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Sometimes You’re Better Off Breaking The Law. But When?

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What exactly is civil disobedience? It’s a tricky one to define. But, for the sake of ease, let’s just say it like this:

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Civil disobedience is the performance of an illegal act which is directed in some way against the government, for whatever reason.

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Sometimes, civil disobedience is also known as “non-violent direct action.”

Just remember, there’s a difference between just breaking the law, and disobeying it. If you decide to drive your car home from the bar after drinking seven beers, it is not an act of civil disobedience. Why not? Because your action is not aimed at trying to change some law within our government. You are simply driving home drunk because you don’t want to wait for a taxi, right?

People who carry out acts of civil disobedience usually want to make something “better” for the whole of society, not just for themselves. It’s also worth noting that civilly disobedient acts are usually intended to catch public attention and to raise awareness of the “injustices” which the protestor is protesting against.

Therefore stealing, for instance, would not usually be seen as an act of civil disobedience. Stealing does not generally aim to bring about a change in the law and it is not usually done with an effort to raise awareness – rather the opposite, in fact!

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Some Examples Of Civil Disobedience

Civil disobedience comes in all shapes and forms – whether you see it or not.

Russian feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot, who staged unauthorized performances in public locations in opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin, were committing acts of civil disobedience. The group consider Putin to be a dictator, and three members of the group spent two years each in prison for their beliefs.

The Cardinal who insisted that “Roman Catholic officials should be prepared to lose their jobs rather than co-operate with the law” over the 2005 laws proposed by the Spanish government to allow marriage between gay people was a civil disobedient.

And the ninety members of Greenpeace who, believing that we all have a duty not to squander and spoil the Earth’s natural resources, broke into a huge nuclear power plant in France, were also all acting out of civil disobedience.

Perhaps you agree with some acts of civil disobedience and not others? So, this begs the question…

When Is It OK For Us To Carry Out Acts of Civil Disobedience?

Kumi Naidoo, the head of Greenpeace International, advocates the use of civil disobedience or “non-violent direct action,” given that, he says, it “manages to penetrate the consciousness of our leaders’ minds much more powerfully than other methods.”

He also sees the “crimes” of breaking the law proportionate – in terms of justice – to the crimes being committed by governments or corporations who don’t consider environmental justice.

If we live in “democratic” countries, where our views are said to be represented by our governments, it is hard to argue that we are ever justified in acts of civil disobedience. Because, technically, we get our say and we should be happy with the laws that are in place.

But, of course, it’s not that simple…

So, Let’s Start With Some Philosophical Basics:

Philosopher John Locke believed that we have a right to civil disobedience if we believe that our government goes against our wishes.

Thomas Hobbes, on the other hand, believes that civil disobedience is only acceptable when our government’s actions threaten our lives or our honor.

And Henry David Thoreau – the man who refused to pay taxes in opposition to “the Mexican-American War, the subjugation of Native America, and… the slave trade” (and went to jail for it) – says that we are always entitled to rebel against anything which we don’t feel is right.

Some NGOs, for example, also believe that – because they don’t take money from corporations or governments – they have the independence to speak “truths.” More democratic, perhaps, than even a democratically elected government? Many would think so.

So, as you can see, there are many different arguments for when political disobedience is right. That’s what makes it so hard… And that’s why you’ll have to make up your own mind.

But, as Kumi Naidoo once said:

Don’t be afraid of being vilified… The struggle for justice has never been a popularity contest.

Go forth and seek justice, friends!

A few important points to keep in mind:

  • If your conscience says something is unjust, and you believe that your voice is not being heard by your government, then sometimes civil disobedience is the only way to change things.
  • Not all laws are “just” and sometimes, temporarily acting outside of the law for a “greater good” is worthy of consideration.
  • Non-violent forms of civil disobedience are often more successful in achieving what they set out to do.

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

Australian UFO study.

According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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New UFO Film Questions What The US Government Is Hiding

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The US recently released its highly anticipated Pentagon UAP report, but it wasn’t much more than a 9 page rundown of what has been known for decades. Regardless, for many, what was promising was that the UFO subject was being taken seriously again – and perhaps many more scientists might get involved.

For decades many have been warning about leaving UFO disclosure in the hands of a government that likes to use crisis’ or current events to expand its defense budgets. Further, why would we suddenly expect a government, who has been lying about this subject for 70 years, to suddenly come forth with the truth? What would inspire them to suddenly change their mind?

Perhaps it’s because the search for ET is an idea who’s time has truly come. We’ve reporting on this for over 13 years, and are mongst a community of researchers who have been encouraging humanity to look at the evidence for more than 70 years. It feels like an idea that human collective consciousness is more than ready to explore.

The impact the ET question has on our individual and collective worldview has the power to truly change the way we view ourselves and the meaning of life here on earth. Think of the implications answers to this question could have on how we set up and run our society as well. Technology, culture, collaboration etc – I spoke about this more in great detail in my extended interview for Greer’s. prior film Close Encounters of The Fifth Kind here.

Now, a new documentary from Dr. Steven Greer, directed by my good friend Michael Mazzola, seeks to explore what the films calls “the current government and media disinformation campaign promoting 3 big lies:”

1. We do not know what these UAPs/ UFOs are. WE DO.
2. Humans cannot make craft that can maneuver like UFOs. WE CAN and WE DO.
3. The UFOs are a threat. THEY ARE NOT.

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PGA Tour To End COVID Testing For Both Vaccinated & Non-Vaccinated Players

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  • The Facts:

    The PGA Tour has announced that it will stop testing players every week, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

  • Reflect On:

    Are PCR tests appropriate to identify infectious people? Should people who are healthy and not sick be tested at all, anywhere?

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The picture you see above is of John Rahm, a professional golfer on the PGA tour being carted off the golf course after tournament officials told him he had COVID. He was healthy and had no symptoms, yet was forced to withdraw from the tournament. He was told in front of the camera’s, and a big scene was made out of the event. You would think something like that, especially when you are a big time sports figure, would be done behind closed doors with some privacy.

Earlier on in June a spokesperson for the PGA Tour said that more than 50 percent of players on the PGA tour have been vaccinated. Although it seems that the majority of players on the tour will be fully vaccinated judging by this statement, it does leave a fairly large minority who won’t be, and that’s something we’re seeing across the globe as COVID vaccine hesitancy remains high for multiple reasons.

We are pleased to announce, after consultation with PGA Tour medical advisors, that due to the high rate of vaccination among all constituents on the PGA Tour, as well as other positively trending factors across the country, testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required as a condition of competition beginning with the 3M Open. – PGA tour Senior VP Tyler Dennis

The tour recently announced that the testing of players every week will stop starting in July for both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This was an unexpected announcement given the fact that, at least it seems in some countries, vaccinated individuals will enjoy previous rights and freedoms that everyone did before the pandemic. Travelling without need to quarantine and possibly in the future not having to be tested could be a few of those privileges. Others may include attending concerts, sporting events, or perhaps even keeping their job depending on whether or not their employer deems it to be mandatory, if that’s even legally possible. We will see what happens.

Luckily for professional golfers, regardless of their vaccination status they won’t have to worry about testing positive for COVID, especially if they’re not sick. This is the appropriate move by the PGA tour, who is represented by their players and it’s a move that the players themselves may have had a say in. It’s important because PCR tests are not designed nor are they appropriate for identifying infectious people. A number of scientists have been emphasizing this since the beginning of the pandemic. More recently, a letter to the editor published in the Journal of infection explain why more than half of al “positive” PCR tests are likely to have been people who are not infectious, otherwise known as “false positives.”

This is why the Swedish Public Health agency has a notice on their website explaining how and why polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are not useful for determining if someone is infected with COVID or if someone can transmit it to others, and it’s better to use someone who is actually showing symptoms as a judgement call of whether or not they could be infected or free from infection.

PCR tests using a high cycle threshold are extremely sensitive. An article published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that among positive PCR samples with a cycle count over 35, only 3 percent of the samples showed viral replication. This can be interpreted as, if someone tests positive via PCR when a Ct of 35 or higher is used, the probability that said person is actually infected is less than 3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97 percent. This begs the question, why has Manitoba, Canada, for example, using cycle thresholds of up to 45 to identify “positive” people?

When it comes to golf, the fact that spread occurring in an outdoor setting is highly unlikely could have been a factor, but it’s also important to mention that asymptomatic spread within one’s own household is also considerably rare. It really makes you wonder what’s going on here, doesn’t it?

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