Web Research Links for the Week of 1/1/17

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Popular Show “Breaking the Set” Listed As One Of The Justifications For Russia Punishment – by Jay Syrmopoulos, ActivistPost.com – “In fact, William Binney, one of the architects of the NSA’s current domestic spying apparatus, has publicly stated that the NSA should have solid irrefutable evidence of Russian hacking if it were to actually exist — leading him to suspect that the information was not hacked, but rather taken on a thumb drive from someone on the inside and then leaked… The true insanity contained within this report is that it essentially lays blame on Russia for influencing the election by accusing them of allowing Americans to see truthful information… Only in some type of strange Orwellian paradigm can a government claim that people having access to actual factual information about political candidates is a threat to democracy… Ironically, what is taking place is extremely similar to events that unfolded in Russia during their 2012 election cycle. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) was forced out of Russia amid accusations of undermining Russian sovereignty and attempting to influence their internal election politics. Of course, when USAID was kicked out over these allegations the U.S. loudly cried foul, as they claimed the organization was simply promoting Western democratic values to strengthen the Russian democracy.”

Want sustainable urban development? It’s time for Local Agenda 2030 – Key will be moving beyond aspiration to focus on specific implementation mechanisms and road maps for action – by Teresa Ribera – http://citiscope.org/habitatIII/commentary/2017/01/want-sustainable-urban-development-its-time-local-agenda-2030 – “Local Agenda 2030 would be able to use the 2015 agreements, particularly the SDGs, as political backbone to define local priorities. In so doing, it could reconcile the challenge of contributing to the SDGs through localization with the ambition of putting cities at the core of sustainable development… How could policy priorities be designed through Local Agenda 2030? This question relates to the means of implementation. The last of the SDGs’ 17 goals takes on this issue directly and offers ideas on key drivers for change. Translated at the local level, that would mean promoting local financing, technologies and innovation for urban development and municipal capacity-building. It also would mean addressing systemic issues of local policy coherence through strategic planning, multi-stakeholder partnerships and local monitoring.”

LAST MINUTE GOV’T GRAB: Obama Announces DHS to ‘Take Control’ of US Elections – http://21stcenturywire.com/2017/01/08/last-minute-govt-grab-obama-announces-dhs-to-take-control-of-us-elections/ – From DHS own Gauleiter, Jeh Johnson: “I have determined that election infrastructure in this country should be designated as a subsector of the existing Government Facilities critical infrastructure sector. Given the vital role elections play in this country, it is clear that certain systems and assets of election infrastructure meet the definition of critical infrastructure, in fact and in law… I have reached this determination so that election infrastructure will, on a more formal and enduring basis, be a priority for cybersecurity assistance and protections that the Department of Homeland Security provides to a range of private and public sector entities. By “election infrastructure,” we mean storage facilities, polling places, and centralized vote tabulations locations used to support the election process, and information and communications technology to include voter registration databases, voting machines, and other systems to manage the election process and report and display results on behalf of state and local governments.” (emph. added) –  PLUS, Jon Rappoport says “This is a Coup”

ANOTHER AMERICAN KNOWN WOLF? Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooter Evaluated by FBI, Worked for Security, Amid Backdrop of Mass Drills – by Shawn Helton – http://21stcenturywire.com/2017/01/07/another-american-known-wolf-fort-lauderdale-airport-shooter-evaluated-by-fbi-worked-for-security-amid-backdrop-of-mass-drills/

 US Backed “Moderate Rebels” Target French Delegation in Aleppo – by Vanessa Beeley – http://21stcenturywire.com/2017/01/08/us-backed-moderate-rebels-target-french-delegation-in-aleppo/ – According to Fares Shehabi, independent, Aleppo MP and head of the Aleppo Chamber of Commerce, the missiles were fired from an area next to Khan Touman, 8km away from the airport, in a deliberate act of terror against the French delegation. The leader of this group of so called “moderates” is Hassan Rajoob, a colonel who had previously defected from the Syrian Arab Army… Fares Shehabi deemed this attack a “clear breach of the ceasefire”, following a familiar pattern of previous ceasefire violations by the predominantly US funded militant factions. Shehabi went on to say that the militant factions would have had accurate information on the flight times of the French delegation which would suggest the delegation was the target of the attack.”
The Handbook of Human Ownership: Why Humans are the Livestock of the Ruling Class – http://omnithought.org/handbook-human-ownership-why-humans-are-livestock-of-ruling-class/5088 – “Hey – seriously – congratulations on your new political post!.. If you are reading this, it means that you have ascended to the highest levels of government, so it’s really, really important that you don’t do or say anything stupid, and screw things up for the rest of us… The first thing to remember is that you are a figurehead, about as relevant to the direction of the state as a hood ornament is to the direction of a car – but you are a very important distraction, the “smiling face” of the fist of power. So hold your nose, kiss the babies, and just think how good you would look on a stamp. A stamp, for mail… No, not email, mail. Never mind, we’ll explain later.”
Caught On Tape: How The Robots Are Taking Over Amazonhttp://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-03/caught-tape-how-robots-are-taking-over-amazon – “By now, it is becoming clear that Bezos will not stop until Amazon is one giant, automated, and fully self-contained system, along the lines of the following video showcasing how early-generation Kiva robots have already displaced thousands of human workers.  Within a few years, expect all of Amazon’s warehouses to look virtually the same.”
Major Shifts in Consciousness Observed Throughout the Animal Kingdom – by Christina Sarich – http://www.wakingtimes.com/2017/01/03/major-shifts-consciousness-observed-throughout-animal-kingdom/ – “Mainstream science says that it is only subtle refinements in our brain’s architecture that allows us to be “smarter” than most other animals. While dogs can’t yet compose music, birds do it every day. Perhaps the expression is not as complex as a violin concerto, but even the most rarefied composer has looked to nature for musical inspiration, if not immaculate intelligence… No matter what drives our evolution, though, there is clear evidence that it is changing – obviously in people – but perhaps more subtlety in animals from a number of species… Footage of animals learning to use tools provides evidence of this evolutionary shift happening to all of us on earth, not just the human race, but there are other indications of intelligence as well.  We all seem to be awakening together.”

A Brief Riff on “The Protocols”

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

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

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

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

Web Research Links for 12/12/16 to 12/31/16:

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Hotter Days Will Drive Global Inequality – Rising temperatures due to climate change will strongly affect economic growth around the world, making some countries richer and some poorer – by David Rotman, MIT Technology Review – https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603158/hotter-days-will-drive-global-inequality/It’s Just That Simple!

“Everything’s dead!” Marine mystery in Canada’s Novah (sic) Scotia intensifies! Now everything is dying! – http://www.thebigwobble.org/2017/01/everythings-dead-marine-mystery-in.html – “But there are still no answers. On Dec. 15, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced that tests on the dead herring had produced negative results, meaning no infections or infectious agents had been detected in the small, silvery fish.”

And the Secretary of State Is… A Fracking Pioneer Who Is Now Steering Geopolitical World Order – by Aaron Dykes – http://truthstreammedia.com/2016/12/13/secretary-state-fracking-pioneer-now-steering-geopolitical-world-order/ – “The cabinet, who pack the real power behind the throne, are already gearing up to be a potent gang of corporate cronies and Wall Street insiders. But the ace card was announced today. Trump has finally announced that he will name Rex Tillerson, CEO and chairman of ExxonMobil, as the next most powerful official and highest ranking foreign dignitary in the U.S. government. Oil is big, but Tillerson’s background is awe inspiring in its totality on the balance of the great game. He created a revolution that is now taking down world order… Nonetheless, it is worth stating plainly that President-elect Trump’s reported nominee for Secretary of State is the man who initiated the entire era of fracking, a practice he first pushed for decades ago towards the beginning of his long career with ExxonMobil.”

The Real Syria Story – by Kurt Nimmo – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46146.htmWith video 16min 35sec

Clif High-2017 Predictions on Everything – Clif runs down the high points of the Jan. 2017 Alta Report with Greg Hunter on USA Watchdog.com – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVAI07f-5M0

(U.S.) Experts Destroy White House ‘Proof’ of Russian Hacking – https://sputniknews.com/us/201612301049153528-experts-destroy-white-house-hacking-jar/

Italy Urges Europe To Begin Censoring Free Speech On The Internet – http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-30/italy-urges-europe-begin-censoring-free-speech-internet  – “First it was the US, then Germany blamed much of what is wrong in society on “fake news”, and not, say, a series of terrible decisions made by politicians. Now it is Italy’s turn to call for an end to “fake news”, which in itself would not be troubling, however, the way Giovanni Pitruzzella, head of the Italian competition body, demands the European Union “cracks down” on what it would dub “fake news” is nothing short of a total crackdown on all free speech, and would give local governments free reign to silence any outlet that did not comply with the establishment propaganda… Pitruzzella, head of the Italian competition body since 2011, said ‘EU countries should set up independent bodies — co-ordinated by Brussels and modeled on the system of antitrust agencies — which could quickly label fake news, remove it from circulation and impose fines if necessary.’ ”

(U.S.) Experts Destroy White House ‘Proof’ of Russian Hacking – https://sputniknews.com/us/201612301049153528-experts-destroy-white-house-hacking-jar/

Italy Urges Europe To Begin Censoring Free Speech On The Internet – http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-30/italy-urges-europe-begin-censoring-free-speech-internet  – “First it was the US, then Germany blamed much of what is wrong in society on “fake news”, and not, say, a series of terrible decisions made by politicians. Now it is Italy’s turn to call for an end to “fake news”, which in itself would not be troubling, however, the way Giovanni Pitruzzella, head of the Italian competition body, demands the European Union “cracks down” on what it would dub “fake news” is nothing short of a total crackdown on all free speech, and would give local governments free reign to silence any outlet that did not comply with the establishment propaganda… Pitruzzella, head of the Italian competition body since 2011, said ‘EU countries should set up independent bodies — co-ordinated by Brussels and modeled on the system of antitrust agencies — which could quickly label fake news, remove it from circulation and impose fines if necessary.’ “

Virginia Bill Would Take A Step Towards Supporting Sound Money – by Michael Boldin – http://www.activistpost.com/2016/12/virginia-bill-step-towards-sound-money.html  – “By removing the sales tax on some exchanges of gold and silver, Virginia would move towards treating specie as money instead of a commodity. This represents a small step toward reestablishing gold and silver as legal tender and breaking down the Fed’s monopoly on money... ‘This should set the foundation,’ said Mike Maharrey of the Tenth Amendment Center. ‘In a state that has not been very friendly to sound money, we see this as a first step. But if passed into law, people should pressure the legislature – in future years – to eliminate both the sunset clause and the $1000 limit.’ ”

Euthanasia: Last Stop for Depression? –  by Kelly Brogan, M.D. – http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/euthanasia-last-stop-depression – “Presented to Parliament on October 7th, the biennial report from Belgium’s Federal Commission on the Control and Evaluation of Euthanasia confirms that 124 of the 3,950 euthanasia cases in Belgium involved persons diagnosed with a “mental and behavioral disorder” from 2014-2015. Lethal injections were administered, upon the request of 5 non-terminally ill people with schizophrenia, 5 with autism, 8 with bipolar disorder, 29 with dementia, and 39 with depression, according to the report… Belgium legalized euthanasia in 2002 for patient suffering “unbearably” from terminal or non-terminal conditions that are considered “untreatable”. Accordingly, requests may be fulfilled within one month.”

From the BE-VERY-AFRAID Desk: Russian operation hacked a Vermont utility, showing risk to U.S. electrical grid security, officials say – https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/russian-hackers-penetrated-us-electricity-grid-through-a-utility-in-vermont/2016/12/30/8fc90cc4-ceec-11e6-b8a2-8c2a61b0436f_story.html

Doctor Claims “Mysterious Illness” Caused by Marijuana Legalization – by Andrew Pontbriand – http://www.naturalblaze.com/2016/12/doctor-claims-mysterious-illness-caused-by-marijuana-legalization.html – “Now, there is a new enemy of one marijuana and legalization. It is being called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, or CHS… In a story ran by CBS yesterday, the claim is that CHS has been discovered seemingly out of nowhere since legalization has increased. In other words, patients that live in states that have legalized marijuana have been presenting to ERs with the “mysterious illness.”.. The article and the study both point to legalization as the root cause of the problem. While it can’t be denied that these patients did exhibit cyclical vomiting, there is no way to definitively link the issue to a law that was passed. In fact, more than anything, this appears to be a hit piece on the legalization effort in an attempt to link a very commonly occurring illness to states that have legalized.”

The Reason the Fed is Raising Rates, and Why It Won’t Work – by Mike Whitney –  http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/12/29/the-reason-the-fed-is-raising-rates-and-why-it-wont-work/ – “Why is the Fed creating incentives for US corporations to destroy themselves? Why is the Fed pushing insurance companies and retirement funds into bankruptcy?  Why is the Fed raising interest rates when inflation is still well below its 2 percent target?”

Former Prisoners in LA County Women’s Jail Reveal Horrors of Human Experimentation – http://healthimpactnews.com/2016/former-prisoners-in-la-county-womens-jail-reveal-horrors-of-human-experimentation/ – “As part of an apparent human experiment, the women were kept confined, not in a cell block where two people occupy one cell, but in what is described as a “cage.”.. “K” explained that “cage” is the correct term, and that 193 women were transferred into this cage with no bathroom, and no guard, for almost 30 days in the month of December, 2012. They slept on bunk beds, 3 to a bed, and only about 8 inches separating each mattress above, making it difficult to get in and out… She goes on to explain that due to racist attitudes among the prisoners, women would be trying to kill each other inside this cage when they were left alone at night. There was also no heat in this cage, and it was in the winter, where temperatures would drop below 30 degrees at night. The inmates were only give one thin blanket.”

The lie-detecting security kiosk of the future – by Suzanne Finch – http://phys.org/news/2016-12-lie-detecting-kiosk-future.html  – “ ‘AVATAR is a kiosk, much like an airport check-in or grocery store self-checkout kiosk,’ said San Diego State University management information systems professor Aaron Elkins. ‘However, this kiosk has a face on the screen that asks questions of travelers and can detect changes in physiology and behavior during the interview. The system can detect changes in the eyes, voice, gestures and posture to determine potential risk. It can even tell when you’re curling your toes.’.. Here’s how it would work: Passengers would step up to the kiosk and be asked a series of questions such as, ‘Do you have fruits or vegetables in your luggage?’ or ‘Are you carrying any weapons with you?’ Eye-detection software and motion and pressure sensors would monitor the passengers as they answer the questions, looking for tell-tale physiological signs of lying or discomfort. The kiosk would also ask a series of innocuous questions to establish baseline measurements so people are just nervous about flying, for example, wouldn’t be unduly singled out… Once the kiosk detected deception, they would flag those passengers for further scrutiny from human agents.”

Couple Forced to Destroy 40yo Pond on Their Own Property Because Govt Owns The Rainwater – by Claire Bernish – http://www.activistpost.com/2016/12/couple-forced-destroy-40yo-pond-property-govt-owns-rainwater.html  – “In 2012, Gary Harrington had already been through years of conflict with government officials over illicit water — and provided CNSNews with stronger sentiment on the topic: “When something is wrong, you just, as an American citizen, you have to put your foot down and say, ‘This is wrong; you just can’t take away anymore of my rights and from here on in, I’m going to fight it.’.. That government feels entitled to not only something located on private property, but that people should not be allowed to collect rain, is everything wrong with excessive government — and the overregulation of daily life.” ”

The Black Nobility – by Wes Penre – http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/esp_sociopol_blacknobil01.htm – “These people earned the title of “Black” nobility from their ruthless lack of scruple. They employed murder, rape, kidnapping, assassination, robbery, and all manner of deceit on a grand scale, brooking no opposition to attaining their objectives. These all have immense wealth. And money is power… The most powerful of the Black Nobility families are located in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Britain, Holland and Greece in that order. Their roots may be traced back to the Venetian oligarchs, who are of Khazar extraction, and married into these royal houses in the early part of the twelfth century… (Following a great Khazar victory over the Arabs, the future Emperor, Constantine V, married a Khazar princess and their son became Emperor Leo IV, also known as “Leo the Khazar”. The Medici popes, and Pius XII (Eugenio Pacelli) were Khazars, as is the present Pope, John Paul II. Not all Black Nobility are royal houses, and many of the royal families no longer have kingdoms.”

The Two Constitutions of the “United States”: 1st Was Illegally Suspended in Favor of a Vatican “Crown” Corporation in 1871 – by Justin Deschamps & Pao Chang –  http://omnithought.org/two-constitutions-united-states-1st-was-illegally-suspended-favor-of-vatican-crown-corporation/5105 – “The article below contains some misleading information, so I encourage you to read this article before or after reading it. For example, the article says, “Instead of having absolute and unalienable rights guaranteed under the organic Constitution, We the People, now have “relative” rights or privileges.”.. If the article is talking about the American people who have agreed to be part of the union (the United States of America), it is misleading because they have never been freed from the Crown. The phrase “We the People” is referring to the authors and creators of the Constitution, not the American people. The evidence of this is the capital letter “P” in the word “People”. By capitalizing it, they are referring to a specific body of people.”

Russian Defense Ministry: Mass Burials of Dozens of Tortured Syrians Found in Aleppo – https://southfront.org/russian-defense-ministry-mass-burials-of-dozens-of-tortured-syrians-found-in-aleppo/

Goldman Sachs Caught Manipulating US Dollar — No One Arrested, Slap on Wrist Instead – by Jack Burns – http://thefreethoughtproject.com/goldman-sachs-found-manipulating-value-dollar/ “Goldman Sachs is just the latest in a series of intentional missteps by investment firms. Allocca writes, ‘The resolution to the case marks the third such order the CFTC has brought over the past two years. The other two were concluded with a $175 million order against Citigroup last May and a $400 million order against Barclays in 2015. The commission has imposed $5.2 billion in penalties in 18 actions relating to foreign-exchange benchmarks.’.. What this Goldman Sachs case represents is the entirely unaccountable nature of the banking elite. The measly $120 million ‘punishment’ is nothing when compared to the billions made off of manipulating the dollar. In fact, such an insignificant fine actually provides an  incentive for Goldman Sachs and other corrupt banks to cheat the system.”

Vladimir Putin Holds Annual Public Q&A – Damages Western Propaganda with Open Dialog – https://youtu.be/hlLb5s2rr_E – Russia Today presents Putin answering questios extemporaneously for 4 HOURS (!)

School-to-Prison Pipeline Complete — New Law Makes Schoolyard Fights a Felony – by Justin Gardner – http://www.activistpost.com/2016/12/school-prison-pipeline-complete-new-law-makes-schoolyard-fights-felony.html – “On January 1, 2017, the state of Missouri will implement a public school policy sure to accelerate the descent into police state dystopia… The Hazelwood School District put out a memo to parents and guardians stating that, according to Missouri statute, fights at school or on buses will be treated as felonies — which can result in up to four years of prison, fines or probation.”

Yahoo email scan shows U.S. spy push to recast constitutional privacy – http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yahoo-nsa-fourth-amendment-analysis-idUSKBN14A25F – “Civil liberties groups and some other legal experts said the attempt to expand the ability of law enforcement agencies and intelligence services to sift through vast amounts of online data, in some cases without a court order, was in conflict with the Fourth Amendment because many innocent messages are included in the initial sweep… ‘A lot of it is unrecognizable from a Fourth Amendment perspective,’ said Orin Kerr, a former federal prosecutor and George Washington University Law School expert on surveillance. ‘It’s not where the traditional Fourth Amendment law is.’.. But the general counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Robert Litt, said in an interview with Reuters on Tuesday that the legal interpretation needed to be adjusted because of technological changes.”

Erdogan Meets With 7yo Girl Twitter Blogger “Bana from Aleppo” Exploited By Militants To Spread Propaganda From Aleppo https://southfront.org/erdogan-meets-with-7yo-girl-blogger-exploited-by-militants-to-spread-propaganda-from-aleppo/ – “According to BBC, Erdogan sent a special representative to Syria to take Bana and her family after they  left eastern Aleppo via a humanitarian corridor together with militant groups.” – I need a photo opportunity…

US State Department Has Nothing to Say about Aleppo after Its Liberation from Terrorists – (Former Admiral) John Kirby, a spokesman for the US State Department, could not comment on the withdrawal of militants from the Syrian city of Aleppo. – https://southfront.org/us-state-department-has-nothing-to-say-about-aleppo-after-its-liberation-from-terrorists/ – This is what comes of not having “boots on the ground.”

Syria – Killing Journos Enabled “Media Activist” Domination – Intended Effect? – by Moon of Alabama – http://www.moonofalabama.org/2016/12/unconventional-warfare-killing-journalists-creates-media-activist-domination.html#more – “The killing or abduction of journalists in a war zone allows their replacement with better controlled and more partisan assets. Just raising the (security) costs for real journalists has such an effect. A news outlet has to pay for professionally made news agency photos or videos. The U.S./UK propaganda operation “White Helmets” has produced hundreds of “gripping” and “emotional” staged rescue operation pictures and videos. It distributes those for free in “ready to be used” high quality. Many news outlets prefer these no-cost pictures even though their veracity is highly questionable… Keeping journalists away from the battle zone by killing or abducting a few of them at the beginning of the conflict helped enormously to increase the effect of the later Information Warfare operation known as “White Helmets” and other similar organizations.”

Bashar Ja’afari, Syrian Ambassador to the UN: Syria names Foreign Officers Colluding with Terrorists in Aleppo. United Nations, 19 Dec. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWrbVknEO4A&feature=youtu.be – video 18min

Committee of 300 (as of Sept. 2016) http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2016/12/current-membership-of-committee-of-300-3453635.html

The Law and You: How the Birth Certificate is Used to Take Away Your Natural Rights – with a video from Bill Turner from New Zealand – http://omnithought.org/law-you-how-birth-certificate-take-away-your-natural-rights/5112

“Gold Is Now Effectively Illegal” In India – The Consequences Of Creating A Cashless Society – from ZeroHedge.com – http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-18/gold-now-effectively-illegal-india-consequences-creating-cashless-society “There are clear signs that in a very convoluted way, possession of gold for investment purposes will be made illegal. Expect capital controls to follow.”

Dave Hodges video “The Army and Dissent” 5min 40sec – https://youtu.be/1wejMYJgOoM –  covers implications of recent “legislation” that’s passed the “House,” HR 6393 – Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 which includes language saying that protesters can be deemed “Russian Subversives,” and a new U.S. Army Special Operations Command Study – “Legal Implications of the Status of Persons in Resistance” – https://publicintelligence.net/usasoc-legal-implications/ (226 p. PDF)which lays out 5 levels of resistance to authority culminating in “beligerance.” Apparently, starting with level 3 “rebellion,” essentially the same level of action generally known as Civil Unrest, lethal force (i.e. sniping) can be used on people in rebellion who are identified as “leaders.” – I would say this provides ample reason for a permanent change of status…

Final pdf version of clint: richardson’s STRAWMAN — The Real Story Of Your Artificial Person – A private work by: clint > richardson is available for free download at: http://www.strawmanstory.info/

Trump reaches the 270 votes needed in electoral college, according to AP count – from the WaPo – https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-electoral-college-is-poised-to-pick-trump-despite-push-to-dump-him/2016/12/19/75265c16-c58f-11e6-85b5-76616a33048d_story.html?utm_term=.ed1a9e009e66

Smart Meter Data at Crux of Arkansas Murder Case – by Josh Hart – http://stopsmartmeters.org/2016/08/26/smart-meter-data-at-crux-of-arkansas-murder-case/ – “The use of smart meter data by law enforcement to charge someone with murder is a stark example of where violations of privacy can mean the difference between a life of freedom and a life in prison.”

Cash Is No Longer King: Currency Wars, The Phasing Out of Physical Money Has Begun – by Shaun Bradley – http://www.globalresearch.ca/cash-is-no-longer-king-currency-wars-the-phasing-out-of-physical-money-has-begun/5562582  – “Control and confidence are two of the most important things in the system we live in. Once these digital spider webs have been put into place, the ability for an individual to maintain privacy or anonymity will all but disappear. Only through understanding the subversive actions being taken can people protect themselves from having to put their future in someone else’s hands. The cash that allows free transactions without tax burdens or state scrutiny won’t be around much longer. There will be many rationalizations for a cashless society in the years to come, but without fixing this broken financial system first, this will only ensure that despotism gains an even sturdier foothold.”

Russian Ambassador To Turkey Was Killed Day Before Ankara-Moscow-Tehran Meeting Over Syria Crisis (Photo, Video) – https://southfront.org/russian-ambassador-to-turkey-injured-in-assasination-attempt-day-before-ankara-moscow-tehran-meeting-over-syria-crisis/

NEW DATA. More Than 100 US-UK-Israeli-French-Turkish Advisers Were Allowed to Leave Aleppo. – https://southfront.org/new-data-more-than-100-us-uk-israeli-french-turkish-advisers-were-allowed-to-leave-aleppo/

Syrian ‘Rebels’ Burn Buses En Route To Evacuate Sick & Injured Civilians From Govt-Held Villages In Idlib Province (Video, Photos) – https://southfront.org/syrian-rebels-burn-buses-en-route-to-evacuate-sick-injured-civilians-from-govt-held-villages-in-idlib-province-video-photos/ – ‘Government buses en route to evacuate the sick and injured from two government-held villages in the province of Idlib have been burned by the so-called “moderate opposition”… The villages of Foah and Kefraya are encircled by al-Nusra-led militant groups… The Aleppo evacuation agreement included the demand to militants to allow people to evacuate from Foah and Kefraya.”

The “Elite” Coup Of 2016 – by Moon Of Alabama – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46056.htm

Ah, So Putin Didn’t Hack Those Emails After All – by Mike Whitney – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46055.htm

Another Bloody Chaos In Turkey – Written by Boyan Chukov; Originally appeared at A-specto, tranlsated by Desi Tzoneva exclusively for SouthFront –  https://southfront.org/another-bloody-chaos-in-turkey/ –  Great background on the historic situation in Syria and Turkey

British Generals Restore Combat Capability of Syrian Opposition Retreated from Aleppo – from SouthFront.org – https://southfront.org/british-generals-restore-combat-capability-of-syrian-opposition-retreated-from-aleppo/ – “According to media and information from social networks, now the group of military advisors consists mainly of high-ranking officers in the rank of up to brigadier general. The group is guarded by the Elite Special Forces of the UK Armed Forces – the Special Air Service (SAS). Their first task is to evaluate the combat capability of opposition units, escaped from Aleppo, and the condition of their military hardware. Then, they will have to develop a new strategy for the ‘moderate’ opposition and try to unite its military structures under a single command.”

BREAKING: 14 US-Led Coalition Military Advisers Captured by Syrian Special Forces in Aleppo –  https://southfront.org/breaking-14-us-led-coalition-military-advisers-captured-by-syrian-special-forces-in-aleppo/ from SouthFront.org – “At least 14 US-led coalition military advisers have been captured by the Syrian Special Forces in a bunker in the city of Aleppo, according to media reports… The event allegedly took place in the morning on December 16, 2016 (Voltaire.net): ‘The Security Council is sitting in private on Friday, December 16, 2016 (yesterday) at 17:00 GMT, while NATO officers were arrested this morning by the Syrian Special Forces in a bunker in East Aleppo.’.. Fares Shehabi, a prominent Syrian Parliamentarian and head of Aleppo’s Chamber of Commerce published the names of the Coalition officers on his Facebook page on the 15th December: (Names and nationalities shown in article – other reports remain firm that British, French and German officers were captured as well)

There is speculation that if this does not get reported in the West that deals are being made behind the scenes.

from Reuters: Putin turned Russia election hacks in Trump’s favor: U.S. officials – At least they did print this, perhaps as evidence of how the Russians lie: “Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told state TV channel Rossiya-24 that he was “dumbstruck” by the NBC report of Putin’s alleged involvement… ‘I think this is just silly, and the futility of the attempt to convince somebody of this is absolutely obvious,’ he said.”

Young girl blows herself up in Damascus police station: state TV (w/video of wreckage) – “Syrian state television said a young girl of about nine years of age blew herself up in a police station in the Midan neighbourhood of Damascus.” – The mind reels at the depths of depravity that would instigate such an act by a child.

California Bill of Rights for Children Would Give The State New Powers Over Your Kids – by Vin Armani – “This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to expand and codify the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth of California to establish a comprehensive framework that governs the rights of all children and youth in California, outlines the research-based essential needs of California’s children, and establishes standards relating to the health, safety, well-being, early childhood and educational opportunities, and familial supports necessary for all children to succeed.” (This from Calif. State Sen. Richard Pan who brought California’s children mandatory vaccination)

California State Senator Richard “The State Owns Your Child” Pan is At It Again… – by Karri Lewis

Intelligence Agencies Refuse to Brief House Intelligence Committee on Russian Hacking – by Susan Jones – “An attempt by Congress to find out more about Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election hit a brick wall last night, when U.S. intelligence agencies refused a request to brief the House intelligence committee today (Thursday) on the cyber-attacks… Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the committee chair, was furious: “It is unacceptable that the Intelligence Community directors would not fulfill the House Intelligence Committee’s request to be briefed tomorrow on the cyber-attacks that occurred during the presidential campaign.”

from the Suspiciously-Overheated-Rhetoric desk: WH Spokesman Suggests Trump Was ‘Obviously Aware’ of Russian Hacking During Campaign – by Susan Jones –  ” ‘It might be an indication that he was obviously aware and concluded, based on whatever facts or sources he was — he had available to him, that Russia was involved. And their involvement was having a negative impact on his opponent’s campaign. That’s why he was encouraging them to keep doing it.’.. ‘There is one side that was bearing the brunt of that strategy and another side that was clearly benefiting from it.’ ” (Josh Earnest – can that possibly be his real name?)

Videos of ‘Russia’s Shelling & Executions’ Faked by Aleppo’s Militants – Russian MoD – from SouthFront.org – The UN is now reporting bald-faced lies that “83 civilians” summarily executed in East Aleppo by the Syrian Arab Army, including specific numbers of women and children. I have looked at everything coming up in the top page of searches online and on YouTube, and there are no photos, quoted eyewitness testimony, videos, etc. to document this.

Syrian Army Launched Counter-Terrorism Operation In Aleppo After Part Of Militant Groups Violated Withdrawal Agreements – from SouthFront.org

How the propaganda war is playing out this morning: Aleppo Evacuation Plan Delayed, Fighting Resumes – from VOANews.com – This is following the “debate” in the UN Gen. Assy. yesterday mulling over the “horrors” of the “Syrian governments destruction” of East Aleppo.

Democracy Now shills for “The Russians Hacked The Election,” Amy interviews Christine Pelosi on why electors should be able to vote Clinton even if selected for Trump: https://democracynow.org/2016/12/13/electoral_college_members_seek_intel_briefing

Syrian President Says ISIS Terrorists Seized Palmyra With US Support – from SouthFront.org – https://southfront.org/syrian-president-says-isis-terrorists-seized-palmyra-with-us-support/

From the You-Can’t-Make-This-Stuff-Up Desk via the news agency controlled by the Qatarri Royal Family: Civilians killed on spot as battle for Aleppo nears end – Reports of civilians summarily executed and trapped in buildings as Assad troops near takeover of Syria’s biggest city.

Trump – The Russians – The Election: The CIA’s Absence of Conviction – by Craig Murray (Wikileaks editor) – “I have watched incredulous as the CIA’s blatant lie has grown and grown as a media story – blatant because the CIA has made no attempt whatsoever to substantiate it. There is no Russian involvement in the leaks of emails showing Clinton’s corruption. Yes this rubbish has been the lead today in the Washington Post in the US and the Guardian here, and was the lead item on the BBC main news. I suspect it is leading the American broadcasts also.”

14 Signs That There Is A Plot To Use Russia As An Excuse To Steal The Presidency From Trump On December 19th Or January 6th – by Michael Snyder – “Donald Trump could have the election legally stolen from him on either December 19th when the Electoral College casts their votes or on January 6th when a joint session of Congress gathers to count those votes.  The establishment is in full-blown panic mode at this point, and they seem to have settled on “Russian interference in the election” as the angle that they plan to use to try to deny Trump the presidency.  As you will see below, there is an all-out effort to try to persuade members of the Electoral College that are supposed to be committed to Donald Trump to cast their votes for someone else instead.  And if that doesn’t work, the groundwork is being laid for the Electoral College votes to potentially be invalidated when a joint session of Congress meets to count those votes on January 6th.  I will explain how that would work later on in this article, but first let’s take a look at 14 signs that indicate that there is a plot to use Russia as an excuse to steal the presidency from Donald Trump…”

Scientists Want to Give the Atmosphere an Antacid to Relieve Climate Change – It won’t solve the underlying problem, but “geoengineering” may have just gotten a bit safer. – by Eric Roston, Bloomberg.com

Has the US and Its Allies Used Covert Airdrops, Drones to Supply the Islamic State? – by Ulson Gunnar

Watchdog Discovers Toy Dolls Are Recording Your Conversations And Uploading Them To Police – by Claire Bernish – “Indeed, these toys — which could record any conversation occurring nearby, and also fish for specific information from unwitting children — constitute the latest in surveillance by home appliances and gadgets known collectively as the Internet of Things. And this insidious, extraneous spying has several watchdog groups sounding alarm bells in a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission.”

From Gilad Atzmon: Why did Hitler hate jews? Rabbi Yosef Tzvi ben Porat will explain to you (9 min) – https://youtu.be/qTYSv_YQOVo

Intellia gears up for human testing of CRISPR with new HQ, set to double staffers – by Ben Adams – “After getting off its $100 million-plus IPO in the summer, gene editing biotech Intellia Therapeutics is getting ready for human tests of its preclinical CRISPR tech with new digs designed to help bolster its research capabilities… The biotech, which has the backing and partnerships of the likes of Atlas, Novartis and Regeneron, is on the move as it heads over to its new lab facilities at 40 Erie Street, in Cambridge, MA… ‘The field of genome editing is rapidly evolving and our work to develop therapies for patients requires that we have the infrastructure necessary for R&D growth and prepare for preclinical studies and clinical trials,’ said Dr. Nessan Bermingham, CEO and founder of Intellia Therapeutics… ‘To reach our goals, we continue to recruit top talent and ensure our quality workforce has the appropriate facilities and tools necessary to translate CRISPR/Cas9 into life-transforming products.’ ”

Cash Is No Longer King: The Phasing Out Of Physical Money Has Begun – from Zero Hedge -“The level of trust most people still have in the current system is astonishing. Even after decades of incompetence, manipulation, and irresponsibility, the public still grasps to government and the established order like a child learning how to swim. The responsibility that comes with independence has intimidated the entire population into leaving the decisions up to so-called   ‘experts.’ It just so happens that those trusted policymakers have an agenda to strip you and future generations of prosperity.”

Am I breaking the law by posting this?: Anti-antisemitism, Thought-control Bill moves through Congress – by Denis R. O’Brien – “The Act, in other words, is an example of the government making a certain class or category of purely mental activity illegal and punishable under (here comes the irony) the Civil Rights Act. This is an attempt at governmental thought-control, or, more precisely, perception-control under the rubric of “civil rights.”  But then a lot of political correctness is really a warped manifestation of “civil rights.” ”

Antisemitism defined, according to the Dept. of State, 2010: http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/fs/2010/122352.htm

Nuclear Deal Opponents Urge Military Confrontation with Iranby the National Iranian American Council, informationClearingHouse.info – “Outlining Trump’s options going forward, Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies said the U.S. must “restore coercion” and recommended direct military confrontation, saying that sanctions alone are not a silver bullet. ‘The next time a Revolutionary Guard attack boat harasses the U.S. Navy, we should sink it, put it in the bottom of the Gulf,’ Dubowitz said. ‘That would be a good start.’ He also noted the possibility of directly targeting Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah proxies that are operating in the Syrian civil war. ‘Remember, right now Syria is a target-rich environment if you want to go after the Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah, and that’s not just a hypothetical possibility, the Israelis are doing it today…The Israelis are enforcing their red lines, they’re using military force against the Iranians. I think the United States of America could do the same.’ ”

World of possibility: The RTPI’s (Royal Town Planning Institute) chief executive Trudi Elliott tells Simon Wicks how the Habitat III conference has given her a fresh belief in planning’s ability to tackle global challenges – “Indeed, she suggests, the conference could almost be distilled into the single question: “How do you create a city that works for everybody?”. To answer this means tackling a deep structural issue that afflicts countries around the world, says Elliott. We are trying to resolve 21st century problems with 20th century – even 19th century –governance frameworks… ‘This was about us collectively looking at global challenges, comparing and contrasting and coming to a shared agenda about what needs to be addressed.’.. Collectively, that is, except for a significant missing group – UK politicians. Although the UK was well represented by civil society, academia, professional bodies and private business – including a delegation of civil servants from the Department for International Development – there were no ministers or city mayors that Elliott was aware of. This brings the sole downbeat note from Elliott… There will also be three themes of activity in research, campaigning and lobbying: affordable housing, climate change and making city regions work for all. All, she says, are “underlying themes of Habitat III”.”

Web Research Links for the week of 12/5/16:

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘President’ Raed Saleh’s Terrorist Connections within White Helmet Leadership – by Vanessa Beeley, 21stCenturyWire.com – “Raed Saleh (photo, right) rose to media glory through his leadership of a group of proclaimed “saviours of all humanity.” Since its formation in late 2013, the White Helmets claim to by Syria’s only viable ‘civil defense’ first responders, selflessly saving some 72,000 lives in only three years – regardless of the victim’s ethnicity, religious convictions or political aspirations. So the promotional literature goes… Over the past year, 21st Century Wire has exhaustively demonstrated the clear links between the White Helmets and the various terrorist groups operating inside Syria, including Al Nusra Front (aka Al Qaeda in Syria) and ISIS.  We have also shown that the White Helmets are a part of a primarily British-led shadow state building project inside Syria.  The White Helmets were designed to mimic the REAL Syria Civil Defence, established in 1953 and the only real Civil Defence inside Syria officially recognised by the ICDO (International Civil Defence Organisation), based in Geneva.”

‘No plan A’: US unprepared for nuclear crisis as more Fukushima radiation found off West Coast – from RT.com – “Now, marine radiochemist Ken Buesseler and his team have detected the highest level to date, roughly 1,600 miles west of San Francisco. The samples are 50 percent more radioactive than other samples collected so far… The WHOI stressed that this ‘is still more than 500 times lower than US government safety limits for drinking water, and well below limits of concern for direct exposure while swimming, boating, or other recreational activities.’.. However, Buesseler added that even though this is the case, ‘the changing values underscore the need to more closely monitor contamination levels across the Pacific.’ ”

World of possibility: The RTPI’s (Royal Town Planning Institute) chief executive Trudi Elliott tells Simon Wicks how the Habitat III conference has given her a fresh belief in planning’s ability to tackle global challenges – “Indeed, she suggests, the conference could almost be distilled into the single question: “How do you create a city that works for everybody?”. To answer this means tackling a deep structural issue that afflicts countries around the world, says Elliott. We are trying to resolve 21st century problems with 20th century – even 19th century –governance frameworks… ‘This was about us collectively looking at global challenges, comparing and contrasting and coming to a shared agenda about what needs to be addressed.’.. Collectively, that is, except for a significant missing group – UK politicians. Although the UK was well represented by civil society, academia, professional bodies and private business – including a delegation of civil servants from the Department for International Development – there were no ministers or city mayors that Elliott was aware of. This brings the sole downbeat note from Elliott… There will also be three themes of activity in research, campaigning and lobbying: affordable housing, climate change and making city regions work for all. All, she says, are “underlying themes of Habitat III”.” (emph. added)

Nuclear Deal Opponents Urge Military Confrontation with Iranby the National Iranian American Council, informationClearingHouse.info – “Outlining Trump’s options going forward, Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies said the U.S. must “restore coercion” and recommended direct military confrontation, saying that sanctions alone are not a silver bullet. ‘The next time a Revolutionary Guard attack boat harasses the U.S. Navy, we should sink it, put it in the bottom of the Gulf,’ Dubowitz said. ‘That would be a good start.’ He also noted the possibility of directly targeting Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah proxies that are operating in the Syrian civil war. ‘Remember, right now Syria is a target-rich environment if you want to go after the Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah, and that’s not just a hypothetical possibility, the Israelis are doing it today…The Israelis are enforcing their red lines, they’re using military force against the Iranians. I think the United States of America could do the same.’ ”

robot wars!: Russian special forces take out ISIS terror boss with the help of machine gun-toting robot – Rustan Aselderov – known as Abu Muhammad – was fatally injured during the shootout in Dagestan – by Jon Lockett, TheSun.co.uk – “Soldiers are seen unloading their weapons on the building  before launching two explosive devices inside… A small weaponised robotic vehicle is then seen moving in to finish the job… The robot’s mounted machine gun blasts holes through the side of the property as soldiers secure the area… The video has been seen by thousands online with most praising the troops for their bravery (wtf?).”

5 Radical Solutions to Fix Our Busted Government – by Parag Khanna, author of Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info State (this Time Magazine article is essentially an unequivocal endorsement of “Expert (AI) Government” for America) – “Parag Khanna is a senior research fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore and the author of Connectography and the new book Technocracy in America” – 5 Solutions: 1. Abolish the electoral college. 2. Create a streamlined and expert Cabinet. 3. Replace the Senate with an Assembly of Governors. 4. Let the Supreme Court modify the Constitution. 5. Restore a strong federal service that knows how to run a country.

India Confiscates Gold, Even Jewelry, in Raids on Hidden Money – from Mishtalk.com – “Global financial repression picks up steam, led by India. After declaring large denomination notes illegal, India now targets gold… It’s not just gold bars or bullion. The government has raided houses, no questions asked, confiscating jewelry… What this means, unfortunately, is that India’s income tax officers have just won the lottery. During a raid, they can, on the spot, decide whether or not to confiscate a family’s gold holdings. And remember, India has an enormous amount of gold — 20,000 metric tons, much of it inherited. (The rules governing simple searches are different, but few know that.) Rather than cleaning up tax administration, the government has handed tax officials more power than they’ve had for decades. The rich will pay what they need to escape harassment; the rest will suffer.”

As Jihadi Resistance Crumbles In Aleppo Western Powers Play Diplomatic Games – from SouthFront.org – “As is commonly the case in attrition war, the end in Aleppo is coming quickly.  Throughout the last 12 hours reports have been pouring in of more and more formerly Al-Qaeda held districts of eastern Aleppo falling to the Syrian army… ‘The Syrian army troops and Hezbollah resistance fighters managed to take control of al-Jadideh district and immediately moved in several directions to beat terrorists back from their positions in al-Kelaseh, Bab al-Maqam, al-Fardos and Karm al-Deada districts after fortifying their positions in vast areas of al-Salehin district… The terrorists have so far lost over 40 districts and neighbourhoods in Eastern Aleppo and are now in control of only very few districts stretching over an area 7 sq/km or less than 10 percent of what was once their territory for 5 years until this last Summer.”

Web Research Links for the week of 11/28/16:

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The Coming War on China – by John Pilger, CounterPunch.org – “Like the renewal of post-Soviet Russia, the rise of China as an economic power is declared an “existential threat” to the divine right of the United States to rule and dominate human affairs… To counter this, in 2011 President Obama announced a “pivot to Asia”, which meant that almost two-thirds of US naval forces would be transferred to Asia and the Pacific by 2020. Today, more than 400 American military bases encircle China with missiles, bombers, warships and, above all, nuclear weapons. From Australia north through the Pacific to Japan, Korea and across Eurasia to Afghanistan and India, the bases form, says one US strategist, “the perfect noose”.”

Representative of Syrian Militants Confirms Talks with Russia in Ankara – from SouthFront.org – “The oppositionist added that participants tried to develop a plan to solve the situation in Aleppo on basis of proposals of UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, about safe corridors for withdrawal of local residents in exchange for a ceasefire… ‘However, it seems that no agreement was reached, as groups [of militants], besieged in Aleppo, took a firm decision to fight to the end and not to leave [the city],’ the representative of the Syrian National Coalition said… He also noted that militants in Aleppo took their decisions regardless of the “command outside of the city,” including representatives in Turkey.”

ALEPPO UPDATES: ‘Only Road’ to Deliver Aid to Eastern Aleppo, Castello Road – is Liberated – from 21stCenturyWire.com – ” ‘As a result of effective actions by the Syrian government forces, the Castello Road is now completely liberated. Thus, there are no impediments for humanitarian aid to be delivered to the people of Aleppo,’ the head of operations for Russia’s General Staff, General Lieutenant Sergey Rudskoy, announced on Wednesday… The route, which has been dubbed “death road” and the “only secure route into eastern Aleppo” by the western media, has been cited as one of the main obstacles for UN aid to be brought into eastern Aleppo.”

Does What Happened to This Journalist at the US-Canada Border Herald a Darker Trend? – by Hugh Handeyside, ActivistPost.com – “Although Ed clearly identified himself as a journalist on his way to Standing Rock, the CBP officers detained him for more than six hours and subjected him to multiple rounds of intrusive interrogation… They questioned him at length about his work as a journalist, his prior professional travel in the Middle East, and dissidents or “extremists” he had encountered or interviewed as a journalist. They photocopied his personal papers, including pages from his handwritten personal diary… They also asked Ed to unlock the three mobile phones he uses to communicate in different locations worldwide. Ed told them he couldn’t agree to do that because of his ethical obligation as a journalist to protect his confidential sources. The officers took the phones, and when they returned them several hours later, the tamper tape covering the phones’ SIM cards was altered or missing, suggesting that the officers had removed and possibly copied the cards.”

Pope encourages scientists to work on sustainable development – from IndCatholicNews.com – “In his address on Monday, the Pope said: ‘It falls to scientists, who work free of political, economic or ideological interests, to develop a cultural model which can face the crisis of climate change and its social consequences…’ (Er, scientist free of vested interests who support “climate change” ideology?!) The Holy Father also called on political leaders informed by the best efforts of the scientific community to craft laws and a binding international structure of norms to safeguard the created order (just what order would that be?..) and the human ecology at the centre of it.”

US election recount: Hillary Clinton supports hand-counting Wisconsin ballots – by Jon Swaine, TheGuardian.com – “An attorney for Clinton said in a court filing that the former secretary of state argues, like Stein, that hand recounts are superior to automatic recounts of ballots by optical scanners, which are used by about 90% of counties in the state… Clinton ‘respectfully supports the issuance of an order requiring a manual recount of all ballots cast in the presidential election in Wisconsin’, attorney Joshua Kaul said in the motion, according to the Madison Capital Times… Attorneys for Clinton did not respond to requests for comment… A hearing on Stein’s case was taking place on Tuesday night at the court in Madison. Wisconsin authorities argued in opposition to the lawsuit that hand recounts would be too time-consuming and make it impossible to finish by a 12 December deadline.(Emph. Added)

Russian Air Defense Troops Put on Alert due to Ukraine’s Plans to Launch Missiles over Crimea – from SouthFront.org – “In addition, Ukraine has established new no-fly zones over the Black Sea, which include airspace above Russian territorial waters to the southwest and the southeast of Crimea, representative of the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya), Sergei Isvolsky, said… ‘New ‘danger zones’ have been established in airspace over neutral waters of the Black Sea and a part of the territorial waters of the Russian Federation in the Black Sea to the south-west and south-east of the peninsula of Crimea,’ Isvolsky said… He noted that reasons of the announcement of the new no-fly zones have not been called by Ukraine. At the same time, there were no consultations with Russia on this issue… According to Isvolsky, these actions violate requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization and are politically engaged and provocative.”

from the Fox-Guarding-The-Hen-House Desk: U.S. Air Forces Central Command Completes Dayr Az Zawr Investigation – by Cheryl Pellerin, Defense.gov – “Regrettable Error: Coe, who was deployed all last year in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, had target engagement authority among his primary responsibilities…’“We’ve been flying these sorts of missions, planned out of the Combined Air Operations Center, for a number of years. It’s what we do,’ he said. ‘And in this incident ultimately we made an unintentional, regrettable error, primarily based on human factors in several areas in the targeting process.’.. ‘Having performed a thorough review of all the facts and circumstances, as the investigating officer I found that the decision to identify the targets as [ISIL] military objectives was made in good faith, based on information reasonably available at the time to all coalition decision makers,’ Coe said, adding that the targets were struck in accordance with the law of armed conflict (Note: with the small exception of the attack being made on the territory of a sovereign nation which specifically denied the U.S. permission for such operations on its soil) and applicable rules of engagement for all nations involved.”

Web Research Links for the week of 11/21/16:

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US House Seeks Syria-War Escalation – Moving to trap President-elect Trump into a war escalation in Syria, the House rushed through a resolution promoting a U.S.-imposed “no fly zone” that could spark World War III, reports – by Rick Sterling, InformationClearingHouse.info

What Are the Ukronazis Up to in Crimea? – by The Saker, Unz.com – “What is remarkable here is that the Ukronazis kidnapped these two men in broad daylight in an location which was clearly under video monitoring, and that they then showed one of the hostages with a clear sign of the beating he received. No matter how incompetent the SBU is, they are not so incompetent as to not realize the fantastically provocative nature of their actions. This was an absolutely deliberate provocation whose goal was to get some kind of Russian reaction, either in Crimea or somewhere else… What were they really hoping for?”

Newsbud Exclusive- Will Nikolai Patrushev be the New Prime Minister of Russia? – by Professor Filip Kovacevic – “It now appears that Medvedev is in danger of losing his position and perhaps, just like Ulyukaev, his freedom as well. In fact, the last month’s sudden cancellation of Medvedev’s trip to Serbia, which at this time is the only (and hence very significant) official Russian ally in East-Central Europe, demonstrates that his authority is already seriously eroded.”

Richie Allen Show (audio 40 min) – Dr Graham Downing “Unborn Babies Being Prepared For AI & Transhumanism Through Vaccines & Medicine!” – This Rabbit Hole runs very deep: What is the nature of AI and the AI agenda?

Psyop Alert!: Russia is Manipulating US Public Opinion through Online Propaganda – We’re trying to stop it. – “Welcome to PropOrNot! This site is a resource for people who want to understand Russian influence operations targeted at US audiences, distinguish between propaganda and commercial “clickbait”, and help identify propaganda and push back.” – Be sure to check out “The List” tab.

Clinton campaign will participate in Wisconsin recount, with an eye on ‘outside interference,’ lawyer says – by Matt Zapotosky, WashingtonPost.com

China Smart Grid: Market Forecast (2016-2026) – “A study of the $77.6bn smart grid infrastructure opportunity in China over the next decade (36 pages + dataset). The Chinese market will be dominated by domestic vendors but there are select opportunities for international vendors in certain smart grid market segments. China will invest more in smart grid infrastructure than any other country over the next ten years. But, contrary to many reports, it is not already the largest smart grid market and in cumulative value will likely continue to trail the US throughout the next ten years.“Smart Grid” is a top priority project of the globalists working through the UN.

‘Data is the new oil … who’s going to own it?’ – Information is powering Berlin’s start-up industry – from Financial Times – “The internet of things, or IoT, is a hot-button topic in the tech scene right now. Hundreds of companies are trying to figure out how to harness the data being thrown off by cars, aeroplane engines and household appliances… ‘IoT is a chance for Germany to use its engineering and industrial base and find digital applications for that,’ says Florian Heinemann, founding partner of Project A Ventures, which invests in early-stage companies.”

Potential gold-import ban by India could be biggest bombshell since Nixon – “Even though the media in much of the Western world is mostly still oblivious to this major potential development ahead, we now feel comfortable publishing this for three reasons. First, the premium on gold being sold in India has jumped to $12 per ounce, the highest premium since November 2014. We see this jump in premium as tangible proof that the rumor is taking hold and affecting gold price… Second, Indian Bullion & Jewellers Association has informed its members that they are hearing from certain circles of a potential ban on gold imports. Subsequent to our earlier information, this has now become public . Third, social media in Asia is abuzz with these rumors.”

Election Not Over? Money Is Being Raised To Challenge The Election Results In Wisconsin, Michigan And Pennsylvania – by Michael Snyder, TheEconomicCollapseBlog.com

Aerosol flu vaccine with live virus to be sprayed on all Americans? It’s already ‘approved for deployment’ in Australia – by S. D. Wells, NaturalNews.com – “Although FluMist, the first nasal spray flu vaccine, was utterly rejected as “ineffective” by pediatricians as well as CDC advisors for the upcoming flu season, and even though the last round of flu shots was admitted by the CDC to be a complete failure (even though they said to get it anyway), have no fear, because evil Western medicine hasn’t given up yet on completely incapacitating the entire population’s immune system with chemicals!”

White Helmets “at it again” –  You can’t make this stuff up

Sir Richard Branson funding new campaign group to fight Brexit – from TheGuardian.com – “An email published by the Independent says Branson has offered office space and cash to help the organisation launch… ‘Virgin … are keen to help … Since we last spoke [they] have offered a further £25k, plus bigger office space, help with legal advice and a possible secondment.’.. (however) A Virgin spokesperson said: ‘Since the EU referendum, Virgin has not made any payments to any Brexit campaign or organisation.’ ”

The REAL FAKE NEWS exposed: ‘97% of scientists agree on climate change’ is an engineered hoax… here’s what the media never told you – by Mike Adams, NaturalNews.com (Official Fake News® site) – “Wow, you mean the 97% consensus number comes from just 75 scientists that were hand-picked from an email survey?” – Yep.

Why Billionaire “Philanthropist” Bill Gates Loves India’s Demonetization Program – The profit motive in the War on Cash -by Don Quijone, WolfStreet.com

UN chemical watchdog refused to send experts to Aleppo under Western pressure – Lavrov  – “Russian specialists found that militants in east Aleppo used ammunition with poisonous substances, with the ammo targeting west Aleppo. The collected samples leave no doubt that it’s a toxic agent,” Sergey Lavrov said at a press conference with his Belarusian counterpart in Minsk, as cited by Interfax… Read more:  Russian MoD finds evidence of chemical weapons use by terrorists in Aleppo – MoD  – However, when the Russian Ministry of Defense addressed the leadership of the UN watchdog OPCW “with the demand to urgently send its experts to Aleppo to participate in the sample analysis,” the organization “refused to carry out this simple task, citing security issues.”.. The underlying reason behind this, Lavrov said, seemed to be “tremendous pressure from our Western colleagues,” because “our and Syrian sides guaranteed security [for the experts].”

Syria FM dismisses UN proposal for east Aleppo autonomy – from PressTV.ir

Geoengineering to Alter Climate Moves Closer to Reality – by Anna Hirtenstein, Bloomberg.com – The propaganda keeps on rolling…

Zuckerberg Just Revealed Facebook’s 7-Point Plan to Censor “Fake News” and It’s Chilling – by Claire Bernish, ActivistPost.com

 

Web Research Links for the week of 11/14/16:

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San Francisco schoolchildren now subjected to ’emotional terrorism’ by shockingly vile teachers union lesson plan rooted in HATEAs Breitbart.com’s Joel Pollak reports, ‘the guide informs teachers that ‘a racist and sexist man has become the president of our country by pandering to a huge racist and sexist base,’ and suggests they teach children the same.’.. Astonishingly, the teachers’ union guide urges teachers to indoctrinate schoolchildren into an alternate reality where Trump didn’t win the election, saying: ‘DO NOT: Tell them that we have LOST and that we have to accept this. We do not have to accept ANYTHING except that we must and will fight for justice against an unjust system and against unjust people.’ “

Mysterious NYC skyscraper owned by AT&T nerve center of NSA mass surveillance programs – report – from RT.com – “The 550-foot high-rise was purportedly designed to house enough food and supplies to sustain a “self-contained city” of 1,500 people for two weeks in case a worst-case Cold War scenario involving atomic weaponry arose… Aside from accommodating “powerful computers, cables, and switchboards” and handling long-distance phone calls, including international ones, the AT&T telecommunications center doubles as a wiretapping facility that targets calls, faxes, and internet traffic, according to the Intercept… The Long Lines Building is still shown as being owned by AT&T by New York’s Department of Finance, the Intercept found… The NSA refers to the skyscraper as TITANPOINTE, according to documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden and interviews that the Intercept conducted with ex-AT&T employees. A key NSA program called BLARNEY is allegedly run out of a secret location in the building that taps into ‘communications of the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and at least 38 countries, including close US allies such as Germany, Japan, and France,’ their report states.”

fake-news-all-the-faking-timeOfficially Fake News®: Report: Three Million Votes in Presidential Election Cast by Illegal Aliens – Trump may have won popular vote – by Paul Joseph Watson, Inforwars.com

Technocracy or is it Leninism from Silicon Valley – from MarketMadHouse.com – “Lenin’s goal was to build a political system in which a highly-educated elite would utilize science and technology to create a utopia. History teaches us that Lenin’s system was a dismal failure; instead of super intelligent technocrats, it produced rule by gangsters, thugs, and brainless bureaucrats. It also led to the needless deaths of untold millions of people around the world.”

record_global_cooling-11-2016Record Global Cooling Over The Last Eight Months – by Tony Heller,  RealClimateScience.com – “Over the last eight months, global temperatures over land have cooled a record 1.2 C. November is seeing record cold in Russia and South Australia, so we should see the record cooling trend continue… As temperatures cool at a record pace, experts say global warming is now unstoppable… Climate change may be escalating so fast it could be ‘game over’, scientists warn | The Independent… People in Russia might tend to disagree with this assessment.”

virtual-reality-warningWarning: Doctors Fear Virtual Reality Headsets Rewire Kid’s Brains – by Dr. Mallika Marshall, Technocracy.news – ” ‘This is a big area of both interest and some concern,’ said Dr. Joseph Rizzo of Mass Eye and Ear. Dr. Rizzo told us the research is still out on VR. ‘There’s a legitimate question about whether that much exposure to artificial visual stimuli will alter the way the brain accepts and processes visual information. It’s an unknown.’.. The challenge for the eyes and the brain while using virtual reality is that while the image is up close to your face it manages to trick your brain into seeing depth. We don’t know what that type of conflict might mean for any user… ‘The immediate concerns are with the younger users because they will be prone to use them for much longer periods of time,’ explained Dr. Rizzo. Those concerns include what this might mean for a young, developing brains. ‘You need to understand whether the brain is changing in some permanent way.’ There’s also a possible increased risk of becoming near-sighted.”

Stan Goff – Advice for those considering joining the military – 3min 34sec

united-nations-logo-wht-bkgdSerious as Death: Full Text: New Urban Agenda As Adopted By The UN Conference On Housing And Sustainable Development (Habitat III) – from Technocracy.news – 175 rules for human life in this century, if the UN program becomes ascendant – “1. We, Heads of State and Government, ministers and High Representatives, have gathered at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) from 17 to 20 October 2016 in Quito, with the participation of subnational and local governments, parliamentarians, civil society, indigenous peoples and local communities, the private sector, professionals and practitioners, the scientific and academic community, and other relevant stakeholders, to adopt a New Urban Agenda… 2. By 2050, the world’s urban population is expected to nearly double, making urbanization one of the twenty-first century’s most transformative trends. Populations, economic activities, social and cultural interactions, as well as environmental and humanitarian impacts are increasingly concentrated in cities, and this poses massive sustainability challenges in terms of housing, infrastructure, basic services, food security, health, education, decent jobs, safety and natural resources, among others… 3. Since the United Nations Conferences on Human Settlements in Vancouver in 1976 and in Istanbul in 1996, and the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals in 2000, we have seen improvements in the quality of life of millions of urban inhabitants, including slum and informal-settlement dwellers. However, the persistence of multiple forms of poverty, growing inequalities and environmental degradation remain among the major obstacles to sustainable development worldwide, with social and economic exclusion and spatial segregation often an irrefutable reality in cities and human settlements… 4. We are still far from adequately addressing these and other existing and emerging challenges, and there is a need to take advantage of the opportunities presented by urbanization as an engine of sustained and inclusive economic growth, social and cultural development, and environmental protection, and of its potential contributions to the achievement of transformative and sustainable development.” – Plus 171 more bald-faced assertions of the global elites’ Technocratic analysis and solutions for the “human problem.”

A Conversation on “Gender Identity”

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

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

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

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

But to the matter at hand…

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

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

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

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

Right, got you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SERIOUSLY?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hunter-Wigington

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Obama’s Last SOTU: Unabashed Hypocrisy on Parade

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I want to focus on our (your) future.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Cue the Ericksonian Cheerleading and entrainment push):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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