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Clinton Consultant Attacks Jimmy Dore For Exposing Elizabeth Warren for Lying(22 min)
Dropped Investigations: Julian Assange, Sex and Sweden (Opinion) – by Dr. Binoy Kampmark – https://southfront.org/dropped-investigations-julian-assange-sex-and-sweden-opinion/ – “On his apprehension, British Labour MP Jess Phillips was appalled by the idea of women’s issues being “the political side salad, never the main event.” In responding to Assange’s arrest, “the political establishment slapped us around the face.” Speaking collectively as voice of the slapped, she found the debate about how best to deal with the Australian publisher one that ignored ‘the fact that Assange, for seven years, evaded accusations of sexual violence in Sweden.’.. Not a sliver of acknowledgment about Assange’s status of political asylum was made. Assange was merely a creep worthy of punishment… As with other figures with historical freight, Assange is a character flawed and troubled, hardly your card carrying Women’s Libber or gallant knight. The ramshackle motor of history is not operated by saints; to even assume that level of purity and clean living suggests a degree of shuddering naïveté. But the stuttering Swedish prosecution, shelved then restarted, was never based purely on the dictates of conscience and the pursuit of justice on behalf of the claimed victims. Sex is politics, and from the start, the Assange prosecution, from Washington to Stockholm, was and remains, political.” (emphasis added)
Death Trap For Russia In Northern Syria – https://southfront.org/death-trap-for-russia-in-northern-syria/ – “On November 18, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Turkey will launch a new military operation in northeast Syria if the area was not cleared of what he called terrorists… Cavusoglu claimed that the United States and Russia had not done what was required under agreements that halted a Turkish offensive against “terrorists” (i.e. Kurdish armed groups – the YPG and the PKK) in northern Syria. Under the Turkish-US and Turkish-Russian agreements Kurdish units had to remove from the area near the Turkish border… The Erdogan government needs the “Kurdish threat” and the instability in northern Syria to have a wide group of formal pretexts for a further expansion into the neighboring country and backing of pro-Turkish groups operating there. Turkey is interested in a peace on its own territory. At the same time, it prefers a low intensity conflict in the ‘instability zone’ in northern Syria... By undermining the Turkish-Russian safe zone agreement and thus the Russian position in the region, the Kurdish leadership hopes to strengthen its negotiating position with Damascus and gain some additional political and financial revenue despite the collapse of its pro-US policies. Despite this, the wider look at the situation demonstrates that this approach is leading towards an even larger catastrophe. If the safe zone deal collapses and Turkish forces resume their offensive, the Kurdish population will get under the wheels of the Turkish military machine… According to some experts, the US is fully aware of this scenario and its intelligence services are now working to support YPG radicals that attack Turkish-Russian patrols because this gives Washington levers of influence to pressure forces of the Assad government and Russia on the eastern bank of the Euphrates.”
Over 100 protesters killed in Iran: Amnesty – https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/11/article/over-100-protesters-killed-in-iran-amnesty/ – ” ‘At least 106 protesters in 21 cities have been killed, according to credible reports,’ the London-based rights group said… It added that ‘the real death toll may be much higher, with some reports suggesting as many as 200 have been killed.’.. The rights watchdog said the security forces had received a “green light to crush” the protests which broke out on Friday and had spread to more than 100 cities across Iran… Amnesty also urged Iranian authorities to ‘lift the near-total block on internet access designed to restrict the flow of information about the crackdown to the outside world.’.. It said video footage showed that ‘snipers have also shot into crowds of people from rooftops and, in one case, a helicopter.’ ” (emphasis added) – Comment: Snipers firing into crowds of demonstrators is the same basic method used in starting the Syrian “civil war” and the coup in the Maidan. Elements of MEK are known to be active in Iran.
Landmark Bill Would Bar State From Enforcing Federal Red-Flag Gun Laws – by Matt Agorist – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/landmark-bill-would-bar-state-enforcing-federal-red-flag-gun-laws – “The legislation also would declare that any federal red-flag law ‘which would infringe upon a citizen’s Constitutionally-protected rights including, but not limited to the right to due process, the right to keep and bear arms and the right to free speech, shall be null, void, unenforceable and of no effect in the state of Oklahoma.’.. These declarations would have very little effect in practice, but SB1081 includes provisions that would make federal red-flag laws nearly impossible to enforce in Oklahoma. The proposed law would prohibit any Oklahoma agency or any political subdivision from accepting any federal grants to implement any federal statute, rule or executive order, federal or state judicial order or judicial findings that would have the effect of forcing an extreme risk protection order against or upon a citizen of Oklahoma… It would also make it a felony offense for any individual, including a law enforcement officer, to enforce a federal red flag law. In effect, this would bar state and local police from enforcing a federal red-flag law… EFFECTIVE: The federal government relies heavily on state cooperation to implement and enforce almost all of its laws, regulations and acts. By simply withdrawing this necessary cooperation, states and localities can nullify in effect many federal actions.”
Erdogan’s Ethnic Cleansing of the Kurds is Still Happening – by Patrick Cockburn – https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/11/19/erdogans-ethnic-cleansing-of-the-kurds-is-still-happening/ – “An example of this type of compelling pressure is the deprivation of drinking water for about 400,000 people, mostly Kurds, who rely on the Alouk water station near Ras al-Ayn, which was damaged in the fighting at the time of the invasion and is under the control of Turkish proxy forces that prevent it being repaired. The UN has been making desperate attempts to restore the water supply from Alouk, but has so far failed to do so. It points out that even before 9 October, 900,000 out of the 3 million living in northeastern Syria were in acute need and since then the situation has gotten worse.”
Bolivia: Coup-Born Government’s Witch Hunt Intensifies – https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Bolivia-Coup-Born-Governments-Witch-Hunt-Intensifies-20191119-0003.html – “The vigil was intervened by the police, following orders from the Interior Minister Murillo, who said he will have a hard hand with the seditious, alternative media La Resistencia reported… ‘Let them start running, we are going to grab them. We will not allow even one person to continue encouraging sedition,’ Murillo said when he took office on Nov. 14… As part of her witch hunt against the Left, self-proclaimed interim president Añez said that the MAS does not have guaranteed participation in the next elections, for the Supreme Electoral Tribunal ‘will have to decide whether or not MAS will participate again.’ ”
Russia Slams US Backing For Israeli Settlements As “New Dangerous Escalation” – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/russia-slams-us-backing-israeli-settlements-new-dangerous-escalation – “We are urging all concerned parties to refrain from any steps that could provoke a new dangerous escalation in the region and impede the creation of conditions for resuming direct Palestinian-Israeli talks,” the statement emphasized… Russia underscored it still sees as valid and binding the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 which states that “the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State [Palestine-Israel] solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace.”
US Publicly Backs Iran Protests As Khamenei Says Crackdown On “Thugs” Coming – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/us-publicly-backs-iran-protests-khamenei-says-crackdown-thugs-coming – “The proud Iranian people are not staying silent about the government’s abuses,” Pompeo said in a statement published Sunday, saying that “the United States is with you,” and will stand against Iran’s “tyranny.” The statement said further, “We condemn the lethal force and severe communications restrictions used against demonstrators” and described the unrest as a “Cautionary tale of what happens when a ruling class abandons its people and embarks on a crusade for personal power and riches.”
Kurdistan And Israel: Oil Purchases Veiled Behind “Humanitarian Interest” – https://southfront.org/kurdistan-and-israel-oil-purchases-veiled-behind-humanitarian-interest/ – ” ‘Israel’s support for the KRG has not led to any positive changes so far, in fact, it has had an adverse impact,’ he told me. ‘Barzani and the KDP (Kurdistan Democratic Party) have used Israel’s rhetoric to further persecute Kurds, stifling political dissent and voices critical of the KRG. Israel should have approached the Kurds as a nation—and not just certain parties and families who do not have much support among the Kurdish population.’.. Israel’s leadership has little care for any of that, as long as it manages to receive its oil, under the pretense of humanitarian care and assistance.”
Here’s The Simple Reason Why A Global Economic Recovery Is Not Coming – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/heres-why-global-economic-recovery-not-coming – “It’s not just Saxo: according to One River’s Eric Peters, China is actually deliberately slowing the economy in hopes of buying more time to enjoy economic stability, well aware that one wrong move with 320% debt/GDP could lead to catastrophe. Below we excerpt from Peters’ latest note: ‘Beijing smoothed previous cycles, now they’re truncating the tails,’ said Alpha. They’ll accept more slowing than in the past, to avoid a boom and bust. ‘You see it in the data, their reaction function changed.’.. Which brings us to Saxo’s dour conclusion for all those who believe that the global economy is about to enjoy another period of sustainable growth (and has confused the Fed’s QE for economic resilience and fundamentals): ‘Contrary to previous periods of slowdown, notably in 2008-2010, 2012-2014 and in 2016, China is unlikely to save the global economy once again… Needless to say, without China – which has created 60% of all new global debt over the past decade – there can be no global recovery… In other words, enjoy the current growth delusion while it lasts… some time into Q2 2020 when the Fed’s NOT QE will fade to nothing.”
Elizabeth Warren: Only ‘Approved’ Research Will Be Used by the Government – by Alice Green – http://punchingbagpost.com/2019/11/19/elizabeth-warrens-plan-to-control-what-research-is-used-by-the-government/ – “The proposal seeks to weed out conflict of interest studies by requiring all industry-submitted research to include information about funding. Any suspicious studies – such as opioid research submitted by Big Pharma or climate research funded by Big Oil – will be ‘excluded from the rule making process and will be inadmissible in any subsequent court challenges unless the research has passed rigorous, independent peer review.’.. The validity of such research would be determined by a “White House Office of the Public Advocate,” whose members will likely be appointed by Warren.” – Comment: This from the woman who staged a Senate “hearing” dog-and-pony show with the Surgeon General to represent that all vaccines were “safe and effective.”
Is The Fed Secretly Bailing Out A Major Bank? – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/fed-secretly-bailing-out-major-bank – “In the meantime, with a little imagination, today’s problems in the repo market could be a warning that CLOs are turning to toxic waste, and, as a result, are developing into the next financial crisis. While it is still unclear, it is very possible that a bank or financial institution did not have sufficient high quality collateral and was frozen out of private repo markets. Hence, the dramatic rate spike followed by Fed supplied liquidity… The takeaway from all this: Don’t be surprised if a large bank goes belly-up with little advance notice.”
The Independent Ukraine’s painful journey through the five stages of grief – by The Saker – http://thesaker.is/the-independent-ukraines-painful-journey-through-the-five-stages-of-grief/ – “Conclusion Russia can wait, the Ukraine cannot… It’s really that simple. In fact, time was always on the Russian side here, even if not necessarily on the side of the people of Novorussia who have suffered through the horrors of this war. However, it appears now that the Novorussians have been successful in their efforts to turn a hodgepodge of more or less trained militias into a credible and disciplined military force capable of tactical and operational actions, in other words, capable of dangerous counter-attacks. Finally, Russian policies towards the rump-Ukraine and Novorussia are now all unilateral in nature, which gives Russia a great deal of flexibility… With a weak leader like “Ze” the Ukraine looks stuck in the no man’s land somewhere between denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. The faster the Ukrainian leaders get to the “acceptance” phase, the less the people of the Ukraine will have to suffer (not that anybody in the Ukronazi leadership cares about the common people).” – Another well-reasoned and readable analysis by The Saker
Russia, SDF Reach Agreement To Protect Tell Tamr In Northern Al-Hasakah: Monitoring Group – https://southfront.org/russia-sdf-reach-agreement-to-protect-tell-tamr-in-northern-al-hasakah-monitoring-group/ – “Russia has reached an agreement with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to secure the Christian town of Tell Tamir in northern al-Hasakah, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) revealed on November 16… Sources familiar with the alleged agreement told the UK-based monitoring group that the town will be handed to Syrian government forces… Several Kurdish sources confirmed the SOHR’s report on November 17, revealing that the agreement will also force the SDF to withdraw from Tell Tamr and its countryside. This term was a demand by Ankara, which is reportedly a part of the agreement… Activists affiliated with the Turkish-backed National Syrian Army (SNA) said that the group’s militants are withdrawing from several villages north of Tell Tamr as a part of the new agreement… Earlier reports revealed that the Russian Military Police are planning to establish a military post in the town of Tell Tamir or near it.” – Comment: This is an important development that has the potential to ratchet-down tensions in the Tell Tamr area. Meanwhile, tensions between U.S. occupiers and the Russians seem continuing to build in the area around Qamishli.
Bolivia Crisis: 8 Killed, Dozens Injured As Police Open Fire On Evo Morales Supporters – https://southfront.org/bolivia-crisis-8-killed-dozens-injured-as-police-open-fire-on-evo-morales-supporters/ – “In an interview with al-Jazeera, Morales said he should be allowed to return to Bolivia and complete his final term in office… ‘I can’t be outside of the country. I’m used to being with the people as a union leader, president, doing work,’ Morales said… ‘I miss it (Bolivia) a lot. I’m looking for a legal way to go back and be with the people as they resist the dictatorship, the coup.’.. Meanwhile, the post-coup government has started a rapid revision of the country’s foreign and domestic policies. On November 15, the post-coup regime announced that Bolivia leaves the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) and removed from posts around 80% of ambassadors to other countries. In the domestic policy, the new government strongly supports international corporations that has suffered a series of setbacks in the country during the Morales term.”
The Hugely Important OPCW Scandal Keeps Unfolding. Here’s Why No One’s Talking About It – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/the-hugely-important-opcw-scandal-keeps-unfolding-heres-why-no-one-s-talking-about-it-3632903f22a2 – “The only way this story will get mainstream coverage is if it goes viral without the assistance of the mainstream media, at which point the propagandists will be forced to report on it to save face and begin the near-impossible task of trying to regain control of the narrative. This will only happen if enough of us work together to shove the OPCW scandal into mainstream attention. I think this would end up being a very good thing for the world.” – Comment: Caitlin outlines how the evidence showing U.S./Nato intervention in the OPCW’s Douma narrative is being thouroughly suppressed in the Western MSM.
The Globalists Are Openly Admitting To Their Population Control Agenda – And That’s A Bad Sign… – by Brandon Smith – http://www.alt-market.com/index.php/articles/3998-the-globalists-are-openly-admitting-to-their-population-control-agenda-and-thats-a-bad-sign – “In the late 1960’s into the 1970’s there was a resurgence of population control rhetoric coming out of globalist circles. Under the supervision of the UN and some related scientific groups, the Club Of Rome was formed. A prominent part of the Club of Rome’s agenda was population reduction. In 1972 the group of “scientists” under the UN’s direction published a paper called ‘The Limits Of Growth’, which called for greatly reduced human population in the name of “saving the environment”. This effort was directly linked to another agenda – the institution of a global government that could handle and enforce population controls on a wide scale… The elites had found a new scientific front for their eugenics obsession: Climate science… As history has shown us, it is always the elites that end up in the position of deciding the fates of millions or billions. From the Rockefeller Foundation sterilization programs in the US in the early 1900’s to the UN today, the globalists, a veritable death cult, are desperate to conjure a rationalization as to why they should be the ones to allow or deny human life based on lies like man-made climate change. They don’t believe in the climate change threat, THEY were the people that fabricated it. So, what is the core reason behind all of this?.. A reduced population completely dependent on limited energy sources might be easier to dominate. But I have another theory – they are psychopaths looking for a socially justifiable way to kill as many people as possible. Why? because they enjoy it.” – Comment: Do “They” really “Enjoy it,” or are they just slaves to their Egos?– I have long had the perception that Psychopaths perform their grisly deeds, not out of any real pleasure, but, due to their traumatic conditioning and psychological needs to defend their mental self-images, AKA Egos… This is the result of traumatized people being forced to take refuge in emotional defenses created to protect them from feelings so deeply painful they trigger irrational existential terror. In the face of that, they can rationalize their heinous behaviors any way they please.
Is The Fed Directly Monetizing US Debt? – Authored by Chris Martenson – https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/fed-directly-monetizing-us-debt – “The summary here is this: the Fed is buying US government paper on the day it’s issued… The Fed is directly monetizing US debt… Which means… MMT is Already Here!… The debate over whether or not MMT (“Modern Monetary Theory” see here for background and discussion) should or should not happen is now moot… It’s already here… This is a very serious and extremely important conversation to have. But it’s not being had at all… During Jay Powell’s last news conference, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve (and defender and champion of the largest wealth transfer to the rich in world history) was not asked a single question on this topic… Nobody asked anything about the extreme and accelerating wealth and income gaps, both direct outcomes of the Fed’s policies… Nobody expressed concern about the Fed’s secretive actions, its direct debt monetization, or its violation of the Federal Reserve Act… The US media is toothless. I assume today’s journalists are simply too afraid of losing their jobs to speak truth to power, and have slipped into quiet acceptance of a mere stenographer’s role: ‘Yes, Mr. Powell, you’ve reversed course and have started lowering interest rates again, and have resumed growing the Fed’s balance sheet via new QE. Oh yes, you’re right, it’s ‘not QE’. How silly of me. But despite those emergency measures, the economy is ‘in a good place’ and we all should be super optimistic? Got it. Yes, sir — very inspiring. Anything else?’ ”
Medicare-For-All “Socialism” Is Just Another Racket – by Charles Hugh Smith – https://www.zerohedge.com/health/medicare-all-socialism-just-another-racket – “What’s being labeled “socialist” in present-day U.S.A. is nothing more than the state borrowing from future generations to fund profiteering rackets today. It’s hardly a secret that the U.S. spends twice as much per person on healthcare but trails the pack of other developed nations in actual health. (See infographic below for the facts, which I have discussed here for 14 years.).. Problem #1 is robust health isn’t profitable, while managing chronic lifestyle diseases and pushing needless/harmful medications and procedures are immensely profitable… Problem #2 is the external costs of destructive but oh-so-profitable products are not paid by either producers or consumers at the point of purchase. The tobacco industry offers an example of this decoupling of “price discovery” and externalities that manifest years or decades later.”
Iran Burning: Shock Gas Price Hike Triggers Violent Protests After Subsidy Cuts – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/violent-protests-break-out-iran-after-shock-gas-price-hike-subsidies-cut – “The BBC reports that the protests are fierce enough to have already led to at least two deaths and multiple injured as demonstrations are active in at least a dozen cities: ‘One person was killed during protests in the central city of Sirjan. State news agency Irna said there were clashes with police when protesters attacked a fuel storage warehouse and tried to set fire to it…Several more people were injured. A protester also died in the city of Behbahan… Other cities were also affected including the capital, Tehran, Kermanshah, Isfahan, Tabriz, Karadj, Shiraz, Yazd, Boushehr and Sari.’.. The AP reported that while at the start of this week drivers were allotted up to 250 liters a month at the pump at at a controlled 10,000 rials per liter, as of Friday that changed drastically to an allowance of 60 liters (or 13 gallons) of petrol a month at 15,000 rials ($0.13; £0.10) a liter. Additional liters after that cost 30,000 rials… On Saturday the protests have appeared to get more confrontational, as police were filmed using riot control measures against crowds, and with some unconfirmed reports of live fire being used, as has been the case over the past month in neighboring Iraq.”
The Free Money Bubble Is About To Burst – by Michael Pento – https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/free-money-bubble-about-burst – “The Free Money Bubble Is About To Burst – by Michael Pento – https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/free-money-bubble-about-burst – ” Recently, there has been a parade of central bankers along with their lackeys on Wall Street coming on the financial news networks and desperately trying to convince investors that there are no bubbles extant in the world today. Indeed, the Fed sees no economic or market imbalances anywhere that should give perma-bulls cause for concern. You can listen to Jerome Powell’s upbeat assessment of the situation in his own words during the latest FOMC press conference here. The Fed Chair did, however, manage to acknowledge that corporate debt levels are in fact a bit on the high side. But he added that “we have been monitoring it carefully and taken appropriate steps.” By taking appropriate steps to reduce debt levels Powell must mean slashing interest rates and going back into QE. The problem with that strategy being that is exactly what caused the debt binge and overleveraged condition of corporations in the first place… The sad truth is that the entire artificial and tenuous construct of markets is predicated on interest rates that perpetually fall and never increase. As long as this baneful dynamic is in place, asset bubbles grow bigger, and debt levels rise. Thus, making the economy increasingly more dependent on lower and lower interest rates. The problem is most central banks have already arrived at the zero-bound range and/or are in various stages of QE. Even the horrific Fed only has one and half percentage points from running out of ammo to reduce borrowing costs and is already printing $60 billion per month in QE. And yes, that is exactly what it should be called. Hence, when (not if) the next economic contraction begins, money markets will once again freeze and the record number of zombie companies will begin laying off millions of employees as a result of being shut out of the credit market. Then, the global bubble in junk corporate debt will crater and cause panic in equity markets like never before in history… According to the Fed and the deep-state on Wall Street, all is completely normal.” – Mr. Pento presents even more cautionary observations on the current financial state of affairs.
Insufferable Pomposity: Obnoxious State Department Drones Destroyed Ukraine; Their Next Target: Trump – by James Howard Kunstler – https://russia-insider.com/en/insufferable-pomposity-obnoxious-state-department-drones-destroyed-ukraine-their-next-target-trump – “The lifers at State also have something to hide: their exertions to connive with Ukraine government officials they controlled to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election in favor of their former boss, Mrs. Clinton. The current impeachment spectacle is an attempt to pitch a smokescreen over that embarrassing mess, which includes the CIA’s and FBI’s efforts to blame Russia for their own illegal interventions in the 2016 election — the heart of the three-year impeachment narrative. The Joe-and-Hunter Biden affair is the left anterior descending artery in that heart.”
UK Is Preparing Evacuation Of Intelligence Personnel From Syria’s Idlib? – https://southfront.org/uk-is-preparing-evaucation-of-intelligence-personnel-from-syrias-idlib/ – “At the same time, Russia and Turkey continue to boost their cooperation on the tactical, in Syria’s Idlib and northeast, and regional level. The rapprochement between Ankara and Moscow apparently endranger British personnel involved in clandestine activities in the miltiant-held part of Syria… Therefore, it’s highly likely that the UK is now trying to get a kind of open corridor to withdraw its intelligence officers and military advisers involved in propaganda operations and training of militants in the Idlib zone.”
Bolivian Parliament Elects New Head, Refuses to Acknowledge Self-Proclaimed President Jeanine Anez – https://southfront.org/bolivian-parliament-elects-new-head-refuses-to-acknowledge-self-proclaimed-president-jeanine-anez/ – “Essentially, the coup-plotters can now only resign to force to impose their rule and push Morales’ resignation through… Evo Morales also announced that he considers himself the president of Bolivia, until Parliament resigns. And since the resignation was not accepted, then Morales is still the president legally, and the coup-plotters could not legally legitimize the seizure of power… Meanwhile, more than 1000 supporters of Morales were arrested per day, the scope of repression against opponents of the coup is progressively escalating. A civil war nears dangerously close… At the same time, Venezuelan President Maduro called on the armed forces to fulfill their duty to the people and restore Morales back to his position.”
AAAHHH! EUGENICS! Russian Army to Use Soldiers’ Gene-Profiles to Assign Roles – by Michael Peck – https://russia-insider.com/en/science-tech/aaahhh-eugenics-russian-army-use-soldiers-gene-profiles-assign-roles/ri27874 – “But Russian President Vladimir Putin has embraced genetics with a passion. In March, the Kremlin issued a decree that called for “implementation of genetic certification of the population, taking into account the legal framework for the protection of data on the personal human genome and the formation of the genetic profile of the population.” Ostensibly this is to protect Russia’s population against chemical and biological attack, as well as safeguard Russia’s genetic patrimony from Western spies and saboteurs… It has also spurred fears that Russia is edging towards a Nazi-style eugenics program in which certain groups, such as those Russians of Slavic ancestry, will be favored.”
Why your next car is a bike – https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/11/why-your-next-car-is-a-bike/ – “Then, the issues started… First, quality. Many bikes required constant maintenance and were often out of service… Then, vandalism, as bikes freed from docking stations were much more vulnerable to improper usage. They were drowned in Amsterdam’s canals, and they eventually ended up in urban bike cemeteries around the world, giving rise to pollution concerns and prompting cities to get more stringent in granting licenses… Finally, the business model came under pressure. At the beginning, new deposits by customers financed the deployment of new bikes, but market saturation soon threatened this strategy. As of now, several dockless bike startups have gone bankrupt, and Mobike – the remaining largest player – is considering selling most of the stakes of its European arm.”
Bolivia: Coup-Born Government Threatens Independent Journalists – https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Bolivia-Coup-Born-Government-Threatens-Independent-Journalists-20191115-0002.html – “Independent journalists who are covering protests in Bolivia were accused of carrying out “sedition” by Communications Minister Roxana Lizarraga, who was paradoxically appointed by a US-backed government that emerged from a coup d’etat against the socialist President Evo Morales… ‘Law will be fully enforced against those journalists or pseudo-journalists who are seditious, whether they are nationals or foreigners,’ Lizarraga said and took the opportunity to blame Cuba and Venezuela for the ongoing social unrest in Bolivia… ‘They want to put us on their knees,’ she added and warned that the Interior Ministry already has a list of the journalists who are stirring up resistance or rebellion against the coup-born regime… After these announcements, four Cuban officials were arrested and accused of demonstrating against the interim government headed by Senator Jeanine Añez, who self-proclaimed president on Nov. 12.”
New Legislation Will Throw People in Jail for Disrespecting Cops — Seriously – by Matt Agorist – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/11/new-legislation-will-throw-people-in-jail-for-disrespecting-cops-seriously.html – “If you annoy a police officer in upstate New York, you could find yourself facing massive fines and even jail time. Seriously… In a vote this week, lawmakers in the Monroe County Legislature passed a proposal in a 17-10 vote to fine and/or jail a person who annoys, alarms or threatens the personal safety of an officer. The jail sentence is up to one year and the fine is up to $5,000.”
Germany makes measles vaccination compulsory – https://www.dw.com/en/germany-makes-measles-vaccination-compulsory/a-51243094 – “As of March 2020, parents will have to prove their child is vaccinated against measles before sending them to day care or school. While the Health Ministry says the bill is “child protection,” critics think otherwise… Before the introduction of measles vaccine in 1963 and widespread vaccination, major epidemics occurred approximately every two to three years. Some 2.6 million people died from the highly contagious disease every year — with children the most vulnerable. But by the turn of the millennium, some countries had declared the disease ‘eradicated.’ ” Comment: The underlined paragraph is basically just composed of lies.
Kamala Harris Serves Up a Disturbing and Ironically-Named Bill: the ‘Family Friendly’ Schools Act – by Alex Parker – https://www.redstate.com/alexparker/2019/11/06/kamala-harris-serves-disturbing-ironically-named-bill-family-friendly-act/ – “Hence, the government will keep the rugrats before school, during school, and after school. And all summer. Yeah — why are people hatching these things?.. How about as soon as they’re born, a federal program just scoops ’em up and takes care of it all ’til they’re 18? That way, everyone can wholly focus on what really matters — their jobs… Suddenly, I find myself wanting to move to China. Or start a new one… Here in the States, women are cutting their important work in order to have to crappily deal with doggone offspring. And Kamala’s sick about it…”
Violence and Repression Escalate Following Bolivian Coup (w / many excellent – and shocking – videos showing emerging repression) – https://southfront.org/violence-and-repression-escalate-following-bolivian-coup-graphic-videos-photos-18/ – “Stratfor claimed that the coup may make the country more politically unstable, which is undoubtedly true, but it is also possible that the self-proclaimed interim president Jeanine Anez might reverse Morales’ decision to cancel the (Lithium mining) agreement with ACISA… ‘In the longer term, continued political uncertainty will make it more difficult for Bolivia to increase its production of strategic metals like lithium or develop a value-added sector in the battery market. The poor investment climate comes at a time of expanding global opportunities in lithium-ion battery production to meet rising demand from electric vehicle manufacturing.’.. Violence is increasing throughout the country, following Morales’ resignation and the seizure of power by the right-wing opposition… Clashes are happening in many cities across the countries, and there are numerous videos and photographs showing that the military and police are on the side of the right-wing opposition that carried out the coup against the elected President and his government… The residents of the municipality of Yapacani, in the Santa Cruz district, denounced the onslaught of the military who took to the streets after President Evo Morales announced his resignation.” – “Surprise, surprise, surprise!” -Gomer Pyle
Is the New World Order a Jewish Conspiracy? No, it’s a Satanic Conspiracy – by Makia Freeman – https://www.wakingtimes.com/2019/10/14/is-the-new-world-order-a-jewish-conspiracy-no-its-a-satanic-conspiracy/ – ” We don’t have to blame the many or a collective (the Jews) for the actions of a few. We don’t have to be unfair to all the innocent Jews who have unjustly branded as conspirators when many of them are victims not perpetrators of the grand conspiracy. No, it’s not a Jewish conspiracy, not exactly … it only appears to be so because the inner core of those hiding behind Jews are Zionists, and the inner core of Zionism is Sabbatean-Frankism, a Satanic cult which exploits Jews to achieve its own ends.” – This is, I think, an important contribution by Freeman, very concise and well-composed. It also includes links toa very large and crucial body of work on the subjects approached in the article.One could easily spend many days wading through the references here and gain a substantial understanding of what’s going on here.
US wants to create illegal quasi-state in eastern Syria: Russia – https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/us-wants-to-create-illegal-quasi-state-in-eastern-syria-russia/ – ” ‘On the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, they are doing everything possible to create the structure for a quasi-state, and are asking the Gulf States for major investments in order to create a local administration on the basis of the Syrian Democratic Forces, the Kurds – the YPG People’s Protection Units and others, with the clear intention of breaking this piece of territory off from Syria, and controlling the oil fields located there,’ Lavrov said… At the same time, Lavrov accused the US of prohibiting its allies from investing in Syria’s reconstruction.”
Did Obama Order CIA to Form ‘Trump Task Force’ to Throw Election for Deep State? – by Philip Giraldi – https://russia-insider.com/en/did-obama-order-cia-form-trump-task-force-throw-election-deep-state/ri27855 – “Nevertheless, some might even argue that having a Deep State is a healthy part of American democracy, that it serves as a check or corrective element on a political system that has largely been corrupted and which no longer serves national interests. But that assessment surely might have been made before it became clear that many of the leaders of the nation’s intelligence and security agencies are no longer the people’s honorable servants they pretend to be. They have been heavily politicized since at least the time of Ronald Reagan and have frequently succumbed to the lure of wealth and power while identifying with and promoting the interests of the Deep State.”
Bolivia in Crosshairs of US Counter-revolution – https://www.telesurenglish.net/opinion/Bolivia-in-Crosshairs-of-US-Counter-revolution-20191111-0004.html – “Yesterday, Bolivian social movements in La Paz, the center of government, answered the calls of the right-wing for president Morales to resign with their own ultimatum: That the leaders of the right depart the city of La Paz within 48 hours and leave its inhabitants in peace. They announced that in the face of police mutinies, the social movements would form a civil police force to protect the constitution and its elected representatives. In a tradition of struggle that is hundreds of years old, they announced they would encircle La Paz, however, they would do so peacefully.”
Bolivia: Police Shoot Anti-Coup Protesters in El Alto – https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Bolivia-Police-Shoot-Anti-Coup-Protesters-in-El-Alto-20191112-0001.html – “Over the last week, far-right groups have staged acts of aggression against the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) authorities and politicians… Selective burning of houses and beatings against Evo’s supporters, however, have not been reported in a timely manner by international and local media… In this regard, for example, in Argentina, where Mauricio Macri will remain in the presidency until December, the Press Workers Union (SiPREBA) on Monday denounced that the National Radio direction prohibited its journalists from writing or speaking about the existence of a coup in Bolivia… (from Twitter):‘Terror in Bolivia. Last night artillery helicopters shot at the indigenous people in La Paz. El Alto communities reported 6 dead and around 30 injured. This is silenced by mainstream media.’.. Morales’s Defense Minister Javier Zavaleta on Monday presented his resignation and denounced violent actions that the mutinous security forces are carrying out… ‘Bullets are neither the answer nor the solution to a problem,’ Zavaleta said and explained that he never ordered the use of military force against the population… ‘We never gave an order for our soldiers to wield a weapon against the people… The State we built was a State in which the military defends the Homeland with the people and never against them.’ ”
From the It-Just-Gets-Better Desk:IN THE BAD OLE’ USSA: COMPOSTING… FROM HUMANS… – by Joseph P. Farrell – https://gizadeathstar.com/2019/11/in-the-bad-ole-ussa-composting-from-humans/ – “Washington state, it seems, has approved a bill which has been signed into law by that state’s governor, to allow “human composting”: Many other supporters of the bill claim that legalizing human composting will be great for the environment, as it’s supposedly ‘as close to the natural process of decomposition [as] you’d assume a body would undergo before we had an industrialized society.’.. If America now begins “recycling” human beings as liquid rather than simply burying bodies or cremating them into ash, as has traditionally been the case, then these remains will almost certainly end up being converted into recycled “biosludge” and spread as “fertilizer” on food crops… Katrina Spade, the founder and CEO of a company known as Recompose that aspires to be the first “natural organic reduction” funeral home in the United States, is also excited about the bill, which she says fulfills ‘a longtime hope’ of hers to create ‘an urban, soil-based, ecologically friendly death-care option.’ (Emphasis added)”
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“Deep Equity” Program Indoctrinating Kids Across US, Tells Teachers To Reject Parents Who Disagree(4 min) – from Tucker Carlson
Heather Mac Donald & Tucker Carlson On CA Schools Teaching Bigoted Neo-Marxist Ideology To Kids(4 min)
From the WTF-Happened-To-Global-Research? Desk:China’s Vision for the Future: “Give Peace a Chance” – by Peter Koenig – https://www.globalresearch.ca/china-vision-future/5694334 – “The ten-year Cultural Revolution (1966 – 1976) was Mao’s sociopolitical movement aiming at cleaning socialist China from infiltrated capitalist elements and influences. Then, and to some extent still today, China was full with so-called Fifth Columnists, a term coined during the Spanish Civil war, when General Franco’s Nazi-party, the “Falange”, were able to defeat the legitimately elected Republicans, because the “Falange” had what they called a “Fifth Column” clandestinely embedded among the Republican defense forces in Madrid. Today Fifth Columnists are everywhere. They come in all shapes and forms, including disguised as western NGOs, in every country that Washington and its western allies want to dominate and provoke ‘regime change’. It was clear that the west, predominantly the emerging US empire, wanted to disrupt Mao’s revolution; they would not let China flourish under her own political, communist values and believes (sic).” – Comment: Contrast this politically correct view from Koenig with the information from Warren Pollock (below). Apples to Oranges…
Warren Pollock – China: The New Nazis of Our Time(30 min) – from Greg Hunter, USA Watchdog.com
US Threatens Sanctions On Serbia, Scrambles To Thwart Possible S-400 Purchase – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/us-threatens-sanctions-serbia-scrambles-thwart-s-400-acquirement – ” “You know, when you have such a weapon, no one would attack you. Neither US nor any other pilots fly where S-400s are operational: Israeli pilots do not fly either over Turkey or Syria, except for the Golan Heights. We have aviation, which the strongest than ever before. We will be strengthening the air defense with Pantsyr systems and other things, which are not on the sanctions list,” Vucic said in the interview…The US was quick to respond to Vucic’s statement. US Special Representative for the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer warned in an interview with the Macedonian television during his visit to Skopje that the purchase of S-400 systems from Russia would entail US sanctions against Belgrade… The sanctions threat worked, according to some Russian sources; however, the spat appears to be ongoing, given Reuters reported Friday that a US diplomat was promptly dispatched to meet with Serbian authorities over the issue.” – Comment: Seems like the U.S. is having a Bad Hair Year.
Grand Ayatollah Sistani Warns Against U.S. Coup Plot In Iraq – by Moon of Alabama – https://www.moonofalabama.org/2019/11/grand-ayatollah-sistani-warns-against-us-coup-plot-in-iraq.html – “Sistani, who is not pro-Iran, is fully supporting the Hashd al-Shaabi. The external actors who want to use the protest to put Hashd down will fail… After the U.S. invaded Iran its viceroy Paul Bremer planned to install a proxy government without any elections. It was Ayatollah Sistani who prevented that when he publicly decreed that the U.S. had to let the Iraqis decide for themselves. The Marja had spoken, the U.S. had to back down and elections were held. His statement today is of similar importance and weight.”
There Are Things Worth Fighting For, And Fates Far Worse Than Death – by Brandon Smith – http://www.alt-market.com/index.php/articles/3987-there-are-things-worth-fighting-for-and-fates-far-worse-than-death – “There comes a moment in the life of many liberty movement activists or analysts when they are confronted with this reality: The reality that we are not fighting a faceless “system” that was built passively by mistake, or built in the name of mere random greed. No, the system is only an extension of a greater agenda and the weapon of a conspiratorial army. What we are really fighting are very evil people with psychopathic desires to dominate and destroy. Attempt to change the system without removing the cabal behind it, and you will fail every time… This is where we hit a wall of indecision and find ourselves at an impasse on solutions within the movement. There are even some people who argue that “nothing can be done”… This is, of course, a lie. Something can indeed be done. We can fight and remove the elites from the equation entirely. In fact, we have no choice but to fight if we hope to retain any semblance of our sovereignty or foundational principles. But sadly, there are people in the movement with some influence who do not seem to understand the difference between fighting to survive, and fighting to succeed… And while building alternatives to the mainstream system and removing yourself from the grid is a step in the right direction, this alone is only a stop-gap. One day, the establishment will come to take what you have. There is no way around this. Narcopaths are like ravenous parasites feeding on every last morsel of humanity. They take whatever can be taken… The question is, when they come to digest that which you hold precious, how will you respond? Is fighting back impossible, or is it preferable to slavery? Is dying for a better tomorrow a fool’s errand, or the only errand we are put on this Earth for? These are questions that need to be answered and answered soon. The time left to ponder them is running out.”
Turkish-Backed Militants Launch New Attack In Northern Raqqa, Capture Two Villages – https://southfront.org/turkish-backed-militants-launch-new-attack-in-northern-raqqa-capture-two-villages/ – “The Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) launched on November 7 a new large attack on the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the northern Raqqa countryside… In a press release, the SNA announced that its militants had captured Beir Issa and Sharaqiq. Both villages are located near the key town of Ain Issa. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) revealed that Turkish combat drones backed the new SNA attack, conducting several airstrikes on Kurdish forces in the northern Raqqa countryside… Last week, Russian forces established a coordination and operations center in Ain Issa. The attack near the base could pose a threat to Russian troops deployed there.”
Russia Reinforces Newly-Established Coordination Center In Northern Raqqa (Photos) – https://southfront.org/russia-reinforces-newly-established-coordination-center-in-northern-raqqa-photos/ – “Fresh Russian reinforcements arrived on November 6 in the newly-established coordination and operations center near the town of Ain Issa in northern Raqqa… According to the North Press Agency (NPA), the reinforcements included several military vehicles and dozens of trucks loaded with ammunition and equipment.” – Comment: The Russians have trucked in a massive amount of materiel to the Ayn Issa Base, which was formerly occupied by the U.S. military. It seems they are anticipating serious trouble with the Turkish proxies (SNA/NSA – formerly the Free Syrian Army), who are Takfiri Wahhabist terrorists.
How the Deep State ‘Justifies’ Itself in America – by Eric Zuesse – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/11/06/how-the-deep-state-justifies-itself-in-america/ – “On October 30th, there was a panel discussion broadcast live on C-Span from the National Press Club and the Michael V. Hayden Center. The discussants were John Brennan, Michael McCabe, John McGlaughlin, and Michael Morrell. They all agreed with the statement by McLaughlin (former Deputy CIA Director) “Thank God for the ‘Deep State’”, and the large audience there also applauded it — nobody booed it. John Brennan amplified upon the thought, and there was yet more applause. However, that thought hadn’t been invented by McLaughlin; it instead had evolved recently in the pages of the New York Times. Perhaps the discussants had read it there. Instead of America’s ‘news’-media uncritically trumpeting what government officials assert to be facts (as they traditionally do), we now have former spooks uncritically trumpeting what a mainstream ‘news’-medium has recently concocted to be the case — about themselves. They’ve come out of the closet, about being the Deep State. However, even in that, they are lying, because they aren’t it; they are only agents for it. ”
The Cult of Russia-Hate: Unquestionable Doctrine, Magical Thinking Primes US Citizenry for Total Security State – by Helen Buyniski – https://russia-insider.com/en/politics/cult-russia-hate-unquestionable-doctrine-magical-thinking-primes-us-citizenry-total – “Cultists are kept from straying too far into “wrongthink” through thought-stopping techniques they are taught by other members early on. For Russiagate, this manifests in buzzwords like “fake news” and the smearing of all non-mainstream sources as unreliable. True cultists will cut entire websites out of their news diet, lest they be exposed to “Russian disinformation” carefully disguised as, say, American conservatism (Breitbart, Infowars) or peace activism (antiwar.com, the Ron Paul Institute). Even aggregators like Drudge Report have been smeared by the PropOrNot list later used, more disturbingly, by more authoritative voices like the Poynter Institute in an attempt to smear entire sections of the web as disinformation and “fake news.” Such “milieu control” keeps cultists safe in their echo-chambers… By controlling a person’s information environment, it becomes much easier to control their thoughts. Brainwashing cults demand purity from their members, and both impure thoughts – perusing “fake news” or having civilized online chats with dissenters – and impure people must be jettisoned. If you can’t convert your friends (or family, or spouse!) to see things your way politically, ditch them, a surprising number of articles recommended around the 2016 election. This is no different than a cult demanding followers cut off family members who frown on its activities. Cults know that without a strong support system, it can be difficult to leave.”
Syrian Kurds OK US-led oil mission – by Jack Detsch – https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/11/syria-kurds-sdf-pentagon-oil-mission-kobane.html – “Nor was it immediately clear what prompted the SDF reversal, as the group still has not won American commitments to a no-fly zone in northern Syria or to halt the Turkish incursion. A source close to the SDF said that American forces photographed by Agence France-Presse near Rmeilan oil field cannot stay there or at the Faysh Khabour border crossing with Iraq, as new US policy will limit American areas to south of the M4 highway. The group hopes that French and British forces will backfill that role… But as US special representative for Syria Jim Jeffrey is set to depart for Turkey on Friday to meet with senior officials in Ankara and Syrian opposition groups trying to broker a UN-backed deal for new constitution, experts say the SDF is aiming to get leverage for an eventual deal to rejoin a consolidated Syrian state as the civil war winds down.” – Comment: And the “Kurds” (whatever that identity really means) wonder why they end up getting shafted over and over…
Amazon Co-opting Homeowner’s Ring Cameras To Police – by Patrick Wood – https://www.technocracy.news/amazon-co-opting-homeowners-ring-cameras-to-police/ – ” ‘The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is excited to announce our partnership with Ring and the Neighbors App. Detectives and station personnel from across the county completed their training today and our stations are now live. Station staff are able to receive information and interact with residents through the app. Customers with a Ring camera will be able to share videos with their local Sheriff’s station. The Neighbors App connects communities with the goal of creating safer and stronger neighborhoods and one of the benefits is you do not need to own a Ring device to use the app.”.. I could find no public notice of the training that is mentioned above, but it clearly was nationwide and it clearly took place. The result is that the system has gone live… Other Georgia law enforcement agencies partnering with Ring including police departments and sheriff’s offices in Chamblee, Cobb County, Duluth, Forsyth County, Garden City, Gwinnett County, Sandy Springs and the Savannah Police Department… ‘This partnership is another way for us to engage the community and share information in a timely manner,’ Sandy Springs Deputy Chief of Police Keith Zgonc said in an email. The department teamed up with Ring in April… For some, the rising number of police partnering with Ring is chilling. They say Ring is creating a nationwide surveillance network that raises serious concerns about privacy and the blurring of police departments with corporations.”
$10M Lawsuit Filed in New York Against Motels that Allegedly Allowed Child Sex Trafficking of Foster Children – by Brian Shilhavy – https://healthimpactnews.com/2019/10m-lawsuit-filed-in-new-york-against-motels-that-allegedly-allowed-child-sex-trafficking-of-foster-children/ – “Andrew Denney and Gabrielle Fonrouge of the New York Post have reported on a $10 million lawsuit filed recently alleging that a 10-year-old foster girl was raped, tortured and beaten as she was sold for sex at two New York motels while staff turned a blind eye to what was happening… The plaintiff, now an adult, reportedly was in the foster care system at the time when she was being sexually abused… The young girl was trafficked through motels, according to the lawsuit, with the full knowledge of the motel staff who did nothing to try and stop this kind of sex trafficking of children… According to the NY Post article, 45% of all sexual exploitation in New York City happens in hotels.”
UK’s National Health Service To Deny Treatment To “Racists” And “Sexists” – by Paul Joseph Watson – https://www.zerohedge.com/political/uks-national-health-service-deny-treatment-racists-and-sexists – “The North Bristol NHS Trust said that “threatening and offensive language,” as well as ‘racist or sexist language, gestures or behaviour’ and ‘malicious allegations’ would all be punishable offenses… Patients who commit such an infraction will be subject to a ‘sports-style disciplinary yellow card and then final red card in which treatment would be withdrawn as soon as is safe.’.. ‘We have staff from many different backgrounds, from all over the world, and we pride ourselves on our commitment to equality which is a fundamental value of the NHS,’ said Andrea Young, Chief Executive for North Bristol NHS Trust… ‘We’re sending a strong signal that any racism or discrimination is completely unacceptable – we want staff to challenge and report it and we want everyone to know that it will have consequences,’ she added.” (emphasis added) – Comment: Can this be healthy?
Trump Jr. Outs CIA Whistleblower Over Twitter – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/political/trump-jr-outs-cia-whistleblower-over-twitter – “Don Jr. then tweeted ‘The entire media is #Triggered that I (a private citizen) tweeted out a story naming the alleged whistleblower. Are they going to pretend that his name hasn’t been in the public domain for weeks now? Numerous people & news outlets including Real Clear Politics already ID’d him.’.. Trump Jr.’s ‘outing’ of Ciaramella comes one day after Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said he was considering releasing the whistleblower’s name, and claimed that he may be involved in Ukraine corruption.”
From the Grounds-For-Speculation-and-Further-Research Desk:Henry Makow: “Soul Scalping” Report Matches Secret Majestic Docs – https://www.veteranstoday.com/2019/11/05/henry-makow-soul-scalping-report-matches-secret-majestic-docs/ – “In their insane desire to have human bodies as their own, Aliens have perfected the ability to take a person’s soul out of their body and put it ‘elsewhere.’ This gives them access to a human body devoid of a soul. The body is a shell, a carcass, and they can take over and possess this body and use it for themselves. This is termed as “walking-in.” There are two types of walk-ins. Aliens can walk-in and possess a live human body, and/or a dead human, or in this instance, a live human who had their soul removed and then their body was taken over and walked-in by an alien.” – Note: I don’t take any of this at face value. This are, IMO, dangerous to “dig into” without both serious inner development (truth and discernment) work and the capacity to deal with extreme paradoxes.
Russia Considers To Set Up Air Base In Northeast Syria: Report – https://southfront.org/russia-considers-to-set-up-air-base-in-northeast-syria-report/ – “The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) maintained control of the Qamishli airport throughout the war, despite existing security threats. The airport was repeatedly targeted by Syrian militants, Jihadist groups and even sometimes threatened by Kurdish forces… The airport, which is located southwest of the border city of Qamishli, has a 3,7 km airstrip, suitable for most Russian cargo planes, and several service facilities… If SOHR’s claim is confirmed, Russia will be able to impose full control of the airspace over northeast Syria from Qamishli airport. This will allow to to project its influence on both US and Turkish operations in the nearby area.”
Burisma Pressured Obama Admin Weeks Before Joe Biden Got Ukrainian Prosecutor Fired – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/political/burisma-pressured-obama-admin-weeks-joe-biden-got-ukrainian-prosecutor-fired – “During that February 2016 contact, a U.S. representative for Burisma Holdings sought a meeting with Undersecretary of State Catherine A. Novelli to discuss ending the corruption allegations against the Ukrainian firm where Hunter Biden worked as a board member, according to memos obtained under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. (I filed that suit this summer with the help of the public interest law firm the Southeastern Legal Foundation.)Just three weeks before Burisma’s overture to State, Ukrainian authorities raided the home of the oligarch who owned the gas firm and employed Hunter Biden…’.. By early 2016 the Ukrainian investigation had advanced enough that then-Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin authorized a court-ordered seizure of Zlochevsky’s home and other valuables, including a luxury car. That seizure occurred on Feb. 2, 2016, according to published reports in Ukraine… The same day that the Zlochevsky seizure was announced in Ukraine, Hunter Biden used his Twitter account to start following Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken, a longtime national security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden who was promoted to the No. 2 job at State under Secretary John Kerry… The Feb. 4, 2016 Twitter notification from Hunter Biden to Blinken was captured by State email servers and turned over to me as part of the FOIA release… The (multiple) emails (between Hunter and Blinken over several months) don’t indicate whether the meeting had to do with Burisma or one of Hunter Biden’s other interests… But they clearly show that Hunter Biden, his business partner and Burisma’s legal team were able to secure contacts inside the State Department, including to one of his father’s most trusted aides, to Secretary Kerry and to the agency’s top energy official… The question now is: Did any of those contacts prompt further action or have anything to do with Joe Biden’s conduct in Ukraine in March 2016 when he forced Shokin’s firing?”
China Is Weaponizing Water And Worsening Droughts Across Asia – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/china-weaponizing-water-and-worsening-droughts-across-asia – “Asia, the world’s driest continent in per capita terms, remains the center of dam construction, with more than half of the 50,000 large dams across the globe. The hyperactivity on dams has only sharpened local and international disputes over the resources of shared rivers and aquifers… Last summer, water levels in continental Southeast Asia’s lifeline, the 4,880-kilometer Mekong River, fell to their lowest in more than 100 years, even though the annual monsoon season stretches from late May to late September. Yet, after completing 11 mega-dams, China is building more upstream dams on the Mekong, which originates on the Tibetan Plateau. Indeed, Beijing is also damming other transnational rivers… China is central to Asia’s water map. Thanks to its annexation of the water-rich Tibetan Plateau and the sprawling Xinjiang province, China is the starting point of rivers that flow to 18 downstream countries. No other country in the world serves as the riverhead for so many countries… By erecting dams, barrages and other water diversion structures in its borderlands, China is creating an extensive upstream infrastructure that arms it with the capacity to weaponize water.”
Rebuilding Syria – without Syria’s oil – by Pepe Escobar – http://thesaker.is/rebuilding-syria-without-syrias-oil/ – ” ‘Events’ seem not to be that incandescent, so far, even as Erdogan, predictably, releases the whiff of a threat in the air: ‘We reserve the right to resume military operation in Syria if terrorists approach at the distance of 30km to Turkey’s borders or continue attacks from any other Syrian area.’.. Erdogan also said the de facto safe zone along the Turkish-Syrian border could be “expanded,” something that he would have to clear in minute detail with Moscow… Those threats have already manifested on the ground. On Wednesday, Turkey and allied Islamist factions launched an attack against Tal Tamr, a historic Assyrian Christian enclave 50km deep inside Syrian territory – far beyond the scope of the 10km patrol zone or the 30km “safe” zone… Poorly-armed Syrian troops pulled out under fierce attack, and with no apparent Russian cover. The Syrian military on the same day issued a public statement calling on the Syrian Democratic Forces to reintegrate under its command. The SDF has said a compromise must be reached first over semi-autonomy for the northeastern region. Thousands of residents in the meantime fled farther south to the more protected city of Hasakeh.”
Brennan’s Spy? New Theories Emerge About Trump-Ukraine Whistleblower – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/political/brennans-spy-new-theories-emerge-about-trump-ukraine-whistleblower – “…let’s take a deeper look at the whistleblower, reported by investigative reporter Paul Sperry to be Eric Ciaramella (EC)… Sperry reported that ‘federal records show Biden’s office invited Ciaramella to an October 2016 state luncheon the vice president hosted for Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Other invited guests included Brennan, as well as then-FBI Director James Comey and then-National Intelligence Director James Clapper.’ (Sperry: Several U.S. officials told RCI that the invitation that was extended to Ciaramella, a relatively low-level GS-13 federal employee, was unusual and signaled he was politically connected inside the Obama White House.) -RedState… And now he won’t testify, while another witness in the case, Alex Vindman (likely Ciaramella’s source), had to be reprimanded by his superior officer for ‘inappropriate and partisan behavior in the military.’.. The emerging image of EC shows him to be a hyper-partisan Democrat, well-connected within the ranks of the deep state, who was possibly spying on the Trump White House for the FBI. As voters see the individual behind the whistleblower complaint which has triggered an impeachment inquiry, they will “have thoughts” about the Democrats… Perhaps we’ll find out more about Ciaramella from John Durham, the prosecutor appointed by Barr to investigate the origins of the “Russiagate” counterintelligence operation against the Trump campaign. As Rush Limbaugh puts it, this is a race between impeachment and a Durham indictment.”
Are ‘Green Bonds’ The “But It’s For The Children” Trojan Horse For MMT? (Modern Monetary Theory…) – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/are-green-bonds-its-children-trojan-horse-mmt – “However, as Bloomberg notes, pricing and liquidity are still limiting factors. As green bonds become more mainstream, investors are offered little additional incentive to buy them as they price comparably to non-green debt… ‘As soon as the green-bond market becomes sizable you’ll see central banks investing more in green bonds,’ according to Massimiliano Castelli, head of sovereign strategy at UBS Asset Management… Of course, as most are aware, “green”-bonds are largely a marketing gimmick, and if central banks really do escalate their buying, then you don’t need a crystal ball to forecast that there will be a rise in companies’ “Greenwashing” their issuance – using green labels to spend on not so green things!”
San Jose, CA to become largest US city to ban natural gas – https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/san-jose-ca-to-become-largest-us-city-to-ban-natural-gas/563219/ – “San Jose, CA Mayor Sam Liccardo and other city council members approved a proposal to prohibit natural gas infrastructure from being installed in many new residential buildings. The measure covers single family homes, accessory dwelling units and low-rise multi-family buildings… The ordinance would require all new multi-family buildings to have 70% electric vehicle (EV) capable parking spaces, at least 20% EV ready spaces and at least 10% EV supply equipment spaces… A final ordinance is expected to be approved in October, going into effect on January 1. The council’s intention is to expand the ban to include more buildings, and it has requested check-ins from city staff over the next several months with recommendations for the expansion, a mayor’s office spokesperson told Smart Cities Dive. They are also examining offsetting the cost of solar and battery storage installations in affordable housing.”
From the War-By-Other-Means Desk:Rioters Attempt To Storm Iranian Consulate, As Anti-Government Protests Continue In Iraq – https://southfront.org/rioters-attempt-to-storm-iranian-consulate-as-anti-government-protests-continue-in-iraq/ – “Demonstrators reportedly scaled the concrete barriers surrounding the Iranian consulate in the city of Karbala… Security forces fired in the air to disperse the crowd, who threw stones and burned tires around the building on a street corner in Karbala, south of the capital, Baghdad… Mustafa Saadoon, director of the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights, told Al Jazeera that three protesters were killed during the assault on the Iranian consulate… In his weekly sermon, top Iraqi Shia leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani warned of ‘civil conflict, chaos and destruction’ if the security forces or paramilitary groups crack down on the protests… ‘No person or group, no side with a particular view, no regional or international actor may seize the will of the Iraqi people and impose its will on them,’ he said… His calls came one day after Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khomenei addressed the situation in Iraq… ‘I seize this opportunity to tell those who care about Iraq … to remedy insecurity as their priority,’ Khamenei said. The supreme leader blamed the United States its allies(Israel) for spreading “insecurity and turmoil” in Iraq and Lebanon… Feisal Istrabadi, a former Iraqi ambassador to the United Nations and director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East at Indiana University, warned the situation could deteriorate… ‘I am very much afraid that is what’s coming next,’ he told Al Jazeera, saying it is ‘nearly impossible’ for the current leaders in Iraq to quell the ongoing protests.”
Israeli Caretaker Government Tries To Annex Further Parts Of West Bank And Jordan Valley – https://southfront.org/israeli-caretaker-government-tries-to-annex-further-parts-of-west-bank-and-jordan-valley/ – “The situation is ideal, since the peace process is frozen, but the Parliament can pass legislation, furthermore the Trump administration doesn’t condemn any further annexations by Israeli, it rather even supports them… ‘There is a diplomatic window of opportunity and willingness on the part of the US for this kind of annexation that will not return,’ Shaked said. ‘We cannot afford to hesitate or wait. We must take advantage of this window of opportunity immediately and begin to apply sovereignty over these areas. It is for this reason that the State of Israel cannot be dragged into another election cycle.’ ”
More on a potential Clinton (shudder) run:The Hillary Clinton Resentment Machine – by Dr. Binoy Kampmark – https://southfront.org/the-hillary-clinton-resentment-machine/ – “Only a sadomasochist would consider it a genuine prospect. A failed presidential candidate, the louse in the locks of the Democratic Party, keen to make yet another vain tilt at the White House. But in the rogues’ gallery of the defective and disturbed, Hillary Clinton can count herself as pre-eminent, a historical creature who should be preserved as a warning for the party faithful. But she refuses to lie (and lie) quietly, and has given ventriloquised clues via her husband that she might be readying for a return to competition… The way Clinton disturbs the news bubble is through complaint heavy with spite. She gazes at the mirror in self-loathing, and claims to spot the faults of others. (The loathing is understandable to some degree: it was Clinton and her circle who decided, disastrously, to elevate Donald Trump as electable material ahead of rival Bernie Sanders.) The story she bores her audience with lacks variation: The 2016 loss to Trump could never be put down to her, veteran political figure, establishment doyen. No, that would be inaccurate for a person with the credentials for office.”
Further thoughts on the potential for a Hillary Democrat nomination:The candidates need to get enough delegates in order to, at a minimum, attain a brokered nomination convention. If Ms. Clinton-Body-Count were to launch a full-bored campaign, it’s certain that she would gather most if not almost all of the “super delegates,” that is to say, the delegates appointed through various channels in the DNC, who are not subject to the primary process. My guess is that Hillary will need to start the process of getting onto primary ballots soon – she can afford not to be in maybe 2 or 3 of the first primaries, but would have to have qualified for being on the ballots of all after that to have a chance for the nomination. I would assume that she (and her team) are at work behind the scenes to make that happen. She will need a synthetic campaign as I doubt she has the health to do press conferences or real campaign rallies – same methods as applied in 2016, only even more tightly controlled. Without a major recession before next November, I don’t think she’ll have a chance – Unless, they have powerful control over the voting system (machines, voting dead people, illegals bussed to multiple venues, etc.).
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Joe Biden’s Campaign Is Imploding – by Michael Snyder – http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/joe-bidens-campaign-is-imploding – “But the bad news is that his numbers have been steadily falling. At one point, his average level of support in national polls was over 40 percent, but now it is down to just 26.7 percent. And the really bad news is that Biden is falling behind other candidates in Iowa and New Hampshire. In fact, according to the latest poll Biden is now in fourth place in Iowa… If the Biden campaign continues to flounder, establishment Democrats are going to become increasingly tempted to recruit another big name to enter the race…” – (emphasis added) – Comment: I wonder who in the world that would be…
Was There Another Reason For Electricity Shutdowns In California? – by Richard Trzupek – https://www.zerohedge.com/political/was-there-another-reason-electricity-shutdowns-california – “The main operating constraint of wind power is, of course, wind speed. At the low end of the scale, you need about a 6 or 7 mph wind to get a turbine moving. This is called the “cut-in speed.” To generate maximum power, about a 30 mph wind is typically required. But, if the wind speed is too high, the wind turbine will shut down. This is called the “cut-out speed,” and it’s about 55 mph for most modern wind turbines… It may seem odd that wind turbines have a cut-out speed, but there’s a very good reason for it. Each wind turbine rotor is connected to an electric generator housed in the turbine nacelle. The connection is made through a gearbox that is sized to turn the generator at the precise speed required to produce 60 Hertz AC power… The blades of the wind turbine are airfoils, just like the wings of an airplane. Adjusting the pitch (angle) of the blades allows the rotor to maintain constant speed, which in turn allows the generator to maintain the constant speed it needs to safely deliver power to the grid. However, there’s a limit to blade pitch adjustment. When the wind is blowing so hard that pitch adjustment is no longer possible, the turbine shuts down. That’s the cut-out speed… Now consider how California’s power generation profile has changed. According to Energy Information Administration data, the state generated 74.3 percent of its electricity from traditional sources—fossil fuels and nuclear—in 2001. Hydroelectric, geothermal, and biomass-generated power accounted for most of the remaining 25.7 percent, with wind and solar providing only 1.98 percent of the total… By 2018, the state’s renewable portfolio had jumped to 43.8 percent of total generation, with wind and solar now accounting for 17.9 percent of total generation. That’s a lot of power to depend on from inherently unreliable sources… Thus, it would not be at all surprising to learn that PG&E didn’t stop delivering power out of fear of starting fires, but because it knew it wouldn’t have power to deliver once high winds shut down all those wind turbines.”
Six Charts Showing Just How Much The Government Has Grown – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/political/six-charts-showing-just-how-much-government-has-grown – “When the federal government isn’t spending more, it’s taking on more risk, committing the taxpayers to more bailouts, and flooding the market with government insured debt. As The Washington Post reported earlier this month, “In 2019, there is more government-backed housing debt than at any other point in U.S. history.” And these government guarantees are up considerably since the 2009 housing crash. The Post continues: ‘Now, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration guarantee almost $7 trillion in mortgage-related debt, 33% more than before the housing crisis … Because these entities are run or backstopped by the U.S. government, a large increase in loan defaults could cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars.’.. Yet, in spite of all this, we’ll no doubt continue to be told that government is withering away, government institutions are “underfunded,” and extreme anti-government libertarians have taken over. Of course, it’s entirely possible that the success of certain free-market ideas — however limited that success may be — has helped to restrain the growth of government taxation and spending. Without this so-called “victory” of the libertarians, we might be looking at a per capita tax burden that grew 200 or 300 percent in recent decades, rather than a “mere” 118 percent… But given the ongoing growth of government taxation, spending, and regulation, it should be abundantly clear that we are hardly living in an age of “market fundamentalism,” laissez-faire libertarianism, or policymakers who “worship” the market. If anything, trends appear to be moving in exactly the opposite direction.”
US B-52 Bomber Made Unexpected Approach Of Russian Airbase In Syria – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/us-b-52-bomber-made-unexpected-approach-russian-airbase-syria-report – ““A few hours ago, initially over the southern part of Greece, and subsequently already close to Cyprus, the American strategic bomber B-52 was tracked, which was a rather big surprise due to its approach the Russian Hmeimim Airbase. The exact route of the U.S. strategic bomber remains unknown; however, according to a number of sources, the plane flew close to the border of Syria before heading into Jordanian airspace,” the publication reported Friday… For what purpose the American strategic B-52 bomber appeared so near Russian military bases in Syria so far remains unknown, however, these aircraft were previously seen in imitation of attacks on Russian military bases located in the region, in connection with which analysts believe that this is another attempt to scare Russia with an American presence… It is noteworthy to mention that previously unconfirmed information appeared that the Russian Hmeimim Airbase is no longer under the protection of the S-400 air defense system,” they added… Some rumors began to surface last week about the Russian military’s alleged deactivation of their S-400 system in Syria… There have been unconfirmed claims that the Russian military deactivated its S-400 anti-air defense missile system protecting Russian bases in Syria… If true, this may have been one of the reasons the U.S. made the close approach; however, these flights are rarely discussed by either the U.S. or Russia.”
US Needs To Occupy Syria Because Of Kurds Or Iran Or Chemical Weapons Or Oil Or Whatever – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/us-needs-to-occupy-syria-because-of-kurds-or-iran-or-chemical-weapons-or-oil-or-whatever-966a06303d20 – “Whenever you see anyone arguing for keeping troops in Syria that aren’t there with the permission of the Syrian government, this is all they’re really supporting: a campaign to annex a strategically valuable location into the US-centralized empire. This is true regardless of whatever reason they are offering for that support. And notice how all the different reasons we’ve been inundated with all appeal to different political sectors: the oil and Iran narratives appeal to rank-and-file Republicans, the humanitarian arguments appeal to liberals, and the Kurds narrative appeals to many leftists and anarchists like Noam Chomsky. But the end result is always the same: keeping military force in a location that the empire has long sought to absorb.”
U.S. Is Planning To Establish New Base In Syria’s Deir Ezzor – Report – https://southfront.org/u-s-is-planning-to-establish-new-base-in-syrias-deir-ezzor-report/ – ” ‘Information circulating in the countryside of Deir Ezzor, which is under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the International Coalition, say that the Americans intend to convert the 113th Brigade into a new U.S. base,’ Deir Ezzor 24 quoted the source as saying… The 113th Brigade base was one of the biggest sites of the Syrian Arab Air Defense Forces (SyAADF) in northeast Syria. Several Soviet-produced SA-6 air-defense systems and Shilka self-propelled, radar guided anti-aircraft weapon systems (SPAAGs) were stationed there… In 2013, the base was attacked and captured by a joint force of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria, the al-Nusra Front.”
Venezuela Expels El Salvador’s Diplomats from Caracas – https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Expels-El-Salvadors-Diplomats-from-Caracas-20191103-0005.html – ” ‘Salvadoran authorities are breathing oxygen into the failing U.S. strategy of intervention and economic blockade against the people of Venezuela,’ Venezuela’s ministry said… Venezuela’s foreign ministry said on Sunday it was expelling El Salvador’s diplomats from the country, in response to the Central American country’s decision to expel diplomats representing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro… In a statement, the ministry said it would give the diplomats 48 hours to leave. El Salvador President Nayib Bukele’s government does not recognize Maduro as legitimate and said on Saturday it would receive a new diplomatic corps representing opposition leader Juan Guaido.”
‘This charge is 100% false’: Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal arrested months after reporting on Venezuelan opposition violence – by Ben Norton – https://thegrayzone.com/2019/10/28/this-charge-is-one-hundred-percent-false-grayzone-editor-max-blumenthal-arrested-months-after-reporting-on-venezuelan-opposition-violence/ – “A team of DC police officers appeared at Blumenthal’s door at just after 9 AM, demanding entry and threatening to break his door down. A number of officers had taken positions on the side of his home as though they were prepared for a SWAT-style raid… Blumenthal was hauled into a police van and ultimately taken to DC central jail, where he was held for two days in various cells and cages. He was shackled by his hands and ankles for over five hours in one such cage along with other inmates. His request for a phone call was denied by DC police and corrections officers, effectively denying him access to the outside world… Blumenthal was informed that he was accused of simple assault by a Venezuelan opposition member. He declared the charge completely baseless.”
Police Essentially Ask Federal Court to Let Them Use Excessive Force Even if Suspect is 100% Compliant – by Matt Agorist – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/11/police-essentially-ask-federal-court-to-let-them-use-excessive-force-even-if-suspect-is-100-compliant.html – “Oklahoma police have asked a federal court to support their claim that citizens who comply with police during an arrest do not have a clearly established right to be free from police brutality. The police’s justification of the use of excessive force, even in the absence of provocation, were made in a motion by City of Muskogee police seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by attorneys for The Rutherford Institute on behalf of Jeriel Edwards, an African-American man who, despite complying police orders during an arrest, was subjected to excessive force and brutality, including being thrown to the ground, tasered, and placed in a chokehold that rendered him unconscious and required his hospitalization for three days.”
The Next Shoe In The Farm Crisis Drops: Bankruptcies Soar 24% – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/trade-war-chaos-spikes-us-farm-bankruptcies-24 – “President Trump’s farm bailouts, given to farmers earlier this year, appears to be failing at this moment in time, as a tsunami in farm bankruptcies is sweeping across the country… With record-high debt, collapsing farm income, and depressed commodity prices, US farmers are dropping like flies as there’s no end in sight in the 15-month long trade war… AFB said farm bankruptcies for the 12 months ending in September, totaled an astonishing 580 filings, up 24% YoY… The number of Chapter 12 farm bankruptcies [580 filings] for the period was the highest since 676 filings were recorded in 2011. For 3Q19, farm bankruptcies were slightly lower, down 2% YoY.”
The Lebanese ‘Canary in the Mine’ Is Signalling Mid-East Trouble Ahead – by Alastair Crooke – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/11/01/lebanese-canary-in-mine-signalling-mid-east-trouble-ahead/ – “The ‘strategic shock’ is represented by the collapse of long-established landmarks: the US is departing Afghanistan, and the Middle East. The Wolfowitz doctrine of US primacy across the region is drawing to a close. Yes, there will be push-back in parts of the ‘liberal’ western Establishment – and there will be periods of two US steps ‘out’ from the region, and with another ‘in’… But the psychic reality of this incontrovertible ‘fact’ has seared itself into the regional psyche. Those who dined liberally from the cornucopia of power and wealth under the ‘old order’ are understandably frightened – their protective cover is being snatched away. ” – Very well considered article by Crooke.
The Sectarian Civil Wars in the Middle East are Ending, Replaced by Uprisings Against Corruption – by Patrick Cockburn – https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/10/29/the-sectarian-civil-wars-in-the-middle-east-are-ending-replaced-by-uprisings-against-corruption/ – “The final outcome of the multiple Syrian wars is now in sight: Turkey will keep a small, unstable enclave in Syria but the rest of the Syrian-Turkish border will be policed by Russian and Syrian government troops who will oversee the YPG withdrawal 21 miles to the south. The most important question is how far the Kurdish civilian population, who have fled the fighting, will find it safe enough to return. A crucial point to emerge from the meeting between Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi last Tuesday is that Turkey is tiptoeing towards implicitly recognising the Assad government backed by Russia as the protector of its southern border against the YPG. This makes it unlikely that Ankara will do much to stop a Russian-Syrian government offensive to take, probably a slice at a time, the last stronghold of the Syrian armed opposition in Idlib.” – Good article by Cockburn, I think. Recommended
Anger grows as utility struggles to get its blackouts right – by Jonathan J. Cooper and Juliet Williams, AP – https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/californians-struggle-winds-fires-blackouts-66627646 – ” Caught in the middle are millions of customers forced to endure without the needs of modern life. More than 500,000 people remained in the dark Wednesday, some since Saturday… ‘Northern California residents are exhausted. They’re fried. And this is completely unacceptable,’ said state Sen. Mike McGuire, a Democrat who represents vast swaths of areas still in the dark. ‘Californians deserve better from this utility.’.. Local governments complained about the lack of communication before the Oct. 9 outage and filed reports with regulators. In a response filed Wednesday with the Public Utilities Commission, PG&E acknowledged ‘various, and in some cases, extreme, shortcomings, including failure of the website, and coordination with state local and tribal governments’ during the shut-off… Mark Quinlan, PG&E’s senior director of emergency preparedness and response, appeared stumped Tuesday night when asked how people should get information when the power is already out and many cellphone towers have stopped working… ‘People could get the information from a website through family,’ he suggested, ‘or they could just get it the old-fashioned way through calling on a landline.’.. Fewer than half of U.S. households have a landline, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics. More than 70% of young adults and renters have only a cellphone, the data says.” – Comment: AP struggles to make a plausible stab at covering lies, damn lies, and some fatal, very dicey and anomalous events.
From the Latest-From-The-Gas-Wars Desk:Trump Loses More than Just the Battle Over Nordstream 2 – by Tom Luongo – https://tomluongo.me/2019/10/30/trump-loses-more-than-just-the-battle-over-nordstream-2/ – “In the end the story of Nordstream 2 has a happy ending. Because despite the ridiculous rhetoric about European energy security, nothing secures the long-term peace in Europe than stitching the continent together with Asia with energy pipelines… If Nordstream 2 wasn’t the optimal solution to Europe’s needs blame the U.S. and the EU itself for forcing Russia to scuttle South Stream in 2014 and fomenting a coup and the subsequent failed state known today as Ukraine then as well… We broke what didn’t need fixing. But the U.S./U.K. obsessions with blunting the rise of China and enacting revenge on Russia for not becoming a vassal state to Wall St. and City of London under Putin wouldn’t be appeased… There had to be one last major push for central Asian chaos and Nordstream 2 was only of those major offensives, like Syria, the war against the Donbass, the invasion of Yemen and the isolation of Iran.” – Comment: A fine article from Luongo, stitching together many strands of the multi-dimensional efforts by the Zio-Globalist/Occult-Crown Imperium to contain Russia, China and the movement toward a multi-lateral world.
Chinese Bank On Verge Of Collapse After Sudden Bank Run – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/chinese-bank-verge-collapse-after-sudden-bank-run – “The bank run at Yichuan Bank, located in China’s landlocked province of Henan, makes it at least the fourth bank that authorities have rushed to rescue this year. It won’t be the last… As we have documented previously, in recent month China’s banking sector has been dogged by a sudden surge in liquidity concerns, particularly among smaller regional banks that had expanded aggressively in recent years, and were now suffering a surge in bad loans, threatening their viability… In May, regulators bailed out Baoshang Bank, in the country’s first bank bailout since the 1990s. That move led to widespread concerns about the health of other small lenders and financial institutions, squeezing liquidity in China’s interbank market. It also led to similar failures – and rescues – of Bank of Jinzhou and Heng Feng Bank, both smallish regional banks, yet big enough to convince the local population that something was very rotten with China’s financial system.
Communications Are DOWN in Parts of California: Radio, TV, Internet, Cell Towers Fall Victim to PG&E Blackouts As Wildfires Rage – by Dagny Taggart – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/10/communications-are-down-in-parts-of-california-radio-tv-internet-cell-towers-fall-victim-to-pge-blackouts-as-wildfires-rage.html – “Without cell service, signing up for emergency wildfire evacuation notices or using backup chargers to keep phones going during a power outage is useless… According to the San Francisco Chronicle: ‘On Tuesday, nearly 224,000 customers across the state were without communication services — television, internet, and phone — according to data that companies reported to the Federal Communications Commission. That number dropped from more than 450,000 Monday… Hundreds of cell sites were down. In Marin County, 35% of cell sites were down. In Sonoma County, it was 22%; Napa County: 15%; Contra Costa County: 3.8%; and San Mateo County: 3.5%. (source)’… This afternoon, The Wall Street Journal reported that according to Federal Communications Commission data, cable and wireline phone companies said 173,058 subscribers were without service as of Wednesday morning.”
SWAT Team Blows Up Innocent Man’s Home in Search of Clothing Shoplifter — Deal With It, Says Court – by Jack Burns – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/10/swat-team-blows-up-innocent-mans-home-in-search-of-clothing-shoplifter-deal-with-it-says-court.html – “A Federal Appeals court has granted police new powers for which they will not be held accountable. They can now completely destroy your home and they will not have to pay for it. That’s what happened to Leo Lech’s home in 2015 after a shoplifter — accused of stealing a shirt — illegally entered his home, forcing Greenwood Village SWAT to go room by room ransacking the place with explosives… The 19-hour standoff ended with the suspect being taken into custody, but not before the home, as TFTP previously reported, was destroyed. The place looked like it was hit with a bulldozer. None of the windows were intact, and the doors were blown off their hinges. The Lech family’s possessions were completely destroyed, left in tatters after the SWAT team showed no concern for the home nor its belongings.”
Record Low Temps Up To 50 Degrees Below Normal Threaten To Absolutely Wreck The Rest Of The Harvest Season – by Michael Snyder – http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/record-low-temps-of-up-to-45-below-zero-threaten-to-absolutely-wreck-the-rest-of-the-harvest-season – “It isn’t supposed to be this cold in October. The official start of winter is still almost two months away, and yet the weather in much of the western half of the country right now resembles what we might expect in mid-January. All-time record lows for the month of October are being set in city after city, and this extremely cold air is going to push into the Midwest by the end of the week. Temperatures in the heartland will be up to 50 degrees below normal, and unfortunately about half of all corn still has not been harvested. Due to unprecedented rainfall and extreme flooding early in the year, many farmers faced extraordinary delays in getting their crops planted, and so they were hoping that good weather at the end of the season would provide time for the crops to fully mature and be harvested. Unfortunately, a nightmare scenario has materialized instead. A couple of monster snow storms have already roared through the Midwest, and now record low temperatures threaten to absolutely wreck the rest of the harvest season.”
The Curious Case of Edward Snowden – by Makia Freeman – https://thefreedomarticles.com/curious-case-edward-snowden-permanent-record/ – “…rose to extraordinary fame in June 2013 when he facilitated classified documents from the NSA to be made fully open and public, is an intriguing case. Some (with blind allegiance the USG and MIC [Military Industrial Complex]) view him as a traitor who should be imprisoned for life or killed. Others view him as a hero, genuine activist and champion of the right to privacy. There are also some who view him with skepticism, finding his story and claims beyond the bounds of credibility. With the publication of his recent book Permanent Record, and to some extent his recent interview with Joe Rogan, he has again become a focus of attention. We have learnt much more about his background and story. Now is a good opportunity to ask: who is Edward Snowden, and can we fully trust his story?”
Flynn’s Lawyer Claims FBI Tampered with Interview Notes, Demands Charges Be Dropped – by Mairead McArdle – https://www.nationalreview.com/news/flynns-lawyer-claims-fbi-tampered-with-interview-notes-demands-charges-be-dropped-due-to-outrageous-government-misconduct/ – ” ‘Those changes added an unequivocal statement that ‘Flynn stated he did not’ — in response to whether Mr. Flynn had asked Kislyak to vote in a certain manner or slow down the UN vote [on sanctions],’ Powell wrote. ‘This is a deceptive manipulation because, as the notes of the agents show, Mr. Flynn was not even sure he had spoken to Russia/Kislyak on the issue. He had talked to dozens of countries.’.. ‘That question and answer does not appear in the notes, yet it was made into a criminal offense,’ Powell wrote in the motion. ‘The draft also shows that the agents moved a sentence to make it seem to be an answer to a question it was not.’ ”
Turkish-Backed Militants Launch Large Attack South Of Ras Al-Ayn, Capture Several Villages – https://southfront.org/turkish-backed-militants-launch-large-attack-south-of-ras-al-ayn-capture-several-villages/ – “Several SDF fighters and soldiers of the SAA have been reportedly killed or injured, some in airstrikes carried out by Turkish unmanned combat aerial vehicles… The attack represents a blatant violation of Turkey’s agreements with Russia and the U.S. The SNA’s hostile actions, which appear to be supported by Ankara, could re-escalate the situation in northeast Syria.”
Endorsing The Deep State Endangers Democracy – by Moon of Alabama – https://www.moonofalabama.org/2019/10/endorsing-the-deep-state-endangers-democracy.html – “This development is disconcerting. If the deep state is allowed to make its own policies against the will of the elected officials why should we bother with holding elections?.. The Democrats are stupid to applaud this and to even further these schemes. They are likely to regain the presidency in 2024. What will they do when all the Civil Service functionaries Trump will have installed by then organize to ruin their policies?”
Trump Rids Major U.S. Container Port of Chinese Communist Control – http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=129802 – “Removing Chinese Communists from this essential port is a tremendous feat and a huge victory for U.S. national security. You’d never know it because the media, consumed with the impeachment debacle, has ignored this important achievement. The only coverage of the finalized transfer is found in Long Beach’s local newspaper, which published a brief article omitting important background information on the Trump administration’s work to take back the terminal from the Communists. The story makes it seem like a regular business transaction in which “a Chinese state-owned company, reached a deal to sell the terminal, one of the busiest in the port, for $1.78 billion.” The piece also quotes the Port of Long Beach’s deputy executive director saying that the transaction process was intricate and involved one of “our most valuable port assets.” Buried at the bottom of the article is a sentence mentioning that the U.S. government, which regulates mergers for antitrust and security reasons, stepped in and required COSCO to sell its rights to the container terminal.” (emphasis added)
SHUTDOWN: “First they predict the fires, then turn off the power, then they start the fires, next they spread the fires…” – http://themillenniumreport.com/2019/10/ca-power-shutdown-the-nefarious-nwo-agenda-exposes-itself/ – “Since when is shutting off the power as a pre-emptive measure to avoid wildfires from spreading a justifiable pretext? ! Especially when PG&E was falsely blamed for the wildfire destruction in the first place… This Government-Corporate crime wave has been memed PG&Egate because of the sheer depth and breadth of the criminal conspiracy that was necessary for it to get this far. PG&E has been so ravaged by lawsuits, which were greatly encouraged after the Mainstream Media unjustly accused their power lines for the fires, that all they can do is go along with the ruse… Now here’s a video that proves, once again, these firestorms are actually arson fires, many beginning with inexplicable explosions: Watch the California P-u-r-G & E Fires Begin in Real Time.”
We Now Have Mass Public Unrest In France, Spain, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Hong Kong, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador And Bolivia – by Michael Every – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/we-now-have-mass-public-unrest-france-spain-algeria-iraq-lebanon-egypt-hong-kong – “Of course, one can’t usually join dots that simply, but if this is 1968-redux then consider the historical echoes. The Prague Spring was violently crushed by Soviet Tanks and the West was powerless to prevent it. Meanwhile, student uprisings in the West produced social reforms and a policy swing to the Left. Along with the Vietnam War, that contributed to the end of the USD peg to gold and the first phase of the global Bretton Woods order – and then to very high inflation in the 1970s, which was ultimately ended by the Volcker Fed and the current phase of deflationary neoliberal globalisation that is once again pushing people out onto the streets… In short, regardless of what the Fed does this week, or the BOJ; and whatever the PMIs print at; and whatever the EU or Boris give and get, we still face Ages and Ages of Rage in a market that is still largely pricing for the calm of the status quo ante.”
‘Call It the Surge’: Vowing Nationwide Crackdown, Trump Touts Tougher and More Militarized US Police – “They didn’t want to make you look so tough,” the president told a room full of cops on Monday. “They didn’t want to make you look like you’re a threat.” – by Jake Johnson – https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/10/28/call-it-surge-vowing-nationwide-crackdown-trump-touts-tougher-and-more-militarized – ” ‘In coming weeks, Attorney General Barr will announce a new crackdown on violent crime—which I think is so important—targeting gangs and drug traffickers in high crime cities and dangerous rural areas,’ Trump said during the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago. ‘Let’s call it the surge.’.. The president did not provide any details on the plan but said it is going to be “very dramatic.”.. ‘And you’re going to see tremendous results very quickly,’ Trump added.”
In Stunning Loss For Merkel, CDU Is Surpassed By Populist AfD In Thuringia Elections – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/stunning-loss-merkel-cdu-surpassed-populist-afd-thuringia-elections – “It’s the latest sign of trouble for Merkel as her political career comes to an anticlimatic close. Europe’s largest economy has slowed sharply and will expand only a projected 0.5% this year, from 2.5% two years ago… More ominously for Germany’s establishment, the angrier the people get, the more they are likely to vote… and not for any of the establishment parties. Overall voter turnout rose significantly to around 66%, up from 52.7% in 2014… In Thuringia, the only state ruled by Die Linke, the post-election situation is complicated further by the CDU’s refusal to cooperate with the hard-left party, despite the relatively moderate stance of Ramelow, a folksy former trade union official… And while the AfD has struggled to make major inroads in the more wealthy “west”, in the eastern states of Saxony and Brandenburg last month, the AfD also scored above 20% to become the second-largest force. However, in both cases the mainstream parties kept a pact not to enter into government with the far-right party, a pledge they have also made in Thuringia.” (emphasis added)
Pento: “The Fed Is Panicking To Stop A Depression (w/Video 45min)- Via Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com – https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/pento-fed-panicking-stop-depression – Economist and money manager Michael Pento says the recent Federal Reserve about-face in policy with cutting rates and new QE (money printing) means only one thing: ‘They not only stopped raising rates, they now cut rates twice, and they are going to cut rates again at the end of this month. They are also fully back in a massive QE. They have a $130 billion revolving repo facility shoving $130 billion every night, rolling it over, trying to re-liquefy the banking system and back into QE–$60 billion per month. At the peak, it was $85 billion. So, they are almost back to the peak of QE (during the Great Recession). They did not scale in, the Fed went to $60 billion right away.’.. Why the sudden burst of money printing when we are being told the economy is fine?.. Pento says the Fed is panicking to stop a “depression.” That’s right, a depression… ento contends: ‘I am on record saying given the extent of the asset bubbles that we have today… household debt is at a record high. Corporate debt is at a record high, up 60%. The national debt was $9 trillion prior to the Great Recession and is now $23 trillion. Total non-financial debt is now $53 trillion, and it was $33 trillion prior to the Great Recession.’.. ‘So, the plunge in the stock market would be huge and from a much higher level. Back in the Great Recession, unemployment claims spiked. We had millions of people laid off, and the same thing would happen today only it would be much worse.’.. Pento predicts the debt bubble will implode at some point, and it will be felt everywhere on the planet. Pento says: ‘When this thing implodes, we are all screwed. On a global scale, we have never before created such a magnificent bubble. These central bankers are clueless, and they have proven that beyond a doubt. All they can do is to try to keep the bubble going…”
Trump Wants Deal With Exxon or Other Company to Take Syrian Oil – ‘We should be able to take some’ – by Jason Ditz – https://news.antiwar.com/2019/10/27/trump-wants-deal-with-exxon-or-other-company-to-take-syrian-oil/ – “Having sent growing numbers of troops into eastern Syria explicitly to control the oil, President Trump now says he is seeking a deal with Exxon Mobil or “one of our great companies” to go into occupied Syria and take the oil… Trump has long suggested that in his view, the US should be able to just take oil from countries it is involved in militarily, as a way to recover some of the costs of his various wars. Trump said on Sunday that the oil is valuable and ‘we should be able to take some also.’.. That Trump is sold on this idea is one thing, but convincing a US Oil and Gas Major to go along with the operation is another thing. The legal basis, particularly internationally, of taking Syrian oil without Syrian permission, and keeping US military forces there to keep Syria from stopping them, is going to be complicated, to say the least.”
Warnings of “Financial Armageddon” from the City of London – Calls for a One World Green Currency to Stop the New Silk Road – by Matthew Ehret – https://theduran.com/warnings-of-financial-armageddon-from-the-city-of-london/ – Current Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has gone on a global campaign in recent months to coral the financial, political and business elite into supporting his design for a new hegemonic global currency modeled on Facebook’s Libra as a replacement to the U.S. dollar-based system. This “hegemonic digital currency” would be tied to Carney’s other passion: the “de-carbonization” of the world (which is actually just a euphemism for depopulation). The “new rules of the system” which Carney, King and their oligarchical masters demand be imposed upon nations in the face of the meltdown of the banking system are tied to the creation of financial incentives to green economic investments such as solar and wind energy, which inherently lower the means of industrial capital production and thus contract the “carrying capacity” of the population to “sustainable levels”. Taking a threatening tone, Carney has said ‘the firms that anticipate these developments will be rewarded handsomely. Those that don’t will cease to exist’.”
Meet the Radical Economists Behind Warren, Sanders – Top 2020 Dems’ wealth tax plans based on controversial research – by Charles Fain Lehman – https://freebeacon.com/politics/meet-the-radical-economists-behind-warren-sanders/ – “University of California, Berkeley economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman have gained currency on the left for their proposed radical taxes on wealth and financial transactions. While Warren, Sanders, and other leading liberals rush to embrace them as advisers, a debate has roiled academic economics. The evidence on which Sanders, Warren, and others have built their plans to dramatically transform the U.S. economy may be shoddier than their supporters realize, according to some prominent Democrats who have called the research'”substantially inaccurate and substantially misleading.’ ”
From the Official-State-Propaganda-Speaks Desk:Iraqi PM Sends Counter-Terror Force To Put Down Street Protests – https://www.rferl.org/a/iraq-mahdi-elite-antiterror-forces-break-up-protests-iran-militias/30238406.html – “Mahdi on October 26 ordered CTS forces onto the streets of the capital, Baghdad, and the southern city of Nasiriyah and were told to “use all necessary measures” to shut down the protests, Reuters quoted security sources as saying… Reuters reported that CTS troops took over checkpoints in neighborhoods surrounding Baghdad’s central Tahrir Square as midnight approached and began moving protesters out of the area… Regular security forces were earlier unable to clear the square of protesters despite firing tear gas… Police sources told Reuters that four people were killed in the capital after being struck in the head by tear gas canisters fired by security personnel… In Nasiriyah, police and security sources said CTS soldiers broke up rallies late on October 26 and early on October 27 by beating and arresting dozens… At least 67 people have been killed and hundreds injured over the past two weeks in clashes with security forces across Iraq, the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights said on October 26… The wave of protests — the deadliest unrest since the Islamic State (IS) extremist group was declared defeated in Iraq in 2017 — is seen as the first major challenge to Mahdi’s government, which came to power nearly a year ago… Political leaders expressed support for security forces’ actions over the weekend, and militia leaders also backed the tough stance against protesters, urging the prime minister not to back down… The Iraqi parliament was scheduled to meet on October 26 in an emergency session to discuss protesters’ demands, but not enough lawmakers attended and the session was canceled.” (emphasis added) – Note: Radio Free Europe says that the protestors are complaining about the control Iran wields in Iraq now. There is major speculation that U.S. intelligence and Israel are behind the protests.
CA Wildfires Latest: Blazes Prompt Evacs, Statewide Emergency – Wind-driven wildfires have scorched tens of thousands of acres, forced evacuations, closed schools and prompted a statewide emergency – by Kristina Houck – https://www.rferl.org/a/iraq-mahdi-elite-antiterror-forces-break-up-protests-iran-militias/30238406.html – “An estimated 940,000 PG&E customers in 38 counties were impacted by the shutdowns. With the power still out, the utility announced over the weekend that it is planning for another round of shutoffs to begin Tuesday morning due to another significant wind event.” (emphasis added) – Comment: The fires just “erupted.”
Syrian oil: US troops being deployed will strike at ANY force challenging occupation – SecDef – https://www.rt.com/news/472065-us-deny-syria-oil-esper/ – “Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said at a press conference on Monday that American mechanized forces have already deployed to protect oil fields in eastern Syria. The mission, on its surface, aims to keep these oil fields in the hands of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, Washington’s former allies in the fight against IS… The American troops, he said, will ‘respond with overwhelming military force against any group who threatens the safety of our forces there.’ When asked whether the US would potentially respond with force against Russian or Syrian forces, Esper simply responded “yes.” ” (emphasis added)
OPCW Losing Credibility As Even More Revelations Surface On Douma – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/opcw-losing-credibility-as-even-more-revelations-surface-on-douma-755a0621710b – “Indeed, the narrative manipulation campaign against the Syrian government is historically unprecedented in its depth and scale. From bizarre narrative management operations posing as rescue services, to CNN staging a fake, scripted interview featuring a seven year-old Syrian girl blaming Assad for a chemical weapons attack, to the BBC’s manipulative and transparently bogus Saving Syria’s Children documentary, to the US-centralized empire’s increasingly evident influence over the OPCW, we’re seeing evidence of a campaign to distort the public understanding of what’s going on in a foreign nation the likes of which we’ve never before seen.”
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The Assassins – by Dean Henderson – (Excerpted from Chapter 3: The House of Saud & JP Morgan: from Henderson’s Big Oil & Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf: Four Horsemen, Eight Families & Their Global Intelligence, Narcotics & Terror Network) – https://hendersonlefthook.wordpress.com/2019/10/27/the-assassins/ – “During WWII the Palestine-based Grand Mufti went to Germany as a Muslim Brotherhood representative to recruit an international SS division of Arab Nazis. Based in Croatia, the group was known as Handzar Muslim Division.. After the war, British Intelligence hired these fugitives and sent them to Egypt with help from the French. Later these “assets” were literally sold to the CIA, who saw them as a counterweight to Arab nationalists such as Egyptian President Gamel Nasser, who soon banned the Brotherhood from Egypt. During the 1950s the CIA evacuated them to Saudi Arabia, where they launched madrasses which taught a combination of Nazism and Wahhabism… One prominent teacher, Dr. Abdullah Azzam, taught Osama bin Laden. Wahhabism has been condemned as heresy by Muslim countries more than 60 times. It is only practiced in Saudi Arabia and by the Afghan Taliban.” – This is an example of Dean’s in-depth research into the seamy underbelly of modern governments and social orgnizations. I will be presenting more of his work in coming weeks.
Important Article:With Little Fanfare, William Barr Formally Announces Orwellian Pre-Crime Program – A recent memorandum authored by Attorney General William Barr announced a new “pre-crime” program inspired by “War on Terror” tactics and is set to be implemented next year – by Whitney Webb – https://www.mintpressnews.com/william-barr-formally-announces-orwellian-pre-crime-program/262504/ – “Perhaps the most jarring aspect of the memorandum is Barr’s frank admission that many of the “early engagement” tactics that the new program would utilize were “born of the posture we adopted with respect to terrorist threats.” In other words, the foundation for many of the policies utilized following the post-9/11 “war on terror” are also the foundation for the “early engagement” tactics that Barr seeks to use to identify potential criminals as part of this new policy. Though those “war on terror” policies have largely targeted individuals abroad, Barr’s memorandum makes it clear that some of those same controversial tactics will soon be used domestically.” – Comment: I think these new policies reflect the official corporate government world view of the American population being the actual enemy.
From the Comedy-Change Desk:‘Climate Change Trans Counselling’ by Will Franken(inspired by Greta Thunberg)(24 min)
January Brexit Extension Increases Chance Of No Deal – by Mike Shedlock – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/january-brexit-extension-increases-chance-no-deal – “In the misguided belief that extension after extension increases the chance of remaining, the alleged “Stop No Deal” crowd actually increase the odds of No Deal… I have made that case before, and Eurintelligence (a Remain supporter), laid out a point-by-point scenario this morning.”
Russian MoD says US protects oil smugglers in Syria, offers aerial images as proof – https://www.rt.com/news/471891-syria-oil-smuggling-images/ – “On Saturday, the Russian Defense Ministry published aerial images of what it said is clear proof of Syrian crude oil being massively smuggled outside of the country ‘under the strong protection of the US.’.. The black and white images are said to show scores of tanker trucks, supposedly loaded with crude oil, scattered in the oil-rich northeastern province of Deir ez-Zor. Dozens of trucks were spotted near the Daman oil-gathering facility, 42km east of the city of Deir ez-Zor, as well as near Mayadin.”
SDF Repels Turkish Attacks Around Tell Abyad, Kills Several Militants – https://southfront.org/sdf-repels-turkish-led-attacks-around-tell-abyad-kills-several-militants/ – “Initially, Turkish-backed militants … captured positions inside the villages of Afdako, Kfifah and Abu Kharzah. However, the SDF managed to push them back… ‘Our forces struck Turkish occupation mercenaries in Kfifah from two directions, which caused panic among the mercenaries,’ a source in the SDF told the Hawar News Agency (ANHA)… According to the ANHA, SDF fighters killed at least 18 militants. Two vehicles of the Turkish military, which were reportedly supporting the attacks, were also destroyed by Kurdish forces.”
Bolivia Elections: ‘We’ll Launch a Coup if Evo Wins’ – by: Cindy Forster – https://www.telesurenglish.net/opinion/Bolivia-Elections-Well-Launch-a-Coup-if-Evo-Wins-20191020-0005.html – “The U.S. embassy is always fighting the old race wars, but its ambitions are larger. Bolivia’s MAS is widely admired for its extraordinary economic skill, and for its courage in international arenas where Bolivian leadership has challenged the world to achieve peace, to reverse climate change, to honor the planet, its waters and of course its original peoples, to abolish borders, to dismantle U.S. hegemony, and to forge a coherent challenge to neoliberal thinking and practice… The U.S. has staged coups with much less reason, and president Evo Morales reports that such coup plans are in progress according to “information gathered from so-called civic committees in Cochabamba and in La Paz, that involve former or inactive-duty military men, as well as some members of the Santa Cruz civic committee. They have been meeting. I have recordings of their conversations, they are preparing and saying: ‘We’ll launch the coup d’etat if Evo wins’.”
From the ROFLOL Desk:Trump Leaves Syria, but bombs Yemen?(11 min) – by the Hypocrite Twins
Russian Defence Ministry comments on the statement of the head of the Pentagon on the retention of the US military personnel group in Eastern Syria, allegedly “to prevent Islamic State access to oil fields”
A statement by the head of the Pentagon, M. Esper, about a certain need to retain a group of American troops in Eastern Syria “to protect the oil fields” from “Islamic State terrorists” should not be bewildering.
Absolutely all hydrocarbon accumulations and other mineral resources located on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic do not belong to the IS terrorists, and definitely not to the “American defenders from IS terrorists”, but exclusively to the Syrian Arab Republic.
Neither in international law, nor in American law itself — there has never been and there will never be a single legitimate task for the American troops — to protect and defend the hydrocarbon accumulations of Syria from Syria itself and its people.
Therefore, what Washington is doing now, the seizure and armed control of oil fields in Eastern Syria, is, put it simply, an international state banditry.
The real reason for this illegal US activity in Syria lies far from Washington’s proclaimed ideals of freedom and counter-terrorism slogans.
According to the presented images of the space intelligence of the Russian Defence Ministry, Syrian oil before and after the defeat of the IS terrorists on right bank of the Euphrates, under the reliable protection of the US military, was actively extracted and massively sent by fuel trucks for refining outside Syria.
At the same time, Washington officially announced sanctions for the supply of petroleum products to Syria, which apply not only to American companies, but also any others.
Under the protection of American military personnel and American PMC groups, fuel trucks from the oil fields of Eastern Syria are being smuggled to other states. In case of an attack on such a caravan, special operations forces and US military aviation are immediately involved to protect it.
By the way, oil production itself is carried out using equipment provided by leading Western corporations bypassing all American sanctions.
The oil exportation contract is implemented by the US-controlled company «Sedkab», created under the so-called Autonomous Administration of Eastern Syria. And the income from the smuggling of Syrian oil through the brokerage companies interacting with it goes to the numbered account of American PMCs and the US intelligence agencies.
Given that the cost of one barrel of Syrian smuggled oil is 38 US dollars, the monthly revenue of this “private business” of American public services exceeds 30 million US dollars.
For such a continuous financial flow, free from control and taxes of the American state, the Pentagon and Langley leadership will be ready to guard and defend oil wells in Syria from the mythical “hidden cells of the IS” forever».”
The DOJ’s Russiagate Probe Just Turned Into A Criminal Investigation – w/priceless video of James Clapper being interviewed by the CIA’s Anderson Cooper…https://www.zerohedge.com/political/doj-russiagate-probe-just-turned-criminal-investigation-nyt – “What began as an administrative review by the Justice Department into the origins of Russiagate has “shifted” to a criminal inquiry, according to the New York Times, citing two people familiar with the matter… The move will allow prosecutor John H Durham the power to subpoena documents and witnesses, to impanel a grand jury, and to file criminal charges. Durham’s progress has been closely monitored by Attorney General William Barr, who appointed the veteran investigator in May, tasking him with looking into FBI and CIA intelligence gathering operations surrounding the 2016 US election.
US Attorney John Durham
As the Daily Caller‘s Chuck Ross notes, Barr said on April 10 that he believed “spying” had taken place against the Trump campaign, and that he doesn’t buy former FBI officials’ version of how the collusion investigation began.”
Scientific American, the Oldest US Monthly Magazine, Issues Severe Warning on 5G – by Terrence Newton – https://www.wakingtimes.com/2019/10/24/scientific-american-the-oldest-us-monthly-magazine-issues-severe-warning-on-5g/ – “Of particular significance is the fact that SciAm is the oldest continuously published monthly magazine in the United States, founded by inventor and publisher Rufus M. Porter in 1845, and running monthly since 1921. It is a highly influential publication, widely reputed for its rigorous scientific standards, and lauded by today’s fact-checkers as highly credible and staunchly pro-science… In the article, University of California, Berkeley public health researcher Joel M. Moskowitz argues that 5G, along with previous w-fi and cellular technology, is much more harmful than the government and telecomm industry wants the public to believe.”
Is PG&E Causing the California Wildfires? (5 min)
PG&E Weekend Power Outage: Santa Cruz County Asked To Prepare – by Toni McAllister – https://patch.com/california/santacruz/pg-e-weekend-power-outage-santa-cruz-county-asked-prepare – “Residents and businesses in Santa Cruz County are being advised of a possible Public Safety Power Shutoff this weekend due to severe wind that’s forecast to hit the area beginning Saturday about 6 p.m. and running through approximately 2 p.m. Monday.” – Comment: It’s amazing to me that the Ministry of Weather knows so accurately just when these dangerous winds will be coming. Nothing seems any different than it was for decades in California, when these extraordinary measures were not necessary. Yet, PG&E seems to be almost psychic in anticipating the onset of the now ubiquitous California fires…
Trump and NY Times Admit US Imperialist War in Syria – by Finian Cunningham – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/10/25/trump-and-ny-times-admit-us-imperialist-war-in-syria/ – “This is no doubt what Trump meant when he alluded to “securing the Oil” in Syria. In that way, President Trump and the NY Times are admitting that the real purpose of American military being in Syria is for imperial conquest… A cruel twist is that Syria needs to harness its oil in order to reconstruct from a war launched covertly on that nation by the US and its NATO partners back in 2011. Now, with sickening vindictiveness, the US seems intent on preventing Syria utilizing its own vital oil resources for recovery, by planning an illegal American military occupation of eastern Syria indefinitely… Many astute observers of the eight-year in Syria always knew that Washington’s agenda was regime change and that its anti-terror claims were a fraudulent pretext. Now we have the US president and America’s leading newspaper owning up to the criminal occupation of Syrian territory and a land grab for oil.”
Breggin: The Most Important Video We Have Ever Watched! – by Peter and Ginger Breggin – http://truthstreammedia.com/2019/10/25/breggin-the-most-important-video-we-have-ever-watched/ – “Will they succeed in getting the FDA to cooperate with their grand plans? This is the same FDA Medical Devices division that tacitly approved lobotomy and psychosurgery by never lifting a finger to have it controlled. It is the same FDA division that finally after 80 years took action aimed at electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) this year by officially approving it for the first time… If the FDA can approve something as grossly brain damaging as ECT—knocking people out with jolts of electricity through their brain causing a severe convulsion, putting them into a coma, flatlining their brain waves, and having them come awake with a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI)—the agency will have no trouble approving “little tiny wires you can barely see” stuck in our brains.”
Pentagon to Test 5G at 4 U.S. Bases Despite Warnings From Security Experts, The U.S. Navy, NASA, Doctors, Engineers, Environmentalists, Meteorologists, and More – by B.N. Frank – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/10/pentagon-to-test-5g-at-4-u-s-bases-despite-warnings-from-security-experts-the-u-s-navy-nasa-doctors-engineers-environmentalists-meteorologists-and-more.html – “The Defense Department will soon begin prototyping and testing 5G technology at a handful of its bases, and it’s looking to industry for help… On Wednesday, the Pentagon announced that in the coming months it will kick off a “large-scale” effort to explore various applications of 5G technology. The program will initially focus on three different 5G use cases and take place across four yet-unnamed domestic military installations… ‘This is really part of a bigger strategic push,’ Porter said Wednesday on a call with reporters. ‘We have to acknowledge that together we need to work that out—industry needs access to spectrum, DOD needs access to spectrum. It’s essentially a call to action, saying ‘let’s get serious about figuring out how to do this together.’.. The department has already consulted the telecom industry on the initiative, Porter said, and officials used their input to inform the program’s initial design… ‘We wanted to make sure we understood what the challenges were and how we could collaborate,’ Porter said during the call. ‘This is one of those areas where commercial industry is really leading the charge. The [department] wants to be able to work with industry and … think about how we can influence security, standards and things like that.’ ”
Re: the “Official Story” some believe regarding “Q”s assertions that Julian Assange is under U.S. “White Hats” protection: A friend sent me an email the other day to the effect that an “Official Pentagon Source,” Gen. Paul Vallely had come out claiming authoritative knowledge that “Q” is an actual, highly placed Pentagon asset, and that all the stories “are true.” My reply to this email (link to Vallely audio included) is below:
Subject: Q-Anon Info Source Identified! – (my reply): General Paul Vallely is an associate of Col. Michael Aquino (retired). This guy is beyond dicey. “Admitting” that “Q” is “real” can ONLY be a psychological operation, Vallely’s career specialty. In 1980, Vallely co-authored a Pentagon document, “From Psyop to MindWar: The Psychology of Victory” with Aquino, who was under his command at the time at The Presidio in San Francisco, where Aquino was part of a child-trafficking ring. A copy of this pdf is attached… I’m sorry to see that this woman, Cindy Kay Currier, who doesn’t identify herself on her new channel here, has become a dupe of this kind of psyop. –Bruce
On 10/21/2019 11:52 AM, (my friend) wrote:
> I listened to this to evaluate it. Only 9 minutes. It seems this general is either ignorant, taken in by Q or a plant. Pick your choice.
U.S. To Send Troops, Battle Tanks To “Secure” Syrian Oil Fields – Report – https://southfront.org/u-s-to-send-troops-battle-tanks-to-secure-syrian-oil-fields-report/ – “The U.S. is planning to deploy fresh troops and battle tanks to Syria’s northeastern oil fileds, Newsweek reported on October 23, citing an official in the Pentagon… The unnamed official told the magazine that the U.S is seeking to deploy half of an Army armored brigade combat team battalion that includes as many as 30 Abrams tanks alongside personnel to key oil fields in northeastern Syria. According to the official, the plan is pending White House approval… Northeastern Syria oil fields, including al-Rmelan and al-Omar, are controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The official said that these forces will continue to be involved in securing these oil fields, the official said… When asked by Newsweek about the oil situation, one senior administration official said that the final fate of these resources was yet to be determined: ‘The President has stated that we are going to have a residual force in the region to protect areas that hold the oil fields, as well as the base down at al-Tanaf, in southern Syria. Those are important areas to allow us to constrain the resurgence of ISIS. And there is some artillery benefit, of course, to Kurds and other Democratic Forces being in control of the oil,’ the official said. ‘As far as how the oil will be sold and that sort of thing, that’s something that we’ll certainly look into and we’ll monitor going forward. And we’ll keep a close eye on that.’ ”
Court Forces 7-Year-Old Boy to Begin Sex Change – Against Father’s Pleas – Court ordered child abuse – by Alice Green – http://punchingbagpost.com/2019/10/24/court-forces-7-year-old-to-begin-sex-change-against-fathers-wishes/ – “Life as normal ended this week for 7-year-old James Georgulas when a jury voted 11-12 against his father, who sought sole custody of his son to avoid a plan to begin sex change therapy… The sex change will be facilitated by the boy’s mother, Dr. Anne Georgulas, who believes her son’s childish notion of turning into a girl named Luna is a good idea.”
Russian Defense Minister And SDF Chief Discuss Turkey-Russia Agreement For Northern Syria – https://southfront.org/russian-defense-minister-and-sdf-chief-discuss-turkey-russia-agreement-for-northern-syria/ – “On October 23rd, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu held talks with the commander of the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Mazloum Abdi… They discussed the implementation of activities under the memorandum concluded by the heads of Russia and Turkey in Sochi. Abdi expressed gratitude to the Russian leader Vladimir Putin for the safety of the Kurdish formations and for contributing to a peaceful settlement of the difficult Kurdish-Turkish issue… Shoigu emphasized that civilians living in a 30-kilometer strip from the Syrian-Turkish border do not need to leave their homes, the military police units of the Russian Federation and the Syrian border guards will serve as a guarantee of their safety… ‘Currently, units of the Russian military police and regular Syrian troops are deployed in many areas. We give them all kinds of help and support,’ the statement cited Mazloum Abdi as saying.”
Islamic State in Asia: ‘Unintentional’ Consequences of Turkey’s Syria Operation – by Paul Antonopoulos – https://www.globalresearch.ca/islamic-state-asia-consequences-turkey-syria-operation/5692766 – “With these deep relations between Islamic State and Turkey, there is little chance that Turkey will prevent terrorists from escaping prisons formerly controlled by the YPG. These radical fighters would be seeking a new jihad, and with over 60 jihadist groups in Southeast Asia, and showing a lot of potential as the Sri Lanka attacks and the invasion of Marawi demonstrates, this could be the next location for the international terrorists to conduct their jihad. This would not be an inevitable consequence of Turkey’s operation in northern Syria, but rather a known fact by the Turkish leadership. To what purpose Turkey is doing this is unknown, but there is little doubt it will have devastating affects on Southeast Asia as these Islamic State fighters bring with them a vast wealth of knowledge and experience from fighting in Syria that can embolden jihadists across the region.”
The Russian-Turkish Deal on Syria: Who Won and Who Lost? – by Andrew Korybko – https://www.globalresearch.ca/russian-turkish-deal-syria/5692838 – “Therefore, an assessment of the Sochi Agreement reveals that while it’s a huge victory for Turkey, it’s not necessarily a “loss” for Syria even if it does indeed represent a dramatic climbdown from what President Assad had vowed to do earlier that day. Ankara “compromised” by receiving the breadth of what it wanted but only one-third the depth, while Damascus’ “compromise” was to “fully support” President Putin’s promise that it would actively facilitate the disarmament and removal of its new Kurdish “allies” in exchange for being allowed to jointly patrol part of the international frontier together with the Russian military police… The militant Kurds, however, are definitely the losers after having their fate decided for them by Moscow and Ankara. While their separatist dreams are shattered and they’ll be unable to pose a credible terrorist threat to Turkey following the successful implementation of the Sochi Agreement, Russia might proverbially throw them a bone by “encouraging” Syria to “seriously consider” granting them some level of “autonomy” in the Northeast in exchange for all the concessions they were forced to undertake after being abandoned by the US earlier this month. If that happens, then this scenario could possibly stop them from being “sore losers” and spoiling the complex peace process.”
The House Votes in Favor of Disastrous Copyright Bill – by Katharine Trendacosta – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/10/the-house-votes-in-favor-of-disastrous-copyright-bill.html – “Not Too Late: The Senate Can Still Stop the CASE Act… The House of Representatives has just voted in favor of the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act (CASE Act) by 410-6 (with 16 members not voting), moving forward a bill that Congress has had no hearingsand no debates on so far this session. That means that there has been no public consideration of the serious harm the bill could do to regular Internet users and their expression online… The CASE Act creates a new body in the Copyright Office which will receive copyright complaints, notify the person being sued, and then decide if money is owed and how much. This new Copyright Claims Board will be able to fine people up to $30,000 per proceeding. Worse, if you get one of these notices (maybe an email, maybe a letter—the law actually does not specify) and accidentally ignore it, you’re on the hook for the money with a very limited ability to appeal. $30,000 could bankrupt or otherwise ruin the lives of many Americans.”
From the We-Don’t-Have-To-Care Desk: Rejecting Challenge to No Fly List, Federal Appeals Court Leaves Men Charged With No Crime “In an Indefinite Kafkaesque Nightmare” – by Andrea Germanos – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/10/rejecting-challenge-to-no-fly-list-federal-appeals-court-leaves-men-charged-with-no-crime-in-an-indefinite-kafkaesque-nightmare.html – “A ruling by a federal court Monday drew the ire of the ACLU after siding with the U.S. government and rejecting a challenge brought by four U.S. citizens over their inclusion on the No Fly List, thus leaving the men, according to the civil liberties group, ‘in an indefinite Kafkaesque nightmare.’.. Inclusion on the secret database—which represents part of the government’s terrorism watchlisting system—means a person is blacklisted as a suspected terrorist and banned from flying into, within, and from the United States.”
The Left Loses its Mind in Jails Debate – by Micah Morrison – https://www.judicialwatch.org/investigative-bulletin/the-left-loses-its-mind-in-jails-debate/ – “Ideas have consequences and yesterday in New York City arrived more evidence that progressive forces in Gotham have lost their collective mind. The New York City Council voted to close the 400-acre Rikers Island jail complex. Keeping violent criminals off the streets? Future crime waves? Never mind, they’ll figure that out later… But the Manhattan Institute’s Rafael Mangual points to some contradictory evidence. De Blasio’s 2017 Mayor’s Management Report says the recent decline in jail population is due to his administration’s ‘successful efforts to divert low-risk, non-violent offenders from our jails’ and notes that those ‘who remain [in jail] tend to be more violent and difficult to manage.’… ‘It does indeed seem to be the case,’ Mangual writes, ‘that the current residents of Rikers Island are, in large part, the worst of the worst.’ They’re ‘violent and difficult to manage,’ in the words of the mayor’s own report. Mangual asks: can the Rikers population really be reduced by several thousand more “without those very inmates being left to roam the streets?”
From the Catapulting-The-Propaganda Desk: As waters rise, so do concerns for sports teams along coast – One franchise’s challenge: Amid rising sea levels, build a stadium to last 100 years – https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/10/16/waters-rise-so-do-concerns-sports-teams-along-coast/ – “Marlins Park opened in 2012 with a price tag of $634 million. The Dolphins are paying $350 million for a renovation of what’s now called Hard Rock Stadium. Inter Miami FC, a Major League Soccer expansion team that begins play in 2020, is hoping to build a 25,000-seat stadium near the airport… Henry Briceño, a research professor at Florida International University’s Center for Aquatic Chemistry and Environment, called the continued growth in the region “craziness.”.. ‘Do these people know that they’re building on the future Atlantis?’ he said.”
Roota’s Timeline Update #6 – The Next Trigger!(23 min) –A Great Explanation by Bix Weir of the ongoing stealth bailout of stressed-out banks by the “Repo” and Term-Loans happening now.
Trump May Leave Small Garrison Of US Troops To Guard Syrian Oil Fields – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/pentagon-may-leave-some-troops-syria-guard-oil-report – “Update (1215ET): While President Trump confirmed earlier that there was “no need” to leave troops in Syria, he quickly restated his comments, in line with Esper’s earlier remarks, saying that he would work something out to provide the Kurds with cash, perhaps through the involvement of a U.S. oil company… ‘We’ve secured the oil,’ he said, adding that he’s willing to leave US troops in Syria to secure the oil (and in a second region, due to requests from Jordan and Israel).”
US troops from Syria do not have permission to stay in Iraq: military – https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/us-troops-from-syria-do-not-have-permission-to-stay-in-iraq-military/ – “U.S. forces that crossed into Iraq as part of a pull-out from Syria do not have permission to stay and can only be there in transit, the Iraqi military said on Tuesday… U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said, however, that Washington aimed eventually to bring the troops withdrawing from Syria back to the United States… The Iraqi military statement contradicted the Pentagon’s announcement that all of the nearly 1,000 troops withdrawing from northern Syria are expected to move to western Iraq to continue the campaign against Islamic State militants and ‘to help defend Iraq.’.. ‘All U.S. forces that withdrew from Syria received approval to enter the Kurdistan Region so that they may be transported outside Iraq. There is no permission granted for these forces to stay inside Iraq,’ the Iraqi military said.” – Comment: Good luck with this…
Russia Moderates Turkish-Syrian Dialogue Over Northeastern Syria – https://southfront.org/russia-supports-turkish-syrian-dialogue-over-northeastern-syria/ – “Maria Zakharova: I can once again highlight the statement made by Sergey Lavrov. He said Russia strongly advocates resolving the current situation through a dialogue between the Government in Damascus and the Kurdish forces. As you know, this dialogue has begun and is already yielding certain results. He also emphasised that Russia has always recognised Turkey’s legitimate interests in the security of its borders. At the same time, we stand for practical cooperation between Damascus and Ankara on the basis of the 1998 Adana Agreement. We absolutely clearly see the possibilities for this. The two countries’ military officials should determine the specific aspects of their interaction on the ground. Russia, for its part, is ready to assist them in such a dialogue.”
Ready to Pay $30,000 for Sharing a Photo Online? The House of Representatives Thinks You Are. – by Ernesto Falcon – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/10/ready-to-pay-30000-for-sharing-a-photo-online-the-house-of-representatives-thinks-you-are.html – “The CASE Act creates a new tribunal separate from the federal judiciary (this is part of the constitutional problem) and places it within the Copyright Office. This agency has a sad history of industry capture, and often takes its cues from major content companies as opposed to average Americans. The new tribunals will receive complaints from rightsholders (anyone that has taken a photo, video, or written something) and will issue a “notice” to the party being sued… We don’t actually know what this notice will look like. It could be an email, a text message, a phone call with voice mail, or a letter in the mail. Once the notice goes out, the targeted user has to respond within a tight deadline. Fail to respond in time means you’ll automatically lose, and are on the hook for $30,000. That’s why EFF is concerned that this law will easily be abused by copyright trolls. The trolls will cast a wide net, in hopes of catching Internet users unaware. Corporations with lawyers will be able to avoid all this, because they’ll have paid employees in charge of opting out of the CASE Act. But regular Americans with kids, jobs, and other real-life obligations could easily miss those notices, and lose out.”
Assange Denied Request To Delay Extradition Hearing; Prepares To Fight ‘Unprecedented’ Charges – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/assange-denied-request-delay-extradition-hearing-prepares-fight-unprecedented-charges – “After his request was denied, Baraitser asked if Assange understood the events in court, to which he replied: ‘Not really. I can’t think properly.’.. ‘I don’t understand how this is equitable. This superpower had 10 years to prepare for this case and I can’t access my writings. It’s very difficult where I am to do anything but these people have unlimited resources,’ Assange continued. ‘They are saying journalists and whistleblowers are enemies of the people. They have unfair advantages dealing with documents. They [know] the interior of my life with my psychologist. They steal my children’s DNA. This is not equitable what is happening here.’.. Approximately 100 activists protested outside, chanting “Free Julian Assange” and “No extradition, there’s only one decision.”
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Turkey Threatens Damascus Government With Declaration Of Full-Scale War – https://southfront.org/turkey-threatens-damascus-government-with-declaration-of-full-scale-war/ – “Turkey will see deployment of the Syrian Army to protect Kurdish militias in northern Syria as a declaration of war on Turkey, Yasin Aktay, an adviser of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, said on October 19… ‘If the Syrian regime [the Assad government] wants to enter Manbij, Ayn al-Arab and Qamishli to provide protection for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units [YPG], that will be viewed by Turkey as the declaration of war and it [Damascus] will face a relevant response,’ the Turkish presidential adviser said… ‘Turkey does not grab anyone’s territories,’ Aktay said.” – Comment: Right.
Major news on the Turkish invasion of Northeast Syria, one small example:Erdogan Says He Has No Objection To Damascus’ Control Over Northeastern Syria – https://southfront.org/erdogan-says-he-has-no-objection-to-damascus-control-over-northeastern-syria/ – “Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that he will discuss the situation in northeast Syria with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in their upcoming meeting on October 22: ‘There will be a meeting with Putin in Sochi on Tuesday. Our aim is to identify an acceptable solution. We want the areas under the control of the Syrian government to be cleared of militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party [PKK] and the Self Defense Forces [YPG],’ (Erdogan) told a news conference in Istanbul on October 18, according to the Russian news agency TASS.”
Russia patrolling between Turkish and Syrian forces after U.S. troops withdraw – https://s2.washingtonpost.com/193f9b2/5da5aa73e6e81b252e54b446/YnJ0YW5uZXJAYnJ1Y2V0YW5uZXIuaW5mbw%3D%3D/1/10/cb608e5f7d633fad1e63a9f13654ec94 – “The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that military police in northwestern Manbij were patrolling ‘along the line of contact between the Syrian Arab Republic and Turkey.” A senior Russian official said Moscow was working to prevent a military confrontation between Ankara and Damascus… ‘No one wants this kind of clash to happen. It’s completely inadmissible. So, of course, we will not allow that,’ Alexander Lavrentyev, Russia’s special presidential envoy for Syria, told reporters in the United Arab Emirates, according to the Interfax news agency.”
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Russia Plans To Take Over Black Sea: RAND Fuels ‘Russian Threat’ Fears – https://southfront.org/russia-plans-to-take-over-black-sea-rand-fuels-russian-threat-fears/ – “Moscow’s overall objectives are tailored to conditions in each country in the region, with goals of keeping various neighbors in states of nonalignment or insecurity relative to Russia and the West and open to Russian economic, political, and malign influences… The report focuses on the modernization of the Black Sea Fleet. The authors emphasize that since 2014 it has been replenished with six corvettes, six submarines of Project 636 Varshavyanka and three multipurpose patrol ships of Project 11356: Admiral Grigorovich, Admiral Essen and Admiral Makarov. The last three are carriers of Kalibr cruise missiles capable of hitting targets throughout the Black Sea… All this, according to RAND, allows the Kremlin to create a so-called restricted access zone in the region, in which NATO forces will suffer unreasonably high losses during a military clash… That is also entirely based on speculation.”
NYPD counter-terrorism bureau ‘closely monitoring shooting incident’ at New Hampshire church – https://www.rt.com/usa/470801-new-hampshire-church-shooting/ – “At least one person has reportedly been injured in a shooting incident in a church in the town of Pelham, New Hampshire… Authorities responded to the incident at the New England Pentecostal Church just after 10 am, local news outlet WMUR reports… A large volume of law enforcement officers and a number of ambulances rushed to the scene and the suspect is in custody.”
SDF Defense Collapses. Turkish Forces Capture 18 Villages (Map, Videos) – https://southfront.org/sdf-defense-collapses-turkish-forces-capture-18-villages-map-videos/ – “Early on October 12, the Turkish military and the so-called Syrian National Army (NSA) managed to reach the strategic M4 highway after capturing eighteen villages in the northern countryside of al-Hasakah and Raqqa… ‘The forces were able to liberate eighteen villages which are: Nus Tell, Rajm Anuah, Umm Jurn al-Sauauin, Jamous, Lazkah, al-Aridah, Hwiran, al-Wasta, Shukan, al-Trauziyah, al-Zayidi, al-Nabhan, al-Khalidiah, al-Khuir al-Kabirah, al-Khuir al-Saghirah, al-Filo, al-Ghujir and Ghuzil,’ the NSA said in a short press release… Turkish forces are now taking advantage of the collapse in the SDF’s defenses and advancing around the key border town of Ras al-Ayn in northern al-Hasakah. The town will likely fall within a few hours… The first phase of Operation Peace Spring is aimed at establishing a 120 km long, 30km deep “safe zone” in northeast Syria.”
Turkish-Backed Forces Execute Head Of Pro-SDF Syrian Political Party – https://southfront.org/turkish-backed-forces-execute-head-of-pro-sdf-syrian-political-party/ – “Secretary General of the Future Syria Party, Hevrin Khalaf, was captured and then executed by Turkish-backed forces, the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) announced on October 12… In an official statement, the political wing of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) revealed that Harvin was ambushed and captured by Turkish-backed militants on the M4 highway in northeast Syria. Harvin was immediately executed by the militants, along with her driver… ‘This is a clear evidence that the Turkish state is continuing its criminal policy towards unarmed civilians.’ ”
Putin Planning “Deal Of The Century” Between Syria & Turkey As US Exits – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/us-exit-putin-planning-deal-century-between-syria-turkey – “Lebanese Arabic news broadcaster Al-Mayadeen is reporting that Russia has begun organizing “reconciliation talks” between Syria and Turkey, in what would be an unprecedented development, given President Erdogan’s position has long been that Turkey won’t negotiate with Damascus so long as Assad is in power… The Middle East broadcaster cited Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who said, ‘Moscow will ask for start of talks between Damascus and Ankara’… Russia’s TASS has also confirmed the initiative, making it the first significant attempt to bring the two sides to the table, given Ankara severed diplomatic ties with Damascus in 2012. Turkey could indeed be ready given it has finally gotten its way in Syria — with a long planned attack on Syrian Kurds along the border in northern Syria, which began Wednesday with an air and ground offensive… Indeed (the) Syrian Kurdish have already this week expressly stated they are open to a deal with Assad… On Monday the commander of the US trained and armed SDF, Mazlum Abdi, indicated just that in a bombshell statement: ‘We are considering a partnership with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, with the aim of fighting Turkish forces,’ he said… The United States has blocked such talks for years, making Trump’s “betrayal of the Kurds” sting much worse, given the White House’s essentially ‘green lighting’ the Turkish invasion did not give the Kurds time for the crucial option of coordinating a defense with the Syrian Army or pursuing a reconciliation deal with Assad, as Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has pointed out… Meanwhile, with the SDF now taking heavy casualties, and with no response to overwhelming Turkish air power, the Syrian Kurds are no doubt already reaching out to Damascus for aerial support and assistance from the Syrian Army.”
Turkish Operation In Northeastern Syria Is Coordinated With United States, Russia? – https://southfront.org/turkish-operation-in-northeastern-syria-is-coordinated-with-united-states-russia/ – “On October 10, the U.N. Security Council did not agree on a statement condemning Turkey’s military operation in Syria. Following an emergency, closed-door session of the Security Council, ambassadors issued somber assessments of the situation. Five European ambassadors demanded that Turkey cease its military operation against Kurdish armed groups in northeastern Syria… U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft said Washington does not endorse Turkey’s actions, but did not contribute a lot of efforts to condemn it… Russia’s U.N. ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said that the United States and its coalition are conducting “demographic engineering” that led to the conflict. He called for a solution that would ‘take into account other aspects of the Syrian crisis, not just the Turkish operation.’.. ‘It should speak about the illegal military presence in that country,’ Nebenzia said in an apparent reference to the U.S. military presence in Syria… Reactions of Russia and the United States to Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring demonstrate that Ankara may have in fact pre-agreed it actions with Moscow and Washington.”
Child Charged With Felony For Pointing ‘Finger Gun’ in School – 12-year-old girl could face year in juvenile detention – https://www.newswars.com/child-charged-with-felony-for-pointing-finger-gun-in-school/ – “A 12-year-old girl was hauled from school in handcuffs and charged with a felony for allegedly pointing her fingers in the shape of a gun at classmates in Overland Park, Kansas… The child was arrested on Sept. 18 after she, “unlawfully and feloniously communicated a threat to commit violence, with the intent to place another, in fear, or with the intent to cause the evacuation, lock down or disruption in regular, ongoing activities,” according to court documents reviewed by the Kansas City Star.: ‘A 12-year-old girl was hauled from school in handcuffs and charged with a felony for allegedly pointing her fingers in the shape of a gun at classmates in Overland Park, Kansas… The child was arrested on Sept. 18 after she, “unlawfully and feloniously communicated a threat to commit violence, with the intent to place another, in fear, or with the intent to cause the evacuation, lock down or disruption in regular, ongoing activities,” according to court documents reviewed by the Kansas City Star.’ ”
From the My-Hair-Is-On-Fire Desk: The Tactical Significance of Morgan Hill, CA with Marilyn Rupar (27 min) – from Dave Hodges – Generally, I don’t share stuff from Dave because of the major paranoia factors, but in the wake of the very strange power outages the last 2 days here in Cali, I thought this may be of interest.
An “All-Out Blizzard” That Is “Unheard Of For October” Is About To Hit Farms In The Midwest With Up To 2 Feet Of Snow – by Michael Snyder – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/10/an-all-out-blizzard-that-is-unheard-of-for-october-is-about-to-hit-farms-in-the-midwest-with-up-to-2-feet-of-snow.html – “Farmers in the middle of the country are about to get hit by what could potentially be the worst October blizzard in U.S. history. According to USA Today, “the massive size and intensity of this snowstorm is unheard of for October”. In other words, we have never seen anything like this in the month of October ever before… Such a storm would have been disastrous enough in a normal year, but this has definitely not been a normal year for Midwest farmers. As I detailed extensively in previous articles, endless rain and horrific flooding made planting season a complete and utter nightmare for many Midwest farmers this year. Millions of acres did not get planted at all, and planting was seriously delayed on tens of millions of other acres. As a result, corn, soybeans and other crops are simply not ready to be harvested in many parts of the Midwest, and now an unprecedented winter storm is barreling directly toward our heartland.” – Comment: This is likely the product of the oncoming Solar Minimum, as well as the highly advanced Weather Mod programming that is blowing warm air up into the Arctic region constantly and resulting in these “Polar Express” weather systems.
Iran says missiles strike its oil tanker off Saudi Arabia – by Nasser Karimi and Jon Gambrell – https://www.apnews.com/55f68b50763c40eeb25ee19027573d86 – “The attack reportedly took place around 5 a.m. and damaged two storerooms aboard the oil tanker Sabiti, state media reported. It also briefly caused an oil leak into the Red Sea near the Saudi port city of Jiddah that later was stopped, state-run IRNA news agency reported… The Sabiti turned on its tracking devices late Friday morning in the Red Sea, putting its location some 130 kilometers (80 miles) southwest of Jiddah, according to data from MarineTraffic.com. The ship is carrying some 1 million barrels of crude oil, according to an analysis from data firm Refinitiv… Lt. Pete Pagano, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet overseeing the Mideast, said authorities there were ‘aware of reports of this incident,’ but declined to comment further.”
Is the Mormon Church Behind a Worldwide Child Sex Trafficking Ring Operating out of Arizona ? – https://healthimpactnews.com/2019/is-the-mormon-church-behind-a-worldwide-child-sex-trafficking-ring-operating-out-of-arizona/ – “The second episode of the Medical Kidnap Show aired on KFNX 1100 Radio in Phoenix on October 10, 2019… (The show was knocked off of the air before it was finished. Health Impact News is still trying to reach the station to find out why.).. Host Rick Wood and producer Brian Shilhavy started off the show discussing how most of the nation’s child sex slaves that are trafficked in the U.S. come out of the nation’s Foster Care system… About 24 hours before Episode 2 of the Medical Kidnap Show was aired on KFNX in Phoenix, Mormon Paul Petersen, an adoption lawyer and Maricopa County Assessor who is allegedly the head of a smuggling ring that recruited Marshallese women “and offered a significant amount of money to place their babies for adoption,” was arrested in Arizona after an 18-month investigation… Petersen is also charged with 11 second and third-degree felonies in Utah, including human smuggling, sale of a child, communications fraud and pattern of unlawful activity… Petersen allegedly began setting up his child trafficking operation in the Marshall Islands when serving there as a Mormon missionary.”
Kiev, Again, Sabotaged Disengagement Of Troops In Eastern Ukraine – https://southfront.org/kiev-again-sabotaged-disengagement-of-troops-in-eastern-ukraine/ – “People’s Republic called on international organizations to influence Kiev in order to stop provocations near the power-separation station… He recalled that the first reports of shelling of the territory of the LPR came around 21:35 local time on October 8th, when the 72nd brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine opened fire from BMP-1 and small arms at the Zolotoe- 5 checkpoint… ‘We also do not exclude that the organizers of such a provocation could have been nationalists who arrived the day before in the checkpoint of Zolotoe-4“ the LPR People’s Militia press service said… Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the “veterans” from the Nazi-infested volunteer battalions need to be talked to and asked to peacefully leave so the disengagement could happen… ‘Even a fool can do it by force. You see, this is the wrong approach. You need to talk with the veterans, explain your position, explain the president’s position, explain your public position, a position just like a person,’ Zelensky said during a press conference… ‘Let’s be honest, if there are veterans there, I respect them, but if they arrived armed, then this is wrong,’ he added.” – Comment: Looks like the Ukie Neo-Nazis do pretty much whatever they want…
From the High-Strangeness Desk: – PG&E Will Proactively Turn Off Power for Safety to Nearly 800,000 Customers Across Northern and Central California – Portions of 34 Counties Will be Impacted by Widespread, Severe Wind Event Beginning Wednesday – https://www.pgecurrents.com/2019/10/08/pge-will-proactively-turn-off-power-for-safety-to-nearly-800000-customers-across-northern-and-central-california-2/ – ” ‘The safety of our customers and the communities we serve is our most important responsibility, which is why PG&E has decided to turn power off to customers during this widespread, severe wind event. We understand the effects this event will have on our customers and appreciate the public’s patience as we do what is necessary to keep our communities safe and reduce the risk of wildfire,’ said Michael Lewis, PG&E’s senior vice president of Electric Operations.”
David Goldberg Psyop: Phoney Messenger Discredits the Truth – by Henry Makow – https://www.henrymakow.com/2019/08/antisemites-are-being-tagged-for-extermination.html – “This story evolved when it was revealed that David Elias Goldman didn’t exist… It began as David Goldberg -“Anti Semites” Are Being Tagged for Extermination… You reveal the truth. Then you discredit it by having a phoney messenger.” – Comment: “David Goldberg” said that power outages would be used as a cover for rounding up “activists” opposed to Globalism and Zionist, Luciferian Sabbatean-Frankists.
The long-term planning to remake humanity as technocratic mind-controlled slaves:If They Were Saying This in 1971… – by Truthstream Media (Melissa Dykes) (20 min)
Personal statement in response to a friend’s extreme pessimism due to recent social deterioration: I think a major shift is coming. I think humanity is a wonderful addition to the unfoldment of the world-of-form, and that our potential is essentially unlimited. That is, assuming that we find a way to solve the “Human Systems Problem” under which “authority” over our societies has been seized by psychopaths with extreme disregard for the common human being and a total obsession with control over everything and everyone. We all share the same heart nature. We are all “doomed to success.” – eventually…
Ukrainian Radicals Sabotage Disengagement Of Troops In Region Of Donbass – https://southfront.org/ukrainian-radicals-sabotage-disengagement-of-troops-in-region-of-donbass/ – “On October 7th, the disengagement of troops was planned to take place Zolote and Petrovske in Luhansk region. It didn’t happen… According to the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko “Russian-backed militants” fired upon the cities and made it impossible to disengage… ‘The disengagement was supposed to start today, indeed it was agreed upon in Minsk by our negotiation team. (…) Unfortunately, a few days ago Petrivske and Zolote came under fire. As you may remember our decision was that the disengagement starts on the seventh day after peace stands on a particular site and there are no attacks,’ Prystaiko said… …According to the DPR, on October 7th the parties were to notify the OSCE of the whereabouts of their positions in Petrovsky and Zolotoy… ‘On our part, this obligation has already been fulfilled. But Kiev, instead of following the schedule, decided to fill the media space with completely destructive statements about the alleged shelling of pilot sites and the need to observe 7 days of calm,’ the DPR said in a statement.”
Altering Human Genetics Through Vaccination – by Jon Rappoport – Children’s Health Defense Note: CHD has internal documents in which the FDA acknowledges that technology that allows for the creation of these new vaccines has outpaced their ability to predict adverse events. Shouldn’t our federal agencies be calling for a moratorium until we have that knowledge—especially since it is heavily reported that the CDC/FDA post-marketing surveillance systems are inadequate to pick up problems after licensure? – https://childrenshealthdefense.org/news/altering-human-genetics-through-vaccination/ – ““NIAID Vaccine Research Center scientists have initiated Phase 1/2 studies of a universal flu vaccine strategy that includes an investigational DNA-based vaccine (called a DNA ‘prime’)… This is quite troubling, if you know what the phrase “DNA vaccine” means. It refers to what the experts are touting as the next generation of immunizations… Instead of injecting a piece of a virus into a person, in order to stimulate the immune system, synthesized genes would be shot into the body. This isn’t traditional vaccination anymore. It’s gene therapy.”
Environmentalists push for removal of Glen Canyon Dam – http://www.mohavedailynews.com/news/environmentalists-push-for-removal-of-glen-canyon-dam/article_12b25600-e677-11e9-b378-a3897106b7bd.html – “FLAGSTAFF (AP) — Environmental groups that have long pushed to bring down a huge dam along the Colorado River are suing the federal government, alleging it ignored climate science when approving a 20-year operating plan for the dam near the Arizona-Utah border… Glen Canyon Dam holds back Lake Powell, one of the largest man-made reservoirs in the United States. It and Lake Mead, which straddles the Arizona-Nevada line, are key to ensuring Colorado River water gets to the 40 million people and the more than 7,000 square miles of farmland that depend on it… Drought and climate change already have reduced the river’s flow, forcing seven Western states to adopt a plan earlier this year to ensure the lake elevations don’t dip too low.”
The Repo Market Incident May Be The Tip Of The Iceberg – by Daniel Lacalle – https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/repo-market-incident-may-be-tip-iceberg – “This is a symptom of a larger problem that is starting to manifest in apparently unconnected events, like the failed auctions of negative-yielding eurozone bonds or the bankruptcy of companies that barely needed the equivalent of one day of repo market injection to finance the working capital of another year… This is a symptom of debt saturation and massive risk accumulation. The evidence of the possibility of a major global slowdown, even a synchronized recession, is showing that what financial institutions and investors have hoarded in recent years, high-risk, low-return assets, is more dangerous than many of us believed… It is very likely that the Fed injections become a norm, not an anomaly, and the Fed’s balance sheet is already rising.”
5G Cell Phone Radiation: How the Telecom Companies Are Losing the Battle to Impose 5G Against the Will of the People – by Claire Edwards – https://www.globalresearch.ca/telcos-losing-battle-impose-5g/5691065 – “They thought that if they called their new, alleged “communications technology”, adapted from the military Active Denial Technology, “5G” or fifth generation, the public would just assume that it was more of the same as 4G, 3G or 2G. And if they could characterise the rollout as a race, the public would not have enough time to find out what a killer technology 5G is. How wrong they were! Not only has the public found out, but now they know how lethal previous generations of wireless technology – to be used concurrently with 5G – are as well… Below is the evidence from a number of different countries that the pushback is huge and growing. The telcos have lost the propaganda war, despite their control of the mainstream media, from which not a whisper of the dangers of 5G is heard, and of social media and Youtube, who have been desperately deleting millions of accounts to silence the naysayers… As this article went to press, support arrived from an unlikely source. In an impassioned speech before the United Nations General Assembly on 24 September 2019, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnsonstated that digital authoritarianism is not the stuff of dystopian fantasy but of an emerging reality.”
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MANPOWER GUIDANCE FOR ACTIVATION AND DEACTIVATION OF RESERVE COMPONENT (RC) MARINES ORDERED TO ACTIVE DUTY ISO DEFENSE SUPPORT OF CIVIL AUTHORITIES – https://www.marines.mil/News/Messages/Messages-Display/Article/1979422/manpower-guidance-for-activation-and-deactivation-of-reserve-component-rc-marin – “MARINE CORPS ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES IN DEFENSE SUPPORT OF CIVIL AUTHORITIES (DSCA). REF B IS TITLE 10 U.S.C., §12304a, ARMY RESERVE, NAVY RESERVE, MARINE CORPS RESERVE, AND AIR FORCE RESERVE: ORDER TO ACTIVE DUTY TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE IN RESPONSE TO A MAJOR DISASTER OR EMERGENCY. – …if a Governor requests Federal assistance in responding to a major disaster or emergency (as those terms are defined in §102 of REF C) the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) may, without the consent of the member affected, order any unit, and any member not assigned to a unit organized to serve as a unit, of the Marine Corps Reserve to active duty for a continuous period of not more than 120 days to respond to the Governor’s request.”
Turkey Will Launch Operation Against Kurdish Forces: Erdogan – https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Turkey-Will-Launch-Operation-Against-Kurdish-Forces-Erdogan-20191005-0005.html – “The air and ground operation east of the Euphrates river in Syria could start at any time, President Tayyip Erdogan said… The U.S.-backed force which controls the region, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) led by the Kurdish YPG militia, said it wanted stability but vowed to respond to any attack… ‘We will not hesitate to turn any unprovoked attack by Turkey into an all-out war on the entire border to defend ourselves and our people,’ SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali said.”
Western Zero-Sum Geopolitics is a Dead-End – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/10/04/western-zero-sum-geopolitics-is-a-dead-end/ – “The US and its Western allies are creating more international tensions and instability in a futile bid to carve the globe into “spheres of interest” and “exclusivity”. That’s the way Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov views it, and few objective observers of international relations could disagree with his admonishment… Russia’s top diplomat says the only way forward is for multilateralism to prevail and for all states to abide by the principles of the United Nations’ Charter, to which they are signatories… …The question is though: can US corporate capitalism and its militarist machine abide by that reasonable, minimal demand for international cooperation?.. If not, then the American political system and its coterie of Western minions are driving the world into an abysmal dead-end.”
NY Fed Announces Extension Of Overnight Repos Until Nov 4, Will Offer 8 More Term Repos – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/ny-fed-announces-extension-overnight-repos-until-nov-4-will-offer-8-more-term-repos – “Anyone who expected that the easing of the quarter-end funding squeeze in the repo market would mean the Fed would gradually fade its interventions in the repo market, was disappointed on Friday afternoon when the NY Fed announced it would extend the duration of overnight repo operations (with a total size of $75BN) for at least another month, while also offer no less than eight 2-week term repo operations until November 4, 2019, which confirms that the funding unlocked via term repo is no longer merely a part of the quarter-end arsenal but an integral part of the Fed’s overall “temporary” open market operations… which are starting to look quite permanent.”
New Weapons and the New Tactics Which They Make Possible: Three Examples – by The Saker – http://www.unz.com/tsaker/new-weapons-and-the-new-tactics-which-they-make-possible-three-examples/ – “The fact is that Russia has perfected an entire family of ballistic and cruise missiles which can be completely hidden from detection and which can be deployed literally anywhere on the planet. Even with nuclear warheads… This capability completely changes all the previous US deterrence/containment strategies (which are still halfway stuck in the Cold War and halfway stuck with low-intensity/counter-insurgency operations like what they have been doing (with no success whatsoever!) in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya and in Latin America and Africa).” – Comment: Another very good article by The Saker, with many tidbits that can inform an understanding of the continuing posturing of the Western Powers against the Evil Russians. This includes the ongoing attempt to stifle the Britons’ efforts to leave the EU, including the now-being-revealed secret plans by the EUrocrats and quislings in the UK government to completely “give” the entire British military (including its nuclear capabilities) AND UK Intelligence Agencies to EU Military Unification, lock, stock and barrel. We must put our energies into calming international waters and manifesting a world of peace and non-confrontation.
Glyphosate can trigger aggressive breast cancer when combined with another risk factor – https://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/19156-glyphosate-can-trigger-aggressive-breast-cancer-at-low-levels-when-combined-with-another-risk-factor – “In the study, scientists exposed noncancerous human breast cells to glyphosate in vitro over a course of 21 days. The cells were then placed in mice to assess tumour formation. Although cells exposed to glyphosate alone did not induce tumour growth, cancerous tumours did develop after glyphosate was combined with a type of gene regulatory molecule that is present in all humans.” – Regarding the horrors of glyphosate, where one end of this molecule will dock in the millions of glycine receptors throughout the human body, thereby derailing uncountable essential biological functions, all of this was well-known and documented by “The Powers” long before Round Up went on the market. Hanging would be too good for the perpetrators of this attack on the humans of the world.
Mass shootings have hit 158 House districts so far this year – by Jordan Lancaster, James Jarvis, Sutton Dunwoodie and Cameron Hill – https://thehill.com/homenews/house/463949-mass-shootings-have-hit-158-house-districts-so-far-this-year – “More than a third of all House lawmakers represent districts where a mass shooting has occurred this year, highlighting the bipartisan pressure on Congress to take action on gun legislation after a wave of killings in Texas and Ohio during August… An analysis by The Hill found that about two-thirds of those shootings have taken place in districts represented by Democrats, many of whom represent cities hard-hit by the scourge of gun violence…”
Four years in Syria, Russia expands military base, eyes challenges ahead – by Anton Mardasov – https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/10/russia-syria-hmeimim-military-campaign-anniversary.html – “In the run-up to the fourth anniversary of the launch of Russia’s military campaign in Syria, the Russian military announced Moscow is eyeing expansion and reconstruction of the Khmeimim air base in Syria’s Latakia province. The initiative, at the initial stage, involves the rebuilding of the second runway to allow the facility to service more aircraft… (Also) the Russians constructed new aircraft hangars, able to shelter the Su-35 fighter jets and Su-34 bombers from occasional drone strikes… Dolgov added that the shelter hangars are equipped with a centralized system of fuel and lubricant provisions. As a result, the timelines of preparation for consecutive flights decreased significantly.
De-Escalation In Eastern Ukraine? Kiev Agrees To ‘Steinmeier Formula’ – https://southfront.org/de-escalation-in-eastern-ukraine-kiev-agrees-to-steinmeier-formula/ – “● It suggests that elections should be held in territories controlled by Luhansk and Donetsk, according to Ukrainian law; ● during the elections, Donbass would receive a special status; ● And after the OSCE recognizes the elections as fair and free, the law on the special status of Donbass should come into force and act indefinitely; ● It is assumed that this should accelerate the implementation of the Minsk agreement. Western sources speculate that this may also lead to the phased lifting of sanctions against Russia… The signing of the Steinmeier formula, though, led to nationalist protests in front of the Parliament in Kiev.
School Districts Use “Gaggle” To Monitor Students’ Free Speech And Social Media Posts – by MassPrivateI – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/10/school-districts-use-gaggle-to-monitor-students-free-speech-and-social-media-posts.html – “The Gaggle Safety Management Dashboard allows superintendents, principals and other educators who are responsible for student safety to investigate and answer the following questions: ● Which of my schools has the highest amount of incidents? What educational tools are my students using most frequently? ● How severe are the incidents Gaggle Safety Representatives discover? ● Has the number of inappropriate incidents increased or decreased over time? ● How does my school or district’s incident rate compare with national averages.. Mr. Morgan was right, students will be walking on eggshells because they will be afraid of getting put on a watchlist… Gaggle is like Alexa on steroids… A Gaggle video called “do you know what your students are doing online?” is a damning account of exactly how invasive their threat to free speech is… Gaggle’s Bloomington, Illinois staff listens to and watches students social media content in real-time 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”
Climate and the Money Trail – by F. William Engdahl – https://www.globalresearch.ca/climate-money-trail/5690209 – “Several years before Al Gore and others decided to use a young Swedish school girl to be the poster child for climate action urgency, or in the USA the call of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for a complete reorganization of the economy around a Green New Deal, the giants of finance began devising schemes for steering hundreds of billions of future funds to investments in often worthless “climate” companies… In 2013 after years of careful preparation, a Swedish real estate company, Vasakronan, issued the first corporate “Green Bond.” They were followed by others including Apple, SNCF and the major French bank Credit Agricole. In November 2013 Elon Musk’s problem-riddled Tesla Energy issued the first solar asset-backed security. Today according to something called the Climate Bonds Initiative, more than $500 billion in such Green Bonds are outstanding. The creators of the bond idea state their aim is to win over a major share of the $45 trillion of assets under management globally which have made nominal commitment to invest in “climate friendly” projects.”
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From the Honor-Among-Thieves Desk:SYRIA: Turkish Proxies Fight Over Looted Properties in Afrin – by Patrick Henningsen – https://21stcenturywire.com/2019/09/28/syria-turkish-proxies-fight-over-looted-properties-in-afrin/ – “According to local sources, a militant was killed and at least six others were injured during the clashes, which are still ongoing… The Turkish military and its proxies occupied Afrin in the early months of 2018. Since then, Turkish-backed groups have been looting the area and suppressing the locals in many horrendous ways… Despite the growing instability in Afrin, the Turkish military is yet to implement any measure to improve the situation. Ankara could be avoiding any possible tension (with) its own proxies.”
First Bill Of Land Reform Law Outlines 72% Of Ukrainian Land Is For Sale – https://southfront.org/first-bill-of-land-reform-law-outlines-72-of-ukrainian-land-is-for-sale/ – “Former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko condemned the land reform, saying that it would sell 72% of Ukraine’s land to foreigners… ‘The first thing this law is about is that 42 million hectares of Ukrainian land can be sold in full, including to foreigners,” she said… Tymoshenko clarified that 42 million hectares of land is 72% of the territory of Ukraine… She urged for a referendum before selling most of Ukraine to foreigners.”
Operation Victory From God: Houthis Neutralize Thousands Of Saudi-Led Coalition Personnel In Large-Scale Ambush – https://southfront.org/operation-victory-from-god-houthis-neutralize-thousands-of-saudi-led-coalition-personnel-in-large-scale-ambush/ – “Thousands of Saudi-led coalition personnel were killed, injured or captured by the Houthis and their local allies in large-scale ambush, dubbed “Operation Victory from God”, a spokesman for the Yemeni group announced on September 28… In an official statement, Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari described the ambush, which took place near the southern Saudi province of Najran, as “the biggest luring operation” since the outbreak of the Yemeni war”
Final Collapse Is Inexorable – by M.N. Gordon – https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/final-collapse-inexorable – “Over the last two weeks the Fed has pumped hundreds of billions of dollars into the financial system through the overnight repo market. These repo operations are scheduled to continue every business day until October 10, with the option for them to continue longer. Our guess is that the Fed will continue until something cracks, which may be much sooner than expected… Stormy winds are blowing across credit markets, twisting and bending them like the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The Fed, despite its scientific fascia, is relying on judgement. Guided by gut, it’s doing all it knows how to do; create credit and inject it into financial system… Greenspan got us into this mess…and there’s no dampening it. Final collapse is inexorable.”
Israel Believed Behind Overnight Attack On Iran’s ‘Land Bridge’ From Iraq To Syria – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/israel-believed-behind-overnight-attack-irans-land-bridge-iraq-syria – “Another mystery airstrike was conducted over Iraq late Friday night, after a summer that’s witnessed Baghdad blame Israel for a series of unprecedented violations of its airspace to carry out alleged strikes on Iran-linked Shia militias in the country… This newest incident involved an attack on Imam Ali base near the border with Syria, in an area which Israeli defense officials have voiced concern Iran is utilizing Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) to aid Syrian forces in establishing a security corridor stretching along the Syrian-Iraq border, or so-called Iranian ‘land bridge’ ”
Stopping Brexit Is About Saving the European Union – by Tom Luongo – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/09/27/stopping-brexit-is-about-saving-the-european-union/ – “The speed with which this was pulled together is the clue that this was a ‘stitch-up’ from the very beginning. Time is running out to stop a No-Deal Brexit, or any kind of meaningful Brexit for that matter, and therefore everything must be turbo-charged… That’s why I feel this ruling was baked into the pie before the trial even began… Because, make no mistake, losing the UK from the EU’s budget would be catastrophic for an EU staring at massive capital outflows as helicopter money happens and bond yields reverse from their current bubble levels… The opinion of Parliament in Britain cannot sink any lower. That anger will now be transferred to the courts. The entire Brexit process has been a layer by layer unmasking of the autocratic prerogatives of the ruling class. With each setback in the Brexit process the British people are getting an object lesson in just how corrupt their system is and how badly they have been betrayed… The hope by The Davos Crowd is that they will get fed up and tune it all out, that they’ll give up and let the UK be steamrolled. The polls tell a far different story.”
US Repo-calypse: The Ghost Of Failed Banks Returns – by Alasdair Macleod via GoldMoney.com – https://www.zerohedge.com/political/us-repo-calypse-ghost-failed-banks-returns – “That being the case, a new banking crisis is not only in the making, for which the repo problem serves as an early warning, but it could escalate quite rapidly. Given the rethinking that must be taking place in the boardrooms at all the major US banks, bankers will be looking at not only their exposure to Deutsche, but also the implications for their wider lending exposure to other American counterparties, particularly those owned by foreign banks… Understanding there will be a transition of attitudes from investing in CLOs and leveraged loans to a concern over their soundness is the key to realising how a credit crisis evolves. This time, as well as a mountain of derivative contracts, there is the further problem of synthetic ETFs, many of which are sponsored and managed by the same bank. For example, Deutsche Bank controls 42 ETFs in the US market alone, worth $14.6bn, all of which appear to be synthetic… Assuming this analysis is correct, there is probably not much the Fed can do, other than react to events. Like all central banks, the Fed relies on models that cannot incorporate the changing attitudes of market participants. Just imagine, if the Fed did spot a developing crisis in advance and called in the major bankers in an effort to get them to help stabilise the situation, they would likely leave the meeting with the clear impression things are worse than they thought, and their clear duty to their shareholders is to liquidate all positions at risk… If it took two months between Libor freezing in December 2007 and Northern Rock being rescued by the UK government and if that timing is replicated today, a new banking crisis will hit in November. It could easily take longer to materialise, but there’s no guarantee it won’t escalate even more rapidly than that.”
What Google’s quantum computer means for Bitcoin – by Jose Antonio Lanz – https://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-quantum-computer-means-bitcoin-165320736.html – “What you need to know about Bitcoin to understand the potential threat of quantum computing is that its architecture relies on two algorithms: ECDSA for digital signatures and SHA-256 as a hash function. If you reuse a wallet address and make a transaction, you expose your public key... So, yes, a quantum computer could use Shor’s algorithm to get your private from your public key, as Jack Matier of the Quantum Resistant Ledger recently explained in a Medium post. But don’t panic just yet… The most optimistic scientific estimates say that even if this were possible, it won’t happen during this decade (enough time to fork Bitcoin and make it quantum proof).” (emphases added)
Sound Familiar? Banks Are Saddling Fannie & Freddie With Risky Mortgages, Study Finds – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/sound-familiar-banks-are-saddling-fannie-freddie-risky-mortgages-study-finds – “A few unfortunately-placed hurricanes could leave US taxpayers shouldering billions of dollars in worthless mortgages on homes in natural disaster-prone areas, while the banks that originally underwrote those mortgages get off scott-free. In a scenario that might sound familiar to readers who remember the run-up to the financial crisis, new research has found that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been buying mortgages on homes in disaster-prone areas and packaging them up into securities, without charging a premium that accurately reflects long-term disaster risks.”
Military Suicides Jump to Record High – by Lolita C. Baldor (AP) – https://www.truthdig.com/articles/military-suicides-jump-to-record-high/ – “Asked about the deaths in the crew of the aircraft carrier, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said, ‘I wish I could tell you we have an answer to prevent further, future suicides in the Armed Services. We don’t. We are caught up in what some call a national epidemic of suicide among our youth.’ ”
September Container Shipping Rates Collapse 43% Forcing Carriers To Slash Capacity – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/september-container-shipping-rates-collapse-43-forcing-carriers-slash-capacity – “Container shipping rates continue to move lower into the fourth quarter of 2019, according to FreightWaves. The drop in price comes as a result of the most recent round of tariffs discouraging U.S. importers from front loading orders. As a result, ocean carriers are looking to cut even more shipping capacity in hopes of meeting tepid demand into the back end of the year… Spot rates on the Freightos Baltic Daily Index for China-North America West Coast were down 8% from last week, falling to $1,327 per forty-foot equivalent unit. Container rates are down 34% since the beginning of the year, despite the industry now being in peak season.” (emphasis added)
Shocking New Survey Finds Most Americans Are Completely Unprepared For The Next Recession – by Michael Snyder – https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/shocking-new-survey-finds-most-americans-are-completely-unprepared-next-recession – “Just like in 2008, most Americans are living right on the edge financially, and so any sort of an economic downturn is going to be extremely painful for tens of millions of American families. When you have not built up a financial cushion, any sort of a setback can be absolutely disastrous. During the last recession, millions of Americans suddenly lost their jobs, and because most of them were living paycheck to paycheck a lot of them suddenly couldn’t pay their mortgages. In the end, millions of Americans lost their homes during the “subprime mortgage meltdown”, and today the housing bubble is even larger than it was back then.
Illinois Parents Sue Doctors, Hospitals, and DCFS for Medical Kidnapping After Refusing Vitamin K Shot at Birth – https://healthimpactnews.com/2019/illinois-parents-sue-doctors-hospitals-and-dcfs-for-medical-kidnapping-after-refusing-vitamin-k-shot-at-birth/ – “The Boughers… …had agreed to sign a waiver confirming their wishes that the new baby — their fifth child — not receive vitamin K, based on their beliefs that God’s creation isn’t automatically deficient or flawed at birth… But instead of offering them a form, the Boughers allege, the nurse announced she was reporting the couple to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and left the room with the newborn. It would be about 12 hours before they got the child back, the couple said… ‘I honestly could not understand what was going on,’ Angela Bougher said through tears in a recent interview. ‘I was in total shock. I’ve never not had my baby right away.’.. On Monday, the Boughers and several other parents filed a sweeping federal lawsuit accusing the agency, its current and former leaders, a number of doctors and three hospitals of violating their constitutional rights just after the births of their children. Hours that should have been filled with happiness and family photos were instead filled with uncertainty, they said, as children were temporarily taken into protective custody, DCFS caseworkers were called and the parents were made to feel like criminals.” – The lawsuit contends DCFS and medical staff broke state and federal law by improperly seizing newborns or threatening to do so, said Richard Dvorak a lawyer for the families. It alleges that doctors continued to coerce parents, citing the inevitability of DCFS intervention, even though they knew the policy had been rescinded.
EXPOSED: All the Queen’s Agents and Corporations that Control the World – from Betsy and Thomas – https://aim4truth.org/2018/04/17/exposed-all-the-queens-agents-and-corporations-that-control-the-world/ – “English law prohibits questioning the Monarchy about their personal holdings and business… This is true of most of Europe’s royalty, whether enthroned or not. The wealth of the Monarchies is held outside of the countries that made the wealth. The British Crown’s offshore banks hold the greatest personal wealth in the world estimated at $35 trillion. Perhaps the British Crown still owns and controls its Commonwealth Nations, including the American ‘colonies.’ ”
Google leads $100 million investment in cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike – by Robert Hackett – https://fortune.com/2015/07/13/google-100-million-series-c-crowdstrike/ – “Google Capital, the two-year-old growth equity arm of search giant Google (GOOG), announced its first security investment on Monday morning… The fund has pumped $100 million into cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike. It was joined by cloud computing company Rackspace (RAX), which is a customer, and the firm’s existing investors Accel and Warburg Pincus. The new infusion represents a Series C round for the Irvine, Calif.-based company, bringing its total funding raised to date to $156 million… “Security is of foremost interest to Google,” said Google Capital partner Gene Frantz, mentioning Google’s expertise in protecting IT assets. ‘We identified what we think will be a very large and very important security company in the world.’ ”
‘A Doll For Everyone’: Meet Mattel’s Gender-Neutral Doll – https://time.com/5684822/mattel-gender-neutral-doll/ – The population of young people who identify as gender-nonbinary is growing. Though no large surveys have been done of kids younger than 10, a recent study by the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that 27% of California teens identify as gender-nonconforming. And a 2018 Pew study found 35% of Gen Z-ers (born 1995 to 2015) say they personally know someone who uses gender-neutral pronouns like they and them, compared with just 16% of Gen X-ers (born 1965 to 1980). The patterns are projected to continue with Generation Alpha, born in 2010 and later. Those kids, along with boys who want to play with dolls and girls who identify as “tomboys” and don’t gravitate toward fashion doll play, are an untapped demographic. Mattel currently has 19% market share in the $8 billion doll industry; gaining just 1 more point could translate into $80 million in revenue for the company….
From the If-You-Read-One-Article-This-Week Desk:The Fed Created The Everything Bubble And A Liquidity Crisis — What Happens Next? – by Brandon Smith – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/09/the-fed-created-the-everything-bubble-and-a-liquidity-crisis-what-happens-next.html – “I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the crash of the Everything Bubble is accelerating around the same time that geopolitical chaos is erupting. We have a trade war that is unlikely to end, with a US/China meeting in October that will probably produce little to no results. We have a Brexit circus which is supposed to play out in October. We have a crisis with Iran as the US is set to move troops into Saudi Arabia and the UAE in the next month. And now we have an “impeachment inquiry” circus erupting over Trump, Biden and the Ukraine. That sure is a lot of distractions for the general public as their economy crumbles around them… To understand why the Fed would deliberately engineer an economic crisis, I suggest reading my article on the economic end game HERE. It is important to realize that the Fed has not “lost control” of the situation, nor is the Fed the bumbling and witless institution some alternative analysts make it out to be. Rather, the Fed is perfectly aware of the damage it is causing, and it is perfectly aware of how much this chaos will benefit certain globalist organizations.” (Emphasis Added)
How The Sabbatian-Frankist Death Cult Runs The World (1hr 32min) – David Icke interviewed by Adam Green, possibly Icke’s best interview in quite a while
Chavista Lawmakers Open to Dialogue on National Assembly – https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Chavista-Lawmakers-Open-to-Dialogue-on-National-Assembly-20190925-0002.html – ” ‘We want to rescue respect, tolerance and willingness to dialogue…we know that the right wing is a majority, but that doesn’t block the possibility that in this National Assembly we can dialogue with respect and tolerance.’.. As Chavista lawmakers return to their seats in the National Assembly, they have signaled that they are prepared to begin a dialogue for the reinstitutionalization of Venezuela’s National Assembly. The Assembly is dominated by the opposition and was deemed to be no longer legitimate after breaking the law in 2017. The overtures by Chavista lawmakers is part of the ongoing peace talks between the government and some of the opposition.”
Meet the Quds 1 – by Fabian Hinz – https://www.armscontrolwonk.com/archive/1208062/meet-the-quds-1/ – “If the pictures showing the Quds 1 wreckage in Saudi Arabia are indeed connected to the recent Abqaiq attack, it would seem more likely that the attack originated from a place closer to Eastern Saudi Arabia than Northern Yemen – potentially Iraq, Iran or perhaps even from ships. But then again that is a big if at the current moment… All of this leaves the question of just who developed and built the Quds 1. The idea that impoverished war-torn Yemen would be able to develop a cruise missile without any outside assistance seems far-fetched. Iran’s previous supply of missiles to the Houthis and the fact that the country uses TJ100 engines in its drone program do imply that the Iran could be behind the Quds 1.”
From the Totalitarian-Tiptoe Desk: Penn State Prof: Social Credit Will Shift Law in the West “From Constitution… to Analytics and Algorithm” – by Daniel Taylor – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/09/penn-state-prof-social-credit-will-shift-law-in-the-west-from-constitution-to-analytics-and-algorithm.html – “In the paper, titled “Next Generation Law: Data Driven Governance and Accountability Based Regulatory Systems in the West, and Social Credit Regimes in China“, Backer describes moves to social credit in the West as “fractured”, but gives guidance on how societal norms could be steadily pushed to accept this system… Backer proposes that the “great culture management machinery” of the West normalize the idea of social credit and sharing private data. Backer writes: ‘But is it possible to socialize the masses, or even mass democracy as a collective, to embrace this pattern of data disclosure beyond these immediately self-serving closed loop systems? Would it be possible for the state to develop systems for the enforcement of laws (criminal and regulatory) that depends on intelligence by inducing the masses to serve as positive contributors of data necessary for enforcement or regulation? The answer, in Western liberal democracies, may depend on the ability of the great culture management machinery of Western society– its television, movies and other related media–to develop a narrative in which such activity is naturalized within Western culture.”
Secret FBI Subpoenas For Personal Data Go Far Beyond Previously Known – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/secret-fbi-subpoenas-personal-data-go-far-beyond-previously-known – “Secret subpoenas issued by the FBI for personal data go far deeper than previously known, according to new documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, according to the New York Times… The agency says the sweeping requests are crucial to counterterrorism efforts – however the new records reveal that the FBI requests go far beyond Silicon Valley; ‘encompassing scores of banks, credit agencies, cellphone carriers and even universities,’ according to the report… The demands can scoop up a variety of information, including usernames, locations, IP addresses and records of purchases. They don’t require a judge’s approval and usually come with a gag order, leaving them shrouded in secrecy. Fewer than 20 entities, most of them tech companies, have ever revealed that they’ve received the subpoenas, known as national security letters. -New York Times… ‘This is a pretty potent authority for the government,’ said University of Texas law professor, Stephen Vladeck. ‘The question is: Do we have a right to know when the government is collecting information on us?’ ”
The Attack on Saudi Arabia’s Oil Facility. The Patriot Air Defence System Failed. Why? – by Prof Michel Chossudovsky – https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-attack-on-saudi-arabias-oil-facility-the-patriot-air-defence-system-failed-why/5689779 – “Why did it fail?.. There is of course the fashionable thesis that the US Patriot System is flawed in comparison to Russia’s state of the art S-400 air defence system. This assessment is correct but is it relevant?… Other reports point to the fact that the cruise missiles and UAVs were flying at low altitude (and could not be detected by the radar system)… ‘These were low-flying cruise missiles. They were coming in far below the engagement zone for Patriot. So you wouldn’t have tried to hit them with Patriot.’ (CNBC).. But this does not explain the total failure of Saudi Arabia’s air defence system on that particular day. The Patriot system (PAC) is extremely versatile and advanced. The apologetic reports on the failure of the Patriot Missile system in intercepting low-flying missiles are contradictory (focusing allegedly on weak radar capabilities at low altitude)… The US-made Patriot mobile air defense system produced by Raytheon is specifically ‘designed to intercept tactical ballistic missiles, low-flying cruise missiles and aircraft.’ (I24news.tv, May 10, 2019). It uses an advanced aerial interceptor missile and high-performance radar systems… The attack on Saturday September 14, was made up of a total of 18 drones (UAVs) and seven missiles.” (emphasis added) – Comment: I’m not sure where Prof. Chossudovsky got his figures for the number of weapons used in the attacks.
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Ron Paul: ‘We’re in the Biggest Bond Bubble in History and It’s Going to Burst’ – by JT Crowe – https://moneyandmarkets.com/ron-paul-biggest-bond-bubble-history/ – “With talk about negative interest rates from U.S. President Donald Trump, Paul said the danger of the bubble ballooning to unprecedented levels could speed the demise of the markets… ‘You don’t know this precise time. But you know it can happen,’ he said. ‘How do you sell a bond that pays a negative rate? Who’s going to jump up and down?’.. ‘I don’t think anything even existed coming close to what we’re facing today,’ he later added.”
Crises in the Middle-East and a Few Hopefully Useful Pointers – by The Saker – http://www.unz.com/tsaker/crises-in-the-middle-east-and-a-few-hopefully-useful-pointers/ – “For one thing, had it been Iran, the strike would have been far more massive and would have only been a part of a much bigger, full-scale, attack not only on Saudi oil facilities, but also on all crucial CENTCOM installations and forces. There is no way the Iranians would have opened major hostilities (and these strikes were definitely described by the Saudis as “major”) just to wait for a massive US/KSA/Israeli retaliation. The Iranians are most certainly not going to repeat Saddam Hussein’s crucial mistake and allow the US/CENTCOM/NATO/Israel/KSA the time needed to prepare for a massive attack on Iran. I am monitoring various “indicators and warnings” which would suggest that the US is up to no good, and so far I have noticed only one potentially worrying event: MSC Sealift and US transportation Command has ordered a no-notice turbo activation of between 23 to 25 ships from the 46 ship Ready Reserve Force (RRF have to be 5-day ready).”
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Book Review: “In Search of Colombia: Social and Political Fragments and Perspectives from the Past to the Present” – by Daniel Edgar – https://southfront.org/book-review-in-search-of-colombia-social-and-political-fragments-and-perspectives-from-the-past-to-the-present/ – “According to this reading of history and contemporary developments, the State has only resorted to violence and oppressive measures against large swathes of Colombian society through necessity, in order to defend democracy, the rule of law, private property and the rights and interests of all Colombians. The alternative explanation for the prevalence of widespread social and armed conflict in Colombia is that the emergence and persistence of insurgent groups has largely been a defensive measure taken by Colombian people in response to widespread violence and oppression instigated habitually by the State (as well as large business-owners and landlords) in order to preserve the power and privileges of the traditional ruling classes, and the stubborn refusal of the ruling elites to open political and economic spaces and opportunities for other sectors of Colombian society.”
Another Bombshell Book Crushing the Holohoax Lie, by Gerard Menuhin, Son of Jewish Violin Legend Yehudi Menuhin – a Review – Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil with a link to a FREE professional quality pdf version of this exceptional work from the publisher (!) – by Frederick Toeben – https://russia-insider.com/en/history/another-bombshell-book-crushing-holohoax-lie-son-jewish-violin-legend-yehudi-menuhin-review – “A book of monumental importance for the people of the world today. Many know that something is not right in the world. Nations engage in perpetual war while bankers and armaments makers line their pockets from the carnage. The average citizen of the world has been cut out of the decision-making process of government, whether he lives in a democracy, republic, theocracy or dictatorship… All the while, the ruling elite grow stronger and richer as the real producers struggle to survive. Behind the scenes, events are controlled by a coterie of ethnic puppetmasters who work their marionettes in high places out of public view. How did this world get to the dark place it is today? Who could have stopped it and what can we do today?.. The book consists of three sections. The first section concerns Adolf Hitler, his character and intentions, and the real causes leading up to the outbreak of WWII, including the actions of the real culprits and the rejection of the great lie… The second section enlarges on the activities of the real culprits, provides a historical overview of their progress, their nature, their power over finance and the media, and the methods by which they achieved it. It includes insights into Freemasonry, the European revolutions, the influence and control of education and foreign policy, the creation of the EU, the New World Order and the evolution of the plan through the same powers and their proxies, since the 17th century up to the present… The third section concerns the First and Second World Wars (what the author refers to as “the Second Thirty Years War”), their conception, funding and inescapable continuity; current laws against freedom of expression, and the evolution of the Orwellian state; the importance of U.S. support for the Soviet Union throughout the Cold War, and Communism’s significance in the plan; the true origins of the enemy; Palestine’s occupation and its fate as an example of our common fate; plus much more.”
Maine or Mogadishu? African ‘Refugees’ Turn White Paradise Into Crime-Ridden Hellhole – by John Q. Publius – https://russia-insider.com/en/society/maine-or-mogadishu-african-refugees-turn-white-paradise-crime-ridden-hellhole/ri27680 – “As ostensible refugees, this naturally begs a couple of questions, namely: how can they afford to travel such distances with no income and just the clothes on their backs? How are they able to plan such a logistically-demanding trip? Why do they have international media and legal contacts?… I took it upon myself to attempt to answer these questions, and have discovered in an almost-perfect analogue with what’s happening in Europe an existing support system and network that appears to be funneling migrants to particular pre-determined locales for reasons that will be discussed in the forthcoming pieces. The primary actors and organizations, and their connections to what at first blush appears to be an isolated incident but is anything but, will be revealed. Any treatment of the conflagration of aliens spreading across the whole of the United States must first start with a border so porous it might as well be non-existent, though.”
“This Institutional Suppression Of Free Thought, Inquiry, & Dissent Has A Systemic Cost” – by Charles Hugh Smith – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/chs-institutional-suppression-free-thought-inquiry-dissent-has-systemic-cost – “This institutional suppression of free thought, inquiry and dissent has a systemic cost. A corrupt Orthodoxy devoid of new ideas, an Orthodoxy devoted to maintaining the wealth, status and power of insiders regardless of cost, is a brittle, fragile, unstable system, and all the efforts of the corrupt clergy to impose uniform acceptance of the goodness and rightness of a debauched, corrupt, self-serving status quo will only increase the scale of its eventual collapse.”
Major Red Flag: The Fed Shocks Everyone With An Emergency Intervention In The Repo Market For The First Time Since 2008 – by Michael Snyder – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/09/major-red-flag-the-fed-shocks-everyone-with-an-emergency-intervention-in-the-repo-market-for-the-first-time-since-2008.html – “And now that the Fed has begun to intervene, when will they be able to stop?.. Will they have to keep doing it for the rest of the week?.. And what happens if interest rates begin to go wild again next week or next month?.. In essence, Pandora’s Box has now been opened, and things could get really crazy moving forward. According to Zero Hedge, if this currently repo operation is not sufficient to calm things down, the Fed could soon formally launch a new quantitative easing program… Of course, quantitative easing is something that should never be done unless we have a major crisis on our hands, and with each passing day it is becoming clearer that the global economy is headed for enormous trouble.”
Russia: ‘US Spy Plane Operated Drones That Attacked Hmeymim Base in Syria’ – https://21stcenturywire.com/2019/09/20/russia-us-spy-plane-operated-drones-that-attacked-hmeymim-base-in-syria/ – ” ‘Thirteen drones moved according to common combat battle deployment, operated by a single crew. During all this time the American Poseidon-8 reconnaissance plane patrolled the Mediterranean Sea area for eight hours,’ he noted… When the drones met with the electronic countermeasures of the Russian systems, they switched to a manual guidance mode, he said. ‘Manual guidance is carried out not by some villagers, but by the Poseidon-8, which has modern equipment. It undertook manual control,’ the deputy defense minister noted… ‘When these 13 drones faced our electronic warfare screen, they moved away to some distance, received the corresponding orders and began to be operated out of space and receiving help in finding the so-called holes through which they started penetrating. Then they were destroyed,’ Fomin reported… The attack was successfully repelled: seven drones were downed, and control over six drones was gained through electronic warfare systems. The Russian Defense Ministry stressed that the solutions used by the militants could be received only from a technologically advanced country and warned about the danger of repeating such attacks in any country of the world.”
Security Council: Two draft resolutions, zero consensus on ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib – https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/09/1046802 – “Belgium, Germany and Kuwait tabled a draft proposing a humanitarian ceasefire, which garnered 12 out of 15 votes… Permanent members Russia and China used their right to veto, blocking its adoption. Their own resolution, which highlighted terrorism concerns by extremist groups operating inside the region, also failed to pass, with nine members voting against and four abstaining.” – Comment: From the composition of the “UN Members” tabling these resolutions, and of the ways the Security Council members voted on them, it is clear that the UN is a captured organization totally out of touch with the reality of what’s happening on the ground in Idlib. But as George Carlin might say, “Nobody seems to notice, Nobody seems to care…”
“World at a Crossroads and a System of International Relations for the Future” by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for “Russia in Global Affairs” magazine, September 20, 2019 – http://www.mid.ru/ru/foreign_policy/news/-/asset_publisher/cKNonkJE02Bw/content/id/3792556?p_p_id=101_INSTANCE_cKNonkJE02Bw&_101_INSTANCE_cKNonkJE02Bw_languageId=en_GB – “So, what do we have as a result? In politics, erosion of the international legal basis, growth of instability and unsustainability, chaotic fragmentation of the global landscape and deepening mistrust between those involved in the international life. In the area of security, blurring of the dividing line between military and non-military means of achieving foreign policy goals, militarization of international relations, increased reliance on nuclear weapons in US security doctrines, lowering the threshold for the use of such armaments, the emergence of new hotbeds of armed conflicts, the persistence of the global terrorist threat, and militarization of the cyberspace. In the world economy, increased volatility, tougher competition for markets, energy resources and their supply routes, trade wars and undermining the multilateral trade system. We can add a surge of migration and deepening of ethnic and religious strife. Do we need such a “rules-based” world order?” – Comment: This is a major policy statement by Lavrov, which would well be covered in all of the main Western media, for the benefit of us all. However, it likely won’t be.
Is the United Nations Becoming a Public Relations Asset for Wall Street? – by Carla Stea – https://www.globalresearch.ca/united-nations-becoming-public-relations-asset-wall-street/5689620 – “The United Nations has made its 2030 Sustainable Development Goals the hallmark of its contribution to the world, and to humanity. In effect, the SDG’s are the justification for the existence of the United Nations. There is one major problem with this goal: as is evident, without major transformation in the global economic architecture, the SDG’s will not only fail to be achieved, but, according to several expert reports, progress toward achievement of these goals has actually been reversed… While the 17 Sustainable Development Goals are a crucial target toward maximizing the fulfillment and happiness of every human being throughout the world, and are of course, the noblest humanitarian goal toward which the United Nations, or any/every organization should aspire, it is acknowledged by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that failure to meet to goals of the SDG is a great danger, and there is a plea for funding for the SDG’s which is a Pyrric search, as the United Nations lacks the courage to confront the fact that the distorted pernicious priorities of its principle funders, the United States, Great Britain, etc., which spend trillions of dollars on their military and especially nuclear weapons development are the problem, the most dangerous and perverted developments of monopoly capitalism. The one trillion dollars that the United States has committed to the development of more sophisticated and deadly forms of nuclear explosives could fund the entire Sustainable Development Goals, fulfilling the entire 2030 Agenda.” – Comment: The “2030 Sustainable Development Goals” are just the latest iteration of UN Agenda 21, which is a Globalist program to control humanity through “austerities” and the enforcement of a Technocratic “meritocracy” which will usher in “sustained” scientific Feudalism and Tyranny.
The Price of “Freedom”? US Drone Massacres Dozens of Afghan Farmers as They Slept – by Matt Agorist – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/09/the-price-of-freedom-us-drone-massacres-dozens-of-afghan-farmers-as-they-slept.html – ” The workers had lit a bonfire and were sitting together when a drone targeted them,’ tribal elder Malik Rahat Gul told Reuters by telephone from Wazir Tangi… According to Reuters, a survivor of the drone strike said about 200 laborers were sleeping in five tents pitched near the farm when the attack happened… ‘Some of us managed to escape, some were injured but many were killed,’ said Juma Gul, a resident of northeastern Kunar province who had traveled along with laborers to harvest and shell pine nuts this week… Naturally, the US is responding to the situation with a canned response and refusing to accept responsibility… ‘U.S. forces conducted a drone strike against Da’esh (IS) terrorists in Nangarhar,’ said Colonel Sonny Leggett, a spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. ‘We are aware of allegations of the death of non-combatants and are working with local officials to determine the facts.’
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Greater Idlib: Is Syrian Army Advance Inevitable? – https://southfront.org/syrias-idlib-stronghold-of-democracy-or-hotbed-for-terrorism/ – “Before the conflict, the province of Idlib had a population of 1.5 million people. The UN says that some 3 million people currently live in Idlib. Most of them are Sunni Arabs, some are Syrian Turkomans protected by Turkey. Most of the members of other ethnic and religious communities (like Shias or Christians) were forced to flee from the area or were murdered by radicals controlling the area. Reports speculate that about 40% of the people now living in Greater Idlib come from other previously militant-held areas. These are current and former members of militant groups, their families and relatives. These predetermined the position of Idlib as the main hotbed of terrorism in the modern Syria… From the political point of view, the vast majority of the leadership of the Idlib militant groups and the entities affiliated with them align their policies with the attitude of Turkey. Publicly, they declare that the main goal of their efforts is the victory of the so-called Syrian Revolution and the reformation of the Syrian governance system under Sharia law. Nonetheless, these claims are just a formal part of the militants’ official propaganda. The actions of HTS and its allied groups during the past years demonstrate that they are in fact seeking to create a de-facto independent quasi-state under their own control and as a partial protectorate of Turkey.”
Airstrike on Iran-backed militia near Iraq-Syria border said to kill at least 5 – Reports say strike hits base belonging to Popular Mobilization Force for second time in two days; some have blamed Israel for attacks – by TOI staff and Judah Ari Gross – https://www.timesofisrael.com/airstrike-on-iran-backed-militia-near-iraq-syria-border-said-to-kill-at-least-5/ – “According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 10 pro-Iranian fighters were killed in an airstrike Tuesday by unmanned aerial vehicles, which reportedly targeted a training camp and ammunition storehouse… The Observatory and activist collective Deir Ezzor 24 said the strikes occurred near a newly constructed, but not yet operational Syrian border crossing with Iraq. The opening of the crossing, planned by Iraq and Syria, had been postponed several times in recent weeks.”
Will the IMF, the Federal Reserve, Negative Interest Rates and Digital Money Kill the Western Economy? – by Peter Koenig – https://www.globalresearch.ca/will-the-imf-the-federal-reserve-negative-interest-rates-and-digital-money-kill-the-western-economy/5689200 – “A horrendous trial on how an entire country, India, with the world’s second largest population, may react to demonization, was introduced in 2016 by President Modi, bending to the pressure of the western financial system, with support of the IMF and implementation funding by USAID. It amounted in a disastrous and cruel demonetization, invalidating almost over-night the most popular 100 Rupee (Rs) bank note, replacing it with a 200 Rs note – which in most places, especially in rural towns, where banks are scarce, was not available. Never mind that less than half of the Indian population has a bank account, where the bank note exchange transactions had to be carried out… The sudden disappearance of the most popular bank note – more than 80% of all monetary cash transactions in India took place in 100 Rs notes – was a proxy to digitization of money. Countless people starved to death especially in rural areas, because their 100 Rs were declared worthless and became unacceptable to buy food… Many have no or little idea, though, to what extent the private sector is involved in setting up such a hermetic countrywide data bank for the government. – Even if the regulator is within the government and you trust your government, how much can you trust the profit-oriented private sector in protecting your data?.. The surveillance state that you, among other clandestine intrusions into your privacy, will allow by willy-nilly accepting digitization of money, and eventually digitization of your entire private data, pales Orwell’s imagination of “1984”. Every citizen is registered in every western “security agency’s” electronic data bank – and of course those of the empire and Middle East affiliate, Israel, CIA, NSA, FBI, Mossad – and so on – no escaping anymore.”
Saudi Arabia Hired US Contractors To Procure Weapons That Ended Up In Hands Of ISIS Terrorists In Yemen – https://southfront.org/saudi-arabia-hired-us-contractors-to-procure-weapons-that-ended-up-in-hands-of-isis-terrorists-in-yemen/ – “US-procured weapons have ended up in the hands of ISIS terrorists in Yemen, an investigation by Dilyana Gaytandzhieva says. The investigation is based on internal documents from two Serbian companies, which she received from anonymous sources… The next part of the investigation includes scanned passports of US, Saudi and UAE arms dealers, as well as government officials exposing those behind the supplying of US-purchased weapons, produced in Serbia and delivered to ISIS fighters in Yemen.” – Comment: This highly detailed reporting by Gaytandshieva must be very inconvenient to the authors of the heinous Yemen war.
US hints at military response to Saudi attacks as oil prices surge – from Agence France Presse – https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/saudi-races-to-restore-oil-supply-after-strike-blamed-on-iran/ar-AAHjMy9 – “”There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!” Trump tweeted.” – Comment: Can the Warmonger-In-Chief even compose a coherent sentence, as he invites the Saudi Pathocrats to direct the military might of the Empire?