Web Research Links for the Week of 10/28/19

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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 SyriaThere 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 Caracashttps://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.”

Closer Look At Russia-Created Pontoon Bridge Across Euphrates River Near Deir Ezzorhttps://southfront.org/closer-look-at-russia-created-pontoon-bridge-across-euphrates-river-near-deir-ezzor/

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.

CA Insurance Exodus: Homeowner Coverage Evaporating in the Wake of the California Wildfires – by Jenny Jayne – https://www.theorganicprepper.com/insurance-homeowner-california-wildfires/

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 Villageshttps://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.”

Roger Waters: The US and UK are Trying to KILL Julian Assange! (w/Video 28min) – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52451.htm

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?”

It’s happening! Britain WILL head to polls this winter as lawmakers vote for December 12 snap election (WATCH LIVE) – https://www.rt.com/uk/472114-december-snap-general-election/

Trump Rids Major U.S. Container Port of Chinese Communist Controlhttp://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.”

California Wildfires Geoengineered & DEW Attackshttp://stateofthenation2012.com/?page_id=110167 – w/link to Millenium Report article on 2018 Cali Fires

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’.”

Live Fire Web App (by Paul Doherty) – This is a web mapping application made from my personal ArcGIS Online account to provide real-time information about wildfire incidents. – https://www.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=38af98f710d94937a61eb0789211de54&extent=-13642507.3789%2C4942975.2539%2C-13612658.7193%2C4961587.6703%2C102100Note: Zoom in on the current Cali-Fires (try the Kincaid Fire near Geyserville) and check out the incredibly regular grids of the satellite-detected hotspots that started the fires.

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 Protestshttps://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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