Web Research Links for the Week of 9/17/18

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Child abuse algorithms: from science fiction to cost-cutting reality – Councils trying to harness the power of big data also grapple with its ethical implications – by David Pegg and Niamh McIntyre – https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/sep/16/child-abuse-algorithms-from-science-fiction-to-cost-cutting-reality – “Could a computer program flag a problem family, identify a potential victim and prevent another Baby P or Victoria Climbié?.. Years ago, such questions would have been the stuff of science fiction; now they are the stuff of science fact… Bristol is one place experimenting with these new capabilities, and grappling with the moral and ethical questions that come with them… Gary Davies, who oversees the council’s predictive system, can see the advantages… He argues that it does not mean taking humans out of the decision-making process; rather it means using data to stop humans making mistakes… ‘It’s not saying you will be sexually exploited, or you will go missing,’ says Davies. ‘It’s demonstrating the behavioural characteristics of being exploited or going missing. It’s flagging up that risk and vulnerability.’ ” – Comment: When people are saying things that appear to explain something, but are unclear or ambiguous, it may be a sign that something else is being covered up. “cost-cutting reality”: mind bending.

James O’Keefe Launches ‘Deep State’ Series with State Department Exposé – by Joel B. Pollak – https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/09/18/james-okeefe-launches-deep-state-series-with-state-department-expose/ – “He also identified with the so-called political “resistance” to President Donald Trump: “Resist everything. … Every level. F*ck sh*t up,” he is shown saying… In a statement at the Project Veritas website, O’Keefe promised more exposés in the coming days: ‘We’ve heard a lot about the Deep State; holdovers from the previous administration resisting change or nameless and faceless bureaucrats slowing things down or leaking secrets in an effort to undermine this administration,” he said. “What is truly striking is their boldness, they are not afraid.  They are even boastful about a warped reality, where they won’t get caught and can’t get fired even if they did.’ ”

Russia reveals the MH17 ‘smoking gun’ – Defense Ministry provides missile engine evidence, shifting blame to the Ukrainian military – by Pepe Escobar – http://www.atimes.com/article/russia-reveals-the-mh17-smoking-gun/

Selfish Ledger Video Reveals Google’s Scheme to Direct Human Evolution – by Makia Freeman – http://freedom-articles.toolsforfreedom.com/selfish-ledger-google-social-engineering/ – ” Google wants a complete ledger of your life – a complete account using extensive data of all your actions, decisions, preferences, movements and relationships. It then wants to use pattern recognition and other tools with this data to direct your life. At first, this so-called Selfish Ledger will be user-driven, but the implication is that soon thereafter it will be driven by the ledger itself (i.e. AI) programmed with “Google’s values” (whatever they are). The deeper meaning of the Selfish Ledger is shocking: Google freely admits that it is aiming for complete species-wide understanding with the Selfish Ledger, and thus to be able to direct human evolution.”

Russian Military: IL-20 Was Shot Down By Syrian S-200 Because Of Israeli F-16s Used It As Coverhttps://southfront.org/russian-military-il-20-was-shot-down-by-syrian-s-200-because-of-israeli-f-16s-used-it-as-cover/ – “Konashenkov said: ‘The bombing raid was not far from France’s frigate The Auvergne and in close proximity to the UIyushin-20 plane of Russia’s Aerospace Force that was about to land.’.. ‘We see these provocative actions of Israel as hostile,’ Konashenkov said. ‘Israel did not warn the command of the Russian troops in Syria about the planned operation. We received a notification via a hotline less than a minute before the strike, which did not allow the Russian aircraft to be directed to a safe zone.’.. Israel’s Embassy in Moscow has refused to comment on the Russian statement on the IL-20 incident… Meanwhile, Rusisan forces found the crash site of the downed IL-20. It’s located in the sea 27km west of the settlement of Banias, the province of Latakia. 8 vessels are participating in the search and rescue operation.” (emphasis added) – Note: This article includes a map of the incident.

Russian Defense Minister: Israel Bears Full Responsibility For Downing Of IL-20 Off Syrian Coasthttps://southfront.org/russian-defense-minister-israel-bears-full-responsibility-for-downing-of-il-20-off-syrian-coast/ – ” ‘The blame for the downing of the Russian plane and the deaths of its crew members lies squarely on the Israeli side,’ Shoigu said during a convesation with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on the phone. ‘The actions of the Israeli military were not in keeping with the spirit of the Russian-Israeli partnership, so we reserve the right to respond.’.. On September 4, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) stated that over the last 1.5 years Israel has carried out around 200 airstrikes on Syria using 800 munitions. The scale of the strikes shows Israel’s long-standing intention to remain a powerbroker in the ongoing Syrian conflict. It’s interesting to note that in most of the cases, the IDF strikes led to a further escalation of the war thus making situation more complicated.” (emphasis added)

There Will Be No Military Operation In Idlib: Russian Defense Ministerhttps://southfront.org/there-will-be-no-military-operation-in-idlib-russian-defense-minister/ – “On September 18, Syria welcomed the agreement via its state media citing official diplomatic sources: ‘An official source at Foreign and Expatriates Ministry told SANA on Tuesday that the Syrian Arab Republic has always welcomed any initiative that stops bloodshed and contributes to reestablishing security and stability to each inch that was struck by terrorism as it stresses determination to go ahead in its war against terrorism until all the Syrian territories are liberated whether by military operations or by local reconciliations, which proved their capability in stopping bloodshed and reestablishing stability to areas taken place in in a way that contributes to the turning back of the displaced to their areas… The source added that the Idleb agreement announced yesterday is a time-bound agreement and it is part of previous agreements on de-escalation zones resulted from the Astana track since the beginning of 2017, essentially stemming from commitment to sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian territories as well as liberating all the Syrian territories whether from terrorism and terrorists or from any illegitimate foreign presence,’ the country’s news agency SANA reported.”

Airstrikes On Government Facilities Reported In Latakia, Tartus, Homs Provinces. Russia Allegedly Employs Own Air Defenseshttps://southfront.org/airstrikes-on-government-facilities-reported-in-latakia-homs-provinces-russia-allegedly-employs-own-air-defenses/ – “UPDATE 2: A Russian IL-20 military plane disappeared from radars over the Mediterranean Sea during the strike, the Russian military says. According to the released statement, the strike on Syria was carried out by four Israeli F-16 warplanes. Russian radars also fixed missile launches from the French frigate Auvergne.” (emphasis added)

Russian IL-20 Disappears From Radars While Israeli Warplanes Strike Syriahttps://southfront.org/russian-il-20-disappears-from-radars-while-israeli-warplanes-strike-syria/ – “A Russian Il-20 surveillance plane with 14 servicemen on board disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea on September 17 during an Israeli strike on the war-torn country, the Russian Defense Ministry said… ‘On September 17, at about 11:00 Moscow time, the connection with the crew of the Russian Il-20 aircraft was lost over the Mediterranean Sea when the plane was returning to the airbase of Khmeimim, 35 kilometers from the coast of Syria,’ a defense ministry official told media… He emphasized that ‘the mark of IL-20 went off the radars disappeared during the attack of four Israeli F-16 aircraft on Syrian targets in the province of Latakia.’.. ‘At the same time, the Russian radars fixed missile launches from the French frigate Auvergne, which was in that area,’ the defense ministry added.” – Comment: WTF were the French firing missiles for during this strange and complex incident?

From the Wake-Up-And-Smell-The-Apocalypse Desk (and, yes I know that apocalypse means revelation): Russia summons Israeli envoy after warning of response over downed plane – Jerusalem refuses to comment as recon aircraft downed by Syria during alleged Israeli strike threatens to damage ties between Jerusalem and Moscow – by Judah Ari Gross – https://www.timesofisrael.com/russia-summons-israeli-envoy-after-warning-of-response-over-downed-plane/ – “Israel, which does not normally acknowledge specific strikes in Syria, has refused to comment on the incident… ‘We consider these provocative actions by Israel as hostile. Fifteen Russian military service members have died because of the irresponsible actions of the Israeli military. This is absolutely contrary to the spirit of the Russian-Israeli partnership,’ the Russian military said in a statement, according to Russia Today, a Kremlin-linked news outlet.. Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told the state-run TASS news agency that Israel knew the reconnaissance plane was there and used it as cover to carry out the airstrike… ‘By using the Russian plane as a cover the Israeli air pilots made it vulnerable to Syrian air defense fire. As a result, the Ilyushin-20, its reflective surface being far greater than that of F-16, was downed by a missile launched with the S-200 system,’ Konashenkov said.” Comment: The cleverness of the Israelis is unparalleled.

Mike Pence Rattles Nazi Skeletons – by Finian Cunningham – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50286.htm – “Now that Paraguay’s President Benitez has reversed the earlier embassy decision by his predecessor, both Israel and the US have shown their acute consternation, no doubt because it undermines the political momentum Trump and Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu intended to generate among other nations to move their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem… Israel has threatened to close its embassy in Paraguay’s capital, Asuncion. And Mike Pence was reportedly hot on the phone to Benitez last week urging him to ‘remember past commitments and the historic relations the country has with both Israel and the United States’… Given the backsliding from the US over a wide range of its own past commitments, Washington’s exhortation to Paraguay rings decidedly hollow. Withdrawing from the Iran nuclear accord, the Paris Climate Agreement, NAFTA, TPP, and trashing its promise not to expand NATO forces towards Russia’s borders, are just some of the “commitments” that the US has shown a self-serving disdain for… Given the backsliding from the US over a wide range of its own past commitments, Washington’s exhortation to Paraguay rings decidedly hollow. Withdrawing from the Iran nuclear accord, the Paris Climate Agreement, NAFTA, TPP, and trashing its promise not to expand NATO forces towards Russia’s borders, are just some of the “commitments” that the US has shown a self-serving disdain for.”

The US Is Encouraging Ukraine to go to War With Russia Over the Sea of Azov – by Peter Korzun – https://russia-insider.com/en/us-encouraging-ukraine-go-war-russia-over-sea-azov/ri24767 – “The only option the US administration is considering is that of providing Ukraine with arms to fight Russia and then egging Kiev on to escalate the tensions. And those are already dangerously running high. A spark can ignite a big fire at any time if the problem is not addressed in a positive way without saber rattling. It’s a pity the US is playing such a destructive role. The time is right for Russian and Ukrainian experts and officials to set their differences aside and start talking to find a peaceful solution to this urgent problem.”

The End of Scientific Integrity? Cochrane Collaboration Expels Critic of Big Pharma – 4 Other Board Members Resign– A moral governance crisis: the growing lack of democratic collaboration and scientific pluralism in Cochrane – by Peter C Gøtzsche – http://healthimpactnews.com/2018/the-end-of-scientific-integrity-cochrane-collaboration-expels-critic-of-big-pharma-4-other-board-members-resign/ – “Dr. Peter Gøtzsche recently sent out an email to the public explaining that he is the first person in 25 years to be expelled from the Cochrane Collaboration. He writes: ‘No clear reasoned justification has been given for my expulsion aside from accusing me of causing “disrepute” for the organization. This is the first time in 25 years that a member has been excluded from membership of Cochrane… Four other board members have resigned from the Cochrane Collaboration as a result of this action…Health Impact News has covered the work of Dr. Gøtzsche frequently over the years, as he is an outspoken critic of Big Pharma, referring to them as “organized crime.”.. He is author of the book, Deadly Medicines and Organized Crime: How big pharma has corrupted healthcare.”

Central Asian jihadis dig in for Idlib battle – by Alison Tahmizian Meuse – http://www.atimes.com/article/central-asian-jihadis-dig-in-for-idlib-battle/ – “An Idlib native who spoke to Asia Times on condition of anonymity said most of the Uyghur and Uzbek “immigrants” settled around Jisr al-Shughur and Idlib city, as well as Turkmen Mountain in neighboring Latakia region, usually with their families in tow… ‘They have their own special security and it’s impossible to enter and talk to them. They set up checkpoints around their areas in Idlib and the villages they live in,’ he said… He estimated there were at least 1,000 Turkistan party fighters in those localities, and 3,000 counting their wives and children… The exact number is difficult to pinpoint, even for journalists who have reported extensively inside Idlib over the course of the war. But Central Asians are ubiquitous in videos that have emerged in the wake of battles in the province, while Western jihadis are barely noticeable, suggesting the numbers to be at least in the low thousands, and possibly far higher.”

Germany hints at long-term military presence in Mideasthttps://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/09/16/574270/Germany-Daesh-Syria – “Asked on Saturday about the need for a strategic base in the Middle East, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen replied that she could not “rule the idea out.”.. ‘First we must bring this deployment to a successful end. I don’t want to rule the idea out, let me put it this way,’ she said during a visit to the Azraq air base in Jordan.”

‘Dr. Novichok’ And Another Guy: British Media Claims There Are Two More Suspects In Skripal Story  – https://southfront.org/dr-novichok-and-another-guy-british-media-claims-there-are-two-more-suspects-in-skripal-story/ – “In addition to the first two suspects in the Skripal poisoning case, UK authorities are looking for a medic, nicknamed Dr. Novichok, and a fourth individual who allegedly helped Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov carry out the attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury on March 4th… The Sunday Mirror also cited other sources who, on September 15th, said police know the real ID of Petrov and Borishov, despite both of the suspects claiming those are their real names during their interview with RT’s Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan… The outlet cited another unnamed insider that said: ‘They’ve had hundreds of officers trawling CCTV and the facial recognition software meant they could match them with passports used in the years leading up to the attack.’ ”

Putin, Erdogan Agree To Establish Demilitarized Zone In Syria’s Idlibhttps://sputniknews.com/russia/201809171068089390-putin-erdogan-syria-sochi/ – “Earlier in the day, Vladimir Putin stated that Moscow and Ankara would establish a demilitarized zone along the contact line between the armed opposition and Syrian troops, which would be controlled by Turkey and Russian military police…

The Russian president added that the Syrian leadership would soon hold consultations on a settlement in the region… Erdogan, in turn, stressed that everything possible would be done in order to get rid of radical groups in Idlib, adding, however, that the opposition groups which were currently controlling the territory should remain there.”

Kavanaugh Accuser is an Anti-Trump Leftist Who Attended Women’s March, Donated to DNC – by Paul Joseph Watson – https://www.infowars.com/kavanaugh-accuser-is-an-anti-trump-leftist-who-attended-womens-march-donated-to-dnc/ – “Ford, now a professor at Palo Alto University in California, accused Kavanaugh of holding her down on a bed and groping her at a house party in Maryland in the early 80’s when Kavanaugh was 17 and Ford was 15… Ford asserts that the attack was so severe, she thought Kavanaugh was going to “inadvertently” kill her, claiming, ‘He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.’.. The professor says that the assault only came to a stop when a third person, Mark Judge, intervened and jumped on top of them… However, Judge has completely denied that the incident ever took place. Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California was also first made aware of the allegations back in July but concealed all information relating to them for weeks… It has since emerged that Ford has a history of left-wing political activism…”

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Web Research Links for the Week of 9/10/18

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.

The Slow Burn Coup Threatens Everything (18 min) – by Tom Luongo – https://youtu.be/Qyf4Jlv0PBo – ” I’ve talked   about this a lot this week but it bears repeating.  The coup against Trump is unsettling financial markets and this is why we’re seeing things unfold the way they are… This week I cover not only gold and bitcoin but the S&P 500 to show you why the chart is screaming for more upside while the fundamentalists continue to miss the 800 lb ‘global capital shift’ in the room.”

US diplomats involved in trafficking of human blood and pathogens for secret military program – by Dilyana Gaytandzhieva – http://dilyana.bg/us-diplomats-involved-in-trafficking-of-human-blood-and-pathogens-for-secret-military-program/ – “Human blood and pathogens as diplomatic cargo to the US Embassy – leaked documents… Internal documents and correspondence between the Ministry of Health of Georgia and the US Embassy to Tbilisi show what experiments have been conducted at the Lugar Center. Leaked documents reveal that the US Embassy to Tbilisi transports pathogens, as well as frozen human blood, as diplomatic cargo.”

Meeting Between US And Russian Energy Ministers In Moscow Show Contradictions Between Sideshttps://southfront.org/meeting-between-us-and-russian-energy-ministers-in-moscow-show-contradictions-between-sides/ – “Perry said that despite welcoming competition from Russia in energy markets across Europe, Asia and elsewhere, Moscow cannot continue using energy as an “economic weapon.” The US, according to Perry, is now capable of offering an alternative source of supply. “Just this week, the Energy Information Agency (EIA) announced that the United States is now the largest crude oil producer in the world. This summer, U.S. production exceeded Russian output for the first time since 1999,” the statement read… The statement also reiterated President Trump’s opposition of the Nordstream 2 pipeline, which ‘expands a single-source gas artery deep into Europe.’ ” – Comment: The “U.S.” currently has a high output of crude oil due to the sacrificing of the water tables of the U.S. under the auspices of the oil industry and compliant officials both in the Trump Admin. and its agencies. The Nordstream pipeline is nearly complete, financed both by Gazprom and Russian private investors and by European companies and their investors. The question now is how far the forces of the Deep State will take U.S. Corp. economic war.

Alfred Schaefer’s Speech At Bretzenheimhttps://americannationalsocialist.com/2017/12/05/alfred-schaefers-speech-at-bretzenheim/  “We now have a situation that is comparable to the following scenario: You are playing cards in a game that has been going on now for a long long time. The stakes in this game are very high. It is an all or nothing game… Suddenly you notice that the cards that you are dealt, are marked… What do you do? You can only lose if you continue this game with these marked cards. Your life depends on this game… I don’t know what you would do, but I would immediately slap each and every marked card that I found on the table and fiercely demand an explanation… We have been forced to use words that have the same effect as marked cards.” – Note: Alfred Schaefer is the brother of Monika Schaefer, the Canadian woman who was imprisoned in Germany (for violating German law as a Canadian in Canada!) while visiting the trial of Sylvia Stoltz, a courageous German lawyer originally imprisoned for having the temerity to actually defend her client against the Orwellian laws against questioning the real history around “The Holocaust.” Sylvia’s “trial” this time was for “illegal” words she had spoken at theAnti Censorship Coalition” (AZK) in Switzerland in 2012. Alfred lives in Germany. State prosecutors and police are now maneuvering to put him in prison as well.

From the Those-With-Eyes-To-See Desk: “It’s all Photoshops, my dudes” -Q (44 seconds) – https://youtu.be/A_m4V7GhXOkComment: Who is Q? Has QAnon been a uniform operation since its inception? If the posting on 8chan was truly a threat to the Deep State, couldn’t elements of the DS penetrate and coopt it? This video is purportedly a recording made directly on his iPhone by the infamous Microchip.

The Daily 202: New York primary results challenge the crystallizing 2018 narrative – by James Hohmann –  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2018/09/14/daily-202-new-york-primary-results-challenge-the-crystallizing-2018-narrative/5b9b14491b326b47ec9595d4/ –  “By wading aggressively into some primaries, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee incensed the professional left. Loud complaints from activists generated untold stories about internecine warfare. But the DCCC finished the primary season 39 for 41 in the primaries where it took sides, a win rate of 95 percent. In fact, more House Republican incumbents have lost primaries this cycle than Democrats.”

Lynch Mob Mentality – by Craig Murray – https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/09/lynch-mob-mentality/– “I was caught in a twitterstorm of hatred yesterday, much of it led by mainstream media journalists like David Aaronovitch and Dan Hodges, for daring to suggest that the basic elements of Boshirov and Petrov’s story do in fact stack up. What became very plain quite quickly was that none of these people had any grasp of the detail of the suspects’ full twenty minute interview, but had just seen the short clips or quotes as presented by British corporate and state media… As for me, when I see a howling mob rushing to judgement and making at least some claims which are utterly unfounded, and when I see that mob fueled and egged on by information from the security services propagated by exactly the same mainstream media journalists who propagandised the lies about Iraqi WMD, I see it as my job to stand in the way of the mob and to ask cool questions. If that makes them hate me, then I must be having some impact.”

From the It-Just-Gets-Deeper Desk: RT editor-in-chief’s exclusive interview with Skripal case suspects Petrov & Boshirov (TRANSCRIPT)https://www.rt.com/news/438356-rt-petrov-boshirov-full-interview/ – ” MARGARITA SIMONYAN (from RT): You called my cell phone, saying that you were Ruslan Boshirov and Aleksandr Petrov. You’re Aleksandr Petrov, and you’re Ruslan Boshirov. You look like the people from the pictures and videos from the UK. So who are you in reality?.. ALEXANDER PETROV: We are the people you saw… RUSLAN BOSHIROV: I’m Ruslan Boshirov… PETROV: And I’m Alexander Petrov… SIMONYAN: These are your real names?.. BOSHIROV: Yes, they are our real names… SIMONYAN: But even now, frankly, you look very tense… PETROV: What would you look like if you were in our shoes?.. BOSHIROV: When your whole life is turned upside down all of a sudden, overnight, and torn down.” – Note: The whole 3-part interview is available at: https://www.rt.com/news/438350-petrov-boshirov-interview-simonyan/

On the Censorship of Michael Hoffman’s Books by Amazon – by The Saker – http://www.unz.com/tsaker/on-the-censorship-of-michael-hoffmans-books-by-amazon/ – “A couple of months ago I did an interview with one of the foremost scholars of rabbinical Judaism, Michael Hoffman. The occasion was the release of his latest book “The Occult Renaissance Church of Rome”. At the time I did not expect to have to ask for a follow-up interview with him, but when I learned that Amazon had censored his books (please see Hoffman’s own account of this here). Specifically, the ban is on three of his books. A complete ban (Kindle + printed book) on Judaism’s Strange Gods: Revised and Expanded, as well as The Great Holocaust Trial: Revised and Expanded, while his textbook, Judaism Discovered, has been removed from the Kindle. I felt that I had to talk to him again and he kindly agreed to reply to my questions. I submit to you the full text of our Q&A which I will follow-up with a short commentary.” – Comment: The repression of Ideas foreshadows the death of a society. But, perhaps the White Hats will be arresting Jeff Bezos soon for his crimes

From the Gift-That-Keeps-On-Giving Desk: Secretive Russian GRU tests Trump with brazen tactics – by Morgan Chalfanthttp://thehill.com/policy/national-security/406369-secretive-russian-gru-tests-trump-with-brazen-tactics – “The operations of the shadowy military intelligence directorate, the modern version of which was founded in the early 1990s, exceed traditional espionage and span a spectrum of aggressive activity. The GRU conducted one of its most brazen operations in 2016 by breaching servers of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and, according to U.S. intelligence officials and prosecutors, orchestrated the release of hacked emails as part of a broader, coordinated plot by Moscow to interfere in the presidential election… Both the Obama and Trump administrations slapped sanctions on GRU officers for the interference effort. And in July, special counsel Robert Mueller charged 12 GRU officers for their role in the DNC hack… ‘The GRU poses a very serious threat, especially in the context of what we know about Russian activities focused not just on our elections but on democratic institutions,’ said a senior State Department official.”

Delingpole: Hurricane Florence – Another Thing Not Caused by Climate Change…https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/09/12/delingpole-hurricane-florence-another-thing-not-caused-by-climate-change/ – ” ‘Yet when it comes to extreme weather, Mr. Trump is complicit. He plays down humans’ role in increasing the risks, and he continues to dismantle efforts to address those risks. It is hard to attribute any single weather event to climate change. But there is no reasonable doubt that humans are priming the Earth’s systems to produce disasters.’ ”

I Prowled The Front Lines In Idlib, But Found No Massed Syrian Army – After warnings of mass murder and catastrophe in Idlib, I prowled the front lines for two days. I didn’t find what I’d expected – by Robert Fisk – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50241.htmComment: Interesting article from Fisk

Thanks to Obama Bailouts and Trump Tax Cuts, Five Largest US Banks Have Raked in $583 Billion Since 2008 Crash – by Jake Johnson – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50243.htm – ” ‘With no jail time for executives and half a trillion in post-crisis profits,’ said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, ‘the big banks have made out like bandits during the post-crash period. Like bandits.’.. Using data from the Federal Reserve, Public Citizen also calculated that America’s the banks now hold a combined $9.7 trillion in assets… According to a Washington Post analysis published on Saturday, many of the lawmakers and congressional aides who helped craft the Democratic Congress’ regulatory response to the 2008 crisis have gone on to work for Wall Street in the hopes of benefiting from big banks’ booming profits… ‘Ten years after the financial crisis brought the U.S. economy to its knees, about 30 percent of the lawmakers and 40 percent of the senior staff who crafted Congress’ response have gone to work for or on behalf of the financial industry,’ noted the Post’s Jeff Stein.” (emphasis added)

Denver International Airport Trolls Conspiracy Theorists in New Ad Campaign – by Buck Rogers – https://www.wakingtimes.com/2018/09/12/denver-airport-trolls-conspiracy-theorists/ – ” Now, in an active advertising campaign at DIA, the airport is riffing on the theories surrounding their dark tastes in artwork, and the conspiracy theories about the airport. These are outlined on a webpage at DIA, noting four conspiracies about the airport.”

City Blocks 5G Cell Tower Implementation Over Claims that it Can Cause Cancer – by Matt Agorist – https://www.wakingtimes.com/2018/09/12/city-blocks-5g-cell-tower-implementation-over-claims-that-it-can-cause-cancer/ – “This week, the city of Mill Valley, CA, a wealthy city just north of San Francisco, voted unanimously to effectively halt the installation of new small cell towers which carry the 5G technology… The city enacted an “urgency ordinance” after it received over a hundred letters from concerned citizens expressing their worries over the new 5G towers.” – Comment: Our local city council and board of supervisors constantly claim that their hands are tied from taking action to protect the local communities because of the 1996 Federal Telecommunications Act…

FBI: Marijuana Arrests Outpace All Violent Crime Arrests – from The Influence – https://www.wakingtimes.com/2018/09/12/fbi-marijuana-arrests-outpace-all-violent-crime-arrests/ – “Although felt daily in communities across the country, this fact only seems to break into the general consciousness every now and then. A  reminder came earlier this week when the FBI released new crime statistics showing a 1.6 percent increase in marijuana-related arrests in 2016 compared to 2015… The figures represent a change in the overall trend, with marijuana related arrests declining steadily since 2008, and even hitting a two-decade low in 2015. But the numbers still show over 650,000 arrests made in an endless pursuit to rid the country of a non-lethal drug. (emphasis added)

Armageddon Rides In The Balance – by Paul Craig Robertshttps://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/09/10/armageddon-rides-in-the-balance/ – “I have explained that the leftwing lost its bearings when the Soviet Union collapsed and socialism gave way to neoliberal privatizations. The moral fury of the leftwing movement had to go somewhere, and it found its home in Identity Politics in which the white heterosexual male takes the place of the capitalist, and his victim groups—blacks, women, homosexuals, illegal immigrants—take the place of the working class.. The consequences of the leftwing’s alliance with warmongers and liars is the leftwing’s loss of veracity. The left has endorsed a CIA orchestration—“Russiagate”—for which there is no known evidence, but which the left supports as proven truth… The question is unavoidable: Why do the American people put up with this? Are they so insouciant that they have no realization that, if a president can be driven from office because he wants peace with Russia, the removed president’s successor will have to stand against Russia or also be driven from office. Trust and negotiation between the nuclear powers becomes impossible. Why do Americans support conflict with a nuclear power that can completely destroy America?” (emphasis added)

Turkey Increases Weapon Supplies To Northern Syria Militants – Reporthttps://southfront.org/turkey-increases-weapon-supplies-to-northern-syria-militants-report/ – “On September 12, a senior Free Syrian Army (FSA) commander told the Reuters news agency that Turkey has stepped up weapon supplies to militants in northern Syria to help them to fend off an expected attack by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies… ‘They pledged complete Turkish military support for a long, protracted battle … These arms supplies and munitions will allow the battle to extend and ensure our supplies are not drained in a war of attrition,’ Reuters quoted the FSA commander, who recently met with Turkish officials, as saying.”

The Trillion Dollar Lawsuit – Neil Keenan’s battle against the world wide conspiracy of bankers – By Ella Ster – https://www.ellaster.nl/2016/04/15/the-trillion-dollar-lawsuit/ – “End of 2011 the Irish-American businessman Neil Keenan (agent of the Asian Dragon family) filed a claim in the Federal court in New York. [1] Neil Keenan’s lawsuit is not just about the stolen bonds with a face value of 134,500 billion dollar. It entails the largest fraud in the financial world. The story behind the claim exposes the corruption within the banking industry. It also uncovers the involvement of world leaders with these corrupt practises and unveils the sinister agenda of the Cabal (secret ruling elite, also called Illuminati). Furthermore it reveals the true motivations behind the Second World War and 9/11.”

Senior minister threatens Iran with attack if it continues nuclear development – Israeli Intelligence and Transportation Minister Israel Katz says Islamic Republic had better accede to Trump’s demands or face ‘direct threat from the US and its allies – https://www.timesofisrael.com/top-minister-threatens-iran-with-attack-if-it-continues-nuclear-development/ – “If Iran chooses to continue pursuing a nuclear program it will face a “military” response, Intelligence Minister Israel Katz warned Wednesday… Katz was responding to the Iranian nuclear chief’s statement that the Islamic Republic’s program stands ready to build advanced centrifuges and further enrich uranium.”

China’s ‘Digital’ Totalitarian Experiment – by Gordon G. Chang – https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/12988/china-social-credit-system – “Officials prevented Liu Hu, a journalist, from taking a flight because he had a low score. The Global Times, a tabloid that belongs to the Communist Party-owned People’s Daily, reported that, as of the end of April 2018, authorities had blocked individuals from taking 11.14 million flights and 4.25 million high-speed rail trips… Chinese officials, however, are using the lists for determining more than just access to planes and trains. ‘I can’t buy property. My child can’t go to a private school,’ Liu said. ‘You feel you’re being controlled by the list all the time.’.. Hou Yunchun, a former deputy director of the State Council’s development research center, said at a forum in Beijing in May that the social credit system should be administered so that “discredited people become bankrupt”. ‘If we don’t increase the cost of being discredited, we are encouraging discredited people to keep at it,’ Hou said. ‘That destroys the whole standard.’ ”

Russia: US Filming Fake Chemical Attack in Idlibhttps://www.veteranstoday.com/2018/09/11/russia-us-filming-fake-chemical-attack-in-idlib/ – “Several Middle East TV channels and a US news channel have been sent to Jisr al-Shughur in Syria’s Idlib Governorate to produce the footage needed for the provocation, a statement by the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation said. It added the intelligence came from local residents of Jisr al-Shughur… ‘All the footage of the staged provocation in Jisr al-Shughur is to be delivered to the newsrooms of TV channels, which are to broadcast it after its publication on social media,’ the statement claimed… According to the center, all videos of provocations shot in Jisr al-Shughur will be handed to broadcasters by the end of the day (That’s Today!) after being released via social media.Later in the day, Syrian human rights activist and public figure Ammar Jamal has confirmed to Sputnik that a group of 30 representatives of the White Helmets had arrived to Idlib to organize a provocation. According to human rights activists, the White Helmets arrived on Tuesday morning with tanks with an unknown gas. At the moment, they are located on a grain storage site.” (emphasis added)
US-Backed Militias Arrest Almost 300 Civilians in Raqqahttps://en.muraselon.com/2018/09/us-backed-militias-arrest-raqqa/ – “The SDF stormed the villages of al-Ansar, Ajaj, al-Royan, al-Rashid, al-Andalos, al-Hayef, Khat al-Naniyeh, al-Rabi’eh, al-Salbiyeh and al-Sweidiyeh Saqireh, arresting over 270 villagers under different accusations, including cooperating with the Syrian Army… In the meantime, the SDF has extended curfew in the region… Other units of the SDF arrested a number of young people in the town of Ein Issa and its countryside in Northern Raqqa under a forced recruitment plan… The SDF’s measures, especially arresting civilians, have fueled tension between them and people in Eastern Syria.”

Turkey Seems Adamant In Its Attempts To Rescue Terrorists In Syria’s Idlib Provincehttps://southfront.org/turkey-seems-adamant-in-its-attempts-to-rescue-terrorists-in-syrias-idlib-province/ – “On September 11th, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Russia and Iran that an attack by Syrian government forces and their allies on Idlib Province, the last militant stronghold in country, would result in a “massacre,” as he wrote in an article posted by the Wall Street Journal… Erdogan’s calls for truce in idlib had been called pointless by Putin, as it would not involve al-Qaeda and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, which are considered terrorist by Russia. Instead, Putin said, he and Erdogan and Rohani discussed a “phased stabilization” in Idlib that could involve peace agreements with government opponents who are “ready for dialogue.”.. On the same day, the WSJ reported that the US Defense Department may be mulling the idea of striking Russian or Iranian military forces aiding the Syrian government if they were to launch an assault on Idlib. The report added that the United States would specifically decide whether to strike Russian air defense installations.”

Russia Warns US And Its Allies Against “New Dangerous Steps” In Syriahttps://southfront.org/russia-warns-us-and-its-allies-against-new-dangerous-steps-in-syria/ – ” Russia has officially warned the US and its allies against “new dangerous steps” in Syria amid the growing concern that Washington may employ force against the internationally-recognized government of the war-torn country following a staged chemical attack in Idlib province… On September 11, the UN Security Council held a meeting on the situation in Syria following the Russian-Iranian-Turkish summit in Tehran. During the meeting, the Russian representative Vasily Nebenzya called on the US-led bloc to reveal publicy its plans for Syria and stated that terrorists must not be allowed to hold civilians hostage in the Syrian province of Idlib.”

Trump’s 5G Network Raises Concerns for Public Health and the Environment – by  Sabine El Gemayel – https://truthout.org/articles/trumps-5g-network-raises-concerns-for-public-health-and-the-environment/ – “According to a PowerPoint deck produced by a senior National Security Council official, the United States has to build superfast 5G wireless technology quickly because “China has achieved a dominant position in the manufacture and operation of network infrastructure,” and “China is the dominant malicious actor in the Information Domain.” Trump has argued that, unlike a privately created 5G network, a government-run 5G network would be more secure against a threat of Chinese operatives and hackers that want to carry out cyber-espionage… ‘We want to build a network so the Chinese can’t listen to your calls,’ the senior official told Reuters.”

FDA Wants to Turn CBD Oil Into a Drug that Will Cost $32,500 (per year) as They Ban all Other CBD Oils – http://healthimpactnews.com/2018/fda-wants-to-turn-cbd-oil-into-a-drug-that-will-cost-32500-as-they-ban-all-other-cbd-oils/ – “For years, consumers have benefitted from access to cheap, safe, and effective CBD oil supplements. But now the FDA says that CBD is a drug, not a supplement—a drug which will be sold for $32,500 a year… Legally the FDA could at any time remove all CBD supplements from the market, on its own volition, or if the drug company which holds drug market exclusivity requests FDA do so. Unless we change the rules, we may see a government-sponsored monopoly on CBD oil, and in the near future, additional monopolies on other cheap, safe, and effective supplements… This is happening because of a back-channel that allows natural supplements to be turned into drugs by the FDA… It works like this: if a company is investigating a substance as a drug, FDA rules give the company market exclusivity on that substance—even if it is currently being sold as a supplement.” (emphasis added)

Holistic medical doctor forced to close wellness center and receives death threats for treating people naturally – by Jonathan Landsman – https://www.naturalhealth365.com/holistic-doctor-wellness-center-2693.html – ““Most people don’t know that our bodies were created to heal themselves,” says holistic doctor Farrah Agustin-Bunch, M.D… This philosophy may also be why big pharma wants her to stop practicing… The fact remains: If enough people wake up to the truth, the drug companies will lose a large portion of their business.  And, obviously, they don’t want that… Dr. Farrah has been forced to close her renowned health clinic and wellness center due to fears for the safety of herself and her family.  Her medical center had garnered quite a reputation for assisting people in healing naturally during its time in operation.”

Earth is set for BIG FREEZE as sun goes BLANK for majority of 2018 – The sun has been void of sunspots for more than half of the year asm scientists believe the Earth could be in for a huge cold snap – by Sean Martin – https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1010638/cold-weather-forecast-big-freeze-solar-minimum-maximum-space-news – ““To find a year with fewer sunspots, you have to go back to 2009 when the sun was experiencing the deepest solar minimum in a century (Note: We should not be approaching the depth of the 11 year solar minimum for 2 years, in 2020)… ‘Solar minimum has returned, bringing extra cosmic rays, long-lasting holes in the sun’s atmosphere, and strangely pink auroras.’.. The sun follows cycles of roughly 11 years where it reaches a solar maximum and then a solar minimum… During a solar maximum, the sun gives off more heat and is littered with sunspots. Less heat in a solar minimum is due to a decrease in magnetic waves… The sun was not expected to head into a solar minimum until around 2020, but it appears to be heading in early which could prove to be bad news… Vencore Weather, a meteorological website, said: ‘Low solar activity is known to have consequences on Earth’s weather and climate and it also is well correlated with an increase in cosmic rays that reach the upper part of the atmosphere.’ ” (emphasis added) Comment: More cosmic rays will cause more low altitude clouds, cooling the Earth. See: https://berealtruth.wordpress.com/2010/06/28/the-cloud-mystery/

Are New York’s Free LinkNYC Internet Kiosks Tracking Your Movements? – by Ava Kofman – https://theintercept.com/2018/09/08/linknyc-free-wifi-kiosks/ – “According to Meyers, the “LinkNYC Mobile Observation” code collects the user’s longitude and latitude, as well as the user’s browser type, operating system, device type, device identifiers, and full URL clickstreams (including date and time) and aggregates this information into a database. In Meyers’s view, this code — along with the functions of the “RxLocation” codebase — suggests that the company is interested in tracking the locations of Wi-Fi users in real time. If such code were run on a mobile app or kiosk, he said, the company would be able to make advertisements available in real time based on where and who someone was, and that this would constitute a potential violation of the company’s privacy policy.”

Bolton Warns Next Chemical Attack By Assad Will Lead To Much Stronger Strike On Syria – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-09/us-says-assad-has-approved-gas-attack-idlib-setting-stage-major-military-conflict – “Turkey’s defense minister has called for all air and ground attacks on Idlib to stop immediately, calling for an urgent ceasefire to be established, according to Turkish state media… Bolton’s warning of a “third chemical attack” today comes on the heels of a Sunday Wall Street Journal story citing unnamed U.S. officials who claim to have intelligence showing Assad ‘approved the use of chlorine gas in an offensive against the country’s last major rebel stronghold.’.. It appears the Trump White House is now signalling that an American attack on Syrian government forces and locations is all but inevitable… But this time the stakes are higher as Russia has built up an unprecedented number of warships in the Mediterranean Sea along the Syrian coast in response to prior reports that the U.S., France, and Great Britain could be preparing an attack.” – (emphasis added)

Moscow Has Upped the Ante in Syria – As Syrian forces backed by Russia launch the final showdown in Syria against jihadist extremists in Idlib province, the potential for a U.S.-Russia confrontation has never been greater, as VIPS warns in this memo to the president – http://theduran.com/moscow-has-upped-the-ante-in-syria/ – “Mr. President: We are concerned that you may not have been adequately briefed on the upsurge of hostilities in northwestern Syria, where Syrian armed forces with Russian support have launched a full-out campaign to take back the al-Nusra/al-Qaeda/ISIS-infested province of Idlib.  The Syrians will almost certainly succeed, as they did in late 2016 in Aleppo.  As in Aleppo, it will mean unspeakable carnage, unless someone finally tells the insurgents theirs is a lost cause… That someone is you. The Israelis, Saudis, and others who want unrest to endure are egging on the insurgents, assuring them that you, Mr. President, will use US forces to protect the insurgents in Idlib, and perhaps also rain hell down on Damascus.  We believe that your senior advisers are encouraging the insurgents to think in those terms…” (emphasis added)

Terrorists, White Helmets met in Idlib, Syria to plot false-flag chemical attack – Russian defense ministry concerned about US proxy forces faking a “chemical attack” that would give US the excuse to dig in indefinitely – by Seraphim Hanisch – http://theduran.com/terrorists-and-white-helmets-met-in-idlib-to-plot-false-flag-chemical-attack-video/ – “The real situation in Idlib is defined through the activities of this large and combat-capable terrorist group,” Nebenzia said, adding that the terrorists pose a serious security threat both to the region and the entire world… ‘The terrorists in Idlib hold millions of people hostage and raid neighboring cities and villages,’ Nebenzia said. He pointed out that they also persecute any dissenting voices within the ranks of the local armed groups commanders, effectively quelling any attempts of a peaceful reconciliation with the Syrian government by killing the dissidents.”

City Kicked Out Their Cops and Politicians 7 Years Ago and Now They Have the Lowest Crime Rates in Mexico – by Derrick Broze – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/09/city-kicked-out-cops-politicians-7-years-ago-lowest-crime-rates-mexico.html – “On April 15 of this year, Cherán celebrated seven years since their revolt against what they call “the narco government”. The people marked the seventh year of self-governance by naming third Council of Elders… While the community guard is by no means a perfect institution it does offer benefits to the locals that were not available under the police or cartels. Local business owners are no longer forced to pay several hundred dollars a month to criminals. The community guard is accountable to the town assembly and chosen by the people… This model is closer to traditional indigenous governance systems than what we are used to seeing in most modern cities. However, it offers a window into a different possibility that awaits for those individuals and communities that are willing to take their lives and their governance, back into their own hands. When the people are forced to either accept violence or defend their homes, it seems obvious they will organize and fight.”

New DARPA Brain Chip Gives Military Pilots Control Over Drone Swarms – by Nicholas West –  https://www.activistpost.com/2018/09/new-darpa-brain-chip-gives-military-pilots-control-over-drone-swarms.html – ” ‘As of today, signals from the brain can be used to command and control … not just one aircraft but three simultaneous types of aircraft,’ said Justin Sanchez, who directs DARPA’s biological technology office, at the Agency’s 60th-anniversary event in Maryland… More importantly, DARPA was able to improve the interaction between pilot and the simulated jet to allow the operator, a paralyzed man named Nathan, to not just send but receive signals from the craft… ‘The signals from those aircraft can be delivered directly back to the brain so that the brain of that user [or pilot] can also perceive the environment,’ said Sanchez. ‘It’s taken a number of years to try and figure this out.’ ”

Skripal and Syria… The Imperative of Criminalizing Russia – by Finian Cunningham –  https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/09/10/skripal-and-syria-imperative-criminalizing-russia.html – “In this short clip, Britain’s envoy to the UN Karen Pierce tells reporters the rationale of the British government in convening the emergency session at the Security Council. The envoy reveals more than she intended… She says that the United Kingdom and its allies would ‘continue to contest the Russian view of the world in which their state operatives can carry out these sorts of attacks [in England] and can encourage and support the Syrian authorities in their attacks on civilians.’.. Pierce added: ‘So this is actually a continuum, if you like, of contesting that view of the world where you can act outside the norms of international rules and civilized behavior.’.. Evidently, the British government is trying to criminalize both Russia and Syria at the same time, over the same alleged crime – unlawful use of chemical weapons… One possible theory in the Skripal affair is that the two alleged Russian men were members of organized crime. Reports emerged this week that former Russian intelligence agent Sergei Skripal was working with Spanish state security services to crackdown on Russian underworld gangs. It is possible that the gangs uncovered Skripal’s meddling in their illicit business model, and simply sent a couple of heavies over to Britain to deal with him. But how such a hypothetical account can be twisted by the British authorities to be “proof” of Kremlin involvement is a telling question… It is significant that the British authorities have flatly refused requests from the Russian side for information to identify the alleged Skripal hitmen. For example, British regulations require fingerprints to be submitted by all visitors to the country. Why have the British refused to give fingerprints to Russian authorities which could then lead to an identification and perhaps explanation of the two alleged suspects?”

‘Hit China with sanctions’ to end human rights abuse in Xinjiang – Report by Human Rights Watch calls for tough action after UN and US reveal that up to one million Muslim Uighurs have been detained – by Gordon Watts – http://www.atimes.com/article/hit-china-with-sanctions-to-end-human-rights-abuse-in-xinjiang/ – “In a 117-page report released on Monday and entitled Eradicating Ideological Viruses: China’s Campaign of Repression Against Xinjiang’s Muslims, Human Rights Watch has called for the international community to impose sanctions on the world’s second-largest economy… Up to one million Muslims have reportedly been detained, according to estimates from the non-governmental organization based in New York, the United Nations and United States government officials… ‘The argument that one million Uighurs are detained in re-education centers is completely untrue,’ Hu Lianhe, a senior official of China’s Communist Party, told the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. ‘There are no such things as re-education centers.’ ”

US officials, Venezuelan military officers discussed anti-Maduro coup plot: Reporthttps://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/09/09/573604/US-Venezuela-military-officers-President-Nicolas-Maduro-coup-plot – “Trump administration officials and a former Venezuelan military commander who took part in the discussions were cited in a New York Times report on Saturday as saying that a secret channel was established between American officials and the coup plotters… According to the report, the US-backed Venezuelan opposition elements asked Washington to supply encrypted radios to a few hundred service members who had reportedly soured on Maduro, but American officials decided against sending material support while dozens of the coup plotters were later arrested… It said the rebelling Venezuelan military officials were initially rebuffed by the Obama administration, but were more successful in reaching out to the current administration after US President Donald Trump declared last year that Washington had a “military option” for Venezuela.”

Facebook censors NPR report exposing the fake science behind school shooting claims – by Ethan Huff – http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/facebook-censors-npr-report-exposing-the-fake-science-behind-school-shooting-claims/ – “NPR was brave enough to challenge the official narrative, joining up with the non-profit group Child Trends to take a closer look at the alleged statistics on school-associated gun violence. What they found is that the U.S. Department of Education is greatly inflating the numbers, presumably to push the anti-gun agenda… ‘More than two-thirds of these reported incidents never happened,’ NPR revealed in a bold article entitled, “The School Shootings That Weren’t.” But people who tried to share this NPRarticle on Facebook found that the Zuckerberg empire isn’t too happy with it… Writing for DCClothesline.com, Jonathan Miltimore reported that a colleague of his, Sean Malone, tried to share the article with his several thousand Facebook followers and friends, only to have it flagged as “spam” and removed from the platform entirely… ‘Facebook’s crackdown on fake news and ‘hate speech’ has been well chronicled,’ writes Miltimore. ‘There are many reasons to be wary of such censorship: Who decides what’s true? Who decides what’s fake? Who decides what’s hateful?’ ” – Comment: OK, we’re now at the point where Facebook is censoring NPR!

Web Research Links for the Week of 9/3/18

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Man Arrested Because Riding a Bike Without a Bell On It Is Illegal in a Police State? – by Matt Agorist – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/09/man-arrested-because-riding-a-bike-without-a-bell-on-it-is-illegal-in-a-police-state.html

INTERVIEW WITH QANON CREATOR MICROCHIP | BREADCRUMB TO THE FUTURE (22 min – Timestamped at 4m37sec) – https://youtu.be/C5fF14L41ck?t=4m37sA very alternative view of events around the QAnon phenomenon from purported insiders.

Britain Should Be in the Dock Over Skripal Saga, Not Russiahttps://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/09/07/britain-should-be-in-the-dock-over-skripal-saga-not-russia.html – “Then on Thursday Britain summoned the United Nations Security Council to hash over the lurid claims against Russia without providing any further substantiating details to back up the sensational accusations… As Vasily Nebenzia, Russia’s envoy to the UN, remarked, the whole aim of the British claims is to whip up more international anti-Russia frenzy and hysteria. No sooner had Britain unleashed its latest allegations, a joint statement was released by the United States, Canada, Germany and France supporting the British claims.”

China Is Detaining Muslims in Vast Numbers. The Goal: ‘Transformation.’ – by Chris Buckley – “https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/08/world/asia/china-uighur-muslim-detention-camp.html – “Inside, hundreds of ethnic Uighur Muslims spend their days in a high-pressure indoctrination program, where they are forced to listen to lectures, sing hymns praising the Chinese Communist Party and write “self-criticism” essays, according to detainees who have been released… The goal is to remove any devotion to Islam… Abdusalam Muhemet, 41, said the police detained him for reciting a verse of the Quran at a funeral. After two months in a nearby camp, he and more than 30 others were ordered to renounce their past lives. Mr. Muhemet said he went along but quietly seethed… ‘That was not a place for getting rid of extremism,” he recalled. “That was a place that will breed vengeful feelings and erase Uighur identity.’ ”

US Officially Admits It’s Not Going To Withdraw Forces From Syriahttps://southfront.org/us-officially-admits-its-not-going-to-withdraw-forces-from-syria/ – “According to James Jeffrey, President Donald Trump supports the strategy that envisions an indefinite military and diplomatic presence in Syria, contrary to the President’s previous inclination to withdraw US troops after defeating ISIS… ‘The new policy is we’re no longer pulling out by the end of the year,’ he told reporters in Washington. Initially the 2,200 US troops deployed to eastern Syria in support of the multi-national coalition against ISIS was supposed to leave. Instead, they will remain in support of a combined military and diplomatic effort to limit Iranian and Russian influence over post-war reconstruction. ‘That means we are not in a hurry,’ Jeffrey said, adding that he was “confident” Trump supports what he called a “more active approach” in Syria.”

US Ambassador To UN Goes Wild, Claims Russia, Syria, Iran Seek To Kill Civilians, Destroy Schools And Hospitals In Idlibhttps://southfront.org/us-ambassador-to-un-goes-wild-claims-russia-syria-iran-seek-to-kill-civilians-destroy-schools-and-hospitals-in-idlib/ – “In her statement during the UN Security Council briefing, Haley said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and its “enablers,” Russia and Iran have a playbook for the war in Syria. First, they surround a civilian area. Next, they make the ‘preposterous claim that everyone in the area is a terrorist,’ thus making all civilians targets. That is followed by a “starve and surrender” campaign, during which Syrian security forces keep attacking until the people no longer have food, clean water, or shelter. ‘It’s a playbook of death. The Assad regime has spent the last seven years refining it with Russia and Iran’s help.’.. ‘But when Russia and the Assad regime say they want to counter terrorism, they actually mean they want to bomb schools, hospitals, and homes. They want to punish the civilians who had the courage to rise up against Assad. When the regime calls the brave White Helmets terrorists, we know they are not serious about fighting terrorism. The United States will not cooperate with Russia on the Assad regime’s slaughter of innocent civilians,’ she claimed.”

18 Killed In Clashes Between Syrian Democratic Forces And Syrian Intelligence In Qamishli Cityhttps://southfront.org/18-killed-in-clashes-between-syrian-democratic-forces-and-syrian-intelligence-in-qamishli-city-videos/ – “Kurdish sources claimed that the Syrian Millitary Intelligence unit had entered the SDF-held part of the city without permission, which provoked the clashes. However, Syrian pro-government sources said that the attack on the unit was pre-planned and released a video showing personnel of the SDF’s security forces encircling the unit before the clashes.”

The US Admits Al Qaeda Runs Idlib And That They Want To Protect It  – from Syrian Girl (2 min):

The Truths That Won’t be Told: How Israel Spies on US Citizens – by Alain Gresh – https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/09/03/the-truths-that-wont-be-told-how-israel-spies-on-us-citizens/ – “Everything seems to be going well for Israel, but its American supporters, despite their extensive resources, are nervous. The future seems dark to them, and even those most likely to support them are wavering. The documentary shows Vaknin-Gil admitting in a Knesset hearing: ‘Today we [have] lost the second generation of Jews, which are the millennial generation of Jews. I hear this from their parents, who come and explain to me what a hard time they’re having with their kids at Friday dinners. They don’t recognise the state of Israel and don’t see us as an entity to be admired.’ ”

Outrageous: Bioethicist says parents may have ‘right’ to kill born children – by Cassy Fiano-Chesser – https://www.liveaction.org/news/bioethicist-parents-kill-born-children/ – ” ‘[T]here might be an argument that gives, for example, the genetic parents a right to kill (or leave to die) their newborn infant even if the infant has a right to life. For example, it might be argued that people have a right to their genetic privacy and having the newborn infant in the world that carries the genetic material of the genetic parents violates their right to genetic privacy. Put another way: the fetus does not have a right to the genetic material of her parents.’ – Finnish bioethicist Joona Räsänen… Princeton bioethicist Peter Singer has likewise argued in favor of infanticide, especially for babies with disabilities. When asked if he would kill a baby with a disability, Singer answered, ‘Yes, if that was in the best interests of the baby and of the family as a whole.’ ”

Brett Kavanaugh was Deep State’s Point Man for Vince Foster Murder Cover-up – by Hugh Turley – http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=100939 – “On March 10, 1995, four days after Rodriguez’s resignation was effective, an FBI agent sent a memorandum to Kavanaugh that was copied to Tuohey. The memo presented a chronology: ‘(16:15-16:30) Patrick Knowlton describes a small brown foreign car with Arkansas license plates in the Ft. Marcy parking lot. Knowlton also described a suit jacket and a briefcase inside this car.’.. The memo failed to mention that Knowlton was unwavering that the car he saw was not Foster’s 1989 gray Honda.    The Arkansas license plate seen by Knowlton was used to make it appear that he saw Foster’s car. Although it stated that Knowlton saw a brown car, it suppressed the fact that Knowlton was certain the car was an early 80s model and not a 1989. The chronology continued: ‘(17:00 +/-) Judy Doody identifies Foster’s vehicle parked in the Ft. Marcy parking lot.’ This false statement was used to make it appear Foster’s car was in the parking lot when Foster was dead.”

I Know Who the “Senior Official” Is Who Wrote the NY Times Op-Ed – by Paul Craig Roberts – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50203.htm – “The op-ed is an obvious forgery. As a former senior official in a presidential administration, I can state with certainty that no senior official would express disagreement anonymously. Anonymous dissent has no credibility. Moreover, the dishonor of it undermines the character of the writer. A real dissenter would use his reputation and the status of his high position to lend weight to his dissent… The New York Times’ claim to have vetted the writer also lacks credibility, as the New York Times has consistently printed extreme accusations against Trump and against Vladimir Putin without supplying a bit of evidence.”

New details surface about terrorists’ preparations to stage chemical attack in Idleb and Hama – by Hazem Sabbagh – https://sana.sy/en/?p=146450 – “The sources say that militants from the “Turkistani Party” and “Hai’et Tahrir al-Cham” held on Thursday a meeting with members of the White Helmets in Jisr al-Shughour city west of Idleb, during which the roles were assigned for staging a chemical attack with the help of Western intelligence agencies… The sources say that the White Helmets have picked three new locations for carrying out the attacks after information was leaked about the previously-planned locations, and the three locations are: al-Najia town in Jisr al-Shughour countryside, al-Hamawsh town in the northwestern countryside of Hama, and Kafr Nubbul town in Idleb countryside.”

Britain, Allies Urge Moscow To Accept ‘Compelling Evidence’ In Novichok Attackhttps://www.rferl.org/a/world-leaders-back-u-k-s-novichok-claims/29475751.html – “Prior to the council session, the leaders of Britain, the United States, France, Germany, and Canada said they backed British law enforcement’s conclusion that the poisoning was “almost certainly approved at a senior government level” in Russia… In a joint statement, they also said they have “full confidence” in the British assessment that the two suspects were GRU officers, and urged Russia to provide full disclosure of its Novichok program.. The statement was signed by British Prime Minister Theresa May, U.S. President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau… The allegations against Moscow reiterated what many in the West previously have said about the nerve agent attack against the Skripals — namely, that the act was approved at high levels of the Russian government.” – Comment: “Official sources” purportedly in the UK government have stated that the government now considers that it is at war with Russia over this matter.

911 17th Anniversary: 17 Unanswered Questions – by Makia Freeman – http://freedom-articles.toolsforfreedom.com/911-17th-anniversary-questions/

From the Time-To-Smell-The-Coffee Desk: The Secret Lie That Started the Afghan War – by James Corbett (26 min) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Moz8hs2lJik – “Dr. Rice has stated that she asked the National Security Council staff in her first week in office for a new presidential initiative on al Qaeda. In early March, the staff was directed to craft a more aggressive strategy aimed at eliminating the al Qaeda threat. The first draft of that approach, in the form of a presidential directive, was circulated by the NSC staff in June of 2001, and a number of meetings were held that summer at the deputy secretary level to address the policy questions involved, such as relating an aggressive strategy against Taliban to U.S.-Pakistan relations… By the first week of September, the process had arrived at a strategy that was presented to principals and later became NSPD-9, the President’s first major substantive national security decision directive. It was presented for a decision by principals on September 4th, 2001, seven days before the 11th, and later signed by the President, with minor changes and a preamble to reflect the events of September 11th, in October.” (emphases added)RUMSFELD 9/11 COMMISSION TESTIMONY MARCH 23, 2004 – Comment: The decision (taken by the North Atlantic Council on Oct. 2, 2001) to invoke Article 5 of the Washington (NATO) Treaty, was based exclusively on the Bush planning documents, and incorporated their language, and did not include a shred of evidence that any outside force(s) were involved in the 9/11 “attacks.” The Article 5 decision (the first time this was invoked) forced mandatory cooperation with the U.S. wars in the wake of 9/11 onto the nations bound by the Washington Treaty – All based on no evidence. Incidentally, both British and U.S. forces were already in transit to Afghanistan before 9/11/2001.

Deutsche Bank Top Investor HNA Is Said to Plan Exiting Stake – Chinese conglomerate said to sell amid government pressure – https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-07/deutsche-bank-top-holder-hna-is-said-to-plan-exiting-its-stakeComment: This has major implications to the stability of Deutche Bank’s 50 to 70 TRILLION dollar derivatives holdings. DB’s share prices have dropped precipitously in the last few months.

Man Caught Paying Off Kavanaugh Protesters Works For Soros-Funded Organization – Bombshell proof of foreign meddling in American politics – by Paul Joseph Watson – https://www.infowars.com/man-caught-paying-off-kavanaugh-protesters-works-for-soros-funded-organization/ – ” ‘The man handing money to the Kavanaugh hearing protester is Vinay Krishnan. Consultant/organizer at Center for Popular Democracy.’.. Krishnan’s bio lists him as a “social justice attorney”. The Center for Popular Democracy ‘receives the bulk of its funding from George Soros’ and back in May last year announced that they were setting up an ‘$80 million anti-Trump network that will span 32 states and have 48 local partners.’ ”

EU Enters “Final Stage” Of Crafting Bill Forcing Big Tech Censorship – by Joe Jankowski – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/09/eu-enters-final-stage-of-crafting-bill-forcing-big-tech-censorship.html – “The bill is expected to be released by the end of the month and will absolutely require companies such as  Google, Facebook, and Twitter to swiftly remove any content considered terroristic from their platforms… In March, the European Commission told such companies that they had three months to show they were removing “extremist” content more rapidly or face legislation forcing them to do so… EU recommendations were sent out at the time regarding the speedy removal of all content including terrorist content, incitement to hatred and violence, child sexual abuse material, counterfeit products, and copyright infringement… The threat eventually led to the creation of an online “code of conduct” aimed at fighting racism and xenophobia across Europe, an effort both the EU and big tech collaborated on.”

Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Leaders Are Selling Their Property In Idlib Ahead Of Syrian Army AttackReport – https://southfront.org/hayat-tahrir-al-sham-leaders-are-selling-their-property-in-idlib-ahead-of-syrian-army-attack-report/ – ” ‘Leaders and princes of Hay’at [HTS] began selling their property – restaurants, farms and commercial markets – fearing any battle or an unexpected scenario that may lead to the expulsion of Hay’at from Idlib… The most prominent leaders of Hay’at offered their property for sale secretly. So, they don’t spread panic among their supporters,’ a source familiar with the situation told the Lebanese news outlet (al-Modon).”

Putin’s Novichok assassins identified. Pictured smiling, walking UK streets (20 min) – from TheDuran.com – https://youtu.be/wBaVe19amhUNote: Covers the interesting timing, continuing implausibility, and vehemant anti-Russian propaganda of the ongoing Novichok® narrative.

From the Lies-And-The-Lying-Liars Desk: Mattis: Syrian Rebels Have No Chemical Weaponshttps://www.voanews.com/a/mattis-syrian-rebels-have-no-chemical-weapons/4558451.html – ” ‘We have zero intelligence that shows the [Syrian] opposition has any chemical capability,’ Mattis said. On the other hand, Mattis said there is evidence that President Bashar al-Assad has ‘done this before and we are watching very closely for this.’.. U.S. officials have warned of a potential humanitarian catastrophe as the Syrian government moves in on the last remaining stronghold of Syrian rebels in the northwestern province of Idlib. An estimated three million people live in the area… The Trump administration has twice launched airstrikes against Syria’s government in response to the chemical weapons attacks… ‘Let us be clear, it remains our firm stance that if President Bashar al-Assad chooses to again use chemical weapons, the United States and its Allies will respond swiftly and appropriately,’ said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.”

What Should Putin Do? – by Paul Craig Roberts – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50189.htm – “The Saker intends to answer my question. We will see where he takes this issue. I will say that this discussion has risks for each of us, because those we are attempting to alert, warn, and to bring out of their insouciance will characterize us as “Russian agents” and “Putin stooges” for doubting US primacy. We will be accused of trying to protect Russia with a peace campaign… What I think tells most against Martyanov’s optimism is that it is he, The Saker, Stephen Cohen, Pat Buchanan, and myself who are marginalized, not the crazies who are responsible for the dangerous and irresponsible provocations of the world’s most capable and best armed nuclear power—Russia. The crazies are in control of the US National Security Council, office of Homeland Security, office of National Intelligence, CIA, US Department of State, Pentagon, the US media, and the US Democratic Party. Republican Senator John McCain is being made into a hero for his hatred of Russia and support for war.” (emphasis added)

IDF confirms: Israel provided light-weapons to Syrian rebels – Bashar Assad claimed that Israel had been providing arms to terror groups and its forces had regularly seized arms and munitions with inscriptions in Hebrew – by Anna Ahronheim – https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:5JDOiVV-EgUJ:https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/IDF-confirms-Israel-provided-light-weapons-to-Syrian-rebels-566479+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=by – “According to reports Israel had been arming at least seven different rebel groups in Syria’s Golan Heights, including the Fursan al-Joulan rebel group which had around 400 fighters and had been given an estimated $5,000 per month by Israel… Through Operation Good Neighbor, which was launched in 2016 the Israeli military had provided over 1524 tons of food, 250 tons of clothes, 947,520 liters of fuel, 21 generators, 24,900 palettes of medical equipment and medicine.” – Note: This article is only found on the Google web archive now – It was scrubbed by the Jerusalem Post within hours of its publication. What we’re talking about here are International War Crimes by The Plucky Little Jewish State®, of course nothing new in that…

How To Own Life Like A Fucking Wizard – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/09/04/how-to-own-life-like-a-fucking-wizard/ – “Nobody knows what the fuck is going on. We’re a bunch of hairless apes on a spinning rock in space, and we only know the stories that we’ve been told by the people who got here before us. We come out as clueless little babies, then when we get bigger we learn some fancy words and how to open a bag of chips, but underneath all the data we add on top of our fresh baby minds there’s still the same cluelessness we started out with. The process of sorting out the true and useful data from the false and unhelpful is confusing, difficult, and prone to error. So people tend to just listen to the most confident-sounding voice in the room; the one who steps forward and says ‘I know what’s going on, follow me.’ ”

Anti-Vaccine Japan Has World’s Lowest Child Death Rate & Highest Life Expectancy – by Amanda-Mary – http://healthimpactnews.com/2018/japan-has-the-lowest-infant-mortality-rate-following-ban-on-mandatory-vaccinations/ – “Japan’s anti-vax policies have long been criticised by vaccine pushers in the US who claim that vaccinating the public “promotes health.”.. However, Japanese people live longer, healthier lives than Americans, with babies born in the US twice as likely to die in infancy than those born in Japan… It’s clear to see that Western nations have a lot to learn from the Japanese when it comes to their approach to vaccinations and issues facing public health… The Japanese are vaccine sceptics, to put it simply, and due to adverse reactions suffered by Japanese children, have banned many vaccines.”

Working Teens Dragged Back to School By Bounty Hunters – by Joe Jarvis – https://www.thedailybell.com/all-articles/news-analysis/working-teens-dragged-back-to-school-by-bounty-hunters/ – “That’s it, let’s drag these “kids” away from work and back to school. Forget making money and building experience in the real world. Let’s keep the real world on hold so they can get a public education… Especially ironic is that this particular school is called a “Career Center.” Nothing says career training like snatching a teen from work.”

Whistleblower Exposes Key Player in FBI Russia Probe: “It was all a Set-up” – by Sara Carter – https://saraacarter.com/whistleblower-exposes-key-player-in-fbi-russia-probe-it-was-all-a-set-up/ – “Adam Lovinger, a former Defense Department analyst, never expected that what he stumbled on during his final months at the Pentagon would expose an integral player in the FBI’s handling of President Donald Trump’s campaign and alleged Russia collusion… Lovinger, a whistleblower, is now battling to save his career. The Pentagon suspended his top-secret security clearance May 1, 2017, when he exposed through an internal review that Stefan Halper, who was then an emeritus Cambridge professor, had received roughly $1 million in tax-payer funded money to write Defense Department foreign policy reports… ..he was recalled to the Pentagon, stripped of his prestigious White House detail, and ordered to perform bureaucratic make-work in a Pentagon annex Bigley calls “the land of misfit toys.” His security clearance was eventually revoked in March 2018, despite the Pentagon ‘refusing to turn over a single page of its purported evidence of Lovinger’s wrongdoing…’ ”

WATCH: Northwest Hama Residents Welcome Syrian Army Headed to Idlib (w/video 2 min) – https://21stcenturywire.com/2018/09/02/watch-northwest-hama-residents-welcome-syrian-army-headed-to-idlib/ – “Al Masdar News reports… DAMASCUS, SYRIA – A convoy for the Syrian Army heading to the outskirts of Idlib for upcoming offensive was warmly welcomed by residents of al-Ghab Plain in northwest Hama countryside… The convoy belongs to the SAA’s elite 4th Armored Division which was tasked with fighting jihadi groups near al-Ghab Plain once the full-scale offensive begins.”

UK: Syrian Terrorists Can’t Possibly Be Planning Chemical Weapons False Flag, Because Russia Said They Are – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/uk-syrian-terrorists-cant-possibly-be-planning-chemical-weapons-false-flag-because-russia-said-7d749d76ea00 – “So let’s recap: it is the British government’s official public position that the extremist jihadist factions who have been holing up in their final stronghold preparing for the long-awaited military confrontation in Idlib would have no incentive whatsoever to stage a false flag chemical attack in order to rally western reinforcements against the Syrian government and thereby escape defeat. Far more likely, in the British government’s estimation, is that the warnings of such an attack are a “smoke screen” to cover for the Syrian government’s plan to perpetrate its own chemical attack in order to accomplish the key strategic goal of suffocating a few dozen children. Oh yeah, and terrorists should be given safe passage to areas where they can safely regroup, because that’s the thing that you do with terrorists now.”

Web Research Links for the Week of 8/27/18

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Ongoing and Accelerating Neocon-American-Zionist-Imperialist (NAZI) Destruction of USA and the World –  https://www.veteranstoday.com/2017/04/30/ongoing/I’m afraid I agree with all of the key elements of Pakistani physics professor Mujahid Kamran’s analysis, laid out in this article. If you do not reject it out of hand as fantastic, beyond belief, and a vast unhinged “conspiracy theory,” then perhaps you will take this into your inner laboratory and contemplate what we can, individually and collectively, do to help shift the direction that the world, under the influence of these powerful and committed psychopaths, is now headed. – bruce.reid

Note: The above is an email I sent out to my relatively small list of correspondents. I’m sure that many of you are familiar with much of what’s contained in Prof. Kamran’s article, and are well down the road of responding to the ongoing emergency and charting courses toward the world we envision. Perhaps, however, you have not seen it expressed in such a blunt and concentrated way before, one that focuses on some of the main and saliant considerations regarding the “NAZI” (Not-see) consortium driving most of the misery today on our beautiful planet.

Russia submitted proof of false-flag chemical-weapons plot to OPCW & UN – Lavrov – https://www.rt.com/news/437364-russia-syria-chemical-weapon-opcw/ – ” ‘We have presented concrete facts obtained from various sources both to the UN and to The Hague, where the OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) headquarters is located,” Lavrov said, while speaking about the risk of a false-flag attack involving the use of chemical weapons in Syria, adding that ‘these facts are congruent.’ “

Ukraine separatists say leader,  Aleksandr Zakharchenko, killed in cafe bombing – from AP – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-6119339/Ukraine-separatists-report-death-leader-Zakharchenko.html – ” ‘Instead of fulfilling the Minsk accords and finding ways to resolve the internal conflict, the Kiev war party is implementing a terrorist scenario,’ Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said of Zakharchenko’s death. ‘Having failed to fulfill the promise of peace, apparently they decided to turn to a bloodbath.’.. Igor Guskov, chief of staff of the Ukrainian Security Service, rejected allegations of any involvement, saying: ‘We have reason to believe that the death of Zakharchenko may be the result of an internal criminal conflict among the rebels … but we do not exclude that it was an attempt by Russian special services to remove this odious figure.’ ”

Exclusive: U.S. government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger – sources – by Dan Levine and Joseph Menn – https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-encryption-exclusive/exclusive-u-s-government-seeks-facebook-help-to-wiretap-messenger-sources-idUSKBN1L226D – “The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook Inc (FB.O) to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect’s voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be compelled to alter their products to enable surveillance… The previously unreported case in a federal court in California is proceeding under seal, so no filings are publicly available, but the three people told Reuters that Facebook is contesting the U.S. Department of Justice’s demand… The judge in the Messenger case heard arguments on Tuesday on a government motion to hold Facebook in contempt of court for refusing to carry out the surveillance request, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.”

10,000 Members Of Jabhat al-Nusra, Other Al-Qaeda-Linked Groups Remain In Syria’s Idlibhttps://southfront.org/10000-members-of-jabhat-al-nusra-other-al-qaeda-linked-groups-remain-in-syrias-idlib/ – “On August 30th, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey, Russia and Iran are working together to avoid a “disaster” in Idlib. As reported by PressTV this came as the Syrian Army is preparing for a “decisive battle” to drive militants out of the northern province of Idlib… Idlib shares borders with Turkey and is currently under the control of various militant groups. Erdogan is attempting to stave off the offensive while the Syrian army prepares to retake the region. As reported by Sputnik: ‘Idlib is one of the Syrian areas where terrorists and militants, particularly those who are part of the Jabhat Nusra terror group or affiliated with it, are still active. Moreover, thousands of militants have been transported to the province from other Syrian regions under deals with Damascus.’ ”

Fox News Admits Government Using Lasers – Directed Energy Weapons (w/photos from Calif. fires – 4 min):

From the It-Can’t-Happen-Here Desk: Economic Doom Returns: Emerging Market Currencies Collapse To Record Lows As Global Financial Chaos Accelerates – by Michael Snyder – http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/economic-doom-returns-emerging-market-currencies-collapse-to-record-lows-as-global-financial-chaos-accelerates – “As  Wolf Richter has noted, the Argentine peso was worth one U.S. dollar in 2002.. Today, it is worth 2.4 centsThat is what a collapse looks like… (!) – In an desperate attempt to stop the bleeding, the Argentine central bank raised interest rates to 60 percent… The financial nightmare in Turkey is the gift that just keeps on giving.  Their entire system is in the process of imploding, and President Erdogan seems to be in a persistent state of panic these days… Also on Thursday, the Brazilian central bank directly intervened in the market to keep their currency from plunging to another new all-time record low… A global financial crisis has begun, but because it has not really affected the United States too much yet, the mainstream media and most Americans aren’t really paying any attention… But if the markets start crashing here too, then it will suddenly be all over the news… Most people are aware that most of the biggest stock market crashes in U.S. history have happened in the fall, and the calendar is about to turn to the month of September.”

Silicon Valley’s attempts to self-police are anti-democratic. They’re also not new. – by Grant Wythoff – https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/silicon-valleys-attempts-to-self-police-are-anti-democratic-theyre-also-not-new/2018/08/17/cd44fb22-9b1d-11e8-843b-36e177f3081c_story.html – “Technocracy Inc. was a political movement that left no place for public participation in the process of governing. As political theorist Langdon Winner described it, “The authority rests on a human population dwarfed and submissive before forces it cannot understand or influence but entirely content with the services offered.” Without credible legislation to rein in the excesses of tech companies, and without a workable means of allowing the public to influence the way we communicate, we will be left by default with the Technocratic system that seems to have resurfaced, in which democratic citizens are addressed as passive users.”

The Balfour Declaration 3. Peeling the Onion: Secret Collusions – by Jim Macgregor and Gerry Docherty – https://firstworldwarhiddenhistory.wordpress.com/2017/07/04/the-balfour-declaration-3-peeling-the-onion-secret-collusions/ – “Furthermore, the War Cabinet sought the American President’s opinion on the proposed Jewish homeland in Palestine. [3] The minutes of the 245th meeting of the War Cabinet in London revealed that Woodrow Wilson was directly involved in the final draft of the Declaration. So too was his minder, Colonel Edward Mandell House [4] and America’s only Jewish Chief Justice, Louis Brandeis, [5]  both of whom telegrammed different views to the British government. [6] On 10 September, Mandell House indicated that the President advised caution before proceeding with a statement on a future Jewish homeland; on 27 September, Judge Brandeis cabled that the President was in entire sympathy with the declaration. Much can change in politics inside two and a half weeks… As each layer of the onion is slowly peeled away from the hidden inner core of the eponymous Declaration, it becomes apparent that the given story has glossed over key figures and critical issues. There are hidden depths to this episode that mainstream historians have kept from public view and participants have deliberately misrepresented or omitted from their memoirs.” Comment: MacGregor and Docherty have created an incredible information resource with this blog, to which they posted weekly for something like 10 years, culminating in the publication of their book (I just ordered) Prolonging the Agony: How The Anglo-American Establishment Deliberately Extended WWI by Three-and-a-Half Years . I was just looking for some info on the involvement of William Mandell House in the drafting of the Balfour Declaration and I hit the jackpot.

REPORT: The ‘Billion-Dollar Per Year Climate Industry’ Is Trying To Weaponize State Attorneys General – by Michael Bastasch – https://dailycaller.com/2018/08/29/weaponize-attorney-generals/ – “A new report based on documents collected over two-and-a-half years through open records requests outlines an “elaborate campaign” by the “billion-dollar per year climate industry” to weaponize state attorneys general (AGs) in service of the global warming agenda… That campaign culminated in what the report labels “law enforcement for hire” because it allows political donors to pay for state prosecutors ‘in the service of an ideological, left-wing, climate policy agenda.’.. ..’It represents private interests commandeering the state’s police powers to target opponents of their policy agenda and to hijack the justice system as a way to overturn the democratic process’s rejection of a political agenda,’ Competitive Enterprise senior fellow Chris Horner wrote in his report, a copy of which was given to The Daily Caller News Foundation… Horner’s report details the actions of a group of AGs and activists, led by former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, that eventually led to former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg paying for “legal fellows” to work in state law enforcement.”

Mom Investigated by Police and CPS for Letting Daughter Walk the Dog Around the Block – by Matt Agorist – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/08/mom-investigated-by-police-and-cps-for-letting-daughter-walk-the-dog-around-the-block.html – “Despite the fact that Widen is a good parent, police were dispatched to her home last week. When officers saw that the girl was entirely fine, luckily, they left without arresting anyone. However, shortly after, the Widen’s got a visit from DCFS… The DCFS launched their own investigation into the family and interrogated Winden’s 8-year-old daughter and her 17-year old son. But they didn’t stop there. DCFS also went after other family members, and even their pediatrician.” (emphasis added)

5G Explained By Researcher Arthur Firstenberg: Be Forewarned – by Catherine J. Frompovich –  https://www.activistpost.com/2018/08/5g-explained-by-researcher-arthur-firstenberg-be-forewarned.html – “Click on this link to access Arthur Firstenberg’s 34:23 minutes of amazing facts about the relatively unknown and probably deliberately-withheld information about cell phones, cell towers, the inordinate push for 5G rollout and the emerging data via independent research regarding adverse health effects from 5G millimeter wave radiation streaming down from thousands of ionosphere-placed satellites, plus 5G cell towers parked outside your homes, e.g., front doors or bedroom windows, with your not being able to protest them, nor have them removed!.. We did not evolve with microwaves; they are foreign to us.”

From the Slippery-Slope Desk: This Robot Will Hunt Lionfish to Save Coral Reefs – The invasive species might soon meets its mechanical match – by David Grossman – https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/robots/a22839698/lionfish-hunting-robot/

The Persistence of Their Delusion is Despicable – by Doug “Uncola” Lynn – https://thetollonline.com/2018/08/30/the-persistence-of-their-delusion-is-despicable/comment-page-1/#comment-2246This is a blog post in which Doug Lynn outlines with great care his recent experiences in discussing the current political moment in America with two of his friends of Liberal persuasions. I think it’s truly a labor of love, and a signpost on the road to wherever we’re now headed, both as “a nation” and as a world society.  –bruce

China was Reading Hillary Clinton’s Email Server ‘in Real Time’ – by Kerry Lear – http://punchingbagpost.com/china-was-reading-hillary-clinton-email-server-in-real-time/ – ” ‘The Daily Caller reported that the firm operating in the D.C. area wrote code that was then embedded in the server and generated a “courtesy copy” for almost all her emails — which was then forwarded to the Chinese company,’ writes Fox News. ‘The code reportedly was discovered in 2015 by the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG), which then warned FBI officials of the intrusion.A source briefed on the matter confirmed to Fox News the details of the Caller’s reporting, and said that the ICIG was so concerned by the revelation that officials drove over to the FBI to inform agents — including anti-Trump agent Peter Strzok — of the development after it was discovered via the emails’ metadata. The source told Fox News the hack was from a Chinese company, describing it as a front for Chinese intelligence.’ ”

Russia Shares Intelligence On Prepared Chemical Weapons Provocation In Syria’s Idlib With United Stateshttps://southfront.org/russia-shares-intelligence-on-prepared-chemical-weapons-provocation-in-syrias-idlib-with-united-states/ – “Anatoly Antonov on August 29th said that he had met with the US special representative to Syria, James Jeffrey, and David M. Satterfield, acting assistant secretary of state on August 27th. The meeting was confirmed by US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert. The meeting had been called by Russia on August 24th. The Ambassador commended the US side for coming at such short notice and described the meeting as “constructive and professional.”.. During the meeting, intelligence that Russia had gathered was shared with the US. Furthermore, the US officials were told “in detail” about the provocation against civilians being prepared by Tahrir al-Sham in the northwestern province of Idlib.”

Azerbaijan Mulls Cooperation with CSTO – by Alex Gorka – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/08/28/azerbaijan-mulls-cooperation-with-csto.html – “It is true that Azerbaijan is sticking to a policy of neutrality. It has a close relationship with NATO. Although a party to the EU’s Eastern Partnership program, it has refused to sign an association agreement with Brussels. It enjoys a special relationship with Israel while also supporting the idea of an independent Palestinian state… Baku sees the advantage in preserving as much wiggle room as it can, and this policy is quite understandable.”

Volvo Penta Cuts Off Supplies Of Its Engines To Russian Militaryhttps://southfront.org/volvo-penta-cuts-off-supples-of-its-engines-to-russian-military/ – “The move was caused by anti-Russian sanctions imposed by the US and its allies. As a result of this situation, the MTU engines were put only on five ships handed over to the Russian Navy in 2014-2015. Then, the rest of ships were equipped with China-made CHD622V20 20-cylinder diesels instead of MTU 16V4000M90 engines.”

From the Putting-The-Genie-Back Desk: Reefer Redux: Trump Administration Secretly Plotting New War Of Words On Marijuana Policy – from NORML – http://blog.norml.org/2018/08/29/reefer-redux-trump-administration-secretly-plotting-new-war-of-words-on-marijuana-policy/ – “Thirty-one states, Washington, D.C. and the U.S. territories of Guam and Puerto Rico have enacted legislation specific to the physician-authorized use of cannabis. Moreover, an estimated 63 million Americans now reside in the nine states where anyone over the age of 21 may possess cannabis legally… Sixty-eight percent of registered voters “support the legalization of marijuana,” according to national polling data compiled by the Center for American Progress. The percentage is the highest level of support for legalization ever reported in a nationwide, scientific poll… Majorities of Democrats (77 percent), Independents (62 percent), and Republicans (57 percent) back legalization. The results of a 2017 nationwide Gallup poll similarly found majority support among all three groups.”

Israeli Health Ministry urges vaccination after massive increase in measles cases – Ministry says 262 people have caught the potentially fatal disease so far in 2018, compared with only 9 in 2016 – https://www.timesofisrael.com/health-ministry-urges-vaccination-after-massive-increase-in-measles-cases/

US Poised to Hit Syria Harder – by Peter Korzun – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/08/27/us-poised-to-hit-syria-harder.html – “A staged “chemical attack” is the way to invent a pretext for using force against Syria and pressing for a rollback of Russia and Iran. With Idlib liberated and an agreement reached between Damascus and the Kurds, Syria will have fundamentally regained its territorial integrity, making it “lost” to the West and its Persian Gulf allies. Russia, Iran, and Turkey will act as mediators promoting a peaceful settlement. The “chemical attack” provocation will be staged as an attempt to scuttle such a development.”

“Not Commercially Viable” – British Airways, Air France, KLM Axe Flights To Iran – by Tyler Durden –  https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-23/not-commercially-viable-british-airways-air-france-klm-axe-flights-iran –  “BA London to Tehran service was re-launched in September 2016 after a four-year absence due to worsening British-Iran relations, and now with the return of tensions over Washington’s pullout of the Iran nuclear deal last May, it appears the airline’s forward bookings have taken a significant hit… Earlier this month the US warned Britain that it must back the Trump White House’s tough stance on Iran or ‘face serious trade consequences’… Meanwhile Air France and KLM have also announced the cancellation all flights to Tehran, with the last Air France flight on Sept. 18. Air France had already drastically cut its operations to Iran as it transferred all connections to its low-cost airline Joon this summer, and was down to one flight per week from the prior usual of three… And Dutch airline KLM had previously announced last month the suspension of all flights from Amsterdam, set to also take place in September.”

US Brings More Cruise Missile Carriers To Middle East, Syrian Air Defense Prepare To Repel Strikeshttps://southfront.org/us-brings-more-cruise-missile-carriers-to-middle-east-syrian-air-defense-prepare-to-repel-strikes/ – ” ‘The United States keeps building up the cruise missile carriers group in the Middle East as part of preparations for another provocation in Idlib Province to be presented as an alleged use of chemical weapons,’ Konashenkov said… Konashenkov noted that ‘these preparations are fresh confirmation of US intentions to use as a pretext a likely simulation of the government forces’ chemical attack, which Hayat Tahrir al-Sham [formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda] militants are plotting with active support from British secret services.’ ”

Is the US and Its Allies Preparing to Bomb Syria? Towards a “No Fly Zone” in Northern Syria? – by Prof Michel Chossudovsky – https://www.globalresearch.ca/is-the-us-and-its-allies-preparing-to-bomb-syria-towards-a-no-fly-zone-in-northern-syria/5651914 – “On August 25, a senior official of the State Department William Roebuck traveled to Manbij and Ayn al-Arab in  Kobani close to the border with Turkey (see map). ‘He also visited Dayr al-Zawr (Deir Ezzor) Province which is held by US-backed Kurdish militants.” (Press TV, August 26, 2018)… ‘We are prepared to stay here, as the president (Donald Trump) has made clear,’.. He was referring to more than 2,000 US and allied troops deployed in territories in Northeast Syria under Kurdish YPG control. (Press Tv, 25 August 2018)… On Saturday, Kurdish media reported that the US had installed advanced radar systems in its bases at the Ayn al-Arab military airport and the town of Rmelan in Hasakah Province… Quoting an informed source at the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed coalition of Kurdish militants, the report said the systems are meant to create a no-fly zone in northeastern Syria.”

Syrian Children Abducted to Be Used in New Chemical Scenario in Idlib: Reporthttps://english.almanar.com.lb/569615 – “Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen Arabic news channel quoted local sources as saying that at least 20 children were abducted from Jisr Shoghour in the last 20 days, in a bid to use them in the expected chemical farce… The site of the attack would be in Jisr Shoghour prison, the local sources said, adding that toxic materials where transferred to the prison’s depot a month ago via al-Hassaniyah border crossing which links Turkey to Jisr Shoghour in Idlib countryside… The sources said that the crossing is controlled by the White Helmets, pointing out that another chemical attack would be staged in the neighboring Christian-majority town of Halouz… Al-Mayadeen reported- citing local sources- that 250 White Helmets members and other foreign militants would take part in the attack, which would take place a week after Syrian government troops start Idlib offensive.”

Will Turkey’s ‘strategic partnership’ with Russia cover Idlib? – by Semih Idiz – https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/08/turkey-russia-does-cooperation-on-syria-cover-idlib.html – “During his press conference in Moscow, Cavusoglu referred for the first time to Russia as “Turkey’s strategic partner,” which many took as a subtle message to Moscow that Ankara expected to be treated in Idlib in a manner befitting such a partnership… Putin, who received Cavusoglu in Moscow, also underlined the importance of the deepening ties with Turkey… Despite these diplomatic niceties it remains unclear what, if any, arrangements are being hammered out for Idlib. All the indications are that Moscow expects Turkey to take on groups such as HTS if it wants to prevent an operation in the region.”

South Africa Calls for 300,000 Gun Owners to Turn Over Their Weaponshttp://theduran.com/south-africa-calls-for-300000-gun-owners-to-turn-over-their-weapons/ – “Gun Control: A Tool for Tyranny: No matter how socialist apologists rationalize it, the redistributionist agenda the South African government is pursuing will not be implemented passively. Ultimately, it must be carried out by force.. The kind of force socialists seek is a monopolized kind, which extreme forms of gun control like gun confiscation help facilitate. ”

Dozens at Facebook Unite to Challenge Its ‘Intolerant’ Liberal Culture – by Kate Conger and Sheera Frenkel – https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/28/technology/inside-facebook-employees-political-bias.html – ” ‘We are a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views,’ Brian Amerige, a senior Facebook engineer, wrote in the post, which was obtained by The New York Times. ‘We claim to welcome all perspectives, but are quick to attack — often in mobs — anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology.’.. Since the post went up, more than 100 Facebook employees have joined Mr. Amerige to form an online group called FB’ers for Political Diversity, according to two people who viewed the group’s page and who were not authorized to speak publicly.”

Anti-vaxx people are really Russian bots – by Jon Rappoport – https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2018/08/27/anti-vaxx-people-are-really-russian-bots/ – “Well, well. The virulently pro-vax forces have just discovered their opponents are really, wait for it, Russian bots, launched to promote societal discord and polarize conflict… That settles it. Nothing to see, move along. The arguments rejecting vaccine safety and efficacy were just bot-nonsense. No need to understand what they were saying. It was all a sham. Vaccines are wonderful. Everybody knows that.”

The Viral Song Last Dance for John McCain(Hat Tip to Tom Petty)  https://youtu.be/6Jdb40rTHQc  :

Maverick man from an Arizona town, It’s finally time to put him in the ground,

Gang of fourteen, gang of eight, The one republican CNN can’t hate,

    He went down in a Vietnamese town, Sang like a bird the minute he touched down,

He told the gooks this and he told the gooks that, And he escaped untouched thanks to dear old dad,

    Last dance for John McCain, One based tumor in the brain,

I feel Charlie creepin’ in, and I’m Singin at the Hanoi Hilton,

    Well I don’t know what you’ve been told, Why do evil men always get to grow old?

His planes are blowin up, His planes are goin down, Cuttin off the power in a small Spanish town,

    Oh my my, oh hell yes, Send some more money to ISIS,

Said Ghadaffi’s gone, Assad’s next, I guess it’s true life comes at you fast,

    Last dance for John McCain One based tumor in the brain,

I smell chlorine on the wind, thank God for those white helmets,

    A traitor to his friends, a traitor to this land, Doin the globalist song and dance,

Lets have another mideast war, What the hell, let’s have 4 more,

    Bomb bomb bomb, bomb Iran, Bomb everything east of Jordan,

Take out Assad, what could go wrong, Put boots on the ground, they won’t have to stay long,

    Last dance for John McCain Press f for the tumor in his brain.

I see liberals weepin and I’m Popping a bottle of champagne.

Shocking Study Shows Fracking Is Depleting US Drinking Water Sources at a Catastrophic Rate – by John Vibes – https://www.naturalblaze.com/2018/08/shocking-study-shows-fracking-is-depleting-us-drinking-water-sources-at-a-catastrophic-rate.html – “According to a recent study conducted at Duke University revealed that hydraulic fracking is having a catastrophic impact on water supplies throughout the US. The findings of the study suggest that fracking is using far much more water than before, and putting a huge dent in the amount of drinkable water available in water supplies… …wastewater production in major shale gas and oil production regions has increased; from 2011 to 2016, the water use per well increased up to 770%, while flowback and produced water volumes generated within the first year of production increased up to 1440%. The water-use intensity (that is, normalized to the energy production) increased ubiquitously in all U.S. shale basins during this transition period. The steady increase of the water footprint of hydraulic fracturing with time implies that future unconventional oil and gas operations will require larger volumes of water for hydraulic fracturing, which will result in larger produced oil and gas wastewater volumes… Fracking is especially harmful to water supplies because the water is nearly impossible to treat after exposed to the chemicals, meaning it could be lost to the world permanently.(emphasis added)

Genetically Modified Children – New Film Unveils the ‘Monstrous’ Child Deformities Caused by Agrochemicals in Argentina – Can Monsanto chemicals permanently alter your child’s genes? Low-income tobacco farmers face skyrocketing cancer rates with more devastating repercussions affecting their children.(55 min) https://vimeo.com/285569497

Trey Gowdy Drops The Hammer On Anti-Trump DOJ Official Bruce Ohrhttps://www.dcstatesman.com/trey-gowdy-drops-the-hammer-on-anti-trump-doj-official-bruce-ohr/ – ““We’re going to interview him on August 28th,” Gowdy said. ‘I am going to come back to Washington — I’m going to leave my beloved South Carolina, and I’m going to go back, and I’m sure others will, too…we’re going to be back, and we’re going to interview Bruce Ohr — not in a public circus setting, but in a deposition with no time limits and we’re going to get to the bottom of what he did, why he did it, who he did it in concert with, whether he had the permission of the supervisors at the Department of Justice.’.. ‘I used to work doing what Bruce Ohr does now. It’s unbelievable that a prosecutor would insert himself into an on-going investigation for which he had nothing to do.’ “

Web Research Links for the Week of 8/20/18

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Haaretz Warns American Jews of Trump’s Downfall – by Gilad Atzmon – http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/2018/8/26/haaretz-warns-american-jews-of-trumps-downfall – “Shalev dared to write the article every other political analyst has dreaded putting into words let alone text. ‘The name of the lawyer who implicated Donald Trump  in the commission of federal crimes is Cohen. The name of the publisher who has agreed to tell investigators how he turned his newspaper into a clearinghouse for Cohen’s payments to women is Pecker. And the name of the accountant who has been granted immunity in order to testify about the role played by the Trump Organization in Cohen’s endeavors is Weisselberg. The common denominators of Cohen, Pecker and Weisselberg, beside their willingness to do whatever it takes for Trump in the past and their apparent willingness to inform on him now, is that all three are indisputably and recognizably Jewish.’.. If you wonder why no one in America was courageous enough to  write about Trump being betrayed by his closest Jewish aids, Shalev’s answer is ‘anyone who does so risks being accused of generalizing, if not actively encouraging anti-Semitism.’   But this is just the first stage in this saga according to Haaretz’s correspondent. ‘Somewhere down the line. The racist, supremacist and neo-Nazi element of Trump’s base is already drooling at the impending opportunity of enlisting disgruntled rank and file Trump fans in a battle against the Jewish conspiracy aimed at their idol.’ ”

RT Says U.S. Prepares New Bombing Raid to Topple Assad in Syria  – The U.S. Government is positioning weaponry for another bombing-raid to punish Syria for having Assad as its President – by Eric Zuesse – theduran.com/rt-says-u-s-prepares-new-bombing-raid-to-topple-assad-in-syria/ – “Actually, ever since 2012, the U.S. Government was actually employing Al Nusra, which was the name given to Al Qaeda’s Syrian branch. In fact, as an intelligence-analyst, Bill Roggio, reported and documented extensively throughout December 2012 (and I quoted from and linked-to extensively in an article five years later), the U.S. basically hired Nusra as its agency to train and lead the vast majority of the forces (all but the few who weren’t jihadists) that were trying to overthrow and replace Syria’s Government, back in 2012.”

Israel is building another 1,000 homes on Palestinian land. Where’s the outrage? – by Robert Fisk – https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/israel-settlement-expansion-1000-new-homes-palestinian-land-robert-fisk-wheres-the-outrage-a8504471.html – “In the week that Uri Avnery, the scourge of colonialism, died in Tel Aviv, the Israeli government announced a further enlargement of its massive colonial project in the occupied West Bank. Plans were now advanced, it said on Wednesday, for a further 1,000 “homes” in Jewish “settlements” – still the word we must use for such acts of land theft – and final approval had been given for another 382. Today, 600,000 Jewish Israelis live in about 140 colonies constructed on land belonging to another people, the Palestinians, either in the West Bank or east Jerusalem.”

The Daily Beast chimes in: “A NEW LOW”Trump Meets QAnon Kook Who Believes Democrats Run Pedophile Cult – Lionel Lebron said he got a personal invite to the White House—and took advantage to post photos and Q clues on social media – by Asawin Suebsaeng & Will Sommer – https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-in-oval-office-meets-promoter-of-qanon-conspiracy-theory-that-says-democrats-run-pedophile-cult – “Lebron is one of the internet’s leading promoters of QAnon, the pro-Trump conspiracy theory based on a series of anonymous clues posted to internet forums. QAnon believers have interpreted the clues, which they claim without evidence are coming from a highly placed source in the Trump administration, to mean that Trump and the military are engaged in a high-stakes shadow war against a supposed globalist pedophile cult. The conspiracy theory has caught on with Trump supporters, who have held up QAnon-related signs and wear QAnon shirts to the president’s rallies.”

From the Don’t-Mind-Your-Own-Business Desk: Corbyn, who sought Israel’s demise, is an anti-Semite. Labour must kick him out – by David Horovitz – https://www.timesofisrael.com/corbyn-who-sought-israels-demise-is-an-anti-semite-labour-must-kick-him-out/ – “And yet, today, all that has changed. The Anglo-Jewish community is deliberately making headlines like seldom, if ever, before. It is organizing marches and demonstrations. It is holding gatherings outside parliament. Its leaders are giving dramatic interviews. Its newspapers are issuing warnings and demands. It has moved out of the shadows and into the glare… And it is doing so because it fears that Britain may soon elect a racist and an anti-Semite as its prime minister.”

ADL skewers Trump for tweet on white South African conspiracy theory – Anti-Semitism watchdog says it is ‘extremely disturbing’ US president ‘echoed a longstanding and false claim’ regarding ostensible large-scale killings of farmers – https://www.timesofisrael.com/adl-skewers-trump-for-tweet-on-white-south-african-conspiracy-theory/Many thanks to the ADL for setting us straight…

White South Africans prepare for flight and self-defense in the event of societal chaos: https://suidlanders.org/

Whistleblower: It Was A Failed Coup, Mainstream Media Are Covering Up Phony DOJ Dossier – by Tyler Durden (actually Mac Slavo) – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-23/whistleblower-it-was-failed-coup-mainstream-media-are-covering-phony-doj-dossier – ” CIA whistleblower Kevin Shipp says that the mainstream media is laser-focused on the recent  Cohen plea and the Manafort conviction, both of which have nothing to do with “Russian collusion.”  He says this is because the mainstream media are conspirators and have nothing to do with real news… Shipp concluded that a Civil War in the making right now. ‘I think we are at the beginning of a civil war. You’ve got the ‘Dark Left’ and you’ve got the Conservative people, the Constitutionalists. In progressivism, one of its tenets is to change the Constitution, especially the First Amendment, and uproot traditional America. Whatever happens in November is going to intensify that. . . . Their attack is against Christians and the Constitution.’ ” – Taken from a video interview of Shipp by Greg Hunter, worth a watch (38 min): https://youtu.be/HyPb_a3bAF0

And one more from the Happy-Thoughts-For-The-Day Desk: Well that’s reassuring: Russian arms firm Kalashnikov unveils 13ft walking soldier which (allegedly) fires weapons from its claws (with video! 45 seconds)-  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6083021/Russian-weapons-manufacturer-Kalashnikov-unveils-13-foot-tall-walking-gold-killer-robot.html – ● Kalashnikov Concern presented the state-of-the-art robot at Army 2018 fair; ● The robot, which is called Igorek and weighs 4.5 tonnes, is still in development; ● A cabin behind the robot’s glass panels allows people to sit and operate the robot from inside – It’s funny, but I read a futurist novel a couple of years ago about robots just like this which were manufactured underground and used to try to stage a coup in the U.S.

10,000 tons of plastic trash enters the Great Lakes every year – by Matthew J. Hoffman And Christy Tyler – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6084367/Shocking-study-warns-10-000-tons-plastic-trash-enters-Great-Lakes-YEAR.html – ● Unlike in the ocean, ‘garbage patches’ do not form but it ends up closer to shore; ● According to initial simulations, much of the plastic is expected to sink – “One recent study found microplastic particles – fragments measuring less then five millimeters – in globally sourced tap water and beer brewed with water from the Great Lakes.” – Comment: Skoll!

Wikipedia: a Web of Deception – by Helen Buyniski and Gary Null – https://prn.fm/wikipedia-web-deception/ – “Wikipedia wants us to believe the entries in its “encyclopedia” are truthful, fair, and balanced. However, a comprehensive analysis of its nutritional articles reveals a plethora of factual inconsistencies and a clear and present bias against the very idea of nutritional supplementation. Even though almost every nutrient page admits most Americans don’t consume the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of that particular vitamin or mineral, the pages’ editors still categorically discourage supplementation. Wikipedia’s main article on vitamins declares that supplements are “thought to be of little value in healthy people,”1 adding “no clear justification exists for recommending supplementation for preventing many diseases” with vitamin D, so much so that “further research of similar design is unneeded in these areas.”2 That certainly sounds final.”

MSM Finally Concedes Defeat On Yemen, Ceases Blackout Of Coverage – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/msm-finally-concedes-defeat-on-yemen-ceases-blackout-of-coverage-1b774266dbfe

“If things go as I am hoping they will go, we will see more and more such populist hijackings of dominant narratives (like the outing of the U.S/British/Saudi slaughter in Yemen) in the future, and ultimately a failure of the oligarchs to continue manufacturing consent for their omnicidal, ecocidal, Orwellian agendas. We will have to be aggressive, we will have to be creative, and we will have to be interesting enough to catch the eye of the casual citizenry, but the fact that trust in the mass media is at an all-time low and our ability to network and share information is at an all-time high combines with the fact that we have truth on our side to create some very exciting possibilities. I find this all very encouraging.” -Caitlin Johnstone

Russia records unidentified helicopters delivering weapons to Taliban, IS in Afghanistanhttp://tass.com/defense/1018368 – “Russia has recorded flights of unidentified helicopters delivering weapons to the Taliban (a movement outlawed in Russia) and the Islamic State (a terror group outlawed in Russia) units active in Afghanistan, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday… The Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman also said that the Afghan security agencies, as well as the Command of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan, did not react to those helicopter flights. ‘In this regard, the question arises – who is behind these flights, who provides weapons to the terrorists…and why is it happening at all, given NATO’s actual control of Afghanistan’s airspace,’ ”
David Horowitz: Visa, Mastercard Cut Off Payments to My Think Tank Based on SPLC ‘Hate Group’ Label – by Lucas Nolan – https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/08/23/david-horowitz-visa-mastercard-cut-off-payments-to-my-think-tank-based-on-splc-hate-group-label/ – “The David Horowitz Freedom Center stated in a recent email that its ability to accept donations by credit card has been disabled by both Visa and Mastercard following a campaign by the SPLC to label the Freedom Center as a hate group. This situation comes shortly after Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch was forced off the funding platform Patreon following pressure from Mastercard… The Freedom Center is the next target of the SPLC, and they are using Mastercard and Visa again in their attempt to shut down conservative voices. In an email sent to supporters, Horowitz outlined how the SPLC had convinced Mastercard and Visa to block the Freedom Center from receiving payments and donations via credit card.” – Comment: So the SPLC is now an Official Functionary of the Intelligence/Banking/Media governance complex. Technocracy is progressively (no pun intended) rearing its spiky head.

Details Of Ocasio-Cortez’s Ties To George Soros Revealedhttp://theduran.com/details-of-ocasio-cortezs-ties-to-george-soros-revealed/ – “But the link gets even stronger. Cenk Uygur, a member of the Soros funded media, founded one of the two political groups responsible for asking Ocasio-Cortez to run, Justice Democrats.  The sole role of Justice Democrats was to get “Sanders-like” politicians elected to Congress. Thanks to the coverage of the Soros-linked digital media provided, Ocasio-Cortez was able to gain traction and defeat incumbent Joseph Crowley in the primary June 26. She is expected to win New York’s 14th congressional district handily, given the district’s Democratic history, the Daily Caller reported.”

Experts Say Eventually EVERYONE Will Get a Microchip Implant – by Daisy Luther – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/08/experts-say-eventually-everyone-will-get-a-microchip-implant.html – “Here’s how it could go down: Some people actually want to be microchipped like a dog. They’re lining up for it. It if isn’t available to them, they’re totally bummed out… Certain folks won’t be happy until everyone has a computer chip implanted in them. Here’s how this could go: ● Initially, it would be the sheep who blindly desire to be chipped for their own “convenience” leading the way; ● Then, it would become remarkably inconvenient not to be chipped – sort of like it’s nearly impossible to not have a bank account these days; ● Then, the last holdouts could be forcibly chipped by law… The push may be soft at first. It may begin with peer pressure in the workplace.”

Welcome To The Minority Report: Thousands Of Stores Plan Facial Recognition Use For Anti-Theft – by Aaron Kesel – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/08/welcome-to-the-minority-report-thousands-of-stores-plan-facial-recognition-use-for-anti-theft.html – ” ‘We don’t want to live in a world where government bureaucrats can enter in your name into a database and get a record of where you’ve been and what your financial, political, sexual, and medical associations and activities are,’ Jay Stanley, an attorney with ACLU, told BuzzFeed News about the use of facial recognition cameras in retail stores. ‘And we don’t want a world in which people are being stopped and hassled by authorities because they bear resemblance to some scary character.’ ” – Comment: Good luck with that…

Life & Thought: An Autobiography – by Michael Hudson – https://michael-hudson.com/2018/08/life-thought-an-autobiography/Raised as a Trotskyite, Hudson became a master economic theorist and banking insider A must read.

Interesting: Indiana Dad Hunts “Russian Trolls?” (w/interesting video – 4 min) – by Gordon Duff – https://www.veteranstoday.com/2018/08/21/interesting-indiana-dad-hunts-russian-trolls/ – “What is avoided here is that what Russia is being accused of, Fox News does on a massive scale quite publicly, in fact, if Russia is guilty, they learned it from Fox News, which VT exposed long ago as a profit making Israeli intelligence organization tasked with destroying the United States.” Comment: what is the truth behind this piece of the puzzle?

Microsoft Promotes Russia Scare To Gain Insider Access To Campaign Information – by Moon of Alabama – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50089.htm – “Microsoft claimed that these domain names were trademark infringements of its office product, as well as of the conservative Hudson Institute, the International Republican Institute and the U.S. Senate. A judge agreed and allowed the company to seize the domain names. They now redirect to Microsoft honeypot servers. Any attempt to access them will be logged… Its public relation department held a press conference and managed to spin a scare story of a “Russian threat” around the seized domain names. It did not provide any evidence or explanation how the seized domain names might or might not be related to “Russia”. Journalists were pointed to a blog post by Microsoft’s president which includes some mumble about “Russia” and “elections” they could pick for quotes.”

My Daughter Molested by TSA; Me Nearly Arrested for Objecting – by Daniel McAdamshttp://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50084.htm

Chemtrails Are Dramatically Lowering Crop Yield – from Dave Hodges (4 min):

Persecution of Maria Butina takes a nasty turn– by Seraphim Hanisch – http://theduran.com/american-persecution-of-russian-maria-butina-takes-a-nasty-turn/ – “…the 29 year old Russian gun rights activist was moved to a different prison without warning. The Russian embassy claimed that her new conditions are bordering on torture. The report of her incarceration conditions is frustrating and saddening to read: The Russian embassy in the US, which has been closely following Butina’s case, says she was transferred from her Washington jail handcuffed, without warning or explanation for the move. Before the move, Butina was subjected to a “degrading full strip search,” and all her things were taken away, including books, shoes, towels and other hygiene items… Butina was moved to a prison in Alexandria, Virginia, ‘and spent the next 12 hours in a quarantine cell with no food and all the lights on, unable to sleep. She will now be kept in ‘administrative segregation,’ which means locked up in solitary confinement – conditions bordering on torture, the embassy says.”

Is Israel planning for something world is unaware of? (5 min):

SYRIA: The Emerging Reality of the U.S Coalition Regime Change War – On the Ground Reporting – by David Macilwain – https://21stcenturywire.com/2018/08/20/syria-the-emerging-reality-of-the-u-s-coalition-regime-change-war-on-the-ground-reporting/ – “Rather it appears that many in the West are entrenching their opposition to the Syrian government at the same time as millions of Syrians are confirming their support for it, and the armies that have fought off their enemies’ chosen alternative.”

US Support for ISIS: An ‘Open Dirty Secret’ That Continues – by Stephen Lendman – https://21stcenturywire.com/2018/08/20/us-support-for-isis-an-open-dirty-secret-that-continues/ – “The Russian Defense Ministry said: ‘Americans peremptorily rejected to conduct airstrikes over the ISIS terrorists on the pretext of the fact that, according to their information, militants are yielding themselves prisoners to them and now are subject to the provisions of the Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War.’… ‘US-led “coalition’s aviation tried to create obstacles for the aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces in this area to safely shield militants of the Islamic State.”. ‘There is indisputable evidence that the United States pretends it is waging irreconcilable struggle against international terrorism in front of the international community, while in reality it provides cover for the combat-ready Islamic State groups to let them regain strength, regroup themselves and advance US interests in the Middle East.’ ”

$125,000: The Pension-Debt Each Chicagoan Is Really On The Hook For – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-15/125000-pension-debt-each-chicagoan-really-hook – “That $130 billion is the total Moody’s calculates when adding up the direct pension debt owed by the city government, Chicago Public Schools, the park district and Chicago’s share of various Cook County governments and the five state pension funds. Moody’s takes a more realistic approach to investment assumptions than the city and county governments take.”

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.

 

Web Research Links for the Week of 3/26/18

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 Rife – Lakhovsky and Sciencehttp://altered-states.net/barry/newsletter380/index.htm – “In the 1950’s, Congressman Charles Tobey enlisted Benedict Fitzgerald, an investigator for the Interstate Commerce Commission, to investigate allegations of conspiracy and monopolistic practices on the part of orthodox medicine. This came about as the result of the son of Senator Tobey who developed cancer and was given less than two years to live by orthodox medicine. However, Tobey Jr., discovered options in the alternative field, received alternative treatment and fully recovered from his cancerous condition! That is when he learned of alleged conspiratorial practices on the part of orthodox medicine. He passed the word to his father, Senator Charles Tobey, who initiated an investigation. The final report clearly indicated there was indeed a conspiracy to monopolize the medical and drug industry and to eliminate alternative options. * “Royal R. Rife” by Gerald F. Foye ISBN 0-9659613-3-8″

“If You Want An Arms Race, We Can Do That” – Trump Challenged Putin During Phone Call – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-29/if-you-want-arms-race-we-can-do-trump-challenged-putin-during-phone-call – “Two officials said Trump told Putin during a phone call last week: ‘If you want to have an arms race we can do that, but I’ll win.’.. Afterward the president gave no hint of tensions when he told reporters the two leaders had “a very good call” and that he plans to meet with Putin soon to discuss curtailing an arms race… Within days the split between Trump’s Russia policy and public rhetoric was again on display.” – Comment: Political Theater?

Questions about the Skripal “incident?” 40 seconds explains IT ALL!

Moscow: US Deploying Hardware to Al-Tanf, Boosting Military Presence in Syriahttps://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201803291063027428-counterterrorism-operation-east-ghouta/ – ” ‘We are still concerned about reports that the United States and its allies are consolidating their illegal military presence in the territory of sovereign Syria. In particular, heavy military equipment is arriving to the zone established by the United States around the settlements of al-Tanf in the southeast of the country,’ Zakharova told a briefing.”

Saudi Arabia Spreading Wahhabism At West’s Request: Crown Princehttps://southfront.org/saudi-arabia-spreading-wahhabism-at-wests-request-crown-prince/ – “Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman has claimed that his country is spreading the Wahhabism ideology in the Middle East at the request by its Western allies… ‘Investments in mosques and madrassas overseas were rooted in the Cold War, when allies asked Saudi Arabia to use its resources to prevent inroads in Muslim countries by the Soviet Union,’ he said in an interview with Washington Post… The crown prince continued saying that successive Saudi governments lost track of the effort now Saudi Arabia has “to get it all back.” According to Bin Salman, funding of the Wahhabism spread now comes largely from Saudi-based “foundations”, rather than from the government.”

A Zen Master Explains the Art of ‘Letting Go’, And It Isn’t What You Think – by Christina Sarich – http://www.wakingtimes.com/2018/03/31/a-zen-master-explains-the-art-of-letting-go-and-it-isnt-what-you-think/

Child Arrested for Sharing Photo of Toy Gun on Social Media That He Got for His Birthday – by Rachel Blevins – http://www.thedailysheeple.com/child-arrested-for-sharing-photo-of-toy-gun-on-social-media-that-he-got-for-his-birthday_032018 – “Then when Cassidento went to school, he said he was taken out of class and a school resource officer took his possessions and searched him for weapons after a student reported the photo to school authorities… ‘They took my phone and my backpack and pulled me into the office, out into the hallway where the officer told me to put my hands out and he checked me,’ Cassidento said… ‘They  searched my son at school. They didn’t call me. they didn’t tell me what was going on. They did not call me until he’s already been arrested, searched, brought to the office, harassed,’ Ms. Cassidento said. ‘Then they called me because I had to meet them at my home to have five officers come into my home and search my house.’ “Comment: I wonder if there was a warrant for searching Ms. Cassidento’s home?

Deciphering Russia’s delivery of Tell Rifaat to Turkey – by Metin Gurcan – https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/03/turkey-syria-russia-turkish-army-besiege-tell-rifat.html – “It’s also obvious that Turkey’s increasing military activities are very much linked with the Iran-Russia-Turkey summit set for the beginning of April in Istanbul. To sit more comfortably at the table and to minimize Iran’s consolidation of power south of Aleppo, Ankara needs a clear-cut success in the field. Moscow appears to expect Turkey to sit at the table with a strong hand to tame Tehran. It’s believed Russia is trying to craft a power balance between Ankara-supported Sunni opposition, Assad’s forces and pro-Iranian militias west of the Euphrates.”

US to leave Syrian battlefield ‘very soon,’ Trump declares – from Agence France Presse – https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-to-leave-syrian-battlefield-very-soon-trump-declares/ – “The comments of a US withdrawal will likely raise fears in Israel of Iran continuing to extend its foothold in Syria, where Jerusalem worries it is setting up bases for use in attacks against Israel. While the US has said it supports Israel’s efforts to thwart Iranian expansionism on its borders, officials in Jerusalem have quietly expressed fears that the arena is being ceded by Washington to Russia, which is allied with Iran and Assad… In a speech at Stanford University, he also warned that “a total withdrawal of American personnel at this time would restore Assad and continue his brutal treatment against his own people.” (emphasis added)

From Twitter, Trump’s speech today: #Trump: “We’ll be coming out of #Syria very soon. Let the other people take care of it now. We’re going to have 100% of the caliphate, as they call it… sometimes referred to as land. We’re taking it all back. Quickly, quickly” #Manbij Comment: What TF can Trump really mean here? They’re leaving others to “take care of it,” but they’re also going to take back “100% of the caliphate” which he says is “land” and “quickly.” Does Trump really know what he’s saying? – video HERE: https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/979475640192823296

Russian Military Police Redeployed In Tel Rifaat City (Photos)https://southfront.org/russian-military-police-redeployed-tel-rifaat-city-photos/ – “However, Russia appears to be against any Turkish attack on Tell Rifaat and the Menagh airbase north of it. Tell Rifaat now hosts tens of thousands of civilians that have been forcibly displaced by the Turkish Army from their villages and towns in Afrin area. This situation could be the reason behind the Russian decision to keep Turkey away from the northern city.”

Russia To Expel 60 US Diplomats, Close US Consulate General In St. Petersburghttps://southfront.org/russia-to-expel-60-us-diplomats-close-us-consulate-general-in-st-petersburg/ – “US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman has been summoned to our ministry, where my deputy Sergei Ryabkov is briefing him on the tit-for-tat steps against the US,” Lavrov said, according to the sate-run news agency TASS. “They include the expulsion of the same number of diplomats and our decision to withdraw consent to the work of the Consulate General in St. Petersburg.” -Sergey Lavrov

Syrian Journalist Shows How Ghouta Militants Became Victims of Their Own Propaganda – by Patrick Henningsen – http://21stcenturywire.com/2018/03/29/syrian-journalist-shows-how-ghouta-militants-became-victims-of-their-own-propaganda/ – “The following scene was captured on film by Syrian TV journalist Jaafar Younis, as he boarded one of the buses full of militants and family members bound for the northern province of Idlib, given safe passage by the Syrian government from recently liberated EastGhouta. During this incredible exchange, Younis engaged some of the armed militants as they confirmed that aid and food was indeed hoarded by the leaders of the US Coalition and Gulf state-backed terrorist proxies. Amazingly, they were not aware that ‘reconciliation’ was an option for them.”

Snowden Archive——The SidToday Files – “SIDtoday is the internal newsletter for the NSA’s most important division, the Signals Intelligence Directorate. After editorial review, The Intercept is releasing nine years’ worth of newsletters in batches, starting with 2003. The agency’s spies explain a surprising amount about what they were doing, how they were doing it, and why.” – https://theintercept.com/snowden-sidtoday/

From the Peace-Through-Social-Justice Desk: World Water Forum Closes with Calls to Action on Justice, Human Rights and Youthhttp://sdg.iisd.org/news/world-water-forum-closes-with-calls-to-action-on-justice-human-rights-and-youth/ – “The Political Process also included mock court proceedings, referred to as the International Court of Justice for Water, and a meeting of parliamentarians. Judges and prosecutors issued the ‘Brasilia Declaration of Judges on Water Justice,’ which puts forward 10 principles for water justice, and affirms various policy frameworks, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and SDG 6 on clean water and sanitation. The Declaration calls for strengthening the capacity of judges and lawyers to apply water law and the environmental rule of law. The meeting of parliamentarians debated ‘The Role of Parliaments and the Right to Water,’ focusing on the themes of climate change and water security, universal access to drinking water and basic sanitation, and legislative innovation and best practices for water management.”

UK Jewish leaders said set to tell Corbyn: Oust Livingstone, ‘drain the sewer’ – Board of Deputies reportedly drafting list of demands to present to Labour leader after he promised to rid party of anti-Semitism –  https://www.timesofisrael.com/uk-jewish-leaders-said-set-to-tell-corbyn-oust-livingstone-drain-the-sewer/ – “Ken Livingstone really cannot remain. His views are shameful and disreputable. He will have to go,” Jonathan Arkush, the president of the Board of Deputies, told anti-Semitism campaigners at a Monday rally, according to the report.” – Comment: Former London Mayor Livingstone is branded an arch Anti-Semite for noting the historical fact that Hitler made deals with the Zionists prior to and during WWII. Or, rather, the Zionists made deals with Hitler.

Dem Lawmaker: We Don’t Want To Confiscate Guns, We Want To ‘Seize’ Them – by Mac Slavo – http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/dem-lawmaker-we-dont-want-to-confiscate-guns-we-want-to-seize-them_03272018 – “But Carlson presented an interesting question while Thomas was talking.  ‘What if Americans don’t want to give up their guns?’  There’s still not been a rational and logical response on how that would be handled from any Democrat; politician or otherwise.”

Why Are Aggressive Brain Tumors On The Rise In England? How About USA? – by Catherine Frompovich – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/03/why-are-aggressive-brain-tumors-on-the-rise-in-england-how-about-usa.html – “The rise is of importance for clinical resources and brain tumour aetiology. The rise cannot be fully accounted for by promotion of lower–grade tumours, random chance or improvement in diagnostic techniques as it affects specific areas of the brain and only one type of brain tumour. Despite the large variation in case numbers by age, the percentage rise is similar across the age groups which suggests widespread environmental or lifestyle factors may be responsible.”

Google’s latest assault on your privacy comes in the form of a tiny “smart” camera designed to autonomously monitor and document your every move – by Jayson Veley – http://govtslaves.info/2018/03/googles-latest-assault-on-your-privacy-comes-in-the-form-of-a-tiny-smart-camera-designed-to-autonomously-monitor-and-document-your-every-move/ – “In an article published by Navneet Alang of  TheWeek.com in March, Alang asked, ‘Why is capturing more and more candid images good? It all proceeds on the assumption that the more things we record the better.’ He added, ‘The idea of adding smart cameras, smart speakers, and more to our homes simply increases the sense that all moments are there for recording, and we’ve yet to grapple with not just what it means, but whether or not it’s desirable at all.’ ”

Congress threatens to cut UN funding for voting against Israel – by Bryant Harris – http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/03/congress-threatens-cut-un-agencies-israel.html#ixzz5B4JDeji – “According to a little-noticed provision in the massive government spending bill that President Donald Trump signed into law last week, UN agencies and entities that act against the United States or its allies, including Israel, could lose 5% of their US contribution… The new law requires the secretary of state to consult with the US ambassador to the UN to determine if an ‘agency or entity has taken an official action that is against the national security interest of the United States or an ally of the United States, including Israel.’ Israel is the only US ally that is explicitly named in both the bill’s text and its accompanying report language.”

China applauds Putin’s win, backs Russia on Skripal case, hails China’s ‘strategic partnership’ with Russia – Messages of support for Russia and its “comprehensive collaborative strategic partnership” pour in from China – by Alexander Mercouris – http://theduran.com/china-hails-putin-win-backs-russia-skripal-praises-chinas-alliance-russia/ – “Both editorials see the Skripal case as a continuation of the Western campaign to undermine President Putin in order to disrupt Russia’s independent course… Both editorials link the Skripal case to Russia’s Presidential election which took place on 18th March 2018… The first editorial – published before Russia’s Presidential election – puts it this way: ‘It makes people think of the upcoming Russian presidential election on March 18. The West wrestling with Russia at this particular moment has become a major factor for Russia’s elections. It is hard to distinguish how much of the antagonism reflect its true severity and how much is designed to target Russia’s elections… The past couple of years has witnessed the most strenuous period of Russia’s relations with the West. The improvement in their relations since the end of the Cold War has almost run out. However, today’s Russia, without satellite states, is incomparable with the strength of the former Soviet Union when dealing with the strategic pressure from the West…’ ”

Erdogan keeps finger on trigger as PKK exits Sinjar – by Fehim Tastekin – https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/03/turkey-iraq-sinjar-pkk-withdraw-from-yazidi-region.html – “Yet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said March 26 he was ready to begin an offensive in the Sinjar mountain area bordering Syria if Iraq doesn’t thoroughly rid the region of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which Turkey considers a terrorist organization. The PKK’s presence there has been a point of contention between Iraq and Turkey since the militant group took control of the region from the Islamic State (IS) in 2015. Erdogan has listed Sinjar as one of Turkey’s “next targets” following Ankara’s offensive on the northern Syrian city of Afrin…”

Overview Of Battle For Eastern Ghouta On March 27, 2018 (Map, Videos) – https://southfront.org/overview-of-battle-for-eastern-ghouta-on-march-27-2018-map-videos/ – “The area of Douma remains the only militant stronghold in the region. Jaish al-Islam’s political leader Mohammed Alloush claimed on March 26 evening that the group is not going to retreat from the town. However, this statement is barely based on the reality as the area of Douma is now  fully besieged by government forces… Jaish al-Islam will likely be able to keep control over Douma until the rest of militants retreat from the southern part of Eastern Ghouta. As soon as militants retreat, the SAA will start efforts to take control of Douma despite Jaish al-Islam’s propaganda claims.”

Washington Has Declared Hegemony or War – by Paul Craig Roberts – https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/03/24/washington-declared-hegemony-war/ – “Indeed, nothing is more dangerous to the world than Russia’s self-delusion about “Western partners.”  Russia only has Western enemies. These enemies intend to remove the constraint that Russia (and China) place on Washington’s unilateralism. The various incidents staged by the West, such as the Skirpal poisoning, Syrian use of chemical weapons, Malaysian airliner, and false charges, such as Russian invasion of Ukraine, are part of the West’s determined intent to isolate Russia, deny her any influence, and prepare the insouciant Western populations for conflict with Russia… The crazed neoconservatives, such as Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton, think that Russia will buckle under the strains, sue for peace, and accept US hegemony. If this assumption is incorrect, the outcome of Washington’s hostile actions against Russia is likely to be nuclear war. The side that Stephen Lendman and I are talking is neither the side of Washington nor Russia, but the side of humanity and all life against nuclear war… How the Russian government could ignore the clearly stated US hegemony in the 1992 Wolfowitz Doctrine is a mystery. The Wolfowitz doctrine states  that the US’s primary goal is ‘to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere, that poses a threat on the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union.’ “ Comment: You may notice that there is a boatload of an “enemy construct” overhanging the above. IMO, it is extremely ineffectual to try to ignore that the major institutional powers on the world scene are at war with each other at the levels of the hegemon’s egos. Not factoring this into the equations of one’s perception of the world-of-form will lead to enormously mistaken assumptions about what is likely to emerge on the world scene. That is, unless one wants to argue that those who allow themselves to see these conflicts warts-and-all are thereby creating for themselves a different world than those who prefer to ignore the dripping antagonism. I guess that would mean that some give credit to the idea that some of us will possibly experience a world where thermonuclear war emerges, while those who remain pure of noticing bellicosity will instead find themselves in Earth Prime (in other words, another timeline), where the White Hats solve everything and we can enter the fabled 1000 years of peace.

Child Protective Services in North Carolina using Blackmail to Illegally Seize Children from Familieshttp://healthimpactnews.com/2018/child-protective-services-in-north-carolina-using-blackmail-to-illegally-seize-children-from-families/ – “Here’s how it works: The child protective services worker says to a parent: Sign this document allowing us to place the child with an extended family member or we’ll take the child on the spot and place the child with total strangers. (If that’s not enough, they might ratchet up the threat, saying they will proceed immediately to termination of parental rights)… CPS then argues, with a straight face, that the placement was voluntary – the family chose to give up any rights they may have to a lawyer and court review… In fact, these placements are about as voluntary as a mugger sticking a gun in your face, saying “give me your money” and then telling the judge ‘I didn’t mug the guy, he gave me the money.’.. The signing of some sort of agreement under threat of more drastic measures appears to be commonplace all across the United States.”

From the Draining-The-Swamp? Desk: Trump, Joining Allies, Expels 60 Russians Over Poisoning in U.K. – by Katie Rogers and Eileen Sullivan – https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/26/world/europe/trump-russia-diplomats-expulsion.html – “President Trump ordered the expulsion of 60 Russians from the United States on Monday, adding to a growing cascade of similar actions taken by western allies in response to Russia’s alleged poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain.” (emphasis added) Note: Is this the kind of “measured” action that you might expect from an administration that is on the verge of correcting the harmful behaviors of a corrupt system?

IDF intel chief warns Iran could draw Israel deeper into Syria conflict – by Judah Ari Gross – https://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-intel-chief-warns-iran-could-draw-israel-further-into-syria-conflict/ – “Outgoing Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevi on Sunday accused Iran of bringing instability to the Middle East in its quest for hegemony, a trend that he said would shape the region this year… Halevi implied that this effort by Iran was making it more likely that Israel would have to change its policy of limited involvement in the Syrian civil war raging to its north.” (emphasis added)

Trump’s New National Security Adviser Threatens To Change “Iranian Regime” By 2019 (Video 1min – 8 mo. ago) – https://southfront.org/trumps-new-national-security-adviser-threatens-to-change-iranian-regime-by-2019-video/

About 11,000 Militants, Their Family Members Leave Eastern Ghouta In One Day – Russian Militaryhttps://southfront.org/about-11000-militants-their-family-members-leave-eastern-ghouta-in-one-day-russian-military/

Web Research Links for the Week of 3/19/18

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We Are One False Flag Event Away From World War 3 – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/we-are-one-false-flag-event-away-from-world-war-3-fe9244e70fb8 – “Today journalist Abby Martin highlighted a Trump quote from January of this year, less than three months before the president would select a primary PNAC architect and insatiable warmonger (John Bolton) to the most important advisory position in the executive branch. The quote got lost in the shuffle of the news churn and didn’t get as much attention as it should have. The quote reads as follows: ‘I would love to be able to bring back our country into a great form of unity. Without a major event where people pull together, that’s hard to do. But I would like to do it without that major event because usually that major event is not a good thing.’.. We need to start paying attention to this shit.” (emphasis added)

After Increasing Nat’l Debt a TRILLION in 6 Months, US Gov’t Just Gave Themselves a Massive Raise – by Matt Agorist – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/03/after-increasing-natl-debt-a-trillion-in-6-months-us-govt-just-gave-themselves-a-massive-raise.html – “The Senate alone increased its total salaries of officers and employees by $12.6 million… As the Free Beacon reports: ‘Salaries of staffers in the Senate are also set for an increase. Division I of the legislation breaks down the total salaries of officers and employees, which are being raised from $182 million in 2017 to $194.8 million in the final bill, an increase of $12.58 million. The Senate also increased its expense account, as expense allowances are going from $177,000 to $192,000, an increase of $15,000.’.. It wasn’t just the Senate, though. Every single government agency (except for the Government Publishing Office, which remains the same), has increased their department’s budget in this bill—to the tune of hundreds of millions.”

Neocon John Bolton set to purge White House of Obama holdovers, before taking America to war – by Alex Christoforou – http://theduran.com/neocon-war-hawk-john-bolton-set-to-purge-white-house-of-obama-holdovers/ – “Sources told Foreign Policy that Bolton’s planned purge will start with Obama administration holdovers and eventually broaden to include leakers and those disloyal to the president… ‘Bolton can and will clean house,’ a former White House official told Foreign Policy… Another official issued a warning to former Obama officials – ‘Everyone who was there during Obama years should start packing their shit.’.. But the purge reportedly won’t stop with former Obama appointees. A source told Foreign Policy that Bolton intends to ‘remove almost all the political [appointees] McMaster brought in.’ ”

Turkish President: Tal Rifaat Is Next Target Of Turkish Forces In Northern Syriahttps://southfront.org/turkish-president-tal-rifaat-is-next-target-of-turkish-forces-in-northern-syria/ – “Over the last few weeks the SAA has deployed a large force, including armored units, in Tal Rifaat and the villages around it. However, this force will likely withdraw once Turkey launches its offensive on Tal Rifaat, according to Syrian pro-government sources… Several Syrian news outlets have speculated over the last few days that the fate of Tal Rifaat has been the subject of a long negotiation between Russia and Turkey. Erdogan’s announcement may mean that the two sides have reached an agreement regarding the city.”

Boris Johnson A Categorical Liar – by Craig Murray – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49067.htm – “I knew and had published from my own whistleblowers that this is a lie. Until now I could not prove it. But today I can absolutely prove it, due to the judgement at the High Court case which gave permission for new blood samples to be taken from the Skripals for use by the OPCW. Justice Williams included in his judgement a summary of the evidence which tells us, directly for the first time, what Porton Down have actually said: The Evidence: 16. The evidence in support of the application is contained within the applications themselves (in particular the Forms COP 3) and the witness statements…    17. I consider the following to be the relevant parts of the evidence. I shall identify the witnesses only by their role and shall summarise the essential elements of their evidence…  i) CC: Porton Down Chemical and Biological Analyst Blood samples from Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal were analysed and the findings indicated exposure to a nerve agent or related compound. The samples tested positive for the presence of a Novichok class nerve agent OR CLOSELY RELATED AGENT.”

Skripal case: EU Council ditches Theresa May’s ultimatum to Russia – EU Council statement retreats from “culpable” to “highly likely”, and refers to “ongoing investigation” of Skripal case – by Alexander Mercouris – http://theduran.com/skripal-case-eu-council-ditches-theresa-may-ultimatum-russia/

EPA Approves Population Control Vaccine For Deerhttp://vaxxter.com/epa-approves-population-control-vaccine-deer/ – “The immunocontraceptive vaccine, called Zonastat- D, is supposed to replace sport hunting in urban communities where residents are uneasy regarding bow and rifle usage on animals. Instead, the Zonastat- D vaccine will compromise the deer’s ability to have offspring. It will block fertilization by way of antibodies which bind to the protein envelope surrounding the egg, according to the Humane Society… The EPA believes the long-term effect will be the gradual depopulation of the deer community. They claim this to be a non-lethal method of achieving the goal of reducing the herd… According to the Humane Society, depopulation via vaccines has been in the works since 1993.” – Comment: What could go wrong?

Secret NY Gold Vault Tunnel Blows Up?! (Bix Weir’s speculations about the DTCC and Cede & Company) (23 min)

Theresa May to ask EU leaders to stand together against Russia’s threat to democracyhttp://www.itv.com/news/2018-03-22/may-putin-russia-european-union/ – “Addressing fellow EU leaders at the European Council summit in Brussels, Mrs May will express her appreciation of the solidarity shown by allies across the world who have backed the UK’s assessment that Russia is to blame for the attempted murder of Sergei and Yulia Skripal by nerve agent in Salisbury… And she will warn that the “indiscriminate and reckless” attack fits in with a pattern of disrespect for international rules and norms by Moscow which threatens the basis for Europe’s advanced democracies, open societies and free economies.” – Comment: Anyone with 3 firing neurons and a modicum of critical thinking ability knows that the UK Ministries’ position on the (alleged) Skripal “chemical attack” is utterly specious and a cynical attempt to create bellicose tensions against Russia. Strange that the Spokes-Suits at the EU are going along with the thread-bare plot.

Boris Johnson, Top U.K. Diplomat, Likens Russia World Cup to ’36 Olympics – by Ivan Nechepurenko and Maya Salam – https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/21/world/europe/russia-uk-boris-johnson.html – “Britain’s top diplomat, Boris Johnson, told Parliament on Wednesday that the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, would use the World Cup this summer as a propaganda tool much as Hitler used the 1936 Olympic Games to glorify Nazi Germany… The provocative comparison drew an enraged reaction from Moscow — which has often stoked nationalist pride around the Soviet Union’s triumph over Nazi Germany in World War II — and was a striking example of the diplomatic clash between the two countries following the poisoning of a Russian former spy, Sergei V. Skripal, and his daughter earlier this month… Mr. Johnson’s remarks drew anger in Moscow, where Maria Zakharova, the Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman, said in a statement: ‘There isn’t the slightest doubt now that all of London’s actions in terms of Russia are aimed at creating an image of an enemy. Even the most absurd tools are used to do that.’.. She added: ‘If there is no clarity with the poisoning of the Skripals, it is clear what happened with Boris Johnson: he was poisoned by the hatred and anger, unprofessionalism and, therefore, rudeness.’ ”

Citigroup wants retail clients to restrict gun sales – by Kevin Dugan – https://nypost.com/2018/03/22/citigroup-wants-retail-clients-to-restrict-gun-sales/ – “Citi is requiring that corporate and small business clients restrict sales to people under 21 and pass background checks, and not sell high capacity magazines or bump stocks, Michael Corbat, the CEO, said in an internal memo obtained by The Post… ‘It makes a good headline, but we don’t have any way to see the numbers around it,’ Brian Kleinhanzl, a bank analyst at KBW, told The Post… Corbat, in the memo, conceded that the company had “few” clients who manufacture guns.”

The Russian Military Warns: a Major War in Syria Is Imminent – by Arkady Savitsky –  https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/03/21/russian-military-warns-major-war-in-syria-imminent.html – Losing Syria would be tantamount to suffering a major defeat in its confrontation with Iran, which it considers its arch-enemy. The plans include a rollback of Russian forces. Syria is the right place to do that. If the Russian military is openly warning the world of an imminent strike, that is a serious threat. And it does not look like a one-strike operation. This time we’re in for something much more serious — a large-scale operation to “contain” Russia, beat back Iran, win the support of the rich oil-exporting Arab nations and make them pay huge sums for American weapons, and show the world the US is omnipresent and adamant in its desire to dictate its will.

Arab Lawmaker Suspended From Knesset for Week After Calling Israeli Soldiers ‘Murderers’ – by Jonathan Lis – https://israelpalestinenews.org/arab-lawmaker-suspended-from-knesset-for-week-after-calling-israeli-soldiers-murderers/ – “The complaint followed Zoabi’s statement last month, at a discussion on the bill prohibiting representatives of organizations that act against the army from lecturing in schools. She said, ‘the army also murders from time to time, not every day. … Haven’t you heard of Palestinian youths being murdered?… Who [is it that] murders the Palestinians in the occupied territories?’.. The Ethics Committee members said in its decision that this wasn’t the first time Zoabi violated the Knesset’s code of ethic. ‘Using the expression ‘murderers’ in relation to soldiers acting in the state’s name, is unworthy of the broad protection the committee extends to MKs’ political freedom of expression and is a violation of the rule that ‘an MK will act in a way appropriate to his status as an MK and act to foster the public’s confidence in the Knesset.’’ ”

Sarkozy given preliminary charges as Gadhafi’s son offers evidence – The former French leader is accused of financing his successful 2007 presidential bid with about $62 million from Moammar Gadhafi – by Alexander Smith – https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/sarkozy-given-preliminary-charges-gadhafi-s-son-offers-evidence-n858976 – “Seif al-Islam Gadhafi alleged that he witnessed part of the funds being delivered to Sarkozy’s chief of staff in the Libyan capital, Tripoli… ‘I can confirm that I still possess solid proof about Sarkozy,” he said in a series of WhatsApp messages to Africanews, the sister channel of NBC News partner Euronews. ‘I saw with my own eyes the delivery of the first sum of money to Sarkozy’s man Claude Guéant in Tripoli.’ ”

US-backed Forces Release New Batch Of Former ISIS Fightershttps://southfront.org/us-backed-forces-release-new-batch-of-former-isis-fighters/ – The US-backed forces have released hundreds of ISIS fighters who surrendered to it or have been captured in action. On January alone, the SDF released over 400 former fighters of ISIS, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

Russian Foreign MInistry Released Official Statement To Clarify State Of affairs As Regards ‘Skripal Case’https://southfront.org/russian-foreign-ministry-released-official-statement-to-clarify-state-of-affairs-as-regards-skripal-case/ – “We are ready to engage in full-scale and open cooperation with the United Kingdom in order to address any concerns whether in bilateral format or within the OPCW and other international instruments, working within the purview of international law… As a responsible member of the international community and a bona fide State Party to the CWC Russia will never speak the language of ultimatums or answer informal and word-of-mouth questions… The Western countries’ action on the fabricated ‘Skripal case’ contravenes the norms of international law and the general practice of inter-State relations, as well as the common sense itself. Naturally, we run a detailed record of all that, and when time comes, those guilty will inevitably be brought to justice.”

5G Technology is Coming – Linked to Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and Death – by John P. Thomas – http://healthimpactnews.com/2018/5g-technology-is-coming-linked-to-cancer-heart-disease-diabetes-alzheimers-and-death/ – “The 5G towers will be spaced approximately 500 feet apart and will be highly visible eyesores… The “small cell” transmitters will be mounted on top of electric utility poles, municipal buildings, schools, and in city parks, on top of street signs, bus shelters, and anywhere else telecom companies wish… In low lying areas they might need to erect new towers that are taller than electric utility poles to accomplish their objectives. Refrigerator size electrical boxes will be attached to each transmission tower. [2, 9]… If you happen to be in an area with underground electric service, then they will erect new towers that use the underground electrical lines… If you live or work in a densely populated area where electrical poles are very close to buildings, then you might have a 5G cell tower located a few feet from your place of employment or your bedroom. [2, 9]… It is estimated that the daily microwave exposure generated by the 5G system will be equivalent to living inside a microwave oven and turning it up to high and baking yourself for 19 minutes a day. [2]”

Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Launches Massive Facial Recognition Program – by Derrick Broze – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/03/los-angeles-facial-recognition-program.html – ” ‘LACRIS integrates 164 remote LiveScan systems and 76 digital latent workstations into MBIS. LACRIS’ use of NEC’s Integra ID 5 MBIS is one of the largest criminal biometric identification implementations in the world, interfacing to numerous state and federal databases, including California Department of Justice and the FBI’s Next Generation Identification system.’.. The program specializes in taking “poor quality and highly compressed surveillance videos and images” that were previously thought unusable and making them functional for an investigation. Sgt. Jason Mullins, a supervisor with the Irving Police Department’s Crime Information Center, even bragged that the program ‘was still able to make a match” despite images appearing blurry or pixelated.’ ”

The NSA Worked to “Track Down” Bitcoin Users, Snowden Documents Reveal – by Sam Biddle –  https://theintercept.com/2018/03/20/the-nsa-worked-to-track-down-bitcoin-users-snowden-documents-reveal/ – ” It turns out the conspiracy theorists were onto something. Classified documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the National Security Agency indeed worked urgently to target bitcoin users around the world — and wielded at least one mysterious source of information to “help track down senders and receivers of Bitcoins,” according to a top-secret passage in an internal NSA report dating to March 2013. The data source appears to have leveraged the NSA’s ability to harvest and analyze raw, global internet traffic while also exploiting an unnamed software program that purported to offer anonymity to users, according to other documents.

NJ Kids Suspended From School For Going To Gun Range With Family On The Weekendhttp://www.thedailysheeple.com/nj-kids-suspended-from-school-for-going-to-gun-range-with-family-on-the-weekend_032018

Energy is at the heart of the sustainable development agenda to 2030 – by Dr Fatih Birol – https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2018/03/19/energy-is-at-the-heart-of-the-sustainable-development-agenda-to-2030/ – “Energy is at the heart of many of these Sustainable Development Goals – from expanding access to electricity, to improving clean cooking fuels, from reducing wasteful energy subsidies to curbing deadly air pollution that each year prematurely kills millions around the world. One of these goals – commonly known as SDG 7 – aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by the end of the next decade… All these topics are fundamental to the work of the International Energy Agency. As the world’s leading energy authority, the IEA has unmatched analytical capabilities based on its unique data collection, technological network, research, and policy recommendations, which we put in the service of understanding the energy system. As I have often said – in the world of energy, data always wins.” – Comment: Data may win, but surely not if vital information (“over-unity” tech) is scrubbed from public view.

The Denial Of The Right To An Opinion – Britain’s Inexorable Slide Into Fascism – by Julian Rose – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/03/denial-opinion-britain-fascism.html – For this is not just a national crisis, it is a global pandemic. It must be addressed and dealt with wherever it shows its hideous face. There is no excuse for failing in this task. We have no choice. There can be no excuse for slipping into the pacifistic role of the victim when faced by acts of very real evil… We cannot turn away from our own souls. We did not come to this planet to hide from the truth.”

Under the Risk Protection Law, Florida Is Confiscating Guns with No Warrants or Cause (w/ the usual video 3min) – by Dave Hodges – http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/under-the-risk-protection-law-florida-is-confiscating-guns-with-no-warrants-or-cause/

(Chinese) Banks ordered to enable freezing and deducting of online accounts – Changes would allow the people’s court and institutions to carry out full inspections and take disciplinary actions – http://www.atimes.com/article/banks-ordered-enable-freezing-deducting-online-accounts/ – “At least 21 banks in China have been ordered to launch features such as freezing bank accounts and deducting bank deposits online by the end of March, so as to assist the people’s court and financial institutions, The Paper reported… With the addition of these features, the people’s court can operate online to carry out inspections and disciplinary actions by freezing bank accounts and executing full or partial deductions.”

Scientists have discovered a way to destroy cancer tumors using nothing but sound waves – by Earl Garcia  – https://naturalnews.com/2017-03-29-scientists-have-discovered-a-way-to-destroy-cancer-tumors-using-nothing-but-sound-waves.html – “A multi-institutional research team from China developed a semi-enclosed, spherical cavity transducer that can produce a focused, standing-wave field with a subwavelength-scale focal region and extremely high ultrasound intensity. The spherical cavity transducer appeared to generate tighter focal regions and greater pressure amplitude compared with the traditional concave spherical transducer. Researchers said the level of intensity generated by the new transducer design may lead to significant improvements in HIFU therapy. The findings were published in the Journal of Applied Physics.”

Approaching ‘grand solar minimum’ could cause global cooling – by Anthony Watts – https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/03/18/approaching-grand-solar-minimum-could-cause-global-cooling/ – “The question is whether we will enter another grand solar minimum just like the Maunder minimum which, if history is a guide, would mean a period of much colder weather winters and summers… But just because we stopped paying close attention doesn’t mean that it lost any of its importance to our world. And neither does the fact that the life of the sun is far more complex than many people realize. Indeed, if we are to believe the experts,the sun’s behavior is about to change in a way that could have dramatic consequences for the food we eat and the broader economy.” – Comment: As usual, the work of Dr. Valentina Zharkova in the UK is not mentioned. Her work, in concert with a group of international scientists, posits a tested theory predicting extremely weak solar cycles through the late part of this century.

Armed student dead after he shoots 2 others at Maryland high school, sheriff says – by Eric Levenson – https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/20/us/great-mills-high-school-shooting/index.htmlComment: The Drumbeat Continues

Washington councilman accuses Jews of controlling weather (not really) – Following backlash, Trayon White Sr. apologizes for saying ‘Rothschilds’ created snowstorm to make money, says he didn’t mean to be anti-Semitic – https://www.timesofisrael.com/washington-councilman-accuses-jews-of-controlling-weather/ – ” In the video, White said: ‘Man, it just started snowing out of nowhere this morning, man. Y’all better pay attention to this climate control, man, this climate manipulation. And DC keep talking about, ‘We a resilient city.’ And that’s a model based off the Rothschilds controlling the climate to create natural disasters they can pay for to own the cities, man. Be careful.’ ” Comment: To speak of the Rothschilds is to be “Anti-Semitic.”

Police detain 8 Palestinians for not intervening in Old City stabbing – by Sue Surkes – https://www.timesofisrael.com/police-detain-8-palestinians-for-not-intervening-in-old-city-stabbing/ – “Police detained the eight bystanders, aged 15 to 67, on suspicion that they “saw what was going on and did not act to prevent or minimize the injury to the murdered civilian.” Failing to prevent a crime is itself a misdemeanor, according to Israeli law.” – Comment: Under the World Administrative System, it’s criminal not to protect the chattal property. Unless, of course, you’re a cop.

Swamp Psychopath Brennan Is Running Scared – Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy — the architect of the CIA war in Syria – by Ray McGovern – https://russia-insider.com/en/swamp-psychopath-brennan-running-scared/ri22840 – “None of the leaking, unmasking, surveillance, or other activities directed against the Trump campaign can be properly understood, if one does not bear in mind that it was considered a sure thing that Secretary Clinton would become President, at which point illegal and extralegal activities undertaken to help her win would garner praise, not prison… But she lost. And a month ago, House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) threw down the gauntlet, indicating that there could be legal consequences, for example, for officials who misled the FISA court in order to enable surveillance on Trump and associates.  His words are likely to have sent chills down the spine of yet other miscreants. “If they need to be put on trial, we will put them on trial,” he said.  ‘The reason Congress exists is to oversee these agencies that we created.’.. John Brennan is widely reported to be Nunes’s next target.  Does one collect a full pension in jail?”

Syria slams Ankara’s capture of Afrin, wants ‘immediate’ Turkish withdrawalhttp://www.islamicinvitationturkey.com/2018/03/19/syria-slams-ankaras-capture-of-afrin-wants-immediate-turkish-withdrawal/ – ” ‘Syria condemns the Turkish occupation of Afrin and the crimes it is committing there, and demands the invading forces immediately withdraw from the Syrian territory they occupied,’ the ministry said in its letters, according to the Syrian official news agency SANA… ‘Turkey’s behavior and attacks do not only threaten citizens and the unity of Syria’s land and people — they also prolong the war on Syria as a service to terrorism and its supporters,’ it added.”

Turkey-backed forces loot Syrian city after capturing ithttp://parstoday.com/en/news/middle_east-i79493-turkey_backed_forces_loot_syrian_city_after_capturing_it – “AFP correspondents and a London-based monitor said the pro-Ankara militants broke into shops, restaurants and houses and left with foodstuff, electronic equipment, blankets and other goods after chasing Kurdish fighters from Afrin… According to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), militants with the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) placed the loot in cars and small trucks and drove them out of the city.”

American city bans Bitcoin mining –  http://www.atimes.com/article/american-city-bans-bitcoin-mining/ – Bitcoin miners are not just changing the energy usage patterns in the upstate New York city of Plattsburgh. They are also changing the “character and direction” of the city, reports Bloomberg… This old-world city close to the Canadian border has, over the last few decades, become a popular tourist destination for people from Quebec that are attracted to the area’s Francophile roots. In recent months the cheap electricity courtesy of the St. Lawrence River has also attracted crypto-miners and in December and January, they allegedly used up all of the City’s electricity quota which meant price hikes for residents.”

Turkish Leader Vows to Expand Military Campaign in Syria, Risking Clash with US – by Dorian Jones – https://www.voanews.com/a/turkish-leader-vows-to-expand-military-campaign-in-syria-risking-clash-with-us/4305904.html – “Despite Erdogan’s threats of a new offensive against the YPG, some analysts suggest there is still time to avoid a U.S.-Turkish confrontation… ‘There will be a postponement (in operations targeting Manbij) until the appointment of Pompeo. Then we see how important is Manbij to the U.S., when foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu sits down with Pompeo,’ predicts former senior Turkish diplomat Aydin Selcen, who served in the region and in Washington.”

Josh Del Sol / Cal Washington InPower Moverment Videos: Episode 1 (53 min):

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In Power Movement Website: https://InPowerMovement.comBritain, Syria… Synchronizing Provocations to Beat Russia – by Finian Cunningham – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49005.htm – “The American and British assertion that Russia has “concealed” the use of chemical weapons by Syrian government forces is an obscene distortion of reality — a lie concocted by the very sponsors of false flags to enable their criminal regime-change machinations… Ironically, the same provocation with chemical weapons is apparently being orchestrated in Britain. Assertion, allegation, innuendo, media saturation, bombast and barefaced lies are again employed to denigrate and demonize… The audacious thing is how the “dramas” are being synchronized in two different countries. Smearing and undermining Russia with alleged chemical-weapon attacks in Britain is being parlayed to over-ride Russia and the UN Security Council with regard to Syria.”

Samantha Power delivers ominous message to Trump: ‘Not a good idea to piss off John Brennan’ – by Kimberly Leonard – https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/courts/samantha-power-delivers-ominous-message-to-trump-not-a-good-idea-to-piss-off-john-brennan Comment: Be afraid, be VERY afraid.

Britain Accuses Russia Of Stockpiling Novichok Nerve Agent – by Andrew MacAskill – https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-russia-johnson/britain-accuses-russia-of-secretly-stockpiling-deadly-nerve-agent-used-in-attack-idUSKBN1GU0EZ – “Britain has said Russia used the Soviet-era nerve agent called Novichok to attack Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the first known offensive use of such a weapon on European soil since World War Two. Russia has denied any involvement… ‘We actually have evidence within the last 10 years that Russia has not only been investigating the delivery of nerve agents for the purposes of assassination, but has also been creating and stockpiling Novichok,’ (Bufoon Boris) Johnson told the BBC.” – Comment: Right.

UK Scientists Refused Government Pressure To Say Nerve Agent Was Made By Russia – Boris Johnson Attempt to Refute My Sources on Porton Down the Most Hilarious Fail – by Craig Murray – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49003.htm – “While Iran acted absolutely responsibly in cooperating with the OPCW, there are a handful of rogue states operating outwith the rule of international law, like Israel and North Korea, which refuse to ratify the Chemical Weapons Convention, join the OPCW or destroy their chemical weapons stocks. Russia has cooperated in the OPCW destruction of all its chemical weapons stocks, completed last year, which included regular OPCW inspection of all the sites alleged to have been in the original “novichok” programme. Why nobody is even looking at the rogue states outwith the OPCW is a genuine puzzle… Extraordinarily, only yesterday the Guardian was still carrying an article which claimed “only the Russian state” could make a novichok. Despite the lying propaganda regurgitated by virtually every corporate and state “journalist”, in truth is it is now proven beyond dispute that “of a type developed by Russia” has zero evidential value and is a politician’s weasel phrase designed deliberately to mislead the public. The public should ask why.”

Nina Beety info on EMF’s and Cells installation in Monterey

Bruce,

Last Wednesday, Verizon/ExteNet Systems pulled 12 of the 13 small cell towers they’d applied for in Monterey. The only one left is the one in front of my house. On Thursday, at a packed marathon Planning Commission hearing, the PC unanimously denied the cell tower. City staff says ExteNet is appealing the denial.

The video of the 3/15/18 meeting is now up. It was from 6 pm until after 12 am. Public comment started about 9 o’clock.

https://videoplayer.telvue.com/player/m_3HX6961GRMsvkqSCdwmGeJ8rwpRZrR/playlists/4634/first/?fullscreen=false&showtabssearch=true&autostart=false

People had made a full-scale model of all the equipment on a pole and brought it into the city council chambers where it stood through the entire meeting – very effective.

A primary issue is: is there a significant gap in coverage? There is none in Monterey. Even a consultant brought in showed there was coverage. Residents had collected a lot of evidence and posted two videos to YouTube. We repeatedly hammered that there is no coverage gap. That is what is protected by federal rules and court cases. The company is fighting for capacity, and trying to make capacity equal coverage.

Also, there were errors in the reports, including false statements that most of the 13 were omnidirectional antennas. Only 4 were omnidirectional, the rest were directional. At the original hearing, people asked the real purpose of these antennas, and why were they pointing west, into the woods and unpopulated areas.

Drawing the azimuths of the antennas on a map showed that they all pointed toward Pebble Beach – see attached (these are just some of the macro towers there)– pointing at macro towers in PB.. The U.S. Open is coming to PB in 2019, and small cells can offload capacity from macro towers. The room roared when the map was shown.

It takes a team of people to fight these antennas, to be able to spot technical errors and staff factual errors in city and county staff reports. Every single deviation from the general plan and zoning ordinances, including the wireless ordinance, should be spelled out. Here, people wrote up all the deviations, violations, and errors, and then divided it up into 3 minute comments. So much information was put into the record that way, and the Planning Commission had so much information and so many points on which to deny.

Only public uproar will stop these towers. Each tower has to be fought as if it is going everywhere. They’ve been creeping in SC County. 13 applications in a residential neighborhood really put it on the map here for outrage.

Marilyn (Garrett) has found that the ones in SC may not be posted as required; she’s found no signs at places she’s visited. That is a violations of city or county rules and, I think, the Brown Act. There must be proper noticing.

Here are the latest articles from Monterey:

http://www.montereyherald.com/government-and-politics/20180314/applications-for-12-of-13-s mall-cell-facilities-withdrawn-in-monterey

Applications for 12 of 13 small cell facilities withdrawn in Monterey, March 14:

http://www.kion546.com/news/one-cell-tower-application-left-monterey-residents-say-thats-o ne-too-many/716921454

One cell tower application left, Monterey residents say that’s one too many, March 15:

http://www.ksbw.com/article/monterey-gives-small-cellphone-facilities-big-thumbs-down/19450745

Monterey gives small cellphone facilities big thumbs down, March 15 – video

http://www.montereyherald.com/government-and-politics/20180316/monterey-denies-remaining-s mall-cell-facility-locations

3-17-18

http://www.montereyherald.com/government-and-politics/20180315/monterey-residents-still-co ncerned-about-new-cell-technology

3-16-18

Recently got this article from Fortune magazine of an interview with Verizon CEO

http://fortune.com/2016/12/06/verizon-5g-test-small-towns/

A major motivation is cashing in on video and TV, not about coverage for phone service.

By the way, these are 4G cell towers, not 5G, planned for Monterey. There are just 4 approved so far in Monterey County I know of compared to 40 or more in Santa Cruz County.

Nina

 

2018 is ARMISTICE YEAR – Veterans for Peace – Santa Cruz Action 2/11/18

VETERANS FOR PEACE HAVE NAMED

2018 ARMISTICE YEAR

The 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day –

11/11/1918

REMEMBER PEACE!

 

KICKOFF EVENT FOR ARMISTICE YEAR ON SUNDAY,
FEBRUARY 11th, 10 am

 

Where: Santa Cruz Clock Tower

 

Name: Veterans for Armistice Day and Year

 

Propose: Ring All Bells at 11am on the 11th Day of each month in 2018

 

Help us contact churches and public bells (e.g., S.C. Clock Tower)

 

VFP National Office has been contacted by the Santa Cruz chapter #11 VFP, and is

ENTHUSIASTICLY SUPPORTIVE!

 

Our initial vision includes a major parade/march on Sunday, November 11th, 2018.
We hope many groups, especially peace groups, will participate in the parade and help spread the
inspiring message of peace.
We are evaluating venues for speeches and entertainment and who to invite to SPEAK, SING, DANCE, CREATE POETRY AND OTHER ART.

Your feedback and suggestions are requested.

Celebrate Armistice Year 2018, with “A Declaration of Peace” (On EARTH and especially with Russia, China, North Korea, etc.)

“No Enemies!”

“Let’s honor our veterans by not creating any more veterans”
“Bring our Boys and Girls home from 100s of battlefields around the world”

We plan to take the Armistice Year and 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day idea to community leaders and government representatives for their support. Please help us with this.

PLEASE HELP US TO SPREAD THE JOYOUS MESSAGE:

2018 IS ARMISTICE YEAR!

DECLARE PEACE!

 

“2018~The Year Armistice becomes Real”

 

CONTACT: Rico and Claire 831-818-2196

 

Steve Bare 831-425-8430

 

Harry Meserve 831-325-7602