Web Research Links for the week of 2/1/16:

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Turkey-howitzer_near_SyriaRussia Waiting for Explanation from NATO over Shelling of Syrian Territory from Turkey – by ITAR-TASS, via GlobalResearch.ca – “The general said Russia’s military have received footage provided by Syria’s General Staff that shows deployment of large-caliber self-propelled artillery weapons in one of near-border areas. The ministry also received a video from Syria’s opposition showing the shelling of Syria, he said… ‘This is called a fact. This is irrefutable evidence that Turkey’s armed forces shell near-border Syrian settlements from large-caliber artillery systems,’ Maj. Gen. Konashenkov said… He showed the journalists a video that pictured a part of the Syrian-Turkish border. ‘This facility is a Turkish frontier post where several months ago there were no firing points,’ he said.”

Shawna_CoxEyewitness Shawna Cox Exclusive Interview On the Murder of Finicum-CSS Special Report – by Dave Hodges, TheCommonSenseShow.com – “On Sunday evening, January 31, 2016, I interviewed Shawna Cox on The Common Sense Show. Her conversation with me was filled with exuberance, the same kind of exuberance that one would experience from a traumatic “fight or flight” experience… After being shot at over 100 times, and lucky to be alive, Shawna was taken into custody. Shawna addresses the question posed and listed above, as she revealed to my audience some very detailed information which is also confirmed from the public accounts of 18 year old Victoria Sharp… This may be Shawna Cox’s final interview to the media. During the course of the 30 minute interview, she told me she fully expected to be the victim of a gag order issued by a federal judge when she appears in court on Monday to face federal charges of impeding federal officers.”

Der_GolemMeet The New Sniper Golem – by Gilad Atzmon, Gilad.co.uk – “In Jewish tradition the Golem is a robot created by the Jews to serve the chosen people and their tribal interests… The best known story of the Golem is of Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel, called the Maharal of Prague  (1513-1609). It is said that the Maharalcreated a Golem out of clay to protect the Jews from blood libel and to help Jews comply with requirements for physical labour… The Golem has made it to Israel.  By now, the Palestinians are accustomed to being watched constantly by a score of Israeli flying Golem or ‘kosher drones.’.. Yesterday we learned that the World Zionist Organization (WZO) has invested in a new cyber Golem designed to spy on all of us. Sniper, the new Golem will scan the net using a new algorithm, looking for anti-Jewish content.”

TPP ‘fundamentally flawed,’ should be resisted – UN human rights expert – from RT.com – “The top United Nations expert on human rights has called on the 12 nations considering the Trans-Pacific Partnership to reject the massive trade agreement since in its current form it ‘is out of step with today’s international human rights regime.’.. Acknowledging global opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) because of the agreement’s “undemocratic pedigree,”Alfred de Zayas, the UN’s independent expert on the promotion of democratic and equitable international order, said the largest trade agreement in decades ‘is fundamentally flawed and should not be signed or ratified unless provision is made to guarantee the regulatory space of States.’.. ‘I am concerned that notwithstanding enormous opposition by civil society worldwide, twelve countries are about to sign an agreement, which is the product of secret negotiations without multi-stakeholder democratic consultation,’ de Zayas said in a statement ahead of a February 4 gathering in New Zealand of trade representatives for the 12 Pacific Rim nations involved in the secretive TPP talks… ‘Trade agreements are not ‘stand-alone’ legal regimes, but must conform with fundamental principles of international law, including transparency and accountability,’ de Zayas said. ‘[Trade agreements] must not delay, circumvent, undermine or make impossible the fulfillment of human rights treaty obligations.’ “

Germans-in-MaliGerman Parliament Backs New Military Intervention in Mali – by Johannes Stern, GlobalResearch.ca – “By the summer, close to 1,000 German soldiers will be stationed in the geopolitically important, resource-rich country in West Africa. For two years, Germany has contributed 350 soldiers to a European Union “training mission” in the relatively quiet south, based in the capital Bamako. The troops now being sent will be part of the UN’s Minusma mission and will be deployed to the city of Gao in the more dangerous north… A report in Die Welt under the revealing headline “Bundeswehr begins its ‘Afghanistan 2.0’ mission,” provides some detail on the German army’s fourth and most dangerous mission, following Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Iraq/Syria… Unlike the deployment of aircraft in Syria, the Bundeswehr is not intervening “from a safe distance” in Mali, Die Welt wrote, “but with ground troops.” What this signifies was recently indicated in a report by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, the article went on. According to this report, attacks using explosives against international troops are on the order of the day, clashes are frequent, and UN bases are often fired upon with rockets. In the estimation of the conservative newspaper, “Operation Minusma is the most dangerous UN mission worldwide; no other has registered as many attacks and casualties.” (emph. added)

US & Israeli arms companies bag £500m UK military contract – from RT.com – “Israeli arms company Elbit Systems and US military contractor Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) have won a £500-million contract to provide aircraft training for the UK military… The Affinity venture, in which the two are partners, will provide fixed wing training for sections of the UK Armed Forces concerned with aviation… Affinity’s component is part of a larger deal led by Ascent Flight training and worth £1.1 billion. Ascent is itself a fifty-fifty venture between international arms firms Babcock and Lockheed Martin… Elbit Systems are well known for their range of drones and the firm is of particular concern among human rights groups… According to a report by the charity War on Want, the MoD awarded a £1-billion contract to Elbit and its UK partner Thales to develop the Watchkeeper drone. The model is now in service with the military… The charity argues that Watchkeepers are field tested in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.”

Chem-Suck_it_UpNew Science Study Examines Methods To Gain Public Acceptance Of Climate Engineering – by Dane Wigington, GeoengineeringWatch.org – “The just released science study below is a reflection of the total moral depravity that now rules and runs industrialized/militarized society. What is the primary goal of the study? To determine the best approach to gaining public acceptance of “stratospheric aerosol injection”. The individuals that authored this study and their employer (the Kiel Institute For the World Economy), should both be considered accomplices to the ongoing weather warfare crimes. Some excerpts from the report follow… This is the world we currently live in, one in which the vast majority are all too willing to serve the cancer that is consuming the planet so long as their service and obedience produces a paycheck and a pension. The current paradigm is already well into the process of collapsing, those that still refuse to believe reality will very soon be forced to face it. If we all work together we could yet expose climate engineering before the power structure is prepared for this to occur. If we can expose it, we can stop it.”

Now even your own children will be fined by Obama’s government under harsh new Obamacare penalties called ‘incentives’ – by J. D. Heyes, NaturalNews.com – “But wait, as the commercials say, there’s more. The tax/fee/penalty in 2015 is going to harsher. Any American failing to purchase mandatory health insurance coverage next year will face a penalty of $325 — more than triple the current penalty — or 2 percent of their income, whichever is higher. In addition, CBS News reports, children under 18 are going to be fined as well, at half the rate, or $162.50… Adams told CBS News the flat rate penalties ‘will affect lower-income or middle-income households’ (remember how many times Obama and Democrats who voted for Obamacare said they cared more about “poor and middle class Americans”?) most. Also, she added, some middle-class families ‘may be making enough that they don’t qualify for a subsidy, so they won’t get a break if they are getting health coverage. It’s a big penalty for the middle class for not having insurance.’ “

Kurd_YPG-Qamishli-2015US Confirms Involvement in Syria Airfield Expansion – from VOANews.com – “Qamishli, Syria: At the urging of an American contingent, Syrian Kurds are expanding an airbase on farmland in northeast Syria that could be used for military purposes, according to Kurdish and U.S. officials… Known as Abu Hajar airport, the airbase is located in the Rmelan area of northern Syria, and is controlled by the Kurdish People’s Defense Units and the Syrian Democratic Forces. Neither has an air force… A team of Americans pitched the idea to Syrian Democratic Forces to extend the runway, a defense official told VOA on the condition of anonymity… ‘The U.S. military has not taken control of any airfield in Syria and press reports to the contrary are incorrect,’ Colonel Pat Ryder, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, which overseas military operations in Iraq and Syria, told VOA in a statement. ‘That being said, U.S. forces in Syria are consistently looking for ways to increase efficiency for logistics and personnel recovery support.’.. Still, the Kurdish military spokesman Silo said American military experts will soon come to train Kurdish forces.”

Israel bans al-Aqsa Mosque manager from entering site for six months – from PressTV.ir – “Avshalom Peled, an Israeli police deputy commander, said in a letter to Bakirat that the ban came into effect on January 31… The manager is not permitted to ‘enter, stay or be found in the Temple Mount area, or its entrances, unless he is permitted by the deputy district commander,’ the letter read… Peled also claimed that the ‘move is necessary to prevent serious harm to both people and property.’.. Israeli security officials alleged that Bakirat is a “radical and inciting figure” on the site (Note: unlike IDF soldiers detaining and disappearing young Muslim men at the Mosque)… The al-Aqsa Mosque compound, revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, is a flashpoint. In August last year, restrictions were imposed on Palestinian worshipers visiting the holy site, prompting the fury of the Palestinians.”

Turkish_Machine_GunnerWar Warning: Serious Grounds to Believe Turkey Planning Military Invasion of Syria – by Stuart Hooper, 21stCenturyWire.com – “Russian Major General Igor Konashenkov has announced that Russia now has ‘serious grounds’ to believe Turkey is preparing an illegal ground invasion of Syria: ‘We have serious grounds to suspect intensive preparations by Turkey for a military invasion on the territory of the sovereign state of Syria, We are recording more and more signs of concealed preparations by the Turkish military, We are surprised that the talkative representatives of the Pentagon, NATO and numerous organizations allegedly protecting human rights in Syria, despite our call to respond to these actions, still remain silent, Such steps carried out by a country, which is a NATO member state, in no way contribute to the strengthening of trust and security in Europe.’ “

New Law In London Would Fine Homeless £1,000 For Sleeping Outside Or “Loitering” – by John Vibes, ActivistPost.com – “The homeless people in Hackney, London are facing expulsion from the street due to a new law will allow the police to give out fines and other legal penalties to homeless people who are found loitering, begging and sleeping in commercial places… This “Public Space Protection Order” which was introduced by the council of Hackney will place a fine of £1000 on homeless activities. The order has been met with numerous criticisms, with many pointing out that the new laws effectively outlaw homelessness.”

David_Stockman3Slouching Toward The Dark Side – by David Stockman, DavidStockmansContraCorner.com – “Needless to say, these dangerous, unstable and incendiary deformations are not even visible to the Keynesian commentariat and policy apparatchiks. They blithely assume that what makes modern economies go is the deft monetary, fiscal and regulatory interventions of the state. By their lights, not much else matters——and most certainly not the condition of household, business and public balance sheets or the level of speculation and leveraged gambling prevalent in financial markets and corporate C-suites… As that pompous fool and #2 apparatchik at the Fed, Stanley Fischer, is wont to say—–such putative bubbles are just second order foot faults. These prosaic nuisances are not the fault of monetary policy in any event, and can be readily minimized through a risible scheme called “macro-prudential” regulation.(emph. added)

US Regime Change Talks on Syria Hit Blind Alley – by Finian Cunningham, InformationClearingHouse.info – “Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said this week that Russian operations in Syria will continue until all “terror groups”are destroyed. Lavrov mentioned Al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front and Daesh (also known as ISIL), but Russia’s scope also extends to a myriad of other militants groups who are integrated with the more well-known terrorist organizations… These militants are falsely and risibly divided into “moderates”and “extremists”by Western governments and their dutiful corporate-controlled news media. What is moderate about chopping heads of civilians considered to be “infidels”? And this barbarity has been routinely practiced by the so-called moderate rebels of the “Free Syrian Army”. Notably, we don’t hear much about the much-lionized FSA these days. That’s because in reality they don’t exist… Syrian state forces have every right to extirpate all illegally armed groups on the sovereign territory of Syria. While the Geneva negotiations were in process, the main foreign conduits of military supply to the mercenaries –Turkey and Saudi Arabia –had not desisted from their illegal interference in Syria. That was in flagrant violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions in November and December calling for a global clampdown on terrorist organizations… Not only were Turkey and Saudi Arabia continuing to supply illegally armed groups inside Syria, these two Western allies had included terrorist organizations into the so-called “opposition”at the Geneva talks. The grandly named High Negotiating Committee demanded it would only continue participating on the condition that the Assad government eventually stands down. That’s the real, proximate reason for breakdown,  no matter what John Kerry might say.”

Crypter_2-0Facebook blocks messaging encryption service Crypter – from RT.com  – A plugin for Firefox and Chrome, according to TechCrunch, Crypter encrypts Facebook messages using a password that the two communicators agree upon. The password is used to encrypt a message on the sender side, creating ciphered text that is sent over Facebook’s server, then used to locally decrypt the text on the receiver side… ‘We had an ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’ attitude, to designing Crypter. Instead of inviting users to join a brand new chat application we decided to apply it to an already established one – Facebook. And at the same time making sure that we don’t interrupt with our users existing habits.’.. The move to block Crypter comes even as Facebook has spoken up against government decryption efforts, such as the Investigatory Powers Bill in the UK, which would allow security services to hack anyone’s device and access their web history. Facebook is among the many tech-sector voices that have opposed the US government’s efforts to weaken encryption security for the benefit of law enforcement.

Did DOJ ‘Strong Cities’ Put US Under Islamic Law? – from WesternJournalism.com – “On September 30, 2015, at the UN, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced a new worldwide law enforcement initiative, the Strong Cities Network, to be set up in certain American cities. What this actually is is the UN plan for global police, using the Department of Justice. It’s the overriding of American law by the Obama administration in conjunction with the UN, without Congressional input… Who’s set to head this “worldwide initiative”? A Jordanian Muslim, Prince Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the UN’s new High Commissioner of Human Rights, of course. The UN is a sharia-compliant organization, and there’s been a great deal of movement toward silencing critics of Islam in nations around the world, fueling speculation that this will be used to enforce Islamic blasphemy laws. According to Foreign Policy, ‘in 2013, the ministers of justice of the League of Arab States approved an extremely wide-ranging draft blasphemy law that not only aims at criminalizing allegedly blasphemous utterances…but also envisaged extraterritorial jurisdiction, meaning that someone deemed to have blasphemed in the United States or Europe would be liable to prosecution in Arab League member states.’ “

Arabic-erasedProfessor Demands Mandatory Arabic Lessons For German Children – by Paul Joseph Watson, PrisonPlanet.com – “Computer science professor Thomas Strothotte writes that Arabic should be a “compulsory” lesson for kids so that Germany can, ‘be a country of immigration and a multilingual society.’.. According to Strothotte, the lessons would help prepare the children, “’or the profound transformation process in the Middle East.’.. Welt.de also reports that top German broadcasters will be offering more Arabic-language programming in response to the influx of Muslim “refugees”… By insisting that German schoolchildren learn Arabic, the professor is suggesting that Germans must assimilate into the culture of Muslim migrants, not the other way around… Other schools around the world have been preparing students for the arrival of Muslim migrants, with one school in Canada making children perform a song which celebrates Muhammad’s arrival in Medina after he forced Christians to convert to Islam under threat of death.”

from the Propagandizing-the-Sheeple Desk: U.S. eyes ways to toughen fight against domestic extremists – by Julia Harte, Julia Edwards and Andy Sullivan, ca.news.Yahoo.com – “Extremist groups motivated by a range of U.S.-born philosophies present a “clear and present danger,” John Carlin, the Justice Department’s chief of national security, told Reuters in an interview. ‘Based on recent reports and the cases we are seeing, it seems like we’re in a heightened environment.’.. Over the past year, the Justice Department has brought charges against domestic extremist suspects accused of attempting to bomb U.S. military bases, kill police officers and fire bomb a school and other buildings in a predominantly Muslim town in New York state… But federal prosecutors tackling domestic extremists still lack an important legal tool they have used extensively in dozens of prosecutions against Islamic State-inspired suspects: a law that prohibits supporting designated terrorist groups.” (emph. added) – I dunno, could it be possible that RUSG (Rogue U.S. Government) “actors” are thinking about “finding” that American groups are official “Terrorists?”

Why Is My Kindergartner Being Groomed for the Military at School? – by Sarah Grey, Truth-Out.org – “So what can students, parents and others do to stop military grooming? Dr. Terrence Webster-Doyle, a Vietnam veteran, Veterans for Peace member and founder of the Youth Peace Literacy program, writes free books for children and adults about ending the cycle of violence. He also advocates martial arts training as a way to allow youth to channel their aggression in a safe, controlled environment… The most effective solution, Viges says, is counter-recruitment. Viges mans a Sustainable Options for Youth table in Austin, Texas, high school cafeterias, where he offers stark statistics about sexual assault, PTSD, veteran homelessness and other less attractive aspects of military life and gives out information about a range of alternative job opportunities, from firefighting to AmeriCorps. Project YANO sends veterans to speak to schoolchildren and youth groups about the realities of war, as well as alternatives for jobs and college funding, and educates school administrators about recruiters’ tactics. Viges has also been known to slap warning stickers on the boxes of games like “America’s Army” at Walmart.”

An Improbable Solution – Delusions on Syria prevail in official Washington – by Philip Giraldi, InformationClearingHouse.info – “Given all of the above, it is no wonder that many of us find American foreign and national security policy incomprehensible. First of all, by what Act of God does the United States have a Special Adviser for Transition in Syria? Why does that position even exist? How the White House react if the Chinese or Russians were to create a similar bureaucracy tasked with subverting the manifestly corrupt U.S. institutions and even arming “rebels” to do the job?.. One suspects that antagonism towards Damascus is rooted in the fact that the United States government have been working hard in a neoconservative driven effort supported by Israel to subvert the Syrian regime ever since President George W. Bush signed the Syria Accountability Act in 2004. Al-Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons on his own people is frequently cited as a justification for armed intervention, but there is considerable controversy over the incident at Ghouta in 2013, with many observers believing that the attack was staged “false flag” by the rebels possibly aided by the Turkish intelligence service to implicate the Syrian government. And it is easy to forget that before Syria under al-Assad became an enemy it was considered friendly, having participated in the U.S. led coalition that ousted Saddam Hussein from Kuwait in 1991 and also having supported Washington’s counter-terrorism “rendition” program post-9/11… Phil Giraldi is a former CIA Case Officer and Army Intelligence Officer who spent twenty years overseas in Europe and the Middle East working terrorism cases.”

Dignity_Village-PortlandIn a Tiny House Village, Portland’s Homeless Find Dignity
As cities search for solutions to homelessness, Portland’s Dignity Village offers 60 men and women community and safety – by Marcus Harrison Green, Alternet.org – “Newcomers to this homeless refuge huddle in the warming station, a small portable with photos of smiling former residents and where they are required to stay during a 60-day probationary period… They hope to graduate to a small makeshift home like Karen, a three-month resident whose boisterous laugh carries through the village… Called an “intentional community” by its members and a homeless encampment by outsiders, Dignity Village is a step toward curbing Portland’s skyrocketing homeless population… Located in northeast Portland, Dignity Village is a self-governed gated community, which currently serves 60 people on any given night—the city limits the number—and provides shelter in the form of tiny houses built mainly from donated and recycled materials.”

A Big Win for the Second Amendment – by Nate Jackson, PatriotPost.com – “Here’s the money quote from the ruling: ‘In our view, Maryland law implicates the core protection of the Second Amendment — ‘the right of law-abiding responsible citizens to use arms in defense of hearth and home,’ District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570, 635 (2008), and we are compelled by Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago, 561 U.S. 742 (2010), as well as our own precedent in the wake of these decisions, to conclude that the burden is substantial and strict scrutiny is the applicable standard of review for Plaintiffs’ Second Amendment claim.’ In other words, though other appeals courts have failed to uphold the Constitution, the Fourth Circuit says the Maryland ban clearly violates the Second Amendment, and the lower court needs to figure that out.”

‘Dam is going to burst’: Jordan seeks help to handle 1.3 million Syrian refugees (2 min)

Oregon and the Shot Heard Round the World – And then, a shot was fired. The shot heard ‘round the world. – by Barbara H. Peterson, Gianalytics.org – “A message rang out loud and clear when that shot was fired, killing the rancher who stood up for his rights. That message was – submit or die. Admit that cattle are bad, land rape is good. If you don’t, if you stand up, you will be cut down. Whatever the government says is good, no matter what it says, no matter how it says it, no matter the actions it takes, it is all good. Black is white, white is black, and you have no right to disobey or even question its authority… But we do. We do have that right. Since when did our nation become a nation that is herded like sheep by tyrants with no other thought than to bully those who only want to live in peace and do what they have been doing for years? Since when did cattle ranching become a crime? How did we allow this to happen? And will we accept the lesson that the government is trying to force down our throats that to obey is the only recourse left to us? I hope not. I hope that each of us finds the courage to stand up for our right to not be bullied. To stand. Not cower in fear. To declare with all of our strength: I will not be moved!”

smartphones-best_party_everSeduction of Smart Technologies and the Creeping Paralysis of Virtual Reality – by Julian Rose, ActivistPost.com – “Where is the resistance going to come from if the tools of resistance are all made by the architects of the apocalypse?.. How will people know when to abandon their cybernetic ship before it completely devours them?.. Are our innards to be sacrificed to genetic engineering and our brains to transhumanist madmen?.. Not as long as I remain a proud and resilient human being on this sacred planet Earth! Not as long as enough of us seize this critical moment – which is 2016 – and give our all to pushing through the powerful credo of beauty, spontaneity and creativity, which shatters the malevolent lies of drugged and soulless automatons. Those cyborg swindlers who wish to drag us down into their bland metallic graves and war-forged, smart-cloud prison cells… Onward questing souls! Dispense with these toxic tools of fashion; unsheathe, instead, the fine-tipped arrows of truth – then step forth – for ours is the hour!”

New forced vaccination doctrine in California (SB 277) is blatant violation of AMA code of medical ethics – by S. D. Wells, NaturalNews.com – “During the holocaust, the Jews underwent forced medical experimentation because they were stripped of all human rights, and Hitler was functioning with no morals, ethics or code of conduct whatsoever. There was no regulatory government agencies to oversee humane treatment, medical freedom or to even verify that any medical procedures used had any beneficial use. Adults and children alike were tortured without anesthetics and for no good reason. This was an era before vaccines were even invented and in a time and place where doctors and scientists did what they were told, or they too were executed by the Nazi regime… Welcome to California, a U.S. state that will now be experimenting on children with unproven vaccine technology without anyone’s consent, including the parents of those children.”

China and the US: Big Brothers-In-Law? – China’s Anti-terrorism Law and the American Debate on Encryption – from WhoWhatWhy.org – “Paging George Orwell… “Big Brother” is getting even bigger in China. In a development that the author of “1984” would surely have appreciated, China recently passed an “anti-terrorism law” that seems fundamentally an excuse for a clampdown. It also eerily mirrors calls by US officials for access to encrypted communications… China’s law requires telecommunications and other companies to decrypt and hand over data related to “terrorist” investigations… And who is a “terrorist?” Just about anyone… “Terrorism” is so vaguely defined in the law, prosecutors could use it to criminalize perfectly innocent activities,” Patrick Poon, a Hong Kong-based researcher for Amnesty International, told WhoWhatWhy. ‘These could include posting on social media about sensitive topics, reporting on alleged terror attacks, or any behavior deemed upsetting to “social stability.” ‘.. Failure to hand over the decrypted data could result in fines of up to 500,000 yuan (a bit over 76,000 USD) and imprisonment of up to 15 days.”

Bradbury_Pound-1914The Bradbury Pound: THE TRUTH AND A SIMPLE SOLUTION THAT WILL COLLAPSE THE UNLAWFUL POWER OF THE BANKERS FOREVER! (link will download 10 page PDF file) – “So the bottom line is this:  we don’t need things to be unnecessarily complicated and we don’t need to involve the private and central bankers (and the debt -creating financial system that they have created) in order to provide a nation with the liquidity it needs.  They are a millstone around humanity’s neck and can be sent packing!  And by Britain bringing back the Treasury-issued Bradbury Pound – a move that would then be copied by democratic governments around the world as people wake up to the truth about banking and money creation – we can, with absolute certainty, collapse the power base of the City of London and cancel austerity, the deficit and the national debt in one fell swoop!  Any politician that stands in the way of this common sense and proven method of money creation is exposed simply as either being a fool or a traitor to the British people.  For more information, please read this free e-book that can be found here: http://www.thebcgroup.co.uk/What_Exactly_is_Austerity_V1.0.pdf

How Mnemonic is Used to Program and Control Your Mind – by Pao L. Chang, WakingTimes.com – “Do you need more evidence that TV shows are being used to program your mind? TV is the acronym for the word television. Phonetically, the word television sounds like tell-a-vision. They are using TV programs to “tell you a vision,” so they can brainwash you to think the way that they want you to think… Mnemonics are effective for manipulating your mind because they utilize sacred geometry, sigil, sound, and light to create magic effects to control your thought patterns. Because of their effectiveness, many corporations are replacing conventional subliminal messages with mnemonics in their advertising campaigns… One of the most effective ways to prevent mnemonics from affecting your mind is to become aware of how they are being used to program your mind. The video at the end of this article will show you how to do this. In addition, learn to strengthen your awareness and free your mind… Below is a summary of a great video from YouTube about mnemonic titled “Mnemonic Mind Control – Who Owns Your Thoughts?” – With link to this incredible video

Police door knock ‘known activists’ ahead of TPP protests – from NZHerald.co.nz – “Prominent anti-TPP protestor Professor Jane Kelsey said such monitoring of critics to the controversial agreement was “entirely predictable” behaviour from the Government, and shows the ‘disrespect the Government has had throughout to people’s right to voice their dissent about this negotiation and this agreement’… ‘This is perfectly consistent with their attempts to shut down democratic engagement with, almost anything, but certainly with the TPPA.’.. The Government was attempting to make a law and order issue out of the opposition to the agreement, she said, by painting those in opposition to it as radicals who posed a national security risk… ‘One of the problems they’ve had is that the opposition has been a groundswell throughout the country of ordinary people from ordinary communities. If you look at the people who’ve been engaged in the marches it’s been grandmas and grandpas and people with pushchairs,’ the University of Auckland law professor said… ‘That’s an image the Prime Minister I’m sure is quite desperate to dislodge.’ ”

 

Web Research Links for the week of 1/25/16:

Note: These links are posted from the top down during each week. Newer links will be at the bottom. Previous links posts can be found under the “Current Quicklinx” button above. If you have a link you would like to share, please put it into a comment.

Obama-ChaplinUS Senate to Declare “International Martial Law” — Give President “Unlimited” Military Powers – by Justin Gardner, ActivistPost.com – ” ‘The AUMF put forward by McConnell would not restrict the president’s use of ground troops, nor have any limits related to time or geography. Nor would it touch on the issue of what to do with the 2001 AUMF, which the Obama administration has used to attack ISIS despite that authorization’s instructions to use force against those who planned the 9/11 terrorist attacks.’.. Considering what Bush and Obama did with the 2001 AUMF—invading and occupying countries in “pre-emptive” war, CIA black sites, extrajudicial killings, inventing the term “enemy combatants” to bypass international law, new forms of torture, drone bombing women and children, and assassinating U.S. citizens—the specter of a new and expanded AUMF is truly frightening… ‘This resolution is a total rewrite of the War Powers Clause in the U.S. Constitution,’ said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn). ‘It is essentially a declaration of international martial law, a sweeping transfer of military power to the president that will allow him or her to send U.S. troops almost anywhere in the world, for almost any reason, with absolutely no limitations.’

Tyler_Durden-SoapThe Fed’s Stunning Admission Of What Happens Next – by Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge.com – “To be sure, the dramatic reaction and outcome following the Fed’s “error” rate hike was predicted on this website on many occasions, most recently two weeks prior to the rate hike in “This Is What Happened The Last Time The Fed Hiked While The U.S. Was In Recession” when we demonstrated what would happen once the Fed unleashed the “Ghost of 1937.”.. As we pointed out in early December, conveniently we have a great historical primer of what happened the last time the Fed hiked at a time when it misread the US economy, which was also at or below stall speed, and the Fed incorrectly assumed it was growing… We are talking of course, about the infamous RRR-hike of 1936-1937, which took place smack in the middle of the Great Recession.”

Buck-in-a-WebCapital Controls are Coming – by Nick Giambruno, ActivistPost.com – “Think of the government as a thief trying to steal your wallet as you (understandably) try to run away. With capital controls, the thief is trying to block all the exits so you can’t reach safe ground… A government only uses capital controls when it’s desperate…when it can no longer borrow, inflate the currency, tax, or steal money in one of the “normal” ways… In most cases, governments use capital controls in severe crises. Think financial and banking collapses, wars, or chronic economic problems. In other cases, they’re just a way to control people. It’s much more difficult to leave a country when you can’t take your money with you… Regardless of the initial catalyst, capital controls help a government trap money within its borders. This way, it has more money to confiscate… As strange as it sounds, capital controls are often politically popular. For one, they are a way for a government to convince people it’s “doing something.” The average person loves that.”

License_Plate_Readers-WatchingLicense Plate Readers Are Turning Texas Police into Mobile Debt Collectors and Data Miners – by Dave Maass, ActivistPost.com – “The “warrant redemption” program works like this. The agency gets no-cost license plate readers as well as free access to LEARN-NVLS, the ALPR data system Vigilant says contains more than 2.8-billion plate scans and is growing by more than 70 million scans a month. This also includes a wide variety of analytical and predictive software tools… The government agency in turn gives Vigilant access to information about all its outstanding court fees, which the company then turns into a hot list to feed into the free ALPR systems. As police cars patrol the city, they ping on license plates associated with the fees. The officer then pulls the driver over and offers them a devil’s bargain: go to jail, or pay the original fine with an extra 25% processing fee tacked on, all of which goes to Vigilant. In other words, the driver is paying Vigilant to provide the local police with the technology used to identify and then detain the driver. If the ALPR pings on a parked car, the officer can get out and leave a note to visit Vigilant’s payment website.” (emph. added)

Lavoy_Finicum-RIPEyewitness Says Feds Ambushed Bundys, 100 Shots Fired at Passengers, Lavoy Finicum Killed With ‘Hands Up’ – by Patrick Henningsen, 21stCenturyWire.com – “Federal agents fired their first shots at passenger Ryan Payne as he attempted to make contact with the agents by sticking his head and hands out of the window, at which point a frightened Payne got back inside the vehicle… After crashing into the snow bank on the side of the highway, driver Lavoy Finicum (photo, above) then exited the vehicle, was visibly upset and with his hands in the air, before being gunned down by federal agents. Finicum was walking with his hands in the air, daring federal agents, “Just shoot me! Just shoot me” – at which point the agents shot him dead. His hands were still in the air… Numerous ‘red dots’ from lasers could be seen pointed on the passengers by federal marksmen, in what was described by this witness as an “ambush” by federal authorities. Sharps said, ‘I had 20 lasers on me when I got out of the car.’.. She also confirmed that Ryan Bundy was shot and wounded in the arm by federal agents while still inside the truck… At least 40 vehicles, as well as many armed federal agents were seen emerging from the surrounding forest along the highway leaving little doubt as to the scale of the operation.”

Lavoy_Finicum_fallsUpdate: FBI Release Oregon Video Footage Depicting Death of Robert Lavoy Finicum – But Questions Remain – by 21Wire, 21stCenturyWire.com – “Finicum was known to carry a Colt 45 on his right hip, but according to the FBI statement, Finicum is said to have reached toward his left pocket with his right hand. “Finicum did have a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in that pocket,” the FBI stated… Finicum appears to temporarily lose his balance in the snow at the very moment he looks to be hit by agents… What is clear however from this video is that armed agents did not shoot to disable their suspect, but shot to kill and even had a laser sight trained on him for many minutes after he was downed. Clearly, multiple SWAT shooters could be seen emerging from the woods. After killing Finicum, police then left the victim to bleed to death laying in the snow and did not check on him for at least another 8 minutes.”

Trial By YouTube: Mainstream Media Use Second-hand Oregon Account to Cast Blame on Dead Rancher – by Patrick Henningson, 21stCenturyWire.com – “In the absence of any actual evidence, or even analysis to support this deceptive headline, instead Washington Post writer Mike Miller attempts to weave together a classic example of yellow journalism… Miller immediate moves to cast doubt on the testimony of 18 yr old Victoria Sharp, who was a passenger in the truck Finicum was driving, crassly describing the young woman as a “self-described witness”. He adds: ‘Another self-described witness disputes that, saying that authorities opened fire before the getaway chase and that Finicum had his hands up when he was shot.’.. Miller relies heavily on a YouTube video recorded and uploaded by a man named Mark McConnell who was not at the scene of the actual shooting… McConnell is, in effect, issuing a proxy statement on behalf of Victoria Sharp’s fellow passengers, Shawn Cox and Ryan Payne. This is hardly admissible, as both Cox and Payne are currently in federal custody and are not able to verify the accuracy of McConnell reiteration. And yet, mainstream media outlets are propping-up McConnell’s account as if it were somehow factual… Clearly, this is a ‘nudging’ exercise, carefully attempting to minimize and discredit the young female witness Sharp. .. Here is in context: ‘McConnell’s account conflicts with statements made by Victoria Sharp, who said she was the 18-year-old in the car with Finicum.’.. One would think that a Washington Post headline journalist would have ample resources to confirm whether or not Sharp was in the truck or not.” (emph. added)

Breaking: Who took the first shot?- LaVoy points it out:

The War on Cash: A Country by Country Guide – by James Corbett, ActivistPost.com – “Just this week Norway has jumped aboard the cashless society agenda with DNB, the country’s largest bank, calling for a total end to cash. The story only sounds shocking because people haven’t heard the similar stories from Sweden or Denmark or India or Israel or any of the dozens of other countries whose banksters and (bankster-controlled) governments have openly lusted after a world of completely trackable, completely bank-controlled transactions… But all of these stories, reported piecemeal here and there over the years, doesn’t give the full story about how this “war on cash” is being waged on every continent and in every country by the same banksters that stand to benefit from a cashless world. Let’s fix that by compiling a list of examples from around the world of how cash payments are being regulated, restricted and phased out. The list below will be updated as new stories come in.”

‘Beaten, raped, abused’: Gangsters use UK airports to traffic vulnerable women – from RT.com – “The gang has targeted key airports in Britain such as Gatwick, Catalonia police’s anti-trafficking chief Xavier Cortes told the BBC on Tuesday. He stressed that the SEC and other Nigerian criminal outfits prefer trafficking their victims through Britain, but emphasized they require the cooperation of government officials in Nigeria to do so… The SEC’s victims are reportedly approached by traffickers in Nigerian cities and towns, and lured by the promise of making money through sex work. One woman, who was beaten, raped and forced to have sex seven nights a week, told the BBC she was unaware of the pain she would have to endure when she first encountered the traffickers… Another woman, who was also drawn into the gang’s lurid web, said she was struck over the head with a glass bottle after telling a gang member she could not give him the money he had demanded. The trafficking victim, who was freed after a raid by police in Barcelona, also revealed she was covered in scars.”

There’s Another Crime Happening in Flint, On Top of the Poisoning — The Victims Can’t Sue – by Matt Agorist, ActivistPost.com – “In any other instance in which an individual or group of individuals is harmed by another person or group, those individuals could seek damages. However, thanks to what is called the doctrine of sovereign immunity in the United States, the government cannot be sued unless it has waived its immunity or consented to the suit… This principle is commonly expressed by the familiar, yet ancient and tyrannical legal maxim “rex non potest peccare,” meaning “the king can do no wrong.”.. Since the king can do no wrong, all of the very real wrongs carried out by the ‘king’ or the state, in this instance, are deferred onto the backs of the taxpayers. Since the state has created the courts in which any suit would take place, they have the almighty option of not allowing said suit… Because of this immoral immunity, according to Shikha Dalmia at The Week, some activist lawyers in Michigan have come up with a creative constitutional argument to try and surmount the sovereign immunity hurdle. They have filed a class action lawsuit on the grounds that the government failed to provide Flint residents with equal protection under the 14th Amendment. But this rationale is a stretch that many plaintiffs’ lawyers are having trouble buying. Indeed, Reuters reported that law firms representing Southern California residents in their own class-action lawsuits against the recent gas leak caused by Southern California Gas Co, owned by the non-governmental Sempra Energy, have so far declined to participate in the Flint lawsuit because they don’t think this reasoning will work.”

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Medical Kidnapping of Baby Boomer Seniors Not Rare – Now the Norm – by Dale Theresa, HealthImpactNews.com – “However, our reader’s problems were compounded by the courts and their ability to dictate who can do what, with whom. The door to elder abuse has long been knocked off its hinges starting as early as the 1980s with the S&L scam that was perpetrated against the elderly Baby Boomers… Unfortunately, this road map for Boomer carnage has led the way for a more clandestine, organized, and once undocumented illegal activity–kidnapping and medical abuse of today’s senior Boomers… Under the guise of court appointed guardianship, our seniors are being drained of familial contact, removed from their homes, isolated, given unnecessary drugs rendering them lethargic and semi-comatose, and then relieved of their property… Once the money runs out, as Diane Wilson tells us, the seniors are then rejected from court care. They are either given to an estranged relative or hospital, and dumped into nursing homes (like Julius Corley), where families can now visit whatever remains of their once lively, viable, and cognizant loved one, if they have survived the entire ordeal.”

Erdogan-MrCongenialityErdogan Hungry for More Power, Urges Turkey to Move to Presidential System – from SputnikNews.com – ” ‘The existing system is an abnormality. It is incredibly difficult for a system to run these functions with a prime minister and president, both elected by the people,’ Erdogan told civil society representatives in Ankara, as cited by the Daily Sabah newspaper… Erdogan assured civil society activists that the transition was not a personal issue for him. He argued that an elected head of state must play more than merely a symbolic role in governing the country… Turkish opposition has been accusing Erdogan, elected president in August 2014, of attempts to pave the way toward authoritarianism in Turkey.

Now Among Largest Firearms Investors, Soros in Gun Control Scheme to Dump Stocks – by Mac Slavo, ActivistPost.com – “Who does this ultimately serve?.. This pattern parallels many deceptive political movements to undermine the rights and sovereignty of this country. The Council on Foreign Relations publication Foreign Affairs published this quote by Richard Gardner in 1974 describing how billionaire operatives like George Soros would conspire to undermine American freedom: ‘In short, the ‘house of world order’ would have to be built from the bottom up rather than from the top down. It will look like a great ‘booming, buzzing confusion,’ to use William James’ famous description of reality, but an end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece, will accomplish much more than the old-fashioned frontal assault.’

Hillary And Bill . . . Gates – by Brandon Turbeville, ActivistPost.com – “The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is also one of the seven largest donors to the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. The two foundations have also partnered together on a number of initiatives such as the No Ceilings Full Participation Report… The connection between Gates and Clinton in regards to population reduction initiatives is no surprise, however, since it was Secretary of State Clinton who proudly announced that population control policies would become the “centerpiece of U.S. foreign policy” when she stated the following at the 15th Anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development: ‘This year, the United States renewed funding of reproductive healthcare through the United Nations Population Fund, and more funding is on the way. (Applause.) The U.S. Congress recently appropriated more than $648 million in foreign assistance to family planning and reproductive health programs worldwide. That’s the largest allocation in more than a decade – since we last had a Democratic president, I might add.’.. Gates’ polio vaccines have likewise been blamed for deaths and disabilities in neighboring Pakistan, with government offices in that country even recommending that the vaccines be suspended… In India, doctors heavily criticized the program not only for the heavy cost to human health and quality of life but also the massive financial burden hoisted upon the state. This is because the program was only partially funded by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations, which is itself partnered with the World Health Organization, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, World Bank, and United Nations.”

Dan_Smith-Scofflawfrom the Praise-The-State Desk: Man jailed for not having cat licence – by Hugh Adami, OttowaSun.com – “Smith has been chased for months by animal control officers and police in Gatineau over a $276 charge (Note: now raised to $326) — fine and court costs — after being found guilty last summer of not having a licence for a cat, as required under municipal bylaw… Smith, however, says that “Winnie” isn’t his, and it’s feral anyway, and he doesn’t even live in Gatineau… Minutes before arriving at the police station, Smith said his hands were shaking at the thought of jail, but there was no way he was paying the money to stay out. ‘It’s the principle. Why should I pay a fine if I don’t own a cat?’ ”

The Elite Knew Mass Unemployment and Unrest Was Coming Long Ago (w/Video) – by Aaron Dykes, TruthStreamMedia.com – “They knew, but they did nothing to stop it. The technocrats and robber barons have been steering the ship for some time now… Now the problems – of too few jobs, and of fewer people necessary to engage in solving the problems of society, and the existential crisis of uncertainty about the purpose of those individuals who make up society – have become ranking challenges of our time… What happens when the jobs are gone? What will people do, and how will they afford to live?.. Entire sectors will no longer be employed, and desperate people will turn to riots, looting and unruly behavior. Some may even turn on the “Davos elite” and other ruling members of the oligarchy… As the talking points of their latest discussions at Davos indicate, they are worried about the revolutionary potential as wave of mass unemployment prepares to hit. The ultra wealthy control more now than ever, as the Middle Class is completely destroyed and the struggling and poor turn to government for help.”

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Illumined_RuleThe Financial Apocalypse Accelerates As Middle East Stocks Crash To Begin The Week – by Michael Snyder, TheEconomicCollapseBlog.com – “It looks like it is going to be another chaotic week for global financial markets.  On Sunday, news that Iran plans to dramatically ramp up oil production sent stocks plunging all across the Middle East.  Stocks in Kuwait were down 3.1 percent, stocks in Saudi Arabia plummeted 5.4 percent, and stocks in Qatar experienced a mammoth 7 percent decline.  And of course all of this comes in the context of a much larger long-term decline for Middle Eastern stocks.  At this point, Saudi Arabian stocks are down more than 50 percent from their 2014 highs.  Needless to say, a lot of very wealthy people in Saudi Arabia are getting very nervous.  Could you imagine waking up someday and realizing that more than half of your fortune had been wiped out?  Things aren’t that bad in the U.S. quite yet, but it looks like another rough week could be ahead.  The Dow, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq are all down at least 12 percent from their 52-week highs, and the Russell 2000 is already in bear market territory.  Hopefully this week will not be as bad as last week, but events are starting to move very rapidly now… Much of the chaos around the globe is being driven by the price of oil.  At the end of last week the price of oil dipped below 30 dollars a barrel, and now Iran has announced plans “to add 1 million barrels to its daily crude production”

Terminator_2_BotRise of the Robots Will Eliminate More Than 5 Million Jobs – by Jill Ward, Bloomberg.com – “…lost by 2020 as a result of developments in genetics, artificial intelligence, robotics and other technological change, according to World Economic Forum research… About 7 million jobs will be lost and 2 million gained as a result of technological change in 15 major developed and emerging economies, WEF founder Klaus Schwab and managing board member Richard Samans said in “The Future of Jobs.” The findings are taken from a survey of 15 economies covering about 1.9 billion workers, or about 65 percent of the world’s total workforce.”

Mike_PittsSC Bill To Register, Determine Competency Of Journalists – by Brandon Turbeville, ActivistPost.com – “A person seeking to register shall provide all information required by the office including, but not limited to, a criminal record background check, an affidavit from the media outlet attesting to the applicant’s journalistic competence, and an application fee in an amount determined by the office… One can only imagine what fit of mental illness provoked Pitts to submit such a bill. After all, Pitts has professed his support of the Second Amendment repeatedly in the past so many might be scratching their heads as to why he is so antagonistic to the First. At this point, we are only left to guess as to why Pitts chose to launch his assault on the freedom of speech, expression, and the press… Was it because he is bitter over all the negative publicity he has received in recent months and the threat those critical articles may have on his career of parasitism? Did Pitts lose his place while reading the U.S. Constitution and skim over the Bill of Rights? Did Pitts recently travel to Saudi Arabia and realize the Saudis have a better system? Is he suffering from an extended bout of untreated syphilis? Seriously, any of these explanations are as legitimate as the bill itself.”

The Last 16 Times This Happened There Was A Recession… – by Michael Snyder, TheEconomicCollapseBlog.com – “After looking at that chart, is there anyone out there that still doubts that the U.S. economy is in significant trouble?.. Many estimates of U.S. GDP growth for the fourth quarter of 2015 are already just a small fraction of one percent.  It would not be a surprise at all to see a negative number posted once it is all said and done… And of course more bad news for the economy just keeps pouring in.  So far this week we have learned that the growth rate of federal withholding taxes has turned negative, Johnson & Johnson plans has announced that it is eliminating 3,000 jobs, and BP has announced that it is eliminating 4,000 jobs… Of course it is not exactly a surprise that BP is cutting jobs.  At this point the entire energy industry is absolutely hemorrhaging workers.  As I wrote about yesterday, 130,000 good paying energy jobs have been lost in the United States since the beginning of last year.”

Laurent_Fabius-w-txtEU to discuss new anti-Iran sanctions: French FM – from PressTV.ir – “French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says the European Union is set to discuss this week whether it needs to impose new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program, days after the lifting of nuclear-related bans… ‘We have to compare the American system and European system and to see if there are new sanctions to take or not, and this exercise will be implemented this week,’ Fabius said Monday during a visit to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).The US Department of the Treasury said in a statement that five Iranian citizens and a network of companies based in the UAE and China were added to a US blacklist, claiming that the Islamic Republic’s ballistic missile program poses a “threat to regional and global security… Last October, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corpse (IRGC) successfully test-fired a ballistic missile named Emad. Following the test, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said the precision-guided long-range missile is a conventional armament.”

Bizarre ‘Taliban’ Mass Shooting at University in Pakistan, At Least 30 Killed – by 21Wire, 21stCenturyWire.com – “Once again, a seemingly inexplicable mass shooting, this time at Bacha Khan University in the town of Charsada in northwest Pakistan… According to reports this morning, “Taliban” (this is the term being used by US media this morning) gunmen stormed the college campus at about 9.30am local time and randomly opened fire on students and teachers, in classrooms and school dormitories… The Guardian reported that four gunmen, said to be from Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP), a Pakistani militant group, were wearing “suicide bomb vests.”.. In a bizarre twist, however, two different ‘spokesmen’ for the terrorist group appear to have crossed their PR wires, with a TTP spokesman later coming out to deny any credit for the attack, as reported by CNN: ‘The TTP ‘strongly condemn the attack on Bacha Khan University in Charsadda and disown the attack, saying this is not according to Shariah,’ according to a statement emailed by TTP Central Spokesman, Mohammad Khurrassani… A senior Taliban commander, Umar Mansoor, earlier claimed responsibility for today’s attack on a university that has left at least 21 people dead.’ ”

Saudi_Jihadi-for-genocideAmerica’s Arab Allies Debate Need for Genocide Against ‘Infidels’ – by Eric Zuesse, RINF.com – “Each of those Sunni royal families owns, within his (and females are their property, so only  males own  things there) country, key news-media (TV networks, newspapers, etc.), and other means of educating the public to be a subject that the ruling family accepts and approves… Other friends of the Sauds are yet another top buyer of U.S. weapons, the six fundamentalist Sunni royal families of UAE, United Arab Emirates (6 Emirates, or royal rulers), where the royal TV operation is the Middle East Broadcasting Center in Dubai. Here, on that TV network, and again with added English subtitles, is a debate between a Saudi progam-host and a Saudi jihadist: http://www.almasdarnews.com/article/terrorist-interviewed-on-saudi-tv-video/That Saudi jihadist, interned in a Saudi re-education camp, explains to his Saudi program-host, why he wants to kill Saudis who violate the Quran, more even than he wants to kill foreigners who do. (Wanting to kill non-Saudis is okay to the Saud family, but wanting to kill Saudis isn’t supported by them, unless the killer is a Saud, who is authorized to condemn people to death — for apostasy or any reason.) The program host tries to persuade that jihadist to go to Afghanistan or the U.S. or some other country, to kill non-believers; but the jihadist replies, ‘What does Allah say? He says kill the close infidel.’ ” – Note: Another linked video shows a host on Al-Jazeera Arabic urging the genocide of all Syrian Alawites, including children.

Guns_KillNew bill would let gun violence victims sue firearm manufacturers – from RT.com – “Democrats are trying to pass a bill that would hold gun makers liable for crimes committed with the weapons that they produced or sold. Passing the legislation will be an uphill battle in a Republican-controlled Congress… ‘If you’re a carmaker and your airbags kill someone, you’re potentially liable,’ Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California) told The Hill in an interview. ‘If you’re a pharmaceutical company and sell faulty drugs, you can be held liable. If you’re a liquor store and sell alcohol to minors, you can be held liable.’.. ‘Why should it be any different for gun manufacturers?’ Schiff, one of the lawmakers behind the bill, asked… (Schiff is apparently logically challenged) Opponents of the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act argue that car manufacturers are only held liable when vehicles malfunction, not people are killed by drivers.”

glyphosate round upMonsanto asks the WHO, and California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, not to list glyphosate as a carcinogen – from GMandChemicalIndustry9.wordpress.com – As we reported in March, the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times reported Monsanto’s call for the World Health Organisation’s cancer agency to retract a report published in the journal Lancet Oncology by researchers for WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer… The WHO’s research unit, however, said it had reviewed many scientific studies, including two out of Sweden, one out of Canada and at least three in the United States before making its classification… Since the WHO classification, the New York-based mass-tort firm of Weitz & Luxenberg, and other firms representing U.S. farm workers, have filed lawsuits against Monsanto, accusing the company of knowing of the dangers of glyphosate for decades. Monsanto has said the claims are without merit… Monsanto has now urged California not to list herbicide glyphosate as carcinogenic… It added, in its formal comment, that California’s actions could be considered illegal because they are not considering valid scientific evidence.”

Kiev may impose sanctions against Israeli companies for working in Crimea — embassy – from TASS.ru – “Kiev has warned Israeli citizens that visit Crimea and companies that work on the peninsula without permission from the Ukrainian government that it may impose sanctions on them, the Ukrainian Embassy in Israel said in a statement on Monday. Read also Kiev rules out supplies of Ukrainian electricity to Russian Crimea — president Australian travel agency offers customers trips to Crimea Ukraine opens criminal cases against European politicians for their visits to Crimea Ukraine initiates criminal proceedings against Serbian politicians for visiting Crimea The statements said that ‘the embassy has been lately receiving information that Israeli citizens enter Crimea or carry out business activities on the peninsula with violation of rules established by Ukrainian laws’ and ‘without corresponding permits from the Ukrainian government.’ ‘In case of continuing such activities… information will be handed to relevant Ukrainian agencies and services with the aim of bringing violators to responsibility…’ ”

Oregon standoff: Militia member loses foster kids, blames ‘pressure from the feds’ – from RT.com – “Robert “LaVoy” Finicum and his wife Jeanette have fostered more than 50 boys over the last decade at their ranch near Chino Valley, Arizona. The couple is licensed and has a care contract with the Catholic Charities Community Services. Many of the children came from mental hospitals, drug rehabs and group homes for emotionally distressed youth, he told Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)… ‘My ranch has been a great tool for these boys,’ Finicum said. ‘It has done a lot of good.’.. He traveled to Oregon to take part in the takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge at the beginning of January, leaving Jeanette to care for the four boys. But now the Finicums have no more fosters to care for… A social worker began removing the last four of the family’s foster kids on January 4, the fourth day of the Oregon standoff. The last left five days later, he said.”

obama-puppet1Is Obama the Biggest Puppet in History? – by Steven MacMillan, Journal-NEO.org – “Obama was elected President in November 2008, and inaugurated in January 2009. From the very beginning of his Presidency, it was clear who the “lord and saviour” was beholden to. According to OpenSecrets.org, Obama’s top campaign donors in 2008 included: Goldman Sachs; JPMorgan Chase; Citigroup; Morgan Stanley; Microsoft; Google; and IBM. Considering Obama’s donors, it’s no wonder that (unlike Iceland) the US has not prosecuted the plethora of bankers and financial institutions that have engaged in fraud for years, and subsequently played a pivotal role in causing the financial crisis of 2007/08… I’ve now been in 57 states; I think one left to go’..  In a bizarre speech in 2008, Obama said: “Over the last 15 months, we’ve travelled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states; I think one left to go. Alaska and Hawaii I was not allowed to go to, even though I really wanted to visit.” Did he simply make a mistake? Was he joking? Or was this just another slip from a person who is really just hypnotically going through the motions anytime he speaks, with no real interest in what he is saying. This bizarre statement is not an isolated one from the US President, as just a few months ago, Obama tried to argue that Russia bombing ISIL is only “strengthening ISIL.”

Arminas_PileckasStabbing death of 15yo schoolboy by ‘Arab migrant’ classmate in Sweden sparks outrage – from RT.com -“The killing took place on the first day of the new semester, January 11, at the Göinge School in Broby, Skåne County… A 15-year-old Lithuanian-born boy, Arminas Pileckas, was murdered in the school by a 14-year-old classmate, reportedly from a family of Syrian refugees. Arminas was killed with a single stab into heart inflicted from behind with a kitchen knife, his family says… The boys had an argument either in November or December that was videoed by classmates, but the tragic climax of the story took place January 11… Sweden’s Aftonbladet newspaper interviewed the father of the alleged killer, who said that his son had been bullied by the victim ‘for a long time.’.. ‘The school did nothing to help him and establish his honor. Instead, my son had to meet this 15-year-old every day. It made him very upset,’ he told Aftonbladet… The father of the dead boy told Lithuanian media that Swedish media never contacted him. On the contrary, Aftonbladet maintains it tried to reach Arminas’ relatives, but they declined to participate… Arminas’ father gave interview to Lithuanian newspaper lrytas, revealing his vision of the tragic event… He claimed the conflict between the boys occurred because the Syrian teenager was sexually harassing a girl from their class and Arminas came to the defense of the classmate, which ended up in a short scuffle that made the Syrian teenager flee the scene… According to Arminas’s father, the disgrace of being rebuffed made the Syrian boy swear revenge on Arminas, an intention (the boy) declared publicly… ‘He even told this to the school officials (after the initial conflict took place),’ Pileckas senior said.” (emph. added)

What Accounts for the Saudi Regime’s Hysterical Belligerence? The Agony of Death – by Prof. Ismael Hossein-Zadeh, GlobalResearch.ca – “The Saudi rulers find themselves in a losing race against time, or history. Although in denial, they cannot but realize the historical reality that the days of ruling by birthright are long past, and that the House of Saud as the ruler of the kingdom by inheritance is obsolete… This is the main reason for the Saudi’s frantically belligerent behavior. The hysteria is tantamount to the frenzy of the proverbial agony of a prolonged death. It explains why they react so harshly to any social or geopolitical development at home or in the region that they perceive as a threat to their rule… It explains why, for example, they have been so intensely hostile to the Iranian revolution that terminated the rule of their dictatorial counterpart, the Shah of Iran, in that country. In the demise of the Shah they saw their own downfall.”

Mulder-n-ScullyNew “X-Files” Will Take On 9/11 Conspiracy, World Government And NSA Spying – by John Vibes, ActivistPost.com – “X-Files creator Chris Carter said Edward Snowden and issues like the 9/11 conspiracy will be fair game in the new revival of the show. The new series will feature the same classic characters, David Duchovny as Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully… ‘A lot of the rights and liberties that were signed away [with the Patriot Act] are being abused now, and no one seems to care,’ Carter said… ‘We see the admitted spying by the government. These are not things we’re making up and it informs everything Mulder and Scully are doing,’ he added… ‘The idea of a New World Order is relevant,’ Carter says… The article states that this elaborate web of conspiracies will tie back to the alien cover-up that took center stage in the older series.”

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Inside the Police-Industrial Complex – At the 2015 convention of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, a view of the public-private partnerships that have come to shape modern policing—and to complicate questions of reform – by Jacqui Shine, PSMag.com – “The IACP conference is not only a professional development event; it also features a trade show with more than than 650 exhibitors. The vastness of the proceedings was not immediately evident—a maze of 10’x10’ inline booths, crowded together near the entryway, obscured everything that lay beyond. Threading my way along narrow aisles offset with striped carpet runners, popping a Hershey’s Kiss in my mouth here and there, I had to catch my breath when I cleared the black-curtained booths and finally saw the show floor. Chicago’s McCormick Place, where the conference was held, is the largest convention center in North America, and the exhibition floor covered over 450,000 square feet. Giant numbered signs hung from the ceiling, way-finders for an invisible grid that imposed order on a space roughly the size of four football fields and with room enough for a virtual fleet of cars, trucks, motorcycles, ambulances, and helicopters. (Yes, there were multiple helicopters.)”

Tony_Blair-cropUK’s Tony Blair Privatizing Other Countries’ Public Services – from TelesurTV.net – “Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was the main player in setting up a deal between Canadian company Brookfield and the Colombian government to sell off the country’s public electricity company, Isagen… The move angered Colombians who took to the streets in the capital Bogota Wednesday to protest the privatization of one of the country’s largest energy companies… According to media reports Thursday, Blair had a major role to play in the privatization after he introduced Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to senior members on the board of Brookfield—Guass O’Donnell and Frank Mackenna… The two men reportedly developed a close relationship after Blair worked with the Fundacion Buen Gobierno, translated as the Good Government Foundation—a Santos initiative to promote “democracy and good governance” in the country—according to BluRadio… Analysts have also condemned the move, saying the Canadian company has a history of business misconduct, including bribery, and said the business deal only went through because of Blair’s close relationship to the president.”

Study shows Monsanto’s Bt toxin kills human embryo cells – by Ethan A. Huff, NaturalNews.com – “More evidence has surfaced showing that Monsanto’s Bt toxin, which the company claims doesn’t harm humans, is definitively poisoning the populace. New research out of Canada explains that Bt toxin not only accumulates in human tissue but also kills human embryo cells in pregnant women… For their study, researchers from the University of Sherbrooke Hospital Centre in Quebec looked at pesticides associated with genetically modified (GM) foods, and particularly Bt toxin engineered into some varieties of GM corn and soy. They focused on how these poisons affect pregnant women and their unborn babies… Based on an analysis of the blood profiles of 30 pregnant women and 39 non-pregnant women, the team determined that CryAb1, a type of Bt toxin, was present not only in pregnant women but also their fetuses. Additionally, Bt toxin was observed to actually kill human embryos in vivo, or inside the bodies of the women.”

Justin_TrudeauTrudeau: I want to legalize weed, but they won’t let me (Note: wah) – by Ed Krayewski, MSN.com – Now, Trudeau has said his efforts have hit a snag—international treaties. They were, uh, there during the election campaign, even if they were left unmentioned by the candidate himself… The Canadian Press reports: ‘The Liberal government will have to do substantial work on the international stage before it can follow through on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise to legalize marijuana, new documents suggest.’.. That work will have to include figuring out how Canada would comply with three international treaties to which the country is a party, all of which criminalize the possession and production of marijuana.And while marijuana legalization was thought to be driving young people to the polls, unlike in the U.S., the provinces themselves haven’t made much of an effort to legalize marijuana… They have a different constitutional structure in Canada. Maybe Trudeau can ask permission from the Queen? He can tell her because it’s 2016, that’s why.”

Eritrean Man Lynched By Israelis In Uniform, New Video Shows – by Rania Khalek, InformationClearingHouse.info – “On 18 October, 29-year-old Eritrean refugee Haftom Zarhum was severely beaten and shot to death by a vengeful mob of Israeli soldiers, prison officers and police in and out of uniform, security camera footage recently obtained by the Tel Aviv newspaper Haaretz has revealed… The mob mistook Zarhum, unarmed and injured, for the gunman who had opened fire moments earlier at the central bus station in Bir al-Saba (Beer Sheva), a city in the south of present-day Israel… The gunman, a 19-year-old Bedouin Palestinian citizen of Israel named Muhannad al-Okbi, killed an Israeli soldier and wounded around ten others, mostly Israeli security personnel. He was ultimately shot and killed by Israeli forces… With each passing minute, the footage shows more Israelis, often in uniform, joining in the attack, kicking Zarhum in the head, throwing heavy furniture at him and spitting on him as he writhes on the floor bleeding… One man wearing a yellow shirt is the only person who is seen pushing back against the crowd to protect Zarhum and for that he is assaulted… All the while onlookers chanted for his death, shouting “mehabel” (terrorist), “Kill him!” and ‘Break his head! Break his head! Son of a prostitute!’.. As the lynching was in progress, the real gunman, who was holed up in the bathroom, began shooting again, but the crowd continued beating Zarhum.”

All-Seeing-DigitsCashless Society War Intensifies During Global Epocalypse – by David Haggith, ActivistPost.com – “The Epocalypse that I’ve been describing in this series will overcome that resistance during 2016 and 2017 as it wrecks economic havoc to such a degree that cash hold-outs will be ready for whatever holds the greatest promise of saving them from their collapsed monetary systems, fallen banks, deflated stocks and suffocating debt. One has only to think about how quickly and readily American citizens forfeited their constitutional civil liberties after 9/11 when George Bush and congress decreed that search warrants were not necessary if the government branded you a “terrorist.”.. If this sounds like some wild conspiracy theory, consider the following: no less Sterling standard of global economics than The Economist predicted thirty years ago that by 2018 a global currency would rise like the phoenix out of the ashes of the world’s fiat currencies…”

World Faces Wave of Epic Debt Defaults, Fears Central Bank Veteran – Exclusive: Situation worse than it was in 2007, says chairman of the OECD’s review committee – by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, in Davos, InformationClearingHouse.info – “”The situation is worse than it was in 2007. Our macroeconomic ammunition to fight downturns is essentially all used up,” said William White, the Swiss-based chairman of the OECD’s review committee and former chief economist of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS)… ‘Debts have continued to build up over the last eight years and they have reached such levels in every part of the world that they have become a potent cause for mischief,’ he said… ‘It will become obvious in the next recession that many of these debts will never be serviced or repaid, and this will be uncomfortable for a lot of people who think they own assets that are worth something,’ he told The Telegraph on the eve of the World Economic Forum in Davos… ‘The only question is whether we are able to look reality in the eye and face what is coming in an orderly fashion, or whether it will be disorderly. Debt jubilees have been going on for 5,000 years, as far back as the Sumerians.’.. The next task awaiting the global authorities is how to manage debt write-offs – and therefore a massive reordering of winners and losers in society – without setting off a political storm.” (emph. added)

Ahmad_al-ArabBahraini court sentences teenage boy to 130 years in prison – from PressTV.ir – “Ahmad al-Arab will be 147 years old after serving his jail term handed down by a Bahraini court… The High Criminal Court in the capital Manama on Tuesday sentenced the 17-year-old to an additional 10 years in prison on charges of protesting against the ruling Al Khalifah royal family and charges of alleged terror acts, Arabic-language Manama Post online newspaper reported… The court also ruled that Arab, who was arrested on April 13 last year, will no longer be a Bahraini national at the end of his prison term… The Tuesday ruling is the latest in a series of harsh punishments handed down to dissidents in Bahrain, a tiny Persian Gulf island nation that has seen years of anti-regime protests.”

Does Prescribing Anti-psychotic Drugs to Infants, Toddlers and Young Children Meet the Definition of Reckless Endangerment? – by Dr. Gary G. Kohls – “And yet, Child Protective Services has the legal right to charge parents with medical neglect for refusing to give their child a known neurotoxic or psychotoxic drug that wasn’t adequately tested either in the animal lab or in long-term clinical trials prior to being given marketing approval by the FDA… This makes no sense to parents and can’t be explained by their lawyers, especially if the parents know more than their medical caregivers about the multitude of potentially serious dangers that such drugs could pose for their child. It is worth noting that psychiatrists admit that there is no scientific test in existence that proves that children deserve a permanent mental illness label (and getting brain-altering drugs for the rest of their lives)… Indeed, making a psychiatric diagnosis in this big business era of high volume/high turnover patient care is based largely on an unscientific, sometimes absurd checklist of patient behaviors, emotions or thoughts, often hurriedly obtained after a relatively short office visit.”

Soros-CIA_CollaboratorCIA: Undermining and Nazifying Ukraine Since 1953 – by Wayne Madsen – Strategic-Culture.org – “The recent declassification of over 3800 documents by the Central Intelligence Agency provides detailed proof that since 1953 the CIA operated two major programs intent on not only destabilizing Ukraine but Nazifying it with followers of the World War II Ukrainian Nazi leader Stepan Bandera… «The purpose of Project AERODYNAMIC is to provide for the exploitation and expansion of the anti-Soviet Ukrainian resistance for cold war and hot war purposes. Such groups as the Ukrainian Supreme Council of Liberation (UHVR) and its Ukrainian Insurgent Army (OUN), the Foreign Representation of the Ukrainian Supreme Council of Liberation (ZPUHVR) in Western Europe and the United States, and other organizations such as the OUN/B will be utilized». The CIA admitted in a 1970 formerly SECRET document that it had been in contact with the ZPUHVR since 1950… AERODYNAMIC continued into the 1980s as operation QRDYNAMIC, which was assigned to the CIA’s Political and Psychological Staff’s Soviet East Europe Covert Action Program. Prolog saw its operations expanded from New York and Munich to London, Paris, and Tokyo. QRDYNAMIC began linking up with operations financed by hedge fund tycoon George Soros, particularly the Helsinki Watch Group’s operatives in Kiev and Moscow. Distribution of underground material expanded from journals and pamphlets to audio cassette tapes, self-inking stamps with anti-Soviet messages, stickers, and T-shirts.” (emph. added)

monsanto_layoffsMonsanto has terminated 16% of its workforce in recent months, as demand for GMO crops continues to plummet (and organics skyrocket!) – by Daniel Barker, NaturalNews.com – “Through the unflagging efforts of the worldwide anti-GMO movement, public awareness increased and millions of ordinary people began to voice their opposition to the GM agricultural industry – joining forces with the environmental activists, objective scientists, organic farmers and others who had been fighting against the Frankenfood industry all along… In response to the growing opposition, many countries began outlawing or restricting GMO cultivation, and demand for GM crops began to drop, resulting in losses of hundreds of millions of dollars in profits for Monsanto in the 2015 financial year… As Monsanto continues to lose favor worldwide, resulting in plummeting profits, the organic food industry continues to expand. Growing awareness of their health benefits, combined with increased availability, has given a boost to the sales…”

“Countdown To The End”: EU Officials Say Europe Is “Going Down The Drain” – by Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge.com – “Ultimately, it appears that Germany is beginning to crack. While Merkel has been careful to preserve the “yes we can” narrative, reality is setting in and the cold facts suggest that Europe simply cannot accommodate the people flows. It now appears that it is not a matter of “if” but rather “when” the Iron Chancellor finally gives in and shuts the doors, and on that note, we’ll close with two quotes from German and EU officials who spoke to Reuters “in private.”: ‘We have until March, the summer maybe, for a European solution. Then Schengen goes down the drain.’.. ‘There is a big risk that Germany closes. From that, no Schengen … There is a risk that February could start a countdown to the end.’

From the “It-Just-Gets-Better” Desk: New cars to record your iris, fingerprints, voice and blood pressure – from MassPrivatei.blogspot.co.uk – “Auto manufacturers are working with a company called Eyelock to put ‘Myris‘ iris scanners in new cars. Click here to view the Myris Eyelock video… According to Biometricupdate.com, Eyelock’s iris authentication process takes less than five seconds to complete… Antolino, says the company is under contract with multiple OEM and tier-one companies to provide this equipment but refused to identify them… Eyelock only allows authenticated drivers behind the wheel, which means insurance companies will be drooling at the mouths to profit from this invasive technology… In Sept. of last year, I warned everyone that auto insurance companies and car dealerships were spying on motorists… A new speech recognition system called Dragon Drive developed by Nuance Communications will soon be in new cars everywhere… If automakers have their way, new cars will also come equipped with touch fingerprint sensor technology… Fingerprint Cards (FPC) a Swedish company, claims they’ll make close to a billion in 2016 from their touch fingerprint sensor technology… Ford’s research & innovation lab wants wearable apps that monitor (spy on) a drivers health… Things are worse than you can imagine. DHS/Police are using a new infrared license plate scanning system because criminals drive cars!  For more info. about how things are getting worse read, the Feds want speed limiters and surveillance devices installed in every car, truck and bus… The future of driving in a free America is grim. How hard would it be for a cop to access your car’s computer or ask the auto dealer to hand over your biometrics?”

Cops_look_4_cashIt’s Like “Nazi Germany” — Federal Police Officer Furious After Cops Attempt to Rob Him & His Wife – by Matt Agorist, TheDailySheeple.com – ” ‘I told her we are going to get pulled over,’ Ronnie said to NewsChannel 5… ‘What made you think he was going to stop you?’ NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked… ‘Because we had out-of-state license plates and my wife is Hispanic,’ he explained… The couple was then pulled over, and the officer quickly separated them before beginning his harassment of Lisa. In the video, the officer is heard badgering Lisa in an attempt to get her to consent to a search… After going back and forth and realizing that this couple was not going to give consent, a second officer brings out a drug dog. As the Free Thought Project previously reported, data shows that police K-9s will alert almost every single time they are called out, regardless of the presence of drugs… Ronnie became furious as he knew that the dog did not alert on his vehicle; he knows this because he is also a cop. He’s a federal police officer at the Marine Corps Air Station-Miramar in San Diego… ‘You are lying about the dog hitting on the car. The dog didn’t hit on the car either. You guys are drug task force. You are out here harassing me and my wife when I am just coming back from a funeral,’ he said… For nearly an hour, cops held the innocent couple on the side of the interstate while they tore Lisa’s new car apart. They even went so far as to rip the dashboard out. They found no drugs… But after finding no drugs, the truth came out —  these cops weren’t looking for drugs at all — they wanted cash.”

Israel to grab more land in West Bank: Report – from PressTV.ir – “According to a report by the Times of Israel, the Tel Aviv regime is to confiscate 370 acres of agricultural land near the Palestinian city of Jericho in the West Bank over the coming weeks… According to the report, the planned land grab, which will be the largest since August 2014, is expected to trigger harsh criticism from the European Union (EU) and the Palestinian Authority… On Monday, the EU unanimously condemned the Israeli regime’s illegal settlement construction in the occupied Palestinian territories… US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro also said on Monday that the White House was “concerned and perplexed” by Israel’s settlement policy, which he said raised ‘honest questions about Israel’s long-term intentions.’ – (Note: Shapiro is under attack by the Israelis)

Into-the-SingularityBridging the Bio-Electronic Divide – New effort aims for fully implantable devices able to connect with up to one million neurons – from Darpa.mil – ” ‘Today’s best brain-computer interface systems are like two supercomputers trying to talk to each other using an old 300-baud modem,’ said Phillip Alvelda, the NESD program manager. “Imagine what will become possible when we upgrade our tools to really open the channel between the human brain and modern electronics.’.. Among the program’s potential applications are devices that could compensate for deficits in sight or hearing by feeding digital auditory or visual information into the brain at a resolution and experiential quality far higher than is possible with current technology… Neural interfaces currently approved for human use squeeze a tremendous amount of information through just 100 channels, with each channel aggregating signals from tens of thousands of neurons at a time. The result is noisy and imprecise. In contrast, the NESD program aims to develop systems that can communicate clearly and individually with any of up to one million neurons in a given region of the brain.’.. To accelerate that integrative process, the NESD program aims to recruit a diverse roster of leading industry stakeholders willing to offer state-of-the-art prototyping and manufacturing services and intellectual property to NESD researchers on a pre-competitive basis. In later phases of the program, these partners could help transition the resulting technologies into research and commercial application spaces.” (emph. added)

U.S. Takes Over Rmeilan Airbase In Syria, Violates International Law – by Brandon Turbeville, ActivistPost.com – “According to reports from a number of media outlets, most notably Al Jazeera and Foreign Policy, the United States has now taken control over the Rmeilan Airbase in Northeastern Syria, in the Hasakah Province… The information was first reported after a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesperson told Al Jazeera that U.S. troops have taken control of the airbase in order to “assist” the SDF in their “fight against ISIS.”.. The SDF is made up of a number of participants – mostly Kurdish, but also members of the Free Syrian Army, and other “moderate cannibal” groups fighting Assad and, allegedly, ISIS. The SDF has been supported by the United States in the past… Hasakah, and the Rmeilan Airbase specifically, are located in the Northeastern tip of Syria, close to both the Iraqi and Turkish borders thus making the base a strategic location.”

Ashton_Carter-dazedU.S. to Put ‘Boots on the Ground’ in Iraq to Combat ISIL – by Adam Johnson, Alternet.org – “In an op-ed in Politico and in an appearance at Davos World Economic Forum Friday morning, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced the U.S. will deploy “boots on the ground” in Iraq to help local forces fight the so-called Islamic State. The policy shift is a turnaround from the Obama’s White House’s previous stance of not deploying combat troops in Iraq and one sure to shape the foreign policy debate in the 2016 election… Though the U.S. military presence in Iraq has been steadily growing over the past year-and-a-half this marks the first time an express acknowledgment of ground troops has been made by a senior official. The first of such deployments will, according to Sec. Carter, be the 101st Airborne Division.”

Exclusive: Former Pearson Exec Reveals Anti-American Agenda in Common Core – by Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart.com – “Kim Koerber, a former Pearson executive who now works as a sales consultant for National Geographic – another Gates Foundation-funded Common Core publisher – tells the Project Veritas undercover journalist that “conservative voters are afraid of everything,” and proceeds to say why Common Core is important in her view… She explains that those behind Common Core and the new AP U.S. History framework have attempted to minimize the Constitution and remove Christianity from the core concepts, while they also stress the importance of teaching about Islam: ‘The dead white guys did not create this country,” Koerber says. “They [presumably conservatives] want to talk about those dead white guys.’.. ‘People who say they want to teach the Constitution, only want to teach the part of the Constitution that they like,’ she tells the journalist, who then asks her about the Second Amendment… ‘But yet they don’t want to teach all of it,’ she replies. ‘Damn the Second Amendment.’ ”

Turks_shoot_Kurd_DemonstratorsShooting of Kurds waving white flag caught on camera (GRAPHIC VIDEO) – from RT.com – “An incident in which several civilians with a white flag came under fire has been caught on camera. The victims are reported to be Kurds in the town of Cizre, where they were allegedly shot at by Turkish troops… The series of short video clips published on social media shows a procession of people going along a street, pushing a cart with what appears to be two covered bodies. The walls of the buildings are dotted with holes, possibly from bullets. A tank is shown in the distance… Then, gunfire can be heard as the people hunker down and run for cover… Other footage shows several people lying motionless on the ground with blood spilling from them, as gasps and screams of horror come from the background… RT could not immediately verify the circumstances of the shooting. One version claims that the Kurdish civilians were shot at by Turkish troops involved in a crackdown that Ankara is currently conducting in the south and south-east of the country… The crackdown was criticized by international human rights organizations as disproportionate and a form of collective punishment against the Kurds. This week Amnesty International said Ankara is imperiling 200,000 people living in the areas affected by disrupting basic services, blocking their freedom of movement, and conducting firefights in residential areas.”

Report: Turkish Troops Enter Syria to Stop Kurdish Advance – Turkish Warplanes Destroy YPG Headquarters – by Jason Ditz, news.AntiWar.com – “The report comes just a day after Turkish forces bombed a YPG headquarters in Tel Abyad, and Turkish officials have repeatedly vowed to prevent the Kurds from crossing the Euphrates River at Jarabulus at all costs… The report, however, suggests they moved right into ISIS territory without any skirmishes, and if confirmed are likely to raise more speculation that the Turkish government is secretly working with Islamist factions against the Kurds.”

Islamist fighters in Aleppo, Syria, got reinforcements from Turkey – Russian Foreign Ministry – from RT.com – ” ‘Unfortunately, in recent days, it’s especially noticeable that ahead of the planned start of the inter-Syrian negotiations in Geneva the activities of terrorist groups have intensified. Obviously, they’re trying to turn the tide in their favor on the battlefield,’ Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said during a briefing in Moscow… According to Zakharova, Attempts to launch counter-attacks against the government forces were performed by Al-Nusra Front and Ahrar ash-Sham groups, which ‘got serious reinforcements from Turkey.’.. The increased activity of the terrorists was witnessed in several suburbs of Damascus, Homs and Idlib provinces of Syria, she added… Russia will continue providing humanitarian assistance to the civilian population in Syria, Zakharova stressed… She reiterated that Russia’s Emergencies Ministry has performed 30 flights ‘not only to Syria, but also to Lebanon and Jordan’ in January, delivering 600 tons of food and essentials for those affected by the conflict… Besides humanitarian assistance, ‘Russia has also been involved in evacuation of citizens who want to leave dangerous areas,’ she added.”

Guantanamo-TortureGuantanamo guard: ‘CIA killed prisoners and made it look like suicide’ – by Emma Reynolds, News.com.au – “A former Guantanamo Bay guard has spoken for the first time about what he claims was a CIA murder of detainees, covered up as a triple suicide… Army Staff Sergeant Joseph Hickman was on guard at the Cuban prison camp on the night they died, and calls the official version of events “impossible”… ‘They would have had to all three tie their hands and feet together, shove rags down their throats, put a mask over their face, made a noose, hung it from the ceiling on the side of the cellblock, jumped into the noose and hung themselves simultaneously,’ the ex-Marine told Vice News in an explosive video interview… ‘In a cellblock where guards are ordered to check on detainees every four minutes.’ ”

Wall Street bankrolls campaign to keep Britain in EU – sources – from RT.com – “Banking giants Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan have reportedly donated several hundred thousand pounds to the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign ahead of a referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union… In the strongest sign yet that Wall Street is worried about a potential British exit from the bloc, two of the world’s biggest financial players are said to be preparing large donations to the campaign for staying in… Goldman Sachs plans to give a “substantial six-figure sum” according one source, while JPMorgan intends to make a similar donation, a separate source told Reuters… Others firms, such as Morgan Stanley, are said to be likely to donate but a figure has yet to be decided… Senior figures at Goldman Sachs have spoken out about the importance of Britain remaining in the EU.”

Refugees-Resources_PleessGermany starts confiscating refugees’ valuables; Denmark finalizes bill to do same – from RT.com – “The average amount per person confiscated by authorities in the southern states has so far been “in the four figures,” according to Bild… By confiscating the personal belongings of refugees, the states are implementing federal laws that require asylum seekers to use up their own resources before receiving state aid… ‘If you apply for asylum here, you must use up your income and wealth before receiving aid,’ said the federal government’s integration commissioner, Aydan Ozoguz, stressing that such wealth includes assets such as family jewelry… The move has been criticized by the Left party (Die Linke), with MP Ulla Jelpke telling Der Tagesspiegel that ‘those who apply for asylum are exercising their basic rights [under the German Constitution].’.. ‘That must not – even if they are rejected – be tied up with costs,’ she said.”

Rabbi_Shmuel_EliyahuChief Israeli rabbi calls for executing Palestinians – from Intifada-Palestine.com – ” ‘Israeli army has to stop arresting Palestinians,’ he posted on his Facebook wall, ‘but, it must execute them and leave no one alive.’.. Eliyahu declared that the Palestinians are the enemy of the Israeli occupation state and they ‘must be destroyed and crushed in order to end violence.’ (Note: The mind reels.).. Explaining more about his fatwa, Eliyahu wrote down:The Israel Police officers who do keep terrorist Palestinians alive should be prosecuted under the law.’.. He went on: ‘We must not allow a Palestinian to survive after he was arrested. If you leave him alive, there is a fear that he will be released and kill other people.’ He added: ‘We must eradicate this evil from within our midst.’.. Eliyahu also rejected claims that the intifada was caused by the increasing number of Jewish settlers who desecrate Al-Aqsa Mosque. He insisted that terror is innate in the Palestinian soul.” (emph. added)Oy, what an occupation I’m having…

California government allows fracking companies to inject 3 billion gallons of wastewater into aquifer despite worst drought ever – by Jennifer Lea Reynolds, NaturalNews.com – “…government officials have admitted that errors have been made in which billions of gallons of wastewater has been re-injected into underground aquifers where high-quality drinking water resides… ‘It’s inexcusable,’ said Hollin Kretzmann, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity in San Francisco… ‘It’s possible these aquifers are now contaminated irreparably.’ He went on to explain in a video that at least nine cases of well operations have injected a whopping ‘3 billion gallons of toxic oil industry wastewater into aquifers that were clean and supposed to be protected under federal and state law.’.. government officials have admitted that errors have been made in which billions of gallons of wastewater has been re-injected into underground aquifers where high-quality drinking water resides… …the California Department of Conservation and the Western States Petroleum Association are engaging in a classic case of playing blame and lack-of-evidence games… For example, Jason Marshall, chief deputy director of the CA Department of Conservation, admits that there have been errors, saying that ‘there have been past issues where permits were issued to operators that they shouldn’t be injecting’ into certain zones. Yet Marshall maintains that such work was likely done in the 1980s or even the 1990s where permitting engineers may have engaged in improper methods, and because many of them are now deceased, they can’t be questioned. He says more testing needs to be done…” (emph. added)

Florida to vote on high-stakes fracking bill that won’t allow banning oil exploration – from RT.com – “Despite concerns from environmentalists, a fracking bill will be voted on by the Florida House of Representatives. The bill seeks to establish a framework for fracking companies and prevent local governments from banning the practice… The proposal would increase regulation of hydraulic fracturing by requiring groundwater inspections at each site before and after fracking takes place, the Miami Herald reported. However, the bill also bans local governments from passing ordinances to prevent the practice… CBS Miami reports that oil and gas drilling has taken place in parts of Southwest and Northwest Florida, and that there are no laws against fracking in the state. However, one issue with fracking is the location energy companies seek to use: The Florida Everglades are home to 30 endangered and threatened species, according to the National Park Services. Populations of iconic Floridian wildlife, such as the Florida Panther, depend on the delicate ecosystem for their species’ survival. But it is not just wildlife that relies on the Everglades. According to a 2013 Florida International University study, over 5 million people depend on Everglade aquifers for fresh water.”

Mauricio_MacriArgentina Revisited – One Month on. Towards a Neoliberal “Democratic Dictatorship” – by Peter Koenig, GlobalResearch.ca – “Since day one, Mauricio Macri has started repressive socio-economic measures – when he let the peso float on the day of his inauguration on 10 December 2015. It devalued by about 50%, then recovered somewhat. The bottom line is, though, the people at large will suffer purchasing power losses, so that dollar investments may flood the country – as he says and hopes – to privatize once more Argentina’s economy to foreign investors. It’s all so reminiscent of the Menem years. – And the Argentinians elected him – did they really?.. What justice? – Macri by decree decided that Supreme Court judges he appointed did not need the Senate’s approval, as the country’s Constitution prescribes. Within the first 72 hours of Macri’s ascent to power, he issued 29 Presidential Decrees, so as to impose his program without parliamentary approval. And that’s the way he will rule, at least the first 100 days; a neo-fascist dictator par excellence.”

A Scary New Superbug Gene Has Reached at Least 19 Countries – by John Tozzi, Bloomberg.com – “Just two months ago, researchers in China identified a gene that can make bacteria resistant to a last-resort antibiotic called colistin. It was a bombshell discovery for people who follow superbugs. Now that gene has been detected in at least 19 countries, and scientists are alarmed… Colistin is what doctors give you in the U.S. when nothing else works. Because it’s toxic, it can have some harmful side effects, but colistin can help defeat infections that shrug off every other antibiotic in their arsenal. If bacteria resist everything, including colistin, you’re out of luck… …scientists fear that colistin-resistant bugs will become more widespread. The bacteria themselves can travel on people, live animals, and food. The gene that makes a bug resistant to colistin is particularly slippery because it can jump easily from one type of bacteria to another.”

Nanoparticles 20,000 times smaller than human hair can tackle ‘superbugs’ – study –  from RT.com – “There could be a new way to tackle so-called superbugs – and it comes in the form of nanoparticles that are 20,000 times smaller than a human hair. A new study claims the nanoparticles managed to kill 92 percent of drug-resistant bacterial cells… In an effort to fight drug-resistant infections known as ‘superbugs,’ a team of researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder introduced light-activated nanoparticles, known as quantum dots, which resemble tiny commercial semiconductors used in consumer electronics… According to the study, published in the journal Nature Materials on Wednesday, the quantum dots were successful in killing 92 percent of drug-resistant lab-grown bacterial cells… The quantum dots are a huge improvement from metal nanoparticles, which were found in previous studies to fight antibiotic-resistant infections, but which also carry the risk of wreaking havoc on surrounding cells indiscriminately (Note: which the “quantum dots” absolutely DO NOT)… An increasing number of infections are evolving to become drug-resistant, and by 2050 superbugs are expected to kill about 10 million people annually, according to ‘The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance’ analysis, commissioned by the UK government in 2014.” – Considering the article linked above, am I seeing a pattern here?…

Norway-KronerNorway’s largest bank calls for total end to cash – from TheLocal.no – ” Norway’s largest bank, DNB, has said that cash has fallen out of favour with everyday Norwegians and is instead primarily used on the black market and in laundering schemes…  ‘Today, there is approximately 50 billion kroner in circulation and [central bank] Norges Bank can only account for 40 percent of its use. That means that 60 percent of money usage is outside of any control. We believe that is due to under-the-table money and laundering,’ bank executive Trond Bentestuen told VG…  ‘There are so many dangers and disadvantages associated with cash, we have concluded that it should be phased out,’ he added.”

From the Wayback Machine: What Does U.S. Treasury Do With Vaccine Excise Taxes It Collects? – by Catherine J. Frompovich, ActivistPost.com – “Now, here’s an interesting aspect: The U.S. Department of Treasury collects those excise taxes and also manages the Trust Fund’s investments. Investments? Sounds like there should be quite a stash in that Trust Fund portfolio since the U.S. Vaccine court has paid out just over $3 Billion [$3,159,410,649.38] [1] in claims and attorneys’ fees as of June 30, 2015. That got me to wondering what the Vaccine Injury Trust Fund is valued at; where the money is invested; and that there should be an accounting of public record posted on the Internet… Keeping all the above facts, figures, and questions in mind, I decided to contact the Treasury Department to obtain just one figure or value: The asset balance of the Vaccine Injury Trust Fund as of the last fiscal year end. Searching Treasury’s contact page, I made email contact with a bureaucrat [not naming names], who forwarded my email to another bureaucrat who, in turn, forwarded my email to another bureaucrat who turned out to be somewhat helpful.”

Azov-fighters-DonbassUS Unleashing Deadly Virus in Donbass, Ukraine? – by Stephen Lendman, ActivistPost.com – “On January 22, the Donbass International News Agency (DINA) headlined ‘Deadly virus leaked from US laboratory – DPR Army and Intelligence,’ saying: ‘More than 20 Ukrainian soldiers have died and over 200 are hospitalized,’ affected by a virus ‘immune to all medicines.’.. Thousands of Ukrainian troops are stationed menacingly in areas bordering Donbass. Intermittent shelling continues, civilians largely threatened… The lab in question is located in Shelkostantsiay, about 30 km from Kharvov near Donbass. ‘US military experts’ operate there, said DINA… Donbass Deputy Defense Minister/spokesman Eduard Basurin informed area residents of a potential epidemic… Kiev continues violating Minsk ceasefire terms – with full support and encouragement from Washington… According to DPR intelligence, “(i)n eight localities of the ‘buffer zone’ seized by the AFU there were registered cleansings of the local population, defiant of Minsk… ‘The cleansings are carried out by the representatives of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) with reinforcement by units of the 36th separate naval infantry brigade, by reason of the huge information leak in these areas.’.. ‘In particular, about concentration of the AFU’s forbidden arms and personnel in the so-called ‘grey’ zone, and preparation by the Ukrainian power structures of provocations against civilians.’.. Basurin said ISIS and other terrorist elements from Syria and Iraq now operate in Donbass. In mid-January, DPR’s Defense Ministry revealed foreign mercenaries in the self-declared republic… They conduct ‘recurrent attacks on our positions,’ it explained. Is Ukraine a new platform for ISIS expansion? Is Washington deploying their elements there?”

 

 

Obama’s Last SOTU: Unabashed Hypocrisy on Parade

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I want to focus on our (your) future.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Cue the Ericksonian Cheerleading and entrainment push):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Web Research Links for the week of 1/11/16:

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Fresno-Pre-CrimeThe new way police are surveilling you: Calculating your threat ‘score’ – by Justin Jouvenal, WashingtonPost.com – “FRESNO, Calif. — While officers raced to a recent 911 call about a man threatening his ex-girlfriend, a police operator in headquarters consulted software that scored the suspect’s potential for violence the way a bank might run a credit report… The program scoured billions of data points, including arrest reports, property records, commercial databases, deep Web searches and the man’s social- media postings. It calculated his threat level as the highest of three color-coded scores: a bright red warning… The man had a firearm conviction and gang associations, so out of caution police called a negotiator. The suspect surrendered, and police said the intelligence helped them make the right call — it turned out he had a gun… As a national debate has played out over mass surveillance by the National Security Agency, a new generation of technology such as the Beware software being used in Fresno has given local law enforcement officers unprecedented power to peer into the lives of citizens.”

How We Learned to Stop Worrying About People and Love the Bombing – Why “Collateral Damage” Elicits So Little Empathy Among Americans – by Rick Shenkman, TomDispatch.com – “While many factors can affect a candidate’s polling numbers, one uncomfortable conclusion can’t be overlooked when it comes to reactions to Cruz’s comments: by and large, Americans don’t think or care much about the real-world consequences of the unleashing of American air power or that of our allies. The other day, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported that, in September and October, a Saudi Arabian coalition backed by the United States “carried out at least six apparently unlawful airstrikes in residential areas of the [Yemeni] capital,” Sana’a.  The attacks resulted in the deaths of 60 civilians. Just about no one in the United States took notice, nor was it given significant media coverage… Washington has literally been bombing Iraq on and off for twelve years and yet few have taken much notice.  That helps explain why bombing is such an attractive option for Washington any time trouble breaks out in the world.  Americans don’t seem to care much what goes on when our bombs or missiles hit the ground.  As pollsters found recently, a surprising number of Americans even want to bomb places that can’t be found on a map.

Big_Brother-Soros-AVAAZAvaaz: The Online Pro-War Propagandist And Color Revolution NGO – by Brandon Turbeville, AdtivistPost.com – “Avaaz has also pushed for relocating Syrian refugees and “Syrian refugees” to England as a result of “chlorine bombs” “falling from the sky” “in Syria. Avaaz thus used non-existent “chlorine bombs falling from the sky” to justify relocating “refugees” from a war zone that it is partly responsible for creating itself… Avaaz has posted dubious “calls for help” from “Syrians” such as this one, entitled “Cry For Help In Syria,” in Homs. Of course, while most Syrians are horrified at the state of war in which they find themselves as a result of the Western destabilization, the overwhelming majority of Syrians support their government and despise the Western-backed savages raping and beheading their way across the country. If one is interested in reading or listening to the opinion of a real Syrian, feel free to consult the videos and articles of Afraa Dagher, a true victim of the so-called “civil war” that would be more aptly named an invasion… Vanessa Beeley describes typical Avaaz treachery in her article, “The Propaganda War Against Syria Led By Avaaz And The White Helmets.” Beeley is referring to the Avaaz propaganda that emerged in the wake of the Russian attacks against ISIS and other related terrorists in Syria. Avaaz, of course, followed the State Department and NATO line that Russia was bombing the as-yet-undiscovered “moderate rebels.” ”

Arizona lawmaker introduces bill to criminalize filming police at close range – from RT.com via RINF.com – “State Senator John Kavanagh would prevent citizens from filming within 20 feet of any “law enforcement activity,” even on public property. It would be a petty offense to violate the law, carrying a fine, but would become a misdemeanor if a person keeps filming after being told by an officer to stop. The bill will be considered in Monday’s session… ‘Most cameras have great resolution where you don’t really lose anything when you’re 20 feet away,’ he said, according to The New York Times. ‘At 20 feet you can pretty much pick up small objects.’.. Kavanagh, a Republican and former cop, argued that pedestrians filming law enforcement activity are a distraction… ‘Having one or more persons suddenly walking up behind and around them with cameras is a distraction,’ Kavanagh said, according to Talking Points Memo. ‘The officer doesn’t know if this is somebody who’s a friend of the individual he’s doing law enforcement action against or what.’ “

This_Wont_HurtMeasles Transmitted By The Vaccinated, Gov. Researchers Confirm – by Sayer Ji, WakingTimes.com – “A remarkable study reveals that a vaccinated individual not only can become infected with measles, but can spread it to others who are also vaccinated against it – doubly disproving two doses of MMR vaccine is “99% effective,” as widely claimed… One of the fundamental errors in thinking about measles vaccine effectiveness is that receipt of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine equates to bona fide immunity against these pathogens. Indeed, it is commonly claimed that receiving two doses of the MMR vaccine is “99 percent effective in preventing measles,”1 despite a voluminous body of contradictory evidence from epidemiology and clinical experience… This erroneous thinking has led the public, media and government alike to attribute the origin of measles outbreaks, such as the one recently reported at Disney, to the non-vaccinated,even though 18% of the measles cases occurred in those who had been vaccinated against it — hardly the vaccine’s claimed “99% effective.” The vaccine’s obvious fallibility is also indicated by the fact that that the CDC now requires two doses… But the problems surrounding the failing MMR vaccine go much deeper…”

8 Signs You Are Living Under a Fascist Regime – Part 2: The Resistible Rise of Global Fascism – by Kieran Kelly, DissidentVoice.org – “Immersed in transparent Fascism, people are curiously incurious, accepting half-baked question-begging snippets of factoid-based analyticule. World-shaking historical events are placed in frames a thousand times too small to contain the full picture. I have previously written that the sheer scale of the refugee crisis is indicative of a subterranean Holocaust. Yet consumers of news media are given misdirection instead of analysis and are made to feel that the entire mass migration of tens of millions is somehow due to ISIS (the equally unexplained Instant State of Insane Salafists). The refugee crisis has been transformed by heightened fear and militarism into an even greater phenomenon, a type of post-simulation, post-Baudrillard mass violence: we may have already slipped into a secret sub rosa subterranean sub-real World War. There will be no precise and knowable beginning to this new World War, but it feels like the imprecise and unknowable beginning has already begun.”

Pete_SantilliCommunism hits Burns, Oregon, elected officials compromised – Elected officials ignore U.S Constitution, law of the land as plot thickens – by Shepard Ambellas, Intellihub.com – “During the meeting PSYOPs were running at an all-time high as leaflets, literally riddled with propaganda, were handed out to the small group of unwitty attendees in an attempt to fully sell them on the state-sponsored objective… One flyer had bold headlines printed on it which read: ‘New Stress Impacts On Our Children’ and ‘How To Help Your Kids Feel Safe During Stressful Events.’.. The leaflet continued on to read: ‘There are many things in today’s world that can have an impact on a child’s emotional health and ability to cope with day-to-day life. Depending on their age these signs can be different.’.. ‘You are not one of us,” a woman told Santilli, who replied, ‘I have a First Amendment right to speak, respect that.’.. “Bullshit, ” another woman said to Santilli… ‘I am not intending to disrupt, ‘ Santilli told police… Just seconds later Santilli was removed from the building by law enforcement and the doors were closed behind him and that was that.” (emph. added)

Russians Ramp Up Air Strikes on Turkish Arms Convoys to ISIS – by Gordon Duff, VeteransToday.com – ” ‘With the help of the Russian aviation the Syrian Democratic Forces under the command of Ayman Flyat al-Ganim continue the advance on the Daesh capital — Raqqa. They have taken control over al-Salhiya, Rdzheman-Alaia, el-Qria and Hadriyat-Ayn-Isa,’… ‘However, despite all the efforts by the international community to stop supplies to terrorists, reinforcements continue to reach regularly northeastern Latakia from the Turkish territory,’ Rudskoy said… ‘Russian jets are striking the terrorists’ strongholds in Syria. We have conducted 311 sorties and destroyed at least 1,097 targets in the provinces of Aleppo, Latakia, Homs, Damascus, Deir-er-Zor, Hasakah, Daraa and Raqqa,’ Rudskoy said… ‘As a result of the Russian airstrikes the terrorists continue to suffer losses”, head of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Sergei Rudskoy added.”

New Finding Adds To Growing Evidence That Intestinal Bacteria Is Directly Linked To Disease – by Karen Foster, WakingTimes.com – “The human gut is home to hundreds of species of beneficial bacteria, including P. copri, which ferment undigested carbohydrates to fuel the body and keep harmful bacteria in check. The immune system, primed to attack foreign microbes, possesses the extraordinary ability to distinguish benign or beneficial bacteria from pathogenic bacteria. This ability may be compromised, however, when the gut’s microbial ecosystem is thrown off balance… ‘Expansion of P. copri in the intestinal microbiota exacerbates colonic inflammation in mouse models and may offer insight into the systemic autoimmune response seen in rheumatoid arthritis,’ says Randy S. Longman, MD, PhD, a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Littman’s laboratory and a gastroenterologist at Weill-Cornell, and an author on the new study. Exactly how this expansion relates to disease remains unclear even in animal models, he says.”

Arne_Duncan-Spinnin_FearLast Week in Gun Control Psyops … More Fear (w/videos) – by Melissa Dykes, ActivistPost.com – “Last week was an insane welcome to President Obama’s new gun control executive actions. To put it in perspective, let’s take a look at the week’s events which helped transition it… The Week Before: On December 31st, outgoing Education Secretary Arne Duncan gave his last speech at St. Sabina’s in Chicago. He tearfully spoke of guns killing children throughout his tenure. In fact, the majority of his speech was about gun violence, not education (watch THIS). In his talk, he mirrored Obama’s frustration at the lack of meaningful gun control measures and reaffirmed that Obama has vowed to do everything he can in his remaining year as president to further this effort. Just as Obama has repeatedly done, Duncan praised Australia’s strict gun control policies, which many have called out as coming after the nation suffered a gun control false flag, as a “gift” to its nation’s youth.

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Navy_Boat-Persian_Gulf10 U.S. Navy Sailors Held by Iranian Military – Signs of a Neocon Political Stunt – by 21Wire, 21stCenturyWire.com – “WAR INC: CNN’s Wolf Blitzer wasted no time in ramping-up talk of military tension with Israeli-financed neocon Senator Tom Cotton… That said, could GOP and Israel-aligned members of the Pentagon or intelligence establishment have helped to engineer today’s bizarre ‘mini-crisis’ in order to help weaken U.S.-Iran relations, and by extension, Obama’s controversial Iranian Nuclear Deal?.. This looks likely to be the case, as evidenced by the quick appearance of the Israel Lobby-sponsored, pro-war U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R), placed by CNN to direct aggressive U.S. military talking points live on air as the story broke today. Cotton … immediately called the event “hostile” and blamed Iran for the U.S. boat drifting into Iranian waters, and then blamed the ‘crisis’ on President Obama, who he claims, ‘has emboldened the Iranian aggression.’.. Cotton then goes on to tell a giant lie, on which his media handler, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, does not even blink, much less challenge Cotton’s imaginary statement: ‘The Iranians, who are largely responsible for killing our (American) soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.’ ” (Note: Wolf probably doesn’t know better)

Obamacare-Ask-yer-doctorThis is why you’re still broke: Obamacare alone is sucking away 10% of Americans’ incomes – by J. D. Heyes, NaturalNews.com – “Urban Institute Study: ‘Together with new insurance regulations and a requirement for many to enroll in coverage or pay a penalty, these affordability provisions were intended to substantially reduce the number of uninsured. In recent months, however, an increasing number of voices have drawn attention to high deductibles and out-of-pocket costs and the affordability of marketplace insurance in general. While the ‘right’ or ‘just’ level of health care financial burdens is inherently subjective, financial burdens that are high relative to income can lower enrollment levels and compromise the ability of the ACA to reach its goals.’.. As further explained by CNBC, which cited the study, Obamacare customers are paying up to 10 percent of their already meager incomes for coverage – and for a measure that the president and his sycophantic supporters repeatedly promised would reduce annual out-of-pocket health coverage expenses (“an average of $2,500 per year”): ‘One in 10 Obamacare customers who earn between just two and five times the federal poverty level will have coverage costs that exceed 21 percent of their incomes, an analysis by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute found.’ ”

Putin: ‘A Generation of Doing Everything Wrong’ – by Stephen Lendman, 21stCenturyWire.com – “US-dominated NATO’s eastern expansion created today’s dangerous conditions – a hostile West challenging Russia irresponsibly, risking direct confrontation. Political will for a world at peace doesn’t exist in the West. America’s rage for dominance prevents it, using NATO as a dagger targeting Russia’s heartland… In the last generation, ‘when the second center of gravity in the world disappeared,’ Washington intended to “reign” supreme – with ‘absolutely no desire to turn either to international law or to the United Nations Charter,’ Putin explained… ‘Wherever they became an obstacle, the UN was immediately declared outdated’ – international law null and void. Washington rules alone apply… Putin categorically rejects the notion of Russia sacrificing its sovereignty to US dominance: ‘If someone is not happy with our stance, they could find a better option than declaring us an enemy every time.’.. ‘Would not it be better to listen to us, to critically reflect on what we say, to agree to something and to look for a common solution?’ ”

Michael_Snyder20th Largest Bank In The World: 2016 Will Be A ‘Cataclysmic Year’ And ‘Investors Should Be Afraid’ – by Michael Snyder, TheEconomicCollapseBlog.com – “The Royal Bank of Scotland is telling clients that 2016 is going to be a “cataclysmic year” and that they should “sell everything”.  This sounds like something that you might hear from The Economic Collapse Blog, but up until just recently you would have never expected to get this kind of message from one of the twenty largest banks on the entire planet.  Unfortunately, this is just another indication that a major global financial crisis has begun and that we are now entering a bear market.  The collective market value of companies listed on the S&P 500 has dropped by about a trillion dollars since the start of 2016, and panic is spreading like wildfire all over the globe.  And of course when the Royal Bank of Scotland comes out and openly says that “investors should be afraid” that certainly is not going to help matters.

Obama’s Last SOTU: Unabashed Hypocrisy on Parade – Deconstructing Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address – by Bruce Tanner, BeRealTruth.wordpress.com – “Master confusifier, Ericksonian hypnotist, psychopathic narcissist, and man-of-enigmatic-past Barack Hussein Obama showed up before the assembled Congress to hit his mark and perform the ritual of spinning comforting fictions and confusion about what’s going on with “America.” This speech is embedded with a mass of odd and contradictory suggestions that fly past before anyone can possibly process them… Obama is like a kiddy pool, shallow even at the deep end, but up on the podium he’s primed to deliver to us the deep feelings that assure us that we’re still human, and share the values of the fake man. Yes, I did listen to it, and this edit is my brave attempt to deal with the cognitive dissonance… A nauseated look at Mr. Obama’s last State of the Union address (as prepared for delivery, from Whitehouse.gov) – text being commented on is in Bold Red, my comments are bold and in (parentheses)…”

obama-I-kill-youObama’s SOTU: A Study in National Denial – by Deena Stryker, OpEdNews.com – “In addition to aligning its ducks in the Pacific to counter China, it is crucial to the future of the US that Europe sign on to the TTIP, notwithstanding the new regional trade entities that Russia and China are creating across the Eurasian continent… Never completely identifying with Europe, while renegotiating its EU status, Britain has signaled its interest in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Should the EU, instead of joining the TTP, follow suit, adding its 18% of global GDP to China’s 10, Russia’s 1.8, India’s 2, Brazil’s 2.3, South Africa’s 350 (these latter part of the BRICS, the main upstart group organized around Russia and China) the result would be 32% versus 28% for the US-sponsored Pacific rim… While France still claims all other cultures draw their creativity from her unique example, the US has emphasized its economic and military power. However, its 900 plus bases worldwide can only be maintained if purse-strings permit. In a chicken and egg scenario, the US must appear not as the fairest of them all but as having the deepest pockets. As that becomes ever more difficult to pull off, it can only cry in the wilderness that “there is no alternative” to American leadership, painting its designated rival as isolated.

Will Mind Control Technology Be Applied to the Oregon Patriots? Confidential Source Says Yes – by Dave Hodges, TheCommonSenseShow.com – “Mr. Hodges, I work with a consortium of engineers and we have “accidentally” discovered an anomalous band of electronic frequency which is out of the ordinary and the location is near the Burns, Oregon, stand-off event in which a group of ranchers are protesting the taking over of their land by the BLM… I am not at liberty to discuss the delivery mechanism because it could lead to some of my colleagues. My colleagues have complained that they are no longer in charge of their own experiments and the nature and tone of the experiments is such that we all believe that a widespread application of what you have labeled “mind control” is about to be unleashed on the world, not just the United States.”

Journalism-Not_a_Crime800 Turkish journalists sacked, 160 nabbed last year: Opposition – from PressTV.ir – “The Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy head, Sezgin Tanrıkulu, said on Monday that last year 774 Turkish journalists were sacked, 156 others were detained, and court cases were opened against 238 member of the press… Recalling Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Sunday message on respect for press freedom, Tanrıkulu said the message should be embraced by everybody, adding, however, that the current situation in Turkey resembles one in which democracy is “bankrupt.”.. There has been growing concern about deteriorating press freedom in Turkey and, in particular, over the number of journalists facing legal proceedings on accusations of insulting or criticizing top officials.”

US spending billions of dollars on Afghan ‘ghost soldiers’ – from PressTV.ir – “One reason the Afghan National Army is struggling against Taliban is because nearly 40 percent of its force is constituted on “ghost soldiers,” The Associated Press reported: ‘At checkpoints where 20 soldiers should be present, there are only eight or 10,’ Karim Atal, the head of the provincial council in Helmand, told AP… ‘It’s because some people are getting paid a salary but not doing the job because they are related to someone important, like a local warlord,’ he added… In Helmand province, the Taliban has captured large areas of land since the US-led NATO forces handed over control to Afghan troops a year ago… Atal said, in some cases, dead soldiers and policemen remain listed among active force, while senior Afghan officials receive their salaries.”

Towards the collapse of Saudi Arabia – While the Saud family enjoys the last few moments of its dictatorship, the decapitation of the leader of the opposition, Nimr al-Nimr, deprives half of the Saudi population of all hope. For Thierry Meyssan, the fall of the kingdom has become inevitable. It will probably be accompanied by a long period of extreme violence. – by Thierry Meyssan, Voltairenet.org – “In one year, the new king of Saudi Arabia, Salman, 25th son of the founder of the dynasty, has managed to consolidate his personal authority to the detriment of other branches of his family, including the clan of Prince Bandar ben Sultan and that of the old King Abdallah. However, we don’t know what Washington has promised the losers in order to dissuade them from making attempts to regain their lost power. In any case, certain anonymous letters published in the British Press lead us to believe that they have not abandoned their ambitions.”

MADAYA: Letter of Complaint to Canadian Broadcast Ombudsman – by Vanessa Beeley, 21stCenturyWire.com – “Specifically, I was very upset to hear The Current’s Jan 8th report with Lyse Doucet on the situation in Madaya, Syria that gave a completely distorted and misinformed picture of the siege of this town (and several others that are getting zero news coverage)… The presenter relied on only one source, a citizen journalist named Rami Jarrah who works for the George Soros funded ANA Press, and is a self-avowed advocate and spokesperson for the terrorist factions, disingenuously called “the opposition” by uncritical media, that has the town of Madaya and several others in the West and North of Syria under militant siege. It is these Islamist militants–Ahrar al Sham and al Qaeda– that seized the food aid delivered by the ICRC last October–meant to last for 2 months–and is keeping the towns people on starvation rations, stockpiling the food then trying to sell it to the towns people for obscene prices.”

Kafarya & Foua: The Horror that is ignored by UN, NATO and Western Media – Video 2min:45 – The towns forgotten by the UN for 4 years! – from TheWallWillFall.wordpress.com

Protect_BabiesNew WiFi Tracking System Counts People – Even Without a Connected Device – by Kevin Samson, ActivistPost.com – “Researchers continue to pursue invisible, pervasive ways to track human beings. Below is a chronicle of how WiFi signals are being used in creative new ways to ensure that whether or not you have opted out of the latest gadgetry, you still will be caught in an ever-widening net of the latest surveillance tech… A little more than two years ago, the first enhancement of Wi-Fi was labeled WiTrack. It marked an improvement over a discovery by MIT researchers a few months previous that they had called Wi-Vi. At the time, researchers were able to use dual signals to detect the general location of moving objects behind walls, but not an exact image… WiTrack uses radio signals to pinpoint a person’s location more accurately. An MIT press release explained the significant difference between Wi-Vi and WiTrack…”

How WiFi Will Be Used to Erase Civil Liberties – by Kevin Samson, ActivistPost.com – “Recent announcements in the UK and in New York City have shown that governments are working with private corporations to blanket entire cities with WiFi connectivity. Naturally they are appealing to people’s love of technology for entertainment and business to push this agenda forward… However, beneath the surface is the development of tracking technologies that specifically use WiFi as a pervasive method of surveilling every single person who is in range – in some cases regardless of even having a connected device… Well, sure enough, once the technology already has been committed to a full roll-out, here come the announcements about other uses that put everyone in the crosshairs … of course now in the name of stopping crime and terrorism.”

Haiti-Grey_Leaf_Spot-MilletHaiti Blasted Once Again: Earthquake, Famine, Pestilence and Greed – by Dady Chery, NewsJunkiePost.com – “Something quite sinister has been developing in Haiti while the popular attention has been on the debacle of the country’s failed elections. On December 22, 2015, the city of Petit-Goâve’s Coordinator of the Association of Growers for Agricultural Development, Yves Placide, reported that a disease was ravaging the area’s millet plantations. Mr. Placide sent an SOS about the epidemic and asked Haiti’s Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development (MARNDR) to dispatch scientists to the plantations to identify and control the disease. Petit-Goâve is in Haiti’s southern peninsula and formally in the country’s West Department… Within two weeks, vast plantations of millet had been ravaged in Haiti’s Center Department, quite far from Petit-Goâve and near to the Dominican Republic… According to farmer-agronomist Beaudler Louis, of MARNDR, “the millet leaves dried up, and their clusters were invaded by insects.” The agronomist said that he did not manage to save even a bunch of millet from his plantation of several hectares because the destruction happened in a “split second.” ”

Drone-SkylineDrone Laws to Require Owners To Buy Insurance, Get License Plates – Constant GPS Tracking – by John Vibes, ActivistPost.com – “Assemblyman Mike Gatto Southern of California lawmaker introduced legislation this week that would require owners of drones to get insurance and license plates, similar to the requirements for motor vehicles. The bill is called the Drone Registration/Omnibus Negligence-prevention Enactment (DRONE) Act of 2016 and would tighten the restrictions on personal drones even further than they have been already… ‘If cars have license plates and insurance, drones should have the equivalent, so they can be properly identified, and owners can be held financially responsible, whenever injuries, interference, or property damage occurs,’ Gatto told CBS... The bill has technical requirements as well and would require all personal drones to be tracked by GPS and an automatic shut off to prevent them from crossing paths with airplanes.”

Oregon Fire Chief Catches FBI Agents Posing as Militia – Quits His Job in Protest – by John Vibes, ActivistPost.com – “During an impromptu press conference, Briels explained how he was so disrespected in his encounter with Grasty and was so disgusted with the situation in general, that he no longer wants to work for a government that he does not believe in. Briels added that he would still be helping people in the community with fire prevention and other issues that he has helped with in the past, but he will just no longer be doing it as a government employee. Briels went on to describe how he exposed undercover FBI agents who had come to town and were creating problems amongst the locals… When announcing his resignation, Briels described his encounter with the judge: ‘I’ve been told by Steve to distance myself from this committee of public safety. I’ve been told that we don’t know what we’re doing. I’ve been told that my life is in danger. I’ve been told all kinds of things. I will not be told what to do. I have my own mind, and I will use my own mind, not somebody else’s,’ Briels said.”

New_Years_violence-CologneGerman Cop Breaks Ranks: We Are BANNED From Detaining Migrants – by Oliver Lane, Breitbart.com – “In a brief interview with German mainstream-tabloid Bild, an anonymised member of the state-wide Federal police identified only as 22 year old ‘Bernd’ reveals the extraordinary nature of police work in modern Europe. Deployed to Passau, a small city in south-east Germany on the Austrian border where thousands of migrants come by train and road every month Bernd revealed ’95 percent of refugees are single men’… The officer told the paper the public do not get an accurate idea of what is really happening in the migrant crime wave, because events are mis-reported by police to prevent outrage. He said: ‘should an asylum seeker cut another’s throat. In the report we would state it was grievous bodily harm rather than attempted murder. It looks better in the statistics’.”

‘Biggest refugee inflow still ahead’: 10mn could come to Europe – German minister – from RT.com – “The recent migrant influx to Europe is just a prologue to what could be in store in the coming years, as the number of new arrivals could amount to 8-10 million people, Germany’s economics minister, Gerd Muller, has warned… So far, Europe has witnessed only the beginning of the refugee and migrant tide, as ‘only 10 percent of refugee wave coming from Syria and Iraq have reached’ Europe, with even more people expected to arrive from Africa, Muller said in an interview to Germany’s Bild am Sonntag… ‘The biggest refugee inflow is still ahead: African population will double in the next decades with the population of… Egypt reaching 100 million and Nigeria’s population reaching 400 million,’ Muller told the Sunday newspaper… The minister also insisted that the process of refugee inflow is largely irreversible as ‘in our digital era, with internet and mobile phones, everyone is well aware about our [European] wealth and lifestyle,’ adding that the world needs ‘an absolutely new pattern of international cooperation.’ ”

Turkish police arrest pro-Kurdish opposition politicians in raid on HDP party HQ – from RT.com – “Turkish police have raided an Istanbul office of the pro-Kurdish opposition party HDP and arbitrarily detained several senior officials, party officials said. The arrests come as President Erdogan called for legal action against the party’s members… Five members of the left-wing pro-minority Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) were detained in a police raid on one of its offices in Istanbul, according to party representatives. Special forces reportedly took part in the raid… Among those arrested was HDP Beyoglu branch Co-chair Rukiye Demir , Today Zaman reported. Party officials said no reason was given for the arrests… State-run Anadolu Agency reported that the raid was part of a crackdown on urban networks of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) group’s youth wing. PKK is outlawed by Ankara which considers it a terrorist organization.”

The Chart That Explains Everything – by Mike Whitney – Counterpunch.org – “Keep in mind, the Fed never could have carried off this massive looting operation without the help of both the Congress and the president. This simple fact seems to escape even the most vehement critic of the Fed, that is, that the Fed needed policymakers to strangle the economy while it implemented its plan or it would have had to abandon its reflation strategy… Why?? – Well, because if the economy was allowed to rebound, then higher employment would push up wages and raw material costs which in turn would boost inflation. Higher inflation would force the Fed to raise short-term interest rates which would put the kibosh on the cheap money Wall Street needed to buy-back its own shares or engage in other risky speculation. So the real economy had to be sacrificed for Wall Street. Hence, “austerity”.”

ISIS-False_FlagSunnistan: US and Allied ‘Safe Zone’ Plan to Grab Territorial Booty in Northern Syria – by Patrick Henningsen, 21stCenturyWire.com – “When you hear US officials like John McCain or clueless Republican presidential candidates like Marco Rubio or Carly Fiorina, all crowing for a “Safe Zone” in northern Syria, this is what they are referring to (see map above). Their ‘safe zone’ just so happens to be in the exact same area where ISIS is currently holding court. It’s a ‘safe zone’ alright, but not for refugees and “Syrians fleeing the evil Bashar al Assad” – rather, the ‘safe zone’ will be for an array of ‘rebel’ and terrorist fighters, part of a defacto Sunni state-lette in waiting… So the US-led Coalition’s ‘safe zone’ is the very Caliphate that Americans are decrying… For anyone requiring proof that such a grand chessboard is in play in Syria, they need look no further than a set of US airstrikes that took place before Christmas. On December 6, 2015,  US fighter bombers struck a Syrian military base located in the village of Ayyash in Deir Ezzor Province, east of Raqqa, which killed 3 Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers and wounded additional others. Naturally, the Pentagon swiftly denied that any such attack took place. What happened after this incident was extremely telling, as explained by global affairs analyst Mike Whitney from Counterpunch Magazine…”

In 1967, the CIA Created the Label Conspiracy Theorists – from WakingTimes.com – “Specifically, in April 1967, the CIA wrote a dispatch which coined the term “conspiracy theories” … and recommended methods for discrediting such theories.  The dispatch was marked “psych” –  short for “psychological operations” or disinformation –  and “CS” for the CIA’s “Clandestine Services” unit… The dispatch was produced in responses to a Freedom of Information Act request by the New York Times in 1976.”

The US Government Has an Internet Killswitch — and It’s None of Your Business – by Derrick Broze, ActivistPost.com – “On Monday the Supreme Court declined to hear a petition from the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) that sought to force the Department of Homeland Security to release details of a secret “killswitch” protocol to shut down cellphone and Internet service during emergencies… EPIC has been fighting since 2011 to release the details of the program, which is known as Standard Operating Procedure 303. EPIC writes, ‘On March 9, 2006, the National Communications System (‘NCS’) approved SOP 303, however it was never released to the public. This secret document codifies a “shutdown and restoration process for use by commercial and private wireless networks during national crisis.” ‘ ”

10 Prominent Scientists Refuting AGW (Manmade Global Warming) with Solid Research – by Makia Freeman, FreedomArticles-ToolsForFreedom.com – “Below is a small sampling of well-known and respected scientists who explain why manmade global warming is a fallacy with a very political agenda – to bring in the One World Government. Even mainstream politicians acknowledge it; for example, Maurice Newman, chairman of former Australian PM Tony Abbott’s business advisory council, stated that “The real agenda is concentrated political authority. Global warming is the hook [to create] a New World Order.” AGW is about controlling you, not the climate. Climate has been the master excuse for decades now, ever since the idea was hatched and exposed in documents like Report from Iron Mountain in 1966, The Club of Rome’s The First Global Revolution? in 1991, and by the Rothschilds and Rockefellers at the 4th World Wilderness Congress in 1987.”

Lowest Ever: The Baltic Dry Index Plunges To 394 As Global Trade Grinds To A Standstill – by Michael Snyder, ActivistPost.com – “The BDI is one of the key indicators that experts look at when they are trying to determine where the global economy is heading.  And right now, it is telling us that we are heading into a major worldwide economic downturn… Some people try to dismiss the recent drop in the Baltic Dry Index by claiming that shipping rates are down because there is simply too much capacity out there these days.  And I don’t dispute that.  Without a doubt, too many vessels were built during the “boom years”, and now shipbuilders are paying the price.  For example, Chinese shipyards reported a 59 percent decline in orders during the first 11 months of 2015… But that doesn’t explain everything.  The truth is that exports are way down all over the world.  China, the United States, South Korea and many other major exporting nations have all been reporting extremely dismal export numbers.  Global trade is contracting quite rapidly, and I don’t see how anyone could possibly dispute that.”

Who Owns the Federal Reserve Bank—and Why is It Shrouded in Myths and Mysteries? – by Prof. Ismael Hossein-Zadeh, GlobalResearch.ca – “And herein lies ANOTHER MYTH that is created around the Fed: that it is an independent, purely technocratic or disinterested policy-making entity that is solely devoted to national interests, free of all external influences. Indeed, a section or chapter in every college or high school textbook on macroeconomics, money and banking or finance is devoted to the “advantages” of the “independence” of private central banks to determine the “proper” level of money supply, of inflation or of the volume of credit that an economy may need—always equating independence from elected authorities and citizens with independence in general. In reality, however, central bank independence means independence from the people and the elected bodies of government—not from the powerful financial interests.”

FISCAL INSANITY: US government spends billions convincing Americans to support more government spending – by J. D. Heyes, NaturalNews.com – ” ‘Taxpayers might be surprised to know that the federal government is the second-largest public relations firm in the world,’ OpenTheBooks.com founder and report author Adam Andrzejewski noted. ‘Our nation’s 3,092 federal public affairs officers have perfected the art of advancing an agency’s interests – often for more dollars and higher salaries – ahead of the public interest.’.. The report contains a plethora of examples cited from government financial reports for the period of 2007–2014. As Hayward wrote, ‘If civics classes ever get around to teaching the vitally important lesson that government itself is the biggest, baddest ‘special interest’ in America, Andrzejewski’s work can serve as one of their textbooks.’ ”

ISIS IP Addresses Traced Back To Saudi Arabia and UK Governments – by Brandon Turbeville, ActivistPost.com – “According to a report by the UK Mirror, a group of four hackers known as VandaSec hacked the ISIS accounts and linked them back to the Department of Work and Pensions in the UK. Indeed, according to the hackers, the accounts are being run from Internet addresses that can be traced back to the DWP… The Mirror reports that VandaSec showed them the IP addresses used by a group of three separate jihadists (digital ones at least) to access their Twitter accounts. What appeared at first to suggest that the IP addresses were based in Saudi Arabia soon revealed that the addresses linked back to the DWP in the UK… The Mirror then claims to have traced the IP addresses shown to them by VandaSec and allegedly found that the addresses pointed to ‘a series of unpublicized transactions between Britain and Saudi Arabia.’ ”

 

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Makarim_WibisonoUN human rights envoy to Palestinian Territories resigns over Israeli ‘denial of access’ – from RT.com – “Indonesian diplomat Makarim Wibisono said during his resignation that, ‘unfortunately, my efforts to help improve the lives of Palestinian victims of violations under the Israeli occupation have been frustrated every step of the way.’.. Wibisono said his applications for access both written and oral were repeatedly rejected. ‘With no reply from Israel to my latest request, in October 2015, to have access by the end of 2015, it is with deep regret that I accept the premise upon which I took up the mandate, which is to have direct access to the victims in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, will not be fulfilled,’ he said… In contrast Wibisono praised his relationship with the Palestinian government saying they cooperated fully with him and called for Israel to cooperate in future for the sake of their own human rights credibility.”

Crimeans vote to give up electricity contract with Ukraine even if it means more power cut-offs – from RT.com – “Over 93 percent of respondents voted against signing a new electricity supply contract with Ukraine in the poll conducted by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) as the current contract expired. The results were announced by the center’s head, Valery Fyodorov, on Friday… The wording of the contract suggested by Kiev, which describes the peninsula as part of Ukraine, was the apparent reason for the negative vote. Crimea voted to withdraw from Ukraine in March 2014… In addition, 94 percent said they were ready to put up with minor disruptions in electricity while Russia is working to provide 100 percent power supply to Crimea in the following months. Before the secession and power cuts that followed, Ukraine had supplied almost three quarters of Crimea’s electricity.”

Paul-Craig-RobertsThe Rule Of Law No Longer Exists In Western Civilization – by Paul Craig Roberts, PaulCraigRoberts.org – “Bundy and militiamen, whose count varies from 15 to 150 in the presstitute media, have seized an Oregon office of the BLM as American liberty’s protest against the frame-up of the Hammonds on false charges. As I write the Oregon National Guard and FBI are on the way… The fact that the shield of law no longer exists for American citizens is why, according to US Department of Justice statistics, only 4 percent of federal felonies ever go to trial. Almost the entirety of federal felonies are settled by coerced plea bargains that force defendants to admit to crimes that they did not commit in order to avoid “expanded indictments” that, if presented to the typical stupid, trusting, gullible American “jury of their peers,” would lock them away for hundreds of years… American justice is a joke. It does not exist. You can see this in the American prison population. “Freedom and Democracy” America not only has the largest percentage of its population in prison than any country on the planet, but also the largest number of prisoners.” (emph. added)

Top Doctors Reveal Vaccines Turn Our Immune System Against Us – by Celeste McGovern, WakingTimes.com – “But something strange is happening in the world of immunology lately and a small evidence of it is that the Godfather of Autoimmunology is pointing to vaccines – specifically, some of their ingredients including the toxic metal aluminum – as a significant contributor to the growing global epidemic of autoimmune diseases. The bigger evidence is a huge body of research that’s poured in in the past 15 years, and particularly in the past five years. Take for example, a recent article published in the journal Pharmacological Research in which Shoenfeld and colleagues issue unprecedented guidelines naming four categories of people who are most at risk for vaccine-induced autoimmunity… “On one hand,” vaccines prevent infections which can trigger autoimmunity, say the paper’s authors, Alessandra Soriano, of the Department of Clinical Medicine and Rheumatology at the Campus Bio-Medico University in Rome, Gideon Nesher, of the Hebrew University Medical School in Jerusalem and Shoenfeld, founder and head of the Zabludowicz Center of Autoimmune Diseases in the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer. He is also editor of three medical journals and author of more than 1,500 research papers across the spectrum of medical journalism and founder of the International Congress on Autoimmunology. “On the other hand, many reports that describe post-vaccination autoimmunity strongly suggest that vaccines can indeed trigger autoimmunity.”

Bezalel_SmotrichIsraeli official calls for occupying Damascus – from MiddleEastMonitor.com – “During a TV show on the Israel’s Channel 2, Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset Bezalel Smotrich said that Israeli borders are beyond the current borders and Jerusalem’s borders reach Damascus based on the Torah… Smotrich, member of the extremist Israeli party Jewish Home, suggested that Israel temporarily accept the current borders, which include the Golan Heights and the occupied West Bank, stressing that it has to work to achieve what was dictated by the Torah.”

FBI preparing for Waco-style armed raid in Oregon… local schools taken over by feds as staging areas for weapons stockpiling in preparation for massive assault – by Mike Adams, NaturalNews.com – “The federal government is staging military-style weapons, tactical equipment and long-range observation gear inside at least one school, Natural News has learned, apparently contradicting the FBI’s publicized claim that it seeks a “peaceful resolution” to the standoff. The kind of equipment being staged by federal officials is inconsistent with any “peaceful resolution” and looks intended to bring the standoff to a sudden and violent end with bloodshed caused by an armed government carrying out the mass slaughter of private citizens and protesters… Most likely this equipment includes night operations gear such as PVS-27 light magnification optics that can be attached to existing rifle optics with requiring a re-zero, enabling federal officials to conduct night-time sniper fire on targets inside the compound.” – Note: the fog of war, things likely to change fast.

Black_Block-agents_provocateursPolice agent-provocateurs exposed at Montreal anti-austerity demonstration – by Carl Bronski, RINF.com – “Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and Quebec Public Security Minister Pierre Moreau have refused all comment on the police’s actions at the December 18 demonstration. Their silence implies support—support for the police practice of infiltrating demonstrations and inciting violence and for the intimidation of protesters with a lethal weapon… This is not the first time that the police have used agent-provocateurs to justify the adoption of repressive measures aimed at limiting, if not abolishing for all practical purposes, the democratic right to demonstrate in opposition to government policy… In documents released in 2011 as part of a plea deal between 17 social activists and Crown attorneys, it was revealed that 12 undercover police agents either spied on or infiltrated protest groups who were planning to participate in demonstrations against world leaders at the June 2010 G-20 summit meeting in Toronto. At least two of these undercover officers played central roles in organizing protest activities of various anarchist collectives. This included helping to identify targets to be vandalized in downtown Toronto.”

Erdogan-AngryANOTHER NATO SCAM: West Largely Silent About Erdogan’s War on Kurds – by Stephen Lendman, 21stCenturyWire.com – “Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) members are marked for elimination. Earlier attempts for peace collapsed in July. Open warfare followed – Ankara using tanks, artillery, warplanes, attack helicopters and thousands of combat troops in heavily populated areas. Civilians suffer most… Cities and towns affected are trapped under virtual siege – without food, electricity, medical supplies and other essentials. Erdogan vowed to eliminate PKK members, freedom fighters wanting local autonomy or independence in Turkey’s southeast, wrongfully designated terrorists… Erdogan minced no words saying: ‘You will be annihilated in (your) houses, (your) buildings, (your) ditches which you have dug. Our security forces will continue this fight until it has been completely cleansed.’.. – no matter the cost in human lives and suffering.”

Turkey needs Israel, Erdogan says – from PressTV.ir – ” ‘Israel is in need of a country like Turkey in the region. And we too must accept that we need Israel. This is a reality in the region,’ the Turkish president said on Saturday… Erdogan added that normalization of ties between Turkey and Israel would take place ‘if mutual steps are implemented based on sincerity.’.. On December 26, the Turkish daily, Today’s Zaman, citing unnamed sources, said Ankara was looking forward to purchasing military hardware such as advanced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and reconnaissance and surveillance systems from Tel Aviv, hinting at the possible resumption of military ties between the two sides.”

BOMBSHELL: Leading climate scientist admits geoengineering ‘experiment’ is going on right now – by Ethan A. Huff, NaturalNews.com – “However, in a follow-up question posed by Dr. Colin Pritchard from the University of Edinburgh, Prof. Lenton offered even more along the lines of admission that such weather modification programs are not just proposed concepts for the future, but actual activity taking place today… When pressed about his thoughts on the dangers inherent to “enormous global-scale uncontrolled experiment[s]” using geoengineering, Prof. Lenton responded: ‘I think we have to be nuanced on specific proposals, specific technologies. But I think we can perhaps all agree that certainly none of us want to continue the current uncontrolled experiment.’.. In other words, governments and whomever else are involved in geoengineering efforts are currently engaged in a large-scale, uncontrolled experiment, according to this admission by Prof. Lenton. And like many of the rest of us, he wants to see this experiment halted in favor of sound scientific proposals.”

Henriette_RekerPro-Refugee Mayor Defends Migrants After Mass Sexual Assault of German Women – Official claims rape crisis has nothing to do with refugee program – by Paul Joseph Watson, PrisonPlanet.com – “Dozens of women in Cologne and others in Hamburg and Stuttgart were groped and molested on the evening of December 31 during a wave of attacks that have shocked the country and led to protests… After mobs hurled fireworks at people to provide a distraction, groups of aggressive, intoxicated young men surrounded young women, with one eyewitness telling of how the culprits targeted his partner and 15-year-old daughter. ‘The attackers grabbed her and my partner’s breasts and groped them between their legs,’ he said… ‘They were trying to hug us, kiss us. One man stole my friend’s bag,’ another woman told the BBC, adding that the men tried to force her and her friend into a “private taxi” and that they felt their lives were threatened… Reker’s attempt to absolve migrants of blame is completely disingenuous.For a start, many of the migrants flooding into Germany are from North Africa and secondly video footage clearly backs up eyewitness reports that many of the men in the immediate area where the assaults took place were of Arab appearance… Despite the fact that a police officer told the Express news website that the perpetrators, “were all asylum seekers, carrying copies of their residence certificates,” mainstream news outlets like the BBC reported that “there was no official confirmation that asylum seekers had been involved in the violence.”

Your DOCTOR is now your DICTATOR: Obama gives doctors power to declare you ‘mentally ill’ and take away your guns – by Mike Adams, NaturalNews.com – “Through the power of unconstitutional executive orders, Obama has just granted doctors the power to place you on the FBI’s “no buy” list for firearms merely for having the opinion that you’re “mentally ill.”.. Yep, there’s no scientific test, no hard evidence and no chance to defend yourself… doctors can now simply DECIDE that you’re mentally ill and have all your guns taken away… This power, remember, is being given to a class of corrupt professionals who are almost universally on the take from Big Pharma, receiving routine bribes and drug peddling influence that encourages them to drug everybody with psychiatric drugs that drive people insane… Even worse, many doctors already believe that anyone who owns a gun is insane to begin with, and there’s the catch-22: If you want to own a gun, you must be insane and therefore should be denied the right to own a gun.” (emph. added)

Sleeping_RoughU.S. Laws Criminalizing Sleeping in Public Have Grown as Much as 60 Percent in Just a Few Years – The problem is, the growing number of homeless in this country — more than 600,000 on any given night — often have nowhere else to go – by Alexander Zaitchik, Alternet.org – “Visible homelessness continues to rise while downtown areas undergo revitalization efforts. Neighborhoods that have been blighted and ignored — where homelessness was high — are now seen as “back for business” with regard to home values. So the stakeholders are turning to local governments for a law enforcement response to the visible presence of homeless people in public places… We’re seeing laws that directly target sleep in cities that have been [more tolerant] in the past, places like D.C., Chicago, Baltimore. Now that encampments have been growing, with affordable housing crisis and burdening on shelter system, these cities are cracking down under the guise of protecting public health and safety. But they rarely provide evidence.”

Is the Oregon Militia Standoff Another Psyop? (w/video 4min:46) – by Melissa Dykes, ActivistPost.com – “My gut says yes, but I’m asking your opinion here… You know I’m all for the Constitution and preserving and protecting people’s rights from a tyrannical government, but there’s a right way to do things and a wrong way — and everything about this seems like the wrong way. At best, this was just a hasty, ill-advised, totally disorganized idea that went too far… but at worst, we have a provocateured psyop that’s a big fat well-timed win-win for demonizing patriot militias and Constitutionalists as domestic terrorists, further fueling the race war divide and conquer agenda, and garnering support for more gun control the same week Obama just so happens to be announcing more gun control executive orders.”

China’s Stock Traders Go Home After 29 Minutes: Chart – from Bloomberg.com – “China’s stock exchanges closed at 9:59 a.m. local time, just 29 minutes after markets opened, as the CSI 300 Index fell more than 7 percent. Trading was halted for half that time after a 5 percent drop triggered an earlier suspension. China’s markets are normally open from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a 90 minute break in the middle… ‘All of us are talking about getting off work early today and we are happy,’ Dongxing Securities Co. analyst Hou Yi said in Beijing. ‘This is the shortest trading day.’ ”

Is Psychotherapy About to Eliminate Natural Health Solutions and Medical Freedom in Ontario? – from HealthImpactNews.com – “Canada is ramping up efforts to push mandatory medicine using the education system and an ever-expanding immunization schedule. Yet in Ontario, the citizens are awake and staring at their politicians and regulatory colleges who have essentially implemented a modern Flexner Report 2.0 drug company takeover. Unelected members of Canadian health regulatory colleges are now moving to ban natural and holistic therapies and racing to implement safe harbor legislation for drug companies… Ontario’s 14th Controlled Act of Psychotherapy is about to deliver the death blow to the public’s medical freedom and medical choice. The amendment to Ontario’s laws has made treatments of human issues of thought, cognition, mood, emotional regulation, perception, and memory the newest ‘controlled act’ that only authorized individuals may engage in… It is important to note that legally in Canada, ‘psychotherapy’ encompasses practically all approaches to the treatment of human issues.”

Obama-WahThe White House and The Theatrics of ‘Gun Control’ – by 21Wire – 21stCenturyWire.com – “During President Barack Obama’s landmark New Year’s TV address on ‘gun control’ he grew visibly emotional when invoking Newtown, Connecticut, with bountiful tears arriving in good measure. While right-wing commentators were incensed, left-wing media pundits were understandably blown away by his performance, and commented on it like it was a performance. In media terms, it was a very weird moment, to say the least… Of course, no one would dare accuse the President of producing tears on demand, after all, that would be impossible to fake – unless of course you’re an extremely talented and trained actor – and who would believe that our President would have received that sort of special coaching which is reserved for professional TV and film actors. The thought of it is simply preposterous, right? After all, this President is surely not an actor…”

Electromagnetic Energy in the Air – by Ginny Silcox, ActivistPost.com – “By 1974, “voice to skull” communication (carried by microwaves) was available as an electronic harassment or communication method for United States Special Forces. This technology is based on modulating a microwave carrier signal with electronically superimposed, subliminal words. It seems apparent there is a potential for advertising devices to plant suggestions in your mind. After passing one of those annoying advertising monitors at the store, you may suddenly have a compulsion to buy new tires for the car-even though you hadn’t thought of it or planned to do so. This phenomenon is more than subliminal advertising, it’s called “entrainment.” It’s fairly common for entertainment media to contain subliminal entrainment signals that induce an almost hypnotic, zombie state by synchronizing with and slowly altering your brain waves. Your brain waves have a natural shape and rate, depending on what you’re doing. The lower frequency, slower waves are associated with sleep and meditation, while faster rhythms are associated with analytical thinking or intellectual effort. If you just got a new video game and find yourself calling in sick to work, failing to change clothes or bathe, and eating food delivered to your door for a couple of weeks, you are entrained, my friend.”

Hillary-How_much_truthAfter Clinton Email Leak Exposes Her War Crimes, Frmr US Attorney Predicts Indictment in 60 Days – by Claire Bernish, ActivistPost.com – “On the subject of the oft-debated gold, an email dated April 2, 2011, stated sensitive sources with ties to Gaddafi claimed the government possessed “143 tons of gold, and a similar amount in silver… ‘This gold was accumulated prior to the current rebellion and was intended to be used to establish a pan-African currency based on the Libyan golden Dinar. This plan was designed to provide the Francophone African Countries with an alternative to the French franc.’ And according to those sources, ‘French intelligence officers discovered this plan shortly after the current rebellion began, and this was one of the factors that influenced President Nicolas Sarkozy’s decision to commit France to the attack on Libya.’ Also listed as motive for Sarkozy’s involvement is a ‘desire to gain a greater share of Libya [sic] oil production.’ ”

Showdown in Oregon: How to – and How Not to Fight Tyranny – by Tony Cartalucci – “A handful of armed ranchers with a few boxes of supplies, who live within and are completely dependent on a system controlled by the very special interests they are standing up against, will do little to change the military, economic, political, and social factors that add up to the above-described global equation… The ranchers’ supply cache looks like it was picked up from one of America’s many mega-retailers, the literal consumerist feeding troughs that keep the American people perpetually in servile dependence, and the Fortune 500 deeply entrenched amid the unwarranted power and influence it has enjoyed for decades and is able to wield at home and abroad with virtual impunity… It is not unlike a group of American G.I.’s trying to fight the Germans during WW2, while buying German rations, from the Germans, all while leaving German supply lines completely intact. They would not only be preserving their enemy’s source of strength to fight, but paying into it. The harder they “fought” the more supplies they would need, and the stronger their enemy would become.”

US Ground Troops Deployed in Syria’s Aleppo – from en.FarsNews.com – ” ‘The US troops are presently in control of the Tishrin Dam,’ the Arabic service of Deutsche Welle news channel quoted Syria’s Local Coordinating Committees as saying on Friday… This is the first US deployment of ground forces in Syria after crisis started in the country in March 2011… The US deployment runs counter to President Obama’s repeated claims that his country would have “no boots on the ground” in Iraq and Syria… On November 25, the Syrian Local Coordinating Committees announced that the US officers and soldiers had entered the town of Kobani and on December 22 they set up an operations room with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the town of Mesrin in the Northern part of Aleppo province in a bid to take control of Tishrin Dam… On December 26, the SDF seized control of Tishrin Dam on the Euphrates river at the border of Raqqa and Aleppo provinces and almost a dozen villages in the nearby regions in Northern Aleppo province… Sources also said that US warplanes staged massive strikes on ISIL targets near the Dam.”

Web Research Links for the week of 12/28/15:

Note: These links are posted from the top down during each week. Newer links will be at the bottom. Previous links posts can be found under the “Current Quicklinx” button above. If you have a link you would like to share, please put it into a comment.

Homeless-Penn_Station_NYCStates of emergency in major US cities over homeless crisis – from PressTV.ir – “The cities of Portland, Oregon; Denver, Colorado; and Seattle, Washington as well as the entire state of Hawaii have become the latest to take drastic measures to fight the crisis… ‘We know that we have many individuals and families in Hawaii that are homeless, not only during the holiday season but year ’round,’ said Scott Morishige, the Hawaii governor’s coordinator on homelessness. ‘We’re committed to being able to respond to that need.’.. Los Angeles has yet to declare its own state of emergency, but campaigners describe its current condition as “the worst man-made disaster in the US.”.. The largest increase in homelessness was in Washington, DC, the nation’s capital, where the number of people experiencing homelessness rose by 28 percent and the number of homeless families went up by 60 percent.”

John_CarlinObama’s Four-Point Gun Confiscation Plan – by Dave Hodges, TheDailySheeple.com – “Then there is the X-factor: Does anyone else wonder why this administration is so determined to end the private ownership of guns when it has been clearly established that those areas who have the most stringent gun control (e.g. New York, Chicago, and Washington DC) also have the highest gun violence and homicide rates?.. What will this administration do once they have all of our guns? What are trying to accomplish?.. Washington (CNN) ‘Domestic terror groups pose a greater threat to America than ISIS or al Qaeda,’ a Justice Department official (i.e John Carlin) said Wednesday… To help combat them, the department has created a new counsel that will coordinate the investigation andprosecution of anti-government and hate groups”. (Editor’s note: It is legal to be anti-government in one’s speech and this attitude does not imply the subsequent use of violence)… Please take note of the use of the strategy often referred to as incrementalism. Carlin vilifies groups that most Americans do not approve of (e.g.  the KKK, overt practices of racism, acts of violence etc.). However, Carlin slips into his rhetoric that anyone that characterizes any person harboring any expressed anti-government views, as a domestic terrorist. This is a thinly veiled attempt to end all criticism of the government and government officials.” (emph. added)

Loretta_Lynch2International Program to “end Domestic Terrorism”Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Announces the Launch of the Strong Cities Network at the United Nations General Assembly – from Justice.gov – September 29, 2015 – Remarks as prepared for delivery – “It is clear that the challenge of building resilience against violent extremism – a challenge that spans vast oceans and borders while impacting our most tightly-knit cities and towns – requires a response that is both wide-ranging and highly focused.  National governments have a crucial role to play in ensuring the safety and security of the nations they serve – and here in the United States, it is our highest priority…By connecting municipal leaders, facilitating information-sharing and providing training and other assistance where appropriate, the Strong Cities Network will help to fashion a global response to a global issue, without losing sight of its inherently local roots.  It will offer city leaders a way to learn from one another about successful initiatives and productive programs… At this time, I would like to turn things over to Sasha Havlicek, the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue.” (emph. added – see below)

Sasha_HavlicekThe Institute for Strategic Dialogue – History – from StrategicDialogue.org – ” The Club of Three, established in the mid-1990s at the initiative of Lord Weidenfeld, brings together leading figures from business and politics… In 2006 the Club of Three embarked on a significant transition process with the establishment of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, created to serve as an umbrella-organisation that would implement the Club of Three and its various offshoots.” – from Lord Weidenfeld’s Bio: “Born in Vienna in 1919, Lord Weidenfeld left Austria for England in 1938. During World War II he worked with the BBC Overseas Service and in 1948 founded the publishing firm, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, with Nigel Nicolson.  In 1949 he became Political Advisor and Chef de Cabinet in Israel to President Weizmann, and spent a year in this capacity… In 1996 he founded, together with Lord Rothschild and Lord Alexander, the Club of Three (Britain-France-Germany), which later incorporated AMEURUS (America-Europe-Russia).  His Institute for Strategic Dialogue was created in 2006.” (emph. added)

Love Thy Enemy? US Plot to Evacuate Top Jihadis From Ramadi Uncovered – from SputnikNews.com – “An Iraqi volunteer forces commander has revealed US plans to evacuate Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) leaders from the central Iraqi city of Ramadi, according to the Iranian news agency FARS… The disclosure comes as the Iraqi army and popular troops are attempting to secure victory over the jihadist group in Ramadi… FARS quoted Imam Khamenei Battalion Commander Haidar al-Hosseini al-Ardavi as saying that ‘the delay in operations to liberate the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah in Anbar province has been the result of US interference.’ “

Euro_NotesJanuary 1, 2016: The New Bank Bail-In System Goes Into Effect In Europe – by Michael Snyder, ActivistPost.com – “If you have a bank account anywhere in Europe, you need to read this article.  On January 1st, 2016, a new bail-in system will go into effect for all European banks.  This new system is based on the Cyprus bank bail-ins that we witnessed a few years ago.  If you will remember, money was grabbed from anyone that had more than 100,000 euros in their bank accounts in order to bail out the banks.  Now the exact same principles that were used in Cyprus are going to apply to all of Europe.  And with the entire global financial system teetering on the brink of chaos, that is not good news for those that have large amounts of money stashed in shaky European banks… And as we have seen in the past, these rules can change overnight in the midst of a major crisis… So they may be promising that those with under 100,000 euros will be safe right now, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be true.”

How C. S. Lewis Predicted Today’s College Campus Craziness—in 1944 – by Tyler O’Neil, PJMedia.com – “Haidt and Lukianoff cite Harvard Law Professor Jeannie Suk, who wrote in The New Yorker about law students demanding their professors not even teach rape law — and in one weird case even to avoid using the word “violate” (as in “that violates the law”)… As Haidt and Lukianoff explain, ‘a claim that someone’s words are ‘offensive’ is not just an expression of one’s own subjective feelings of offendedness. It is, rather, a public charge that the speaker has done something objectively wrong.’.. The idea of “microaggressions” — small actions or word choices that seem to have no malicious intent but are thought of as a kind of violence nonetheless — twists the objective idea of being “offensive” into a subjective charge on behalf of someone claiming to be offended… The “vindictive protectiveness” on college campuses may trample on free speech or the pursuit of truth, but it does so in the name of conscience, which warns people not to harm others. This morality is not, strictly speaking, a new morality, but a twisted form of the original. It is not amoral or evil, but warped and mistaken.”

Dr_Carrol_Frazier_LandrumMedical Mafia threatens to take doctor’s license to punish his charitable service – by J. D. Heyes, NaturalNews.com – “So it makes sense that Americans who live in these poverty-stricken regions value everything they do have, and that is especially true of medical care — any medical care… Such is the case in Edwards, Miss., a small town of about 1,300 in the east-central portion of the state. There, 88-year-old Dr. Carrol Frazier Landrum will see you for medical care, even if you don’t have a penny to your name… for the past two years the good country doctor has been practicing and working without an office. He says that’s no big deal, though, because he’s happy to meet patients wherever they are. Sometimes that is in their homes, sometimes a parking lot. Others will meet Landrum on the side of a quiet country highway, or even inside his 2007 Toyota Camry… The location doesn’t matter because Landrum, a World War II veteran who has been in private practice for more than 55 years, believes it’s his duty to help anyone who calls on him.”

Sheikh_Sultan_Al_NahyanThe Mystery Of Dubai’s Vaporized Gold: The Plot Thickens – by Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge.com – “And if indeed this crazy story which has every possible James Bond element in it culminates with a case of scapegoating, does that immediately mean that Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa, a person at the top of the Gulf’s political and financial oligarchy, is involved. Because if he is, so is the US, as nothing happens in Abu Dhabi without the United States being aware of it. Finally, if that is the case, it means that not only did the US sanction what has been the world’s biggest gold smuggling ring, but that it implicitly gave Iran its blessing to use barterable Turkish gold in order to bypass sanctions imposed by… the United States!.. In the next installment of this action and mystery-packed series, we hope to uncover just what the role of the “developed” countries was in this massive smuggling operation, and perhaps even more importantly, where did Turkey end up buying hundreds of tons of gold which it subsequently sold to Iran and where did the Iranian gold ultimately end up?

California Laws: On January 1st, Students Won’t Have to Pass High School to Receive Diploma (also, Californians can file for an injunction against family members “who might commit gun violence” from owning a gun)by William Bigelow, Breitbart.com – “On January 1, California residents will have to accustom themselves to a number of new laws that will be implemented in the state. These are some the laws that will likely have the most profound effect…”

Pentagon Stunned As Thousands Of Chinese Troops Enter ISIS War – by Sean Adl-Tabatabai and WhatDoesItMean.com via YourNewsWire.com – ” ‘The “Siberian Tiger’ Special Forces and “Night Tiger” Special Forces Units were given authorization to be deployed by China’s People’s Congress (NPC) on Sunday, after China passed its first anti-terrorism law allowing their army to take part in anti-terror missions abroad… Most critical to China in entering this war, this report continues, is the “grave” national security threat it faces from both the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/Daesh) and Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT)—and as, perhaps, best described by the noted award winning American military-intelligence journalist Seymour M. Hersh who in his latest article warned of this threat by stating: ‘China, an ally of [Syrian leader] Assad has committed more than $30 billion to postwar reconstruction in Syria. China, too, is worried about the Islamic State. China regards the Syrian crisis from three perspectives: international law and legitimacy; global strategic positioning; and the activities of jihadist Uighurs, from Xinjiang province in China’s far west.’.. Xinjiang borders eight nations – Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India – and, in China’s view, serves as a funnel for terrorism around the world and within China.”

Obama administration prepares raids on Central American immigrants – by Patrick Martin, WSWS.org – “It would be the first ever program of mass deportations to target Central American refugees specifically. Most are women and children who have sought to escape gang attacks, drug-related violence and brutality by US-backed security services in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador (Is that true? There has been documentation that U.S. connected “NGO’s” have been recruiting children in Central America for buses to the U.S.)… Raids are expected in Houston, New Orleans, Los Angeles and the Washington, DC area, which have the largest concentrations of Central American immigrants. Other cities are likely to be targeted as well… The DHS has begun adding capacity to handle increased detentions during the raids, since those arrested will be held in federal facilities in the days preceding their deportation. The agency recently opened two new “shelters”—actually detention centers—in Texas, one with 700 beds and the other with 300 beds. A third, 400-bed facility is being readied in California as well.” (emph. added)

Nimr_al-NimrSaudi Arabia executes prominent Shiite cleric and 46 others in 12 cities – b

No Crime. No Trial. No Reason: The Precedent Is Set for Gun Confiscations – by Joshua Krause, TheDailySheeple.com – “And that’s why banning gun ownership for individuals on the no fly list should frighten gun owners. It creates a situation where you don’t have to do anything criminal to lose your rights. The government could determine any benign behavior to be a sign of terrorism, and promptly take your firearms. For all practical purposes, the Second Amendment would be dead… However, it’s important to remember that the no fly list ban isn’t alone. California recently passed a law that, while appearing unrelated to the no fly list proposal, is actually operating with the same logic and intent: AB1014 was passed last year in the wake of 2014’s Isla Vista shooting, where teenager Elliot Rodger went on a rampage near the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara, killing six people along with himself… …Under the law, the factors a judge can consider in granting the restraining order include not only threats of violence, but also prior felony arrests (even without a conviction), evidence of alcohol abuse, and even the simple act of recently purchasing a gun or ammunition. (emph. added)

ISIS-SurrenderingRussia Vindicated by Terrorist Surrenders in Syria – by Finian Cunningham, Strategic-Culture.org – “The British state-owned broadcaster tells of hundreds of «fighters» being relocated from the town of Zabadani as if the development just magically materialized like a present donated by Santa Claus. What the BBC fails to inform is that that truce, as with several others around Damascus, has come about because of Russia’s strategic military intervention in Syria dealing crushing blows against the militant networks. The Western media have preoccupied themselves instead with claims from the US State Department that Russia’s military operations have either been propping up the «Assad regime» or allegedly targeting «moderate rebels» and civilians… The disingenuous Western narrative, or more prosaically «propaganda», then, in turn, creates a conundrum when widespread truces and evacuations are being implemented. That obviously positive development signaling an end to conflict thanks to Russia’s military intervention has to be left unexplained or unacknowledged by the Western media because it negates all their previous pejorative narrative towards Russia and the Assad government… Furthermore, the Western media are obliged to be coy about the exact identity of the «fighters» being evacuated. As noted already, the militants are variously described by the Western media in sanitized terms as «fighters» or «rebels». But more informative regional and local sources, such as Lebanon’s Al Manar, identify the brigades as belonging to the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State group and al-Nusra Front. These are terror groups, as even defined by Washington and the European Union. So, the Western media has to, by necessity, censor itself from telling the truth by peddling half-truths and sly omissions.”

Schizophrenia at the UN: “The Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda”, No More Poverty, No More War… – by Carla Stea, GlobalResearch.ca – “These 17 ambitious goals, if achieved, would lead to a paradise on earth.  However, there is an elephant in the room that the architects of these post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals are ignoring, and which will, if left unaddressed, prevent the attainment of these goals.  Under the section entitled:  “Means of Implementation and the Global Partnership,”  is stated: ‘5.  We note the critical importance of private finance and we call on businesses to apply their creativity and innovation to engage as partners in the development process.’.. The document enumerates resources for achievement of these post 2015 Development Goals, which include, vaguely worded, ‘domestic public resources, private business, philanthropists and foundations, parliaments, local authorities and other stakeholders, etc.’.. These enumerated “resources” for implementation of these development goals are disparate and not necessarily reliable or adequate sources of financing for implementation of this new  Post-2015 Development Agenda.” – And this is not to even begin to talk about the deceptive and manipulative nature of this process of “Saving the Planet.” There are even more goals now (17) to be reached than there were in 2015 (11). This is beyond a scam.

Obama-Putin-Lets_ShakeVladimir Putin Fights the War Party on All Fronts – by Pepe Escobar, TelesurTV.net – “The fight to the death in Moscow’s inner circles is really between the Eurasianists and the so-called Atlantic integrationists, a.k.a. the Western fifth column. The crux of the battle is arguably the Russian Central Bank and the Finance Ministry – where some key liberalcon monetarist players are remote-controlled by the usual suspects, the Masters of the Universe… The same mechanism applies, geopolitically, to any side, in any latitude, which has linked its own fiat money to Western central banks. The Masters of the Universe always seek to exercise hegemony by manipulating usury and fiat money control… So why President Putin does not fire the head of the Russian Central Bank, Elvira Nabiulina, and a great deal of his financial team – as they keep buying U.S. bonds and propping up the U.S. dollar instead of the ruble? What’s really being aggressed here if not Russian interests?”

Moscow extends sanctions against Turkey – from PressTV.ir – “The decree, signed on Monday, is to implement unenforced sanctions initially imposed on Turkey on November 28 together with a set of new measures to come into force as of January 1, 2016… The sanctions included a ban on the employment of Turkish citizens by Russian employers, restricted imports of certain Turkish goods such as vegetables and fruits, ban on charter flights between the two countries and also suspension of travel package sale to Turkey… According to the new presidential order, there will be a ban imposed on the operations of several organizations under the jurisdiction of Turkey as well as a limitation of Turkish organizations’ activities in Russia.”

Ellen_BrownA Crisis Worse Than ISIS? Bail-Ins Begin – by Ellen Brown, TruthOut.org – “For some inexplicable reason, the hard-earned money you deposit in the bank is not considered “security” or “collateral.” It is just a loan to the bank, and you must stand in line along with the other creditors in hopes of getting it back. State and local governments must also stand in line, although their deposits are considered “secured,” since they remain junior to the derivative claims with “super-priority.”..  Under the old liquidation rules, an insolvent bank was actually “liquidated” – its assets were sold off to repay depositors and creditors. Under an “orderly resolution,” the accounts of depositors and creditors are emptied to keep the insolvent bank in business. The point of an “orderly resolution” is not to make depositors and creditors whole but to prevent another system-wide “disorderly resolution” of the sort that followed the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. The concern is that pulling a few of the dominoes from the fragile edifice that is our derivatives-laden global banking system will collapse the entire scheme. The sufferings of depositors and investors are just the sacrifices to be borne to maintain this highly lucrative edifice.”

Ukraine Cuts Power To Crimea Again, Citing Faulty Equipment – from RFERL.org (Radio Free Europe) – “Kirill Moskalenko, a spokesman for the governor of Sevastopol city, said on December 31 that Ukraine had cut off the Kakhovka-Titan line to Crimea… ‘The line has supplied the peninsula with 250 megawatts. Due to the lack of power supply, Sevastopol is receiving 150 megawatts instead of 195 megawatts,’ Moskalenko said… The Ukrainian operator of the power grid, Ukrenergo, said it shut down the Kakhovka-Titan line because some protective equipment came off in the town of Kakhovka, the TASS news agency reported… Kakhovka-Titan had been the only functioning overhead high-voltage transmission line out of four lines that Ukrenergo used to deliver electricity to customers in Crimea before the end of November… Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014 (is that true?), needs around 1 gigawatt of power to keep the lights on.”

Sacramento_Camping_Ban_ProtestersPolice In Riot Gear Arrest Homeless Protesters For Camping In Front Of City Hall – by John Vibes, ActivistPost.com – “This Friday, police invaded the encampment in riot gear and made several arrests… ‘It’s unfortunate that they wasted a lot of taxpayers’ money – riot gear, overtime,’ protest organizer James Clark said… ‘They’re telling people they can’t have sleeping bags to keep themselves warm,’ he added… Traci Trapani of the Sacramento Police Department said that protesters were arrested for illegal camping and resisting arrest… ‘It wasn’t a quick just ‘arresting people’ type of thing. It’s been percolating for weeks,’ she said… The protesters were accused of having “camping paraphernalia”… Representatives from the city government have stated throughout the protest that they have no intention of changing or repealing the laws against urban camping.”

NSA Blowback—Netanyahu and NWO Agents Are Swimming in Flocks of Dodos – by Jonas E. Alexis, VeteransToday.com – “So, according to the Neoconservative worldview, spying on virtually everyone (except the state of Israel) for the sake of “national security” is right. But that promiscuous thesis has fallen on hard time. It has recently been reported that the NSA has been used to spy on some of its creators, namely, the Zionist regime in Israel. How did the Neocons and their puppets respond?.. Well, you know the drill. They told us that it is wrong, always, everywhere, and for anyone, to use the NSA to spy on foreign potentates like Benjamin Netanyahu. We are also told that the Obama administration has committed an unpardonable sin, even though it was reported that Netanyahu himself spied on the Iran talks.[16] Jewish Neocon Jonathan S. Tobin has said that Obama “crosses a line of spying.”[17] Ben Carson—bless his heart—has called it: ‘truly disgraceful. Instead of focusing on deterring the Iran nuclear threat and fighting against the Mullahs who chant ‘Death to America,’ President Obama has treated Israel, our staunch, democratic ally in the Middle East, as his real enemy.’ “

Zahran_Allouch2Surreal: West Mourns Death of Al Qaeda Collaborator in Syrian Airstrike – by Tony Cartalucci, ActivistPost.com – “The commander of terrorist organization and Al Qaeda affiliate Jaysh al-Islam (the Army of Islam), “Sheikh” Zahran Alloush, was killed in a Syrian airstrike this week in the suburbs of Damascus… In a surreal, coordinated propaganda campaign, the Western media sidestepped Alloush’s praise of and coordination with US State Department-listed foreign terrorist organization Jabhat al-Nusra, previously known as Al Qaeda in Iraq – and indeed, the very terrorist organization that the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS/ISIL/Daesh) itself sprung up from… Clearly, Jaysh al-Islam’s praise of and coordination with al-Nusra constitutes, ‘knowingly providing, or attempting or conspiring to provide, material support or resources to, or engaging in transactions with, al-Nusrah Front.’.. That none of this is mentioned in the weepy eulogies of Alloush in the wake of a Syrian airstrike should trouble the millions of Americans and Europeans who have been convinced for over a decade that Al Qaeda is their enemy and that the constant state of war imposed upon them to battle Al Qaeda and those that would aid and abet it, is an existential necessity.”

 

Web Research Links for the week of 12/21/15:

Note: These links are posted from the top down during each week. Newer links will be at the bottom. Previous links posts can be found under the “Current Quicklinx” button above. If you have a link you would like to share, please put it into a comment.

EU Army Plans Allow German Soldiers To Take Control Of Borders Without Consent Of National Governments – by Raheem Kassam, Breitbart.com – “The paper likens the idea of primarily German soldiers seizing power across Europe to the Second World War. Bruno Waterfield and Francis Elliott report: ‘The force, wearing blue armbands and an EU and agency insignia, would be equipped with naval patrol vessels, helicopters and drones, according to plans tabled yesterday by Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president’… Almost 18 months ago, UKIP’s leader, Nigel Farage, warned of the plans for an EU army in a big, pre-European Parliamentary Elections debate with then Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg… Mr. Clegg lost both televised debates in 2014, notably calling Mr. Farage’s warning a “dangerous fantasy”. He said: ‘The idea there’s going to be a European air force, a European army, it is simply not true. This is a dangerous fantasy… it is not going to happen.’.. The Times also reports that a major European summit, due to be dominated by UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s “renegotiation” demands to halt a British exit from the EU, will instead now focus on the plans for the EU army.”

Vaccines’ Dark Inferno: What Is Not on Insert Labels? – by Gary Null, PhD and Richard Gale, GreenMedInfo.com – “It was reconfirmed that vaccines are ‘widely contaminated by viral and DNA genetic code fragments, many viruses and proteins.’ There was expressed concern that these may also contain prions (tiny proteins responsible for incurable diseases and neurological disorders in both humans and animals) and oncogenes (a gene that turns normal cells into cancerous ones). One attendee, Dr. Goldberg, stated, ‘There are countless thousands of undiscovered viruses, proteins and similar particles. We have only identified a very small part of the microbial world – and we can only test for those we have identified. Thus the vaccine cultures could contain many unknown particles.’.. Dr. Andrew Lewis of the FDA said that a brand-new monkey-human mutant virus was created during the course of developing an adenovirus vaccine with adenvovirus-SV40 hybrid viruses. Dr. Lewis also worried that “foreign cellular DNA” common in childhood vaccines could include “viral oncogenes” capable of causing cancer… The scientists presented a question to themselves as to whether an attenuated vaccine strain could revert into a variant virus capable of replicating so fast that it would cause AIDS. They agreed that they were unable to answer this question… On the question of whether mutation events could occur in children after vaccination, the answer was: ‘Recombination among a variety of viruses [contaminant viruses] and cells co-infected in tissue culture is not uncommon.’ What this basically means is that because it is “not uncommon” for genetic codes of both contaminant viruses and living cells to recombine and create mutations in laboratory cultures, this can certainly occur in a child’s body after vaccination.’ (emph. added)

Kerry-I_contradict‘US not after regime change in Syria, but Assad must go’ – Kerry to Russian TV – from RT.com – “According to the Secretary of State, it was very important for the Russian people to understand the American approach to the Syrian crisis…  ‘We are not trying to do a regime change. We are not engaged in a color revolution.  We’re not engaged in trying to interfere in another country … We’re trying to make peace,’ he explained… ‘Russia can’t stop the war with Assad there because Assad attracts the foreign fighters. Assad is a magnet for terrorists, because they’re coming to fight Assad,’ he said… ‘So if you want to stop the war in Syria, and we do, if you want to fight Daesh and stop the growth of terrorism, you have to deal with the problem of Assad. Now, that doesn’t mean we want to change every aspect of the government; we don’t,’ the diplomat added… The US Secretary of State also said he did not rule out the possibility of Syrian government forces loyal to Assad being viewed by Washington as a viable part of the operation against IS terrorists… ‘Absolutely,’ he said when addressed on the issue, ‘providing there is a legitimate transitional process, which the Geneva communique calls for, with a government of transition, where the opposition is part of the government and the issue of Assad will be resolved through that process and people have confidence in that.’.. ‘Under those circumstances, it is possible to envision the army of Syria, together with the opposition, turning against Daesh, providing Assad is not the long-term future of Syria,’ Kerry added. (emph. added)

Wave of migrant children has Texas towns scrambling to set up housing – by Matthew Teague, TheGuardian.com – “Residents in the town north-east of Dallas may not welcome the federal government’s last-minute announcement that they will place a facility in their town, but they are receiving the displaced children as warmly, and quickly, as they can… ‘A lady called me from Ohio and chewed me up, called me treasonous, everything,’ said Eddie Walker, who owns the Sabine Creek ranch camp, where hundreds of children arrived Saturday. ‘But locally the response has been almost all positive. (Note: Is that true? How does he know?) People want to help.’.. In October and November, more than 10,000 unaccompanied minors crossed the border through Mexico, more than twice as many as the same months last year. As a result US detention centers have overflowed, and the government is building temporary shelters… Towns selected for shelters in Texas and California are finding out sometimes a couple days in advance, and residents are scrambling to understand what impact the centers will have.” (emph. added)

Obama’s National Address*- (*Edited for Accuracy) 2min 29

Syria: The break for the border – by Pepe Escobar, RT.com – “The current shadow play – which includes the deployment of US Special Forces to northern Syria – opens the possibility that Turks and Americans are about to launch a major offensive to expel Islamic State from the crucial Jarabulus crossroads. Erdogan’s pretext is well known: to block by any means the attempt by YPG Syrian Kurds to unite their three cantons in northern Syria. In this corridor, Erdogan wants to install a dodgy, hazy bunch of Turkmen – his proxies – mixed with unspecified Sunni “moderate rebels,” keeping all lines of communication (and smuggling) with Turkey open… Syrian Kurds, on the other hand, want to get there first. With American air support. And with Russian air support. This is one of the few things Team Obama and the Kremlin do agree on in Syria – to the absolute despair of the Sultan. The inside word from Ankara is that Turkey would be ready for a ground push on Jarabulus but only under American cover. Quite absurd, considering Washington and Ankara hardly are looking for the same endgame.”

Assad_Must_GoNeocons Object to Syrian Democracy – by Robert Parry, ConsortiumNews.com – “…in a furious editorial on Friday, the Post castigated Secretary of State John Kerry for saying – after a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow – that the Obama administration and Russia see the political solution to Syria “in fundamentally the same way,” meaning that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could stand for election in the future… The Post wrote: “Unfortunately, that increasingly appears to be the case — and not because Mr. Putin has altered his position. For four years, President Obama demanded the departure of Mr. Assad, who has killed hundreds of thousands of his own people with chemical weapons, ‘barrel bombs,’ torture and other hideous acts. Yet in its zeal to come to terms with Mr. Putin, the Obama administration has been slowly retreating from that position.”

Darth_StateThe Plot of Star Wars Frighteningly Resembles Modern Day America – by Dan Sanchez, ActivistPost.com – “All the steps in the Dark Lord’s rise to total power were enabled by the crises of wars that he himself engineered. The overriding theme of the first trilogy is that the star wars engendered galactic tyranny. This is a perfectly realistic narrative motif, because it is merely an interstellar extrapolation of Randolph Bourne’s insight that war is the health of the State. The emergency-propelled rise of the Sith also fits with Robert Higgs’s broader insight that crisis is the health of Leviathan… Indeed, throughout history, rulers, regimes, and power cliques (just like Sidious and the Sith) have dragged their countries into wars in order to acquire, shore up, and enhance their power. This power play almost always works, because war activates in indoctrinated adherents of a State what Randolph Bourne called the “herd mind”: a sort of statist Protocol 66… Terrorized by the menaces of war, and aroused by its prizes, State citizens react like a spooked herd or a ravenous pack. They become as docile as sheep or dogs (or Sith-bred clones) to their shepherds and masters in government, swarming to their feet and granting them sweeping emergency authority, just as the war-spooked Galactic Senate repeatedly empowered Palpatine. They yield their liberties, even to the point of renouncing their individuality (like how the imperial troopers were all clones of a single man).”

Eureka-The_MarshThese 15 Cities Are Destroying Homeless Camps Just Days Before Christmas – Cities across the country are waging an unprecedented war against the homeless – by Tom Cahill, USUnCut.com – “Christmas is normally known as the time of year when Americans try to be a little more giving, more compassionate, and more altruistic than during the other 11 1/2 months of the year. But in cities across the US, many are simply fighting for the right to exist in hastily-constructed homeless camps. The National Alliance to End Homelessness reports that on any given night, there are over 578,000 Americans sleeping on the streets. At the same time, there are at least 10 million vacant homes across America that are lying empty… Here are 15 cities that are going above and beyond to push the most vulnerable Americans out of the public eye during the most compassionate time of the year…”

Turkey ‘officially acknowledges’ attack on Su-24 was a planned step – Russian MoD – from RT.com – “The statement recently made by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus in which he provides information on Russian sorties in Syria, ‘can be regarded as official acknowledgment by Turkey that the operation to destroy the Russian jet in Syria and kill Russian soldiers was a planned step,’ he said… Ankara’s awareness of Russian military operations in Syria confirms that all intelligence given to the US under the memorandum signed between the two countries and regulating the operations of their air forces in Syria was passed to the Turkish General Staff, he added… Speaking about the report published on Wednesday by Amnesty International, Konashenkov said it includes no facts, only “clichés” and groundless accusations… The NGO’s report accused Russia of failing to acknowledge it carried out strikes that ‘killed hundreds of civilians and caused massive destruction in residential areas.’ The report was based on eyewitness testimonies and videos “showing the aftermath of the attacks,” the human rights group said… Konashenkov said there is nothing new in the report and the most striking thing are the words “seem” and “appear,” which are used to describe the reports of the so-called “Russian attacks.” ”

Chem-SunsetCui Bono? New Manhattan Chemtrail Project Motives – by Peter Kirby, ActivistPost.com – “If you do not know what the New Manhattan Project is, please refer to the author’s previous work “Chemtrails Exposed: A History of the New Manhattan Project.”.. It is incredibly bold to routinely dump megatons of toxic metals into our atmosphere. Committing crimes of this magnitude, openly in the sky above us, could very well lead to new Nuremberg trials. Considering the level of risk involved, what might be the rewards for these outrageous crimes against Humanity?.. For the worldly, the potential rewards are great… Weather’s effect upon business activity has been studied extensively at the highest levels since at least the mid-1950s. In 1971, an organization called Research Applied to National Needs (RANN) was created within the National Science Foundation to study the economic benefits of weather modification. The weather modification literature is replete with examples of favorable cost-to-benefit ratios.”

Unstoppable California Gas Leak Being Called Worst Catastrophe Since BP Spill – from HealthFreedoms.org – “This methane disaster is worse than can be sufficiently described in words, because while it’s estimated well over 100,000 pounds of methane spew into the atmosphere every hour, the leak can’t be halted, at least until spring. Even then, that stoppage depends entirely on the efficacy of a proposed fix — which remains a dubiously open question… ‘The enormity of the Aliso Canyon gas leak cannot be overstated. Gas is escaping through a ruptured pipe more than 8,000 feet underground, and it shows no signs of stopping. As the pressure from the weight on top of the pipe causes the gas to diffuse, it only continues to dissipate across a wider and wider area,’ explained Erin Brockovich, who spent time in nearby Porter Ranch investigating the leak… Thousands of households have evacuated the area, despite little help, much less information, from the gas company about when they might be able to return. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, SoCalGas spokesperson Michael Mizrahi claimed the company had paid to relocate and house 2,092 households — but that effort is severely lacking, says Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer… On Thursday, Los Angeles Unified School District board members voted unanimously to close two Porter Ranch schools and relocate their 1,900 students and staff to different locations for the foreseeable future. A local emergency has been declared by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.”

Saudi-Father_n_SonThe Coming Saudi Crack-up? – by Daniel Lazare, ConsortiumNews.com – “The reason is an unprecedented avalanche of problems pouring down on Saudi Arabia since 79-year-old Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud assumed the throne last January. A hardliner in contrast to his vaguely reformist predecessor Abdullah, Salman lost no time in letting the world know that a new sheriff was in town. He upped the number of public executions, which, at 151, are now running at nearly double last year’s rate… After meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, he promised to intensify efforts to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by increasing aid to Al Nusra, Al Qaeda’s official Syrian affiliate. A few weeks later, he assembled a coalition of nine Sunni Arab states to launch nightly bombing raids on Yemen, quickly reducing one of the poorest countries in the Middle East to ruin… But if Salman thought such actions would win him respect, he was wrong. Instead, the result has been a steady drum beat of negative publicity as the world awakes to the fact that, with its public beheadings and barbaric treatment of women, the Islamic state headed by the House of Saud is little different from the Islamic State headed by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in northern Syria and Iraq.”

TSA Quietly Moves to Make Body Scanners Mandatory – by Joshua Krause, ActivistPost.com – “The DHS hasn’t explained what conditions would prompt their agents to force you into the scanner, which is awfully convenient. I suppose if they wanted to, they could just force everybody to get scanned, which is probably what this policy change will eventually lead to. The TSA is, after all, notoriously bad at catching terrorists (as are these machines). Their real job is to acclimate the population to be more obedient, and that means periodically introducing new rights violations in small, unnoticeable increments.”

Pepe EscobarHappy Holidays!: Empire of Chaos Preparing For More Fireworks in 2016 – by Pepe Escobar, InformationClearingHouse.info – “Only six decades later, it’s clear there won’t be an American Silk Road in the 21st century, but rather, just like its ancient predecessor, a Chinese one. Beijing’s push for what it calls “One Belt, One Road” is inbuilt in the 21st century conflict between the declining empire and Eurasia integration. Key subplots include perennial NATO expansion and the empire’s obsession in creating a war zone out of the South China Sea… As the Beijing-Moscow strategic partnership analyses it, the oligarchic elites who really run the Empire of Chaos are bent on the encirclement of Eurasia – considering they may be largely excluded from an integration process based on trade, commerce and advanced communication links… Beijing and Moscow clearly identify provocation after provocation, coupled with relentless demonization. But they won’t be trapped, as they’re both playing a very long game.”

Wiretapped calls reveal communication between Turkish officers and ISIS – report – from RT.com – “The wiretapping reportedly took place last year as part of an investigation into six missing Turkish citizens, the Cumhuriyet reported. The relatives of those missing believed they might have joined the ranks of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants… An investigation was launched into as many as 27 suspects, some of them in Syria, the report revealed… The Chief Prosecutor’s office reportedly received permission to wiretap the phones of 19 people who were thought to have put the six missing persons in touch with Islamic State. The investigation reportedly revealed that those who wanted to join IS ranks received some form of “ideological training.”.. The file on the investigation is said to have been handed over to the Military Prosecutor’s office in March, after the Ankara Prosecutor’s office deemed the issue outside of its jurisdiction, according to the Turkish newspaper.”

Russian intel spots 12,000 oil tankers & trucks on Turkey-Iraq border – General Staff  – from RT.com – ” ‘It must be noted that oil from both Iraq and Syria come through this [Zakho] checkpoint’ General Rudskoy said… Heavy-duty trucks loaded with oil continue to cross the Turkish-Syrian border as well, Rudskoy said. At the same time, the number of tankers on the northern and western routes used for transporting oil from Syria is declining, the general added… ‘According to satellite data, the number of oil tankers moving through the ‘northern route’ towards the refinery in the [Turkish] city of Batman has considerably diminished,’ Rudskoy said, adding that the number of tankers using the ‘western route,’ between the Turkish cities of Reyhanli [on the Syrian border] and the city of Iskenderun, has decreased to 265 vehicles.”
The Shocking, Unacceptable Levels of Hunger and Homelessness in American Cities – A new report looks at the issue in 22 cities around the country – by Kali Holloway, Alternet.org – “● Emergency food assistance requests rose by an average of 2.8 percent during the survey period in more than half, 61 percent, of the cities involved in the survey. ● Twenty-three percent of requests for emergency food assistance in the cities surveyed went unmet. ● Food pantries and emergency kitchens had to cut back on the amount of food given out as groceries or meals in 47 percent of cities involved in the survey. ● Additionally, in far more than half of cities surveyed, 57 percent, families and individuals had to cut down on the number of visits to charitable food outlets they could make each month. ● The same percentage of cities were unable to meet food requests by homeless and hungry residents demand because they lacked sufficient resources. ●    Lack of affordable housing, an issue that continues to worsen in many places around the country, was the primary reason given for homelessness among families with children. ● Poverty, unemployment and low-paying jobs were the reasons that followed. ● In 50 percent of cities surveyed, mayors indicated they expected homelessness to rise “moderately” next year. Similarly, 65 percent of cities say they expect emergency food requests to “moderately” increase over the coming 12 months.”

Leader’s Top Aide: US Plotting to Disintegrate Iraq, Syria into 8 New States – from en.FarsNews.com – ” ‘The US is after implementing its plot to create a Greater Middle-East whose aim is disintegrating Iraq into three countries and dividing Syria into five states in a bid to downsize countries to provide security to the Zionist regime,’ Velayati said on Saturday… He also referred to the regional developments, and said, ‘What we are witnessing today, including the creation of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and the ISIL, is aimed at confronting the Islamic Awakening and annihilating the chain of resistance.’.. ‘Today, Syria is the golden chain of resistance and the US, the western states and their allies in the region are attempting to destroy this chain,’ Velayati said… His remarks came as General Vincent Stewart, the head of the US Defense Intelligence Agency, claimed in September that Iraq and Syria were unlikely to emerge intact from years of war and sectarian violence.”

Crimean blockade organizer launches guerrilla ‘Tatar battalion’ with ‘Turkish help’ – from RT.com – “Lenur Islyamov who represents the unregistered organization “Majlis of Crimean Tatars”, announced that the Turkey is taking an active role in the formation of the “Tatar battalion” tasked with “protecting the Crimean frontier” and carrying out attacks inside the peninsula… ‘While the Ukrainian Defense Ministry still only scratches its head, the Turkish Defense Ministry has already begun supporting us,’ said Islyamov, adding that Ankara has so far provided the newly-assembled radical force with boots and uniforms… The volunteer battalion is allegedly relying on “public donations” so far, but soon, Islyamov hopes, the paramilitary structure will be incorporated into Ukraine’s defense forces… ‘We now have more than a hundred people who have already entered the battalion as volunteers, but we hope that after all the Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces of Ukraine, will create and allow the Crimean Tatars to have their own national battalion within the armed forces,’ Islyamov told 112 Ukraine TV channel… Islyamov hopes that the new force of around 560 fighters will serve as a “Tatar navy seals” battalion. The main task of the paramilitary unit will be guerrilla warfare and acts of sabotage inside the Crimea.” (emph. added)

Zahran_AllouchMajor CIA Operative in Syria, Zahran Allouch of Jeish Al Islam Killed by Russians – by Gordon Duff, VeteransToday.com – “Senior members of Ahrar Sham’s Shura (consultative) Council sent their condolences on the death of Allouch, who was known as the most formidable sworn enemy of President Assad across Southern Syria, as his elimination strikes a lethal blow at Jeish al-Islam and other militant groups in Syria… Zahran Allouch was notorious for his vast ethnic cleansing of Shias in Syria. Allouch’s death will likely exacerbate terrorists’ military problems in Southern Syria, specially in Damascus province… The Russian airstrike targeted Jeish al-Islam commanders’ meeting. Hamza Bayrakdar, Spokesman of Jeish al-Islam, was also killed in the airstrike in Eastern Ghouta… Jeish al-Islam is one of the largest terrorist groups in Southern Syria and the biggest one in Eastern Ghouta… Jeish al-Islam is a Saudi-backed Takfiri terrorist group affiliated to the Islamic Front a conglomerate of tens of terrorist groups fighting against the Syrian government.”

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Thousands in Germany protest Turkish crackdown on Kurds (w/VIDEO – 2min) – from RT.com – “Turkey resumed a crackdown on Kurdish rebels five months ago after a two-year ceasefire. PKK is considered a terrorist organization in Turkey and has been in a guerrilla war with Ankara since 1984. An estimated 40,000 lives have been claimed by the conflict… Hostilities resumed after the PKK sent fighters to neighboring Syria to help fellow Kurds fight off the forces of the Islamic State terrorist group, which were advancing on the border city of Kobani. Turkey resisted the move, despite formally being part of a US-led coalition fighting IS, which supports the Kurdish war effort… So far, Turkish airstrikes have targeted Kurdish forces to a greater extent than those of the jihadists.”

 

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Turkey misfires in Iraq – Turkey’s not-so-hidden agenda – from Al-Monitor.com – “Semih Idiz suggests that Turkey’s deployment was a likely attempt by Erdogan ‘to establish a Sunni sphere of influence in and around Mosul.’ Metin Gurcan adds that in addition to seeking to ‘be among the key actors to decide on the future of Mosul,’ Turkey is seeking to balance Iranian influence and ‘is particularly uneasy with the PKK [Kurdistan Workers Party] gains in Iraq and Syria. Turkey wants to militarily dominate the Shengal region, which has been a bridge between the PKK and the Kurdish nationalist Democratic Union Party [PYD] in Syria, to cripple that link.’.. The Turkish action elicited a formal protest from the Iraqi government and provoked a wave of denunciations and demonstrations led by Iraq’s Shiite political parties and militias, including a condemnation from Ayatollah Ali Sistani, Iraq’s most influential Shiite cleric. Fehim Tastekin reports that ‘among Iraqi political circles, Turkey’s policies are held responsible for the fall of Mosul and empowerment of IS.’.. Erdogan termed Iraq’s complaint to the United Nations “not a sincere step,” adding that Turkey does not have the “luxury” to wait for the Iraqi central government on threats to Turkish national security… Russia immediately and formally jumped to Iraq’s defense against what it termed Turkey’s “illegal intrusion” into Iraqi territory, accelerating the free fall in Ankara-Moscow ties over their policies in Syria.”

Adolf_ErdoganTurkey’s Aim to Annex Northern Syria and Iraq – by Stephen Lendman, GlobalResearch.ca – “Turkey is a NATO member, a close US ally in its regional war OF terror, battling Kurds in northern Syria and Iraq on the phony pretext of combating ISIS… Erdogan long coveted annexing Aleppo and other northern Syrian areas, as well as bordering Iraqi territory – the latter objective to seize and control valued Mosul area oil fields… Hundreds of its troops, tanks and artillery operate from positions near Mosul – on the phony pretext of combating ISIS and training Iraqi forces, never authorized by Baghdad. Ankara intends sending more heavily armed commandos and other combat troops… ISIS forces controlled Mosul since June 2014, the largest regional city it holds, a key oil producing area. Ankara’s aim is to seize control, perhaps complicit with ISIS, a first step toward annexation, a scheme Baghdad will challenge.”

Russia Slams Riyadh’s Syrian Opposition Agreement – from RFERL.org – “Saudi Arabia’s talks between Syrian opposition groups excluded Kurds from the outset, despite their holding large tracts of territory in Syria. They also specifically excluded the Islamic militant groups Islamic State and Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affliate, in a move that met Russia’s approval… But most of Syria’s other disparate opposition groups signed onto the agreement, which called for elections leading to an all-inclusive, democratic government for Syria, and had been hailed as “an important step” by the United States… The groups that signed the accord agreed to a cease-fire and said they were prepared to meet with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in January to start negotiations on a transition of power… But they riled Moscow by calling for Assad to step down at the start of a transitional period leading to elections… Moscow said there should be no “preconditions” set for a political transition… Peace negotiators in Vienna already agreed that ‘only the Syrian people can decide the fate of Syria,’ the ministry said. ‘Agreements must be respected.’.. Russia also criticized the Riyadh accord for not including members of the so-called “patriotic Syrian opposition” seen as friendly towards Assad.”

Abbie_OdonnellOnce Thriving Michigan Teenager Now Facing Death in CPS Custody – from HealthImpactNews.com – “A Michigan social worker asked the mother of a 14 year old girl if she has life insurance on her daughter, Abbie Odonnell, after the 5′ 9″ teen went from 145 lbs to 92 lbs under CPS custody. Her twin sister Alexis is being housed in a maximum security juvenile detention facility, and her bunkmate has reportedly murdered 7 people. Their 17 year old sister Alyssa is being held in another lock-down facility. The girls’ crime? The twins admitted to smoking pot on one occasion. Later the twins ran away from an abusive foster home. For the heinous crime of escaping that abuse, CPS is forcing the twins to serve a 12 month sentence in Wolverine Secure Treatment Center, and forbidding their older sister, who has done nothing wrong, to go home… Laura Dalton doesn’t think that Abbie will survive that long. Apparently, her social worker doesn’t either, but is not doing anything to fix the situation.”

Universal Vaccinations for Children will be Overseen by Committee which Accepts Vaccine Manufacturer Monies – by Janet Phelan, NaturalBlaze.com – “This Act would override any state law governing vaccine exemptions, making it mandatory for all students at public elementary and secondary schools to be vaccinated. The bill would amend the Public Health Services Act to require students ‘to be vaccinated in accordance with the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.’ (ACIP)… The bill does not, however, reveal which vaccinations would be mandatory nor does it place a cap on vaccinations… The above cited Advisory Committee, which will be making the decisions concerning which shots are mandatory, is stacked with pro-vaccination heavyweights. Notable committee members include a Dr. Kelly Moore, Director, Tennessee Immunization Program, Dr. Edward Belongia, Director, Center for Clinical Epidemiology & Population Health at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation and Dr. Kathleen Harriman, Chief, Vaccine Preventable Disease Epidemiology Section with the California Department of Public Health, to name a few. Also sitting on the Committee as Ex Officio members are Department of Defense (DoD) officials as well as FDA officials and members of the Department of Veterans Affairs, among representatives from other federal agencies.”

Hillary-Next_LevelBragging that she and Israel were born within months, Hillary Clinton wants to take relationship to ‘next level’ – by Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss.net –  Hillary: ‘In this period of period of peril, Israel needs a strong America by its side, and America needs a strong and secure Israel by our side. It’s in our national interest to have an Israel that remains a bastion of stability and a core ally in a region in chaos. An Israel strong enough to deter its enemies, and strong enough to take steps in the pursuit of peace. We need a brave democracy whose perseverance and pluralism are a rebuke to every extremist and tyrant. We need a light unto the nations as darkness threatens. Today three trends in the region and the world are converging and making our alliance with Israel more indispensable than ever. The first is a rising tide of extremism across a wide arc of instability, from North Africa to South Asia. The second is Iran’s continued aggression… The third is the growing effort to delegitimize Israel on the world stage. America and Israel need to address these threats together. We must take an already strong relationship to the next level. We have to develop a common, strategic vision and pursue a coordinated approach, deepen our cooperation and consultation across the board.’

Syrian High Command Confirms Western Coalition Attacking Government Forces – from SputnikNews.com – “Syrian General Staff information shows strikes against Syrian troop positions in Deir ez-Zor on December 6 were carried out by western coalition, according to the Russian Defense Ministry… Citing the data provided by the Syrian General Staff, MoD spokesman said that between 19:40 and 19:55 on December 6, 2015 aircraft of the Western coalition carried out a strike against the field camp of the 168th brigade of the 7th division of the Syrian government forces, located 2 kilometers west of the Deir ez-Zor airfield… ‘As a result of the airstrikes, three infantry fighting vehicles and four cars equipped with large-caliber guns were destroyed, 12 people were injured and another four were killed. There weren’t any Russian aircraft over this area. We agree all of our flights in the skies above Syria with air control management and the General Staff of the Syrian government troops,’ Konashenkov told journalists.”

Putin-Kerry-Dont_PointPutin Throws Down the Gauntlet – by Mike Whitney, InformationClearingHouse.info – “So what choice does Putin have?.. None. He has no choice.  His back is against the wall. He has to fight.  No one in Washington seems to get this. They think Putin can throw in the towel and call it “quits” at the first sign of getting bogged down. But he can’t throw in the towel because Russia’s facing an existential crisis.  If he loses, then Russia’s going to wind up on the same scrap heap as Afghanistan, Iraq or Libya. You can bet on it. So the only thing he can do is win. Period. Victory isn’t an option, it’s a necessity… Do you think that Putin and his advisors have had their heads in the sand for the last 15 years, that they haven’t noticed the US rampaging around the globe bumping off one country after the other leaving behind nothing but anarchy and ruin? Do you think they don’t know that Russia is on the top of Washington’s hit-list? Do you think they haven’t noticed NATO inching closer to Russia’s borders while foam-at-the-mouth politicians in Washington wave their fists and growl about Hitler Putin and evil Russia?.. Of course they’ve noticed. Everyone’s noticed. Everyone knows Washington is on the warpath and its leaders have gone stark raving mad. How could they not notice?”

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AFRICOM’s Secret Empire: US Military Turns Africa Into ‘Laboratory’ Of Modern Warfare – from MintPressNews.com – ” ‘Apart from Djibouti, there’s no significant stockpiling of troops, equipment, or even aircraft.  There are a myriad of ‘lily pads’ or small forward operating bases… so you can spread out even a small number of forces over a very large area and concentrate those forces quite quickly when necessary.’.. After years of denials, the Pentagon has slowly begun admitting to the existence of some of its outposts, with a 2015 Pentagon list now including three “cooperative security locations,” ranging from a medical research facility in Egypt to a seaport in Kenya, and AFRICOM commander Gen. David Rodriguez admitted to the existence of 11 such sites in a May interview with military news publication Stars & Stripes… This newfound transparency is likely a prelude to even more military expansion in Africa and elsewhere. On Thursday, The New York Times reported on a Pentagon plan to expand U.S. military might in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, under the pretext of defending against Daesh (the Arabic acronym for the group also known as the Islamic State, ISIS or ISIL) and other forms of Islamic extremism.” (emph. added)

Quentin_LettsBBC Censors Skepticism of Human-caused Climate Change – by Steve Byas, TheNewAmerican.com – “Quentin Letts (shown) recently wrote an article for the U.K.’s Daily Mail about the incident, in which he explained that his “What’s The Point Of … ?” series on BBC was a “chatty, personal look” at certain British institutions such as the Tate Gallery or the National Trust, giving their pros and cons… Though the half-hour show is intended to be “absurdly comical” at times, his program entitled “What’s The Point of the MET Office?” — in which Letts examined the history of weather-forecasting in Britain — was considered no laughing matter by the devotees of the widely debunked theory of man-made global climate change… Letts argued that he had interviewed on the program both climate change supporters and skeptics; however, it was the presence of the skeptics that blackballed the program.”

Venezuela Election Aftermath: Privatization Looms – from TelesurTV.net – “The right-wing coalition of parties, known as the MUD, that won a supermajority in Venezuela’s National Assembly elections Dec. 6, has laid out its plan for a radical departure from the policies and laws laid down over the past 17 years by the socialist government… Amid news of political infighting, on Thursday evening the MUD published on its website a list of laws its lawmakers plan to overturn once they come into office Jan. 5, including revoking price controls that have kept basic goods affordable; privatizing key enterprises and services; giving foreign companies concessions for infrastructure works; strengthening local police forces; and making public media “independent,” or private.”

Israeli-F15Israeli fighter jets bomb besieged Gaza Strip – from PressTV.ir – “The airborne assaults, which were launched in the early hours of Monday morning, reportedly hit several targets including military posts in the northern and central parts of the Palestinian blockaded enclave… According to local Palestinian media, Israeli Apache helicopters were also involved and launched at least two missiles at the northwestern part of the strip, targeting the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, a military wing of the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement… Israeli sources claimed that the air raids were conducted in response to a rocket attack that had struck the southern part of the Israeli-occupied territories a few hours earlier, blaming the attack on the Palestinian resistance movement.”

Must Read: Income Tax & Bank Fraud: Memorandum of Law Lays Bare the Hoax that is the Internal Revenue Code – by PL Chang, Omnithought.org – “Breakthrough Memorandum of Law obliterates in 20 pages the fraud that has made the 3,837-page Internal Revenue Code a monolith of impenetrability. General knowledge of the contents of the Memorandum ultimately will result in withdrawal of cooperation on the part of a sufficient number of former victims of the fraud so as to lead to its elimination.”

Exposed ISIS Chemical Weapons Smuggled From Europe Through Turkey to Syria – 6min11

THE SAN BERNARDINO SHOOTING – What Really Happened Behind The Scenes? – by Shawn Helton, 21stCenturyWire.com – “After a week of whitewashed reports, a media scripted ransacking of the alleged ‘shooters’ home (tampering with a potential crime scene) and eyewitness accounts that contradict the official narrative, we also learn that in the very room where 14 people were reportedly killed (along with 21 injured) during a deadly shooting attack at the Inland Regional Center,  there was an “active-shooter” training drill involving some of the victims almost a year before the attack… Here’s what doesn’t add up… New information emerged casually in the mainstream media, prompting critics of such sensationalized events to have even more reason to question the validity of the official story surrounding this latest ‘mass shooting’ incident… In our previous articles on this subject, we pointed out multiple markers which clearly indicate ‘active shooter’ armed rehearsal drills held at and around the Inland Regional Center location. Here’s another – another unbelievable development discussed recently by the LA Times: ‘About a year ago, employees of San Bernardino County’s Environmental Health Services division underwent an “active-shooter training.”.. It was held at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino — in the very same room that would one day be a site of bloodshed and horror.’ ”

John_WhiteheadDon’t Be Fooled by the Political Game: The Illusion of Freedom in America – by John W. Whitehead, Rutherford.org – “The problem, of course, is that luck will not save us. As I make clear in my book, Battlefield America: The War on the American People, the people dealing the cards—the politicians, the corporations, the judges, the prosecutors, the police, the bureaucrats, the military, the media, etc.—have only one prevailing concern, and that is to maintain their power and control over the citizenry, while milking us of our money and possessions… It really doesn’t matter what you call them—Republicans, Democrats, the 1%, the elite, the controllers, the masterminds, the shadow government, the police state, the surveillance state, the military industrial complex—so long as you understand that while they are dealing the cards, the deck will always be stacked in their favor… Incredibly, no matter how many times we see this played out, Americans continue to naively buy into the idea that politics matter, as if there really were a difference between the Republicans and Democrats (there’s not).”

GMO industry manipulates the media, public opinion and politics with sleazy tactics, bought science and PR spin, report reveals – by J. D. Heyes, NaturalNews.com – “In ‘Seedy Business: What big food is hiding with its slick PR campaign on GMOs,’ the group, U.S. Right To Know, accused the agrichemical and food industries of spending lavishly the past few years pushing and touting GMOs globally, at the risk of fact-based science proving that they are harmful: ‘Since 2012, the agrichemical and food industries have mounted a complex, multifaceted public relations, advertising, lobbying and political campaign in the United States, costing more than $100 million, to defend genetically engineered food and crops and the pesticides that accompany them.’.. The report further states that the industry ‘manipulates the media, public opinion and politics with sleazy tactics, bought science and PR spin.’ ” (emph. added)

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U-Turn? Kerry Now Says: ‘U.S. NOT Seeking Regime Change in Syria’ – by Jason Ditz, Antiwar.com and 21stCenturyWire.com – “While US Republican Party debutantes were competing to see which candidate would be the toughest in “standing up against Russia,” and endless shilling for regime change in Syria, with GOP runners Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Carly Fiorina all screaming that, “Assad must go”… Secretary Kerry made a stunning admission which was blacked-out by the entire US mainstream media, and drowned-out online because of Donald Trump and the GOP circus: ‘The United States and our partners are not seeking so-called regime change,’ said Kerry… This is a complete u-turn position from what Washington and its allies have been saying for the last 4 years. Why now? What happened to Kerry’s previous claims likening Assad to Hitler?”

Yats-Wont-PayUkraine not to repay $3-billion debt to Russia: Premier  – from PressTV.ir – “Addressing a cabinet meeting on Friday, Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Kiev had decided to impose a “moratorium” on the Russian bond, meaning the Ukrainian government would officially default on the bond due on December 20… ‘From today we are halting payments on this debt,’ said the Ukrainian premier, adding, ‘I stress, once again, that we are ready for a legal process with the Russian side.’.. The announcement came a week after Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the government to take Ukraine to court should the Kiev government fail to repay the debt on time. Kiev has a 10-day grace period to pay debt to Moscow after the late December deadline… The two sides have been engaged in a dispute over the USD three-billion loan given by Moscow the government of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych shortly before his ouster in 2013.”

IMF says it may freeze aid to Ukraine if Kiev does not comply with requirements – from TASS.ru – “In particular, the budget of Ukraine should be approved in compliance with the requirements of the IMF, Lipton said… He stressed that the IMF is concerned about the discussions in the Ukrainian parliament, which effectively rejected the government proposal for a new tax code and the draft budget for 2016… Ukraine will have to cut social spending if it wants to continue receiving assistance from the IMF, Pavel Nefidov, director of the Financial and Banking Council of CIS said in an interview with TASS.”

Putin Has More Tricks Up His Sleeve in Combating Terrorism – by Stephen Lendman, RINF.com – “Putin: ‘We can see that the intelligence services of a number of countries are building up their ‘work on Russia,’ as we say. I am certain that our security service officers are prepared to meet this challenge.’.. He noted the effectiveness of Russia’s anti-terrorist aerial campaign in Syria, adding: ‘We are not using everything we have there’ or can bring to the table. ‘We have additional means, and we will use them if necessary’ in an all-out effort to eliminate a common scourge… Earlier, Putin made it very clear Russia intends continuing its war on terrorism until its objectives are accomplished – no matter how long it takes.”

Obama-signsObama signs into law tougher sanctions on Hezbollah – from PressTV.ir – ” ‘This strong, bipartisan bill intensifies pressure’ on the Hezbollah, a measure which ‘provides the administration additional tools with which to target Hezbollah’s financial lifeblood,’ White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement on Friday… ‘We continue to work with Congress in a bipartisan way to ensure that we maximize the tools available to us to thwart Hezbollah’s network at every turn, and we look forward to working together as we implement these new authorities,’ Earnest added… Obama approved the bill which was voted on unanimously by the US House of Representatives earlier this week… On Wednesday, the House voted for the measure 422 to 0 following a unanimous one in the US Senate on November 17.”

ISIS IP Addresses Traced Back To Saudi Arabia and UK Governments – by Brandon Turbeville, ActivistPost.com – “The Mirror reports that VandaSec showed them the IP addresses used by a group of three separate jihadists (digital ones at least) to access their Twitter accounts. What appeared at first to suggest that the IP addresses were based in Saudi Arabia soon revealed that the addresses linked back to the DWP in the UK… ‘VandaSec’s work has sparked wild rumours suggesting someone inside the DWP is running ISIS-supporting accounts, or they were created by intelligence services as a honeypot to trap wannabe jihadis,’ Jasper Hamill writes… The Mirror then claims to have traced the IP addresses shown to them by VandaSec and allegedly found that the addresses pointed to ‘a series of unpublicized transactions between Britain and Saudi Arabia.’.. The Mirror reports it has learned that the British government sold a significant number of IP addresses to two Saudi Arabian firms and, after the sale in October, the IP addresses were being used to spread ISIS propaganda.”

Something Extraordinary Is Happening in the World, And Most People Haven’t Noticed – by Gustavo Tanaka, HuffingtonPost.com – “Most of us haven’t quite realized there is something extraordinary happening… A few months ago, I freed myself from standard-procedure society. I broke the chains of fear that kept me locked up into the system. Since then, I see the world from a different perspective: the one that everything is going through change and that most of us are unaware of that… Why is the world changing? In this post, I’ll point out the eight reasons that lead me to believe it.(emph. added)

MH17-Crash_SiteFrom June ’15: MH17 likely downed by air-to-air missile, not Russian made – Investigative Committee – from RT.com – “Russia’s IC has been conducting its own investigation into the crash that saw 298 people killed in a plane crash in eastern Ukraine. Markin said that he considers the version of the MH17 downing on July 17, 2014 over eastern Ukraine by an air-to-air missile to be in priority… ‘Moreover, experts suppose that the rocket type established was not manufactured in Russia,’ he told TASS on Wednesday… He stressed that the experts’ conclusions indicate support to the testimony Evgeny Agapov, an aviation armaments mechanic in the Ukrainian Air Force, who is under Russian state protection as “key witness” to the MH17 crash… Specifically, Agapov testified that on July 17, 2014 a Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-25 jet aircraft piloted by a “Captain Voloshin” who “set out for a military task” and returned without ammunition… …Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said Wednesday there are no grounds to set up a tribunal… ‘Our doubts are shared by China. The US and the UK backed this proposal, maybe more actively than the Malaysians.’ He said that Russia in fact supports ‘tight international cooperation in the investigation,’ and that Moscow ‘has not been seeing much.’.. ‘We see that our experts have been excluded from [the investigation]. They are sometimes given some pieces of information about how the investigation is being conducted.’.. He added that the criminal inquiry is being carried out in a ‘strictly secret mode between several countries.’ ”

Security_Council-Syria_Peace_ResU.N. endorses Syria peace plan in rare show of unity among big powers – by Denis Dyomkin, John Irish and Sabine Siebol, Reuters.com – “The resolution gives a U.N. blessing to a plan negotiated previously in Vienna that calls for a ceasefire, talks between the Syrian government and opposition, and a roughly two-year timeline to create a unity government and hold elections… But the obstacles to ending the nearly five-year civil war remain daunting, with no side in the conflict able to secure a clear military victory. Despite their agreement, the major powers are bitterly divided on who may represent the opposition as well as on the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad… ‘This council is sending a clear message to all concerned that the time is now to stop the killing in Syria and lay the groundwork for a government that the long-suffering people of that battered land can support,’ U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told the 15-nation council after the vote… The resolution also calls for the U.N. to present the council with options for monitoring a ceasefire within one month.”

Syria opposition skeptical over UN-backed peace plan – from Reuters via Lebanon Daily Star – “A U.N.-backed roadmap to end the Syrian war was met with skepticism Saturday by members of the country’s fractured opposition who insist President Bashar Assad must go to achieve peace… The U.S. and Russian initiative, unanimously approved by the U.N. Security Council on Friday, foresees talks between the rebels and the government and a rapid ceasefire, perhaps even next month… But the plan was described as unrealistic by the Istanbul-based National Coalition, the main Syrian opposition grouping… The resolution ‘undermines the outcome of the meetings of revolutionary forces in Riyadh and waters down previous U.N. resolutions concerning a political solution in Syria,’ coalition head Khaled Khoja said on Twitter.”

 

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Syria-Opposition_SurrenderThousands of Takfiri Terrorists Lay Down Arms in Syria – from Geopolitics.co – “Over 180 wanted militants turned themselves in to the Syrian authorities in Dara’a on Sunday as the army is tightening grip on the terrorist groups across the country… The sources said that the recent victories of the Syrian army and National Defense Forces (NDF), with the backup of the Russia fighter jets, have caused a growing number of Takfiri terrorists to lay down their arms in Dara’a province in the hope that they will be pardoned by the government… Earlier today, the Syrian government announced that it has released tens of militants who had been jailed for armed struggle against the Damascus government… President Bashar Assad’s government freed 270 militants within the framework of the country’s reconciliation plan, the Arabic service of Russia Today television channel said.”

Syria: Ultimate Pipelineistan War – by Pepe Escobar, CounterPunch.org – “So, in the Big Picture, from Washington’s point of view, what matters most of all, once again, is «isolating» Iran from Europe. Washington’s game is to privilege Qatar as a source, not Iran, and Turkey as the hub, for the EU to diversify from Gazprom… This is the same logic behind the construction of the costly Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline, facilitated in Azerbaijan by Zbigniew «Grand Chessboard» Brzezinski in person… As it stands, prospects for both pipelines are less than dismal. The Vienna peace process concerning Syria will go nowhere as long as Riyadh insists on keeping its weaponized outfits in the «non-terrorist» list, and Ankara keeps allowing free border flow of jihadis while engaging in dodgy business with stolen Syrian oil… What’s certain is that, geo-economically, Syria goes way beyond a civil war; it’s a vicious Pipelineistan power play in a dizzying complex chessboard where the Big Prize will represent a major win in the 21st century energy wars.”

jonathan-lundgrenThis Scientist Uncovered Problems With Pesticides – Then the Government Started to Make His Life Miserable – by Tom Philpott, MotherJones.com – “In his August 3 letter announcing Lundgren’s two-week suspension, the ARS’s McMurtry declared two topics of Lundgren’s research to be “sensitive”—meaning, he writes, subjects that agency scientists can’t publish or speak to media about without ‘prior approval at the Area and National Program levels.’.. Now, it’s unclear exactly what makes a topic “sensitive.” Weeks ago, a spokesman for the Agricultural Research Service’s press office told me that he would look up the agency’s formal criteria for sensitivity and divulge it to me. Since then, he has repeatedly declined to answer the question. But it’s abundantly clear that many of Lundgren’s findings don’t jibe with industry interests… Take neonicotinoids, the globe’s most widely used class of insecticides with annual sales of about $2.6 billion. In a peer-reviewed 2015 paper co-authored with a South Dakota State University professor—the one the ARS accuses him of submitting for publication without proper internal approval—Lundgren found that one common neonic, clothianidin, marketed by Bayer, harms monarch butterflies at levels commonly found in Midwestern milkweed plants, the endangered insect’s habitat and food source.”

The Paris Attacks Are Just The Beginning – from StormCloudsGathering.com – “What’s happening in France should not be viewed in isolation. Xenophobic sentiment has been on the rise throughout Europe, and is gaining ground politically. This trend has clearly been exacerbated by the ongoing migrant crisis (which is obviously tied to the regime change policies of the West) but one variable in this equation that no one is talking about is the fact that the way immigration has been handled in Europe is not merely a question of short sightedness, it is a reflection of policy… In 2012 UN migration chief Peter Sutherland urged the EU to “do its best to undermine” the “homogeneity” of its member states. Such a proposition may sound absurd, unless you take into account that breaking down the national identity of a country makes it much easier to dissolve political boundaries and independence. And that’s precisely what the technocrats in Brussels want.”

Khalida_Jarrar2Israeli court jails Palestinian MP for 15 months: army – from DailyStar.com.lb – “Issa Qaraqe, Palestinian minister for prisoner affairs, condemned the trial, calling it ‘arbitrary and legally unjustified.’.. ‘This is a political arrest. The charges against her are fabricated and ridiculous… there are no security reasons as claimed by the Israeli authorities,’ he told AFP… Jarrar is a member of the Palestinian parliament which has not met since 2007 after elections a year earlier were won by the Islamist movement Hamas… Addameer said that five of the 132 members of that parliament are currently detained by Israel, including Marwan Barghouti — among the most prominent Palestinian leaders. Qaraqe condemned what he said was a “campaign” to prosecute parliamentarians… In August 2014 Jarrar was ordered to leave Ramallah within 24 hours and to move to Jericho, but announced at the time she would disobey.”

ISIS Makes Major Move In Yemen, Assassinates Aden’s Governor After Executing Two Dozen Houthis – by Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge.com – “What this suggests is that ISIS is now set to expand its influence in Yemen. Remember, the country’s proxy war is really no different in character to what’s going on in Syria. The distinction is that in Yemen, Iran is fighting via proxy while the Saudis and Qatar are there in person while in Syria, Iran has boots on the ground while the Saudis and Qatar are fighting via proxies… Of course one of Riyadh and Doha’s proxies in the Syrian conflict is ISIS, and as mentioned above, the group is now targeting the Saudi coalition’s support base in Aden which would seem to indicate – and this is a colorful metaphor we’ve used before – that this is but another example of Frankenstein breaking out of the lab and attacking its creators. Whether or not an expanded ISIS presence in Yemen will benefit the Saudi cause largely depends on whether the Houthis become Islamic State’s main target in the country, or whether they intend to wage a protracted war against pro-Hadi forces.”

Google-spyingK-12 Students, Privacy Advocates Call for Federal Sanctions – The Electronic Frontier Foundation calls for federal sanctions – by Steven Rosenfeld, Alternet.org – ” ‘Google is violating the Student Privacy Pledge in three ways,’ said the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), in a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission. ‘First… student personal information in the form of data about their use of non-educational Google services is collected, maintained, and used by Google for its own benefit, unrelated to authorized educational or school purposes.’.. ‘Second, the “Chrome Sync” feature of Google’s Chrome browser is turned on by default on all Google Chromebook laptops – including those sold to schools as part of Google for Education – thereby enabling Google to collect and use students’ entire browsing history and other data for its own benefit,’ EFF continues. ‘And third, Google for Education’s Administrative settings, which enable a school administrator to control settings for all program Chromebooks, allow administrators to choose settings that share student personal information with Google and third-party websites.’ ”

Voodoo Science: The Myth of Vaccine Efficacy – by Dr. Gary Null, GlobalResearch.ca – “…antibodies in turn will protect us from the infectious disease specific to a given vaccine… This central premise is virtually never challenged. Hundreds of millions of Americans simply accept that all vaccines are scientifically proven to confer immunity against disease. In a previous article, Uncovering the Cover-Up: Scientific Analysis of the Vaccine-Autism Connection, Deeply Flawed US Vaccine Policies, we examined the myths about vaccine safety and presented the actual science demonstrating vaccines’ toxic ingredients and adverse neurological effects. This report investigates the medical industry’s claims that vaccines are effective. Moreover, the independent research presented for each major vaccine raises serious questions that challenge the concept of antibody generation as a reliable factor to assure viral and bacterial immunity.” (emph. added)

Bill_HolterFinancial Markets Crashed, Including the Dollar. What Happened? – by Bill Holter, GlobalResearch.ca – “The Fed has truly painted themselves into a corner of their own making.  I am shocked they have been so vocal and vehement they were going to raise rates.  Did they not have a deal already in place with the ECB or were they double crossed?  On the one hand if they do not hike rates, their credibility is toast.  On the other hand if they do raise rates they will smoke the financial markets faster than you can call your broker with a sell order.  I can only think the Fed somehow believed they had a deal with the ECB?  Even the BIS has warned the Fed about raising rates, is the Fed just not listening to the rest of the world?  Whether they see it or not, they have created a currency crisis with the dollar being the central character.

EFSA and Member States vs. IARC on Glyphosate: Has Science Won? – from CorporateEurope.org – “On 12 November 2015, following a long saga (see our previous article), unnamed officials from EFSA and experts from EU Member States published the outcome of their joint re-assessment of the toxicity of glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in the world. More commonly known as ‘Roundup’, which is the original Monsanto trade name, it is applied to more than 150 food and non-food crops 1 and is used by millions of home-owners, businesses and public authorities to keep lawns, gardens, buildings and other land free of weeds. Glyphosate is also a cornerstone of GM crop cultivation. According to GM proponents, 57 per cent of all genetically modified crops grown commercially around the world in 2013 were herbicide tolerant, and the vast majority of these were engineered to tolerate glyphosate-based herbicides. This simplifies their cultivation in large-scale, socially and environmentally harmful monoculture plantations, also known as ‘green deserts‘… Following a peer review of available data, these anonymous officials issued several conclusions about the toxicity of glyphosate. Two of the most important outcomes were: – Glyphosate was deemed “unlikely” to cause cancer in humans; – It was suggested that the legally permissible exposure levels of EU consumers to glyphosate be increased by 66 per cent.”

Linus_PaulingDid Linus Pauling Really Get It Right Regarding Vitamin C’s Healing Powers? – by Paul A. Philips, NaturalBlaze.com – “One of the most respected scientists of all time twice Nobel Prize winner Biochemist Linus Pauling (1901-1994) was well aware of vitamin C and its involvement in the manufacture of good connective tissue and that it had been said to promote heart health… He hypothesised that heart disease was the result of developing long-term scurvy (vitamin C deficiency).  So, through experimentation, he devised a unified approach for the cure of heart disease; a therapy involving high doses of vitamin C (up to 6g a day) –40-60mg RDA is the guideline amount required to prevent scurvy… In spite of Pauling’s claim to the therapy’s success mainstream medicine’s reaction was one of flat rejection, claiming that Pauling, although a great scientist, was outside of his field of expertise… That was the end-of- story in terms of vitamin C getting recognition in mainstream medicine as a cure for heart disease, until recently…”

Destroying Syria to Create Sunnistan – by Mike Whitney, GlobalResearch.ca – “Bingo. Ultimately, the war on terror is a public relations fig leaf designed to conceal Washington’s attempt to rule the world. It’s impossible to make sense of goings-on around the globe without some grasp of how seemingly random acts of violence and terror fit within the broader and more comprehensive geopolitical strategy to create a new unipolar world order, to crush all emerging rivals, and to extend US full-spectrum-dominance across the planet… So it looks like an agreement has been struck between Turkey, the KRG and the United States to seize parts of northern Iraq and eastern Syria to create a de facto Sunni state that will be jointly-controlled by Ankara and Washington.  It also looks like Obama has agreed to use dodgy jihadi-proxies (aka–Terrorists) to work alongside US Special Forces to carry out future military operations.  So while the effort to remove Assad has been temporarily put on the backburner, the determination to destroy Syria is as strong as ever.”

Climate Hustle: The Perfect Antidote To Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth – by James Delingpole, Breitbart.com – “Climate Hustle is the Anti Inconvenient Truth. It’s for people with an open mind who want to know what’s really going on with the world’s climate – as opposed to what hucksters like Al Gore want to persuade them is going on with the world’s climate – all backed up with hard data and evidence presented by scientists who know and understand, among them the Nobel-prize-winning Norwegian physicist Ivar Giaever… Its message ought not to be dynamite, for it is no more than basic science and established fact… But Climate Hustle is dynamite – at least it will be to most viewers, especially younger ones – because what it says is so totally at odds with almost every documentary, TV programme and film that has ever been made on the subject of global warming. (Apart from Martin Durkin’s The Great Global Warming Swindle, climate skeptical documentaries are pretty much non-existent).”

Eric_Blair-20sSocial Justice Activists Seek Equal Tyranny For All (Women to Be Drafted Soon) – by Eric Blair, ActivistPost.com – “Thus, even if the lawsuit fails, women will probably be forced to register for the military draft in the near future. I suppose I should congratulate feminists for achieving equal treatment under the Constitution, right?.. I’m the father of three boys who will NOT be registering for the draft because fuck you. You don’t own them, through government or otherwise. They own themselves. And they will not fight and die in your corporate wars… If I had daughters, I’d feel the same way. I’d feel the same way if I was black, brown or a different nationality because the principles here are peace and liberty, not someone’s fleeting definition of equality… Albert Einstein famously said ‘I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I’m willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.’ ” (emph. added)

Crimea Loses Power Temporarily, Ukraine Loses Crimea Forever – by Tony Cartalucci, InformationClearingHouse.info – “Either Kiev has no control over what takes place in its own territory or it has ordered Right Sector and other groups to initiate the blockade of Crimea. Either way, Vice President Biden’s calls for Russia to return Crimea to Ukrainian control appear irresponsible at best. With literal Neo-Nazis cutting power to 2 million civilians – a blatant war crime – seems only to further vindicate Russia’s actions regarding Crimea and the decision of the people of Crimea themselves to seek a place within the Russian Federation… Sovereignty Games: The illegitimacy of not only the regime in Kiev, but of NATO who created it and to this day perpetuates its existence, has helped erode the very principles both are now trying to appeal to in order to maintain the territorial integrity of Ukraine. Beyond Ukraine, similar scenarios are developing across all of Eastern Europe, where as NATO attempts to expand closer and closer to Russia’s borders, it is finding it increasingly difficult to find allies who are not extremists with ties to fascism and/or Nazism… By allying itself with these radical elements, those populations subjected to their NATO-backed domination of politics, economics, and security are more likely to turn toward Russia either as Crimea did, or as the break-away republics of Donetsk and Lugansk have.”

McCain-Graham-DreadfulMcCain and Graham’s Predictably Terrible Ideas for Syria – by Daniel Larison, TheAmericanConservative.com – “Notice that two out of three pieces of this “coherent strategy” are focused on attacking and/or threatening regime forces and the regime’s patrons, which has nothing to do with “destroying” ISIS and promises to widen the conflict by committing the U.S. to fight against the Syrian government and its backers. There is nothing coherent about this, unless the goal is to get the U.S. into as many simultaneous conflicts with as many different parties as possible. For the sake of defending proxies that have proved themselves to be useless, McCain and Graham want the U.S. to risk open war with Russia. When they talk about the “real costs” that they want to impose on Russia, we know they are talking about killing Russian personnel and shooting down their planes, because they have explicitly called for this in the past.”

‘Out of question’: Erdogan rules out Turkish troop withdrawal from Iraq – from RT.com – ” ‘Objections were expressed to him over such actions, with the ambassador also [being] handed a demand … [for] the immediate withdrawal of Turkish troops from the territory of Iraq,” Mihebis said… The MP also commented on Erdogan’s previous claims to Al Jazeera that Turkish troops were in Iraq at the request of the country’s prime-minister, Haider al-Abadi.’.. ‘It’s a lie. This statement has nothing to do with reality … the Turkish troops have entered Iraq as invaders without a request from Iraqi government and without its permission,’ he said… Mihebis also confirmed media reports of Turkish airstrikes targeting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) forces in northern Iraq on Wednesday. He called the bombings ‘a new violation of Iraq’s sovereignty and of international law by Turkey.’.. ‘If Turkey does not withdraw its troops and the Security Council, the Arab League and the international community will continue to idle, we will find a way to protect our legal rights,’ Iraqi MP from the State of Law bloc, Awatif Nima, told RT.” – I wonder how that’s going to work?

U.S. Gov’t Finally Admits that Turkey Allows the Islamic State to Transport Stolen Oil Across Border – by Jay Syrmopoulos, FreeThoughtProject.com – “On Thursday, U.S. Treasury Department official Adam Szubin admitted that the Islamic State is moving the contraband oil into Turkey, but attempted to rationalize these actions by claiming that the majority of the stolen oil is being sold to the Assad government… ‘Some is coming across the border into Turkey,’ admitted Szubin… The terrorists make as much as $40 million per month selling oil and have earned more than $500 million from the oil trade so far, according to Szubin, who then attempted to place responsibility on the Assad government… ‘ISIL is selling a great deal of oil to the Assad regime,’ Szubin said, claiming that in spite of being at war, the two sides are “\’still engaged in millions and millions of dollars of trade,’  which to some degree is probably true out of necessity, but in no way excuses a NATO member state from financing a global terrorist organization.”

 

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