This is what socialism and collapse look like

With food, medicine and other staples in increasingly short supply, the economy collapsing by 10 percent a year and inflation running at more than 700 percent (and expected to reach 1,500 percent by year’s end), Venezuelans by the hundreds of thousands  are now marching in the streets and calling for the recall of President Nicolas Maduro.

Maduro’s response has been to arrest opposition leaders and promise more arrests to come.

According to the Los Angeles Times:

Nothing was going to stop Nelson Rivas from joining the Taking Caracas demonstration on Thursday — not his wheelchair, not the six-mile distance over uneven pavement, not the whiffs of tear gas, not the ominous threats of arrests from President Nicolas Maduro.

“I came to demand that the recall election take place according to the constitution,” said Rivas, 35. “Whatever your point of view, the condition of the country is the worst.”

Twitter bans conservative pundit, lets racist and expletive-laden tweets stand

The social media platform Twitter permanently banned Senior Editor Milo Yiannopoulos Monday after he engaged in a weekend Twitter-spat with Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones following a less-than-flattering review of the movie.

It’s not Yiannopoulos’ first tiff with the social media network. His account has been suspended and restored several times.

Jones, a foul-mouthed, racist (as evidenced by her tweets) comedian, apparently took offense to the review and she and Yiannopoulos began exchanging insults until Jones complained to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. However, it was not Yiannopoulous who was making racist and vile tweets to Jones, but followers of the two people’s spat.

You can read the exchange at Breitbart, but be warned that Jones’ tweets contain numerous expletives.

Twitter has been accused in the past of censoring conservatives, and this appears to be another case in point.

Palin calls anti-Trump Republicans ‘RATs’

Former Governor of  Alaska and failed vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin says members of the GOP who haven’t yet warmed to GOP hopeful Donald Trump need to remember “you are either with us or against us” in 2016.

Palin made the remarks at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver.

“We’re talking about the direction of our country, our children’s future, the direction of the Supreme Court. All of this hinging on the next election, and at such a time as this, you cannot be lukewarm,” she said. “We’re going to take our country back, and you’re either with us, or you’re against us.”

The former governor said that anti-Trump Republicans will prove to be a huge asset for Hillary Clinton in the general election.

“Those GOPers who insist they will never vote for their party’s choice this time, they call themselves Never Trump or whatever. I just call them Republicans against Trump, or RAT for short,” she said

Food prices could jump 400 percent in global shortage

In the United States, it seems like food is just about everywhere you look. So, outside prepper circles, the idea of a shortage drastic enough to create massive civil upheaval seems unimaginable to most people. But government emergency contractors are currently planning for the reality of a global food shortage and extreme price increases in the near future.

CNA Corporation, a Federal Emergency Management Agency contractor, began considering the possibility of a global food shortage that could last more than a decade with a series of data simulations late last year. The company produced a series of studies taking a look at the “food chain reaction” that could arise from prolonged crop failures and a variety of natural and manmade disasters that could cripple global agribusiness production.

For the studies, 65 officials from around the world, including experts from the State Department, the World Bank, and agribusiness giant Cargill, ran food-shortage simulations and attempted to determine how governments could best respond to shortages to minimize unrest.

Rule 41: Government hackers coming for you

“The U.S. government wants to use an obscure procedure—amending a federal rule known as Rule 41— to radically expand their authority to hack,” the Electronic Frontier Foundation says. “The changes to Rule 41 would make it easier for them to break into our computers, take data, and engage in remote surveillance.”

As we showed you when this first came to light, this rule change will make it easier for law enforcement to get warrants to hack into computers and engage in remote surveillance (i.e. taking over a device and using it to surveil any target).

The Department of Justice says there is nothing to see here, and you crazy privacy-loving citizens should get over yourselves and move along, plus, this only applies to a very few cases… like stopping child exploitation.

Bone drugs are causing fractures

A group of medicines that were developed to curb osteoporosis are to blame for an increase in thigh bone fractures. When this happens, doctors are recommending that you stop taking the drug and maximize calcium and vitamin D. You think?

These drugs, known as bisphosphonates, are taken to increase bone mineral density. Studies have found that bisphosphonates decrease fractures in the vertebrae by more than 50 percent and fractures elsewhere by 40 percent.

Those stats are great — except for the fact that the drugs are helping cause atypical femur fractures. The fractures typically occur with little or no force or trauma, are often preceded by pain and the majority occur in patients who have used the osteoporosis drugs an average of three years.

This is frightening stuff. And we may never learn the truth from the pharmaceutical giants as to why a drug created to protect against fragility fractures of the lower spine, wrist, femur, pelvis and upper arm is weakening and fracturing thigh bones.

Keep your mouth healthy by avoiding the dentist

If your doctor said you needed to have your big toe removed from your completely healthy foot to prevent crowding in your shoe, you’d call him crazy. Yet, because the medical establishment has found a way to separate the mouth from the rest of the body in terms of health, thousands of people happily allow their dentists to perform similarly ridiculous procedures every year.

Think about it. You don’t go to a “doctor” for your mouth, you go to a “dentist.” And beyond telling you to avoid sugary candy and drink dark beverages through a straw, your dentist likely has little to say about how what you eat and drink, along with the supplements you take, affects your oral health.

That’s because most dentists have a rather simplistic, and totally wrongheaded, view of how to maintain good oral health. Just use fluoridated water and chemical toothpaste, and then we’ll operate on your mouth every few years, they say.