Web Research Links for the Week of 8/5/19

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From the You-Can’t-Make-This-Stuff-Up Desk: Colorado bear caught stealing entire dumpster from pot shop (video) – https://www.fox32chicago.com/amp/news/colorado-bear-caught-stealing-entire-dumpster-from-pot-shop

The Coming War On China – Documentary History by John Pilger (2018 – 1hr 50min) – If you haven’t experienced the documentaries of Pilger, this is a great place to start. It’s possibly his best yet.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy describes attack by Banditos clique – by Miriam Hernandez and Lisa Bartley – https://abc7.com/lasd-deputy-describes-attack-by-banditos-clique/5370629/ – “Sheriff Alex Villanueva unveiled a new policy Friday meant to root out the problem… The measure follows a violent deputy confrontation at a department sponsored party at Kennedy Hall in East L.A… A deputy who was beaten up at that party is speaking out anonymously as he and six other deputies file a legal claim alleging harassment and discrimination… ‘There’s people getting, you know, stomped on… being choked out… it was just crazy, crazy to believe they’re all cops,’ the deputy tells Eyewitness News… The deputies allege that it was a one-sided fight with younger deputies attacked by veteran “shot callers” of the East L.A. sheriff’s station, a group bearing tattoos of a skeleton in a sombrero with a shotgun… It is the Los Banditos logo.”

Did Epstein Commit Suicide, Get Suicided, Or Get Whisked Away To Israel? All Claims Are Being Made (47 min) – by Ryan Cristian – A detailed analysis of available info on developments in the Epstein Narrative at an early stage of investigation. Good job, Ryan!

BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF AMERICA by Michael McKibben, Leader Technologies (21 min)

Did Bill Barr Call His Shot? Unanswered Questions about FBI’s Foreknowledge of the El Paso Shooting – William Barr’s warning that a “major incident” could occur “at any time” and “galvanize public opinion” around the unpopular encryption back-door policy he has been seeking seems to have come true in the weeks since the attorney general made those statements – by Whitney Webb – https://www.mintpressnews.com/william-barr-unanswered-questions-fbi-foreknowledge-el-paso-shooting/261221/ – “Yet, not long before the recent spate of mass shootings began, U.S. Attorney General William Barr gave a speech on July 23 in which he spoke of the need for all consumer electronic devices and encrypted software to have a backdoor for the government to bypass encryption, essentially calling for many of the same measures that Trump has proposed following the recent shootings… Notably, Barr concluded his speech by stating that he anticipated ‘a major incident may well occur at any time that will galvanize public opinion on these issues.’ In other words, just a few days prior to the recent spate of mass shootings, William Barr stated that he anticipated a public safety crisis that ‘may well occur at any time’ and would reduce public resistance to the further erosion of civil liberties that he was advocating for in his speech.” – Comment: Barr has been a facilitator of mass State Surveillance throughout his career, as outlined in this article.

GLOBAL DEBT BOMB THREATENS WORLD ECONOMYhttp://www.newsilkstrategies.com/economics-and-finance/global-debt-bomb-threatens-world-economy – “MOSCOW, August 2 – RIA Novosti, Natalia Dembinskaya. World debt has reached $246 trillion. This is an absolute record, more than three times global GDP – the cost of all products and services on the planet. Economists have warned that when a multi-trillion bomb, planted under the global economy, explodes, the crisis will break out worse than in 2008. RIA Novosti reports why the situation under which the fuses have already been lit is close to critical and whether it will be possible to avoid a general collapse…  Where does so much debt come from?..  As follows from a report published by the Institute of International Finance (IIF), in the first quarter, global debt increased by three trillion dollars compared to the same period last year and set another record: 246 trillion. This is almost 320% of global GDP.”

Jeffrey Epstein Reportedly Taken Off Suicide Watch Before Death – by Jim Mustian, Michael R. Sisak and Michael Balsamo – https://www.truthdig.com/articles/jeffrey-epstein-found-dead-of-apparent-suicide/ – “A person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press that Epstein had been taken off suicide watch. The person wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity. It wasn’t immediately clear when he was taken off suicide watch… Cameron Lindsay, a former warden who ran three federal lockups, said the death represents ‘an unfortunate and shocking failure, if proven to be a suicide.’.. ‘Unequivocally, he should have been on active suicide watch and therefore under direct and constant supervision,’ Lindsay said.”

Jeffrey Epstein found dead in his jail cell of apparent suicide: reporthttps://www.rawstory.com/2019/08/jeffrey-epstein-found-dead-in-his-jail-cell-of-apparent-suicide-report/ – “The New York Post is reporting that financier Jeffrey Epstein has been found dead in his jail after apparently committing suicide… The reports states, ‘Convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein died overnight in an apparent suicide, law enforcement sources told the Post Saturday.’.. ‘A gurney carrying a man who looked like Epstein was wheeled out of the Manhattan Correctional Center around 7:30 a.m. and headed to New York Downtown Hospital. A call for a reported cardiac arrest came in at 6:38 a.m., Fire Department sources said.’ ”

Epic Series by Whitney Webb of MintPressNews.com – The Jeffrey Epstein and the Roy Cohn, Donald Trump Deep State Milieu:

Part 1Hidden in Plain Sight: The Shocking Origins of the Jeffrey Epstein Case – Epstein is only the latest incarnation of a much older, more extensive and sophisticated operation that offers a frightening window into how deeply tied the U.S. government is to the modern-day equivalents of organized crime – by Whitney Webb – https://www.mintpressnews.com/shocking-origins-jeffrey-epstein-blackmail-roy-cohn/260621/

Part 2: Government by Blackmail: Jeffrey Epstein, Trump’s Mentor and the Dark Secrets of the Reagan Era – Appalling for both the villainous abuse of children itself and the chilling implications of government by blackmail, this tangled web of unsavory alliances casts a lurid light on the political history of the U.S. from the Prohibition Era right up through the Age of Trump – https://www.mintpressnews.com/blackmail-jeffrey-epstein-trump-mentor-reagan-era/260760/

Part 3: Mega Group, Maxwells and Mossad: The Spy Story at the Heart of the Jeffrey Epstein Scandal – The picture painted by the evidence is not a direct Epstein tie to a single intelligence agency but a web linking key members of the Mega Group, politicians, and officials in both the U.S. and Israel, and an organized-crime network with deep business and intelligence ties in both nations – https://www.mintpressnews.com/mega-group-maxwells-mossad-spy-story-jeffrey-epstein-scandal/261172/Comment: I’ve seen pieces of the info that Webb includes in these articles in various places, but she puts it ALL together in a very well organized and accessible way. Highly Recommended!

Amazon Continues Helping Police By Teaching Them How To Bypass A Warrant – by Aaron Kesel – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/amazon-continues-helping-police-by-teaching-them-how-to-bypass-a-warrant.html – “If that’s not enough, GovTech has reported that police can go around customers and request Ring camera footage directly from Amazon when they are denied access to homeowners’ cameras. Therefore, bypassing permission of the owners of the cameras and going directly to the source, Amazon’s Ring, to “subpoena” video footage… Amazon Ring now has a reported 225 partnerships with law enforcement according to Gizmodo. However, a report by Motherboard revealed that the number was actually 231 law enforcement agencies around the country who have partnered with Ring. It’s important to note that these partnerships take both a financial and digital form, because for every resident who downloads Ring’s Neighbors app, local police departments get credits toward buying the cameras they can then use distribute to residents. This arrangement makes salespeople out of what should be impartial and trusted protectors of our civic society, the EFF argues. : ‘This is not the first time the government has attempted to use an economic incentive to expand the reach of surveillance technology and to subsidize the vendors. In 2017, EFF spoke out against legislation that would provide tax credits for California residents who purchased home security systems.'”

US Congressman Warns of Political Conspiracy to Overturn the 2nd Amendment In Its Entirety – by Matt Agorist – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/us-congressman-warns-of-political-conspiracy-to-overturn-the-2nd-amendment-in-its-entirety.html – “Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., told reporters this week that there is a political movement brewing in the US to overturn the Second Amendment in its entirety. Americans would no longer have a right to keep and bear arms…. Despite seeing the writing on the wall, Kinzinger is on board with much of the Republican base in the support of red flag laws… Citizens who are targeted by these laws will be deemed guilty first and only after their guns are taken, will they have a chance to defend themselves in court. This is the de facto removal of due process; and if history is any indicator, they will one day be used to disarm those who disagree with the State.”

Federal Judges Are Waging War on the Fourth Amendment – by Chris Calton – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/federal-judges-are-waging-war-on-the-fourth-amendment.html – “The result is that the police now enjoy unlimited reign in harassing, searching, and arresting drivers. Motivated by civil forfeiture laws that empower them to confiscate civilian property without charging the victim with a crime, the police have institutionalized the practice of conducting mass road stops as means of searching civilians for property to confiscate (a practice recently curtailed by a SCOTUS ruling, but not eliminated). Highway robbery has been legally sanctioned and encouraged by all branches of the federal government, so that state and local police forces can only accurately be understood is roadway pirates.”

6th-Grader Dragged Out Of Class For Saying Gender-Confused Boy “Is A Boy” – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-09/6th-grader-dragged-out-class-saying-gender-confused-boy-boy – “In a redacted letter to the school district, Liberty Counsel said Boy A had started publicly identifying as a female this spring. It became “heavily discussed at the school, particularly by a group of girls” in John’s classes who quickly started treating Boy A as a girl and frequently discussing his “transition” with him in art class… John is also in that class, and considers Boy A a friend. He was “subjected to conversations about these issues constantly, on at least a weekly or semi-weekly basis,” because the girls and Boy A sat directly behind him… On May 13 the girls claimed that “taking girl hormones” and eventually getting his “male private parts removed” would turn Boy A into a girl. John “disagreed as a factual matter” and said he was “not a girl.” Another boy agreed that sex is “what you’re born with,” and cannot be changed by hormones and surgery, and a third boy “may have said something to a similar effect,” according to Liberty Counsel… Their art teacher overheard the conversation and reported John and the boys to the assistant principal, falsely claiming they were “bullying” Boy A and that the third boy called him a “homosexual.” ”

Stocks, Yuan Plunge As Trump Warns “Could Cancel September Meeting” With China – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-09/stocks-tumble-trump-says-not-ready-deal-china – “President Trump tells reporters ‘it’s going very well with China,’ but the U.S. is not ready to make a deal… ‘In the case of China, the tariffs have been amazing,’… Trump also said that he has ‘no choice but to what he’s doing on China,’ and said trade talks with China scheduled to be held in Washington in September might not happen… ‘We have an open dialogue — we’ll see whether or not we keep our meeting in September.’.. ‘If we do, that’s fine, if we don’t, that’s fine’ ”

Bailout #3: Chinese Bank With $200 Billion In Assets Is Nationalized – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-09/bailout-3-chinese-bank-200-billion-assets-nationalized – “And so, fast forward to this week when overnight, the SCMP reported that China’s sovereign wealth fund has taken over Heng Feng Bank – the bank at the very top of the list shown above, one with roughly $200 billion in assets –  a troubled lender linked to fugitive financier Xiao Jianhua, in the third case in as many months of the state exerting its grip over wayward financial institutions… According to the report, Central Huijin Investment, a subsidiary of the China Investment Corporation that acts as the Chinese government’s shareholder in the country’s four biggest banks, emerged as a strategic investor in Heng Feng, according to a brief report overnight by Shanghai Securities News, published by state news agency Xinhua… In short, a 3rd Chinese bank in as many months received an implicit (or explicit) state bailout, and with the dominoes now falling, it’s just a matter of time before most if not all of the banks shown in the list above collapse.”

The Fed Is Trapped In A Rate-Cutting Box: It’s The Debt, Stupid! – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-09/fed-trapped-rate-cutting-box-its-debt-stupid – “The Fed desperately needs to keep credit expanding or the economy will collapse. However, it’s an unsustainable scheme… Key Debt Points: ● In 1984 it took $1 of additional debt to create an additional $1 of Real GDP. ● As of the fourth quarter of 2018, it took $3.8 dollars to create $1 of real GDP. ● As of 2013, it took more than a dollar of public debt to create a dollar of GDP. ● If interest rates were 3.0%, interest on total credit market debt would be a whopping $2.16 trillion per year. That approximately 11.5% of real GDP year in and year out.” (emphasis added)

This Is The Same Pattern The Fed Followed Before The Great Depression – by Brandon Smith – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/this-is-the-same-pattern-the-fed-followed-before-the-great-depression.html – “Keep in mind that the latest Fed decision does two things: First, it is an indirect admission that the U.S. is entering recession territory. Second, it is also an admission that the Fed doesn’t plan to do anything about it, at least, not until it’s too late. In other words, all those people who thought the central bank was about to kick the can on the current crash in economic fundamentals were mistaken. As I have been predicting for many months, the Fed has no intention of trying to delay the effects of negative conditions any longer. The crash is now a reality that the mainstream will have to accept… In order to understand why the Fed is withholding liquidity at this time instead of opening the floodgates, it is important to understand central banker motives. First and foremost, the assumption that the Fed is always concerned with keeping the financial system afloat is incorrect. The Fed has allowed the U.S. system to crash multiple times in its 106 year history. In truth, the Fed has created bubble after massive bubble through stimulus and low interest rates, and then crashed these bubbles using liquidity tightening policies… Essentially what the Fed has done is create an economic time bomb, a sensitive explosive that could be set off by the slightest tremor. Any new geopolitical shock event could trigger this bomb. A No Deal Brexit, a shooting war in Iran, etc. The public will look to these events as the “cause” of the economic crisis, when it was actually the central bank that made it all possible.”

Ukrainian Armed Forces Preparing For Agressive Actions In Donbass: DPR Intelligencehttps://southfront.org/ukrainian-armed-forces-preparing-for-agressive-actions-in-donbass-dpr-intelligence/ – “Our intelligence obtained information on preparation and deployment to the front positions of units and subunits of the reserve of the UAF towards Mariupol… According to data obtained from the headquarters of the invaders [Ukraine], as well as from local residents of the settlements occupied by the UAF in the south of Donetsk region, we received information regarding the firing positions of the 152-mm and 122-mm artillery installations of the 406th artillery brigade of the Navy… We regard such actions of the Ukrainian side as direct preparation for active hostilities against our Republic… We do not exclude the possibility that in the near future the Ukrainian invaders will carry out terrorist acts near the front line in order to create an occasion to launch an offensive, the victims of which will be UAF fighters or civilians.”

Damascus Rejects Turkish-U.S. “Peace Corridor” Agreement On Northeastern Syriahttps://southfront.org/damascus-rejects-turkish-u-s-peace-corridor-agreement-on-northeastern-syria/ – “A source in the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates told the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on August 8 that Damascus sees the agreement as a blatant aggression against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country and a flagrant violation of the principles of the international law and the UN Charter… ‘This agreement has very clearly exposed the US-Turkish partnership in the aggression against Syria which serves the interest of the Israeli occupation entity and the Turkish expansionist ambitions and it unequivocally exposed the misleading and evasiveness which govern the policies of the Turkish regime,’ the source added… Turkey and the U.S. announced the initial agreement, a day earlier. While the agreement doesn’t specify the steps that both sides will take to establish the “peace corridor,” Turkish sources claim that Kurdish forces will be moved out of the zone.”

Liberalism Is Over – Russia, America, and Iran– by Israel Shamir – http://www.unz.com/ishamir/russia-america-and-iran/ – “This hard-earned prosperity and political longevity allows President Putin to hold his own in the international affairs. He is one of a few experienced leaders on the planet with twenty years at the top job. He has met with three Popes of Rome, four US Presidents, and many other rulers. This is important: 93-years old Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad who ruled his Malaysia for 40 years and has been elected again said the first ten years of a ruler are usually wasted in learning the ropes, and only after first twenty does he becomes proficient in the art of government. The first enemy a ruler must fight is his own establishment: media, army, intelligence and judges. While Trump is still losing in this conflict, Putin is doing fine – by his Judoka evasive action.”

Israel To Participate In US-led Mission In Persian Gulf By Providing Intelligence And “Other” Activitieshttps://southfront.org/israel-to-participate-in-us-led-mission-in-persian-gulf-by-providing-intelligence-and-other-activities/ – “On August 6th, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said that the country would support the US-led operation to provide a sort of maritime security in the Persian Gulf… Speaking at a closed session of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Katz said Israel was assisting the mission with intelligence and other unspecified fields… Katz told a ministers’ meeting that the two reached “substantial agreements,” adding that he was working toward “transparent normalization and signed agreements” with Gulf states. He added: ‘We do not have a conflict with them.’.. Katz further said that it is an Israeli interest to stop Iranian entrenchment in the region and strengthen Israel’s relationship with Gulf countries.”

When You Get An Email Like This From The Fed, It May Be Time To Panic – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-07/when-you-get-email-fed-it-may-be-time-panic – “As we explained in detail, the main reason why the Fed should be concerned, is that according to a research report from BofA’s Marc Cabana which we used extensively in the report, the Fed may be forced to launch Quantitative Easing as soon as Q4 to provide the market with the much needed liquidity, or else suffer the consequences of a major liquidity shortage. To wit, in describing the various steps the Fed can engage in, this is what the BofA strategist said: ‘Outright QE: after OMO dealer capacity is exhausted the Fed may need to start permanently expanding its balance sheet. The Fed would likely describe this as offsetting “bank reserve demand and growth in other non-reserve liabilities”. Regardless, it would represent the Fed permanently buying USTs outright to maintain control of funding markets well above the ZLB.’.. Well, it appears that the Fed paid attention, because moments ago we received an email from a Federal Reserve researcher which should make everyone very, very nervous. Specifically, the “rather urgent request” from a Fed staffer (no, not Edward Quince) seeks the full Cabana report whose gist, as noted above, is that the Fed will have to launch QE4 in very short notice to offset the upcoming liquidity drain.”

Protests In Hong Kong Continue From Morning, With Violence Escalatinghttps://southfront.org/protests-in-hong-kong-continue-from-morning-with-violence-escalating/ – “More than 100 flights were cancelled at the Hong Kong airport earlier in the day, but the backlog is being worked through and normal work is being restored… In total, demonstrations took place in seven districts. In these five police fire tear gas at protesters: ● Tin Shui Wai; ● Wong Tai Sin; ● Admiralty/ Central; ● Tsim Sha Tsui; ● Tai Po… The other two locations with protester activity were the Hong Kong airport and the HK Disneyland… The Associated Press reported that a Hong Kong official had said that the People’s Liberation Army would not be deployed…  ‘An official says Hong Kong’s police are fully supported by the government and there is no need to deploy China’s military to cope with increasingly violent anti-government protests.’ ” (underlined emphasis added)

Americans Should Be Very Skeptical Of Calls For New “Terrorism” Laws – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/americans-should-be-very-skeptical-of-calls-for-new-terrorism-laws.html – “I have no easy answers for America’s mass shooting epidemic, and as an Australian I see the gun control debate as outside my sovereign territory. I will simply suggest, as I so often do, that if Americans really want to address the problem then the best place to start is to do the first ever honest and in-depth study on the effects of domestic propaganda on the American mind, particularly war propaganda. There are only so many times a certain type of mind can be told violence-glorifying lies before it snaps; if anyone researches mass shootings in the light of the constant psychological abuse that Americans suffer at the hands of their mass media, I guarantee they’ll find a connection. Americans are the most propagandized people on earth because of their proximity to the most strategically crucial part of the empire; it’s not a coincidence that they’re also by far the most prone to mass shootings… One thing I can tell you won’t fix your problems, America, and that’s listening to the propagandists who want you to hand over even more control to a government that has already begun floating high-altitude surveillance balloons over your country without your permission.,, Don’t let them bully you with fear.

Currency War Begins: Chinese Yuan Crashes Past 7 To New Record Low; Global Markets Tumble After Beijing Suspends US Agri Imports – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-04/currency-war-begins-chinese-yuan-crashes-past-7usd-record-lowUpdate 1 – China is firing all the big guns tonight, because just an hour after Beijing effectively devalued the yuan, when it launched the latest currency war with the US, Bloomberg reported that the Chinese government has asked its state-owned enterprises ‘to suspend imports of U.S. agricultural products after President Donald Trump ratcheted up trade tensions with the Asian nation last week.’.. Update 2: – China’s central bank has confirmed that it is, indeed, on, saying that it is able to keep the yuan exchange rate at a reasonable and balanced level – whatever that means – while acknowledging that the Yuan plunging beyond 7 per dollar is due to market supply and demand, trade protectionism and expectations on additional tariffs on Chinese goods... Meanwhile, resorting to its old, tired and worn out tricks, Dow Jones reports that the PBOC will crack down on short-term Yuan speculation, and anchor market expectations... Which is great… if only the PBOC didn’t say exactly the same back in May, when it warned currency traders that  those ‘shorting the yuan will inevitably suffer from a huge loss.‘.. Three months later, it’s currency traders 1 – Beijing 0... China’s state-run agricultural firms have now stopped buying American farm goods, and are waiting to see how trade talks progress... Translation: trade talks, even the fake kind, is now over, dead and buried, and the only question is how Trump will react... Update 3: The carnage from yuan volatility is starting to spread… Chinese bond yields are tumbling…” – Comment: Bonds, Chinese Bonds, Offshore Yuan, U.S. Dollar plummet. Dow is down over 800 points (3%)

Walmart, El Paso, TX Shooting – 3 to 4 Shooters Say Eyewitnesses & More… (13 min )

Lee Stanahan interview from Patrick Henningsen’s Twitter feed (20 min) – https://twitter.com/21WIRE/status/1158409873538846728Great interview and analysis by Lee Stanahan on Faultlines Radio – The Alt Right nexus and the Epstein Furor

“Antivaxxers Are Killers” Programmed Into Microsoft’s BING Autosuggest – Is this Hate Speech? – by Sayer Ji – https://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/antivaxxers-are-killers-programmed-microsofts-bing-autosuggest-hate-speech – “Recently, Google was caught red-handed manipulating its search results to serve a not-so-hidden agenda, both by scrubbing its results clean of natural health and vaccine skeptical information, and by rigging its autocomplete keyword phrases to disparage complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and promote an exclusively pro-vaccine agenda… Now, a new investigation reveals that Bing (Microsoft’s search engine launched in 2009 which has 9% of the global markeshare) is targeting the so-called “vaccine hesitant” with preprogrammed search suggestions that bully, disparage, and ultimately characterize this increasingly marginalized group as dangerous and violent against others… Moreover, Bing falsely claims that its “autosuggest” function is based on the volume of real searches made by others, and not arbitrary human biases and/or political agendas originating within Microsoft itself.”

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