Web Research Links for the Week of 5/7/18

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.

What else is Washington hiding about US participation in Yemen? – The recent news about Green Berets deployed along the Saudi border highlights the ever-growing U.S. role. So, what else is Washington not disclosing about the US in Yemen? –  by Randi Nord – http://www.thelastamericanvagabond.com/top-news/what-else-washington-hiding-about-us-participation-yemen/ – “A U.S. Army Lieutenant Now Serves for the United Arab Emirates in Yemen — Seriously… This week, Buzzfeed reported that a former U.S. Army lieutenant now serves for the United Arab Emirates. Prior to joining the Emiratis, Stephen Toumajan served as a lieutenant colonel for the United States throughout most of his career… Although Buzzfeed broke the story, this information comes from Toumajan’s own admissions as well as an Emirati’s government website. The U.A.E. speaks highly of Toumajan as “his excellency” and promoted him from his previous U.S. Army lieutenant position. He now serves as a commander for the U.A.E. Joint Aviation Command manning helicopters… Depending on who’s asking, Toumajan may deny his official status — it is, after all, a very gray area legality-wise. When it came to a recent child custody hearing, the American Emirati commander quickly back-peddled on his official involvement in the foreign military… The United States isn’t supposed to have any troops stationed in Yemen. Washington maintains that its role in Yemen involves two key goals: supporting the Saudi coalition and countering al-Qaeda influence… Last summer, Emirati troops greeted U.S. soldiers in Yemen at a remote airport in eastern Yemen. Together, they conducted a special mission to push AQAP militants out of key oil fields. Now, the Emiratis and U.S. occupy some of Yemen’s vital oil supplies.”

Syria Sets New Rules For Israeli Strikes – by Moon of Alabama – “Syria will now continue to respond to Israeli attacks. This time it limited its strikes to military positions in the occupied Golan heights. The next strikes will go further. This time Israel sent its population in the occupied Golan heights into bunkers. The next time half of Israel may have to go underground. How long could Israel sustain that?.. Iran will also retaliate for attacks on its forces in Syria. But it does not need to do so from Syria. There are also other ways and means than sending missiles… That Syria, after much suffering, now retaliated for the Israeli strikes draws a new line in the sand. If Israel wants a wider war it will get one. The destruction in the involved countries in the Middle East, including Israel, might thrown them back 100 years. Syria, Lebanon, and Iran could live with that.  A 100 years ago Israel did not exist.”

Travel Bans, Restrictions And Barbed Wire – Do You Want to Travel Around The Middle East? Think Twice! – by Andre Vltchek – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49408.htm – “That was the time when the new Gaza International Airport had just opened. After few days of fighting, the runway was bombed by the Israelis, all flights cancelled, and I had to, eventually make my way out through Egyptian Sinai… Later, I also witnessed how brutal the Israeli occupation of the Syrian Golan Heights has been; how it has divided countless families and communities. People are forced to shout at each other through the Israeli barbed-wire electric fences. The only way for the families to reunite, at least for a day or two, was to somehow get to Jordan… The Syrian Golan Heights used to be famous for its delicious apples and ancient Druze community. It used to attract travelers from all over the world. Now it is occupied by Israel, and it is de-populated and monstrously militarized… You want to travel there? You cannot; not anymore. It is off limits.”

Trump Basically Threatened Iran with Annihilation – The Deep State First – Madness On Both Ends of the Acela Corridor – by David Stockman – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49410.htm – “At his so-called Cabinet meeting this morning, the Donald basically threatened Iran with annihilation if it does what 15 other signatories to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) do every day: Namely, increase production of industrial grade nuclear fuel (3.5%-5.0% purity) at its enrichment plant at Natanz – which, in any event, is crawling with IAEA inspectors… Moreover, it really doesn’t matter whether Trump was play-acting in the style of Art of the Deal or that the JPAOC could be improved… The mere threat of a military attack from the White House is madness because it arises from blatant lies that have absolutely nothing to do with US national security. Nor, for that matter, the security of any other country in the region, including Saudi Arabia and Israel… The real purpose of the Donald’s missile-rattling is nothing more than helping Bibi Netanyahu keep his coalition of right wing religious and settler parties (Likud, United Torah Judaism, Shas, Kulanu and the Jewish Home) together, thereby maintaining his slim 61-vote majority in the 120-seat Knesset.”

Ray McGovern: Haspel hearing is a charade run by those close to CIA (8 min)

Boston Dynamics Unveils “Terrifying” Robot That Can Run, Jump And Climb – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-11/boston-dynamics-unveils-terrifying-robot-can-run-jump-and-climb – “The robot uprising is right on schedule as evidenced by Boston Dynamics’ latest “nightmare inducing” videos of their autonomous creations. In one, their humanoid robot Atlas can be seen running through a field as if in hot pursuit of John Connor, while another video shows “spot mini” prancing around – going up and down stairs, ominously.”

Jordan Peterson’s ‘Shoddy Treatment of the Jewish Question’ – by Kevin MacDonald – https://russia-insider.com/en/jordan-petersons-shoddy-treatment-jewish-question-kevin-macdonald/ri23440 – ” However, my confidence in Peterson’s trustworthiness was shaken by his shoddy treatment of the Jewish Question, including name-calling directed at my own work. This is part of his broader offensive against identitarians, people who defend their group interests. For Peterson there are only individual interests (a bit strange for someone who approves of evolutionary biology, a subdiscipline that encompasses kin selection theory and, for humans, cultural group selection). For Peterson to admit there is a Jewish Question would be to concede  the reality of group interests—not only families but religions, ethnic groups, and nations.”

War On Cash Goes into Full Effect — Purchases Over $10,000 ILLEGAL in Australia – by Jay Syrmopoulos – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/05/war-on-cash-goes-into-full-effect-purchases-over-10000-illegal-in-australia.html – “Treasurer Scott Morrison said the Black Economy Standing Taskforce will include a rigorous identification system and “mobile strike teams,” in an effort to detect people making suspicious cash transactions, as well as a black economy hotline for citizens to report anyone suspected of engaging in illegal transactions… ‘Cash provides an easy, anonymous and largely untraceable mechanism for conducting black economy activity,’ the response said. ‘Cash payments make it easier to under-report income and avoid tax obligations. This allows businesses transacting in cash to undercut competitors and gain a competitive advantage.’ ”

51 School Children Hospitalized After Mass Poisoning in Ukraine – by  Dilyana Gaytandzhieva – http://21stcenturywire.com/2018/05/11/51-children-hospitalized-after-mass-poisoning-in-school-in-ukraine/ – “This is not the first such case in Ukraine. Over the last few years a number of cases related to poisoning (including botulinum toxin poisoning) and other incurable diseases have been reported across the country. The source of the outbreaks has never been identified. Their number has increased dramatically since the start of the Pentagon biological research program in the former Soviet Union country, which borders on the US main rival – Russia… The US has been operating military biolaboratories in 25 countries under a $ 2.1 billion military program – Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP). Eleven of those biolaboratories are located in Ukraine.  The military projects at these biological research facilities are sensitive information, according to the 2005 Agreement between the US Department of Defense and the Ukrainian Ministry of Health.”

Cognitive-Behavioral Workforce Conditioning Through Online Adaptive-Learning Technetronics – by John Klyczek – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/05/cognitive-behavioral-workforce-conditioning-through-online-adaptive-learning-technetronics.html – ” According to the Obama White House archives, the technetronic Educate to Innovate program financed “science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)” education programs that were bankrolled with ‘over $700 million in public-private partnerships” between the federal government and “leading companies, foundations, non-profits, and science and engineering societies.’ During Obama’s presidency, which was counseled by Brzezinski[2], the corporate-fascist Educate to Innovate project orchestrated public-private political-economic planning with “leaders such as Ursula Burns (Xerox), Sally Ride, Craig Barrett (formerly of Intel), and Glenn Britt (Time Warner Cable) to leverage the business community interest in improving STEM education. Together, they recruited over a 100 other CEOs.”Additionally, Obama’s neoliberal regime pushed Brzezinski’s technetronic agenda even further by ‘help[ing] [to] launch  Change the Equation, a new [2010] non-profit with full-time staff dedicated to mobilizing the business community to improve the quality of STEM education in the United States.’ ”

California Judges Quietly Remove All Second Amendment Rights – This week, in two separate rulings, these judges have declared that the right to self-defense does not exist and is not what the Heller decision outlined – by Austin Lewis – http://www.agenda21radio.news/2018/05/12/california-judges-quietly-remove-all-second-amendment-rights/ – “The CRPA has the option to appeal, of course, meaning that both cases would go to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Anyone with even a passing familiarity with the rulings of that court understands that the outcome of such an appeal is predetermined… The Ninth is a solidly anti-gun rights court, as well as being the most-reversed federal court in the nation. Of course, if the CRPA lost those appeals (or more honestly, when they lost those appeals), they could always appeal again, to the Supreme Court… But the United States Supreme Court seems disinterested in hearing local Second Amendment cases. Their refusal to do so recently, in fact, is the reason that California and Illinois can do essentially whatever they want to restrict firearm rights… By refusing to hear local cases, the Supreme Court allowed the decisions of lower courts to stand, abdicating their role as the arbiter of the law to leftists on the Ninth Circuit Court.”

Must see interview (despite Alex): F. William Engdahl appears on Alex Jones to present some analysis from his brand new book, Manifest Destiny: Democracy as Cognitive Dissonance, and outlines the Globalist moment (27 min)

Autistic 5th-Grader Handcuffed, Arrested for Playing With ‘Imaginary Gun’ at School – by Matt Agorist – http://www.thedailysheeple.com/autistic-5th-grader-handcuffed-arrested-for-playing-with-imaginary-gun-at-school_052018 – “(mother Amy) Sims explained that she was never notified of her son’s arrest until after he’d been booked. Sims noted that like many kids with autism, her son doesn’t understand that playing make believe guns on campus has become inappropriate behavior… ‘Being put in handcuffs, not knowing what he did wrong, I could have had a talk with him and told him look, I know you like to play guns, but you can’t do it in school,’ said Amy Sims… Indeed, that is all that should have happened. However, this little boy is now facing criminal charges instead… As for David, he will not be allowed back at the school and he must attend an alternative disciplinary school for the rest of the year.”

Missile attacks reflect changing strategic landscape – Russia has shown its willingness to allow attacks by Israel on the Iranians or Hezbollah   -by Stephen Bryen – http://www.atimes.com/article/missile-attacks-reflect-changing-strategic-landscape/ – “Netanyahu’s presence in Moscow represents in the strongest possible terms that the two leaders have achieved an operational modus vivendi, allowing the Israeli and Russian militaries to work out a deconfliction system for their air forces and air defenses. Russia has consistently demonstrated its willingness to tolerate attacks by Israel against shipments of weapons and weapons depots that are either supporting the Iranians or Hezbollah… Iran has to be alarmed that Russia and Israel are working in close collaboration in Syria. Iran has been pushing to add to the 10 permanent bases it has in Syria and now wants a naval port, but Assad has refused due to Russian objections. Israel would certainly object to an Iranian naval presence as well.”

Joint Statement from Ellen M. Lord and Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty on Recapitalization of Plutonium Pit (nuclear bomb cores) Production –  https://www.energy.gov/nnsa/articles/joint-statement-ellen-m-lord-and-lisa-e-gordon-hagerty-recapitalization-plutonium-pit – “The approved plan is the result of effective interagency collaboration between DoD and the Department of Energy’s NNSA.  We share a deep commitment to recapitalizing the capabilities the United States needs to deter its adversaries and assure our allies and partners.  Plutonium pit production is a priority for both of us, and through the NWC, we will regularly coordinate and monitor the progress… Additional information can be found in this fact sheet.”

Russia warned Iran ahead of exchange with Israel — report – Moscow’s deputy FM said to have conveyed message to Tehran based on content of Putin-Netanyahu conversation – https://www.timesofisrael.com/russia-warned-iran-ahead-of-exchange-with-israel-report/ – “Russia reportedly issued a “warning” to Iran hours before 20 missiles were fired at the Golan Heights from Syria, prompting a massive Israeli counter-strike… The Saudi-owned Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported Friday that Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov had conveyed the unspecified warning to his Iranian counterpart, Abbas Araghchi, in Tehran on Wednesday… Iran denied the claim that it fired rockets at Israeli territory and insisted it does not maintain military bases in Syria.”

Moscow says it won’t supply advanced air defenses to Syria – Days after Netanyahu visits Russia and Israel strikes Iranian bases, aide to Putin says there’s no talk of sending S-300 missiles to Assad – https://www.timesofisrael.com/moscow-says-it-wont-supply-advanced-air-defenses-to-syria/ – “An aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Moscow has no current plans to supply an advanced air defense system to Syria… Vladimir Kozhin, a member of Putin’s inner circle, told the Russian newspaper Izvestia that there has been no talk of delivering the S-300 system to Damascus… ‘So far, there has been no talk of deliveries of modern new systems,’ he said, adding that the Assad regime has “all that is needed.” ”

Which side is lying about Israel’s missile attack on Syria? – Analysis of reports show Israel’s attack was ‘pre-emptive’ and unprovoked – by Eric Zuesse – http://theduran.com/which-lying-israel-may-9th-missiles-syria-syria/ –  “Neither side is yet presenting key evidence regarding which side fired first, and which side was the actual aggressor. Are both sides lying? However, during what seems to have been the beginning of the missile-exchanges, Israel’s leading newspaper did run the headline “A Preemptive Strike in Syria”. “Preemptive” means like George W.Bush’s 20 March 2003 invasion of Iraq was. That Israeli newspaper believes in ‘preemptive’ invasion now, and so did Americans believe in it in 2003… Also on May 10th, the Times of Israel newspaper bannered “Iranian military official denies firing rockets at Israel” and reported that Iran’s Government said it didn’t know anything about any missiles that might have been fired from Syrian territory into any Israeli-occupied portion of the Golan Heights. Presumably if that rocket-firing had actually happened, Iran’s Government would have known about it, but they said they knew nothing about any such thing.”

Trump’s Pyrrhic Victory: the US Opts for a Path That Can Only Lead to War – by Philip M. Giraldi – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/05/10/trump-pyrrhic-victory-us-opts-for-path-that-can-only-lead-war.html – “The failure of the JCPOA is not about the agreement at all, which is both sound and workable. There is unfortunately an Israeli-White House construct which assumes that Iran is both out to destroy Israel, for which no evidence has been revealed, as well as being singularly untrustworthy, an odd assertion coming from either Washington or Tel Aviv.”

Charity Worker Arrested, Facing 5 Years in Prison For Giving Starving Immigrants Food And Water – by John Vibes – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/05/charity-worker-arrested-facing-5-years-in-prison-for-giving-starving-immigrants-food-and-water.html – “Suspiciously, this arrest happened just hours after border patrol was criticized by the organization that Warren works with, “No More Deaths.” Among various outreach efforts that the group is involved in, they are also known for leaving behind food and water for immigrants crossing the border… Earlier this year, No More Deaths released a report showing that 3,856 gallons of water were destroyed by border agents over a four-year period. The report included video footage of border agents kicking over gallons of water and pouring them out.”

Food Stamp Enrollment Drops by 1.3 Million in Two Monthshttp://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/05/09/food-stamp-enrollment-drops-1-3-million-two-months/

Holocaust-Doubting Grandma Hunted Down by Fearless German Crime Fighters – by Mark Boden – https://russia-insider.com/en/holocaust-doubting-grandma-hunted-down-fearless-german-crime-fighters/ri23412 – “Meet Ursula Haverbeck, a numerically challenged octogenarian who goes around telling people she thinks the 6 million Holocaust number is bullticky… Watch her break German law, right here on YouTube!, as she calmly explains her reasoning in her sweet grandmotherly way that has endeared her to millions…”

Holocaust-denier ‘Nazi grandma’ nabbed after failing to show up for prisonhttps://www.timesofisrael.com/holocaust-denier-nazi-grandma-nabbed-after-failing-to-show-up-for-prison/ – ” Haverbeck was sentenced at a Berlin district court in October 2017, for saying, at a January 2016 event in the German capital, that the Holocaust did not take place and that there were no gas chambers at the infamous Auschwitz death camp. In closing arguments at her trial, she again denied the Holocaust, prompting another conviction.” – Comment: This Times of Israel article leads off ” A Holocaust denier known as the “Nazi grandma”…”  Really? Known by whom?

Streamlining and Expediting Requests To Locate Broadband Facilities in Rural America https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/11/2018-00553/streamlining-and-expediting-requests-to-locate-broadband-facilities-in-rural-america – “It shall therefore be the policy of the executive branch to use all viable tools to accelerate the deployment and adoption of affordable, reliable, modern high-speed broadband connectivity in rural America, including rural homes, farms, small businesses, manufacturing and production sites, tribal communities, transportation systems, and healthcare and education facilities… To implement this policy and enable sustainable rural broadband infrastructure projects, executive departments and agencies (agencies) should seek to reduce barriers to capital investment, remove obstacles to broadband services, and more efficiently employ Government resources… Among other actions, the executive branch will continue its implementation of section 6409 of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-96) (“section 6409”), which requires, among other things, that the General Services Administration (GSA) develop a common form and master contract for wireless facility sitings on buildings and other property owned by the Federal Government.” – Comment: Draining the Swamp by evaporation with EMF radiation…

Gareth Porter: Did John Bolton Leak Intelligence to Sabotage a Trump-Kim Deal? http://21stcenturywire.com/2018/05/07/gareth-porter-did-john-bolton-leak-intelligence-to-sabotage-a-trump-kim-deal/

From the It-Just-Gets-Weirder Desk: Illinois Police Just Claimed if Marijuana is Legalized, They’ll Have to Kill Their Police Dogs – by John Vibes –  https://www.activistpost.com/2018/05/illinois-police-just-claimed-if-marijuana-is-legalized-theyll-have-to-kill-their-police-dogs.html – “However, it is actually possible to retrain the K9s, as many police departments in Washington have shown.… Legalization activist Dan Linn of NORML thinks that the police are just making empty threats to scare the public… ‘The idea that legalizing for adults to have an ounce on them will equal … all these dogs being euthanized, that seems kind of ridiculous and hyperbolic,’ he said… Macon County Sheriff Howard Buffett complained that this would make the dogs useless to the department, and would be a victory for drug dealers.”

It’s Time to Drop the Jew Taboo – It’s making serious discussion of Russian geopolitics and history next to impossible – by Charles Bausman – https://russia-insider.com/en/its-time-drop-jew-taboo/ri22186 – “Most people know about, but few are willing to condemn, the strict taboo in the media, of criticizing Jews as a group, using that term. One cannot even criticize a small subsection of Jews, a miniscule percentage of the Jewish population, even when they richly deserve it… Obviously, this is a ridiculous way to run a publication whose object is to get to the truth, so I am writing this to explain why, from now on, the pages of Russia Insider will be open to articles which fairly and honestly address the influence of Jewish elites, including pointing out when it is malevolent, which it often is, and try to understand it and explain it, with malice towards none.”

US May Freeze Weapons Sales To Turkeyhttps://southfront.org/us-may-freeze-weapons-sales-to-turkey/ – ” ‘If the United States imposes sanctions on us or takes such a step, Turkey will absolutely retaliate,’ Cavusoglu said. ‘What needs to be done is the U.S. needs to let go of this.’.. Cavusoglu pointed out that the US sanctions would be “wrong” and “illogical” and Washington ‘should give up this approach.’.. ‘Turkey is not a country under your orders, it is an independent country… speaking to such a country from above, dictating what it can and cannot buy, is not a correct approach and does not fit our alliance,’ Cavusoglu said, referring to the fact that both countries are members of NATO.”

This List of US, Pro-Israel Pressure Groups Is Extraordinary – ‘The Israel Lobby – a List’ – from If Americans Knewhttps://russia-insider.com/en/list-us-pro-israel-pressure-groups-extraordinary-israel-lobby-list/ri23384 – “The activities of the Israel lobby are directly related to Russian affairs because despite ‘diplomatic’  relations between the two counties, Israel and Russia are backing opposite sides in the brutal Syrian conflict, and much of the anti-Russian hysteria being manufactured in the US, including the RussiaGate Hoax, is coming from Jewish political pressure groups, Jewish-owned and staffed media, and politicians who are either Jewish or getting major funding from the Israel lobby, (i.e. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, James Clapper, John Brennan,etc.).

They Admitted Social Media Is Programming Us – Truthstream Media (24 min)

Fears raised over HUMAN cloning: Lab in controversial embryo experiments – by Rachel O’Donoghue – https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/700726/human-cloning-clones-embryo-experiemnt-maastricht – “The research institute combined two types of stem cells to create a viable embryo, which could then be replicated multiple times… Amazingly, it means the researchers didn’t use either an egg or sperm to create the very beginning of human life… The embryos the lab has made will be used for medical testing, specifically to figure out why embryos fail to implant in women’s wombs… The experiment was carried out by scientists from the MERLN Institute at Maastricht Univeristy and the Hubrecht Institute (KNAW) in the Netherlands.” (emphasis added)

Minister warns Israel could kill Assad if he lets Iran attack from Syria – by Michael Bachner – https://www.timesofisrael.com/minister-warns-israel-could-kill-assad-if-he-lets-iran-attack-from-syria/ – ” ‘If Assad continues to let the Iranians operate from Syrian soil, he should know that he signed his own death warrant and that it will be his end. We will topple his regime,’ Yuval Steinitz, the minister of national infrastructure, energy and water resources, told the Ynet website..’“Assad cannot sit calmly in his palace and rehabilitate his regime while letting Syria be turned into a base for attacks against the State of Israel. It’s very simple,’ said Steinitz who is a member of Israel’s security cabinet… Steinitz later released a statement clarifying that he was only ‘expressing his personal view.’ ”

From Benjamin Fulford’s blast May 7, 2018: “To this end, the above-mentioned “White-hat Rogers (NSA) now joins former intelligence officials Mike Flynn (Defense Intelligence Agency), Buzzy Krongard (CIA), Louis Freeh, Bob Mueller (FBI), and military brass as Trump’s praetorian guard to deep six the Deep State,” the Pentagon sources promise.” (emphasis added) Comment: Swampland for sale, please contact Whitehouse.

Hezbollah in shock election win, gets control of Lebanese parliament – Pro-Syrian and pro-Iranian team in Beirut, known as the March 8 Alliance, won 67 out of the 128 seats, although former PM Hariri is expected to remain as PM – by Sami Moubayed – http://www.atimes.com/article/hezbollah-in-shock-election-win-gets-control-of-lebanese-parliament/ – “The election results are a shock to all stakeholders, especially to Israel. Hours after the results were announced, Education Minister Naftali Bennet said: “Lebanon = Hezbollah” noting that Tel Aviv will not differentiate between the sovereign state of Lebanon and the party that now controls its Legislative Branch.”

Mini Dwarf Pony who Could Barely Walk Finally Gets to Run (11 min) – https://forbiddenknowledgetv.net/mini-dwarf-pony-who-could-barely-walk-finally-gets-to-run/

Neo-Nazi California Senate candidate booted from GOP conventionhttps://www.timesofisrael.com/neo-nazi-california-senate-candidate-booted-from-gop-convention/ – “(Patrick Little) The top challenger to longtime US Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, a white supremacist who espouses anti-Semitic views, kicked and dragged an Israeli flag along the ground after being banned from the state Republican Party convention on Saturday… ‘This is the flag of a terrorist country,’ he says at one point during the video… Patrick Little was prevented from registering at the party convention at a hotel in San Diego, and was escorted from the venue by security officers, the San Francisco Chronicle reported… In a campaign video posted to YouTube earlier this week, Little said he ‘woke up to the Jewish question and dedicated my life to exposing these Jews that control our country.’ ” – Comment: This article’s headline identifies Little as a “Neo-Nazi,” however he has not at any point identified any Nazi or “White Supremacist” affiliations.

Large-scale study proves that cell tower radiation causes cancer… where is the apology from the media for years of LYING about it? – by Isabelle Z. – https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-05-06-large-scale-study-proves-that-cell-tower-radiation-causes-cancer.html – “The world’s biggest animal study of cell tower radiation, which was carried out by the Ramazzini Institute in Italy, has revealed the dangers of exposure to environmental levels of cell tower radiation. In the study, researchers exposed 2,448 rats to 1.8 GHz GSM radiofrequency radiation in amounts that mimicked those that cell tower antennas give off for 19 hours a day. They found that the female rats had a higher chance of developing malignant brain tumors, while all rats had a higher chance of precancerous conditions and Schwann cell hyperplasia… This study went the extra mile, allowing the rats to live until their natural death. Four fifths of human cancers occur after people have turned 60, so following the animals over an extended period enabled them to catch late-developing tumors… The researchers say that their findings are enough to call on the International Agency for Research on Cancer to take another look at the carcinogenicity of radiofrequency radiation on humans.”

EMFs and RFRs Finally Taken To Court, In Canada That Is – by  Catherine Frompovich – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/05/emfs-and-rfrs-finally-taken-to-court-in-canada-that-is.html – “In reading the 64-page document, I found it extremely exciting to realize a member of the legal profession was “calling to task” corporate behemoths for product liability ‘negligence’, plus other stated accusations, and especially their FAILURE to inform of potential exposure to EMFs from their wireless products, services, etc., including their FAILURE to encourage means to reduce EMF exposures: (50 named respondents)…  EE. Respondents including the Provincial and Federal governments: (i) hid information concerning EMF pollution and its effects, which caused prejudice to those subjected to EMF pollution; (ii) willfully and intentionally caused prejudice to the Quebec population, its flora and fauna, children, pregnant women and the EMF hypersensitive by covering up technical information, carcinogenic nature, and other health risks due to cumulative EMF exposure; [Pg. 36]”

Advertisements

Web Research Links for the Week of 4/30/18

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.

Armenian Genocide: Turkey Cracks Down – by Uzay Bulut – https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/12255/armenian-genocide-turkey-cracks-down – “The annual Armenian Genocide commemorative event that the Istanbul branch of Turkey’s Human Rights Association (IHD) and the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement (EGAM) planned to hold on April 24 — which they have been holding every year since 2005 — was blocked by police, who seized the placards and banners about the genocide and carried out criminal record checks on participants. Three human rights activists were detained and then released… The annual event commemorates the April 24, 1915 round-up, imprisonment and eventual slaughter of more than 200 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Istanbul by Ottoman authorities — and the unfolding of the Armenian Genocide.”

“Windows NOT Broken”: New Body Cam of Vegas Shooting Raises Even More Questions – by Jack Burns – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/05/windows-not-broken-new-body-cam-of-vegas-shooting-raises-even-more-questions.htmlComment: For anyone paying attention and still having 2 firing neurons, the “Las Vegas Massacre” stories have unravelled entirely. Sadly, there don’t seem to be many in the above category.

Social Media Behemoths Sweep Alternative News into the Memory Hole – by Kurt Nimmo – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/05/social-media-behemoths-sweep-alternative-news-into-the-memory-hole.html – “Both the right and left need to nurture their own social media platforms and drive traffic there… However, I’m not sure we’re up to it… The elite has done a remarkable job of using the time tested divide and conquer concept, endlessly pitting the so-called right against the amorphously defined left and vice versa. Liberals and conservatives continue to fight over frivolous ideological points as the funny money asset-driven economy prepares to implode and the mission of infinity war expands to the point where it endangers life on planet Earth.”

Cornell course examines ‘derangement’ of ‘climate denialism’ – by Neetu Chandak – https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=10847 – “Deranged Authority: The Force of Culture in Climate Change, worth four academic credits, is set to be taught in the Fall 2018 semester by cultural anthropologist Jennifer Carlson… The course description asserts that “climate denialism is on the rise,” suggesting the increase is related to the rise of “reactionary, rightwing [sic] politics in the United States, UK, and Germany.” The proposed solution to combat such denialism and assumed ignorance is “climate justice,” even though over 30,000 scientists reject global warming alarmism… Course readings will focus on the question of “authority” in the field of climate science, exploring ‘climate research, popular environmentalist texts, and industry campaigns aimed at obfuscating evidence of ecological collapse.’.. The class is also influenced by Amitav Ghosh’s 2016 book Great Derangement, which, according to the course description, ‘suggests that the world’s collective failure to meet the challenges of climate change stems from an ongoing crisis of culture and, more fundamentally, of the imagination.’ ”

Pentagon Seeks $300 Million in Weapons for 65,000 US-Backed Forces in Syria – by Jason Ditz – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/05/pentagon-seeks-300-million-in-weapons-for-65000-us-backed-forces-in-syria.html – “The $300 million in arms also comes with $250 million in “border security” funding for Syria. Both are going into the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), which Pentagon officials can easily shuffle around to spend on virtually anything… While couched as “Counter-ISIS” funding, the funding looks more likely to be backing the YPG in fighting Turkey. While the US is unlikely to fund fighting against another NATO ally, it may also be this is just another excuse to grow the OCO.”

The Warmakers – by The Saker – http://www.unz.com/tsaker/the-warmakers/ – “Now the bad news: The Israelis are at it again… Amazing, isn’t it? The Israelis have been whining about “imminent” Iranian nukes for years, and they are still at it. Not only that, but these guys have the nerve to say “Iran lied”. Seriously, even by the already unique Israeli standards, that is chutzpah elevated to a truly stratospheric level… If Europe had any sense, any leadership, it would tell Washington good-bye… Is there any reason at all to believe that this time around, when Iran has had almost 40 years to prepare for a full-scale AngloZionist attack the Iranians will fight less fiercely or less competently? We could also look at the actual record of the US armed forces (see Paul Craig Roberts’ superb summary here) and ask: do you think that the US, lead by the likes of Trump, Bolton or Nikki Haley will have the staying power to fight the Iranians to exhaustion (since a land invasion of Iran is out of the question)? Or this: what will happen to the world economy if the entire Middle-East blows up into a major regional war?.. Now comes the scary part: both the Israelis and the Neocons always, always, double-down. The notion of cutting their losses and stopping what is a self-evidently mistaken policy is simply beyond them. Their arrogance simply cannot survive even the appearance of having made a mistake (remember how both Dubya and Olmert declared that they had won against Hezbollah in 2006?).” (emphasis added)

What Can Be Done? – by Paul Craig Roberts – https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/04/30/can-done-paul-craig-roberts/ – “What is the value to Europe of Washington’s hegemony over the world? How do Europeans, as opposed to a handful of politicians receiving bags full of money from Washington, benefit from their vassalage to Washington? Not one benefit can be identified. Washington’s apologists say that Europe is afraid of being dominated by Russia. So why aren’t Europeans afraid of their 73 years of domination by Washington, especially a domination that is leading them into military conflict with Russia?.. Why does Europe enable this scenario? Is there no humanity, no intelligence left anywhere in Europe? Is Europe nothing but a collection of cattle awaiting slaughter from the machinations of the crazed American neocons? Are there no European political leaders with one ounce of common sense, one ounce of integrity?.. If not, doom is upon us as there is no humanity or intelligence in Washington.” – Comment: The lack of intelligence in Washington certainly seems to include Donald Trump.

TV: Israel may be keeping Iran nuke program chief alive, to track his activities – Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, named by Netanyahu as head of Iranian program, would presumably have been on hit list, expert says; if he’s still alive, there must be a reason – https://www.timesofisrael.com/tv-israel-may-be-keeping-iran-nuke-program-chief-alive-to-track-his-activities/Comment: How considerate of the purveyors of the Zionist Entity…

From the Propagandists-Run-Wild Desk: Assad Supporters Plan to Put the ‘Media on Trial’ for Doing Journalism in Syria – A panel of conspiracy theorists plan to gather to discuss whether war reporters should be considered terrorists – https://www.snopes.com/news/2018/05/02/assad-supporters-plan-put-media-trial-journalism-syria/ – “The panel was  scheduled for 27 May 2018 at Leeds City Museum, but the museum has since cancelled the event. It included Vanessa Beeley, a British blogger who has gained notoriety by churning out regime propaganda, and Patrick Henningsen, a former writer for Alex Jones’s conspiracy trolling network InfoWars.com… Both are now editors for 21stCenturyWire.com, a disreputable web site that posts pro-Assad disinformation among a garbled cornucopia of pseudoscience and Holocaust denial. The site often hosts David Icke, a British personality who sells the belief that the world is secretly controlled by a race of shape-shifting lizard people who have faked mass casualty events like 9/11.” (emphasis added) Comment: The levels of disingenuousness and lies on display here are almost too deep to plumb. A tremendous split is developing between those who accept this kind of deception as truth, and those who are seeing through it. Free speech is now being denied public venues in the UK regularly.

From the Be-Afraid-Be-Very-Afraid Desk: Israeli satellite firm reports ‘unusual’ activity at Iran nuclear site –  by Judah Ari Gross – https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-satellite-firm-reports-unusual-activity-at-iran-nuclear-site/ – ” ‘You all remember the Fordo facility? The Fordo Uranium Enrichment Facility. This was a secret underground enrichment facility that the Iranians built under a mountain. You don’t put thousands of centrifuges under a mountain to produce medical isotopes. You put them there for one reason: nuclear weapons, enrichment for nuclear weapons,’ Netanyahu said.”

From the By-The-Globalist-Playbook Desk: A caravan of Central Americans reaches Tijuana and a dramatic scene unfolds –  by Esmeralda Bermudez – http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-tijuana-caravan-20180502-story.html – “Irma Rivera heard about the caravan to the U.S. border when she reached Tapachula, a town on the southwest end of Mexico… She and other immigrants staying in shelters saw fliers announcing the trip north… By then, Rivera and her two children had been stranded for more than a month. The idea of joining a group for the 4,000-mile journey seemed a little less terrifying… Back home in Honduras, nothing was left. Rivera’s village was locked in a bloody land battle. Her husband had been shot dead in the fields… ‘Being a Latino, it hurts to see this,’ said Eduardo Lozano, a lifelong resident of Tijuana who helps build battleships in San Diego. ‘But do you really think these people are going to be allowed to cross? They’re not. Many of them are going to stay here and become a burden.’.. As he spoke, cars crammed with donations continued to pull up to the camp. They brought tents, toys and a few medical supplies.”

HOW ISRAEL HARDWARE BACKDOORED – EVERYTHING (video 3min) (Yikes!)

from the Brave-New-World Desk: ‘Forget the Facebook leak’: China is mining data directly from workers’ brains on an industrial scale – Government-backed surveillance projects are deploying brain-reading technology to detect changes in emotional states in employees on the production line, the military and at the helm of high-speed trains – by Stephen Chen – http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2143899/forget-facebook-leak-china-mining-data-directly-workers-brains – “…the workers wear caps to monitor their brainwaves, data that management then uses to adjust the pace of production and redesign workflows, according to the company… The company said it could increase the overall efficiency of the workers by manipulating the frequency and length of break times to reduce mental stress… Hangzhou Zhongheng Electric is just one example of the large-scale application of brain surveillance devices to monitor people’s emotions and other mental activities in the workplace, according to scientists and companies involved in the government-backed projects… Concealed in regular safety helmets or uniform hats, these lightweight, wireless sensors constantly monitor the wearer’s brainwaves and stream the data to computers that use artificial intelligence algorithms to detect emotional spikes such as depression, anxiety or rage.”

Report: Afghan Security Forces See Drastic Decline – by William Gallo – https://www.voanews.com/a/report-kabul-government-controls-just-over-half-afghan-districts/4372386.html – “Afghan police and army forces saw an almost 11-percent decline, according to the report released Tuesday by the Special Inspector General on Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR… Afghan forces suffered unprecedented casualties in 2017, reportedly losing about 10,000 personnel, according to a recentNew York Times article.” (emphasis added)

Iran is ordered to pay $6BILLION in damages to families of victims of 9/11 after a federal judge found the Islamic Republic aided the attacks and provided material support to Al -Qaeda – from AP –  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5681355/Iran-ordered-pay-6BILLION-damages-families-9-11-victims.html – ● Iran has been ordered to pay $6billion in damages to families of victims of 9/11, ● The federal court found evidence that Iran provided material support to al Qaeda, ● Iran has kept quiet about the lawsuit and it’s unlikely they will ever pay, ● Families to the 9/11 victims announced plans this month plans to take steps in a broader court case against Saudi Arabia” – Comment: The timing of this ruling by a single judge is interesting

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims May 2018 as Jewish American Heritage Monthhttps://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/president-donald-j-trump-proclaims-may-2018-jewish-american-heritage-month/ – “Jewish Americans have helped guide the moral character of our Nation.  They have maintained a strong commitment to engage deeply in American society while also preserving their historic values and traditions.  Their passion for social justice and showing kindness to strangers is rooted in the beliefs that God created all people in his image and that we all deserve dignity and peace.  These beliefs have inspired Jewish Americans to build mutual-support societies, hospitals, and educational institutions that have enabled them and their fellow Americans to advance American society.” – Comment: No comment.

U.S. Coalition to launch airstrike against Syria from west Iraq: Paramilitary leader – by Nehal Mostafa – https://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/u-s-coalition-to-launch-airstrike-against-syria-from-west-iraq-paramilitary-leader/ – ” Anbar (IraqiNews.com) The U.S.-led Coalition is getting ready to strike some regions in Syria from an airbase, west of Anbar, a pro-government paramilitary leader said… ‘Informed sources from Ain al-Assad base confirmed that the Coalition jets will carry out, within few hours, an airstrike against some regions in Syria,’ Qutri al-Ebeidi, a senior leader with al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) in Anbar, told Almaalomah website on Tuesday… Ebeidi indicated that many jets hover over the base ‘after the U.S. Coalition announced yesterday ending its combat operations in Iraq.’.. On Monday, the coalition announced the end of its combat operations against Islamic State in Iraq and deactivation of its land forces command headquarters.”

New documents show the UK signed up in secret to support Saudi military action – More secrecy won’t protect Yemeni or Saudi Arabian civilians — or the British citizens at work behind the front line – by Mike Lewis – https://medium.com/@mikelresearch/new-documents-show-the-uk-signed-up-in-secret-to-back-saudi-military-action-6b97ccc4d373 – “Throughout the Yemen conflict, Saudi Arabia has remained by far Britain’s leading arms export customer. Half of all UK exports of weapons and military equipment from 2013 to 2017 went to the Kingdom (up from 28% in 2007–11). Most were for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF), 151 of whose 324 combat aircraft are British-supplied, along with weapons, ground systems, parts and spares… As these papers show, the agreement requires that “United Kingdom civilian and military personnel will remain available in Saudi Arabia for preparation, including arming and support, of the [Tornado fighter-bomber] aircraft during an armed conflict” in which Saudi Arabia is involved… Documents and testimonies we’ve gathered paint a more complicated picture. Over the past eighteen months, with the support of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Katherine Templar and I have sought to map these British and British-employed personnel in Saudi Arabia, trying to understand their work and their experiences. Though their existence is hardly a secret, their precise numbers and functions have long remained obscure. The UK-Saudi agreements that govern their work are classified ‘UK Confidential/RSAF Secret’ and are closed from public release until 2027. Even UK ministers say they ‘do not have full visibility of the prime contractor’s manpower footprint in Saudi Arabia, the detail of which forms part of the commercial arrangements underpinning the delivery of much of the contracted support and is therefore sensitive.’ ”

U.S. Confirms Delivery Of Javelin Antitank Missiles To Ukraine – by Christopher Miller – https://www.rferl.org/amp/javelin-missile-delivery-ukraine-us-confirmed/29200588.html – “”They have already been delivered,” a U.S. State Department official confirmed on April 30 in response to an RFE/RL query on the handover of Javelins… In a statement posted on Facebook, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko also confirmed the delivery and said his country continues ‘to strengthen our defense potential in order to repel Russian aggression.’ ” Comment: Russian “aggression” in the Ukraine is frequently claimed, but, so far, has never been substantiated. Many reports now state that the Ukrainian war against the Donbass republics that broke away after the illegal coup against the Yanukovich (who only narrowly evaded assassination by the coup factions) government is on the verge of heating up as part of the Atlanto-Zionist strategy of tension internationally, which some see as related to the impeding collapse of the Western debt economy.

65% of Public School 8th Graders Not Proficient in Reading; 67% Not Proficient in Math – by Terence P. Jeffrey – https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/65-public-school-8th-graders-not-proficient-reading-67-not-proficient – ” ‘Eighth-graders performing at the Proficient level should…understand the connections between fractions, percents, decimals, and other mathematical topics such as algebra and functions,” says NCES. “Students at this level are expected to have a thorough understanding of Basic level arithmetic operations—an understanding sufficient for problem solving in practical situations.’.. When it comes to reading, eighth-grade ‘students performing at the Proficient level should be able to provide relevant information and summarize main ideas and themes,’ says NCES. ‘They should be able to make and support inferences about a text, connect parts of a text, and analyze text features. Students performing at this level should also be able to fully substantiate judgments about content and presentation of content.’ ” – Article includes a boatload of statistics.

Facial recognition may be coming to a police body camera near you – by Drew Harwell – https://www.lmtonline.com/business/article/Facial-recognition-may-be-coming-to-a-police-body-12866541.php – “Axon has moved aggressively to corner the market on police technologies, offering free one-year trials for its body cameras and online storage to police departments nationwide. The company said in February that more than half of the major city law-enforcement agencies in the United States have bought Axon body cameras or software, including Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington… The company, which changed its name last year from Taser International, also advertises itself as “the largest custodian of public safety data in the U.S.,” saying more than 20 petabytes – or 20 million gigabytes – of police photos, body-camera video and other criminal-investigation documents have been uploaded to its cloud-storage service, Evidence.com… Police video is seen as a major growth market for AI-development firms, both for real-time surveillance and after-crime review: One company, BriefCam, allows city officials and police investigators to narrow hours of video down into seconds by filtering only the footage of, for instance, red trucks or men with suitcases.”

Israel Strikes Syria with Tactical Nuke – This is far from the first time Israel has used nuclear weapons against it’s enemies – by Ian Greenhalgh – https://www.veteranstoday.com/2018/04/30/israel-strikes-syria-with-tactical-nuke/Note: There is a lot of controversy over these claims.

The UK Government’s Skripal Conspiracy Theory – The Art of Holding a Mass of Contradictory Thoughts in Your Head – A lethal nerve agent followed by a drink and a meal for starters – by Rob Slane – https://russia-insider.com/en/uk-governments-skripal-conspiracy-theory-art-holding-mass-contradictory-thoughts-your-head/ri23314 – “The Official Narrative on the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal is a collection of illogical claims and assertions that cannot be made to fit together, that make no rational sense, and which would require us to hold a mass of contradictory thoughts in our head if we were to accept it. It is in short a conspiracy theory, and a particularly bad one at that.”

Netanyahu To Again Cry Wolf – But Something Bigger Is Up (Updated) – by Moon of Alabama – http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/04/netanyahoo-to-again-cry-wolf-but-something-bigger-is-up.html#more – “Netanyahoo (sic) is a notorious liar and warmonger. In September 2002 he lied (vid) to the U.S. congress: ‘There is no question whatsoever that Saddam is seeking and is working and is advancing towards the development of nuclear weapons – no question whatsoever.‘.. Only yesterday he promoted a false story that claimed Arabs in Israel had disrupted a minuted of silence for some people killed in a flash flood… The IAEA says that Iran is in full compliance with the JCPOA. If there were any serious intelligence about any Iranian deviation from the nuclear agreement it would be presented to the IAEA and the six signature powers of the agreement. The IAEA would investigate and report back. If Iran cheated it would be put back under serious international sanctions. That Netanyahoo wants to present something publicly makes it very likely that he has nothing of relevance… We hear that the documents he is said to present were compiled by one Christopher Steele and assembled with the help of one Sergej Skripal and his MI6 handler [redacted]. They will show that Iran attempts to buy yellowcake uranium from Niger… This new comedy stunt by Netanyahoo is tightly coordinated with the Trump administration.  Trump’s national security advisor John Bolton has worked with the Zionists since early 2000 to push for a war on Iran: ‘During multiple trips to Israel, Bolton had unannounced meetings, including with the head of Mossad, Meir Dagan, without the usual reporting cable to the secretary of state and other relevant offices. Judging from that report on an early Bolton visit, those meetings clearly dealt with a joint strategy on how to bring about political conditions for an eventual U.S. strike against Iran.’ “

Trump Administration Sends a Dark, Threatening Message to Kim Jong Un – by Alex Lockie – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49327.htm – “Bolton, a noted North Korea hawk who has vocally pushed for war with the country, made an unsavory comparison in an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation” that Kim is sure to have picked up on… Of plans to denuclearize North Korea, Bolton said, ‘I think we’re looking at the Libya model of 2003, 2004.’.. Bolton added: ‘In the case of Libya, for example, and it’s a different situation in some respects … One thing that Libya did that led us to overcome our skepticism was that they allowed American and British observers into all their nuclear-related sites.’ ”

Ole Dammegard: Planned false flag operation to destroy US Capitol & US democracy, impose martial law (video 2hr 9min) – https://www.bitchute.com/video/LcCUsN3UMHQU/ – Ole interviewed by Alfred Webre of Exopolitics.tv – Ole’s evidence suggesting a possible false flag in Washington D.C. is presented toward the end.

Israel’s Parliament Grants Netanyahu Authority To Declare War With Only Defense Minister’s Approvalhttps://southfront.org/israels-parliament-grants-netanyahu-declare-war-with-only-defense-ministers-approval/ – “On March 30, the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset, voted in favor of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request to grant him the authority to declare war with only the defense minister’s approval in “extreme circumstance”… The prime minister made the request in the morning of the same day during a debate on a bill aimed at transferring responsibility for declaring war from the full cabinet to the smaller security cabinet… According to the Israeli media, the passed bill states that the security cabinet will be authorized to make a decision on launching war or significant military operations without specifying the makeup of the panel that makes the decision.”

LAWYER ARRESTED FOR HOLOCAUST DISSENT IN KANSAShttps://www.goodinformation.org/lawyer-arrested-for-holocaust-dissent-in-kansas/ – “Upon the demand of college administrators, Leichty was taken away in handcuffs by police from the campus of Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas, Saturday morning, March 17, and forced to spend 18 hours in a holding cell in the nearby county seat of Newton. He was then released on his own recognizance and resumed practicing law in California where he says he is now considering whether to file a federal action for false arrest and defamation… Henry Herskovitz, a retired engineer from Ann Arbor, Michigan, filmed the verbal exchange that Leichty had with the president of Bethel College before Leichty was arrested, and Herskovitz says he was then ordered off campus on threat of arrest when police arrived to arrest Leichty. Herskovitz founded the group Jewish Witnesses for Peace and leads a weekly pro‑Palestinian vigil outside his local synagogue in Ann Arbor… ‘I did nothing wrong and committed no crime, nor did Henry,’ commented Leichty. ‘I did not disrupt the conference in any way, and I was peaceable in all my interactions, although the response to my witness was very disruptive. My arrest appears to have been based on false statements made by school officials to the police. I was apparently characterized as a dangerous Holocaust denier and punished for expressing myself.’.. Leichty notes he had been threatened with arrest previously by various university and church authorities. Mennonite authorities told him to stop distributing literature on a proposed church resolution on Israel or be arrested at a church convention held in July 2017 in Orlando, Florida, at which Leichty was a voting delegate. Ten years before that in October 2007 he was ordered off the campus of Georgetown University on threat of arrest after passing out flyers protesting criminalization of speech in Germany at a German‑American Lawyers Association event.”

Israel Hits Three Positions Of Syrian Army In Hama and Aleppohttps://southfront.org/breaking-israel-hits-three-positions-of-the-syrian-army-in-hama-and-aleppo-video/ – “All three positions are known to be bases of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and different Iranian-backed armed groups. According to Syrian opposition sources, several Iranian serivce members (as many as 50) were killed in the strikes.”

Netanyahu Accuses Iran Of Having Secret Program TO Produce Nuclear Weaponshttps://southfront.org/netanyahu-accuses-iran-of-having-secret-program-to-produce-nuclear-weapons/ – “Netanyahu also revealed “55,000 pages” of documents and “183 CDs” allegedly copied from a “highly secret location” in Iran and detailed an effort to build nuclear arms… The Israeli prime minister denounced the Iran nuclear deal as a “historic mistake” and claimed that lifting anti-Iran sanctions would allow the country to boost support for its allies throughout the Middle East, including Iranian-backed groups in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.” – Question: Could this dramatic “announcement” be related to Israel’s multiple agressions against targets in sovereign Syria last night?

My First Climate Change Conference, a View from the Other Side – by Joe A. Gilbertson – http://punchingbagpost.com/my-first-climate-change-conference-a-view-from-the-other-side/ – “I descended into the heart of liberal darkness, Berkeley, California and attended the Tenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses… As you may have guessed, I’m a climate change skeptic. And while this conference was interesting and gratifying for a number of reasons, it did not change my view as a climate change skeptic, but in fact, reinforced it.”

Web Research Links for the Week of 4/23/18

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.

The idea of replacing the US contingent in Syria with Saudi troops is doomed to failure – by Dmitry Minin – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/04/25/idea-replacing-us-contingent-syria-with-saudi-troops-doomed-failure.html – “That Damascus will resolutely resist the proposed reoccupation of its territory by the forces of a “fraternal country” is obvious. It can only lead to more fighting and a rise in regional tensions. Almost as well-equipped as the Americans, the Saudis will never be a worthy opponent of the battle-hardened Syrian army. They have already shown what they’re capable of in the endless war in Yemen, where barefoot Houthis are inflicting one embarrassing defeat after another. Riyadh’s intention to fight a “decisive battle” against Iran on foreign soil will not be realised, either. With its ally Iraq behind it, Tehran would soon have the advantage… It is quite possible that the Americans are secretly pushing for a scenario in which, as well as Arabization, there will also be a “dekurdization” of northern Syria, but at someone else’s hands. Then it would seem as if they are not betraying the Kurds, while calming Arab national feelings and ironing out differences with the Turks at the same time. Don’t think that the Kurds will remain passive bystanders in this situation, however. Chances are they will occupy the vacated US bases and refuse to let anyone in. It is even possible they will finally realise that, in the current situation, the most sensible course of action to resolve the Kurdish national question would be an alliance with Damascus. For the time being, Damascus is prepared to extend the rights of Kurds, but should they find themselves on the losing side later on, their window of opportunity will gradually close.”

Lebanon: a Powder Keg That Will Ignite a Wider Regional Conflicthttps://southfront.org/lebanon-a-powder-keg-that-will-ignite-a-wider-regional-conflict/

Pulitzer Goes Full Orwell, Gives Prizes For Pushing RussiaGate Hoax (NYT, WashPo) – by Charles Bausman – https://russia-insider.com/en/pulitzer-goes-full-orwell-gives-prizes-pushing-russiagate-hoax-nyt-washpo/ri23311 – “The Pulitzer organization has done something massively stupid. They’ve taken a highly contentious, hotly disputed issue which is being exposed as a lie with every passing week, and given it a very partisan endorsement, destroying the Pulitzer brand among huge swathes of the public… The only way the journalists ‘reporting’ on Russiagate for the Times and the Post have distinguished themselves is with their shocking professional malpractice and incompetence, verging on venality. They relentlessly pushed, and continue to push what is obviously a transparent lie. The only possible explanation is either a profound stupidity and gullibility or cynical dishonesty, or both, all grounds for professional disbarment… Up is down. White is black. War is peace. Freedom is slavery.”

The Controversy continues…Syrian children should be seen, not heard – Apparently, evidence is to be claimed, and not shown – by Frank Sellers – http://theduran.com/syrian-children-should-be-seen-not-heard/?mc_cid=d1d4a80f60&mc_eid=6264e00852 – ” As the Russian delegation to the OPCW conducts a press briefing at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ headquarters, the Western media is blasting the evidences that it is presenting, which includes the testimony of some of the very alleged victims of the suspected chemical attack that took place in Douma on April 7th, allegedly by Syrian government forces under the direction of the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad.”

YouTube Bans Gaza Video Tribute to Palestinian Journalists Killed by Israeli Snipers (w/Video 4min)- http://21stcenturywire.com/2018/04/26/youtube-bans-gaza-video-tribute-to-palestinian-journalists-killed-by-israeli-snipers/ – The imagery is by Sana Kassem, and the video was posted by Norman Finkelstein yesterday on YouTube. The song is “Wings to Fly,” by Susan Boyle. The copy accompanying the video was simply: ‘A video dedicated to the people of Gaza as they struggle to break out of Israel’s infernal prison.’.. Then YouTube took it down today, Finkelstein says, and he and Kassem have posted it now on Vimeo.”

Leaked report: Israel acknowledges Jews in fact Khazars; Secret plan for reverse migration to Ukraine – March 18, 2014 – by Jim Wald  – http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/leaked-report-israel-acknowledges-jews-in-fact-khazars-secret-plan-for-reverse-migration-to-ukraine/#ixzz3LZazleF2I was sent a link to this article from the Times of Israel from 2014, which I read. Less than 24 hours later, a book I’m reading included this article in whole in the text (!) – So I’m passing it along for your consideration. To be taken with several grains of salt. But as David Emory says “It’s grounds for speculation and further research.”

From the Curiouser-And-Curiouser Desk: Pozner v. Halbig’s Phantom Plaintiff (Video)(great little video 5 min) – http://memoryholeblog.org/2018/04/20/pozner-v-halbigs-phantom-plaintiff-video/ – “The following is an overview of current developments in the Florida District Court lawsuit brought by one of the most prolific Sandy Hook victims’ families against former school safety expert Wolfgang Halbig. In March 2018 after having withdrawn the case the plaintiff motioned to reopen the matter with a most curious set of actions.”

RT films a city beneath Douma, massive network of tunnels built by militants [VIDEO] – Fully developed network can accomodate VANS and TRAFFIC moving through them, built by forced labor of the residents of the war-torn town – by Seraphim Hanisch – http://theduran.com/rt-films-a-city-beneath-douma-massive-network-of-tunnels-built-by-militants-video/ – “To do work on this scale, even with slave labor, requires some VERY intensive resources. With all the insanity surrounding the West’s intrusion into Syria, one can be led to wonder: who paid for all of this?”

Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Dead at 42 – April 9, 2018 – by James F. Tracy – http://memoryholeblog.org/2018/04/09/broward-county-sheriffs-deputy-dead-at-42/ – “Sometime on or around April 1, 2018 Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Fitzsimon, 42 years old and in excellent state of mind and health, called in sick to his job. Shortly thereafter Fitzsimons was found dead on his sofa. There has been a complete “news blackout” of this curious and untimely death.”

Russia Starts Production of S-400 Missile Systems for Turkey –  https://sputniknews.com/military/201804251063886243-s400-missiles-russia-turkey/ – “Russian-Turkish cooperation on S-400 deliveries has been repeatedly criticized by NATO, which has stated that integration between the different air defense systems will be impossible… The US State Department also raised concerns about the issue, warning Turkey of possible sanctions over the purchase of the Russian missile systems.”

In switch, China hawk Harris may be tapped as envoy to S Korea, not Australia – Secretary of state pick Mike Pompeo pushing to send the Pacific Command chief to Seoul – http://www.atimes.com/article/in-switch-china-hawk-harris-may-be-tapped-as-envoy-to-s-korea-not-australia/ – “Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo, the nominee to be secretary of state, has reportedly been pushing for the change, though US President Donald Trump has yet to sign off on the move. Pompeo’s interest in filling the long-vacant South Korea envoy spot comes amid his involvement in preparing for a planned summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Pompeo recently traveled to North Korea to meet with Kim.”

A Muzzled Tucker Carlson Returns to Fox – from Dave Hodges – www.thecommonsenseshow.com/a-muzzled-tucker-carlson-returns-to-fox/

Condemned By Their Own Wordshttps://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/04/condemned-by-their-own-words/ – “This transcript of an Israeli General on an Israeli radio station (begins 6.52 in) defending the latest killing by Israeli army snipers of a 14 year old boy who posed no threat of any kind, is much more powerful if you just read it than any analysis I can give:… Fogel: At the tactical level, any person who gets close to the fence, anyone who could be a future threat to the border of the State of Israel and its residents, should bear a price for that violation. If this child or anyone else gets close to the fence in order to hide an explosive device or check if there are any dead zones there or to cut the fence so someone could infiltrate the territory of the State of Israel to kill us … Nesiel: Then, then his punishment is death?.. Fogel: His punishment is death. As far as I’m concerned then yes, if you can only shoot him to stop him, in the leg or arm – great. But if it’s more than that then, yes, you want to check with me whose blood is thicker, ours or theirs. It is clear to you that if one such person will manage to cross the fence or hide an explosive device there …”

Web Research Links for the Week of 4/16/18

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 CENTCOM Chief Makes “Secret And Unprecedented” Visit To Israel As Russia Mulls Arming Syria – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-23/us-centcom-chief-makes-secret-and-unprecedented-visit-israel-russia-mulls-arming – “Since the massive strike which involved the US, UK, and France launching over 100 cruise missiles, Russia is rumored to be moving forward on delivery of its advanced S-300 missile defense system, which would be a monumental upgrade allowing Syrian defenses to far surpass current capabilities which utilize the Soviet-made S-125 and S-200 air defense systems… crucially, S-300s have a range of up to 150-200 kilometers (or 120 miles), bringing Syrian deterrent reach easily to within Lebanese airspace (as Israel has routinely struck targets inside Syria while firing over “neutral” Lebanese airspace in recent years), and could even extend airspace coverage into Israel itself… Could this be the reason for some major behind-the-scenes diplomatic scrambling?”

Jewish Home MK says jailed Palestinian teen ‘deserved a bullet’ in the kneecap – Bezalel Smotrich says he is ‘very sad’ Ahed Tamimi is only in an Israeli jail and wasn’t maimed by the soldiers she slapped – by Tamar Pileggi – https://www.timesofisrael.com/firebrand-mk-says-jailed-palestinian-teen-deserved-a-bullet/ – “Tamimi’s arrest and prosecution by Israel has garnered international attention. It has also touched on broader issues, such as the detention of Palestinian minors by Israeli — currently 356 — and the debate on what constitutes legitimate resistance to Israel’s rule over millions of Palestinians… Earlier this month, the IDF said the Justice Ministry was investigating a video released by Tamimi’s family that shows an Israeli interrogator threatening the teen with the arrest of her relatives if she refused to cooperate.

From the Causus-Belli Desk: SITREP: A false flag attack on a USN ship next? – by Nick for the Saker blog – http://thesaker.is/sitrep-a-false-flag-attack-on-the-usn-ships-next/ – “These facts are of course known to the US military planners and – one would assume and hope, for it is duty to know – by Donald Trump. And yet the US fleet is now nearing the coast of Syria, where it will met up with American and other NATO warships already in position. Together, they will make one big flock of sitting ducks… If the people pushing Trump manage to get him launch a new strike on Syria (and we must expect a new false flag attack) and if the massive increase in NATO firepower means that enough missiles get through to enough targets to kill Russians, then Putin really has no choice but to sink the US fleet… The circumstances this time are of course somewhat different, not least that everyone with even a passing knowledge of the Russian missile capability already knows that 6,500 sailors are “on their way to Samara”… Which makes Donald Trump either a criminally incompetent fool, a bad poker player or a wholly controlled puppet of the psychotic Anglo-Zionist elite. If he is one of the first two of these, then there is of course still a chance that he might respond to the disaster by blinking and retreating. In which case, the Beltway elite will use the human tragedy and his humiliation to remove him from office (not a bad consolation prize, from their point of view)… But if he is the third, then the ‘shock’ blitz on the US fleet will lead to the immediate declaration of World War Three.”

“Irrefutable Proof”: UK Publishes Photo Of Russian Agent Involved In Skripal Poisoninghttps://southfront.org/irrefutable-proof-uk-publishes-photo-of-russian-agent-involved-in-skripal-poisoning/ – “According to The Sunday People, British counter terror police have ­identified a Russian assassin ­connected to the Salisbury poisonings – a 54-year-old former FSB spy – codename Gordon… ‘Detectives believe there was a team of six behind the novichok chemical ­attack on double agent Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33,’ The Sunday People’s article says adding that the UK’s intelligence services have ­compiled a list of key suspects involved in last month’s attack in the poisoning incident… They even have Gordon’s photo:…”

 

France’s President Says He Wants To Build “New Syria” With U.S. (w/Video 13 min) – https://southfront.org/frances-president-says-he-wants-to-build-new-syria-with-u-s/ – “On April 22, France’s President Emmanuel Macron said during an interview with Fox News TV that France, the US and their allies should stay in Syria after the defeat of ISIS in order to build what he called “a new Syria.”.. ‘We will have to build the new Syria afterward, and that’s why I think the U.S. hold is very important,’ Macron said answering to a question on the US decision to withdraw from Syria… The French President added that the US and its allies, including France, should also counter the influence of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and Iran. Macron even suggested that Russia and Turkey should play a role in his plans for ‘a new Syria.’ ” – Comment: I don’t consider Mr. Macron my enemy. Still, I think he is a tad arrogant.

Thousands of People in Only One State have Been in Jail for Over a YEAR and Never Proven Guilty – by Jack Burns – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/04/thousands-of-people-in-only-one-state-have-been-in-jail-for-over-a-year-and-never-proven-guilty.html – “A defendant’s inability to afford bail becomes, in effect, a prison sentence. Probably nowhere is the problem more pervasive than in Cook County, Illinois, where Sheriff Tom Dart presides over the Cook County Jail facility… Dart recently told CBS News half of the jail’s nearly 7,500 inmates should not even be in jail. He said jails have become a dumping ground for the poor, the mentally ill, and for gang members… ‘I would suggest conservatively that half of the people here in the jail shouldn’t be here.’.. Dart said that is a conservative estimate and it could be much higher. He explained the issue, echoing sentiments by critics of the current judicial system who say that it is broken and must be fixed… ‘They don’t pose a danger to anybody. The people in most jails—in 95 percent of the people in this jail are waiting on a trial. So everybody here are people who haven’t been convicted yet. So you say to yourself, “All right, they’re presumed innocent. Who is so dangerous that we need to hold them here while we’re waiting on a trial?” ‘ ”

Syria, Iran and ‘chaos in international relations’ – Any meaningful political resolution to the turmoil in the Middle East now seems more elusive than ever – by Pepe Escobar – http://www.atimes.com/article/syria-iran-chaos-international-relations/ – “Moscow, Damascus, Tehran and Baghdad are showing a united front even as the alleged chemical attack in Douma – the reason for the strikes – is being forcefully debunked. Additionally, pesky questions remain unanswered on why more than 100 missiles were necessary to destroy only three largely empty state-run scientific centers in Damascus and Homs… Even after Damascus and Baghdad declared victory, the Salafi-jihadi galaxy may be seriously wounded in both Syria and Iraq, but is not extinct. Turkey is still cultivating some nasty connections… So the key variable in the Astana process – which involves complex economic and military trade offs – remains Ankara, which has no intention of abandoning its sprawling Syrian ops before subduing the Kurdish YPG all around.”

Pink Floyd Frontman Leaks Email Exposing How White Helmets Recruit Celebs With Saudi Money – by John Vibes – http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/pink-floyd-frontman-leaks-email-exposing-how-white-helmets-recruit-celebs-with-saudi-money/ – Invitation to Roger Waters, October 2016:”I am writing to invite you and a guest to join Hani at a fundraising dinner that he is hosting on Monday 21st November on behalf of The Syria Campaign…The Asfari Foundation provided the start-up funds for The Syria Campaign and we will be joined on the evening by Sawsan Asfari…Their work with The White Helmets has helped these rescue workers attract more than $15 million in government funding and turned them into household names – narrowly missing out on the Nobel Peace Prize this year.”

Endgame: Globalism Through Public Pension Ponzi Schemes Now Manifesting… CalPERS Caught Lying To The Public Again! – by Clint>Richard-son –  https://realitybloger.wordpress.com/2018/04/21/endgame-globalism-through-public-pension-ponzi-schemes-now-manifesting-calpers-caught-lying-to-the-public-again/ – “Unless all current, un-retired members of all pension funds withdraw what they have given (contributed) voluntarily as the law allows, and until taxpayers collectively stop allowing their taxpayer dollars (required municipal corporation contributions) to support this global investment scheme, there is no way to prevent what is and always was the intent of these pension schemes toward globalism… This is the my last ditch attempt to spell out in the greatest of detail the whole of the international public pension ponzi scheme and why it is and has been the number one foundational, financial stone supporting the move to global governance. This is not just some empty statement to frighten you, though it should, but is merely a statement of known fact. The time for willful ignorance is over. For you must understand that through pension fund investments, governments around the world are the majority shareholders of nearly all corporations, with very few exceptions.”

UK Spies Are the World Champs in False Flags, Lying and Deception and Have Been for Centuries – by Wayne Madsen – https://russia-insider.com/en/uk-spies-are-world-champs-false-flags-lying-and-deception-and-have-been-centuries/ri23183 – “It should come as no surprise that American news networks rely on British correspondents stationed in northern Syria and Beirut as their primary sources. MI-6 has historically relied on non-official cover (NOC) agents masquerading primarily as journalists, but also humanitarian aid workers, Church of England clerics, international bankers, and hotel managers, to carry out propaganda tasks. These NOCs are situated in positions where they can promulgate British government disinformation to unsuspecting actual journalists and diplomats.”

New Study: US Economy Actually About to Sink – by Jon Hellevig – https://russia-insider.com/en/new-study-us-economy-actually-about-sink/ri23147 – “In view of this, it is clear that the present US economic system will not survive beyond the next 5 to 10 years. Massive changes in the economic model would have to be undertaken either in an organized fashion (hardly imaginable) or through a mega financial crisis. Ultimately this would lead to a permanent downgrading of US standards of living as the economy would have to adjust back to its pre-financial bubble level of $14.5 trillion (a 30% drop from present debt-fueled level). Following these cataclysmic adjustments, the US would lose its economic hegemony and hegemonic military power. This would give a per capita GDP of just above $30 thousand, almost on par with Russia’s present $28 thousand per capita… The Fed may have already caused permanent and fatal damage to the US economy by organizing the decade long zero-interest debt orgy. The US economy has been turned into a giant bubble economy detached from all fundamental market mechanisms. It is even doubtful if the United States can still be called a market economy. In a real market economy, it would never have been possible to press by fiat interest rates down to zero without the other components of a financial system – currency exchange values, inflation, risk premiums – reacting in different directions. In actual fact, it has not been possible in the US either, the complications – as we have seen – have been building up and have now reached the near breaking point. Fed financing has stoked the asset bubbles with misallocated credit that has been used for financial speculation and corporate stock buyback.” Comment: Great article, IMO, well researched.

U.S. Slams Russia, Iran As ‘Morally Reprehensible’ For Rights Violationshttps://www.rferl.org/a/u-s-slams-russia-iran-as-morally-reprehensible-for-rights-violations/29182900.html – ” ‘States that restrict freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly; that allow and commit violence against members of religious, ethnic, and other minority groups; or that undermine the fundamental dignity of persons are morally reprehensible and undermine our interests,’ he said… ‘The governments of China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea, for example, violate the human rights of those within their borders on a daily basis and are forces of instability as a result.’.. The report sharply chided Moscow in the Russia section of the report, saying it continues to “arm, train, lead, and fight alongside pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine and that human rights in Russia continue to be ‘significantly and negatively’ affected by Moscow’s ‘purported annexation’ of Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula and its support for separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine.”

The Plan to Save California’s Legendary Weed From ‘Big Cannabis’ – by Matt Simon – https://www.wired.com/story/the-plan-to-save-californias-legendary-weed-from-big-cannabis – ” ‘If we were starting this industry from scratch today, and there was no demand and no supply,’ adds Steinmetz, ‘then yes, Big Ag would probably dominate it and run it.’ But the reality is different. The Emerald Triangle marijuana ecosystem is established, and it is vibrant. Flow Kana’s quest is to save this cannabis culture with a facility that will take in product grown in the Emerald Triangle, helping growers compete with the supply chains of Big Cannabis.”

Tucker Carlson MIA for 2 Days After Exposing Syria Gas Hoax – Deep State Revenge? – by Michael Quinn – https://russia-insider.com/en/tucker-carlson-mia-2-days-after-exposing-syria-gas-hoax-deep-state-revenge/ri23238 – “Is he being held in a basement somewhere in the Virginia suburbs being given Chinese water torture?  Inquiring minds want to know.”

PM May forced to face Parliament on quick-draw Syria bombing – by Jim W. Dean – https://www.veteranstoday.com/2018/04/18/pm-may-forced-to-face-parliament-on-quick-draw-syria-bombing/

Gunmen Attacked UN Experts In Syria’s Dumahttps://southfront.org/gunmen-attacked-un-experts-in-syrias-duma/ – “A gunfight broke out between Syrian security agencies and unidentified persons at the outer perimeter safeguarding the motor convoy … In the exchange of fire, a Syrian security officer sustained a light wound. Russian servicemen were not present at the site of the incident,”  Maj. Gen. Yevtushenko told reporters on April 18, according to the Russian news agency TASS… No group has claimed responsibility for the attack on the UNDSS experts yet. Syrian pro-government activists believe cells of Jaysh al-Islam could be behind the attack which was an attempt to obstacle the OPCW investigation in Duma.” – Comment: This was the “security crisis” that Western media have come out blaming the Syrians and Russians for instigating.

Russia Blocks Millions Of IP Addresses Including Local Businesses Over Telegram Refusing To Give Encryption Keys – by Aaron Kesel – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/04/russia-blocks-millions-ip-addresses-including-local-businesses-over-telegram-refusing-encryption-keys.html – “A court ordered that Telegram be blocked in Russia after it refused to hand over its encryption keys to state security agencies like the FSB… Yesterday, Roskomnadzor, Russia’s equivalent of the FCC, began telling mobile networks that they had to block access to Telegram… According to the head of RKN, Aleksandr Zharov, the authority has managed to block 30 percent of Telegram networks, and the amount of complaints from services that have suffered as a result of the ban is “quite low.” RKN has also issued warnings to proxy and VPN service owners about upcoming bans, citing ‘extremism and calls for mass disturbances.’ ” – Comment: Then I guess Telegram really may be encrypted…

Autonomous Drones Will Soon Decide Who To Kill – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-17/autonomous-drones-will-soon-decide-who-kill – “Here is the program’s objective: ‘Develop a system that can be integrated and deployed in a class 1 or class 2 Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to automatically Detect, Recognize, Classify, Identify (DRCI) and target personnel and ground platforms or other targets of interest. The system should implement learning algorithms that provide operational flexibility by allowing the target set and DRCI taxonomy to be quickly adjusted and to operate in different environments.’ ”

EPA Faces Lawsuit For Withholding Records Related To Pesticide Rule Change – by Derrick Broze –  https://www.activistpost.com/2018/04/epa-faces-lawsuit-for-withholding-records-related-to-pesticide-rule-change.html – “In March the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled the EPA had illegally delayed implementation of the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard and Certification for Pesticide Applicators rule. Earthjustice applauded the decision at the time. However, the court’s recognition that the EPA has been acting illegally by delaying implementation of the safety measures does not guarantee the agency will be forthcoming with documents requested by Earthjustice. For the moment, the American public remains in the dark regarding the reasoning behind the EPA’s resistance to protect farm workers and children from dangerous pesticides.”

From the webpage on fourwinds10.com: “It is reported by those close to her, that Queen Elizabeth II, will make a public statement in the coming weeks, announcing her decision to step down from the Throne of England. Sources say her decision comes after learning that THE ONE WHOSE RIGHT IT IS TO RULE AND REIGN has made His presence known to her. It is reported that she is in receipt of a Declaration and Notice of Claim to the Throne of England from Australian born Brian Leonard Golightly Marshall… Apparently the Queen’s advisors have confirmed to her that Brian Leonard Golightly Marshall is the direct genetic descendant of the King of Judah, King David through the Royal bloodline of his parents Daphne Golightly and Reginald Marshall.” Comment: First this is supposedly reported by “those close to” The Queen (G*d save her!), so that’s pretty opaque. Moreover, this coming elevation of Golightly Marshall to Beast, er, King of Ol’ Blighty, is reported to be based on his descent from the infamous King David, slayer of Goliath, if the scriptures are to be believed. Sadly, they are not. There is no reliable evidence of the existence of David, or or his magnificent son, Solomon, or of any of the architecture that would reasonably have survived from the opulent Royal Center of Jerusalem as told of in the Bible. Word of G*d… If, in fact, such a dramatic transition does eventuate, we can, IMO, be reasonably sure that a major push toward Unitary World Government is afoot.For more on this, please see: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/man-who-thinks-hes-jesus-6149165

US Army Figures Out How To Do Facial Recognition in the Dark – by Patrick Tucker – https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2018/04/us-army-figures-out-how-do-facial-recognition-dark/147527/ – “The Army researchers saw a parallel with thermal images. Such images show what parts of the face are hotter and cooler, but generally contain fewer data points than a comparable optical image from a camera, making it hard to pick out distinct features. So they set up a convolutional neural network, or CNN, a deep-learning method that uses specific nodes similar to the brain’s, and set it to infer faces from limited data.”

Houston Police Dept. tests new DNA tech that gives results in 90 minutes – by Stephanie Whitfield – http://www.khou.com/article/news/local/hpd-tests-new-dna-tech-that-gives-results-in-90-minutes/285-523935577 – “t’s called rapid DNA… HPD launched a pilot program with the company ANDE to test a machine that runs DNA tests in under two hours… ‘This rapid DNA is the future. It comes down to when mathematicians stopped using abacuses and started using calculators. It’s that important to criminal justice,’ said Lt. Warren Meeler, Houston Police Department, Homicide Division… The machine has a variety of applications, including testing evidence at crime scenes.”

From the You-Can’t-Make-This-Stuff-Up Desk: Los Angeles painting city streets white in bid to combat climate change – by Travis Fedschun – http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/04/10/los-angeles-painting-city-streets-white-in-bid-to-combat-climate-change.html – “While each coasting (sic) could can last up to seven years, they are also pricey, with the estimated cost of $40,000 per mile, the L.A. Daily News reported… ‘Climate change is a fact of life that people in Los Angeles and cities around the world live with every day. It is a grave threat to our health, our environment, and our economy — and it is not debatable or negotiable,’ he said in a statement last year after President Trump said he would walk away from the Paris Climate Agreement.” (emphasis added) – Comment: Los Angeles already has a $74 million budget deficit thanks largely to its intractable homeless problem…

Could Student Loans Lead to Debt Prison? The Handwriting on the Wall – by Alan Nasser – https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/04/18/could-student-loans-lead-to-debt-prison-the-handwriting-on-the-wall/ – “Failure to appear in court for the “judgment debtor exam” is grounds for creditors to have the judge issue a civil warrant for the debtor’s arrest. Failure to appear in court is the major grounds for the issuance of a warrant and/or arrest…But most often debtors failed to appear because they were not notified of the court date, or, more scandalously, they were not even notified of the existence of the lawsuit. The ineptitude of the courts’ procedures stands in sharp contrast to the relentlessness with which the courts, in collusion with debt collectors, hound the indebted… The implications of this entire setup are more far reaching than the harm described above done to debtors. The damage includes lost wages, lost jobs and psychological distress. And the debtor need not be jailed in order for these damages to take their toll. An arrest warrant by itself can wreak long-lasting havoc on the debtors’ lives: warrants are entered into background check databases, which can jeopardize future employment, educational opportunities, housing applications and access to security clearances.”

EXCLUSIVE, FULL & UNEDITED Interview Of Sergei Lavrov To BBC with ‘Hard Talk’ Host Stephen Sackur (32 min)

Young Girls Were Given Contraceptive Implants Without Their Parents Consent – by Alanna Ketler – http://www.collective-evolution.com/2018/04/18/young-girls-were-given-contraceptive-implants-without-their-parents-consent/ – “One outraged mother, Rachel Halliwell, parent to 11-year-old daughter appeared on the ITV show along with Rebecca Jane, a mother of two and ex reality star. Rachel expressed her outrage and concern over parents being entirely left out of this decision making process and made an excellent point by stating: ‘If my 11-year-old daughter wanted to get her hair coloured or her ears pierced that wouldn’t happen without my consent. Yet she equally could have gone along to a family planning clinic and had a device fitted and I would have known nothing about it.’ ”

Tucker Carlson exposes Syria false flag: ‘No chemical attack even happened’ (w/Video) – by Alex Christoforou – http://theduran.com/tucker-carlson-exposes-syria-false-flag-no-chemical-attack-even-happened-video/Includes a video (11 min) with Carlson interviewing former British Ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford. Following this courageous interview by Tucker, there’s a contrasting Fox group interview with men asserting attacks by the Assad “regime” against its civilians and the probability of “further” chemical attacks by Assad.

UK Labour MPs tell Corbyn ‘enough is enough’ in heated debate on anti-Semitism – Following Jewish community protests, lawmakers rail against their own party in parliament, accusing leadership of failing to tackle anti-Semitism within its ranks – by Raoul Wootliff – https://www.timesofisrael.com/uk-labour-mps-tell-corbyn-enough-is-enough-in-heated-debate-on-anti-semitism/ – “Luciana Berger, the Jewish Labour MP who first demanded that Corbyn explain his defense of an anti-Semitic mural which sparked the protests last month, delivered an impassioned speech describing abuse she personally received… ‘People have accused me of having two masters, they have said I am ‘Tel Aviv’s servant,’ they have called me a paid up Israeli operative, essentially anti-Semitism of the worst kind suggesting I am a traitor to this country,’ she said of messages she had been sent since questioning Corbyn… Berger said she would ‘make no apology for holding my party to higher standards,’ saying that ‘even one anti-Semitic member of the Labour Party is one member too many‘ and should not be tolerated by the leadership.” (emphases added) – Comment: The mural in question was not in the least “Anti-Semitic.” It depicted a cartoon graphic of the “New World Order” with a group of stereotypic bankers playing Monopoly on the backs of naked peasants. The artist was repeatedly asked if he was showing Jewish bankers, to which he replied only “no.” The mural was destroyed within days. Berger, in her speech, equates “Anti-Semitism” with racism, yet there have been many, conflicting definitions of Anti-Semitism floated. Most recently, any criticism of the actions of anyone acting in the name (under color of representing) the State of Israel, or criticism of Zionism at all have been called Anti-Semitic by “official”  Jewish organizations.

US Threatens To Use Force Against Russia, To Strike Syria Once Againhttps://southfront.org/us-threatens-to-use-force-against-russia-strike-syria-once-again/ – “The US is ready to use force against Russia in Syria and already warned Moscow of this, Wess Mitchell, Assistant Secretary of State has said in a written statement to congressional committee on foreign affairs… Mitchell added that Russian mercenaries have allegedly tried to attack US military positions in Syria… Meanwhile, United States House of Representatives Chairman Ed Royce claimed that the April 14 US-led missile strike on Syria  had been “legal and justified”. He also threatened Syria with further strikes: ‘The US and our allies were justified in taking limited military action against Bashar al-Assad in response to his barbaric use of chemical weapons. Hopefully, the Syrian dictator gets the message. If not, I have no doubt there will be more military strikes,’ Royce said on the Foreign Affairs Hearing.” – Comment: The Lashings Will Continue Until Moral Improves.

Trump Is Naive About the Neocons Surrounding Him – by Roger Stone – https://russia-insider.com/en/trump-naive-about-neocons-surrounding-him-roger-stone/ri23163 – “But more than any of the other policy areas, it is in national defense and foreign affairs that President Trump faces the most ruthless and ubiquitous of would-be usurpers: the so-called neoconservatives. The neocons are dead-set on maintaining their vice grip on American foreign policy and continuing to impose on this country their messianic international designs and risky interventionist schemes that seek to use American military might as the tool of their dubious globalist objectives.”

Do You Really Think This War Is Over? – by The Saker – https://russia-insider.com/en/do-you-really-think-war-over/ri23151 – “Facts simply don’t matter.  And neither does logic.  All that matters are perceptions!.. And the perception is that “we” (the AngloZionist rulers and their serfs) “kicked” Assad’s “ass” and that “we” will “do it again” if “we” feel like it.  That is all that matters in the Empire of Illusions which the AngloZionist Hegemony has become… As soon as you understand that, you also will have to agree that Trump was right: it was a “perfect strike” (again, not in reality, but in the world of illusions created around it)… So now we come full circle… The AngloZionist Hegemony demands that the entire planet bows down and worships it.  Except for Russia and Iran, everybody meekly goes down on their knees or, at most, meekly looks away.  In their own delusional reality, the ‘Mericans feel empowered to smack down Russia or Iran at anytime.  There is nothing Iran can do to stop them, and while Russia can, she can only do that at the risk of the future of our entire planet… Now you tell me – do you really think this is over?”

More on the Skripal/Douma false flag connectionhttps://off-guardian.org/2018/04/15/46325/ – “The real danger isn’t that a group of ubermenschen or Bond-villains want to incinerate humanity for vague and unspecified reasons, it’s that the deep heart of the Russophobic cabal is too dogma-driven and infested with idiots to understand the real world results of their plans. We can be sure they won’t have learned from this and won’t be deterred from more of the same or worse in future. And if their next remedial scheme doesn’t get stymied by circumstance or nifty footwork, no one will be more surprised than they are when it kicks of WW3… But they do have some opposition within the state machine, and always have.   There were people in the US and UK intelligence agencies who didn’t want to lie about WMDs, and there are people today in the UK FCO who off-record told Craig Murray about the lies being forced on them regarding the Skripal case.  These are people with enough smarts to want to avoid real confrontation with Russia, however prepared they are to play the public word games… I think it’s important we address this more nuanced reality rather than opting for the security of familiar memes.”

U.S. To Hit Russia With Sanctions Over Support For Assadhttps://www.rferl.org/a/u-s-to-hit-russia-with-sanctions-over-support-for-assad/29168914.html – “U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on U.S. television on April 15 that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin would announce the new sanctions on April 16… ‘They will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical-weapons use,’ Haley said… ‘I think everyone is going to feel it at this point,’ she added. ‘I think everyone knows that we sent a strong message, and our hope is that they listen to it.’.. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed that Moscow had been informed of the looming sanctions… ‘I can really confirm that the sanctions are to be imposed on Russia without any link to reality,’ she said on Russian television. ‘If earlier they used to say they were punishing us for Ukraine, now the wording has been changed dramatically. Now they punish us for the mere fact of being in the global arena.’ ” (emphasis added)

Russia says UN delaying Syria mission into alleged gas attack – by Sarah El Deeb and Nataliya Vasilyeva – https://www.timesofisrael.com/russia-says-un-delaying-syria-mission-into-alleged-gas-attack/ – “A senior Russian diplomat said on Monday that the mission from the international chemical weapons watchdog cannot access the site of an alleged chemical attack near the Syrian capital without an appropriate UN permit… Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov’s remarks could indicate a possible attempt to bog down the team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, though both Russia and the Syrian government have welcomed the OPCW visit in the wake of the West’s airstrikes in Syria over the weekend… A team from the OPCW arrived in Syria shortly before the airstrikes early Saturday. It has met with Syrian officials but has not visited the town at the center of the controversy. Government forces and Russian troops have deployed in Douma, which has now fallen under the control of the Syrian government… ‘It is the lack of approval by the UN Department for Safety and Security for OPCW experts to visit the site in Douma that is the problem,’ Ryabkov told reporters, adding that he checked just a short while ago what was delaying their visit.”

More restaurants go cashless, accept only cards and other forms of payment – by Zlati Meyer – https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/04/15/cashless-restaurants-like-tenders-greens-rising-numberat-growing-number-restaurants-cash-no-longer-m/319618002/ – “But most of the benefits appear to accrue to the restaurants: less time taken counting bills, reduced pilferage, no armored-car fees or fear of stickups… It’s a risky strategy. For starters, upscale Millennials — among the most coveted of diners because of their youth and affluence — prefer to pay in cash, according to Bankrate.com data. Also, more than a third of Americans between the ages of 18 and 37 do not have a credit card… A committee in Chicago is weighing Alderman Edward Burke’s proposed requirement that merchants accept cash. Massachusetts has had a Discrimination Against Cash Buyers rule on the books since 1978.”

The War in Syria was a US Intervention Since “Day 1” – by Tony Cartalucci – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/04/the-war-in-syria-was-a-us-intervention-since-day-1.html – “With help from the C.I.A., Arab governments and Turkey have sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition fighters in recent months, expanding a secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, according to air traffic data, interviews with officials in several countries and the accounts of rebel commanders… The airlift, which began on a small scale in early 2012 and continued intermittently through last fall, expanded into a steady and much heavier flow late last year, the data shows. It has grown to include more than 160 military cargo flights by Jordanian, Saudi and Qatari military-style cargo planes landing at Esenboga Airport near Ankara, and, to a lesser degree, at other Turkish and Jordanian airports… Yet, published CIA documents drawn from the US National Archives illustrate how this singular agenda seeking to overthrow the government of Syria stretches back even earlier – by decades.”

Web Research Links for the Week of 4/9/18

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.

Lavrov: Swiss lab says ‘BZ toxin’ used in Salisbury, not produced in Russia, was in US & UK servicehttps://www.rt.com/news/424149-skripal-poisoning-bz-lavrov/ – “Sergei Skripal, a former Russian double agent, and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with an incapacitating toxin known as 3-Quinuclidinyl benzilate or BZ, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, citing the results of the examination conducted by a Swiss chemical lab that worked with the samples that London handed over to the Organisation for the Prohibition of the Chemical Weapons (OPCW)… However, the UN chemical watchdog limited itself only to confirming the formula of the substance used to poison the Skripals in its final report without mentioning anything about the other facts presented in the Swiss document, the Russian foreign minister added.”

US-led missile strike on Syria was criminal, OPCW to determine – What happened right after the second direct U.S.-missiles invasion of Syria, which had occurred on the night of April 13th, could turn out to have momentous implications — far bigger than the attacks themselves – by Eric Zuesse –  http://theduran.com/us-led-missile-strike-on-syria-was-criminal-opcw-to-determine/ – “The OPCW is based not on the U.N. Charter but on that specific treaty, the Chemical Weapons Convention, which was formally approved by the U.N.’s General Assembly on 30 November 1992 and was then opened for signatures in Paris on 13 January 1993. According to the Convention’s terms, it would enter into effect 180 days after 65 nations signed it, which turned out to be on 29 April 1997… So, although the treaty itself received U.N. approval, the recent Russian-sponsored resolution at the U.N.’s Security Council to have the U.N. endorse the OPCW investigation of the 7 April 2018 Douma incident, did not receive U.N. approval. It was instead blocked by the U.S. and its allies. Nonetheless, though without a U.N. endorsement, the OPCW investigation into the incident will move forward, despite the invasion… This fact is momentous, because a credible international inspection, by the world’s top investigatory agency for such matters, will continue to completion, notwithstanding the effort by the U.S. and its allies on the U.N. Security Council, to block it altogether. This decision was reached by the OPCW — not by the U.N… Among the 192 signers of the Chemical Weapons Convention are U.S., Russia, and Syria, as well as China, Iran, and Iraq, but not Israel, nor North Korea and a very few other countries. So: all of the major powers have already, in advance, approved whatever the findings by the OPCW turn out to be.” (emphases added)

Syria: Western Allies launch diplomatic offensive in wake of strikes – Pressure grows on Russia to stop protecting Assad as US, UK and France press for inquiry into chemical weapons stockpiles – https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/15/western-allies-launch-diplomatic-offensive-in-wake-of-syria-strikes – “The aim is to show that the western military intervention is part of a wider political and diplomatic strategy to drive chemical weapons from Syria once and for all… A draft resolution will call on the whole of the UN to try to reinvigorate the stalled peace talks, accept a ceasefire and restore humanitarian access to besieged areas… OPCW inspectors set to investigate site of Douma chemical attack…The UN security council’s 15 members will meet on Monday to discuss the call for a wider push to eliminate the covert Syrian government stockpiles, placing pressure on Russia to stop protecting Bashar al-Assad’s regime from a UN inquiry into its use of chemical weapons… Haley told Fox News the troops would stay until Islamic State was defeated, Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile could not be used to harm US interests, and until there was a good vantage point to watch what Iran was doing inside Syria… ‘We are not going to leave until we have accomplished those things,’ she said… She announced fresh US sanctions would be applied on Monday against companies linked to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. The diplomatic initiative came as the US appeared to have decided to maintain a 2,000-strong US troop presence in Syria indefinitely.” (emphases added) – Comment: There is still no evidence to suggest that Syria has ever used chemical weapons, not against the Western-supported insurgents, and certainly not against Syrian civilians, whom support the Syrian government by about 80% or so. The Western powers know this well. Anything they say that mentions “chemical weapons” is deliberate prevarication for propaganda purposes. Also, please be aware that sanctions are a form of violence or war by other means. They have real-world consequences. The Russian people have had to face extreme privation and to make major efforts to overcome these actions from groups associated with banking interests.

US Vice President Warns Of Further Strikes On Syria, Threatens Damascus Forces, Criticizes Russia –  https://southfront.org/us-vice-president-warns-of-further-strikes-on-syria-threatens-damascus-forces-criticizes-russia/ – “Later, Pence criticized the Russian attitude towards the conflict in Syria and called on Moscow to distance itself from the Damascus goverment during an interview with the CBS News TV. The US Vice President even held Russia the responsibility for the alleged “failure” of the 2013 agreement for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons… ‘Our message to Russia is, you’re on the wrong side of history’ … ‘It’s time for Russia to get the message that President Trump delivered last night. That you’re known by the company you keep,’ Pence told CBS News.”

20 Dead After Israeli Warplanes Reportedly Attack Iranian Military Base In Syria – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-14/unidentified-warplanes-strike-iranian-military-base-southern-syria-skynews-arabia – “While it is too early to determine who launched the attack, since none of the western forces have claimed responsibility, the most likely party is Israel which as a reminder, was also the first to strike Syria last Monday, almost a week before the US-coalition forces also unloaded on Syria.”

The U.S. Corp is at war in Syria – The Donald speaks: https://twitter.com/TwitterNews/status/983444157330087937 – “Targeting the chemical production facilities of the Syrian ‘regime’ ”  –  https://twitter.com/Partisangirl –  https://twitter.com/search?q=%23syria&src=typd

Monika Schaefer: Letter from a German Prison – https://www.darkmoon.me/2018/monika-schaefer-letter-from-a-german-prison/#more-95860

Letter #4 (12 min)

Monica, a Canadian, was visiting the first day of the current free-speach trial of Sylvie Stoltz for asking questions about “The Holocaust” on January 3, when the trial was put on recess in the opening hour so that Monica could be arrested by the court for a youtube video (6 min) Sorry Mom, I was wrong about the Holocaust:

that she made in Canada in 2016. Since then Monika is being held in prison in Germany without any charges being filed. – Note: I had to replace the link to this video because the previous video had been removed by YouTube. That may happen with this one too.

Dr. Willie Soon on polar bears, sea level, computer models and other hypehttp://www.cfact.org/2018/04/13/dr-willie-soon-on-polar-bears-sea-level-computer-models-and-other-hype/ – “I have argued that too much ice will be the ultimate enemy for polar bears. Polar bears need less sea ice to be well fed and to reproduce. Why? Think about this for a minute: Polar bears eat a lot. Any large colony will need a great deal of food. The bears’ staple diet is seal blubber. But seals are a long way up the food chain. So a fully functional and healthy eco-system is required. And that means oceans warm enough to support the lower links in the food chain from plankton all the way up to seals… Sea level has risen by 400 feet over the past 10,000 years. For the past 200 years it has been rising at about 8 inches per century, and that rate may well continue. It has very little to do with global warming and much more to do with long-term climate cycles. In fact, so slowly has sea level been rising that environmental-extremist scientists have tampered with the raw data by adding an imagined (and imaginary) “global isostatic adjustment”, torturing the data until they show a rate of sea-level rise that has not in reality occurred.”

Russian Defense Ministry Releases Testimonies Of Doctors From Syria’s Duma (Video)https://southfront.org/russian-defense-ministry-releases-testimonies-of-doctors-from-syrias-duma/ – “Moreover, the two doctors stressed in the video that there had been no symptoms proving a chemical weapons use. Both doctors were also able to prove their presence in the emergency room of Duma hospital during the incident via a video published a Syrian opposition news outlet.”

Enemy Construct AlertWhat Price for Collapse of the Empire? – by The Saker – http://www.unz.com/tsaker/what-price-for-collapse-of-the-empire/ – “Does anybody seriously believe that Trump, May, Macron or Netanyahu would be willing to risk an apocalyptic thermonuclear war which could kill several hundred million people in just a few hours because Assad has used chemical weapons on tens, hundreds or even thousands of innocent Syrian civilians (assuming, just for argument’s sake, that this accusation is founded)? Since when do the AngloZionist care about Arabs?! This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever!” – Comment: If you only read one detailed article this week…

IDF: Gazans hurl explosives, firebombs, burn Israeli flags, try to damage fence – One Palestinian said killed, more than 100 hurt as 10,000 Palestinians demonstrate at 5 points along border; Hamas official says ‘it’s time for return’ – https://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-gaza-protesters-hurl-explosives-firebombs-try-to-damage-fence/  – (emphasis added)

Russia spied on Skripal and daughter for at least 5 years: UKhttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-russia-skripal-spy/russia-spied-on-skripal-and-daughter-for-at-least-5-years-uk-idUSKBN1HK1OR – “Russia’s intelligence agencies spied on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia for at least five years before they were attacked with a nerve agent in March, the national security adviser to Britain’s prime minister said… Mark Sedwill said in a letter to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday that email accounts of Yulia had been targeted in 2013 by cyber specialists from Russia’s GRU military intelligence service… Sedwill also said in the letter, which was published by the government, that it was ‘highly likely that the Russian intelligence services view at least some of its defectors as legitimate targets for assassination.’.. The Skripals were (note: allegedly) targeted by what London says was a nerve agent attack that left both of them critically ill for weeks. British Prime Minister Theresa May has said it is highly likely that Moscow was behind the attack.” (emphasis added) – Comment: the drumbeat continues. Apparently “highly likely” is the new standard for intenational censure and sanctions.

There is NOT Just a US “Opioid Crisis” – There is Something Far Worse Happening… Here it is…- by Jonelle Elgaway – http://bolenreport.com/not-just-us-opioid-crisis-something-far-worse-happening/

Turkey’s running out of time to pick a partner in Syria – by Fehim Tastekin – https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/04/turkey-syria-russia-reaches-road-junction.html – “There are factors that may force Turkey to pick a side in this critical time. First, its partnership with Russia and Iran in the fragile Astana peace process might not meet Turkey’s expectations. Then, there are growing economic issues and the seemingly unstoppable loss of value of Turkey’s currency. Negative economic signals are forcing Turkey to think hard about the costs of taking on the West. Erdogan, who has problems with so many countries, must be careful to protect his country’s economy… Erdogan’s outburst to  Lavrov that Turkey — and not the Russian foreign minister — will be the one to decide when to hand over Afrin was a clear sign that Ankara could still revert to its former policy dedicated to toppling Assad… Actually, an April 11 statement by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu may well be the harbinger of Turkey’s return to that policy... ‘The time has come for the Bashar Assad regime in Syria to go,’ Cavusoglu said. ‘The Assad regime must leave Syria. This is not the first time the Assad regime has used chemical weapons. It has killed nearly 1 million people with airstrikes and barrel bombs.’ ”

FDA now wants to eliminate side effect warnings from drug ads in latest collusion with Big Pharma – by Isabelle Z. – https://www.naturalnews.com/2017-07-10-fda-now-wants-to-eliminate-side-effect-warnings-from-drug-ads-in-latest-collusion-with-big-pharma.html – “These efforts appear to be paying off in more ways than one because now the FDA is considering scrapping them altogether on the grounds that TV viewers simply don’t listen to the side effect lists. With this move, it appears the FDA cares less and less about making their collusion with Big Pharma obvious.”

Anti-GMO activist found dead in hotel pool, hours before planned delivery of 200,000 petition signatures to the EPA – by Derrick Broze and Mike Adams – https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-04-13-anti-gmo-activist-found-dead-in-hotel-pool-hours-before-planned-delivery-of-200000-petition-signatures-to-the-epa.html – “According to Napoles, de Mier called her on Thursday April 5 to announce her intention to drive from Florida to Washington D.C. to file her petition with the EPA. The two headed to Washington on Sunday, arrived on Monday, and planned to deliver their petition on Tuesday morning. Around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday morning de Mier left Napoles to go for a quick swim at the hotel’s rooftop pool before heading to the EPA. This was the last time Napoles saw de Mier alive. Regarding the possibility of death by accidental drowning, Napoles said Mila de Mier was not known to be a weak swimmer and had swum with whale sharks in the past. Napoles said the two also had plans to go swim with dolphins in June… ‘She wanted the people of Houston to have time to comment on the release of GE mosquitoes. She would want people to continue the fight,’ Napoles stated.”

Trump orders officials to look at rejoining TPP: Senatorshttp://www.atimes.com/article/trump-orders-officials-look-re-joining-tpp-senators/ – “Trump directed his top economic adviser Larry Kudlow and top trade official Robert Lighthizer to talk to the 11 member nations of the TPP trade pact about the possibility of rejoining the deal. Formally abandoning the agreement was one of Trump’s signature campaign promises and one of his first acts as president… ‘The president multiple times reaffirmed in general to all of us and looked right at Larry Kudlow and said, “Larry, go get it done,” ‘ Republican Senator Ben Sasse told reporters at the White House…”

DISTURBING video shows Syrian kids learning how to fake a chemical attack – The footage shows a group of adults in Syria orchestrating what appears to be a rehearsal for a chemical gas attack –   by Vladimir Rodzianko – http://theduran.com/disturbing-video-surfaces-of-syrian-rebels-teaching-kids-how-to-fake-chemical-attack/ – “The video below begins with an alarm sounding, with adults directing local Syrian schoolchildren to lay on the floor, while others in gas masks administer fake white foam to the children’s’ mouths, convulsing as though they were really experiencing symptoms of ingesting toxic chemicals.”

From the Military-Grade-Propaganda Desk: Syria attack: nerve agent experts race to smuggle bodies out of Douma – by Martin Chulov – https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/12/syria-attack-experts-check-signs-nerve-agent – “In the five days since, intelligence technicians have pored over satellite images, radio intercepts and flight paths to try to establish what happened in Douma. In Jordan, officials prepared to receive biological samples from some of the estimated 42 dead and the hundreds more who survived… Smuggling routes in and out of Damascus are well travelled, and makeshift crossings along the watertight Jordanian border can suddenly open whenever there’s a need. Getting samples, especially corpses, to laboratories has been a top priority this week as the US has tried to establish if the gas that was dropped contained more than chlorine… ‘Blood and urine will show that for up to a week, maybe longer,’ said one official who had examined samples taken from patients after the sarin strikes in Ghouta in August 2013 and in Khan Sheikhoun in April last year. “[Nerve agents] degrade very quickly in situ though. If there was going to be a productive fact-finding mission, they would need to get there immediately.” – Comment: I recommend a close reading of this whole article. It is written very authoritatively, and the final impression it leaves me with is that there will be an “official explanation” created that will serve to contest the actual evidence gathered by Russian investigators, and, in the next few days, the OPCW team from the UN. Anyone without a context for this, and with a trust in the information from The Guardian will come away with the impression that this “gas attack” must have happened and that the Russians are lying.

From the This-Guy-May-Be-Alright Desk: US Defense Secretary: No Decision To Strike Syria, Washington Waiting Evidence Of Chemical Attack https://southfront.org/us-defense-secretary-no-decision-to-strike-syria-washington-waiting-evidence-of-chemical-attack/ – ” ‘We are not engaged on the ground there, so I cannot tell you that we have evidence, though we certainly had a lot of media and social media indicators that either chlorine or sarin were used,’ Mattis said.” – Comment: This is the second time that Mattis has come out and blunted a propaganda assault on a “chemical attack.”  I know I dunno nuttin’ about nuttin’, but from my prejudiced view it’s looking like Jimbo may be one of those “White Hat” types…

Syria Diplomatic Front: New Macron’s Claims, German Rejection To Participate In Attackhttps://southfront.org/syria-diplomatic-front-new-macrons-claims-german-rejection-to-particiapte-in-attack-and-other/ – “France has already stated that they will respond to the chemical attack when they collect all the “proof”… ‘We have proof that chemical weapons were used last week, at least chlorine, and that they were used by the regime of Bashar al-Assad,’ the French President Emmanuel Macron said at the French TF1 channel… French media has reported that Macron is claiming to respond ‘at a time of our choosing, when we judge it to be the most useful and the most effective’. However, during his interview the President stressed that he wanted to avoid “an escalation”:.. ‘France will in no way allow an escalation or anything that would harm regional stability, but we cannot allow regimes that believe they can act with impunity to violate international law in the worst possible way.’ ”

Trump tweet early this morning (April 11, 4am DC time): ” Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”

Russian veto ends U.N. probe of chemical weapons use in Syriahttps://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/russian-veto-ends-un-probe-of-chemical-weapons-use-in-syria/2017/11/16/7ece5bf6-cb10-11e7-8321-481fd63f174d_story.html – “To investigate the sarin attack it (the UN Joint Investigative Mechanism) blamed on the Syrian military, the JIM investigators looked at photos, conducted interviews and analyzed soil samples. But they never visited the village where the attack occurred… Russia called the work “amateurish” and charged the investigators’ reports are routinely biased against the Syrian government… Vassily Nebenzia, Russia’s ambassador to the U.N., said Russia supported the idea of renewing the mandate but insisted that flaws be corrected. He proposed a draft(actually, two drafts)purporting to do that, but it did not get enough votes to pass… ‘There is nothing balanced about the U.S. draft resolution,’ he said, charging that none of the flaws were addressed. ‘You bear the responsibility if the mechanism cannot be salvaged.’ ” (emphasis added) – Note: None of the articles on the Security Council session that I could find covered the actual language of either the U.S. resolution Russian vetoed or the two Russian-amended resolutions that were voted down by the Council. There has so far been no public analysis of what was actually done at the Security Council.

From the Official-State-Propaganda Desk: READY TO STRIKE Syria – US-led coalition warplanes ‘seen flying over Iraqi border’ as nerve gas counter attack loomshttps://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6021889/syria-airspace-cleared-us-coalition-warplanes/ – “European air traffic controllers issued a “rapid alert” for airlines in the Eastern Mediterranean over the possibility of air strikes into Syria within the next 72 hours… The European Aviation Security Agency’s (EASA) warning of possible launches of air-to-ground strikes or cruise missiles comes as the US, Britain, France and allies weigh up retaliatory measures to a suspected chemical weapon attack in Syria… Nafiseh Kohnavard, a reporter for the BBC, tweeted: “Airlines that are still using Syria’s airspace have received a request to change their corridors for the next 48 hours… ‘Sources say that all military bases and important centres of the Syrian government are on high alert as a US attack is expected.’..” (and from the SAME ARTICLE): “The attack in Douma happened late on Saturday amid a resumed offensive by Syrian government forces after the collapse of a truce with the Army of Islam rebel group… Syrian opposition activists and rescuers said poison gas was used on the rebel-held town near the capital, an allegation strongly denied by the Assad government… Families were reportedly found suffocated in their homes and shelters, with foam on their mouths.” (emphsis added)Comment: The “article,” from the UK The Sun, contains not only the bald assertions of the factuality of “the gas attack” in Douma, but several pictures released by the White Helmets with their claims of an attack. Russian investigation at the purported scene of the incident found “zero evidence” of use of chemical weapons. Additionally, no patients were found in the Douma hospital or anywhere in liberated Eastern Ghouta with symptoms of exposure to chemicals. BTW, the headline above says “nerve gas counter attack.” Perhaps they’ve confused this with the purported attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal, but the “Douma attack” was reported as being chlorine gas.

Trump: “Get Ready Russia”, Missiles “Will Be Coming”https://southfront.org/trump-get-ready-russia-missiles-will-be-coming/

Saber Rattling: Israeli Officials (threaten to) Attack Syriahttps://southfront.org/saber-rattling-israeli-officials-vow-to-assassinate-assad-attack-syria/ – ” ‘If the Iranians act against Israel from Syrian territory, it will be Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government that will pay the price,’ senior Israeli defense officials were quoted by the country’s media on April 11. ‘Assad’s regime and Assad himself will disappear from the map and the world if the Iranians do try to harm Israel or its interests from Syrian territory.’.. ‘Our recommendation to Iran is that it does not try to act, because Israel is determined to continue on this issue to the very end.’ ”

Iranian media posts photos of Syrian base allegedly bombed by Israel – by Stuart Winer – https://www.timesofisrael.com/iranian-media-posts-photos-of-syrian-base-allegedly-bombed-by-israel/ – “The Tasnim media outlet, which has been affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, specified that seven IRGC members were killed in the strike, including one high-ranking officer, Col. Mehdi Dehghan, who reportedly served in one of the group’s drone units.”

Macron: Any French Strikes Will Target Assad’s Chemical Weapons Stockshttps://southfront.org/macron-any-french-strikes-will-target-assads-chemical-weapons-stocks/ – “On April 10, Macron said he supports a ‘strong and joint response’ to the alleged chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma on April 7, which the US and its allies blamed on the Assad government… ‘Our decision will not target allies of the regime or attack anyone but rather attack the regime’s chemical capabilities,’ he said, insisting he did ‘not want an escalation’.” – Comment: That will be quite a trick for the French, as the “Assad Regime” doesn’t have any.

3,627 Militants And Members Of Their Families Left Douma – Russian Military – https://southfront.org/3627-militants-and-members-of-their-families-left-douma-russian-military/ – “On April 10, the Syrian state-run news agency SANA revealed that all hostages taken by Jaish al-Islam had been released from Douma on April 9 evening… ‘SANA correspondent said that two buses carrying dozens of liberated abductees arrived in one of the Syrian Arab army checkpoints near al-Wafedeen Camp corridor at 11:00 pm, after which they headed for al-Faihaa stadium in Damascus where their relatives and thousands of citizens have been waiting to welcome them… The first batch of abductees, most of them were women and children who have been kidnapped from Adra Industrial City since January 2013, was released on Sunday after an agreement was reached earlier in the day to release all the abductees in exchange for the exit of all terrorists,’ the SANA’s article reads.”

Tucker Carlson: Would war against Assad make US safer? (7 min)

Israel just lost American Jews – by Philip Weiss – http://mondoweiss.net/2018/04/israel-just-american/ – “David Rothkopf responded eloquently: Until every resident of the land over which Israel enforces control has equal rights and protections under the law it’s not a democracy… Rothkopf is as Jewish establishment as they come. The former head of Foreign Policy magazine, he once tarred Walt and Mearsheimer as gentile anti-Semites…  But Rothkopf was enraged : Israel’s brutal treatment of the demonstrators in Gaza…and Gaza itself…is the anti-Passover. It represents the height of hypocrisy: A supposedly Jewish state violating the most basic concepts of the religion in order to defend its ‘right to exist.’ “

From the Not-MY-Title Desk: Conflict In Syria Is About To Turn Into Global Warhttps://southfront.org/conflict-in-syria-is-about-to-turn-into-global-war/ – “Responding to Haley’s statement during the UNSC meeting, Russian representative Vassily Nebenzia called the accusations against Damascus “fake news”. Nebenzia once again warned the US and its allies of the possible “grave consequences” of a military action against Syria… ‘Do you now understand what you have done?’ Nebenzia repeated Putin’s question about the US-led reckless games in the Middle East. ‘No, you do not.’.. ‘Everywhere you go, everything you touch, you leave behind only chaos. You try to fish in those murky waters, but the only thing you catch is mutants… ‘What [the] military misadventures of the West bring about is well known, as shown by the examples of Yugoslavia, Iraq and Libya. Nobody has vested you with the power to act like the world’s policeman, or to act like the prosecutor, judge, and executioner either,’ he said.” – Questions: I’m wondering, is it mere ignorance to take note of what I take it must be only posturing within the international diplomatic milieu? Does anyone think that Nikki Haley and Vassily Nebenzia are just a tag-team operating like they’re in the World Wrestling Federation?

President Trump Cabinet Meeting Making Decision on Syria 4/9/2018 (10 min) –  https://youtu.be/CFCy-5c_imc – “According to media reports, Pentagon is currently providing Trump with various military options, like a cruise missile strike or a massiive airstrike on crucial Syrian faclities, which could be implemented.” (emphasis added)

UN Security Council holds emergency summit over alleged Syria chemical attack – Several countries have accused Syria of using chemical weapons against civilians in a deadly attack on the rebel town of Douma. US President Donald Trump has vowed to “forcefully” respond, further heightening tensions – http://www.dw.com/en/un-security-council-holds-emergency-summit-over-alleged-syria-chemical-attack/a-43315566 – “Despite denying the use of chemical weapons in Saturday’s attack, Russia said it was ready to co-operate with the OPCW. Nebenzia said OPCW investigators should fly to Syria as early as Tuesday to investigate the attack, and offered them protection… A draft resolution circulated ahead of Monday’s Security Council meeting suggested that Russia and the Western nations were proposing the creation of a new body to assess the blame for chemical attacks. However, the West objects to Russia’s demand for the Security Council to have veto rights over the new body’s findings… ‘We have reached the moment when the world must see justice done,’ said Haley. ‘History will record this as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria.’.. However, Russia’s UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia was quick to deny that chemical weapons had been used in Douma. According to Nebenzia, Russian investigators were sent to Douma over the weekend and found no evidence that a nerve agent or chlorine had been used in an attack… The Russian envoy said claims that there was a chemical weapons attack and that it was perpetrated by Damascus are  “contradictory.” The “fake news” from Douma was intended to deflect attention from the UK’s muddled case regarding the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, Nebenzia said… During the Security Council session, the Israel Foreign Ministry issued a statement accusing Syria of committing “crimes against humanity” in the attack in Douma.” – Question: As far as “the moment” when the UN demonstrated its “failure to protect the people of Syria,” could it perhaps have been the day that they decided not to see the U.S. and British involvement in creating their ISIS proxy armies?

Syrian Air Defense Forces Repel Missile Attack On T4 Airbase. Casualties Reported (Map, Video) – https://southfront.org/syrian-air-defense-forces-repel-missile-attack-on-t4-airbase-casualties-reported-video/ – “The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) rejected to comment on the reports about the missile strike in Syria. However, a video appeared online showing unidentified fighter jets in Lebanese airspace prior to the strike. Considering that the IDF often uses Lebanese airspace to launch missiles at targets inside Syria, Israel is the main suspect in the last night attack.”

Trump official: football fans should ‘think twice’ about Russia World Cup – by David Smith – https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/08/trump-official-football-fans-russia-world-cup – “Football fans should “think twice” about travelling to the World Cup in Russia this summer as consular services are threatened by the diplomatic crisis between Vladimir Putin and the west, a senior White House official has warned… The tournament kicks off on 14 June under the shadow of tit-for-tat expulsions and what some describe as a new cold war. Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, has suggested Putin will seek to exploit the showpiece in the way Adolf Hitler milked the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936.”

The Corrupt Foster Care and Adoption System: Why Aren’t More Foster and Adoptive Parents Speaking Out? – by Brian Shilhavy – http://healthimpactnews.com/2018/the-corrupt-foster-care-and-adoption-system-why-arent-more-foster-and-adoptive-parents-speaking-out/ – “The data is very clear. A very small minority of children removed from their homes by Child Protective Services (CPS) are removed because they live in “abusive” homes… The vast majority, anywhere from 75% to 85% or more, are removed for other reasons, usually under the umbrella term of “neglect.” This would include “medical neglect” where one can lose custody of their children simply for disagreeing with a doctor, or seeking a second medical opinion.. Based on large scale research studies conducted at MIT by Joseph Doyle in 2007 and 2008, the data also clearly shows that children in foster care fare far worse than even children left in “troubled homes,” which begs the question as to why we even have a child welfare system that takes children out of families and makes them wards of the State.”

From the But-Wait-There’s-More Desk: Is Senator Richard Pan the Democratic Party’s Dream Candidate to Face President Trump in 2020? – by Kent Heckenlively – http://bolenreport.com/senator-richard-pan-democratic-partys-dream-candidate-face-president-trump-2020/ – “Which brings me to the latest madness of Senator Pan, his proposed Senate Bill, 1424, the “On-Line False Information Act“ which would require anybody who posts news on the internet to verify their posted information with “fact-checkers.” ”

Trump promises decision ‘very quickly’ on response to Syria – by Robert Burns , Matther Lee and Jonathan Lemire – http://www.startribune.com/trump-weighs-response-after-sick-syria-attack/479113363/ – “President Donald Trump said Monday he will decide “probably by the end of today” on a U.S. response to the apparent chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians. He suggested Syria’s main military ally, Russia, would “pay a price.”.. Speaking during a Cabinet meeting, Trump condemned the “heinous attack” Saturday that killed at least 40 people, including children. Asked by a reporter whether President Vladimir Putin bears responsibility, Trump said, ‘He may, yeah, he may. And if he does it’s going to be very tough, very tough.’ He added, ‘Everybody’s gonna pay a price. He will, everybody will.’ ”

Astonishing California Bill Would Shut Down Free Speech, Require Fact-Checkers – by Jon Rappoport – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/04/astonishing-california-bill-would-shut-down-free-speech-require-fact-checkers.html – “California used to be trumpeted as the cutting edge of American culture… It still is, except the culture is now all about censoring free speech… California Senator Richard Pan, who was behind the infamous 2015 law mandating vaccinations for schoolchildren (SB277), has stepped up to the plate and introduced another bill… This one would clamp down on criticism of ANY Official Story… The bill is titled ‘SB1424 Internet: social media: false information: strategic plan.’.. It targets social media based in California. But as you read the bill, you see it appears to define social media as any Internet blog, website, or communication.”

Web Research Links for the Week of 4/2/18

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 Says No Evidence Assad Behind Chemical Attack; But Will Retaliate Regardless Of UN Decision – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-09/us-says-no-evidence-assad-behind-chemical-attack-will-retaliate-regardless-un – “Meanwhile, the UN Security Council met on Monday to discuss the latest developments – said Staffen de Mistura, the UN Special Envoy to Syria.  “Recent developments carry more than ever before” the risks contained within the multiple “fault lines in the Middle East” that could have “absolutely devastating consequences, which are difficult to even imagine,” the official said, underscoring the possibility that the crisis in Syria may spiral into a larger international security crisis… ‘The United Nations is unable to independently verify or attribute responsibility for this attack, but we have all parties to show utmost restraint and avoid any further escalation or confrontation,’ de Mistura said.”

Trump’s Syria “Withdrawal” Was Textbook US Deception – by Tony Cartalucci – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/04/trumps-syria-withdrawal-was-textbook-us-deception.html – “…it would be far more preferable if the United States could cite an Iranian provocation as justification for the airstrikes before launching them. Clearly, the more outrageous, the more deadly, and the more unprovoked the Iranian action, the better off the United States would be. Of course, it would be very difficult for the United States to goad Iran into such a provocation without the rest of the world recognizing this game, which would then undermine it. (Brookings Institute: Which Path to Persia?)… Nothing could be more “outrageous” or “deadly” than using chemical weapons on civilians… That such allegations of a chemical attack already served as a successful pretext for US military aggression in the form of cruise missile strikes across Syria under President Trump before, is precisely why the Syrian government wouldn’t have carried out such chemical attacks then, and most certainly would not carry them out now – especially if the US was allegedly seeking to exit Syrian territory… For those who have invested hope into President Trump – his role in a documented scheme to deceive the global public and make US military aggression appear as a last resort after apparently withdrawing from confrontation – is sufficient evidence that it is not “Trump vs. the Deep State,” but that “Trump is the Deep State.” ”

Fingerprints, Eye Scans Now Required To Buy Food In India, As Banks Cut Off Cryptocurrencies – by John Vibes – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/04/fingerprints-eye-scans-now-required-to-buy-food-in-india-as-banks-cut-off-cryptocurrencies.html – “In addition to the vast violation of privacy that this program introduces, it is also highly inefficient, with possibly fatal results. A recent study determined that 20 percent of an entire region was cut off from food rations because their Internet connections were not good enough to access the program… If you think this type of control grid isn’t possible in the United States, think again. Harvard Professor Jacqueline Bhabha praised the drastic new policy, saying that, ‘No one has approached that scale and that ambition. It has been hailed, and justifiably so, as an extraordinary triumph to get everyone registered.’ ”

From the ‘Splainin’-To-Do Desk: Why did Assad use chemical weapons? Because he can – by Avi Issacharoff – https://www.timesofisrael.com/why-did-assad-use-chemical-weapons-because-he-can/

Trump tweets condemnation of Syria chemical attack, saying Putin shares the blame – by Carol Morello and Jenna Johnson – https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-tweets-condemnation-of-syria-chemical-attack-criticizing-putin-for-sharing-the-blame/2018/04/08/c9c1c0e5-d063-4133-ae4d-e26496f79fff_story.html – ” The likelihood of a military strike against Syria after a suspected chemical weapons attack increased Sunday as President Trump said there would be a “big price to pay” and officials in France vowed the country would “do its duty” in responding.” (emphasis added) – Comment: Western Civilization circles the drain.

Ex-Spy Skripal Is Awake and Talking – No doubt he’ll be under immense pressure by the British now to tell the right story – https://russia-insider.com/en/ex-spy-skripal-awake-and-talking/ri23008

SYRIA: The Egregious Western Media ‘Chemical Weapon’ Fraud in Eastern Ghouta – by Vanessa Beeley – http://21stcenturywire.com/2018/04/08/syria-the-egregious-western-media-chemical-weapon-fraud-in-eastern-ghouta/ – ” Fast forward to Eastern Ghouta which is now 90% liberated from the many terrorist factions that have occupied this eastern suburb of Damascus since 2012 and we have seen an uptick in the claims of chemical weapon attacks as the SAA noose draws tighter around  the terrorist enclaves. Most of those claims are being circulated by the Al Qaeda auxiliary organisation, the White Helmets.”

Dozens killed in apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians in Syria, rescue workers say – by Louisa Loveluck and Erin Cunningham – https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/dozens-killed-in-apparent-chemical-weapons-attack-on-civilians-in-eastern-ghouta–rescue-workers/2018/04/08/231bba18-3ac0-11e8-af3c-2123715f78df_story.html – “President Trump responded to the attack on his Twitter account Sunday, describing it as an “atrocity.”.. ‘Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria,’ he said… ‘Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price …’.. Multiple reports, including from rescue workers and the State Department, said an initial attack had targeted a hospital. It was unclear, however, what type of chemicals may have been used… ‘We tried to send people to the area to rescue the injured, but even the rescue workers began suffocating,’ said Mohamed Samer, a medical worker in Douma… (and buried at the bottom of the article, written in a way that many might not understand): Jaish al-Islam launched volleys of rockets into densely populated Damascus districts as the fighting intensified, killing or maiming residents and striking terror into the broader community.” (emphasis added) Comment: There are videos on the Qasioun News Agency and YASER ALDOUMANI2 channels on YouTube (and not blocked) that show many people that appear obviously dead. They are in what look like private homes, not a hospital setting. I would speculate that in this case, prisoners of Jaish al-Islam or “apostates” including children have been murdered for this major propaganda campaign. The MSM are uniformly carrying the stories associated with this with zero analysis or skepticism. People identified in the article as “rescue workers” or “medical workers” are most likely members of the controversial “White Helmets” group associated with the terrorist occupied areas, and well documented to also act as soldiers in the terrorist militias – It’s interesting that the MSM are now choosing to no longer identify their affiliation with the White Helmets.

The Economics Behind The Skripal Poisoning – podcast with Prof. Michael Hudson (approx. 15 min) – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49159.htm

From the United-Propaganda-Front Desk: Dozens Suffocate in Syria as Government Is Accused of Chemical Attack – by Ben Hubbard – https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/08/world/middleeast/syria-chemical-attack-ghouta.html

Innocent Email Throws #NeverAgain Narrative Into Question – by Richard Enos – http://www.collective-evolution.com/2018/04/06/innocent-email-throws-neveragain-narrative-into-question/ – “On March 30, blogger Dr. Eowyn wrote a post on the ‘Fellowship of the Minds’ website that suggests that plans for the demonstrations were initiated long before the Parkland shooting. The evidence? A statement in an email sent to a source of European researcher Ole Dammegard by Officer Scott C. Earhardt of the Homeland Security Bureau of the Metropolitan Police Department: ‘In reference to your inquiry concerning the March For Our Lives Demonstration, here in the District of Columbia on March 24, 2018.  MPD received a permit application several months prior to the actual event, and there was several months of planning for this large event. .’

The Trump Administration Wants to Cut Off Internet Access for Poor Americans – by Nicole Goodkind – https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/trump-administration-wants-cut-internet-access-poor-americans – ” ‘The Lifeline Program is essential for millions of Americans who rely on subsidized internet access to find jobs, schedule doctor’s appointments, complete their school assignments, interface with the government, and remain connected in a digital economy,’ they wrote. ‘The program helps Americans — including disproportionate numbers of families with children, veterans and people of color — survive.’.. The letter also questioned the economic reasoning for the program change. ‘It is unclear why the FCC would spend billions of dollars to expand access to broadband while at the same time make Lifeline less accessible to those who need it most,’ it read.”

From the Here-We-Go-Again Desk: Scientists suggest a giant sunshade in the sky could solve global warming – by Peter Beaumont – https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/apr/05/scientists-suggest-giant-sunshade-in-sky-could-solve-global-warming – “Scientists have long known that manmade events like pollution in the atmosphere, smoke from forest fires and volcanic eruptions can create a cooling effect… That has led scientists at Harvard University to propose their own experiment, which they call “stratospheric controlled perturbation effect”, or SCoPEx for short. It involves using a balloon to test the controversial proposition that aerosols released at a height of 20km in the Earth’s atmosphere can alter the reflective properties of cloud cover… Now a dozen scholars, from countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, Jamaica and Thailand, have joined the debate, arguing in the journal Nature that poor countries should take a lead in the field since they have most to gain or lose from the technology.” (emphasis added) – Comment: “scientists at Harvard University”: This couldn’t involve Geoengineer David Keith, now could it?

Russian Military: Jaysh al-Islam Killed Three Of Its Commanders Participating In Negotiationshttps://southfront.org/russian-military-jaysh-al-islam-killed-three-of-its-commanders-participating-in-negotiations/ – ” ‘As a result of sharp contradictions among odious militants and those who were ready for negotiations, the former leaders of the group were physically eliminated,’ said Major-General Yuri Yevtushenko, head of the reconciliation center, according to the Russian news agency TASS.” – Comment: During the recent cease fire in Douma, Jaish al-Islam had been allowing its wounded fighters and some civilians to leave in busses. However 2 days ago that stopped and JAI started shelling civilian areas of Damascus again. Now, the final ground assault on the last terrorist pocket in East Ghouta is underway.

Fake Fake News Is a Danger to Our Fake Democracy – TruthStream Media (video 12 min)

(with an astonishing expose of organized MSM mind control)

Hill and Don’s Honduran Caravan – by Paul Street – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49160.htm – “Forget that very few among the 1200 or so Central American migrants travelling in what is now an annual Easter time caravan through Mexico have any intention of seeking asylum in the U.S. (As KCUR radio reported three days ago, “The annual event organized by activists” is “designed to keep migrants safe and share information about their rights” inside Mexico.).. Forget that the number of “illegal immigrants” caught at the U.S. border (310,000 last year, down from a peak of 1.6 million in 2000) is currently at its lowest level since 1971… Forget that the Caravan marchers are running away from drug violence and organized crime, among other scourges, in countries that have been ravaged by U.S. policy (including U.S. foreign, political, economic, military, drug, and climate policy) for decades.”

Weaponizing anti-Semitism against Corbyn could endanger Jews, Israeli academic Ilan Pappé warnshttps://www.rt.com/uk/423191-corbyn-papp%C3%A9-semitic-gaza/ – “The University of Exeter professor went on to refute claims that Corbyn is an anti-Semite, saying: ‘I have been involved with him in the past in some political activism and ever since I follow closely his political career and I could not find a shred of evidence for his anti-Semitism,’ Pappé said. ‘He was, and is, very critical on Israel’s policies, as are many Jews including myself.’.. Pappé, who is a consistent collaborator with linguist Noam Chomsky, added that accusations of anti-Semitism have been weaponized to attack Corbyn due to his sympathy to the Palestinian cause.”

U. S. sanctions ensnare Russians with ties to Trump world – by John Hudson and Seung Min Kim – https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-administration-imposes-sweeping-new-sanctions-on-russian-elite/2018/04/06/97df2782-398e-11e8-b57c-9445cc4dfa5e_story.html – “The United States imposed new economic sanctions on senior Russian politicians, companies and business leaders Friday, citing a list of complaints against Moscow that included its attempts to undermine Western democracies and recurring cyber offensives… The sanctions target 17 Russian government officials, a state-owned weapons trading company and seven so-called oligarchs. Several individuals on the list have close ties to Russian President Vladi­mir Putin… ‘I think it’s important to see in today’s action, a message. And that message is that actions have consequences,’ said another senior administration official, who spoke to reporters only on the condition of anonymity. ” (emphasis added)

Syrian Army Resumes Military Operation In Duma As Jaysh al-Islam Breaks Ceasefirehttps://southfront.org/syrian-army-resumes-military-operation-in-duma-as-jaysh-al-islam-breaks-ceasefire/ – “On April 6, Jaysh al-Islam broke the ceasefire agreement in Duma district and shelled the civilian areas in the al-Wafddien refugee camp and Dahiyat al-Assad district with rockets and mortars, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported… The news agency reported that warplanes of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and the Russian Aerospace Forces had conducted a series of airstrikes on Jaysh al-Islam positions in the Duma district in response to the attack… Earlier, SyAAF helicopters dropped thousands of leaflet over Duma, in which the government called on civilians there to stay in their houses and gave Jaysh al-Islam fighters the last chance to accept an evacuation or reconciliation agreement.”

India: Your bank will not allow you to buy bitcoins anymore – by Preeti Motiani – https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/wealth/personal-finance-news/your-bank-will-not-allow-you-to-buy-bitcoins-anymore/articleshow/63627123.cms – “You will not be able to buy cryptocurrency through banks or e-wallets etc. in India anymore as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has banned them with immediate effect from ‘dealing with or providing services to any individuals or business entities dealing with or settling virtual currencies’.”

Syrian President Rejected Russian Proposal To Attend Ankara Summit – Report – https://southfront.org/syrian-president-rejected-russian-proposal-to-attend-ankara-summit-report/ – “On April 6, an unnamed senior Syrian official told the Lebanese al-Akhbar newspaper that Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad had rejected a Russian proposal to attend Ankara summit, which was held on April 4… According to the senior official, Russia assured al-Assad that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will welcome him if he would agree to attend the summit. However, the Syrian president apologized to Russia for not participating in the summit due to “many reasons,” including the Turkish occupation of some areas in northern Syria… One of the officials told the Lebanese newspaper that the Damascus government will not reconcile with any country that continues its “aggression” against the Syrian sovereignty… During the last few months many Turkish politicians, including allies of Erdogan, called on the Turkish government to reestablish relations with the Damascus government in order to coordinate against the US-led coalition and Kurdish forces.”

Assad regime places tanks, artillery in buffer zone with Israel – Israel expected to complain to UN over Syrian army deployment in demilitarized area ahead of regime’s planned assault on rebels, in violation of decades-old agreement – by Michael Bachner – https://www.timesofisrael.com/assad-regime-places-tanks-artillery-in-buffer-zone-with-israel-report/ – “Israel has tried to stay out of the civil war in Syria and refrained from taking sides, but has responded to spillover fire on numerous occasions and warned the Assad regime against attack.” – Comment: Right.

Surge in Young Couples Marrying in South Russia Shows Trend Toward Family Values – The government also provides state assistance to young families – by Irina Povolotskaya – https://russia-insider.com/en/surge-young-couples-marrying-south-russia-shows-trend-toward-family-values/ri22977 – “Here’s yet another small indicator of how Russian society is slowly returning to conservative values. In the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, in the Registration Office on its 100th anniversary, almost 27 thousand new families registered in the Rostov Region. This is almost three thousand more families than last year.”

France Joins Syria Fight: Goals and Consequences – by Peter Korzun –  https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/04/05/france-joins-syria-fight-goals-and-consequences.html – The Syrian forces are preparing an offensive in the Daraa – Quneira – Suweida area in the south while denuding other fronts. The territory is huge and the terrain is hard to cross. There are at least 25 heights to fire at advancing forces from. The Free Syrian Army and other rebel groups are much more numerous than the ones being defeated in Eastern Ghuta. Their defenses are strong. Unlike in other places, the rebel forces can easily get logistical support from Jordan. That’s where the US and Saudi Arabia can contribute greatly. Israel has been involved in such activities since 2015. It took roughly six months to liberate Eastern Ghuta, with an active phase to dislodge rebel fighters launched in mid-March. It’s easy to surmise that it will take at least a year, may be much more, to liberate the area in question.”

Genetically Modified Weather: The Tale of FROSTBAN™ Synthetic Bacteria – by Rick Shankman – https://climatex.mit.edu/genetically-modified-weather-tale-frostban%E2%84%A2-synthetic-bacteria – “…6) Mutation of the ice-gene was done to remove the ice-forming genetic coding; 7) Ten the mutated (non-ice-forming) genetic code was inserted into the P. syringae bacterium to create the Ice-minus strain; The genetically-modified Ice-minus strain now lacks the surface coating that helps produce frost…. These facts, by themselves, are boring.  FROSTBAN™ (never sold commercially – original company merged into Seminis Inc.), is boring… The tale to come — I promise you — not boring.”

Dr. Tim Ball Completely Vindicated In Global Warming Lawsuit Meant To Silence Him – by Dr. Tim Ball – https://www.technocracy.news/index.php/2018/04/03/dr-tim-ball-completely-vindicated-in-global-warming-lawsuit-meant-to-silence-him/ – “While I savor the victory, people need to know that it was the second of three lawsuits all from the same lawyer, Roger McConchie, in Vancouver on behalf of members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In each case, he also filed lawsuits against the agency that published what I wrote or said. This is why Anthony Watts wisely asked me and I was willing to put the phrase “Guest Opinion” at the top of any column I wrote. Of course, the double-barreled lawsuits created complications in mounting any defense.”

Israel and the Diaspora: We have to talk – by Mick Davis – blogs.timesofisrael.com/israel-and-the-diaspora-we-have-to-talk/ – ” Simultaneously, however, they see their pride in Israel dented by actions taken by the Israeli authorities that undermine their Jewish values. Whether through the constant trickle of ugly legislation like last year’s Nation-State Bill, the racism of Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, a callous approach to African asylum seekers, discrimination against progressive Judaism or ongoing settlement expansion, young Diaspora Jews are too often being asked to make their attachment to Israel the exception to their values rather than the embodiment of them.” – Comment: Mick Davis is the CEO of the UK Conservative Party (Tories) and former Chairman of the UK Jewish Leadership Council of the United Jewish Israel Appeal. This article is a very interesting read, primarily for the many, many assumptions that are embedded in Davies’ expression. It reveals much about the current state of the Zionist project.

Israel faces historic decision as new population figures emerge – by Yossi Beilin – https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/04/israel-palestinians-demography-jordan-river-apartheid.html – “With the official military announcement of Jewish-Arab parity between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, Israel is facing the historic decision it has been trying to postpone or repress. Israel is far from being an apartheid state currently, but if it opts for minority rule of an Arab majority, it will have no choice but to adopt apartheid methods. Precluding this option would spell the end of the Zionist idea: Israel will turn into a Palestinian state, probably a nondemocratic one, with a Jewish minority.”

Craig Murray: Johnson and May are Hiding as Their ‘Novichok’ Lies Dissolve –  http://21stcenturywire.com/2018/04/04/murray-johnson-and-may-are-hiding-as-their-novichok-lies-dissolve/ –  “It is very plain that what Aitkenhead is saying to Sky is “the scientists cannot establish it is from Russia. But the government claims to have intelligence sources that show that it is.” His struggle to fit the formulations he has been given to parrot this sense as more effective propaganda, into answers to the pretty good questions he is being asked, is almost comic: “ummm” and “errr” come into it a lot. You have to remember that the precise forms of words to be used in official parlance had been the subject of tense negotiation between the scientists and the Porton Down bureaucrats, and then between the Porton Down bureaucrats and MOD Whitehall officials, and then between MOD officials and FCO and security service officials in the Joint Intelligence Committee, before being signed off by ministers. It is a process I know intimately from the inside. This reconciliation of conflicting interests is why at the start Aitkenhead says it is “Novichok” confidently, but at 1 min 30 sec in he says the more truthful “Novichok or from that family”, which accords with the evidence Porton Down gave to the High Court.”

Boris Johnson Lied About Skripal ON VIDEO, Putting His Job as Foreign Secretary at Risk – He lied to Germans that Porton Down scientists were adamant Skripal poison came from Russia – https://russia-insider.com/en/boris-johnson-lied-about-skripal-video-putting-his-job-foreign-secretary-risk/ri22974

Will America Accept Its Defeat or Challenge the Bear and the Dragon? PART 3: ASIA – “The US believes it can corner Russia, China and Iran: Russia has a 7,000 kilometre border with China, Iran is not Iraq and Syria is not Afghanistan. In Syria, the destiny of that a world be ruled by unilateralism is over. The world is heading toward pluralism” – by Elijah J. Magnier – https://russia-insider.com/en/will-america-accept-its-defeat-or-challenge-bear-and-dragon-part-3-asia/ri22964 – “There are thousands of Chinese jihadists who fought with ISIS and al-Qaeda and Beijing was concerned, willing to see all these killed in Syria. Cooperation between the Chinese and the Syrian intelligence services was established. Damascus has a unique and a very rich bank of information about foreign fighters many countries in the world would like to have access to, since over 80 nationalities of foreign fighters were allowed into Syria in a failed attempt to topple the regime and establish an Islamic State… But Washington is still trying to protect its position, refusing to give up on the crown of world domination it has enjoyed for over a decade and it is ready to fight against the “axis opposing the US” using other means outside Syria. The US establishment and its allies are expelling Russian diplomats and imposing sanctions on China and Iran. The US defeat in Syria is obviously very painful.”

US Setting Up 2 Bases, Considering Deployment Of Additional Forces In Syria – Reportshttps://southfront.org/us-setting-up-2-bases-considering-deployment-of-additional-forces-in-syria/ – “Despite President Donald Trump’s statement that the US should withdraw forces from Syria, his country expands its military presence in the war-torn country… On April 3, the Turkish state-run media outlet Anadolu Agency reported the US is setting up two bases in the area of Manbij, which is controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).  Anadolu claimed that the US is extending an observation post in the village of Dadat north of Manbij in order to build a base. Construction materials and heavy equipment units have reportedly been transported to the area.”

A Special Relationship Born in Hell – The United States should cut all ties with war criminal Israel – by Philip Giraldi – http://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/a-special-relationship-born-in-hell/ – “The story of what happened in Gaza on Friday had largely disappeared from the U.S. media by Sunday. On Saturday, The New York Times reported the most recent violence this way: “…some began hurling stones, tossing Molotov cocktails and rolling burning tires at the fence, the Israelis responded with tear gas and gunfire.” Get it? The Palestinians started it all, according to Israeli sources, by throwing things at the fence and forcing the poor victimized Israeli soldiers to respond with gunfire, presumably as self-defense. The Times also repeated Israel’s uncorroborated claims that there were gunmen active on the Gazan side, but given the disparity in numbers killed and injured – zero on the Israeli side of the fence – the Palestinian shooters must have been using blanks. Or they never existed at all.”

Syrian Army Finds Documents Leaking US Covert Cooperation with Eastern Ghouta Terrorists – by Ian Greenhalgh – https://www.veteranstoday.com/2018/04/03/syrian-army-finds-documents-leaking-us-covert-cooperation-with-eastern-ghouta-terrorists/ – “Meantime, the source said the soldiers have also found documents that prove secret cooperation between terrorists and a US organization… The officer declined to name the US organization that has been running the stealthy cooperation with the terrorists due to the sensitivity of the information contained in the documents, and said the evidence is corroborative and is withheld by the army for further investigations… Yet, the source mentioned that the documents prove that the US organization has been funding the operation in Eastern Ghouta and paying monthly salary to the militants in the region.”

‘Pineapple Express’ To Dump Significant Rainfall In Bay Area – National Weather Service officials forecast an “aggressive atmospheric river of moisture” along with gusty winds – by Renee Schiavone – https://patch.com/california/santacruz/s/ge3dq/pineapple-express-to-dump-significant-rainfall-in-bay-areaComment: Infrared satellite image animation shows no evidence of the formation of such an “atmospheric river”® on approach to the Left Coast. How TF do they know, particularly considering the strange and squirrelly development of weather patterns the last couple of weeks?

Here’s why the US failed to save the Jihadis in East Ghouta – by Alexander Mercouris – http://theduran.com/heres-why-the-us-failed-to-save-the-jihadis-in-east-ghouta/ – “As it happens, on 5th March 2018 an article appeared in the Washington Post reporting a discussion which supposedly took place in the White House in which a possible attack on the Syrian military besieging East Ghouta was supposedly discussed…. According to this article US President Donald Trump’s then National Security Adviser, General H.R. McMaster, was in favour of an attack, but US Defense Secretary General James Mattis was adamantly opposed and US President Trump in the end decided against it.” – Comment: Well, McMaster paid the price for his bellicosity, no?

The Problem with a State-Cartel Economy: Prices Rise, Wages Don’t – by Charles Hugh Smith – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/04/the-problem-with-a-state-cartel-economy-prices-rise-wages-dont.html – “Here’s a chart of the net result of a financialized state-cartel economy: the politicos skimming fortunes in campaign contributions love it, and the protected cartel insiders skimming the nation’s wealth love it, too. Well let’s see, that’s all the important people, so what’s not to like?”

20 More Questions That Journalists Should be Asking About the Skripal Case – by Rob Slane – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49108.htm – “I pointed out in my previous piece that it is not my intention to advance some sort of conspiracy theory on this blog. It remains the case that I simply don’t have any holistic theory — “conspiracy” or otherwise — for who carried this out, and I continue to retain an open mind. But since the Government of my country has rushed to judgement without many of the facts of the case being established, and since this has led to the biggest deterioration in relations between nuclear-armed nations since the Cuban Missile Crisis, it seems to me that it is more important than ever to keep asking questions in the hope that answers will come.”

UAV Crash In Lebanon Reveals Secret Israeli Weaponhttps://southfront.org/uav-crash-in-lebanon-reveals-secret-israeli-weapon/ – “In September 2015, the Mikholit missile made a second, more surprising appearance, this time in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula. The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq released a video showing a Mikholit missile that had been used to target ISIS fighters there… Following the incident, several Israel news outlets reported that the IAF had carried out several airstrikes using armed UAVs against the Palestinian elements of ISIS in the Sinai Peninsula… And now for the first time ever we know that Israel is also operating armed UAVs over Lebanon, although the situation there is very stable currently. This suggests that Israel may be also operating such amed UAVs over other countries, mainly Syria.”

Jaish al-Islam Militants Start Evacuating From Douma Area In Eastern Ghouta – State-Run Media – https://southfront.org/jaish-al-islam-militants-start-evacuating-from-douma-area-in-eastern-ghouta-state-run-media/ – “SANA’s correspondent at al-Wafidin Camp at the outskirts of Douma said that a number of buses and vehicles belonging to the Red Crescent are gathering near the safe corridor leading to al-Wafidin Camp in preparation to enter Douma and begin transporting Failaq al-Rahman terrorists… The correspondent said that an agreement was reached to have Jaish al-Islam leave Douma and go to Jarablos (not Idlib) while those who remain will have their legal status settled and the state establishments will return in full to Douma city.” (emphasis added)

US blocks UN resolution condemning Israel for deaths in Gaza clashes – Scrapped Security Council draft urged investigation into IDF response, reaffirmed ‘right to peaceful protest’ – by AFP and Khaled Abu Toameh – https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-blocks-un-resolution-condemning-israel-for-deaths-in-gaza-clashes/ – “The Security Council held a closed meeting on Friday night to discuss the clashes along the Gaza-Israel border, despite a request from the US and Israel to postpone deliberations for Saturday due to Passover holiday eve… The army said that its sharpshooters targeted only those taking explicit violent action against Israeli troops or trying to break through or damage the security fence. Video footage showed that in one case a rioter, whom the army included in its list of Hamas members, appeared to be shot while running away from the border. The army in response accused Hamas of editing and/or fabricating its videos.”

Liberman threatens ‘much harsher’ response to further Gaza unrest – Defense minister claims 90% of 40,000 Palestinian protesters on Friday were paid Hamas activists and their families – https://www.timesofisrael.com/liberman-threatens-much-harsher-response-to-further-gaza-unrest/ – “Liberman also pledged that there would be no international inquiry into the clashes, despite demands to that effect by parts of the international community. And he lashed out at the new head of the left-wing Meretz Party for joining calls for a probe, charging that her party represented Palestinian, rather than Israeli, interests.”

Crispr’d Food, Coming Soon to a Supermarket Near You – by Megan Molteni – https://www.wired.com/story/crisprd-food-coming-soon-to-a-supermarket-near-you/ – “So how will you know if the contents of a future salad has had a few As, Ts, Cs, and Gs moved around by a bacterial enzyme-wielding scientist? Well, you might not. Neither the USDA nor the US Food and Drug Agency has yet issued guidance specific to the the labeling of foods derived from gene-edited plants. According to an FDA spokesperson, the agency is considering public comments on whether these types of foods pose additional risks. But it couldn’t provide a timeline for any new policies. The USDA is supposed to have its own product disclosure rules finalized by July—a proposal is currently under review with the Office of Management and Budget.”

Trump Freezes Funds For Syria, Signals Nearing Withdrawalhttps://southfront.org/trump-freezes-founds-for-syria-signals-nearing-withdrawal/ – “An unnamed US official revealed to the Wall Street Journal on March 30 that US President Donald Trump had frozed (sic) more than $200 million in funds for recovery efforts in Syria. According to the official, Trump made the decision after reading a news report noting that the US had committed an additional amount of $200 million to support early recovery efforts in Syria.”

RT silenced in Washington DC, proving FARA crackdown not just formality  – https://www.rt.com/usa/422819-rt-broadcast-washington-dc/ – “RT can now reveal that the channel was in fact dropped by its two signal broadcasters in the area, WNVT and WNVC, on February 2, 2018. This fact was later independently confirmed by MHz Networks through the Associated Press… Anna Belkina, RT’s chief of communications, said that although the channel is not “at liberty to disclose the details, we know that this decision was linked to RT’s forced registration as a ‘foreign agent’ in the US.” The US Department of Justice forced RT America to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) in 2017.. Belkina added that ‘it is highly disappointing that despite repeated assurances that FARA status would not impact RT’s reporting and broadcasting capabilities, the registration, in fact, has placed undue burden on multiple areas of RT operations, and pressure on our partners as well, thus unequivocally demonstrating that the spirit of the FARA law is discriminatory even if the letter of that law isn’t.’ “

The end of nation states? Germans seeks EU federalization – This proposal would provide Brussels the power to impose policy and implement strategies that might otherwise face serious objection from some other EU members – by Frank Sellers – http://theduran.com/end-nation-states-germany-seeks-eu-federalization/ – “We must have the courage to share sovereignty in the many areas wherein the efforts of individual States are now largely ineffective and doomed to failure: from climate change to energy policies, from financial markets to immigration policies, from tax evasion to the fight against terrorism… The time has come to move towards a closer political integration: a federal Union of States with a wide range of powers. We know that this concept stirs some controversy,  but the reluctance of some cannot impede the action of all. Those who believe in the european ideal must be ready to act, rather than stand by and helplessly observe its gradual decline. Member states who are not yet ready to join this closer union, may do so at a later point.”

From the Gaza-Potpourri Desk: Hamas admits 5 of its gunmen among 16 Gazans killed in Friday’s border violenceGaza’s ruling terror group (Hasbara code for evil vermin) claims operatives were taking part in ‘popular events side-by-side with their people’; IDF warns against renewed violence as small protests persist – https://www.timesofisrael.com/hamas-says-5-members-among-16-said-killed-during-fridays-mass-border-protest/ – “IDF Spokesman Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis said on Saturday that all those killed were engaged in violence, adding that Gaza health officials exaggerated the number of those wounded and that several dozen at most were injured by live fire while the rest were merely shaken up by tear gas and other riot dispersal means… Manelis said on Friday evening that the army had faced ‘a violent, terrorist demonstration at six points’ along the fence. He said the IDF used “pinpoint fire” wherever there were attempts to breach or damage the security fence. All the fatalities were aged 18-30 (well, that’s OK then…), several of the fatalities were known to us…’ ” – IDF: Hamas cynically sent 7-year-old girl to breach Gaza border – Army denounces terrorist group for using women, children in violent mass protests along security fence – by Judah Ari Gross – https://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-hamas-cynically-sent-7-year-old-girl-to-breach-gaza-border/ – “The IDF did not confirm the Hamas death toll figures, but it did say that soldiers had shot at “main instigators.”.. The military maintained that it would not allow Palestinian protesters to “violate Israel’s sovereignty” by crossing the security fence.” – Note: Israel has never declared lawful borders so how is any of “its” territory sovereign? – Just in case anybody forgot what Hamas’s ‘March of Return’ is really all about – Gaza’s terrorist rulers make no secret of their agenda. They are out to destroy Israel. Suicide bombers, rockets, and tunnels have failed. So now it’s mass marches on the border – by David Horovitz – https://www.timesofisrael.com/just-in-case-anybody-forgot-what-hamass-march-of-return-is-really-all-about/ – “Were it not for the Iron Dome rocket defense system, much of Israel would, as Hamas had hoped, have been reduced to rubble… (Note: this is such a lie its astonishing that it’s still used in such a calculating fashion)… Organizing and encouraging mass demonstrations at the border in the so-called “March of Return” to face off against Israeli troops, while sanctimoniously and disingenuously branding the campaign non-violent, is merely the latest iteration of Hamas’s cynical use of Gazans as the human shields for its aggression.” (All emphases, except bold titles, added) – Comment: Please note that, IMO, acknowledging that people are living in a reality where they think they are faced with actual enemies is not buying into an “enemy construct.”

A ‘Refugee Caravan’ Is Headed to the U.S. and Getting Bigger Every Day – by Jorge Rivas – https://splinternews.com/a-refugee-caravan-is-headed-to-the-u-s-and-getting-big-1824087413 – “The migrants started their journey in Tapachula, Chiapas, near the Guatemala–Mexico border around 7 AM on Sunday. They walked, took public transportation, and hitchhiked their way to their first destination in the town of Huixtla, where many of the migrants camped outdoors. Their entire journey is more than 2,000 miles long… Those participating in the caravan will attend workshops to prepare them to request asylum when they reach the U.S. The migrants are expected to reach U.S. points of entries in California sometime next month… Abeja said the number of people on this journey illustrates the desperation people have to stay alive… ‘The journey is extreme. People say that if they stay where they are they’ll die. So they’re here because they’re trying to stay alive,’ Abeja said.”

Not in Kansas Anymore – by Dee Chadwell – https://www.shiftfrequency.com/21st-century-school-gets-failing-grade/ – “I’ll never forget… …the kid who stole my credit card and was going to hold it hostage until I changed his failing grade.  Or the young lady I found sobbing her heart out in the hallway one morning.  I hesitated to stop and talk to her – she was prone to frequent tearful meltdowns – but I did stop, and I was glad I had.  That morning, her father had walked into a local park, doused himself with gasoline, and lit a match.  He was, of course, dead – and no one in that household had thought to keep this poor girl at home that day.”

Shocking Computing Advances Are Pushing Smart Cities Into Reality – by Patrick Wood – https://www.technocracy.news/index.php/2018/03/30/shocking-computing-advances-are-pushing-smart-cities-into-reality/ – “According to NVIDIA, a $399,000 DGX-2 replaces $3 million of dual-CPU servers consuming 180 kilowatts; it is 1/8 the cost, uses 1/18 of the power and utilizes 1/60th of the space… Again, the take-a-way here is that processing power is catching up to and surpassing data storage advances, meaning that Technocrats will be able to process vast amounts of data in real time. In the case of NVIDIA, who is the co-leader with IBM on Smart City control centers, any medium-sized or larger city can easily afford $399,000 to keep track of everything that can be collected and quantified – all systems like energy, water, air, and traffic, smart buildings, cameras with facial recognition, license plate readers, etc., etc.” Comment: Welcome my son, welcome, to the machine.

‘NY Times’ covers up Israel’s killing of nonviolent protesters along the Gaza border – by James North – http://mondoweiss.net/2018/03/nytimes-nonviolent-protesters/ – “Buried in the Times article is just one hint about what is really happening, a quote from B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights organization. B’Tselem ‘warned in a statement that any shoot-to-kill policy against unarmed demonstrators would be unlawful. . .’.. What is troubling and disgraceful in the Times report is that so far, there is no first-hand reporting from Gaza. A newspaper genuinely interested in the truth would send reporters to the border in Gaza and ask some of the thousands of Palestinian demonstrators what is actually happening to them —  instead of just parroting the Israeli military.” – Comment: the Times’ headline says “…at Least 5 Killed” The real toll was 16 dead, demonstrating peacefully.

China Taking the Long Road to Solve the Petro-yuan Puzzle – by Pepe Escobar – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49113.htm – “That means China’s vast array of trade partners will be able to convert yuan into gold without having to keep funds in Chinese assets or turn them into US dollars. Exporters facing the wrath of Washington, such as Russia, Iran or Venezuela, may then avoid US sanctions by trading oil in yuan convertible to gold. Iran and Venezuela, for instance, would have no problems redirecting tankers to China in order to sell directly in the Chinese market – if that’s what it takes… What the petro-yuan may be able to provoke in the short term is an acceleration of the next crises in treasuries and bond markets, which will inevitably spill out in the form of a crisis in global currency markets… The game-changing aspect, for now, mostly has to do with the exquisite timing. Beijing has crafted an ultra-long-term plan and yet chose to launch the petro-yuan smack in the middle of a period of sharp deterioration in trade relations with Washington.”

Raqqa civilians rise against US-backed rebels amid dire humanitarian situation – Russian militaryhttps://www.rt.com/news/422788-raqqa-uprising-us-rebels/ – “Only one hospital and one nursery are still operating in Raqqa; the lack of sanitation is also a problem as there is no running water. “Residents often take on water from the Euphrates River which increases the risk of infections and epidemics breaking out,” the general commented, adding that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and local authorities appointed by the Americans ‘can’t fix humanitarian problems.’ ”

Top US General Says American Troops Should Be Ready To Die For Israel – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-29/israeli-stealth-fighters-fly-over-iran-amid-speculation-imminent-war – “Earlier this month, in the midst of the 9th annual 12-day massive joint exercise named “Juniper Cobra” which was hailed in Israeli media as the largest of its kind, simulating a “battle on three fronts” (namely, Syria-Lebanon-Gaza Strip) US Third Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Richard Clark spelled out just such a scenario wherein US troops could be asked to fight and to die for defense of  America Israel – even to the point of being placed under Israeli commanders responsible for battlefield decision making… While major joint military exercises involving significant troop deployments are nothing new for the US and its allies (Juniper Cobra itself has been conducted annually for nearly a decade), Lt. Gen. Clark’s words to Israeli media are truly precedent setting and shocking, especially as he is among the highest ranking military officers in the US armed forces… It is well worth reading the alarming scenario Gen. Clark laid out while speaking to the Jerusalem Post in its entirety:…”

Israeli Stealth Fighters Fly Over Iran Amid Speculation Of Imminent War – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-29/israeli-stealth-fighters-fly-over-iran-amid-speculation-imminent-war – “Sources quoted in Al-Jarida said that two stealth fighters flew over Syrian and Iraqi airspace to reach Iran, and even targeted locations in the Iranian cities Bandar Abbas, Esfahan and Shiraz. Then the two ultra advanced fighter jets circled at high altitude above Persian Gulf – read Iranian – sites suspected of being associated with the Iranian nuclear program.”

Paradoxes of working toward a Global Shift

I wrote the exercise below in response to a friend in a group I belong to, who is convinced that I am stuck in what he characterizes as “the Enemy Construct.” He is sure that by pointing out the damages caused by the actions of people that are now commonly identified as Psychopaths, one must be aligning oneself against them, which he says is “going to war” with them. He thinks that I’m trapped in this opposition and therefore unable to see reality as it is, like he does.

I am responding using one paragraph of things he’s written about what I’ve said in group discussions:

“But you are still stuck in that construct, thinking that is what is going on from the evidence of what you write and comment.  Yes it is the same scenario of powers against each other for PUBLIC CONSUMPTION, but public consumption only.   Behind that is another team that is equally embedded in each of the same powers, but they are a different team.  You all don’t see that because quite frankly you are still stuck in the enemy construct, that they’re all collectively the enemy of the people and the world.  They are not the same team.  It is a team that has been operating for at least sixty years, that formulated itself in the 1950s, and in reality probably go back hundreds, perhaps thousands of years.  The current events have been planned and strategized for at least those sixty years, a long, slow, patient plan in which many, many, many of the individual players died in many different ways, whether just by expiring their life span or by more violent events.  Most knew they would not see the finality in their lifetimes, yet they did it because they knew it had to be done.”

1) re: “But you are still stuck in that construct, thinking that is what is going on from the evidence of what you write and comment.” – I have frequently said that what I’m posting is for peoples’ consideration. Frankly, I don’t think that you do know what my mindset or “construct” is. One can observe that what people acting from either “volition” (action base on their own possibly demented mentation) or from orders from up the chain-of-obedience are doing, is violating the lives of others, regardless of whether the apparent source of the  action is from a formal institution or from shadowy overlords. I have been studying deep politics specifically since the early 1970’s, and I’m sure that my view of what’s going on in human relations and beyond is sufficiently nuanced as to encompass anything that you write about – This is why I was attracted to getting involved with [this group] in the first place.

2) re: “Yes it is the same scenario of powers against each other for PUBLIC CONSUMPTION, but public consumption only.” – Don’t you think that basically everything coming from the PTWB (Powers That Wanna Be) is part of a mind-control initiative of one sort or another? It seems to me that none of it is what it appears to be on the surface, everything is calculated to have various different meanings and effects depending on who is hearing or reading it (including, I think, even exalted members of control hierarchies). One of the questions that I think is important now is a version of something being asked almost everywhere in the “alternative media” now: Who (or what) is at the top of the chain-of-obedience? From my viewpoint, it seems that this “Anti-Source” is outside of ANY of the organizations, cults or institutions that can be “constated” (Gurdjieff-talk for hypothesizing an idea to oneself) at a mental level. If you have worked with non-dual philosophy, you may know of the saying: “Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form.” Do you give credence to the idea that the world-of-form arises out of the void, and yet at the same time is not separate from it? I suspect that one of the hallmarks of our so-called evolution that will drive the shift –  from the current Cartesian mind-set to the “new paradigm” that you often seem to be hinting at –  is the skillful acceptance and use of paradox(es). Personally, I’m quite sure that the material I post, and my pocket-analyses of it, come from varying levels of reality-framing. This doesn’t mean that I’m (seriously) identified with any of these frames (I would also point that our frames are constantly shifting as different aspects of our personalities are emphasized through identification).

3) re: “Behind that is another team that is equally embedded in each of the same powers, but they are a different team.  You all don’t see that because quite frankly you are still stuck in the enemy construct, that they’re all collectively the enemy of the people and the world.” – IMO, the teams struggling for control in the world-of-form we apparently inhabit are nested in each other like a set of matryoshka dolls “to infinity,” or to where the edges of the Cartesian reality-set dissolve into formlessness. This does not mean that there are not quite-apparent individuals, acting at every level of the nested systems, who are invested in egoic spells under which they misperceive the other beings sharing their dream-worlds, to the extent that they see them as “The Other.” I would argue that it is only under such a spell that anyone, externalizing The Other in their thinking, can begin to strategize invasive actions against others which, if the aggressor’s wholeness and intuition were intact, they would never contemplate, as their still inner-voice would be screaming at them “Nooooooo!” If this is true, then a major part of our missions in healing ourselves and building the world we will relish living in will be to recognize when we ourselves are projecting out onto our fellow beings as if they are outside of us, and consequently potential threats. It’s axiomatic that for the ego, the only significance of a being projected out in this way is due to the advantages they offer the egoist’s acquisitive dreams, egoically identified with. Again, this does not mean that we cannot see that people in OUR DREAM hold these identifications and are pursuing strategies which have no restraints of ethics or compassion, and that are thus producing harmful effects on our sisters and brothers and on Life itself within the world-of-form. I would argue that a compassionate response to stop the perpetration of these harms doesn’t embody an enemy-construct, as it is ultimately for the good of the aggressors as well as for their apparent victims.

4) re: “It is a team that has been operating for at least sixty years, that formulated itself in the 1950s, and in reality probably go back hundreds, perhaps thousands of years.  The current events have been planned and strategized for at least those sixty years, a long, slow, patient plan in which many, many, many of the individual players died in many different ways, whether just by expiring their life span or by more violent events.  Most knew they would not see the finality in their lifetimes, yet they did it because they knew it had to be done.” – I think the team you may be referring to here goes back at least to the Congress of Vienna in 1815, and may have been symbolically book-ended by the collapsing of the British markets in 1815 by Nathan Rothschild, resulting in Rothschild control (begging, of course, the question of what doll-layer was pulling those strings) of British equities and of the Bank of England. However, again, how do we penetrate the nature of the unseen capstone of the Pyramid of Power? If the Paradigm Shift perhaps involves transcending our identification with our own formal natures, and moving more and more into unconditioned being in the present moment, then this hypothesized Anti-Source driver may be (mechanically) running a program of constraining humanity into an exclusively “objective” reality. This may have something to do with energies which are “split out” of The Now (and which become contaminated like stagnant water), which this Anti-Force is using for strictly illusory effects in the world-of-form, to continue to create “facts-on-the-ground” to, perhaps it believes it possible, take absolute control (the ultimate fever-dream of ego) of space time reality, at least within a certain Cartesian playing court. This would be a force that is, in truth, imaginary, based on the mechanical tendencies of ego-nature, remembering that ego itself is actually a phantasm. Yet, at the moment it seems to be the Ruler of the World, even though I would argue that it is not a “real” being, that is to say, emanating out of the Living Void, with a consequent direct connection to Source. So then, beings who have, in whatever ways, allowed themselves to fall into the chain-of obedience, are acting out of habitual behaviors driven by a need to comply with this mechanical system of control. They do not “know” anything had to be done to reach a conscious goal of their own. They know they have to comply, to go-along-to-get-along, regardless of consequences, which are unavoidably severe due to the consideration that their violations of others inevitably manifest as violations of themselves.

How this will all play out, even where we “actually” are in the process, cannot, IMO, be known. I think the greatest gift we can realize is the direct recognition that the Now moment is perfect as it is. And “always will be.”

I hope the above helps to clarify these sometimes thorny issues.

Yours truly, etc.

 

Web Research Links for the Week of 3/26/18

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.

 Rife – Lakhovsky and Sciencehttp://altered-states.net/barry/newsletter380/index.htm – “In the 1950’s, Congressman Charles Tobey enlisted Benedict Fitzgerald, an investigator for the Interstate Commerce Commission, to investigate allegations of conspiracy and monopolistic practices on the part of orthodox medicine. This came about as the result of the son of Senator Tobey who developed cancer and was given less than two years to live by orthodox medicine. However, Tobey Jr., discovered options in the alternative field, received alternative treatment and fully recovered from his cancerous condition! That is when he learned of alleged conspiratorial practices on the part of orthodox medicine. He passed the word to his father, Senator Charles Tobey, who initiated an investigation. The final report clearly indicated there was indeed a conspiracy to monopolize the medical and drug industry and to eliminate alternative options. * “Royal R. Rife” by Gerald F. Foye ISBN 0-9659613-3-8″

“If You Want An Arms Race, We Can Do That” – Trump Challenged Putin During Phone Call – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-29/if-you-want-arms-race-we-can-do-trump-challenged-putin-during-phone-call – “Two officials said Trump told Putin during a phone call last week: ‘If you want to have an arms race we can do that, but I’ll win.’.. Afterward the president gave no hint of tensions when he told reporters the two leaders had “a very good call” and that he plans to meet with Putin soon to discuss curtailing an arms race… Within days the split between Trump’s Russia policy and public rhetoric was again on display.” – Comment: Political Theater?

Questions about the Skripal “incident?” 40 seconds explains IT ALL!

Moscow: US Deploying Hardware to Al-Tanf, Boosting Military Presence in Syriahttps://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201803291063027428-counterterrorism-operation-east-ghouta/ – ” ‘We are still concerned about reports that the United States and its allies are consolidating their illegal military presence in the territory of sovereign Syria. In particular, heavy military equipment is arriving to the zone established by the United States around the settlements of al-Tanf in the southeast of the country,’ Zakharova told a briefing.”

Saudi Arabia Spreading Wahhabism At West’s Request: Crown Princehttps://southfront.org/saudi-arabia-spreading-wahhabism-at-wests-request-crown-prince/ – “Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman has claimed that his country is spreading the Wahhabism ideology in the Middle East at the request by its Western allies… ‘Investments in mosques and madrassas overseas were rooted in the Cold War, when allies asked Saudi Arabia to use its resources to prevent inroads in Muslim countries by the Soviet Union,’ he said in an interview with Washington Post… The crown prince continued saying that successive Saudi governments lost track of the effort now Saudi Arabia has “to get it all back.” According to Bin Salman, funding of the Wahhabism spread now comes largely from Saudi-based “foundations”, rather than from the government.”

A Zen Master Explains the Art of ‘Letting Go’, And It Isn’t What You Think – by Christina Sarich – http://www.wakingtimes.com/2018/03/31/a-zen-master-explains-the-art-of-letting-go-and-it-isnt-what-you-think/

Child Arrested for Sharing Photo of Toy Gun on Social Media That He Got for His Birthday – by Rachel Blevins – http://www.thedailysheeple.com/child-arrested-for-sharing-photo-of-toy-gun-on-social-media-that-he-got-for-his-birthday_032018 – “Then when Cassidento went to school, he said he was taken out of class and a school resource officer took his possessions and searched him for weapons after a student reported the photo to school authorities… ‘They took my phone and my backpack and pulled me into the office, out into the hallway where the officer told me to put my hands out and he checked me,’ Cassidento said… ‘They  searched my son at school. They didn’t call me. they didn’t tell me what was going on. They did not call me until he’s already been arrested, searched, brought to the office, harassed,’ Ms. Cassidento said. ‘Then they called me because I had to meet them at my home to have five officers come into my home and search my house.’ “Comment: I wonder if there was a warrant for searching Ms. Cassidento’s home?

Deciphering Russia’s delivery of Tell Rifaat to Turkey – by Metin Gurcan – https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/03/turkey-syria-russia-turkish-army-besiege-tell-rifat.html – “It’s also obvious that Turkey’s increasing military activities are very much linked with the Iran-Russia-Turkey summit set for the beginning of April in Istanbul. To sit more comfortably at the table and to minimize Iran’s consolidation of power south of Aleppo, Ankara needs a clear-cut success in the field. Moscow appears to expect Turkey to sit at the table with a strong hand to tame Tehran. It’s believed Russia is trying to craft a power balance between Ankara-supported Sunni opposition, Assad’s forces and pro-Iranian militias west of the Euphrates.”

US to leave Syrian battlefield ‘very soon,’ Trump declares – from Agence France Presse – https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-to-leave-syrian-battlefield-very-soon-trump-declares/ – “The comments of a US withdrawal will likely raise fears in Israel of Iran continuing to extend its foothold in Syria, where Jerusalem worries it is setting up bases for use in attacks against Israel. While the US has said it supports Israel’s efforts to thwart Iranian expansionism on its borders, officials in Jerusalem have quietly expressed fears that the arena is being ceded by Washington to Russia, which is allied with Iran and Assad… In a speech at Stanford University, he also warned that “a total withdrawal of American personnel at this time would restore Assad and continue his brutal treatment against his own people.” (emphasis added)

From Twitter, Trump’s speech today: #Trump: “We’ll be coming out of #Syria very soon. Let the other people take care of it now. We’re going to have 100% of the caliphate, as they call it… sometimes referred to as land. We’re taking it all back. Quickly, quickly” #Manbij Comment: What TF can Trump really mean here? They’re leaving others to “take care of it,” but they’re also going to take back “100% of the caliphate” which he says is “land” and “quickly.” Does Trump really know what he’s saying? – video HERE: https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/979475640192823296

Russian Military Police Redeployed In Tel Rifaat City (Photos)https://southfront.org/russian-military-police-redeployed-tel-rifaat-city-photos/ – “However, Russia appears to be against any Turkish attack on Tell Rifaat and the Menagh airbase north of it. Tell Rifaat now hosts tens of thousands of civilians that have been forcibly displaced by the Turkish Army from their villages and towns in Afrin area. This situation could be the reason behind the Russian decision to keep Turkey away from the northern city.”

Russia To Expel 60 US Diplomats, Close US Consulate General In St. Petersburghttps://southfront.org/russia-to-expel-60-us-diplomats-close-us-consulate-general-in-st-petersburg/ – “US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman has been summoned to our ministry, where my deputy Sergei Ryabkov is briefing him on the tit-for-tat steps against the US,” Lavrov said, according to the sate-run news agency TASS. “They include the expulsion of the same number of diplomats and our decision to withdraw consent to the work of the Consulate General in St. Petersburg.” -Sergey Lavrov

Syrian Journalist Shows How Ghouta Militants Became Victims of Their Own Propaganda – by Patrick Henningsen – http://21stcenturywire.com/2018/03/29/syrian-journalist-shows-how-ghouta-militants-became-victims-of-their-own-propaganda/ – “The following scene was captured on film by Syrian TV journalist Jaafar Younis, as he boarded one of the buses full of militants and family members bound for the northern province of Idlib, given safe passage by the Syrian government from recently liberated EastGhouta. During this incredible exchange, Younis engaged some of the armed militants as they confirmed that aid and food was indeed hoarded by the leaders of the US Coalition and Gulf state-backed terrorist proxies. Amazingly, they were not aware that ‘reconciliation’ was an option for them.”

Snowden Archive——The SidToday Files – “SIDtoday is the internal newsletter for the NSA’s most important division, the Signals Intelligence Directorate. After editorial review, The Intercept is releasing nine years’ worth of newsletters in batches, starting with 2003. The agency’s spies explain a surprising amount about what they were doing, how they were doing it, and why.” – https://theintercept.com/snowden-sidtoday/

From the Peace-Through-Social-Justice Desk: World Water Forum Closes with Calls to Action on Justice, Human Rights and Youthhttp://sdg.iisd.org/news/world-water-forum-closes-with-calls-to-action-on-justice-human-rights-and-youth/ – “The Political Process also included mock court proceedings, referred to as the International Court of Justice for Water, and a meeting of parliamentarians. Judges and prosecutors issued the ‘Brasilia Declaration of Judges on Water Justice,’ which puts forward 10 principles for water justice, and affirms various policy frameworks, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and SDG 6 on clean water and sanitation. The Declaration calls for strengthening the capacity of judges and lawyers to apply water law and the environmental rule of law. The meeting of parliamentarians debated ‘The Role of Parliaments and the Right to Water,’ focusing on the themes of climate change and water security, universal access to drinking water and basic sanitation, and legislative innovation and best practices for water management.”

UK Jewish leaders said set to tell Corbyn: Oust Livingstone, ‘drain the sewer’ – Board of Deputies reportedly drafting list of demands to present to Labour leader after he promised to rid party of anti-Semitism –  https://www.timesofisrael.com/uk-jewish-leaders-said-set-to-tell-corbyn-oust-livingstone-drain-the-sewer/ – “Ken Livingstone really cannot remain. His views are shameful and disreputable. He will have to go,” Jonathan Arkush, the president of the Board of Deputies, told anti-Semitism campaigners at a Monday rally, according to the report.” – Comment: Former London Mayor Livingstone is branded an arch Anti-Semite for noting the historical fact that Hitler made deals with the Zionists prior to and during WWII. Or, rather, the Zionists made deals with Hitler.

Dem Lawmaker: We Don’t Want To Confiscate Guns, We Want To ‘Seize’ Them – by Mac Slavo – http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/dem-lawmaker-we-dont-want-to-confiscate-guns-we-want-to-seize-them_03272018 – “But Carlson presented an interesting question while Thomas was talking.  ‘What if Americans don’t want to give up their guns?’  There’s still not been a rational and logical response on how that would be handled from any Democrat; politician or otherwise.”

Why Are Aggressive Brain Tumors On The Rise In England? How About USA? – by Catherine Frompovich – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/03/why-are-aggressive-brain-tumors-on-the-rise-in-england-how-about-usa.html – “The rise is of importance for clinical resources and brain tumour aetiology. The rise cannot be fully accounted for by promotion of lower–grade tumours, random chance or improvement in diagnostic techniques as it affects specific areas of the brain and only one type of brain tumour. Despite the large variation in case numbers by age, the percentage rise is similar across the age groups which suggests widespread environmental or lifestyle factors may be responsible.”

Google’s latest assault on your privacy comes in the form of a tiny “smart” camera designed to autonomously monitor and document your every move – by Jayson Veley – http://govtslaves.info/2018/03/googles-latest-assault-on-your-privacy-comes-in-the-form-of-a-tiny-smart-camera-designed-to-autonomously-monitor-and-document-your-every-move/ – “In an article published by Navneet Alang of  TheWeek.com in March, Alang asked, ‘Why is capturing more and more candid images good? It all proceeds on the assumption that the more things we record the better.’ He added, ‘The idea of adding smart cameras, smart speakers, and more to our homes simply increases the sense that all moments are there for recording, and we’ve yet to grapple with not just what it means, but whether or not it’s desirable at all.’ ”

Congress threatens to cut UN funding for voting against Israel – by Bryant Harris – http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/03/congress-threatens-cut-un-agencies-israel.html#ixzz5B4JDeji – “According to a little-noticed provision in the massive government spending bill that President Donald Trump signed into law last week, UN agencies and entities that act against the United States or its allies, including Israel, could lose 5% of their US contribution… The new law requires the secretary of state to consult with the US ambassador to the UN to determine if an ‘agency or entity has taken an official action that is against the national security interest of the United States or an ally of the United States, including Israel.’ Israel is the only US ally that is explicitly named in both the bill’s text and its accompanying report language.”

China applauds Putin’s win, backs Russia on Skripal case, hails China’s ‘strategic partnership’ with Russia – Messages of support for Russia and its “comprehensive collaborative strategic partnership” pour in from China – by Alexander Mercouris – http://theduran.com/china-hails-putin-win-backs-russia-skripal-praises-chinas-alliance-russia/ – “Both editorials see the Skripal case as a continuation of the Western campaign to undermine President Putin in order to disrupt Russia’s independent course… Both editorials link the Skripal case to Russia’s Presidential election which took place on 18th March 2018… The first editorial – published before Russia’s Presidential election – puts it this way: ‘It makes people think of the upcoming Russian presidential election on March 18. The West wrestling with Russia at this particular moment has become a major factor for Russia’s elections. It is hard to distinguish how much of the antagonism reflect its true severity and how much is designed to target Russia’s elections… The past couple of years has witnessed the most strenuous period of Russia’s relations with the West. The improvement in their relations since the end of the Cold War has almost run out. However, today’s Russia, without satellite states, is incomparable with the strength of the former Soviet Union when dealing with the strategic pressure from the West…’ ”

Erdogan keeps finger on trigger as PKK exits Sinjar – by Fehim Tastekin – https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/03/turkey-iraq-sinjar-pkk-withdraw-from-yazidi-region.html – “Yet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said March 26 he was ready to begin an offensive in the Sinjar mountain area bordering Syria if Iraq doesn’t thoroughly rid the region of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which Turkey considers a terrorist organization. The PKK’s presence there has been a point of contention between Iraq and Turkey since the militant group took control of the region from the Islamic State (IS) in 2015. Erdogan has listed Sinjar as one of Turkey’s “next targets” following Ankara’s offensive on the northern Syrian city of Afrin…”

Overview Of Battle For Eastern Ghouta On March 27, 2018 (Map, Videos) – https://southfront.org/overview-of-battle-for-eastern-ghouta-on-march-27-2018-map-videos/ – “The area of Douma remains the only militant stronghold in the region. Jaish al-Islam’s political leader Mohammed Alloush claimed on March 26 evening that the group is not going to retreat from the town. However, this statement is barely based on the reality as the area of Douma is now  fully besieged by government forces… Jaish al-Islam will likely be able to keep control over Douma until the rest of militants retreat from the southern part of Eastern Ghouta. As soon as militants retreat, the SAA will start efforts to take control of Douma despite Jaish al-Islam’s propaganda claims.”

Washington Has Declared Hegemony or War – by Paul Craig Roberts – https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/03/24/washington-declared-hegemony-war/ – “Indeed, nothing is more dangerous to the world than Russia’s self-delusion about “Western partners.”  Russia only has Western enemies. These enemies intend to remove the constraint that Russia (and China) place on Washington’s unilateralism. The various incidents staged by the West, such as the Skirpal poisoning, Syrian use of chemical weapons, Malaysian airliner, and false charges, such as Russian invasion of Ukraine, are part of the West’s determined intent to isolate Russia, deny her any influence, and prepare the insouciant Western populations for conflict with Russia… The crazed neoconservatives, such as Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton, think that Russia will buckle under the strains, sue for peace, and accept US hegemony. If this assumption is incorrect, the outcome of Washington’s hostile actions against Russia is likely to be nuclear war. The side that Stephen Lendman and I are talking is neither the side of Washington nor Russia, but the side of humanity and all life against nuclear war… How the Russian government could ignore the clearly stated US hegemony in the 1992 Wolfowitz Doctrine is a mystery. The Wolfowitz doctrine states  that the US’s primary goal is ‘to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere, that poses a threat on the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union.’ “ Comment: You may notice that there is a boatload of an “enemy construct” overhanging the above. IMO, it is extremely ineffectual to try to ignore that the major institutional powers on the world scene are at war with each other at the levels of the hegemon’s egos. Not factoring this into the equations of one’s perception of the world-of-form will lead to enormously mistaken assumptions about what is likely to emerge on the world scene. That is, unless one wants to argue that those who allow themselves to see these conflicts warts-and-all are thereby creating for themselves a different world than those who prefer to ignore the dripping antagonism. I guess that would mean that some give credit to the idea that some of us will possibly experience a world where thermonuclear war emerges, while those who remain pure of noticing bellicosity will instead find themselves in Earth Prime (in other words, another timeline), where the White Hats solve everything and we can enter the fabled 1000 years of peace.

Child Protective Services in North Carolina using Blackmail to Illegally Seize Children from Familieshttp://healthimpactnews.com/2018/child-protective-services-in-north-carolina-using-blackmail-to-illegally-seize-children-from-families/ – “Here’s how it works: The child protective services worker says to a parent: Sign this document allowing us to place the child with an extended family member or we’ll take the child on the spot and place the child with total strangers. (If that’s not enough, they might ratchet up the threat, saying they will proceed immediately to termination of parental rights)… CPS then argues, with a straight face, that the placement was voluntary – the family chose to give up any rights they may have to a lawyer and court review… In fact, these placements are about as voluntary as a mugger sticking a gun in your face, saying “give me your money” and then telling the judge ‘I didn’t mug the guy, he gave me the money.’.. The signing of some sort of agreement under threat of more drastic measures appears to be commonplace all across the United States.”

From the Draining-The-Swamp? Desk: Trump, Joining Allies, Expels 60 Russians Over Poisoning in U.K. – by Katie Rogers and Eileen Sullivan – https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/26/world/europe/trump-russia-diplomats-expulsion.html – “President Trump ordered the expulsion of 60 Russians from the United States on Monday, adding to a growing cascade of similar actions taken by western allies in response to Russia’s alleged poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain.” (emphasis added) Note: Is this the kind of “measured” action that you might expect from an administration that is on the verge of correcting the harmful behaviors of a corrupt system?

IDF intel chief warns Iran could draw Israel deeper into Syria conflict – by Judah Ari Gross – https://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-intel-chief-warns-iran-could-draw-israel-further-into-syria-conflict/ – “Outgoing Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevi on Sunday accused Iran of bringing instability to the Middle East in its quest for hegemony, a trend that he said would shape the region this year… Halevi implied that this effort by Iran was making it more likely that Israel would have to change its policy of limited involvement in the Syrian civil war raging to its north.” (emphasis added)

Trump’s New National Security Adviser Threatens To Change “Iranian Regime” By 2019 (Video 1min – 8 mo. ago) – https://southfront.org/trumps-new-national-security-adviser-threatens-to-change-iranian-regime-by-2019-video/

About 11,000 Militants, Their Family Members Leave Eastern Ghouta In One Day – Russian Militaryhttps://southfront.org/about-11000-militants-their-family-members-leave-eastern-ghouta-in-one-day-russian-military/

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

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.

We Are One False Flag Event Away From World War 3 – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/we-are-one-false-flag-event-away-from-world-war-3-fe9244e70fb8 – “Today journalist Abby Martin highlighted a Trump quote from January of this year, less than three months before the president would select a primary PNAC architect and insatiable warmonger (John Bolton) to the most important advisory position in the executive branch. The quote got lost in the shuffle of the news churn and didn’t get as much attention as it should have. The quote reads as follows: ‘I would love to be able to bring back our country into a great form of unity. Without a major event where people pull together, that’s hard to do. But I would like to do it without that major event because usually that major event is not a good thing.’.. We need to start paying attention to this shit.” (emphasis added)

After Increasing Nat’l Debt a TRILLION in 6 Months, US Gov’t Just Gave Themselves a Massive Raise – by Matt Agorist – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/03/after-increasing-natl-debt-a-trillion-in-6-months-us-govt-just-gave-themselves-a-massive-raise.html – “The Senate alone increased its total salaries of officers and employees by $12.6 million… As the Free Beacon reports: ‘Salaries of staffers in the Senate are also set for an increase. Division I of the legislation breaks down the total salaries of officers and employees, which are being raised from $182 million in 2017 to $194.8 million in the final bill, an increase of $12.58 million. The Senate also increased its expense account, as expense allowances are going from $177,000 to $192,000, an increase of $15,000.’.. It wasn’t just the Senate, though. Every single government agency (except for the Government Publishing Office, which remains the same), has increased their department’s budget in this bill—to the tune of hundreds of millions.”

Neocon John Bolton set to purge White House of Obama holdovers, before taking America to war – by Alex Christoforou – http://theduran.com/neocon-war-hawk-john-bolton-set-to-purge-white-house-of-obama-holdovers/ – “Sources told Foreign Policy that Bolton’s planned purge will start with Obama administration holdovers and eventually broaden to include leakers and those disloyal to the president… ‘Bolton can and will clean house,’ a former White House official told Foreign Policy… Another official issued a warning to former Obama officials – ‘Everyone who was there during Obama years should start packing their shit.’.. But the purge reportedly won’t stop with former Obama appointees. A source told Foreign Policy that Bolton intends to ‘remove almost all the political [appointees] McMaster brought in.’ ”

Turkish President: Tal Rifaat Is Next Target Of Turkish Forces In Northern Syriahttps://southfront.org/turkish-president-tal-rifaat-is-next-target-of-turkish-forces-in-northern-syria/ – “Over the last few weeks the SAA has deployed a large force, including armored units, in Tal Rifaat and the villages around it. However, this force will likely withdraw once Turkey launches its offensive on Tal Rifaat, according to Syrian pro-government sources… Several Syrian news outlets have speculated over the last few days that the fate of Tal Rifaat has been the subject of a long negotiation between Russia and Turkey. Erdogan’s announcement may mean that the two sides have reached an agreement regarding the city.”

Boris Johnson A Categorical Liar – by Craig Murray – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49067.htm – “I knew and had published from my own whistleblowers that this is a lie. Until now I could not prove it. But today I can absolutely prove it, due to the judgement at the High Court case which gave permission for new blood samples to be taken from the Skripals for use by the OPCW. Justice Williams included in his judgement a summary of the evidence which tells us, directly for the first time, what Porton Down have actually said: The Evidence: 16. The evidence in support of the application is contained within the applications themselves (in particular the Forms COP 3) and the witness statements…    17. I consider the following to be the relevant parts of the evidence. I shall identify the witnesses only by their role and shall summarise the essential elements of their evidence…  i) CC: Porton Down Chemical and Biological Analyst Blood samples from Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal were analysed and the findings indicated exposure to a nerve agent or related compound. The samples tested positive for the presence of a Novichok class nerve agent OR CLOSELY RELATED AGENT.”

Skripal case: EU Council ditches Theresa May’s ultimatum to Russia – EU Council statement retreats from “culpable” to “highly likely”, and refers to “ongoing investigation” of Skripal case – by Alexander Mercouris – http://theduran.com/skripal-case-eu-council-ditches-theresa-may-ultimatum-russia/

EPA Approves Population Control Vaccine For Deerhttp://vaxxter.com/epa-approves-population-control-vaccine-deer/ – “The immunocontraceptive vaccine, called Zonastat- D, is supposed to replace sport hunting in urban communities where residents are uneasy regarding bow and rifle usage on animals. Instead, the Zonastat- D vaccine will compromise the deer’s ability to have offspring. It will block fertilization by way of antibodies which bind to the protein envelope surrounding the egg, according to the Humane Society… The EPA believes the long-term effect will be the gradual depopulation of the deer community. They claim this to be a non-lethal method of achieving the goal of reducing the herd… According to the Humane Society, depopulation via vaccines has been in the works since 1993.” – Comment: What could go wrong?

Secret NY Gold Vault Tunnel Blows Up?! (Bix Weir’s speculations about the DTCC and Cede & Company) (23 min)

Theresa May to ask EU leaders to stand together against Russia’s threat to democracyhttp://www.itv.com/news/2018-03-22/may-putin-russia-european-union/ – “Addressing fellow EU leaders at the European Council summit in Brussels, Mrs May will express her appreciation of the solidarity shown by allies across the world who have backed the UK’s assessment that Russia is to blame for the attempted murder of Sergei and Yulia Skripal by nerve agent in Salisbury… And she will warn that the “indiscriminate and reckless” attack fits in with a pattern of disrespect for international rules and norms by Moscow which threatens the basis for Europe’s advanced democracies, open societies and free economies.” – Comment: Anyone with 3 firing neurons and a modicum of critical thinking ability knows that the UK Ministries’ position on the (alleged) Skripal “chemical attack” is utterly specious and a cynical attempt to create bellicose tensions against Russia. Strange that the Spokes-Suits at the EU are going along with the thread-bare plot.

Boris Johnson, Top U.K. Diplomat, Likens Russia World Cup to ’36 Olympics – by Ivan Nechepurenko and Maya Salam – https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/21/world/europe/russia-uk-boris-johnson.html – “Britain’s top diplomat, Boris Johnson, told Parliament on Wednesday that the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, would use the World Cup this summer as a propaganda tool much as Hitler used the 1936 Olympic Games to glorify Nazi Germany… The provocative comparison drew an enraged reaction from Moscow — which has often stoked nationalist pride around the Soviet Union’s triumph over Nazi Germany in World War II — and was a striking example of the diplomatic clash between the two countries following the poisoning of a Russian former spy, Sergei V. Skripal, and his daughter earlier this month… Mr. Johnson’s remarks drew anger in Moscow, where Maria Zakharova, the Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman, said in a statement: ‘There isn’t the slightest doubt now that all of London’s actions in terms of Russia are aimed at creating an image of an enemy. Even the most absurd tools are used to do that.’.. She added: ‘If there is no clarity with the poisoning of the Skripals, it is clear what happened with Boris Johnson: he was poisoned by the hatred and anger, unprofessionalism and, therefore, rudeness.’ ”

Citigroup wants retail clients to restrict gun sales – by Kevin Dugan – https://nypost.com/2018/03/22/citigroup-wants-retail-clients-to-restrict-gun-sales/ – “Citi is requiring that corporate and small business clients restrict sales to people under 21 and pass background checks, and not sell high capacity magazines or bump stocks, Michael Corbat, the CEO, said in an internal memo obtained by The Post… ‘It makes a good headline, but we don’t have any way to see the numbers around it,’ Brian Kleinhanzl, a bank analyst at KBW, told The Post… Corbat, in the memo, conceded that the company had “few” clients who manufacture guns.”

The Russian Military Warns: a Major War in Syria Is Imminent – by Arkady Savitsky –  https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/03/21/russian-military-warns-major-war-in-syria-imminent.html – Losing Syria would be tantamount to suffering a major defeat in its confrontation with Iran, which it considers its arch-enemy. The plans include a rollback of Russian forces. Syria is the right place to do that. If the Russian military is openly warning the world of an imminent strike, that is a serious threat. And it does not look like a one-strike operation. This time we’re in for something much more serious — a large-scale operation to “contain” Russia, beat back Iran, win the support of the rich oil-exporting Arab nations and make them pay huge sums for American weapons, and show the world the US is omnipresent and adamant in its desire to dictate its will.

Arab Lawmaker Suspended From Knesset for Week After Calling Israeli Soldiers ‘Murderers’ – by Jonathan Lis – https://israelpalestinenews.org/arab-lawmaker-suspended-from-knesset-for-week-after-calling-israeli-soldiers-murderers/ – “The complaint followed Zoabi’s statement last month, at a discussion on the bill prohibiting representatives of organizations that act against the army from lecturing in schools. She said, ‘the army also murders from time to time, not every day. … Haven’t you heard of Palestinian youths being murdered?… Who [is it that] murders the Palestinians in the occupied territories?’.. The Ethics Committee members said in its decision that this wasn’t the first time Zoabi violated the Knesset’s code of ethic. ‘Using the expression ‘murderers’ in relation to soldiers acting in the state’s name, is unworthy of the broad protection the committee extends to MKs’ political freedom of expression and is a violation of the rule that ‘an MK will act in a way appropriate to his status as an MK and act to foster the public’s confidence in the Knesset.’’ ”

Sarkozy given preliminary charges as Gadhafi’s son offers evidence – The former French leader is accused of financing his successful 2007 presidential bid with about $62 million from Moammar Gadhafi – by Alexander Smith – https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/sarkozy-given-preliminary-charges-gadhafi-s-son-offers-evidence-n858976 – “Seif al-Islam Gadhafi alleged that he witnessed part of the funds being delivered to Sarkozy’s chief of staff in the Libyan capital, Tripoli… ‘I can confirm that I still possess solid proof about Sarkozy,” he said in a series of WhatsApp messages to Africanews, the sister channel of NBC News partner Euronews. ‘I saw with my own eyes the delivery of the first sum of money to Sarkozy’s man Claude Guéant in Tripoli.’ ”

US-backed Forces Release New Batch Of Former ISIS Fightershttps://southfront.org/us-backed-forces-release-new-batch-of-former-isis-fighters/ – The US-backed forces have released hundreds of ISIS fighters who surrendered to it or have been captured in action. On January alone, the SDF released over 400 former fighters of ISIS, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

Russian Foreign MInistry Released Official Statement To Clarify State Of affairs As Regards ‘Skripal Case’https://southfront.org/russian-foreign-ministry-released-official-statement-to-clarify-state-of-affairs-as-regards-skripal-case/ – “We are ready to engage in full-scale and open cooperation with the United Kingdom in order to address any concerns whether in bilateral format or within the OPCW and other international instruments, working within the purview of international law… As a responsible member of the international community and a bona fide State Party to the CWC Russia will never speak the language of ultimatums or answer informal and word-of-mouth questions… The Western countries’ action on the fabricated ‘Skripal case’ contravenes the norms of international law and the general practice of inter-State relations, as well as the common sense itself. Naturally, we run a detailed record of all that, and when time comes, those guilty will inevitably be brought to justice.”

5G Technology is Coming – Linked to Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and Death – by John P. Thomas – http://healthimpactnews.com/2018/5g-technology-is-coming-linked-to-cancer-heart-disease-diabetes-alzheimers-and-death/ – “The 5G towers will be spaced approximately 500 feet apart and will be highly visible eyesores… The “small cell” transmitters will be mounted on top of electric utility poles, municipal buildings, schools, and in city parks, on top of street signs, bus shelters, and anywhere else telecom companies wish… In low lying areas they might need to erect new towers that are taller than electric utility poles to accomplish their objectives. Refrigerator size electrical boxes will be attached to each transmission tower. [2, 9]… If you happen to be in an area with underground electric service, then they will erect new towers that use the underground electrical lines… If you live or work in a densely populated area where electrical poles are very close to buildings, then you might have a 5G cell tower located a few feet from your place of employment or your bedroom. [2, 9]… It is estimated that the daily microwave exposure generated by the 5G system will be equivalent to living inside a microwave oven and turning it up to high and baking yourself for 19 minutes a day. [2]”

Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Launches Massive Facial Recognition Program – by Derrick Broze – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/03/los-angeles-facial-recognition-program.html – ” ‘LACRIS integrates 164 remote LiveScan systems and 76 digital latent workstations into MBIS. LACRIS’ use of NEC’s Integra ID 5 MBIS is one of the largest criminal biometric identification implementations in the world, interfacing to numerous state and federal databases, including California Department of Justice and the FBI’s Next Generation Identification system.’.. The program specializes in taking “poor quality and highly compressed surveillance videos and images” that were previously thought unusable and making them functional for an investigation. Sgt. Jason Mullins, a supervisor with the Irving Police Department’s Crime Information Center, even bragged that the program ‘was still able to make a match” despite images appearing blurry or pixelated.’ ”

The NSA Worked to “Track Down” Bitcoin Users, Snowden Documents Reveal – by Sam Biddle –  https://theintercept.com/2018/03/20/the-nsa-worked-to-track-down-bitcoin-users-snowden-documents-reveal/ – ” It turns out the conspiracy theorists were onto something. Classified documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the National Security Agency indeed worked urgently to target bitcoin users around the world — and wielded at least one mysterious source of information to “help track down senders and receivers of Bitcoins,” according to a top-secret passage in an internal NSA report dating to March 2013. The data source appears to have leveraged the NSA’s ability to harvest and analyze raw, global internet traffic while also exploiting an unnamed software program that purported to offer anonymity to users, according to other documents.

NJ Kids Suspended From School For Going To Gun Range With Family On The Weekendhttp://www.thedailysheeple.com/nj-kids-suspended-from-school-for-going-to-gun-range-with-family-on-the-weekend_032018

Energy is at the heart of the sustainable development agenda to 2030 – by Dr Fatih Birol – https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2018/03/19/energy-is-at-the-heart-of-the-sustainable-development-agenda-to-2030/ – “Energy is at the heart of many of these Sustainable Development Goals – from expanding access to electricity, to improving clean cooking fuels, from reducing wasteful energy subsidies to curbing deadly air pollution that each year prematurely kills millions around the world. One of these goals – commonly known as SDG 7 – aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by the end of the next decade… All these topics are fundamental to the work of the International Energy Agency. As the world’s leading energy authority, the IEA has unmatched analytical capabilities based on its unique data collection, technological network, research, and policy recommendations, which we put in the service of understanding the energy system. As I have often said – in the world of energy, data always wins.” – Comment: Data may win, but surely not if vital information (“over-unity” tech) is scrubbed from public view.

The Denial Of The Right To An Opinion – Britain’s Inexorable Slide Into Fascism – by Julian Rose – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/03/denial-opinion-britain-fascism.html – For this is not just a national crisis, it is a global pandemic. It must be addressed and dealt with wherever it shows its hideous face. There is no excuse for failing in this task. We have no choice. There can be no excuse for slipping into the pacifistic role of the victim when faced by acts of very real evil… We cannot turn away from our own souls. We did not come to this planet to hide from the truth.”

Under the Risk Protection Law, Florida Is Confiscating Guns with No Warrants or Cause (w/ the usual video 3min) – by Dave Hodges – http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/under-the-risk-protection-law-florida-is-confiscating-guns-with-no-warrants-or-cause/

(Chinese) Banks ordered to enable freezing and deducting of online accounts – Changes would allow the people’s court and institutions to carry out full inspections and take disciplinary actions – http://www.atimes.com/article/banks-ordered-enable-freezing-deducting-online-accounts/ – “At least 21 banks in China have been ordered to launch features such as freezing bank accounts and deducting bank deposits online by the end of March, so as to assist the people’s court and financial institutions, The Paper reported… With the addition of these features, the people’s court can operate online to carry out inspections and disciplinary actions by freezing bank accounts and executing full or partial deductions.”

Scientists have discovered a way to destroy cancer tumors using nothing but sound waves – by Earl Garcia  – https://naturalnews.com/2017-03-29-scientists-have-discovered-a-way-to-destroy-cancer-tumors-using-nothing-but-sound-waves.html – “A multi-institutional research team from China developed a semi-enclosed, spherical cavity transducer that can produce a focused, standing-wave field with a subwavelength-scale focal region and extremely high ultrasound intensity. The spherical cavity transducer appeared to generate tighter focal regions and greater pressure amplitude compared with the traditional concave spherical transducer. Researchers said the level of intensity generated by the new transducer design may lead to significant improvements in HIFU therapy. The findings were published in the Journal of Applied Physics.”

Approaching ‘grand solar minimum’ could cause global cooling – by Anthony Watts – https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/03/18/approaching-grand-solar-minimum-could-cause-global-cooling/ – “The question is whether we will enter another grand solar minimum just like the Maunder minimum which, if history is a guide, would mean a period of much colder weather winters and summers… But just because we stopped paying close attention doesn’t mean that it lost any of its importance to our world. And neither does the fact that the life of the sun is far more complex than many people realize. Indeed, if we are to believe the experts,the sun’s behavior is about to change in a way that could have dramatic consequences for the food we eat and the broader economy.” – Comment: As usual, the work of Dr. Valentina Zharkova in the UK is not mentioned. Her work, in concert with a group of international scientists, posits a tested theory predicting extremely weak solar cycles through the late part of this century.

Armed student dead after he shoots 2 others at Maryland high school, sheriff says – by Eric Levenson – https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/20/us/great-mills-high-school-shooting/index.htmlComment: The Drumbeat Continues

Washington councilman accuses Jews of controlling weather (not really) – Following backlash, Trayon White Sr. apologizes for saying ‘Rothschilds’ created snowstorm to make money, says he didn’t mean to be anti-Semitic – https://www.timesofisrael.com/washington-councilman-accuses-jews-of-controlling-weather/ – ” In the video, White said: ‘Man, it just started snowing out of nowhere this morning, man. Y’all better pay attention to this climate control, man, this climate manipulation. And DC keep talking about, ‘We a resilient city.’ And that’s a model based off the Rothschilds controlling the climate to create natural disasters they can pay for to own the cities, man. Be careful.’ ” Comment: To speak of the Rothschilds is to be “Anti-Semitic.”

Police detain 8 Palestinians for not intervening in Old City stabbing – by Sue Surkes – https://www.timesofisrael.com/police-detain-8-palestinians-for-not-intervening-in-old-city-stabbing/ – “Police detained the eight bystanders, aged 15 to 67, on suspicion that they “saw what was going on and did not act to prevent or minimize the injury to the murdered civilian.” Failing to prevent a crime is itself a misdemeanor, according to Israeli law.” – Comment: Under the World Administrative System, it’s criminal not to protect the chattal property. Unless, of course, you’re a cop.

Swamp Psychopath Brennan Is Running Scared – Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy — the architect of the CIA war in Syria – by Ray McGovern – https://russia-insider.com/en/swamp-psychopath-brennan-running-scared/ri22840 – “None of the leaking, unmasking, surveillance, or other activities directed against the Trump campaign can be properly understood, if one does not bear in mind that it was considered a sure thing that Secretary Clinton would become President, at which point illegal and extralegal activities undertaken to help her win would garner praise, not prison… But she lost. And a month ago, House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) threw down the gauntlet, indicating that there could be legal consequences, for example, for officials who misled the FISA court in order to enable surveillance on Trump and associates.  His words are likely to have sent chills down the spine of yet other miscreants. “If they need to be put on trial, we will put them on trial,” he said.  ‘The reason Congress exists is to oversee these agencies that we created.’.. John Brennan is widely reported to be Nunes’s next target.  Does one collect a full pension in jail?”

Syria slams Ankara’s capture of Afrin, wants ‘immediate’ Turkish withdrawalhttp://www.islamicinvitationturkey.com/2018/03/19/syria-slams-ankaras-capture-of-afrin-wants-immediate-turkish-withdrawal/ – ” ‘Syria condemns the Turkish occupation of Afrin and the crimes it is committing there, and demands the invading forces immediately withdraw from the Syrian territory they occupied,’ the ministry said in its letters, according to the Syrian official news agency SANA… ‘Turkey’s behavior and attacks do not only threaten citizens and the unity of Syria’s land and people — they also prolong the war on Syria as a service to terrorism and its supporters,’ it added.”

Turkey-backed forces loot Syrian city after capturing ithttp://parstoday.com/en/news/middle_east-i79493-turkey_backed_forces_loot_syrian_city_after_capturing_it – “AFP correspondents and a London-based monitor said the pro-Ankara militants broke into shops, restaurants and houses and left with foodstuff, electronic equipment, blankets and other goods after chasing Kurdish fighters from Afrin… According to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), militants with the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) placed the loot in cars and small trucks and drove them out of the city.”

American city bans Bitcoin mining –  http://www.atimes.com/article/american-city-bans-bitcoin-mining/ – Bitcoin miners are not just changing the energy usage patterns in the upstate New York city of Plattsburgh. They are also changing the “character and direction” of the city, reports Bloomberg… This old-world city close to the Canadian border has, over the last few decades, become a popular tourist destination for people from Quebec that are attracted to the area’s Francophile roots. In recent months the cheap electricity courtesy of the St. Lawrence River has also attracted crypto-miners and in December and January, they allegedly used up all of the City’s electricity quota which meant price hikes for residents.”

Turkish Leader Vows to Expand Military Campaign in Syria, Risking Clash with US – by Dorian Jones – https://www.voanews.com/a/turkish-leader-vows-to-expand-military-campaign-in-syria-risking-clash-with-us/4305904.html – “Despite Erdogan’s threats of a new offensive against the YPG, some analysts suggest there is still time to avoid a U.S.-Turkish confrontation… ‘There will be a postponement (in operations targeting Manbij) until the appointment of Pompeo. Then we see how important is Manbij to the U.S., when foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu sits down with Pompeo,’ predicts former senior Turkish diplomat Aydin Selcen, who served in the region and in Washington.”

Josh Del Sol / Cal Washington InPower Moverment Videos: Episode 1 (53 min):

 Josh Del Sol / Cal Washington InPower Moverment Videos: Episode 2 (1 hr 3 min):

In Power Movement Website: https://InPowerMovement.comBritain, Syria… Synchronizing Provocations to Beat Russia – by Finian Cunningham – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49005.htm – “The American and British assertion that Russia has “concealed” the use of chemical weapons by Syrian government forces is an obscene distortion of reality — a lie concocted by the very sponsors of false flags to enable their criminal regime-change machinations… Ironically, the same provocation with chemical weapons is apparently being orchestrated in Britain. Assertion, allegation, innuendo, media saturation, bombast and barefaced lies are again employed to denigrate and demonize… The audacious thing is how the “dramas” are being synchronized in two different countries. Smearing and undermining Russia with alleged chemical-weapon attacks in Britain is being parlayed to over-ride Russia and the UN Security Council with regard to Syria.”

Samantha Power delivers ominous message to Trump: ‘Not a good idea to piss off John Brennan’ – by Kimberly Leonard – https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/courts/samantha-power-delivers-ominous-message-to-trump-not-a-good-idea-to-piss-off-john-brennan Comment: Be afraid, be VERY afraid.

Britain Accuses Russia Of Stockpiling Novichok Nerve Agent – by Andrew MacAskill – https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-russia-johnson/britain-accuses-russia-of-secretly-stockpiling-deadly-nerve-agent-used-in-attack-idUSKBN1GU0EZ – “Britain has said Russia used the Soviet-era nerve agent called Novichok to attack Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the first known offensive use of such a weapon on European soil since World War Two. Russia has denied any involvement… ‘We actually have evidence within the last 10 years that Russia has not only been investigating the delivery of nerve agents for the purposes of assassination, but has also been creating and stockpiling Novichok,’ (Bufoon Boris) Johnson told the BBC.” – Comment: Right.

UK Scientists Refused Government Pressure To Say Nerve Agent Was Made By Russia – Boris Johnson Attempt to Refute My Sources on Porton Down the Most Hilarious Fail – by Craig Murray – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49003.htm – “While Iran acted absolutely responsibly in cooperating with the OPCW, there are a handful of rogue states operating outwith the rule of international law, like Israel and North Korea, which refuse to ratify the Chemical Weapons Convention, join the OPCW or destroy their chemical weapons stocks. Russia has cooperated in the OPCW destruction of all its chemical weapons stocks, completed last year, which included regular OPCW inspection of all the sites alleged to have been in the original “novichok” programme. Why nobody is even looking at the rogue states outwith the OPCW is a genuine puzzle… Extraordinarily, only yesterday the Guardian was still carrying an article which claimed “only the Russian state” could make a novichok. Despite the lying propaganda regurgitated by virtually every corporate and state “journalist”, in truth is it is now proven beyond dispute that “of a type developed by Russia” has zero evidential value and is a politician’s weasel phrase designed deliberately to mislead the public. The public should ask why.”

Nina Beety info on EMF’s and Cells installation in Monterey

Bruce,

Last Wednesday, Verizon/ExteNet Systems pulled 12 of the 13 small cell towers they’d applied for in Monterey. The only one left is the one in front of my house. On Thursday, at a packed marathon Planning Commission hearing, the PC unanimously denied the cell tower. City staff says ExteNet is appealing the denial.

The video of the 3/15/18 meeting is now up. It was from 6 pm until after 12 am. Public comment started about 9 o’clock.

https://videoplayer.telvue.com/player/m_3HX6961GRMsvkqSCdwmGeJ8rwpRZrR/playlists/4634/first/?fullscreen=false&showtabssearch=true&autostart=false

People had made a full-scale model of all the equipment on a pole and brought it into the city council chambers where it stood through the entire meeting – very effective.

A primary issue is: is there a significant gap in coverage? There is none in Monterey. Even a consultant brought in showed there was coverage. Residents had collected a lot of evidence and posted two videos to YouTube. We repeatedly hammered that there is no coverage gap. That is what is protected by federal rules and court cases. The company is fighting for capacity, and trying to make capacity equal coverage.

Also, there were errors in the reports, including false statements that most of the 13 were omnidirectional antennas. Only 4 were omnidirectional, the rest were directional. At the original hearing, people asked the real purpose of these antennas, and why were they pointing west, into the woods and unpopulated areas.

Drawing the azimuths of the antennas on a map showed that they all pointed toward Pebble Beach – see attached (these are just some of the macro towers there)– pointing at macro towers in PB.. The U.S. Open is coming to PB in 2019, and small cells can offload capacity from macro towers. The room roared when the map was shown.

It takes a team of people to fight these antennas, to be able to spot technical errors and staff factual errors in city and county staff reports. Every single deviation from the general plan and zoning ordinances, including the wireless ordinance, should be spelled out. Here, people wrote up all the deviations, violations, and errors, and then divided it up into 3 minute comments. So much information was put into the record that way, and the Planning Commission had so much information and so many points on which to deny.

Only public uproar will stop these towers. Each tower has to be fought as if it is going everywhere. They’ve been creeping in SC County. 13 applications in a residential neighborhood really put it on the map here for outrage.

Marilyn (Garrett) has found that the ones in SC may not be posted as required; she’s found no signs at places she’s visited. That is a violations of city or county rules and, I think, the Brown Act. There must be proper noticing.

Here are the latest articles from Monterey:

http://www.montereyherald.com/government-and-politics/20180314/applications-for-12-of-13-s mall-cell-facilities-withdrawn-in-monterey

Applications for 12 of 13 small cell facilities withdrawn in Monterey, March 14:

http://www.kion546.com/news/one-cell-tower-application-left-monterey-residents-say-thats-o ne-too-many/716921454

One cell tower application left, Monterey residents say that’s one too many, March 15:

http://www.ksbw.com/article/monterey-gives-small-cellphone-facilities-big-thumbs-down/19450745

Monterey gives small cellphone facilities big thumbs down, March 15 – video

http://www.montereyherald.com/government-and-politics/20180316/monterey-denies-remaining-s mall-cell-facility-locations

3-17-18

http://www.montereyherald.com/government-and-politics/20180315/monterey-residents-still-co ncerned-about-new-cell-technology

3-16-18

Recently got this article from Fortune magazine of an interview with Verizon CEO

http://fortune.com/2016/12/06/verizon-5g-test-small-towns/

A major motivation is cashing in on video and TV, not about coverage for phone service.

By the way, these are 4G cell towers, not 5G, planned for Monterey. There are just 4 approved so far in Monterey County I know of compared to 40 or more in Santa Cruz County.

Nina