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Read What the Professor Who Helped Expose the Flint Water Scandal Said About Science and Academia in 2016

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It was the injustice of it all and that the very agencies that are paid to protect these residents from lead in water, knew or should’ve known after June at the very very latest of this year, that federal law was not being followed in Flint, and that these children and residents were not being protected, and the extent to which they went to cover this up exposes a new level of arrogance and uncaring that I have never encountered.

– Virginia Tech Professor, Marc Edwards

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past several weeks, you’ll be aware of the extremely sad and infuriating water scandal that has been exposed in Flint, Michigan. Marc Edwards, a courageous and ethical professor of civil-engineering at Virginia Tech University, played a major role in exposing this public health danger as well as the inexcusable efforts of scientists and public officials to cover it up.

Mr. Edwards sat down for an interview with The Chronicle of Higher Education and offered some very blunt words regarding the deplorable state of modern academia. Here are a few excerpts:

When Marc Edwards opens his mouth, dangerous things come out.
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A month ago, I published a post which asked readers to reflect upon the value Liberty Blitzkrieg has added over the past several years, and to consider supporting the site financially.

There’s no higher compliment to a writer than voluntary donations, and I want to thank everyone who participated for their thoughtfulness and generosity. It truly provides the fuel necessary to keep going, and the importance of reader funded support to independent media in today’s environment cannot be overstated.

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Over the years, many of you have contacted me privately and asked how you could support Liberty Blitzkrieg. Many more of you have donated anonymously and generously via Bitcoin. For this, I’d like to offer a heartfelt thanks.

This website is a labor of love for me, and more than anything else, I believe it to be a reflection of my purpose at this stage in life. It’s not something I see as “work,” but rather a manifestation of my passion and commitment to share a unique perspective on the troubling trends I see around me, and to hopefully help tilt the scales toward a more favorable outcome. At the very least, I see myself as digitally documenting an ongoing crime scene for future generations.

I was never under any illusions as to how difficult this endeavor would be. Challenging the status quo has been extremely taxing (emotionally and financially) throughout history, and at times even physically dangerous. For all the threats facing modern America, I’m still fortunate to live in a country with strong free speech protections and I remain fiercely committed to flexing those First Amendment muscles as often as possible, for as long as people are interested in listening.

In the more than three and a half years since I started writing this blog, I have never launched a donation drive. Likewise, I have never attempted to wall-off any part of the site for subscriptions, and I don’t have any plans to do so in the future. I want everyone who is interested in my material to be able to read it for free. I’m someone blessed with many good things in life, and I am in large part simply trying to give back by doing what I do.

Nevertheless, you should know that blogging about the stuff I blog about does not pay for itself. Many of you use ad blockers, and many more of you will do so in the future. I understand and respect this decision. However, I would ask those of you who have made such a choice to look inward and reflect upon the various blogs out there which add value to you on a daily, weekly or monthly basis and consider donating to all of them.

Personally, I’d love to see a future in which sites such as Liberty Blitzkrieg wouldn’t need to splash third-party ad networks all over their pages because the work is self-funded via reader contributions. This idea may be a total pipe-dream, but it’s a concept I’d like all of you to think about as 2015 draws to a close.

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German Intelligence Warns – Saudi Arabia to Play “Destabilizing Role” in the Middle East

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Saudi Arabia is at risk of becoming a major destabilizing influence in the Arab world, German intelligence has warned. 

Internal power struggles and the desire to emerge as the leading Arab power threaten to make the key Western ally a source of instability, according to the BND intelligence service. 

“The current cautious diplomatic stance of senior members of the Saudi royal family will be replaced by an impulsive intervention policy,” a BND memo widely distributed to the German press reads. 

Saudi Arabia has previously been accused of supplying arms and funding to jihadist groups fighting in Syria, including Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

– From the Telegraph article: Saudi Arabia ‘Destabilizing Arab World’, German Intelligence Warns

To understand the enormously dangerous wildcard that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia represents in modern geopolitics, you must understand what is going on behind the scenes.

While the Saudis were a shady monarchy well before King Abdullah passed away, the disaster that has succeeded him will make the prior rulers look like philosopher kings by comparison. Of course, this is always the risk when it comes to hereditary rule, you never know what kind of psychopath is lurking next in line. In the case of the Saudis, although the current King is Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the guy who really wields power, and who appears to be a ticking time bomb, is his son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as “Reckless.”

As I noted in September’s post, Regime Change is Coming – Saudi Prince Calls for Coup to Remove King:

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Another New Low – Saudi Arabia Threatens to Sue Twitter Users Who Compare it to ISIS

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Saudi Arabia never, ever disappoints when it comes to barbarism and backwardness. The latest example is a supposed threat to sue a Twitter user for making the obvious and accurate comparison of the regime to ISIS, something I myself have done on countless occasions.

The Washington Post reports:

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have long been annoyed that everyone keeps suggesting they are anything like the Islamic State. Sure, they say, perhaps some of the laws on the books may look similar to the punishments in the extremist organization, but the Saudi kingdom is a sovereign state that abides by the rule of law and uses these punishments with discretion.

Now, reports in the Saudi press suggest that authorities have a new tactic for those who compare them to the Islamic State: taking them to court. According to a report in pro-government newspaper Al Riyadh, the Saudi justice ministry is planning to sue a Twitter user who suggested that a death sentence recently handed out to a Palestinian artist for apostasy was “ISIS-like.”

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Introducing “Liberty Links”

Over the course of any given day, I come across far more interesting stories and insights from around the world than I could ever consider commenting on here at Liberty Blitzkrieg. Many of these articles are just as impactful as the stuff I’m able to cover, so I’ve decided to share these via a new post that will be published most days, titled “Liberty Links.”

This will typically be published in the early afternoons EST, and will be updated throughout the day as I come across additional interesting tidbits. As such, I suggest refreshing the post several times a day.

I’d love to hear feedback on the project as it unfolds, and any suggestions on how I can make it better. I plan on publishing the first version tomorrow.

In Liberty,
Michael Krieger

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Luxury London Real Estate Prices Plunge 11.5% Year-Over-Year

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Two months ago I published a piece titled, Luxury London Home Sales Plunge 26% – Has this Mega Real Estate Bubble Finally Burst?. I wrote:

It appears the music may have finally stopped for one of the world’s largest luxury real estate bubbles: London.

It’s well known that foreign oligarchs love London real estate as a means to launder funds, typically “earned” by soaking their host countries dry via corruption and fraud. This has caused absurd and irrational spikes in high-end residential real estate in the English capital, as well as a flood of new construction.

With emerging markets now completely collapsing, the seemingly endless flood of foreign money is drying up, and with it, London real estate.

So has the London real estate bubble popped? Probably.

Now we see the following from Bloomberg:

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New Poll Shows 60% of Americans Think Hillary Clinton is Untrustworthy and Dishonest

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The real interesting part of the latest Quinnipiac University National Poll, is not the fact that 60% of Americans think Hillary Clinton is dishonest, but that 40% of Americans don’t.

You’d truly have to be a certified zombie, or living your life entirely under a rock, to not recognize how completely shady and corrupt this woman is. Fear not, I’ll provide a plethora of links at the end of this post, but here’s a recent example that went completely under the radar.

In a desperate attempt to appear populist, Clinton tweeted the following last week:

She tweeted that, seemingly completely unconcerned that any of her lobotomized followers would ever connect the dots to this story, which I highlighted over the summer: How Progressive – Private Prison Company Lobbyists are Raising Funds for Hillary. Here’s an excerpt:

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Four Days Ago, I Became a Father

In case you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to over the past several days, I’ve been getting schooled in the art of parenting by our beautiful new baby boy, Jason.

A little after midnight on October 21, 2015 my life changed forever. My awe-inspiring wife gave birth to our first child, and I’ve never been so overcome with such joy, love and purpose. The entire experience thus far has been unbelievably fulfilling, as well as overwhelmingly exhausting. As cliche as it sounds, I genuinely consider myself to be the luckiest person in the world.

What follows will probably be most interesting and useful to expectant parents, and those who would one day like to start a family. I want to share a small portion of the many things I learned over the course of this incredible journey.

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How America’s Modern Shadow Government Can Be Traced Back to One Very Evil Man – Allen Dulles

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Allen Dulles, the CIA director under presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy, the younger brother of Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, and the architect of a secretive national security apparatus that functioned as essentially an autonomous branch of government. Talbot offers a portrait of a black-and-white Cold War-era world full of spy games and nuclear brinkmanship, in which everyone is either a good guy or a bad guy. Dulles—who deceived American elected leaders and overthrew foreign ones, who backed ex-Nazis and thwarted left-leaning democrats—falls firmly in the latter camp. 

But what I was really trying to do was a biography on the American power elite from World War II up to the 60s. That was the key period when the national security state was constructed in this country, and where it begins to overshadow American democracy. It’s almost like Game of Thrones to me, where you have the dynastic struggles between these power groups within the American system for control of the country and the world…

Absolutely. The surveillance state that Snowden and others have exposed is very much a legacy of the Dulles past. I think Dulles would have been delighted by how technology and other developments have allowed the American security state to go much further than he went. He had to build a team of cutthroats and assassins on the ground to go around eliminating the people he wanted to eliminate, who he felt were in the way of American interests. He called them communists. We call them terrorists today. And of course the most controversial part of my book, I’m sure, will be the end, where I say there was blowback from that. Because that killing machine in some way was brought back home.

– From the Mother Jones article: You Think the NSA Is Bad? Meet Former CIA Director Allen Dulles

Many of you will be intimately familiar with the name Allen Dulles. Younger readers, of my generation or below, will be far less so. It is precisely because the youth of this nation remain so ignorant of the nefarious characters in America’s past, that David Talbot’s recently published book, The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government, is so incredibly important.

Mr. Talbot has been recently conducting invaluable interviews about the book with various media organizations. One of the best I’ve seen is with Mother Jones. Here’s some of what he had to say about America’s longest serving CIA director:

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