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

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Iran’s Zarif says Israel’s ‘myth of invincibility’ has crumbled (Munich Security Conference) (29 min)

Comment: From my perspective there are lightyears of separation between the reasonable tone and frank acknowledgement of fact that Mr Zarif expresses here and the deception and weaponized language which seems to predominate in the political speech of the West and the global hegemonic interests. Highly recommended.

UN Security Council Passed Resolution On Syria Ceasefirehttps://southfront.org/un-security-council-passed-resolution-on-syria-ceasefire/ – “Bashar Jaafari, Syria’s ambassador to the UN, welcomed the resolution and confirmed that Damascus government will comply with it. However, Jaafari pointed out that the opposition militants have never respected any ceasefire agreement upon orders from their foreign backers… On the other side, the main opposition forces in the East Ghouta pocket, Jaysh al-Islam, Faylaq al-Rahman and the Ahrar al-Sham Movement are yet to announce their position from the new UN resolution. These forces broke a similar ceasefire agreement, which was agreed upon during the Vienna talks on January 26.”

Syrian Army Starts Ground Operation In Eastern Ghouta, Captures Four Locations (Map)https://southfront.org/syrian-army-starts-ground-operation-in-eastern-ghouta-captures-four-locations-map/

LA Has Criminalized Poverty By Making It Illegal To Sleep In Cars and RVs – by John Vibes – http://trueorganicandfree.com/la-criminalized-poverty-making-illegal-sleep-cars-rvs/ – “Policies like this can have disastrous consequences, in Canada where laws like this have been implemented for some time, one man racked up over $110,000 worth of fines for essentially being homeless… Last year, The Mind Unleashed reported that the city of Seattle was planning to set up razor-wire fencing to keep homeless populations from camping. Then, earlier this year we reported that San Francisco was using Robots scare homeless people away from encampments and report them to police… Not soon after that, the city of San Francisco spent $8,700 installing large boulders under overpasses to prevent homeless people from setting up camps.”

Another One! Florida Father Said CNN Was Recruiting People Specifically To Push a Narrative – by Lawrence Richard – http://news.sarahpalin-blog.com/2018/02/23/another-one-florida-father-said-cnn-recruiting-people-specifically-push-narrative/ – “Andrew Klein, whose daughter attends Stoneman Douglas High School, says that a CNN producer told him the day after the shooting they were looking for people to do interviews who would ‘espouse a certain narrative which was taking the tragedy and turning it into a policy debate.’ ”

Syria’s UN Envoy: Endangering Lives Of 8 Million Civilians In Damascus To Protect Terrorists In Eastern Ghouta Is Unacceptablehttps://southfront.org/syrias-un-envoy-endangering-lives-8-million-civilians-damascus-protect-terrorists-eastern-ghouta-unacceptable/ – ” ‘We are certain that these practices will continue and some UN bodies will overlook the urgent serious information we submitted about the armed terrorist groups’ preparations for a new “big spectacle” which suggests that the Syrian government has used toxic chemicals against civilians in the Eastern Ghouta where these groups fabricate evidence, train its members to act as if they are exposed to these toxic materials in order to be photographed by known media networks and Lowcock’s reporters and accuse the Syrian Arab army of this crime,’ said al-Jaafari…He noted that the Syrian government has consistently sent letters to the UN Secretary General and President of the UN Security Council for like 2 months documenting the number of victims and material damage as well as the shells which rained down on Damascus over the past few weeks and reached 1200 shells.”

State Chinese Paper Encourages U.S. To Restrict Guns To “Protect Human Rights” – by Aaron Kesel – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/02/china-encourages-us-restrict-guns-protect-human-rights.html – “This advice comes from a communist country where they have spikes on the ground for the homeless. So tell me how spikes are a “right of life?”.. Besides showing disregard for the poor, President Xi Jinping’s administration has seen a sweeping crackdown on lawyers and activists over the past few years, enacting new laws under the guise of “national security” since Xi Jinping took power in 2012… Among those, there have been nearly 250 targeted individuals who were questioned or detained by state security agents following the unprecedented government crackdown on human rights lawyers and other activists that started in July 2015; nine were convicted of “subverting state power,” “inciting subversion of state power” or “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” according to Amnesty.org.” (emphasis added) – Comment: Interesting that Chinese media seem to be cooperating and working in concert with “Western Media” as this Anti-gun Push accelerates.

A good article and my comment on it: The very interesting article – Weaponized Consensus by the Collective Establishes Counterfeit Premises to Control Contrived Contingencies – by Doug “Uncola” Lynn – is found here: https://thetollonline.com/2018/02/22/weaponized-consensus-by-the-collective-establishes-counterfeit-premises-to-control-contrived-contingencies/ – The comment I put up (awaiting moderation) is:

Scott Peck is entirely incorrect is selling the concept that “people of the lie” are different than the ordinary garden-variety ego. Everyone is capable of making mistakes (unskillful behavior) based on ignorant misperception of reality (the non-dual synergy of consciousness and the world-of-form). Developing skill is a process of realizing how we are degrading the QUALITY OF OUR OWN LIVES by invading the lives of other beings and of living systems, and doing THE WORK of changing our behavior. Even THE WORST “luciferian” miscreants can (and will) eventually learn the price that their ignorance is costing them. All are worthy of clemency when they repent.

from the FYI Desk: Did the Massachusetts Legislature Become the Catalyst for Civil War II? – by Dave Hodges – “http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/massachusetts-legislature-become-catalyst-civil-war-ii/ – “Massachusetts is that first foolish state to move on the Second Amendment, but certainly will not be the last state to ban bump stocks for firearms… History has spoken on this issue, and American politicians are not listening to the lessons previously learned… The bump stock confiscation law went into effect almost three weeks ago.  Have the police had to hire new employees who are needed to assist in the collection of these now banned accessories? Not exactly, because after three weeks, the  police cannot believe the fact that only four, count’em, FOUR people have turned in their bump stock… If America will not surrender bump stocks, they will never surrender their guns. Nobody knew when Archduke Francis Ferdinand was assassinated, that would set off World War I and millions would die. The same could be said here. This irresponsible and unconstitutional action by the Massachusetts Legislature could very well be the catalyst for civil war. The ball now lies in the court of the Deep State, because the people are clearly saying no to gun control.”

Does Jihad Really Have “Nothing to do with Islam”? – by Denis MacEoin – https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/11623/jihad-islam – “In taking that stance, McMaster has broken with many members of his own staff, several of whom he was later to fire, and with the Trump administration itself. This desire to deny a connection between Islam and terrorism or to distinguish between a “pure” Islamic religion and “perversions” of it had been for many years a characteristic of the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, as well as Hillary Clinton’s tweets, when “this has nothing to do with Islam” was an oft-repeated refrain… One of the people whom McMaster fired is Richard Higgins, a top NSC official who had written a memoir in which he warned of the dangers of radical Islam and its alliance with the far Left. In a lengthy document, Higgins wrote… ‘

from the Propaganda-Drumbeat-Report Desk: Death toll in Syria enclave tops 500 after UN delays truce vote – Syrian and Russian forces launch new airstrikes on besieged Eastern Ghouta, controlled by two Islamist factions and ex-Al-Qaeda affiliate – by Hasan Mohamed (apparent Jihadist working for Times of Israel) – https://www.timesofisrael.com/death-toll-in-syria-enclave-tops-500-after-un-delays-truce-vote/ – “More than 120 children have been among the dead in the bombing campaign that the regime launched last Sunday on the enclave just outside Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said… The Britain-based monitor of the war said at least 29 civilians were killed in Saturday’s strikes, including 17 in the main town of Douma… The rebels have been firing back (Note: In fact, the “rebels”/”moderate terrorists” have been firing on civilians in Demascus for 4 years, killing hundreds) into Damascus, where a hospital was hit on Friday, state news agency SANA reported… At least 16 civilians have been killed in eastern districts of the capital since Sunday, according to state media, and many residents have sought temporary accommodation elsewhere for fear of a further intensification of the fighting.” (emphasis added) – Comment: The “Syrian Observatory for Human Rights” is one man, Rami Abdulrahman, reporting throughout the war against Syria from Coventry, UK. He is getting these reports on the “Horror” of the “Assad Regime’s” attacks on East Ghouta from the infamous White Helmets, an arm of Al Nusra Front. – See also by Hassan Mohamed: https://www.timesofisrael.com/strikes-pound-syrias-eastern-ghouta-as-world-fumbles-for-response/https://www.timesofisrael.com/five-day-assault-on-syria-enclave-kills-more-than-400-civilians/

Israel and Iran: Inching Toward Armed Conflict – by Peter Korzun – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/02/22/israel-and-iran-inching-toward-armed-conflict.html – “Israel would wage electronic warfare against Iran’s military and civilian infrastructure, such as its electric grids and Internet, creating interference with Iran’s emergency frequencies…After the war has begun, Israel will come under rocket and missile attack from Iran’s proxies: Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Hezbollah in Lebanon. Hezbollah has up to 150,000 rockets that can reach anywhere in Israel. It is true however, that Israel possesses a sophisticated, multilayer, air-defense shield. A first-class intelligence and early-warning system will mitigate the fallout, but substantial damage will be unavoidable… Israeli troops will have to deploy in the Strip and move across the Lebanese border. But the Shia group will have to fight on two fronts: in Syria to prop up the Assad government, and in Lebanon against Israel. Syria is likely to find itself involved in combat operations. Israel will go to any length to keep Iran and Hezbollah away from its border.”

Jaysh al-Islam Shells Damascus With Heavy Rockets. Russian Warplanes Respondhttps://southfront.org/jaysh-al-islam-shells-damascus-with-heavy-rockets-russian-warplanes-respond-video-photos/ – “Jaysh al-Islam likely targeted the Rukn al-Din district with a Syrian-made Maysalun unguided artillery rocket. The rocket is a copy of the Iranian Zelzal-2 rocket. Maysalun has a range of 210km and a heavy high explosive (HE) warhead.”

Turkish Presidential Spokesman Says Any Forces Assiting YPG Are ‘Legitimate Targets’https://southfront.org/turkish-presidential-spokesman-says-any-forces-assiting-ypg-are-legitimate-targets/ – ” ‘Every step taken in support for the YPG terror organization would mean [any forces intervening on the Kurdish militants’ side] are on the same level as terror organizations. And for us, that would make them legitimate targets,’ the official said. ‘It doesn’t matter who makes such an attempt, there will be serious consequences.’ ” – Comment: If the Turkish Army or their proxy fighters fire on the Syrian Arab Army, I would say all bets on the course of this 6-year war on Syria by the Atlanticist Empire will be off.

from the The-Propaganda-War-Is-ON! Desk: UN Chief Appeals for Truce for Syria’s Besieged E. Ghoutahttps://www.voanews.com/a/un-appeals-cease-fire-syria-eastern-ghouta/4264312.html – “Secretary-General António Guterres is appealing to the council to approve an urgent 30-day halt in fighting across Syria and to help the 400,000 besieged residents of eastern Ghouta, who he said, “live in hell on earth.”.. ‘I believe eastern Ghouta cannot wait,’ Guterres said of the northern rebel-held enclave that has been under siege by pro-government forces since 2013. “’y appeal to all those involved, is for an immediate suspension of all war activities in eastern Ghouta, allowing for humanitarian aid to reach all those in need.’.. Last year, the enclave was designated as one of four de-escalation zones in a deal with President Bashar al-Assad’s supporters Russia and Iran, along with Turkey.” – Comment: This article is so full of lies one doesn’t know where to begin.

Delingpole: NOAA Caught Adjusting Big Freeze out of Existencehttp://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/02/20/delingpole-noaa-caught-adjusting-big-freeze-out-of-existence/ – “That’s because, as Paul Homewood has discovered, NOAA has been cooking the books. Yet again – presumably for reasons more to do with ideology than meteorology – NOAA has adjusted past temperatures to look colder than they were and recent temperatures to look warmer than they were… We’re not talking fractions of a degree, here. The adjustments amount to a whopping 3.1 degrees F. This takes us well beyond the regions of error margins or innocent mistakes and  deep into the realm of fiction and political propaganda… Homewood first smelt a rat when he examined the New York data sets.

Russia Conspiracy Theorists Have Failed To Meet Their Burden Of Proof – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/russia-conspiracy-theorists-have-failed-to-meet-their-burden-of-proof-17022aac7b20 – “One of the very few interesting specks of light on this scene has been Aaron Maté and his unusual knack for convincing promulgators of the establishment Russia narrative to debate him, shining a big spotlight on just how weak the argument is. In December he famously debated “Collusion” author Luke Harding in a beatdown that was the verbal equivalent of watching a prime Mike Tyson fight Bruno Mars, and he recently had a more low-key but equally revealing interview with John Feffer of Lobelog and Foreign Policy in Focus.” – Comment: Caitlin continues to wow me with the quality of her analyses and prose.

US meddled in foreign votes ‘for good cause’ – former CIA director James Woolsey (4 min)https://youtu.be/IszoSW2oEDYComment: Woolseys response to interviewer Laura Ingraham is most amusing…

‘No Cash’ Signs Swamp Sweden, Central Bank Under Scrutiny – by Amanda Billner – https://www.technocracy.news/index.php/2018/02/19/no-cash-signs-swamp-sweden-central-bank-scrutiny/ – “Value of Swedish notes and coins in circulation has dropped to the lowest level since 1990… Last year, the amount of cash in circulation in Sweden dropped to the lowest level since 1990 and is more than 40 percent below its 2007 peak. The declines in 2016 and 2017 were the biggest on record… An annual survey by Insight Intelligence released last month found that only 25 percent of Swedes paid in cash at least once a week in 2017, down from 63 percent just four years ago. A full 36 percent never use cash, or just pay with it once or twice a year.”

UNESCO demonstrates multi-pronged approach to resilient citieshttp://moderndiplomacy.eu/2018/02/18/unesco-demonstrates-multi-pronged-approach-resilient-cities/ – “For cities to be inclusive, safe and resilient, governments, mayors and local stakeholders need urban policies that integrate the soft power of culture, education, science and social integration, as suggested in the New Urban Agenda adopted at the Habitat III conference in 2016. UNESCO’s participation at the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 7-13 February 2018, demonstrated this with five events engaging international and local voices on how cities can forge a sustainable future.” – Note: from the website ModernDiplomacy.eu, showing that the push for diplomacy has now migrated from the “nation state” to the “city state” in the minds of the controllers.

Liberals Agree: Russia Committed an ‘Act of War’, a ‘Pearl Harbor’, a ‘9/11’! (!) – by Glenn Greenwald – https://russia-insider.com/en/liberals-agree-russia-committed-act-war-pearl-harbor-911/ri22574 – “IN THE WAKE of last week’s indictments alleging that 13 Russian nationals and entities created fake social media accounts and sponsored political events to sow political discord in the U.S., something of a consensus has arisen in the political and media class (with some notable exceptions) that these actions not only constitute an “act of war” against the U.S., but one so grave that it is tantamount to Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Indeed, that Russia’s alleged “meddling” is comparable to the two most devastating attacks in U.S. history has, overnight, become a virtual cliché.”

Why We’re Underestimating American Collapse – The Strange New Pathologies of the World’s First Rich Failed State – by Umair Haque – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/48807.htm – “American collapse is much more severe than we suppose it is. We are underestimating its magnitude, not overestimating it. American intellectuals, media, and thought doesn’t put any of its problems in global or historical perspective — but when they are seen that way, America’s problems are revealed to be not just the everyday nuisances of a declining nation, but something more like a body suddenly attacked by unimagined diseases.”

Scientists Create Human-Sheep Chimera With Hopes of Affordable Organ Transplantshttp://www.thedailysheeple.com/scientists-create-human-sheep-chimera-with-hopes-of-affordable-organ-transplants_022018 – “This week, the team from Stanford University was able to grow a sheep embryo injected with adult human stem cells for 28 days, including 21 days inside a sheep, it announced at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Austin, Texas, the Guardian reports. The experiment had to be terminated, as the law prohibits developing cross-species embryos, called chimera, for more than 28 days… Researchers had already created the first human-pig hybrid.”

US seeks to double AK-47 supply to Syrian PARTNERS (emphasis added) – by Jack Detsch – https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/02/us-double-ak47-supply-partners-syria-pentagon.html – “Budget figures released Feb. 15 reveal that the Pentagon plans to give its Syrian partners — including the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) — more than 25,000 AK-47s, the gas-powered Soviet-era gun that has become a fixture in Syria’s seven-year civil war. The low cost and accessibility of the Kalashnikovs make them easy for US-backed troops to sustain as the Pentagon looks to hold territory won back from the Islamic State (IS) in the Euphrates River Valley.” (emphasis added)

Here’s how Mueller’s latest indictment further discredits the Trump Dossier – Trump Dossier alleges collusion between Trump Campaign and Russia but fails to report events which actually took place – by Alexander Mercouris – http://theduran.com/mueller-indictment-discredits-trump-dossier/ – “Despite Edward Luce’s desperate efforts to argue otherwise, Mueller’s latest indictment far from corroborating the Trump Dossier, has done the opposite… With the Trump Dossier – the lynchpin of the whole collusion case – not just unverified and discredited but proved repeatedly to have been completely uninformed about events which were actually going on, why do some people persist in pretending that there is still a collusion case to investigate?”

State election officials across country returning to paper ballotshttps://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2018/02/18/state-election-officials-across-country-returning-paper-ballots/mVoVKD6SW41yNejR327y6H/story.html – “I’ve always been in favor of paper ballots, even when it was fashionable to use electronic systems,” said Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin. “You take the card, you mark your choices, you take it to the box. You ensure it’s counted. All the cards are retained. If there’s a question you can go in and count the cards.”

Top (Israeli) general says IDF gearing up for war in 2018 – Head of military operations says neither side wants all-out conflict, but Assad’s victories in Syrian civil war are making it far more likely – by Judah Ari Gross – https://www.timesofisrael.com/top-general-says-idf-gearing-up-for-war-in-2018/ – ” ‘In the northern arena, there is a change coming due to the strategic developments in the Syrian internal fighting. The Iranians and Hezbollah, who are backing [Assad], are getting freed up to start building their power,’ he said… ‘We are not allowing these things to happen without our involvement. We are acting and will continue to act,’ he continued, apparently referring to reported Israeli airstrikes in Syria against Hezbollah and Iranian targets.”

Escalation in Syria – How Far Can the Russians be Pushed? – by The Saker – http://www.unz.com/tsaker/escalation-in-syria-how-far-can-the-russians-be-pushed/ – “The main problem in Syria is the fact that the US and the Israelis are currently operating in the Syrian skies with total impunity. If this changes, this will be a slow and gradual process. First, there would be a few isolated losses (like the Israeli F-16 recently), then we would see that the location of US and/or Israeli airstrikes would gradually shift from urban centers and central command posts to smaller, more isolated targets (such as vehicle columns). This would indicate an awareness that the most lucrative targets are already too well defended. Eventually, the number of air sorties would be gradually replaced by cruise and ballistic missiles strikes. Underlying it all would be a shift from offensive air operations to force protection which, in turn, would give the Syrians, Iranians, and Hezbollah a much easier environment to operate in. But the necessary first step for any of that to happen would be to dramatically increase the capability of Syrian air defenses.”

Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisitionhttp://www.internationalman.com/articles/nobody-expects-the-spanish-inquisition – “Social Justice” trends historically have resulted in mass violence and tragedy. Could it happen again?

Mueller Indictment – The “Russian Influence” Is A Commercial Marketing Scheme – by Moon of Alabama – http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/02/mueller-indictement-the-russian-influence-is-a-commercial-marketing-scheme.html – The indictment is fodder for the public to prove that the Mueller investigation is “doing something”. It distracts from further questioning  the origin of the Steele dossier. It is full of unproven assertions and assumptions. It is a sham in that none of the Russian persons or companies indicted will ever come in front of a U.S. court. That is bad because the indictment is build on the theory of a new crime which, unless a court throws it out, can be used to incriminate other people in other cases and might even apply to this blog. The later part of this post will refer to that… In the early 1990s some dude in St. Petersburg made a good business selling hot dogs. He opened a colorful restaurant. Local celebrities and politicians were invited to gain notoriety while the restaurant served cheap food for too high prices. It was a good business. A few years later he moved to Moscow and gained contracts to cater to schools and to the military. The food he served was still substandard… But catering bad food as school lunches gave him, by chance, the idea for a new business” – Comment: Best analysis of the “Mueller 13” indictments and their implications that I’ve seen.


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