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From a media standpoint, one thing has been very clear regarding coverage of the Dakota Access Pipeline event: it’s extremely taboo to report on. I say this because until Amy Goodman, a Democracy Now! journalist, went to the main protest site of what she refers to as “the standoff at Standing Rock” on September 3, not one of the major American broadcast networks had assigned a reporter to go onsite to report, nor had they even mentioned the protest on air.

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Earlier today, on Monday, October 17, 2016, Amy Goodman was set to walk into the Morton County–Mandan Combined Law Enforcement and Corrections Center to turn herself into the local authorities. Goodman was charged with rioting, even though she was simply onsite to report the news. Even though the charges have now been dropped, this still speaks volumes about mainstream media and the US legal system.

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Last month, the award-winning journalist and host of Democracy Now! took it upon herself to go to the months-long protest where thousands of Native Americans are standing up against the construction of the $3.8 billion oil pipeline called the Dakota Access Pipeline. The project was set to carry Bakken crude through what is believed to be sacred sites and burial grounds of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. The tribe fears it could pollute the Missouri River, which would in turn destroy theirs and millions of other people’s drinking water. The protests signify the largest mobilization of Native American activists in over 40 years.

Despite the lack of coverage from mainstream media, Goodman went to the scene to report on what was anticipated to be an incredible news story. Hundreds of protestors were trying to stop a crew of bulldozers from digging up the earth—this earth, which DAPL says, “belongs to nobody.” However, the protestors were greeted by private security contractors with attack dogs and pepper spray.

“People have gone through the fence, men, women, and children,” Goodman reported through a microphone at the protest. “The bulldozers are still going, and they’re yelling at the men in hard hats. One man in a hard hat threw one of the protesters down,” she explained.

Meanwhile, a security contractor pummelled a man to the ground causing protestors to flock to his aid. Helicopters hovered overhead and protestors reported burning eyes and being physically harmed by the dogs.

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“Why are you letting the dog go after the protesters?” Goodman questioned a security contractor while a woman screamed in the background. “It’s covered in blood!” she exclaimed.

Goodman’s reporting resulted in a seven-minute video released on the web mere hours after the event, while a detailed report followed three days later that was broadcasted live on her show. The video went viral almost immediately, eventually landing on the very news stations who had been ignoring the protests: CNN, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and NPR.

Even though Goodman’s journalism ultimately led to a breakthrough in the media’s silence on an incredibly important issue, and likely provoked the Obama administration to halt work on the pipeline several days later, she was hit with a warrant for her arrest and charged with riot, which is a misdemeanor punishable by jail time and a fine.

The prosecutor, Ladd Erickson, told the Grand Forks Herald that Goodman is not a journalist. “She’s a protester, basically… Everything she reported on was from the position of justifying the protest actions,” Erickson said. In The Bismarck Tribune, he said, “I think she put together a piece to influence the world on her agenda, basically. That’s fine, but it doesn’t immunize her from the laws of her state.”

This begs the question: How is Amy Goodman not a journalist? She didn’t go to the protest with pepper spray, an attack dog, or a colourful sign relaying her feelings of dismay over the DAPL. Instead, Goodman carried a Democracy Now! microphone, came with a video crew, identified herself as a reporter, and broadcasted the resulting video on the daily news program she has had the privilege of hosting for the past 20 years.

“This arrest warrant is a transparent attempt to intimidate reporters from covering protests of significant public interest,” Carlos Lauría, a senior program coordinator for the Americas at CPJ, explained. “Authorities in North Dakota should stop embarrassing themselves, drop the charges against Amy Goodman, and ensure that all reporters are free to do their jobs,” Carlos added.

On Friday Goodman made note of her reasoning for turning herself in in an interview with The Real News Network: 

“The important issue is that the prosecutor is raising the content of our coverage. That is why we have a First Amendment. It’s the separation of the state from journalism. You know, we are not supposed to have state journalism here. There’s a reason why our profession is the only one explicitly protected in the U.S. Constitution – because we’re supposed to be the check and balance on power. If the state doesn’t like what we are reporting, that is not an arrestable offense. And if it is, our democracy is in big trouble.”

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In a video, she said:

“The original charge against me was criminal trespass. Yet, on Friday, after we returned to North Dakota to challenge the charges and to continue covering the resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline, we learned that the state’s attorney, Ladd Erickson, had dropped the criminal trespass charge for lack of evidence, but had filed a new charge against me: riot. If Judge John Grinsteiner approves the new riot charge today, I’ll be appearing in court today at 1:30 p.m. North Dakota time to challenge it. For updates throughout the day, go to democracynow.org.”

Thankfully, after approximately one month, the charges against Goodman were finally dropped earlier today. Even though the case against her was dismissed, the entire situation still speaks volumes about mainstream media. Even though the DAPL is an issue that affects millions of Americans and has been reported on continuously by alternative news outlets, the mainstream media failed to cover it. Mainstream news only covered the story once a well-known journalist was arrested, instilling fear onto viewers and other journalists. It is clear that even if journalists wanted to report on these types of subject, they would likely be punished and could even face fines or jail time as a result.

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A large portion of our journalism that you’re used to seeing on our Collective Evolution platform has now moved over to The Pulse. We will be publishing most of our news articles there, while Collective Evolution focuses more on personal development.

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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.

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

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

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    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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