Web Research Links for the Week of 7/29/19

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More Signs the Next Big Financial Crisis May Begin in Germany – by Lubomir Tassev – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/more-signs-the-next-big-financial-crisis-may-begin-in-germany.html – “Berlin has gotten itself, and the rest of Europe, into an almost hopeless situation. The Eurozone is tuned in a way that benefits its largest economy. That, however, leads to the concentration of money in Germany whose banks have been lending it back to the weaker partners in the Eurozone and the EU to sustain them and their markets. Sooner or later, the poor borrowers won’t be able to take any more debt. It’s already happened with Greece, for example… Germany has become a lender, supplier and consumer that’s too big to fail. A German crisis would surely drag the rest of the Eurozone and hurt the global economy. So now Europe is basically financing Germany through low and subzero interest rates. Things are nearing a point where normal economic logic isn’t part of the equation anymore. Investors are literary paying more and more to lend money to Germany, as Welt business editor Holger Zschaepitz remarked in a tweet this week. Berlin recently sold €2.345 billion of 10-year debt at a record low yield of -0.41%.”

Al-Qaeda Stronger Than Ever? State Department’s War On Terror Redux – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-02/al-qaeda-stronger-ever-war-terror-redux – “Now approaching two decades after 9/11 and the start of the so-called “war on terror” we’ve now come full circle. With the ISIS caliphate dead, and with Pentagon officials increasingly unable to justify the US expanding Middle East footprint based on that inflated threat, we’re now being told al-Qaeda is back and stronger than ever.”

NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Says Facebook, Instagram Spying On Customers — Wants To Help Combat Surveillance – by Aaron Kesel – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/nsa-whistleblower-edward-snowden-says-facebook-instagram-spying-on-customers-wants-to-help-combat-surveillance.html – “In a tweet rant posted on Twitter, Snowden expressed that both social media giants owned by Mark Zuckerberg were involved in spying on their users, as well as YouTube. Snowden also announced that he has created new accounts on the platforms and that he will explain how the sites spy on users. He added, that he would “explain methods to limit how much they know about you,” if you choose to use them… It’s worth noting that this author recently wrote an article on Palantir, the company that was accused of providing the technology that enables NSA’s mass surveillance PRISM. In that article, we went into extensive detail about Palantir’s history as a company and the development of software used at Fusion Centers across the U.S…. Palantir’s software in many ways is similar to the  Prosecutor’s Management Information System (PROMIS) stolen software Main Core and may be the next evolution in that code, which allegedly predated PRISM. In 2008, Salon.com published details about a top-secret government database that might have been at the heart of the Bush administration’s domestic spying operations. The database known as “Main Core” reportedly collected and stored vast amounts of personal and financial data about millions of Americans in event of an emergency like Martial Law.”

Trump Considering Blockade of Venezuelahttps://www.rt.com/news/465610-venezuela-us-blockade-trump/ – “Trump made the off-hand remark, which may mean tons of additional hardship for the people of crisis-hit Venezuela, after he was asked by a reporter at the White House lawn if he has been considering a blockade or a quarantine of the Latin American country, ‘given the amount of foreign involvement from Russia, China, and Iran.’.. ‘Yes, I am,’ the US president responded, without elaborating. The curt response prompted the journalist to ask again, only for Trump to triple down: ‘Yes, I am. Yes. Yes, I am.’ ”

US planning to roll out peace plan at meeting with Arab leaders – report – Israeli paper says invitations to be extended by Kushner during Middle East trip this week, Netanyahu helped plan conference but unlikely to attend – https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-planning-to-roll-out-peace-plan-at-meeting-with-arab-leaders-report/ – “The United States is reportedly planning a conference with Arab leaders at Camp David, during which US President Donald Trump will roll out his plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace… Invitations to the conference will be extended by Jared Kushner, Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, as he visits Israel and the Middle East this week to drum up support for the plan, the Yedioth Ahronoth daily reported Wednesday… US officials have previously stated the plan would not be released until after the Israeli elections… According to the report, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu helped plan the meeting, which could be a boon to his reelection hopes.”

‘Pentagon doesn’t want advice of American people’: US stops tracking who controls Afghan territories (3 min) – Comment: Wars to be kept secret from the American people paying the bills, whom Trump identifies with “the enemy.”

5800 Fake Families Found at Border – Children Brought Across Border to Feed Sex Trafficking Networks – by Brian Shilhavy –  http://healthimpactnews.com/2019/5800-fake-families-found-at-border-children-brought-across-border-to-feed-sex-trafficking-networks/ – Rogers says that because the demand is so great in the U.S., traffickers are filling that demand with an increased supply of forced sex workers… ‘So the demand here in the United States is a global one,’ he said. ‘We do have men traveling the globe to go to places like Thailand and other places in East Asia to purchase sex with kids. But, in fact, the demand is so great that the supply has needed to be filled here in the United States.’.. ‘Because of the demand, then these traffickers are filling that demand with supply. And the demand is so great here in the United States that they’re filling the supply with our very own kids,’ Rogers continued. (Source.).. The problem of child sex trafficking should be a non-partisan issue, and the corporate “mainstream” media needs to stop portraying the problems with children at the borders as a problem with separating children from their parents.”

Refusing to be Silent, Parents Come Forward to Describe How their Children Suffered Painful Deaths After Being Vaccinatedhttp://healthimpactnews.com/2019/refusing-to-be-silent-parents-come-forward-to-describe-how-their-children-suffered-painful-deaths-after-being-vaccinated/  – “California Medical Doctor Sues Medical Board Over Intimidating Doctors Who Write Vaccine Medical Exemptions – He recently asked for parents who had children that died as a result of vaccines to email him their stories, and then another California doctor, Dr. Robert Rowen, who has a large following on Facebook, published their stories today… Dr. Rowen commented that these stories brought him to tears, and warns his readers that they may also have the same effect on them… We reproduce these stories here for greater public awareness, and to make sure their voices are not silenced by the Social Media tech giants… There are common themes in many of these tragic stories where once healthy and normal children deteriorated in health after receiving vaccines, and then died… From child protective services (CPS) threats against parents who question vaccines and risk losing their children if they do not comply, to doctors who refuse to admit vaccines cause harm and therefore will not treat vaccine injuries, these testimonies show that we are facing a real crisis and tragedy in the U.S. today when it comes to vaccine policy… These are among the few and brave parents who will not be silenced, risking their reputations and careers to tell their stories publicly in a country now ruled by medical tyranny.”

U.S. Preparing Militant Sabotage Groups To Attack Syrian Oil Infrastructure: Russiahttps://southfront.org/u-s-preparing-militant-sabotage-groups-to-attack-syrian-oil-infrastructure-russia/ – “The US is preparing militant sabotage groups that would be tasked with attacks on Syrian oil infrastructure, the Russian Defense Ministry warned on July 29. According to reports, such groups have been spotted in the areas of al-Suwayda, al-Bukamal and Palmyra… Head of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operational Department Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi said that the US is training around 2,700 miltiants of Jaysh Maghawir al-Thawra and other militant groups. US-trained sabotage groups are being deployed in the government-held areas to destabilize the situation there… The Russian side added that the situation is also tense in the Idlib de-escalation zone. According to Col. Gen. Rudskoi, at least 500 members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham were deployed from the northern part of the zone to southern Idlib.”

Orwellian Own-Goal: Finland’s ‘Fake News’ Training Children to Believe Only Mainstream Propaganda – by Patrick Henningsen – https://21stcenturywire.com/2019/07/29/orwellian-own-goal-finlands-fake-news-training-children-to-believe-only-mainstream-propaganda/ – “Toivanen then said something that’s been becoming and more apparent – the targets of propaganda need to taught from very young age to only believe the Western propaganda, any other kind is inherently wrong and evil, but the US-fabricated one can’t possibly be fake news… ‘It’s not just a government problem, the whole society has been targeted. We are doing our part, but it’s everyone’s task to protect the Finnish democracy,’ Toivanen said, before adding: ‘The first line of defense is the kindergarten teacher.’.. At the French-Finnish School of Helsinki, a bilingual state-run K-12 institution, training children to spot any alleged attempt by Russia to influence their fragile minds is taken quite seriously.”

Designer Protein Acts as a Switch for Cellular Circuitry – Unlike biotech tools adapted from nature, the invention was entirely conceived by humans and represents one of the few proteins made from scratch in the lab – by Nicoletta Lanese – https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/designer-protein-acts-as-a-switch-for-cellular-circuitry-66200 – “In their demonstrative studies, the researchers used LOCKR to trigger cell death, degrade specific proteins, and direct the movement of materials through living cells. Individual LOCKR proteins can also be connected to form circuits, systems able make changes within the cell in response to internal and external stimuli. The researchers first tested their tool in yeast, then successfully designed a modified version that works in lab-grown human cells… ‘It signals the dawn of de novo designer proteins,’ says Ahmad Khalil, a biomedical engineer at Boston University who was not involved in the research, in an interview with The Washington Post. De novo proteins, designed start to finish by humans, may carry advantages over repurposed natural proteins. While naturally occurring proteins may serve multiple functions and work via different mechanisms, synthetic proteins can be built to do just one thing. LOCKR, which counts among the first de novo proteins ever invented, can only function as a molecular switch.”

The Alternative Media Can Defeat the Mainstream Media – Here’s the Game Plan – by Ron Unz – https://russia-insider.com/en/media-criticism/alternative-media-can-defeat-mainstream-media-heres-game-plan/ri23703Another wonderful article from the inimitable Ron Unz

5 of the Most Important Use Cases for Cryptocurrency – by Kai Sedgwick – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/07/5-of-the-most-important-use-cases-for-cryptocurrency.html – “Crypto assets have come a long way since Bitcoin. What started out as a P2P payment system has spawned an array of use cases that extend far beyond the original designation of cryptocurrency. While the primary function of crypto assets such as ETH and BTC is a matter of some debate, what’s indisputable is that digital currencies can now be used for more than merely paying for goods and services. Here are five use cases for crypto assets that demonstrate the extent of the fintech revolution taking place. –  ● Use Case 1: Digital Cash; ● Use Case 2: Programmable Money; ● Use Case 3; Collateral; ● Use Case 4: Governance; ● Use Case 5: Collectibles.”

Mom seeks Supreme ruling on minor son’s sex change against her willhttps://www.wnd.com/2019/07/mom-seeks-supreme-ruling-on-minor-sons-sex-change-against-her-will/ – “A mother whose juvenile son was assisted in sex-change procedures by authorities in Minnesota against her wishes is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review her case… The Thomas More Society on Wednesday asked the high court to review the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling affirming the decision by county officials to shepherd the boy through a sex change… The petition to review Anmarie Calgaro v. St. Louis County contends Calgaro’s due process rights were trampled when the county and its referred health providers ended her parental control over her minor son without her permission or a court order… Erick Kaardal, special counsel for the Thomas More Society, said Calgaro’s right to supervise her child’s welfare, educational and medical care decisions were ripped away by St. Louis County authorities without even parental notice.”

THE OBAMA SHOE-BANGING MOMENT ON THE UKRAINE FRONT – DUTCH AND AUSTRALIAN TROOPS WERE PLANNING TO START WAR WITH RUSSIA AFTER MH17 WAS SHOT DOWN – by John Helmer – http://johnhelmer.net/the-obama-shoe-banging-moment-on-the-ukraine-front-dutch-and-australian-troops-were-planning-to-start-war-with-russia-after-mh17-was-shot-down/ – “According to Dutch sources, the military plan of attack was aborted when Germany refused to participate directly, or allow its bases and airspace to be used. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced the Dutch were pulling their troops out of the plan on July 27. He said at the time: “Getting the military upper hand for an international mission in this area is, according to our conclusion, not realistic.” That was ten days after the MH17 crash. But Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his cabinet continued, Brown and his sources reveal, to plan the operation with the US for another 10 days… The cover story, according to the Telegraaf, was “to ensure the 23 Dutch crash investigators and 40 unarmed military police officers can do their job.” The real objective, according to one of Telegraaf’s sources, was: “if our commandos are there, they should certainly try to arrest those responsible. [Russian] Colonel Igor the Terrible Girkin [Strelkov] and his associates.” For background on Girkin’s role in Russian plans and operations in eastern Ukraine, read this… The Dutch newspaper didn’t reveal the Dutch troops would be deployed alongside the 3,000-man Australian force, and that the German command of Division Schnelle Kräfte would also be involved. Telegraaf claimed the operation was “not expected at the NATO headquarters in Brussels”, although it had been presented to ‘the authorities in Kiev before the green light [was given] and cooperation promised.’.. The Dutch newspaper didn’t reveal the Dutch troops would be deployed alongside the 3,000-man Australian force, and that the German command of Division Schnelle Kräfte would also be involved.”

MH17 Evidence Tampering Revealed by Malaysia – The Dutch Covered-Up Forged Telephone Tapes, Ukraine Hid Radar Records – The FBI attempted to seize black boxes, and witness testimony was misreported – by John Helmer – https://russia-insider.com/en/mh17-evidence-tampering-revealed-malaysia-dutch-covered-forged-telephone-tapes-ukraine-hid-radar – “A new documentary from Max van der Werff, the leading independent investigator of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 disaster, has revealed breakthrough evidence of tampering and forging of prosecution materials; suppression of Ukrainian Air Force radar tapes; and lying by the Dutch, Ukrainian, US and Australian governments. An attempt by agents of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to take possession of the black boxes of the downed aircraft is also revealed by a Malaysian National Security Council official for the first time.”

Child trafficking CPS agencies now using “predictive analytics” to decide which children to kidnap – by Ethan Huff – https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-07-28-cps-agencies-now-use-predictive-analytics-to-kidnap-children.html – “Because of this, parents need to be extra careful when reaching out to state officials for anything involving their children, as one wrong move could land them on the “pre-criminal” list, making them ripe targets for illicit child abduction by CPS agents… ‘So listen-up ‘at-risk’ new mothers: In the world of predictive analytics, the fact that you reached out for help when you needed it and accepted assistance on how to be better parents isn’t a sign of strength – it’s a reason to consider you suspect, and make it more likely that your children will be taken away,’ LaPoint warns… ‘The campaign for predictive analytics is led largely, though not exclusively, by the field’s worst extremists – those who have been most fanatical about advocating a massive increase in the number of children torn from everyone they know and love and consigned to the chaos of foster care – and also by those most deeply ‘in denial’ when it comes to the problem of racial bias in child welfare,’ she adds.”

Please Get This Out – by Anna Von Reitz – http://www.paulstramer.net/2019/07/please-get-this-out.html – “Their present assumption — that we are all either Fourteenth Amendment “citizens of the United States” amounts to a claim that our country and government no longer exists and that we are all Negro Plantation slaves and public property– or “Enemy Combatants” in commercial mercenary wars that are over a century old –cannot be allowed to stand… We rebut the Enemy Combatant claim by taking our exemption under Title 50 Section 7 (c) and (e)… And we rebut the enslaved Negro Fourteenth Amendment “Citizen” claim as we see fit.  The so-called “Amendment” is in fact a corporate By Law adopted by a Scottish Commercial Corporation merely doing business as “The United States of America, Inc” (1868 charter) and that corporation has been defunct since 1907 — so the most appropriate response is to to say, ‘What are you idiots even talking about? What “Fourteenth Amendment? Whose “Fourteenth Amendment”? That corporation was a foreign fraud and has been defunct since 1907.’ ” – Comment: I’d like to see links to substantiating evidence posted with Anna’s articles…

Report: Vast Majority Of Yemen Civilian Deaths Due To US Coalition Bombings (13 min) – by Ryan Cristian, The Last American Vagabond – https://youtu.be/Noz9JB9MEZgVideo is “Age Restricted” (!?)

No One Is Safe: How Saudi Arabia Makes Dissidents Disappear – The assassination of Jamal Khashoggi was no aberration. A Vanity Fair investigation reveals how Saudi Arabia attempts to abduct, repatriate—and sometimes murder—citizens it regards as enemies of the state – by Ayman M. Mohyeldin –  https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/07/how-saudi-arabia-makes-dissidents-disappear – “Recently, bin Farhan, who rarely grants interviews to Western reporters, had incensed the kingdom’s leaders with his calls for human rights reforms—an unusual grievance for a Saudi prince. What’s more, he spoke openly of his desire to establish a political movement that might eventually install an opposition leader, upending the kingdom’s dynastic rule… As we sat over coffee, he relayed a story that at first sounded innocuous. One day in June 2018, his mother, who lives in Egypt, called him with what she thought was good news. The Saudi Embassy in Cairo had contacted her, she said, and had a proposal: The kingdom wanted to mend relations with the prince and was willing to offer him $5.5 million as a goodwill gesture. Since bin Farhan was struggling financially (reportedly due, in part, to a dispute with the ruling family), his mother welcomed this chance for a reconciliation. But as tempting as the overture was, he claimed he never considered it seriously. And when he followed up with Saudi officials, he realized the deal had a dangerous catch. They had told him he could collect his payment only if he personally came to a Saudi embassy or consulate. That immediately set off alarm bells. He declined the offer.”

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