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Facebook Says It’s Deleting Accounts On Behalf of The U.S., Israeli, & German Governments — This Is Just The Beginning

Germany is raiding civilian homes over social media posts, France is threatening to ban websites indefinitely, Trump’s White House is having Facebook & Instagram accounts deleted, and Israel just threw a woman in jail for recording a confrontation with their military through Facebook’s Live video feature — and this is just the beginning…

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According to Pulitzer prize winner Glenn Greenwald, the Israeli government — in partnership with Facebook — have begun aggressively targeting Palestinian voices on social media for censorship;

“The meetings — called for and presided over by one of the most extremist and authoritarian Israeli officials, pro-settlement Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked — came after Israel threatened Facebook that its failure to voluntarily comply with Israeli deletion orders would result in the enactment of laws requiring Facebook to do so, upon pain of being severely fined or even blocked in the country… Ever since, Facebook has been on a censorship rampage against Palestinian activists…”

This isn’t much of a surprise though, considering the Times of Israel reported in early January of 2016 that the government’s military censor had been trying to control much of what could and could not be posted on Facebook.

Interestingly (or unsurprisingly), the Intercept claims Israeli calls for Palestinian bloodshed remain largely untouched by way of comparison.

Image Credit: Carlos Latuff/mondoweiss

Israeli leadership say they’re only targeting social media accounts that inspire “incitement” against their country and people, but critics — including myself — believe this is simply an indirect form of censorship, considering that they have a very well documented history of aggressively targeting and silencing media correspondents.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13]

In fact, journalists frequently engage in self censorship to avoid the Israeli government’s reproach. I don’t blame them for this chosen course of action either, since Israeli forces have (successfully) targeted media personnel for assassination in the past, by simply using the excuse that they were affiliated with terrorists. Human Rights Watch has accused the regime of “war crimes” because of this.

They also recently arrested a woman for simply filming a live recording on Facebook, of an incident between her daughter and the military, claiming she was engaging in “incitement“. Israeli officials are quick to go after anything that even vaguely resembles resistance to their illegal occupations and colonization of Palestine.

It should also be mentioned that Israeli authorities passed a law to censor websites engaged in promoting criminal or terror activity”  — another vague generalization, ambiguous enough to justify shutting down any pro Palestinian website or group that rejects Israeli foreign occupation.

Facebook also recently deleted the Facebook and Instagram accounts of the head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov, simply because the U.S. government decided to place him on a list of people that should be sanctioned.

Now, don’t get me wrong, to the best of my limited knowledge this guy is a very bad person, but just because the U.S. government says someone should be sanctioned does not justify censoring them, for the obvious fact that the U.S. government has a long history of deception and corruption — as well as supporting dictators, drug lords and even terrorists — and thus simply cannot be relied upon to be the arbiter of Truth.

Germany’s government has taken even greater repressive steps towards imposing censorship; On January 1st The German Network Enforcement Law (NetzDG) was passed, which allows the authorities to censor any website they claim is involved in the spread of “hate speech,” or “fake news“. Social media outlets that do not obey the government’s demands, to have content removed within 24 hours (7 days for more “complex cases“), will be fined up to to €50 million (roughly $58 million).

According to the Guardian, far right wing deputy leader Beatrix von Storch had her Facebook account suspended as a result of this law, and is currently facing potential criminal prosecution because of her behavior.

The staunch nationalist politician was quoted as accusing the Cologne police department of appeasing “barbaric, gang-raping Muslim hordes of men” when they tweeted an Arabic Happy News Years message (they did the same in French, German, and English). Twitter temporarily banned her account as well for this.

Do I agree with her opinion or method of expressing it, no I most certainly do not. But this is a slippery slope that leads to irrational censorship, because emotions and feelings are starting to override logic and reason. When someone insults me online I debate with them, and rebuke them logically and intelligently. If they persist and are clearly irrational trolls I simply block them, just as everyone online can do when they are confronted with an unpleasant human being. It’s really not rocket science.

This censorship started long before this law even came into effect though. According to the New York Times, 36 homes were raided by German police for “hateful postings over social media” last year. And according to a posting made by Facebook’s European Vice President for Public Policy back on June 19, 2017, “In the last two months, we’ve deleted an average of 3,500 posts per week, which were reported as hate speech in Germany. This means we delete around 15,000 posts a month for hate speech in Germany.” A few months after this, “tens of thousands of fake profiles” were allegedly deleted by Facebook during the German election. How many of these were actually fake we most likely will never know, since Facebook’s customer service is shockingly awful and people tend not to pursue these things as a result.

French president Emmanuel Macron has just announced similar proposals to allegedly ban fake news.  Like the German government, they intend to block any website they find fault with. In response to these overreaching intentions, French Twitter users have been spreading the hashtag #InventeDesFakeNews (or InventYourFakeNews).

Facebook’s willingness to compromise on freedom of speech, and their moral integrity, shouldn’t come as much of a surprise either. Back in 2016, several former employees told Gizmodo that they routinely manipulated people’s newsfeeds, and the world’s most popular social media platform was also caught conducting psychological experiments on their users back in 2014. Relevant to this blog in particular, the company has also made headlines on numerous occasions for engaging in censorship.[14][15][16] Likewise, Twitter has also engaged in censorship on a number of occasions, including censoring the hashtags #PodestaEmails and #DNCLeak during the U.S. elections. Strangely, this censorship has hardly been addressed by the establishment media.

This Is Just The Beginning

Throughout history there has been an information war between the ruling class and the common people. The so called elite know that without us believing in their imaginary authority, they would never be able to rule over us, wage major wars, or turn us into worker ants for their unscrupulous system.

Since the internet’s introduction there has been a change in the world unlike any before. Activists, revolutionaries, and concerned citizens alike, are all now able to communicate in an unprecedented way. You see, the ruling class’s power historically, has firmly been rooted in our ignorance and inability to effectively communicate and organize rebellion. Naturally, as our access to information and social media have accelerated, so too has our ability to intelligently rebel.

The ruling class are well aware of this dangerous unfolding, and although it has taken them rather long to respond to this mass awakening (showing that they underestimate our power in my opinion), they are now taking more assertive steps to control our ability to access important information. Consequently, we can expect this censorship to only get worse, and it will be done under the guise of “preserving democracy,” or some other bullshit excuse that the unwitting and naive will cheer with ignorant fervor.

It should also be mentioned that although I have been highlighting tech giant abuses in this blog, I largely believe that Mark Zuckerberg and other social media bosses have very limited control over what they can and cannot actually do with their own companies, so placing all the blame on them would be wrong. I believe this is due to an antiquated power structure that has been in place for much longer than any of these companies have even been around, as vaguely mentioned by Facebook’s former executive Chamath PaliHapitiya. This system is much bigger than any one man, or one company, and is going to take a collective effort from a significant percentage of the world’s population to overcome.

Google Is Hiring 10,000 Additional Human Censors

Google announced last month that it will be hiring an additional 10,000 human censors to police “problematic content” online. While this will most certainly be done under the auspices of fighting terrorism, hate speech, and the usual stories — and in many instances I presume they will — I know from first hand experience it will also be used as a tool of indirect censorship.

Amongst the many annoyances I have personally dealt with pertaining to online activism, I’ve also had my YouTube account shut down, and banned, with no proper clarification as to why except a broad set of ambiguous community guidelines which I allegedly violated. 

Last year Google claimed it would fight “fake news,” but was caught instead censoring legitimate websites like CounterPunch, World Socialist Website, Democracy Now, American Civil liberties Union, and Wikileaks, amongst others. Certainly not the type of behavior one would expect from an organization with the ironic motto, “Do the right thing” (previously “Don’t be evil”). 

Furthermore, as I documented in a previous blog, there are numerous verifiable instances of the establishment media spreading lies, inciting war (large scale terrorism), and deceiving the public, yet they aren’t being held to the same standard as smaller alternative media outlets, who are being censored for doing the same thing on a much smaller scale.

This is shamefully biased and wrong, if we are to earnestly purge deception from news media, it should be done indiscriminately and with objective concern for the Truth.

Censorship Of The Internet Is Ultimately Censorship Of Knowledge & Truth

The internet does not merely represent technological achievement, it mostly represents the knowledge and ideas of millions and millions — and even billions — of people who dedicated their lives before us to fighting for a better world. And although these great thinkers and minds may no longer be with us, their thoughts, ideas, and teachings live on through the internet.

These teachings are then discovered by other people like us, who are lucky enough to have access to something as remarkable as the world wide web. We then learn from them and then expand upon them. We see the world around us, and try to figure out how we can create a better world by applying many of these teachings, and where possible we expand upon them through social media and other available platforms.

Being able to communicate and share our thoughts and ideas freely, is the key to furthering this great mission and progress, because mankind as is; dominated by war, racism, tribalism, elitism, poverty, inequality, injustice, and corruption, has yet to actually reach a state of authentic civilization — It is a great duty which we all share to help realize a decent world.

But when a group of powerful governments and elitist interests — that have ultimately profited from keeping us ignorant throughout history — start telling us that they are going to censor our thoughts, ideas, and regulate our ability to communicate under the cloak of benevolence, it means they are ultimately going to hide important knowledge from us; because all expression online — even the most irrational and idiotic — represent some form of knowledge, even if it is just the knowledge of what the most extreme elements of society are thinking.

Why should it be up to the ruling class to decide what knowledge is good, and what is bad? Do not all of us possess the ability to think for ourselves? Do not all have us have the ability to block or ban someone that is acting like a fool online? So how can we rely on the very elitist class that has benefited from our ignorance throughout known history to be in charge of the regulation of knowledge and information?? The answer to that last question is very simple, we cannot, and we would be very stupid to think that we can.

At the end (or beginning depending on your perspective) of our journey towards creating a better world, is the realization that we are actually the ones with the power not them. Their only real power resides in controlling our minds and what we believe. Without this, they literally have nothing. They become insane people running around making ridiculous demands and establishing rules using their imaginary authority — a course of action that would generally land someone in a mental institution, which is exactly where the overwhelming majority of them belong.

We must adjust intelligently to the changing of these times, and raise our standards accordingly my friends. Be precise when sharing information, fact check, and where ever possible, provide overwhelming evidence to prove your point. The censors are looking for reasons to take us down, so we must become more intelligent in our delivery.

Our ignorance has always been their power, but our disillusionment, and subsequent awakening — which is happening right now — will ultimately be their demise. I am not calling for a violent revolution, I am calling for a revolution of the mind.

We are many, and they are few. We just have to wake up and their bullshit game is over.

 

Written by Gavin Nascimento, Founder Of aNewKindofHuman.com

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Bibliography:
1]Philip Weiss, NYT, Reuters, Economist journalists self-censor reports from Israel so as not to be ‘savagely targeted’ — John Lyons, Mondoweiss, July 26, 2017
2]Peter Orsi, Christopher Sherman, Mexican journalists, activists targeted with Israeli spyware — report, Associated Press, 20 June 2017
3]Reporters Without Borders, Palestinian media death toll reaches 13, August 5,2014
4]Ali Abunimah, Israel among world’s worst jailers of journalists, The Electronic Intifada, 16 Dec 2016
5]National Union Of Journalists, IFJ condemns targetting of journalists in Gaza, 19 Nov 2012
6] Jason Stern, After journalist killings, potential violations in Gaza must be investigated, Committee to Protect Journalists, Aug 28 2014
7] International Middle East Media Center, Israeli Soldiers Continue To Target Journalists; 60 Violations this Week, Dec 17, 2017
8]Committee to Protect Journalists, Attacks Against Journalists in the West Bank and Gaza since September 2000
9]Human Rights Watch, Israel/Gaza: Unlawful Israeli Attacks on Palestinian Media, Dec 20, 2012
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11]Nora Barrows-Friedman, When Israel says it doesn’t target journalists, it is lying, 19 November 2012
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13]Press Release, The Board of the Foreign Press Association, Statements 2009
14]James Bovard, Facebook censored me. Criticize your government and it might censor you too, USA Today, Oct 27, 2017
15]Julia Carrie Wong, Facebook blocks Pulitzer-winning reporter over Malta government exposé, The Guardian, 19 May 2017
16]Kjetil Malkenes Hovland and Deepa Seetharaman, Facebook Backs Down on Censoring ‘Napalm Girl’ Photo, The Wall Street Journal, Sep 9, 2016

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New Perspectives on Improving Health Care in the U.S.

Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer
Waking Times

The idea that the poor state of health among Americans can only be addressed with effective health care services is impractical and unrealistic. It is a known fact that a healthy diet is one of the best ways to reduce the amount of illness in our society. Thus, it would be more sensible to put more attention on improving the condition of food quality and education regarding accurate dietary standards.

The Hefty Price of Health Care

On average, Americans spends $5,500 out-of-pocket on health care each year. The biggest share of this cost is made up of insurance premiums. A comparison of health insurance plans in India, the U.S. and European countries illustrates that cost of insurance in the U.S. is outrageous. In India, health care insurance spending totals only about $3.7 billion for 1.3 billion people. In Europe, the health insurance bill for 33 countries combined and 509 million people totals $708 billion. Compare this to $1.1 trillion in the U.S. for only 326 million people.

Families that are unsubsidized by Obamacare or employer benefits carry an even bigger burden. They spend anywhere from 10 to 17 percent of their household income on insurance premiums. (This is calculated using country averages.) In addition, out of pocket health expenses for these households could amount to the average deductible of $7,900 per year. Thus, for an average household making $60,000 per year, this could mean 23 percent of their income is spend on health care!

The costs don’t stop there. Productivity losses linked to absenteeism due to poor health cost employers about $150 billion each year. In addition, corporations pay billions per year to subsidize health insurance for their employees.

Poor Food Quality Equal Poor Health

As the U.S. government continues to struggle in establishing a health care system that is economical for both citizens and institutions, it seems reasonable to also consider a different perspective. This perspective looks at improving health with better food quality and improved dietary standards.

The food industry in the U.S. might as well be called the chemical food industry. Most live foods are over-treated with pesticides and herbicides. Many are also genetically altered or enhanced.

Moreover, packaged foods are made with various agri-business by-products, such as high-fructose corn syrup, and food processing by-products, such as pulp refuse and pomace. Finally, producers prepare processed and semi-processed foods with countless chemically-created ingredients. The most common are preservatives, sweeteners, colorants and flavor-enhancers.

Consequently, unless you’re eating 100% organic, non-GMO foods, you’re likely getting much less nutrition from your foods than your ancestors. Furthermore, you’re likely putting more stress on the body as it has to digest, filter and eliminate all of the additional chemicals you’re putting in the body. The two combined make it more difficult for the body to fight off disease.

Lack of Effective Nutritional Education

Finally, there’s the state of dietary education, which does not sufficiently stress the significance of eating a healthy diet. School children do learn about the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables, but school systems do not teach by example.

Most public schools offer school lunches mostly made of processed and prepackage foods. As well, primary schools offer ice cream, candy, sodas and chips for children to buy. Visit any U.S. public school lunchroom and look on the children’s plates. You will find very few fruits, and even fewer vegetables.

Children learn though experience. Thus, one of the most effective ways to truly revamp dietary habits is to engaged students in growing their own organic foods. Then, schools could serve fresh produce as part of school meals.

Little Effort to Change Established Dietary Habits

Looking at nutritional education beyond primary schools, it is a small component of the higher medical school system. Most doctors give very little nutritional guidance beyond over-generalized advice, like “Eat more vegetables,” and “Drink your milk.” Instead, many family practitioners have become a distribution arm of the pharmaceutical industry. As a result, the people we turn to for health advice do very little to help us establish better dietary habits.

No wonder that the typical Western diet still consists of 50 to 80 percent carbohydrates!

Of course, the U.S. government has made some feeble attempts to change this. Thus, in 2005 and 2011, the USDA revamped the notoriously outdated Food Pyramid. The newest USDA graphic (below) shows that about half of your plate should consist of fruits and vegetables.

USDA Dietary Guidelines

This is definitely a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, old habits are hard to break and a new graphic sure isn’t going to change much. Moreover, what percentage of U.S. adults do you think have actually seen USDA’s new food guidelines? The number is likely very low.

Final Thoughts

Without additional robustness in nutritional education at all levels, as well as an overhaul of the food industry’s quality standards, we are not likely to see any significant changes in how and what people eat. As a result, a growing share of Americas will suffer from illness and face the burden of high-costs of health care in the U.S.

The poor health of the American public and the rising cost of health care are significant issues that need attention. Yet, it’s important to consider that the answers don’t necessarily reside solely in the hands of the health care industry.

“The Doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” – Thomas A Edison, 1847-1931

About the Author

Alex Pietrowski is an artist and writer concerned with preserving good health and the basic freedom to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. He is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com. Alex is an avid student of Yoga and life.

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This article (New Perspectives on Improving Health Care in the U.S.originally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Alex Pietrowski and WakingTimes.com

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US Military Child Sex Trafficking Whistleblower Exposes The United Nations & The U.S. State Department

The topic of pedophilia is a disturbing one for sure, what’s even more disturbing is that this kind of thing continues to happen all over the world, particularly among the global elite. There are literally too many examples to go through, whether it be the pedophilia that’s been exposed inside the Vatican or the fairly recent NBC news report accusing Hillary Clinton covering up a giant pedophile ring within the state department, this thing is hitting the mainstream.

What really blew the lid off the topic was the whole Pizzagate scandal, although labeled as “fake news” by those who control the mainstream media, as organizations like Wikileaks felt it very important to release that information, and question it.  Then you have people with strange connections to the Clintons and other ‘global elitists,’ like Jimmy Savile, who was well connected with the Royal Family, as well as Jeffrey Epstein, who seemed to be well connected with Prince Andrew.

There are countless lawsuits, accusations, and more constantly going on that the public is completely unaware of. The Vatican alone has dished out approximately 4 billion dollars to settle child sex abuse claims, and right now, the prominent Vatican official Cardinal George Pell, who has been found on multiple occasions to be connected to large pedophilia rings, has been charged by detectives in Australia and is currently fighting multiple allegations of sexual abuse.

Above are not even a fraction of the examples that are out there, this is a very big issue with a lot of evidence behind it, but we don’t really know about it because not many people hear about it, and most of it is so downright unbelievable that it’s hard to blame them, but also discouraging when it’s not really acknowledged.

Apart from what’s mentioned above, we have people from within these “cliques”, and others from police forces, as well as intelligence agencies,  investigating this type of thing. Ted Gunderson, a former Director of the FBI (LA Branch) was one who spent a lot of time in this area, if you haven’t already heard of him I suggest you check him out. He did a lot of investigating into elite level child sex pedophile rings as well as children who’ve been used in strange rituals.

You can watch a lecture from Gunderson here.

There’s a quote that fits in perfectly with this from a Vatican source,  Malachi Martin, who was an Irish Catholic priest and writer on the Catholic Church. He was originally ordained as a Jesuit priest and became Professor of Paleography at the Vatican’s Pontifical Biblical Institute.

“Most frighteningly for [Pope] John Paul [II], he had come up against the irremovable presence of a malign strength in his own Vatican and in certain bishops’ chanceries. It was what knowledgeable Churchmen called the ‘superforce.’ Rumors, always difficult to verify, tied its installation to the beginning of Pope Paul VI’s reign in 1963. Indeed Paul had alluded somberly to ‘the smoke of Satan which has entered the Sanctuary’. . . an oblique reference to an enthronement ceremony by Satanists in the Vatican. Besides, the incidence of Satanic pedophilia – rites and practices – was already documented among certain bishops and priests as widely dispersed as Turin, in Italy, and South Carolina, in the United States. The cultic acts of Satanic pedophilia are considered by professionals to be the culmination of the Fallen Archangel’s rites.” (Written in Manlpy P. Hall’s book about  geopolitics and the Vatican, The Keys of This Blood, page 632)

So, for these reasons and many more, I wanted to turn your attention to a lecture given by a former Nebraska policewoman, Kathryn Bolkovac, who has also served as a U/N/ peacekeeper. In the lecture, she discusses her experience with human trafficking. What makes her so interesting is that she was with the International Police Task Force which was arranged by DynCorp Aerospace. She was actually assigned to the office that investigates sex trafficking, which is how she learned what she did.

What she discovered was horrific. For example, when she arrived in Bosnia, she was shocked to discover military officers involved in human trafficking and forced prostitution, with ties to the United Nations as well as the U.S. State Department. Let me remind of the first paragraph of this article, with regards to the State Department. Even Steve Pieczenik, a former United States Department of State official who referenced Jeffrey Epstein (mentioned above) fairly recently stated,

“We know that both of them have been a major part and participant of what’s called The Lolita Express, which is a plane owned by Mr. Jeff Epstein, a wealthy multi-millionaire who flies down to the Bahamas and allows Bill Clinton and Hillary to engage in sex with minors, that is called Pedophilia.”

But again, this goes far beyond just mere quotes.

Bolkovac’s disclosures have been a precursor to some recent ones, like, for example, US-based NGO Code Blue received 14 internal UN reports detailing how numerous UN peacekeepers were accused of sexual misconduct. They involved some very serious allegations, which were mishandled and “botched”  by the UN. An Associated Press investigation into the United Nations (UN) has revealed that over the past 12 years, there have been approximately 2,000 allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by UN peacekeepers and other employees around the world. The latest example to come out of the UN would be from the ex-chief advisor for the United Nation’s Child Labour Program, Peter Dalglish, who was recently arrested for pedophilia. In early 2017 the United Nations Secretary-General admitted to 145 incidents involving 311 victims in 2016 alone, mainly in peace operations. We covered this earlier this year.

When Bolkovac exposed this type of stuff, she was instantly demoted, threatened, fired, and forced to flee the country. She was a target because she had access to and kept the incriminating documents. She was the inspiration behind the Hollywood feature film, “The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman’s fight for Justice”

Her role, while she had her job, involved a post with the International Police Task Force arranged by DynCorp Aerospace. She won a lawsuit against them publicly exposing their numerous human rights violations. Anytime I write about DynCorp, I have to mention that retired army General James Grazioplene, who worked in the Pentagon and as the Vice President of DynCorp, is currently facing multiple rape charges.

Former U.S. representative Cynthia Mckinney was well aware of the corruption that was going on within DynCorp, and she actually addressed it in 2005 when she grilled former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on the government’s involvement and compliance with DynCorp’s child trafficking business of selling women and children.

There will be a number of related CE articles on this issue linked below the lecture that goes into more detail about the above-mentioned stuff

About The Author

I joined the CE team in 2010 shortly after finishing university and have been grateful for the fact that I have been able to do this ever since 🙂 There are many things happening on the planet that don’t resonate with me, and I wanted to do what I could to play a role in creating change. It’s been great making changes in my own life and creating awareness and I look forward to more projects that move beyond awareness and into action and implementation. So stay tuned 🙂arjun@collective-evolution.com

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https://www.collective-evolution.com/2018/07/14/us-military-child-sex-trafficking-whistleblower-exposes-the-united-nations-the-u-s-state-department/

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Government Criminalizes Off Grid Living: Tiny Homes Banned In US At Increasing Rate

Government clamps down on off-grid cabins.

Whether for political, ideological, environmental or financial reasons or perhaps simply because of a thirst for the simpler life, more and more people across the United States are choosing to move off grid and into tiny homes.

However, it appears that the United States’ government is not too happy about the challenge this new movement is posing to some of the biggest companies in America and now it looks as though this new way of life may be squashed before it has even taken off the ground.

Tiny homes, which are typically around 500 square feet, have proved enormously popular in the last couple of years mainly because of they place less of a financial burden on the homeowner than traditional properties not only because they cost less to build but because their small size means that self-sufficiency is entirely possible.

Many tiny houses are equipped to produce their own energy using small solar panels or wind turbines and they also often have the equipment to collect and clean rainwater. This means that many tiny properties are capable of existing entirely off the grid which makes them attractive to various people for a number of ideological reasons.

However, it appears that this aspect of the tiny home movement has ruffled some feathers in the political arena leading to a stamp down on tiny houses. At this current time, most towns in the United States have a minimum square footage requirement for single-family homes, often saying that tiny houses must be affiliated with a larger, conventional property. There are also a huge number of varying laws across different states which require that all residential properties be hooked up to utilities, which is often an unnecessary cost for tiny home dwellers.

Lawmakers have given various reasons for these draconian rules. Quite often it has been suggested that allowing the construction of tiny houses will lead to a tidal wave of “unsightly little cabins plunked down next to traditional homes.” In Los Angeles, lawmakers have even gone so far as to describe tiny homes as a threat to public safety.

However, these justifications have been met with incredulity by proponents of the tiny house movement. It has been pointed out that US lawmakers are often very keen to stamp out any innovations which might loosen the grip of the big energy companies over the lives (and bank accounts) of the American public. Last year, for instance, the state of Nevada increased tax on solar customers by an extraordinary 40% essentially driving the business out of the area to the huge benefit of the energy giant NV Energy which now holds a monopoly over the state’s energy market.

Despite all of this, there is reason to be optimistic that the tiny house movement will find some refuge in the United States. For instance, in Detroit, citizens are being actively encouraged by the government to set up these little homes and live as they choose.

Source: Disclose.tv

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