Feds Spent Two Years Deciphering Lyrics to ‘Louie Louie,’ Failed to Realize Copyright Office Already Had Them
Your tax dollars hard at work
In what has to be one of the more fascinating stories of government incompetence, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, along with the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission spent an incredible two years investigating the lyrics to the popular 60s song “Louie Louie,” only to realize they already had them.Documents reveal the FBI launched the investigation in 1964 after parents began complaining that the song’s lyrics contained “pornographic or obscene materials.”
Apparently kids at a junior high school were passing around notes with what they believed to be the lyrics, since no one could understand the words to the song.
One mother, whose daughter bought the banned album, said of the interpretations: “The lyrics are so filthy that I can-not enclose them in this letter.”
The complaints set off a chain reaction that took up a ton of agents and hundreds of man-hours across multiple agencies, even utilizing an FBI crime laboratory.
Evidenced by the documents, federal agents listened to the song forwards and backwards numerous times “at various speeds but none of the speeds assisted in determining the words of the song on the record.”
Interestingly, the version of “Louie Louie” that was popularized by The Kingsmen was actually a cover, previously recorded by Richard Berry and subsequently by other bands, meaning the FBI could have actually looked at those versions to find out the lyrics.
The documents also reveal it was almost two years before someone realized the copyright office probably had the original lyrics on file.
The investigation ultimately concluded the song’s lyrics contained absolutely no vulgarities.
Producer Eric Predohl, who’s making a documentary on the song and its controversy, says the FBI exhausted nearly every method of investigation, yet failed to question the man who sang the lyrics, Kingsmen singer Jack Ely, who died recently.
In a hilarious twist pointed out by TechDirt’s Mike Masnick, the feds still failed to discover an obscenity that actually appeared in the song not uttered by Ely, but the band’s drummer.
Oh, and as a general postscript, for all the hand wringing about possible obscenities in the song… there actually is one. Just not in the lyrics. At 54 seconds into the song, the drummer Lynn Easton actually fumbled his drumsticks banging them together and yells out “fuck.” The FBI never caught on to that, but you can actually hear it if you listen…
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Jade Helm Way Worse Than You Realize
Military, police working together toward population control
David Knight and Rob Dew break down the sinister purpose behind Operation Jade Helm detailing how it is part of a broader plan to have the military and police forces work together to control the people in times of economic crisis and natural disaster.
Appeals Court Rules Cops Can Track Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant
Ruling sets precedent for unconstitutional collection of private data
The Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled police no longer need a court-issued search warrant to use cell phone location records.The 9-2 decision came earlier this week in the case of Miami robbery suspect Quartavious Davis. Cell phone records were used to convict Davis in a number of armed robberies for which he received a 162-year prison sentence.
The court ruled that Davis had no expectation of privacy in regard to location records generated by cell towers.
“We find no reason to conclude that cellphone users lack facts about the functions of cell towers or about telephone providers’ recording cell tower usage,” Circuit Judge Frank M. Hull wrote for the majority. “This cell tower method of call connecting does not require a different constitutional result just because the telephone company has decided to automate wirelessly.”
The two dissenting judges argued that the Fourth Amendment requires probable cause and a search warrant before such records can be accessed by the police.
“Unfortunately, the majority is stuck in the early ‘80s when cell-phones were the size of bricks and cost $3,000. The cases from that long-ago era aren’t helpful in today’s world,” Davis attorney David O. Markus said.
The attorney warned that the ruling will set a precedent for the unconstitutional collection of private data, including Facebook posts, Amazon purchases and images and other data in cloud storage.
Markus also said the ruling will likely provide a “road map” for an appeal to a higher Court.
Nathan Freed Wessler, staff attorney at the Speech, Privacy and Technology Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the ruling imperils the constitutional rights of Americans.
“The majority opinion fails to appreciate the necessity of protecting our privacy in the digital age,” Wessler said.
Everything You Wanted to Know About the Pineal Gland
How you think and feel every day depends on the pineal gland
The famous philosopher Descartes described the pineal gland as the “principal seat of the soul.”You’ve probably heard of this gland being the “third eye,” a mystical chakra point residing right in the middle of your eyebrows. It turns out these ideas aren’t too far off. The small, rice-sized, pinecone-shaped endocrine organ known as the pineal gland sits alone in the middle of the brain and at the same level as the eyes.
What Does the Pineal Gland Do?
How you think and feel every day depends on the pineal gland. As the producer of the hormone melatonin, the quality and duration of your sleep relies on how well it produces this hormone. This tiny organ regulates your daily and seasonal circadian rhythms, the sleep-wake patterns that determine your hormone levels, stress levels, and physical performance.
Four Ways to Activate the Pineal Gland
Activating your pineal gland may be helpful for regulating mood, sleep, and energy levels. Here are 4 ways to get started.
1. Get Out and Into the Sun
Sun exposure kick starts the pineal gland and stimulates the mind. Any type of light exposure, either directly or indirectly, activates the pineal gland, prompting it to produce serotonin; the neurotransmitter responsible for mood and energy levels. This is why it’s crucial to avoid light after the sun goes down, because you need your pineal gland to produce melatonin and suppress serotonin. This process can only be accomplished by reducing light from electronics and lightbulbs as much as possible.
2. Sleep in Complete Darkness
A dark environment ensures your pineal gland produces enough melatonin to ensure good, restful sleep. Make sure you avoid backlit devices like phones, tablets, computer monitors, or TV right before bed. The lighting of these devices stimulates serotonin production, tricking your pineal gland into thinking it’s daytime, confusing your wake/sleep cycle.
3. Sun Gazing
Sun gazing is perhaps one of the most controversial exercises you can do to activate the pineal gland. Here’s the basics of the practice: within the first 15 minutes of sunlight at the beginning of the day and then the final 15 minutes of sunlight at the end of the day, you gaze into the sun for a couple of seconds, but only a couple of seconds. Again, sun gazing has its risks. Simply getting out in the sun and having your eyes exposed to light indirectly can help stimulate the pineal gland without having to stare directly.
The pineal gland responds to the bioelectric signals of light and dark, and meditation activates this bioelectric energy. With practice, you can learn to direct this energy to this highly-sensitive organ.
Modern Problems with the Pineal Gland
Calcification is the biggest problem for the pineal gland. Fluoride accumulates in the pineal gland more than any other organ and leads to the formation of phosphate crystals. As your pineal gland hardens due to the crystal production, less melatonin is produced and regulation of your wake-sleep cycle gets disturbed.
Research also reports fluoride hardening accelerates sexual development in children, particularly in girls. And this is a serious problem as a study from 30 years ago reported 40% of American children under 17 were found to have pineal calcification in process. Since then, we’ve see children, especially girls, experience the early onset of puberty.
In addition to fluoride, halides like chlorine and bromine also accumulate and damage the pineal gland. Calcium supplements can also cause problems. Without enough vitamin D–64% of Americans are vitamin D deficient–calcium does not become bioavailable and calcifies human tissue, including the pineal gland.
Eliminating fluoride may be the best first step for reducing health concerns. Use fluoride-free toothpaste, avoid tap water, and drink filtered water. For the best filtered water, use a reverse osmosis water filter. Eat calcium-rich foods rather than taking calcium supplements if you can get plenty of vitamin D.
Five Ways to Decalcify Your Pineal Gland
If you’ve been exposed to fluoride, your pineal gland has some degree of calcification preventing it from working well. Here are a few ways you can decalcify:
1. Tamarind Fruit
The fruit from the African tamarind tree is extremely effective at removing fluoride from the body. One study found children given tamarind excreted significantly more fluoride in their urine compared to the control group and may halt or even reverse the effects of skeletal fluorosis.
Mix one teaspoon of borax (or boron) in a liter of water and take it in small quantities over the course of a day or two. Consult your doctor before using this method.
These volcanically-produced crystals have recently been discovered as a powerful way to detoxify your body. They break down hardened calcium that forms around toxic metals in tissue and removes these heavy metals from the body.
Regular cleansing enables the body to naturally remove toxins and heavy metals from the body, including fluoride.
Halides like fluoride, chlorine, and bromine accumulate in your tissue if you’re iodine deficient, which is an increasing problem around the world. If you’ve cut back on salt and don’t eat a lot of seafood, there’s a good chance you may be deficient. Symptoms of iodine deficiency include chronic fatigue, thyroid disease, feeling cold or a low body temperature, and hormone imbalance. To get more iodine, eat foods rich in iodine, or take a colloidal iodine supplement for the best result.
-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
3 Ways Monsanto Threatens Our Planet (And What To Do About It)
Despite their funding and overall reckless corporate behavior, Monsanto is nothing compared to the power of the consumer at large
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Through rampant and unchecked genetic manipulation, multinational biotechnology juggernauts like Monsanto continue to churn out genetically modified creations that threaten the entire planet in a way that we have never before witnessed throughout history. Examining the role of genetic manipulation, even going beyond the affects on human health, it’s easy to see how the very genetic integrity of the environment can be compromised in the blink of an eye — and that’s even more concerning than the potential human health effects.Here are 3 ways Monsanto continues to threaten life on our planet, and perhaps more importantly, what we can do about it:
1. Global Genetic Contamination
A major issue surrounding Monsanto’s out of control augmentation of the food supply (as well as other biotech giants actually genetically modifying animals) has to do with the genetic contamination of plants on a major scale. And while the notion is already disturbing, the reality is that we’ve already seen incidents of large-scale genetic contamination on behalf of Monsanto. Going back to the escape of genetically modified wheat in traditional crop, for example, is a perfect example of genetic contamination in action.
Even Reuters reported on the spread of the GM wheat beyond Monsanto test fields — a contamination event that incited lawsuits from farmers who wanted nothing to do with Monsanto’s GMOs. An event that follows similar reports on the depth of GM contamination, such as the admission that we documented regarding the spread of genetically modified flax among the food supply since the 90s. Once again, we see the unexpected pollution of the food supply on behalf of GM contamination — an issue that’s already costing us (and threatening our health).
“GE contamination is already costing the taxpayer,” said Lucy Sharratt of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network. “Contamination is inevitable and these costs will keep recurring.”
2. Squelching Knowledge Through GM Labeling
Monsanto’s number one enemy? Knowledge: specifically on the subject of what is actually lurking in your food supply. That’s why Monsanto is doing a great job in shoveling millions into the furnace of anti-labeling propaganda in order to keep you in the dark about what’s inside your favorite food brand. Because after all, Monsanto would likely go bankrupt if everyone knew what they were truly eating. Corporations would be forced to respond to public action, removing the GMOs from the products to regain any form of credibility and sales, and as a result Monsanto would be kicked out of the marketplace.
This is why we see Monsanto shelling out millions to fight GMO labeling and the right for consumers to know what they’re feeding themselves and their families.
3. Monsanto Controls Key Government Positions
It is through the manipulation of key political figures that Monsanto is able to manipulate our food supply, and this reality is actually much more devastating than you may think. Because not only does it mean that Monsanto will rail through their new GMOs with limited testing (the USDA is actually giving Monsanto special ‘speedy approval’ now to ram through their latest GMO abominations as I told you back in February of 2012), but it also means that Monsanto goons, who are willing to profit on food supply monopoly while ignoring all legitimate concerns, have a major pull on international trends.
Just look at the fact that taxpayers are now paying for Monsanto’s promotional marketing tools that are spread overseas in order to generate further business for the company. All through the United States State Department. We are now paying for Monsanto as if it were a government agency.
Taking A Stand
The fact of the matter is that, despite the funding and overall reckless corporate behavior, Monsanto is nothing compared to the power of the consumer at large. As I touched on earlier, even GMO labeling legislation has the ability to take down Monsanto profits dramatically. What it takes is you joining in the intellectual fight and spreading the word.
Because ultimately, it’s up to us to take back the food supply.