Web Research Links for the Week of 2/3/20

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Sacred Medicine Trees of North America – by Nick Polizzi – https://www.thesacredscience.com/sacred-medicinal-trees-of-north-america/ – “We spent the entire day walking through the woods, discussing the medicinal plants used for generations by the tribes of the Pacific Northwest… And though there were plenty of takeaways that completely changed my life, today I want to highlight 2 sacred trees that Dennis showed us because tree medicine is often overlooked!.. Let’s start with “The Tree of Life”: 1.) Oak Medicine… 2.) Pine Medicine”

Doctors at Wisconsin hospital call for changes amid backlash over child abuse cases – by Mike Hixenbaugh – https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/doctors-wisconsin-hospital-call-changes-amid-backlash-over-child-abuse-n1131151 – “The article, published last week, detailed the case of Dr. John Cox, a former emergency room physician at Children’s Wisconsin, who was charged with abusing his 1-month-old daughter, based largely on medical reports from child abuse specialists at his own hospital. More than 15 other medical experts who treated the baby or later reviewed the case concluded that the hospital’s child abuse team made serious errors, but Child Protective Services took her anyway, NBC News reported… The reporting sparked public backlash aimed at Children’s Wisconsin and state child welfare authorities — including from within the hospital… Several physicians told administrators during a series of staff “listening sessions” held in response to the reporting that they had serious concerns about the work of the hospital’s child abuse specialists, and some asked for an external investigation of their practices, according to four Children’s Wisconsin doctors who attended the meetings and spoke to a reporter on the condition of anonymity… Numerous physicians from across the hospital have spoken out at the meetings, attendees said, including cardiologists, neonatologists and infectious disease specialists.”

Airliner With 172 Passengers Almost Downed Due To Israeli Attack On Damascus: Russian MoD – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/airliner-172-aboard-almost-downed-due-israeli-attack-damascus-russian-modOn Friday  Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Israel’s attack directly endangered a passenger airliner. ‘An Airbus-320 with 172 passengers on board could have been targeted by Syrian missile defense systems because of Israel’s airstrikes on the Damascus suburbs on February 6, the plane was escorted out of the danger zone and assisted in landing at the Hmeymim air base,’ he told reporters, according to TASS‘The Israeli General Staff’s military air operations using passenger jets for cover or [for] blocking of retaliatory fire by Syrian missile systems is becoming a typical trait of the Israeli Air Force,” he [Maj.Gen. Konashenkov] noted… He said that the Israeli Air Force hit the outskirts of Damascus with airstrikes on February 6 without entering Syria’s airspace. Israeli fighter jets fired eight air-to surface missiles.’ ”

Chinese Doctor Who Was Silenced for Warning About Coronavirus Reportedly Dies at 34 – by John Vibes – https://themindunleashed.com/2020/02/chinese-doctor-who-was-silenced-for-warning-about-coronavirus-reportedly-dies-at-34.html – “Despite early praise from the World Health Organization (WHO) for China on their response to the recent novel coronavirus outbreak, the Chinese government is facing increasing backlash for its treatment of whistleblowers and journalists sharing news about the illness… For public health situations such as this, the Chinese government has a strict bureaucracy in place to ensure that any information or direction comes directly from the authorities, which means that anyone sharing information different from official statements is considered a risk to national “harmony” or “security.”.. Li Wenliang, a 34-year-old doctor working in Wuhan, was among the first of these whistleblowers who attempted to get the word out about the virus before it spread throughout the country.”

FBI Chief Says Russia’s ‘Information Warfare’ Against U.S. Has Not Easedhttps://www.rferl.org/a/30419711.html – “The chief of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says Russia is conducting an “information warfare” operation against the United States ahead of the 2020 presidential election, although he says he has not seen signs that Russian actors have attempted to breach election infrastructure… FBI Director Christopher Wray on February 5 told the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee that Moscow was using a covert social-media campaign to divide U.S. public opinion and exploit differences to create discord… The remarks are in line with conclusions by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia conducted similar operations during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, an assertion Moscow continues to deny despite overwhelming evidence that it did so… ‘They identify an issue that they know that the American people feel passionately about on both sides and then they take both sides and spin them up so they pit us against each other,’ Wray said… ‘And then they combine that with an effort to weaken our confidence in our elections and our democratic institutions which has been a pernicious and asymmetric way of engaging in affect information warfare.’ ” – Comment: I assume that Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty don’t have the capcity to see the irony in their posting an article about somene else using “information warfare.”

Democrats Blame Trump Supporters, Russia for Iowa Caucus Disaster Party blames supporters of President for jamming hotline – by Pippa Monroe – https://neonnettle.com/news/10232-democrats-blame-trump-supporters-russia-for-iowa-caucus-disaster – “Iowa Democrats are blaming Trump supporters for the caucus disaster which ensured following an app glitch in naming the winner of the opening 2020 primary contest in Iowa… After the app, which was run by three former Hillary Clinton campaign staffers, began encountering glitches in reporting the results to party headquarters, caucus leaders resorted to phoning-in their alignment and delegate data… But in the middle of all the chaos, the hotline number was posted online, which led to some officials being placed on hold for hours… NBC News floated the conspiracy theory that trolls may have mobilized using 4chan message boards… Meanwhile, The Federalist reported that Democrats are also blaming the Russians ford the vote-reporting app crashing during Monday’s Iowa Democratic caucuses.”

Turkish Military Establishes New “Observation Post” In Eastern Idlib Air Base (w/Video) – https://southfront.org/turkish-military-establishes-new-observation-post-in-eastern-idlib-air-base-video/ – “On February 6 morning, the Turkish military established a new observation post in the Taftanaz Air Base in the eastern Idlib countryside… The al-Moharar News, an outlet affiliated with the Turkish-backed Sahm Corps, released video showing dozens of battle tanks, armored vehicles and engineer vehicles of the Turkish Armed Forces to the air base.” – Note: the brief video included shows 18 heavy trucks carrying military armor on the road to this new “Observation Post.”

Syrian Army Captured Saraqib. Netanyahu ‘N Erdogan To The Rescue (w/Video 4 min) – https://southfront.org/syrian-army-captured-saraqib-netanyahu-n-erdogan-to-the-rescue/

Syrian Army Liberated Saraqib And Turkish Observation Posts From Militantshttps://southfront.org/syrian-army-liberated-saraqib-turkish-observation-posts-from-militants/ – “Saraqib is one of the biggest urban centers in southeast Idlib. The city is located on the strategic M5 highway which links the capital, Damascus, with the northern city of Aleppo… Last week, the Turkish Armed Forces established four “observation posts” around Saraqib in an expected move to contain the SAA advance on the town… Now, these posts are liberated from al-Qaeda-affiliated militants. So, if Turkish troops remain there, they can be sure that there is no more threat from al-Qaeda-linked terrorists.”

In Photos: Military Equipment And US-made Ammunition Captured By Syrian Army In Idlibhttps://southfront.org/in-photos-military-equipment-and-us-made-ammunition-captured-by-syrian-army-in-idlib/

Moscow Hints At Possible Fire Exchange Between Russian And Turkish Forces In Idlibhttps://southfront.org/moscow-hints-at-possible-fire-exchange-between-russian-and-turkish-forces-in-idlib/The Ministry also said at Russian and Turkish military experts being killed in January: ‘In mid-January, the Russian and Turkish military made another attempt to introduce a “ceasefire” in the Idlib de-escalation zone. But the terrorists not only did not reduce their combat activity, but rather increased attacks… Russian and Turkish military experts were tragically killed. Attempts to attack the Russian Hmeimim airbase with the use of attack drones do not stop.’.. The Russian side provided no further details. However, other reports from the ground allow to suggests that a possible fire exchange between Russian and Turkish forces took place (Note: Turkey did not report the casualties from this incident, which is unusual)Furthermore, the statement reads that the Syrian Arab Army is fighting on its sovereign land, against terrorists recognized as such by the UN Security Council, despite Turkey claiming that they are humanitarian workers that assist civilians primarily in being killed in various ways… ‘And there should not be any discrepancies. We are talking about the national territory of the Syrian Arab Republic and the militants, to fight with which is not only a right, but also an obligation of the government.’ ”

U.S. Blames Russians For Tensions In Northeastern Syriahttps://southfront.org/u-s-blames-russians-for-tensions-in-northeastern-syria/ – “On February 5th, US Envoy on Syria James Jeffrey said that the US and Russia were having successive standoffs in northeastern Syria…      ‘These are not daily occurrences, but they have been increasing in number, and thus it is troubling,’ Jeffrey said…  It is also incredibly likely that these troops are not contractors, but rather Russian Military Police… Jeffrey said Russia appeared to be making the incursions ‘to challenge our presence in the northeast.’.. Jeffrey also alleged that Russia was using its veto at the United Nations to block international aid deliveries to northwest Syria, where some 2.8 million people are dependent on such assistance… The “humanitarian aid” is likely made up of battle tanks and various smaller arms, as well as other military equipment… Earlier, on January 18th and January 22nd, US forces once again blocked Russian Military Police from patrolling in the oil-rich region, currently occupied by US forces and the US-backed Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)… The US appears to be viewing a version of reality entirely its own, in which Russian Military Police, which has an agreement to carry out patrols is not allowed to carry them out simply because of an unclear concern, but likely related to oil.” (underlined emphasis added)

Just A Little Sloppy Record-Keeping? The Pentagon’s $35 Trillion ‘Accounting Black Hole’ – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/just-little-sloppy-record-keeping-pentagons-35-trillion-accounting-black-hole – “Over the past two weeks of coronavirus headlines and heightened global anxiety, along with impeachment coverage and after over the Super Bowl weekend  Americans huddled in living rooms in blissful oblivion, a story which in more normal times would be front and center has gone largely unnoticed. To be sure, the Pentagon couldn’t be happier that this bombshell has taken a back burner in global headlines: The Pentagon made $35 trillion in accounting adjustments last year alone  a total that’s larger than the entire U.S. economy and underscores the Defense Department’s continuing difficulty in balancing its books… It sounds more appropriately news out of The Onion or Babylon Bee given this is *Trillions* and not just billions — though that itself would have been remarkable enough. Naturally, the first and only question we should start with is: how is this even possible?.. $35 trillion is close to 50-times the size of the Pentagon’s 2019 budget, so that means every dollar the Defense Department received from Congress was moved up to 50 times before it was actually spent, Clark said… “Trillions” explained away by a little benign neglect of simple documentation?.. Of course, in the real world outside the halls of government and of largely unchecked power, a mere single trillion would be enough send people to jail. Here we’re talking $30+ trillion and it appears this gaping accounting black hole bigger that most of the world’s past and future economies will itself be memory holed and explained away as being but the minor errors of some DoD pencil-pushers, apparently.”

Head of the Democratic Party calls on Iowa Democrats to recanvass after chaotic result count – by Isaac Stanley-Becker – https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/dnc-chair-calls-for-recanvas-in-iowa/2020/02/06/0ec4dc4c-4906-11ea-9164-d3154ad8a5cd_story.html – “Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, called Thursday for a recanvass in Iowa, three days after the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses ended with confusion and delayed results… ‘Enough is enough,’ he wrote on Twitter. ‘In light of the problems that have emerged in the implementation of the delegate selection plan and in order to assure public confidence in the results, I am calling on the Iowa Democratic Party to immediately begin a recanvass.’ ”

Turkey Stabs Russia In Back Or Results Of Erdogan’s Visit To Kiev – https://southfront.org/turkey-stabs-russia-in-back-or-results-of-erdogans-visit-to-kiev/ – “Turkey will provide the Ukrainian army with assistance funding in the framework of the deal recently signed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zekensly in Kiev. .. The Turkish posture, especially military assistance to Ukraine, caused a negative reaction within the Russian society, which considered Erdogan’s move as a direct attack on Russian interests… These developments come amid the ongoing escalation in the Syrian province of Idlib. Ankara continues supporting actions of radical militant groups (including those linked with al-Qaeda) that operate in the area. These groups are excluded from the de-escalation deal, but Turkey insists that the Syrian Army violates the ceasefire and threatens Turkish interests by attacking the terrorists… On February 5, Erdogan even threatened Syria with a declaration of war if the Syrian Army does not withdraw from the areas liberated from al-Qaeda.”

Stalin Burned 100s of 1000s of Russian Peasants’ Homes, But Everyone Blames Germany – Another WW2 Anti-German Slander Goes Up in Smoke – by Mike Walsh – https://russia-insider.com/en/history/stalin-burned-100s-1000s-russian-peasants-homes-everyone-blames-germany-another-ww2-anti – “Very few people know the detail of Joseph Stalin’s notorious Torch-Man Order. As a consequence people little realise that images depicting German atrocities are falsified. Filmed atrocities were the responsibility not of the Reich, but of England and America’s Soviet allies. There can be no excuse for using images of one’s own crimes to stigmatise one’s enemy. To do so to justify war is a war crime. The banality of evil is that the Torch-Man Order is censored in the West and disguised behind the bland index Order Number #0428… The detail of this disreputable Order is confirmed as accurate by the Russian government. Stalin’s Order #0428 authorised November 17, 1941, instructed Bolshevik irregulars to destroy everything within 40 to 60 kilometres of the rapidly advancing German forces… Stalin’s burnt earth policy was not what is claimed to be a strategy of depriving the Axis armies of sustenance. Stalin realised that communities terrorised by the Bolsheviks over twenty-five years welcomed the invading Reich armies as liberators. Churchill’s ally also knew that upon liberation entire Central European communities would assist the German occupiers. In Stalin’s eyes, the peasantry were already collaborators… The Order’s purpose was to indiscriminately slaughter communities before their being caught up in the German advance. The Order gave specific instruction that trained irregulars, wearing uniforms of captured and killed German troops, would indiscriminately kill peasants on an industrial scale. Especially sought for this purpose were uniforms of the Waffen SS.”

Erdogan Is Liar. Damascus Slams Turkish Remarks Regarding Situation In Syriahttps://southfront.org/erdogan-is-liar-damascus-slams-turkish-remarks-regarding-situation-in-syria/ – “Damascus has slammed the recent threats of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accusing him of lying and misleading the public… A source in the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates told the Syrian Arab News Agency on February 5, that Erdogan lied when he claimed that his troops entered northern Aleppo as a part of the 1998 Adana agreement…’Syria stresses that the Adana agreement requires coordination with the Syrian government as it is an agreement between two countries, therefore Erdogan, according to the requirements of the agreement, cannot act separately,’ the source said, adding ‘the Adana agreement to ensure border security between the two countries is indeed aimed at combating terrorism, but what Erdogan is doing is protecting his tools, the terrorist groups, which he provided and still has with various forms of support.’ ”

Coconut Oil’s History in Destroying Viruses, Including Coronaviruses – by Brian Shilhavy, Fabian M. Dayrit, Ph.D. and Mary T. Newport, M.D. – https://healthimpactnews.com/2020/coconut-oils-history-in-destroying-viruses-including-coronaviruses/ – “Coconut oil and its derivatives have been shown to be safe and effective antiviral compounds in both humans and animals. Because of the antiviral and antibacterial protection that it provides to animals, coconut oil, as well as lauric acid and monolaurin, is used in farm animals and pets as veterinary feed supplements in chicken, swine and dogs (Baltic et al., 2017)… Monolaurin has been shown to effectively protect chicken against avian influenza virus (van der Sluis, 2015). Li and co- workers (2009) prepared a gel containing monolaurin and found it to be highly active against repeated high viral loads of Simean immunodeficiency virus in macaques and Kirtane and co- workers (2017) developed a 35% gel of monolaurin for application in the female genital tract to protect against HIV… Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) has been used at low concentrations to inactivate viruses in milk of farm animals (de Sousa et al., 2019). SLS is the active constituent in commercial disinfecting wipes and standard laboratory disinfectants, and is an emulsifying agent and penetration enhancer in pharmaceutical preparations.”

Erdogan Threatens to Use Force Against Syrian Military in Idlibhttps://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Erdogan-Threatens-to-Use-Force-Against-Syrian-Military-in-Idlib-20200205-0004.html – “Erdogan said two of Turkey’s 12 observation posts, set up around a “de-escalation zone” in northwest Syria’s Idlib region as part of a 2017 agreement with Russia and Iran, were now behind Syrian government front lines… ‘We hope that the process of the regime pulling back behind our observation posts is completed in the month of February,’ he told members of his AK Party. ‘If the regime does not pull back during this time, Turkey will have to do this job itself.’.. He said the Turkish military would carry out air and ground operations in Idlib, when necessary… Erdogan has said Moscow, which supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and Ankara, which has backed rebels who tried to topple him, should resolve the conflict “without anger” and agreed with Russian President Vladimir Putin to improve coordination of their countries’ actions in Syria.”

No Results for the Iowa Democratic Primary – by Joe Gilbertson – punchingbagpost.com/2020/02/04/no-results-for-the-iowa-democratic-primary/ – “Yesterday’s Democratic primary in Iowa is a complete debacle. In one of the greatest embarrassments in electoral history, the Party’s new mobile app, meant to streamline voting in the caucus process that Iowa uses, has apparently failed and is not reporting its “three sets of data” correctly… From the Iowa Democratic Party: “We found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results. In addition to the tech systems being used to tabulate results, we are also using photos of results and a paper trail to validate that all results match and ensure that we have confidence and accuracy in the numbers we report. This is simply a reporting issue. The app did not go down and this is not a hack or an intrusion. The underlying data and paper trail is sound and will simply take time to further report the results… The candidates have each given their “victory” speech and left the state.”

Mystery hangs over arrest of top brain scientist – Harvard scientist Charles Lieber, an expert in nanotechnologies, had been doing work in China – by Stephen Bryen – https://www.asiatimes.com/2020/02/article/was-arrest-tied-to-military-brain-research-in-china/ – “Charles Lieber’s work with the Chinese, and his alleged failure to fully disclose the fact, certainly triggered the Defense Department and intelligence community’s concerns and more than likely they pushed the FBI and the Department of Justice to bring about Lieber’s indictment, using what appear to be numerous email and communications intercepts to build their case, many of which are in the unsealed indictment… Lieber is one of the top scientists involved with  Elon Musk in a rather secretive startup company called Neuralink. Musk has invested US$100 million of his own money and raised another $58 million for Neuralink, which now has a staff of 90… Robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and nanotechnology are at the forefront of weapons-building programs, with China the main current competitor to the US. LTG Robert P Ashley, Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), addressed the subject before the Association of the US Army… He focused directly on China, warning that China is “merging artificial intelligence with humans” using nanotechnology as the connective bridge. DIA, he said, ‘sees this as a major concern for the future of warfare.’.. Using nanotechnology to link the brain to machines and sensors, and AI to arbitrate the linkage, has roots that go back decades and involve the use of drugs and psychological techniques to manipulate the human brain. Horrid experiments were carried out by Nazi Germany on concentration camp inmates.” Comment: But Re: the (Rogue) U.S. Government’s importation of Nazi brain scientists, and the continuation of their work on Mind Control intensively in America since WWII: Crickets chirping…

Bolivia’s Coup-Born Regime Arrests Socialist Political Refugeeshttps://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Bolivias-Coup-Born-Regime-Arrests-Socialist-Political-Refugees-20200201-0003.html – “An official safe-conduct was supposed to allow them to leave the country.  That didn’t happen… Bolivia’s Former Mining Minister Cesar Navarro and former Agriculture Minister Pedro Dorado were arrested at the El Alto airport on Saturday when they were about to board a plane as political refugees… For the past 82 days, these Socialists politicians remained at the Mexican embassy. Yesterday, they received a safe-conduct allowing their free departure from the country… “The Mexican embassy transferred the asylees to the El Alto airport with the guarantee granted by the safe-conduct extended by the Bolivian government. In that sense, the asylees should be transferred to Mexico without any problem,” the Mexican diplomatic delegation tweeted… Even though international mediators accompanied the Socialist politicians, the Interior Ministry arrested them disrespecting the safe-conduct granted by its government.​​”

‘Corpses Taken Directly To Crematorium’ – New Accounts Detail Grisly Operation At Wuhan’s Fifth Hospital – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/corpses-taken-directly-crematorium-new-accounts-wuhans-fifth-hospital-detail – “Radio Free Asia (RFA) has tweeted a disturbing video on its Twitter account on Saturday morning detailing how those who died of coronavirus in Wuhan, the outbreak area in China, were loaded up on a bus and taken “directly to the crematorium.”.. RFA said (in a translated tweet): “[Latest Situation of Wuhan Fifth Hospital] Some Wuhan citizens entered Wuhan Fifth Hospital on February 1st and found many patients who died of pneumonia. The corpses were packed directly to the crematorium… RFA’s video is in line with our  report from Friday that said those who died of the deadly virus were hauled off to a crematorium in Wuhan by Chinese authorities… DW News East Asia correspondent William Yang cited a report from the Chinese-language news outlet Initium, which said cremation facilities in Wuhan were receiving bodies directly from hospitals without proper identification and were excluded from the official record.” – Note: Reports have emerged that Twitter accounts that are not mirroring the official State line on the “Coronavirus epidemic” are being removed from the platform.

The Conversation? “ethically misguided and downright dangerous” NOT to Censor Climate Deniers – by Eric Worral – https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/02/01/the-conversation-ethically-misguided-and-downright-dangerous-not-to-censor-climate-deniers – “University of Melbourne “Centre for Advancing Journalism” academic Denis Muller believes climate censorship should be added to legally binding journalistic professional codes of conduct… ‘His reasons were succinct: Climate change deniers and those shamelessly peddling pseudoscience and misinformation are perpetuating ideas that will ultimately destroy the planet.’.. Harm is a long-established criterion for abridging free speech. John Stuart Mill, in his seminal work, On Liberty, published in 1859, was a robust advocate for free speech but he  drew the line at harm: ‘[…] the only purpose for which power can be exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others…  Other harms too provide established grounds for limiting free speech. Some of these are enforceable at law – defamation, contempt of court, national security – but speech about climate change falls outside the law and so becomes a question of ethics.’… The author’s comparison of climate change to an imminent nuclear war is absurd. Climate change is a gradual process, with significant changes taking decades or even centuries to manifest… Even if climate skeptics were totally wrong, there is no justification for shutting down our right to be wrong. Unlike shouting “fire” in a crowded theatre, no single climate “shout”, no matter how wrong, has the potential to alter the trajectory of society to such an extent that measurable harm could be ascribed to it… If society lowers the bar of censorship to such an extent that publicly supporting a position which might be wrong but which causes no immediate harm qualifies as a punishable offence, then we have lost more than our right to free speech.” (underlined emphasis added)

Europe’s Green Deal: Same Hysteria, Same Destruction – by Andrew Moranhttps://www.zerohedge.com/political/europes-green-deal-same-hysteria-same-destruction – “Today’s brand of the left-leaning politician is all about substituting what sounds good for what actually works. Modern  politics, whether in the U.S. or Europe, is about taking a chainsaw to everything that produced even a modicum of success to appease the deities espousing progressive orthodoxy. There is no better example of this than fossil fuels, energy sources that have lifted us out of destitution and darkness and given us incredible wealth the world had never witnessed. What is the left interested in doing? Confiscation, cronyism, centralization, and coercion to combat climate change. The European Union will achieve these objectives through the boondoggle-in the-making Green Deal… What Is The Green Deal? : The European counterpart is a bit more realistic than the American version, aiming for net-zero emissions within 30 years rather than in a decade. But that is probably the best thing you can say about this proposal, which was approved by the European Parliament – some policymakers had requested even greater ambitions to be inserted inside the climate change scheme. Overall, the Green Deal is bad economics that will affect the already dreary conditions of Europe and exacerbate the slowdown.”

Senate To Call ‘Whistleblower’ As Part Of Three-Pronged Investigation Into Impeachment Origins – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/political/senate-call-whistleblower-part-three-pronged-investigation-impeachment-origins – ” ‘I want to understand how all this crap started,’ Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Fox News’s Sunday Morning Futures, who added that the Senate would begin their investigations “within weeks.”.. ‘The Senate Intel Committee under Richard Burr has told us that they will call the whistleblower,’ said Graham… After hearing second-hand about a July 25 call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky in which Trump asked for investigations into the Bidens, Ciaramella approached impeachment chieftain Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)’s office (which hired two of Ciaramella’s colleagues last year, including Sean Misko, who was hired in August)… Schiff’s team directed Ciaramella to “Coup has started” Democratic operative attorney Mark Zaid (who vowed to “get rid of” Trump in July of 2017), who helped the CIA ‘whistleblower’ file a complaint on a form which had been altered to allow hearsay.”

Oil Bear Market Sends Tanker Rates Plunging, Hopes For Global Rebound Fade – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/oil-bear-market-sends-tanker-rates-plunging-hopes-global-rebound-fade – “The coronavirus outbreak has sent Chinese oil demand, energy prices, and tanker freight rates plunging in the last three weeks… With more than a dozen cities locked down, 50 million people or more quarantined, and large manufacturing hubs shuttered, oil demand in China has collapsed by nearly three million barrels per day, or 20% of total consumption, as a result of the creeping economic paralysis unleashed by the coronavirus epidemic.  The drop is said to be the most massive demand shock the oil market has suffered since the global financial crisis of 2008 to 2009… The shock also has sent freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCC) on Mideast Gulf and U.S. Gulf to Asia routes to their lowest since mid-September, shipbrokers told Reuters… ‘The market had gone back to what it was before the COSCO sanctions came in,’ said one shipbroker referring to U.S. sanctions on the state-owned Chinese shipping firm.. The plunge in freight rates wasn’t limited to just tankers. We’ve noted that the Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index continues to plunge as the virus outbreak shuts down about two-thirds of China’s economy, leading to an economic shock that is starting to vibrate across the world, seen mostly in commodity prices, shipping rates, bond markets, widening credit spreads, and global equity prices at the moment.”.

Rare Direct Clash Between Turkish & Syrian Armies Leaves Scores Dead & Wounded – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/turkish-syrian-armies-rare-clashes-idlib-scores-killed-each-side – “However, Syrian Army statements and sources still say despite the Turkish interference they’ve advanced on the  flashpoint town of Saraqeb, considered crucial to liberating Idlib… In an alarming sign that the Syrian and Turkish armies could be on the brink of broader war in Idlib and northern Syria, the Britain-based opposition group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said Turkey shelled Syrian Army positions across three provinces, killing a total of eight soldiers as of Monday… Ankara has said Damascus’ push to take Idlib province is forcing hundreds of thousands of civilians to flee the assault towards the Turkish border, adding to Turkey’s refugee woes, which it claims has now reached 3.5 million it is hosting in its borders… Erdogan has threatened to act militarily against pro-Assad forces if they don’t cease their destructive offensive in war-torn Idlib. It now appears he’s making good on that threat, and we could see things escalate quickly — though it remains that Idlib is still recognized by the UN as sovereign Syrian soil (now occupied by al-Qaeda linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham), which Assad has vowed to liberate “every inch” of.”

Zerohedge Suspended On Twitter – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/political/zerohedge-suspended-twitter – “What appears to have happened is that twitter received a complaint from the website best known for publishing the discredited Steele dossier when no other media outlet would touch it, and making cat slideshows of course, Buzzfeed, in which someone called Ryan Broderick (who appears to have a rather “colorful” history), writes that Zero Hedge  ‘has released the personal information of a scientist from Wuhan, China, falsely accusing them of creating the coronavirus as a bioweapon, in a plot it said is the real-life version of the video game Resident Evil.’.. A few points: the article referenced by Buzz Feed, “Is This The Man Behind The Global Coronavirus Pandemic?”, is as the title implies, a question, and one which considering the huge significance and life or death import of the Coronavirus pandemic, has to be answered, especially since even the establishment’s Foreign Policy magazine writes bat soup, which is widely being cited and circulated by the mainstream press as the cause of the coronavirus breakout, is not the cause of the Wuhan virus. The widely read website Health.com also chimes in: “No, Coronavirus Was Not Caused by ‘Bat Soup‘”. Meanwhile, Business Insider writes ‘Experts think the Wuhan coronavirus jumped from bats to snakes to people. Bats have been the source of at least 4 pandemics.’.. So considering that Peng Zhou, who currently works at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, is the Leader of the Bat Virus Infection and Immunization Group at the Institute, the question certainly is a reasonable one and, in a normal world, would demand an answer from the established media (assuming it wasn’t afraid of risking lucrative Chinese funding) instead of leaving it to “fringe” websites.”

Coronavirus Censorship Promoted In Pandemic Exercise Is Now Happening! (6 min) – by Spiro Skouras

Did Bill Gates & World Economic Forum Predict Coronavirus Outbreak? An Inside Look May Shock You! (19 min) – by Spiro Skouras

More from the Selling-Bernie Desk: The Party’s Over: Bernie’s Last Dance With the Dems – by Jim Kavanagh – https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/01/31/the-partys-over-bernies-last-dance-with-the-dems/ – “His nomination would be a radical departure and would radically disrupt the Democratic Party and the whole political game, and he would have a great chance to win, opening new and substantively different and left, social-democratic possibilities in the U.S… Nowhere is this more evident than in his Medicare-for-All program, and nothing has been more revelatory then watching fauxgressives like Warren and Buttigieg moonwalk away from it. Bernie’s universal coverage single-payer program establishes healthcare as a human right, not a commodity. It concretely benefits the lives and enhances the social power of the great majority of citizens by taking public control of an essential service, and eliminating a predatory capitalist industry. That is why all the other Democratic candidates (save perhaps Tulsi, who has been unfairly but effectively rendered moot) reject it: they prefer maintaining health care as a commodity sold to consumers for a profit, just adding a generic version on the supermarket shelf; their “public option” is all about preserving the “profit option.” ” – Comment: Dream on.

From the What-The-Bernie-ites-Think Desk: Bernie Sanders’ Political Revolution Is Long Overdue – by Alan Minsky – https://www.truthdig.com/articles/bernie-sanders-political-revolution-is-long-overdue/ – “Indeed, ending our political stalemate would usher in the kind of progressive change polls indicate Americans would welcome with open arms. These policies include a reduced Pentagon budget, sane gun laws, a humane immigration policy (with a direct route to citizenship), the expansion of Social Security and the erasure of student debt, guaranteed vacation time, a $60,000 minimum salary for teachers, equal pay for equal work, a federal jobs guarantee and Medicare for all. Perhaps most important, we could respond to the climate emergency on a scale scientists say is necessary.”

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