Saturday, 28 March 2020

Unfortunate Adventures Of Turkish Army In Idlib


Two Turkish soldiers were injured and two vehicles damaged in Syria’s southern Idlib on March 24. Their military convoy was targeted by a roadside bomb explosion near the village of Sfuhun. Turkish troops based at the al-Barah observation post were conducting a patrol along the contact line between the Syrian Army and Idlib armed groups.
This became the second attack on Turkish forces in Greater Idlib in less than 7 days. On March 19, two Turkish soldiers were killed and several others injured, when an IED exploded near their convoy near the village of Muhamabal.
Pro-militant propaganda claims that the attacks were carried out by the ‘criminal Assad regime’ in an attempt to destabilize the situation. Turkish media outlets pay scant attention to the situation reporting about some unidentified radicals. The open secret is that Turkish forces have become the target of attacks by groups that Ankara has been supporting with its  opposition of the anti-terrorist operations of the Syrian Army. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Houras al-Din, the Turkistan Islamic Party and similar organizations see the creation of a buffer zone along the M4 as a grave threat to their interests and survival. Therefore they are sabotaging the deal by blocking the highway and fuelling military tensions in the region. In the near future, they may even stage a large false-flag attack on Turkish forces near the contact line planning to blame the ‘Assad regime’ for it and thus  relaunch military hostilities between the Turkish Army and the Syrian Armed Forces.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 28th, 2020.]

SDF Releases Tens Of ISIS Members In Eastern Syria. Turkey, Russia Struggle With Idlib De-Escalation


On March 23, Russian and Turkish forces carried out a second limited joint patrol in southern Idlib. The patrol involved six armoured vehicles and took place along a short chunk of the M4 highway west of the government-controlled town of Saraqib. This part of the highway remains the only safe place within the entire security zone, which was set to be established in the framework of the Russian-Turkish de-escalation agreement.
After the March 23 patrol, the Turkish side got additional time to neutralize terrorists and radicals entrenched in the agreed to buffer zone. This was the second time when Moscow provided Ankara with such an opportunity. However, Ankara seems to be taking very little or no efforts to do so.
Over the past days, the Turkish Army established observation points near Khattab and Msheirfeh and made a formal attempt to de-block the highway removing earthen mounds made by terrorists. Despite these heroic efforts of the Turkish military, the M4 remains in the hands of al-Qaeda-linked groups and the security zone there exists only on paper. Such a situation on the ground is slowly but inevitably leading to the resumption of hostilities in the region.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 28th, 2020.]

Coronavirus: The High Cost Of Being Wrong


Picking up from yesterday's video rebutting the latest media campaign of "It's not going to be that bad" opinion pieces from 'experts', Chris investigates the cost of being wrong in these predictions.

This is important because government and health care response policies are being influenced by these experts.

If we pick the wrong policies, millions of lives and trillions in wealth are at stake.

Chris walks through the two main competing theories on the pandemic's projected impact and highlights the merits and shortcomings of each.

In his opinion, the logic underlying one is much stronger than the other.



Related:

Coronavirus: Listening To (And Rebutting) The Critics


A footnote to the Diamond Princess example (in this clip). We know there is more than one strain of the virus afoot. If the Oceanliner strain was the weaker version then this example is misleading - to say that it is not so deadly.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 28th, 2020.]

Videos Emerge Showing DOZENS OF PEOPLE Intentionally Spreading it on Benches and Elevators (Red Elephants)




Just like fear of being called racist left borders open that helped wreck economies and caused social unrest.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 28th, 2020.]

RECAP: Ellen Brown on Why We Should Own the Banks


Banks create money – nearly all of it. Should we recapture the sovereign power to create money by reclaiming ownership of the banks? Founder and President of the Public Banking Institute Ellen Brown argues that we need to own the banks – or at least some of them – in order to ensure the safety of our deposits, public and private; to reclaim the profits for the public interest; to reclaim control over where our credit goes and on what terms; and to cut the costs of government.



At the start of the video Ellen Brown explains that the banks literally create money via an accounting entry. Using a public bank, money CAN be created to pay for everything while people are in lockdown because of the virus - creating money for a temporary Universal Basic Income - and then forgiving/cancelling the debt/credit that was created out of thin air. The only issue is to not print too much money that would cause inflation.

Related:

The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of The World by Niall Ferguson Epsd 1 5 Full Documentary


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 28th, 2020.]

Gerald Celente – Gold in Greatest Depression Will Be Stolen


After talk of trillions of dollars in new stimulus from Congress this week, what about gold prices? Gerald Celente, a top trends researcher, says, “You saw how much the markets went up. How about gold prices? It bounced back $200 per ounce since Friday. . . . The smart money is seeing the fake money being printed, and they are going into gold. Now hear this. Just like the crummy, slimy politicians going after your Constitutional rights and Bill of Rights, they are going to go after your gold. They did it in the last Great Depression, and they are going to do it in the Greatest Depression. You mark my words.”

In closing, Celente says, “I agree with Trump 100% because I have been saying this since the beginning that the cure is going to worse than the disease. They are destroying the global economy. They are destroying people’s lives. We are going to see crime levels that are unimaginable. Why do you think people are going out and getting guns? Then you are going to see these liberals talking about gun confiscation. Crime is going to escalate, and deaths are going to go through the roof. When people lose everything and have nothing left to lose, they lose it. You are going to see gangs like never before. On the other end, the open borders issue, that is a closed story. They are closing borders all over the world. So, you are not going to hear people say let them in, let them in--that’s over. I agree with Trump. We should go back to business as usual.”

On Trump winning a second term this November, Celente, who calls himself a “political atheist,” says, “It’s a wild card, but I would still go with Trump at this point.”



Celente is right that the US likely won't be able to look after their population after they initiate a full lockdown. What they should do is mandate a bill holiday and pay a Universal Basic Income for all the workers whose companies have gone into lockdown hibernation.

Also, I think Celente has it wrong on the Coronavirus. The virus is only just getting started. It is more deadly than the flu by all accounts. Comparing total deaths at this early stage with the ordinary flu is wrongheaded.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 28th, 2020.]

Joe Biden Gets #MeToo'd


Sniffing stops.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 28th, 2020.]

How unemployment can kill you


Anyone who's been laid off or downsized knows that unemployment is hard on morale. But according to a new study, it can also kill you. Researchers at McGill and Stony Brook universities found that being unemployed increases your chance of an early death by a shocking 63 percent. And it's worse for men — 78 percent, versus 37 percent for women. Why is not working so deadly? Here, a brief guide:

How did they get these numbers?

McGill sociologist Eran Shor and his team looked at 40 years' worth of research on 20 million people in 15 countries. In other words, it "was not the result of a quickie phone survey,"
says Lisa Johnson Mandell at Aol Jobs. The researchers screened for pre-existing health conditions and quality of health care, but the correlation between death and joblessness held across all 15 countries. That means, says Shor, that the "unemployment-mortality relationship is quite likely a causal one."

What's so deadly about unemployment?

Stress about money, finding a job, and social standing all lead to unhealthy habits. And the researchers are not just talking about "wearing your pajamas all day,"
says Max Read in Gawker. They mean "unhealthy habits like eating poorly, drinking too much, smoking, and watching the entire stretch of Law and Order with Michael Imperioli even though good episodes of SVU are, like, three channels away."

Why is it worse for men?

They feel obligated to be breadwinners, Shor says. "When a man loses his job, it still often means that the family will become poorer and suffer in various ways, which in turn can have a huge impact on a man's health by leading to both increased smoking, drinking or eating, and by reducing the availability of healthy nutrition and health care services."


What's a jobless person to do?

Shor says that public health agencies should be "targeting this with interventions," like cardiovascular screenings for unemployed people or workshops on how to avoid falling into risky behavior. While it may be tempting to smoke, drink, and TV-watch your jobless days away,
says psychologist Kenneth Manges, people mistake those unhealthy habits for "tension-relievers, when in fact they are tension-exasperators." Instead, the jobless should join a support group for emotional support.

Is anything deadlier than being unemployed?

Yes, working too much. A
new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that working 11 hours or more a day for a dozen years gives you a 67 percent higher chance of dying or having a heart attack than those working eight-hour days. It's unclear why, exactly, but chronic stress and sitting at a desk for long hours are likely culprits. So be sure to stand up and stretch every once in a while, "or even take a lap or two around the office," says Maria Vultaggio in Long Island Press. Or you could, you know, "try the unmentionable, clocking out a little early."
https://www.theweek.com/articles-amp/485767/how-unemployment-kill?fbclid=IwAR3Nr1tELjK-bQAAdjfgud8qmffkYmGHubeyp9pURwj-So72H6e-R-2UC4g

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 28th, 2020.]

Friday, 27 March 2020

University Study Finds Fire Did Not Cause Building 7’s Collapse on 9/11


University Study Finds Fire Did Not Cause Building 7’s Collapse on 9/11

It is unfortunate that such an important report was released during a health and economic crisis when it will be overshadowed and neglected by two simultaneous crises.

On March 25, 2020, researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks issued the final report of a four-year computer modeling study on the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7.

The 47-story WTC 7 was the third skyscraper to be completely destroyed on September 11, 2001, collapsing rapidly and symmetrically into its footprint at 5:20 PM. Seven years later, investigators at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) concluded that WTC 7 was the first steel-framed high-rise ever to have collapsed solely as a result of normal office fires. 

Contrary to the conclusions of NIST, the UAF research team finds that the collapse of WTC 7 on 9/11 was not caused by fires but instead was caused by the near-simultaneous failure of every column in the building [which means it was a controlled demolition].

The Final Report of the University of Alaska’s engineering study of the collapse of WTC building 7 can be downloaded here:  https://www.ae911truth.org/wtc7 

or here:  https://files.wtc7report.org/file/public-download/A-Structural-Reevaluation-of-the-Collapse-of-World-Trade-Center-7-March-2020.pdf 

Source: https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2020/03/25/university-study-finds-fire-did-not-cause-building-7s-collapse-on-9-11/

Related:

Architects and Engineers: Solving the Mystery of Building 7 - w/ Ed Asner


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 27th, 2020.]

Trump Tower Meeting with Russian Lawyer Revealed to be DNC Trap


The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the latest Russiagate hoax revelation that the FBI knew that the Trump Tower meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya had nothing to do with any type of collusion against Hillary Clinton.

This has been confirmed by a trusted Russian translator who was present at the meeting and told Robert Mueller that the Trump Tower meeting was not about Clinton 'dirt', completely corroborating what Veselnitskaya and Trump Jr., have also stated.



Yet another leg of the Russiagate hoax officially collapses, but we all knew this YEARS ago.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 27th, 2020.]

Impressive Successes Of Houthis In Yemeni War Amid Saudi Oil Gamble


The conflict in Yemen has escalated amid the crisis on the oil market caused by aggressive actions of Saudi Arabia.
On March 8, Riyadh launched its oil gamble flooding the market and offering unprecedented discounts in an attempt to defeat other oil producers, mainly Russia and Iran, and capture their share. In the next several weeks, Saudi Arabia was increasing its pressure on Russia on Iran slashing oil prices, but the Kingdom forgot about its own soft underbelly.
By March 17, forces of Ansar Allah (the Houthis) have captured most of the province of al-Jawf, including the provincial capital – al-Hazm, from the Saudi-led coalition and its Yemeni proxies. In this battle only, Saudi-led forces lost hundreds pieces of military equipment, including dozens of battle tanks and artillery guns. The Saudi Air Force carried out airstrikes on positions, HQs and weapon depots of its allies. However, the number of abandoned equipment and the speed of fleeing of Saudi-backed troops were so high that 10-20 airstrikes were just not enough to compensate them.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 27th, 2020.]

We Should Boycott China (Sargon)


We seriously need to rethink our relationship to China.



We should return industry to the West after corporations moved production to China and killed high value jobs. I don't know if a boycott is the right way to go about it, but every country needs to become more self sufficient. We need borders and a less open system.

Also, China did appear to cover-up the severity of the disease. A mistaken release of information showed that the real death toll in Wuhan was closer to 25,000.


This makes sense if we consider the death tolls in Italy and Spain. When it comes to the relatively low death tolls on the Ocean liners it is probable that a less lethal strain was present. There are at least two strains of the virus that were mapped early on in China.

The bottom line is that this virus was out in China from at least the 17th of November 2019, and they were slow to implement a lockdown. This would account for the high leaked figure of 24,589 and what we see in Europe.  

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 27th, 2020.]

Coronavirus is Giving Everyone What They Wanted (Sargon)


The Chinese coronavirus is actually delivering on a lot of activist demands from all across the political spectrum. We're running out of things to complain about.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 27th, 2020.]

Celebrities PROVE How Out Of Touch They Are As They Try To Keep Attention On Themselves (Tim Pool)


A handy list of 19 instances of celebrities being out of touch about trying modern times summarizes how the beautiful people are mostly interested in keeping the focus on themselves at all times. Without a devoted staff of people preparing them for their close-ups, though, they are forced to do it from home, and it is cringeworthy. Fortunately, Ryan Reynolds is here to hold his fellow celebs accountable, and Tim and Adam appreciate it.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 27th, 2020.]

SJWs CRY OUT IN CONFUSION: Comics Industry COLLAPSE 2020 LIVE! (CAPS)




Great round table discussion about how the Comic Book industry turned SJW, lost sales, and now, with stores closing due to the Corona Virus, are looking at alternative ways to sell. The industry artists are now looking to sell direct to customers, that they had previously treated badly (in many cases) - unlike the Comicsgate movement which connected to their fans and produced non-SJW products that people wanted to buy. It was a 'customer wants' movement in large part that steered clear of injecting politics or virtue signalling tropes into their mass appeal stories.

Selling comics for Comicsgate was all about the customer, whereas with many PC leaders operating in the legacy industry, it was all about themselves and their politics when what their goals should have been was to tailor a product to the mass market (as opposed to the niche SJW market). The simple fact of the matter is that most people buying comics didn't want their heroes subverted and changed into things they were not and material packed with overly introspective drivel that was light on the action (the opposite of the blockbuster movies that sell).

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 27th, 2020.]

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Coronavirus Update: Dr Paul Cottrell: "Prepare NOW for 18 Months!"


Dr Paul Cottrell is a researcher in chaos theory and has interests in modeling financial markets. Some have considered him a polymath of sorts. Born in Detroit, Michigan he has extensive professional experience in engineering and design. After retiring from automotive engineering he pursued interests in corporate finance involving the publishing, retail, and non-profit industries. He currently is a proprietary trader specializing in currency and energy markets.

In addition to modeling financial markets, his research interests are in developmental economics, behavioral finance, complexity science, energy industry, risk management, and the uses of artificial intelligence in trading financial markets. He has been awarded a Ph.D. specializing in finance from Walden University. He has also earned a M.B.A. and B.S. from Wayne State University. Engineering certificates from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) have also been awarded to him. Dr. Cottrell is currently at Harvard University as an ALM candidate specializing in Biology and has completed the Pre-Medical program at Fordham University.




A very important video about the nature of the virus. It appears to have a propensity to mutate.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 26th, 2020.]

President Trump vs. Reality


Here Is Reality:

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/489281-italys-suffering-offers-potential-terrifying-coronavirus-preview-for-us?userid=439965

Here Is Trump:

Trump Calls for U.S. to Be Open ‘by Easter’

New York Times Updated March 24, 2020, 3:58 p.m.

New York, now the center of the outbreak in America, braces for a flood of patients.

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence confer before a Fox News town hall in the Rose Garden on Tuesday.Doug Mills/The New York Times

Trump expressed outrage at having to ‘close the country’ to curb the spread of the virus.

Even as nations from Britain to India declare nationwide economic lockdowns, President Trump said he “would love to have the country opened up, and just raring to go, by Easter,” less than three weeks away, a goal that top health professionals have called far too quick.

“I think it’s possible, why not?” he said with a shrug.

Participating in a town hall hosted by Fox News on Tuesday, he expressed outrage about having to “close the country” to curb the spread of the coronavirus and indicated that his guidelines on business shutdowns and social distancing would soon be lifted.

“I gave it two weeks,” he said, adding, “We can socially distance ourselves and go to work.”

Both Mr. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence said that a lockdown had never been under consideration for the United States. Mr. Pence told viewers that talk of it was misinformation that has circulated online.

“I can tell you that at no point has the White House coronavirus task forcediscussed a nationwide lockdown,” he said, answering a question from a viewer on the phone.

Mr. Trump fell back on his comparison of the coronavirus to the flu, saying that despite losing thousands of people to the flu, “We don’t turn the country off.”

He also said that more people die of automobile accidents, but nobody forces car companies to stop manufacturing vehicles.

States including California, Maryland, Illinois and Washington have declared stay-at-home or shutdown orders, but other states have been looking for directives from the Trump administration. And countries in Asia are beginning to see a resurgence of coronavirus after easing up on restrictions.

For governors and mayors who have been trying to educate people about the urgent need to stay home and maintain social distance, Mr. Trump’s recent statements suggesting that such measures may be going too far threatened to make their jobs more difficult.

“Some of the messaging is pretty confusing,” Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland, a Republican who moved this week to close nonessential businesses in his state, said in an interview Tuesday morning on CNN, before the president announced his new Easter goal, when he was asked about the Mr. Trump’s talk in recent days of relaxing social distancing guidelines. “I think it’s not just it doesn’t match with what we’re doing here in Maryland. Some of the messaging coming out of the administration doesn’t match.”

Mr. Hogan, the chairman of the bipartisan National Governors Association, said that health officials suggest that the virus’s peak could be weeks or months away. “We’re just trying to take the best advice that we can from the scientists and all the experts, and making the decisions that we believe are necessary for our states,” he said.

As the town hall meeting was getting underway Tuesday, three leading medical and health organizations urged Americans to stay home to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

“We are honored to serve and put our lives on the front line to protect and save as many lives as possible,” the American Medical Association, American Hospital Association and American Nurses Association wrote in an open letter. “But we need your help.”

But the president and vice president were resolute that they want the country reopened. Mr. Pence said the administration’s timeline for trying to get businesses restarted and workers out of their homes was shorter than the period that health experts have said would be necessary to flatten the curve.

“We’ll focus on our most vulnerable, but putting America back to work will also be a priority, in weeks not months,” Mr. Pence said.

Mr. Trump struck a remarkably different tone from other world leaders. In Italy, which has more coronavirus deaths than any other country, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced on Tuesday that he was raising the fines on people who defy the lockdown order.

He also said two malaria drugs, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, had been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for off-label use treating patients with Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The F.D.A. did not immediately confirm that assertion, but two administration health officials said it was not true.

The White House had teamed up with the computer technology giant Oracle to promote the drugs, which Mr. Trump has touted repeatedly, even before the government approved their use for the outbreak, according to five senior administration officials and others familiar with the plans.

Given a microphone for nearly two hours, Mr. Trump also used a town hall on Fox News for politics. Within moments of going live, he went after his likely foe in November, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

He referred to him as “Sleepy Joe” and claimed that Mr. Biden did not know what the word “xenophobic” meant when he criticized Mr. Trump’s approach to the spreading coronavirus.
https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2020/03/24/president-trump-vs-reality/

Sorry Mr President, but the situation is worse than you would like to think (or articulate). The virus cannot be stopped because it is spread asymptomatically - but it can be slowed down enough, with social distancing and lockdowns, to allow hospitals to treat the seriously ill. That is the best strategy for now.

To preserve the economy, massive money printing is in order to replace lost wages and to look after all businesses. The money (debt) should then be forgiven.

Reality can be distorted on various levels within our realm of control, but the virus is not within such an easily manipulated realm.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 26th, 2020.]

Coronavirus Has Killed the European Dream (Sargon)


The European Union has become obsolete.



Euro countries looking after their own territories rather than the EU as a whole. Russia is sending help to Italy while the EU countries seize each others medical goods (masks).

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 26th, 2020.]

Japan & COVID-19 Show Diversity is NOT a Strength (Black Pigeon)




Since this video aired Japan has delayed the Olympics until the following year. Black Pigeon says their culture is helping them to control the virus.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 26th, 2020.]

Media Pushes INSANE Lie That Trump Encouraged People To Drink FISH Cleaner (Tim Pool)




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 26th, 2020.]