Web Research Links for the Week of 2/24/20

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2A Under Fire In CA: Santa Clara Forms Gun Confiscation Team – by James Fite – https://www.zerohedge.com/political/2a-under-fire-ca-santa-clara-forms-gun-confiscation-team – “California continues to proudly lead the charge toward a disarmed citizenry. In the latest attack on the  Second Amendment, Santa Clara County is forming what they call a “county gun team” – a unit of lawyers, analysts, and prosecutors authorized to seek out and confiscate firearms from those the state feels shouldn’t have them… Okay, Fine. We’re Coming For Your GunsRemember when Democrats used to try to mollify armed Americans by saying, “No one’s coming for your guns” with every incremental gun control measure they proposed?.. Well, it’s official: They’re coming for the guns – some of them, at least. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. As Liberty Nation’s Graham J. Noble once wrote, ‘Democrats have never come across a gun restriction they didn’t like.’.. The Santa Clara Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve funding for the proposal, which was put forth by board president Cindy Chavez. The team will consist of seven people – three crime analysts, two lawyers, and two prosecutors. They will be tasked with identifying those who have been ordered to surrender their weapons and ensure these dangerous people aren’t still armed. If necessary, they’ll obtain search warrants for local law enforcement to go and take the guns.”

The Last Time This Happened Was Days Before The Great Depression – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/last-time-happened-was-days-great-depression – “The US equity market is suffering its worst start to a year since 2009… In the space of just six days, we went from record high to a ‘correction’ (over 3,000 Dow points and down over 10.5%)… What is most ominous is the fact that, as NatAlliance Securities reports,  ‘This would be only the second time in history that this has happened. The other? 1928.’.. In other words, the only other time the Dow Jones entered a correction this fast from an all time high was months before the start of the Great Depression.”

Syrian Army Shells Turkish Post In Southern Idlib. Casualties Reportedhttps://southfront.org/syrian-army-shells-turkish-post-in-southern-idlib-casualties-reported/ – “Early on March 2, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shelled a Turkish post near the town of Qmenas in the southern Idlib countryside, according to opposition sources… Idlib’s General Media Center said the army’s heavy artillery pounded the post repeatedly. In the shelling, several Turkish service members were injured… Pro-opposition activists claimed that several Turkish military helicopters flew into Idlib to evacuate the injured service members. However, this has not been confirmed, so far.”

Turkey Asks NATO to Join Its War Against Syria and Russia – by Eric Zuesse – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2020/02/29/turkey-asks-nato-to-join-its-war-against-syria-and-russia/ – “Going to war against Syria would mean going to war also against Russia, which is in Syria to protect Syria’s sovereignty over its own territory. If the United States accepts that Turkish proposal, then World War III will consequently result… Darius Shahtahmasebi  reported for Russia’s RT News on the morning of February 28th: ‘Turkey is calling for NATO’s protection after 33 of its soldiers were killed in an apparent Syrian airstrike in Idlib, allegedly while fighting in terrorist ranks. In the regional chaos that ensues, only one player stands to gain… Speculation over what’s to come next has seen #article 5 trending on Twitter in the hours following the attacks, after Omer Celik, spokesman for Turkey’s ruling AKP party, indicated to reporters in Ankara that he was looking at requesting formal NATO protection against Damascus and, by proxy, the Russian air force.’ “

Syrian Forces Counter-Attack Near Saraqib As Air War Heats Up Over Idlib (Maps, Videos) – https://southfront.org/syrian-forces-counter-attack-near-saraqib-as-air-war-heats-up-over-idlib/ – “According to Russian state media, Turkish F-16 fighter jets two times violated Syrian airspace over Idlib on March 1. This version says that Turkish fighter jets were responsible for downing of 2 Syrian Su-24 earlier today. Syrian pilots safely ejected from the warplanes and landed in the government-held area… Later on March 1, reports appeared that a third Syrian warplane was targeted by Turkish forces. However, these reports remain unconfirmed… The recent developments demonstrate that if Turkey continues avoiding employing its own troops in a direct fighting, its forces appear to be not able to deliver a swift and devastating blow to the Syrian Army and achieve the goal declared by its top leadership…”

Unverified Video Shows Turkish Troops Torturing Syrian Captives In Greater Idlibhttps://southfront.org/unverified-video-shows-turkish-troops-torturing-syrian-captives-in-greater-idlib/On February 29, Syrian activists shared a horrifying video allegedly showing Turkish service members torturing, beating and humiliating Syrian soldiers that had been captured by Turkish-backed militants in Greater Idlib… Several armed men who are supposedly service members of the Turkish military can be seen in the video taking turns beating up three captives, allegedly Syrian Arab Army (SAA) personnel… The brutal beating made some Syrian militants intervene to stop the Turkish service members. Nevertheless, they were pushed back. Towards the end of the video, the loud screams of the captives can be clearly heard.”

European Nightmare As Turkey “Opens The Gates” On Refugees While Covid-19 Ravages Nearby Iran – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/european-nightmare-turkey-opens-gates-refugees-covid-19-spreads-region – Turkey has announced it has opened its until now sealed border with Idlib for at least 72 hours, and will allow unhindered passage of refugees to Europe. So it begins, as Middle East Eye reports: ‘Turkey will open its southwestern border with Syria for 72 hours to  allow Syrians fleeing the pro-government forces’ assault free passage to Europe,’ Turkish official sources have told Middle East Eye…The decision came after a security meeting chaired by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara late on Thursday after 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in Syria’s Idlib province…’A senior Turkish official said on Thursday that Syrian refugees headed towards Europe would not be stopped either on land or by sea.’ ”

Idlib Escalation Is Slowly Pushing Turkey Towards Open Conflict With Russiahttps://southfront.org/idlib-escalation-is-slowly-pushing-turkey-to-open-conflict-with-russia/ – “The February 27 incident in Syria’s Idlib, in which at least 33 Turkish soldiers were killed, caused a new wave of anti-Syrian and anti-Russian hysteria among Turkish media and top Turkish officials… Mesut Hakki Casin, an adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, even claimed that Turkey had “fought Russia 16 times in the past, we will do it again.” Defense Minister Hulusi Akar also accused Russia of Turkish casualties claiming that strikes on Turkish troops continued even after the message to the Russian side: ‘This attack occurred even though the locations of our troops had been coordinated with Russian officials in the field,” Defense Minister Akar said. “Despite warnings after the first strike, the Syrian regime unfortunately continued its attacks, even targeting ambulances.’ (Note: Akar’s statement here is essentially a “mistruth”… The Russian Defense Ministry emphasized that the killed Turkish soldiers were embedded with terrorists (members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other al-Qaeda groups that Ankara supports) and that Turkish troops had not informed Russia about their deployement in the area. (underlined emphasis added)

From Feb. 28: Putin And Erdogan Talk Over Phone, As NATO Says It Won’t Do Anything To Support Ankara In Idlibhttps://southfront.org/putin-and-erdogan-talk-over-phone-as-nato-says-it-wont-do-anything-to-support-ankara-in-idlib/ – “On February 28th, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a phone call discussing the implementation of agreements in Idlib, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said… ‘Today, a phone call between presidents Putin and Erdogan has been held at the initiative of the Turkish leader. The talks were detailed. They discussed the need to do everything possible to implement the original agreements on the de-escalation zone [in Idlib],’ he said… Putin and Erdogan also allowed the possibility of holding new contacts on Idlib at different levels… ‘A possibility was discussed to shortly hold necessary contacts at this or that level. Literally an hour-and-a-half ago, reports came that the Russian and Turkish negotiators who worked in Ankara yesterday and the day before yesterday, had agreed to continue work today,’ Lavrov informed… Just days earlier, Lavrov said that any truce with the militants in Idlib would mean a capitulation to terrorism and that mustn’t happen.”

Washington State governor declares state of emergency over coronavirus, activates National and State Guard in preparation for hot martial law  – by Shepard Ambellas – https://www.intellihub.com/washington-state-governor-declares-state-of-emergency-over-coronavirus-activates-national-and-state-guard-in-preparation-for-hot-martial-law/ – “Washington State Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency on Saturday in all counties and authorized activation of U.S. military following the first publically announced death from COVID-19… ‘…The worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 and the effects of its extreme risk of person-to-person transmission throughout the United States and Washington State significantly impact the life and health of our people, as well as the economy of Washington State, and is a public disaster that affects life, health, property or the public peace,’ the proclamation states.”

Recep Tayyip Erdogan reveals his true intentions in Eastern Europe and Western Asia (1 1/2 min) – https://twitter.com/i/status/1232023437520048128

Turkey Has Fought Russia 16 Times In The Past, Will Do It Again If Need Be: Erdogan Foreign Affairs Advisorhttps://southfront.org/turkey-has-fought-russia-16-times-in-the-past-will-do-it-again-if-need-be-erdogan-foreign-affairs-advisor/ – “On February 28th, Mesut Hakki Casin, an adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey had ‘fought Russia 16 times in the past, we will do it again.’.. Mesut Hakki Casin, a professor at Istanbul’s Yeditepe University and a member of the foreign affairs board that advises Erdogan, said 25 million Muslims live in Russia… He said Russia will be “dismembered from within,” according to a tweet posted by Ahval.”

Coronageddon: Can a “Minsky Moment” be Avoided? – by Mike Whitney – https://www.unz.com/mwhitney/coronageddon-can-a-minsky-moment-be-avoided/ – “There’s a chance that the coronavirus will be contained in the United States and that fewer people will be infected than in China or Iran. But there’s also a possibility that the highly-contagious virus will spread and that there will be sporadic outbreaks across the country. If this latter scenario takes place, then the ructions in the stock market will intensify making it impossible to form a bottom or spark a relief rally. If stocks can’t find a bottom, then pressure will build on the weak players, who purchased securities with borrowed cash, to sell their good assets along with the bad in order to repay their debts. These massive selloffs can quickly turn into firesales where it’s nearly impossible to find a buyer regardless of price. This is what the financial media calls “panic selling”, a vicious, self-reinforcing downward spiral in which stock prices collapse in a frantic, disorderly selloff. The phenomenon has also been described by Pimco’s Paul McCulley as a “Minsky Moment”.”

NYSE Announces Disaster-Recovery Test Due To Virus Fears – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/nyse-announces-disaster-recovery-test-due-virus-fears – “In a somewhat shocking sounding move, given administration officials’ ongoing effort to calm the public fears over the spread of Covid-19, The New York Stock Exchange has announced it will commence disaster-recovery testing in its Cermak Data Center on March 7 amid coronavirus concern, Fox Business reports in a tweet, citing the exchange: ‘During this test, NYSE will facilitate electronic Core Open and Closing Auctions as if the 11 Wall Street trading floor were unavailable,’ Fox says… To reiterate, the disaster recovery plan is to check the process that would occur if Covid-19 ‘public distancing’ proposals come into effect and effectively shut the trading floor?!.. The test is reported to occur March 7 between 8:30 am-11 am.”

US Counterintelligence: Protectionism And Censorship Need Ramping Up In Order To Counter China and Russiahttps://southfront.org/us-counterintelligence-protectionism-and-censorship-need-ramping-up-in-order-to-counter-china-and-russia/ – “The National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) unveiled the National Counterintelligence Strategy of the United States of America 2020-2022 on February 10th: ‘Today’s strategy represents a paradigm shift in addressing foreign intelligence threats as a nation.  While past counterintelligence strategies categorized the threat by our top foreign nation-state adversaries, this one focuses on five key areas where foreign intelligence entities are hitting us hardestand where we need to devote greater attention – critical infrastructure, key U.S. supply chains, the U.S. economy, American democratic institutions, and cyber and technical operations,’ said NCSC Director William Evanina… ‘With the private sector and democratic institutions increasingly under attack, this is no longer a problem the U.S. Government can address alone.  It requires a whole-of -society response involving the private sector, an informed American public, as well as our allies,’ Director Evanina added… According to the strategy, which was signed by President Trump on January 7, 2020 and can be found on the Department of National Intelligence website [pdf], three principal trends characterize the counterintelligence threats to the US.: ● The number of threat actors targeting the U.S. is growing, ranging from state actors like Russia, China, Iran, Cuba, and North Korea; to non-state actors like Lebanese Hizballah, ISIS and al-Qaeda; to hacktivists, leaktivists and those with no formal ties to foreign intelligence services. ● These threat actors have increasingly sophisticated intelligence capabilities and technologies at their disposal, including advanced cyber tools, biometric devices, high-resolution imagery, enhanced technical surveillance equipment, advanced encryption and big data analytics. ● Threat actors are using these enhanced capabilities against an expanded set of targets and vulnerabilities. While foreign intelligence entities are targeting most federal agencies in the U.S., including those without a national security mission, they are also targeting a broad array of private sector and academic entities and seeking to influence U.S. public opinion.”

As Americans Distracted by Trump Tweets, President Quietly Attacks Medical Pot Protections – by Matt Agorist – https://thefreethoughtproject.com/marijuana-reform-trump-tweets-distract/ – “Despite what president Trump says to certain crowds on the campaign trail, his actions in office speak far louder than empty promises on the road. Trump has never openly supported marijuana legalization though he said he had no objection to US states legalizing forms of marijuana. When it came time to act, however, he did the opposite… According to a recent report from the Sun Sentinel, the Trump Administration has proposed removing medical marijuana protections  in the 2021 fiscal budget and leaked audio revealed the President’s belief that smoking weed makes you dumb… What’s more, Marc Lotter, a top Trump campaign spokesperson who serves as director of strategic communications for Trump’s 2020 campaign, was asked about the President’s stance on changing federal cannabis laws, and minced no words when he said the devil’s lettuce has no place in the legal market.. ‘I think the president is looking at this from a standpoint of a parent—a parent of a young person—to make sure we keep our kids away from drugs,’ Lotter said. ‘They need to be kept illegal. That is the federal policy.’ ”

Hong Kong Embraces Helicopter Money – Govt Gives Every Adult Citizen HK$10,000 – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/hong-kong-embraces-helicopter-money-govt-gives-every-adult-citizen-hk10000 – “Hong Kong just went full monetary-policy retard… In a desperate effort to “do something” about the economic collapse that the region is suffering… Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po is set to unveil a HK120 billion relief deal which includes ‘helicopter money’ – giving every Hong Kong permanent resident over the age of 18 a cash handout of HK$10,000 (around US$1,300) to, reportedly, ease the burden on individuals and companies.”

Ron Paul Blasts Trump’s Betrayal Of Julian Assange – by Ron Paul – https://www.zerohedge.com/political/ron-paul-trumps-betrayal-julian-assange – “The Trump Administration argues that the Australian Assange should be tried and convicted of espionage against a country of which he is not a citizen. At the same time the Trump Administration argues that the First Amendment does not apply to Assange because he is not an American citizen! So Assange is subject to US law when it comes to publishing information embarrassing to the US deep state but he is not subject to the law of the land – the US Constitution – which protects all journalists and is the backbone of our system of government… It is ironic that a President Trump who has been victim of so much deep state meddling has done the deep state’s bidding when it comes to Assange and Wikileaks. President Trump should preempt the inevitable US show trial of Assange by granting the journalist blanket pardon under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.”

Bloomberg, In Freudian Slip, Brags He “Bought” Democratic Majority In The House In 2018 – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/political/bloomberg-freudian-slip-brags-he-bought-democratic-majority-house-2018 – “A Freudian slip by  billionaire Mike Bloomberg is what seems to be getting most attention following last night’s South Carolina debate, even attracting Washington Post commentary and the rare attention of the mainstream in a moment underscoring how the elites view their role in America’s two-party system… ‘Let’s just go on the record, they talk about 40 Democrats,’ Bloomberg said, referring to former Vice President Joe Biden… ‘Twenty-one of those were people that I spent $100 million to help elect,’ he continued… ‘All of the new Democrats that came in and put Nancy Pelosi in charge and gave the Congress the ability to control this president, I bough-… I got them.’ ” – Comment: Oops.

Russia Slams US For Floating ‘Truce’ Talks With Terror Groups In Idlib – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/russia-slams-us-floating-truce-talks-terror-groups-idlib – “The problem is, as Moscow pointed out, these groups which are also bolstered by thousands of foreign fighters, include internationally designated terrorist organizations —especially the main group occupying the northwest province, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (or HTS, formerly Nusra Front)… Addressing a press conference at the start of this week alongside Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov said he was ‘concerned about the attitude of some Western states’ toward al-Qaeda groups operating in Syria. He noted these groups ‘are officially on terrorist organizations’ lists compiled by the U.N. Security Council, they are also on the U.S.’ national list of terrorist organizations.’.. But then he lambasted top US envoy for the region James Jeffrey, who was recently in Turkey, for appearing to suggest that  al-Qaeda faction HTS should not be recognized as a terrorist organization… Newsweek reported of special envoy to Syria Jeffrey’s remarks: ‘The remarks come after James Jeffrey, the U.S. special representative on Syria and special envoy to the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), told a press briefing earlier this month he had not seen Hayat Tahrir al-Sham ‘planning or carrying out international terrorism attacks.’ He made similar comments days earlier… It follows a years-long pattern of both Washington officials and mainstream US media soft-peddling and even romanticizing terrorist groups in Syria, on the mere basis they are fighting to overthrow America’s enemy Assad… And it’s no secret that the CIA and Pentagon were actively funding, arming, and training violent Islamist factions for years, branding them as “moderates” — even helping jihadists take over Idlib in the first place in 2015.”

Leaked Documents Reveal Coronavirus Infections Up to 52 Times Higher Than Reported Figures in China’s Shandong Province – by Nicole Hao – https://www.theepochtimes.com/leaked-documents-reveal-chinas-shandong-province-faked-coronavirus-infection-data-real-numbers-up-to-52-times-higher_3251354.html – “Each day from Feb. 9 to Feb. 23, Shandong authorities underreported the number of infections, according to internal data compiled by the Shandong Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (SCDC). The SCDC kept a tally of the number of people who tested positive for the virus during nucleic acid testing—using a diagnostic kit to test patient samples and detect whether they contain the virus’s genetic sequence… As of Feb. 25, the Shandong government stated that there were a total of 755 infections in the province. But the internal document showed that 1,992 people had tested positive for the virus via nucleic acid testing as of Feb. 23… The government publicly stated that there were four newly diagnosed patients on Feb. 22, but the internal document said that there were 61 positive tests that day.”

Innocent Mom Gave Permission for Cops to Search Her Home, They Destroyed It With Grenades Instead – by Matt Agorist – https://www.activistpost.com/2020/02/innocent-mom-gave-permission-for-cops-to-search-her-home-they-destroyed-it-with-grenades-instead.html – “Cops in Idaho managed an epic act of incompetence when they shot up and teargassed a woman’s home — even though she had given them the key — after initiating an hours-long standoff with an empty home, occupied only by the family pet… ‘Basically, they had a standoff with a dog,’ Shaniz West’s attorney said at the time. Now, after fighting the corrupt system that left this innocent mother and her children homeless, she is fighting her case all the way up to the Supreme Court, thanks to the Institute of Justice... The question brought forth before the Supreme Court of the United States is this: If you tell cops they can search your home, can they legally stand outside and fire dozens of tear gas grenades inside and destroy everything you own, and do so with impunity?.. So far, the answer has been yes they can. Hopefully, however, that is all about to change… ‘During the course of the standoff Caldwell police officers broke numerous windows to gain entry, crashed through ceilings while they were maneuvering through the home, and punctured holes in the house by shooting canisters of tear gas that released noxious chemicals into the home,’ West explained… Unsurprisingly, officers nearly decimated the house and everything inside — even though they had possession of the key the entire time.”

Talk about truce with terrorists in Idlib means surrender — Lavrovhttps://tass.com/politics/1123591 – “According to him, the international community and the Human Rights Council need to create a barrier against extremists because some forces tend to justify the atrocities of radical and terrorist groups. ‘Otherwise it is hard to explain their statements about a possible truce with bandits, which are made during discussions of the situation in Idlib,’ Lavrov pointed out. ‘It has nothing to do with concerns about human rights, it is a surrender to terrorists, which would encourage them to continue blatantly violating universal conventions and numerous United Nations Security Council resolutions,’ the Russian top diplomat added.”

Joe Biden Falsely Claims 150 MILLION Americans Killed In Shootings Since 2007 – by Daniel Newton – https://neonnettle.com/news/10438-joe-biden-falsely-claims-150-million-americans-killed-in-shootings-since-2007 – “Presidential candidate Joe Biden made the false claim on Tuesday during the CBS News’ debate that 150 million Americans have been killed since 2007 from shootings… Biden said during the Democratic debate: ‘Imagine if I stood here and said we give immunity to drug companies, we give immunity to tobacco companies. That has caused carnage on our streets.’..  ‘150 million people have been killed since 2007 when Bernie voted to exempt the gun manufacturers from liability, more than all the wars, including Vietnam from that point on.’ ”

Galaxies millions of light years apart seem to be connected by invisible ‘large scale structures’ – by Arjun Walia – https://www.collective-evolution.com/2020/01/30/galaxies-millions-of-light-years-apart-seem-to-be-connected-by-invisible-large-scale-structures/ – “In Brief: ● The Facts: A study published in The Astrophysical Journal in October found that hundreds of galaxies were rotating in sync with the motions of galaxies that were tens of millions of light years away. This suggests that an invisible force somehow connects them… ● Reflect On: How much of what we know, and what we think we know, is false? Are our minds open to accepting new concepts of reality that don’t fit within the framework of accepted knowledge?.. “We are all connected” — a statement that may evoke an eye-roll from someone you express this to. This is common when it comes to such topics, or any topic that dives into the ‘spooky’ world of quantum physics, which seems to be directly intertwined with philosophy and metaphysics in various ways.  These subjects are going to really conflict with the belief systems of many, and that’s ok.”

The Global Economy Was Sinking Long Before The Coronavirus Appeared – by Brandon Smith – http://www.alt-market.com/index.php/articles/4123-the-global-economy-was-sinking-long-before-the-coronavirus-appeared – “I’ve noticed very recently (in the last week) that this attack response is shifting in an interesting way. Where propaganda peddlers used to call us “paranoid”, now they argue that ‘our prepping or precious metals stacking won’t save us…’  People are ‘coming to take our supplies…’ they say. That’s quite a 180-degree flip-flop. As preppers and alternative economists are proven more and more right every day, the narrative has changed from telling us we’re wrong, to telling us we will be sorry for being right… Who benefits the most if you and the majority of people have no contingency plan? Who has something to gain by trying to convince you to ignore the obvious?.. As mentioned, if they can’t win by conning the liberty movement into turning a blind eye to the facts, they have decided to let us know that it doesn’t matter and we will still be made to suffer for our defiance. This confirms my long-time argument that prepping is only the beginning of the fight; it is a means to an end. The real fight will be for our freedoms and the freedoms of future generations. Those who think the goal is only about survival are severely mistaken. Personal survival would be nice, but the survival of our principles and our way of life takes precedence, and this will require us to do a lot more than merely stock supplies and hide out in the woods… There is no stimulus measure that can fix this problem – at the most the central banks could prolong the inevitable for another year perhaps, but why would they when they have multiple scapegoats to blame the crash on?.. Donald Trump continues to set himself up as one of these scapegoats as he still dismisses the coronavirus pandemic as nothing to be worried about, claiming “some people think” it will be gone by April.  His constant habit of attaching his administration to the performance of the stock market is bizarre when one takes into account that he called the markets a massive “bubble” inflated by the Fed during his 2016 campaign… I continue to believe according to the evidence that this is his job. The banking elites he is surrounded by in his cabinet call the shots in the White House. Trump’s purpose is to act as a magnet for controversy and distraction while ignoring blaring alarms of impending crisis; he is meant to play the role of the bumbling villain.  His response to the Cov19 virus so far fits that theory… Whatever happens in the coming months, never forget that the economic and geopolitical situation has been dire for years. The coronavirus, while a legitimate threat that must be taken seriously, is also highly beneficial to a select group of elites who now have perfect cover to move forward with an economic collapse that they have been planning for some time.”

My reply to Brandon Smith’s article, posted above:

Yes, we are certainly entering “Crunch Time” now. I think our effective responses to this will call on all our inner resources, not just in negotiating the material circumstances that will, in waves, become increasingly dire.

I will suggest that what approaches is not just a change in “The System.” I think this is the legendary “Paradigm Shift” that I saw was inevitable for us back in the early 70’s. As in the famous meme (mis-attributed to Einstein) that “We can’t solve our dilemmas from within the same context of thinking that created them,” we are rapidly approaching the end of being able to function within the normative liberal worldview that has dominated humanity since the reawakening of The Renaissance. This is typified by an overall frame of Materialism – the idea that everything can be explained as “caused” within a finite physical “creation.”

But what is emerging everywhere in the world now, with all of us who have peeked through the veil of this Cartesian Reality Set, is a new model of where we are emerging from in each moment, and how real change appears by allowing it to emerge from the living infinite nature we all share.

To cut to the chase, we have to see through and through the illusions of our egos, the highly hypnotic identification with the story of ourselves as beings separate from the rest of life. The psychopaths who think they run the temporal world are entirely trapped within this spell. And they’re at war with us, with common humanity. Our awakening can only be a threat to them, as shown by Brzezinski’s overt obsession with what he called the Global Political Awakening for the last years of his life.

Life is real, but it’s not what we generally assume it is. It is us. We are all in direct contact with each other, non-locally, in every instant. I think this will become common knowledge as this unfolds. “They” can try to shut down the Internet to keep us from working together. It will avail them nothing. Our ultimate success is assured regardless of what happens with physical circumstance. Stay true to your inner nature. It will support you.

The SKY NEWS article by Ms. Crawford is filled with misinformation – Idlib Fact-Check: SKY NEWS from the UK has got the facts wrong – by Steven Sahiounie – https://www.mideastdiscourse.com/2020/02/25/idlib-fact-check-sky-news-from-the-uk-has-got-the-facts-wrong/ – “On February 21, 2020, Alex Crawford of SKY NEWS, a UK news media, filed an article concerning Idlib.  She had traveled to Idlib, in northwest Syria illegally, without any Visa to enter Syria.  She entered illegally across the Turkish border which is under the control of the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, Jibhat al-Nusra, aka Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham.  This group is not an armed Syrian opposition or rebels; they are internationally recognized terrorists, deemed so by the UN, the US and the UK… The SKY NEWS article by Ms. Crawford is filled with misinformation… From the beginning of the article, we see a statement that seventy hospitals have been bombed in Idlib.  However, when we check with information before the 2011 conflict, we find that Idlib province had only 1 large public hospital, providing free medical care to all, and three smaller private hospitals, making a total of four hospitals.  While there are more than seventy hospitals in the entire country, there have never been seventy hospitals in a province the size of Idlib, which is an insignificant area known for olives and farmers. It does not have oil wells or other overtly industrial assets… The SKY NEWS article compares Idlib to Birmingham. Let us take the comparison further, wondering what would the UK government response be if a terrorist group was to occupy Birmingham and hold unarmed civilians as human shields, to be used as bargaining chips in negotiations? The likely response would be to call the skilled British Armed Forces, of the Counter-Terrorism units, who honed their skills on the battlefields of Afghanistan. If the UN Security Council met to demand to cease any attack on the terrorists in Birmingham, what would be the Prime Minister’s response?.. The article says many of the displaced civilians of Idlib are headed north to the Turkish occupied town of Afrin. This would indicate they made that choice based on following the Muslim Brotherhood, which is a global terrorist organization outlawed by Egypt, Syria, Russia, and others, but is the ruling political ideology of Erdogan and his AK party… The extremists in Idlib do not want to live in freedom, they prefer to live under Sharia, which is Islamic law, and that is what they are fighting for.  Some experts call their ideology “Islamo-fascism” because they believe only their way is right.”

BETRAYAL: At Least 5 Mil Illegals Enter in 2019, Trump Looks Other Way – US Workers Sold Out to Big Agri (Audio + Transcript) – by Jazzhands McFeels & James Allsup – https://russia-insider.com/en/betrayal-least-5-mil-illegals-enter-2019-trump-looks-other-way-us-workers-sold-out-big-agri-audio – “There have been a lot of headlines lately trumpeting the fact that illegal border crossings from Mexico are way down over the past year. But this is not true. The team at the FTN podcast make a compelling argument, that, in fact, the number is alarmingly high… They bring up the following troubling facts: For starters, nobody really knows what percentage of illegal border crossers are apprehended by ICE (Immigration Customs Enforcement). Best estimates by ICE suggest that they are able to intercept 1 out of every 10. But it could be more. It could be 1 in 15, or even 1 in 20. The US government, which spends literally $100s of billions spying on their own people, can’t be bothered to figure this one out, but we digress …”

From The-Truth-Is-Stranger-Than-Fiction Desk: The BEST NEWS re CΟRΟNΑ VΙrus you’ve heard all month! Kinda. (57 min) – by Dana Ashley – Comment: Very important research from Ms Ashley on this complicated set of topics.

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