5 things the establishment quietly slipped by you while focusing on the Orlando shooting
But tragedy doesn't occur in a vacuum, and — though it might feel as if the world pressed pause to allow society to grieve — important, pertinent issues continue to arise while our attention is trained elsewhere.
As collective shock from the massacre in Orlando begins to fade, it's a good idea to review what happened as the media obsessed over the last few days.
1) A major lawsuit exposing probable electoral fraud in eleven states could effectively alter the landscape of the presidential race.
Slated to be filed by the Institute for American Democracy and Election Integrity, the lawsuit presents evidence of statistically impossible differences between exit polls and electronic vote totals.
"We are going to be filing a racketeering lawsuit under the Ohio racketeering law, the strongest in the country and we can bring in every state, our RICO statute is coextensive with the federal RICO statute ... So they're nailed," explained Cliff Arnebeck, an election attorney who chairs the Legal Affairs Committee of Common Cause Ohio and national co-chair for the Alliance of Democracy.
According to computer security expert Stephen Spoonamore, reported The Free Thought Project, when differences between exit polls and vote totals surpass 2 percent, it's an indication the vote needs to be examined. In fact, the U.S. government uses that margin for potentially stolen elections in other nations.
For this lawsuit, results of Democratic primaries in several states far exceed the 2 percent margin — discrepancies in favor of Hillary Clinton exceed 5 percent in Arkansas, Ohio, Texas, and Oklahoma. Massachusetts and Tennessee show discrepancies in Clinton's favor in excess of 8 percent — and in Georgia the difference is 11.9 percent. In Alabama, that discrepancy in the former Secretary of State is an astronomical 13.9 percent.
Nothing to see here, folks. Or, considering the corporate media blackout of this apparent massive fraud — and its consonant prattling over Clinton — it's entirely probable an orchestrated thieving of the 2016 election occurred.
2) A new study from Washington University in St. Louis exposed widely-praised, genetically-modified Golden Rice has not lived up to the beneficence the industry has promised for over two decades.
Syngenta's putative prized crop had been proffered as a nutritional gold mine with the potential to alleviate hunger and health issues in developing nations. But study results have now proven the crop a dud.
"Golden Rice was a promising idea backed by good intentions," explained study lead author Glenn Stone, a recognized expert in agricultural trends and humanitarian issues. "In contrast to anti-GMO activists, I argued that it deserved a chance to succeed. But if we are actually interested in the welfare of poor children — instead of just fighting over GMOs — then we have to make unbiased assessments of possible solutions. The simple fact is that after 24 years of research and breeding, Golden Rice is still years away from being ready for release."
Despite Monsanto's and other GM-industry proponents' repeated claims activists have been somehow responsible for the inviability of Golden Rice as one possible solution to world hunger issues, the study also debunked that theory.
"Golden Rice is still not ready for the market, but we find little support for the common claim that environmental activists are responsible for stalling its introduction," Stone noted. "GMO opponents have not been the problem."
3) A study of rape kits dating as far back as 1993 — a telling detail in itself — revealed an epidemic of serial rapists that law enforcement should have known about for decades.
An Ohio task force began testing over 5,000 shelved rape kits and discovered a startling number of serial rapists who have never been investigated and obviously have tacitly been granted permission to continue committing brutal assaults.
Though the study focused on just one state, the Department of Justice claims over 400,000 rape kits nationally have been stuffed in police evidence rooms and never investigated.
As The Free Thought Project reported, law enforcement departments around the country have abandoned investigating serious crimes like rape and murder in favor of more profitable ventures stemming from the failed war on drugs. Civil asset forfeiture allows police to rob often innocent people blind without the burden of proving any crime has been committed — so police go after small-time dealers and other minor drug criminals in order to reap the rewards.
In 1965, the murder clearance rate exceeded 90 percent. Today, that number has fallen dramatically to just 60 percent — if you've been raped, the number drops to just 3 percent. It's as if the profitability of the drug war permits law enforcement to tell sexual assault victims, 'Too bad, so sad.'
According to the Daily Mail:
"Of all serial rapists in the study, 74 percent had at least one prior felony arrest, and 95 percent had at least one felony after ... For one-time offenders, they found 51 percent had prior felony arrests, and 78 percent had at least one subsequently ... And among serial offenders, 26 percent had been arrested for at least one sexual assault before that particular crime, while 60 percent were arrested for an unrelated sexual assault later on."
While the rape clearance rate undoubtedly could be called criminal, the task force investigation has led to 250 convictions.
4) During Ramadan this year, Israel cruelly curtailed the flow of water to Palestine — leaving thousands thirsty and scrambling to find sufficient means of hydration.
In an apparent act of retaliation for terror attacks in Tel Aviv earlier this month, Israel dramatically cut the flow of water to some areas, while halting it altogether in others. This during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan — a period of reflection and giving — and in the summertime, when daily temperatures average 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
Individuals need around 7.5 liters of water per day, according to the United Nations, but Israel's restrictions have left many Palestinians with as little as two or three liters a day.
"This is just really done on a whim and it is done out of spite," Richard Silverstein, a journalist and political commentator, told PressTV in an interview. "You mentioned that it is Ramadan and of course this is a symbolic act by Israel, it is sticking its thumb into the eye of Palestinians and unfortunately this is what the definition of occupation is."
That occupation has grown cruel, and acts like cutting off the region's water supply have increased with alarming frequency. Israel went so far as revoking travel and work permits — an act deemed a blanket, societal punishment for the crimes of a few by several human rights advocacy groups — following the attacks in Tel Aviv, which left four dead.
Indeed, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, the Israeli army's deputy chief of staff, even likenedthe occupation to 1930s Nazi Germany:
"If there is anything that frightens me in the remembrance of the Holocaust, it is discerning nauseating processes that took place in Europe in general, and in Germany specifically back then, 70, 80 and 90 years ago, and seeing evidence of them here among us in the year 2016."
5 ) A spate of suicides among bankers following the Libor, interest-rigging scandal had widely been reported in mainstream media as individual, unrelated occurrences. Now, however, corporate media has finally changed its narrative, admitting there might be more to the fact 40 bankers have killed themselves in the wake of the scandal.
In particular, three banker suicides — in New York, London, and Siena, Italy — within 17 months over 2013 and 2014, share a commonality in connections to Deutsche Bank.
"In each case," the New York Post reported, "the victim had a connection to a global banking scandal, leaving more questions than answers as to the circumstances surrounding their deaths."
In what came to be called the Libor scandal, European and U.S. financial regulators uncovered a conspiracy among London bankers to rig the London Interbank Offered Rate, which determines interest rates banks charged for mortgages, as well as personal and auto loans.
A number of major banks, including Deutsche Bank, were forced to pay some $20 billion in fines in the wake of the Libor revelations. Afterward, the banker suicides began.
In just one example reported by the Post, David Rossi, communications director for Italian Monte Paschi di Siena — the world's oldest bank — fell to his death under highly suspicious circumstances:
"A devastating security video shows Rossi landing on the pavement on his back, facing the building — an odd position more likely to occur when a body is pushed from a window. The footage shows the three-story fall didn't kill Rossi instantly. For almost 20 minutes, the banker lay on the dimly lit cobblestones, occasionally moving an arm and leg.
"As he lay dying, two murky figures appear. Two men appear and one walks over to gaze at the banker. He offers no aid or comfort and doesn't call for help before turning around and calmly walking out of the alley.
"About an hour later, a co-worker discovered Rossi's body. The arms were bruised and he sustained a head wound that, according to the local medical examiner's report, suggested there might have been a struggle prior to his fall."
The Free Thought Project's Jay Syrmopoulos gives a comprehensive account on these suspicious suicides, which you can find here.
Whenever tragedy strikes, a period of shock and mourning, and necessary examination of the event, inevitably and justifiably follows.
However, it remains imperative to pay close attention to additional, ongoing events which occur in the meantime — often, opportunistic politicians take advantage of the distraction to slip unfavorable legislation through.