Web Research Links for the Week of 3/18/19

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US policy failure reopens Iraqi-Syrian borders and the Iran-Beirut road – by Elijah J Magnier – https://ejmagnier.com/2019/03/21/us-policy-failure-reopens-iraqi-syrian-borders-and-the-iran-beirut-road/ – “Thanks to the US move, Iran can now send all needed support and resume commerce with Syria, at a time when Israel has been bombing Damascus airport to try and slow down the re-supply of the Syrian army with precision missiles and other military equipment needed to rebuild the Army’s defence force. With the opening of a new border crossing between Iraq and Syria, the US occupation of the al-Tanf crossing becomes less significant. If the US tries to pressure Iraq to stop its commerce with Iran or Syria, Baghdad will ask for the departure of Trump’s forces from Mesopotamia.”

After Multiple Reports About New Zealanders Turning In Guns, Guess How Many Actually Did It? – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-03-20/after-multiple-reports-about-new-zealanders-turning-guns-guess-how-many-actually – “Following reports that a flood of New Zealand gun owners have been voluntarily surrending their firearms in the wake of last Friday’s Christchurch mosque attack that left 50 dead, the numbers are in on how many Kiwis actually handed over their weapons.”

Keynote Address from FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr (18 min) – He’s “super-excited” to be talking about 5G!

The Mueller Report Is In. They Were Wrong. We Were Right.– by Caitlin Johnstone – https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2019/03/22/the-mueller-report-is-in-they-were-wrong-we-were-right/ – ” It has been obvious from the very beginning that the Maddow Muppets were being sold a lie. In 2017 I wrote an article titled “How We Can Be Certain That Mueller Won’t Prove Trump-Russia Collusion“, saying that Mueller would continue finding evidence of corruption “since  corruption is to DC insiders as water is to fish”, but he will not find evidence of collusion. If you care to take a scroll through the angry comments on that article, just on Medium alone, you will see a frozen snapshot of what the expectations were from mainstream liberals at the time. They had swallowed the Russiagate narrative hook, line and sinker, and they believed that the Mueller investigation was going to vindicate them. It did not.”

France To Deploy Military Against Next Round Of Yellow Vest Protests – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-03-20/french-military-counter-terror-forces-deployed-ahead-next-yellow-vest-protest – “In an effort to clamp down on the unraveling security situation, which has lately seen banks and residential buildings torched, and luxury stores and restaurants vandalized and destroyed, the French authorities have announced the deployment of anti-terrorism military forces in order to protect and secure public buildings… Following the worsening protest situation of the past weekend (after a brief lull at the end of President Macron’s failed ‘great debate’ initiative which pushed town halls to air grievances), which nearly turned deadly for random civilians caught in the mayhem of rioters clashing with police, the government will redirect counter-terror troops from Opération Sentinelle to focus on Yellow Vest related threats… Opération Sentinelle began after the January 2015 Île-de-France attacks (the series of al-Qaeda linked terrorist acts that began with the Charlie Hebdo shooting) and resulted in some 10,000 soldiers and 4,700 police and gendarmes deployed at sensitive sites and public buildings across the country.” Comment: Photo and Video evidence shows that the violence and rioting at or around the Yellow Vest demonstrations is being done not by the Yellow Vests, but by men dressed in black clothing. Throughout these demonstrations, the police and Gendarmes have consistently attacked and arrested the Yellow Vests while leaving those wearing black (the Black Bloc, who have often been outed as including members of police forces) to go about damaging property. The “Gendarmes” are the men-at-arms, or military police, so the military have already been present at Yellow Vest events. Things are moving in a dangerous (and disembling) direction.

US Regime Change Blueprint Proposed Venezuelan Electricity Blackouts as ‘Watershed Event’ for ‘Galvanizing Public Unrest’ – The US-funded CANVAS organization that trained Juan Guaido and his allies produced a 2010 memo on exploiting electricity outages and urged the opposition “to take advantage of the situation…towards their needs” – by Max Blumenthal – https://thegrayzone.com/2019/03/11/us-regime-change-blueprint-proposed-venezuelan-electricity-blackouts-as-watershed-event-for-galvanizing-public-unrest/ – “A leaked email from a Stratfor staffer noted that after they ousted Milosevic, ‘the kids who ran OTPOR grew up, got suits and designed CANVAS… or in other words a ‘export-a-revolution’ group that sowed the seeds for a NUMBER of color revolutions. They are still hooked into U.S. funding and basically go around the world trying to topple dictators and autocratic governments (ones that U.S. does not like).’.. Stratfor subsequently revealed that CANVAS “turned its attention to Venezuela” in 2005, after training opposition movements that led pro-NATO regime change operations across Eastern Europe… In September 2010, as Venezuela headed for a parliamentary election, CANVAS produced a series of memos outlining the plans they had hatched with “non-formal actors” like Guaido and his cadre of student activists to bring down Chavez. ‘This is the first opportunity for the opposition to get back into a position of power,’ Popovic wrote at the time.”

From the It-Just-Gets-Weirder Desk: Cops Shoot Teachers ‘Execution-Style’ With Pellet Guns in Insane School Shooting Drill – Teachers testified that they left the training with welts, bruises and abrasions as a result of being shot with the pellet guns in a somewhat overzealous attempt at realism – by Matt Agorist – https://thefreethoughtproject.com/teacher-shot-pellet-guns-execution-style/ – “The teachers were taken into a room, four at a time, at which point they were shot, without any prior warning. They were also told not to warn any of their colleagues when they left the room.”

Oil profits grease Trump administration’s move to recognize Israeli annexation of Golan – by Finian Cunningham – https://www.rt.com/op-ed/454231-golan-heights-oil-recognise/ – “The Trump administration, however, seems to be edging towards a landmark shift in US policy, which would officially recognize the Golan as part of Israel. A senior White House official was quoted last week as denying there was a change in US policy regarding the disputed territory. But several signs suggest otherwise… When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held his first visit with newly elected President Trump in the White House in February 2017, top of the agenda for their discussions was for the US to reciprocate long-held demands by Israel for Washington to assent to its annexation of the Golan… Last year, Israel’s Intelligence Minister Israel Katz told Reuters in an exclusive interview that he was confident the Trump administration was ready to make a declaration on Golan in his country’s favor. ‘I reckon there is great ripeness and a high probability this will happen,’ said Katz, adding that the move would be within the “next year.” His interview with Reuters was in May, some 10 months ago.”

From the If-You-Only-Read-One-Article-This-Week Desk: Who’s Behind The 5G Cull Of Humanity? – by Dean Henderson – https://hendersonlefthook.wordpress.com/2019/03/19/whos-behind-the-5g-cull-of-humanity/ – “In 1999, HP scientist Richard P. Walker was granted a patent for what would become known as the internet of everything, now better known as 5G. Walker and the rest of his Silicon Valley colleagues had been fed military technology by Lockheed Martin and IBM… HP spun off Agilent Technologies that same year as the vehicle through which the Walker patent would come to fruition. All ensuing patents pertaining to 5G would be mysteriously absorbed by Agilent, whether in the areas of surveillance, cybernetics, genetic engineering, human microchipping, or “wet works”… The corporation pushing Walker’s Agilent patent forward is SERCO, a powerful British company close to Lockheed Martin, GE and BAE.  The first and last are the two biggest defense contractors in the world. All four are part of Crown Agents USA Inc. The golden share in SERCO is controlled through British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) by Queen Elizabeth II.” – Comment: I sure hope the Alliance is on top of this one.

Ole Dammegard & Alfred Lambremont Webre ask you to question the Christchurch event (1hr 40min)

The Israeli “Defense” Force arrests a 9 year old boy from school with his backpack still on. (12 min)

“The Greater Good” (Award Winning) Documentary Film Pulled by Amazonhttps://thevaccinereaction.org/2019/03/the-greater-good-documentary-film-pulled-by-amazon/ – “In an article yesterday about the move by Amazon and other social media platforms like Facebook and Google to remove or restrict content in response to similar letters from Rep. Schiff, CBS News asked the question, ‘[W]here is the line between protecting a community and censoring it?’.. Leslie Manookian, producer of “The Greater Good,” responded,’We’re slipping ever closer to tyranny and these tech companies are the ones who are really driving the bus. We have not heard a word from Amazon, we’ve never heard a word from Facebook, never heard a word from YouTube, never heard a word from Google or any of these giant tech companies who are systematically censoring us.’.. The CBS News article noted, ‘Despite contacting tech companies about it, Rep. Schiff said he does not think it’s the government’s role to tell companies they can’t publish certain content.’ Rep. Schiff was quoted as saying, ‘There is a First Amendment right to say whatever you will.’.. CBS News reporter Tony Dokoupil followed up by asking Schiff the question, ‘But then why try to discourage tech companies from offering this free speech?’ ”

16 years ago today, I was watching the Iraq Shock & Awe bombing campaign after having interviewed Weapons Inspectors who told us that there were NO WMDs in Iraq… – by David DeGraw – https://www.facebook.com/ddegraw/posts/10219051942076417 – “No one wants to have their tax dollars stolen. No one wants to have their water supply contaminated. No one wants to eat toxic food. No one wants to pay twice as much for healthcare than any other nation pays… The corrupt global imperial elite interests who are robbing our tax dollars and our nation’s wealth, they don’t care what your political perspective or ideological viewpoint is. It’s not like they are only stealing tax dollars and wealth from liberals and not conservatives. It’s not like they distinguish between looting the wealth of conservatives or liberals, the old or the young, women or men. Global Imperialists don’t discriminate in any way, they will rob anyone and everyone.

Sterling Slides After UK Speaker Unexpectedly Blocks May’s Unaltered Deal Vote – by Tyler Durden –  https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-03-18/sterling-slides-uk-speaker-blocks-mays-unaltered-deal-vote – “Presumably, this means May will have to alter her Meaningful Vote – in a way that satisfies Bercow’s discretion – which means, however, that any changes will have to be run by her EU counterparts (or overlords)… and will inevitably delay this portion of the process… As The FT reports, Mr Bercow said that the second so-called meaningful vote had cleared this hurdle because of additional legal reassurances published by the EU and the UK. However, Downing Street now says that no further negotiations are expected imminently, making it hard to clear before the third meaningful vote.”

Re-Targeting Cuba: Why Title III of U.S. Helms-Burton Act will be a Horror Show – by W. T. Whitney –  https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/03/20/re-targeting-cuba-why-title-iii-of-u-s-helms-burton-act-will-be-a-horror-show/ – “Cuban Journalist Lázaro Barredo, formerly editor of Granma, summarizes“Helms Burton literally has no precedents in the legal history of the United States. [It] constitutes an attack on sovereignty within the international community [and] represents political terrorism.” Helms Burton would “extend U.S. jurisdiction to other countries in an extraterritorial manner with the perverse intention of frightening, scaring, blackmailing, or dissuading persons interested in investing in Cuba.” We see a decision “to repossess the island, annex it, and move it toward total subordination to the United States.”

Land & sea sections of natural gas pipeline from Russia to Turkey connectedhttps://www.rt.com/business/454195-turkish-stream-pipeline-connected/

US Duplicity over Golan Demolishes Posturing on Crimea – by Finnian Cunningham – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/03/19/us-duplicity-over-golan-demolishes-posturing-on-crimea.html – “In any case, there is scant comparison between the Golan Heights and Crimea, save, that is, for the latest hypocrisy in Washington. While Crimea and its people are arguably historically part of Russia, the Golan Heights are indisputably a sovereign part of Syria which was forcibly annexed by Israeli military occupation… The illegality of Israel’s occupation of Golan is a matter of record under international law as stipulated in UNSC Resolution 497… There is no such international mandate concerning Crimea. Claims of Russia’s “annexation” are simply a matter of dubious political assertion made by Washington and its European allies.”

“Guaido Is The Most-Hated Man In Venezuela” – On-The-Ground In Caracas Versus The Media Spectacle – by Paul Cochrane – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-03-18/guaido-most-hated-man-venezuela-ground-caracas-versus-media-spectacle – “PC: What about the power cuts that have plagued the country?… CG: During blackouts, people told stories, played music, or went out and talked on the streets. It was a paradise, no TVs, smartphones, but real human contact. People cook together. During the day they’re playing board games, dominoes, and kids are having fun. People with kids are possibly more stressed, especially if you live in a tower block, as if you’ve no electricity, you’ve no water. That is why the US hit the electricity grid as it means no water in Caracas – a city of 10 million people. Luckily there are wells with clean water around the city, so people queue up to get it… PC: So there was a real discrepancy between the image you were given of Venezuela and the reality?.. AG: Sure, there are queues for oil, but people are not dying of starvation and, as I said, poverty is no where near what it is like in Brazil. I wouldn’t say a harsh dictatorship, people were open, and criticized the government, and the US, but also Chavez and Maduro. The Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV) have admitted they had made bad economic decisions. I thought it would be more repressive, and it wasn’t. People were not fearful about speaking out. I think Venezuelans blame the Americans for the situation more than Maduro.”

NZ Police “Happened to Be in a Training Session” When Mosque Shooting Began – by Matt Agorist – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/03/nz-police-happened-to-be-in-a-training-session-when-mosque-shooting-began.html – “According to the NY Times: ‘The police said a special armed tactical unit arrived at Al Noor Mosque four minutes after the first officers, or 10 minutes after the initial emergency call… Mr. Cahill said it normally would have taken longer, with team members summoned to a police station to suit up. On Friday, though, they happened to be in a training session in the city center and wearing their gear, he said… “Any police force in the world — to get to the scene in six minutes, a specialist team there in 10 — that would be a success,” Mr. Cahill said.’.. Police in New Zealand don’t typically carry firearms, much less dress in tactical gear, so officers holding a drill with all their tactical equipment and weapons at the ready was a helpful coincidence indeed.”

Russian Foreign Ministry’s Comment On “Fifth Anniversary Of Crimea’s Reunification With Russia”https://southfront.org/russian-foreign-ministrys-comment-on-fifth-anniversary-of-crimeas-reunification-with-russia/

The Most SECRET/ILLEGAL Prison in America! Guess Who’s in There! (hint: Schaeffer Cox – 26 min)

Song – The Persecution of Schaeffer Cox – Jordan Page (4 min)

The climate strikers should inspire us all to act at the next UN summit – by António Guterres (UN Secretary General) – https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/15/climate-strikers-urgency-un-summit-world-leaders – “My generation has failed to respond properly to the dramatic challenge of climate change. This is deeply felt by young people. No wonder they are angry… ‘Think we should be at school? Today’s climate strike is the biggest lesson of all’ -Greta Thunberg, Anna Taylor and others.. Despite years of talk, global emissions are reaching record levels and show no sign of peaking. The concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is the highest it has been in 3m years. The last four years were the four hottest on record, and winter temperatures in the Arctic have risen by 3-4°C in the last 50 years. Sea levels are rising, coral reefs are dying and we are starting to see the life-threatening impact of climate change on health, through air pollution, heatwaves and risks to food security… Thankfully, we have the Paris agreement – a visionary, viable, forward-looking policy framework that sets out exactly what needs to be done to stop climate disruption and reverse its impact. But the agreement itself is meaningless without ambitious action… That is why I am bringing world leaders together at a climate action summit later this year…” (emphasis added)

Brazil’s far-right leader visits Washington – Jair Bolsonaro’s itinerary includes meeting US President Donald Trump to discuss the Venezuela crisis – https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/03/article/brazils-far-right-leader-visits-washington/

Beijing home prices fall 10% over two years – Government to continue efforts to keep land prices, home prices and market expectations stable – https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/03/article/beijing-home-prices-fall-10-over-two-years/ – “Beijing has witnessed a notable drop in home prices and sales volume over the two years after the city announced property buying curbs on March 17, 2017… Beijing’s new home sales volume dropped to 50,843 units, compares with 92,281 units for March 18, 2015 to March 17, 2017, while second-hand home sales volume fell by about 50%, the Securities Times reported… The average selling price for second-hand homes was 59,898 yuan (US$ 8,920) per square meter in February 2019, down 11.3% from the level seen in March 2017, it said.” – (emphasis added)

The EU ‘Reichstaat’ in Systemic Disarray: A ‘Long War’ Portends – by Alastair Crooke – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/03/18/eu-reichstaat-systemic-disarray-long-war-portends.html – “Brexit is viewed by some as an ‘outlier’ to EU disorders — that it simply reflects British insularity, and may be disregarded. But they would be wrong. It is one fraught episode to what is set to be a ‘long war’. The next chapters are already clear: Les Gillets Jaunes in France, La Lega in Italy, the AfD in Germany, the May MEP elections, the Visegrad group, Vox in Spain, etc. etc. Brexit merely is the canary in the mine shaft, warning of coming danger. The counter-revolutionaries (as in Britain) are determined to crush all insurrection: It will be highly fraught.”

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, New York, September 28, 2018 (video w/transcript) – http://www.mid.ru/en/press_service/video/-/asset_publisher/i6t41cq3VWP6/content/id/3359296

Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Affairs Minister, Addresses UN 73rd General Assembly (15 min), Sept. 28, 2018

The Quantum Internet Approaches: ● An entanglement-based wavelength-multiplexed quantum communication network has been demonstrated. It can operate alongside classical communications in the same telecommunication fibre. ● Sören Wengerowsky’s team at the University of Vienna has come up with a fully-connected quantum network architecture in which a single entangled photon source distributes quantum states to many users while minimizing the resources required for each. And it does this without sacrificing security or functionality relative to two-party communication schemes. ● The Vienna team used a single source of bipartite polarization entanglement, which was multiplexed into 12 wavelength channels. Six states were then distributed between four users in a fully-connected graph using only one fibre and one polarization analysis module per user. ● Because no adaptations of the entanglement source are required to add users, the network can readily be scaled to a large number of users without requiring trust in the provider of the source. ● This is new. Unlike previous attempts at multi-user networks, which have been based on active optical switches and are therefore limited to some duty cycle, the Vienna team’s implementation is fully passive and thus has the potential for unprecedented quantum communication speeds. ● This quantum network architecture is secure from eavesdropping or surveillance intrusion. Any attempt at hacking would disturb the fragile quantum state of the network and thus reveal the hacker’s presence to the network’s users. The users could then abandon the channel and use another one. The users in Wengerowsky’s network prototype had three channels each. The private lines used eliminated the need for communications to pass through trusted nodes or a central hub. And the whole network is passive optics. It can be operated through standard telecomms equipment…
Original paper here (12.12.18).

Florida Wants to Track Vaccination Status of All its Citizens with Proposed New Law – from National Vaccine Information Center – http://healthimpactnews.com/2019/florida-wants-to-track-vaccination-status-of-all-its-citizens-with-proposed-new-law/ – Permanent tracking against consent or being labeled by the state in a government database as a vaccine tracking refuser sounds a lot like government intrusion into their private life… While vaccine tracking systems are sometimes used to harass or penalize law abiding citizens who do not get every single vaccine on the CDC recommended schedule, or to punish providers who don’t coerce all their patients into vaccinating, the opposition to this bill is not about whether or not someone wants a vaccine, it is about the right to keep your private records actually private free from unwarranted surveillance and it is about what is appropriate behavior by a state agency to not trample those rights.”

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