Web Research Links for the Week of 3/5/18

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Map Update: Military Situation In Eastern Ghouta Following Liberation Of Madierahttps://southfront.org/map-update-military-situation-in-eastern-ghouta-following-liberation-of-madiera/Comment: Very dramatic collapse of the defenses of the various terrorist groups occupying East Ghouta. The end for them now seems to be in sight. Agreements for surrender in exchange for transfers to Idlib are expected.

Donald Trump advocates death penalty for drug dealers in rambling speech – by Ben Jacobs – https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/mar/11/donald-trump-advocates-death-penalty-for-drug-dealers-in-rambling-speech – “But Trump spent most of his hour and 20 minutes on stage talking about almost every other topic under the sun. He confirmed reports that that he had been floating the idea of imposing a death penalty on drug dealers by a long discourse where he praised the criminal justice system in China. Trump noted China once had a problem with “the opium” that was “devastating” and went on to explain his bafflement that murderers were treated more harshly than drug dealers. ‘If someone goes and shoots somebody, kills somebody they get the death penalty,’ said Trump. In contrast, he noted ‘a drug dealer will kill 2,000 to 5,000 people during the course of his life’… Trump acknowledged how controversial the concept was. ‘I don’t know if this country is ready but I think it’s a discussion we have to start thinking about.’ ” – Comment: This is the kind of statement by Trump that showcases his breath-taking lack of clarity and logic. It also indicates the levels of control over his policy initiatives. I wonder if Trump has considered the number of deaths that are due to the depradations of the Pharma corporations?

The CIA Democrats – by Patrick Martin – https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/dems-m07.html – “An extraordinary number of former intelligence and military operatives from the CIA, Pentagon, National Security Council and State Department are seeking nomination as Democratic candidates for Congress in the 2018 midterm elections. The potential influx of military-intelligence personnel into the legislature has no precedent in US political history.”

Recycled water from sewers coming to California taps – by Ted Andersen – https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Recycled-water-from-sewer-OK-d-for-California-12735732.php – “New regulations approved Tuesday by the California State Water Resources Control Board allow treated recycled water to be added to reservoirs, the source of California municipal drinking water… The regulations specify the percentage of recycled water that can be added and how long it must reside there before being treated again at a surface water treatment facility and provided as drinking water, according to the Water Board… ‘This is a type of indirect potable use — it’s not treated recycle water that goes directly to someone’s house,’ said Miryam Barajas at the Water Board. ‘It’s highly treated.’ ” (emphasis added) Comment: Oh, It’s “highly” treated. Must be fine.

Blythe Masters Tells Banks the Blockchain Changes Everything – The banker who helped give the world credit-default swaps wants to upend finance again—this time with the code that powers bitcoin – by Edward Robinson and Matthew Leising – https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2015-09-01/blythe-masters-tells-banks-the-blockchain-changes-everything – ” ‘You should be taking this technology as seriously as you should have been taking the development of the Internet in the early 1990s,’ Masters, a lithe 46-year-old Englishwoman with auburn hair and the proper diction of the Home Counties, explains to the rapt audience. ‘It’s analogous to e-mail for money.’.. That’s a bold statement, but Masters isn’t the only voice heralding the coming of the blockchain. The Bank of England, in a report earlier this year, calls it the ‘first attempt at an Internet of finance,’ while the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis hails it as a “stroke of genius.” In a June white paper, the World Economic Forum says, ‘The blockchain protocol threatens to disintermediate almost every process in financial services.’ ”

Disabled Virginia Mom Arrested with No Warrant, No Charges Because Health Impact News Exposed her Storyhttp://healthimpactnews.com/2018/disabled-virginia-mom-arrested-with-no-warrant-no-charges-because-health-impact-news-exposed-her-story/ – “Since that time, Whitney (mother of kidnapped woman) has been gagged by the family court from talking about the Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) case against her daughter. Whitney has served as conservator over her daughter, whose mental health seriously declined after the children were taken from her family… The chancery court, in which the conservatorship case is held, has been reportedly “following suit” of the family court in trying to bully Whitney Manning into silence… Her attorney clarified to Health Impact News that there is no gag order on the chancery court case, but it is under seal. It is clear, however, that Whitney is afraid to speak out, but she is even more afraid of what will happen to Tara if she doesn’t speak up now.”

U.S. Government Officially Conscripts Google Into The Military Industrial Complex – by Jake Anderson – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/03/government-conscripts-google-military-industrial-complex.html – ” Only months after it was disclosed that the Pentagon was using artificial intelligence (AI) to  hunt for terrorists, officials have now acknowledged that Google has been collaborating with the Department of Defense to use AI in analyzing drone footage. The disclosure comes amid an uproar among Google employees who aren’t happy to be assisting in the development of military applications. ”

Syrian Army Moves Closer to Splitting the East Ghouta Terrorist Pockethttp://21stcenturywire.com/2018/03/08/syrian-army-moves-close-splitting-east-ghouta-terrorist-pocket/ – “According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian Army is only one kilometer away from splitting the Islamist-held East Ghouta pocket in two… If the Syrian Army is successful in splitting the East Ghouta, they will have ultimately secured the vehicle management base and met up with their forces in the area.”

UN Chief Appoints Bloomberg as Envoy for Climate Actionhttps://www.voanews.com/a/michael-bloomberg-un-envoy-climate-action/4281511.html – “The U.N.’s new envoy for climate action, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said Monday that President Donald Trump can become “a great leader” if he changes his mind about global warming and keeps the United States in the Paris climate agreement… The billionaire media mogul expressed hope that Trump will listen to his advisers, look at the data on climate change, and support the 2015 Paris accord aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions… Bloomberg spoke during a ceremony at which U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres gave him the new title of U.N. special envoy for climate action, handing him the job of spurring international action to help curb global warming.” – Note: Bloomberg is a Trilateral Commissioner.

A Stalinist Purge In America? – by Paul Craig Roberts – https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/03/07/stalinist-purge-america/ – “Why are not Mueller, Comey, Rosenstein, and all the rest indicted for their clear and obvious crimes?.. America’s future turns on the answer to this question. Is it because the Trump regime is letting the presstitutes and the Democrats destroy their credibility, or is it because Trump is weak, confused, and doesn’t know how to use the powers of his office to slay those who intend to slay him?… If it is the former, then America will move far to the right. If it is the latter, America will have had its own Stalinist purge, and the purge is likely to follow the Stalin model and to extend down to those who voted for Trump.” (emphasis added)

Ukraine Begins Seizing Gazprom Property Citing Stockholm Court Decision – Court ruled Ukraine does not have to pay the contractual penalty fees for not drawing enough gas, but Gazprom has to pay Kiev $4.5 billion for transit of gas that never happened because Ukraine is in a poor economic situation – https://russia-insider.com/en/ukraine-begins-seizing-gazprom-property-citing-stockholm-court-decision/ri22725 – “Naftogaz pushed for a retroactive change in the price of gas, the reimbursement of overpayments and the repeal of a ban on reselling Russian gas. The court eventually satisfied some of the Ukrainian company’s demands, in particular by setting a minimum amount of gas that Naftogaz must buy from Gazprom annually (from 2018) at a volume that was 10 times lower than in the original contract. At the same time, it also obliged Gazprom to pay for the transit of the Russian gas through the Ukrainian territory between 2009 and 2017 even though the gas was not, in fact, transited over that period… The Head of Gazprom, Alexei Miller, then called the court’s decision “asymmetric” and “very politically motivated.” The court justified its decision by referring to a difficult economic situation in Ukraine.” (emphasis added) Comment: This Social Marxist court is apparently basing its decision on the principle of “Equity” as observed by the UN/Globalist regime. Equity is one of the “3 E’s” (equity-economy-environment) of Agenda 21.

Britain First leader and deputy leader jailed for hate crimeshttp://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-43320121 – ” Fransen was handed a 36-week sentence and Golding 18 weeks… Judge Justin Barron threw out three of the charges, while Fransen was found guilty of three and Golding of one… He told the court the pair were “well-known”, “controversial” and ‘generate their own publicity’, but his verdict was based ‘solely on admissible evidence heard in court’ (Comment: of course it was)… He said their words and actions “demonstrated hostility” towards Muslims and the Muslim faith… ‘I have no doubt it was their joint intention to use the facts of the case [in Canterbury] for their own political ends.’.. ‘It was a campaign to draw attention to the race, religion and immigrant background of the defendants.’ ” – Comment: The real reasons that Fransen and Golding were prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service are indicated by Fransen’s speech in the video linked below. This speech has been scrubbed from yootoob, and this video was ironically put up by an Anti-Britain-First activist.Jayda Fransen speech in Belfast – August 2017 (12 min): https://youtu.be/LzBewGvayLE

Experiment Demonstrates the Deadly Power of Social Compliance – by Dylan Charles – http://www.wakingtimes.com/2018/03/07/televised-experiment-demonstrates-deadly-power-social-compliance/ – “The main experiment picks up from there, involving unwitting subjects who are gradually convinced of the need to push another person off of a high-rise building. It’s an elaborate setup, which builds upon one small act of compliance after another until the subject is put into a situation where they are encouraged to kill a man they just met.”

President Trump Goes FULL Anti-Vaxx… – by Kent Heckenlively – http://bolenreport.com/president-trump-goes-full-anti-vaxx/  From the opening paragraph: “The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit charging that a Wisconsin nursing home’s insistence that all employees get annual flu vaccinations amounted to religious discrimination and a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964… ” Trump’s Justice Department is putting us on the same legal footing as the Freedom Riders of the 1960s who protested against segregation.  How sweet it that?????.”

Two Russians poisoned; Britain goes mad – Feverish speculation in the British media of Russian state involvement in alleged poisoning of Sergey Skripal and his daughter is unwarranted – by Alexander Mercouris – http://theduran.com/two-russians-struck-britain-goes-mad/

Police Are Creating A National Surveillance Network Using COMTEC, Project Green Light And More – by MassPrivateI –  https://www.activistpost.com/2018/03/police-national-surveillance-network.html – Police are thrilled to spy on students and will use COMTEC to spy on them in real-time… Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel said, ‘giving access to law enforcement from the schools to see things that are happening inside that school in real-time, if and when an active shooter, wow what an incredible advantage.’.. And if that doesn’t worry you, maybe this will: A recent article in the Macomb Daily News reveals that all school districts openly work with the FBI, State Police and the Sheriff’s Department… Politicians are glamorizing spying on the public.” (emphasis added)Fun video from article: Macomb County safety system allows officials to use cameras to track school shooters (2 min) https://youtu.be/AE5SItnExFE

The Online Hate Index (1 min): https://youtu.be/lULmie51-pU – “Helping Online Tech companies understand the extent of “Hate®” on their platforms” – Comment: If it looks like Fascism, and smells like Fascism, and sounds like Fascism, and quacks like Fascism…

REAL BLACK MIRROR Inside China’s creepy ‘social credit’ system that analyses internet shopping and social media use in order to blacklist ‘lazy’ or wasteful citizens and allow those who behave well to borrow money – The terrifying initiative, which has been rolled out through pilot scheme, bans low-rated people from buying plane tickets and sending their kids to private school – by Mark Hodge – https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5730910/china-social-credit-rating-blacklists-citizens/ – “While the social credit scheme will become mandatory in China in 2020, it is currently being tested in pilot schemes which have been rolled out through private financial companies… The most high profile of these is Sesame Credit which has been developed by Ant Financial and uses computer algorithms to score people from 350 to 950, reports The Guardian… Likened to an episode of dystopian horror series Black Mirror, Sesame Credit rates people on factors including “interpersonal relationships” and consumer habits including buying video games.”

Disabled Parents Losing Right to Parent their Own Children in America while Foster Parent Recruitment Seeks “Imperfect Parents”http://healthimpactnews.com/2018/disabled-parents-losing-right-to-parent-their-own-children-in-america-while-foster-parent-recruitment-seeks-imperfect-parents/ – ” While parents with disabilities make up only 6.2 percent of all parents in the United States, a recent study found that 19 percent of children in foster care have a parent with a disability… According to data from the Child Maltreatment report for 2016 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, only about 25% of the children coming into the system are taken for reasons of physical or sexual abuse. Most children placed into the foster care system were not abused. Nationally, only 17.2% of the allegations against parents are even substantiated.”

Homelessness in L.A.: A national disgrace that must be fixed – by Paul Thornton – http://www.latimes.com/la-ol-opinion-newsletter-homelessness-la-20180303-htmlstory.html – “Still, while there’s a collective sense of urgency that something must be done now, how to go about doing it eludes planners and residents when details such as where to house homeless people need to be worked out. There are also misconceptions about homeless people — that the vast majority are hopelessly mentally ill or drug-addicted rather than just down on their luck — that dampen the guilt that ought to come with simply looking the other way while thousands of our fellow humans struggle and die without housing.”

White Helmets Exploit Children to ‘Manufacture Consent’ for ‘Humanitarian’ War in Syria – by Vanessa Beeley – http://21stcenturywire.com/2018/03/06/white-helmets-exploit-children-manufacture-consent-humanitarian-war-syria/

Homelessness in L.A.: A national disgrace that must be fixed – by Paul Thornton – http://www.latimes.com/la-ol-opinion-newsletter-homelessness-la-20180303-htmlstory.html – “Still, while there’s a collective sense of urgency that something must be done now, how to go about doing it eludes planners and residents when details such as where to house homeless people need to be worked out. There are also misconceptions about homeless people — that the vast majority are hopelessly mentally ill or drug-addicted rather than just down on their luck — that dampen the guilt that ought to come with simply looking the other way while thousands of our fellow humans struggle and die without housing.”

White Helmets Exploit Children to ‘Manufacture Consent’ for ‘Humanitarian’ War in Syria – by Vanessa Beeley – http://21stcenturywire.com/2018/03/06/white-helmets-exploit-children-manufacture-consent-humanitarian-war-syria/

from the You-Can’t-Make-This-Stuff-Up Desk: Some Christians Giving Up Carbon for Lent to Combat Global Warminghttp://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/03/04/christians-giving-carbon-lent/

Israel Seeks US Ammunition, Support for Planned Attack on Lebanese Civilian Targets – by Whitney Webb – https://www.mintpressnews.com/israel-seeks-us-ammunition-support-planned-attack-lebanese-civilian-targets/238425/ – “Despite no concrete evidence showing the existence of the rocket factory, Israeli officials told the U.S. senators that, if the factory continues to operate, ‘they are going to have to go in,’ as Graham put it. Stated differently, Israel is planning to invade Lebanon because Hezbollah – a major player in the Lebanese government – is allegedly making armaments that could be used against Israel at some point in the future. In other words, Israel is planning for a “preventative” war based on scant evidence… To Osman, Israel’s lack of evidence did not come as a surprise: ‘Israel has never needed an excuse to invade or bomb any place. It has always situated itself at an offensive position with the same old excuse that it is defending its existence. What defense strategy are they talking about when they own the war planes and they invade the Lebanese and Syrian airspaces?’ ”

The CLOUD Act: A Dangerous Expansion of Police Snooping on Cross-Border Data – by Camille Fischer – https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/02/cloud-act-dangerous-expansion-police-snooping-cross-border-data – “In other words, U.S. police could compel a service provider—like Google, Facebook, or Snapchat—to hand over a user’s content and metadata, even if it is stored in a foreign country, without following that foreign country’s privacy laws… Second, the bill would allow the President to enter into “executive agreements” with foreign governments that would allow each government to acquire users’ data stored in the other country, without following each other’s privacy laws.”

from the New-Day-Same-BS Desk: James Clapper Confirms Russia Was Behind Fake News During 2016 Election – by Alex Griswold – https://www.mediaite.com/tv/james-clapper-confirms-russia-was-behind-fake-news-during-2016-election/ – “Director of National Intelligence James Clapper officially confirmed during a Senate hearing Thursday that the U.S. believes the Russian government was involved in propagating fake news and fake news websites during the 2016 presidential election.” (emphasis added) – Comment: Who the heck is this “U.S.” and how exactly does it “believe” something?

The New Blacklist – Russiagate may have been aimed at Trump to start, but it’s become a way of targeting all dissent – by Matt Taibbi –  https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/taibbi-russiagate-trump-putin-mueller-and-targeting-dissent-w517486 – “Putin loves you; therefore, you love Putin. The enemy re-tweets you, therefore, you’re in league with the enemy. We’re at war with them, therefore we’re at war with you… One of the first rules of a shunning campaign is that it doesn’t have to make sense. It just has to be what everyone’s saying. Since most Americans went to high school, we tend to be instinctively familiar with the concept.”

Government Agencies ACTUALLY Admit Poisoning By Vaccines In ICD-9 – by Catherine J. Frompovichtrueorganicandfree.com/government-agencies-actually-admit-poisoning-vaccines-icd-9/ – “You will note from the listing how many poisonings and other adverse effects by or from vaccines are listed along with their ICD-9 codes.  Why weren’t those codes used when infants, toddlers and teens were taken to emergency rooms by parents who say their children were compromised by vaccines?.. Note none other than U.S. CDC’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid published that defining information!.. However, in trying to research the current ICD-10, there seems to be some ‘sanitation efforts’ going on of the incriminating information regarding vaccines causing poisoning!  Hmmm.”

Trump’s Federal Reserve Pick Wants to Put Metal Chips in Cash to Track Every Dollar and Tax It – by Matt Agorist – http://www.thedailysheeple.com/trumps-federal-reserve-pick-wants-to-put-metal-chips-in-cash-to-track-every-dollar-and-tax-it_022018 – “Dr. Ron Paul has been a long-time advocate against such Orwellian moves to track cash and has been fighting them for decades…. ‘The whole idea is preposterous. The notion that we’re going to tax somebody because they decide to be frugal and hold a couple of dollars is economic planning at its worst,’ then-Congressman Ron Paul said. ‘This idea that you can correct some of the evil they’ve (the Federal Reserve) already created with another tax is just ridiculous.’ ”

SPLC Secretly Admits White Genocide Is Real and Has Been “Planned for a While” http://www.renegadetribune.com/splc-secretly-admits-white-genocide-real/

Why Did It Take Two Weeks To Discover Parkland Students’ Astroturfing? – The response was professionalized. That’s not surprising, because this is what organization that gets results actually looks like. It’s not a bunch of magical kids in somebody’s living room – by David Hines – http://www.renegadetribune.com/splc-secretly-admits-white-genocide-real/ – “On February 28, BuzzFeed came out with the actual story: Rep. Debbie Wassermann Schultz aiding in the lobbying in Tallahassee, a teacher’s union organizing the buses that got the kids there, Michael Bloomberg’s groups and the Women’s March working on the upcoming March For Our Lives, MoveOn.org doing social media promotion and (potentially) march logistics, and training for student activists provided by federally funded Planned Parenthood… The president of the American Federation of Teachers told BuzzFeed they’re also behind the national school walkout, which journalists had previously assured the public was the sole work of a teenager. (I’d thought teachers were supposed to get kids into school, but maybe that’s just me.)”

How the US Establishment Lies Through Its Teeth, for War Against Russia – by Eric Zuesse – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/03/03/how-us-establishment-lies-through-its-teeth-for-war-against-russia.html – “An example of the Establishment’s holier-than-thou lies, is an article that appeared on February 22nd at the magazine, The National Interest, whose article-title is itself a marvelous deception, ‘Averting the US-Russia Warpath’ (while the subliminal message there is: reasons why we’ll probably have to invade Russia), and whose authors are three ‘defense’ hawks, including James Northey Miller, of Harvard. He had been an Under Secretary of Defense during the Administration of the merely moderately neoconservative President Barack Obama — the President who in 2014 grabbed Ukraine, and who used Al Qaeda in Syria to lead ’the rebels’ there in order to try to grab Syria. (Ukraine had been friendly toward Russia and is now rabid against Russia; and Syria was and is allied with Russia; so, both of these two lands were American grabs, and the neocon Trump continues both.)”

US Seeks to Intentionally Prolong Syrian Bloodshed – by Tony Cartalucci – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/48901.htm – “The paper not only openly admits US intervention in Syria has nothing to do with humanitarian concerns but rather “keeping a regional adversary weak,” it specifically recommends prolonging the conditions under which a humanitarian crisis will only expand, and for as long as possible… The US intentionally backing an “opposition” that has no chance of overturning the Syrian government equates to intentionally and maliciously prolonging a deadly conflict and all the horrors that accompany it. The Brookings paper specifically suggesting the US “bleed” the Syrian government is done with full knowledge of the cost in human suffering that “bleeding” would undoubtedly incur.”

Just Like Vegas, Authorities are Hiding the Surveillance Footage of Parkland Shooting – by Matt Agorist – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/03/just-like-vegas-authorities-hiding-surveillance-footage-parkland-shooting.html – “Broward county sheriff Scott Israel, who has already been caught contradicting the official story, is claiming that the surveillance footage must remain secret… The South Florida Sun Sentinel, the Miami Herald and CNN have filed an open records lawsuit against the Israel and school Superintendent Robert Runcie for their role in this secrecy… Officials claim that the video is exempt from Florida sunshine laws because its release would somehow put lives at risk and expose the district’s security system. However, as the NY Post reports, this is not true.”

French prosecutors officially charge Marine Le Pen for tweeting against ISIS terrorists – by Alex Christoforou – http://theduran.com/french-prosecutors-officially-charge-marine-le-pen-for-tweeting-against-isis-terrorists/ – “The former French National Front leader has now been formally charged with circulating “violent messages that incite terrorism”,  for a series of tweets she sent after the massacre at Paris concert hall the Bataclan in 2015… The crime levied against Le Pen is punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros.”

How could Bibi lose by offering ‘ultimate deal’ with Iran?https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/03/netanyahu-israel-lose-offer-ultimate-deal-iran-iraq-hawija.html – “Netanyahu has a proven track record of convincing authorities in Washington to undermine Iranian interests for the sake of what he views as Israeli ones. It is time for him to use his influence to forge a new relationship with Iran based on mutual interests. This includes, of course, a regional peace arrangement and an end to Israel’s 50-year occupation of Palestinian land. At worst, the attempt will fall flat, the Saudis will be angry but Israel will have shown the world that it seeks peace. At best, Israel will fend off the threat from its strongest rival in the Middle East and from its partners in Syria and Lebanon.” – Comment: A noble sentiment indeed, but one that can’t be realized if Bibi wants to keep the support of Likudnik hawks.

Central banks divided over future of cryptocurrency – by Howard Davies – http://www.atimes.com/crypto-hawks-doves/ – “International demand for the petro will not be helped by recent pronouncements from Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger, the “sages of Omaha” who still control Berkshire Hathaway. Speaking of cryptocurrencies in general, Buffett was scathing. ‘I can say almost with certainty that they will come to a bad end,’ he declared in January, while noting for good measure that he would be glad to buy put options on every one of them. Munger is, if anything, even more hostile, characterizing Bitcoin in particular as “totally asinine” and a “noxious poison.” Not much room for doubt there.” (emphasis added)


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