Friday, April 7, 2017


 Trump's Syria Strike: What They're NOT Telling You
Trump’s Syria Strike: What They’re NOT Telling You

Strikes could trigger reconciliation, coalition with Russia to stop ISIS



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While this is not meant to be an endorsement of President Trump’s missile strike against a Syrian air base, here’s some points to consider:
  • The air strikes were limited to an airfield, yet the runway was unharmed, meaning the air base is still operational.  Six MiG-23s were destroyed along with a storage depot, a training building, a canteen and a radar station. Six people were killed and several others wounded.
  • The Syrian government called the strike “blatant aggression,” but stopped short of calling it an act of war.
  • Russia was warned about the strike beforehand… and Russian officials likely warned Syria as well. “Russian forces were notified in advance of the strike using the established deconfliction line,” said Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis. “U.S. military planners took precautions to minimize risk to Russian or Syrian personnel located at the airfield.”
  • The strike was the “most limited” military option presented to Trump, according to the New York Times.
  • If this strike didn’t happen, and Trump went to Russia to forge a coalition to fight ISIS, the neo-cons in Congress and his administration would undermine him while claiming publicly he’s a “Russian puppet.”  But now, with the strike, he can “deescalate” tensions with Russia into a coalition to fight ISIS under the guise of stopping bloodshed in Syria… which is really targeting ISIS, not Assad.
  • Days before, Russia actually made the unusual public statement that its support for Assad was “not unconditional.” Was Russia told about the potential strike days before?
  • Trump indicated the strike was meant to send a message… but keep in mind, the runway is still operational.  This was a slap on the wrist as far as harming Assad’s ability to wage war against ISIS.
  • When the strikes occurred, he was also hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping, so “sending a message” isn’t just limited to Syria.  Trump likely sees the North Korea and China situation as a real threat to the US.
  • The mainstream media can no longer claim Trump is “Putin’s puppet.”
  • Likewise, leftists are cucked even more because this is more than what Obama ever did, despite Obama actually wanting a war in Syria complete with “regime change.” Remember his “red line” meant to trigger Iraq 2.0.
  • This doesn’t help ISIS considering six Soviet-era MIG-23s are fairly easily replaced and, once again, the runway is unharmed.
  • John McCain and Lindsey Graham are effectively neutered in their attacks against Trump.
  • Some of Trump’s statements are worded carefully, such as: “Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack,” he said. “It was a slow and brutal death for so many.”  As we reported on Wednesday, some of the babies appeared to have been murdered, but not necessarily from gas.  And if weaponized sarin gas was used by Syria – and not the weaker version homemade by terrorists – you’d expect affected children to die quicker.
 Have Globalists Taken Over The Trump Administration?




 "For the moment however, the narrative being pushed by neo-cons is “Trump should do what Obama failed to do; bomb Syria for al-Qaeda” and it seems that narrative is winning." 
 “It’s the neo-conservatives who are benefiting tremendously from this because it’s derailed the progress that has already been made moving toward a more peaceful settlement in Syria,” said Paul.
 Report: Soros-Linked Group Behind Chemical Attack in Syria
 President Trump Speaks After Bombing Syria 4/6/17

 Tillerson: 'Steps Are Underway' to Remove Assad
 Trump Strikes Syrian Base: Alex Jones' Analysis
 Trump Launches Cruise Missle Attacks 
On Syrian and Russian Base
Evidence Mounts Syrian WMD Attack Was False Flag
  Report: Soros-Linked Group Behind Chemical Attack 
in Syria

Chemical attack has all the hallmarks of a false flag

BY  Mimi Al-Laham 


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The White Helmets, an al-Qaeda affiliated group funded by George Soros and the British government, have reportedly staged another chemical weapon attack on civilians in the Syrian city of Khan Shaykhun to lay blame on the Syrian government.
A day prior to the attack, Gulf-based Orient TV announced “Tomorrow we are launching a media campaign to cover the airstrikes on Hama country side including the usage of chemical warfare against civilians.” This shows clear foreknowledge that the rebels were going to stage an attack by Orient TV.

The White Helmets filmed much of the footage being released on the chemical attack. They have also been known to stage “rescue” videos in the past. However, this time it appears children were indeed killed in the making of this “media campaign.”
Several children appear in the videos suffocating from an unknown chemical substance, while others appear to have unexplained head injuries. It is known 250 people were kidnapped by Al-Qaeda last week from the nearby city of Hama, which is the same number as the current body count of wounded and killed civilians.

In another “coincidence,” a Pakistani British doctor who at the time of the attack was taking interview requests instead of helping the injured who were flooding in, and additionally received gas masks from a British organization three days prior to the attack.
The doctor, Shajul Islam, is being used as a source by US and UK media, despite facing terror charges for kidnapping and torturing two British journalists in Syria and being struck off the medical register. The organization responsible for sending him equipment is under fire for using donations meant for refugees.

In another suspicious event, the White Helmets operating in the same quarry near the attack received sarin-protective respirator suits one month before the attack, even though the Syrian government no longer possesses sarin.
The al-Qaeda-linked rebels have claimed the chemical was sarin gas used by the Syrian government; however, the OPCW has confirmed Syria no longer has chemical weapons and completely dismantled their stockpiles in 2013.
In contrast, the rebels have not gotten rid of the chemical weapons at their disposal.
According to award winning journalist Seymour Hersch, intelligence reports show the rebels smuggled in chemical weapons from Libya through Turkey with the approval of Hillary Clinton.

In 2013, so-called moderate rebels had filmed themselves killing rabbits with gas and threatening to kill religious minorities. ISIS is also known to be in possession of chemical weapons having conducted attacks on Syrian forces in Deir Ezzor.
However weaponized, sarin would have killed or at least injured unprotected first responders.  Sarin can be absorbed through skin and requires a full body suit; however, the White Helmets appeared to wear only masks and no gloves while they handled exposed victims. Others in the vicinity appear not to be wearing a mask at all and are yet unaffected.

Weaponized sarin is a Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD) capable of killing thousands. If sarin was indeed used, it must have been a weak, non-weaponized form.
Unsurprisingly, the mainstream media and neo-con politicians have been quick to regurgitate the al-Qaeda-linked rebels version of the events before any investigation takes place.
Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to lay blame on the Syrian government, as did Amnesty International. France called for a security council meeting over the incident.
Federica Mogherini, the Italian Representative of the European Union (EU), blamed Assad while UK’s Envoy to the United Nations, Matthew Rycroft, blamed both Russia and Syria.
In response to the allegations, the Syrian Military and the Russian Ministry of Defense denied any involvement in the attack.
NATO governments are unhappy with the Trump administration’s recent statements that they no longer see regime change in Syria as a priority. In response to this, British Prime Minister Theresa May made a statement that Britian was still fully committed to regime change in Syria. The UK and France may have seen a staged chemical attack as an opportunity to push Trump into war with Syria.

The chemical attack came at the same time as another media attack was occurring against the Syrian government, which claimed that Syrian hospitals were in fact secret torture “slaughterhouses.”
The last chemical attack false flag attack occurred in 2013, where the Syrian Army was accused of using the WMD on the same day the Syrian government had invited weapon inspectors into Damascus, which resulted in Syria giving up its chemical weapons.
In the near future neocons may accuse Syria of failing to give up all chemical weapons, in spite of assurances by the OPCW. This is what happened to Iraq in 2003, which was invaded despite surrendering their chemical weapons in the 1990s.
No one questions how the Syrian government could possible use a weapon it doesn’t have, nor what motive it could possibly possess.
For the moment however, the narrative being pushed by neo-cons is “Trump should do what Obama failed to do, bomb Syria for al-Qaeda” and it seems that narrative is winning.
 Rand Paul Urges Trump Not To Take Military Action In Syria
Rand Paul Urges Trump Not To Take Military Action 
In Syria 
"I don’t want to support people who hate our country"
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Senator Rand Paul has urged the President to stick to the position on Syria that he espoused before taking office – that military intervention will do more harm than good.
The Senator retweeted a tweet from Trump posted in August of 2013, when a similar chemical weapon attack to this week’s was blamed on the Syrian government.
At the Time Trump tweeted “What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval.”
While he condemned the reported attacks in the Syrian city of Idlib, Paul noted that what Trump wrote “remains true today as it was in 2013. Both parts.”
At the time, Trump made his feelings clear after hundreds were killed in the attack, and the Obama administration was on the verge of taking military action.
With this week’s atrocity in Syria, it seems Trump may be changing his stance however.
The president said on Wednesday that the attack “crossed a lot of lines for me” and that his “attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much.”
After saying last week that it was up to the Syrian people, rather than outsiders to decide what to do about Assad, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he now believes that Russia needs to reconsider its support of the Assad regime.
In a further interview with Fox & Friends Wednesday, Senator Paul reminded viewers that the support provided by the US government to Syrian rebels in the past has led directly to the current situation in Syria.
“I think it’s also important to note that on the rebel side that McCain wants to support, are radical Islamists who hate America and hate Israel. And I don’t want to support people who hate our country.” Paul noted.
“I don’t want to support people who say when they’re done with Assad they are going to attack Israel and not ISIS. So it’s a complicated situation. And it may be — may well be a war that has no friends in it. And that makes it a difficult position to watch.” the Senator added.
“But I think also we have actually allowed the situation by pushing Assad back and being part of that. We allowed a vacuum to let ISIS fill that — that’s been a mistake.” Paul urged.
 Ron Paul: Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria Likely a False Flag
Ron Paul: Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria 
Likely a False Flag

"Zero chance" Assad behind attack, says former Congressman



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According to former Congressman Ron Paul, the chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun that killed 30 children and has led to calls for the Trump administration to intervene in Syria could have been a false flag attack.
Pointing out that the prospect of peace in Syria was moving closer before the attack, with ISIS and Al-Qaeda on the run, Paul said the attack made no sense.
“It looks like maybe somebody didn’t like that so there had to be an episode,” said Paul, asking, “who benefits?”
“It doesn’t make any sense for Assad under these conditions to all of a sudden use poison gases – I think there’s zero chance he would have done this deliberately,” said Paul.
The former Congressman went on to explain how the incident was clearly being exploited by neo-cons and the deep state to enlist support for war.
“It’s the neo-conservatives who are benefiting tremendously from this because it’s derailed the progress that has already been made moving toward a more peaceful settlement in Syria,” said Paul.

Many have questioned why Assad would be so strategically stupid as to order a chemical weapons attack and incite the wrath of the world given that he is closer than ever to winning the war against ISIS and jihadist rebels.
Just five days before the attack, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, “The longer-term status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people,” implying a definite shift in U.S. foreign policy away from regime change in Syria.
Why would Assad put such assurances in jeopardy by launching a horrific chemical attack, allowing establishment news outlets like CNN to once against use children as props to push for yet another massive war in the Middle East?

In addition, the last time the deep state attempted to exploit a chemical weapons attack to launch military strikes on Assad’s government, the incident was later proven not to have been the work of the Syrian government.
The narrative for the August 2013 attack in Ghouta, which Barack Obama cited as the pretext for a long awaited U.S. attack on government targets in aid of jihadist rebels, completely collapsed after it emerged that the casualties were the result of an accident caused by rebels mishandling chemical weapons provided to them by Saudi Arabia.
The United Nations’ Carla Del Ponte also said that evidence suggested rebels had used sarin nerve gas.
As journalist Seymour Hersh reported in December 2013, intelligence officials told him that the entire narrative was a “ruse” and that “the attack was not the result of the current regime.”
Hersh also revealed how then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was instrumental in approving the transportation of Libyan chemical weapons stockpiles to be handed to jihadist rebels in Syria.
It’s particularly rich to see the same establishment media who were responsible for peddling fake news about “moderate rebels” for years now pushing the same agenda for another giant, endless, bloody war in the Middle East while acting like they have the moral high ground by exploiting images of dead and dying children.
The Obama administration’s intervention in Syria led directly to the refugee crisis and the rise of ISIS.
If the Trump administration falls into the trap of following that same disastrous policy, many more innocent people will die than those who sadly lost their lives in Khan Sheikhoun.
 Ron Paul Doesn't Buy Syrian False Flag 
Chemical Attack Accusations
ISIS used US missile strike to launch new offensive near Palmyra - Homs governor 
 Published on Apr 7, 2017
Taking advantage of the US missile strike on a Syrian airbase, Islamic State forces launched a major offensive to gain control of strategic oil areas near Palmyra, but failed, a local governor told RT.




 Published on Apr 6, 2017
As ISIS Celebrates yet another pro Sharia attack on the innocent in the dank subterranean corridors of St. Petersburg, Russia. Thousands of miles away a creeping pro sharia academic curriculum blankets the United States thanks to the Department of Education, PBS, the George W. Bush administration, and the former Muslim Brotherhood lackey in chief Barack Obama.

An unabashed initiation of Sharia law indoctrination unleashed on feral fifth grade to twelfth grade American minds. A system completely opposed to the U.S. Constitution, American traditions, and a stepping stone into the savage underbelly of homegrown jihadism.


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Yesterday Jihad Watch reported on the tough stand taken by Poland and Hungary, as the EU gangs up on them to accept migrant quotas or face being kicked out of the EU.
Kudos to Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo for protecting her country’s citizens from jihadist threats, Muslim migrant crime and economic disaster, in sharp contrast to Angela Merkel and other European leaders.

Poland blasts EU for migrant crisis quotas: ‘We will resist blackmail and pressure’, by Sebastian Kettley, Express, April 5, 2017:
Ms Szydło’s declaration follows threats from Brussels to boot Poland and Hungary out of the EU – two nations which have failed to house any of the160,000 migrants.
The Prime Minster told a press conference today her country will continue with a “prudent and reasonable migrant policy”.
She said: “The Polish government under my leadership, from the moment we took responsibility for Poland, said it will not accept this resolution as we consider it bad for Europe.
“The European Union made a fatal mistake under pressure from lobbyists but also under a lot of pressure from Germany – it accepted resolutions which turned out not only to be ineffective but also did not solve the migrant problem.”
Ms Szydło added that failing to adequately deal with the migrant crisis has led to only 27 members remaining within the EU – alluding strongly to Brexit.
On Tuesday a source said Poland and Hungary’s anti-migrant stance threatened their position within the bloc.
The source said: “They will have to make a choice: are they in the European system or not? You cannot blackmail the EU, unity has a price.”
By the end of the year the European Court of Justice will scrutinise the legality of migrant quotas – but is expected to rule in their favour.
Brussels has ruled Poland has to accept 6,200 migrants into the country by 2017 which the country has so far failed to do so.
The source added: “We are confident that the ECJ will confirm validation, then they [Poland and Hungary] must abide by the decision.
“If they don’t then they will face consequences, both financial and political.
The Polish Prime Minister made it clear in her message that no member state has met the quotas which in her opinion were damaging to the EU.
She said: “Someone is still trying to break the unity of the European Union and is trying to force pressure in order to continue wrongful migrant policies.”…..


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 The political “Hot Potato” is testing what shouldn’t 
be tested on your children. It is called “Grit”. “Grit” 
is the new hot potato. Why? Because it is illegal. It 
is based on the Common Core Social, Emotional, 
and Behavioral standards that are illegal. This is 
being done without full disclosure and written 
informed parental consent. 
Parents, the social, emotional, and behavioral aspects of your children are being monitored, evaluated, and CODED. Interventions are being performed without your written permission or consent. Sometimes the names for this are changed to such flowery phrases as mindsets, character development, citizenship, “grit”, or even civics. This tactic effectually catches some parents off guard. Why? Because it sounds so good. Do we really know what is being tested and taught in America’s classrooms? Do you know what data is being collected on your child? Education has moved away from academics. There is now a full focus on personality with teaching and testing. The goal is changing the social, emotional, and behavioral personality traits of your child.
The “whole child” (head, heart, and hand) becomes the focus of the federal government. The recently passed federal ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is the latest draconian effort to test and teach values, attitudes, beliefs, and dispositions. This was legislated as the new education law in December 2015. The National Governor’s Association (NGA) and Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), who copyrighted the original Common Core which was developed by ACT, added dispositions (“grit”) to the Common Core. Academics play second fiddle – they are diluted, missing, and dumbed down. The ultimate goal is to squash all individualism in America. Parents beware! This falls under mental health. It is psychological conditioning. It also happens to be illegal the way they are doing this on children in the United States

The goal of the education elite has always been teaching a mindset called the “whole child.” It includes psychological techniques to change a student’s personality. This is part of Benjamin Bloom’s Taxonomy. The “whole child” means controlling beliefs, feelings, and behavior. When Bloom said that good teaching was challenging a child’s “fixed beliefs” what did he mean? How would this be done? Here is his definition:
“A large part of what we call ‘good teaching’ is the teachers ability to attain affective objectives through challenging the students’ fixed beliefs… a child is no longer truly using his higher order thinking skills until he no longer believes in absolutes of right and wrong.” ~Benjamin Bloom, Taxonomy of Educational Objectives
Bloom’s “affective objectives” delves into a child’s psychological makeup, emotions and feelings. We have heard the new catch-phrase many times, that teaching is about what a student “will know or can do” which means their beliefs and their behaviors. Webb’s “deeper learning” model is duplicated in the same area. What a child knows to be true, their beliefs, or their feelings and attitudes will result in specific actions or behaviors. Notice that this isn’t about the ABCs.
One of the authors (Berryman) in the 1992 Department of Labor SCANS report stated that, children do not go to school with a blank slate. The purpose of this sort of education is to wipe the slate clean. In other words, remove everything that you as a parent have taught your child. Particularly the American ethic, such good qualities as individuality, patriotism, and a belief in God. Since the early 1990s the Department of Labor has officially deemed your child “human capital,” be prodded and toyed with in the classroom to increase his/her “value” to the workforce.
The Common Core agenda is about performance, but not academic. It is about challenging your child’s moral absolutes and change their behavior. This cannot be done without altering and controlling your child’s feelings, attitudes, values, dispositions and beliefs. A “fixed mindset” means believing in absolutes. The goal of this transformational education is to inculcate in children a “growth mindset.” This pseudo-scientific agenda is mind-bending and has absolutely nothing to do with academics. This system pushes a child toward universal values. Your children are not safe. Your children’s beliefs are being challenged every day in the classroom. It is embedded in the curriculum, the testing and the teaching methodologies. This is indoctrination.
You can identify these standards appearing in the Common Core classroom when education “elites” like Angela Duckworth and Robert Rothman (below) indicate that these qualities are needed for college and career readiness. These standards include efficacy, cooperation, interpersonal skills, ethical behavior, honesty, responsibility, and adapting to change, all subjectively scored and arbitrarily collected and coded by regular classroom teachers. You might think you know what these words mean, but many of them have been redefined. Furthermore, most people have never seen the criterion or proficiency levels for how these values would be scored, tallied, or given a digital merit badge. The goal of transforming education in the United States is for children to become dumb-downed worker drones. Its time for parents to revolt.

Experimental Research on Children-
The Plan To Test GRIT.
EPIC (Educational Policy Improvement Center) in Eugene, Oregon, is a federally funded group for researching the dispositional aspects (mood, frame of mind, personality, etc.) of children in Common Core. EPIC identified the affective approaches to be used in the experimental research model Innovation Lab Network where 6 states began their probing Common Core study: West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, New York, Wisconsin, Maine. Oregon and New Hampshire were added later in the pilot. This experimental model is the international connection for global data collection in which the OCED (International Organization for Cooperative Economic Development, a global intergovernmental group) is deeply involved. This experimental research on your children is rampant thanks to an Executive Order by former President OBAMA. [Source1] and [Source2]
“The Center for Innovation in Education (CIE) at the University of Kentucky and the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC) recently launched a multi-year collaboration to better operationalize a set of metacognitive skills and dispositions that are critical to students’ academic success and postsecondary readiness. Operating at the intersection of research, policy, and practice, this initiative builds off of previous work with the Innovation Lab Network (ILN) – a group of states brought together by the Council of Chief State School Officers to identify, test, and implement student-centered approaches to learning that will transform our public education system.
“In the spring of 2012, the ILN states adopted a Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions framework for college and career readiness based on the premise that content knowledge and skills are not attained in a vacuum but are aided by the development of dispositions that enable the learner to take responsibility for her own life and successfully operate within a greater social context:
Knowledge refers to mastery of rigorous content and the facile application or transfer of what has been learned to novel situations;

Skills refer to the capacities and strategies that enable students to learn and engage in higher-order thinking, meaningful interaction with the world around them, and planning for their future;
Dispositions refer to noncognitive, socio-emotional skills or behaviors (sometimes referred to as habits of mind) that associate with success in both college and career.
“While there has been a great deal of instructional effort and policy focus on core content knowledge, the second and third dimensions of the framework are comparatively underdeveloped. At the classroom level, teachers need clear and accessible definitions of skills and dispositions, an evidence-based model describing how they are developed into college and career-ready proficiencies, and tools to integrate them into instruction and assessment. Likewise, decision makers need to identify policy actions to better integrate skills and dispositions into state systems of accountability, assessment, and strategic investment.
“To address these needs, CIE and EPIC launched multi-phase initiative organized under a working group of 7 state partners and invited experts. The initiative leverages the expertise of each of the Centers: CIE’s expertise in policy and partnerships and EPIC’s expertise in research and conceptual design.” [All emphases added]
But how do you measure and score a child’s dispositions? Who decides what the “common good” is? And, why must dispositions be changed? Isn’t this sounding a little creepy? It should! It is impossible to standardize a score for assessing character unless every child is targeted to change their personality or primary trait towards one single government-prescribed standard! Testing feelings, attitudes, and beliefs are difficult to measure as these fall into the psychological realm. This is an invasion of privacy. Students are pressured to lie when they attempt to answer according to what they know the test makers want
BETRAYAL! By using deceptive words like honesty, grit, and self efficacy, it is much easier to get everyone’s approval. But, can we all agree to one standard for ALL personality traits? How do you measure honesty? Can you trust teachers to collect this subjective data on your child? Obama pushed these non-cognitive standards in the ESEA flexibility Waivers. But ESSA federal legislation has attempted to legalize the measuring and teaching these globalist deceptive standards. This Act was an effort to get parent and statesmen approval for this illegitimate and unethical experimentation.
Recently an article in Ed Week (Aug. 4, 2016) tried to bamboozle readers with the entire psychological agenda by explaining the experimental research that was beginning (not true), and without clarifying the original research already accomplished in multiple experimental models. This marketing agenda is in full force. The article is a complete lie:
“Eight states will work collaboratively to create and implement plans to encourage social-emotional learning in their schools, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning announced this month.
The organization, which is also known as CASEL, will assist the states through consultation with its own staff and a panel of experts. The participating states are California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington. And an 11 additional states that originally applied to join the collaborative will have access to the materials it develops.” [Emphasis Added] [Source]
Parents! This is the direction Common Core is going. Controlling what people think! Controlling the future. Controlling how people act. What is the  “appropriate” attitude according to these experimenters? According to these behavioral scientists children need new mindsets. (See below) The key question here is are parents going to allow the federal government to change our American children to a collectivist mindset?
The ESSA legislation passed December, 2015, was already set in motion by the 2012 ESEA illegal Flexibility Waivers ushered in by President Obama and Secretary Duncan) which added non-academic social, emotional, and behavioral standards as a requirement to accept funds. It required teachers to be trained in behavioral conditioning, which force teachers to teach Common Core behavioral conditioning or be removed, fired, and/or having no chance of being re-hired. It’s time to look inside your classroom. These conditioning techniques are already being implemented on normal children through teacher training using Special Education teams (CHILD FIND) who are trained in behavior modification techniques that were originally researched to help violent autistic and handicapped children. These techniques are now being implemented in the regular classroom on normal children.
Let’s read further in another article in Ed Week from Robert Rothman (April 25, 2014) titled “The Challenge of Measuring Student Mindsets.”
“One challenge in expanding practices that foster appropriate mindsets to more classrooms is the state of measurement. Measuring mindsets in valid and reliable ways is essential for students and teachers. For one thing, such measures make it more likely that teachers will address these attitudes and behaviors. (What gets measured gets taught, after all.) More importantly, students and teachers need high-quality information on the extent to which students are developing these dispositions so that they can adjust instruction according to student needs.
“For example, student surveys that attempt to get at the extent to which students believe that their hard work in school will pay off are time-consuming and intrusive, and they don’t always yield accurate results. Students might be more likely to tell teachers what they think teachers want to hear, rather than what they actually believe, although research shows that in low-stakes situations students do tend to tell the truth.
“There are technological methods that can measure student dispositions in a non-intrusive and more accurate way. For example, data from computers can show how long students spend on a problem and whether and how they seek help. Biometric devices can track students’ brain patterns and anxiety levels as well.”
Yet as schools develop and implement measures of students’ mindsets, they might face strong opposition from some parents who think that it’s none of schools’ business what students believe. Recently, a U.S. Department of Education report that mentioned some of the biometric measures of persistence and grit generated a social-media flurry suggesting, erroneously, that the Common Core State Standards required measures of student eye movements. And years ago, in the early days of the standards movement, states such as Pennsylvania proposed standards for students’ “self-worth,” adaptability to change, ethical judgments, and the like, and met a wall of criticism from parents.
“So scientists and practitioners need to move cautiously as they work to improve measures of academic mindsets. But the work needs to go on. The research is clear that these dispositions are critical to student SUCCESS, and measuring these dispositions is essential to foster them.” [All emphases added]
Parents, the “CAUTION” sign is being put up by our opponents. Time intensive. Intrusive. Invasive. Not Accurate. Did Mr. Rothman say, ILLEGAL? Well, he should have.
The “wall of criticism” was all about the early days of Outcome Based Education and my all-out campaign to get rid of the psychobabble when I filed my federal complaint against the affective domain standards in Pennsylvania.
Success, defined by education researchers, means your child has met the government collectivist mindset. No child will be allowed to have moral or religious absolutes. These standards are NOT academic. These standards ARE NOT NEW. They are just being reshuffled into a new bag of tricks. Parents Beware! Where are our churches, pastors, and rabbis? (Do not be fooled into thinking that if you pick one of the government-controlled phony “choice” options that you will escape this! Under the ruse of “choice” Common Core follows the child. No child will escape!)
It’s time for all parents to step in and fight. Pennsylvania parents know the ropes.
[See: “Pennsylvania Parents Demand A Moratorium on Data”]
The following non-academic techniques were written into the ESSA legislation to be carried out by funding through IDEA, Special Education: response to interventions, RTI; positive behavior interventions supports, PBIS; multi-tiered system of supports, MTSS; School-wide multi-tiered system of supports, SWTSS; early intervening services, EIS; Specialized Instructional Support Services, SISS; and Universal Design for Learning, UDL.
Parents, are you reading this? Your federal Congressman and Senator passed this legislation mandating your schools apply high-risk psychological techniques in the classroom without your permission, without your consent, AND, with unqualified teachers being trained to identify your normal child with mental health problems.
So, the big CAUTION sign put out by the education “elites” is out there because they have reason to fear that parents might actually wake up – and interfere with this new (old) research being duplicated across America.
Frankly, I think that was an invitation. But realize, this research is being done secretly, marketed and embedded into curriculum, so parents do not realize their kids are being monitored through computer programming, DataMining, and observational data in phone apps like the BOSS phone app. Teachers are OBSERVING student behavior at school and inputting data into the state longitudinal data system. This personally identifiable information, which is data on your child’s attitudes, values, beliefs, and dispositions, is being collected by your local school, digitized and monitored, and sent to the federal government (NCES/IES) through the state longitudinal data system. This is a huge invasion of privacy and betrayal of trust. We must stop the collection of personal data and the abusive tactics to change the dispositions of our children. Your child is at risk of abuse in your neighborhood school.
This can be our “wall of criticism.” Remember, it doesn’t matter if they CAN measure attitudes, values, and dispositions. It doesn’t matter that they WANT to measure attitudes, values, and dispositions. The question is, “Is it legal?” Is it legal to TEST and SCORE attitudes and values in American classrooms?
5 Magic Questions developed by Anita Hoge

It’s up to you parents. Use the 5 Magic Questions I developed to fight subjective and vague Common Core Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Non-Academic Standards. [Link]


John PhillipsJohn Phillips UN Seeks Criminal Charges Against Editor for His Reporting 



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The United Nations war on the free press and whistleblowers continues to escalate. After a UN “court” tried to put a journalist in jail, among other brazen attacks on media freedom, a UN agency is now abusing the Italian legal system to pursue criminal charges and crippling damages against a local newspaper and its editor. The supposed “crime”: allegedly damaging the reputation of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) through articles exposing corruption, lawlessness, cronyism, and nepotism within the Rome-based UN agency. It is hardly the first time the UN has sought to silence the press.
The scandal-plagued UN “food” bureaucracy, though, is already under fire from top U.S. officials and lawmakers. And the bizarre scheme to silence critics and journalists using taxpayer money is likely to pour fuel on the fire — especially as the UN comes under growing criticism for its anti-press freedom antics. Making matters worse for UN agency bosses is the fact that the additional international scrutiny on this case may lead to exposing further corruption. Most alarming, perhaps, are the increasingly obvious links between the UN agency boss in question and a totalitarian Latin American network of criminals and communists.
The controversial case, which could end up shutting down the English-language Italian Insider publication, has been in the courts since 2015. Under archaic Italian laws, criminal charges can be sought in defamation cases, and truth is not necessarily a defense. And so, a collection of top UN FAO bureaucrats, apparently sensing an opportunity to shut down critics and investigative journalists, abused the fascist-era statute to accuse the newspaper and its chief editor John Phillips of carrying out a “criminal design” to defame the UN FAO and its leadership. The accusations stem from a series of articles exposing malfeasance, apparent corruption, and other scandals at the UN agency.

“We absolutely stand by all our stories,” Italian Insider chief editor Phillips told The New American in one of a series of phone interviews about the case. “We don't have anything to be ashamed of or to roll back in our reporting. I'm absolutely confident that our stories are all accurate. This will be our defense, that the articles are all true. Some of the information we reported is from whistleblowers who naturally want to remain anonymous, although some of our sources have agreed to testify for us in court.” As The New American has documented for years, the UN has a long history of illegally and systematically persecuting whistleblowers who expose wrongdoing.
However, Phillips also warned that, in Italy, truth may not necessarily be a valid defense against some of the charges. “It's a sort of gray area in Italian law,” Phillips said, acknowledging that he was not an expert on the Italian legal system. “In the United States or Britain, truth is a defense, and if the published material is true, that is the end of the story. But in Italy, it's not quite so simple — if something is considered insulting, it could get you in trouble, but we're still hoping the truth will be a sufficient defense to ensure that justice is done.”
If not, though, the consequences could be severe. “We could be fined heavily, or, in theory, the editor could be jailed, although in practice it's usually a deferred sentence,” Italian Insider chief editor Phillips explained. “It's kind of an antiquated law that's been around since the fascist times. There have been cases where people have been jailed under this statute, although we don't think there is an immediate risk of that for us, but we could end up with a criminal record.” The UN FAO bosses are demanding massive damages and criminal charges in the case, which could eventually force the newspaper to shut down.
Among other scandals exposed by the Italian newspaper was the rigging of an important job appointment, in violation of UN rules, as a favor to the Chilean Socialist Party, a member of the shadowy totalitarian alliance in Latin America connected to the FAO boss. The FAO official involved disputes that, but Italian Insider said the evidence was clear and the paper has sources willing to testify. Another major FAO scandal exposed by the paper involved Romanian UN FAO executive Florentin Albu and orders by UN FAO boss José Graziano da Silva (shown above) to “earmark” new positions for agency staffers previously laid off due to budget cuts. Since it was founded, the Insider has been at the forefront of exposing wrongdoing in various Rome-based UN agencies, including FAO, the World Food Programme, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).     
Unsurprisingly, perhaps, UN FAO Director General Graziano, the man at the center of the effort to quash the paper, is a former cabinet official in the socialist regime of disgraced former Brazilian President Luis Inacio “Lula” da Silva, who is currently being prosecuted for massive corruption in the “Operation Car Wash” (Operação Lava Jato) scandal. Lula, of course, was also a close ally of the brutal communist dictatorship in Cuba. Along with Fidel Castro, the Sandinistas, and various Marxist narco-terror groups such as the FARC in Colombia, Lula was one of the founders of the Foro de Sao Paulo, a shadowy Latin American alliance of communists, criminals, terrorists, and other forces working to spread communism and tyranny across the region. Graziano is, or at least was, a member of Lula's Marxist-Leninist “Workers' Party,” or PT, according to the party.
As Lula was frantically seeking a way to avoid prosecution, and court officials blocked his hand-picked Marxist-Leninist successor (who has since been impeached) from appointing him to the imploding Brazilian cabinet, Italian Insider, citing FAO sources, reported that Graziano was plotting to offer Lula a job as a “special adviser” at FAO. That would have granted him diplomatic immunity, making it more difficult for Brazilian prosecutors to bring him to justice for what they say was a massive criminal conspiracy to loot millions of dollars from Brazil and its state-owned oil company Petrobras. Much of the stolen money was used to advance the FSP mission of spreading communism and tyranny across Latin America. Much was also used to benefit Lula personally, prosecutors say.
It was not immediately clear whether Graziano had any knowledge or complicity in Lula's alleged conspiracy while serving as a minister in his cabinet — and with his UN diplomatic immunity, prosecutors may not be able to find out, for now. After Lula's fall from grace amid the criminal conspiracy scheme, Graziano has downplayed his links to Lula, when he mentions Lula at all. Under Graziano's leadership, though, the FAO began a “partnership” with the disgraced former Brazilian president's “Lula Institute” to supposedly “end hunger” in Africa. If convicted, Lula may spend the rest of his life behind bars. Some of his co-conspirators, already convicted and sentenced to long jail terms, are reportedly cooperating with authorities.
As if to add insult to injury, the FAO under Graziano's leadership gave an award to the socialist regime in Venezuela — also part of the Lula and Castro's communist FSP network — for allegedly fighting “hunger.” Meanwhile, in the real world, the Venezuelan people oppressed by the Maduro regime were dealing with crushing food shortages. The situation has become so dire that starving Venezuelans have reportedly turned to eating their pets and zoo animals. In February, Venezuela's “Living Conditions Survey” reported that about three out of four people lost an average of almost 20 pounds of body weight due to severe food shortages. Still, despite the crushing economic situation, the Venezuelan regime, with its vast oil wealth, has been a key financier of the FSP network and its scheming.
One of the explosive FAO scandals highlighted by the Italian Insider and other publications surrounds a scheme by FAO boss Graziano to help former Peruvian First Lady Nadine Heredia escape justice by giving her a senior UN FAO job, complete with diplomatic immunity. Heredia was charged by prosecutors in Peru with major corruption, usurpation of power, and money laundering for helping to funnel some $150 million stolen from Brazilian taxpayers by the Lula regime into her totalitarian husband's political campaign for president.
Her husband, former President Ollanta Humala, was with the socialist “Peruvian Nationalist Party,” which Heredia helped create and now leads. The party is, unsurprisingly, also a member of the Marxist-Leninist Foro de Sao Paulo founded by Lula, Castro, the terrorist group FARC, and others. After Graziano appointed her to the UN post with diplomatic immunity, it sparked an international scandal that eventually forced her out. Graziano and the FAO insist everything was above board. But the stench of corruption has still not cleared.  
U.S. lawmakers have expressed serious concerns about the scheme. “Sadly we have indications that the FAO has sought to silence truth tellers in that organization, while offering a plush diplomatic post to shield a former first lady under investigation in her own country for receiving bribes in a corruption scandal that touched certain Latin American countries,” Representative Chris Smith (R-N.J.), who chairs key congressional subcommittees dealing with international organizations, said in a subcommittee hearing. Multiple sources have confirmed that the administration of President Donald Trump is aware of the scandals and has UN FAO in the crosshairs as the president works to implement his promises to cut the UN down to size. Some UN agencies may lose all U.S. funding.
Insider editor Phillips said American and European policymakers must take note. “There's a lot of skulduggery going on at the top of FAO, it's really bad,” he told The New American, specifically mentioning Graziano and his ties to Lula, among a wide range of other concerns. “It's funny because the UN claims diplomatic immunity and never gets held accountable, but here they are taking a media organization to court and using donor [taxpayer] money to silence journalists who report on this. It really is something.”
“There has long been discussion about whether the FAO should be abolished since it has proven so difficult to reform, while in the past the U.S., Britain and Canada withdrew funding for a period of years to pressure the UN agency to make reforms that have been implemented only at a snail's pace,” Phillips said. “One problem has been that U.S. and other ambassadors to the food agencies become uncritical of the food agencies in Rome because they hope to use the ambassador's job as a springboard to heading one of the agencies, so for instance ambassador Ertharin Cousin became head of the World Food Programme, sister agency to the FAO, and next week finishes her term before the Trump administration appointee David Beasley takes over the post.”
He also hopes that, under Trump and his administration's appointees, the UN agency will quit trying to quash media freedom. “It is to be hoped that the new US ambassador, expected to be Sam Brownback, will take a more resolute line, including persuading FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva to respect freedom of the press rather than trying to silence legitimate reporting and comment by our newspaper,” the chief editor continued, adding that Graziano is well aware of the fact that top U.S. officials are unhappy with his record.
“The number of Americans and people from most other OECD [Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development] countries in professional jobs has tumbled at FAO as Graziano favored Latin American and Hispanic cronies for top jobs,” Phillips continued. “Graziano has turned FAO into his personal fiefdom for his cronies from Latin America, and he has systematically sidelined professional staff from America, Britain, and other OECD countries even though those are the biggest donors to the organization. Obviously he doesn't like us reporting that because it makes donors realize they aren't getting a good deal for their money.”
And so, Graziano and his minions are abusing arcane laws — laws that do not apply to the UN due to its increasingly dubious claim to diplomatic immunity — in a desperate bid to silence the truth. Graziano is the key FAO figure, demanding massive damages from the Insider for allegedly “damaging the reputation” of the UN bureaucracy, which purports to “fight hunger.” Its motto is “Let there be bread.” There are four other current and former UN officials suing the paper in a private capacity, with all but one demanding monetary damages.
One of the plaintiffs, UN FAO chief of staff Mario Lubetkin, is demanding at least 100,000 euros. “He says we affronted his honor, and his translations of our articles into Italian for court are not accurate, so we're challenging those and asking the judge to check the translations using a court-appointed translator,” Phillips explained. “They've slanted what we've written in many cases, to try to support their case.” The other plaintiffs are former IT division chief Florentin Albu, who since has departed the organization, former media relations chief Mehdi Drissi, currently FAO representative in the Gulf states, and Spanish coordinator for Expo Clara Velez Fraga.
“There's a whole raft of articles that they claim were untrue,” Phillips explained. “Graziano, in his deposition, cites various things he suggests are wild reporting that couldn't possibly be true, for example a story about him smashing up the elevator in his apartment block and then getting FAO resources to fix it. We have it from a good source that it actually happened, and that he gets these fits of rage. We also wrote an article saying that the Catholic organization Opus Dei had a lot of influence within FAO. But that doesn't bring the FAO into disrepute, it's a respectable organization recognized by the Catholic Church and it is well known it tries to recruit professionals.”
But even defending against the bogus charges in the face of a UN agency with huge taxpayer resources is putting a serious strain on the paper, he said. “Naturally the cost of legal defense against the FAO, which uses donor [taxpayer] funds to sue us, is very high for us and could eventually drive us out of business, as Graziano evidently hopes will happen,” Phillips said. “In addition to the allegations under trial, I received notification from Italian police last week that Graziano has filed suit to sue us again in a second round of proceedings for 37 more recent articles we published, many of them about his decision to hire former Peruvian first lady Nadine Heredia to the FAO and give her diplomatic immunity despite — or rather because of — her being under investigation for alleged massive money laundering linked to the Oderbrecht scandal that engulfed Graziano's old boss Brazilian former president Lula da Silva, in whose government Graziano was a minister. An Italian judge will now decide whether to indict me again and start a second trial.”
The UN agency's media relations office did not respond to e-mailed questions before press time. A follow up phone call to the FAO office confirmed that the questions were, in fact, received, but there was no information on whether a response would be issued, or when. The trial resumes on April 12.

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