Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Gerald Celente’s 2014 Predictions War, Financial Crisis in Q2 & Gold Prices Going Up


Gerald Celente, Publisher of The Trends Journal, predicts, “Absent the war card, I think we will see a financial crisis before the end of the second quarter of 2014.” Celente sums up what he sees in 2014 as “a year of extremes.” Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with Gerald Celente, one of the world’s top trend forecasters. (Read more at http://investmentwatchblog.com/gerald-celentes-2014-predictions-war-financial-crisis-in-q2-gold-prices-going-up/#Vhxj6vusrQ1MoMPr.99)



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 31st, 2013.]

Monday, 30 December 2013

The Truthseeker: Leaked US Regime Change Manual, Admits Ukraine's its 'Playbook'


Happy Xmas Ukraine! Openly pro-Nazi rioters ripping up paving stones for weapons and driving bulldozers at people get sweets from America's Asst. Secretary of State, the surprisingly long list of countries where the US attempts regime change under cover of 'human rights'; and George Clooney becomes the Pentagon's sexy new weapon.

Seek truth from facts with Humanitarian Imperialism author Jean Bricmont, UN Human Rights Rapporteur Richard Falk, political analyst Richard Becker, Asia Times' Pepe Escobar, On Immoral Interventionism author Gilad Atzmon, and 'worth 500,000 dead kids' Madeleine Albright
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The big issue here is the system of US imperialist intervention.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 30th, 2013.]

Keiser Report (E542): When Law Breaking Becomes Basis for GDP


In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss that nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery; which is why there are no calls for punishment from the mainstream media for banking crimes. They also report on the execution rate dropping in the US due to a European boycott of sending the executioners' drug. In the second half, Max interviews Neil Mitchell of rbs-grgbusinessactiongroup.org about his remarkable investigation into Royal Bank of Scotland and his campaign for justice for small and medium sized enterprises.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 30th, 2013.]

Barclays Fined $3.75m as 10 Years of Incriminating LIBOR Chat Messages “Disappear”


On Thursday 27 December it was reported by Reuters that Barclays “accidentally lost” 10 years of instant chat message data, over the period LIBOR was known to be rigged, killing off any serious hopes of a prosecution for USD LIBOR manipulation.

Financial campaigners have questioned whether investigations into LIBOR would confirm the presence of cartel like activity in currencies other than Japanese Yen, to which previous fines levelled against RBS, UBS, Barclays and ICAP relate.

LIBOR is set in 16 currencies. The top 5 traded currencies by volume being USD, Euro, JPY, Stirling, and AUD.

With 16 globally traded LIBOR currencies, even 18 months after the first Barclays fine of June 2012, according to regulators only evidence of Yen manipulation has been uncovered. All of the UK and EU based charges against largely UK and EU banks have been curiously restricted to Japanese Yen LIBOR.

Despite beings the worlds’ number 1 traded currency, we are yet to see prosecution for US LIBOR manipulation, nor US trading banks.
http://www.blacklistednews.com/Barclays_fined_%243.75m_as_10_years_of_incriminating_LIBOR_chat_messages_%E2%80%9Cdisappear%E2%80%9D/31539/0/38/38/Y/M.html

They were only fined 3.75 million and no criminal charges for obstructing justice?

The prosecution needs to talk to the NSA. They will have the full records of the deleted emails.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 30th, 2013.]

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Who's Controlling The Snowden Documents and to What Purpose? (To Destroy the Credibility of Whistleblowers?)


Glenn Greenwald has only released 1% of the Snowden documents and those were approved and released after over 100 meetings with US and British intelligence. Some documents are being held back to be released with Greenwald's book. And Greenwald's possession of the documents were the basis of his new $250 million media venture with PayPal's Pierre Omidyar raising ethical questions of checkbook journalism. But even more troubling is the close relationship between the NSA and Omidyar's PayPal. Whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds of BoilingFrogsPost.com has been publicly asking questions of Greenwald and Snowden to determine the ethics and purpose of the Snowden leaks.



The ethics side of the equation here is important. Sibel mentions that the leaked documents are public property anyway, and that Greenwald is making a lot of money out of them.

The people Greenwald is dealing with, in publishing the leaks, are untrustworthy insiders. Hopefully Snowden will reveal all if these shenanigans continue.

THE BIG QUESTION: Are these Snowden leaks a set-up designed to smear whistle-blowing with the soon-to-be revelation that Greenwald and Snowden are using the documents to generate a lot of money for themselves? Is this some sort of intelligence psy-op?

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 29th, 2013.]

Letter to ABC News (Australia) - 'When Will You Explain to Your Audience that the Conflict in Syria is a Proxy War?'


The following letter of complaint was sent to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in response to the absence of accurate reporting regarding the Proxy War in Syria. Recent mainstream news reports centred on 'barrel bombs' being used by Syrian armed forces whilst downplaying the hostage taking and executions by extremists who were the ones, along with various foreign Nation-States, who initiated the conflict.
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In general, the mainstream media, including the ABC, is either grossly incompetent or outright corrupt in failing to explain to the public that the war in Syria is the result of foreign intervention. Without the intervention of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the US, France, the UK, and Israel there would be no war.

We know from many witnesses that the initial protests/demonstrations were hijacked by armed gangs. When it came to the snipers shooting on the protesters, we do not know conclusively who did the shootings. There is no evidence to show that it was the Syrian military. Furthermore we know there have been Western plans to destabilise the country prior to the outbreak of violence and that there were training camps active in Turkey, aided by the US, from at least May 2011 - perhaps earlier.   

We do know for a fact that the US trained thousands of middle eastern 'activists' during 2009-10 who then returned to their countries prior to various uprisings during the Arab Spring:
http://www.activistpost.com/2013/09/us-planned-syrian-civilian-catastrophe.html

The ABC, like all western corporate media, shies away from any issue that deals with Western Government involvement in fomenting war. The deliberate attempt to wage war, by Western Governments - a War Crime - is a taboo subject. By letting this corruption go unaddressed those involved in foreign affairs (at the ABC) are directly contributing to the continuation of this conflict. Your failure is literally killing people.

On the other hand, large sections of the 'alternative press', including many whistle-blowers, have been airing truly critical stories, that accurately describe Western Government actions (overt illegal war, torture, proxy wars etc) as War Crimes for many years. The Syrian war is another in a long list of crimes stretching back to the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

It is about time the ABC followed its Code of Practice and explained to the public, in direct language, what has been going on.

If any of you journalists do not understand what I am attempting to articulate please take a few short minutes to look at this 'premier' alternative news clip entitled:

 Media Lies While Syrians Die: Media Disinformation and the Syrian War
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KFpaU9PC8o

The creator of this clip, James Corbett, works with FBI whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds who completely agrees with this analysis.

My own small time blog SPOOKYWEATHER has been following the Syrian story from the beginning and has been collecting clips and reporting accurately on the proxy war.

This link reveals all the posts I've collected dealing with Syria. Scroll down for an accurate appraisal of the conflict:
http://spookyweather.blogspot.com.au/search/label/Syria

So far ABC News has largely misled the public with its disgracefully poor one-sided coverage of the conflict - omitting: how it started, who trained and funded the rebels, who used gas, the believability of their sources including the death toll cooked up in the UK etc.

Please note, I tend to post the occasional letters I've sent to the mainstream media on my blog. This one will likely go up.

I'd appreciate it if this email was forwarded to as many journalists as possible because this message is important. Airing the truth about the Syria conflict will help end the war.  Take some time to watch as many videos as you can that are posted on my blog.
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[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 29th, 2013.]

Israel is at its Post Christmas [Murderous] Lunacy Again




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 29th, 2013.]

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Western Plans to Begin Proxy Wars via Sniper Attacks and Civil Unrest Revealed - The Truthseeker (RECAP)


Leaked new army manual: US troops are wearing "enemy uniform although Geneva Conventions prohibit this". It comes as anti-Assad groups admit a "third force" sparked the war, while unexplained snipers triggered the coup in Egypt; Christof Lehmann tells The Truthseeker how the UN is the "instrument for warfare" preparing the ground for America's next colonies; shocking torture footage of the West's Arab dictators; and Saudi involvement in 9/11.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 28th, 2013.]

The Only Thing We Have to Fear is CIA


Fifty years ago, exactly one month after John Kennedy was killed, the Washington Post published an op-ed titled "Limit CIA Role to Intelligence.” The first sentence of that op-ed on Dec. 22, 1963, read, "I think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence Agency.”

It sounded like the intro to a bleat from some liberal professor or journalist. Not so. The writer was former President Harry S. Truman, who spearheaded the establishment of the CIA 66 years ago, right after World War II, to better coordinate US intelligence gathering. But the spy agency had lurched off in what Truman thought were troubling directions.

Sadly, those concerns that Truman expressed in that op-ed ” that he had inadvertently helped create a Frankenstein monster ” are as valid today as they were 50 years ago, if not more so.

Truman began his article by underscoring "the original reason why I thought it necessary to organize this Agency … and what I expected it to do.” It would be "charged with the collection of all intelligence reports from every available source, and to have those reports reach me as President without Department ˜treatment™ or interpretations.”
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While Truman saw CIA's attempted mousetrapping of President Kennedy as a particular outrage, his more general complaint is seen in his broader lament that the CIA had become "so removed from its intended role … I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations. … It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the government.” Not only shaping policy through its control of intelligence, but also œcloak and dagger” operations, presumably including assassinations.

Truman concluded the op-ed with an admonition that was as clear as the syntax was clumsy: "I would like to see the CIA restored to its original assignment as the intelligence arm of the President, and that whatever else it can properly perform in that special field “ and that its operational duties be terminated or properly used elsewhere.” The importance and prescient nature of that admonition are even clearer today, a half-century later.
http://rinf.com/alt-news/breaking-news/the-only-thing-we-have-to-fear-is-cia/

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 28th, 2013.]

New Revelation that AG Eric Holder Is Protecting JPMorgan Chase NYC From Criminal Investigation


Providing additional evidence that the Obama Administration's Department of Justice (DOJ) is protecting "banks too big to fail," Pulitzer Prize winning financial reporter David Cay Johnston has revealed that the DOJ has refused to force JPMorgan Chase to comply with an ongoing investigation into the bank's possible knowledge of Bernard Madoff's fraud scheme of a few years ago.

The information obtained might reveal that the bank chose to financially benefit from criminal activity:

Bernard Madoff’s principal bank, JPMorgan Chase, has for years obstructed federal bank examiners trying to ascertain what it knew about his gigantic Ponzi scheme, an official document obtained by Newsweek shows.
 
The Justice Department refused in September to back up Treasury inspector general staff who wanted a  court order to enforce a subpoena, in effect shielding JPMorgan from law enforcement, the October 8 document shows.
 
The Justice Department told the Treasury Inspector General “that they were denying the request for enforcement of the subpoena,” which means officials “could not undertake further actions regarding this matter,” wrote Jason J. Metrick, the inspector general special-agent-in-charge.

Source: http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/item/18387-new-revelation-that-attorney-general-eric-holder-is-protecting-jpmorgan-chase-nyc-from-criminal-investigation

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 28th, 2013.]

Friday, 27 December 2013

World-Wide Arrest Warrants Issued For Bush And Obama 2013


Excellent report by RT concerning arrest warrants issued worldwide for Obama and George W, Bush for War Crimes. Originally Published on Jul 2, 2013.



Excellent video highlighting a taboo subject for the corporate media - Western Government War Criminals.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 27th, 2013.]

Debunking the "The Saudis Did 9-11" Nonsense! - Whatreallyhappened.com


The official story of 9-11 is collapsing almost as fast as the Obamacare website. Most Americans are now well aware of the strange collapse of WTC Building 7, the video that captures the sound of the actual explosion that initiates the collapse of WTC7, the very strange behavior of the Secret Service as President Bush read about goats at Booker Elementary School. We have all seen the photographs that confirm the remains of demolition "cutter charges" in the remains of the towers. And we all know how the BBC reported that Building 7 collapsed 26 minutes before it actually happened. indicating a script was being followed (but alas, not carefully enough).

With the official story in free fall, Americans are wondering just who did this heinous deed. With the US Government itself the prime suspect, many are asking if the US Government had help from an outside nation, one with a long track record of world-changing dirty tricks.

There is a great deal of evidence that implicates the nation of Israel as a co-conspirator with the Bush administration. First, there was the massive Israeli spy ring uncovered in the United States just before 9-11, and how some of the "Dancing Israelis" arrested after being seen cheering and dancing as the World Trade Towers collapsed turned out to be Mossad spies! Then there was the strange case of Odigo, an Israeli-owned company whose New York offices received a warning about the attacks before the planes used in the attacks had even left the ground! All four of the hijacked planes departed from airport gates whose security was provided by the same Israeli security company. Israel has a long track record of playing dirty tricks against the United States and other countries, including the Lavon affair (framed on Egypt), Israel's attack on the USS Liberty (initially framed on Egypt), and Israel's smuggling a radio transmitter into Libya that was used to send fake messages that tricked President Reagan into bombing Libya.

As people start to seriously examine the plethora of evidence regarding Israel's numerous perfidies it comes as no surprise that recently we have seen Israel's "useful idiots" launch a propaganda campaign to claim that Saudi Arabia was behind the 9-11 attacks. At the very least this propaganda is intended to deflect interest away from Israel. At worst, it is the start of the campaign to justify military invasion of that country, just as Saddam's nuclear weapons were the excuse to invade Iraq, and the more recently (and thankfully failed) attempt to justify invasion of Syria by claiming Syria's government was gassing their own people.

As I have mentioned before, the best way to tell if you are being lied to is to look for what should be there but isn't. In the case of the claim that Saudi Arabia was behind 9-11, what should be there and isn't is a motive for Saudi Arabia to do something like that.
http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/debunksaudis.php

While the Saudis did not play a leading role in the false flag 911 attacks a section their intelligence forces appears to have been involved in running the hijackers - either believing the 911 operation was some sort of terror drill, or being fully aware of the operation's murderous goals. 

A Saudi, Omar al-Bayoumi, who aided the hijackers and was known to the FBI, was almost certainly an intelligence operative of Saudi Arabia. His activities were protected before and after 911. The FBI and then the post-attack congressional investigations were stopped (via the Bush White House in the latter event).

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 27th, 2013.]

'Orwell's 1984 a Fairytale Compared to Reality': Snowden Delivers Xmas Message


NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has delivered his 'Alternative Christmas Message' via a British TV channel. The whistleblower called for an end to mass spying by governments, stating that a child born today will have "no conception of privacy."



The reality is that the whole population is living in a surveillance state. However, it does not help the situation when a large portion of the population posts every detail about themselves on social media sites that have questionable privacy rules!

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 27th, 2013.]

Keiser Report (E541): NSA Manipulates Bank Accounts?


In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the suggestion that the NSA may be manipulating bank account balances and financial markets. They also discuss 'accidental' tax breaks for billionaires in America; while, in the UK, the tax office 'loses nerve' about pursuing multinationals and instead targets small and medium sized enterprises. In the second half, Max interviews precious metals analyst and presenter, Jan Skoyles, about silver, gold, handbags, crowdfuncing and Chateau du Pepe.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 27th, 2013.]

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Analysis of Gaza Violence (false flag)- Mike Rivero/Whatreallyhappened.com


A post at Whatreallyhappened.com contained the following story:
Two Palestinian Civilians in Gaza, Including 3-Year-Old Girl, and Israeli Soldier Killed, in Attacks
Israeli daily Haaretz has reported the no Palestinian armed group claimed responsibility for the attack that killed the engineer, near the Nahal Oz settlement. The engineer is from Rahat, south of the country, a town mainly inhabited by Bedouin Palestinian Arabs.

The Israeli army said it appears a sharpshooter carried out the attack and fled the scene, and that no clashes took place following the shooting.
The webmaster Mike Rivero made the following observation, which is the most likely accounting for this Christmas time violence - that it is a staged event designed to further terrorise the Palestinians:
A civilian worker for the Israeli Defense Ministry, reported ot have been Bedouin, was working on the apartheid fence when he was shot by a sniper, who escaped. No Palestinian groups have claimed responsibility. "Luckily" for Israel, this is all happening during Christmas, when the west is distracted by religious celebrations and not paying attention to Israel's wholly out-of-proportionate "response" to what looks like a classic false-flag operation to justify military strikes into Gaza.

Stop and think. Palestine is winning the public relations battle with Israel. The boycott movement is growing rapidly. The UN has recognized Palestine as a state, and the whole world condemns Israel's starvation blockade of Gaza as a crime against humanity. Palestine is not going to risk alienating world opinion with a single random shooting of a Bedouin. Such a shooting gains them nothing militarily or politically.

Israel, on the other hand, stands to gain a great deal by killing that Bedouin worker and blaming Palestine, even though the sniper got away and remains unidentified, to demonize Palestine in the eyes of the world and justify (at last count) 18 strikes into Gaza.
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[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 26th, 2013.]

Keiser Report (E540): Santa's Workshop vs Big Oil


In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the no Ho, Ho, Ho this Christmas as Canada claims Santa's workshop in the race to secure oil and mineral reserves in the Arctic. In the second half, Max interviews former energy market regulator, Chris Cook, about the middlemen who have taken over the energy market and the roulette wheel with 16 zeroes on it as we move from dollar economics to energy politics and diplomacy. Finally, Chris Cook and Max discuss gas-coin as a new alternative currency backed by natural gas.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 26th, 2013.]

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

New World Next Year - 2014


The video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week we look back at 2013 for the biggest stories of the year and look forward to 2014 with our picks for important trends for the new year:



The guys pick Bitcoin and the Boston bombing (false flag) as one of the most important stories of 2013. For myself it is the NSA scandal and the false flag chemical weapons scares in the Syrian proxy war. Corbett points out that the Boston Bombing highlights the issue of false flags and how it has made it to the 'mainstream'.

For 2014 they point to do-it-ourselves activism and financial/economic hardship.

For myself I'd like to remind people to not be complacent when it comes to searching for the truth. We need to keep educating the public and sharing information so that our society can stop those in power who keep launching more wars and siphoning money to the mega rich with their corporate welfare programs (unlike Iceland). Until we bring about real change we should always expect the unexpected including huge mass kill disasters designed to further war or dictatorship.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 25th, 2013.]

YouTube 'Radicalizers' Targeted By NSA


"The NSA believes the targeted individuals radicalize people through the expression of controversial ideas via YouTube, Facebook and other social media websites. Their audience, both English and Arabic speakers, "includes individuals who do not yet hold extremist views but who are susceptible to the extremist message," the document states. The NSA says the speeches and writings of the six individuals resonate most in countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Kenya, Pakistan, India and Saudi Arabia.

According to the document, the NSA believes that exploiting electronic surveillance to publicly reveal online sexual activities can make it harder for these "radicalizers" to maintain their credibility
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The NSA is trying to smear US Government critics by delving into their personal online activities. So long as the person hasn't done anything highly illegal then we should only care about the message being conveyed - especially when it involves information pertaining to the destruction of your individual rights and matters such as War Crimes and 'Wall Street-killing Main Street' fraud.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 25th, 2013.]

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Bigger, Badder NDAA 2014 Quietly Passed the House and Senate – and It Is On the Way to Obama’s Desk


While everyone is distracted with the holiday festivities, Congress has been hard at work, screwing us over in the name of national security.

Yesterday the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act was fast-tracked through the Senate, with no time for discussion or amendments.  And you know, its Christmastime, so they just passed it so that they could recess for the holidays. The new version of the NDAA has already been quietly passed by the House of Representatives.

It authorizes massive spending, including $527 billion in base defense spending for the current fiscal year, funding for the war in Afghanistan, and funding for nuclear weapons programs.
The indefinite detention allowed by the original NDAA is still here, and it’s actually worse now, because there are provisions that will make it easier for the government to target those who disagree. 

Section 1071 outlines the creation of the “Conflict Records Research Center”, where the unconstitutionally obtained information that the NSA has collected is compiled and shared with the Department of Defense.  The information, called in the wording  “captured records,” can be anything from your phone records, emails, browsing history or posts on social media sites.
The New American reports in detail on the expansion of powers:
For two years, the NDAA included provisions that purported to authorize the president of the United States to deploy the U.S. military to apprehend and indefinitely detain any person (including an American citizen) who he believes “represent[s] an enduring security threat to the United States.”
Such an immense grant of power is not only unconscionable, but unconstitutional, as well.
Regardless of promises to the contrary made every year since 2011 by President Obama, the language of the NDAA places every citizen of the United States within the universe of potential “covered persons.” Any American could one day find himself or herself branded a “belligerent” and thus subject to the complete confiscation of his or her constitutional civil liberties and to nearly never-ending incarceration in a military prison.
Finally, there is in the NDAA for 2014 a frightening fusion of the federal government’s constant surveillance of innocent Americans and the assistance it will give to justifying the indefinite detention of anyone labeled an enemy of the regime.
Section 1071 of the version of the 2014 NDAA approved by the House and Senate committees this week expands on the scope of surveillance established by the Patriot Act and the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).
Section 1071(a) authorizes the secretary of defense to “establish a center to be known as the ‘Conflict Records Research Center.’” According to the text of the latest version of the NDAA, the center’s task would be to compile a “digital research database including translations and to facilitate research and analysis of records captured from countries, organizations, and individuals, now or once hostile to the United States.”
In order to accomplish the center’s purpose, the secretary of defense will create an information exchange in cooperation with the director of national intelligence.
Key to the functioning of this information exchange will be the collection of “captured records.” Section 1071(g)(1), defines a captured record as “a document, audio file, video file, or other material captured during combat operations from countries, organizations, or individuals, now or once hostile to the United States.”
Source: http://intellihub.com/2013/12/21/bigger-badder-ndaa-2014-quietly-passed-the-house-and-senate-and-it-is-on-the-way-to-obamas-desk/

President Obama, the US Congress and Senate represent one big lie perpetrated upon the American people. Although they hold the promise of representing their constituents and protecting the Constitution they do practically the opposite, defending the corporate-police State and special interests. The present establishment is rotten and it is imperative that those upholding the status quo be removed from office.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 24th, 2013.]

Why Is Jon Stewart Helping Blackwater Whitewash War Crimes?


Abby Martin calls out the Daily Show's Jon Stewart for his soft ball interview with former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince, showing how the exchange between the two men only serves to whitewash the company's history of war crimes and legal impunity.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 24th, 2013.]

Monday, 23 December 2013

Media Lies While Syrians Die: Media Disinformation and the Syrian War


Months after the events took place, Pulitzer prize winning journalists and others are finally reporting about the lies and manipulations of the US government regarding the recent chemical weapons attack in Syria. Far from shining a light on the true situation in the country, however, these reports continue to avoid the underlying causes and explanations for what is happening in Syria, and the forces that are behind it.



The conflict in Syria is a proxy war. Without outside state-sponsored intervention there would have been no war. The various chemical weapons incidents were all launched by opposition forces, some as false flags designed to draw in direct outside military intervention.  The mainstream media is loathe to report on such details because it addresses the issue of Western involvement in War Crimes.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 23rd, 2013.]

Bin Laden’s Obituary Notice


A Funeral Notice for Osama bin Laden was published on December 26, 2001, in the Egyptian newspaper al-Ward. An English translation is provided below. Anyone fluent in Arabic is invited to verify or correct the translation. This item was sent to me from a reader abroad.

Also below are is a CNN interview with its medical correspondent who examines the last non-faked video of bin Laden and concludes that bin Laden is seriously ill.

There is also below a 2002 report that Israeli intelligence has concluded that bin Laden is dead.

I cannot attest to the correctness of any of these reports, but it is unclear why there would be so much disinformation from such varied sources about bin Laden’s condition or what purpose is served.

You can use this information to evaluate the Obama regime’s unsubstantiated claim that Navy SEALs killed bin Laden in Pakistan a decade later.
http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/11/20/bin-ladens-obituary-notice/


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 23rd, 2013.]

Black Budget: US Govt Clueless About Missing Pentagon $Trillions


The Pentagon has secured a 630 billion dollar budget for next year, even though it's failed to even account for the money it's received since 1996. A whopping 8.5 trillion dollars of taxpayer cash have gone to defence programmes - none of which has been audited. This black budget has sparked concerns over potential fraud, as Gayane Chichakyan reports.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 23rd, 2013.]

Keiser Report (E539): Warty Debtnuts in Pool of Fraud


In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the warty sea walnuts that are the populations floating through credit space seeking to soak up more debt to feed the pool of derivatives and fraud in which they live and breathe. In the second half, Max interviews coder, hacker and author, Andreas Antonopoulos about Bitcoin. While, at the moment, Bitcoin is a shallow pool of volatility, it cannot be uninvented and is a a way of achieving consensus on a distributed ledger of assets without the ability to cheat. Its role as a currency is just the first 'app' on the bitcoin network; other applications could be stock exchanges and peer to peer lending.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 23rd, 2013.]

Sunday, 22 December 2013

What is Greenwald Covering Up? - BFP Roundtable #02


Welcome to the second pilot edition of BFP Roundtable. In this episode James, Guillermo and I discuss the controversy surrounding the Glenn Greenwald, Omidyar-PayPal and NSA connections. We talk about the glacial pace at which the Snowden documents are being released, Greenwald's book and video deals, the new news venture with eBay co-founder Pierre Omidyar, the things that Greenwald doesn't report on, and the public's tendency to put people on pedestals. Don't miss this controversial edition of the BFP Roundtable.



This is a very GREAT analytical discussion about the NSA leaks. There is a lot of enlightening material here on Glenn Greenwald who appears to be someone we should not fully trust.

The discussion also covers the fact that there are other Government insiders appearing in the media, who are critical of certain issues, but tend to play along with the establishment in ethically questionable ways - such that we can't fully trust them either.

Make sure to take some time and watch this clip because it helps give some indication of the landscape of half truths (and censorship) that permeate what we see in relation to many whistle-blower 'revelations'. Yes, we do see a lot of useful information being released, but it seems there is a lot more damaging material being withheld. For instance, in the case of Wikileaks, we do not see anything about US involvement in terrorist-sponsoring Operation Gladio 'B' or intelligence agency involvement in the global drug trade. 

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 22nd, 2013.]

Intelligence Director Clapper Is In Big Trouble


The author of the Patriot Act and former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee – Congressman James Sensenbrenner – says that Clapper should be prosecuted for lying to Congress and the American people about NSA spying

One of the co-chairs of the 9/11 Commission – Lee Hamilton agrees

As does Congressman Tom McClintock.

7 members of the House Judiciary Committee (Sensenbrenner, Issa, Franks, Farenthold, Gowdy, Labrador and Poe ) have asked the Department of Justice to investigate Clapper for perjury.

And Senator Rand Paul says that Clapper’s crimes have hurt America far more than Snowden’s
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/12/clappers-perjury-congress-harmful-snowdens.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 22nd, 2013.]

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Exposed


ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron, DynCorp, G4S, Walmart and McDonald’s are just a few of the companies that the mega ‘charity’ supports.

With an endowment larger than all but four of the world’s largest hedge funds, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is easily one of the most powerful ‘charities’ in the world. According to its website, the organization ”works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives.”

So how do the investments of the foundation’s $36 billion investing arm, the Gates Foundation Trust, match up to its mission? We dug into the group’s recently released 2012 tax returns to find out.
http://www.blacklistednews.com/The_Bill_%26_Melinda_Gates_Foundation_exposed/31334/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Some of the corporations listed at the link included private security and prison companies.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 22nd, 2013.]

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Radical Rebels Kidnap & Torture Prisoners, Aim to Proclaim Islamic State in Syria


Children as young as 8 years old, are being held and tortured across a network of secret Islamist prisons in Syria according to shocking new reports. The jails are operated by one of the fiercest rebel groups - the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Its practices and laws are so harsh, that Amnesty International has equated it to a reign of terror. Smoking, or behaviour deemed anti-Islamic can lead to lengthy sentences at these detention centers and even worse. But, as RT's Gayane Chichakyan reports, Washington's commitment to the rebels in Syria means it's willing to talk to even the most hardline groups.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 21st, 2013.]

John Judge - The Reagan Shooting 1988




Although the speaker here does speculate on a couple of points most of the information he provides on the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan is fascinating.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 21st, 2013.]

Keiser Report (E538): Bankster Bacteria


In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss factory-farmed citizen consumers who live in mom's basement, dragging the economy down with them. They also discuss the monoculture of housing bubbles and high interest rate loans in the workplace. In the second half, Max interviews Bill Still about his conversion to crypto-currencies and what role of the NSA spying scandal played in his decision.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 21st, 2013.]

Friday, 20 December 2013

The People of Gaza Suffer Genocide Under the Israeli-Egyptian Siege


"The world has forgotten Gaza, its women and children. The blockade is as bad as the war; it's like a slow death for everyone in Gaza. We are paying the price for disputes between different powers. Isn't that shameful? The world has lost its humanity," - Attiyeh Abu Khousa resident of Gaza.

At this time of year the mainstream media abounds with stories of how ordinary people across the world are preparing for the upcoming Christmas holiday. One story people will not hear about is the desperate plight of the 2 million people trapped within the Gaza Strip where malnutrition, darkness, cold and suffering abound.

The people of Gaza are being crushed under the Israeli blockade which severely restricts essential supplies coming into the strip. Israel refuses to allow building materials into Gaza, meaning that people left homeless by successive Israeli military attacks cannot rebuild their homes. The number of food insecure people has risen dramatically from 44 % in 2011 to 57% in 2012.

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The power cuts are affecting every aspect of life and pose a major threat to the health of the people. Water pumping stations have stopped working. Sewage treatment plants have closed. This has led to flooding. In Gaza City the district of East Zeitoun was recently flooded by 8,000 gallons of raw sewage which has caused illness amongst some children.

The Hamas-led authority in Gaza has been reduced to using donkeys to cart away rubbish. Due to the lack of fuel it has been forced to stop using its 50 strong fleet of garbage lorries.

Many small businesses have closed making the unemployment situation even worse. More worrying still is the closure of bakeries for a population already suffering from widespread malnutrition.

People's lives are under threat in hospitals which are struggling to cope with the power cuts. The number of operations that are being carried out is being reduced while life-saving equipment is being not being used due to the power cuts
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http://www.activistpost.com/2013/12/the-people-of-gaza-suffer-genocide.html

The Israeli settlers from Europe drove the Palestinians from their land and now they are trying to finish off the survivors. This IS genocide.

Sanctions need to be placed upon the State of Israel and US support withdrawn.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 20th, 2013.]

Why MP George Galloway is Killing Tony Blair


Abby Martin speaks with British Parliamentarian George Galloway, discussing his upcoming film 'The Killing of Tony Blair', and his brand new show on RT, 'Sputnik: Orbiting the world with George Galloway.'



Holding war criminals to account. A good interview that covers a lot of recent events in the War on Terror in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 20th, 2013.]

BBC News Article on the ReThink911 Campaign in Canada


December 17, 2013 — Yesterday the BBC published an article about the ongoing ReThink911 ad campaign in Ottawa. Featured on the BBC’s News homepage, the article was seen by hundreds of thousands of readers.

This piece marks the fifth mainstream news article about ReThink911’s Ottawa campaign since the announcement of the campaign on November 20. But unlike its Canadian counterparts, the BBC has a tendency for falseness and one-sidedness rivaled only by the likes of Fox News.
Read the article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25370076

Tell the BBC Editor Their Reporting Is a Journalistic Disgrace

Please take 2 minutes right now to let the Editor of the BBC’s North America edition know how you feel about their reporting. Just copy-paste the letter below, or write your own. Please be sure to Bcc us at AE911Truth so that we can keep a count of how many emails are sent.
To: Claudia.Milne@BBC.co.uk
Bcc: BBCoutreach@AE911Truth.org

Dear Ms. Milne, 
The BBC’s article on the ReThink911 ad campaign in Ottawa is a journalistic disgrace. The number of false claims and one-sided maneuvers is simply astounding.
Most disturbing is how the article falsely labeled Jonathan Kay and Popular Mechanics “experts,” while neglecting to quote a single one of the 2,100 engineering and architecture experts who are so critical of the official account that they are demanding a new World Trade Center investigation. In addition, the article provides links to every source it references that supports the official account of 9/11, but not a single link to a source critiquing the official account.
Source: http://rethink911.org/news/bbc-article-rethink911-keeps-building-7-in-the-headlines/

Another shameless and transparent attempt by the mainstream media to hide the truth about the 911 false flag attacks.

Those pushing such truth hiding propaganda pieces are facilitating the War on Terror because the truth about 911 will end overseas militarism.

When the 911 false flag is full exposed and widely accepted we will see justice done. Eventually former officials, shadow corporate-government and intelligence people will be rounded up on charges of treason confirming that we were not 'attacked for our freedoms'. Both Muslims and the Western world have been tricked into a never ending conflict and the BBC is clearly facilitating this situation with their propaganda.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 20th, 2013.]

Thursday, 19 December 2013

UN Syrian Chemical Weapons Report Exposes Washington’s Lies


The release of a United Nations chemical weapons inspectors’ report pointing to multiple sarin gas attacks carried out by so-called “rebel” forces further exposes the Obama administration’s lies about Syrian government responsibility for an August 21 chemical shelling of the Ghouta area outside of Damascus.

Washington seized on the incident as the pretext for a planned bombing campaign and stepped-up drive for regime-change against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The UN report’s appearance last Thursday follows the publication of Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh’s detailed article in the London Review of Books revealing that the Obama administration deliberately manipulated intelligence to falsely assert it had proof of Syrian government and military responsibility for the Ghouta attack.

Hersh cited current and former US military and intelligence officials on the falsification of intelligence regarding the August 21 attack as well as the Obama administration’s concealment of the existence of intelligence reports warning that the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra Front militia had the capacity to manufacture and weaponise the nerve gas sarin used in the Ghouta attack.

The 82-page UN chemical weapons report is based on extensive on-the-ground investigations of multiple sites where allegations of chemical weapons use were raised by either the Syrian government or the American, British and French governments. The inspectors analysed soil and other environmental samples, examined hair, urine, tissue and blood samples for trace chemicals, interviewed survivors, witnesses and medical personnel, and documented munitions allegedly used to deliver the sarin in each incident.

They concluded that in addition to the Ghouta incident, there were at least four “probable” sarin attacks. In three of these attacks, Syrian army soldiers were the victims of the deadly gas, while in the fourth, civilians were affected. Not a single one of the confirmed chemical attacks were against “rebel” militia fighters.
http://rinf.com/alt-news/breaking-news/un-syrian-chemical-weapons-report-exposes-washingtons-lies/

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 19th, 2013.]

Obama Suppressing 6,000-Page Report on CIA Torture Adopted by Senate Intelligence Committee


Over a year ago, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to adopt a historic, 6,000-page report which contains “startling details” about CIA misdeeds related to its torture program.

The report, which cost $40 million to produce and appears to pose no national security threats, has been set for release since December 13, 2012. However, it has yet to see the light of day.

The reason: the Obama administration continues to suppress its release, apparently for no reason other than to protect the reputations of the guilty.
http://www.blacklistednews.com/Obama_Suppressing_6%2C000-Page_Report_on_CIA_Torture_Adopted_by_Senate_Intelligence_Committee/31185/0/38/38/Y/M.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 19th, 2013.]

Keiser Report (E537): Airbrushing Past Failures


In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert believe we are all Jang now! The despicable human scum that was Kim Jong Un's now executed uncle also got the blame for someone else's 'uncontrollable catastrophe' of an economy. They also look at signs of North Korea like propaganda in the UK, US and India. In the second half, Max asks Mitch Feierstein, author of Planet Ponzi, if the UK economy is anything more than farts and jet engines. They also discuss the charts which show Janet Yellen will be taking over the reigns of a bubble and why it is that a ponzi scheme cannot be tapered.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 19th, 2013.]

Water Seems to Flow Freely on Mars




River-like valleys attest to the flow of water on ancient Mars, but today the planet is dry and has an atmosphere that is too thin to support liquid water on the surface for long. However, intriguing clues suggest that water may still run across the surface from time to time.

In 2011, for example, researchers who analysed images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) spacecraft observed dark streaks a few metres wide that appeared and lengthened at the warmest time of the year, then faded in cooler seasons, reappearing in subsequent years2. "This behaviour is easy to understand if these are seeps of water," says planetary scientist Alfred McEwen of the University of Arizona in Tucson, who led that study. "Water will darken most soils."

The streaks, known as recurring slope lineae, initially were found at seven sites in Mars's southern mid-latitudes. The water may have come from ice trapped about a metre below the surface; indeed, the MRO has spotted such ice in fresh impact craters at those latitudes.
http://www.nature.com/news/water-seems-to-flow-freely-on-mars-1.14343

There has been abundant evidence of liquid water on Mars today for many years - especially since the arrival of the Spirit and Opportunity rovers.

The first thing to consider is that no one disputes the fact that vast quantities of water were present on Mars in the distant past. The second thing to consider is that over time, with a lower gravity and exposure to solar wind, the seas of Mars and the water vapour in the atmosphere have slowly eroded away.

What we see in many places on Mars is the bottom of ancient sea beds. In such a circumstance it is logical to suppose there is still water trapped under the surface, similar to what we find on Earth with our underground aquifers.

And there is no dispute when it comes to the presence of the water, as ice, trapped in the polar regions.

The contentious issues arise with the clouds that have been photographed on Mars, which are now considered to be water, and the problem of liquid water on the surface - where the low air pressure, allegedly close to a vacuum- makes it evaporate almost instantly. It is this latter point that raises interesting questions.

In relation to the recent signs of flowing water, it could easily exist if the air pressure on Mars was higher than reported, along with higher summer time temperatures. In this scenario we could expect seasonal (salty) water flows. So what is the real air pressure on Mars?

Our next question therefore has to deal with the density of the Martian atmosphere. The proof rests with the colour of the Martian sky.

In many Mars pictures we see that the sky is NOT red but blue.


The only time that Mars has a red sky is when we have dust storms - similar to what we find on Earth. Otherwise we should expect the atmosphere to conform to Rayleigh light scattering effect principles.

The reason we have a blue sky on Earth is because small gas molecules split the blue wavelengths of light from the white sunlight (the Sun's light is white in space) and the glare of this blue fills our vision when we look up. The Martian atmosphere is blue because the carbon dioxide operates the same way as other small gas molecules work on Earth - the physics is exactly the same.

Now, if we take images from Earth at 100,000 feet, where the air density is the same as on Mars, and look upwards, we don't find a blue sky but a black sky - as we are practically in a vacuum, on the edge of space:



When we look upwards in images of Mars we see a blue sky which indicates the air density is thicker, to get the Rayleigh light scattering effect.

Because of these facts we can be pretty sure that NASA has been lying about Mars for a long time. They frequently misrepresent the true colours of Mars, the presence of liquid water, and they blatantly lie about the air pressure at ground level.

The reason for the cover-up is probably to discredit any notion about life existing on other planets. If there is life on Mars the public would be open to life being present on nearby stars and the possibility of intelligent life visiting our planet.

Related Info:

Mars seen through a 10 inch amateur telescope


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 19th, 2013.]

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

UN's Syria "Aid" Appeal is Bid to Relieve Trapped Terrorists


It is now the end of 2013, with the conflict in Syria having dragged on for three years. The Syrian government has decisively turned the tide against waves of NATO-backed foreign terrorists and their extremist collaborators within the country, having restored order in many parts of the country and having surrounded the terrorist proxies in a dwindling number of districts across the Syria.
In some areas, the terrorists have been completely surrounded, cut off from reinforcements and supplies. Just as in Libya, the Syrian Arab Army is waiting for the terrorists to be starved out rather than attempt a bloody assault - the difference being that civilians - women and children - most certainly are allowed (at least by the Syrian government) to leave the besieged areas, leaving the terrorists alone.

Reuters attempts to frame the Syrian government as obstructing aid and intentionally leaving women and children to starve and freeze to death. In its article titled, "
Syria uses red tape, threats to control UN aid agencies," 
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Of course, Reuters excuses itself once again from having to qualify any of its claims - particularly those regarding the intentional starving and freezing of women and children. It does so by stating:
Lack of access for independent agencies makes it hard to verify food and medical supplies in many areas. But opposition activists have posted video of the bodies of several skeletal children who local doctors say died of malnutrition.
Once again, accusations of the Syrian government's "crimes against humanity" are solely based on the "activists say" school of journalism, where "rebel" propagandists renowned as serial liars, have posted videos of unverified footage then reported as fact by their Western collaborators - with disclaimers later buried deep within reports.

What the West is Using the UN for this Time

The gambit is twofold. First, to portray the Syrian government as guilty of yet more "crimes against humanity," which then justifies the second - passing a binding UN Security Council resolution that would give the West direct access to their terrorist proxies inside of Syria under the guise of providing "humanitarian aid."

This is being done in conjunction with plans to drop the pretense of "moderate rebels,"
and fully back Al Qaeda and other extremist fronts through a network of proxies including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, and Jordan.

In a recent 
e-mail leak released by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), correspondences between US contractor Matthew Van Dyke and Western journalists revealed that in addition to intentionally deceiving the public regarding the nature of the conflict, aid shipments were being used to smuggle in equipment, fighters, and weapons
http://www.activistpost.com/2013/12/uns-syria-aid-appeal-is-bid-to-relieve.html

The west will not easily give up on destroying Syria now that the conflict is underway. They will do anything not to miss this 'opportunity'. Those supporting the Syrian Government must do everything they can to stamp out the terrorists before they receive more help.

Related News:

What’s up with Saudi Arabia’s 15,000 anti-tank missiles?
No one is expecting a tank invasion of Saudi Arabia anytime soon, but the kingdom just put in a huge order for U.S.-made anti-tank missiles that has Saudi-watchers scratching their heads and wondering whether the deal is related to Riyadh’s support for the Syrian rebels.
http://stratrisks.com/geostrat/17062

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 18th, 2013.]

'West Negotiates with Terrorists as Syria Atrocities Reach New Level'


Horrifying reports from a Syrian town suggest that entire families have been massacred by rebel fighters and also that civilians have been kidnapped and used as human shields. Al-Qaeda linked jihadists forced their way to Adra, which is just outside Damascus, launching a massive assault on residents which reportedly killed more than eighty people - including children. For more thoughts on the ongoing chaos in Syria, RT joind by Michel Chossudovsky, director of the Center for Research on Globalization.



The west is supporting the terrorists in a proxy war against the Syrian Government.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 18th, 2013.]

Meddling Affair: McCain Praises Ukraine Protests as Brussels Pulls from Trade Deal


Ukraine's locked in uncertainty - with both the government and the EU sending mixed signals over possibilities for future integration. As thousands remain on Kiev's main square demanding an agreement, a senior EU official signaled that all plans are on hold. And, in this hesitant atmosphere, it's the U.S. that seems to have assumed the role of decision-maker, as Aleksey Yaroshevsky reports. We discussed the American senators' unwavering support for Ukraine's opposition rallies with International Relations Professor Mark Sleboda. He thinks their involvement is driven by anything but genuine concern over the authorities' handling of peaceful protests.



If McCain is involved you can bet that his reasons for being there will not be for the benefit for the people of the Ukraine.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 18th, 2013.]

Alleged Boston Bombers' Backpacks Not the Same as Bomb Backpacks - WRH RECAP


This is the official FBI photo of the remains of the BLACK backpack they claimed held the pressure cooker bomb:


In this next photo we see the two Tsarnaev brothers on the left, wearing light and dark GREY backpacks! To the right is a figure known as "military man" who is wearing a BLACK backpack.


The surviving brother is in solitary confinement...without access to the media or to religious services...and is denied the right to confidential communication with his attorney. Even Timothy McVeigh wasn't locked down like that.

Two weeks after the Boston bombing, the government lawyers realize they don't actually have a case against Lee Harvey Tsarnaev, the supposed hospital bed confession turned out to be a media rumor for which no court admissible confirmation exists, so suddenly, two weeks after a "Magic Confession" magically appears (according to the government) on the wall of the boat where Tsarnaev was hiding. Photos of the boat on the day Tsarnaev was captured show no signs of any such note.

And let us not forget how the FBI was trying to coerce Ibragim Todashev into implicating the Tsarnaevs in a drug-murder, to trick the public into believing these were bad guys not worthy of a second thought, which ended with the FBI shooting and killing the reluctant (and unarmed) Todashev when he tried to leave; once in the crown of the head! The cover-up of THAT murder is due out next year.
http://whatreallyhappened.com/

The text for this post is taken from the December 15th Whatreallyhappened.com page.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 18th, 2013.]

Carl Sagan and Government - Charlie Rose Interview


Carl Sagan's view on science and government. 



Carl Sagan makes some great points in this 2 minute clip especially about being able to think for yourself using logic ('the science way of thinking') - to be sceptical of those in authority.

Crucially he said "Science is more than a body of knowledge. It's a way of thinking".

The danger we face comes from false pseudo-scientific claims. We must be mindful of trick arguments or evidence-bereft arguments being pushed by those with hidden agendas, especially people with close ties to the US establishment.

The danger from false Government claims is that they tend to do great harm because they often serve interests that are not beneficial to ordinary people, tending to favour corporate profit over human wellbeing or the desires of various special interest groups or large scale geopolitical (war) ambitions. 

If we can think for ourselves we should not fear any argument, whether it is considered a 'fringe' idea or Government dogma, because we will be able to interrogate the matter using reason and established scientific principles. If there is controversy we should be able to understand the essential arguments being put by the leading experts in the debate.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 18th, 2013.]

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Syria: Media Disinformation, War Propaganda and the Corporate Media’s “Independent Bloggers”


A glaring example of one of the major pitfalls emerging in supposed “new media” has arisen during the conflict in Syria. Most notably in the form of YouTube blogger, and self-proclaimed weapons expert Eliot Higgins, aka “Brown Moses”. The clique of highly ideological analysts, think-tankers and journalists Higgins’ regularly works with and consults – alongside the dubiously funded western NGO’s he receives payment from – provide a stark indication as to the factions within the corporate media circus this supposedly independent blogger is operating in unison with.

Higgins has provided the western corporate media apparatus the opportunity to present its war-propaganda as having a “new media” facade of impartial legitimacy. Yet it is the same capitalistic “old media” apparatus endlessly promoting his work – consisting of scouring Jihadist war-porn and agitprop on YouTube for tidbits that may bolster corporate media narratives – as an invaluable tool in tracking human rights abuses, arms trafficking, and risk-free coverage of fast evolving conflicts. Yet contrary to the innocuous portrayal of an unemployed YouTube addict in Leicester becoming a credible analyst of a conflict in the Middle East; Higgins’ blog has been thrust into the foreground not through the benefit of impartiality or public appraisals, but through corporate “benefactors” with vested interest operating alongside the same “old media” organisations and stenographers.

Bloggers such as Higgins promoting themselves as working from an impartial standpoint are actually nothing of the sort and work in complete unison with mainstream journalists and western NGO’s – both in a practical capacity, and an ideological one. As noted at the Land Destroyer blog and others; Higgins was initially pushed into the limelight by the Guardians’ former Middle East editor Brian Whitaker, a “journalist” with the honour of being a lead proponent of almost every smear campaign and piece of western propaganda directed at the Syrian government, while wholeheartedly promoting the Bin Ladenite “rebels” as secular feminist freedom fighters and repeatedly spouting the liberal opportunist mantra of western military “action”, which realistically means Imperialist military intervention. Whitaker and Higgins played a lead role in bolstering corporate media’s fantasy narratives throughout the joint NATO-Al Qaeda insurgency in Libya during 2011, with many of the anti-Gaddafi claims they propagated subsequently proven to be speculative at best, outright propaganda at worst.
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Following award-winning journalist Seymour Hersh’s groundbreaking essay in the London Review of Books, which exposes the Obama administrations intelligence surrounding the alleged chemical attacks in Ghouta as reminiscent of the Bush administrations outright lies and fabrications leading to the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, Higgins took it upon himself to rush through a rebuttal, published by the establishment media outlet Foreign Policy magazine – a predictable response as Higgins represents the principal source for the “Assad did it” media crowd. Accordingly, the “old media” stenographers that originally promoted Higgins became the vanguard force pushing his speculative Ghouta theories above Hersh’s – to hilarious effect.

A particularly revealing example of Higgins’ unwillingness to depart from mainstream discourse came shortly after the alleged Ghouta attacks. The findings of a considerable open-source collaborative effort at the WhoGhouta blog were repeatedly dismissed as ridiculous or unverifiable by Higgins. The bloggers at WhoGhouta drew more or less the same logical, and somewhat scientific conclusions outlined in the Hersh piece, but in much greater detail. Yet Higgins chose to ignore WhoGhouta’s findings and instead rely on his own set of assumptions, dubious videos, and an unqualified ex-US soldier that seems determined to defy both logical and scientific reality. The estimated range of the rockets allegedly used in the attack, with the alleged azimuth that pointed to Syrian army launch points breathlessly promoted by Higgins and his patrons at Human Rights Watch (HRW), and of course corporate media, were convincingly debunked mere weeks after the attack at the WhoGhouta blog, yet Higgins chose to stick to his orchestrated narrative until the bitter end, only revising his wild speculation on rocket range once the obvious became too hard to conceal.

As Higgins is a self-declared advocate of “open source investigative journalism”, it is perplexing that he attempted to marginalize and dismiss the many findings from independent observers and instead concentrated on bolstering the dubious narratives of the US government and western corporate media. Unless of course, he is tied to a particular narrative and desperate to conceal anything that contradicts it.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/syria-media-disinformation-war-propaganda-and-the-corporate-medias-independent-bloggers/5361476

There is a huge western effort to oust the Assad Government in Syria and replace it with a puppet Government or 'failed state' in order to undermine the country's support for Hezbollah and to destroy their alliance with Iran. Various types of propaganda are being used to portray this largely proxy war as an independent civil war. However, without outside support, and the outside training and introduction of armed gangs from Turkey, there would have been no war.

Related News:   

'They shoved people in baking ovens': Syrian rebels execute over 80 civilians


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 17th, 2013.]

The Truthseeker: Who Has Nukes in the Middle East (E30)


Israel ruled guilty of genocide; the nuclear elephant in that region; and the 'armies' recruited to doctor Wikipedia. Seek truth from facts with leading war crimes prosecutor Professor Francis Boyle, Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar, top saxophonist and former Israeli citizen Gilad Atzmon, and UN Human Rights Rapporteur Professor Richard Falk.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 17th, 2013.]

Israeli Lobby Forces U.S. Congress to Triple Military Aid to Israel


The US Congress has authorized $284 million to fund Israel’s missile systems program, triple the amount the Obama administration had requested.

The bill, introduced jointly by the House of Representatives and Senate budget committees, includes $33.7 million to improve the Arrow Weapon System, $117 million for the Short-Range Ballistic Missile Defense Program and $22 million for development of the Arrow-3 upper-tier interceptor, according to Business Week.

The measure comes as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for 2014.
Separately, the House on Wednesday passed 399-0 a bill that would enhance the US commitment to Israel’s “qualitative military edge” in the region, the JTA news agency reported.

Additionally, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved legislation that would create a strategic energy partnership between Israel and the United States, JTA said.

The House moves to increase US aid to Israel even as the United States is struggling with domestic economic issues and safety net programs like food stamps and unemployment benefits are being cut or reduced.

Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) have introduced a similar bill in the Senate.

The new aid package is in addition to the $3.1 billion in military assistance that Washington provides to the Zionist regime annually.
http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article43569.html

The Israeli lobby owns much of the US Congress:

American Democracy — The Funeral


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 17th, 2013.]

Monday, 16 December 2013

US Open to Backing Syria’s Islamist Rebels(?!)


 [T]he goal must go on, apparently, and the White House now says its open to the idea of throwing its support behind the Islamic Front, a Salafist group that was involved in mass kidnappings and executions earlier this week on the outskirts of Damascus.

All the US is asking is that they disavow al-Qaeda, who was also involved in those executions. It wouldn’t do for the US to be backing al-Qaeda, you see, but backing their ideological brethren so long as they’re at least nominally separate, that’s evidently fair game.

Britain raised the possibility last week as well, and was reportedly holding face-to-face meetings with Islamist leaders on the prospect of them aligning themselves with Western backers.
http://news.antiwar.com/2013/12/13/us-open-to-backing-syrias-islamist-rebels/

The US is only fulfilling the goals of the Israelis and the Saudi Arabian oil cartel in their attempt to ouster Assad with their rent-an-army of Jihadist mercenaries:

Syria what is really going on and why


Syria is a target because they have been instrumental in stopping Israeli aggression against Lebanon and pose a threat to Western interests with the planned Iran-Iraq oil pipeline.

Note: The West has always used foreign terrorists and extremists, via intelligence community ties, to serve geopolitical interests:  

Modern Terrorism and Privateers (with visuals)


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 16th, 2013.]

White House Front Group Vows to Target Alternative Media


Media Matters is the closest thing America has to actual state media. This organization is nothing less than a conduit for Obama administration spin doctors, who in turn set the talking points for the likes of MSNBC and CNN. This is why Media Matters’ attacks on Drudge and Infowars are about to intensify.
 
2012 Daily Caller investigation into Media Matters discovered that in 2010 founder David Brock and then-Media Matters president Eric Burns “traveled to the White House for a meeting with Valerie Jarrett, arguably the president’s closest adviser.”
 
The investigation also revealed that an Obama administration representative meets with Media Matters reps at the Common Purpose Project meeting at the Capitol Hilton on 16th Street in Washington every Tuesday evening to conduct “a weekly strategy call with the White House”.
 
Media Matters itself hardly registers when it comes to Internet traffic. However, by following orders from the White House, the organization is able to project its influence. One employee bragged about how Media Matters works with the White House to control big media networks. “We were pretty much writing their prime time,” a former Media Matters employee said of the cable channel MSNBC. “But then virtually all the mainstream media was using our stuff.”
 
Media Matters is tied at the hip with Think Progress as part of John D. Podesta’s Progressive Media propaganda campaign, described as a “war room for promoting the foreign and domestic policies of Barack Obama.” Podesta, Bill Clinton’s former chief of staff, also helped found Media Matters. The organization also received a $1 million contribution from billionaire globalist George Soros back in 2010.
http://www.infowars.com/white-house-front-group-vows-to-target-alternative-media/


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 16th, 2013.]

Keiser Report (E536): Debt Incest Cult


In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the debt incest cult operating on Wall Street in which JP Morgan's Sons and Daughters mate two units of related debt for four generations and thus spawning a deformed and cross-eyed credit market. In the second half, Max interviews Jeff Berwick of DollarVigilante.com about the great Bitcoin divide in the libertarian community and about the great migration from the USA to Mexico and beyond by Americans seeking more liberty and freedom.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 16th, 2013.]

'Iceland Model: How to Deal with Bankers Should be Standard for Whole World'


In Iceland four former bank chiefs have been jailed for fraud - the sentences go as far as five years behind bars. They're accused of concealing that a Qatari investor bought a stake in their firm, using cash lent from the bank itself - illegally. The deal took place just ahead of the collapse of the bank due to huge debts. RT talks to economic expert Charlie McGrath, founder of news website Wide Awake News about Iceland's economy.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 16th, 2013.]

NASA Hiding The Decline In US Temperatures


In order to hide America’s hot past, NASA has knocked 0.7ºC off 1934 temperatures relative to 1998. Graph shows their 1998 version in red, and current version in blue – normalized to 1998.

http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/nasa-hiding-the-decline-in-us-temperatures-2/


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 16th, 2013.]

Sunday, 15 December 2013

How to Nullify the NSA (and Every Other Tyrannical Government Agency)


Hardly a week goes by that we aren't faced with some new outrageous piece of legislation from the increasingly tyrannical government. But once these bills have been passed, what can we actually do about them? What if stopping this legislation was as simple as saying "no"? Join us this week on The Corbett Report as we explore the nullification solution, a long-repressed piece of political history that offers us a way out.



Very interesting information of the process of nullification where the US States can undermine the criminal actions of the Federal Government.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 15th, 2013.]

Drone Strike Kills 15 Wedding-Goers Instead of Al-Qaeda Convoy in Yemen


Fifteen people who had been heading to a wedding in Yemen have been killed in an air strike. Local media reported that a drone attack had been responsible, and the party-goers had been hit instead of an Al-Qaeda convoy.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 15th, 2013.]

US Congress, White House to Allow Jobless Benefits to Expire for 1.3 Million


In a display of cruelty and callousness, Congressional Democrats have made clear that they intend to allow federal extended jobless benefits for over a million long-term unemployed to expire at the end of the year.

The elimination of unemployment benefits, which average about $300 a week, even as the Federal Reserve continues to hand tens of billions of dollars to the banks every month, and as corporate profits and the stock markets are soaring, is a clear example of the class interests defended by the entire state apparatus. Whatever the declamations of “partisan gridlock,” the Democrats and Republicans are united on the basic interests of the corporate and financial elite.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/12/unem-d12.html


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 15th, 2013.]

RECAP: How the Markets Really Work - the Cause of the Financial Collapse.



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This excellent video explains, in simple terms, the money making scams created by bankers and financial agents that brought the global economy down. The skit here explains the idea of leveraged debt. The inflated debt based economy is now taking down the real world economy.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 15th, 2013.]

We're Surrounded by Other ‘Earths’: Infographic Reveals that More Than 2,000 Planets Could be Habitable Within Just 60 Light Years of us


Our galaxy - which is around 100,000 light years wide, is thought to have 40 billion planets with potential for life.

The figure is an estimate drawn up from our current knowledge 1049 planets orbiting around other stars, with over 2000 more candidates currently awaiting follow-up observations.

Of those 1049, we know of a dozen that have planet around other stars with any possibility to support life as we know it.

This infographic by U.S. web comic Randall Munroe shows just over 2,000 potentially planets habitable planets that scientists estimate could be within 60 light years from Earth.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2517426/Infographic-reveals-2-000-planets-habitable.html

The nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman has been pointing out this likelihood, regarding the numbers of habitable planets situated close to Earth, for many decades. His interest comes from explaining the cause of certain UFO reports - some of which may represent surveillance of our planet from visitors outside of our solar system:



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 15th, 2013.]