- Last week news broke that over 60 years ago, the United States government funded and carried out syphilis experiments in Guatemala. Personally, this did not come as a surprise, as I surmise that the United States government has funded and carried out far worse experiments on unknowingly civilians. I'll even go further and say that the U.S. government has sponsored experiments on its own citizens, without their consent or knowledge. Just look into it if you think that this is just another FugginSuggin conspiracy theory. From poison gas, to illegal drugs, to harmful chemicals, allegations of U.S. government testing on members of the armed forces have been circulating since the Vietnam-era and even before. Let's not even get into the psychological operations and experiments that the U.S. government (along with our mainstream media outlets) has conducted in the name of homeland security. P.S. Factions of the "government" also conspired in the JFK assassination too, look into it.
- The latest U.S. drone strike has reportedly killed eight people in northwest Pakistan, with Pakistani intelligence officials saying that at least five of the the men were Germans (another report states 8 Germans were killed). Reports allege that women and children are also being killed in the U.S.-led drone strikes in northern Pakistan, which have escalated substantially over the past month. These constant drone attacks are resulting in rising resentment amongst many Pakistanis due to civilian casualties even though the Pakistani government is allegedly providing U.S. forces with intelligence information.
- Yesterday, the U.S. State Department issued a general travel alert for Americans traveling to Europe, advising U.S. citizens to "take every precaution to be aware of their surroundings and to adopt appropriate safety measures to protect themselves when traveling." U.S. State Department officials state that the alert should not scare anybody from going to Europe. Oh yea sure, telling already terrified Americans that there may be a likelihood of a terrorist attack at popular tourist areas and public transportation infrastructure somewhere on the continent of Europe certainly won't scare anybody. First rule if you are traveling to Europe, don't look American. The American new media is assuring Americans that the U.S. has not been targeted under this latest threat.
- A debate about legalizing marijuana and possibly other drugs is circulating in Mexico, a nation exhausted by out of control violence due to a deadly drug war. Mexico has had a dramatic rise of drug-related violence over the past year. 10 Mexican mayors have been assassinated this year alone, and a recent campaign by criminal syndicates to kill journalists has resulted in a Mexican news media blackout on reporting about drug trafficking. We should just legalize everything, tax it, and let social Darwinism figure out the rest.
new video uploaded to YouTube shows an Israel Defense Forces soldier belly dancing beside a bound Palestinian woman, to the cheers of his comrades who were documenting the incident. This is just one example of a number incidences of IDF soldiers facing investigation and penalty for documenting themselves performing questionable acts in front of Palestinian prisoners or while on patrol.
- The Wall Street Journal reports that Corporate America finished the second quarter 2010 with "near-historic" profits, largely by cutting costs, laying off employees and streamlining (outsourcing) operations. Well if bank profits are up, and corporate profits are up, why is unemployment percentage so high (and set to get higher) and the U.S. economy in such a demise?
- Cash may soon become king again, as Visa and Mastercard settled a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (and seven states) today. The settlement, which does not involve monetary damages, is designed by the department to give merchants more freedom to influence customers on what form of payment they choose, letting retailers offer discounts, rebates or enhanced services depending on what card customers use. That practice had been prohibited by contracts offered by the credit card networks, and such contract terms served as the basis for the DOJ lawsuit. Since the use of credit cards actually results in a lesser payment for merchants (over cash), we may soon see a discounts for the use of cash over credit. American Express vowed to fight the antitrust lawsuit.
- While some crazy Americans may threaten to burn Qu'rans, our whacky Israeli brethren actually go through and burn whole Mosques. That's right you dummy bigot conservatives, you better step it up.
- If the movie "The Social Network" is to be believed, all this modern technology, media, and communications we have created are simply new ways to exploit old gender inequalities and sexism in the new Facebook World.
- Working with a laptop on one's lap for extended periods of time has been found to cause heat damage and skin discoloration in a some cases, which has prompted researchers examining the phenomenon to recommend thermal protection for laptop users and warnings labels on laptop device packaging. Personally, I've found that working with my laptop on my stomach for a prolonged period of time causes me to get an upset stomach. Fears of laptop radioactivity is on the rise, especially after researchers reported that cell phone use is linked to brain tumors. The fears of the dangers of "everyday radiation" from mobile phones and/or computers has even led one company to launch a brand of maternity tin foil products to guard the unborn fetus from possible radiation. Is it possible that the radio emissions surrounding us at all times, including Wi-Fi, are slowly killing us? Fugg Belly Armor, I may get one of those lead-lined aprons that they put over you at the dentist office.
- Despite repeated assurances from federal officials and President Obama, independent scientists and public health experts have serious concerns about the long-term safety of Gulf seafood consumption, specifically due to contaminants from the massive oil spill and unprecedented use of the dispersants employed to dissolve the spill. Independent tests have also shown extremely high concentrations of oil in soil and water, contradicting claims made by the federal government and BP since early August that much of the Gulf of Mexico is now free of oil and safe for fishing and recreational use.
Besides Gulf of Mexico seafood, there are poisons in a lot more of our food than many of you may think, as will be covered in more detail in an upcoming FugginSuggin article. Until then, stay classy.