Web Research Links for the Week of 9/16/19

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US hints at military response to Saudi attacks as oil prices surge – from Agence France Presse – https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/saudi-races-to-restore-oil-supply-after-strike-blamed-on-iran/ar-AAHjMy9 – “”There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!” Trump tweeted.” – Comment: Can the Warmonger-In-Chief even compose a coherent sentence, as he invites the Saudi Pathocrats to direct the military might of the Empire?

US Officials Claim Yemen Not Behind Saudi Aramco Attack, Houthis Reveal ‘Intel Operation’ – Reports –  https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201909161076810647-us-officials-claim-yemen-not-behind-saudi-aramco-attack-houthis-reveal-intel-operation—reports/ – US officials, cited by Reuters, so far decline to say from where the attack was launched. “There are two options, and we have our opinion on which it was“, US officials said, adding the Iraqi government declared that they were not behind the launches, Reuters reported… According to Reuters, citing US officials, Washington is working with Saudi officials who allege that cruise missiles were used in the attacks on the Saudi Aramco oil facilities… Over 17 devices were deployed, the US officials claimed, adding that not all of the devices reached their targets and some were recovered north of their intended destination, according to Reuters.”

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Web Research Links for the Week of 9/9/19

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Nearly two decades after the events of September 11, 2001, former British Ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford, makes a compelling argument which challenges the western foreign policy orthodox which underpins the Global War on Terror. – https://21stcenturywire.com/2019/09/11/eighteen-years-on-after-9-11-has-al-qaeda-won-the-war-on-terror/

REPORTS: Russia Has Blocked Three Israeli Strikes on Syria This Month – by Patrick Henningsen – https://21stcenturywire.com/2019/09/15/reports-russia-has-blocked-three-israeli-strikes-on-syria-this-month/ – “The source cited in the report claims a similar situation has happened twice – and that during August, Moscow stopped an air strike on a Syrian outpost in Qasioun, where a S-300 missile battery is placed… Moreover, it was claimed that another air strike was planned for a week later on a Syrian outpost in the Qunaitra area and a third one on a sensitive area in Latakia. This development is what pushed Netanyahu to have his quick visit in Russia to try and convince Putin to ignore Israel’s attacks in Syria. According to the Russian source, Putin let Netanyahu know that his country will not allow any damage to be done to the Syrian regime’s army, or any of the weapons being given to it, because giving such a permission would be seen as giving Israel leniency – something that contradicts Russia’s goal of assisting the Syrian regime.”

Former Lover Exposes Eric Schmidt (33 min) – from American Intelligence Media

Trump says Osama Bin Laden’s son was killed in US operationhttps://www.rt.com/news/468825-bin-laden-son-killed-trump/ – “Hamza Bin Laden’s death in an airstrike was first reported late in July. Back then, Trump said that the man was “very threatening” to the US, but declined to provide any further details. With the official confirmation of Hamza’s death, however, it still remains unclear when – and where – the US operation took place exactly.” (emphasis added)

Pilgrim Society – “STUNNING REVELATIONS” Prove Media WeaponizedMore in-depth research from Aim4Truth.org – Pilgrim Society infiltrated media, created MI5, MI6, proto-GCHQ, behind creation of GE, which created RCA Britain, which became SERCO.https://aim4truth.org/2019/09/13/origins-of-fake-news/

ICE Accidentally Reveals Fascist “Hyper-Realistic” Urban Warfare Training Facility At Army Base – by Aaron Kesel – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/09/ice-accidentally-reveals-fascist-hyper-realistic-urban-warfare-training-facility-at-army-base.html

Closer Look At Behavior Of Ukrainian Propagandists And Politicianshttps://southfront.org/closer-look-at-behavior-of-ukrainian-propagandists-and-politicians/ – “Since the very start of the 2014 Maidan coup in Ukraine, pro-Western media workers and politicians have demonstrated a surprising level of hypocrisy, inhumanity and propaganda hysteria. The war propaganda and blatant lies have become something common for Ukraine’s internal policy and the Kiev government’s actions on the international level. However, this is  intentionally ignored by Western diplomats and mainstream media outlets… The conversation below happened between a spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, and a journalist of Ukraine’s UNIAN, Roman Tsymbalyuk, on September 12.” – Comment: Marvelous transcript of this interview with Maria Zakharova, who essentially tears the Ukrainian media personality (propagandist), Roman Tsymbalyuk, to pieces on camera.

Evil Eric Schmidt and His Plan for Prison Planethttps://aim4truth.org/2019/08/31/evil-eric-schmidt-and-his-plan-for-prison-planet/ – “In this citizen intelligence report, we reveal the mechanisms that Eric Schmidt used to centralize the Chinese communist’s new program of Social Credit System, which is used to curtail the freedom of citizens who don’t maintain an acceptable cyber-score. This system of totalitarian control is now being used against corporations who fall prey to the Chinese “One Belt, One Road” trading deal that, in effect, is more like imperial piracy. Over one hundred million Chinese have had their freedoms restricted, jailed, or even put in “vocational retraining camps” where it is reported that over 1.5 million people have been murdered.”

Netanyahu: War in Gaza could break out ‘before the elections’https://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-war-in-gaza-could-break-out-before-the-elections/ – “In his comments, which came hours after he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Netanyahu asserted, ‘An operation in Gaza could happen at any moment, including four days before the elections. The date of the elections does not factor [into a decision to go to war].’ ” – Comment: “break out”: wonderful euphemism.

INSIDE THE DRUG INDUSTRY’S PLAN TO DEFEAT THE DEA – Faced with pressure to curtail suspicious opioid shipments, an alliance fought back with every weapon at its disposal – by Scott Higham, Sari Horwitz, Steven Rich and Meryl Kornfield – https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/investigations/drug-industry-plan-to-defeat-dea/ – “The new information is emerging through the efforts of lawyers in the massive federal lawsuit against two dozen drug companies in Cleveland who have obtained depositions from high-ranking company officials, internal company emails and confidential memos. The documents were unsealed in July after a year-long legal fight by The Washington Post and the owner of the Charleston Gazette-Mail in West Virginia… In 2016, the drug companies convinced members of Congress and Obama administration officials to rein in the DEA and force the agency to treat them as “partners” in efforts to solve the crisis. The crowning achievement of the companies was a piece of legislation known as the “Marino bill,” named after its original sponsor, which curbed the DEA’s ability to immediately suspend the operations of drug companies that failed to follow the law.”

Russian Su-35s Intercept Israeli Warplanes Over Syria: Media reportshttps://www.defenseworld.net/news/25462/Russian_Su_35s_Intercept_Israeli_Warplanes_Over_Syria__Media_reports#.XXwdjX97m00 – “Russian Su-35 aircraft intercepted Israeli warplanes over southern Syria on night of September 10, a day after 18 persons were killed in a suspected Israeli attack on a Syrian army post hosting Iran-affiliated militia… The Russian aircraft took off from the Khmeimim air base and intercepted Israeli aircraft over southern Syria, Russian website, Avia.pro reported citing unnamed sources. A couple of other Russian news resources too reported this incident without attribution… However, with Russian warplanes in the sky, the Israeli aircraft withdrew without confrontation, another Russian website, Avia.ru writes.”

What Happened the Day a Giant, Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Hit the Earth – Using rock cores from Chicxulub crater, geologists piece together a new timeline of the destruction that followed impact – by Riley Black – https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dinosaur-killing-asteroid-impact-chicxulub-crater-timeline-destruction-180973075/#WxOD5oCeHLxyiKlB.99 – “One of the greatest scars on our planet is hidden beneath the Yucatán Peninsula and the Gulf of Mexico. The buried crater, over 90 miles in diameter, was created when a massive asteroid struck the planet 66 million years ago and brought a calamitous end to the reign of dinosaurs. Now, thanks to a new analysis of core samples taken from the crater’s inner ring of mountains, called a peak ring, geologists can create a detailed timeline of what happened on the day after impact.”

Netanyahu: War in Gaza to topple Hamas likely inevitable – by Michael Bachner –  https://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-war-in-gaza-to-topple-hamas-likely-inevitable/ – ” ‘There probably won’t be a choice but to launch an operation, a war with the terror forces in Gaza,’ the prime minister said in a radio interview with the Kan public broadcaster, kicking off a media blitz five days before the national elections. ‘There probably won’t be a choice but to topple the Hamas regime. Hamas doesn’t exert its sovereignty in the Strip and doesn’t prevent attacks.’ ”

Netanyahu vows to annex West Bank’s Jordan Valley if re-elected – from Agence France Pressehttps://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/netanyahu-vows-to-annex-west-banks-jordan-valley-if-re-elected/ar-AAH5PeR – ” ‘There is one place where we can apply Israeli sovereignty immediately after the elections,’ Netanyahu said during the address that included a map of the Jordan Valley on an easel next to him… ‘If I receive from you, citizens of Israel, a clear mandate to do so … today I announce my intention to apply with the formation of the next government Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea.’.. Senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi said Netanyahu was'”not only destroying the two-state solution, he is destroying all chances of peace.’.. She called it ‘worse than apartheid.’ ” – Comment: For an Exceptional People, confiscation of the property of the untermenschen is not theft.

Is the Franklin Cover-up Scandal of Child Sex-Trafficking in Boys Town, Nebraska Still Happening Today?https://healthimpactnews.com/2019/is-the-franklin-cover-up-scandal-of-child-sex-trafficking-in-boys-town-nebraska-still-happening-today/

From the Ding-Dong-The-Witch-Is-Dead Desk: Trump Fires John Bolton After “Disagreeing Strongly With His Suggestions” – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/trump-fires-john-bolton-after-disagreeing-strongly-his-suggestions

A Recession Is Already Happening In Parts Of The U.S. – by Mac Slavo – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/09/a-recession-is-already-happening-in-parts-of-the-u-s.html – “While the mainstream media and the political establishment continue to claim China is paying for the tariffs, those actually stuck paying them are calling it what it is: propaganda. It’s just politics as usual.  ‘It’s just an outright lie, and he [Trump] knows it,’ says Greg Petras, president of Kuhn North America, which employs some 600 people at its farm-equipment factory in Wisconsin. For Kuhn, Trump’s trade war has produced a toxic mix of rising costs and falling revenues. ‘You’re slamming your fist on the steering wheel and saying “Why would you tell people this?” ‘… According to Bloomberg, hours are being cut and the workforce is being furloughed to make ends meet. About 250 Kuhn employees spent the Labor Day holiday caught in a two-week furlough, and they’re facing another in early October. A shrinking order book means Kuhn is cutting costs and slashing production as Petras and his managers peer out at a U.S. economy that looks far bleaker from the swing-state heartland than it does in either the White House or on Wall Street.”

RFK. Jr. Mic Dropping Speech Marks Birth of a New Civil Rights Movement Vis-à-Vis The Rise of the Medical Police State – by Sayer Ji – https://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/rfk-jr-mic-dropping-speech-marks-birth-new-civil-rights-movement-vis-vis-rise-med – “In the astoundingly powerful and uplifting speech by RFK Jr. below, one senses the historical importance of what just transpired. And that the fall of California into medical fascism also marks the beginning of a new, broad-based civil rights movement, including all sexes, races, walks of life, religions, and socioeconomic classes — as it concerns the primary, inviolable human right of bodily self-sovereignty and health freedom, and a parent’s right to make informed health choices for their children, which can have life and death consequences.”

Suicide Rates In Rural America Jump, Nearly Half A Million Dead – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-09-09/suicide-rates-rural-america-jump-nearly-half-million-dead – “Oren Miron, a researcher at the Clalit Research Institute in Israel, said the jump in suicide rates in rural counties is “alarming.”.. Miron wasn’t involved in the study but said the primary factor for high suicide rates was unemployment… Suicide “is a growing American tragedy,” Dr. Albert Wu, an internist and a professor of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health… ‘It has become a leading cause of death in the U.S., and is a major public health problem.’.. In rural communities, ‘many of the most pernicious health and social problems intersect,’ Wu said.”

IDF Claims Iranian-backed Forces Launched Rockets At Israel From Syria – https://southfront.org/idf-claims-iranian-backed-forces-launched-rockets-at-israel-from-syria/ – “The IDF statement is most likely another attempt to justify the Israeli agressive policy towards Syria in the region. A new round of Isaeli strikes on Syria could be expected soon.”

Israeli Attack? Several Explosions Rocked Positions Of Iraqi Militias Near Syrian Borderhttps://southfront.org/israeli-attack-several-explosions-rocked-positions-of-iraqi-militias-near-syrian-border/ – “On September 8, several explosions rocked near the Syrian city of Al Bukamal, located on the border with Iraq, Al Arabiya reported. According to the report, the targeted area is where Iranian-affiliated Iraqi militias are located, and the explosions may have targeted them… It was also reported that several servicemembers were killed. Pro-Israeli sources argue that 18 Iranian-backed fighters were killed and a few dozens of others were wounded in the incident described as an alleged ‘Israeli attack’. However, these claims remain unconfirmed by any evidence.”

Erdogan says Turkey, US at odds over Syria safe zonehttps://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/09/08/605684/US-Turkey-Erdogan-Syria-safe-zone-disagreement – ” ‘We are negotiating with the US for the safe zone, but we see at every step that what we want and what they have in mind is not the same thing,’ Erdogan said. ‘It seems that our ally is looking for a safe zone for the terrorist organization, not for us. We reject such understanding.’.. ‘If we don’t actually begin establishing a safe zone in the east of Euphrates with our own soldiers by the end of September, we will have no other option left but to follow our path. This is not something to be done with three or five helicopter flights, five or ten rounds of ground patrols, and ostensible presence of a few hundreds of soldiers in the region,’ the Turkish president said.”

From the How-Do-You-Know-When-A-Politician-Is-Lying Desk: US Treasury Secretary: ‘I don’t see in any way a recession’https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/09/09/605745/US-Treasury-Secretary-I-dont-see-a-recession – ” ‘There’s no question there’s been a considerable slowdown in the world economy both in China and in Europe but as you look at the US, we continued to be the bright spot.’.. ‘We have not seen any impact on the US economy,’ he added.”

Another US great recession coming? – by Stephen Lendman – https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/09/02/605155/Another-US-great-recession-coming – “Millions of unemployed Americans are considered nonpersons, their status omitted from headlined monthly Labor Department figures… These are real people struggling to get by. Most working Americans hold low-wage, poor-or-no benefit temporary or part-time service jobs… Already living in poverty or bordering it, they’re one or a few missed paychecks away from possible homelessness, hunger and despair — the world’s richest nation uncaring about their dire straits… If real US inflation exceeds 5.5%, average wages for working Americans declined, a further drag on the economy, compounded by record high consumer debt exceeding $13 trillion… McKinsey Global Institute data show US ‘median wages have not risen at all since 2007,’ Rasmus reported… Adjusted for real inflation, they’ve fallen, exacerbating the widening US wealth gap, have and have not economic reality in the country… Whenever it arrives, economic recession will hit ordinary Americans hardest.”

The Trayvon Hoax That Divided America Is About to Be Exposed – by Jack Cashill – https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/09/the_trayvon_hoax_that_divided_america_is_about_to_be_exposed.html – “Having written a book on the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin — If I Had a Son– I have been following Gilbert’s progress with interest. In fact, I introduced Gilbert to George Zimmerman, the man who shot Martin. Those who have followed the case know that not since the Scottsboro boys has any ordinary citizen endured the kind of malicious and conspicuously false reporting Zimmerman has. My hope was that Gilbert would set the record straight… Gilbert has done that and more. In the course of his relentless research into the shooting and subsequent trial, I can say without risk of overstatement that he has unearthed a legal fraud the likes of which I know no parallel. Not only has Gilbert discovered it, but he has also proved it six ways from Sunday, including DNA and handwriting analysis.”

Web Research Links for the Week of 9/2/19

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Netherlands Indirectly Admitted Own Complicity In MH17 Tragedyhttps://southfront.org/netherlands-indirectly-admitted-own-complicity-in-mh17-tragedy/ – “According to an independent technical expert Yuri Antipov, ‘the Dutch are deceiving everyone by’ wiping ‘the last seconds of the recording of this fundamental parameter.’.. ‘The Dutch say that recording on CVR and FDR stopped at 13 hours 20 minutes 3 seconds,’ the technical expert explains. ‘That is, both recorders stopped recording parameters at a time.’.. However, Antipov says that the FDR data published by the official MH17 investigation is different from what the investigators want to demonstrate to the world… ‘The recording of the pressure sensor inside the aircraft on the diagram stops at 13 hours 20 minutes and 1 second. That is, two seconds earlier,’ Antipov said adding that this is a signal of the fraud. So, the official investigation just removed data on the air pressure inside the aircraft 2 seconds before the incident… Under international law (as well as laws of a majority of the states), the concealment of facts related to the crime is a signal of complicity in the crime.  The Dutch government, which is allegedly a neutral side in the MH17 case, is de-facto impeding the objective investigation of the tragedy.”

Project SCoPEx: Bill Gates pursuing a plan to carry out planetary GENOCIDE under the guise of halting “climate change” – by Mike Adams – https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-09-06-project-scopex-bill-gates-has-a-plan-to-carry-out-planetary-genocide.html – “The SCoPEx project seeks to replicate the effects of an apocalyptic volcano disaster such as the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora, which ejected so much particulate matter into the atmosphere that it produced what was called, “the year without a summer.” Food crops failed across the planet, leading to mass starvation and disease. This is what Bill Gates and today’s mad scientists are working to replicate through artificial means. And yes, it’s all about unleashing mass starvation, genocide and depopulation on a global scale.”

Investigation Reveals North Carolina CPS Took HUNDREDS of Children Away from Parents Illegally – by Brian Shilhavy – https://healthimpactnews.com/2019/investigation-reveals-north-carolina-cps-took-hundreds-of-children-away-from-parents-illegally/ – ” ‘I’m sort of flabbergasted by it. It’s one of those situations where – very rarely am I speechless – I am absolutely speechless over it.’.. These were the words spoken by North Carolina District Attorney Ashley Welch, when reporter Kate Martin, writing for the Carolina Public Press, asked her to respond last week (August 2019) to news that an internal memo revealed that state officials knew that Cherokee County Department of Social Services was illegally removing children from their homes, before a civil lawsuit was filed in 2018 and before a request was made for a State Bureau of Investigation probe into the matter… In 2018, Associated Press reporters Mitch Weiss and Holbrook Mohr published an investigative report showing that Cherokee County Department of Social Services removed many children from their homes illegally, perhaps ‘hundreds.’ ”

Denmark To Send Troops To Syria, Pentagon Welcomes This Movehttps://southfront.org/denmark-to-send-troops-to-syria-pentagon-welcomes-this-move/ – “In a surprise move, Denmark is set to deploy troops in northeastern Syria to support U.S.-led coalition operations in the war-torn country… The country’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced on September 6 that the Danish military will send a medical team, a combat battalion, a warship and four fighter aircraft with support personnel for operations in Syria… The Pentagon welcomed Frederiksen’s announcement, claiming that the Danish forces will be participating in anti-ISIS efforts… ‘The United States welcomes the announcement by the Danish Government to make a military deployment to Syria in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and to continue to share the burden and responsibilities of this important mission … Our Danish partners will work with the residual U.S. military force in northeast Syria to support stability and security,’ an official statement by the Pentagon reads… Several reports had revealed that Washington was pressuring NATO members to increase their contribution to the U.S.-led coalition.”

Iranian-Backed Forces Deploy Troops In Northern Aleppo Near Turkish-Occupied Areashttps://southfront.org/iranian-backed-forces-deploy-troops-in-northern-aleppo-near-turkish-occupied-areas/ – ” ‘The pro-Iranian al-Rassoul al-Azam militia sent military vehicles and armored personnel carriers (APCs) to Minaq airbase and the town of Marnaz, the closest points to the opposition-held area of Azaz,’ the outlet reported, citing local sources… Earlier this month, the SAA reinforced its positions west and north of Aleppo’s city center. Several reports said that the army is preparing for a military operation... The deployment of Iranian-backed forces in northern Aleppo could be aimed at preventing ES forces from intervening, in case the SAA launched a military operation in the western countryside of the governorate.”

Saudi Arabia Is Preparing To Reopen Its Embassy In Damascushttps://southfront.org/saudi-arabia-is-preparing-to-reopen-its-embassy-in-damascus/Saudi Crown Prince, Mohamad Bin Salman, wants to reopen the Kingdom’s embassy in the Syrian capital of Damascus, Mujtahid, an anonymous Saudi activist, revealed on September 1… The pseudonymous activist, who is known for leaking credible information on Saudi Arabia’s internal affairs, said that Bin Salman, known as MBS, has directed Saudi Foreign Ministry to restore economic and commercial relations with the Damascus government.”

Brexit and the Prison House of Nations – by Israel Shamir – http://www.unz.com/ishamir/brexit-and-the-prison-house-of-nations/ – “The fight for Brexit is not a fight with or against Europe. Europeans are with BoJo against their own elites. The French dream of Frexit, and even Greeks would prefer Grexit to their present position of a country reduced by austerity to shambles. Whenever people were asked whether they want to remain in the EU, this undemocratic organisation wholly owned and managed by hostile elites, they usually answered by roaring No. The list is long. In 2005, the French voted Non to the EU Constitution, Nee said the Dutch; other governments got the message and shrewdly cancelled the referendums. Norway, Switzerland, Ireland, Greenland, Denmark, Greece voted No, but the hostile elites did not take no for an answer. Always they arranged this or that subterfuge, provided a different question for a new poll, or most often ruled that no referendum was necessary. In the case of Greece, the people voted No, but the ruling party said ‘never mind’ and answered Yes.”

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Denounces Mainstream Narrative On MH17 Tragedyhttps://southfront.org/malaysias-prime-minister-denounces-mainstream-narrative-on-mh17-tragedy/ – “The top leadership of Malaysia is not going to change its stance and continues saying that there is no evidence to blame Russia for the MH 17 tragedy in eastern Ukraine… On September 5, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad repeated that there is no sufficient evidence to blame Russia for the tragedy since some of the findings of the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) do not seem “quite right”.”

U.S. Is Plotting To Reanimate Insurgency In Southern Syria – Reporthttps://southfront.org/u-s-is-plotting-to-reanimate-insurgency-in-southern-syria-report/ – “A number of Free Syrian Army (FSA) commanders who fled to Jordan last year are now plotting to start an insurgency in southern Syria with support from the US, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) revealed on September 5… According to the SOHR, recently, a number of meetings was held in Jordan to discuss the new plot, which includes the formation of a group named the Army of the South to attack “Iranian militias” in southern Syria… The U.S. Military Operation Center (MOC) in Jordan will reportedly support the new group. The center was supposedly closed in late 2017.”

Inverted Systems – Lisa Renee’s May 2017 Newsletter, read by her – This is a good higher dimensional overview of the basic layout of the “Matrix” system now operating on Earth.

Link to full text of above Newsletter: https://energeticsynthesis.com/index.php/resource-tools/news-shift-timelines/3145-inverted-systems – “It is important to be able to identify the profiles of psychopathic and criminal behavior, because psychopaths are specifically being groomed in humanity in order to act as the managerial gatekeeper in the industries that enforce the inverted systems and enforce the reversals to stay in place. Thus, the workplace psychopaths are doing their job of serving the anti-human structures that increase the overall suffering in the world.”

There’s a lot of chatter about the statements from Mark Carney at the Jackson Hole conference among Alternative Info researchers on the webIs the Fed Preparing to Topple US Dollar? – by F. William Engdahl – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52204.htm – “The about-to-retire head of the very special Bank of England, Mark Carney, delivered a remarkable speech at the recent annual meeting of central bankers and finance elites at Jackson Hole Wyoming on August 23. The 23-page address to fellow central bankers and financial insiders is clearly a major signal of where the Powers That Be who run world central banks plan to take the world… The Bank of England Governor proposes in effect that the IMF, with its multi-currency Special Drawing Rights (SDR), a basket of five currencies—dollar, Pound, Yen, Euro and now Renminbi—should play the central role creating a new monetary system: ‘The IMF should play a central role in informing both domestic and cross border policies. … Pooling resources at the IMF, and thereby distributing the costs across all 189 member countries…’ For that to work he proposes raising the IMF SDR funds triple to $3 trillions as the core of a new monetary system… Then Carney proposes that the IMF oversee creation of a new payments infrastructure based on an international “stablecoin.” Referring to the private Libra, he clearly states a “new Synthetic Hegemonic Currency (SHC) would be best provided by the public sector, perhaps through a network of central bank digital currencies.” Note that Carney, a former Goldman Sachs banker, is mentioned as a leading candidate to replace Christine Lagarde as IMF head. Is his speech open admission of what is being planned by the world’s leading central bankers as the next step to a world currency and global economic control? Let’s look further.”

Chaos and Old Night: Fracking’s Hell Fires Still Burn Bright in Colorado – by Phil Doe – https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/09/03/chaos-and-old-night-frackings-hell-fires-still-burn-bright-in-colorado/ – “The new law, known as SB 181, made the protection of public health, safety, and the environment a condition that had to be met before any new oil and gas wells could be drilled or other infrastructure approved… When the smoke cleared and the jubilant Democratic legislators had gone home to be crowned with laurel, the new governor, Jared Polis, a centrist Democrat, took over administration of the new law… Lo and behold, it was only a matter of days thereafter that the future started to look a lot like the past, a past that was and is a living hell for those in the fracking fields.”

Eastern Ukraine Conflict Zone Became Hotter In Late August, Early Septemberhttps://southfront.org/eastern-ukraine-conflict-zone-became-hotter-in-late-august-early-september/ – “On July 22, the sides in the conflict in eastern Ukraine – the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) and forces the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) reached a “harvest” ceasefire agreement… Despite this, the situation in the period from July 22 to August 8 was tense with little signs of the establishment of a real ceasefire in the area... In the following period, from August 9  to September 1, the military situation remained same with the UAF openly violating the ceasefire almost on a dailiy basis and DPR-LPR forces responding to these violations.”

Pentagon’s DARPA Joins ‘Fight Against Fake News And Disinformation’https://southfront.org/pentagons-darpa-joins-fight-against-fake-news-and-disinformation/ – ” This is where it gets interesting. Initially, the description of the program suggests that this will curate and look for fake news and disinformation. This is where it is actually admitted that media content will also be created – ‘TA3 will design, organize, plan, and conduct the SemaFor evaluations and results analysis. While the evaluations will be conducted at the TA2 performer’s location, they will be under the control and supervision of the TA3 performer. TA3 deliverables include program metrics, evaluation protocols, and a library of multi-modal media assets for development and test purposes. Media may be collected or created.’.. Most likely to the discontent of many critics of US President Donald Trump, the Republicans and the current state of elections in the US, the program will be ready in 4 years… ‘This timeline is too slow and I wonder if it is a bit of PR,’ Syracuse University assistant professor of communications Jennifer Grygiel said. ‘Educating the public on media literacy, along with legislation, is what is important. But elected officials lack motivation themselves for change, and there is a conflict of interest as they are using these very platforms to get elected.’.. The current trend in forming the narrative is becoming and more evident, with constant claims of “educating the public in media literacy” and other dubious statements of the sort.”

Web Research Links for the Week of 8/26/19

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Saudi-led coalition strike on prison in Yemen kills at least 100 people – Red Cross – https://www.rt.com/news/467748-saudi-strike-yemen-prison-kill/ – “Airstrikes pounded the detention center located in a college building in the southwest of the country on Sunday.  The Sauid-led coalition, which has waged an air campaign against the Houthis for four years now, claims it targeted a Houthi military facility ‘in accordance with international humanitarian law.’.. The attack looks set to be the deadliest this year by the Saudi-led coalition.” – Comment: Good job, Saudis! MBS must be proud… “We estimate over 100 people were killed,” International Red Cross head in Yemen, Franz Rauchenstein, told AFP. Rauchenstein said that rescue teams are combing the rubble for survivors, but their chances of success “are very low.”

Sunset in the Golden State – Ep 6: Corrupt Government (34 min) – Interview by Stephan Molyneux

Student Suspended After Shooting Guns at Range with Mother – by AWR Hawkins –  https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/08/30/student-suspended-after-shooting-guns-at-range-with-mother/

Sacked for speaking out about Climate Change – Professor Peter Ridd (21 min) – Peter Ridd discusses how truth about climate science has led to one of the most important court cases on Free Speech in history.

Peter Ridd’s Fight for Freedom of Speech on Climate Change (11 min) – Peter Ridd discusses how truth about climate science has led to one of the most important court cases on Free Speech in history.

Teen Girl Loses Memory of 3 Months of her Life and 1/3 of Her Body Weight after HPV Vaccination – Barely Escapes Medical Kidnappinghttps://healthimpactnews.com/2019/teen-girl-loses-memory-of-3-months-of-her-life-and-1-3-of-her-body-weight-after-hpv-vaccination-barely-escapes-medical-kidnapping/ – “From an early age, I knew the way I wanted my life to go – I would finish school, move onto sixth form and then go to university. It never occurred to me that this would not happen, or not be possible… I had my first injection of the HPV vaccine in October 2010, the second in November, and the third dose in May 2011. When the consent form came though we questioned whether it was safe for me after the reaction I had to the MMR, but we were assured it was a safe vaccine… Looking back, I had symptoms of not being well that winter, but this was put down to flu, so I kept pushing myself.”

Will Bibi’s War Become America’s War? – by Patrick J. Buchanan – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/08/29/will-bibis-war-become-americas-war/ – “Netanyahu’s widening of Israel’s war with Iran and its proxies into Lebanon and Iraq — and perhaps beyond — and his acknowledgement of that wider war raise questions for both of us… Israel today has on and near her borders hostile populations in Gaza, Syria, Lebanon, Iran and Iraq. Tens of millions of Muslims see her as an enemy to be expelled from the region… While there is a cold peace with Egypt and Jordan, the Saudis and Gulf Arabs are temporary allies as long as the foe is Iran… Is this pervasive enmity sustainable?”

SouthFront Gets Award For Uncompromised Integrity In Journalismhttps://southfront.org/southfront-gets-award-for-uncompromised-integrity-in-journalism/ – “In August 2019, SouthFront was honored and profoundly moved to be considered worthy of the Serena Shim Award for Uncompromised Integrity in Journalism. We are proud to be among other respected and dedicated media organizations, journalists and investigators like Julian Assange, Vanessa Beeley, Dilyana Gaytandzhieva and others… The award was launched to honor Serena Shim that covered crucial events in the Middle East and other regions… We are set to continue our struggle asserting independent journalism, and providing an independent point of view on key military and political developments around the world. The Serena Shim award will help SouthFront to continue its work.”

The Saker interviews Max van der Werff about the MH-17 conspiracyhttp://thesaker.is/the-saker-interviews-max-van-der-werff-about-the-mh-17-conspiracy/ – “MH17 is… …a typical false flag operation which pursued two goals: first, of course, to justify a military aggression and, second, to force everybody to chose one of two options: first, either pretend to believe the official narrative or, second, be vilified and discredited. From this perspective, the MH17 false flag has been a tremendous success, mostly due to the extremely successful lobotomy inflicted by the legacy Ziomedia on the western public opinion (I would argue that the Skripal fairy tale is even more self-evidently ridiculous than the MH17 fairy tale, and yet that was also swallowed hook line and sinker by most western “experts”). But then, we live in a post-9/11 world, in which neither facts nor logic matter much anymore, except for a rather small amount of people, including Max van der Werff who has proven to be one of the most tenacious and courageous investigative journalists. I am most grateful for his time and answers!”

‘Watch out’: In tacit threat, IDF reveals details of Iran-Hezbollah missile plot – Israel names Iranian, Lebanese officers working secretively for years to give Shiite terror group advanced munitions; wants Lebanon, world to act to halt the program – by Judah Ari Gross –  https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-tacit-threat-idf-reveals-details-of-iran-hezbollah-precision-missile-project/ – “The Israeli military said it was taking the highly irregular step of releasing information about active members of a terrorist plot in order to push the Lebanese government and international community to take action to halt the project.  Conricus said the IDF would likely reveal additional intelligence about the plot within the coming hours and days.”

Recent Attacks On Iraqi PMU Were Launched From US-occupied Part Of Syria – Reporthttps://southfront.org/recent-attacks-on-iraqi-pmu-were-launched-from-sdf-held-syria-report/ – “Israel launched the last five attacks on the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) from bases in the US-occupied areas in northwestern Syria, an Iraqi intelligence source told the Middle East Eye on August 27… The intelligence source added that Israeli drones were used in the attacks, claiming that Saudi Arabia is financing such operations… ‘The drone attacks were launched from SDF [US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces] areas with the financing and backing of the Saudis,’ the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Middle East Eye.” – Comment: This would imply that the U.S. military was directly involved.

US Allegedly Carried Out Successful Cyber Attack On Iran’s IRGC Two Months Ago: NYThttps://southfront.org/us-carried-out-successful-cyber-attack-on-irans-irgc-two-months-ago-nyt/ – “An alleged secret US cyber-attack against Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) took place in June 2019, the NYT reported, citing unnamed senior US officials… Of course, cyber operations also have their weakness, most of them can only be used once, since the target can rectify the backdoor used to access the system and cause damage… ‘Iran is a sophisticated actor. They will look at what happened,’ said Mark Quantock, a retired major general, who served as intelligence chief at US CENTCOM… ‘Russia, China, Iran and even North Korea would all be able to see how they were penetrated.’.. It also “shuts off the tap” on intelligence that US operatives are allegedly collecting, by way of the mentioned backdoor.”

Michael Snyder is, what else? Worried Preparing For A Financial Apocalypse: Insiders Are Selling “$600 Million Of Stock Per Day In August” – by Michael Snyder – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/preparing-for-a-financial-apocalypse-insiders-are-selling-600-million-of-stock-per-day-in-august.html – ”  Corporate insiders have sold an average of $600 million of stock per day in August, according to TrimTabs Investment Research, which tracks stock market liquidity… August is on track to be the fifth month of the year in which insider selling tops $10 billion. The only other times that has happened was 2006 and 2007, the period before the last bear market in stocks, TrimTabs said… …it is also very unlikely that President Trump will cave in and give the Chinese what they want.  So ultimately we will see episodes of hope on Wall Street on the days when it looks like the two sides may start talking again, but there won’t be a deal any time soon… At this moment, corporate insiders are dumping stocks as if “the everything bubble” was about to burst in a major way.  And if those corporate insiders are correct, millions upon millions of other Americans will be completely and utterly unprepared for what is about to happen.”

From the Fear-Porn Desk – Michael Snyder Two-fer: An Indicator With A 100% Perfect Track Record Of Predicting Recessions Says That Another One Is Coming – by Michael Snyder – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/an-indicator-with-a-100-perfect-track-record-of-predicting-recessions-says-that-another-one-is-coming.html – “You can believe that we will somehow beat the odds this time if you want, but history is completely against you. One of the biggest reasons why there is so much anxiety on Wall Street right now is because of how the yield curve is behaving.  We have seen yield curve inversions before each of the last seven U.S. recessions, and now it has happened again.  Perhaps this helps to explain why insiders are dumping stocks right now as if there will be no tomorrow.  If you were looking for a giant waving red flag to tell you that it is time to run for the exits, it doesn’t get much better than this.  This week, we watched the yield curve do something that it hasn’t done in 12 years… ‘The spread between the 10-year Treasury yield and the 2-year rate fell to negative 5 basis points, its lowest level since 2007. This is called a yield curve inversion. Experts fear it because in the past it has preceded recessionary periods. The 3-month Treasury bill rate also traded higher than the 30-year bond yield.’.. ‘The primary thing is yields are going down and going down with some acceleration,’said Art Cashin, the director of floor operations at UBS.” (emphases added)

The Next Economic Crisis and the Looming Post-Multipolar System (w/video 10 min) – https://southfront.org/next-economic-crisis-and-looming-post-multipolar-system/

G7 Format Is Deadhttps://southfront.org/g7-format-is-dead/– “No surprise that the return of Russia in fact became one of the key topics during the G7 summit. The Guardian even reproted that there was a kind of scandal on this topic with the US leader openly arguing that Russia should be returned… The report was followed by an official statement by Trump that having Russia in the group “is better than having them outside” the G7. So, The Guardian’s report part regarding Trump’s stance on the topic was true. At the same time, the newspaper claimed that all others were against. Let’s take a closer look:.. In fact, the UK and Canada were the only powers really standing against the return of Russia. Since the start of Trump’s first term, the  UK has been the key power representing interests of the Euro-Atlantic establishment. So, there is no surprise in this. At the same time, Canada is not a really independent state that can provide a really independent foreign policy. It’s an open secret that the UK still appoints a Governor General of Canada that has a wide range of options to impact the Canadian policy – for example, to dissolve the Parliament.”

HARPA: Trump Seeking New Agency to Use A.I. to Screen Mental Health for Gun Ownership? – by Nicholas West –  https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/harpa-trump-seeking-new-agency-to-use-a-i-to-screen-mental-health-for-gun-ownership.html – “HARPA — the Health Advanced Research Projects Agency — has been in the works as a proposal since 2017 by the Trump Administration according to the Washington Post, but is reportedly gaining steam again as the administration grapples with solutions for mass shootings and calls for gun control. If this new report is to be believed, the Trump admin is putting its faith in artificial intelligence as a possible way to screen people for mental health (through data collected by smart devices) in order to determine violent tendencies and perhaps thwart gun purchases for those deemed to be a potential mass shooter… So far, it’s been stated that any data collected will come from volunteers, but we know how that story tends to work out.” – With creepy propaganda video on the wonder of HARPA, 30 min.

In Unprecedented, Shocking Proposal, BOE’s Mark Carney Urges Replacing Dollar With Libra-Like Reserve Currency – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-23/unprecedented-shocking-proposal-boes-mark-carney-urges-replacing-dollar-libra – “After Jerome Powell’s neutral-to-slightly-dovish-but-mostly-boring speech on Friday morning, investors could be forgiven for suspecting that this year’s Fed-sponsored gathering in Jackson Hole might be disappointingly dull (especially with all that’s going on in Trump’s twitter feed, the escalating trade war and escalating geopolitical unrest)… Then along came former Goldman banker and current (outgoing) BOE governor, Mark Carney, who in his lunchtime address laid out a shocking, radical proposal – perhaps the most stunning thing to ever be unveiled at Jackson Hole – urging to replace the US Dollar with a “Libra-like” reserve currency in a dramatic revamp of the global monetary, financial and economic order.” – Comment: So the Shape-of-Things-to-Come following the imminent collapse of equities and bonds (and various associated corporate structures) is “coming into view,” as G.H.W. Bush so poignantly put it.

Surveillance Video Outside Epstein’s Cell Deemed “Unusable” – by Tyler Durden – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/surveillance-video-outside-epsteins-cell-deemed-unusable.html – “Now, the  Washington Post reports that at least one of the cameras in the hallway outside Epstein’s cell had footage that is “unusable,” despite “other, clearer footage” which was captured in the area… In short, it looks like we may never know why sources heard shouting and shrieking” from Epstein’s jail cell the morning he died: ‘It was not immediately clear why some video footage outside Epstein’s cell is too flawed for investigators to use or what is visible in the usable footage. The incident is being investigated by the FBI and the Justice Department’s inspector general’s office, which are attempting to determine what happened and how to assess whether any policies were violated or crimes committed… The footage is considered critical to those inquiries, and the revelation of an unusable recording is yet another of the apparent failures inside the Metropolitan Correctional Center…”

The Downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17: The Quest for Truth and Justice. Review of the Evidence – by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky – https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-downing-of-malaysian-airlines-mh17-the-quest-for-truth-and-justice/5684127

The Imperial Presidency of Donald Trump: A Threat to American Democracy and an Agent of Chaos in the World? – By Prof. Rodrigue Tremblay – https://www.globalresearch.ca/imperial-presidency-donald-trump/5574923 – “President Donald Trump has shown a propensity to govern by decree with a minimum input from government departments and from the elected Congress… A dangerous and potentially disastrous approach to government, in a democracy, occurs when a leader adopts the practice of governing by decree, without constitutional constraints, thus forcing the hands of responsible departments, of the elected Congress and submitting the entire U.S. bureaucracy to his will by governing as an autocrat. If it were to continue on that road, the Trump administration could turn out to be more like a would-be imperial presidency than a responsible democratic government.”

Web Research Links for the Week of 8/19/19

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Israel strikes Palestinian position in Lebanon after punishing Hamas for Gaza rocket fire – reportshttps://www.rt.com/news/467282-israel-lebanon-gaza-strikes/ – “Israeli air strikes targeted the headquarters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in Lebanon’s Bekaa region, local media report. Earlier the IDF struck several targets in Gaza, in retaliation to rocket fire… ‘Three Israeli air strikes targeted the Lebanese-Syria border east of Zahle… explosions were heard in several parts of the Bekaa valley,’ An-Nahar news channel said as unverified footage of the strike apparently targeting the PFLP office spread across social media. The strikes seem to be limited as the PFLP said initial reports indicate no casualties.” – Comment: OK, people, it’s beginning to look like Israel, under the control of Bibi Netanyahu, in advance of the upcoming elections, is going into full War Mode. The chances for this to expand into a major regional “conflict” are looming large.

Israeli warplanes carry out mock bombing raids over Lebanon’s Sidon – reportshttps://www.rt.com/news/467245-israel-mock-bombing-raids-lebanon/ – “Lebanon’s National News Agency is reporting that Israeli jets flew at a low altitude over the country’s third largest city, which is approximately 40km south of the capital Beirut.”

An Unnatural Epidemic: Kidney Disease Caused by Glyphosatehttp://www.gmosrevealed.com/an-unnatural-epidemic-kidney-disease-caused-by-glyphosate/ – “How does glyphosate cause kidney disease, and why is it so prevalent in certain areas? The answer may be found in glyphosate’s mineral chelation properties. In areas where there is extremely hard water or naturally occurring arsenic or cadmium, glyphosate bonds with these toxic metals and forms a compound that makes its way into food and drinking water. Glyphosate and arsenic have been found in the urine of agricultural workers with CKDu, further supporting this theory… In response to these findings, Sri Lanka joined El Salvador, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and the growing number of other countries that have banned the use of glyphosate due to health concerns. In India, restrictions have been put in place and additional bans are being debated.”

Homesteading Army Vet, Elderly Couple Face Eviction for Being Unable to Pay Predatory Code Enforcers – by Jack Burns – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/homesteading-army-vet-elderly-couple-face-eviction-for-being-unable-to-pay-predatory-code-enforcers.html – “The Army intelligence veteran soon realized he was not alone in being what seemed like a target for county officials to go after code violators. A retired couple in their 80s is currently facing foreclosure after being fined $9,300 in code violations. Those violations now have gone to debt collectors. They say they don’t have the money to pay the fines and are being forced to sell their homestead over an incomplete home renovation (which originally had been permitted), and a few outbuildings on their land. The couple says the code enforcers violated the law by coming onto their property to take pictures… Lind Storebo bought her property in 2016 and paid cash for it only to find out she, too, would be a target of intimidation and harassment by Yavapai County code enforcers. Like Killeen, Storebo was also asked to attend a hearing with the county. She said Yavapai County official David Williams was screaming at her, hurling profanity, spitting in her face as he did, and threatened to have her arrested if she didn’t sign the affidavit for allegedly violating county codes when she put a camper on her land. Storebo was afraid of going to jail, and instead of fighting, simply vacated the land by removing the buildings and the camper. She now has land she paid cash for and cannot use.”

Conflicted Judge Abets Chevron Retaliation Against Heroic Lawyer Steven Donziger – by Aaron Kesel – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/conflicted-judge-abets-chevron-retaliation-against-heroic-lawyer-steven-donziger.htmlComment: A truly unbelievable case of judicial abuse stretching over years

Rising Awareness About 5G as WSJ Reports Cities’ Concerns Over Aesthetics, Health and FCC “Bullying” – by B.N. Frank – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/rising-awareness-as-wsj-reports-cities-objections-to-5g-over-aesthetics-health-concerns-and-fcc-bullying.html – “There are reports about 5G is already operating in some communities and people and their pets becoming sick from exposure (see 1, 2, 3).  But WSJ instead blames social media and “conspiracy theorists” as the biggest reason people are opposed to small cell towers being installed in front of homes, schools, and pretty much everywhere else… The American Academy of Pediatrics and other health experts have warned that children are more susceptible to harm from exposure to ALL SOURCES of cell phone and WiFi radiation than adults.  This includes 5G.  Adding 5G to the mix of the current sources of Electromagnetic Radiation (aka Electrosmog) we’re already being exposed to isn’t good for them or anyone else… So why has the WSJ changed its tone since 2014 with all of this new evidence available? Who knows — maybe like The New York Times, they’re vying for a “joint venture” for 5G journalism lab.”

Where’s Ghislaine Maxwell? – by Kurt Nimmo – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/wheres-ghislaine-maxwell.html – “What is the point of this photo, which was at first assumed to be legitimate? The answer is quite simple: Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s collaborator in serial rape of 14-year-old girls, is laughing at the so-called justice system… Here’s Maxwell’s subtext—she is protected, she will never see the inside of a prison cell for making an unknown number of children sex slaves. The civil cases against her and the Epstein estate will fizzle out and go nowhere. She is thumbing her nose at the victims. She once referred to them as ‘nothing’ and trailer park ‘trash.’ ”

“Child Actorvism” and the Extinction Agenda of Neoliberal Racists – by Mathew Maavak – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/child-actorvism-and-the-extinction-agenda-of-neoliberal-racists.html – “There is no shortage of social justice causes trumpeted by the West† with a revolving medley of “child actorvists” at the forefront. The logical observer may question whether these endless multi-billion dollar campaigns have had any tangible effect at all, except in serving as a stalking horse for mass-mediated interferences in the affairs of other nations… Whether it is about immigration, education or the whitewashing of terrorists, they are there, ready with their scripted messages. The latest sensation happens to be Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg who is trying save humanity from an environmental apocalypse by playing truant from school.  Manufactured doyens, however, conveniently overlook real progress in the activist areas they were groomed for, revealing a strong pattern of bias in the process… On Friday Aug 9 2019, more than a million Indians planted 220 million trees in a single day, with each tree representing a resident of the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP).  According to state government official Awanish K. Awasthi: “The pits are geo-tagged and the saplings carry a QR code. So we can record how many saplings are planted and where… New Delhi’s indigenous efforts since 2015 were therefore deemed unsatisfactory by Extinction Rebellion superstar Thunberg.”

Part IV of the Mint Press News Jeffrey Epstein Series: From “Spook Air” to the “Lolita Express”: The Genesis and Evolution of the Jeffrey Epstein-Bill Clinton Relationship – Far from being the work of a single political party, intelligence agency or country, the power structure revealed by the network connected to Epstein is nothing less than a criminal enterprise that is willing to use and abuse children in the pursuit of ever more power, wealth and control – by Whitney Webb – https://www.mintpressnews.com/genesis-jeffrey-epstein-bill-clinton-relationship/261455/

Jeff Bezos’s Politics – by Eric Zuesse – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/08/24/jeff-bezoss-politics/ – “Some of America’s billionaires don’t care about international conquest as much as he does, but all of them at least accept neoconservatism; none of them, for example, establishes and donates large sums to, anti-imperialistic organizations; none of America’s billionaires is determined to end the reign of neoconservatism, nor even to help the fight to end it, or at least to end its grip over the US Government. None. Not even a single one of them does. But many of them establish, and donate large sums to, neoconservative organizations, or run neoconservative organs such as Bezos’s Washington Post, which is simultaneously a neoconservative and a neoliberal organ; i.e., it’s a Democratic Party type of neoconservative organ. That’s the way billionaires are, at least in the United States. All of them are imperialists. They sponsor it; they promote it and hire people who do, and demote or get rid of people who don’t. Expanding an empire is extremely profitable for its aristocrats, and always has been, even before the Roman Empire.”

The Irony: US-Appointed ‘Democratic President’ of Venezuela Threatens to Boycott Early Elections – by Patrick Henningsen – https://21stcenturywire.com/2019/08/24/the-irony-us-appointed-democratic-president-of-venezuela-threatens-to-boycott-early-elections/ – “In an interview on Friday, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido announced that he and the rest of the opposition would refuse to participate in any early legislative elections called by the Maduro government… Maduro allies have suggested they’d like to hold an election for the National Assembly in January or earlier. The parliament’s term is officially set to end in December of 2020, and elections would normally be held a few months before that… Guaido is the majority leader in the National Assembly, and has used that position to declare himself the rightful ruler of Venezuela. Guaido says the assembly will remain in place until Maduro is removed from power, arguing no free elections are possible until then.”

From the It-Just-Gets-Better Desk: An astronaut may have committed the first space crime while aboard the International Space Station – by Ellen Cranley – https://www.businessinsider.com/nasa-divorce-space-crime-investigation-identity-2019-8 – “NASA is reportedly probing the case of an astronaut who was accused of accessing her estranged wife’s bank account while on a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station… Veteran astronaut and US Army lieutenant colonel Anne McClain was accused of improperly gaining access to Summer Worden’s bank account on NASA computers while she was in space, according to The New York Times… Worden, a former Air Force intelligence officer, became suspicious when McClain had mentioned specific purchases while fighting with her estranged spouse, the Times reported. Upon her request, her bank reportedly confirmed that her account had been accessed with credentials entered on a computer network registered to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.”

Hezbollah Says Israeli Suicide Drone Struck Its Media Center In Beirut (Video)https://southfront.org/hezbollah-says-israeli-suicide-drone-struck-its-media-center-in-beirut-video/ – Comment: Israel is at constant state of war with everyone, including the US of A.

The Epstein Saga continues: Society Is Witnessing Yet Another Scapegoat Ritual (12 min) – – From Truthstream Media

And another spin-off from the World-O-Epstein: How To Bury A Story (15 min) – by James Corbett #PropagandaWatch

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Treated for Cancer on Pancreas – by Joshua Caplan – https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/08/23/ruth-bader-ginsburg-treated-for-cancerous-pancreas-tumor/ – Comment: I guess that proves she’s alive, then…  

The Real Reasons Why The Media Is Suddenly Admitting To The Recession Threat – by Brandon Smith – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/the-real-reasons-why-the-media-is-suddenly-admitting-to-the-recession-threat.html – “The media should have been reporting on economic crisis dangers for the past 2-3 years.  But, they didn’t give these problems much credence until recently.  So, what changed?.. I can only theorize on why the media and the banking elites choose the timing they do to admit to the public what is about to happen. First, it is clear from their efforts to stifle free discussion that they do not want to let the populace know too far ahead of time that a crash is coming. According to the evidence, which I have outlined in-depth in previous articles, central banks and international banks sometimes engineer crash events in order to consolidate wealth and centralize their political power even further. Is it a conspiracy? Yes, it is, and it’s a provable one… The pace of the narrative is quickening, and I would suggest that a collapse of the bubble will move rather quickly, perhaps in the next four to six months. If it does, then it is likely that Trump is not slated for a second term as president in 2020. Trump’s highly divisive support for “Red Flag” gun laws, a move that will lose him considerable support among pro-gun conservatives, also indicates to me that it is likely he is not meant to be president in 2020.”

Is The US Becoming A Third World Nation? – by Charles Hugh Smith – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-24/us-becoming-third-world-nationBrief and to the point…

A fight over facial recognition is dividing Detroit — with high stakes for police and privacy – Detroit’s police chief says facial recognition is making the city safer. Some residents fear it could create a surveillance state – https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/fight-over-facial-recognition-dividing-detroit-high-stakes-police-privacy-n1045046 – “Detroit police officials say they’re only using facial recognition technology to identify suspects in violent crimes — not to spy on ordinary citizens. But, in a city that is about 80 percent black, with a sizable population of Middle Eastern, Asian and Latin American immigrants, critics have blasted the police for using technology that has been shown to be more likely to misidentify people with dark skin, without fully explaining it to the public… ‘What happens when this software misidentifies one single person that doesn’t have the resources for a good legal defense?’ asked Willie Burton, an elected member of Detroit’s Board of Police Commissioners, a civilian body that oversees the police department. ‘Detroit is the poorest, blackest city in America. It should be the last city where we start implementing facial recognition.’ ”

Trump Wants to Buy Greenland, But It’s Not for Sale – by Wayne Madsen – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/08/19/trump-wants-buy-greenland-but-its-not-for-sale/ – “Pernille Skipper of the Red-Green Alliance said, ‘It says a lot about Trump that he actually thinks you can buy a whole country and a whole people. Greenland is the Greenlanders, and this is not the 19th century. Not for sale.’ Christian Juhl of the Red-Green Alliance said, ‘Trump can instead offer to pay rent for the Thule base, which until now has been made available to the US for free.’ Soren Espersen, foreign affairs spokesman for the nationalist Danish People’s Party told Danish Radio, ‘If he is truly contemplating this, then this is final proof, that he has gone mad. The thought of Denmark selling 50,000 citizens to the United States is completely ridiculous.’.. Greenlandic political leaders were just as critical about Trump’s scheme. Greenland Foreign Minister Ane Lone Bagger stated that, ‘We’re open for business, but we’re not for sale.’ Danish parliament member Aaja Chemnitz Larsen of the socialist pro-independence Inuit Ataqatigiit party of Greenland, said, ‘I am sure a majority in Greenland believes it is better to have a relation to Denmark than the United States, in the long term.’ Her Siumut counterpart, Aki-Matilda Høegh-Dam, said, ‘Denmark doesn’t own Greenland in any way, and you can’t sell something you do not own.’ ”

The TAPS (Threat Assessment, Protection and Safety) Act, Predictive Policing, and a PreCrime Dystopian Nightmare? (20 min) – by Michael Boldin, 10th Amendment Center – https://youtu.be/xN2xQGKnZx8Comment: Really excellent coverage of this Orwellian legisation by Boldin, who does these “Path to Liberty” reports every Mon., Weds., & Friday at 9:30 Pacific time.

U.S. Officials Confirm Israel Was Behind Attacks On PMU Bases In Iraqhttps://southfront.org/u-s-officials-confirm-israel-was-behind-attacks-on-pmu-bases-in-iraq/ – “A senior Middle Eastern intelligence official also confirmed that the airstrikes on the PMU, including the July 19 attack, were carried out by Israel. The source said that the July 19 airstrike destroyed a shipment of precision-guided missiles which were on their way to Syria, claiming that the airstrike was carried out from “within Iraq.”.. ‘Israel is pushing the limits with the strikes in Iraq … The airstrikes could get the United States military removed from Iraq,’ the New York Times quoted a senior U.S. official as saying… The PMU had held the U.S. and Israel responsible for the attacks on bases, claiming that Israeli drones were deployed inside Iraq with help from the U.S…The PMU vowed to respond to any future attack on its bases with the weapons it already has and “other advanced weapons.” This means that another strike by Israel could indeed put the U.S. military presence in Iraq on the line.”

Cities Unveil Unethical Homeless Reporting, While LA Pushes Anti-Homeless Law – by Aaron Kesel –  https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/cities-unveil-unethical-homeless-reporting-while-la-pushes-anti-homeless-law.html – Another problem is the laws being pushed in cities like Los Angeles that punish homelessness by barring the homeless from sleeping on public spaces. Los Angeles City Council’s homelessness and poverty committee has noticed the trend of criminalizing homelessness, and as result are working to change the law in order to align L.A.’s municipal code with a 2018 federal court ruling that limits how cities can enforce anti-camping and anti-loitering laws. In that case, Martin V. Boise, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a Boise law that outlawed sleeping in any public space… But the proposed changes made by the Los Angeles City Council’s homelessness and poverty committee aren’t designed to help those who need it and include outrageous bans on sitting, sleeping or lying in a number of designated public places. Which critics like Peggy Lee Kennedy, an advocate for the homeless from Venice argue are “inhumane,” as LAist reported.

The Koch-Soros Alliance to Censor the Internet – by Allum Bokhari – https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/08/20/bokhari-the-koch-soros-alliance-to-censor-the-internet/ – “Other groups involved in the project include a host of Soros-funded organizations, including “Hope not Hate,” the British equivalent of the far-left SPLC, and the pro-immigration National Immigration Forum... The former group, Hope not Hate, has a reputation for far-left extremism. Liberal anti-extremism campaigner Maajid Nawaz accused them of “book burning” after it announced a campaign to get allegedly “racist” books banned by major retailers. It was also forced to retract a smear against a Jewish pro-Israel activist last year… The National Immigration Forum, which initially aimed to persuade evangelicals and conservatives to support amnesty for illegal aliens, was exposed for its ties to George Soros by Breitbart News in 2013… The Charles Koch Institute, once seen as a conservative nemesis of the left, has now aligned itself with this group of left-wing, pro-censorship, anti-Trump agitators. When it comes to censoring the Internet, both the progressive and “conservative” establishment appear to be converging on a common position… The Charles Koch Institute now appears committed to advancing Internet censorship — or “content moderation,” as they might call it. Sarah Ruger, the Institute’s director of “free expression initiatives” has praised Airbnb for canceling the reservations of far-right activists, and has called for ‘online hate” to be treated like a “virus.‘.. As always, there’s an elephant in the room — what counts as ‘online hate?’ ”

Syrian Army Liberated Khan Shaykhun, Encircled Militants In Northern Hamahttps://southfront.org/syrian-army-liberated-khan-shaykhun-encircled-militants-in-northern-hama/ – “Late on August 21, government forces liberated the town of Khan Shaykhun in southern Idlib. According to pro-government sources, the Syrian Army and its allies also advanced in the area northeast of Khan Shaykhun fully encircling militants in northern Hama.”

Syrian Army Encircles Remaining Militants And Turkish Observation Post In Northern Hamahttps://southfront.org/syrian-army-encircles-remaining-militants-and-turkish-observation-post-in-northern-hama/

Russia And Turkey Allegedly Signed Secret Deal Over Idlib: Mediahttps://southfront.org/russia-and-turkey-allegedly-signed-secret-deal-over-idlib-media/ – “As per the question, Turkey and Russia signed a secret agreement allowing Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces to attack areas controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria… The former ambassador Çeviköz said that in return, Turkey agreed to withdraw all of its troops and equipment from Idlib.” Comment: Erdogan had a phone call with Putin – Erdogan’s office released a statement saying that Erdogan complained to Putin that Syria’s actions in Idlib threaten Turkey’s security. Waah.

Map Update: Government Troops Fully Liberated Northern Hama Pockethttps://southfront.org/map-update-government-troops-fully-liberated-northern-hama-pocket/ – “On August 23, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces and their allies fully libearated the northern Hama pocket, including the towns of Kafr Zita, Lataminah and Morek.”

Russian Su-35 Intercepted Turkish F-16s That Entered Syrian Airspace In Attempt To Prevent Advance On Khan Shaykhunhttps://southfront.org/russian-su-35-intercepted-turkish-f-16s-that-entered-syrian-airspace-in-attempt-to-prevent-advance-on-khan-shaykhun/ – ” ‘Presumably, Russian Su-35S fighters have appeared in the sky of Idlib, which are keeping the Turkish F-16 from rash actions against Syrian aircraft that operate on the site of recent events.’ –Tweet from Twitter in Russia… There are no other details that have been released. But reportedly, the Turkish fighter jets were forced to leave Syrian airspace after only 30-40 kilometers, which indicates that they either were warned in advance, or just simply saw the Russian aircraft on their radars… Experts do not exclude that Turkey will take all measures in the near future to strike at the positions of the Syrian military near Khan Shaykhun, since otherwise an observation post of the Turkish military, and terrorist groups allied with Turkey-backed militants will be encircled.”

AOC-Aligned Climate Group Demands Media Silence ‘Climate Deniers’ – by Tyler O’Neil – https://pjmedia.com/trending/aoc-aligned-climate-group-demands-media-silence-climate-deniers/ – ” ‘Some media outlets are sacrificing the future of our planet for the sake of appearing objective,’ Margaret Klein Salamon, founder and executive director of The Climate Mobilization, said in a news release Saturday… ‘This idea of equating climate deniers with scientific experts is a dangerous practice which frames the threat to our planet, our existence as an ongoing debate,” Klein Salamon added. ‘I don’t think sacrificing the future of our planet in exchange for a look of ‘objectivity’ is an even exchange. It’s one the coming generation will judge us on, if we don’t move with the urgency necessary to fight back against global warming and win.’ ” – Comment: People, in general, apparently cannot see the logical conclusions of this line of thinking…

Government Troops Are Storming Khan Shaykhun After Cutting Off M5 Highway North Of It (Maps)https://southfront.org/government-troops-are-storming-khan-shaykhun-after-cutting-off-m5-highway-north-of-it-maps/ – “Late on August 19, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces and other pro-government factions started storming the town of Khan Shaykhun in southern Idlib… Earlier on the same day, government troops seized several important hills north of Khan Shaykhun and cut off the M5 highway, which Turkish forces attempted to use to enter the town… According to some pro-government sources, members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other radical groups have started withdrawing from Khan Shaykhun. Reports are also circulating that militants are planning to withdraw from the entire northern Hama area. Nonetheless, these reports still have to be confirmed… The situation is developing.” – Note: according to comments under this article, the SAA have already taken the town and are performing sweeps & mop-up operations, and preparing for possible counter-attacks. According to local Syrians who have been liberated. most of the terrorists left in the last 2 weeks, leaving only a skeleton crew to maintain checkpoints. The defenders have taken major losses and are in disarray. Speculation is that the Syrians will throw all available reserves into cutting off escape by any terrorists remaining in the Northern Hama/Southern Idlib pocket, and may exploit the collapsing defences to advance rapidly into Idlib.

Map Update: Syrian Army Moves Closer To Khan Shaykhunhttps://southfront.org/map-update-syrian-army-moves-closer-to-khan-shaykhun/

America’s “Hybrid War” against China has Entered a New Phase – China and the Zombies of the Past – by Christopher Black – https://www.globalresearch.ca/americas-hybrid-war-against-china-has-entered-a-new-phase/5686429 – “The hybrid war, being conducted against China by the United States and its gaggle of puppet states from the UK to Canada to Australia, has entered a new phase.” – I’d like to reiterate that the articles I link to do not represent my opinions about anything, and are not intended to be believed by anyone. They’re presented as, IMO, worthy of your consideration, and as including good information and/or analysis.

Doublespeak, Mainstream Propaganda And ‘Russian Threat’ –  https://southfront.org/doublespeak-mainstream-propaganda-and-russian-threat/ – “An interesting example of this situation was shown in a recent article, “Britain’s parallel army of cyberwarriors”, by The Sunday Times. The article quotes General Sir Nick Carter that ‘is pioneering” the creation of “a parallel career structure for part-time cyberwarriors’… He is taking inspiration from across the Atlantic on how to incentivise digital workers on high salaries to enlist. An American scheme that has created a new taxonomy of ranks for certain officers recruited from civilian life for their highly specialised skills, rather than having to rise up through the ranks, could be mirrored in Britain.At the same time, General Carter somehow forgot to mention that the US and the UK have been using various soft power and paramilitary tools to promote their interests and push the New World Order agenda for decades. The concept of “soft power” has been developed in the UK and the US for a long time… The key issue with the dominating mainstream narrative complaining about ‘Russian propaganda’ and fueling fears of ‘Russian threat’ is that it is a sign of disrespect to the British and US nations. The mainstream propaganda argues that people cannot analyze facts and make own conclusions. Instead, it sees people as consumerist sheeple. There is no secret in this. The New World Order is based the four pillars: neoliberalism (in politics), postmodernism (in culture), transhumanism (in philosophy) and neo-oligarchic techno-dystopia (in economy).”

Oregon Mother Jailed for Recommending Non-Chemo Cancer Therapies for Daughter – by Allie Parker – https://healthimpactnews.com/2019/oregon-mother-jailed-for-recommending-non-chemo-cancer-therapies-for-daughter/ – “It’s apparent this mother was expected to sit idly by as she watched her daughter agonize for 2 years with no results… As reported by KGW8, Christina Dixon said, ‘The best way I can describe it is like my kid was on death row. Every single time–you literally feel your kid’s life getting taken away.’.. According to Christina, her daughter had enough and wanted to go home stating, ‘I couldn’t do it anymore and my daughter wanted to go home. She had enough too. She begged me to take her home before they did more chemo.’.. Christina started using alternative treatments which include vitamins, herbs and pure CBD oil to treat her daughter’s cancer once she was release from OHSU in June of 2018… KGW8 did not have access to the daughter’s medical records to confirm what the mother said but reported the mother as stating, ‘It started reversing her tumor for the first time and the tumor reduced in size by 90% during the past year.’.. ‘My daughter’s cancer has not spread. And no, she hasn’t had chemotherapy or any other treatments for the last 11 months,’ explained Christina. ‘She is thriving, surviving and doing better than ever.’.. The daughter, now 13, was taken in “protective” custody by Nevada police and later transferred back to Oregon… Last week, (the mother) Christina was arrested on two counts each of first-degree custodial interference and first-degree criminal mistreatment at the Clackamas County Jail.”

Web Research Links for the Week of 8/12/19

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Publishes Censored Response to Kennedy Family’s Criticisms on Vaccine Safety Which Exposes Industry Corruptionhttps://healthimpactnews.com/2019/robert-f-kennedy-jr-publishes-censored-response-to-kennedy-familys-criticisms-on-vaccine-safety-which-exposes-industry-corruption/(a SMALL selection of information from this detailed article): “I love my family and sympathize with their anxieties when I call out government officials for corruption. The Kennedys have a long, close, and continuing relationship with public health agencies so it is understandably difficult for us to believe that powerful regulators would lie about vaccines. “All issues are simple,” the saw goes, “until you study them.”.. I’ve arrived at my skepticism after 15 years spent researching and litigating this issue. I have watched financial conflicts and institutional self-interest transform key sectors of our public health bureaucracies into appendages of the very pharmaceutical companies that Congress charged them to regulate… Multiple investigations by Congress and the HHS Inspector General have consistently found that an overwhelming majority of the FDA officials directly charged with licensing vaccines, and the CDC officials who effectively mandate them for children, have personal financial entanglements with vaccine manufacturers… HHS partners with vaccine makers to develop, approve, recommend, and pass mandates for new products and then shares profits from vaccine sales… HHS employees can personally collect up to $150,000 annually in royalties for products they work on. For example, key HHS officials collect money on every sale of Merck’s controversial HPV vaccine Gardasil, which also yields tens of millions annually for the agency in patent royalties… HHS has also ignored its statutory obligations to study vaccine injuries and improve vaccine safety… In 1986, Congress—recognizing that drug companies no longer had any incentive to make vaccines safe—ordered HHS to study vaccine injuries, work to improve vaccine safety, and report to Congress on its progress every two years… A year ago, I brought a lawsuit that forced HHS to admit that in 36 years it had never performed any of those critical studies… The four companies that make virtually all of the recommended vaccines are all convicted felons.  Collectively they have paid over $35 billion since 2009 for defrauding regulators, lying to and bribing government officials and physicians, falsifying science, and leaving a trail of injuries and deaths from products they knew to be dangerous and sold under pretense of safety and efficacy… Mainstream and social media outlets which collectively received $9.6 billion in revenues from pharmaceutical companies in 2016 have convinced themselves they are protecting public health by aggressively censoring criticism of these coercively mandated, zero liability, and untested pharmaceutical products… But, the absence of press scrutiny leaves industry no incentive to improve vaccine safety.  Muzzling discussions of government corruption and deficient safety science and abolishing vaccine injuries by fiat is not a strategy that will solve the growing chronic disease epidemic… The children who comprise this badly injured generation are now aging out of schools that needed to build quiet rooms and autism wings, install wobble chairs, hire security guards and hike special ed spending to 25% to accommodate them.”

Michael Pento – Confidence in Central Banks Obliterated (30 min) – Interview by Greg Hunter – Highly recommended if you’re into economic subjects.

From the You-Can’t-Make-This-Stuff-Up Desk: University Researchers: We Have to Accept People Who ‘Identify as Real Vampires’ – by Katherine Timpf – https://www.nationalreview.com/2015/07/vampires-identify-study-discrimination/ – “The study, titled “Do We Always Practice What We Preach? Real Vampires’ Fears of Coming out of the Coffin to Social Workers and Helping Professionals” was conducted by researchers from Idaho State University and College of the Canyons and the Center for Positive Sexuality in Los Angeles… Some of these “real vampires” prefer to feed on “psychic or pranic energy” while others, called “sanguinarians,” prefer to feed on “small amounts” of human or animal blood… (Of the eleven “real vampires” interviewed for the study, three said they preferred psychic energy, three said they preferred blood, and five said they got energy from multiple sources.).. Williams explained that no one should be bothered by a person wanting to drink another person’s blood because ‘it is generally expected within the community that vampires should act ethically and responsibly in feeding practices,’ and it’s not their blood-drinking that’s the real problem here — it’s the fact that they have to worry that other people will judge them for their blood-drinking.(emphasis added)

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Publishes Censored Response to Kennedy Family’s Criticisms on Vaccine Safety Which Exposes Industry Corruptionhttps://healthimpactnews.com/2019/robert-f-kennedy-jr-publishes-censored-response-to-kennedy-familys-criticisms-on-vaccine-safety-which-exposes-industry-corruption/(a SMALL selection of information from this detailed article): “I love my family and sympathize with their anxieties when I call out government officials for corruption. The Kennedys have a long, close, and continuing relationship with public health agencies so it is understandably difficult for us to believe that powerful regulators would lie about vaccines. “All issues are simple,” the saw goes, “until you study them.”.. I’ve arrived at my skepticism after 15 years spent researching and litigating this issue. I have watched financial conflicts and institutional self-interest transform key sectors of our public health bureaucracies into appendages of the very pharmaceutical companies that Congress charged them to regulate… Multiple investigations by Congress and the HHS Inspector General have consistently found that an overwhelming majority of the FDA officials directly charged with licensing vaccines, and the CDC officials who effectively mandate them for children, have personal financial entanglements with vaccine manufacturers… HHS partners with vaccine makers to develop, approve, recommend, and pass mandates for new products and then shares profits from vaccine sales… HHS employees can personally collect up to $150,000 annually in royalties for products they work on. For example, key HHS officials collect money on every sale of Merck’s controversial HPV vaccine Gardasil, which also yields tens of millions annually for the agency in patent royalties… HHS has also ignored its statutory obligations to study vaccine injuries and improve vaccine safety… In 1986, Congress—recognizing that drug companies no longer had any incentive to make vaccines safe—ordered HHS to study vaccine injuries, work to improve vaccine safety, and report to Congress on its progress every two years… A year ago, I brought a lawsuit that forced HHS to admit that in 36 years it had never performed any of those critical studies… The four companies that make virtually all of the recommended vaccines are all convicted felons.  Collectively they have paid over $35 billion since 2009 for defrauding regulators, lying to and bribing government officials and physicians, falsifying science, and leaving a trail of injuries and deaths from products they knew to be dangerous and sold under pretense of safety and efficacy… Mainstream and social media outlets which collectively received $9.6 billion in revenues from pharmaceutical companies in 2016 have convinced themselves they are protecting public health by aggressively censoring criticism of these coercively mandated, zero liability, and untested pharmaceutical products… But, the absence of press scrutiny leaves industry no incentive to improve vaccine safety.  Muzzling discussions of government corruption and deficient safety science and abolishing vaccine injuries by fiat is not a strategy that will solve the growing chronic disease epidemic… The children who comprise this badly injured generation are now aging out of schools that needed to build quiet rooms and autism wings, install wobble chairs, hire security guards and hike special ed spending to 25% to accommodate them.”

U.S. issues warrant to seize Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 – From Tehran Times, Aug. 17 –  https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/439338/U-S-issues-warrant-to-seize-Iranian-oil-tanker-Grace-1 – “(According to a report from Al Jazeera in Washington): ‘The big question is will the British government help the U.S. by seizing this ship, will Interpol be involved or will the U.S. government try to seize that ship.’… According to radio transmission exchanges overheard by Al Jazeera, the ship is expected to set sail on Sunday evening… The Gibraltar Chronicle newspaper also reported that the vessel was unlikely to sail before Sunday, citing an unnamed source who added that it was waiting for six new crew members including a captain to arrive that day… A lawyer for the Grace 1’s current captain, an Indian national, said that his client had asked to be replaced… ‘He doesn’t want to stay in command of the ship, he wants to go home, because he wasn’t happy to go back and pick up the broken pieces,’ his lawyer Richard Wilkinson told The Associated Press news agency. ‘But he’s a professional skipper and needs to wait for a new crew to do a proper handover.’.. Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons, reporting from Gibraltar, said the Grace 1 signage had been removed as well as the Panamanian flag…’The navigation systems, all of them, indicate that it’s still Grace 1, but in terms of maritime law, this vessel really has no visible identity,’ he said.”

US Issues Warrant to Seize Iranian Grace 1 Oil Tanker – Justice Department – https://sputniknews.com/us/201908171076569463-us-announces-warrant-to-seize-iranian-grace-1-oil-tanker—report/ – “The US Justice Department (DoJ) issued a warrant on Friday for the seizure of the Iranian supertanker Grace 1. According to the document, the vessel, all the oil aboard and $995,000 are subject to forfeiture based on violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), bank fraud, money laundering, and terrorism forfeiture statutes… In addition, the document stresses that ‘a seizure warrant and a forfeiture complaint are merely allegations. The burden to prove forfeitability in a civil forfeiture proceeding is upon the government’, according to the Justice Department… …a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Abbas Mousavi, said on Friday that Tehran had not provided guarantees that its oil tanker Grace 1 would not go to Syria upon its release. Mousavi confirmed an earlier Foreign Ministry statement that the oil tanker was not heading to Syria when it was detained off Gibraltar’s coast by UK marines on 4 July. Meanwhile, he noted that Iran was providing to Syria support in such spheres as energy and oil… The US Department of State on Thursday threatened any individuals linked to the Iranian Grace 1 oil tanker with “serious consequences,” including visa restrictions due to alleged links to the IRGC.”

Trump inches toward Afghan peace plan to end longest US war – by Jennifer Jacobs, Nick Wadhams – https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-16/trump-to-discuss-afghanistan-peace-plan-with-senior-advisers – “President Donald Trump met his top national security advisers on Friday as his team prepares to unveil an Afghanistan peace agreement with the Taliban that would help bring an end to America’s longest war, according to a person familiar with the matter… Among those discussing the matter with Trump at his resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, were Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton, the person said. The U.S. special envoy for the talks, Zalmay Khalilzad, will then present the plan to Taliban leaders in a new round of discussions in Qatar in the coming days, according to another person with knowledge of the discussions… Khalilzad briefed analysts in Washington on the plan Friday. He has led the talks for months with the initial goal of cutting U.S. troop levels in exchange for guarantees from the Taliban not to allow terror groups such as Islamic State to infiltrate the country… Pompeo later said there was “no deadline” for a troop withdrawal. The U.S. currently has about 14,000 troops in Afghanistan, and defense officials suggested late last year the administration was planning to withdraw about half of them as an initial step.”

Ukie Nationalism vs Otto von Bismarck – by The Saker – http://www.unz.com/tsaker/ukie-nationalism-vs-otto-von-bismarck/ – “The other significant force in the Ukraine is the West Ukrainian (Galician) Nazi death-squads and mobs. Their power is not a democracy either, but an ochlocracy. These guys are a minority, a pretty small one even, but they have enough muscle and even firepower to threaten any nominal Ukrainian leader. Furthermore, these folks have profoundly infiltrated all the police and security forces which, in theory, would have been able to control or disarm them (the SBU, especially, is chock full of Urkonazi thugs)… Now let’s begin by looking at the oligarchs: their number 1 priority is to continue to plunder the Ukraine. For that, you need the opposite of “law and order”: you need lawlessness, chaos, violence…”

Gibraltar defies US, releasing Iranian oil tanker – The move came after a last-minute request from Washington that the UK territory surrender the vessel – by Alison Tahmizian Meuse – https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/08/article/gibraltar-defies-us-releasing-iranian-oil-tanker/ – ” ‘Authorities in Gibraltar have released the Iranian supertanker Grace 1, which was seized on July 4 on suspicion it was shipping 2.1m barrels of crude oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions,’ the Gibraltar Chronicle tweeted… The paper earlier reported that the territory’s Supreme Court had received a request from the US Department of Justice for ‘mutual legal assistance in a bid to seize the ship.’.. The US request came after National Security Adviser John Bolton was visiting the United Kingdom, which claims Gibraltar as a territory… But after the court reconvened at 4pm local time, Chief Justice Anthony Dudley revealed his court had not been passed along any official applications from the American authorities, and so had declined to respond… ‘She is no longer a specified ship…and no longer subject to detention,’ the Gibraltar Chronicle quoted him as saying… The Iranian government, the paper said, had offered written assurances to Gibraltar authorities that the supertanker would not continue on to Syria after being allowed to set sail.”

Armed Jewish Settlers Storm Palestinian Town, Conduct Military Traininghttps://www.palestinechronicle.com/armed-jewish-settlers-storm-palestinian-town-conduct-military-training/ – “Jewish settlers stormed a town between the occupied West Bank areas of Nablus and Jenin… Palestinian Authority official Ghassan Daghlas said dozens of Jewish settlers stormed the occupied town of al-Masoudiya on Monday evening and conducted military training under the protection of the Israeli army… The majority of the settlers who occupied the area were armed young men and women.”

How the Government and Pharmaceutical Companies are Trying to Steal Cannabis – from Modern Alternative Mama –  https://modernalternativemama.com/2019/08/15/how-the-government-and-pharmaceutical-companies-are-trying-to-steal-cannabis/ – Cannabis has been in the news for years.  California was the first state to pass a medical marijuana law in 1996; followed by Colorado in 2000, which expanded to recreational in 2010. (source) 34 states now have medical marijuana laws on the books, and in 13 states, cannabis is fully legal, including recreational use.(source).. But while we’re making strides now, there is a long, dark history surrounding cannabis in the US.  The medical industry used criminalizing it to their advantage…and they’re poised to use legalizing it to their advantage, too.  We can’t allow them to do this to us after all they’ve already done to hurt the population.”

US move halts release of Iranian tanker held in Gibraltar – by Aritz Parra and Jon Gambrell, AP – https://www.msn.com/en-xl/middleeast/middleeast-top-stories/us-move-halts-release-of-iranian-tanker-held-in-gibraltar/ar-AAFQgrS – “The Gibraltar government confirmed earlier media reports that the U.S. Department of Justice had sought to extend the detention of the oil tanker Grace 1, prompting the Supreme Court in the territory to adjourn a scheduled decision on whether to release the ship until later in the day… ‘The U.S. Department of Justice has applied to seize the Grace 1 on a number of allegations, which are now being considered,’ the Gibraltar government said in a statement, adding that the matter would be reviewed by the court at 4 p.m. local time… The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.”

Israel Plans To Carry Out Strikes On ‘Iranian-backed Militias’ In Iraq: Reportshttps://southfront.org/israel-plans-to-carry-out-strikes-on-iranian-backed-militias-in-iraq-reports/ – “Israel allegedly plans to strike Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) ammo stores, according to Iraqi security expert Fadhil Abu Ragheef, cited by RT Arabic: ‘Available information suggests that Israel is preparing to bomb the weapons caches of Hashd al-Sha’abi [the Arabic name of the PMU] forces, and not the command centers or fortifications of the fighters. This is quite likely to happen,’ Fadhil Abu Ragheef said…      He added that ‘what happened yesterday in the weapons depots south of Baghdad may be part of the plan that Israel is preparing.’.. The incident in question is a fire in an ammunition depot, resulting from an explosion in southern Baghdad. The camp, in which the depot was located belonged to the PMU.

Turkish-Backed Militants Target Syrian Army Vehicles, Gatherings With Guided Missiles (Videos) – https://southfront.org/turkish-backed-militants-target-syrian-army-vehicles-gatherings-with-guided-missiles-videos/ – “The Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) targeted on August 13 and 14 several vehicles and a gathering of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) east of the town of Khan Shaykhun in Idlib’s southern countryside with anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs)… The strikes destroyed two truck-mounted 57mm cannons, a battle tank and a vehicle near the towns of Sukayk and Tell Maraq. A gathering of Syrian soldiers in the outskirt of Tell Tar’I was also hit… While these strikes halted the SAA advance east of Khan Shaykhun, the army was able to reach the town’s western entrance after securing the villages of Kafr Ayn, Tall Aas, Khirbat Murshid and Mantar… This intense use of ATGMs indicates that Turkey is still supporting the NFL, which is now defending positions of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and other al-Qaeda-affiliated groups in Greater Idlib.”

Syrian Army Reached Khan Shaykhun’s Western Entrance After Resuming Its Advance In Southern Idlibhttps://southfront.org/syrian-army-reached-khan-shaykhuns-western-entrance-after-resuming-its-advance-in-southern-idlib/ – “Khan Shaykhun is located on the highway linking the Syrian capital, Damascus, with the city of Aleppo, the country’s industrial center. The town is also considered the gateway to the southern Idlib countryside… SAA troops are now reportedly situated only 2km away from Khan Shaykun’s western district. The assault on the town could begin in any given minute.”
How Real Power Kills or Rescues: Epstein Death Evidence so Far – by Makia Freeman – https://thefreedomarticles.com/epstein-death-evidence-so-far/Makia covers all of the important factoids in a concise report

Idaho Mother of Medically Kidnapped 16-Year-Old Indicted by Grand Jury and Re-arrested on Felony Injury to Child Chargeshttps://healthimpactnews.com/2019/idaho-mom-arrested-second-time-as-attempts-to-silence-her-fail-meanwhile-16-year-old-son-suffers-in-foster-care/ – “However, the night before the hearing, Kristine received a phone call from her attorney who informed her that the hearing had once again been canceled. She was told that Shari Dodge had gone to a grand jury instead, without the knowledge of her attorney, and received an indictment against Kristine… In other words, Prosecutor Shari Dodge took her “expert” witnesses, Dr. King and Dr. Barton, behind closed doors in order to secretly obtain the indictment through their hearsay allegations, which prevented Kristine from presenting her own witnesses and evidence as she would have been able to do at a preliminary hearing and also nullified Kristine’s right to have the preliminary hearing in front of a judge… Kristine points out that this is obviously a tactic done by the prosecutor to avoid public scrutiny of the hearing or to allow her to present the evidence that challenges the allegation of Injury to Child. Kristine says that Shari Dodge was afraid of the crowd at CPS hearing on July 16th, so: ‘she went behind my attorney’s back to get this indictment, obviously in part to avoid having to face me in court. She probably also didn’t want to have to walk past all those people again.’.. The grand jury indictment also means that Kristine was no longer able to have a hearing on the No Contact Order that was put into place in June, which currently prevents her from having off-site visits with her son and forces all visitation with Brandon to be in the CPS office, including his 16th birthday and homeschool graduation party.”

As US pressure increases on Iran-backed militias, they turn to Iran – by Ali Mamouri – https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/08/iraq-iran-us-pmu.html – “Iran-backed Shiite militias have been under increasing pressure recently in Iraq not only from the United States — which monitors their activities closely — but also from the public and the Iraqi government… During an interview Aug. 9 with a small group of Iraqi and foreign media representatives, Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said he has already begun implementing a decree he issued last month regarding the regulation of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU). Abdul Mahdi said although some of the PMU have concerns about the decree and have questioned it, ‘We are continuing the implementation of the decree as the majority of the PMU are supporting it.’ (comment: this is simply an obvious, blatant lie)… Kata’ib Hezbollah slammed the decree soon after it was issued in early July. A PMU website attributed the decree to US and Saudi pressure on Abdul Mahdi. Meanwhile, most of the PMU — including factions close to Ayatollah Ali Sistani such as al-Abbas Combat Division — have been silent about the decree, following all the prime minister’s orders as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces without resistance.”

Israel Has “the Most Moral Army in the World”? – The creepy French “intellectual” Bernard-Henri Levy gets it wrong – by Philip Giraldi – https://www.globalresearch.ca/israel-has-most-moral-army-world/5685063 – “Twelve Palestinians and four British observers were injured badly enough to be hospitalized. The British reported that they were ‘stamped on, dragged by the hair, strangled with a scarf and pepper sprayed by Israeli border police.’ One who was hospitalized described how Israeli soldiers dragged him by his feet, lifting him up, and kicking him in the stomach, while one soldier stamped on his head four times “at full force” before standing on his head and pulling his hair. Another suffered a fractured rib after ‘[the policeman] then stamped on my throat and others started punching my torso. It was a sadistic display of violence…’.. Yet another foreign observer was dragged out of the house, ‘…her hands were crushed so badly that she suffered a fractured knuckle on her left hand, and her right hand suffered severe tissue damage ‘which will be permanently misshapen unless she gets cosmetic surgery.’.’.. Edmond Sichrovsky, an Austrian activist of Jewish origin, who was in one of the houses, described how Israeli forces broke the door down, first dragging out the Palestinians, “knocking the grandfather to the floor in front of his crying and screaming grandchildren.” Cell phones were forcibly removed to eliminate any picture taking or filming before soldiers began attacking him and four other activists… I was repeatedly kicked and kneed, which left a bloody nose and multiple cuts, as well breaking my glasses from a knee in the face. Once outside, they slammed me against a car while shouting verbal insults at me and women activists, calling them whores.’ ”

US team begins establishing op center in Turkey for ‘safe zone’ in Syria – Planned US-Turkey operation center meant to keep Syria off balance: Analyst –  https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/08/13/603400/US – “A US delegation arrived in Turkey on Wednesday to set up the operation center in the country for the stated purpose of creating a “safe zone” in Syria… James Jatras, former US Senate foreign policy analyst, who also attended the show, described as “significant” the recent victories of Syrian government forces against the foreign-sponsored militants, saying “Washington wants to keep things as chaotic as possible… The political commentator further said ‘Syria has won this war but the United States does continue to have interests and objectives in the theater in the region and therefore keeping Syria off balance… The United States is trying to disrupt the consolidation of the Syrian government over its country so that it keeps it distracted by that particular task,’ and prevent it from working with  its allies, namely Iran and Russia, in the battle against terrorism, Michael Lane, founder of American Institute for Foreign Policy, told Press TV… ‘The United States’ purpose or vision is to keep Syria from becoming part of a triangle of Iran, Russia and Syria,’ he said.”

Texas Judge Chastises CPS but 4-Year-Old Boy Still Not Returned to Family – by Texas Home School Coalition Association – https://healthimpactnews.com/2019/texas-judge-chastises-cps-but-4-year-old-boy-still-not-returned-to-family/ – “Judge Tracy Gray chastised CPS for the ridiculous list of requests included in their report to the court. Judge Gray threw out every item challenged by the family’s attorneys, ordered CPS to “expedite” their efforts to place Drake with family or friends, and to start allowing the family to bring a third party witness to visits with Drake, something CPS has prohibited thus far… While the hearing was a great success for the family, there is still a long way to go. Judge Gray clearly appeared frustrated by CPS’ brazenly unconstitutional requests (like a court-ordered admission of guilt). This offers a ray of hope that CPS may not be able to continue getting away with their illegal actions.”

Ukrainian Army Will Reach Russia’s Rostov In Event Of Hostilities Resumption In Donbass: Ex-Military Spokespersonhttps://southfront.org/ukrainian-army-will-reach-russias-rostov-in-event-of-hostilities-resumption-in-donbass-ex-military-spokesperson/ – “The former speaker of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) claimed that if the case of an attack by forces of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), the UAF may mount a counteroffensive that could potentially reach Rostov… Speaking about the mythical DPR/LPR offensive along the Krivoy Rog-Kremenchug-Poltava-Kiev line, Vladislav Voloshin said: ‘It is almost impossible to do something like this, because today the Ukrainian army is one of the most combat-ready in Europe. Because we are waging a real war. And our front is multi-layered,’ he promised… ‘And here is the short answer of what will ensue over there, our army will probably reach Rostov.’ (Note: Rostov is 35km beyond the Russian border [!] )

Iran Warns that Israeli Presence In Persian Gulf Would Lead To Warhttps://southfront.org/iran-warns-that-israeli-presence-in-persian-gulf-would-lead-to-war/ – “Israel’s presence in the Persian Gulf may lead to a war in the region, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Commander Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri told Lebanese TV channel Al Mayadeen… ‘The United States and the United Kingdom must assume responsibility for the Zionist regime’s illegal presence in the Persian Gulf waters.’.. ‘Any presence of the Zionist regime in the Persian Gulf waters is illegal, as it may result in war and confrontation in the region,’ Tangsiri warned… Tangsiri alleged that the US and UK are responsible for the situation in the Persian Gulf, mostly by fabricating the various scenarios that they use as justification for their deployments.”

Israel-born Treasury official is at the center of U.S. policies on Iran – by Alison Weir –  https://israelpalestinenews.org/israel-born-treasury-official-is-at-the-center-of-u-s-policies-on-iran/ – According to a just published report in the Atlantic and a previous article by a former CIA officer, an Israeli-born individual is at the center of U.S. policies targeting Iran… The Atlantic reports that financial sanctions are the “key tool” the United States has been using against Iran during  ‘the past three presidential administrations. ”And Treasury official Sigal Mandelker” is the one with her hand on the lever.’.. According to the article, ‘Because Trump is anxious to avoid war with Iran but also eager to push the Iranians, she is one of the most powerful officials designing the strategy Trump’s administration hopes will force Iranian capitulation—or, failing that, perhaps even the government’s collapse.’.. Mandelker has been working on governmental policies since 2006 – the year in which U.S. officials ‘focused on finding ways to cut off Iran from the global financial system.’.. In the years just before her 2017 Under Secretary appointment, Mandelker was a partner at Proskauer Rose LLP, a powerful, politically connected international law firm with ties to Israel. The pro-Israel website Algemeiner,* reports: ‘Historically, Proskauer Rose was known as a ‘Jewish’ law firm.’  Partner Joseph M. Proskauer was ‘a Democratic Party stalwart, friend of politicians, state judge, civic and philanthropic personality, and major fund raiser for the state of Israel.’.. It appears that Mandelker is or was an Israeli citizen who was born in Israel. While this is periodically referred to in Israeli and Jewish media, the Treasury Department has refused to answer whether Mandelker is still an Israeli citizen, despite numerous email and phone inquiries requesting this information about a high U.S. official… The information is particularly relevant since U.S. attacks on Israel’s neighbors are often pushed by Israel partisans concerned with maintaining Israeli hegemony in the region.”

This Will Not Make You a Superhero (or a god) (49 min) – by Truthstream Media – The accelerating push to coerce humanity into accepting such “modifications” of our biology as “brain-computer interfaces” is a very long term project, fronted by salesmen like Elon Musk.

“Opposition” or Terrorists? Who Is Syria and Russia Targeting in Idlib? – by Tony Cartalucci – https://www.globalresearch.ca/opposition-terrorists-who-syria-russia-bombing-idlib/5686183 – “Were the situation reversed and the West was faced with an entire province or state occupied by Al Qaeda and its myriad of affiliates – total war would commence and would not end until the targeted region was purged entirely of militants. Civilian causalities would either go uncounted and under-reported, or spun as a necessity in confronting an otherwise intolerable bastion of armed terrorism… Terrorist forces have been concentrated in Idlib as Syrian forces pushed them out of virtually every other populated region of the country. Even the liberation of the City of Aleppo took years to achieve. Idlib is an entire governorate bordering Turkey which is still arming and protecting terrorist organizations both within Turkish territory itself and in Syrian territory occupied by Turkish forces… If there is one point of hope amid this still dangerous and deadly conflict – it’s that the Western media and inveterate war propagandists like Scott Lucas are no longer able to conceal the true nature of terrorists they have aided and abetted since 2011… They will continue trying nonetheless – but as Lucas just managed to do – will succeed only in exposing more of the network the US and its allies used in their proxy war against Damascus – thus further undermining regime change efforts in Syria and complicating similar attempts to target and overthrow other nations in the future.”

Criminal Embargoes: Venezuela and Iran in the Crosshairs of Murderers Inc – Who Is Next? – by Peter Koenig – https://www.globalresearch.ca/criminal-embargoes-venezuela-iran-crosshairs-murderers-inc-who-next/5686080 – “The latest is an open declaration of economic warfare by Washington, a total embargo on Venezuela; the embargo is now being turned into a naval blockade. Similar steps are to be taken for Iran. That literally means that no merchandise – no matter how vital for survival, like food and medication, is allowed into Venezuela. Three days ago, the US seized, totally illegally, a cargo ship attempting to deliver food and medication to Venezuela – in the Panama Canal, territory which the US does not own or control anymore… The ship was carrying soy cakes, from which Venezuela was to produce food. Never mind, that the cargoes are fully paid for by Venezuela. And this seems to be just the beginning. Vessels leaving Venezuela with petrol deliveries to client countries are also targeted for blockage, thus confiscating, or rather stealing, Venezuela’s main source of income on which she intends to survive and feed and provide health care for her people. This, in addition to the more than 130 billion dollars total Venezuelan assets confiscated – stolen – by the US worldwide… And nobody says beep. Almost.”

The FBI’s Alleged Conspiracy Theorist-Terrorist Connection Is Anti-American – by Andrew Korybko – https://www.globalresearch.ca/fbi-alleged-conspiracy-theorist-terrorist-connection-anti-american/5685908 – “The de-facto criminalization of free speech is an ongoing trend in American society that’s already pressured a lot of people to self-censor their beliefs in public in order to avoid official scrutiny from the authorities or harassment by their political opponents, but an intelligence bulletin released by the FBI’s Phoenix office back in May and only reported on by the Mainstream Media earlier this month might spread the dragnet even further by de-facto criminalizing the online pursuit of additional information that contradicts the official narrative about various events… The “secret police” (as they’d be described by the Mainstream Media if any other country’s version of the FBI was being reported on) believe that a connection exists between so-called “conspiracy theories” and domestic terrorism, and while there have veritably been some people who hold such controversially defined beliefs and ended up killing others, it’s anti-American to suspect that anyone engaged in seeking out all sides of every story (no matter how possibly implausible) automatically qualifies as a potential terrorist.”

Web Research Links for the Week of 8/5/19

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From the You-Can’t-Make-This-Stuff-Up Desk: Colorado bear caught stealing entire dumpster from pot shop (video) – https://www.fox32chicago.com/amp/news/colorado-bear-caught-stealing-entire-dumpster-from-pot-shop

The Coming War On China – Documentary History by John Pilger (2018 – 1hr 50min) – If you haven’t experienced the documentaries of Pilger, this is a great place to start. It’s possibly his best yet.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy describes attack by Banditos clique – by Miriam Hernandez and Lisa Bartley – https://abc7.com/lasd-deputy-describes-attack-by-banditos-clique/5370629/ – “Sheriff Alex Villanueva unveiled a new policy Friday meant to root out the problem… The measure follows a violent deputy confrontation at a department sponsored party at Kennedy Hall in East L.A… A deputy who was beaten up at that party is speaking out anonymously as he and six other deputies file a legal claim alleging harassment and discrimination… ‘There’s people getting, you know, stomped on… being choked out… it was just crazy, crazy to believe they’re all cops,’ the deputy tells Eyewitness News… The deputies allege that it was a one-sided fight with younger deputies attacked by veteran “shot callers” of the East L.A. sheriff’s station, a group bearing tattoos of a skeleton in a sombrero with a shotgun… It is the Los Banditos logo.”

Did Epstein Commit Suicide, Get Suicided, Or Get Whisked Away To Israel? All Claims Are Being Made (47 min) – by Ryan Cristian – A detailed analysis of available info on developments in the Epstein Narrative at an early stage of investigation. Good job, Ryan!

BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF AMERICA by Michael McKibben, Leader Technologies (21 min)

Did Bill Barr Call His Shot? Unanswered Questions about FBI’s Foreknowledge of the El Paso Shooting – William Barr’s warning that a “major incident” could occur “at any time” and “galvanize public opinion” around the unpopular encryption back-door policy he has been seeking seems to have come true in the weeks since the attorney general made those statements – by Whitney Webb – https://www.mintpressnews.com/william-barr-unanswered-questions-fbi-foreknowledge-el-paso-shooting/261221/ – “Yet, not long before the recent spate of mass shootings began, U.S. Attorney General William Barr gave a speech on July 23 in which he spoke of the need for all consumer electronic devices and encrypted software to have a backdoor for the government to bypass encryption, essentially calling for many of the same measures that Trump has proposed following the recent shootings… Notably, Barr concluded his speech by stating that he anticipated ‘a major incident may well occur at any time that will galvanize public opinion on these issues.’ In other words, just a few days prior to the recent spate of mass shootings, William Barr stated that he anticipated a public safety crisis that ‘may well occur at any time’ and would reduce public resistance to the further erosion of civil liberties that he was advocating for in his speech.” – Comment: Barr has been a facilitator of mass State Surveillance throughout his career, as outlined in this article.

GLOBAL DEBT BOMB THREATENS WORLD ECONOMYhttp://www.newsilkstrategies.com/economics-and-finance/global-debt-bomb-threatens-world-economy – “MOSCOW, August 2 – RIA Novosti, Natalia Dembinskaya. World debt has reached $246 trillion. This is an absolute record, more than three times global GDP – the cost of all products and services on the planet. Economists have warned that when a multi-trillion bomb, planted under the global economy, explodes, the crisis will break out worse than in 2008. RIA Novosti reports why the situation under which the fuses have already been lit is close to critical and whether it will be possible to avoid a general collapse…  Where does so much debt come from?..  As follows from a report published by the Institute of International Finance (IIF), in the first quarter, global debt increased by three trillion dollars compared to the same period last year and set another record: 246 trillion. This is almost 320% of global GDP.”

Jeffrey Epstein Reportedly Taken Off Suicide Watch Before Death – by Jim Mustian, Michael R. Sisak and Michael Balsamo – https://www.truthdig.com/articles/jeffrey-epstein-found-dead-of-apparent-suicide/ – “A person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press that Epstein had been taken off suicide watch. The person wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity. It wasn’t immediately clear when he was taken off suicide watch… Cameron Lindsay, a former warden who ran three federal lockups, said the death represents ‘an unfortunate and shocking failure, if proven to be a suicide.’.. ‘Unequivocally, he should have been on active suicide watch and therefore under direct and constant supervision,’ Lindsay said.”

Jeffrey Epstein found dead in his jail cell of apparent suicide: reporthttps://www.rawstory.com/2019/08/jeffrey-epstein-found-dead-in-his-jail-cell-of-apparent-suicide-report/ – “The New York Post is reporting that financier Jeffrey Epstein has been found dead in his jail after apparently committing suicide… The reports states, ‘Convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein died overnight in an apparent suicide, law enforcement sources told the Post Saturday.’.. ‘A gurney carrying a man who looked like Epstein was wheeled out of the Manhattan Correctional Center around 7:30 a.m. and headed to New York Downtown Hospital. A call for a reported cardiac arrest came in at 6:38 a.m., Fire Department sources said.’ ”

Epic Series by Whitney Webb of MintPressNews.com – The Jeffrey Epstein and the Roy Cohn, Donald Trump Deep State Milieu:

Part 1Hidden in Plain Sight: The Shocking Origins of the Jeffrey Epstein Case – Epstein is only the latest incarnation of a much older, more extensive and sophisticated operation that offers a frightening window into how deeply tied the U.S. government is to the modern-day equivalents of organized crime – by Whitney Webb – https://www.mintpressnews.com/shocking-origins-jeffrey-epstein-blackmail-roy-cohn/260621/

Part 2: Government by Blackmail: Jeffrey Epstein, Trump’s Mentor and the Dark Secrets of the Reagan Era – Appalling for both the villainous abuse of children itself and the chilling implications of government by blackmail, this tangled web of unsavory alliances casts a lurid light on the political history of the U.S. from the Prohibition Era right up through the Age of Trump – https://www.mintpressnews.com/blackmail-jeffrey-epstein-trump-mentor-reagan-era/260760/

Part 3: Mega Group, Maxwells and Mossad: The Spy Story at the Heart of the Jeffrey Epstein Scandal – The picture painted by the evidence is not a direct Epstein tie to a single intelligence agency but a web linking key members of the Mega Group, politicians, and officials in both the U.S. and Israel, and an organized-crime network with deep business and intelligence ties in both nations – https://www.mintpressnews.com/mega-group-maxwells-mossad-spy-story-jeffrey-epstein-scandal/261172/Comment: I’ve seen pieces of the info that Webb includes in these articles in various places, but she puts it ALL together in a very well organized and accessible way. Highly Recommended!

Amazon Continues Helping Police By Teaching Them How To Bypass A Warrant – by Aaron Kesel – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/amazon-continues-helping-police-by-teaching-them-how-to-bypass-a-warrant.html – “If that’s not enough, GovTech has reported that police can go around customers and request Ring camera footage directly from Amazon when they are denied access to homeowners’ cameras. Therefore, bypassing permission of the owners of the cameras and going directly to the source, Amazon’s Ring, to “subpoena” video footage… Amazon Ring now has a reported 225 partnerships with law enforcement according to Gizmodo. However, a report by Motherboard revealed that the number was actually 231 law enforcement agencies around the country who have partnered with Ring. It’s important to note that these partnerships take both a financial and digital form, because for every resident who downloads Ring’s Neighbors app, local police departments get credits toward buying the cameras they can then use distribute to residents. This arrangement makes salespeople out of what should be impartial and trusted protectors of our civic society, the EFF argues. : ‘This is not the first time the government has attempted to use an economic incentive to expand the reach of surveillance technology and to subsidize the vendors. In 2017, EFF spoke out against legislation that would provide tax credits for California residents who purchased home security systems.'”

US Congressman Warns of Political Conspiracy to Overturn the 2nd Amendment In Its Entirety – by Matt Agorist – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/us-congressman-warns-of-political-conspiracy-to-overturn-the-2nd-amendment-in-its-entirety.html – “Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., told reporters this week that there is a political movement brewing in the US to overturn the Second Amendment in its entirety. Americans would no longer have a right to keep and bear arms…. Despite seeing the writing on the wall, Kinzinger is on board with much of the Republican base in the support of red flag laws… Citizens who are targeted by these laws will be deemed guilty first and only after their guns are taken, will they have a chance to defend themselves in court. This is the de facto removal of due process; and if history is any indicator, they will one day be used to disarm those who disagree with the State.”

Federal Judges Are Waging War on the Fourth Amendment – by Chris Calton – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/federal-judges-are-waging-war-on-the-fourth-amendment.html – “The result is that the police now enjoy unlimited reign in harassing, searching, and arresting drivers. Motivated by civil forfeiture laws that empower them to confiscate civilian property without charging the victim with a crime, the police have institutionalized the practice of conducting mass road stops as means of searching civilians for property to confiscate (a practice recently curtailed by a SCOTUS ruling, but not eliminated). Highway robbery has been legally sanctioned and encouraged by all branches of the federal government, so that state and local police forces can only accurately be understood is roadway pirates.”

6th-Grader Dragged Out Of Class For Saying Gender-Confused Boy “Is A Boy” – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-09/6th-grader-dragged-out-class-saying-gender-confused-boy-boy – “In a redacted letter to the school district, Liberty Counsel said Boy A had started publicly identifying as a female this spring. It became “heavily discussed at the school, particularly by a group of girls” in John’s classes who quickly started treating Boy A as a girl and frequently discussing his “transition” with him in art class… John is also in that class, and considers Boy A a friend. He was “subjected to conversations about these issues constantly, on at least a weekly or semi-weekly basis,” because the girls and Boy A sat directly behind him… On May 13 the girls claimed that “taking girl hormones” and eventually getting his “male private parts removed” would turn Boy A into a girl. John “disagreed as a factual matter” and said he was “not a girl.” Another boy agreed that sex is “what you’re born with,” and cannot be changed by hormones and surgery, and a third boy “may have said something to a similar effect,” according to Liberty Counsel… Their art teacher overheard the conversation and reported John and the boys to the assistant principal, falsely claiming they were “bullying” Boy A and that the third boy called him a “homosexual.” ”

Stocks, Yuan Plunge As Trump Warns “Could Cancel September Meeting” With China – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-09/stocks-tumble-trump-says-not-ready-deal-china – “President Trump tells reporters ‘it’s going very well with China,’ but the U.S. is not ready to make a deal… ‘In the case of China, the tariffs have been amazing,’… Trump also said that he has ‘no choice but to what he’s doing on China,’ and said trade talks with China scheduled to be held in Washington in September might not happen… ‘We have an open dialogue — we’ll see whether or not we keep our meeting in September.’.. ‘If we do, that’s fine, if we don’t, that’s fine’ ”

Bailout #3: Chinese Bank With $200 Billion In Assets Is Nationalized – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-09/bailout-3-chinese-bank-200-billion-assets-nationalized – “And so, fast forward to this week when overnight, the SCMP reported that China’s sovereign wealth fund has taken over Heng Feng Bank – the bank at the very top of the list shown above, one with roughly $200 billion in assets –  a troubled lender linked to fugitive financier Xiao Jianhua, in the third case in as many months of the state exerting its grip over wayward financial institutions… According to the report, Central Huijin Investment, a subsidiary of the China Investment Corporation that acts as the Chinese government’s shareholder in the country’s four biggest banks, emerged as a strategic investor in Heng Feng, according to a brief report overnight by Shanghai Securities News, published by state news agency Xinhua… In short, a 3rd Chinese bank in as many months received an implicit (or explicit) state bailout, and with the dominoes now falling, it’s just a matter of time before most if not all of the banks shown in the list above collapse.”

The Fed Is Trapped In A Rate-Cutting Box: It’s The Debt, Stupid! – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-09/fed-trapped-rate-cutting-box-its-debt-stupid – “The Fed desperately needs to keep credit expanding or the economy will collapse. However, it’s an unsustainable scheme… Key Debt Points: ● In 1984 it took $1 of additional debt to create an additional $1 of Real GDP. ● As of the fourth quarter of 2018, it took $3.8 dollars to create $1 of real GDP. ● As of 2013, it took more than a dollar of public debt to create a dollar of GDP. ● If interest rates were 3.0%, interest on total credit market debt would be a whopping $2.16 trillion per year. That approximately 11.5% of real GDP year in and year out.” (emphasis added)

This Is The Same Pattern The Fed Followed Before The Great Depression – by Brandon Smith – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/this-is-the-same-pattern-the-fed-followed-before-the-great-depression.html – “Keep in mind that the latest Fed decision does two things: First, it is an indirect admission that the U.S. is entering recession territory. Second, it is also an admission that the Fed doesn’t plan to do anything about it, at least, not until it’s too late. In other words, all those people who thought the central bank was about to kick the can on the current crash in economic fundamentals were mistaken. As I have been predicting for many months, the Fed has no intention of trying to delay the effects of negative conditions any longer. The crash is now a reality that the mainstream will have to accept… In order to understand why the Fed is withholding liquidity at this time instead of opening the floodgates, it is important to understand central banker motives. First and foremost, the assumption that the Fed is always concerned with keeping the financial system afloat is incorrect. The Fed has allowed the U.S. system to crash multiple times in its 106 year history. In truth, the Fed has created bubble after massive bubble through stimulus and low interest rates, and then crashed these bubbles using liquidity tightening policies… Essentially what the Fed has done is create an economic time bomb, a sensitive explosive that could be set off by the slightest tremor. Any new geopolitical shock event could trigger this bomb. A No Deal Brexit, a shooting war in Iran, etc. The public will look to these events as the “cause” of the economic crisis, when it was actually the central bank that made it all possible.”

Ukrainian Armed Forces Preparing For Agressive Actions In Donbass: DPR Intelligencehttps://southfront.org/ukrainian-armed-forces-preparing-for-agressive-actions-in-donbass-dpr-intelligence/ – “Our intelligence obtained information on preparation and deployment to the front positions of units and subunits of the reserve of the UAF towards Mariupol… According to data obtained from the headquarters of the invaders [Ukraine], as well as from local residents of the settlements occupied by the UAF in the south of Donetsk region, we received information regarding the firing positions of the 152-mm and 122-mm artillery installations of the 406th artillery brigade of the Navy… We regard such actions of the Ukrainian side as direct preparation for active hostilities against our Republic… We do not exclude the possibility that in the near future the Ukrainian invaders will carry out terrorist acts near the front line in order to create an occasion to launch an offensive, the victims of which will be UAF fighters or civilians.”

Damascus Rejects Turkish-U.S. “Peace Corridor” Agreement On Northeastern Syriahttps://southfront.org/damascus-rejects-turkish-u-s-peace-corridor-agreement-on-northeastern-syria/ – “A source in the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates told the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on August 8 that Damascus sees the agreement as a blatant aggression against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country and a flagrant violation of the principles of the international law and the UN Charter… ‘This agreement has very clearly exposed the US-Turkish partnership in the aggression against Syria which serves the interest of the Israeli occupation entity and the Turkish expansionist ambitions and it unequivocally exposed the misleading and evasiveness which govern the policies of the Turkish regime,’ the source added… Turkey and the U.S. announced the initial agreement, a day earlier. While the agreement doesn’t specify the steps that both sides will take to establish the “peace corridor,” Turkish sources claim that Kurdish forces will be moved out of the zone.”

Liberalism Is Over – Russia, America, and Iran– by Israel Shamir – http://www.unz.com/ishamir/russia-america-and-iran/ – “This hard-earned prosperity and political longevity allows President Putin to hold his own in the international affairs. He is one of a few experienced leaders on the planet with twenty years at the top job. He has met with three Popes of Rome, four US Presidents, and many other rulers. This is important: 93-years old Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad who ruled his Malaysia for 40 years and has been elected again said the first ten years of a ruler are usually wasted in learning the ropes, and only after first twenty does he becomes proficient in the art of government. The first enemy a ruler must fight is his own establishment: media, army, intelligence and judges. While Trump is still losing in this conflict, Putin is doing fine – by his Judoka evasive action.”

Israel To Participate In US-led Mission In Persian Gulf By Providing Intelligence And “Other” Activitieshttps://southfront.org/israel-to-participate-in-us-led-mission-in-persian-gulf-by-providing-intelligence-and-other-activities/ – “On August 6th, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said that the country would support the US-led operation to provide a sort of maritime security in the Persian Gulf… Speaking at a closed session of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Katz said Israel was assisting the mission with intelligence and other unspecified fields… Katz told a ministers’ meeting that the two reached “substantial agreements,” adding that he was working toward “transparent normalization and signed agreements” with Gulf states. He added: ‘We do not have a conflict with them.’.. Katz further said that it is an Israeli interest to stop Iranian entrenchment in the region and strengthen Israel’s relationship with Gulf countries.”

When You Get An Email Like This From The Fed, It May Be Time To Panic – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-07/when-you-get-email-fed-it-may-be-time-panic – “As we explained in detail, the main reason why the Fed should be concerned, is that according to a research report from BofA’s Marc Cabana which we used extensively in the report, the Fed may be forced to launch Quantitative Easing as soon as Q4 to provide the market with the much needed liquidity, or else suffer the consequences of a major liquidity shortage. To wit, in describing the various steps the Fed can engage in, this is what the BofA strategist said: ‘Outright QE: after OMO dealer capacity is exhausted the Fed may need to start permanently expanding its balance sheet. The Fed would likely describe this as offsetting “bank reserve demand and growth in other non-reserve liabilities”. Regardless, it would represent the Fed permanently buying USTs outright to maintain control of funding markets well above the ZLB.’.. Well, it appears that the Fed paid attention, because moments ago we received an email from a Federal Reserve researcher which should make everyone very, very nervous. Specifically, the “rather urgent request” from a Fed staffer (no, not Edward Quince) seeks the full Cabana report whose gist, as noted above, is that the Fed will have to launch QE4 in very short notice to offset the upcoming liquidity drain.”

Protests In Hong Kong Continue From Morning, With Violence Escalatinghttps://southfront.org/protests-in-hong-kong-continue-from-morning-with-violence-escalating/ – “More than 100 flights were cancelled at the Hong Kong airport earlier in the day, but the backlog is being worked through and normal work is being restored… In total, demonstrations took place in seven districts. In these five police fire tear gas at protesters: ● Tin Shui Wai; ● Wong Tai Sin; ● Admiralty/ Central; ● Tsim Sha Tsui; ● Tai Po… The other two locations with protester activity were the Hong Kong airport and the HK Disneyland… The Associated Press reported that a Hong Kong official had said that the People’s Liberation Army would not be deployed…  ‘An official says Hong Kong’s police are fully supported by the government and there is no need to deploy China’s military to cope with increasingly violent anti-government protests.’ ” (underlined emphasis added)

Americans Should Be Very Skeptical Of Calls For New “Terrorism” Laws – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/americans-should-be-very-skeptical-of-calls-for-new-terrorism-laws.html – “I have no easy answers for America’s mass shooting epidemic, and as an Australian I see the gun control debate as outside my sovereign territory. I will simply suggest, as I so often do, that if Americans really want to address the problem then the best place to start is to do the first ever honest and in-depth study on the effects of domestic propaganda on the American mind, particularly war propaganda. There are only so many times a certain type of mind can be told violence-glorifying lies before it snaps; if anyone researches mass shootings in the light of the constant psychological abuse that Americans suffer at the hands of their mass media, I guarantee they’ll find a connection. Americans are the most propagandized people on earth because of their proximity to the most strategically crucial part of the empire; it’s not a coincidence that they’re also by far the most prone to mass shootings… One thing I can tell you won’t fix your problems, America, and that’s listening to the propagandists who want you to hand over even more control to a government that has already begun floating high-altitude surveillance balloons over your country without your permission.,, Don’t let them bully you with fear.

Currency War Begins: Chinese Yuan Crashes Past 7 To New Record Low; Global Markets Tumble After Beijing Suspends US Agri Imports – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-04/currency-war-begins-chinese-yuan-crashes-past-7usd-record-lowUpdate 1 – China is firing all the big guns tonight, because just an hour after Beijing effectively devalued the yuan, when it launched the latest currency war with the US, Bloomberg reported that the Chinese government has asked its state-owned enterprises ‘to suspend imports of U.S. agricultural products after President Donald Trump ratcheted up trade tensions with the Asian nation last week.’.. Update 2: – China’s central bank has confirmed that it is, indeed, on, saying that it is able to keep the yuan exchange rate at a reasonable and balanced level – whatever that means – while acknowledging that the Yuan plunging beyond 7 per dollar is due to market supply and demand, trade protectionism and expectations on additional tariffs on Chinese goods... Meanwhile, resorting to its old, tired and worn out tricks, Dow Jones reports that the PBOC will crack down on short-term Yuan speculation, and anchor market expectations... Which is great… if only the PBOC didn’t say exactly the same back in May, when it warned currency traders that  those ‘shorting the yuan will inevitably suffer from a huge loss.‘.. Three months later, it’s currency traders 1 – Beijing 0... China’s state-run agricultural firms have now stopped buying American farm goods, and are waiting to see how trade talks progress... Translation: trade talks, even the fake kind, is now over, dead and buried, and the only question is how Trump will react... Update 3: The carnage from yuan volatility is starting to spread… Chinese bond yields are tumbling…” – Comment: Bonds, Chinese Bonds, Offshore Yuan, U.S. Dollar plummet. Dow is down over 800 points (3%)

Walmart, El Paso, TX Shooting – 3 to 4 Shooters Say Eyewitnesses & More… (13 min )

Lee Stanahan interview from Patrick Henningsen’s Twitter feed (20 min) – https://twitter.com/21WIRE/status/1158409873538846728Great interview and analysis by Lee Stanahan on Faultlines Radio – The Alt Right nexus and the Epstein Furor

“Antivaxxers Are Killers” Programmed Into Microsoft’s BING Autosuggest – Is this Hate Speech? – by Sayer Ji – https://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/antivaxxers-are-killers-programmed-microsofts-bing-autosuggest-hate-speech – “Recently, Google was caught red-handed manipulating its search results to serve a not-so-hidden agenda, both by scrubbing its results clean of natural health and vaccine skeptical information, and by rigging its autocomplete keyword phrases to disparage complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and promote an exclusively pro-vaccine agenda… Now, a new investigation reveals that Bing (Microsoft’s search engine launched in 2009 which has 9% of the global markeshare) is targeting the so-called “vaccine hesitant” with preprogrammed search suggestions that bully, disparage, and ultimately characterize this increasingly marginalized group as dangerous and violent against others… Moreover, Bing falsely claims that its “autosuggest” function is based on the volume of real searches made by others, and not arbitrary human biases and/or political agendas originating within Microsoft itself.”

Web Research Links for the Week of 7/29/19

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More Signs the Next Big Financial Crisis May Begin in Germany – by Lubomir Tassev – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/more-signs-the-next-big-financial-crisis-may-begin-in-germany.html – “Berlin has gotten itself, and the rest of Europe, into an almost hopeless situation. The Eurozone is tuned in a way that benefits its largest economy. That, however, leads to the concentration of money in Germany whose banks have been lending it back to the weaker partners in the Eurozone and the EU to sustain them and their markets. Sooner or later, the poor borrowers won’t be able to take any more debt. It’s already happened with Greece, for example… Germany has become a lender, supplier and consumer that’s too big to fail. A German crisis would surely drag the rest of the Eurozone and hurt the global economy. So now Europe is basically financing Germany through low and subzero interest rates. Things are nearing a point where normal economic logic isn’t part of the equation anymore. Investors are literary paying more and more to lend money to Germany, as Welt business editor Holger Zschaepitz remarked in a tweet this week. Berlin recently sold €2.345 billion of 10-year debt at a record low yield of -0.41%.”

Al-Qaeda Stronger Than Ever? State Department’s War On Terror Redux – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-02/al-qaeda-stronger-ever-war-terror-redux – “Now approaching two decades after 9/11 and the start of the so-called “war on terror” we’ve now come full circle. With the ISIS caliphate dead, and with Pentagon officials increasingly unable to justify the US expanding Middle East footprint based on that inflated threat, we’re now being told al-Qaeda is back and stronger than ever.”

NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Says Facebook, Instagram Spying On Customers — Wants To Help Combat Surveillance – by Aaron Kesel – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/nsa-whistleblower-edward-snowden-says-facebook-instagram-spying-on-customers-wants-to-help-combat-surveillance.html – “In a tweet rant posted on Twitter, Snowden expressed that both social media giants owned by Mark Zuckerberg were involved in spying on their users, as well as YouTube. Snowden also announced that he has created new accounts on the platforms and that he will explain how the sites spy on users. He added, that he would “explain methods to limit how much they know about you,” if you choose to use them… It’s worth noting that this author recently wrote an article on Palantir, the company that was accused of providing the technology that enables NSA’s mass surveillance PRISM. In that article, we went into extensive detail about Palantir’s history as a company and the development of software used at Fusion Centers across the U.S…. Palantir’s software in many ways is similar to the  Prosecutor’s Management Information System (PROMIS) stolen software Main Core and may be the next evolution in that code, which allegedly predated PRISM. In 2008, Salon.com published details about a top-secret government database that might have been at the heart of the Bush administration’s domestic spying operations. The database known as “Main Core” reportedly collected and stored vast amounts of personal and financial data about millions of Americans in event of an emergency like Martial Law.”

Trump Considering Blockade of Venezuelahttps://www.rt.com/news/465610-venezuela-us-blockade-trump/ – “Trump made the off-hand remark, which may mean tons of additional hardship for the people of crisis-hit Venezuela, after he was asked by a reporter at the White House lawn if he has been considering a blockade or a quarantine of the Latin American country, ‘given the amount of foreign involvement from Russia, China, and Iran.’.. ‘Yes, I am,’ the US president responded, without elaborating. The curt response prompted the journalist to ask again, only for Trump to triple down: ‘Yes, I am. Yes. Yes, I am.’ ”

US planning to roll out peace plan at meeting with Arab leaders – report – Israeli paper says invitations to be extended by Kushner during Middle East trip this week, Netanyahu helped plan conference but unlikely to attend – https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-planning-to-roll-out-peace-plan-at-meeting-with-arab-leaders-report/ – “The United States is reportedly planning a conference with Arab leaders at Camp David, during which US President Donald Trump will roll out his plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace… Invitations to the conference will be extended by Jared Kushner, Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, as he visits Israel and the Middle East this week to drum up support for the plan, the Yedioth Ahronoth daily reported Wednesday… US officials have previously stated the plan would not be released until after the Israeli elections… According to the report, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu helped plan the meeting, which could be a boon to his reelection hopes.”

‘Pentagon doesn’t want advice of American people’: US stops tracking who controls Afghan territories (3 min) – Comment: Wars to be kept secret from the American people paying the bills, whom Trump identifies with “the enemy.”

5800 Fake Families Found at Border – Children Brought Across Border to Feed Sex Trafficking Networks – by Brian Shilhavy –  http://healthimpactnews.com/2019/5800-fake-families-found-at-border-children-brought-across-border-to-feed-sex-trafficking-networks/ – Rogers says that because the demand is so great in the U.S., traffickers are filling that demand with an increased supply of forced sex workers… ‘So the demand here in the United States is a global one,’ he said. ‘We do have men traveling the globe to go to places like Thailand and other places in East Asia to purchase sex with kids. But, in fact, the demand is so great that the supply has needed to be filled here in the United States.’.. ‘Because of the demand, then these traffickers are filling that demand with supply. And the demand is so great here in the United States that they’re filling the supply with our very own kids,’ Rogers continued. (Source.).. The problem of child sex trafficking should be a non-partisan issue, and the corporate “mainstream” media needs to stop portraying the problems with children at the borders as a problem with separating children from their parents.”

Refusing to be Silent, Parents Come Forward to Describe How their Children Suffered Painful Deaths After Being Vaccinatedhttp://healthimpactnews.com/2019/refusing-to-be-silent-parents-come-forward-to-describe-how-their-children-suffered-painful-deaths-after-being-vaccinated/  – “California Medical Doctor Sues Medical Board Over Intimidating Doctors Who Write Vaccine Medical Exemptions – He recently asked for parents who had children that died as a result of vaccines to email him their stories, and then another California doctor, Dr. Robert Rowen, who has a large following on Facebook, published their stories today… Dr. Rowen commented that these stories brought him to tears, and warns his readers that they may also have the same effect on them… We reproduce these stories here for greater public awareness, and to make sure their voices are not silenced by the Social Media tech giants… There are common themes in many of these tragic stories where once healthy and normal children deteriorated in health after receiving vaccines, and then died… From child protective services (CPS) threats against parents who question vaccines and risk losing their children if they do not comply, to doctors who refuse to admit vaccines cause harm and therefore will not treat vaccine injuries, these testimonies show that we are facing a real crisis and tragedy in the U.S. today when it comes to vaccine policy… These are among the few and brave parents who will not be silenced, risking their reputations and careers to tell their stories publicly in a country now ruled by medical tyranny.”

U.S. Preparing Militant Sabotage Groups To Attack Syrian Oil Infrastructure: Russiahttps://southfront.org/u-s-preparing-militant-sabotage-groups-to-attack-syrian-oil-infrastructure-russia/ – “The US is preparing militant sabotage groups that would be tasked with attacks on Syrian oil infrastructure, the Russian Defense Ministry warned on July 29. According to reports, such groups have been spotted in the areas of al-Suwayda, al-Bukamal and Palmyra… Head of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operational Department Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi said that the US is training around 2,700 miltiants of Jaysh Maghawir al-Thawra and other militant groups. US-trained sabotage groups are being deployed in the government-held areas to destabilize the situation there… The Russian side added that the situation is also tense in the Idlib de-escalation zone. According to Col. Gen. Rudskoi, at least 500 members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham were deployed from the northern part of the zone to southern Idlib.”

Orwellian Own-Goal: Finland’s ‘Fake News’ Training Children to Believe Only Mainstream Propaganda – by Patrick Henningsen – https://21stcenturywire.com/2019/07/29/orwellian-own-goal-finlands-fake-news-training-children-to-believe-only-mainstream-propaganda/ – “Toivanen then said something that’s been becoming and more apparent – the targets of propaganda need to taught from very young age to only believe the Western propaganda, any other kind is inherently wrong and evil, but the US-fabricated one can’t possibly be fake news… ‘It’s not just a government problem, the whole society has been targeted. We are doing our part, but it’s everyone’s task to protect the Finnish democracy,’ Toivanen said, before adding: ‘The first line of defense is the kindergarten teacher.’.. At the French-Finnish School of Helsinki, a bilingual state-run K-12 institution, training children to spot any alleged attempt by Russia to influence their fragile minds is taken quite seriously.”

Designer Protein Acts as a Switch for Cellular Circuitry – Unlike biotech tools adapted from nature, the invention was entirely conceived by humans and represents one of the few proteins made from scratch in the lab – by Nicoletta Lanese – https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/designer-protein-acts-as-a-switch-for-cellular-circuitry-66200 – “In their demonstrative studies, the researchers used LOCKR to trigger cell death, degrade specific proteins, and direct the movement of materials through living cells. Individual LOCKR proteins can also be connected to form circuits, systems able make changes within the cell in response to internal and external stimuli. The researchers first tested their tool in yeast, then successfully designed a modified version that works in lab-grown human cells… ‘It signals the dawn of de novo designer proteins,’ says Ahmad Khalil, a biomedical engineer at Boston University who was not involved in the research, in an interview with The Washington Post. De novo proteins, designed start to finish by humans, may carry advantages over repurposed natural proteins. While naturally occurring proteins may serve multiple functions and work via different mechanisms, synthetic proteins can be built to do just one thing. LOCKR, which counts among the first de novo proteins ever invented, can only function as a molecular switch.”

The Alternative Media Can Defeat the Mainstream Media – Here’s the Game Plan – by Ron Unz – https://russia-insider.com/en/media-criticism/alternative-media-can-defeat-mainstream-media-heres-game-plan/ri23703Another wonderful article from the inimitable Ron Unz

5 of the Most Important Use Cases for Cryptocurrency – by Kai Sedgwick – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/07/5-of-the-most-important-use-cases-for-cryptocurrency.html – “Crypto assets have come a long way since Bitcoin. What started out as a P2P payment system has spawned an array of use cases that extend far beyond the original designation of cryptocurrency. While the primary function of crypto assets such as ETH and BTC is a matter of some debate, what’s indisputable is that digital currencies can now be used for more than merely paying for goods and services. Here are five use cases for crypto assets that demonstrate the extent of the fintech revolution taking place. –  ● Use Case 1: Digital Cash; ● Use Case 2: Programmable Money; ● Use Case 3; Collateral; ● Use Case 4: Governance; ● Use Case 5: Collectibles.”

Mom seeks Supreme ruling on minor son’s sex change against her willhttps://www.wnd.com/2019/07/mom-seeks-supreme-ruling-on-minor-sons-sex-change-against-her-will/ – “A mother whose juvenile son was assisted in sex-change procedures by authorities in Minnesota against her wishes is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review her case… The Thomas More Society on Wednesday asked the high court to review the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling affirming the decision by county officials to shepherd the boy through a sex change… The petition to review Anmarie Calgaro v. St. Louis County contends Calgaro’s due process rights were trampled when the county and its referred health providers ended her parental control over her minor son without her permission or a court order… Erick Kaardal, special counsel for the Thomas More Society, said Calgaro’s right to supervise her child’s welfare, educational and medical care decisions were ripped away by St. Louis County authorities without even parental notice.”

THE OBAMA SHOE-BANGING MOMENT ON THE UKRAINE FRONT – DUTCH AND AUSTRALIAN TROOPS WERE PLANNING TO START WAR WITH RUSSIA AFTER MH17 WAS SHOT DOWN – by John Helmer – http://johnhelmer.net/the-obama-shoe-banging-moment-on-the-ukraine-front-dutch-and-australian-troops-were-planning-to-start-war-with-russia-after-mh17-was-shot-down/ – “According to Dutch sources, the military plan of attack was aborted when Germany refused to participate directly, or allow its bases and airspace to be used. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced the Dutch were pulling their troops out of the plan on July 27. He said at the time: “Getting the military upper hand for an international mission in this area is, according to our conclusion, not realistic.” That was ten days after the MH17 crash. But Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his cabinet continued, Brown and his sources reveal, to plan the operation with the US for another 10 days… The cover story, according to the Telegraaf, was “to ensure the 23 Dutch crash investigators and 40 unarmed military police officers can do their job.” The real objective, according to one of Telegraaf’s sources, was: “if our commandos are there, they should certainly try to arrest those responsible. [Russian] Colonel Igor the Terrible Girkin [Strelkov] and his associates.” For background on Girkin’s role in Russian plans and operations in eastern Ukraine, read this… The Dutch newspaper didn’t reveal the Dutch troops would be deployed alongside the 3,000-man Australian force, and that the German command of Division Schnelle Kräfte would also be involved. Telegraaf claimed the operation was “not expected at the NATO headquarters in Brussels”, although it had been presented to ‘the authorities in Kiev before the green light [was given] and cooperation promised.’.. The Dutch newspaper didn’t reveal the Dutch troops would be deployed alongside the 3,000-man Australian force, and that the German command of Division Schnelle Kräfte would also be involved.”

MH17 Evidence Tampering Revealed by Malaysia – The Dutch Covered-Up Forged Telephone Tapes, Ukraine Hid Radar Records – The FBI attempted to seize black boxes, and witness testimony was misreported – by John Helmer – https://russia-insider.com/en/mh17-evidence-tampering-revealed-malaysia-dutch-covered-forged-telephone-tapes-ukraine-hid-radar – “A new documentary from Max van der Werff, the leading independent investigator of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 disaster, has revealed breakthrough evidence of tampering and forging of prosecution materials; suppression of Ukrainian Air Force radar tapes; and lying by the Dutch, Ukrainian, US and Australian governments. An attempt by agents of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to take possession of the black boxes of the downed aircraft is also revealed by a Malaysian National Security Council official for the first time.”

Child trafficking CPS agencies now using “predictive analytics” to decide which children to kidnap – by Ethan Huff – https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-07-28-cps-agencies-now-use-predictive-analytics-to-kidnap-children.html – “Because of this, parents need to be extra careful when reaching out to state officials for anything involving their children, as one wrong move could land them on the “pre-criminal” list, making them ripe targets for illicit child abduction by CPS agents… ‘So listen-up ‘at-risk’ new mothers: In the world of predictive analytics, the fact that you reached out for help when you needed it and accepted assistance on how to be better parents isn’t a sign of strength – it’s a reason to consider you suspect, and make it more likely that your children will be taken away,’ LaPoint warns… ‘The campaign for predictive analytics is led largely, though not exclusively, by the field’s worst extremists – those who have been most fanatical about advocating a massive increase in the number of children torn from everyone they know and love and consigned to the chaos of foster care – and also by those most deeply ‘in denial’ when it comes to the problem of racial bias in child welfare,’ she adds.”

Please Get This Out – by Anna Von Reitz – http://www.paulstramer.net/2019/07/please-get-this-out.html – “Their present assumption — that we are all either Fourteenth Amendment “citizens of the United States” amounts to a claim that our country and government no longer exists and that we are all Negro Plantation slaves and public property– or “Enemy Combatants” in commercial mercenary wars that are over a century old –cannot be allowed to stand… We rebut the Enemy Combatant claim by taking our exemption under Title 50 Section 7 (c) and (e)… And we rebut the enslaved Negro Fourteenth Amendment “Citizen” claim as we see fit.  The so-called “Amendment” is in fact a corporate By Law adopted by a Scottish Commercial Corporation merely doing business as “The United States of America, Inc” (1868 charter) and that corporation has been defunct since 1907 — so the most appropriate response is to to say, ‘What are you idiots even talking about? What “Fourteenth Amendment? Whose “Fourteenth Amendment”? That corporation was a foreign fraud and has been defunct since 1907.’ ” – Comment: I’d like to see links to substantiating evidence posted with Anna’s articles…

Report: Vast Majority Of Yemen Civilian Deaths Due To US Coalition Bombings (13 min) – by Ryan Cristian, The Last American Vagabond – https://youtu.be/Noz9JB9MEZgVideo is “Age Restricted” (!?)

No One Is Safe: How Saudi Arabia Makes Dissidents Disappear – The assassination of Jamal Khashoggi was no aberration. A Vanity Fair investigation reveals how Saudi Arabia attempts to abduct, repatriate—and sometimes murder—citizens it regards as enemies of the state – by Ayman M. Mohyeldin –  https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/07/how-saudi-arabia-makes-dissidents-disappear – “Recently, bin Farhan, who rarely grants interviews to Western reporters, had incensed the kingdom’s leaders with his calls for human rights reforms—an unusual grievance for a Saudi prince. What’s more, he spoke openly of his desire to establish a political movement that might eventually install an opposition leader, upending the kingdom’s dynastic rule… As we sat over coffee, he relayed a story that at first sounded innocuous. One day in June 2018, his mother, who lives in Egypt, called him with what she thought was good news. The Saudi Embassy in Cairo had contacted her, she said, and had a proposal: The kingdom wanted to mend relations with the prince and was willing to offer him $5.5 million as a goodwill gesture. Since bin Farhan was struggling financially (reportedly due, in part, to a dispute with the ruling family), his mother welcomed this chance for a reconciliation. But as tempting as the overture was, he claimed he never considered it seriously. And when he followed up with Saudi officials, he realized the deal had a dangerous catch. They had told him he could collect his payment only if he personally came to a Saudi embassy or consulate. That immediately set off alarm bells. He declined the offer.”

Web Research Links for the Week of 7/22/19

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NYT: The Tables Have Turned — Time To Investigate The FBI, Steele And The Rest Of The ‘Witch Hunters’ – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-21/nyt-tables-have-turned-time-investigate-fbi-steele-and-rest-witch-huntersAmazing, detailed article from Zero Hedge

IF HE IS ALLOWED TO TESTIFY, BIG NAMES ARE GOING TO PRISON FOR LIFEGREAT edition of the SGT Report re: Fallout from the Mueller investigation and the potential role Julian Assange can have as things develop.

The Real Reason The Propagandists Have Been Promoting Russia Hysteria – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2019/07/27/the-real-reason-the-propagandists-have-been-promoting-russia-hysteria/Possibly the most tightly focused and effective article Caitlin has written to-date. And that’s saying something.

“The Media Is Reluctant to Report Israel Boasts of Killing Iranians” – by Philip M. Giraldi – https://ahtribune.com/world/north-africa-south-west-asia/3343-tzachi-hanegbi-boasts-killing-iranians.html – “It is rare that a high official in a government will admit that his country has been killing foreigners without any declaration of war or being subjected to an imminent threat, but that is exactly whatIsraeli Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi has done recently, boasting on a Sunday morning talk radio show that ‘Israel is the only country in the world that has been killing Iranians for two years now.’.. What is astonishing is that Minister Hangebi does not perceive the implications of the Israeli government’s apparent willingness to kill Syrians on the ground by intent and also as collateral damage even though it is not at war with Damascus. It does so with the stated objective of killing Iranians even though it is also not at war with Iran. It is, to state it succinctly, several war crimes tied up in one package and it would make the Jewish state uniquely a rogue among nations but for the fact that the United States has done the same sort of thing with cruise missile strikes in Syria, though not in as sustained a fashion as have the Israelis.”

10,000 American Cryptocurrency Owners Will Receive Warning Letters From the IRS – by Jamie Redman –  https://www.activistpost.com/2019/07/10000-american-cryptocurrency-owners-will-receive-warning-letters-from-the-irs.html – “On July 26, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the tax agency has started sending letters to American cryptocurrency owners advising them to pay their taxes. According to the organization, three types of letters will be sent to more than 10,000 taxpayers by the end of August. The news follows the recent IRS taskforce slide that shows alarming recommendations on how tax agents should investigate digital currency users… Through Compliance Efforts the Internal Revenue Service Has Collected 10,000 Names: The IRS media room has published a press release explaining that the government tax agency plans to send letters to Americans who own digital currencies. The organization’s announcement, published on Friday, says that the letters will be sent to taxpayers who have participated in virtual currency transactions or otherwise did not report past transactions properly. The IRS calls the letters of recommendation “educational” and started sending the notices last week. Through IRS “compliance efforts,” the tax agency has obtained the names of more than 10,000 Americans who will receive this correspondence.”

Why the Canadian Government Is Confronting Venezuela – by Arnold August – https://www.telesurenglish.net/opinion/Why-the-Canadian-Government-Is-Confronting-Venezuela-20190718-0006.html – “A few days after Chavez’s 2013 death the Globe and Mail’s ‘Report on Business’ published a front-page story about Scotiabank’s interests in Venezuela, which were acquired just before his rise to power. It noted: ‘Bank of Nova Scotia [Scotiabank] is often lauded for its bold expansion into Latin America, having completed major acquisitions in Colombia and Peru. But when it comes to Venezuela, the bank has done little for the past 15 years – primarily because the government of President Hugo Chavez has been hostile to large-scale foreign investment.’.. These considerations no doubt explain why the Trudeau government has been involved in Donald Trump’s attempted coups against Venezuela. Canada is also spearheading the economic sanctions imposed on the country, which recent studies have termed genocidal. Indeed, US-Lima Group policy represents a declaration of war, even though there has yet to be any military intervention as such… Is this the only way Canada can defend the interests of its companies in Venezuela? Surely not. There must be much more “Canadian” approaches that it can draw upon.”

USDA Opens the Door to New Untested, Unlabeled GMOs – by Pat Thomas – https://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/usda-opens-door-untested-unlabeled-gmos – “On June 6, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed to overhaul longstanding regulations governing genetically modified organisms (GMO). The   proposed new rule would revise the agency’s current method for regulating genetically modified plants, and would exclude newer so-called “gene-edited” GMOs… In a statement, the USDA said the new rule came ‘in response to advances in genetic engineering.’.. A week later, in the political equivalent of a one-two-punch, President Trump bolstered the USDA’s proposal by signing an executive order directing the USDA, as well as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, to “streamline” GMO regulations in the U.S. for agricultural biotechnology, including for genetically modified livestock and seeds… The full import of these two moves, and specifically the threat that they represent to consumer freedom, is only just starting to sink in—and the need for consumer action has become urgent. Contact the USDA here.

Under Brazil’s Far Right Leader, Amazon Protections Slashed and Forests Fall – by Letícia Casado and Ernesto Londoño – https://www.msn.com/en-ie/news/indepth/under-brazils-far-right-leader-amazon-protections-slashed-and-forests-fall/ar-AAEYI9M – “BRASÍLIA — The destruction of the Amazon rain forest in Brazil has increased rapidly since the nation’s new far-right president took over and his government scaled back efforts to fight illegal logging, ranching and mining… Protecting the Amazon was at the heart of Brazil’s environmental policy for much of the past two decades. At one point, Brazil’s success in slowing the deforestation rate made it an international example of conservation and the effort to fight climate change… But with the election of President Jair Bolsonaro, a populist who has been fined personally for violating environmental regulations, Brazil has changed course substantially, retreating from the efforts it once made to slow global warming by preserving the world’s largest rain forest.”

Israel attacks protesters in newly demolished Jerusalem areahttps://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190727-israel-attacks-protesters-in-newly-demolished-jerusalem-area/ – “Israeli occupation forces yesterday attacked Palestinian protesters in the Wadi Al-Hummus neighbourhood of the occupied Jerusalem town of Sur Baher, Ma’an reported… The protesters gathered on both sides of the illegal Israeli Separation Wall and held Friday prayers in the area to show solidarity with its residents who saw 100 residential units razed this week in what rights groups have described as Israel’s “biggest crime of ethnic cleansing since 1967”… Head of the Committee of Wadi Al-Hummus, Hamada Hamada, said occupation forces attacked Palestinian protesters with gas canisters and rubber bullets, protesters had problems breathing as a result… Mohamed Abu-Teir, member of the committee, said that the Israeli occupation attacked the Palestinian homes adjacent to the Separation Wall, causing many casualties among women and children.”

Technocrats and Neocons Respond to the Polar Silk Road – by Matthew Ehret – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/07/03/technocrats-and-neocons-respond-to-the-polar-silk-road/ – “These three bills combined threaten to devastate the Canadian economy which heavily relies on resource development (especially since its manufacturing sector has been so viciously hollowed out over the course of 25 years of NAFTA outsourcing). Already, Alberta which is a hub of the Canadian Yellow vest movement, is on fire with thousands protesting the shutdown of employment and economic potential under the ideologically driven craze to “stop global warming” (which has a lot more to do with stopping Russia and China than many would care to admit). The beleaguered Trudeau/Freeland government which faces collapse in the upcoming October elections has now found itself in a paradoxical situation of 1) needing to resist the growth policy driven by the Russia-China alliance on the one side while 2) needing to appease the flames of mass revolt within the country on the other side… For this reason, Trudeau also approved the Trans Mountain pipeline project which has been on the rocks for several years. The project will increase oil and natural gas output from Alberta to 890 000 barrels/day by connecting a pipeline from Edmonton Alberta to Burnaby, BC… The Trudeau/Freeland green regime have justified this paradoxical decision by claiming that all profits from the pipeline will now be used to fund Canada’s transition to a zero-growth green energy infrastructure grid which will ironically prohibit all such major projects from ever being built again. If it sounds absurd, that is because all empires committed to a policy of Malthusian depopulation must somehow balance an agenda of killing human cattle on the one side while keeping those cattle happy enough to vote into power those political operatives assigned to cull the herd.” (emphasis added)

How Government Agencies Make Criminals of Crypto Traders – by Graham Smith – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/07/how-government-agencies-make-criminals-of-crypto-traders.html – “A New Jersey man has been indicted this week for converting over $2 million to bitcoin and operating a private exchange business not registered with the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. According to a July 24 press release by the U.S. Attorney’s office, 46-year-old William Green could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted. Green isn’t alone. With tighter and tighter crypto regulations being imposed worldwide, entrepreneurs, small startups, and even unsuspecting hobbyists are being indicted and threatened by the “crypto cop” dragnet.”

US Blocks UN Vote Condemning Israeli Demolition of Palestinian Homes – by Patrick Hennigsen – https://21stcenturywire.com/2019/07/27/us-blocks-un-vote-condemning-israeli-demolition-of-palestinian-homes/ – “The United States blocked an attempt to get the United Nations Security Council to condemn Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes on the outskirts of Jerusalem, diplomats said… Citing 17 Palestinians who would be displaced by the destruction, UN officials had called on Israel to halt the plans. But Israel continued, saying the 10 apartment buildings it demolished on Monday had been built illegally, and posed a threat to Israeli armed forces along the occupied West Bank. Most of the homes were still under construction.” – Comment: Imagine if the Israelis ruled the world.

Time Runs Out on Operation Ukraine – by Tom Luongo – https://theduran.com/time-runs-out-on-operation-ukraine/ – “For the first few months of his presidency Zelensky has sent mixed signals as to what he intends to do on the world stage. He’s offered to meet with Putin, who then asked saliently, ‘to what end?’.. He’s tried to pull back on the conflict only to see the shelling continue and, at times, intensify… Zelensky is dealing with the same kind of bureaucratic revolt against change that Donald Trump has dealt with. In fact, it’s the same people running the both shows… If there was one thing that has become glaringly obvious over the past three years it is that the coup attempt by the bureaucracy against Trump it is that much of it was cooked up in Ukraine under the dutiful eye of former President Poroshenko.”

Vanity Fair: ‘Prominent Republicans’ Think Jeffrey Epstein ‘Was A Mossad Agent’ – by Chris Menahan – http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=60510 – “Epstein remained a fixture in elite circles even after he was a registered sex offender. A few years ago, for example, he was a guest at a dinner in Palo Alto hosted by LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman for the MIT neuroscientist Ed Boyden. At the dinner, Elon Musk introduced Epstein to Mark Zuckerberg… One source who’s done business with Epstein told me that Epstein’s 21,000-square-foot townhouse on East 71st Street welcomed a steady stream of the Davos crowd in the past decade. The source said Bill Gates, Larry Summers, and Steve Bannon visited the house, which has been called one of the largest private residences in Manhattan. “Jeffrey collected people. That’s what he did,” the source said. Gates and Summers did not respond to requests for comment.”

Top University Artificial Intelligence Experts Warn of “Technical Flaws” In Pre-Crime Police Systems – by Nicholas West  – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/07/top-university-artificial-intelligence-experts-warn-of-technical-flaws-in-pre-crime-police-systems.html – ” A new paper released by MIT entitled “Technical Flaws of Pretrial Risk Assessments Raise Grave Concerns” has been signed by some of the highest level university experts in the field of A.I. and law… Despite this very esteemed panel of mainstream contributors, their concerns about the current state of artificial intelligence in law enforcement and the justice system align with those which readers of alternative media already would be quite familiar… The document is naturally filled with a bit of technical jargon and euphemistic language, but it’s still fairly concise at around 4 pages.  Their main concerns appear in the Summary. My emphasis added.. ”

“Earnings Recession” Is Here – Big Companies All Over America Are Reporting Disastrous Financial Results – by Michael Snyder – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/07/earnings-recession-is-here-big-companies-all-over-america-are-reporting-disastrous-financial-results.html – “If the U.S. economy really was “booming”, then corporate earnings would be rising.  But that isn’t happening.  In fact, we haven’t seen corporate earnings fall like this since the last recession.  They fell during the first quarter of this year, and based on the results we have so far, it appears that corporate earnings will be down substantially once again in the second quarter.  When corporate earnings drop for two quarters in a row, that is officially considered to be an “earnings recession”, and that normally occurs just before the overall economy plunges into recession territory.  As things get tighter for our corporate giants, we should expect a lot more layoffs in the months ahead, and the unemployment rate should rise quite briskly.  In other words, it looks like our economic problems are about to accelerate substantially.”

What does affordable housing have to do with climate change? – by Brianna Bilter – https://www.streetsensemedia.org/article/greenhouse-gases-gentrification-economic-segregation/#.XTteA0d7m02 – “There is broad consensus among the international scientific community that the need to address climate change is dire. The United Nations has set an urgent deadline of 2030 to implement global emission policies, warning that a perilous rise in global temperature will occur if they are not met… The advocacy group Greater Greater Washington and the D.C. Democratic Socialists of America organized a panel of academic and policy experts to identify how the District could meet these goals while also addressing its struggles with an affordable housing crisis and increasing inequality… ‘Environmentalists know transportation is the elephant in the room,’ Alex Baca, the housing program organizer for Greater Greater Washington, wrote in an article for Slate. ‘At first blush, the easiest way to attack that problem is to electrify everything, and that’s largely what the Green New Deal calls for.’ ” – Comment: “ The ‘broad consensus among the international scientific community’ exists only in the mind of Green New Dealers. Alternative energy drives prices UP, not down and housing prices go up! This is the polar opposite of what they claim.” –Patrick Wood, Technocracy.news

Chinese Bank With $100 Billion In Assets Is About To Collapse – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-25/chinese-bank-100-billion-assets-about-collapse – “We were right, because not even two months later, the second biggest bank on the list, Bank of Jinzhou has crawled in Baoshang’s foosteps and is about to be seized by the government…According to Reuters and Bloomberg, Bank of Jinzhou recently met financial institutions in its home Liaoning province to discuss measures to deal with liquidity problems, and in a parallel bailout to that of Baoshang, the bank was in talks to “introduce strategic investors” after a report that China’s financial regulators are seeking to resolve its liquidity problems sent its dollar-denominated debt plunging… Officials including those from the People’s Bank of China and China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission recently held a meeting with financial institutions in Bank of Jinzhou’s home province of Liaoning to discuss measures to resolve the lender’s liquidity issues, Reuters reported Wednesday… In response to market fears the bank issued a statement on Thursday that “currently, Bank of Jinzhou’s business operations are normal overall,” which however did not refer to its liquidity situation. ‘Recently, the bank’s board of directors and some major shareholders have been in talks with several institutions that wish to and have the ability to to become strategic investors’ adding that talks have been ‘going smoothly.’ ”

U.S. Is Building New Large Base With Airstrip In Northwestern Syriahttps://southfront.org/u-s-is-building-new-large-base-with-airstrip-in-northwestern-syria/ – “The US-led coalition is building a new large base with an airstrip near the northern Syrian town of al-Darbasiyah next to the Turkish border… A delegation of the US-led coalition, accompanied by SDF commanders, inspected the Tabqa airbase in Raqqa, last month. Back then, opposition sources said that the coalition is planning to deploy troops and helicopters there… Earlier this year, President Donald Trump backed down from his decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria. These new reports suggest that the U.S. is now working to step up its military presence in the war-torn country.”

Ukraine’s SBU Detained Russian Tanker Allegedly Involved In Kerch Strait Incidenthttps://southfront.org/ukraines-sbu-detained-russian-tanker-allegedly-involved-in-kerch-strait-incident/ – “The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) announced on July 25 that it had detained Russia’s Nika Spirit (Neyma) tanker at the port of Izmail. The SBU claimed that the tanker was used to block the movement of Ukrainian Navy ships during the Kerch Strait incident… The developments with the tanker demonstrate that the government of newly-elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is not going to provide a course really different from those of Petro Poroshenko.”

New MH17 Documentary Proves Beyond a Doubt that a Cover-Up Took Placehttps://southfront.org/new-mh17-documentary-proves-beyond-a-doubt-that-a-cover-up-took-place/– “The “official” narrative blames Russia for this tragedy, but it’s since been revealed through the new evidence and testimonies that active efforts involving a broad array of countries were undertaken from the get-go to paint Moscow as the culprit despite there being no facts whatsoever to back up that provocative claim… “MH17 – Call For Justice” sheds light on the dark truth of what happened immediately after the plane’s downing, with  journalist John Helmer’s summary of the 28-minute-long documentary pointing out the key takeaways for those who don’t have the time to watch it in full.”

Russian Foreign Ministry Slams Facts Distortion By MSM In Response To UK Decision To Fine RThttps://southfront.org/russian-foreign-ministry-slams-facts-distortion-by-msm-in-response-to-uk-decision-to-fine-rt/ – “British media regulator Ofcom announced today its decision to impose a £200,000 fine on RT for what it referred to as serious failures to comply with broadcasting rules. Ofcom’s investigation found that RT “failed to preserve due impartiality” in seven news and current affairs programmes between March 17 and April 26, 2018. In its statement, the regulator voiced concern over the frequency of rule-breaking over a relatively short period of time… It is worth noting that the fine was not imposed by court order, although the legitimacy of the regulator’s claims against the television network should be ascertained under judicial review. The amount of the fine is also questionable, since it substantially exceeds fines imposed on other media outlets for hate speech and incitement to violence, while RT faces the subjective charge of insufficient impartiality.”

Pentagon Wants 16-Year-Old Kids to Fight the Empire’s Wars – by Kurt Nimmo – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/07/pentagon-wants-16-year-old-kids-to-fight-the-empires-wars.html – “The Pentagon is desperate. Far too many millennials are criminals, so luring them in to become the latest crop of bullet stoppers for the state is a nonstarter… Solution? Recruit 16 year olds. Most have yet graduated to petty and violent crime, although a lot of them are in video game training for a future of violence and self-destructive stupidity… It’s not being widely reported in the media. Recruiters are ready to go after tenth-graders. They are itching to snag kids before they engage in a life of crime, or before they have fully mature brains (well, some of them) and decide to kill and be killed isn’t much of a career choice.”

Iran – Seizure of a British Tanker – more than Tit for Tat – by Peter Koenig – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51982.htm – “Backtracking to 4 July, when the British Royal Marines seized the Iranian tanker Grace 1 in Spanish waters, off the coast of Gibraltar, under the pretext that the super tanker was carrying oil destined for Syria which was under the EU’s sanction program. Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, denied that the oil was destined for Syria; did however not elaborate further… Spanish Foreign Minister, Mr. Josep Borrell, said that Washington informed Spain about the impending capture by the UK of the Iranian tanker in Spanish territorial waters. Spain could have said ‘no’ – but didn’t. Why not? Afraid of sanctions?.. The UK did the bidding of Washington against her own interests, because the UK was one of three EU countries – Germany, France and UK – who at least made appear as if they wanted to preserve their part of the Iran Nuclear Deal. Mind you, this is not for love of Iran, but pure business interest. Iran should be aware of that – meaning, Iran could be shot in the back at any time by the EU, by the very countries that try – or make appear they try – to circumvent the US sanctions… What happened on 4 July was an act of sheer piracy, nothing less. A crime on high seas which the west just tolerated. The vessel is still under British control, while the arrested crew has since been liberated. Aside from the fact that Iran’s capture of the British oil tanker may look like tit for tat – Iran acted fully legitimate, as it’s Revolutionary Guard is policing the Strait of Hormus for security of other ships sailing through the narrow passage.”

What Tulsi Gabbard’s caving in to the Israel Lobby really shows – by The Saker – http://thesaker.is/what-tulsi-gabbards-caving-in-to-the-israel-lobby-really-shows/ – “A very wise friend of mine wrote this about why Gabbard had to cave in: ‘I told you she is a single issue politician. It’s about wars without end. Everything else is Realpolitik and nothing is more real than Zionists controlling the politics and legislation in Washington.  She would have no hope of surviving the next round of laws. They are going to make anything “anti-Israel” equal “anti-Semitic” and that will be a crime like it is in France. She has high ideals on only a single issue. It’s a great issue. But you cannot count on a politician to be a noble warrior. Forget anyone doing the right thing all the time.  She shines bright on one issue. If she was really wise or clever, she would have abstained. So, she is neither.’.. Again, I can only agree with him.”

Did UK, Zionist, and Soviet Spies Assassinate Several Top US Politicians after WW2? – by Ron Unz – https://russia-insider.com/en/did-uk-zionist-and-soviet-spies-assassinate-several-top-us-politicians-after-ww2/ri27488 – “Excluding the much larger number of less notable fatalities, here is a short list of six prominent Americans whose untimely passing during 1944-1949 surely evoked considerable relief within various organizations known for their ruthless tactics: ● Wendell Wilkie, lifelong Democrat nominated for President by the Republicans in 1940, Died October 8, 1944, Age 52, Heart attack. ● Gen. George Patton, highest-ranking American military officer in Europe, Died December 21, 1945, Age 60, Car accident. ● Harry Hopkins, FDR’s “Deputy President,” Died January 29, 1946, Age 55, Various possible causes. ● Harry Dexter White, Soviet agent who ran the Treasury under FDR, Died August 16, 1948, Age 55, Heart attack. ● Laurence Duggan, Soviet agent, Prospective Secretary of State under Henry Wallace, Died December 20, 1948, Age 43, Fall from 16th story window.  ● James Forrestal, former Secretary of Defense, Died May 22, 1949, Age 57, Fall from 18th story window…. I do not think that any similar sort of list of comparable individuals during that same time period could be produced for Britain, France, the USSR, or China.”

Mayors call for new ‘Marshall Plan,’ federal resiliency office to fight climate change – A committee of 10 Democrats promised to continue studying climate change, holding more hearings and fostering partnerships with governments at all other levels as well as the private sector – by Chris Teale – https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/mayors-call-for-new-marshall-plan-federal-resiliency-office-to-fight-cli/558988/ – “Peduto said the plan would help every city and town left behind by the changing economy to create programs and jobs in renewable energy, build a cleaner economy and address the intersection of climate change and inequity… ‘What needs to happen is there need to be federal programs created that aren’t just looking at how much our carbon reduction is, but what the economic benefit will be, what the opportunities for employment will be, how this will help areas that have been left behind,’ Peduto said.”

“Electromagnetic Attack” Sparks Massive Blackouts Across Venezuela – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-22/electromagnetic-attack-sparks-massive-blackouts-across-venezuela-breaking-report – “Widespread power blackouts were first reported on Monday evening across 15 Venezuelan states and Caracas… Venezuelan information minister Jorge Rodrigues said an “electromagnetic attack caused the nationwide blackout” and power companies along with government officials, are in the process of restoring the nation’s power grid… Widespread power outages and no internet connectivity have occurred just before Juan Guaidó, the self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela, is expected to launch nationwide anti-Maduro protests on Tuesday.”

How FDR Forced Japan to Attack Pearl Harbor While Lying About Trying to Avoid War – by J. Alfred Powell – https://russia-insider.com/en/how-fdr-forced-japan-attack-pearl-harbor-while-lying-about-trying-avoid-war/ri27491 – “A Second World War Navy radioman turned journalist, Robert Stinnett was in the National Archives in Belmont, California, researching a campaign-year picture book on George Bush’s South Pacific wartime navy career in aerial reconnaissance — George Bush: His World War II Years (Washington, D.C., Brassey’s, 1992) — and encountered unindexed duplicate copies of Pearl Harbor radio intercept records of Japanese Navy code transmissions — documentary evidence of what actually happened at Pearl Harbor and how it came about… After eight years of further research and a prolonged case at law under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain partial release of these materials, Stinnett published Day of Deceit (2000). A Japanese translation appeared within a year, understandably… Stinnett demonstrates, on the basis of extensive incontrovertible factual evidence and self-evidently accurate analysis that President Roosevelt oversaw the contrivance and deployment of a closely-guarded secret plan to goad the Japanese into attacking Pearl Harbor and monitor them while they did it.”

MH17 Turnabout: Ukraine’s Guilt Now Provenhttp://www.newsilkstrategies.com/news–analysis/mh17-turnabout-ukraines-guilt-now-proven – ” ‘In the film, Malaysian Prime Minister Mohamad Makhathia and the head of the Malaysian Government’s investigative team and Colonel Mohamad Sakri, director of the National Security Council, say that a 9,000-strong NATO contingent was ready to enter the Donbass.’..  Is this planned NATO incursion into eastern Ukraine perhaps the motive for the shoot-down of the plane by the Ukrainian government? It has been pointed out that the Russian speakers of Donbass had absolutely no motive for murdering all those innocent people. But when you consider the over 100,000 mostly innocent civilians killed by the US air armed forces in Iraq, and the hundreds of thousands of innocents killed by the Wahhabist killers imported by the US and its Saudi allies into Syria under the pretext of saving Syrians from the government they mostly trust and approve of, you can see that the US government has absolutely no concern for the life and limb of innocents and will manufacture evidence even if it means murdering people. Further, the fake Iraqi WMDs used as a casus belli and the unproven stories of Assad “poisoning his own people” as a pretext to fire on his installations show how underhanded and sneaky the US government and its allies are in their fabrication of “evidence” to indict those it deems adversaries.”

Greece’s New Government: Undoing the Damage of Years of Socialist Rule – by Maria Polizoidou – https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/14569/greece-undoing-damage – “The new government took office with an apparent sense of genuine purpose… The new government has transferred the handling of illegal immigration from the auspices of the Ministry for Migration Policy to that of the Ministry of Citizen Protection, treating the issue as a national-security threat… The Mitsotakis-led government is also reversing its predecessor’s course where foreign policy is concerned, stressing a desire to enhance Greek-American relations. One step in illustrating a closer alliance with the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump is the recognition of Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s transitional president in his battle against Nicolás Maduro. Another step is strengthening ties with Israel.” (emphasis added)

PA School Board Would Rather Put Kids In FOSTER CARE Than Take a Donation for Overdue Lunch Bills – by Daisy Luther –  https://www.theorganicprepper.com/pennsylvania-school-overdue-lunch-bills/ – “Dozens of families opened the most shocking letter of their lives last week when the Wyoming Valley West School District, one of the poorest districts in the state, attempted to collect overdue lunch money tabs by threatening to have their children removed from the home if they didn’t pony up immediately… The letter was only sent to the “worst” offenders – meaning those whose children had a meal debt of $10 or more… ‘Your child has been sent to school every day without money and without a breakfast and/or lunch,’ the 200-word letter read. ‘This is a failure to provide your child with proper nutrition and you can be sent to Dependency Court for neglecting your child’s right to food. If you are taken to Dependency court, the result may be your child being removed from your home and placed in foster care.’.. ‘The foster care system should never be viewed as a punitive agency or weaponized to terrorize children and families,’ said Luzerne County Manager David Pedri, who noted that county officials have asked the school district to stop using the language contained in the letter. (source)…Carmichael said Tuesday in a phone interview that his offer stands: ‘I’m just going to hold on and I’m going to continue to be optimistic and see if we can’t do something,’ Carmichael said. ‘Even if you’re a difficult person, we’re in. What can we do?’ (source)”

Attorney Arrested in Tennessee Refuses to be Gagged – How One Woman Dares to Take a Stand Against Child Kidnappings by CPS  (w/video 55min) – by Brian Shilhavy – http://healthimpactnews.com/2019/attorney-arrested-in-tennessee-refuses-to-be-gagged-how-one-woman-dares-to-take-a-stand-against-child-kidnappings-by-cps/ – “Attorney Connie Reguli has done the nation a huge favor by exposing the rationale behind her criminal charges, and presenting her case publicly. She is doing all the “wrong” things for all the right reasons… Any attorney would advise their client not to “tip their hand” by laying out their legal argument ahead of time, giving their opponent an opportunity to prepare their case against their legal strategy, especially in a public forum… If you watch her video below, you will get a great overview of Constitutional law and how the current child welfare system operates almost entirely outside the boundaries of the U.S. Constitution… Attorney Reguli is putting her own personal freedom and safety aside to use this opportunity to educate the American public on the nationwide failures of a system ripping families apart and destroying the lives of America’s children… I am sure she is not unaware of the case just to the south of her, where Arkansas Senator Linda Collins-Smith was found murdered in her home recently, cutting short her efforts to investigate abuses in the Child Welfare system… Reguli wants the nation to know why, for perhaps the first time in the U.S., a family law attorney was arrested and charged with criminal charges while representing her client in a family law matter.”

More Than 50 E-Scooters Pulled From Portland River –  by Conor Cawley – https://tech.co/news/e-scooters-pulled-portland-river-2019-07 – “Vandalizing e-scooters, particularly throwing them into large bodies of water, is hardly new at this point. From Austin and Denver to Chicago and Nashville, citizens have thrown them into trash cans, traffic, and yes, rivers and lakes. The practice has become so commonplace, in fact, that you can find dozens of accounts on Twitter and Instagram dedicated to their destruction… However you feel about e-scooters, it’s safe to say that petty vandalism is hardly the best way to go about expressing those feelings. In fact, considering one of the primary complaints against e-scooters is that they clutter up the city, throwing them, breaking them, and submerging them in water only serves to clearly exasperate that problem. So what’s the motive?” – Comment: Is it possible that Progressive Techno-Warriors just don’t get it when their futurist dreams cross over the line into other peoples’ lives? Here in Santa Cruz, we have Jump Bikes, only available to people with “smart phones” with Apps installed. Totally detestable, IMO.

Web Research Links for the Week of 7/15/19

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House of Representatives orders Pentagon to investigate whether ticks were once used as biological weapons – by Christina Maxouris – https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/17/politics/lyme-disease-amendment-investigation/index.html – “In an amendment passed last week, the House calls for the Defense Department’s Inspector General to look at whether any such experiments were done between the years 1950 and 1975… The amendment was introduced by New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith who said he was inspired to write it by ‘a number of books and articles suggesting that significant research had been done at US government facilities including Fort Detrick, Maryland, and Plum Island, New York, to turn ticks and other insects into bioweapons.’.. ‘If true, what were the parameters of the program? Who ordered it?’ Smith said during a debate for the amendment. ‘Was there any accidental release anywhere or at any time of any of the diseased ticks?’ ”

Trump Says US Shot Down Iranian Drone; Tehran Rejects Claim – by JT Crowe – https://moneyandmarkets.com/us-shoots-down-iran-drone/ – ” ‘Contrary to the false claim rooted in Trump’s illusions, all Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz … have returned safely to their bases after completing their scheduled reconnaissance and patrol missions,’ Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi said in a statement Friday.”

Spying on Julian Assange: UC Global, CNN and Russian Couriers –  by Dr. Binoy Kampmark – https://southfront.org/spying-on-julian-assange-uc-global-cnn-and-russian-couriers/ – “Between December 2017 and March 2018, dozens of meetings between Assange, his legal representatives, and visitors, were recorded in daily confidential reports written by an assigned security team and submitted to David Morales, formerly of special ops of the marine corps of the Spanish Navy.  The very idea of legal professional privilege, a fetish in the Anglo-American legal system, was not so much deemed non-existent as ignored altogether… The security firm tasked with this smeared-in-the-gutter mission was Spanish outfit UC Global SL, whose task became all the more urgent once Ecuador’s Lenín Moreno came to power in May 2017.  The mood had changed from the days when Rafael Correa had been accommodating, one at the crest of what was termed the Latin American Pink Tide.  Under Moreno, Assange was no longer the wunderkind poking the eye of the US imperium with cheery backing.  He had become, instead, a tenant of immense irritation and inconvenience, a threat to the shift in politics taking place in Ecuador.  According to El País, “The security employees at the embassy had a daily job to do: to monitor Assange’s every move, record his conversations, and take note of his moods.”

Cruelty Prompts Trump’s Deal of the Century in the Middle East – by Prof. Stuart Rees – https://www.globalresearch.ca/cruelty-prompts-trumps-deal-century-middle-east/5683734 – “Hidden in the offer to the Lebanese was the long-held Israeli view that by making Palestinians citizens of other countries – Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt – they could be made to disappear, and Lebanon could also be bullied. Home to 450,000 Palestinian and 1.5 million Syrian refugees, the Lebanese might welcome money, but they know that without politically just solutions to conflict, no economic initiatives could succeed… Like fraudulent advertising to increase prospective home owners’ interest, the Kushner deal was presented as the carrot to attract all prospective buyers, even though Palestine was not for sale. Bill Law in the Journal Middle East Eye says that as with other Trump frauds, the deal of the century was not meant to work. The purpose was to pretend peace until more land had been stolen, more checkpoints erected, more night raids made on Palestinians’ homes and more weapons tested over Gaza. Ghassan Khatib from the Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre says, ‘Its purpose was to buy time, kick dust, shift blame and thereby guarantee permanent Israeli control of the West Bank.’ ”

Do People Realize They Are Creating Their Own A.I. Overlords? (44 min) – by Truthstream Media – This is part 2 of Aaron & Melissa Dykes’ “Intimacy with AI” series – Part 1: The Infallible AI “Oracle” and the Future of “One Shot” Answers – https://youtu.be/X78nm4haw-E

Moscow Becomes Next Target Of Coordinated Anti-Government Campaign Across Russia –  https://southfront.org/moscow-becomes-next-target-of-coordinated-anti-government-campaign-across-russia/ – Anti-government rallies and campaigns that recently targeted several Russian cities do not seem to be very popular if one estimates the number of people that participate in them. They mostly involve a small anti-government part of the Russian society that do not link their future life with Russia as the state. However, they are well-coordinated and do have an active backging from pro-Western Russian-language media outlets. English-language mainstream media outlets also cover them time to time to promote the narrative that ‘the Russian population is against the Putin regime’… The interesting fact is that the very same group of media outlets is currently involved in providing support to the Russian ‘non-system opposition’ and other group of ‘activists’ mostly focused on blaming and shaming the Russian government under various pretexts. Most of these media outlets are directly or indirectly funded by the US government or entities and organizations linked with the Washington establishment. At the same time, to justify their anti-government stance, at least a part of them (like Meduza or The Bell) claims that they are the only ‘independent media’ in Russia. It remains unclear how it’s possible to be ‘independent’ when you are funded by some state agency.”

Palantir’s User Guide: Mass Surveillance Made Simple –  https://southfront.org/palantirs-user-guide-mass-surveillance-made-simple/Palantir has a top-secret user manual for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as well as law enforcement to secretly track families, Vice reported... The document can be found on Document Cloud, completely public, as per Vice. ‘Prior to going into details, it should be reminded that Palantir is famous as “the company that knows everything about you,” found by PayPala’s Peter Thiel with known connections to the CIA.’.. The company acts as an information management service for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, corporations like JP Morgan and Airbus, and dozens of other local, state, and federal agencies. It’s been described by scholars as a “secondary surveillance network,” since it extensively catalogs and maps interpersonal relationships between individuals… Any individuals, not those suspected to have committed a crime… What exactly Palantir does, how it does it and why comes down largely to speculation, but it is clear that since 2014 it has had contracts in the range between $41 to $51 million per year from ICE. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement was allowed access to Palantir’s tracking database and management software… VICE got access to the user manual through a Freedom of Information Act request.”

Guess Which Government Creates the Most Refugees in the World? – by Makia Freeman – https://freedom-articles.toolsforfreedom.com/which-gov-creates-most-refugees-in-world/ – The UN Report Global Trends Forced Displacement in 2018 is full of stats, but it doesn’t really tell you the reason for those stats. You can learn about the what but not the why. In the image above, taken from the report, we learn the top 5 nations from which people are fleeing. But why? The UN says it is due to conflict; to put it more bluntly, from war. So who’s initiating these wars?.. US Wars and Regime Change Operations Causing Most Refugees Ever: Out of these top 5 nations, the US has invaded and/or occupied 4 of them: Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Somalia. Afghanistan has become infamous for US military waste (it was reported in 2013 that the US Army was to leave $7 billion in equipment behind there), not to mention brutality and ineffectiveness.”