Web Research Links for the Week of 1/21/18

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Banned by Facebook for Telling the Truth – by Israel Shamir –  http://www.unz.com/ishamir/banned-by-facebook-for-telling-the-truth/ – FB bans for posting links to the sites they do not like. I have been banned for posting a link to Unz.com. Links to RT and Sputnik are removed, too. Last week, FB removed and banned 500 accounts with 850,000 followers for publishing links to RT and Sputnik. A friend of mine, Mr Oleg Tsarev, a former member of Ukrainian parliament, a contender for Ukrainian presidency and the chairman of the Donbas parliament, had his account with two hundred thousand followers, and Mr Zuckerberg scrapped it without an explanation… I asked my FB friends to report whether they ever were banned, and if yes, for what reason. Here is a shortlist of their responses: for speaking against Stepan Bandera, the Ukrainian Quisling; for discussing Shevchenko, the Ukrainian 19th century poet; for mentioning forelocks; for posting picture of Putin; for speaking about victims of Ukrainian shelling of Donbas; for using such words as ‘pederast’ or ‘lesbian’; for saying women are more emotional than men; for posting a still from an Almadovar film; for arguing against a Ukrainian historian who claimed Jesus and Buddha were Ukrainians; for defending the Russian Church; for criticizing the leading pro-Western liberal Mr Gozman; for arguing against NATO manoeuvres in the Baltic states; for speaking against discrimination of ethnic Russians in the Baltic states.”

Erdogan, Trump Agree to Speed Up Talks on Security Zone in Syria – Ankara – https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201901211071660344-usa-turkey-syria-security-zone-talks/ – “On Tuesday, Erdogan said, following a phone conversation with Trump, that the latter had proposed creating a 30-kilometer (18-mile) buffer zone in Syria. The Turkish leader recalled that he had come with a similar initiative as far back as when Barack Obama was president, but the proposal never came to pass. According to Erdogan, the future security zone will be controlled by the country’s (Turkey’s) military.” (emphasis added) – Comment: Plan for illegal occupation under settled international law announced in public – UN: crickets chirping.

‘Nice try, Earth is flat’: Conspiracy theorists can’t handle first ever 360 space video (w/video 3min) – https://www.rt.com/news/405678-flat-earth-theory-space-video/

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Web Research Links for the Week of 1/14/18

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Will Globalists Sacrifice The Dollar To Get Their “New World Order”? – by Brandon Smith – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/01/will-globalists-sacrifice-the-dollar-to-get-their-new-world-order.html – “There are many people today in the liberty movement who understand this dynamic, but even in alternative economic circles there are some that do not understand the full picture when it comes to central banks and fiat mechanisms. There is a false notion that paper currencies are the life blood of the establishment and that they will seek to protect these currencies at all costs. This might have been true 20 years ago or more, but it is not true today. Things change… The king of this delusion is the US dollar. As the world reserve currency it is thought by some to be “untouchable”, a pillar of the globalist structure that will be defended for many decades to come. The reality, however, is that the dollar is nothing more than another con game on paper to the globalists; a farce that they are happy to sacrifice in order to further their goals of complete centralization of world trade and therefore the complete centralization of control over human survival… That is to say, the dollar is a stepping stone for them, nothing more.”

Paul Levy email, 1/18/19: Hi Everyone, Happy 2019. I hope you are well. Here is something I just wrote about the previous century’s greatest gift to our present moment in time. I’ve also included below my most recent interview – with Mel Fabregas from Veritas Radio. Enjoy, keep lucidly dreaming, Paul

THE TWENTIETH CENTURY’S GREATEST GIFT TO 2019 – by Paul Levy – Quantum physics is revealing to us that we are not just passive observers of this world, but are active participants who are involved—whether we know it or not—in creating our experience of both the world and ourselves. In other words, quantum physics—the wisdom tradition of modern times—is revealing to us that we are intrinsically creative beings by our very nature… The revelations emerging from quantum physics are expanding the realm of the possible to previously unimaginable degrees, overcoming—and waking us up from—what Russian philosopher Nicolas Berdyaev calls “the nightmare of the finite.” It is revealing that the world is more open-ended—in touch with the infinite—and malleable than we had previously imagined, and that our world is one that we have more than one hand in creating. It is a world, Berdyaev continues, “open and plastic, with boundless horizons and possibilities of breaking through to other worlds.”.. Quantum theorist Christopher Fuchs writes, “The real question is which point of view about quantum mechanics is the most ripe for leading to new things…. Understanding that the world is, at its core, malleable to our hands? I think that that will ultimately be the greatest gift this century [the twentieth] has to give to the next.” The mutability of the universe—which quantum physics has discovered is one of the primary aspects of nature—says that nothing is absolute and fixed, nothing is so fundamental that it cannot change under certain circumstances,and this includes the very laws of the universe. Even an incredibly, ridiculously unlikely outcome could possibly happen “in reality.” Quantum physics—in questioning and pushing the edge about what is truly possible—has promoted itself to become the magical elixir that heals the venom of the impossible. – Link to Paul’s interview on Radio Veritas: http://www.veritasradio.com/guests/2019/01jan/VS-190117-plevy.php

The Russian Pension Chickens Are Coming Home to Roost… – by The Saker – http://www.unz.com/tsaker/the-russian-pension-chickens-are-coming-home-to-roost/ – “Over 50 percent of Russians are disappointed in the government of Dmitry Medvedev, which, they believe, is unable to curb growing prices and provide jobs for people, a new poll has revealed. Some 23 percent said they were absolutely sure that the government must resign, with another 30 percent telling Levada-Center that they were also leaning toward this opinion. This means that a total of 53 percent would like the country to have a new cabinet. Trust in the government has crumbled since September, when only 23 percent advocated its resignation. Meanwhile, the proportion of people who believed the government should stay in charge was 40 percent, with 14 percent expressing full confidence in the cabinet, and 26 percent saying that resignation wouldn’t be the best idea…. In the post-modern West, where political discourse has been reduced to a particularly nauseating form of intellectual flatulence, the very notion of “class” and “class warfare” has been fully replaced with vapid (pseudo-) identity politics which completely obfuscate all the real issues and problems our world is dealing with. Thus, by removing the concepts and categories needed to understand the nature of the struggle which is taking place internationally, but also inside each of the countries currently living under the AngloZionist yoke, the leaders of the Empire have deprived the people they rule over from the means to understand why and how they are oppressed. All that nonsense about “gay” rights, gun control, #meetoo, the many sex scandals, the struggle for racial identity (White or Black or any other), abortion, drugs and all the rest of the crap we are fed on a daily basis by the AngloZionist propaganda machine are primarily a distraction to keep the eyes of the general population from the real issues. In a way, this zombification and re-direction to fake topics serves exactly the same function as the red cape of the bullfighter: to keep the bull busy with trying to gore a harmless red piece of cloth while completely missing the real cause of his suffering and eventual death… From that point of view, the Russian people are much better informed and have a much better understanding of what is going on.” (emphasis added) – Question: Are the people of the West even marginally prepared for media which present them with something resembling the truth?

Video: The EU Votes for the Installation of New US Missiles in Europe – by Manlio Dinucci – https://www.globalresearch.ca/video-eu-votes-installation-new-us-missiles-europe/5665231 – “Near the United Nations Glass Palace in New York, there is a metallic sculpture entitled “Evil Defeated by Good”, representing Saint George transfixing a dragon with his lance. It was donated by the USSR in 1990 to celebrate the INF Treaty concluded with the USA in 1987, which banned land-based short- and mid-range nuclear missiles (a reach of between 500 and 5,000 km). Symbolically, the body of the dragon is in fact made with pieces of US Pershing-2 ballistic missiles (originally based in West Germany) and Soviet SS-20 missiles (originally based in the USSR)… But the nuclear dragon, which in the sculpture is shown as dying, is now being reborn. Thanks to Italy and other countries of the European Union, which, at the United Nations General Assembly, voted against the resolution presented by Russia on the “Preservation and Implementation of the INF Treaty”, rejected by 46 to 43 with 78 abstentions… The European Union – of which 21 of its 27 members are part of NATO (including the United Kingdom, which is currently leaving the EU) – has thus taken a uniform stance with the position of NATO, which in turn has taken a uniform stance with that of the United States.” (emphasis added) – Comment: But not to worry, the Alliance will be reversing all of this soon.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at a news conference on the results of Russian diplomacy in 2018 Moscow, January 16, 2019 (transcript) – https://southfront.org/foreign-minister-sergey-lavrovs-remarks-and-answers-to-media-questions-at-a-news-conference-on-the-results-of-russian-diplomacy-in-2018-moscow-january-16-2019/ – “Ladies and gentlemen, We are delighted to welcome you to this traditional news conference on the results of our foreign policy performance last year… We would like this meeting to take place, just as before, in the form of a direct dialogue. Therefore, I will try to keep my opening remarks as concise as possible, especially since President Vladimir Putin has already spoken about our approaches to the main current topics more than once, including at his annual news conference held on December 20, 2018, as well as during the interviews he gave to Serbian newspapers yesterday… It is needless to say that the international situation remained complicated. The conflict potential increased last year, primarily because of the stubborn unwillingness of some Western countries led by the United States to accept the realities of the objectively developing multipolar world, as well as because of their desire to continue to force their will on others by means of pressure and economic and propaganda instruments…”

YPG Should Not Be Allowed To Let Syrian Army Enter Manbij: Turkeyhttps://southfront.org/ypg-should-not-be-allowed-to-let-syrian-army-enter-manbij-turkey/ – ” ‘The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) should not be allowed to let forces of the regime [of Syrian President Bashar Assad] enter Manbij,’ Hami Aksoy said during a press briefing, according to the Russian news agency, Sputnik… The Turkish diplomat also warned that the upcoming withdrawal of U.S. forces from northeastern Syria shouldn’t be in favor of the YPG and its political wing, the Democratic Union Party (PYD).”

Trump’s Anti-Iran Campaign & NDAA Clause Behind ‘Inhumane’ Detention of PressTV Anchor Marzieh Hashemi – by Whitney Webb – https://www.mintpressnews.com/presstv-american-citizen-detained/253904/ – “Hashemi — an African-American born in New Orleans, who later converted to Islam and currently works as a journalist for the Iranian English-language news network PressTV — has since been transferred to a detention facility in Washington at the request of the FBI, according to reports from PressTV and the Associated Press. U.S. officials have yet to provide any justification for Hashemi’s detention… Once Hashemi was allowed to speak to her family in the United States, she detailed a slew of abuses she had suffered during her detention, which were clear violations of her religious rights. For instance, Hashemi told her family that her hijab, or head covering, had been ripped off by prison guards and that she had been forced to pose for her mugshot with her hair exposed… Furthermore, Hashemi was also only offered pork for food, even though the meat is forbidden under Islamic law. She was subsequently denied any other halal or vegetarian food after turning the pork down. Her daughter told PressTV that Hashemi has been living off of crackers since she was first detained on Sunday. Hashemi’s daughter also stated that her mother stated that she had been “shackled” and was being treated like a criminal, in spite of the fact that no charges have been filed against her… Hashemi’s arrest took place just as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was conducting his multi-nation “Anti-Iran tour” throughout the Middle East in a bid to “get Arab countries to work together to roll back Iranian influence in the region and take on the militias Iran is backing.” (emphasis added)

US-led Coalition Airstrikes Kill Scores Of Civilians Fleeing ISIS In Euphrates Valleyhttps://southfront.org/us-led-coalition-airstrikes-kill-scores-of-civilians-fleeing-isis-in-euphrates-valley/ – “On January 18, US-led coalition warplanes killed more than 20 civilians who were trying to flee the ISIS-held town of al-Baghuz al-Fawqani in the middle Euphrates River Valley, according to several Syrian sources… ‘The number of victims is expected to raise as many wounded are in critical condition,’ a reporter of the Deir Ezzor 24 blog said… Local activists revealed that the victims, most of them were women and children, had managed to escape from al-Baghuz al-Fawqani and reached a checkpoint of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). However, the US-backed group refused to let them pass and coalition warplanes targeted them on their way back to the town.”

After Manbij bombing, Macron says French troops will stay in Syria –  – http://www.atimes.com/article/after-manbij-bombing-macron-says-french-troops-will-stay-in-syria/ – ” ‘The retreat from Syria announced by our American friends cannot make us deviate from our strategic objective: eradicating Daesh,’ Macron said in reference to the group also known as Islamic State or ISIS, according to AFP… He cited the deaths this week of 16 people in a suicide bombing in the northeastern Syrian city of Manbij, and said France would remain “militarily engaged” in the region over the coming year… Last month, Macron joined prominent figures in Trump’s cabinet and lawmakers in both major US political parties in criticizing Trump’s decision to pull US military personnel from Syria… ‘To be allies is to fight shoulder to shoulder. It’s the most important thing for a head of state and head of the military. An ally should be dependable,’ Macron said in December. ‘

Syrian Kurds, government plan for US withdrawal – by Sami Moubayed – http://www.atimes.com/article/syrian-kurds-government-plan-for-us-withdrawal/ – “Having run a semi-autonomous zone for years, the Kurds expect the right to open branches of their political parties throughout the rest of Syria and to promote their language, culture and music, in addition to running their own schools… Finally, they are aiming to elect their own governors and municipal councils, without having either imposed from the central government in Damascus… This is all easier said than done. Once the talks conclude and reach an executional level, initial agreements are likely to hit a series of brick walls.”

Oregon to Become First State to Mandate Universal Home Visits of All Families with New-born Children – by Brian Shilhavy – http://healthimpactnews.com/2019/oregon-to-become-first-state-to-mandate-universal-home-visits-of-all-families-with-new-born-children/ – “The Beaverton Valley Times interviewed Patrick Allen, the director of the Oregon Health Authority, who reportedly expressed excitement at the prospect of requiring home visits of all new parents, including adoptive parents: When the program is complete, every new parent — this includes adoptions — would receive a series of two or three visits by someone like a nurse or other health care practitioner… The visits could include basic health screenings for babies; hooking parents up with primary care physicians; linking them to other services; and coordinating the myriad childhood immunizations that babies need. (bold emphasis added by Shilhavy)… Allen made it clear that they were targeting all children, not just troubled families: ‘This isn’t something for people in trouble. This is stuff all kids need.’ Allen said… The state of Oregon sees about 40,000 births per year, and the universal home visit program has apparently already been piloted in Lincoln County.” (underlining added)

Trump Pledges to Protect America From Any Enemy Missile – by David Vergun – https://dod.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1734640/trump-pledges-to-protect-america-from-any-enemy-missile/ – “Missile defense is so important in a time of rapidly evolving threats from around the world, he said. Adversaries are acquiring bigger and stronger arsenals. They’re increasing their lethal strike capabilities and they’re focused on building long-range missiles that can reach targets within the United States… ‘As president, my first duty is the defense of our country,’ he said.” – Comment: Lies, and the Lying Liars that tell them.

Trump Unveils Space-Based Missile Defense Strategy – by Carla Babb – https://www.voanews.com/a/trump-to-unveil-space-based-missile-defense-strategy/4747188.html – “PENTAGON — President Donald Trump unveiled the military’s long-delayed Missile Defense Review (MDR), the first overhaul of U.S. missile defense policy since 2010… Speaking at the Pentagon Thursday, Trump said his plan will allow the United states to detect and destroy missiles “anywhere, anytime, anyplace.”.. ‘It is not enough to keep pace with our adversaries, we must outpace them at every turn,’ he said… Officials say the doctrine, initially expected in 2017, has been frequently rewritten to keep up with changing missile threats posed by North Korea, China, Russia and Iran.” – Comment: I want some of what he’s smoking.

Catherine Austin Fitts – Federal Government Running Secret Open Bailout – Interview by Greg Hunter (44 min) – In which Catherine argues that the Constitutional protections for property rights have been entirely undermined by massive back-door manipulation of statutes and regulations, and that we have entered an era of unprecedented dangers.

On Originalism in Constitutional Interpretation – by: Steven G. Calabresi – https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/white-pages/on-originalism-in-constitutional-interpretation – “Originalism is grounded in the two-century-long movement toward constitutionalism, and it is behind the U.S. Constitution itself. Consider the following ten purposes that underlie the U.S. Constitution. Critically, all of these counsel in favor of an originalist rather than a living constitutionalist interpretation of the text of the Constitution, which would undermine the accomplishment of these purposes at every turn.” (emphasis added)

A Border Barrier Solution – by Sartre – https://www.veteransnewsreport.com/2019/01/15/a-border-barrier-solution/ – “The connotation of slavery has a 21st century meaning that the progressive collectivists do not understand. Yet, they are the most eager advocates of pushing for a divided country. Today’s society is designed to keep citizens in a “PC” slavery that is a hallmark of open borders invaders and their proponents. This res publica mindset does not advance or defend a commonwealth… Establishing an effective barrier is necessary to preserve the integrity of our territorial boundaries. However, the lack of will in Congress or in the Federal courts has proven that a sensible resolution to an entirely avoidable conflict is unlikely. So consider a method of action that can sidestep the radical extremists who are the neo-establishment… President Trump should direct the military to create an outpost that would be constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Trump should direct funds from the foreign aid allotments that go to countries that work against our own national interest. The key to this option is to lease from Mexico a one mile corridor south of the current border where a permanent barrier wall would be built outside the jurisdiction of the U.S. Congress and Federal courts.”

From the Signs-Of-The-Times Desk: Does Society Realize It Is Being Initiated? (47 min) – from Truthstream Media, Aaron & Melissa Dykes

“Is the US Planning to Wage War on Russia and China?”: Interview by Bonnie Faulkner with Prof. Michel Chossudovsky – https://southfront.org/is-the-us-planning-to-wage-war-on-russia-and-china-interview-with-prof-michel-chossudovsky/ – “I think that we’re at a very dangerous crossroads in our history because there’s an evolving situation in the Middle East. There’s a shift in alliances. There’s a global military agenda. Let’s bear in mind that since 2001 we have had a whole sequence of military operations, some of them conducted by US allies, but invariably Washington has been behind the wars in Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Lebanon, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and so on, and of course, Ukraine. So essentially what is unfolding in 2019 – in fact, it has been unfolding for a long period of time – is a global military agenda. It’s the globalization of war.”

Pompeo Turns Reality Upside Down – by Philip M. Giraldi – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/01/17/pompeo-turns-reality-upside-down.html – “Along the way Pompeo trots out a lot of half-truths and even completely fabricated lies, saying that America’s “timidity” had let to the rise of ISIS, had enabled Iran’s government to crush the “Green Revolution,” had freed Tehran to interfere all over the region, had allowed Hezbollah to accumulate a massive arsenal to threaten Israel, and had permitted Bashar al-Assad to kill his own people with chemical weapons. And worst of all, there was a false desire for peace that led to ‘a [nuclear] deal with Iran, our common enemy.’.. Pompeo concludes from the record of calamities that ‘So today, what did we learn from all of this? We learned that when America retreats, chaos often follows. When we neglect our friends, resentment builds. And when we partner with enemies, they advance…’ “

US Navy moves toward unleashing killer robot ships on the world’s oceans – by David B. Larter – https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2019/01/15/the-us-navy-moves-toward-unleashing-killer-robot-ships-on-the-worlds-oceans/ – ” ‘It’s a shift in mindset that says, instead of putting as much stuff on the ship for as much money as I have, you start thinking in a different way,’ Boxall said in a December interview. ‘You start saying: ‘How small can my platform be to get everything I need to be on it?’.. We want everything to be only as big as it needs to be. You make it smaller and more distributable, given all dollars being about equal. And when I look at the force, I think: ‘Where can we use unmanned so that I can push it to a smaller platform?’ ‘… The Navy is getting ready to find out.”

Feds Can’t Force You To Unlock Your iPhone With Finger Or Face, Judge Rules – by Thomas Brewster – https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2019/01/14/feds-cant-force-you-to-unlock-your-iphone-with-finger-or-face-judge-rules/#621fb28142b7 – “Previously, U.S. judges had ruled that police were allowed to force unlock devices like Apple’s iPhone with biometrics, such as fingerprints, faces or irises. That was despite the fact feds weren’t permitted to force a suspect to divulge a passcode. But according to a ruling uncovered by Forbes, all logins are equal.”

Is Bolton Steering Trump into War with Iran? – by Patrick J. Buchanan – https://buchanan.org/blog/is-bolton-steering-trump-into-war-with-iran-135696 – “Last September, when Shiite militants launched three mortar shells into the Green Zone in Baghdad, which exploded harmlessly in a vacant lot, Bolton called a series of emergency meetings and directed the Pentagon to prepare a menu of targets, inside Iran, for U.S. air and missile strikes in retaliationBolton’s former deputy, Mira Ricardel, reportedly told a gathering the shelling into the Green Zone was “an act of war” to which the U.S. must respond decisively… Bolton has long believed a U.S. confrontation with Iran is both inevitable and desirable. In 2015, he authored a New York Times op-ed whose title, “To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran,” said it all. He has urged that “regime change” in Iran be made a declared goal of U.S. foreign policy.” (emphasis added)

Connecticut Governor Lamont can’t wait to bathe the state he took an oath to protect with 5G radiation:  Governor Ned Lamont’s 2019 State of the State Addresshttps://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Governor-Ned-Lamonts-2019-State-of-the-State-Address-504117451.html – “Second, to attract millennials, top talent and leading companies, Connecticut will need to invest wisely in its urban centers – making them affordable and lively, where families want to live, work and play. That means great schools, safe streets and by making our cities the first with 5G in New England. The telecommunication companies are ready to start building – let’s harness that excitement, and get WiFi access into every rural town. ” (emphasis added) – Comment: I would assume that The Alliance has Lamont on their short list of perpetrators.

DC court says Holocaust survivors can sue Hungary in the US for huge reparations – by Yaakov Schwartz – https://www.timesofisrael.com/dc-court-says-holocaust-survivors-can-sue-hungary-in-the-us-for-huge-reparations/ – “The second-highest court in the United States has reinstated a lawsuit brought by a group of Holocaust survivors and their families against the government of Hungary and its national railroad. The class action suit demands restitution for the role Hungary played in the murder of 500,000 Jews and the seizure of their property during World War II… Setting the stage for what could be a landmark civil suit running into the tens of billions of dollars, Judge Patricia A. Millett wrote for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on December 28 that Hungary could not force the plaintiffs to have the case tried in a Hungarian court… The decision overturned that of a federal judge who ruled that the 1947 Paris Peace Treaty between Hungary and the Allied powers granted Hungary immunity.”

PG&E prepares bankruptcy filing after California wildfires – by Liana B. Baker, Mike Spector, Jessica DiNapoli – https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pg-e-us-bankruptcy-idUSKCN1P815B – “Its shares plunged 52 percent on Monday to $8.38, giving it a market capitalization of less than $4.5 billion. The stock is down more than 80 percent from late 2017, before wildfires devastated PG&E’s service areas. Bond prices also fell sharply on Monday… PG&E’s chief executive officer was replaced on Sunday by General Counsel John Simon on an interim basis… San Francisco-based PG&E is working on lining up roughly $5.5 billion in so-called debtor-in-possession financing to help operations during bankruptcy proceedings… The utility said the bankruptcy process would not affect electric or natural gas services for customers. Company advisers expect that it may take up to two years to emerge from bankruptcy.’

From the Bat-Shit-Crazy? Desk: US won’t accept Hezbollah as ‘major presence’ in Lebanon: Pompeo – from Reuters – http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2019/Jan-10/473731-pompeo-us-wont-accept-hezbollah-as-major-presence-in-lebanon.ashx – “U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday Hezbollah is a major presence in Lebanon, but the U.S. won’t accept this as the status quo… Pompeo also described the United States was a “force for good” in the Middle East and remained committed to the “complete dismantling” of the Daesh (ISIS) threat despite its decision to withdraw troops from Syria… ‘When America retreats, chaos follows,’ he said in a speech at the American University in Cairo in which he also urged Middle Eastern countries to do more to combat Daesh militants.” (emphasis added)

On the Implications of No Enemies, by Adi Da Samraj

I think it’s adequately clear that the system(s) of asset control worldwide are based on distraint and fraud going back centuries. Unless humanity are to remain slaves in whatever “new system” arises following whatever “reset” is to come, there will have to be full disclosure, forensic analysis, education of everyone to the extent of their capacities, and rigorous reparations through which all are made whole. Organization such as what Adi Da described in the No Enemies document is, in my opinion, essential to anything on this scale. But populations where real change arises will 1) need to stop tolerating rule by unethical people, and 2) come to understand the work necessary to come to grips with the apparent truths that were made available through spiritual teachers going back at least 3,000 years, and that are now being made plain by the scientific discoveries principally including quantum physics.

 

It is, IMO, not skillful (i.e. consigning one to continuing unsatisfactoriness and suffering) to take refuge in ideas such as “I’m not capable of realizing the truth and implications of the fact that whatever I am is not, and cannot be, separate in any way from that which I observe, because “I” am (too damaged or conditioned in some way by circumstances of which I am a victim, or whatever permutation of that which one may be attached to). We are now essentially in the position of being called to directly understand, on constantly deeper levels, exactly what we are, and how we collectively bring our world into manifestation. Here is a paragraph from No Enemies:

 

“In one of the Upanishads, it is said that wherever there is an “other”, fear arises.2  As soon as “difference” is presumed, as soon as separateness is presumed, as soon as an opponent is presumed, there is fear—or the disposition of separativeness, of self-protectiveness, of self-division. The non-presumption of an “other” is the essential principle that will liberate humankind. Wherever no “other” is presumed, Truth awakens.”

 

As Adyashanti has said, “Consciousness is self-liberating.” There is a natural path toward full awakening to what has been called our inner nature or natural state, which is simply being present with what is, without taking refuge in ego identification. Identification is a natural, completely understandable tendency to hold onto a story of “what happened to me and what I am because of that,” a story which can be easily seen to be incomplete, fragmentary, and colored by the filters of our conditioning. It is simply not skillful to take refuge in that mindset. All that is ultimately required is to see what we’re doing and observe how we feel as we do it. Then releasing it happens, just like we don’t think about what to do when we put our hand on a hot burner on the stove.

 

We will not, I’m sure, get out of the current situation in the world where we’re being herded into a constant proliferation of myriad separate group identities and accelerating “otherness,” without direct realization that we are all part of one living phenomenon. While we must obviously honor others’ individuality and personal space (this is part of ethical behavior), we drive the situation into greater degradation the instant that we see anyone as a threat outside of us and start to create strategies to take power over them.

 

There are obviously many people in the world now living in delusion. This clearly includes the unethical rulers mentioned above. We can, however, come together in versions of what Adi Da called a “Cooperative Forum.” In No Enemies he calls it “Global,” but at the moment that seems wildly out of reach. But any group that works together with an understanding of what Adi Da calls “prior unity,” or what I would argue is our clearly observable innate non-separation, can begin to make a real shift in human affairs that is not part of some kind of dialectical motion that is doomed to ongoing cycles of conflict.

 

Our “Shadowy Overlords” don’t behave as they do out of any great skills or strategic brilliance. If they had real wisdom, they would observe that acting unethically or attacking the well-being of people or living systems innately feels bad. Dealing with their depredations without feeding the warfare they bring will involve understanding how they are stuck in misperception and suffering. Bringing the “Matrix System” to an end, or removing what is an obstacle to the freedom of life itself to grow and unfold in strength, beauty and wisdom, is not a victory over an enemy. It is an act of compassion for everyone involved in the apparent drama that we have been born into.

No Enemies – A Crucially Important Message for Our Time

by Adi Da Samraj – (from his book Prior Unity, Dawn Horse Press ©2015)

The pattern of world politics that has been dramatized with increasing intensity over time-and with the most devastating effects in the twentieth century, with the two devastating world wars and all the other wars right up to the present day-is based on the idea and the pattern of polar opposition. Therefore, the common political method is to have opposites either confront one another or (otherwise) try to work out some kind of a deal with one another.

As Abraham Lincoln said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” If the world-system is based on opposites, it will inevitably self-destruct-by creating chaos along the lines of division (or mutual opposition).

There have been (and, no doubt, will continue to be) many efforts to create some kind of global resolution (or world peace) by bringing opposites together. But any such effort is inevitably bound to fail. Such an effort cannot succeed. It is simply not possible, in the “physics” of human affairs, for such an approach to succeed.

Unity cannot be achieved by combining opposites. Unity is the prior condition, the condition that is always already the case. Prior unity makes all opposites obsolete. Therefore, it is prior unity that must be enacted, rather than any continuation of the pattern of oppositions.

The world-situation has now developed to the point that there is nothing further to expect but the global collapse that opposition will inevitably produce. Therefore, this is the critical moment to stop the play of opposites in the domain of world politics. The play of opposites must be replaced by the politics of prior unity—through the Global Cooperative Forum of everybody-all-at-once. Such is an absolute necessity. Otherwise, the play of polar opposites is going to become absolute destruction.

The principle of prior unity applies to all human endeavor, even to the integrity of a human body or a human personality. Unity is not the result of a play of opposites. Unity is the prior condition.

It is only when unity (or indivisibility) is the principle of life, of living, of action, that unity results. If division (or opposition) is presumed to be the case, more division will result. This is an absolute law. Once this is understood, it clarifies everything about right action and right life.

My address to all human issues-necessarily including what I am saying about world politics-is based on this fundamental principle: Reality Itself is a prior unity. Reality Itself is indivisible and egoless. Therefore, life must be lived in accordance with that Self-Nature of Reality Itself.

This absolute principle is fundamental to all resolution of human problems. In Gandhi’s language, it is a “soul-force”, or “truth-force”, as he understood it.1 That must be the force behind all political effort-the force of prior unity. The principle of prior unity determines a course of action that is (necessarily) inclusive of everybody-all-at-once. What is required is not a search for unity. Rather, what is required is the enacting of the power of prior unity. That is the principle. And it must be the governing principle of political action.

How should humankind deal with the world-situation? By enacting the principle of prior unity. And an instrument is required in order to do that. That instrument is the Global Cooperative Forum. The Global Cooperative Forum must make obsolete all play-of-opposition in the world, all nation­ state conflicts, all effort to size up great units of nation-states over against other such units, in the attempt to achieve victory over one another—one religion over another religion, one nation-state (or group of nation-states) over another nation-state (or group of nation-states), and so forth.

All of this effort to defeat the presumed opponent is insanity. Humankind cannot afford to go on with this. Humankind must stop this.

This is the decisive moment in human history to stop this, because such insanity cannot go on without total devastation being the result. Therefore, there truly is no choice.

Those who hear what I have to say about this will understand: There must be an active embrace of this understanding at every level of human life, including every matter associated with global politics and environmental issues. Everything at the human scale must be addressed on the basis of enacting the principle of prior unity, through instruments that are inclusive of everybody-all-at-once. It is essentially a matter of putting the Truth-principle (or Reality­principle) of prior unity into action. And an instrument is needed to do that-not just words.

It is not a matter of bringing together collectives of different groups—such as governmental organizations and non-governmental organizations—so that they can each have their voice, thereby playing out the chaos of oppositions. There is no time to be doing any such thing. There must be a different instrument-and everybody-all-at-once must volunteer for it and become active within it.

Humankind must wake up to its inherent and intrinsic unity as a whole, and not play on any differences whatsoever. Human beings must grasp this understanding of prior unity-and act on it, through an appropriate instrument that is altogether full of integrity and altogether right. That is the immediate necessity associated with bringing the Global Cooperative Forum into being.

Wherever action is done in opposition to whatever force or entity is considered to be the opponent, wherever there is even a strategy relative to an opponent, the effort will fail. Some kinds of changes may be brought about-but, ultimately, everything stays the same, because the principle is one of division to begin with.

Likewise, every strategy that is developed in opposition to any force whatsoever will inevitably fail. The only principle that can work politically is one in which there is no opponent and no search to defeat an opponent—and, therefore, fundamentally no struggle. Right human politics is simply about enacting—or asserting and carrying out—the principle of prior unity.

That kind of activism does not presume an opponent. It does not involve itself with self-division. Consequently, it will not fail. In contrast, whatever presumes its own self­division will fail. It will only produce more division. Therefore, the only kind of political action that can possibly achieve ultimate success is activism based on (1) the presumption of prior unity and (2) the enactment of prior unity through an appropriate instrument.

There is nobody “else”. There is no opponent. The Global Cooperative Forum is a means for bypassing all oppositions, all opposites, and the entire game that plays upon there being opposites at all. There should be presumed to be no opposites, no enemies, no opponent to be defeated. There is simply the intrinsic fact of prior unity. Right politics is simply about acting on that basis.

That is what the Global Cooperative Forum must do. And that is what the form of global activism I am describing must do. That is how it must function: no enemies, no game in opposition, and (therefore) no strategy in relation to a presumed opponent—none.

That is the profundity at the root of such activism—the intensive presumption of non-separateness, of prior unity, of no opponent, of no self-division. That is the only right and effective strategy. It is not a goal-seeking strategy. It is a matter of enacting a prior reality, rather than seeking a different reality. Such is the unique understanding that is the root of all true wisdom.

When I am speaking about politics, I am looking at it in the context of humankind-as-a-whole—not in terms of any circumstance that is negative, full of opposites, looking to achieve some kind of a victory in relation to an opposite or an opponent or an enemy. The root-presumption of not having an enemy is essential to the Global Cooperative Forum. The Global Cooperative Forum must be intrinsically all-including. And there is a discipline necessary for doing that, because people’s patterning will tend to have them be expressing opposite views, different dispositions, and wanting to just sit around and talk about all of that. There should be absolutely no discussion of that kind. That has nothing to do with anything.

There is nothing but Reality Itself—the prior whole, the indivisible whole. That is the basis for all right action. All right human action must be based on this understanding.

In one of the Upanishads, it is said that wherever there is an “other”, fear arises.2  As soon as “difference” is presumed, as soon as separateness is presumed, as soon as an opponent is presumed, there is fear—or the disposition of separativeness, of self-protectiveness, of self-division. The non-presumption of an “other” is the essential principle that will liberate humankind. Wherever no “other” is presumed, Truth awakens.

That is the significance of the title of the book NotTwo Is Peace. What I describe in that book is not merely a method for seeking peace. All twoness is about a search toward a goal-including the goal of peace, which idealists want to find someday. What I am proposing is not idealism. Rather, it is perfect realism-in relation to politics, and in relation to every other domain of human life. Such realism involves the intensive non-presumption of “other” and “problem”. Such realism is the “not-two” presumption—thoroughly embraced, and become the basis of action. That action is already characterized by unity—not the search for unity, but the Is-ness of unity.

Such is the right basis for all human activism. Indeed, it is the basis for all right action in every domain of human life. And this understanding is how everything can be made right, now and in the future. It is the Wisdom-means that can (and must) be applied in the case of every human process. Therefore, it applies to everything—including the most inclusive of all possibilities, which is the right functioning of humankind-as-a-whole.

This is a call to everyone to be awakened to an intrinsic understanding. It is not about appealing to people as egos, or merely trying to get everybody together, with all their differences, to simply talk things out. It is not about anything like that. It is about completely bypassing all of that. All of that will fail. It is a waste of time-and there is no time to be wasted. Rather, this call to everyone is about presuming the intrinsic Truth-intuition (or Reality-intuition) in everyone, rather than appealing to people as consumer-egos or egos-­in-high-places.

The principle of non-violence is an idealistic principle about how to function in relation to an opponent. What I am communicating is not that. The principle of “Not-Two Is Peace” is not a strategy in relation to an opponent. In fact, it is exactly not that. Thus, the principle of “Not-Two Is Peace” is not the principle of non-violence merely, even though it is thoroughly and intrinsically non-violent. Most fundamentally, the principle of “Not-Two Is Peace” is about not using any method that presumes to be in relation to an opponent.

All actions done in relation to an opponent—even if outwardly non-violent—are, in some sense, violent. That needs to be understood. Any struggle with an opponent is a kind of aggression, even if done through the device of non-violence.

The approach of “Not-Two Is Peace” (with the Global Cooperative Forum as its instrument) is not like that. It is not an effort in relation to an opponent. It is simply everybody­all-at-once becoming self-actualizing, self-enforcing, self­governing, self-rightening, self-correcting, self-organizing, not opposing anything. It is the whole-all-at-once putting itself in order, as it will inevitably do when the obstruction that is preventing that self-organizing process from happening is removed.

Thus, it is oppositions that are preventing the self­organizing process from happening. The idea of “difference” is what is preventing humankind from self-organizing and self-correcting and self-rightening itself. That is it. The presumption of “difference”, the presumption of opposites, of opponents, of necessary struggle, of seeking for unity, of winning against some force or other that is the opposite of your own—that is what is wrong.

This is the unique understanding that people must grasp. The lack of that understanding is the reason why human­kind is defeating itself. That is why worthy purposes are failing. It is the presumption of “difference”, the presumption of the “other”, the presumption of “not yet—therefore, seeking is required”.

In other words, the presumption of egoity—or the presumption of separateness and the activity of separation—is the fault that makes all human effort fail. Ego is the “difference”-maker. Ego is the separatist (or separative) disposition. Ego ultimately avoids relationship, dissociating itself from the “other”. Therefore, the dissociative principle must be abandoned. It has nothing to do with peace. It has nothing to do with correcting the human situation.

All action based on the presumption of an “other” or of “difference” will inevitably fail. Such action only produces struggle, and not unity. Truly, it could be said that the entire world has engaged in its political efforts at the cost of destroying global unity. The United Nations functions on the basis of opposites or differences. It is based on bringing competitors or opponents together in one place, where they continue to be opponents and competitors in relation to one another. They sit around talking, but such talk has nothing to do with peace, with the unity and well-being of humankind-as-a-whole. Talk will never achieve peace or unity or well-being.

The Global Cooperative Forum is an intrinsically unified body representing everybody-all-at-once. Therefore, there are no differences in it. It is not about a council of nations. It is simply a working-instrument for the priorly unified totality (or whole) of humankind, and it presumes no differences.

Therefore, all name-tags and placards must be abandoned at the door. You do not bring your nation-state labels (or any other labels) inside. There are no “high” persons. There are no differences. There is no status. All are servants of the whole.

This is not mere idealism. This is Reality in action. It is an absolute necessity. It always has been—but it has never been understood in the context of humankind-as-a-whole, because humankind-as-a-whole never came together before. That coming-together is only a recent happening.

Thus, in the Global Cooperative Forum, it cannot be that the different nations, the different religions, the different cultures, the different races are each having their say, trying to “angle” relative to the interests on their side. The basis for coming together must be the principle of the human totality as a prior unity-bringing no differences to the table whatsoever, but simply bringing the subjects of address that are common to all, and collectively solving those issues through action that is appropriate to whatever particular subject.

To do that, all presumptions of “difference” must be abandoned. That is the principle of the Global Cooperative Forum.

As I have already described, the principle of prior unity as a political means is not the same as the strategy of non-violent aggression in relation to an opponent. It is quite different—and that difference must be understood. What I am communicating is something new. It is not in the likeness of anything that has previously been proposed or enacted. Sympathetic associations can be seen in the history of human efforts toward peace, but the principle of prior unity is not the same as any previous principle for establishing peace. What is unique about the principle of prior unity must be thoroughly grasped and intensively applied.

Footnotes:
1. Gandhi’s term was “satyagraha”, often translated as “soul-force” or “truth-force”, indicating Gandhi’s insistence that the power of truth can (and should) be used as a non-violent meansto effect change.
2. In S. Radhakrishnan’s translation of the Brhadaranyaka Upanishad, this sentence reads: “Assuredly it is from a second that fear arises,” where “second” is used in the sense of “other” [S. Radhakrishnan, ed., The Principal Upanishads (Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1992), 164].

Web Research Links for the Week of 1/7/18

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Routine Vaccination Kills UK Cancer Expert Shortly After The Jab – by Catherine Frompovich – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/01/routine-vaccination-kills-uk-cancer-expert-shortly-after-the-jab.html – “The Express online featured this headline: ‘Tragedy as top cancer doctor dies after yellow fever jab in one in 100,000 chance.’.. That’s the chance everyone takes when they submit to taking unproven vaccines with totally toxic ingredients: neurotoxins, Thimerosal [ethyl mercury], aluminum in any of four formulations, formaldehyde, polysorbate 80, foreign DNA, diploid cells, unknown viruses and mycoplasma….  Vaccine-associated neurotropic disease (2), previously described as post-vaccinal encephalitis (1), is a known rare adverse event associated with yellow fever vaccination. Age less than 9 months and immunosuppression are known risk factors for this adverse event. (See CONTRAINDICATIONS and ADVERSE REACTIONS sections.).. Ah ha! It says it right there under Contraindications that: Yellow fever vaccines must be considered as a possible, but rare, cause of vaccineassociated viscerotropic disease (2) (previously described as multiple organ system failure), the apparent cause of Dr. Gore’s death!”

The Crash Of The “Everything Bubble” Started In 2018 – Here’s What Comes Next In 2019 – by Brandon Smith – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/01/the-crash-of-the-everything-bubble-started-in-2018-heres-what-comes-next-in-2019.html  – “In 2018, a very significant economic change occurred which sealed the fate of the U.S. economy as well as numerous other economies around the globe. This change was the reversal of central bank policy. The era of stimulus and artificial support of various markets, including stocks, is beginning to fade away as the Federal Reserve pursues policy tightening, including higher interest rates and larger cuts to its balance sheet… As I predicted in September in my article ‘The Everything Bubble: When Will It Finally Crash?’, the crash accelerated in December, as the Fed raised interest rates to their neutral rate of inflation and increased balance sheet cuts to $50 billion per month.  In 2019, this crash will continue as the fed resumes cuts once again in mid-January… It is important to note that when we speak of a crash in alternative economic circles, we are not only talking about stock markets. Mainstream economists often claim that stocks are a predictive indicator for the future health of the wider economy. This is incorrect. Stocks are actually a trailing indicator; they tend to crash well after all other fundamentals have started to decline.”

President Trump’s Losing Strategy: Embracing Bolsonoro’s Brazil and Confronting China – by Prof. James Petras –  https://www.globalresearch.ca/president-trumps-losing-strategy-embracing-brazil-confronting-china/5665064 – “The US embraces a regime doomed to failure and threatens the world’s most dynamic economy. President Trump has lauded Brazil’s newly elected President Jair Bolsonaro and promises to promote close economic, political, social and cultural ties. In contrast the Trump regime is committed to dismantling China’s growth model, imposing harsh and pervasive sanctions, and promoting the division and fragmentation of greater China… Washington’s choice of allies and enemies is based on a narrow conception of short-term advantage and strategic losses… In this paper we will discuss the reasons why the US-Brazilian relation fits in with Washington’s pursuit for global domination and why Washington fears the dynamic growth and challenge of an independent and competitive China.”

Vaxx Propaganda in Overdrive as Vaccine Autism Link Confirmed – The latest episode of New World Next Week with James Corbett and James Evan Pilato (15 min) – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/01/vaxx-propaganda-in-overdrive-as-vaccine-autism-link-confirmed.html

NewsGuard Launches War on Alternative Media – by Whitney Webb – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/01/newsguard-launches-war-on-alternative-media.html – “Soon after the social media “purge” of independent media sites and pages this past October, a top neoconservative insider — Jamie Fly — was caught stating that the mass deletion of anti-establishment and anti-war pages on Facebook and Twitter was “just the beginning” of a concerted effort by the U.S. government and powerful corporations to silence online dissent within the United States and beyond… As MintPress News Editor-in-Chief Mnar Muhawesh recently wrote, MintPress was informed that it was under review by an organization called NewsGuard Technologies, which described itself to MintPress as simply a “news rating agency” and asked Muhawesh to comment on a series of allegations, several of which were blatantly untrue. However, further examination of this organization reveals that it is funded by and deeply connected to the U.S. government, neo-conservatives, and powerful monied interests, all of whom have been working overtime since the 2016 election to silence dissent to American forever-wars and corporate-led oligarchy… More troubling still, NewsGuard — by virtue of its deep connections to government and Silicon Valley — is lobbying to have its rankings of news sites installed by default on computers in U.S. public libraries, schools, and universities as well as on all smartphones and computers sold in the United States… In other words, as NewsGuard ’s project advances, it will soon become almost impossible to avoid this neocon-approved news site’s ranking systems on any technological device sold in the United States. Worse still, if its efforts to quash dissenting voices in the U.S. are successful, NewsGuard promises that its next move will be to take its system global.”

French Government Moves to Impose a Police State in Response to Gilets Jaunes – by Kurt Nimmo – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/01/french-government-moves-to-impose-a-police-state-in-response-to-gilets-jaunes.html – “Speaking on French TV channel TF1, Prime Minister Philippe said the government would support a ‘new law punishing those who do not respect the requirement to declare [protests], those who take part in unauthorized demonstrations and those who arrive at demonstrations wearing face masks’… Moreover, the French state will ban activists—described as “known troublemakers”—from participating in demonstrations. In order to make identifying and singling out these activists more easy, the government will also outlaw face masks… The protesters will face tougher penalties for taking part in undeclared demonstrations, covering their faces, and would be required to pay for the damage they cause, Philippe said on France’s TF1 television. More than 80,000 police officers will be mobilized nationwide for an expected fresh round of protests next Saturday, he said… Budget Minister Gerald Darmanin urged the state to exercise “ultra-severity” against French citizens opposed to being fleeced and ignored… For a former French minister, the only appropriate response by the state is murder. Luc Ferry has called for police to shoot and kill protesters attacking police… Violence and murder are a reflexive response by the state when its authority is challenged and other tactics—for instance, demonizing protesters as either right or left extremists—fail to put an end to protests.”

US buys more Israeli defense systems to protect tanks, APCs – Initial contract worth $80 million approved, with another $120 million pending, for Israel’s Trophy system – by Judah Ari Gross – https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-buys-more-israeli-defense-systems-to-protect-tanks-apcs/

Trump is willing to take military action in Syria again if neededPompeo – https://www.rt.com/usa/448481-trump-military-action-syria/ – “Pompeo struck a similar tone on Thursday, declaring that the US will still carry out airstrikes in Syria as the need arises, and will not completely abandon the region until the “complete dismantling of the ISIS threat” is achieved. Pompeo also promised continued airstrikes in Yemen, which has been pounded by US and Saudi strikes since 2015. He also declared that no foreign aid will be given to Syria until Iranian forces completely withdraw from the country… Originally slated to take between 60 and 100 days, Trump’s withdrawal from Syria could take slightly longer. Bolton said at the weekend that there was no set timetable for the pullout, noting that ‘the timetable flows from the policy decisions that we need to implement.’.. Several thousand IS fighters still remain active in Syria. The terror group has lost 98 percent of the territory it held at the height of its power in 2014, however. Whereas the group once claimed large swathes of Iraq and Syria, it now controls just a small pocket of desert on the Iraqi/Syrian border… Pompeo’s choice of Cairo to deliver his address to the Muslim world at large is a symbolic one. Former President Barack Obama also chose the Egyptian capital as the stage for his address to the region in 2009, when he took a more apologetic tone to Pompeo, apologizing for American intervention in the region and reaching out to the leaders of Iran for reconciliation. In his speech, Pompeo declared the results of Obama’s policies “disastrous,” and said ‘the days of self-inflicted American shame are over.’ ” (emphasis added)

From the Rust-Never-Sleeps Desk: U.S. greenhouse gas emissions spiked in 2018 — and it couldn’t happen at a worse time – by Chris Mooney and Brady Dennis – https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/us-greenhouse-gas-emissions-spiked-in-2018–and-it-couldnt-happen-at-a-worse-time/2019/01/07/68cff792-12d6-11e9-803c-4ef28312c8b9_story.html – “The findings, published Tuesday by the independent (sic) economic research firm Rhodium Group, mean that the United States now has a diminishing chance of meeting its pledge under the 2015 Paris climate agreement to dramatically reduce its emissions by 2025… The findings also underscore how the world’s second-largest emitter, once a global leader in pushing for climate action, has all but abandoned efforts to mitigate the effects of a warming world. President Trump has said he plans to officially withdraw the nation from the Paris climate agreement in 2020 and in the meantime has rolled back Obama-era regulations aimed at reducing the country’s carbon emissions… ‘We have lost momentum. There’s no question,’ Rob Jackson, a Stanford University professor who studies emissions trends, said of both U.S. and global efforts to steer the world toward a more sustainable future… The sharp emissions rise was fueled primarily by a booming economy, researchers found.” (emphasis added) – Comment: The WaPo fulfills its functions. A booming economy, hmmm – Where people are driving less than ever.

Leak reveals Indian govt’s plan to amend digital identity law – Is India’s controversial digital identity program a public policy that has been hijacked by private business? – by Saikat Datta – www.atimes.com/article/leak-reveals-indian-govts-plan-to-amend-digital-identity-law/ – “A number of lawyers, activists and constitutional experts immediately raised a flag against the program, saying it had enormous potential for misuse. They said this unfettered collection of data could easily be used to carry out mass surveillance by the government and make citizens vulnerable. They also pointed out that a similar digital identity program in the United Kingdom (UK) had been struck down once the British government realized its potential for misuse… But a group of technologists and businesses, who saw the potential business spin-offs from this massive database, argued that such a project could propel businesses and technology spin-offs worth vast sums. Worried at the rising pitch against the Aadhaar program, and a hostile report from the Parliament’s standing committee on finance, they banded together to float a “think tank” and foundation called iSpirt.” – Comment: Technocracy brooks no caution.

Web Research Links for the Week of 12/31/18

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BOOM: Obama Deep State Put Trump-Russia Intel Scam Into Play IN APRIL 2016 – At Exact Same Time Candidate Trump Won GOP Primaries – by Jim Hoft – https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/01/boom-obama-deep-state-put-trump-russia-intel-scam-into-play-in-april-2016-at-exact-same-time-candidate-trump-won-gop-primary/ – “Between the Wisconsin and Connecticut Republican primaries in April of 2016, the Deep State criminals in the Obama Administration created their plan of attack on the Trump campaign.  They attempted to tie candidate Trump to Russians, knowing that their links to Russia with Uranium One were open to criticism and alleged criminal acts… By the end of April, 2016, the Deep State of Obama, Comey, Brennan, Kerry and others had already put in place spies on Trump team members, and allegations of a made up company, DCLeaks, that allegedly hacked DNC emails.  They also began their sinister Trump – Russia collusion fairy tale… April 2016 will go down in history as the month that a sitting President (Obama) began his scheme using the intelligence community of the United States to spy on its competing campaign in the US election in an effort to prevent them from winning the 2016 Presidential election.”

Nicaragua and the Corruption, Co-optation of Human Rights – by Stephen Sefton – https://www.globalresearch.ca/nicaragua-corruption-co-optation-human-rights/5664733 – “One farcical aspect of their approach has been to accuse the Nicaraguan government of repressing local media when their main sources by far are abundant citations of false reports from those same local media relayed via dishonest local human rights NGOs… Secondly, in theoretical terms, the approach of the IACHR, the UNOHCHR and foreign NGOs like Amnesty International has been to exclude violations by non-State actors, exactly the same faithless alibi they all used during the Cold War. But that theoretical framework has been outdated since 1993 when the UN Human Rights Convention in Vienna explicitly recognized the role of non-State actors in human rights abuses (thus recognizing how the US government and its allies used irregular forces, like the Contra in Nicaragua, RENAMO in Mozambique and UNITA in Angola, to apply systematic terrorism against civilian populations).”

Senior Kurdish Official: Deal With Damascus Is Inevitable, Kurdish Forces May Join Syrian Army https://southfront.org/senior-kurdish-official-deal-with-damascus-is-inevitable-kurdish-forces-may-join-syrian-army/ – ” ‘Reaching a solution between the autonomous administration and the Syrian government is inevitable because our areas are part of Syria,’ Redur Khalil told the AFP… The Kurdish commander also revealed that negotiations between his group and Damascus to reach a final formulation for administering the northern city of Manbij are showing some “positive signs.” Kahlil said that if a solution was reached there, it could be applied to the SDF-held areas in the governorate of Deir Ezzor… ‘We still have some differences with the central government, which need negotiations with international support,’ Khalil said… Kahlil added that Russia could be a guarantor of any agreement between the SDF and Damascus and he does not rule out the possibility of deploying the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) along the border with Turkey.”

“Sykes-Picot On Acid”: US Considering Syria Partition Plan Amidst Troop Exit – The US doesn’t want pro-Turkish forces to slaughter the Kurds, but neither does the US want the Kurds to strike a deal with Assad – http://theduran.com/sykes-picot-on-acid-us-considering-syria-partition-plan-amidst-troop-exit/ – “However, it’s likely too late, as  the Kurds have already begun inviting Syrian forces into previously autonomous SDF/Kurdish zones… According to the WSJ, the administration’s Syria envoy has a plan that seeks to mitigate the risks of either a Kurdish slaughter or an Assad takeover. The plan is visualized in a classified, undisclosed map that proposes something officials have described as “Sykes-Picot on acid”: ‘Mr. Jeffrey and his State Department team have created a color-coded map of northeastern Syria in an attempt to negotiate a power-sharing plan that could avert a costly Turkish-Kurdish fight in the area‘…However, keeping their forces apart should Mr. Erdogan’s troops enter Syria could prove difficult.”

Stock Market Crash- YOU ARE IN ONE. By Gregory Mannarino (14 min)

Has Trump Been Outmaneuvered on Syria Troop Withdrawal? – Trump’s possible backtracking on withdrawal from Syria means he may have been once again outmaneuvered by the Deep State – by Virginia State Senator Dick Black – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50879.htm – “It is instructive that, despite President Donald Trump’s strong directive on a rapid Syrian pull-out, apparently not one soldier or Marine has departed Syria.  And the argument that they’re tied up with fighting ISIS doesn’t hold water.  On Syria’s southern border, across from Jordan, lies the U.S. base at al Tanf.  ISIS is nowhere around.  Al Tanf’s sole purpose is to hold and defend the sovereign territory of Syria (using a 55 km no-fly zone).  It denies Syria the right to restore order and provide aid to starving Syrians trapped in the American zone… Al Tanf is the canary in the Syrian coal mine.  If Trump’s pullout has any credibility, the 800 or so troops and equipment assigned there could be withdrawn across the Jordanian border within 24 hours.  Their failure to do so suggests duplicity by our foreign policy shadow government.  The Pentagon seems unresponsive to the Commander-in-Chief, and he has surrounded himself with advisors whose allegiance does not lie with him–or with the American people… Republican Senator Richard H. Black represents the 13th district of Virginia, encompassing parts of both Loudoun and Prince Williams Counties in northern Virginia.”

Is the Increase in the Childhood Vaccine Schedule Causing an Increase in Childhood Arthritis?http://healthimpactnews.com/2019/is-the-increase-in-the-childhood-vaccine-schedule-causing-an-increase-in-childhood-arthritis/

Turkey Is Seeking Russian Permission to Use Syrian Airspacehttps://russia-insider.com/en/turkey-seeking-russian-permission-use-syrian-airspace/ri25782 – “Ankara will also ask for coordination with Russian forces to persuade Assad forces to avoid targeting Turkish air force planes and helicopters… In the third week of December there were unconfirmed local reports that Assad’s forces might unilaterally declare a no-fly zone upon request of the YPG… Ankara officials say they think that Damascus could not initiate such an action without Moscow’s permission and that although Assad’s forces have S-200 and S-300 air-defense systems, they are not technically capable. Turkish sources have been telling Al-Monitor that Ankara has been closely monitoring Israel’s “preventive” air attacks against Syrian targets… Ankara experts say any operation Turkey plans cannot be canceled just because Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have air defense systems. As a deterrent against Assad’s forces, Ankara primarily would rely on air-to-surface missiles and the TEBER-82 precision smart weapon, which were recently developed by Turkey.”

Full Text of Ocasio-Cortez’ watermelon “Green New Deal” proposed House Rules: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jxUzp9SZ6-VB-4wSm8sselVMsqWZrSrYpYC9slHKLzo/mobilebasic

Mandatory Autonomous Vehicle Technology coming? Another massive push going on behind the scenes for ultra-intrusive 5G networks (video 50 min): Download link https://www.dropbox.com/s/65bee68hxk1r1k0/Manditory-Autonomous-Car-Tech.mp4?dl=1

Bipartisan Support for Gun Confiscation Is Growing – by José Niño – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/01/bipartisan-support-for-gun-confiscation-is-growing.html – “Red flag laws, or Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs), are the euphemistic label for the gun control push du jour blazing across the nation. Under red flag laws, law enforcement has the ability to confiscate an individual’s firearms if they are deemed a threat to themselves or others. A simple accusation from a family member, friend, or associate will suffice to seize someone’s firearms… Thirteen states currently have red flag laws on the books, with dozens more filing their own versions. What started out as a state-level movement may have some legs at the federal level. Although it’s true that Congressional Democrats are making gun control a major theme of their legislative agenda, it’s naïve to think red flag laws are only relevant because “gun-grabbing” Democrats have taken power… As we’ll see below, red flag laws have a history of bipartisan support. And when any piece of legislation has Democrats and Republicans locking arms in agreement, you know trouble lies ahead.”

Israeli study: 1/4 of Jews killed in Holocaust murdered in 100 days in 1942 – Prof. Stone analyzes train data to conclude that 1.5 million Jews were slain in 3-month ‘hyperintense’ phase that only slowed because there were few Jews left in occupied Poland – by Michael Bachner – https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-study-1-4-of-jews-killed-in-holocaust-murdered-in-100-days-in-1942/Comment: So that would be 1/4 of 6 Million®, or 1.5 million killed in 1 month. Where there’s smoke, there MUST be fire. Right?

‘New Chapter’ in Space Exploration as China Reaches Far Side of the Moon – by Steven Lee Myers and Zoe Mou – https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/02/world/asia/china-change-4-moon.html – “China now plans to begin fully operating its third space station by 2022, to put astronauts in a lunar base by later in that decade, and to send probes to Mars, including ones that could return samples of the Martian surface back to Earth… The crater where the Chinese landed is the oldest and deepest on the moon, so the probe’s discoveries may offer insights into the moon’s origins and evolution. And some scientists suspect that the surrounding basin may be rich in minerals. If exploiting the moon’s resources is the next step in space development, a successful mission could leave the Chinese better positioned.”

From the Bolsheviks-2.0 Desk: The ‘Green New Deal’: A Radical Mandate for Government Control of American Society – ‘Ocasio-Cortez sees this plan is being a vehicle through which social equality might finally realized, as it will use reparations to right historical injustices’ – by Tom Elliott – https://news.grabien.com/story-ocasio-cortezs-green-new-deal-radical-mandate-government-con – “Incoming New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez brings with her a massive online following, influence she says she’ll deploy only in support of candidates and politicians who support her plan (yeah, right) for a “Green New Deal.”.. ● The installation of a “national, energy-efficient, “smart grid.” (can you say “5G”?) ● “Upgrading every residential and industrial building for state-of-the-art energy efficiency, comfort and safety”  ● “Eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from the manufacturing, agricultural and other industries” as well as from America’s transportation and infrastructure network ● Funding “massive investment” in reducing existing greenhouse gasses… Later in the document, Ocasio Cortez’s plan (sic) imagines creating a national jobs force to help people participate in this “transition.” The Green New Deal, it says, shall ‘provide all members of our society, across all regions and all communities, the opportunity, training and education to be a full and equal participant in the transition, including through a job guarantee program to assure a living wage job to every person who wants one.’ ” (emphasis added) – Comment: To quote Poppy Bush, “The New World Order is coming into view.”

MH17 Turnabout: Ukraine’s Guilt Now Proven – by Eric Zuesse – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/12/31/mh17-turnabout-ukraine-guilt-now-proven.html – “Precisely what the method was, by which the direct perpetrators brought down the MH17, has gradually become clearer, despite this continuation of Western secrecy (and Ukraine’s veto-power over the ‘findings’) regarding the contents of the black boxes, and of the US satellite images, and of the Ukrainian air-traffic-control radar recordings, and of other evidence-sources that  are still being held secret by The West and not made available to their ‘news’ media nor to anyone outside a tight official circle of those Western nations’ intelligence agencies… But now, Russia has actually — on 17 September 2018 — exposed the outright fraudulence of the JIT’s 24 May 2018 presentation, and The West (the US Government’s allies) entirely ignored the conclusive evidence that that presentation by the JIT itself actually contained and to which Russia was pointing, so that there can no longer be reasonable doubt about The West’s intentional and still ongoing fraudulence regarding the entire MH17 matter.”

Five Weeks After the Guardian’s Viral Blockbuster Assange/Manafort Scoop, No Evidence Has Emerged – Just Stonewalling – by Glenn Greenwald – https://theintercept.com/2019/01/02/five-weeks-after-the-guardians-viral-blockbuster-assangemanafort-scoop-no-evidence-has-emerged-just-stonewalling/ – “None of this is an aberration. Quite the contrary, it has become par for the Trump/Russia course. One major story after the next falls apart, and there is no accountability, reckoning or transparency (neither CNN nor MSNBC, for instance, have to date bothered to explain how they both “independently confirmed” the totally false story that Donald Trump, Jr. was offered advanced access to the WikiLeaks email archive, all based on false claims about the date of an email to him from a random member of the public)… Nor is it atypical for the Guardian when it comes to its institutionally blinding contempt for Assange: during the election, the paper was forced to retract its viral report from political reporter Ben Jacobs, who decided to assert, without any whiff of a basis, that Assange has a “long had a close relationship with the Putin regime.”.. The U.S media has become very adept at outrage rituals whenever they are denounced as “Fake News.” They should spend some time trying to become as skilled in figuring out why such attacks resonate for so many.”

Israel Is Bad for America – A New York Times Columnist explains why – by Philip Giraldi – http://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/israel-is-bad-for-america/ – “It is time for American Jews like Bret Stephens to come to the realization that not everything that is good for Israel is good for the U.S. The strategic interests of the two countries, if they were openly discussed in either the media or in congress, would be seen to be often in direct conflict. Somehow in Stephens’ twisted mind the 1948 theft of Palestinian lands and the imposition of an apartheid system to control the people is in some way representative of a liberal world order… If one were to suggest that Stephens should move to Israel since his primary loyalty clearly lies there, there would be accusations of anti-Semitism, but in a sense, it is far better to have him stick around blathering from the pulpit of The New York Times. When he writes so ineptly about how Donald Trump Is Bad for Israel the real message that comes through loud and clear is how bad Israel is for America.”

Independent research confirms that rampant glyphosate use has contributed to the increase in chronic diseases worldwide – by Tracey Watson – https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-12-31-glyphosate-use-has-contributed-to-the-rise-of-chronic-disease.html – “While Monsanto stands 100 percent behind its product, insisting repeatedly that it is totally safe, the reality is that as the use of Roundup has steadily increased, so have the number of people with chronic diseases like diabetes, celiac disease, asthma, heart disease and others… This is hardly a coincidence, and the explanation for the link between glyphosate use and chronic disease is quite simple: As reported by Natural Health 365, glyphosate destroys the “good” bacteria in the gut, bacteria which are vital to a host of functions, including boosting immunity, fighting infection, nutrient absorption, the production of fatty acids and vitamins, and the neutralization of toxins… As this toxic chemical destroys good bacteria it affects multiple bodily functions, creating a perfect storm for the development of disease.”

US Army Awards Raytheon $200 Million Contract For Phalanx Gatling Gunshttps://southfront.org/us-army-awards-raytheon-200-million-contract-for-phalanx-gatling-guns/ – “The 20 mm rounds consist of a 15 mm penetrator encased in a plastic case and a lightweight metal pusher. Each bullet fired by the Phalanx cost around $30 each, and the gun typically shoots +3,000 rounds per minute when engaging a target (that’s $90,000 a minute, folks)… The Phalanx cannons are usually activated as a last resort, and the effective range is approximately 5.5 miles… As to why the Army needs $200 million of high-tech Gatling guns for its military bases is beyond our wildest imagination, then again, as we have mentioned before, the US, China, and Russia are on the brink of Cold War 2.0.” –  Comment: $200 Mil is chump change. Besides, it’s all just political kabuki.

Ukrainian Forces Take Control Over Two Thirds Of “Gray Zone” In Donbass: Officialhttps://southfront.org/ukrainian-forces-take-control-over-two-thirds-of-gray-zone-in-donbass-official/ – “Ukrainian forces have taken under control two thirds of the so-called “grey security zone” in Donbass, Ukrainian presidential advisor and aide to the defense minister Yury Biryukov told Pryamoy TV channel on Wednesday… ‘From the situation that we began with in May 2014, two thirds of the territory were liberated. Almost the whole ‘gray zone’ was liberated and taken under control,’ Biryukov said… The so-called “gray security zone” separates the forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), and the Ukrainian army. The borders of the zone are defined by the Minsk Agreements, and sending troops to settlements in the gray zone constitutes a violation of the Minsk deal.” (emphasis added)Comment: More political kabuki.

US Strategic Command Tweets It’s Ready To Drop Bombs As Its New Year’s Greetinghttps://southfront.org/us-strategic-command-tweets-its-ready-to-drop-bombs-as-its-new-years-greeting/

So the U.S. is bringing our troops home from Afghanistan?CIA oversees grisly war crimes in Afghanistan – Report sheds light on US intelligence agency-backed forces operating with no rules of engagement – http://www.atimes.com/article/cia-oversees-grizzly-war-crimes-in-afghanistan/ – “The Central Intelligence Agency, the Times reported, is overseeing an Afghan strike force operating under none of the constraints to which conventional Afghan or US troops are beholden… Officials say the tactics are prompting more Afghanis to side with the Taliban, the group that the US has tried keep out of power since the initial invasion in 2001… The first three paragraphs of the article describe war crimes committed by the CIA-backed forces: ‘Razo Khan woke up suddenly to the sight of assault rifles pointed at his face, and demands that he get out of bed and onto the floor… ‘Within minutes, the armed raiders had separated the men from the women and children. Then the shooting started… ‘As Mr Khan was driven away for questioning, he watched his home go up in flames. Within were the bodies of two of his brothers and of his sister-in-law Khanzari, who was shot three times in the head. Villagers who rushed to the home found the burned body of her three-year-old daughter, Marina, in a corner of a torched bedroom.’ “

Web Research Links for the Week of 12/24/18

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Turkey Orders FSA To Withdraw From Frontlines With Manbijhttps://southfront.org/turkey-orders-fsa-to-withdraw-from-frontlines-with-manbij/ – “According to the pro-opposition news agency, Ankara backed-off from its plans to attack the strategic city, which is held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), as a result of the high-level Russia-Turkish meeting that was held in Moscow two days ago… Earlier this week, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) announced its withdrawal from Manbij  and called on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to protect the city from Turkey’s threats. The army responded within few hours and deployed a large force in the outskirt of the strategic city.” – Comment: This is a VERY hopeful sign in the current Syrian situation.

Judge grants latest appeal for Mumia Abu-Jamal, in parthttps://kywnewsradio.radio.com/media/audio-channel/judge-grants-latest-appeal-mumia-abu-jamal-partComment: An innocent man has been in prison for 35 years.

Pending Home Sales Crash 7.7%, Biggest Drop In Four Years – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-28/pending-home-sales-crash-77-biggest-drop-four-years – “There was some hope for a rebound in US housing indicators, after the recent existing home sales print rebounded, but that was promptly dashed after pending home sales dropped again in November, sliding -0.7% vs the expected 1.0% increase, declining in six of the last eight months, with a cumulative loss since March of -5.9% (-8.9% annualized)… …and crashed a whopping 7.7% compared to last year, the biggest annual drop since April 2014… Always eager to put lipstick on a pig, commenting on the collapse NAR chief economist Larry Yun said ‘the latest decline in contract signings implies more short-term pullback in the housing sector and does not yet capture the impact of recent favorable conditions of mortgage rates.’ ” – Comment: “favorable conditions of mortgage rates” (?!) WTF is Yun talking about? The FED just raised interest rates for the 4th time this year, for a total of 1% interested added on top of a 30 mortgage. Buyers are staying away in droves.

Syria Celebrates, West Ignores – by Finian Cunningham – https://sputniknews.com/columnists/201812261071009577-syria-daesh-peace/ – “Take the people of Syria. After nearly eight years of horrific war, the nation is this year rejoicing the arrival of Christmas and the opportunity to show goodwill to their compatriots. Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7, but the festivities are underway. It’s wonderful to see how Syrians of all religions, or none, share in this holiday season. Their smiles are their gifts… As in this classic John Lennon Christmas song from 1971, the people of Syria can surely show heartfelt thanks that “war is over” — or at least largely over, enough to allow them to congregate on the streets of their major cities and towns to celebrate in peace. How fantastic is that!.. Yet none of these current joyous occasions in Syria are reported by Western news media. US media seem obsessed to report on President Donald Trump’s awkward phone call with a seven-year-old American girl in which he wondered if she still believes in Santa. Meanwhile, Britain’s BBC aired supposedly feel-good reports about two brown bears relocated from Japan to a zoo in England, and the birth of a giraffe… An important part of  the West’s vile charade was exposed on December 20 when a United Nations conference heard from a range of speakers on the crimes committed by the so-called White Helmets against civilians. Expert testimony was given by investigative British journalist Vanessa Beeley as well as Russian ambassador Vasily Nebenzia, among others… As Canadian journalist Eva Bartlett points out, not one Western media news outlet reported on the irrefutable, comprehensive evidence presented at the conference, showing how the White Helmets were complicit in committing violations against civilians with the support of Western governments in premeditated propaganda stunts.”

Trump Scores, Breaks Generals’ 50-Year War Record – His national security team had been trying to box him in like every other president. But he called their bluff – by Gareth Porter – https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/trump-scores-breaks-generals-50-year-war-record-syria-mattis-dunford/ – “Mattis and Dunford were consciously exploiting Trump’s defensiveness about a timeline to press ahead with their own strategy unless and until Trump publicly called them on it. That is what finally happened some weeks after Trump’s six month deadline had passed. The claim by Trump advisors that they were taken by surprise was indeed disingenuous. What happened last week was that Trump followed up on the clear policy he had laid down in April…. Trump is now well aware that it is virtually impossible to carry out the foreign policy that he wants without advisors who are committed to the same objective. That means that he must find people who have remained outside the system during the permanent war years while being highly critical of its whole ideology and culture. If he can fill key positions with truly dissident figures, the last two years of this term in office could decisively clip the wings of the bureaucrats and generals who have created the permanent war state we find ourselves in today.”

Noose Tightens Around Kratom – FDA Attacks Mount and DEA Moves Closer to Schedule 1 Designation – by John Gever & Carol Duff – https://www.veteranstoday.com/2018/12/26/noose-tightens-around-kratom/ – “In April, we reported on an FDA order to remove some kratom products from the market because of Salmonella contamination. That turned out to be the opening shot in a war that the federal government has declared on the herbal product — or, at least, that’s how kratom’s advocates see it. In this story, we review what has happened since with the opioid mimic and the government’s efforts to discourage its use… Kratom comes from an Asian plant, Mitragyna speciosa, that has long been a mild recreational drug and part of folk remedies. In recent years, it has gained a following in North America with claims that it can relieve pain that conventional drugs can’t touch, and that it can also relieve symptoms of opioid withdrawal. It’s sold in smoke shops, “alternative medicine” storefronts, and, of course, online from countless vendors.” – Comment: my wife Cynthia uses Kratom every day to manage severe pain from fibromyalgia. For us, then, this is a a potential incursion by the Administrative System that would have life-changing implications.

Marxism Is Flooding American Society (5 min) –  A short video starting with an 11 year old drag queen, and then moving onto a quick rundown on the Frankfurt School, which psychologically targeted the U.S. in particular for Social Engineering.

It’s Up, It’s Down, It’s Done — a Day in a Year of the Dow – by David Haggith – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/12/its-up-its-down-its-done-a-day-in-a-year-of-the-dow.html – “It looked like the violence of the day may have come from the Plunge Protection Team attempting to push the market up in the middle of the afternoon, except that the middle of the afternoon doesn’t fit the PPT’s MO because the birthing-sized push didn’t come in the PPT’s usual obvious final-hour press. So, what was the push in the penultimate hours all about?.. Was it everything the PPT could do to press the market up, and the press finally collapsed? Did the PPT try and fail? After a staggering rise (literally, as in up and down and up), the market plummeted in the final hour from a roughly 225-point positive position on the Dow down to close at about -75, leaving us with indisputably the worst December in market history by several measures or, as I called it, the December to Remember.” – Comment: This is one of the best articles I’ve ever seen for interpreting the meaning of the action of the markets over the course of a day. Haggith throws in much illuminating analysis about the current state of the economy.

Venezuelans Shudder at News of Biometric ID Deal with Chinese Tech Giant – by Laura Vidal, Translated by Alexis Faber – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/12/venezuelans-shudder-at-news-of-biometric-id-deal-with-chinese-tech-giant.html – “…for those who have closely followed the Venezuelan government as it has tightened its grip on people’s data and communications, the report represented another chapter in what has become a very long story… The report confirmed suspicions and denunciations made months ago, increasing fears that the alliance with ZTE will bring Venezuela closer to the implementing a form of social credit score system similar to what is used in China. This system would determine which citizens have access to basic services based on their political allegiances. It also prompted the US government to initiate investigations  into the role of ZTE in Venezuela… What is the Fatherland Card Used For?: The Reuters story pointed to the participation of ZTE  in the development of a monitoring system whose primary tool is the “Carnet de la Patria”, or Fatherland Card. This identification card captures multiple pieces of personal data coupled with a unique and personalized QR code. It also serves as a digital wallet within an electronic payment system… The Fatherland Card has been strongly promoted by the government and is intended to facilitate multiple public services. The card can be requested voluntarily and free of charge. During this process, whoever wants to get a Fatherland Card must answer questions about their social and economic status… Those who have the card gain access to food and medicine, which have become dangerously scarce amid Venezuela’s political and economic crisis.” (emphasis added)

Angela Merkel: Nation States Must “Give Up Sovereignty” To New World Order – Merkel is attempting to push the globalist agenda to its disturbing conclusion before she stands down – by Tyler Durden – http://theduran.com/angela-merkel-nation-states-must-give-up-sovereignty-to-new-world-order/ – ” ‘Nation states must today be prepared to give up their sovereignty’, according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who told an audience in Berlin that sovereign nation states must not listen to the will of their citizens when it comes to questions of immigration, borders, or even sovereignty…’In an orderly fashion of course,”’Merkel joked, attempting to lighten the mood. But Merkel has always had a tin ear for comedy and she soon launched into a dark speech condemning those in her own party who think Germany should have listened to the will of its citizens and refused to sign the controversial UN migration pact: ‘There were [politicians] who believed that they could decide when these agreements are no longer valid because they are representing The People’… ‘[But] the people are individuals who are living in a country, they are not a group who define themselves as the [German] people,’ she stressed… Merkel has previously accused critics of the UN Global Compact for Safe and Orderly Migration of not being patriotic, saying ‘That is not patriotism, because patriotism is when you include others in German interests and accept win-win situations’.”

Peter Ford: ‘Idlib to be dealt with after US troops pullout of Syria’https://21stcenturywire.com/2018/12/30/peter-ford-idlib-to-be-dealt-with-after-us-troop-pullout/ – ” ‘It [the situation] is well on the way to resolution, where… we will see effectively a return to the status quo, the situation as it obtained in that part of Syria before 2011 when things were quiet, Turkey was happy, relations between Turkey and Syria were excellent… For several years the Syrian government has kept tight control over the Kurds. Turkey was very happy. We are heading for a return I think to that situation and it looks as though [Tayyip] Erdogan is adjusting to that probability’, Ford said… Ford also noted that the Kurdish militia should have realized much earlier the gravity of the situation, which they had been ignoring because of the US military presence in the region, and now their best option was to try and negotiate with Damascus.”

Michio Kaku & Ray Kurzweil – Singularity is Close! (34 min)

Chemtrails Exposed: Dresser Industries and the New Manhattan Project – by Peter Kirby – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/12/chemtrails-exposed-dresser-industries-and-the-new-manhattan-project.html – “The history of manipulating atmospheric particles with electricity goes back to Queen Elizabeth’s court physician and early geophysicist William Gilbert (1544-1603). In 1600 he noted that atmospheric particles were commonly attracted to ‘electricks.’ This was the documented discovery of what is now known as ‘electrical precipitation’ and the history of this field is the history of Dresser Industries and their Environmental Systems division… In the early 1800s M. Hohlfield of Leipzig University demonstrated the effect by clearing smoke from the inside of a glass jar with an electrified wire… Lodge-Cottrell’s signature products were the massive electrostatic precipitators used to scrub coal fly ash from the exhausts of coal-fired power plants. These electrostatic precipitators are in use today and they are based on the principles of electrical precipitation. This is especially significant because coal fly ash (the smoke from burning coal) has been scientifically determined to be exactly what the airplanes of the New Manhattan Project are spraying. Isn’t that convenient? The electrostatic manipulation of airborne coal fly ash has a long, well-documented history… In 1972 Dresser Industries acquired Lodge-Cottrell and it became a division of Dresser known as Environmental Systems… …Dresser Industries has many connections to the New Manhattan Project. First of all, Dresser’s Pacific Pump Works produced equipment which enabled the scientists of the original Manhattan Project to refine the uranium used in the world’s first atomic bombs.” – Comment: Peter Kirby is the preeminent researcher on the deep state structures behind Geoengineering and Atmospheric Particulate spraying (aka Chemtrails). His first book, Chemtrails Exposed: The New Manhattan Project is available on Amazon. His new book Chemtrails Exposed: The Deep State and the New Manhattan Project will be out soon.

Syria Sitrep – Army To Regain Northeastern Territory – Political Isolation Ends – by Moon of Alabama – https://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/12/syria-sitrep-army-to-regain-northeastern-territory-political-isolation-ends.html – “Yesterday the United Arab Emirates reopened its embassy in Damascus. Bahrain will follow next. Kuwait will reopen its embassy in January. Oman never closed its embassy in Damascus. Of the Gulf countries only Qatar, allied with Turkey, and Saudi Arabia have jet to announce a revival of their relations with Syria. Before the war on Syria started, the UAE and other gulf countries financed several large investment projects in Syria. These will be revived and help the country’s economy back onto its feet. Egypt is expected to follow the move of its Gulf sponsors… Underlying the UAE move is a strategy of countering Turkey’s neo-ottoman ambition. Syria is (again) seen as the bulwark that protects the larger Arabia from Turkish marauders. It signals to Turkey that any attempt to take over more of Syria will be resisted by the Gulf states and possibly even by Egypt’s army. Egypt is, together with Russia, mediating between the Kurds and the Syrian government.”

‘We won’t fight Ukraine, I promise’: Was this the fieriest interview of Sergey Lavrov’s career?https://www.rt.com/news/447318-lavrov-interview-grilling-ukraine/Comment: The Russian government perspective on this rather strange event. Atlanticist reaction to this interview immediately below.

Interview With Sergei Lavrov, A Peek Into The Bizarre Language of Russian Propaganda – by Joel Harding, “former” U.S. Intelligence Officer – https://toinformistoinfluence.com/2018/12/17/interview-with-sergei-lavrov-a-peek-into-the-bizarre-language-of-russian-propaganda/Comment: A full translation of this very interesting interview is included, below the “persuasion” on viewpoints by Harding at the top.

Organ theft, staged attacks: UN panel details White Helmets’ criminal activities, media yawns – by Eva Bartlett – https://www.rt.com/op-ed/447385-white-helmets-un-panel/ – “Utter silence. That is the sound of Western corporate media days after a more than one-hour-long panel on the White Helmets at the United Nations on December 20… Journalists were present, so the silence isn’t due to lack of access. And in any case it was live streamed on the UNTV channel, and remains available on Youtube for keen observers to watch… More likely, the silence is due to the irrefutable documentation presented on the faux-rescue group’s involvement in criminal activities, which include organ theft, working with terrorists — including as snipers — staging fake rescues, thieving from civilians, and other non-rescuer behaviour.”

From the It-Just-Gets-Stranger Desk: Russia To Build Airport, Vaccine Production Plant In Syria’s Tartushttps://southfront.org/russia-to-build-airport-vaccine-production-plant-in-syrias-tartus/ – “Russian companies plan to invest in the Syrian coastal city of Tartus among other projects as part of the Syrian reconstruction, Imad Sabuni, the head of the Syrian Planning and International Cooperation Commission said on December 26th… Russian companies are reportedly planning to construct an airport in the city of Tartus, as well as joint Syrian-Russian plant to produce vaccines within a framework of agreements signed during the 11th session of the Syrian-Russian Intergovernmental Commission held on December 14th in Damascus.” (emphasis added)

ISIS-trained Terrorists Support Ukrainian Operation In Donbasshttps://southfront.org/isis-trained-terrorists-support-ukrainian-operation-in-donbass/ – “The most interesting thing that the Times’ article attempts to provide a “neutral” or even “positive” look at the terrorist group’s operations by criticizing alleged human rights violations in Russia’s Chechnya and prising militancy in the Russian region… This is not the first time when it publicly appears that most of pro-Kiev forces in Donbass are terrorists, Nazis, war criminals or else. However, this does not stop the so-called “civilized world” from supporting actions of the Kiev regime.”

From The-Other-Side-Of-The-Story Desk: LA Doubled Homeless Budget, Doubled Homeless Crime – by Daniel Greenfield – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-23/la-doubled-homeless-budget-doubled-homeless-crime – “Los Angeles had doubled its homeless budget to $450 million. Despite that its homeless population had only dropped to 39,826, a reduction of only 256 people. The only surprise in those statistics is that the population dropped at all. Homeless spending has the notorious effect of increasing homeless populations rather than diminishing them as vagrants swarm in and agencies inflate their numbers… But while doubling its homeless budget didn’t significantly diminish the homeless population in Los Angeles, it did have another spectacular statistical effect on the wellbeing of city residents… LAPD statistics showed that homeless crime actually increased by nearly 50%, jumping from 5,976 crime reports of homeless perpetrators in most of 2017 to 8,906 crime reports in most of 2018… Los Angeles had doubled its homeless budget and doubled the amount of homeless crime… Homeless advocates like to claim that the police wrongly arrest the homeless for quality of life offenses that other people get a pass on… Several epidemics and fires later, not to mention an outbreak of shoplifting and tents being set up in residential areas and outside small businesses, the full scale of homeless legalization looks even worse.”

China Leapfrogs the U.S. in 5G Internet – by David P. Goldman – https://pjmedia.com/spengler/china-leapfrogs-the-us-in-5g-internet/– “At the beginning of 2018, a National Security Council memo warned: “We are losing. Whoever leads in technology and market share for 5G deployment will have a tremendous advantage towards [ . . .] commanding the heights of the information domain,” the Financial Times reported. That is correct, but it’s six years behind the curve. The U.S. revved up a campaign to dissuade its allies from using Huawei equipment well after the Chinese firm positioned itself as the dominant equipment supplier. The U.S. nearly shut down the Chinese handset maker ZTE by banning export of the Qualcomm chips that power its smartphones, in retaliation for ZTE’s violation of sanctions against Iran (eventually ZTE paid a multi-billion dollar fine and accepted tight controls). We can’t do that to Huawei. After the ZTE business, Huawei started a crash program to make itself self-sufficient in high-performance chipsets. Its Kirin chipset designed by its design subsidiary Isilicon and manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor can do whatever Qualcomm can do.” Comment: It becomes more and more obvious that 5G is all about surveilling you and capturing your data.

REVEALED: Israel’s IDF Used Passenger Airliners as Cover During Christmas Day Attack on Damascus – by Patrick Hennigsen –  https://21stcenturywire.com/2018/12/26/revealed-israels-idf-used-passenger-airliners-as-cover-during-christmas-day-attack-on-damascus/ – “Had the Syrian military not hesitated, and engaged the initial Israeli bogey – and accidentally hit one of the passenger airliners the IDF was using as cover – the international outrage would have been substantial, with the western media most certainly blaming ‘the Assad Regime’ and ‘Putin’s Russia’ for the ‘humanitarian tragedy.’ It’s possible that an incident would have been enough to prompt renewed calls for the US forces to remain in Syria – effectively reversing the announcement made by President Trump last week to withdrawal US troops from their illegal occupation on northeastern Syria. Whether this was the Israeli motive for carrying out such a risky move is uncertain, but yesterday’s reckless incident by Israel follows a familiar and disturbing pattern of using other country’s aircraft as cover in order bait Syria’s air defenses to hit the wrong targets while conveniently concealing their own visibility on their enemy’s radar systems.”

Mainstream Media Now Openly Reporting on the Elite Lining Up to Ingest the Blood of Children – by Matt Agorist – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/12/mainstream-media-now-openly-reporting-on-the-elite-lining-up-to-ingest-the-blood-of-children.html – “It was suggested in the report that aging elites are using the blood of young people as a type of youth serum. Now, we know that they actually are using it… ‘We found that it was safe and feasible to administer infusions of young plasma weekly,’ Dr. Sharon Shaw, an Alzheimer’s researcher at Stanford, said… A similar claim was made by journalist Jeff Bercovici last year, after he conducted several interviews with Silicon Valley aristocrats including Peter Thiel, and learned about this transfusion procedure called “parabiosis,” where the blood of young people is used to prevent aging… ‘There are widespread rumors in Silicon Valley, where life-extension science is a popular obsession, that various wealthy individuals from the tech world have already begun practicing parabiosis, spending tens of thousands of dollars for the procedures and young-person-blood, and repeating the exercise several times a year,’ Bercovici reported… In his article, Bercovici also expressed concerns about a developing black market for young people’s blood.”

2018: The Year Public Watchlists Became Commonplace – by MassPrivateI – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/12/2018-the-year-public-watchlists-became-commonplace.html – “A few months ago I called 2018 the “Rise of Spying Transit Police,” but after looking through my archives, I noticed a more disturbing pattern emerge. Time and again, month after month, most of the stories I wrote revolved around one thing:  watchlists… In January, I wrote two stories about facial recognition and police camshares that centered around corporate and law enforcement watchlists. From then on things got progressively worse; watchlists, blacklists and whitelists are expanding at a frightening pace… Below is a list of twenty-seven stories that show how public watchlists have become commonplace…”

To “Celebrate” Christmas, Police Forcibly Remove City’s Entire Homeless Population – by Matt Agorist – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/12/to-celebrate-christmas-police-forcibly-remove-citys-entire-homeless-population.html – “To “celebrate” Christmas Eve, the Waikiki Police Department is planning to remove all of the city’s homeless population in a massive sweep. The action has prompted backlash from the community as well as the ACLU… During the early morning hours, from 3:00 to 5:30 a.m. offices will sweep the town and forcibly remove all tents, gear, and people from the streets.”

US Established Two New Military Bases in Anbar Province – Reportshttps://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201812261071001370-usa-established-two-new-military-bases-anbar/ – “The first base was established in the northern Rumana sub-district of al-Qaim district, in the vicinity of the Syrian border, some 360 kilometres west of the provincial capital Ramadi. The second base was set up east of the city of al-Rutbah, about 310 kilometres west of Ramadi and less than 100 kilometres from the Syrian border, al-Duleimi said in an interview, according to PressTV… The official suggested that the American bases were purportedly intended to assist Iraqi forces in order to ‘secure the country’s borders and prevent infiltrations by the Daesh terrorist group.’.. ‘Scores of US soldiers are currently stationed at the two bases, along with drones and other equipment,’ added al-Duleimi, yet without providing any additional evidence.” – Comment: These “new” bases are each on one of the two major highways out of Syria going to Baghdad. The one in al-Qaim essentially replaces the function of the al-Tanf base in Syria that is being closed down now. This is business as usual represented as policy change.

Theresa May Thanks British Military For Protecting Country From “Russian Intrusion” In 2018https://southfront.org/theresa-may-thanks-british-military-for-protecting-country-from-russian-intrusion-in-2018/ – “In her address, she thanked the British military for protecting the UK from “Russian intrusion,” praised the co-operation with the US and France in the fight against ISIS and punishing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the alleged use of chemical weapons in April on children… Thus, essentially, she praised the military for the fight against ISIS and for several imaginary and unproven situations connected to Russia and the Syrian government… Separately, the Edinburgh radio station Sputnik was accused of being a “Russian stooge” by an unnamed Scottish member of parliament cited by The Times. Sputnik was established by a news agency that is owned by the Russian government and it opened its UK branch in 2016… The Times also provided a list of pictures and names of its executives, who are all accused of being “Russian puppets.”.. According to the unnamed leading MSP, Russians who live in Scotland and engage in “information warfare” to destabilize Britain should have their assets seized.” – Comment: The Cabinet Office and its President, Ms. May, are now revealed as being little more than Key Assets in disinfo and black propaganda. This quasi-fascist conglomerate is highly likely to take financial sanctions or even use imprisonment against people on allegations of disloyalty or “thought crimes.”

Photos, Videos: Turkish Military Build Up On Border With SDF-Held Part Of Syriahttps://southfront.org/photos-videos-turkish-military-build-up-on-border-with-sdf-held-part-of-syria/Comment: LOTS of stuff on the move. Camps being set up on Syrian Border.

Estonia Criminalizes ‘Negative Attitude’ Towards Statehttps://southfront.org/estonia-criminalizes-negative-attitude-towards-state/ – “On December 25, Estonia’s Parliament accepted a law criminalizing creation and support of a negative attitude towards the state, Interfax reported. The law will be employed towards both private individuals and legal bodies.” – Comment: The legislature’s Christmas Present for Estonians everywhere! Perhaps all is not well in the halcyon land of eEstonia. Frankly, I don’t think you can make this stuff up…

Trump is leaving behind a trap for Russia, Turkey and Iran in Syria – by Elijah J. Magnier – https://ejmagnier.com/2018/12/24/trump-is-leaving-behind-a-trap-for-russia-turkey-and-iran-in-syria/ – “The quick US withdrawal is expected and even designed to create, no doubt, an initial confusion in the triangle Turkey-Syria-Iraq in the first months. ISIS, Turkey, and al-Qaeda may take advantage of this, hoping to turn the situation to their advantage. Nevertheless, this withdrawal will no doubt be a long-term blessing to the Syrian government, whose officials had not dared to hope for such an outcome. The US establishment has been a source of continuous havoc in the Levant and especially to the “Axis of the Resistance”; it has been the protector of al-Qaeda (in Idlib) and ISIS (in the area Trump declares his intention to withdraw from) in Syria and Iraq. Its departure is a sign that the US is coming to grips with the fact that its hegemony is no longer unilateral. Russia is moving forward while the US is backing off in the Middle East.”

UMass student asked to remove ‘F*ck Nazis’ sign because it’s not inclusive  – Junior Nicole Parsons says she put up placard after a swastika was scrawled over ‘Happy Hanukkah’ sign on campus – by Sam Sokol – https://www.timesofisrael.com/umass-student-asked-to-remove-f-nazis-sign-because-its-not-inclusive/Comment: The surreality is becoming epoch.

The Psychological Warfare Behind Economic Collapse – by Brandon Smith – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/12/the-psychological-warfare-behind-economic-collapse.html – “All the evidence overwhelmingly assures us that the conspiracy is fully conscious, organized and deliberate. It is not an ugly or random byproduct of “profit motive.” This is absurd when you consider the amount of coordination that is required or the number of think tanks and secretive conferences that occur yearly, from the Council on Foreign Relations, to Tavistock, to the Trilateral Commission, to the Brookings Institution, to Davos, to Bilderberg and to even weirder circles like Bohemian Grove. These are very real centers of power that can have far reaching influence in our daily lives… To ignore this and reduce it all down to a “natural” extension of greed is to stupidly rest one’s soft spongy head in the jaws of organized evil while pretending you can’t smell the stench of its gingivitis.” More: “It is also no coincidence that the globalists have announced in 2018 that their intention is to adapt to a digital monetary system using blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. That is to say, the one world currency system predicted in The Economist is already here. They are only waiting for a crisis large enough to pressure society to accept total global centralization as a solution… Forcing the public to embrace worldwide centralization would require several measures. First, the current system, which as stated is designed to fail, would have to be allowed to crash. Second, the crash would have to be blamed on someone other than the globalists and their ideology of globalism. Third, philosophical opponents of globalism (i.e., conservatives, nationalists and decentralization activists) would have to be demonized or eliminated so that the globalists can build their new world order without opposition. Fourth, the population would need to be sufficiently traumatized to the point of psychological submission and desperation, so that when the new system is introduced, they will be grateful for it, thus preventing future rebellion by making the public a willing cooperator in their own enslavement.” (emphasis added:)

Web Research Links for the Week of 12/17/18

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Selco on Gun Confiscation: “Here’s How It Might Actually Go Down”https://www.theorganicprepper.com/gun-confiscation/ – “Here is how it might actually go down. This is one possible scenario: First, you’ll be labeled as a terrorist, some weird guy who wants to overthrow the government. Maybe your photo will be posted somewhere stating that you are very sick, and that you pose a danger to society… If you are a member of some group, let’s say a prepper group, you all will be labeled as terrorists first, and through the media, you can be portrayed as a domestic terror cell, to the point that your next door neighbor will help police to get you… Do not underestimate the power of the government machine. You may truly be a fighter for constitutional rights and a real patriot, but in 3 days you can become a crazy terrorist that citizens will actually hunt down and shoot like a mad dog… There used to be a law about weapons here, where I live, before the war. And yes, you could own a weapon but it was such a hard law that actually not too many people owned legal weapons… And right when the SHTF, first thing that happened was the confiscation of legal weapons, based on lists of who own legal weapons… Now what people could do then was to say, ‘This is my legal weapon. I have a right to own it, by the law.’ And those who did that usually got shot… There were 20 heavily armed guys at your door asking nicely for your weapon, to be turned over to them in the name of “law” as an effort of a government that wanted to calm down a chaotic situation.”

Signs Of War: UN General Assembly Rejects Russia-Initiated Draft Resolution In Support Of INF Treatyhttps://southfront.org/un-general-assembly-rejects-russia-initiated-draft-resolution-in-support-of-inf-treaty/ – “43 states voted for the document, 46 – against, 78 – abstained. The US, European Union states, Ukraine, Japan and Turkey voted against. China, Iran, Syria, member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and some Latin American countries were among the supporters of the document… The draft called on UN GA members to support the treaty as one of the cornerstones of European and international security. The document also called on the signatories to the treaty – Russia and the US – to continue consultations to keep it in place… ‘A threat to the treaty’s existence emerged this October when the United States announced its plans to unilaterally withdraw from it,’ Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dmitry Polyansky said commenting on the draft resolution. He recalled and warned that the breakdown of the treaty is fraught with another round of a full-scale arms race.”

Days Before War? U.S. Concentrates Troops & Withdraws Diplomatshttps://southfront.org/days-before-war-u-s-concentrates-troops-withdraws-diplomats/ – “This follows a significant increase of US intelligence gathering missions along the Russian borders during the past 10 days. On December 18, British reconnaissance ship HMS Echo entered the Black Sea in order to collect fresh data about water depths and streams for surface and underwater submarine fleets of NATO member states… On December 18, the US and its allies forced through a UN General Assembly resolution condemning the alleged militarization of Crimea, the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea and supporting Ukrainian actions in the region. The passed resolution is a clear signal to the Poroshenko regime that the Euro-Atlantic elite fully supports its actions… The passed resolution also marked the start of a new round of pre-war media hysteria in Ukraine. A week ago, President Petro Poroshenko delcared that the Ukrainian military has started redeploying assault units of the Air Assault Forces (AAF) to the areas of a possible “Russian invasion”.”

Donald Trump is Finished!!! – Comment: This Is A Bombshell! (3min 22sec):

Child Handcuffed, Arrested and Thrown in Jail for Missing Too Many Days of School – by Jack Burns – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/12/child-handcuffed-arrested-and-thrown-in-jail-for-missing-too-many-days-of-school.html

Britain’s Real Enemy, Not Russia – by Finian Cunninghamhttp://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50805.htm – “Nothing it seems would please Britain’s callow defense minister than to start a war with Russia. For him that would be a pinnacle career move even though the country he is supposed to be defending might possibly end up as a heap of radioactive ashes. Imagine him atop the pinnacle with a potty on his head and radioactive ruins below… This scaremongering, warmongering Russophobia is all about keeping idiots like Williamson in a high-paying job. And no doubt a plush job to follow at some warmongering pro-NATO think-tank… However, this week’s installment involving sending British forces to the Arctic “to defend Britain from Russia” is obviously aimed at the additional purpose of distracting Britons from the Brexit mess that Williamson’s government has created.”

Trump Steals Prize For Defeating ISIS – U.S. To Pull Troops From Syria Immediately – by Moon Of Alabamahttp://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50802.htmComment: Another take on the rapidly unfolding situation in Syria following Trump’s announcement yesterday. Straight talk from Moon of Alabama, also includes an update article from Zero Hedge.

David Wilcock has just released information “based on his insiders” that the town of Paradise was one of two cities in the U.S. where humanoid alien “Centaurians” lived in significant numbers, “by treaty” with the U.S. – I smell a disinfo campaign at work here, as well (38 min)

Filmmaker Ron Howard to Make Camp Fire Documentary – Howard is conducting interviews for his project, and is expected to return several times – https://www.actionnewsnow.com/content/news/Filmmaker-Ron-Howard-to-make-Camp-Fire-Documentary-503094282.htmlEmail reaction to this news from Deborah Tavares: “HOLLYwood, the “Wizards Stick” of media propaganda is moving into Paradise to create the false fire narrative… We need to find out who’s financing this documentary and follow the script as fire survivors are interviewed, and who is “selected” to be interviewed. We must also watch to see where the funds from this documentary go… Remember, in Santa Rosa, a documentary was released one year after the TUBBS Fire of November 2017. This documentary was entitled “Urban Inferno – the Night Santa Rosa Burned”. The profits went to the Sonoma County Community Resilience Fund, a Rockefeller and Rothschild resilience scheme to help finance the destruction, damage, and death they created. .. You will not hear the truth about the FIRES in Butte County, California… The script will most likely omit – ● that PG&E is Rothschild (conrolled); ● Directed Energy Weapons were deployed; ● there were Heavy Heavy Chemtrailed Skies days before the fires; ● Smart Meters Blew-up (WERE Blown-up); ● the fires were a house to house ignition; ● the trees resisted the fires; ● the weather on demand facilitated the ideal fire conditions… Paradise is GOLD Country… Climate Action Plans were approved by the Butte County city and county boards – plans stating the county would face floods, fires, heat events, water shortages and more if CO2 emissions were not reduced. The Climate Action and Resilient, which Butte County adopted, are plans of land restrictions, energy and resource “required” reductions. In short, these United Nation Plans are CRIMINAL Plans of DEATH . . . and more… The climate action and resilient plans have been approved in communities nationwide and worldwide… Understand the Camp Fires, in Butte County are an active criminal crime scene and the perpetrators are conducting the investigations that the media will advance as the cause… Will your town of deliberate destruction be the next Hollywood Documentary?.. WE MUST ALL WORK TOGETHER TO ‘EXPOSE’ THE TRUTH” Comment: While Tavares and I don’t agree on what the evidence from “The Camp Fire” indicates, she is, I think, correct about the significance of the sudden emergence of a major documentary with Hollywood blockbuster director Ron Howard at the helm. The fantasy just keeps unwinding.

Prelude to Caribbean Crisis 2.0? Russia reportedly eyes air base off Venezuela’s coasthttps://www.rt.com/news/446899-russia-military-base-venezuela/ – “Shoigu has so far only confirmed that the Russian military aircraft will continue to fly to Venezuela while the Russian Navy vessels might also use its ports… However, located far away from the Russian territory, Moscow would likely need a full-scale military facility, Sivkov said, adding that a small installation would not be enough to support Russia’s operations in the area. ‘It might be initially reduced to a limited presence at a level of a flying squadron or an air regiment,’ he said, adding that the Russia would then likely increase its presence by building fuel and munitions depots as well as deploying air defense systems to the area and making the Venezuelan installation potentially similar to Russia’s Syrian Khmeimim base… The arrival of just two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers for drills in Venezuela has already jangled nerves in Washington and provoked a wave of hysteria in the Western media. Some even closely examined the potential base location using satellite photos and called it “an unprecedented standing strategic threat to the mainland United States within the Western Hemisphere.”

Letter from Crimea – A Veteran Foreign Correspondent Surveys Russia’s New, Changing, Historic Lands – by Pepe Escobar – https://russia-insider.com/en/letter-crimea-veteran-foreign-correspondent-surveys-russias-new-changing-historic-lands/ri25702Comment: A nice little geographic and historical review by the inimitable Escobar

SHOCKING AGENDA 21 ORDINANCE PASSES IN 80 SECONDS. PEOPLE FORCED TO PAY FOR THEIR OWN PROSECUTION(14 min)Riverside County “flash approves” Code Enforcement “ordinance” hiring 10 new “code enforcers” and creating a fee structure to be applied to people targeted by the enforcers. Homes will be taken, most likely.

UK court jails neo-Nazi couple who named child after Hitler – Adam Thomas and Claudia Patatas sentenced to 6.5 and 5 years in prison, respectively, for membership in group banned under anti-terror lawshttps://www.timesofisrael.com/uk-court-jails-neo-nazi-couple-who-named-child-after-hitler/ – “National Action wanted ‘the overthrow of democracy in this country by serious violence and murder, and the imposition of a Nazi-style state which would eradicate whole sections of society by such violence and mass-murder,’ Inman said.” Comment: So National Action might impose a Nazi-Style state that would send people to prison for association with a group it banned? That would be bad.

WaPo’s take: Trump administration plans to pull U.S. troops from Syria immediately, officials say – by Missy Ryan – https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-administration-plans-to-pull-us-troops-from-syria-immediately-defense-official-says/2018/12/19/4fcf188e-0397-11e9-b5df-5d3874f1ac36_story.html – “Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, said U.S. forces continue to work with their partners in Syria “at this time.” It wasn’t immediately clear whether the United States would continue to conduct airstrikes on militant targets in Syria once forces depart… The withdrawal plans leave major questions for an alliance of U.S.-backed Kurdish and Arab militias, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, which has provided key aid for U.S. forces in the fight against the Islamic State… Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who shares the president’s distaste for foreign wars, said on Twitter that he was ‘happy to see a President who can declare victory and bring our troops out of a war. It’s been a long time since that has happened.’ ”

From the Stop-The-Presses Desk: U.S. Military Preparing for a Full Withdrawal of Its Forces From Syria – by Dion Nissenbaum and Nancy A. Youssef – https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-military-preparing-for-a-full-withdrawal-of-its-forces-from-northeastern-syria-11545225641 – “U.S. officials began informing partners in northeastern Syria of their plans to begin an immediate pullout of American forces from the region where they have been trying to wrap up the campaign against Islamic State, the people said… ‘The Pentagon has an order to move troops out of Syria as quickly as possible’” a U.S. official said… U.S. military officials have refused to say what a withdrawal timeline could look like… The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the move. But President Trump wrote on Twitter Wednesday morning that ‘We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.’ (Question: When WOULD The Donald be in Syria OTHER than “during the Trump Presidency?” Just askin’.)… The U.S. sent in diplomatic teams to help rebuild northeastern Syria as the military set up new outposts on the country’s border with Turkey, which views them as an effort to shield America’s Kurdish partners from an attack by Turkish forces… Earlier this month, Mr. Erdogan moved Turkish military forces to the border and threatened to attack the Kurdish forces within days… Mr. Trump and Mr. Erdogan spoke last Friday, and the discussions about withdrawing U.S. forces moved rapidly.” (emphasis added) – Comment: Is it only me, or does it seem as if “the U.S.” is clearing the way for a major invasion and occupation of Northeastern Syria by the Turks?

From the Round-Up-The-Usual-Suspects Desk: Haley Urges Palestinians to Accept a Peace Deal with Israel – by Margaret Besheer – https://www.voanews.com/a/haley-urges-palestinians-to-accept-a-peace-deal-with-israel/4705880.html – ” ‘It is time we faced a hard truth: both sides would benefit greatly from a peace agreement, but the Palestinians would benefit more, and the Israelis would risk more,’ Haley said Tuesday at her final appearance at the monthly Security Council meeting on the Middle East issue… ‘Israel is a thriving, strong, prosperous country,’ Haley told fellow ambassadors. ‘It has always wanted peace with its neighbors. It has clearly demonstrated its willingness to make big sacrifices for peace, including giving up large areas of land, but Israel will not make a peace agreement at any price, and it shouldn’t,’ she said.” (emphasis added) – Quote: “Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” -George Orwell

From The-Gift-That-Keeps-On-Giving Desk: Russian disinformation teams targeted Robert S. Mueller III, says report prepared for Senate – by Craig Timberg, Tony Romm and Elizabeth Dwoskin – https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/russian-disinformation-teams-targeted-robert-s-mueller-iii-says-report-prepared-for-senate/2018/12/17/0e0047f6-0230-11e9-8186-4ec26a485713_story.html – “The Russian operatives unloaded on Mueller through fake accounts on Facebook, Twitter and beyond, falsely claiming that the former FBI director was corrupt and that the allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election were crackpot conspiracies. One post on Instagram — which emerged as an especially potent weapon in the Russian social media arsenal — claimed that Mueller had worked in the past with “radical Islamic groups.”.. Such tactics exemplified how Russian teams ranged nimbly across social media platforms in a shrewd online influence operation aimed squarely at American voters.” (emphasis added) – Rank Hypocrisy: When a party, in its operations, does precisely what it is accusing another party of doing.

Nvidia’s Scary AI Generates Humans That Look 100% Real – by Jesus Diaz – https://www.tomsguide.com/us/nvidia-ai-faces-generative-adversarial-network,news-28869.html – “The technology works so well that we can expect synthetic image search engines soon — just like Google’s, but generating new fake images on the fly that look real. Yes, you know where that is going — and sure, it can be a lot of fun, but also scary. Check out the video. It truly defies belief…”

Are We Microchipping Our Way Into Madness, Menstrual Problems, Miscarriages, And Other Maladies? – by Patricia Burke – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/12/are-we-microchipping-our-way-into-madness-menstrual-problems-miscarriages-and-other-maladies.html – “Acupuncture is a practice that spans back several thousand years, and acupuncture tells us that cutting the hand along the 4th point Large Intestine meridian to insert an RFIC chip is probably a very bad idea… Traditional Chinese medicine has outlined the therapeutic applications of stimulating LI4 via acupuncture or acupressure, for example by using pressure, needling, or heat (moxa) either via self-care or under the care of a skilled practitioner… We do not have any evidence that randomly stimulating the meridian point will not cause harm. And in fact It is likely that cutting the point and then inserting an RFID chip will be a form of what TCM would deem an “insult” to that energy system… We don’t’ have any evidence that the practice of microchipping the hand is safe because we are deploying technologies right and left that have not been pre-market safety tested.”

With guns out, Israeli and Lebanese soldiers squabble at border – by Judah Ari Gross – https://www.timesofisrael.com/with-guns-out-israeli-lebanese-soldiers-squabble-at-border/ – “Israeli officials have indicated that the IDF may operate within Lebanese territory, if necessary, to destroy the tunnels. Lebanese President Michel Aoun, a Hezbollah ally, said Tuesday that the United States assured him that Israel has “no aggressive intentions” with its Operation Northern Shield.” (emphasis added) – Comment: All articles on this IDF operation always use the term “attack tunnels,” usually multiple times, to make sure that we all understand that “attack tunnels” are real!

From the Pay-No-Attention-To-The-Man-Behind-The-Curtain Desk: The Daily 202: Russian efforts to manipulate African Americans show sophistication of disinformation campaign – by James Hohmann – https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2018/12/17/daily-202-russian-efforts-to-manipulate-african-americans-show-sophistication-of-disinformation-campaign/5c1739291b326b2d6629d4c6/ – “Researchers at Oxford University’s Computational Propaganda Project and Graphika, a network analysis firm, spent seven months analyzing millions of social media posts that major technology firms turned over to congressional investigators. Their goal was to understand the inner workings of the Internet Research Agency, which the U.S. government has charged with criminal offenses for interfering in the 2016 election… It turns out that African Americans were targeted with more Facebook ads than any other group, including conservatives.” (emphasis added) – Comment: The 2 groups bolded above are essentially clients of UK intelligence agencies. This is the nexus out of which the entire Trump/Russian Conspiracy meme emerged, to be foisted on the American people by elements in the DNC, U.S. intelligence/FBI, mainstream media, and the non-profit sector.

The Demands of the Gillets Jaune to Macron in France

“The People’s directives” Demands made by the yellow vests in France.

The original source is in French but someone over at r/onguardforthee translated them into English.

•End of the tax hike on fuel.

•Promote the transport of goods by rail.

•Tax on marine fuel oil and kerosene.

•Monthly minimum wage at 1,300 euros net ($1947 CAD per month after taxes).

•Indexing of all wages, pensions and allowances to inflation.

•Nationalization of the fuel for home heating and electricity sectors.

•More progressive income tax (more marginal tax brackets).

•The end of the austerity.

•No withholding tax.

•Restoring the taxes for the ultra-wealthy.

•Same social security system for all workers, including the self-employed.

•The pension system must remain in solidarity and therefore socialized.

•No retirement pension below 1,200 euros ($1797/month CAD).

•Increase of disability allowances.

•Retirement at age 60, and a right to early retirement at 55 for workers who have worked a hard manual labour job.

•Continuation of the Pajemploi help system until the child is 10 years old.

•End of outsourcing of work for French corporations.

•Limit the number of fixed-term contracts for large companies, replaced with more full time employment.

•Maximum salary fixed at 15,000 euros [monthly] ($22469/month, or maximum annual salary of ~$270,000).

•Jobs for the unemployed.

•Any elected representative will be entitled to the median national salary.

•The popular referendum must enter into the Constitution. Creating a readable and effective site, supervised by an independent control body where people can make a proposal for a law. If this bill obtains 700,000 signatures then this bill will have to be discussed, completed and amended by the National Assembly, which will have the obligation, one year to the day after obtaining the 700,000 signatures, to submit it to the vote of all French.

•Return to a seven-year term for the President of the Republic.

•End of presidential allowances for life.

•Proportional voting system.

•Elimination of the Senate.

•Accounting of the protest/blank/none of the above ballots.

•Promote small businesses in villages and town centers. Stop the construction of large commercial areas around the big cities that kill the small business. More free parking in city centers.

•No further privatization of French infrastructure.

•Improved funding for the justice system, the police, the gendarmerie and the army.

•All the money earned by highway tolls will be used for the maintenance of motorways and roads in France and road safety.

•Immediate closure of private trains, post offices, schools and maternity homes.

•Maximum 25 students per class for all ages.

•Large corporations (McDonald’s, Google, Amazon, Carrefour …) pay big [taxes], small businesses (artisans, SMEs) pay small [taxes].

•Protect the French industry to prohibit outsourcing.

•End of the business tax credit. Use this money for the launch of a French hydrogen car industry.

•Eliminate credit card fees for merchants.

•Lower employers’ charges.

•Continue exemption of farm diesel.

•Improve the lives of the elderly, by banning exploitation and making money off the elderly.

•Substantial boosts in mental health fund.

•Prohibition of glyphosate.

•Immediate end to temporary foreign worker programs.

•Plan for improving insulation of housing (help the environment by helping the household).

•Rent control. More low-rent housing (especially for students and precarious workers).

•Treat the root causes of forced migration.

•Fair treatment of asylum seekers . We owe them housing, security, food and education. Work with the UN to have host camps open in many countries around the world, pending the outcome of the asylum application.

•Return of unsuccessful asylum seekers to their country of origin.

•Real integration policy is implemented. Living in France means becoming French (French language course, French history course and civic education course with certification at the end of the course).

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Paradoxes of working toward a Global Shift

I wrote the exercise below in response to a friend in a group I belong to, who is convinced that I am stuck in what he characterizes as “the Enemy Construct.” He is sure that by pointing out the damages caused by the actions of people that are now commonly identified as Psychopaths, one must be aligning oneself against them, which he says is “going to war” with them. He thinks that I’m trapped in this opposition and therefore unable to see reality as it is, like he does.

I am responding using one paragraph of things he’s written about what I’ve said in group discussions:

“But you are still stuck in that construct, thinking that is what is going on from the evidence of what you write and comment.  Yes it is the same scenario of powers against each other for PUBLIC CONSUMPTION, but public consumption only.   Behind that is another team that is equally embedded in each of the same powers, but they are a different team.  You all don’t see that because quite frankly you are still stuck in the enemy construct, that they’re all collectively the enemy of the people and the world.  They are not the same team.  It is a team that has been operating for at least sixty years, that formulated itself in the 1950s, and in reality probably go back hundreds, perhaps thousands of years.  The current events have been planned and strategized for at least those sixty years, a long, slow, patient plan in which many, many, many of the individual players died in many different ways, whether just by expiring their life span or by more violent events.  Most knew they would not see the finality in their lifetimes, yet they did it because they knew it had to be done.”

1) re: “But you are still stuck in that construct, thinking that is what is going on from the evidence of what you write and comment.” – I have frequently said that what I’m posting is for peoples’ consideration. Frankly, I don’t think that you do know what my mindset or “construct” is. One can observe that what people acting from either “volition” (action base on their own possibly demented mentation) or from orders from up the chain-of-obedience are doing, is violating the lives of others, regardless of whether the apparent source of the  action is from a formal institution or from shadowy overlords. I have been studying deep politics specifically since the early 1970’s, and I’m sure that my view of what’s going on in human relations and beyond is sufficiently nuanced as to encompass anything that you write about – This is why I was attracted to getting involved with [this group] in the first place.

2) re: “Yes it is the same scenario of powers against each other for PUBLIC CONSUMPTION, but public consumption only.” – Don’t you think that basically everything coming from the PTWB (Powers That Wanna Be) is part of a mind-control initiative of one sort or another? It seems to me that none of it is what it appears to be on the surface, everything is calculated to have various different meanings and effects depending on who is hearing or reading it (including, I think, even exalted members of control hierarchies). One of the questions that I think is important now is a version of something being asked almost everywhere in the “alternative media” now: Who (or what) is at the top of the chain-of-obedience? From my viewpoint, it seems that this “Anti-Source” is outside of ANY of the organizations, cults or institutions that can be “constated” (Gurdjieff-talk for hypothesizing an idea to oneself) at a mental level. If you have worked with non-dual philosophy, you may know of the saying: “Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form.” Do you give credence to the idea that the world-of-form arises out of the void, and yet at the same time is not separate from it? I suspect that one of the hallmarks of our so-called evolution that will drive the shift –  from the current Cartesian mind-set to the “new paradigm” that you often seem to be hinting at –  is the skillful acceptance and use of paradox(es). Personally, I’m quite sure that the material I post, and my pocket-analyses of it, come from varying levels of reality-framing. This doesn’t mean that I’m (seriously) identified with any of these frames (I would also point that our frames are constantly shifting as different aspects of our personalities are emphasized through identification).

3) re: “Behind that is another team that is equally embedded in each of the same powers, but they are a different team.  You all don’t see that because quite frankly you are still stuck in the enemy construct, that they’re all collectively the enemy of the people and the world.” – IMO, the teams struggling for control in the world-of-form we apparently inhabit are nested in each other like a set of matryoshka dolls “to infinity,” or to where the edges of the Cartesian reality-set dissolve into formlessness. This does not mean that there are not quite-apparent individuals, acting at every level of the nested systems, who are invested in egoic spells under which they misperceive the other beings sharing their dream-worlds, to the extent that they see them as “The Other.” I would argue that it is only under such a spell that anyone, externalizing The Other in their thinking, can begin to strategize invasive actions against others which, if the aggressor’s wholeness and intuition were intact, they would never contemplate, as their still inner-voice would be screaming at them “Nooooooo!” If this is true, then a major part of our missions in healing ourselves and building the world we will relish living in will be to recognize when we ourselves are projecting out onto our fellow beings as if they are outside of us, and consequently potential threats. It’s axiomatic that for the ego, the only significance of a being projected out in this way is due to the advantages they offer the egoist’s acquisitive dreams, egoically identified with. Again, this does not mean that we cannot see that people in OUR DREAM hold these identifications and are pursuing strategies which have no restraints of ethics or compassion, and that are thus producing harmful effects on our sisters and brothers and on Life itself within the world-of-form. I would argue that a compassionate response to stop the perpetration of these harms doesn’t embody an enemy-construct, as it is ultimately for the good of the aggressors as well as for their apparent victims.

4) re: “It is a team that has been operating for at least sixty years, that formulated itself in the 1950s, and in reality probably go back hundreds, perhaps thousands of years.  The current events have been planned and strategized for at least those sixty years, a long, slow, patient plan in which many, many, many of the individual players died in many different ways, whether just by expiring their life span or by more violent events.  Most knew they would not see the finality in their lifetimes, yet they did it because they knew it had to be done.” – I think the team you may be referring to here goes back at least to the Congress of Vienna in 1815, and may have been symbolically book-ended by the collapsing of the British markets in 1815 by Nathan Rothschild, resulting in Rothschild control (begging, of course, the question of what doll-layer was pulling those strings) of British equities and of the Bank of England. However, again, how do we penetrate the nature of the unseen capstone of the Pyramid of Power? If the Paradigm Shift perhaps involves transcending our identification with our own formal natures, and moving more and more into unconditioned being in the present moment, then this hypothesized Anti-Source driver may be (mechanically) running a program of constraining humanity into an exclusively “objective” reality. This may have something to do with energies which are “split out” of The Now (and which become contaminated like stagnant water), which this Anti-Force is using for strictly illusory effects in the world-of-form, to continue to create “facts-on-the-ground” to, perhaps it believes it possible, take absolute control (the ultimate fever-dream of ego) of space time reality, at least within a certain Cartesian playing court. This would be a force that is, in truth, imaginary, based on the mechanical tendencies of ego-nature, remembering that ego itself is actually a phantasm. Yet, at the moment it seems to be the Ruler of the World, even though I would argue that it is not a “real” being, that is to say, emanating out of the Living Void, with a consequent direct connection to Source. So then, beings who have, in whatever ways, allowed themselves to fall into the chain-of obedience, are acting out of habitual behaviors driven by a need to comply with this mechanical system of control. They do not “know” anything had to be done to reach a conscious goal of their own. They know they have to comply, to go-along-to-get-along, regardless of consequences, which are unavoidably severe due to the consideration that their violations of others inevitably manifest as violations of themselves.

How this will all play out, even where we “actually” are in the process, cannot, IMO, be known. I think the greatest gift we can realize is the direct recognition that the Now moment is perfect as it is. And “always will be.”

I hope the above helps to clarify these sometimes thorny issues.

Yours truly, etc.