Monday, 31 March 2014

Media Buries Bombshell Turkey False Flag Attack


Turkish government officials were caught red-handed in a leaked audio tapr planning a false flag terror attack as a pretext to invade Syria, but the mainstream media completely buried the key aspect of the story and made it all about Prime Minister Erdogan blocking YouTube.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 31st, 2014.]

'Against Democratic Principles': EU Slams Ukraine's Radical Right Sector


The lawless actions of Ukraine's nationalists have finally caught attention of the intl community, with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton denouncing Right Sector for its 'pressure' and 'undemocratic' demand of the interior minister's resignation.



Extremist right sector supported coup and now extremist right sector counter coup.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 31st, 2014.]

We invite your group to become a founding member of the Worldwide Alliance To End Fluoridation




Over the last 18 years I have had the great privilege of visiting many of the communities and individuals working to end – or prevent - fluoridation in their communities. I can state without hesitation that we have a fantastic worldwide movement of people fighting this unethical and reckless practice. But for many citizens, decision-makers and the media this movement is invisible beyond local actions, which are often marginalized.

Thus starting now we would like to make this movement more visible by forming the Worldwide Alliance to End Fluoridation.

Thus we would invite your group to add its name (and contact details) to the founding members listed below. Please return to pconnett@gmail.com.

Joining this Alliance imposes no new obligations on you. Please carry on with what you are doing - but with the knowledge that you will be visibly part of a larger movement around the world. Hopefully, by doing so it will help you to feel less lonely and marginalized in your efforts and give each one of us a greater feeling of unity and strength. Together we will win this battle not just locally but everywhere.
FAN will continue to do everything we can to help you in your local efforts especially via our webpage FluorideAlert.org.

Signing onto the Alliance statement makes you a member and entitles you to add the statement Founding Member of the Worldwide Alliance to End Fluoridation at the end of your letterhead and leaflets.


Other than this we request that you do not make any statement in the name of the Alliance. All the statements and activities you organize you should do only in your group's name. However, from time to time we at FAN might circulate some suggested action or statement that your group may choose to join or endorse.


If you are an individual concerned about this practice then we urge you to form a group. We suggest you start with friends and other colleagues and when you have a small nucleus organize a small meeting to attract others. If you can't think of a name we suggest either (Town name) Citizens for Safe Water or Fluoride Free (Town Name). Please contact our campaign manager Stuart Cooper at stuart@fluoridealert.org if you need help doing this.

The Membership statement:
                                                                                                                                               

Worldwide Alliance to End Fluoridation


The following groups working to end water fluoridation in their local communities, states or countries, are uniting to end fluoridation worldwide. By uniting in this way we will show to the public, the media and decision makers the depth and breadth of this movement across the world. While hugely outspent by government agencies, the dental lobby and industrial interests, local groups opposing this practice are securing important victories largely because the science and the ethics are on our side (see the supporting document). We need to share these local victories and give moral and practical support to those still struggling. Working together we have a better chance to defeat this practice worldwide. We will win – one open mind at a time – because:

Water fluoridation is unethical, unnatural, unsafe, unproven and unnecessary. 

Signed: (Please add the name of your group, town, state, name of contact and email address and phone number and street address - NOTE: your phone number and street address will not appear on the list that FAN will post on our website.)

Please see the supporting document that provides the basis for these statements (this will be updated from time to time as more scientific research is published). We are hoping that you will be able to use this supporting document as a informative leaflet for the people you are trying to reach.

Thank you for your consideration on this matter and for everything else you are doing to end this practice.
Paul Connett, PhD,

Director, FAN, www.FluorideAlert.org
Co-author of The Case Against Fluoride...(Chelsea Green, 2010).

THE LIST OF FOUNDING MEMBERS SO FAR:
AUSTRALIA
  • Citizens Against Fluoridation Incorporated (Port Macquarie Area, NSW). Contact: John Lusk, luskjo3@bigpond.com 
  • Queenslanders For Safe Water, Air and Food Inc. (Brisbane). Contact: info@qawf.org  
CANADA
  • Les AmiEs de la Terre de Québec (Quebec). Contact: Michel Leclerc
  • Qualité de Vie Écodurable (QVE) (Quebec). Contact: Jean Cloutier, info@qve.qc.ca
ENGLAND
  • Hampshire Against Fluoridation, (Southampton). Contact: Anna Peckham  peckhams@yahoo.com
IRELAND
NEW ZEALAND
  • Safe Water Alternative NZ Inc (SWANZ). Contact: Trevor Crosbie, tamac@xtra.co.nz
 
USA
  • New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.  (NYSCOF). Contact: Carol S. Kopf nyscof@aol.com
  • San Diegans for Safe Drinking Water (San Diego, CA). Contact:Patty Ducey-Brooks, pbrooks936@aol.com
  • Washington Action for Safe Water (Washington state, US). Contact Audrey Adams, audrey55@comcast.net

Related:

Over 4,000 Professionals Call for an End to Water Fluoridation - Learn Why and How You Can Help and Filter Fluoride in Your Drinking Water


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 31st, 2014.]

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Turkey's False Flag Threat, Israel's Contempt for Peace & The Future of the Mind


On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin gives a shout out to David Frum, Bush's 'Axis of Evil' Speech writer for watching the show and sharing it. Abby then talks about a leaked conversation between Turkish officials discussing a planned false flag operation to justify starting a war with Syria. Abby then speaks with Miko Peled, Author of 'The General's Son' about the continuing construction of Israeli settlements, the broken promises releasing Palestinian prisoners and his view on why a two state solution will never lead to peace. BTS wraps up the show with an exclusive interview with theoretical physicist, Michio Kaku, about his latest book 'The Future of the Mind' discussing a the how realistic it would be to digitally upload memories and consciousness, and why we're living in the 'Golden Age' of studying the human mind.



Turkish false flag terror planning busted big time.

Perhaps the most important point, other than the fact that the Turks were organising a false flag, is their reference to using 'Al Qaeda' extremists which ties into long standing Gladio B operations.

Abby's reference to the Reichstag Fire being used to attack Poland is a bit off. The German false flag terror gambit used to attack Poland was a fake attack on a German radio station - The Gleiwitz Incident. The Reichstag Fire was years earlier, which although contested, could well have been the work of the Nazis. The Gulf of Tonkin Incident is mentioned also, which was more of a beat up of misinformation coming from US destroyers than a fully staged incident. LBJ and pals certainly took 'full advantage'.

The stuff about Israeli warmongering speaks for itself.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 30th, 2014.]

Russia Accuses West of 'Shameless Blackmail' in UN Vote on Ukraine


Russia hit out in a blistering statement today against a UN resolution that declared invalid Crimea's referendum to secede from Ukraine.

Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement that Western states used the "the full force of the unspent potential of the cold war-era propaganda machine" to push through the vote, which passed Thursday.

"It is well-known what kind of shameless pressure, up to the point of political blackmail and economic threats, was brought to bear on a number of [UN] member states so they would vote 'yes'," the statement said, according to Reuters. "This counterproductive initiative only complicates efforts to resolve the domestic political crisis in Ukraine."
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Security-Watch/terrorism-security/2014/0328/Russia-accuses-West-of-shameless-blackmail-in-UN-vote-on-Ukraine?

Regardless of the UN declaration the actions of Russia and the semi-autonomous (now independent) region of Crimea have not violated any Laws. Their vote for independence is just as valid as Scotland's impending referendum or Kosovo's split from Serbia. The Russians quite rightly suspect a level of blackmail or bribery was involved in the UN vote - not much else makes sense.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 30th, 2014.]

Pedophiles, Drugs and Money in the New World Order - #NewWorldNextWeek


Story #1: Lord Justice Fulford 'Campaigned to Support PIE Paedophile Group' http://ur1.ca/gxewh,
Story #2: Vatican Bound Cocaine-Filled Condoms Seized By German Customs http://ur1.ca/gxewx, Story #3: Sanctions Against Russia? Don't Tell ExxonMobil http://ur1.ca/gxex7.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 30th, 2014.]

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Turkish Political and Military Leaders ADMIT to Planning False Flag Terror to Justify a War with Syria

Among the most damning sections:
Ahmet Davutolu: “Prime Minister said that in current conjuncture, this attack (on Suleiman Shah Tomb) must be seen as an opportunity for us.” 
Hakan Fidan: “I’ll send 4 men from Syria, if that’s what it takes. I’ll make up a cause of war by ordering a missile attack on Turkey; we can also prepare an attack on Suleiman Shah Tomb if necessary.” 
Feridun Sinirliolu: “Our national security has become a common, cheap domestic policy outfit.” 
Ya?ar Güler: “It’s a direct cause of war. I mean, what’re going to do is a direct cause of war.”

Feridun Sinirolu: There are some serious shifts in global and regional geopolitics. It now can spread to other places. You said it yourself today, and others agreed… We’re headed to a different game now. We should be able to see those. That ISIL and all that jazz, all those organizations are extremely open to manipulation. Having a region made up of organizations of similar nature will constitute a vital security risk for us. And when we first went into Northern Iraq, there was always the risk of PKK blowing up the place. If we thoroughly consider the risks and substantiate… As the general just said… 
Yaar Güler: Sir, when you were inside a moment ago, we were discussing just that. Openly. I mean, armed forces are a “tool” necessary for you in every turn. 
Ahmet Davutolu: Of course. I always tell the Prime Minister, in your absence, the same thing in academic jargon, you can’t stay in those lands without hard power. Without hard power, there can be no soft power.
A full translation can be found here 
And just in case you had faith that this was all made up and Erdogan is right to ban it… he just admitted it was true! 
To summarize: a recording confirming a NATO-member country planned a false-flag war with Syria (where have we seen that before?) and all the Prime Minister has to say is the leak was “immoral.” 
Erdogan is not amused:
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan described the leaking on YouTube on Thursday of a recording of top security officials discussing possible military operations in Syria as “villainous” and the government blocked access to the video-sharing site.

“They even leaked a national security meeting. This is villainous, this is dishonesty…Who are you serving by doing audio surveillance of such an important meeting?” Erdogan declared before supporters at a rally ahead of March 30 local polls that will be a key test of his support amid a corruption scandal.
In other words, the Turkish Prime Minister has admitted that the tape is authentic .. and is between top Turkish military and political leaders.
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/03/turkish-political-military-leaders-admit-planning-false-flag-terror-justify-war-syria.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 29th, 2014.]

Turkey Vs. Syria: NATO’s Last Gasp?


.. the West has been directing a torrent of cash, weapons, equipment, and even foreign fighters over Syria’s borders since 2011 to no avail. The irreversible gains by Syrian security forces against this torrent indicates that the West’s strategy has failed in its ultimate goal of achieving regime change, and may be failing in terms of sufficiently weakening Syria ahead of an increasingly unlikely assault on Iran.

Attempts up to and throughout 2013 to justify direct Western military intervention have failed, but the fact that they were attempted in the first place indicates a failure by the West’s proxy forces to overwhelm Syria’s military, or to even hold on to enough territory long enough to carve out the much desired “buffer zones” sought after by NATO from which it hoped to project military support deeper yet into Syria.

 Turkey’s Hypocrisy Only Matched by Its Desperation 

Turkey’s downing of a Syrian plane it knew was targeting militants it is intentionally harboring within its territory is problematic for several reasons.

First, these militants crossing over into Syria from Turkey are openly identified as Al Qaeda’s Al Nusra front by the above mentioned Reuters report - Al Nusra being a designated terrorist organization by the US State Department itself, thus making the Turkish government guilty of violating both US and international law.

Second, as a NATO member for decades, Turkey’s role in aiding and abetting Al Qaeda terrorists, including harboring them within its territory, providing them with material support, and even coordinating its military assets including its air force during this latest incursion into neighboring Syria – all while NATO is allegedly fighting “Al Qaeda” in Afghanistan, further illustrates the profound hypocrisy of not only Turkey’s foreign policy, but undermines utterly both NATO’s legitimacy and the legitimacy of each nation’s foreign policy counted among its membership.
http://www.blacklistednews.com/Turkey_Vs._Syria%3A_NATO%E2%80%99s_Last_Gasp%3F/34010/0/38/38/Y/M.html

The transparent nature of Western support for extremists has made the public highly sceptical about the global conflict. Sections of the public are beginning to see the War on Terror as a tool for imperialistic games rather than a legitimate fight. The West have gone too far, especially since the neocon lies about the Iraqi WMDs.

The battle for truth is well and truly on - eventually the mainstream news propagandists will capitulate or else become totally irrelevant, and our corrupt Governments will be changed.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 29th, 2014.]

Say What? Obama Claims 'Iraq Invasion Not as Bad as Crimea'


Barack Obama has declared the Kiev uprising a moral victory, Crimea's vote a sham and Russia a brute aggressor, that must be confronted. To prove his points the President used examples... including US achievements in Iraq.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 29th, 2014.]

Henry Kissinger's Legacy of War Crimes Exposed by Secret Yale Visit


Abby Martin speaks about how Yale University's secret invite to Henry Kissinger has shined a new light into the former Secretary of State's long list of criminality, by helping facilitate US war crimes in South East Asia, South America and the Middle East, which resulted in the deaths of millions of civilians.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 29th, 2014.]

Keiser Report (E580): Money out of Thin Debt Air


In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the paper fist ruling the Empire of Debt. They look at the poor people being financially strip searched, stopped and frisked and then choked while standing in an X-Factor like line in order to get a low paying job at a supermarket. In the second half, Max interviews entrepreneur and investor, Matthew Mellon, about bitcoin and the blockchain, luxury shoes and Hanley-Mellon.



Good first half, but as always, crypto currency, especially something widely used like Bitcoin, will be targeted by the establishment.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 29th, 2014.]

Friday, 28 March 2014

Leftist Gatekeepers for the Israeli Lobby


Amy Goodman, Chomsky...



The heart of many problems we see in the Middle East - the US political and media establishment has been largely captured by Israeli interests.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 28th, 2014.]

Iraq 11 Years After the 2nd Invasion




War based on deliberate neocon lies. A true summary of the crime.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 28th, 2014.]

Worse than Greece? Savage Cuts Await Ukraine if Deal with IMF Struck


Ukraine's interim PM skipped the international nuclear security summit to meet IMF officials in the hope of securing loans. RT's Venture Capital host Katie Pilbeam talks about what awaits Ukraine if a deal is struck.



When Greece was 'bailed out' their debts actually went up, and up. The IMF's track record is one of privatising and looting.

John Perkins, a banking insider, summarises the true role of the IMF:



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 28th, 2014.]

9/11: Best Physical Evidence for Explosives


A talk by David Chandler on 2/18/2014 at Arizona State University at an event sponsored by the 9/11 Studies and Outreach Club, a student organization affiliated with Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. 156 people attended.



A great MUST SEE lecture.

Much of what Chandler describes here can be more easily understood via experiment:





[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 28th, 2014.]

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Confronting Cognitive Dissonance - The Eyeopener


Are you irate, irritable and irrational when presented with evidence that goes against your preconceived notions of how the world operates? Looking for a solution to your stress? Join us this week on The Eyeopener as we examine the theory of cognitive dissonance and how it stops people from confronting the uncomfortable truths about the way the world really works.



Sometimes, or perhaps many times, there is not a psychological block impacting the public figure - they are simply lying. When you gave people like George Bush denying conspiracies and other authority figures, oft times they are probably lying.

The biggest problem comes with the ordinary, non-researching observer, who tends to believe what the authority figure says without really looking into the facts of the case. Faced with no insider, or no independent research-based, knowledge, and therefore a fictitious understanding of the world, most people will engage in cognitive dissonance and outright reject 'controversial' information that is contrary to their present perceptions.

This is what happens when we assume too much or when you are emotionally invested in believing one version of events. Being suspicious or curious is a good place to start so that it forces you to 'work out' the truth of various matters. Sometimes the official story will be reasonable, and sometimes no final determination can be made. Logic and reason, and starting with well confirmed information, is how one proceeds.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 27th, 2014.]

'Kiev Leaders Took Power with Right Sector's Help, but Now Afraid of Them'


Notorious Ukrainian right-wing militant leader Aleksandr Muzychko, also known as Sashko Bilyi, has been shot dead during a police raid against his gang, confirmed Ukraine's Ministry of Interior. Neil Clark, a UK-based journalist and broadcaster who's been covering the events in Ukraine extensivley, explained why allegations that the Right Sector activist was assassinated make perfect sense



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 27th, 2014.]

Scientists Condemn New FDA Study Saying BPA Is Safe: "It Borders on Scientific Misconduct"


In February, a group of Food and Drug Administration scientists published a study finding that low-level exposure to the common plastic additive bisphenol A (BPA) is safe. The media, the chemical industry, and FDA officials touted this as evidence that long-standing concerns about the health effects of BPA were unfounded. ("BPA Is A-Okay, Says FDA," read one Forbes headline.) But, behind the scenes, a dozen leading academic scientists who had been working with the FDA on a related project were fuming over the study's release—partly because they believed the agency had ​bungled the experiment.

On a conference call the previous summer, officials from the FDA and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) had informed these researchers that the lab where the study was housed was contaminated. As a result, all of the animals—including the supposedly unexposed control group—had been exposed to BPA. The FDA made the case that this didn't affect the outcome, but their academic counterparts believed it cast serious doubt on the study's findings. "It's basic science," says Gail S. Prins, a professor of physiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who was on the call. "If your controls are contaminated, you've got a failed experiment and the data should be discarded. I'm baffled that any journal would even publish this."

Yet the FDA study glossed over this detail, which was buried near the end of the paper. Prins and her colleagues also complain that the paper omitted key information—including the fact that some of them had found dramatic effects in the same group of animals. "The way the FDA presented its findings is so disingenuous," says one scientist, who works closely with the agency. "It borders on scientific misconduct."

Perhaps more importantly, the group worries that the fallout from the flawed paper could undermine their collaborative study—a $32 million taxpayer-funded project known a CLARITY-BPA, which is supposed to pinpoint the most effective methods for assessing the effects of BPA and ensure they shape regulation. "The FDA is essentially preempting our findings," says Prins, who is on the CLARITY team. "Right now, people are being told that BPA is harmless. As the CLARITY data trickles out over the next few years, the public is just going to be confused."

In contrast to the FDA's recent paper, roughly 1,000 published studies have found that low-level exposure to BPA—a synthetic estrogen that is also used in cash register receipts and the lining of tin cans—can lead to serious health problems, from cancer and insulin-resistant diabetes to obesity and attention-deficit disorder. In some cases, the effects appear to be handed down, with the chemical reprogramming an individual's genes and causing disease in future generations.
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/03/scientists-slam-fda-study-bpa

There is usually politics in science because of the money (and other factors such as ego). It is not good enough to accept results without independent confirmation and critical analysis of the experiment. And it is not good enough to accept the word of the FDA, or other compromised institutions, when it comes to their proclamations concerning chemical dangers or food safety.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 27th, 2014.]

Keiser Report (E579): UK Budget = Pig with Lipstick


In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss how wrong the minister for universities in the UK got his maths so, so wrong. The tripling of student fees has, in fact, cost the government more in defaults than had the government kept fees at £3000. They also discuss house prices earning more in a month than one of these university educated graduates earns in a two years. In the second half, Max puts lipstick on a pig with Mitch Feierstein, author of Planet Ponzi. They discuss the UK, Spanish and Chinese debt stories and what it would take Mitch to become bullish on the S&P.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 27th, 2014.]

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Caldicott: Fukushima to be pouring radioactive water into Pacific “probably for the rest of time… forever more” — “There’s simply nothing anyone can do about it” — “Nuclear industry is covering it up because they know if truth comes out it will be end of nuclear power”


Dr. Helen Caldicott: There seems to be no end in sight for this dreadful catastrophe. About 300 to 400 tons of radioactive water per day are pouring into the Pacific, have been for the last 3 years, and will continue probably for the rest of time because no one can find out where the molten cores of a hundred of seethingly hot uranium are. No one can get near them because they’re so radioactive, and the water will continue to flow over them, I guess, forever more. I can’t see any other way out of it. [...] I had the same reaction as you when two days after the tsunami and earthquake occurred [...] I got this feeling in the pit of my stomach [...] there is simply nothing anyone can do about it. And people are asking me all the time what can I take, what nutrients can I take? There’s nothing you can take to remove the radioactive elements from your body once you’ve eaten them.

Caldicott: The nuclear industry is covering it up because they know damn well that if the real truth comes out it will be the end of nuclear power.

Caldicott: It’s only America that can save the planet, if you rise to your full moral and spiritual height and decide to do it. Nothing else matters, nothing else matters.
http://enenews.com/caldicott-fukushima-be-pouring-radioactive-water-pacific-rest-time-forever-simply-anyone-about-nuclear-industry-covering-because-truth-comes-will-be-nuclear-power-audio

To determine if there is a threat one must employ logic to the Fukushima situation based on what was known about nuclear power and meltdown scenarios before the incident.

In this case we have three full meltdowns. We know there is no proper cooling system in place because they are simply pumping water into the ruined buildings rather than operating the cooling system. The cores are estimated to be somewhere in the ground and they MUST still be fissioning so that water passing over them becomes irradiated with fission products (radioactive particles).

The irradiated water then either flows into the Pacific Ocean or some of it evaporates with water exposed to the air. Fallout will occur in the Pacific Ocean and areas of the Western United States plus some of it will circulate around the world.

The solution is straightforward although difficult. That is, to begin huge engineering works to entomb the Fukushima nuclear site in three dimensions. Engineers would need to tunnel under the ground to create this physical barrier. Think of the operation as one might think of building a motorway, tunnel or bridge.

Meanwhile, all the present uranium-based nuclear power-stations must be slowly decommissioned and replaced with Thorium nuclear power and sustainable technology.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 26th, 2014.]

Dark Questions About a Deadly FBI Interrogation in Orlando


Ibrahim Todashev, 27, a Russian immigrant friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was shot and killed last May 22 in the middle of the night by the FBI at the violent end of a five-hour interrogation in his home in Orlando. Now the FBI, ten months later, is claiming that its agent was attacked by Todashev, and was justified in killing him. But a CounterPunch investigation raises grave questions about what happened in that apartment.

While it’s of course conceivable that this was just a hugely botched investigation by two inept FBI agents, our investigation suggests that Todashev may have been killed trying to flee a brutal interrogation, and that he may have even been deliberately executed by the FBI.

Questions raised in this case range from why FBI agents failed to follow Bureau’s long-established interrogation protocol, leaving just one agent to question the witness, to why a suspect known to be a competitive mixed martial arts expert was left unrestrained during a hostile and high-pressure interrogation, how Todashev was shot, including a bullet to the top of the head, and finally to how he could have been shot seven times, clearly with intent to kill given where he was hit, if he was considered by the Bureau to be a key witness in the Boston Marathon case.

The FBI and other law enforcement sources, as I reported earlier in the online publication WhoWhatWhy.com, have leaked a series of widely at odds explanations to selected mainstream news media organizations as to how and why Todashev was shot and killed. Initially Bureau sources leaked to reporters that he had variously grabbed a sword off the wall, or left the room and returned from the kitchen with a pipe or a broomstick, or alternatively with a knife.

All of those leaked stories foundered on common sense. The “sword” in question turns out to have been a decorative scmitar with no sharp edge, hung on the wall and with a broken handle. There was no explanation for how the agent, who may have been accompanied in the room by a Massachusetts State Trooper, could have allowed Todashev to leave his seat and go that sword, or alternatively to the kitchen area of the room to pick up any of  the other alleged implements of destruction. Ultimately, the Bureau conceded that Todashev had actually been unarmed the whole time.
http://rinf.com/alt-news/latest-news/dark-questions-deadly-fbi-interrogation-orlando/

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 26th, 2014.]

Is This Why Malaysia Has Been Lying About Flt 370?


I think that Captain Shah and his co-pilot, First Officer Fariq Ab Hamid, conspired together to take the plane and passengers hostage in order to force the Malaysian Government to set aside the conviction of PKR opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. It is fair to say that they worked together based on the following facts.

First, air traffic controllers described the interactions with the flight crew as routine and normal. We know that this routine interaction was occurring even as the flight began to deviate from its approved flight plan about 20 minutes after takeoff. This deviation was the result of an alternate flight plan being executed by the Flight Management System computer.

The air traffic controllers say they are certain that the voice saying “Alright, good night” was the voice of First Officer Hamid, and not Captain Shah. This is significant because normal procedure would have the non-flying pilot communicating with the tower and operating the Flight Management System ­ that would be the First Officer.

Also significant is that any deviation from the filed flight plan would include an immediate notification by the flight crew to ATC of that change and the reason for it. The plane began to deviate from that flight plan after 20 minutes in flight without such notice to Kuala Lumpur ATC. And we have no report that this deviation was reported by the flight crew, or even noticed by KL ATC.

Next, when the plane reached the limits of Kuala Lumpur’s ATC radar coverage, its Flight Data Transponder was turned off. This occurred two minutes after KL ATC handed the flight off to Ho Chi Minh ATC. There is a report that HCM ATC noticed after 3 minutes or so that the plane did not make contact with them, and would have reported that to KL ATC.
    
What should have happened next is that KL ATC should have noticed that the Flight Data Transponder had been turned off. They would have tried to raise MH 370 by radio, tell them that their transponder was off, to switch to their alternate and ask why they did not contact HCM ATC. If they received no answer, they would have contacted another plane in the area and asked them to try to reach the MH 370 on their own radio. This is standard operating procedure, and yet there is no report of this happening.
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I think Shah then placed the plane in a circling turn out over the water 200-300 miles out and made his demands known to the Malaysian authorities: Vacate the verdict against Ibrahim or I will dive this plane into the water. If successful, Shah might have planned to return to Kuala Lumpur, or to land in Australia and ask for political asylum, hoping the circumstance mitigated him being charged with air piracy and hijacking. Shah would have left himself enough time and fuel to get back to one of these destinations safely.

Let us assume the Malaysian authorities, relieved that they were not dealing with a real terrorist, called Shah’s bluff or made promises Shah did not believe would be carried out. The deadline would have been before sunrise so the passengers would not realize they were still over water and not China. Shah and his co-pilot probably discussed this possibility.

They may have flown about for another hour or two in dawn hours before finally deciding to open the throttles, point the plane at the deck at a steep dive angle and crash it into the ocean. The plane would have accelerated quickly in the few seconds it took to reach the water. The impact, as stated above, would exert about 20,000 pounds per square inch on the airliner as it struck the water
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http://www.rense.com/general96/isthiswhy.html

Variations on this scenario would explain a great many things.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 26th, 2014.]

RECAP: 911 Truth in 5 minutes - The Key Evidence vs Mainstream Conspiracy Denialism & Propaganda


The Hard Science:

There IS overwhelming physical evidence that reveals explosives were used to bring down the 3 WTC buildings on 911. There is nothing theoretical about the claim - forensic proof has sealed the case.

Simply put, it is IMPOSSIBLE to find Molten Steel, Thermite traces, plus actual fragments of High Tech Explosives in the rubble pile, and to have the freefall collapse of steel framed buildings, WITHOUT using incendiaries or explosives of the sort commonly employed by the military and demolition companies.

Either basic scientific principles (ones that have NEVER been disproved) are drastically in error or we are looking at the physical evidence of the controlled demolition of the WTC buildings. Ergo, 911 was an inside job.

The Propaganda:

For 12 years there has been a concerted effort by official investigators and the mainstream media to keep people ignorant of this information. However, thanks to the work of independent investigators and the availability of information via the Internet, these efforts have largely failed. The scientific proof of the inside job is irrevocably in the public domain.

However, there still remains a high level of ignorance concerning this key scientific evidence - due primarily to a self induced, culturally influenced, aversion to even consider the 911 truth question.

In today's society people have been conditioned to reject all things labeled "conspiracy" as if such claims, even prior to examining the evidence, were wholly unsubstantiated. The term "conspiracy theory" is a well known psychological thought stopper.

Association with mental illness and irrationality have hamstrung our ability to look at the data. This is especially true when it comes to issues that can be labelled as being part of a "big government conspiracy". Most people, when it comes to these topics, end up being too indignant, ignorant, embarrassed or afraid to even discuss them. No matter how good the information, even the most intelligent among us who decide NOT to weigh up the evidence, will always fail to see through the official deception.

Moreover, because conspiracy claims are the subject of such strong ridicule, many people who do actually chance to look into the details often find them psychologically too difficult to accept - regardless of how damning the information may be.

Adding to the disconnect here is the general population's inexperience at recognising the significance of hard scientific evidence. Few people, upon seeing video of the freefall collapse of WTC7, or seeing data that confirms structural steel had melted in all three buildings, would understand the strength of this hard science - even if explained to them.

On top of all these hindrances we also have to deal with the disinformation put out by various 'independent' 911 truth debunking 'experts' - who help fuel society's irrational anti-conspiracy bias (conspiracy-denialism).

Appearing online and in various 911 'documentaries' these individuals push distortions, heap ridicule, provide pseudo-scientific trick explanations, and tell outright lies about the facts in question.

The agenda of such 'experts' is to act as credible authority figures, using their academic, institutional or professional backgrounds to discredit the hard evidence and build a "consensus" opinion backing the official lies. The mission, transparent to the well informed, is to basically hoodwink open minded members of the public. Many of these debunkers, who are too intelligent not to understand the science proving the inside job hypothesis, appear to be on the Government payroll. Indeed most are probably involved in a modern day version of Operation Mockingbird.

Nevertheless, despite the pervasive lies presented in the official 911 reports, the censorship by the corporate media, the disinformation efforts of the supposedly independent debunkers, and our own inabilities to come to terms with challenging information, the physical evidence of the inside job still stands. The World Trade Centre forensic evidence proves the official account is a lie and ends the 911 conspiracy debate. [Presently there are 5 peer reviewed scientific papers supporting the inside job hypothesis that remain unchallenged in the scientific literature.]

Whatever the truth is concerning the involvement of Osama Bin Laden, he certainly could not have rigged the Twin Towers or WTC7 with explosives.

The War on Terror is a hoax designed to foment conflict between the West and militant Islamic groups for the purpose of US strategic domination of the Middle East (and now Africa). Only the truth about 911 will end these Wars.

The first step is identifying the propaganda, which can be countered or debunked, whilst simultaneously recognising the intrinsic nature of the incontestable scientific evidence proving the inside job. Once EVERYONE understands the truth then the game will be over.

By SpookyOne

Related Info:

911 Truth ~ Experts Speak Out


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 26th, 2014.]

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

For the First Time in History, Israel Suspiciously Closes All Embassies & Consulates World Wide!




If this report is true then something is probably up. Expect a false flag directed at Israel and then a response from them that will either include an attack on Iran, an attack on Syria, or the annexation of the West Bank or Gaza. It is unlikely this situation is simply a legitimate protest by embassy officials (although it could be). 

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 25th, 2014.]

China's Bin Laden - The Asia-Pacific Perspective


Welcome back to The Asia-Pacific Perspective, that monthly show where James Corbett of corbettreport.com and Broc West of apperspective.net break down all the latest news and headlines from the Asia-Pacific region.



Geopolitical-strategic news related to the Asia Pacific.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 25th, 2014.]

NASA: Mars Hiding Water? New Gully on Red Planet Holds Promise of Liquid H2O


Mars could be hiding water as a new gully was found, which may hold promise of liquid H2O being present on the Red Planet. NASA scientists are left stumped after the Mars orbiter found a new gully on Mars that is only a couple years old. The spacecraft discovered the huge gully that seems to have been nonexistent just three short years ago.

Images gathered by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) reveal the formation of the giant gully on the Red Planet. In earlier images taken by the MRO, the gully was not present. The new images collected show a dip in the planet’s mid-southern latitudes, with the photos having been taken on May 25, 2013.

The US space agency made note that when HiRISE photos were snapped of the area on November 5, 2010, the deep gouge could not be seen. However, NASA is still trying to figure out the main origin of the big gully found on the surface of Mars. According to a recent official statement on the space agency's website, officials said the exact timing of the gully's formation remains in question.

NASA scientists have already ruled out the chances of water having dug out the formation. Though, it holds high belief that carbon dioxide, not water, is responsible for the making and shape of the gully.
http://voiceofrussia.com/2014_03_24/NASA-Mars-hiding-water-New-gully-on-Red-Planet-holds-promise-of-liquid-H2O-8333/

NASA is almost certainly hiding the fact that Mars has liquid water - that would account for the many surface features seen on the surface. The problem is that the public has been told, and NASA pretends, that the atmosphere on Mars is very thin and is unable to sustain liquid water that should boil off if we believe their narrative.

However, previous posts on this blog have pointed out that the Martian atmosphere is undoubtedly many times thinker than admitted. In this situation, although the atmosphere would still be very thin, plus taking into account that Mars is largely made of desert, we could find instances of liquid water running across the surface.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 25th, 2014.]

Monday, 24 March 2014

The Truthseeker: Media 'Staged' Syria Chem Attack


BBC 'total fabrication from beginning to end' of Syria 'atrocity'; call to revoke visas for intel agents posing as reporters in NATO targets; CIA caught infiltrating CNN, and Operation Mockingbird is back. Seek truth from facts with UK Member of Parliament George Galloway; Illinois University Professor of International Law Francis Boyle; investigative reporter John Helmer; ordinary Syrians; and Ukraine covergirl 'Julia'.



At the start of the video is a clip from the Government attack on a Syrian 'bakery' where we see rebels planting bread in order to create the propaganda. What seems to have happened is that a government artillery strike hit a rebel controlled area and the survivors tried to spin the story.

More complete video of the casualties shows militants and civilians (collateral) lying in the street and at the hospital.  There was no deliberate attack against a civilian bakehouse.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 24th, 2014.]

Pedophile Rings & Clinton's Pedophile Pal (currupt cover-ups)


New questions have surfaced about Bill Clinton's sexual deviancy as well as a protester crashing a live BBC news broadcast to warn of "institutional pedophile rings". We look at the multi-national, bi-partisan evil of sex slavery and pedophile rings. From the UK to the UN to the United States' CIA, NSA, Republican and Democrat — the evil is pervasive and persistent.



What is WRONG with these people in power that they would engage in such despicable acts? This is a red flag. We must be very wary of those that covet power.

I think it would be better if we chose our leaders from those that are not so eager to get to the top of the heap.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 24th, 2014.]

Abby Martin Takes Down the Cold War-Obsessed Neocons Behind the Curtain


Abby Martin calls out the Foreign Policy Initiative or FPI, a DC neocon think tank that rose out of the ashes of PNAC. Abby discusses the real motivation behind their recent attacks against the credibility of Breaking the Set; advocating for a revival of the Cold War.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 24th, 2014.]

Keiser Report (E578): Bingo Lingo of Economics


In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss bingo lingo and Fedspeak. When the markets tumbled when Janet Yellen said, "six months," perhaps she should have said "Chopping Sticks" instead? They also discuss qualitative guidance and productivity gains. In the second half, Max interviews Egon von Greyerz of Matterhorn Asset Management in Switzerland about wealth preservation and gold.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 24th, 2014.]

Sunday, 23 March 2014

America (USA) Openly Funding Al Qaeda! - George Galloway


Part One Of Alex's powerful and insightful interview with British MP, writer and activist George Galloway, renowned for his "colorful rhetoric and combative debating style." Mr. Galloway talks about the crisis in Ukraine and the crimes of Ken Lay and Tony Blair. Don't Miss Part Two http://youtu.be/pNX3ap_KgDI



Must see interview that cuts to the heart of the corruption.

The insane situation of the west being involved with countries that sponsor terrorism, namely Saudi Arabia, makes perfect business sense: http://spookyweather.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/pipeline-predicament-ukraine-syria.html The 'terrorists are doing the west's work.

A popular current method of getting what 'they' want is to sow the seeds of conflict via proxy fighters - modern day privateers:



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 23rd, 2014.]

2014 Gallup International Poll: US #1 Threat to World Peace


Hat tip: RT

“The world now demands a maturity of America that we may not be able to achieve. It demands that we admit we have been wrong from the beginning of our adventure in [war], that we have been detrimental to the life of the [target nations’] people.” - Martin King, Beyond Vietnam

Gallup International’s poll of 68 countries for 2014 found the US as the greatest threat to peace in the world, voted three times more dangerous to world peace than the next country.

Among Americans, we overall voted our own nation as the 4th most dangerous to peace, and with demographics of students and 18-24 year-olds also concluding the US as the world’s greatest threat.

Opinion aside, we can objectively evaluate the US threat to peace, as younger Americans seem to be doing
http://www.examiner.com/article/2014-gallup-international-poll-us-1-threat-to-world-peace

People are waking up. :)

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 23rd, 2014.]

Sunstein Publishes Conspiracy Book - #NewWorldNextWeek


Story #1: 'Most Transparent' White House Ever Rewrote FOIA to Suppress Sensitive Docs http://ur1.ca/gw0uy, Story #2: First Reporter to Write Story on LA Earthquake Wasn't a Person
http://ur1.ca/gw0vb, Story #3: Scientists' Hidden Links to GMO Food Giants
http://ur1.ca/gw0vf



Related Info:

‘Most Transparent’ White House Ever Rewrote the FOIA to Suppress Politically Sensitive Docs
It’s Sunshine Week, so perhaps some enterprising White House reporter will ask press secretary Jay Carney why President Obama rewrote the Freedom of Information Act without telling the rest of America.

The rewrite came in an April 15, 2009, memo from then-White House Counsel Greg Craig instructing the executive branch to let White House officials review any documents sought by FOIA requestors that involved “White House equities.”

That phrase is nowhere to be found in the FOIA, yet the Obama White House effectively amended the law to create a new exception to justify keeping public documents locked away from the public.
http://www.blacklistednews.com/%E2%80%98Most_transparent%E2%80%99_White_House_ever_rewrote_the_FOIA_to_suppress_politically_sensitive_docs/33828/0/38/38/Y/M.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 23rd, 2014.]

Attacks on RT -- Neocon plot? (Liz Wahl Set Up)


Liz Wahl's on-air resignation from RT gained her praise across the mainstream media, but there are now questions being raised in a piece by Truthdig.com over her resignation. Alleging this a part of a neocon plan by the Foreign Policy Initiative and James Kirchick to demean Russia and discredit RT, the piece connects the dots between the affiliations that question Kirchick's and others impartiality. RT's Sam Sacks reports on these new developments.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 23rd, 2014.]

Why did UN Mercury Treaty Exempt Mascara?


As the United Nations presses forward with plans to limit mercury exposure and pollution worldwide as part of its Minamata Convention, controversy is erupting over certain exemptions in the treaty that many say are unjust and unfair. According to Environmental Health News (EHN), mascara and other makeup products known to contain added mercury will apparently not be bound by the convention, as officials claim these products contain only "trace contaminants."

EHN reports that cosmetics, soaps, creams and various other personal care products containing mercury will be prohibited in nations that sign onto the Minamata Convention, even though the intent of the treaty is not necessarily aimed at such products. But for some reason, eye makeup is exempt from this list, as the treaty's crafters claim there are "no effective safe substitute alternatives" for mercury in eye makeup and similar products.

According to World Health Organization scientist Joanna Tempowski, mercury is often added to eye makeup products to inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi, which could harm the women that regularly use them. Her agency's risk-benefit analysis has placed potential mercury poisoning as less risky than potential infection, thus the group's glowing approval for exempting eye makeup products from the convention.

But not everyone is convinced, including Stacy Malkan, co-founder of the advocacy group Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. She told reporters that there is no legitimate reason whatsoever why a neurotoxin like
mercury should ever be allowed in eye makeup products in the first place. She also says there are viable alternatives for preserving such products without the use of mercury, but that manufacturers have simply chosen not to use them, for whatever reason.

"Mercury is a potent neurotoxicant," Malkan is quoted as saying by EHN. "High levels can cause serious neurological effects and kidney damage, and, if a pregnant woman is exposed, lower concentrations can disrupt the brain of a developing fetus."

 http://www.naturalnews.com/044375_Minamata_Convention_mercury_treaty_mascara.html##ixzz2wbvTUtIq


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 23rd, 2014.]

Saturday, 22 March 2014

'US Thinks Rules are for Inferior Nations, it's in their DNA' - ex Australian PM


Kosovo's secession demonstrated that international law is only as applicable as the force used to back it. But with Crimea now free on the wings of that precedent, the West cries foul. Why does the Western world fail to recognize parallels between Kosovo and Crimea? Is it a case of double standards or the result of decades of adversarial EU and NATO policies towards Russia? Oksana is joined by former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser to canvass these issues.



Straight talk on Ukraine from Fraiser that backs up the non-mainstream view of the crisis.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 22nd, 2014.]

Turning Ukrainian Fascists into "Freedom Fighters" - Why US Journalists Have Blood on Their Hands


During the run-up to the Iraq war – an unprovoked war of aggression  - many of you endlessly repeated, without proper critique or doubt, the false Bush Administrations claims that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and that this somehow justified military invasion.

By helping to manufacture the consent of the public for that war, and by helping to intimidate opponents of the war, you were complict in sending thousands of young American men and women abroad to kill and be killed; thousands of them died, tens or hundreds of thousands were injured or mentally traumatized,  not to mention up to a million Iraqis who died as a result of the war.
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Now many of you working for the corporate mass media are at it again – demonizing Russia and Putin, preparing the public to accept the necessity to ‘punish the devil’. Your propaganda is concealing the fact that two neo-Nazis parties, Svoboda and Right Sector,  have gained control of the military and security apparatus of the Ukraine – they are now ministers of those departments – through a violent seizure of power from a democratically elected government; you are glossing over the fact that Russia has a standing military base and treaty rights for Russian soldiers to be present in the Crimea; and you are mindlessly presenting the U.S. administrations argument that Russias willingness to help protect Crimeans from fascist forces is somehow ‘aggression’, though they have fired no shots, and that American sanctions or even military action may be ‘required’ to ‘protect Ukraine’.
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/03/19/why-us-journalists-have-blood-on-their-hands/

Even if you could say that a lot of the US media were being patriotic immediately after 911 -and just accepting the Bush Administration claims abut Iraq at face value- you can't say the same thing today.

The propaganda in the media today is transparent, especially in the age of the internet where broader sources of information are easily available.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 22nd, 2014.]

Pipeline Predicament: The Ukraine-Syria-Russia-U.S. Gas Nexus


The recent U.S.-backed coup that toppled the former government in Ukraine has been couched in the noble rhetoric of democracy, humanitarian intervention and self-determination, but a closer examination reveals an ugly underside of realpolitik whose motive is energy dominance.  Like Syria, Ukraine has one of the key gas pipeline corridors coveted by the U.S. and its NATO allies that is still under the influence of a so-called R&D (resistant and defiant) country such as Russia.
 
To understand what is happening in Ukraine and Syria, and how Qatar and Azerbaijan are involved, we must briefly look at regional energy developments following the dissolution of the former Soviet Union.  While the Persian Gulf is well known for its abundant energy resources, the Caspian Sea Basin also has seen oil exploration and production since the early 1900s however the U.S. and the West had scant involvement there before the end of the Cold War.  Since the breakup of the former Soviet Union, the United States and Russia have engaged in fierce competition to control the energy resources of the newly created Caspian Sea littoral states.
 
Energy in the Caspian Sea Basin generally has been developed by consortiums composed of major international oil firms with participation of state-owned enterprises.  The first appearance of such a consortium was in 1993 when Chevron invested $20 billion in a joint venture named Tengizchevroil with the government of Kazakhstan to develop the Tengiz oil field.  Since the Caspian region is landlocked, Tengizchevroil partnered with Russia’s Lukoil to build a 900-mile long pipeline to transport the oil to the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk.  Then in 1994, a group of oil companies including BP, Lukoil and Unocal partnered with the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) to form a consortium called Azerbaijan International Operating Company to develop three offshore oil fields.  
 
SOCAR has also collaborated with the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), Lukoil and BP Amoco in the Shah-Deniz gas project, which was established without U.S. participation due to the Iranian involvement.  Discovered in 1999 and estimated to hold over 40 trillion cubic feet of gas condensate, the Shah-Deniz gas field turned out to be one of the largest fields in the world, but transporting the gas from the region proved to be problematic.  The most logical route to export the gas product would be through Iran to the Persian Gulf, but this was ruled out by U.S. policy; the next best route would be through Chechnya to Black Sea ports via existing Russian pipelines, but political instability precluded this option.  SOCAR’s final choice of a pipeline route has had a major impact on the West’s role in the Caspian Basin gas nexus and has contributed to the current U.S.-Russia standoff over Ukraine and Crimea, as we shall see.
 
By 1971, energy explorers in the Persian Gulf region had discovered the South Pars / North Dome gas-condensate field, which began producing in 1989.  Jointly owned by NIOC and Qatar Petroleum, the South Pars / North Dome field is the largest in the world with estimated reserves of 1,800 trillion cubic feet of gas.  In 2009, Qatar proposed a gas pipeline from the capitol Doha to Istanbul, Turkey that would cross Syria and terminate on the Mediterranean, with the gas then being shipped to Europe.  Two routes were proposed: one through Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq to Turkey, and the other through Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria to Turkey.  When Iraq failed to endorse Qatar’s proposal, the only route left for the pipeline was through Syria.
 
Unfortunately, in 2009 Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad also declined leaving Qatar, Saudi Arabia and its Western “partners” no choice but to attempt regime change in Syria.   It was precisely at that time when the U.S., Great Britain and their allies began to plan covert action to destabilize Syria, according to former French foreign minister Roland Dumas. Meanwhile, Iran, Iraq and Syria signed a deal in 2010 to build the “Friendship Pipeline,” a 3,480-mile natural gas pipeline connecting Iran’s South Pars field to European customers.  Dubbed the “Islamic Pipeline” by the West, the project would run from Iran’s South Pars gas field through Iraq, Syria and Southern Lebanon, and connect to Syrian ports for exporting gas to Europe. 
 
On August 16, 2011, Syrian Oil Minister Sufian Allawi announced the discovery of a significant gas field near the city of Homs in the Qalamun region at Qara in the Dau Basin, adding to the country’s already substantial gas reserves of 10.3 trillion cubic feet.  Noting that the first wells drilled had a flow rate of over 14 million cubic feet per day, the Syrian Oil Minister commented, “This discovery opens new perspectives in the region of Qalamun and the Syrian company will continue its drilling.”  It is no coincidence that by this time, U.S. President Obama had begun calling for President Al-Assad to step down, and by November, the Arab league had suspended Syria’s membership, removing all obstacles to the Qatar-led and U.S.-backed regime change campaign. The announcement by the Arab League also coincided with the inauguration of Russia’s Nord Stream gas pipeline, as we will see below.
 
With the world’s largest proven natural gas reserves of 1,580 trillion cubic feet, Russia has come to be the dominant supplier of fossil fuels to the European Union, providing 25 percent of both its gas and oil needs.  Conversely, most of Russia’s foreign currency reserves are replenished and 40 percent of its federal revenue comes from EU energy transactions, making the relationship between the EU and Russia one of interdependency.  The U.S. has attempted to exploit this apparent Russian vulnerability, however, by bypassing the Russian gas supply chain to the European markets with the construction of the Nabucco Pipeline.
 
Billed as an opportunity for the EU to break free of its Russian energy dependence, the 2,060-mile Nabucco Pipeline was to run from Erzurum, Turkey, through Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary, to Baumgarten an der March, Austria. Backed by the U.S. and the EU at an estimated cost of $10 billion, the Nabucco Pipeline was announced in February 2002 and scheduled for completion in June 2017.  However, the project was aborted after Azerbaijan’s SOCAR and the Shah-Deniz consortium announced on June 28, 2013 that it had decided to go with the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) to ship its gas exports instead.  Starting at Kipoi, Greece, TAP would traverse Albania and under the Adriatic Sea, then come ashore in southern Italy at San Foca, and on to European markets.  Originally proposed in 2003 with construction to begin in 2015, TAP is scheduled to deliver initial gas shipments to Georgia and Turkey in late 2018.
 
Russia, of course, has not stood idly by while the West has made numerous attempts to carve up the Caspian Sea Basin’s energy resources.  In response to the West’s attempts to find alternative gas sources for the EU, such as the ill-fated Nabucco Pipeline, Russia built the Nord Stream Pipeline, which has been in operation since November 2011 delivering gas from Vyborg, Russia to Lubmin near Greifswald, Germany via a route under the Baltic Sea.  In addition, another pipeline named South Stream, whose route is to start from Anapa, Russia near Novorossiysk, then run beneath the Black Sea surfacing at Varna Bulgaria and on to Serbia, Hungary and terminate at Baumgarten, was proposed in 2007 with completion scheduled for 2015.  
 
While the South Stream route will completely bypass Ukraine and Crimea, the pipelines through Ukraine remain an important link in Russia’s gas distribution system.  What we are seeing with the current U.S. policy in Ukraine is another attempt to reinstall an anti-Russian and pro-EU regime much like the Orange Government after the 2004 U.S.-instigated Color Revolution.  The U.S. aim is to install a government in Ukraine that will favor joining NATO, something which ousted President Viktor Yanukovych was against as are a majority of the Ukraine people. 
 
The Washington-initiated overthrow of Ukraine’s government along with the referendum in Crimea to join Russia has already forced U.S. oil firms to place their plans on hold.  At a cost of $735 million, Exxon and Royal Dutch Shell had planned to drill two wells in the Black Sea some 80 kilometers from Crimea’s southwest coast however, due to unrest in Ukraine and the uncertain status of Crimea, the exploration licenses acquired by the oil giants now have dubious legality.  While the drilling was to be off the coast of Crimea, it was the former Ukrainian government of Viktor Yanukovych that granted the licenses to explore in an area, which soon may no longer be under Ukrainian jurisdiction.
 
U.S.-NATO control of Ukraine and the pipelines that supply the EU with much of its gas from Russia is merely a step to weaken Russia.  The next objective is the removal of the Russian Naval Fleet from the Black Sea, effectively making it into a NATO lake.  The final U.S. goal is to encircle Russia with anti-missile batteries, which could down any Russian missile, thus allowing the possibility of a NATO nuclear first-strike.   And for those who still believe U.S. leaders have concern for anyone but themselves, a moment’s reflection on Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland’s recent expletives concerning the EU should dispel any such notion.
 
However, like the Nabucco Pipeline fiasco, the best U.S. efforts to achieve its goals may backfire, especially if Washington applies sanctions to Russia. “If Putin now faces the same techniques from Treasury as Tehran has suffered from, he may well start protecting Iran at the UNSC [UN Security Council] and allowing Russian banks to do more open business there,” wrote University of Michigan professor of history Juan Cole.  Moreover, he speculated, “Russia and possibly China together could begin working on an alternative to the U.S. stranglehold over global finance.”  We can only hope that it will be soon
 
This is an article form the Tehran Times that covers gas pipelines relating to the Caspian Basin and the Middle East and how it is relevant to what is happening in Syria and the Ukraine. Even though this is from Tehran (so it is slanted to their point of view), the pipeline info is legit (Ryan Dawson has done analysis on this elsewhere).

Take time to read through it and understand the important power play at work. The pipelines are about generating money and also depriving non-US/EU countries from making money. This is all geopolitical.
 
But make no mistake, this situation is not just about revenue raising, it's about dominating the globe. 

The article should help enlighten those scratching their heads about why the US is so interested in the Caspian region and why Qatar and Saudi Arabia were so interested in overthrowing Assad in Syria (along with Turkey and NATO countries). Only read if you are interested in explanations.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 22nd, 2014.]