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Police Promise To ‘Track’ & ‘Hold Accountable’ Those Who Criticize Houston Police. Fuel To The Fire?

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Houston Police Union President Joe Gamaldi made a fiery statement after four police officers were shot on Monday during a drug raid, including threatening people who 'stir the pot on our police officers' on social media.

  • Reflect On:

    How can we use divisive and polarizing statements to actually guide us more towards neutrality?

In Houston, four police officers were shot on Monday during a drug raid at a suspected heroin dealer’s home. Luckily, the officers are all expected to survive, although two of the officers are in critical condition. The two suspected drug dealers were both shot and killed during the raid.

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What is actually getting more publicity than the shooting itself is the emotional outburst made soon after by Houston Police Union President Joe Gamaldi. Known as a firebrand, Gamaldi’s statement brought cause for concern that he is only adding fuel to the fire:

“I want to speak on behalf of the 5200 brave men and women of the Houston Police Department and the other 800,000 police officers that are working these streets every single day, putting their lives on the line. We are sick and tired of having targets on our back. We are sick and tired of having dirtbags trying to take our lives when all we’re trying to do is protect this community and protect our families.

Enough is enough. And if you’re the ones that are out there spreading the rhetoric that police officers are the enemy, well just know we’ve all got your number now, we’re going to be keeping track of all of y’all, and we’re going to make sure that we hold you accountable every time you stir the pot on our police officers. We’ve had enough, folks. We’re out there doing our jobs every day, putting our lives on the line for our families. Enough is enough.”

What Does Gamaldi’s Outburst Reveal?

Certainly, some of the fury in Gamaldi’s tirade can be attributed to an understandable emotional reaction to hearing that four officers in his union were shot, leaving two of them in critical condition. We can accept the notion that Gamaldi would like to see the situation improve. With that being said, many points of perception held by Gamaldi are worth examining further in order to evaluate if what Gamaldi said is actually going to be of value in improving the situation.

1. Generalization: Police Officers Are Uniformly Noble and Just. Gamaldi makes a sweeping generalization that is not grounded in reality when he says “all we’re trying to do is protect this community and protect our families.” He presumes to speak for all 800,000 police officers in the United States as if he had the omniscient power to know the motives of each and every one of them. Volumes of certified evidence of police corruption, brutality, and fraud across the nation are simply a few keystrokes away. This does not mean that ‘police officers are the enemy,’ another generalization used by Gamaldi, nor that most people think in such black-and-white terms. It simply means that, like in every other occupation, there are people with good intentions and those with bad intentions. The fact that Gamaldi bypasses this simple and self-evident fact and resorts to such a generalization takes away the credibility of his statement and begins to provoke resistance against it.

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2. False Assumption: They Have Targets On Their Back. When Gamaldi says, ‘We are sick and tired of having targets on our back,’ he seems to be trying to convey that the number of people who would like to see police officers killed in our society is significant. Gamaldi was obviously fueled by his police officers getting wounded, but the incident was not a case of having ‘targets on their back’ (ie. being stalked and hunted down from behind). The four police officers were being shot at by the heroin dealers because they were breaking into their home and were going to arrest them. Every reasonable police officer knows these actions could elicit a violent response from those inside, especially from drug traffickers who may be high on drugs themselves. Examining the obvious cause of this particular act of violence perpetrated upon the police (and lethally responded to), it would seem more worthwhile to look closely at suggestions supported by many experts that the police should end their ‘War on Drugs,’ which is elaborated upon in this Free Thought Project article.

3. Direct Antagonism: Threats To Limit Free Speech. Gamaldi puts out a warning to the general public that anyone being critical of police officers on social media, “spreading the rhetoric that police officers are the enemy,” as he puts it, are going to be held “accountable.” What he means by being held accountable is not specified, but certainly someone threatening unarmed citizens’ right to free speech on social media with the power and lethal force of the police, he leaves no doubt that he is trying to scare people into silencing their dissent against police officers. In a situation where dialogue is absolutely necessary, and the grievances of each side need to be heard by the other, Gamaldi’s threat is the antithesis of a solution to this problem.

Doubling Down

While some of Gamaldi’s tirade can be attributed to heat-of-the-moment emotions, what is perhaps even more troubling is that the next day, he was doubling down on his stance, not apologetic or even seemingly conscious that his own rhetoric was inflammatory and created a greater divide. This is from an article and interview the next day by KHOU:

Today, he is standing firm that it’s becoming more and more of a dangerous climate for law enforcement to do their jobs. “It could be the activists in recent years that decided they want to stir up every single use-of-force incident, even though it’s overwhelmingly justified in every single case,” Gamaldi tells KHOU.

To begin, his notion that it’s becoming more dangerous for law enforcement is simply a perception of his that is not backed up by any evidence. In the chart below, we can see a gradual decrease in violence against police officers since the 1970s:

Beyond this, the suggestion that activists are interested in publicizing and condemning police use-of-force, even when force is warranted, is simply false. Whenever we do see videos and other evidence of police brutality that goes viral, it only gains traction because it is so obviously excessive and unjustified. Yet in Gamaldi’s opinion, the use of force by police officers is “overwhelmingly justified in every single case.

Clearly, there is a disconnect between reality and what Gamaldi is saying. And this disconnect is felt by whomever he presumes to be addressing. He is certainly not reaching out to the public to find a solution to problems that are more complex than he makes them out to be. In his endeavor to protect police officers in his union, which I believe is sincere, Gamaldi is actually putting them at greater risk as a result of his ‘us’ versus ‘them’ mentality, and his inability or unwillingness to show some humility and reach out to people respectfully who otherwise might sympathize with the honorable majority of police officers.

The Takeaway

While it’s understandable that someone might lash out in the heat of the moment following a violent tragedy, it is important that we don’t let such black-and-white perceptions dominate the discussion in matters important to our society. Joe Gamaldi’s reaction to police officers being shot at is instructive as an example of how polarized some people are these days, nothing more. There is no need to react angrily to it, but rather recognize it as an example of the perils of an ‘us’ versus ‘them’ mentality. We all do this to some extent, blaming others while denying our own complicity in creating the problem. That is why it is important to remember that change starts within, and that the healing salve to statements like the one made by Joe Gamaldi is our own humility and our willingness to take our share of responsibility in any problems we face with other people.

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BREAKING: Shots Fired During Toronto Raptors Parade Causes Stampede (Video)

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Breaking news out of Toronto as celebrations were taking place to mark the NBA championship the Toronto Raptors won last week. Shots have been fired during the Raptors parade causing panic which sparked a stampede of people leaving the area. Some people reported being trampled during the panic.

So far, 2 people have been arrested and police say 2 people have suffered injuries, but they are not life-threatening.

As we know more we will report, but this will surely spark some sort of ‘gun regulation’ discussion.

Videos below show scenes of what happened in Toronto.

And another video from another angle:

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WHAT?! Marineland Is Officially Exempt From Canada’s Ban On Whale & Dolphin Captivity

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Canada recently passed a bill that bans the capture and captivity of whales and dolphins. Marineland, a huge whale/dolphin entertainment park, has been exempted from the law that makes it illegal to do so.

  • Reflect On:

    What gives human beings the right to hold such majestic, innocent, benevolent and intelligent animals captive? What gives them the right to separate them from their families? Why do we treat other beings on Earth the way we do?

Animal captivity is extremely cruel and heartbreaking. Imagine what another intelligent, benevolent race would think if they came across our planet and observed what we do. My guess is that they’d be terrified to attempt to interact with us simply based on how we treat other sentient, benevolent beings on this planet.

Canada recently passed a legislation that completely bans keeping whales, dolphins and porpoises in captivity for entertainment, trade, possession, capture and breeding. The bill (S-203) is also known as the “Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act,” and it was approved by the House of Commons after they voted in favour of the bill, which was first introduced in 2015.

The only time capture is permitted in Canada is for rescue purposes or, unfortunately, for scientific purposes.

According to Green Party Leader MP Elizabeth May, “Canadians have been clear, they want the cruel practice of keeping whales and dolphins in captivity to end… With the passage of Bill S-203, we have ensured that this will happen.”

More than 20 marine scientists and stakeholder organizations endorsed the bill, which quite frankly should have happened long ago. These beings, or any beings for that matter, do not belong in tanks where they are constantly suffering. These are extremely emotional, social, empathetic and brilliant beings. What we’ve done to them and continue to do to them is beyond horrid, to be blunt.

This bill was supposed to phase out this type of captivity in Canada, but that doesn’t seem to be the case, as Marineland Canada’s whales will remain at the park following the page of S-203. Already captive whales will remain in captivity, which means approximately 60 animals will live out their entire lives at Marineland and at the Vancouver Aquarium.

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Canadian law now states that it’s a criminal offence, as it should be, to keep a cetacean in captivity, but it looks like Marineland Canada has been exempted from this. It does not seem, however, that they can bring more animals into the park, but they’ll more than likely begin breeding programs to keep their business going for as long as they can.

According to Marie Holer, a representative from Marineland Canada:

We’ve been working to evolve Marineland for over a year and have made many positive changes to the park, including the new educational presentation on marine mammals, the introduction of the Marineland Express and our Polar Splash pad that will open in July. Since opening day, we’ve seen our largest crowds in years and are thrilled that so many people support us in our work. We’re looking forward to enhancing our education, conservation and research focus in the short term to highlight our commitment to marine mammals.”

Is this truly a good step? As long as these animals are in captivity, there can be no care given to these animals. Why do we as human beings feel we can imprison animals like this is simply for entertainment? It feels heartbreaking, confusing, and makes deeply question the state of our connection to wildlife.

Have we really become that disconnected from life?

It’s not all bleak though! Things are obviously improving, and that’s become quite evident thanks to the vast amount of activism over the years that has finally resulted in the passing of the legislation mentioned in this article, but we still have a long way to go.

Remember, these animals have never really shown any type of aggression towards humans, except in captivity.

The Takeaway

Why do human beings go to the circus? Why do they go to places like Marineland? Is it because human beings are terrible? No. It’s simply because many of us have been desensitized and have not quite questioned this in many ways. Which is OK! That’s part of the process. When it comes to animal captivity, mass marketing and scientific justifications have allowed our minds to be manipulated. They’ve made us think that animal captivity is okay, when clearly we would not like to be confined against our will, so why do it to others?

I believe that we’re all born as extremely understanding beings, and that humans are a very empathetic race. I believe that our feelings and our ability to experience empathy are what makes us special. I also believe that these traits and characteristics left us for a while, but they are now returning and we are beginning to “think” from our hearts again.

This is why awareness regarding animal captivity has increased and will continue to increase around the globe until it is completely banned everywhere, or until people simply stop showing up to these places and providing them with profits.

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Video: The Most Significant Leak About Extraterrestrial Craft Just Went Public

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  • The Facts:

    A recently leaked document has exposed notes taken by legendary scientist Dr. Eric Davis during a meeting he had Admiral Thomas Ray Wilson, who was the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, regarding extraterrestrial space craft.

  • Reflect On:

    UFOs used to be a conspiracy, now they are quite mainstream and their existence is backed by tremendous amounts of evidence. The next question is, where are they from, and who made them? Will this information be suppressed too?

A quote I love to use in many of my articles comes from Apollo 14 astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell. He said, “yes there have been crashed craft, and bodies recovered.” (source)

The thought that governments and/or rogue agencies around the world have been involved in taking down and even possibly revere engineering possible extraterrestrial craft is nothing new. Available to the public are statements from the highest ranking positions within government and the military, and there are also declassified documents that hint toward the same idea.

For example, former Canadian Defence Minister Paul Hellyer once told the public that the protocol with regards to UFOs was to “shoot first and ask questions after.” Dr. David Clarke, an investigative journalist, reader and lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University in England who was also the curator for The National Archives UFO project from 2008–13 uncovered documents showing that the Royal Air Force was desperate to capture one of these UFOs and reverse engineer it. You can see those and read more about it here.

Most Significant Leak?

Check out our video segment on this new leak, or read more below.

More recently, what some are calling the most significant leak in UFO history has been made public – and it may be one of the strongest documents linking UFOs to extraterrestrials.

The document goes into detail about a meeting that was had between Dr. Eric Davis, and Vice Admiral Thomas Ray Wilson. Who is Eric Davis? He is a very well known scientist, and quite the legend. For many years he was a member of the National Institute for Discovery Sciences (NIDS)(Owned by Robert Bigelow), the Chief Science Officer of EarthTech Int’l, Inc. and the Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin in Austin, Texas; and he is the Owner/Chief Executive/Chief Scientist of Warp Drive Metrics who consults and contracts for the Department of Defense. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Early Universe, Cosmology and Strings Group at the Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics & Engineering Research at Baylor University in Waco, TX.

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Admiral Thomas Ray Wilson was the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from July 1999 to July 2002, prior to that he was the Director of Intelligence for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The document is in the form of notes that were written by Davis after their meeting that took place in 2002, regarding a series of events that took place during the spring of 1997, when Wilson was Deputy Director of Intelligence for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Since the leak of this document, there has been no denial publicly by Davis regarding the authenticity of these documents, and the focal point of the document is about a meeting (and what happened after that meeting) that took place in 1997 between UFO researcher Dr. Steven Greer, Admiral Wilson, Dr. Edgar Mitchell (Apollo 14 astronaut) and other high ranking individuals within the military. This meeting was spoken about by Dr. Greer and Dr. Mitchell nearly four years prior to the leak of these documents, so it’s all very interesting. In the episode, we actually play footage of Mitchell confirming and talking about this meeting as well as Greer.

The documents point towards a program that involves the crash retrieval of extraterrestrial craft, that are “not made of this earth, not made by man.”

You can view the entire document here.

if you missed the video embed above of myself and Joe Martino having a discussion about these documents in detail, you can watch it here.

The Takeaway

“There is a serious possibility that we are being visited and have been visited for many years by people from outer space, from other civilizations.” – Lord Admiral Hill-Norton, Former Chief of Defence Staff, 5 Star Admiral of the Royal Navy, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee

The fact that we are not alone has huge implications from science to technology, to history and possible metaphysical/spiritual implications as well. It really opens up Pandora’s Box, and it is one out of many examples that are allowing us to see how humanity has been conditioned to think a certain way, limit our reality, despite all of the evidence, that conflicts with long held belief systems.

At the end of the day, the idea that there are other highly advanced, intelligent lifeforms in the universe, or multiverse, and possibly other dimensions that are and have been visiting our planet, and others, for a very long time is most likely just the very tip of the ice-berg.

This is not a new discovery. We have had this type of knowledge of UFOs and ETs for a very long time, culture and elites have simply suppressed this knowing.

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