Monday, 24 April 2017

I Think Le Pen Will Win - Sargon of Akkad

The election is likely another example that will reveal the divide between the working class and the well off.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 24th, 2017.]

Muslim Rapist Set Free In Sweden For Cultural Tolerance

Sweden has become the rape capital of Europe and part of the reason is because even when they're caught and brought into court they're released back into the population.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 24th, 2017.]

China Escalates Pressure On North Korea: Crude Oil Supply Halt On The Table

While US and North Korean officials have traded verbal missiles in the past few days, China has been noticably quiet. However, that just changed as a prominent Chinese expert told The Nikkei that China likely will halt crude oil exports to North Korea should Pyongyang conduct its sixth nuclear test, signaling a tougher attitude by Beijing toward its rogue neighbor.

North Korea relies almost entirely on China for oil. The Asian giant shipped about 500,000 tons of crude to the North each year until 2013, according to the Chinese customs agency. Bilateral ties cooled that year after Pyongyang carried out its third nuclear test, and exports officially have remained at zero since 2014. But China is believed to still provide crude to North Korea off the books. A complete freeze would impact the North Korean economy.

A nuclear test or the launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles would violate United Nations Security Council resolutions, and China is certain to respond with additional sanctions, said Zhang Liangui, a professor at the Chinese Communist Party's Central Party School and noted authority on North Korea.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 24th, 2017.]

A Sad Day for Turkey

The razor-thin victory (51.3% to 48.7%) of Turkey’s President Erdogan in the referendum held on April 16 in fact denies Erdogan the mandate to govern with the sweeping powers the new constitution grants the President, especially when the results of the referendum are seriously contested. Even if there was no outright fraud or irregularities in the votes (which by all accounts were rampant), the conditions under which the referendum was held made a mockery of free and fair elections. Given Erdogan’s domestic and foreign policy conduct leading up to the referendum, the US and the EU must now seriously reevaluate Turkey’s role in NATO, its viability as an ally in the fight against ISIS, and its trustworthiness under the presidency of Erdogan.
There are at least 25 factors that delegitimize the referendum and its results, and once implemented, the repercussions on Turkey’s future will be dire and essentially seal the fate of the country’s prospective democracy:
The referendum was held under a state of emergency, in place since the July 2016 coup;
The referendum followed a purge, spreading fear and anxiety throughout the country;
The referendum was held under strict security conditions due to acts of terror by the PKK and ISIS;
Opposition members were intimidated, many of whom were imprisoned, shot, or beaten;
Concerns over personal safety inhibited the expression of a plurality of views;
Millions of Turks believe the referendum codifies Turkey as a dictatorship;
Many instances of voter fraud appeared to be captured on camera;
The new constitution inflicts a death blow to checks and balances in exercising power;
The “Yes” campaign received far greater media coverage than its opponents;
Professional associations were not allowed to hold campaign events to promote “NO”;
Top officials distorted campaign narratives equating the “NO” supporters to terrorists;
Erdogan falsely portrayed the referendum as the people’s choice in order to consolidate power;
The razor-thin victory strongly suggests that Erdogan has no mandate to rule;
Nearly 1 million ballots that were not stamped were considered valid;
Referendum shows that a cult of personality has become the new governing principle;
Erdogan skillfully used foreign foes and conspiracy theories to rally his Islamic base;
Domestic and international observers voiced serious doubts about legality of the process;
Voters were forced to vote on 18 amendments affecting 72 articles in a single package;
Voters weren’t provided with impartial information to make an informed choice;
The electoral board lacked transparency, whose sessions were closed to the public;
The arrest of over 100 journalists under emergency laws prohibited free expression;
A total of 158 media outlets were closed, including newspapers, TV, and radio stations;
Prior to the referendum, more than 1,500 civil society organizations were dissolved;
The freedom of assembly and association were restricted under the state of emergency;
Many Turks who fled the country out of fear were unable to vote.
Most observers from inside and outside the country predict that the referendum and its result will lead to greater polarization of the country. The fact that the new social contract is now based on an extremely fragile social, political, and economic foundation is bound to backfire.

Erdogan is a madman. By turning his country into a Caliphate he's making out as an enemy of the Western civilisation. This will not end well.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 24th, 2017.]

How Cartels Control The Mexican Government - David Knight

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 24th, 2017.]

Understanding Fake News - Tim Pool

Tim Pool's assessment of the online media -- the issue of sponsor influence, partisan content (playing to left/right audiences), plus misreporting -- is fairly good but he leaves out deliberate lying undertaken by people within the media, as opposed to media people being essentially honest and fooled by questionable experts.

Pool's final words here are to read a wide variety of sources.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 24th, 2017.]

4chan is Hunting Antifa

/pol/ is hunting down the Antifa rioters from Berkeley, and it turns out a bunch of them are radicalised professors.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 24th, 2017.]

Keiser Report (E1061): End of Easy Money?

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy ask whether or not it is the end of easy money. In the second half, Max interviews Mike Maloney of about interest rates, free money and gold.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 24th, 2017.]

The Fake News About Greenland Melt - Tony Heller

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 24th, 2017.]

Sunday, 23 April 2017

France Is The Frontline Of War On Western Culture

Paul Joseph Watson interviews Michael Heaver (UKIP) to discuss the French election and the terrorist threat, pointing out an estimated 230 Islamist murders occurred in France since early 2015 (outside of the mass casualty terror attacks).

Story thanks to Trump is Right.


Dear French People | French Presidential Election 2017 - Molyneux

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 23rd, 2017.]

Le Pen Supports State Money French Election Sunday - Bill Still

This Sunday is election day in France – the first round of voting in the much-anticipated 2017 Presidential election. The first round will whittle the 11 candidates currently in the race down to just two. Then, 2 weeks later, a runoff election between the final two will determine the next president of France on May 7th.Yesterday evening, during the final televised debate between all 11 candidates, Paris suffered its latest terror attack. 
A gunman with an AK-47 assault rifle opened fire on a police patrol parked on the Champs Elysees - Paris’s most famous avenue – instantly killing one officer, and seriously injuring two others. ISIS quickly took credit for the attack.
The two leading Presidential candidates in the race, conservative member of the European Parliament, Marine Le Pen, and 39-year-old investment banker, Emmanuel Macron, both vowed to end campaigning one day early. 
Interestingly, campaigning comes to an abrupt end at midnight the Friday night before Sunday’s election – giving French voters the weekend to make their decision, free of the media chatter surrounding a presidential campaign.
Marine Le Pen, this morning called on the French government to immediately reinstate controls at the French borders.
“My government … will implement this policy, so that the Republic will live, and France will live.”
In stark contrast, Macron, who is leading Le Pen by a slight margin in some polls, argued against a quick government response:
“We must not yield to fear today.”
However, just as in Trump’s election, remember, polls can be easily manipulated. If he won, Macron would become the youngest president in French history. Macron is definitely the big banker’s candidate. He was an investment banker before he became France’s economy minister. He wants France to stay in both the European Union and it’s money, the Euro. 
Le Pen, on the other hand is the French version of Donald Trump - plus something extra - if I’m reading the tea leaves right. 
Le Pen wants out of the European Union, despite being a member of the European Parliament. She is an anti-invasion hawk and says she will try to rescue French culture from a burgeoning immigrant population. 
She has pledged to get France out of the Euro, as well, and return to its historic sovereign money, the French Franc.
Unlike Macron who has been well-funded by loans from the big French banks, Le Pen has not been able to get a single French bank to lend to her campaign. French banks have stonewalled her candidacy. 
So, why? What gives? This one little sentence in a piece by Reuters this week on the issues for each of the 11 candidates reveals why. One of Le Pen’s issues is to:
“Re-establish French franc currency and make central bank answerable to French Treasury.”
Most people will simply shrug their shoulders and ask, “So what?”
Because most people think this is the way their national economic system functions – the central bank would be under control of the national Treasury Department and the Treasury would issue the money and maintain its value by controlling the quantity issued. But no! 
For example, in the U.S. our central bank, the Federal Reserve System, is completely out of the control of the government – the Treasury Department, or the Congress – and Fed officials brag about their power.

Story from Trump is Right.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 23rd, 2017.]

Trump: The New Face Of Crony Capitalism? - David Knight

Donald Trump is reviving the Export Import Bank which has been nothing but a tool of big gov't to dish out fat contracts to their buddies in big business.


Military Buildup Hides Failing Domestic Policy

The Globalist Ties Of Ivanka Trump

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 23rd, 2017.]

President Trump’s Disappearance - Paul Craig Roberts

In my long experience in Washington, vice presidents did not make major foreign policy announcements or threaten other countries with war. Not even Dick Cheney stole this role from the weak president George W. Bush.

But yesterday the world witnessed VP Pence threaten North Korea with war. “The sword stands ready,” said Pence as if he is the commander in chief.

Perhaps he is.

Where is Trump? As far as I can tell from the numerous emails I receive from him, he is at work marketing his presidency. Once Trump won the election, I began receiving endless offers to purchase Trump baseball caps, T-shirts, cuff-links, coffee mugs, and to donate $3 to be entered into a raffle to win some memorabilia. The latest offer is a chance to win one of “personally signed five incredible photographs of our historic and massive inauguration.”[utm_content]=041917-inaugural-photo-contest-djt-jfc-p-p-hf-e&utm_source=e_p-p&amount=3        
For Trump, the presidency is a fund-raising device. If his VP, National Security Advisor, Secretary of Defense, UN Ambassador, CIA Director, whoever, want to start wars wherever, that’s just more memorabilia to raffle off for a $3 donation.

As a result of Trump’s failure to govern his own government, we have VP Pence telling Russia and China that there could be a nuclear exchange on their borders between the US and North Korea. Although Pence is not smart enough to know, this is not something Russia and China will accept.

Washington worries about North Korea having nuclear weapons, but the entire world worries that Washington has nuclear weapons. And so many of them. World polls have shown that the majority of the world’s population are far more concerned about the threat to peace posed by Washington and Israel than by Iran, North Korea, Russia and China.

Pence prefaced his “the sword stands ready” remark with “the United States of America will always seek peace,” which after Serbia, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, and Syria is as false a statement as it is possible to make. From Washington’s perspective it is always Washington’s victims that are “reckless and provocative,” never Washington.

The US stands for war. If the world is driven to Armegeddon, it will be Washington, not North Korea, Iran, Russia, or China, that brings life on earth to an end.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 23rd, 2017.]

Fit For Thee, Not For Me: NWO Edition

From German politicians and their swine vaccines to Bill Gates' kids and common core, it's one rule for the powers-that-shouldn't-be and another for the plebs. But surely you knew that already. What other examples of this phenomenon do you know of?

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 23rd, 2017.]

Swedish Journalist Speaks Out Against Immigrant Violence

Swedish Journalist Peter Sweden talks about the increase of violence in his country, despite Sweden lacking first amendment protections.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 23rd, 2017.]

Corporate and Political Buzzterms: The Scam of "White Privilege"

Corporations and Politicians love wedge issues.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 23rd, 2017.]

Contractor Whose Business Model Is Price Gouging the Pentagon Has Powerful Wall St. Backers

On March 21, first-term Congressman Ro Khanna sent a letter asking the Pentagon’s inspector general to investigate TransDigm, an aerospace supplier he accused of cornering the market on proprietary parts for military aircraft and then jacking up the prices.

The California Democrat charged that TransDigm operates as a “hidden monopolist,” to “enrich a few individual financiers who stand to benefit at the expense of our troops and weapons systems.”

The letter rebounded across Washington and Wall Street. TransDigm stock dropped over 10 percent in two days. The business press highlighted the story; The Huffington Post called TransDigm “The Martin Shkreli of defense contracting.”

In a nation that once saw a senator become president in part because of his investigation of war profiteering — and where memories of the Pentagon buying $640 toilet seats still linger — the story of a greedy corporation ripping off the military seemed to have legs.

But by April 11, TransDigm stock was back up to $236.48, virtually the same level it was at the day before Khanna’s letter. Investors had shrugged off the bad publicity, and the potentially damaging investigation.

It appears that the hedge funds, Wall Street banks, and highly paid executives cashing in on the scheme are confident that they can use the power and influence that comes with big money to prevent public outrage or government investigations from ruining their party.

And so far, they’re right.

TransDigm, based in Cleveland, is more of a private equity-style conglomerate than an aerospace company. The company uses borrowed money to buy companies that make aerospace parts used in both military and civilian aircraft. About 30 percent of its revenue comes from military sales. And according to TransDigm’s 2016 annual report, “about 80% of our sales come from products for which we believe we are the sole-source provider.”

Because the parts are required for aircraft, TransDigm can raise prices after acquisition without any expected loss in sales. For example, it bought a company that makes motor rotors from GE in 2013. After renaming the subsidiary Whippany, TransDigm raised the rotor’s price ninefold, from $654 to $5,474. Similarly, a vibration panel from Aerosonic rose from $67 to $271. A cable assembly from Harco jumped from $1,737 to $7.863.

While the increases are large, they’re not enough to meaningfully affect the total cost of an aircraft, allowing TransDigm’s profiteering to fly below the radar.

The government has rules preventing price gouging from sole-source contractors, by forcing the business to provide information on the cost of production. But TransDigm circumvents this, Khanna and critics allege, through “a network of captive distributors” that create a fake market. Defense procurement officers think they’re choosing between distributors to purchase the part, but the distributors fail to disclose that they all have the same corporate parent: TransDigm. Therefore, government officials don’t know to ask for additional cost information.

The parts aren’t even reliable: an advanced drone keeps crashing, and Air Force officials blame a faulty starter-generator built by a subsidiary of TransDigm.

Though TransDigm’s profits rose 31 percent last year, the company’s debt has tripled since 2012. That’s because instead of paying down debt, profits get siphoned out by executives and shareholders.

CEO W. Nicholas Howley earned $64.2 million in 2013, mostly from dividends on stock options he didn’t even own yet. According to the company’s 2017 proxy statement, Howley received $61.5 million from 2014 to 2016, also mostly from dividend payments and options.

Meanwhile, shareholders enjoyed a “special dividend” of $24 per share in October 2016, a one-time payout similar to what private equity investors receive. TransDigm issued similar cash dividends in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

This financial engineering pleases investors, many of which are hedge funds and other institutional types like Capital World Investors, which just picked up 10 percent of the company. It’s also good for major banks, which finance TransDigm’s debt. In 2016, just one debt offering by TransDigm was handled by Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Citi, UBS, Barclays, Credit Agricole CIB, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, and Royal Bank of Canada. Banks also take fees when hedge funds trade the stock. The entire thing is mutually reinforcing for large financial interests.

It's really important to understand how corrupt systems operate in order to (eventually) stop them. The finance side of the economy is corrupt and bloated and is focused to largely benefit the few while neglecting core business (manufacturing) principles. The lack of a true market system can be detrimental in terms of efficiency and the cost of goods - especially when the lack of a true market is designed to drive prices up (as opposed to oppressing prices - another model of economic control).

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 23rd, 2017.]

Bill O’Reilly’s Out at Fox | It Had Nothing to Do With Sexual Harassment | It Was Sponsors and Money - Lionel

He could have killed that cute baby giraffe live on TV and would still have his gig had not the sponsors bailed. That simple.

Bill O’Reilly has been tossed out as THE prime-time host at Fox News after the disclosure of settlements involving sexual harassment allegations against him and sponsors bailing put an end to it. His ouster ends his two-decade reign as the most popular and influential commentator on Fox News. Period.

“After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel,” Rupert Murdoch, said in a statement.

And it had nothing to do with lawsuits or behavior. It’s money.

In the corporate USA it's almost always about the money (although losing ventures can still be supported by the military industrial complex for propaganda reasons). 

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 23rd, 2017.]

The Extreme Climate Of 1927 - Tony Heller

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 23rd, 2017.]

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Turkey Is Now An Islamic Caliphate In All But Name

Erdogan is a madman. Turkey is a huge problem. If the Turkish people don't get rid of Erdogan then there will likely be war between (and within) western nations and Turkey. Turkey will be destroyed (like Iraq or Libya).

It's likely that Turkey will first be economically isolated where the country will suffer from a financial crisis. This situation would then invite open war.

The Israelis will naturally approve of this Turkish Islamism because eventually it will lead to their downfall. This is why Israel also approves of ISIS and other terrorists on their doorstep. They'll have the US, Europeans, or their own army (using tactical nukes) destroy their regional rivals.

There are two dangers to world peace: Islamist extremism, and the Zionists (the latter heavily infiltrated into Western Governments and finance).


Up to 2.5 million Turkish votes were possibly ‘manipulated,’ intl observer says

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 22nd, 2017.]