Web Research Links for the Week of 8/17/20

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Resistance is Fertile! – by James Corbett – https://hive.blog/news/@corbettreport/resistance-is-fertile – “We are being studied by the Borg of the new biosecurity paradigm. They are assigning us a “Resistance Quotient.” At the precise moment that the cost/benefit ratio dips below their calculated threshold, they will begin the forced vaccinations (and whatever else they’re planning)… “Resistance is futile” is a lie. It’s a bluff, fed to you by the enemy themselves. They want you to believe that you have no power so that you never attempt to use that power. And if you lay down and let them walk all over you, they will not hesitate to do so… Never forget: Resistance is fertile. You may be defeated, but you will never be assimilated if you don’t give up. Resistance is Fertile!”

The Carney/Freeland Green Reset Shapes Canada’s ‘New Normal’ – by Matthew Ehret – https://fort-russ.com/2020/08/the-carney-freeland-green-reset-shapes-canadas-new-normal/ – “The problem with Carney’s post-COVID vision is that “value” is tied not to the rising of living standards, human creative reason or national productive powers of labour that characterized the creative growth of human civilization for the past several centuries but rather upon the TOTAL INVERSE. By placing values on reducing human activity, reducing carbon footprints, reducing traces of human activity upon the earth- the potential to sustain life will not only be consciously reduced  but financially incentivized. Under a Green New Deal, humanity will effectively be imposing forms of energy, and practices onto ourselves which will ensure that we never participate in any large scale projects characteristic of the New Silk Road, Polar Silk Road, Asteroid Defense etc… and will never become capable of freeing themselves from a Malthusian class of supranational bankers managing a post-nation state world order from above… …If on the other hand, we happen to live in an open system, creative, anti-entropic universe and express a species characteristic of transcending our “limits to growth” by making new discoveries and translating those discoveries into new scientific and technological progress, then not only should Freeland, Carney and other Green New Dealers be removed from all positions of high office, but nations should join the multipolar alliance which puts value on increasing humanity’s potential rather than killing off our species under a 21st century blood letting.”

US is willing to dismantle the UN Security Council to put pressure on Iran – by Scott Ritter – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/55493.htm – “The UN Security Council is navigating uncharted waters, having never been confronted with a challenge of this nature in its entire 75-year history. There is every reason to believe that the US will submit a resolution for consideration following the expiration of the 30-day notification period, and then veto it itself, thereby triggering the automatic “snap back” of UN sanctions. There is also every reason to believe that the Security Council will seek to block the US through various procedural formalities designed not to formally recognize the US demands, and thereby preventing the submission of any resolution… A likely outcome will be that the Security Council fails to recognize the US submission of a resolution, followed by the US refusing to recognize the Security Council’s ability to prevent such a resolution from being submitted. The US will seek to submit the resolution, then immediately veto it, and claim that the “snap back” has been accomplished. The rest of the Security Council will reject this action, and deem the JCPOA to be in play, free of UN sanctions. The US will then sanction any party which fails to comply with the UN sanctions… If this were in fact to occur, it would mean the functional death of the UN Security Council, an outcome many in the Trump administration appear willing to live with. Faced with the inevitability of this outcome, some members–especially the French, Germans and Brits–may be compelled to reexamine their position on the lifting of the arms embargo, seeking a compromise solution that salvages the JCPOA while denying Iran access to Russian and Chinese armaments. This may be the goal of the US all along. If so, it is an extremely dangerous one that is based on a false predicate, namely that there is a combination of economic and diplomatic pressure that can be placed on Iran to compel it to renegotiate the JCPOA. Simply put, there is not, and for the Trump administration to proceed as if there is only endangers regional and international peace and security.”

Mali Coup Leader Was Trained by the US – The 2nd US-trained coup leader in 8 yearsby Geoffrey Yorkhttps://www.anti-empire.com/mali-coup-leader-was-trained-by-the-us/ – “Colonel Assimi Goita, who participated in a U.S.-led training exercise last year and graduated from a separate U.S. training course in 2016, has declared himself the chairman of the junta that arrested Mali’s president and prime minister and seized control of the West African country this week… Photos on U.S. websites, now deleted without explanation, show a U.S. military trainer posing with Col. Goita during an exercise in West Africa last year, and U.S. officials giving him a certificate from an educational course at a U.S.-German security centre in 2016… A coup in Mali in 2012 was led by Captain Amadou Sanogo, who received U.S. training on six separate occasions. His involvement in that coup was “very worrisome for us,” the commander of the U.S. Africa Command acknowledged later.”

#BlueLeaks Reveal Fusion Centers Employ Undercover Agents to Target Activists – by Derrick Broze – https://www.thelastamericanvagabond.com/blueleaks-reveal-fusion-centers-employ-undercover-agents-target-activists/ – “Fusion Centers are centralized systems that pool and analyze intelligence from federal, state, local, and private sector entities. The National Network of Fusion Centers was created after the 9/11 attacks to provide for more streamlined communication between federal and local agencies. The Fusion Centers have been criticized as violations of civil liberties and a danger to separation of federal and local governments, and the abuses of these centers predate #BlueLeaks, including targeting of protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Most infamously, in 2009 it was revealed that the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) was targeting supporters of third party candidates, Ron Paul supporters, anti-abortion activists, and “conspiracy theorists” as potential domestic extremists… Some reports on #BlueLeaks have shown police using counter-surveillance methods on Black Lives Matter protesters and concerns of face masks blocking facial recognition. However, due to the size of the #BlueLeaks files, important information is still being found and reported on.”

Biden Says He Would Shut Country Down if (“Science”) Advisors Told Him To – byJay Greenberg – https://neonnettle.com/news/12406-biden-says-he-would-shut-country-down-if-advisors-told-him-to – “Former Vice President Biden  made the pledge in a Friday interview with ABC News, saying he would “listen to the scientists” and shut down the country again if scientists recommended doing so… ‘I would shut it down; I would listen to the scientists,’ Biden declared… Biden made the comments for an interview set to air Sunday while appearing alongside vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris in their first joint interview as the Democratic Party’s official nominees… ‘I will be prepared to do whatever it takes to save lives because we cannot get the country moving until we control the virus,’ Biden told Muir… ‘In order to keep the country running and moving and the economy growing, and people employed, you have to fix the virus, you have to deal with the virus.’.. In his Democratic convention speech, Biden said that tackling the coronavirus would be his first task if elected… ‘As president, the first step I will take will be to get control of the virus that’s ruined so many lives,’ Biden said.”

Nolte: Magnificent Mile Riots, Looting Hit Democrat-Run Chicago – by John Nolte – https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/08/10/nolte-magnificent-mile-riots-looting-hit-democrat-run-chicago/ – “The details reveal just how organized this was… The looting and rioting started just after midnight and lasted “nearly five hours.”   Get this… “People darted through broken store windows and doors along Michigan Avenue carrying shopping bags full of merchandise,” the Tribune reports, adding, ‘Cars dropped off more people as the crowd grew. At least one U-Haul van was seen pulling up.’.. A U-Haul… People being dropped off like it was just another morning at Looting School… Hundreds of them. All at once… This was not spontaneous… What we appear to have in Chicago is one more act of organized, left-wing terrorism, similar to what we are seeing in other Democrat-run cities, most especially Portland.” – Comment: and New York’s luxury shopping district.

Turkish-Backed Forces Cut Water Supply To 1 Million People In Syria Amid Pandemic – from AlMasdarNews.com – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/syria-urges-un-help-after-turkish-backed-forces-cut-water-supply-1-million-people – “Syria’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, called on the international organization to intervene to end the suffering of the residents of the Syrian city of Hasakah as a result of Turkish authorities’ decision to obstruct the water supply to over 1 million people… In a phone call with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, Dr. Al-Jaafari briefed him on the tragic situation in the city of Hasakah and its environs, as a result of the Turkish regime’s move to shut off the water supply from the Alouk station.”

Germany begins Universal Basic Income trial where people get $1,400 every month for 3 years – Amid the deepening crisis, Germany is set to begin a new trial for universal basic income (UBI), which will entail 120 citizens receiving €1,200, or about $1,430, every month for three years – by Elias Marat – https://themindunleashed.com/2020/08/germany-begins-universal-basic-income-trial-where-people-get-1400-every-month-for-3-years.html – “The volunteers’ experience living on the amount will be compared with that of 1,380 other German citizens who won’t receive the stipends. The experiment, which is being conducted by the German Institute for Economic Research, is being funded through private donations from about 140,000 individuals, reports Business Insider… Political parties and figures both on the traditional left and the right have raised the demand for basic income, and some of its strongest proponents include tech oligarchs and venture capitalists like Peter Thiel, Marc Andreesen, and Jack Dorsey… Critics on the left have suggested that basic income is a neoliberal Trojan horse that would be a vehicle for dismantling what little remains of the welfare state, offering the “paying people for being alive” stipend in exchange for austerity and the destruction of social safety nets that protect the most vulnerable members of society and offer a small barrier to extreme inequality… On the right, however, opponents have claimed that the idea is far too expensive and would disincentivize people from seeking work and would be tantamount to subsidizing “junkies, alcoholics, and scam artists.”

Wells Fargo Preparing To Potentially Cut Tens Of Thousands Of Jobs – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/wells-fargo-preparing-potentially-cut-tens-thousands-jobs – “Wells Fargo has certainly led the way in the banking sector when it comes to things like massive scandals and  botching Small Business Relief Loans – so why not lead the way when it comes to announcing massive layoffs?.. That’s exactly what the bank has done. Under pressure to lower its costs, the bank “quietly ended a moratorium on terminations in recent weeks” according to the LA Daily News. The move is seen as the bank preparing to make deep job cuts… Beth Richek, a spokesperson for the bank, offered up a perfunctory dodge: ‘Starting in early August, we resumed regular job displacement activity.’.. She continued: ‘We are at the beginning of a multiyear effort to build a stronger, more efficient company. We expect to reduce the size of our workforce through a combination of attrition, the elimination of open roles and job displacements.’ ”

Virginia Plans Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations For All Residents – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/virginia-plans-mandatory-covid-19-vaccinations-all-residents – “During an interview that aired on Friday, the state’s health commissioner said he planned to invoke state law to make vaccinations mandatory – once a western product is available, presumably.”

USAID Document Exposes New US Plot to Overthrow Nicaragua’s Elected Socialist Government – by Ben Norton – https://www.globalresearch.ca/document-exposes-new-us-plot-overthrow-nicaragua-elected-socialist-government/5721609 – “The plot is administered by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a regime-change vehicle that uses the pretense of “humanitarian aid” to advance Washington’s aggressive foreign-policy interests… The document (PDF) details the creation of a new “task order” called Responsive Assistance in Nicaragua (RAIN) and its plan for “Nicaragua’s transition to democracy” – a euphemism for removing the leftist Sandinista Front for National Liberation (known commonly by the Spanish acronym FSLN) from power… In the pages, the US government agency uses hardline neoconservative rhetoric, referring to Nicaragua’s elected government as the “Ortega regime,” and making it clear that Washington wants to install a neoliberal administration that will privatize the economy, impose neoliberal reforms, and purge all institutions of any trace of the leftist Sandinista movement… The USAID regime-change scheme states openly that one of its top “mission goals” is for Nicaragua  to “transition to a rules-based market economy” based on the “protection of private property rights.”

Club Of Rome: Planetary Emergency Plan Declared – commentary by Patrick Wood – https://www.technocracy.news/club-of-rome-planetary-emergency-plan-declared/ – “This is a Planetary Emergency. The definition of an emergency is a dangerous event requiring immediate action to reduce risk of potentially catastrophic results. The impacts of climate change and ecological destruction are more severe and are manifesting themselves earlier than many scientific predictions in previous decades had foreseen… 2020 is a “Super Year” for international policy action. It is the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. It is the first opportunity for nations to increase climate ambition and meet 2050 net-zero goals. A new treaty on the oceans will be agreed. Biodiversity targets will be announced. And 2020 will mark the beginning of the decade to scale action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This decade must be a turning point, the moment when the world bends the curve, averts the impending disaster and opts instead to embark on the fastest economic transformation in our history. Declaring a Planetary Emergency provides a new compass for nations and injects the essential urgency into decision-making. It will ensure that all action from 2020 will be taken in light of its impact on the stability of Earth’s life-support systems, and be underpinned by the social and economic transformations needed to secure the long-term health and well-being of people and planet.” (emphasis added)

2,700 evangelicals warn against politicizing coronavirus, urge Christians to take vaccine – by Leonardo Blair – https://www.christianpost.com/amp/2700-evangelicals-warn-against-politicizing-coronavirus-urge-christians-to-take-vaccine.html – “A coalition of more than 2,700 high-profile evangelicals spanning the fields of science and religion have signed onto a statement billed “A Christian Statement on Science for Pandemic Times,” which warns against the politicization of the new coronavirus and urges Christians to take appropriate action against it, including taking a vaccine when it’s ready… “We are deeply concerned about the polarization and politicization of science in the public square when so many lives are at stake. The word ‘science’ has become a weapon in the culture wars. Scientists are vilified and their findings ignored, while conspiracy theories go viral. Sadly, Christians seem just as susceptible to these trends. Thoughtful Christians may disagree on public policy in response to the coronavirus, but none of us should ignore clear scientific evidence,” the statement published online by the nonprofit organization  BioLogos says… ‘We call on all Christians to follow the advice of public health experts and support scientists doing crucial biomedical research on COVID-19.’ ”

Value-Rotation ‘Cancelled’ – Small Caps Slammed As Mega-Tech Meltup Accelerates – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/value-rotation-cancelled-small-caps-slammed-tech-meltup-accelerates – “In fact, the last 3 months of growth outperformance has only been outdone by 1932 and 2000…”

“Influence And Outreach”: The UK’s Evolving PsyOps Capabilityhttps://southfront.org/influence-and-outreach-the-uks-evolving-psyops-capability/ – “The majority of these operations are assigned to and carried out by 15 (United Kingdom) Psychological Operations Group. It was a tri-service or “purple”, military unit formerly parented by 1 Military Intelligence Brigade but from April 2014, part of the Security Assistance Group within the British Army’s Force Troops Command… Since April 2015, it has been subsumed into 77th Brigade within Force Troops Command… The 15 (UK) Psychological Operations Group’s history is relatively short. It was established immediately after the 1991 Gulf War when the success of US military psychological operations convinced the Ministry of Defence that the UK required a similar capability. Initially, it was composed of just a single desk officer with the intention that it would be augmented by additional personnel when required. As such, the group was referred to in military terminology as a ‘shadow’ unit.”

FSB Prevented Abduction Attempt By Ukraine’s Security Service On Russian Territoryhttps://southfront.org/fsb-prevented-abduction-attempt-by-ukraines-security-service-on-russian-territory/ – “The name of the victim was not disclosed. Seven defendants in the criminal case – Russian citizens – have already been arrested… ‘As a result of a special operation, the FSB of the Russian Federation uncovered and suppressed an illegal action by the special services of Ukraine on the abduction on the territory of Russia and the forcible transfer to Ukraine of a citizen of the Russian Federation, one of the leaders of the Donbass people’s militia, who took an active part in hostilities against the Ukrainian Armed Forces,’ the FSB press service reported.… The development reportedly took place near Moscow…The organizers and coordinators of the action were the citizens of Ukraine Andriy Baidala and Igor Mishchenko.”

“This War Can’t Be Civil”: Berkeley Columnist Calls For “Violent Resistance” – by Jonathan Turley – https://www.zerohedge.com/political/war-cant-be-civil-berkeley-columnist-calls-violent-resistance – “In his column entitled “This War Can’t Be Civil,” Alqahtani mocks those who seek non-violent change and while ‘quoting Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. about peaceful protest and resistance.’.. He declared: ‘ “Radical love” my ass. It disgusts me that the oppressors’ emotions and well-being (in all contexts, from institutions to individuals) are the first to be considered and accommodated whenever people question the validity of armed or violent resistance.’.. Alqahtani is willing to accept a role for peaceful protests but insists that people need to give violence a chance…”

Here’s How 2020 Compares With The Great Depression – by Daisy Luther – https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/heres-how-2020-compares-great-depression – “This video analysis by Brian Duff compares our current-day crisis and the one that began in 1929 and the similarities are pretty alarming. Also, this is a new YouTube channel I strongly recommend. It’s going to have some incredible information – trust me when I tell you that you’re going to want to subscribe and give him a “like.”.. The biggest difference I see between these two eras – and this is the thing that will be our downfall – is that we are now a nation of consumers instead of producers… Back in the 1920s and 1930s, people had the skills required to do things like producing food, preserving their harvests, and building structures, to name a few. In our current time, skills like this are few and far between outside the preparedness and homesteading world… This lack of skills will carry over into a much more dependent populace in our current day and age.”

The Devastation Of The Middle Class: It Now Takes 53 Weeks Of Median Wages Every Year To Pay For Basic Needs – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/devastation-middle-class-it-now-takes-53-weeks-median-wages-year-pay-basic-needs – “As Bank of America points out, while the recent covid shutdowns has thrown the economy into disarray with millions laid off and living on government stimulus checks, life for the vast majority of workers – i.e., those who comprise the country’s middle class – was already precarious before the pandemic, and nowhere is this more evident than in the Cost of Thriving Index… Consider that in 1985 it took 30 weeks at the median wage to pay for big fixed costs like housing, health care, a car, and education; fast forward to today when it takes a mathematically impossible 53 weeks of a 52-week year to buy those things… In other words, as BofA puts it, ‘thriving’ has become impossible for the average worker’ and adds that  it’s no wonder that the uncertainty of forecasts for future growth remains near record highs.’ ”

80 Nights in Portland: Rioters Chant ‘Kill a Cop, Save a Life’ as Two Officers Hospitalized – by Penny Starr – https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/08/16/80-nights-portland-rioters-chant-kill-cop-save-life-two-officers-hospitalized/ – “Nightly violent riots continued in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, with rioters chanting ‘Kill a Cop, Save a Life’ and hurling objects at police that resulted in two officers being hospitalized… Police said a clash took place between Antifa and a group of about 30 people who gathered to show support for police. A video posted on journalist Andy Ngo’s Twitter account shows alleged Antifa members harassing others as they leave the site of the riot… The Portland Police Department said that a crowd “of hundreds” marched to the Penumbra Kelly Building, which houses the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and Portland Police Bureau. The building is in a residential neighborhood and is surrounded by hundreds of homes… The department said that ‘officers reported members of the crowd were launching mortars at the police and cars well back in the Penumbra Kelly Building parking lot, followed by thrown objects’ as the rioters started to trespass on the property. – https://twitter.com/PortlandPolice/status/1294892446808039425 … ‘Portland Police gave more announcements and force warnings,’ the police said. ‘For the next twenty minutes people in the crowd increased their violent actions toward police officers who were standing behind cars fifty feet or more away from the crowd. Officers reported having rocks, frozen eggs, glass bottles, and frozen water bottles thrown at them. Officers reported people were shining green lasers at them, which is against the law in Oregon. Somebody spray painted over a security camera on the Penumbra Kelly Building.’ ”

‘Disavowed’ BLM Leader Defends Looting & Rioting Because “US Steals Diamonds & Oil” – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/political/disavowed-blm-leader-defends-looting-rioting-because-us-steals-diamonds-oilWell, so we are moving on past Rudy Giuliani and we’re moving into looting and a form of reparation,’ Newsome responded… ‘Let’s be very careful and I’d appreciate if you let me speak. Let’s be very careful. The problem with oppression and white supremacy is, white supremacy will have you criticizing the oppressed and worshiping the oppressors… Now, if you want to talk to me about reparations, nothing falls short of a solution other than people cutting a check.’.. ‘So when America goes and steals diamonds and oils, who’s calling us terrorists?  When the American government goes and pillages different countries, who’s calling us terrorists?,’ exclaimed Hawk Newsome, the head of the New York branch of BLM, refusing to condemn looting as an ethically questionable activity during a very testy interview with on Fox News Channel’s Martha MacCallum… It is not the first time Newsome has sparked controversy. In June,  Newsome made incendiary remarks during a cable news that: ‘If this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it.’..

Facebook Bans Hundreds Of QAnon Groups, Pages And Instagram Accounts – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/facebook-bans-hundreds-qanon-groups-pages-and-instagram-accounts – “Facebook on Wednesday announced that it has banned hundreds of pages, groups, and Instagram accounts tied to “US-based militia organizations and QAnon, according to a blog post… The company claims they have ‘seen growing movements that, while not directly organizing violence, have celebrated violent acts, shown that they have weapons and suggest they will use them, or have individual followers with patterns of violent behavior.’..So – a group which has done nothing wrong, but might, and who have scary followers, is no longer allowed on the platform… Apparently Facebook’s censorship doesn’t apply to Antifa – a group with aggressive, armed members who routinely organize protests over Facebook. For example, a Texas Antifa Cell, Red Guards Austin, has a blog post entitled “Everywhere a Battlefield” in which they claim ‘The war is not coming – it is here and now.‘ ”

Uncovering Faces Of Belarusian Oppositionhttps://southfront.org/uncovering-faces-of-belarusian-opposition/ – “The crisis in Belarus does not seem coming to the end but rather deepening with opposition forces actively creating structures alternative to the existing governing system of the country… The Coordination Council of the Belarusian opposition, formed under the brand of former presidential candidate Svetlana Tsikhanovskaya hiding in Lithuania, released on August 19 demanding the Lukashenko government to annul the result of the presidential election, release all ‘political prisoners’, and hold a new ‘fair’ presidential election…. Belarus entered the August 9 presidential election and the days following it amid the peak of protest sentiments. The cornerstone of this situation is the existing economic and social problems, the general dissatisfaction of the population with the ruling of Alexander Lukashenko and apparent falsifications during the election (80.10% of votes gained by Lukashenko is at least unlikely). As the recent weeks demonstrated, this situation was successfully exploited by forces that destroyed Ukraine and earlier Serbia… The personality and scale of influence of Vladimir Makei, who is often called the ‘second person’ in Belarus, are another factor allowing to get a more realistic look at Lukashenko’s Belarus. Makei has served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus since 2012 and kept his position even after the August 9 election. During this period, he become widely known as a supporter of the pro-Western foreign policy course and a person with deep ties with the Euro-Atlantic establishment. The foreign ministry headed by such a person became a tool of influence of Euro-Atlantic structures inside the Belarusian government. The recent public declarations of mid-level foreign policy officials in support of the opposition signals about the ideological characteristics of the ministry’s staff.”

A Closer Look At Belarusian Opposition’s Heavily Anti-Russian National Policy Planshttps://southfront.org/a-closer-look-at-belarusian-oppositions-heavily-anti-russian-national-policy-plans/ – “Before being taken down, the election campaign website of Belarus Presidential candidate Svetlana Tsikhanovskaya had an entire program for the future development of Belarus as a country… In a relatively hidden section, it has a section named “National Policy” which reveals the opposition’s plan for Belarus eventual entry into NATO and the EU… The website has since been taken down; however, it can still be found on web archive.”

SYRIA SITREP: Tensions Turn Into Massive Escalation – by Drago Bosnic – https://fort-russ.com/2020/08/syria-sitrep-tensions-turn-into-massive-escalation/ – “USAF airstrike on an SAA checkpoint cause Syrians to stage a rally against US occupation: Hundreds of Syrians staged separate demonstrations in the country’s northeastern oil-rich province of Hasaka to express their outrage over a recent US airstrike against regular Syrian Arab Army (SAA) forces, which killed at least one Syrian soldier and wounded several others… Since late October 2019, the US has been redeploying troops to the oil fields controlled by Kurdish forces in eastern Syria, in a reversal of President Donald Trump’s earlier order to withdraw all troops from the Arab country… The Pentagon claims the move aims to “protect” the fields and facilities from “possible attacks by Daesh (ISIL or ISIS)”. That claim came although the US had earlier suggested that it sought economic interests in controlling the oil fields. The presence of US forces in eastern Syria has particularly irked the civilians, and local residents have on several occasions stopped American military convoys from entering the region… A Russian major-general was killed in an IED explosion in Syria while two servicemen were wounded, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported on Tuesday. An improvised roadside bomb exploded 15 km from the city of Deir Ez-Zor when a Russian military convoy was returning to its base after a humanitarian mission on August 18, the ministry’s press office said, according to TASS… Several rockets exploded on Tuesday at a US military base, north of Syria’s Deir Ez-Zor province. The attack targeted a US base near the Conoco oil field controlled by American troops and Kurdish militants. No information about possible casualties among US occupation troops is available so far… This is the first-ever attack on one of the 12 military facilities, created by the United States since 2015 in Syria’s provinces of al-Hasakah, Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor… A pair of US drones crashed following what was allegedly a “mid-air collision” in Syria, destroying both UAVs, The Military Times reported. The alleged collision took place over the Idlib province on Tuesday, an anonymous defense official told The Military Times, though offered few other details about the “mishap”, declining to confirm what caused the crash or what type of drones were involved… Photos and videos circulating online – which show debris falling from the sky and flaming wreckage on the ground – indicate that at least one of the craft was an American MQ-9 Reaper drone…”

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Lockdowns, Coronavirus, and Banks: Following the Money – by Prof. Anthony Hall –  https://ahtribune.com/world/covid-19/4346-following-the-money.html – “Accordingly, there is ample cause to ask if there are major underlying reasons for the financial crash of 2020 other than the misnamed pandemic and the lockdowns done in its name of “flattening” its spikes of infection. At the same time, there is ample cause to recognize that the lockdowns have been a very significant factor in the depth of the economic debacle that is making 2020 a year like no other… Some go further. They argue that the financial crash of 2020 was not only anticipated but planned and pushed forward with clear understanding of its instrumental role in the Great Reset sought by self-appointed protagonists of creative destruction. The advocates of this interpretation place significant weight on the importance of the lockdowns as an effective means of obliterating in a single act a host of old economic relationships. For instance Peter Koenig  examines the ‘farce and diabolical agenda of a universal lockdown.’.. Koenig writes, ‘The pandemic was needed as a pretext to halt and collapse the world economy and the underlying social fabric.’ ”

Police Name 25-Year-Old Marquise Love as Suspect in Beating of Portland Man – by Kristina Wong – https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/08/18/police-suspect-marquise-love-beating-portland-man/ – “The beating occurred around 10:27 p.m. on Sunday, police said in an earlier statement. They said they received a call that “protesters chased a white Ford 4×4, which has crashed” at that location and “protestors drug him out of car.” Another witness called and reported that 9-10 people were “beating the guy.” Responding officers found Haner  unconscious with injuries… The police provided in an earlier release chronological links to videos of events leading up to the beating, posted on Twitter by journalists (WARNING GRAPHIC):”

From Millie Weaver Regarding Her Torture At Jail (from Dave Hodges, 25 min)

Turkey Slams Joe Biden’s “Ignorant” Vows In Support Of Regime Changehttps://southfront.org/turkey-slams-joe-bidens-ignorant-vows-in-support-of-regime-change/ – “He declared that he would work with “opposition leadership” in the country to topple Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey’s 2023 elections… ‘Do you feel comfortable with the United States still having nuclear weapons in Turkey given Erdogan’s behavior?’ Kathleen Kingsbury, New York Times’ deputy editorial page editor, asked Biden… ‘The answer is my comfort level is diminished a great deal. I’ve spent a lot of time with Erdogan,’ Biden responded, describing Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s democratically elected president, as an “autocrat.”.. Biden added that if he is elected this November, his administration will pursue a policy of intervention against Turkey’s elected government.” – Comment: A Biden presidency – What could go wrong?

Africa to Become Testing Ground for “Trust Stamp” Vaccine Record and Payment System – A new biometric identity platform partnered with the Gates-funded GAVI vaccine alliance and Mastercard will launch in West Africa and combine COVID-19 vaccinations, cashless payments, and potential law enforcement applications -by Raul Diego – https://www.mintpressnews.com/africa-trust-stamp-covid-19-vaccine-record-payment-system/269346/ – “A biometric digital identity platform that “evolves just as you evolve” is set to be introduced  in “low-income, remote communities” in West Africa thanks to a public-private partnership between the Bill Gates-backed GAVI vaccine alliance, Mastercard and the AI-powered “identity authentication” company, Trust Stamp… The program, which was first launched in late 2018, will see Trust Stamp’s digital identity platform integrated into the GAVI-Mastercard “Wellness Pass,” a digital vaccination record and identity system that is also linked to Mastercard’s click-to-play system that powered by its AI and machine learning technology called NuData. Mastercard, in addition to professing its commitment to promoting “centralized record keeping of childhood immunization” also describes itself as a leader toward a “World Beyond Cash,” and its partnership with GAVI marks a novel approach towards linking a biometric digital identity system, vaccination records, and a payment system into a single cohesive platform.”

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