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

Note: These links are posted at the top of the page as the week progresses. Links from previous weeks 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Advertisements

Post a Comment

Required fields are marked *

*
*

%d bloggers like this: