Web Research Links for the Week of 6/3/19

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The Next Stage Of The Engineered Global Economic Reset Has Arrived – by Brandon Smith – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/06/the-next-stage-of-the-engineered-global-economic-reset-has-arrived.html – “When discussing the fact that globalists often deliberately engineer economic crisis events, certain questions inevitably arise. The primary question being “Why would the elites ruin a system that is already working in their favor…?” The answer is in some ways complicated because there are multiple factors that motivate the globalists to do the things they do. However, before we get into explanations we have to understand that this kind of question is rooted in false assumptions, not logic… The first assumption people make is that that current system is the ideal globalist system – it’s not even close… For at least the past century the globalists have been pursuing a true one world system that is not covert, but overt. They want conscious public acceptance of a completely centralized global economic system, a single global currency, a one world government, and a one world religion (though that particular issue will require an entirely separate article)… The International Monetary Fund began spreading a meme a few years ago as a way to describe a global economic crash without actually saying the word “crash”. Managing Director Christine Lagarde and others started using the phrase “global economic reset” in reference to greater centralization of economic and monetary management, all in the wake of a kind of crisis that was left mostly ambiguous. What she was describing was simply another name for the new world order, but it was one of the first times we had seen a globalist official actually hint that the change or “reset” would be built on the ashes of the old world system, rather than simply built as an extension of it… Lagarde’s message was essentially this: “Collective” cooperation will not just be encouraged in the new order, it will be required — meaning, the collective cooperation of all nations toward the same geopolitical and economic framework. If this is not accomplished, great fiscal pain will be felt and “spillover” will result… …going by his associations alone, it is clear that Donald Trump is controlled opposition playing the role of “anti-globalist” while at the same time stacking his cabinet with the very same elites he is supposedly at war with. As I have outlined in numerous articles, Trump was bought off in the 1990s when he was saved from possible permanent bankruptcy by Rothschild banking agent Wilber Ross. Trump made Ross his Commerce Secretary as soon as he entered the White House, and Ross is one of the key figures in the developing trade war. I believe the next stage of the economic reset has now begun in 2018 and 2019. In this phase of the globalist created theater, we see the world being torn apart by the “non-cooperation” that Lagarde and the CFR warned us about in 2015. The trade war is swiftly becoming a world economic war drawing in multiple nations on either side. This scenario only benefits the globalists, as it provides perfect cover as they initiate a crash of the historically massive ‘Everything Bubble’ which they have spent the last ten years inflating just for this moment… At this point I have to say that anyone arguing that Trump is “playing 4D chess” with the banking elites while he is surrounded by them on a daily basis must be clinically insane. Every economic and trade policy Trump has initiated in the past two years has served as a smokescreen for the globalists controlled demolition of the economy. As the reset continues in the midst of the trade war, it will be Trump and by extension all conservatives that get the blame… …there is a globalist-controlled central bank in almost every nation in the world, including supposedly anti-globalist countries in the East like Russia and China. All of these central banks are coordinated through the Bank For International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland. The globalists covertly dictate the economic policy of nearly the entire planet. They can easily create an economic collapse anytime they wish. This is a fact… However, what they do not control is how elements of the public will react to their reset agenda. And this is where we find hope. They do not have their “new world order” yet, which is why they have to resort to elaborate theatrics and psychological operations. They know that an awake and aware segment of the population could annihilate them tomorrow with the right motivation, and so, they continue to distract us with a swarm of other concerns and calamities… The purpose is to convince the masses to focus on all the wrong enemies while ignoring organized and psychopathic elites as the root of threat to humanity. We are supposed to hate the Russians, or hate the Chinese, or hate people on the left, or hate people on the right, and so it goes on. But these conflicts are just symptoms of a deeper disease. The great danger is that the focus on globalists as the virus will fade from public consciousness and conservative circles in particular as the trade war becomes a world war and economic collapse results in financial pain.” (underlined emphasis added) – Comment: This is a crucially important article, worthy of multiple readings if you want to understand its importance in outlining what the people of the world now face.

US attempt to push Huawei from global market is the first sign of looming tech war – Putinhttps://www.rt.com/business/461306-us-huawei-tech-war-putin/ -“Putin added that attempts to monopolize a new technological wave by some countries impede solving the global inequality problem and will lead to destabilization… Despite Huawei’s repeated denials of the accusations by Washington, leading global tech companies such as Google, Intel, and Qualcomm, started cutting their ties with the Chinese firm to comply with the US ban. Huawei has already filed a motion in a US court to overturn the ban on its products, saying that it was targeted in ‘violation of due process.’ ”

Political Crisis Developing In Moldova. Clashes Continue In Eastern Ukraine Despite ‘Peacekeeping’ Rhetoric of Zelenskyhttps://southfront.org/political-crisis-developing-in-moldova-clashes-continue-in-eastern-ukraine-despite-peacekeeping-rhetoric-of-zelensky/A good article on the continuing deterioration of stability and the interests of populations in this region.

Israeli army cadets train for takeover of Hezbollah-held Lebanese villagehttps://www.timesofisrael.com/army-cadets-train-for-takeover-of-hezbollah-held-lebanese-village/ – “Army cadets at the Israel Defense Forces’ Officer Training School this week drilled for the takeover of a Lebanese village held by Hezbollah in a future war with the terror group… The exercise saw a focus on cooperation between infantry, Armored Corps, Air Force and intelligence-gathering troops in identifying and eliminating threats in urban areas, Channel 12 news reported Saturday… It also incorporated battles against missile-launching cells and underground combat in tunnels and bunkers with hiding enemy troops…In a future conflict “we will not enter every village,” said Lt. Gen. Benny Aharon, who oversees commander training in the Armored Corps. ‘We will choose the targets we need to conquer and hit those places we know will help us defeat the enemy — the places that are its center of gravity.’ ”

NFL, Al-Qaeda Factions Attack Syrian Army Positions In Northern Lattakia From Turkish Territoryhttps://southfront.org/nfl-al-qaeda-factions-attack-syrian-army-positions-in-northern-lattakia-from-turkey-territory/ – “Militants of the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) and the al-Qaeda-affiliated “Wa Harid al-Muminin” operations room launched a joint attack on Syrian Arab Army (SAA) positions along the Turkish border in northern Lattakia on June 9… A source in the SAA told SouthFront that the attack, which began in the early hours of the morning, was launched from Turkish territory. The source said that vehicles armed with heavy machine guns supporting the militants were moving on the border line. A salvo of rockets also came from the direction of southern Turkey… This new attack is another evidence of the growing cooperation between Turkish-backed groups and al-Qaeda in Syria. The deployment of these terrorists on the border line also raises serious questions about Ankara’s role in this cooperation.” – (emphasis added)

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with the RBC integrated newsdesk, June 6, 2019www.mid.ru/ru/foreign_policy/news/-/asset_publisher/cKNonkJE02Bw/content/id/3672964 – ” ‘You are right, the sanctions, which have become the hallmark of the US administration, a number of EU countries and other Western states – to which we were forced to respond and will continue to do so in such a way as not to do harm to ourselves – are clearly damaging everyone, including the US companies and companies from the European countries whose governments resort to these sanctions. But, despite the difficulties, companies are working and trying to find opportunities that are not blocked by illegal actions of their governments.’ ”

Auto Loans Hit A New Record: Monthly Payments At All-Time High – by Mac Slavo – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/06/auto-loans-hit-a-new-record-monthly-payments-at-all-time-high.html – “Credit-ratings firm Experian says the average amount borrowed to buy a new vehicle hit a record $32,187 in the first quarter, according to a report by CNBC. The average used-vehicle loan also hit a record high of $20,137. “We have not seen a slowdown in loan demand. In fact, volume for new and used loans is up from previous years,” said Melinda Zabritski, senior director of automotive financial solutions for Experian. As a result, the average monthly payment for a new vehicle continued to climb to a new high of $554 and to a record $391 for used vehicles, according to Experian… This is also unnerving considering there are so many brand new cars going unsold. People are buying cars they cannot afford, and, according to Zabritski, many are now leasing their car instead of electing to own it.”

Elon Musk’s Company Launched 60 Satellites Into Space to Blast 5G at Us. More Planned Despite Telecoms Admitting There’s No Research That Proves 5G is Safe – by B.N. Frank – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/06/elon-musks-company-launched-60-satellites-into-space-to-blast-5g-at-us-more-planned-despite-telecoms-admitting-theres-no-research-that-proves-5g-is-safe.html – “Activist Post has reported about the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allowing companies to blast harmful WiFi and 5G from the sky and from space.  Despite warnings from many credible sources about the serious biological, environmental, and safety impact associated with this, it’s not just Elon’s company, SpaceX, doing it — Google, Amazon, Airbus and OneWeb are doing it too… Thanks to scientist Arthur Firstenberg for updating us on this craziness as well as organizing the International Appeal to Stop 5G on Earth and in Space which has been signed by approximately… …100,000 total individuals and organizations from 187 countries.”

Is There A “Power Player” Behind The Current Tech Craziness Propelling The New World Order’s Geo-governance?https://www.activistpost.com/2019/06/is-there-a-power-player-behind-the-current-tech-craziness-propelling-the-new-world-orders-geo-governance.html – “American journalist Abby Martin, an RT News contributor, published a report in June of 2018, which somehow smacks of a “hidden agenda” insofar as the current unrelenting push regarding high tech developments [e.g., 5G, Internet of Things, Transhumanism, etc.], the New World Order, the U.S. Deep State and Shadow Government, and even terrorism, in my opinionMartin claims there’s a “mother of all multi-national corporations.”  She alleges it to be SERCO.” – With MUST SEE Video (19 min) containing mind-blowing information, plus background video on SERCO.

Europe Has no Freedom But to Choose “Freedom Gas” – by Tony Cartalucci –  https://www.activistpost.com/2019/06/europe-has-no-freedom-but-to-choose-freedom-gas.html – “So discredited have US campaigns christened in the name of “freedom” become, that few scarcely believed the US was actually, seriously calling its natural gas exports “freedom gas.” However, it is not a headline torn from the pages of the satirical newspaper The Onion, but rather from the US DOE itself… In an article from the DOE’s official website titled, “Department of Energy Authorizes Additional LNG Exports from Freeport LNG,” the DOE states (emphasis added): ‘Increasing export capacity from the Freeport LNG project is critical to spreading freedom gas throughout the world by giving America’s allies a diverse and affordable source of clean energy. Further, more exports of U.S. LNG to the world means more U.S. jobs and more domestic economic growth and cleaner air here at home and around the globe,’ said U.S. Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes…”

Somebody’s Watching You: The Surveillance of Self-driving Cars –  https://www.activistpost.com/2019/06/somebodys-watching-you-the-surveillance-of-self-driving-cars.html – “ ‘ Self-driving cars will represent a new mode for surveillance. Through a self-driving car’s global positioning, system, navigational tools, and other data collection mechanisms, companies will be able to gain access to highly contextual data about passengers’ habits, routines, movements, and preferences,’ explained Luis F. Alvarez León, an assistant professor of geography at Dartmouth. ‘This trove of personal, locational, and financial data can be leveraged and monetized by companies, by providing a data-stream for companies to target customers through personalized advertising and marketing,’ he added.”

Boston Dynamics To Start Selling Creepy Robot Dogs – by Tyler Durden –  https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-08/boston-dynamics-start-selling-creepy-robot-dogs – Boston Dynamics will begin selling its creepy robot dogs to the public “within months,” according to CEO Marc Raibert, who told The Verge “We’re just doing some final tweaks to the design” after “testing them relentlessly” – hopefully to obey the three laws of robotics… One Spot robot mounted with 3D cameras can map their environment and perform tasks such as track worker progress or identify hazards at construction sites. Models equipped with a robot arm can also open doors and manipulate objects… At present, several construction companies in Japan are testing Spot to oversee the work progress on sites. ‘There’s a remarkable number of construction companies we’re talking to,’ said Raibert, adding ‘But we have some other applications that are very promising — [including] in hostile environments where the cost of having people there is high.’ ”

US envoy says Israel has ‘right’ to annex parts of West Bankhttps://www.timesofisrael.com/us-envoy-says-israel-has-right-to-annex-parts-of-west-bank/ – “In an interview published by the New York Times on Saturday, Ambassador David Friedman said that some degree of annexation of the West Bank would be legitimate… ‘Under certain circumstances, I think Israel has the right to retain some, but unlikely all, of the West Bank,’ he said… Friedman, in the New York Times interview, declined to specify how the US might respond to unilateral Israeli annexation, saying: ‘We really don’t have a view until we understand how much, on what terms, why does it make sense, why is it good for Israel, why is it good for the region, why does it not create more problems than it solves… These are all things that we’d want to understand, and I don’t want to prejudge.’ ” (emphasis added)

Sovereignists of All Countries – Unite! – by The Saker – http://www.unz.com/tsaker/sovereignists-of-all-countries-unite/ – “What is, however, less known is that inside the US, the Neocons and their allies have been a prime force to dismantle the Bill of Rights, especially the First and Second Amendments… Today, I want to give a simple yet telling example of how this kind of stuff is quietly happening with very little opposition. And for that example, I will use the US state in which I am currently living, Florida… Check out this stunning sequence of events… …On April 29th Governor DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet met in Jerusalem (not a joke!) to proclaim their support for “the Jewish state” (sic) and declare that DeSantis will be the most pro-Israel governor in “America” (sic). The fact that holding that meeting abroad is a violation of Florida law did not bother anybody (except The Florida First Amendment Foundation which filed a lawsuit against this outrage). Neither did the fact that Israel is the last openly and officially racist state on our planet. Sadly, Florida is hardly an exception, two dozen other states (including Texas) have passed similar laws.”

Watchdog says FBI has access to about 640M photographshttps://apnews.com/6f45d569c3084c5ca823ced145de8f82 – “A government watchdog says the FBI has access to about 640 million photographs — including from driver’s licenses, passports and mugshots — that can be searched using facial recognition technology.”

This New Robot Will Take Millions Of Warehouse Jobs – by Tyler Durden –  https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-30/new-robot-will-take-millions-warehouse-jobs – “The automation wave is expected to dramatically reshape the US economy in the 2020s. This disruption will impact the labor force and cause tremendous job losses. By 2030, automation could eliminate 20% to 25% of current jobs — equivalent to 40 million displaced workers, hitting the bottom 90% of Americans the hardest… A new report from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) shows how warehouse automation is starting to gain traction in Atlanta, the sixth largest warehousing space in the US… The new, robot-powered warehouse in McDonough, Georgia, is currently undergoing pilot tests and will begin operations in June. Project Verte, a start-up trying to compete with Amazon, is responsible for automating the warehouse.”

Miscarriage of Justice: Why Assange’s Belmarsh Sentence is Wrong – by Nina Cross – https://21stcenturywire.com/2019/06/04/why-assanges-belmarsh-sentence-is-wrong/Well written, carefully researched, and comprehensive article covering Julian Assange’s current detention and legal quandary.

PA premier calls Trump plan ‘blackmail,’ says Bahrain workshop to be ‘born dead’ – Mohammad Shtayyeh claims Palestinians weren’t invited to Manama but wouldn’t attend anyway; warns PA could collapse within 2 months if financial spat with Israel not resolved – by Michael Bachner – https://www.timesofisrael.com/pa-premier-calls-trump-plan-blackmail-says-bahrain-workshop-to-be-born-dead/ – ” ‘These same people are the ones who have been working on the drying up of the financial resources of the Palestinian Authority,’ he said, referring to hundreds of millions of dollars in halted aid money and contributions to UNRWA, the controversial UN agency for Palestinian refugees and their descendants… ‘We know the political agenda,’ Shtayyeh said in the interview. ‘They are saying no to refugees. They are saying no to Jerusalem. They are saying no to two states. They are not respecting ’67 borders. And if this economic track is part of the overall package, what are we accepting? If we are there, people will use our presence there to capitalize on that.’ ”

Putin-Erdogan Agreement Falls Apart as Russians Realize That Arming the Turks is Insane – by John Helmer – https://russia-insider.com/en/politics/putin-erdogan-agreement-falls-apart-russians-realize-arming-turks-insane/ri27186 – ” Just three and a half years ago, on January 20, 2016, the Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan had good reason to congratulate himself. He had successfully arranged a scheme of payoffs for two men who were intimate advisors to the presidents of the United States and Russia — at the very same time. They were Lieutenant-General  Michael Flynn, the National Security Advisor to Donald Trump; and Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for Vladimir Putin… No one had pulled off the simultaneity before; but it was short-lived. Flynn was forced to resign after just 24 days in office and charged with lying to the FBI. He subsequently pleaded guilty and is now facing a prison sentence. Investigation of his lucratively paid lobbying for Turkey is still under way… Peskov remains in his Kremlin office, as he has for the past seven years. However, the Defence Ministry led by Sergei Shoigu and the General Staff headed by General Valery Gerasimov, have rebelled against Peskov’s line with Putin, ending for all practical purposes the terms of agreement Putin and Erdogan signed last September for a Turkish protectorate of Idlib governorate in northwestern Syria… The Russian Army newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star) reported that Idlib is now “a huge military camp”.  The Russian military command has responded by launching intensive air attacks and by covering new advances on the ground by the Syrian Army. Unsaid by the General Staff, unacknowledged by the Kremlin, the Putin-Erdogan Memorandum is a dead-letter. History is repeating itself.” – Comment: Helmer, the longest serving foreign correspondent covering Russia, puts the situation in Syria’s Idlib into the context of the Turkish genocides in the early 20th Century.

‘A mass sterilization exercise’: Kenyan doctors find anti-fertility agent in UN tetanus vaccine – by Steve Weatherbe – https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/a-mass-sterilization-exercise-kenyan-doctors-find-anti-fertility-agent-in-u – “Kenya’s Catholic bishops are charging two United Nations organizations with sterilizing millions of girls and women under cover of an anti-tetanus inoculation program sponsored by the Kenyan government… According to a statement released Tuesday by the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, the organization has found an antigen that causes miscarriages in a vaccine being administered to 2.3 million girls and women by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Priests throughout Kenya reportedly are advising their congregations to refuse the vaccine… ‘We sent six samples from around Kenya to laboratories in South Africa. They tested positive for the HCG antigen,’ Dr. Muhame Ngare of the Mercy Medical Centre in Nairobi told LifeSiteNews. ‘They were all laced with HCG.‘ ” (emphasis added)

More Police Raids As War On Journalism Escalates Worldwide – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2019/06/05/more-police-raids-as-war-on-journalism-escalates-worldwide/ – “The Australian Federal Police have conducted two raids on journalists and seized documents in purportedly unrelated incidents in the span of just two days… Yesterday the AFP raided the home of News Corp Australia journalist Annika Smethurst, seeking information related to her investigative report last year which exposed the fact that the Australian government has been discussing the possibility of giving itself unprecedented powers to spy on its own citizens. Today they raided the Sydney headquarters of the Australian Broadcasting Corp, seizing information related to a 2017 investigative report on possible war crimes committed by Australian forces in Afghanistan… In a third, also ostensibly unrelated incident, another Australian reporter disclosed yesterday that the Department of Home Affairs has initiated an investigation of his reporting on a story about asylum seeker boats which could lead to an AFP criminal case, saying he’s being pressured to disclose his source.”

President Trump Calls On Syria, Russia, Iran To Halt Attacks On Militants In Idlibhttps://southfront.org/president-trump-calls-on-syria-russia-iran-to-halt-attacks-on-idlib/ – “On June 3, the President called on Syria, Russia and ‘to a lesser extent, Iran’, to strop ‘bombing the hell out of Idlib Province in Syria, and indiscriminately killing many innocent civilians. …The World is watching this butchery. What is the purpose, what will it get you? STOP’, Trump wrote… The interesting fact that just a few years ago, Mr Trump had a clear understanding of the real sitaution in Syria. Something seems to have changed since then.”

White People and Their Achievements Are Marked for Destruction – by Paul Craig Roberts – https://russia-insider.com/en/white-people-and-their-achievements-are-marked-destruction/ri27144  – “The Western world is collapsing so rapidly that I am afraid that I am going to outlive it… The Western presstitutes and politicians have demonized Putin, Maduro, Iran, and Trump to the same extent as the patriotic propagandistic Western court historians have demonized Adolf Hitler. But no one is as demonized as white people, and the curious thing is that it is self-demonization—whites demonizing whites.”

The Apparently Irresistible Cry of Anti Semitism – by Eve Mykytyn – https://www.evemykytyn.com/writing/2019/6/3/the-apparently-irresistible-cry-of-anti-semitism – “The few students who bothered to vote on the issue voted overwhelmingly in favor of the new society. 200 students out of the 600 who voted (the University of Essex boasts over 15,000 students) voted against the society. None of the news outlets that covered this story mentioned that very few students cared to participate, exaggerating the importance of the issue at the University. Apparently panicked by this lopsided vote in its favor, the student union cancelled the vote and authorized the society’s immediate creation… Histrionics prevailed in the Jewish press and among the UK’s Jewish advocates. Following the vote, the national Union of Jewish Students said the fact that so many people were against the ratification of the society was “simply shocking.” Apparently not constrained by facts, Amanda Bowman, vice-president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews said: “This is racism, pure and simple. Those students who voted to exclude Jewish students should hang their heads in shame.” Of course, 200 students voted against a society, there was no vote to exclude Jewish students… Luckily for those seeking to extract revenge for the elusive sin of anti Semitism, they had an object for their wrath in University lecturer, Dr. Maaruf Ali. Ali opposed the society and shared a number of posts alleging that “the Zionists next want to create a society here at our University.” This quote was widely circulated as evidence of his anti Semitism although UJS is an openly Zionist organization.”

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Web Research Links for the Week of 5/27/19

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.

US greenlights missiles for al-Qaeda-linked, Turkish-backed Salafi-jihadists occupying Syria’s Idlib – The Trump administration has approved a Turkish shipment of US-made anti-tank missiles to al-Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels fighting a Russian-backed offensive in Syria’s Idlib province. – by Ben Norton – https://thegrayzone.com/2019/05/31/us-missiles-al-qaeda-turkey-syria-idlib/ – “The Trump administration immediately condemned this Syrian-Russian campaign to retake Idlib from al-Qaeda militants. US officials also claimed, without providing any evidence, that the Syrian army was using “chemical weapons” in the offensive. (This unsubstantiated accusation came at the same time when a leaked OPCW report suggested that a previous gas attack in Douma, Syria had actually been staged)… A US government official also said that Washington “greenlighted” the use of devastating anti-tank TOW missiles by Turkey-backed Islamist rebels in Syria… Reuters reported on May 25 that Turkey has ramped up its weapons supplies to the al-Qaeda-linked militants that occupy Idlib. The Turkish military has also sent a convoy to a military base in rebel-held territory north of the Syrian city Hama.”

Follow the Minerals: Why the US is Threatened by Venezuela’s ‘Blue Gold’ – by Carrie Giunta – https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/11372 – “Coltan is Venezuela’s Oro Azul or ‘blue gold’. In 2009, President Hugo Chávez announced the discovery of reserves worth $100 billion of “the blue gold of the 21st century” in the Amazon region of the country… The price of this blue gold follows an increasing demand for a high-grade metal known as tantalum, processed from refined coltan. Demand for coltan is so intense, it fetches a higher price on the international market than even gold or diamonds… The US relies on tantalum to build the basic circuitry in guidance control systems in smart bombs, the on-board navigational systems in drones, anti-tank systems, robots and most weapons systems… The metal is vital to US defense. Yet, it has no domestic source of coltan. Importing and stockpiling tantalum is its only recourse… As the need for tantalum increases, smugglers move coltan from Venezuela to the US via Colombia and Brazil.”

Foreign fighters among 10 killed in IDF Syria strike after rocket fire — report – by Judah Ari Gross – https://www.timesofisrael.com/foreign-fighters-among-10-killed-in-idf-syria-strike-after-rocket-fire-report/ – “Seven “foreign fighters” were among the 10 killed in Israel Defense Forces airstrikes on several military targets in Syria in the predawn hours of Sunday morning in response to two rockets that were fired from the country at the Golan Heights on Saturday night, a war monitor said… The Israeli army refrained from specifying who it believes fired the two rockets at the Golan Heights — one of which landed inside Israeli territory, the other in Syria — but said it ‘sees the Syrian regime as responsible for all attacks against Israel from Syrian territory.’ ”

Lindsey Graham Still Hankering for War With Venezuela – by Daniel Larison – https://russia-insider.com/en/politics/lindsey-graham-still-hankering-war-venezuela/ri27169 – ” ‘…Trump said rightly, Maduro is not the legitimate leader of Venezuela, the entire region supports the Trump approach that Guaido is the legitimate leader. He wouldn’t be in power without 6,000 or 7,000 Cuban security forces in Venezuela… I would do exactly what Reagan did. I would give Cuba an ultimatum to get out of Venezuela. If they don’t, I would let the Venezuelan military know, you got to choose between democracy and Maduro, and if you choose Maduro and Cuba, we are coming after you. This is in our backyard… Trump said that he was for democracy, against socialism… WALLACE: Right… GRAHAM: …and he has drawn a red line when it comes to Maduro. If he doesn’t [act], everybody in the world is going to think he’s weak. If he does act, it helps us with North Korea, Iran, Russia, and everybody else.’.. Graham knows that Trump detests appearing weak, and so he needs to make Trump believe that “the world” will perceive him this way if he doesn’t back up his stupid regime change rhetoric with an insane and illegal military intervention.”

Russian Jets Resume Attacks on Idlib After Ceasefire Talks With Turkey Collapsehttps://russia-insider.com/en/russian-jets-unleash-hell-idlib-after-ceasefire-talks-turkey-collapse/ri27163 – “On Thursday over five Russian fighter jets began launching airstrikes over the Idlib Governorate following the collapse of ceasefire talks with Turkey… According to a military source in northwestern Syria, the ceasefire talks collapsed after Turkey demanded that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) withdraw from all the areas they captured in northwestern Hama… The Russian military reportedly rejected Turkey’s demands and restarted their aerial campaign over the Idlib province.”

The final round: Netanyahu versus Liberman – In a dramatic development, Bibi was unable to form a coalition in the Knesset, and has fallen back on calling new elections for MK’s – by Ben Caspit – https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/05/israel-benjamin-netanyahu-reuven-rivlin-likud-elections.html – “When May 29 ended at the stroke of midnight, Netanyahu turned on his former ally with full force. “Liberman has gone over to the left,” he asserted. His people announced that in the upcoming election campaign, Netanyahu would focus on destroying Liberman just as he had done to Naftali Bennett, his nemesis and New Right leader who shockingly failed to attract enough votes in April to enter the Knesset. The Likud, they said, would invest a fortune in appealing to immigrants from the former Soviet Union, a large chunk of Liberman’s constituency, to deny his crossing the electoral threshold… Netanyahu’s only problem is that Liberman is not easily scared. He is by far the coldest fish in the Israeli political pond, a man who does not know the meaning of pressure and who, unlike Netanyahu, is not driven by an obsession to be prime minister. When Liberman has nothing to lose, both sides should be worried.”

Prospects for the Emergence of a Real Opposition in Russia – by The Saker – http://www.unz.com/tsaker/prospects-for-the-emergence-of-a-real-opposition-in-russia/ – “First, it is obvious that millions of Russians (including yours truly) were deeply disappointed that Putin did not substantially reorganize the Russian government following his triumphant reelection last year. Putin himself is on record saying two things about that: first, that he is generally happy with the performance of the government and, second, that he needs an experienced team to implement his very ambitious reform program (more about that in a moment)… Second, it is equally obvious that the pension reform is profoundly unpopular and that Putin’s personal credibility has never recovered from this political fiasco… Third, and this is the most overlooked and yet most interesting development – there is a real opposition gradually emerging in Russia. What do I mean by “real”? First, I mean not a “pretend opposition” as we see in the Russian Duma (which is a glorified rubber-stamping parliament). Second, I mean a patriotic opposition which is neither financed nor controlled by Mr. Soros nor the CIA nor any of their innumerable offshoots. The problem is that this opposition has many severe problems and that it completely fails to present an alternative to the current ‘Putinocracy.’ ”

Turkey Is Negotiating With Russia To Reach Ceasefire In Idlib, Defense Minister Sayshttps://southfront.org/turkey-is-negotiating-with-russia-to-reach-ceasefire-in-idlib-defense-minister-says/ – “Turkey is negotiating with Russia in order to declare a new ceasefire south of Syria’s Idlib, Turkish Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar revealed on May 28… ‘We continue our contacts to stop this drama as soon as possible, to ensure the safety of people, reinstate the ceasefire and bring stability to the region,” the Daily Sabah quoted Akar as saying… The Turkish minister said that he expects Moscow to use its “influence” on Damascus to stop the ongoing Syrian Arab Army (SAA) military operation around Idlib. He also stressed that Ankara will continue its de-escalation efforts in Idlib within the framework of agreements made in the Astana Process and the Sochi Conference… Earlier this month, a temporary ceasefire was imposed around Idlib. The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and the Russian Aerospace Forces even halted their operations over the region… However, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria, and its Turkish-backed allies took advantage of the ceasefire to launched a counter attack in northern Hama. The terrorists also resumed their rocket attacks on the Russian Hmeimim airbase on the Syrian coast.”

Endless Procedural Abuses Show Julian Assange Case Was Never About Law – by Jonathan Cook –  http://www.unz.com/jcook/endless-procedural-abuses-show-julian-assange-case-was-never-about-law/ – “It is astonishing how often one still hears well-informed, otherwise reasonable people say about Julian Assange: ‘But he ran away from Swedish rape charges by hiding in Ecuador’s embassy in London.’.. At the weekend, a Guardian editorial – the paper’s official voice and probably the segment most scrutinised by senior staff – made just such a false claim: ‘Then there is the rape charge that Mr Assange faced in Sweden and which led him to seek refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in the first place.’..The fact that the Guardian, supposedly the British media’s chief defender of liberal values, can make this error-strewn statement after nearly a decade of Assange-related coverage is simply astounding. And that it can make such a statement days after the US finally admitted that it wants to lock up Assange for 175 years on bogus “espionage” charges – a hand anyone who wasn’t being wilfully blind always knew the US was preparing to play – is still more shocking… Assange faces no charges in Sweden yet, let alone “rape charges”. As former UK ambassador Craig Murray recently explained, the Guardian has been misleading readers by falsely claiming that an attempt by a Swedish prosecutor to extradite Assange – even though the move has not received the Swedish judiciary’s approval – is the same as his arrest on rape charges. It isn’t.”

Police To Use TSA-Style Scanners To Spy On People In Public Places – by MassPrivateI – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/05/police-to-use-tsa-style-scanners-to-spy-on-people-in-public-places.html – “Last week, the Salt Lake Tribune revealed that the Utah Attorney General and law enforcement are partnering with  Liberty Defense, a 3D image scanning company that makes its money from scanning the public in real-time. (3D means capturing rich information [size, shape, depth] about the detection space. It can detect any material that has a physical form.).. Let’s start with name — calling yourself Liberty Defense is an affront to liberty-minded Americans who do not want to be secretly spied on by Big Brother. Their tag line “Protecting communities and preserving peace of mind” is the exact opposite of what this device does… Any device that is used to spy on the public is just that: a surveillance device. It is not a Defense of our Liberty… As Fox Now 13 reported, police will use Liberty Defense’s HEXWAVE to spy on people at mass gatherings like concerts, malls, stadiums, public transit stops and government buildings… (from https://www.libertydefense.com/): HEXWAVE: Combating the threat of terror – Incidents of terrorism are on the rise, and concern for public safety is at an all-time high… The challenge: efficiently securing high traffic areas with multiple entry points, such as hotels, schools, airports, public transit systems, entertainment venues and outdoor pedestrian locations in a secure, non-intrusive manner… Our solution: HEXWAVE uses active 3D imaging technology and machine learning to scan crowds for weapons without the need for dedicated security checkpoints.”

Greg Hallett: The Privy Council Oath – Monarchy Mafia Oath (time stamped, 5min) – Greg Hallett w/Jim Fetzer show

Colonel House Advisor to President Wilson – by Sartre – https://www.veteransnewsreport.com/2019/05/28/colonel-house-advisor-to-president-wilson/ – ” ‘House had authored a novel, published by various accounts in 1905-6, titled Philip Dru: Administrator, which he made available for Wilson to read, digest, and hopefully act upon.  The book depicts a second U.S. Civil War, with a participant, Philip Dru, creating for the world, in the war’s aftermath, a new world order characterized by a single administrator (Dru) working through a World Bank, World Court, World Army, and a League of Nations – i.e., utopia achieved!’.. While Colonel House gets the most attention as ‘my second personality. He is my independent self. His thoughts and mine are one’, says Woodrow Wilson; his lasting influence is in introducing The Inquiry methodology of advisors, which initiates the Deep State. The system of using empire conducive advisors under the guise of CFR and every other think tank, developed into a culture of protection for the power brokers that actually design and oversee the implementation of government policy.” Comment: This article includes several important pieces of The Puzzle of how the modern Deep State came into being.

Newly Released FBI Docs Shed Light on Apparent Mossad Foreknowledge of 9/11 Attacks – by Whitney Webb – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51631.htm – “According to a former high-ranking American intelligence official who spoke to the Jewish Daily Forward in 2002, the FBI concluded in its investigation that the five Israelis arrested “were conducting a Mossad surveillance mission and that their employer, Urban Moving Systems of Weehawken, NJ, served as a front.” At least two of the men arrested were determined to have direct links to the Mossad after their names appeared in a CIA-FBI database of foreign intelligence operatives. According to one of their lawyers, one of the men, Paul Kurzberg, had previously worked for the Mossad in another country prior to arriving in the United States. Another of those arrested, Oded Ellner, subsequently stated on Israeli TV that the five Israelis had been in New York at the time “to document the event,” meaning the attack on the World Trade Center… The FOIA release of the photos is notable because responses to prior FOIA requests to the Department of Justice, which oversees the FBI, had previously claimed that all of the photos taken by the Israeli nationals had been destroyed in January 2014. The photos themselves are heavily redacted, making it impossible to see the Israelis’ facial expressions. However, previously declassified yet heavily redacted FBI reports state that the Israelis are “visibly happy” in nearly every photo, even when the burning towers are in the background. The photos released are also not original copies and instead appear to be photocopies of photocopies of the original pictures. In addition, of the original 76 pictures developed by authorities from the camera in the Israelis’ possession, only 14 were released… However, three of these photos — despite the heavy redaction and poor quality — are damning. Since 2001, even though the photos were never released until now, it had been known that one of the Israelis arrested — Sivan Kurzberg — was seen in a photo “holding a lighted lighter in the foreground, with the smoldering wreckage [of the twin towers] in the background,” according to Steven Noah Gordon, then-lawyer for the five Israelis, as cited in a New York Times report from November 2001… The picture of Kurzberg with the lit lighter appears to be photo #5 in the new FOIA release. Yet, the picture released includes a visible date of September 10, 2001, the day before the attacks, as do two other photos — images #7 and #8 in the collection — whereas all other photos with dates show only the month and the year (9 ‘01). The FOIA release did not provide any information as to the apparent discrepancy in dates.” – Note: Found the above article linked from this by Phillip Giraldi, former counter-terrorism specialist: Israel’s role in 9/11https://www.veteranstoday.com/2019/05/28/israels-role-in-9-11/

Humanitarian Organizations, Cynicism and the New World Orderhttps://southfront.org/humanitarian-organizations-cynicism-and-the-new-world-order/ – “This noble desire has one obstacle: the natives, who traditionally live on the borders of these protected regions (conservation areas) and bask in the marvel provided by the nature of their habitat. At the same time, damage to the local flora and fauna is caused by monkeys to a much larger degree than by the local aborigines’ subsistence farming. Notwithstanding, monkeys fall under the WWF protective concept, while humans do not… WWF has developed a program for the protection of these sacred forests, with the tender name “Healthy People, Healthy Ecosystems: A Manual on Integrating Health and Family Planning into Conservation Projects, which provides some interesting measures to conserve these natural resources… For example, in some rare cases it is recommended to shoot to kill people, who are incapable of reading the warning signs and who have lived their entire lives in the reserves… Another suggestion proposes the possibility of sterilizing the population after each individual reaches certain age… Moreover, in 2017 the first eco-groups were formed seeking to prevent the residents of the Congo from entering the forest belt to satisfy their needs for food and fish in the bodies of water, because now it is a conservation area. This is the first fully documented case in which human rights (according to the UN version of the concept) are neglected and and made secondary to the to the welfare of plants and animals.” (emphasis added)

Units Of Serbian Army Move Towards Contact Line With Kosovo: Reportshttps://southfront.org/units-of-serbian-army-move-towards-contact-line-with-kosovo-reports/ – “Serbian army vehicles and troops were moving from a central Serbian city towards the border with the Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija (also known as the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo), Serbia’s official news agency Tanjug said.… The movement started around noon on May 28th, after Kosovo’s special police carried out a heavily armed operation in the Serb-dominated northern Kosovo, arresting 19 and injuring six civilians and five policemen. Of the 19 arrested, 11 were Serbs, four Albanians and four Bosniaks… Two members of UNMIK were injured in the Kosovo police action… Special Prosecutor Sulj Hoxha claimed that the Prosecution heard and received statements from a significant number of witnesses, whose testimony contributed to the operation.”

Army’s ‘Google Earth On Steroids’ Can Look Inside Buildings – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-28/armys-google-earth-steroids-can-look-inside-buildings – “New mapping technology that is expected to transform training and simulation exercises for America’s warfighters was unveiled at the IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC) 2019 conference on May 15 in Stockholm, Sweden, reported National Defense Magazine… Jason Knowles, director of geospatial science and technology at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies, an Army affiliated research center, spoke at ITEC about the new terrain capture and reconstruction software that recreates complex environments including cities for simulation exercises and war planning. The institute is part of a cross-functional team working on the mapping software (called One World Terrain (OWT) project)… ‘The ability to have an individual or a squad go out, collect their own organic 3D model for ingesting into their modeling and simulation is huge for us,’ he said… ‘The interior of buildings are now being fused and snapped inside of that 3D model,’ Knowles said. The software can ‘strip the outside of a building level by level and see what’s inside the building. That’s obviously very useful for operators.’.. The software uses machine learning and artificial intelligence for the data merging component to “make the model smart, so it’s not just [identifying objects in] pictures,” he said. For example, it can tell troops if a perimeter wall of an enemy base needs to breached with a vehicle or munition.”

Assange Is Reportedly Gravely Ill, And Hardly Anyone’s Talking About It – by Caitlin Johnstone –  https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2019/05/29/assange-is-reportedly-gravely-ill-and-hardly-anyones-talking-about-it/ – As of this writing I’ve been able to find very few news outlets reporting on this at all, the most mainstream being a Reuters article with the very tame headline “Swedish court rejects delay of Assange hearing over ill-health: lawyer“. The Sydney Morning Herald also covered the story without even mentioning illness in headline, instead going with “Swedish court rejects effort to delay Assange hearing“. The much smaller alternative media outlet World Socialist Website has been the only outlet I’ve found so far which reports on Samuelson’s statement in anything resembling its proper scale, publishing a good article titled “Despite Assange’s ill-health, Swedish court rejects delay to hearing” a few hours ago… This story was picked up from Upsala Nya Tidning by Danish new agency Ritzau and published in the outlet Politiken, with the title (per machine translation) “Weakened Assange hospitalized in London prison: ‘Impossible to have a normal conversation with him’”. These news outlets are to my understanding as reputable as any other mainstream western outlet, yet they remain the only publications I’ve been able to find which are reporting that Assange has been hospitalized. This is absolutely bizarre… I’ve emailed Per Samuelson with a request to confirm the news that Assange has been hospitalized. I’ll update this article if I hear back.” – Comment: Not only is it exceedingly ominous that the Official State Media are not mentioning this (reported in alternative outlets last Friday), but the UN Rapporteur for Assange visited him in Belmarsh, and has suggested he’ll be issuing a report on his visit, but possibly not for weeks.

Serbian Troops Placed On High Alert After Kosovo Forces Burst Into Serb-populated Regionshttps://southfront.org/serbian-troops-placed-on-high-alert-after-kosovo-forces-burst-into-serb-populated-regions/ – “Serbia ordered its troops to full alert on May 28 after heavily armed Kosovo police had entered Serb-populated regions of in the northern part of the Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija (northern Kosovo) and made several arrests… Serbia’s state TV reported that shots were heard and tear gas was used as Kosovo’s special police “burst into” one of the villages with armored vehicles early in the morning. The Kosovo force involved in the tension reportedly includes at least 73 vehicles… The region involved in the tensions is located on the contact line between the area controlled by Serbia and Kosovo forces. It is 90 percent populated by Serbs, who refuse to be part of the self-proclamed Republic of Kosovo.”

“They Shall Not Grow Old” is a Superb Antiwar Film – by Jeff Deist – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/05/they-shall-not-grow-old-is-a-superb-antiwar-film.html

Trump Claims US Not Seeking ‘Regime Change’ in Iranhttps://sputniknews.com/world/201905271075373072-trump-iran-regime-change-usa/ – “Donald Trump is currently visiting Japan, whose prime minister is said to be considering serving as a mediator in possible peace talks between Iran and the United States… The United States is not looking to  overthrow Iran’s government, President Donald Trump said on Monday, as tensions between the two countries flared with Washington deploying troops to the region… ‘I know so many people from Iran, these are great people. It [Iran] has a chance to be a great country, with the same leadership. We are not looking for regime change, I just wanna make that clear,’ Trump said at a press conference in Tokyo, adding that he thinks ‘we’ll make a deal’ with Tehran.”

Trump Administration Hardens Its Attack on Climate Science – by Coral Davenport and Mark Landler – https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/27/us/politics/trump-climate-science.html – “Work on the next report, which is expected to be released in 2021 or 2022, has already begun. But from now on, officials said, such worst-case scenario projections will not automatically be included in the National Climate Assessment or in some other scientific reports produced by the government… ‘What we have here is a pretty blatant attempt to politicize the science — to push the science in a direction that’s consistent with their politics,’ said Philip B. Duffy, the president of the Woods Hole Research Center, who served on a National Academy of Sciences panel that reviewed the government’s most recent National Climate Assessment. ‘It reminds me of the Soviet Union.’ ” – Comment: Mr. Duffy has been a prime “politicizer” of U.S. climate science, pushing the “global warming” meme fanatically. The NYT article doesn’t mention the ongoing possible onset of a Grand Solar Minimum.

The Western Media is Key to Syria Deceptions, Al Qaeda Propaganda – by Jonathan Cook – https://www.globalresearch.ca/western-media-death-cult-perpetual-war/5678623 – “Undoubtedly the OPCW was under huge political pressure to arrive at the “right” conclusion. But as a scientific body carrying out a forensic investigation surely it would not simply doctor the data… Nonetheless, it seems that may well be precisely what it did. This month the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media – a group of academics who have grown increasingly sceptical of the western narratives told about Syria – published an internal, leaked OPCW document… A few days later the OPCW  reluctantly confirmed that the document was genuine, and that it would identify and deal with those responsible for the leak… The document was an assessment overseen by Ian Henderson, a senior OPCW expert, of the engineering data gathered by the OPCW’s fact-finding mission that attended the scene of the Douma attack. Its findings fly in the face of the OPCW’s published report… Erased from the record – The leaked document is deeply troubling for two reasons: First, the assessment, based on the available technical data, contradicts the conclusion of the final OPCW report that the two chemical cylinders were dropped from the air and crashed through building roofs. It argues instead that the cylinders were more likely placed at the locations they were found… But even more shocking is the fact that the expert assessment based on the data collected by the OPCW team is entirely unaddressed in the OPCW’s final report… It is not that the final report discounts or rebuts the findings of its own experts. It simply ignores those findings; it pretends they don’t exist. The report blacks them out, erases them from the official record. In short, it perpetrates a massive deception… Like a death cult – From the outside, this looks and sounds like a conspiracy. But actually it is something worse – and far more difficult to overcome… The corporations that run our media and our governments have simply conflated in their own minds – and ours – the idea that their narrow corporate interests are synonymous with “western interests”… The false narratives they generate are there to serve a system of power, as I have explained in previous blogs. That system’s worldview and values are enforced by a charmed circle that includes politicians, military generals, scientists, journalists and others operating as if brainwashed by some kind of death cult. They see the world through a single prism: the system’s need to hold on to power. Everything else – truth, evidence, justice, human rights, love, compassion – must take a back seat… It is this same system that paradoxically is determined to preserve itself even if it means destroying the planet, ravaging our economies, and starting and maintaining endlessly destructive wars. It is system that will drag us all into the abyss, unless we stop it.” (underlined emphasis added)

Huawei ban dashes hope for rural cell service in US – Lawmakers propose yet another bailout for Trump’s political base, which depends on Chinese technology – https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/05/article/huawei-ban-dashes-hope-for-rural-cell-service-in-us/ – “Rural areas of the United States, home to much of President Donald Trump’s political base, are dependent on Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei, the company that is now facing a ban on doing business in the US… The White House announced the ban this month, before adding a 90-day grace period to allow companies to adjust to the decision… But the three-month reprieve offers little consolation for rural carriers that have constructed cellphone service infrastructure primarily with Huawei components. Refitting the systems, which are already insufficient to provide adequate service for many customers, would take years and cost as much as a billion dollars… That is according to the Rural Wireless Association, a group that says newly proposed bipartisan legislation to fund such a retrofitting will also provide insufficient relief.”

International Tribunal Claims Russia Should Release Ukrainian Sailors Detained During Kerch Strait Incidenthttps://southfront.org/international-tribunal-claims-russia-should-release-ukrainian-sailors-detained-during-kerch-strait-incident/ – “The Russian side said that the Tribunal’s decision was illegitimate. Konstantin Kosachyov, head of the foreign affairs committee in the Federation Council said the decision was illegitimate because it happened outside of the ITLOS’ jurisdiction: ‘The ITLOS decision granting Ukraine’s demand to return the ships and release the crews arrested last year in relation to an attempt at illegal crossing of the Russian border cannot be considered to be legitimate because this incident is not in the jurisdiction of this court and the conventions it invokes,’ Kosachyov said… When signing the 1982 UN convention on the law of the sea Russia and Ukraine made specific reservations, which rule out consideration of the Kerch incident under the Convention’s procedures, he said. ‘This is a matter for two sides, Russia and Ukraine, one of which committed a gross provocation by trying to cross into the other side in violation of the commonly known procedures. No wonder Ruslan Khomchak, Ukraine’s new Chief of the General Staff, has confirmed that sending vessels to the Kerch Strait back then was dangerous and that there were questions for the Ukrainian Navy Commander Ihor Voronchenko regarding the

Shielding the World From US Chaos Is No Easy Task – by Federico Pieraccinihttps://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/05/25/shielding-world-from-us-chaos-no-easy-task/ – “Donald Trump’s foreign policy relies heavily on putting to use to the tools available to the Empire: economic terrorism, threats of war, diplomatic pressure, trade wars, etc. But in resorting to tried-and-true imperialism, it is isolating itself internationally from traditional allies and raising tensions on the global chessboard to an unprecedented level… Threats of war against Venezuela, North Korea, Syria and Iran are now repeated on a daily basis. Economic measures involving tariffs or duties, in many ways comparable to declarations of war, are now habitual, whether directed at friends or allies. Iran and Syria are under sanctions, while Pyongyang is even prevented from docking one of its ships in its ports, thereby finding itself de facto placed under US embargo, such as was threatened against Venezuela… China and Russia are daily fighting to support the multipolar world through diplomatic, economic and sometimes military means, offering to Washington’s enemies some kind of shield with which to withstand the outrageous slings and arrows of the Trump administration. Beijing and Moscow carry out their resistance with an eye to their long-term objectives, given that in the short term their actions will inevitably invite the implacable hostility of Washington and her lackeys.”

The Worst 2020 Election Interference Will Be Perfectly Legal – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2019/05/27/the-worst-2020-election-interference-will-be-perfectly-legal/ – “Mass media propaganda is the single most overlooked and under-appreciated aspect of our society. The ability of an elite class to control the way a supermajority of the population thinks, acts and votes has shaped our entire world in the favor of a few sociopaths driven by an insatiable lust for money and power who got to where they are because they were willing to do anything to get ahead. If we can’t find a way to get a handle on that, then it won’t matter how pristine your elections are, how ethical the DNC primary process becomes, or what the Russians are up to this year.”

The World: What is Really Happening – by Craig Murray – https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2019/05/the-world-what-is-really-happening/ – “If you want to understand what is really happening in the world today, a mid-ranking official named Ian Henderson is vastly more important to you than Theresa May. You will not, however, find anything about Henderson in the vast majority of corporate and state media outlets… You may recall that, one month after the Skripal incident, there was allegedly a “chemical weapons attack” in the jihadist enclave of Douma, which led to air strikes against the Syrian government in support of the jihadist forces by US, British and French bombers and missiles. At the time, I argued that the Douma jihadist enclave was on the brink of falling (as indeed it proved) and there was no military advantage – and a massive international downside – for the Syrian Army in using chemical weapons. Such evidence for the attack that existed came from the jihadist allied and NATO funded White Helmets and related sources; and the veteran and extremely respected journalist Robert Fisk, first westerner to arrive on the scene, reported that no chemical attack had taken place (Note: Fisk was then savagely attacked in the Western MSM)… Now we come to the essential Mr Ian Henderson. Mr Henderson was in charge of the engineering sub-group of the OPCW Fact Finding Mission. The engineers assessed that the story of the cylinders being dropped from the sky was improbable, and it was much more probable that they had simply been placed there manually. There are two major reasons they came to this conclusion… At least one of the crater holes showed damage that indicated it had been caused by an explosive, not by the alleged blunt impact. The cylinders simply did not show enough damage to have come through the reinforced concrete slabs and particularly the damage which would have been caused by the rebar. Rebar is actually thicker steel than a gas cylinder and would have caused major deformation.”

‘Mind control’: The secret UK government blueprints shaping post-terror planning – After the 2017 London Bridge attack, local officials were told: ‘We’re sending you a hundred imams.’ How hashtags, vigils and flowers are used to steer the public towards grief instead of anger. – by Ian Cobain – https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/mind-control-secret-british-government-blueprints-shaping-post-terror-planning – “The British government has prepared for terrorist incidents by pre-planning social media campaigns that are designed to appear to be a spontaneous public response to attacks, Middle East Eye has learned… Hashtags are carefully tested before attacks happen, Instagram images selected, and “impromptu” street posters are printed… In operations that contingency planners term “controlled spontaneity”, politicians’ statements, vigils and inter-faith events are also negotiated and planned in readiness for any terrorist attack… The campaigns have been deployed during every terrorist incident in recent years including the 2017 London Bridge attack and the Finsbury Park mosque attack… Within hours of an attack, other campaigns are swiftly organised, with I “heart” posters being designed and distributed, according to the location of the attack, and plans drawn up for people to hand out flowers at the scene of the crime, in apparently unprompted gestures of love and support… The purpose of the operations, according to a number of people involved in their creation, is to shape public responses, encouraging individuals to focus on empathy for the victims and a sense of unity with strangers, rather than reacting with violence or anger.”

The World Is Getting Increasingly Dumber, Study Finds – by Tyler Durden  – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-22/world-getting-increasingly-dumber-study-finds – “And just like that, another sign of the ‘Idiocracy’ apocalypse has emerged. Though, unlike the movie, which posits that the population of Earth will become steadily dumber as stupid people outbreed their more intelligent compatriots, the cause of the trend in Europe has yet to be determined, because even the children of relatively intelligent Europeans are getting dumber.”

Web Research Links for the Week of 5/20/19

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A Migrant Family Takes a Greyhound Across America – Entering the U.S. at a rate of more than 5,000 a day, new arrivals from Central America are departing border towns by the busload. And that bus is usually a Greyhound – by Miriam Jordan – https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/05/26/us/greyhound-immigration.html – “A Greyhound road trip across the country has long been a hallmark of the American experience, a “leave the driving to us” way for those who couldn’t afford airfare or a car to come home from college, start new jobs, get to the coast, leave problematic situations behind… But along the border and deep into parts of the nation’s interior, the Greyhound buses plying the interstate highway system have become an essential element in an extraordinary new migration… Entering the country at a rate of more than 5,000 each day, new arrivals from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are departing border towns by the busload… …Migrants are already traveling by the thousands every day to cities across the country — to Atlanta, Chattanooga, Orlando, Richmond, as well as to sanctuary cities, like New York, Los Angeles and Seattle.”

Five Eyes and the Global Spy Racketeershttps://aim4truth.org/2019/05/26/five-eyes-and-the-global-spy-racketeers/ – “Five Eyes had organized global spy racketeers before the Japanese had even surrendered on Sep. 02, 1945… Within weeks of this instruction, the OSS/MI-6/CIA had taken over Five Eyes against the express instructions of General Marshall and Admiral King… Five Eyes, ANCIB(US), ANCICC(UK). (Aug. 22, 1945). Memorandum for General Marshall and Admiral King, DOCID: 2959406, REF ID:A2666797. NSA… https://www.fbcoverup.com/docs/library/1945-08-22-Five-Eyes-ANCIB(US)-ANCICC(UK)-Memorandum-for-General-Marshall-and-Admiral-King-DOCID-2959406-REFID-A2666797-NSA-Aug-22-1945.pdf – C.I.A. effectively given control of post-war China: Four (4) years later, with the aid of the C.I.A., on October 1, 1949, Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong declared the creation of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). This illustrates what evil criminals do when they are given political power. Now China is using this same intelligence capability to implement a Social Credit Scoring System to exercise total control over individual citizens. They are using their market power to export the social credit score to America through their partners at Google, Facebook, Apple, etc. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sino-American_Cooperative_Organization.”

Assange Indictment: US Department of Justice Declares ‘War on Journalism’https://21stcenturywire.com/2019/05/26/assange-indictment-us-doj-trump-declare-war-on-journalism/ – “According to former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger: ‘The Espionage Act was a panic measure enacted by Congress to clamp down on dissent or “sedition” when the US entered the First World War in 1917. In the subsequent 102 years it has never been used to prosecute a media organisation for publishing or disseminating unlawfully disclosed classified information. Nobody prosecuted under the act is permitted to offer a public interest defence.’.. Despite the obvious constitutional breach, the United States Department of Justice has declared war on the practice of journalism, and are colluding with their proxies in the UK, Ecuador and Sweden to claim global jurisdiction whereby they will be able to prosecute any person on the planet for publishing documents pertaining to government war crimes and corruption. But there is hope, as media watchdog and rights groups are now pushing back against the new DOJ leveled against Assange. The debate is heating up… Watch: https://youtu.be/Ickga8iVSk0 (8 min)

CIA Whistleblower: Assange Is Going To Get Railroaded By “Hanging” Judge – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-24/cia-whistleblower-assange-going-get-railroaded-hanging-judge – “John Kiriakou, who was sentenced to 30 months in prison by Eastern District of Virginia Judge Leonie Brinkema for telling ABC News about CIA waterboarding, told Russian state-sponsored RT ‘They are going to try to make an example of Julian,’ adding ‘He’s been charged in the Eastern District of Virginia. His judge was also my judge and ex-Snowden’s judge and [CIA whistleblower] Jeffry Sterling’s judge who reserves every national security case for herself.’.. ‘She is a hanging judge. She will not give him a fair trial. It’s impossible for Julian to receive a fair trial in the Eastern District of Virginia,’ added Kiriakou.”

Turkey Resumed Its Weapon Supplies To Syrian Militants To Counter Syrian Army Offensive – Reporthttps://southfront.org/turkey-resumed-its-weapons-supplies-to-syrian-militants-to-counter-syrian-army-offensive-report/ – “Turkey has resumed its weapon supplies to “mainstream Syrian rebels” to help them fend off the ongoing Syrian Arab Army (SAA) military operation in northern Hama, the Reuters news agency revealed in a report on May 25… According to the news agency, Turkey is supplied the militants with dozens of armored vehicles, Grad rocket launchers and anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), including US-made TOW… ‘In doing so [resuming weapons supplies] Turkey signaled its readiness to preserve its influence in northwestern Syria, where it has beefed up its troop presence in a dozen military bases that were set up under a de-escalation deal with Russia,’ the agency quoted a senior rebel commander as saying.”

CNN Lays Off Staffers After Massive Ratings Drop – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-25/cnn-lays-staffers-after-massive-ratings-drop – ” ‘Basically the whole division’ is set to lose their jobs, according to an anonymous Fox News source who said that employees were notified on Tuesday of the layoffs… A CNN spokesperson told Stelter’s TVNewser: ‘As part of the normal course of business, our newsgathering team made a small restructure earlier this week that ultimately impacts 6-7 employees within CNN’s Health Unit.’.. Many health department staffers met with human resources on Tuesday. Katz noted that correspondent Elizabeth Cohen is also safe… Staffers are shocked, as the health department is considered successful and CNN recently declared that no layoffs were imminent. -Fox News… Of note, CNN’s prime-time ratings dropped 26% in April – the worst month for total viewers since October 2015, according to Nielsen Media Research… The slide came right after special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report found no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign – a narrative CNN bet their reputation on for over two years.”

Constitutional Crisis: 7 Ways We’ve Been in One for a Long Time (15 min) – by Michael Bolden

Another Congressman Asking FCC for Proof That 5G is Biologically Safe. Have Any of Yours? – by B.N. Frank – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/05/another-congressman-asking-fcc-for-proof-that-5g-is-biologically-safe-have-any-of-yours.html – “The Congress members pointed out that the FCC’s own RF safety guidelines do not account for the higher frequency exposure possible with 5G small cell infrastructure… ‘Current regulations governing radiofrequency (RF) safety were put in place in 1996 and have not yet been reassessed for newer generation technologies.’ Rep. Kim said in his letter (PDF). ‘Despite the close proximity to sensitive areas where these high-band cells will be installed, little research has been conducted to examine 5G safety,”’ he said, adding that the FCC itself has admitted that its SAR guidelines need to be reassessed to address more recent wireless technologies… Rep. Defazio noted that the Government Accountability Office made a similar assessment in 2012. ‘It is unacceptable that six years later the FCC still has not conducted a reassessment of its 1996 guidelines,’ Defazio said in his letter (PDF).”

The Geography of War: No Iraq…? No Iran! – by Brett Redmayne-Titley – https://www.globalresearch.ca/geography-war-no-iraq-no-iran/5678358 – “As Iraq/ Iran economic ties continue to strengthen, with Iraq recently signing on for billions of cubic meters of Iranian natural gas, the shift towards Russian influence- an influence that prefers peace- was certified as Iraq sent a delegation to Moscow to negotiate the purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense system… To this massive show of pending democracy and rapidly rising Iraqi nationalism, US Army spokesman, Colonel Ryan Dillon, provided the kind of delusion only the Zio-American military is known for, saying: ‘Our continued presence in Iraq will be conditions-based, proportional to need, in coordination with and by the approval of the Iraqi government.’.. Good luck with that.”

From May 13: Follow Up: Alleged Torture of Julian Assange – Statement from Dept. of Defense Whistleblower Karen Kwiatkowski – https://off-guardian.org/2019/05/13/follow-up-alleged-torture-of-julian-assange/ – “Just a brief follow-up on a story we ran a few days ago, ALLEGED Chemical Torture of Julian Assange. This article generated a lot of discussion below the line, mainly around its reliance on an anonymous source. Many raised concerns that the accusation of “chemical torture” is unsubstantiated… We reached out to the author for her input, and below is her reply (which she gave us permission to publish)… Clearly scepticism, especially relating to anonymous sources, is very healthy, and is one of the foundational principals of this website. We don’t want our readers to take anything on faith and encourage our readers to find all the information they can, and make up their own minds… We wish to make it clear that OffG can neither confirm nor deny these claims… (from Lt. Col. [retired] Karen Kwiatkowski): I cannot reveal my source, but I have full faith in the person and the access this individual has… The people stating that this is untrue and fake news are not offering any substantiation, just mostly name-calling, while I have a source that I trust and who is well placed. I received a few emails from people, calling me a liar and demanding to know my source. I think that’s what these critics are after, in addition to downplaying the current state tactics being applied to Assange… I do wonder why anyone would doubt that what I am sharing is factual, or at least very likely, given the historical record from the 1960s to the present day in terms of how the US government handles extrajudicial interrogations of people charged with security and intelligence/terrorism related crimes… In almost every case drugs, government-hired medical and psychological experts to soften up the detained, and a variety of internationally recognized techniques of torture have been used. The question perhaps is, “Would the British government allow American interrogators access to Assange without his lawyer present?” and while I don’t know how unusual that is, the British government has been hand in glove with the US on renditions and treatment of “terrorism” suspects for many years… Hope this helps, and you could indeed use this as a statement received from me in response to the raging commentators.  –Karen” Original Story: Pray and Weep – by Karen Kwiatkowskihttps://www.lewrockwell.com/2019/05/karen-kwiatkowski/pray-and-weep/ – “The US appears to be a nation of laws, and yet, we absolutely are not.  One of many lessons and perspectives we gain from the study of Julian Assange is just that.  US political influence and debt-funded largesse resulted in Assange’s ejection from the Ecuadorian Embassy into the UK prison for terrorists in Belmarsh.   US domestic corruption and misreading of the Constitution produced his indictment… Furthermore, US government employees, from the DoD, FBI and the CIA have been interviewing Assange in Belmarsh Prison, prior to any extradition decision… Interviewing is the wrong word.  I’d like to say doctoring him, because it would be more accurate, except that word implies some care for a positive outcome.  Chemical Gina has her hands in this one, and we are being told that Assange is being “treated” with 3-quinuclidinyl benzilate, known as BZ… Allow me to get to the point.  The latest word I have received from England is as follows: ‘[Julian Assange] is presently under close observation in prison hospital because he has suffered ‘severe transient psychotic episodes.’ My source(s) indicate these episodes occurred after two sessions of coercive interrogation at the hands of UK and US officials. The source(s) stated the HUMINT interrogators used psychotropic drugs in the course of the sessions.” – Comment: If this story is true that pretty much lays to rest any speculation that the imprisonment and pending extradition of Julian Assange is some kind of psyop to somehow, in some completely unclear way, combat members of the “Deep State.” The only reason for his persecution that makes real sense is that the Security State, which is demonstrably unhinged, is terrified of exposure and determined to take revenge on Assange to make sure no one else EVER thinks of doing anything like Wikileaks again.

A Few Simple Arguments Which Cast Serious Doubt on the ‘Holocaust’ – by Mike Walsh – https://russia-insider.com/en/few-simple-arguments-which-cast-serious-doubt-holocaust/ri27109 – “Sit the students down and explain slowly: ‘According to the World Jewish Encyclopaedia there resided 2.4 million Jews in German-Occupied Europe. After the war, 3.8 million Jewish “holocaust survivors” were receiving pensions from the German government. Tragically, the remaining six million were lost.’.. Let us see if the students have been paying attention and now ask the class how many Jews died during World War Two. ‘Six million, sir!’ ”

Vicious Cycle: The Pentagon Creates Tech Giants and Then Buys their Services – by T.J. Coles – https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/05/22/vicious-cycle-the-pentagon-creates-tech-giants-and-then-buys-their-services/ – “Tax-funded DoD research is the backbone of the modern, hi-tech economy. But these technologies are dual-use. The companies that many of us take for granted–including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and PayPal–are connected indirectly and sometimes very directly to the US military-intelligence complex… A recent report by Open the Government, a bipartisan advocate of transparency, reveals the extent of Amazon’s contracts with the Pentagon. Founded in 1994 by Jeff Bezos, the company is now valued at $1 trillion, giving Bezos a personal fortune of $131 billion. Open the Government’s report notes that much of the US government “now runs on Amazon,” so much so that the tech giant is opening a branch near Washington, DC. Services provided by Amazon include cloud contracts, machine learning and biometric data systems. But more than this, Amazon is set to enjoy a lucrative Pentagon IT contract under the $10bn, Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure program, or JEDI. The Pentagon says that it hopes Amazon technology will ‘support lethality and enhanced operational efficiency.’ ”

Trump’s Nuclear Trade Tactics Won’t Level Playing Field – by Tom Luongo – https://moneyandmarkets.com/luongo-trust-is-on-the-ballot-in-europe-and-markets/ – “Since being vindicated by the end of the RussiaGate probe, Trump has become even more obnoxious in his behavior, lashing out at everyone he considers having slighted the U.S. in some way. We’re on the verge of war with Iran while having opened up a full-fledged trade war with China… But he wants to normalize relations with Russia after abusing them for the past two and a half years?.. Trump seems almost petulant in his treatment of China in the wake of their refusing to capitulate in trade negotiations… I’m sure his negotiators assured him that China would agree to most, if not all, of their demands in the draft agreement. They told him China had folded. When China came back with most of the concessions red-lined out because China wasn’t willing to let the U.S. have veto power over their fiscal, trade and monetary policy, Trump hit the roof… And he has been on the warpath ever since.”

Driver’s License Photos of Almost Half of US Adults Now Are Being Used in Virtual Line-Ups by Law Enforcementhttp://republicbroadcasting.org/news/drivers-license-photos-of-almost-half-of-us-adults-now-are-being-used-in-virtual-line-ups-by-law-enforcement/ – “There is a knock on your door. It’s the police. There was a robbery in your neighborhood. They have a suspect in custody and an eyewitness. But they need your help: Will you come down to the station to stand in the line-up?.. Most people would probably answer “no.” This summer, the Government Accountability Office revealed that close to 64 million Americans do not have a say in the matter: 16 states let the FBI use face recognition technology to compare the faces of suspected criminals to their driver’s license and ID photos, creating a virtual line-up of their state residents. In this line-up, it’s not a human that points to the suspect—it’s an algorithm… But the FBI is only part of the story. Across the country, state and local police departments are building their own face recognition systems, many of them more advanced than the FBI’s. We know very little about these systems. We don’t know how they impact privacy and civil liberties. We don’t know how they address accuracy problems. And we don’t know how any of these systems—local, state, or federal—affect racial and ethnic minorities. One in two American adults is in a law enforcement face recognition network.”

Trump to send 1,500 troops to Middle East to counter Iran – by Ellen Mitchell and Jordan Fabian – https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/445419-trump-to-send-1500-troops-to-middle-east-to-counter-iranComment: This escalation is being defended by nauseating drivel and puffery.

Rand Corp.: ‘How To Destroy Russia’ – by Tyler Durden –  https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-22/rand-corp-how-destroy-russiaForce the adversary to expand recklessly in order to unbalance him, and then destroy him. This is not the description of a judo hold, but a plan against Russia elaborated by the Rand Corporation, the most influential think tank in the USA. With a staff of thousands of experts, Rand presents itself as the world’s most reliable source for Intelligence and political analysis for the leaders of the United States and their allies… The Rand Corp prides itself on having contributed to the elaboration of the long-term strategy which enabled the United States to win the Cold War, by forcing the Soviet Union to consume its own economic resources in the strategic confrontation. It is this model which was the inspiration for the new plan, Overextending and Unbalancing Russia, published by Rand. According to their analysts, Russia remains a powerful adversary for the United States in certain fundamental sectors. To handle this opposition, the USA and their allies will have to pursue a joint long-term strategy which exploits Russia’s vulnerabilities. So Rand analyses the various means with which to unbalance Russia, indicating for each the probabilities of success, the benefits, the cost, and the risks for the USA.”

“Research”: The US Navy Wants to Archive 350 Billion Social Media Posts – by Mac Slavo – https://www.globalresearch.ca/us-navy-wants-archive-350-billion-social-media-posts/5678309 – “The United States Navy wants to archive 350 billion social media posts in order to conduct “research.” What exactly does the military want to study? “Modes of collective expression.”.. The Department of the Navy has posted a solicitation asking contractors to bid on a project that would amass a staggering 350 billion social media posts dating from 2014 through 2016. The data will be taken from a single social media platform – but the solicitation does not specify which one. -RT – ‘We seek to acquire a large-scale global historical archive of social media data, providing the full text of all public social media posts, across all countries and languages covered by the social media platform,’ the contract synopsis reads. The Navy said that the archive would be used in “ongoing research efforts” into “the evolution of linguistic communities” and “emerging modes of collective expression, over time and across countries.’.. This is simply spying and the research will be used for propaganda purposes, and that is blatantly obvious at this point. The intentions are far from benign.” – Comment: “The intentions are far from benign.” Well, duh. Unless, of course, this is being done by the White Hats...

Turkish Army Pullout Will Bring Peace to Northern Syria? – by Firas Samuri – https://www.globalresearch.ca/turkish-army-pullout-bring-peace-northern-syria/5678263 – “Kurdistan 24 TV channel recently published information that the Ankara government  is building a concrete wall around the city of Afrin to isolate it from its surroundings… ‘Sources on the ground in Afrin see this as another step of Turkey’s annexation of Afrin into its borders,’ said Mutlu Çiviroğlu, a Syria and Kurdish affairs analyst… Moreover, since the beginning of the Turkish occupation, the humanitarian situation in northern Syria has deteriorated significantly. The main reason is the closure of medical and educational facilities whose activities, for some reason, didn’t suit the local pro-Turkish administration. On demand of the Turks, some of them were converted to the military headquarters… Return of the northern regions under the control of the Syrian government undoubtedly will lead to the reopening of the health centers, hospitals, and schools. Consequently, more Syrian children will be able to obtain an education, and older people will receive appropriate medical treatment.”

Vaccine Rights Attorney Sent Back to Jail a Third Time for Refusing to Breach Attorney-Client Privilege – by  Ohio Advocates for Medical Freedom – http://healthimpactnews.com/2019/vaccine-rights-attorney-sent-back-to-jail-a-third-time-for-refusing-to-breach-attorney-client-privilege/ – “After a hearing at Wake County Courthouse on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, Attorney Alan Phillips was was ordered back to jail for a third time, and his license was suspended for at least until his next hearing on June 24, 2019. The judge can do this up to a cumulative year in jail. So this harassment of Attorney Phillips could continue for a long time… Alan has been already been jailed on Thursday, May 9, 2019, and on and Monday, April 29, 2019, for 48 hours each, for “contempt of court” after he refused to breach attorney client privilege… The North Carolina State Bar is demanding that Phillips turn over years of privileged client files in a retaliatory fishing expedition lawsuit, after he filed a complaint against the bar for alleged misconduct; the Bar internally dismissed Phillips’ complaint and a subsequent follow-up complaint.”

The Missing Step –  In Sweden, prosecutors have applied to the Swedish courts to issue a warrant for Julian’s arrest. There is a tremendous back story to that simple statement – by Craig Murray – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51643.htm – “The judgement against Assange in the UK Supreme Court on the point of whether the Swedish Prosecutor constituted a “judicial authority” hinged on a completely unprecedented and frankly incredible piece of reasoning. Lord Phillips concluded that in the English text of the EWA treaty “judicial authority” could not include the Swedish prosecutor, but that in the French version “autorite judiciaire” could include the Swedish prosecutor. The two texts having equal validity, Lord Phillips decided to prefer the French language text over the English language text, an absolutely stunning decision as the UK negotiators could be presumed to have been working from the English text, as could UK ministers and parliament when they ratified the decision… I am not making this up – you will find Phillips amazing bit of linguistic gymnastics here on page 9 para 21 of his judgement. Again, it is impossible that this would have been done to anybody but Julian Assange; and had it been the outcry from the MSM against the preference given to French wording and thus French legal tradition would have been deafening.” – Comment: The proceedings against Assange have been revealed as nothing but the revenge of the Deep State for the exposure of their crimes against the people of the world. We need to understand that this is a war against us by proxy.

COMEY LAUNCHED TRUMP RUSSIA INVESTIGATION DAY AFTER GENERAL EXPOSED ‘THE HAMMER’ (May 12, 19) – by Mary Fanning and Alan Jones – https://theamericanreport.org/2019/05/12/comey-launched-trump-russia-investigation-day-after-general-exposed-the-hammer/ – “FBI Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division Peter Strzok and his supposed paramour, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, exchanged a cryptic, indeed coded, text message on Sunday, March 19, 2017, twenty-six minutes after retired U.S. Air Force Four Star General Thomas McInerney read our exclusive “Whistleblower Tapes” exposé over America’s airwaves, revealing “The Hammer.”.. The Hammer is the Stasi-like secret surveillance system created by CIA/NSA/FBI contractor-turned-whistleblower Dennis L. Montgomery for Obama’s intelligence chiefs, CIA Director John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper… The Hammer, under the Obama administration, negated every American’s constitutional rights to privacy, turning the United States into a police state where the federal government was weaponized by the Obama administration against its political enemies… According to the secretly-recorded audio tapes released by Federal Judge G. Murray Snow, Brennan’s and Clapper’s illicit super surveillance system “The Hammer” wiretapped Trump “a zillion times.” ” – (Cont.d) MONTGOMERY, ‘THE HAMMER’ SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM WHISTLEBLOWER, BECAME THE DEEP STATE’S ENEMY NUMBER ONE AFTER EXPOSING THE TRUTH (May 22, 19) – https://theamericanreport.org/2019/05/22/montgomery-the-hammer-surveillance-system-whistleblower-became-the-deep-states-enemy-number-one-after-exposing-the-truth/ – “Inventor and software designer Dennis Montgomery, a CIA/DOD/DHS/NSA/FBI contractor-turned-whistleblower, alerted FBI Director James Comey’s office in 2015 that President Obama’s CIA Director John Brennan and Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper had turned the super-surveillance system that Montgomery designed for foreign surveillance, known as THE HAMMER, into a domestic surveillance system… Montgomery became alarmed when Obama and his intelligence chiefs Brennan and Clapper turned the super-surveillance system against the American people… Montgomery asserts that Obama, Brennan, and Clapper used THE HAMMER in a diabolically intrusive manner in order to spy on the American people and collect massive amounts of surveillance data for “leverage” and “blackmail.”.. THE HAMMER was only to be used for foreign surveillance, not to be weaponized for domestic surveillance against the American people, according to Montgomery and to U.S. military sources… According to those U.S. military sources, Montgomery’s surveillance technology not only saved American lives as America’s “War on Terror” broadened, but also featured built-in safeguards to prevent the system from ever being used for domestic surveillance… Montgomery claims that Brennan and Clapper used the super-surveillance system Montgomery designed to spy on Article III federal judges, including the onetime head of the FISA court Judge Reggie Walton, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and Chief Justice of U.S. Supreme Court John Roberts.”

Venezuela – After Opposition Support ‘Deflated’ – U.S. Targets Food Aid Supply – by Moon of Alabama – https://www.moonofalabama.org/2019/05/venezuela-after-opposition-support-deflated-us-targets-food-aid-supply.html – “The government of Venezuela is talking with some of the opposition parties, there is no confirmation yet that Guaidó’s party, which is the most radical opposition element, is actually involved. It is doubtful that the government would want to ‘negotiate’ with it… Interestingly the NYT now leaves out the false “interim president” attribute that it previously used to describe Guaidó… The poor welcome their packages but the more wealthy opposition supporters in the U.S. and on the ground always hate the program: ‘While Venezuela’s commune movement largely supports the CLAPs, the opposition has long claimed the program discriminates against households that don’t support the government. According to the government, the CLAPs have reduced hunger and food scarcity across the country… The packages program is means based. But there are also CLAP markets (vid) where everyone can buy. CLAP does not discriminate between government or opposition supporters. It just happens that the poor are not the ones who support the neo-liberal politics the opposition parties prefer… During recent riots opposition supporters burned down CLAP storehouse and packaging centers.’ ”

Truckers Face Years in Prison for Transporting LEGAL Hemp Because of Cops “Just Doing Their Jobs” – by Matt Agorist –  https://www.activistpost.com/2019/05/truckers-face-years-in-prison-for-transporting-legal-hemp-because-of-cops-just-doing-their-jobs.html – Andrew D’Addario, Erich Eisenhart and Denis Palamarchuk have all been arrested in Idaho for transporting this incredibly beneficial textile crop that cannot get you high. Thanks to cops who “are just doing their jobs,” Eisenhart and D’Addario are scheduled to be sentenced next month after being found guilty of transporting this plant. Palamarchuk is due in court in October… In Palamarchuk’s case, police falsely claimed that the nearly 7,000 pounds of hemp in his truck was marijuana. Only after police broke the same law they arrested him for — by transporting the plant across state lines for testing — did they realize it was actually hemp… ‘With all the federal eyes looking at the Idaho case, what’s interesting is that the state shipped product to Kentucky to be tested,’ observed Beau Whitney, a senior economist with New Frontier Data, a cannabis intelligence firm.  ‘I don’t know how they got it there, but I found it really fascinating.’ ”

The Next Economic Crisis and the Looming Post-Multipolar System (w/Video 10min) – https://southfront.org/next-economic-crisis-and-looming-post-multipolar-system/ – “…proxy wars will continue over certain parts of Europe, Africa, Asia, even Latin America, as key powers will struggle over vital markets and resources, using the full array of military, political, economic, cyber, and information weapons that we have seen used in Libya, Ukraine, Yemen, Syria, and Venezuela. This hybrid warfare will be accompanied by a level of official propaganda that will make for example the current “Russiagate” reporting pale in comparison. However, at the same time, the rhetoric will be considerably more heated than the actual level of hostilities between the nuclear weapons-wielding states. Instead, that propaganda will be used to justify internal political censorship and repression, on a scale even greater than we have seen used against the Yellow Vests protests in France.  Deprived of the ability to expand into ever new territories, the West will gradually sink into stagnation , poverty, and domestic disorder. At that point, the world will be in a state of a genuine bi-polar Cold War, a war of political and economic attrition whose outcome is currently impossible to predict.”

From the The-Great-Game-Continues Desk: MSM Reveals Russia’s Evil Plan to Recruit “African American Rebels” To Start “Racial War” In the U.S.https://southfront.org/msm-reveals-russias-evil-plan-to-recruit-african-american-rebels-to-start-racial-war-in-the-us/ – “The documents, as per usual in recent MSM accusations of international Russian misconduct, involve “Putin’s Chef” Yevgeny Prigozhin. He was indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for influence operations against the US, during his 3-year investigation that found no traces of any Russian meddling… The alleged Russian documents were allegedly shared between associates of Prigozhin and they outlined plans to “manipulate and radicalize African Americans.”.. Some of the documents were allegedly sent by Dzheykhun “Jay” Aslanov, an employee of the Internet Research Agency, the St. Petersburg-based “troll farm” that was accused of playing a role in the 2016 Russian meddling campaign. He was also indicted by Mueller. The plan was allegedly shared with Mikhail Potepkin, a Russian businessman. Both Potepkin and Aslanov were linked to Prigozhin by conjecture more than anything… These allleged plans show that Prigozhin’s mythical network sought to exploit racial tensions and Russia’s “evil plan” goes far beyond simply spreading misinformation around the 2016 election… The supposed documents were provided by the Dossier Center, a London-based “investigative project” funded by none other than exiled Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky. NBC News has exercised no effort whatsoever to independently verify the materials, ‘but forensic analysis by the Dossier Center appeared to substantiate the communications.’ ”

UK Foreign Secretary to Accuse Russia of Waging ‘Malicious Cybercampaign’https://sputniknews.com/europe/201905231075250063-uk-russia-cybercampaign-accusations/ – ” ‘We judge that Russia’s intelligence services are targeting the critical national infrastructure of many countries in order to look for vulnerabilities. This global campaign also seeks to compromise central government networks. I can disclose that in the last 18 months, the National Cyber Security Centre has shared information and assessments with 16 NATO Allies – and even more nations outside the Alliance — of Russian cyber activity in their countries’, (Jeremy) Hunt is expected to say at the NATO Cyber Defence Pledge Conference in London later on Thursday.”

Obama’s ILLEGAL “Hammer Surveillance Program” Surveilled Millions Of U.S. Citizens, Not Only President Donald J. Trump – by Catherine J. Frompovich – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/05/obamas-illegal-hammer-surveillance-program-surveilled-millions-of-u-s-citizens-not-only-president-donald-j-trump.html – “This article results from several readers emailing me various links about the illegal surveillance program, a spying platform, operated with President Obama’s knowledge for several years, plus CIA Director John Brennan and National Intelligence Director, James Clapper.  Furthermore, the 7th FBI Director James Comey (2013 to May 2017) was aware of “The Hammer” since at least August 19, 2015!.. “The Hammer” was created by CIA/NSA/FBI contractor-turned-whistleblower Dennis L. Montgomery for the Obama Administration’s CIA Director John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper. James Comey was aware of this since at least August 19, 2015, when Montgomery gave 47 hard drives alleged to contain over 600 million pages of documentation to his office… Source: Forbidden Knowledge TV, Alexandra Bruce, Publisher… What sort of lying has been ongoing at the Deep State, and why?” (emphasis added)

Even Before The Recession Has Officially Begun, Some Large U.S. Firms Are Laying Off Thousands Of Workers – by Michael Snyder – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/05/even-before-the-recession-has-officially-begun-some-large-u-s-firms-are-laying-off-thousands-of-workers.html – “If the U.S. economy is “booming” and very bright days are ahead, then why are many large U.S. corporations laying off thousands of workers?  Layoffs are starting to come fast and furious now, and this is happening even though the coming recession has not even officially started yet.  Of course many are convinced that we are actually in a recession at this moment.  In fact, according to John Williams of shadowstats.com if the government was actually using honest numbers they would show that we have been in a recession for quite some time.  But the narrative that the mainstream media keeps feeding us is that the U.S. economy is “doing well” and that the outlook for the future is positive.  Well, if that is true then why are big companies laying off so many workers right now?”

Fed Encourages Runaway Debt as “Minsky Moment” Approaches – by Clint Siegner – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/05/fed-encourages-runaway-debt-as-minsky-moment-approaches.html – “The truth is that risk associated with lending money to the insolvent U.S. government has been way underpriced for years. This will eventually dawn on Treasury buyers… Giving a long-term loan at 2-3% interest to such an organization as insolvent as the federal government is a risky bet… Perhaps the realization will strike when deficits double or triple again in the not-too-distant future. Maybe it will be when foreign buyers, such as the Chinese, decide they have had enough… The latter could happen a lot sooner than the market expects… The Chinese have pointedly said they may dump Treasuries in retaliation for increased tariffs… When legitimate buyers of U.S. debt at artificially low rates vanish, the Fed is likely to step back in as the buyer of last resort. The central bank got away with that once before. The debt monetization program was called Quantitative Easing… Will officials be able to pull it off again – on an even larger scale?.. The Fed needs confidence at very high levels to support interest rates at these historically low levels. It will be difficult to maintain confidence as the debt levels continue accelerating up the exponential curve… The day is coming when those with capital to lend will demand a much higher interest rate than Jerome Powell wants them to get. That is when interest rates will rise, and it won’t matter too much what the central planners at the Fed think about it.”

New Authoritative Report Shows 73% Of DHHS, CDC, FDA Regulations “Unconstitutional…” – Does this mean that all of the rules governing Childhood Vaccines are illegal? – by Ralph Fucetola JD – https://bolenreport.com/new-authoritative-report-shows-73-of-dhhs-cdc-fda-regulations-unconstitutional/ – “Lawful regulations must be adopted in strict compliance with certain statutes and rules. An Agency that fails to follow the rules in rule-making has created an unconstitutional regulation. These procedures, under the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) and other rules set up over a half dozen steps that must be taken before a new regulation can be binding… Generally, Agency rules start either from an initiative by the Agency or as an Agency response to an APA Citizens’ Petition.  Sometimes an Agency will “cherry pick” the Citizens’ Petition it wants to use to impose new restrictions.  Nonetheless, the Agency has to follow procedures to make a valid regulation.”

Venezuela in “Misery” – Lies and Deceit by the Media – Open Letter to the New York Times – by Peter Koenig – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51641.htm – “Did you know – you must! – that the US economy could not survive PEACE; that this sadistic and satanic economy depends on war, permanent war? That the war machine manufacturing complex and its associated industries and services account for more than 50% of the US GDP? And do you realize – you should! – that the US’s economic output is one of destruction – of killing, of annihilation – instead of building and developing human knowledge and wellbeing, the intrinsic thrive of human society – evolving in conscience, integrity and conscientiousness towards living well for all?.. How is that for an exceptional nation? – Indeed, an exceptional nation, a nation in disrespect of all international laws and conventions – just breaching the Vienna Convention to which the US is party – by violating the diplomatic code, invading the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington and a few years ago, by seizing Russian diplomatic properties in Washington and New York. Wonderful precedents for other unaligned and disobedient countries to prepare for – but also for other countries – if and when they wake up and take their courage into their mind and fist – to do the same to US Embassies on their soil. What would Washington do? Does Washington even consider such a possibility? I guess not. But it’s the easiest thing to do – retaliate… Back to the Venezuelan “misery” you, Mr. Editor in Chief, and the NYT are so eager to report on. Why don’t you say that the United States of America – the self-proclaimed exceptional nation, with war criminals leading it – is responsible for far most of the suffering of Venezuela, through its totally illegal (who cares in Washington about legality) sanctions, blockage of food and medical imports, theft and confiscation of some US$ 130 billion in Venezuelan assets and reserve funds in US banks and around the world, economic blackmail and strangulation that has, according to economists Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in Washington D.C. and Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University, caused the death of some 40,000 Venezuelans… This racist, misogynist and neofascist government, centered in and around the Swamp of Washington, is responsible for most of the suffering in the world today, by planting wars and conflicts – eternal war on terror; the same terrorists, trained, funded and armed by the very Washington, the CIA, the Pentagon, NATO and the spineless European puppets – for power, domination and theft of resources.” (emphasis added) – Comment: The more than 50% of U.S. GDP that comprises the American death industries does not benefit the real people of the United States in the least.

The US will lose badly in the trade war with China and imperil the world economy – US imports into China are down much more dramatically than China’s exports to the US. China has also sold more Treasury bonds in March, putting pressure on the already large US fiscal deficit – by David Brown – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51639.htm – “It’s not just the potential harm to America’s international status but damage that could also leave the US economy seriously exposed as well. America’s burgeoning trade and fiscal deficits underline deep deficiencies in the US economy, which ironically China can help to bridge. Critically, the US is more at risk than China right now… Both economies are under the cosh from the trade war, but the US seems to be faring worse based on recent trade performance. According to China Customs data, the three-month moving average for US imports into China is down dramatically by 26 per cent year on year, compared with China’s exports to the US running 13 per cent below a year ago. The relative damage being wrought is roughly twice as bad for the US as it is for China… America fails to produce much of the goods craved by domestic consumers and businesses and it’s
simplistic to think sanctions trade tariffs and import quotas can easily resurrect the manufacturing capacity the US has lost overseas thanks to decades of industrial decay and benign policy neglect
. Imports from China help to satisfy the US demand gap inflated by decades of imprudent monetary and fiscal policies which have chronically ramped up domestic spending.” (emphasis added)

Backlash in US-China Trade War. China Defies Sanctions against Iran, Resumes Purchase of Iran Oil – by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky –  https://www.globalresearch.ca/backlash-in-us-china-trade-war-china-defies-sanctions-against-iran-resumes-purchase-of-iran-oil/5677914 – And how has Beijing responded to the Iran sanctions regime?  China had already confirmed it’s “intention to defy U.S. sanctions on Iran’s oil industry” (April 23, 2019) prior to Trump’s decision to impose the 25 % tariff: ‘The normal energy cooperation under the international law between Iran and other members of the international community, China included, is legitimate and lawful; thus it must be respected and protected,’ Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters… According to reports: ‘On the same day that Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was in Beijing for talks with Wang Yi, China’s giant oil tanker PACIFIC BRAVO was reported to have, “loaded approximately 2 million barrels of Iranian oil from the Soroosh and Kharg terminals in the Persian Gulf ” ‘… ‘According to analysis provided by ‘TankerTrackers.com’, PACIFIC BRAVO is the first major tanker to load Iranian crude after the Trump administration revoked waivers permitting the purchases by eight of Iran’s oil customers, Bourseandbazaar Web Site reported. (Iran Press)’… Trump’s sanctions regime directed against Iran’s oil exports has “fallen flat”: an utter failure.”

Scientists Sound Alarm Over 5G Health Effects – by Michael Snyder –  https://www.wakingtimes.com/2019/05/21/scientists-sound-alarm-over-5g-health-effects/ – “Even though many in the scientific community are loudly warning about the potential health effects that 5G technology could have on the general population, Verizon and AT&T are starting to put up their 5G networks in major cities all across the nation.  Today, the total number of cell phones exceeds the entire population of the world, and the big cell phone companies are making a crazy amount of money providing service to all of those phones.  And now that the next generation of cell phone technology has arrived, millions of cell phone users are looking forward to better connections and faster speeds than ever before… ‘What’s further disturbing about 5G radiation is how the human body responds to and processes it. Dr. Ben-Ishai from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem discovered as part of a recent investigation that human skin acts as a type of receptor for 5G radiation, drawing it in like an antenna… “This kind of technology, which is in many of our homes, actually interacts with human skin and eyes,” writes Arjun Walia for Collective Evolution about the study… “… human sweat ducts act like a number of helical antennas when exposed to these wavelengths that are put out by the devices that employ 5G technology,” he adds.’.. In other words, our bodies are essentially magnets for 5G radiation.”

5 Years After Crimea, European Nations Come Crawling Back to Putin One by One – by Tom Luongo – https://russia-insider.com/en/5-years-after-crimea-european-nations-come-crawling-back-putin-one-one/ri27074 – “The second victory for Russia, however, is far more significant. The Council of Europe has finally agreed to restore Russia’s voting rights after suspending them over the unification with Crimea… This was a major bone of contention between Europe and Russia, who suspended their budget payments to the CoE in 2017. The deadline for dealing with their non-payment was coming up next month… At that point PACE — Parliamentary Authority of the Council of Europe — would have to vote to kick Russia out completely or allow them back in. And that was a bridge too far… They chose the latter and that sets the stage for a major realignment of the status quo in Europe with respect to Russia… 2019 was always going to be the year in which all of this political pressure and virtue signaling from Europe over their failure to take Ukraine would end. ”

Q&A: MSM Lies, Consciousness, Evolution, Australia, Assange, And Me – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/q-a-msm-lies-consciousness-evolution-australia-assange-and-me-c7c9750b6a19 – “Lately I’ve been focused on the outright lies the mass media have been circulating about Julian Assange, including the Guardian’s now-fully disproven and always self-evidently false report that Paul Manafort met repeatedly with Assange during the election campaign. Some other examples include the bullshit they’ve been peddling on Venezuela, the Washington Post publishing sixteen smear pieces in sixteen hours against Bernie Sanders at the hottest point in the Democratic primary, the demented, hysterical smears against Jeremy Corbyn in the UK, MSNBC doing 455 Stormy Daniels segments last year but zero on Yemen, the media blackout on the Yellow Vests protests in France, their unquestioning repetition of all US war propaganda narratives including the Gulf of Tonkin incident and the “taking viagra for rape” narrative in Libya, and their aggressive refusal to so much as question any of the jaw-dropping plot holes in the official 9/11 narrative if you feel like making things interesting… Any of these would have been instantly corrected if the mass media were interested in doing actual journalism and helping to create an informed citizenry, but they’re not. They’re interested in pro-establishment narrative management and ratings. In that order.” (emphasis added)

From the Critical-Thinking-Required Desk: Your 5G Phone Won’t Hurt You. But Russia Wants You to Think Otherwise. – from America’s Newspaper of Record® – http://www.oneworldmedia.us/news/your-5g-phone-wont-hurt-you-but-russia-wants-you-to-think-otherwise/ – “Analysts see RT’s attack on 5G as geopolitically bold: It targets a new world of interconnected, futuristic technologies that would reach into consumers’ homes, aid national security and spark innovative industries. Already, medical firms are linking up devices wirelessly to create new kinds of health treatments… ‘It’s economic warfare,’ Ryan Fox, chief operating officer of New Knowledge, a technology firm that tracks disinformation, said in an interview. ‘Russia doesn’t have a good 5G play, so it tries to undermine and discredit ours.’.. Likewise, RT America strongly defended its position on the potential health risks of 5G technology… ‘Nothing I’ve seen says the book is closed,’ Rick Sanchez, an RT anchor on many of the 5G episodes, said in an interview. ‘I think there’s lots of unanswered questions. Before we commit to something on this scale, shouldn’t we consider if people could possibly be hurt?’.. Mr. Fox, the operations chief of New Knowledge, the technology firm, said the network’s aggressive spin on 5G suggests Moscow is less interested in serving the public than dulling Washington’s edge in the global race for the digital future… “It’s information warfare,” he said.” – Comment: There’s a war on for your mind.

The Green New Deal: A Conversation with Senator Edward J. Markey – from the Council on Foreign Relations – https://www.cfr.org/event/green-new-deal-conversation-senator-edward-j-markey – ” ‘ So then you move to the next question: What are we going to do about something that could result in nine degrees Fahrenheit warming. What are we going to do about something that could lead to an eleven-foot rise in sea level? What are we going to do about forest fires that today will look like a preview of coming attractions in thirty, forty, fifty years, in terms of the level of damage which they’re able to do to our planet? So we call for this bold transformation—ten years—where we need a plan. We need to put in place the kinds of changes in our transportation, in our utility, agriculture, manufacturing sectors—in all sectors of our economy. And it’s not an option.’ ” (emphasis added)Comment: Lies, and the Lying Liars that tell them… Pricetag? 50 to 90 trillion dollars over 10 years, when we’re 3 years away from the point where everything we can “borrow” from the bankers at The Fed will be spent exclusively on servicing the debt “we” already owe (assuming that interest rates remain near zero). Hmmm.

Russian analyst: The threat of war with Iran is not a bluff – In the following is our translation of an analysis by Ivan Danilov from RIA Novosti with commentary and notes by Vince Dhimos – http://www.newsilkstrategies.com/news–analysis/russian-analyst-the-threat-of-war-with-iran-is-not-a-bluff – “So what is different about this threat to Iran? Well, for one thing, Trump had blasted Iran throughout his campaign. I suspected he was already building up to a war even then. Yet there was euphoria over his potential as a “peace” candidate because he lambasted GW Bush for his warlike stance and in one memorable moment, said to Jeb “you just want to kill people.” Surely Trump was different? Either that or a con artist… But it has long been my observation that there is no such thing as a “different” president ever in the US. I identified a group of agents that run America (and I would like to call them foreign agents because, while they are ensconced in the US Establishment and are household names, they are alien to American sentiments and ideals), independently of presidents and of the US people. Which is why there can be no talk of “democracy” in the US. No American has the right to call the US a democracy. They all should know better by now. Yet very few do. People love to be lied to… I showed yesterday that the Israeli leadership now brazenly admits it wants to drag the US into its war on Iran. And the American public will be a pushover because 80% of US Evangelicals believe that the murderous, apartheid secular state calling itself Israel was given its land by God (the cult of “Christian” Zionism) and did not receive it by terrorizing the Arabs who once lived there in peace, by slaughtering whole families, moms, dads and kids, and thus scaring the survivors away. Your pastor didn’t mention the Nakba, did he? But he might mention the Holocaust and take you on a Holy Land tour next year that will make him a nice profit and will keep you safely away from Palestine. He knows the truth could make you free and we can’t have that… Bush’s war on Iraq was as much for Israel and Saudi as for anything else. Trump’s upcoming war is for Israel too, but <shhh> you’re supposed to believe Trump is different…  You know what? If you really want to vote for a presidential candidate who is different, wait until a candidate declares in his campaign: I will not make your sons and daughter fight a war for Israel or Saudi Arabia…  Now that would be different. Unfortunately, that candidate would lose the election.”

Israel just admitted it wants to drag the US into war with Iran – by Vince Dhimos – http://www.newsilkstrategies.com/military-affairs/israel-just-admitted-it-wants-to-drag-the-us-into-war-with-iran – “American and European officials blamed Hezbollah for the escalating violence. They cited Hezbollah’s capture of Israeli soldiers (who some reports said were inside Lebanon) but conveniently forgot that Israel had been holding Lebanese prisoners for years. They condemned Hezbollah for firing rockets at Israeli cities, but made no mention of Israel’s bombing of Gaza that had long preceded those attacks. As of July 28, 600 Lebanese civilians and 19 Israeli civilians had been killed. On July 27 alone, Israeli forces killed 23 Palestinians in Gaza.” https://www.wrmea.org/006-september-october/the-real-reason-for-israels-wars-on-gaza-and-lebanon.html… In other words, by 2005, Israel was primed and ready to do genocidal bombing in Lebanon. The first step was accomplished in 2005 when Assad was blamed for the killing of Rafic Hariri and consequently, Syria was expelled from Lebanon. This was vital to Israel because Syrian troops were excellent and could have caused great damage to Israel… This article will give us an understanding of how Israel is pushing to contain Iran, how far Israel expects to take its provocation and the forces it believes it will face. Why Iran? Because the perceived threat from Syria from an Israeli standpoint is the presence of Iranian forces in Syria… This article makes it clear that Israel is willing to go to war with Iran and that Trump’s belligerence toward Iran has nothing to do with US interests. He is, and has been, at least since his campaign, a proxy for Israel: QUOTE: ‘Israel’s opposition to Iranian entrenchment in Syria and Lebanon is twofold: To prevent Iran from building a beachhead against Israel through its proxies on Israel’s borders, and to impede development of Iran’s nuclear and long-range missile capabilities. Israel is absolutely determined and prepared to act forcefully against Iran, which could lead to a full-scale war. Israel must win this struggle against Iran, one way or another.’ ” (underlined emphasis added)Comment: If you want to understand what is driving the current very dramatic push toward a real, and very dangerous, war with Iran, this article is a MUST.

“Cultural Schizophrenia”: US Media No Longer Reports Facts, But Appeals To Emotions – by Mac Slavo – https://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/cultural-schizophrenia-us-media-no-longer-reports-facts-but-appeals-to-emotions_05162019 – “Based on the conclusions to a RAND Corporation study, the mainstream media is actively sowing discord in American society, award-winning journalist Chris Hedges tells RT. The media is focusing on making two sides hate each other instead of reporting on the facts, and the majority of the public is unaware and doesn’t care that their minds are being manipulated by their own emotional responses… The  study, which was released by RAND earlier this week, states that between 1987 and 2017, news content has shifted from event- and context-based reporting to coverage that is more subjective, relies more heavily on argumentation and advocacy, and includes more emotional appeals.According to RT,  prime-time cable news shows and online journalism lead the way in this shift to emotional and hate-based rhetoric. It has been noticed in print journalism as well, the government-funded think tank concluded. This is contributing to what RAND termed “Truth Decay.” This is described as a shift away from facts and analysis in public discourse… Hedges claims that the deterioration of the mainstream media is “far worse” than the RAND report suggests. And he isn’t alone in that assessment.”

Top Iran Commander Invokes 9/11 To Say US Is “Frail”; A “Full Intelligence War” Is On – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-18/top-iran-commander-invokes-911-say-us-frail-says-full-intelligence-war – ” ‘We are in a full intelligence war with the United States and the enemies of the Islamic Republic. This war is a combination of psychological warfare, cyber operations, military operations, diplomacy, fear, and intimidation.’ Salami, who became head of Iran’s elite military force last moth, was quoted as saying by Fars news agency. He further noted Americans in the region face “great risks” at this point. ‘America has lost its power, and even though they look powerful, they are frail,’ he said… His combative statements came days after he said provocatively that the IRGC stood on the “cusp of a full-scale confrontation with the enemy.” In that prior address , Salami notified his forces,  “This moment in history, because the enemy has stepped into the field of confrontation with us with all the possible capacity, is the most decisive moment of the Islamic revolution,” according to Fars.

From the Russians-Under-The-Bed-(Again) Desk: The Disinformationists – by C.J. Hopkins – http://www.unz.com/chopkins/the-disinformationists/ – “SafeGuard Cyber (the cybersecurity firm in question, which offers “digital risk protection and empowers businesses to embrace new technologies,” or whatever mumbo jumbo it says on their website) identified, and is now presumably surveilling on a more or less around the clock basis, ‘a vast network of automated social media accounts allegedly controlled by Russian actors‘ which is spreading this “amplified extremist content.”.. Although Politico “was unable to independently verify” whether the social media accounts the SafeGuard Cyber analysis “identified” (and used to generate a meaningless graph) were in any way actually linked to Russia, and although SafeGuard Cyber would not provide Politico with a list of the users it assured Politico were “linked to Russia,” SafeGuard Cyber’s CTO informed Politico that his team of experts had used “more than 50 identifiers,” among them, the location from which the messages were sent and “activity linked to Russian interests,” to identify these “Russian actors” who are exposing innocent Europeans and expatriate Americans like myself to Lord knows what kind of jargon-laden, dangerously amplified, extremist content in order to disinform and confuse us.” (emphasis added)

Web Research Links for the Week of 5/13/19

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Big Brother Britain: Extraordinary moment police FINE pedestrian £90 for disorderly behaviour after he tries to cover his face from facial recognition camera on the streets of London – by Mark Duell – https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7036141/Police-fine-pedestrian-90-facial-recognition-camera-row.html – “Officers set up the camera on a van in Romford, East London, which then cross-checked photos of faces of passers-by against a database of wanted criminals… But one man was unimpressed about being filmed and covered his face with his hat and jacket, before being stopped by officers who took his picture anyway… After being pulled aside, the man told police: ‘If I want to cover me face, I’ll cover me face. Don’t push me over when I’m walking down the street.’ ”

China: Social Credit System Has ‘Restored Morality’ by Blacklisting over 13 Million People – by Frances Martel – https://www.breitbart.com/asia/2019/05/14/china-social-credit-system-has-restored-morality-by-blacklisting-over-13-million-people/ – “Monday’s Global Times piece claimed it will “restore morality” by holding bad citizens accountable, with “bad” solely defined in the parameters set by Communist Party totalitarian chief Xi Jinping. The federal party in Beijing is also establishing a points-based metric for monitoring the performance of local governments, making it easier to keep local officials in line with Xi’s agenda.”

Kremlin Spokesman Peskov Gives Details on Russia’s Massive Economic Cooperation with China (Russian TV News- w/Video 16min) – from Vesti News – https://russia-insider.com/en/kremlin-spokesman-peskov-gives-details-russias-massive-economic-cooperation-china-russian-tv-news – “While President Donald Trump is gambling that the US can get the better of China in a trade war, Putin is making deals with Beijing. Russia is cooperating enthusiastically with the Chinese-led “One Belt, One Road” initiative, which seeks to turn Eurasia into the central hub of world trade. The more trade is concentrated on the Eurasian super-continent, the weaker the US becomes, as its power is based on control of critical sea-lanes.”

Leaked Document Pokes More Holes In Establishment Syria Narrative – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/leaked-document-pokes-more-holes-in-establishment-syria-narrative-de27b43e542 – ” ‘It is hard to overstate the significance of this revelation,’ tweets former British MP George Galloway of a new report by the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media (WGSPM). ‘The war-machine has now been caught red-handed in a staged chemical weapons attack for the purposes of deceiving our democracies into what could have turned into a full-scale war amongst the great-powers.’.. ‘An important #Douma #Syria ‘Assad chemical weapon attack’ development and yet more evidence to suggest the ‘attack’ was staged, as it’s now revealed that @OPCW suppressed expert engineers report that found the cylinders were likely not dropped from the air,’ tweets former Scotland Yard detective and counterterrorism intelligence officer Charles Shoebridge… The assessment’s findings, which you can locate on pages five through eight of the document, put forward multiple hypothetical scenarios in which two gas cylinders could have wound up in the locations(Location 2 and Location 4) that they were photographed and video recorded as having been found after the alleged attack. The assessment concludes that ‘The dimensions, characteristics and appearance of the cylinders, and the surrounding scene of the incidents, were inconsistent with what would have been expected in the case of either cylinder being delivered from an aircraft. In each case the alternative hypothesis produced the only plausible explanation for observations at the scene.’ ”

Failing New York Times Runs 5,000-Word Article Crying About Assad’s Final Victory – by Finnian Cunningham – https://russia-insider.com/en/media-criticism/failing-new-york-times-runs-5000-word-article-crying-about-assads-final-victory – “At this critical juncture along comes a suspicious New York Times’ articlepublished on May 11, headlined: ‘Inside Syria’s Secret Torture Prisons: How Assad Crushed Dissent’… To be sure, the article is a re-run of a tired old story dating from 2014 when several Western media outlets had back then published sensational claims alleging a barbaric prison, torture and execution system overseen by President Bashar al-Assad… The trouble is that “Caesar’s” identify has never been verified, even though he has appeared incognito in front of the US Congress to testify against the Syrian government. It has also been demonstrated that many of the photos he allegedly smuggled out of Syria are either fake, or actually illustrate the opposite of what he and Western media were claiming: namely, that at least half of the victims were members of the Syrian state security forces or victims of war… The NY Times, however, persists in referencing the Caesar images as bona fide to form the basis for its latest article. It also cites supposed testimony from former detainees who had allegedly been held in Syrian government-run jails, primarily Saydnaya prison near Damascus. The Times also published what it claims are internal government memos acknowledging repressive practices. How do we know the memos are not forgeries?.. Again, the trouble is that the so-called evidence is unverifiable and based on uncorroborated claims made by political opponents of the Assad government… Paul Larudee, who chairs the Syria Solidarity Movement based in California, says that the NY Times’ article is aimed at smearing the Syrian government and justifying further aggression against the Arab country.”

Judgment Day for John Brennan – by Mike Whitney –  https://russia-insider.com/en/judgment-day-john-brennan/ri27024 – “Sometime in the next 4 weeks, the Justice Department’s inspector general will release an internal review that will reveal the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation. Among other matters, the IG’s report is expected to determine ‘whether there was sufficient justification under existing guidelines for the FBI to have started an investigation in the first place.’.. Critics of the Trump-collusion probe believe that there was never probable cause that a crime had been committed, therefore, there was no legal basis for launching the investigation.Here’s a brief summary from political analyst, Larry C. Johnson, who previously worked at the CIA and U.S. State Department: ‘The evidence is plain–there was a broad, coordinated effort by the Obama Administration, with the help of foreign governments, to target Donald Trump and paint him as a stooge of Russia. The Mueller Report provides irrefutable evidence that the so-called Russian collusion case against Donald Trump was a deliberate fabrication by intelligence and law enforcement organizations in the US and UK and organizations aligned with the Clinton Campaign.’ (“How US and Foreign Intel Agencies Interfered in a US Election”, Larry C. Johnson, Consortium News)”

Kremlin Spokesman Peskov Gives Details on Russia’s Massive Economic Cooperation with China (Russian TV News- w/Video 16min) – from Vesti News – https://russia-insider.com/en/kremlin-spokesman-peskov-gives-details-russias-massive-economic-cooperation-china-russian-tv-news – “While President Donald Trump is gambling that the US can get the better of China in a trade war, Putin is making deals with Beijing. Russia is cooperating enthusiastically with the Chinese-led “One Belt, One Road” initiative, which seeks to turn Eurasia into the central hub of world trade. The more trade is concentrated on the Eurasian super-continent, the weaker the US becomes, as its power is based on control of critical sea-lanes.”

‘Iranian Threat’: US Evacuates “Non-Emergency” Staff From Baghdad Embassy. Germany, Netherlands Suspend Training Missionshttps://southfront.org/us-evacuates-non-emergency-staff-from-baghdad-embassy-germany-netherlands-suspend-training-missions/ – “The US State Deparment has ordered all “non emergency” staff to leave the US embassy in Baghdad amid the growing tensions between the US and Iran… According to an official comment on the situation, employees will leave the Baghdad embassy and the US consulate in Erbil. Furthermore, US citizens were advised to avoid US government sites in Iraq and leave the country “as soon as possible”. The Baghdad embassy pointed out that the US government ‘has limited ability to provide emergency services to US citizens in Iraq.’.. On May 15, Germany and Nertherlands suspended their military training missions in Iraq… ‘The German army has suspended the training,’ Germany’s Defense Ministry spokesman Jens Flosdorff said noting that there was ‘generally heightened alert, awareness’ for soldiers currently operating in the region… Separately, Dutch state broadcaster NOS said the Netherlands’ 50-person mission is halted ‘until further orders.’ ”

Oregonians SMASH Big Pharma – NO Vaccine Mandates For Oregon’s Children… – by Tim Bolen – https://bolenreport.com/oregonians-smash-big-pharma-no-vaccine-mandates-for-oregons-children/ – “And the Liberal Democrats had the votes to pass the bill, but then something happened… Seriously, people what in the world happened?  EVERYBODY knows that presidential election 2020 is ACTUALLY “Big Pharma vs Trump.”  There is no argument.  EVERY Democratic party presidential candidate is a lap-dog, or a purse-dog, for Big Pharma.  Every one of them wants a “single-payer” one-size-fits-all drugs, drugs, and more drugs, based system.  Mandatory Vaccines for all… I have to do some investigating here… This defeat of “Mandatory Vaccines” in Oregon was TOTALLY  unexpected.   I thought Oregon would just be a stepping stone, with Big Pharma, and their wholly owned subsidiary “US Public Health” gearing up for one fake epidemic after another, heading for election 2020… I’ll bet that EVERY Democratic Party 2020 presidential candidate is MORE STUNNED than I am…

From the Strategy-Of-Tension Desk: US issues warning as Saudi Arabia says 2 oil tankers damaged by sabotage attacks – US Maritime Administration urges shippers to exercise caution after earlier warning that Iran could target commercial sea traffic – by Jon Gambrell – https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-issues-warning-as-saudi-arabia-says-2-oil-tankers-damaged-by-sabotage-attacks/ – “A statement Sunday from the UAE’s Foreign Ministry put the ships near the country’s territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman, east of the port of Fujairah. It said it was investigating ‘in cooperation with local and international bodies.” It said there were “no injuries or fatalities on board the vessels” and “no spillage of harmful chemicals or fuel.’.. Sunday’s (quote-unquote) incident comes after the US Maritime Administration, a division of the US Transportation Department, warned Thursday that Iran could target commercial sea traffic… Early Sunday, the agency issued a new warning to sailors about the alleged sabotage, while stressing ‘the incident has not been confirmed.’ It urged shippers to exercise caution in the area for the next week… Publicly available satellite images of the area taken Sunday showed no smoke or fire… It remains unclear if the previous warning from the US Maritime Administration is the same perceived threat that prompted the White House to order the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers to the region on May 4.” – Comment: Even the Times of Israel seems to be implying that this whole thing is ginned up.

From the You-Can’t-Make-This-Stuff-Up Desk: Sweden Reopens Rape Case Against Julian Assange – by Megan Specia – https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/13/world/europe/wikileaks-julian-assange.html – “The Swedish authorities announced on Monday that they would reopen an investigation into a rape allegation against Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, who is serving a prison term in Britain for jumping bail as the United States seeks his extradition over accusations that he tried to assist in a huge breach of classified data… The United States has already begun trying to extradite Mr. Assange, an effort that was expected to be prolonged and complex even before the announcement in Stockholm on Monday, and it could be further complicated by Sweden’s wish to reinstate its investigation… British officials will determine which case takes precedence, Swedish prosecutors said, adding that if Mr. Assange were eventually extradited to Sweden, he could not be sent to the United States without the consent of Britain.”

Multiple Studies Show Children Better Off Left in Troubled Homes than Put Into Foster Care – by Brian Shilhavy –  http://healthimpactnews.com/2019/multiple-studies-show-children-better-off-left-in-troubled-homes-than-put-into-foster-care/ – “A new study conducted by Martin Guggenheim, from the NYU School of Law School, shows that children seized by Child Protection Services spend much less time in Foster Care if the parents are provided with high-quality legal representation, with no compromise in child safety… This means that many children in Foster Care today would not even need to be there if their parents had proper legal representation to fight the massive billion dollar foster care and adoption system, which for the most part has nothing to do with child safety… Richard Wexler, writing for the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform blog, notes that this is one of several studies showing that most children do far better when left with their biological families, even troubled families, than those children taken out of troubled homes and put into foster care: ‘I’ve previously summarized five major studies documenting in various ways that large numbers of children are needlessly trapped in foster care. Now there’s a sixth.  And this one also provides strong evidence for a key solution: high-quality defense counsel for families. (Source.)’ ”

Web Research Links for the Week of 5/6/19

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Robert Mueller Is in Serious Legal Trouble – Here’s Why – by James Howard Kunstler – https://russia-insider.com/en/robert-mueller-serious-legal-trouble-heres-why/ri27002 – “For the Progressive Democratic “Resistance” (PDR), post-Modernism is in full flower. They have ruled objective reality inadmissible. There are only stories — his story, her story, they’s story, zhe’s story, and you must believe them because they come out of lived experience — for instance the lived experience of having lost a sure-thing presidential election to a cartoon character with zero political experience, and then having lost the grand inquisition to oust him. For the PDRs, the metaphysical concept of reality refers to some land of dark make-believe over a distant horizon where numbers supposedly add up (ha!) and the actions of persons are said to entail a strange cosmic condition known as consequence… What else did Mr. Mueller do, or omit to do? He never engaged US government forensic computer analysts to examine the DNC servers at the heart of RussiaGate story. Rather, he allowed the conclusions to stand of a company called CrowdStrike, hired by the DNC itself to supposedly investigate the theft of emails, especially those of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. (See Craig Murray’s commentary on all this.) Mr. Mueller never bothered to interview the one person who might have known exactly who supplied the purloined emails to Wikileaks, namely Julian Assange. Mr. Mueller also did not bother to interview several dozen retired Intel Community computer experts, led by William Binney, former Technical Director of the NSA, who determined that the hack was accomplished by direct download by an insider onto a flash drive… What could possibly be the explanation for these blunders. Well, we’re going to find out in the months ahead. The DPR chairs of various House committees have threatened to ask Mr. Mueller to testify. Bring it on, I say. He sure has some ‘splainin’ to do, if not in those venues, then in a more than a few grand juries that will be convened to assess the actions of his confederates-at-law from every hummock and gator pool in the Swamp. These various parties may also seek to understand why Mr. Mueller omitted to mention the now reeking Steele Dossier in his 444-page report, and why in his 20-plus page recounting of the oh-so-crucial Trump Tower meeting he never disclosed that the two Russians present were on the payroll of Hillary contractor FusionGPS, and met with its principal, Glenn Simpson before and after the meeting.” (emphasis added)

US Special Forces Command Issues New Guide For Overthrowing Foreign Governments – by Tyler Durden –  https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-11/us-special-forces-command-issues-new-guide-overthrowing-foreign-governments –  “The 250-page study entitled “Support to Resistance: Strategic Purpose and Effectiveness” was put out by the Joint Special Operations University under US Special Operations Command, which is the Army’s official unified command center which overseas all joint covert and clandestine missions out of MacDill AFB, Florida…. This work will serve as a benchmark reference on resistance movements for the benefit of the special operations community and its civilian leadership,” the report introduces.”

China Has Propped Up Global Markets Since December — Is This About To End? – by Brandon Smith – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/05/china-has-propped-up-global-markets-since-december-is-this-about-to-end.html – “The global stock plunge pulled a 180-degree turnaround starting at the end of December and into January of this year at the same moment China announced reinvigorated stimulus measures. This stimulus was also initiated at the same time as talk of a “trade deal” began to hit the mainstream media, giving hope that the long trade war was about to end instead of becoming worse. Global markets loved the move by China, and rallied around their QE measures, which have continued unabated into the second quarter of 2019… I would also note that anytime there has been discussion in the mainstream of China backing away from its stimulus policy, stocks suffered a negative reaction. The reality is, when China stops its current burst of QE, stock markets have nothing left to hang onto in terms of optimism or liquidity. And, in the past couple of weeks it has become clear that China is likely to cut off the fun-money soon… At the end of April, Chinese banking officials hinted that accommodation would be restricted, perhaps by the end of May. This makes sense, as the stimulus boosted Chinese stats, but has recently been producing diminishing returns.  Chinese new credit creation has also sunk the past month, indicating that the Chinese central bank will be slowing the flow of liquidity in the near term… If I am correct in this prediction, then the money elite intend to bring the underlying crash into mainstream consciousness at this time.  They know, as most of us in alternative economic analysis know, that when the public sees endless red in stock markets, for some reason that is when they start to take notice, or even panic.  Like Pavlovian dogs, the investment world and in some ways the general population have been trained to respond with base instinct to the behavior of stocks.”

Facebook Censorship Hits MORE Political Channels, 600K Followers GONE (w/video 15min) – by Tim Pool – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/05/facebook-censorship-hits-more-political-channels-600k-followers-gone.html – “Facebook has been on a banning binge of independent media. Journalists Tim Pool of Subverse and Luke Rudkowski of We Are Change meet in person to discuss Facebook censorship and how anti-establishment voices are being silenced.”

Pray and Weep – by Karen Kwiatkowskihttps://www.lewrockwell.com/2019/05/karen-kwiatkowski/pray-and-weep/ – “The US appears to be a nation of laws, and yet, we absolutely are not.  One of many lessons and perspectives we gain from the study of Julian Assange is just that.  US political influence and debt-funded largesse resulted in Assange’s ejection from the Ecuadorian Embassy into the UK prison for terrorists in Belmarsh.   US domestic corruption and misreading of the Constitution produced his indictment… Furthermore, US government employees, from the DoD, FBI and the CIA have been interviewing Assange in Belmarsh Prison, prior to any extradition decision… Interviewing is the wrong word.  I’d like to say doctoring him, because it would be more accurate, except that word implies some care for a positive outcome.  Chemical Gina has her hands in this one, and we are being told that Assange is being “treated” with 3-quinuclidinyl benzilate, known as BZ… Allow me to get to the point.  The latest word I have received from England is as follows: ‘[Julian Assange] is presently under close observation in prison hospital because he has suffered ‘severe transient psychotic episodes.’ My source(s) indicate these episodes occurred after two sessions of coercive interrogation at the hands of UK and US officials. The source(s) stated the HUMINT interrogators used psychotropic drugs in the course of the sessions.”

We are on the verge of a no-win AI arms race, warns NGO – by Kelsey D. Atherton – https://www.c4isrnet.com/unmanned/2019/05/09/we-are-on-the-verge-of-a-no-win-ai-arms-race-warns-ngo/ – ” ‘We see this emerging AI arms race and we think if nothing happens that that is a major threat to humanity,’ said Frank Slijper, one of the authors on the report. ‘There is a window of opportunity to stop an AI arms race from happening. States should try to prevent an AI arms race and work toward international regulation. In the meantime, companies and research institutes have a major responsibility themselves to make sure that that work in AI and related fields is not contributing to potential lethal autonomous weapons.’.. The report is written with a specific eye toward the seven leading AI powers. These include the five permanent members of the UN security council: China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. In addition, the report details the artificial intelligence research of Israel and South Korea, both countries whose geographic and political postures have encouraged the development of military AI.”

Raytheon Shoots Down Multiple Drones With Directed Laser Weapon -by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-03/raytheon-shoots-down-multiple-drones-directed-laser-weapon – “The directed-energy weapon system was paired with Raytheon’s Multi-spectral Targeting System, using sensors that directed microwaves and lasers to blast enemy unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) out of the sky during a field training exercise. Mounted on a Polaris MRZR 4 all-terrain vehicle, the system was extremely portable and could traverse almost any terrain.”

Syrian Army Repelled Large Attack On Its Positions In Southeastern Idlib – Lhttps://southfront.org/syrian-army-repelled-large-attack-on-its-positions-in-southeastern-idlib/ – “The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) repelled a large-scale attack by terrorists groups on its positions in the southeastern Idlib countryside in the early hours of May 9… According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), terrorist groups attempted to infiltrate the SAA’s positions east of the strategic Abu Duhur airbase. However, the they were detected by the army, that killed and injured scores of them.”

Khan Shaykhun Locals Are In Talks With Damascus Over Possible Reconciliation Agreementhttps://southfront.org/khan-shaykhun-locals-are-in-talks-with-damascus-over-possible-reconciliation-agreement/ – “Prominent local leaders in the town of Khan Shaykhun in the southern Idlib countryside are currently negotiating with the Damascus government to reach a reconciliation agreement that would prevent an attack on the town, Syrian pro-government activists reported on May 9… According to the activists, the proposed agreement would force all radical militants to withdraw from Khan Shaykhun, that will be placed under the direct control of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA)… Khan Shaykhun is located on a strategic highway linking Hama with Aleppo.”

Syrian Army Advances Further In Northern Hama, Captures Several New Town (Map) – https://southfront.org/syrian-army-advances-further-in-northern-hama-captures-several-new-town-map/ – “Many opposition activists acknowledged that the defense lines in northern Hama are collapsing and held Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) responsible for the recent loses. According to the activists, the terrorist group’s fighters withdrew from most areas without even trying to stop the SAA’s advance… The SAA will likely advance further in northern Hama in the upcoming few days. The army may also develop its military operation to cover areas in southern Idlib.”

A Week in the Life of the Empire – by The Saker – http://www.unz.com/tsaker/a-week-in-the-life-of-the-empire/ – “I tried to be a little tongue-in-cheek here, but the reality is that what is taking place before our eyes is both absolutely insane and most terrifying. Why? Because the world is now ruled by a most dangerous gang of ignorant thugs who are very rapidly losing their grip on our planet and who is simply neither intellectually equipped to understand, nor deal with this very complex and rapidly changing situation… What we are seeing is a full-spectrum collapse of the unipolar world and its gradual, but also inexorable, replacement with a multi-polar world in which things like “speaking with your adversaries or even enemies” becomes the norm rather than the exception. Even more importantly, this is a world in which US threats always fall on deaf ears simply because nobody takes the US seriously anymore. While the US military probably has the capability to re-invade Grenada or “bring democracy” to the inhabitants of the North Sentinel Island – no adults in the room will be impressed (least of all the Iranians!)… It is this quiet indifference which enrages the likes of Pompeo, Bolton or Trump – for all their narcissistic chest-thumping – they are, and will forever remain, the ultimate losers – folks who simply couldn’t get *anything* done. Even more terrifying is their sense of total impunity. If Obama was “democracy with a human face” then Trump is “democracy with a simian face” – not much better.”

In Photos: Russian Military Advisers Support Syrian Army Operation In Northwestern Hamahttps://southfront.org/in-photos-russian-military-advisers-support-syrian-army-operation-in-northwestern-hama/ – “More and more photos showing Russian military advisers of various kinds in northwestern Hama appear online. The Russian presence near the frontline is seen by some sources as the confirmation that the northwestern Hama advance will develop further.”

To sway Trump, Bolton pitches defensive Iran war – White House adviser is trying to repackage conflict for president who promised to get out of Middle East – by Alison Tahmizian Meuse – https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/05/article/to-sway-trump-bolton-pitches-defensive-iran-war/ – “The purported Iranian threat passed on by the Israelis was not explicitly against the United States, according to journalist Barak Ravid, but could involve an attack on oil-exporting allies Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates… Given that Saudi Arabia has already experienced attacks on its oil tankers in Red Sea shipping lanes by the Houthi rebels off the coast of Yemen, potential pretexts for US military action have effectively already taken place… ‘The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime,’ Bolton said Sunday in a nod to the isolationist president, ‘but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps [IRGC], or regular Iranian forces.’.. ‘I don’t think Bolton’s goal has changed since working for Trump, but I feel like the strategy or packaging has changed,’ said Mortazavi. ‘What Bolton is doing is packaging this as defense, as opposed to an invasion, and trying to provoke the Iranians to take the first step.’.. ‘If the Iranians stumble or take the bait from Bolton I think it will be met with direct action on the US side,’ she said, adding that Trump does not like war, ‘but he also likes to be a strong man.’ ”

Scalar Wars – The Brave New World of Scalar Electromagnetics – by Bill Morgan – http://www.prahlad.org/pub/bearden/scalar_wars.htmThis is an amazing article, Highly recommended.

A frustrated Trump questions his administration’s Venezuela strategy – by Anne Gearan, Josh Dawsey, John Hudson, Seung Min Kim – https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/a-frustrated-trump-questions-his-administration-e2-80-99s-venezuela-strategy/ar-AAB7uP6 – “President Trump is questioning his administration’s aggressive strategy in Venezuela following the failure of a U.S.-backed effort to oust President Nicolás Maduro, complaining he was misled about how easy it would be to replace the socialist strongman with a young opposition figure, according to administration officials and White House advisers… The president’s dissatisfaction has crystallized around national security adviser John Bolton and what Trump has groused is an interventionist stance at odds with his view that the United States should stay out of foreign quagmires… Trump has said in recent days that Bolton wants to get him “into a war” — a comment that he has made in jest in the past but that now betrays his more serious concerns, one senior administration official said.”

Besieged Venezuelan embassy loses power, water (5 min)

Israeli Paper Claims to Have DETAILS of US ‘DEAL OF CENTURY’ For Middle Easthttps://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201905081074821510-deal-of-century-details/ – “According to newspaper, the deal will suggest the creation of a Palestinian state on the lands of the West Bank and Gaza Strip that will be called “New Palestine”. The document doesn’t specify the political structure of a new state, but indicates that democratic elections will be held within a year after its creation to form a government, with each Palestinian receiving the right to cast a vote… US Likely to Unveil ‘Deal of the Century’ on Israeli Independence Day – Reports… At the same time, Israeli settlements will remain under Tel Aviv’s control with addition of several other settlements. Israel Hayom didn’t specify the settlements that will be added… Jerusalem’s Arab population will reportedly become full-fledged citizens of New Palestine (meaning, I assume, they will not be able to vote in Israeli elections any more), as opposed to the existing system of permanent residency documents, which can become invalidated if a person leaves the city for a lengthy period of time. What is more, Israeli citizens won’t be eligible to buy the homes of Palestinians and vice versa, the newspaper added… The newspaper indicates that many of  the points in the document resonate with statements by Trump’s Middle East advisor Jared Kushner, while at the same time it contradicts some of the previous leaks, which also haven’t been confirmed by US officials.” (emphasis added)

Trump moves to designate Brazil a ‘major non-NATO ally’https://www.rt.com/usa/458820-trump-brazil-non-nato-ally/ – “Trump announced the decision in a White House press release on Wednesday. As a non-NATO ally, Brazil would become a preferred buyer of US military equipment, would participate in Pentagon military auctions, and would participate in military exercises and training operations with US forces… Seventeen other countries, including Israel, Japan, South Korea and Australia hold equivalent status.” – Comment: Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro recently mentioned that Brazil is considering joining in an invasion of Venezuela “to restore democracy” with the U.S., and that he has the power to make the determination on such an agreement on his sole authority.

Merck Sees “Unprecedented” Growth in Gardasil Vaccine – Over $3 Billion in Sales in 2018 with Expansion into China – by Brian Shilhavy – http://healthimpactnews.com/2019/merck-sees-unprecedented-growth-in-gardasil-vaccine-over-3-billion-in-sales-in-2018-with-expansion-into-china/ – “Vaccine manufacturer  Merck & Co. has reported earnings from its Gardasil HPV vaccine for 2018 at $3.15 billion, far above the previous year sales of $2.31 billion. First quart of 2019 sales of the Gardasil vaccine have soared 31% to $838 million for the first three months of 2019… Executives from the company have stated that these sales of the Gardasil vaccine are “unprecedented,” and the company plans to spend over $1 billion to expand its Gardasil vaccine production… (Source.) Much of this growth of the Gardasil vaccine market is due to Merck’s expansion into China. See: Gardasil HPV Vaccine Acceptance into China Creates Instant Billionaires

U.S. seizes North Korean ship it accuses of violating sanctions – by Sarah N. Lynch, Michelle Nichols – https://in.reuters.com/article/usa-northkorea-seizure/u-s-seizes-north-korean-ship-it-accuses-of-violating-sanctions-idINKCN1SF22I – “The ship, known as the “Wise Honest,” was first detained by Indonesia in April 2018. Under an unusual U.S. civil forfeiture action, the vessel is now in the possession of the United States and is currently approaching U.S. territorial waters heading toward American Samoa, U.S. Justice Department officials said… However, U.N. sanctions monitors reported to the council in March that Pyongyang continues to defy the measures ‘through a massive increase in illegal ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products and coal.’.. The 17,000-ton Wise Honest, which also was used to deliver heavy machinery to North Korea, is the second largest of Pyongyang’s bulk carriers, the U.S. Justice Department said… ‘This sanctions-busting ship is now out of service,’ said John Demers, the head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division… When asked by reporters on Thursday whether North Korea’s largest cargo ship may be engaged in similar illegal behaviour, department officials said they did not know… ‘If it is, we’d love to get our hands on it,’ Demers added.

Let’s give the globalists their own election-night headache – More globalist election rigging systems exposed – https://patriots4truth.org/2018/08/03/lets-give-the-globalists-their-own-election-night-headache/

Trump shares laugh with Florida crowd over rally attendee’s call to shoot migrants – by Shawn Langlois – https://www.marketwatch.com/story/trump-and-florida-crowd-share-a-laugh-over-a-rally-attendees-call-to-shoot-migrants-2019-05-09Question: Another genius move?

America in denial: Gabor Maté on the psychology of Russiagate (27 min) – Dr. Gabor Maté explains the present political moment, including the Trump phenomenon, from a psychological perspective. Thinking caps recommended.

Italy, the Aircraft Carrier on the War Front – The 70 Years of NATO: From War to War – by Comitato No Nato – https://www.globalresearch.ca/italy-aircraft-carrier-war-front/5676773 – “1. The U.S. Armed Forces have in Italy (according to the official report of the Pentagon Base Structure Report) more than 1,500 buildings, with a total surface area of over 1 million m², and they rent or have been granted permission to use a further 800 buildings, with a surface of approximately 900,000 m². In total, there are over 2,300 buildings with an area of approximately 2 million m² scattered over fifty sites. But this is only part of the U.S. military presence in Italy.”

Syria Testimonies: A Mother’s Brave Testimony after Martyrdom of Her Son, Majed, 4th April 2019 (w/video 8min) – https://www.globalresearch.ca/syria-mothers-brave-testimony-martyrdom-son-majed-4th-april-2019/5676810 – “I was feeling down for about a week..I thought maybe it was because the memorial of his father was approaching. Later in the evening…, we bring incense for the service. Majed brought me incense and left. I got dressed and headed to church. While I was in the church, the rocket landed. I stayed there and didn’t feel afraid, all men went out except for two men… I started to address women who were there, ‘Calm down, stop talking, just calm down’… “How would these two young men be able to take care of us?! Just calm down a bit until we find out what’s going on’… But I didn’t know that my son was injured and taken to hospital, I didn’t know at all. Later, the pastor (or priest) came, we held the service and I came back home. I tried to call Majed but he didn’t answer my calls… He was taken to the hospital and…martyred immediately… But we love our homeland so much… – Yes, we love it so much… – What did he use to say to Mhardeh?.. – Mhardeh…, what was that song?.. – “Mhardeh, you are the only beautiful”… We wouldn’t leave it, no…, we wouldn’t leave it to anyone else. We have so much pride in him, Majed was so beautiful. I wish you knew him, he’s so beautiful. These 20 years he lived, they were wonderful. As if he lived for a million years, so wonderful… him and his brother too… – How many friends he had! How many loved ones he had! – …him and his brother too…”

The Debt Ceiling and the G Fund: Here We Go Again – by Ralph R. Smith – https://www.fedsmith.com/2019/03/06/debt-ceiling-g-fund-go/ – “The limit on how much money the federal government can borrow is called the “debt ceiling.” There was a one-year suspension on the debt ceiling but that suspension ran out on March 2… On February 9, 2018,  President Trump signed a bill suspending the debt ceiling until March 1, 2019. In effect, the new debt limit is the level of the debt on that day. On February 11, 2019, it was $22 trillion. While the U.S. Treasury estimates it will run out of money in September 2019, the exact date this will happen is an estimate… As a result of exceeding the debt ceiling, the Treasury Department has again started using “extraordinary measures” to prevent the U.S. from exceeding the debt ceiling… We do not know when the debt ceiling limit will be raised. There is little doubt it will be raised as the federal government continues to spend more money than it receives in revenue… In the meantime, many federal employees are contributing to financing the operation of the federal government whether they know about it or not. The reason is because G Fund assets in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) are used by the federal government to help meet expenses.”

From the Aid-And-Comfort Desk: Navy to deploy hospital ship USNS Comfort in response to crises in Venezuela – by Ed Adamczyk – https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2019/05/08/Navy-to-deploy-hospital-ship-USNS-Comfort-in-response-to-crises-in-Venezuela/3131557329058/ – ” ‘At the President’s direction, the United States Navy will deploy the USNS Comfort to the Caribbean, Central America, and South America this June,’ Pence said at the State Department’s annual Washington Conference on the Americas on Tuesday. ‘The Comfort will embark on a five-month humanitarian mission to address the Venezuelan crisis.’.. ‘The USNS Comfort represents our enduring promise to our partners in the Western Hemisphere, our shared neighborhood,’ Navy Adm. Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command, said in a statement. ‘U.S. Southern Command is committed to the region in support of our Caribbean and Latin American partners, as well as displaced Venezuelans who continue to flee the brutal oppression of the former Maduro regime and its interlocking, man-made political, economic and humanitarian crises… The U.S. has provided more than $256 million to the region in humanitarian and development assistance, Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said on Tuesday, adding that more will be needed as the country suffers through violence, economic insecurity, hyperinflation, and shortages of food, medicines and essential services.” (emphasis added) – Comment: The U.S. has not only pursued policies that have deprived Venezuela of possibly tens of billions of dollars in revenue, it has out-and-out stolen approximately 6 billion or so since the start of the Guaido “crisis.” But they have a few million in aid for Venezuela if only they’ll get rid of “The Usurper” (the “former” President) Maduro.

Connecticut DCF Punishing Tennessee Parents for Taking Their Story Public? Refuse to Let Parents Visit Babyhttp://healthimpactnews.com/2019/connecticut-dcf-punishing-tennessee-parents-for-taking-their-story-public-refuse-to-let-parents-visit-baby/ – “Her Egyptian Christian husband was allegedly accused of being a Muslim terrorist, and before they knew it, she was being drugged against her will and forced to have cesarean surgery to remove her daughter from her womb, when she had been planning on having a natural birth… Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) then proceeded to take custody of the baby, with no formal charges ever filed against the parents. The parents eventually had to return to their home in Tennessee with their other two children, making the 20-hour one-way trip back to Connecticut each week to have a supervised 2-hour visit with their daughter as they tried to comply with DCF to get their daughter back… After six months, the parents decided to take their story public… Suzy, the mother, has now reported that Connecticut DCF is refusing to allow them to see their baby since they went public with their story… ‘We have just driven all day yesterday and all night for the past nearly 20 hours straight to get to Connecticut to see our baby and now our case worker David Friend is telling us that he cannot accommodate our visit and we cannot see our child!’.. Others Come Forward with Similar Stories in Connecticut – Are “Predictive Analytics” Being Used in CT to Kidnap Children?.. Since going public with their story recently, others have apparently come forward to share similar stories based out of Connecticut… CPS Using “Predictive Analytics” Software to Label Parents as Unfit, Even Before Baby is Born… Richard Wexler, from the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, has exposed how “Predictive Analysis” is nothing more than racial profiling.” (emphasis added)

CPS Using “Predictive Analytics” Software to Label Parents as Unfit, Even Before Baby is Born – by Terri LaPoint – http://medicalkidnap.com/2017/11/02/cps-using-predictive-analytics-software-to-label-parents-as-unfit-even-before-baby-is-born/ – “Parents whose children have been taken from them by Child Protective Services often tell us that the system is backwards. Instead of being presumed innocent until proven guilty, everyone involved with CPS assumes guilt, even in the face of no evidence of guilt. Some jurisdictions are taking this presumption of guilt without evidence a frightening step further: they are using “predictive analytics” to see which parents MIGHT abuse or neglect their children in the future… In several cases reported to Health Impact News, we have already seen such allegations used against parents. Social workers have literally written in their reports to the courts that a parent has characteristics that might indicate that they may abuse or neglect their child in the future, even though there is no evidence that they have harmed their child in the past… This is reminiscent of George Orwell’s “thought police” in the dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. It is inconsistent with one of the foundational principles underlying the U.S. Constitution, that of the presumption of innocence. Some have equated the predictive analysis model with racial profiling, because the algorithms tend to disproportionately target people who are poor or part of a minority group.” (emphasis added) – Comment: This practice goes beyond violating “principles underlying the U.S. Constitution,” it violates the basic principles of English Common Law, the glue that binds our society together, regardless of the efforts of the usurpers in D.C. and the Law Society to create a new order.

ALERT! MUELLER LIED! Here’s The BOMB That Nunes Spotted Out (4 min) – from Gary Franchi

Media Blackout: U.S. and Iran Tensions Rise — Iran Claims Arrest of 290 CIA Agents; U.S. Sends 2 Aircraft Carriers To Mediterranean; Bolton & Pompeo Issue Threats – by Aaron Kesel –  https://www.activistpost.com/2019/05/media-blackout-us-iran-tensions-rise-iran-claims-arrests-290-cia-agents-u-s-sends-2-aircraft-carriers-to-mediterranean-bolton-pompeo-issue-threats.html – This means that the U.S. may have two carrier strike groups within striking distance of Iran, not just one as the U.S. media is reporting, and DEBKAfile may have leaked intelligence (archived.) Although Vice Adm Lisa Franchetti is the source of the story, this writer couldn’t find a source for any of the quotes external to DEBKAfile… Vice Admiral Franchetti commented that it was a rare opportunity for two strike groups to work together alongside key allies and partners in the region. Our sources say she was referring to British, French and Israeli naval forces. The vice admiral, who has served as 6th Fleet commander since early 2018, added: ‘The dual carrier operations in the Mediterranean showcase the flexibility and scalability maritime forces provide to the joint force, while demonstrating our ironclad commitment to the stability and security of the region.’.. China, arguably one of the largest buyers of Iranian oil, reiterated its opposition to unilateral sanctions and accused the U.S. of reaching beyond its jurisdiction. “China’s cooperation with Iran is open, transparent, reasonable and legitimate, and should be respected,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in response to a question on the waivers at a briefing in Beijing, CNN reported.Reuters reports that: ‘If China does not cut Iran oil purchases to zero, the Trump administration may have to make a decision on blocking Chinese banks from the U.S. financial system. That could have unintended consequences for finance and business between the world’s two biggest economies, already in negotiations over trade disagreements.’.. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned all countries to reduce their Iranian oil imports to zero in an April 22 statement; Pompeo said no nation would receive any further exemptions or waivers from U.S. sanctions… ‘We believe Iran will continue to sell its oil … (and) use the Strait of Hormuz. But if the United States takes the crazy measure of trying to prevent us from doing that, then it should be prepared for the consequences,’ foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday… Before the U.S. said it would send 2 carrier strike groups on April 22nd, it was reported by Press TV (which is based in Iran) that Iranian forces had ‘identified 290 CIA agents across different countries, forcing the U.S. to form a special committee to reassess its cloak-and-dagger operations’… ‘CIA operatives in those countries were identified and arrested and the contacts of the U.S. intelligence agency with its sources were disrupted in such a way that a committee to assess the failure was set up in America,’ Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said… Iran also blamed the U.S. for an attack in September on its military parade where gunmen killed 25 people and wounded around 70, CNBC reported.… ‘All of those small mercenary countries that we see in this region are backed by America. It is Americans who instigate them and provide them with necessary means to commit these crimes,’ (Iranian President) Rouhani said… The CIA has admitted that in the 1950s they hired Iranians to pose as Communists and stage bombings in Iran in order to turn the country against its democratically-elected prime minister Mohammed Mossadegh. So the argument that the CIA would never arm terrorists, let alone give them explosives, is null and void. The question is, would they do it again and risk world war three?”

The War on Cash Is A War on Liberty — Let’s Stop It! (20 min) – Ron Paul Liberty Report

US State Department publishes, then deletes sadistic Venezuela hit list boasting of economic ruin – by Anya Parampil – https://thegrayzone.com/2019/05/06/us-state-department-publishes-then-deletes-sadistic-venezuela-hit-list-boasting-of-economic-ruin/ – “The State Department’s economic hit list: Entitled “U.S. Actions on Venezuela,” the document boasted that U.S. policy had effectively prevented the Venezuelan government from participating in the international market and has led to the freezing of its overseas assets. It read like a sadistic celebration of Washington’s retribution against the Venezuelan population as a whole, the kind of collective punishment which is illegal according to Article 33 of the Geneva Conventions… While the State Department praised the opposition for “providing medical and hygiene attention to over 6,000” Venezuelans, those numbers dwarf in comparison to the 300,000 people CEPR ‘estimated to be at risk because of lack of access to medicines or treatment… [including] 80,000 people with HIV who have not had antiretroviral treatment since 2017, 16,000 people who need dialysis, 16,000 people with cancer, and 4 million with diabetes and hypertension.’.. In other words, the supposed “Venezuela Crisis Response Assistance” touted by the State Department is not even a band-aid over the gaping wound that US unilateral coercive measures have inflicted on the country.”

Rachel Maddow endorses regime change in Venezuela to “push Russia back,” sympathizes with Bolton and Pompeo – by Aaron Mate – https://thegrayzone.com/2019/05/06/rachel-maddow-endorses-war-venezuela/ –  The loudest voice among the corporate media hack pack doubling down on Russiagate conspiracies is MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. On May 3, Maddow took her propaganda to an entirely new level of militaristic cheerleading, launching into a rant that offered de-facto encouragement for the current neocon cause-du-jour: regime change in Venezuela… Maddow: …And so, hey John Bolton and hey Mike Pompeo, are you guys enjoying your jobs right now? You each thought your job this week was to name, and shame, and threaten, and counter Russian government involvement in Venezuela while saber-rattling about how everybody else better get out of the way because the US is really mad about it. Guys, turns out your actual job is figuring out how and why you work for a president who says whatever Vladimir Putin tells him.‘ ”

Buzzsaw 20/20 — Trumpocalypse Now? (44 min) – Sean Stone interviews Ben Fulford on the state of the world.

Turkey ‘may go into Syria region despite Russia deal’https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/05/05/595199/Turkey-Syria-Russia-Tel-Rifaat – “Turkey’s Vice President Fuat Oktay made the comments in an interview with broadcaster Kanal 7 on Sunday, a day after cross-border fire from the region claimed the life of a Turkish trooper… ‘The agreement was for us to stop there (Tel Rifaat), but if these attacks continue, this may take a different shape. We are discussing this with Russia,’ Oktay said, without providing further details.”

Julian Assange Tortured with Psychotropic Drug – by Kurt Nimmo – https://www.globalresearch.ca/julian-assange-tortured-psychotropic-drug/5676921 – “The FBI, Pentagon, and CIA are “interviewing” Assange. Kwiatkowski writes: ‘Interviewing is the wrong word. I’d like to say doctoring him, because it would be more accurate, except that word implies some care for a positive outcome. Chemical Gina has her hands in this one, and we are being told that Assange is being “treated” with 3-quinuclidinyl benzilate, known as BZ.’.. BZ is a powerful drug that produces hallucinations… ‘Soldiers on BZ could remember only fragments of the experience afterward. As the drug wore off, and the subjects had trouble discerning what was real, many experienced anxiety, aggression, even terror,’ the New Yorker reported. ‘…The drug’s effect lasted for days. At its peak, volunteers were totally cut off in their own minds, jolting from one fragmented existence to the next. They saw visions: Lilliputian baseball players competing on a tabletop diamond; animals or people or objects that materialized and vanished.’.. Assange is being chemically lobotomized prior to being extradited to the United States to stand trial on bogus computer hacking charges that—and the corporate media won’t tell you this—passed the statute of limitations three years ago (see 18 U.S. Code § 371. Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud United States).”

Arresting Members of the Venezuela Embassy Protection Collective Would Be Unlawful – by Kevin Zeese – https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14443 – “The State Department is on public notice that it will be violating the law if it enters the embassy. Below are messages I sent to the State Department… I am with the Embassy Protection Collective. We are inside the embassy with the permission of the Venezuela government. We have not entered unlawfully nor are we trespassing… We saw the Secret Service outside today taking pictures and I spoke with the officers who told us to stay in touch with David Noordeloos who told me to contact you… International law protects foreign embassies located in the United States – According to Article 22 of the 1961 Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic Relations, foreign embassies should be protected by the United States government and their space should not be violated by the US government. Specifically, international law requires: 1. The premises of the mission shall be inviolable. The agents of the receiving State may not enter them, except with the consent of the head of the mission. 2. The receiving State is under a special duty to take all appropriate steps to protect the premises of the mission against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of the mission or impairment of its dignity. 3. The premises of the mission, their furnishings and other property thereon and the means of transport of the mission shall be immune from search, requisition, attachment or execution… The Trump Administration would be violating the Vienna Convention if it allowed the illegal seizure of the Venezuela embassy. The Election Protection Collective is supporting the people of Venezuela by taking responsibility to ensure that Article 22 of the Vienna Convention is not violated.”

Activists Protect DC Venezuelan Embassy from US-supported Coup – by Medea Benjamin – https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/04/23/activists-protect-dc-venezuelan-embassy-from-us-supported-coup/ – “An extraordinary chapter in the ongoing saga of Venezuela has been taking place, virtually unnoticed, at the Venezuela Embassy that lies in the heart of swanky Georgetown in Washington DC. A group of us, all activists opposed to the prospect of the Venezuelan opposition taking over the Embassy, have been living inside the building for the past two weeks, working side-by-side with the skeletal Venezuela diplomatic staff that has been told by the State Department that they must leave by April 24… Calling ourselves the Embassy Protection Collective, we have been working in the embassy during the day, holding educational events every evening, making banners and signs, and sleeping on couches at night… The Collective has good reason to believe the embassy is under attack. On March 18, representatives of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido took over the military attaché building on 2409 California St. in Washington DC, with the help of the DC Police and Secret Service. On that same day, they also took over the Venezuelan Consulate in New York City.”

Protesters Reportedly Tried to Break Into Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DChttps://sputniknews.com/us/201905041074693512-protesters-reportedly-storm-venezuela-embassy/ – “The supporters of opposition leader and self-proclaimed president of Venezuela Juan Guaido had been gathering outside the Venezuela embassy for several days, however, it seems that they have now taken action… Videos show the protesters occupying the exits into the Venezuela embassy and trying to break in. Sputnik Journalist Morgan Artyukhina posted a series of videos of the protesters. In the videos they are shown gathered around the embassy, using flashlights to lure out the staff and beam into the faces of the crowd that gathered near the embassy to support legitimate president Nicolas Maduro… The protesters also reportedly were sexually assaulting Maduro supporters, while loudly shouting insults… Reporter, Alex Rubinstein, who apparently was inside the embassy, also posted a letter from the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, urging the Washington DC Police Department, US Department of State and the Secret Service to prevent violent actions against the embassy and its staff. However, according to witnesses, no forces have been sent to the scene to control the protesters so far.” – Comment: One woman was arrested yesterday for “throwing projectiles” when she tossed a loaf of bread up to the very hungry people defending the embassy.

Why The Powerful Always Paint Their Side As The Victims – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/why-the-powerful-always-paint-their-side-as-the-victims-7c59d06fe5fd – “On Friday Israel began a two-day attack on Gaza which as of this writing has left a total of 27 Palestinians dead, including a pregnant woman and a baby… Moon of Alabama documents how the mass media have been consistently depicting this attack as a “response” to a Hamas rocket attack, suggesting that Hamas were the initial aggressors and Israel merely responded in self-defense, yet Hamas is very open about the fact that the rocket attack was done in retaliation for two Palestinian civilians who were killed by Israeli snipers. MoA cites an excerpt from a 2011 Louis Allday blog on Israel’s extensive history of painting all of its aggressions as acts of self-defense: ‘If one consults only mainstream media for information on the conflict in Palestine, what is immediately striking is that Israel appears to be in a permanent state of “retaliation” — a phrase which immediately confers at least a modicum of legitimacy or justification upon the act to which it refers. Israel is never presented as the aggressor and however much its actions are condemned — which they are by some mainstream sources — they are invariably portrayed as a reaction to some form of provocation. Conversely, missiles launched from the Gaza Strip or southern Lebanon are habitually portrayed as “attacks” — never “retaliations,” even if Israel has launched a devastating missile strike immediately prior to the event — as so often is the case.’ ”

Ambush on Venezuelan Military Commission Leaves 3 Deadhttps://www.telesurenglish.net//news/Ambush-on-Venezuelan-Military-Commission-Leaves-3-Dead-20190504-0022.html# – “An attack on military commission left three troops dead in Venezuela. An unrecognized group of heavily armed people ambushed a mixed military commission early this Saturday morning… An ambush against a mixed military commission in the early hours of Saturday left three troops dead on the Magdaleno Highway in the city of Palo Negro in the state of Aragua, Venezuela… The Venezuelan Minister of Defense condemned these as coup actions… After an exchange of shots fired with an unrecognized group of heavily armed individuals, the brigadier general of the Bolivarian Military Aviation (AMB), Jackson Silva Zapata, and two officers of the Aragua Police identified as Bruno Manuel Benavidez, 34, were killed. and Jesús Eduardo Arraiz Sánchez, 30, both with the rank of chief officer.” (emphasis added) – Comment: I would say that the war against Venezuela has now started in earnest.

Playing Chicken In The Straits Of Hormuz – Red Lines And War Talk (video 22min) – Ron Paul Liberty Report

US Sends Carrier Strike Group To “Deter” Iranhttps://southfront.org/us-sends-carrier-strike-group-to-deter-iran/ – “According to CNN, Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan approved the deployment due to ‘clear indications that Iranian and Iranian proxy forces are making preparations to possibly attack US forces in the region (Middle East).’ Most recently, according to USNI’s tracker, the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge and its escorts were in the Persian Gulf as of April 29th… Department of Defense spokesman Chris Sherwood told CNN in a statement, ‘I can confirm that the Department of Defense is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the U.S. Central Command region.’ ”

Syrian Army Starts Offensive Actions In Northwestern Hama. At Least 2 Villages Reportedly Liberatedhttps://southfront.org/syrian-army-starts-offensive-actions-in-northwestern-hama-at-least-2-villages-liberated/ – “According to appearing reports, government forces have already liberated the villages of al-Bana and al-Janabira. Pro-militant sources report that the SAA is attacking Tell Ottman amid heavy bombardment of “opposition” positions in the nearby areas… On May 4, the Russian military released a statement saying that militant groups led by Hayat Tahir al-Sham are working to create a strike force in southern Idlib. According to the statement, there was a real threat that militants may use this strike force to attack government positions in the nearby area.” – Comment: We will likely be hearing a lot about this from Western media soon.

Fake news alert: CNN says Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido ‘won election in January’https://www.rt.com/usa/458507-cnn-fake-news-venezuela/ – “CNN took the concept of “fake news” to a whole new level with a recent report on Venezuela, in which it claimed that citizens “chose” coup leader Juan Guaido over current president Nicolas Maduro in January “elections.” ” – Comment: This kind of lying is what is called “Black Propaganda.” 1) The Venezuelan Presidential elections were in May 2018 ; 2) Juan Guaido did not run in them. As of one week before the U.S. proclaimed him “Interim President” in February, more than 80% of Venezuelans had never heard of him, according to a poll. 3) Guaido’s party boycotted the elections, which Maduro won overwhelmingly.

Khmeimim airbase shelled by DOZENS of rocketshttps://www.rt.com/news/458510-russian-khmeimim-base-syria-shelling/ – “Syrian militants fired 36 rockets at Russia’s Khmeimim airbase in two attacks on Monday, but both were repelled by the air defenses with no damage dealt, the Russian military said, adding that jets launched strikes in response… The shelling came from the Idlib de-escalation zone, controlled by the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group (formerly known as Al-Nusra Front), the head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria, Maj. Gen. Viktor Kupchishin, said… The militants used a drone to direct their fire, but the attacks were repelled by Khmeimim’s air defense systems.”

Web Research Links for the Week of 4/29/19

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Syrian Army Strikes Turkish Observation Post In Northwestern Hama, Casualties Reported (Videos) – https://southfront.org/syrian-army-strikes-turkish-observation-post-in-northwestern-hama-casualties-reported-videos/ – “If the attack is confirmed, this development will be a clear evidence that the army and its allies are planning to launch a large-scale military operation around Idlib, in order to put an end to the repeated attacks on terrorist groups hiding there.”

Venezuela – Forensics Of A Clownish Coup – (Updated) – by Moon of Alabama – https://www.moonofalabama.org/2019/05/venezuela-forensics-of-a-clownish-coup.html#more  – A whole lot of interesting tidbits (if you’re into that) on the recent Guaido/Lopez coup attempt in Caracas. Moon of Alabama is a unique source, not without a sense of humor.

From the You-Can’t-Make-This-Stuff-Up Desk: Juan Guaidó en GQ México Mayo 2019 (45 seconds) – Don’t miss Guaido’s energy-balancing bracelet!

From the Official-State-Propaganda Desk: China, Turkey, India Silent on Buying Iran’s Oil as US Ban Beginshttps://www.voanews.com/a/china-turkey-india-silent-on-buying-iran-oil-as-us-ban-begins/4902098.html – “Iran’s biggest likely remaining oil customers, China, Turkey and India, were silent about purchases of Iranian crude Thursday as a total U.S. ban on such trade took effect, leaving their next moves a mystery… Speaking to reporters Thursday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said diversifying Ankara’s oil sources in a short time “does not seem possible.” – “This would have a cost. However you look at it, the unilateral decision made by the U.S. is adversely affecting everyone,” Cavusoglu said. ‘The U.S. should review its decisions.’ ”

‘Activism Works’: UK Parliament Makes History in Declaring Climate Emergency – “Now we must act on it” – by Andrea Germanos – https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/01/activism-works-uk-parliament-makes-history-declaring-climate-emergency – “The U.K. Parliament made history on Wednesday by becoming the first to declare an environment and climate emergency… MPs in the House of Commons passed the motion put forth by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn following debate… ‘This can set off a wave of action from parliaments and governments around the globe,’ Corbyn said in a statement, which called attention to the recent wave of actions demanding urgent action on the climate crisis… ‘Protesters and school-strikers told us to act,’ he said. ‘Governments never act without pressure and we must keep the pressure up. I’m proud that the Labour Party brought this motion to the House, and now we will carry on this work by developing our plans to deliver a Green Industrial Revolution.’.. ‘Now it’s time for real action to tackle climate change,’ Labour added on Twitter.”

Netanyahu’s Israel will declare an apartheid state. Will the West do nothing? – by Gideon Levy – https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/netanyahus-israel-will-declare-apartheid-state-will-west-do-nothing – “Israel, though, has changed during the course of Netanyahu’s long reign. This talented Israeli statesman is leaving his mark on the profile of his country, with deep and lasting effect – more so than anticipated or even apparent… Yes, it’s true that leftist governments in Israel also did their utmost to preserve the Israeli occupation forever and had no intention, not for one moment, of ever bringing it to an end – but Netanyahu is taking Israel much farther afield, to places even more extreme… He is damaging what constitutes acceptable governance within Israel’s recognised sovereign territory, even with respect to its Jewish citizens. The very face of the “only democracy in “the Middle East”, which has long functioned mainly to the benefit of Jewish Israelis who comprise its privileged class, is being altered now by Netanyahu and company… So the question is now: are you prepared to go along with this? Will you remain silent, stay mute, lend your support, and turn a blind eye to reality?.. Those of you who are most concerned for Israel’s future should be the first to wake up and draw the required conclusions. Indeed, every person of conscience ought to be doing that.”

“Nightmare Come True”: Amazon Launches Freight Brokerage, Slashes Prices By 30% – by Tyler Durden –  https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-28/nightmare-come-true-amazon-launches-freight-brokerage-slashes-prices-30 – In what is being called a “nightmare come true” for freight brokers and carriers, Amazon did what it traditionally does every time it enters a new market, and took its own digital freight brokerage platform live while undercutting prevailing market prices by 26% to 33% in the latest deflationary race to the pricing bottom in order to grab market share, according to FreightWaves… Amazon explained the company’s strategy by stating: ‘The advantages that then come from disintermediation and the monetization of those capabilities are secondary to the immediate need of self-preservation, but then serve to feed very critical needs of Amazon’s ability to continue to succeed. This innovation and growth then manifests as continuously evolving towards the ability to sell everything and anything that is or can be sold. That’s the true Amazon flywheel: disintermediate to survive; monetize to fund innovation; innovate to grow; disintermediate to survive…’ ”

Who Is Leopoldo Lopez, Co-Author of Venezuela’s Failed Coup?https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Who-Is-Leopoldo-Lopez-Co-Author-of-Venezuelas-Failed-Coup-20190501-0001.html – “In 2002, Lopez was considered one of the main orchestrators of the coup against Hugo Chavez. Later he was accused of organizing the arrest of Interior Minister Ramon Rodriguez (Note: There is video of Lopez bragging about his involvement in the coup)… Lopez attempted to distance himself from the coup attempt against Chavez after the conspirators failed to overthrow the government… His last years as mayor were filled with controversy due to corruption acts and foreign dealings which went against the state. In 2008, Lopez was barred from running for the mayor of Chacao position, along with several of his political allies… A few months after Nicolas Maduro’s electoral victory in April 2013, Lopez returned to the U.S., spoke to Venezuelan expats and began to preach about ‘the exit’ of the leftist elected government… ‘We have to hurry the exit of the government… Nicolas Maduro must go out sooner than later from the Venezuelan government. Nicolas Maduro and all his supporters,’ Lopez said and added that ‘from my point of view, the method is secondary, what is important is the determination to reach our goals at any cost.’ ” (emphasis added)

Russian And Syrian Warplanes Carried Out More Than 100 Airstrikes On Terrorist Positions In Last 24 Hours (Videos) – https://southfront.org/russian-and-syrian-warplanes-carried-out-more-than-hundred-airstrikes-in-last-24-hours-videos/ – “Earlier, terrorists stationed in the demilitarized zone around Idlib launched 35 rockets at the Russian Hmeimim airbase on the Syrian coast killing a civilian and injuring many others. Civilian areas in northern Hama and in the city of Aleppo were also shelled… Syrian pro-government sources are claiming that these airstrikes are a part of the ongoing perpetrations for a large-scale military operation around Idlib. However, local observers believe that the Russia is still committed to the demilitarized zone agreement with Turkey.”

About That Letter That Mueller Wrote To Barr… – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-30/about-letter-mueller-wrote-barr – “Or maybe not, and perhaps the WaPo/NYT report is not “so bad” if one actually reads it, because once the breathless WaPo finally does come up for air, we get to paragraph 13 – a point by which most readers have turned out – to read the following real punchline in the WaPo report: ‘When Barr pressed Mueller on whether he thought Barr’s memo to Congress was inaccurate, Mueller said he did not… So, Mueller felt there was confusion… but he did not think the memo was inaccurate. Wait, what’s going on here and how is this even a story? Well, if we read the rest of the above sentence, we find the true object of Mueller’s “complaint”: ‘[Mueller] felt that the media coverage of it was misinterpreting the investigation, officials said.” (emphasis added)

The Donald (or perhaps The Cabal) Speaks: Don’t call it a coup. Venezuelans have a right to replace an oppressive, toxic regime – (from Whitehouse email): https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dont-call-it-a-coup-venezuelans-have-a-right-to-replace-an-oppressive-toxic-regime/2019/04/30/145770f0-6b69-11e9-a66d-a82d3f3d96d5_story.html – “Therefore, whatever its ultimate outcome or, indeed, its strategic wisdom, Tuesday’s uprising is not a “coup attempt,” as the Maduro regime, echoed by too many people abroad, calls it. Rather, it is the latest in a series of legitimate and, for the most part, nonviolent efforts by Venezuelans, both civilian and military, to throw off an oppressive, toxic regime so that they can freely elect a legitimate government. Supporters of freedom and democracy should stand in solidarity with Mr. Guaidó and the many thousands of Venezuelans now bravely asserting their rights.” – Comment: Do “Americans” have the right to replace “an oppressive toxic” regime? Should they be “bravely asserting their rights?” Oh yeah, forgot, U.S. “citizens” don’t have anything but civil rights, right to replace regimes not included…

From the Slippery-Slope Desk: US Vows To Get More Tactical Nuclear Weapons To “Contain Russia,” Tests Minuteman III ICBMhttps://southfront.org/us-vows-to-get-more-tactical-nuclear-weapons-to-contain-russia-tests-minuteman-iii-icbm/ – ” ‘The reason why we decided to follow the path of low-power nuclear weapons is that we are looking at what the Russians are doing in particular, and this is of great concern,’ Trachtenberg said.’.. Trachtenberg added that the United States does not want to cause an “escalation of the highest level.”.. ‘We do this not to lower our threshold for the use of nuclear weapons. But in order to raise the threshold in the minds of an adversary or a potential adversary,’ the Pentagon representative said… The development and deployment of low-power nuclear charges is provided for by the US nuclear doctrine adopted by President Donald Trump… The test demonstrates that the United States’ nuclear deterrent is modern, robust, flexible, ready and appropriately tailored to deter 21st-century threats and reassure our allies. Test launches are not a response or reaction to world events or regional tensions,” the US Air Force statement said.(emphasis added) – Comment: No worries, folks, it’s only 5D chess…

Saudi Arabia Looking For New Executioners As Its Set To Break the Execution Record in 2019https://southfront.org/saudi-arabia-looking-for-new-executioners-as-its-set-to-break-the-execution-record-in-2019/ – “No special qualifications are needed for the jobs whose main role is “executing a judgement of death” but also involves performing amputations on those convicted of lesser offences… The job advertisement for eight executioners was reportedly published on the civil service jobs portal… The Kingdom was looking for executioners back in 2015, with more or less the same advertisement, according to reports… It would appear that adhering to the Sharia-law and executing people when ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman isn’t the most attractive position… Since the start of 2014, Saudi Arabia has executed almost 600 people. In 2018 the number sat at 140… Statistics project that more than 170 people will be executed in 2019, which would be a record for modern times.” – Comment: They’re off to a good start.

Venezuela – Random Guyaidó’s New Coup Attempt Turns Out to Be A Dangerous Joke – by Moon of Alabama – https://www.moonofalabama.org/2019/04/venezuela-random-guyaid%C3%B3-launches-new-coup-attempt.htmlA compilation of news bites assembled throughout the day of the failed coup, May 1st.

Couple Spends 20 Years Planting an Entire Forest and Animals Have Returned – By Kelly Richman-Abdou – https://mymodernmet.com/sebastiao-salgado-forest/ – “Nearly 30 years ago, Brazilian photojournalist Sebastião Ribeiro Salgado returned from East Africa, where he was on location documenting the horrors of the Rwanda genocide. Following this traumatizing project, Salgado was to take over his family’s sprawling cattle ranch in Minas Gerais—a region he remembered as a lush and lively rainforest. Unfortunately, the area had undergone a drastic transformation; only about 0.5% was covered in trees, and all of the wildlife had disappeared. ‘The land,’ he tells The Guardian, ‘was as sick as I was.’.. Then, his wife Lélia had an idea: they should replant the forest. In order to support this seemingly impossible cause, the couple set up the Instituto Terra, an “environmental organization dedicated to the sustainable development of the Valley of the River Doce,” in 1998. Over the next several years, the Salgados and the Instituto Terra team slowly but surely rebuilt the 1,754-acre forest, transforming it from a barren plot of land to a tropical paradise.”

Pompeo: US Ready For “Military Action” In Venezuela If It’s Needed To Restore “Democracy”https://southfront.org/pompeo-us-ready-for-military-action-in-venezuela-if-its-needed-to-restore-democracy/ – ” ‘If the question is, is the United States prepared to consider military action if that’s what it takes to restore the democracy there in Venezuela, the [US] president’s been consistent and unambiguous about that, that the option to use military force is available if that’s what is ultimately called for,” Pompeo told Fox News on May 1.” – Comment: The Florida Maquis video linked above shows two large flotillas (total 50 large vessels) off the North coast of Venezuela, and 2 Aircraft Carrier Groups are headed South from both the West and East coasts of North Amercica.

Leopoldo López Emerges from House Arrest to Bless Failed Coup and Invite US Gov’t into Guaidó Regime – As his statement yesterday and his past have revealed, Leopoldo López’s machinations will be in service to the U.S. government, his greatest political patron, as opposed to the people of his country – by Whitney Webb – https://www.mintpressnews.com/leopoldo-lopez-invites-us-guaido-regime/258056/ – “According to Bloomberg reporter Andrew Rosati, who was present for López’s and Guaidó’s announcement of the now-failed “military uprising,” López told him and other foreign reporters that he and Guaidó — after speaking to high-ranking government officials throughout the Americas and their political allies within Venezuela — wanted the United States government to be a part of the government they hope to install if they succeed in ousting Venezuela’s current president, Nicolás Maduro… The claim received very little media attention, given the day’s events, despite the fact that López, long believed to be the power behind Guaidó and the architect of his rise to power, stated that Guaidó’s parallel government would aim to essentially turn the country into a colony of the United States. López did not elaborate as to the extent of the role he and Guaidó hoped to see the U.S. play in a future Venezuelan government. Yet, any planned role for the U.S. government in Venezuela’s government would gravely undermine Venezuela’s national sovereignty and any semblance of independence of a future Guaidó-led administration… López’s statement stands in stark contrast to Guaidó’s public claims that he seeks to return political power to the Venezuelan people from the “dictator” and “usurper,” Guaidó’s words of choice to describe the recently re-elected Maduro. Indeed, it seems to have been a surprisingly honest admission from López that reveals that Guaidó’s parallel government — the existence of which was prompted by a phone call from U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to Guaidó — is actively seeking to install foreign-directed rule in Venezuela.”

From the Jumping-The-Shark Desk: Russia put nuclear missiles in Venezuela, Rep. Diaz-Balart suggests – by Victor Garcia – https://www.foxnews.com/world/rep-diaz-balart-russia-put-nuclear-missiles-in-venezuela – “Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., appeared on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Tuesday and made a case for backing opposition to disputed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and suggested that Russia had installed nuclear missiles in the South American nation… ‘Imagine if this regime that now is receiving a lot of international pressure survives, is it or is it not potentially a green light, an open door for the Russians and for the Chinese and for others to increase their activity against our national security interest right here in our hemisphere,’ Diaz-Balart told Carlson… ‘The United States, the closest we ever came to nuclear war was because the Russians put missiles, right, nuclear missiles in Cuba,’ Diaz-Balart said… ‘Are you saying the Russians will put nuclear missiles in Venezuela?’ Carlson asked… ‘What I am suggesting is that they are already there,’ Diaz-Balart said. He did not offer any evidence. Russia famously landed a nuclear-capable bomber (as if that means anything at all – “nuclear capable” bombers cannot carry ICBM’s) in the country late last year and recently confirmed that it has military personnel in the country.” (emphasis added)Comment: Just like the U.S. has troops in 2/3’s of all the countries in the world. If you’re interested in plumbing the depths of the insanity of DC, article includes a jaw-dropping 7 minute video of Carlson’s segment.

5*1*19~IDENTITY OF THE D.C. OPERATIVE IN VENEZUELA REVEALED(!)MONTHS LONG PLOT TOTALLY UNRAVELED(!) (14 min) – by Florida Maquis

$1 Billion In Iranian Crude Is Stranded At A Chinese Port – by Tyler Durden –  https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-30/1-billion-iranian-crude-stranded-chinese-port – Regardless of what happens to the oil, the incident serves as a reminder of the many annoyances that US sanctions create for its geopolitical rivals. Every barrel of China has sitting offshore that its refineries can’t touch is one more reason for Beijing to pursue the creation of an alternative payments channel that’s outside of American control…and more incentive for Chinese refineries, at the government’s behest, to push exporters to accept payment in yuan, something that the Shanghai-traded, yuan-denominated oil futures have already incentivized… The US should acknowledge the perverse incentives for de-dollarization that its own policies have created – something that one of America’s favorite boogeyman has labeled a “colossal strategic mistake.”

Beyond Smart Cities: The Role of Utilities in Enabling Smart Regions – Thanks to their scale and infrastructure, electric utilities can play a central role in creating smart regions, and reap the benefits – by Benson Chan – https://www.tdworld.com/smart-utility/beyond-smart-cities-role-utilities-enabling-smart-regions – “Utilities are ideal smart region builders. They operate in and service large geographic regions that span multiple counties and hundreds of cities. They have deep customer knowledge and established relationships with every city and county in the region. They have infrastructure, personnel and facilities throughout the region. More importantly, some of that existing infrastructure, such as distribution poles, streetlights and AMI networks, are ideal platforms to build new smart services quickly and economically… This opportunity calls for the utility company to place IoT sensors and controllers on their poles, streetlights and towers, and offer it to cities as a managed smart city service. One example is to place streetlight controllers (and dimmers) onto existing LED streetlights, and then offering it to the city as “streetlight as a service”. Other smart city devices, such as air quality monitors, pedestrian and vehicle counters/trackers, cameras, EV charging, and digital signage, can be offered as a service in the future.” (emphasis added) – Comment: Regional plans will use laws already on the books in many states to over-ride planning decisions at local county and municipal levels. This article does not mention how utility corporations may profit from these activities.

JPMorgan: We Are Fast Approaching The Point Where Banks Run Out Of Liquidity – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-27/jpmorgan-we-are-approaching-point-again-where-us-banks-run-out-liquidity – “Last week we first noted that something unexpected has been going on in overnight funding markets: ever since March 20, the Effective Fed Funds rate has been trading above the IOER. This was unexpected for the simple reason that it is not supposed to happen by definition… As a reminder, ever since the financial crisis, in order to push the effective fed funds rate above zero at a time of trillions in excess reserves, the Fed was compelled to create a corridor system for the fed funds rate which was bound on the bottom and top by two specific rates controlled by the Federal Reserve: the corridor “floor” was the overnight reverse repurchase rate (ON-RRP) which usually coincides with the lower bound of the fed funds rate, while on top, the effective fed funds rate is bound by the rate the Fed pays on Excess Reserves (IOER), i.e., the corridor “ceiling.”.. Or at least that’s the theory. In practice, the effective FF tends to occasionally diverge from this corridor, and when it does, it prompts fears that the Fed is losing control over the most important instrument available to it: the price of money, which is set via the fed funds rate. And ever since March 20, this fear is front and center because as shown in the chart below, starting on March 20, the effective Fed Funds rate rose above the IOER first by just 1 basis point, and then, last Friday spiked as much as 4 bps above IOER… In short, there is still some $1.4 trillion in excess reserve sloshing in the financial system as a remnant from the trillions in liquidity generated by the Fed but, drumroll, it is no longer enough to ensure that the US financial system won’t suffer some “unexpected event.”.. In short: we are slowly but surely approaching that moment when the US financial system will yet again be the catalyst for the next crisis. Until then, keep a very close eye on total borrowings under the Fed’s discount window: once it spikes from its 8 year slumber, all bets are off.” (emphasis added)

So It Begins: Moscow to Grant Russian Citizenship to Inhabitants of East Ukraine Rebel Republics – by Marko Marjanović – https://russia-insider.com/en/so-it-begins-moscow-grant-russian-citizenship-inhabitants-east-ukraine-rebel-republics/ri26874 – “Kiev can’t reclaim rebel Donbass without the help of Russia, but there isn’t and will likely never be a Ukrainian politician self-assured enough to take the political risk of granting Donbass autonomy to do it, and Kremlin for its own domestic political reasons can’t push the rebels under Kiev without it, even if it wanted to… That makes Minsk dead, under Zelensky as much as under Poroshenko. Moscow likely held off on the citizenship/passport decision to avoid unnecessarily boosting Poroshenko in the election, but that it didn’t even wait for Zelensky to be sworn in, goes to show it understands the latter isn’t fundamentally different. In reality Zelensky shares the exact same nationalist approach on East Ukraine, he just focused on the economy and corruption more — something that Poroshenko who had failed on these two could not do.”

Blackwater Founder Calling For 5,000 Mercenaries To Topple Maduro – by Tyler Durden  – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-30/blackwater-founder-calling-5000-mercenaries-topple-venezuelas-maduro – “Prince has reportedly sought access to Trump administration officials to whom he’s attempting to pitch the whole operation, said to involve some 5,000 soldiers-for-hire to be used by opposition leader Juan Guaido, according to multiple sources who spoke to Reuters. The controversial private security CEO has sought investments from both Trump supporters and wealthy Venezuelan exiles, and reportedly held meetings over the plan as recently as mid-April… Reuters’ sources described some of the details of the proposed Venezuela coup plan as follows: ‘The two sources with direct knowledge of Prince’s pitch said it calls for starting with intelligence operations and later deploying 4,000 to 5,000 soldiers-for-hire from Colombia and other Latin American nations to conduct combat and stabilization operations.’ ”

This just happened in CA! LΑSΞRS, MICRΟWΑVES and D.Ξ.W.s…Oh my. (16 min) – Very interesting composition of the armaments of General Dynamics “Stryker” fighting vehicles on a 1 mile long train filmed near Sacramento, California.

US Presidential Election 2020 – Big Pharma Vs Trump… – by Tim Bolen – https://bolenreport.com/us-presidential-election-2020-big-pharma-vs-trump/ – “YOU Donald, are America’s only hope to actually fix US health care… The Democrats are useless for this issue and are ONLY interested in a one-size-fits-all drugs, drugs, vaccines, drugs, drugs, drugs, vaccines, drugs, drugs, vaccines, drugs, vaccines, more vaccines, more drugs, and drugs to counter the too-many-drugs-problem… Big Pharma and the Democrats: It does not matter which Democratic Party presidential candidate wins their Primary election.  California has shown us that every one of them is already owned by Big Pharma… Every one.”

4*30*19~THE EVENT,…THAT WASN’T…*FIZZLE FIZZLE…FAIL! (12 min) – This video from the Florida Maquis briefly lays out the real nature of the failed “coup” attempt by Washington DC and its puppet “random guy” Juan Guaido and Guaido’s mentor Leopoldo Lopez, who’s now in hiding in the Chilean embassy in Caracas. Easy to watch at 1.5x speed. The Maquis comments that the now famous scene of the armored vehicle jumping the median and injuring people was possibly not Venezuelan military but a defector – Ryan Cristian of The Last American Vagabond showed evidence on yesterday’s Daily Wrap-up that armored vehicles were hijacked by army deserters, so I’d say it’s likely that they attacked their own supporters for propaganda purposes. Anyway, this was a MUCH SMALLER exercise on the part of the regime-change team than has been indicated by the compromised MSM.

California Mayor Admits Local Government Has “Lost Control” of 5G Rollout – by Derrick Broze – https://theconsciousresistance.com/2019/03/california-mayor-admits-local-government-has-lost-control-of-5g-rollout/ – “During a recent city council meeting the Mayor of Danville, California admitted that the council had “lost control” of the 5G rollout to the federal government and Big Wireless… On March 6, the Danville Town Council voted four to one to block a permit for an upcoming small cell wireless installation by Verizon. During the meeting, Danville Mayor Robert Storer stated that the vote was an effort to stand up to the federal government and telecommunications companies, like Verizon… The Danville Town Council’s decision to deny the land use-permit for the small cell opens the town to possible lawsuits from Verizon… ‘We’ve made a lot of difficult decisions over the years, and this one is right up there in my top three. But that is exactly why somebody elects us to do the right things,’ Mayor Robert Storer said during the council meeting. ‘We’ve lost local control and this says: ‘You know what? We are sick of this and we’re not going to just sit here and be bulled over.’ We say no; we play our cards out. We’ve been in

Trans Teen Gets Court Order Against ‘Misgendering’ Dad: Words Are Violence – by Michael Lee – https://pluralist.com/canada-court-dad-misgendering-transgender-teen-violence/ – “A transgender teenager last week convinced a Canadian judge to make his dad stop “misgendering” him…In the April 15 protection order, British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Francesca Marzari’s said the father was “harming his child” by refusing to accept his male gender identity. She barred him from continuing to “misgender” or “deadname” the biological girl in public or private… In court documents, the father was identified only as CD, and the 14-year-old child was called AB… ‘I find that his father’s expressions of rejection of AB’s gender identity, both publicly and privately, constitutes family violence against AB,’ Marzari said. ‘Finally, I find that CD’s conduct in this regard is persistent and unlikely to cease in the absence of a clear order to restrain it.’ ” (emphasis added)

Sri Lanka: Supposed ‘ISIS’ Attack Targets Another Ally of China – by Tony Cartalucci –  https://21stcenturywire.com/2019/04/25/sri-lanka-supposed-isis-attack-targets-another-ally-of-china/ –  ‘Sri Lanka has recently and decisively pivoted toward Beijing as a major partner of the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative. This is despite Washington’s best efforts to prevent it from doing so… Consequently, extremists fuelled by Washington’s “clash of civilizations” have helped set the stage for growing violence between Sir Lanka’s majority Buddhists and its minority Muslim communities. The resulting violence serves as a medium for US coercion, destabilization, and intervention aimed at undermining Sri Lanka’s unity as a nation, and thus its viability as a partner for China… A nearly identical ploy has been used in nearby Myanmar where US-backed Buddhist extremists battle against US-Saudi-Qatari backed extremism rising from the ranks of the nation’s Muslim Rohingya minority… The resulting violence and growing humanitarian crisis – without coincidence – is unfolding in Myanmar’s Rakhine state – precisely where China is attempting to build another leg of its region-spanning OBOR initiative.” (underlined emphasis added)

Coup fizzles? Guaido’s mentor seeks refuge in Chile’s Venezuela embassy –  https://www.rt.com/news/457985-venezuela-coup-fizzles-lopez-chile/ – “Lopez had been under house arrest since 2017, but was seen at the side of Guaido – who had declared himself “interim president” of Venezuela in January – on Tuesday morning, as supporters of the US-backed opposition sought to take control of Caracas by force… By the afternoon, however, Chilean Foreign MInister Roberto Ampuero tweeted that Lopez, his wife Lilian Tintori, and their daughter were “guests” of the Chilean diplomatic mission in Caracas, adding that “Chile reaffirms commitment to Venezuelan democrats.” – Comment: Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy…

$220,000 For Every Man, Woman And Child – America Is Now 72 Trillion Dollars In Debt – by Michael Snyder – http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/220000-for-every-man-woman-and-child-america-is-now-72-trillion-dollars-in-debt – “So if you have a family of four, your share of all this debt is $880,000… This debt bubble has been growing much, much faster than the overall economy for a very long time.  When Ronald Reagan took office the total amount of debt in our system was less than 5 trillion dollars, and when George W. Bush took office the total amount of debt in our system was just over 29 trillion dollars… Just prior to the last financial crisis we surpassed the 54 trillion dollar mark, and so since that time we have added nearly 18 trillion dollars to our total… Of course all of this debt will never actually be paid off.  The only thing left to do is to keep this debt bubble going for as long as possible, and the only way to do that is to keep it growing at a faster pace than the overall economy is growing.” (emphasis added)

UPS helps big pharma: Vaccines made ‘easy’ for all adults in their home – by Sara Middleton – https://www.naturalhealth365.com/vaccines-ups-2955.html – “What is this news exactly?  In short, it’s a new pilot vaccination project between UPS and vaccine manufacturer Merck. The pilot intends to ship vaccines all over the country and have them administered by “professionals” within your very own home… Concerned about vaccines?  ‘Don’t worry’ says big pharma and UPS, as they roll out plans to make it easier to get vaccinated – but, at what cost?.. These days, the world’s largest package delivery service seems all too willing to push their nose into the American people’s private lives and medical decision-making… According to an article recently published by major news outlet Reuters, ‘UPS is targeting a larger slice of the $85 billion outsourced healthcare logistics market.’  By outsourced, this means “home delivery” health – aka taking the vaccination propaganda on the road… In other words, UPS will be teaming up with major pharmaceutical powerhouses to get vaccines delivered straight to a person’s very own house – no doubt with the ultimate goal of bringing vaccines past as many thresholds as possible in America.”

Wealthy Elitists Freak Out As Hordes Of Homeless People Take Over Their Neighborhoods All Over The West Coast – by Michael Snyder –  https://www.activistpost.com/2019/04/wealthy-elitists-freak-out-as-hordes-of-homeless-people-take-over-their-neighborhoods-all-over-the-west-coast.html – “With all of the money that they have, you would think that the major cities on the West Coast would be showing the rest of the nation how to deal with homelessness, but instead things continue to get worse with each passing year… And of course what we have seen so far is just the beginning.  During the next recession, the homelessness crisis will be far, far worse than it is today… America should not have more than half a million people living in the streets, but we do, and those in power do not seem to have any solutions.” (emphasis added)

Web Research Links for the Week of 4/22/19

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Verizon Announces 20 More U.S. Cities to Get 5G Despite Telecom Admitting No Studies Say It’s Safe, Widespread Opposition, 5G Failure, and Future Lawsuits – by B.N. Frank –  https://www.activistpost.com/2019/04/verizon-announces-20-more-u-s-cities-to-get-5g-despite-telecom-admitting-no-studies-say-its-safe-widespread-opposition-5g-failure-and-future-lawsuits.htmlVerizon acknowledged in 2014 that future lawsuits and settlements were probable due to their cell phones and towers.  But whatever.  On Thursday, they released the names of 20 additional U.S. cities that will get 5G Ultra Wideband service in 2019: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Des Moines, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Little Rock, Memphis, Phoenix, Providence, San Diego, Salt Lake City and Washington DC.  That’s right – other U.S. cities already have 5G from Verizon and other telecom companies (See 1, 2New Yorkers were complaining about it last summer because they were becoming sick from it and their pets were too… On top of that – some Verizon 5G projects are already failing and more are predicted to fail.  Of course, since American taxpayers seem to have paid for 5G anyway, why should Verizon care?.. From CBS Sacramento, “Research Firm Believes Verizon 5G Home In Sacramento May Not Succeed”: Sacramento is one of four US cities where Verizon began rolling out fixed wireless broadband last October and an analysis conducted specifically in Sacramento by Moffett Nathanson Research suggests that nearly six months later, fewer than one tenth of one percent of people living in single family homes here have signed up for the service. The study concedes that while multi-family dwellings could boost the percentage, it was not possible to determine the number of subscribers in large apartment and condominium complexes… The research revealed that the 273 small 5G cell sites installed by Verizon under an agreement with the city of Sacramento cover less than six percent of residential addresses in the seven zip codes analyzed — and of those eligible addresses, fewer than half have signed on with Verizon…A previous analysis of Verizon 5G Home in Sacramento by EJL Wireless Research focused on the technical challenges facing the service which uses millimeter wave technology with a very short range. The author of that report estimated Verizon would need as many as 4,000 5G sites to adequately cover Sacramento… While addressing the technical issues involving Verizon 5G Home, the Moffett Nathanson analysis focuses more on the potential profitability of the service. The report concludes that Verizon’s assumption that wireless broadband is cheaper to deploy than fiber is flawed, and offers a model showing the cost of running fiber to subscribers’ homes system-wide could actually be 64 percent cheaper than installing small cell wireless.” (underlined emphasis added)

Crowngate: The Greatest Criminal Conspiracy in U.S. History – by John Barnwell – https://aim4truth.org/2019/04/28/crowngate-the-greatest-criminal-conspiracy-in-u-s-history/Comment: More juicy Spy-vs-Spy tidbits than you can shake a stick at…

An alternate view on our “Rosy” economy: The Real Unemployment Number Reaches Highest Level Ever Recorded (10 min):

US, Russia, and China Agree on Pulling Troops From Afghanistan – by Jason Ditz – https://theantimedia.com/us-russia-china-agree-pulling-troops-afghanistan/ – “The general idea is that the US and allied forces would leave Afghanistan as part of a peace deal, which would come with a commitment from the Taliban to keep ISIS and al-Qaeda out of the country… These are the terms which were already reported to have been coming out of US-Taliban talks, and the State Department’s own statement said the other nations support an “orderly and responsible withdrawal of foreign troops.”.. Negotiating the specifics beyond this framework, including timing, has yet to be done, and US efforts to get the Taliban talking with the Afghan government are on hold after Afghan officials failed to show for last week’s meeting.” (emphasis added)

This is a crucial episode of the UK Column News, for today April 26. I’ve timestamped it at the point where Brian Gerrish and Mike Robinson start talking about specifics on how PM Theresa May and the UK political high command are collaborating with the éminences grise of the EU to surrepticiously merge the UK Military in EU Military Union. They show a letter by Plymouth, England Member of Parliament Johnny Mercer telling a constituent that forces around the Munich Security Council are determining UK Military Policy. Then they dive into the nature of this grouping around the MSC, which includes people, countries and organizations that appear to be making policy for something akin to a One World Global Military. The UK Column is one of the few truly independent media sources in the world today. This report should be of interest to anyone wanting to understand the bigger picture of how the institutions of global control are now operating.UK Column News – 26th April 2019 (timestamped – I recommend going back to the start and watching the whole episode):

Skip the Surveillance By Opting Out of Face Recognition At Airports – by Jason Kelley – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/04/skip-the-surveillance-by-opting-out-of-face-recognition-at-airports.html – “Passengers Will Bear the Burden of Privacy Invasion, Not Airlines or Government Agencies: It’s easy for companies and agencies to tout the convenience of this sort of massive data collection and sharing scheme. But as we’ve seen in notable privacy fiascos over the last few years—from Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, to the breaches of the Office of Personnel Management and Equifax in the U.S., to the constant hacking of India’s national biometric database, Aadhar—it’s the customers and passengers who will bear the burden when things go wrong, and they will go wrong. These vast biometric databases will create huge security and privacy risks, with the additional concern that a company leaking your passwords or credit card numbers is nothing compared to it leaking your biometric data. While you can change a password, you can’t easily change your face.”

NASA declares carbon dioxide is GREENING the Earth… reveals how Green New Death is a DEATH cult that would collapse global ecology https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-04-26-nasa-declares-carbon-dioxide-is-greening-the-earth.html

NASA link from Natural News article linked above: Carbon Dioxide Fertilization Greening Earth, Study Findshttps://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/carbon-dioxide-fertilization-greening-earthClimate remarks from this article, with comments (in parentheses): “While rising carbon dioxide concentrations in the air can be beneficial for plants, it is also the chief culprit of climate change. The gas, which (at 4 parts PER 10,000 !?) traps heat in Earth’s atmosphere, has been increasing since the industrial age due to the burning of oil, gas, coal and wood for energy and is continuing to reach concentrations not seen in at least 500,000 years (an eyeblink in the existence of the planet). The impacts of climate change include global warming (CO2 effects not proven), rising sea levels (sea level rise has remained steady at 2-3mm/year since before significant increase in CO2 in atmosphere), melting glaciers (evidence shows many glaciers are now growing) and sea ice (I have satellite animations that show that geoengineering has been blowing warm air CONSTANTLY across the Bering Straits and Alaska into the Arctic for years to melt the ice, which doesn’t increase sea level) as well as more severe weather events (this is rank propaganda, there is no evidence for a dramatic increase in violent weather)…. The beneficial impacts of carbon dioxide on plants may also be limited, said co-author Dr. Philippe Ciais, associate director of the Laboratory of Climate and Environmental Sciences, Gif-suv-Yvette, France. “Studies have shown that plants acclimatize, or adjust, to rising carbon dioxide concentration and the fertilization effect diminishes over time.” (This last sentence is typical of the kinds of propaganda used to keep people from thinking something might actually be beneficial. I have also seen full articles written suggesting that plants that grow better with more CO2 have lower nutritional value. Basically, CO2 is still bad, and especially PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE EFFECTS OF SOLAR ACTIVITY ON EARTH’S CLIMATE !!!) – Also: The Earth is cooling and will get colder through the mid-centuryThe Latest on the Double-Dynamo Solar Model, and Dr. Zharkova’s Predictions of a Grand  Minimum – https://nextgrandminimum.com/2018/12/12/the-latest-on-the-double-dynamo-solar-model-and-dr-zharkovas-predictions-of-a-grand-minimum/Comment: Cooling will be a MUCH more serious and deadly challenge for humanity than “Global Warming®” ever was.

Pentagon set to expand military role along southern border – by Greg Jaffe, Missy Ryan and Nick Miroff – https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/pentagon-set-to-expand-military-role-along-southern-border/2019/04/26/f2b04666-682a-11e9-82ba-fcfeff232e8f_story.html – “Senior Defense Department officials have recommended that acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan approve a new request from the Department of Homeland Security to provide military lawyers, cooks and drivers to assist with handling a surge of migrants along the southern border… The move would require authorizing waivers for about 300 troops to a long-standing policy prohibiting military personnel from coming into contact with migrants… The Pentagon has approved only one previous request to waive the policy since the beginning of Trump’s recent border buildup, in order to provide migrants with emergency medical care if required. There are about 2,900 active-duty and 2,000 National Guard troops along the border.”

Algerians recall Black Spring as repression rises – Faced with intensifying police crackdown, members of peaceful protest movement fear it may turn violent – by Ilhem Rachidi – https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/04/article/algerians-recall-black-spring-as-repression-rises/ – “Eighteen years ago in Algeria, high school student Massinissa Guermah was arrested and shot by a gendarmerie brigade in the northern Kabylie region of the country. His death on April 20, 2001, spurred an uprising known as the “Black Spring,” which lasted two years, leaving 128 people dead and as many as 5,000 wounded… Eighteen years later, nearly to the day, 23-year-old protester Ramzy Yettou succumbed to a head injury suffered during a demonstration. The young man had spent a week in a coma, reportedly after being struck in the head by police during a demonstration in Algiers on April 12… Family members including his brother, as well as several witnesses, dismissed the authorities’ claim he fell from a truck and said they would not be silenced.”

US China hawks grieve in their era of discontent – Steve Bannon and Kyle Bass lead group in condemnation of leadership in Beijing, both fearful of its threat and yet somehow also confident in its imminent failure – by Christopher Scott – https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/04/article/us-china-hawks-grieve-in-their-era-of-discontent/ – ” ‘China’s not the rising power. We’re not the declining power,’ contended Steve Bannon, former White House chief strategist in the Trump administration… ‘It’s the Westphalian system that works. It’s freedom that works. What better example do you need than Hong Kong and Taiwan and what the Chinese Americans have done in the United States of America,’ he continued.”

From the Rust-Never-Sleeps Desk: Huawei to help autonomous cars ride 5G wave – First 5G-ready chip unveiled by Huawei, in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover and Audi – https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/04/article/huawei-to-help-autonomous-cars-ride-5g-wave/ – “In what is an ambitious crossover into the car industry and transportation sector, Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has launched the world’s first 5G-ready communications module for autonomous vehicles. The company now looks to apply its expertise and market dominance to blaze a new trail that feeds into its goals in the nascent worldwide roll-out of 5G telecommunications… The Shenzhen-based firm claims that its MH5000 chip family is the world’s first 5G car module set capable of piggybacking on its own 5G gear and base stations to marshal traffic and guide self-driving vehicles for higher mobility. The MH5000 module is based on its Balong 5000 5G chip launched in January.”

Xi takes a conciliatory tone at Belt & Road Forum – President’s speech aimed at responding to criticism that China was luring countries into debt traps – by Jeff Pao – https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/04/article/xi-takes-a-conciliatory-tone-at-belt-road-forum/ – “China will ensure the sustainability of its Belt and Road projects commercially and financially to improve the livelihoods of people in neighboring countries, Chinese President Xi Jinping assured the crowd in his opening speech at the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on Friday… Xi claimed China would introduce well-recognized rules and standards in its Belt and Road projects to ensure they are of high-standard, beneficial to people and sustainable… ‘Belt and Road projects should commit to a people-centered approach, targeted at eliminating poverty, creating jobs and improving people’s livelihood,’ he said in the forum, which was attended by 37 world leaders and 5,000 other representatives from 150 countries.”

U.S. economy grew 3.2 percent in early 2019, smashing expectations – by Heather Long – https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/04/26/us-economy-grew-percent-early-smashing-expectations/ – “The U.S. economy expanded at a strong 3.2 percent annualized rate from January through March, the government reported Friday, blowing past expectations and causing elation among President Trump and his advisers… Better-than-expected growth, the ongoing strength in the job market and fresh stock market highs this week are allaying fears that a recession or severe downturn is on the horizon. The slowdown in Europe and China appears to have had little effect on the United States so far.” – Comment:

The National Background Investigations Bureau Moves to the Department of Defense –  https://dod.defense.gov/News/News-Releases/News-Release-View/Article/1823738/the-national-background-investigations-bureau-moves-to-the-department-of-defense/ – “President Trump signed an executive order April 24, 2019 that, in combination with the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018, section 925, shifts the primary responsibility for conducting background investigations for the federal government from the Office of Personnel Management to the Department of Defense. This executive order reflects the administration’s commitment to reform the personnel vetting enterprise to ensure a trusted federal workforce and achieve an efficient, effective, and secure operation that meets all government-wide needs for background investigations.” – Comment: Nothing to see here, move along…

Parents Share Their Pain of Being Wrongly Accused of Child Abuse and Losing Their Children – by Brian Shilhavy – http://healthimpactnews.com/2019/parents-share-their-pain-of-being-wrongly-accused-of-child-abuse-and-losing-their-children/ – “Most of the stories we have covered over the years here at Health Impact News on our MedicalKidnap.com website have focused on the unjust and horrible practice of removing children from good parents, and their fight to get their children back… However, what is seldom reported is what happens to these families after the ordeal is over, even if they are able to have their children returned… The pain and suffering leave horrendous scars, and as a nation how do we respond to the mother’s question below: ‘How will I heal from this?’ ”

Iran Warns False Flag “Accident” Could “Lure” Trump Into War – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-24/irans-fm-vows-revolutionary-guards-defend-hormuz-strait-if-us-seals-it – “Following US declarations that Washington and its allies intend to take Iranian crude exports down to “zero” by cancelling waivers previously granted to eight nations, tensions are now soaring over the Strait of Hormuz, with Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) attempting to lay down the law amid fears the US Navy could move to block Iran’s access, given the IRGC’s new terror designation… ‘I don’t think (Trump) wants war,’ Zarif said in an interview at the Iranian mission to the UN in New York, according to Reuters. ‘But that doesn’t exclude him being basically lured into one.’.. ‘Those who have designed the policies that are being pursued do not simply want a negotiated solution. But let me make it clear that Iran is not seeking confrontation, but will not escape defending itself,’ Zarif  said further… The Iranian foreign minister also interestingly suggested the possibility that American operatives or their allies could try “to plot an accident” to create a broader crisis, in perhaps a continued cryptic reference to tensions in the Persian Gulf over the Strait of Hormuz… Along with tightening sanctions the White House has indicated it will take measures to halt Iranian shipments in international waters wherever its tankers are found.”

Pro-Vaccine Doctor Now Questions Vaccines After Researching Them – “The Science on Vaccines is Settled” is Wrong – by Braxton DeGarmo, MD – http://healthimpactnews.com/2019/pro-vaccine-doctor-now-questions-vaccines-after-researching-them-the-science-on-vaccines-is-settled-is-wrong/ – “First and foremost, everything you’ve ever heard or read stating that “the science on vaccines is settled” is wrong… Five years ago, I stood firmly in the pro-vaccine camp. As a physician, we were never taught specifically about vaccines, although we learned about the forms of immunity our bodies possess… We were told that vaccines worked, they were crucial to public health, and that we could trust the CDC, WHO, and other health agencies which had only our “best interests” at heart… Since retiring from practice, I’ve actually had the time to research the topic and discovered just how naive I was… This is just a “brief” summary of what I’ve learned. I could add pages and pages on each vaccine.”

U.S. Coast Guard releases new Arctic Strategic Outlookhttps://www.uscg.mil/arctic/ – “This Arctic Strategic Outlook reaffirms our commitment to American leadership in the region through partnership, unity of effort, and continuous innovation. This document establishes three lines of effort crucial to achieving long-term success: (1) Enhance capability to operate effectively in a dynamic Arctic domain, (2) Strengthen the rules-based order, and (3) Innovate and adapt to promote resilience and prosperity... In order to protect the Nation’s sovereign interests, fulfill obligations to the maritime community, and uphold the rule of law in the Arctic, the Coast Guard must be able to fully understand and operate freely in this vast and unforgiving environment. Over the past 15 years, the Nation’s strategic competitors have invested heavily in Arctic-capable assets, infrastructure, and relationships, some of which are targeted at eroding the influence of America and the rule of law. U.S. investments over that same period of time have been comparatively modest. This has resulted in a strategic resource gap that threatens the Nation’s ability to effectively uphold sovereignty and the Coast Guard’s ability to manage maritime risks inherent in increased human activity in the Arctic. Closing this gap requires persistent investment in capabilities and capacity for polar operations.” (emphasis added) – Comment: The rhetoric used on this page comes right out of the Atlanticist (U.S./UK/Israeli) playbook. They must continue down the path of war-by-other-means until all “strategic competitors” are vanquished.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s Interview For Zvezda Networkhttps://southfront.org/foreign-minister-sergey-lavrovs-interview-for-zvezda-network/ Lavrov speaks directly about the aftermath of the Ukrainian election and the continuing U.S. push for “regime change” in Venezuela.

War on Iran & Calling America’s Bluff – by Pepe Escobar – http://thesaker.is/war-on-iran-calling-americas-bluff/ – “If Tehran were totally cornered by Washington, with no way out, the de facto nuclear option of shutting down the Strait of Hormuz would instantly cut off 25 percent of the global oil supply. Oil prices could rise to over $500 a barrel, to even $1000 a barrel. The 2.5 quadrillion of derivatives would start a chain reaction of destruction… Unlike the shortage of credit during the 2008 financial crisis, the shortage of oil could not be made up by fiat instruments. Simply because the oil is not there. Not even Russia would be able to re-stabilize the market… It’s an open secret in private conversations at the Harvard Club – or at Pentagon war-games for that matter – that in case of a war on Iran, the U.S. Navy would not be able to keep the Strait of Hormuz open… Iran will find ways to get the oil flowing because the demand won’t simply vanish with a magic wave of an American hand. It’s time for creative solutions. Why not, for instance, refuel ships in international waters, accepting gold, all sorts of cash, debit cards, bank transfers in rubles, yuan, rupees and rials — and everything bookable on a website?.. A plausible scenario involves Moscow acting to defuse the extremely volatile U.S.-Iran confrontation, with the Kremlin and the Ministry of Defense trying to persuade President Donald Trump and the Pentagon from any direct attack against the IRGC. The inevitable counterpart is the rise of covert ops, the possible staging of false flags and all manner of shady Hybrid War techniques deployed not only against the IRGC, directly and indirectly, but against Iranian interests everywhere. For all practical purposes, the U.S. and Iran are at war… And let’s see whether the EU has grown a spine —  and really turbo-charge their Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) alternative payment network conceived after the Trump administration ditched the JCPOA. Because more than breaking up Eurasia integration and implementing neocon regime change, this is about the ultimate anathema; Iran is being mercilessly punished because it has bypassed the U.S. dollar on energy trade.”

Zelenskii beat Poroshenko – what will happen next? – by The Saker – http://thesaker.is/zelenskii-beat-poroshenko-what-will-happen-next/ – “As everybody predicted, Poroshenko completely lost the election. As I wrote in my previous column, this is both amazing (considering Poro’s immense and extensive resources and the fact that his opponent was, literally, a clown (ok, a comic if you prefer). His defeat was also so predictable as to be almost inevitable: not only is the man genuinely hated all over the Ukraine (except for the Nazi crackpots of the Lvov region), but he made fatal blunders which made him even more detestable than usual.”

After Syria, Venezuela, Russian Military Prepares for Threat of ‘Hybrid War’ (Video – 8min) – https://russia-insider.com/en/after-syria-venezuela-russian-military-prepares-threat-hybrid-war-video/ri26833Another good short informative video from SouthFront.org

Your flight has ended: Boeing sends the US economy into a nosedive – by Vince Dhimos –  http://www.newsilkstrategies.com/news–analysis/your-flight-has-ended-boeing-sends-the-us-economy-into-a-nosedive – ” ‘Boeing has spent more on congressional lobbying in the last twenty years than any other defence or aviation industry company. In 2018 alone, lobbying costs amounted to $ 15.1 million.’..  The largest recipient of these funds was the Republican “Senate Leadership Fund,” created by Senator Mitch McConnell. His wife, Elaine Chao, is Secretary of the Department of Transportation and oversees the FAA…  On March 13, Acting Director of the Federal Aviation Administration, Dan Elwell, told reporters that the FAA’s decision regarding the certification of Boeing MAX aircraft was made ‘as a result of ongoing consultations with Elaine Chao.’ [relying on her extensive knowledge of humanities and banking]… According to estimates by JP Morgan chief economist Michael Feroli, the refusal of airlines to acquire the Boeing 737 MAX will cause more damage to the US economy than the recent 35-day government shutdown…  ‘If Boeing is forced to stop production of 737 MAX, GDP growth will slow down by 0.6% on an annualized basis,’ Feroli calculated.’ For comparison: according to the Congressional Budget Office, the longest government recess in US history ended Jan. 25, cutting GDP by 0.4 percentage points.’..  JP Morgan analysts emphasize that orders for the Boeing 737 MAX account for about a quarter of total aircraft production in the United States. “Even if the release of 737 MAX proceeds, the problems of the airline will still negatively affect the American economy due to the slowdown in investment and the decline in the country’s gross exports,” Feroli warns… ‘If Americans are smart enough, they will see that the Boeing incident is not just a plane crash, it is a clear sign that the United States is at risk of losing dominance in the world,’ the article notes. ‘This country has long been at the top in the world, and it continues to indulge in the benefits of this position, refusing to innovate in favour of profit maximization; a predetermined historical replacement will be made that will not be subject to human will: Boeing airplanes will descend from heaven to earth, and the US will inevitably fly off its throne.’  ”

New York mayor targets classic skyscrapers with Green New Dealhttps://news.yahoo.com/york-mayor-targets-classic-skyscrapers-green-deal-195551528.html – “The Democratic mayor said that those who fail to meet the new environmental standards could face fines of more than a million dollars, in the case of larger buildings… The glass-sided towers that arose in the 1960s, and which have proven popular for their panoramic views, will only be approved in the future if they meet strict rules on energy efficiency… ‘Every day we wait is a day our planet gets closer to the point of no-return. New York City’s Green New Deal meets that reality head on,’ de Blasio said in a statement after signing off on measures adopted by the city council last week… In recent months, the mayor has unveiled a number of initiatives in line with the more left-leaning Democratic presidential contenders, including a health care plan that would provide coverage for all New York residents, including undocumented immigrants.”

From the Wake-Up-And-Smell-The-Apocalypse Desk: Ihor Kolomoyskyi (Wikipedia Page)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ihor_Kolomoyskyi – “In April 2014 Kolomoyskyi offered a bounty for the capture of Russian-backed militants and incentives for the turning in of weapons.[40] He also is believed to have spent $10 million to create the Dnipro Battalion,[39][41] and also funded the Aidar, Azov, Dnepr 1, Dnepr 2, and Donbas volunteer battalions.[42]… Russia is asking for Kolomoyskyi to be put on Interpol’s wanted list.[43] On 2 July 2014 a Russian District Court authorized his arrest in absentia for “organizing the killing of civilians”.[44]… In March 2015, after the dismissal of Oleksandr Lazorko, who was a protege of Kolomoyskyi, as a chief executive of UkrTransNafta, Ukraine’s state-owned oil pipeline operator, men reported to be Kolomoyskyi’s personal militia raided the UkrTransNafta’s headquarters to expel the new government-appointed chief from the office. While Lazorko was in charge the state-owned pipelines had been delivering oil to an Kolomoisky-owned refinery in preference to competitors.[13][45] According to Kolomoyskyi the raids were done with the aim to protect the companies from raiders and he related to it as a “PR-stunt to improve the ratings of smaller parties”.[46]” – Comment: Kolomoyskyi is the force behind the successful campaign of Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky for President of Ukraine. During the Presidential campaign, Zelensky said that “he considered the leaders of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic (DPR and LPR) to be Russia’s “puppets”, it would “make no sense to speak with them”, and that “he would not sign a law on amnesty for the militants of the DPR and LPR,” i.e. that all of the men who have defended the Donbass republics will be prosecuted as criminals after the long-anticipated war to occupy them by the arguably fascist Ukrainian government. Kolomoyskyi is a life-long Zionist and dual Israeli-Ukrainian citizen even though that is supposedly forbidden under Ukrainian law.

From the Times of Israel email list: Plant an Olive Tree!https://aabgu.org/donate/plant-an-olive-tree – “THE PERFECT GIFT FOR MOTHER’S DAY!.. Place your order by May 8 to guarantee delivery for Mother’s Day (within the U.S.)… (Planting olive trees in Israel’s Negev desert also makes great tribute gifts for graduations, weddings, Father’s Day, bar/bat mitzvah, memorial tributes, and any special occasion.).. Honor that special someone by planting an olive tree in Wadi Mashash, the experimental farm of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Your unique gift will help make Israel’s Negev desert bloom, while helping support invaluable agricultural research for people living in deserts and drylands.” – Comment: This from the Plucky Little (Jewish) Nation that is both displacing tens of thousands of Berbers from the Negev as we speak and destroying century-old olive trees in the West Bank to dispossess the Palestinians of what little remains of their property and cultural heritage. But, do it for Mom!

Russia Training “Psychic” Special Forces – Ministry Of Defense Journalhttps://southfront.org/russia-training-psychic-special-forces-ministry-of-defense-journal/ – ” ‘Whoever possesses the technique of metacontact can conduct, for example, non-verbal interrogation. He sees through the enemy soldier captured: what kind of person he is, what are his strengths and weaknesses, whether he will be recruited. The reliability of the interrogation is almost one hundred percent. It is impossible to “get out” of. Techniques of counteraction to such interrogation are taught to special forces soldiers in case of being taken prisoner, also the highest leaders of the country or the heads of large industrial and banking structures – in order to preserve state or commercial secrets.’.. ‘With an effort of thought you can, for example, crash computer programs, burn crystals in generators, eavesdrop on a conversation, or break television and radio broadcasts and communications. There was success in experiments such as reading a document lying in a safe, even if it is in a foreign language that we do not speak; identification of individuals belonging to the terrorist network; identifying potential candidates for terrorist groups.’ ”

Anti-vaxxers banned from raising money on GoFundMe – ‘We will remove any campaigns currently on the platform,’ says crowdfunding company – by Peter Stubley – https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/antivax-gofundme-ban-donation-crowdfunding-vaccines-conspiracy-a8870716.html – Larry Cook, who promoted his fundraising efforts using Facebook adverts, targeted mothers with claims the medical community was covering up baby “slaughter”… GoFundMe spokesman Bobby Whithorne said: ‘Campaigns raising money to promote misinformation about vaccines violate GoFundMe’s terms of service and will be removed from the platform.’.. ‘We are conducting a thorough review and will remove any campaigns currently on the platform.’.. However The Independent has found several campaigns promoting the anti-vaxxer message still running on the site, three weeks after GoFundMe’s decision was reported by The Daily Beast… One, titled “Stop Non-INFO World Vaccinations”, spreads claims about a “national emergency” due to the US Centre for Disease Control injecting mercury into children and pregnant women to vaccinate them against flu.”

My most important post. Ever. Children to Remake the World

The shape of the new Grand Initiative to remake the global economy (after the collapse of “Capitalism”) to continue the extraction of value and resources from the human population and the Earth emerges. – It is based on tropes of Ecology® and Oppression by “Ruling Elites,” though it comes from the “elite” controllers themselves. I think the series of 6 articles linked below puts it all together. This lets us know what we are immediately up against, and what we need to contend with if we’re to save the legacy of human culture (and the planet) through the next century.  –Bruce

The Manufacturing of Greta Thunberg – for Consent: The Political Economy of the Non-Profit Industrial Complex [ACT I] – by Cory Morningstar with Forrest Palmer – http://www.wrongkindofgreen.org/2019/01/17/the-manufacturing-of-greta-thunberg-for-consent-the-political-economy-of-the-non-profit-industrial-complex/

Also watch this video from James Corbett where I found the link to this fantastic research: Mother Nature Demands Child Sacrifice – #PropagandaWatch – from The Corbett Report (video and comprehensive show notes – 24min): https://www.corbettreport.com/mother-nature-demands-child-sacrifice-propagandawatch/

Further Research: I suspect that the Manufacturing of Greta Thunberg series is styled upon a similar, but more extensive, series written from 2013 to 2017 (by anonymous), McKibben’s Divestment Tour – Brought to You by Wall Street [Part I of an Investigative Report]http://www.theartofannihilation.com/mckibbens-divestment-tour-brought-to-you-by-wall-street/

Web Research Links for the Week of 3/11/19

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.

Statement By Russian Deputy Foreign Minister At Conference “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”https://southfront.org/statement-by-russian-deputy-foreign-minister-at-conference-supporting-the-future-of-syria-and-the-region/ – “When talking about the support of Syria, first of all, I would like to emphasize the main point: Russia strongly and firmly supports the restoration of sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria. During all these years we have confirmed this principle position by concrete deeds. We are also convinced on the lack of alternatives to the political settlement of the Syrian crises within the framework of Syrian-led and Syrian-owned, UN-facilitated process in line with the UN Security Council resolution 2254 and in full respect of the principles of the UN Charter. In this regard, it is regrettable that the delegation of the Syrian government, full-fledged representative of its country to the UN, is not present at this important meeting, that contradicts the universally recognized provisions of the international law on the imperative to interact with legitimate authorities of the country.” (emphasis added) Comment: Syria was not permitted to attend this International Conference on their future.

Yellow Vests & police clash in Paris as Macron’s ‘great debate’ ends (VIDEO) – https://www.rt.com/news/453989-paris-yellow-vest-protests/ – “Clashes between Yellow Vest demonstrators and police broke out as rallies intensified on the 18th consecutive weekend of protests. President Emmanuel Macron’s “grand debate” aimed at pacifying the protests ended on Friday… Saturday’s rally saw thousands of people flooding the streets of downtown Paris, with many wearing black balaclavas and holding French flags… Violence erupted on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, where protesters congregated to take part in the weekly march which began in November… Video taken at the scene shows cafes and shops with smashed windows and broken furniture, as police stand guard in the street. The Yellow Vests have been quick to distance themselves from looters, claiming that the vandalism is carried out by a radical minority…’From 7,000 to 8,000 people are currently rallying in Paris, and out of them around 1,500 people are ultraviolent, and they have come to destroy and to attack,’ French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told broadcaster BFMTV. The Interior Ministry later upped the turnout to 10,000 protesters in Paris and 14,500 nationwide.” (emphasis added) – Comment: All the (unofficial) spokespeople from the Yellow Vests (Gillets Jaunes) have consistently said that demonstrations are to be peaceful. The ones using violence are NOT wearing yellow vests, but are dressed in black and masked, i.e. Black Block. The government announced early in the demonstrations that masks won’t be permitted. But the Gendarmes do not arrest or attack the Black Block rioters, going around them to attack (with many maimed for life) and arrest the Yellow Vests. Many people reporting on the Yellow Vest demos suggest that police may be among the Black Block agents provocateurs.

NZ Threatens 10 Years In Prison For ‘Possessing’ Mosque Shooting Video; Web Hosts Warned, ‘Dissenter’ Banned – by Tyler Durden –  https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-03-16/nz-threatens-10-years-prison-possessing-mosque-shooting-video-web-hosts-warned – “New Zealand authorities have reminded citizens that they face up to 10 years in prison for “knowingly” possessing a copy of the New Zealand mosque shooting video – and up to 14 years in prison for sharing it. Corporations (such as web hosts) face an additional $200,000 ($137,000 US) fine under the same law… Terrorist Brenton Tarrant used Facebook Live to broadcast the first 17 minutes of his attack on the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand at approximately 1:40 p.m. on Friday – the first of two mosque attacks which left 50 dead and 50 injured… Copies of Tarrant’s livestream, along with his lengthy manifesto, began to rapidly circulate on various file hosting sites following the attack, which as we noted Friday – were quickly scrubbed from mainstream platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Scribd. YouTube has gone so far as to intentionally disable search filters so that people cannot find Christchurch shooting materials – including footage of suspected multiple shooters as well as the arrest of Tarrant and other suspects… Along with the censorship of online materials and investigation of content sharing platforms such as BitChute and 8chan – where the shooter posted a link to the livestream of his attack, social discussion service Dissenter has been blocked in New Zealand. Created by the people behind Twitter competitor Gab.ai – Dissenter is a browser extension which pops up a third-party comments section for any website where people can discuss content outside of the control of the website owner… On Saturday, Gab’s official accounts (@gab and @getongab) reported that “New Zealand ISPs have banned dissenter.com until it is “censorship compliant.”

San Diego Has Been Turned Into A Massive Chinese-Style Public Surveillance Network – by MassPrivateI – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/03/san-diego-has-been-turned-into-a-massive-chinese-style-public-surveillance-network.html – “Last year, BriefCam announced a “breakthrough” in real-time facial recognition surveillance… Robust multi-camera search capabilities identify men, women, children and vehicles with speed and precision, using 25 classes and attributes, face recognition, appearance similarity, color, size, speed, path, direction, and dwell time… According to another article, the City of San Diego is using GE’s CityIQ streetlights to listen to everyone… In 2017, civil rights advocates sent a letter to the mayor and city council asking the city not to install GE’s streetlights: Devices capable of monitoring and recording residents invade privacy, chill free speech, and disparately impact communities of color… But as the article revealed, San Diego ignored the public’s concerns and secretly installed 3200 spying GE streetlights.”

Free Speech and Shutting Down the Vaccine Debate (59 min) – by Truthstream Media

Sorry, Ilhan, Jews HAVE Hypnotized the World – by Kevin Barrett – https://www.unz.com/kbarrett/sorry-ilhan-jews-have-hypnotized-the-world/ – “An intergenerational Jewish tribal elite has spent the past 2500 years perfecting ways to bypass the rational faculties of their victims (the first of whom are non-elite Jews) while inculcating irrational beliefs and behaviors that bring wealth and power to that same elite. Many of their control techniques are reminiscent of hypnotism… Laurent Guyénot’s magisterial From Yahweh to Zion “unveils the process by which Yahweh, through the voices of his priests, prophets, and scribes (the ‘cognitive elite’) shaped the vision and collective psychology of his chosen people” (p.18). That voice of the Jewish cognitive elite, masquerading as the voice of God, wielded the same kind of charismatic, irrational authority over its victims as the voice of the hypnotist wields over his hypnotic subjects.

British Espionage – American Treasonhttps://aim4truth.org/2019/03/14/british-espionage-american-treason/ – “Before reviewing the rest of this post, you might like to listen to Douglas Gabriel and Michael McKibben explain how American traitors worked with British high-ranking attorneys under the Queen’s control to overthrow Donald Trump. This is an international crisis with huge consequences for all citizens of the world. After listening to them, you will find the information on this page relevant in making the case for British espionage and American treason.”

Revolution? Guaido Calls for Venezuelans to Mobilize for ‘Operation Freedom’https://sputniknews.com/latam/201903171073305809-guaido-venezuela-operation-freedom/ – ” ‘After we mobilize the entire country, we will go to Miraflores and reclaim what belongs to the people,’ Guaido told supporters, referring to the presidential palace, as he announced the ‘operation’ in the city of Valencia Saturday, AFP report says… Starting Saturday, Guaido is touring Venezuela accompanied by opposition lawmakers, tasked with the creation of ‘freedom cells’ — organized civilian opposition groups. The opposition announced that it has already set up 50 cells in half of Venezuela’s 23 states… ‘Whatever happens, we must be united, mobilized in the streets,’ Guaido said… According to Guaido’s tweet, Operation Freedom consists of three steps: to create “Freedom and aid” committees “on every street of Venezuela;” to create “labor and sectoral committees” in the public and private sectors and begin preparation of “constitutional forces” within National Armed Forces.”

Guaido Claims Has Control Over Venezuela’s US-Based PDVSA Subsidiaryhttps://sputniknews.com/latam/201903161073301028-guaido-control-pdvsa-subsidiary/ – “The statement comes after the US Department of Treasury on Thursday extended the expiration date of a general license for CITGO, whose 49.9 percent had been pledged by Caracas to Russian energy giant Rosneft as collateral for a $1.5 billion loan back in 2016, and PDV Holding by 18 months. According to the Treasury, the extension would enable CITGO to continue its activities while ‘prohibiting any benefit from flowing back to the illegitimate Maduro regime.’ ”

Montana Legislator Calls for $1K a Day Fines and Jail for CPS Workers who Kidnap Childrenhttp://healthimpactnews.com/2019/montana-legislator-calls-for-1k-a-day-fines-and-jail-for-cps-workers-who-kidnap-children/ – “Representative Garcia states: ‘Child Protective Services do not protect the kids, they kidnap them.’.. He goes on to explain that CPS workers need a court order to remove children from their home, but routinely do not have court orders, and he wants to start fining them and putting them in jail when they take children out of homes without court orders… Listen to the full interview… Prior to interviewing Representative Garcia, James White interviewed Debbie Westlake from Butte, Montana, as an example of the kind of corruption in child welfare services in Montana… He writes: ‘In summary, Debbie had some medical issues and needed to be hospitalized for a couple weeks… CPS took over and protected her son during her hospital stay. The visitation specialist who returned Debbie’s son, Robert, made advances on Debbie of a sexual nature, which she rebuked and then reported… The worker was subsequently arrested for 4 counts of incest and was sentenced to 80 years in prison… After another 5 hour hospital stay, CPS took (Debbie’s son) Robert and he has not been home since.”

How the World’s Leading Banks Help Launder $2 Trillion a Yearhttps://news.bitcoin.com/how-the-worlds-leading-banks-help-launder-2-trillion-a-year/ – ” Financial incumbents and politicians love to invade normal people’s everyday activities and they’d love to know how our funds are being spent right down to the last penny. At the same time, the banking system that they regulate is used to wash trillions each and every year using schemes like shell companies, bogus supply chain invoices, smurfing, and ‘mirror’ trades to hide funds that stem from illegal acts. In the last decade, few notable bankers or financiers have been jailed for financial crimes and money laundering save for Bernie Madoff. Many believe Madoff was only incarcerated because he stole from the banking cartel and shed light on their shady activities.”

Department of INjustice: The Untold Story of Schaeffer Cox (21 min) – Thanks to thomas.michael of the Panterra d’Oro Private Society

Treasury Sanctions Russia over Continued Aggression in Ukrainehttps://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm629 – “Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated six Russian individuals and eight entities in response to Russia’s continued and ongoing aggression in Ukraine.  Today’s action targets individuals and entities playing a role in Russia’s unjustified attacks on Ukrainian naval vessels in the Kerch Strait, the purported annexation of Crimea, and backing of illegitimate separatist government elections in eastern Ukraine.”

‘Change your course!’: Pompeo threatens ICC over US war crimes probehttps://www.rt.com/news/453951-pompeo-icc-visa-revoke/ – “In an effort to threaten everyone into not investigating US or Israeli war crimes in the International Criminal Court, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says anyone involved in such probes will lose their visa and may be sanctioned… The Washington war hawk said that action had to be taken because any investigation into alleged war crimes and torture committed by the United States would be a threat to US rule of law. Visas will be pulled or denied for anyone who has been involved in or even requested an ICC investigation of “any US personnel.”

The Price of US “Protection” Is Skyrocketing. Donald Trump’s “Ransom Money” Exacted from America’s Allies – by Manlio Dinucci – https://www.globalresearch.ca/us-protection/5671315 – “President Trump – reveals Bloomberg — is going to present the plan “Cost Plus 50” which includes the following criteria – the allied countries which shelter US forces on their territory will have to cover their total cost, and pay the USA a supplement of 50% in exchange for the “privilege” of housing them and therefore enjoying their “protection”… The plan also requires that the shelter countries pay the salaries of US military personnel and the costs of the management of the aircraft and warships that the United States keep in that country. Italy must therefore pay not only the salaries of approximately 12,000 US military employees based on their territory, but also the management costs for the F-16 fighters and other aircraft deployed by the USA at Aviano and Sigonella. To this must be added the costs of the Sixth Fleet based at Gaeta…” (emphasis added)

EXCLUSIVE: LOCAL AGENDA 21 PLANNING DOCUMENTS FOR THE CASCADIA MEGAREGION. IT’S THE KILL GRID (28 min) – https://youtu.be/iUfmFvpS1kw – “Agenda 21 expert, Gary Gileno, analyzes documents by the Everett City Council in Washington state that intends to implement Draconian regulations that are designed to monitor and control individuals’ every move.  Gileno shows where the document explicitly admits to the intention to modify human behavior. The document shows that the controllers plan to remove people from their cars and replace them with buses, bicycles, scooters and walking. In addition, they are changing land use laws to allow stack ’em-and-pack ’em high rise apartment housing to condense the population and replace single family homes.”

Ben Swann – Reality Check: Questioning Vaccines is a Public Health Threat? (5 min)

Busted: Club Of Rome Reveals Gushing Support For Green New Deal – by Patrick Wood –  http://www.technocracy.news/busted-club-of-rome-reveals-global-elites-gushing-support-for-green-new-deal/ – “The totality of the Green New Deal spectacle in America is precisely in line with the global elite’s plan to force Sustainable Development upon the entire world. In the Club’s statement below, they state “We know the facts. We have the solutions. We just need the political will.” The purpose of Green New Deal movement is specifically to develop the “political will” to implement their “solutions”… The recent tweet that spilled the beans on Club of Rome’s support is pictured (to the left)… The organization sponsoring these youth protests is the Sunrise Movement. Their website states: ‘We’re building an army of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people.’ “

Syrian Opposition Summit To Legitimize Al-Qaeda Failed Before Starthttps://southfront.org/syrian-opposition-summit-to-legitimize-al-qaeda-failed-before-start/ – “A planned meeting for the Syrian opposition in the Turkish city of Antioch was cancelled due to “security reasons,” the al-Araby al-Jadeed outlet reported on March 14, citing opposition officials who organized the meeting… Many opposition bodies were invited to the extensive meeting, including the National Syrian Army (NSA), the National Front for Liberation (NFL), the Syrian Higher Negotiation Committee (HNC), the National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces, The opposition’s delegation to the Astana talks, the Syrian Interim Government and the Syrian Islamic Council (SIC)… The officials didn’t clarify the nature of the “security reasons” which led to the cancellation of the meeting. However, other sources told al-Arabi al-Jadeed that the meeting was canceled because the Turkish-backed National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces and the Syrian Interim Government had refused to attend it.” (emphasis added)

Global Vaccine Market Forecast to Surpass $50 Billion by 2024 – by Patrice La Vigne – https://thevaccinereaction.org/2019/03/global-vaccine-market-forecast-to-surpass-50-billion-by-2024/ – “The global vaccine market is forecast to reach $50.9 billion by 2024, according to a new study released by Market Study Report of Selbyville, Delaware. This projection would represent an increase of 30.45 percent over today’s vaccines market, estimated at $35.4 billion, or a compound annual growth rate of about 6.2 percent… The revenue growth is attributed to the development of new technologies which will result in “more and more new types of vaccines” being “popularized” and the “scope of disease prevention” being “enlarged.” China is cited as the fastest growing market for vaccines, due to “positive” government policies and “increasing market awareness.”.. The report breaks down the global vaccines market by product type, including recombinant vaccines, viral vaccines, polysaccharide vaccines and others. It also breaks the market down by application, including cholera, diphtheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, measles, live attenuated influenza, tetanus, polio, rabies and others.”

Israel No Longer Occupies Golan Heights, US State Department Indicateshttps://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201903141073219765-israel-occupation-golan-heights-state-department-report/ – “The recent report, which refers to the “Israeli-controlled” Golan Heights, is likely to win praise from Tel Aviv and draw condemnation from Damascus, which seeks to retake the territory it lost in 1967… The US State Department has dropped references to the Israeli occupation in its 2018 human rights report on Israel, the Golan Heights, the West Bank and Gaza.”

North Korea Threatens to Scuttle Talks With the U.S. and Resume Tests – by Choe Sang-Hun – https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/15/world/asia/north-korea-kim-jong-un-nuclear.html – “North Korea threatened on Friday to suspend negotiations with the Trump administration over the North’s nuclear arms program and said its leader, Kim Jong-un, would soon decide whether to resume nuclear and missile tests… Addressing diplomats and foreign correspondents at a news conference in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui said that personal relations between Mr. Kim and Mr. Trump were ‘still good and the chemistry is mysteriously wonderful.’.. But she said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, Mr. Trump’s national security adviser, had created an “atmosphere of hostility and mistrust” that thwarted the top leaders’ negotiations in Hanoi last month.”

Venezuela’s Guaido readies to open up oil industry after years of nationalization – by Marianna Parraga – https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-energy-law/venezuelas-guaido-readies-to-open-up-oil-industry-after-years-of-nationalization-idUSKBN1QT2HP – “To Guaido, the self-declared interim president seeking to oust President Nicolas Maduro, the proposal is vital to reverse the collapse of the OPEC-member nation’s oil industry… Oil provides 90 percent of Venezuela’s export revenue, and such a move could win Guaido support among foreign energy companies to help finance a desperately-needed rebuilding, after crude production has fallen to a seven-decade low… ‘We need to change the current framework … we need to open up the oil industry to private investment,’ said Ricardo Hausmann, Guaido’s delegate to the Inter-American Development Bank. Speaking at an energy conference in Houston, Hausmann said that PDVSA’s role had to be limited due to its operational and financial weakness.” – Comment: The situation with Venezuela’s PDVSA, which is a junior partner in major projects with Russia’s Rosneft Oil, is unclear. What is clear is that unilateral U.S. sanctions, financial attacks by the corporate connections of the U.S. government, have been directed at sabotaging the operations of PDVSA and several Russian corporations, some of whom have withdrawn from operations in Venezuela. See (●) articles below for some details. You will need to read between the lines. Reuters is owned by the Rothschild conglomerate, whom also have major oil concerns.

Special Report: How Russia sank billions of dollars into Venezuela quicksand – by Christian Lowe & Rinat Sagdiev – https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-russia-rosneft-special-repo/special-report-how-russia-sank-billions-of-dollars-into-venezuela-quicksand-idUSKCN1QV1HN

Russia’s Gazprombank freezes accounts of Venezuela’s PDVSA – source – from Reuters – http://www.arabnews.com/node/1453736/business-economy

Russian Interests in Venezuela: A New Cold War? – by Diana Villiers Negroponte – https://www.americasquarterly.org/content/russian-interests-venezuela-new-cold-warfrom June 2018

The Venezuela Crisis: What is Russia’s Role? (video 2hours) – https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/the-venezuela-crisis-what-russias-roleA 2 hour panel discussion from The Wilson Center, an “official” (congressionally created) think tank, in August 2018. I suspect this is a preliminary convocation of pundits in preparation for the current coup attempt. Quotes from the talks are below the video.

The Crown Cometh – “Count Dankula,” the man who taught his girlfriend’s dog to do a “Nazi salute” as a joke, speaks to state prosecutors about their actions toward him in the context of the 800 pound fine they now demand from him, after they made him unemployable. (5 min)

The European Union’s MANDATORY National Biometric ID Card Will Affect 512 Million People – from MassPrivateI – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/03/the-european-unions-mandatory-national-biometric-id-card-will-affect-512-million-people.html – “A European national biometric ID card is all but a certainty… All the EU needs is for 28 ambassadors to say yes, and just like that 512.6 million citizens will be forced to give up their privacy if they want to travel… Today, representatives of the Council Presidency and the European Parliament reached an informal agreement on a regulation to improve the functioning of the European network of immigration liaison officers. It will now be presented to EU ambassadors for confirmation on behalf of the Council.”

FDA Wants to Shut Down Adult Stem Cell Therapy as its Healing Successes are Experienced Around the World – by Paul Fassa – http://healthimpactnews.com/2019/fda-wants-to-shut-down-adult-stem-cell-therapy-as-its-healing-powers-are-experienced-around-the-world/ – “Adult stem cell therapy is an autologous treatment method. The stem cells are not lab-created. They are only isolated and purified after extracting them from the patient being treated. Injecting them back into that patient powers up the body’s own healing mechanism to overcome chronic ailments… The FDA didn’t and shouldn’t have anything to do with regulating stem cells from one’s own body. That situation has recently been arbitrarily and suddenly changed… Around 2014, the FDA started tweaking their guidance rules for stem cell therapy with the purpose of getting new rules made into laws through Congress that could be interpreted according to FDA whims and enforced arbitrarily. Their agenda is to consider adult stem cells as FDA-regulated drugs… During our phone conversation, Dr. Comella explained how the FDA ignored testimonies from adult stem cell practitioners during their 2015 public hearings regarding new guideline proposals. Then they arranged to create new rules behind closed door meetings that included pharmaceutical industry allies and insiders… The result was that by 2017, the FDA’s hands-off policy with adult stem cell therapy came to a sudden halt after years of highly successful stem cell practice.”

USA’s Monstrous Debt Time Bomb Just Got Bigger… (w/video 4min) – by Mike Maloney – https://goldsilver.com/blog/usas-monstrous-debt-time-bomb-just-got-bigger/

The groups that could sink Colombia’s dispute with Venezuela into utter chaos – by Jake Kincaid – https://colombiareports.com/the-groups-that-could-sink-colombias-dispute-with-venezuela-into-utter-chaos/ – “Multiple illegal armed groups on the border between Venezuela and Colombia could turn diplomatic tensions between the two countries into armed conflict… Discussions of a conflict involving just Venezuelan, Colombian, and US military forces are drastically oversimplified, as they appear to ignore the unhinged armed groups operating in the area… These groups have the military power to disrupt any organized attempt to resolve the situation in Venezuela through Colombian and/or US intervention.”

US Withdrawas Diplomaitc Staff From Venezuela. Opposition-controlled National Assembly Announces State Of Emergency, ‘Bans’ Crude Oil Exports To Cubahttps://southfront.org/us-withdrawas-diplomaitc-staff-from-venezuela-opposition-controlled-national-assembly-announces-state-of-emergency-bans-crude-oil-exports-to-cuba/ – “In Venezuela, US-Proclaimed President Juan Guaido and the opposition-controlled National Assembly of which he is the speaker made two decisions: 1) The National Assembly announced a state of emergency over the blackouts, proposed by Guaido, using his “constitutional powers as President.”; 2) All crude exports to Cuba, following the collapse of the national electrical grid were suspended. Insurance companies and flag carriers that facilitate these give-away shipments to Cuba are now on notice.”

CIA Is Conspiring With ISIS In Northeastern Syria: Turkish Mediahttps://southfront.org/cia-is-conspiring-with-isis-in-northeastern-syria-turkish-media/ – “The report released on March 11 claimed that the CIA had questioned about 2,000 ISIS members and 140 of them had been provided with fake passports and other needed documents. The terrorists, who had got new names, were transported to Iraq… Yeni Safak also claimed that the CIA had declared the areas of Kesra, Buseira, al-Omar and Suwayr in Deir Ezzor province a military zone and had closed civic movement there. These areas are being used  to question important ISIS members. Some of these terrorists are then moved to “refugee camps” in al-Hol, Rukban and Hasakah. The newspaper also mentioned a special facility created by the CIA in northeastern Syria with the same purpose… Israeli, French and British special services are reportedly involved.(emphasis added)

3,000 ISIS Fighters Surrender To US-Backed Forces In Euphrates Valley As Battle Heats Up (Videos) – https://southfront.org/3000-isis-fighters-surrendered-to-us-backed-forces-in-euphrates-valley-in-last-24-hours-as-battle-heats-up-videos/ – “Despite the surrender of this large number of terrorists, the battle around the last ISIS stronghold north of the town of al-Baghuz al-Fawqani is still ongoing. The SDF press center said that US-led coalition warplanes carried out more than 20 airstrikes on the terrorist group’s positions in the last few hours.” – Comment: The U.S. airstrikes are killing numbers of civilians (over 50 just yesterday) that would be called a massacre in the official state media (MSM) if they were caused by strikes from Syria or Russia. Keep in mind that the “surrendering” ISIS fighters are getting special treatment and being reassigned by the “Coalition” military and intelligence (Including the Israelis).

EU Parliament Calls To Stop Nord Stream 2, Claims Russia Is No More ‘Strategic Partner’https://southfront.org/eu-parliament-calls-to-stop-nord-stream-2-claims-russia-is-no-more-strategic-partner/ – “Furthermore, the document says that the European Parliament will no longer consider Russia a strategic partner: ‘[The EU Parliament] believes <…> that the EU-Russia relationship requires a new framework of cooperation only in those areas that are necessary and in a common interest, and with a view to guaranteeing security in the EU’s neighbourhood and a European peace order; is of the view that the PCA [Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation] should be discontinued,’ the document claims… It’s interesting to note that just recently the US administration revealed plans to spend $500m aid to combat Russian “malign” influence around the world, in particular Europe.  These funds will likely be delivered to US ‘key partners’ involved in combating ‘Russina influence’ In other words, these funds will be spent on further fueling activity of those European powers, which work to undermine the EU-Russian economic, technical and diplomatic cooperation.”

Lies and Crimes, Peace and Democracy – by Mark Taliano – https://www.globalresearch.ca/peace-democracy/5670989 – “Al Qaeda is a scapegoat being used to protect the real culprits who in fact use al Qaeda as “strategic tools/proxies” to destroy non-belligerent countries such as Syria, all in the name of going after ISIS, which are also “strategic tools/proxies”[1]… Enemies of the people need to divert attention away from themselves. All fascist and imperialist ideologies demand this. They also demand racism and they fabricate supremacist ideologies. “We” are better than the “other”, hence, we can destroy the other for our perceived needs, all in the name of additional fabricated lies: “humanitarianism”, “freedom” and “democracy”.”

Grand Jury Filing Over Use of Explosives on 9/11 ‘Names Names’ of Who May Have Blown Up Towers – by Matt Agorist – https://thefreethoughtproject.com/911-bombshell-explosives-names-names/ – “As TFTP reported, a monumental step forward in the relentless pursuit of 9/11 truth took place in December when a United States Attorney agreed to comply with federal law requiring submission to a Special Grand Jury of evidence that explosives were used to bring down the World Trade Centers.  Now, the group behind the submission, the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry, announced the filing of a “petition supplement” naming persons who may have information related to the use of said explosives… According to Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, the 33-page document contains 15 different categories of persons who may have information material to the investigation, including contractors and security companies that had access to the WTC Towers before 9/11, persons and entities who benefited financially from the WTC demolitions, and persons arrested after being observed celebrating the WTC attacks.”

Trump wants another $8.6bn for border wallhttps://www.asiatimes.com/2019/03/article/trump-wants-another-8-6bn-for-border-wall/ – “The request, which will  be formally unveiled Monday, would far exceed the $5.7 billion the president demanded last year, which led to an impasse that caused a 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government, the longest ever… Democratic congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer condemned the move, warning Trump that he would face another legislative defeat… (White House economic adviser Larry) Kudlow told the US television program Fox News Sunday that the new request would likely mean a renewed fight in Congress over wall funding.”

Trump said to tell GOP donors: ‘Democrats hate Jewish people’ – by Eric Cortellessa – https://www.timesofisrael.com/trump-said-to-tells-gop-donors-democrats-hate-jewish-people/ – “…the president told Republican National Committee donors that “he didn’t understand how any Jew could vote for a Democrat these days,” according to the Axios news site… Quoting three people who attended the address to a room full of funders at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, the report said that Trump also boasted about his popularity in Israel, based off his decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem… If he could run for prime minister of Israel, Trump said, he would be polling at 98 percent… ”

2019 DOJ Report on Vaccine Court Reveals Vaccines Continue to Injure and Kill People: $110 MILLION in Damages Paid Out First Quarter – by Brian Shilhavy – http://healthimpactnews.com/2019/2019-doj-report-on-vaccine-court-reveals-vaccines-continue-to-injure-and-kill-people-110-million-in-damages-paid-out-first-quarter/ – “These quarterly meetings include a report from the Department of Justice (DOJ)  on cases settled for vaccine injuries and deaths as mandated by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP)… The NVICP was started as a result of a law passed in 1986 that gave pharmaceutical companies total legal immunity from being sued due to injuries and deaths resulting from vaccines… Drug manufacturers in the vaccine market can now create as many new vaccines as they desire, with no risk of being sued if their product causes injury or death… This has resulted in a huge increase of vaccines entering the market, and the U.S. government, through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), is the largest purchaser of these vaccines, spending in excess of $5 billion taxpayer dollars each year to purchase these vaccines… The CDC’s annual budget of $5 BILLION to purchase vaccines from pharmaceutical companies with American taxpayer funds, and the NVICP law which gives legal immunity to the pharmaceutical industry for injuries and deaths due to vaccines, are facts that are routinely censored and withheld from the public in the corporate-sponsored “mainstream” media, as well as in government legislative hearings that seek to mandate vaccines by force.” (emphasis added)

US Stealth War on Venezuela – by Finian Cunningham – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51242.htm – “By crippling the country through cyber attacks on its civilian power supply, Washington can use deception to hide its dirty hands. Better still, it can lay the blame on “mismanagement” by the Maduro government… A conventional military intervention by the Americans would also have mobilized Venezuelans to defend their country from what would be seen by them as imperialist aggression… By contrast, the abstract method of stealth aggression will throw many Venezuelans into doubt about who just is the perpetrator. They may even be convinced by Washington and its orchestrated opposition puppet, and hence blame President Maduro for their latest travails. Stealth war may be hard to discern. Nevertheless, it is still a monstrously criminal act of aggression.’

X22 Report – Dave says that Trump wants 5G / 6G technology to support digital blockchain (arguably surveillance) currency transactions: (timestamped link) – “Trump is moving us into the next economy…  …the next economy will most likely be all blockchain based.”

As Media Freaks Over 159 Measles Cases, Thousands of Kids Sold as Sex Slaves Out of Foster Care – by Matt Agorist – https://thefreethoughtproject.com/as-media-freaks-over-159-measles-cases-thousands-of-kids-sold-as-sex-slaves-out-of-foster-care/ – “While the media is incorrectly referring to the measles outbreak as an epidemic, the epidemic of child sex abuse is very real… The fact is that America has a dark secret that no one wants to admit. Talk of this secret will get you labelled as a conspiracy theorist, fake news, and outlets who report on it will have their organic reach throttled by social media and Google alike… Despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many in the mainstream media and the government refuse to see this very real epidemic of child sex trafficking in the United States. What’s more, according to the government’s own data, the vast majority of a portion of these trafficked kids are coming from the government system who promises to keep them safe—a horrifying irony indeed. But it appears to be set up this way.”

Web Research Links for the Week of 3/4/19

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After House vote, Trump brands Democrats ‘anti-Jewish,’ ‘anti-Israel’ –  https://www.timesofisrael.com/after-house-vote-trump-brands-democrats-anti-jewish-anti-israel/ – “US President Donald Trump blasted Democrats as “anti-Israel” and “anti-Jewish” Friday after they passed a congressional measure opposing hate speech in general instead of specifically condemning alleged anti-Semitic comments by a Muslim congresswoman… I thought yesterday’s vote by the House was disgraceful,’ Trump said at the White House… The resolution was originally intended to deliver a direct rebuke of anti-Semitism following comments by a Muslim Democratic congresswoman, Ilhan Omar, that were deemed anti-Semitic and offensive by many colleagues… But after blowback from progressives, it was revised to broadly condemn discrimination against Muslims and other minorities as well.”

Netizen Report: Activists Reject EU Plans to Pre-censor Copyright Violations, “Terrorist” Contenthttps://www.activistpost.com/2019/03/netizen-report-activists-reject-eu-plans-to-pre-censor-copyright-violations-terrorist-content.html – “An estimated 5,000 people braved freezing temperatures in Berlin on March 2 to protest a proposed EU copyright rule that could radically shift the dynamics of posting and sharing content online… The latest draft of the EU Copyright Directive would require internet platforms like YouTube to install “upload filters” — a technical mechanism that would block users from uploading copyright-protected content, effectively imposing a system of “prior censorship” on major internet and social media platforms.”

37 Million Credit Card Accounts In The U.S. Are “Seriously Delinquent” Right Now – by Michael Snyder – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/03/37-million-credit-card-accounts-in-the-u-s-are-seriously-delinquent-right-now.html – ” ‘At the end of 2018, Americans struggled to make payments on the country’s $870 billion worth of credit card debt… About 37 million credit card accounts were marked as seriously delinquent in the fourth quarter, meaning they were 90 or more days past due, an increase of two million from the same period a year earlier.’.. Remember, those accounts are not just behind.  We are talking about accounts that are at least 90 days past due… It appears that the credit card industry has a burgeoning crisis on their hands… Meanwhile, the number of Americans that are behind on their auto loan payments has reached an unprecedented level as well… At this moment, more than 7 million Americans are delinquent on their auto loan payments.” – Comment: New Records!

One Year Without Internet in Chad: Citizens Have Been Offline Since March 2018 – by Abdoulaye Bah – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/03/one-year-without-internet-in-chad-citizens-have-been-offline-since-march-2018.html – “Service providers attribute the disruption to technical problems, but organizations like Internet without Borders say that the government has ordered mobile phone companies to cut Internet access. It appears that the government is attempting to muzzle citizens’ freedom of expression and to prevent the free circulation of information… In Chad, the number of citizens with Internet access is proportionally the lowest in Africa. On average, 37.4% of people in the continent have access to the Internet. In Chad that rate is only 5%.”

US Households See Biggest Drop in Net Worth Since the Financial Crisis – by Tyler Durden – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/03/us-households-see-biggest-drop-in-net-worth-since-the-financial-crisis.html – “In the Fed’s  latest Flow of Funds report released at noon today, the Fed published the latest snapshot of the US “household” sector as of Dec 31, 2018. What it revealed is that with $120.4 trillion in assets and a modest $16.1 trillion in liabilities, the net worth of US households dipped to $104.3 trillion, its first drop after 12 consecutive quarters of increases, and down $3.7 trillion as a result of the near-bear market in the fourth quarter, which wiped out estimated $4 trillion in various financial assets like corporate equities, mutual and pension funds, and deposits after the market tumbled in Q4, offset by a $345 billion increase in tangible assets, of which $280 billion was in real estate values.”

5 Ways the Green New Deal Exactly Mirrors Agenda 2030 – by Makia Freeman – http://freedom-articles.toolsforfreedom.com/green-new-deal-equals-agenda-2030/ – “The Green New Deal, submitted by new US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is more like a green fantasy wish-list than a political bill. This so-called Green New Deal, which can be read here, promotes a broad, utopian-like future where magically everyone gets all their energy from non-polluting sources, everyone has a high-paying job with paid vacation, everyone has high-quality health care and everyone has retirement security. Not surprisingly, it does not spell out how the USG (United States Government) and its taxpayers are supposed to pay for all this. Even the name “Green New Deal” contains the phrase “New Deal” which refers to the sweeping socialistic changes to US law and society made in the 1930s by then US President Roosevelt, which included starting the Social Security Administration, confiscating the gold of Americans and substantially expanding the power and jurisdiction of the Federal Government.”

The Global Economy Desperately Needs Freedom – by Richard Ebeling – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/03/the-global-economy-desperately-needs-freedom.html – “But liberty is also a great means to many of our ends. The freedom of others is a social good because by each having the liberty to decide and act on their own knowledge, the rest of us can be the beneficiaries of what they know and can do that which we could not for ourselves — or at least not as well and as inexpensively as they can for us. We should, at the same time, value an economic system that encourages the competitive discovery process that enables all to benefit from the ideas that someone may come up with that potentially enrich the lives of many if not all of the billions of people in the world.”

Venezuela’s power grid targeted by another ‘cyberattack’, Maduro sayshttps://www.rt.com/news/453434-venezuela-maduro-cyberattack-power-grid/ – “Earlier, unconfirmed reports suggested that 95 percent of the crisis-stricken country was again without power, after Sidor Substation in Bolivar state had allegedly exploded, spewing clouds of black smoke into the sky. The substation had reportedly been sustaining the country’s power supply since the Guri plant –which produces 80 percent of the country’s power– failed.”

From the The-Surrealism-is-Surreal Desk: Videos: Wives Of ISIS Fighters Shout Pro-ISIS Slogans, Rail Against Journalists Near Baghouzhttps://southfront.org/videos-wives-of-isis-fighters-shout-pro-isis-slogans-rail-against-journalists-near-baghouz/
Full Price Plus 50% Or More: Trump Seeks Financial Compensations From From Nations Hosting U.S. Troopshttps://southfront.org/full-price-plus-50-or-more-trump-seeks-financial-compensations-from-from-nations-hosting-u-s-troops/ – “The Trump administration is drawing up demands that Germany, Japan and eventually any other nation hosting US troops pay the full price of US soldiers deployed on their soil – plus 50% or more for the privilege of hosting them, according to multiple reports in US media citing various anonymous officials and ‘informed sources’… According to reports, in some cases, nations hosting US troops could be asked to pay 5 to 6 times as much as they do now under the “Cost Plus 50” formula.” – Comment: Sounds fair to me.

Syria Accuses US Stole 40+ Tons of Its Gold – by Eric Zuesse – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/03/08/syria-accuses-us-stole-40-tons-of-its-gold.htmlComment: A good article by Zuesse, with lots of references. It’s a fairly concise overview of Western support for the proxy armies unleashed against Syria.

Venezuelan Government: Blackout Was Preplanned, Reports About Deaths In Hospitals Are Fake Newshttps://southfront.org/venezuelan-government-blackout-was-preplanned-reports-about-deaths-in-hospitals-are-fake-news/Comment: A detailed article “revealing the method” of an operation supporting the ongoing U.S. instigated coup against the Venezuelan government.

The Truth and Secrets of the Universe Are Hidden in Words (16 min) – by Pao Chang – Comment: The words are pointers. The truth is hidden in plain sight.

Chelsea Manning put in custody for refusing to testify on Wikileakshttps://www.rt.com/usa/453352-chelsea-manning-custody-assange/  – “She appeared before a grand jury on Wednesday and invoked her First, Fourth and Sixth amendment rights.  She said the questions pertained to her 2010 disclosures of the American military’s misconduct, and she had answered those extensively during her 2013 court martial.”

Venezuelan Army Exiles Reportedly Abandoned Plan To Enter Country By Force Last Month – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-03-06/venezuelan-army-exiles-reportedly-abandoned-plan-enter-country-force-last-month – “However, many may not realize just how close the situation came to an all-out military conflict late last month, when a skirmish over a US-funded humanitarian aid convoy left at least two Venezuelans dead. As the fighting raged along the Venezuela-Colombia border, a group of 200 exiled soldiers were readying their weapons and preparing to forcefully overpower the Venezuelan national guardsmen and “escort” the caravan of supplies across the border… According to Bloomberg, which reported the aborted coup attempt on Tuesday, the group backed down at the last minute after Colombian officials – who promised to maintain some semblance of peace during the demonstrations – caught wind of their plan, which had been organized by retired General Cliver Alcala, and quickly shut it down.”

“Let’s be very clear. The military is involved”: Retired US Army General On Regime Change Attempt In Venezuelahttps://southfront.org/lets-be-very-clear-the-military-is-involved-retired-us-army-general-on-regime-change-attempt-in-venezuela/ – “According to retired US Army General Robert Scales the US military is already operating in the region of Venezuela. – ‘Let’s be very clear. The military is involved. We have had a Special Forces group in Colombia for almost 60 years fighting against the terrorist groups in Colombia’ Major Gen. Scales said. ‘But they are purely on the periphery. They are helping facilitate the delivery of aid. They are training the Colombian army. They are keeping watch electronically over the border with Venezuela.’ ”

Satellite Images Show North Korea Renewed Construction Of Its Long-Range Missile Facility –  https://southfront.org/satellite-images-show-north-korea-renewed-construction-of-its-long-range-missile-facility/ – “South Korean National Intelligence Service spotted “special activities” with transport vehicles at a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile research and production site called Sanumdong located in the Pyongyang area, according to local media cited by Bloomberg.

From the You-Can’t-Make-This-Stuff-Up Desk: Master Trolling: Elliot Abrams Gives Away Venezuela Bluff to Vovan & Lexushttps://21stcenturywire.com/2019/03/07/master-trolling-elliot-abrams-gives-away-venezuela-bluff-punked-by-vovan-lexus-abrams/ – “Amazingly, despite their obvious Russian accent, the pair still managed to spoof a clueless US State Department gatekeepers and officials when posing as the President of the Swiss Confederation and the Head of the Department of Finance, Ueli Maurer. The call was said to have been made on February 19th, where they managed to convince a naive Abrams that they had frozen large sums of money belonging “Maduro’s inner circle” hidden in Swiss banks on accounts. The pair had Abrams believing they were prepared to give their newly seized multi-million dollar fortune to Washington’s hand-picked Venezuelan puppet “interim president” Juan Guaido, and even convinced Abrams to promise to supply them with ‘evidence’ of Maduro’s crimes.”

Here’s why the US is terrified of one Chinese company controlling the world’s 5G networks – by Shona Ghosh – https://www.businessinsider.com/why-us-terrified-huawei-5g-networks-china-dominance-2019-2 – ” ● US officials stepped up their rhetoric against Huawei, just as the Chinese firm made a big pitch about its 5G business at the mobile industry’s flagship gathering; ● At the Mobile World Congress, the top US cyber official, Robert Strayer, asked European governments to consider the “threat” posed by using Huawei’s 5G equipment in their mobile networks; ● Huawei shot back, and said the US also had surveillance systems; ● Security experts told Business Insider that the US was afraid of yielding control of telecoms infrastructure to Chinese firms that might have to kowtow to laws from an undemocratic regime; ● Huawei upped the ante in its fight with the US over its telecommunication devices on Thursday local time, announcing thatit filed a lawsuit against the US government, which has banned its federal agents from using the equipment, citing privacy concerns.”

German police failed to probe THOUSANDS of tip-offs on refugees suspected of war crimes – reportshttps://www.rt.com/news/453252-germany-refugess-war-crimes-reports/ – “From 2014 to early 2019, the German migration and refugee services referred around 5,000 cases of “crimes under international law” to the police and the attorney general but only 129 cases ended up being investigated, Bild reported on Thursday.”

Persecuted for Defending the Persecuted in Ukraine: Interview with Vyshinsky Defense Attorney Andriy Domansky – “The Vyshinsky case is key in demonstrating the presence of political persecution of journalists in Ukraine. As a legal expert, I believe justice is still possible in Ukraine and I will do everything possible to prove Kirill Vyshinsky’s innocence.” — Vyshinsky defense attorney Andriy Domansky – by Eva Bartlett – https://www.mintpressnews.com/persecuted-for-defending-the-persecuted-in-ukraine-interview-with-vyshinsky-defense-attorney-andriy-domansky/255920/ – “Last week, MintPress News published my interview with Vyshinsky, detailing the nature of his detention, the lack of a trial in spite of nearly 10 months of imprisonment, the absurdities of the accusations levied against him, and his lack of adequate medical care while imprisoned… Domansky is not only Vyshinsky’s lawyer, he is also a journalist. He hosts a weekly radio show on the rights of journalists and, owing to his defense of journalists’ rights, he is sought out by an increasing number of persecuted journalists in Ukraine… In mid-February, I traveled to Kiev to meet and interview Domansky about the political nature of the Vyshinsky case and about the persecution of journalists in general in Ukraine. The interview was conducted via an interpreter in Ukrainian.”

Satellite Images Of US-controlled Rukban Refugee Camp In Syria: Hundreds Of Graves And Insanitary Conditionshttps://southfront.org/sattelite-images-of-us-controlled-rukban-refugee-camp-in-syria-hundreds-of-graves-and-insanitary-conditions/ – “On March 5, the Russian Defense Ministry released stattelite images showing the situation in the Rukban refugee camp, which is located in the US-occupied part of eastern Syria, near the US military garrison of al-Tanf… The released pictures allow to see the real living conditions in the refugee camp… A waste deposit is located in close proximity to the living accomodations…  A notable part of the camp is tents and sheds, which means that no conditions allowing a permanent residence of thousands of people have been created. This is an especially acute problem during the winter… No subsistence warehouses or meal stations are being observed… Food and other goods can be get only in pop-up markets controlled by militants… The Russian military said that US-backed militants are preventing civilians from leaving the site. It said that the Rukban area is no more a refugee camp. It’s a reservation area with hostages…At the same time, the statement added that about 35,000 people have declared their readiness to return to the government-controlled area.”

Democrats back off anti-Semitism resolution amid dissent over Omar remarks – Rift opens in party as lawmakers decry measure as being rushed by Pelosi, back freshman representative under fire over comments on ‘allegiance’ to Israel – https://www.timesofisrael.com/democrats-push-off-anti-semitism-resolution-amid-dissent-over-omar-remarks/ – “House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., suggested Omar and her comments about the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a lobbying group, will loom over any such measure, however it’s worded… ‘Whatever we do it’s going to look like we’re responding specifically to her and to AIPAC and so I’m leaning against,’ he said.”

‘We aren’t slaves’: Erdogan defies US pressure over S-400 deal with Russia, says S-500 may followhttps://www.rt.com/news/453206-s400-deal-erdogan-slave/ – “Ankara’s resilience against US pressure over the purchase of the S-400 systems remains rock solid, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan clarified on Wednesday, stressing that Turkey is a sovereign nation which has the right to choose its trade partners and arms suppliers…’“It’s done. There can never be a turning back. This would not be ethical, it would be immoral. Nobody should ask us to lick up what we spat,’ Erdogan told Kanal 24.”

Erdogan Says If US Can’t Haul Its Weapons Out Of Syria, Turkey Should Get Them – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-03-06/erdogan-says-if-us-cant-haul-its-weapons-out-syria-turkey-should-get-them – ” ‘If US is to take weapons out of Syria, they can, but if they won’t, give them to Turkey, not terrorists,’ President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during a Turkish TV interview on Wednesday.”

US revokes visas of 77 Venezuelan govt officials –  https://www.rt.com/news/453190-us-revoke-visas-venezuela/ – The US will rescind 77 visas held by officials in the Maduro government or by their family members, Pence said on Wednesday. He added that Washington will continue to pressure the Maduro government until “freedom” in Venezuela is restored… Last Saturday, the US already revoked visas from 49 Venezuelans. Earlier, six Venezuelan officials, including the head of the National Guard and the police chief of Táchira state, which borders Colombia, were added to the US blacklist for their role in preventing the US humanitarian aid delivery to Venezuela.”

US puts foreign financial institutions on notice of sanctions if they deal with Maduro – Boltonhttps://www.rt.com/news/453182-bolton-threaten-foreign-institutions/ – “The United States is putting foreign financial institutions on notice that they will face sanctions for being involved in facilitating illegitimate transactions that benefit Nicolas Maduro and his corrupt network,”  the US National Security Advisor John Bolton said in a statement released by the White House. He was repeating the earlier threat by US special envoy Elliott Abrams… Washington also reiterated that it “strongly supports” what it called “democratic transition in Venezuela” led by the self-proclaimed ‘interim president’ Juan Guaido, who has enjoyed consistent support from the US and some of its allies ever since he announced his leadership bid… The national security adviser also said that the US “is pursuing several new diplomatic and economic initiatives in support of that transition” but did not reveal any specific details.”

Daniel Estulin on the Power Hour (audio only 37min): Trump vs. IMF & what’s really going on in Venezuelahttps://youtu.be/cokmje0TIl8Comment: Critical thinking advised.

Book Release for Paul Levy’s “The Quantum Revelation: A Radical Synthesis of Science and Spirituality” (1 hr) – “Perhaps the most important scientific discovery in human history, a possible gift for a new spiritual context for world society.”

Proof of Border Crisis: U.S. Border Patrol Highlight Jaw-Dropping Stats During Press Conference (Video)… – https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/03/06/proof-of-border-crisis-u-s-border-patrol-highlight-jaw-dropping-stats-during-press-conference-video/

Amazon Bans Tommy Robinson’s Book, ‘Mohammed’s Koran’ – by Robert Spencer – https://pjmedia.com/homeland-security/amazon-bans-tommy-robinsons-book-mohammeds-koran/ – “This is an extremely ominous development. Amazon and Barnes and Noble — which is also not carrying this book — have a virtual monopoly on book sales. When these two giants refuse to carry a book, that book effectively does not exist. If they are now going to ban books that are critical of Islam and opposed to jihad terror and Sharia oppression of women, gays, and others, then an Islam-critical perspective will be almost impossible to find anywhere… Some will applaud this as the ultimate and laudable demise of “Islamophobia,” but it is actually far more insidious. If the motivating ideology of jihad terrorists cannot be criticized or even discussed openly, jihad terrorists will have an absolutely free hand. They will act with impunity, secure in the knowledge that any criticism of their activities will be shut down the same way Tommy Robinson was shut down.” – Comment: It looks like Mohammed’s Koran has been scrubbed from every bookstore and eBook store on the web. I was able to find a downloadable ePub version.

Warning About False Flag Operations Against Venezuelahttps://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Warning-About-False-Flag-Operations-Against-Venezuela-20190303-0019.html?fbclid=IwAR1JPDPIFUoCiydZ0zEHkvgjKlXMyke16ElFYK_1uNMWC-Rq_EMmCpVUfoo – “Together with Venezuela’s opposition, the United States government is planning a new false flag operation along the Colombian border, socialist leader and protector of the Venezuelan state of Tachira, Freddy Bernal,  said Sunday…I have direct information from officers of the Colombian National Police that other attacks are coming along the Colombian-Venezuelan border and they are trying to twist the false flag by saying that Venezuela is going to attack Colombia,’ Bernal said during a televised interview with HOY. ” – Comment: Great short video of Venezuelan UN Ambassador Jorge Arreaza speaking at the Security Council at bottom of the page.

Trump Sabotages North Korea Summit to Appease the Hawks – by Mike Whitney – http://www.unz.com/mwhitney/trump-sabotages-north-korea-summit-to-appease-the-hawks/ – “But don’t kid yourself, this isn’t about nuclear weapons, in fact, the Trump administration hasn’t even bothered to assemble a team of weapons inspectors to investigate probable nuclear sites. Why? Because it isn’t about nuclear weapons, it’s about regime change, it’s about inflicting maximum pain and suffering on the Korean people so they take up arms against the government and violently depose Kim and his cabinet. That’s the goal. That’s always been the goal. The blocking of heating oil, essential medicines and vital food supplies are all being used to promote social unrest, fratricidal warfare, and political anarchy. Sound familiar? It should, Washington has it down to an art.”

In Video: Syrian Democratic Forces Release Hundreds Of Suspected ISIS Members –  https://southfront.org/in-video-syrian-democratic-forces-release-hundreds-of-suspected-isis-members/ – The decision to release the suspects coincided with an attack by ISIS cells on a meeting between the SDF’s security forces and local tribal leaders southeast of the city of Raqqa. Several tribal figures and personnel of the SDF were reportedly killed in the attack… The SDF released thousands of suspected ISIS members during the last two years. Local observers warned that this step will allow the terrorist group to resurface in northeastern Syria. The increased number of terrorist attacks shows that this warning is becoming reality.