From the Pub­lisher

Trillions - - From The Publisher - Tim Lon­car­ich, Pub­lisher

Two months have passed since our last bi-monthly issue and we are now back on our reg­u­lar monthly sched­ule.

July and Au­gust were event­ful months with a num­ber of im­por­tant firsts and records. Our world is in­deed chang­ing rapidly and mostly not for the bet­ter.

While the US and South Korea were stag­ing war games to intimidate Kim Jong-un, North Korea launched a long-range bal­lis­tic mis­sile over Ja­pan into the North Pa­cific. The mis­sile could have reached Guam and car­ried a nu­clear war­head, but didn't.

North Korea is be­ing used by other coun­tries as a proxy to pro­voke the United States into a war it can­not win and Trump is tak­ing the bait.

Su­per-storm Harvey brought South Texas its worst flood­ing ever with more than 50 inches of rain in some ar­eas and so far 30 dead—with the num­ber ex­pected to rise. This is the worst rain­fall dis­as­ter in known Amer­i­can his­tory. Yet, vast num­bers of Amer­i­cans refuse to ac­cept that the cli­mate is chang­ing.

The Arc­tic ex­pe­ri­enced more record high tem­per­a­tures and ice loss. A Rus­sian nat­u­ral gas tanker was able to cross the Arc­tic Ocean with­out an ice­breaker for the first time ever.

Parts of south­ern Australia were con­sis­tently 10ºc (18ºf) above nor­mal. The Aus­tralian win­ter was like sum­mer in many re­gions.

South­ern and east­ern Europe swel­tered in tem­per­a­tures above 40ºc (104ºf) in a heat­wave nick­named "Lu­cifer".

Trump par­doned ca­reer crim­i­nal and de­vout racist Joe Ar­paio who had been con­victed of only one of his many crimes. Ar­paio is one of Amer­ica's most suc­cess­ful Sher­iff crim­i­nals and ter­ror­ized Mari­copa County, Ari­zona for 24 years. The par­don will em­bolden other racists and in­crease po­lice bru­tal­ity.

Un­der Trump, the Jus­tice Dept. has already stopped pur­su­ing most cases of po­lice crim­i­nal­ity and bru­tal­ity. Trump is also re­in­stat­ing the mil­i­ta­riza­tion of Amer­ica's po­lice with sur­plus mil­i­tary equip­ment.

ISIS has been de­feated in large parts of Iraq and Syria thanks to the ef­forts of Rus­sia, Iraq, Syria, Iran, and the Kurds, while Trump has in­creased the slaugh­ter of civil­ians in the Mid­dle East and Afghanistan to pro­voke more ha­tred for Amer­ica and get more Mus­lims to seek re­venge.

In July, Trump claimed that he would stop the fund­ing and arm­ing of ter­ror­ists started un­der a clas­si­fied Obama op­er­a­tion that armed the same ter­ror­ist groups that the U.S. pre­tends to be fight­ing. Ac­cord­ing to News­bud, newly leaked doc­u­ments show that the CIA was in­deed arm­ing Is­lamic ter­ror­ists with chem­i­cal weapons.

The in­ter­na­tional opi­oid drug crises wors­ens while Afghanistan con­tin­ues to in­crease its mas­sive pro­duc­tion of heroin un­der Amer­i­can oc­cu­pa­tion. Opi­oid over­dose is ex­pected to kill more than 50,000 Amer­i­cans this year alone. If Trump wants to re­duce Amer­ica's drug prob­lem he needs to stop pro­tect­ing Afghan poppy grow­ers and the in­ter­na­tional heroin trafficking net­work. The fields aren't hard to lo­cate and surely some of the 11,000+ Amer­i­can troops in Afghanistan could be as­signed to poppy erad­i­ca­tion in­stead of pro­tect­ing the fields and drug lords.

The NAPC has been threat­ened by the Ok­la­homa En­ergy Re­sources Board (OERB) with a law­suit for re­port­ing on their pub­lic bid in­for­ma­tion. The OERB is a state agency yet man­aged en­tirely by the oil and gas in­dus­try. The threat is a gross vi­o­la­tion of the Con­sti­tu­tion's First Amend­ment, which guar­an­tees free­dom of the press and the right to free speech.

The mere ex­is­tence of the OERB is a big Con­sti­tu­tional and le­gal issue. In­dus­try is not sup­posed to con­trol gov­ern­ment agen­cies, yet the OERB is man­aged en­tirely by the oil and gas in­dus­try and rep­re­sents its in­ter­ests, not the in­ter­ests of the peo­ple.

Do we re­ally want to live in a cor­po­rate dic­ta­tor­ship where cor­po­ra­tions con­trol gov­ern­ment and vi­o­late our ba­sic rights? Guess what, it is already hap­pen­ing and is rapidly get­ting worse.

C'mon peo­ple, wake up and smell the fas­cism be­fore it is too late to do any­thing about it.

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