – Ethical) , 6 - News/Media/TV to change, 7 – Big Pharmaceutical company will collapse “soon”, (Keep people sick), (Integrity – Ethical)  8 – Wars will be over on Earth, Global Unity, … etc.) (Text version)

“…6 - The News

Number six. I'll be brief. Watch for your news to change. It has to. When the media realizes that Human Beings are changing their watching habits, they're going to start changing what they produce for you to watch. Eventually, there's going to be something called "The Good News Channel," and it will be very attractive indeed. For it will be real and offset the drama of what is today's attraction. This is what families at night, sitting around the table, will wish to watch. They'll have something where the whole picture of a situation is shown and not just the dramatic parts. You will hear about what's happening on the planet that no one is telling you now, and when that occurs [we have no clock, dear one], it's going to compete strongly with the drama. I keep telling you this. Human nature itself is starting to be in color instead of black and white. Watch for it. And that was number six ….”


"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration LecturesGod / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems  (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it),  Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse),  Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) (Text version)

“…  Government

Let us speak of government. We're not speaking of your government, but of any government - the way it works, how it survives, how it has survived, the way it campaigns, and how it elects leaders. It's going to change.

Years ago, I told you, "When everybody can talk to everybody, there can be no secrets." Up to this point on this planet, government has counted on one thing - that the people can't easily talk to each other on a global scale. They have to get their information through government or official channels. Even mass media isn't always free enough, for it reports that which the government reports. Even a free society tends to bias itself according to the bias of the times. However, when you can have Human Beings talking to each other all at once, all over the planet without government control, it all changes, for there is open revelation of truth.

Democracy itself will change and you're going to see it soon. The hold-outs, the few countries I have mentioned in the past, are doomed unless they recalibrate. They're doomed to be the same as they have been and won't be able to exist as they are now with everyone changing around them.

I mentioned North Korea in the past. Give it time. Right now, the young man is under the control of his father's advisors. But when they're gone, you will see something different, should he survive. Don't judge him yet, for he is being controlled.

In government, if you're entire voting base has the ability to talk to itself without restriction and comes up with opinions by itself without restriction, it behooves a politician to be aware and listen to them. This will change what politicians will do. It will change the way things work in government. Don't be surprised when some day a whole nation can vote all at once in a very unusual way. Gone will be the old systems where you used to count on horseback riders to report in from faraway places. Some of you know what I am talking about. Government will change. The systems around you, both dark and light, will change. You're going to start seeing something else, too, so let's change the subject and turn the page. ”

Monday, July 30, 2018

Pope accepts resignation of archbishop convicted of abuse cover-up

Yahoo – AFP, 30 July 2018

Last month Pope Francis accepted the resignation of five Chilean bishops amid
accusations of abuse and related cover-ups

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Philip Wilson, an Australian archbishop convicted in May of concealing abuse by a notorious paedophile priest in the 1970s, the Vatican said Monday.

Earlier this month Wilson, 67, was sentenced to a year in detention after becoming one of the highest-ranking church officials to be convicted on the charge.

"The Holy Father Francis accepted the resignation of the pastoral government of the Archdiocese of Adelaide (Australia), presented by S.E. Mons. Philip Edward Wilson," the Vatican said in a statement.

His resignation comes less than a fortnight after Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull asked the pope to sack Wilson, who was found guilty in an Australian court of failing to report allegations against paedophile priest Jim Fletcher.

He had long denied the charges and initially resisted calls to resign pending an appeal against his conviction.

Wilson's legal team made four attempts to have the case thrown out, arguing that he suffered from Alzheimer's and so should avoid trial.

But a magistrate in Australia found Wilson guilty of concealing a serious indictable offence of another person, concluding that his primary motive was to protect the church.

He said when sentencing him that Wilson showed "no remorse or contrition".

The court has adjourned the matter until August 14 to assess whether Wilson can serve his sentence under home detention.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

NY Times publisher tells Trump anti-press attacks 'dangerous and harmful'

Yahoo – AFP, Brian KNOWLTON, July 29, 2018

President Donald Trump, seen here taking questions from reporters outside the White
House, has met with the publisher of the New York Times (AFP Photo/Alex EDELMAN)

Washington (AFP) - The publisher of the New York Times has warned Donald Trump in a White House meeting that the president's escalating attacks on the news media are "inflammatory" and "dangerous and harmful to our country."

Trump's meeting with A.G. Sulzberger, who took the reins of the prestigious newspaper on Jan. 1, took place July 20, following a request from the White House for what appeared to be a routine get-to-know-you session.

The session, which also included Times editorial page editor James Bennet, had remained secret under mutual agreement until Trump tweeted about it early Sunday.

"Had a very good and interesting meeting at the White House with A.G. Sulzberger, Publisher of the New York Times," Trump said on Twitter.

"Spent much time talking about the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, 'Enemy of the People.' Sad!"

Sulzberger, in a statement released by the Times, said the president's tweet effectively "put the meeting on the record," and he described what appeared to be an unusually tough and blunt session with the president.

"I told the president directly that I thought that his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous," Sulzberger said.

New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger, seen here at an awards ceremony 
April 23, 2018, has warned US President Donald Trump that his attacks on the
press are "dangerous and harmful" (AFP Photo/ROB KIM)

"I told him that although the phrase 'fake news' is untrue and harmful, I am far more concerned about his labeling journalists 'the enemy of the people.' I warned that this inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence."

With some foreign leaders using Trump's language "to justify sweeping crackdowns on journalists, I warned that it was putting lives at risk."

Sulzberger concluded: "I implored him to reconsider his broader attacks on journalism, which I believe are dangerous and harmful to our country."

But the exchange comes at a time of high tension between Trump and the US news media, with Trump regularly denouncing critical news reports as "fake news."

The 37-year-old Sulzberger is the latest in a long line of Sulzbergers to lead the Times. When he took over leadership of the "Gray Lady" after several years as a reporter or editor, Trump tweeted that the young man's rise gave the paper a "last chance" to prove itself impartial and to report the news "without fear or FAVOR."

But since then, as the Times and other news sources have chronicled Trump's personal and political problems and logged his frequent misstatements, the president has repeatedly lashed back.

He has tweeted scores of times that the Times is "very dishonest," "failing and corrupt," and that it uses "phony and nonexistent sources."

Reporter Kaitlan Collins asking a question at the White House, which barred her from 
a different event at a time of high tensions between the press and President Donald 
Trump (AFP Photo/MANDEL NGAN)

The Times has defended its reporters' work and pointed out that, far from "failing," it has enjoyed healthy growth. Last year's revenue hit $1.7 billion, 8 percent above the previous year.

Love/hate relationship

Observers say the president has a love/hate relationship with what was his hometown newspaper as he grew up in New York and became one of the city's best-known figures, craving space in its columns but furious when it appeared critical of him.

Whether the Trump-Sulzberger meeting will lead to any easing of White House tensions with the press remained unclear, though Trump's tweet did not seem to suggest so.

As one former Times editor said Sunday on social media about the chances of any reconciliation, "Don't hold your breath."

If anything, Trump's relations with the press seem recently to have hit a new low.

The White House on Wednesday barred CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins from a press event after her persistent questioning at an earlier event was deemed "inappropriate."

Olivier Knox, president of the White House Correspondents Association, deplored the action as a "wrong-headed and weak" response to a reporter who, he said, was simply doing her job.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

US cardinal caught up in abuse scandal resigns

Yahoo – AFP, 28 July 2018

US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was removed from ministry in June after a
review board found there was "credible" evidence that he had assaulted the
teen in the early 1970s

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a prominent US cardinal who is accused of sexually abusing a teenager nearly five decades ago, the Vatican said Saturday.

Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, was removed from the ministry in June after a review board found there was "credible" evidence that he had assaulted the teen while working as a priest in New York in the early 1970s.

"Yesterday evening the Holy Father received the letter in which Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington (U.S.A.), presented his resignation as a member of the College of Cardinals," the Vatican said in a statement Saturday.

"Pope Francis accepted his resignation from the cardinalate and has ordered his suspension from the exercise of any public ministry, together with the obligation to remain in a house yet to be indicated to him, for a life of prayer and penance until the accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial."

McCarrick, 88, has been one of the most prominent American cardinals active on the international stage and the charges make him one of the most high-profile Catholic leaders to face abuse claims.

Although he has officially retired, McCarrick has continued to travel abroad regularly, including on human rights issues.

McCarrick was ordained a priest in 1958 and rose through the ranks in the Archdiocese of New York before being installed as archbishop of Washington in 2001, a post he held until 2006.

The claims against him were made public in June by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the current archbishop of New York.

Dolan said an independent forensic agency "thoroughly investigated" the allegation.

A review board that included jurists, law enforcement experts, parents, psychologists, a priest and a religious sister then "found the allegations credible and substantiated" and the Vatican ordered McCarrick to stop exercising his priestly ministry.

At the time, McCarrick released a statement maintaining his innocence but added that he "fully cooperated" in the investigation.

Senior US church officials said they had received three allegations of McCarrick's sexual misconduct with adults decades ago, two of which resulted in settlements.

The US Catholic website Crux quoted a man as accusing him of abusing him in New York's St Patrick's Cathedral when he was a 16-year-old in the 1970s.

A first since 1927

McCarrick remains a priest pending the Vatican investigative process which could see him excluded from the Church.

Yet the loss of his status as cardinal is in itself the rarest of moves. The only previous such case came in 1927, when Pope Pius XI accepted the resignation of French cardinal Lois Billot, who had himself renounced his status for political reasons.

In March 2015, Pope Francis formally accepted the resignation of Keith O'Brien, but allowed him to keep the title of cardinal after the former Bishop of Edinburgh and former leader of the Roman Catholic church in Scotland resigned two years over allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour towards priests in the 1980s.

Cardinals act as close papal advisors and can attend conclaves to elect new pontiffs if they are aged below 80.

Other cardinals caught up in scandal include Australia's top Catholic George Pell, number three in the Vatican. Pell faces prosecution in Australia for historical child sexual offences. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Archbishop of Santiago, Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, was meanwhile summoned by the regional prosecutor's office at Rancagua, central Chile, to respond on August 21 to accusations of being involved in covering up sexual abuse by Chilean priests, 14 of whom were defrocked in May.

US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was removed from ministry in June after a review board found there was "credible" evidence that he had assaulted the teen in the early 1970s

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Peru's Supreme Court president resigns over corruption scandal

Yahoo – AFP, 19 July 2018

The president of Peru's Judiciary and Supreme Court, Duberli Rodriguez (C) speaking
during a meeting with a committee of jurists, has resigned over a growing scandal
linked to the sale of sentences and influence peddling

Peru's Supreme Court president Duberli Rodriguez offered his resignation on Thursday after the publication of a series of audio recordings sparked a growing scandal over the sale of sentences and influence peddling.

"Given the institutional crisis that the judicial branch is going through, I present my irrevocable resignation from the post," said Rodriguez in a short letter published on the Supreme Court's Twitter account.

Rodriguez said the reasons for his resignation would be explained during a Supreme Court extraordinary session on Thursday afternoon.

He had been under pressure from Supreme Court colleagues demanding he resign so someone else -- completely untouched by the scandal -- could be tasked with reorganizing the judicial system.

Peru's judicial branch had announced a 90-day emergency on Wednesday, signed by Rodriguez and published in the El Peruano newspaper.

"In response to the judicial problems it is imperative that urgent and immediate measures are adopted to restore the normal, efficient and transparent development of jurisdictional activities," the judicial authority's resolution stated.

The National Council of the Magistracy's (CNM) president Orlando Velasquez also resigned on Thursday after just three days in the job, saying he did so for "dignity."

The CNM is the body that nominates judges and prosecutors.

The news comes less than a week after Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra dismissed Justice Minister Salvador Heresi over the embarrassing revelations.

"For the health of the justice system reform, I've asked minister Heresi to resign," Vizcarra had said on Twitter. "The period Peru is going through requires firm action."

Vizcarra appointed a committee of six jurists headed by ex-chancellor Allan Wagner to deliver a judicial reform proposal.

He has called an extraordinary session in parliament for Friday to discuss the possibility of a blanket resignation of CNM magistrates.

The diffusion of inflammatory audio recordings began 10 days ago on investigative journalism website IDL-Reporteros and the Panorama program on television station Canal 5, after which the public prosecutor's office opened an investigation into suspected influence peddling.

A number of judges and judicial officials implicated in the scandal have been suspended.

Heresi was sacked after a conversation between him and Supreme Court judge Cesar Hinostroza, another implicated in the affair, was played on television.

In the recording, Heresi asks Hinostroza to come to his office to talk to him about a legal initiative.

The president of Peru's Judiciary and Supreme Court, Duberli Rodriguez (C) speaking during a meeting with a committee of jurists, has resigned over a growing scandal linked to the sale of sentences and influence peddling.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Main suspects in Vestia derivatives case jailed for fraud and bribery

DutchNews, July 18, 2018

Photo: Depositphotos.com 

Two people have been jailed for fraud by judges in Rotterdam, following the trial of seven people for their roles in the near-collapse of Dutch housing corporation Vestia. 

Treasurer Marcel de Vries, who was responsible for the derivatives portfolio, was jailed for 36 months. The court ruled he had been bribed to the tune of almost €10 million over eight years. De Vries was also found guilty of fraud and money laundering. 

Derivatives trader Arjan Greeven, who earned tens of thousands in commission on the deals, was jailed for 30 months, well below the 57 months demanded by the public prosecution department.   

Vestia came close to bankruptcy in 2012 as a result of speculating in high-risk derivatives and made total losses estimated at €2 billion. The corporation was once the largest social landlord in the Netherlands, with 900,000 homes at its disposal. 

Four other defendants in the case, including Greven’s ex-wife and his father, were found not guilty of money laundering. Two other defendants were given community service and suspended sentences for their role in the scandal.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Activists debunk war-torn Syria's fake news

Yahoo – AFP, Rouba El Husseini, July 14, 2018

Violent conflict has engulfed Syria since 2011, when the regime launched a
crackdown against mass demonstrations (AFP Photo/Mohamad ABAZEED)

Beirut (AFP) - Old images, fiction films and even video games have all been used to spread fake news stories in war-torn Syria -- creating all the more work for a media collective debunking them.

Protests broke out against Syria's regime in 2011 and then spun into violent conflict. All along, there has been a continuous stream of fabricated "news", helped by the rapid-fire reach of social media.

To bring clarity and truth to an increasingly complex war, 32-year-old activist and journalist Ahmad Primo founded Verify-sy, an electronic platform that monitors and fact-checks stories about the conflict.

"As reporters, journalists, and activists, we've got a responsibility," Primo tells AFP.

"What's happening today will be written down as history, and we don't want it to be fake history."

Years ago, Primo took part in protests in the northern city of Aleppo and worked at a website that published news about the popular movement.

After being arrested three times by government forces, he moved to rebel-held territory in northern Syria before eventually leaving for Turkey.

"I was arrested for publishing the truth about what's happening (in regime territory), and when I moved to opposition areas, I noticed they tamper with the truth, too," says Primo.

"My reaction was that I can't be quiet until we finish with these oppressors -- and there are many oppressors now in Syria."

In Syria, fake news is nothing new, says Primo.

Before President Bashar al-Assad, "we were raised on the idea that (his father, president) Hafez al-Assad was forever. But then he died. So what does 'forever' mean?"

'Video game'

Verify-sy, whose volunteers receive some funding from European nations, works across a range of platforms to shoot down fake news.

On Twitter, it posts screenshots of misleading new stories stamped with a thick red "X" and placed alongside correct versions branded with a green check mark.

"We consider any picture or news story that gets widely published to be something we should monitor and verify," says Primo.

For fellow fact-checker Dirar Khattab, fake news travels faster than the truth.

"Anybody who has a social media account with lots of followers turns into a news channel," the 32-year-old says.

Among the news stories Verify-sy has debunked is a picture that went viral in May, allegedly showing Israeli air strikes on Damascus.

The photo, in fact, is of Israel's bombardment of the Gaza Strip in 2014.

With every new military assault in Syria, the team sees its workload skyrocket -- they fact-check at least four or five stories a day, says Primo.

In June, as government troops prepared an assault on Syria's southern province of Daraa, opposition pages published footage of a voice blaring from a mosque minaret urging rebels to take up arms.

Verify-sy found it was shot in Yemen in 2015.

The platform has worked in English and Arabic for years, and recently opened a Turkish service when Ankara-backed rebels attacked a Kurdish region of northwest Syria.

"Once, there was a video clip going around on Turkish news pages showing fighters being monitored through night vision goggles," recalls Primo.

"When we verified it, we found it was footage from a video game."

Film footage

The White Helmets, rescuers who help victims of regime bombardment in rebel areas, have been at the centre of fake reports.

In one viral video clip, men presented as White Helmets are seen acting out a scene on a film set, sparking accusations the group stages shots of its rescues.

But it was later discovered that the scene was, in fact, from a film by a pro-government director smearing the White Helmets.

Primo's team relies on various tools to verify news. They use traditional methods, like checking with their reporters and sources on the ground.

But they also use Google's reverse image search to determine whether a picture portrayed as capturing one event actually dates back to an entirely different event.

Sometimes, members of the team are able to spot old photographs and video footage straightaway.

Khattab remembers how, in December 2016, he watched Syria's envoy to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari, show the UN Security Council an image purportedly taken just before the regime retook Aleppo from rebels.

"I saw him hold up a picture of a soldier on all fours, with a woman stepping on his back to get off a truck," he says.

"But I knew the photo was from Iraq."

To help them in their work, the group has launched a Facebook page allowing users to post suspected phonies for them to check.

But with only six volunteers working on the project in their spare time, it's a mammoth task.

"Every day, there's fake news," says Khattab.

"If we wanted to monitor Syria news minute by minute, we'd never stop."

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

FAKE NEWS ! – (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll)

Kryon.com, March 25, 2018

This live channelling was given in Sacramento, California

To help the reader, this channelling has been revisited [by Lee and Kryon] to provide even clearer understanding. Sometime information is even added or condensed. Often what happens live has implied energy within it, which carries a kind of communication that the printed page does not. So enjoy this enhanced message given in Sacramento.

Greetings, dear ones, I am Kryon of Magnetic Service. The shift is occurring on this planet and is changing paradigms that you won't expect. All aspects of your culture will eventually be affected. The questions some of you have asked are, "What can I do next? What is it that would have the most results?" The answer is what we all have been telling you: Expect change. Expect benevolent change and develop the intuition to work with it.

So let's talk about an old paradigm that is prevalent and must change, and will change. I'm going to call it - are you ready? - fake news. [Laughter in the audience] This one is a bit different and it has many levels. Let's speak about one in 3D, and then let's go beyond that and talk about the esoteric ones. We speak about the news that you are given, that you believe and trust, that is completely and totally fake. Here you sit today, March 25. What is the big news? "You're going be hit with an amazing geomagnetic storm from the sun. It's an amazing coronal event and the hole produced is astonishing, and it will come slamming into this planet with all of its force, disrupting all communications and potentially knocking out satellites. It might even affect your health!" So, how do you like it so far? [Nothing had happened this day.] It was all over the news!

At the end of this channel, why don't you try to find out what happened? Why the fuss? It's so interesting that the news is so dramatic that it goes viral and, then, when the projected event doesn't happen. there is no news at all about why. What happened?

Another event will come along and be presented in all its drama in the same way, and it won't unfold in any dramatic way either. How many times have you been told the end of the earth is coming? When it does not, there is no one responsible for the fake news that got everyone fearful, is there?

Let me tell you what happened today, for it's an example of the rest of what I wish to discuss. What happened today is, indeed, a sun anomaly, but something that has been seen before. It's very large indeed, this coronal hole, with streams that go past the earth in spectacular ways that have been seen before. If you went to the office of the astronomer and you said to him or her, "What happened today?", they would say, "It's what's happened before. The magnetic grid of this planet absorbed it and it wasn't really that dangerous based on what we have seen before." But why, you might ask, was this reported as a fearful event? They will say, "We made a mistake. We told the news about the storm and they are not astronomers or physicists. They're reporters of drama." So that is what this planet received, dear ones - fake news. If you want to do the research about what happened this weekend, you'll find it was very normal and that it has happened before. It didn't even move the instruments much that astronomers use for measuring these events.

So this is the example we wish to look at right now of fake news. Many things have been completely and totally distorted or taken out of context or actually designed to be false in order to get a reaction - from you. Perhaps it is done to sell products or perhaps to make you cower in fear? But it's part of the current paradigm of your culture. So let's take a look at some of the others.

What are you facing right now on this planet? That little voice inside is going to tell you: "Things are not going to turn out well. Here it is again. Look what's happened in the past. We are overdue for a war." This is completely and totally false. The old energy triggers of your consciousness are still stuck with old tapes playing because of old situational energies, not the one you're in today. Your own mind plays the same tapes over and over because of things that might have happened in certain ways in the past. So this becomes fake news that you are giving to yourself! Profound, it is, if you think about. This propensity for self-deception is the very reason for the study of coherence in the Human, in order to settle those tapes. When you can eliminate the "doom chatter" you'll be able to grasp a truth that is pure and beautiful. The truth that is pure and beautiful is that nothing that happened in the past needs to happen in the future. Reality is not designed that way in this new energy. This future has a completely and totally different paradigm

More Fake News: Your Abilities and Your Health

Here's another one, a big one: This one doesn't come from your own consciousness, but from others who give you information that becomes inbred in you and controls how you think. I speak of those who told you you can't be something or you won't be something. Perhaps they have said you can't do this or you can't do that or this will never work with you or that will never work. Perhaps they were in some authority? It's "implanted fake news" - and you believed it.

A trusted medical doctor will tell you what's going to happen to your aging body, based upon research and the scientific measurement of the day. In an old energy, it might even have been a death sentence! So after a series of tests, they say, "Here's what's going on with you." They look at your brain, your heart, your systems and all the things important with your biology. Then your attitude sinks to a new low and you wonder how you're going to survive! What's going to happen next? Dear one, this is the oldest fake news in your culture. You see, there has been no test or credibility given to Human consciousness - the actual governor of the cells! This fake news wants you to believe that you have no control at all over your chemistry or your processes. You are a complete victim of life itself. Yet we have been telling you for years that your entire cellular structure gets its health from the "boss" - you!

Dear ones, the only thing that stops your cellular structure from taking the instructions you can give it is (ready?) fake news! If your body has already cognized the fake news of your culture, it's very difficult to give your body any instructions. Why? Because you believe the fake news.

This is controversial because people will say, "Well, is the diagnostic correct or not? Is the science correct or not?" The answer is it is correct for the doctor, but not for you. The measurement is correct, but what comes next is often fake news. You believe the cultural fake news and it sinks in and then takes you to a new low level - a place that will enhance your already dysfunctional chemistry. In other words, the fake news makes you worse.

The new consciousness of this planet is one that can look right into the face of this kind of thing and say, "This is only a part of the story." Imagine looking in the face of a disease and saying, "You haven't got a chance, because I love you." Some might say, "How can you say that to a disease?" The answer is because it's alive and has energy rules of its own existence. If you do this, you can disseminate it and it'll go away - actually dissolve. It's an inappropriate energy in the new light. What you're actually doing is to instruct your body: "I love myself too much to let this rule me or kill me or even make me sick." Dear ones, this is a stretch of the imagination for some. But the fake news of your culture says you can't do anything at all. Meanwhile, there is spontaneous remission and nobody seems to know why.

The only news that is true, dear ones, comes right from the creative source that some call God, Spirit, the center of all things. The news is that you are connected to this source in a way that you can sense and become one with. That's your real baseline. That is your main truth, and it's not new. The ancients knew it, and most of your ancestors practiced it. That's the basic truth, not what you hear on the medical news, nor the diagnosis you hear from the doctor, or what your parents have told you, or even your profound teachers - the people who you trusted the most.

The Big One: Your Soul is Doomed

So let's get to the highest level of fake news there is today. Are you ready for this one? The highest fake news there is today is that you were born dirty or that you don't deserve to be here. There is a story that somehow, through some convoluted spiritual mythology, that the greatest love source in the Universe had a war. Some angelic being tried to take over and was cast from "heaven". I will tell you again, dear ones, that God does not think like a Human, does not have a reality like a Human, doesn't have Human nature, and does not have any of the attributes that would even begin to allow for such a low-energy Human-like event. This is the worst form of "humanizing God", as we have discussed before. Like a children's story, humanity has assigned the worst attributes of itself to the creator, and in doing so makes the most loving source in all creation dysfunctional for you.

Because of this fake news, you are told that the Human soul itself has been spoiled even before birth! Again, the darkest energies on this planet through history have inserted themselves into the most divine and spectacular relationship you could ever have, and have given you a dysfunctional God who loves you enough to send you and your children to suffer forever unless you somehow discover a hidden truth that is isolated among a portion of believers on the planet. To make it worse, there are groups of other isolated believers who have other mythology, creating spiritual wars over who has the most dysfunctional God!

So the biggest fake news of all starts at birth and tells you that you can't get ahead. As you grow, your culture, your parents, your reality all tell you about that dysfunctional God and warn you to behave a certain way so you won't be tortured every day when you die by this loving entity who created the heavens and the earth. Unfortunately, the story continues and there's no way to do anything by yourself about this. You see, you were born dirty and you are doomed. Therefore, you are not worthy of that relationship that I teach you about. You are not even allowed to look. If you do, you are labeled as a "strange thinker" and cast out, like so many of you who are reading this.

Let me ask you this: When your child was old enough to understand your language and could look you in the eye and ask, "Mom, Dad, who am I really?", what would you tell them? Perhaps from the depth of the greatest love you have as a mother or a father, would you look at them and say, "I'm sorry to tell you this, but you don't have a chance. You are doomed."? [Laughter from the audience] You're laughing because it's absurd! Yet humanity has put that attribute upon the greatest love in the Universe. Even the most basic child's spiritual logic would tell you this is fake news. So again, I tell you that you are born magnificent with everything functioning in your perfect soul, and with free choice you can look for that piece of God inside.

Free choice is actually what developed fake news on this planet. The low consciousness of the planet is only working at about 35 percent of what is possible. In other words, although everything is there within you, the low energy of the past has dragged it down and beat it up so your amazing consciousness potential doesn't function well. This is the reason for the absurdity of a race that continues to war for thousands of years, over hundreds of cultures, even though this has never solved even one issue.

Now you are in the shift, and suddenly you are in a newer, lighter consciousness, a new area, where eventually you will create peace on Earth. You're functioning better than you ever have before. It's in your news now and can't be covered up.

Mother, father, psychologist: In today's culture, you look in the eyes of a child and tell them they are worthy of being here and that they can go to the top of anything they can conceive. They are beautiful, honored and what they can achieve is unlimited. This is what you tell a child because now you understand what fake news can do to a young mind.

Where are you in the scenario of fake news today? What have you been told you cannot do? What does "modern" medicine say is going to happen to you in your society and at your age? This news is fake. The instruments measure your biology, but they can't measure the magnificence of your consciousness or the healing power of it. How long are you supposed to live? Fake news will give you numbers based on a body without any divine, driving force. It will tell you that you're supposed to "drug up" because you're over a certain age. It's fake news. We have told you this. If your media gives you these things, turn off your media. Find media that is more selective instead of media that targets your group. Go to a place where you can get a more consistent proof that includes alternate healing methods and testimonies from those like you. Dear ones, there are places being developed in your media that will someday include far more integrity and truth about what you can do for yourself and your health, without outside chemistry, and they include "instructing your body with your own consciousness".

Some day there will come a generation that would never, ever tolerate what you see today as fake news. There'll come a generation where those in leadership are going to be measured for how much they get done in their government. Today this is not even on the radar. There will come a day when business executives will have their current compensation hooked entirely to how well their corporation does in their market and how well they treat their employees. In other words, a higher standard of consciousness will be asked for in all leadership. Today, this is only on the horizon. The public will eventually see it and demand it.

Today in the political arena there is a very low consciousness that expects you to slaughter your opponents in public with harsh and untrue information, bringing them to their knees. This fake news should then allow a win for someone at any cost. This system actually keeps those in integrity from running for any office. The result is that you get low-energy leaders, over and over.

There'll come a day when this is seen and immediately recognized as barbaric. Barbaric! The future will laugh at how ridiculous the behavior was of political campaigns in the past, just as today you look at how ridiculous some of your ads were 50 years ago with doctors recommending the bad habit of the day, for compensation. I want you to watch for the fake news and just laugh at it now. See it for what it is.

This is the message of Kryon and the one from many others in this new energy. You're going to hear this information from so many other sources soon. This will eventually turn around and give you the best news you've ever heard about the potential of Humans on this beautiful earth. Old soul, you're still doing the heavy lifting, but it won't last forever. This is why we love humanity the way we do. Amazing!

And so it is.

KRYON