Monday, 31 December 2018

Is Turkey Gearing Up to Invade Syria and Wipe Out the Kurds?


The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss reports that suggest now that the US is pulling out of Syria, Turkey is readying a military incursion into northern Syria. Recent footage released by a Turkish news agency shows a convoy of army vehicles approaching the Syrian border. Is Erdogan about to enter Syria, wipe out the Kurds and occupy the north of the country?



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 31st, 2018.]

Haaretz and Israel Join the Phony Russian Meddling Crowd (Stephen Lendman)


When repeated enough, Big Lies take on a life of their own. The whopper about Russian US election meddling was discredited long ago.

In legitimate tribunals, charges without credible evidence are rejected. Guilt depends on proof beyond a reasonable doubt – the gold standard in criminal prosecutions.

Innocence is presumed unless proved otherwise by hard facts. None exist suggesting Russian US election meddling – or anywhere else.

Phony accusations crumbled. Yet they persist, part of US-sponsored Russia bashing. Israel and Haaretz shamed themselves by spreading the Big Lie.

Former Mossad head Tamir Pardo falsely claimed Moscow used a virtual army of bots to influence the outcome of America’s 2016 presidential election.

He lied. Instead of ignoring or debunking him, Haaretz went with the fabricated claim by publishing it, proliferating the Big Lie, operating as unacceptably as US major media, saying:

“…Pardo said that it seems to him that the Russians simply chose to support the candidate that would be the most politically advantageous for them.”

Haaretz quoted him saying Russia asked “which candidate would we like to have sitting in the White House? Who will help us achieve our goals? And they chose (Trump).”

“From that moment, they deployed a system (of bots) for the length of the elections, and ran him for president (sic).”

Russia very much likely preferred Trump to militantly Russophobic Hillary. Pardo’s baseless claim ignored the obvious. Not a shred of credible evidence indicates Kremlin meddling in the political process of any other countries – what the US does repeatedly worldwide, he failed to mention.

Separately, Pardo said computer program bots designed to run automatically, mimicking cyber behavior of a real user, are “just the tip of the iceberg…the greatest threat of recent years, and it threatens the basic values that we share – democracy and the world order created since World War II.”

Like America and other Western countries, democracy in Israel is pure fantasy. Values its ruling authorities share feature apartheid viciousness, wars of aggression, and neoliberal harshness against its citizens.

Previous articles debunked phony accusations about Russian US election interference, including online.

One article quoted Google CEO Sundar Pichai, saying “we undertook a very thorough investigation, and, in 2016, we now know that there were two main ad accounts linked to Russia which advertised on Google for about $4,700 in advertising.”

It was a drop in the ocean compared to $6.5 billion spent by US candidates for all offices in 2016 races, including primary contests.

There’s more. Facebook explained that 56% of ads linked to Russia on its platform appeared after the US 2016 presidential election.

Alleged Internet Research Agency Russian hackers spent $100,000 from mid-2015 to mid-2017 on 3,000 ads. One-fourth of them were never shown to anyone.

Only around 1,000 ads of Russian origin appeared during the presidential campaign. Many ads expressed no preference for any candidate.

US presidential candidates spent hundreds of millions of dollars in online advertising.

Twitter’s vice president Colin Crowell explained “(w)e have not found accounts associated with (possible election meddling) to have obvious Russian origin but some of the accounts appear to have been automated.”

Twitter suspended a small number of suspicious accounts, none connected to Russia, some others suspended for terms of service violations. None of the above registered as advertisers.

Over 3.2 million automated accounts were found, no evidence of any connected to Russian US election meddling.

RT, RT America and RT en Espanol spent $274,100 for 1,823 US ads – none supporting one US presidential aspirant over another.

No evidence suggests Russian US election meddling online or in any other way. The Big Lie won’t die, including phony claims by Pardo, Haaretz going along by featuring them, failing to debunk what no evidence supports.
https://stephenlendman.org/2018/12/haaretz-and-israel-join-the-phony-russian-meddling-crowd/

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 31st, 2018.]

Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch Destroys Mueller on Fox News


Judicial Watch's Tom Fitton destroys Bob Mueller's political witch hunt labeling it a "vehicle for enemies" of President Trump while on Fox News recently



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 31st, 2018.]

"Whatever Happened to the Skripal affair?" | George Galloway's Monologue


George's final monologue of the year focuses on evolving relationships between the UK and China and the UK and Russia. North Korea and the USA are discussed as well on The Mother of All Talk Shows



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 31st, 2018.]

Boston Marathon Bomber's Lawyers Want Death Sentence Tossed


Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's convictions or death sentence should be tossed because it was impossible for him to get a fair trial in the same city where the shrapnel-packed, pressure cooker bombs exploded, his lawyers told a federal appeals court on Thursday.

In a 500-page brief filed in the 1st U.S. District Court of Appeals, Tsarnaev's legal team outlined a host of other problems with his 2015 trial, during which the defense admitted from the outset that he and his older brother carried out the attack. His appellate lawyers are also pointing to issues with jurors, certain testimony from surviving victims and the defense's inability to tell jurors about links between Tsarnaev's brother and an unsolved triple killing in 2011.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/boston-marathon-bombers-lawyers-want-death-sentence-tossed-182846779.html?.tsrc=fauxdal

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is completely innocent of the crime and should be released immediately. Video and photographic evidence exonerates him of involvement in the bombing.

The bottom line is that the brothers backpacks (light grey and dark grey) do not match the black backpacks used in the bombing. The FBI described both bomb backpacks as black. The evidence here is contradictory:



The Boston Bombing was a false flag, or at the very least innocent people were framed to protect the real perpetrators.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 31st, 2018.]

Article 13 and EU Copyright Law Explained: This is How Europe will Destroy the Internet


The new EU copyright law is going to have drastic affects on the freedom and openness of the Internet. Beyond banning memes, Article 13 of the European Copyright Directive 2018 will result in automated surveillance and centralized control of the Internet.

The directive makes online platforms liable for the content generated by their users. That means that on top of punitive and vaguely worded terms of services, Internet gate-keepers like Facebook, Google, or Twitter will be required by law to proactively monitor and censor content.

These online platforms will be required by law to create automated mechanisms to filter infringing content. Such technology would essentially turn into “upload filters”. These automated filters won’t be recognizing between infringing and legitimate content, like parodies, satire, commentary or other instances of fair use. To balance the flaws of automated upload filters, the directive also requires platforms to build staffed systems for filing complaints for illegitimate takedowns.

I make these videos because I believe standing up against power and illegitimate authority is a moral duty. I believe all humans are fundamentally free. But this freedom won't take care of itself. If you too believe this cause and want to help in this pursuit, you can donate to any of my cryptocurrency wallets.



There is talk of a link tax in which payments would be made for linked articles. This will cause a massive decrease in information sharing. With the battle between the alternative media and the mainstream we should see the further dumping of mainstream and the establishment of larger independent media outlets that ALLOW linked content. Ultimately attempts at censorship will result in creative ways around the censorship.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 31st, 2018.]

This Is Exactly The Kind Of Behavior That You Would Expect During A Stock Market Implosion…


If a doctor tells you that his patient’s condition is swinging up and down wildly, is that a good sign or a bad sign?  Of course the answer to that question is quite obvious.  And if a doctor tells you that his patient’s condition is “stable”, is that a good sign or a bad sign?  Just like in the medical world, instability is not something that is a desirable thing on Wall Street, and right now we are witnessing extreme volatility on an almost daily basis.  On Thursday, the Dow was already down several hundred points when I went out to do some grocery shopping with my wife, and at the low point of the day it had fallen 611 points.  But then a “miracle happened” and the Dow ended the day with an increase of 260 points.  As I detailed yesterday, this is precisely the sort of behavior that you would expect during a chaotic bear market.

As Fox Business has noted, bear market rallies are typically “sharp, quick and usually short”.  I figured that the momentum from Wednesday would carry over into the early portion of Thursday, so I was surprised when the Dow was down by so much as we neared the middle of the day.  But then around 2 PM we witnessed an extraordinary market surge
The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted a 865-point swing in less than two hours. The blue-chip index had been down in mid-afternoon more than 500 points to cut the previous session’s gains in half, before bargain hunters and short covering turned a big decline into a modest gain.
An 865 point swing in less than two hours is not “normal”.

In fact, it is about as far from “normal” as you can get.

Let’s talk about short covering for a moment.  During huge market downturns, speculators often try to make a lot of money very rapidly by shorting stocks.  But if momentum suddenly shifts, those short sellers can be caught with their pants down and the consequences can be quite dramatic.  The following comes from Marketwatch
Indeed, market veterans warn that massive, one-day rallies are often more characteristic of downturns, occurring as selloffs lead to significantly oversold technical conditions that leave markets ripe for short covering only to give way to renewed selling once the frenzy of forced buying is exhausted. Investors who short a stock are essentially betting that its price will fall by first borrowing the shares, but those traders can be forced to buy shares back if prices suddenly swing higher, which, in turn, can amplify price swings.
In addition, it appears that on Thursday there was more of the “forced pension rebalancing” that Zero Hedge has been talking about
It certainly has the smell of a massive pension reallocation as the moment stocks started to surge, bonds were dumped
No stock market crash in U.S. history has ever gone in a straight line.  There are always huge ups and downs during every market crash, and this market crash is no exception.

Ultimately, there is no way that you can possibly interpret the behavior of the market in recent days as “healthy”
Here’s the problem: as we discussed last night, since 1990, every comparable reversal – with a few exceptions – came during the 2008-2009 bear market.  According to Bloomberg data, in eight previous bear markets the S&P 500 experienced rallies of greater than 2.5% more than 120 times as the benchmark plunged from peak to trough. From the collapse of Lehman to the financial crisis bottom in March 2009, the S&P 500 rallied more than 4 percent on 13 different occasions. 
This is not the kind of price action you see in normal bull markets,” said Robert Baird equity sales trader Michael Antonelli. “This is just a face ripping short cover rally. I am 100 percent not saying we are in a situation like 2008 now, but look at October 10, 2008 to October 13, 2008: the market rose nearly 12 percent in one day. October 27 to October 28, 2008, it rose 11 percent.”
Meanwhile, it appears that one of America’s most iconic retailers is about to go down in flames.
For years I have been warning that Sears was eventually “going to zero”, and if a last ditch rescue attempt does not materialize by the end of the day on Friday, Sears will be liquidated
The employer of more than 68,000 filed for bankruptcy in October. Its last shot at survival is a $4.6 billion proposal put forward by its chairman, Eddie Lampert, to buy the company out of bankruptcy through his hedge fund, ESL Investments. ESL is the only party offering to buy Sears as a whole, people familiar with the situation tell CNBC. Without that bid or another like it, liquidators will break the company up into pieces.
But as Lampert stares down a deadline of Dec. 28 to submit his offer, he is quickly running out of time. As of Thursday afternoon, Lampert had neither submitted his bid, nor rounded up financing, the people familiar said.
The inevitable demise of Sears could be seen from a mile away, and the same thing can be said about the country as a whole.

Our debt-fueled standard of living has been propped up by the biggest debt binge in the history of the world, and Wall Street has been transformed into the largest casino on the entire planet.

The entire U.S. economic system has become one huge Ponzi scheme, and all Ponzi schemes ultimately collapse.

Right now, we are in the early stages of a game that is going to take some time to fully play out.  The pessimism that has gripped Wall Street is starting to spread throughout the general population, and many experts were stunned to learn that consumer confidence just declined for a second month in a row
http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/this-is-exactly-the-kind-of-behavior-that-you-would-expect-during-a-stock-market-cataclysm

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 31st, 2018.]

ALTERNA COMICS STANDS UP TO DISGUSTING SJW PARASITES! Peter Simeti is the Hero We Need Right Now (CAPS)




Alterna comics is getting a bit of flak from SJWs at the moment. All this is doing is providing Alterna with free advertising as the story gets out. Check out the Alterna Comics website and their titles here:

ALTERNA COMICS

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 31st, 2018.]

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Syrian Army ‘Raises Flag' in Manbij Following Plea by Civilians to Secure City


Damascus says it has deployed troops to the city of Manbij, the focal point of a tense standoff between Kurds and Turkey, as the government continues attempts to reassert control over the strategic border area in Syria’s north.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 30th, 2018.]

Giuliani Calls for Investigation of Mueller (Bill Still)


The President’s lawyer, Rudi Giuliani, today called for a criminal investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office for destruction of evidence by allowing text messages from now-fired FBI official Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page.
Giuliani told The Hill TV’s Buck Sexton and Hill Reporter John Solomon:
“Mueller should be investigated for destruction of evidence for allowing those text messages from Strzok to be erased, messages that would show the state of mind and tactics of his lead anti-Trump FBI agent at the start of his probe.”



The deleted emails will be backed up somewhere in the system. If not, the NSA will have complete records in their database.

Related:

Sessions’ Prosecutor, John Huber, Is a Fake?


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 30th, 2018.]

Federal Grand Jury to Hear Evidence of WTC Demolition


After 17 long years, the 9/11 Truth Movement has opened an avenue to prosecuting those responsible for the destruction of the World Trade Center and the terrible loss of life that resulted.

Last spring, the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry — together with more than a dozen 9/11 family members and with help from AE911Truth — filed a petition with the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan demanding that he present evidence of unprosecuted federal crimes at the World Trade Center to a special grand jury. Then, in November, came the big news: The U.S. Attorney notified the Lawyers’ Committee in writing that he would comply with the provisions of 18 U.S.C. § 3332 requiring him to relay their report to a special grand jury.
https://gumshoenews.com/2018/12/26/federal-grand-jury-to-hear-evidence-of-wtc-demolition/

If the truth about 911 REALLY gets out into the public's consciousness, where debunker types and officials are soundly rebutted in public, and criminal trials held, then we should see an end to the global war on terror.

This is the hope for many people, but knowing the modus operandi of the Deep State, they are likely to take drastic measures before this comes to pass. Judges can have accidents, along with Grand Jury members. The only way to win is to have the court protected via loyal military and intelligence connected forces.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 30th, 2018.]

Vaccingate: Italians Uncover Vaccine Fraud


December 2018 the Italian government tossed out all 30 members of their vaccine policy advisory board, saying they need a fresh look at the vaccine issue.

With the onset of government vaccine mandates, which suddenly required Italian children to be injected with 11 vaccines to attend school, the Italians are fighting back. First, they voted out the government that pushed for the mandates calling their movement #GovernmentofChange. Then on December 4, the new Italian health minister kicked out all 30 members of the health policy advisory board.

On December 13, Corvelva, a scientific research group, announced it had received €10,000 (US$11,350) from the Italian National Order of Biologists with plans to use the money to test the contents of every vaccine currently on the market. The result of their first test was released on December 16, and the report is a doozie

You certainly won’t hear this in the MSM.

The first vaccine they thoroughly tested was Infanrix Hexa – a six-in-one vaccine manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) that is *supposed* to contain the following antigens: tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis toxoids; inactivated poliomyelitis viral strains 1-2-3; and hepatitis B surface antigen. Shockingly, Corvelva found NONE of these antigens in the vaccine, meaning, that NO antibodies to the intended antigens will be created.

And it gets worse. In addition to no vaccine antigens, they found the following:

traces of 65 chemical cross-contaminants from other manufacturing lines

chemical toxins;

unrecognizable macromolecules; (is a very large molecule, such as protein)

various free bacterial peptides that are potential allergens and are capable of inducing autoimmune reactions.

These findings could bring justice to parents who lost their children in 2009 when 36 children died and more than 1,700 were injured in a “clinical trial” – the nice name for human experimentation.

I suspect that as they continue to test each of the vaccines in the childhood schedule, they will find metallic compounds, nanotechnology and a long list of chemical contaminants. At some point, the work previously published by the Gattis’ will be vindicated. I wrote about their shocking findings in a previous article that you can find here.

Infanrix Hexa is used widely in the international market. The vaccine is all risk and literally no benefit. Its use should be stopped immediately, pending future investigation. If their testing continues to reveal ever more inconsistencies, GSK could be in serious legal problems for inappropriate labeling, poor manufacturing processes and perhaps even charged with murder.
https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/vaccingate-italians-uncover-vaccine-fraud/

The problem is not necessarily with the idea of immunising people against harmful diseases but with the huge corporations responsible for producing the vaccines.

Questions are raised against the people in charge of these corporations, perhaps elites, that might want to do the general population harm - to make them sick and therefore future customers for other big pharma products.

Related:

Vaccinegate: Infanrix Hexa Tested. Found 65 cross-contaminants, toxins, and NO antigens!  

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 30th, 2018.]

Ebola Epidemic Continues in the Congo (Styx)


And the world community cares little.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 30th, 2018.]

South African Police Chief Makes the Most 'Woke Statement' (Vee)




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 30th, 2018.]

Fluoride is a Neurotoxin that Damages Your Brain


For many people, fluoride has become a fact of life. The addition of fluoride to public water supplies en masse has made avoiding exposure to this toxin very difficult. While proponents of fluoride say that this “mineral” is essential for dental health, the truth is that fluoride is not an essential nutrient. Human beings do not need to consume fluoride to be healthy — and in fact, you are much better off without it.

While it is true that fluoride can be found in the Earth’s crust, the fluoride used in dental products and tap water is not derived from the Earth. Instead, water fluoridation relies on chemicals known as “silicofluorides.” These are byproducts of the phosphate fertilizer industry — and municipalities nationwide allow these chemicals to be dumped into the water supply for the explicit purpose of human consumption.

Fluoride is not the benign substance overzealous globalists would like for you to believe; it is a dangerous, neurotoxic substance that has been decried as a “soft kill” tactic of the global elite. At the very least, it’s a documented threat to human health.

Fluoride is toxic to your brain

While the CDC claims that water fluoridation is “one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century,” science shows that simply isn’t true. The CDC’s own data have shown that water fluoridation is contributing to increased rates of dental fluorosis (DF). In mild cases, DF appears as nothing more than white spots on the teeth, but more advanced cases can be disfiguring with severe damage to the tooth enamel. Statistics from 2004 indicate that 41 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 15 have dental fluorosis — a 400 percent increase in just 60 years.

As you might surmise, fluoride’s deleterious effects do not end with damage to tooth enamel.
As Be Brain Fit reports, a recently published study in The Lancet recommended that fluoride be re-classified as a developmental neurotoxin — similar to lead, mercury, or arsenic.

Scientists have repeatedly documented evidence that suggests fluoride consumption reduces IQ in children. A study conducted in Mexico City, by scientists from the University of TorontoUniversity of MichiganHarvardMcGill, and the national public health agency of Mexico, recently confirmed again that fluoride exposure negatively effects kids’ brains.
 
“It found an average loss of 5 to 6 IQ points among children of mothers with urine fluoride levels of 1.5 mg/L compared to those with 0.5 mg/L. For an entire population, such a loss would be expected to halve the number of geniuses in society and double the number of mentally handicapped,” PR Newswire reports.

Fluoride isn’t just making people dumb

The neurotoxic compound isn’t just lowering people’s IQs — it’s doing far more than that. Recently published research has also linked fluoride exposure to an increased risk of ADHD. The researchers stated that there is a growing body of evidence which clearly demonstrates that fetuses are especially susceptible to the harmful effects of fluoride, and that their findings are right in line with that belief: Fluoride harms developing children.

Some evidence has also indicated that fluoride may be an indirect cause of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s believed that when aluminum and fluoride combine, fluoride helps transport aluminum across the blood-brain barrier. Be Brain Fit notes that aluminum fluoride in the brain has been linked to Alzheimer’s, as well.

Fluoride has been associated with a host of other issues, including nervous system degeneration and decreased pineal gland function. Beyond the fact that fluoride is clearly not good for you, water fluoridation is a questionable endeavor, if for no other reason than for the fact that the government has no business in mass medicating the people via the water supply.
https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-12-22-fluoride-is-a-neurotoxin-that-damages-your-brain.html

Related:

The Fluoride Deception - Full Length Documentary


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 30th, 2018.]

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Obama, ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood. The PSD-11 “Secret Blueprint” to Implement Regime Change across the Middle East (F. William Engdahl)


There is a great uproar over the recent decision by US President Trump to pull US troops out of Syria, announcing his reason for doing so is that ISIS, the so-called Islamic State, has largely been defeated. What lies behind the decision and more important, what was behind the surprise emergence of ISIS across Syria in 2014 brings the spotlight to yet-classified documents of the Obama term. If the reorganized Justice Department is compelled to make these documents public in lawsuits or Freedom of Information requests, it could rock organizations such as the CIA and many in the Obama camp.

In 2010 the US Administration under President Barack Obama developed a top secret blueprint for the most ambitious and far-ranging series of US-backed regime change across the Islamic Middle East since World War I and the Anglo-French Sykes-Picot agreement. It was to set off a wave of wars and chaos, of failed states and floods of war refugees unimaginable to the most cynical veteran diplomat, and beyond the belief of most lay persons in the world.

In August, 2010, six months before Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution was launched by the Washington NGOs including the NED, the Soros Foundations, Freedom House and others, President Obama signed Presidential Study Directive-11 (PDS-11), ordering Washington government agencies to prepare for “change.”  The change was to be a radical policy calling for Washington’s backing for the secret fundamentalist Islamic Muslim Brotherhood sect across the Middle East Muslim world, and with it, the unleashing of a reign of terror that would change the entire world.

According to US Congressional testimony of Peter Hoekstra, former Chairman of the US House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Obama Administration PSD-11 directive–as of March 2017 still classified Top Secret–“ordered a government-wide reassessment of prospects for political reform in the Middle East and of the Muslim Brotherhood’s role in the process. “

A Grandiose Task Force

To draft the contents of PSD-11, a top secret task force was established within the Obama National Security Council (NSC), headed by Dennis Ross, Samantha Power, Gayle Smith, Ben Rhodes and Michael McFaul.

The PSD-11 Task Force members were remarkable in many regards. Samantha Power, who would go on to become Obama’s UN Ambassador and lead the demonizing of Russia after the CIA’s Ukraine Color Revolution coup in 2014, was to play an instrumental role in convincing President Obama that Libya’s Mohammar Qaddafi must be militarily removed for what she called  “humanitarian reasons.” Dennis Ross, accused by Palestinian opponents of being “more pro-Israeli than the Israelis,” co-founded the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)-sponsored Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP). He was Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director at the NSC for the Middle East, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Pakistan and South Asia when he was part of the PSD-11 task force.

Gayle Smith would later go on in 2015 to head the USAID, the CIA-linked State Department agency that funneled US taxpayer millions to finance the NGOs of the Arab Spring and other Color Revolution regime changes. Michael McFaul, who once described himself as a “specialist on democracy, anti-dictator movements, revolutions,” was later named Obama’s Ambassador to Moscow where he coordinated opposition protests against Putin.

The Top Secret PSD-11 report that the Task Force drew up was partially revealed in a series of legal Freedom of Information Act requests to the State Department. Released official documents revealed that the NSC Task Force had concluded that the Muslim Brotherhood was a “viable movement” for the US Government to support throughout North Africa and the Middle East. A resulting Presidential directive ordered American diplomats to make contacts with top Muslim Brotherhood leaders and gave active support to the organization’s drive for power in key nations like Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Syria, at the 2011 outset of the “Arab Spring.” The PDS-11 secret paper came to the bizarre conclusion that the Muslim Brotherhood’s brand of political Islam, combined with its fervent nationalism, could lead to “reform and stability.” It was a lie, a lie well known to the Obama PSD-11 Task Force members.

The True Muslim Brotherhood

The Muslim Brotherhood or Ikhwan–Arabic for The Brotherhood–is a secret masonic-like organization with a covert  or underground terrorist arm and a public facade of “peaceful doing of charity.” It was founded in Egypt in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna who developed the cult’s guiding motto. The credo of his Society of Muslim Brothers was incorporated into a chant of six short phrases:
Allah is our goal; The Prophet is our Leader; The Qur’an is our Constitution; Jihad is our Way; Death in the service of Allah is the loftiest of our wishes; Allah is Great, Allah is Great.
Al-Banna created a secret or hidden arm of the Ikhwan in Egypt and later worldwide, known as the Special Section (al-nizam al-khass), or, as it was referred to by the British in Egypt, the Secret Apparatus (al-jihaz al-sirri). That was the military wing of the Brotherhood, in effect, the “assassination bureau.” Al-Banna taught his recruits, exclusively male, that “Jihad is an obligation of every Muslim.” He preached the nobility of “Death in the Service of Allah,” and wrote, Allah grants a “noble life to that nation which knows how to die a noble death.” He preached a death cult in which “Victory can only come with the mastery of the ‘Art of Death.’” For the Brotherhood that “mastery” was perfected in the killing of “infidels” in Jihad or Holy War in the name of Allah. The infidels could be other Muslims such as Shi’ite or Sufi who did not follow Al-Banna’s strict Sunni practice, or Christians.

Hasan Al-Banna called for adoption of the very strict Islamic Shari’a law, the complete segregation of male and female students, with a separate curriculum for girls, a prohibition of dancing, and a call for Islamic states to eventually unify in a Caliphate.

During World War II, leading Muslim Brotherhood figures spent exile from British-controlled Egypt by fleeing to Berlin where, among others, Al Banna’s close Muslim brotherhood ally, Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, worked intimately with the SS and Heinrich Himmler to create special Muslim Brotherhood terror units of the SS, so-called Handschar SS, to kill Soviet soldiers and Jews. In the 1950’s the CIA discovered the Nazi Muslim Brotherhood recruits in exile in postwar Munich and decided they could be “useful.”

Virtually every major Jihadist terrorist organization and leader has come out of the Muslim Brotherhood. Osama bin Laden, who worked for the CIA in Pakistan recruiting Jihadist Mujahideen to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan, was a Muslim Brotherhood member who was recruited by the CIA and Saudi Intelligence head Prince Turki al-Faisal, to create what came to be called Al Qaeda. Other known terrorist members of the Ikhwan were Al Qaeda’s Ayman Al-Zawahiri, and the blind Sheik Omar Abdul-Rahman who recently died in a US prison serving time for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Sheikh Omar was accused of conspiring to assassinate Egypt’s Mubarak and masterminding the Muslim Brotherhood assassination of Anwar Sadat in addition to the bombing of the World Trade Center.

The members of the Obama Administration National Security Council PSD-11 Task Force that recommended a US Government embrace of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood in Islamic countries of the Arab Middle East, knew very well who they were dealing with. Since the 1950’s the CIA had worked with the Ikhwan around the world. Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, Al Qaeda in Iraq and in Syria, al Nusra Front in Syria, as well as the so-called Islamic State or ISIS all were created out of Muslim Brotherhood networks, changing names as a chameleon lizard changes color to suit its surroundings.

The origins of Al Qaeda in Iraq and Syria and later of ISIS , the murderous wars and chaos sweeping across the Arab Middle East and into Western Europe since 2010, could all be directly traced back to those Washington Obama policies, their so-called Arab Spring, coming from that August 2010 PSD-11 Presidential Task Force directive. This is what threatens to come out with declassification of US Justice Department files in the coming months. Some in Washington speak of treason, a strong word.
https://www.globalresearch.ca/obama-isis-and-the-muslim-brotherhood-the-psd-11-secret-blueprint-to-implement-regime-change-across-middle-east/5663991

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 29th, 2018.]

Syrian War Report – Dec. 27, 2018: Large Number Of Syrian Troops Deployed Near Manbij




Syrian Army to block Turkish advance in Northern Kurdish occupied Syria?

Related:

‘Kick Them Out’: Syrian Women Tell Europe to Send Men Home to Rebuild Country

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 29th, 2018.]

Trump: ‘We Are Substantially Subsidizing the Militaries of Many VERY Rich Countries All Over the World, While at the Same Time These Countries Take Total Advantage of the U.S’


President Trump on Monday criticized outgoing Defense Secretary James Mattis, claiming he doesn’t see countries that “take total advantage of the U.S.” as “a problem.”

But “I DO, and it is being fixed,” Trump wrote in a tweet.

Trump wrote in a series of tweets that he appreciates U.S. alliances but claimed that “many of these same countries take advantage of their friendship with the United States” and that the U.S. subsidizes the militaries of those countries.

“To those few Senators who think I don’t like or appreciate being allied with other countries, they are wrong, I DO. What I don’t like, however, is when many of these same countries take advantage of their friendship with the United States, both in Military Protection and Trade,” Trump wrote in a tweet.

“We are substantially subsidizing the Militaries of many VERY rich countries all over the world, while at the same time these countries take total advantage of the U.S., and our TAXPAYERS, on Trade. General Mattis did not see this as a problem. I DO, and it is being fixed!” he continued.
https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/trump-we-are-substantially-subsidizing-the-militaries-of-many-very-rich-countries-all-over-the-world-while-at-the-same-time-these-countries-take-total-advantage-of-the-u-s/

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 29th, 2018.]

Canada 2019: World's First MEME COUNTRY




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 29th, 2018.]

Bayer Stock Crashes After Monsanto Cancer Verdict Upheld By Judge; Analyst Estimates $800 Billion In Future Liability


They’ve been waiting for the news about how San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos would rule in a certain case. Would she rule against or in favor of Bayer’s appeal of the Monsanto Cancer Verdict?

The case was finally resolved Tuesday morning. Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos upheld the jury’s decision, ruling that Roundup – a dangerous glyphosate-based weedkiller sold by Monsanto – lead to California man’s terminal cancer. She also ruled that Monsanto, in fact, intentionally hid the potential dangers of the weedkiller. (1)

Bayer had to know that such news would result in serious damage to the company. As the news of Judge Ramon Bolanos’ ruling spread like wildfire, it, of course, affected the stock market as well. The ruling resulted in an immediate crash in Bayer’s stock value.
https://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/bayer-stock-crashes-after-monsanto-cancer-verdict-upheld-by-judge-analyst-estimates-800-billion-in-future-liability.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 29th, 2018.]

'The Euro is a suicide pact' Economist Prof. Steve Keen on Brexit and the European Central Bank


Private debt is weighing down the economy
Steve Keen is a professor of economics at Kingston University, London.

The EU’s policymakers like to obsess about government debt, but the 2008 crisis was caused by something they ignore: private debt.

Credit of as much as 40 percent of GDP per year fueled Spain’s housing bubble, for example, and drove private debt to 260 percent of GDP, more than four times the Maastricht Treaty limit on government debt. Spain’s private debt is still 200 percent of GDP, and is a millstone around any recovery.

France and Italy carry similar burdens. EU attempts to reduce government debt could trigger a return to private sector de-leveraging and cause another slump: not as bad as 2008, but still debilitating.

Europe has “turned Japanese” and doesn’t know it.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 29th, 2018.]

Doctor Who 30% Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score | Whovians Are Not Pleased


The Doctor Who Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score continues to fall. Down 15% in under two weeks at time of recording. It may go up or down a couple of points from here, the fact remains the same. Whovians are upset and the great divide between fans and critics gets wider. Also, I show what will be the ramifications down he road? This show cannot survive on UK ratings alone.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 29th, 2018.]

Friday, 28 December 2018

ISIS-Trained Chechen Militants are Fighting Alongside Ukraine Against 'evil' Putin - Times Report


Islamic State-trained militants are fighting alongside a state army in a European country, the Times reports – but that detail is buried in an article talking about how Putin is a common enemy of Ukrainians and Chechens.




Related:

Ukraine Crisis - What You're Not Being Told (2014)


Ray McGovern on Ukraine (2016)


From You Tube: NB Just heard from Ray today, 8/2/16. He made a mistake in saying Obama called his national security advisors instead of saying Putin called his national security advisors. I then posted a photo of Obama and his national security advisors. This occurs at 8:15 in the film.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 28th, 2018.]

Smoking Gun Obama/Clinton Docs Tie Benghazi Weapons to Syria Mess




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 28th, 2018.]

REVEALED: Israel’s IDF Used Passenger Airliners as Cover During Christmas Day Attack on Damascus


Yesterday, Israel carried out an unprovoked Christmas Day attack against Syria. According to reports citing the Russian Ministry of Defense, six Israeli F16 fighters violated neighboring Lebanese airspace and while passing over Sidon, fired 16 laser-guided GBU-39 bombs towards targets in and around the capital city of Damascus, 14 of which were intercepted by Syrian air defense systems.

More shocking details were revealed today, as the Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed that the IDF jets flew in to firing position – just as two civilian passenger airliners were in the air preparing for their landings into both Beirut and Damascus airports.

As a result, Syrian military defense units did not deploy its surface-to-air missiles and electronic jamming “to prevent a tragedy” and instead allowed Damascus air traffic control divert one of its passenger flights to an emergency destination at Khmeimim in Latakia.
https://21stcenturywire.com/2018/12/26/revealed-israels-idf-used-passenger-airliners-as-cover-during-christmas-day-attack-on-damascus/

The danger for the entire world is that the Israelis will do almost anything to get what they want.

Related:

911 and War by Deception


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 28th, 2018.]

Taibbi: We Know How Trump's War Game Ends


Nothing unites our political class like the threat of ending our never-ending war ...

So we’re withdrawing troops from the Middle East.

GOOD!

What’s the War on Terror death count by now, a half-million? How much have we spent, $5 trillion? Five-and-a-half?

For that cost, we’ve destabilized the region to the point of abject chaos, inspired millions of Muslims to hate us, and torn up the Geneva Convention and half the Constitution in pursuit of policies like torture, kidnapping, assassination-by-robot and warrantless detention.

It will be difficult for each of us to even begin to part with our share of honor in those achievements. This must be why all those talking heads on TV are going crazy.

Unless Donald Trump decides to reverse his decision to begin withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan, cable news for the next few weeks is going to be one long Scanners marathon of exploding heads.

“Today’s decision would cheer Moscow, ISIS, and Iran!” yelped Nicole Wallace, former George W. Bush communications director.
“Maybe Trump will bring Republicans and Democrats together,” said Bill Kristol, on MSNBC, that “liberal” channel that somehow seems to be populated round the clock by ex-neocons and Pentagon dropouts.
Kristol, who has rarely ever been in the ballpark of right about anything — he once told us Iraq was going to be a “two month war” — might actually be correct.

Trump’s decisions on Syria and Afghanistan will lay bare the real distinctions in American politics. Political power in this country is not divided between right and left, and not even between rich and poor.

The real line is between a war party, and everyone else.

This is why Kristol is probably right. The Democrats’ plan until now was probably to impeach Trump in the House using at minimum some material from the Michael Cohen case involving campaign-finance violations.

That plan never had a chance to succeed in the Senate, but now, who knows? Troop withdrawals may push a collection of hawkish Republicans like Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, Ben Sasse and maybe even Mitch McConnell into another camp.

The departure of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis — a standard-issue Pentagon toady who’s never met an unending failure of a military engagement he didn’t like and whose resignation letter is now being celebrated as inspirational literature on the order of the Gettysburg Address or a lost epic by Auden or Eliot — sounded an emergency bell for all these clowns. The letter by Mattis, Rubio said:
“Makes it abundantly clear we are headed towards a series of grave policy errors which will endanger our nation, damage our alliances & empower our adversaries.”
Talk like this is designed to give political cover to Republican fence-sitters on Trump. That wry smile on Kristol’s face is, I’d guess, connected to the knowledge that Trump put the Senate in play by even threatening to pull the plug on our Middle Eastern misadventures.
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-24/taibbi-we-know-how-trumps-war-game-ends

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 28th, 2018.]

Return of the Green Jamahiriya? Gaddafi’s Son Asks Putin for Political Support


The son of the overthrown Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, has asked for political support from Russia.

This is with reference to a source in Moscow, Bloomberg reports.

The publication writes that 46-year-old Saif al-Islam, recently released from prison under an amnesty, sent a representative in early December to meet with Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Mikhail Bogdanov. The representative handed over a letter to the Russian diplomat for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

According to the publication, in the letter he welcomes Putin and the Russian government, reveals his vision of the situation in Libya and asks for support of his political ambitions.

According to Bloomberg sources, he is going to put forward his candidacy for the presidential elections, which, according to the UN plan, should be held in the country in 2019.

Sources of the publication report that the Russian authorities have not yet opted for one of the presidential candidates: there are connections with Russia both for Field Marshal Khalif Haftar, the Libyan National Army Commander, and for the UN-supported Prime Minister of the National Unity Government Fayez Al-Sarraj – both of them will certainly qualify for the presidency.

At the moment, Russian companies are negotiating with Libya on the development of resources and the creation of infrastructure.
https://www.fort-russ.com/2018/12/return-of-the-green-jamahiriya-gaddafis-son-asks-putin-for-political-support/

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 28th, 2018.]

FBI Dir. Comey: Member, HSBC Board – Clinton Foundation and Drug Cartel Money Launderer


Much has been made recently about the FBI and the Department of Justice letting off favored presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for admittedly mishandling classified information and using her own private email servers to do state business during her time as US Secretary of State. FBI Director James Comey was manning the key choke-point in the decision to not hold Clinton accountable for what so many before her have received convictions for. What many are not aware of is the political and organizational links between Hillary Clinton and James Comey behind the curtain of international high finance.

An argument can be made that FBI Director James Comey has multiple conflicts of interest when it comes to interfacing with the great and the good, and the Clintons in particular. Based on the evidence available to hand – one could easily flag-up Comey’s relationships and past and present involvement with questionable banks, and the Clintons – as a type of conflict of interest (albeit indirect), if not an accessory to institutional corruption, where Comey’s role as a top-level ‘fixer’ is self-evident – fixing outcomes for those members of an elite international club of high finance and organized crime. Could this be the case?

Let’s investigate…

Many are unaware that Comey’s served on the board of banking giant HSBC (‘international drug money clearing house’) before parachuting softly into the head of the FBI in 2013. That’s only the beginning…

It appears that James Comey (who is actually a lawyer by trade) also has long history of cases ending favorable to Clintons, including the case of Sandy Berger, a former Clinton Administration aid. During the Berger probe, Comey said publicly that ‘we take issues of classified information very seriously’, all the while seeming to undermine the scope of the investigation – presumably to protect the Clintons:
https://geopolitics.co/2017/03/21/fbi-dir-james-comey-board-member-of-hsbc-clinton-foundation-drug-cartel-launderer/

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 28th, 2018.]

2018 Top 10 Stories Ignored By The Fake News


2018 was a historic year, but you wouldn’t know that by watching the fake news media. See the top ten stories they chose to ignore or distort.



This is the Infowars wrap up of the most important world events of 2018.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 28th, 2018.]

The Hidden Truth about Global Warming and the Paris Climate Accord | The Climate Change Biz Boom




The video debunks the claim the 97% of climate scientists believe that humans are the driving force of global warming. It deconstructs the Cook paper making that claim.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 28th, 2018.]

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Trump's Syria Withdrawal Is A Simple Case Of Foreign Policy Realism


President Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops from Syria is being denounced by an impressive range of critics claiming that it is a surrender to Turkey, Russia, Syria and Iran – as well as a betrayal of the Kurds and a victory for Isis.

The pullout may be one or all of these things, but above all it is a recognition of what is really happening on the ground in Syria and the Middle East in general.

This point has not come across clearly enough because of the undiluted loathing for Trump among most of the American and British media. They act as a conduit for the views of diverse figures who condemn the withdrawal and include members of the imperially-minded foreign policy establishment in Washington and terrified Kurds living in north-east Syria who fear ethnic cleansing by an invading Turkish army.

Opposition to Trump’s decision was supercharged by the resignation of Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis which came after he failed to persuade the president to rescind his order. Mattis does not mention Syria or Afghanistan in his letter of resignation, but he makes clear his disagreement with the general direction of Trump’s foreign policy in not confronting Russia and China and ignoring traditional allies and alliances.

The resignation of Mattis has elicited predictable lamentations from commentators who treat his departure as if it was the equivalent of the Kaiser getting rid of Bismarck. The over-used description of Mattis as “the last of the adults in the room” is once again trotted out, though few examples of his adult behaviour are given aside from his wish – along with other supposed “adults” – to stay in Syria until various unobtainable objectives were achieved: the extinction of Iranian influence; the displacement of Bashar al-Assad; and the categorical defeat of Isis (are they really likely to sign surrender terms?).

In other words, there was to be an open-ended US commitment with no attainable goals in an isolated and dangerous part of the world where it was already playing a losing game.

It is worth spelling out the state of play in Syria because this is being masked by anti-Trump rhetoric, recommending policies that may sound benign but are far detached from political reality. This reality may be very nasty: it is right to be appalled by the prospects for the Syrian Kurds who are terrified of a Turkish army that is already massing to the north of the Turkish-Syrian frontier.

There is a horrible inevitability about all this because neither Turkey nor Syria were ever going to allow a Kurdish mini-state to take permanent root in north-east Syria. It existed because of the Syrian civil war in which Assad withdrew his forces from the Kurdish-populated regions in 2012 in order to concentrate them in defence of strategically vital cities and roads. Isis attacked the Kurdish enclave in 2014 which led to a de facto alliance between the Kurds and the US air force whose devastating firepower enabled the Kurds to capture a great swathe of Isis-held territory east of the Euphrates.

Turkey was never going to accept this outcome. Erdogan denounced the Kurdish political and military forces controlling this corner of Syria as “terrorists” belonging to the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that has been fighting the Turkish state since 1984.

This is a good moment to make a point about this article: it is an explanation not a justification for the dreadful things that may soon happen. I have visited the Kurdish controlled part of Syria several times and felt that it was the only part of Syria where the uprising of 2011 had produced a society that was better than what had gone before, bearing in mind the constraints of fighting a war.
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-23/trumps-syria-withdrawal-simple-case-foreign-policy-realism

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 27th, 2018.]

Syrian War Report – Dec. 25, 2018: YPG Prepares For Battle Against Turkish Forces In Manbij




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 27th, 2018.]

Syrian Town Celebrates Christmas for First Time After Years of War


Residents of the Syrian town of Izraa in the Daraa province celebrated Christmas for the first time since its liberation from militant rule.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 27th, 2018.]

Putin Shines in Presser, as Hysteria Grips UK Media


The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss Vladimir Putin's year end press event, and the UK media reaction to the event which once again showed that the UK media is completely hysterical when covering Russia, and completely ignorant when analyzing Russian foreign policy.

Much like the word "Trump", when the UK media hears the word "Putin", panic grips and the ridiculous ensues.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 27th, 2018.]

Tom Fitton: 'Mike Flynn Did Not Lie--Trump Should Issue Pardon'




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 27th, 2018.]

The Tragedy of Cultural Relativism - Paul Joseph Watson


"Never judge people by their appearance."



Many countries in the world are dangerous places, especially if you stand out from the crowd. The rest of the world is not tolerant like we see in the liberal West - especially in locations wracked by conflict, hostile ideology, or societal breakdown.

A big problem faced by Westerners is the rise of anti-Western ideology that inspires hate crimes. This is why strict immigration controls in Europe are necessary to stop native populations being victimised. If all people (young men) around the world had similar tolerant belief systems, and generally respected other human beings, then there would be no problem. However, this is not reality.

Related:

Charlie Hebdo Journalist: ‘Islam Must Submit to Criticism’

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 27th, 2018.]

David Icke Talks About The UN Migration Pact




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 27th, 2018.]

YOLO (E1323): A Very Keiser Christmas


In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy look back on 2018 and the headline gifts that kept giving. The biggest themes: the Cantillon effect, GIABO, the Fed tapering a ponzi, artificial intelligence advancing rapidly. They also look at Millennials sharing their stock portfolios: some of them down over 90%. Ouch. What a lump of Christmas coal! They also look at pack animals and what they can teach us about anarchy and individual sovereignty. In the second half, Max interviews professor and writer, John Mill Ackerman, about the first weeks in office for the new president of Mexico. How will Lopez Obrador respond to the many Trump challenges: from the border wall to renegotiating NAFTA.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 27th, 2018.]

China Shows Mnuchin How It's Done As Beijing's Plunge Protection Team Reverses Stock Rout


One day after Steven Mnuchin convened the President's Working Group on Financial Markets, also known as the Plunge Protection Team, only to see a record Christmas Eve drop in US stock markets, China showed the US how market manipulation is done.

With only a handful of Asian markets open on Christmas Day, and with Nikkei 225 plummeting 1000 points as Japan's blue chip index closed a whopping 5% lower and entered a bear market, China's stocks similarly started the day off on the back foot with both the Shanghai Composite and the SSE 50 Index of the country’s largest stocks sliding around 2.5% in early trade. However all that reversed in the afternoon session when the Chinese National Team came in and started buying mostly financial stocks, lifting the country's markets and pushing the Composite back over 2,500, ending with a loss of just 0.9%.
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"The gains by big banks and insurers suggest state buying, and some funds may also be bottom-fishing stocks," said Dai Ming, a fund manager with Hengsheng Asset Management. Kang Chongli, a Beijing-based strategist with Lianxun Securities told Bloomberg that the 2,500 level "is both a policy and technical bottom" for the Shanghai Composite Index. The index closed just above it, at 2,504.82.

Just like the now confirmed Plunge Protection Team, China’s "national team" of state-backed funds often buys shares during turbulent times. Large caps like banks are among the most favored targets, and buying often comes in the afternoon so gains, or at least smaller losses, are locked in for the day.

Tuesday's re-emergence of the Chinese plunge protectors will come as a relief to struggling local investors after Goldman found that, inexplicably, in the third quarter the National Team was a net seller of RMB104 BN in stocks, the biggest quarterly sale by the National Team since the Chinese stock bubble popped in late 2015.
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-25/china-shows-mnuchin-how-its-done-beijings-plunge-protection-team-reverses-stock

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 27th, 2018.]

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

If Truth Cannot Prevail Over Material Agendas We Are Doomed (Paul Craig Roberts)


Throughout the long Cold War Stephen Cohen, professor of Russian studies at Princeton University and New York University was a voice of reason. He refused to allow his patriotism to blind him to Washington’s contribution to the conflict and to criticize only the Soviet contribution. Cohen’s interest was not to blame the enemy but to work toward a mutual understanding that would remove the threat of nuclear war. Although a Democrat and left-leaning, Cohen would have been at home in the Reagan administration, as Reagan’s first priority was to end the Cold War. I know this because I was part of the effort. Pat Buchanan will tell you the same thing.

In 1974 a notorious cold warrior, Albert Wohlstetter, absurdly accused the CIA of underestimating the Soviet threat. As the CIA had every incentive for reasons of budget and power to overestimate the Soviet threat, and today the “Russian threat,” Wohlstetter’s accusation made no sense on its face. However he succeeded in stirring up enough concern that CIA director George H.W. Bush, later Vice President and President, agreed to a Team B to investigate the CIA’s assessment, headed by the Russiaphobic Harvard professor Richard Pipes. Team B concluded that the Soviets thought they could win a nuclear war and were building the forces with which to attack the US.

The report was mainly nonsense, and it must have troubled Stephen Cohen to experience the setback to negotiations that Team B caused.

Today Cohen is stressed that it is the United States that thinks it can win a nuclear war. Washington speaks openly of using “low yield” nuclear weapons, and intentionally forecloses any peace negotiations with Russia with a propaganda campaign against Russia of demonization, villification, and transparant lies, while installing missile bases on Russia’s borders and while talking of incorporating former parts of Russia into NATO. In his just published book, War With Russia?, which I highly recommend, Cohen makes a convincing case that Washington is asking for war.

I agree with Cohen that if Russia is a threat it is only because the US is threatening Russia. The stupidity of the policy toward Russia is creating a Russian threat. Putin keeps emphasizing this. To paraphrase Putin: “You are making Russia a threat by declaring us to be one, by discarding facts and substituting orchestrated opinions that your propagandistic media establish as fact via endless repetition.”

Cohen is correct that during the Cold War every US president worked to defuse tensions, especially Republican ones. Since the Clinton regime every US president has worked to create tensions. What explains this dangerous change in approach?

The end of the Cold War was disadvantageous to the military/security complex whose budget and power had waxed from decades of cold war. Suddenly the enemy that had bestowed such wealth and prestige on the military/security complex disappeared.
 
The New Cold War is the result of the military/security complex’s resurrection of the enemy. In a democracy with independent media and scholars, this would not have been possible. But the Clinton regime permitted in violation of anti-trust laws 90% of the US media to be concentrated in the hands of six mega-corporations, thus destroying an independence already undermined by the CIA’s successful use of the CIA’s media assets to control explanations. Many books have been written about the CIA’s use of the media, including Udo Ulfkotte’s “Bought Journalism,” the English edition of which was quickly withdrawn and burned.
 
The demonization of Russia is also aided and abeted by the Democrats’ hatred of Trump and anger from Hillary’s loss of the presidential election to the “Trump deplorables.” The Democrats purport to believe that Trump was installed by Putin’s interference in the presidentail election. This false belief is emotionally important to Democrats, and they can’t let go of it.

Although Cohen as a professor at Princeton and NYU never lacked research opportunities, in the US Russian studies, strategic studies, and the like are funded by the military/security complex whose agenda Cohen’s scholarship does not serve. At the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where I held an independently financed chair for a dozen years, most of my colleagues were dependent on grants from the military/security complex. At the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, where I was a Senior Fellow for three decades, the anti-Soviet stance of the Institution reflected the agenda of those who funded the institution.
 
I am not saying that my colleagues were whores on a payroll. I am saying that the people who got the appointments were people who were inclined to see the Soviet Union the way the military/security complex thought it should be seen.
 
As Stephen Cohen is aware, in the original Cold War there was some balance as all explanations were not controlled. There were independent scholars who could point out that the Soviets, decimated by World War 2, had an interest in peace, and that accommodation could be achieved, thus avoiding the possibility of nuclear war.

Stephen Cohen must have been in the younger ranks of those sensible people, as he and President Reagan’s ambassador to the Soviet Union, Jack Matloff, seem to be the remaining voices of expert reason on the American scene.

If you care to understand the dire threat under which you live, a threat that only a few people, such as Stephen Cohen, are trying to lift, read his book.

If you want to understand the dire threat that a bought-and-paid-for American media poses to your existence, read Cohen’s accounts of their despicable lies. America has a media that is synonymous with lies.

If you want to understand how corrupt American universities are as organizations on the take for money, organizations to whom truth is inconsequential, read Cohen’s book.

If you want to understand why you could be dead before Global Warming can get you, read Cohen’s book.

Enough said.
https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/12/22/if-truth-cannot-prevail-over-material-agendas-we-are-doomed/

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 26th, 2018.]

The Story That CNN Would NEVER Air (2018)




Bill and Hillary.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 26th, 2018.]

United States Doesn’t Need the Fed (Bill Still)




The deliberately low interest rates encouraged poor lending practices that could only be maintained (in many cases) by low interest rates. When the rates go up loan repayments become unserviceable.

The other problem today with the economy is the outsourcing of the US industrial base, which eliminated jobs.

Bill Still in this clip talks about ending the National Debt via:

1. Stop issuing Federal Reserve Notes (they are debt instruments). 2. Issue United States Notes (Government Issued Money). 3. Remove control of monetary policy from the Fed and give it to Congress.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 26th, 2018.]

Finding myself in Bleeding Cool’s Top 100 Most Powerful People in Comics Of 2018...My thoughts (CAPS)




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 26th, 2018.]

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Trump Stumped Bolton With One Question Before Deciding to Withdraw Troops




Why was the US still in Syria when ISIS had effectively been defeated?

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 25th, 2018.]

Marine Le Pen talks about Yellow Vests protests + Emmanuel Macron, Gilets Jaunes, English subtitles


Rassemblement National.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 25th, 2018.]

Rosenstein and Mueller Block IG Horowitz - Bill Still




Trump needs to declassify everything and fire a lot more people. It's either him or them. My suspicion is that there is the threat of death hanging over Trump and his family if he steps out of line too far. On Trump's side he probably has information of Deep State paedophile networks as insurance for his people. The big problem at the moment is that the President is slowly being grilled, and if we don't get some sort of radical fight back then Trump will be taken down.

My personal recommendation is to have allies within the system leak material that would help Trump. Wikileaks, that helped get Trump elected, can actually save him by leaking the appropriate material that effectively sinks a number of Deep State actors (although by doing so Assange would be targeted for execution).

The key to thinking about what is going on here is to think of Machiavelli, but minus the part about running a functional state where the prince is actually respected.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 25th, 2018.]

Tom Fitton: Why Isn't Department of Justice Investigating Clinton Corruption?


In this episode of "Inside Judicial Watch," Tom Fitton discusses what he saw in the courtroom during the sentencing hearing of retired Lt. General Michael Flynn as well as his testimony on the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One scandals in front of the House Oversight Committee.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 25th, 2018.]

VICE Article Claims Historical Accuracy is Racist and Sexist (Styx)


Historical accuracy is important when history is a significant component of a game.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 25th, 2018.]

PRESIDENT TRUMP JUST ENDED HEMP PROHIBITION ACROSS AMERICA, LEGALIZING INDUSTRIAL HEMP FARMING NATIONWIDE


Achieving another breathtaking win for the American people while fighting against a criminal, corrupt establishment, President Donald J. Trump just legalized industrial hemp nationwide by signing the new Farm Bill into law. The hemp legalization provision was spearheaded by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), further demonstrating that Republicans support hemp legalization and agricultural freedom.

After nearly 50 years of prohibition, industrial hemp will be legal to grow across America beginning January 1, 2019. It’s another huge victory that helps Make America Great Again by unleashing the power of agricultural freedom and natural health.

“This law marks the first change in the federal classification of the cannabis plant since it was initially classified as a schedule I controlled substance by Congress in 1970, and paves the way for the first federally-sanctioned commercial hemp grows since World War II,” said NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano. NORML also adds:

The hemp-specific provisions of the 2018 Act amend the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970 so that hemp plants containing no more than 0.3 percent THC are no longer classified as a schedule I controlled substance under federal law.

“Although hemp will no longer be in the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice, prospective growers will have to submit cultivation plans to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), either through the state government or the USDA itself,” reports Marijuana Moment.

CBD and other cannabinoids are essentially “de-scheduled” from the Schedule I controlled substance list, but only if they are produced in accordance with the Farm Bill stipulations, meaning growers must comply with state and federal regulations which are so far not described anywhere. The USDA will reportedly regulate hemp production now, and states that wish to exert more restrictive state controls must coordinate their plans with the USDA. As NORML reports:

The Act (Section 297B) permits those US states that wish to possess “primary regulatory authority over the production of hemp” to submit a plan to the US Secretary of Agriculture. The agency has 60 days to approve, disapprove, or amend the plan. In instances where a state-proposed plan is not approved, “it shall be unlawful to produce hemp in that state … without a license.”
https://www.blacklistednews.com/article/69905/president-trump-just-ended-hemp-prohibition-across-america-legalizing-industrial-hemp-farming.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 25th, 2018.]

Ten Days Left For The Planet (Tony Heller)


There have been many climate forecasts of doom for the year 2018. This video explores what the world will experience over the next ten days - according to the world's leading climate experts.

Errata: I said the 1988 Yellowstone fire was as large as all fires combined this year. My statement was off by a factor of ten.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 25th, 2018.]

Monday, 24 December 2018

Will America's Longest War Finally Come To An End?...Let's Hope So (Liberty Report)


Over the last few days, President Trump has shocked just about everyone. First a complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, and then a 50% reduction of troops from America's 17 year old war in Afghanistan. This is what Americans have been voting for for decades, and naturally, the establishment is having a fit. Ron Paul discusses on today's Liberty Report!



Trump gave the military free reign in Afghanistan and things have gone backwards with the Taliban taking more and more territory. Is nation building in a country that does not threaten the US state  really worth the lives of American soldiers?

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 24th, 2018.]

Lockerbie: Megrahi was Framed (John Pilger)


The hysteria over the release of the so-called Lockerbie bomber reveals much about the political and media class on both sides of the Atlantic, especially Britain. From Gordon Brown's "repulsion" to Barack Obama's "outrage", the theatre of lies and hypocrisy is dutifully attended by those

who call themselves journalists. "But what if Megrahi lives longer than three months?" whined a BBC reporter to the Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond. "What will you say to your constituents, then?"

Horror of horrors that a dying man should live longer than prescribed before he "pays" for his "heinous crime": the description of the Scottish justice minister, Kenny MacAskill, whose "compassion" allowed Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi to go home to Libya to "face justice from a higher power". Amen.

The American satirist Larry David once addressed a voluble crony as "a babbling brook of bullshit". Such eloquence summarises the circus of Megrahi's release.

No one in authority has had the guts to state the truth about the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 above the Scottish village of Lockerbie on 21 December 1988, in which 270 people were killed. The governments in England and Scotland in effect blackmailed Megrahi into dropping his appeal as a condition of his immediate release. Of course there were oil and arms deals under way with Libya; but had Megrahi proceeded with his appeal, some 600 pages of new and deliberately suppressed evidence would have set the seal on his innocence and given us more than a glimpse of how and why he was stitched up for the benefit of "strategic interests".

“The endgame came down to damage limitation," said the former CIA officer Robert Baer, who took part in the original investigation, "because the evidence amassed by [Megrahi's] appeal is explosive and extremely damning to the system of justice." New witnesses would show that it was impossible for Megrahi to have bought clothes that were found in the wreckage of the Pan Am aircraft - he was convicted on the word of a Maltese shopowner who claimed to have sold him the clothes, then gave a false description of him in 19 separate statements and even failed to recognise him in the courtroom.

The new evidence would have shown that a fragment of a circuit board and bomb timer, "discovered" in the Scottish countryside and said to have been in Megrahi's suitcase, was probably a plant. A forensic scientist found no trace of an explosion on it. The new evidence would demonstrate the impossibility of the bomb beginning its journey in Malta before it was "transferred" through two airports undetected to Flight 103.

A "key secret witness" at the original trial, who claimed to have seen Megrahi and his co-accused, al-Alim Khalifa Fahimah (who was acquitted), loading the bomb on to the plane at Frankfurt, was bribed by the US authorities holding him as a "protected witness". The defence exposed him as a CIA informer who stood to collect, on the Libyans' conviction, up to $4m as a reward.

Megrahi was convicted by three Scottish judges sitting in a courtroom in "neutral" Holland. There was no jury. One of the few reporters to sit through the long and often farcical proceedings was the late Paul Foot, whose landmark investigation in Private Eye exposed it as a cacophony of blunders, deceptions and lies: a whitewash. The Scottish judges, while admitting a "mass of conflicting evidence" and rejecting the fantasies of the CIA informer, found Megrahi guilty on hearsay and unproven circumstance. Their 90-page "opinion", wrote Foot, "is a remarkable document that claims an honoured place in the history of British miscarriages of justice". (His report, Lockerbie - the Flight from Justice, can be downloaded from www.private-eye.co.uk for £5.)

Foot reported that most of the staff of the US embassy in Moscow who had reserved seats on Pan Am flights from Frankfurt cancelled their bookings when they were alerted by US intelligence that a terrorist attack was planned. He named Margaret Thatcher the "architect" of the cover-up after revealing that she killed the independent inquiry her transport secretary Cecil Parkinson had promised the Lockerbie families; and in a phone call to President George Bush Sr on 11 January 1990, she agreed to "low-key" the disaster after their intelligence services had reported "beyond doubt" that the Lockerbie bomb had been placed by a Palestinian group, contracted by Tehran, as a reprisal for the shooting down of an Iranian airliner by a US warship in Iranian territorial waters. Among the 290 dead were 66 children. In 1990, the ship's captain was awarded the Legion of Merit by Bush Sr "for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as commanding officer".

Perversely, when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1991, Bush needed Iran's support as he built a "coalition" to expel his wayward client from an American oil colony. The only country that defied Bush and backed Iraq was Libya. "Like lazy and overfed fish," wrote Foot, "the British media jumped to the bait. In almost unanimous chorus, they engaged in furious vilification and open warmongering against Libya." The framing of Libya for the Lockerbie crime was inevitable. Since then, a US defence intelligence agency report, obtained under Freedom of Information, has confirmed these truths and identified the likely bomber; it was to be the centrepiece of Megrahi's defence.

In 2007, the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission referred Megrahi's case for appeal. "The commission is of the view," said its chairman, Graham Forbes, "based upon our lengthy investigations, the new evidence we have found and other evidence which was not before the trial court, that the applicant may have suffered a miscarriage of justice."

The words "miscarriage of justice" are entirely missing from the current furore, with Kenny MacAskill reassuring the baying mob that the scapegoat will soon face justice from that "higher power". What a disgrace.
http://johnpilger.com/articles/lockerbie-megrahi-was-framed

Iran is a suspect in this bombing, but there is also the question of the involvement of the CIA in a drug running operation:

Heroin and Cocaine On Lockerbie Pan Am 103


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 24th, 2018.]