Web Research Links for the Week of 12/11/17

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Matrix Glitch: NASA Reveals Distorted Image Of Martian Surface – by Mac Slavo – http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/matrix-glitch-nasa-reveals-distorted-image-of-martian-surface_12142017 – “Speckling the surface of one of Mars’ oldest impact basins, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter recently spotted a sprawling expanse of ‘honeycomb’ landforms, with individual cells of up to 6 miles wide… The origin of these textured features has long remained a mystery, as scientists debate which type of natural process could be responsible, from glacial events to wind erosion. But it is still possible that multiple processes are at play, according to NASA. There is evidence suggesting the honeycombs and the surrounding landscape in Mars northwestern Hellas Planitia may still be undergoing activity today.… According to NASA, ‘the lack of impact craters suggest that the landscape, along with these features, have been recently reshaped by a process, or number of processes that may even be active today. Scientists have been debating how these honeycombed features are created, theorized from glacial events, lake formation, volcanic activity, and tectonic activity, to wind erosion.’ ”

Bombshell: “The House Is Going To Be Rocked In The Next 72 Hours… Over A Dozen Congressional Members May Resign” Over Sex Scandals – by Mac Slavo – http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/bombshell-the-house-is-going-to-be-rocked-in-the-next-72-hours-reporter-says-over-a-dozen-congressional-members-may-resign-over-sex-scandals_12162017 – “If true, we are about to see an unprecedented wave of swamp draining in the United States Congress… It makes one wonder whether President Trump may have been working behind the scenes to expose and hit back at the various interests attempting to unseat him via impeachment proceedings surrounding allegations of sexual impropriety and his purported but as of yet unproven illegal connections to Russia.”

China’s CCTV Surveillance Network Took Just 7 Minutes To ‘Capture’ BBC Reporter – by Patrick Wood – https://www.technocracy.news/index.php/2017/12/15/chinas-cctv-surveillance-network-took-just-7-minutes-capture-bbc-reporter/ – “A challenge experiment was just conducted in Guiyang, China to see how long it would take to locate and capture a BBC reporter who was mixed in at random with the general population of 3.5 million people. After the police snapped his picture and fed it into the massive facial recognition database, which contains the facial image of every Guiyang resident, the reporter took off. They gave him a head start as he mingled in on the crowded city streets; then a request for his apprehension was given to the computer equipped with the latest AI security software… The AI software combed through millions of images from tens of thousands of cameras in Guiyang, all  transmitted back to the master computer, hunting for the reporter. The results were shocking… It took a total of 7 minutes before police physically apprehended him. Assuming it took a few minutes for police to assemble and walk/run to his location, the actual identification could have taken as little as two minutes. Yes, just two minutes to find a single subject in a city of 3.5 million!”

Time to Repeal the Childhood Vaccine Injury Act Because it Only Protects Pharmaceutical Companies – by Deirdre Imus – http://healthimpactnews.com/2017/time-to-repeal-the-childhood-vaccine-injury-act-because-it-only-protects-pharmaceutical-companies/ – “Dig a little deeper, however, and the NCVIA does less to protect patients than it does drug companies making vaccines. When Reagan signed the NCVIA, he also created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), which allows anyone—children and adults—who have suffered an injury (or worse) following a vaccination to file a claim… To date, it has paid out nearly $4 billion in compensation since 1988, including the 2008 case of Hannah Poling, whose family received more than $1.5 million in the first-ever court award for a vaccine-autism claim… Lifting liability: While this might sound like a good thing, one must read between the lines. The NCVIA also sets limits on the liability of vaccine manufacturers… They don’t have to pay a dime, in most cases, if someone is injured as a result of a product they make… Is there any other industry afforded such immunity?”

Massachusetts State Auditor Finds Widespread Rape and Sexual Abuse in Foster Care but DCF Officials Won’t Report It – by Terri LaPoint – http://healthimpactnews.com/2017/massachusetts-state-auditor-finds-widespread-rape-and-sexual-abuse-in-foster-care-but-dcf-officials-wont-report-it/ – “Where do their victims turn when social workers assigned to protect them turn a deaf ear and a blind eye?.. Hundreds of parents who have spoken with Health Impact News about their child or children being taken from them have asked how they can lose their child though they have done nothing wrong, while at the same time the social workers routinely ignore the abuse of their children in foster care… On December 7, 2017, Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump released an appalling audit of her state’s Child Protective Services, the Department of Children and Families (DCF). (See text of audit here)… The audit, which covered 2014 and 2015, found that there were many instances where children in state care, whether in foster homes or group homes or other facilities under DCF care, were abused physically or sexually, but DCF failed to report the incidents to the proper authorities.”

Trump Just Signed a Dire Warning about Climate Change – by Zoë Schlanger – http://www.defenseone.com/politics/2017/12/trump-just-signed-dire-warning-about-climate-change/144522/ – ” ‘As global temperatures rise, droughts and famines can lead to more failed states, which are breeding grounds of extremist and terrorist organizations,’ the bill reads. ‘In the Marshall Islands, an Air Force radar installation built on an atoll at a cost of $1,000,000,000 is projected to be underwater within two decades.’.. ‘A three-foot rise in sea levels will threaten the operations of more than 128 United States military sites, and it is possible that many of these at-risk bases could be submerged in the coming years,’ it continues. ‘In the Arctic, the combination of melting sea ice, thawing permafrost, and sea-level rise is eroding shorelines, which is damaging radar and communication installations, runways, seawalls, and training areas.’ ” – Comment: The sea is rising! The sky is falling! And this is Congressional MILITARY legislation…

The Role Of Aluminum In Changing Human Biology To Accept The Ionized Atmosphere We Live In – Articles by Catherine Frompovich – Part 1, Vaccines: https://www.activistpost.com/2017/08/role-aluminum-changing-human-biology-accept-ionized-atmosphere-live-vaccines.htmlPart 2, Elana Freeland Discusses Chemtrails, HAARP And Aluminum, The Key Connection: https://www.activistpost.com/2017/08/role-aluminum-changing-human-biology-accept-ionized-atmosphere-live-part-2-elana-freeland-discusses-chemtrails-haarp.htmlPart 3: Former CIA Officer Explains The Shadow Government and Deep State Roles In How Technology Makes It Possible: https://www.activistpost.com/2017/09/role-aluminum-changing-human-biology-accept-ionized-atmosphere-live-part-3-former-cia-officer-explains-shadow-government-deep-state-roles-technology.html

How CIA-supplied Missiles Ended Up In Hands Of ISIS – Reporthttps://southfront.org/how-cia-supplied-missiles-ended-up-in-hands-of-isis-report/ – “CAR team was able to determine that the 9113 Konkurs missile container it inspected in Iraq was bought by CIA from SAGE on December 15, 2015. The incident took place only 59 days before the Iraqi Army captured it in Ramadi city. This shocking fact meant that ISIS units in Iraq were able to obtain the US-supplied missiles as soon as they were handed over to the FSA groups in Syria… Bulgarian-made 9M113 Konkurs missiles with a serial-number close to the one captured in Iraq was spotted with Jaysh al-Nasir, a US-backed FSA group allied to al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). Jaysh al-Nasir is based in Idlib governorate in northern Syria that is totally isolated from the ISIS-held areas. This means that ISIS could only get these advance missiles if Jaysh al-Nasir smuggled them to it.”

From the Wake-Up-And-Smell-The-Apocalyse Desk: US Presents ‘Undeniable’ Evidence Iran Illegally Arming Yemen Rebelshttps://www.voanews.com/a/us-iran-united-nations/4163331.html – “She said the missile debris is on loan from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates… Those two Gulf Arab nations are leading a coalition that has been conducting airstrikes on Houthi rebels in Yemen for nearly four years after they ousted the country’s legitimate president. The coalition has also maintained a lengthy blockade on Yemen’s air and seaports, hindering the delivery of humanitarian aid to millions of starving civilians and putting the country at risk of widespread famine… ‘The evidence is undeniable,’ Haley said, ‘The weapons might as well have had “Made in Iran” stickers all over it.’ ” – Question: How do you know when Nikki Haley is lying?

Deputy Prime Minister of Syria Addresses the UN General Assembly on Syrian War, 24/9/2016 (21 min)

Full Transcript of the remarks of Syrian Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem to the General Assembly, 24 Sept 2016: http://21stcenturywire.com/2017/09/25/syria-full-text-syrian-deputy-prime-ministers-speech-unga/

How CIA-supplied Missiles Ended Up In Hands Of ISIS – Report – https://southfront.org/how-cia-supplied-missiles-ended-up-in-hands-of-isis-report/ – “Many news outlets noted that US President Donald Trump ended the Obama-era FSA-armament program allowing to provide supplies to several FSA groups including Jaysh al-Nasir in July. However, the Syrian pro-opposition outlet Enab Baladi reported that the US Military Operation Center in Turkey, named by Turks “MOM”, resumed its support for Jaysh al-Nasir in Idlib governorate on October 8… Several Syrian pro-government activists and experts have repeatedly warned since day one that CIA-supplied weapons will end up in the hands of the terrorists. Dozens facts have been presented since 2014 of how ISIS and HTS didn’t only got US-supplied Bulgarian-made 9M113 Konkurs from the FSA, but even US-made TOW ATGMs.”

How Many Muslims in Europe? Pew’s Projections Fall Short – by Soeren Kern – https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/11545/how-many-muslims-in-europe – “The demographic calamity facing Europe, however, is even worse than the Pew report lets on. A critical analysis of the data shows that Pew’s calculations of the current Muslim population in key European countries are partial and incomplete — and in some instances inaccurate. As a result, Pew’s baseline estimate of the number of Muslims currently in Europe — the estimate upon which its future projections are calculated — has been undercounted by at least five million Muslims, whose presence in Europe will significantly increase the future size of the continent’s Muslim population.”

China and India sail into choppy waters in New Great Game – This shadow play is a heady vortex, churning with power projections, spheres of influence, security and commerce – by Pepe Escobar – http://www.atimes.com/article/china-india-sail-choppy-waters-new-great-game/ – “As much as scholars insist that the “China threat” narrative is doomed to fail, it is no wonder New Delhi essentially interprets Gwadar as the world’s second biggest economy preparing a strategic naval base and listening post. This, in turn, would threaten the Indian Navy in the Arabian Sea as far as the Gulf of Oman, while encircling it in West Asia… ‘In future, if PLA Navy ships operate from Gwadar, it will be a matter of concern. We will have to think of ways to mitigate the challenge,’ said Admiral Sunil Lanba, head of the Indian Navy at its annual press conference.”

“Trump Should Go F Himself” – Texts Leak From FBI Agents On Russia Probe, Hillary Emails Investigation – http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-13/anti-trump-texts-between-fired-fbi-agents-having-extramarital-affair-leak-and-theyre – “The messages between Strzok and Page make it abundantly clear that the agents investigating both candidates for President were extremely biased against then-candidate Trump, while going extremely easy on Hillary Clinton over her mishandling of classified information… MORE: Timeline of texts from former Special Counsel investigator Peter Strzok may raise concerns about his impartiality and will likely raise more questions about the Clinton server investigation, @PaulaReidCBS says — CBS News (@CBSNews) December 13, 2017 – The messages sent between Strzok and Page, as well as Strzok’s conduct in the Clinton investigation and several prior cases are now under review for political bias by the Justice Department. Furthermore, the fact that the reason behind Strzok’s firing was kept a secret for months is of keen interest to House investigators.”

Will new restrictions on dicamba spraying save US food crops?http://gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/18022-will-new-restrictions-on-dicamba-spraying-save-us-food-crops – ” A dicamba/glyphosate herbicide mix is being sprayed on Monsanto’s GM soybeans that are tolerant to both herbicides. The herbicide is drifting and volatilizing onto neighbouring non-target plants, including non-GM soybeans and a wide variety of food crops, garden plants and wild plants, resulting in massive damage to those crops and plants and even a decline in honey production… In an attempt to reduce off-target spray damage next year, the US EPA has issued new tighter use restrictions that are displayed on the herbicide product labels. They tell farmers how, what, and when to spray… Larry Steckel, University of Tennessee Extension weed specialist, is doubtful. He is quoted on Twitter as saying: ‘We hear from the Captains at @MonsantoCo that we can easily fix this (off-target #dicamba movement) with increased training. I don’t think we can. I will do my best, but I think we are fighting a losing battle.’.. In a powerpoint presentation featured on Twitter, Steckel comments extensively on the new recommendations. He says that following the label restrictions will be “nearly impossible”, adding that there is a “very small window of time to spray”. The 24″ boom height recommendation is, he adds, “a joke”. Regarding the requirement not to spray if rain is expected in the next 24 hours, he asks, “Who is that accurate […] a forecaster?” He says that avoiding temperature inversions will be “impossible” to do consistently.”

Social Worker Who Questioned Gardasil Vaccine at Planned Parenthood Training Loses Job – Finds Potential Conflict of Interest Between PP and Gardasilhttp://healthimpactnews.com/2017/social-worker-who-questioned-gardasil-vaccine-at-planned-parenthood-training-loses-job-finds-potential-conflict-of-interest-between-pp-and-gardasil/ – “I had no ax to grind with Planned Parenthood concerning training us – case managers — on how to communicate sex ed to youth. I expected to get through 16 hours of training with flying colors and a three-hour road trip back to Portland… That did not happen, and Planned Parenthood – four trainers and two supervisors – contacted my employer to not only ban me from the second day of training, but fraudulently stated that I was against Western medicine, was untrainable related to the subject matter, and was a disruption to the learning environment for the other 39 students…There wasn’t even a kernel of truth to what they stated to my former employer on Oct. 15; however, during my termination meeting Oct. 26, the HR director stated that “the trainers with Planned Parenthood stated you voiced your disagreement with vaccines.” The only voicing I did was anonymously, on paper, about Gardasil. Not vaccines in general… The relationship between non-profits working with vulnerable youth, including homeless youngsters, and Planned Parenthood is more than just cooperative or symbiotic. My case exposes the fact Planned Parenthood’s falsehoods concerning my participation at a training led directly to my termination.”

Putin says US Jerusalem move may ‘finish prospects’ for peace deal – Speaking alongside Russian leader, Turkey’s Erdogan claims Israel has used Trump decision to ‘ramp up oppression against Palestinians’ – https://www.timesofisrael.com/putin-says-us-jerusalem-move-may-finish-prospects-for-peace-deal/ – “Speaking Monday after a hectic day that took him from a Russian base in Syria to Cairo to Ankara, Putin said the US move ‘doesn’t help the Mideast settlement and, just the other way round, destabilizes the already difficult situation in the region.’.. The Russian leader added that it may ‘finish prospects for the Palestinian-Israeli peace process.’ ”

Trump Administration Bows To Reality, Accepts Assad In Power Until 2021 – Mediahttps://southfront.org/trump-administration-bows-reality-accepts-assad-power-2021-media/ – “Now, when this plan is failed, Washington is in a dead end. On the one hand, it cannot officially accept Assad in power. On the other hand, he has no real options but accept Assad in power. Thus, the US will likely increase its efforts aimed at dividing of Syria through supporting the separatist intentions of the US-backed Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces, which control a large part of eastern Syria. The goal of this strategy is to build a de-facto independent enclave within Syria. This enclave will be almost fully controlled by the US because without the American financial and military support it will be incapable of life.” (emphasis added)

Trump Justifies US Strikes Against Syrian Government Forces As ‘Lawful Measures’https://southfront.org/trump-justifies-us-strikes-against-syrian-government-forces-as-lawful-measures/ – “The president wrote in a letter to the US Congress on December 11 that since the last periodic update report, the US Armed Forces participating in the anti ISIS campaign in Syria have undertaken “a limited number of strikes against Syrian government and pro-Syrian government forces.”.. Trump added that the strikes ‘were lawful measures to counter immediate threats to the United States and partner forces engaged in that campaign.’ ”

Frontier Of supernatural Sciences – by Mikaprok – https://southfront.org/frontier-supernatural-sciences/ – “If you read carefully, it turns out that the implant does not help, but restores memory and treats the post-traumatic syndrome of veterans… How is that?.. Its device implants before the onset of unpleasant consequences, writes everything and at the right moment it activates and restores individual fragments of memory (!)… If the brain tissue is not damaged, of course… Grant delivery opened the doors to the DoD test ground… There is no up-to-date information, but we must assume that the work was carried out successfully… Because this passive technology in two years moved to be active.” (emphasis added)

US ‘Sanctions Ahead of Talks’ Diplomacy: Cunning Plan to Kill INF Treaty – by Alex Gorka – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/12/11/us-sanctions-ahead-talks-diplomacy-cunning-plan-kill-inf-treaty.html – “It’s worth noting that some elected officials in the United States are setting the stage for withdrawal from the treaty. In July, Senator Tom Cotton, who is a member of the Armed Services Committee, said the US should sidestep the accord. In his speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., the senator urged the administration to transfer American missile technologies to allies, particularly Poland, to help develop their own mid-range missiles, despite the fact that only the US and Russia are signatories to the INF Treaty. The time is coming to consider whether the US should stay in the INF treaty, even if Russia came back into compliance,” he said at the time.”

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Web Research Links for the Week of 12/4/17

Note: These links are posted at the top of the page as the week progresses. Links from previous weeks can be found under the “Current Quicklinx” button above. If you have a link you would like to share, please put it into a comment.

Antifa Violently Protests Memorial For Woman Killed by Illegal Alien – Brandished firearms to intimidate anyone from not going to memorial – by Owen Shroyer & Kit Daniels – https://www.infowars.com/antifa-violently-protests-memorial-for-woman-killed-by-illegal-alien/ – “Antifa and other far-left militants have grown more violent at peaceful rallies over the past several months in an attempt to launch a communist-style “revolution,” which they admitted was the goal in a Nov. 4 full-page ad published in the New York Times… ‘The Trump/Pence Regime is a fascist regime,’ declares RefuseFascism.org. ‘Not insult or exaggeration, this is what it is.’.. ‘For the future of humanity and the planet, we, the people, must drive this regime out.’.. In other words, use force if necessary, just as you saw in the video.”

Qassem Soleimani’s letter to the US: Leave Syria or else! Could Al-Hasaka 2018 become Beirut 1983? – by Elijah J. Magnier – https://southfront.org/qassem-soleimanis-letter-us-leave-syria-else-al-hasaka-2018-become-beirut-1983/ – ” ‘My message to the US military command: when the battle against ISIS (the Islamic State group) will end, no American soldier will be tolerated in Syria. I advise you to leave by your own will or you will be forced to it’, said Soleimani to a Russian officer. Soleimani asked the Russian responsible to expose the Iranian intentions towards the US: that they will be considered as forces of occupation if these decide to stay in north-east Syria where Kurds and Arab tribes cohabit together.”

The Holberg Debate 2017: “Propaganda, Facts and Fake News” w/Julian Assange & John Pilger (2 hr 41 min):

Police in Two States Use Hospitals to Take Motorists’ Blood Without a Warrant – by MassPrivateI – https://www.activistpost.com/2017/12/police-two-states-use-hospitals-take-motorists-blood-without-warrant.html – Recently, the state (law enforcement) asked the Illinois Supreme Court to allow hospitals to forcibly take motorists’ blood without a warrant: …The State maintained that defendant had failed to prove that his blood had, in fact, been drawn at the hospital, as there was no evidence introduced at the hearing on the motion to suppress which established that fact. In addition, the State asserted that, even assuming defendant’s blood was drawn, there was no fourth amendment violation because any blood draw performed at the hospital was a private search, not a governmental one, and thus there was no State action. (Source)… The (Illinois) Supreme Court agreed:…We conclude that, even assuming blood was drawn from defendant at St. Anthony’s, it was a private search that did not implicate the fourth amendment. Accordingly, for this additional reason, the circuit court erred in granting defendant’s motion to dismiss. (Source)”

Senators clash over direction of Russia, Clinton probes – by Jordain Carney – http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/364049-senators-clash-over-direction-of-russia-clinton-probes – “Top Democrats on the panel — including Sens. Dianne Feinstein (Calif), the ranking member — want to subpoena Donald Trump Jr. for his testimony on a 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer who promised dirt on Clinton. Democrats also want to know more about Trump Jr.’s contact with WikiLeaks, which published Clinton’s leaked emails… Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent Grassley a letter urging him to subpoena Trump Jr. “immediately.”.. Under the committee rules, a subpoena would take either a majority vote of the panel or an agreement between Grassley and Feinstein… But Grassley appeared to downplay the need for Trump Jr. to publicly testify immediately, stating he was being “fully cooperative” with committee staff and Democrats were still requesting information.”

Defense minister urges boycott of Arab Israelis in area that saw riots – ‘These people aren’t part of the State of Israel,’ Liberman says after residents of Wadi Ara demonstrate against Trump’s Jerusalem declaration – by Stuart Winer – https://www.timesofisrael.com/defense-minister-urges-boycott-of-arab-israelis-in-area-that-saw-riots/

Liberal Insanity: Philly Bill Banning Shops From Protecting Themselves With Bulletproof Plexiglass Passes Committee – by Chris Menahan – http://www.thedailysheeple.com/liberal-insanity-philly-bill-banning-shops-from-protecting-themselves-with-bulletproof-plexiglass-passes-committee_122017 – ” Philadelphia 8th District Councilwoman Cindy Bass, who is behind the bill, said previously that having to see  plexiglass represents an “indignity” to her constituents and should therefor be banned.”

Inside Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation – With Twitter as his Excalibur, the president takes on his doubters, powered by long spells of cable news and a dozen Diet Cokes. But if Mr. Trump has yet to bend the presidency to his will, he is at least wrestling it to a draw – by Maggie Haberman, Glenn Thrush & Peter Baker – https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/09/us/politics/donald-trump-president.html – “Watching cable, he shares thoughts with anyone in the room, even the household staff he summons via a button for lunch or one of the dozen Diet Cokes he consumes each day.” (emphasis added)Comment: Any questions?

Donald Trump now has a war of his own – Donald Trump used to complain about having “inherited” wars from his predecessors. Now though, he has started a war of his own – by Adam Garrie – http://theduran.com/donald-trump-now-war/ – “The causal relationship between Trump’s proclamation and the bloodshed in the streets of Palestine today, is beyond question. As someone who built much of his career selling a name rather than actions, he of all people should have been aware of how seriously the entire world would take his decision to defy international law and unilaterally rename Jerusalem/al-Quds as the capital of a state he likes, while plunging a state whose existence is suppressed, into a state of war.”

How to Supercharge Your Dopamine Levels Naturally and Never Feel Depressed or Anxious Again – by Christina Sarich – http://wakingtimesmedia.com/supercharge-dopamine-levels-naturally-never-feel-depressed-anxious/ – “Dopamine does more than just boost our happiness quotient, though. It is also responsible for regulating our muscle movement, improving cognitive function, helping keep us focused, make decisions, evaluate problems and solve them, and regulating the secretion of prolactin… Dopamine is undoubtedly, extremely important for our wellbeing and happiness. Without high dopamine levels, we tend to experience depression, sadness, confusion, fear, negative thinking, rumination, and other emotional obstacles… Following are some 100-percent-natural ways to increase your dopamine levels…”

Map Update: Iran Establishes Major Land Route From Tehran To Lebanon’s Beiruthttps://southfront.org/map-update-iran-establishes-major-land-route-from-tehran-to-lebanons-beirut/ – “The United States and Israel had been fearing for a long time that such a route may be used by Iran to provide supplies to Hezbollah in Lebanon and to the SAA in Syria. Now, this road is the reality.”

Can YOU tell which is fake? AI creates a ‘false reality’ that is almost identical to the real world – by Phoebe Weston – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5151117/AI-create-life-like-false-reality.html – “Researchers from Santa Clara-based technology company Nvidia have created images that show AI generated scenes created from real ones… ‘We present high-quality image translation results on various challenging unsupervised image translation tasks, including street scene image translation, animal image translation, and face image translation,’ the company website said.”

Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israeli Capital, Says Final Borders Up to Israel, Palestinians – by Noa Landau and Amir Tibon – https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/1.827295 – “As expected, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the announcement, while Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared that the U.S. can no longer act as a mediator between Israel and the Palestinians. Israeli security forces are on alert for a possible escalation in Jerusalem and in the West Bank.”

Mikheil Saakashvili represents déjà vu all over again – In Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili already made all of the mistakes the Kiev regime is making now – by Adam Garrie – http://theduran.com/mikheil-saakashvilis-deja-vu/ – “Long story short, like Shevardnadze, Yanukovych was ousted by street thugs, paid for by the US and its allies and was subsequently re-cast by his personal rivals as being pro-Russian, even though if anything, it was his initial seduction by European overtures that exposed Yanukovych as a man of indecision… Then like Saakashvili, the new Ukrainian regime which in short order was lead by Poroshenko, proceeded to wage a war of aggression against the breakaway Donbass Republics while Crimea formally reunited with Russia after a peaceful democratic vote… Today, Poroshenko is faced with Donbass Republics that few people seriously think will ever go back to Kiev rule, a broken economy, rampant corruption and western allies who are growing increasingly indifferent in spite of their consistent opposition to anything perceived as friendly to Russia.”

NSA’s McMaster “authorized surveillance of Bannon and Trump family.” –  by Alex Christoforou – http://theduran.com/nsas-mcmaster-authorized-surveillance-of-bannon-and-trump-family-intel-sent-to-george-soros/ – ” ‘[Maguire] said there were people inside the CIA who joined in the previous eight years [under Obama] and inside the government and they were failing to give the president the intelligence he needed,’ said a person who was pitched by Maguire and other Amyntor personnel. To support his claim, Maguire told at least two people that National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, in coordination with a top official at the National Security Agency, authorized surveillance of Steven Bannon and Trump family members, including Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump. Adding to these unsubstantiated claims, Maguire told the potential donors he also had evidence H.R. McMaster used a burner phone to send information gathered through the surveillance to a facility in Cyprus owned by George Soros.”

Netanyahu on damage control after right-hand man interrogated – by Mazal Mualem – https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/12/israel-benjamin-netanyahu-menachem-begin-david-bitan-police.html – “Netanyahu will have to recruit other forces to keep his coalition intact, which could also be the reason for his lengthy meeting with Tourism Minister Yariv Levin, the former coalition chairman who was Netanyahu’s (previous) right-hand man until very recently… Netanyahu needs to get his coalition functioning again as quickly as possible. He knows that the big storm still lies ahead, since the police are expected to recommend his indictment. He also knows that once that happens, he and the entire legal system will go into a tailspin.”

War on Coconut Oil: California Companies Attacked to try and Prevent the Sale of Coconut Oil – by Brian Shilhavy – http://healthimpactnews.com/2017/war-on-coconut-oil-california-companies-attacked-to-try-and-prevent-the-sale-of-coconut-oil/ – “This means that there could be hundreds of peer-reviewed studies published in prestigious journals in the last ten years demonstrating the fact that coconut oil is safe, healthy, prevents illness, and supports people in their healing, but if in the opinion of the FDA, ‘Significant Scientific Agreement (SSA) based on the totality of publicly available scientific evidence,’ does not show that coconut oil is healthy in their opinion, then the FDA will prevent companies from saying that coconut oil is healthy regardless of the overwhelming evidence showing that it is… Apparently, the FDA also gets to decide what constitutes Significant Scientific Agreement.”

MSM Masterpiece Theatre: Claims of ‘800,000 Secret Documents About Assad’s War Crimes’ – by 21WIRE – http://21stcenturywire.com/2017/12/03/msm-fake-news-masterpiece-theatre-in-syria-claims-800000-secret-documents-assads-war-crimes/ – “This latest Assad fish story by the Mail on Sunday resembles another lemon which was floated-out by the same desperate establishment last year via the seemingly unimpeachable Amnesty International, with wild claims of “Mass Executions at Saydnaya Prison,” claiming that Assad had somehow set-up a an industrial execution, conveyor belt-type operation in a Syrian state detention facility where anything from between 5,000 and 17,723 (unfortunately Amnesty’s ‘journalists’ could never quite make up their mind on the numbers) were liquidated by President Assad, personally.”

Russiagate Becomes Israelgate – Who was corrupting the American political system? – by Philip Giraldi – http://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/russiagate-becomes-israelgate/ – “For me, there was also a second take-away from the Flynn story apart from the collusion with Israel. It involves the use of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to set-up Flynn shortly after he had been installed as National Security Adviser. Insofar as I can determine, the FBI entrapment of Flynn has only been examined in a serious way in the media by Robert Parry at Consortium News.”

Arizona Citizens Tracked In Facial Recognition Database In First Step For REAL ID Implementation – by Aaron Kesel – https://www.activistpost.com/2017/12/arizona-citizens-tracked-in-facial-recognition-database-in-first-step-for-real-id-implementation.html – “The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) already has publicly boasted about the success with more than 100 cases it has taken to court for fraud using the technology, which has been in place since early 2015… But the use of the system to prevent identity theft isn’t what people are worried about; the problem is the lack of oversight in government programs that allows anyone with access to look into the database. As such, state-run facial recognition databases are dangerous and can lead down a slippery slope to allow other operations the technology wasn’t intended for… The other key issue is the fact that residents in Arizona aren’t even being told that this is going on – coupled with the lack of oversight and disclosure, it becomes a nightmare for privacy rights advocates.”

Former Spokesman for SDF Reveals Important Details About Its Command Structure And Relations With U.S.https://southfront.org/former-spokesman-for-sdf-reveals-important-details-about-its-command-structure-and-relations-with-u-s/ – “According to Silo, Brett McGurk Special US Presidential Envoy for the US-led coalition was behind the idea of using the Arab units as a tool to traffic arms to the PKK and other Kurdish militias: ‘All of the ideas were coming from Brett McGurk. During the Raqqah operation, McGurk wanted a force to be established in the name of Arab Coalition… Arab Coalition’s only duty was to receive arms. And it received very large amounts of arms. But only small arms were distributed to Arabs, Turkmens and Assyrians excluding the Kurds. Coalition’s name was Arab, but Arabs have nothing to do in it. The Deir ez-Zor Military Council only puts signature.’ ”

Rabbi forbids looking at NIS 50 bill featuring poet who married a Christian – Sephardic Rabbi Benzion Mutzafi says he folds note face down in pocket to avoid seeing visage of ‘apostate’ Saul Tchernichovsky – by Sue Surkes – https://www.timesofisrael.com/rabbi-forbids-looking-at-nis-50-bill-featuring-poet-who-married-a-christian/ – “After one of his students asked for a fuller explanation for the ban, the rabbi — a senior adjudicator of Jewish law in the Sephardic community — wrote, ‘As regards the illustrated image: It is known he [Tchernichovsky] was ‘married’ to a devout Christian woman who every Sunday would ‘pray’ in church… ‘They say that at the time, the late Rabbi [Abraham Isaac] Kook [the first Ashkenazi chief rabbi of British Mandatory Palestine] pleaded with him, requested of him and tried to convince him that she convert to Judaism. And he refused.’ ”

Free Syrian Army And Israel Planning Joint Attack Against ISIS In Southern Syria – Reportshttps://southfront.org/free-syrian-army-and-israel-planning-joint-attack-against-isis-in-southern-syria-reports/ – “According to the report, Israeli Un[manned] Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAV)s supported the previous attack of the FSA on Khalid ibn al-Walid Army in the western Daraa countryside on November 28. The Israeli UCAV conducted at least five airstrikes in support of the FSA during to the previous attack, according to Enab Baladi. However, the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army repelled it… The Israeli Army promised the FSA groups that it will provide them an air support and vital intelligence for the upcoming attack, according to the report. However, Enab Baladi said that Israel will not use warplanes directly, but only UCAVs and medium range ground-to-ground missiles.”

Web Research Links for the Week of 11/27/17

Note: These links are posted at the top of the page as the week progresses. Links from previous weeks can be found under the “Current Quicklinx” button above. If you have a link you would like to share, please put it into a comment.

Google, HuffPo, Greenpeace & the liberal progressive ‘Resistance’ are lying to you – by Nafeez Ahmed – https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/google-huffpo-greenpeace-the-liberal-progressive-resistance-are-lying-to-you-45c3fd7c920b – “And that realization is this: that the biggest opposition to the transformational change we need on the planet comes not from among the sources of power I traditionally investigate; not simply from the incumbency; not from the ‘Deep State’, ‘Big Oil’, ‘Financial Elites’, or other extractive industries; but from those amongst us who shout the clarion call for Change, who carry the banners of Resistance, who proudly wear the badges of Progress.

FCC’s net neutrality repeal sparks backlash – by Harper Neidig – http://thehill.com/policy/technology/362868-fccs-net-neutrality-repeal-sparks-backlash – “Pai’s rollback is expected to pass when the FCC votes on it this month. Still, Greer says it’s important to pressure Congress to intervene… ‘The reality is that Congress provides a critical role in overseeing the FCC,’ she said. ‘If they sit back and do nothing and allow the FCC to move forward with this vote, then the blood of the internet is on their hands as well, and they will be to blame for getting rid of these basic consumer protections.’ ”

Pot Will Be Legal Soon In CA, But Marijuana Festivals At Risk – by Hoa Quách – https://patch.com/california/santacruz/s/gatu0/pot-will-be-legal-soon-in-ca-but-marijuana-festivals-at-risk – “Starting Jan. 1., festival organizers will be eligible for permits that will allow them to host events where marijuana can legally be sold and consumed,” the news site reported. “Those permits come with a slew of conditions that will make future marijuana festivals look less like the free-for-all events weed-loving Californians are used to seeing and more like closely regulated craft beer or wine festivals — but with cannabis.”.. “But the single rule that may pose the biggest challenge for festival organizers is a sentence that requires an operator to get written permission from the city where their event will be held,” the news site reported.”

Carbon Taxes Increase Global CO2 Emissions. Period. – by Spencer P Morrison – https://nationaleconomicseditorial.com/2017/12/01/carbon-taxes-increase-global-co2-emissions-period/ – “The tax would value carbon emissions somewhere between 50 and 100 USD per ton by 2030, and would cost upwards of $4 trillion. Theoretically, the tax would raise the cost of using carbon-intensive sources of energy, thereby nudging producers to switch from fossil fuels to “green energy” sources like wind and solar power. Likewise, it would raise the cost of electricity, thus creating an incentive to use energy more efficiently… This makes sense in theory. There’s just one problem. It won’t work.(emphasis added)

Torture in Ukraine: Who will talk about the abuse of a “Russian saboteur” – by Ekaterina Sazhneva – https://southfront.org/torture-ukraine-will-talk-abuse-russian-saboteur/ – “We’ve been collecting materials on Ukrainian torture since 2013. All the complaints and statements have been analyzed by specialists to establish their veracity and reliability, and received an independent evaluation. These data were rechecked by us, they have been confirmed by citizens in Ukrainian prisons and detention facilities, their relatives, and by the victims who were released as well as refugees who managed to cross the border to literally save their lives and their childrens’ lives. On the basis of this information we have come to the conclusion that Ukrainian government has created the conditions for violating the norms of international humanitarian law, facilitated the mass violation of human rights and freedoms. One should also draw the attention to the International Convention against Forcible Disappearances form 2006 that has not been ratified by Ukraine… In 2011, on the basis of available information, Ukrainian human rights defenders have noted that someone is subjected to torture in Ukraine once every 40 minutes.” (emphasis added)

Under Pressure, Turkey’s President Slams Testimony at Sanctions Trial – by Dorian Jones – https://www.voanews.com/a/turkish-president-slams-testimony-at-sanctions-trial-while-facing-growing-pressure/4145404.html – ” ‘The political risk scenario we are talking about could be something else,’ warns economist Inan Demir of Nomura Bank. ‘It could inflict greater pain than the recent depreciation episodes that we’ve seen in Turkey. It could mean more significant tightening of the external funding conditions for Turkey. This could mean the external financing constraints turn binding on Turkey. That would have significant effects on the currency and growth,’ said Demir. Underpinning Demir’s concerns is that Turkish banks and companies have to pay back around $170 billion in loans in the next 12 months.”

Absolute Proof: Obama Rigged Electionshttps://aim4truth.org/2017/11/24/absolute-proof-obama-not-russians-rigged-elections/ – “Finding the truth about the extraordinary attempt to convert America to a globalist state has been slow and painstaking. However, thanks to the efforts of WikiLeaks, Citizens United, Judicial Watch, Project Veritas, InfoWars, DCLeaks, Swiss Leaks, ICIJ and others, the truth is finally emerging.”

From Catherine II to Vladimir Putin – Russia’s Christian Foreign Policy – Putin is finally realizing Catherine II’s plan of being the defender of Christian civilization against Islam. The back-stabbing British foiled Catherine, but Putin has beaten them – “Putin … delivered Syria, not from the Ottoman Empire, but from the jihadists, who are supervised by France, the United Kingdom and the United States.” – by Thierry Meyssan – http://russia-insider.com/en/catherine-ii-vladimir-putin-russias-christian-foreign-policy/ri21750 – “In the beginning, Vladimir Putin thought he could organise a «Congress of the Syrian Peoples» in Sochi. He finally recognised that in Syria, contrary to Russia, no community owns its own territory, they all live mingled together in their unique, shared homeland. It will therefore be a Congress for a Syrian dialogue.”

PBS Frontline: “Putin’s Revenge” – Unintentionally Hilarious (w/links to the documentary parts 1 & 2) – “The sinister music and Burnsian black and white photography, the gravel-voiced narrator, all trying to give gravitas to a script that is so divorced from any kind of maturity, sanity or veridical reality it will make you dizzy.” – from Off-Guardian.org – http://russia-insider.com/en/pbs-frontline-putins-revenge-unintentionally-hilarious/ri21775 – “In its quick overview of Putin’s rise to power, no mention is made of the collapse of infrastructure, the soaring crime rates and the suffering of working people made destitute by Yeltsin’s “democratisation” of the economy. And no mention is made of how “anti-democratic” Putin reversed this seemingly irreversible decline. No effort is made to define what is meant by “democracy” at all. Nothing that sophisticated is even attempted. Yeltsin, the hood and destroyer, is described as “pro-democracy” because he favoured the US and its economic piracy. Putin is “anti-democratic”, because he didn’t. It’s that unsophisticated. And that absurd.(emphasis added)

Activists Arrested In Atlanta For Feeding Homeless Without A Permit Before Thanksgiving – by Aaron Kesel – https://www.activistpost.com/2017/11/activists-atlanta-arrested-feeding-homeless-thanksgiving.html – “Local authorities have in the past turned a blind eye to the ordinance, though, according to the activist groups including Food Not Bombs that feed the homeless. But last week that changed, of all times right before the American holiday where you are supposed to give thanks and share. Instead, those giving to others in need were arrested for not having a measly piece of paper that authorizes them to hold the food drives and pay the state to do so… Georgia State Police also distributed a flyer, produced by Atlanta’s Department of Public Safety, about the enforcement of a county ordinance that requires permits for the “operation of a food service establishment.” According to the flyer, enforcement is necessary for sanitary reasons and because ‘many people become dependent on these activities, leading them to stay on the streets instead of seeking the help and support they truly need,’ the Intercept reported.”

Israeli Military Spokesman Praises “Psychological War” Against Hezbollahhttps://southfront.org/israeli-military-spokesman-praises-psychological-war-against-hezbollah/ – “Manelis said that these operations included the targeting of Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah. “There won’t be a clear victory picture in the next war, though it’s clear that Nasrallah is a target,” he explained… Manelis said that the propaganda war is shifting from traditional media to online: ‘One of the things we talk about is the transition from traditional media consumption to social media. We are also active in this theater, and it is an operational theater in every respect. Just in the past few weeks, we’ve taken a great many actions that caused consternation on the other side.’.. According to The Guardian, the Israeli government has been engaged in recruiting what it has referred to as “cover units” since 2013. These units consist of a mixture of international students and domestic students employed by Israel in a “professional trolling” capacity to defeat a wide range of enemies from the boycott, divest and sanctions (BDS) movement to to foreign governments.”

Identity Politics: Gilad Atzmon interviewed by David Scott of UK Column (1 hr)

Russia To Oppose US Attempts To Stay In Syria After Collapse Of ISIShttps://southfront.org/russia-oppose-us-attempts-stay-syria-collapse-isis/ – “According to The Washington Post, the US plans on staying in Syria after the collapse of ISIS and establish a new local governance, apart from the al-Assad government, in northern Syria… ‘It’s clear that after us pulling out the Americans get total control over the airspace — without taking off once, without a single combat — not only in Syria, but also in Iraq, Jordan, Turkey (as it is a NATO country). Add to that Saudi Arabia and so on until the coast of the Arabian peninsula,’ Bondarev said… According to him, Russia is against this, considering that the US have not declared the numbers of their forces in Syria, and may increase their military presence in the region at any time.”

Despite Western-Funded NGO’s Boycott, Vanessa Beeley Exposes White Helmets At Swiss Press Club – by Brandon Turbeville – https://www.activistpost.com/2017/11/despite-western-funded-ngos-boycott-vanessa-beeley-exposes-white-helmets-at-swiss-press-club.html – “Today at the Swiss Press Club in Geneva, 21st Century Wire Associate Editor Vanessa Beeley(pictured above) presented a dossier on the dubious UK-backed NGO known as the ‘White Helmets’ which included up-to-date information on their links to al Qaeda affiliates in Syria, as well as exposing the western propaganda organisation’s many bogus claims, including having ‘saved 99,220 lives‘ since the western-funded construct based in Turkey was created in late 2013..”

Paradigm Shift: State Courts Rule Police Raids Over Cannabis Were Illegal and Uncalled For – by Rachel Blevins – https://www.activistpost.com/2017/11/paradigm-shift-state-courts-rule-police-raids-cannabis-illegal-uncalled.html – “In one case in Florida, Collier County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at the home of Juan Falcon before 7 a.m. and within 20 seconds of knocking on the front door and announcing themselves, they broke down the door with a battering ram and threw two flash bang grenades inside the house. As a report from Reason noted, the purpose of the raid was to gain access to two dozen cannabis plants that were reportedly growing in Falcon’s backyard… Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal ruled that the methods the officers used to obtain those cannabis plants violated the state’s law on “knock-and-announce” searches. In a unanimous decision from the three-judge panel, Judge Susan Rothstein-Youakim noted that when the deputies conducted the raid, they were aware that Falcon lived in the home with his family, which included his two children.”

War on RT ramps up. US Congress withdraws RT America’s accreditation on Capitol Hill (Video) – by Alex Christoforou – http://theduran.com/war-on-rt-ramps-up-us-congress-withdraws-rt-americas-accreditation-on-capitol-hill/ – “RT reports that the US Congress has withdrawn RT America’s accreditation on Capitol Hill, citing the company’s ‘foreign agent” status. That’s hours after the State Department said the US Foreign Agents Registration Act “does not restrict an organization’s ability to operate.’ ”

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs raised their kids tech-free — and it should’ve been a red flag – by Chris Weller – http://www.businessinsider.com/screen-time-limits-bill-gates-steve-jobs-red-flag-2017-10 – “Research has found that an eighth-grader’s risk for depression jumps 27% when he or she frequently uses social media. Kids who use their phones for at least three hours a day are much more likely to be suicidal. And recent research has found the teen suicide rate in the US now eclipses the homicide rate, with smartphones as the driving force… But the writing about smartphone risk may have been on the wall for roughly a decade, according to educators Joe Clement and Matt Miles, coauthors of the recent book “Screen Schooled: Two Veteran Teachers Expose How Technology Overuse is Making Our Kids Dumber.” ”

Moody’s Warns Cities to Address Climate Risks or Face Downgrades – by Christopher Flavelle – https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-29/moody-s-warns-cities-to-address-climate-risks-or-face-downgrades – “In a report to its clients Tuesday, Moody’s Investors Service Inc. explained how it incorporates climate change into its credit ratings for state and local bonds. If cities and states don’t deal with risks from surging seas or intense storms, they are at greater risk of default… ‘What we want people to realize is: If you’re exposed, we know that. We’re going to ask questions about what you’re doing to mitigate that exposure,’ Lenny Jones, a managing director at Moody’s, said in a phone interview. ‘That’s taken into your credit ratings.’ ”

Lebanese Prime Minister Threatens To Resign Once Again If Hezbollah Refuses To Accept Changes In Status Quohttps://southfront.org/lebanese-prime-minister-threatens-resign-hezbollah-refuses-accept-changes-status-quo/ – “On November 27, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has warned Hezbollah against interfering in regional conflicts, saying he postponed his resignation to discuss ways to disassociate Lebanon from wars in neighbouring countries. He said he would remain Prime Minister ‘if Hezbollah accepted to stick by the state policy of staying out of regional conflicts from Syria to Iraq and Yemen’.”

Sochi summit leaves Turkey facing unsavory possibilities – by Semih Idiz – https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/11/turkey-russia-how-far-moscow-will-appease-ankara.html – “Erdogan told reporters while flying back from Sochi that Turkey’s problem is with the PYD, not the Syrian Kurds, which suggests that Ankara may be trying to get used to the idea of Kurdish participation in any Syrian settlement… Putin’s vision for Syria, however, includes a constitution that does not exclude an autonomous region for the Kurds under a unified Syria. In practice, this refers to areas wrested by the PYD from IS with US support, and currently under some Russian protection, most notably in Afrin… It is not clear, though, if Ankara is ready to accept an autonomous Kurdish region in Syria.”

Facebook rolls out AI to detect suicidal posts before they’re reported – by Josh Constine – https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/27/facebook-ai-suicide-prevention/ – “The idea of Facebook proactively scanning the content of people’s posts could trigger some dystopian fears about how else the technology could be applied. Facebook didn’t have answers about how it would avoid scanning for political dissent or petty crime, with Rosen merely saying ‘we have an opportunity to help here so we’re going to invest in that.’ There are certainly massive beneficial aspects about the technology, but it’s another space where we have little choice but to hope Facebook doesn’t go too far… Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg praised the product update in a post today, writing that ‘In the future, AI will be able to understand more of the subtle nuances of language, and will be able to identify different issues beyond suicide as well, including quickly spotting more kinds of bullying and hate.’  ” (emphasis added)

Bitcoin ‘Ought to Be Outlawed,’ Nobel Prize Winner Stiglitz Says – by Kevin Costelloe  – https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-29/bitcoin-ought-to-be-outlawed-nobel-prize-winner-stiglitz-says-jal10hxd – “Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said ‘bitcoin is successful only because of its potential for circumvention, lack of oversight… …’So it seems to me it ought to be outlawed,’ Stiglitz said Wednesday in a Bloomberg Television interview with Francine Lacqua and Tom Keene. ‘It doesn’t serve any socially useful function.’ ” (emphasis added)

Delingpole: Exposed – the Liberal Astroturfers Behind the Global Warming Scare – by James Delingpole – http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/11/24/delingpole-exposed-the-liberal-astroturfers-behind-the-global-warming-scare/ – “The truth, as the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) has discovered through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)-requested email correspondence, is that U.S. Climate Alliance is just a front. Its real purpose is to enable the richly funded green lobby to buy up Democrat governors—and one, token, squishy Republican governor: Gov. Charlie Baker (MA)—by effectively bribing them with free office, research and staffing facilities which they can run off books… There is nothing actually illegal in any of this. But to appreciate how ethically dubious it is, just consider how the liberal media would respond if the roles were reversed and it were conservative politicians being provided with all these off-books services by, say, the fossil fuel industry.” (emphasis added)

The Silicon Valley Billionaires Remaking America’s Schools – by Natasha Singer – https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/06/technology/tech-billionaires-education-zuckerberg-facebook-hastings.html – “Tech companies and their founders have been rolling out programs in America’s public schools with relatively few checks and balances, The New York Times found in interviews with more than 100 company executives, government officials, school administrators, researchers, teachers, parents and students… ‘They have the power to change policy, but no corresponding check on that power,’ said Megan Tompkins-Stange, an assistant professor of public policy at the University of Michigan. ‘It does subvert the democratic process.’ ”

20 and Back: 2 More Whistleblowers Divulge Involvement in Secret Space Program – by Makia Freeman – http://freedom-articles.toolsforfreedom.com/20-and-back-secret-space-program/ – “With any kind of whistleblower testimony, you have to develop your own discernment filter to attempt to gauge the truthhood of it. The above 2 whistleblowers may be pioneers pointing the way to a parallel breakaway civilization which is developing and unfolding in staggering ways, right as we live our normal lives on Earth. Certainly, there are similarities among what 20 and back whistleblowers Michael Relfe, Randy Cramer, Corey Goode, Tony Rodrigues and Michael Gerloff are telling us. In Relfe’s case, the information was drawn out over a long period of time by Stephanie Relfe (later his wife), a professional therapist who conducted hypnotherapy sessions with him. In so many ways, truth is stranger than fiction.”

Google’s War On the Truth and the Birth of the Fourth Reich – by Dave Hodges – http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2017/11/25/googles-war-on-the-truth-and-the-birth-of-the-fourth-reich/ – “The election of Hillary was to be a coronation of the New World Order. But something happened on the way to the party, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the most improbable upset in American political history. Make no mistake about it, this upset occured mainly due to the efforts of the Independent Media. And now organizations such as Twitter, Facebook and Google are exacting their venegeance and trying to control the demise of America through the backdoor… When Donald Trump was elected, our fight had only just begun and this notion was lost on most Americans who have gone back to sleep… What is a freedom-loving American to do in the face of such overwhelming odds? One thing we can do is to engage our neighbors in this fight before we totally lose our ability to communicate with one another thanks to the efforts by Field Marshall Schmidt. Also, we need to encourage the people to not use Google as a search engine.”

The Coffee Deception: 13 Little Known Facts About Coffee

You’re not going to like this one bit: you’ve been lied about the health benefits of coffee!

1. Caffeine is an alkaloid that the coffee plant uses to kill bugs, which eat its’ seeds.

The coffee plant also uses caffeine in the coffee pods to kill surrounding plants, so the coffee plant can attain more sunlight and grow larger. Caffeine is a pesticide, which causes genetic termination in living cells that come into contact with it.

2. MRI images taken before and after 1 cup of coffee showed a decrease in blood flow to the brain by 45%. When the blood flow reduction was measured exactly, it was actually 52% less blood flow to the brain, after just one small cup of coffee. http://abcn.ws/2ipmLj7

3. Brain imaging studies of chronic coffee drinkers showed they presented the same degradation of their brains as chronic alcoholics, cigarette smokers, Parkinson’s patients and marijuana users. http://dailym.ai/1qjSqi0


4. Coffee can cause an urge to move ones’ bowels because this is one way the body tries to eliminate poison from the system. The sudden urge to “poo” after drinking coffee is one of the body’s defense mechanisms to poison.

5. Coffee increases energy via the human fight or flight metabolic response, because the body is afraid of the caffeine based poison. Coffee doesn’t give energy, it removes it from the body.

The energy a person feels when they drink coffee is the body going into overdrive because caffeine is a poison and all poisons activate an energy release in the body. (fight or flight)

Coffee removes energy from the system, leaving the person progressively more and more exhausted each day that passes, therefore setting up the world’s most dangerous energy stimulation addiction… coffee dependence for energy.

6. When the fight or flight response is triggered in the body, the lower IQ centers of the brain are activated as well as hormonal systems in control of aggression, violence, irrational and illogical decision making, jealousy, rage, anger, fear and paranoia.

Coffee generates lower end mental functioning with a side of every negative emotional response the body can generate.

7. When measured, 1 coffee activated the fight and flight response for 3 consecutive weeks, even though no other caffeine was consumed after that 1 cup of coffee. One cup of coffee poisons the body for 3 consecutive weeks, on a decreasing scale.

8. When coffee (caffeine) is consumed, the limbic part of the brain is hyper activated and the higher learning centers of the mind inhibited. The limbic part of the brain is only concerned with sex, reproduction, protection of territory, food acquisition and personal safety.

The limbic portion of the brain is the most primitive and least developed portion of the mind complex. When you want to out smart or dominate another person, it’s best that their limbic system is activated, because it brings them to a mental state equal to that of a child.

9. The birth control pill inhibits clearing of ingested caffeine. This effect is increased dramatically by alcohol or pain killer use, therefore causing many cases of caffeine poisoning, which get treated as other things once the person reaches the hospital.

10. Coffee is proven to cause an enlarged prostate, high anxiety, insomnia, depression, birth defects, pain syndromes, unnatural breathing patterns, brain damage, hyperactivity, learning disorders (from the brain damage) behavior disorders, fatigue, certain types of cancer, Crohns, IBS, colitis, carpel tunnel, ulcers, low iron, heart disease, headaches, PMS, increased incidence of muscle and tendon injury, joint pain, heart attack, stroke,TIA’s (mini strokes)… and that’s a short list.

11. Coffee causes fat gain and cellulite because by triggering the body’s flight or fight system (which any poison or threat does). This eventually changes the body’s primary fuel source requirement to one of fat.

When the body is threatened, it prefers fat as its’ primary fuel source, over sugar or protein.

Constant activation of the body’s fight or flight system (via the daily ingestion of caffeine poison) aids in a metabolic shift to fat storage and fat conservation, because again the body prefers fat as a fuel source when fighting any toxic intruder… because fat contains 9 calories per gram for the fight, as opposed to 4 calories per gram housed by sugar and protein.

Welcome to the land of coffee (caffeine) induced fat gain, weight gain and cellulite. Coffee also destroys muscle, as the body purposely flushes muscle, when it’s poisoned, to facilitate additional fat storage.

12. Coffee (caffeine) blocks iron absorption, causing the vast majority of anemia today.

http://bit.ly/2qKSqwh The entire threat of caffeine in general includes caffeine teas, chocolates, caffeine based energy drinks, caffeine based pre work out drinks and over 2000 over the counter and prescription medications that PURPOSELY include caffeine.

13. An investigation conducted by the author of the most extensive book on coffee ever written, reviewed almost every scientific research piece regarding coffee and his conclusion was that there’s absolutely no scientific evidence what so ever that coffee provides any health benefits to the human body, on any level, in anyway.

He openly declares that any positive promotion of coffee consumption is a blatant lie, doing grave harm to our entire society. The publication of any positive effects of coffee are false and all can be traced back to a very powerful, covert and secret “coffee lobby”, which has both commercial and ruling family origins.

The author reviews the research in the book at this added link. How many coffee shops have opened in your town in the last 20 years?

So why the lying about coffee? Think of government and how governing a brain damaged population is easier than governing a healthy population. Start there and keep connecting the dots. Coffee is only one brain damaging weapon used against an uninformed slave class.

The 10 most popular brain damaging weapons used against the slave class (in order of use) are:

1) vaccines
2) coffee and caffeine products
3) alcohol
4) medical drugs
5) sugar
6) fluoride
7) cigarettes
8) processed junk foods and genetically modified foods
9) EMF radiation from wireless devices and
10) chemtrails.

If you’ve ever posed the question, “why are people so stunned, as to not figure any of this out?”… you’re missing the point that the brain damage of the slave class is the primary agenda of the ruling 1%.

Coffee and vaccines are the elite’s 1-2 punch within “operation brain damage” down here on the human farm. The best slave is a brain damaged slave, unable to think or care for themselves without the help from slave master.

A helpless population guarantees a need for government. This is why the ruling families do everything in their power to create a helpless population, day in and day out. Governments exist because they perpetually create the conditions for their own existence.

Ancient ruling families, who masquerade as modern altruistic governments, are not there to help the people progress, evolve or become more. You live on a chemically controlled slave based control grid.

Coffee is just another massive lie inside the human control operation. Want to shut the human farm down? Want to really become more than the stereotypical diseased, overweight, dis-empowered, depressed, and dysfunctional human mess? Reject the poisons!

From an article by Jason Christoff

The New Manhattan Project: Ongoing Research Reveals the Roots

The New Manhattan Project: Ongoing Research Reveals the Roots of Global Climate Control and the Massive Program Filling the Skies with Chemical Spray

by Bruce Tanner

On April 29, Peter A. Kirby did a presentation (video below) in San Francisco, outlining some of his research and theories on the Chemtrails we see in the sky above us almost every day in most parts of the Western world, and on how they got there.

In the Summer of 2016, Kirby published his comprehensive Chemtrails Exposed: A New Manhattan Project. For Peter, this marked the end of Phase 1 of what he sees as a long-term research project to document one of the most ambitious, and potentially devastating, scientific and industrial projects ever conceived by man. In his book, and in the lecture below, he outlines many, many of the institutions and documented players in the project, each of which has a past and a paper trail that can give us a deeper look into what’s been done and where we may be going. Peter has good reason to compare this with the gigantic and covert venture by the U.S. Deep State to create the Atom Bomb during WWII.

Starting in 2009, he began digging into books, magazines, libraries, government reports and the Internet to find information to explain the officially denied and yet in-your-face program of enormously extensive spraying of chemicals from planes being seen and documented all over the world. By the time Kirby started his research, there was, as he says in his book, already a problem, not of too little information but of too much. There were dozens of books and documents covering various aspects of a project that was obviously too big to sweep under the rug. But there was nothing that tied it all together and got to the bottom of what was going on.

Peter found, though, that there were smoking guns all along the trails of evidence, many in government and research papers, in professional journals, and in unbelievably candid statements made by scientists and project leaders, that piqued his curiosity and lead him deeper on the trail. He shares all this material, and his deductions from it in Chemtrails Exposed and in this video presentation.

Was the 1933 Berlin Reichstag fire a False Flag or not?

Today on TomatoBubble.com Mike King posted an article claiming vehemently that the Reichstag fire was really set by the partially blind leftist foreigner Marinus van der Lubbe, who was beheaded for the crime, and that anyone stating otherwise was lying. So I did a few searches and came up with the three articles below:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/1310995/Historians-find-proof-that-Nazis-burnt-Reichstag.html

Historians find ‘proof’ that Nazis burnt Reichstag

By Tony Paterson in Berlin – 15 Apr 2001

THE first documentary evidence has emerged to support the view that the Nazis started the 1933 Reichstag fire that Hitler used as a pretext to establish a dictatorship.

While historians have agreed that there is no substance to Nazi claims that German Communists were to blame for the blaze, there has also been a lack of evidence to back the widely held belief that Hitler’s supporters burnt down the parliament building in Berlin.

After poring over 50,000 pages of hitherto unexamined documents from former East German and Soviet archives, four leading German historians have now concluded that the fire was a Nazi plot. Marinus van der Lubbe, 24, a pro-Communist Dutch labourer, was beheaded by the Nazis after admitting that he started the blaze alone to encourage a workers’ uprising.

The news magazine Der Spiegel backed this version of events in the 1960s after a wide-ranging investigation. Now, however, the four historians argue that Der Spiegel’s coverage was part of a cover-up by Nazi sympathisers to protect the culprits from prosecution. Their findings put them at odds with other leading academics.

They base their case on remarks by Adolf Rall, a thief and Nazi stormtrooper, whose body was found in woods near Berlin in November 1933. Rall is said to have told prosecutors of a meeting of the SA stormtroopers during which the SA leader, Karl Ernst, ordered them to enter the Reichstag through a tunnel and sprinkle flammable liquid inside.

Ernst is said to have told his men that an excuse was needed to begin attacking Communists. Hitler used the fire to justify the arrest and torture of 25,000 Left-wing activists and to pass an emergency decree establishing absolute Nazi authority.

According to the historians, a former stormtrooper working in the jail where Rall was serving a sentence, heard of his statement and tipped off the SA. Its leaders are then said to have arranged for the statements to be destroyed by accomplices in the prosecutors’ office and for him to be murdered.

His remarks however are said to have been referred to in other papers found in the archives. The four historians – Hersch Fischler, Jurgen Schmaedeke, Alexander Bahar and Wilfred Kugel – say Nazi complicity in the blaze was kept secret by ex-Nazi journalists after the war.

Der Spiegel’s investigation in the 1960s was led by the historical researcher Fritz Tobias. His findings have been backed by the historian Hans Mommsen and are supported by one of his British counterparts, Ian Kershaw, in his recent work Hitler 1889-1936: Hubris.

The historians – writing in the journal Historische Zeitschrift – accuse Mr Tobias of “wanting to dispel the odium of arson from National Socialism” through his claims. Mr Tobias has defended himself, saying: “I was born into a Social Democratic household and am the last person to want to exculpate Hitler and his consorts.”

Last week, Der Spiegel published a 10-page rebuttal of the four historians’ conclusions. It said: “The thesis which holds that van der Lubbe was the only arsonist involved remains the most plausible explanation.” Although Mr Tobias was not an ex-Nazi, the magazine conceded that other former members had been employed.

http://spartacus-educational.com/Adolf_Rall.htm

Adolf Rall

Adolf Rall, was the eldest of five children, was born in Berlin on 7th June 1905. After leaving school he became a locksmith. In the late 1920s he joined the Sturmabteilung (SA).

On 30th April, 1932, Rall was arrested for stealing cars in Dresden. He was found guilty and sent to prison. Soon after his release he was arrested again for car theft and was returned to prison. In April 1933, he was sentenced for stealing a Daimler sedan in Stuttgart. (1)

According to a German anti-Nazi newspaper, Pariser Tageblatt, published in Paris, Rall had information about the Reichstag Fire. (2) It was claimed that “a former stormtrooper working in the jail where Rall was serving a sentence”, discovered that he knew what had happened. (3)

It was stated that Karl Ernst and Hermann Göring were involved in planning the act of arson. Rall suggested that before the Reichstag fire broke out, he had been in “the subterranean passageway that connects the Reichstag assembly building to the building in which the government apartment of the Reich President Hermann Göring is located. Rall said that he had personally witnessed various members of his SA unit bringing the explosive liquids into the building”. Apparently, Ernst told Rall “that an excuse was needed to begin attacking Communists”. (4)

Adolf Rall died in his cell on 2nd November, 1933. It was reported in The Daily Telegraph that the leaders of the SA “arranged for the statements to be destroyed by accomplices in the prosecutors’ office and for him to be murdered.” (5)

Rudolf Diels and Hans Gisevius also provided information to support this story.

 

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2001/07/reic-j05.html

Book Review

 

The Reichstag Fire, 68 years on

Alexander Bahar, Wilfried Kugel: Der Reichstagbrand – Wie Geschichte gemacht wird (The Reichstag Fire – How History is Created), edition q, Berlin 2001, ISBN 3-86124-523-2, 864 pages, price: 68.00 DM

5 July 2001

On February 27, 1933—more than 68 years ago—the Berlin Reichstag, the seat of Germany’s parliament, was set on fire. Shortly after the fire began, the Dutch left-wing radical Marinus van der Lubbe was arrested at the scene of the crime, apparently as the sole culprit.

Even before his identity was established, the Nazi leaders accused the German Communist Party (KPD) of having committed arson. According to Nazi propaganda, the Reichstag fire was intended as a signal for a communist uprising that had long been planned—a claim for which there was not a shred of evidence. In actual fact, the KPD leadership was neither willing nor able to organize such an uprising, so the Reichstag fire could not have been a signal for it.

For the Nazis, who had been in power less than a month, since January 30, 1933, the Reichstag fire was the excuse for a hitherto unparalleled persecution of Communist and Social Democratic workers, intellectuals and party leaders. On February 28, 1933 alone, just one day after the fire, thousands of persons active in, or allied with, the workers movement were arrested. The first to be arrested also included writers Egon Erwin Kisch, Ludwig Renn and Carl von Ossietzky, later murdered by the Nazis in a concentration camp.

All left-wing newspapers, including the Social Democratic daily Vorwärts, the Communist Party press and the German Trotskyists’ newspaper Permanente Revolution, were confiscated and banned.

Two decrees put into effect only one day later, the “Decree on the Protection of People and State”, subtitled “against communist acts of violence endangering the state,” and the “Decree Against Treason of the German People and High-Treason Activities,” were used to annul practically overnight the essential basic rights incorporated in the constitution of the Weimar Republic. These so-called “fire decrees” stayed in effect until the end of the Third Reich and formed the pseudo-legal basis for the entire Nazi dictatorship.

In the days immediately following the fire, the Nazis used the opportunity to generally weaken the entire German workers movement and prepare its destruction, a pressing task since early Reichstag elections had been scheduled for March 5, 1933, and a Nazi election victory was by no means certain.

There were still millions of workers organized in the SPD (Social Democrats), the KPD and the trade unions who were prepared to fight against the Nazis. The results of the March elections made this clear: the SPD and the KPD were still able to garner a combined vote of 13.2 million, the same number of votes they had received during the last elections in 1932. The NSDAP (Nazis) received 17.2 million votes (compared to 11.7 million in the 1932 elections), but were not able to gain an absolute majority of votes on their own. This was only possible with the aid of their German Nationalist allies from the “Kampffront Schwarz-Rot-Weiss”.

It was the SPD leadership’s capitulation before the Nazis and the division of the workers due to the “social fascism theory” propagated by the leaders of the Stalinist KPD that prevented National Socialism from being stopped at the last minute and combated.

As early as 1931, Leon Trotsky already formulated the task at hand in his open letter to the members of the KPD, How Can National Socialism be Defeated?:

“The front must now be directed against fascism. And this common front of direct struggle against fascism, embracing the entire proletariat, must be utilised in the struggle against the Social Democracy, directed as a flank attack, but no less effective for all that.

“It is necessary to show by deeds a complete readiness to make a bloc with the Social Democrats against the fascists in all cases in which they will accept a bloc… We must understand how to tear the workers away from their leaders in reality. But reality today is-the struggle against fascism…

“The overwhelming majority of the Social Democratic workers will fight against the fascists, but–for the present at least–only together with their organisations. This stage cannot be skipped. We must help the Social Democratic workers in action–in this new and extraordinary situation–to test the value of their organizations and leaders at this time, when it is a matter of life and death for the working class.”(1)

As we know, history took a different turn: the Nazis were victorious, and the German and European working class suffered its worst and most devastating defeat. The authors leave no doubt as to the fact that the leaders of both the SPD and the KPD bear decisive responsibility for this defeat. This is made particularly clear in the authors’ portrayal of the so-called “Prussian coup,” the ouster of the SPD-led Prussian government in July 1932 by the Reich Chancellor (head of government) of the time, Franz von Papen. Although the majority of their members were only waiting for the word to offer massive resistance, the SPD and trade union leaders didn’t put up even the semblance of a fight against Papen’s “cold coup d’etat,” and thus paved the way for the Nazis.

Who were the arsonists?

To this very day, there is hardly any event in German history that has been debated as heatedly as the issue of who really set the Reichstag on fire.

In years of meticulous research, the two authors of the book, historian Alexander Bahar and physicist and psychologist Wilfried Kugel, carried out the first comprehensive evaluation of the 50,000 pages of original court, state attorney office and secret police (Gestapo) files that had been locked away in Moscow and East Berlin until 1990. The result is a remarkable and explosive, more than 800-page document that for the first time provides almost complete circumstantial evidence that the Nazis prepared and set the Reichstag fire themselves.

The authors have thus succeeded in disproving a hypothesis that even today is still fairly widespread: that the Dutchman Marinus van der Lubbe was the sole perpetrator. They “base their evidence largely on original documents that are stored in public archives, but have not been evaluated up to now… The book contradicts in many ways all of the research reports that have been published so far on the Reichstag fire, based on what the authors say is the first thorough evaluation of all presently available relevant sources… In summary, the authors have succeeded after years of work in presenting a comprehensive chain of circumstantial evidence—albeit one that will only have a conclusive character for those readers who are prepared to take on the intellectual challenge presented by the often highly complex and convoluted aspects of this case of political crime.” (2)

Bahar and Kugel describe the two contradictory hypotheses as to who was actually responsible for setting the fire as follows:

“As incontestable as it is that the Nazis benefited from the Reichstag fire and made skillful use of it in establishing their dictatorship, opinion remains divided as to who actually committed the deed. The communists accused by the Nazi authorities at the Reichstag Fire Trial in Leipzig were already ruled out in 1933 for obvious reasons: quite apart from the lack of evidence, the suicidal and thus nonsensical nature of such a deed was self-evident, despite Nazi propaganda to the contrary. So did Marinus van der Lubbe, the 75% vision-impaired Dutch left-wing radical communist arrested in the burning Reichstag set the fire on his own? Or were the culprits to be found among the Nazis?” (3)

As early as the summer of 1933, the Brown Book on the Reichstag Fire and Hitler’s Terror was published in Switzerland under the editorship of Willi Münzenberg. In this book, German emigrés attempted to provide proof that the Nazis had committed the crime in a secret operation run by Nazi leader Hermann Göring. And even before the Reichstag Fire Trial in Leipzig, the “Legal Commission of the International Investigation Committee” came to the conclusion that the Nazis had set the fire themselves. Up to 1949, this was the prevailing opinion of all serious contemporaries outside of Germany. “Everyone abroad was and remains convinced that the Nazis set fire to the Reichstag.” (4)

In Germany, however, the legend of Marinus van der Lubbe as the sole perpetrator was created after 1945 by the first head of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels, and his former staff. Diels, who was in charge of the sweeping arrests carried out on the night of the fire, had every reason to exonerate the Nazi rulers after World War II, since he was deeply involved in the Reichstag fire himself. As the authors explain:

“six hours before the Reichstag fire, Rudolf Diels, head of the … Political Police since February 23, 1933 and subsequently head of the Secret State Police Office (Gestapo), wrote the following police radio telegram which was sent to all police stations in Prussia at about 6:00 p.m.: ‘Communists reportedly plan to carry out systematic raids on police squads and members of nationalist associations with the aim of disarming them.’ … ‘Suitable countermeasures are to be taken immediately, and where necessary communist functionaries placed under protective custody.’” (5)

“The arrests carried out the next night had thus already been initiated by Rudolf Diels, the Chief of the Political Police, on the afternoon of February 27.” (6)

The authors prove that it would have been impossible for Marinus van der Luppe to set on fire a building as large as the Reichstag on his own, by reconstructing in minute detail the course of the fire on the basis of countless testimony documents and investigation and court files (particularly in Chapters 2 and 4).

Their conclusion is that “the ‘culprit’ van der Lubbe had even less time to carry out his alleged act of arson than has hitherto been assumed, namely only 12 to 13 minutes… The view often expressed in historical literature that the Reichstag arson had taken Göring, Goebbels and Hitler ‘by surprise’ must now presumably be regarded once and for all as a myth.” (7)

In Chapters 5 to 7, the authors document the proceedings at the so-called Reichstag Fire Trial, which began on September 21, 1933 in Leipzig, and then present the circumstantial evidence for the guilt of the Nazis. The exact evaluation of all of the fire expert reports leads to one conclusion: “ All of the fire experts agreed that the fire in the Reichstag assembly hall had to have been set by several culprits. Van der Lubbe’s self-incrimination was thus proved to be a lie.” (8) (My emphasis – W.K.)

In the trial before the Leipzig Reichsgericht court, which the Nazis had originally planned as a show trial, the accused were “van der Lubbe and comrades.” The Dutchman’s alleged “comrades” were Ernst Torgler, the former chairman of the KPD parliamentary group in the Reichstag, and three Bulgarian communists who were living illegally in Germany: Georgi Dimitrov, who had been the head of the Berlin-based Western European Office of the Executive Committee of the Comintern (Third International) until early 1933, Blagoj Popov and Vasil Tanev. Despite coerced witnesses (including concentration camp prisoners), planted and forged “evidence,” and torture and terror against the accused, the Nazis never succeeded in proving the alleged guilt of the communists. Dimitrov’s undaunted conduct in court, in particular, added to the embarrassment for the Nazi leaders. The Reichsgericht passed its verdict on December 23, 1933: “The accused Torgler, Dimitrov, Popov and Tanev are acquitted.” Marinus van der Lubbe, the only “presentable” culprit, was sentenced to death and executed on January 10, 1934, despite the existing expert opinions and testimony which conclusively ruled out the Dutchman as the sole perpetrator.

Finally, the authors expose the Nazis as the only feasible culprits. Among the documentary evidence the authors base this verdict on is the testimony of SA member Adolf Rall (who was later murdered by the SA and the Gestapo). The emigré newspaper Pariser Tageblatt reported on December 24, 1933: “he (Rall) stated he was a member of the SA’s “Sturm 17” unit. Before the Reichstag fire broke out, he had been in the subterranean passageway that connects the Reichstag assembly building to the building in which the government apartment of the Reich President [Hermann Göring] is located. Rall said that he had personally witnessed various members of his SA unit bringing the explosive liquids into the building.” (10)

Hans Bernd Gisevius, who had worked as a junior lawyer for the political police from August to December 1933, made the following testimony at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial in 1946: “It was Goebbels who first came up with the idea of setting fire to the Reichstag. Goebbels discussed this with the leader of the Berlin SA brigade, Karl Ernst, and made detailed suggestions on how to go about carrying out the arson. A certain tincture known to every pyrotechnician was selected. You spray it onto an object and then it ignites after a certain time, after hours or minutes. In order to get into the Reichstag building, they needed the passageway that leads from the palace of the Reichstag President to the Reichstag. A unit of ten reliable SA men was put together, and now Göring was informed of all the details of the plan, so that he coincidentally was not out holding an election speech on the night of the fire, but was still at his desk in the Ministry of the Interior at such a late hour… The intention right from the start was to put the blame for this crime on the Communists, and those ten SA men who were to carry out the crime were instructed accordingly.” (11)

Based on this testimony and a wealth of other circumstantial evidence, the course of this act of arson can be reconstructed as follows:

“On February 27, 1933, at about 8:00 p.m. a commando group of at least 3, and at most 10 SA men led by Hans Georg Gewehr entered the basement of the palace of the Reichstag President. The group took the incendiary substances deposited there, and used the subterranean passageway to go from the Reichstag President’s palace to the Reichstag building, where they prepared the assembly hall in particular with a self-igniting liquid they probably mixed in the hall. After a certain latency period, the liquid set off the fire in the assembly hall. The group made their getaway through the subterranean passageway and the basement of the Reichstag President’s palace (and possibly also through the adjacent basement leading to the machinery and government employees’ building) to the public street ‘Reichstagsufer.’ Göring entered the burning Reichstag building at 9:21 p.m. at the latest, presumably in order to provide a cover for the commando group’s retreat.

“Van der Lubbe was brought to the Reichstag by the SA at exactly 9:00 p.m. and let into the building by them. The sound of breaking glass which was noticed by witnesses and which was allegedly due to van der Lubbe breaking window panes to get into the building was probably only intended to attract the attention of the public. The Dutchman was sacrificed as the only available witness.” (12)

Almost all of the SA men involved in the deed (with the exception of Hans Georg Gewehr) and many accessories to the crime were later murdered by the Nazis, above during the so-called “Röhm putsch” on June 30, 1934.

Responsibility for the Reichstag Fire was a constant source of debate between German historians after the Second World War. In the early 1960’s, the attempt was made to establish the hypothesis of van der Lubbe as the sole culprit—in particular by Rudolf Augstein’s magazine Der Spiegel and the “amateur historian” and intelligence officer Fritz Tobias. To this very day, some prominent German historians base themselves on this hypothesis and still attempt to deny the guilt of the Nazis. With their new book Der Reichstagbrand, Alexander Bahar and Wilfried Kugel have provided authoritative evidence to finally dispel the longstanding controversy.

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References

(1) Leon Trotsky: Portrait des National Sozialismus, Arbeiterpresse Verlag, Essen 1999, p. 61
(2) A. Bahar and W. Kugel: Der Reichtagsbrand, edition q, Berlin 2001, p. 19
(3) ibid., p. 15
(4) Braunbuch über Reichstagsbrand und Hitlerterror, Universum-Bücherei, Basle 1933, p. 74
(5) Bahar and Kugel, p. 71
(6) ibid., p. 72
(7) ibid., p. 73
(8) ibid., p. 321
(9) Walther Hofer et. al.: Der Reichstagsbrand, Arani-Verlag, Berlin 1972/1978, revised new edition: Ahriman-Verlag, Freiburg 1992, p. 2
(10) Bahar and Kugel, p. 533
(11) ibid., p. 543
(12) ibid., preliminary remarks “Reconstruction of the Reichstag arson”

The nature of Judaism and the question of The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion

Regarding The Protocols and Judaism and the accordant political “philosophy” Zionism, I highly recommend Gilad Atzmon’s “The Wandering Who.”

IMO, Judaism is the creation of the AI construct (possibly associated with the Draco reptilians) that has targeted Earth for thousands of years as part of “its” program of conquest in this sector of the universe. The idea of a “chosen” people is the ultimate expression of what Eckhart Tolle has called the psychopathology of the “garden variety ego.” The ego (everyone experiences the challenges of this phenomenon) is a sub-routine running in the mind that creates itself as some “thing” separate from all-that-is, and sets up military-grade psychological defense mechanisms to protect its illusion of separation. It has no interest or care for any other being it necessarily sees as separate from itself, except for the advantages that being can provide for its strategies of self-preservation, control and ego-gratification (imaginary psychological states).

Judaism was adopted by the Turkic Khazarian Kaganate in the second half of the the first millenium (which timeline may not be accurate, another story entirely) for the creation of political advantages and the pre-eminence of their empire over their neighbors. The psychopathology of the “chosenness” hook in the Judeo-tribal identity complex seems to have eventually dominated their mindsets. When the Khazars were eventually overrun by the Turkic Russ empire toward the end of the first millennium, the “religious” leaders of Khazar society refused to capitulate and be assimilated by the Russian culture.

It’s my theory that from the time of their defeat as an empire, elements of the Khazarian “shtetel” leadership operated an underground “secret council” that eventually spread throughout the lands populated by the Khazarian diaspora (i.e. Ashenazi Jews). IMO, this secret council created Sabbatean Judaism, the Rothschild financial empire, with its powerful intelligence arm that eventually emerged publicly as the Mossad, as well as the Bavarian Illuminati (with its connections to the Jesuits, another possible project of the proposed Khazarian secret council). The Illuminati went underground and penetrated all of the secret societies of the West, turning them to the task of implementing the grand agenda of world conquest.

Again IMO, The Protocols are an accurate reflection of the thinking of the secret council, leaked, intentionally (as part of their “religion’s” tenet of announcing their intentions – “predictive programming”), or not. The eerie accuracy of the way history has followed the path of implementation of The Protocols throughout the 20th Century to today, and the ways in which the strategies evident within the Global Imperium (the UN, Agenda 21, Social Marxism, domination of banking, the surveillance state, etc. ad nauseum) are a powerful indication of the reality of The Protocols.

Bruce

A Conversation on “Gender Identity”

This is a set of comments on an article on Alternet: “White House to Public Schools: Let Students Use Whatever Bathroom They Want” (http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/obama-administration-directs-public-schools-let-students-use-whatever-bathroom-they) between myself and “FreethinkingWorldGuy,” inspired by one of his several comments below the article:

You characterize a call for sensible treatment of school kids “liberal self-righteousness”? So what should Obama do in your opinion? Send the schools a note urging them to continue creating similar “bathroom laws” around the country? Or just keep quiet, allowing disruptions and problems that these anti-transgender laws are causing to spread?
My first response, to comment above: @FreethinkingWorldGuy – Hey, kewl screenname, dood. Creates just the right impression to earn you a pass from the politically correct sheeple.

What should Obama do? Well, how about remaining within the bounds of the Constitution which clearly does not grant the authority to legislate to the “Unitary Presidency?” Not even the Congress has the power to dictate such policy to the 50 sovereign states. Are you down with creating One Big Brother Over All to dictate to us everything we can do to the End Of Time, amen?

Glad you like my screename! Weird stuff about what my it can do for me, but you’re certainly free to have your own opinion about that.

But to the matter at hand…

So is your beef with Obama is that he’s legislating unlawfully by sending the memo to schools? Not seeing it. Where do you stand re: the notorious “bathroom laws”?

Re: Big Brother, no, I’m a big privacy fan, which is EXACTLY why I am glad to see Obama taking a position and step to protect the privacy of school children.

I’m getting the sense that it is YOU who likes the idea of Big Brother–in the form of public school teachers and staff–policing children’s choice of bathroom.

Me: You seriously think that children have a problem with their choice of bathroom, do you? Like they thought it up on their own, just like they independently started worrying about what their “choice of gender” should be? So, then there’s no agenda going on to influence children’s identities, to keep them confused, to keep them on the Common Core bandwagon so they grow up confused about who they are or even how to think? So then the Fed administration has every right to dictate what people in all the 50 states have to do about their bathroom habits to protect the masses of poor suffering cross-gender kids and protect them from the mean local populations, school boards, teachers and staff?

Right, got you.

In general, no, I don’t think children have a problem with their choice of bathroom. For transgender people (including children), they didn’t have a problem either–until we started seeing “bathroom bill” laws pop up.

It is true that most of us self-identify with gender to match our anatomy. But it doesn’t line up that way for everyone. I discard black-and-white thinking about necessity that gender match anatomy for 100% of the population, or that gender identity is a choice.

There is a growing body of science to explain why alignment doesn’t always line up, and I have seen a number of compelling cases where children–even at a very young age (e.g. 4), self-identify with the opposite sex, regardless of efforts by some to “correct” them. Transgender people are clear about their own gender identity, regardless of some who might believe and/or claim to the contrary.

“So then the Fed administration has every right to dictate what people in all the 50 states have to do about their bathroom habits to protect the masses of poor suffering cross-gender kids and protect them from the mean local populations, school boards, teachers and staff?”

The concepts of equal treatment, including freedom from discrimination, goes to the very core identity of the United States, in particular as is laid out in the US Constitution. The 50 states you refer to should NOT be allowed to write laws that burden any group of people based on religion, race, sex, or gender. Moreover, the 50 states do, to varying degrees, accept federal funds–to the tune of many billions of dollars. Federal Title IX funds specifically forbids gender-based discrimination.

You write like there would be no fallout from “bathroom bill” laws. There already has been, and it will get worse if it isn’t nipped in the bud. Again, they cause problems were the weren’t any before.

@FreethinkingWorldGuy -You write like there would be no fallout from the increasingly arrogant actions of the clearly illegitimate Federal Administrative System which is increasingly normalizing its violations of the Constitution, of the American revolutionaries’ clear intention that the newly minted States were each nations in their own rights, and of due process.

“Transgender people are clear about their own gender identity, regardless of some who might believe and/or claim to the contrary.” While this may be true for adults, your assertion that 4 year olds are clear on this is, I’m quite sure, not backed up by anything but the writings of some psychiatrists and psychologists who are enrolled in the social engineering matrix of globalism and social engineering. Their “studies” and the “growing body of science” you tout are highly subjective and far from scientific.

In my personal experience, my next door neighbor was seduced by gay men on our block as a young teenager and “decided” that he was gay. My observation at the time was that this led to extreme difficulties, suffering, and confusion for him, and to the destruction of his family of origin. He was far from clear about how to manage the direction of his life.

“The concepts of equal treatment, including freedom from discrimination, goes to the very core identity of the United States, in particular as is laid out in the US Constitution.” Really? You, of course, are referring to where slaves are legitimized and deemed to count as 3/5 of a human being for the purpose of representation in Congress. Or perhaps you’re talking about the Native Americans, who were largely exterminated? The idea of “not burdening” people on the basis of “gender” is, I think, extremely strained, and has become weaponized against the stability of our cultures and of the family unit upon which the strength of human culture depends. The “government” cannot succeed in building strong human families, and, I think, has no intention to do so.

Your observation that the states are now dependent on Federal funding is very true and particularly insidious. This is, I think, by design. The Fed Admin. has access to essentially limitless hot money from the bankers at the Federal Reserve, borrowed against the will of the people, who will have no choice but to be saddled with this debt, to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars owed by American babies at birth. This hot money is also a weapon against honest Americans, and the working and middle classes are being driven by it to the wall. To force “gender equality,” a concept which is amorphous and ambiguous at best upon us as a consequence of a criminally distorted financial system is both tragic and wicked. If this is what you espouse as being a matter of course and something that is “good for us,” then I think you are complicit in this criminality.

“To force ‘gender equality,’ a concept which is amorphous and ambiguous at best upon us as a consequence of a criminally distorted financial system is both tragic and wicked.”

You are muddying up a lot of things here. So let’s sort things out, shall we? First of all, the primary issue that we disagree on is gender identity. Apparently, you believe that that is black-and-white, cut and dry. And you know what? For some people it is. But for others it is not. And here’s a kicker for you on that: Variation on this is NATURAL. It’s not, as you believe, linked to a “criminally distorted financial system”.

I stated earlier that transgender people are not confused about their gender identity, which is counter to what you believe. To be fair, I’ll admit that I oversimplified that a bit; there are some people who actually do go through a process of development and discovery, regarding gender their own identity and sexuality. And some people actually identify partly with BOTH genders. The main difference between you and I on this matter is that while you see this as confusion, I accept it as within normality of the human condition. People get confused when their instinct re: gender identity leads them (naturally) to have certain feelings and inclinations, but outside influences are telling them that such feelings are wrong. I could point you to science and/or case studies backing up early gender identity, but when you say things like:

“While this may be true for adults, your assertion that 4 year olds are clear on this is, I’m quite sure, not backed up by anything but the writings of some psychiatrists and psychologists who are enrolled in the social engineering matrix of globalism and social engineering”,

It is clear to me that you see everything through the prism of conspiracy. So I won’t bother.

“ ‘The concepts of equal treatment, including freedom from discrimination, goes to the very core identity of the United States, in particular as is laid out in the US Constitution.’ Really? You, of course, are referring to where slaves are legitimized and deemed to count as 3/5 of a human being for the purpose of representation in Congress. Or perhaps you’re talking about the Native Americans, who were largely exterminated?”

SERIOUSLY?

You’re going to bring up the 3/5 slave compromise and horrendous treatment of American Indians in the context of a contemporary discussion on gender identity? Okay, let me spell it out for you: The 3/5 compromise was bad (though not as bad as NO representation) and the treatment of Indians was horrible. At least we agree on this, right? We also seem to agree on perils of national debt, and likely on some areas of mismanagement by the federal government. But those topics can be discussed separately from a discussion about gender identity.

Me: “You are muddying up a lot of things here. So let’s sort things out, shall we? First of all, the primary issue that we disagree on is gender identity. Apparently, you believe that that is black-and-white, cut and dry. And you know what? For some people it is. But for others it is not. And here’s a kicker for you on that: Variation on this is NATURAL. It’s not, as you believe, linked to a “crim inally distorted financial system”.”

How is it apparent that I think gender identity is cut-and-dried? I know that it is a very difficult issue and experience for many. However, I also think that it has become a wedge issue for cultural Marxists who deliberately want to damage, particularly children, in order to destabilize and engineer society.

I do think that we humans are stronger if we cultivate our health, and that we are stronger when we accept our true gender at birth. When we accept our bodies as they are, we have access to biological guidance of our feelings and impulses. When children are actively encouraged, or even forced, to question their “inner gender preference” at the expense of actually experiencing who they are, that tragic outcomes potentially eventuate. It seems obvious that such outcomes actually may threaten the survival of humanity, and certainly threaten the well-being of society and culture.

I also think it should be obvious that “gender identity” is not an appropriate matter for government to arrogate powers over. Creating the synthetic idea that psychological gender identity rises to the levels of race or real gender as far as the need for protections of equality is, I think, a weaponized concept being fed to the population with powerful propaganda which constitutes real violence.

“Government” did push and protect slavery and genocidal violence against Native Americans when it served the interests of power. I don’t think it’s a stretch to question whether what is now being done with psychological gender identity is not the promotion of real damage against Americans in the interests of elite power. And the primary tool these interests are using to dispossess and cripple their “subjects” is the criminally distorted financial system. Keeping the sheeple confused, at odds with themselves, unable to think critically, and identified with cultural Marxist themes serves the interests of our owners in maintaining their abilities to harvest our wealth (and if you think this isn’t what’s happening, I welcome your alternative analysis and the evidence to back that up). I think it is of a piece.

You seem to imply that anyone looking through “the prism of conspiracy” is unworthy of being engaged in your laser-targeted debate on gender identity. But how do you think that “the national debt” came to be? How do you think 6 (or 5) corporate conglomerates have come to control 95% of the information that people in the West consume? (and what is the monumental effect of that?) If you think this has arisen by accident, then there is clearly little ground to continue a conversation.

Comment to Dane Wigington’s thesis that CO2 warms Earth and acidifies oceans

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Comment to video interview of Dane Wigington on Greg Hunter’s USA Watchdog.com – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJAwxY4WEqM&feature=youtu.be :

I have been working on the Geoengineering issue for several years in Santa Cruz, California. I have previously been coached by Dane Wigington in how to work with Weather Modification and Aerosol Spraying skeptics. I have tremendous respect for all of his tireless work to wake people up to the disastrous effects of the spray programs, and, especially HAARP and SBX (Sea-Based X-Band) Radars and their ruinous cold-air down-bursts used for Weather Mod. The down-bursts also create massive UP-Bursts that shred the ionosphere and the ozone layer, leading to the insane levels of UV-B and even UV-C that are being measured now. The UV radiation is one of the most dangerous factors in this, killing the world’s forests, the plankton that maintains life in the oceans, and the coral reefs.

That said, I must emphatically disagree with Dane’s assertions that CO2 is warming the planet and acidifying the oceans. CO2, according to some scientists, is at a near starvation level for plants on Earth. There is evidence that the planet has been cool within regular variations over hundreds of millions of years, and has been cool at times when CO2 in the atmosphere was more than 10 times higher than it is today. This evidence is found in the shells of fossil brachiopods, which evidently had no problems forming shells at those high concentrations of CO2. More than this, shortly before James Hansen, prime “global warming” propagandist, retired from NASA, a group of scientists there did a major experiment with an instrument on NASA’s TIMED satellite named SABER that showed that CO2 and nitric oxide in the upper atmosphere shed massive heat from solar storms BACK INTO SPACE, cooling the planet.

As for “ocean acidification,” you might look at these links: 1. http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/12/evidence_discovered_that_ocean_acidification_scare_may_be_as_fraudulent_as_global_warming.html – 2. https://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/01/10/ocean-acidification-chicken-of-the-sea-little-strikes-again/ – 3. https://www.masterresource.org/ocean-acidification/ocean-acidification-another-failing-scare-story/

From the last link: “Overall the SPPI report makes for a fascinating (although quite technical) read. I recommend it to anyone who wants to get into the nitty-gitty details of how marine organisms from corals, to phytoplankton, to fish respond to changes in the ocean’s chemistry as a result from atmospheric CO2 enrichment… In conclusion, based on the many real-world observations and laboratory experiments described above, it is clear that recent theoretical claims of impending marine species extinctions, due to increases in the atmosphere’s CO2 concentration, have no basis in empirical reality. In fact, these unsupportable contentions are typically refuted by demonstrable facts… Additionally, SPPI has just announced its release of a strong critique (http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/originals/acid_test.html) of the NRDC documentary (also based upon Dr. Idso’s efforts). Here is the summary: “So what’s the story here? Are coral reefs really in their  last decades of existence? Will the shells of other calcifying marine life also dissolve away during our lifetimes? The NRDC film certainly makes it appear that such is the case; but a little scientific sleuthing  reveals nothing of substance in this regard. In fact, even a cursory review of the peer-reviewed scientific literature reveals that an equally strong case – if not a more persuasive one – can be made for the proposition that the ongoing rise in atmospheric CO2 concentration will actually prove a boon to calcifying marine life. Sadly, however, the NRDC chose to present an extreme one-sided, propagandized view of ocean acidification; and in this critique we present the part of the story that they clearly don’t want you to know.”

Bottom line: There is enormous funding for pushing the ideas that CO2 threatens life on Earth for purposes of Social Engineering and finalizing Technocratic control of the world’s population under an oligarchic tyranny. This is being done by the same people who now have unbelievable power to control weather systems, to control food, and to bring drought to pesky non-compliant regions (i.e. California right now). They literally threaten all life on Earth, principally the forests and oceans, as Dane says. There a HUGE problem here. It just is not from CO2.

 

Obama’s Last SOTU: Unabashed Hypocrisy on Parade

Obama-fake_tearsDeconstructing Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address

Master confusifier, Ericksonian hypnotist, psychopathic narcissist, and man-of-enigmatic-past Barack Hussein Obama showed up before the assembled Congress to hit his mark and perform the ritual of spinning comforting fictions and confusion about what’s going on with “America.” This speech is embedded with a mass of odd and contradictory suggestions that fly past before anyone can possibly process them.

Obama is like a kiddy pool, shallow even at the deep end, but up on the podium he’s primed to deliver to us the deep feelings that assure us that we’re still human, and share the values of the fake man. Yes, I did listen to it, and this edit is my brave attempt to deal with the cognitive dissonance.

A nauseated look at Mr. Obama’s last State of the Union address (as prepared for delivery, from Whitehouse.gov) – text being commented on is in Bold Red, my comments are bold and in (parentheses):

 Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans,

Tonight marks the eighth year I’ve come here to report on the State of the Union.  And for this final one, I’m going to try to make it shorter.  I know some of you are antsy to get back to Iowa.

I also understand that because it’s an election season, expectations for what we’ll achieve this year are low.  Still, Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the constructive approach you and the other leaders took at the end of last year to pass a budget and make tax cuts permanent for working families.  So I hope we can work together this year on bipartisan priorities like criminal justice reform, and helping people who are battling prescription drug abuse. We just might surprise the cynics again.

But tonight, I want to go easy on the traditional list of proposals for the year ahead.  Don’t worry, I’ve got plenty, from helping students learn to write computer code to personalizing medical treatments for patients.  And I’ll keep pushing for progress on the work that still needs doing.  Fixing a broken immigration system.  Protecting our kids from gun violence.  Equal pay for equal work, paid leave, raising the minimum wage.  All these things still matter to hardworking families; they are still the right thing to do; and I will not let up until they get done.

But for my final address to this chamber, I don’t want to talk just about the next year.  I want to focus on the next five years, ten years, and beyond.

I want to focus on our (your) future.

We live in a time of extraordinary change – change that’s reshaping the way we live, the way we work, our planet and our place in the world.  It’s change that promises amazing medical breakthroughs, but also economic disruptions that strain working families.  It promises education for girls in the most remote villages, but also connects terrorists plotting an ocean away.  It’s change that can broaden opportunity, or widen inequality.  And whether we like it or not, the pace of this change will only accelerate.

America has been through big changes before – wars and depression, the influx of immigrants, workers fighting for a fair deal, and movements to expand civil rights.  Each time, there have been those who told us to fear the future; who claimed we could slam the brakes on change, promising to restore past glory if we just got some group or idea that was threatening America under control.  And each time, we overcame those fears.  We did not, in the words of Lincoln, adhere to the “dogmas of the quiet past.”  Instead we thought anew, and acted anew.  We made change work for us, always extending America’s promise outward (what promise, exactly?) to the next frontier, to more and more people.  And because we did – because we saw opportunity where others saw only peril (WTF does that mean?) we emerged stronger and better than before (as always, forever without end, Amen).

What was true then can be true now.  Our unique strengths as a nation – our optimism and work ethic, our spirit of discovery and innovation, our diversity and commitment to the rule of law – these things give us everything we need to ensure prosperity and security for generations to come.

In fact, it’s that spirit that made the progress of these past seven years possible.  It’s how we recovered from the worst economic crisis in generations. (Lie)  It’s how we reformed our health care system, and reinvented our energy sector; (made “health care” unaffordable and brought the Fracking disaster to America) how we delivered more care and benefits to our troops and veterans, (Lie) and how we secured the freedom in every state to marry the person we love (made it possible for gays and lesbians to enter into marriage contracts with an authoritarian government).

But such progress is not inevitable.  It is the result of choices we make together (Lie – the people of the United States make NO CHOICES as we are OWNED – thanks, George)And we face such choices right now (get ready, and keep the KY Jelly handy).  Will we respond to the changes of our time with fear, turning inward as a nation, and turning against each other as a people?  Or will we face the future with confidence in who we are, what we stand for, and the incredible things we can do together? (totally hyperbolic, insincere, flattering BS – or THIFBS)

So let’s talk about the future, and four big questions that we as a country have to answer – regardless of who the next President is, or who controls the next Congress.

First, how do we give everyone a fair shot at opportunity and security in this new economy? (when we hear this, do we just roll over and grant him credibility when he says this is what he wants?)

Second, how do we make technology work for us, and not against us – especially when it comes to solving urgent challenges like climate change? (OK, confusing conflation of Memes: We know what they want to do with their technology, and it’s clear that “climate change” is code for using technology to control us more)

Third, how do we keep America safe and lead the world without becoming its policeman? (code for “Stop Gun Violence” as well as a Big Lie – We ARE the world’s policeman – at least until the UN is sent in with “Responsibility to Protect” the world FROM us)

And finally, how can we make our politics (control people to) reflect what’s best in us, and not what’s worst? (trick question: this is something that “politics” can never do – We each, individually need to bring what’s best in us to the table)

Let me start with the economy, and a basic fact (hypnotic suggestion): the United States of America, right now, has the strongest, most durable economy in the world (OMG, LIE, LIE, LIE).  We’re in the middle of the longest streak of private-sector job creation in history (Lying With Statistics – LWS).  More than 14 million new jobs (what kind of jobs?); the strongest two years of job growth since the ‘90s (LWS); an unemployment rate cut in half (LWS).  Our auto industry just had its best year ever (with unsold inventory building up to avoid layoffs and most cars now sold with Sub-Prime Loans).  Manufacturing has created nearly 900,000 new jobs in the past six years (LWS).  And we’ve done all this while cutting our deficits by almost three-quarters. (LWS)

Anyone claiming that America’s economy is in decline is peddling fiction (Lie – and a hypnotic induction to ignore what you see all around you).  What is true – and the reason that a lot of Americans feel anxious – is that the economy has been changing in profound ways, changes that started long before the Great Recession hit and haven’t let up (Lie and crazy-making).  Today, technology doesn’t just replace jobs on the assembly line, but any job where work can be automated (economy’s fine, who needs a job?).  Companies in a global economy can locate anywhere, and face tougher competition (poor bubbies).  As a result, workers have less leverage for a raise (and we’ll keep manipulating things to make this more true).  Companies have less loyalty to their communities (OLIGARCHS have less loyalty to their fellow humans).  And more and more wealth and income is concentrated at the very top (but there’s no decline here).

All these trends have squeezed workers, even when they have jobs; even when the economy is growing (Lie).  It’s made it harder for a hardworking family to pull itself out of poverty, harder for young people to start on their careers, and tougher for workers to retire when they want to.  And although none of these trends are unique to America, they do offend our uniquely American belief (THIFBS) that everybody who works hard should get a fair shot (Lie – the Elite Planners do not believe this).

For the past seven years, our goal has been a growing economy that works better for everybody (Lie)We’ve made progress (Lie).  But we need to make more.  And despite all the political arguments we’ve had these past few years, there are some areas where Americans broadly agree (i.e. when not overcast, the sky is blue with chemtrails) .

We agree that real opportunity requires every American to get the education and training they need to land a good-paying job (no opportunity without programming).  The bipartisan reform of No Child Left Behind was an important start (and Common Core is finishing the job), and together, we’ve increased early childhood education (what does that mean?), lifted high school graduation rates to new highs (by lowering standards), and boosted graduates in fields like engineering (who have to move back in with their parents and get a job flipping burgers).  In the coming years, we should build on that progress, by providing Pre-K for all (earlier programming), offering every student the hands-on computer science and math classes that make them job-ready on day one (and don’t teach pesky critical thinking), and we should recruit and support more great teachers for our kids (as long as they’re fine with dumbing children down).

And we have to make college affordable for every American (let’s cut Bernie off at the pass with Elite-sanctioned Socialism)Because no hardworking student should be stuck in the red (which is why we made it impossible to remove student debt with bankruptcy).  We’ve already reduced student loan payments to ten percent of a borrower’s income.  Now, we’ve actually got to cut the cost of college.  Providing two years of community college at no cost for every responsible student (good slave) is one of the best ways to do that, and I’m going to keep fighting to get that started this year.

Of course, a great education (what do you think that means?) isn’t all we need in this new economy.  We also need benefits and protections that provide a basic measure of security (the nanny state will protect you from cradle-to-grave – If we have the funding).  After all, it’s not much of a stretch to say that some of the only people in America who are going to work the same job, in the same place, with a health and retirement package, for 30 years, are sitting in this chamber (is this some kind of sick joke?).  For everyone else, especially folks in their forties and fifties, saving for retirement or bouncing back from job loss has gotten a lot tougher (most seniors don’t have squat, so we’ll tell you what your options are)Americans understand that at some point in their careers, they may have to retool and retrain (how about a “customer service” job after your engineering career went to India?)But they shouldn’t lose what they’ve already worked so hard to build (unless, of course, your pension was already stolen).

That’s why Social Security and Medicare are more important than ever; we shouldn’t weaken them, we should strengthen them.  And for Americans short of retirement, basic benefits should be just as mobile as everything else is today (and they will ALWAYS be there, no matter what, Praise the Fed)That’s what the Affordable Care Act is all about (Lie).  It’s about filling the gaps in employer-based care (like we all have) so that when we lose a job, or go back to school, or start that new business, we’ll still have coverage (that we can’t afford).  Nearly eighteen million have gained coverage so far.  Health care inflation has slowed (Lie)And our businesses have created jobs every single month since it became law (LWS).

Now, I’m guessing we won’t agree on health care anytime soon.  But there should be other ways both parties can improve economic security.  Say a hardworking American loses his job – we shouldn’t just make sure he can get unemployment insurance; we should make sure that program encourages him to retrain for a business that’s ready to hire him (intense training for Walmart greeters).  If that new job doesn’t pay as much, there should be a system of wage insurance in place so that he can still pay his bills (I’m smelling that Nanny State…).  And even if he’s going from job to job, he should still be able to save for retirement and take his savings with him (what planet is this guy from?).  That’s the way we make the new economy work better for everyone (everyone that counts, that is).

I also know Speaker Ryan has talked about his interest in tackling poverty (like in the NFL, and giving it brain-damage)America is about giving everybody willing to work a hand up (Lie), and I’d welcome a serious discussion about strategies we can all support, like expanding tax cuts for low-income workers without kids (we care so much we’re gonna steal less).

But there are other areas where it’s been more difficult to find agreement over the last seven years – namely what role the government should play in making sure the system’s not rigged in favor of the wealthiest and biggest corporations (yeah, we’ll reign in “corporations,” but certainly not your Owners)And here, the American people have a choice to make (yeah, Slavery or, em, Slavery).

I believe a thriving private sector is the lifeblood of our economy.  I think there are outdated regulations that need to be changed, and there’s red tape that needs to be cut.  But after years of record corporate profits, working families won’t get more opportunity or bigger paychecks by letting big banks or big oil or hedge funds make their own rules at the expense of everyone else; or by allowing attacks on collective bargaining to go unanswered.  Food Stamp recipients didn’t cause the financial crisis; recklessness on Wall Street did (Lie – it was all planned).  Immigrants aren’t the reason wages haven’t gone up enough; those decisions are made in the boardrooms that too often put quarterly earnings over long-term returns.  It’s sure not the average family watching tonight that avoids paying taxes through offshore accounts.  In this new economy, workers and start-ups and small businesses need more of a voice, not less.  The rules should work for them (I’m lying – we have no intention of allowing this).  And this year I plan to lift up the many businesses who’ve figured out that doing right by their workers ends up being good for their shareholders, their customers, and their communities, so that we can spread those best practices across America (thank you, satan).

In fact, many of our best corporate citizens are also our most creative (like, em, making money out of thin air).  This brings me to the second big question we have to answer as a country:  how do we reignite that spirit of innovation to meet our biggest challenges (while we continue to dumb you down and reinforce your Stockholm Syndrome conditioning – Hard, eh)?

Sixty years ago, when the Russians beat us into space, we didn’t deny Sputnik was up there.  We didn’t argue about the science, or shrink our research and development budget.  We built a space program almost overnight, and twelve years later, we were walking on the moon (don’t want to miss a chance to catapult this propaganda).

That spirit of discovery is in our DNA (yeah, we have American DNA, changes when you cross the border – Unless you’re a terrorist)We’re Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers and George Washington Carver (and Charlie Hebdo – BTW this is THIFBS).  We’re Grace Hopper and Katherine Johnson and Sally Ride.  We’re every immigrant and entrepreneur from Boston to Austin to Silicon Valley racing to shape a better world.  And over the past seven years, we’ve nurtured that spirit (thank you, satan).

We’ve protected an open internet (Lie), and taken bold new steps to get more students and low-income Americans online (how about a little DEVICE, Scarecrow?).  We’ve launched next-generation manufacturing hubs, and online tools that give an entrepreneur everything he or she needs to start a business in a single day (there’s room at the top – Just check out Mark Zuckerberg!).

But we can do so much more.  Last year, Vice President Biden said that with a new moonshot, America can cure cancer (with chemotherapy, radiation or surgery).  Last month, he worked with this Congress to give scientists at the National Institutes of Health the strongest resources they’ve had in over a decade.  Tonight, I’m announcing a new national effort to get it done.  And because he’s gone to the mat for all of us, on so many issues over the past forty years, I’m putting Joe in charge of Mission Control (ground control to Major Tom)For the loved ones we’ve all lost, for the family we can still save, let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all (yow, a GIGANTIC pile of steaming lies).

Medical research is critical.  We need the same level of commitment when it comes to developing clean energy sources (so we can put inventors’ work under National Security patent findings, or if need be, kill them – RIP Stanley Meyer).

Look, if anybody still wants to dispute the science around climate change, have at it (we’ll be branding you a terrorist “Denier” and disappearing you under NDAA)You’ll be pretty lonely (in detention), because you’ll be debating our military (water-boarding is NOT torture), most of America’s business leaders, the majority of the American people (mind-control is a thing of beauty), almost the entire scientific community (official science WORKS), and 200 nations around the world who agree it’s a problem and intend to solve it.

But even if the planet wasn’t at stake; even if 2014 wasn’t the warmest year on record (Lie)until 2015 turned out even hotter (Lie)why would we want to pass up the chance for American businesses to produce and sell the energy of the future? (now we’re gettin’ to the truth of the matter)

Seven years ago, we made the single biggest investment in clean energy in our history.  Here are the results.  In fields from Iowa to Texas, wind power is now cheaper than dirtier, conventional power (sorry about those birds).  On rooftops from Arizona to New York, solar is saving Americans tens of millions of dollars a year on their energy bills, and employs more Americans than coal – in jobs that pay better than average.  We’re taking steps to give homeowners the freedom to generate and store their own energy – something environmentalists and Tea Partiers have teamed up to support.  Meanwhile, we’ve cut our imports of foreign oil by nearly sixty percent (Fracking Rawks!), and cut carbon pollution (carbon pollution? – oh that’s right, we don’t “debate the science”) more than any other country on Earth.

Gas under two bucks a gallon ain’t bad, either (ha, take that Vladimir).

Now we’ve got to accelerate the transition away from dirty energy.  Rather than subsidize the past, we should invest in the future – especially in communities that rely on fossil fuels (OK, I’ll just say this once: petroleum is NOT “fossil fuel” – ‘nuff said).  That’s why I’m going to push to change the way we manage (charge for) our (we do own the whole damn world) oil and coal resources, so that they better reflect the costs they impose on taxpayers and our planet (don’t plan on commuting to work)That way, we put money back into those communities (Lie) and put tens of thousands of Americans to work building a 21st century transportation system (oh yeah, get you out of those darn cars and into Bullet Trains, that’ll do ‘er).

None of this will happen overnight, and yes, there are plenty of entrenched interests (not like my bosses on Wallstreet) who want to protect the status quo.  But the jobs we’ll create, the money we’ll save, and the planet we’ll preserve – that’s the kind of future our kids and grandkids deserve (just make sure they get “their shots”).

Climate change is just one of many issues where our security is linked to the rest of the world.  And that’s why the third big question we have to answer is how to keep America safe and strong without either isolating ourselves or trying to nation-build everywhere there’s a problem (isn’t that what god made nukes for?).

I told you earlier all the talk of America’s economic decline is political hot air (Ericksonian suggestion #2).  Well, so is all the rhetoric you hear about our enemies getting stronger and America getting weaker.  The United States of America is the most powerful nation on Earth (that’s right, we will HURT you).  Period.  It’s not even close.  We spend more on our military than the next eight nations combined (this is something to brag about?)Our troops are the finest fighting force in the history of the world (USA, USA!).  No nation dares to attack us or our allies (except, perhaps, ISIS) because they know that’s the path to ruin.  Surveys show our standing around the world is higher than when I was elected to this office (what surveys can he possibly be talking about?), and when it comes to every important international issue, people of the world do not look to Beijing or Moscow to lead (unless of course they’re not people under the thrall of Western propaganda, in other words, terrorists) – they call us.

As someone who begins every day with an intelligence (perhaps this word has been degraded) briefing, I know this is a dangerous time (there are people who want to hurt us). But that’s not because of diminished American strength or some looming superpower (ISIS, ISIS, ISIS, ISIS…).  In today’s world, we’re threatened less by evil empires and more by failing states (like places that are TOTALLY BANKRUPT?)The Middle East is going through a transformation that will play out for a generation (if we have our way), rooted in conflicts that date back millennia (you are getting sleepy…)Economic headwinds blow from a Chinese economy in transition (if “something” goes wrong with our economy, it’s their fault)Even as their economy contracts (neener, neener, neener), Russia is pouring resources to prop up Ukraine (WTF?) and Syria – states they see slipping away from their orbit.  And the international system we built after World War II is now struggling to keep pace with this new reality (it couldn’t happen to nicer guys).

It’s up to us (you, to do as you’re told) to help remake that system.  And that means we (the Royal we) have to set priorities.

Priority number one is protecting the American people and going after terrorist networks (and, yes, we do mean HOMEGROWN terrorists).  Both al Qaeda and now ISIL (ISIS, IS, whatever, our cherished creature) pose a direct threat to our people, because in today’s world, even a handful of terrorists who place no value on human life (remember Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Panama, Yugoslavia, Chile, Nicaragua, Honduras, etc. ad nauseum), including their own (war on the proles), can do a lot of damage.  They use the Internet (Mainstream Media) to poison the minds of individuals inside our country; they undermine our allies (including our Greatest Ally, Israel).

But as we focus on destroying ISIL, over-the-top claims that this is World War III just play into their hands.  Masses of fighters on the back of (very cool) pickup trucks and twisted souls plotting in apartments (board rooms) or garages (Federal buildings) pose an enormous danger to civilians and must be stopped.  But they do not threaten our national existence.  That’s the story ISIL wants to tell; that’s the kind of propaganda they use to recruit.  We don’t need to build them up to show that we’re serious (but to advance the Hegelian Dialectic), nor do we need to push away vital allies in this fight by echoing the lie that ISIL is representative of one of the world’s largest religions.  We just need to call them what they are – killers and fanatics who have to be rooted out, hunted down, and destroyed (as the State is designed to do).

That’s exactly what we are doing (not quite)For more than a year, America has led a coalition of more than 60 countries to cut off ISIL’s financing, disrupt their plots, stop the flow of terrorist fighters, and stamp out their vicious ideology (how’s that working for us?).  With nearly 10,000 air strikes, we are taking out their leadership, their oil, their training camps, and their weapons.  We are training, arming, and supporting forces who are steadily reclaiming territory in Iraq and Syria (from their governments, after all they’re “failed states”).

If this Congress is serious about winning this war, and wants to send a message to our troops and the world, you should finally authorize the use of military force against ISIL.  Take a vote.  But the American people should know that with or without Congressional action, ISIL will learn the same lessons as terrorists before them (like the empire of the West).  If you doubt America’s commitment – or mine – to see that justice is done, ask Osama bin Laden (don’t make me lie again!).  Ask the leader of al Qaeda in Yemen, who was taken out last year, or the perpetrator of the Benghazi attacks, who sits in a prison cell (hold on a sec, has Hillary finally been detained?) .  When you come after Americans, we go after you.  It may take time, but we have long memories, and our reach has no limit (grandiosity knows no bounds…).

Our foreign policy must be focused on the threat from ISIL and al Qaeda, but it can’t stop there. For even without ISIL, instability will continue for decades in many parts of the world (we have think-tanks working on it) – in the Middle East, in Afghanistan and Pakistan, in parts of Central America, Africa and Asia.  Some of these places may become safe havens for new terrorist networks; others will fall victim to ethnic conflict, or famine, feeding the next wave of refugees.  The world will look to us (what world is he referring to?) to help solve these problems, and our answer needs to be more than tough talk or calls to carpet bomb civilians.  That may work as a TV sound bite, but it doesn’t pass muster on the world stage.

We also can’t try to take over and rebuild every country that falls into crisis (are there no nukes?).  That’s not leadership; that’s a recipe for quagmire, spilling American blood and treasure that ultimately weakens us.  It’s the lesson of Vietnam, of Iraq – and we should have learned it by now (you’d think).

Fortunately, there’s a smarter approach, a patient and disciplined strategy that uses every element of our national power.  It says America will always act, alone if necessary, to protect our people and our allies; but on issues of global concern, we will mobilize the world to work with us, and make sure other countries pull their own weight (mush, you huskies).

That’s our approach to conflicts like Syria, where we’re partnering with local forces and leading international efforts to help that broken society pursue a lasting peace (of the dead).

That’s why we built a global coalition, with sanctions and principled diplomacy, to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.  As we speak, Iran has rolled back its nuclear program, shipped out its uranium stockpile, and the world has avoided another war (I want some of what he’s smoking).

That’s how we stopped the spread of Ebola in West Africa.  Our military, our doctors, and our development workers set up the platform that allowed other countries to join us in stamping (i.e. rolling) out that epidemic.

That’s how we forged a Trans-Pacific Partnership to open (monopolize) markets, protect (screw) workers and the environment, and advance American (predatory) leadership in Asia.  It cuts 18,000 taxes on products Made in America, and supports more good jobs (in countries where folks work for poverty wages and manufacturers can pollute and then sue us if we try to interfere).  With TPP, China doesn’t set the rules in that region, we do.  You want to show our (ignorance is) strength in this century?  Approve this agreement.  Give us the tools to enforce it.

Fifty years of isolating Cuba had failed to promote democracy, setting us back in Latin America.  That’s why we restored diplomatic relations, opened the door to travel and commerce, and positioned ourselves to improve (“improve”) the lives of the Cuban people.  You want to consolidate our leadership and credibility in the hemisphere?  Recognize that the Cold War is over.  Lift the embargo.

American leadership in the 21st century is not a choice between ignoring the rest of the world – except when we kill terrorists; or occupying and rebuilding whatever society is unraveling.  Leadership means a wise application of military power (da boss wants you should give us your resources), and rallying the world behind causes that are right.  It means seeing our foreign assistance as part of our national security, not charity.  When we lead nearly 200 nations to the most ambitious agreement in history to fight climate change (yeah, the climate’s gonna stop changing any time now) – that helps vulnerable countries, but it also protects our children (with heavy metal nano-particulate protection).  When we help Ukraine defend its democracy (fascists), or Colombia resolve a decades-long war, that strengthens the international order (and what order is that?) we depend upon.  When we help African countries feed their people and care for the sick (how about some GMO’s and some vaccinations?), that prevents the next pandemic from reaching our shores.  Right now, we are on track to end the scourge of HIV/AIDS, and we have the capacity to accomplish the same thing with malaria (did Barack finally hear about MMS? – oh, didn’t think so)something I’ll be pushing this Congress to fund this year (just put it on the tab).

That’s strength.  That’s leadership.  And that kind of leadership depends on the power of our example (we can only pray that people don’t learn by example).  That is why I will keep working to shut down the prison at Guantanamo:  it’s expensive, it’s unnecessary, and it only serves as a recruitment brochure for our enemies.

That’s why we need to reject any politics that targets people because of race or religion.  This isn’t a matter of political correctness. It’s a matter of understanding what makes us strong.  The world respects us not just for our arsenal; it respects us for our diversity and our openness and the way we respect every faith (Lie).  His Holiness, Pope Francis, told this body from the very spot I stand tonight that “to imitate the hatred and violence of tyrants and murderers is the best way to take their place.” (and we’re well on our way)  When politicians insult Muslims, when a mosque is vandalized, or a kid bullied, that doesn’t make us safer.  That’s not telling it like it is.  It’s just wrong.  It diminishes us in the eyes of the world.  It makes it harder to achieve our goals.  And it betrays who we are as a country (I think that’s getting pretty clear to most folks by now).

(Cue the Ericksonian Cheerleading and entrainment push):

“We the People.”  Our Constitution begins with those three simple words, words we’ve come to recognize mean all the people, not just some (funny, that’s not the way the Courts interpret it); words that insist we rise and fall together.  That brings me to the fourth, and maybe the most important thing I want to say tonight.

The future we want – opportunity and security for our families; a rising standard of living and a sustainable, peaceful planet for our kids – all that is within our reach (flagrant Lie).  But it will only happen if we work together.  It will only happen if we can have rational, constructive debates (these debates are not on the agenda – At all).

It will only happen if we fix our politics (I thought they were already fixed).

A better politics doesn’t mean we have to agree on everything.  This is a big country, with different regions and attitudes and interests.  That’s one of our strengths, too.  Our Founders distributed power between states and branches of government, and expected us to argue, just as they did, over the size and shape of government, over commerce and foreign relations, over the meaning of liberty and the imperatives of security (blah, blah).

But democracy does require basic bonds of trust between its citizens (whom we’re working to divide with distrust even as I speak)It doesn’t work if we think the people who disagree with us are all motivated by malice, or that our political opponents are unpatriotic (and our society is devolving at breakneck speed despite the “empathy and good intentions” of our hierarchical overlords).  Democracy grinds to a halt without a willingness to compromise; or when even basic facts are contested (such as the known facts that 19 hijackers with box cutters brought us to our knees on 9/11 and “Adam Lanza” killed 27 people at Sandy Hook Elementary), and we listen only to those who agree with us (I’m listening to you, Barry).  Our public life withers when only the most extreme voices get attention.  Most of all, democracy breaks down when the average person feels their voice doesn’t matter; that the system is rigged in favor of the rich or the powerful or some narrow interest (so I guess it’s all working then).

Too many Americans feel that way right now (and we have plans to deal with them).  It’s one of the few regrets of my presidency – that the rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better.  There’s no doubt a president with the gifts of Lincoln or Roosevelt might have better bridged the divide, and I guarantee I’ll keep trying to be better so long as I hold this office.

But, my fellow Americans, this cannot be my task – or any President’s – alone.  There are a whole lot of folks in this chamber who would like to see more cooperation, a more elevated debate in Washington, but feel trapped by the demands of getting elected.  I know; you’ve told me.  And if we want a better politics, it’s not enough to just change a Congressman or a Senator or even a President; we have to change the system to reflect our better selves.

We have to end the practice of drawing our congressional districts so that politicians can pick their voters, and not the other way around.  We have to reduce the influence of money in our politics, so that a handful of families and hidden interests can’t bankroll our elections – and if our existing approach to campaign finance can’t pass muster in the courts, we need to work together to find a real solution.  We’ve got to make voting easier, not harder, and modernize it for the way we live now (repeat after me: voting brings change, voting brings change…).  And over the course of this year, I intend to travel the country to push for reforms that do.

But I can’t do these things on my own.  Changes in our political process – in not just who gets elected but how they get elected – that will only happen when the American people demand it (Lie)It will depend on you (staying in “your place” and listening to your betters).  That’s what’s meant by a government of, by, and for the people (hey, just who are these “people?”).

What I’m asking for is hard.  It’s easier to be cynical; to accept that change isn’t possible, and politics is hopeless, and to believe that our voices and actions don’t matter.  But if we give up now, then we forsake a better future (and Charlie Brown is gonna kick that football one of these days)Those with money and power will gain greater control over the decisions that could send a young soldier to war, or allow another economic disaster, or roll back the equal rights and voting rights that generations of Americans have fought, even died, to secure (is this a prediction?)As frustration grows, there will be voices urging us to fall back into tribes, to scapegoat fellow citizens who don’t look like us, or pray like us, or vote like we do, or share the same background (or to Wake the Flock up, withdraw our consent to be governed and cease compliance with a violent, illegitimate system).

We can’t afford to go down that path (da boss wants you should stay in line).  It won’t deliver the economy we want, or the security we want, but most of all, it contradicts everything that makes us the envy of the world (like the platinum mastercard and tailgate parties).

So, my fellow Americans, whatever you may believe, whether you prefer one party or no party, our collective future depends on your willingness to uphold your obligations as a citizen (14th Amendment citizen, with “privileges” and “responsibilities” – You did consent to this, yes?) .  To vote.  To speak out.  To stand up for others, especially the weak, especially the vulnerable, knowing that each of us is only here because somebody, somewhere, stood up for us.  To stay active in our public life so it reflects the goodness and decency and optimism that I see in the American people every single day. (I’m getting’ all teary eyed now…)

It won’t be easy.  Our brand of democracy is hard.  But I can promise that a year from now, when I no longer hold this office (oh please, oh please, anybody but Obama – hey, it worked with Bush, right?), I’ll be right there with you as a citizen – inspired by those voices of fairness and vision, of grit and good humor and kindness that have helped America travel so far.  Voices that help us see ourselves not first and foremost as black or white or Asian or Latino, not as gay or straight, immigrant or native born; not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans first, bound by a common creed.  Voices Dr. King believed would have the final word – voices of unarmed truth and unconditional love.

They’re out there, those voices.  They don’t get a lot of attention, nor do they seek it, but they are busy doing the work this country needs doing.

I see them everywhere I travel in this incredible country of ours.  I see you.  I know you’re there.  You’re the reason why I have such incredible confidence in our future.  Because I see your quiet, sturdy citizenship all the time. (and you’re saying to yourself: I will stay inside my box)

I see it in the worker on the assembly line who clocked extra shifts to keep his company open, and the boss who pays him higher wages to keep him on board.

I see it in the Dreamer who stays up late to finish her science project (better not be a free energy device if you know what’s good for you), and the teacher who comes in early because he knows she might someday cure a disease (if, of course, the “cure” is patentable).

I see it in the American who served his time, and dreams of starting over – and the business owner who gives him that second chance.  The protester determined to prove that justice matters, and the young cop walking the beat, treating everybody with respect, doing the brave, quiet work of keeping us safe.

I see it in the soldier who gives almost everything to save his brothers, the nurse who tends to him ‘til he can run a marathon, and the community that lines up to cheer him on.

It’s the son who finds the courage to come out as who he is (that’s right, Dad, I’m an anarchist), and the father whose love for that son overrides everything he’s been taught (Son, now I see – We don’t need a monolithic authority that arrogates to itself the power to use deadly force to protect it’s interests).

I see it in the elderly woman who will wait in line to cast her vote as long as she has to; the new citizen who casts his for the first time; the volunteers at the polls who believe every vote should count, because each of them in different ways know how much that precious right is worth. (Don’t forget to vote, and vote often!)

That’s the America I know.  That’s the country we love.   Clear-eyed.  Big-hearted.  Optimistic that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.  That’s what makes me so hopeful about our future.  Because of you.  I believe in you.  That’s why I stand here confident that the State of our Union is strong (Boston Strong!).

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.