Web Research Links for the Week of 2/18/19

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

From the Pull-The-Other-Leg Desk: As Mainstream Journalists Acknowledge Douma Attacks Were “Staged,” the “Humanitarian” Syria Regime-Change Network Tries to Save A Sinking Ship – There is increasing desperation on the part of the “humanitarian” regime-change network to protect its influence and the power of its narratives, not just in Syria but in future conflicts – by Whitney Webb and Vanessa Beeley – https://www.mintpressnews.com/as-mainstream-journalists-acknowledge-douma-attacks-were-staged-the-humanitarian-syria-regime-change-network-tries-to-save-a-sinking-ship/255223/ – ” Over the past few days, notable journalists and other figures in mainstream media have acknowledged that the alleged chemical weapons attack that occurred last April in the Damascus suburb of Douma, Syria was likely “staged” by “activist” groups such as the White Helmets. Their comments and investigations have largely vindicated the many journalists and academics who cast aspersions on the precipitous Western media campaign to blame that alleged attack on the Syrian government. Many of the dissenting voices were derided as “conspiracy theorists” or ignored entirely by mainstream sources… Following the renewed interest in the Douma incident as a result of Harkin’s report and Dalati’s subsequent tweets, Tobias Schneider — a research fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPI) — accused people like Harkin and Dalati of “squabbling over the intricacies” of the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, later calling these independent investigations and statements “madness.”.. Unwilling to stop there, Schneider also announced that the GPPI would be publishing the first analytical study “on the logic underpinning the Syrian regime’s systematic use of improvised chlorine bombs in particular” that would use “the broadest dataset compilable and break down tactical, operational, strategic patterns” in order to claim that, despite a lack of evidence for chemical weapons use in Douma last year, other separate incidents form a pattern that would incriminate the Syrian government in the events alleged to have taken place last April. The report has now been published and has been picked up by the usual purveyors and promoters of the “chemical attack” narratives that are designed to criminalize the Syrian government.” (emphasis added)

Propaganda War: Russian Flag Flies On Scaffolding At Salisbury Cathedral. Facebook Bans RT’s In The NOWhttps://southfront.org/propaganda-war-russian-flag-flies-on-scaffolding-at-salisbury-cathedral-facebook-bans-rts-in-the-now/ – “Glenn Greenwald, @ggreenwald:’Regardless of what you think of @RaniaKhalek, Russia or anything else, this trio – CNN, US-funded German Marshall funded, and Facebook – working together to selectively censor is highly disturbing. But this is the inevitable outcome of begging FB to censor (The Intercept): https://theintercept.com/2017/12/30/facebook-says-it-is-deleting-accounts-at-the-direction-of-the-u-s-and-israeli-governments/ … Rania Khalek, @RaniaKhalek: ‘Facebook has suspended all of @IntheNow_tweet’s facebook pages, apparently in coordination w/ CNN, on the grounds that In The Now doesn’t disclose who funds it (Ruptly). This is an outrageous standard that is not applied to other outlets, like NPR or AJ+.- https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/02/15/tech/russia-facebook-viral-videos/index.html?__twitter_impression=true

How One of America’s Premier Data Monarchs is Funding a Global Information War and Shaping the Media Landscape – by Alexander Rubinstein and Max Blumenthal –  https://www.mintpressnews.com/ebay-founder-pierre-omidyar-is-funding-a-global-media-information-war/255199/ –  “A select group of national news “stakeholders” gathered at an undisclosed location for what was described as a “semi-secret” workshop somewhere in Canada on January 26. The meeting had been convened to determine how and to whom a “news industry bailout” of $645 million in Canadian government subsidies to private and supposedly independent media outlets would be disbursed. It was a striking event that signaled both the crisis of legitimacy faced by mainstream media and the desperate measures that are being proposed to answer it… Jesse Brown, a Canadian journalist who participated in the meeting, complained that the first thing he noticed about it “was that one major public ‘stakeholder’ wasn’t represented: the public.” Inside what amounted to a smoke filled room that was off limits to most Canadian citizens, Ben Scott — a former Obama administration official who also served in Hillary Clinton’s State Department — presided over the discussions. Today, as the director of policy and advocacy for the Omidyar Network, Scott works for one of the most quietly influential billionaires in helping to shape the media landscape and define the craft of journalism itself… His boss is Pierre Omidyar, the ebay founder best known for his sponsorship of The Intercept, a flashy progressive publication that possesses the classified documents exfiltrated by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Unlike rival Silicon Valley billionaires Peter Thiel, Jeff Bezos, and Eric Schmidt, Omidyar has mostly managed to keep his influential role in media below the radar. And while he directs his fortune into many of the same politically strategic NGOs and media outlets that George Soros does in hotspots around the globe, he has never been subjected to the public scrutiny and often ugly attacks that dog Soros. And yet Samantha Power, the former U.S. ambassador to the UN and liberal interventionist guru, has explicitly praised Omidyar as someone who is following in the footsteps of Soros.” – Comment: This is a very detailed and revealing article.

Reshaping the Middle East: Why the West Should Stop its Interventions – Part 1 – by Elijah J. Magnier – https://ejmagnier.com/2019/02/15/reshaping-the-middle-east-why-the-west-should-stop-its-interventions-1/ – “Every single foreign intervention has made the Middle East reconfigure itself against the interventionists. It has harshly counter-attacked, creating the opposite of the insurgents’ desired effect. When we look at recent history (the last four decades since the PLO was expelled from Lebanon), the list is cataclysmic. We find the formation of Hezbollah, Hamas, al-Qaeda, ISIS, the ousting of the Taliban regime, Saddam Hussein, Moammar Ghedaffi, the attempt to topple the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the attempt to divide Iraq, and the war on Yemen. The list bears witness to the unbelievable resources brought to bear by the US, Israel, Europe and their Middle Eastern allies in attempts at “regime change”, and their total failure at creating a “new Middle East”… In fact, they have managed instead to create generations of powerful non-state actors (or quasi-state actors). They strengthened Iran’s influence in the Middle East and brought Russia back into the international arena after the lull of Perestroika. But they have wrought huge destruction, completely destroying the basic infrastructure of many countries and severely regressing this part of the world, creating more migration, misery, lack of services, trauma- and anger toward the west.” – Comment: Magnier is one of the finest of the new generation of Middle East analysts. He is self-published on his own blog.

Reshaping the Middle East: Why the West Should Stop its Interventions – Part 2 – by Elijah J. Magnier – https://ejmagnier.com/2019/02/16/reshaping-the-middle-east-why-the-west-should-stop-its-interventions-2/ – “Foreign intervention has pushed many Middle Eastern populations into poverty, at the same time making them more determined to confront and reject the global domination sought by the USA. The number of Middle Eastern countries and non-state actors opposed to the US coalition is relatively small and weak by comparison with the opposite camp, but they have nevertheless shaken the richer and strongest superpower together with its oil-rich Middle Eastern allies who were the investors and the instigators of recent wars. They have coalesced as a Resistance movement attracting global support, even in the face of unprecedented propaganda warfare in the mass media. The soft power of the US coalition has been undermined domestically and abroad from the blatant deceit intrinsic in the project of supporting jihadist takfiri gangs to terrorize, rape and kill Christian, Sunni, secular, and other civilian populations while allegedly fighting a global war on Islamic terrorism… The small countries targeted by the US coalition are theoretically and strategically important due to their vicinity to Israel. Notwithstanding the scarcity of their resources and their relatively small number of allies in comparison with the opposite camp, they have rejected any reconciliation on the terms offered by Israel.”

WWIII HAS BEGUN (!) – DC ANNOUNCES INTENT TO INVADE PEACEFUL NON THREATENING COUNTRY FOR PROFIT(!) (from the Florida Maquis channel – 12 min) – Comment: I don’t present this to invalidate any other perspective. I suggest this information from the Florida Maquis (former U.S. military) is something that Americans consider before we make another big mistake.

McCabe confirms the existence of a rogue deep state –  no apology from the controlled media for mocking those who warned about true conspiracy – by Ethan Huff – https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-02-17-mccabe-confirms-the-existence-of-a-rogue-deep-state.html – “For more than two years, fake news outlets everywhere have shamelessly mocked conservatives and others who contend that there’s a “deep state” operating behind the scenes that’s trying to unseat President Donald Trump and dismantle the Republic. But we now have a public admission by none other than former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe that the deep state does, indeed, exist – though not a single mainstream news outlet has since come forward to apologize for calling such a notion a wild “conspiracy theory.” ”

Yes, DEW and Laser Weapons are Being Used Against the American People – by Makia Freeman – freedom-articles.toolsforfreedom.com/dew-laser-weapons-used-against-people/ – “DEW (Directed Energy Weapons) are no longer the stuff of conspiracy theory. In the last few months in the US, there have been a number of incidents where DEW, laser weapons and perhaps other high-tech energy weapons have been openly deployed against the American people. Both the Santa Rosa (2017) and Paradise (2018) so-called “wildfires” in California demonstrate the fingerprints of DEW, with seemingly impossible scenarios of houses, trees, plants and even mailboxes neatly left intact while adjacent houses and fences are completely razed to the ground. Unsurprisingly to those following the crimes of the NWO (New World Order), the deployment of these weapons is tied to the deeply sinister UN Agenda 2030… The giveaway clue that DEW was used in Santa Rosa and Paradise is the way that specific homes were burnt along property lines. Some houses were untouched with fresh produce out front, or orange trees in the backyard, next to houses which were razed to the ground. These “wildfires” left mailboxes, plants, front yards, back yards, eucalyptus trees and other highly flammable things untouched, while somehow neatly and perfectly targeted particular houses, neighborhoods and areas. Are these the most selective “wildfires” in American history? How can one house burn to the ground while each house on either side remained completely intact? Wildfires obviously don’t do this. Some people were, horribly, killed in their cars. There were reports that as many as 50,000 went missing or died!”

‘You’ll Lose Everything.’ President Trump Warns Venezuelan Military to Abandon Nicolas Maduro – by Hillary Leung – http://time.com/5532143/donald-trump-miami-venezuela/ – ” ‘You will find no safe harbor, no easy exit and no way out. You’ll lose everything,’ Trump said at a Monday night rally in Miami, warning Venezuela’s armed forces to suspend their loyalty to Maduro… The crowd at Florida International University was made up of mostly of immigrants from Venezuela and Cuba, Reuters reports. More than 100,000 Venezuelans and Venezuelan-Americans live in South Florida, the largest concentration in the country… Trump offered strong backing for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who declared himself the interim president after rejecting Maduro’s election to a second term last year as illegitimate. Trump called on the military to turn their support to Guaido and allow U.S. aid to be let into country, after Maduro ordered a blockade on the border… ‘You must not follow Maduro’s orders to block humanitarian aid and you must not threaten any form of violence against peaceful protesters, opposition leaders, members of the National Assembly or President Guaido and his family,’ Trump said… He also accused Maduro of following orders from Cuba and being a “Cuban puppet.” ”

Credit Exhaustion Is Global – by Charles Hugh Smith – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/02/credit-exhaustion-is-global.html – “The signs are everywhere: credit exhaustion is global, and that means the global growth story is over: revenues and profits are all sliding as lending dries up and defaults pile up… What is credit exhaustion? Qualified buyers don’t want to borrow more, leaving only the unqualified or speculators seeking to save a marginal bet gone bad with one more loan (which will soon be in default)… Lenders are faced with a lose-lose choice: either stop lending to unqualified borrowers and speculators, and lose the loan-origination fees, or issue the loans and take the immense losses when the punters and gamblers default… Europe is awash in credit exhaustion, and so is China. China’s situation is unique, as credit expansion has been propping up the entire economy, from household wealth to corporate speculation to the export sector.” – Question: Is a Global Currrency Reset like turning over the table the Monopoly board is on?

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Web Research Links for the Week of 2/11/19

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

America’s fight with Huawei is messing with the world’s 5G plans – by Michelle To – https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/14/tech/huawei-nokia-ericsson-5g/index.html – “The United States is trying to persuade other countries not to allow Huawei equipment into new superfast 5G networks because it claims the gear could be used by the Chinese government for spying… Huawei strongly denies the accusations. And it has already built up such a strong lead in 5G technology that it’s practically irreplaceable for many wireless carriers that want to be among the first to offer the new services… ‘Banning Huawei will create a vacuum that no one can fill in a timely fashion and may seriously impair 5G deployments worldwide,’ said Stéphane Téral, a mobile telecom infrastructure expert at research firm IHS Markit. The uncertainty is particularly problematic for Europe, where Huawei was expected to play a key role in building 5G networks that the region’s leaders say are vital for its economic future.”

US Air Freight Company that Smuggled Weapons Into Venezuela Linked to CIA “Black Site” Renditions – by Whitney Webb – https://www.mintpressnews.com/us-company-that-smuggled-weapons-into-venezuela-linked-to-cia-renditions/255049/ – “A subsequent investigation into the plane responsible for the weapons caché conducted by McClatchyDC received very little media attention despite the fact that it uncovered information clearly showing that the plane responsible for the shipment had been making an unusually high number of trips to Venezuela and neighboring Colombia over the past few weeks… Steffan Watkins, an Ottawa-based analyst, told McClatchy in a telephone interview that the plane, which is operated by U.S. air cargo company 21 Air, had been “flying between Philadelphia and Miami and all over the place, but all continental U.S.” during all of last year. However, Watkins noted that “all of a sudden in January, things changed” when the plane began making trips to Colombia and Venezuela on a daily basis, sometimes multiple times a day… According to Watkins’ analysis, this single plane had conducted 40 round-trip flights from Miami International Airport to Caracas and Valencia — where the smuggled weapons had been discovered — in Venezuela, as well as to Bogota and Medellin in Colombia in just the past month… …the chairman and majority owner of 21 Air, Adolfo Moreno, and 21 Air’s director of quality control, Michael Steinke, both have “either coincidental or direct ties” to Gemini Air Cargo, a company previously named by Amnesty International as one of the air charter services involved in a CIA rendition program. In this CIA program, individuals suspected of terrorism were abducted by the intelligence agency and then taken abroad to third-country secret “black sites” where torture, officially termed “enhanced interrogation,” was regularly performed.”

Facebook “Exploring Additional Measures” to Fight Anti-Vaccine Information: Report – by Jason Erickson – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/02/facebook-exploring-additional-measures-to-fight-anti-vaccine-information-report.html – “Geek.com cites Bloomberg: ‘There is strong evidence to suggest that at least part of the source of this trend is the degree to which medically inaccurate information about vaccines surface on the websites where many Americans get their information,’ Schiff wrote in the letter. ‘The algorithms which power these services are not designed to distinguish quality information from misinformation or misleading information, and the consequences of that are particularly troubling for public health issues.’..  Facebook responded to Schiff’s letter and told Bloomberg in a statement that it’s ‘exploring additional measures to best combat the problem.’ These next steps might include minimizing or reducing false anti-vaccine content from recommendations, including Facebook’s Groups You Should Join, and giving them a lower ranking in Facebook search results. Additionally, Facebook will step up its fake news policing to ensure more authoritative information is available on its social network site.”

From the Signs-Of-The-Times Desk: The COSMIC truth: Ten revelations that prove Democrats are DEMON-infested creatures pretending to be human – by Mike Adams –  https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-02-15-the-cosmic-truth-ten-revelations-that-prove-democrats-are-demon-infested-creatures-pretending-to-be-human.html – “What all real human beings need to realize right now is that Earth is the domain of Lucifer. This is admitted in scripture. Earth has long been dominated by evil and is well known by God to be the place where Lucifer, the “fallen angel,” dominates. Heaven is the domain of God, but on Earth, a spiritual battle has been raging for millennia, and until the predictions in Revelations come true, Lucifer will continue to “win” influence, control and power across our planet. You are seeing it now more than ever before.” – Comment: I went to dinner last night with some friends, including a couple of famous internet figures, to talk about how to help to bring about a free society. We ended up discussing what the consensus seemed to be was the likelihood of a vicious civil war in America, replete with accounts of ghastly past events,and ones now emerging around the world. That the very smart, hardworking and committed Mike Adams is featuring pieces like this on his popular site, is both concerning and poignant at the same time.

Germany Pulls Rank on Macron and American Energy Blackmail – by Finian Cunningham – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/02/13/germany-pulls-rank-on-macron-and-american-energy-blackmail.html – “Macron wanted to give the EU administration in Brussels greater control over the new pipeline running from Russia to Germany. But in the end the so-called “compromise” was a rejection of Macron’s proposal, reaffirming Germany in the lead role of implementing the Nord Stream 2 route, along with Russia… The $11-billion, 1,200 kilometer pipeline is due to become operational at the end of this year. Stretching from Russian mainland under the Baltic Sea, it will double the natural gas supply from Russia to Germany. The Berlin government and German industry view the project as a vital boost to the country’s ever-robust economy. Gas supplies will also be distributed from Germany to other European states. Consumers stand to gain from lower prices for heating homes and businesses… Thus Macron’s belated bizarre meddling was rebuffed by Berlin. A rebuff was given too to the stepped-up pressure from Washington for the Nord Stream 2 project to be cancelled. Last week, US ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell and two other American envoys wrote an op-ed for Deutsche Welle in which they accused Russia of trying to use “energy blackmail” over Europe’s geopolitics.”

Russia vows to continue assisting Syrian government, army in liberating country – Lavrov stressed that while liberating the country’s territory, the Syrian military and government were abiding by international humanitarian laws – http://tass.com/politics/1044425 – ” ‘I would like to reiterate that we will continue to make every possible effort to assist the Syrian government and armed forces in liberating the country,’ he said. ‘We will support the Syrian army’s activities that must be consistent with international humanitarian laws,’ the Russian top diplomat added.

Israel and Arab nations discuss ‘common interests of war with Iran’ – Netanyahuhttps://www.rt.com/news/451405-netanyahu-iran-war-arab-nations/ – “Israel and Arab countries are in talks “in order to advance the common interest of war with Iran”, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said, although the translation from Hebrew was later downgraded to a mere “struggle.”.. The promise of a major conflict in the Middle East was floated by the Israeli leader during his trip to Warsaw… ‘From here I am going to a meeting with 60 foreign ministers and envoys of countries from around the world against Iran,’ Netanyahu said as quoted by Jerusalem Post… ‘What is important about this meeting – and this meeting is not in secret, because there are many of those – is that this is an open meeting with representatives of leading Arab countries, that are sitting down together with Israel in order to advance the common interest of war with Iran.’ ”

From the Thin-Edge-Of-The-Wedge Desk: Smarter together: ASU Law student helping unite metro Phoenix as region of innovationhttps://asunow.asu.edu/20190201-smarter-together-asu-law-student-helping-unite-metro-phoenix-region-innovation – “But it’s all part of the vision of Dominic Papa, a third-year student at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University… Papa is the co-founder and executive director of the Institute for Digital Progress, a nonprofit aiming to improve the Phoenix area by transforming the region into a major hub of smart-city technology. It’s an ambitious project that relies heavily on innovation — and collaboration (collaboration wouldn’t be, like, conspiracy, would it?)… ‘We saw what Governor Doug Ducey did by opening up Arizona, and our streets, to autonomous vehicles, and the massive economic impact that that brought to our state,’ Papa said. ‘It’s really taking that concept and drilling down to a micro-level. So how can we open our region (of course, all of this opening is being done with informed consent of all the “participants,” right) or ASU, our campuses, to allow for industry, entrepreneurs and even researchers to leverage our infrastructure as a proving ground to build, test and validate emerging technologies?’.. Collaboration is one of the key elements, and the institute has been working in partnership with ASU, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the Maricopa Association of Governments, and cities and towns making up the Greater Phoenix region in order to create a Greater Phoenix Smart Region… ‘It’s 22 cities and towns, the county, ASU and industry partners coming together to intentionally (?) accelerate our development into a smart region,’ said Papa, explaining that workforce development will be a key element. “A smart region (and WHO is that, exactly?) is going to demand a public-sector workforce that is educated to develop, deploy and maintain these technologies within the cities themselves. Together, ASU and IDPInstitute for Digital Progress will train city employees on emerging technologies and digitization strategies. The goal is to create the nation’s leading public-sector workforce of the future, right here in Greater Phoenix.’.. For example, Sun Devil Stadium is not only hosting football games, but also doubling as a research laboratory... ‘One thing they’re doing there, which may seem to be more about entertainment than technology testing, is using facial-recognition software within the suites area,’ Bowman said. ‘Guests have their faces scanned and are then matched with their celebrity doppelganger, which isn’t always the same one. So while it may seem kind of whimsical and fun — which it is — the fact that Arizona is a border state and we have an international airport suggests that this technology, once proven to be effective, could be deployed in the state by agencies to enhance public safety, which is really exciting. If, by initially deploying and testing the technology in our stadium, we can prove it is efficient and effective, we can begin to then imagine how ASU could potentially partner with entities such as Phoenix Sky Harbor to test the technology from a security perspective’ (hmm, makes me wonder if they might not have already “begun to imagine” some stuff)… And that’s not all that’s being tested at Sun Devil Stadium… ‘You know when you go to a stadium and they hand out prizes for the section that cheers the loudest? That’s all fake right now,’ said Papa, explaining that ASU partnered with Intel to develop a groundbreaking noise-detection system. ‘Sun Devil Stadium is the first stadium to actually use real-time noise captured through sensors to choose the correct section that was actually the loudest.’.. Papa said through a phone app, ASU can th en alert the fans in that section that they’ve won a prize and can pick up a free T-shirt or soft drink at a certain location within the stadium. The app could even direct spectators to the shortest concession stand lines.”(emphases and snarky parentheses added)Comment: The Future is getting better! Imagine there’s no freedom, It’s easy if you try. It is interesting to see the the man pushing this is a law student.

From the Tail-Wags-Dog Desk: Trump calls on Omar to resign over remarks condemned as anti-Semitic (w/nauseating video 47sec) – by Jordan Fabian and Brett Samuels – https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/429609-trump-calls-on-omar-to-resign-over-remarks-condemned-as-anti-semitic – ” ‘Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress,’ Trump said during a Cabinet meeting at the White House. ‘And I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.’ ” – Comment: Da Boss wants ya should resign.

Making Globalism Great Again – by C.J. Hopkins – http://www.unz.com/chopkins/making-globalism-great-again/ – “For the last two-hundred years or so, we have been conditioned to think of ourselves as the citizens of a collection of sovereign nation states, as “Americans,” “Germans,” “Greeks,” and so on. There are no more sovereign nation states. Global capitalism has done away with them. Which is why we are experiencing a “neo-nationalist” backlash. Trump, Brexit, the so-called “new populism” … these are the death throes of national sovereignty, like the thrashing of a suffocating fish before you whack it and drop it in the cooler. The battle is over, but the fish doesn’t know that. It didn’t even realize there was a battle until it suddenly got jerked up out of the water.” Comment: This guy better think about what I said about using sarcasm…

UK Mother Arrested And Detained For 7 Hours After ‘Misgendering’ Trans Activist – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-10/uk-mother-arrested-and-detained-7-hours-after-misgendering-trans-activit – “Writing on online forum Mumsnet, Mrs Scottow – who has also been served with a court order that bans her from referring to her accuser as a man – claimed: ‘I was arrested in my home by three officers, with my autistic ten-year-old daughter and breastfed 20-month-old son present.’.. ‘I was then detained for seven hours in a cell with no sanitary products (which I said I needed) before being interviewed then later released under investigation…I was arrested for harassment and malicious communications because I called someone out and misgendered them on Twitter.’.. The woman in question, Kate Scottow, was arrested after repeatedly misgendering transgender activist Stephanie Hayden during a debate on the UK-based online forum Mumsnet. After being detained (Scottow was also served with an order prohibiting from ever referring to Hayden as a man), police confiscated Scottow’s phone and laptop, and have so far refused to return them more than two months later. The Hertfordshire PD confirmed the arrest, saying ‘We take all reports of malicious communication seriously.’ ” (emphasis added) – Comment: Use Sarcasm, Go to Jail!

Israel Struck Syrian Army Positions In Quneitra Province, Near Golan Heights: Reportshttps://southfront.org/israel-struck-syrian-army-positions-in-quneitra-province-near-golan-heights-reports/ – “Reports say that the strikes targeted at least 8 buildings and fortified positions in the area. The attack caused material damage only. No casualties were reported… The city hospital of Al-Quneitra and an observation post near Al-Shaab Mount were among the targets.”
Your Smart Light Can Tell Amazon and Google When You Go to Bed – by Matthew Day – https://www.bloombergquint.com/pursuits/your-smart-light-can-tell-amazon-and-google-when-you-go-to-bed#gs.U57qynFz – “For several years, Amazon and Google have collected data every time someone used a smart speaker to turn on a light or lock a door. Now they’re asking smart-home gadget makers such as Logitech and Hunter Fan Co. to send a continuous stream of information. In other words, after you connect a light fixture to Alexa, Amazon wants to know every time the light is turned on or off, regardless of whether you asked Alexa to toggle the switch. Televisions must report the channel they’re set to. Smart locks must keep the company apprised whether or not the front door bolt is engaged.”

Unprecedented Gun Confiscation Hits US as Thousands Of Guns Seized from Innocent Citizens – by Matt Agorist – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/02/unprecedented-gun-confiscation-hits-us-as-thousands-of-guns-seized-from-innocent-citizens.html – “As a recent report out of FOX32, points out, nine states have passed laws over the past year allowing police or household members to seek court orders requiring people deemed threatening to temporarily surrender their guns, bringing the total to 14. Several more are likely to follow in the months ahead… To show how willing these states are to use these laws, an unprecedented 1,700 orders to seize guns were issued in 2018, likely resulting in the confiscation of thousands of guns. What’s more is the fact that this number is likely far greater because there is no requirement to report these numbers and this data doesn’t include California who has recently implemented some of the most draconian gun laws in the country… To those who may be in favor of such laws, consider the following: There is no way to stop an estranged spouse from calling police repeatedly and telling them their ex is threatening to cause harm to others.”

State of War featuring Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Thomas Massie (13 min) – Comment: “Congress” doesn’t seem to want to open the issue of U.S. Support for the Saudi war in Yemen. I guess Trump’s hands are tied.

From the 5D-Chess-Play-By-Play Desk: Trump says Omar ‘should be ashamed of herself’ over AIPAC money tweetshttps://www.timesofisrael.com/trump-says-omar-should-be-ashamed-of-herself-over-aipac-money-tweets/ – “US President Donald Trump said Monday that freshman Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar “should be ashamed of herself” over tweets suggesting that a powerful pro-Israel interest group pays members of Congress to support Israel… The Minnesota congresswoman “unequivocally” apologized earlier Monday after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats rebuked her. She said she had no intention of offending anyone and thanked her colleagues for educating her on anti-Semitic tropes.” (emphasis added)

Alex Thomson – INVENTORS of EVIL THINGS  (1hr 11min) – In this video Alex Thomson covers aspects of the deep history of Earth over thousands of years. He digs into the nature of the perenial Controllers and, in particular, their attitudes toward the “useless eaters” outside of the chosen few. Alex was an analyst for UK’s GCHQ and has been a regular contributor to the UK Column News (https://www.youtube.com/user/ukcolumn/videoshttps://www.ukcolumn.org/), who run a 40 – 50 min. news report 3 days a week, which I recommend checking out if you’re interested in an alternative view based in the UK.

LAST SUMMER REVEALS A STARTLING CONCLUSION! (10 min)- by Florida Maquis – Observations on anomalous movements of women in the Deep State milieu

Trump Indicates End of ‘Hire American’ Policy, May Invite More Foreign Workers – by Neil Munro – https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2019/02/07/trump-may-drop-hire-american-policy-to-welcome-more-migrants/ – “On Tuesday, Trump declared during his State of the Union speech that ‘I want people to come into our country, in the largest numbers ever, but they have to come in legally.’.. On Wednesday, Trump reaffirmed the pro-migration statement when he was asked by a reporter ‘So, you’re changing your policy officially, then? You want more legal immigration?’… Trump answered ‘I need people coming in because we need people to run the factories and plants and companies that are moving back in. We need people.’.. ‘Our unemployment numbers are so low,’ Trump said… There is no legislative cap on the total number of outsourcing workers who can be imported to take middle-class jobs, nor any rules to prevent companies from paying visa workers much lower salaries than sought by American graduates… There are no effective rules to prevent the visa workers from taking the starter jobs needed by new U.S. graduates and no effective rules to prevent the displacement of middle-aged Americans who are trying to raise children and pay their children’s’ college fees. There are no rules to prevent non-profit hospitals and universities from hiring an unlimited number of visa workers, and no rules to prevent companies from hiring visa workers to guard Americans’ financial and healthcare data.” – Comment: After the Reset, everyone will work.

From the Psychological-Propaganda-Unchained Desk: ‘Anti-Vax Mom’ and unsubtle sexism: Why the Internet’s latest meme is more about mocking women than mocking pseudoscience – by Keith A. Spencer – https://www.alternet.org/2019/02/anti-vax-mom-and-unsubtle-sexism-why-the-internets-latest-meme-is-more-about-mocking-women-than-mocking-pseudoscience/ – “There is not one simple sociological explanation as to why the anti-vaccination movement is increasingly popular. Yes, people are reaching for answers in a postmodern, post-truth world, where both government and science seem untrustworthy, and a friend’s opinion on Facebook far more tangible. And sure, for some people who feel undervalued in our society, denying one’s child vaccinations is a way to reassert control over their universe, and feel powerful for a fleeting moment… This (sic) childhood friend of mine was never that good at school nor sports, and never quite able to shed some of the patriarchal teachings imprinted on him. Hence, he was always a bit insecure about both his intelligence and his masculinity — in short, his power. When he grew up and had children, he felt a need to maintain some semblance of those things — to have some power, and control, and to feel like he was “right,” for once — to feel smart. He rationalized that we as a society didn’t really know everything about vaccines, and he thus wouldn’t let his children get vaccinated. That made him feel powerful and smart and like the patriarch all at once, fulfilling a vision of masculinity taught to him since birth.” (emphases added) Comment: I think this article is one of the most twisty and sophisticated examples of psychological manipulation I’ve ever seen. There is not a scintilla of real information or evidence here. This looks to me like the work of the shephard’s dog keeping the sheep in the pen.

US has ordered banks not to send money to PA, official says – Fatah’s Hussein al-Sheikh says American financial pressure aims to bring Palestinians to their knees, force them to accept Trump peace plan – https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-has-ordered-banks-not-to-send-money-to-pa-official-says/ – “According to al-Sheikh, ‘the sanctions began with preventing the transfer of an Iraqi grant worth $10 million, which was handed over to the Arab League recently. The League has not been able to transfer it because all banks have refused to accept it for transfer to the Authority’s finance ministry or the national fund.’.. He added: ‘The American and Israeli decisions come as part of an attempt to bring the leadership to its knees and force it to accept [US President Donald Trump’s] ‘deal of the century,’ first by allowing for its announcement and second to pave the way to ‘Arabize’ it and begin the process of Arab normalization with Israel without [Israel giving] anything in return’ to the Palestinians.”

From the On-The-Other-Hand Desk: ‘John of God’ faith healer ‘kept teenagers as sex slaves and sold their babies for up to £40,000 before shipping them from Brazil to Europe’ – ● Faith healer known as John of God is accused of abusing more than 600 women; ● He was arrested last month in Brazil with bags full of gems from his mines; ● Joao Teixeira de Faria, 77, allegedly used women as slaves at his rural mines; ● He would allegedly impregnate girls, sell their babies and murder them after – by Ross Ibbetson – https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6657805/John-God-faith-healer-kept-teenagers-sex-slaves-sold-babies-40-000.html – “Bittencourt told the Mirror that Faria shipped babies to at least three continents for as much as £40,000 after luring teenage girls to his emerald mines and farms in Goias and Minas Gerais… The destitute girls, between the ages of 14 – 18, were allegedly promised food by Faria who then used them as sex slaves and forced them to have his children… Bittencourt alleges that once they had given birth and the babies sold on for sums ranging from £15,000 to £40,000, Faria would murder the women… After the initial interview on TV authorities were reportedly contacted by more than 600 other accusers, including Faria’s adult daughter, Dalva Teixeira… His 49-year-old daughter told magazine Veja, that under the pretence of mystical treatments her ‘monster’ father abused and raped her between the ages of 10 and 14… She told the magazine that he stopped after she became pregnant by one of his employees… Upon learning she was pregnant, Dalva told the magazine that her father beat her so ferociously that she suffered a miscarriage.” – Comment: This diverges a tad from the report today by Ben Fulford: “Furthermore, it turns out the claims of baby farms were made by a single female activist who then “committed suicide,” but her family refuses to show her body to the authorities.  We need to make sure the Brazilian justice system gets to the truth behind this case, wherever that may lead.”

The Spy who WASN”T – by James Bamford – https://newrepublic.com/article/153036/maria-butina-profile-wasnt-russian-spy – ” ‘Look, I imagined I could be in prison in Russia. I could never imagine I could go to jail in the United States. Because of politics?’ Butina told me over the phone a few weeks after she was taken into federal custody. It was one of a series of exclusive interviews I conducted with Butina, Erickson, and other prominent figures involved in the case, none of whom have spoken previously to the media. ‘I didn’t know it became a crime to have good relations with Russia—now it’s a crime,’ she told me earlier. ‘They hate me in Russia, because they think I’m an American spy. And here they think I’m a Russian spy.’.. ‘If I’m a spy,’ she added, ‘I’m the worst spy you could imagine.’ ”

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Trade War Causing Severe Pain As Farm Bankruptcies Surge Way Past The Level From The Last Recession – by Michael Snyder – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/02/trade-war-causing-severe-pain-as-farm-bankruptcies-surge-way-past-the-level-from-the-last-recession.html – ‘Farmers all across the middle part of the country are going bankrupt at an astounding rate, and over half of all farms in America are now losing money.  The trade war with China has been the most devastating crisis to hit the U.S. farming community in decades, and at this point there is no end in sight.  Farm after farm is being financially wiped out, and we haven’t seen this kind of economic pain for farmers since the Great Depression of the 1930s.  In fact, it is being reported that bankruptcies in the key farming regions of the country are way above the level that we witnessed during the last recession… General Motors on Monday said it was starting to hand pink slips to about 4,000 salaried workers in the latest round of a restructuring announced in late November that will ultimately shrink its white-collar workforce in North America by 15 percent out of 54,000… Two people briefed on the cuts said GM is cutting hundreds of jobs at its information technology centers in Texas, Georgia, Arizona and Michigan and more than 1,000 jobs at its Warren, Michigan Tech Center. GM is filing new required mass layoff notices with state agencies and disclosed the cuts to lawmakers… Needless to say, General Motors would not be doing this if the U.S. economy really was “booming”.”

Putin Has Offered Erdogan a Very Sweet Win-Win Deal in Syria, Ankara Now Has a Major Decision to Make – by M K Bhadrakumar – https://russia-insider.com/en/putin-has-offered-erdogan-very-sweet-win-win-deal-syria-ankara-now-has-major-decision-make/ri26061 – “Russia, on the other hand, has consistently voiced its opinion favoring Syrian government control over the regions vacated by the US. Indeed, Syrian leadership also has reiterated its determination to regain control over the entire country… Thus, the meeting in Moscow on Wednesday took place in a surcharged atmosphere amidst speculation that the Russia-Turkey partnership might get rocky. The US never liked the Astana process on Syria between Russia, Turkey and Iran and the American intentions in baiting Turkey with the buffer zone proposal are highly suspect… If good diplomacy is about showing tact in handling awkward situations while brilliant diplomacy lies in creating a pathway through a minefield, Putin was probably at his optimal best in navigating the Russian-Turkish partnership out of the reach of the American tentacles.  Putin’s remarks after the talks with Erdogan once again underscored that in the Russian estimation, any foreign presence on Syrian soil will lack ‘international legal grounds’ if it is not on the basis of an invitation from Damascus or emanating out of a decision of the UN Security Council. He was specifically referring to the US occupation of Syria. But having said that, Putin qualified that “constructive cooperation” nonetheless becomes necessary even with such partners whose presence in Syria may lack legitimacy. Importantly, Putin added that Russia respects Turkey’s security interests. Then he went on to spring a big surprise…”

Hugo Chavez’s Revenge: Will Venezuela Be a Bridge Too Far? – by Peter Koenig – https://russia-insider.com/en/politics/hugo-chavezs-revenge-will-venezuela-be-bridge-too-far/ri26223 – “However, what this latest Trump plunder (the money and gold confiscation) does, is hammering one more nail in the western monetary system’s suicide coffin. It sends an ever-clearer signal to the rest of the world, to those that haven’t noticed yet, the AngloZionist empire cannot – I repeat – CANNOT – be trusted. Ever. And the European Union is intrinsically and “vassalically” linked to the Washington rogue state – not to be trusted either. There is virtually no circumstance under which a countries’ assets in western foreign lands – as bank deposits, or foreign investments – are safe. It will prompt a move away from the dollar system, away from the western (also entirely privately-owned) SWFT international transfer system by which sanctions can be enacted… Indeed, the Russia and China and much of the SCO (Shanghai Organization Cooperation) members are no longer dealing in US dollars but in their own currencies. We are talking about half the world’s population broke free from the dollar hegemony.”

Venezuela: Let’s Cut to the Chase – by Pepe Escobar – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/02/01/venezuela-lets-cut-to-chase.html – “No wonder Caracas is supported by China, Russia and Iran. They are the real hardcore troika – not psycho-killer John Bolton’s cartoonish “troika of tyranny” – fighting against the Trump administration’s energy dominance strategy, which consists essentially in aiming at the total lock down of oil trading in petrodollars, forever… Venezuela is a key cog in the machine. Psycho killer Bolton admitted it on the record; “It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela.” It’s not a matter of just letting ExxonMobil take over Venezuela’s massive oil reserves – the largest on the planet. The key is to monopolize their exploitation in US dollars, benefitting a few Big Oil billionaires… Once again, the curse of natural resources is in play. Venezuela must not be allowed to profit from its wealth on its own terms; thus, Exceptionalistan has ruled that the Venezuelan state must be shattered.”

Russia Slides Towards Internal Political Crisis – by Vladimir K. – https://southfront.org/russia-slides-towards-internal-political-crisis/ – “Russia is in a complicated political and economic situation. Smoldering conflicts near its borders and the continued pressure from the US and NATO affect the situation in the country negatively. It is possible to observe the decreasing approval rating of the Russian government and President Vladimir Putin, in particular. However, this very tendency is not linked to the foreign policy course of the Kremlin. It’s the result of the recent series of ill-considered liberal-minded economic reforms, which look similar to the economic course undertaken by the Russian government in mid-1990s. For example: ● The government increased the Value Added Tax amid the slowing Russian economy, especially in the industrial sector; ● The government employed an unpopular pension reform increasing the retirement age;”

Canada’s support for the ongoing coup in  Venezuela would allow the Canadian government to collect on this judgment and to expand its corporate influence over Venezuela’s rich natural resources – by Nick Rehwaldt – https://www.mintpressnews.com/corporate-interests-could-underlie-canadas-support-for-venezuela-coup/254835/ – “Canadian corporate interference in Venezuela was in full swing when the Canadian mining company Crystallex, and other transnational firms, received a judgment in their favor stating that they could seize the assets of Citgo, the state-owned oil and gas company of Venezuela… In the judgment, the corporations were: “looking to claim $1.4 billion worth of compensation awarded in 2014 for the 2008 expropriation of the Las Cristales mining installations by the government of Hugo Chavez.” This is a result of backlash from the nationalization of Venezuela’s mining sector in 2008 by the former president… Canada’s support for the ongoing coup in Venezuela would allow the Canadian government to collect on this judgment and to expand its corporate influence over Venezuela’s rich natural resources.”

US Special Forces Descend On Los Angeles After CIA Pilot Linked To Las Vegas Massacre Blown Out Of Sky – “By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers” – http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index2781.htmThe whole sordid mess

Gov’t App Wants to Track Every Homeless Person in San Francisco — While Citizen-Run App Was Sued For Wanting To Feed The Homeless – by Aaron Kesel – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/02/government-app-track-homeless-san-francisco-citizen-app-sued-wanting-feed-homeless.html – “According to Bloomberg, ONE System collects data from 15 city and state agencies. Then homeless persons are asked 17 questions that can help evaluate their individual situation, including their time spent on the street, health, and overall vulnerability… This information combined with a record of the places in the city that a person frequents is used to create a database that acts as a digital profile for caseworkers. The caseworkers helping homeless people get back on their feet would then use this data to aid them in assisting the homeless community to obtain help with their health and housing needs… Caseworkers then must persuade the homeless to join a monitoring system. Participants in ONE System must sign medical records privacy protection forms and other legal forms. Further, to get into a permanent housing program, app users need to pass a background check, which can take 45 days and requires an identification card, a hardship since most homeless people don’t have a phone or an ID card.” (emphasis added) – Quote: “Our New World Order is coming into view.” -Pres. George H W Bush

Another State Wants EVERY Gun Owner to Hand Over Their Social Media Accounts and Internet Search History – by Dagny Taggart – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/02/another-state-wants-every-gun-owner-to-hand-over-their-social-media-accounts-and-internet-search-history.html – “Daisy Luther wrote (emphasis mine): ‘Remember, these things never stop with just one state.’.. It turns out, Daisy’s prediction was spot-on. In Illinois, to be allowed to possess your own gun, you have to have a special card, and the requirements to get that card could be about to become much more intrusive: ‘Meanwhile, in the Illinois House, state Rep. Daniel Didech, D-Buffalo Grove, has filed HB 888 which would require those who apply for a state-issued Firearm Owners Identification Card– mandatory for legal gun owners– turn over a list of their social media accounts to authorities under threat of a Class 2 felony. The State Police would use the information to determine if the accounts have any “information that would disqualify the person from obtaining or require revocation” of a FOID card.’ ”

Netizen Report: Philippine News Outlet Faces “Cyber Libel” Chargeshttps://www.activistpost.com/2019/02/netizen-report-philippine-news-outlet-faces-cyber-libel-charges.htmlIn this Report, Netizen covers draconian efforts in government suppression of information in several countries, including Saudi Arabia where several activists potentially face the death penalty.

WikiLeaks Reveals US Military Use of IMF, World Bank as “Unconventional” Weapons – by Whitney Webb –  https://www.activistpost.com/2019/02/wikileaks-reveals-us-military-use-of-imf-world-bank-as-unconventional-weapons.html -The document, officially titled “Field Manual (FM) 3-05.130, Army Special Operations Forces Unconventional Warfare” and originally written in September 2008, was recently highlighted by WikiLeaks on Twitter in light of recent events in Venezuela as well as the years-long, U.S.-led economic siege of that country through sanctions and other means of economic warfare. Though the document has generated new interest in recent days, it had originally been released by WikiLeaks in December 2008 and has been described as the military’s “regime change handbook.”.. WikiLeaks’ recent tweets on the subject drew attention to a single section of the 248-page-long document, titled “Financial Instrument of U.S. National Power and Unconventional Warfare.” This section in particular notes that the U.S. government applies “unilateral and indirect financial power through persuasive influence to international and domestic financial institutions regarding availability and terms of loans, grants, or other financial assistance to foreign state and nonstate actors,” and specifically names the World Bank, IMF and The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), as well as the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), as “U.S. diplomatic-financial venues to accomplish” such goals… The manual also touts the ‘state manipulation of tax and interest rates’ along with other ‘legal and bureaucratic measures” to “open, modify or close financial flows’ and further states that the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) – which oversees U.S. sanctions on other nations, like Venezuela — ‘has a long history of conducting economic warfare valuable to any ARSOF [Army Special Operations Forces] UW [Unconventional Warfare] campaign.’ ”

Washington Post Told America of Globalist Plan to be Implemented by 2025 – by Daniel Taylor – http://www.oldthinkernews.com/2019/02/07/washington-post-told-america-of-globalist-plan-to-be-implemented-by-2025/ – ” What was warned about by the Post?: ● Illegal immigrant gang wars, “permanent insurrection against state and federal immigration agents.”; ● Americans are forced into compact cities; ● Google dominates our lives with “Google Life Services”; ● Citizen journalists are monitored by the feds; ● Implantable chips allow freedom of travel in and out of safe zones; ● Small scale terror attacks plague the country”

Not since WWII: France withdraws Italy envoyhttps://www.asiatimes.com/2019/02/article/not-since-wii-france-withdraws-italy-envoy/ – “In a dramatic turn of events, the administration of French President Emmanuel Macron has recalled its ambassador to Italy in retaliation for an “unacceptable” meeting between Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio and French protesters… Traveling in France this week, Di Maio met and posed for a photo op with organizers of the French “yellow vest” anti-government movement… ‘This new provocation is unacceptable between neighboring countries and partners at the heart of the European Union,’ a French Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a press briefing… ‘Mr Di Maio, who holds government responsibilities, must take care not to undermine, through his repeated interferences, our bilateral relations, in the interest of both France and Italy.’ ”

Syria Belongs to Syrians, Turkey to Give it Back to Its Owners ASAP – Erdogan – https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201901211071675740-syria-turkey-return-erdogan/ – “The Turkish president’s statement comes after Ankara claimed that it was ready to launch a military operation against the Kurdish YPG militia on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River as well as in other parts of Syria… Commenting on the upcoming Wednesday meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, President Erdogan stated that he is planning to discuss the creation of a security zone in Syria. He reportedly noted, however, that Ankara would never allow turning “Syria into a swamp” like northern Iraq… ‘We will ensure the security of our borders on our own. We will defeat Daesh* ourselves, and I told [US President Donald] Trump: it’s enough if you provide logistical support to us. We will also take Manbij and give it back to its hosts’, Erdogan stated.”

 “Green New Deal” Democrats call for eliminating the entire air travel industry, grounding all airplanes to “save the planet” – by JD Heyes – https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-02-07-green-new-deal-democrats-call-for-eliminating-the-entire-air-travel-industry.html – (Natural News) On Thursday Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced a so-called “economic development plan” that will not only bankrupt America if it is ever fully adopted, but it will reverse more than a century of societal and technological progress… According to an overview of the plan, which Ocasio-Cortez is calling the “Green New Deal,” it is decade-long “massive transformation of our society with clear goals and a timeline,” Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) said: ‘Specifically, the Green New Deal — and bear in mind we’re not making any of this up — calls for: ● The elimination of all air travel, at least in the United States. Not only does that mean domestic flights, but that also includes foreign travel (not sure if Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow “Democratic Socialists” would allow airliners from foreign countries to fly to the U.S. and land here); ● The replacement of air travel with “high-speed rail” travel, essentially turning a four-and-a-half hour flight from Los Angeles to New York City into a 24-hour ordeal or more. “Build out highspeed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary,” the plan says; ● The literal rebuilding of every single building in the United States: “Upgrade or replace every building in U.S. for state-of-the-art energy efficiency”; ● The end of all traditional forms of energy currently in use in the U.S., to be replaced by ‘green’ renewable energy sans nuclear power (wind and solar). In fact, ‘if possible,’ the plan calls for the elimination of all nuclear power plants. It’s ‘a 10-year plan to mobilize every aspect of American society at a scale not seen since World War 2 to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.’ ”

<Brazil’s stock market bust is a blinking red light – All the great trades of the past few weeks are exhausted now that carry ETFs have recovered and have no more upside – by David P. Goldman – https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/02/article/brazils-stock-market-bust-is-a-blinking-red-light/ – “The macaw in the coal mine today was Brazil’s stock market, down 4% with large banks down 6%-7%. The start of negotiations over pension reform is the apparent culprit: The new president Jair Bolsonaro has dazzled investors, but he now has to solve a pension problem that appears politically intractable. Brazilians can retire at 55 with a pension equal to 70% of their pay, and this will cost Brazil 14% of GDP by 2021, and 26% of GDP by 2050… But investors knew all that before they bid up Brazil’s ETF (EWZ) by 14% this year, the best performer in the emerging market universe. Today’s tumble in Brazil (and more measured pullback in all emerging markets) is a warning that the Federal Reserve-driven euphoria of the first five weeks of the year is exhausted.” (emphasis addeed)

The TSA (And Other Experiments In Evil) (18 min) – by James Corbett

Finally, Washington Is Now Law-Bound to Compensate Its Victims! – by Grete Mautner – https://www.globalresearch.ca/finally-washington-is-now-law-bound-to-compensate-its-victims/5668000 – “As most of you must be aware, the US legal system is based on the so-called common law principle that America inherited from the United Kingdom. In this situation it’s only natural to ask: could the above mentioned US District Court decision force Washington to pay billions of dollars in compensations to the families of those who are being unscrupulously referred to in the West as “collateral damage”? As it’s pretty clear for everyone that a precedent has been set. Moreover, on numerous occasions, US authorities would be forced to officially describe a great many of the air raids they launched as erroneous, thus taking full responsibility for the civilian death toll those attacks inflicted… And the number of such air strikes is growing by the day! Thus, in Afghanistan alone, there’s been an unprecedented increase in the number of civilians killed by the US Air Force, while Washington pretends to be interested in negotiations with the Taliban. Over the last two months, at least 10 of such erroneous strikes were reported, resulting in 68 people perishing. Over the last two weeks alone, some 35 peaceful Afghan citizens would die in the course of US air raids. A lot of attention should be paid to the most recent incident when a US military drone murdered 16 civilians in a single attack in the Afghan province of Helmand in late January. On the next day, the funeral procession organized by the relatives of the victims of the first strike came under fire of yet another US drone, which resulted in 13 more people perishing. So far, the Pentagon failed to provide any intelligible comment on the bloodbath its people created, while only making a remark that it was going to launch an investigation. However, as it became evident from hundreds of similar investigations, nobody in the US armed forces is ever going to be held accountable for such crimes.” – Question: Does Trump have some clever reason for allowing this carnage to continue?

“No-Knock Raid” is Just Another Term for “Violent Home Invasion” – by Thomas L. Knapp – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51063.htmComment: Another account of a trajedy resulting from an ill-considered and unlawful warrant issued by a man in a black dress.

Palestinian School Girl: ‘Terrorist’ or MSM Propaganda? – by Robert Inlakesh (3 min)

Integrity Initiative, Browder & The HSBC Connection (w/video 6min) – from Real Media – https://21stcenturywire.com/2019/02/06/integrity-initiative-browder-the-hsbc-connection/ – ” “2 Degrees of separation” – a theory whistleblower Nicholas Wilson has, that wherever in the world a financial scandal occurs HSBC is to be found nearby… Nicholas has been campaigning for 13 years after blowing the whistle on a High Street fraud of excessive bank charges applied to store cards administered by HSBC. He has recently been vindicated by a Financial Conduct Authority ruling and HSBC have had to begin paying back some of the money defrauded from customers. He was dubbed “Mr. Ethical” by his boss at the time for refusing to defraud debtors. In this first of several interviews for Real Media, he connects Government funding and the security services to the recently revealed psyops outfit, Institute for Statecraft and its ‘integrity initiative’.”

An Opinion About Gun Control In America That Mainstream Media Completely Ignores – by Richard Enos – https://www.collective-evolution.com/2019/02/05/an-opinion-about-gun-control-in-america-that-mainstream-media-will-always-ignore/ – “As a consequence, it is no surprise that most mainstream articles on gun control only see the light of day if they are advocates for increased limits on gun ownership. Pay attention to how they subtly try to persuade us that any decent and civilized person should be in favor of removing all guns from the citizenry. Talbot’s slant is to indicate that the Parkland shooting may have finally changed the country’s mood to get serious about gun control. But she has a word of caution: ‘Still, gun-control advocates might not want to place too much hope in any single moment, even this one. They will have to play a long game, made up of many moments.’.. Interesting how Talbot inadvertently reveals the game that the powerful forces behind mainstream media have been playing all along.” (emphasis added)

Is This the Most Blatant US Coup Ever? – by Makia Freeman –  http://freedom-articles.toolsforfreedom.com/venezuela-coup-time-2019/ – The Venezuela coup currently being orchestrated by the US is so utterly blatant, even by American standards, that large numbers of people are seeing right through it. This is not a black-and-white issue. Yes, extreme socialism can lead to instability and disaster; yes, Maduro is not the greatest leader; and yes, the people of Venezuela are suffering under massive hyperinflation. However, by far and away the largest factor affecting Venezuela now is not Maduro or socialism by rather US foreign interventionJuan Guaido, latest Washington Puppet and Fraudulent Non-President: You can read about the background of Juan Guaido here. Suffice it to say, he’s a US trained agent-provocateur or “opposition leader” who has been carefully groomed to play in a pivotal role in the Venezuelan coup. US VP Mike Pence phoned Guaido to give him the green light with the coup, and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo openly proclaimed the US would be giving the Venezuelan opposition US$20 million… Guaido’s job is to claim he is the interim president of Venezuela (under Article 233 of the Venezuelan Constitution) because Maduro somehow didn’t hold fair elections. However, that argument holds no legal water as this Global Research article The Failure of Guaido’s Constitutional Claim to the Presidency of Venezuela explains…”

MUELLER’S JUDGE AND PROSECUTOR TAKE THEIR ORDERS FROM HILLARY – Congressional disclosures prove the Mueller probe is “the fruit of the poisonous tree” Nardone v. U.S. –  Judge Amy B. Jackson’s financial holdings are stacked with Clinton Foundation donors – Prosecutor Jeannie S. Rhee is a Mueller-WilmerHale groomed woman – https://americans4innovation.blogspot.com/2019/02/muellers-judge-and-prosecutor-take.html – “Judge Boasberg never met an FBI request from Robert Mueller, Eric Holder and James Comey to spy on an American that he did not like… Boasberg hails from Yale’s Skull & Bones (along with the two George Bushes, John Kerry) and from Oxford University’s & Cecil Rhodes’ one-world schoolhouse for the takedown of the American Republic (along with Sir Geoffrey E. Pattie, Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, Sir Nicholas P. Clegg, Lord Richard B. Allan, the Privy Council). See previous post Eric Holder exploits secret FISA laws for personal gainJackson’s ‘random’ assignment to Mueller cases is Magical… Judge Amy B. Jackson was just assigned to Roger Stone’s case on Jan. 24, 2019. Magically, Jackson was also (randomly?) assigned to the Mueller prosecutions of Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and Skadden Arps LLP lawyer Alex Rolf van der Zwaan… We are just warming up on Judge Jackson’s egregious conflicts of interest in the Mueller probe… Canon 2 of the Code of Judicial Conduct requires judges to recuse if their involvement raises even the appearance of impropriety. Canon 3 requires recusal when the judge holds “even one share” in stock of an interested party in a litigation… Jackson has layers of conflicts of interest in violation of multiple Canons in matters related to Robert Mueller and Hillary Clinton…”

Venezuela To Redirect US Oil Exports To Customers In Europe & Asiahttps://southfront.org/venezuela-to-redirect-us-oil-exports-to-customers-in-europe-asia/ – “ ‘Yes, we are facing new illegal sanctions from the US. We were exporting about 500,000 bpd to the US. PDVSA will redirect exports to other customers in Europe and Asia,” (Venezuelan representive to OPEC Ronny) Romero told Sputnik… Last week, the US blocked all PDVSA’s assets in its jurisdiction and imposed a ban on deals with the oil company. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin explained the move by claiming that the US was preserving the assets of the company in the interests of the people of Venezuela and also protecting its own market. Washington claimed that sanctions will be (softened) if Caracas transfers control over the company to opposition leader Juan Guaido or any “democratically” elected government.”

A Passionate Attachment – Deferring to Israel is “what we are” – by Philip Giraldi – http://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/a-passionate-attachment/  – “Readers will recall that S.1 the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019 , sponsored by the singularly ambitious though demonstrably brain dead Senator Marco Rubio from Florida, included $33 billion in guaranteed aid to Israel for the next ten years, an unprecedented gesture to America’s closest ally and best friend in the whole world, as Congress might describe it… But the legislation also incorporated measures to criminalize criticism of Israel, referred to as the Combating BDS Act of 2019. It has been correctly observed that that portion of the bill is clearly unconstitutional as it limits free speech, which is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and is considered to be the bedrock of American civil liberties, but there is no guarantee that the Supreme Court will agree if and when the law is contested. Once free expression is abridged for Israel there will be no end to other grievance groups exploiting the precedent to silence criticism and effectively negate the First Amendment… The potential destruction of the Bill of Rights is only one aspect of the power that Israel has over American policymakers. The widely ballyhooed election of several Congresswomen who appear willing to challenge the Israeli orthodoxy on Capitol Hill is already being countered by the establishment within the Democratic Party, demonstrating once again how deep the corruption of America’s political class by Israel has gone.” – Comment: The FIRST bill out of the Senate for the 116th U.S. Congress…

The US Aggression Against Venezuela as a Diagnostic Tool – by The Saker – http://www.unz.com/tsaker/the-us-aggression-against-venezuela-as-a-diagnostic-tool/ – ” “In your face” stupidity or bootcamp-like deliberate public humiliation? – Remember the almost universal reaction of horror when Bolton was appointed as National Security Advisor? Well, apparently, either the Neocons completely missed that, which I doubt, or they did what they always do and decided to double-down by retrieving Elliott Abrams from storage and appointing him US Special Envoy to Venezuela. I mean, yes, of course, the Neocons are stupid and sociopathic enough not to ever care about others, but in this case I think that we are dealing with a “Skripal tactic”: do something so ridiculously stupid and offensive that it places all your vassals before a stark choice: either submit and pretend like you did not notice or, alternatively, dare to say something and face with wrath of Uncle Shmuel (the Neocon’s version of Uncle Sam). And it worked, in the name of “solidarity” or whatever else, the most faithful lackeys of the Empire immediate fell in line behind the latest US aggression against a sovereign nation in spite of the self-evident fact that this aggression violates every letter of the most sacred principles of international law. This is exactly the same tactic as when they make you clean toilets with a toothbrush or do push-ups in the mud during basic training: not only to condition you to total obedience, but to make you publicly give up any semblance of dignity… …Right now the US, backed by its various colonies and vassal states, appears to be ready to deliver a death blow to Venezuela and, truth be told, they might be able to do just that. But, for whatever it is worth, my gut feeling is that they will fail again, even against the weakest countries of the Axis of Resistance. That is not to say that Venezuela is not in a heap of critical problems. But I believe that in spite of being in a critical condition, Venezuela will be able to bounce back, just like Syria did. After all, the Syrian example proves that it *is* possible to resist a superior invading force while at the same time successfully engaging in critically needed reforms. Yes, today’s Caracas is in very bad shape, but the city of Aleppo was in a much worse shape until it was liberated, and now quasi-normal life has returned to it (in sharp contrast to the US liberated devastated city of Raqqa which still lies in ruins). Yankees (to use the usual Latin-American expression) are just like their Israeli overlords: they are capable of devastating violence but they have no staying power: if things don’t go their way fast, really fast, they run and barricade themselves somewhere faraway from danger.” – Comment: A perfect storm of calm reason and informed foreign policy expertise combine in this brilliant (IMO) article on the state-of-the-moment in the ongoing Venezuelan coup. You won’t find better analysis anywhere. Worth your time (unless you want to believe that Trump is playing 5D chess).

Colombia Deploys More Troops, Equipment Near Border As ‘Lima Group’ Declares Support To Guaidohttps://southfront.org/colombia-deploys-more-troops-equipment-near-border-as-lima-group-declares-support-to-guaido/

ISIS could not return after US withdrawal from Syria and Iraq – by Elijah J. Magnier – https://ejmagnier.com/2019/02/04/isis-could-not-return-after-us-withdrawal-from-syria-and-iraq/ – “The US Intelligence community claims that the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) will return within twelve months of any US withdrawal from Syria and will be able to control a wide sweep of territory. In 2014 ISIS occupied an area the size of Great Britain– analysts claim that ISIS would soon be able to control half this much territory. At the same time US President Donald Trump is correctly announcing that ISIS is almost defeated, Pentagon sources claim there are still 20,000 to 30,000 ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria… These unfounded statements and predictions are made by analysts whose bread and butter is to keep the fear of ISIS alive. The reality on the ground is different.”

Californians Report Organized-Stalking in Droves, to Local TV News Outlets & Beyond – by Thomas Fontanez McFarlan – https://medium.com/@thomas.mcfarlan/the-numerous-reports-of-organized-stalking-by-california-tv-news-outlets-24d806873606

The Venezuelan Coup and Gilets Jaunes: Great-Power Politics In a Multipolar World Order – by Federico Pieraccini – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/02/04/the-venezuelan-coup-and-gilets-jaunes-great-power-politics-multipolar-world-order.html – “In Venezuela, Western elites would like us to believe that the situation is worse than in France in terms of public order, but that is simply a lie. It is a media creation based on misinformation and censorship. In Europe, the mainstream media has stopped showing images of the protests in France, as if to smother information about it, preferring to portray an image of France that belies the chaos in which it has been immersed for every weekend over the last few months… In Caracas, the right-wing, pro-American and anti-Communist opposition continues the same campaign based on lies and violence as it has customarily conducted following its electoral defeats at the hands of the Bolivarian revolution. The Western mainstream media beams images and videos of massive pro-government Bolivarian rallies and falsely portrays them as anti-Maduro protests. We are dealing here with acts of journalistic terrorism, and the journalists who push this narrative, instigating clashes, should be prosecuted by a criminal court of the Bolivarian people in Caracas. Instead, the West continues to tell us that Assange is a criminal for doing his job, that Wikileaks is a terrorist organization for publishing true information, and that Russia interfered in the US elections. All of these deceptions are carried out by the same Western journalists, media publications and US government that are currently plying their mendacious trade in Venezuela. What double standards!” (emphasis added)

Israel’s Foreign Minister calls for beheading Arab citizens and it’s not anywhere in the New York Times – by Scott Roth and Phil Weiss – https://mondoweiss.net/2015/03/minister-beheading-anywhere/ – “Two days ago Israel’s foreign minister called for beheading Arab citizens of Israel who are “against us.” Haaretz did the story yesterday. So did Newsweek… Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has said that Arab citizens who are not loyal to the state of Israel should have their heads “chopped off with an axe”… The minister, leader of the Yisrael Beiteinu party and an outspoken critic of Israel’s Arab population, made the controversial remarks on Sunday in a speech to an election rally held in the western Israeli city of Herzliya ahead of the March 17 vote: ‘Those who are with us deserve everything, but those who are against us deserve to have their heads chopped off with an axe,’ the ultra-nationalist politician said.”

‘Assassination Guide’ Directed at German Populists Posted on Antifa-Linked Site – by Chris Tomlinson – https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/02/02/assassination-guide-directed-at-german-populists-posted-on-antifa-linked-site/ – “Calls for the assassination of several major figures in the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD), including detailed instructions on how to do so, have been found on a web platform linked to Antifa far-left extremists… The post was made on the infamous “Indymedia” web platform that has long been used by far-left extremists in Germany and called for the murder of several AfD MPs, including co-chairs Alexander Gauland and Alice Weidel, Tichys Einblick reports… Under the title ‘The AfD and the election campaign!’ the post calls on Antifa members to examine the dates of AfD public appearances and study maps of venues to escape once they have finished their assassination.” – Comment: This is in the context of the fatal stabbing of a popular liberal Polish Mayor on stage on Jan. 13.

(EXCLUSIVE to RT espanol, overdubbed – 23min)

Nicolas Maduro’s message to the people of the U.S. (4min, subtitled)

John Bolton’s Plan to Starve Millions of Venezuelans into Submission – by Kurt Nimmo – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/02/john-boltons-plan-to-starve-millions-of-venezuelans-into-submission.html – “Trump’s National Security Advisor has tweeted (in Spanish -translated): ‘To the Venezuelan military high command, now is the time to stand on the side of the Venezuelan people. It is your right and responsibility to defend the constitution and democracy for Venezuela!’.. This is unprecedented—Bolton publicly announcing a military coup (usually with hundreds if not thousands of deaths). He deliberately showed off his notebook with scribbled invasion plans, so there would be no question about the agenda… Let’s get real. Bolton doesn’t care about the people of Venezuela. If he did the US would not be imposing harsh sanctions that are resulting in malnutrition and starvation. Bolton is using the age-old technique of starving and depriving people so they will overthrow the government (this tactic rarely works—leading me to believe it is inflicted out of pure sadism—leading to the exact opposite reaction)… The people know the rule of the elite in Venezuela results in endless poverty and a large underclass of desperate people. This is primary reason they voted for Hugo Chávez and his version of the Bolivarian Revolution. His Bolivarian missions provided access to food, housing, healthcare, and education. Standard socialist nationalization took control away from transnational corporations and banks eager to financialize everything in sight.”

GILETS JAUNES: Macron’s State-Sanctioned Violence against Civilians is Condemned by Doctors and Human Rights Groups – by Vanessa Beeley – https://21stcenturywire.com/2019/02/01/gilets-jaunes-macrons-state-sanctioned-violence-against-civilians-is-condemned-by-doctors-and-human-rights-groups/ – “In 2016, Benali took part in a study on the risk of the “Flashballs” (now replaced by the LBD40) –  The hazardous nature of Flash-Ball®: A case of cranioencephalic trauma and a literature review. This scientific article appeared in the legal medicine review but never prompted a public debate in governmental circles. The following is taken from the summary of the report: ‘For two decades, Flash-Ball® is commonly used by police forces in France as a sub-lethal weapon. Injuries due to Flash-Ball® are regularly relayed in media but remain poorly described in the literature. However, we report the case of a healthy 34-year-old male victim of a Flash-Ball® shot outside a sporting fixture. This young man presented serious craniocerebral injuries with a left temporal fracture, moderate cerebral oedema, fronto-temporal haemorrhagic contusion along with an extra-dural haematoma and subarachnoid haemorrhage requiring neurological and rehabilitation care for two months leaving important sequelae. Although the risk is obviously lower than with firearms, authors report a case demonstrating that Flash-Ball® may cause serious physical injuries particularly after a headshot but also death.’ (Emphasis added)…” – Statement from the Gilets Jaunes: “The Council of State (Conseil d’Etat, highest administrative jurisdiction ) officially declined to forbid or even suspend the use of LBD40 bullets, despite all available evidence that are being used against all rules of police engagement and are causing terrible mutilation to civilians, risking life in many cases… The Council of State effectively dismissed all evidence of Police violations of their own regulations and infractions against civilians. So, Acte XII will go ahead in the knowledge that there is a high risk of further injuries and targeting of civilians by the forces of law and order with weapons described as “sub-lethal” but lethal when misused.”

Possible Big Foot Sighting: Young Boy Lost In The Woods Says He Made Friends With A “Bear”… But Could It Have Been Something Else? – by Mac Slavo – http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/possible-big-foot-sighting-young-boy-lost-in-the-woods-says-he-made-friends-with-a-bear-but-could-it-have-been-something-else_02022019 – “When 3 year-old toddler Casey Hathaway was found by police three days after he disappeared from his grandmother’s backyard in North Carolina, he told his family that he had “made friends with a bear.”.. While the kid has no reason to make up such a story, what’s interesting is that temperatures dipped into the 20’s – well below freezing – suggesting that something most definitely helped him to survive in the vast wilderness. According to the family, the boy is medically fine, showing no serious signs of exposure… One commentor suggested that this is actually the most plausible scenario: ‘Kurt von Blanckensee: There is no possible way a 3 year old could survive for that amount of time in temperatures as low as 17 degrees without some way of keeping warm. The Sasquatch scenario actually makes the most sense.”

New York Democrats just legalized murdering children who survive failed abortions… pure EVIL – by  Ethan Huff – http://www.thedailysheeple.com/new-york-democrats-just-legalized-murdering-children-who-survive-failed-abortions-pure-evil_012019 – “After a careful reading of the law’s provisions, it’s clear that, in addition to legalizing abortion at any point during pregnancy, the changes to Section 4164 of New York’s Public Health Law also allow for babies to be aborted afterthey’re born – a form of murder known as infanticide… As reported by LifeNews.com, the legislation’s wording suggests that botched abortions, in which an unborn baby ends up being birthed rather than murdered, can be attempted again after that baby has left the birth canal… ‘When an abortion is to be performed after the twentieth week of pregnancy, a physician other than the physician performing the abortion shall be in attendance to take control of and to provide immediate medical care for any live birth that is the result of the abortion,’ the law reads… In other words, should a baby be born instead of aborted as intended, another physician can step in and engage the process a second time.” (emphasis added)Comment: I surmise that the truth of the meaning of this “piece” of legislation must depend on the applicable definition of “medical care.” Beyond that, it seems clear that permitting “abortion” right up to the moment of birth is an extremely dicey proposition, guaranteeing further division among the people.

U.S. Southern Command In Colombia Along The Border, Venezuela Military Moves, U.S. Pulls Out Of INF Treaty; Russia Threatens U.S; China Calls For Calm. – by Aaron Kesel – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/02/us-southern-command-colombia-venezuela-military-moves-us-pulls-out-inf-treaty-russia-threatens-us-china-calls-calm.html – “According to a State Department source, corroborated by a video news report, U.S. troops are already along Colombia’s border. This comes as Venezuela has reportedly moved military armaments and ammunition to Colombia’s border as well… Although it’s not 5,000 troops along the border; a source said the U.S. was propagandizing 5,000 troops on John Bolton’s notepad to hide a larger troop count of 30,000+ proposed to Colombia… This writer’s source stated that recently a former Pentagon official stressed the fact that if the U.S. was to get militarily involved it would need way more than 5,000 troops. The former official was reported by The Times. “A military operation in Venezuela requires the presence of between 25,000 and 30,000 American soldiers, especially since the success of this operation depends largely on the loyalty of the Venezuelan military forces to Nicolas Maduro,” the official told The Times… A news report by Vesti, a Russian news outlet, corroborates my own source who stated U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) is already down on the ground in Colombia.”

Jair Bolsonaro, new President of Brazil, shakes hands with Bibi Netanyahu in Rio during Bibi’s visit. Brazil has a border of hundreds of miles with Venezuela. Bolsonaro suggested, before the emergence of Juan Guaido with his personal declaration of Presidenthood, that he intended to take steps to depose the Chavista “Regime” next door. Would you buy a proxy invasion from this man?

Monika Schaefer “Unbowed & Proud” My Story: My Trial, My “Crime” & 10 Months in a German Jail (1.5 hours) – https://www.bitchute.com/video/43IODget0mHO/Monika Schaefer is out of jail and back home in Canada after being arrested for making a video in Canada two years before her trip to Germany.

Web Research Links for the Week of 1/28/19

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From the Yes-This-is-HAPPENING Desk: Huawei, 5G and the Fourth Industrial Revolution – Shooting Two Feet With One Bullet – by Godfree Roberts – http://www.unz.com/article/huawei-5g-and-the-fourth-industrial-revolution/ – “Remarkably, only one company owns significant 5G intellectual property, controls its own silicon from end to end, produces all the elements of 5G networks–including proprietary chips–assembles and installs them affordably on a national scale: Huawei… Non-Huawei customers must integrate more costly, less functional, less compatible and less upgradeable elements, pay twice as much, take twice as long to implement 5G and experience inferior service because Huawei produces every element of 5G systems and assembles turnkey networks–from antennas to the power stations needed to operate them to chips, servers and handsets–at scale and cost. It is literally unrivalled in enhanced mobile broadband… Huawei employs 700 mathematicians, 800 physicists, 120 chemists and 6,000 fundamental researchers. Among its 87,805 patents, 11,152 core patents were granted in the US and the company has cross-licensing agreements for patents with many Western companies. Your Huawei phone is assembled with just 28.5 seconds of human labor in a high-end automated plant spread over 1.4 square km. Automation and technology upgrades have reduced the staff to 17 yet its more than 30 production lines produce 2 million smartphones every month… Xiongan New Area, a brand new city of six million located sixty miles from Beijing, which will welcome its first residents in 2020, is being wired for 5G. Residents will find no traffic lights, many autonomous vehicles, face recognition providing seamless access and be able to reach the capital via a driverless maglev train costing the same to build and operate as regular subways but traveling silently at 120 mph, with no moving parts. A literal city of the future, courtesy of 5G, Xiongan is designed to deliver the same relative productivity gains for its residents that the Industrial Revolution gave England’s in the 19th century. ” (emphasis added) – Comment: This may be the most important article you read this month if you want to fully understand where the world is now going.

NewsGuard and Microsoft Team Up To Destroy Independent Media Ahead Of 2020 Elections; Linked To Several Think Tanks, Government Officials – by Aaron Kesel – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/01/newsguard-and-microsoft-team-up-to-destroy-independent-media-ahead-of-2020-elections-linked-to-several-think-tanks-government-officials.html – “If you aren’t worried about a company with a former CIA director (Michael Hayden, who lied under oath to Congress misleading officials, according to the Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation program) and a former secretary of Homeland Security official as its advisors, you may need a reality check. Please go see Ben Swann for a checkup stat!.. Then there is Richard Stengel, a member of the Atlantic Council (neo-liberal think tank) and former Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy under President Barack Obama who deserves a short blurb for his own involvement. Why? Because Stengel admitted his role in life at a previous discussion hosted last May by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). At the event Stengel described his past position at the State Department as a “chief propagandist” and further stated that he is “not against propaganda” and it was needed. H/T Disobedient Media… ‘Every country does it and they have to do it to their own population and I don’t necessarily think it’s that awful,’ Stengel said.”

From the Tit-For-Tat Desk: Purtin (sic) Orders To Suspend Participation In INF Treaty, Develop Mid-Range Hypersonic Missilehttps://southfront.org/purtin-orders-to-suspend-participation-in-inf-treaty-develop-mid-range-hypersonic-missile/ – “Now, Russia will develop missiles previously forbidden under the agreement… ‘Ours will be a mirror response. Our US partners say that they are ceasing their participation in the treaty, and we are doing the same,’ Putin said during a meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. ‘They say that they are doing research and testing [on new weapons] and we will do the same thing.’.. Putin added that no more talks should be initiated by the Russian side with the US to try and save the INF Treaty… ‘Let’s wait until our partners mature sufficiently to hold a level, meaningful conversation on this topic, which is extremely important for us, them, and the entire world,’ he said.”

Breaking: US-led Coalition Warplanes Struck Syrian Army Position In Deir Ezzorhttps://southfront.org/breaking-us-led-coalition-warplanes-struck-syrian-army-position-in-deir-ezzor/ – ” ‘At around 23:30 pm on Saturday 2-2-2019 the aviation of the international coalition conducted an airstrike on an artillery position of our forces operating in al-Sukkariya region to the west of Abu Kamal. As a result, an artillery piece was destroyed and two soldiers were injured,’ the Syrian Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in an official statement… The new strike is a dangerous escalation because the SAA’s positions in al-Bukamal are preventing the besieged ISIS fighters in the middle Euphrates River Valley from reaching the terrorist group pocket in the Homs desert. ” – Comment: It seems likely that the U.S. is trying to help their Pet Terrorists break through the SAA lines and escape to the desert where the Coalition keeps them supplied and it’s very difficult for the Syrian Army to round them up.

Twitter Bans 2,000 Pro-Maduro Accounts As Demands For Regime Change Escalate – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-01/twitter-bans-2000-pro-maduro-accounts-demands-regime-change-escalate – “The purge was part of a crackdown on “foreign information operations”, which also serves as a resource for researchers hoping to investigate these operations. In the post, Twitter announced that it was adding five new sets of account sets to its archive of foreign influence campaigns… Twitter user Ben Norton tweeted: Twitter is now removing thousands of accounts supposedly linked to Venezuela’s sovereign government… This comes after Twitter suspended Venezuelan government accounts 1.5 years ago… Social media corporations act as an extension of US government interests https://twitter.com/marcorubio/status/1091089955642884097(emphasis added)

From the Skripal Case Upanishad: Summing up the Official Claims in the Salisbury Poisonings: Weighed in the Balances and Found Wanting – by Rob Slane – https://www.theblogmire.com/summing-up-the-official-claims-in-the-salisbury-poisonings-weighed-in-the-balances-and-found-wanting/Comment: A fairly amusing compendium of some of the most glaring improbabilities (and impossibilities) in the Official State Legend of the Skripal Novichok Poisoning Affair.

Monsanto’s “Malicious Conduct” & “Complete Manipulation of Science” Regarding Roundup® Finally Exposed By Attorney Brent Wisner – by Catherine J. Frompovich – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/02/monsantos-malicious-conduct-complete-manipulation-of-science-regarding-roundup-finally-exposed-by-attorney-brent-wisner.html – “One of the most intrepid GMO science researchers for over twenty years, Jeffrey Smith, of the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), interviewed Attorney Brent Wisner, the genius lead lawyer who apparently overwhelmed the legal system by finally getting Monsanto’s Papers, which documented “malicious conduct by a corporation” and “complete manipulation of science,” according to him during his representation of Mr. Dewayne Johnson in the Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto lawsuit… At the link below, you can access these riveting interviews: ● Monsanto’s Genotoxicity Cover-up: The Dr. Parry Story, ● The Rookie off the Bench Saves the Day, ● Monsanto’s HUGE Mistake: How we got the secret Monsanto Papers, ● Monsanto’s Shocking Disregard for Science and Truth, ● The Most Dramatic (and Pivotal) Day of the Trial, ● Guilty! Monsanto Acted with Malice – Interviews video link: https://responsibletechnology.org/drparry/watch-the-dr-parry-story/

Production of W76-2 warhead in US increases risk of nuclear conflict, warns Lavrovhttp://tass.com/politics/1042436 – ” ‘This issue was already included in last year’s review of Washington’s policies in the nuclear sphere. Already then we expressed serious concern the development of such low-yield warheads lowers the threshold of using nuclear weapons and increases the risk of a nuclear conflict,’ he said… ‘As far as we can see, that provision has now been translated into the language of practical action. Certainly, this by no means promotes security in the modern world,’ Lavrov said.”

Las Vegas Shooting – FBI Case Closed: Aaron Rouse – True to His Word? (20 min) – FBI 3 page report (!) doesn’t BEGIN to address the many, many anomalies already discovered around this bizarre “historic” incident.

Welcome to the Literal Nanny State (19 min) – from Truthstream Media – “The World Health Organization has now gone on record to say that among the greatest threats to global health are anti-vaxxers… Oregon and Washington are making an unprecedented move that could go to yet another level of overreach  – home inspections for new parents. Using the language of a “state emergency,” they are going all-in on the literal nanny state.”

Bolton Threatens to Send Venezuela’s Maduro to Guantánamo Bay Prison – by Jessica Corbett – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/02/bolton-threatens-to-send-venezuelas-maduro-to-guantanamo-bay-prison.html – “JB: Well, I tweeted yesterday, you know, I wish him a long, quiet retirement on a pretty beach far from Venezuela. And the sooner he takes advantage of that, the sooner he’s likely to have a nice, quiet retirement on a pretty beach rather than being in some other beach area like Guantanamo.” – Comment: Of course, Bolton has no impact on U.S. Foreign Policy, and will soon be tossed away by Trump like a used kleenex.

Watch the 1st Amendment Die as Journalist Arrested at Press Conference for Not Being Mainstream (w/video 12min) – by Matt Agorist – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/01/watch-the-1st-amendment-die-as-journalist-arrested-at-press-conference-for-not-being-mainstream.html – “As the Public Information Officer approaches Lankowski, he begins degrading him and telling Lankowski that he is not a part of the media. To be clear, Lankowski is a journalist for Nevada Cop Block and also hosts a weekly podcast for the group. By all standards, what he is doing is being the media… What’s more, the fact that the officer didn’t recognize this fact is irrelevant as his rule book, the Constitution, guarantees this right (OK, don’t get me started on that one)… Nevertheless, as other media outlets continue to fill the room, the officer tells Lankowski that he needs a “credentialed” media pass to be in this public space to report on a public press conference… Eventually, because Lankowski refused to be denied his First Amendment right, he was physically taken down, handcuffed, arrested, and cited for trespassing—on public property, in a press conference, doing his job as a journalist.”

Production of W76-2 warhead in US increases risk of nuclear conflict, warns Lavrovhttp://tass.com/politics/1042436 – ” ‘This issue was already included in last year’s review of Washington’s policies in the nuclear sphere. Already then we expressed serious concern the development of such low-yield warheads lowers the threshold of using nuclear weapons and increases the risk of a nuclear conflict,’ he said… ‘As far as we can see, that provision has now been translated into the language of practical action. Certainly, this by no means promotes security in the modern world,’ Lavrov said.”

Monsanto’s “Malicious Conduct” & “Complete Manipulation of Science” Regarding Roundup® Finally Exposed By Attorney Brent Wisner – by Catherine J. Frompovich – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/02/monsantos-malicious-conduct-complete-manipulation-of-science-regarding-roundup-finally-exposed-by-attorney-brent-wisner.html – “One of the most intrepid GMO science researchers for over twenty years, Jeffrey Smith, of the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), interviewed Attorney Brent Wisner, the genius lead lawyer who apparently overwhelmed the legal system by finally getting Monsanto’s Papers, which documented “malicious conduct by a corporation” and “complete manipulation of science,” according to him during his representation of Mr. Dewayne Johnson in the Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto lawsuit… At the link below, you can access these riveting interviews: ● Monsanto’s Genotoxicity Cover-up: The Dr. Parry Story, ● The Rookie off the Bench Saves the Day, ● Monsanto’s HUGE Mistake: How we got the secret Monsanto Papers, ● Monsanto’s Shocking Disregard for Science and Truth, ● The Most Dramatic (and Pivotal) Day of the Trial, ● Guilty! Monsanto Acted with Malice – Interviews video link: https://responsibletechnology.org/drparry/watch-the-dr-parry-story/

Dave Hodges and Shauna Cox Threatened Over Revelations Regarding the Murder at Mulheur – by Dave Hodges – https://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/dave-hodges-and-shauna-cox-threatened-over-revelations-regarding-the-murder-at-mulheur/An important article IMO by Hodges, who generally “must be taken with a grain of salt” – This relates to the LaVoy Finicum murder and Deep State preparations (for possible martial law – not the kind Trump might want).

The Most Interesting Man in the World: Two Faces on the Same Coin – by Doug “Uncola” Lynn – https://thetollonline.com/2019/02/01/the-most-interesting-man-in-the-world-two-faces-on-the-same-coin/ – “In so many ways, Trump is the perfect foil to usher in a new epoch; as the perceived darkness before the age of rainbows and unicorns. Or, at least a forerunner of sorts before another ringleader takes center stage… To be sure, President Trump is like a flip-sided Obama the way he’s branded upon America’s psyche. And, like Obama, he’s a walking, talking, Rorschach test… For good? Or bad?.. Either way:  We all have our suspicions and are becoming more certain with each passing day… In the below video clip from the 1999 film “The Matrix”, the story’s protagonist, Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, is distracted by a computer simulation of a woman in a red dress as these words are spoken by Laurence Fishburne’s character, Morpheus: ‘The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it… Are you listening to me, Neo? Or were you looking at the woman in the red dress?.’.. In our version of the Matrix, however, what if the diversion was the man with orange hair?.. Certainly, United States President, Donald J. Trump, is either: 1) Real; 2) Real clueless; Or 3) the Matrix’s woman in the red dress”… In point of fact, if anyone were 100% honest, they would admit they couldn’t realize any of those options with 100% certainty at this time.  Because it’s difficult to see the Matrix when you’re in the Matrix.  Yet, like Neo in the movie, and as stated heretofore:  We all have our suspicions and are becoming more certain with each passing day… Of course many reading this, if not a majority, will NOT appreciate President Trump’s motives being questioned in the least; and perhaps they are right to still trust the man.  Nevertheless, there does remain the possibility the reach and power of the Matrix has been vastly underestimated… Or, it could be the obtuseness of the American Body Politic is what’s been greatly underrated and Trump is heroically fighting his best against great odds.” (emphasis added)

Continuing: “Around the world, most recently in the nation Venezuela, Trump’s inner imperialist emerges at exactly the right, or wrong, times; depending upon the perspective of the viewers… The United States President has refused to authorize the release of the Russia Investigation’s FISA applications, FBI 302 forms, and 1023 counterintelligence documentation; even when doing so prior to the 2018 Midterm elections might have helped him with independent voters enough to retain his party’s control of the U.S. House… And why did Trump correctly identify stock market bubbles before he was elected, only to later take credit for stock market highs after his election? Won’t that now make him culpable in the eyes of the American public when the bankers crash the economy?.. Why would he do that? As a former reality TV star, surely he knows optics are everything, right?

All of which raises legitimate questions as to whether these mistakes and missteps were scripted after all and, quite possibly, preordained by a secret playbook; because, honestly, over the past two years, all of the snatching of defeat from the jaws of victory now seems too perfect for reality. It is, in fact, exactly how it looks when one throws a game… So close. But was it real? Or reality TV?” (emphasis added)

Continuing:Perhaps we were all played like suckers who never stood a chance and will soon hear:  “You’re fired!”.. Nonetheless, the clues are there for those who carefully watch the replays.  For example, during the government shutdown fracas, the following was revealed in an article dated January 8, 2019: ‘Ahead of the one year anniversary of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Thursday re-introduced the ‘Extreme Risk Protection Order and Violence Prevention Act,’ commonly referred to as “red flag laws.” ‘… The red flag laws, even supported by the NRA in the wake of the Parkland shooting, would grant Trump’s prior expressed desire to “take the guns first and go through due process second”. All that’s required is for anyone to claim to see something in order to say something so law-abiding Americans can have their due process erased faster than Trump’s attorney client privilege… Think it couldn’t happen?  Think again.  Trump’s attorney general nominee, William Barr, during his senate confirmation hearings in mid-January 2019, stated his own desire regarding the red flag laws as “the single most important thing we could do in the gun control area”.  Barr’s statement actually made Democrat Dianne Feinstein very excited. In response, she said quite flirtatiously: ‘Well, thank you, I would like to work with you in that regard.’.. What an amazing act of reaching across the aisle. Rarely have we seen such cooperation occurring in Washington DC… Who knew?.. But our screens only show extended replays of the antagonistic political clashes. Over and over; again and again… This, coincidently, allows precious time for the Matrix’s Agent Smiths, the neighborhood Stasi, and willing associates, to huddle together on the sidelines and finalize their next plays.” (emphasis added)

“CONCLUSION: Fair Play or One Coin to Rule Them All – At the end of everything, it really does distill down to fair play against rigged rules of the game: to natural rights versus tyranny; the individual’s life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness enforced by means of an equitable and just legal code – or mandated utopia by way of corporate collectivists and their piecemealed totalitarianism… Although President Trump provides the appearance of advocating for the former options, there remains the possibility he was hired as a means to deliver the latter alternatives… Trump’s “Make America Great Again” only appears antithetical to Obama’s “Hope and Change” when, in fact, they were slogans for different products sold by the same company. They are two faces on the same coin and both spokesmen fundamentally changed America by the luck of the toss. Obama was the gift to Snowflakes and Trump a bestowal unto Deplorables. And everyone loves a good tagline, don’t they?(emphasis added)

 

U.S. Suspends Participation In INF Treaty, Will Leave It In 180 Dayshttps://southfront.org/u-s-suspends-participation-in-inf-treaty-will-leave-it-in-180-days/  –  “The White House website releasedStatement from the President Regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty“:’For far too long, Russia has violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with impunity, covertly developing and fielding a prohibited missile system that poses a direct threat to our allies and troops abroad.  Tomorrow, the United States will suspend its obligations under the INF Treaty and begin the process of withdrawing from the INF Treaty, which will be completed in 6 months unless Russia comes back into compliance by destroying all of its violating missiles, launchers, and associated equipment.  Our NATO Allies fully support us, because they understand the threat posed by Russia’s violation and the risks to arms control posed by ignoring treaty violations… ‘The United States has fully adhered to the INF Treaty for more than 30 years, but we will not remain constrained by its terms while Russia misrepresents its actions.  We cannot be the only country in the world unilaterally bound by this treaty, or any other.  We will move forward with developing our own military response options and will work with NATO and our other allies and partners to deny Russia any military advantage from its unlawful conduct… ‘My Administration remains committed to effective arms control that advances United States, allied, and partner security, is verifiable and enforceable, and includes partners that fulfill their obligations.  For arms control to effectively contribute to national security, all parties must faithfully implement their obligations.  We stand ready to engage with Russia on arms control negotiations that meet these criteria, and, importantly, once that is done, develop, perhaps for the first time ever, an outstanding relationship on economic, trade, political, and military levels.  This would be a fantastic thing for Russia and the United States, and would also be great for the world.(underlining added)

Trump’s Coup in Venezuela: The Full Story – by Eric Draitser – https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/01/30/trumps-coup-in-venezuela-the-full-story/ – “The US-sponsored coup in Venezuela, still ongoing as I write, is the latest chapter in the long and bloody history of US imperialism in Latin America. This basic fact, understood by most across the left of the political spectrum – including even the chattering liberal class which acknowledges this truth only with the passage of time and never in the moment – must undergird any analysis of the situation in Venezuela today. That is to say, the country is being targeted by the Yanqui Empire… This point is, or at least should be, indisputable irrespective of one’s opinions of Venezuelan President Maduro, the Socialist Party (PSUV), or the progress of the Bolivarian Revolution. Imperialism, and its neocolonial manifestation in the 21st Century, is there to pick clean the bones of the Bolivarian dream and return Venezuela to the role of subservient asset, an oil-soaked proxy state ruled by a right-wing satrap eager to please the colonial lords of capital… But, leaving aside the unbearable blitheness of being MAGA-adjacent, the reality is that Trump has warmongered against Venezuela since well before the recent escalation, including in an infamous 2017 meeting at which ExxonMobil’s State Department CEO Rex Tillerson and former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster both were “stunned” at the stupidity of Trump’s expressed desire to invade Venezuela. According to the Associated Press: ‘Trump alarmed friends and foes alike with talk of a ‘military option’ to remove Maduro from power. The public remarks were initially dismissed in U.S. policy circles …But shortly afterward, he raised the issue with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, according to [a] U.S. official …(who spoke to)… Two high-ranking Colombian officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid antagonizing Trump confirmed the report.’ ” – Comment: Full Disclosure: The information in this article is a surface-level interpretation, and may be ignored as it does not take into account the Real Truth revealed by secret insider communications. Please see https://www.youtube.com/user/X22Report for the vetted truth (apologies for sarcasm). However, this article does contain detailed information about global oil politics, and the international implications of controlling Venezuelan oil interests.

US Revisits Vietnam Syndrome in Afghanistan After 17 Years of War and Destruction – by Finian Cunningham – https://russia-insider.com/en/us-revisits-vietnam-syndrome-afghanistan-after-17-years-war-and-destruction/ri26108 – “US President Donald Trump last month ordered about half of the American troops in Afghanistan – some 7,000 – to withdraw. Trump is said to be growing impatient with the huge financial drain of the never-ending war. His order to pull out forces before the latest round of negotiations in Qatar will have been taken by the Taliban as further proof the Americans know they are beaten… Astoundingly, prominent voices in Washington are arguing that, in spite of the human calamity and cost of Afghanistan, US troops should remain there indefinitely. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell wants to pass legislation forbidding a withdrawal. The Washington Post’s editorial board – which reflects the foreign policy establishment view –admonished: ‘The Trump administration’s tentative deal with the Taliban could return Afghanistan to chaos.’.. “Return to chaos”?.. Afghanistan – known as the Graveyard of Empires – from centuries of defeating great powers is showing that the Americans are up their necks in chaos.”

US Air Dominance Falters As Pilots Contend With Advanced Russian Anti-Aircraft Systems – by Free West Media – https://russia-insider.com/en/us-air-dominance-falters-pilots-contend-advanced-russian-anti-aircraft-systems/ri26111 – “According to the Wall Street Journal, over the last two years the Kremlin has used Washington’s total obsession with alleged Russian ‘destabilization and disinformation campaigns’ to ‘establish air superiority in regions where US planes could have operated with impunity’… From the north of Syria, along the borders of Eastern Europe to the Arctic Circle and further into the Far East, Russia has built an anti-aircraft ring that ‘threatens the US military’s reach’ and forces Washington to ‘reconsider its position as the world’s undisputed air force’… Russia’s wide-ranging air defense system S-400 also detects stealth (stealth) aircraft, and is ‘an irritating and potentially deadly defense shield that has changed the calculus of the US and its allies in potential hotspots,’ starting with its deployment in Syria… The WSJ quoted Sergei Karaganov, Putin’s foreign policy advisor, as saying: ‘Russia does not want military superiority, but it has ended the superiority of the West or the US. Now the West can no longer use force indiscriminately.’ ”

U.S. Suspends Participation In INF Treaty, Will Leave It In 180 Dayshttps://southfront.org/u-s-suspends-participation-in-inf-treaty-will-leave-it-in-180-days/  –  “The White House website releasedStatement from the President Regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty“:’For far too long, Russia has violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with impunity, covertly developing and fielding a prohibited missile system that poses a direct threat to our allies and troops abroad.  Tomorrow, the United States will suspend its obligations under the INF Treaty and begin the process of withdrawing from the INF Treaty, which will be completed in 6 months unless Russia comes back into compliance by destroying all of its violating missiles, launchers, and associated equipment.  Our NATO Allies fully support us, because they understand the threat posed by Russia’s violation and the risks to arms control posed by ignoring treaty violations… ‘The United States has fully adhered to the INF Treaty for more than 30 years, but we will not remain constrained by its terms while Russia misrepresents its actions.  We cannot be the only country in the world unilaterally bound by this treaty, or any other.  We will move forward with developing our own military response options and will work with NATO and our other allies and partners to deny Russia any military advantage from its unlawful conduct… ‘My Administration remains committed to effective arms control that advances United States, allied, and partner security, is verifiable and enforceable, and includes partners that fulfill their obligations.  For arms control to effectively contribute to national security, all parties must faithfully implement their obligations.  We stand ready to engage with Russia on arms control negotiations that meet these criteria, and, importantly, once that is done, develop, perhaps for the first time ever, an outstanding relationship on economic, trade, political, and military levels.  This would be a fantastic thing for Russia and the United States, and would also be great for the world.(underlining added)

ISIS Could Reclaim Large Territory In Syria Within Few Months Without US Military Pressure: MSMhttps://southfront.org/isis-could-reclaim-large-territory-in-syria-within-few-months-without-us-military-pressure-msm/ – “ISIS could reclaim large territory in Syria in just months without military pressure, according to a draft report from the US Department of Defense, unnamed US officials cited by NBC claim.  The Defense Department Inspector General’s report is to be released in the week between February 4th and 10th… Without military pressure from the US, ISIS could regain a significant amount of territory within 6 to 12 months. Allegedly, the report covers the three months from October 1st to December 31st, 2018… President Donald Trump announced on December 19th that the U.S. military would be leaving Syria.” – Comment: Hmmm. I wonder who would be funding and supplying such a resurgence of the presently marginalized Terror Franchise?

U.S. Wants Its Western Allies To Establish Safe-Zone In Northeastern Syria – Reporthttps://southfront.org/u-s-wants-its-western-allies-to-establish-safe-zone-in-northeastern-syria-report/ – “The U.S. is working to form a new coalition that could establish a safe-zone along the Syrian-Turkish border east of the Euphrates River, the Wall Street Journal reported on January 31 citing U.S. officials… According to the officials, the U.S. wants some of its Western allies, including the UK, France and Australia, to lead the new coalition. However, the negotiations are still ongoing as they are yet to agree… The safe zone would include a 32km deep pocket along the Turkish border inside Syria from the Euphrates River to the border with Iraq. The Wall Street Journal said that Washington is willing to support the zone by providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance using drones and other equipment, along with rapid reaction forces if needed. It could also provide logistical support including evacuating casualties.” (emphasis added) – Comment: I wonder if this “Safe Zone” is to include the long-wished-for “No Fly Zone” for the Russian and Syrian air forces? So glad to see that Trump and The Patriots® are finally disentangling the U.S. from these nasty foreign adventures!

New Wikileaks Exposes Vatican, Knights of Malta, Jesuits (35 min)

Vatican Insider: Palace Coup, Pope Frances to Be Stripped of Power w/ Kevin Annett (44 min)

WikiLeaks: Pope’s Lettershttps://wikileaks.org/popeorders/

Germany Rules Out Purchase Of F-35 Jets: Reportshttps://southfront.org/germany-rules-out-purchase-of-f-35-jets-reports/ – “Germany’s Ministry of Defense officially ruled out the F-35 joint strike fighter as a choice to replace its Tornado fighter jet fleet, according to anonymous sources cited by Defense News. The story was initially reported by German outlet Augen Geradeaus… The Tornado fighter jet fleet will be replaced either by a Eurofighter or a F/A-18.” – Comment: I’m relieved to see that, whatever the Germans may be, they’re not Brain Dead.

From the You-Can’t-Make-This-Stuff-Up Desk: What Would You Do If Putin Cut Your Heat Amid Extreme Temperatures? – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-31/what-would-you-do-if-putin-cut-your-heat-amid-extreme-temperatures – “Extreme weather, merciless cold in the Midwest United States, snow squalls bringing near-whiteout conditions to the Northeast, nine dead, schools and postal service in many states canceled, and airports closed — an “act of God” as they say, yet MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow still found a way to make it all about Putin… She breathlessly reported Wednesday evening that life-threatening cold weather in the US could be weaponized by Russia. Maddow invoked a recent intelligence assessment which speculated over Russia and China’s abilities to launch cyber-attacks on critical US infrastructure, including natural gas pipelines. Running with this “what if” scenario, she launched into her now well-known conspiracy theorizing and fear-mongering, saying ‘It is life-threatening! And it is like negative 50 degrees in the Dakotas right now.’.. Maddow told her MSNBC audience: ‘We’re relying on their [Russia and China’s] good graces that they’re not [attacking us]. It is life-threatening. And it is like negative 50 degrees in the Dakotas right now. What would happen if Russia killed the power in Fargo?(underlining added)

Commander of US division that ousted Noriega visits Colombia – by Stephen Gill – https://colombiareports.com/commander-of-us-division-that-ousted-noriega-visits-colombia/ – “Defense Minister Guillermo Botero described the visit of Stammer as “routine” but failed to be drawn on the Venezuelan crisis when speaking to local media… ‘I’m not going to speak on the subject of Venezuela, that is up to Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes,’ he said… A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense also moved to allay concerns about the arrival of Stammer, claiming the that the visit is merely fulfilling protocol… ‘He is the commander of the Southern Army who pays a protocol visit to the administration. They will talk about support issues against organized crime, drug trafficking and illicit extraction,’ he told journalists… Colombia’s ambassador to Washington DC,  Francisco Santos, spurred major controversy last year implying Colombia could team up with Trump and Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro to topple Venezuela’s Maduro, whose legitimacy is challenged by the majority of countries in the hemisphere… The Andean nation shares a 2,219 kilometer border with Venezuela and its geographical position makes it a major player in any possible military intervention against Venezuela’s current regime.”

From the Reports-Of-The-Warm-Winter-Have-Been-Greatly-Exaggerated Desk: (from October) Winter Outlook favors warmer temperatures for much of U.S. – Wet southern states to contrast drought in West (underlining added) https://www.noaa.gov/media-release/winter-outlook-favors-warmer-temperatures-for-much-of-us


(The post below is cherry-picked (edited) text from the linked article) – From the History-Reveals-The-Hidden-Hand Desk: The Making of Juan Guaidó: How the US Regime Change Laboratory Created Venezuela’s Coup Leader –  Juan Guaidó is the product of a decade-long project overseen by Washington’s elite regime change trainers. While posing as a champion of democracy, he has spent years at the forefront of a violent campaign of destabilization. – by Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal – https://grayzoneproject.com/2019/01/29/the-making-of-juan-guaido-how-the-us-regime-change-laboratory-created-venezuelas-coup-leader/ – ” ‘Juan Guaidó is a character that has been created for this circumstance,’  Marco Teruggi, an Argentinian sociologist and leading chronicler of Venezuelan politics, told The Grayzone. ‘It’s the logic of a laboratory – Guaidó is like a mixture of several elements that create a character who, in all honesty, oscillates between laughable and worrying.’.. Diego Sequera, a Venezuelan journalist and writer for the investigative outlet Misión Verdad, agreed: ‘Guaidó is more popular outside Venezuela than inside, especially in the elite Ivy League and Washington circles,’ Sequera remarked to The Grayzone, ‘He’s a known character there, is predictably right-wing, and is considered loyal to the program.’..

According to the Venezuelan government, the US was also involved in a plot, codenamed Operation Constitution, to capture Maduro at the Miraflores presidential palace; and another, called Operation Armageddon, to assassinate him at a military parade in July 2017. Just over a year later, exiled opposition leaders tried and failed to kill Maduro with drone bombs during a military parade in Caracas… More than a decade before these intrigues, a group of right-wing opposition students were hand-selected and groomed by an elite US-funded regime change training academy to topple Venezuela’s government and restore the neoliberal order… The “real work” began two years later, in 2007, when Guaidó graduated from Andrés Bello Catholic University of Caracas. He moved to Washington, DC to enroll in the Governance and Political Management Program at George Washington University, under the tutelage of Venezuelan economist Luis Enrique Berrizbeitia, one of the top Latin American neoliberal economists. Berrizbeitia is a former executive director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) who spent more than a decade working in the Venezuelan energy sector, under the old oligarchic regime that was ousted by Chávez…

That year, Guaidó helped lead anti-government rallies after the Venezuelan government declined to to renew the license of Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV). This privately owned station played a leading role in the 2002 coup against Hugo Chávez. RCTV helped mobilize anti-government demonstrators, falsified information blaming government supporters for acts of violence carried out by opposition members, and banned pro-government reporting amid the coup… (In 2009) Guaidó exposed himself to the public in another way, founding a political party to capture the anti-Chavez energy his Generation 2007 had cultivated. Called Popular Will, it was led by Leopoldo López, a Princeton-educated right-wing firebrand heavily involved in National Endowment for Democracy programs and elected as the mayor of a district in Caracas that was one of the wealthiest in the country…

By 2010, Popular Will and its foreign backers moved to exploit the worst drought to hit Venezuela in decades (speculation: driven by geoengineering?). Massive electricity shortages had struck the country due the dearth of water, which was needed to power hydroelectric plants. A global economic recession and declining oil prices compounded the crisis, driving public discontentment. Stratfor and CANVAS – key advisors of Guaidó and his anti-government cadre – devised a shockingly cynical plan to drive a dagger through the heart of the Bolivarian revolution. The scheme hinged on a 70% collapse of the country’s electrical system by as early as April 2010… ‘This could be the watershed event, as there is little that Chavez can do to protect the poor from the failure of that system,’ the Stratfor internal memo declared…

By this point, the Venezuelan opposition was receiving a staggering $40-50 million a year from US government organizations like USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy, according to a report by the Spanish think tank, the FRIDE Institute. It also had massive wealth to draw on from its own accounts, which were mostly outside the country…  In November, 2010, according to emails obtained by Venezuelan security services and presented by former Justice Minister Miguel Rodríguez Torres, Guaidó, Goicoechea, and several other student activists attended a secret five-day training at a hotel dubbed “Fiesta Mexicana” hotel in Mexico. The sessions were run by Otpor, the Belgrade-based regime change trainers backed by the US government… Inside the meetings, the emails stated, Guaidó and his fellow activists hatched a plan to overthrow President Hugo Chavez by generating chaos through protracted spasms of street violence… The alleged Fiesta Mexicana plot flowed into another destabilization plan revealed in a series of documents produced by the Venezuelan government. In May 2014, Caracas released documents detailing an assassination plot against President Nicolás Maduro. The leaks identified the anti-Chavez hardliner Maria Corina Machado – today the main asset of Sen. Marco Rubio – as a leader of the scheme

That February, student demonstrators acting as shock troops for the exiled oligarchy erected violent barricades across the country, turning opposition-controlled quarters into violent fortresses known as guarimbas. While international media portrayed the upheaval as a spontaneous protest against Maduro’s iron-fisted rule, there was ample evidence that Popular Will was orchestrating the show… Asked who the ringleaders were, (a) guarimba participant said, “Well if I am totally honest, those guys are legislators now.’..  Around 43 were killed during the 2014 guarimbas. Three years later, they erupted again, causing mass destruction of public infrastructure, the murder of government supporters, and the deaths of 126 people, many of whom were Chavistas. In several cases, supporters of the government were burned alive by armed gangs… Guaidó was directly involved in the 2014 guarimbas. In fact, he tweeted video showing himself clad in a helmet and gas mask, surrounded by masked and armed elements that had shut down a highway that were engaging in a violent clash with the police. Alluding to his participation in Generation 2007, he proclaimed, ‘I remember in 2007, we proclaimed, ‘Students!’ Now, we shout, ‘Resistance! Resistance!’ ‘… Guaidó has deleted the tweet, demonstrating apparent concern for his image as a champion of democracy… On February 12, 2014, during the height of that year’s guarimbas, Guaidó joined Lopez on stage at a rally of Popular Will and Justice First. During a lengthy diatribe against the government, Lopez urged the crowd to march to the office of Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz. Soon after, Diaz’s office came under attack by armed gangs who attempted to burn it to the ground. She denounced what she called ‘planned and premeditated violence.’.. In an televised appearance in 2016, Guaidó dismissed deaths resulting from guayas – a guarimba tactic involving stretching steel wire across a roadway in order to injure or kill motorcyclists – as a “myth.” His comments whitewashed a deadly tactic that had killed unarmed civilians like Santiago Pedroza and decapitated a man named Elvis Durán, among many others… This callous disregard for human life would define his Popular Will party in the eyes of much of the public, including many opponents of Maduro… As violence and political polarization escalated across the country, the government began to act against the Popular Will leaders who helped stoke it (Several of the Popular Will leaders went to prison or into exile)… David Smolansky, also a member of the original Otpor-trained Generation 2007, became Venezuela’s youngest-ever mayor when he was elected in 2013 in the affluent suburb of El Hatillo. But he was stripped of his position and sentenced to 15 months in prison by the Supreme Court after it found him culpable of stirring the violent guarimbas… Facing arrest, Smolansky shaved his beard, donned sunglasses and slipped into Brazil disguised as a priest with a bible in hand and rosary around his neck. He now lives in Washington, DC, where he was hand picked by Secretary of the Organization of American States Luis Almagro to lead the working group on the Venezuelan migrant and refugee crisisThis July 26, Smolansky held what he called a “cordial reunion” with Elliot Abrams, the convicted Iran-Contra felon installed by Trump as special US envoy to Venezuela. Abrams is notorious for overseeing the US covert policy of arming right-wing death squads during the 1980’s in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala. His lead role in the Venezuelan coup has stoked fears that another blood-drenched proxy war might be on the way…

Guaidó is known as the president of the opposition-dominated National Assembly, but he was never elected to the position. The four opposition parties that comprised the Assembly’s Democratic Unity Table had decided to establish a rotating presidency. Popular Will’s turn was on the way, but its founder, Lopez, was under house arrest. Meanwhile, his second-in-charge, Guevara, had taken refuge in the Chilean embassy. A figure named Juan Andrés Mejía would have been next in line but reasons that are only now clear, Juan Guaido was selected… In December 2018, Guaidó sneaked across the border and junketed to Washington, Colombia and Brazil to coordinate the plan to hold mass demonstrations during the inauguration of President Maduro. The night before Maduro’s swearing-in ceremony, both Vice President Mike Pence and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland called Guaidó to affirm their support…

By January 11, Guaidó’s Wikipedia page had been edited 37 times, highlighting the struggle to shape the image of a previously anonymous figure who was now a tableau for Washington’s regime change ambitions. In the end, editorial oversight of his page was handed over to Wikipedia’s elite council of “librarians,” who pronounced him the “contested” president of Venezuela… Guaidó might have been an obscure figure, but his combination of radicalism and opportunism satisfied Washington’s needs. ‘That internal piece was missing,’ a Trump administration said of Guaidó. ‘He was the piece we needed for our strategy to be coherent and complete.’.. ‘For the first time,’ Brownfield, the former American ambassador to Venezuela, gushed to the New York Times, ‘you have an opposition leader who is clearly signaling to the armed forces and to law enforcement that he wants to keep them on the side of the angels and with the good guys.’.. But Guaidó’s Popular Will party formed the shock troops of the guarimbas that caused the deaths of police officers and common citizens alike. He had even boasted of his own participation in street riots. And now, to win the hearts and minds of the military and police, Guaido had to erase this blood-soaked history.” (end edited article – emphases added)


With risks ahead, Trump administration pins hopes on Venezuela’s opposition – by Anne Gearan and Karen DeYoung – https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/without-a-road-map-trump-administration-pins-hopes-on-venezuelas-opposition/2019/01/24/e132b3c8-1ff6-11e9-8e21-59a09ff1e2a1_story.html – “President Trump’s bold decision to throw U.S. support behind a self-declared opposition government in Venezuela carries risks for a president whose foreign policy is staked on prizing American interests over others and keeping the country out of foreign quagmires… In Guaidó, the Trump administration found a figure on which to hang hopes for a peaceful ouster of Maduro from within, or by Maduro’s own choice, current and former U.S. officials said… ‘By standing with the people of Venezuela, President Trump stands for freedom,’ Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) tweeted after the U.S. announcement Wednesday.”

Sanctions of Mass Destruction: America’s War on Venezuela – by Garikai Chengu – https://www.globalresearch.ca/sanctions-mass-destruction-americas-war-venezuela/5666969 – “The term “weapons of mass destruction” (WMD) was first defined by the United Nations in 1948 as: “…atomic explosive weapons, radioactive material weapons, lethal chemical and biological weapons, and any weapons developed in the future which have characteristics comparable in destructive effect to those of the atomic bomb or other weapons mentioned above”… Sanctions are clearly the 21st century’s deadliest weapon of mass destruction… Over the last five years, sanctions have caused Venezuelan per capita incomes to drop by 40 percent, which is a decline similar to that of war torn Iraq and Syria at the height of their armed conflicts. Millions of Venezuelans have had to flee the country. If America is so concerned about refugees, Trump should stop furthering disastrous foreign policies that actually create them. Under Chavez, Venezuela had a policy of welcoming refugees. President Chavez turned Venezuela into the wealthiest society in Latin America with the best income equality… On Monday, U.S. National Security adviser John Bolton announced new sanctions that essentially steal $7 billion from Venezuela’s state owned oil company.”

From the Old-And-Outmoded-Perceptions Desk: (from Monday 1/ 28) Venezuela plot thickens… UN should be probing Washington and allies for regime-change crimes – by Finnian Cunningham – https://www.rt.com/op-ed/449986-venezuela-coup-un-probe/ – “The European Union has demanded that President Maduro calls new elections within eight days, or face reprisals from the bloc, presumably involving economic and diplomatic sanctions. The arbitrary and unreasonable nature of the EU ultimatum suggests it is designed to be impossible for Maduro to fulfill, thereby giving a pretext for sanctioning Caracas… The president has offered dialogue with the opposition (Note: this article was posted 4 days ago). But Guaido rebuffed the initiative as “fake talks.” That suggests Guaido is being advised by his foreign supporters to adopt a maximalist position. Not talking with Maduro is aimed at intensifying the pressure on the government to use force against the opposition, as well as trying to undermine the president’s legitimacy.” (emphasis added)

Trump backs big ‘protests against ex-dictator Maduro’ as he talks with Venezuela opposition’s Guaidohttps://www.rt.com/news/450186-trump-guado-phonecall-venezuela/ – “Trump, meanwhile, congratulated Guaidó on his “historic assumption of the presidency.” Neither President Maduro or predecessor Hugo Chavez ever received a phone call from a US president after election… Guaidó said that Trump offered his ‘full support for our democratic work, commitment to humanitarian aid and recognition of…our presidency.’ ”

From the American-Newspaper-Of-Record Desk: Opinion – Juan Guaidó: Venezuelans, Strength Is in Unity – To end the Maduro regime with the minimum of bloodshed, we need the support of pro-democratic governments, institutions and individuals the world over. – by Juan Guaidó – https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/30/opinion/juan-guaido-venezuela.html/Comment: I’m gonna need more popcorn…

Venezuelan army defectors appeal to Trump for weapons (3 min) – To view this report, based on CNN coverage, you will need to turn on closed captioning and pause the video when each block of text comes up to read it. Other reporting states that the uniforms the “dozen” or so defectors, speaking from Columbia where there are possibly 20,000 Colombian soldiers stationed near the border, are out of date. This indicates that they’ve been in Columbia for a long time, and are possibly part of the regime change planning that statements by Pompeo, when he was still CIA director indicated were fully underway in 2017.

[HD] CNN : These Venezuelan defectors want US arms 1/29/2019 (3 min)  – This is the CNN report on the Venezuelan defectors mentioned above. It may be taken down on youtube soon.

Maduro Announces 50,000-strong Paramilitary Force To Protect Nation, Says Trump Wants Him Deadhttps://southfront.org/maduro-announces-50000-strong-paramilitary-force-to-protect-nation-says-trump-wants-him-dead/ – “On January 29th, Venezuela’s Supreme Court banned Self-Proclaimed Interim President Juan Guaido from leaving the country and froze all of his assets… The Supreme Court, which according to media is loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, quickly approved the measures after Attorney General Tarek William Saab asked it to take “precautionary measures” against Guaido… The decision came shortly after Washington said it handed control of the country’s bank accounts in the US to Guaido, whom it recognizes as legitimate president… Following the Supreme Court’s ruling US National Security Adviser John Bolton responded with a tweet of warning: ‘We denounce the illegitimate former Venezuelan Attorney General’s threats against President Juan Guaido. Let me reiterate – there will be serious consequences for those who attempt to subvert democracy and harm Guaido.’,,   The decision to seize Venezuelan assets and provide them under Guaido’s control was announced by the US State Department on January 29th. The decision was made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on January 25th… Furthermore, Juan Guaido himself gave an interview to CNN Espanol. He said that he is willing to consider amnesty for Maduro and the military top brass as part of a transition to democracy… ‘Our people have suffered,’ Guaido said. ‘We are waking up from a nightmare to the dream of rebuilding Venezuela.’.. However, he warned that he would not start a “false dialogue” with a regime that jails and tortures political opponents, something Maduro’s regime has been consistently accused of.” (emphasis added) – Comment: I hope it’s clear to anyone who is paying attention to this critical display of U.S. Corporate hegemony that the Trump administration, regardless of what The Donald may personally believe about what’s happening, is fully committed to doing everything in its considerable might to succeed with the ouster of the Maduro administration and the installation of a puppet regime in Caracas. Failure to do this will result in a major diminishment of the general perceived strength and “authority” of U.S. Corp over world affairs.

Nasrallah to Israeli PM: ‘Any more Syria strikes could trigger major war‘ – English Subtitles (13 min) – This is a very important brief interview with the extremely articulate Secretary General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah. At the end the interviewer underscores the take away message that Bibi Netanyahu has been put on notice that he had better take care in deciding Israel’s further course of action against Syria.

Toxic Masculinity Strikes In Europe – German Man Sues Over “Woman-Only” Parking Spots – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-29/toxic-masculinity-strikes-europe-german-man-sues-over-woman-only-parking-spots – “In a shocking display of toxic masculinity – daring to call out ‘unequal’ treatment of sexes (however many of them there are today) – a German town’s effort to prevent sexual violence has seen it hauled to court by a man who claims its ‘woman-only’ parking spaces are discriminatory.”

Venezuela’s Gold Reserves To Be Evacuated To Russia: Media Rumors Go Wildhttps://southfront.org/msm-rumors-go-wild-venezuelas-gold-reserves-to-be-evacuated-to-russia/ – “Another source of the rumors is Venezuelan pro-opposition lawmaker Jose Guerra, who directly claimed that the government is moving gold to Russia. When asked how he knew this, Guerra provided no evidence… Following this multiple mainstream media outlets and pro-coup “media activists’ started spreading rumors about a possible purpose of the flight. The most popular are: ● Officials or families of officials from the government of President Nicolas Maduro is evacuating from the country; ● The Maduro government is moving its gold reserves to Moscow… Both rumors have not been confirmed by any evidence. However, they became widely spread among the international audience thanks to help of such media outlets as Fox News, The Telegraph, Reuters and others… Meanwhile, mainstream media outlets continue to fuel the political crisis in the country. On January 30, CNN released an interview with “Venezuelan army defectors”, who asked the US to help them to defend “freedom” by weapons supplies and other actions. The video interview presented the story like these persons just defected from the Venezuelan’s army, but a closer look shows that they are former soldiers living outside the country and wear old-pattern uniforms. ” (underlining aded)

Bolton’s Mysterious ‘5,000 Troops to Colombia’: Preparations For US Invasion In Venezuela?https://southfront.org/boltons-mysterious-5000-troops-to-colombia-us-invasion-in-venezuela/ – “On the previous day, Trump signed an executive order aimed at “Taking Additional Steps to Address the National Emergency with Respect to Venezuela.” : ‘The Executive Order I have issued accounts for the swearing in of a legitimate Interim President of Venezuela, and addresses actions by persons affiliated with the illegitimate Maduro regime, including human rights violations and abuses in response to anti-Maduro protests, arbitrary arrest and detention of anti‑Maduro protestors, curtailment of press freedom, harassment of political opponents, and continued attempts to undermine the Interim President of Venezuela and undermine the Venezuelan National Assembly,’ the Presidential Message accompanying the order stated… Shortly thereafter, the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions on  Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA), pursuing the abovementioned executive order… In a surprising turn of events, however, on January 29th, New Zealand expressed its opposition to the regime change in Venezuela.” (emphasis added)

‘Urgent’ Lima Group Meeting Called to Discuss Venezuelahttps://www.voanews.com/a/urgent-lima-group-meeting-called-to-discuss-venezuela/4762447.html – “The group, which includes Canada and 13 Latin American countries, will convene on February 4 in Ottawa to discuss how to support opposition leader Juan Guiado, who declared himself interim leader of Venezuela despite disputed President Nicolas Maduro’s victory in 2018 elections that were widely boycotted and believed to have been rigged.” (emphasis added) Comments: 1) Boycotting elections does not make them invalid; 2) “believed to have been rigged”: Pure propaganda with, obviously, no evidence to support such an assertion, particularly in the face of a major effort by International observers who said the election was very fairly held.

Treasury Sanctions Venezuela’s State-Owned Oil Company Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A.https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm594 – “Action Intensifies Pressure on Maduro and Regime Insiders, Demonstrates U.S. Commitment to Leverage Economic Pressure to Support the Venezuelan People’s Transition to Democracy – Washington – Today the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13850 for operating in the oil sector of the Venezuelan economy.  PdVSA is a Venezuelan state-owned oil company and a primary source of Venezuela’s income and foreign currency, to include U.S. dollars and Euros.”

Israel recognizes opposition leader’s new government in Venezuela – Jerusalem backs self-declared interim president Guaido, acceding to US request after earlier concerns Maduro regime could retaliate against local Jewish community – by Raphael Ahren –  https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-recognizes-opposition-leaders-new-government-in-venezuela/ – ” ‘Israel joins the United States, Canada, most of the countries of Latin America and countries in Europe in recognizing the new leadership in Venezuela,’ Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a short statement… Last week, the administration of US President Donald Trump reportedly asked Israel to publicly back Washington’s attempt to force the resignation of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and throw support behind Guaido…  ‘They can cut a flower, but they will never keep spring from coming,’ Guaido told supporters Friday, alluding to a phrase from the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.” (emphasis added)Comment: The cognitive dissonance from hearing this proto-Fascist mouthing the words of Neruda is staggering.

US-backed Forces (the Kurdish SDF) Detained Local Tribesman For Public Calls To Reconcile With Damascus, End Foreign Occupation (w/video of his statement and mistreatment in detention) – https://southfront.org/us-backed-forces-detained-local-tribesman-for-public-calls-to-reconcile-with-damascus-end-foreign-occupation/Comment: This tribal leader was detained for making a statement at a tribal meeting called by the SDF.

Venezuelan Opposition Leader Offers Amnesty to Soldiers –  https://www.voanews.com/a/venezuelan-opposition-leader-offers-amnesty-to-soldiers/4761414.html – “Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido is offering amnesty to soldiers who back democracy and reject the current Maduro government… ‘We are waiting for you, the soldiers of Venezuela. We are waiting for you and the commitment you have to our constitution,’ Guaido said at a Sunday news conference… Opposition followers – some shouting “Soldier friend, you’re the only one missing” – handed out leaflets describing the amnesty plans at military and police posts… Some of the soldiers threw away the paper or tore it up. But many Venezuelan military members have said they and their families are tired of the severe shortages of food and other basics plaguing (sic)… Maduro has blamed his country’s woes on the United States, which he accuses of working with the opposition to topple the government.” (emphasis added) – Comment: This VOA propaganda piece throws in that last bolded line as if it is ridulous beyond responding to it. The previous line about the soldiers being tired abour the shortages, largely caused by the U.S. economic war against Venezuela, is just propaganda 101.

Washington Follows Ukraine, Syria Roadmap in Push for Venezuela Regime Change – by Whitney Webb – https://www.mintpressnews.com/us-follows-ukraine-syria-roadmap-in-venezuela-regime-change-push/254265/ – “In pursuit of regime-change agendas abroad and as part of a larger strategy of containment aimed at Russia and China, the U.S. has followed a roadmap in recent cases that includes some or all of the following elements: the manufacture of a “humanitarian” justification for regime change; funneling of arms and weapons into the country via its foreign borders; mass funding of the political opposition; and covert involvement of U.S. government agencies, particularly the CIA… Unsurprisingly, many of these elements are currently at play in Venezuela. Since the late Hugo Chávez came to power in the 1998 election, the U.S. has funded the Venezuelan opposition to the tune of over $100 million. The humanitarian justification has long been played up by the international media, which has placed sole responsibility for Venezuela’s economic and political crisis on the Maduro-led government, despite the role of U.S. sanctions and economic warfare, as well as the U.S. government and the Venezuelan opposition groups it funds colluding to create the conditions for the current political crisis in order to facilitate their regime-change plan… Though this last point is less known, it was confirmed following a leaked 2013 phone conversation of   Maria Corina Machado, another key figure in the U.S.-funded Venezuelan opposition and another top political ally of Guaidó and his associate Leopoldo López. In the leaked conversation, Corina Machado describes what Ramon Guillermo Aveledo, the chairman of the opposition umbrella group Mesa de la Unidad Democrática, told Undersecretary for Latin American Affairs Roberta Jacobsen, whom he had recently met in Washington. During the call, Corina Machado stated: ‘I found out that Ramon Guillermo Aveledo told the State Department that the only way to resolve this is by provoking and accentuating a crisis, a coup or a self-coup. Or a process of tightening the screws and domesticating to generate a system of total social control.’ “ Comment: This article contains specific info on ongoing U.S. and Colombian efforts to destabilize Venezuela, particularly along the border with Colombia.

1984: YouTube Will Demote Conspiracy Videos In Its Recommendation Algorithm — A Scary Prospect For Freedom Of Thought – by Aaron Kesel – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/01/1984-youtube-will-demote-conspiracy-videos-in-its-recommendation-algorithm-a-scary-prospect-for-freedom-of-thought.html – “We’ll continue that work this year, including taking a closer look at how we can reduce the spread of content that comes close to—but doesn’t quite cross the line of—violating our Community Guidelines. To that end, we’ll begin reducing recommendations of borderline content and content that could misinform users in harmful ways—such as videos promoting a phony miracle cure for a serious illness, claiming the earth is flat, or making blatantly false claims about historic events like 9/11.”

Canada’s Ambassador to China Fired by Technocrats for Defending Reason – The sin of telling the truth involves not only exposing the true agenda behind the arrest of Meng Wanzhou but also showcases who is truly behind it. – by Matthew Ehret – http://theduran.com/canadas-ambassador-to-china-fired-by-technocrats-for-defending-reason/

British Newspaper Publishes Massive Apology to Melania Trump; Will Pay First Lady ‘Substantial Damages’ and Legal Costs – by Kristinn Taylor – https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/01/british-newspaper-publishes-massive-apology-to-melania-trump-will-pay-first-lady-substantial-damages-and-legal-costs/ – “The Daily Mail has apologized to Melania Trump and agreed to pay damages to settle a lawsuit filed by the first lady after the publisher made false claims about her work as a professional model… The settlement was announced in a joint statement from the Daily Mail and Trump’s lawyers… ‘We accept that these allegations about Mrs. Trump are not true and we retract and withdraw them. We apologize to Mrs. Trump for any distress that our publication caused her,’ the Daily Mail and Mail Online said in the statement… Trump will be paid about $2.9 million in damages and costs, according to a source familiar with the settlement.”

Senior Kurdish Official: We Will Choose Assad Over Turkish Attackhttps://southfront.org/senior-kurdish-official-we-will-choose-assad-over-turkish-attack/ – “Kurdish forces are negotiating with the Damascus government in order to protect northeastern Syria from any attack that Turkey may launch after the nearing withdrawal of U.S. forces, Ilham Ahmed, a co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), told Bloomberg on January 26… “It isn’t comfortable for us but what is the other option?’ said Ilham, who is currently visiting Washington. ‘If we were cornered into choosing between a Turkish militia attacking our areas,’ and reaching an accord with President Bashar al-Assad, she said in an interview in Washington, ‘we would go with the regime.’ ”

Venezuela Opposition Head Declared Himself President After Pence’s Call – Reporthttps://sputniknews.com/latam/201901261071838339-venezuela-guaido-us-support/ – “Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself the country’s Interim President after he received a call on Tuesday from US Vice President Mike Pence, who pledged Washington’s support for Guaido, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports… The WSJ cited an unnamed senior US administration official as saying that Pence promised that the White House would back Guaido if “he seized the reins of government” from President Nicolas Maduro by invoking a clause in Venezuela’s constitution… The source claimed that Pence’s late-night call was part of Washington’s secret plan it had developed over several weeks to try to oust Maduro and recognise Guaido as Venezuela’s Interim President… The source referred to previous talks between ‘US officials, allies, lawmakers and key representatives of the Venezuelan opposition, including with Guaido himself”.”

Web Research Links for the Week of 1/21/19

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U.S. Sends More Troops To Syria To Secure Withdrawal Processhttps://southfront.org/u-s-sends-more-troops-to-syria-to-secure-withdrawal-process/ – “Earlier this month, the US-led coalition announced that it has begun the process of deliberate withdrawal from Syria. A local monitoring group confirmed the coalition’s claim and said that 150 U.S. service members left the country… However, hours after this announcement U.S. officials told the New York Times that the U.S. has withdrawn no troops from Syria. The statement was seen by many local observers as an attempt to manipulate Trump’s withdraw decision… In another u-turn, a senior official had told NBC on January 5 that the U.S. may keep its forces in the al-Tanaf base in southeastern Syria for undetermined amount of time.”

UN Security Council Should Punish All Those Behind These Coup Attempts: Venezuelan UN Envoy (w/video 27min) – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50977.htmIf you want to know what is going on with this manufactured crisis, have a listen to this statement by Venezuela’s UN envoy Jorge Arreaza. He speaks in great detail about the history of the multi-decade destabilization campaign against Venezuela by the U.S. and its captive surrogates.  Arreaza, to my hearing, speaks with a voice of reason in sharp contrast to those pushing what amounts to a coup d’etat. The interventionists basically sound to me like a pack of liars. The entire emergency session on Venezuela was streamed live by RT, and can be viewed on youtube at: https://youtu.be/NKdbs3dx2GU (4hr 38min) – The general consensus at the meeting, outside of the scripted statements by U.S. proxy satellite nations, is that Maduro is the lawfully elected president, the main culprit for the suffering of the country has been outside actions taken by the U.S. and its partners primarily attacking the economy, and that no outside, particularly military, actions should be taken or supported. I’m sure this was not the result that the Neocon conspirators surrounding Trump intended to gain.

Pompeo Refuses To Speculate Whether US Would Use Military Force In Venezuela – by Fahad Shabbir – https://www.urdupoint.com/en/world/pompeo-refuses-to-speculate-whether-us-would-540515.html – ” ‘What the United States can do next I ‘m not going to speculate … We think that every member of the United Nations ought to join us for the Venezuelan people. So, we will continue to get more and more support from already a great deal along the way, and we do think that there will be appropriate resolutions when it happens right and we’ll certainly support those,’ Pompeo said.”

The Shale Industry Collapse Will Start in the Spring, and Take the Rest of the US Down With It – by James Howard Kunstler – https://russia-insider.com/en/shale-industry-collapse-will-start-spring-and-take-rest-us-down-it/ri26049 – “Sometimes nations just lose their shit. The complex collapse of American life proceeds as the public and its leaders fail to comprehend the forces in play. What the Federal Reserve actually accomplished with its ten years of extend-and-pretend policy was not an economic “recovery,” but a degenerative disease of the social contract. If you look more closely, you can sense what will be unleashed when the ground thaws… Mr. Trump will be left holding a bag so large that observers may mistake him for a Bizarro Santa Claus. But the baggage within will not consist of sugarplums. It is actually stuffed with bankruptcy filings and pink slips. A year from now, there may be no such thing as a hedge fund left on the planet Earth. Or a job opening, unless you’re really good at weeding or picking fruit. Mr. Trump will attempt a rescue, but so did Herbert Hoover, who had a good three years to try this-and-that while the Depression stole over the land like a deadly fungus. The difference, of course, is that Mr. Hoover was acknowledged as a most brilliant mind of his era, and yet Reality had her wicked way with him, anyway.”

Julian Assange Sues Trump Administration To Reveal Charges Against Him; WikiLeaks Associates Being Interrogated – by Aaron Kesel – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/01/julian-assange-sues-trump-administration-to-reveal-charges-against-him-wikileaks-associates-being-interrogated.html – “Lawyers for Julian Assange have filed an urgent application to the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR), based in Washington D.C., to demand the Trump Administration unseal the charges it has secretly filed against Assange… The Australian activist’s lawyers are further asking the Commission to compel Ecuador to cease its espionage activities against Assange, to stop the isolation imposed on him and to protect Assange from U.S. extradition… Assange’s situation is getting worse with each passing day between his health and the isolation without charge, which according to Human Rights Watch General Counsel  his conditions to stay at the embassy are looking more and more like solitary confinement. Assange has been barred from visitors and prevented Internet access for almost a year, while he has never been allowed to exit the embassy for some sunshine.”

New Mexico Senate Unanimously Passes Bill to Limit Warrantless Electronic Data Collection, Hinder Federal Surveillance – by Michael Maharrey – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/01/new-mexico-senate-unanimously-passes-bill-to-limit-warrantless-electronic-data-collection-hinder-federal-surveillance.html – “Sen. Peter Wirth (D) filed Senate Bill 199 (SB199) on Jan. 8. Titled the “Electronic Communications Privacy Act,” the legislation would help block the use of cell site simulators, known as “stingrays.” These devices essentially spoof cell phone towers, tricking any device within range into connecting to the stingray instead of the tower, allowing law enforcement to sweep up communications content, as well as locate and track the person in possession of a specific phone or other electronic device… The bill would require police to obtain a warrant or wiretap order before deploying a stingray device, unless they have the explicit permission of the owner or authorized possessor of the device, or if the device is lost or stolen. SB199 includes an exception to the warrant requirement for emergency situations. Even then, police must apply for a warrant within 3 days and destroy any information obtained if the court denies the application.”

France’s Protests: Why It’s Different This Time – by Claudio Grass –  https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-24/frances-protests-why-its-different-time – As the movement grew and spread, many political figures have tried to co-opt it, without success. Front National’s Le Pen, hardline leftist Melenchon, far-left factions and various union leaders, all tried to place their flag on the Yellow Vests, claiming that they align with and can represent their grievances. They all failed. The Yellow Vests might contain individuals with all kinds of political inclinations, but as a whole, the movement remains apolitical, and if anything, suspicious and hostile to the political class in its entirety.”

Likud minister Gallant: Israel has plan to boot Iran from Syria – Meanwhile, Netanyahu reportedly urges US to keep troops at a base in southern Syria seen as key to countering Iranian forces – https://www.timesofisrael.com/likud-minister-israel-has-plan-to-boot-iran-from-syria/ – “Gallant, a fresh addition to the ruling Likud party, did not provide further details but credited Israeli actions with preventing the emergence of an Iranian military presence in the Golan Heights… He also said Israel and Russia were on the same page regarding Iran’s efforts in Syria… ‘Israel and Russia have a shared interest to expel the Iranians from Syria,’ – Comment: I want some of what he’s smoking.

<From the Those-Who-Do-Not-Learn-The-Lessons-Of-History Desk: US appoints new Venezuela envoy to help ‘restore democracy’ – by VOA News – https://thebl.com/politics/us-appoints-new-venezuela-envoy-to-help-restore-democracy.html – “U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has appointed foreign policy veteran Elliott Abrams to be U.S. envoy to Venezuela, tasked with helping “restore democracy” to the South American nation… Pompeo made the announcement Friday afternoon in Washington, ahead of a special session of the U.N. Security Council on Saturday. Pompeo said Abrams would travel with him to the meeting, which was initiated by the United States… Pompeo said the United States thinks ‘every country ought to recognize’ National Assembly leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim leader, as the U.S. does. He called disputed President Nicolas Maduro a “cruel dictator” and said he had caused much devastation for the people of Venezuela.” (emphasis added) from Elliott Abrams Wikipedia page: ” During the Reagan administration, Abrams gained notoriety for his involvement in controversial foreign policy decisions regarding Nicaragua and El Salvador.”Comment: Abrams is a dual Israeli-American Citizen. He was involved in arming and providing cover for the Death Squads operating in El Salvador and for the Contras in Nicaragua. Just the guy to “restore democracy” to a Latin-American country.

Roger Stone indicted in Mueller probe – by Morgan Chalfant,Jacqueline Thomsen and Olivia Beavers – https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/426919-roger-stone-arrested-by-fbi-cnn – “Stone has been indicted on seven counts in connection with Mueller’s investigation: one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering… Stone was arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the special counsel’s office said in a statement early Friday. The indictment was filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Thursday and unsealed upon arrest on Friday… According to the indictment, Stone obstructed the investigations by the House Intelligence Committee and the FBI into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election election.” – Comment: Now would be a good time for The Alliance to unseal some indictments, eh?

Antiwar Hero Medea Benjamin Disrupts Venezuela Coup Circle Jerk – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2019/01/25/antiwar-hero-medea-benjamin-disrupts-venezuela-coup-circle-jerk/ – “Benjamin cut off his applause by standing at the end of the council room with a sign reading ‘OAS: DON’T SUPPORT A COUP IN VENEZUELA’ and decrying the Trump administration’s attempts to topple the Venezuelan government… ‘Don’t support the coup!’ Benjamin shouted. ‘A coup is not a democratic transition! Do not listen to Secretary Pompeo! Do not support the coup! Do no support the coup in Venezuela!’.. ‘We call on the OAS to support the democratically elected leader and work for a negotiated solution,’ Medea continued to yell as security staff cajoled her out of the room. ‘Coups only bring more violence, war and destruction!’.. In light of this brazen act (U.S.’ pre-planned support for the coup), Maduro said all US diplomats have 72 hours to leave the nation, to which the Trump administration replied that it has no intention of doing since the order came from Maduro and not the rando (random guy) named Juan (who as noted by Moon of Alabama is very keen on changing Venezuela’s oil policies to America’s advantage).”

Canada’s New Impaired DRIVING LAWS, You Won’t Believe What They Can NOW Do Under Bill C-46!!! (11 min) – by Dan Dicks of Press for Truth – https://youtu.be/6ib7e5xTjywComment: All is not well North-of-the-Border.

Has the Government Legalized Secret Defense Spending? – While a noisy Supreme Court fight captivated America last fall, an obscure federal accounting body quietly approved a system of classified money-moving – by Matt Taibbi – https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/secret-government-spending-779959/ – “The only thing that did not make the news was an announcement by a little-known government body called the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board — FASAB — that essentially legalized secret national security spending. The new guidance, “SFFAS 56 – CLASSIFIED ACTIVITIES” permits government agencies to “modify” public financial statements and move expenditures from one line item to another. It also expressly allows federal agencies to refrain from telling taxpayers if and when public financial statements have been altered… To Michigan State professor Mark Skidmore, who’s been studying discrepancies in defense expenditures for years, the new ruling ­— and the lack of public response to it — was a shock… ‘From this point forward,’ he says, ‘the federal government will keep two sets of books, one modified book for the public and one true book that is hidden.’ ”

Top Cities with Highest Rate of Child Removals: Philadelphia Overtakes Phoenix as Most Dangerous City for State-sponsored Child Kidnappings – by Brian Shilhavy – http://healthimpactnews.com/2019/top-cities-with-highest-rate-of-child-removals-philadelphia-overtakes-phoenix-as-most-dangerous-city-for-state-sponsored-child-kidnappings/ – “NCCPR reports that Philadelphia has become so bad, that they now take children away from parents at triple the rate of New York City, and  quadruple the rate of Chicago.”

Has the Government Legalized Secret Defense Spending? – While a noisy Supreme Court fight captivated America last fall, an obscure federal accounting body quietly approved a system of classified money-moving – by Matt Taibbi – https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/secret-government-spending-779959/ – “The only thing that did not make the news was an announcement by a little-known government body called the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board — FASAB — that essentially legalized secret national security spending. The new guidance, “SFFAS 56 – CLASSIFIED ACTIVITIES” permits government agencies to “modify” public financial statements and move expenditures from one line item to another. It also expressly allows federal agencies to refrain from telling taxpayers if and when public financial statements have been altered… To Michigan State professor Mark Skidmore, who’s been studying discrepancies in defense expenditures for years, the new ruling ­— and the lack of public response to it — was a shock… ‘From this point forward,’ he says, ‘the federal government will keep two sets of books, one modified book for the public and one true book that is hidden.’ ”

Unelected Brussels bureaucrats support ‘democracy’ in Venezuela ‘on behalf of EU’https://www.rt.com/news/449549-venezuela-democracy-eu-mogherini-tusk/ – ” ‘Unlike Maduro, the parliamentary assembly, including Juan Guaido have a democratic mandate from Venezuelan citizens,’ President of the European Council Donald Tusk tweeted on Wednesday evening, urging all of Europe to support “democratic forces” in Venezuela.”

Non-yellow-vest protests are good? Macron hails Venezuela coup attempt as ‘restoration of democracy’https://www.rt.com/news/449622-france-venezuela-coup-support/ – “Emmanuel Macron has praised the “courage” of Venezuelan protesters but fell short of recognizing self-declared “acting president” Juan Guaido. His desire to exert influence on Latin America could back him into a corner in Paris… ‘After the illegal election of Nicolas Maduro in 2018, Europe supports the restoration of democracy. I salute the courage of the hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans marching for their freedom,’ Emmanuel Macron tweeted in French on his official account.” – Comment: Photos and video from current demonstrations in Venezuela seem to show only a few thousand protesters, at most. Some video shown as “anti-Maduro” seems to be of demonstrations supporting the government.

Britain claims Maduro ‘not legitimate leader’ of Venezuelahttps://www.rt.com/news/449626-britain-claims-maduro-not-legitimate/ – “Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has claimed Nicolas Maduro is “not the legitimate leader of Venezuela” and reaffirmed the UK government’s support for opposition leader Juan Guaido.”

Putin: Foreign interference in Venezuela’s internal affairs grossly violates international lawhttps://www.rt.com/news/449630-putin-foreign-interference-in-venezuela/

Venezuela orders closing of embassy & consulates in UShttps://www.rt.com/news/449644-maduro-closing-us-embassy/

Trump Recognition of Rival Venezuelan Government Will Set Off a Diplomatic Avalanche – by  Wayne Madsen –  https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/01/24/trump-recognition-rival-venezuelan-government-will-set-off-diplomatic-avalanche.html – “The plans by the Trump administration to recognize the right-wing opposition in Venezuela as the legitimate government of that nation is as doomed as the Spanish Republic in exile in Mexico and other failed exiled governments, including the East Turkestani government-in-exile in Washington, the Western Kurdistan government-in-exile in London, and the Free City of Danzig government-in-exile in Berlin… What Trump has unleashed with his actions directed toward Venezuela is a situation where competing governments will be fighting over seats in the United Nations, embassies and consulates abroad, and the right to speak on behalf of their countries in international forums. It is the sort of bedlam upon which Trump, a proud destroyer of institutions, thrives.”

Israeli Criminality, Hubris in Syria Invites Catastrophe – by Finian Cunningham – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/01/22/israeli-criminality-hubris-in-syria-invites-catastrophe.html – “This change in Israeli policy from habitually issuing “no comment” responses after air strikes are reported in Syria to one where senior government figures are publicly exulting in the conduct of attacks is an extraordinary development… Some observers have pointed out that it could be Netanyahu engaging in electioneering. He is seeking re-election in April and so may be playing the “tough guy” image to bolster his national security credentials among voters… That may partly be the calculus. But there does appear also to be a bigger shift going in Israeli military strategy towards Syria and Iran.”

US Representatives Refuse To Attend Demonstration Of Russia’s 9M729 Missile That Allegedly Violates INFhttps://southfront.org/us-representatives-refuse-to-attend-demonstration-of-russias-9m729-missile-that-allegedly-violates-inf/ – “(Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov) concluded by saying that he hoped explanations regarding the 9M729 would provide another chance for dialogue between Russia and the US…“We expect that the objective technical data provided by us and the arguments that have been cited will lead to the intensification of the thought process in the US, which will help give another chance to a dialogue aimed at preserving the INF Treaty. For our part, we continue to be ready for such work. It should be done with the mandatory mutual consideration of both parties’ interests and concerns and without any counterproductive ultimatums,” he said. “The treaty needs to be preserved. It is up to the American side to make the choice,” Ryabkov stressed… Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov  added that the US is testing weapons prohibited under the INF over the last 15 years. The Americans, according to Ryabkov, also tested attack drones, which according to their specifications fall under the description of a cruise missile banned under the treaty. At the same time, the use of US target missiles, which also, in essence, were short- and mid-range ground-based ballistic missiles, also raised questions.” (emphasis added)

China, Russia, Turkey Stand Against US-backed Coup Attempt In Venezuelahttps://southfront.org/china-russia-turkey-stand-against-us-backed-coup-attempt-in-venezuela/ – ” ‘ Despair and intolerance threaten the peace of the Nation. The soldiers of the homeland do not accept a president imposed in the shadow of obscure interests or self-proclaimed outside the law,’ (Venezualan Defense Minister) Vladimir Padrino Lopez said. The Bolivarian National Armed Forces defend the Venezuela’s Constitution ‘and is the guarantor of national sovereignty,’ he added.”

Integrity Initiative: Big Brother’s Minions – or Flim-Flam Artists? – by Patrick Armstrong –  https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/01/23/integrity-initiative-big-brothers-minions-or-flim-flam-artists.html – “Or are we looking at something rather bigger? As John Helmer points out, there is a long history of British intelligence operating behind such “independent” and “disinterested” coverDid they help start the Russia hysteria in the USA? Did they not only play up the Skripal affair but actually create it? Did they have an effect on Spain and CataloniaInfiltrate Sanders’ campaign? What’s this “impose changes over the heads of vested interests. NB we did this in the 1930s” stuff? Is that a reference to the Zinoviev Letter forgery? (1924 actually, but they don’t look like people who bother to check details). Corbyn, of course, they see as another Kremlin stooge: is it time to “discover” a Dear Jeremy, How can I help you win? Your friend Vladimir letter? There is a danger these “clusters” of like-minded (and paid) flacks pose: in a time when the “news” media solemnly informs us that Putin has weaponised humour and Pokemon, to say nothing of killer squids, a group of “expert” “concerned citizens” who “voluntarily” appear can ratchet the hysteria up to further heights. (Although only a Russian troll would “emphasise the dangers of war in Europe (!!)”) They are trying to establish a base in the USA (“challenging the ignorance of, tolerance of or sympathy for the Russian activity” – tolerance!!?? the US media Russia-bashes 24/7!) So, no matter the temptation, we can’t write them off as silly old fools.”

Daniel Estulin – Back Trump or World Loses (56 min) – from Greg Hunter’s USA Watchdog –  Comment: This interview with Estulin is like drinking from a firehose. There are about 3 hours of information shoe-horned into this single hour, based on Estulin’s newest book In The Shadow of a Presidency. Whatever views you espouse, there is certain to be something in this to challenge your preconceived notions. There certainly was for me, and I appreciate it.

From the It-Just-Gets-Better Desk: Pelosi says she won’t allow Trump to give State of Union in the House – by Jeffry Bartash – https://www.marketwatch.com/story/pelosi-says-she-wont-allow-trump-to-give-state-of-union-in-the-house-2019-01-23 – “Pelosi said she would be willing to welcome the president to the House on ‘a mutually agreeable date for this address when the government has been opened.’ ” – Comment: This fits right in with the Daniel Estulin interview posted above.

Latest interview of Dr. Mark Skidmore by Greg Hunter –  Dr. Mark Skidmore – Deep State Cover-Up of Missing $21 Trillion Deeply Disturbing (45 min)Comment: A further amplification of the importance of the information presented by Catherine Austin Fitts in her recent interview on USA Watchdog dot com. The most important Economic Story, possibly in U.S. history is being ignored, distorted and buried in Official State Media.

Make No Mistake: ISIS Needs the U.S. to Survive – This week’s fatal attack was a calculated event designed to sow chaos amid American withdrawal. And the Blob is responding predictably – by Scott Ritter – https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/make-no-mistake-isis-needs-the-u-s-to-survive/ – “A U.S. withdrawal from Syria would set ISIS adrift, allowing the Syrian government, backed by Russia and Iran, to defeat it and reassert its control over not only the territory currently occupied by ISIS, but also the hearts and minds of the Syrian Arabs whom ISIS needs for sustainment. By attacking the U.S. military and Manbij City Council on January 16, 2019, ISIS cast its vote in favor of the continued presence of U.S. military forces in Syria. Those who continue to argue in favor of a U.S. military presence in Syria are only giving credence to that vote.”

Following Idlib Bombing, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Executes Twelve ISIS Members (Photos)https://southfront.org/following-idlib-bombing-hayat-tahrir-al-sham-executes-twelve-isis-members-photos/ “These developments indicate that ISIS’ influence in the opposition-held part of northwestern Syria is still strong, despite HTS’ attempts to eliminate it.”

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/

Web Research Links for the Week of 1/14/19

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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].

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.