Italy & Hungary: Taking Back Control

Recent populist moves by Hungary’s Viktor Orbán and Italy’s Matteo Salvini have widened the rift between their nations and transnational EU policies.

  • Orbán has passed a law permitting families with four or more children to be exempt from income tax for life:

This new tax incentive is a clear pro-white move to boost the native Hungarian population, such a powerful incentive is proof that mass migration is not necessary to replenish a declining population.

Orbán stated that “they (the EU) want as many migrants to enter as there are missing kids, so that the numbers will add up. We Hungarians have a different way of thinking. Instead of just numbers, we want Hungarian children. Migration for us is surrender.” Orbán also called for anti-migration politicians to take over the EU, as he recently hailed a new partnership between Poland’s right wing government and Italy’s populist interior minister, Matteo Salvini.

  • Salvini has called for central banking in Italy to be audited and “reduced to zero”:

Salvini has called for wresting control of Italy’s sizeable gold reserves away from the country’s central bank in a series of threats to the independence of the Bank of Italy by Rome’s populist coalition.

He said the Bank of Italy and Consob, the country’s stock market regulator, should be “reduced to zero, more than changing one or two people, reduced to zero” or in other words eliminated, and that “fraudsters” who inflicted losses on Italian savers should “end up in prison for a long time.”

Meanwhile, ECB head Mario Draghi, an Italian and former former governor of the Bank of Italy, last year warned that central bank independence was under threat by populist governments, while not making a direct reference to Italy. Should Salvini cement his de facto Italian leadership in upcoming elections, it would make life for the local central bank especially complicated.

Recently, the government nominated Paolo Savona, a veteran economist and prominent Eurosceptic who had previously served as minister for European affairs, as the new president of Consob. Savona was last year been blocked as the coalition’s first choice as economy minister by Italian president Sergio Mattarella, following strong pressure from Brussels and a revolt in the Italian bond market.

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Widespread Iodine Deficiency Is Lowering IQ

A widespread lack of gestational iodine absorption is responsible for fewer folds (gyrification) in the developing fetal brain.

Iodine is an essential micro-nutrient that is detected in every organ and tissue. It helps alkalize your body’s pH, provides your thyroid with the necessary nutrients to produce thyroid hormones, protects against cancer, and is a natural antibacterial agent.

There is a large body of evidence suggesting that low cancer rates in Japan are a result of their substantially higher dietary iodine levels. Iodine has documented antioxidant and anti-proliferative properties.

Iodine’s role in gyrification affects the cerebral hemisphere, which is divided into four lobes by sulci and gyri. The sulci (or fissures) are the grooves and the gyri are the “bumps” that can be seen on the surface of the brain. The folding created by the sulci and gyri increases the amount of cerebral cortex that can fit in the skull. This is a developmental process that is a major determiner of a person’s potential IQ (intelligence quotient). Fewer folds; less brain matter.

Competing halogens such as bromine, chlorine and fluorine are elected in the absence of iodine; their presence hinders the formation of folds in the developing brain.

Iodine is key to fetal brain development.

These folds are determined in-utero by transplacental thyroxine from the mother. Thyroxine is a brain development hormone made by the thyroid, also known as T4, tetraiodothyronine, or thyroxin, it is principally partially composed of iodine.

A fluoridated, brominated, or chloridated thyroid hormone is an inferior grade hormone, and will not be as effective.

A study has stated that the level of iodine nutrition plays a crucial role in the intellectual development of children. The intelligence damage of children exposed to severe iodine deficiency was profound, demonstrated by 12.45 IQ points loss.

They recovered 8.7 IQ points with maternal iodine supplementation before and during pregnancy. It was found that iodine supplementation before and during pregnancy for women living in severe iodine deficient areas could prevent their children from having an intelligence deficit.

Iodine deficiency affects adults too.

Iodine deficiency also damages adult brains. Even a small deficiency can lower your IQ by up to 15 points.

What you can do.

Start supplementing iodine and (optionally) its main absorption agent, magnesium, ideally taken transdermally (through the skin as a cream).

12.5 mg up to 50 mg of iodine per day is a desirable target, but due to the high levels of environmental halogens, it may be advisable to take more.

  • Lugol’s iodine or nascent iodine are reliable supplements, as are dietary sources such as seaweed, oysters, eggs, cod, dairy, iodized salt, shrimp, and prunes. Please note that most food crops are grown in soil already deficient of iodine. Some foods (like bread) can have bromine added, which competitively inhibits iodine.
  • Chlorinated and fluoridated water should be avoided if possible.
  • Bromine: found in pesticides, plastics, some bakery goods, soda, medications, fire retardants, and bromine-based hot tub and swimming pool treatments, ought to be avoided.
  • Fluoridated toothpaste and tap water is a big culprit in lowering IQ by competing with iodine in the body as well as having its own toxic effects.

Venezuela: US-backed Coup Underway

The attempt to dethrone President Nicolás Maduro has not come out of the blue. Since Maduro became president after the death of Chávez in 2013, the US has resolutely aimed at a regime change.

This is a chain of events totally misrepresented by the western mainstream media, as usual.

The US has tried to persuade parts of the Venezuelan army to turn against Maduro, but without any result so far. That is why Washington relies first and foremost on the internal opposition and on diplomatic pressure.

The US gives assistance to the political opposition and tries to unite it as much as possible. According to the color revolution handbook, NGOs, student organizations and local organizations are funded, trained and coached to organize street riots as effectively as possible. The street violence must destabilize the country to such an extent that the government is forced to resign, or that the army intervenes and deposes the government.

Since 2013, the opposition twice unleashed a cycle of large-scale violence. In 2014, 43 people were killed and 800 injured. In 2017, 131 people died.

In the meantime, the economic situation deteriorated very much. This was mainly the result of an economic model that is extremely dependent on oil prices, but also of an outright economic warfare against the regime.

They lied about Iran. They lied about Vietnam. They lied about Chile. They lied about Iraq. They lied about Afghanistan. They lied about Iraq again. They lied about Libya. They lied about Syria. But yeah, sure, this time (with Venezuela) it’s for a good cause (it’s not).

Venezuela holds sway over a considerable supply of global oil, thus having the ability to influence its price of what is termed “black gold”. In 2017 Venezuela was the seventh largest oil exporter in OPEC, accounting for 6.4% of OPEC’s crude oil exports.

The oil price drop of 2015 which affected Venezuela was a global phenomenon.

Since the formation of OPEC in the 1970s, the Saudi Kingdom has been able to use its immense reserves to undermine other oil-producing countries’ attempts to maintain a high and stable price for petroleum. Even if all these nations were to ally, the Saudi Kingdom can turn the tap up or down and change the entire global economy to benefit its own geopolitical agenda and that of its U.S. patron. It did so in the late 1970s to offset lowered production in Iran after the 1979 revolution. And it did so again in 2015, partly in response to the success of the Iran-U.S. nuclear deal. It’s not a perfect mechanism; the price drop hurt the Saudi economy before prices slowly climbed anew. But the most severe effects were felt by the United States’ designated enemies: Russia, Iran and Venezuela.

Weaponized oil prices are a useful tool in globalist conquest, one piece on the chessboard worth holding. But President Maduro seems to be immune to the temptation of the western bribe or its callous threats.

Now he will have to stand the test of an offer he perhaps cannot refuse; the embargoes and bloodshed that have and will continue to befall his nation for his “lack of cooperation”. This is, as Russia states, a “direct path to bloodshed”. This prophesy is quickly becoming true as Maduro has called for the expansion of armed civilian militias as the threat of more violence on the streets of Caracas continues to grow. The militias, created by deceased former president Hugo Chávez to resist “imperialist aggression,” currently consist of about 100,000 members. Maduro’s proposed expansion of the civilian force would increase its size to 500,000.

Furthermore, up to 400 Russian military contractors are in Venezuela to beef-up security for Maduro, according to reports.

Maduro’s announcement was accompanied by a rousing speech in which he called upon Venezuelans to decide if they are “with the homeland” or against it, adding that “now is not the time to hesitate.”

A lengthy western media onslaught has pinned Venezuela’s economic troubles on Maduro’s regime; ignoring western trade embargoes entirely, not to mention the geopolitical significance of Venezuela’s oil supply and its closeness to Russia and China. It is in imperialist interests to subjugate Venezuela.

If the opposition does ultimately capture the presidency, the best-case scenario is that Venezuela adopts the ruinous austerity policies of Macri’s Argentina or Temer’s Brazil. The worst-case scenario could look something like the U.S.-led occupation of Haiti, with the country’s oil industry turned over to the multinationals, like Iraq’s was more than a decade ago.

Juan Guaidó: the western choice for regime change in Venezuela.

Maduro says Venezuela is “the victim of a US conspiracy,” referring to reports that US Vice President Mike Pence promised Guaido full American support the day before he declared himself Venezuela’s new leader. An act of unabashed interference and sponsorship in foreign elections.

Maduro has spoken at length on the situation:

“This is the reason for the coup. They don’t want us to get better. They sabotage us and try to destroy the (Venezuelan) economic system.”

“We will continue denouncing US lies, and I will continue to encourage national dialogue because I am up for a dialogue with all the political opposition, with the opposition media,” he said. “I think dialogue should prevail. I believe in dialogue.”

Guaidó is the thirty-five-year-old president of Parliament. He is very close toLeopoldo López, with whom he is in daily contact, despite his house arrest. Together they founded the right-wing party Voluntad Popular. In the past, this party organised armed pickets that killed people, set fire to public buildings and hospitals, led to attacks on ministries, etc.

Strengthened by Trump’s backing, the opposition took to the streets the same day with the aim of ousting President Maduro and forming a provisional government. Amnesty was promised to the military who would defect. Six days later, on 21 January, some rebellious soldiers posted a video message online in which they declared themselves loyal to the opposition leader.

Tensions increased. On 22 January, Mike Pence, vice president of the US, posted a video message calling on Venezuelans to take to the streets and get rid of Maduro. One day later, the opposition did what Pence asked, they massively took to the streets. There were also large counter-demonstrations by supporters of the government. Guaidó proclaimed himself the new president. He was immediately recognized by the governments of the US, Brazil and Canada, among others. Russia, China, Turkey and Mexico, a large and important country in the region, continue to recognize Maduro. Europe takes a cautious and moderate position.

The situation as it unfolds.

It is unlikely that the recognition of Guaidó by the US and some other countries will bring down President Maduro. But it may lead to further destabilisation of the country. The White House has opted for the strategy of chaos, as it has already done in so many other places.

The recognition of Guaidó will give the opposition a boost. If Guaidó is not allowed to hold the presidency, this may lead to more economic sanctions. The US is currently considering a ban on oil imports. This would have serious consequences for Venezuela’s financial position and would further reduce oil production.

An increasing number of recognitions of Guiadó as president will make it more likely that more countries will adopt economic sanctions against Venezuela. Threatening sanctions, stronger opposition and increasing violence will intensify the pressure on military officers and the PSUV top, in the hope that they will eventually change camps.

At the moment a foreign military intervention is unlikely, even with escalating violence. But in the past Trump has not ruled out such an intervention. With the recent election of the belligerent Bolsonaro, such an intervention could possibly be outsourced by the US to Brazil, together with Colombia, Peru and other countries in the region.

In any case, the interference in the domestic affairs of a sovereign country that the US is exhibiting today is unashamed and unprecedented. It violates the most elementary principles of the United Nations.

The deadlock in Venezuela can only be resolved through national dialogue. Maduro, for his part, is in favor of calling for a dialogue, directed to the country as a whole by the governments of Uruguay and Mexico. Any foreign interference or pressure will only add fuel to the flames.